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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159315/l-arginine-biosensors-a-comprehensive-review
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Neelam Verma, Ashish Kumar Singh, Minni Singh
Arginine has been considered as the most potent nutraceutics discovered ever, due to its powerful healing property, and it's been known to scientists as the Miracle Molecule. Arginine detection in fermented food products is necessary because, high level of arginine in foods forms ethyl carbamate (EC) during the fermentation process. Therefore, L-arginine detection in fermented food products is very important as a control measure for quality of fermented foods, food supplements and beverages including wine. In clinical analysis arginine detection is important due to their enormous inherent versatility in various metabolic pathways, topmost in the synthesis of Nitric oxide (NO) and tumor growth...
December 2017: Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158357/evidence-for-a-role-of-vascular-endothelium-in-the-control-of-arterial-wall-viscosity-in-humans
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Frederic Roca, Michele Iacob, Isabelle Remy-Jouet, Jeremy Bellien, Robinson Joannides
Arterial wall viscosity (AWV) is a major cause of energy dissipation along the arterial tree. Its determinants remain controversial but an active endothelial regulation has been suggested. Our objective was to assess in humans the physiological role of endothelium-derived nitric oxide (NO), epoxyeicosatrienoic acids and the effect of modulating smooth muscle tone in the regulation of AWV. We simultaneously measured radial artery diameter, wall thickness, and arterial pressure in healthy volunteers during the local infusion of inhibitors of NO-synthase (N(G)-monomethyl-l-arginine), epoxyeicosatrienoic acids synthesis by cytochrome P450 (fluconazole), the epoxyeicosatrienoic acids cellular targets calcium-activated potassium channels (tetraethylammonium), alone and in combination...
November 20, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156637/synthesis-and-improved-cross-linking-properties-of-c5-modified-furan-bearing-pnas
#3
Joke Elskens, Alex Manicardi, Valentina Costi, Annemieke Madder, Roberto Corradini
Over the past decades, peptide nucleic acid/DNA (PNA:DNA) duplex stability has been improved via backbone modification, often achieved via introducing an amino acid side chain at the α- or γ-position in the PNA sequence. It was previously shown that interstrand cross-linking can further enhance the binding event. In this work, we combined both strategies to fine-tune PNA crosslinking towards single stranded DNA sequences using a furan oxidation-based crosslinking method; for this purpose, γ-l-lysine and γ-l-arginine furan-PNA monomers were synthesized and incorporated in PNA sequences via solid phase synthesis...
November 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155213/human-umbilical-vein-endothelium-derived-exosomes-play-a-role-in-foetoplacental-endothelial-dysfunction-in-gestational-diabetes-mellitus
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Tamara Sáez, Rocío Salsoso, Andrea Leiva, Fernando Toledo, Paul de Vos, Marijke Faas, Luis Sobrevia
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) characterizes by foetoplacental endothelial dysfunction. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) from women with GDM show increased L-arginine transport via the human cationic amino acid transporter 1 (hCAT-1). Moreover, expression of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) and nitric oxide synthesis are increased. Exosomes are increased in maternal plasma from GDM. We evaluated the role of foetoplacental endothelial exosomes on endothelial dysfunction in GDM. Exosomes were isolated from HUVECs from normal (ExN) and GDM (ExGDM) pregnancies...
November 15, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152797/oxidative-stress-does-not-influence-local-sweat-rate-during-high-intensity-exercise
#5
Robert D Meade, Naoto Fujii, Martin P Poirier, Pierre Boulay, Ronald J Sigal, Glen P Kenny
Nitric oxide (NO)-dependent sweating is diminished during high but not moderate intensity exercise. We evaluated whether this impairment stems from increased oxidative stress during high intensity exercise. On two separate days, 11 young (24 ± 4 years) males cycled in the heat (35°C) at a moderate (500 W; 52 ± 6%VO2peak ) or high (700 W; 71 ± 5%VO2peak ) rate of metabolic heat production. Each session included two 30-min exercise bouts separated by a 20-min recovery. Local sweat rate was monitored at four forearm skin sites continuously perfused via intradermal microdialysis with: (1) lactated Ringer's solution (Control), (2) 10 mm ascorbate (Ascorbate; non-selective antioxidant), (3) 10 mm N(G) -nitro-L -arginine methyl ester (L-NAME; NO synthase inhibitor), or (4) 10 mm Ascorbate + 10 mm L-NAME (Ascorbate + L-NAME)...
November 19, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151615/effect-of-doping-of-kdp-crystal-with-amino-acid-l-arginine-on-the-strength-properties-and-character-of-laser-damage
#6
E F Dolzhenkova, E I Kostenyukova, O N Bezkrovnaya, I M Pritula
Studied were the strength characteristics of KDP crystals doped with l-arginine under a concentrated load and irradiation of the first harmonic YAG:Nd(3+) laser. The crystals were obtained by means of the temperature reduction method on a point seed, the content of l-arginine in the aqueous solution being 0.3, 0.4, 1.0 and 1.4 wt%. The character of the dependence of KDP microhardness versus the concentration of amino acid in the crystal was investigated. The regularities of brittle damage of the doped KDP crystal at mechanical testing and laser irradiation were shown to be similar...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Crystal Growth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150243/effects-of-n-carbamylglutamate-and-l-arginine-on-steroidogenesis-and-gene-expression-in-bovine-granulosa-cells
#7
T Feng, L F Schütz, B C Morrell, M C Perego, L J Spicer
Feeding N-carbamylglutamate (NCG) and arginine (ARG) improves reproductive measures in pigs and reduces systemic steroid levels in pregnant ewes. We hypothesized that the effects of NCG and ARG on reproduction were due to direct effects on the ovary. Thus, the objectives of this study were to investigate the effects of NCG and ARG on granulosa cell (GC) steroidogenesis, gene expression, and cell proliferation in vitro. GC were collected from small (1-5mm) bovine follicles and treated in vitro with NCG or ARG in serum-free medium for 24h to 48h...
November 10, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142471/dachaihu-decoction-ameliorates-pancreatic-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-macrophage-infiltration-in-chronic-pancreatitis
#8
Li-Fang Duan, Xiao-Fan Xu, Lin-Jia Zhu, Fang Liu, Xiao-Qin Zhang, Nan Wu, Jian-Wei Fan, Jia-Qi Xin, Hong Zhang
AIM: To explore the role of macrophages in chronic pancreatitis (CP) and the effect of Dachaihu decoction (DCHD) on pancreatic fibrosis in mice. METHODS: KunMing mice were randomly divided into a control group, CP group, and DCHD group. In the CP and DCHD groups, mice were intraperitoneally injected with 20% L-arginine (3 g/kg twice 1 d/wk for 6 wk). Mice in the DCHD group were administered DCHD intragastrically at a dose of 14 g/kg/d 1 wk after CP induction. At 2 wk, 4 wk and 6 wk post-modeling, the morphology of the pancreas was observed using hematoxylin and eosin, and Masson staining...
October 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140411/effect-of-angiotensin-ii-and-acth-on-adrenal-blood-flow-in-the-male-rat-adrenal-gland-in-vivo
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Abdul J Shah, Tamas Kriska, Kathryn M Gauthier, John R Falck, William B Campbell
Angiotensin II (Ang II) and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) regulate adrenal vascular tone in vitro through endothelial and/or zona glomeulosa cell-derived mediators. The role of these mediators in regulating adrenal blood flow (ABF) and mean arterial pressure (MAP) was examined in anesthetized rats. Ang II (0.01-100 ng/kg) increased ABF (maximal increase of 97.2 ± 6.9 perfusion units (PU) at 100 ng/kg) and MAP (basal, 115 ± 7 mm Hg; Ang II, 163 ± 5 mm Hg). ACTH (0.1-1000 ng/kg) also increased ABF (maximum increase of 91...
November 13, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139306/equilibria-kinetics-and-mechanism-for-the-degradation-of-the-cytotoxic-compound-l-n-g-nitroarginine
#10
Pham Van Quyet, Bernice Mei Jin Tan, Celine Valeria Liew, Lai Wah Chan, Quan Sing Ng, Paul Wan Sia Heng
L-N(G)-nitroarginine (LNNA), an analogue of L-arginine, is a competitive inhibitor of nitric oxide synthase which causes the selective reduction of blood flow to tumor cells. Despite the potential of LNNA to function as an adjuvant in cancer therapies, its poor solubility and stability have hindered the development of an injectable formulation of LNNA that is suitable for human administration. This work, for the first time, details a systematic study on the determination of equilibrium Ka constants and the rate law of LNNA degradation...
November 15, 2017: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136777/anti-hypertensive-and-vasodilatory-effects-of-amended-banxia-baizhu-tianma-tang
#11
Chu Shan Tan, Yean Chun Loh, Chiew Hoong Ng, Yung Sing Ch'ng, Mohd Zaini Asmawi, Mariam Ahmad, Mun Fei Yam
Although Banxia Baizhu Tianma Tang (BBT) has been long administered for hypertensive treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the ratio of the herbal components that makes up the formulation has not been optimized with respect to the anti-hypertensive effect that it inherently possesses. A newly amended BBT (ABBT) formulation was developed using the evidence-based approach of orthogonal stimulus-response compatibility model. The ABBT showed enhanced therapeutic effect while maintaining its traditional theoretical approach rooted in TCM...
November 7, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136654/vascular-surgical-stretch-injury-leads-to-activation-of-p2x7-receptors-and-impaired-endothelial-function
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Padmini Komalavilas, Weifeng Luo, Christy M Guth, Olukemi Jolayemi, Rachel I Bartelson, Joyce Cheung-Flynn, Colleen M Brophy
A viable vascular endothelial layer prevents vasomotor dysfunction, thrombosis, inflammation, and intimal hyperplasia. Injury to the endothelium occurs during harvest and "back table" preparation of human saphenous vein prior to implantation as an arterial bypass conduit. A subfailure overstretch model of rat aorta was used to show that subfailure stretch injury of vascular tissue leads to impaired endothelial-dependent relaxation. Stretch-induced impaired relaxation was mitigated by treatment with purinergic P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) inhibitors, brilliant blue FCF (FCF) and A740003, or apyrase, an enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of ATP...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135983/arginase-expression-modulates-nitric-oxide-production-in-leishmania-leishmania-amazonensis
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Stephanie Maia Acuña, Juliana Ide Aoki, Maria Fernanda Laranjeira-Silva, Ricardo Andrade Zampieri, Juliane Cristina Ribeiro Fernandes, Sandra Marcia Muxel, Lucile Maria Floeter-Winter
BACKGROUND: Arginase is an enzyme that converts L-arginine to urea and L-ornithine, an essential substrate for the polyamine pathway supporting Leishmania (Leishmania) amazonensis replication and its survival in the mammalian host. L-arginine is also the substrate of macrophage nitric oxide synthase 2 (NOS2) to produce nitric oxide (NO) that kills the parasite. This competition can define the fate of Leishmania infection. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The transcriptomic profiling identified a family of oxidoreductases in L...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133205/hpma-copolymer-conjugate-with-pirarubicin-in-vitro-and-ex-vivo-stability-and-drug-release-study
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Waliul Islam, Jun Fang, Tomas Etrych, Petr Chytil, Karel Ulbrich, Akihiro Sakoguchi, Katsuki Kusakabe, Hiroshi Maeda
We have developed a tumor environment-responsive polymeric anticancer prodrug containing pirarubicin (THP) conjugated to N-(2-hydroxypropyl) methacrylamide copolymer (PHPMA), [P-THP], through a spacer containing pH-sensitive hydrazone bond, that showed remarkable therapeutic effect against various tumor models and in a human pilot study. Toward clinical development, here we report THP release profile from its HPMA copolymer conjugate, the conjugate stability, protein and cell-binding and solubility of P-THP...
November 10, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127889/nitric-oxide-and-arginase-levels-in-peri-implant-tissues-after-delayed-loading
#15
Ceren Gokmenoglu, Nurdan Ozmeric, Caglar Sungur, Raziye Sahin Bildik, Imge Erguder, Serenay Elgun
OBJECTIVE: Nitric oxide (NO) is synthesized from the conversion of L-arginine to L-citrulline by NO synthase (NOS). Arginase can compete with NOS for the common substrate L-arginine, and thus inhibit NO production. NO levels and arginase ezyme might affect the bone remodeling cycle around implants. The aim of this studywas to investigate NO and arginase levels in gingival crevicular fluid (GCF), peri-implant sulcular fluid (PISF), and saliva. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty patients with one or more implants (Straumann(®); Institute Straumann AG, Basel, Switzerland) restored with fixed crown prostheses were included in the study...
October 23, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126980/brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-in-adjuvant-induced-arthritis-in-rats-relationship-with-inflammation-and-endothelial-dysfunction
#16
Martin Pedard, Céline Demougeot, Clément Prati, Christine Marie
OBJECTIVES: Both peripheral and central brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels are decreased in depression and normalized by efficient anti-depressive therapies. While depression symptoms are frequent in rheumatoid arthritis, BDNF has been poorly investigated in this pathology. Therefore, the present study explored cerebral and peripheral BDNF in arthritis rats as well as the link between brain BDNF and the two factors recently involved in the pathogenesis of depression and present in rheumatoid arthritis namely inflammation and endothelial dysfunction...
November 7, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126791/the-cardioprotective-effects-of-epicatechin-are-mediated-through-arginase-activity-inhibition-in-a-murine-model-of-ischemia-reperfusion
#17
Pilar Ortiz-Vilchis, Miguel Ortiz-Flores, Marcela Pacheco, Israel Ramirez-Sanchez, Aldo Moreno-Ulloa, Lourdes Vega, Alicia Ortiz, Francisco Villarreal, Ivan Rubio-Gayosso, Nayelli Najera, Eduardo Meaney, Guillermo Ceballos
The production of nitric oxide (NO) by nitric oxide synthases (NOS) depends on the bioavailability of L-arginine as NOS competes with arginase for this common substrate. As arginase activity increases, less NO is produced and adverse cardiovascular consequences can emerge. (-)-Epicatechin (EPI), the most abundant flavonoid in cacao, has been reported to stimulate endothelial and neuronal NOS expression and function leading to enhanced vascular function and cardioprotective effects. However, little is known about the effects of EPI on myocardial arginase activity...
November 7, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123442/functional-effects-of-alagebrium-alt-711-isolated-rat-carotid-artery
#18
Cigdem Toprak, Basar Sirmagul, Semra Yigitaslan
Objective: In our study, the effects of glycosylated protein cross-link breaker, alagebrium was investigated on isolated rat carotid artery using myography. Alagebrium showed vasodilator effect on carotid artery rings; particularly, this effect was significantly increased in endothelium-intact rings. Materials and Methods: To clarify the vasodilator mechanism of alagebrium, different antagonists such as N(G)-Nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME), glibenclamide, indomethacin, metoprolol, propranolol, tetraethylammonium, and calcium channel activator BAYK-8644 were used to reverse this effect...
October 2017: Eurasian Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121802/hispolon-suppresses-lps-or-lta-induced-inos-no-production-and-apoptosis-in-bv-2-microglial-cells
#19
Ming-Shun Wu, Chih-Chiang Chien, Kur-Ta Cheng, Gottumukkala V Subbaraju, Yen-Chou Chen
Hispolon (HIS) is an active polyphenol compound derived from Phellinus linteus (Berkeley & Curtis), and our previous study showed that HIS effectively inhibited inflammatory responses in macrophages (Yang et al., 2014); however, its effect on neuronal inflammation is still undefined. In this study, HIS concentration- and time-dependently inhibited lipopolysaccharide (LPS)- and lipoteichoic acid (LTA)-induced inducible nitric oxide (NO) synthase (iNOS)/NO production with increased heme oxygenase (HO)-1 proteins in BV-2 microglial cells...
November 9, 2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121483/effects-of-n-carbamylglutamate-and-l-arginine-on-gonadotrophin-releasing-hormone-gnrh-gene-expression-and-secretion-in-gt1-7-cells
#20
Y Liu, J H Bai, X L Xu, Z L Chen, L J Spicer, T Feng
Recent studies have shown that N-carbamylglutamate (NCG) and arginine (ARG) supplementation improves reproductive performance in livestock. The objectives of the present study were to evaluate the effects of NCG and ARG on GT1-7 cell gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH) secretion, gene expression and cell proliferation. GT1-7 cells were treated in vitro with different concentrations of NCG (0-1.0mM) or ARG (0-4.0mM) in serum-free medium for 12 or 24h. For GnRH secretion and cell proliferation, GT1-7 cells were more sensitive to NCG than ARG...
November 10, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
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