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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549111/diabetic-db-db-mice-do-not-develop-heart-failure-upon-pressure-overload-a-longitudinal-in-vivo-pet-mri-and-mrs-study-on-cardiac-metabolic-structural-and-functional-adaptations
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Desiree Abdurrachim, Miranda Nabben, Verena Hoerr, Michael T Kuhlmann, Philipp Bovenkamp, Jolita Ciapaite, Ilvy M E Geraets, Will Coumans, Joost J F P Luiken, Jan F C Glatz, Michael Schäfers, Klaas Nicolay, Cornelius Faber, Sven Hermann, Jeanine J Prompers
Aim: Heart failure is associated with altered myocardial substrate metabolism and impaired cardiac energetics. Comorbidities like diabetes may influence the metabolic adaptations during heart failure development. We quantified to what extent changes in substrate preference, lipid accumulation, and energy status predict the longitudinal development of hypertrophy and failure in the non-diabetic and the diabetic heart. Methods and results: Transverse aortic constriction (TAC) was performed in non-diabetic ( db /+) and diabetic ( db/db ) mice to induce pressure overload...
May 26, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547667/metalloproteomics-approach-to-analyze-mercury-in-breast-milk-and-hair-samples-of-lactating-women-in-communities-of-the-amazon-basin-brazil
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M R Cerbino, José Cavalcante Souza Vieira, C P Braga, G Oliveira, I F Padilha, T M Silva, L F Zara, N J Silva, P M Padilha
Mercury is a potentially toxic element that is present in the environment of the Brazilian Amazon and is responsible for adverse health effects in humans. This study sought to assess possible protein biomarkers of mercury exposure in breast milk samples from lactating women in the Madeira and Negro Rivers in the Brazilian Amazon. The mercury content of hair samples of lactating women was determined, and the proteome of breast milk samples was obtained using two-dimensional electrophoresis after protein precipitation with acetone...
May 25, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547529/toll-like-receptor-4-tlr4-and-triggering-receptor-expressed-on-myeloid-cells-2-trem-2-activation-balance-astrocyte-polarization-into-a-proinflammatory-phenotype
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Gerardo Rosciszewski, Vanesa Cadena, Veronica Murta, Jeronimo Lukin, Alejandro Villarreal, Thierry Roger, Alberto Javier Ramos
Astrocytes react to brain injury with a generic response known as reactive gliosis, which involves activation of multiple intracellular pathways including several that may be beneficial for neuronal survival. However, by unknown mechanisms, reactive astrocytes can polarize into a proinflammatory phenotype that induces neurodegeneration. In order to study reactive gliosis and astroglial polarization into a proinflammatory phenotype, we used cortical devascularization-induced brain ischemia in Wistar rats and primary astroglial cell cultures exposed to oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD)...
May 25, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545612/drug-repositioning-based-on-triangularly-balanced-structure-for-tissue-specific-diseases-in-incomplete-interactome
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Liang Yu, Jin Zhao, Lin Gao
Finding new uses for existing drugs has become a new strategy for decades to treat more patients. Few traditional approaches consider the tissue specificities of diseases. Moreover, disease genes, drug targets and protein interaction (PPI) networks remain largely incomplete and the relationships between drugs and diseases conform to the triangularly balanced structure. Therefore, based on tissue specificities of diseases, we apply the triangularly balanced theory and the module distance defined for incomplete interaction networks to build drug-disease associations...
March 2017: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545395/characterizing-the-roles-of-changing-population-size-and-selection-on-the-evolution-of-flux-control-in-metabolic-pathways
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Alena Orlenko, Peter B Chi, David A Liberles
BACKGROUND: Understanding the genotype-phenotype map is fundamental to our understanding of genomes. Genes do not function independently, but rather as part of networks or pathways. In the case of metabolic pathways, flux through the pathway is an important next layer of biological organization up from the individual gene or protein. Flux control in metabolic pathways, reflecting the importance of mutation to individual enzyme genes, may be evolutionarily variable due to the role of mutation-selection-drift balance...
May 25, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545126/pheromone-sensing-neurons-regulate-peripheral-lipid-metabolism-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Rosalind Hussey, Jon Stieglitz, Jaleh Mesgarzadeh, Tiffany T Locke, Ying K Zhang, Frank C Schroeder, Supriya Srinivasan
It is now established that the central nervous system plays an important role in regulating whole body metabolism and energy balance. However, the extent to which sensory systems relay environmental information to modulate metabolic events in peripheral tissues has remained poorly understood. In addition, it has been challenging to map the molecular mechanisms underlying discrete sensory modalities with respect to their role in lipid metabolism. In previous work our lab has identified instructive roles for serotonin signaling as a surrogate for food availability, as well as oxygen sensing, in the control of whole body metabolism...
May 18, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544610/phenol-enriched-olive-oils-modify-paraoxonase-related-variables-a-randomized-crossover-controlled-trial
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Sara Fernández-Castillejo, Ana-Isabel García-Heredia, Rosa Solà, Jordi Camps, Maria-Carmen López de la Hazas, Marta Farràs, Anna Pedret, Úrsula Catalan, Laura Rubió, Maria-José Motilva, Olga Castañer, María-Isabel Covas, Rosa-Maria Valls
SCOPE: Low paraoxonase (PON)1 activities, and high PON1 and low PON3 protein levels are characteristic of cardiovascular disease. Our aim was to assess short and long-term effects of virgin olive oils (VOO), enriched with their own phenolic compounds (PC; FVOO) or with them plus complementary PC from thyme (FVOOT), on PON-related variables and the mechanisms involved. METHODS AND RESULTS: Two randomized, controlled, double-blind, and crossover interventions were conducted...
May 25, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542568/nesfatin-1-like-peptide-is-a-novel-metabolic-factor-that-suppresses-feeding-and-regulates-whole-body-energy-homeostasis-in-male-wistar-rats
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Kavishankar Gawli, Naresh Ramesh, Suraj Unniappan
Nucleobindin-1 has high sequence similarity to nucleobindin-2, which encodes the anorectic and metabolic peptide, nesfatin-1. We previously reported a nesfatin-1-like peptide (NLP), anorectic in fish and insulinotropic in mice islet beta-like cells. The main objective of this research was to determine whether NLP is a metabolic regulator in male Wistar rats. A single intraperitoneal (IP) injection of NLP (100 μg/kg BW) decreased food intake and increased ambulatory movement, without causing any change in total activity or energy expenditure when compared to saline-treated rats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541477/mitochondrial-retroprocessing-promoted-functional-transfers-of-rpl5-to-the-nucleus-in-grasses
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Zhiqiang Wu, Daniel B Sloan, Colin W Brown, Mónica Rosenblueth, Jeffrey D Palmer, Han Chuan Ong
Functional gene transfers from the mitochondrion to the nucleus are ongoing in angiosperms and have occurred repeatedly for all 15 ribosomal protein genes, but it is not clear why some of these genes are transferred more often than others nor what the balance is between DNA- and RNA-mediated transfers. Although direct insertion of mitochondrial DNA into the nucleus occurs frequently in angiosperms, case studies of functional mitochondrial gene transfer have implicated an RNA-mediated mechanism that eliminates introns and RNA editing sites, which would otherwise impede proper expression of mitochondrial genes in the nucleus...
May 25, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540997/a-combination-of-short-and-simple-surfactant-protein-b-and-c-analogues-as-a-new-synthetic-surfactant-in-vitro-and-animal-experiments
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Yong Sung Choi, Sung Hoon Chung, Chong Woo Bae
PURPOSE: Pulmonary surfactants for preterm infants contain mostly animal-derived surfactant proteins (SPs), which are essential for lowering surface tension. We prepared artificial pulmonary surfactants using synthetic human SP analogs and performed in vitro and in vivo experiments. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We synthesized peptide analogues that resemble human SP-B (RMLPQLVCRLVLRCSMD) and SP-C (CPVHLKRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL). Dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC), phosphatidylglycerol (PG), and palmitic acid (PA) were added and mixed in lyophilized to render powdered surfactant...
July 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540700/strategies-to-improve-efficiency-and-specificity-of-degenerate-primers-in-pcr
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Maria Jorge Campos, Alberto Quesada
PCR with degenerate primers can be used to identify the coding sequence of an unknown protein or to detect a genetic variant within a gene family. These primers, which are complex mixtures of slightly different oligonucleotide sequences, can be optimized to increase the efficiency and/or specificity of PCR in the amplification of a sequence of interest by the introduction of mismatches with the target sequence and balancing their position toward the primers 5'- or 3'-ends. In this work, we explain in detail examples of rational design of primers in two different applications, including the use of specific determinants at the 3'-end, to: (1) improve PCR efficiency with coding sequences for members of a protein family by fully degeneration at a core box of conserved genetic information, with the reduction of degeneration at the 5'-end, and (2) optimize specificity of allelic discrimination of closely related orthologous by 5'-end degenerate primers...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540646/the-molecular-mechanism-of-glucagon-like-peptide-1-therapy-in-alzheimer-s-disease-based-on-a-mechanistic-target-of-rapamycin-pathway
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Lin Li
The mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) is an important molecule that connects aging, lifespan, energy balance, glucose and lipid metabolism, and neurodegeneration. Rapamycin exerts effects in numerous biological activities via its target protein, playing a key role in energy balance, regulation of autophagy, extension of lifespan, immunosuppression, and protection against neurodegeneration. There are many similar pathophysiological processes and molecular pathways between Alzheimer's disease (AD) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), and pharmacologic agents used to treat T2DM, including glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analogs, seem to be beneficial for AD...
May 24, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540602/late-conversion-from-tacrolimus-to-a-belatacept-based-immuno-suppression-regime-in-kidney-transplant-recipients-improves-renal-function-acid-base-derangement-and-mineral-bone-metabolism
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Kevin Schulte, Clara Vollmer, Vera Klasen, Jan Hinrich Bräsen, Jodok Püchel, Christoph Borzikowsky, Ulrich Kunzendorf, Thorsten Feldkamp
BACKGROUND: Calcineurin inhibitor (CNI)-induced nephrotoxicity and chronic graft dysfunction with deteriorating glomerular filtration rate (GFR) are common problems of kidney transplant recipients. The aim of this study was to analyze the role of belatacept as a rescue therapy in these patients. METHODS: In this retrospective, observational study we investigated 20 patients (10 females, 10 males) who were switched from a CNI (tacrolimus) to a belatacept-based immunosuppression because of CNI intolerance or marginal transplant function...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540163/dissecting-the-role-of-amp-activated-protein-kinase-in-human-diseases
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REVIEW
Jin Li, Liping Zhong, Fengzhong Wang, Haibo Zhu
AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), known as a sensor and a master of cellular energy balance, integrates various regulatory signals including anabolic and catabolic metabolic processes. Accompanying the application of genetic methods and a plethora of AMPK agonists, rapid progress has identified AMPK as an attractive therapeutic target for several human diseases, such as cancer, type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis, myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury and neurodegenerative disease. The role of AMPK in metabolic and energetic modulation both at the intracellular and whole body levels has been reviewed elsewhere...
May 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539338/expression-of-trans-and-paracellular-calcium-and-magnesium-transport-proteins-in-renal-and-intestinal-epithelia-during-lactation
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Megan R Beggs, Ida Appel, Per Svenningsen, Karsten Skjødt, R Todd Alexander, Henrik Dimke
Significant alterations in maternal calcium (Ca2+) and magnesium (Mg2+) balance occur during lactation. Ca2+ is the primary divalent cation mobilized into breast milk by demineralization of the skeleton and alterations in intestinal and renal Ca2+ transport. Mg2+ is also concentrated in breast milk, but the underlying mechanisms are not well understood. To determine the molecular alterations in Ca2+ and Mg2+ transport in the intestine and kidney during lactation, 3 groups of female mice consisting of either non-pregnant controls, lactating mice, or mice undergoing involution were examined...
May 24, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537749/water-microsolvation-can-switch-the-binding-mode-of-ni-ii-with-small-peptides
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Robert C Dunbar, Jonathan Martens, Giel Berden, Jos Oomens
Ni(II) ions can be caged by surrounding peptide ligands in two basic binding patterns: the "iminol" (IM) binding pattern, where chelation occurs by deprotonated amide nitrogens, or the charge-solvated (CS) binding pattern, where chelation occurs by amide carbonyl oxygens. Gas-phase observation may clarify the factors affecting this choice in solution and in peptide and protein matrices. Infrared-spectroscopic determination of gas-phase structures shows here how microsolvation by just one water molecule switches the balance of this choice from IM to CS for the Ni2+Gly3 complex, in contrast to the always-CS structure of the Ni2+Gly4 complex...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536298/papers-of-note-in-nature545-7654
#17
Annalisa M VanHook
This week's articles highlight plant growth responses to nutrients; axonal pathfinding; an unexpected source of tumor niche cells; photosensation in the fly brain; the selectivity of GPCRs for specific G proteins; balancing mTORC signaling; and a connection between gut microbes and brain vasculature malformations.
May 23, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536184/pre-sleep-dietary-protein-derived-amino-acids-are-incorporated-in-myofibrillar-protein-during-post-exercise-overnight-recovery
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Jorn Trommelen, Imre W K Kouw, Andrew M Holwerda, Tim Snijders, Shona L Halson, Ian Rollo, Lex B Verdijk, Luc J C van Loon
The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of ingesting 30 g casein protein with and without 2 g free leucine prior to sleep on myofibrillar protein synthesis rates during post-exercise overnight recovery. 36 healthy young males performed a single bout of resistance-type exercise in the evening (19:45 h) after a full day of dietary standardization. Thirty min prior to sleep (23:30 h), subjects ingested 30 g intrinsically L-[1-(13)C]-phenylalanine-labeled protein with (PRO+leu, n=12) or without (PRO, n=12) 2 g free leucine, or a noncaloric placebo (PLA, n=12)...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536139/effects-of-leucine-supplementation-and-resistance-training-on-myopathy-of-diabetic-rats
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Carlos Eduardo C Martins, Vanessa B de S Lima, Brad J Schoenfeld, Julio Tirapegui
Leucine supplementation and resistance training positively influence the protein translation process and the cell signaling mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin) pathway that regulates muscle protein balance and muscle remodeling, and thus may be therapeutic to diabetic myopathy. However, the effect of a combined intervention has not been well studied. Forty male Wistar rats were divided into five groups, control (C), diabetic control (D), diabetic + trained (DT), diabetic + L-leucine (DL), diabetic + L-leucine + trained (DLT)...
May 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535436/microcystin-lr-induces-changes-in-the-gaba-neurotransmitter-system-of-zebrafish
#20
Wei Yan, Li Li, Guangyu Li, Sujuan Zhao
It has been reported that exposure to microcystins altered adult zebrafish swimming performance parameters, but the possible mechanisms of action remain unknown. Neuronal activity depends on the balance between the number of excitatory and inhibitory processes which are associated with neurotransmitters. In the present study, zebrafish embryos (5 d post-fertilization) were exposed to 0, 0.3, 3 and 30μg/L (microcystin-LR) MCLR for 90day until reaching sexual maturity. To investigate the effects of MCLR on the neurotransmitter system, mRNA levels involved in amino acid g-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate metabolic pathways were tested using quantitative real-time PCR...
May 15, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
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