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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080210/pathogen-control-at-the-intestinal-mucosa-h2o2-to-the-rescue
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Ulla G Knaus, Rosanne Hertzberger, Gratiela G Pircalabioru, S Parsa M Yousefi, Filipe Branco Dos Santos
Intestinal infections are a global challenge, connected to malnutrition and inadequate hygiene in developing countries, and to expanding antibiotic resistance in developed countries. In general, a healthy host is capable of fighting off gut pathogens or at least to recover from infections quickly. The underlying protective mechanism, termed colonization resistance, is provided by indigenous commensal communities (microbiota) that are shaped and aided by the host's epithelial and innate immune system. (1) Commensal-pathogen interactions are governed by competition for a suitable niche for replication and stable colonization, nutrient availability, species-specific alterations of the metabolic environment, changes in oxygen tension and release of chemicals and proteinaceous toxins (bacteriocins)...
January 12, 2017: Gut Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077869/age-extent-and-carbon-storage-of-the-central-congo-basin-peatland-complex
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Greta C Dargie, Simon L Lewis, Ian T Lawson, Edward T A Mitchard, Susan E Page, Yannick E Bocko, Suspense A Ifo
Peatlands are carbon-rich ecosystems that cover just three per cent of Earth's land surface, but store one-third of soil carbon. Peat soils are formed by the build-up of partially decomposed organic matter under waterlogged anoxic conditions. Most peat is found in cool climatic regions where unimpeded decomposition is slower, but deposits are also found under some tropical swamp forests. Here we present field measurements from one of the world's most extensive regions of swamp forest, the Cuvette Centrale depression in the central Congo Basin...
January 11, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074064/o-glcnacylation-of-stat5-controls-tyrosine-phosphorylation-and-oncogenic-transcription-in-stat5-dependent-malignancies
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P Freund, M A Kerenyi, M Hager, T Wagner, B Wingelhofer, H T T Pham, M Elabd, X Han, P Valent, F Gouilleux, V Sexl, O H Krämer, B Groner, R Moriggl
The signal transducer and activator of transcription 5 (STAT5) regulates differentiation, survival, proliferation and transformation of hematopoietic cells. Upon cytokine stimulation, STAT5 tyrosine phosphorylation (pYSTAT5) is transient, while in diverse neoplastic cells persistent overexpression and enhanced pYSTAT5 are frequently found. Posttranslational modifications might contribute to enhanced STAT5 activation in the context of transformation, but the strength and duration of pYSTAT5 are incompletely understood...
January 11, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069465/effect-of-rnai-mediated-knockdown-of-nltor-gene-on-fertility-of-male-nilaparvata-lugens
#4
Ji-Chong Zhuo, Jian Xue, Jia-Bao Lu, Hai-Jian Huang, Hai-Jun Xu, Chuan-Xi Zhang
The target gene of rapamycin (TOR) is conserved from invertebrates to vertebrates, and plays critical roles in cell growth, nutrient sensing, lifespan and reproduction. In this paper, we employed RNA interference (RNAi) to study the function of TOR in male brown planthoppers (BPH), Nilaparvata lugens. Here we discovered that no offspring was produced when wildtype females BPH mated with NlTOR RNAi males. To understand the influence of NlTOR on male BPH infertility, we dissected the reproductive system of a NlTOR RNAi male, and found that the testes were normal and the seminal vesicles were full of sperm, while the accessory gland was poorly developed after knocking down NlTOR expression...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056650/the-differential-role-of-smell-and-taste-for-eating-behavior
#5
Sanne Boesveldt, Kees de Graaf
Food choice and food intake are guided by both sensory and metabolic processes. The senses of taste and smell play a key role in the sensory effects on choice and intake. This article provides a comprehensive overview of, and will argue for, the differential role of smell and taste for eating behavior by focusing on appetite, choice, intake, and satiation. The sense of smell mainly plays a priming role in eating behavior. It has been demonstrated that (orthonasal) odor exposure induces appetite specifically for the cued food...
January 1, 2017: Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045495/bacterial-networks-on-hydrophobic-micropillars
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Zeinab Jahed, Hamed Shahsavan, Mohit S Verma, Jacob L Rogowski, Brandon B Seo, Boxin Zhao, Ting Y Tsui, Frank X Gu, Mohammad R K Mofrad
Bacteria have evolved as intelligent microorganisms that can colonize and form highly structured and cooperative multicellular communities with sophisticated singular and collective behaviors. The initial stages of colony formation and intercellular communication are particularly important to understand and depend highly on the spatial organization of cells. Controlling the distribution and growth of bacterial cells at the nanoscale is, therefore, of great interest in understanding the mechanisms of cell-cell communication at the initial stages of colony formation...
January 9, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029023/brain-regulation-of-energy-metabolism
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Eun Roh, Min Seon Kim
In healthy individuals, energy intake is in balance with energy expenditure, which helps to maintain a normal body weight. The brain's inability to control energy homeostasis underlies the pathology of hyperphagia and obesity. The brain detects body energy excess and deficit by sensing the levels of circulating metabolic hormones and nutrients and by receiving metabolic information from the periphery via the autonomic nervous system. A specialized neuronal network coordinates energy intake behavior and the metabolic processes affecting energy expenditure...
December 2016: Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018965/regulation-of-metabolism-by-the-mediator-complex
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Dou Yeon Youn, Alus M Xiaoli, Jeffrey E Pessin, Fajun Yang
The Mediator complex was originally discovered in yeast, but it is conserved in all eukaryotes. Its best-known function is to regulate RNA polymerase II-dependent gene transcription. Although the mechanisms by which the Mediator complex regulates transcription are often complicated by the context-dependent regulation, this transcription cofactor complex plays a pivotal role in numerous biological pathways. Biochemical, molecular, and physiological studies using cancer cell lines or model organisms have established the current paradigm of the Mediator functions...
2016: Biophysics Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018229/the-calcium-sensing-receptor-and-the-parathyroid-past-present-future
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Arthur D Conigrave
Parathyroid hormone (PTH) defends the extracellular fluid from hypocalcemia and has powerful and well-documented actions on the skeleton and renal tubular system. To achieve a satisfactory stable plasma calcium level, the secretion of PTH, and the resulting serum PTH level, is titrated carefully to the prevailing plasma ionized Ca(2+) concentration via a Ca(2+) sensing mechanism that mediates feedback inhibition of PTH secretion. Herein, I consider the properties of the parathyroid Ca(2+) sensing mechanism, the identity of the Ca(2+) sensor, the intracellular biochemical mechanisms that it controls, the manner of its integration with other components of the PTH secretion control mechanism, and its modulation by other nutrients...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017419/integrating-remote-sensing-with-nutrient-management-plans-to-calculate-nitrogen-parameters-for-swine-cafos-at-the-sprayfield-and-sub-watershed-scales
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Elizabeth C Christenson, Marc L Serre
North Carolina (NC) regulates swine concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) using five-year nutrient management plans (NMPs) requiring the plant available nitrogen sprayed (PANspray) to be less than that utilized by crops (PANcrops), i.e. the PAN balance (defined as PANbal=PANspray-PANcrops) remains negative, which avoids over-spraying liquid effluent onto crops. Objectives of this research are first to characterize Duplin County sprayfields and PANbal by creating the first, open-source sprayfield spatial database created for swine CAFOs in NC (for Duplin County)...
December 22, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011634/structure-of-the-branched-chain-amino-acid-and-gtp-sensing-global-regulator-cody-from-bacillus-subtilis
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Vladimir M Levdikov, Elena V Blagova, Vicki L Young, Boris R Belitsky, Andrey Lebedev, Abraham L Sonenshein, Anthony J Wilkinson
CodY is a branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) and GTP sensor, and a global regulator of transcription in low G + C Gram-positive bacteria. It controls the expression of over 100 genes and operons, principally by repressing during growth genes whose products are required for adaptations to nutrient limitation. CodY consists of a GAF domain that binds BCAAs and a winged helix-turn-helix (wHTH) domain that binds to DNA, but the way in which these domains interact and the structural basis of the BCAA-dependence of this interaction are unknown...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011002/anthony-sclafani-consummate-scientist
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Joseph R Vasselli, Gerard P Smith
In this article we review the scientific contributions of Anthony Sclafani, with specific emphasis on his early work on the neural substrate of the ventromedial hypothalamic (VMH) hyperphagia-obesity syndrome, and on the development of diet-induced obesity (DIO). Over a period of 20 years Sclafani systematically investigated the neuroanatomical basis of the VMH hyperphagia-obesity syndrome, and ultimately identified a longitudinal oxytocin-containing neural tract contributing to its expression. This tract has since been implicated in mediating the effects of at least two gastrointestinal satiety factors...
December 20, 2016: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009868/in-situ-integration-of-graphene-foam-titanium-nitride-based-bio-scaffolds-and-microfluidic-structures-for-soil-nutrient-sensors
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Md Azahar Ali, Kunal Mondal, Yifei Wang, Huawei Jiang, Navreet K Mahal, Michael J Castellano, Ashutosh Sharma, Liang Dong
It is challenging to integrate porous graphene foam (GF) and GF-based nanocomposites into microfluidic channels and even create microfluidic structures within these materials. This is because their irregular interior pore shape and geometry, rough exterior surface, and relatively large material thickness make it difficult to perform conventional photolithography and etching. This challenge has largely hindered the potential of using GF-based materials in microfluidics-based sensors. Here we present a simple approach to create well-defined flow-through channels within or across the GF-based materials, using a liquid-phase photopolymerization method...
December 23, 2016: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009297/integrative-analysis-of-prkag2-cardiomyopathy-ips-and-microtissue-models-identifies-ampk-as-a-regulator-of-metabolism-survival-and-fibrosis
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J Travis Hinson, Anant Chopra, Andre Lowe, Calvin C Sheng, Rajat M Gupta, Rajarajan Kuppusamy, John O'Sullivan, Glenn Rowe, Hiroko Wakimoto, Joshua Gorham, Kehan Zhang, Kiran Musunuru, Robert E Gerszten, Sean M Wu, Christopher S Chen, Jonathan G Seidman, Christine E Seidman
AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a metabolic enzyme that can be activated by nutrient stress or genetic mutations. Missense mutations in the regulatory subunit, PRKAG2, activate AMPK and cause left ventricular hypertrophy, glycogen accumulation, and ventricular pre-excitation. Using human iPS cell models combined with three-dimensional cardiac microtissues, we show that activating PRKAG2 mutations increase microtissue twitch force by enhancing myocyte survival. Integrating RNA sequencing with metabolomics, PRKAG2 mutations that activate AMPK remodeled global metabolism by regulating RNA transcripts to favor glycogen storage and oxidative metabolism instead of glycolysis...
December 20, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007490/gut-brain-nutrient-sensing-in-food-reward
#15
Ari Shechter, Gary J Schwartz
For the past several decades, vagal and hormonal gut-brain negative feedback signaling mechanisms that promote satiety and subsequent suppression of food intake have been explored. In addition, a separate positive feedback process termed "appetition," involving postoral signaling from the gut to the brain, has been shown to promote food intake and produce flavor-nutrient preference conditioning. Afferent fibers emerging from the vagus nerve form the main pathway by which information is relayed from the abdominal viscera to the hindbrain and eventually other higher brain regions involved in food intake...
December 20, 2016: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006011/a-precise-temperature-responsive-bistable-switch-controlling-yersinia-virulence
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Aaron Mischa Nuss, Franziska Schuster, Louisa Roselius, Johannes Klein, René Bücker, Katharina Herbst, Ann Kathrin Heroven, Fabio Pisano, Christoph Wittmann, Richard Münch, Johannes Müller, Dieter Jahn, Petra Dersch
Different biomolecules have been identified in bacterial pathogens that sense changes in temperature and trigger expression of virulence programs upon host entry. However, the dynamics and quantitative outcome of this response in individual cells of a population, and how this influences pathogenicity are unknown. Here, we address these questions using a thermosensing virulence regulator of an intestinal pathogen (RovA of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis) as a model. We reveal that this regulator is part of a novel thermoresponsive bistable switch, which leads to high- and low-invasive subpopulations within a narrow temperature range...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003328/ghrelin-cck-glp-1-and-pyy-3-36-secretory-controls-and-physiological-roles-in-eating-and-glycemia-in-health-obesity-and-after-rygb
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REVIEW
Robert E Steinert, Christine Feinle-Bisset, Lori Asarian, Michael Horowitz, Christoph Beglinger, Nori Geary
The efficacy of Roux-en-Y gastric-bypass (RYGB) and other bariatric surgeries in the management of obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus and novel developments in gastrointestinal (GI) endocrinology have renewed interest in the roles of GI hormones in the control of eating, meal-related glycemia, and obesity. Here we review the nutrient-sensing mechanisms that control the secretion of four of these hormones, ghrelin, cholecystokinin (CCK), glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), and peptide tyrosine tyrosine [PYY(3-36)], and their contributions to the controls of GI motor function, food intake, and meal-related increases in glycemia in healthy-weight and obese persons, as well as in RYGB patients...
January 2017: Physiological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990172/nutritional-modulation-of-endogenous-glucagon-like-peptide-1-secretion-a-review
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REVIEW
Alexandra M Bodnaruc, Denis Prud'homme, Rosanne Blanchet, Isabelle Giroux
BACKGROUND: The positive influences of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) on blood glucose homeostasis, appetite sensations, and food intake provide a strong rationale for its therapeutic potential in the nutritional management of obesity and type 2 diabetes. AIM: To summarize GLP-1 physiology and the nutritional modulation of its secretion in the context of obesity and type 2 diabetes management. FINDINGS: GLP-1 is mainly synthesized and secreted by enteroendocrine L-cells of the gastrointestinal tract...
2016: Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988975/response-of-vegetation-phenology-to-urbanization-in-the-conterminous-united-states
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Xuecao Li, Yuyu Zhou, Ghassem R Asrar, Jiafu Mao, Xiaoma Li, Wenyu Li
The influence of urbanization on vegetation phenology is gaining considerable attention due to its implications for human health, cycling of carbon and other nutrients in Earth system. In this study, we examined the relationship between change in vegetation phenology and urban size, an indicator of urbanization, for the conterminous United States. We studied more than 4500 urban clusters of varying size to determine the impact of urbanization on plant phenology, with the aids of remotely sensed observations since 2003-2012...
December 18, 2016: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988387/insights-into-the-role-of-maladaptive-hexosamine-biosynthesis-and-o-glcnacylation-in-development-of-diabetic-cardiac-complications
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Cheng Xue Qin, Rochelle Sleaby, Amy J Davidoff, James R Bell, Miles J De Blasio, Leanne M Delbridge, John C Chatham, Rebecca H Ritchie
Diabetes mellitus significantly increases the risk of heart failure, independent of coronary artery disease. The mechanisms implicated in the development of diabetic heart disease, commonly termed diabetic cardiomyopathy, are complex, but much of the impact of diabetes on the heart can be attributed to impaired glucose handling. It has been shown that the maladaptive nutrient-sensing hexosamine biosynthesis pathway (HBP) contributes to diabetic complications in many non-cardiac tissues. Glucose metabolism by the HBP leads to enzymatically-regulated, O-linked attachment of a sugar moiety molecule, β-N-acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc), to proteins, affecting their biological activity (similar to phosphorylation)...
December 14, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
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