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Fatty acid metabolism

Jing Hou, Heping Zheng, Wen-Shyong Tzou, David R Cooper, Maksymilian Chruszcz, Mahendra D Chordia, Keehwan Kwon, Marek Grabowski, Wladek Minor
Vibrio cholerae, the causative pathogen of the life-threatening infection cholera, encodes two copies of β-ketoacyl-ACP synthase III (vcFabH1 and vcFabH2). vcFabH1 and vcFabH2 are pathogenic proteins associated with fatty acid synthesis, lipid metabolism, and potential applications in biofuel production. Our biochemical assays characterize vcFabH1 as exhibiting specificity for acetyl-CoA and CoA thioesters with short acyl chains, similar to that observed for FabH homologs found in most Gram-negative bacteria...
June 19, 2018: FEBS Journal
Kathy Musa-Veloso, Carolina Venditti, Han Youl Lee, Maryse Darch, Seth Floyd, Spencer West, Ryan Simon
Context: Treatment options for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are needed. Objective: The aim of this review was to systematically assess the effects of omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 LC-PUFAs), particularly eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, on liver-related and metabolic outcomes in adult and pediatric patients with NAFLD. Data Sources: The online information service ProQuest Dialog was used to search 8 literature databases...
June 15, 2018: Nutrition Reviews
Si-Yoon Han, Yun-Jeong Jeong, Yongsoo Choi, Soon-Kyung Hwang, Young-Seuk Bae, Young-Chae Chang
Mitochondria are well known for their important roles in oxidative phosphorylation, amino acid metabolism, fatty acid oxidation and ion homeostasis. Although the effects of mitochondrial dysfunction on tumorigenesis in various cancer cells have been reported, the correlation between mitochondrial dysfunction and epithelial‑to‑mesenchymal transition (EMT) in lung cancer development and metastasis has not been well elucidated. In the present study, the effects of mitochondrial dysfunction on EMT and migration in lung cancer cells were investigated using inhibitors of mitochondrial respiration, oligomycin A and antimycin A...
June 18, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Dmitry Manakov, David Kolar, Jitka Zurmanova, Michal Pravenec, Jiri Novotny
Hypertension, dyslipidemia, and insulin resistance in the spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR) can be alleviated by rescuing CD36 fatty acid translocase. The present study investigated whether transgenic rescue of CD36 in SHR could affect mitochondrial function and activity of selected metabolic enzymes in the heart. These analyses were conducted on ventricular preparations derived from SHR and from transgenic strain SHR-Cd36 that expresses a functional wild-type CD36. Our respirometric measurements revealed that mitochondria isolated from the left ventricles exhibited two times higher respiratory activity than those isolated from the right ventricles...
June 18, 2018: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
Bharat Bajantri, Dmitry Lvovsky
Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is a disorder of sleep breathing that is a result of recurrent and intermittent hypoxia during sleep induced by the repeated partial or complete collapse of the upper airway, eventually causing chronic intermittent hypoxia. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is divided into non-alcoholic fatty liver and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. Animal and human studies showed that obesity is associated with chronic liver hypoxia, even in the presence of systemic normoxia causing inflammation and release of cytokines...
June 2018: Gastroenterology Research
Joao Palma Pombo, Sumana Sanyal
Cellular lipid homeostasis is maintained through an intricately linked array of anabolic and catabolic pathways. Upon flavivirus infections, these are significantly altered: on the one hand, these viruses can co-opt lipid metabolic pathways to generate ATP to facilitate replication, or to synthesize membrane components to generate replication sites; on the other hand, more recent evidence suggests counter strategies employed by host cells, which actively modulate several of these networks in response to infection, enhancing interferon signaling by doing so, and thus creating an antiviral environment...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Jacqueline Krüger, Claudia Berger, Kerstin Weidle, Dorit Schleinitz, Anke Tönjes, Michael Stumvoll, Matthias Blüher, Peter Kovacs, Nora Klöting
BACKGROUND: Replication initiator 1 (Repin1) is a zinc finger protein highly expressed in liver and adipose tissue. The Repin1 resides within a quantitative trait locus (QTL) for body weight and triglyceride levels in the rat, and its hepatic deletion in mice results in improved insulin sensitivity and lower body weight. Here, we analyzed whether genetic variation within the Repin1 affects parameters of glucose and lipid metabolism. METHODS: We sequenced REPIN1 in 48 non-related Caucasian subjects...
June 18, 2018: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
Julie-Myrtille Bourgognon, Jereme G Spiers, Hannah Scheiblich, Alexey Antonov, Sophie J Bradley, Andrew B Tobin, Joern R Steinert
Neurodegenerative conditions are characterised by a progressive loss of neurons, which is believed to be initiated by misfolded protein aggregations. During this time period, many physiological and metabolomic alterations and changes in gene expression contribute to the decline in neuronal function. However, these pathological effects have not been fully characterised. In this study, we utilised a metabolomic approach to investigate the metabolic changes occurring in the hippocampus and cortex of mice infected with misfolded prion protein...
June 18, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
Lawrence C Johnson, Christopher R Martens, Jessica R Santos-Parker, Candace J Bassett, Talia R Strahler, Charmion Cruickshank-Quinn, Nichole Reisdorph, Matthew B McQueen, Douglas R Seals
Advancing age is associated with impairments in numerous physiological systems, leading to an increased risk of chronic disease and disability, and reduced healthspan (the period of high functioning healthy life). The plasma metabolome is thought to reflect changes in the activity of physiological systems that influence healthspan. Accordingly, we utilized an LC-MS metabolomics analysis of plasma collected from healthy young and older individuals to characterize global changes in small molecule abundances with age...
June 18, 2018: Clinical Science (1979-)
Zain Sharif, Mazen Al-Alawi
A 22-year-old woman presented with symptoms and signs consistent with acute severe asthma. After significant doses of beta-agonist, she developed a significant lactic acidosis. Significant issues arose in this patient's history with regards to purchase of medications, compliance and follow-up with respiratory service. Beta-adrenergic receptors when stimulated have been hypothesised to increase lipolysis, producing free fatty acids, which inhibit the conversion of pyruvate to coenzyme A within the Krebs cycle...
June 17, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
P Alarcon, C Manosalva, M D Carretta, A I Hidalgo, C D Figueroa, A Taubert, C Hermosilla, M A Hidalgo, R A Burgos
Fatty and hydroxycarboxylic acids are one of the main intermediates of energy metabolism in ruminants and critical in the milk production of cattle. High production demands on a dairy farm can induce nutritional imbalances and metabolism disorders, which have been widely associated with the onset of sterile inflammatory processes and increased susceptibility to infections. The literature suggests that short-chain fatty acids (SCFA), long-chain fatty acids (LCFA) and hydroxycarboxylic acids are relevant modulators of the host innate inflammatory response...
July 2018: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
Mark Christian Manio, Shigenobu Matsumura, Kazuo Inoue
BACKGROUND: Diets containing fats of different proportions and types have been demonstrated to influence metabolism. These fats differ in long chain fatty acids (LCFAs) or medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) content. In our laboratory using swimming as the training modality, MCFAs increased endurance attributed to increased activities of oxidative enzymes. How it affects whole-body metabolism remains unexplored. The present study investigated the metabolic, biochemical and genetic adaptations with treadmill running as the training modality...
June 18, 2018: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
Yuuki Kobayashi, Taro Maeda, Katsushi Yamaguchi, Hiromu Kameoka, Sachiko Tanaka, Tatsuhiro Ezawa, Shuji Shigenobu, Masayoshi Kawaguchi
BACKGROUND: Mycorrhizal symbiosis is one of the most fundamental types of mutualistic plant-microbe interaction. Among the many classes of mycorrhizae, the arbuscular mycorrhizae have the most general symbiotic style and the longest history. However, the genomes of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi are not well characterized due to difficulties in cultivation and genetic analysis. In this study, we sequenced the genome of the AM fungus Rhizophagus clarus HR1, compared the sequence with the genome sequence of the model species R...
June 18, 2018: BMC Genomics
Wei Cai, Phillip C Calder, Maria F Cury-Boaventura, Elisabeth De Waele, Julie Jakubowski, Gary Zaloga
Intravenous lipid emulsions (ILEs) have been an integral component of parenteral nutrition for more than 50 years. Numerous formulations are available and are based on vegetable (soybean, olive, coconut) and animal (fish) oils. Therefore, each of these formulations has a unique fatty acid composition that offers both benefits and limitations. As clinical experience and our understanding of the effects of fatty acids on various physiological processes has grown, there is evidence to suggest that some ILEs may have benefits compared with others...
June 15, 2018: Nutrients
Julia K Bird, Philip C Calder, Manfred Eggersdorfer
Decreases in global cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality and morbidity in recent decades can be partly attributed to cholesterol reduction through statin use. n -3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids are recommended by some authorities for primary and secondary CVD prevention, and for triglyceride reduction. The residual risk of CVD that remains after statin therapy may potentially be reduced by n -3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. However, the effects of concomitant use of statins and n -3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids are not well understood...
June 15, 2018: Nutrients
Soonwoong Jung, Hyeonwi Son, Chung Eun Hwang, Kye Man Cho, Sang Won Park, Hyun Joon Kim
Non-alcoholic steatosis is a common health problem worldwide due to altered food habits and life styles, and it is intimately linked with various metabolic disorders. In the present study, we investigated the molecular mechanism of Ganoderma lucidum (GL) against the development of non-alcoholic steatosis using in vivo and in vitro settings. C57BL/6 mice fed with normal diet (ND) or high fat diet (HFD) were administered GL extract or vehicle for 16 weeks. HFD feeding increased serum alanine aminotransferase level and hepatic lipid droplet, but these increases were significantly attenuated by GL...
June 15, 2018: Journal of Clinical Medicine
Nipin Sp, Dong Young Kang, Doh Hoon Kim, Jong Hwan Park, Hyo Gun Lee, Hye Jee Kim, Pramod Darvin, Yeong-Min Park, Young Mok Yang
Targeted cancer therapy with natural compounds is more effective than nontargeted therapy. Nobiletin is a flavonoid derived from citrus peel that has anticancer activity. Cluster of differentiation 36 (CD36) is a member of the class B scavenger receptor family that is involved in importing fatty acids into cells. CD36 plays a role in tumor angiogenesis by binding to its ligand, thrombospondin-1 (TSP-1), and then interacting with transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGFβ1). CD36 is implicated in tumor metastasis through its roles in fatty acid metabolism...
June 15, 2018: Nutrients
Matteo Tardelli, Thierry Claudel, Francesca Virginia Bruschi, Michael Trauner
Nuclear receptors, such as the farnesoid X receptor (FXR) and the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors gamma and alpha (PPAR-γ, -α), are major metabolic regulators in adipose tissue and the liver, where they govern lipid, glucose, and bile acid homeostasis, as well as inflammatory cascades. Glycerol and free fatty acids are the end products of lipid droplet catabolism driven by PPARs. Aquaporins (AQPs), a family of 13 small transmembrane proteins, facilitate the shuttling of water, urea, and/or glycerol...
June 15, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Monique Cristine de Oliveira, Lilian Brites Campos-Shimada, Maria Raquel Marçal-Natali, Emy Luiza Ishii-Iwamoto, Clairce Luzia Salgueiro-Pagadigorria
OBJECTIVE:  The aim of this work was to evaluate the changes caused by estrogen deficiency in lipid metabolism. METHODS:  This study encompassed direct measurements of plasma biochemical analyses, liver lipid contents, and assessments of the mitochondrial β-oxidation capacity as well as an evaluation of the liver redox status in an animal model of estrogen deficiency. RESULTS:  When compared with control mice, the livers of ovariectomized (OVX) mice presented considerable accretions in their lipid contents, which were accompanied by increased levels of lipid peroxidation in liver homogenates and mitochondria from OVX groups and decreased reduced glutathione (GSH) contents...
May 2018: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
Sławomira Drzymała-Czyż, Łukasz Kałużny, Patrycja Krzyżanowska-Jankowska, Dariusz Walkowiak, Renata Mozrzymas, Jarosław Walkowiak
The etiology of altered blood fatty acid (FA) profile in phenylketonuria (PKU) is understood only partially. We aimed to determine whether FAs deficiency is dependent on the diet or metabolic disturbances. The study comprised 40 PKU patients (20 female, 20 male; aged 11 to 35 years; 12 children and 28 adults) and 40 healthy subjects (HS; 20 female, 20 male, aged 18 to 33 years). We assessed the profile of FAs (gas chromatography/mass spectrometry) and analyzed the 72-hour dietary recalls. The amount of C14:0, C16:0 and C16:1n-7, C18:1n-9 did not differ between the analyzed groups...
2018: Acta Biochimica Polonica
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