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Fatty acid synthesis

Wan-Angkan Poolsri, Phornpun Phokrai, Somrudee Suwankulanan, Narinthorn Phakdeeto, Pattamaphorn Phunsomboon, Dumrongsak Pekthong, Lysiane Richert, Sutatip Pongcharoen, Piyarat Srisawang
Increased expression levels of both mitochondrial citrate transporter (CTP) and plasma membrane citrate transporter (PMCT) proteins have been found in various cancers. The transported citrates by these two transporter proteins provide acetyl-CoA precursors for the de novo lipogenesis (DNL) pathway to support a high rate of cancer cell viability and development. Inhibition of the DNL pathway promotes cancer cell apoptosis without apparent cytotoxic to normal cells, leading to the representation of selective and powerful targets for cancer therapy...
2018: BioMed Research International
Soo-Young Kang, Zhaoxia Ji, Ling-Fang Tseng, Sara A Turner, Dinara A Villanueva, Rhiannon Johnson, Ariana Albano, Robert Langer
Waterborne polyurethanes (WBPUs) have attracted increasing attention in a wide range of industrial applications because of their versatile properties as well as ecofriendly nature. Although extensive research has been carried out on WBPU synthesis, the roles of some of the key synthesis components remain unclear. In this study, through systematically controlling and fine tuning the precursor compositions and reaction conditions, over 300 WBPUs are synthesized. This research enables the roles of several key components that govern WBPU physicochemical properties and ultimately the potential WBPU applications to be identified...
March 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
Anamaria Todea, Diana Aparaschivei, Valentin Badea, Carmen G Boeriu, Francisc Peter
evelopments of past years placed the bio-based polyesters as competitive substitutes for fossil-based polymers. Moreover, enzymatic polymerization using lipase catalysts has become an important green alternative to chemical polymerization for the synthesis of polyesters with biomedical applications, as several drawbacks related to the presence of traces of metal catalysts, toxicity and higher temperatures could be avoided. Copolymerization of ε-caprolactone (CL) with four hydroxy-fatty acids (HFA) from renewable sources, e...
March 15, 2018: Biotechnology Journal
R Bonsale, R Seyed Sharifi, E Dirandeh, N Hedayat, A Mojtahedin, M Ghorbanalinia, A Abolghasemi
The objective of this study was to consider endocannabinoid system as inflammatory markers in bovine endometrium to better understand the role of this system in regulating many of the functions that are related to inflammatory condition. At day 26 post-partum, fourteen cows were divided into two groups depending on the inflammatory condition: 1- subclinical endometritis (n = 7, with purulent or mucopurulent uterine discharge detectable in the vagina) and 2- healthy (n = 7, No (muco)) purulent discharge...
March 14, 2018: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
Ursula J Lemberger, Claudia D Fuchs, Christian Schöfer, Andrea Bileck, Christopher Gerner, Tatjana Stojakovic, Makoto M Taketo, Michael Trauner, Gerda Egger, Christoph H Österreicher
Background: Wnt/β-catenin signaling plays a crucial role in embryogenesis, tissue homeostasis, metabolism and malignant transformation of different organs including the liver. Continuous β-catenin signaling due to somatic mutations in exon 3 of the Ctnnb1 gene is associated with different liver diseases including cancer and cholestasis. Results: Expression of a degradation resistant form of β-catenin in hepatocytes resulted in 100% mortality within 31 days after birth...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Ning Zhan, Bin Li, Xiangying Xu, Jianyu Xu, Songliu Hu
Fatty acid synthase (FASN) is the key enzyme required for the de novo synthesis of long-chain fatty acids. FASN has been observed to be overexpressed in the majority of cancer tissues, and its expression is associated with a poor prognosis, potentially mediated by resistance to drug or radiation. The present study investigated whether the downregulation of FASN in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) may increase radiosensitivity. A lentiviral vector containing short hairpin RNA targeted to FASN (pSIH-H1-Puro-shFASN) was successfully constructed and transfected into A549 cells to knockdown the gene by RNA interference...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Danh T Tran, Scott Esckilsen, Jennifer Mulligan, Shikhar Mehrotra, Carl Atkinson, Satish N Nadig
BACKGROUND: Microvascular endothelial cells (ECs) are central to an allograft's immunogenicity. Cold ischemia and reperfusion injury associated with static cold storage and warm reperfusion activates ECs and increases the immunogenicity of the allograft. Following reperfusion, mitochondrial permeability transition pore (mPTP) opening contributes to mitochondrial dysfunction in the allograft, which correlates to alloimmune rejection. Current understanding of this relationship, however, centers on the whole allograft instead of ECs...
March 10, 2018: Transplantation
Li Jiang, Jianyong Liu, Kang Zuo, Lianpai Zou, Yu-You Li, Guangren Qian, Zhi Ping Xu
In situ synthesis of layered double hydroxides (LDHs) is an effective way to extract short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) from anaerobic fermentation liquid to be used as carbon source for biodenitrification, but the slow release performance need to be improved. Three layered double hydroxides with different metal cations (Mg-Al, Ni-Al, Ni-Fe) intercalated with acetate (Ac) were successfully prepared in the present study. The release rates decreased in the order of MgAl-LDH > NiAl-LDH > NiFe-LDH, meaning that NiFe-LDH-Ac showed the best slow release performance...
March 9, 2018: Bioresource Technology
Zhiyi Liu, Dimitra Pouli, Carlo A Alonzo, Antonio Varone, Sevasti Karaliota, Kyle P Quinn, Karl Münger, Katia P Karalis, Irene Georgakoudi
Monitoring subcellular functional and structural changes associated with metabolism is essential for understanding healthy tissue development and the progression of numerous diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular and neurodegenerative disorders. Unfortunately, established methods for this purpose either are destructive or require the use of exogenous agents. Recent work has highlighted the potential of endogenous two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) as a method to monitor subtle metabolic changes; however, mechanistic understanding of the connections between the detected optical signal and the underlying metabolic pathways has been lacking...
March 2018: Science Advances
Xiliang Qi, Xiaokang Li, Huiming Guo, Ning Guo, Hongmei Cheng
The soil-borne ascomycete fungus Verticillium dahliae causes vascular wilt disease and can seriously diminish the yield and quality of important crops. Functional analysis of growth- and pathogenicity-related genes is essential for revealing the pathogenic molecular mechanism of V. dahliae . Phospholipase is an important virulence factor in fungi that hydrolyzes phospholipids into fatty acid and other lipophilic substances and is involved in hyphal development. Thus far, only a few V. dahliae phospholipases have been identified, and their involvement in V...
March 13, 2018: Genes
Hua Lin, Jonathan Z Long, Alexander M Roche, Katrin J Svensson, Florence Dou, Mi Ra Chang, Timothy Strutzenberg, Claudia Ruiz, Michael D Cameron, Scott J Novick, Charles M Berdan, Sharon Louie, Daniel K Nomura, Bruce M Spiegelman, Patrick R Griffin, Theodore M Kamenecka
N-acyl amino acids directly bind mitochondria and function as endogenous uncouplers of UCP1-independent respiration. We found that administration of N-acyl amino acids to mice improves glucose homeostasis and increases energy expenditure indicating that this pathway might be useful for treating obesity and associated disorders. We report the full account of the synthesis and mitochondrial uncoupling bioactivity of lipidated N-acyl amino acids and their unnatural analogs. Unsaturated fatty acid chains of medium length and neutral amino acid head groups are required for optimal uncoupling activity on mammalian cells...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Samir Haj-Dahmane, Roh-Yu Shen, Matthew W Elmes, Keith Studholme, Martha P Kanjiya, Diane Bogdan, Panayotis K Thanos, Jeremy T Miyauchi, Stella E Tsirka, Dale G Deutsch, Martin Kaczocha
Endocannabinoids (eCBs) are lipid-signaling molecules involved in the regulation of numerous behaviors and physiological functions. Released by postsynaptic neurons, eCBs mediate retrograde modulation of synaptic transmission and plasticity by activating presynaptic cannabinoid receptors. While the cellular mechanisms by which eCBs control synaptic function have been well characterized, the mechanisms controlling their retrograde synaptic transport remain unknown. Here, we demonstrate that fatty-acid-binding protein 5 (FABP5), a canonical intracellular carrier of eCBs, is indispensable for retrograde eCB transport in the dorsal raphe nucleus (DRn)...
March 12, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Lin Li, Meilin He, Hang Xiao, Xiaoqian Liu, Kai Wang, Yuanshu Zhang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Acetic acid (AcOH), a short-chain fatty acid, is reported to have some beneficial effects on metabolism. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the regulatory mechanism of acetic acid on hepatic lipid metabolism in BRL-3A cells. METHODS: We cultured and treated BRL-3A cells with different concentrations of sodium acetate (neutralized acetic acid) and BML-275 (an AMPKα inhibitor). The total lipid droplet area was measured by oil red O staining, and the triglyceride content was determined by a triglyceride detection kit...
March 6, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Woo Cheol Lee, Min-Cheol Jeong, Yeongjoon Lee, Chulhee Kwak, Jee-Young Lee, Yangmee Kim
Originally annotated as the initiator of fatty acid synthesis (FAS), β-ketoacyl-acyl carrier protein synthase III (KAS III) is a unique component of the bacterial FAS system. Novel variants of KAS III have been identified that promote the de novo use of additional extracellular fatty acids by FAS. These KAS III variants prefer longer acyl-groups, notably octanoyl-CoA. Acinetobacter baumannii, a clinically important nosocomial pathogen, contains such a multifunctional KAS III (AbKAS III). To characterize the structural basis of its substrate specificity, we determined the crystal structures of AbKAS III in the presence of different substrates...
March 12, 2018: Molecular Microbiology
Margarete Poppelreuther, Simone Sander, Fadil Minden, Marina S Dietz, Tarik Exner, Chen Du, Ingrid Zhang, Friedrich Ehehalt, Laura Knüppel, Susanne Domschke, Anna Badenhop, Sarah Staudacher, Robert Ehehalt, Wolfgang Stremmel, Christoph Thiele, Mike Heilemann, Joachim Füllekrug
ACSL3 is the only long chain fatty acyl-CoA synthetase consistently found on growing and mature lipid droplets (LDs), suggesting that this specific localization has biological relevance. Current models for LD growth propose that triglycerides are synthesized by enzymes at the LD surface, with activated fatty acids provided by LD localized ACSL3, thus allowing growth independent of the ER. Here, we tested this hypothesis by quantifying ACSL3 on LDs from human A431 cells. RNAi of ACSL3 reduced the oleoyl-CoA synthetase activity by 83%, suggesting that ACSL3 is by far the dominant enzyme of A431 cells...
March 8, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
T Y Zhang, J T Huang, H B Tian, Y Ma, Z Chen, J J Wang, H P Shi, J Luo
The trans-10,cis-12 isomer of conjugated linoleic acid (t10c12-CLA) is a biohydrogenation intermediate in the rumen and has been shown to cause milk fat depression in dairy goats. However, few studies have focused on the in vitro molecular mechanisms involved in the response of the goat mammary gland to t10c12-CLA. In the present study, RNA sequencing technology was used to investigate the effects of t10c12-CLA on goat mammary epithelial cells. From the data, 25,153 annotated transcripts were obtained, and differentially expressed genes were selected based on a false discovery rate <0...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
Nodumo Nokulunga Zulu, Krzysztof Zienkiewicz, Katharina Vollheyde, Ivo Feussner
Diatoms are the most dominant phytoplankton species in oceans and they continue to receive a great deal of attention because of their significant contributions in ecosystems and the environment. Due to triacylglycerol (TAG) profiles that are abundant in medium-chain fatty acids, diatoms have emerged to be better feed stocks for biofuel production, in comparison to the commonly studied green microalgal species (chlorophytes). Importantly, diatoms are also known for their high levels of the essential ω3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and are considered to be a promising alternative source of these components...
March 7, 2018: Progress in Lipid Research
Sujith Rajan, Sabbu Satish, Kripa Shankar, Sukanya Pandeti, Salil Varshney, Ankita Srivastava, Durgesh Kumar, Abhishek Gupta, Sanchita Gupta, Rakhi Choudhary, Vishal M Balaramnavar, Tadigoppula Narender, Anil N Gaikwad
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: In our drug discovery program of natural product, earlier we have reported Aegeline that is N-acylated-1-amino-2- alcohol, which was isolated from the leaves of Aeglemarmelos showed anti-hyperlipidemic activity for which the QSAR studies predicted the compound to be the β3-AR agonist, but the mechanism of its action was not elucidated. In our present study, we have evaluated the β3-AR activity of novel N-acyl-1-amino-3-arylopropanol synthetic mimics of aegeline and its beneficial effect in insulin resistance...
March 7, 2018: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
Ninon Very, Agata Steenackers, Caroline Dubuquoy, Jeanne Vermuse, Laurent Dubuquoy, Tony Lefebvre, Ikram El Yazidi-Belkoura
The hexosamine biosynthetic pathway (HBP) integrates glucose, amino acids, fatty acids and nucleotides metabolisms for uridine diphosphate N-acetylglucosamine (UDP-GlcNAc) synthesis. UDP-GlcNAc is the nucleotide sugar donor for O-linked β-N-acetylglucosaminylation (O-GlcNAcylation) processes. O-GlcNAc transferase (OGT) is the enzyme which transfers the N-acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc) residue onto target proteins. Several studies previously showed that glucose metabolism dysregulations associated with obesity, diabetes or cancer correlated with an increase of OGT expression and global O-GlcNAcylation levels...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes
Daniel R Crooks, Nunziata Maio, Andrew N Lane, Michal Jarnik, Richard M Higashi, Ronald G Haller, Ye Yang, T W M Fan, Marston Linehan, Tracey A Rouault
Iron-sulfur (Fe-S) clusters are ancient cofactors in cells and participate in diverse biochemical functions, including electron transfer and enzymatic catalysis. Although cell lines derived from individuals carrying mutations in the Fe-S cluster biogenesis pathway or siRNA-mediated knockdown of the Fe-S assembly components provide excellent models for investigating Fe-S cluster formation in mammalian cells, these experimental strategies focus on the consequences of prolonged impairment of Fe-S assembly. Here, we constructed and expressed dominant-negative variants of the primary Fe-S biogenesis scaffold protein iron-sulfur cluster assembly enzyme 2 (ISCU2) in human HEK293 cells...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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