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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727032/probiotic-supplementation-protects-weaned-pigs-against-enterotoxigenic-escherichia-coli-k88-challenge-and-improves-performance-similar-to-antibiotics
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L Pan, P F Zhao, X K Ma, Q H Shang, Y T Xu, S F Long, Y Wu, F M Yuan, X S Piao
These studies evaluated the effects of probiotics (PB) as a potential substitute for antibiotics (AB) on diarrhea in relation to immune responses and intestinal health in weaned pigs challenged with enterotoxigenic (ETEC) K88 (Exp. 1) and the effects of PB on performance and nutrient digestibility in weaned pigs (Exp. 2). In Exp. 1, 24 weaned barrows (4.9 ± 0.4 kg initial BW) were randomly assigned to 1 of 4 treatments. The treatments consisted of pigs fed an unsupplemented corn-soybean meal basal diet and not challenged (NON-C) or challenged with ETEC K88 (CHA-C) on d 9 and pigs fed the same basal diet supplemented with AB (100 mg/kg zinc bacitracin, 50 mg/kg colistin sulfate, and 100 mg/kg olaquindox; CHA-AB) or 500 mg/kg PB ( and ; CHA-PB) and challenged with ETEC K88 on d 9...
June 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718955/an-electrochemiluminescent-method-for-glutamate-measurement-in-small-microdialysate-samples-in-asphyxiated-young-rats
#2
Jorge Ortega-Ibarra, Silvia López-Pérez, Alberto Morales-Villagrán
Glutamate (Glu) quantification has been performed by a combination of intracerebral microdialysis through which the samples are obtained and analyzed by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC); its measurement requires a large expenditure of time (15-30 min per sample) and special training. Therefore, an alternative method is presented here, based on the electrochemiluminescence produced by the use of an enzymatic reactor, containing glutamate-oxidase, mixed and incubated with microdialysate from dorsal striatum (DS) and prefrontal cortex (PFC) of young rats asphyxiated during the neonatal period, under a global asphyxia model in order to test this method...
July 18, 2017: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715473/population-and-colony-structure-and-morphometrics-in-the-queen-dimorphic-little-black-ant-monomorium-sp-az-02-with-a-review-of-queen-phenotypes-in-the-genus-monomorium
#3
Robert A Johnson, Rick P Overson
The North American little black ant, Monomorium sp. AZ-02 (subfamily Myrmicinae), displays a dimorphism that consists of alate (winged) and ergatoid (wingless) queens. Surveys at our field site in southcentral Arizona, USA, demonstrated that only one queen phenotype (alate or ergatoid) occurred in each colony during the season in which reproductive sexuals were produced. A morphometric analysis demonstrated that ergatoid queens retained all specialized anatomical features of alate queens (except for wings), and that they were significantly smaller and had a lower mass than alate queens...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713355/respiratory-pathways-reconstructed-by-multi-omics-analysis-in-melioribacter-roseus-residing-in-a-deep-thermal-aquifer-of-the-west-siberian-megabasin
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Sergey Gavrilov, Olga Podosokorskaya, Dmitry Alexeev, Alexander Merkel, Maria Khomyakova, Maria Muntyan, Ilya Altukhov, Ivan Butenko, Elizaveta Bonch-Osmolovskaya, Vadim Govorun, Ilya Kublanov
Melioribacter roseus, a representative of recently proposed Ignavibacteriae phylum, is a metabolically versatile thermophilic bacterium, inhabiting subsurface biosphere of the West-Siberian megabasin and capable of growing on various substrates and electron acceptors. Genomic analysis followed by inhibitor studies and membrane potential measurements of aerobically grown M. roseus cells revealed the activity of aerobic respiratory electron transfer chain comprised of respiratory complexes I and IV, and an alternative complex III...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703274/pterostilbene-reduces-oxidative-stress-prevents-hypertrophy-and-preserves-systolic-function-of-right-ventricle-in-cor-pulmonale-model
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Denise Dos Santos Lacerda, Patrick Türck, Bruna Gazzi de Lima-Seolin, Rafael Colombo, Vanessa Duarte Ortiz, Jéssica Hellen Poletto Bonetto, Cristina Campos-Carraro, Sara Elis Bianchi, Adriane Belló-Klein, Valquiria LinckBassani, Alex Sander da Rosa Araujo
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: In cor pulmonale, the increased afterload imposed on the right ventricle (RV) generates a maladaptive response, impairing the contractile cardiac function. Oxidative mechanisms play an important role in the pathophysiology and progression of this disease. The administration of pterostilbene (PTS), a phyto-phenol with antioxidant potential, may represent a therapeutic alternative. In the present study, the objective was to evaluate the effect of PTS complexed with hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HPβCD) on hypertrophy, contractile function and oxidative parameters in the RV of rats with pulmonary hypertension induced by monocrotaline administration...
July 12, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702034/cardr1-an-rna-dependent-rna-polymerase-plays-a-positive-role-in-pepper-resistance-against-tmv
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Lei Qin, Ning Mo, Yang Zhang, Tayeb Muhammad, Guiye Zhao, Yan Zhang, Yan Liang
RNA silencing functions as a major natural antiviral defense mechanism in plants. RNA-dependent RNA polymerases (RDRs) that catalyze the synthesis of double-stranded RNAs, are considered as a fundamental element in RNA silencing pathways. In Arabidopsis thaliana, RDR1, 2 and 6 play important roles in anti-viral RNA silencing. Expression of RDR1 can be elevated following plant treatment with defense hormones and virus infection. RDR1 has been studied in several crop species, but not in pepper (Capsicum annuum L...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698228/perturbations-to-lysyl-oxidase-expression-broadly-influence-the-transcriptome-of-lung-fibroblasts
#7
Ivana Mižíková, Francesco Palumbo, Tamás Tábi, Susanne Herold, István Vadász, Konstantin Mayer, Werner Seeger, Rory E Morty
Lysyl oxidases are credited with pathogenic roles in lung diseases, including cancer, fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, and bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). Lysyl oxidases facilitate the covalent intra- and inter-molecular cross-linking of collagen and elastin fibers, thereby imparting tensile strength to the extracellular matrix (ECM). Alternative ECM-independent roles have recently been proposed for lysyl oxidases, including regulation of growth factor signaling, chromatin remodeling, and transcriptional regulation; all of which impact cell phenotype...
July 10, 2017: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697598/nox2-mediated-tfeb-activation-and-vacuolization-regulate-lysosome-associated-cell-death-induced-by-gypenoside-l-a-saponin-isolated-from-gynostemma-pentaphyllum
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Kai Zheng, Yingchun Jiang, Chenghui Liao, Xiaopeng Hu, Yan Li, Yong Zeng, Jian Zhang, Xuli Wu, Haiqiang Wu, Lizhong Liu, Yifei Wang, Zhendan He
Tumor cells frequently obtain their chemoresistance through deregulating apoptotic signaling and activating protective autophagy. Therefore, exploring efficient chemotherapeutic agents or isolating novel natural products that can trigger non-apoptotic and non-autophagic cell death such as lysosome-associated death is emergently required. We have recently shown that Gypenoside L (Gyp-L), a saponin isolated from Gynostemma pentaphyllum, induces lysosome swelling and cell death in esophageal cancer cells. However, contributions of vacuolization and lysosome to cell death remain unclear...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685438/functional-nirs-measurement-of-cytochrome-c-oxidase-demonstrates-a-more-brain-specific-marker-of-frontal-lobe-activation-compared-to-the-haemoglobins
#9
Isabel de Roever, Gemma Bale, Robert J Cooper, Ilias Tachtsidis
Functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) is an increasingly common neuromonitoring technique used to observe evoked haemodynamic changes in the brain in response to a stimulus. The measurement is typically in terms of concentration changes of oxy- (∆HbO2) and deoxy- (∆HHb) haemoglobin. However, noise from systemic fluctuations in the concentration of these chromophores can contaminate stimulus-evoked haemodynamic responses, leading to misinterpretation of results. Short-separation channels can be used to regress out extracerebral haemodynamics to better reveal cerebral changes, significantly improving the reliability of fNIRS...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673232/expression-of-ciona-intestinalis-aox-causes-male-reproductive-defects-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#10
Sina Saari, Ana Andjelković, Geovana S Garcia, Howard T Jacobs, Marcos T Oliveira
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial alternative respiratory-chain enzymes are phylogenetically widespread, and buffer stresses affecting oxidative phosphorylation in species that possess them. However, they have been lost in the evolutionary lineages leading to vertebrates and arthropods, raising the question as to what survival or reproductive disadvantages they confer. Recent interest in using them in therapy lends a biomedical dimension to this question. METHODS: Here, we examined the impact of the expression of Ciona intestinalis alternative oxidase, AOX, on the reproductive success of Drosophila melanogaster males...
July 3, 2017: BMC Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672191/tear-glucose-detection-combining-microfluidic-thread-based-device-amperometric-biosensor-and-microflow-injection-analysis
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Deonir Agustini, Márcio F Bergamini, Luiz Humberto Marcolino-Junior
The tear glucose analysis is an important alternative for the indirect, simple and less invasive monitoring of blood glucose levels. However, the high cost and complex manufacturing process of tear glucose analyzers combined with the need to exchange the sensor after each analysis in the disposable tests prevent widespread application of the tear in glucose monitoring. Here, we present the integration of a biosensor made by the electropolymerization of poly(toluidine blue O) (PTB) and glucose oxidase (GOx) with an electroanalytical microfluidic device of easy assembly based on cotton threads, low cost materials and measurements by microflow injection analysis (µFIA) through passive pumping for performing tear glucose analyses in a simple, rapid and inexpensive way...
June 22, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662578/tuning-of-enthalpic-entropic-parameters-of-a-protein-redox-center-through-manipulation-of-the-electronic-partition-function
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Damian Alvarez-Paggi, Ulises A Zitare, Jonathan Szuster, Marcos N Morgada, Alcides J Leguto, Alejandro J Vila, Daniel H Murgida
Manipulation of the partition function (Q) of the redox center CuA from cytochrome c oxidase is attained by tuning the accessibility of a low lying alternative electronic ground state and by perturbation of the electrostatic potential through point mutations, loop engineering and pH variation. We report clear correlations of the entropic and enthalpic contributions to redox potentials with Q and with the identity and hydrophobicity of the weak axial ligand, respectively.
July 11, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656573/effect-of-tea-saponin-on-phytoremediation-of-cd-and-pyrene-in-contaminated-soils-by-lolium-multiflorum
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Xiaoyan Liu, Liya Cao, Qian Wang, Xinying Zhang, Xiaoxin Hu
Tea saponin (TS), a kind of green biosurfactant produced by plants, was added into the Cd-pyrene co-contaminated soils to evaluate its influence on phytoremediation of Cd and pyrene by Lolium multiflorum. The results showed that the accumulation of pyrene in L. multiflorum was significantly promoted by the TS. Compared with no TS treatments (PL and ML), the aboveground concentrations of pyrene in TS treatments (PLT and MLT) increased by 135 and 30%, respectively, and the underground concentrations of pyrene in TS treatments (PLT and MLT) increased by 40 and 25%...
June 27, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652330/exploiting-the-synthetic-lethality-between-terminal-respiratory-oxidases-to-kill-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-and-clear-host-infection
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Nitin P Kalia, Erik J Hasenoehrl, Nurlilah B Ab Rahman, Vanessa H Koh, Michelle L T Ang, Dannah R Sajorda, Kiel Hards, Gerhard Grüber, Sylvie Alonso, Gregory M Cook, Michael Berney, Kevin Pethe
The recent discovery of small molecules targeting the cytochrome bc1 :aa3 in Mycobacterium tuberculosis triggered interest in the terminal respiratory oxidases for antituberculosis drug development. The mycobacterial cytochrome bc1 :aa3 consists of a menaquinone:cytochrome c reductase (bc1 ) and a cytochrome aa3 -type oxidase. The clinical-stage drug candidate Q203 interferes with the function of the subunit b of the menaquinone:cytochrome c reductase. Despite the affinity of Q203 for the bc1 :aa3 complex, the drug is only bacteriostatic and does not kill drug-tolerant persisters...
July 11, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640638/enzyme-mediated-conversion-of-flavin-adenine-dinucleotide-fad-to-8-formyl-fad-in-formate-oxidase-results-in-a-modified-cofactor-with-enhanced-catalytic-properties
#15
John M Robbins, Michael G Souffrant, Donald Hamelberg, Giovanni Gadda, Andreas S Bommarius
Flavins, including flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD), are fundamental catalytic cofactors that are responsible for the redox functionality of a diverse set of proteins. Alternatively, modified flavin analogues are rarely found in nature as their incorporation typically results in inactivation of flavoproteins, thus leading to the disruption of important cellular pathways. Here, we report that the fungal flavoenzyme formate oxidase (FOX) catalyzes the slow conversion of noncovalently bound FAD to 8-formyl FAD and that this conversion results in a nearly 10-fold increase in formate oxidase activity...
July 11, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635324/gliptins-suppress-inflammatory-macrophage-activation-to-mitigate-inflammation-fibrosis-oxidative-stress-and-vascular-dysfunction-in-models-of-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-and-liver-fibrosis
#16
Xiaoyu Wang, Michael Hausding, Shih-Yen Weng, Yong Ook Kim, Sebastian Steven, Thomas Klein, Andreas Daiber, Detlef Schuppan
AIMS: Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is characterized by steatosis, panlobular inflammation, liver fibrosis and increased cardiovascular mortality. Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors (gliptins) are indirect glucagon like peptide 1 (GLP-1) agonists with antidiabetic and anti-inflammatory activity, used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Their potential and underlying mechanisms to treat metabolic liver inflammation and fibrosis as well as the associated vascular dysfunction remain to be explored...
June 21, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620043/mitochondrial-cytochrome-c-oxidase-catalysis-coupling-and-controversies
#17
REVIEW
Peter R Rich
Mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase is a member of a diverse superfamily of haem-copper oxidases. Its mechanism of oxygen reduction is reviewed in terms of the cycle of catalytic intermediates and their likely chemical structures. This reaction cycle is coupled to the translocation of protons across the inner mitochondrial membrane in which it is located. The likely mechanism by which this occurs, derived in significant part from studies of bacterial homologues, is presented. These mechanisms of catalysis and coupling, together with current alternative proposals of underlying mechanisms, are critically reviewed...
June 15, 2017: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620034/structural-insights-into-the-alternative-oxidases-are-all-oxidases-made-equal
#18
REVIEW
Benjamin May, Luke Young, Anthony L Moore
The alternative oxidases (AOXs) are ubiquinol-oxidoreductases that are members of the diiron carboxylate superfamily. They are not only ubiquitously distributed within the plant kingdom but also found in increasing numbers within the fungal, protist, animal and prokaryotic kingdoms. Although functions of AOXs are highly diverse in general, they tend to play key roles in thermogenesis, stress tolerance (through the management of radical oxygen species) and the maintenance of mitochondrial and cellular energy homeostasis...
June 15, 2017: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613369/-hypertension-en-orthostatic-hypotension-during-use-of-monoamine-oxidase-mao-inhibitors
#19
W T Zandee, J Alsma, T K Birkenhäger, A H VAN den Meiracker, M van Hoek, J Versmissen
Monoamine oxidase (mao) inhibitors are antidepressants with potentially severe side-effects. For this reason, the registration of this drug was suspended for some time when safer alternatives became available. However, mao inhibitors can be very effective in cases where depression has proved to be treatment resistant. Consequently, last year tranylcypromine was re-registered for use in the Netherlands. Since mao inhibitors have been used only sporadically in the Netherlands over the last few years, health professionals have only limited knowledge about the side-effects...
2017: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597820/oxidative-phosphorylation-as-a-target-space-for-tuberculosis-success-caution-and-future-directions
#20
Gregory M Cook, Kiel Hards, Elyse Dunn, Adam Heikal, Yoshio Nakatani, Chris Greening, Dean C Crick, Fabio L Fontes, Kevin Pethe, Erik Hasenoehrl, Michael Berney
The emergence and spread of drug-resistant pathogens, and our inability to develop new antimicrobials to combat resistance, have inspired scientists to seek out new targets for drug development. The Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex is a group of obligately aerobic bacteria that have specialized for inhabiting a wide range of intracellular and extracellular environments. Two fundamental features in this adaptation are the flexible utilization of energy sources and continued metabolism in the absence of growth...
June 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
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