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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549143/bile-acids-and-tryptophan-metabolism-are-novel-pathways-involved-in-metabolic-abnormalities-in-bpa-exposed-pregnant-mice-and-male-offspring
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Martha Susiarjo, Frances Xin, Martha Stefaniak, Clementina Mesaros, Rebecca A Simmons, Marisa S Bartolomei
Increasing evidence has demonstrated that exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) impacts maternal and fetal health, but the underlying mechanisms are still unclear. We have previously shown that dietary exposure to 10 µg/kg bw/day and 10 mg/kg bw/day bisphenol A (BPA) during pregnancy induced metabolic abnormalities in F1 male offspring and gestational glucose intolerance in F0 pregnant mice. The aim of this study is to elucidate the underlying etiologies of BPA exposure-induced metabolic disease by analyzing male fetal liver metabolome...
May 25, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546115/both-polarity-and-aromatic-ring-in-the-side-chain-of-tryptophan-246-are-involved-in-binding-activity-of-vibrio-vulnificus-hemolysin-to-target-cells
#2
Takashige Kashimoto, Tomoe Akita, Takehiro Kado, Kohei Yamazaki, Shunji Ueno
Vibrio vulnificus secretes a hemolysin/cytolysin (VVH) that induces cytolysis against a variety of mammalian cells by forming pores on the cellular membrane. VVH is known to bind to the cellular membrane as a monomer, and then convert to a pore-forming oligomer. However, the structural basis for binding of this toxin to target cells remains unknown. We show here that the polarity and indole ring on the side chain of Trp 246 (W246) of VVH, which sits on a bottom loop, participates in binding to cellular membrane...
May 22, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546077/systemic-administration-of-l-kynurenine-sulfate-induces-cerebral-hypoperfusion-transients-in-adult-c57bl-6-mice
#3
Dániel Péter Varga, Ákos Menyhárt, Tamás Puskás, Ferenc Bari, Eszter Farkas, Zsolt Kis, László Vécsei, József Toldi, Levente Gellért
The kynurenine pathway is a cascade of enzymatic steps generating biologically active compounds. l-kynurenine (l-KYN) is a central metabolite of tryptophan degradation. In the mammalian brain, l-KYN is partly converted to kynurenic acid (KYNA), which exerts multiple effects on neurotransmission. Recently, l-KYN or one of its derivatives were attributed a direct role in the regulation of the systemic circulation. l-KYN dilates arterial blood vessels during sepsis in rats, while it increases cerebral blood flow (CBF) in awake rabbits...
May 22, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545736/amino-acid-sensing-and-degrading-pathways-in-immune-regulation
#4
Ursula Grohmann, Giada Mondanelli, Maria L Belladonna, Ciriana Orabona, Maria T Pallotta, Alberta Iacono, Paolo Puccetti, Claudia Volpi
Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenases (IDOs) - belonging in the heme dioxygenase family and degrading tryptophan - are responsible for the de novo synthesis of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD(+)). As such, they are expressed by a variety of invertebrate and vertebrate species. In mammals, IDO1 has remarkably evolved to expand its functions, so to become a prominent homeostatic regulator, capable of modulating infection and immunity in multiple ways, including local tryptophan deprivation, production of biologically active tryptophan catabolites, and non-enzymatic cell-signaling activity...
May 18, 2017: Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545388/chemical-and-structural-characterization-of-%C3%AE-n-acetylgalactosaminidase-i-and-ii-from-starfish-asterina-amurensis
#5
Md Harun-Or Rashid, Golam Sadik, Ahm Khurshid Alam, Toshihisa Tanaka
BACKGROUND: The marine invertebrate starfish was found to contain a novel α-N-acetylgalactosaminidase, α-GalNAcase II, which catalyzes removal of terminal α-N-acetylgalactosamine (α-GalNAc), in addition to a typical α-N-acetylgalactosaminidase, α-GalNAcase I, which catalyzes removal of terminal α-N-acetylgalactosamine (α-GalNAc) and, to a lesser extent, galactose. The interrelationship between α-GalNAcase I and α-GalNAcase II and the molecular basis of their differences in substrate specificity remain unknown...
May 25, 2017: BMC Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544471/aziridine-mediated-ligation-at-phenylalanine-and-tryptophan-sites
#6
Kiran Bajaj, Rajeev Sakhuja
An efficient approach towards peptide synthesis has been described that allows an easy access to variety of small peptides via one-pot aziridine-mediated ligation-desulfurization strategy. The present protocol afforded a library of phenylalanine and tryptophan containing α-peptides in good yields by regioselective ring-opening of aziridine-3-aryl-2-carboxylates with peptide thioacids followed by desulfurization.
May 23, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543938/high-throughput-assay-for-enantiomeric-excess-determination-in-1-2-and-1-3-diols-and-direct-asymmetric-reaction-screening
#7
Elena G Shcherbakova, Valentina Brega, Vincent M Lynch, Tony D James, Pavel Anzenbacher
A simple and efficient method for determination of the yield, enantiomeric/diasteriomeric excess (ee/de), and absolute configuration of crude chiral diols without the need of work-up and product isolation in a high throughput setting is described. This approach utilizes a self-assembled iminoboronate ester formed as a product by dynamic covalent self-assembly of a chiral diol with an enantiopure fluorescent amine such as tryptophan methyl ester or tryptophanol and 2-formylphenylboronic acid. The resulting diastereomeric boronates display different photophysical properties and allow for fluorescence-based ee determination of molecules containing a 1,2- or 1,3-diol moiety...
May 23, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543807/aromatic-interaction-mediated-inhibition-of-%C3%AE-amyloid-assembly-structures-and-cytotoxicity
#8
Hanyi Xie, Jiaxi Peng, Changliang Liu, Xiaocui Fang, Hongyang Duan, Yimin Zou, Yanlian Yang, Chen Wang
Abnormal aggregation of β-amyloid (Aβ) peptide plays an important role in the onset and progress of Alzheimer's disease (AD); hence, targeting Aβ aggregation is considered as an effective therapeutic strategy. Here, we studied the aromatic-interaction-mediated inhibitory effect of oligomeric polypeptides (K8Y8, K4Y8, K8W8) on Aβ42 fibrillization process. The polypeptides containing lysine as well as representative aromatic amino acids of tryptophan or tyrosine were found to greatly suppress the aggregation as evaluated by thioflavin T assay...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542385/cadmium-toxicity-induced-contrasting-patterns-of-concentrations-of-free-sarcosine-specific-amino-acids-and-selected-microelements-in-two-noccaea-species
#9
Veronika Zemanová, Milan Pavlík, Daniela Pavlíková
Cadmium (Cd) toxicity affects numerous metabolic processes in plants. In the presence of Cd, plants accumulate specific amino acids which may be beneficial to developing Cd tolerance. Our study aimed to characterize the changes in the metabolism of selected free amino acids that are associated with Cd tolerance, and investigate the levels of selected microelements in order to relate these changes to the adaptation strategies of two metallophytes-Noccaea caerulescens (Redlschlag, Austria) and Noccaea praecox (Mežica, Slovenia)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542206/carbonyl-based-blue-autofluorescence-of-proteins-and-amino-acids
#10
Chamani Niyangoda, Tatiana Miti, Leonid Breydo, Vladimir Uversky, Martin Muschol
Intrinsic protein fluorescence is inextricably linked to the near-UV autofluorescence of aromatic amino acids. Here we show that a novel deep-blue autofluorescence (dbAF), previously thought to emerge as a result of protein aggregation, is present at the level of monomeric proteins and even poly- and single amino acids. Just as its aggregation-related counterpart, this autofluorescence does not depend on aromatic residues, can be excited at the long wavelength edge of the UV and emits in the deep blue. Differences in dbAF excitation and emission peaks and intensities from proteins and single amino acids upon changes in solution conditions suggest dbAF's sensitivity to both the chemical identity and solution environment of amino acids...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541512/the-interplay-between-metabolic-remodeling-and-immune-regulation-in-glioblastoma
#11
Pravin Kesarwani, Shiva Kant, Antony Prabhu, Prakash Chinnaiyan
The fields of tumor metabolism and immune oncology have both independently received considerable attention over the last several years. The majority of research in tumor metabolism has largely focused on the Warburg effect and its resulting biologic consequences, including energy and macromolecule production. However, recent investigations have identified elegant, multifaceted strategies by which alterations in tumor metabolism can also contribute towards a potent tolerogenic immune environment. One of the most notable is increased tryptophan metabolism through activation of the indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase 1 (IDO1) and tryptophan 2,3-dioxygenase (TDO) pathways...
May 25, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540509/short-term-supplementation-of-isocaloric-meals-with-l-tryptophan-affects-pig-growth
#12
H N Liu, C-A A Hu, M M Bai, Gang Liu, M C B Tossou, K Xu, F N Li, P Liao, X F Kong, X Wu, Y L Yin
L-Tryptophan (Trp) and some of its metabolites regulate the circadian rhythm in mammals. We aimed to investigate the effects of short-term supplementation of Trp in isocaloric meals on growth performance using the parameters of multiple blood biomarkers and free amino acids in growing pigs. A total of 32 Landrace × Yorkshire barrows with a mean body weight of 8.64 (±1.13) kg were randomly assigned to four groups and then fed with various concentrations of Trp diets daily. Our results showed that sequential supplementation of different concentrations of Trp in isocaloric meals decreased the feed:gain (F:G) ratio (P = 0...
May 24, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540407/a-new-mutation-site-in-the-aire-gene-causes-autoimmune-polyendocrine-syndrome-type-1
#13
Wufei Zhu, Zhen Hu, Xiangyu Liao, Xing Chen, Wenrong Huang, Yu Zhong, Zhaoyang Zeng
Autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type 1 (APS-1, OMIM 2403000) is a rare autosomal recessive disease that is caused by autoimmune regulator (AIRE). The main symptoms of APS-1 are chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis, autoimmune adrenocortical insufficiency (Addison's disease) and hypoparathyroidism. We collected APS-1 cases and analysed them. The AIRE genes of the patient and his family members were sequenced to identify whether the APS-1 patient had an AIRE mutation. We discovered a mutation site (c.206A>C) that had never before been reported in the AIRE gene located in exon 2 of the AIRE gene...
May 24, 2017: Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539709/multipathway-integrated-adjustment-mechanism-of-glycyrrhiza-triterpenes-curing-gastric-ulcer-in-rats
#14
Ying Wang, Shuai Wang, Yongrui Bao, Tianjiao Li, Xin Chang, Guanlin Yang, Xiansheng Meng
BACKGROUND: Gastric ulcer is a common chronic disease in human digestive system, which is difficult to cure, easy to relapse, and endangers human health seriously. Compared with western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine has a unique advantage in improving the general situation, stablizing medical condition, and with little side effects. Glycyrrhiza known as "king of all the medicine", has a range of pharmacological activities and is commonly used in a variety of proprietary Chinese medicines and formulations...
April 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539670/simvastatin-and-bezafibrate-ameliorate-emotional-disorder-induced-by-high-fat-diet-in-c57bl-6-mice
#15
Hui Wang, Jia Zhou, Qiong Zhen Liu, Lu Lu Wang, Jing Shang
High fat diet (HFD)-induced metabolic disorders may lead to emotional disorders. This study aimed to explore the effect of simvastatin (SMV) and bezafibrate (BZ) on improving HFD-induced emotional changes, and tried to identify their different mechanisms. The intraperitoneal glucose tolerance test (IPGTT) was used to evaluate glucose control ability; and behavior tests including open field tests (OFT), forced swimming tests (FST), tail suspension tests (TST) and sucrose preference (SPT), were then performed to evaluate emotional changes...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539642/combinatory-evaluation-of-transcriptome-and-metabolome-profiles-of-low-temperature-induced-resistant-ascites-syndrome-in-broiler-chickens
#16
Shourong Shi, Yiru Shen, Shan Zhang, Zhenhua Zhao, Zhuocheng Hou, Huaijun Zhou, Jianmin Zou, Yuming Guo
To select metabolic biomarkers and differentially expressed genes (DEGs) associated with resistant-ascites syndrome (resistant-AS), we used innovative techniques such as metabolomics and transcriptomics to comparatively examine resistant-AS chickens and AS controls. Metabolomic evaluation of chicken serum using ultra-performance liquid chromatography-quadruple time-of-flight high-sensitivity mass spectrometry (UPLC-QTOF/HSMS) showed significantly altered lysoPC(18:1), PE(18:3/16:0), PC(20:1/18:3), DG(24:1/22:6/0:0), PS(18:2/18:0), PI(16:0/16:0), PS(18:0/18:1), PS(14:1/14:0), dihydroxyacetone, ursodeoxycholic acid, tryptophan, L-valine, cycloserine, hypoxanthine, and 4-O-Methylmelleolide concentrations on day 21 and LysoPC(18:0), LysoPE(20:1/0:0), LysoPC(16:0), LysoPE(16:0/0:0), hypoxanthine, dihydroxyacetone, 4-O-Methylmelleolide, LysoPC(18:2), and PC(14:1/22:1) concentrations on day 35, between the susceptible and resistant groups...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537746/classical-dynamics-simulations-of-dissociation-of-protonated-tryptophan-in-the-gas-phase
#17
Yogeshwaran Krishnan, Nishant Sharma, Upakarasamy Lourderaj, Manikandan Paranjothy
Gas phase decomposition of protonated amino acids are of great interest due to their role in understanding protein and peptide chemistry. Several experimental and theoretical studies have been reported in the literature on this subject. In the present work, decomposition of the aromatic amino acid protonated tryptophan was studied by on-the-fly classical chemical dynamics simulations using density functional theory. Mass spectrometry and electronic structure theory studies have shown multiple dissociation pathways for this biologically relevant molecule...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537725/the-color-of-cation-%C3%AF-interactions-subtleties-of-amine-tryptophan-interaction-energetics-allow-for-radical-like-visible-absorbance-and-fluorescence
#18
Laura J Juszczak, Azaria S Eisenberg
Several peptides and a protein with an inter- or intramolecular cation-π interaction between tryptophan (Trp) and an amine cation are shown to absorb and fluoresce in the visible region of the spectrum. Titration of indole with sodium hydroxide or ammonium hydroxide yields an increasing visible fluorescence as well. Visible absorption and multi-peaked fluorescence excitation spectra correlate with experimental absorption spectra and the vibrational modes of calculated absorption spectra for the neutral Trp radical...
May 24, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535598/antarctic-seals-molecular-biomarkers-as-indicators-for-pollutant-exposure-health-effects-and-diet
#19
K Lehnert, L Weirup, K C Harding, T Härkönen, O Karlsson, J Teilmann
Weddell (Leptonychotes weddellii), Ross (Ommatophoca rossii) and crabeater seals (Lobodon carcinophaga) are phocid seals with a circumpolar distribution around Antarctica. As long-lived and large top predators, they bioaccumulate contaminants and are considered as sentinels of ecosystem health. Antarctic seals are increasingly exposed to climate change, pollution, shipping and fisheries. To reveal and understand possible anthropogenic impacts on their immune and health status, this study investigates sensitive biomarkers of the xenobiotic metabolism and immune system in relation to mercury (Hg) burden...
May 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535482/multiple-metal-exposures-and-their-correlation-with-monoamine-neurotransmitter-metabolism-in-chinese-electroplating-workers
#20
Lin-Lin Wu, Wei Gong, Si-Peng Shen, Zhong-He Wang, Jia-Xi Yao, Jun Wang, Jing Yu, Rong Gao, Gang Wu
Excessive metal exposure has been recognized as one of the detrimental factors for brain damage. However, the potential adverse effects induced by heavy metals on monoamine neurotransmitter pathways remains poorly understood. Our study aimed to investigate the possible association between metal exposure and neurotransmitter metabolism. By a cross-sectional investigation, 224 electroplating workers and 213 non-electroplating exposure workers were recruited in the exposure and control groups. Metal exposure levels were analyzed using inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry and monoamine neurotransmitter pathway metabolites were measured by ultra-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry in human urine samples...
April 26, 2017: Chemosphere
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