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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936490/combining-ancestral-sequence-reconstruction-with-protein-design-to-identify-an-interface-hotspot-in-a-key-metabolic-enzyme-complex
#1
Alexandra Holinski, Kristina Heyn, Rainer Merkl, Reinhard Sterner
It is important to identify hotspot residues that determine protein-protein interactions in interfaces of macromolecular complexes. We have applied a combination of ancestral sequence reconstruction and protein design to identify hotspots within imidazole glycerol phosphate synthase (ImGPS). ImGPS is a key metabolic enzyme complex, which links histidine and de novo purine biosynthesis and consists of the cyclase subunit HisF and the glutaminase subunit HisH. Initial fluorescence titration experiments showed that HisH from Zymomonas mobilis (zmHisH) binds with high affinity to the reconstructed HisF from the last universal common ancestor (LUCA-HisF) but not to HisF from Pyrobaculum arsenaticum (paHisF), which differ by 103 residues...
December 9, 2016: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936481/patients-with-ultrasound-diagnosis-of-hepatic-steatosis-are-at-high-metabolic-risk
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J Kälsch, H Keskin, A Schütte, T Baars, H A Baba, L P Bechmann, A Canbay, J P Sowa
Background and aims: Hepatic steatosis is the basis of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NALFD). Mere fat accumulation within hepatocytes is considered the mild form of NAFLD, but can progress in some patients to advanced steatohepatitis (NASH), which may lead to fibrosis, cirrhosis or hepatocellular carcinoma. However, even hepatic steatosis alone may be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Patients and methods: In the present real life study 106 patients from the outpatient clinic of the Department for Gastroenterology and Hepatology with either NAFLD (n = 60) or other typical diagnoses (n = 46) were included...
December 2016: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936456/1%C3%AE-25-dihydroxyvitamin-d-inhibits-de-novo-fatty-acid-synthesis-and-lipid-accumulation-in-metastatic-breast-cancer-cells-through-down-regulation-of-pyruvate-carboxylase
#3
Tomasz Wilmanski, Kimberly Buhman, Shawn S Donkin, John R Burgess, Dorothy Teegarden
Both increased de novo fatty acid synthesis and higher neutral lipid accumulation are a common phenotype observed in aggressive breast cancer cells, making lipid metabolism a promising target for breast cancer prevention. In the present studies, we demonstrate a novel effect of the active metabolite of vitamin D, 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25(OH)₂D) on lipid metabolism in malignant breast epithelial cells. Treatment of MCF10CA1a breast epithelial cells with 1,25(OH)₂D (10 nM) for 5 and 7 days decreased the level of triacylglycerol, the most abundant form of neutral lipids, by 20%(±3...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936433/carbon-starvation-induces-lipid-degradation-via-autophagy-in-the-model-alga-micrasterias
#4
Viola Schwarz, Ancuela Andosch, Anja Geretschläger, Matthias Affenzeller, Ursula Lütz-Meindl
Autophagy is regarded as crucial intracellular process in plant development but also in intracellular stress response. It is known to be controlled by the energy level of the cell and consequently can be triggered by energy deprivation. In this study carbon starvation evoked in different ways was investigated in the freshwater algae model system Micrasterias denticulata (Streptophyta) which is closely related to higher plants. Cells exposed to the photosynthesis inhibiting herbicide DCMU, to the glycolysis inhibitor 2-Deoxy-d-glucose and to complete darkness over up to 9 weeks for preventing metabolism downstream of glucose supply, were investigated by means of Nile red staining and analyses in CLSM, and TEM after cryo-preparation...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936347/the-infectious-intracellular-lifestyle-of-salmonella-enterica-relies-on-the-adaptation-to-nutritional-conditions-within-the-salmonella-containing-vacuole
#5
Lautaro Diacovich, Lucía Lorenzi, Mauro Tomassetti, Stéphane Méresse, Hugo Gramajo
Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium (S. Typhimurium) is a Gram-negative pathogen that causes various host-specific diseases. During their life cycle, Salmonellae survive frequent exposures to a variety of environmental stresses, e.g. carbon-source starvation. The virulence of this pathogen relies on its ability to establish a replicative niche, named Salmonella-containing vacuole, inside host cells. However, the microenvironment of the SCV and the bacterial metabolic pathways required during infection are largely undefined...
December 9, 2016: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936238/trehalose-6-phosphate-mediated-toxicity-determines-essentiality-of-otsb2-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-in-vitro-and-in-mice
#6
Jan Korte, Marina Alber, Carolina M Trujillo, Karl Syson, Hendrik Koliwer-Brandl, René Deenen, Karl Köhrer, Michael A DeJesus, Travis Hartman, William R Jacobs, Stephen Bornemann, Thomas R Ioerger, Sabine Ehrt, Rainer Kalscheuer
Trehalose biosynthesis is considered an attractive target for the development of antimicrobials against fungal, helminthic and bacterial pathogens including Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The most common biosynthetic route involves trehalose-6-phosphate (T6P) synthase OtsA and T6P phosphatase OtsB that generate trehalose from ADP/UDP-glucose and glucose-6-phosphate. In order to assess the drug target potential of T6P phosphatase, we generated a conditional mutant of M. tuberculosis allowing the regulated gene silencing of the T6P phosphatase gene otsB2...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936232/correction-thermodynamic-driving-force-of-hydrogen-on-rumen-microbial-metabolism-a-theoretical-investigation
#7
Henk J van Lingen, Caroline M Plugge, James G Fadel, Ermias Kebreab, André Bannink, Jan Dijkstra
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0161362.].
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936230/the-circulating-ctrp13-in-type-2-diabetes-and-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-patients
#8
Mehrnoosh Shanaki, Reza Fadaei, Nariman Moradi, Solaleh Emamgholipour, Hossein Poustchi
Numerous studies have shown that C1q/TNF-related proteins (CTRPs) are involved in the pathophysiology of metabolic disorders, such as Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and Type 2 Diabetes (T2DM). There is a little information concerning CTRP13 in the context of NAFLD and T2DM. We evaluated the plasma levels of CTRP13 in healthy control and patients with NAFLD, T2DM and NAFLD+T2DM, and also correlations between CTRP13 plasma levels and clinical and subclinical features. Circulating CTRP13 was examined in 88 male (20 healthy control, 22 T2DM patients, 22 NAFLD patients and 22 NAFLD+T2DM patients)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936224/change-in-serum-bilirubin-level-as-a-predictor-of-incident-metabolic-syndrome
#9
You-Bin Lee, Seung-Eun Lee, Ji Eun Jun, Jae Hwan Jee, Ji Cheol Bae, Sang-Man Jin, Jae Hyeon Kim
AIM: Serum bilirubin level was negatively associated with the prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) in previous cross-sectional studies. However, bilirubin variance preceding the development of MetS has yet to be investigated. We aimed to determine the effect of change in bilirubin concentration on the risk of incident MetS in healthy Korean adults. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective longitudinal study of subjects who had undergone at least four yearly health check-ups between 2006 and 2012...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936223/central-obesity-and-h-pylori-infection-influence-risk-of-barrett-s-esophagus-in-an-asian-population
#10
Chih-Cheng Chen, Yao-Chun Hsu, Ching-Tai Lee, Chia-Chang Hsu, Chi-Ming Tai, Wen-Lun Wang, Cheng-Hao Tseng, Chao-Tien Hsu, Jaw-Town Lin, Chi-Yang Chang
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The prevalence rates of Barrett's esophagus (BE) in western countries are higher than Asian ones, but little is known about their difference among risk factors of BE. The aim of this study is to investigate the associations of various risk factors including central obesity, body mass index (BMI), metabolic syndrome and H. pylori infection, with BE. METHODS: A total of 161 subjects with BE were enrolled and compared to age- and gender-matched controls randomly sampled (1:4) from check-up center in same hospital...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936208/developmental-stage-muscle-and-genetic-type-modify-muscle-transcriptome-in-pigs-effects-on-gene-expression-and-regulatory-factors-involved-in-growth-and-metabolism
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Miriam Ayuso, Almudena Fernández, Yolanda Núñez, Rita Benítez, Beatriz Isabel, Ana I Fernández, Ana I Rey, Antonio González-Bulnes, Juan F Medrano, Ángela Cánovas, Clemente J López-Bote, Cristina Óvilo
Iberian pig production includes purebred (IB) and Duroc-crossbred (IBxDU) pigs, which show important differences in growth, fattening and tissue composition. This experiment was conducted to investigate the effects of genetic type and muscle (Longissimus dorsi (LD) vs Biceps femoris (BF)) on gene expression and transcriptional regulation at two developmental stages. Nine IB and 10 IBxDU piglets were slaughtered at birth, and seven IB and 10 IBxDU at four months of age (growing period). Carcass traits and LD intramuscular fat (IMF) content were measured...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936205/hyperhomocysteinemia-in-apoe-mice-leads-to-overexpression-of-enhancer-of-zeste-homolog-2-via-mir-92a-regulation
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Yang Xiaoling, Zhao Li, Li ShuQiang, Ma Shengchao, Yang Anning, Ding Ning, Li Nan, Jia Yuexia, Yang Xiaoming, Li Guizhong, Jiang Yideng
Hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy) is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, such as atherosclerosis. HHcy promotes atherogenesis by modifying the histone methylation patterns and miRNA regulation. In this study, we investigated the effects of homocysteine (Hcy) on the expression of enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2), and tested our hypothesis that Hcy-induced atherosclerosis is mediated by increased EZH2 expression, which is regulated by miR-92a. The levels of EZH2 and H3K27me3 were increased in the aorta of ApoE-/- mice fed a high-methionine diet for 16 weeks, whereas miR-92a expression was decreased...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936192/insecticidal-activity-of-melaleuca-alternifolia-essential-oil-and-rna-seq-analysis-of-sitophilus-zeamais-transcriptome-in-response-to-oil-fumigation
#13
Min Liao, Jin-Jing Xiao, Li-Jun Zhou, Yang Liu, Xiang-Wei Wu, Ri-Mao Hua, Gui-Rong Wang, Hai-Qun Cao
BACKGROUND: The cereal weevil, Sitophilus zeamais is one of the most destructive pests of stored cereals worldwide. Frequent use of fumigants for managing stored-product insects has led to the development of resistance in insects. Essential oils from aromatic plants including the tea oil plant, Melaleuca alternifolia may provide environmentally friendly alternatives to currently used pest control agents. However, little is known about molecular events involved in stored-product insects in response to plant essential oil fumigation...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936173/insights-into-basal-signaling-regulation-oligomerization-and-structural-organization-of-the-human-g-protein-coupled-receptor-83
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Anne Müller, Julia Catherine Berkmann, Patrick Scheerer, Heike Biebermann, Gunnar Kleinau
The murine G-protein coupled receptor 83 (mGPR83) is expressed in the hypothalamus and was previously suggested to be involved in the regulation of metabolism. The neuropeptide PEN has been recently identified as a potent GPR83 ligand. Moreover, GPR83 constitutes functionally relevant hetero-oligomers with other G-protein coupled receptors (GPCR) such as the ghrelin receptor (GHSR) or GPR171. Previous deletion studies also revealed that the long N-terminal extracellular receptor domain (eNDo) of mGPR83 may act as an intra-molecular ligand, which participates in the regulation of basal signaling activity, which is a key feature of GPCR function...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936172/tamoxifen-isomers-and-metabolites-exhibit-distinct-affinity-and-activity-at-cannabinoid-receptors-potential-scaffold-for-drug-development
#15
Benjamin M Ford, Lirit N Franks, Anna Radominska-Pandya, Paul L Prather
Tamoxifen (Tam) is a selective estrogen receptor (ER) modulator (SERM) that is an essential drug to treat ER-positive breast cancer. Aside from known actions at ERs, recent studies have suggested that some SERMs like Tam also exhibit novel activity at cannabinoid subtype 1 and 2 receptors (CB1R and CB2Rs). Interestingly, cis- (E-Tam) and trans- (Z-Tam) isomers of Tam exhibit over a 100-fold difference in affinity for ERs. Therefore, the current study assessed individual isomers of Tam and subsequent cytochrome P450 metabolic products, 4-hydroxytamoxifen (4OHT) and 4-hydroxy-N-desmethyl tamoxifen (End) for affinity and activity at CBRs...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936164/transcriptome-and-metabolome-analyses-in-exogenous-fabp4-and-fabp5-treated-adipose-derived-stem-cells
#16
Tokunori Yamamoto, Masato Furuhashi, Takeshi Sugaya, Tsuyoshi Oikawa, Megumi Matsumoto, Yasuhito Funahashi, Yoshihisa Matsukawa, Momokazu Gotoh, Tetsuji Miura
Adipose-derived stem cells (ADSC), which exist near adipocytes in adipose tissue, have been used as a potential tool of regenerative medicine. Lipid chaperones, fatty acid-binding protein 4 (FABP4) and 5 (FABP5), are abundantly expressed in adipocytes. FABP4 has recently been shown to be secreted from adipocytes during lipolysis in a non-classical pathway and may act as an adipokine. Here, we investigated the role of exogenous FABP4 and FABP5 in transcriptional and metabolic regulation in ADSC. FABP4 and FABP5 were little expressed in ADSC...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936150/oxidative-stress-induces-mouse-follicular-granulosa-cells-apoptosis-via-jnk-foxo1-pathway
#17
Qiannan Weng, Zequn Liu, Bojiang Li, Kaiqing Liu, Wangjun Wu, Honglin Liu
The c-Jun N-terminal protein kinase (JNK) plays an important role in the regulation of cell apoptosis. Forkhead box O (FoxO) transcription factors are involved in diverse biological processes, including cellular metabolism, cell apoptosis, and cell cycle. However, the JNK/FoxO1 pathway involved in the process of apoptosis induced by oxidative stress remains to be elucidated. Here, we demonstrated that the JNK activity significantly increased in response to oxidative stress in mouse follicular granulosa cells (MGCs)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936142/gene-co-expression-network-analysis-unraveling-transcriptional-regulation-of-high-altitude-adaptation-of-tibetan-pig
#18
Cunling Jia, Xiaoyan Kong, James E Koltes, Xiao Gou, Shuli Yang, Dawei Yan, Shaoxiong Lu, Zehui Wei
Tibetan pigs have survived at high altitude for millennia and they have a suite of adaptive features to tolerate the hypoxic environment. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the regulation of hypoxia-adaptive phenotypes have not been completely elucidated. In this study, we analyzed differentially expressed genes (DEGs), biological pathways and constructed co-expression regulation networks using whole-transcriptome microarrays from lung tissues of Tibetan and Duroc pigs both at high and low altitude...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936109/predictive-role-of-the-number-of-18f-fdg-positive-lymph-nodes-detected-by-pet-ct-for-pre-treatment-evaluation-of-locally-advanced-gastric-cancer
#19
Xin Wang, Yuzhe Wei, Yingwei Xue, Peiou Lu, Lijuan Yu, Baozhong Shen
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the predictive value of the numbers of metabolically positive lymph nodes (MPLN) detected by 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) in patients with locally advanced gastric cancer (LAGC). METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the records of 50 patients with LAGC (stage T2-T4) who had undergone pre-operative PET/CT examination and laparotomy (total gastrectomy, n = 11; subtotal gastrectomy, n = 13; distal gastrectomy, n = 22; and bypass with gastrojejunstomy, n = 4)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936108/aligning-metabolic-pathways-exploiting-binary-relation-of-reactions
#20
Yiran Huang, Cheng Zhong, Hai Xiang Lin, Jing Huang
Metabolic pathway alignment has been widely used to find one-to-one and/or one-to-many reaction mappings to identify the alternative pathways that have similar functions through different sets of reactions, which has important applications in reconstructing phylogeny and understanding metabolic functions. The existing alignment methods exhaustively search reaction sets, which may become infeasible for large pathways. To address this problem, we present an effective alignment method for accurately extracting reaction mappings between two metabolic pathways...
2016: PloS One
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