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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647601/benzaldehyde-dehydrogenase-driven-phytoalexin-biosynthesis-in-elicitor-treated-pyrus-pyrifolia-cell-cultures
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Shashank Sagar Saini, Deepa Teotia, Mariam Gaid, Anirudh Thakur, Ludger Beerhues, Debabrata Sircar
Pyrus pyrifolia (Asian pear) cell cultures respond to yeast extract (YE) treatment by accumulating benzoate-derived biphenyl phytoalexins, namely, noraucuparin and aucuparin. Biphenyl phytoalexins are defense-marker metabolites of the sub-tribe Malinae of the family Rosaceae. The substrates for biphenyl biosynthesis are benzoyl-CoA and malonyl-CoA, which combine in the presence of biphenyl synthase (BIS) to produce 3,5-dihydroxybiphneyl. In the non-β-oxidative pathway, benzoyl-CoA is directly derived from benzoic acid in a reaction catalyzed by benzoate-CoA ligase (BZL)...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642848/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate-dehydrogenase-gapdh-functions-as-a-receptor-for-human-lactoferrin
#2
Himanshu Malhotra, Anil Patidar, Vishant M Boradia, Rajender Kumar, Rakesh D Nimbalkar, Ajay Kumar, Zahid Gani, Rajbeer Kaur, Prabha Garg, Manoj Raje, Chaaya I Raje
Iron is crucial for the survival of living cells, particularly the human pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb) which uses multiple strategies to acquire and store iron. M.tb synthesizes high affinity iron chelators (siderophores), these extract iron from host iron carrier proteins such as transferrin (Tf) and lactoferrin (Lf). Recent studies have revealed that M.tb may also relocate several housekeeping proteins to the cell surface for capture and internalization of host iron carrier protein transferrin...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635171/replacing-paps-in-vitro-phase-ii-sulfation-of-steroids-with-the-liver-s9-fraction-employing-atp-and-sodium-sulfate
#3
Sumudu A Weththasinghe, Christopher C Waller, Han Ling Fam, Bradley J Stevenson, Adam T Cawley, Malcolm D McLeod
In vitro technologies provide the capacity to study drug metabolism where in vivo studies are precluded due to ethical or financial constraints. The metabolites generated by in vitro studies can assist anti-doping laboratories to develop protocols for the detection of novel substances that would otherwise evade routine screening efforts. In addition, professional bodies such as the Association of Official Racing Chemists (AORC) currently permit the use of in vitro derived reference materials for confirmation purposes providing additional impetus for the development of cost effective in vitro metabolism platforms...
June 21, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629207/h2o2-as-a-candidate-bottleneck-for-mnp-activity-during-cultivation-of-agaricus-bisporus-in-compost
#4
Aurin M Vos, Edita Jurak, Jordi F Pelkmans, Koen Herman, Gill Pels, Johan J Baars, Ed Hendrix, Mirjam A Kabel, Luis G Lugones, Han A B Wösten
Degradation of lignin by fungi enhances availability of cellulose and hemicellulose in plant waste and thereby increases the amount of carbon source available to these microorganisms. The button mushroom Agaricus bisporus degrades only about half of the lignin in compost and about 40% of the carbohydrates remain unutilized during mushroom cultivation. Here it was assessed whether over-expression of the manganese peroxidase gene mnp1 improves lignin degradation and, as a consequence, carbohydrate breakdown by A...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625977/p300-mediated-acetylation-of-the-notch-effector-transcription-factor-maml-1-recruits-nack-to-initiate-notch-dependent-transcription
#5
Ke Jin, Wen Zhou, Xiaoqing Han, Zhiqiang Wang, Bin Li, Shawn Jeffries, Wensi Tao, David J Robbins, Anthony J Capobianco
Although it has long been appreciated that p300 acts as a critical Notch coactivator, the mechanistic details of p300 in Notch-mediated transcription remain unclear. We previously demonstrated that PEAK1-related kinase activating pseudokinase 1 (NACK) is a critical co-activator of Notch signaling and binds to the Notch1 ternary complex. Herein we report that p300 and CBP acetylate mastermind-like transcriptional coactivator 1 (Maml1) on amino acid residues K188 and K189 to recruit NACK to the Notch1 ternary complex, which results in the recruitment of RNA polymerase II to initiate transcription...
June 16, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623279/divergent-regulation-of-actin-dynamics-and-megakaryoblastic-leukemia-1-and-2-mkl1-2-by-camp-in-endothelial-and-smooth-muscle-cells
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Madeleine C Smith, Claire A Hudson, Tomomi E Kimura, Stephen J White, Graciela B Sala-Newby, Andrew C Newby, Mark Bond
Proliferation and migration of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) or endothelial cell (ECs) promote or inhibit, respectively, restenosis after angioplasty, vein graft intimal thickening and atherogenesis. Here we investigated the effects of cAMP-induced cytoskeletal remodelling on the serum response factor (SRF) co-factors Megakaryoblastic Leukemia-1 and -2 (MKL1 and MKL2) and their role in controlling VSMC and EC proliferation and migration. Elevation of cAMP using forskolin, dibutyryl-cAMP (db-cAMP), BAY60-6583 or Cicaprost induced rapid cytoskeleton remodelling and inhibited proliferation and migration in VSMCs but not EC...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616583/mnk-inversely-regulates-telo2-vs-deptor-to-control-mtorc1-signaling
#7
Michael C Brown, Matthias Gromeier
mTORC1 is the major homeostatic nutrient sensor for the cell. As such, it is integrated into diverse signaling networks and co-factor interactions that determine its activity. Our recent work implicates the mTORC1 co-factor and PI3K-related Kinase (PIKK) stabilizer, TELO2, in regulating mTORC1 activity in a MAPK-Interacting Kinase (MNK) responsive manner during mitogenic stimulation of cancer cells and T cell activation.
2017: Molecular & Cellular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609402/hiv-associated-kaposi-sarcoma-and-related-diseases
#8
Priscila H Gonçalves, Thomas S Uldrick, Robert Yarchoan
The search for the etiologic agent for Kaposi sarcoma (KS) led to the discovery of Kaposi sarcoma associated herpesvirus (KSHV) in 1994. KSHV, also called human herpesvirus-8 (HHV-8) has since been shown to be the etiologic agent for several other tumors and diseases, including primary effusion lymphoma (PEL), an extracavitary variant of PEL, KSHV-associated diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, a form of multicentric Castleman disease (MCD), and KSHV inflammatory cytokine syndrome (KICS). KSHV encodes several genes that interfere with innate and specific immunity, thwart apoptosis, enhance cell proliferation and cytokine production, and promote angiogenesis, and these play important roles in the disease pathogenesis...
June 12, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597815/dksa-hapr-rpos-axis-regulates-haemagglutinin-protease-production-in-vibrio-cholerae
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Pallabi Basu, Ritesh Ranjan Pal, Shreya Dasgupta, Rupak K Bhadra
DksA acts as a co-factor for the intracellular small signalling molecule ppGpp during the stringent response. We recently reported that the expression of the haemagglutinin protease (HAP), which is needed for shedding of the cholera pathogen Vibrio cholerae during the late phase of infection, is significantly downregulated in V. cholerae ∆dksA mutant (∆dksAVc) cells. So far, it has been shown that HAP production by V. cholerae cells is critically regulated by HapR and also by RpoS. Here, we provide evidence that V...
June 8, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596000/the-nrf2-gch1-bh4-axis-ameliorates-radiation-induced-skin-injury-by-modulating-the-ros-cascade
#10
Jiao Xue, Chenxiao Yu, Wenjiong Sheng, Wei Zhu, Judong Luo, Qi Zhang, Hongying Yang, Han Cao, Wenjie Wang, Jundong Zhou, Jinchang Wu, Peng Cao, Ming Chen, Wei-Qun Ding, Jianping Cao, Shuyu Zhang
Radiation-induced skin injury is a common side effect of radiotherapy and can limit the duration and dose of radiotherapy. Most early work focused on elimination of reactive oxygen species (ROS) after radiation, however, less is known about the mechanisms underlying amplification of ROS and consequent skin injury by radiation. 5,6,7,8-tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) is an essential co-factor for all nitric oxide synthases (NOSs). Inadequate availability of BH4 leads to uncoupling of NOSs and production of highly oxidative radicals...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595796/the-metal-and-metalloprotein-profile-of-human-plasma-as-biomarkers-for-stroke-diagnosis
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Keaton S Nahan, Kyle B Walsh, Opeolu Adeoye, Julio A Landero-Figueroa
Stroke, a major cause of disability and mortality, affects someone in the United States every 40s. Stroke biomarkers, including those that could be used as a blood test for diagnosis of stroke, have been particularly elusive. We performed a double blind study to identify human plasma biomarkers for the diagnosis of stroke, including acute ischemic stroke (AIS) and intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). We utilized a three-track approach based on the total metal profile, the metal cofactor levels among metalloproteins, and the identification of stroke-related metalloproteins...
July 2017: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595780/the-beneficial-effects-of-zinc-on-diabetes-induced-kidney-damage-in-murine-rodent-model-of-type-1-diabetes-mellitus
#12
Fan Yang, Bing Li, Xiaoming Dong, Wenpeng Cui, Ping Luo
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic multi-factorial metabolic disorder resulting from impaired glucose homeostasis. Zinc is a key co-factor for the correct functioning of anti-oxidant enzymes. Zinc deficiency therefore, impairs their synthesis, leading to increased oxidative stress within cells. Zinc deficiency occurs commonly in diabetic patients. The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of varying concentrations of zinc on diabetic nephropathy (DN) and the underlying mechanisms involved. FVB male mice aged 8 weeks were injected intraperitoneally with multiple low-dose streptozotocin at a concentration of 50mg/kg body weight daily for 5 days...
July 2017: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594932/ns5a-inhibitors-unmask-differences-in-functional-replicase-complex-half-life-between-different-hepatitis-c-virus-strains
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Tiffany Benzine, Ryan Brandt, William C Lovell, Daisuke Yamane, Petra Neddermann, Raffaele De Francesco, Stanley M Lemon, Alan S Perelson, Ruian Ke, David R McGivern
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA is synthesized by the replicase complex (RC), a macromolecular assembly composed of viral non-structural proteins and cellular co-factors. Inhibitors of the HCV NS5A protein block formation of new RCs but do not affect RNA synthesis by pre-formed RCs. Without new RC formation, existing RCs turn over and are eventually lost from the cell. We aimed to use NS5A inhibitors to estimate the half-life of the functional RC of HCV. We compared different cell culture-infectious strains of HCV that may be grouped based on their sensitivity to lipid peroxidation: robustly replicating, lipid peroxidation resistant (LPOR) viruses (e...
June 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593914/improved-metabolic-control-in-tetrahydrobiopterin-bh4-responsive-phenylketonuria-with-sapropterin-administered-in-two-divided-doses-vs-a-single-daily-dose
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Deniz Kör, Berna Şeker Yılmaz, Fatma Derya Bulut, Serdar Ceylaner, Neslihan Önenli Mungan
BACKGROUND: Phenylketonuria (PKU) often requires a lifelong phenylalanine (Phe)-restricted diet. Introduction of 6R-tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) has made a huge difference in the diets of patients with PKU. BH4 is the co-factor of the enzyme phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) and improves PAH activity and, thus, Phe tolerance in the diet. A limited number of published studies suggest a pharmacodynamic profile of BH4 more suitable to be administered in divided daily doses. METHODS: After a 72-h BH4 loading test, sapropterin was initiated in 50 responsive patients...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591759/ppar%C3%AE-coactivator-1%C3%AE-nicotinamide-adenine-dinucleotide-and-renal-stress-resistance
#15
Ali Poyan Mehr, Samir M Parikh
With one of the highest mitochondrial densities in the body, the kidneys consume approximately 10% of total oxygen while constituting 0.5% of body mass. Renal respiration is linear to solute extraction, linking oxidative metabolism directly to tubular function. This fundamental role of mitochondria in renal health may become an "Achilles heel" under duress. Acute kidney injury (AKI) related to each major class of stressor - inflammation, ischemia, and toxins - exhibits early and prominent mitochondrial injury...
June 8, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590049/chromatographic-analysis-of-tryptophan-metabolites
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Ilona Sadok, Andrzej Gamian, Magdalena Maria Staniszewska
The kynurenine pathway generates multiple tryptophan metabolites called collectively kynurenines and leads to formation of the enzyme co-factor NAD. The first step in this pathway is tryptophan degradation, initiated by the rate-limiting enzymes indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase or tryptophan 2,3-dioxygenase, depending on the tissue. The balanced kynurenine metabolism, which has been a subject of multiple studies in last decades, plays an important role in several physiological and pathological conditions such as infections, autoimmunity, neurological disorders, cancer, cataracts, as well as pregnancy...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587068/genetic-variants-involved-in-one-carbon-metabolism-polymorphism-frequencies-and-differences-in-homocysteine-concentrations-in-the-folic-acid-fortification-era
#17
Josiane Steluti, Aline M Carvalho, Antonio A F Carioca, Andreia Miranda, Gilka J F Gattás, Regina M Fisberg, Dirce M Marchioni
Folate and other B vitamins are essential co-factors of one-carbon metabolism, and genetic variants, such as polymorphisms, can alter the metabolism. Furthermore, the adoption of food fortification with folic acid showed a decrease of homocysteine concentration. The aim of this study was to investigate the frequencies of the polymorphisms of enzymes and carrier proteins involved in one-carbon metabolism, and to evaluate homocysteine concentrations in the presence of these genetic variants in a population exposed to mandatory food fortification with folic acid...
May 25, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586645/the-protein-phosphatase-4-and-smek1-complex-dephosphorylates-hyl1-to-promote-mirna-biogenesis-by-antagonizing-the-mapk-cascade-in-arabidopsis
#18
Chuanbin Su, Ziwei Li, Jinping Cheng, Lei Li, Songxiao Zhong, Li Liu, Yun Zheng, Binglian Zheng
Phosphorylation plays an essential role in microRNA (miRNA) processing by regulating co-factors of the miRNA biogenesis machinery. HYL1 (Hyponastic Leaves 1), a core co-factor in plant miRNA biogenesis, is a short-lived phosphoprotein. However, the precise balance and regulatory mechanism of the stability and phosphorylation of HYL1 remain unclear. Here, we show that a highly conserved PP4 (Protein Phosphatase 4) and SMEK1 (Suppressor of MEK 1) complex dephosphorylates HYL1 to promote miRNA biogenesis, by antagonizing the MAPK cascade in Arabidopsis...
June 5, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583428/multiscale-simulation-of-monoamine-oxidase-catalyzed-decomposition-of-phenylethylamine-analogs
#19
Gabriel Oanca, Jernej Stare, Robert Vianello, Janez Mavri
Phenylethylamine (PEA) is an endogenous amphetamine and its levels are increased by physical activity. As other biogenic monoamines, it is decomposed by monoamine oxidase (MAO) enzymes. The chemical mechanism of MAO, and flavoenzymes in general, is a subject of heated debate. We have previously shown that the rate-limiting step of MAO catalysis involves a hydride transfer from the substrate methylene group vicinal to the amino group to the N5 atom of the lumiflavin co-factor moiety. By using multiscale simulation on the Empirical Valence Bond (EVB) level, we studied the chemical reactivity of the monoamine oxidase B catalyzed decomposition of PEA and its two derivatives: p-chloro-β-methylphenylamine (p-CMP) and p-methoxy-β-methylphenethylamine (p-MMP)...
June 3, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576860/coordination-of-heparan-sulfate-proteoglycans-with-wnt-signaling-to-control-cellular-migrations-and-positioning-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#20
Kristian Saied-Santiago, Robert A Townley, John D Attonito, Dayse S da Cunha, Carlos A Diaz-Balzac, Eillen Tecle, Hannes E Bülow
Heparan sulfates are linear polysaccharides with complex modification patterns, which are covalently bound via conserved attachment sites to core proteins to form heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs). HSPGs regulate many aspects of the development and function of the nervous system, including cell migration, morphology, and network connectivity. HSPGs function as co-factors for multiple signaling pathways, including the Wnt signaling molecules and their Frizzled receptors. To investigate the functional interactions among the HSPG and Wnt networks, we conducted genetic analyses of each, and also between these networks using five cellular migrations in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans We find that HSPG core proteins act genetically in a combinatorial fashion dependent on the cellular contexts...
June 2, 2017: Genetics
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