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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215034/transcription-factor-afmac1-controls-copper-import-machinery-in-aspergillus-fumigatus
#1
Yoko Kusuya, Daisuke Hagiwara, Kanae Sakai, Takashi Yaguchi, Tohru Gonoi, Hiroki Takahashi
Copper (Cu) is an essential metal for all living organisms, although it is toxic in excess. Filamentous fungus must acquire copper from its environment for growth. Despite its essentiality for growth, the mechanisms that maintain copper homeostasis are not fully understood in filamentous fungus. To gain insights into copper homeostasis, we investigated the roles of a copper transcription factor Afmac1 in the life-threatening fungus Aspergillus fumigatus, a homolog of the yeast MAC1. We observed that the Afmac1 deletion mutant exhibited not only significantly slower growth, but also incomplete conidiation including a short chain of conidia and defective melanin...
February 18, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212941/injections-of-the-of-the-%C3%AE-1-adrenoceptor-antagonist-prazosin-into-the-median-raphe-nucleus-increase-food-intake-and-fos-expression-in-orexin-neurons-of-free-feeding-rats
#2
Eduardo Simão da Silva, Rafael Appel Flores, Anderson Savaris Ribas, Ana Paula Taschetto, Moacir Serralvo Faria, Leandro Bueno Lima, Martin Metzger, José Donato, Marta Aparecida Paschoalini
Previously, we showed that the blockade of α1-adrenoreceptors in the median raphe nucleus (MnR) increased food intake in free-feeding rats, indicating that adrenergic mechanisms in the MnR participate in the regulation of food intake. However, the impact of such a pharmacological manipulation on other neural circuits related to food intake remains unknown. In the current study, we sought to identify forebrain regions which are responsive to α1-adrenergic receptor blockade and presumably involved in the modulation of the feeding response...
February 14, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204812/the-lactoferricin-b-derived-peptide-lfb17-34-induces-melanogenesis-in-b16f10-cells
#3
Hsiu-Chin Huang, Hsuan Lin, Min-Chuan Huang
Lactoferricin B (LfcinB), a peptide of bovine lactoferrin (LfB), exhibits multiple biological functions, including antimicrobial, antiviral, antioxidant and immunomodulatory activities. However, the role of LfcinB-related peptides in melanogenesis remains unclear. In this study, a set of five LfcinB-related peptides was examined. We found that LfB17‑34, an 18-mer LfcinB-derived peptide, increased melanogenesis in B16F10 melanoma cells without significantly affecting cell viability. LfB17‑34 increased in vitro tyrosinase activity and melanin content in a dose-dependent manner...
February 9, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203671/heat-shock-antagonizes-uva-induced-responses-in-murine-melanocytes-and-melanoma-cells-an-unexpected-interaction
#4
Leonardo Vinícius Monteiro de Assis, Maria Nathália Moraes, Ana Maria de Lauro Castrucci
The skin is under the influence of oscillatory factors such as light and temperature. This organ possesses a local system that controls several aspects in a time-dependent manner; moreover, the skin has a well-known set of opsins whose function is still unknown. We demonstrate that heat shock reduces Opn2 expression in normal Melan-a melanocytes, while the opposite effect is found in malignant B16-F10 cells. In both cell lines, UVA radiation increases the expression of Opn4 and melanin content. Clock genes and Xpa, a DNA repair gene, of malignant melanocytes are more responsive to UVA radiation when compared to normal cells...
February 16, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198384/hyperspectral-infrared-nanoimaging-of-organic-samples-based-on-fourier-transform-infrared-nanospectroscopy
#5
Iban Amenabar, Simon Poly, Monika Goikoetxea, Wiwat Nuansing, Peter Lasch, Rainer Hillenbrand
Infrared nanospectroscopy enables novel possibilities for chemical and structural analysis of nanocomposites, biomaterials or optoelectronic devices. Here we introduce hyperspectral infrared nanoimaging based on Fourier transform infrared nanospectroscopy with a tunable bandwidth-limited laser continuum. We describe the technical implementations and present hyperspectral infrared near-field images of about 5,000 pixel, each one covering the spectral range from 1,000 to 1,900 cm(-1). To verify the technique and to demonstrate its application potential, we imaged a three-component polymer blend and a melanin granule in a human hair cross-section, and demonstrate that multivariate data analysis can be applied for extracting spatially resolved chemical information...
February 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195138/bioproduction-characterization-anticancer-and-antioxidant-activities-of-extracellular-melanin-pigment-produced-by-newly-isolated-microbial-cell-factories-streptomyces-glaucescens-neae-h
#6
Noura El-Ahmady El-Naggar, Sara M El-Ewasy
In this present study, a newly isolated strain, Streptomyces sp. NEAE-H, capable of producing high amount of black extracellular melanin pigment on peptone-yeast extract iron agar and identified as Streptomyces glaucescens NEAE-H. Plackett-Burman statistical design was conducted for initial screening of 17 independent (assigned) variables for their significances on melanin pigment production by Streptomyces glaucescens NEAE-H. The most significant factors affecting melanin production are incubation period, protease-peptone and ferric ammonium citrate...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193726/genetic-basis-of-melanin-pigmentation-in-butterfly-wings
#7
Linlin Zhang, Arnaud Martin, Michael W Perry, Karin R L van der Burg, Yuji Matsuoka, Antónia Monteiro, Robert D Reed
Despite the variety, prominence, and adaptive significance of butterfly wing patterns surprisingly little known about the genetic basis of wing color diversity. Even though there is intense interest in wing pattern evolution and development, the technical challenge of genetically manipulating butterflies has slowed efforts to functionally characterize color pattern development genes. To identify candidate wing pigmentation genes we used RNA-seq to characterize transcription across multiple stages of butterfly wing development, and between different color pattern elements, in the painted lady butterfly Vanessa cardui This allowed us to pinpoint genes specifically associated with red and black pigment patterns...
February 13, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192180/deletion-of-cd73-in-mice-leads-to-aortic-valve-dysfunction
#8
P Zukowska, B Kutryb-Zajac, A Jasztal, M Toczek, M Zabielska, T Borkowski, Z Khalpey, R T Smolenski, E M Slominska
Aortic stenosis is known to involve inflammation and thrombosis. Changes in activity of extracellular enzyme - ecto-5'-nucleotidase (referred also as CD73) can alter inflammatory and thrombotic responses. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of CD73 deletion in mice on development of aortic valve dysfunction and to compare it to the effect of high-fat diet. Four groups of mice (normal-diet Wild Type (WT), high-fat diet WT, normal diet CD73-/-, high-fat diet CD73-/-) were maintained for 15weeks followed by echocardiographic analysis of aortic valve function, measurement of aortic surface activities of nucleotide catabolism enzymes as well as alkaline phosphatase activity, mineral composition and histology of aortic valve leaflets...
February 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192140/action-of-2-2-4-4-tetrahydroxybenzophenone-in-the-biosynthesis-pathway-of-melanin
#9
Antonio Garcia-Jimenez, Jose Antonio Teruel-Puche, Pedro Antonio Garcia-Ruiz, Jose Berna, Jose Neptuno Rodríguez-López, Jose Tudela, Francisco Garcia-Canovas
2,2',4,4'-tetrahydroxybenzophenone (Uvinul D50), a sunscreen used in cosmetics, has two effects in the melanin biosynthesis pathway. On the one hand, it acts a weak inhibitor of tyrosinase and on the other, it accelerates the conversion of dopachrome to melanin. Uvinul D50 was seen to behave as a weak competitive inhibitor: apparent constant inhibition=2.02±0.09mM and IC50=3.82±0.39mM established in this work. These values are higher than those in the bibliography, which tend to be undersetimated. This discrepancy could be explained by the reaction of Uvinul D50 with the dopachrome produced from l-tyrosine or l-dopa, which would interfere in the measurement...
February 9, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190468/curcuma-aeruginosa-roxb-essential-oil-slows-hair-growth-and-lightens-skin-in-axillae-a-randomised-double-blinded-trial
#10
Jukkarin Srivilai, Preeyawass Phimnuan, Jiraporn Jaisabai, Nantakarn Luangtoomma, Neti Waranuch, Nantaka Khorana, Wudtichai Wisuitiprot, C Norman Scholfield, Katechan Champachaisri, Kornkanok Ingkaninan
BACKGROUND: Androgenic hair-growth contributes to secondary gender characteristics but can be troublesome in women. Inhibiting axillary hair-growth via 5-α-reductases using the Thai medicinal plant, Curcuma aeruginosa Roxb. is an attractive treatment strategy. HYPOTHESIS/PURPOSE: C. aeruginosa essential oil (CA-oil) formulated as a lotion is an efficacious and safe inhibitor of axillary hair growth. STUDY DESIGN: This trial was a single center, randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled 10 weeks, intervention in 60 women (18-23 years) and 2 weeks washout with axillary hair length was the primary end-point...
February 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188783/disruption-of-melanosome-transport-in-melanocytes-treated-with-theophylline-causes-their-degradation-by-autophagy
#11
Yushi Katsuyama, Norihisa Taira, Masato Yoshioka, Yuri Okano, Hitoshi Masaki
Melanosomes containing melanin are transported from the perinuclear area to the tips of dendrites in epidermal melanocytes, and are then transferred to keratinocytes. Thus, skin color is determined by the amount of melanin synthesized in melanocytes and the subsequent dispersion of melanosomes in the epidermis. Therefore, disrupting intracellular melanosome transport in melanocytes is considered an effective approach to regulate skin color. However, the fate of melanosomes that accumulate in melanocytes due to disrupted intracellular transport is unclear...
February 7, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187150/phylogenomic-analyses-reveal-the-diversity-of-laccase-coding-genes-in-fonsecaea-genomes
#12
Leandro Ferreira Moreno, Peiying Feng, Vinicius Almir Weiss, Vania Aparecida Vicente, J Benjamin Stielow, Sybren de Hoog
The genus Fonsecaea comprises black yeast-like fungi of clinical relevance, including etiologic agents of chromoblastomycosis and cerebral phaeohyphomycosis. Presence of melanin and assimilation of monoaromatic hydrocarbons and alkylbenzenes have been proposed as virulence factors. Multicopper oxidase (MCO) is a family of enzymes including laccases, ferroxidases and ascorbate oxidases which are able to catalyze the oxidation of various aromatic organic compounds with the reduction of molecular oxygen to water...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186139/dysregulated-autophagy-increased-melanocyte-sensitivity-to-h2o2-induced-oxidative-stress-in-vitiligo
#13
Yuanmin He, Shuli Li, Weigang Zhang, Wei Dai, Tingting Cui, Gang Wang, Tianwen Gao, Chunying Li
In vitiligo, melanocytes are particularly vulnerable to oxidative stress owing to the pro-oxidant state generated during melanin synthesis and to the genetic antioxidant defects. Autophagy is a controlled self-digestion process which can protect cells against oxidative damage. However, the exact role of autophagy in vitiligo melanocytes in response to oxidative stress and the mechanism involved are still not clear. To determine the implications of autophagy for melanocyte survival in response to oxidative stress, we first detected the autophagic flux in normal melanocytes exposure to H2O2, and found that autophagy was significantly enhanced in normal melanocytes, for protecting cells against H2O2-induced oxidative damage...
February 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185012/the-synergistic-effect-of-maltose-enhances-the-anti-melanogenic-activity-of-acarbose
#14
Bum-Ho Bin, Sung Tae Kim, Jinhyuk Bhin, Kyounghee Byoun, Tae Ryong Lee, Eun-Gyung Cho
Melanocytes play an important role in maintaining epidermal homeostasis by producing melanin and protecting the skin from harmful environmental factors. However, excessive up- or down-regulation of melanin production often causes hyper- or hypo-pigmented disorders, respectively, which affect the patient's quality of life. Therefore, various strategies for modulating melanin levels have been developed by the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. We reported previously that voglibose, which is a well-known anti-hyperglycemic agent, could be used as an anti-melanogenic agent by inhibiting α-glucosidase activity and reducing tyrosinase protein levels...
February 9, 2017: Archives of Dermatological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185007/the-rostromedial-zona-incerta-is-involved-in-attentional-processes-while-adjacent-lha-responds-to-arousal-c-fos-and-anatomical-evidence
#15
S Chometton, K Charrière, L Bayer, C Houdayer, G Franchi, F Poncet, D Fellmann, P Y Risold
Neurons producing melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) are located in the tuberal lateral hypothalamus (LHA) and in the rostromedial part of the zona incerta (ZI). This distribution suggests that rostromedial ZI shares some common features with the LHA. However, its functions with regard to arousal or feeding, which are often associated with the LHA, have not been thoroughly investigated. This study analyses the responses in the tuberal LHA and adjacent rostromedial ZI after experiments related to arousal, exploration, food teasing and ingestive behavior...
February 9, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183263/aryl-butenes-active-against-k562-cells-and-lacking-tyrosinase-inhibitory-activity-as-new-leads-in-the-treatment-of-leukemia
#16
Mehdi El Arbi, Emna Ketata, Aref Neifar, Wafa Mihoubi, Girish K Gupta, Pascal Pigeon, Siden Top, Ali Gargouri, Gérard Jaouen
The inhibitory effects of four series of aryl butene derivatives, active against breast cancer, on the monophenolase activity of tyrosinase, in melanin-free ink from Sepia officinalis, have been studied. Hydroxytamoxifen 1, ferrociphenol 17 and several aryl butene analogs have shown strong antiproliferative activity on hormone-dependent and hormone-independent breast cancer cells and were evaluated in leukemia K562 cell proliferation. Their potential to induce skin depigmentation by evaluating their anti-tyrosinase activity was also estimated...
February 8, 2017: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182699/bifunctional-effects-of-o-methylated-flavones-from-scutellaria-baicalensis-georgi-on-melanocytes-inhibition-of-melanin-production-and-intracellular-melanosome-transport
#17
Michiko Kudo, Kumiko Kobayashi-Nakamura, Kentaro Tsuji-Naito
The growing interest in skin lightening has recently renewed attention on the esthetic applications of Chinese herbal medicine. Although Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi is used for antipyretic and antiinflammatory purposes, its whitening effect remains unclear. This study reports three major findings: (1) S. baicalensis has a potent inhibitory effect on melanogenesis; (2) wogonin and its glycoside are the active components of S. baicalensis; and (3) O-methylated flavones from S. baicalensis, such as wogonin, inhibit intracellular melanosome transport...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181477/eumelanin-releasing-spongy-like-hydrogels-for-skin-re-epithelialization-purposes
#18
Lucília Pereira da Silva, Sílvia Oliveira, Rogério Pirraco, Tírcia Santos, Rui Reis, Alexandra Marques, Vitor Correlo
Melanin function in the skin has been associated to pigmentation but other properties such as electrical conductance, photoprotection, antioxidant and antimicrobial activity, have also been recognized. Nonetheless, the use of melanin in a skin wound healing context was never considered. In this sense, eumelanin particles with a typical round and nano-sized morphology and electrical conductivity of 2.09x10-8S·cm-1 were extracted from the ink of Sepia officinalis. The ability of primary human keratinocytes to phagocyte eumelanin, which was then accumulated in cytosolic vesicles and nuclei surroundings, was demonstrated...
February 9, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173961/a-screen-for-modulators-reveals-that-orexin-a-rapidly-stimulates-thyrotropin-releasing-hormone-expression-and-release-in-hypothalamic-cell-culture
#19
Antonieta Cote-Vélez, Anabel Martínez Báez, Leticia Lezama, Rosa María Uribe, Patricia Joseph-Bravo, Jean-Louis Charli
In the paraventricular nucleus of the mammalian hypothalamus, hypophysiotropic thyrotropin releasing hormone (TRH) neurons integrate metabolic information and control the activity of the thyroid axis. Additional populations of TRH neurons reside in various hypothalamic areas, with poorly defined connections and functions, albeit there is evidence that some may be related to energy balance. To establish extracellular modulators of TRH hypothalamic neurons activity, we performed a screen of neurotransmitters effects in hypothalamic cultures...
February 2, 2017: Neuropeptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170433/cellular-and-ultrastructural-characterization-of-the-grey-morph-phenotype-in-southern-right-whales-eubalaena-australis
#20
Guy D Eroh, Fred C Clayton, Scott R Florell, Pamela B Cassidy, Andrea Chirife, Carina F Marón, Luciano O Valenzuela, Michael S Campbell, Jon Seger, Victoria J Rowntree, Sancy A Leachman
Southern right whales (SRWs, Eubalena australis) are polymorphic for an X-linked pigmentation pattern known as grey morphism. Most SRWs have completely black skin with white patches on their bellies and occasionally on their backs; these patches remain white as the whale ages. Grey morphs (previously referred to as partial albinos) appear mostly white at birth, with a splattering of rounded black marks; but as the whales age, the white skin gradually changes to a brownish grey color. The cellular and developmental bases of grey morphism are not understood...
2017: PloS One
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