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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448887/macro-raman-spectroscopy-for-bulk-composition-and-homogeneity-analysis-of-multi-component-pharmaceutical-powders
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Hui Wang, David Barona, Sulayman Oladepo, Lisa Williams, Susan Hoe, David Lechuga-Ballesteros, Reinhard Vehring
A new macro-Raman system equipped with a motorized translational sample stage and low-frequency shift capabilities was developed for bulk composition and homogeneity analysis of multi-component pharmaceutical powders. Different sampling methods including single spot and scanning measurement were compared. It was found that increasing sample volumes significantly improved the precision of quantitative composition analysis, especially for poorly mixed powders. The multi-pass cavity of the macro-Raman system increased effective sample volumes by 20 times from the sample volume defined by the collection optics, i...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448609/six-autoantibodies-associated-with-autoimmune-encephalitis-are-not-detectable-in-the-cerebrospinal-fluid-of-suicide-attempters
#2
Johan Fernström, Åsa Westrin, Cécile Grudet, Lil Träskman-Bendz, Lena Brundin, Daniel Lindqvist
Previous findings suggest a link between neuroinflammatory processes and suicidality. Despite several lines of evidence supporting this link, including increased pro-inflammatory markers in blood-, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)- and in post-mortem brain samples from suicidal individuals, the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. In this pilot study, we explored the possibility that autoimmune encephalopathies might be found among suicide attempters. We analysed the presence of six different autoantibodies (N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor, the α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazol-propionic acid receptor, the γ-amino-butyric acid B-receptor, the leucine-rich, glioma-inactivated 1, the contactin-associated protein-like 2, and the dipeptidyl-peptidase-like protein-6), all previously associated with psychopathology, in CSF samples from 29 unmedicated suicide attempters...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448083/are-dietary-supplements-and-nutraceuticals-effective-for-musculoskeletal-health-and-cognitive-function-a-scoping-review
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G Iolascon, R Gimigliano, M Bianco, A De Sire, A Moretti, A Giusti, N Malavolta, S Migliaccio, A Migliore, N Napoli, P Piscitelli, G Resmini, U Tarantino, F Gimigliano
OBJECTIVE: The aim of our scoping review was to summarize the state of the art regarding micronutrients in order to identify which of them might effectively improve health status in the areas typically impaired in older people: bone, skeletal muscle, and cognitive function. DESIGN: Scoping review. METHODS: The Italian Study Group on Healthy Aging by Nutraceuticals and Dietary Supplements (HANDS) performed this scoping review, based on the following steps: doing a list of micronutrients related with musculoskeletal or cognitive functions, included in dietary supplements and nutraceuticals commercialized in Italy; planning a research on PubMed, according to an evidence-based approach, in order to the most relevant positive study for each micronutrient into each of the three areas involved (bone, skeletal muscle and cognitive function); identifying the micronutrients effective in maintaining or achieving an adequate health status in older people, specifying the effective and safe daily doses, according to the selected studies...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447460/effects-of-histidine-supplementation-on-global-serum-and-urine-1h-nmr-based-metabolomics-and-serum-amino-acid-profiles-in-obese-women-from-a-randomized-controlled-study
#4
Shanshan Du, Shuhong Sun, Liyan Liu, Qiao Zhang, Fuchuan Guo, Chunlong Li, Rennan Feng, Changhao Sun
The aim of current study was to investigate the metabolic changes associated with histidine supplementation in serum and urine metabolic signatures and serum amino acid (AA) profiles. Serum and urine 1H NMR-based metabolomics and serum AAs profiles were employed in thirty two and thirty seven obese women with metabolic syndrome (MetS) intervened with placebo or histidine for 12 weeks. Multivariable statistical analysis were conducted to define characteristic metabolites. In serum 1H NMR metabolic profiles, increases in histidine, glutamine, aspartate, glycine, choline, and trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) were observed, meanwhile, decreases in cholesterol, triglycerides, fatty acids and unsaturated lipids, acetone, and α/β-Glucose were exhibited after histidine supplement...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447454/mycochemical-changes-induced-by-selenium-enrichment-in-p-ostreatus-fruiting-bodies
#5
Jorge A Carrasco-Gonzalez, Sergio O Serna-Saldivar, Janet A Gutierrez-Uribe
The effect of selenium enrichment on the biological efficiency, phenolic compounds, amino acid profile, antioxidant capacity and cellular antioxidant activity (CAA) were evaluated in Pleurotus ostreatus fruiting bodies (FB) harvested during three sequential flushes. Sodium selenate was used to reach selenium content of 17.5 or 5.8 mg/kg in the sorghum straw substrate. Biological efficiency and total selenium content increased. One of the main differences among treatments was in ergothioneine contents, an indicator of oxidative stress that was positively related with valine and isoleucine contents and negatively to leucine and phenylalanine...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447219/an-ethcd-based-method-for-discrimination-of-leucine-and-isoleucine-residues-in-tryptic-peptides
#6
Sergey S Zhokhov, Sergey V Kovalyov, Tatiana Yu Samgina, Albert T Lebedev
An EThcD-based approach for the reliable discrimination of isomeric leucine and isoleucine residues in peptide de novo sequencing procedure has been proposed. A multistage fragmentation of peptide ions was performed with Orbitrap Elite mass spectrometer in electrospray ionization mode. At the first stage, z-ions were produced by ETD or ETcaD fragmentation of doubly or triply charged peptide precursor ions. These primary ions were further fragmented by HCD with broad-band ion isolation, and the resulting w-ions showed different mass for leucine and isoleucine residues...
April 26, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446252/ring-finger-protein-43-associates-with-gastric-cancer-progression-and-attenuates-the-stemness-of-gastric-cancer-stem-like-cells-via-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway
#7
Yunhe Gao, Aizhen Cai, Hongqing Xi, Jiyang Li, Wei Xu, Yanmei Zhang, Kecheng Zhang, Jianxin Cui, Xiaosong Wu, Bo Wei, Lin Chen
BACKGROUND: Ring finger protein 43 (RNF43) is a member of the transmembrane E3 ubiquitin ligase family that was originally found in stem cells and plays important roles in tumor formation and progression. Our previous study indicated that RNF43 might be a tumor suppressor protein in gastric cancer. Given its antagonistic relationship with leucine-rich repeat-containing G-protein-coupled receptor 5 (Lgr5), one of the gastric cancer stem cell markers, investigation of the potential role of RNF43 in gastric stem cancer cells is necessary...
April 26, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445849/a-reference-measurement-procedure-for-amino-acids-in-blood-using-isotope-dilution-ultra-performance-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#8
Juok Kim, Tran Thi Thanh Huong, Seon-Pyo Hong, Ji-Seon Jeong
We described a reference measurement procedure for amino acid (AA) quantification in blood samples based on deproteinization with 5-sulfosalicylic acid (SSA) and an isotope dilution-ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS) method. The serum was deproteinized with 15% v/v SSA and the supernatant was injected directly into the LC-MS system without further processing. Compared with the use of other precipitants and water as a control, five model AAs-valine, isoleucine, leucine, tyrosine, and phenylalanine-in the SSA-treated samples showed ionization enhancement as well as stable background signals without significant ion suppression effects...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445031/importance-of-loop-l1-dynamics-for-substrate-capture-and-catalysis-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-d-arginine-dehydrogenase
#9
Daniel Ouedraogo, Michael Souffrant, Sheena Vasquez, Donald Hamelberg, Giovanni Gadda
Mobile loops located at the active site entrance in enzymes often participate in conformational changes required to shield the reaction from bulk solvent, to control substrate access to the active site, and to position residues for substrate binding and catalysis. In D-arginine dehydrogenase from Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PaDADH) previous crystallographic data suggested that residues 45-47 in the FAD-binding domain and 50-56 in the substrate-binding domain in loop L1 could adopt two distinct conformations. In this study, we have used molecular dynamics, kinetics, and fluorescence spectroscopy on the S45A and A46G enzyme variants of PaDADH to investigate the impact of mutations of loop L1 on the catalytic function of the enzyme...
April 26, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444858/dietary-protein-content-for-an-optimal-diet-a-clinical-view
#10
EDITORIAL
Lidia Santarpia, Franco Contaldo, Fabrizio Pasanisi
The dietary protein role in different clinical nutritional conditions and some physio-pathological perspectives is a current and hot topic to discuss. Recent Proceedings of the Protein Summit 2, joining more than 60 nutrition scientists, health experts, and nutrition educators, suggest to increase plant but, in particular, animal protein intake because richer in leucine and consequently more effective to influence anabolic protein metabolism. The Panel conclusions are in apparent contradiction with the nutritional ecology statements, which strongly sustain the reduction of animal origin foods in the human diet and are currently concerned about the excessive, mainly animal protein intake in western and westernized Countries...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444616/genome-wide-identification-of-grain-filling-genes-regulated-by-the-ossmf1-transcription-factor-in-rice
#11
Joung Sug Kim, Songhwa Chae, Kyong Mi Jun, Yoon-Mok Pahk, Tae-Ho Lee, Pil Joong Chung, Yeon-Ki Kim, Baek Hie Nahm
BACKGROUND: Spatial- and temporal-specific expression patterns are primarily regulated at the transcriptional level by gene promoters. Therefore, it is important to identify the binding motifs of transcription factors to better understand the networks associated with embryogenesis. RESULTS: Here, we used a protein-binding microarray (PBM) to identify the binding motifs of OsSMF1, which is a basic leucine zipper transcription factor involved in the regulation of rice seed maturation...
December 2017: Rice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444456/free-leucine-supplementation-during-an-8-week-resistance-training-program-does-not-increase-muscle-mass-and-strength-in-untrained-young-adult-subjects
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Andreo Fernando Aguiar, Alan Pablo Grala, Rubens Alexandre da Silva, Lúcio Flávio Soares-Caldeira, Francis Lopes Pacagnelli, Alex Silva Ribeiro, Douglas Kratki da Silva, Walquíria Batista de Andrade, Mario Carlos Welin Balvedi
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of free leucine supplementation on changes in skeletal muscle mass and strength during a resistance training (RT) program in previously untrained, young subjects. In a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, 20 healthy young (22 ± 2 years) participants were assigned to two groups: a placebo-supplement group (PLA, N = 10) or a leucine-supplement group (LEU, N = 10). Both groups underwent an 8-week hypertrophic RT program (2 days/week), consuming an equivalent amount of leucine (3...
April 25, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444391/dual-display-phage-selection-driven-by-co-engagement-of-two-targets-by-two-different-antibody-fragments
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Séverine Fagète, Ledicia Botas-Perez, Irène Rossito-Borlat, Kenneth Adea, Franck Gueneau, Ulla Ravn, François Rousseau, Marie Kosco-Vilbois, Nicolas Fischer, Oliver Hartley
Antibody phage display technology has supported the emergence of numerous therapeutic antibodies. The development of bispecific antibodies, a promising new frontier in antibody therapy, could be facilitated by new phage display approaches that enable pairs of antibodies to be co-selected based on co-engagement of their respective targets. We describe such an approach, making use of two complementary leucine zipper domains that heterodimerize with high affinity. Phagemids encoding a first antibody fragment (scFv) fused to phage coat protein via the first leucine zipper are rescued in bacteria expressing a second scFv fused to the second leucine zipper as a soluble periplasmic protein, so that it is acquired by phage during assembly...
April 24, 2017: Protein Engineering, Design & Selection: PEDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442418/tlr22-structure-and-expression-characteristic-of-barbel-chub-squaliobarbus-curriculus-provides-insights-into-antiviral-immunity-against-infection-with-grass-carp-reovirus
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Rong-Hua Wang, Wei Li, Yu-Ding Fan, Qiao-Lin Liu, Ling-Bing Zeng, Tiao-Yi Xiao
Grass carp reovirus (GCRV) is the most virulent agent to Grass carp, Ctenopharyngodon idella, and causes a severe infectious disease called hemorrhagic disease of grass carp. Generally, barbel chub, Squaliobarbus curriculus, a genetically closely related species to grass carp, exhibits significant resistance against GCRV infection compared to grass carp. To investigate whether the Toll-like receptor 22 (tlr22) has got a vital role against the GCRV infection, the full cDNA sequence of tlr22 from barbel chub (Sctlr22) was cloned by RACE-PCR, and the structure and expression feature were studied...
April 22, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441858/-development-of-an-eosinophilic-bronchitis-mouse-model-and-the-effects-of-eosinophil-activation-on-airway-hyperresponsiveness-in-eosinophilic-bronchitis-mice
#15
L Li, J T Lin
Objective: To develop a mouse model of eosinophilic bronchitis, and explore the effects of eosinophil activation on airway hyperresponsiveness. Methods: A total of 60 female specific pathogen free BALB/c female mice were divided randomly into four groups: polymyxin B group, normal saline group, polymyxin B+ N-methionine leucine phenylalanine (fMLP) group, normal saline+ fMLP group. All the groups were given corresponding nasal drops for 21 days. The former two groups were given 12 μl 0.5% polymyxin B or normal saline once a day by transnasal administration respectively...
April 25, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441582/synthesis-and-antiproteasomal-activity-of-novel-o-benzyl-salicylamide-based-inhibitors-built-from-leucine-and-phenylalanine
#16
Radek Jorda, Jan Dušek, Eva Řezníčková, Karel Pauk, Pratibha P Magar, Aleš Imramovský, Vladimír Kryštof
Inhibition of protein degradation is one of strategies for suppression of uncontrolled proliferation of cancer cells. Proteolytic degradation in cells is mainly ensured by proteasome and its inhibition by bortezomib showed benefit in clinical use for the treatment of multiple myeloma. We report here the library of antiproteasomal O-benzyl salicylamides built from leucine and phenylalanine. Prepared compounds displayed antiproliferative activity on K562, CEM and U266 cancer cell lines, ranging from high micromolar to submicromolar GI50 values...
April 15, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440887/microrna-regulation-of-extracellular-matrix-components-in-the-process-of-atherosclerotic-plaque-destabilization
#17
REVIEW
Michal Kowara, Agnieszka Cudnoch-Jedrzejewska, Grzegorz Opolski, Pawel Wlodarski
The process of atherosclerotic plaque destabilization, leading to myocardial infarction, is still not fully understood. The pathway - composed of structural and regulatory proteins of the extracellular matrix (ECM) such as collagen, elastin, small leucine-rich proteoglycans, metalloproteinases, cathepsins and serine proteases - is one potential way of atherosclerotic plaque destabilization. The expression of these proteins is controlled by different microRNA molecules. The goal of this paper is to summarize the current investigations and knowledge about ECM in the process of atherosclerotic plaque destabilization, giving special attention to epigenetic expression regulation by microRNA...
April 25, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440222/dual-leucine-zipper-kinase-dependent-perk-activation-contributes-to-neuronal-degeneration-following-insult
#18
Martin Larhammar, Sarah Huntwork-Rodriguez, Zhiyu Jiang, Hilda Solanoy, Arundhati Sengupta Ghosh, Bei Wang, Joshua S Kaminker, Kevin Huang, Jeffrey Eastham-Anderson, Michael Siu, Zora Modrusan, Madeline M Farley, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Joseph W Lewcock, Trent A Watkins
The PKR-like endoplasmic reticulum kinase (PERK) arm of the Integrated Stress Response (ISR) is implicated in neurodegenerative disease, although the regulators and consequences of PERK activation following neuronal injury are poorly understood. Here we show that PERK signaling is a component of the mouse MAP kinase neuronal stress response controlled by the Dual Leucine Zipper Kinase (DLK) and contributes to DLK-mediated neurodegeneration. We find that DLK-activating insults ranging from nerve injury to neurotrophin deprivation result in both c-Jun N-terminal Kinase (JNK) signaling and the PERK- and ISR-dependent upregulation of the Activating Transcription Factor 4 (ATF4)...
April 25, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438896/mechanisms-that-shape-human-antibody-repertoire-development-in-mice-transgenic-for-human-ig-h-and-l-chain-loci
#19
Nancy S Longo, Tobias Rogosch, Michael Zemlin, Moncef Zouali, Peter E Lipsky
To determine the impact of the milieu on the development of the human B cell repertoire, we carried out a comprehensive analysis of productive and nonproductive Ig gene rearrangements from transgenic mice engineered to express single copies of the unrearranged human H chain and L chain Ig gene loci. By examining the nonproductive repertoire as an indication of the immediate product of the rearrangement machinery without an impact of selection, we discovered that the distribution of human rearrangements arising in the mouse was generally comparable to that seen in humans...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438385/small-molecules-inhibit-stat3-activation-autophagy-and-cancer-cell-anchorage-independent-growth
#20
Donghui Zhou, Maya Z Springer, David Xu, Degang Liu, Andy Hudmon, Kay F Macleod, Samy O Meroueh
Triple-negative breast cancers (TNBCs) lack the signature targets of other breast tumors, such as HER2, estrogen receptor, and progesterone receptor. These aggressive basal-like tumors are driven by a complex array of signaling pathways that are activated by multiple driver mutations. Here we report the discovery of 6 (KIN-281), a small molecule that inhibits multiple kinases including maternal leucine zipper kinase (MELK) and the non-receptor tyrosine kinase bone marrow X-linked (BMX) with single-digit micromolar IC50s...
March 23, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
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