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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817702/global-gene-expression-analysis-of-the-response-of-physic-nut-jatropha-curcas-l-to-medium-and-long-term-nitrogen-deficiency
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Qi Kuang, Sheng Zhang, Pingzhi Wu, Yaping Chen, Meiru Li, Huawu Jiang, Guojiang Wu
Jatropha curcas L. is an important biofuel plant with excellent tolerance of barren environments. However, studies on the regulatory mechanisms that operate in this plant in response to nitrogen (N) shortage are scarce. In this study, genome-wide transcriptional profiles of the roots and leaves of 8-week old physic nut seedlings were analyzed after 2 and 16 days of N starvation. Enrichment results showed that genes associated with N metabolism, processing and regulation of RNA, and transport predominated among those showing alterations in expression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813537/metabolite-patterns-predicting-sex-and-age-in-participants-of-the-karlsruhe-metabolomics-and-nutrition-karmen-study
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Manuela J Rist, Alexander Roth, Lara Frommherz, Christoph H Weinert, Ralf Krüger, Benedikt Merz, Diana Bunzel, Carina Mack, Björn Egert, Achim Bub, Benjamin Görling, Pavleta Tzvetkova, Burkhard Luy, Ingrid Hoffmann, Sabine E Kulling, Bernhard Watzl
Physiological and functional parameters, such as body composition, or physical fitness are known to differ between men and women and to change with age. The goal of this study was to investigate how sex and age-related physiological conditions are reflected in the metabolome of healthy humans and whether sex and age can be predicted based on the plasma and urine metabolite profiles. In the cross-sectional KarMeN (Karlsruhe Metabolomics and Nutrition) study 301 healthy men and women aged 18-80 years were recruited...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803626/putting-the-piezolyte-hypothesis-under-pressure
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Christina M Papini, Pranav P Pandharipande, Catherine A Royer, George I Makhatadze
A group of small molecules that stabilize proteins against high hydrostatic pressure has been classified as piezolytes, a subset of stabilizing cosolutes. This distinction would imply that piezolytes counteract the effects of high hydrostatic pressure through effects on the volumetric properties of the protein. The purpose of this study was to determine if cosolutes proposed to be piezolytes have an effect on the volumetric properties of proteins through direct experimental measurements of volume changes upon unfolding of model proteins lysozyme and ribonuclease A, in solutions containing varying cosolute concentrations...
August 10, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782586/breaking-the-mirror-l-amino-acid-deaminase-a-novel-stereoselective-biocatalyst
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REVIEW
Gianluca Molla, Roberta Melis, Loredano Pollegioni
Enantiomerically pure amino acids are of increasing interest for the fine chemical, agrochemicals and pharmaceutical industries. During past years l-amino acids have been produced from deracemization of dl-solution employing the stereoselective flavoenzyme d-amino acid oxidase. On the other hand, the isolation of corresponding d-isomer was hampered by the scarce availability of a suitable l-amino acid oxidase activity. On this side, l-amino acid deaminase (LAAD), only present in the Proteus bacteria, represents a suitable alternative...
August 3, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777736/a-pilot-study-of-the-effect-of-human-breast-milk-on-urinary-metabolome-analysis-in-infants
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Hiromichi Shoji, Hikari Taka, Naoko Kaga, Naho Ikeda, Tomohiro Kitamura, Yoshiki Miura, Toshiaki Shimizu
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to examine the nutritional effect of breast feeding on healthy term infants by using urinary metabolome analysis. METHODS: Urine samples were collected from 19 and 14 infants at 1 and 6 months, respectively. Infants were separated into two groups: the breast-fed group receiving <540 mL/week of their intake from formula (n=13 at 1 month; n=9 at 6 months); and the formula-fed group receiving no breast milk (BM) (n=6 at 1 month; n=5 at 6 months)...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740550/boosting-the-peroxidase-like-activity-of-nanostructured-nickel-by-inducing-its-3-oxidation-state-in-lanio3-perovskite-and-its-application-for-biomedical-assays
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Xiaoyu Wang, Wen Cao, Li Qin, Tingsheng Lin, Wei Chen, Shichao Lin, Jia Yao, Xiaozhi Zhao, Min Zhou, Cheng Hang, Hui Wei
Catalytic nanomaterials with intrinsic enzyme-like activities, called nanozymes, have recently attracted significant research interest due to their unique advantages relative to natural enzymes and conventional artificial enzymes. Among the nanozymes developed, particular interests have been devoted to nanozymes with peroxidase mimicking activities because of their promising applications in biosensing, bioimaging, biomedicine, etc. Till now, lots of functional nanomaterials have been used to mimic peroxidase...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702505/human-snorna-93-is-processed-into-a-microrna-like-rna-that-promotes-breast-cancer-cell-invasion
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Dillon G Patterson, Justin T Roberts, Valeria M King, Dominika Houserova, Emmaline C Barnhill, Aline Crucello, Caroline J Polska, Lucas W Brantley, Garrett C Kaufman, Michael Nguyen, Megann W Santana, Ian A Schiller, Julius S Spicciani, Anastasia K Zapata, Molly M Miller, Timothy D Sherman, Ruixia Ma, Hongyou Zhao, Ritu Arora, Alexander B Coley, Melody M Zeidan, Ming Tan, Yaguang Xi, Glen M Borchert
Genetic searches for tumor suppressors have recently linked small nucleolar RNA misregulations with tumorigenesis. In addition to their classically defined functions, several small nucleolar RNAs are now known to be processed into short microRNA-like fragments called small nucleolar RNA-derived RNAs. To determine if any small nucleolar RNA-derived RNAs contribute to breast malignancy, we recently performed a RNA-seq-based comparison of the small nucleolar RNA-derived RNAs of two breast cancer cell lines (MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231) and identified small nucleolar RNA-derived RNAs derived from 13 small nucleolar RNAs overexpressed in MDA-MB-231s...
2017: NPJ Breast Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676336/quantitative-proteomic-analysis-of-iron-regulated-outer-membrane-proteins-in-aeromonas-hydrophila-as-potential-vaccine-candidates
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Yuqian Wang, Huarong Chen, Zhuang Guo, Lina Sun, Yuying Fu, Tao Li, Wenxiong Lin, Xiangmin Lin
The iron-regulated outer membrane protein (OMP) of Aeromonas hydrophila is an effective vaccine candidate, but its intrinsic functional components are largely unknown. In this study, we compared the differentially expressed sarcosine-insoluble fractions of A. hydrophila in iron-limited and normal medium using tandem mass tag labeling-based quantitative proteomics, and identified 91 upregulated proteins including 21 OMPs and 83 downregulated proteins including 10 OMPs. Subsequent bioinformatics analysis showed that iron chelate transport-related proteins were enriched in increasing abundance, whereas oxidoreductase activity and translation-related proteins were significantly enriched in decreasing abundance...
July 1, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636478/pathway-and-rate-limiting-step-of-glyphosate-degradation-by-aspergillus-oryzae-a-f02
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Gui-Ming Fu, Yan Chen, Ru-Yi Li, Xiao-Qiang Yuan, Cheng-Mei Liu, Bin Li, Yin Wan
Aspergillus oryzae A-F02, a glyphosate-degrading fungus, was isolated from an aeration tank in a pesticide factory. The pathway and rate-limiting step of glyphosate (GP) degradation were investigated through metabolite analysis. GP, aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA) and methylamine were detected in the fermentation liquid of A. oryzae A-F02, whereas sarcosine and glycine were not. The pathway of GP degradation in A. oryzae A-F02 was revealed: GP was firstly degraded into AMPA, which was then degraded into methylamine...
June 21, 2017: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616992/coherent-experimental-and-simulation-approach-to-explore-the-underlying-mechanism-of-denaturation-of-stem-bromelain-in-osmolytes
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Anjeeta Rani, Mohamed Taha, Pannuru Venkatesu, Ming-Jer Lee
Characterization of a protein in the context of its environment is of crucial importance for a complete understanding of its function. Although biophysical techniques provide powerful tools for studying the stability and activity of the enzyme in the presence of various cosolvents, an approach of combining both experimental techniques and molecular dynamic (MD) simulations may lead to the mechanistic insight into the interactions governing the stability of an enzyme. The knowledge of these interactions can be further utilized for range of modifications in the wild form of an enzyme for various pharmaceutical applications...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594555/effect-of-aging-on-the-absorption-of-small-peptides-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Vu Thi Hanh, Weilin Shen, Mitsuru Tanaka, Aino Siltari, Riita Korpela, Toshiro Matsui
In the present study, we aimed to evaluate the effect of aging on the absorption of small peptides in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs). Three kinds of dipeptides, glycyl-sarcosine (Gly-Sar), Trp-His, and captopril (a dipeptidomimetic drug), a Gly-Sar-Sar tripeptide, a Gly-Sar-Sar-Sar tetrapeptide, and a Gly-Sar-Sar-Sar-Sar pentapeptide were administered at doses of 10 mg/kg each to 8- and 40-week-old SHRs. The peptides were all detected in their intact forms in the blood. There was a significantly promoted absorption of di/tripeptides in aged SHRs compared with young SHRs...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552337/one-pot-microwave-assisted-stereoselective-synthesis-of-novel-dihydro-2-h-spiro-indene-2-1-pyrrolo-3-4-c-pyrrole-tetraones-and-evaluation-of-their-antimycobacterial-activity-and-inhibition-of-ache
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Chelliah Bharkavi, Sundaravel Vivek Kumar, Mohamed Ashraf Ali, Hasnah Osman, Shanmugam Muthusubramanian, Subbu Perumal
An efficient one-pot microwave assisted stereoselective synthesis of novel dihydro-2'H-spiro[indene-2,1'-pyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrrole]-tetraone derivatives through three-component 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of azomethine ylides generated in situ from ninhydrin and sarcosine with a series of 1-aryl-1H-pyrrole-2,5-diones is described. The synthesised compounds were screened for their antimycobacterial and AChE inhibition activities. Compound 4b (IC50 1.30µM) has been found to display twelve fold antimycobacterial activity compared to cycloserine and it is thirty seven times more active than pyrimethamine...
May 17, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542385/cadmium-toxicity-induced-contrasting-patterns-of-concentrations-of-free-sarcosine-specific-amino-acids-and-selected-microelements-in-two-noccaea-species
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Veronika Zemanová, Milan Pavlík, Daniela Pavlíková
Cadmium (Cd) toxicity affects numerous metabolic processes in plants. In the presence of Cd, plants accumulate specific amino acids which may be beneficial to developing Cd tolerance. Our study aimed to characterize the changes in the metabolism of selected free amino acids that are associated with Cd tolerance, and investigate the levels of selected microelements in order to relate these changes to the adaptation strategies of two metallophytes-Noccaea caerulescens (Redlschlag, Austria) and Noccaea praecox (Mežica, Slovenia)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533240/heterocycle-thiazole-compounds-exhibit-antifungal-activity-through-increase-in-the-production-of-reactive-oxygen-species-in-the-cryptococcus-neoformans-cryptococcus-gattii-species-complex
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Nívea Pereira de Sá, Caroline Miranda de Lima, Cleudiomar Inácio Lino, Paulo Jorge Sanches Barbeira, Ludmila de Matos Baltazar, Daniel Assis Santos, Renata Barbosa de Oliveira, Eleftherios Mylonakis, Beth Burgwyn Fuchs, Susana Johann
Human cryptococcosis can occur as a primary or opportunistic infection and develops as an acute, subacute, or chronic systemic infection involving different organs of the host. Given the limited therapeutic options and the occasional resistance to fluconazole, there is a need to develop novel drugs for the treatment of cryptococcosis. In this report, we describe promising thiazole compounds 1, 2, 3, and 4 and explore their possible modes of action against Cryptococcus To this end, we show evidence of interference in the Cryptococcus antioxidant system...
August 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493724/tuning-the-viscoelasticity-of-peptide-vesicles-by-adjusting-hydrophobic-helical-blocks-comprising-amphiphilic-polypeptides
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Cheol Joo Kim, Motoki Ueda, Tomoya Imai, Junji Sugiyama, Shunsaku Kimura
Amphiphilic block polypeptides of poly(sarcosine)-b-(l-Val-Aib)6 and poly(sarcosine)-b-(l-Leu-Aib)6 and their stereoisomers were self-assembled in water. Three kinds of binary systems of poly(sarcosine)-b-(l-Leu-Aib)6 with poly(sarcosine)-b-poly(d-Leu-Aib)6, poly(sarcosine)-b-poly(l-Val-Aib)6, or poly(sarcosine)-b-(d-Val-Aib)6 generated vesicles of ca. 200 nm diameter. The viscoelasticity of the vesicle membranes was evaluated by the nanoindentation method using AFM in water. The elasticity of the poly(sarcosine)-b-(l-Leu-Aib)6/poly(sarcosine)-b-poly(d-Leu-Aib)6 vesicle was 11-fold higher than that of the egg yolk liposome but decreased in combinations of the Leu- and Val-based amphiphilic polypeptides...
June 6, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491480/new-treatment-strategies-of-depression-based-on-mechanisms-related-to-neuroplasticity
#16
REVIEW
Yu-Jhen Huang, Hsien-Yuan Lane, Chieh-Hsin Lin
Major depressive disorder is a severe and complex mental disorder. Impaired neurotransmission and disrupted signalling pathways may influence neuroplasticity, which is involved in the brain dysfunction in depression. Traditional neurobiological theories of depression, such as monoamine hypothesis, cannot fully explain the whole picture of depressive disorders. In this review, we discussed new treatment directions of depression, including modulation of glutamatergic system and noninvasive brain stimulation. Dysfunction of glutamatergic neurotransmission plays an important role in the pathophysiology of depression...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490248/sodium-louroyl-sarcosinate-sarkosyl-modulate-amyloid-fibril-formation-in-hen-egg-white-lysozyme-hewl-at-alkaline-ph-a-molecular-insight-study
#17
Javed Masood Khan, Mohd Shahnawaz Khan, Mohammad Abdulrahman Alsenaidy, Anwar Ahmed, Priyankar Sen, Mohammad Oves, Nasser Abdulatif Al-Shabib, Rizwan Hasan Khan
Amyloid fibril formation is responsible for several neurodegenerative diseases and are formed when native proteins misfold and stick together with different interactive forces. In the present study, we have determined the mode of interaction of the anionic surfactant sarkosyl with hen egg white lysozyme (HEWL) [EC No. 3.2.1.17] at two pHs (9.0 and 13.0) and investigated its impact on fibrillogenesis. Our data suggested that sarkosyl is promoting amyloid fibril formation in HEWL at the concentration range between 0...
May 28, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487071/diversity-oriented-sustainable-synthesis-of-antimicrobial-spiropyrrolidine-thiapyrrolizidine-oxindole-derivatives-new-ligands-for-a-metallo-%C3%AE-lactamase-from-klebsiella-pneumonia
#18
Anshu Dandia, Shahnawaz Khan, Pragya Soni, Aayushi Indora, Dinesh Kumar Mahawar, Prateek Pandya, Chetan Singh Chauhan
A simple, environmentally benign and highly proficient microwave assisted one-pot approach for the synthesis of antimicrobial spiropyrrolidine/thiapyrrolizidine oxindole derivatives is reported assembling two pharmacophoric moieties (1,3-indanedione and pyrrolidine/thiapyrrolizidine) in a single molecular framework via three-component 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction of substituted isatin, sarcosine/1,3-thiazoles-4-carboxylic acid and Knoevenagel adduct (2-Cyano-3-phenyl-acrylic acid ethyl ester or 2-Benzylidene-malononitrile) in 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol as a reusable green solvent...
July 1, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420177/molecular-hybridization-guided-one-pot-multicomponent-synthesis-of-turmerone-motif-fused-3-3-pyrrolidinyl-dispirooxindoles-via-a-1-3-dipolar-cycloaddition-reaction
#19
Bing Lin, Gen Zhou, Yi Gong, Qi-Di Wei, Min-Yi Tian, Xiong-Li Liu, Ting-Ting Feng, Ying Zhou, Wei-Cheng Yuan
Described herein is the development of a facile and efficient methodology for the synthesis of novel turmerone motif-fused 3,3'-pyrrolidinyl-dispirooxindoles 3-5 via a multicomponent 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of dienones 2 with azomethine ylides (thermally generated in situfrom isatins and proline or thioproline or sarcosine). Products bearing four or three consecutive stereocenters consist of two oxindole moieties and a pyrrolidinyl core, including vicinal spiroquaternary stereocenters fused in one ring structure were smoothly obtained in high yields (up to 93% yield) with good diastereoselectivity (up to >20:1)...
April 17, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402211/metabolomic-study-of-chardonnay-grapevines-double-stressed-with-esca-associated-fungi-and-drought
#20
Marta R M Lima, Antoinette F Machado, Walter D Gubler
Esca is a complex grapevine trunk disease associated with fungal infection of the xylem. However, the inconstancy of external symptoms and the ability of esca-associated fungi to inhabit grapevines without causing apparent disease suggests that abiotic factors might be involved in the disease. Water stress has been proposed to be one of the factors influencing esca symptom manifestation but the specific role played by water stress on esca development is unknown. We conducted a proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy-based metabolomic study aiming at unveiling drought-induced modifications in xylem sap composition that could contribute to esca-related infection progression...
June 2017: Phytopathology
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