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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887466/hplc-based-quantification-of-bacterial-housekeeping-nucleotides-and-alarmone-messengers-ppgpp-and-pppgpp
#1
Vallo Varik, Sofia Raquel Alves Oliveira, Vasili Hauryliuk, Tanel Tenson
Here we describe an HPLC-based method to quantify bacterial housekeeping nucleotides and the signaling messengers ppGpp and pppGpp. We have replicated and tested several previously reported HPLC-based approaches and assembled a method that can process 50 samples in three days, thus making kinetically resolved experiments feasible. The method combines cell harvesting by rapid filtration, followed by acid extraction, freeze-drying with chromatographic separation. We use a combination of C18 IPRP-HPLC (GMP unresolved and co-migrating with IMP; GDP and GTP; AMP, ADP and ATP; CTP; UTP) and SAX-HPLC in isocratic mode (ppGpp and pppGpp) with UV detection...
September 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878041/characteristics-of-29-novel-atypical-solute-carriers-of-major-facilitator-superfamily-type-evolutionary-conservation-predicted-structure-and-neuronal-co-expression
#2
Emelie Perland, Sonchita Bagchi, Axel Klaesson, Robert Fredriksson
Solute carriers (SLCs) are vital as they are responsible for a major part of the molecular transport over lipid bilayers. At present, there are 430 identified SLCs, of which 28 are called atypical SLCs of major facilitator superfamily (MFS) type. These are MFSD1, 2A, 2B, 3, 4A, 4B, 5, 6, 6 L, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13A, 14A and 14B; SV2A, SV2B and SV2C; SVOP and SVOPL; SPNS1, SPNS2 and SPNS3; and UNC93A and UNC93B1. We studied their fundamental properties, and we also included CLN3, an atypical SLC not yet belonging to any protein family (Pfam) clan, because its involvement in the same neuronal degenerative disorders as MFSD8...
September 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856729/the-protein-restriction-mimetic-resveratrol-is-an-autophagy-inducer-stronger-than-amino-acid-starvation-in-ovarian-cancer-cells
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Alessandra Ferraresi, Rossella Titone, Carlo Follo, Andrea Castiglioni, Giovanna Chiorino, Danny N Dhanasekaran, Ciro Isidoro
The potential benefit of nutrient starvation in the prevention and treatment of cancer is presently under consideration. Resveratrol (RV), a dietary polyphenol acting as a protein (caloric) restriction mimetic, could substitute for amino acid starvation. The effects of starvation and of caloric restriction are mediated, among others, by autophagy, a process that contributes to cell homeostasis by promoting the lysosomal degradation of damaged and redundant self-constituents. Up-regulation of autophagy favors cell survival under nutrient shortage situation, and may drive cancer cells into a non-replicative, dormant state...
August 30, 2017: Molecular Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28854374/phospho-rasputin-stabilization-by-sec16-is-required-for-stress-granule-formation-upon-amino-acid-starvation
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Angelica Aguilera-Gomez, Margarita Zacharogianni, Marinke M van Oorschot, Heide Genau, Rianne Grond, Tineke Veenendaal, Kristina S Sinsimer, Elisabeth A Gavis, Christian Behrends, Catherine Rabouille
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 29, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835610/glutamine-metabolism-regulates-autophagy-dependent-mtorc1-reactivation-during-amino-acid-starvation
#5
Hayden Weng Siong Tan, Arthur Yi Loong Sim, Yun Chau Long
Activation of autophagy and elevation of glutamine synthesis represent key adaptations to maintain amino acid balance during starvation. In this study, we investigate the role of autophagy and glutamine on the regulation of mTORC1, a critical kinase that regulates cell growth and proliferation. We report that supplementation of glutamine alone is sufficient to restore mTORC1 activity during prolonged amino acid starvation. Inhibition of autophagy abolishes the restorative effect of glutamine, suggesting that reactivation of mTORC1 is autophagy-dependent...
August 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832534/transcriptional-analysis-allows-genome-reannotation-and-reveals-that-cryptococcus-gattii-vgii-undergoes-nutrient-restriction-during-infection
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Patrícia Aline Gröhs Ferrareze, Rodrigo Silva Araujo Streit, Patricia Ribeiro Dos Santos, Francine Melise Dos Santos, Rita Maria Cunha de Almeida, Augusto Schrank, Livia Kmetzsch, Marilene Henning Vainstein, Charley Christian Staats
Cryptococcus gattii is a human and animal pathogen that infects healthy hosts and caused the Pacific Northwest outbreak of cryptococcosis. The inhalation of infectious propagules can lead to internalization of cryptococcal cells by alveolar macrophages, a niche in which C. gattii cells can survive and proliferate. Although the nutrient composition of macrophages is relatively unknown, the high induction of amino acid transporter genes inside the phagosome indicates a preference for amino acid uptake instead of synthesis...
August 23, 2017: Microorganisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832372/nutrient-modulation-in-the-management-of-disease-induced-muscle-wasting-evidence-from-human-studies
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Matthew S Brook, Daniel J Wilkinson, Philip J Atherton
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In addition to being essential for movement, skeletal muscles act as both a store and source of key macronutrients. As such, muscle is an important tissue for whole body homeostasis, undergoing muscle wasting in times of starvation, disease, and stress, for example, to provide energy substrates for other tissues. Yet, muscle wasting is also associated with disability, comorbidities, and mortality. As nutrition is so crucial to maintaining muscle homeostasis 'in health', it has been postulated that muscle wasting in cachexia syndromes may be alleviated by nutritional interventions...
August 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817702/global-gene-expression-analysis-of-the-response-of-physic-nut-jatropha-curcas-l-to-medium-and-long-term-nitrogen-deficiency
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Qi Kuang, Sheng Zhang, Pingzhi Wu, Yaping Chen, Meiru Li, Huawu Jiang, Guojiang Wu
Jatropha curcas L. is an important biofuel plant with excellent tolerance of barren environments. However, studies on the regulatory mechanisms that operate in this plant in response to nitrogen (N) shortage are scarce. In this study, genome-wide transcriptional profiles of the roots and leaves of 8-week old physic nut seedlings were analyzed after 2 and 16 days of N starvation. Enrichment results showed that genes associated with N metabolism, processing and regulation of RNA, and transport predominated among those showing alterations in expression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816616/transfer-rna-mediated-enhancement-of-ribosomal-proteins-s6-kinases-signalling-for-cell-proliferation
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Nam Hoon Kwon, Mi Ran Lee, Jiwon Kong, Seung Kyun Park, Byung Joon Hwang, Byung Gyu Kim, Eun-Shin Lee, Hyeong-Gon Moon, Sunghoon Kim
While transfer RNAs (tRNAs) are known to transport amino acids to ribosome, new functions are being unveiled from tRNAs and their fragments beyond protein synthesis. Here we show that phosphorylation of 90-kDa RPS6K (ribosomal proteins S6 kinase) was enhanced by tRNA(Leu) overexpression under amino acids starvation condition. The phosphorylation of 90-kDa RPS6K was decreased by siRNA specific to tRNA(Leu) and was independent to mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin) signalling. Among the 90-kDa RPS6K family, RSK1 (ribosomal S6 kinase 1) and MSK2 (mitogen-and stress-activated protein kinase 2) were the major kinases phosphorylated by tRNA(Leu) overexpression...
August 17, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815215/structural-characterization-of-acidic-m17-leucine-aminopeptidases-from-the-tritryps-and-evaluation-of-their-role-in-nutrient-starvation-in-trypanosoma-brucei
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Jennifer Timm, Maria Valente, Daniel García-Caballero, Keith S Wilson, Dolores González-Pacanowska
Leucine aminopeptidase (LAP) is found in all kingdoms of life and catalyzes the metal-dependent hydrolysis of the N-terminal amino acid residue of peptide or amino acyl substrates. LAPs have been shown to participate in the N-terminal processing of certain proteins in mammalian cells and in homologous recombination and transcription regulation in bacteria, while in parasites, they are involved in host cell invasion and provision of essential amino acids for growth. The enzyme is essential for survival in Plasmodium falciparum, where its drug target potential has been suggested...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810702/the-nutrient-transceptor-pka-pathway-functions-independently-of-tor-and-responds-to-leucine-and-gcn2-in-a-tor-independent-manner
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Michaela Conrad, Harish Nag Kankipati, Marlies Kimpe, Griet Van Zeebroeck, Zhiqiang Zhang, Johan M Thevelein
Two nutrient-controlled signalling pathways, the PKA and TOR pathway, play a major role in nutrient regulation of growth as well as growth-correlated properties in yeast. The relationship between the two pathways is not well understood. We have used Gap1 and Pho84 transceptor-mediated activation of trehalase and phosphorylation of fragmented Sch9 as a read-out for rapid nutrient activation of PKA or TORC1, respectively. We have identified conditions in which L-citrulline-induced activation of Sch9 phosphorylation is compromised, but not activation of trehalase: addition of the TORC1 inhibitor, rapamycin and low levels of L-citrulline...
August 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804003/effect-and-proposed-mechanism-of-vitamin-c-modulating-amino-acid-regulation-of-autophagic-proteolysis
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Md Razaul Karim, Motoni Kadowaki
Autophagy is an intracellular bulk degradation process, induced under nutrient starvation. Failure of autophagy has been recognized as a contributor to aging and multiple age related neurodegenerative diseases. Improving autophagy is a beneficial anti-aging strategy, however very few physiological regulators have been identified. Here, we demonstrate that vitamin C is a nutritional stimulator of autophagy. Supplementation of fresh hepatocytes with vitamin C increased autophagic proteolysis significantly in the presence of amino acids in a dose- and time-dependent manner, although no effect was observed in the absence of amino acids...
August 10, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771613/activation-of-gcn2-in-response-to-different-stresses
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Silje Anda, Róbert Zach, Beáta Grallert
All organisms have evolved pathways to respond to different forms of cellular stress. The Gcn2 kinase is best known as a regulator of translation initiation in response to starvation for amino acids. Work in budding yeast has showed that the molecular mechanism of GCN2 activation involves the binding of uncharged tRNAs, which results in a conformational change and GCN2 activation. This pathway requires GCN1, which ensures delivery of the uncharged tRNA onto GCN2. However, Gcn2 is activated by a number of other stresses which do not obviously involve accumulation of uncharged tRNAs, raising the question how Gcn2 is activated under these conditions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767134/the-differential-impact-of-amino-acids-on-oxphos-system-activity-following-carbohydrate-starvation-in-arabidopsis-cell-suspensions
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João Henrique F Cavalcanti, Carla G S Quinhones, Peter Schertl, Danielle S Brito, Holger Eubel, Tatjana Hildebrandt, Adriano Nunes-Nesi, Hans-Peter Braun, Wagner L Araújo
Plant respiration mostly depends on the activity of glycolysis and the oxidation of organic acids in the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle to synthesize ATP. However, during stress situations plant cells also use amino acids as alternative substrates to donate electrons via the ETF/ETFQO complex to the mitochondrial electron transport chain (mETC). Given to this, here we investigated changes of the oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) system in Arabidopsis thaliana cell culture under carbohydrate starvation supplied with a range of amino acids...
August 2, 2017: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765838/sex-specific-molecular-responses-of-quick-to-court-protein-in-indian-malarial-vector-anopheles-culicifacies-conflict-of-mating-versus-blood-feeding-behaviour
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Tanwee Das De, Punita Sharma, Charu Rawal, Seena Kumari, Sanjay Tavetiya, Jyoti Yadav, Yasha Hasija, Rajnikant Dixit
Understanding the molecular basis of mosquito behavioural complexity plays a central role in designing novel molecular tools to fight against their vector-borne diseases. Although the olfactory system plays an important role in guiding and managing many behavioural responses including feeding and mating, but the sex-specific regulation of olfactory responses remain poorly investigated. From our ongoing transcriptomic data annotation of olfactory tissue of blood fed adult female An. culicifacies mosquitoes; we have identified a 383 bp long unique transcript encoding a Drosophila homolog of the quick-to-court protein...
July 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750681/drug-induced-amino-acid-deprivation-as-strategy-for-cancer-therapy
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REVIEW
Marcus Kwong Lam Fung, Godfrey Chi-Fung Chan
Cancer is caused by uncontrollable growth of neoplastic cells, leading to invasion of adjacent and distant tissues resulting in death. Cancer cells have specific nutrient(s) auxotrophy and have a much higher nutrient demand compared to normal tissues. Therefore, different metabolic inhibitors or nutrient-depleting enzymes have been tested for their anti-cancer activities. We review recent available laboratory and clinical data on using various specific amino acid metabolic pathways inhibitors in treating cancers...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746877/phospho-rasputin-stabilization-by-sec16-is-required-for-stress-granule-formation-upon-amino-acid-starvation
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Angelica Aguilera-Gomez, Margarita Zacharogianni, Marinke M van Oorschot, Heide Genau, Rianne Grond, Tineke Veenendaal, Kristina S Sinsimer, Elizabeth R Gavis, Christian Behrends, Catherine Rabouille
Most cellular stresses induce protein translation inhibition and stress granule formation. Here, using Drosophila S2 cells, we investigate the role of G3BP/Rasputin in this process. In contrast to arsenite treatment, where dephosphorylated Ser142 Rasputin is recruited to stress granules, we find that, upon amino acid starvation, only the phosphorylated Ser142 form is recruited. Furthermore, we identify Sec16, a component of the endoplasmic reticulum exit site, as a Rasputin interactor and stabilizer. Sec16 depletion results in Rasputin degradation and inhibition of stress granule formation...
July 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745430/supplementation-of-nucleosides-during-selection-can-reduce-sequence-variant-levels-in-cho-cells-using-gs-msx-selection-system
#18
Danming Tang, Cynthia Lam, Salina Louie, Kam Hon Hoi, David Shaw, Mandy Yim, Brad Snedecor, Shahram Misaghi
In the process of generating stable monoclonal antibody (mAb) producing cell lines, reagents such as Methotrexate (MTX) or Methionine Sulfoximine (MSX) are often used. However, using such selection reagent(s) increases the possibility of having higher occurrence of sequence variants in the expressed antibody molecules due to the effects of MTX or MSX on de novo nucleotide synthesis. Since MSX inhibits glutamine synthase (GS) and results in both amino acid and nucleoside starvation, we questioned whether supplementing nucleosides into the media could lower sequence variant levels without affecting titer...
July 26, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710039/cloning-expression-pattern-and-potential-role-of-apoptosis-inhibitor-5-in-the-termination-of-embryonic-diapause-and-early-embryo-development-of-artemia-sinica
#19
Shuang Zhang, Feng Yao, Ting Jing, Mengchen Zhang, Wei Zhao, Xiangyang Zou, Linlin Sui, Lin Hou
During the embryonic development of Artemia sinica, the diapause phenomenon can be induced by high salinity or low temperature conditions. The diapause embryo at the gastrula stage is maintained under the threat of apoptosis to guarantee the embryo's normal development. In this process, apoptosis inhibitor proteins play vital roles in protecting embryos against apoptosis. Apoptosis inhibitor5 (API5) plays a pivotal role in regulating the cell cycle and preventing programmed cell death after growth factor starvation...
July 11, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700931/feedback-inhibition-of-the-rag-gtpase-gap-complex-lst4-lst7-safeguards-torc1-from-hyperactivation-by-amino-acid-signals
#20
Marie-Pierre Péli-Gulli, Serena Raucci, Zehan Hu, Jörn Dengjel, Claudio De Virgilio
Amino acids stimulate the eukaryotic target of rapamycin complex 1 (TORC1), and hence growth, through the Rag GTPases and their regulators. Among these, the yeast Lst4-Lst7 Rag GTPase GAP complex clusters, as we previously reported, at the vacuolar membrane upon amino acid starvation. In response to amino acid refeeding, it activates the Rag GTPase-TORC1 branch and is then dispersed from the vacuolar surface. Here, we show that the latter effect is driven by TORC1 itself, which directly phosphorylates several residues within the intra-DENN loop of Lst4 that, only in its non-phosphorylated state, tethers the Lst4-Lst7 complex to the vacuolar membrane...
July 11, 2017: Cell Reports
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