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Irina Sorokina, Arcady Mushegian
BACKGROUND: The set of forces and sequence of events that govern the transition from an unfolded polypeptide chain to a functional protein with correct spatial structure remain incompletely known, despite the importance of the problem and decades of theory development, computer simulations, and laboratory experiments. Information about the correctly folded state of most proteins is likely to be present in their sequences, and yet many proteins fail to attain native structure after overexpression in a non-native environment or upon experimental denaturation and refolding...
December 1, 2016: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905383/-the-role-of-atp-dependent-potassium-channels-and-nitric-oxide-system-in-the-neuroprotective-effect-of-preconditioning
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O G Deryagin, S A Gavrilova, S V Buravkov, V V Andrianov, G G Yafarova, Kh L Gainutdinov, V B Koshelev
AIM: To study a role of ATP-dependent potassium channels (K+ATP) in the neuroprotective effect of ischemic (IP) and pharmacological (PP) preconditioning and evaluate the dynamics of blood nitric oxide (NO) metabolites in cerebral ischemia. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A model of ischemic stroke induced by the electrocoagulation of a middle cerebral artery (MCA) branch was used in male rats (n=86). Glibenclamide, a selective inhibitor of ATP-sensitive K+ channels, and diazoxide, a potassium channel activator, were used...
2016: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901621/perfluorooctanoic-acid-induces-mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-mc3t3-e1-osteoblast-cells
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Eun Mi Choi, Kwang Sik Suh, Sang Youl Rhee, Seungjoon Oh, Jeong-Taek Woo, Sung Woon Kim, Young Seol Kim, Youngmi Kim Pak, Suk Chon
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a stable organic perfluorinated compound, is an emerging persistent organic pollutant, found widely in human and wildlife populations. Recent evidence suggests that exposure to environmental toxicants can be associated with higher risks of osteoporosis and fractures. We studied the cellular toxicology of PFOA in MC3T3-E1osteoblast cells. To examine the effect of PFOA, we measured cell viability, reactive oxygen species (ROS), mitochondrial superoxide, and mitochondrial parameters including adenosine triphosphate (ATP) level, mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP), cardiolipin content, and cytochrome c release in MC3T3-E1 cells...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896810/multiple-pathways-for-elevating-extracellular-adenosine-in-the-rat-hippocampal-ca1-region-characterized-by-adenosine-sensor-cells
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Kunihiko Yamashiro, Yuki Fujii, Shohei Maekawa, Mitsuhiro Morita
Extracellular adenosine in the brain, which modulates various physiological and pathological processes, fluctuates in a complicated manner that reflects the circadian cycle, neuronal activity, metabolism, and disease states. The dynamics of extracellular adenosine in the brain are not fully understood, largely because of the lack of simple and reliable methods of measuring time-dependent changes in tissue adenosine distribution. This study describes the development of a biosensor, designated an adenosine sensor cell, expressing adenosine A1 receptor, and a genetically modified G protein...
November 5, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894409/the-effects-of-mitochondrial-dna-deletion-and-copy-number-variations-on-different-exercise-intensities-in-highly-trained-swimmers
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O Baykara, S K Sahin, F Akbas, M Guven, I Onaran
It has been suggested that heavy exercise might increase oxidative stress, causing mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations as well as DNA mutations and changes in the mtDNA copy number in cells. mtDNA4977 deletion is one of the most common deletions seen on mitochondria. We hypothesize association between exercise induced oxidative stress and mtDNA damage in peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs) of highly trained swimmers. Therefore we studied the mtDNA4977 deletion level, mtDNA copy number and their relationship with cellular ATP and oxidative stress status in PBLs of swimmers...
October 31, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893829/sansevieria-roxburghiana-schult-schult-f-family-asparagaceae-attenuates-type-2-diabetes-and-its-associated-cardiomyopathy
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Niloy Bhattacharjee, Ritu Khanra, Tarun K Dua, Susmita Das, Bratati De, M Zia-Ul-Haq, Vincenzo De Feo, Saikat Dewanjee
BACKGROUND: Sansevieria roxburghiana Schult. & Schult. F. (Family: Asparagaceae) rhizome has been claimed to possess antidiabetic activity in the ethno-medicinal literature in India. Therefore, present experiments were carried out to explore the protective role of edible (aqueous) extract of S. roxburghiana rhizome (SR) against experimentally induced type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and its associated cardiomyopathy in Wistar rats. METHODS: SR was chemically characterized by GC-MS analysis...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893093/ligation-of-cd40-in-human-m%C3%A3-ller-cells-induces-p2x7-receptor-dependent-death-of-retinal-endothelial-cells
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Jose-Andres C Portillo, Yalitza Lopez Corcino, George R Dubyak, Timothy S Kern, Shigemi Matsuyama, Carlos S Subauste
Purpose: Cluster of differentiation 40 (CD40) is required for retinal capillary degeneration in diabetic mice, a process mediated by the retinal endothelial cells (REC) death. However, CD40 activates prosurvival signals in endothelial cells. The purpose of this study was to identify a mechanism by which CD40 triggers programmed cell death (PCD) of RECs and address this paradox. Methods: Human RECs and Müller cells were incubated with CD154 and L-N6-(1-Iminoethyl)lysine (L-Nil, nitric oxide synthase 2 inhibitor), α-lipoic acid (inhibitor of oxidative stress), anti-Fas ligand antibody, or A-438079 (P2X7 adenosine triphosphate [ATP] receptor inhibitor)...
November 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889522/increased-sink-strength-offsets-the-inhibitory-effect-of-sucrose-on-sugarcane-photosynthesis
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Rafael V Ribeiro, Eduardo C Machado, José R Magalhães Filho, Ana Karla M Lobo, Márcio O Martins, Joaquim A G Silveira, Xinyou Yin, Paul C Struik
Spraying sucrose inhibits photosynthesis by impairing Rubisco activity and stomatal conductance (gs), whereas increasing sink demand by partially darkening the plant stimulates sugarcane photosynthesis. We hypothesized that the stimulatory effect of darkness can offset the inhibitory effect of exogenous sucrose on photosynthesis. Source-sink relationship was perturbed in two sugarcane cultivars by imposing partial darkness, spraying a sucrose solution (50mM) and their combination. Five days after the onset of the treatments, the maximum Rubisco carboxylation rate (Vcmax) and the initial slope of A-Ci curve (k) were estimated by measuring leaf gas exchange and chlorophyll fluorescence...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881422/association-of-cholesterol-efflux-capacity-with-clinical-features-of-metabolic-syndrome-relevance-to-atherosclerosis
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Julie Gall, Eric Frisdal, Randa Bittar, Wilfried Le Goff, Eric Bruckert, Philippe Lesnik, Maryse Guerin, Philippe Giral
BACKGROUND: The contribution of high-density lipoprotein to cardiovascular benefit is closely linked to its role in the cellular cholesterol efflux process; however, various clinical and biochemical variables are known to modulate the overall cholesterol efflux process. The aim of this study was to evaluate the extent to which clinical and biological anomalies associated with the establishment of the metabolic syndrome modulate cholesterol efflux capacity and contribute to development of atherosclerosis...
November 23, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881169/spatiotemporal-exposure-modeling-of-ambient-erythemal-ultraviolet-radiation
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Trang VoPham, Jaime E Hart, Kimberly A Bertrand, Zhibin Sun, Rulla M Tamimi, Francine Laden
BACKGROUND: Ultraviolet B (UV-B) radiation plays a multifaceted role in human health, inducing DNA damage and representing the primary source of vitamin D for most humans; however, current U.S. UV exposure models are limited in spatial, temporal, and/or spectral resolution. Area-to-point (ATP) residual kriging is a geostatistical method that can be used to create a spatiotemporal exposure model by downscaling from an area- to point-level spatial resolution using fine-scale ancillary data...
November 24, 2016: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879023/potential-effect-of-ezetimibe-against-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection-in-type-ii-diabetes
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I-Fang Tsai, Chiu-Ping Kuo, Andrew B Lin, Ming-Nan Chien, Hsin-Tsung Ho, Tsai-Yin Wei, Chien-Liang Wu, Yen-Ta Lu
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Tuberculosis (TB) risk might be increased in patients with diabetes by factors other than hyperglycaemia, such as dyslipidaemia. Host lipids are essential energy sources used by mycobacteria to persist in a latent TB state. A potential therapy targeting cholesterol catabolism of mycobacteria has been proposed, but the potential of cholesterol-lowering drugs as anti-TB therapy is unclear. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of ezetimibe, a 2-azetidinone cholesterol absorption inhibitor, on intracellular mycobacteria survival and dormancy...
November 23, 2016: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878299/antioxidant-and-antitumor-activities-of-capparis-spinosa-l-and-the-related-mechanisms
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Lei Yu, Jinghhui Yang, Xin Wang, Bo Jiang, Yongxue Sun, Yubin Ji
The 'ethnodrug' Capparis spinosa L. has several pharmacological activities. First, it was found in previous experiments that an ethyl acetate extract of Capparis spinosa L. (CSE) exhibited antioxidant activity. In order to further research this finding, the present study investigate the blood biochemical indices, injury, energy metabolism, oxidative damage and mitochondrial membrane potential (Δψm) level of cardiac cells to study the effect of CSE on doxorubicin-induced cardiac toxicity. CSE had protective effects on the cardiac toxic effect of doxorubicin, and decreased the activity of lactic dehydrogenase (LDH) and creatine kinase (CK)...
November 16, 2016: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878249/ets-1-a-potential-target-of-glycolysis-for-metabolic-therapy-by-regulating-glucose-metabolism-in-pancreatic-cancer
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Xiu Zhang, Dan Wu, Mohanad Aldarouish, Xiaodong Yin, Chunyan Li, Cailian Wang
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal malignancies of all types of cancer due to lack of early symptoms and its resistance to conventional therapy. In our previous study, we have shown that v‑ets erythroblastosis virus E26 oncogene homolog‑1 (ETS‑1) promote cell migration and invasion in pancreatic cancer cells. However, the function of ETS‑1 in regulation of glycolysis and autophagy during progression of pancreatic cancer has not been defined yet. In this study, we sought to identify the potential role for silencing ETS‑1 in reducing the expression of glucose transporter‑1 (GLUT‑1) to disturb glycolysis through alteration of 'Warburg effect', by which could result in AMP‑activated protein kinase (AMPK) activation, autophagy induction and reduction of cell viability...
November 16, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875899/amelioration-of-energy-metabolism-by-melatonin-in-skeletal-muscle-of-rats-with-lps-induced-endotoxemia
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E Ozkok, H Yorulmaz, G Ates, A Aksu, N Balkis, Ö Şahin, S Tamer
In the literature, few studies have investigated the effects of melatonin on energy metabolism in skeletal muscle in endotoxemia. We investigated the effects of melatonin on tissue structure, energy metabolism in skeletal muscle, and antioxidant level of rats with endotoxemia. We divided rats into 4 groups, control, lipopolysaccharide (LPS) (20 mg/kg, i.p., single dose), melatonin (10 mg/kg, i.p., three times), and melatonin + LPS. Melatonin was injected i.p. 30 min before and after the 2nd and 4th hours of LPS injection...
November 23, 2016: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872020/niclosamide-ethanolamine-inhibits-artery-constriction
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Shan-Liang Li, Jie Yan, Yan-Qiu Zhang, Chang-Lin Zhen, Ming-Yu Liu, Jing Jin, Jin-Lai Gao, Xiao-Lin Xiao, Xin Shen, Yu Tai, Nan Hu, Xin-Zi Zhang, Zhi-Jie Sun, De-Li Dong
We previously demonstrated that the typical mitochondrial uncoupler carbonyl cyanide m-chlorophenylhydrazone (CCCP) inhibited artery constriction, but CCCP was used only as a pharmacological tool. Niclosamide is an anthelmintic drug approved by FDA. Niclosamide ethanolamine (NEN) is a salt form of niclosamide and has been demonstrated to uncouple mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation. The aim of the present study was to elucidate the vasoactivity of NEN and the potential mechanisms. Isometric tension of rat mesenteric artery and thoracic aorta was recorded by using multi-wire myograph system...
November 18, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871875/pyruvate-dehydrogenase-has-a-major-role-in-mast-cell-function-and-its-activity-is-regulated-by-mitochondrial-mitf
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Israa Sharkia, Tal Hadad Erlich, Nadine Landolina, Miri Assayag, Alex Motzik, Inbal Rachmin, Gillian Kay, Ziv Porat, Sagi Tshori, Neville Berkman, Francesca Levi-Schaffer, Ehud Razin
BACKGROUND: We have recently observed that OXPHOS mediated ATP production is essential for mast cell function. Pyruvate dehydrogenase (PDH) is the main regulator of the Krebs cycle and is located upstream to the electron transport chain. However, the role of PDH in mast cell function has not been described. Microphthalmia transcription factor (MITF) regulates the development, number and function of mast cells. The localization of MITF to the mitochondria and its interaction with mitochondrial proteins has not been explored...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868234/efficient-31-p-band-inversion-transfer-approach-for-measuring-creatine-kinase-activity-atp-synthesis-and-molecular-dynamics-in-the-human-brain-at-7-t
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Jimin Ren, A Dean Sherry, Craig R Malloy
PURPOSE: To develop an efficient (31) P magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) method for measuring creatine kinase (CK) activity, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) synthesis, and motion dynamics in the human brain at 7 Tesla (T). METHODS: Three band inversion modules differing in center frequency were used to induce magnetization transfer (MT) effect in three exchange pathways: (i) CK-mediated reaction PCr → γ-ATP; (ii) de novo ATP synthesis Pi → γ-ATP; and (iii) ATP intramolecular (31) P-(31) P cross-relaxation γ-(α-) ↔ β-ATP...
November 20, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865859/solubilization-of-proteins-in-aqueous-two-phase-extraction-through-combinations-of-phase-formers-and-displacement-agents
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Christian Kress, Gabriele Sadowski, Christoph Brandenbusch
The aqueous two-phase extraction (ATPE) of therapeutic proteins is a promising separation alternative to cost-intensive chromatography, still being the workhorse of nowadays downstream processing. As shown in many publications, using NaCl as displacement agent in salt-polymer ATPE allows for a selective purification of the target protein immunoglobulin G (IgG) from human serum albumin (HSA, represents the impurity). However a high yield of the target protein is only achievable as long as the protein is stabilized in solution and not precipitated...
November 17, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859827/elevated-phosphodiester-and-t2-levels-can-be-measured-in-the-absence-of-fat-infiltration-in-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-patients
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M T Hooijmans, E H Niks, J Burakiewicz, J J G M Verschuuren, A G Webb, H E Kan
Quantitative MRI and MRS are increasingly important as non-invasive outcome measures in therapy development for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Many studies have focussed on individual measures such as fat fraction and metabolite levels in relation to age and functionality, but much less attention has been given to how these indices relate to each other. Here, we assessed spatially resolved metabolic changes in leg muscles of DMD patients, and classified muscles according to the degree of fat replacement compared with healthy controls...
November 17, 2016: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859767/mechanisms-for-the-control-of-local-tissue-blood-flow-during-thermal-interventions-influence-of-temperature-dependent-atp-release-from-human-blood-and-endothelial-cells
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Kameljit K Kalsi, Scott T Chiesa, Steven J Trangmar, Leena Ali, Makrand D Lotlikar, José González-Alonso
Local tissue perfusion changes with alterations in temperature during heating and cooling, but the thermosensitivity of the vascular ATP signalling mechanisms for control of blood flow during thermal interventions remains unknown. Here we tested the hypotheses that the release of the vasodilator mediator ATP from human erythrocytes, but not from endothelial cells or other blood constituents, is sensitive to both increases and reductions in temperature and that increasing intravascular ATP availability with ATP infusion would potentiate thermal hyperaemia in limb tissues...
November 17, 2016: Experimental Physiology
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