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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110268/metabolic-and-physiological-adjustment-of-suaeda-maritima-to-combined-salinity-and-hypoxia
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Jan H Behr, Alain Bouchereau, Solenne Berardocco, Charlotte E Seal, Timothy J Flowers, Christian Zörb
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Suaeda maritima is a halophyte commonly found on coastal wetlands in the intertidal zone. Due to its habitat S. maritima has evolved tolerance to high salt concentrations and hypoxic conditions in the soil caused by periodic flooding. In the present work, the adaptive mechanisms of S. maritima to salinity combined with hypoxia were investigated on a physiological and metabolic level. METHODS: To compare the adaptive mechanisms to deficient, optimal and stressful salt concentrations, S...
January 20, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110248/regulation-of-human-norovirus-vpg-nucleotidylylation-by-propol-and-nucleoside-triphosphate-binding-by-its-amino-terminal-sequence-in-vitro
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Alexei Medvedev, Prasanth Viswanathan, Jared May, Brent Korba
The VPg protein of human Norovirus (hNoV) is a multi-functional protein essential for virus replication. The un-cleaved viral precursor protein, ProPol (NS5-6) was 100-fold more efficient in catalyzing VPg nucleotidylylation than the mature polymerase (Pol, NS6), suggesting a specific intracellular role for ProPol. Sequential and single-point alanine substitutions revealed that several positively charged amino acids in the N-terminal region of VPg regulate its nucleotidylylation by ProPol. We provide evidence that VPg directly binds NTPs, inhibition of binding inhibits nucleotidylylation, and NTP binding appears to involve the first 13 amino acids of the protein...
January 19, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109099/-effect-of-hugan-qingzhi-tablets-on-ampk-pathway-activation-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-p65-protein-expression-in-the-liver-of-rats-with-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Xiao-Rui Yao, Fan Xia, Wai-Jiao Tang, Ben-Jie Zhou
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of Hugan Qingzhi tablets on lipid metabolism and inflammation in rats fed on high-fat diet and explore the underlying mechanisms. METHODS: Sixty male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into 6 groups, namely HFD group (with high-fat diet and distilled water), control group (with normal diet and distilled water), fenofibrate group (with high-fat diet and treatment with 0.1 g<kg fenofibrate suspension), and low-, moderate- and high-dose Hugan Qingzhi tablet groups (with high-fat diet and treatment with 0...
January 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109047/novel-antiplatelet-role-for-a-protein-disulfide-isomerase-targeted-peptide-evidence-of-covalent-binding-to-c-terminal-cghc-redox-motif
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H R Sousa, R S Gaspar, E M L Sena, S A da Silva, J L de L Fontelles, T L S Araújo, M Mastrogiovanni, D M Fries, A P S Azevedo-Santos, F R M Laurindo, A Trostchansky, A M Paes
Protein disulfide isomerase (PDI) plays a major role in platelet aggregation and its inhibitors have emerged as novel antithrombotic drugs. In previous work, we designed a peptide based on PDI redox motif (CGHC) that inhibited both PDI reductase activity and PDI-modulated superoxide generation by neutrophil Nox2. Thus, we hypothesized this peptide would also inhibit platelet aggregation by association to surface PDI. Three peptides were used: CxxC, containing the PDI redox motif; Scr, presenting a scrambled sequence of the same residues and AxxA, with cysteines replaced by alanine...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108753/release-of-free-amino-acids-upon-oxidation-of-peptides-and-proteins-by-hydroxyl-radicals
#5
Fobang Liu, Senchao Lai, Haijie Tong, Pascale S J Lakey, Manabu Shiraiwa, Michael G Weller, Ulrich Pöschl, Christopher J Kampf
Hydroxyl radical-induced oxidation of proteins and peptides can lead to the cleavage of the peptide, leading to a release of fragments. Here, we used high-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS) and pre-column online ortho-phthalaldehyde (OPA) derivatization-based amino acid analysis by HPLC with diode array detection and fluorescence detection to identify and quantify free amino acids released upon oxidation of proteins and peptides by hydroxyl radicals. Bovine serum albumin (BSA), ovalbumin (OVA) as model proteins, and synthetic tripeptides (comprised of varying compositions of the amino acids Gly, Ala, Ser, and Met) were used for reactions with hydroxyl radicals, which were generated by the Fenton reaction of iron ions and hydrogen peroxide...
January 20, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108730/the-relationship-between-liver-kidney-impairment-and-viral-load-after-nephropathogenic-infectious-bronchitis-virus-infection-in-embryonic-chickens
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Qiqi Huang, Xiaona Gao, Ping Liu, Huayuan Lin, Weilian Liu, Guohui Liu, Jin Zhang, Guangfu Deng, Caiying Zhang, Huabin Cao, Xiaoquan Guo, Guoliang Hu
To examine the relationship of impairments of the liver and kidney with viral load after nephropathogenic infectious bronchitis virus (NIBV) infection in embryonic chickens, 120 specific-pathogen-free Leghorn embryonated chicken eggs were randomly divided into two groups (infected and control), with three replicates per group and 20 eggs in each replicate. The eggs in the infected and control groups were challenged with 0.2 mL of 10(5.5) ELD50 NIBV and sterile saline solution, respectively. The embryonic chickens' plasma and liver and kidney tissues were collected at 1, 3, and 5 days post-inoculation (dpi), the liver and kidney functional parameters were quantified, and the tissue viral loads were determined with real-time PCR...
January 20, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108628/metabolic-reprogramming-by-folate-restriction-leads-to-a-less-aggressive-cancer-phenotype
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Zahra Ashkavand, Ciara O'Flanagan, Mirko Hennig, Xiuxia Du, Stephen D Hursting, Sergey A Krupenko
: Folate coenzymes are involved in biochemical reactions of one-carbon transfer, and deficiency of this vitamin impairs cellular proliferation, migration, and survival in many cell types. Here, the effect of folate restriction on mammary cancer was evaluated using three distinct breast cancer subtypes differing in their aggressiveness and metastatic potential: noninvasive basal-like (E-Wnt), invasive but minimally metastatic claudin-low (M-Wnt), and highly metastatic claudin-low (metM-Wnt(liver)) cell lines, each derived from the same pool of MMTV-Wnt-1 transgenic mouse mammary tumors...
January 20, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107869/measles-outbreaks-in-the-kyeongin-area-of-the-republic-of-korea-2013-2014-a-single-center-experience-in-a-country-of-measles-elimination
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Sun Hyoung Park, Dong Hun Lee, Jang Yong Jin, Young-Lim Shin, Meeyong Shin, Sung Shin Kim, Won Suk Suh, Jae Ock Park, Yong Hee Hong
OBJECTIVE: To identify the source of infection and determine the clinical features and laboratory finding of measles infection. METHODS: In 27 measles patients, except for 3 adult patients, the rest of 24 pediatric measles cases were analyzed with regard to age, sex, immunization status, transmission routes and molecular genotyping of measles virus. Eighteen measles patients who admitted in isolation ward were set apart to investigate clinical findings and its correlation with laboratory characteristics...
January 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107601/predictors-of-liver-histological-changes-and-a-sustained-response-to-peginterferon-among-chronic-hepatitis-b-e-antigen-positive-patients-with-normal-or-minimally-elevated-alanine-aminotransferase-levels
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Jie Chen, Cheng-Run Xu, Min Xi, Wei-Wei Hu, Zheng-Hao Tang, Guo-Qing Zhang
BACKGROUND: A proportion of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients with normal or only minimally elevated ALT levels display significant histologic changes, and would benefit from antiviral therapy. OBJECTIVES: We aim to evaluate the histologic abnormalities seen in these patients, and then determine which of them would most likely respond to peginterferon therapy. METHODS: One hundred and thirteen hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg)-positive patients with a normal or minimally elevated ALT level and moderate to severe histologic changes in their liver tissue were selected to receive peginterferon monotherapy and participate in a followup analysis...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107471/high-serum-lipopolysaccharide-binding-protein-level-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-viral-infection-is-reduced-by-anti-viral-treatments
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Hsiao-Ching Nien, Shih-Jer Hsu, Tung-Hung Su, Po-Jen Yang, Jin-Chuan Sheu, Jin-Town Wang, Lu-Ping Chow, Chi-Ling Chen, Jia-Horng Kao, Wei-Shiung Yang
BACKGROUND: Lipopolysaccharide-binding protein (LBP) has been reported to associate with metabolic diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Since chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is associated with metabolic derangements, the relationship between LBP and HCV deserves additional studies. This study aimed to determine the serum LBP level in subjects with or without HCV infection and investigate the change of its level after anti-viral treatments with or without interferon...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107167/activity-of-the-liver-enzyme-ornithine-carbamoyltransferase-otc-in-blood-lc-ms-ms-assay-for-non-invasive-diagnosis-of-ornithine-carbamoyltransferase-deficiency
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Jakub Krijt, Jitka Sokolová, Pavel Ješina, Lenka Dvořáková, Martin Řeboun, Katarína Brennerová, Martin Mistrík, Jiří Zeman, Tomáš Honzík, Viktor Kožich
BACKGROUND: Liver enzymes are released from hepatocytes into circulation and their activity can be measured in the blood. We examined whether the plasma activity of the liver enzyme ornithine carbamoyltransferase, determined by a novel liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) assay, could be utilized for the detection of OTC deficiency (OTCD), an X-linked inborn error of the urea cycle. METHODS: The plasma ornithine carbamoyltransferase (OTC) activity was assayed in the reverse reaction using isotopically labeled citrulline-d4 as a substrate and by determination of the product, ornithine-d4, by LC-MS/MS analysis...
January 20, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106928/diagnostic-considerations-for-cholestatic-liver-disease
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Galia Pollock, Gerald Y Minuk
Cholestatic liver disease results from insufficient bile synthesis, secretion and/or flow through the biliary tract. Common presenting features include fatigue, pruritus and cholestatic liver enzyme abnormalities wherein elevations of serum alkaline phosphatase and gamma-glutamyltransferases levels exceed those of alanine and aspartate aminotransferases. With prolonged cholestasis, fat soluble vitamin deficiencies, fibrosis, cirrhosis and on occasion, carcinoma of the biliary tract or liver can occur. Once mechanical obstruction to bile flow has been ruled out, the majority of causes can be classified as immune-mediated, infectious or miscellaneous...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106620/effects-of-histidine-and-%C3%AE-alanine-supplementation-on-human-muscle-carnosine-storage
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Laura Blancquaert, Inge Everaert, Maarten Missinne, Audrey Baguet, Sanne Stegen, Anneke Volkaert, Mirko Petrovic, Chris Vervaet, Eric Achten, Mieke De Maeyer, Stefaan De Henauw, Wim Derave
PURPOSE: Carnosine is a dipeptide composed of β-alanine and L-histidine and is present in skeletal muscle. Chronic oral β-alanine supplementation can induce muscle carnosine loading and is therefore seen as the rate-limiting factor for carnosine synthesis. However, the effect of L-histidine supplementation on carnosine levels in humans is never established. This study aims to investigate whether 1) L-histidine supplementation can induce muscle carnosine loading and 2) combined supplementation of both amino acids is more efficient than β-alanine supplementation alone...
January 19, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106112/a-conserved-tlr5-binding-and-activation-hot-spot-on-flagellin
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Wan Seok Song, Ye Ji Jeon, Byeol Namgung, Minsun Hong, Sung-Il Yoon
Flagellin is a bacterial protein that polymerizes into the flagellar filament and is essential for bacterial motility. When flagellated bacteria invade the host, flagellin is recognized by Toll-like receptor 5 (TLR5) as a pathogen invasion signal and eventually evokes the innate immune response. Here, we provide a conserved structural mechanism by which flagellins from Gram-negative γ-proteobacteria and Gram-positive Firmicutes bacteria bind and activate TLR5. The comparative structural analysis using our crystal structure of a complex between Bacillus subtilis flagellin (bsflagellin) and TLR5 at 2...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105714/gyrodactylus-salmonis-infection-impairs-the-olfactory-system-of-rainbow-trout
#15
E Lari, G G Pyle
Monogenean worms are ectoparasites that are known to be infectious to a wide variety of fish. Few species of monogenean parasites have been reported in the olfactory chamber of fish in current peer-reviewed literature. However, the impacts of these parasites on the olfactory system are not well understood. In this study, the effects of Gyrodactylus salmonis on the olfactory system structure and performance were investigated in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). The olfactory performance of the infected fish was examined using an electro-olfactography (EOG) technique, while the ultrastructure of the olfactory rosette was studied using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and light microscopy (LM)...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105535/the-neuropeptide-orexin-a-inhibits-the-gabaa-receptor-by-pkc-and-ca-2-camkii-dependent-phosphorylation-of-its-%C3%AE-1-subunit
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Divya Sachidanandan, Haritha P Reddy, Anitha Mani, Geoffrey J Hyde, Amal Kanti Bera
Orexin-A and orexin-B (Ox-A, Ox-B) are neuropeptides produced by a small number of neurons that originate in the hypothalamus and project widely in the brain. Only discovered in 1998, the orexins are already known to regulate several behaviours. Most prominently, they help to stabilise the waking state, a role with demonstrated significance in the clinical management of narcolepsy and insomnia. Orexins bind to G-protein-coupled receptors (predominantly postsynaptic) of two subtypes, OX1R and OX2R. The primary effect of Ox-OXR binding is a direct depolarising influence mediated by cell membrane cation channels, but a wide variety of secondary effects, both pre- and postsynaptic, are also emerging...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105285/structural-basis-for-the-effective-myostatin-inhibition-of-the-mouse-myostatin-prodomain-derived-minimum-peptide
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Tomo Asari, Kentaro Takayama, Akari Nakamura, Takahiro Shimada, Akihiro Taguchi, Yoshio Hayashi
Myostatin inhibition is one of the promising strategies for treating muscle atrophic disorders, including muscular dystrophy. It is well-known that the myostatin prodomain derived from the myostatin precursor acts as an inhibitor of mature myostatin. In our previous study, myostatin inhibitory minimum peptide 1 (WRQNTRYSRIEAIKIQILSKLRL-amide) was discovered from the mouse myostatin prodomain. In the present study, alanine scanning of 1 demonstrated that the key amino acid residues for the effective inhibitory activity are rodent-specific Tyr and C-terminal aliphatic residues, in addition to N-terminal Trp residue...
January 12, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105260/shear-wave-elastography-in-hepatitis-c-patients-before-and-after-antiviral-therapy
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Toshikuni Suda, Osamu Okawa, Rion Masaoka, Yoshinori Gyotoku, Naohiko Tokutomi, Yasumi Katayama, Masaya Tamano
AIM: To investigate shear wave (SW) propagation velocity in patients with untreated hepatitis C and patients with sustained virological response (SVR). METHODS: A total of 136 hepatitis C patients [85 patients who had not received antiviral therapy (naïve group) and 51 patients who had received antiviral therapy and subsequently achieved SVR of at least 24 wk (SVR group)] and 58 healthy volunteers and outpatients without liver disease (control group) underwent evaluation of liver stiffness by SW elastography (SWE)...
January 8, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105259/clinical-usefulness-of-ursodeoxycholic-acid-for-japanese-patients-with-autoimmune-hepatitis
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Yuichi Torisu, Masanori Nakano, Keiko Takano, Ryo Nakagawa, Chisato Saeki, Atsushi Hokari, Tomohisa Ishikawa, Masayuki Saruta, Mikio Zeniya
AIM: To evaluate the therapeutic effects of ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) on autoimmune hepatitis (AIH). METHODS: A total 136 patients who were diagnosed with AIH were included in our study. All of the patients underwent a liver biopsy, and had at least a probable diagnosis on the basis of either the revised scoring system or the simplified scores. Initial treatment included UDCA monotherapy (Group U, n = 48) and prednisolone (PSL) monotherapy (Group P, n = 88). Group U was further classified into two subgroups according to the effect of UDCA: Patients who had achieved remission induction with UDCA monotherapy and showed no sign of relapse (Subgroup U1, n = 34) and patients who additionally received PSL during follow-up (Subgroup U2, n = 14)...
January 8, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105119/clinical-observation-on-the-treatment-of-acute-liver-failure-by-combined-non-biological-artificial-liver
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Maoqin Li, Jingxi Sun, Jiaqiong Li, Zaixiang Shi, Jiyuan Xu, Bo Lu, Shuli Cheng, Yanjun Xu, Xiaomeng Wang, Xianjiang Zhang
The clinical efficacy and safety of different combinations of non-bio artificial liver in the treatment of acute liver failure was examined. A total of 61 cases were selected under blood purification treatment from the patients with severe acute liver failure admitted to the severe disease department of the hospital from December, 2010 to December, 2015. Three types of artificial liver combinations were observed, i.e., plasma exchange plus hemoperfusion plus continuous venovenous hemodiafiltration (PE+HP+CVVHDF), PE+CVVHDF and HP+CVVHDF...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
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