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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445957/peripheral-kynurenine-tryptophan-ratio-is-not-a-reliable-marker-of-systemic-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-a-lesson-drawn-from-patients-on-hemodialysis
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Yuanhan Chen, Zhen Xie, Chenggen Xiao, Min Zhang, Zhilian Li, Jianteng Xie, Yusheng Zhang, Xingchen Zhao, Pengfei Zeng, Liyi Mo, Xinling Liang, Wei Shi
Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) has emerged as a pivotal enzyme for mediating immune tolerance. Because IDO metabolizes tryptophan into kynurenine, the plasma kynurenine/tryptophan (Kyn/Trp) ratio has been widely used as a marker of systemic IDO. Here, we evaluated the clinical value of using the plasma Kyn/Trp ratio to estimate cell-mediated immune responses to tuberculin skin testing and risk of new bacterial infection. We also compared the Kyn/Trp ratio to a novel IDO marker, the IDO median fluorescence index (MFI) of peripheral blood mononuclear cells, which was determined by flow cytometry...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442354/the-influence-of-stress-on-neuroinflammation-and-alterations-in-brain-structure-and-function-in-major-depressive-disorder
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REVIEW
Yong-Ku Kim, Eunsoo Won
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a condition which has often been associated with chronic stress. The sympathetic nervous system is continuously activated without the normal counteraction of the parasympathetic nervous system under the influence of chronic stress. As a result, epinephrine and norepinephrine levels are increased, and acetylcholine levels are decreased, which in turn can increase the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Peripheral inflammatory responses can access the brain, with neuroinflammation contributing to the increase in neurotoxic kynurenine pathway metabolites such as 3-hydroxykynurenine, 3-hydroxyanthranilic acid and quinolinic acid, and decrease in neuroprotective metabolites such as kynurenic acid...
April 22, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439468/a-link-between-central-kynurenine-metabolism-and-bone-strength-in-rats-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Bartlomiej Kalaska, Krystyna Pawlak, Ewa Oksztulska-Kolanek, Tomasz Domaniewski, Beata Znorko, Malgorzata Karbowska, Aleksandra Citkowska, Joanna Rogalska, Alicja Roszczenko, Malgorzata M Brzoska, Dariusz Pawlak
BACKGROUND: Disturbances in mineral and bone metabolism represent one of the most complex complications of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Serotonin, a monoamine synthesized from tryptophan, may play a potential role in bone metabolism. Brain-derived serotonin exerts a positive effect on the bone structure by limiting bone resorption and enhancing bone formation. Tryptophan is the precursor not only to the serotonin but also and primarily to kynurenine metabolites. The ultimate aim of the present study was to determine the association between central kynurenine metabolism and biomechanical as well as geometrical properties of bone in the experimental model of the early stage of CKD...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435299/genetic-interrelations-in-the-actinomycin-biosynthetic-gene-clusters-of-streptomyces-antibioticus-imru-3720-and-streptomyces-chrysomallus-atcc11523-producers-of-actinomycin-x-and-actinomycin-c
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Ivana Crnovčić, Christian Rückert, Siamak Semsary, Manuel Lang, Jörn Kalinowski, Ullrich Keller
Sequencing the actinomycin (acm) biosynthetic gene cluster of Streptomyces antibioticus IMRU 3720, which produces actinomycin X (Acm X), revealed 20 genes organized into a highly similar framework as in the bi-armed acm C biosynthetic gene cluster of Streptomyces chrysomallus but without an attached additional extra arm of orthologues as in the latter. Curiously, the extra arm of the S. chrysomallus gene cluster turned out to perfectly match the single arm of the S. antibioticus gene cluster in the same order of orthologues including the the presence of two pseudogenes, scacmM and scacmN, encoding a cytochrome P450 and its ferredoxin, respectively...
2017: Advances and Applications in Bioinformatics and Chemistry: AABC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434116/activation-of-the-serotonin-pathway-is-associated-with-poor-outcome-in-copd-exacerbation-results-of-a-long-term-cohort-study
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Marc A Meier, Manuel Ottiger, Alaadin Vögeli, Christian Steuer, Luca Bernasconi, Robert Thomann, Mirjam Christ-Crain, Christoph Henzen, Claus Hoess, Werner Zimmerli, Andreas Huber, Beat Mueller, Philipp Schuetz
BACKGROUND/INTRODUCTION: Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) metabolizes tryptophan to kynurenine. An increase of its activity is associated with severity in patients with pneumonia. In chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients, an elevation of serotonin has been reported. Experimental models showed that cigarette smoke inhibits monoamine oxidase (MAO) leading to higher levels of serotonin. We investigated the prognostic ability of tryptophan, serotonin, kynurenine, IDO, and tryptophan hydroxylase (TPH) to predict short- and long-term outcomes in patients with a COPD exacerbation...
April 22, 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432842/low-grade-inflammation-and-tryptophan-kynurenine-pathway-activation-are-associated-with-adverse-cardiac-remodeling-in-primary-hyperparathyroidism-the-epath-trial
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Nicolas Verheyen, Andreas Meinitzer, Martin Robert Grübler, Klemens Ablasser, Ewald Kolesnik, Astrid Fahrleitner-Pammer, Evgeny Belyavskiy, Christian Trummer, Verena Schwetz, Elisabeth Pieske-Kraigher, Jakob Voelkl, Ioana Alesutan, Cristiana Catena, Leonardo Alberto Sechi, Helmut Brussee, Dirk von Lewinski, Winfried März, Burkert Pieske, Stefan Pilz, Andreas Tomaschitz
BACKGROUND: Primary hyperparathyroidism (pHPT) is associated with low-grade inflammation, left ventricular hypertrophy and increased cardiovascular mortality, but the association between inflammatory markers and parameters of adverse cardiac remodeling is unknown. We investigated the relationship between C-reactive protein (CRP), the essential amino acid tryptophan and its pro-inflammatory derivatives kynurenine and quinolinic acid (QUIN) with echocardiographic parameters. METHODS: Cross-sectional baseline data from the "Eplerenone in Primary Hyperparathyroidism" trial were analyzed...
April 22, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427041/the-efficacy-of-donepezil-administration-on-acetylcholinesterase-activity-and-altered-redox-homeostasis-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#7
Pinar Atukeren, Mahir Cengiz, Hakan Yavuzer, Remise Gelisgen, Esma Altunoglu, Sena Oner, Fusun Erdenen, Damla Yuceakın, Himmet Derici, Ufuk Cakatay, Hafize Uzun
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a serious multifactorial disorder with progressive neurodegenerative outcomes related with impaired redox homeostasis. Inhibition of the enzyme acetylcholinesterase (AChE), as one of the major therapeutic strategies, is considered to be offering only symptomatic relief and moderate disease modifying effect. We intended to investigate the effects of acetylcholinesterase inhibition via donepezil on protein carbonyl (PCO), advanced protein oxidation products (AOPP) and ischemia modified albumin (IMA) as protein oxidation markers and ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP), prooxidant-antioxidant balance (PAB), total thiol (T-SH), protein thiol (P-SH) as antioxidant status markers and also kynurenine (KYN), N-formyl kynurenine (N-FKYN) and protein bound dityrosine (DT) levels all in one demonstrating the redox homeostasis in Alzheimer patients also correlated with AChE activity...
April 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424423/the-antidepressant-like-effect-of-trans-astaxanthin-involves-the-serotonergic-system
#8
Xi Jiang, Keqi Zhu, Quanyi Xu, Guokang Wang, Jiajia Zhang, Rongrong Cao, Jiang Ye, Xuefeng Yu
The antidepressant-like effect of trans-astaxanthin, a compound present rich in algae, was evaluated through behavioral and neurochemical methods. Results showed that trans-astaxanthin treatment significantly decreased the immobility time in force swim test and tail suspension test, but did not influence locomotor activity. Trans-astaxanthin treatment did not effectively antagonize hypothermia and ptosis induced by reserpine. However, pre-treatment with para-chlorophenylalanine abolished the anti-immobility effect of trans-astaxanthin in force swim and tail suspension test...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424186/circulating-concentrations-of-biomarkers-and-metabolites-related-to-vitamin-status-one-carbon-and-the-kynurenine-pathways-in-us-nordic-asian-and-australian-populations
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Øivind Midttun, Despoina Theofylaktopoulou, Adrian McCann, Anouar Fanidi, David C Muller, Klaus Meyer, Arve Ulvik, Wei Zheng, Xiao-Ou Shu, Yong-Bing Xiang, Ross Prentice, Cynthia A Thomson, Mary Pettinger, Graham G Giles, Allison Hodge, Qiuyin Cai, William J Blot, Jie Wu, Mikael Johansson, Johan Hultdin, Kjell Grankvist, Victoria L Stevens, Marjorie L McCullough, Stephanie J Weinstein, Demetrius Albanes, Arnulf Langhammer, Kristian Hveem, Marit Næss, Howard D Sesso, J Michael Gaziano, Julie E Buring, I-Min Lee, Gianluca Severi, Xuehong Zhang, Jiali Han, Meir J Stampfer, Stephanie A Smith-Warner, Anne Zeleniuch-Jacquotte, Loic le Marchand, Jian-Min Yuan, Lesley M Butler, Woon-Puay Koh, Renwei Wang, Yu-Tang Gao, Ulrika Ericson, Emily Sonestedt, Regina G Ziegler, Neal D Freedman, Kala Visvanathan, Miranda R Jones, Caroline Relton, Paul Brennan, Mattias Johansson, Per M Ueland
Background: Circulating concentrations of biomarkers that are related to vitamin status vary by factors such as diet, fortification, and supplement use. Published biomarker concentrations have also been influenced by the variation across laboratories, which complicates a comparison of results from different studies.Objective: We robustly and comprehensively assessed differences in biomarkers that are related to vitamin status across geographic regions.Design: The trial was a cross-sectional study in which we investigated 38 biomarkers that are related to vitamin status and one-carbon and tryptophan metabolism in serum and plasma from 5314 healthy control subjects representing 20 cohorts recruited from the United States, Nordic countries, Asia, and Australia, participating in the Lung Cancer Cohort Consortium...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421297/suppression-of-th1-differentiation-by-tryptophan-supplementation-in-vivo
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Tobias V Lanz, Simon Becker, Soumya R Mohapatra, Christiane A Opitz, Wolfgang Wick, Michael Platten
Metabolism of the essential amino acid tryptophan (trp) is a key endogenous immunosuppressive pathway restricting inflammatory responses. Tryptophan metabolites promote regulatory T cell (Treg) differentiation and suppress proinflammatory T helper cell (Th)1 and Th17 phenotypes. It has been shown that treatment with natural and synthetic tryptophan metabolites can suppress autoimmune neuroinflammation in preclinical animal models. Here, we tested if oral intake of tryptophan would increase immunosuppressive tryptophan metabolites and ameliorate autoimmune neuroinflammation as a safe approach to treat autoimmune disorders like multiple sclerosis (MS)...
April 18, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419874/oral-administration-of-a-specific-kynurenic-acid-synthesis-kat-ii-inhibitor-attenuates-evoked-glutamate-release-in-rat-prefrontal-cortex
#11
D M Bortz, H-Q Wu, R Schwarcz, J P Bruno
Cognitive deficits represent core symptoms in schizophrenia (SZ) and predict patient outcome; however, they remain poorly treated by current antipsychotic drugs. Elevated levels of the endogenous alpha7 nicotinic receptor negative allosteric modulator and NMDA receptor antagonist, kynurenic acid (KYNA), are commonly seen in post-mortem tissue and cerebrospinal fluid of patients with SZ. When acutely or chronically elevated in rodents, KYNA produces cognitive deficits similar to those seen in the disease, making down-regulation of KYNA, via inhibition of kynurenine aminotransferase II (KAT II), a potential treatment strategy...
April 15, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415022/simultaneous-determination-of-tryptophan-and-8-metabolites-in-human-plasma-by-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#12
Lysiane Boulet, Patrice Faure, Patrice Flore, Julien Montérémal, Véronique Ducros
Tryptophan (Trp) is an essential amino-acid and the precursor of many biologically active substances such as kynurenine (KYN) and serotonin (5HT). Its metabolism is involved in different physiopathological states, such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, immunomodulation or depression. Hence, the quantification of Trp catabolites, from both KYN and 5HT pathways, might be usefulfor the discovery of novel diagnostic and follow-up biomarkers. We have developed a simple method for quantification of Trp and 8 of its metabolites,involved in both KYN and 5HT pathways, using liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412922/abnormalities-in-kynurenine-pathway-metabolism-in-treatment-resistant-depression-and-suicidality-a-systematic-review
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Gianluca Serafini, Giulia Adavastro, Giovanna Canepa, Laura Capobianco, Claudia Conigliaro, Federica Pittaluga, Martino Belvederi Murri, Alessandro Valchera, Domenico De Berardis, Maurizio Pompili, Daniel Lindqvist, Lena Brundin, Mario Amore
Treatment resistant depression (TRD) and suicidal behavior are among the most important public health problems and are commonly associated with significant disability and psychosocial impairment. Although there have been recent advances in identifying neurobiological correlates of these complex conditions, their pathophysiology still remains unclear. Although the recent advances concerning the neurobiological determinants underlying these complex conditions, their pathophysiology still remains unclear. Compared to non-suicidal subjects, higher mean concentrations of inflammatory mediators have been found in both the periphery and brain of individuals at risk for suicide...
April 13, 2017: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409005/plasma-sphingolipids-in-hiv-associated-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Shane Hodgson, Timothy J Griffin, Cavan Reilly, Stephen Harvey, Bruce A Witthuhn, Brian J Sandri, Ken M Kunisaki, Chris H Wendt
INTRODUCTION: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a significant cause of morbidity in persons living with HIV (PLWH) and HIV appears to uniquely cause COPD, independent of smoking. The mechanisms by which HIV leads to COPD are not clear. The objective of this study was to identify metabolomic biomarkers and potential mechanistic pathways of HIV-associated COPD (HIV-COPD). METHODS: We performed case-control metabolite profiling via mass spectrometry in plasma from 38 individuals with HIV-COPD (cases), comparing to matched controls with/without HIV and with/without COPD...
2017: BMJ Open Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408830/twelve-week-physical-exercise-does-not-have-a-long-lasting-effect-on-kynurenines-in-plasma-of-depressed-patients
#15
Vincent Millischer, Sophie Erhardt, Örjan Ekblom, Yvonne Forsell, Catharina Lavebratt
BACKGROUND: Physical exercise has well-characterized positive effects on depressive symptoms. The underlying biologic mechanisms are, however, far from established. A recently discovered mechanism has linked the enhanced conversion of kynurenine to kynurenic acid (KYNA) to an increased resilience toward stress-induced depression in mice. The aim of this study was to translate these findings to humans. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Kynurenine and KYNA levels were measured by high-performance liquid chromatography in plasma samples from 117 patients affected by mild-to-moderate depression before and within a week after a 12-week training period at three different intensities...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407315/drugs-with-antidepressant-properties-affect-tryptophan-metabolites-differently-in-rodent-models-with-depression-like-behavior
#16
Amanda Eskelund, Yan Li, David P Budac, Heidi K Müller, Gulinello Maria, Connie Sanchez, Gregers Wegener
The metabolism of tryptophan through kynurenine and serotonin pathways is linked to depression. Here, effects of different drugs with antidepressant properties (vortioxetine, fluoxetine and ketamine) on various tryptophan metabolites in different brain regions and plasma were examined using tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), in Flinders Sensitive Line (FSL) rats, a genetic rat model of depression, and its controls: Flinders Resistant Line (FRL) and Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. Protein levels of kynurenine pathway enzymes were measured in the brains and livers of these rat strains...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405495/biological-and-clinical-significance-of-tryptophan-catabolizing-enzymes-in-cutaneous-t-cell-lymphomas
#17
Pilvi Maliniemi, Kirsi Laukkanen, Liisa Väkevä, Katja Dettmer, Tuomas Lipsanen, Leila Jeskanen, Alban Bessede, Peter J Oefner, Marshall E Kadin, Annamari Ranki
Indoleamine 2,3-deoxygenase 1 (IDO1) induces immune tolerance in the tumor microenvironment (TME) and is recognized as a potential therapeutic target. We studied the expression of both IDO1 and the related tryptophan 2,3-dioxygenase (TDO) in several different subtypes of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL), and evaluated the kynurenine (KYN) pathway in the local TME and in patient sera. Specimens from the total of 90 CTCL patients, including mycosis fungoides (MF, n = 37), lymphomatoid papulosis (LyP, n = 36), primary cutaneous anaplastic large cell lymphoma (pcALCL, n = 4), subcutaneous panniculitis-like T-cell lymphoma (SPTCL n = 13), and 10 patients with inflammatory lichen ruber planus (LRP), were analyzed by immunohistochemistry (IHC), immunofluorescence (IF), quantitative PCR, and/or liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402179/antiviral-effect-of-ido-in-mouse-fibroblast-cells-during-influenza-virus-infection
#18
Fang Li, Håkan Karlsson
While upregulation of 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) accompanied by degradation of tryptophan along the kynurenine pathway have been reported to exert antimicrobial effects against a wide range of infectious agents, its role in the replication of influenza A virus remains uncertain. We performed experiments using influenza A/WSN/33 virus infection of mouse fibroblast cell-line (NIH-3T3) to study the effects of IDO on viral replication. Influenza infection resulted in prominent elevations of transcripts encoding IDO, interferon (IFN)-β, and segment 8 of the virus in NIH-3T3 cells...
April 12, 2017: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401650/caenorhabditis-elegans-orthologs-of-human-genes-differentially-expressed-with-age-are-enriched-for-determinants-of-longevity
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George L Sutphin, Grant Backer, Susan Sheehan, Shannon Bean, Caroline Corban, Teresa Liu, Marjolein J Peters, Joyce B J van Meurs, Joanne M Murabito, Andrew D Johnson, Ron Korstanje
We report a systematic RNAi longevity screen of 82 Caenorhabditis elegans genes selected based on orthology to human genes differentially expressed with age. We find substantial enrichment in genes for which knockdown increased lifespan. This enrichment is markedly higher than published genomewide longevity screens in C. elegans and similar to screens that preselected candidates based on longevity-correlated metrics (e.g., stress resistance). Of the 50 genes that affected lifespan, 46 were previously unreported...
April 12, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401628/metabolomics-reveals-new-metabolic-perturbations-in-children-with-type-1-diabetes
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Alfonso Galderisi, Paola Pirillo, Vittoria Moret, Matteo Stocchero, Antonina Gucciardi, Giorgio Perilongo, Carlo Moretti, Carlamaria Monciotti, Giuseppe Giordano, Eugenio Baraldi
OBJECTIVE: Using an untargeted metabolomics approach we investigated the metabolome of children with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in comparison with healthy peers and explored the contribution of HbA1c and clinical features to the observed difference. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: We enrolled children with T1D aged 6-15 years, attending the pediatric diabetes clinic of University of Padova (Italy). Healthy controls were enrolled on voluntary basis and matched for age, sex, pubertal status, body mass index (BMI)...
April 12, 2017: Pediatric Diabetes
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