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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151256/melatonin-and-metformin-diminish-oxidative-stress-in-heart-tissue-in-a-rat-model-of-high-fat-diet-and-mammary-carcinogenesis
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Natalia Kurhaluk, Bianka Bojkova, Marek Radkowski, Olga V Zaitseva, Svitlana Kyriienko, Urszula Demkow, Pawel J Winklewski
The aim of this study was to determine the effects of long-term administration of the oral antidiabetic metformin or the pineal hormone melatonin, and a combination thereof, in preventing oxidative stress in the heart tissue of female Sprague-Dawley rats with mammary tumors induced by N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (NMU) (50 mg/kg) given on the 42nd postnatal day. Metformin and melatonin were administered 12 days before and 16 weeks after the carcinogen. During the experiment, all animals were fed a high fat diet (10% total fat, 2...
November 19, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151239/increased-serum-3-carboxy-4-methyl-5-propyl-2-furanpropanoic-acid-cmpf-levels-are-associated-with-glucose-metabolism-in-chinese-pregnant-women
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J Yi, H Jin, R Zhang, S Zhang, P Chen, X Yu, X Zhang
PURPOSE: Previous studies have found that 3-carboxy-4-methyl-5-propyl-2-furanpropanoic acid (CMPF) was associated with diabetes. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between abnormal increased CMPF levels and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). METHODS: We recruited 828 pregnant women, and all of them underwent an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). We screened out 141 GDM patients and 230 pregnant women with normal glucose tolerance as controls. The serum CMPF concentration in participants was measured, and the relationship between the serum CMPF concentration and various parameters and biochemical indices was analyzed...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151189/the-environmental-pollutant-bde-209-regulates-no-cgmp-signaling-through-activation-of-nmda-receptors-in-neurons
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Jingsi Chen, Xiuying Li, Xiaomei Li, Dunjin Chen
The common flame retardant decabrominated diphenyl ether (BDE-209) is a persistent organic pollutant. Epidemiological studies have revealed that prenatal or postnatal exposure to BDE-209 can result in delayed cognitive development, and BDE-209 has been shown to be toxic to cultured neurons with maturation interference effects. However, its neurotoxic mechanism remains unclear. Nitric oxide/cyclic guanosine monophosphate (NO/cGMP) signaling plays an important role in regulating neuronal maturation. We examined the influence of BDE-209 (100, 200, and 400 nM) on NO production and cGMP levels signaling in rodent neurons in vitro, with or without pretreatment N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonism...
November 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151024/insecticide-resistance-in-anopheles-arabiensis-from-ethiopia-2012-2016-a-nationwide-study-for-insecticide-resistance-monitoring
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Louisa A Messenger, Josephat Shililu, Seth R Irish, Gedeon Yohannes Anshebo, Alemayehu Getachew Tesfaye, Yemane Ye-Ebiyo, Sheleme Chibsa, Dereje Dengela, Gunawardena Dissanayake, Estifanos Kebede, Endalew Zemene, Abebe Asale, Mekonnen Yohannes, Hiwot Solomon Taffese, Kristen George, Christen Fornadel, Aklilu Seyoum, Robert A Wirtz, Delenasaw Yewhalaw
BACKGROUND: Indoor residual spraying (IRS) and long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) remain the cornerstones of malaria vector control. However, the development of insecticide resistance and its implications for operational failure of preventative strategies are of concern. The aim of this study was to characterize insecticide resistance among Anopheles arabiensis populations in Ethiopia and describe temporal and spatial patterns of resistance between 2012 and 2016. METHODS: Between 2012 and 2016, resistance status of An...
November 18, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150981/systematic-proteomic-analysis-of-protein-methylation-in-prokaryotes-and-eukaryotes-revealed-distinct-substrate-specificity
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Min Zhang, Jun-Yu Xu, Hao Hu, Bang-Ce Ye, Minjia Tan
The studies of protein methylation mainly focus on lysine and arginine residues due to their diverse roles in essential cellular processes from gene expression to signal transduction. Nevertheless, atypical protein methylation occurring on amino acid residues, such as glutamine and glutamic acid, was largely neglected until recently. In addition, the systematic analysis for the distribution of methylation on different amino acids in various species is still lacking, which hinders our understanding of its functional roles...
November 18, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150948/methylation-associated-dok1-and-dok2-down-regulation-potential-biomarkers-for-predicting-adverse-prognosis-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Pin-Fang He, Zi-Jun Xu, Jing-Dong Zhou, Xi-Xi Li, Wei Zhang, De-Hong Wu, Zhi-Hui Zhang, Xin-Yue Lian, Xin-Yu Yao, Zhao-Qun Deng, Jiang Lin, Jun Qian
DOK-1 and DOK-2 (DOK1/2) are closely related members of downstream of tyrosine kinase (DOK) family genes, which are found to be frequently rearranged in several hematopoietic cancers. However, the clinical implications of DOK1/2 in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) remain largely unknown. To investigate the clinical significance, real-time quantitative PCR (RQ-PCR) was carried out to detect DOK1/2 expressions in 125 de novo AML patients and 28 healthy controls. Real-time quantitative methylation-specific PCR (RQ-MSP) and bisulfite sequencing PCR (BSP) were applied to detect DOK1/2 methylation level and density...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150927/identification-of-proteins-drying-oils-waxes-and-resins-in-the-works-of-art-micro-samples-by-chromatographic-and-mass-spectrometric-techniques
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Bartłomiej Witkowski, Anna Duchnowicz, Monika Ganeczko, Agnieszka Laudy, Tomasz Gierczak, Magdalena Biesaga
Simplified method for simultaneous identification of proteins, drying oils, waxes and resins in the works-of-art samples was developed. Liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry and gas chromatography with mass spectrometry were used to identify natural materials most frequently encountered in historical paintings. Protein binders were extracted with ammonia and purified using miniaturized solid-phase microextraction (Omix tips) to efficiently suppress matrix interferences. Zwitterionic stationary phase was used for separation of sixteen underivatized amino acids analysis with hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography that were subsequently quantified with liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150919/a-focus-on-the-beneficial-effects-of-alpha-synuclein-and-a-re-appraisal-of-synucleinopathies
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Larisa Ryskalin, Carla L Busceti, Fiona Limanaqi, Francesca Biagioni, Stefano Gambardella, Francesco Fornai
Alpha synuclein (α-syn) belongs to a class of proteins which are commonly considered to play a detrimental role in neuronal survival. This assumption is based on the occurrence of a severe neuronal degeneration in patients carrying a multiplication of the α-syn gene (SNCA) and in a variety of experimental models, where overexpression of α-syn leads to cell death and neurological impairment. In these conditions, a higher amount of normally structured α-syn produces a damage, which is even worse compared with that produced by α-syn owing an abnormal structure (as occurring following point gene mutations)...
November 16, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150847/chronic-sun-exposure-is-associated-with-distinct-histone-acetylation-changes-in-human-skin
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S Ding, J Chen, Q Zeng, J Lu, L Tan, A Guo, J Kang, S Yang, Y Xiang, C Zuo, J Huang
BACKGROUND: Photoaging is attributed to continuous sunlight or artificial UV exposure and manifests the clinical and histological changes of skin. Epigenetic changes have been found to be involved in the pathogenesis of photoaging. However, the underlying mechanisms are unclear. OBJECTIVES: To analyse histone modification patterns in sun-exposed and non-exposed skins, and identify the abnormally histone modified-genes related to photoaging. METHODS: Skin biopsies were collected both from the outer forearm (sun-exposed area) and the buttock (sun-protected area) in 20 healthy middle-aged female volunteers...
November 18, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150792/correlation-between-mgmt-promoter-methylation-and-response-to-temozolomide-based-therapy-in-neuroendocrine-neoplasms-an-observational-retrospective-multicenter-study
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Davide Campana, Thomas Walter, Sara Pusceddu, Fabio Gelsomino, Emmanuelle Graillot, Natalie Prinzi, Andrea Spallanzani, Michelangelo Fiorentino, Marc Barritault, Filippo Dall'Olio, Nicole Brighi, Guido Biasco
PURPOSE: Temozolomide (TEM) based therapy has been reported being effective in the treatment of metastatic neuroendocrine neoplasms (NEN), with response rates ranging from 30 to 70%. Among patients affected by advanced glioblastoma or melanoma and treated with TEM, loss of tumoral O6-methylguanine DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) is correlated with improved survival. In NEN patients, the role of MGMT deficiency in predicting clinical outcomes of TEM treatment is still under debate. METHODS: In this study we evaluated 95 patients with advanced NENs undergoing treatment with TEM-based therapy...
November 17, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150703/transcriptome-analysis-reveals-the-mechanism-of-fungicidal-of-thymol-against-fusarium-oxysporum-f-sp-niveum
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Meng Zhang, Jing Ge, Xiangyang Yu
Fusarium oxysporum: f. sp. niveum (Fusarium oxysporum) causes watermelon wilt, drastically reducing its yield. Thymol (5-methyl-2-(1-methylethyl) phenol, PubChem CID: 6989) has been extensively reported to have antimicrobial activity against pathogenic microorganisms. In this study, the growth of F. oxysporum was significantly inhibited by thymol in vitro. The dry weight of F. oxysporum was decreased significantly. Thymol-induced cell membrane damage was observed at 24 hpi (hours post-incubation). Therefore, the changes in the gene expression level of F...
November 17, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150691/mechanical-regulation-of-organ-asymmetry-in-leaves
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Jiyan Qi, Binbin Wu, Shiliang Feng, Shouqin Lü, Chunmei Guan, Xiao Zhang, Dengli Qiu, Yingchun Hu, Yihua Zhou, Chuanyou Li, Mian Long, Yuling Jiao
How appendages, such as plant leaves or animal limbs, develop asymmetric shapes remains a fundamental question in biology. Although ongoing research has revealed the genetic regulation of organ pattern formation, how gene activity ultimately directs organ shape remains unclear. Here, we show that leaf dorsoventral (adaxial-abaxial) polarity signals lead to mechanical heterogeneity of the cell wall, related to the methyl-esterification of cell-wall pectins in tomato and Arabidopsis. Numerical simulations predicate that mechanical heterogeneity is sufficient to produce the asymmetry seen in planar leaves...
September 2017: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150633/ketamine-s-antidepressant-effect-is-mediated-by-energy-metabolism-and-antioxidant-defense-system
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Katja Weckmann, Michael J Deery, Julie A Howard, Renata Feret, John M Asara, Frederik Dethloff, Michaela D Filiou, Jamie Iannace, Christiana Labermaier, Giuseppina Maccarrone, Christian Webhofer, Larysa Teplytska, Kathryn Lilley, Marianne B Müller, Christoph W Turck
Fewer than 50% of all patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) treated with currently available antidepressants (ADs) show full remission. Moreover, about one third of the patients suffering from MDD does not respond to conventional ADs and develop treatment-resistant depression (TRD). Ketamine, a non-competitive, voltage-dependent N-Methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) antagonist, has been shown to have a rapid antidepressant effect, especially in patients suffering from TRD. Hippocampi of ketamine-treated mice were analysed by metabolome and proteome profiling to delineate ketamine treatment-affected molecular pathways and biosignatures...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150591/cholesterol-depletion-does-not-alter-the-capacitance-or-ca-handling-of-the-surface-or-t-tubule-membranes-in-mouse-ventricular-myocytes
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Hanne C Gadeberg, Cherrie H T Kong, Simon M Bryant, Andrew F James, Clive H Orchard
Cholesterol is a key component of the cell plasma membrane. It has been suggested that the t-tubule membrane of cardiac ventricular myocytes is enriched in cholesterol and that this plays a role in determining t-tubule structure and function. We have used methyl-β-cyclodextrin (MβCD) to deplete cholesterol in intact and detubulated mouse ventricular myocytes to investigate the contribution of cholesterol to t-tubule structure, membrane capacitance, and the distribution of Ca flux pathways. Depletion of membrane cholesterol was confirmed using filipin; however, di-8-ANEPPS staining showed no differences in t-tubule structure following MβCD treatment...
November 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150566/the-loss-of-tet2-promotes-cd8-t-cell-memory-differentiation
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Shannon A Carty, Mercy Gohil, Lauren B Banks, Renee M Cotton, Matthew E Johnson, Erietta Stelekati, Andrew D Wells, E John Wherry, Gary A Koretzky, Martha S Jordan
T cell differentiation requires appropriate regulation of DNA methylation. In this article, we demonstrate that the methylcytosine dioxygenase ten-eleven translocation (TET)2 regulates CD8(+) T cell differentiation. In a murine model of acute viral infection, TET2 loss promotes early acquisition of a memory CD8(+) T cell fate in a cell-intrinsic manner without disrupting Ag-driven cell expansion or effector function. Upon secondary recall, TET2-deficient memory CD8(+) T cells demonstrate superior pathogen control...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150544/estimation-of-circulating-drug-metabolite-exposure-in-human-using-in-vitro-data-and-physiologically-based-pharmacokinetic-modelling-example-of-a-high-metabolite-parent-drug-ratio
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R Scott Obach, Jian Lin, Emi Kimoto, Sridhar Duvvuri, Timothy Nicholas, Eugene P Kadar, Larry M Tremaine, Aarti Sawant Basak
TBPT ((R)-4-((4-(((4-((tetrahydrofuran-3-yl)oxy)benzo[d]isoxazol-3-yl)oxy)methyl)piperidin-1-yl)methyl)tetrahydro-2H-pyran-4-ol), a serotonin-4 receptor partial agonist, is metabolized to two metabolites: an N-dealkylation product (M1) and a cyclized oxazolidine structure (M2). After administration to humans, the exposure to M1 was low and the exposure to M2 was high, relative to the parent drug, despite this being the opposite in vitro. In this study, projection of the plasma metabolite/parent ratios for M1 and M2 was attempted, using in vitro metabolism, binding, and permeability data in static and dynamic PBPK models...
November 17, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150520/dopaminergic-neurotoxins-induce-cell-death-by-attenuating-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mediated-regulation-of-trpc1-expression-and-autophagy
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Pramod Sukumaran, Yuyang Sun, Neil Antonson, Brij B Singh
Alterations in Ca(2+) homeostasis affect neuronal survival. However, the identity of Ca(2+) channels and the mechanisms underlying neurotoxin-induced neuronal degeneration are not well understood. In this study, the dopaminergic neurotoxins 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) and 1-methyl -4-phenylpyridium ions (MPP(+)/MPTP), which mimic Parkinson's disease (PD), induced neuronal degeneration by decreasing store-mediated Ca(2+) entry. The function of the transient receptor potential canonical (TRPC)-1 channel was decreased upon exposure to the neurotoxins, followed by a decrease in TRPC1 expression...
November 17, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150508/community-composition-and-ultrastructure-of-a-nitrate-dependent-anaerobic-methane-oxidizing-enrichment-culture
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Lavinia Gambelli, Simon Guerrero-Cruz, Rob J Mesman, Geert Cremers, Mike S M Jetten, Huub J M Op den Camp, Boran Kartal, Claudia Lueke, Laura van Niftrik
Methane is a very potent greenhouse gas and can be oxidized aerobically or anaerobically through microbial-mediated processes, thus decreasing methane emissions to the atmosphere. Using a complementary array of methods including phylogenetic analysis, physiological experiments, and light and electron microscopy techniques (including electron tomography), we investigated the community composition and ultrastructure of a continuous bioreactor enrichment culture, in which anaerobic methane oxidation (AOM) was coupled to nitrate reduction...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150503/carbon-amendments-alter-microbial-community-structure-and-net-mercury-methylation-potential-in-sediments
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Geoff A Christensen, Anil C Somenahally, James G Moberly, Carrie M Miller, Andrew J King, Cynthia C Gilmour, Steven D Brown, Mircea Podar, Craig C Brandt, Scott C Brooks, Anthony V Palumbo, Judy D Wall, Dwayne A Elias
Neurotoxic methylmercury (MeHg) is produced by anaerobic Bacteria and Archaea possessing the genes hgcAB, but it is unknown how organic substrate and electron acceptor availability impact the distribution and abundance of these organisms. We evaluated the impact of organic substrate amendments on mercury (Hg) methylation rates, microbial community structure, and the distribution of hgcAB(+) microbes with sediments. Sediment slurries were amended with short-chain fatty acids, alcohols, or a polysaccharide. Minimal increases in MeHg were observed following lactate, ethanol and methanol amendments while a significant decrease (∼70%) was observed with cellobiose incubations...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150332/organic-arsenicals-target-thioredoxin-reductase-followed-by-oxidative-stress-and-mitochondrial-dysfunction-resulting-in-apoptosis
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Xiao-Yang Fan, Yu-Jiao Liu, Kai Chen, Feng-Lei Jiang, Yan-Jun Hu, Dan Liu, Yi Liu, Yu-Shu Ge
Considering the vital role of cellular redox state, more and more researches focus on the design of drugs targeting thioredoxin reductase (TrxR), an important enzyme in maintaining the balance of cellular redox. Here two organic arsenicals, 2-(((4-(1,3,2-dithiarsinan-2-yl) phenyl) imino) methyl) phenol (PIM-PAO-PDT) and N-(4-(1,3,2-dithiarsinan-2-yl) phenyl)-2-hydroxybenzamide (PAM-PAO-PDT), bearing the S-As-S chemical scaffold and different linking groups have been synthesized, and both of them show the better inhibitory activity and selectivity towards HL-60 cells...
May 6, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
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