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Cuixia Gao, Bingxian Yang, Dandan Zhang, Meng Chen, Jingkui Tian
BACKGROUND: Indole alkaloids, which characteristically contain an indole nucleus, have pharmaceutical potential in a diverse range of applications. UV-B can elicit the accumulation of indole alkaloids. The indole alkaloid (6-hydroxyl-1H-indol-3-yl) carboxylic acid methyl ester with cytotoxic activity was found to accumulate in Clematis terniflora DC. leaves after exposure to high level of UV-B irradiation and the dark. However, a more in-depth analysis of the process behind this response has not yet been performed...
October 24, 2016: BMC Plant Biology
Elisete P Rodrigues, Cleiton de Paula Soares, Patrícia G Galvão, Eddie L Imada, Jean L Simões-Araújo, Luc F M Rouws, André L M de Oliveira, Márcia S Vidal, José I Baldani
Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus is a beneficial nitrogen-fixing endophyte found in association with sugarcane plants and other important crops. Beneficial effects of G. diazotrophicus on sugarcane growth and productivity have been attributed to biological nitrogen fixation process and production of phytohormones especially indole-3-acetic acid (IAA); however, information about the biosynthesis and function of IAA in G. diazotrophicus is still scarce. Therefore, the aim of this work was to identify genes and pathways involved in IAA biosynthesis in this bacterium...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Sharon K Michelhaugh, Otto Muzik, Anthony R Guastella, Neil V Klinger, Lisa A Polin, Hancheng Cai, Yanchun Xin, Thomas J Mangner, Shaohui Zhang, Csaba Juhasz, Sandeep Mittal
: Abnormal tryptophan metabolism via the kynurenine pathway (KP) is involved in the pathophysiology of a variety of human diseases including cancers. α-[(11)C]-methyl-L-tryptophan ((11)C-AMT) positron emission tomography (PET) imaging demonstrated increased tryptophan uptake and trapping in epileptic foci and brain tumors, but the short half-life of (11)C limits its widespread clinical application. Recent in vitro studies suggested that the novel radiotracer 1-(2-[(18)F]fluoroethyl)-L-tryptophan ((18)F-FETrp) may be useful to assess tryptophan metabolism via the KP...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Davide Zanchi, Anne Christin Meyer-Gerspach, Claudia Suenderhauf, Katharina Janach, Carel W le Roux, Sven Haller, Jürgen Drewe, Christoph Beglinger, Bettina K Wölnerhanssen, Stefan Borgwardt
Depending on their protein content, single meals can rapidly influence the uptake of amino acids into the brain and thereby modify brain functions. The current study investigates the effects of two different amino acids on the human gut-brain system, using a multimodal approach, integrating physiological and neuroimaging data. In a randomized, placebo-controlled trial, L-tryptophan, L-leucine, glucose and water were administered directly into the gut of 20 healthy subjects. Functional MRI (fMRI) in a resting state paradigm (RS), combined with the assessment of insulin and glucose blood concentration, was performed before and after treatment...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hu Wang, Tianxiang Lan, Xia Zhang, Dongmei Zhang, Caifeng Bi, Yuhua Fan
Three Ni(II) complexes with a sexidentate N2O4-donor bis-Schiff base ligand, namely Ni(C36H34N2O8)·2CH3OH (1), Ni(C28H34N2O8S2)·H2O (2) and Ni(C40H36N4O8)·3CH3OH (3) (C36H34N2O8=1,2-bis(2-methoxy-6-formylphenoxy)ethane-l-phenylalanine; C28H34N2O8S2=1,2-bis(2-methoxy-6-formylphenoxy)ethane-l-methionine; C40H36N4O8=1,2-bis(2-methoxy-6-formylphenoxy)ethane-l-tryptophan) were synthesized and structurally characterized. Theoretical studies of the three complexes were carried out by density functional theory (DFT) Becke's three-parameter hybrid (B3LYP) method employing the 6-31G basis set...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Maximiliano L Agazzi, M Belén Ballatore, Eugenia Reynoso, Ezequiel D Quiroga, Edgardo N Durantini
Two cationic BODIPYs 3 and 4 were synthesized by acid-catalyzed condensation of the corresponding pyrrole and benzaldehyde, followed by complexation with boron and methylation. Compound 3 contains methyl at the 1,3,5 and 7 positions of the s-indacene ring and a N,N,N-trimethylamino group attached to the phenylene unit, while 4 is not substituted by methyl groups and the cationic group is bound by an aliphatic spacer. UV-visible absorption spectra of these BODIPYs show an intense band at ∼500 nm in solvents of different polarities and n-heptane/sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT)/water reverse micelles...
October 3, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Akimasa Fujihara, Naoto Maeda, Thuc N Doan, Shigeo Hayakawa
Chiral transmission between monosaccharides and amino acids via photodissociation in the gas phase was examined using a tandem mass spectrometer fitted with an electrospray ionization source and a cold ion trap in order to investigate the origin of the homochirality of biomolecules in molecular clouds. Ultraviolet photodissociation mass spectra of cold gas-phase noncovalent complexes of the monosaccharide enantiomers glucose (Glc) and galactose (Gal) with protonated L-tryptophan H(+)(L-Trp) were obtained by photoexcitation of the indole ring of L-Trp...
October 13, 2016: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Diego Quiroga, Lili Dahiana Becerra, John Sadat-Bernal, Nathalia Vargas, Ericsson Coy-Barrera
An efficient methodology to obtain novel antifungal analogs of brassinin 1 is described. Starting from l-tryptophan 2, N,N'-dialkylthiourea 4, 4-[(1H-indol-3-yl)methylene]-2-sulfanylidene-1,3-thiazolidin-5-one 5 and alkyl (2S)-3-(1H-indol-3-yl)-2-{[(alkylsulfanyl)carbonothioyl]amino}propanoate 6 type compounds were obtained as main products in different ratios depending on the reaction conditions via a tandem dithiocarbamate formation and Michael addition reaction. In order to understand the dependence of the reaction conditions on the mechanism pathway, a DFT/B3LYP study was performed...
October 11, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Cheryl Chung, Thananunt Rojanasasithara, William Mutilangi, David Julian McClements
Anthocyanins are prone to chemical degradation and color fading in the presence of vitamin C. The potential of three amino acids (l-phenylalanine, l-tyrosine, l-tryptophan) and a polypeptide (ε-poly-l-lysine) in prolonging the color stability of purple carrot anthocyanins (0.025%) in model beverages (0.05% l-ascorbic acid, citric acid, pH 3.0) stored at elevated temperature (40°C/7 days) was examined. In the absence of amino acids or peptides, anthocyanin degraded at first-order reaction rate. Addition of amino acids or peptide (0...
March 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
Katrin Luck, Jan Jirschitzka, Sandra Irmisch, Meret Huber, Jonathan Gershenzon, Tobias G Köllner
BACKGROUND: Amino acid-derived aldoximes and nitriles play important roles in plant defence. They are well-known as precursors for constitutive defence compounds such as cyanogenic glucosides and glucosinolates, but are also released as volatiles after insect feeding. Cytochrome P450 monooxygenases (CYP) of the CYP79 family catalyze the formation of aldoximes from the corresponding amino acids. However, the majority of CYP79s characterized so far are involved in cyanogenic glucoside or glucosinolate biosynthesis and only a few have been reported to be responsible for nitrogenous volatile production...
October 4, 2016: BMC Plant Biology
Tomoyuki Tashiro, Yuki Murakami, Akihiro Mouri, Yukio Imamura, Toshitaka Nabeshima, Yasuko Yamamoto, Kuniaki Saito
l-Tryptophan (TRP) is metabolized via serotonin and kynurenine pathways (KP). Several studies have demonstrated that abnormality of both pathways is involved in the pathogenesis of major depressive disorder (MDD). Kynurenine 3-monooxygenase (KMO), a pivotal enzyme in the KP, has been suggested to play major roles in physiological and pathological events mediated by bioactive kynurenine metabolites. In this study, we investigated the role of KMO in the emotional and cognitive functions by using KMO knockout (KO) mice...
September 28, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
Gary Landsberg, Bill Milgram, Isabelle Mougeot, Stephanie Kelly, Christina de Rivera
OBJECTIVES: This study assessed the anxiolytic effectiveness of a test diet (Royal Canin Feline Calm diet) supplemented with L-tryptophan and alpha-casozepine. METHODS: Subjects were 24 cats that were classified as mildly or markedly fearful based on the presence of a person in their home room. Three different protocols were used to assess anxiety: (1) evaluation of the response to a human in the cat's home room (home room test); (2) analysis of the response to placement in an empty test room (open-field test) and; (3) analysis of the response to an unfamiliar human (human interaction test)...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
Inge Kepert, Juliano Fonseca, Constanze Müller, Katrin Milger, Kerstin Hochwind, Matea Kostric, Maria Fedoseeva, Caspar Ohnmacht, Stefan Dehmel, Petra Nathan, Sabine Bartel, Oliver Eickelberg, Michael Schloter, Anton Hartmann, Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin, Susanne Krauss-Etschmann
BACKGROUND: Chronic immune diseases (CIDs), such as asthma, are highly prevalent. Currently available pharmaceuticals improve symptoms, but cannot cure the disease. This prompted demands for alternatives to pharmaceuticals such as probiotics for prevention of allergic disease. However, clinical trials have given inconsistent results. This is at least partly explained by the highly complex crosstalk among probiotic bacteria, the host´s microbiota, and immune cells. The identification of a bioactive substance from probiotic bacteria could circumvent this difficulty...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Theodoros Eleftheriadis, Georgios Pissas, Maria Sounidaki, Konstantina Tsogka, Nikolaos Antoniadis, Georgia Antoniadi, Vassilios Liakopoulos, Ioannis Stefanidis
Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) is expressed in antigen-presenting cells and by degrading L-tryptophan along the kynurenine pathway suppresses CD4+ T-cell proliferation, induces apoptosis and promotes differentiation towards a regulatory as opposed to an effector phenotype. Recent findings revealed that the above effects may be mediated through alterations in T-cell metabolism. In this study, the effect of IDO on fatty acid β-oxidation in CD4+ T-cells was evaluated in human mixed lymphocyte reactions (MLRs) using the IDO inhibitor, 1-DL-methyl-tryptophan...
September 23, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Agnieszka Tąta, Aleksandra Szkudlarek, Younkyoo Kim, Edyta Proniewicz
This work demonstrates the application of commercially available stable surface composed of gold nanograins with diameters ranging from 70 to 226nm deposited onto silicon wafer for surface-enhanced Raman scattering investigations of biologically active compounds, such as bombesin (BN) and its fragments. BN is an important neurotransmitter involved in a complex signaling pathways and biological responses; for instance, hypertensive action, contractive on uterus, colon or ileum, locomotor activity, stimulation of gastric and insulin secretion as well as growth promotion of various tumor cell lines, including: lung, prostate, stomach, colon, and breast...
September 20, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
E Fernández-Cruz, M A Álvarez-Fernández, E Valero, A M Troncoso, M C García-Parrilla
Melatonin is a neurohormone involved in the regulation of circadian rhythms in humans. Evidence has recently been found of its occurrence in wines and its role in the winemaking process. The yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is consequently thought to be important in Melatonin synthesis, but limited data and reference texts are available on this synthetic pathway. This paper aims to elucidate whether the synthetic pathway of Melatonin in Saccharomyces and non-Saccharomyces strains involves these intermediates...
February 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Danay Cibrian, María Laura Saiz, Hortensia de la Fuente, Raquel Sánchez-Díaz, Olga Moreno-Gonzalo, Inmaculada Jorge, Alessia Ferrarini, Jesús Vázquez, Carmen Punzón, Manuel Fresno, Miguel Vicente-Manzanares, Esteban Daudén, Pedro M Fernández-Salguero, Pilar Martín, Francisco Sánchez-Madrid
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September 20, 2016: Nature Immunology
Yue Zhang, Yizhe Ruan, Ping Zhang, Li Wang
AIM: The study aimed to test the hypothesis that indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) plays a pathogenic role in type 2 diabetic nephropathy (DN). METHODS: One hundred individuals were recruited in our study from January 2012 to December 2013, including group A (control group, 24 healthy adults), group B (20 patients with latent glomerulonephritis), group C (32 type 2 DN patients, estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) >30ml/min per 1.73m(2)), group D (24 maintenance hemodialysis, MHD patients)...
August 28, 2016: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
Sumaira Anwar, Basharat Ali, Imran Sajid
In this study 98 rhizospheric actinomycetes were isolated from different wheat and tomato fields, Punjab, Pakistan. The isolates were characterized morphologically, biochemically, and genetically and were subjected to a comprehensive in vitro screening for various plant growth promoting (PGP) traits. About 30% of the isolates screened were found to be the promising PGP rhizobacteria (PGPRs), which exhibited maximum genetic similarity (up to 98-99%) with different species of the genus Streptomyces by using16S rRNA gene sequencing...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Shanzhen He, Ganghua Tang, Kongzhen Hu, Shuxia Wang, Tingting Huang, Xiang Liang
OBJECTIVE: The new tumor probe 5-([C]-methyloxy)-L-tryptophan ([C]-L-CMTP) had been found to show high uptake in tumor tissue in our previous report; however, the pharmacokinetic properties of [C]-L-CMTP have not been characterized. In this present study, we evaluated the potential of [C]-L-CMTP as a PET probe for tumor imaging. METHODS: The biodistribution of [C]-L-CMTP was determined in healthy mice and the incorporation of [C]-L-CMTP into proteins was investigated...
September 8, 2016: Nuclear Medicine Communications
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