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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821781/expressional-divergence-of-the-fatty-acid-amino-acid-conjugate-hydrolyzing-aminoacylase-1-l-acy-1-in-helicoverpa-armigera-and-helicoverpa-assulta
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Qian Cheng, Shaohua Gu, Zewen Liu, Chen-Zhu Wang, Xianchun Li
How FACs-producing generalist and specialist herbivores regulate their FACs-hydrolyzing enzyme L-ACY-1 to balance FACs' beneficial vs. detrimental effects remains unknown. To address this question, we compared L-ACY-1 expression in Helicoverpa armigera and Helicoverpa assulta, a pair of closely related sibling species differing mainly in their host range, by the same sets of hostplants, protein to digestible carbohydrate (P:C) ratios, or allelochemical. L-ACY-1 expression remained low/unchanged in H. armigera, but was induced by hot pepper fruits and repressed by cotton bolls in H...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810545/electroacupuncture-attenuates-learning-and-memory-impairment-via-activation-of-%C3%AE-7nachr-mediated-anti-inflammatory-activity-in-focal-cerebral-ischemia-reperfusion-injured-rats
#2
Jiao Liu, Chunyan Li, Hongwei Peng, Kunqiang Yu, Jing Tao, Ruhui Lin, Lidian Chen
Studies have reported that electroacupuncture (EA) may reduce learning and memory impairment following cerebral ischemic injury. However, the precise mechanism of action remains unclear. In the present study, the attenuation of focal cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury by EA in rats was investigated. EA at the Baihui (DU 20) and Shenting (DU 24) acupoints was demonstrated to significantly improve performance in the Morris water maze task, with shortened latency time and increased frequency of passing the platform...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804683/erratum-leucine-nicotinic-acid-synergy-stimulates-ampk-sirt1-signaling-and-regulates-lipid-metabolism-and-lifespan-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-and-hyperlipidemia-and-atherosclerosis-in-mice
#3
Antje Bruckbauer, Jheelam Banerjee, Qiang Cao, Xin Cui, Jia Jing, Lin Zha, Fenfen Li, Bingzhong Xue, Hang Shi, Michael B Zemel
[This corrects the article on p. 33 in vol. 7, PMID: 28533928.].
2017: American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799486/development-and-validation-of-chemometric-spectrophotometric-methods-for-simultaneous-determination-of-simvastatin-and-nicotinic-acid-in-binary-combinations
#4
Shoeb Alahmad, Hamed M Elfatatry, Mokhtar M Mabrouk, Sherin F Hammad, Fotouh R Mansour
BACKGROUND: The development and introduction of combined therapy represent a challenge for analysis due to severe overlapping of their UV spectra in case of spectroscopy or the requirement of a long tedious and high cost separation technique in case of chromatography. Quality control laboratories have to develop and validate suitable analytical procedures in order to assay such multi component preparations. METHOD: New spectrophotometric methods for the simultaneous determination of simvastatin (SIM) and nicotinic acid (NIA) in binary combinations were developed...
August 10, 2017: Current Drug Discovery Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797116/calcium-imaging-with-genetically-encoded-sensor-case12-facile-analysis-of-%C3%AE-7-%C3%AE-9-nachr-mutants
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Irina Shelukhina, Ekaterina Spirova, Denis Kudryavtsev, Lucy Ojomoko, Markus Werner, Christoph Methfessel, Michael Hollmann, Victor Tsetlin
Elucidation of the structural basis of pharmacological differences for highly homologous α7 and α9 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) may shed light on their involvement in different physiological functions and diseases. Combination of site-directed mutagenesis and electrophysiology is a powerful tool to pinpoint the key amino-acid residues in the receptor ligand-binding site, but for α7 and α9 nAChRs it is complicated by their poor expression and fast desensitization. Here, we probed the ligand-binding properties of α7/α9 nAChR mutants by a proposed simple and fast calcium imaging method...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780454/nicotinamide-antioxidative-and-dna-hypomethylation-effects-in-plant-cells
#6
Torkel Berglund, Anders Wallström, Tuong-Van Nguyen, Cecilia Laurell, Anna B Ohlsson
The effects of nicotinamide (NIC) and its natural plant metabolites nicotinic acid (NIA) and trigonelline (TRIG) were studied with respect to defense in plant cell cultures. NIC and NIA could protect against oxidative stress damage caused by 2,2'-azobis(2-amidinopropane) dihydrochloride (AAPH), which generates free radicals. Damage was analyzed as DNA strand breaks in cell cultures of Pisum sativum (garden pea), Daucus carota (carrot), Populus tremula L. × P. tremuloides (hybrid aspen) and Catharanthus roseus (Madagascar periwinkle), monitored by single cell gel electrophoresis (comet assay), and assays of cell leakage in C...
July 29, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780108/the-effect-of-bleaching-agents-on-the-degradation-of-vitamins-and-carotenoids-in-spray-dried-whey-protein-concentrate
#7
M A Stout, C W Park, M A Drake
Previous research has shown that bleaching affects flavor and functionality of whey proteins. The role of different bleaching agents on vitamin and carotenoid degradation is unknown. The objective of this study was to determine the effects of bleaching whey with traditional annatto (norbixin) by hydrogen peroxide (HP), benzoyl peroxide (BP), or native lactoperoxidase (LP) on vitamin and carotenoid degradation in spray-dried whey protein concentrate 80% protein (WPC80). An alternative colorant was also evaluated...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777915/comparative-efficacy-and-safety-of-phosphate-binders-in-hyperphosphatemia-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
#8
Xiuqin Yang, Qingning Bai, Yanguo Li, Haijun Liu, Haiying Guo, Xiaolei Zhang
BACKGROUND: In this study, we coordinated a network meta-analysis to establish the efficacy and safety of different agents used in the treatment of hyperphosphatemia patients with chronic kidney disease. METHODS: PubMed, CNKI, and Embase were systematically searched to retrieve relevant studies. Outcomes were presented by mean differences, odds ratios, and corresponding 95% credible intervals for continuous outcomes and binary outcomes, respectively. Each therapy was ranked according to the value of surface under the cumulative ranking curve...
August 1, 2017: JPEN. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771080/nicotinic-acid-a-case-for-a-vitamin-that-moonlights-for-cancer
#9
Francesco Piacente, Irene Caffa, Alessio Nencioni
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 3, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766617/hydrothermal-assembly-structures-topologies-luminescence-and-magnetism-of-a-novel-series-of-coordination-polymers-driven-by-a-trifunctional-nicotinic-acid-building-block
#10
Jin-Zhong Gu, Xiao-Xiao Liang, Yan Cai, Jiang Wu, Zi-Fa Shi, Alexander M Kirillov
In this work, a trifunctional N,O-building block, 5-(4-carboxyphenoxy)nicotinic acid (H2cpna), that combines three distinct types of functional groups (COOH, N-pyridyl, and O-ether) was used for the hydrothermal assembly of thirteen new coordination compounds: [Co(μ3-Hcpna)2]n (1), [Mn(μ4-cpna)(H2O)]n (2), [Mn(μ4-cpna)(H2O)2]n (3), [Mn(μ-cpna)(2,2'-bipy)(H2O)2]n (4), {[Ni(μ3-cpna)(2,2'-bipy)(H2O)]2·H2O}n (5), {[Cd(μ3-cpna)(2,2'-bipy)]·2H2O}n (6), [Zn2(μ-cpna)2(2,2'-bipy)2] (7), [Cu(μ-cpna)(2,2'-bipy)(H2O)]n (8), {[Mn(μ-cpna)(phen)2]·6H2O}n (9), {[Ni(μ3-cpna)(phen)(H2O)]·H2O}n (10), [Zn2(μ-cpna)2(phen)2] (11), {[Pb(μ3-cpna)(phen)]·H2O}n (12), and [Ni(μ3-cpna)(4,4'-bipy)0...
August 2, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762161/muscarinic-receptors-in-adrenal-chromaffin-cells-physiological-role-and-regulation-of-ion-channels
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REVIEW
Masumi Inoue, Hidetada Matsuoka, Keita Harada, Lung-Sen Kao
Adrenal medullary chromaffin cells in mammals are innervated by sympathetic preganglionic nerve fibers, as are sympathetic ganglion neurons. Acetylcholine in the ganglion neurons is well established as mediating fast and slow excitatory postsynaptic potentials through nicotinic and muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (AChRs), respectively. The role of muscarinic AChRs during neuronal transmission in chromaffin cells varies among different mammals. Furthermore, the ion channel mechanisms associated with the muscarinic AChR-mediated increase in excitability of chromaffin cells are complicated and different from the excitation of ganglion neurons, which has been ascribed to the inhibition of M-type K(+) channels...
July 31, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759762/low-level-maternal-exposure-to-nicotine-associates-with-significant-metabolic-perturbations-in-second-trimester-amniotic-fluid
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S Taylor Fischer, Loukia N Lili, Shuzhao Li, ViLinh T Tran, Kim B Stewart, Charles E Schwartz, Dean P Jones, Stephanie L Sherman, Judith L Fridovich-Keil
Decades of public health research have documented that smoking in pregnancy poses significant health risks to both mother and child. More recent studies have shown that even passive maternal exposure to secondhand smoke associates with negative birth outcomes. However, the mechanisms linking exposure to outcomes have remained obscure. As a first step toward defining the metabolic consequence of low-level nicotine exposure on fetal development, we conducted an untargeted metabolomic analysis of 81 paired samples of maternal serum and amniotic fluid collected from karyotypically normal pregnancies in the second trimester...
July 28, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752209/plasma-lipidome-analysis-by-liquid-chromatography-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry-and-ion-mobility-of-hypertriglyceridemic-patients-on-extended-release-nicotinic-acid-a-pilot-study
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Véronique Ferchaud-Roucher, Mikaël Croyal, Thomas Moyon, Yassine Zair, Michel Krempf, Khadija Ouguerram
BACKGROUND: Plasma high triacylglycerols and low HDL-C concentration are associated with increased cardiovascular events. Extended-release nicotinic acid (ERN) was shown to reduce plasma triacylglycerols and total cholesterol but also to markedly increase high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C). No data on the effect of ERN on different species of triacylglycerol, cholesteryl ester, and phospholipids are available. In this study, we applied a nontargeted lipidomic approach to investigate the plasma and lipoproteins lipids profile of hypertriglyceridemic patients treated with ERN or a placebo in order to identify new lipids markers associated with this treatment...
July 28, 2017: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750065/biochemical-characterization-of-a-new-nicotinamidase-from-an-unclassified-bacterium-thriving-in-a-geothermal-water-stream-microbial-mat-community
#14
Rubén Zapata-Pérez, Ana-Belén Martínez-Moñino, Antonio-Ginés García-Saura, Juana Cabanes, Hideto Takami, Álvaro Sánchez-Ferrer
Nicotinamidases are amidohydrolases that convert nicotinamide into nicotinic acid, contributing to NAD+ homeostasis in most organisms. In order to increase the number of nicotinamidases described to date, this manuscript characterizes a nicotinamidase obtained from a metagenomic library fosmid clone (JFF054_F02) obtained from a geothermal water stream microbial mat community in a Japanese epithermal mine. The enzyme showed an optimum temperature of 90°C, making it the first hyperthermophilic bacterial nicotinamidase to be characterized, since the phylogenetic analysis of this fosmid clone placed it in a clade of uncultured geothermal bacteria...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736944/short-term-acipimox-treatment-is-associated-with-decreased-cardiac-parasympathetic-modulation
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Esben Thyssen Vestergaard, Simon Lebech Cichosz, Niels Møller, Jens Otto Lunde Jørgensen, Jesper Fleischer
AIM: The nicotinic acid analogue acipimox is an anti-lipolytic agent, which acutely inhibits lipolysis, and suppresses systemic levels of free fatty acids (FFA) and improves insulin sensitivity in obese patients. These effects of acipimox are transient due to a counter-regulatory increase in growth hormone (GH) levels that reverse the anti-lipolytic effect of acipimox. Hypopituitary patients constitute a viable model to study the GH-independent effects of acipimox and the impact of isolated changes in FFA concentrations and insulin sensitivity on parasympathetic nervous activity...
July 23, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736097/alcoholic-pellagra-as-a-cause-of-altered-mental-status-in-the-emergency-department
#16
Sarah Kyuragi Luthe, Ryota Sato
BACKGROUND: Pellagra, which is caused by a deficiency of niacin and tryptophan, the precursor of niacin, is a rare disease in developed countries where alcoholism is a major risk factor due to malnutrition and lack of B vitamins. Although pellagra involves treatable dementia and psychosis, it is often underdiagnosed, especially in developed countries. CASE REPORT: In Japan, a 37-year-old man presented to the emergency department with altered mental status and seizures...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725903/suppressive-effects-of-dietary-epa-rich-fish-oil-on-the-degradation-of-elastin-fibers-in-the-aortic-wall-in-nicotine-administered-mice
#17
Hirona Kugo, Nobuhiro Zaima, Megumi Onozato, Chie Miyamoto, Keisuke Hashimoto, Kenichi Yanagimoto, Tatsuya Moriyama
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a vascular disease involving gradual dilation of the abdominal aorta. Recent studies suggest that nicotine, which is a primary component in cigarette smoke, is closely associated with the development and rupture of an AAA. Nicotine accelerates AAA development through the weakening of the vascular wall by increasing oxidative stress and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 expression. However, little is known about preventing the AAA induced by nicotine. A non-surgical means of preventing the weakening of the vascular wall before the onset of AAA by functional food factors would be a valuable option over surgery...
August 1, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724915/quinolinate-phosphoribosyltransferase-is-an-antiviral-host-factor-against-hepatitis-c-virus-infection
#18
Zhilong Wang, Yanhang Gao, Chao Zhang, Haiming Hu, Dongwei Guo, Yi Xu, Qiuping Xu, Weihong Zhang, Sisi Deng, Pingyun Lv, Yan Yang, Yanhua Ding, Qingquan Li, Changjiang Weng, Xinwen Chen, Sitang Gong, Hairong Chen, Junqi Niu, Hong Tang
HCV infection can decrease NAD(+)/NADH ratio, which could convert lipid metabolism to favor HCV replication. In hepatocytes, quinolinate phosphoribosyl transferase (QPRT) catabolizes quinolinic acid (QA) to nicotinic acid mononucleotide (NAMN) for de novo NAD synthesis. However, whether and how HCV modulates QPRT hence the lipogenesis is unknown. In this work, we found QPRT was reduced significantly in livers of patients or humanized C/O(Tg) mice with persistent HCV infection. Mechanistic studies indicated that HCV NS3/4A promoted proteasomal degradation of QPRT through Smurf2, an E3 ubiquitin-protein ligase, in Huh7...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722260/effect-of-long-distance-transportation-on-serum-metabolic-profiles-of-steer-calves
#19
Satoshi Takemoto, Shozo Tomonaga, Masayuki Funaba, Tohru Matsui
Long-distance transportation is sometimes inevitable in the beef industry because of the geographic separation of major breeding and fattening areas. Long-distance transportation negatively impacts production and health of cattle, which may, at least partly, result from the disturbance of metabolism during and after transportation. However, alteration of metabolism remains elusive in transported cattle. We investigated the effects of transportation on the metabolomic profiles of Holstein steer calves. Non-targeted analysis of serum concentrations of low molecular weight metabolites was performed by gas chromatography mass spectrometry...
July 19, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718768/selective-and-regulated-trapping-of-nicotinic-receptor-weak-base-ligands-and-relevance-to-smoking-cessation
#20
Anitha P Govind, Yolanda F Vallejo, Jacob R Stolz, Jing-Zhi Yan, Geoffrey T Swanson, William N Green
To better understand smoking cessation, we examined the actions of varenicline (Chantix) during long-term nicotine exposure. Varenicline reduced nicotine upregulation of α4β2-type nicotinic receptors (α4β2Rs) in live cells and neurons, but not for membrane preparations. Effects on upregulation depended on intracellular pH homeostasis and were not observed if acidic pH in intracellular compartments was neutralized. Varenicline was trapped as a weak base in acidic compartments and slowly released, blocking (125)I-epibatidine binding and desensitizing α4β2Rs...
July 18, 2017: ELife
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