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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230814/nigella-sativa-l-as-an-alternative-antibiotic-feed-supplement-and-effect-on-growth-performance-in-weanling-pigs
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Branko T Petrujkić, Ross C Beier, Haiqi He, Kenneth J Genovese, Christina L Swaggerty, Michael E Hume, Tawni L Crippen, Roger B Harvey, Robin C Anderson, David J Nisbet
BACKGROUND: Nigella sativa L. (NS) is a plant containing bioactive constituents like thymoquinone. Extracts of NS improve performance and reduce enteropathogen colonization in poultry and small ruminants but studies with swine are lacking. In two different studies oral administration of NS extracts at doses equivalent to 0, 1.5 and 4.5 g extract kg-1 diet was assessed on piglet performance and intestinal carriage of wildtype Escherichia coli and Campylobacter, and Salmonella Typhimurium...
December 11, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230490/pharmacokinetic-study-of-tianeptine-and-its-active-metabolite-mc5-in-rats-following-different-routes-of-administration-using-a-novel-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-analytical-method
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Małgorzata Szafarz, Agnieszka Wencel, Krzysztof Pociecha, Filip A Fedak, Piotr Wlaź, Elżbieta Wyska
Tianeptine is an atypical antidepressant with a unique mechanism of action and recently it has been also reported that its major metabolite, compound MC5, possesses pharmacological activity similar to that of the parent drug. The current study aims to investigate the pharmacokinetics (PK) of both tianeptine and MC5 after intravenous or intraperitoneal administration of the parent drug as well as the metabolic ratio of MC5 in rats. To achieve these goals an LC-MS/MS method using the small sample volume for the quantitation of tianeptine and its active metabolite MC5 in rat plasma and liver perfusate has been developed and validated...
December 12, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229845/brain-urea-increase-is-an-early-huntington-s-disease-pathogenic-event-observed-in-a-prodromal-transgenic-sheep-model-and-hd-cases
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Renee R Handley, Suzanne J Reid, Rudiger Brauning, Paul Maclean, Emily R Mears, Imche Fourie, Stefano Patassini, Garth J S Cooper, Skye R Rudiger, Clive J McLaughlan, Paul J Verma, James F Gusella, Marcy E MacDonald, Henry J Waldvogel, C Simon Bawden, Richard L M Faull, Russell G Snell
The neurodegenerative disorder Huntington's disease (HD) is typically characterized by extensive loss of striatal neurons and the midlife onset of debilitating and progressive chorea, dementia, and psychological disturbance. HD is caused by a CAG repeat expansion in the Huntingtin (HTT) gene, translating to an elongated glutamine tract in the huntingtin protein. The pathogenic mechanism resulting in cell dysfunction and death beyond the causative mutation is not well defined. To further delineate the early molecular events in HD, we performed RNA-sequencing (RNA-seq) on striatal tissue from a cohort of 5-y-old OVT73-line sheep expressing a human CAG-expansion HTT cDNA transgene...
December 11, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229616/glutamine-elicited-secretion-of-glucagon-like-peptide-1-glp-1-is-governed-by-an-activated-glutamate-dehydrogenase
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Lotta E Andersson, Liliya Shcherbina, Mahmoud Al-Majdoub, Neelanjan Vishnu, Claudia Balderas Arroyo, Jonathan Aste Carrara, Claes B Wollheim, Malin Fex, Hindrik Mulder, Nils Wierup, Peter Spégel
Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), secreted from intestinal L-cells, glucose-dependently stimulates insulin secretion from beta-cells. This glucose-dependence prevents hypoglycemia, rendering GLP-1 analogues a useful and safe treatment modality in type-2 diabetes. While the amino acid glutamine is a potent elicitor of GLP-1 secretion, the responsible mechanism remains unclear.We investigated how GLP-1 secretion is metabolically coupled in L-cells (GLUTag) and in vivo in mice, using the insulin-secreting cell-line INS-1 832/13 as reference...
December 11, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227501/chondrogenic-potential-of-macroporous-biodegradable-cryogels-based-on-synthetic-poly-%C3%AE-amino-acids
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T Sedlačík, O K Acar, H Studenovská, I Kotelnikov, J Kučka, Z Konečná, T Zikmund, J Kaiser, G T Kose, F Rypáček
In this study, the potential of highly porous hydrogels based on biodegradable synthetic poly(α-amino acids) to support proliferation and chondrogenesis of human dental pulp stem cells (hDPSCs) was investigated. Covalently crosslinked gels with permanent pores were formed under cryogenic conditions by free-radical copolymerization of poly[N5-(2-hydroxyethyl)-l-glutamine-stat-N5-(2-methacryloyl-oxy-ethyl)-l-glutamine] (PHEG-MA) with 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and N-propargyl methacrylamide (PrMAAm) as minor co-monomers...
December 11, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224573/brain-glutamate-in-medication-free-depressed-patients-a-proton-mrs-study-at-7-tesla
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Beata R Godlewska, Charles Masaki, Ann L Sharpley, Philip J Cowen, Uzay E Emir
BACKGROUND: The possible role of glutamate in the pathophysiology and treatment of depression is of intense current interest. Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) enables the detection of glutamate in the living human brain and meta-analyses of previous MRS studies in depressed patients have suggested that glutamate levels are decreased in anterior brain regions. Nevertheless, at conventional magnetic field strengths [1.5-3 Tesla (T)], it is difficult to separate glutamate from its metabolite and precursor, glutamine, with the two often being measured together as Glx...
December 11, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217579/structural-basis-for-methylphosphonate-biosynthesis
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David A Born, Emily C Ulrich, Kou-San Ju, Spencer C Peck, Wilfred A van der Donk, Catherine L Drennan
Methylphosphonate synthase (MPnS) produces methylphosphonate, a metabolic precursor to methane in the upper ocean. Here, we determine a 2.35-angstrom resolution structure of MPnS and discover that it has an unusual 2-histidine-1-glutamine iron-coordinating triad. We further solve the structure of a related enzyme, hydroxyethylphosphonate dioxygenase from Streptomyces albus (SaHEPD), and find that it displays the same motif. SaHEPD can be converted into an MPnS by mutation of glutamine-adjacent residues, identifying the molecular requirements for methylphosphonate synthesis...
December 8, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208752/effects-of-alanyl-glutamine-treatment-on-the-peritoneal-dialysis-effluent-proteome-reveal-pathomechanism-associated-molecular-signatures
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Rebecca Herzog, Michael Boehm, Markus Unterwurzacher, Anja Wagner, Katja Parapatics, Peter Majek, André C Mueller, Anton Lichtenauer, Keiryn L Bennett, Seth L Alper, Andreas Vychytil, Christoph Aufricht, Klaus Kratochwill
Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is a modality of renal replacement therapy in which the high volumes of available PD effluent (PDE) represents a rich source of biomarkers for monitoring disease and therapy. Although this information could help guide the management of PD patients, little is known about the potential of PDE to define pathomechanism-associated molecular signatures in PD.</p> <p>We therefore subjected PDE to a high-performance multiplex proteomic analysis after depletion of highly-abundant plasma proteins and enrichment of low-abundance proteins...
December 4, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206200/l-glutamine-attenuates-apoptosis-induced-by-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-by-activating-the-ire1%C3%AE-xbp1-axis-in-ipec-j2-a-novel-mechanism-of-l-glutamine-in-promoting-intestinal-health
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Qian Jiang, Jiashun Chen, Shaojuan Liu, Gang Liu, Kang Yao, Yulong Yin
Intestinal absorption and barrier malfunctions are associated with endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS) in the intestine. We induced ERS by exposing the intestinal porcine epithelial cell line J2 (IPEC-J2) to tunicamycin (TUNI) to explore the potential of l-glutamine to reduce ERS-induced apoptosis. Our experiments demonstrated that exposing cells to TUNI results in spontaneous ERS and encourages the upregulation of glucose-regulated protein 78 (GRP78). Prolonged TUNI-induced ERS was found to increase apoptosis mediated by C/enhancer binding protein homologous protein (CHOP), accompanied by GRP78 downregulation...
December 5, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202416/evaluation-of-the-toxic-response-induced-by-azoxystrobin-in-the-non-target-green-alga-chlorella-pyrenoidosa
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Tao Lu, Youchao Zhu, Jiahui Xu, Mingjing Ke, Meng Zhang, Chengxia Tan, Zhengwei Fu, Haifeng Qian
The top-selling strobilurin, azoxystrobin (AZ), is a broad-spectrum fungicide that protects against many kinds of pathogenic fungi by preventing their ATP production. The extensive use of AZ can have negative consequences on non-target species and its effects and toxic mechanisms on algae are still poorly understood. In this work, Chlorella pyrenoidosa that had been grown in BG-11 medium was exposed to AZ (0.5-10 mg L-1) for 10 d. The physiological and molecular responses of the algae to AZ treatment, including photosynthetic efficiency, lipid peroxidation level, antioxidant enzyme activities, as well as transcriptome-based analysis of gene expression, were examined to investigate the potential toxic mechanism...
December 1, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29179065/reaction-profiling-of-a-set-of-acrylamide-based-human-tissue-transglutaminase-inhibitors
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Mahmood H Jasim, Daniel L Rathbone
The major function of the enzyme human tissue transglutaminase (TG2) is the crosslinking of proteins via a transamidation between the γ-carboxamide of a glutamine and the ε-amino group of a lysine. Overexpression of TG2 can lead to undesirable outcomes and has been linked to conditions such as fibrosis, celiac disease and neurodegenerative diseases. Accordingly, TG2 is a tempting drug target. The most effective TG2 inhibitors to date are small-molecule peptidomimetics featuring electrophilic warheads that irreversibly modify the active site catalytic cysteine (CYS277)...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29172854/design-of-composite-microparticle-systems-based-on-pectin-and-waste-material-of-propolis-for-modified-l-alanyl-l-glutamine-release-and-with-immunostimulant-activity
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Mônica Villa Nova, Bianca A Ratti, Leandro S Herculano, Paulo R S Bittencourt, Cláudio R Novello, Roberto Barbosa Bazotte, Sueli de Oliveira Silva Lautenschlager, Marcos Luciano Bruschi
Catabolic conditions like acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, cancer and burn can cause immunosuppression. Amino acids such as alanine and glutamine are essential for the activity of the immune system. Propolis is immunostimulant and the waste of propolis extraction has been reused with technological and therapeutic purposes. Therefore, this study describes the association of propolis byproduct extract with pectin to prepare spray-dried microparticles containing the dipeptide L-alanyl-L-glutamine as stimulant systems of neutrophils...
November 27, 2017: Pharmaceutical Development and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29170537/hippocampal-mrs-and-subfield-volumetry-at-7t-detects-dysfunction-not-specific-to-seizure-focus
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Natalie L Voets, Carl J Hodgetts, Arjune Sen, Jane E Adcock, Uzay Emir
Ultra high-field 7T MRI offers sensitivity to localize hippocampal pathology in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), but has rarely been evaluated in patients with normal-appearing clinical MRI. We applied multimodal 7T MRI to assess if focal subfield atrophy and deviations in brain metabolites characterize epileptic hippocampi. Twelve pre-surgical TLE patients (7 MRI-negative) and age-matched healthy volunteers were scanned at 7T. Hippocampal subfields were manually segmented from 600μm isotropic resolution susceptibility-weighted images...
November 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169183/myc-regulation-of-glutamine-proline-regulatory-axis-is-key-in-luminal-b-breast-cancer
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Madeleine L Craze, Hayley Cheung, Natasha Jewa, Nuno D M Coimbra, Daniele Soria, Rokaya El-Ansari, Mohammed A Aleskandarany, Kiu Wai Cheng, Maria Diez-Rodriguez, Christopher C Nolan, Ian O Ellis, Emad A Rakha, Andrew R Green
BACKGROUND: Altered cellular metabolism is a hallmark of cancer and some are reliant on glutamine for sustained proliferation and survival. We hypothesise that the glutamine-proline regulatory axis has a key role in breast cancer (BC) in the highly proliferative classes. METHODS: Glutaminase (GLS), pyrroline-5-carboxylate synthetase (ALDH18A1), and pyrroline-5-carboxylate reductase 1 (PYCR1) were assessed at DNA/mRNA/protein levels in large, well-characterised cohorts...
November 23, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167877/utility-of-imaging-based-biomarkers-for-glutamate-targeted-drug-development-in-psychotic-disorders-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Daniel C Javitt, Cameron S Carter, John H Krystal, Joshua T Kantrowitz, Ragy R Girgis, Lawrence S Kegeles, John D Ragland, Richard J Maddock, Tyler A Lesh, Costin Tanase, Philip R Corlett, Douglas L Rothman, Graeme Mason, Maolin Qiu, James Robinson, William Z Potter, Marlene Carlson, Melanie M Wall, Tse-Hwei Choo, Jack Grinband, Jeffrey A Lieberman
Importance: Despite strong theoretical rationale and preclinical evidence, several glutamate-targeted treatments for schizophrenia have failed in recent pivotal trials, prompting questions as to target validity, compound inadequacy, or lack of target engagement. A key limitation for glutamate-based treatment development is the lack of functional target-engagement biomarkers for translation between preclinical and early-stage clinical studies. We evaluated the utility of 3 potential biomarkers-ketamine-evoked changes in the functional magnetic imaging (fMRI) blood oxygen level-dependent response (pharmacoBOLD), glutamate proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H MRS), and task-based fMRI-for detecting ketamine-related alterations in brain glutamate...
November 22, 2017: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165618/human-specific-mutations-and-positively-selected-sites-in-marco-confer-functional-changes
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Kyle E Novakowski, Nicholas V L Yap, Charles Yin, Kaori Sakamoto, Bryan Heit, G Brian Golding, Dawn M E Bowdish
Macrophage Receptor with COllagenous structure (MARCO) is a class A scavenger receptor that binds, phagocytoses, and modifies inflammatory responses to bacterial pathogens. Multiple candidate gene approach studies have shown that polymorphisms in MARCO are associated with susceptibility or resistance to Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection, but how these variants alter function is not known. To complement candidate gene approach studies, we previously used phylogenetic analyses to identify a residue, glutamine 452 (Q452), within the ligand-binding Scavenger Receptor Cysteine Rich (SRCR) domain as undergoing positive selection in humans...
November 20, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163437/transport-deficiency-is-the-molecular-basis-of-candida-albicans-resistance-to-antifungal-oligopeptides
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Marta Schielmann, Piotr Szweda, Katarzyna Gucwa, Marcin Kawczyński, Maria J Milewska, Dorota Martynow, Joachim Morschhäuser, Sławomir Milewski
Oligopeptides incorporating N(3)-(4-methoxyfumaroyl)-L-2,3-diaminopropanoic acid (FMDP), an inhibitor of glucosamine-6-phosphate synthase, exhibited growth inhibitory activity against Candida albicans, with minimal inhibitory concentration values in the 0.05-50 μg mL(-1) range. Uptake by the peptide permeases was found to be the main factor limiting an anticandidal activity of these compounds. Di- and tripeptide containing FMDP (F2 and F3) were transported by Ptr2p/Ptr22p peptide transporters (PTR) and FMDP-containing hexa-, hepta-, and undecapeptide (F6, F7, and F11) were taken up by the oligopeptide transporters (OPT) oligopeptide permeases, preferably by Opt2p/Opt3p...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162929/genomic-assessment-in-lactobacillus-plantarum-links-the-butyrogenic-pathway-with-glutamine-metabolism
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Cristian Botta, Alberto Acquadro, Anna Greppi, Lorenzo Barchi, Marta Bertolino, Luca Cocolin, Kalliopi Rantsiou
The butyrogenic capability of Lactobacillus (L.) plantarum is highly dependent on the substrate type and so far not assigned to any specific metabolic pathway. Accordingly, we compared three genomes of L. plantarum that showed a strain-specific capability to produce butyric acid in human cells growth media. Based on the genomic analysis, butyric acid production was attributed to the complementary activities of a medium-chain thioesterase and the fatty acid synthase of type two (FASII). However, the genomic islands of discrepancy observed between butyrogenic L...
November 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157190/mucopolysaccharidosis-type-vi-in-a-great-dane-caused-by-a-nonsense-mutation-in-the-arsb-gene
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Ping Wang, Carol Margolis, Gloria Lin, Elizabeth L Buza, Scott Quick, Karthik Raj, Rachel Han, Urs Giger
Mucopolysaccharidoses are inherited metabolic disorders that result from a deficiency of lysosomal enzymes required for the catabolism of glycosaminoglycans. Lysosomal glycosaminoglycan accumulation results in cell and organ dysfunction. This study characterized the phenotype and genotype of mucopolysaccharidosis VI in a Great Dane puppy with clinical signs of stunted growth, facial dysmorphia, skeletal deformities, corneal opacities, and increased respiratory sounds. Clinical and pathologic evaluations, urine glycosaminoglycan analyses, lysosomal enzyme assays, and ARSB sequencing were performed...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155306/reverse-t3-interacts-with-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-3-integrin-receptor-and-restores-enzyme-activities-in-the-hippocampus-of-hypothyroid-developing-rats-insight-on-signaling-mechanisms
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Juliana Tonietto Domingues, Daiane Cattani, Patricia Acordi Cesconetto, Bianka Alzira Nascimento de Almeida, Paula Peirozan, Guilherme Razzera, Fátima Regina Mena Barreto Silva, Regina Pessoa-Pureur, Ariane Zamoner
In the present study we provide evidence that 3,3',5'-triiodothyronine (reverse T3, rT3) restores neurochemical parameters induced by congenital hypothyroidism in rat hippocampus. Congenital hypothyroidism was induced by adding 0.05% propylthiouracil in the drinking water from gestation day 8 and continually up to lactation day 15. In the in vivo rT3 exposure, hypothyroid 12-day old pups were daily injected with rT3 (50 ng/kg body weight) or saline until day 14. In the ex vivo rT3 treatment, hippocampal slices from 15-day-old hypothyroid pups were incubated for 30 min with or without rT3 (1 nM)...
November 16, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
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