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Branched-chain amino acid

Naohiro Kameta, Jiuchao Dong, Hiroharu Yui
A series of nanotubes with a dense layer of short poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) chains on the inner surface are prepared by means of a coassembly process using glycolipids and PEG derivatives. Dehydration of the PEG chains by heating increases the hydrophobicity of the nanotube channel and fluorescent-dye-labeled amino acids are extracted from bulk solution. Rehydration of the PEG chains by cooling results in back-extraction of the amino acids into the bulk solution. Because of the supramolecular chirality of the nanotubes, amino acid enantiomers can be separated in the back-extraction procedure, which is detectable with the naked eye as a change in fluorescence as the amino acids are released from the nanotubes...
March 13, 2018: Small
Moran Brenner, Lior Lobel, Ilya Borovok, Nadejda Sigal, Anat A Herskovits
Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) is a saprophyte and intracellular pathogen. Transition to the pathogenic state relies on sensing of host-derived metabolites, yet it remains unclear how these are recognized and how they mediate virulence gene regulation. We previously found that low availability of isoleucine signals Lm to activate the virulent state. This response is dependent on CodY, a global regulator and isoleucine sensor. Isoleucine-bound CodY represses metabolic pathways including branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) biosynthesis, however under BCAA depletion, as occurs during infection, BCAA biosynthesis is upregulated and isoleucine-unbound CodY activates virulence genes...
March 12, 2018: PLoS Genetics
Riccardo Natoli, Nilisha Fernando, Tess Dahlenburg, Haihan Jiao, Riemke Aggio-Bruce, Nigel L Barnett, Juan Manuel Chao de la Barca, Guillaume Tcherkez, Pascal Reynier, Johnny Fang, Joshua A Chu-Tan, Krisztina Valter, Jan Provis, Matt Rutar
Purpose: Systemic increases in reactive oxygen species, and their association with inflammation, have been proposed as an underlying mechanism linking obesity and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Studies have found increased levels of oxidative stress biomarkers and inflammatory cytokines in obese individuals; however, the correlation between obesity and retinal inflammation has yet to be assessed. We used the leptin-deficient (ob/ob) mouse to further our understanding of the contribution of obesity to retinal oxidative stress and inflammation...
2018: Molecular Vision
Andréa T Faccio, Francisco J Ruperez, Nagendra S Singh, Santiago Angulo, Marina F M Tavares, Michel Bernier, Coral Barbas, Irving W Wainer
BACKGROUND: Impairment in mitochondrial biogenesis and function plays a key role in depression and anxiety, both of which being associated with changes in fatty acid and phospholipid metabolism. The antidepressant effects of (R,S)-ketamine have been linked to its conversion into (2S,6S;2R,6R)-hydroxynorketamine (HNK); however, the connection between structure and stereochemistry of ketamine and HNK in the mitochondrial homeostatic response has not yet been fully elucidated at a metabolic level...
March 8, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Jeong Sang Yi, Minsuk Kim, Eun-Jung Kim, Byung-Gee Kim
Branched chain amino acids (BCAA) are catabolized into various acyl-CoA compounds, which are key precursors used in polyketide productions. Because of that, BCAA catabolism needs fine tuning of flux balances for enhancing the production of polyketide antibiotics. To enhance BCAA catabolism for pikromycin production in Streptomyces venezuelae ATCC 15439, three key enzymes of BCAA catabolism, 3-ketoacyl acyl carrier protein synthase III, acyl-CoA dehydrogenase, and branched chain α-keto acid dehydrogenase (BCDH) were manipulated...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Simon R Law, Daria Chrobok, Marta Juvany, Nicolas Delhomme, Pernilla Lindén, Bastiaan Brouwer, Abdul Ahad, Thomas Moritz, Stefan Jansson, Per Gardestrom, Olivier Keech
In plants, an individually darkened leaf (IDL) initiates senescence much more rapidly than a leaf from a whole darkened plant (DP). Combining transcriptomic and metabolomic approaches in Arabidopsis thaliana, we present an overview of the metabolic strategies that are employed in response to different darkening treatments. Under DP conditions, the perception of carbon starvation drove a profound metabolic readjustment in which lipids, branched-chain amino acids, and potentially monosaccharides released from cell wall loosening became important substrates for maintaining minimal ATP production...
March 9, 2018: Plant Physiology
E Yu Bezsudnova, K M Boyko, V O Popov
Branched-chain amino acid aminotransferases (BCATs) catalyze reversible stereoselective transamination of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) L-leucine, L-isoleucine, and L-valine. BCATs are the key enzymes of BCAA metabolism in all organisms. The catalysis proceeds through the ping-pong mechanism with the assistance of the cofactor pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP). BCATs differ from other (S)-selective transaminases (TAs) in 3D-structure and organization of the PLP-binding domain. Unlike other (S)-selective TAs, BCATs belong to the PLP fold type IV and are characterized by the proton transfer on the re-face of PLP, in contrast to the si-specificity of proton transfer in fold type I (S)-selective TAs...
December 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
Philip Gehrman, Arjun Sengupta, Elizabeth Harders, Er Ubeydullah, Allan I Pack, Aalim Weljie
Study Objectives: Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that is associated with a range of adverse outcomes. Patients with insomnia exhibit hyperarousal in multiple domains, including an elevated metabolic rate, but specific metabolic molecular perturbations are unknown. Furthermore, objective clinical markers of insomnia are not available and current assessment of pathological extent relies on self-report. Here, we provide preliminary evidence that chronic insomnia is remarkably reflected in the periphery through detailed metabolic assessments...
March 7, 2018: Sleep
Rajesh Dabur, Amey Shirolkar, Vijender Mishra, Baljeet Singh Yadav
BACKGROUND: Excessive alcohol consumption damages the intestine and liver cells directly as well as through unbalancing the gut microbiota. OBJECTIVE: The current study was undertaken to correlate the alcohol consumption and change in urinary metabolites profile linked with gut microbiota. METHOD: Non-alcoholic (control) healthy (n=22) and moderate alcoholic (n=26) males with an average age of 39.3±1.83 years subjected to alcohol use disorders identification test (AUDIT) were considered for study...
March 7, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Juho Tynkkynen, Vincent Chouraki, Sven J van der Lee, Jussi Hernesniemi, Qiong Yang, Shuo Li, Alexa Beiser, Martin G Larson, Katri Sääksjärvi, Martin J Shipley, Archana Singh-Manoux, Robert E Gerszten, Thomas J Wang, Aki S Havulinna, Peter Würtz, Krista Fischer, Ayse Demirkan, M Arfan Ikram, Najaf Amin, Terho Lehtimäki, Mika Kähönen, Markus Perola, Andres Metspalu, Antti J Kangas, Pasi Soininen, Mika Ala-Korpela, Ramachandran S Vasan, Mika Kivimäki, Cornelia M van Duijn, Sudha Seshadri, Veikko Salomaa
INTRODUCTION: Metabolite, lipid, and lipoprotein lipid profiling can provide novel insights into mechanisms underlying incident dementia and Alzheimer's disease. METHODS: We studied eight prospective cohorts with 22,623 participants profiled by nuclear magnetic resonance or mass spectrometry metabolomics. Four cohorts were used for discovery with replication undertaken in the other four to avoid false positives. For metabolites that survived replication, combined association results are presented...
February 28, 2018: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
Chie Furuta, Hitoshi Murakami
BACKGROUNDS/AIMS: This study was aimed at understanding the relationship between plasma amino acids and protein malnutrition and at determining whether amino acid supplementation associated with malnutrition and growth improves linear growth in growing rats. METHODS: Body length and plasma amino acids were measured in young male rats that were fed the following diet for 3 weeks, mimicking a low and imbalanced protein diets based on maize, a major staple consumed in developing countries: a 70% calorically restricted cornmeal-based diet (C), C + micronutrients (CM), CM + casein (CMC), CM + soy protein (CMS) or CMS + 0...
March 8, 2018: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
Claudia Grajeda-Iglesias, Oren Rom, Michael Aviram
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2018: Current Opinion in Lipidology
Heather N Koopman
The Odontocetes (toothed whales) possess two types of specialized fat and, therefore, represent an interesting group when considering the evolution and function of adipose tissue. All whales have a layer of superficial blubber, which insulates and streamlines, provides buoyancy and acts as an energy reserve. Some toothed whales deposit large amounts of wax esters, rather than triacylglycerols, in blubber, which is unusual. Waxes have very different physical and physiological properties, which may impact blubber function...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Experimental Biology
Timothy W Rhoads, Maggie S Burhans, Vincent B Chen, Paul D Hutchins, Matthew J P Rush, Josef P Clark, Jaime L Stark, Sean J McIlwain, Hamid R Eghbalnia, Derek M Pavelec, Irene M Ong, John M Denu, John L Markley, Joshua J Coon, Ricki J Colman, Rozalyn M Anderson
Caloric restriction (CR) extends lifespan and delays the onset of age-related disorders in diverse species. Metabolic regulatory pathways have been implicated in the mechanisms of CR, but the molecular details have not been elucidated. Here, we show that CR engages RNA processing of genes associated with a highly integrated reprogramming of hepatic metabolism. We conducted molecular profiling of liver biopsies collected from adult male rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) at baseline and after 2 years on control or CR (30% restricted) diet...
March 6, 2018: Cell Metabolism
Yuichi Uchino, Masafumi Watanabe, Munenori Takata, Eisuke Amiya, Kensuke Tsushima, Takeshi Adachi, Yukio Hiroi, Toshikazu Funazaki, Issei Komuro
BACKGROUND: We conducted a randomized, controlled trial to determine whether supplementation with oral branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) improves serum albumin and clinical outcomes in heart failure (HF) patients with hypoalbuminemia. METHODS AND RESULTS: We randomly assigned 18 in-hospital HF patients with serum albumin < 3.5 g/dL to receive oral BCAA granules (LIVACT® ) for 28 days during their hospital stay or until discharge (BCAA group; N = 9) or to receive no supplementation (controls; N = 9), in addition to recommended HF therapy...
March 6, 2018: American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs: Drugs, Devices, and Other Interventions
Lorenzo Ridola, Vincenzo Cardinale, Oliviero Riggio
Minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) is the mildest form of hepatic encephalopathy (HE). It affects the performance of psychometric tests focused on attention, working memory, psychomotor speed, and visuospatial ability, as well as electrophysiological and other functional brain measures. MHE is a frequent complication of liver disease, affecting up to 80% of tested patients. By being related to falls, an impairment in fitness to drive and the development of overt HE, MHE severely affects the lives of patients and caregivers by altering their quality of life and their socioeconomic status...
March 2018: Annals of Gastroenterology: Quarterly Publication of the Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology
Daniel H Katz, Robert E Gerszten
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 5, 2018: Clinical Chemistry
Minoo Bagheri, Farshad Farzadfar, Lu Qi, Mir Saeed Yekaninejad, Maryam Chamari, Oana A Zeleznik, Zahra Kalantar, Zarin Ebrahimi, Ali Sheidaie, Berthold Koletzko, Olaf Uhl, Abolghasem Djazayery
BACKGROUND: A particular sub-group of obese adults, considered as metabolically healthy obese (MHO), have a reduced risk of metabolic complications. However, the molecular basis contributing to this healthy phenotype remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: To identify obesity-related metabolite patterns differed between MHO and metabolically unhealthy obese (MUHO) groups and examine whether these patterns are associated with the development of cardiometabolic disorders in a sample of Iranian adult population aged 18-50 years...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Proteome Research
Minjun Xu, Yasuyuki Kitaura, Daichi Shindo, Yoshiharu Shimomura
Branched-chain α-keto acid dehydrogenase (BCKDH) kinase (BDK) suppresses the branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) catabolism by inactivation of the BCKDH complex. The muscle-specific BDK-deficient (BDK-mKO) mice showed accelerated BCAA oxidation in muscle and decreased endurance capacity after training (Xu et al. PLoS One. 12 (2017) e0180989). We here report that BCAA supplementation overcompensated endurance capacity in BDK-mKO mice after training.
March 1, 2018: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Abdulla A-B Badawy
Modulation of tryptophan (Trp) metabolism may underpin the behavioral effects of androgenic-anabolic steroids (AAS) and associated image and performance enhancers. Euphoria, arousal, and decreased anxiety observed with moderate use and exercise may involve enhanced cerebral serotonin synthesis and function by increased release of albumin-bound Trp and estrogen-mediated liver Trp 2,3-dioxygenase (TDO) inhibition and enhancement of serotonin function. Aggression, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, and psychosis, observed on withdrawal of AAS or with use of large doses, can be caused by decreased serotonin synthesis due to TDO induction on withdrawal, excess Trp inhibiting the 2 enzymes of serotonin synthesis, and increased cerebral levels of neuroactive kynurenines...
2018: International Journal of Tryptophan Research: IJTR
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