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Caroline S Martinez, Franck M Peçanha, Daniela S Brum, Francielli W Santos, Jeferson L Franco, Ana Paula P Zemolin, Janete A Anselmo-Franci, Fernando B Junior, María J Alonso, Mercedes Salaices, Dalton V Vassallo, Fábio G Leivas, Giulia A Wiggers
Mercury is a ubiquitous environmental pollutant and mercury contamination and toxicity are serious hazards to human health. Some studies have shown that mercury impairs male reproductive function, but less is known about its effects following exposure at low doses and the possible mechanisms underlying its toxicity. Herein we show that exposure of rats to mercury chloride for 30 days (first dose 4.6µgkg-1, subsequent doses 0.07µgkg-1day-1) resulted in mean (±s.e.m.) blood mercury concentrations of 6.8±0...
October 19, 2016: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
Roger A Sunde, Kevin M Thompson, Kevin L Fritsche, Jacqueline K Evenson
Second-generation selenium-deficient weanling rats fed graded levels of dietary Se were used (a) to study the impact of initial Se deficiency on dietary Se requirements; (b) to determine if further decreases in selenoperoxidase expression, especially glutathione peroxidase 4 (Gpx4), affect growth or gross disease; and (c) to examine the impact of vitamin E deficiency on biochemical and molecular biomarkers of Se status. Rats were fed a vitamin E-deficient and Se-deficient crystalline amino acid diet (3 ng Se/g diet) or that diet supplemented with 100 μg/g all-rac-α-tocopheryl acetate and/or 0, 0...
October 17, 2016: Biological Trace Element Research
Jie Dai, Jun Zhou, Hongmei Liu, Kaixun Huang
Selenite and ebselen supplementation has been shown to possess anti-cataract potential in some experimental animal models of cataract, however, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. The present study was designed to evaluate the anti-cataract effects and the underlying mechanisms of selenite and ebselen supplementation on galactose induced cataract in rats, a common animal model of sugar cataract. Transmission electron microscopy images of lens fiber cells (LFC) and lens epithelial cells (LEC) were observed in D-galactose-induced experimental cataractous rats treated with or without selenite and ebselen, also redox homeostasis and expression of proteins such as selenoprotein R (SELR), 15kD selenoprotein (SEP15), superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1), catalase (CAT), β-crystallin protein, aldose reductase (AR) and glucose-regulated protein 78 (GRP78) were estimated in the lenses...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
Lv-Hui Sun, Ding-An Pi, Ling Zhao, Xiu-Ying Wang, Luo-Yi Zhu, De-Sheng Qi, Yu-Lan Liu
Circulating concentration of the essential trace element selenium (Se) was significantly lower in inflammatory disorders. Although Se plays physiological roles mainly through the function of 25 selenoproteins, the response of the selenogenome in immune tissues during inflammatory reactions remains unclear. The objective of this study was to determine the Se retention and selenogenome expression in immune tissues during the lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammatory response in porcine. A total of 12 male pigs were randomly divided into two groups and injected with LPS or saline...
October 11, 2016: Biological Trace Element Research
Hye-Eun Choi, Ji-Sun Shin, Dong-Gyu Leem, Soo-Dong Kim, Won-Jea Cho, Kyung-Tae Lee
Previously, we reported that 6-(3,4-dihydro-1H-isoquinolin-2-yl)-N-(6-methylpyridin-2-yl) nicotinamide (DIMN) analogues inhibited the growth of prostate cancer cells as an anti-androgenic compound. In the present study, we evaluated cytotoxic effects of these DIMN derivatives and found that DIMN-26 most potently inhibited the proliferation of the LNCap-LN3 androgen-dependent and DU145 androgen-independent prostate cancer cells through induction of G2/M phase cell cycle arrest and subsequent apoptosis. The G2/M phase arrest was found due to increases in the activation of cdc2 (also known as cyclin-dependent kinase 1, CDK1)/cyclin B1 complex...
October 5, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
Malgorzata Dobosz-Bartoszek, Mark H Pinkerton, Zbyszek Otwinowski, Srinivas Chakravarthy, Dieter Söll, Paul R Copeland, Miljan Simonović
Selenocysteine is the only proteinogenic amino acid encoded by a recoded in-frame UGA codon that does not operate as the canonical opal stop codon. A specialized translation elongation factor, eEFSec in eukaryotes and SelB in prokaryotes, promotes selenocysteine incorporation into selenoproteins by a still poorly understood mechanism. Our structural and biochemical results reveal that four domains of human eEFSec fold into a chalice-like structure that has similar binding affinities for GDP, GTP and other guanine nucleotides...
October 6, 2016: Nature Communications
R Elgendy, M Giantin, F Castellani, L Grotta, F Palazzo, M Dacasto, G Martino
The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of a high dietary Se supplementation on the whole transcriptome of sheep. A custom sheep whole-transcriptome microarray, with more than 23,000 unique transcripts, was designed and then used to profile the global gene expression of sheep after feeding a high dietary supplementation of organic Se. Lactating crossbred ewes ( = 10; 3 to 4 yr of age and 55 to 65 kg BW) at late lactation (100 ± 8 d in milk) were acclimated to indoor individual pen feeding of a basal control diet (0...
August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
Zsuzsanna Kolbert, Nóra Lehotai, Árpád Molnár, Gábor Feigl
Elevated levels of selenium (Se) cause toxicity in non-accumulator plant species. The primary reasons for toxic Se effect have been considered to be selenoprotein accumulation and oxidative stress. However, based on our recent paper in Plant Cell Reports and previous literature data we suggest that disturbances in the homeostasis of both reactive oxygen and nitrogen species result in selenium-induced nitro-oxidative stress, contributing to toxicity. The most characteristic symptom of Se exposure is the inhibited root elongation which is partly caused by hormonal disturbances...
October 3, 2016: Plant Signaling & Behavior
Wenbo Chen, Zhen Zhang, Fangfang Yan, Xiaoxue Jiang, Shaozong Qin, Haiyan Dong
Selenoproteins, which contain the selenocysteine (Sec), play crucial roles in antioxidant protection. In the present study, we have identified and characterized three selenoprotein T paralogs (designated as gfSelT1a, gfSelT1b and gfSelT2) in goldfish, Carassius auratus. The SECIS element was found in the 3'-UTRs of gfSelT1a, gfSelT1b and gfSelT2 mRNA. Sequence analysis showed that they all possess the CxxU motif (where U represents Sec) in the N-terminal. Constitutive expressions of gfSelT1a, gfSelT1b and gfSelT2 were observed in all tissues studied...
September 22, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Vadim N Gladyshev, Elias S Arnér, Marla J Berry, Regina Brigelius-Flohé, Elspeth A Bruford, Raymond F Burk, Bradley A Carlson, Sergi Castellano, Laurent Chavatte, Marcus Conrad, Paul R Copeland, Alan M Diamond, Donna M Driscoll, Ana Ferreiro, Leopold Flohé, Fiona R Green, Roderic Guigó, Diane E Handy, Dolph L Hatfield, John Hesketh, Peter R Hoffmann, Arne Holmgren, Robert J Hondal, Michael T Howard, Kaixun Huang, Hwa-Young Kim, Ick Young Kim, Josef Köhrle, Alain Krol, Gregory V Kryukov, Byeong Jae Lee, Byung Cheon Lee, Xin Gen Lei, Qiong Liu, Alain Lescure, Alexei V Lobanov, Joseph Loscalzo, Matilde Maiorino, Marco Mariotti, K Sandeep Prabhu, Margaret P Rayman, Sharon Rozovsky, Gustavo Salinas, Lutz Schomburg, Ulrich Schweizer, Miljan Simonović, Roger A Sunde, Petra A Tsuji, Susan Tweedie, Fulvio Ursini, Yan Zhang
The human genome contains 25 genes coding for selenocysteine-containing proteins (selenoproteins). These proteins are involved in a variety of functions, most notably redox homeostasis. Selenoprotein enzymes with known functions are designated according to these functions: TXNRD1, TXNRD2, and TXNRD3 (thioredoxin reductases), GPX1, GPX2, GPX3, GPX4 and GPX6 (glutathione peroxidases), DIO1, DIO2, and DIO3 (iodothyronine deiodinases), MSRB1 (methionine-R-sulfoxide reductase 1) and SEPHS2 (selenophosphate synthetase 2)...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Qingyu Wang, Jiaqiang Huang, Hao Zhang, Xingen Lei, Zhongyao Du, Chen Xiao, Silu Chen, Fazheng Ren
Selenium deficiency is the major cause of exudative diathesis in chicks. Subcutaneous hemorrhage is one of the typical symptoms of the disease. However, the reason for the occurrence of blood exudation remains unknown. In the present study, the vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) were isolated from 17-day-old broiler chick embryos. Cell viability, cell apoptosis, and intracellular reactive oxygen species level under different concentrations of selenium (0-0.9 μM) were investigated. The mRNA expression levels of 25 selenoproteins and apoptosis-related genes (p53, CytC, Caspase-3, Caspase-8, Bcl-2, and Bax) were also measured...
September 13, 2016: Biological Trace Element Research
Robert L Norton, Gregory J Fredericks, Zhi Huang, Jeffrey D Fay, FuKun W Hoffmann, Peter R Hoffmann
Effective activation of macrophages through phagocytic Fcγ receptors (FcγR) has been shown to require selenoprotein K (Selk). We set out to determine whether the FcγR-mediated uptake process itself also requires Selk and potential underlying mechanisms. Macrophages from Selk knockout (KO) mice were less efficient compared with wild-type (WT) controls in engulfing IgG-coated fluorescent beads. Using LC-MS/MS to screen for Selk-binding partners involved in FcγR-mediated phagocytosis, we identified Arf-GAP with SH3 domain, ANK repeat, and PH domain-containing protein 2 (ASAP2)...
September 6, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Xiaoli Shi, Jie Kong, Xianhong Meng, Sheng Luan, Kun Luo, Baoxiang Cao, Ning Liu, Xia Lu, Kangyu Deng, Jiawang Cao, Yingxue Zhang, Hengheng Zhang, Xupeng Li
White spot syndrome virus (WSSV) infects all shrimp species and is the greatest detriment to shrimp culture. To better understand the mechanism of molecular responses to WSSV infection in "Huanghai No. 2" Fenneropenaeus chinensis, a microarray technique was used. Microarray gene expression profiling of 59,137 unigenes identified Differentially Expressed Genes (DEGs) both in live and moribund shrimp at early, peak and late phases. In live shrimp, 1307, 1479 and 1539 DEGs were obtained in the early, peak and late phase, respectively...
August 30, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Andrew G Cox, Allison Tsomides, Andrew J Kim, Diane Saunders, Katie L Hwang, Kimberley J Evason, Jerry Heidel, Kristin K Brown, Min Yuan, Evan C Lien, Byung Cheon Lee, Sahar Nissim, Bryan Dickinson, Sagar Chhangawala, Christopher J Chang, John M Asara, Yariv Houvras, Vadim N Gladyshev, Wolfram Goessling
Selenium, an essential micronutrient known for its cancer prevention properties, is incorporated into a class of selenocysteine-containing proteins (selenoproteins). Selenoprotein H (SepH) is a recently identified nucleolar oxidoreductase whose function is not well understood. Here we report that seph is an essential gene regulating organ development in zebrafish. Metabolite profiling by targeted LC-MS/MS demonstrated that SepH deficiency impairs redox balance by reducing the levels of ascorbate and methionine, while increasing methionine sulfoxide...
September 20, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Claudia Lennicke, Jette Rahn, Anna P Kipp, Biljana P Dojčinović, Andreas S Müller, Ludger A Wessjohann, Rudolf Lichtenfels, Barbara Seliger
BACKGROUND: Selenium (Se) exerts its biological activity largely via selenoproteins, which are key enzymes for maintaining the cellular redox homeostasis. However, besides these beneficial effects there is also evidence that an oversupply of Se might increase the risk towards developing metabolic disorders. To address this in more detail, we directly compared effects of feeding distinct Se compounds and concentrations on hepatic metabolism and expression profiles of mice. METHODS: Male C57BL6/J mice received either a selenium-deficient diet or diets enriched with adequate or high doses of selenite, selenate or selenomethionine for 20weeks...
August 24, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Caitlyn W Barrett, Sarah P Short, Christopher S Williams
Selenium is an essential micronutrient that is incorporated into at least 25 selenoproteins encoded by the human genome, many of which serve antioxidant functions. Because patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) demonstrate nutritional deficiencies and are at increased risk for colon cancer due to heightened inflammation and oxidative stress, selenoprotein dysfunction may contribute to disease progression. Over the years, numerous studies have analyzed the effects of selenoprotein loss and shown that they are important mediators of intestinal inflammation and carcinogenesis...
August 25, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
Haidong Yao, Ruifeng Fan, Xia Zhao, Wenchao Zhao, Wei Liu, Jie Yang, Hamid Sattar, Jinxin Zhao, Ziwei Zhang, Shiwen Xu
Selenium (Se) deficiency induces Ca2+ leak and calcification in mammal skeletal muscles; however, the exact mechanism is still unclear. In the present study, both Se-deficient chicken muscle models and selenoprotein W (SelW) gene knockdown myoblast and embryo models were used to study the mechanism. The results showed that Se deficiency-induced typical muscular injuries accompanied with Ca2+ leak and oxidative stress (P < 0.05) injured the ultrastructure of the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) and mitochondria; decreased the levels of the Ca2+ channels, SERCA, SLC8A, CACNA1S, ORAI1, STIM1, TRPC1, and TRPC3 (P < 0...
August 20, 2016: Oncotarget
Bing Yu, Dan-Ting Li, Jia-Bao Lu, Wen-Xin Zhang, Chuan-Xi Zhang
BACKGROUND: Seminal fluid proteins (SFPs) are produced mainly in the accessory gland of male insects and transferred to females during mating, in which they induce numerous physiological and post-mating behavioral changes. The brown plant hopper (BPH), Nilaparvata lugens, is an economically important hemipterous pest of rice. The behavior and physiology of the female of this species is significantly altered by mating. SFPs in hemipteran species are still unclear. RESULTS: We applied high-throughput mass spectrometry proteomic analyses to characterize the SFP composition in N...
2016: BMC Genomics
Maryline Moulin, Ana Ferreiro
Because of their contractile activity and their high oxygen consumption and metabolic rate, skeletal muscles continually produce moderate levels of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (ROS/RNS), which increase during exercise and are buffered by multiple antioxidant systems to maintain redox homeostasis. Imbalance between ROS/RNS production and elimination results in oxidative stress (OxS), which has been implicated in aging and in numerous human diseases, including cancer, diabetes or age-related muscle loss (sarcopenia)...
August 12, 2016: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
Jan Aaseth, Jan Alexander, Geir Bjørklund, Knut Hestad, Petr Dusek, Per M Roos, Urban Alehagen
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder presenting one of the biggest healthcare challenges in developed countries. No effective treatment exists. In recent years the main focus of AD research has been on the amyloid hypothesis, which postulates that extracellular precipitates of beta amyloid (Aβ) derived from amyloid precursor protein (APP) are responsible for the cognitive impairment seen in AD. Treatment strategies have been to reduce Aβ production through inhibition of enzymes responsible for its formation, or to promote resolution of existing cerebral Aβ plaques...
October 2016: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
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