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Yi-Hung Liao, Chung-Yu Chen, Chiao-Nan Chen, Chia-Ying Wu, Shiow-Chwen Tsai
Background: Unhealthy western dietary patterns lead to over-consumption of fat and advanced glycation end-products (AGEs), and these account for the developments of obesity, diabetes, and related metabolic disorders. Certain amino acids (AAs) have been recently demonstrated to improve glycemia and reduce adiposity. Therefore, our primary aims were to examine whether feeding an isoleucine-enriched AA mixture (4.5% AAs; Ile: 3.0%, Leu: 1.0%, Val: 0.2%, Arg: 0.3% in the drinking water) would affect adiposity development and prevent the impairments of glycemic control in rats fed with the fat/AGE-containing diet (FAD)...
2018: International Journal of Medical Sciences
Xiao-Ming Wang, Wen-Jie Xu, Liang-Kui Xu, Shuai Song, Xue-Feng Xing, Jia-Bo Luo
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the antipyretic mechanism of Herba Ephedrae (Eph)-Ramulus Cinnamomi (RC) herb pair on yeast-induced pyrexia in rats. METHODS: Totally 30 qualifified male SD rats were randomly assigned to the normal control (NC) group, the pyrexia model (model) group, the Eph, RC and Eph-RC treatment groups by a random digital table, 6 rats in each group. Each rat received a 20% aqueous suspension of yeast (10 mL/kg) except the NC group. The 3 treatment groups were administered 8...
January 9, 2018: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Steven C Moore, Mary C Playdon, Joshua N Sampson, Robert N Hoover, Britton Trabert, Charles E Matthews, Regina G Ziegler
Background: Elevated body mass index (BMI) is associated with increased risk of postmenopausal breast cancer. The underlying mechanisms, however, remain elusive. Methods: In a nested case-control study of 621 postmenopausal breast cancer case participants and 621 matched control participants, we measured 617 metabolites in prediagnostic serum. We calculated partial Pearson correlations between metabolites and BMI, and then evaluated BMI-associated metabolites (Bonferroni-corrected α level for 617 statistical tests = P < 8...
January 9, 2018: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Jinfeng Qi, Mou Zhang, Chengkai Lu, Christian Hettenhausen, Qing Tan, Guoyan Cao, Xudong Zhu, Guoxing Wu, Jianqiang Wu
Land plants protect themselves from ultraviolet-B (UV-B) by accumulating UV-absorbing metabolites, which may also function as anti-insect toxins. Previous studies have shown that UV-B enhances the resistance of different plant species to pierce-sucking pests; however, whether and how UV-B influences plant defense against chewing caterpillars are not well understood. Here we show that UV-B treatment increased Spodoptera litura herbivory-induced jasmonic acid (JA) production in Arabidopsis and thereby Arabidopsis exhibited elevated resistance to S...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
Alexey Tyulenev, Galina Smirnova, Nadezda Muzyka, Vadim Ushakov, Oleg Oktyabrsky
Real-time monitoring of the state of bacterial cultures is important in both experiment and biotechnology. Using Eh and sulfide sensors, we demonstrated that the abrupt reversible reduction in Eh (Eh jump), occurring during transition of E. coli from exponential growth to starvation and antibiotic-induced stresses, is the result of sulfide excretion from the cells. Changes in the potential of sensors had a two-phase mode. The potential reduced within 10-15min and returned within 10-30min. In the parental strain, maximum amplitudes of Eh jumps (ΔEh) were 25±2mV, 57±6mV and 36±7mV under isoleucine starvation, glucose depletion and ciprofloxacin exposure that corresponded to 43±3nM, 96±5nM and 140±1nM of sulfide, respectively...
January 3, 2018: Bioelectrochemistry
Bingyu Yang, Chang Wang, Yiyu Xie, Liangjing Xu, Xiaojin Wu, Depei Wu
To investigate the potential biomarkers associated with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML), reveal the metabolite changes related to the continuous phases of tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) and find the potential biomarkers associated with treatment effects. 52 patients with CML and matched 26 healthy people were enrolled as discovery set. Another 194 randomly selected CML patients treated with TKI were chosen as external validation set. Plasma samples from the patients and controls were profiled by using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) based metabonomic approach...
January 8, 2018: Cancer Science
Liqi Liu, Jian Lu, Zi Li, Jianfang Zhou, Junfeng Guo, Xiyan Li, Jia Liu, Yuelong Shu, Dayan Wang
Since the first confirmed case of H7N9 infection was reported in China, there have been five epidemic waves of human H7N9 infections between 2013 and 2017. The fifth wave differed from the previous four waves in that highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H7N9 viruses with multiple basic amino acids at the cleavage site were detected in humans, poultry and environmental samples. The HPAI H7N9 viruses were genetically and antigenically distinct from previous H7N9 viruses. Therefore, a new candidate vaccine virus(CVV) derived from a HPAI A/Guangdong/17SF003/2016-like virus was proposed by the World Health Organization(WHO)...
January 4, 2018: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
Yohei Kurosaki, Mahoko Takahashi Ueda, Yusuke Nakano, Jiro Yasuda, Yoshio Koyanagi, Kei Sato, So Nakagawa
Ebola virus (EBOV), which belongs to the genus Ebolavirus, causes a severe and often fatal infection in primates, including humans, whereas Reston virus (RESTV) only causes lethal disease in non-human primates. Two amino acids (aa) at positions 82 and 544 of the EBOV glycoprotein (GP) are involved in determining viral infectivity. However, it remains unclear how these two aa residues affect the infectivity of Ebolavirus species in various hosts. Here we performed viral pseudotyping experiments with EBOV and RESTV GP derivatives in 10 cell lines from 9 mammalian species...
January 4, 2018: Journal of General Virology
Tatiana Yu Samgina, Sergey V Kovalev, Miriam D Tolpina, Polonca Trebse, Gregor Torkar, Albert T Lebedev
Our scientific interests involve de novo sequencing of non-tryptic natural amphibian skin peptides including those with intramolecular S-S bond by means of exclusively mass spectrometry. Reliable discrimination of the isomeric leucine/isoleucine residues during peptide sequencing by means of mass spectrometry represents a bottleneck in the workflow for complete automation of the primary structure elucidation of these compounds. MS3 is capable of solving the problem. Earlier we demonstrated the advanced efficiency of ETD-HCD method to discriminate Leu/Ile in individual peptides by consecutive application of ETD to the polyprotonated peptides followed by HCD applied to the manually selected primary z-ions with the targeted isomeric residues at their N-termini and registration of the characteristic w-ions...
January 3, 2018: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Yohei Tatsukami, Hironobu Morisaka, Shunsuke Aburaya, Wataru Aoki, Chihiro Kohsaka, Masafumi Tani, Kiyoo Hirooka, Yoshihiro Yamamoto, Atsushi Kitaoka, Hisashi Fujiwara, Yoshinori Wakai, Mitsuyoshi Ueda
Sake is a traditional Japanese alcoholic beverage prepared by multiple parallel fermentation of rice. The fermentation process of "yamahai-ginjo-shikomi" sake is mainly performed by three microbes, Aspergillus oryzae, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and Lactobacilli; the levels of various metabolites fluctuate during the fermentation of sake. For evaluation of the fermentation process, we monitored the concentration of moderate-sized molecules (m/z: 200-1000) dynamically changed during the fermentation process of "yamahai-ginjo-shikomi" Japanese sake...
2018: PloS One
Andrea Chini, Isabel Monte, Angel M Zamarreño, Mats Hamberg, Steve Lassueur, Philippe Reymond, Sally Weiss, Annick Stintzi, Andreas Schaller, Andrea Porzel, José M García-Mina, Roberto Solano
Biosynthesis of the phytohormone jasmonoyl-isoleucine (JA-Ile) requires reduction of the JA precursor 12-oxo-phytodienoic acid (OPDA) by OPDA reductase 3 (OPR3). Previous analyses of the opr3-1 Arabidopsis mutant suggested an OPDA signaling role independent of JA-Ile and its receptor COI1; however, this hypothesis has been challenged because opr3-1 is a conditional allele not completely impaired in JA-Ile biosynthesis. To clarify the role of OPR3 and OPDA in JA-independent defenses, we isolated and characterized a loss-of-function opr3-3 allele...
January 1, 2018: Nature Chemical Biology
Yehui Duan, Fengna Li, Wenlong Wang, Qiuping Guo, Chaoyue Wen, Yulong Yin
There mainly exists four major myosin heavy chains (MyHC) (i.e., I, IIa, IIx, and IIb) in growing pigs. The current study aimed to explore the effects of low-protein diets supplemented with varying branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) on muscle fiber characteristics and the AMPK-SIRT1-PGC-1α axis in skeletal muscles. Forty growing pigs (9.85 ± 0.35 kg) were allotted to 5 groups and fed with diets supplemented with varying leucine: isoleucine: valine ratios: 1:0.51:0.63 (20% crude protein, CP), 1:1:1 (17% CP), 1:0...
December 5, 2017: Oncotarget
Liyan Fan, Paishiun N Hsieh, David R Sweet, Mukesh K Jain
Regulation of nutrient intake, utilization, and storage exhibits a circadian rhythmicity that allows organisms to anticipate and adequately respond to changes in the environment across day/night cycles. The branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) leucine, isoleucine, and valine are important modulators of metabolism and metabolic health - for example, their catabolism yields carbon substrates for gluconeogenesis during periods of fasting. Krüppel-like factor 15 (KLF15) has recently emerged as a critical transcriptional regulator of BCAA metabolism, and the absence of this transcription factor contributes to severe pathologies such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy and heart failure...
December 27, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Qing Luo, Xue Li, Chuxin Xu, Lulu Zeng, Jianqing Ye, Yang Guo, Zikun Huang, Junming Li
Thousands of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been reported and represent an important subset of pervasive genes associated with a broad range of biological functions. Abnormal expression levels of lncRNAs have been demonstrated in multiple types of human disease. However, the role of lncRNAs in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) remains poorly understood. In the present study, the expression patterns of lncRNAs and messenger RNAs (mRNAs) were investigated in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) in SLE using Human lncRNA Array v3...
December 22, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
Golaleh Asghari, Hossein Farhadnejad, Farshad Teymoori, Parvin Mirmiran, Maryam Tohidi, Fereidoun Azizi
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate the association between branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) intake and markers of insulin metabolism in adults. METHODS: This cohort study was conducted within the framework of the Tehran Lipid and Glucose Study (TLGS), on 1205 subjects, aged ≥ 20 years, who followed-up for a mean duration of 2.3 years. Dietary intakes of BCAAs including valine, leucine, and isoleucine were determined, using a valid and reliable food-frequency questionnaire...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Diabetes
George A Bray, Leanne M Redman, Lilian de Jonge, Jennifer Rood, Elizabeth F Sutton, Steven R Smith
OBJECTIVE: Different amounts of dietary protein during overfeeding produced similar fat gain but different amounts of gain in fat-free body mass. Protein and energy intake may have differential effects on amino acids during overfeeding. METHODS: Twenty-three healthy adult men and women were overfed by 40% for 8 weeks with 5%, 15%, or 25% protein diets. Plasma amino acids were measured by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry at baseline and week 8. Body composition was measured by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, fat cell size (FCS) from subcutaneous fat biopsies, and insulin resistance by euglycemic-hyperinsulinemic clamp...
December 27, 2017: Obesity
Ji Hye Han, Ae Ran Moon, Jeong Hwan Chang, Jeehyeon Bae, Jin Myung Choi, Sung Haeng Lee, Tae-Hyoung Kim
The BMB Reports would like to correct in the ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS of BMB Rep. 49(5), 282-287 titled "Potentiation of TRAIL killing activity by multimerization through isoleucine zipper hexamerization motif."
December 2017: BMB Reports
Jennifer R Heim, Donald P Weston, Kaley Major, Helen Poynton, Kara E Huff Hartz, Michael J Lydy
Pyrethroid-resistant Hyalella azteca with voltage-gated sodium channel mutations have been identified at multiple locations throughout California. In December 2013, H. azteca were collected from Mosher Slough in Stockton, CA, USA, a site with reported pyrethroid (primarily bifenthrin and cyfluthrin) sediment concentrations approximately twice the 10-d LC50 for laboratory-cultured H. azteca. These H. azteca were shipped to Southern Illinois University Carbondale and have been maintained in pyrethroid-free culture since collection...
December 20, 2017: Environmental Pollution
Jiabin Xie, Wenying Dong, Rui Liu, Yuming Wang, Yubo Li
Citrate-modified silver nanoparticles (AgNP-cit) have received extensive attention due to their excellent antimicrobial properties. However, these particles tend to migrate in vivo, thereby entering the blood circulatory system in granular form and accumulating in the liver, causing toxic reactions. However, the mechanism underlying AgNP-cit toxicity is not yet clear. Thus, we adopted a tandem mass tag (TMT)-labeled quantitative proteomics and metabolomics approach to identify proteins and small molecule metabolites associated with AgNP-cit-induced liver damage and constructed interaction networks between the differentially expressed proteins and metabolites to explain the AgNP-cit toxicity mechanism...
December 18, 2017: Nanotoxicology
Ning Wu, Wenbo Wang, Min Yi, Siying Cheng, Dongsheng Wang
BACKGROUND: Metabolic syndrome (MS) is a disease with complex pathophysiology and pathogenesis involving multiple systems of the human body. This study aimed to identify serum metabolites that are relevant to MS. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This study involved 40 patients with MS and 28 healthy adults, and the following data were statistically analyzed: basic clinical data, blood lipids, fasting blood glucose, blood pressure, waist circumference, and visceral fat coefficient...
December 12, 2017: Annales D'endocrinologie
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