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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335103/correlation-between-gastric-emptying-and-gastric-adaptive-relaxation-influenced-by-amino-acids
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Masayuki Uchida, Orie Kobayashi, Chizuru Saito
Background/Aims: Amino acids have many physiological activities. We report the correlation between gastric emptying and gastric adaptive relaxation using tryptophan and amino acids with a straight alkyl chain, hydroxylated chain, and branched chain. Here we sought to further clarify the correlation between gastric emptying and gastric adaptive relaxation by using other amino acids. Methods: In Sprague-Dawley rats, gastric emptying was evaluated by a breath test using [1-¹³C] acetic acid...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334907/a-combinatorial-approach-to-identify-calpain-cleavage-sites-in-the-machado-joseph-disease-protein-ataxin-3
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Jonasz J Weber, Matthias Golla, Giambattista Guaitoli, Pimthanya Wanichawan, Stefanie N Hayer, Stefan Hauser, Ann-Christin Krahl, Maike Nagel, Sebastian Samer, Eleonora Aronica, Cathrine R Carlson, Ludger Schöls, Olaf Riess, Christian J Gloeckner, Huu P Nguyen, Jeannette Hübener-Schmid
Ataxin-3, the disease protein in Machado-Joseph disease, is known to be proteolytically modified by various enzymes including two major families of proteases, caspases and calpains. This processing results in the generation of toxic fragments of the polyglutamine-expanded protein. Although various approaches were undertaken to identify cleavage sites within ataxin-3 and to evaluate the impact of fragments on the molecular pathogenesis of Machado-Joseph disease, calpain-mediated cleavage of the disease protein and the localization of cleavage sites remained unclear...
March 8, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332282/chirally-sensitive-collision-induced-dissociation-of-proton-bound-diastereomeric-complexes-of-tryptophan-and-2-butanol
#3
Oleksii Rebrov, Kostiantyn Kulyk, Mauritz Ryding, Richard D Thomas, Einar Uggerud, Mats Larsson
In this work we report the stereo-dependent collision-induced dissociation (CID) of proton-bound complexes of tryptophan and 2-butanol. The dissociation efficiency was measured as a function of collision energy in single collision mode. The homochiral complex was found to be less stable against CID than a heterochiral one. Additional gas dependence measurements were performed with diastereomeric complexes that confirm the findings.
March 23, 2017: Chirality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331543/experimental-recreation-of-the-evolution-of-lignin-degrading-enzymes-from-the-jurassic-to-date
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Iván Ayuso-Fernández, Angel T Martínez, Francisco J Ruiz-Dueñas
BACKGROUND: Floudas et al. (Science 336: 1715) established that lignin-degrading fungi appeared at the end of Carboniferous period associated with the production of the first ligninolytic peroxidases. Here, the subsequent evolution of these enzymes in Polyporales, where most wood-rotting fungi are included, is experimentally recreated using genomic information. RESULTS: With this purpose, we analyzed the evolutionary pathway leading to the most efficient lignin-degrading peroxidases characterizing Polyporales species...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330456/genome-wide-expression-profiling-in-leaves-and-roots-of-date-palm-phoenix-dactylifera-l-exposed-to-salinity
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Mahmoud W Yaish, Himanshu V Patankar, Dekoum V M Assaha, Yun Zheng, Rashid Al-Yahyai, Ramanjulu Sunkar
BACKGROUND: Date palm, as one of the most important fruit crops in North African and West Asian countries including Oman, is facing serious growth problems due to salinity, arising from persistent use of saline water for irrigation. Although date palm is a relatively salt-tolerant plant species, its adaptive mechanisms to salt stress are largely unknown. RESULTS: In order to get an insight into molecular mechanisms of salt tolerance, RNA was profiled in leaves and roots of date palm seedlings subjected to NaCl for 10 days...
March 22, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329310/immunologic-pathways-that-predict-mortality-in-hiv-infected-ugandans-initiating-art
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Sulggi Lee, Helen Byakwaga, Yap Boum, Tricia H Burdo, Kenneth C Williams, Michael M Lederman, Yong Huang, Russell P Tracy, Huyen Cao, Jessica E Haberer, Annet Kembabazi, David R Bangsberg, Jeffrey N Martin, Peter W Hunt
Plasma kynurenine/tryptophan (KT) ratio, a marker of adaptive immune defects, strongly predicts mortality during treated HIV disease in Ugandans compared to U.S.-based populations, Here, KT ratio, and T cell and plasma biomarkers of immune activation were measured among 535 HIV-infected Ugandans prior to ART initiation and at month 6 of viral suppression. Month 6 KT ratio (aHR=2.74), sCD14 (aHR=2.32), IL-6 (aHR=2.34), and D dimer (aHR=1.95) were associated with mortality occurring ≥6 months after ART initiation, KT ratio remained significantly predictive of mortality even after adjustment for the additional biomarkers, suggesting an independent contribution to clinical outcomes in resource-limited settings...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326143/posttranslational-isoprenylation-of-tryptophan-in-bacteria
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Masahiro Okada, Tomotoshi Sugita, Ikuro Abe
Posttranslational isoprenylation is generally recognized as a universal modification of the cysteine residues in peptides and the thiol groups of proteins in eukaryotes. In contrast, the Bacillus quorum sensing peptide pheromone, the ComX pheromone, possesses a posttranslationally modified tryptophan residue, and the tryptophan residue is isoprenylated with either a geranyl or farnesyl group at the gamma position to form a tricyclic skeleton that bears a newly formed pyrrolidine, similar to proline. The post-translational dimethylallylation of two tryptophan residues of a cyclic peptide, kawaguchipeptin A, from cyanobacteria has also been reported...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322931/the-alternatively-spliced-lrrfip1-isoform-1-is-a-key-regulator-of-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-transcription-pathway
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Pauline Labbé, Emilie Faure, Simon Lecointe, Solena Le Scouarnec, Florence Kyndt, Marie Marrec, Thierry Le Tourneau, Bernard Offmann, Cécile Duplaà, Stéphane Zaffran, Jean Jacques Schott, Jean Merot
The GC-rich Binding Factor 2/Leucine Rich Repeat in the Flightless 1 Interaction Protein 1 gene (GCF2/LRRFIP1) is predicted to be alternatively spliced in five different isoforms. Although important peptide sequence differences are expected to result from this alternative splicing, to date, only the gene transcription regulator properties of LRRFIP1-Iso5 were unveiled. Based on molecular, cellular and biochemical data, we show here that the five isoforms define two molecular entities with different expression profiles in human tissues, subcellular localizations, oligomerization properties and transcription enhancer properties of the canonical Wnt pathway...
March 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322767/cloning-localization-and-differential-expression-of-neuropeptide-y-during-early-brain-development-and-gonadal-recrudescence-in-the-catfish-clarias-gariepinus
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Cheni-Chery Sudhakumari, Arumugam Anitha, Raju Murugananthkumar, Dinesh Kumar Tiwari, Dharavath Bhasker, Balasubramanian Senthilkumaran, Aparna Dutta Gupta
Neuropeptide-Y (NPY) has diverse physiological functions which are extensively studied in vertebrates. However, regulatory role of NPY in relation to brain ontogeny and recrudescence with reference to reproduction is less understood in fish. Present report for the first time evaluated the significance of NPY by transient esiRNA silencing and also analyzed its expression during brain development and gonadal recrudescence in the catfish, Clarias gariepinus. As a first step, full-length cDNA of NPY was cloned from adult catfish brain, which shared high homology with its counterparts from other teleosts upon phylogenetic analysis...
March 17, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322235/impact-of-tryptophan-depletion-on-executive-system-function-during-menopause-is-moderated-by-childhood-adversity
#10
Sheila Shanmugan, James Loughead, Wen Cao, Mary D Sammel, Theodore D Satterthwaite, Kosha Ruparel, Ruben C Gur, C Neill Epperson
Many healthy women with no history of cognitive dysfunction experience subjective executive difficulties during menopause. Preclinical literature suggests latent effects of early life adversity on serotonin function may play a role in this phenomenon. However, evidence in human participants regarding the mechanisms by which loss of estradiol contributes to this vulnerability is lacking. Here we examined the impact of tryptophan depletion (TD) and adverse childhood experiences (ACE) on brain activation during a working memory task in menopausal women...
March 21, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320959/structural-basis-for-specific-ligation-of-the-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-%C3%AE
#11
Chyuan-Chuan Wu, Thomas J Baiga, Michael Downes, James J La Clair, Annette R Atkins, Stephane B Richard, Weiwei Fan, Theresa A Stockley-Noel, Marianne E Bowman, Joseph P Noel, Ronald M Evans
The peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) family comprises three subtypes: PPARα, PPARγ, and PPARδ. PPARδ transcriptionally modulates lipid metabolism and the control of energy homeostasis; therefore, PPARδ agonists are promising agents for treating a variety of metabolic disorders. In the present study, we develop a panel of rationally designed PPARδ agonists. The modular motif affords efficient syntheses using building blocks optimized for interactions with subtype-specific residues in the PPARδ ligand-binding domain (LBD)...
March 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320838/early-immune-regulatory-changes-in-a-primary-controlled-human-plasmodium-vivax-infection-cd1c-mdc-maturation-arrest-induction-of-the-kynurenine-pathway-and-regulatory-t-cell-activation
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Tonia Woodberry, Jessica R Loughland, Gabriela Minigo, Julie G Burel, Fiona H Amante, Kim A Piera, Yvette McNeil, Tsin W Yeo, Michael F Good, Denise L Doolan, Christian R Engwerda, James S McCarthy, Nicholas M Anstey
Plasmodium vivax malaria remains a major public health problem. The requirements for acquisition of protective immunity to this species are not clear. Dendritic cells (DC) are essential for immune cell priming, but also perform immune-regulatory functions, along with regulatory T cells (Treg). An important function of DC involves activation of the kynurenine pathway via indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO). Using a controlled human experimental infection study with blood-stage P. vivax, we characterised plasmacytoid DC (pDC) and myeloid DC (mDC) subset maturation, CD4(+)CD25(+)CD127(lo) Treg activation and IDO activity...
March 20, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320404/tryptophan-rich-domains-of-plasmodium-falciparum-surfin4-2-and-plasmodium-vivax-pvstp2-interact-with-membrane-skeleton-of-red-blood-cell
#13
Xiaotong Zhu, Yang He, Yifan Liang, Osamu Kaneko, Liwang Cui, Yaming Cao
BACKGROUND: Plasmodium falciparum dramatically alters the morphology and properties of the infected red blood cells (iRBCs). A large group of exported proteins participate in these parasite-host interactions occurring at the iRBC membrane skeleton. SURFIN4.2 is one of iRBC surface protein that belongs to surface-associated interspersed protein (SURFIN) family. Although the intracellular tryptophan-rich domain (WRD) was proposed to be important for the translocation of SURFINs from Maurer's clefts to iRBC surface, the molecular basis of this observation has yet to be defined...
March 20, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320402/albugo-imposed-changes-to-tryptophan-derived-antimicrobial-metabolite-biosynthesis-may-contribute-to-suppression-of-non-host-resistance-to-phytophthora-infestans-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
#14
David C Prince, Ghanasyam Rallapalli, Deyang Xu, Henk-Jan Schoonbeek, Volkan Çevik, Shuta Asai, Eric Kemen, Neftaly Cruz-Mireles, Ariane Kemen, Khaoula Belhaj, Sebastian Schornack, Sophien Kamoun, Eric B Holub, Barbara A Halkier, Jonathan D G Jones
BACKGROUND: Plants are exposed to diverse pathogens and pests, yet most plants are resistant to most plant pathogens. Non-host resistance describes the ability of all members of a plant species to successfully prevent colonization by any given member of a pathogen species. White blister rust caused by Albugo species can overcome non-host resistance and enable secondary infection and reproduction of usually non-virulent pathogens, including the potato late blight pathogen Phytophthora infestans on Arabidopsis thaliana...
March 20, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320272/neurotrophic-factors-bdnf-and-gdnf-and-the-serotonergic-system-of-the-brain
#15
REVIEW
N K Popova, T V Ilchibaeva, V S Naumenko
Neurotrophic factors play a key role in development, differentiation, synaptogenesis, and survival of neurons in the brain as well as in the process of their adaptation to external influences. The serotonergic (5-HT) system is another major factor in the development and neuroplasticity of the brain. In the present review, the results of our own research as well as data provided in the corresponding literature on the interaction of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) with the 5-HT-system of the brain are considered...
March 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319761/dynamic-changes-of-dissolved-organic-matter-in-membrane-bioreactors-at-different-organic-loading-rates-evidence-from-spectroscopic-and-chromatographic-methods
#16
Tahir Maqbool, Jinwoo Cho, Jin Hur
Excitation emission matrix-parallel factor analysis (EEM-PARAFAC) and size exclusion chromatography (SEC) were utilized to explore the dynamics in extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), soluble microbial products (SMP), and effluent for the membrane bioreactors at two different organic loading rates (OLRs). Combination of three different fluorescent components explained the compositional changes of dissolved organic matter. The lower OLR resulted in a higher production of tryptophan-like component (C1) in EPS, while the opposite trends were found for the other two components (humic-like C2 and tyrosine-like C3), signifying the role of C1 in the endogenous condition...
March 9, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318896/role-of-ahr-and-hif-1%C3%AE-in-glioblastoma-metabolism
#17
REVIEW
Galina Gabriely, Michael A Wheeler, Maisa C Takenaka, Francisco J Quintana
Glioblastoma (GBM) progression is associated with metabolic remodeling in both glioma and immune cells, resulting in the use of aerobic glycolysis as the main source of energy and biosynthetic molecules. The transcription factor hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1α drives this metabolic reorganization. Oxygen levels, as well as other factors, control the activity of HIF-1α. In addition, the ligand-activated transcription factor aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) modulates tumor-specific immunity and can also participate in metabolic remodeling...
March 16, 2017: Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism: TEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318003/small-molecule-hedgehog-pathway-antagonists
#18
Trieu N Trinh, Eileen A McLaughlin, Christopher P Gordon, Ilana R Bernstein, Victoria J Pye, Kate A Redgrove, Adam McCluskey
Leveraging our quinolone-1-(2H)-one based Hedgehog signalling pathway (HSP) inhibitors we have developed two new classes of HSP inhibitors based on: l-tryptophan and benzo[1,3]dioxol-5-ylmethyl-[2-(1H-indol-3-yl)-ethyl]-amine. Synthesis of focused compound libraries identified six l-tryptophan based inhibitors, and two stimulators, of Gli at 10 μM compound concentration. 2,4-Dichloro-13 and indole 16 suppressed mRNA expression of Ptch1 in Shh LIGHT2 cells, with 13 suppressing and 16 stimulating Gli2 mRNA expression...
March 20, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315437/homology-modeling-molecular-docking-and-molecular-dynamics-studies-of-the-catalytic-domain-of-chitin-deacetylase-from-cryptococcus-laurentii-strain-ry1
#19
Soumyadev Sarkar, Suchetana Gupta, Writachit Chakraborty, Sanjib Senapati, Ratan Gachhui
This study provides structural insights into chitin deacetylase, over-expressing under nitrogen limiting condition in Cryptococcus laurentii strain RY1. The enzyme converts chitin, the second most abundant natural biopolymer, to chitosan, which offers tremendous applications in diverse fields. To elucidate the structure-function relationship of this biologically and industrially important enzyme, a homology model of the catalytic domain was constructed. The stability of the structure was assessed by molecular dynamics simulation studies...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315331/sublethal-doses-of-neonicotinoid-imidacloprid-can-interact-with-honey-bee-chemosensory-protein-1-csp1-and-inhibit-its-function
#20
Hongliang Li, Jing Tan, Xinmi Song, Fan Wu, Mingzhu Tang, Qiyun Hua, Huoqing Zheng, Fuliang Hu
As a frequently used neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid can impair the chemoreceptive behavior of honey bees even at sublethal doses, while the physiochemical mechanism has not been further revealed. Here, multiple fluorescence spectra, thermodynamic method, and molecular docking were used to study the interaction and the functional inhibition of imidacloprid to the recombinant CSP1 protein in Asian honey bee, Apis cerana. The results showed that the fluorescence intensity (λem = 332 nm) of CSP1 could be significantly quenched by imidacloprid in a dynamic mode...
March 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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