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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351018/profiles-of-amino-acids-and-biogenic-amines-in-the-plasma-of-cri-du-chat-patients
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Danielle Zildeana Sousa Furtado, Fernando Brunale Vilela de Moura Leite, Cleber Nunes Barreto, Bernadete Faria, Leticia Dias Lima Jedlicka, Elisângela de Jesus Silva, Heron Dominguez Torres da Silva, Etelvino Jose Henriques Bechara, Nilson Antonio Assunção
Cri-du-chat syndrome (CDCS) is a rare innate disease attributed to chromosome 5p deletion characterized by a cat-like cry, craniofacial malformation, and altered behavior of affected children. Metabolomic analysis and a chemometric approach allow description of the metabolic profile of CDCS as compared to normal subjects. In the present work, UHPLC/MS was employed to analyze blood samples withdrawn from CDCS carriers (n=18) and normal parental subjects (n=18), all aged 0-34 years, aiming to set up a representative CDCS profile constructed from 33 targeted amino acids and biogenic amines...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350872/rna-sequence-analysis-of-gene-expression-from-honeybees-apis-mellifera-infected-with-nosema-ceranae
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Bouabid Badaoui, André Fougeroux, Fabien Petit, Anna Anselmo, Chiara Gorni, Marco Cucurachi, Antonella Cersini, Anna Granato, Giusy Cardeti, Giovanni Formato, Franco Mutinelli, Elisabetta Giuffra, John L Williams, Sara Botti
Honeybees (Apis mellifera) are constantly subjected to many biotic stressors including parasites. This study examined honeybees infected with Nosema ceranae (N. ceranae). N. ceranae infection increases the bees energy requirements and may contribute to their decreased survival. RNA-seq was used to investigate gene expression at days 5, 10 and 15 Post Infection (P.I) with N. ceranae. The expression levels of genes, isoforms, alternative transcription start sites (TSS) and differential promoter usage revealed a complex pattern of transcriptional and post-transcriptional gene regulation suggesting that bees use a range of tactics to cope with the stress of N...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350862/repeated-quantitative-measurements-of-de-novo-synthesis-of-albumin-and-fibrinogen
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Gabriel Dumitrescu, Andras Komaromi, Olav Rooyackers, Maria Klaude, Christina Hebert, Jan Wernerman, Åke Norberg
The possibility of using two different isotopomers, for the incorporation of isotopically labeled amino acids, was explored to enable longitudinal studies of de novo synthesis of two export liver proteins, albumin and fibrinogen. The agreement of the synthesis rates between the two different labels was evaluated along with the reproducibility of repeated experiments using different time intervals. Healthy volunteers were studied in a standardized fed state. Protocol A (n = 10) involved two measurements 48 hours apart...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350697/tritium-3-h-retention-in-mice-administered-as-hto-dto-or-as-3-h-labeled-amino-acids
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Nicholas D Priest, Melinda S J Blimkie, Heather Wyatt, Michelle Bugden, Laura A Bannister, Yann Gueguen, Jean-Rene Jourdain, Dmitry Klokov
The objective of this study was to compare the biokinetics of injected H-labeled light (HTO) and heavy (DTO) water in CBA/CaJ mice and to compare the organ distribution and/or body content of H administered by chronic ingestion for 1 mo to C57Bl/6J mice, as either H-labeled water or H-labeled amino acids (glycine, alanine and proline). HTO and DTO were administered to CBA/CaJ mice by single intraperitoneal injection and body retention was determined for up to 384 h post-injection. Tritium-labeled water or H-labeled amino acids were given to C57Bl/6J mice ad libitum for 30 d in drinking water...
May 2017: Health Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346764/mapping-the-interactions-of-selective-biochemical-probes-of-antibody-conformation-by-hydrogen-deuterium-exchange-mass-spectrometry
#5
Ulrike Leurs, Hermann Beck, Lea Bonnington, Ingo Lindner, Ewa Pol, Kasper Dyrberg Rand
Protein-based pharmaceuticals represent the fastest growing group of drugs in development in the pharmaceutical industry. One of the major challenges in the discovery, development and distribution of biopharmaceuticals is the assessment of changes in their higher-order structure due to chemical modifications. Here, we investigate the interactions of three different biochemical probes (Fabs) generated to detect conformational changes in a therapeutic IgG1 antibody (mAbX) by local hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry (HDX-MS)...
March 27, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346731/exploring-the-influence-of-mpa-capped-cdte-quantum-dots-on-the-structure-and-function-of-lysozyme-probing-by-spectroscopic-and-calorimetric-methods
#6
Lining Zhao, Tao Sun, Xun Zhang, Wei Song, Rutao Liu
The effect of 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA)-capped CdTe quantum dots (QDs) on lysozyme was systematically investigated by spectroscopic methods, enzyme activity assay, and calorimetry techniques. Results show that the MPA-capped CdTe QDs binded to lysozyme through van der Walls forces and hydrogen bondings, causing the decrement of α-helical content (∼7%) and increment of β-sheet content (∼11%) of lysozyme. The binding caused static quenching of the fluorescence, while the microenvironment of aromatic amino acid residues did not show any significant alteration...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346549/asymmetric-synthesis-of-vinylogous-%C3%AE-amino-acids-and-their-incorporation-into-mixed-backbone-oligomers
#7
Hao Wu, Hongchan An, Shuting Cynthia Mo, Thomas Kodadek
Chiral vinylogous β-amino acids (VBAA) were synthesized using enantioselective Mannich reactions of aldehydes with in situ generated N-carbamoyl imines followed by a Horner-Wadsworth-Emmons reaction. The efficiency with which these units could be incorporated into oligomers with different moieties on the C- and N-terminal sides was established, as was the feasibility of sequencing oligomers containing VBAAs by tandem mass spectrometry. The data show that VBAAs will be useful building blocks for the construction of combinatorial libraries of peptidomimetic compounds...
March 27, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346537/deep-mutational-scanning-identifies-sites-in-influenza-nucleoprotein-that-affect-viral-inhibition-by-mxa
#8
Orr Ashenberg, Jai Padmakumar, Michael B Doud, Jesse D Bloom
The innate-immune restriction factor MxA inhibits influenza replication by targeting the viral nucleoprotein (NP). Human influenza virus is more resistant than avian influenza virus to inhibition by human MxA, and prior work has compared human and avian viral strains to identify amino-acid differences in NP that affect sensitivity to MxA. However, this strategy is limited to identifying sites in NP where mutations that affect MxA sensitivity have fixed during the small number of documented zoonotic transmissions of influenza to humans...
March 27, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346450/structural-modeling-of-protein-rna-complexes-using-crosslinking-of-segmentally-isotope-labeled-rna-and-ms-ms
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Georg Dorn, Alexander Leitner, Julien Boudet, Sébastien Campagne, Christine von Schroetter, Ahmed Moursy, Ruedi Aebersold, Frédéric H-T Allain
Ribonucleoproteins (RNPs) are key regulators of cellular function. We established an efficient approach, crosslinking of segmentally isotope-labeled RNA and tandem mass spectrometry (CLIR-MS/MS), to localize protein-RNA interactions simultaneously at amino acid and nucleotide resolution. The approach was tested on polypyrimidine tract binding protein 1 and U1 small nuclear RNP. Our method provides distance restraints to support integrative atomic-scale structural modeling and to gain mechanistic insights into RNP-regulated processes...
March 27, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346388/thermal-condensation-of-glycine-and-alanine-on-metal-ferrite-surface-primitive-peptide-bond-formation-scenario
#10
Md Asif Iqubal, Rachana Sharma, Sohan Jheeta, Kamaluddin
The amino acid condensation reaction on a heterogeneous mineral surface has been regarded as one of the important pathways for peptide bond formation. Keeping this in view, we have studied the oligomerization of the simple amino acids, glycine and alanine, on nickel ferrite (NiFe₂O₄), cobalt ferrite (CoFe₂O₄), copper ferrite (CuFe₂O₄), zinc ferrite (ZnFe₂O₄), and manganese ferrite (MnFe₂O₄) nanoparticles surfaces, in the temperature range from 50-120 °C for 1-35 days, without applying any wetting/drying cycles...
March 27, 2017: Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345958/macrophage-elastase-induces-trail-mediated-tumor-cell-death-through-its-carboxyterminal-domain
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Nadine Dandachi, Neil J Kelly, John P Wood, Christine L Burton, Josiah E Radder, Adriana S Leme, Alyssa D Gregory, Steven D Shapiro
RATIONALE: Macrophage elastase (MMP12) is a potent protease that contributes to the lung destruction that accompanies cigarette smoking while it simultaneously inhibits lung tumor angiogenesis and metastasis by catalyzing the formation of anti-angiogenic peptides. Recent studies have revealed novel non-proteolytic functions of MMP12, including antimicrobial activity through a peptide within its C-terminal domain (CTD). OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to determine whether the MMP12 CTD contributes to its anti-tumor activity in lung cancer...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345931/predictable-conformational-diversity-in-foldamers-of-sugar-amino-acids
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Dora K Menyhard, Ilona Hudaky, Imre Jákli, György Juhász, András Perczel
Systematic conformational search was carried out for monomers and homohexamers of furanoid β-amino acids: cis-(S,R) and trans-(S,S) stereoisomers of aminocyclopentane carboxylic acid (ACPC), two different aminofuranuronic-acids (AFU(α) and AFU(β)), their isopropylidene derivatives (AFU(ip)) as well as the key intermediate β-aminotetrahydrofurancarboxylic acid (ATFC). Stereochemistry of the building blocks was chosen to match with that of natural sugar amino acid (xylose and ribose) precursors. Results show that hexamers of cis furanoid β-amino acids show great variability: while hydrophobic cyclopentane (cis(ACPC)6), and hydrophilic (cisXylAFU(α/β))6 foldamers favor two different zigzagged conformation as hexamers, the backbone fold turns into a helix in case of (cisATFC)6 (10-helix) and (cisAFU(ip))6 (14-helix)...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345915/observation-of-ph-induced-protein-reorientation-at-the-water-surface
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Konrad Meister, Steven Joop Roeters, Arja Paananen, Sander Woutersen, Jan Versluis, Géza R Szilvay, Huib J Bakker
Hydrophobins are surface-active proteins that form a hydrophobic, water-repelling film around aerial fungal structures. They have a compact, particle-like structure, in which hydrophilic and hydrophobic regions are spatially separated. This surface property renders them amphiphilic and is reminiscent of synthetic Janus particles. Here we report surface-specific chiral and non-chiral vibrational sum-frequency generation spectroscopy (VSFG) measurements of hydrophobins adsorbed to their natural place of action, the air-water interface...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345907/simulating-protein-mediated-hydrolysis-of-atp-and-other-nucleoside-triphosphates-by-combining-qm-mm-molecular-dynamics-with-advances-in-metadynamics
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Rui Sun, Olaseni Sode, James F Dama, Gregory A Voth
The protein mediated hydrolysis of nucleoside triphosphates such as ATP or GTP is one of the most important and challenging biochemical reactions in nature. The chemical environment (water structure, catalytic metal, and amino acid residues) adjacent to the hydrolysis site contains hundreds of atoms, usually greatly limiting the amount of the free energy sampling that one can achieve from computationally demanding electronic structure calculations such as QM/MM simulations. Therefore, the combination of QM/MM molecular dynamics with the recently developed Transition-tempered Metadynamics (TTMetaD), an enhanced sampling method that can provide a high-quality free energy estimate at an early stage in a simulation, is an ideal approach to address the biomolecular nucleoside triphosphate hydrolysis problem...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345765/a-synthetic-route-to-%C3%AE-hydroxytyrosine-derived-tetramic-acids-total-synthesis-of-the-fungal-metabolite-f-14329
#15
Sebastian Bruckner, Robert G Haase, Rainer Schobert
3-Acyltetramic acids derived from β-hydroxytyrosine are synthetically challenging. We present the first route to this structural motif, based upon a condensation between a Meldrum's acid conjugate bearing the acyl side chain, and a β-hydroxytyrosinate, N-protected by an ortho-nitrobenzyl group. This group enables the Dieckmann cyclization of the resulting N-(β-ketoacyl)amino ester, after which it can be removed photolytically without com¬promising the delicate 3'-hydroxy group. This strategy was applied to the first total synthesis of the fungal metabolite F-14329 (1)...
March 27, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345726/structural-analyses-of-isolated-cyclic-tetrapeptides-with-varying-amino-acid-residues
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A Stamm, D Maué, A Schaly, S Schlicher, J Bartl, S Kubik, M Gerhards
Cyclic peptides represent a large class of substances that occur in nature with important biological and medical functions. Synthetic cyclic peptides are used as artificial receptors due to a series of advantages over conventional receptors. In order to optimize their binding abilities, investigations of their intrinsic structural properties especially with regard to the influence of different amino acid residues are fundamental. Here we report the structural analysis of two synthetic cyclic tetrapeptides cyclo[l-Tyr(Me)-d-Pro-l-Ala-d-Pro] (CPAla) and cyclo[l-Tyr(Me)-d-Pro-l-Glu(Me)-d-Pro] (CPGlu) in a molecular beam by means of combined IR/UV spectroscopic techniques...
March 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345654/the-soybean-gmsnap18-gene-underlies-two-types-of-resistance-to-soybean-cyst-nematode
#17
Shiming Liu, Pramod K Kandoth, Naoufal Lakhssassi, Jingwen Kang, Vincent Colantonio, Robert Heinz, Greg Yeckel, Zhou Zhou, Sadia Bekal, Johannes Dapprich, Bjorn Rotter, Silvia Cianzio, Melissa G Mitchum, Khalid Meksem
Two types of resistant soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) sources are widely used against soybean cyst nematode (SCN, Heterodera glycines Ichinohe). These include Peking-type soybean, whose resistance requires both the rhg1-a and Rhg4 alleles, and PI 88788-type soybean, whose resistance requires only the rhg1-b allele. Multiple copy number of PI 88788-type GmSNAP18, GmAAT, and GmWI12 in one genomic segment simultaneously contribute to rhg1-b resistance. Using an integrated set of genetic and genomic approaches, we demonstrate that the rhg1-a Peking-type GmSNAP18 is sufficient for resistance to SCN in combination with Rhg4...
March 27, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345400/combination-of-aerobic-exercise-and-an-arginine-alanine-and-phenylalanine-mixture-increases-fat-mobilization-and-ketone-body-synthesis
#18
Keisuke Ueda, Chiaki Sanbongi, Shoko Takai, Shuji Ikegami, Satoshi Fujita
During exercise, blood levels of several hormones increase acutely. We hypothesized that consumption of a specific combination of amino acids (arginine, alanine, and phenylalanine; A-mix) may be involved in secretion of glucagon, and when combined with exercise may promote fat catabolism. Ten healthy male volunteers were randomized in a crossover study to ingest either A-mix (3 g/dose) or placebo (3 g of dextrin/dose). Thirty minutes after ingesting, each condition subsequently performed workload trials on a cycle ergometer at 50% of maximal oxygen consumption for 1 h...
March 27, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345376/lessons-from-metabonomics-on-the-neurobiology-of-stroke
#19
Mahim I Qureshi, Panagiotis A Vorkas, Alexander P Coupland, I Harri Jenkins, Elaine Holmes, Alun H Davies
The application of metabonomic science to interrogate stroke permits the study of metabolite entities, small enough to cross the blood-brain barrier, that provide insight into neuronal dysfunction, and may serve as reservoirs of biomarker discovery. This systematic review examines the applicability of metabolic profiling in ischemic stroke research. Six human studies utilizing metabolic profiling to analyze biofluids from ischemic stroke patients have been included, employing (1)H-NMR and/or mass spectrometry to analyze plasma, serum, and/or urine in a targeted or untargeted fashion...
October 1, 2016: Neuroscientist: a Review Journal Bringing Neurobiology, Neurology and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345354/optimization-of-mold-wheat-bread-fortified-with-soy-flour-pea-flour-and-whey-protein-concentrate
#20
Melina Erben, Carlos A Osella
The objective of this work was to study the effect of replacing a selected wheat flour for defatted soy flour, pea flour and whey protein concentrate on both dough rheological characteristics and the performance and nutritional quality of bread. A mixture design was used to analyze the combination of the ingredients. The optimization process suggested that a mixture containing 88.8% of wheat flour, 8.2% of defatted soy flour, 0.0% of pea flour and 3.0% of whey protein concentrate could be a good combination to achieve the best fortified-bread nutritional quality...
January 1, 2017: Food Science and Technology International, Ciencia y Tecnología de Los Alimentos Internacional
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