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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913206/mag-fluo4-in-t-cells-imaging-of-intra-organelle-free-ca-2-concentrations
#1
Björn-Philipp Diercks, Ralf Fliegert, Andreas H Guse
Ca(2+) signaling is a major signal transduction pathway involved in T cell activation, but also in apoptosis of T cells. Since T cells make use of several Ca(2+)-mobilizing second messengers, such as nicotinic acid adenine dinucleotide phosphate, d-myo-inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate, and cyclic ADP-ribose, we intended to analyze luminal Ca(2+) concentration upon cell activation. Mag-Fluo4/AM, a low-affinity Ca(2+) dye known to localize to the endoplasmic reticular lumen in many cell types, showed superior brightness and bleaching stability, but, surprisingly, co-localized with mito-tracker, but not with ER-tracker in Jurkat T cells...
November 29, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907839/influence-of-picolinic-acid-on-seizure-susceptibility-in-mice
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Anna Cioczek-Czuczwar, Piotr Czuczwar, Waldemar Andrzej Turski, Jolanta Parada-Turska
BACKGROUND: The mechanism of drug resistance in epilepsy remains unknown. Picolinic acid (PIC) is an endogenous metabolite of the kynurenine pathway and a chelating agent added to dietary supplements. Both inhibitory and excitatory properties of PIC were reported. The aim of this study was to determine the influence of exogenously applied PIC upon the electroconvulsive threshold and the activity of chemical convulsants in eight models of epilepsy in mice. METHODS: All experiments were performed on adult male Swiss albino mice...
October 12, 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907050/when-is-the-brain-dead-living-like-electrophysiological-responses-and-photon-emissions-from-applications-of-neurotransmitters-in-fixed-post-mortem-human-brains
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Michael A Persinger, Nicolas Rouleau, Nirosha J Murugan, Lucas W E Tessaro, Justin N Costa
The structure of the post-mortem human brain can be preserved by immersing the organ within a fixative solution. Once the brain is perfused, cellular and histological features are maintained over extended periods of time. However, functions of the human brain are not assumed to be preserved beyond death and subsequent chemical fixation. Here we present a series of experiments which, together, refute this assumption. Instead, we suggest that chemical preservation of brain structure results in some retained functional capacity...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905561/anti-hu-antibodies-activate-enteric-and-sensory-neurons
#4
Qin Li, Klaus Michel, Anita Annahazi, Ihsan E Demir, Güralp O Ceyhan, Florian Zeller, Lars Komorowski, Winfried Stöcker, Michael J Beyak, David Grundy, Gianrico Farrugia, Roberto De Giorgio, Michael Schemann
IgG of type 1 anti-neuronal nuclear antibody (ANNA-1, anti-Hu) specificity is a serological marker of paraneoplastic neurological autoimmunity (including enteric/autonomic) usually related to small-cell lung carcinoma. We show here that IgG isolated from such sera and also affinity-purified anti-HuD label enteric neurons and cause an immediate spike discharge in enteric and visceral sensory neurons. Both labelling and activation of enteric neurons was prevented by preincubation with the HuD antigen. Activation of enteric neurons was inhibited by the nicotinic receptor antagonists hexamethonium and dihydro-β-erythroidine and reduced by the P2X antagonist pyridoxal phosphate-6-azo (benzene-2,4-disulfonic acid (PPADS) but not by the 5-HT3 antagonist tropisetron or the N-type Ca-channel blocker ω-Conotoxin GVIA...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888120/gestational-exposure-to-perfluorooctanoic-acid-pfoa-alterations-in-motor-related-behaviors
#5
David R Goulding, Sally S White, Sandra J McBride, Suzanne E Fenton, G Jean Harry
Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances are used in commercial applications and developmental exposure has been implicated in alterations in neurobehavioral functioning. While associations between developmental perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) exposure and human outcomes have been inconsistent, studies in experimental animals suggest alterations in motor related behaviors. To examine a dose-response pattern of neurobehavioral effects following gestational exposure to PFOA, pregnant CD-1 mice received PFOA (0, 0...
November 22, 2016: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875257/nicotinic-acid-timed-to-feeding-reverses-tissue-lipid-accumulation-and-improves-glucose-control-in-obese-zucker-rats
#6
Tobias Kroon, Tania Baccega, Arne Olsén, Johan Gabrielsson, Nicholas D Oakes
Nicotinic acid (NiAc) is a potent inhibitor of lipolysis, acutely reducing plasma free fatty acid (FFA) concentrations. However, a major FFA rebound is seen during rapid NiAc washout and sustained exposure is associated with tolerance development, with FFA returning to pretreatment levels. Our aim was to find a rational NiAc dosing regimen which preserves FFA lowering, sufficient to reverse non-adipose tissue lipid accumulation and improve metabolic control, in obese Zucker rats. We compared feeding-period vs...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871279/biodegradation-of-lignin-and-nicotine-with-white-rot-fungi-for-the-delignification-and-detoxification-of-tobacco-stalk
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Yulong Su, He Xian, Sujuan Shi, Chengsheng Zhang, S M Nuruzzaman Manik, Jingjing Mao, Ge Zhang, Weihong Liao, Qian Wang, Haobao Liu
BACKGROUND: Tobacco stalk is one kind of abundant crop residues in China. The high lignification of tobacco stalk increases its reusing cost and the existing of nicotine will cause serious pollution. The biodegradation of lignocellulosic biomass has been demonstrated to be an environmental and economical approach for the utilization of plant stalk. Meanwhile, many nicotine-degrading microorganisms were found in nature. However, microorganisms which could degraded both nicotine and lignin haven't been reported...
November 21, 2016: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870937/spinosad-induces-programmed-cell-death-involves-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-cytochrome-c-release-in-spodoptera-frugiperda-sf9-cells
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Mingjun Yang, Bo Wang, Jufang Gao, Yang Zhang, Wenping Xu, Liming Tao
Spinosad, a reduced-risk insecticide, acts on the nicotinic acetylcholine receptors and the gamma-aminobutyric acid receptor in the nervous system of target insects. However, its mechanism of action in non-neural insect cells is unclear. This study aimed to evaluate mitochondrial functional changes associated with spinosad in Spodoptera frugiperda (Sf9) insect cells. Our results indicate that in Sf9 cells, spinosad induces programmed cell death and mitochondrial dysfunction through enhanced reactive oxygen species production, mitochondrial permeability transition pore (mPTP) opening, and mitochondrial membrane potential collapse, eventually leading to cytochrome C release and apoptosis...
November 18, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862060/effect-of-bafilomycin-and-naadp-on-membrane-associated-atpases-and-respiration-of-isolated-mitochondria-of-the-murine-nemeth-kellner-lymphoma
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V Hreniukh, S Bychkova, O Kulachkovsky, A Babsky
: The goal of the study was to estimate the effect of a selective V-type H(+) -ATPase inhibitor bafilomycin A1 and nicotinic acid adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NAADP) on energetic processes in NK/Ly cell by directly measuring the respiration of isolated mitochondria and ATPase activities. NAADP (7 μM) increased the activity of Na(+) /K(+) -ATPase in the postmitochondrial fraction of NK/Ly cells, but lower concentration of NAADP decreased it (0.1 and 1 μM). The increase the activity of plasma membrane Ca(2)(+) ATPase (PMCA) under NAADP application (1 and 7 μM) was observed...
November 8, 2016: Cell Biochemistry and Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844059/developmental-ethanol-exposure-leads-to-long-term-deficits-in-attention-and-its-underlying-prefrontal-circuitry
#10
Emma L Louth, Warren Bignell, Christine L Taylor, Craig D C Bailey
Chronic prenatal exposure to ethanol can lead to a spectrum of teratogenic outcomes that are classified in humans as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). One of the most prevalent and persistent neurocognitive components of FASD is attention deficits, and it is now thought that these attention deficits differ from traditional attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in their quality and response to medication. However, the neuronal mechanisms underlying attention deficits in FASD are not well understood...
September 2016: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833561/high-temperature-induces-expression-of-tobacco-transcription-factor-ntmyc2a-to-regulate-nicotine-and-ja-biosynthesis
#11
Liming Yang, Junying Li, Jianhui Ji, Ping Li, Liangliang Yu, Elsayed F Abd Allah, Yuming Luo, Liwei Hu, Xiangyang Hu
Environmental stress elevates the level of jasmonic acid (JA) and activates the biosynthesis of nicotine and related pyridine alkaloids in tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.) by up-regulating the expression of putrescine N-methyltransferase 1 (NtPMT1), which encodes a putrescine N-methyl transferase that catalyzes nicotine formation. The JA signal suppressor JASMONATE ZIM DOMAIN 1 (NtJAZ1) and its target protein, NtMYC2a, also regulate nicotine biosynthesis; however, how these proteins interact to regulate abiotic-induced nicotine biosynthesis is poorly understood...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832994/possible-involvement-of-inos-and-tnf-%C3%AE-in-nutritional-intervention-against-nicotine-induced-pancreatic-islet-cell-damage
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Ankita Bhattacharjee, Shilpi Kumari Prasad, Swagata Pal, Bithin Maji, Arnab Banerjee, Debasmita Das, Ananya Bose, Nabanita Chatterjee, Sandip Mukherjee
Nicotine is the more abundant and most significant components of cigarette smoke. Epidemiological evidence strongly suggests an association between cigarette smoking and pancreatic injury. Although effects of smoking on endocrine pancreas are still controversial Here, we examined the impact and underlying mechanisms of action of folic acid and vitamin B12 on nicotine induced damage in pancreatic islets of rats. Male Wistar rats were treated with nicotine (3mg/kg body weight/day, intraperitonealy) with or without folic acid (36μg/kg body weight/day, orally) and vitamin B12 (0...
November 7, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784876/diversity-of-the-intestinal-microbiota-differently-affects-non-neuronal-and-atropine-sensitive-ileal-contractile-responses-to-short-chain-fatty-acids-in-mice
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Masako Yajima, Shin-Ichiro Karaki, Takeshi Tsuruta, Shunsuke Kimura, Junko Nio-Kobayashi, Atsukazu Kuwahara, Takaji Yajima
Non-neuronal and atropine-sensitive ileal contractile responses to short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) are detected in the neonatal stage, and change with age or inflammatory conditions. However, the roles of luminal SCFAs in developmental changes have not yet been elucidated. We examined ileal contractile responses to SCFAs in mice colonized with different SCFA-producing intestinal microbiota under normal and inflammatory conditions. Using conventional (Conv), germ-free (GF), and gnotobiotic mice infected with Bifidobacterium (GB-bif), Propionibacterium (GB-prop), or Lactobacillus (GB-lact), ileal contractions were measured in 1-day-old neonates and 7-week-old mice using an isotonic transducer...
2016: Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783449/essential-role-of-bordetella-nadc-in-a-quinolinate-salvage-pathway-for-nad-biosynthesis
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Timothy J Brickman, Ryan J Suhadolc, Pamela J McKelvey, Sandra K Armstrong
NAD is produced via de novo biosynthesis pathways and by salvage or recycling routes. The classical Bordetella bacterial species are known to be auxotrophic for nicotinamide or nicotinic acid. This study confirmed that Bordetella bronchiseptica, Bordetella pertussis, and Bordetella parapertussis have the recycling/salvage pathway genes pncA and pncB, for use of nicotinamide or nicotinic acid, respectively, for NAD synthesis. Although these Bordetellae lack the nadA and nadB genes needed for de novo NAD biosynthesis, remarkably, they have one de novo pathway gene, nadC, encoding quinolinate phosphoribosyltransferase...
October 26, 2016: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783203/cardiotoxicity-associated-with-nicotinamide-phosphoribosyltransferase-inhibitors-in-rodents-and-in-rat-and-human-derived-cells-lines
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D L Misner, M A Kauss, J Singh, H Uppal, A Bruening-Wright, B M Liederer, T Lin, B McCray, N La, T Nguyen, D Sampath, P S Dragovich, T O'Brien, T S Zabka
Nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT) is a pleiotropic protein that functions as an enzyme, cytokine, growth factor and hormone. As a target for oncology, NAMPT is particularly attractive, because it catalyzes the rate-limiting step in the salvage pathway to generate nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), a universal energy- and signal-carrying molecule involved in cellular energy metabolism and many homeostatic functions. Inhibition of NAMPT generally results in NAD depletion, followed by ATP reduction and loss of cell viability...
October 25, 2016: Cardiovascular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777319/role-for-hepatic-ceacam1-in-regulating-fatty-acid-metabolism-along-the-adipocyte-hepatocyte-axis
#16
Lucia Russo, Hilda E Ghadieh, Simona S Ghanem, Qusai Y Al-Share, Zachary N Smiley, Cara Gatto-Weis, Emily L Esakov, Marcia F McInerney, Garrett Heinrich, Xin Tong, Lei Yin, Sonia M Najjar
Carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecule 1 (CEACAM1) regulates insulin sensitivity by promoting hepatic insulin clearance and mediating suppression of fatty acid synthase activity. Feeding C57BL/6J male mice with a high-fat (HF) diet for 3-4 weeks triggered a >60% decrease in hepatic CEACAM1 levels to subsequently impair insulin clearance and cause systemic insulin resistance and hepatic steatosis. This study aimed at investigating whether lipolysis drives reduction in hepatic CEACAM1 and whether this constitutes a key mechanism leading to diet-induced metabolic abnormalities...
December 2016: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769504/krawtchouk-image-moment-method-for-the-simultaneous-determination-of-three-drugs-in-human-plasma-based-on-fluorescence-three-dimensional-spectra
#17
Jing Chen, Bao Qiong Li, Min Li Xu, Xue Wang, Yu Hong Jing, Hong Lin Zhai
The interference signals and overlapped peaks are common phenomena in fluorescence determination, which seriously influence the accuracy and reliability of analytical results. In this paper, Krawtchouk image moment method was introduced to the analysis of fluorescence three-dimensional (3D) spectra and applied to the quantitative analysis of three drugs including nicotinic acid, metoprolol and amlodipine in human plasma. Without any pretreatment to the obtained spectra, Krawtchouk moments were directly calculated on the grayscale images of 3D spectra, and the quantitative linear models for the three drugs were established by stepwise regression, respectively...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27768301/synthesis-of-c-4-substituted-amido-nicotine-derivatives-via-copper-i-and-ii-catalyzed-cross-coupling-reactions
#18
Jiancheng Zhu, Monica F Enamorado, Daniel L Comins
The syntheses of seven novel amido nicotine derivatives 12-18 from (S)-nicotine are presented. (S)-Nicotine and (S)-6-chloronicotine derivatives were cross-coupled with the corresponding amides 6-10 at the C-4 position of the pyridine ring via copper(I)-mediated reactions. Derivatives 16-18 were also obtained via copper(II)-mediated reactions from (S)-nicotine containing a C-4 boronic acid pinacol ester group. The optimization of reaction conditions for both routes provided a useful method for preparing C-4 amide-containing nicotine analogs...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27762346/study-to-explore-the-mechanism-to-form-inclusion-complexes-of-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-with-vitamin-molecules
#19
Subhadeep Saha, Aditi Roy, Kanak Roy, Mahendra Nath Roy
Host-guest inclusion complexes of β-cyclodextrin with two vitamins viz., nicotinic acid and ascorbic acid in aqueous medium have been explored by reliable spectroscopic, physicochemical and calorimetric methods as stabilizer, carrier and regulatory releaser of the guest molecules. Job's plots have been drawn by UV-visible spectroscopy to confirm the 1:1 stoichiometry of the host-guest assembly. Stereo-chemical nature of the inclusion complexes has been explained by 2D NMR spectroscopy. Surface tension and conductivity studies further support the inclusion process...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27759369/pyrazinamide-resistance-is-caused-by-two-distinct-mechanisms-prevention-of-coenzyme-a-depletion-and-loss-of-virulence-factor-synthesis
#20
Pooja Gopal, Michelle Yee, Jickky Sarathy, Jian Liang Low, Jansy P Sarathy, Firat Kaya, Véronique Dartois, Martin Gengenbacher, Thomas Dick
Pyrazinamide (PZA) is a critical component of first- and second-line treatments of tuberculosis (TB), yet its mechanism of action largely remains an enigma. We carried out a genetic screen to isolate Mycobacterium bovis BCG mutants resistant to pyrazinoic acid (POA), the bioactive derivative of PZA, followed by whole genome sequencing of 26 POA resistant strains. Rather than finding mutations in the proposed candidate targets fatty acid synthase I and ribosomal protein S1, we found resistance conferring mutations in two pathways: missense mutations in aspartate decarboxylase panD, involved in the synthesis of the essential acyl carrier coenzyme A (CoA), and frameshift mutations in the vitro nonessential polyketide synthase genes mas and ppsA-E, involved in the synthesis of the virulence factor phthiocerol dimycocerosate (PDIM)...
September 9, 2016: ACS Infectious Diseases
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