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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230096/a-novel-approach-to-improve-poly-%C3%AE-glutamic-acid-production-by-nadph-regeneration-in-bacillus-licheniformis-wx-02
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Dongbo Cai, Penghui He, Xingcheng Lu, Chengjun Zhu, Jiang Zhu, Yangyang Zhan, Qin Wang, Zhiyou Wen, Shouwen Chen
Poly-γ-glutamic acid (γ-PGA) is an important biochemical product with a variety of applications. This work reports a novel approach to improve γ-PGA through over expression of key enzymes in cofactor NADPH generating process for NADPH pool. Six genes encoding the key enzymes in NADPH generation were over-expressed in the γ-PGA producing strain B. licheniformis WX-02. Among various recombinants, the strain over-expressing zwf gene (coding for glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase), WX-zwf, produced the highest γ-PGA concentration (9...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222692/hashimoto-s-encephalitis-associated-with-ampar2-antibodies-a-case-report
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Mingqin Zhu, Xuefan Yu, Caiyun Liu, Chenchen Duan, Chunxiao Li, Jie Zhu, Ying Zhang
BACKGROUND: Hashimoto's encephalitis (HE) is a rare neurological complication of Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT), while limbic encephalitis (LE) is an autoimmune inflammatory disorder frequently associated with anti-neuronal antibodies. The glutamate receptor α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole-propionic acid receptor (AMPAR) is important for synaptic transmission, memory, and learning. The etiology of HE remains unclear. We present a case of HE with antibodies to AMPAR2 both in the serum and cerebrospinal fluid...
February 21, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222445/blocking-il-17a-alleviates-diabetic-retinopathy-in-rodents
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Ao-Wang Qiu, Qing-Huai Liu, Jun-Ling Wang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Interleukin (IL)-17A, a proinflammatory cytokine, has been implicated in several autoimmune diseases. However, it is unclear whether IL-17A is involved in diabetic retinopathy (DR), one of the most serious complications of autoimmune diabetes. This study aimed to demonstrate that IL-17A exacerbates DR by affecting retinal Müller cell function. METHODS: High glucose (HG)-treated rat Müller cell line (rMC-1) was exposed to IL-17A, anti-IL-17A-neutralizing monoclonal antibody (mAb) or/and anti-IL-17 receptor (R)A-neutralizing mAb for 24 h...
February 21, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216150/novel-biodegradable-poly-gamma-glutamic-acid-amphotericin-b-complexes-show-promise-as-improved-amphotericin-b-formulations
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T Dinh, Q Zia, S Zubair, P Stapleton, R Singh, M Owais, S Somavarapu
Commercially available amphotericin B (AmB) formulations are limited either by cytotoxicities, lower efficacies, shelf-life related issues or high production costs. AmB complexes based on poly(gamma-glutamic acid) (PGGA) have been prepared and evaluated for their efficacies against AmB-deoxycholate (Fungizone®) and liposomal AmB (AmBisome®). Physical characterizations showed that AmB/PGGA complexes are nanoscopic (20-40nm) with a negative zetapotential (-51.0mV), water-soluble, stable in solution (up to 4weeks, at 4 °C and 25 °C), and have a theoretical drug loading (up to 76...
February 16, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215875/occurrence-and-molecular-genotyping-of-giardia-duodenalis-and-cryptosporidium-spp-in-wild-mesocarnivores-in-spain
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Marta Mateo, Marta Hernández de Mingo, Aida de Lucio, Lucía Morales, Ana Balseiro, Alberto Espí, Marta Barral, José Francisco Lima Barbero, Miguel Ángel Habela, José L Fernández-García, Rafael Calero Bernal, Pamela C Köster, Guillermo A Cardona, David Carmena
There is a surprisingly scarce amount of epidemiological and molecular data on the prevalence, frequency, and diversity of the intestinal protozoan parasites Giardia duodenalis and Cryptosporidium spp. in wildlife in general and mesocarnivore species in particular. Consequently, the extent of the cyst/oocyst environmental contamination attributable to these wild host species and their potential implications for public veterinary health remain largely unknown. In this molecular epidemiological survey a total of 193 individual faecal samples from badgers (Meles meles, n=70), ferrets (Mustela putorius furo, n=2), genets (Genetta genetta, n=6), Iberian lynxes (Lynx pardinus, n=6), beech martens (Martes foina, n=8), mongooses (Herpestes ichneumon, n=2), otters (Lutra lutra, n=2), polecats (Mustela putorius, n=2), red foxes (Vulpes vulpes, n=87), wildcats (Felis silvestris, n=2), and wolves (Canis lupus, n=6) were obtained from road-killed, hunted, and accidentally found carcasses, and from camera-trap surveys or animals entering rescue shelters, during the period December 2003-April 2016...
February 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215327/enzymes-in-fermented-fish
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Giyatmi, H E Irianto
Fermented fish products are very popular particularly in Southeast Asian countries. These products have unique characteristics, especially in terms of aroma, flavor, and texture developing during fermentation process. Proteolytic enzymes have a main role in hydrolyzing protein into simpler compounds. Fermentation process of fish relies both on naturally occurring enzymes (in the muscle or the intestinal tract) as well as bacteria. Fermented fish products processed using the whole fish show a different characteristic compared to those prepared from headed and gutted fish...
2017: Advances in Food and Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210712/identification-of-an-epidermal-keratinocyte-ampa-glutamate-receptor-involved-in-dermatopathies-associated-with-sensory-abnormalities
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David Cabañero, Takeshi Irie, Marta Celorrio, Christopher Trousdale, David M Owens, David Virley, Phillip J Albrecht, Michael J Caterina, Frank L Rice, Jose A Morón
INTRODUCTION: Epidermal keratinocytes are increasingly recognized as active participants in the sensory transduction of itch and pain, processes known to involve primary afferent glutamatergic neurons. However the role of keratinocyte glutamate signaling in sensory functioning is not fully understood. Here, we present the observation of α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole-propionic acid type glutamate receptors (AMPAR) in epidermal keratinocytes. METHODS: Immunohistochemical and in situ hybridization analyses were conducted to assess the expression of AMPAR subunits in epidermal keratinocytes in mouse and human skin samples, and in organotypic cultures of human keratinocytes...
September 2016: Pain Reports (Baltimore, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209726/therapeutic-targeting-of-the-pathological-triad-of-extrasynaptic-nmda-receptor-signaling-in-neurodegenerations
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REVIEW
Hilmar Bading
Activation of extrasynaptic N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptors causes neurodegeneration and cell death. The disease mechanism involves a pathological triad consisting of mitochondrial dysfunction, loss of integrity of neuronal structures and connectivity, and disruption of excitation-transcription coupling caused by CREB (cyclic adenosine monophosphate-responsive element-binding protein) shut-off and nuclear accumulation of class IIa histone deacetylases. Interdependency within the triad fuels an accelerating disease progression that culminates in failure of mitochondrial energy production and cell loss...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208702/the-glutamate-dehydrogenase-pathway-and-its-roles-in-cell-and-tissue-biology-in-health-and-disease
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REVIEW
Andreas Plaitakis, Ester Kalef-Ezra, Dimitra Kotzamani, Ioannis Zaganas, Cleanthe Spanaki
Glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) is a hexameric enzyme that catalyzes the reversible conversion of glutamate to α-ketoglutarate and ammonia while reducing NAD(P)⁺ to NAD(P)H. It is found in all living organisms serving both catabolic and anabolic reactions. In mammalian tissues, oxidative deamination of glutamate via GDH generates α-ketoglutarate, which is metabolized by the Krebs cycle, leading to the synthesis of ATP. In addition, the GDH pathway is linked to diverse cellular processes, including ammonia metabolism, acid-base equilibrium, redox homeostasis (via formation of fumarate), lipid biosynthesis (via oxidative generation of citrate), and lactate production...
February 8, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208701/excitotoxins-mitochondrial-and-redox-disturbances-in-multiple-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Cecilia Rajda, Dániel Pukoli, Zsuzsanna Bende, Zsófia Majláth, László Vécsei
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (CNS). There is increasing evidence that MS is not only characterized by immune mediated inflammatory reactions, but also by neurodegenerative processes. There is cumulating evidence that neurodegenerative processes, for example mitochondrial dysfunction, oxidative stress, and glutamate (Glu) excitotoxicity, seem to play an important role in the pathogenesis of MS. The alteration of mitochondrial homeostasis leads to the formation of excitotoxins and redox disturbances...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202547/post-translational-activation-of-glutamate-cysteine-ligase-with-dimercaprol-a-novel-mechanism-of-inhibiting-neuroinflammation-in-vitro
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Pallavi B McElroy, Ashwini Sri Hari, Brian J Day, Manisha Patel
Neuroinflammation and oxidative stress are hallmarks of various neurological diseases. However, whether and how the redox processes control neuroinflammation is incompletely understood. We hypothesized that increasing cellular glutathione (GSH) levels would inhibit neuroinflammation. A series of thiol compounds were identified to elevate cellular GSH levels by a novel approach i.e. post-translational activation of glutamate cysteine ligase (GCL), the rate-limiting enzyme in GSH biosynthesis. These small thiolcontaining compounds were examined for their ability to increase intracellular GSH levels in a murine microglial cell line (BV2), of which dimercaprol [2,3-dimercapto-1-propanol (DMP)] was found to be the most effective compound...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198668/comparative-analysis-of-corynebacterium-glutamicum-genomes-a-new-perspective-for-the-industrial-production-of-amino-acids
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Junjie Yang, Sheng Yang
BACKGROUND: Corynebacterium glutamicum is a non-pathogenic bacterium widely used in industrial amino acid production and metabolic engineering research. Although the genome sequences of some C. glutamicum strains are available, comprehensive comparative genome analyses of these species have not been done. Six wild type C. glutamicum strains were sequenced using next-generation sequencing technology in our study. Together with 20 previously reported strains, we present a comprehensive comparative analysis of C...
January 25, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196956/amino-acid-catabolism-in-staphylococcus-aureus-and-the-function-of-carbon-catabolite-repression
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Cortney R Halsey, Shulei Lei, Jacqueline K Wax, Mckenzie K Lehman, Austin S Nuxoll, Laurey Steinke, Marat Sadykov, Robert Powers, Paul D Fey
Staphylococcus aureus must rapidly adapt to a variety of carbon and nitrogen sources during invasion of a host. Within a staphylococcal abscess, preferred carbon sources such as glucose are limiting, suggesting that S. aureus survives through the catabolism of secondary carbon sources. S. aureus encodes pathways to catabolize multiple amino acids, including those that generate pyruvate, 2-oxoglutarate, and oxaloacetate. To assess amino acid catabolism, S. aureus JE2 and mutants were grown in complete defined medium containing 18 amino acids but lacking glucose (CDM)...
February 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196867/synaptic-activity-drives-a-genomic-program-that-promotes-a-neuronal-warburg-effect
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Carlos Bas-Orth, Yan-Wei Tan, David Lau, Hilmar Bading
Synaptic activity drives changes in gene expression to promote long-lasting adaptations of neuronal structure and function. One example of such an adaptive response is the buildup of acquired neuroprotection, a synaptic activity- and gene transcription-mediated increase in the resistance of neurons against harmful conditions. A hallmark of acquired neuroprotection is the stabilization of mitochondrial structure and function. We therefore re-examined previously identified sets of synaptic activity-regulated genes to identify genes that are directly linked to mitochondrial function...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193334/glutamate-dehydrogenase-rocg-in-bacillus-licheniformis-wx-02-enzymatic-properties-and-specific-functions-in-glutamic-acid-synthesis-for-poly-%C3%AE-glutamic-acid-production
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Guangming Tian, Qin Wang, Xuetuan Wei, Xin Ma, Shouwen Chen
Poly-γ-glutamic acid (γ-PGA), a natural biopolymer, is widely used in cosmetics, medicine, food, water treatment, and agriculture owing to its features of moisture sequestration, cation chelation, non-toxicity and biodegradability. Intracellular glutamic acid, the substrate of γ-PGA, is a limiting factor for high yield in γ-PGA production. Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus licheniformis are both important γ-PGA producing strains, and B. subtilis synthesizes glutamic acid in vivo using the unique GOGAT/GS pathway...
April 2017: Enzyme and Microbial Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193235/dynamic-presenilin-1-and-synaptotagmin-1-interaction-modulates-exocytosis-and-amyloid-%C3%AE-production
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Katarzyna Marta Zoltowska, Masato Maesako, Iryna Lushnikova, Shuko Takeda, Laura J Keller, Galina Skibo, Bradley T Hyman, Oksana Berezovska
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease (AD)-linked protein, presenilin 1 (PS1), is present at the synapse, and the knock-out of presenilin in mice leads to synaptic dysfunction. On the other hand, synaptic activity was shown to influence PS1-dependent generation of distinct amyloid β (Aβ) species. However, the precise nature of these regulations remains unclear. The current study reveals novel role of PS1 at the synapse, and deciphers how PS1 and synaptic vesicle-associated protein, synaptotagmin 1 (Syt1) modulate each other functions in neurons via direct activity-triggered interaction...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193207/a-novel-point-mutation-in-rpob-improves-osmotolerance-and-succinic-acid-production-in-escherichia-coli
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Mengyong Xiao, Xinna Zhu, Hongtao Xu, Jinlei Tang, Ru Liu, Changhao Bi, Feiyu Fan, Xueli Zhang
BACKGROUND: Escherichia coli suffer from osmotic stress during succinic acid (SA) production, which reduces the performance of this microbial factory. RESULTS: Here, we report that a point mutation leading to a single amino acid change (D654Y) within the β-subunit of DNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RpoB) significantly improved the osmotolerance of E. coli. Importation of the D654Y mutation of RpoB into the parental strain, Suc-T110, increased cell growth and SA production by more than 40% compared to that of the control under high glucose osmolality...
February 13, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192611/deficiency-of-trek-1-potassium-channel-exacerbates-secondary-injury-following-spinal-cord-injury-in-mice
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Yongkang Fang, Xiaojiang Huang, Yue Wan, Hao Tian, Yeye Tian, Wei Wang, Suiqiang Zhu, Minjie Xie
Spinal cord injury (SCI) involves complex pathological process which can be complicated by secondary injury. TREK-1 is a member of the two-pore domain potassium (K2P) channel family, which can be modulated by a number of physiological and pathological stimuli. Recent studies suggest that TREK-1 plays an active role in depression, pain and neuroprotection. However, its role in the pathological process after SCI remains unclear. In this study, we tested the expression and function of TREK-1 in spinal cord of mice after traumatic SCI...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191982/adsorption-of-amino-acids-and-glutamic-acid-based-surfactants-on-imogolite-clays
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Massimo Bonini, Alessio Gabbani, Stefano Del Buffa, Francesca Ridi, Piero Baglioni, Romain Bordes, Krister Holmberg
Aluminum oxide surfaces are of utmost interest in different biotech applications, in particular for their use as adjuvants (i.e., booster of the immune response against infectious agents in vaccines production). In this framework, imogolite clays combine the chemical flexibility of an exposed alumina surface with 1D nanostructure. This work reports on the interaction between amino acids and imogolite, using turbidimetry, ζ-potential measurements, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy as main characterization tools...
February 22, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190586/increased-expression-of-glutaminase-in-osteoblasts-promotes-macrophage-recruitment-in-periapical-lesions
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Kuo-Liang Hou, Sze-Kwan Lin, Sang-Heng Kok, Han-Wei Wang, Eddie Hsiang-Hua Lai, Chi-Yuan Hong, Hsiang Yang, Juo-Song Wang, Li-Deh Lin, Jenny Zwei-Chieng Chang
INTRODUCTION: Recently, we have shown that tissue hypoxia stimulates the progression of periapical lesions by up-regulating glycolysis-dependent apoptosis of osteoblasts. Other facets of hypoxia-induced metabolic reprogramming in disease pathogenesis require further investigation. In this study, we examined the connection between hypoxia-augmented glutamine catabolism in osteoblasts and the development of periapical lesions. METHODS: Primary human osteoblasts were cultured under hypoxia...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
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