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Lin Li, Meilin He, Hang Xiao, Xiaoqian Liu, Kai Wang, Yuanshu Zhang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Acetic acid (AcOH), a short-chain fatty acid, is reported to have some beneficial effects on metabolism. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the regulatory mechanism of acetic acid on hepatic lipid metabolism in BRL-3A cells. METHODS: We cultured and treated BRL-3A cells with different concentrations of sodium acetate (neutralized acetic acid) and BML-275 (an AMPKα inhibitor). The total lipid droplet area was measured by oil red O staining, and the triglyceride content was determined by a triglyceride detection kit...
March 6, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
G A Mejicanos, J W Kim, C M Nyachoti
Tail-end dehulling of canola meal (CM) has been shown to reduce dietary fiber and increase crude protein content in the dehulled meal. The application of this procedure also increased the total and non-phytate P content in the dehulled meal. However, it is unclear if dehulling affects P digestibility in the different fractions (i.e., the dehulled meal and the coarse fraction) and if it differs when fed to growing pigs at 2 different BW. Therefore, 2 experiments were conducted to determine the apparent (ATTD) and standardized (STTD) total tract digestibility of P in dehulled CM fed to growing pigs...
February 24, 2018: Journal of Animal Science
Stéphanie Da Silva, Åsa V Keita, Sofie Mohlin, Sven Påhlman, Vassilia Theodorou, Ingrid Påhlman, Jan P Mattson, Johan D Söderholm
Background: Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPARγ) exerts anti-inflammatory effects and is therefore a potential target in ulcerative colitis (UC). A novel PPARγ agonist (AS002) developed for local action was evaluated ex vivo in biopsies from UC patients and in vivo in mice with low-grade dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)- and trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS)-induced colitis. Methods: Colonic biopsies from UC patients (n = 18) and healthy controls (n = 6) were incubated with AS002 or rosiglitazone (positive control) to measure mRNA expression of the PPARγ-responsive gene ADIPOPHILIN and protein levels of UC-related cytokines (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay)...
February 24, 2018: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Denisa Jansova, Anna Tetkova, Marketa Koncicka, Michal Kubelka, Andrej Susor
The tight correlation between mRNA distribution and subsequent protein localization and function indicate a major role for mRNA localization within the cell. RNA localization, followed by local translation, presents a mechanism for spatial and temporal gene expression regulation utilized by various cell types. However, little is known about mRNA localization and translation in the mammalian oocyte and early embryo. Importantly, fully-grown oocyte becomes transcriptionally inactive and only utilizes transcripts previously synthesized and stored during earlier development...
2018: PloS One
Jessica M Skeie, Benjamin T Aldrich, Andrew S Goldstein, Gregory A Schmidt, Cynthia R Reed, Mark A Greiner
The objective of this study was to characterize the proteome of the corneal endothelial cell layer and its basement membrane (Descemet membrane) in humans with various severities of type II diabetes mellitus compared to controls, and identify differentially expressed proteins across a range of diabetic disease severities that may influence corneal endothelial cell health. Endothelium-Descemet membrane complex tissues were peeled from transplant suitable donor corneas. Protein fractions were isolated from each sample and subjected to multidimensional liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry...
2018: PloS One
Muhammad A Farooq, Kangni Zhang, Faisal Islam, Jian Wang, Habib U R Athar, Aamir Nawaz, Zafar Ullah Zafar, Jianxiang Xu, Weijun Zhou
Brassica napus plants exposed to 200 μM arsenic (As) exhibited high-level of stress condition, which led to inhibit growth, enhanced lipid peroxidation, and disrupted cellular ultra-structures. Exogenous application of methyl jasmonate (MeJA) alleviated the As-induced oxidative stress and improves the plant growth and photosynthesis. In this study, we investigated changes in the B. napus leaf proteome in order to identify molecular mechanisms involved in MeJA -induced As tolerance. Our study identified 177 proteins were differentially expressed in cultivar ZS 758; while 200 differentially expressed proteins were accumulated in zheda 622, when exposed to As alone and MeJA+As treatments, respectively...
March 12, 2018: Proteomics
Serina L Robinson, Jonathan P Badalamenti, Anthony G Dodge, Lambros J Tassoulas, Lawrence P Wackett
Biuret is a minor component of urea fertilizer and an intermediate in s-triazine herbicide biodegradation. The microbial metabolism of biuret has never been comprehensively studied. Here we enriched and isolated bacteria from a potato field that grew on biuret as a sole nitrogen source. We sequenced the genome of the fastest-growing isolate, Herbaspirillum sp. BH-1 and identified genes encoding putative biuret hydrolases (BHs). We purified and characterized a functional BH enzyme from Herbaspirillum sp. BH-1 and two other bacteria from divergent phyla...
March 12, 2018: Environmental Microbiology
Lifeng Zhu, Qi Wu, Cao Deng, Mengjie Zhang, Chenglin Zhang, Hua Chen, Guoqing Lu, Fuwen Wei
Carnivorous members of the Carnivora reside at the apex of food chains and consume meat-only diets, rich in purine, fats and protein. Here, we aimed to identify potential adaptive evolutionary signatures compatible with high purine and fat metabolism based on analysis of host genomes and symbiotic gut microbial metagenomes. We found that the gut microbiomes of carnivorous Carnivora (e.g. Felidae, Canidae) clustered in the same clade, and other clades comprised omnivorous and herbivorous Carnivora (e.g. badgers, bears and pandas)...
March 12, 2018: Environmental Microbiology
Dong-Li Zhu, Xiao-Feng Chen, Wei-Xin Hu, Shan-Shan Dong, Bing-Jie Lu, Yu Rong, Yi-Xiao Chen, Hao Chen, Hlaing Nwe Thynn, Nai-Ning Wang, Yan Guo, Tie-Lin Yang
RANKL is a key regulator involved in bone metabolism, and a drug target for osteoporosis. The clinical diagnosis and assessment of osteoporosis are mainly based on bone mineral density (BMD). Previous powerful genome-wide association studies (GWASs) have identified multiple intergenic single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) located over 100 kb upstream of RANKL and 65 kb downstream of AKAP11 at 13q14.11 for osteoporosis. Whether these SNPs exert their roles on osteoporosis through RANKL is unknown. In this study, we conducted integrative analyses combining expression quantitative trait locus (eQTL), genomic chromatin interaction (Hi-C), epigenetic annotation and a series of functional assays...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
Lucille L F van Beek, Daan D de Gouw, Marc M J Eleveld, Hester H J Bootsma, Marien M I de Jonge, Frits F R Mooi, Aldert A Zomer, Dimitri D A Diavatopoulos
There is a lack of insight into the basic mechanisms by which Bordetella pertussis adapts to the local host environment during infection. We analysed B. pertussis gene expression in the upper and lower airways of mice and compared this to SO4-induced in vitro Bvg-regulated gene transcription. Approximately 30% of all genes were found to be differentially expressed between in vitro vs. in vivo conditions. This included several novel potential vaccine antigens that were exclusively expressed in vivo. Significant differences in expression profile and metabolic pathways were identified between the upper versus the lower airways, suggesting distinct antigenic profiles...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Yi-Feng Wu, Yu Zhao, Xin-Yan Liu, Shuai Gao, Ai-Xia Cheng, Hong-Xiang Lou
Liverworts, a section of the bryophyte plants which pioneered the colonization of terrestrial habitats, produce cyclic bisbibenzyls as a secondary metabolite. These compounds are generated via the phenylpropanoid pathway, similar with flavonoid biosynthesis for which bHLH transcription factors have been identified as one of the improtant regulators in higher plants. Here, a bHLH homolog (PabHLH) was isolated from the liverwort species Plagiochasma appendiculatum and its contribution to bisbibenzyl biosynthesis was explored...
March 8, 2018: Plant & Cell Physiology
Azadeh Houshmand-Oeregaard, Maren Schrölkamp, Louise Kelstrup, Ninna S Hansen, Line Hjort, Anne Cathrine Baun Thuesen, Christa Broholm, Elisabeth R Mathiesen, Tine D Clausen, Allan Vaag, Peter Damm
Offspring of women with diabetes in pregnancy exhibit skeletal muscle insulin resistance and are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, potentially mediated by epigenetic mechanisms or changes in the expression of small non-coding microRNAs. Members of the miR-15 family can alter the expression or function of important proteins in the insulin signaling pathway, affecting insulin sensitivity and secretion. We hypothesized that exposure to maternal diabetes may cause altered expression of these microRNAs in offspring skeletal muscle, representing a potential underlying mechanism by which exposure to maternal diabetes leads to increased risk of cardiometabolic disease in offspring...
March 8, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Alberto A Esteves-Ferreira, Masami Inaba, Antoine Fort, Wagner L Araújo, Ronan Sulpice
Cyanobacteria are one of the earliest branching groups of organisms on the planet, and during their evolutionary history were submitted to varying selective pressures. Nowadays, cyanobacteria can grow in a variety of conditions, using a large number of nitrogen sources. The control of the nitrogen metabolism in cyanobacteria depends on a fine-tuning regulatory network involving 2-oxoglutarate (2-OG), PII, PipX, and NtcA. This network answers to the cellular 2-OG levels, which reflects the cellular carbon/nitrogen balance, and as an output regulates gene expression, translation, protein activities and thus metabolic pathways...
March 12, 2018: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
João R Gomes, Inês Cabrito, Hugo R Soares, Susete Costelha, Anabela Teixeira, Angela Wittelsberger, Catelijne Stortelers, Peter Vanlandschoot, Maria J Saraiva
Transthyretin (TTR) is a transport protein of retinol and thyroxine in serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which is mainly secreted in liver and choroid plexus, and in smaller amounts in other cells throughout the body. The exact role of TTR and its specific expression in Central Nervous System (CNS) remains understudied. We investigated TTR expression and metabolism in CNS, through the intranasal and intracerebroventricular delivery of a specific anti-TTR Nanobody to the brain, unveiling Nanobody pharmacokinetics to the CNS...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Neurochemistry
Alex Veith, Bhagavatula Moorthy
The cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes are a diverse group of heme monooxygenases that, through the course of their reaction cycle, contribute to cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS). CYP enzymes play a crucial role in human physiology and are involved in drug and xenobiotic metabolism as well as biosynthesis of endogenous molecules and are expressed throughout the human body. However, during the course of the CYP catalytic cycle, ROS can be generated through uncoupling of the enzymatic cycle. ROS is known to modify endogenous molecules, included lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids, which can lead to cell damage and death and contribute to disease development...
February 2018: Current Opinion in Toxicology
Hui Chen, Hudan Liu, Guoliang Qing
The MYC family oncogene is deregulated in >50% of human cancers, and this deregulation is frequently associated with poor prognosis and unfavorable patient survival. Myc has a central role in almost every aspect of the oncogenic process, orchestrating proliferation, apoptosis, differentiation, and metabolism. Although Myc inhibition would be a powerful approach for the treatment of many types of cancers, direct targeting of Myc has been a challenge for decades owing to its "undruggable" protein structure...
2018: Signal Transduction and Targeted Therapy
Michal Lusthaus, Niv Mazkereth, Natalie Donin, Zvi Fishelson
The complement system participates in the pathogenesis of many diseases. Complement activation produces several active protein complexes and peptides, including the terminal C5b-9 complexes. It was reported that C5b-9 complexes insert into the plasma membrane and cause membrane perturbation, intracellular calcium surge, metabolic depletion, and osmotic lysis. Previously, we showed that complement-dependent cytotoxicity (CDC) is regulated by JNK and Bid. Here, we demonstrate that three mediators in TNFα-induced necroptosis (regulated necrosis), the receptor-interacting protein kinases, receptor-interacting protein kinase 1 (RIPK1) and receptor-interacting protein kinase 3 (RIPK3), and mixed-lineage kinase domain-like protein (MLKL), are activated by complement and contribute to CDC...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Maria S Yusseppone, Iara Rocchetta, Sebastian E Sabatini, Carlos M Luquet, Maria Del Carmen Ríos de Molina, Christoph Held, Doris Abele
Hypoxia in freshwater ecosystems is spreading as a consequence of global change, including pollution and eutrophication. In the Patagonian Andes, a decline in precipitation causes reduced lake water volumes and stagnant conditions that limit oxygen transport and exacerbate hypoxia below the upper mixed layer. We analyzed the molecular and biochemical response of the North Patagonian bivalve Diplodon chilensis after 10 days of experimental anoxia (<0.2 mg O2 /L), hypoxia (2 mg O2 /L), and normoxia (9 mg O2 /L)...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Prahlad K Rao, Kate Merath, Eugene Drigalenko, Avinash Y L Jadhav, Richard A Komorowski, Matthew I Goldblatt, Anand Rohatgi, Mark A Sarzynski, Samer Gawrieh, Michael Olivier
Background: Metabolic diseases such as obesity and diabetes are associated with changes in high-density lipoprotein (HDL) particles, including changes in particle size and protein composition, often resulting in abnormal function. Recent studies suggested that patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), including individuals with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), have smaller HDL particles when compared to individuals without liver pathologies. However, no studies have investigated potential changes in HDL particle protein composition in patients with NAFLD, in addition to changes related to obesity, to explore putative functional changes of HDL which may increase the risk of cardiovascular complications...
2018: Clinical Proteomics
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