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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104249/il-17-signalling-in-astrocytes-promotes-glutamate-excitotoxicity-indications-for-the-link-between-inflammatory-and-neurodegenerative-events-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Milos Kostic, Nikola Zivkovic, Ana Cvetanovic, Ivana Stojanovic, Miodrag Colic
OBJECTIVE: Th-17 cells have been exclusively referred to inflammatory events in multiple sclerosis (MS), while their importance in the development of glutamate excitotoxicity and the consequent neurodegeneration has been a completely unexplored concept. Accordingly, the objective of our study was to assess IL-17A effect on astrocyte ability to metabolize and release glutamate, considering that astrocytes had the central role in glutamate homeostasis. METHODS: By using primary rat astrocyte cultures, astrocyte ability to uptake glutamate was estimated by the alterations of glutamate transporters (GLAST and GLT-1) expression, whereas changes in glutamine synthetase expression were used to estimate the ability to metabolize glutamate...
January 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103400/the-sufbc2-d-complex-is-required-for-the-biogenesis-of-all-major-classes-of-plastid-fe-s-proteins
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Xueyun Hu, Yukako Kato, Akihiro Sumida, Ayumi Tanaka, Ryouichi Tanaka
Iron-sulfur (Fe-S) proteins play crucial roles in plastids, participating in photosynthesis and other metabolic pathways. Fe-S clusters are thought to be assembled on a scaffold complex composed of SUFB, SUFC and SUFD proteins. However, several additional proteins provide putative scaffold functions in plastids, and, therefore, the contribution of SUFB, C and D proteins to overall Fe-S assembly still remains unclear. In order to gain insights regarding Fe-S cluster biosynthesis in plastids, we analyzed the complex composed of SUFB, C and D in Arabidopsis by blue-native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis...
January 19, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102753/chloroplastic-iron-sulfur-scaffold-protein-nfu3-is-essential-to-overall-plant-fitness
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Krishna Nath, James P O'Donnell, Yan Lu
A previous study showed that Nitrogen-Fixing-subunit-U-type protein NFU3 may act an iron-sulfur scaffold protein in the assembly and transfer of 4Fe-4S and 3Fe-4S clusters in the chloroplast. Examples of 4Fe-4S and 3Fe-4S-requiring proteins and complexes include Photosystem I (PSI), NAD(P)H dehydrogenase, and ferredoxin-dependent glutamine oxoglutarate aminotransferases. In this paper, the authors provided additional evidence for the role of NFU3 in 4Fe-4S and 3Fe-4S cluster assembly and transfer, as well as its role in overall plant fitness...
January 19, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097538/the-role-of-glutamine-synthetase-in-energy-production-and-glutamine-metabolism-during-oxidative-stress
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Nohaiah Aldarini, Azhar A Alhasawi, Sean C Thomas, Vasu D Appanna
Oxidative stress is known to severely impede aerobic adenosine triphosphate (ATP) synthesis. However, the metabolically-versatile Pseudomonas fluorescens survives this challenge by invoking alternative ATP-generating networks. When grown in a medium with glutamine as the sole organic nutrient in the presence of H2O2, the microbe utilizes glutamine synthetase (GS) to modulate its energy budget. The activity of this enzyme that mediates the release of energy stored in glutamine was sharply increased in the stressed cells compared to the controls...
January 17, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097474/igf-1r-regulates-the-extracellular-level-of-active-mmp-2-pathological-neovascularization-and-functionality-in-retinas-of-oir-mouse-model
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Valeria E Lorenc, Paula V Subirada Caldarone, María C Paz, Darío G Ferrer, José D Luna, Gustavo A Chiabrando, María C Sánchez
In ischemic proliferative diseases such as retinopathies, persistent hypoxia leads to the release of numerous neovascular factors that participate in the formation of abnormal vessels and eventually cause blindness. The upregulation and activation of metalloproteinases (MMP-2 and MMP-9) represent a final common pathway in this process. Although many regulators of the neovascular process have been identified, the complete role of the insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) and its receptor (IGF-1R) appears to be significantly more complex...
January 17, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093985/ketogenic-diet-and-other-dietary-intervention-strategies-in-the-treatment-of-cancer
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Matteo Vergati, Eriseld Krasniqi, Girolamo Del Monte, Silvia Riondino, Doriana Vallone, Fiorella Guadagni, Patrizia Ferroni, Mario Roselli
Pre-clinical and clinical studies have investigated the role of a dysregulated metabolism in the sustainability of tumor initiation and progression. One of the most familiar metabolic alterations encountered in several types of cancers is the upregulation of glycolysis, which is also maintained in conditions of normal oxygen tension (aerobic glycolysis, Warburg effect) while oxidative phosphorylation is apparently reduced. As a result, cancer cells convert most incoming glucose to lactate. Although more rapid, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production by glycolysis is less efficient in terms of ATP generated per unit of glucose consumed than oxidative phosphorylation...
January 16, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088383/evaluating-the-role-of-astrocytes-on-%C3%AE-estradiol-effect-on-seizures-of-pilocarpine-epileptic-model
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Masoumeh Sarfi, Mahmoud Elahdadi Salmani, Iran Goudarzi, Taghi Lashkar Boluki, Kataneh Abrari
Epilepsy with periodic and unpredictable seizures is associated with hippocampal glutamate toxicity and tissue reorganization. Astrocytes play an important role in mediating the neuroprotective effects of estradiol and reducing seizure severity. Accordingly, the protective effects of low and high doses of estradiol on behavioral, astrocytic involvement and neuronal survival aspects of Pilocarpine-induced epilepsy were investigated. Lithium- Pilocarpine (30mg/kg) model was used to provoke epilepsy. Βeta-estradiol (2,40μg/ µl) was injected subcutaneously from 48 before to 48h after seizure induction...
January 11, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087332/exo-mfa-a-13c-metabolic-flux-analysis-to-dissect-tumor-microenvironment-secreted-exosome-contributions-towards-cancer-cell-metabolism
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Abhinav Achreja, Hongyun Zhao, Lifeng Yang, Tae Hyun Yun, Juan Marini, Deepak Nagrath
Dissecting the pleiotropic roles of tumor micro-environment (TME) on cancer progression has been brought to the foreground of research on cancer pathology. Extracellular vesicles such as exosomes, transport proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids, to mediate intercellular communication between TME components and have emerged as candidates for anti-cancer therapy. We previously reported that cancer-associated fibroblast (CAF) derived exosomes (CDEs) contain metabolites in their cargo that are utilized by cancer cells for central carbon metabolism and promote cancer growth...
January 10, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069435/astrocytes-and-presynaptic-plasticity-in-the-striatum-evidence-and-unanswered-questions
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Anton Dvorzhak, Igor Melnick, Rosemarie Grantyn
One of the main functions of astrocytes is to ensure glutamate homeostasis by glutamate uptake and glutamine synthesis. However, during the past ten years it has become clear that astrocytes may also induce changes in synaptic glutamate release when respective pathways must cope with the consequences of brain damage or other alterations in their functional requirements. The loss of glutamatergic synapses in Parkinson's and Huntington's disease is likely to associate with a continuous redistribution of presynaptic activity within the pool of surviving synapses, and astrocytes may have a role in the maintenance of independent control at individual glutamate release sites...
January 6, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067528/urinary-1-h-nmr-metabolomic-fingerprinting-reveals-biomarkers-of-pulse-consumption-related-to-energy-metabolism-modulation-in-a-subcohort-from-the-predimed-study
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Francisco Madrid-Gambin, Rafael Llorach, Rosa Vázquez-Fresno, Mireia Urpi-Sarda, Enrique Almanza-Aguilera, Mar Garcia-Aloy, Ramón Estruch, Dolores Corella, Cristina Andres-Lacueva
Little is known about the metabolome fingerprint of pulse consumption. The study of robust and accurate biomarkers for pulse dietary assessment has great value for nutritional epidemiology regarding health benefits and their mechanisms. To characterize the fingerprinting of dietary pulses (chickpeas, lentils and beans), spot urine samples from a subcohort from the PREDIMED study were stratified, using a validated food frequency questionnaire. Non-pulse consumers (≤ 4 g/day of pulse intake) and habitual pulse consumers (≥ 25 g/day of pulse intake) were analysed using a 1H-NMR metabolomics approach combined with multi- and univariate data analysis...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062376/a-biotin-enrichment-strategy-identifies-novel-carbonylated-amino-acids-in-proteins-from-human-plasma
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Jesper F Havelund, Katarzyna Wojdyla, Michael J Davies, Ole N Jensen, Ian Max Møller, Adelina Rogowska-Wrzesinska
: Protein carbonylation is an irreversible protein oxidation correlated with oxidative stress, various diseases and ageing. Here we describe a peptide-centric approach for identification and characterisation of up to 14 different types of carbonylated amino acids in proteins. The modified residues are derivatised with biotin-hydrazide, enriched and characterised by tandem mass spectrometry. The strength of the method lies in an improved elution of biotinylated peptides from monomeric avidin resin using hot water (95°C) and increased sensitivity achieved by reduction of analyte losses during sample preparation and chromatography...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058747/towards-a-neurochemical-profile-of-the-amygdala-using-short-te-1-h-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-at-3%C3%A2-t
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Florian Schubert, Simone Kühn, Jürgen Gallinat, Ralf Mekle, Bernd Ittermann
The amygdala plays a key role in emotional learning and in the processing of emotions. As disturbed amygdala function has been linked to several psychiatric conditions, a knowledge of its biochemistry, especially neurotransmitter levels, is highly desirable. The spin echo full intensity acquired localized (SPECIAL) sequence, together with a transmit/receive coil, was used to perform very short-TE magnetic resonance spectroscopy at 3 T to determine the neurochemical profile in a spectroscopic voxel containing the amygdala in 21 healthy adult subjects...
January 6, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056387/mamp-microbe-associated-molecular-pattern-induced-changes-in-plasma-membrane-associated-proteins
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Hana Uhlíková, Martin Solanský, Vendula Hrdinová, Ondrej Šedo, Tomáš Kašparovský, Jan Hejátko, Jan Lochman
Plant plasma membrane associated proteins play significant roles in Microbe-Associated Molecular Pattern (MAMP) mediated defence responses including signal transduction, membrane transport or energetic metabolism. To elucidate the dynamics of proteins associated with plasma membrane in response to cryptogein, a well-known MAMP of defence reaction secreted by the oomycete Phytophthora cryptogea, 2D-Blue Native/SDS gel electrophoresis of plasma membrane fractions was employed. This approach revealed 21 up- or down-regulated protein spots of which 15 were successfully identified as proteins related to transport through plasma membrane, vesicle trafficking, and metabolic enzymes including cytosolic NADP-malic enzyme and glutamine synthetase...
December 14, 2016: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053093/catalytic-determinants-of-alkene-production-by-the-cytochrome-p450-peroxygenase-oletje
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Sarah Matthews, James D Belcher, Kang Lan Tee, Hazel M Girvan, Kirsty J McLean, Stephen Ej Rigby, Colin W Levy, David Leys, David A Parker, Richard T Blankley, Andrew W Munro
The Jeotgalicoccus sp. peroxygenase cytochrome P450 OleTJE (CYP152L1) is a hydrogen peroxide-driven oxidase that catalyzes oxidative decarboxylation of fatty acids, producing terminal alkenes with applications as fine chemicals and biofuels. Understanding mechanisms that favor decarboxylation over fatty acid hydroxylation in OleTJE could enable protein engineering to improve catalysis or to introduce decarboxylation activity into P450s with different substrate preferences. In this manuscript, we have focused on OleTJE active site residues Phe79, His85 and Arg245 to interrogate their roles in substrate binding and catalytic activity...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052095/metabolomic-profiling-in-individuals-with-a-failing-kidney-allograft
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Roberto Bassi, Monika A Niewczas, Luigi Biancone, Stefania Bussolino, Sai Merugumala, Sara Tezza, Francesca D'Addio, Moufida Ben Nasr, Alessandro Valderrama-Vasquez, Vera Usuelli, Valentina De Zan, Basset El Essawy, Massimo Venturini, Antonio Secchi, Francesco De Cobelli, Alexander Lin, Anil Chandraker, Paolo Fiorina
BACKGROUND: Alteration of certain metabolites may play a role in the pathophysiology of renal allograft disease. METHODS: To explore metabolomic abnormalities in individuals with a failing kidney allograft, we analyzed by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS; for ex vivo profiling of serum and urine) and two dimensional correlated spectroscopy (2D COSY; for in vivo study of the kidney graft) 40 subjects with varying degrees of chronic allograft dysfunction stratified by tertiles of glomerular filtration rate (GFR; T1, T2, T3)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044345/multifaceted-role-of-cycling-dof-factor-3-cdf3-in-the-regulation-of-flowering-time-and-abiotic-stress-responses-in-arabidopsis
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Alba-Rocio Corrales, Laura Carrillo, Pilar Lasierra, Sergio G Nebauer, Jose Dominguez-Figueroa, Begoña Renau-Morata, Stephan Pollmann, Antonio Granell, Rosa-Victoria Molina, Jesús Vicente-Carbajosa, Joaquín Medina
DOF (DNA-binding with one finger)-type transcription factors are involved in many fundamental processes in higher plants, from responses to light and phytohormones to flowering time and seed maturation, but their relation with abiotic stress tolerance is largely unknown. Here, we identify the roles of CDF3, an Arabidopsis DOF gene in abiotic stress responses and developmental processes like flowering time. CDF3 is highly induced by drought, extreme temperatures and abscisic acid treatment. The CDF3 T-DNA insertion mutant cdf3-1 is much more sensitive to drought and low temperature stress, whereas CDF3 overexpression enhances the tolerance of transgenic plants to drought, cold and osmotic stress and promotes late flowering...
January 3, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040508/molecular-and-cellular-physiology-of-sodium-dependent-glutamate-transporters
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Christine R Rose, Daniel Ziemens, Verena Untiet, Christoph Fahlke
Glutamate is the major excitatory transmitter in the vertebrate brain. After its release from presynaptic nerve terminals, it is rapidly taken up by high-affinity sodium-dependent plasma membrane transporters. While both neurons and glial cells express these excitatory amino acid transporters (EAATs), the majority of glutamate uptake is accomplished by astrocytes, which convert synaptically-released glutamate to glutamine or feed it into their own metabolism. Glutamate uptake by astrocytes not only shapes synaptic transmission by regulating the availability of glutamate to postsynaptic neuronal receptors, but also protects neurons from hyper-excitability and subsequent excitotoxic damage...
December 28, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039930/interacting-protein-partners-of-arabidopsis-rna-binding-protein-atrbp45b
#18
Meenakumari Muthuramalingam, Yixing Wang, Yongfang Li, Ramamurthy Mahalingam
• RNA binding proteins (RBPs), important players in post-transcriptional gene regulation usually exist in ribonuclear complexes. However, even in model systems like Arabidopsis characterization of RBP associated proteins are limited. In this study, we investigated the interacting proteins of the Arabidopsis AtRBP45b, which is involved in stress signaling. • In vivo localization of AtRBP45b was conducted using 35S-GFP. FLAG-tagged AtRBP45b under the control of 35S promoter in the Atrbp45b-1 mutant background was used to pull down AtRBP45b interacting proteins...
December 31, 2016: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038833/structure-activity-relationship-of-daptomycin-analogues-with-substitution-at-2s-3r-3-methyl-glutamic-acid-position
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Du'an Lin, Hiu Yung Lam, Wenbo Han, Nicole Cotroneo, Bhaumik A Pandya, Xuechen Li
Daptomycin is a highly effective lipopeptide antibiotic against Gram-positive pathogens. The presence of (2S, 3R) 3-methyl glutamic acid (mGlu) in daptomycin has been found to be important to the antibacterial activity. However the role of (2S, 3R) mGlu is yet to be revealed. Herein, we reported the syntheses of three daptomycin analogues with (2S, 3R) mGlu substituted by (2S, 3R) methyl glutamine (mGln), dimethyl glutamic acid and (2S, 3R) ethyl glutamic acid (eGlu), respectively, and their antibacterial activities...
December 18, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036052/sugar-allocation-to-metabolic-pathways-is-tightly-regulated-and-affects-the-virulence-of-streptococcus-mutans
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Miki Kawada-Matsuo, Yuichi Oogai, Hitoshi Komatsuzawa
Bacteria take up and metabolize sugar as a carbohydrate source for survival. Most bacteria can utilize many sugars, including glucose, sucrose, and galactose, as well as amino sugars, such as glucosamine and N-acetylglucosamine. After entering the cytoplasm, the sugars are mainly allocated to the glycolysis pathway (energy production) and to various bacterial component biosynthesis pathways, including the cell wall, nucleic acids and amino acids. Sugars are also utilized to produce several virulence factors, such as capsule and lipoteichoic acid...
December 28, 2016: Genes
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