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Davide Zanchi, Anne Christin Meyer-Gerspach, Claudia Suenderhauf, Katharina Janach, Carel W le Roux, Sven Haller, Jürgen Drewe, Christoph Beglinger, Bettina K Wölnerhanssen, Stefan Borgwardt
Depending on their protein content, single meals can rapidly influence the uptake of amino acids into the brain and thereby modify brain functions. The current study investigates the effects of two different amino acids on the human gut-brain system, using a multimodal approach, integrating physiological and neuroimaging data. In a randomized, placebo-controlled trial, L-tryptophan, L-leucine, glucose and water were administered directly into the gut of 20 healthy subjects. Functional MRI (fMRI) in a resting state paradigm (RS), combined with the assessment of insulin and glucose blood concentration, was performed before and after treatment...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Faten K Abd El-Hady, Walid Fayad, Carmine Iodice, Zeinab A El-Shahid, Mohamed S Abdel-Aziz, Egle Crudele, Giuseppina Tommonaro
Marine organisms have been considered as the richest sources of novel bioactive metabolites, which can be used for pharmaceutical purposes. In the last years, the interest for marine microorganisms has grown for their enormous biodiversity and for the evidence that many novel compounds isolated from marine invertebrates are really synthesized by their associated bacteria. Nevertheless, the discovery of a chemical communication Quorum sensing (QS) between bacterial cells and between bacteria and host has gained the researchers to expand the aim of their study toward the role of bacteria associated with marine invertebrates, such as marine sponge...
October 14, 2016: Current Microbiology
Kenji Hanabusa, Takuya Ueda, Shingo Takata, Masahiro Suzuki
Fluorescein-, benzothiazole-, quinoline-, stilbene-, and carbazole-containing fluorescent gelators have been synthesized by connecting gelation-driving segments, including l-isoleucine, l-valine, l-phenylalanine, l-leucine residue, cyclo(l-asparaginyl-l-phenylalanyl), and trans-(1R,2R)-diaminocyclohexane. The emission behaviors of the gelators were investigated, and their gelation abilities studied against 15 solvents. The minimum gel concentration, variable-temperature spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, fluorescence microscopy (FM), and confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) were used to characterize gelation...
October 10, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Laís Rosa Viana, Rafael Canevarolo, Anna Caroline Perina Luiz, Raquel Frias Soares, Camila Lubaczeuski, Ana Carolina de Mattos Zeri, Maria Cristina Cintra Gomes-Marcondes
BACKGROUND: Cachexia is one of the most important causes of cancer-related death. Supplementation with branched-chain amino acids, particularly leucine, has been used to minimise loss of muscle tissue, although few studies have examined the effect of this type of nutritional supplementation on the metabolism of the tumour-bearing host. Therefore, the present study evaluated whether a leucine-rich diet affects metabolomic derangements in serum and tumour tissues in tumour-bearing Walker-256 rats (providing an experimental model of cachexia)...
October 3, 2016: BMC Cancer
Katrin Luck, Jan Jirschitzka, Sandra Irmisch, Meret Huber, Jonathan Gershenzon, Tobias G Köllner
BACKGROUND: Amino acid-derived aldoximes and nitriles play important roles in plant defence. They are well-known as precursors for constitutive defence compounds such as cyanogenic glucosides and glucosinolates, but are also released as volatiles after insect feeding. Cytochrome P450 monooxygenases (CYP) of the CYP79 family catalyze the formation of aldoximes from the corresponding amino acids. However, the majority of CYP79s characterized so far are involved in cyanogenic glucoside or glucosinolate biosynthesis and only a few have been reported to be responsible for nitrogenous volatile production...
October 4, 2016: BMC Plant Biology
Emerson R Silva, Gary Cooney, Ian W Hamley, Wendel A Alves, Shannon Lee, Brendan F O'Connor, Mehedi Reza, Janne Ruokolainen, Dermot Walls
We describe in depth the structure of complexes formed between DNA and two classes of arginine-containing peptide amphiphiles, namely, the lipopeptide PRW-C16 (P = proline, R = arginine, W = tryptophan, C16 = C16 : 0 alkyl chain) and the bolaamphiphile RFL4FR (R = arginine, F = phenylalanine, L = leucine). A combination of X-ray and neutron scattering provided unprecedented insights into the local structure of these complexes. Lipopeptide-based complexes self-assembled into layered structures with large-scale fractal features, hosting DNA in the interstices...
October 7, 2016: Soft Matter
Kaizhi Gu, Yajing Liu, Zhiqian Guo, Cheng Lian, Chenxu Yan, Ping Shi, He Tian, Wei-Hong Zhu
Leucine aminopeptidase (LAP), one of the important proteolytic enzymes, is intertwined with the progress of many pathological disorders as a well-defined biomarker. To explore fluorescent aminopeptidase probe for quantitative detection of LAP distribution and dynamic changes, herein we report a LAP-targeting near-infrared (NIR) fluorescent probe (DCM-Leu) for ratiometric quantitative trapping of LAP activity in different kinds of living cells. DCM-Leu is composed of a NIR-emitting fluorophore (DCM) as a reporter and l-leucine as a triggered moiety, which are linked together by an amide bond specific for LAP cleavage...
October 3, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Li Qu, Peter J Stewart, Karen P Hapgood, Satu Lakio, David A V Morton, Qi Tony Zhou
This study aims at testing the feasibility of a single-step coating process to produce a powder formulation of active and inactive ingredients for direct compression. A cohesive ibuprofen powder was coprocessed with a coating material, a binder (polyvinylpyrrolidone K25), and a superdisintegrant (crospovidone). Magnesium stearate (MgSt), l-leucine, and silica were selected as coating materials (1% w/w). A coprocessed powder without any coating material was employed as a control. Coating with MgSt, l-leucine, or silica produced significantly improved powder flow in comparison to the control batch...
September 21, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Jaime A Valderrama, Virginia Delgado, Sandra Sepúlveda, Julio Benites, Cristina Theoduloz, Pedro Buc Calderon, Giulio G Muccioli
A variety of aminoisoquinoline-5,8-quinones bearing α-amino acids moieties were synthesized from 3-methyl-4-methoxycarbonylisoquinoline-5,8-quinone and diverse l- and d-α-amino acid methyl esters. The members of the series were evaluated for their cytotoxic activity against normal and cancer cell lines by using the (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide) (MTT) assay. From the current investigation, structure-activity relationships demonstrate that the location and structure of the amino acid fragment plays a significant role in the cytotoxic effects...
2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Ville Vartiainen, Luis M Bimbo, Jouni Hirvonen, Esko I Kauppinen, Janne Raula
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin as a solubilizer for the corticosteroids prednisolone and fludrocortisone acetate in dry powder inhalation formulations. METHODS: The dry particles were simultaneously produced and coated with nanosized L-leucine crystals using an aerosol flow reactor method. The aerosolization performances of carrier-free powders were studied using Easyhaler® and Twister™ at 2 and 4 kPa pressure drops over the inhalers...
September 7, 2016: Pharmaceutical Research
Julia Dyachok, Svetlana Earnest, Erica N Iturraran, Melanie H Cobb, Elliott M Ross
The mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) coordinates a cell's growth with its nutritional, hormonal, energy and stress status. Amino acids are critical regulators of mTORC1 that permit other inputs to mTORC1 activity. Yet the roles of individual amino acids and their interactions in mTORC1 activation are not well understood. Here we demonstrate that activation of mTORC1 by amino acids includes two discrete and separable steps: priming and activation. Sensitizing mTORC1 activation by priming amino acids is a prerequisite for subsequent stimulation of mTORC1 by activating amino acids...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Yadi Liu, Yanyan Li, Xiaoyuan Wang
Acetohydroxyacid synthase, a thiamine diphosphate-dependent enzyme, can condense either two pyruvate molecules to form acetolactate for synthesizing L-valine and L-leucine or pyruvate with 2-ketobutyrate to form acetohydroxybutyrate for synthesizing L-isoleucine. Because the key reaction catalyzed by acetohydroxyacid synthase in the biosynthetic pathways of branched-chain amino acids exists in plants, fungi, archaea, and bacteria, but not in animals, acetohydroxyacid synthase becomes a potential target for developing novel herbicides and antimicrobial compounds...
October 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Masayuki Uchida, Chizuru Iwamoto
AIM: The present study aimed to evaluate the effects of selected straight alkyl chain, hydroxylated chain and branched chain amino acids on gastric adaptive relaxation, as these have previously been shown to have differing effects on gastric emptying. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Gastric adaptive relaxation was evaluated using a barostat in rats under urethane anesthesia. The pressure within the balloon, introduced from the mouth to the stomach, was changed stepwise from 1 to 8 mmHg...
2016: Journal of Smooth Muscle Research, Nihon Heikatsukin Gakkai Kikanshi
Henry S Nzioki, Florence Oyosi, Cindy E Morris, Eylul Kaya, Alice L Pilgeram, Claire S Baker, David C Sands
Striga hermonthica (witchweed) is a parasitic weed that attacks and significantly reduces the yields of maize, sorghum, millet, and sugarcane throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Low cost management methods such as hand weeding, short crop rotations, trap cropping, or conventional biocontrol have not been effective. Likewise, Striga-tolerant or herbicide-resistant maize cultivars are higher yielding, but are often beyond the economic means of sustenance farmers. The fungal pathogen, Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. strigae, has been the object of numerous studies to develop Striga biocontrol...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Chun-Kuang Lin, Yu-Ting Wang, Er-Mao Hung, Yu-Liang Yang, Jin-Ching Lee, Jyh-Horng Sheu, Chih-Chuang Liaw
Two new compounds, 4S,10R-dihydroxy-11-methyl-dodec-2-en-1,4-olide (1) (butyrolactone-type) and cyclo-(4-trans-6-dihydroxy-proline-D-leucine) (2) (diketopiperazine-type), as well as one known 4S,10-dihydroxy-10-methyl-dodec-2-en-1,4-olide (3) and three known diketopiperazines, cyclo-(L-proline-L-leucine) (4), cyclo-(4-trans-hydroxy-L-proline-L-leucine) (5), and cyclo-(4-trans-hydroxy-L-proline-L-phenylalanine) (6), were isolated from the ethyl acetate extracts of Streptomyces gougerotii GT and Microbulbifer variabilis C-03...
August 19, 2016: Planta Medica
Ning Zhang, Fang Geng, Zhong-Hua Hu, Bin Liu, Ye-Qiu Wang, Jun-Cen Liu, Yong-Hua Qi, Li-Jing Li
OBJECTIVE: Comparative study of type 2 diabetes and healthy controls by metabolomics methods to explore the pathogenesis of Type II diabetes. METHODS: Gas chromatography - mass spectrometry (GC-MS) with a variety of multivariate statistical analysis methods to the healthy control group 58 cases, 68 cases of Type II diabetes group were analyzed. Chromatographic conditions: DB-5MS column; the carrier gas He; flow rate of 1 mL·min(-1), the injection volume 1 uL; split ratio is 100: 1...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
Misa Watanabe, Nobuo Kaku, Katsuji Ueki, Atsuko Ueki
A strictly anaerobic bacterial strain (WN011T) was isolated from a methanogenic reactor treating waste from cattle farms. Cells of the strain were Gram-stain-negative, curved rods with a polar flagellum. Spores were not produced. The optimum temperature for growth was 35-40C and the optimum pH was 6.7. The strain did not utilize carbohydrates as growth substrates. The strain grew in PY medium and produced acetate, butyrate, isovalerate and H2 as well as propionate and isobutyrate as minor products. Amino acids (L-isoleucine, L-leucine, L-lysine L-serine, L-threonine and L-valine) added to PY medium enhanced the growth and increased the amounts of fermentation products...
August 8, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Francesc Puig-Castellví, Ignacio Alfonso, Benjamin Piña, Romà Tauler
Disruption of specific metabolic pathways constitutes the mode of action of many known toxicants and it is responsible for the adverse phenotypes associated to human genetic defects. Conversely, many industrial applications rely on metabolic alterations of diverse microorganisms, whereas many therapeutic drugs aim to selectively disrupt pathogens' metabolism. In this work we analyzed metabolic changes induced by auxotrophic starvation conditions in yeast in a non-targeted approach, using one-dimensional proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy ((1)H NMR) and chemometric analyses...
2016: Scientific Reports
Mahendra Nath Roy, Aditi Roy, Subhadeep Saha
Formations of host-guest inclusion complexes of two natural amino acids, viz., l-Leucine and l-Isoleucine as guests with α and β-cyclodextrins have been investigated which include diverse applications in modern science such as controlled delivery in the field of pharmaceuticals, food processing etc. Surface tension and conductivity studies establish the formation of inclusion complexes with 1:1 stoichiometry. The interactions of cyclodextrins with amino acids have been supported by density, viscosity, refractive index, hydration and solvation number measurements indicating higher degree of inclusion in case of α-cyclodextrin...
October 20, 2016: Carbohydrate Polymers
Wesley C Kephart, Petey W Mumford, Anna E McCloskey, A Maleah Holland, Joshua J Shake, C Brooks Mobley, Adam E Jagodinsky, Wendi H Weimar, Gretchen D Oliver, Kaelin C Young, Jordan R Moon, Michael D Roberts
BACKGROUND: Amino acid supplementation has been shown to potentially reduced exercise-induced muscle soreness. Thus, the purpose of this study was to examine if branched chain amino acid and carbohydrate (BCAACHO) versus carbohydrate-only sports drink (CHO) supplementation attenuated markers of muscle damage while preserving performance markers following 3 days of intense weight training. METHODS: Healthy resistance-trained males (n = 30) performed preliminary testing (T1) whereby they: 1) donated a baseline blood draw, 2) performed knee extensor dynamometry to obtain peak quadriceps isometric and isokinetic torque as well as electromyography (EMG) activity at 60°/s and 120°/s, and 3) performed a one repetition maximum (1RM) barbell back squat...
2016: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
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