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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213515/hendra-virus-fusion-protein-transmembrane-domain-contributes-to-pre-fusion-protein-stability
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Stacy Webb, Tamas Nagy, Hunter Moseley, Michael Fried, Rebecca Ellis Dutch
Enveloped viruses utilize fusion (F) proteins studding the surface of the virus to facilitate membrane fusion with a target cell membrane. Fusion of the viral envelope with a cellular membrane is required for release of viral genomic material so the virus can ultimately reproduce and spread. To drive fusion, the F protein undergoes an irreversible conformational change, transitioning from a meta-stable pre-fusion conformation to a more thermodynamically stable post-fusion structure. Understanding the elements which control stability of the pre-fusion state and triggering to the post-fusion conformation is important for understanding F protein function...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212548/branched-chain-amino-acids-prevent-hepatic-fibrosis-and-development-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-a-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-mouse-model
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Kai Takegoshi, Masao Honda, Hikari Okada, Riuta Takabatake, Naoto Matsuzawa-Nagata, Jean S Campbell, Masashi Nishikawa, Tetsuro Shimakami, Takayoshi Shirasaki, Yoshio Sakai, Taro Yamashita, Toshinari Takamura, Takuji Tanaka, Shuichi Kaneko
Oral supplementation with branched-chain amino acids (BCAA; leucine, isoleucine, and valine) in patients with liver cirrhosis potentially suppresses the incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and improves event-free survival. However, the detailed mechanisms of BCAA action have not been fully elucidated. BCAA were administered to atherogenic and high-fat (Ath+HF) diet-induced nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) model mice. Liver histology, tumor incidence, and gene expression profiles were evaluated. Ath+HF diet mice developed hepatic tumors at a high frequency at 68 weeks...
February 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212285/transcriptomic-analysis-reveals-selective-metabolic-adaptation-of-streptococcus-suis-to-porcine-blood-and-cerebrospinal-fluid
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Anna Koczula, Michael Jarek, Christian Visscher, Peter Valentin-Weigand, Ralph Goethe, Jörg Willenborg
Streptococcus suis is a zoonotic pathogen that can cause severe pathologies such as septicemia and meningitis in its natural porcine host as well as in humans. Establishment of disease requires not only virulence of the infecting strain but also an appropriate metabolic activity of the pathogen in its host environment. However, it is yet largely unknown how the streptococcal metabolism adapts to the different host niches encountered during infection. Our previous isotopologue profiling studies on S. suis grown in porcine blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) revealed conserved activities of central carbon metabolism in both body fluids...
February 15, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209762/identification-of-genes-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-that-are-haploinsufficient-for-overcoming-amino-acid-starvation
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Nancy S Bae, Andrew P Seberg, Leslie P Carroll, Mark J Swanson
The yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae responds to amino acid deprivation by activating a pathway conserved in eukaryotes to overcome the starvation stress. We have screened the entire yeast heterozygous deletion collection to identify strains haploinsufficient for growth in the presence of sulfometuron methyl, which causes starvation for isoleucine and valine. We have discovered that cells devoid of MET15 are sensitive to sulfometuron methyl, and loss of heterozygosity at the MET15 locus can complicate screening the heterozygous deletion collection...
February 16, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196196/identification-of-transthyretin-cardiac-amyloidosis-using-serum-retinol-binding-protein-4-and-a-clinical-prediction-model
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Marios Arvanitis, Clarissa M Koch, Gloria G Chan, Celia Torres-Arancivia, Michael P LaValley, Daniel R Jacobson, John L Berk, Lawreen H Connors, Frederick L Ruberg
Importance: Transthyretin cardiac amyloidosis (ATTR) is an underrecognized cause of heart failure (HF) in older individuals, owing in part to difficulty in diagnosis. ATTR can result from substitution of valine for isoleucine at codon 122 of the transthyretin (TTR) gene (V122I), present in 3.43% of African American individuals. Objective: To examine whether serum retinol-binding protein 4 (RBP4), an endogenous TTR ligand, could be used as a diagnostic test for ATTR V122I amyloidosis...
February 8, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194962/high-speed-quantitative-uplc-ms-analysis-of-multiple-amines-in-human-plasma-and-serum-via-precolumn-derivatization-with-6-aminoquinolyl-n-hydroxysuccinimidyl-carbamate-application-to-acetaminophen-induced-liver-failure
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Nicola Gray, Rabiya Zia, Adam King, Vishal C Patel, Julia Wendon, Mark J W McPhail, Muireann Coen, Robert S Plumb, Ian D Wilson, Jeremy K Nicholson
A targeted reversed-phase gradient UPLC-MS/MS assay has been developed for the quantification /monitoring of 66 amino acids and amino-containing compounds in human plasma and serum using precolumn derivatization with 6-aminoquinolyl-N-hydroxysuccinimidyl carbamate (AccQTag Ultra). Derivatization of the target amines required minimal sample preparation and resulted in analytes with excellent chromatographic and mass spectrometric detection properties. The resulting method, which requires only 10 μL of sample, provides the reproducible and robust separation of 66 analytes in 7...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193461/gill-structural-integrity-changes-in-fish-deficient-or-excessive-in-dietary-isoleucine-towards-the-modulation-of-tight-junction-protein-inflammation-apoptosis-and-antioxidant-defense-via-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-tor-and-nrf2-signaling-pathways
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Lin Feng, Lu Gan, Wei-Dan Jiang, Pei Wu, Yang Liu, Jun Jiang, Ling Tang, Sheng-Yao Kuang, Wu-Neng Tang, Yong-An Zhang, Xiao-Qiu Zhou
This study firstly aimed to test the impact of dietary isoleucine (Ile) on tight junction protein, inflammation, apoptosis, antioxidant defense and related signaling molecule gene expression in the gill of fish. Young grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) (weighing 256.8 ± 3.5 g) were fed six diets containing graded levels of Ile, namely, 3.8, 6.6, 9.3, 12.5, 15.2 and 18.5 g/kg diet for 8 weeks. The results firstly revealed that Ile deficiency down-regulated the mRNA expressions of claudin-3, claudin-b, claudin-c, occludin and zonula occludens-1 (ZO-1) and up-regulated the mRNA expression of claudin-12, which led to the intercellular structure damage of fish gill...
February 10, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189056/metabolic-responses-to-intestine-regeneration-in-sea-cucumbers-apostichopus-japonicus
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Lina Sun, Jingchun Sun, Qinzeng Xu, Xiaoni Li, Libin Zhang, Hongsheng Yang
Sea cucumbers are excellent models for studying organ regeneration due to their striking capacity to regenerate most of their viscera after evisceration. In this study, we applied NMR-based metabolomics to determine the metabolite changes that occur during the process of intestine regeneration in sea cucumbers. Partial least-squares discriminant analysis showed that there was significant differences in metabolism between regenerative intestines at 3, 7, and 14days post evisceration (dpe) and normal intestines...
February 4, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184960/genetic-evidence-of-a-causal-effect-of-insulin-resistance-on-branched-chain-amino-acid-levels
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Yuvaraj Mahendran, Anna Jonsson, Christian T Have, Kristine H Allin, Daniel R Witte, Marit E Jørgensen, Niels Grarup, Oluf Pedersen, Tuomas O Kilpeläinen, Torben Hansen
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Fasting plasma levels of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are associated with insulin resistance, but it remains unclear whether there is a causal relation between the two. We aimed to disentangle the causal relations by performing a Mendelian randomisation study using genetic variants associated with circulating BCAA levels and insulin resistance as instrumental variables. METHODS: We measured circulating BCAA levels in blood plasma by NMR spectroscopy in 1,321 individuals from the ADDITION-PRO cohort...
February 10, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184233/overexpression-of-the-novel-arabidopsis-gene-at5g02890-alters-inflorescence-stem-wax-composition-and-affects-phytohormone-homeostasis
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Liping Xu, Viktoria Zeisler, Lukas Schreiber, Jie Gao, Kaining Hu, Jing Wen, Bin Yi, Jinxiong Shen, Chaozhi Ma, Jinxing Tu, Tingdong Fu
The cuticle is composed of cutin and cuticular wax. It covers the surfaces of land plants and protects them against environmental damage. At5g02890 encodes a novel protein in Arabidopsis thaliana. In the current study, protein sequence analysis showed that At5g02890 is highly conserved in the Brassicaceae. Arabidopsis lines overexpressing At5g02890 (OE-At5g02890 lines) and an At5g02890 orthologous gene from Brassica napus (OE-Bn1 lines) exhibited glossy stems. Chemical analysis revealed that overexpression of At5g02890 caused significant reductions in the levels of wax components longer than 28 carbons (C28) in inflorescence stems, whereas the levels of wax molecules of chain length C28 or shorter were significantly increased...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179150/transporter-mediated-nuclear-entry-of-jasmonoyl-isoleucine-is-essential-for-jasmonate-signaling
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Qingqing Li, Jian Zheng, Shuaizhang Li, Guanrong Huang, Stephen J Skilling, Lijian Wang, Ling Li, Mengya Li, Lixing Yuan, Pei Liu
To control gene expression directly by hormone concentrations, both animal and plant cells have exploited comparable mechanisms to sense small molecular hormones in nucleus. Whether nuclear entry of these hormones is actively transported or passively diffused, as conventionally postulated, through nuclear pore complex remains enigmatic. Here, we identified and characterized a jasmonate transporter in Arabidopsis thaliana, AtJAT1/ AtABCG16, which exhibits an unexpected dual localization in the nuclear envelope and plasma membrane...
February 4, 2017: Molecular Plant
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177706/the-effects-of-acute-branched-chain-amino-acid-supplementation-on-recovery-from-a-single-bout-of-hypertrophy-exercise-in-resistance-trained-athletes
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Mark Waldron, Kieran Whelan, Owen Jeffries, Dean Burt, Louis Howe, Stephen David Patterson
This study investigated the effects of acute branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) supplementation on recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage, among experienced resistance-trained athletes. In a double-blind matched-pairs design, 16 resistance-trained participants, routinely performing hypertrophy training, were randomly assigned to a BCAA (n = 8) or placebo (n = 8) group. The BCAAs were administered at a dosage of 0.087 g/kg body mass, with a 2:1:1 ratio of leucine, isoleucine and valine. The participants performed 6 sets of 10 full-squats at 70 % 1RM to induce muscle damage...
January 27, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176851/comparative-study-of-the-gut-microbiome-potentially-related-to-milk-protein-in-murrah-buffaloes-bubalus-bubalis-and-chinese-holstein-cattle
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Jiachao Zhang, Chuanbiao Xu, Dongxue Huo, Qisong Hu, Qiannan Peng
Previous studies suggested a close relationship between ruminant gut microbes and the mammary gland. In this study, shotgun metagenomic sequencing was used to reveal the differences in the intestinal microbiome potentially related to milk components in Murrah buffaloes and Chinese Holstein cattle. A PCoA based on the weighted Unifrac distances showed an apparent clustering pattern in the structure of intestinal microbiota between buffalo and cattle. We could attribute the structural difference to the genera of Sutterella, Coprococcus and Dorea...
February 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170228/a-pair-of-residues-that-interactively-affect-diterpene-synthase-product-outcome
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Meirong Jia, Ke Zhou, Samuel Tufts, Samuel Schulte, Reuben J Peters
The labdane-related diterpenoids (LRDs) are an important superfamily of natural products whose structural diversity critically depends on the hydrocarbon skeletal structures generated, in large part, by class I diterpene synthases. In the plant kingdom, where the LRDs are predominantly found, the relevant class I diterpene synthases are clearly derived from the ent-kaurene synthase (KS) required in all land plants for phytohormone biosynthesis and, hence, are often termed KS-like (KSL). Previous work, initiated by the distinct function of two alleles of a KSL from rice, OsKSL5, identified a single residue switch with a profound effect on not only OsKSL5 product outcome but also that of land plant KSs more broadly, specifically, replacement of a key isoleucine with threonine, which interrupts formation of the tetracyclic ent-isokaurene at the tricyclic stage, leading to production of ent-pimaradiene instead...
February 14, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169513/multilayer-nanoscale-encapsulation-of-biofunctional-peptides-to-enhance-bone-tissue-regeneration-in-vivo
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Piergiorgio Gentile, Ana Marina Ferreira, Jill T Callaghan, Cheryl A Miller, Joss Atkinson, Christine Freeman, Paul V Hatton
Bone tissue healing is a dynamic process that is initiated by the recruitment of osteoprogenitor cells followed by their migration, proliferation, differentiation, and development of a mineralizing extracellular matrix. The work aims to manufacture a functionalized porous membrane that stimulates early events in bone healing for initiating a regenerative cascade. Layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly is proposed to modify the surface of osteoconductive electrospun meshes, based on poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) and nanohydroxyapatite, by using poly(allylamine hydrochloride) and poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) as polyelectrolytes...
February 7, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167757/molecular-basis-of-fatty-acid-selectivity-in-the-zdhhc-family-of-s-acyltransferases-revealed-by-click-chemistry
#16
Jennifer Greaves, Kevin R Munro, Stuart C Davidson, Matthieu Riviere, Justyna Wojno, Terry K Smith, Nicholas C O Tomkinson, Luke H Chamberlain
S-acylation is a major posttranslational modification, catalyzed by the zinc finger DHHC domain containing (zDHHC) enzyme family. S-acylated proteins can be modified by different fatty acids; however, very little is known about how zDHHC enzymes contribute to acyl chain heterogeneity. Here, we used fatty acid-azide/alkyne labeling of mammalian cells, showing their transformation into acyl-CoAs and subsequent click chemistry-based detection, to demonstrate that zDHHC enzymes have marked differences in their fatty acid selectivity...
February 6, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153299/nanoparticle-based-paper-sensor-for-thiols-evaluation-in-human-skin
#17
M Markina, N Stozhko, V Krylov, M Vidrevich, Kh Brainina
A new sensitive non-invasive gold nanoparticle-based sensor that enables to detect thiols in the human skin has been developed. The detection procedure implied the assessment of the color change of a paper sensor resulting from aggregation of gold nanoparticles caused by thiols. The ratio of the intensity of the photo image blue channel vs the red one (in units of RGB coloration) served as analytical response. The main thiol in the skin is glutathione, therefore, it was used as model biothiol and spiking substance...
April 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152597/gc-ms-metabolomics-identifies-metabolite-alterations-that-precede-subclinical-mastitis-in-the-blood-of-transition-dairy-cows
#18
Elda Dervishi, Guanshi Zhang, Suzanna M Dunn, Rupasri Mandal, David S Wishart, Burim N Ametaj
The objectives of this study were to determine alterations in the serum metabolites related to amino acid (AA), carbohydrate, and lipid metabolism in transition dairy cows before diagnosis of subclinical mastitis (SCM), during, and after diagnosis of disease. A subclinical mastitis case was determined as a cow having somatic cell count (SCC) > 200 000/mL of milk for two or more consecutive reports. Blood samples were collected from 100 Holstein dairy cows at five time points at -8 and -4 weeks before parturition, at the week of SCM diagnosis, and +4 and +8 weeks after parturition...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140528/noncovalent-bonding-of-rgd-and-yigsr-to-an-electrospun-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-conduit-through-peptide-self-assembly-to-synergistically-promote-sciatic-nerve-regeneration-in-rats
#19
Lei Zhu, Kai Wang, Teng Ma, Liangliang Huang, Bing Xia, Shu Zhu, Yafeng Yang, Zhongyang Liu, Xin Quan, Kai Luo, Deling Kong, Jinghui Huang, Zhuojing Luo
The nerve conduit with biofunctionalities can regulate neurite outgrowth, as well as the migration, proliferation, and myelination activity of Schwann cells. In the present study, polycaprolactone (PCL) conduits are coated with Naphthalene-phenylalanine-phenylalanine-glycine-arginine-glycine-aspartic (Nap-FFGRGD) and Naphthalene-phenylalanine-phenylalanine-glycine-cysteine-aspartic-proline-glycine-tyrosine-isoleucine-glycine-serine-arginine (Nap-FFGCDPGYIGSR) by self-assembly. In vitro studies demonstrate that arginine-glycine-aspartic (RGD) and tyrosine-isoleucine-glycine-serine-arginine (YIGSR) are capable of synergistically enhancing the ability of PCL to support the adhesion and proliferation of Schwann cells, as well as increasing neurite outgrowth from dorsal root ganglions explants...
January 31, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139725/quality-control-by-isoleucyl-trna-synthetase-of-bacillus-subtilis-is-required-for-efficient-sporulation
#20
Elizabeth Kermgard, Zhou Yang, Annika-Marisa Michel, Rachel Simari, Jacqueline Wong, Michael Ibba, Beth A Lazazzera
Isoleucyl-tRNA synthetase (IleRS) is an aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase whose essential function is to aminoacylate tRNA(Ile) with isoleucine. Like some other aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases, IleRS can mischarge tRNA(Ile) and correct this misacylation through a separate post-transfer editing function. To explore the biological significance of this editing function, we created a ileS(T233P) mutant of Bacillus subtilis that allows tRNA(Ile) mischarging while retaining wild-type Ile-tRNA(Ile) synthesis activity. As seen in other species defective for aminoacylation quality control, the growth rate of the ileS(T233P) strain was not significantly different from wild-type...
January 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
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