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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822131/metabolic-engineering-of-photorespiration
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Martin K M Engqvist, Veronica G Maurino
The introduction of two alternative glycolate catabolic pathways in the chloroplasts of Arabidopsis thaliana rendered plants with increased biomass. To introduce these synthetic pathways, the selected genes were stepwise integrated in the nuclear genome of wild-type plants. These plants were transformed by Agrobacterium tumefaciens carrying the binary vectors using the floral dip method. Selection of transformants was conducted using different selection agents and the expression of the transgenes was confirmed by PCR and enzyme activity measurements...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821460/long-term-effects-of-hydrogen-sulfide-on-the-anabolic-catabolic-balance-of-articular-cartilage-in-vitro
#2
A Vela-Anero, T Hermida-Gomez, L Gato-Calvo, C Vaamonde-García, S Diaz-Prado, R Meijide-Faílde, F J Blanco, E F Burguera
Healthy cartilage maintenance relies on an equilibrium among the anabolic and catabolic processes in chondrocytes. With the onset of osteoarthritis (OA), increased interleukin (IL)-1β levels induce an inhibition of the synthesis of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins, as well as an increase in proteases. This eventually leads to a predominance of the catabolic phenotype and the progressive loss of articular cartilage. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a small gaseous molecule recognized as the third endogenous gasotransmitter...
August 15, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820096/lactobacillus-caviae-sp-nov-an-obligately-heterofermentative-bacterium-isolated-from-the-oral-cavity-of-a-guinea-pig-cavia-aperea-f-porcellus
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Jiri Killer, Radko Pechar, Pavel Švec, Hana Salmonová, Roman Švejstil, Martina Geigerová, Vojtěch Rada, Eva Vlková, Chahrazed Mekadim
A Gram-stain-positive, facultatively anaerobic, and catalase- and oxidase-negative bacterial strain designated MOZM2T, having 98.4 % 16S rRNA gene sequence identity with Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 20016T, was isolated from a swab of the oral cavity of a home-bred guinea pig. Comparative analyses based on the hsp60, pheS and tuf genes confirmed L. reuteri as its closest relative species, with calculated sequence similarities of 92.8, 88.8 and 96.9 %, respectively. DNA-DNA hybridisation revealed a 42 % degree of genetic similarity between the novel strain and L...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819322/nampt-enzyme-activity-regulates-catabolic-gene-expression-in-gingival-fibroblasts-during-periodontitis
#4
Ka Hyon Park, Duck-Kyu Kim, Yun Hyun Huh, Gyuseok Lee, Su-Hyeon Lee, Yunkyung Hong, Sun-Hun Kim, Min-Suk Kook, Jeong-Tae Koh, Jang-Soo Chun, Shee Eun Lee, Je-Hwang Ryu
Periodontal disease is one of the most prevalent chronic disorders worldwide. It is accompanied by inflammation of the gingiva and destruction of periodontal tissues, leading to alveolar bone loss. Here, we focused on the role of adipokines, which are locally expressed by periodontal tissues, in the regulation of catabolic gene expression leading to periodontal inflammation. The expression of the nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT) adipokine was dramatically increased in inflamed human and mouse gingival tissues...
August 18, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819187/administration-of-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-before-renal-ischemia-reperfusion-attenuates-kidney-injury-and-may-modulate-renal-lipid-metabolism-in-rats
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Pauline Erpicum, Pascal Rowart, Laurence Poma, Jean-Marie Krzesinski, Olivier Detry, François Jouret
Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) have been demonstrated to attenuate renal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) damage in rodent models. The mechanisms of such nephro-protection remain largely unknown. Furthermore, the optimal timing of MSC administration has been poorly investigated. Here, we compare the impact of MSC injection 7 days before (MSCD - 7) versus 1 day after (MSCD + 1) renal I/R in rats. Control groups received equivalent volumes of saline at similar time-points (SD - 7 and SD + 1). Right nephrectomy was performed, and left renal ischemia lasted 45 min...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819168/resistance-training-regulates-gene-expression-of-molecules-associated-with-intramyocellular-lipids-glucose-signaling-and-fiber-size-in-old-rats
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Manoel Benício Teixeira Ribeiro, Vinicius Guzzoni, Jeffrey M Hord, Gisele Nunes Lopes, Rita de Cássia Marqueti, Rosângela Vieira de Andrade, Heloisa Sobreiro Selistre-de-Araujo, João Luiz Q Durigan
Sarcopenia is a complex multifactorial process, some of which involves fat infiltration. Intramyocellular lipid (IMCL) accumulation is postulated to play a role on sarcopenia during aging, which is believed to be due alterations in glucose homeostasis in the skeletal muscle. Sarcopenia, along with intramuscular lipids, is associated with physical inactivity. Resistance training (RT) has been indicated to minimize the age-induced muscle skeletal adaptations. Thus, we aimed to investigate the effects of RT on mRNA levels of regulatory components related to intramyocellular lipid, glucose metabolism and fiber size in soleus and gastrocnemius muscles of aged rats...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818395/lymphocyte-fate-and-metabolism-a-clonal-balancing-act
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Simone A Nish, Wen-Hsuan W Lin, Steven L Reiner
Activated lymphocytes perform a clonal balancing act, yielding a daughter cell that differentiates owing to intense PI3K signaling, alongside a self-renewing sibling cell with blunted anabolic signaling. Divergent cellular anabolism versus catabolism is emerging as a feature of several developmental and regenerative paradigms. Metabolism can dictate cell fate, in part, because lineage-specific regulators are embedded in the circuitry of conserved metabolic switches. Unequal transmission of PI3K signaling during regenerative divisions is reminiscent of compartmentalized PI3K activity during directed motility or polarized information flow in non-dividing cells...
August 14, 2017: Trends in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818119/characterization-of-the-interaction-between-the-small-rna-encoded-peptide-sr1p-and-gapa-from-bacillus-subtilis
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Matthias Gimpel, Caroline Maiwald, Christoph Wiedemann, Matthias Görlach, Sabine Brantl
Small regulatory RNAs (sRNAs) are the most prominent post-transcriptional regulators in all kingdoms of life. A few of them, e.g. SR1 from Bacillus subtilis, are dual-function sRNAs. SR1 acts as a base-pairing sRNA in arginine catabolism and as an mRNA encoding the small peptide SR1P in RNA degradation. Both functions of SR1 are highly conserved among 23 species of Bacillales. Here, we investigate the interaction between SR1P and GapA by a combination of in vivo and in vitro methods. De novo prediction of the structure of SR1P yielded five models, one of which was consistent with experimental circular dichroism spectroscopy data of a purified, synthetic peptide...
August 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817438/alternatively-activated-macrophages-drive-browning-of-white-adipose-tissue-in-burns
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Abdikarim Abdullahi, Christopher Auger, Mile Stanojcic, David Patsouris, Alexandra Parousis, Slava Epelman, Marc G Jeschke
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to uncover the mediators and mechanistic events that facilitate the browning of white adipose tissue (WAT) in response to burns. BACKGROUND: In hypermetabolic patients (eg, burns, cancer), the browning of WAT has presented substantial clinical challenges related to cachexia, atherosclerosis, and poor clinical outcomes. Browning of the adipose tissue has recently been found to induce and sustain hypermetabolism. Although browning appears central in trauma-, burn-, or cancer-induced hypermetabolic catabolism, the mediators are essentially unknown...
August 16, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814974/time-resolved-transcriptome-analysis-and-lipid-pathway-reconstruction-of-the-oleaginous-green-microalga-monoraphidium-neglectum-reveal-a-model-for-triacylglycerol-and-lipid-hyperaccumulation
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Daniel Jaeger, Anika Winkler, Jan H Mussgnug, Jörn Kalinowski, Alexander Goesmann, Olaf Kruse
BACKGROUND: Oleaginous microalgae are promising production hosts for the sustainable generation of lipid-based bioproducts and as bioenergy carriers such as biodiesel. Transcriptomics of the lipid accumulation phase, triggered efficiently by nitrogen starvation, is a valuable approach for the identification of gene targets for metabolic engineering. RESULTS: An explorative analysis of the detailed transcriptional response to different stages of nitrogen availability was performed in the oleaginous green alga Monoraphidium neglectum...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814844/comparison-between-parameters-of-muscle-performance-and-inflammatory-biomarkers-of-non-sarcopenic-and-sarcopenic-elderly-women
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Lygia Paccini Lustosa, Patrícia Parreira Batista, Daniele Sirineu Pereira, Leani Souza Máximo Pereira, Aline Scianni, Giane Amorim Ribeiro-Samora
BACKGROUND: Sarcopenia is a multifactorial geriatric syndrome with complex interrelationships. Increased plasma levels of inflammatory mediators increase the catabolic stimuli of the musculature, thereby causing a decrease in mass and muscular function. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to compare the performance of the knee extensors test (by isokinetic dynamometer) and plasma levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6) and soluble receptors of tumor necrosis factor alpha (sTNFR1) between sarcopenics and non-sarcopenics community-dwelling elderly women residents of Brazil...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814762/down-regulation-of-pdk4-is-critical-for-the-switch-of-carbohydrate-catabolism-during-syncytialization-of-human-placental-trophoblasts
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Xiaohui Liu, Rujuan Zuo, Yirong Bao, Xiaoxian Qu, Kang Sun, Hao Ying
Pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase (PDK) is known as a gatekeeper directing the carbon flux into glycolysis via inhibition of the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex. During syncytialization of placental trophoblasts, both ATP production and oxygen consumption are increased to meet enhanced energetic demands by syntiotrophoblasts. We hypothesized that down-regulation of PDK expression may play a central role in the switch from glycolysis to oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) during syncytialization. By using primary human trophoblasts, we demonstrated that PDK4 was the dominating PDK isoform in human cytotrophoblasts, and its abundance was substantially decreased upon syncytialization, which was accompanied by decreases in lactate production and increases in ATP production...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814665/fatty-acid-oxidation-by-the-osteoblast-is-required-for-normal-bone-acquisition-in-a-sex-and-diet-dependent-manner
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Soohyun P Kim, Zhu Li, Meredith L Zoch, Julie L Frey, Caitlyn E Bowman, Priyanka Kushwaha, Kathleen A Ryan, Brian C Goh, Susanna Scafidi, Julie E Pickett, Marie-Claude Faugere, Erin E Kershaw, Daniel L J Thorek, Thomas L Clemens, Michael J Wolfgang, Ryan C Riddle
Postnatal bone formation is influenced by nutritional status and compromised by disturbances in metabolism. The oxidation of dietary lipids represents a critical source of ATP for many cells but has been poorly studied in the skeleton, where the prevailing view is that glucose is the primary energy source. Here, we examined fatty acid uptake by bone and probed the requirement for fatty acid catabolism during bone formation by specifically disrupting the expression of carnitine palmitoyltransferase 2 (Cpt2), an obligate enzyme in fatty acid oxidation, in osteoblasts and osteocytes...
August 17, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814641/ceramide-activation-of-rhoa-rho-kinase-impairs-actin-polymerization-during-aggregated-ldl-catabolism
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Rajesh K Singh, Abigail S Haka, Alexandria Brumfield, Inna Grosheva, Priya Bhardwaj, Harvey F Chin, Yuquan Xiong, Timothy Hla, Frederick R Maxfield
Macrophages use an extracellular, hydrolytic compartment formed by local actin polymerization to digest aggregated LDL (agLDL). Catabolism of agLDL promotes foam cell formation and creates an environment rich in LDL catabolites including cholesterol and ceramide. Increased ceramide levels are present in lesional LDL, but the effect of ceramide on macrophage pro-atherogenic processes remains unknown. Here, we show that macrophages accumulate ceramide in atherosclerotic lesions. Using macrophages from Sphingosine Kinase 2 knockout (SK2KO) mice to mimic ceramide rich conditions of atherosclerotic lesions, we show that SK2KO macrophages display impaired actin polymerization and foam cell formation in response to contact with agLDL...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814390/the-physiological-and-metabolic-differences-between-visceral-and-subcutaneous-adipose-tissues-in-nile-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus
#15
Ya-Wen Wang, Ji-Lei Zhang, Jian-Gang Jiao, Xiao-Xia Du, Samwel Mchele Limbu, Fang Qiao, Mei-Ling Zhang, Dong-Liang Li, Zhen-Yu Du
BACKGROUND: Visceral adipose tissue (VAT) and subcutaneous adipose tissue (SCAT) have different structures and metabolic functions, and play different roles in the regulation of mammal systemic endocrine. However, little is known about morphology and physiological and metabolic functions between VAT and SCAT in fish. METHODS: We compared the morphological, physiological and biochemical characteristics of VAT and SCAT in Nile Tilapia and measured their functions in energy intake flux, lipolytic ability, and gene expression patterns...
August 16, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814270/transcriptional-analysis-of-abdominal-fat-in-chickens-divergently-selected-on-bodyweight-at-two-ages-reveals-novel-mechanisms-controlling-adiposity-validating-visceral-adipose-tissue-as-a-dynamic-endocrine-and-metabolic-organ
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C W Resnyk, W Carré, X Wang, T E Porter, J Simon, E Le Bihan-Duval, M J Duclos, S E Aggrey, L A Cogburn
BACKGROUND: Decades of intensive genetic selection in the domestic chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus) have enabled the remarkable rapid growth of today's broiler (meat-type) chickens. However, this enhanced growth rate was accompanied by several unfavorable traits (i.e., increased visceral fatness, leg weakness, and disorders of metabolism and reproduction). The present descriptive analysis of the abdominal fat transcriptome aimed to identify functional genes and biological pathways that likely contribute to an extreme difference in visceral fatness of divergently selected broiler chickens...
August 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813744/alkaptonuria-a-case-report-with-diagnostic-challenge
#17
Vasantha L Gali, Amy M Kerkvliet, Jacob M Kusmak, Jana K Elwood
Alkaptonuria is a rare autosomal recessive metabolic disorder caused by deficiency of homogentisic acid (HGA) oxidase, the only enzyme capable of catabolizing HGA. Deficiency of this enzyme leads to excess HGA which deposits in the connective tissue. We present a case of a 64-year-old woman who was referred to the dermatology clinic for a full body mole check and skin cancer screening. Clinically she had blue/gray pigmentation of the external ear and sclera. Also she had a domed papule on the left cheek with punctate gray pigmentation which was biopsied...
August 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811491/high-fat-diet-induced-acceleration-of-osteoarthritis-is-associated-with-a-distinct-and-sustained-plasma-metabolite-signature
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Poulami Datta, Yue Zhang, Alexa Parousis, Anirudh Sharma, Evgeny Rossomacha, Helal Endisha, Brian Wu, Izabela Kacprzak, Nizar N Mahomed, Rajiv Gandhi, Jason S Rockel, Mohit Kapoor
Metabolic changes induced by high fat diet (HFD) that contribute to osteoarthritis (OA) are poorly understood. We investigated longitudinal changes to metabolites and their contribution to OA pathogenesis in response to HFD. HFD-fed mice exhibited acceleration of spontaneous age-related and surgically-induced OA compared to lean diet (LD)-fed mice. Using metabolomics, we identified that HFD-fed mice exhibited a distinct and sustained plasma metabolite signature rich in phosphatidylcholines (PC) and lysophosphatidylcholines (lysoPCs), even after resumption of normal chow diet...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811200/globular-adiponectin-reverses-osteo-sarcopenia-and-altered-body-composition-in-ovariectomized-rats
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Shyamsundar Pal China, Subhashis Pal, Sourav Chattopadhyay, Konica Porwal, Sapana Kushwaha, Sharmishtha Bhattacharyya, Monika Mittal, Anagha A Gurjar, Tarun Barbhuyan, Abhishek K Singh, Arun K Trivedi, Jiaur R Gayen, Sabyasachi Sanyal, Naibedya Chattopadhyay
Adiponectin regulates various metabolic processes including glucose flux, lipid breakdown and insulin response. We recently reported that adiponectin receptor1 (adipoR1) activation by a small molecule reverses osteopenia in leptin receptor deficient db/db (diabetic) mice. However, the role of adiponectin in bone metabolism under the setting of post-menopausal (estrogen-deficiency) osteopenia and associated metabolic derangements has not been studied. Here, we studied the therapeutic effect of the globular form of adiponectin (gAd), which is predominantly an adipoR1 agonist, in aged ovariectomized (OVX) rats and compared it with standard-of-care anti-osteoporosis drugs...
August 12, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811124/two-cap-residues-in-the-s1-subsite-of-a-plasmodium-falciparum-m1-family-aminopeptidase-promote-broad-specificity-and-enhance-catalysis
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Matthew Rosati, Seema Dalal, Michael Klemba
The aminopeptidase PfA-M1 is a key contributor to peptide catabolism in the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. PfA-M1 substrate specificity is shaped by the cylindrical S1 subsite, which accommodates the sidechain of the substrate P1 residue. At the top of the S1 subsite are two "cap" residues, E572 and M1034, that are positioned to influence S1 subsite specificity. In this study, we have mutated the cap residues, individually and together, and have evaluated the effects on PfA-M1 specificity and catalytic efficiency...
August 12, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
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