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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529327/metabolite-profiling-of-obese-individuals-before-and-after-a-one-year-weight-loss-program
#1
N Geidenstam, M Al-Majdoub, M Ekman, P Spégel, M Ridderstråle
OBJECTIVE: We and others have previously characterized changes in circulating metabolite levels following diet-induced weight loss. Our aim was to investigate if baseline metabolite levels and weight loss-induced changes in these are predictive of or associated with changes in body mass index (BMI) and metabolic risk traits. METHODS: Serum metabolites were analyzed with gas and liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry in 91 obese individuals at baseline and after participating in a one year non-surgical weight loss program...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528783/revelation-and-cloning-of-valinomycin-synthetase-genes-in-streptomyces-lavendulae-acr-da1-and-their-expression-analysis-under-different-fermentation-and-elicitation-conditions
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Richa Sharma, Vijaylakshmi Jamwal, Varun P Singh, Priya Wazir, Praveen Awasthi, Deepika Singh, Sumit G Gandhi, Ram A Vishwakarma, Asha Chaubey
Streptomyces species are amongst the most exploited microorganisms due to their ability to produce a plethora of secondary metabolites with bioactive potential, including several well known drugs. They are endowed with immense unexplored potential and substantial efforts are required for their isolation as well as characterization for their bioactive potential. Unexplored niches and extreme environments are host to diverse microbial species. In this study, we report Streptomyces lavendulae ACR-DA1, isolated from extreme cold deserts of the North Western Himalayas, which produces a macrolactone antibiotic, valinomycin...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523227/parental-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-genotype-child-prosociality-and-their-interaction-as-predictors-of-parents-warmth
#3
Reut Avinun, Ariel Knafo-Noam
BACKGROUND: Parental warmth has been associated with various child behaviors, from effortful control to callous-unemotional traits. Factors that have been shown to affect parental warmth include heritability and child behavior. However, there is limited knowledge about which specific genes are involved, how they interact with child behavior, how they affect differential parenting, and how they affect fathers. We examined what affects paternal and maternal warmth by focusing on the child's prosocial behavior and parents' genotype, specifically a Valine to Methionine substitution at codon 66 in the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) gene...
May 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522588/a-potential-mechanism-for-adc-induced-neutropenia-role-of-neutrophils-in-their-own-demise
#4
Hui Zhao, Sara Gulesserian, Maria Christina Malinao, Sathish Kumar-Ganesan, James Song, Mi Sook Chang, Melissa M Williams, Zhilan Zeng, Michael Mattie, Brian A Mendelsohn, David R Stover, Fernando Doñate
Neutropenia is a common adverse event in cancer patients treated with antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) and we aimed to elucidate the potential mechanism of this toxicity. To investigate if ADCs affect neutrophil production from bone marrow, an in vitro assay was developed in which hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) were differentiated to neutrophils. Several antibodies against targets absent in HSCs and neutrophils were conjugated to MMAE via a cleavable valine-citrulline linker (vcMMAE-ADCs) or MMAF via a non-cleavable maleimidocaproyl linker (mcMMAF-ADCs), and their cytotoxicity was tested in the neutrophil differentiation assay...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515089/the-n-terminus-regulates-voltage-dependent-gating-of-calhm-ion-channels
#5
Jessica E Tanis, Zhongming Ma, J Kevin Foskett
CALHM1 and its C. elegans (ce) homolog, CLHM-1, belong to a new family of physiologically important ion channels that are regulated by voltage and extracellular Ca(2+) (Ca(2+)o), but lack a canonical voltage-sensing domain. Consequently, the intrinsic voltage-dependent gating mechanisms for CALHM channels are unknown. Here, we performed voltage-clamp experiments on ceCLHM-1 chimeric, deletion, insertion and point mutants to assess the role of the N-terminus (NT) in CALHM channel gating. Analyses of chimeric channels in which the ceCLHM-1 and human (h)CALHM1 N-termini were interchanged showed that the hCALHM1 NT destabilized channel-closed states, whereas the ceCLHM-1 NT had a stabilizing effect...
May 17, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514978/jugular-infused-methionine-lysine-and-branched-chain-amino-acids-does-not-improve-milk-production-in-holstein-cows-experiencing-heat-stress
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K R Kassube, J D Kaufman, K G Pohler, J W McFadden, A G Ríus
Poor utilization of amino acids contributes to losses of milk protein yield in dairy cows exposed to heat stress (HS). Our objective was to test the effect of essential amino acids on milk production in lactating dairy cows exposed to short-term HS conditions. To achieve this objective, 12 multiparous, lactating Holstein cows were assigned to two environments (thermoneutral (THN) or HS) from days 1 to 14 in a split-plot type cross-over design. All cows received 0 g/day of essential amino acids from days 1 to 7 (negative control (NC)) followed by an intravenous infusion of l-methionine (12 g/day), l-lysine (21 g/day), l-leucine (35 g/day), l-isoleucine (15 g/day) and l-valine (15 g/day, methionine, lysine and branched-chain amino acids (ML+BCAA)) from days 8 to 14...
May 18, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514450/evolutionary-enhancement-of-zika-virus-infectivity-in-aedes-aegypti-mosquitoes
#7
Yang Liu, Jianying Liu, Senyan Du, Chao Shan, Kaixiao Nie, Rudian Zhang, Xiao-Feng Li, Renli Zhang, Tao Wang, Cheng-Feng Qin, Penghua Wang, Pei-Yong Shi, Gong Cheng
Zika virus (ZIKV) remained obscure until the recent explosive outbreaks in French Polynesia (2013-2014) and South America (2015-2016). Phylogenetic studies have shown that ZIKV has evolved into African and Asian lineages. The Asian lineage of ZIKV was responsible for the recent epidemics in the Americas. However, the underlying mechanisms through which ZIKV rapidly and explosively spread from Asia to the Americas are unclear. Non-structural protein 1 (NS1) facilitates flavivirus acquisition by mosquitoes from an infected mammalian host and subsequently enhances viral prevalence in mosquitoes...
May 17, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513068/a-randomized-controlled-trial-branched-chain-amino-acid-levels-and-glucose-metabolism-in-patients-with-obesity-and-sleep-apnea
#8
Antonia Barceló, Daniel Morell-Garcia, Neus Salord, Cristina Esquinas, Gerardo Pérez, Antonio Pérez, Carmen Monasterio, Merce Gasa, Ana Maria Fortuna, Josep Maria Montserrat, Mercedes Mayos
There is evidence that changes in branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) levels may correlate with the efficacy of therapeutic interventions for affecting improvement in metabolic control. The objective of this study was to evaluate whether serum concentrations of BCAAs (leucine, isoleucine, valine) could mediate in insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance after continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). A prospective randomized controlled trial of OSA patients with morbid obesity was conducted...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Sleep Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510595/structural-adaptations-of-octaheme-nitrite-reductases-from-haloalkaliphilic-thioalkalivibrio-bacteria-to-alkaline-ph-and-high-salinity
#9
Anna Popinako, Mikhail Antonov, Alexey Tikhonov, Tamara Tikhonova, Vladimir Popov
Bacteria Tv. nitratireducens and Tv. paradoxus from soda lakes grow optimally in sodium carbonate/NaCl brines at pH range from 9.5 to 10 and salinity from 0.5 to 1.5 M Na+. Octaheme nitrite reductases (ONRs) from haloalkaliphilic bacteria of genus Thioalkalivibrio are stable and active in a wide range of pH (up to 11) and salinity (up to 1 M NaCl). To establish adaptation mechanisms of ONRs from haloalkaliphilic bacteria a comparative analysis of amino acid sequences and structures of ONRs from haloalkaliphilic bacteria and their homologues from non-halophilic neutrophilic bacteria was performed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505430/proteins-and-amino-acids-in-fine-particulate-matter-in-rural-guangzhou-southern-china-seasonal-cycles-sources-and-atmospheric-processes
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Tianli Song, Shan Wang, Yingyi Zhang, Junwei Song, Fobang Liu, Pingqing Fu, Manabu Shiraiwa, Zhiyong Xie, Dingli Yue, Liuju Zhong, Junyu Zheng, Senchao Lai
Water-soluble proteinaceous matter including proteins and free amino acids (FAAs) as well as some other chemical components was analyzed in fine particulate matter (PM2.5) samples collected over a period of one year in rural Guangzhou. Annual averaged protein and total FAAs concentrations were 0.79 ± 0.47 µg m-3 and 0.13 ± 0.05 µg m-3, accounting for 1.9 ± 0.7% and 0.3 ± 0.1% of PM2.5, respectively. Among FAAs, glycine was the most abundant species (19.9%), followed by valine (18.5%), methionine (16.1%) and phenylalanine (13...
May 15, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504678/a-conserved-threonine-prevents-self-intoxication-of-enoyl-thioester-reductases
#11
Raoul G Rosenthal, Bastian Vögeli, Tristan Wagner, Seigo Shima, Tobias J Erb
Enzymes are highly specific biocatalysts, yet they can promote unwanted side reactions. Here we investigated the factors that direct catalysis in the enoyl-thioester reductase Etr1p. We show that a single conserved threonine is essential to suppress the formation of a side product that would otherwise act as a high-affinity inhibitor of the enzyme. Substitution of this threonine with isosteric valine increases side-product formation by more than six orders of magnitude, while decreasing turnover frequency by only one order of magnitude...
May 15, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498321/bdnf-binds-its-pro-peptide-with-high-affinity-and-the-common-val66met-polymorphism-attenuates-the-interaction
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Koichi Uegaki, Haruko Kumanogoh, Toshiyuki Mizui, Takatsugu Hirokawa, Yasuyuki Ishikawa, Masami Kojima
Most growth factors are initially synthesized as precursors then cleaved into bioactive mature domains and pro-domains, but the biological roles of pro-domains are poorly understood. In the present study, we investigated the pro-domain (or pro-peptide) of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which promotes neuronal survival, differentiation and synaptic plasticity. The BDNF pro-peptide is a post-processing product of the precursor BDNF. Using surface plasmon resonance and biochemical experiments, we first demonstrated that the BDNF pro-peptide binds to mature BDNF with high affinity, but not other neurotrophins...
May 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494460/persistently-altered-metabolic-phenotype-following-perinatal-excitotoxic-brain-injury
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Benjamin J Blaise, Leslie Schwendimann, Vibol Chhor, Vincent Degos, Mark P Hodson, Guido Dallmann, Matthias Keller, Pierre Gressens, Bobbi Fleiss
Excitotoxicity plays a key role during insults to the developing brain such as neonatal encephalopathy, stroke, and encephalopathy of prematurity. Such insults affect many thousands of infants each year. Excitotoxicity causes frank lesions due to cell death and gliosis and disturbs normal developmental process, leading to deficits in learning, memory, and social integration that persist into adulthood. Understanding the underlying processes of the acute effects of excitotoxicity and its persistence during brain maturation provides an opportunity to identify mechanistic or diagnostic biomarkers, thus enabling and designing possible therapies...
May 12, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494394/physiological-and-biochemical-changes-attenuate-the-effects-of-drought-on-the-cerrado-species-vatairea-macrocarpa-benth-ducke
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Evandro Alves Vieira, Maria das Graças Silva, Camila Fernandes Moro, Valdemir Antônio Laura
Drought is considered the main abiotic stress because it influences the distribution of plant species and limits the productivity of ecosystems. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of drought on physiological and biochemical parameters during the initial development of Vatairea macrocarpa, a native cerrado species. Plants were subjected to daily watering (control); suppression of watering during 90 days with field capacity (fc) 50% and 25% and then followed by rewatering. Relative leaf water content (RWC), gas exchange, photosynthetic pigments content, carbohydrate and amino acids content, antioxidant activities and growth were recorded...
April 26, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492986/biosynthesis-and-bioactivity-of-glucosinolates-and-their-production-in-plant-in-vitro-cultures
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REVIEW
Pedro Joaquín Sánchez-Pujante, María Borja-Martínez, María Ángeles Pedreño, Lorena Almagro
Glucosinolates are biologically active compounds which are involved in plant defense reaction. The use of plant in vitro cultures and genetic engineering is a promising strategy for their sustainable production. Glucosinolates are a class of secondary metabolites found mainly in Brassicaceae, which contain nitrogen and sulfur in their structures. Glucosinolates are divided into three groups depending on the amino acid from which they are biosynthesized. Aliphatic glucosinolates are generally derived from leucine, valine, methionine, isoleucine and alanine while indole and aromatic glucosinolates are derived from tryptophan and phenylalanine or tyrosine, respectively...
May 10, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492501/urinary-metabolomics-in-pediatric-obesity-and-nafld-identifies-metabolic-pathways-metabolites-related-to-dietary-habits-and-gut-liver-axis-perturbations
#16
Jacopo Troisi, Luca Pierri, Annamaria Landolfi, Francesca Marciano, Antonella Bisogno, Federica Belmonte, Carmen Palladino, Salvatore Guercio Nuzio, Pietro Campiglia, Pietro Vajro
To get insight into still elusive pathomechanisms of pediatric obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) we explored the interplay among GC-MS studied urinary metabolomic signature, gut liver axis (GLA) abnormalities, and food preferences (Kid-Med). Intestinal permeability (IP), small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), and homeostatic model assessment-insulin resistance were investigated in forty children (mean age 9.8 years) categorized as normal weight (NW) or obese (body mass index <85th or >95th percentile, respectively) ± ultrasonographic bright liver and hypertransaminasemia (NAFLD)...
May 11, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489193/soluble-amino-acid-profile-mineral-nutrient-and-carbohydrate-content-of-maize-kernels-harvested-from-plants-submitted-to-ascorbic-acid-seed-priming
#17
Berenice K Alcântara, Vanessa Rizzi, Salete A Gaziola, Ricardo A Azevedo
Both the scientific community and society have shown interest in improving the content of amino acids, carbohydrates and mineral nutrients in maize because it represents an important staple food in many developing countries. Earlier studies demonstrated that the treatment of seeds using ascorbic acid (AsA-seed priming) enhanced soluble carbohydrates, proteins and soluble amino acids for other species. AsA seed priming in maize showed the potential for reducing abiotic stresses. The effects on grain quality have not been previously demonstrated...
April 27, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488863/v67l-mutation-fills-an-internal-cavity-to-stabilize-reca-mtu-intein
#18
Allison S Zwarycz, Martin Fossat, Otar Akanyeti, Zhongqian Lin, David J Rosenman, Angel E Garcia, Catherine A Royer, Kenneth V Mills, Chunyu Wang
Inteins mediate protein splicing, which has found extensive applications in protein science and biotechnology. In the Mycobacterium tuberculosis RecA mini-mini intein (ΔΔIhh), a single valine to leucine substitution at position 67 (V67L) dramatically increases intein stability and activity. However, crystal structures show that the V67L mutation causes minimal structural rearrangements, with a root-mean-square deviation of 0.2 Å between ΔΔIhh-V67 and ΔΔIhh-L67. Thus, the structural mechanisms for V67L stabilization and activation remain poorly understood...
May 18, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488545/determination-of-braf-v600e-ve1-protein-expression-and-braf-gene-mutation-status-in-codon-600-in-borderline-and-low-grade-ovarian-cancers
#19
Pawel Sadlecki, Pawel Walentowicz, Magdalena Bodnar, Andrzej Marszalek, Marek Grabiec, Malgorzata Walentowicz-Sadlecka
Epithelial ovarian tumors are a group of morphologically and genetically heterogeneous neoplasms. Based on differences in clinical phenotype and genetic background, ovarian neoplasms are classified as low-grade and high-grade tumor. Borderline ovarian tumors represent approximately 10%-20% of all epithelial ovarian masses. Various histological subtypes of ovarian malignancies differ in terms of their risk factor profiles, precursor lesions, clinical course, patterns of spread, molecular genetics, response to conventional chemotherapy, and prognosis...
May 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484901/racemization-of-valine-by-impact-induced-heating
#20
Yoshihiro Furukawa, Atsushi Takase, Toshimori Sekine, Takeshi Kakegawa, Takamichi Kobayashi
Homochirality plays an important role in all living organisms but its origin remains unclear. It also remains unclear whether such chiral molecules survived terrestrial heavy impact events. Impacts of extraterrestrial objects on early oceans were frequent and could have affected the chirality of oceanic amino acids when such amino acids accumulated during impacts. This study investigated the effects of shock-induced heating on enantiomeric change of valine with minerals such as olivine ([Mg0.9, Fe0.1]2SiO4), hematite (Fe2O3), and calcite (CaCO3)...
May 9, 2017: Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere
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