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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341883/conformational-dynamics-play-important-roles-upon-the-function-of-n-acetylglutamate-kinase
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Xiaorong Yang
N-acetylglutamate kinase (NAGK) catalyzes the phosphorylation of N-acetylglutamate. In many bacteria, NAGK catalysis is the rate controlling step in the L-arginine biosynthesis pathway from glutamate to L-arginine and is allosterically inhibited by L-arginine. Many data show that conformational dynamics of NAGKs are essential for their function. The demonstration of the conformational mechanism provides a potential way to improve the yield of arginine. Due to the lack of NAGK catalysis step in arginine synthesis route of mammals, the elucidation of the dynamic mechanism can also provide a way to design a new antivirus drug...
March 24, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341346/stimulation-of-%C3%AE-opioid-receptors-dilates-retinal-arterioles-by-neuronal-nitric-oxide-synthase-derived-nitric-oxide-in-rats
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Eriko Someya, Asami Mori, Kenji Sakamoto, Kunio Ishii, Tsutomu Nakahara
Opioids contribute to the regulation of cerebral vascular tone. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of herkinorin, a non-opioid μ-opioid receptor agonist derived from salvinorin A, on blood vessels in the rat retina and to investigate the mechanism underlying the herkinorin-induced retinal vasodilatory response. Ocular fundus images were captured using an original high-resolution digital fundus camera in vivo. The retinal vascular responses were evaluated by measuring the diameter of retinal arterioles in the fundus images...
March 21, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341178/mechanisms-underlying-sodium-nitroprusside-induced-tolerance-in-the-mouse-aorta-role-of-ros-and-cyclooxygenase-derived-prostanoids
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Mariana C Diniz, Vania C Olivon, Lívia D Tavares, Janaina A Simplicio, Natália A Gonzaga, Daniele G de Souza, Lusiane M Bendhack, Carlos R Tirapelli, Daniella Bonaventura
AIMS: To determine the role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) on sodium nitroprusside (SNP)-induced tolerance. Additionally, we evaluated the role of ROS on NF-κB activation and pro-inflammatory cytokines production during SNP-induced tolerance. MAIN METHODS: To induce in vitro tolerance, endothelium-intact or -denuded aortic rings isolated from male Balb-c mice were incubated for 15, 30, 45 or 60min with SNP (10nmol/L). KEY FINDINGS: Tolerance to SNP was observed after incubation of endothelium-denuded, but not endothelium-intact aortas for 60min with this inorganic nitrate...
March 21, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340042/effects-of-dietary-l-arginine-levels-on-small-intestine-protein-turnover-and-the-expression-of-genes-related-to-protein-synthesis-and-proteolysis-of-layers
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L P Miao, C Yuan, X Y Dong, X Y Zhang, M Y Zhou, X T Zou
The aim of this study was to test the effects of dietary L-arginine (Arg) levels on protein turnover in the small intestine and the expression of genes related to protein synthesis and proteolysis of laying hens. Xinyang Black commercial laying hens (n = 864, aged 217 d) were randomly distributed to 6 treatments with 4 replicates of 36 birds. The dietary treatments were corn-corn gluten meal based diets containing 0.64, 0.86, 1.03, 1.27, 1.42 and 1.66% L-Arg, respectively. Fractional protein synthesis rate (FSR) and fractional protein gain rate (FGR) in the jejunum were the highest in the 1...
March 9, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337643/recombinant-heat-shock-protein-27-hsp27-hspb1-protects-against-cadmium-induced-oxidative-stress-and-toxicity-in-human-cervical-cancer-cells
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Daiana G Alvarez-Olmedo, Veronica S Biaggio, Geremy A Koumbadinga, Nidia N Gómez, Chunhua Shi, Daniel R Ciocca, Zarah Batulan, Mariel A Fanelli, Edward R O'Brien
Cadmium (Cd) is a carcinogen with several well-described toxicological effects in humans, but its molecular mechanisms are still not fully understood. Overexpression of heat shock protein 27 (HSP27/HSPB1)-a multifunctional protein chaperone-has been shown to protect cells from oxidative damage and apoptosis triggered by Cd exposure. The aims of this work were to investigate the potential use of extracellular recombinant HSP27 to prevent/counteract Cd-induced cellular toxicity and to evaluate if peroxynitrite was involved in the development of Cd-induced toxicity...
March 24, 2017: Cell Stress & Chaperones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335103/correlation-between-gastric-emptying-and-gastric-adaptive-relaxation-influenced-by-amino-acids
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Masayuki Uchida, Orie Kobayashi, Chizuru Saito
Background/Aims: Amino acids have many physiological activities. We report the correlation between gastric emptying and gastric adaptive relaxation using tryptophan and amino acids with a straight alkyl chain, hydroxylated chain, and branched chain. Here we sought to further clarify the correlation between gastric emptying and gastric adaptive relaxation by using other amino acids. Methods: In Sprague-Dawley rats, gastric emptying was evaluated by a breath test using [1-¹³C] acetic acid...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334039/l-arginine-attenuates-interleukin-1%C3%AE-il-1%C3%AE-induced-nuclear-factor-kappa-beta-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation-in-caco-2-cells
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Qinghe Meng, Mitchell Cooney, Natesh Yepuri, Robert N Cooney
BACKGROUND: Specific nutrients like L-arginine (L-Arg) ameliorate intestinal inflammation, however the exact mechanisms of this effect are unclear. We hypothesized the anti-inflammatory effects of L-Arg require active transport and metabolism by inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) to generate nitric oxide (NO). To test this hypothesis we examined the effects of L-Arg, L-Arg transport activity, NO production and iNOS inhibitor on IL-1β-mediated NF-κB-activation in Caco-2 cells. METHODS: Caco-2 cells were cultured, transfected with a NF-κB promoter luciferase vector, incubated ± L-Arg, ± IL-1β and luciferase activity was measured...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326928/cxcr4-signaling-in-macrophages-contributes-to-periodontal-mechanical-hypersensitivity-in-porphyromonas-gingivalis-induced-periodontitis-in-mice
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Hidekazu Nagashima, Masamichi Shinoda, Kuniya Honda, Noriaki Kamio, Masahiro Watanabe, Tatsuro Suzuki, Naoyuki Sugano, Shuichi Sato, Koichi Iwata
Background Periodontitis is an inflammatory disease accompanied by alveolar bone loss and progressive inflammation without pain. However, the potential contributors eliminating pain associated with gingival inflammation are unknown. Results we examined the involvement of CXC chemokine receptor type 4 (CXCR4) on the mechanical sensitivity of inflamed periodontal tissue, using a mouse model of periodontitis established by the ligation of the tooth cervix of a maxillary second molar and inoculation with Porphyromonas gingivalis (P...
January 2017: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325791/individual-variations-in-nitric-oxide-synthase-dependent-sweating-in-young-and-older-males-during-exercise-in-the-heat-role-of-aerobic-power
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Tatsuro Amano, Naoto Fujii, Jeffrey C Louie, Robert D Meade, Glen P Kenny
We evaluated the association between aerobic power (defined by peak oxygen consumption; VO2peak) and the contribution of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) to the sweating response in young and older individuals during exercise in the heat. Data from 44 young (24 ± 1 years) and 48 older (61 ± 2 years) males with mean VO2peak of 47.8 ± 2.4 (range, 28.0-62.3) and 39.1 ± 2.3 (range, 26.4-55.7) mLO2 kg(-1) min(-1), respectively, were compiled from our prior studies. Participants performed two 15- to 30-min bouts of exercise at a fixed rate of metabolic heat production of 400 or 500 W, each separated by 15-20 min recovery in the heat (35°C, relative humidity of 20%)...
March 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325558/l-citrulline-ameliorates-cerebral-blood-flow-during-cortical-spreading-depression-in-rats-involvement-of-nitric-oxide-and-prostanoids-mediated-pathway
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Yuki Kurauchi, Koichi Mokudai, Asami Mori, Kenji Sakamoto, Tsutomu Nakahara, Masahiko Morita, Ayako Kamimura, Kunio Ishii
l-Citrulline is a potent precursor of l-arginine, and exerts beneficial effect on cardiovascular system via nitric oxide (NO) production. Migraine is one of the most popular neurovascular disorder, and imbalance of cerebral blood flow (CBF) observed in cortical spreading depression (CSD) contributes to the mechanism of migraine aura. Here, we investigated the effect of l-citrulline on cardiovascular changes to KCl-induced CSD. in rats. Intravenous injection of l-citrulline prevented the decrease in CBF, monitored by laser Doppler flowmetry, without affecting mean arterial pressure and heart rate during CSD...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324718/l-arginine-assisted-one-pot-synthesis-of-hierarchical-ag1pt2-nanocorallines-for-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy
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Liu-Ying Jiang, Xin-Sheng Li, Ai-Jun Wang, Hong Huang, Jiu-Ju Feng
The hierarchical multi-branched Ag1Pt2 nanocorallines (NCs) were prepared in a large scale by a rapid aqueous method, using l-arginine as the eco-friendly shape-directing agent. The product was mainly characterized by microscopy measurements, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The architectures exhibited superior surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) with 4-nitrothiophenol (4-NTP), the enhancement factor (EF) of 1.3×10(5), a wide linear range of 10-100μM and a low detection limit of 0...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324019/no-mediated-regulation-of-glut-by-t3-and-fsh-in-rat-granulosa-cells
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Ye Tian, Yu Ding, Juan Liu, Dai Heng, Kaili Xu, Wenbo Liu, Cheng Zhang
Thyroid hormones (THs) are important for normal reproductive function. Although 3,5,3'-triiodothyronine (T3) enhances follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)-induced preantral follicle growth and granulosa cells development in vitro, little is known about the molecular mechanisms regulating ovarian development via glucose. In this study, we investigated whether and how T3 combines with FSH to regulate glucose transporter protein (GLUT) expression and glucose uptake in granulosa cells. Here, we present evidence that T3 and FSH co-treatment significantly increased GLUT-1/GLUT-4 expression, and translocation in cells, as well as glucose uptake...
March 17, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321214/exogenous-l-valine-promotes-phagocytosis-to-kill-multidrug-resistant-bacterial-pathogens
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Xin-Hai Chen, Shi-Rao Liu, Bo Peng, Dan Li, Zhi-Xue Cheng, Jia-Xin Zhu, Song Zhang, Yu-Ming Peng, Hui Li, Tian-Tuo Zhang, Xuan-Xian Peng
The emergence of multidrug-resistant bacteria presents a severe threat to public health and causes extensive losses in livestock husbandry and aquaculture. Effective strategies to control such infections are in high demand. Enhancing host immunity is an ideal strategy with fewer side effects than antibiotics. To explore metabolite candidates, we applied a metabolomics approach to investigate the metabolic profiles of mice after Klebsiella pneumoniae infection. Compared with the mice that died from K. pneumoniae infection, mice that survived the infection displayed elevated levels of l-valine...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318704/esophagitis-caused-by-l-arginine-capsule-retention-presentation-of-four-cases
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G Blanco-Rodríguez, R Reyes-Retana, G Varela-Fascinetto, S Graham-Pontones
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 16, 2017: Revista de Gastroenterología de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315081/effect-of-the-crystalline-environment-on-the-third-order-nonlinear-optical-properties-of-l-arginine-phosphate-monohydrate-a-theoretical-study
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Clodoaldo Valverde, Rosemberg F N Rodrigues, Daniel F S Machado, Basílio Baseia, Heibbe C B de Oliveira
A supermolecular approach combined with an iterative electrostatic scheme was employed to investigate the nonlinear optical properties of the hybrid L-arginine phosphate monohydrate crystal, the procedure being aided by DFT calculations. The supermolecular scheme basically treated the molecules surrounding the unit cell as point charges; this approximation results in rapid convergence, making it a feasible method. DFT functionals of different flavors were considered: B3LYP, B2PLYP, CAM-B3LYP, ωB97, and M06HF, utilizing the 6-311 + G(d) basis set...
April 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315005/effect-of-nitric-oxide-on-renal-autoregulation-during-hypothermia-in-the-rat
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Lars Mikael Broman, Mattias Carlström, Örjan Källskog, Mats Wolgast
Hypothermia-induced reduction of metabolic rate is accompanied by depression of both glomerular perfusion and filtration. The present study investigated whether these changes are linked to changes in renal autoregulation and nitric oxide (NO) signalling. During hypothermia, renal blood flow (RBF) and glomerular filtration rate (GFR) were reduced and urine production was increased, and this was linked with reduced plasma cGMP levels and increased renal vascular resistance. Although stimulation of NO production decreased vascular resistance, blood pressure and urine flow, intravenous infusion of the NO precursor L-arginine or the NO donor sodium nitroprusside did not alter RBF or GFR...
March 17, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306627/novel-microspheres-reduce-the-formation-of-deep-venous-thrombosis-and-repair-the-vascular-wall-in-a-rat-model
#17
Bingyang Dai, Lan Li, Qiangqiang Li, Xiaoxiao Song, Dongyang Chen, Jin Dai, Yao Yao, Wenjin Yan, Huajian Teng, Fang Yang, Zhihong Xu, Qing Jiang
L-Arginine (L-arg), widely known as a substrate for endogenous nitric oxide synthesis, can improve endothelial function associated with the vasculature, inhibit platelet aggregation, and alter the activity of vascular smooth muscle cells. P-selectin is a membrane component of the platelet alpha-granule and the endothelial cell-specific Wiebel-Palade body that plays a central role in mediating interactions between platelets and both leukocytes and the endothelium. The experiment was designed to evaluate the effect of novel microspheres with L-arg targeting P-selectin on the formation of deep vein thrombosis and repair of vascular wall in a rat model...
March 16, 2017: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302929/heartworm-extract-induces-relaxation-of-isolated-rat-thoracic-aorta
#18
Katsuya Kitoh, Hiroaki Nakamura, Hitoshi Kitagawa, Toshihiro Unno, Seiichi Komori, Shin-Pin Chiou, Yasuhiro Takashima
Isolated rat thoracic aortic strips undergoing noradrenaline-induced contraction were treated with an adult heartworm (HW) crude extract and then examined for isometric changes in tension. HW extract caused relaxation of endothelium-intact strips, but not endothelium-denuded strips. This effect was inhibited by treatment with N(G)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester hydrochloride (L-NAME) and could be reversed by additional treatment with L-arginine. However, HW extract at a high concentration caused slight relaxation of endothelium-denuded strips, and relaxation persisted after L-NAME treatment in endothelium intact-strips...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302489/modelling-urea-cycle-disorder-citrullinemia-type-1-with-disease-specific-ipscs
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Elena Yukie Yoshitoshi-Uebayashi, Taro Toyoda, Katsutaro Yasuda, Maki Kotaka, Keiko Nomoto, Keisuke Okita, Kentaro Yasuchika, Shinya Okamoto, Noriyuki Takubo, Toshiya Nishikubo, Tomoyoshi Soga, Shinji Uemoto, Kenji Osafune
Citrullinemia type 1 (CTLN1) is a urea cycle disorder (UCD) caused by mutations of the ASS1 gene, which is responsible for production of the enzyme argininosuccinate synthetase (ASS), and classically presented as life-threatening hyperammonemia in newborns. Therapeutic options are limited, and neurological sequelae may persist. To understand the pathophysiology and find novel treatments, induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) were generated from a CTLN1 patient and differentiated into hepatocyte-like cells (HLCs)...
March 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302445/agmatine-attenuates-chronic-unpredictable-mild-stress-induced-anxiety-depression-like-behaviours-and-cognitive-impairment-by-modulating-nitrergic-signalling-pathway
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Nitin B Gawali, Vipin D Bulani, Malvika S Gursahani, Padmini S Deshpande, Pankaj S Kothavade, Archana R Juvekar
Agmatine, a neurotransmitter/neuromodulator, has shown to exert numerous effects on the CNS. Chronic stress is a risk factor for development of depression, anxiety and deterioration of cognitive performance. Compelling evidences indicate an involvement of nitric oxide (NO) pathway in these disorders. Hence, investigation of the beneficial effects of agmatine on chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS)-induced depression, anxiety and cognitive performance with the involvement of nitrergic pathway was undertaken...
March 13, 2017: Brain Research
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