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Adam M Passman, Jasmine Low, Roslyn London, Janina E E Tirnitz-Parker, Atsushi Miyajima, Minoru Tanaka, Helene Strick-Marchand, Gretchen J Darlington, Megan Finch-Edmondson, Scott Ochsner, Cornelia Zhu, James Whelan, Bernard A Callus, George C T Yeoh
Liver progenitor cells (LPCs) can proliferate extensively, are able to differentiate into hepatocytes and cholangiocytes, and contribute to liver regeneration. The presence of LPCs, however, often accompanies liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), indicating that they may be a cancer stem cell. Understanding LPC biology and establishing a sensitive, rapid, and reliable method to detect their presence in the liver will assist diagnosis and facilitate monitoring of treatment outcomes in patients with liver pathologies...
2016: Stem Cells International
Bartosz Gląb, Mirela Beganovic, Sanket Anaokar, Meng-Shu Hao, Allan Rasmusson, Jana Patton-Vogt, Antoni Banaś, Sten Stymne, Ida Lager
Glycero-3-phosphocholine (GPC), the product of the complete deacylation of phosphatidylcholine (PC), was long thought to not be a substrate for reacylation. However it was recently shown that cell-free extracts from yeast and plants could acylate GPC with acyl groups from acyl-CoA. By screening enzyme activities of extracts derived from a yeast knock-out collection, we were able to identify and clone the yeast gene (GPC1) encoding the enzyme, named glycerophosphocholine acyltransferase (GPCAT). By homology search we also identified and cloned GPCAT genes from three plant species...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Qin Jiang, Qi Wang, Peng Li, Hong Li
Belief reasoning is typical mental state reasoning in theory of mind (ToM). Although previous studies have explored the neural bases of belief reasoning, the neural correlates of belief reasoning for self and for others are rarely addressed. The decoupling mechanism of distinguishing the mental state of others from one's own is essential for ToM processing. To address the electrophysiological bases underlying the decoupling mechanism, the present event-related potential study compared the time course of neural activities associated with belief reasoning for self and for others when the belief belonging to self was consistent or inconsistent with others...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
Gretchen Bain, Kristen E Shannon, Fei Huang, Janice Darlington, Lance Goulet, Patricia Prodanovich, Gina L Ma, Angelina M Santini, Adam J Stein, Dave Lonergan, Christopher D King, Imelda Calderon, Andiliy Lai, John H Hutchinson, Jilly F Evans
Autotaxin (ATX) is a secreted glycoprotein that converts lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC) to the bioactive phospholipid lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) and is the major enzyme generating circulating LPA. Inhibition of LPA signaling has profound anti-fibrotic effects in multiple organ systems including the lung, kidney, skin and peritoneum. However, other LPA-generating pathways exist and the role of ATX in localized tissue LPA production and fibrosis remains unclear and controversial. In this study, we describe the preclinical pharmacological, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of a novel small-molecule ATX inhibitor [3-((6-chloro-2-cyclopropyl-1-(1-ethyl-1H-pyrazol-4-yl)-7-fluoro-1H-indol-3-yl) thio)-2-fluorobenzoic acid sodium salt] (PAT-505)...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Jun Hwa Lee, Byong Chul Yoo, Yun Hwan Kim, Sun-A Ahn, Seung-Gu Yeo, Jae Youl Cho, Kyung-Hee Kim, Seung Cheol Kim
BACKGROUND: A low-mass-ion discriminant equation (LOME) was constructed to investigate whether systematic low-mass-ion (LMI) profiling could be applied to ovarian cancer (OVC) screening. RESULTS: Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time of flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry was performed to obtain mass spectral data on metabolites detected as LMIs up to a mass-to-charge ratio (m/z) of 2500 for 1184 serum samples collected from healthy individuals and patients with OVC, other types of cancer, or several types of benign tumor...
2016: BioData Mining
Hua Chen, Gang Cao, Dan-Qian Chen, Ming Wang, Nosratola D Vaziri, Zhi-Hao Zhang, Jia-Rong Mao, Xu Bai, Ying-Yong Zhao
Early detection is critical in prevention and treatment of kidney disease. However currently clinical laboratory and histopathological tests do not provide region-specific and accurate biomarkers for early detection of kidney disease. The present study was conducted to identify sensitive biomarkers for early detection and progression of tubulo-interstitial nephropathy in aristolochic acid I-induced rats at weeks 4, 8 and 12. Biomarkers were validated using aristolochic acid nephropathy (AAN) rats at week 24, adenine-induced chronic kidney disease (CKD) rats and CKD patients...
September 28, 2016: Redox Biology
Mei-Chi Chang, Yi-Jane Chen, Eric Jein-Wein Liou, Wan-Yu Tseng, Chiu-Po Chan, Hseuh-Jen Lin, Wan-Chuen Liao, Ya-Ching Chang, Po-Yuan Jeng, Jiiang-Huei Jeng
Cardiovascular diseases (atherosclerosis, stroke, myocardiac infarction etc.) are the major systemic diseases of elder peoples in the world. This is possibly due to increased levels of oxidized low-density lipoproteins (oxLDLs) such as 7-ketocholesterol (7-KC) and lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC) that damage vascular endothelial cells, induce inflammatory responses, to elevate the risk of cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer's disease, and age-related macular degeneration. However the toxic effects of 7-KC on endothelial cells are not known...
October 11, 2016: Oncotarget
Steffi Kopprasch, Srirangan Dheban, Kai Schuhmann, Aimin Xu, Klaus-Martin Schulte, Charmaine J Simeonovic, Peter E H Schwarz, Stefan R Bornstein, Andrej Shevchenko, Juergen Graessler
OBJECTIVE: Glucolipotoxicity is a major pathophysiological mechanism in the development of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D). We aimed to detect subtle changes in the circulating lipid profile by shotgun lipidomics analyses and to associate them with four different insulin sensitivity indices. METHODS: The cross-sectional study comprised 90 men with a broad range of insulin sensitivity including normal glucose tolerance (NGT, n = 33), impaired glucose tolerance (IGT, n = 32) and newly detected T2D (n = 25)...
2016: PloS One
M J Skelly, O J Ariwodola, J L Weiner
Inappropriate fear memory formation is symptomatic of many psychopathologies, and delineating the neurobiology of non-pathological fear learning may provide critical insight into treating these disorders. Fear memory formation is associated with decreased inhibitory signaling in the basolateral amygdala (BLA), and disrupted noradrenergic signaling may contribute to this decrease. BLA noradrenergic neurotransmission has been implicated in fear memory formation, and distinct adrenoreceptor (AR) subtypes modulate excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmission in this region...
October 5, 2016: Neuropharmacology
Afsoon Pajand Birjandi, Barbara Bojko, Zhibin Ning, Daniel Figeys, Janusz Pawliszyn
A new SPME method for untargeted lipidomic study of cell line cultures was proposed for the first time. In this study the feasibility to monitor changes in lipid profile after external stimuli was demonstrated and compared to the conventional Bligh & Dyer method. The human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cell line was used as a model. The obtained results provided a list of up-regulated and down-regulated lipids through a comparison between control (non-stimulated) cells versus the group of cells treated with polyunsaturated fatty acid (20:5)...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Meizhen Xie, Nurhan Turgut Dunford
This study investigated the polar lipid composition and emulsifying properties of canola lecithin from enzymatic degumming (CLED). Phospholipase A1 was used for enzymatic degumming of crude canola oil to collect lecithin sample. Canola lecithin from water degumming (CLWD) was also collected and served as the control. The results showed that the contents of phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) (2.99%) and phosphatidylcholine (PC) (6.59%) in CLED were significantly lower than that in CLWD (PE 15.55% and PC 21.93%); while the content of lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC) (19...
March 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
Marlena L Itz, Stefan R Schweinberger, Jürgen M Kaufmann
Recent findings show benefits for learning and subsequent recognition of faces caricatured in shape or texture, but there is little evidence on whether this caricature learning advantage generalizes to recognition of veridical counterparts at test. Moreover, it has been reported that there is a relatively higher contribution of texture information, at the expense of shape information, for familiar compared to unfamiliar face recognition. The aim of this study was to examine whether veridical faces are recognized better when they were learned as caricatures compared to when they were learned as veridicals-what we call a caricature generalization benefit...
October 7, 2016: Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience
Helen Y Fan, Dew Das, Heiko Heerklotz
Interactions between detergents and model membranes are well described by the three-stage model: Saturation and solubilization boundaries divide bilayer-only, bilayer-micelle co-existence, and micelle-only ranges. An underlying assumption of the model is the equilibration of detergent between the two membrane leaflets. However, many detergents partition asymmetrically at room temperature due to slow flip-flop, such as sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and lysolipids. In this work, we use isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) to investigate the solubilization of unilamellar POPC vesicles by 12:0 lysophosphocholine (12:0 LPC)...
October 7, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Anna Dimitrova, Martin Walko, Maryam Hashemi Shabestari, Pravin Kumar, Martina Huber, Armagan Kocer
Understanding the functioning of ion channels, as well as utilizing their properties for biochemical applications requires control over channel activity. Herein we report a reversible control over the functioning of a mechanosensitive ion channel by interfering with its interaction with the lipid bilayer. The mechanosensitive channel of large conductance from Escherichia coli is reconstituted into liposomes and activated to its different sub-open states by titrating lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC) into the lipid bilayer...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
S Allahyari-Bake, R Jahanian
Two separate experiments were conducted to investigate the effect of different fat sources and a supplemental exogenous emulsifier (lysophosphatidylcholine, LPC) on growth performance, antibody production titers, and ileal nutrient digestibility in broiler chicks fed with different basal diets. A total of 288 one-day-old Ross 308 chicks were used for each trial (6 dietary treatments based on 3 × 2 factorial arrangements of treatments in both trials) with 4 replicates of 12 birds each. Dietary treatments consisted of 3 different fat sources (soy oil, SO; soy free fatty acids, SFFA; and palm fat powder, PFP) and 2 LPC levels (0 and 0...
October 2, 2016: Poultry Science
Christian Klingler, Xinjie Zhao, Till Adhikary, Jia Li, Guowang Xu, Hans-Ulrich Häring, Erwin Schleicher, Rainer Lehmann, Cora Weigert
Metabolomics studies of human plasma demonstrate a correlation of lower plasma lysophosphatidylcholines (LPC) concentrations with insulin resistance, obesity, and inflammation. This relationship is not unraveled on a molecular level. Here we investigated the effects of the abundant LPC(16:0) and LPC(18:1) on human skeletal muscle cells differentiated to myotubes. Transcriptome analysis of human myotubes treated with 10μM LPC for 24h revealed enrichment of up-regulated peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) target transcripts, including ANGPTL4, PDK4, PLIN2, and CPT1A...
September 30, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Y-H Fan, Y-L Lin, Y-C Hwang, H-C Yang, H-C Chiu, S-H Chiou, M-H Jong, K-C Chow, C-C Lin
The effect of co-administration of interferon (IFN)-γ in pigs undergoing vaccination with an attenuated strain (LPC) of classical swine fever virus (CSFV) was investigated. Unvaccinated pigs demonstrated pyrexia and died 7-9 days after challenge with virulent CSFV. Pigs receiving the attenuated vaccine remained healthy after virus challenge, except for mild, transient pyrexia, whereas pigs receiving IFN-γ simultaneously with the vaccine demonstrated normal body temperatures after virus challenge. Examination by nested RT-PCR revealed greater viral load in the spleens of the pigs vaccinated with the attenuated CSFV, compared with those that had additionally received IFN-γ...
October 2016: Veterinary Journal
Ru Fang, Xudong Zhu, Yaqin Zhu, Xing Tong, Kexue Li, Hui Bai, Xiaoyu Li, Jingjing Ben, Hanwen Zhang, Qing Yang, Qi Chen
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: It has been accepted that AMPK (Adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase) activation exhibits many beneficial effects on glucolipid metabolism. Lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC) is an important lysophospholipid which can improve blood glucose levels in diabetic mice and attenuate inflammation by activating AMPK signal pathway in macrophages. Synthetic alkylphospholipids (ALPs), such as miltefosine, is used as an alternate of LPC for the clinical application...
2016: PloS One
Athira Rohit, Mark D P Willcox, Fiona Stapleton
PURPOSE: To establish the effect of lipid supplements on tear lipid biochemistry and their influence on lens wear comfort in habitual lens wearers. METHODS: Forty habitual soft contact lens wearers were recruited to a double-masked, randomized crossover trial. An emulsion drop containing phosphatidylglycerol (Systane Balance; Alcon) and a liposomal spray containing phosphatidylcholine (Tears again; BioRevive) along with saline placebos were used three times a day for 14 days with 48 hours of washout between each intervention...
October 2016: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
Aine Ito, Andrea E Martin, Mante S Nieuwland
We used event-related potentials (ERP) to investigate whether Spanish-English bilinguals preactivate form and meaning of predictable words. Participants read high-cloze sentence contexts (e.g., "The student is going to the library to borrow a . . ."), followed by the predictable word (book), a word that was form-related (hook) or semantically related (page) to the predictable word, or an unrelated word (sofa). Word stimulus onset synchrony (SOA) was 500 ms (Experiment 1) or 700 ms (Experiment 2). In both experiments, all nonpredictable words elicited classic N400 effects...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Learning, Memory, and Cognition
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