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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319761/dynamic-changes-of-dissolved-organic-matter-in-membrane-bioreactors-at-different-organic-loading-rates-evidence-from-spectroscopic-and-chromatographic-methods
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Tahir Maqbool, Jinwoo Cho, Jin Hur
Excitation emission matrix-parallel factor analysis (EEM-PARAFAC) and size exclusion chromatography (SEC) were utilized to explore the dynamics in extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), soluble microbial products (SMP), and effluent for the membrane bioreactors at two different organic loading rates (OLRs). Combination of three different fluorescent components explained the compositional changes of dissolved organic matter. The lower OLR resulted in a higher production of tryptophan-like component (C1) in EPS, while the opposite trends were found for the other two components (humic-like C2 and tyrosine-like C3), signifying the role of C1 in the endogenous condition...
March 9, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318896/role-of-ahr-and-hif-1%C3%AE-in-glioblastoma-metabolism
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REVIEW
Galina Gabriely, Michael A Wheeler, Maisa C Takenaka, Francisco J Quintana
Glioblastoma (GBM) progression is associated with metabolic remodeling in both glioma and immune cells, resulting in the use of aerobic glycolysis as the main source of energy and biosynthetic molecules. The transcription factor hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1α drives this metabolic reorganization. Oxygen levels, as well as other factors, control the activity of HIF-1α. In addition, the ligand-activated transcription factor aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) modulates tumor-specific immunity and can also participate in metabolic remodeling...
March 16, 2017: Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism: TEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318003/small-molecule-hedgehog-pathway-antagonists
#3
Trieu N Trinh, Eileen A McLaughlin, Christopher P Gordon, Ilana R Bernstein, Victoria J Pye, Kate A Redgrove, Adam McCluskey
Leveraging our quinolone-1-(2H)-one based Hedgehog signalling pathway (HSP) inhibitors we have developed two new classes of HSP inhibitors based on: l-tryptophan and benzo[1,3]dioxol-5-ylmethyl-[2-(1H-indol-3-yl)-ethyl]-amine. Synthesis of focused compound libraries identified six l-tryptophan based inhibitors, and two stimulators, of Gli at 10 μM compound concentration. 2,4-Dichloro-13 and indole 16 suppressed mRNA expression of Ptch1 in Shh LIGHT2 cells, with 13 suppressing and 16 stimulating Gli2 mRNA expression...
March 20, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315437/homology-modeling-molecular-docking-and-molecular-dynamics-studies-of-the-catalytic-domain-of-chitin-deacetylase-from-cryptococcus-laurentii-strain-ry1
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Soumyadev Sarkar, Suchetana Gupta, Writachit Chakraborty, Sanjib Senapati, Ratan Gachhui
This study provides structural insights into chitin deacetylase, over-expressing under nitrogen limiting condition in Cryptococcus laurentii strain RY1. The enzyme converts chitin, the second most abundant natural biopolymer, to chitosan, which offers tremendous applications in diverse fields. To elucidate the structure-function relationship of this biologically and industrially important enzyme, a homology model of the catalytic domain was constructed. The stability of the structure was assessed by molecular dynamics simulation studies...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315331/sublethal-doses-of-neonicotinoid-imidacloprid-can-interact-with-honey-bee-chemosensory-protein-1-csp1-and-inhibit-its-function
#5
Hongliang Li, Jing Tan, Xinmi Song, Fan Wu, Mingzhu Tang, Qiyun Hua, Huoqing Zheng, Fuliang Hu
As a frequently used neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid can impair the chemoreceptive behavior of honey bees even at sublethal doses, while the physiochemical mechanism has not been further revealed. Here, multiple fluorescence spectra, thermodynamic method, and molecular docking were used to study the interaction and the functional inhibition of imidacloprid to the recombinant CSP1 protein in Asian honey bee, Apis cerana. The results showed that the fluorescence intensity (λem = 332 nm) of CSP1 could be significantly quenched by imidacloprid in a dynamic mode...
March 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314994/amino-acids-intake-and-physical-fitness-among-adolescents
#6
Luis Gracia-Marco, Silvia Bel-Serrat, Magdalena Cuenca-Garcia, Marcela Gonzalez-Gross, Raquel Pedrero-Chamizo, Yannis Manios, Ascensión Marcos, Denes Molnar, Kurt Widhalm, Angela Polito, Jeremy Vanhelst, Maria Hagströmer, Michael Sjöström, Anthony Kafatos, Stefaan de Henauw, Ángel Gutierrez, Manuel J Castillo, Luis A Moreno
The aim was to investigate whether there was an association between amino acid (AA) intake and physical fitness and if so, to assess whether this association was independent of carbohydrates intake. European adolescents (n = 1481, 12.5-17.5 years) were measured. Intake was assessed via two non-consecutive 24-h dietary recalls. Lower and upper limbs muscular fitness was assessed by standing long jump and handgrip strength tests, respectively. Cardiorespiratory fitness was assessed by the 20-m shuttle run test...
March 17, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314892/abnormal-kynurenine-pathway-of-tryptophan-catabolism-in-cardiovascular-diseases
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REVIEW
Ping Song, Tharmarajan Ramprasath, Huan Wang, Ming-Hui Zou
Kynurenine pathway (KP) is the primary path of tryptophan (Trp) catabolism in most mammalian cells. The KP generates several bioactive catabolites, such as kynurenine (Kyn), kynurenic acid (KA), 3-hydroxykynurenine (3-HK), xanthurenic acid (XA), and 3-hydroxyanthranilic acid (3-HAA). Increased catabolite concentrations in serum are associated with several cardiovascular diseases (CVD), including heart disease, atherosclerosis, and endothelial dysfunction, as well as their risk factors, including hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and aging...
March 17, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303855/expression-and-prognostic-value-of-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-in-pancreatic-cancer
#8
Tao Zhang, Xiang-Long Tan, Yong Xu, Zi-Zheng Wang, Chao-Hui Xiao, Rong Liu
BACKGROUND: Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO), an enzyme for tryptophan metabolism through the kynurenine pathway, exhibits an immunosuppressive effect and induces immune tolerance in tumor cells. The effects of IDO on pancreatic cancer are poorly understood. This study aimed to investigate the expression and prognostic significance of IDO in pancreatic cancer. METHODS: We evaluated the protein expression of IDO in PANC-1, CFPAC-1, and BxPC-3 cell lines with or without 48 h treatment by 500 U/ml interferon-γ (IFN-γ)...
March 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303012/tryptophan-end-tagging-for-promoted-lipopolysaccharide-interactions-and-anti-inflammatory-effects
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Shalini Singh, Aritreyee Datta, Artur Schmidtchen, Anirban Bhunia, Martin Malmsten
The objective of the present study is the investigation of possibilities for boosting peptide anti-inflammatory effects by tryptophan end-tagging, including identification of underlying mechanisms for this. In doing so, effects of tryptophan end-tagging of KYE21 (KYEITTIHNLFRKLTHRLFRR), a peptide derived from heparin co-factor II, on membrane and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) interactions were investigated by ellipsometry, NMR, fluorescence spectroscopy, and circular dichroism measurements. Through its N-terminal W stretch, WWWKYE21 displays higher membrane binding, liposome rupture, and bacterial killing than unmodified KYE21...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303005/ligand-co-crystallization-of-aminoacyl-trna-synthetases-from-infectious-disease-organisms
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Spencer O Moen, Thomas E Edwards, David M Dranow, Matthew C Clifton, Banumathi Sankaran, Wesley C Van Voorhis, Amit Sharma, Colin Manoil, Bart L Staker, Peter J Myler, Donald D Lorimer
Aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (aaRSs) charge tRNAs with their cognate amino acid, an essential precursor step to loading of charged tRNAs onto the ribosome and addition of the amino acid to the growing polypeptide chain during protein synthesis. Because of this important biological function, aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases have been the focus of anti-infective drug development efforts and two aaRS inhibitors have been approved as drugs. Several researchers in the scientific community requested aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases to be targeted in the Seattle Structural Genomics Center for Infectious Disease (SSGCID) structure determination pipeline...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302907/skip-controls-lysosome-positioning-using-a-composite-kinesin-1-heavy-and-light-chain-binding-domain
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Anneri Sanger, Yan Y Yip, Thomas S Randall, Stefano Pernigo, Roberto A Steiner, Mark P Dodding
The molecular interplay between cargo recognition and regulation of the activity of the kinesin-1 microtubule motor is not well understood. Using the lysosome adaptor SKIP as model cargo, we show that the heavy chains (KHCs), in addition to the light chains (KLCs), can recognize tryptophan-acidic binding determinants on the cargo when presented in the context of an extended KHC interacting domain. Mutational separation of KHC and KLC binding shows that both interactions are important for SKIP-kinesin-1 interaction in vitro and that KHC binding is important for lysosome transport in vivo...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302759/preclinical-evaluation-of-11-c-sarcosine-as-a-substrate-of-proton-coupled-amino-acid-transporters-and-first-human-application-in-prostate-cancer
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Morand Piert, Xia Shao, David M Raffel, Mathew S Davenport, Jeffrey Montgomery, Lakshmi Kunju, Brian G Hockley, Javed Siddiqui, Peter J H Scott, Arul Chinnaiyan, Thekkelnaycke Rajandiran
Sarcosine is a known substrate of proton-coupled amino acid transporters (PAT), which are overexpressed in selected tissues and solid tumors. Sarcosine, an N-methyl derivative of the amino acid glycine and a metabolic product of choline, plays an important role for prostate cancer aggressiveness and progression. Methods: Carbon-11 radiolabeled sarcosine ((11)C-sarcosine) was tested as a new positron emission tomography (PET) imaging probe in comparison with (11)C-choline in two prostate cancer tumor xenograft models (DU-145 and PC-3)...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299975/targeted-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-based-metabolomics-differentiates-metabolic-syndrome-from-obesity
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Fanyi Zhong, Mengyang Xu, Richard S Bruno, Kevin D Ballard, Jiangjiang Zhu
Both obesity and the metabolic syndrome are risk factors for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Identification of novel biomarkers are needed to distinguish metabolic syndrome from equally obese individuals in order to direct them to early interventions that reduce their risk of developing further health problems. We utilized mass spectrometry-based targeted metabolic profiling of 221 metabolites to evaluate the associations between metabolite profiles and established metabolic syndrome criteria (i...
April 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299478/differential-distribution-of-amino-acids-in-plants
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REVIEW
Vinod Kumar, Anket Sharma, Ravdeep Kaur, Ashwani Kumar Thukral, Renu Bhardwaj, Parvaiz Ahmad
Plants are a rich source of amino acids and their individual abundance in plants is of great significance especially in terms of food. Therefore, it is of utmost necessity to create a database of the relative amino acid contents in plants as reported in literature. Since in most of the cases complete analysis of profiles of amino acids in plants was not reported, the units used and the methods applied and the plant parts used were different, amino acid contents were converted into relative units with respect to lysine for statistical analysis...
March 15, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298987/effect-of-different-concentrations-of-specific-inhibitor-of-matrix-metalloproteinases-on-the-shear-bond-strength-of-self-adhesive-resin-cements-to-dentin
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Mohammad-Esmaeel Ebrahimi-Chaharom, Mehdi Abed-Kahnamoui, Mahmoud Bahari, Hamed Hamishehkar, Mahya Gharouni
BACKGROUND: Considering the probability of chemical and enzymatic reactions between matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) in the dentin structure and their specific inhibitors, the aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of different concentrations of specific inhibitor of MMPs (galardin) on the shear bond strength of self-adhesive resin cements to dentin. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Forty-eight sound human premolars were mounted in self-cured acrylic resin after removal of the enamel on the buccal and lingual surfaces...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298204/immunoglobulin-t-from-sea-bass-dicentrarchus-labrax-l-molecular-characterization-tissue-localization-and-expression-after-nodavirus-infection
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Francesco Buonocore, Valentina Stocchi, Noelia Nunez-Ortiz, Elisa Randelli, Marco Gerdol, Alberto Pallavicini, Angelo Facchiano, Chiara Bernini, Laura Guerra, Giuseppe Scapigliati, Simona Picchietti
BACKGROUND: Immunoglobulins (Igs) are fundamental components of the adaptive immune system of vertebrates, with the IgT/IgZ isotype specific of Teleosts. In this paper we describe the identification of an IgT heavy chain from the European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax L.), its molecular characterization and tissue mRNA localization by in situ hybridization. RESULTS: Sea bass IgT consists of 552 aa (Accession Number KM410929) and it contains a putative 19 amino acids long signal peptide and one potential N-glycosylation site...
March 15, 2017: BMC Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297647/solvent-slaved-dynamic-processes-observed-by-tryptophan-phosphorescence-of-human-serum-albumin
#17
Andrew R Draganski, Joel M Friedman, Richard D Ludescher
Despite extensive experimental and computational efforts to understand the nature of the hierarchy of protein fluctuations and the modulating role of the protein hydration shell, a detailed microscopic description of the dynamics of the protein-solvent system has yet to be achieved. By using single tryptophan protein phosphorescence, we follow site-specific internal protein dynamics over a broad temperature range and demonstrate three independent dynamic processes. Process I is seen at temperatures below the bulk solvent Tg, has low activation energy, and is likely due to fast vibrations that may be enabled by water mobility on the protein surface...
March 14, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296209/the-urinary-1-h-nmr-metabolomics-profile-of-an-italian-autistic-children-population-and-their-unaffected-siblings
#18
Milena Lussu, Antonio Noto, Alice Masili, Andrea C Rinaldi, Angelica Dessì, Maria De Angelis, Andrea De Giacomo, Vassilios Fanos, Luigi Atzori, Ruggiero Francavilla
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) make a dishomogeneous group of psychiatric diseases having either genetic and environmental components, including changes of the microbiota. The rate of diagnosis, based on a series of psychological tests and observed behavior, dramatically increased in the past few decades. Currently, no biological markers are available and the pathogenesis is not defined. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the potential use of (1) H-NMR metabolomics to analyze the global biochemical signature of ASD patients (n = 21) and controls (n = 21), these being siblings of autistic patients...
March 11, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295904/a-fungal-n-dimethylallyltryptophan-metabolite-from-fusarium-fujikuroi
#19
Birgit Arndt, Slavica Janevska, Robin Schmid, Florian Hübner, Bettina Tudzynski, Hans-Ulrich Humpf
The range of secondary metabolites (SMs) produced by the rice pathogen Fusarium fujikuroi is quite broad. Several polyketides, nonribosomal peptides and terpenes have been identified. However, no products of dimethylallyltryptophan synthases (DMATSs) have been elucidated so far, though two putative DMATS genes are present in the F. fujikuroi genome. In this study, the product derived from one of the two DMATSs, DMATS1 (FFUJ_09179), has been identified in vivo with the help of the software MZmine 2. Detailed structure elucidation showed that this metabolite is a reversely N-prenylated tryptophan, depicting a rather rare form of prenylation...
March 10, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295297/comparative-analysis-of-monoaminergic-cerebrospinal-fluid-contacting-cells-in-osteichthyes-bony-vertebrates
#20
Anna L Xavier, Romain Fontaine, Solal Bloch, Pierre Affaticati, Arnim Jenett, Michaël Demarque, Philippe Vernier, Kei Yamamoto
Cerebrospinal fluid-contacting (CSF-c) cells containing monoamines such as dopamine (DA) and serotonin (5-HT) occur in the periventricular zones of the hypothalamic region of most vertebrates except for placental mammals. Here we compare the organization of the CSF-c cells in chicken, Xenopus, and zebrafish, by analyzing the expression of synthetic enzymes of DA and 5-HT, respectively tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) and tryptophan hydroxylase (TPH), and draw an evolutionary scenario for this cell population. Due to the lack of TH immunoreactivity in this region, the hypothalamic CSF-c cells have been thought to take up DA from the ventricle instead of synthesizing it...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
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