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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230162/n-acetylated-proline-glycine-proline-accelerates-cutaneous-wound-healing-and-neovascularization-by-human-endothelial-progenitor-cells
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Yang Woo Kwon, Soon Chul Heo, Tae Wook Lee, Gyu Tae Park, Jung Won Yoon, Il Ho Jang, Seung-Chul Kim, Hyun-Chang Ko, Youngjae Ryu, Hyeona Kang, Chang Man Ha, Sang Chul Lee, Jae Ho Kim
Human endothelial progenitor cells (hEPCs) are promising therapeutic resources for wound repair through stimulating neovascularization. However, the hEPCs-based cell therapy has been hampered by poor engraftment of transplanted cells. In this study, we explored the effects of N-acetylated Proline-Glycine-Proline (Ac-PGP), a degradation product of collagen, on hEPC-mediated cutaneous wound healing and neovascularization. Treatment of hEPCs with Ac-PGP increased migration, proliferation, and tube-forming activity of hEPCs in vitro...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230059/synergistic-effects-of-dimethyloxallyl-glycine-and-recombinant-human-bone-morphogenetic-protein-2-on-repair-of-critical-sized-bone-defects-in-rats
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Xin Qi, Yang Liu, Zhen-Yu Ding, Jia-Qing Cao, Jing-Huan Huang, Jie-Yuan Zhang, Wei-Tao Jia, Jing Wang, Chang-Sheng Liu, Xiao-Lin Li
In bone remodeling, osteogenesis is closely coupled to angiogenesis. Bone tissue engineering using multifunctional bioactive materials is a promising technique which has the ability to simultaneously stimulate osteogenesis and angiogenesis for repair of bone defects. We developed mesoporous bioactive glass (MBG)-doped poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate) (PHBHHx) composite scaffolds as delivery vehicle. Two bioactive molecules, dimethyloxalylglycine (DMOG), a small-molecule angiogenic drug, and recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2), an osteoinductive growth factor, were co-incorporated into the scaffold...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229167/mutation-in-a-highly-conserved-glycine-residue-in-strand-5b-of-plasminogen-activator-inhibitor-1-causes-polymerisation
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Takayuki Iwaki, Kotomi Nagahashi, Katsuhiro Takano, Katsue Suzuki-Inoue, Naohiro Kanayama, Kazuo Umemura, Tetsumei Urano
Serpinopathy is characterised as abnormal accumulation of serine protease inhibitors (SERPINs) in cells and results in clinical symptoms owing to lack of SERPIN function or excessive accumulation of abnormal SERPIN. We recently identified a patient with functional deficiency of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1), a member of the SERPIN superfamily. The patient exhibited life-threatening bleeding tendencies, which have also been observed in patients with a complete deficiency in PAI-1. Sequence analysis revealed a homozygous single-nucleotide substitution from guanine to cytosine at exon 9, which changed amino acid residue 397 from glycine to arginine (c...
February 23, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228767/identification-of-zoupi-orthologs-in-soybean-potentially-involved-in-endosperm-breakdown-and-embryogenic-development
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Yaohua Zhang, Xin Li, Suxin Yang, Xianzhong Feng
Soybean (Glycine max Merr.) is the world's most widely grown legume and provides an important source of protein and oil. Improvement of seed quality requires deep insights into the genetic regulation of seed development. The endosperm serves as a temporary source of nutrients that are transported from maternal to filial tissues, and it also generates signals for proper embryo formation. Endosperm cell death is associated with the processes of nutrient transfer and embryo expansion. The bHLH domain transcription factor AtZHOUPI (AtZOU) plays a key role in both the lysis of the transient endosperm and the formation of embryo cuticle in Arabidopsis thaliana...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228639/grin1-mutation-associated-with-intellectual-disability-alters-nmda-receptor-trafficking-and-function
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Wenjuan Chen, Christine Shieh, Sharon A Swanger, Anel Tankovic, Margaret Au, Marianne McGuire, Michele Tagliati, John M Graham, Suneeta Madan-Khetarpal, Stephen F Traynelis, Hongjie Yuan, Tyler Mark Pierson
N-methyl-d-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) play important roles in brain development and neurological disease. We report two individuals with similar dominant de novo GRIN1 mutations (c.1858 G>A and c.1858 G>C; both p.G620R). Both individuals presented at birth with developmental delay and hypotonia associated with behavioral abnormalities and stereotypical movements. Recombinant NMDARs containing the mutant GluN1-G620R together with either GluN2A or GluN2B were evaluated for changes in their trafficking to the plasma membrane and their electrophysiological properties...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228526/trimethylamine-n-oxide-stabilizes-proteins-via-a-distinct-mechanism-compared-with-betaine-and-glycine
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Yi-Ting Liao, Anthony C Manson, Michael R DeLyser, William G Noid, Paul S Cremer
We report experimental and computational studies investigating the effects of three osmolytes, trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), betaine, and glycine, on the hydrophobic collapse of an elastin-like polypeptide (ELP). All three osmolytes stabilize collapsed conformations of the ELP and reduce the lower critical solution temperature (LSCT) linearly with osmolyte concentration. As expected from conventional preferential solvation arguments, betaine and glycine both increase the surface tension at the air-water interface...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228087/beyond-ketamine-new-approaches-to-the-development-of-safer-antidepressants
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Shigeyuki Chaki
Ketamine has been reported to exert rapid and sustained antidepressant effects in patients with depression, including patients with treatment-resistant depression. However, ketamine has several drawbacks such as psychotomimetic/dissociative symptoms, abuse potential and neurotoxicity, all of which prevent its routine use in daily clinical practice. Therefore, development of novel agents with fewer safety and usage concerns for the treatment of depression has been actively investigated. From this standpoint, searching for active substances (stereoisomers and metabolites) and agents acting on the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor have recently gained much attention...
February 20, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224920/genetic-engineering-of-the-biosynthesis-of-glycinebetaine-leads-to-alleviate-salt-induced-potassium-efflux-and-enhances-salt-tolerance-in-tomato-plants
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Dandan Wei, Wen Zhang, Cuicui Wang, Qingwei Meng, Gang Li, Tony H H Chen, Xinghong Yang
Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum cv. 'Moneymaker') was transformed with the choline oxidase gene codA from Arthrobacter globiformis, which was modified to allow for targeting to both chloroplasts and the cytosol. Glycine betaine (GB) was accumulated in transformed plants, while no detectable GB was found in wild-type (WT) plants. Compared to WT plants, transgenic lines showed significantly higher photosynthetic rates (Pn) and antioxidant enzyme activities and lower reactive oxygen species (ROS) accumulation in the leaves when exposed to salt stress...
April 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222763/the-discovery-of-novel-lpmo-families-with-a-new-hidden-markov-model
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Gerben P Voshol, Erik Vijgenboom, Peter J Punt
BACKGROUND: Renewable biopolymers, such as cellulose, starch and chitin are highly resistance to enzymatic degradation. Therefore, there is a need to upgrade current degradation processes by including novel enzymes. Lytic polysaccharide mono-oxygenases (LPMOs) can disrupt recalcitrant biopolymers, thereby enhancing hydrolysis by conventional enzymes. However, novel LPMO families are difficult to identify using existing methods. Therefore, we developed a novel profile Hidden Markov model (HMM) and used it to mine genomes of ascomycetous fungi for novel LPMOs...
February 21, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222651/levodopa-placebo-and-rotigotine-change-biomarker-levels-for-oxidative-stress
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Siegfried Muhlack, Manuel Kinkel, Lennard Herrman, Thomas Müller
INTRODUCTION: Homocysteine increase and glutathione derivative cysteinyl-glycine fall are indirect biomarkers for oxidative stress, for instance due to dopamine D1 receptor stimulation. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the influence of the D1 receptor agonists levodopa and rotigotine compared with placebo on homocysteine and cysteinyl-glycine in plasma of patients with Parkinson's disease. METHODS: Patients received 100 mg levodopa, 4 mg rotigotine or placebo...
February 22, 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221984/postharvest-reduction-of-coliphage-ms2-from-romaine-lettuce-during-simulated-commercial-processing-with-and-without-a-chlorine-based-sanitizer
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Samantha L Wengert, Tiong Gim Aw, Elliot T Ryser, Joan B Rose
Viral foodborne outbreaks are a serious threat to public health, and fresh produce is becoming increasingly recognized as a transmission vehicle. To limit foodborne disease, ready-to-eat leafy greens are typically washed with a chlorine-based sanitizer during commercial production. This study assessed the efficacy of a chlorine-based sanitizer against coliphage MS2, as a potential surrogate for foodborne viruses, on fresh-cut romaine lettuce during simulated commercial production using a small-scale processing line...
February 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221940/development-of-multifunctional-active-film-and-its-application-in-modified-atmosphere-packaging-of-shiitake-mushrooms
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Hong Jiang Wang, Duck Soon An, Dong Sun Lee
Agar-based films with multiple functions (CO2 absorption, water vapor absorption, and antimicrobial activity) were developed, tested for their properties, and then applied to the packaging of fresh shiitake mushrooms as an insert label. The films were cast from an agar-based aqueous solution containing a dissolving plasticizer (glycerol), a CO2 absorbent (sodium carbonate [SC] alone or a combination of SC and sodium glycinate [SC-SG]), and a volatile antimicrobial agent (carvacrol [CRV]). The agar of the film matrix is designed to serve as a water vapor absorbent...
September 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221022/quantitative-13c-traces-of-glucose-fate-in-hepatitis-b-virus-infected-hepatocytes
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Qianfen Wan, Yulan Wang, Huiru Tang
Quantitative characterization of 13C-labeled metabolites is an important part of the stable isotope tracing method widely used in metabolic flux analysis. Due to long relaxation time and low sensitivity of 13C nuclei, direct measurement of 13C labeled metabolites using one dimensional 13C NMR often fails to meet the demand of metabolomics studies especially with large number of samples and metabolites having low abundance. Although HSQC-based 2D NMR methods have improved sensitivity with inversion detection, they are time-consuming thus unsuitable for high-throughput absolute quantification of 13C-labeled metabolites...
February 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220590/biosynthesis-and-mass-spectral-fragmentation-pathways-of-13-c-and-15-n-labeled-cytochalasin-d-produced-by-xylaria-arbuscula
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Luciana da Silva Amaral, Taicia Pacheco Fill, Luiz Fernando Arruda Santos, Edson Rodrigues-Filho
The fungus Xylaria arbuscula was isolated as an endophyte from Cupressus lusitanica and has shown to be a prominent producer of cytochalasans, mainly cytochalasin C, D and Q. Cytochalasans comprise an important class of fungal secondary metabolites that have aroused attention due to their uncommon molecular structures and pronounced biological activities. Due to the few published studies on the ESI-MS/MS fragmentation of this important class of secondary metabolites, in the first part of our work we studied the cytochalasin D fragmentation pathways using an ESI-Q-ToF mass spectrometer coupled with liquid chromatography...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219903/myc-driven-inhibition-of-the-glutamate-cysteine-ligase-promotes-glutathione-depletion-in-liver-cancer
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Brittany Anderton, Roman Camarda, Sanjeev Balakrishnan, Asha Balakrishnan, Rebecca A Kohnz, Lionel Lim, Kimberley J Evason, Olga Momcilovic, Klaus Kruttwig, Qiang Huang, Guowang Xu, Daniel K Nomura, Andrei Goga
How MYC reprograms metabolism in primary tumors remains poorly understood. Using integrated gene expression and metabolite profiling, we identify six pathways that are coordinately deregulated in primary MYC-driven liver tumors: glutathione metabolism; glycine, serine, and threonine metabolism; aminoacyl-tRNA biosynthesis; cysteine and methionine metabolism; ABC transporters; and mineral absorption. We then focus our attention on glutathione (GSH) and glutathione disulfide (GSSG), as they are markedly decreased in MYC-driven tumors...
February 20, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218841/the-mechanism-of-human-apohemoglobin-unfolding
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Premila P Samuel, William Christopher Ou, George N Phillips, John Steven Olson
Removal of heme from human hemoglobin (Hb) results in formation of an apoglobin heterodimer. Titration of this apo-dimer with GdnHCl leads to biphasic unfolding curves indicating two distinct steps. Initially the heme pocket unfolds and generates a dimeric intermediate in which ~50% of the original helicity is lost, but the α1β1 interface is still intact. At higher [GdnHCl], this intermediate dissociates into unfolded monomers. This structural interpretation was verified by comparing GdnHCl titrations for adult human hemoglobin A (HbA), recombinant fetal human hemoglobin (HbF), recombinant Hb crosslinked with a single glycine linker between the α chains (rHb0...
February 20, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218705/accumulation-of-carotenoids-and-metabolic-profiling-in-different-cultivars-of-tagetes-flowers
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Yun Ji Park, Soo-Yun Park, Mariadhas Valan Arasu, Naif Abdullah Al-Dhabi, Hyung-Geun Ahn, Jae Kwang Kim, Sang Un Park
Species of Tagetes, which belong to the family Asteraceae show different characteristics including, bloom size, shape, and color; plant size; and leaf shape. In this study, we determined the differences in primary metabolites and carotenoid yields among six cultivars from two Tagetes species, T. erecta and T. patula. In total, we detected seven carotenoids in the examined cultivars: violaxanthin, lutein, zeaxanthin, α-carotene, β-carotene, 9-cis-β-carotene, and 13-cis-β-carotene. In all the cultivars, lutein was the most abundant carotenoid...
February 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215567/characterization-of-acid-and-pepsin-soluble-collagen-extracted-from-the-skin-of-nile-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus
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Leilei Sun, Hu Hou, Bafang Li, Yan Zhang
Acid-soluble (ASC) and pepsin-soluble (PSC) collagen were extracted from the skin of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus), purified and physicochemically examined. Amino acid content analyses revealed that glycine accounted for approximately one-third of the total amino acid residues. The proline and hydroxyproline contents of Nile tilapia ASC and PSC were 189 residues and 205 residues/1000 residues, respectively, and the rate of proline hydroxylation was found to be 41.8% and 42.0%, respectively. Denaturation temperatures (Td), as measured by an Ubbelohde viscometer, were 35...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213519/an-extra-amino-acid-residue-in-transmembrane-domain-10-of-the-gaba-transporter-gat-1-is-required-for-efficient-ion-coupled-transport
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Oshrat Dayan, Anu Nagarajan, Raven Shah, Assaf Ben-Yona, Lucy R Forrest, Baruch I Kanner
The GABA transporter GAT-1 mediates electrogenic transport of its substrate together with sodium and chloride. It is a member of the neurotransmitter:sodium:symporters, which are crucial for synaptic transmission. Compared to all other neurotransmitter:sodium:symporters, GAT-1 and the other members of the GABA transporter subfamily, all contain an extra amino acid residue at or near a conserved glycine in transmembrane segment 10. Therefore, we studied the functional impact of deletion and replacement mutants of Gly-457, and its two adjacent residues in GAT-1...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212821/cloning-and-molecular-characterization-of-the-betaine-aldehyde-dehydrogenase-involved-in-the-biosynthesis-of-glycine-betaine-in-white-shrimp-litopenaeus-vannamei
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María F Delgado-Gaytán, Jesús A Rosas-Rodríguez, Gloria Yepiz-Plascencia, Ciria G Figueroa-Soto, Elisa M Valenzuela-Soto
The enzyme betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase (BADH) catalyzes the irreversible oxidation of betaine aldehyde to glycine betaine (GB), a very efficient osmolyte accumulated during osmotic stress. In this study, we determined the nucleotide sequence of the cDNA for the BADH from the white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei (LvBADH). The cDNA was 1882 bp long, with a complete open reading frame of 1524 bp, encoding 507 amino acids with a predicted molecular mass of 54.15 kDa and a pI of 5.4. The predicted LvBADH amino acid sequence shares a high degree of identity with marine invertebrate BADHs...
February 14, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
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