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Konrad A Szychowski, Agnieszka Wnuk, Joanna Rzemieniec, Małgorzata Kajta, Teresa Leszczyńska, Anna K Wójtowicz
Triclosan (TCS) is an antimicrobial agent that is used extensively in personal care and in sanitising products. A number of studies have shown the presence of TCS in different human tissues such as blood, adipose tissue, the liver, brain as well as in breast milk and urine. N-Methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) are glutamate-gated ion channels that are widely expressed in the central nervous system and which play key roles in excitatory synaptic transmission. There is, however, no data on the involvement of NMDAR subunits in the apoptotic and neurotoxic effects of TCS...
April 19, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Marek Kieliszek, Stanisław Błażejak, Anna Bzducha-Wróbel, Anna M Kot
This article discusses the effect of selenium in aqueous solutions on aspects of lipid and amino acid metabolism in the cell biomass of Saccharomyces cerevisiae MYA-2200 and Candida utilis ATCC 9950 yeasts. The yeast biomass was obtained by using waste products (potato wastewater and glycerol). Selenium, at a dose of 20 mg/L of aqueous solution, affected the differentiation of cellular morphology. Yeast enriched with selenium was characterized by a large functional diversity in terms of protein and amino acid content...
April 19, 2018: Biological Trace Element Research
Feng Shi, Mingyue Luan, Yongfu Li
Glutamate decarboxylase (GAD) converts L-glutamate (Glu) into γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Corynebacterium glutamicum that expresses exogenous GAD gene, gadB2 or gadB1, can synthesize GABA from its own produced Glu. To enhance GABA production in C. glutamicum, ribosomal binding site (RBS) sequence and promoter were searched and optimized for increasing the expression efficiency of gadB2. R4 exhibited the highest strength among RBS sequences tested, with 6 nt the optimal aligned spacing (AS) between RBS and start codon...
April 18, 2018: AMB Express
Xiao Han, Renhua Sun, Tatyana Sandalova, Adnane Achour
Spr1654 from Streptococcus pneumoniae plays a key role in the production of unusual sugars, presumably functioning as a pyridoxal-5'-phosphate (PLP)-dependent aminotransferase. Spr1654 was predicted to catalyse the transferring of amino group to form the amino sugar 2-acetamido-4-amino-2, 4, 6-trideoxygalactose moiety (AATGal), representing a crucial step in biosynthesis of teichoic acids in S. pneumoniae We have determined the crystal structures of the apo-, PLP- and PMP-bound forms of Spr1654. Spr1654 forms a homodimer, in which each monomer contains one active site...
April 2018: Open Biology
Shawn E Lupold
This mini-review article is part of a special issue dedicated to Donald S. Coffey, a pioneer translational research scientist, exemplary mentor, and leader in urologic and urologic oncology research. This article first briefly reflects on life and scientific lessons from Don Coffey. It then reviews the development of two prostate cancer targeting RNA aptamers, xPSM-A9 and xPSM-A10, through in vitro selection for aptamers that bind to the extracellular domain of the Prostate Specific Membrane Antigen (PSMA)...
2018: American Journal of Clinical and Experimental Urology
Paula Moyano, María Teresa Frejo, María José Anadon, José Manuel García, María Jesús Díaz, Margarita Lobo, Emma Sola, Jimena García, Javier Del Pino
Chlorpyrifos (CPF) is an organophosphate insecticide described to induce cognitive disorders, both after acute and repeated administration. However, the mechanisms through which it induces these effects are unknown. CPF has been reported to produce basal forebrain cholinergic neuronal cell death, involved on learning and memory regulation, which could be the cause of such cognitive disorders. Neuronal cell death was partially mediated by oxidative stress generation, P75NTR and α7 -nAChRs gene expression alteration triggered through acetylcholinesterase (AChE) variants disruption, suggesting other mechanisms are involved...
April 14, 2018: Toxicology
A Kodam, D Ourdev, M Maulik, J Hariharakrishnan, M Banerjee, Y Wang, S Kar
Kainic acid, an analogue of the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate, can trigger seizures and neurotoxicity in the hippocampus and other limbic structures in a manner that mirrors the neuropathology of human temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). However, the underlying mechanisms associated with the neurotoxicity remain unclear. Since amyloid-β (Aβ) peptides, which are critical in the development of Alzheimer's disease, can mediate toxicity by activating glutamatergic NMDA receptors, it is likely that the enhanced glutamatergic transmission that renders hippocampal neurons vulnerable to kainic acid treatment may involve Aβ peptides...
April 17, 2018: Brain Pathology
Jing Wu, Xiangchen Fan, Jia Liu, Qiuling Luo, Jisi Xu, Xiulai Chen
Enzymatic transformation is now an attractive alternative for α-ketoglutaric acid (α-KG) production, but the oxidative deamination from L-glutamic acid to α-KG is along with H2 O2 accumulation. To remove the effect of H2 O2 on α-KG production, in vitro cascade biocatalysis was designed using the purified L-glutamate oxidase (LGOX) from Streptomyces ghanaensis and catalase (KatG) from Escherichia coli W3110, and the optimal ratio of LGOX:KatG (2.0:1250) was detected in this system. To achieve this ratio, in vivo cascade biocatalysis was constructed by varying promoters and ribosome binding sites (RBSs), and optimized by promoter engineering, such as adjusting the junctions between the SD sequence and start codon ATG and tuning the strengths of RBSs...
April 16, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Li-Qiang Fan, Ming-Wei Li, Yong-Jun Qiu, Qi-Ming Chen, Si-Jing Jiang, Yu-Jie Shang, Li-Ming Zhao
Gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) is an important bio-product used in pharmaceuticals, functional foods, and a precursor of the biodegradable plastic polyamide 4 (Nylon 4). Glutamate decarboxylase B (GadB) from Escherichia. coli is a highly active biocatalyst that can convert L-glutamate to GABA. However, its practical application is limited by the poor thermostability and only active under acidic conditions of GadB. In this study, we performed site-directed saturation mutagenesis of the N-terminal residues of GadB from Escherichia coli to improve its thermostability...
April 13, 2018: Journal of Biotechnology
Youjun Yang, Donald J English
The present study reports the effects of adding L-glutamic acid to a new enrichment broth designated as R-TATP broth, to promote the growth of slow-growing mold microorganisms such as Aspergillus brasiliensis and Aspergillus oryzae , without interfering in the growth of other types of microorganisms. This L-glutamic acid containing enrichment broth would be particularly valuable in a rapid microbial detection assay such as an adenosine triphosphate (ATP) bioluminescence assay. By using this new enrichment broth, the amount of ATP (represented as relative light unit ratio after normalized with the negative test control) from mold growth was significantly increased by reducing the time of detection of microbial contamination in a raw ingredient or personal care product formulation from an incubation period of 48-18 h...
January 2018: Journal of Cosmetic Science
Sławomir J Kowalczyk, Michał Czopowicz, Corinna N Weber, Elisabeth Müller, Jarosław Kaba
In adult cattle Fasciola hepatica infection usually follows a chronic subclinical course, and reduces both the milk yield and milk quality, resulting in considerable financial losses. Effective control of the disease is based on reliable identification of asymptomatically infected individuals, which now requires special parasitological or serological diagnostic tests. It is also known that F. hepatica infection induces alterations in some serum biochemical parameters. Therefore, the study was conducted to develop a model based on serum biochemical parameters allowing to identify cows at higher risk of chronic fascioliasis...
April 30, 2018: Veterinary Parasitology
Jun Ho Jeon, Deok-Bum Park, Sun-Je Woo, Hae-Ri Lee, Ok-Kyu Park, Jungchan Park, Gi-Eun Rhie
Poly-γ-d-glutamic acid (PGA) of anthrax is an important pathogenic factor due to its anti-phagocytic activity. Additionally, PGA has the ability to activate mouse macrophages for the secretion of cytokines through Toll-like receptor (TLR) 2. Peptidoglycan (PGN), a major bacterial cell-wall component, induces inflammatory responses in the host. We assessed whether PGA can induce maturation and cytokine expression in immature mouse dendritic cells (DCs) in the existence of muramyl dipeptide (MDP), the minimum motif of PGN with immunostimulatory activity...
April 12, 2018: Cytokine
Alyne Mara Rodrigues de Carvalho, Leonardo Freire Vasconcelos, Nayrton Flávio Moura Rocha, Emiliano Ricardo Vasconcelos Rios, Marília Leite Dias, Marta Maria de França Fonteles, Danielle Macêdo Gaspar, José Maria Barbosa Filho, Stanley Juan Chavez Gutierrez, Francisca Cléa Florenço de Sousa
Riparin II (RipII) has an anti-inflammatory activity potentially due its ability to decrease TNF-α and IL-1β production and its histamine antagonism. The objective of this study was to evaluate the role of RipII in the pain process and the possible antinociceptive mechanisms involved, using classic models of nociception. Male Swiss mice were used in the assays. Determinate the acute toxicity according to the OECD 425 test guideline. The models used were the acetic acid-, formalin-, hot plate and glutamate-induced nociception...
April 12, 2018: Chemico-biological Interactions
John J Tanner, Sarah-Maria Fendt, Donald Frederick Becker
Interest in how proline contributes to cancer biology is expanding due to the emerging role of a novel proline metabolic cycle in cancer cell survival, proliferation, and metastasis. Proline biosynthesis and degradation involve the shared intermediate, Δ1-pyrroline-5-carboxylate (P5C), which forms L-glutamate-γ-semialdehyde (GSAL) in a reversible non-enzymatic reaction. Proline is synthesized from glutamate or ornithine through GSAL/P5C, which is reduced to proline by P5C reductase (PYCR) in a NAD(P)H-dependent reaction...
April 12, 2018: Biochemistry
Walquíria F Teixeira, Evandro B Fagan, Luis H Soares, Jérssica N Soares, Klaus Reichardt, Durval D Neto
The application of amino acids in crops has been a common practice in recent years, although most of the time they are associated with products based on algae extracts or on fermented animal or vegetable wastes. However, little is known about the isolated effect of amino acids on the development of crops. Therefore, the objective of this research was to evaluate the effect of the application of isolated amino acids on the in some steps of the soybean nitrogen metabolism and on productivity. Experiments were carried out in a greenhouse and in the field with the application of the amino acids glutamate (Glu), phenylalanine (Phe), cysteine (Cys) and glycine (Gly) and as a set (Glu+Phe+Cys+Gly), as seed treatment (ST), as foliar application (FA) and both (ST+FA), at the V4 growth stage...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Zhaoyue Wang, Mingyue Jiang, Xuena Guo, Zhaozheng Liu, Xiuping He
BACKGROUND: 2-phenylethanol (2-PE) is an important aromatic compound with a lovely rose-like scent. Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a desirable microbe for 2-PE production but its natural yield is not high, and one or two crucial genes' over-expression in S. cerevisiae did not improve 2-PE greatly. RESULTS: A new metabolic module was established here, in which, permease Gap1p for L-phenylalanine transportation, catalytic enzymes Aro8p, Aro10p and Adh2p in Ehrlich pathway respectively responsible for transamination, decarboxylation and reduction were assembled, besides, glutamate dehydrogenase Gdh2p was harbored for re-supplying another substrate 2-oxoglutarate, relieving product glutamate repression and regenerating cofactor NADH...
April 11, 2018: Microbial Cell Factories
Yongjun Choi, Eun Chae Lee, Youngjun Na, Sang Rak Lee
Objective: This study was conducted to investigate the effects of dietary supplementation with fermented and non-fermented brown algae by-products on the laying performance, egg quality, relative organ weight, and blood profile of laying hens. Methods: Hy-Line Brown chickens (n = 180; 70-week-old) were randomly divided into 5 groups with 4 replicates per group (3 hens per cage, 4 cages per replicate), and fed with 5 experimental diets, namely the basal control diet (CON) or the control diet supplemented with 0...
April 12, 2018: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
Yiyang Yu, Fang Yan, Yinghao He, Yuxuan Qin, Yun Chen, Yunrong Chai, Jian-Hua Guo
ATP-dependent proteases play essential roles in both protein quality control and the regulation of protein activities in bacteria. ClpYQ (also known as HslVU) is one of several highly conserved ATP-dependent proteases in bacteria. The regulation and biological function of ClpYQ have been well studied in Gram-negative bacteria, but are poorly understood in Gram-positive species. In this study, we showed that in the Gram-positive bacterium Bacillus subtilis, the ΔclpYQ deletion mutant formed early and robust biofilms, while swarming motility was severely impaired...
April 9, 2018: Microbiology
Philippe-Henri Secrétan, Maher Karoui, Yves Levi, Hassane Sadou-Yayé, Lionel Tortolano, Audrey Solgadi, Najet Yagoubi, Bernard Do
This study employed a UV-A/visible/TiO2 system to investigate the degradation of pemetrexed, an antifolate agent used in chemotherapy. The laboratory-scale method employed a photostability chamber that could be used to study multiple samples. Reversed-phase HPLC coupled with high-resolution ESI-LTQ-Orbitrap mass spectrometry was used to determine the transformation products (TPs) of PEME. Based on the identified TPs and existing chemical knowledge, the mechanism of degradation of the target compound was proposed...
May 15, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Fuqi Xu, Shigang Qiao, Hua Li, Yanjun Deng, Chen Wang, Jianzhong An
BACKGROUND: Anesthetic preconditioning (APC) of the myocardium is mediated in part by reversible alteration of mitochondrial function. Nitric oxide (NO) inhibits mitochondrial respiration and may mediate APC-induced cardioprotection. In this study, the effects of isoflurane on different states of mitochondrial respiration during the oxidation of complex I-linked substrates and the role of NO were investigated. METHODS: Mitochondria were isolated from Sprague-Dawley rat hearts...
February 1, 2018: Cardiorenal Medicine
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