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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331545/metabolic-engineering-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-to-produce-a-reduced-viscosity-oil-from-lignocellulose
#1
Tam N T Tran, Rebecca J Breuer, Ragothaman Avanasi Narasimhan, Lucas S Parreiras, Yaoping Zhang, Trey K Sato, Timothy P Durrett
BACKGROUND: Acetyl-triacylglycerols (acetyl-TAGs) are unusual triacylglycerol (TAG) molecules that contain an sn-3 acetate group. Compared to typical triacylglycerol molecules (here referred to as long chain TAGs; lcTAGs), acetyl-TAGs possess reduced viscosity and improved cold temperature properties, which may allow direct use as a drop-in diesel fuel. Their different chemical and physical properties also make acetyl-TAGs useful for other applications such as lubricants and plasticizers...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330703/mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-phosphatase-1-mkp-1-in-macrophage-biology-and-cardiovascular-disease-a-redox-regulated-master-controller-of-monocyte-function-and-macrophage-phenotype
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REVIEW
Hong Seok Kim, Reto Asmis
MAPK pathways play a critical role in the activation of monocytes and macrophages by pathogens, signaling molecules and environmental cues and in the regulation of macrophage function and plasticity. MAPK phosphatase 1 (MKP-1) has emerged as the main counter-regulator of MAPK signaling in monocytes and macrophages. Loss of MKP-1 in monocytes and macrophages in response to metabolic stress leads to dysregulation of monocyte adhesion and migration, and gives rise to dysfunctional, proatherogenic monocyte-derived macrophages...
March 18, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325659/construction-of-a-novel-d-lactate-producing-pathway-from-dihydroxyacetone-phosphate-of-the-calvin-cycle-in-cyanobacterium-synechococcus-elongatus-pcc%C3%A2-7942
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Yasutaka Hirokawa, Ryota Goto, Yoshitaka Umetani, Taizo Hanai
Using engineered cyanobacteria to produce various chemicals from carbon dioxide is a promising technology for a sustainable future. Lactate is a valuable commodity that can be used for the biodegradable plastic, polylactic acid. Typically, lactate production using engineered cyanobacteria was via the conversion of pyruvate in glycolysis by lactate dehydrogenase. In cyanobacteria, the metabolic flux in the Calvin cycle is higher than that in glycolysis under photoautotrophic conditions. The construction of a novel lactate producing pathway that uses metabolites from the Calvin cycle could potentially increase lactate productivity in cyanobacteria...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323920/perinatal-exposure-to-low-dose-bisphenol-a-bpa-disrupts-the-structural-and-functional-development-of-the-hypothalamic-feeding-circuitry
#4
Harry MacKay, Zachary R Patterson, Alfonso Abizaid
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a component of polycarbonate and other plastics to which humans are regularly exposed at low levels. BPA is characterized as an endocrine disruptor due to observations of its estrogenic activity in various experimental models. We have previously shown evidence of disrupted hypothalamic feeding circuitry and leptin sensitivity in adult BPA-exposed animals subject to a high-fat diet, but because these animals were already exhibiting a diet-induced obese phenotype, we could not rule out the possibility that these observations were simply consequences of the obesity, not a pre-existing phenotype produced by BPA exposure...
February 7, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320273/impact-of-changes-in-neurotrophic-supplementation-on-development-of-alzheimer-s-disease-like-pathology-in-oxys-rats
#5
E A Rudnitskaya, N G Kolosova, N A Stefanova
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common type of age-related dementia. The development of neurodegeneration in AD is closely related to alterations in neurotrophic supplementation of the brain, which may be caused either by disorder of neurotrophin metabolism or by modification of its availability due to changes in the microenvironment of neurons. The underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. In this work, we used senescence-accelerated OXYS rats as a unique model of the sporadic form of AD to examine the relationship of development of AD signs and changes in neurotrophic supplementation of the cortex...
March 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320264/molecular-mechanisms-of-neuroplasticity-an-expanding-universe
#6
REVIEW
N V Gulyaeva
Biochemical processes in synapses and other neuronal compartments underlie neuroplasticity (functional and structural alterations in the brain enabling adaptation to the environment, learning, memory, as well as rehabilitation after brain injury). This basic molecular level of brain plasticity covers numerous specific proteins (enzymes, receptors, structural proteins, etc.) participating in many coordinated and interacting signal and metabolic processes, their modulation forming a molecular basis for brain plasticity...
March 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315455/7-8-dihydroxyflavone-facilitates-the-action-exercise-to-restore-plasticity-and-functionality-implications-for-early-brain-trauma-recovery
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Gokul Krishna, Rahul Agrawal, Yumei Zhuang, Zhe Ying, Afshin Paydar, Neil G Harris, Luiz Fernando F Royes, Fernando Gomez-Pinilla
Metabolic dysfunction accompanying traumatic brain injury (TBI) severely impairs the ability of injured neurons to comply with functional demands. This limits the success of rehabilitative strategies by compromising brain plasticity and function, and highlights the need for early interventions to promote energy homeostasis. We sought to examine whether the TrkB agonist, 7,8-dihydroxyflavone (7,8-DHF) normalizes brain energy deficits and restablishes more normal patterns of functional connectivity, while enhancing the effects of exercise during post-TBI period...
March 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304238/remote-motor-system-metabolic-profile-and-surgery-outcome-in-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy
#8
Sorin C Craciunas, Mircea R Gorgan, Bogdan Ianosi, Phil Lee, Joseph Burris, Carmen M Cirstea
OBJECTIVE In patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM), the motor system may undergo progressive functional/structural changes rostral to the lesion, and these changes may be associated with clinical disability. The extent to which these changes have a prognostic value in the clinical recovery after surgical treatment is not yet known. In this study, magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) was used to test 2 primary hypotheses. 1) Based on evidence of corticospinal and spinocerebellar, rubro-, or reticulospinal tract degeneration/dysfunction during chronic spinal cord compression, the authors hypothesized that the metabolic profile of the primary motor cortices (M1s) and cerebellum, respectively, would be altered in patients with CSM, and these alterations would be associated with the extent of the neurological disabilities...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302867/an-early-life-hypoxia-event-has-a-long-term-impact-on-protein-digestion-and-growth-in-european-sea-bass-juvenile
#9
José L Zambonino-Infante, David Mazurais, A Servili, C Cahu, G Vanderplancke, N Le Bayon, C Huelvan, Guy Claireaux
Ocean warming, eutrophication and consequent decrease in oxygen lead to smaller average fish size. Although such responses are well-known in an evolutionary context, involving multiple generations, it appears to be incompatible with current rapid environmental change. Rather, phenotypic plasticity could provide a means for marine fish to cope with rapid environmental changes. However, little is known about the mechanisms underlying plastic responses to environmental conditions that favour small phenotypes.Our aim was to investigate how and why European sea bass that had experienced a short episode of moderate hypoxia during their larval stage subsequently exhibited a growth depression at the juvenile stage compared to the control group...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295163/cyanobacterial-carbon-metabolism-fluxome-plasticity-and-oxygen-dependence
#10
Ni Wan, Drew M DeLorenzo, Lian He, Le You, Cheryl M Immethun, George Wang, Edward E K Baidoo, Whitney Hollinshead, Jay D Keasling, Tae Seok Moon, Yinjie J Tang
Synechocystis sp. strain PCC 6803 has been widely used as a photo-biorefinery chassis. Based on its genome annotation, this species contains a complete TCA cycle, an Embden-Meyerhof-Parnas pathway (EMPP), an oxidative pentose phosphate pathway (OPPP), and an Entner-Doudoroff pathway (EDP). To evaluate how Synechocystis 6803 catabolizes glucose under heterotrophic conditions, we performed (13) C metabolic flux analysis, metabolite pool size analysis, gene knockouts, and heterologous expressions. The results revealed a cyclic mode of flux through the OPPP...
March 14, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293951/case-study-on-screening-emerging-pollutants-in-urine-and-nails
#11
Andreia Alves, Georgios Giovanoulis, Ulrika Lena Nilsson, Claudio Erratico, Luisa Lucattini, Line Småstuen Haug, Griet Jacobs, Cynthia A de Wit, Pim E G Leonards, Adrian Covaci, Jorgen Magnér, Stefan Voorspoels
New plasticizers and flame retardants (FRs) have been introduced as replacements for banned or restricted chemicals, but very little is known about their metabolism and presence in humans. A recent study determined the metabolites formed in vitro for four alternative plasticizers (acetyltributyl citrate (ATBC), bis(2-propylheptyl) phthalate (DPHP), bis(2-ethylhexyl) terephthalate (DEHTP), bis(2-ethylhexyl) adipate (DEHA)) and one FR (i.e. 2,2-bis(chloromethyl)-propane-1,3-diyltetrakis(2-chloroethyl) bisphosphate (V6))...
March 15, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292942/the-apoe-receptors-vldlr-and-apoer2-in-central-nervous-system-function-and-disease
#12
Courtney Lane-Donovan, Joachim Herz
The low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) family has long been studied for its role in cholesterol transport and metabolism; however, the identification of apolipoprotein E4 (ApoE4), an LDLR ligand, as a genetic risk factor for late-onset Alzheimers disease (AD) has focused attention on the role this receptor family plays in the central nervous system (CNS). Surprisingly, it was discovered that two LDLR family members, Apolipoprotein E receptor 2 (Apoer2) and very-low-density lipoprotein receptor (Vldlr), play key roles in brain development and adult synaptic plasticity, primarily by mediating Reelin signaling...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291948/eccentric-training-for-tendon-healing-after-acute-lesion-a-rat-model
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Jean-François Kaux, Vincent Libertiaux, Pierre Leprince, Marianne Fillet, Vincent Denoel, Clémence Wyss, Christelle Lecut, André Gothot, Caroline Le Goff, Jean-Louis Croisier, Jean-Michel Crielaard, Pierre Drion
BACKGROUND: The tendon is a dynamic entity that remodels permanently. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection has been shown to have a beneficial effect on tendon healing after lesion in rats. Furthermore, eccentric exercise seems to improve the mechanical quality of the tendon. HYPOTHESIS: A combination of PRP injection and eccentric training might be more effective than either treatment alone. STUDY DESIGN: Controlled laboratory study. METHODS: Adult male rats were anesthetized, an incision was performed in the middle of their left patellar tendon and an injection of physiological fluid (PF) or homologous PRP was randomly made at the lesion level...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290889/-platelet-metabolism-in-clopidogrel-resistant-and-sensitive-patients-with-ischemic-heart-disease
#14
I Yu Grinshtein, A A Savchenko, Yu I Grinshtein, I V Filonenko, A A Kosinova
OBJECTIVE: to investigate relationship between activity of platelet nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADP) dependent dehydrogenases in patients with ischemic heart disease (IHD) after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and their sensitivity to clopidogrel. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We studied 51 male patients with chronic IHD before and after CABG. Control group comprised 35 healthy men. In IHD patients spontaneous and induced platelet aggregation was measured by aggregometry before CABG (in 2 weeks after cessation of antiplatelet drugs), after CABG during therapy with clopidogrel (75 mg/day), and in 6 months after surgery...
October 2016: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289905/expression-profile-of-desiccation-tolerance-factors-in-intertidal-seaweed-species-during-the-tidal-cycle
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Camila Fierro, Camilo López-Cristoffanini, Andrés Meynard, Carlos Lovazzano, Francisco Castañeda, Eduardo Guajardo, Loretto Contreras-Porcia
The transcriptional modulation of desiccation tolerance factors in P. orbicularis explains its successful recuperation after water deficit. Differential responses to air exposure clarify seaweed distribution along intertidal rocky zones. Desiccation-tolerant seaweed species, such as Pyropia orbicularis, can tolerate near 96% water loss during air exposure. To understand the phenotypic plasticity of P. orbicularis to desiccation, several tolerance factors were assessed by RT-qPCR, Western-blot analysis, and enzymatic assays during the natural desiccation-rehydration cycle...
March 13, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289709/imaging-mass-spectrometry-demonstrates-age-related-decline-in-human-adipose-plasticity
#16
Christelle Guillermier, Pouneh K Fazeli, Soomin Kim, Mingyue Lun, Jonah P Zuflacht, Jessica Milian, Hang Lee, Hugues Francois-Saint-Cyr, Francois Horreard, David Larson, Evan D Rosen, Richard T Lee, Claude P Lechene, Matthew L Steinhauser
Quantification of stable isotope tracers has revealed the dynamic state of living tissues. A new form of imaging mass spectrometry quantifies isotope ratios in domains much smaller than a cubic micron, enabling measurement of cell turnover and metabolism with stable isotope tracers at the single-cell level with a methodology we refer to as multi-isotope imaging mass spectrometry. In a first-in-human study, we utilize stable isotope tracers of DNA synthesis and de novo lipogenesis to prospectively measure cell birth and adipocyte lipid turnover...
March 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288402/nitrogen-use-strategies-of-seedlings-from-neotropical-tree-species-of-distinct-successional-groups
#17
Halley Caixeta Oliveira, Ligia Maria Inocêncio da Silva, Letícia Dias de Freitas, Tatiane Viegas Debiasi, Nidia Mara Marchiori, Marcos Pereira Marinho Aidar, Edmilson Bianchini, José Antonio Pimenta, Renata Stolf-Moreira
Few studies have analyzed the strategies of neotropical tree seedlings for absorbing, translocating and assimilating the nitrogen. Here, we compared the nitrogen use strategies of seedlings from six tree species that are native to the Brazilian Atlantic Forest and that belong to different successional groups: Trema micrantha, Heliocarpus popayanensis and Cecropia pachystachya (pioneers), Cariniana estrellensis, Eugenia brasiliensis and Guarea kunthiana (non-pioneers). The effects of cultivating seedlings with nitrate or ammonium on the growth, physiology and nitrogen metabolism were analyzed...
March 6, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287607/mitoception-transferring-isolated-human-msc-mitochondria-to-glioblastoma-stem-cells
#18
Brice Nzigou Mombo, Sabine Gerbal-Chaloin, Aleksandra Bokus, Martine Daujat-Chavanieu, Christian Jorgensen, Jean-Philippe Hugnot, Marie-Luce Vignais
Mitochondria play a central role for cell metabolism, energy production and control of apoptosis. Inadequate mitochondrial function has been found responsible for very diverse diseases, ranging from neurological pathologies to cancer. Interestingly, mitochondria have recently been shown to display the capacity to be transferred between cell types, notably from human mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) to cancer cells in coculture conditions, with metabolic and functional consequences for the mitochondria recipient cells, further enhancing the current interest for the biological properties of these organelles...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287087/global-metabolic-rewiring-for-improved-co2-fixation-and-chemical-production-in-cyanobacteria
#19
Masahiro Kanno, Austin L Carroll, Shota Atsumi
Cyanobacteria have attracted much attention as hosts to recycle CO2 into valuable chemicals. Although cyanobacteria have been engineered to produce various compounds, production efficiencies are too low for commercialization. Here we engineer the carbon metabolism of Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942 to improve glucose utilization, enhance CO2 fixation and increase chemical production. We introduce modifications in glycolytic pathways and the Calvin Benson cycle to increase carbon flux and redirect it towards carbon fixation...
March 13, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286708/transcriptomic-analysis-reveals-metabolic-switches-and-surface-remodeling-as-key-processes-for-stage-transition-in-trypanosoma-cruzi
#20
Luisa Berná, Maria Laura Chiribao, Gonzalo Greif, Matias Rodriguez, Fernando Alvarez-Valin, Carlos Robello
American trypanosomiasis is a chronic and endemic disease which affects millions of people. Trypanosoma cruzi, its causative agent, has a life cycle that involves complex morphological and functional transitions, as well as a variety of environmental conditions. This requires a tight regulation of gene expression, which is achieved mainly by post-transcriptional regulation. In this work we conducted an RNAseq analysis of the three major life cycle stages of T. cruzi: amastigotes, epimastigotes and trypomastigotes...
2017: PeerJ
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