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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345879/vibrational-probes-from-small-molecule-solvatochromism-theory-and-experiments-to-applications-in-complex-systems
#1
Bartosz Błasiak, Casey H Londergan, Lauren J Webb, Minhaeng Cho
The vibrational frequency of a chosen normal mode is one of the most accurately measurable spectroscopic properties of molecules in condensed phases. Accordingly, infrared absorption and Raman scattering spectroscopy have provided valuable information on both distributions and ensemble-average values of molecular vibrational frequencies, and these frequencies are now routinely used to investigate structure, conformation, and even absolute configuration of chemical and biological molecules of interest. Recent advancements in coherent time-domain nonlinear vibrational spectroscopy have allowed the study of heterogeneous distributions of local structures and thermally driven ultrafast fluctuations of vibrational frequencies...
March 27, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345766/%C3%AE-linolenic-acid-and-exercise-training-independently-and-additively-decreases-blood-pressure-and-prevents-diastolic-dysfunction-in-obese-zucker-rats
#2
Pierre-Andre Barbeau, Tanya M Holloway, Jamie Whitfield, Brittany Baechler, Joe Quadrilatero, Luc J C van Loon, Adrian Chabowski, Graham P Holloway
While α-linolenic acid (ALA) and endurance exercise training independently attenuate hyperlipidemia-related cardiovascular derangements, there is a paucity of information pertaining to their mechanisms-of-action and efficacy when combined as a preventative therapeutic approach. Therefore, we used obese Zucker rats to investigate the independent and combined effects of these interventions on cardiovascular disease. Specifically, animals were randomly assigned to one of the following: control diet-sedentary (C-Sed), ALA supplemented-sedentary (ALA-Sed), control diet-exercise trained (C-Ex), or ALA supplemented-exercise trained (ALA-Ex)...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345606/53bp1-contributes-to-regulation-of-autophagic-clearance-of-mitochondria
#3
Cha Kyung Youn, Hong Beum Kim, Ting Ting Wu, Sanggon Park, Sung Il Cho, Jung-Hee Lee
Autophagy, the primary recycling pathway within cells, plays a critical role in mitochondrial quality control under normal growth conditions and in the cellular response to stress. Here we provide evidence that 53BP1, a DNA damage response protein, is involved in regulating mitochondrial clearance from the cell via a type of autophagy termed mitophagy. We found that when either human or mouse cells were 53BP1-deficient, there was an increase in mitochondrial abnormalities, as observed through staining intensity, aggregation, and increased mass...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344128/high-sucrose-induced-maternal-obesity-disrupts-ovarian-function-and-decreases-fertility-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#4
Rita T Brookheart, Alison R Swearingen, Christina A Collins, Laura M Cline, Jennifer G Duncan
As the obesity epidemic worsens, the prevalence of maternal obesity is expected to rise. Both high-fat and high-sucrose diets are known to promote maternal obesity and several studies have elucidated the molecular influence of high-fat feeding on female reproduction. However, to date, the molecular impact of a high-sucrose diet on maternal obesity remains to be investigated. Using our previously reported Drosophila high-sucrose maternal obesity model, we sought to determine how excess dietary sucrose impacted the ovary...
March 24, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342849/comparative-effects-of-etoh-consumption-and-thiamine-deficiency-on-cognitive-impairment-oxidative-damage-and-%C3%AE-amyloid-peptide-overproduction-in-the-brain
#5
Yu-Shi Gong, Kun Hu, Lu-Qi Yang, Juan Guo, Yong-Qing Gao, Feng-Lin Song, Fang-Li Hou, Cui-Yi Liang
The effects of chronic EtOH consumption, associated or not with thiamine deficiency (TD), on cognitive impairment, oxidative damage, and β-amyloid (Aβ) peptide accumulation in the brain were investigated in male C57BL/6 mice. We established an alcoholic mouse model by feeding an EtOH liquid diet, a TD mouse model by feeding a thiamine-depleted liquid diet, and an EtOH treatment associated with TD mouse model by feeding a thiamine-depleted EtOH liquid diet for 7 weeks. The learning and memory functions of the mice were detected through the Y-maze test...
March 22, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342013/the-evaluation-of-folic-acid-deficient-or-folic-acid-supplemented-diet-in-the-gestational-phase-of-female-rats-and-in-their-adult-offspring-subjected-to-an-animal-model-of-schizophrenia
#6
L Canever, C S V Alves, G Mastella, L Damázio, J V Polla, S Citadin, L A De Luca, A S Barcellos, M L Garcez, J Quevedo, J Budni, A I Zugno
Although folic acid (FA) supplementation is known to influence numerous physiological functions, especially during pregnancy, little is known about its direct effects on the mothers' health. However, this vitamin is essential for the health of the mother and for the normal growth and development of the fetus. Thus, the aim of this study was (1) to evaluate the cognitive effects and biochemical markers produced by the AIN-93 diet (control), the AIN-93 diet supplemented with different doses of FA (5, 10, and 50 mg/kg), and a FA-deficient diet during pregnancy and lactation in female mother rats (dams) and (2) to evaluate the effect of maternal diets on inflammatory parameters in the adult offspring which were subjected to an animal model of schizophrenia (SZ) induced by ketamine (Ket)...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338861/assessment-of-direct-interaction-between-cd36-and-an-oxidized-glycerophospholipid-species
#7
Satoshi Tsuzuki, Masayuki Yamasaki, Yuki Kozai, Tatsuya Sugawara, Yuki Manabe, Kazuo Inoue, Tohru Fushiki
SUMMARYCluster of differentiation 36 (CD36) is a transmembrane protein that recognizes multiple diverse ligands. It is believed that (i) oxidized glycerophosphocholine species having a terminal γ-hydroxyl(or oxo)-α,β-unsaturated carbonyl on the sn-2 acyl group (oxGPCCD36), which can occur on the surface of lipoprotein particles, serve as high-affinity ligands for CD36, and (ii) the amino acid 150-168 of CD36 (CD36150-168) is responsible for recognizing oxGPCCD36. However, it remains uncertain whether CD36150-168 directly interacts with oxGPCCD36 alone...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336111/hepatoprotective-effects-of-curcumin-in-rats-after-bile-duct-ligation-via-downregulation-of-rac1-and-nox1
#8
Zohreh-Al-Sadat Ghoreshi, Razieh Kabirifar, Fatemeh Safari, Alireza Karimollah, Ali Moradi, Ebrahim Eskandari-Nasab
OBJECTIVES: New evidence has proven the hepatoprotective activity of curcumin; however, its underlying mechanisms remain to be elucidated. The aim of this study was to investigate the protective effect of curcumin on hepatic damage by measuring the antioxidant capacity and expression level of Rho-related C3 botulinum toxin substrate (Rac1), Rac1-Guanosine triphosphate (Rac1-GTP), and NADPH oxidase 1(NOX1) in biliary duct-ligated (BDL)-fibrotic rat model. METHODS: Wistar rats weighing 200 to 250 g were divided into four groups (n = 8 for each): sham group, sham+Cur group (received curcumin 100 mg/kg daily), BDL+Cur group, and BDL group...
April 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335317/cytotoxicity-of-silver-nanoparticle-and-chitin-nanofiber-sheet-composites-caused-by-oxidative-stress
#9
Jun Kinoda, Masayuki Ishihara, Hidemi Hattori, Shingo Nakamura, Koichi Fukuda, Hidetaka Yokoe
Size-controlled spherical silver nanoparticles (<10 nm) and chitin-nanofiber sheet composites (Ag NPs/CNFS) have previously been reported to have strong antimicrobial activity in vitro. Although Ag NPs/CNFS have strong antimicrobial activity, their cytotoxicity has not been investigated. This study was performed to evaluate the effects of Ag NPs/CNFS on cytotoxicity for fibroblasts in vitro and healing delay of wound repair in vivo, focused on oxidative stress. Cytotoxic activities of Ag NPs/CNFS were investigated using a fibroblast cell proliferation assay, nitric oxide/nitrogen dioxide (NO/NO₂) measurement of the cell lysates in vitro, inhibitory effects of Ag NPs/CNFS on healing-impaired wound repair using diabetic mice in vivo, 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) immunohistochemical staining of the skin sections, and generation of carbonyl protein in the wound was performed to evaluate cytotoxicity with oxidative stress...
October 20, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334682/phytochemical-induced-nucleolar-stress-results-in-the-inhibition-of-breast-cancer-cell-proliferation
#10
Anna Lewinska, Diana Bednarz, Jagoda Adamczyk-Grochala, Maciej Wnuk
The nucleolus is a stress sensor and compromised nucleolar activity may be considered as an attractive anticancer strategy. In the present study, the effects of three plant-derived natural compounds, i.e., sulforaphane (SFN), ursolic acid (UA) and betulinic acid (BA) on nucleolar state were investigated in breast cancer cell lines of different receptor status, namely MCF-7, MDA-MB-231 and SK-BR-3 cells. Cytostatic action of phytochemicals against breast cancer cells was observed at low micromolar concentration window (5-20µM) and mediated by elevated p21 levels, and cell proliferation of SFN-, UA- and BA-treated normal human mammary epithelial cells (HMEC) was unaffected...
March 14, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332451/inhibitory-effect-of-fruit-juices-on-the-doxorubicin-metabolizing-activity-of-carbonyl-reductase-1
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Takeshi Miura, Katsutoshi Nagai, Shingo Kaneshiro, Ayako Taketomi, Toshikatsu Nakabayashi, Hiroki Konishi, Toru Nishinaka, Tomoyuki Terada
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Doxorubicin, an anthracycline anti-cancer drug, is effective for breast cancer and childhood lymphoma. Chronic cardiotoxicity has been known as a critical adverse effect of doxorubicin and is attributed to its metabolite doxorubicinol produced by carbonyl reductase 1 (CBR1, SDR21C1). Some flavonoids have been reported to act as inhibitors for CBR1, therefore, commercially available juices containing flavonoids are likely to be applicable as a prophylactic treatment against doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity by suppression doxorubicinol production...
March 9, 2017: Drug Metabolism Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330248/photo-inactivation-of-escherichia-coli-and-enterococcus-hirae-using-methylene-blue-and-sodium-anthraquinone-2-sulphonate-effect-of-process-parameters
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Madhavi Singh, Kannan Pakshirajan, Vishal Trivedi
In this study, effect of different parameters, viz. concentration of photosensitizer (PS), pH of the bacterial cell suspension and initial cell count, on photo-inactivation of Escherichia coli and Enterococcus hirae bacteria using methylene blue (MB) and sodium anthraquinone-2-sulphonate (SAQS) was investigated employing the statistically valid full factorial design of experiments. The inactivation efficiency of E. hirae using MB ranges between 10.81 and 48.55 %, whereas in the case of E. coli it ranges between 10...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329765/structural-insights-into-adiponectin-receptors-suggest-ceramidase-activity
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Ieva Vasiliauskaité-Brooks, Remy Sounier, Pascal Rochaix, Gaëtan Bellot, Mathieu Fortier, François Hoh, Luigi De Colibus, Chérine Bechara, Essa M Saied, Christoph Arenz, Cédric Leyrat, Sébastien Granier
Adiponectin receptors (ADIPORs) are integral membrane proteins that control glucose and lipid metabolism by mediating, at least in part, a cellular ceramidase activity that catalyses the hydrolysis of ceramide to produce sphingosine and a free fatty acid (FFA). The crystal structures of the two receptor subtypes, ADIPOR1 and ADIPOR2, show a similar overall seven-transmembrane-domain architecture with large unoccupied cavities and a zinc binding site within the seven transmembrane domain. However, the molecular mechanisms by which ADIPORs function are not known...
March 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327793/insights-into-cytochrome-bc1-complex-binding-mode-of-antimalarial-2-hydroxy-1-4-naphthoquinones-through-molecular-modelling
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Ana Carolina Rennó Sodero, Bárbara Abrahim-Vieira, Pedro Henrique Monteiro Torres, Pedro Geraldo Pascutti, Célia Rs Garcia, Vitor Francisco Ferreira, David Rodrigues da Rocha, Sabrina Baptista Ferreira, Floriano Paes Silva
BACKGROUND: Malaria persists as a major public health problem. Atovaquone is a drug that inhibits the respiratory chain of Plasmodium falciparum, but with serious limitations like known resistance, low bioavailability and high plasma protein binding. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this work was to perform molecular modelling studies of 2-hydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinones analogues of atovaquone on the Qo site of P. falciparum cytochrome bc1 complex (Pfbc1) to suggest structural modifications that could improve their antimalarial activity...
April 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326554/chlamydomonas-reinhardtii-responding-to-high-light-a-role-for-2-propenal-acrolein
#15
Thomas Roach, Theresa Baur, Wolfgang Stöggl, Anja Krieger-Liszkay
High light causes photosystem II to generate singlet oxygen ((1) O2 ), a reactive oxygen species (ROS) that can react with membrane lipids, releasing reactive electrophile species (RES), such as acrolein. To investigate how RES may contribute to light stress responses, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii was high light-treated in photoautotrophic and mixotrophic conditions and also in an oxygen-enriched atmosphere to elevate ROS production. The responses were compared to exogenous acrolein. Non-photochemical quenching (NPQ) was higher in photoautotrophic cells, as a consequence of a more de-epoxidized state of the xanthophyll cycle pool and more LHCSR3 protein, showing that photosynthesis was under more pressure than in mixotrophic cells...
March 21, 2017: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324828/evaluation-of-dna-damage-and-physiological-responses-in-nile-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus-linnaeus-1758-exposed-to-sub-lethal-diclofenac-dcf
#16
Pramod K Pandey, Malachy N O Ajima, Kundan Kumar, Nalini Poojary, Saurav Kumar
The frequent bioaccumulation of pharmaceuticals in the aquatic ecosystem has raised a concern about their possible ecotoxicological consequences. DNA damage, haematological changes and activities of oxidative stress enzymes in Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus in response to diclofenac (DCF) exposure were investigated for up to 60 days at the concentrations of 0.17, 0.34 and 0.68mgL(-1) in the fish liver. Evaluation of genotoxic effects of the drug in the liver, using single-cell gel electrophoresis, showed DNA damage on exposure at the concentrations of 0...
March 8, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322944/new-insights-into-non-enzymatic-glycation-of-human-serum-albumin-biopolymer-a-study-to-unveil-its-impaired-structure-and-function
#17
Alok Raghav, Jamal Ahmad, Khursheed Alam, Asad U Khan
Albumin glycation and subsequent formation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) correlate with diabetes and associated complications. Human Serum Albumin (HSA) was modified with d-glucose for a 40day period under sterile conditions at 37°C. Modified samples along with native HSA (unmodified) were analyzed for impairment in biochemical characteristics ((fructosamine, carbonyl, thiol, lysine, arginine, hydroxymethyl furfural [HMF] content), electrochemical (electrical conductance), simulated gastric fluid assay, simulated intestinal fluid assay, spectroscopic properties (UV, fluorescence), optical (surface contact angle) and fluid dynamics (viscosity and Stokes radius)...
March 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322781/characterization-of-akr1b16-a-novel-mouse-aldo-keto-reductase
#18
Joan Giménez-Dejoz, Susanne Weber, Oleg A Barski, Gabriele Möller, Jerzy Adamski, Xavier Parés, Sergio Porté, Jaume Farrés
Aldo-keto reductases (AKRs) are distributed in three families and multiple subfamilies in mammals. The mouse Akr1b3 gene is clearly orthologous to human AKR1B1, both coding for aldose reductase, and their gene products show similar tissue distribution, regulation by osmotic stress and kinetic properties. In contrast, no unambiguous orthologs of human AKR1B10 and AKR1B15.1 have been identified in rodents. Although two more AKRs, AKR1B7 and AKR1B8, have been identified and characterized in mouse, none of them seems to exhibit properties similar to the human AKRs...
March 17, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322780/reductive-metabolism-of-tiaprofenic-acid-by-the-human-liver-and-recombinant-carbonyl-reducing-enzymes
#19
Petra Malátková, Adam Skarka, Kateřina Musilová, Vladimír Wsól
Tiaprofenic acid is a widely used anti-inflammatory drug; however, the reductive metabolism of tiaprofenic acid is not yet well understood. Here, we compared the reduction of tiaprofenic acid in microsomes and cytosol from the human liver. The microsomes exhibited lower Km value toward tiaprofenic acid than the cytosol (Km = 164 ± 18 μM vs. 569 ± 74 μM, respectively), whereas the cytosol showed higher specific activity during reduction than the microsomes (Vmax = 728 ± 52 pmol mg of protein(-1)·min(-1) vs...
March 17, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322470/anti-inflammatory-and-antioxidant-actions-of-copaiba-oil-are-related-to-liver-cell-modifications-in-arthritic-rats
#20
Cristiane V de Castro Ghizoni, Ana P Arssufi Ames, Osmar A Lameira, Ciomar A Bersani Amado, Anacharis B de Sá Nakanishi, Lívia Bracht, Maria R Marçal Natali, Rosane M Peralta, Adelar Bracht, Jurandir F Comar
The present study investigated the action of copaiba oil (Copaifera reticulata) on the systemic inflammation, oxidative status and liver cell metabolism of rats with adjuvant-induced arthritis. The later is an experimental autoimmune pathology that shares many features with the human rheumatoid arthritis. Holtzman rats were distributed into the following groups: control (healthy) rats; control rats treated with copaiba oil at the doses of 0.58 and 1.15 g · Kg(-1) , arthritic rats, and arthritic rats treated with copaiba oil (0...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
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