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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743037/exogenous-applications-of-polyamines-modulate-drought-responses-in-wheat-through-osmolytes-accumulation-increasing-free-polyamine-levels-and-regulation-of-polyamine-biosynthetic-genes
#1
Heba Talat Ebeed, Nemat Mohamed Hassan, Alshafei Mohammed Aljarani
Polyamines (PAs) can improve drought stress tolerance in plants; however, very limited information is available on the mechanism of action of exogenous application by different methods under drought stress in wheat. The present study investigates the mechanism through which seed priming and foliar spraying with PAs protect wheat plants from drought stress. 10 days old wheat seedlings were exposed to drought stress by withholding water alone or with 100 μM PAs solutions (putrescine, Put; spermine, Spm; and mixture of Put and Spm for 10 h seed-priming or three foliar sprays during withholding water...
July 15, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742516/prevention-of-renal-ischemia-perfusion-induced-renal-and-hepatic-injury-in-adult-male-albino-rats-by-oxytocin-role-of-nitric-oxide
#2
Merhan Mamdouh Ragy, Neven Makram Aziz
BACKGROUND: Oxytocin (OT) has an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect in the different inflammatory models. The current study aimed to evaluate the protective function of OT in renal and hepatic damages triggered by renal ischemia/reperfusion (IR) in rats. Moreover, the effect of NG-nitro-l-arginine methyl ester (l-NAME) was investigated on the kidney and liver functions in renal IR model. METHODS: Twenty-four rats were divided into four groups (six rats each) as follows: (1) Sham-operated group; (2) Renal IR group; (3) Renal IR+OT group; (4) Renal IR+OT+l-NAME...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742327/amphiphilic-peptide-nanorods-based-on-oligo-phenylalanine-as-a-biocompatible-drug-carrier
#3
Su Jeong Song, Seulgi Lee, Kyoung-Seok Ryu, Joon Sig Choi
Peptide nanostructure has been widely explored for drug delivery systems in recent studies. Peptides possess comparatively lower cytotoxicity and are more efficient than polymeric carriers. Here, we propose a peptide nanorod system, composed of an amphiphilic oligo-peptide RH3F8 (Arg-His3-Phe8) as a drug delivery carrier. Arginine is an essential amino acid in typical cell penetration peptides, and histidine induces endo/lysosomal escape because of its proton sponge effect. Phenylalanine is introduced to provide rich hydrophobicity for stable self-assembly and drug encapsulation...
July 25, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741715/first-report-of-carglumic-acid-in-a-patient-with-citrullinemia-type-1-argininosuccinate-synthetase-deficiency
#4
E Kose, P Kuyum, B Aksoy, J Häberle, N Arslan, Y Ozturk
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Carglumic acid is a structural analogue of human N-acetylglutamate, which has become an alternative therapeutic option for hyperammonaemia in organic acidaemias such as isovaleric acidaemia, methylmalonic acidaemia and propionic acidaemia, and it has been suggested in other urea cycle disorders such as ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency and carbamoyl phosphate synthetase 1 deficiency. CASE DESCRIPTION: A male newborn was diagnosed with citrullinemia after serum amino acid analyses revealed markedly elevated citrulline concentration together with homozygous p...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741166/a-new-key-player-in-vegf-dependent-angiogenesis-in-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-dimethylarginine-dimethylaminohydrolase-1
#5
Nikki Buijs, J Efraim Oosterink, Morgan Jessup, Henk Schierbeek, Donna B Stolz, Alexander P Houdijk, David A Geller, Paul A van Leeuwen
BACKGROUND: Anti-angiogenic therapies, targeting VEGF, are a promising treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). To enhance this potential therapy, identification of novel targets in this pathway is of major interest. Nitric oxide (NO) plays a crucial role in VEGF-dependent angiogenesis. NO production depends on arginine as substrate and asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) as inhibitor. Dimethylarginine dimethylaminohydrolase 1 (DDAH-1) catabolizes ADMA and therefore regulates NO and VEGF expression...
July 24, 2017: Angiogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740730/bacteriolytic-activity-of-human-interleukin-2-chicken-egg-lysozyme-in-the-presence-of-potential-effectors
#6
P A Levashov, D A Matolygina, E D Ovchinnikova, D L Atroshenko, S S Savin, N G Belogurova, S A Smirnov, V I Tishkov, A V Levashov
The bacteriolytic activity of interleukin-2 and chicken egg lysozyme in the presence of various substances has been studied. Glycine and lysine do not affect the activity of interleukin-2 but increase that of lysozyme, showing a bell-shape concentration dependence peaking at 1.5 mM glycine and 18 mM lysine. Arginine and glutamate activate both interleukin-2 and lysozyme with a concentration dependence of the saturation type. Aromatic amino acids have almost no effect on the activity of both interleukin-2 and lysozyme...
April 2017: Acta Naturae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740413/dose-ranging-pilot-randomized-trial-of-amino-acid-mixture-combined-with-physical-activity-promotion-for-reducing-abdominal-fat-in-overweight-adults
#7
Hiroyuki Sasai, Keisuke Ueda, Takehiko Tsujimoto, Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Chiaki Sanbongi, Shuji Ikegami, Yoshio Nakata
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the effective dose of an amino acid mixture comprising arginine, alanine, and phenylalanine combined with physical activity promotion in reducing abdominal fat among overweight adults. METHODS: A 12-week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-ranging, pilot trial was conducted in Mito, Japan, from January through April 2016, and the data were analyzed from May through November 2016. The study participants were 35 overweight adults, aged 20-64 years, with no regular exercise habit...
2017: Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738503/integration-of-protein-extraction-with-a-stream-of-byproducts-from-marine-macroalgae-a-model-forms-the-basis-for-marine-bioeconomy
#8
Tejal K Gajaria, Poornima Suthar, Ravi S Baghel, Nikunj B Balar, Preeti Sharnagat, Vaibhav A Mantri, C R K Reddy
The present study describes an advanced biorefinery model for marine macroalgae that assumes significant importance in the context of marine bio-economy. The method investigated in this study integrates the extraction of crude proteins with recovery of minerals rich sap, lipids, ulvan and cellulose from fresh biomass of Ulva lactuca. The protein content extracted was 11±2.12% on dry weight basis with recovery efficiency of 68.75±4.01%. The amino acid composition of crude protein fraction showed iso-leucine as the most abundant amino acid with 16...
July 5, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736966/molecular-characterization-of-nasal-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-isolates-from-workers-of-an-automaker-company-in-southeast-iran
#9
Mohammad Hossein Sobhanipoor, Roya Ahmadrajabi, Afsaneh Karmostaji, Fereshteh Saffari
Colonization of methicillin resistant Staphylococccus aureus (MRSA) can occur more commonly in healthy people who live in close together or are in close physical contact with each other. Having knowledge about the molecular characteristics of these strains provides considerable discernment into the epidemiology of this important microorganism. A total of 806 nasal swabs were collected from healthy workers of an automaker company in the southeast of Iran and were analyzed to detect MRSA isolates. Multilocus sequence typing (MLST), spa typing, and detection of staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCCmec) were performed...
July 24, 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736735/arginine-and-citrulline-for-the-treatment-of-melas-syndrome
#10
Ayman W El-Hattab, Mohammed Almannai, Fernando Scaglia
MELAS (mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes) syndrome is a maternally inherited mitochondrial disease with a broad spectrum of manifestations. In addition to impaired energy production, nitric oxide (NO) deficiency occurs in MELAS syndrome and leads to impaired blood perfusion in microvasculature that can contribute to several complications including stroke-like episodes, myopathy, and lactic acidosis. The supplementation of NO precursors, L-arginine and L-citrulline, increases NO production and hence can potentially have therapeutic utility in MELAS syndrome...
January 2017: Journal of Inborn Errors of Metabolism and Screening
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736159/a-novel-ccr-2-tlr-2-triggered-signaling-in-murine-peritoneal-macrophages-intensifies-bacterial-staphylococcus-aureus-killing-by-reactive-oxygen-species-through-tnf-r1
#11
Ajeya Nandi, Biswadev Bishayi
Macrophages are remarkably versatile in their ability to recognize and respond to a wide range of stimuli by expressing a variety of surface and intracellular receptors and triggering multiple signal transduction pathways. The onset of microbial infection is primarily determined by the initial contacts made by the microbes with the host macrophages. Although there prevail a relationship between the chemokine receptor and Toll like receptors during disease, particularly TLR-2 and CCR-2 signaling interdependence on each other has not been yet investigated during acute staphylococcal infection...
July 20, 2017: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735657/l-arginine-attenuates-hypobaric-hypoxia-induced-increase-in-ornithine-decarboxylase-1
#12
Li Yuhong, Bai Zhengzhong, Tang Feng, Yang Quanyu, Ri-Li Ge
BACKGROUND: Chronic hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension and vascular remodeling have been shown to be associated with ornithine decarboxylase 1 (ODC1). However, few animal studies have investigated the role of ODC1 in acute hypoxia. OBJECTIVES: We investigated ODC1 gene expression, morphologic and functional changes, and the effect of L-arginine as an attenuator in lung tissues of rats exposed to acute hypobaric hypoxia at a simulated altitude of 6000 m. METHODS: Sprague-Dawley rats exposed to simulated hypobaric hypoxia (6000 m) for 24, 48, or 72 hours were treated with L-arginine (L-arginine group, 20 mg/100 g intraperitoneal; n=15) or untreated (non-L-arginine group, n=15)...
July 20, 2017: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734748/effects-of-arginine-based-immunonutrition-on-inpatient-total-costs-and-hospitalization-outcomes-for-patients-undergoing-colorectal-surgery
#13
Souvik Banerjee, Louis P Garrison, Aurelie Danel, Juan B Ochoa Gautier, David R Flum
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the effects of an arginine-based immunonutrition intervention for patients undergoing elective colorectal surgery on postsurgical utilization and cost outcomes. METHODS: This analysis was based on data from two Washington State databases: Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program (SCOAP) linked to the Comprehensive Hospital Abstract Reporting System (CHARS). The sample (N=722) comprises adult patients who underwent elective colorectal surgery with anastomosis in a Washington State hospital that participated in the Strong for Surgery (S4S) initiative between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2013...
June 24, 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734577/characterization-of-a-pvl-negative-community-acquired-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-strain-of-sequence-type-88-in-china
#14
Lu Sun, Dandan Wu, Yan Chen, Qian Wang, Haiping Wang, Yunsong Yu
Sequence type 88 community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) strain SR434, isolated from an outpatient with skin and soft tissue infection, was subjected to whole genome sequencing, antimicrobial susceptibility testing, mouse skin infection model and hemolysis analysis to identify its virulence and resistance determinants. MRSA strain SR434 is resistant to clindamycin, erythromycin and fosfomycin. Four plasmids with resistance genes were identified in this strain, including a 20,658bp blaZ-carrying plasmid, a 2473bp ermC-carrying plasmid, a 2622bp fosB7-carrying plasmid (86% identity with plasmid in a ST2590 MRSA strain) and a 4817bp lnuA-carrying plasmid (99% identity with pLNU4 from bovine coagulase-nagetive Staphylococci)...
July 13, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733581/structural-determinants-at-the-m2-muscarinic-receptor-modulate-the-rgs4-girk-response-to-pilocarpine-by-impairment-of-the-receptor-voltage-sensitivity
#15
I-Shan Chen, Kazuharu Furutani, Yoshihisa Kurachi
Membrane potential controls the response of the M2 muscarinic receptor to its ligands. Membrane hyperpolarization increases response to the full agonist acetylcholine (ACh) while decreasing response to the partial agonist pilocarpine. We previously have demonstrated that the regulator of G-protein signaling (RGS) 4 protein discriminates between the voltage-dependent responses of ACh and pilocarpine; however, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. Here we show that RGS4 is involved in the voltage-dependent behavior of the M2 muscarinic receptor-mediated signaling in response to pilocarpine...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733524/arginine-auxotrophic-gene-signature-in-paediatric-sarcomas-and-brain-tumours-provides-a-viable-target-for-arginine-depletion-therapies
#16
Ashley Vardon, Madhumita Dandapani, Daryl Cheng, Paul Cheng, Carmela De Santo, Francis Mussai
Paediatric sarcomas and brain tumours, remain cancers of significant unmet need, with a poor prognosis for patients with high risk disease or those who relapse, and significant morbidities from treatment for those that survive using standard treatment approaches. Novel treatment strategies, based on the underlying tumour biology, are needed to improve outcomes. Arginine is a semi-essential amino acid that is imported from the extracellular microenvironment or recycled from intracellular precursors through the combined expression of the enzymes ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC), argininosuccinate synthase (ASS) and argininosuccinate lyase (ASL) enzymes...
June 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733450/muscle-sympathetic-nerve-activity-and-volume-regulating-factors-in-healthy-pregnant-and-non-pregnant-women
#17
Nisha Charkoudian, Charlotte W Usselman, Rachel J Skow, Jeffery S Staab, Colleen Glyde Julian, Michael K Stickland, Radha S Chari, Rshmi Khurana, Sandra T Davidge, Margie H Davenport, Craig D Steinback
Healthy, normotensive human pregnancies are associated with striking increases in both plasma volume and vascular sympathetic nerve activity (SNA). In non-pregnant humans, volume regulatory factors including plasma osmolality, vasopressin and the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system have important modulatory effects on control of sympathetic outflow. We hypothesized that pregnancy would be associated with changes in the relationships between SNA (measured as muscle SNA) and volume regulating factors, including plasma osmolality, plasma renin activity and arginine vasopressin (AVP)...
July 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733445/enhanced-no-dependent-pulmonary-vasodilation-limits-increased-vasoconstrictor-sensitivity-in-neonatal-chronic-hypoxia
#18
Joshua R Sheak, Laura Weise-Cross, Ray J deKay, Benjimen R Walker, Nikki L Jernigan, Thomas C Resta
Augmented vasoconstrictor reactivity is thought to play an important role in the development of chronic hypoxia (CH)-induced neonatal pulmonary hypertension (pHTN). However, whether this response to CH results from pulmonary endothelial dysfunction and reduced NO-mediated vasodilation is not well understood. We hypothesized that neonatal CH enhances basal tone and pulmonary vasoconstrictor sensitivity by limiting NO-dependent pulmonary vasodilation. To test this hypothesis, we assessed effects of the NO synthase (NOS) inhibitor N(w)-nitro-L-arginine (L-NNA) on baseline pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) and vasoconstrictor sensitivity to the thromboxane mimetic U-46619 in saline-perfused lungs (in situ) from 2-wk-old control and CH (12 day exposure, 0...
July 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733251/rna-binding-protein-raly-promotes-protein-arginine-methyltransferase-1-alternatively-spliced-isoform-v2-relative-expression-and-metastatic-potential-in-breast-cancer-cells
#19
Emma Bondy-Chorney, R Mitchell Baldwin, Andréanne Didillon, Benoît Chabot, Bernard J Jasmin, Jocelyn Côté
Aberrant expression of Protein Arginine Methyltransferases (PRMTs) has been observed in several cancer types, including breast cancer. We previously reported that the PRMT1v2 isoform, which is generated through inclusion of alternative exon 2, is overexpressed in breast cancer cells and promotes their invasiveness. However, the precise mechanism by which expression of this isoform is controlled and how it is dysregulated in breast cancer remains unknown. Using a custom RNA interference-based screen, we identified several RNA binding proteins (RBP) which, when knocked down, altered the relative abundance of the alternatively spliced PRMT1v2 isoform...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733203/in-silico-pharmacogenetic-approach-the-natalizumab-case-study
#20
Francesca Cavaliere, Enrico Montanari, Andrew Emerson, Annamaria Buschini, Pietro Cozzini
Natalizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody to α4β1 integrin and is approved for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. In patients there is a great variation in drug response and there is much evidence that genetic contributors play an important role in defining an individual's susceptibility. Natalizumab binds to α4-residues Gln-152, Lys-201, Lys256, and these seem to be essential for its activity. Studies on a range of species in disease model have showed a loss of reactivity when any one of those three residues were different to human...
July 18, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
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