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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168781/structural-diversity-and-biological-activities-of-the-cyclodipeptides-from-fungi
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REVIEW
Xiaohan Wang, Yuying Li, Xuping Zhang, Daowan Lai, Ligang Zhou
Cyclodipeptides, called 2,5-diketopiperazines (2,5-DKPs), are obtained by the condensation of two amino acids. Fungi have been considered to be a rich source of novel and bioactive cyclodipeptides. This review highlights the occurrence, structures and biological activities of the fungal cyclodipeptides with the literature covered up to July 2017. A total of 635 fungal cyclodipeptides belonging to the groups of tryptophan-proline, tryptophan-tryptophan, tryptophan-Xaa, proline-Xaa, non-tryptophan-non-proline, and thio-analogs have been discussed and reviewed...
November 23, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168511/a-short-non-cytotoxic-antimicrobial-peptide-designed-from-a%C3%AE-29-40-adopts-a-nanostructure-and-shows-in-vivo-anti-endotoxin-activity
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Munesh Kumar Harioudh, Rohit Sahai, Kalyan Mitra, Jimut Kanti Ghosh
Aβ29-40 residues with tryptophan in place of the lone methionine residue and three arginine residues added to its C-terminus exhibited augmented antibacterial activities and protected mice against a lethal dose of LPS. The results show the conversion of a Aβ29-40 segment into a cell-selective antimicrobial/anti-endotoxin peptide with nanostructure and cation-π interaction.
November 23, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168502/a-gut-bacterial-pathway-metabolizes-aromatic-amino-acids-into-nine-circulating-metabolites
#3
Dylan Dodd, Matthew H Spitzer, William Van Treuren, Bryan D Merrill, Andrew J Hryckowian, Steven K Higginbottom, Anthony Le, Tina M Cowan, Garry P Nolan, Michael A Fischbach, Justin L Sonnenburg
The human gut microbiota produces dozens of metabolites that accumulate in the bloodstream, where they can have systemic effects on the host. Although these small molecules commonly reach concentrations similar to those achieved by pharmaceutical agents, remarkably little is known about the microbial metabolic pathways that produce them. Here we use a combination of genetics and metabolic profiling to characterize a pathway from the gut symbiont Clostridium sporogenes that generates aromatic amino acid metabolites...
November 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165113/alteration-in-plasma-free-amino-acid-levels-and-its-association-with-gout
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M H Mahbub, Natsu Yamaguchi, Hidekazu Takahashi, Ryosuke Hase, Hiroki Amano, Mikiko Kobayashi-Miura, Hideyuki Kanda, Yasuyuki Fujita, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Mai Yamamoto, Shinya Kikuchi, Atsuko Ikeda, Naoko Kageyama, Mina Nakamura, Yasutaka Ishimaru, Hiroshi Sunagawa, Tsuyoshi Tanabe
BACKGROUND: Studies on the association of plasma-free amino acids with gout are very limited and produced conflicting results. Therefore, we sought to explore and characterize the plasma-free amino acid (PFAA) profile in patients with gout and evaluate its association with the latter. METHODS: Data from a total of 819 subjects (including 34 patients with gout) undergoing an annual health examination program in Shimane, Japan were considered for this study. Venous blood samples were collected from the subjects and concentrations of 19 plasma amino acids were determined by high-performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry...
March 16, 2017: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164901/co-amorphous-formation-of-high-dose-zwitterionic-compounds-with-amino-acids-to-improve-solubility-and-enable-parenteral-delivery
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Saijie Zhu, Huisheng Gao, Sreehari Babu, Sudhakar Garad
Solubilization of parenteral drugs is a high unmet need in both pre-clinical and clinical drug development. Recently, co-amorphous drug formulation has emerged as a new strategy to solubilize orally dosed drugs. The aim of the present study is to explore the feasibility of using the co-amorphous strategy to enable the dosing of parenteral zwitterionic drugs at a high concentration. A new screening procedure was established with solubility as the indicator for co-amorphous co-former selection, and lyophilization was established as the method for co-amorphous formulation preparation...
November 22, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164779/characterization-of-the-interaction-forces-in-a-drug-carrier-complex-of-doxorubicin-with-a-drug-binding-peptide
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Gergana Gocheva, Nina Ilieva, Kalina Peneva, Anela Ivanova
Polypeptide-based materials are used as building blocks for drug delivery systems aimed at toxicity decrease of chemotherapeutics. A molecular-level approach is adopted for investigating the non-covalent interactions between doxorubicin and a recently synthesized drug-binging peptide as a key part of a system for delivery to neoplastic cells. MD simulations in aqueous solution at room and body temperature are applied to investigate the structure and the binding modes within the drug-peptide complex. The tryptophans are outlined as the main chemotherapeutic adsorption sites and the importance of their placement in the peptide sequence is highlighted...
November 22, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163899/design-crystal-structure-and-atomic-force-microscopy-study-of-thioether-ligated-d-l-cyclic-antimicrobial-peptides-against-multidrug-resistant-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Runze He, Ivan Di Bonaventura, Ricardo Visini, Bee-Ha Gan, Yongchun Fu, Daniel Probst, Alexandre Lüscher, Thilo Köhler, Christian van Delden, Achim Stocker, Wenjing Hong, Tamis Darbre, Jean-Louis Reymond
Here we report a new family of cyclic antimicrobial peptides (CAMPs) targeting MDR strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. These CAMPs are cyclized via a xylene double thioether bridge connecting two cysteines placed at the ends of a linear amphiphilic alternating d,l-sequence composed of lysines and tryptophans. Investigations by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), dynamic light scattering and atomic force microscopy (AFM) suggest that these peptide macrocycles interact with the membrane to form lipid-peptide aggregates...
November 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163580/testing-of-auxotrophic-selection-markers-for-use-in-the-moss-physcomitrella-provides-new-insights-into-the-mechanisms-of-targeted-recombination
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Mikael Ulfstedt, Guo-Zhen Hu, Monika Johansson, Hans Ronne
The moss Physcomitrella patens is unique among plants in that homologous recombination can be used to knock out genes, just like in yeast. Furthermore, transformed plasmids can be rescued from Physcomitrella back into Escherichia coli, similar to yeast. In the present study, we have tested if a third important tool from yeast molecular genetics, auxotrophic selection markers, can be used in Physcomitrella. Two auxotrophic moss strains were made by knocking out the PpHIS3 gene encoding imidazoleglycerol-phosphate dehydratase, and the PpTRP1 gene encoding phosphoribosylanthranilate isomerase, disrupting the biosynthesis of histidine and tryptophan, respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163472/the-kynurenine-pathway-as-a-novel-link-between-allergy-and-the-gut-microbiome
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REVIEW
Aaron P Van der Leek, Yarden Yanishevsky, Anita L Kozyrskyj
In the past few decades, the indoleamine 2,3 dioxygenase (IDO) subset of the kynurenine (KYN) pathway of tryptophan (TRP) metabolism has been the subject of much research in the area of immune tolerance. In this review, we aim to incorporate new findings on this pathway in relation to allergy and the gut microbiome, while providing a comprehensive overview of the pathway itself. Stimulated by interferon gamma, IDO acts as a tolerogenic, immunosuppressive enzyme to attenuate allergic responses by the induction of the KYN-IDO pathway, resultant depletion of TRP, and elevation in KYN metabolites...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163470/indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-and-tolerance-where-are-we-now
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REVIEW
Andrew L Mellor, Henrique Lemos, Lei Huang
Cells expressing IDO suppress innate and adaptive immunity to promote tolerance by catabolizing the amino acid tryptophan (Trp) and other indole compounds. Interferon type I (IFN-I) and type II (IFN-II) produced at sites of inflammation or by activated immune cells are potent IDO inducers because mammalian IDO genes contain IFN response elements. Elevated IDO expression by dendritic cells (DCs) is of particular significance because IDO activity converts mature DCs into tolerogenic APCs that suppress effector T cells (Teff) and promote regulatory T cells (Tregs), thereby promoting tolerance...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163445/in-silico-analysis-of-putrefaction-pathways-in-bacteria-and-its-implication-in-colorectal-cancer
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Harrisham Kaur, Chandrani Das, Sharmila S Mande
Fermentation of undigested proteins in human gastrointestinal tract (gut) by the resident microbiota, a process called bacterial putrefaction, can sometimes disrupt the gut homeostasis. In this process, essential amino acids (e.g., histidine, tryptophan, etc.) that are required by the host may be utilized by the gut microbes. In addition, some of the products of putrefaction, like ammonia, putrescine, cresol, indole, phenol, etc., have been implicated in the disease pathogenesis of colorectal cancer (CRC). We have investigated bacterial putrefaction pathways that are known to be associated with such metabolites...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163156/role-of-translocator-18-kda-ligands-in-the-activation-of-leukotriene-b4-activated-g-protein-coupled-receptor-and-toll-like-receptor-4-pathways-in-neutrophils
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Léonard de Vinci Kanda Kupa, Carine C Drewes, Eric D Barioni, Camila L Neves, Sandra Coccuzzo Sampaio, Sandra H P Farsky
TSPO (Translocator 18 KDa; tryptophan-rich sensory protein oxygen sensor) is a constitutive outer mitochondrial membrane protein overexpressed in inflammatory cells during local or systemic processes. Despite its expression is characterized, role of TSPO in inflammation remains elusive. For this study, we investigated the role of TSPO ligands on neutrophil functions elicited by two different inflammatory pathways. Peritoneal neutrophils were isolated from male Balb-C mice, treated with TSPO ligand diazepam, Ro5-4864 or PK11195 (1,100 or 1000 nM; 2 h) and further stimulated with lipopolysaccharide from Escherichia coli (LPS), a binding for Toll-Like Receptor-4 (TLR4), or leukotriene B4 (LTB4), a G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) ligand...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160924/accelerated-untargeted-metabolomics-analysis-of-cutaneous-t-cell-lymphoma-reveal-metabolic-shifts-in-plasma-and-tumor-adjacent-skins-of-xenograft-mice
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Yunchen Le, Xiaoyan Shen, Hongyan Kang, Qizheng Wang, Kejia Li, Jie Zheng, Yunqiu Yu
Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) is a heterogeneous group of skin-homing T-cell neoplasms. Clinical management is stage based but diagnosis and prognosis could be extremely challenging. The presented study aims to explore the metabolic profiling of CTCL by an accelerated untargeted metabolomics data analysis tool "mummichog" to facilitate the discoveries of potential biomarkers for clinical early-stage diagnosis, prognosis and treatments in CTCL. Ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography-quadrupole time-of-flight (UHPLC-QTOF) based untargeted metabolomics were conducted on the skin and plasma of CTCL mice...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158576/computational-study-on-single-molecular-spectroscopy-of-tyrosin-glycine-tryptophane-glycine-and-glycine-tryptophane
#14
Bing Yang, Shixue Liu, Zijing Lin
Quantum chemistry calculations play a fundamental role in revealing the molecular structures observed in gas-phase spectroscopic measurements. The supersonic jet cooling widely used in single molecular spectroscopy experiment is a non-equilibrium process and often causes confusion on the theoretical and experimental comparison. A computational approach is proposed here to account for the effect of the non-equilibrium cooling on the experimental spectra and applied to the cases of tyrosin-glycine (YG), tryptophane-glycine (WG) and glycine-tryptophane (GW)...
November 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157816/effect-of-ipomoea-aquatica-ethanolic-extract-in-streptozotocin-stz-induced-diabetic-rats-via-1-h-nmr-based-metabolomics-approach
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Azliana Abu Bakar Sajak, Ahmed Mediani, Maulidiani, Nur Sumirah Mohd Dom, Chandradevan Machap, Muhajir Hamid, Amin Ismail, Alfi Khatib, Faridah Abas
BACKGROUND: Ipomoea aquatica (locally known as "kangkung") has previously been reported to have hypoglycemic activities on glucose level in diabetes patients. However, the effect of I. aquatica ethanolic extract on the metabolites in the body has remained unknown. PURPOSE: This study provides new insights on the changes of endogenous metabolites caused by I. aquatica ethanolic extract and improves the understanding on the therapeutic efficacy and mechanism of I...
December 1, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156701/association-of-breast-carcinoma-growth-with-a-non-canonical-axis-of-ifn%C3%AE-ido1-tsp1
#16
Bruno Lopes-Bastos, Liang Jin, Fiona Ruge, Sioned Owen, Andrew Sanders, Christopher Cogle, John Chester, Wen G Jiang, Jun Cai
Reciprocal interactions between cancers and the surrounding microenvironment have an important role in tumour evolution. In this study, our data suggested that through thrombospondin 1 (TSP1), tumour-associated microvessel provides a dormant niche to sustain inactive status of breast invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) cells. TSP1 levels in the tumour stroma were negatively correlated with vascular indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase 1 (IDO1) in IDC tissues. IDO1 is an intracellular enzyme initiating the first and rate-limited step of tryptophan breakdown...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155324/angiotensin-receptor-blocker-irbesartan-reduces-stress-induced-intestinal-inflammation-via-at1a-signaling-and-ace2-dependent-mechanism-in-mice
#17
Maimaiti Yisireyili, Yasuhiro Uchida, Koji Yamamoto, Takayuki Nakayama, Xian Wu Cheng, Tadashi Matsushita, Shigeo Nakamura, Toyoaki Murohara, Kyosuke Takeshita
Stress is associated with pathophysiology of both irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and hypertension. Angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB) have anti-inflammatory properties via inhibition of angiotensin II (Ang II)/Ang II type I receptor axis (AT1). Inhibition of the classical RAS pathway is also involved in upregulation of angiotensin converting enzyme-2 (ACE2), which activates the Ang-(1-7) /Mas pathway to counteract inflammatory signaling and acts as a partner of the amino acid transporter, B(0)AT-1, to absorb tryptophan for regulation of microbiota-gut-brain axis...
November 16, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154462/the-role-of-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-in-normal-and-pathological-pregnancies
#18
REVIEW
Rui-Qi Chang, Da-Jin Li, Ming-Qing Li
The survival of allogeneic fetus during pregnancy contradicts the laws of immune responses. Behind this paradoxical phenomenon, the mechanism is quite complex. Indoleamine-2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) is the first and rate-limiting enzyme of tryptophan catabolism. Emerging evidence shows that IDO is expressed at the maternal-fetal interface, including trophoblast cells, decidual stroma cells, decidual immune cells (eg, natural killer cells, T cells, and macrophages), and vascular endothelial cells of decidua and chorion...
November 20, 2017: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154397/effects-of-high-ambient-temperature-on-plasma-metabolomic-profiles-in-chicks
#19
Shozo Tomonaga, Hirofumi Okuyama, Tetsuya Tachibana, Ryosuke Makino
Exposure to high ambient temperature is detrimental to the poultry industry. To understand the influence from a metabolic perspective, we investigated the effects of exposure to high ambient temperature on plasma low-molecular-weight metabolite levels in chicks using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry-based non-targeted metabolomic analysis. Heat exposure for 4 days suppressed growth and food intake. Of the 92 metabolites identified, the levels of 29 decreased, whereas the levels of nine increased. We performed an enrichment analysis on the identified metabolites and found 35 candidates for metabolic processes affected by heat exposure...
November 20, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154014/evaluation-of-sample-extracting-methods-of-fcsm-by-lactobacillus-acidophilus-based-on-a-uplc-q-tof-ms-global-metabolomics-analysis
#20
Yongqiang Wang, Wenju Zhang, Cunxi Nie, Cheng Chen, Xiaoyang Zhang, Jianhe Hu
The study of metabolomics requires extracting as many metabolites as possible from a biological sample. This study aimed to determine the optimal method for the extraction of metabolites from solid-state fermented cottonseed meal (FCSM). The UPLC-Q-TOF-MS global metabolomics technology was used to detect the metabolites in FCSM, and the extraction quantity and extraction efficiency of seven different extraction methods, specifically the WA, 50MeOH, 50MeOHB, 50MeCNB, 80MeOHB, 80MeOH and AMF methods were evaluated...
October 31, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
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