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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089749/pyroglutamate-5-oxoproline-measured-with-hydrophilic-interaction-chromatography-hilic-tandem-mass-spectrometry-in-acutely-ill-patients
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Carel J Pretorius, Michael C Reade, Chris Warnholtz, Brett McWhinney, Meng Mei Phua, Jeffrey Lipman, Jacobus P J Ungerer
BACKGROUND: Pyroglutamic acid (PGA) is challenging to quantify in plasma and is a rare cause of metabolic acidosis that is associated with inherited disorders or acquired after exposure to drugs. METHOD: We developed a hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry method with a short analysis time. We established a reference interval and then measured PGA in acutely ill patients to investigate associations with clinical, pharmaceutical and laboratory parameters...
January 12, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080214/-1-h-nmr-based-metabolomic-studies-of-bisphenol-a-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio
#2
Changshin Yoon, Dahye Yoon, Junghee Cho, Siwon Kim, Heonho Lee, Hyeonsoo Choi, Suhkmann Kim
Proton nuclear magnetic resonance ((1)H-NMR) spectroscopy was used to study the response of zebrafish (Danio rerio) to increasing concentrations of bisphenol A (4,4'-(propane-2,2-diyl)diphenol, BPA). Orthogonal partial least squares discriminant analysis (OPLS-DA) was applied to detect aberrant metabolomic profiles after 72 h of BPA exposure at all levels tested (0.01, 0.1, and 1.0 mg/L). The OPLS-DA score plots showed that BPA exposure caused significant alterations in the metabolome. The metabolomic changes in response to BPA exposure generally exhibited nonlinear patterns, with the exception of reduced levels of several metabolites, including glutamine, inosine, lactate, and succinate...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067279/impaired-novelty-acquisition-and-synaptic-plasticity-in-congenital-hyperammonemia-caused-by-hepatic-glutamine-synthetase-deficiency
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Aisa N Chepkova, Olga A Sergeeva, Boris Görg, Helmut L Haas, Nikolaj Klöcker, Dieter Häussinger
Genetic defects in ammonia metabolism can produce irreversible damage of the developing CNS causing an impairment of cognitive and motor functions. We investigated alterations in behavior, synaptic plasticity and gene expression in the hippocampus and dorsal striatum of transgenic mice with systemic hyperammonemia resulting from conditional knockout of hepatic glutamine synthetase (LGS-ko). These mice showed reduced exploratory activity and delayed habituation to a novel environment. Field potential recordings from LGS-ko brain slices revealed significantly reduced magnitude of electrically-induced long-term potentiation (LTP) in both CA3-CA1 hippocampal and corticostriatal synaptic transmission...
January 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063503/does-oral-glutamine-improve-insulin-sensitivity-in-adolescents-with-type-1-diabetes
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Lournaris Torres-Santiago, Nelly Mauras, Jobayer Hossain, Arthur L Weltman, Dominique Darmaun
OBJECTIVE: The decline in insulin sensitivity (SI) associated with puberty increases the difficulty of achieving glycemic control in adolescents with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The aim of this study was to determine whether glutamine supplementation affects blood glucose by enhancing SI in adolescents with T1D. METHODS: Thirteen adolescents with T1D (HbA1C 8.2 ± 0.1%) were admitted to perform afternoon exercise (four 15-min treadmill/5-min rest cycles of exercise) on two occasions within a 4-wk period...
February 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061766/chemotherapy-induced-sinusoidal-injury-csi-score-a-novel-histologic-assessment-of-chemotherapy-related-hepatic-sinusoidal-injury-in-patients-with-colorectal-liver-metastasis
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Heather L Stevenson, Mariana M Prats, Eizaburo Sasatomi
BACKGROUND: Preoperative neoadjuvant therapy for colorectal liver metastases (CRLM) is increasing in use and can lead to chemotherapy-induced damage to sinusoidal integrity, namely sinusoidal obstruction syndrome (SOS). SOS has been associated with an increased need for intraoperative blood transfusions, increased length of hospitalization post-surgery, decreased tumor response, and a shorter overall survival after resection due to liver insufficiency. It is critical for clinicians and pathologists to be aware of this type of liver injury, and for pathologists to include the status of the background, non-neoplastic liver parenchyma in their pathology reports...
January 7, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056232/-analysis-of-cardiac-troponin-c-gene-tnnc1-c-g175c-mutation-in-a-chinese-pedigree-with-familial-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-and-the-correlation-between-genotype-and-phenotype
#6
X B Xing, F S Liu, F Wang, L Song, W N Zhao, J Liu, K C Zhang, Y Z Zhu, X F Shang, R Li, Y Liang
Objective: To investigate the genotype-phenotype correlation in Chinese familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM )focusing on the cardiac troponin C gene TNNC1 c. G175C mutation. Methods: All family members of a Chinese pedigree with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy admitted in Third People's Hospital of Qingdao in February 2005 and 200 healthy volunteers were included in this study. The coding exons of 30 hypertrophic cardiomyopathy associated genes were identified by whole exons amplification and high-throughput sequencing in the proband, and the identified mutation were further detected through bi-directional Sanger sequencing in all family members and 200 healthy volunteers...
December 24, 2016: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053093/catalytic-determinants-of-alkene-production-by-the-cytochrome-p450-peroxygenase-oletje
#7
Sarah Matthews, James D Belcher, Kang Lan Tee, Hazel M Girvan, Kirsty J McLean, Stephen Ej Rigby, Colin W Levy, David Leys, David A Parker, Richard T Blankley, Andrew W Munro
The Jeotgalicoccus sp. peroxygenase cytochrome P450 OleTJE (CYP152L1) is a hydrogen peroxide-driven oxidase that catalyzes oxidative decarboxylation of fatty acids, producing terminal alkenes with applications as fine chemicals and biofuels. Understanding mechanisms that favor decarboxylation over fatty acid hydroxylation in OleTJE could enable protein engineering to improve catalysis or to introduce decarboxylation activity into P450s with different substrate preferences. In this manuscript, we have focused on OleTJE active site residues Phe79, His85 and Arg245 to interrogate their roles in substrate binding and catalytic activity...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044020/auditory-multistability-and-neurotransmitter-concentrations-in-the-human-brain
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Hirohito M Kondo, Dávid Farkas, Susan L Denham, Tomohisa Asai, István Winkler
Multistability in perception is a powerful tool for investigating sensory-perceptual transformations, because it produces dissociations between sensory inputs and subjective experience. Spontaneous switching between different perceptual objects occurs during prolonged listening to a sound sequence of tone triplets or repeated words (termed auditory streaming and verbal transformations, respectively). We used these examples of auditory multistability to examine to what extent neurochemical and cognitive factors influence the observed idiosyncratic patterns of switching between perceptual objects...
February 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043362/rutin-can-replace-the-use-of-three-other-antioxidants-in-the-culture-medium-maintaining-the-viability-of-sheep-isolated-secondary-follicles
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T L B G Lins, A Y P Cavalcante, J M S Santos, V G Menezes, V R P Barros, R S Barberino, M É S Bezerra, T J S Macedo, M H T Matos
The present study evaluated the effect of addition of rutin alone or combined with other antioxidants (transferrin, selenium and ascorbic acid) present in the culture medium on the in vitro development of ovine isolated secondary follicles. After collection of the sheep ovaries, secondary follicles (200-230 μm) were isolated and cultured for 12 days in α-Minimal Essential Medium (α-MEM) supplemented with BSA, insulin, glutamine and hypoxanthine (α-MEM: antioxidant free-medium) or in this medium also added by transferrin, selenium and ascorbic acid (AO: base medium with antioxidants)...
February 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032667/caffeine-alleviates-progressive-motor-deficits-in-a-transgenic-mouse-model-of-spinocerebellar-ataxia
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Nélio Gonçalves, Ana T Simões, Rui S Prediger, Hirokazu Hirai, Rodrigo A Cunha, Luís Pereira de Almeida
OBJECTIVE: Machado-Joseph disease (MJD) is a neurodegenerative spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) associated with an expanded polyglutamine tract within ataxin-3 for which there is currently no available therapy. We previously showed that caffeine, a non-selective adenosine receptor antagonist, delays the appearance of striatal damage resulting from expression of full-length mutant ataxin-3. Here we investigated the ability of caffeine to alleviate behavioral deficits and cerebellar neuropathology in transgenic mice with a severe ataxia resulting from expression of a truncated fragment of polyglutamine-expanded ataxin-3 in Purkinje cells...
December 29, 2016: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028182/domain-mapping-of-the-heat-shock-protein-70-reveals-that-glutamic-acid-446-and-arginine-447-are-critical-for-regulating-superoxide-dismutase-2-function
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Adeleye J Afolayan, Maxwell Alexander, Rebecca L Holme, Teresa Michalkiewicz, Ujala Rana, Ru-Jeng Teng, Sara Zemanovic, Daisy Sahoo, Kirkwood A Pritchard, Girija G Konduri
Stress-inducible heat shock protein 70 (hsp70) interacts with superoxide dismutase-2 (SOD2) in the cytosol after synthesis to transfer the enzyme to the mitochondria for subsequent activation. However, the structural basis for this interaction remains to be defined. To map the SOD2-binding site in hsp70, mutants of hsp70 were made and tested for their ability to bind SOD2. These studies showed that SOD2 binds in the amino acid 393-537 region of the chaperone. To map the hsp70-binding site in SOD2, we used a series of pulldown assays and showed that hsp70 binds to the amino-terminal domain of SOD2...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025798/comparison-of-glutamate-turnover-in-nerve-terminals-and-brain-tissue-during-1-6-13-c2-glucose-metabolism-in-anesthetized-rats
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Anant B Patel, James C K Lai, Golam I M Chowdhury, Douglas L Rothman, Kevin L Behar
The (13)C turnover of neurotransmitter amino acids (glutamate, GABA and aspartate) were determined from extracts of forebrain nerve terminals and brain homogenate, and fronto-parietal cortex from anesthetized rats undergoing timed infusions of [1,6-(13)C2]glucose or [2-(13)C]acetate. Nerve terminal (13)C fractional labeling of glutamate and aspartate was lower than those in whole cortical tissue at all times measured (up to 120 min), suggesting either the presence of a constant dilution flux from an unlabeled substrate or an unlabeled (effectively non-communicating on the measurement timescale) glutamate pool in the nerve terminals...
December 26, 2016: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003368/ube3b-is-a-calmodulin-regulated-mitochondria-associated-e3-ubiquitin-ligase
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Andrea Braganza, Jianfeng Li, Xuemei Zeng, Nathan A Yates, Nupur B Dey, Joel Andrews, Jennifer Clark, Leila Zamani, Xiao-Hong Wang, Claudette St Croix, Roderick O'Sullivan, Laura Garcia-Exposito, Jeffrey L Brodsky, Robert W Sobol
Recent genome-wide studies found that patients with hypotonia, developmental delay, intellectual disability, congenital anomalies, characteristic facial dysmorphic features, and low cholesterol levels suffer from Kaufman oculocerebrofacial syndrome (KOS, also reported as blepharophimosis-ptosis-intellectual disability syndrome). The primary cause of KOS is autosomal recessive mutations in the gene UBE3B. However, to date, there are no studies that have determined the cellular or enzymatic function of UBE3B...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999767/antimicrobial-efficacy-of-the-combination-of-chlorhexidine-digluconate-and-dexpanthenol
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Axel Kramer, Ojan Assadian, Torsten Koburger-Janssen
Objective: The objective of this standardised experimental study was to investigate the antimicrobial efficacy of the combination of chlorhexidine digluconate (CHX) and the anti-inflammatory pro-vitamin dexpanthenol, which stimulates wound-healing, in the form of Bepanthen(®) Antiseptic Wound Cream, in order to rule out possible antagonistic combination effects of CHX and the alcohol analogue of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) dexpanthenol. Method: Testing was carried out using the quantitative suspension test at conditions simulating wound bio-burden...
2016: GMS Hygiene and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988470/precise-glioblastoma-targeting-by-as1411-aptamer-functionalized-poly-l-%C3%AE-glutamylglutamine-paclitaxel-nanoconjugates
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Zimiao Luo, Zhiqiang Yan, Kai Jin, Qiang Pang, Ting Jiang, Heng Lu, Xianping Liu, Zhiqing Pang, Lei Yu, Xinguo Jiang
Chemotherapy is still the main adjuvant strategy after surgery in glioblastoma therapy. As the main obstacles of chemotherapeutic drugs for glioblastoma treatment, the blood brain barrier (BBB) and non-specific delivery to non-tumor tissues greatly limit the accumulation of drugs into tumor tissues and simultaneously cause serious toxicity to nearby normal tissues which altogether compromised the chemotherapeutic effect. In the present study, we established an aptamer AS1411-functionalized poly (l-γ-glutamyl-glutamine)-paclitaxel (PGG-PTX) nanoconjugates drug delivery system (AS1411-PGG-PTX), providing an advantageous solution of combining the precisely active targeting and the optimized solubilization of paclitaxel...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965651/interaction-between-nitrogen-and-phosphate-stress-responses-in-sinorhizobium-meliloti
#16
Kelly L Hagberg, Svetlana N Yurgel, Monika Mulder, Michael L Kahn
Bacteria have developed various stress response pathways to improve their assimilation and allocation of limited nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphate. While both the nitrogen stress response (NSR) and phosphate stress response (PSR) have been studied individually, there are few experiments reported that characterize effects of multiple stresses on one or more pathways in Sinorhizobium meliloti, a facultatively symbiotic, nitrogen-fixing bacteria. The PII proteins, GlnB and GlnK, regulate the NSR activity, but analysis of global transcription changes in a PII deficient mutant suggest that the S...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965544/an-exploratory-study-of-spectroscopic-glutamatergic-correlates-of-cortical-excitability-in-depressed-adolescents
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Charles P Lewis, John D Port, Mark A Frye, Jennifer L Vande Voort, Stephanie H Ameis, Mustafa M Husain, Zafiris J Daskalakis, Paul E Croarkin
Introduction: Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) research has suggested dysfunction in cortical glutamatergic systems in adolescent depression, while proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1)H-MRS) studies have demonstrated deficits in concentrations of glutamatergic metabolites in depressed individuals in several cortical regions, including the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC). However, few studies have combined TMS and MRS methods to examine relationships between glutamatergic neurochemistry and excitatory and inhibitory neural functions, and none have utilized TMS-MRS methodology in clinical populations or in youth...
2016: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27943312/amino-acid-transporter-mutants-of-arabidopsis-provides-evidence-that-a-non-mycorrhizal-plant-acquires-organic-nitrogen-from-agricultural-soil
#18
Ulrika Ganeteg, Iftikhar Ahmad, Sandra Jämtgård, Camila Aguetoni-Cambui, Erich Inselsbacher, Henrik Svennerstam, Susanne Schmidt, Torgny Näsholm
Although organic nitrogen (N) compounds are ubiquitous in soil solutions, their potential role in plant N nutrition has been questioned. We performed a range of experiments on Arabidopsis thaliana genetically modified to enhance or reduce root uptake of amino acids. Plants lacking expression of the Lysine Histidine Transporter 1 (LHT1) displayed significantly lower contents of (13) C and (15) N label and of U-(13) C5 ,(15) N2 L-glutamine, as determined by LC-MS when growing in pots and supplied with dually labeled L-glutamine compared to wild type plants and LHT1-overexpressing plants...
December 12, 2016: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936120/sweat-facilitated-amino-acid-losses-in-male-athletes-during-exercise-at-32-34%C3%A2-c
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R Hugh Dunstan, Diane L Sparkes, Benjamin J Dascombe, Margaret M Macdonald, Craig A Evans, Christopher J Stevens, Marcus J Crompton, Johan Gottfries, Jesse Franks, Grace Murphy, Ryan Wood, Timothy K Roberts
Sweat contains amino acids and electrolytes derived from plasma and athletes can lose 1-2L of sweat per hour during exercise. Sweat may also contain contributions of amino acids as well as urea, sodium and potassium from the natural moisturizing factors (NMF) produced in the stratum corneum. In preliminary experiments, one participant was tested on three separate occasions to compare sweat composition with surface water washings from the same area of skin to assess contributions from NMF. Two participants performed a 40 minute self-paced cycle session with sweat collected from cleansed skin at regular intervals to assess the contributions to the sweat load from NMF over the period of exercise...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925207/acetate-metabolism-does-not-reflect-astrocytic-activity-contributes-directly-to-gaba-synthesis-and-is-increased-by-silent-information-regulator-1-activation
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Benjamin D Rowlands, Matthias Klugmann, Caroline D Rae
[(13) C]acetate is known to label metabolites preferentially in astrocytes rather than neurons and it has consequently been used as a marker for astrocytic activity. Recent discoveries suggest that control of acetate metabolism and its contributions to the synthesis of metabolites in brain is not as simple as first thought. Here, using a Guinea pig brain cortical tissue slice model metabolizing [1-(13) C]D-glucose and [1,2-(13) C]acetate, we investigated control of acetate metabolism and the degree to which it reflects astrocytic activity...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
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