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Calcium pyruvate

Toshio Mori, Hiroko Kako, Tomoki Sumiya, Hirokazu Kawagishi, Hirofumi Hirai
A lactic acid (LA)-producing strain of the hyper-lignin-degrading fungus Phanerochaete sordida YK-624 with the lactate dehydrogenase-encoding gene from Bifidobacterium longum (Blldh) was constructed. When the endogenous pyruvate decarboxylase gene-knocked down and Blldh-expressing transformant was cultured with beech wood meal, the transformant was able to successively delignify and ferment the substrate. Supplementation of calcium carbonate into the culture medium, significantly increased the level of LA accumulation...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
Anuj Kumar Sharma, Vikas Singh, Ruchi Gera, Mahaveer Prasad Purohit, Debabrata Ghosh
Zinc oxide nanoparticle (ZnO-NP) is one of the most widely used engineered nanoparticles. Upon exposure, nanoparticle can eventually reach the brain through various routes, interact with different brain cells, and alter their activity. Microglia is the fastest glial cell to respond to any toxic insult. Nanoparticle exposure can activate microglia and induce neuroinflammation. Simultaneous to activation, microglial death can exacerbate the scenario. Therefore, we focused on studying the effect of ZnO-NP on microglia and finding out the pathway involved in the microglial death...
October 6, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Zhen Gao, Chengjun Zhang, Meng Luo, Yusen Wu, Shuyan Duan, Jiefa Li, Lei Wang, Shiren Song, Wenping Xu, Shiping Wang, Caixi Zhang, Chao Ma
Pears are one of the most popular nutrient-rich fruits in the world. The pear core and mesocarp have significantly different metabolism, although they display similar profiles. Most strikingly, the core is more acidic in taste. Our results showed that there is more titrated acid but lower total soluble solids in the core compared to the mesocarp, and the content of citric acid was more than 17-fold higher in the core compared to the mesocarp at the ripening stage. Proteomics was used to investigate the difference between core and mesocarp tissues during 'Cuiguan' pear ripening...
September 30, 2016: Proteomics
Julieta Diaz-Juarez, Jorge Suarez, Federico Cividini, Brian T Scott, Tanja Diemer, Anzhi Dai, Wolfgang H Dillmann
Diabetic cardiomyopathy is associated with metabolic changes including decreased glucose oxidation (Gox) and increased fatty acid oxidation (FAox), which result in cardiac energetic deficiency. Diabetic hyperglycemia is a pathophysiological mechanism that triggers multiple maladaptive phenomena. The mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU) is the channel responsible for Ca(2+) uptake in mitochondria and free mitochondrial calcium concentration ([Ca(2+)]m) regulates mitochondrial metabolism. Experiments with cardiac myocytes (CM) exposed to simulated hyperglycemia revealed both reduced [Ca(2+)]m and MCU protein levels...
September 28, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
Prasannkumar R Vasava, R G Jani, H V Goswami, S D Rathwa, F B Tandel
AIM: This study was planned to reveal the clinical signs and biochemical alterations in pregnancy toxemic goats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Blood samples were collected from 20 healthy pregnant and 45 pregnancy toxemic goats and analyzed biochemically. RESULTS: The most significant clinical findings were observed in naturally affected goats with pregnancy toxemia included anorexia, recumbency, lethargy, opisthotonos, dropped head, periodic convulsion, sweetish fruity odor from breath, apparent blindness, bloat, grinding of teeth, and frothy salivation...
August 2016: Veterinary World
Zhigang Hong, Kuang-Hueih Chen, Asish Dasgupta, Francois Potus, Kimberly Dunham-Snary, Sebastien Bonnet, Lian Tian, Jennifer Fu, Sandra Breuils-Bonnet, Steeve Provencher, Danchen Wu, Jeffrey Mewburn, Mark L Ormiston, Stephen L Archer
RATIONALE: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is an obstructive vasculopathy characterized by excessive pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMC) proliferation, migration, and apoptosis-resistance. This cancer-like phenotype is promoted by increased cytosolic calcium ([Ca2+]cyto), aerobic glycolysis and mitochondrial fission. OBJECTIVES: To determine how changes in mitochondrial calcium uniporter complex (MCUC) function influence mitochondrial dynamics and contribute to PAH's cancer-like phenotype...
September 20, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
X Y Zhang, M Y Zhou, L L Li, Y J Jiang, X T Zou
1. The primary objective of this experiment was to estimate the toxic effects of arsenic (As) supplementation in feed on laying performance, As retention of eggs and organs, serum biochemical indices and endocrine hormones in laying hens. 2. A total of 320 "Jinghong Number 1" hens, 56-week-old, were randomly allocated into four treatments of four replicates with 20 layers. Graded arsenical was added to the basal diet at As levels of 0, 17, 34 and 51 mg/kg, respectively, in the experimental diets. The trial lasted for 9 weeks including a 1 week for acclimatization...
September 16, 2016: British Poultry Science
Michael J Bround, Rich Wambolt, Haoning Cen, Parisa Asghari, Razvan F Albu, Jun Han, Donald McAfee, Marc Pourrier, Nichollas E Scott, Lubos Bohunek, Jerzy E Kulpa, Sr W Chen, David Fedida, Roger W Brownsey, Christoph H Borchers, Leonard J Foster, Thibault Mayor, Edwin D Moore, Michael F Allard, James D Johnson
Cardiac ryanodine receptor (Ryr2) Ca2+ release channels and cellular metabolism are both disrupted in heart disease. Recently, we demonstrated that total loss of Ryr2 leads to cardiomyocyte contractile dysfunction, arrhythmia, and reduced heart rate. Acute total Ryr2 ablation also impaired metabolism, but it was not clear whether this was a cause or consequence of heart failure in this model. Previous in vitro studies have revealed that Ca2+ flux into the mitochondrial can help pace oxidative metabolism, but there is limited in vivo evidence supporting this model...
September 12, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
L D Silva, V C S Amaral, M C Vinaud, A M Castro, H H A Rezende, D B Santos, C C Mello-Silva, J C B Bezerra
Calcium is considered an essential element for the metabolism of aquatic snail Biomphalaria glabrata (Say, 1818), intermediate host of Schistosoma mansoni Sambon, 1907 in Brazil, and represents a limiting factor to its distribution and adaptation to the environment. This study investigated the effect of different concentrations of exogenous CaCO3 on the energetic metabolism of B. glabrata for better understanding the physiological interference of chemical elements dissolved in the environment with the physiology of this species...
September 5, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Biology, Revista Brasleira de Biologia
Jee-Won Sul, Tae-Youn Kim, Hyun Ju Yoo, Jean Kim, Young-Ah Suh, Jung Jin Hwang, Jae-Young Koh
Intracellular accumulation of free zinc contributes to neuronal death in brain injuries such as ischemia and epilepsy. Pyruvate, a glucose metabolite, has been shown to block zinc neurotoxicity. However, it is largely unknown how pyruvate shows such a selective and remarkable protective effect. In this study, we sought to find a plausible mechanism of pyruvate protection against zinc toxicity. Pyruvate almost completely blocked cortical neuronal death induced by zinc, yet showed no protective effects against death induced by calcium (ionomycin, NMDA) or ferrous iron...
August 2016: Archives of Pharmacal Research
María Isabel Bianco, Laila Toum, Pablo Marcelo Yaryura, Natalia Mielnichuk, Gustavo Eduardo Gudesblat, Roxana Roeschlin, María Rosa Marano, Luis Ielpi, Adrián A Vojnov
Xanthan, the main exopolysaccharide (EPS) synthesized by Xanthomonas spp., contributes to bacterial stress tolerance and enhances attachment to plant surfaces by helping in biofilm formation. Therefore, xanthan is essential for successful colonization and growth in planta and has also been proposed to be involved in the promotion of pathogenesis by calcium ion chelation and, hence, in the suppression of the plant defense responses in which this cation acts as a signal. The aim of this work was to study the relationship between xanthan structure and its role as a virulence factor...
September 2016: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
Rogério Faustino Ribeiro, Karoline Sousa Ronconi, Elis Aguiar Morra, Patrícia Ribeiro Do Val Lima, Marcella Leite Porto, Dalton Valentim Vassallo, Suely Gomes Figueiredo, Ivanita Stefanon
Spatially distinct mitochondrial subpopulation may mediate myocardial pathology through permeability transition pore opening (MPTP). The goal of this study was to assess sex differences on the two spatially distinct mitochondrial subpopulations: subsarcolemmal mitochondria (SSM) and intermyofibrillar mitochondria (IFM) based on morphology, membrane potential, mitochondrial function, oxidative phosphorylation, and MPTP. Aged matched Wistar rats were used to study SSM and IFM. Mitochondrial size was larger in SSM than in IFM in both genders...
August 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
In-Ki Hwang, Kyeong-Wook Kim, Jun-Hwan Kim, Ju-Chan Kang
Platichthys stellatus (mean length 20±2cm, mean weight 160.15±15g) were exposed to the different levels of dietary lead(II) at the concentrations of 0, 30, 60, 120, 240mg/kg for 4 weeks. Depuration was conducted for 2 weeks after exposure. The lead exposure over 60mg Pb/kg induced the significant bioaccumulation in tissues of P. stellatus (5-30μg/g tissue), except for brain and muscle where the exposure to 240mg Pb/kg caused the bioaccumulation (2-4μg/g tissue). The hematological parameters such as red blood cell (RBC) counts, hematocrit (Ht) value and hemoglobin (Hb) concentration were substantially decreased over 60mg Pb/kg, and lasted even after the depuration period...
July 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
Stephen L Archer
There is no cure for non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) or pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Therapies lack efficacy and/or are toxic, reflecting a failure to target disease abnormalities that are distinct from processes vital to normal cells. NSCLC and PAH share reversible mitochondrial-metabolic abnormalities which may offer selective therapeutic targets. The following mutually reinforcing, mitochondrial abnormalities favor proliferation, impair apoptosis, and are relatively restricted to PAH and cancer cells: (1) Epigenetic silencing of superoxide dismutase-2 (SOD2) by methylation of CpG islands creates a pseudohypoxic redox environment that causes normoxic activation of hypoxia inducible factor (HIF-1α)...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Paula Fernandes Aguiar, Sílvia Mourão Magalhães, Ivana Alice Teixeira Fonseca, Vanessa Batista da Costa Santos, Mariana Aguiar de Matos, Marco Fabrício Dias Peixoto, Fábio Yuzo Nakamura, Craig Crandall, Hygor Nunes Araújo, Leonardo Reis Silveira, Etel Rocha-Vieira, Flávio de Castro Magalhães, Fabiano Trigueiro Amorim
This study aims to evaluate the effect of regular post-exercise cold water immersion (CWI) on intramuscular markers of cellular stress response and signaling molecules related to mitochondria biogenesis and exercise performance after 4 weeks of high intensity interval training (HIIT). Seventeen healthy subjects were allocated into two groups: control (CON, n = 9) or CWI (n = 8). Each HIIT session consisted of 8-12 cycling exercise stimuli (90-110 % of peak power) for 60 s followed by 75 s of active recovery three times per week, for 4 weeks (12 HIIT sessions)...
September 2016: Cell Stress & Chaperones
Soumyaranjan Pati, S K Panda, A P Acharya, S Senapati, M Behera, S S Behera
AIM: The present study has been envisaged to ascertain the old age for critical management of geriatric dogs considering the parameters of externally visible changes, haemato-biochemical alterations and urine analysis in geriatric dogs approaching senility. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was undertaken in the Department of Veterinary Pathology in collaboration with Teaching Veterinary Clinic complex spanning a period of 1 year. For screening of geriatric dogs, standard geriatric age chart of different breeds was followed...
March 2015: Veterinary World
Cecilie Morland, Mi Nguyen Pettersen, Bjørnar Hassel
Elevation of serum sodium, hypernatremia, which may occur during dehydration or treatment with sodium chloride, may cause brain dysfunction and damage, but toxic mechanisms are poorly understood. We found that exposure to excess NaCl, 10-100mmol/L, for 20h caused cell death in cultured cerebellar granule cells (neurons). Toxicity was due to Na(+), since substituting excess Na(+) with choline reduced cell death to control levels, whereas gluconate instead of excess Cl(-) did not. Prior to cell death from hyperosmolar NaCl, glucose consumption and lactate formation were reduced, and intracellular aspartate levels were elevated, consistent with reduced glycolysis or glucose uptake...
May 2016: Neurotoxicology
Kalyan C Vinnakota, Abhishek Singhal, Françoise Van den Bergh, Masoumeh Bagher-Oskouei, Robert W Wiseman, Daniel A Beard
In cardiac muscle, mitochondrial ATP synthesis is driven by demand for ATP through feedback from the products of ATP hydrolysis. However, in skeletal muscle at higher workloads there is an apparent contribution of open-loop stimulation of ATP synthesis. Open-loop control is defined as modulation of flux through a biochemical pathway by a moiety, which is not a reactant or a product of the biochemical reactions in the pathway. The role of calcium, which is known to stimulate the activity of mitochondrial dehydrogenases, as an open-loop controller, was investigated in isolated cardiac and skeletal muscle mitochondria...
February 23, 2016: Biophysical Journal
H Sun, Y Huang, C Yin, J Guo, R Zhao, X Yang
Most previous studies on the effects of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in pigs focused on the body's immune response, and few reports paid attention to body metabolism changes. To better understand the glucose metabolism changes in skeletal muscle following LPS challenge and to clarify the possible mechanism, 12 growing pigs were employed. Animals were treated with either 2 ml of saline or 15 µg/kg BW LPS, and samples were collected 6 h later. The glycolysis status and mitochondrial function in the longissimus dorsi (LD) muscle of pigs were analyzed...
July 2016: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
Johanne E Rinholm, Koen Vervaeke, Michael R Tadross, Ariana N Tkachuk, Benjamin G Kopek, Timothy A Brown, Linda H Bergersen, David A Clayton
Mitochondria play several crucial roles in the life of oligodendrocytes. During development of the myelin sheath they are essential providers of carbon skeletons and energy for lipid synthesis. During normal brain function their consumption of pyruvate will be a key determinant of how much lactate is available for oligodendrocytes to export to power axonal function. Finally, during calcium-overload induced pathology, as occurs in ischemia, mitochondria may buffer calcium or induce apoptosis. Despite their important functions, very little is known of the properties of oligodendrocyte mitochondria, and mitochondria have never been observed in the myelin sheaths...
May 2016: Glia
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