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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148316/recognition-dynamics-of-trinuclear-copper-cluster-and-associated-histidine-residues-through-conserved-or-semi-conserved-water-molecules-in-human-ceruloplasmin-the-involvement-of-aspartic-and-glutamic-acid-gates
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Bishnu Prasad Mukhopadhyay
Human Ceruloplasmin belongs to the family of multi-copper oxidases and it is involved in different physiological processes, copper ion transport, iron metabolism, iron homeostasis, and biogenic amine metabolism. MD-simulation studies have indicated the higher hydrophilic susceptibility of the trinuclear copper cluster in native CP compared to its oxygen bound form. The copper (T2/T3) atom Cu3047 of the cluster, which is close to T1 copper center Cu3052 (~13 Å) has a higher affinity for water molecules compared to other copper centers...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146409/safety-and-effectiveness-of-long-term-treatment-with-lurasidone-in-older-adults-with-bipolar-depression-post-hoc-analysis-of-a-6-month-open-label-study
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Brent P Forester, Martha Sajatovic, Joyce Tsai, Andrei Pikalov, Josephine Cucchiaro, Antony Loebel
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety and effectiveness of 6 months of treatment with lurasidone in older adults with a diagnosis of bipolar I depression. DESIGN: Post-hoc analysis of a multicenter, 6-month, open-label extension study. SETTING: Outpatient. PARTICIPANTS: Patients aged 55 to 75 years with a DSM-IV-TR diagnosis of bipolar I depression who had completed 6 weeks of double-blind, placebo-controlled treatment with either lurasidone monotherapy (1 study) or adjunctive therapy with lithium or valproate (2 studies)...
October 10, 2017: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138256/low-neonatal-plasma-n-6-n-3-pufa-ratios-regulate-offspring-adipogenic-potential-and-condition-adult-obesity-resistance
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Michael C Rudolph, Matthew R Jackman, David M Presby, Julie A Houck, Patricia G Webb, Ginger C Johnson, Taylor K Soderborg, Becky A de la Houssaye, Ivana V Yang, Jacob E Friedman, Paul S MacLean
Adipose tissue expansion (ATE) progresses rapidly during postnatal life, influenced by both prenatal maternal factors and postnatal developmental cues. The ratio of n-6 relative to n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) is thought to regulate perinatal adipogenesis, but the cellular mechanisms and long-term effects are not well understood. We lowered the fetal and postnatal n-6/n-3 PUFA ratio exposure in wildtype offspring, under standard maternal dietary fat amounts, to test effects of low n-6/n-3 ratios on offspring adipogenesis and adipogenic potential...
November 14, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136196/analysis-of-the-natively-unstructured-rna-protein-recognition-core-in-the-escherichia-coli-rna-degradosome-and-its-interactions-with-regulatory-rna-hfq-complexes
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Heather A Bruce, Dijun Du, Dijana Matak-Vinkovic, Katarzyna J Bandyra, R William Broadhurst, Esther Martin, Frank Sobott, Alexander V Shkumatov, Ben F Luisi
The RNA degradosome is a multi-enzyme assembly that plays a central role in the RNA metabolism of Escherichia coli and numerous other bacterial species including pathogens. At the core of the assembly is the endoribonuclease RNase E, one of the largest E. coli proteins and also one that bears the greatest region predicted to be natively unstructured. This extensive unstructured region, situated in the C-terminal half of RNase E, is punctuated with conserved short linear motifs that recruit partner proteins, direct RNA interactions, and enable association with the cytoplasmic membrane...
November 9, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134430/modern-drug-design-the-implication-of-using-artificial-neuronal-networks-and-multiple-molecular-dynamic-simulations
#5
Oleksandr Yakovenko, Steven J M Jones
We report the implementation of molecular modeling approaches developed as a part of the 2016 Grand Challenge 2, the blinded competition of computer aided drug design technologies held by the D3R Drug Design Data Resource ( https://drugdesigndata.org/ ). The challenge was focused on the ligands of the farnesoid X receptor (FXR), a highly flexible nuclear receptor of the cholesterol derivative chenodeoxycholic acid. FXR is considered an important therapeutic target for metabolic, inflammatory, bowel and obesity related diseases (Expert Opin Drug Metab Toxicol 4:523-532, 2015), but in the context of this competition it is also interesting due to the significant ligand-induced conformational changes displayed by the protein...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Computer-aided Molecular Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132120/rna-based-dynamic-genetic-controllers-development-strategies-and-applications
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REVIEW
Sungho Jang, Sungyeon Jang, Jina Yang, Sang Woo Seo, Gyoo Yeol Jung
Dynamic regulation of gene expression in response to various molecules is crucial for both basic science and practical applications. RNA is considered an attractive material for creating dynamic genetic controllers because of its specific binding to ligands, structural flexibility, programmability, and small size. Here, we review recent advances in strategies for developing RNA-based dynamic controllers and applications. First, we describe studies that re-engineered natural riboswitches to generate new dynamic controllers...
November 10, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130885/animal-thermoregulation-a-review-of-insulation-physiology-and-behaviour-relevant-to-temperature-control-in-buildings
#7
Dominic McCafferty, Guillaume Pandraud, Jérôme Gilles, Maria Fabra-Puchol, Pierre-Yves Henry
Birds and mammals have evolved many thermal adaptations that are relevant for bioinspired design of temperature control systems and energy management in buildings. Similar to many buildings, endothermic animals generate internal metabolic heat, are well insulated, regulate their temperature within set limits, modify microclimate and adjust thermal exchange with their environment. Here, we review the major components of animal thermoregulation in endothermic birds and mammals that are pertinent for building engineering, in a world where climate is changing and reduction in energy use is needed...
November 13, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129690/monoterpenoid-perillyl-alcohol-impairs-metabolic-flexibility-of-candida-albicans-by-inhibiting-glyoxylate-cycle
#8
Moiz A Ansari, Zeeshan Fatima, Kamal Ahmad, Saif Hameed
The metabolic pathway such as glyoxylate cycle (GC) enables Candida albicans, to survive under glucose deficient conditions prevalent in the hostile niche. Thus its key enzymes (Isocitrate lyase; ICL and malate synthase; MLS) represent attractive targets against C. albicans. We have previously reported the antifungal potential of a natural monoterpenoid perillyl alcohol (PA). The present study uncovers additional role of PA as a potent GC inhibitor. We explored that PA phenocopied ICL1 deletion mutant and were hypersensitive under low carbon utilizing conditions...
November 9, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127253/first-biochemical-and-crystallographic-characterization-of-a-fast-performing-ferritin-from-a-marine-invertebrate
#9
E De Meulenaere, J B Bailey, F A Tezcan, D D Deheyn
Ferritin, a multimeric cage-like enzyme, is integral to iron metabolism across all phyla through the sequestration and storage of iron through efficient ferroxidase activity. While ferritin sequences from around 900 species have been identified, crystal structures from only 50 species have been reported, the majority from bacterial origin. We recently isolated a secreted ferritin from the marine invertebrate Chaetopterus sp. (parchment tubeworm), which resides in muddy coastal seafloors. Here, we present the first ferritin from a marine invertebrate to be crystallized, and its biochemical characterization...
November 10, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127156/myc-and-tumor-metabolism-chicken-and-egg
#10
REVIEW
Francesca R Dejure, Martin Eilers
Transcription factors of the MYC family are deregulated in the majority of all human cancers. Oncogenic levels of MYC reprogram cellular metabolism, a hallmark of cancer development, to sustain the high rate of proliferation of cancer cells. Conversely, cells need to modulate MYC function according to the availability of nutrients, in order to avoid a metabolic collapse. Here, we review recent evidence that the multiple interactions of MYC with cell metabolism are mutual and review mechanisms that control MYC levels and function in response to metabolic stress situations...
November 10, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126108/laboratory-scale-photobiotechnology-current-trends-and-future-perspectives
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Holger Morschett, Varun Loomba, Gregor Huber, Wolfgang Wiechert, Eric von Lieres, Marco Oldiges
Phototrophic bioprocesses are a promising puzzle piece in future bio-economy concepts but mostly fail for economic reasons, yet. Besides other aspects, this is mainly attributed to the omnipresent issue of optimal light supply impeding scale-up and -down of phototrophic processes according to classic established concepts. This MiniReview examines two current trends in photobiotechnology, namely microscale cultivation and modeling and simulation. Micro photobioreactors are a valuable and promising trend with microfluidic chips and microtiter plates as predominant design concepts...
November 8, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123172/transcriptomic-and-epigenetic-responses-to-short-term-nutrient-exercise-stress-in-humans
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R C Laker, C Garde, D M Camera, W J Smiles, J R Zierath, J A Hawley, R Barrès
High fat feeding impairs skeletal muscle metabolic flexibility and induces insulin resistance, whereas exercise training exerts positive effects on substrate handling and improves insulin sensitivity. To identify the genomic mechanisms by which exercise ameliorates some of the deleterious effects of high fat feeding, we investigated the transcriptional and epigenetic response of human skeletal muscle to 9 days of a high-fat diet (HFD) alone (Sed-HFD) or in combination with resistance exercise (Ex-HFD), using genome-wide profiling of gene expression and DNA methylation...
November 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118710/cognitive-vulnerability-in-aging-may-be-modulated-by-education-and-reserve-in-healthy-people
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María D Roldán-Tapia, Rosa Cánovas, Irene León, Juan García-Garcia
Aging is related to a deterioration of cognitive performance and to multiple alterations in the brain. Even before the beginning of a noticeable cognitive decline, the framework which holds cognitive function experiences these alterations. From a system-vulnerability point of view of cognition, the deterioration associated with age would be the collection of repercussions during a life. Brain function and structure are modified in a multidimensional way, which could concern different aspects like structural integrity, functional activity, connectivity, or glucose metabolism...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114505/examining-and-comparing-the-health-and-performance-indices-of-university-undergraduate-students-according-to-year-of-study-and-gender
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Monday Omoniyi Moses, Francis Osei, Eric Juniour Appiah, Agnes Obour, Lady Gwendoline Akwa, Biggie Baffour-Awuah, Benjamin Asamoah, Peter Akwasi Sarpong, Caleb Adams, Rosario D'Onofrio
This study examined and compared, based on year of study and gender, the health and performance indices of university undergraduate students. Eighty-nine students (mean±standard deviation age, 22.47±2.22 years) were randomly selected for assessment prior to second semester examination of 2015/2016 academic year. body mass index, resting metabolic rate, visceral fat, skeletal muscle mass, body fat, systolic & diastolic blood pressure, resting heart rate, upper & lower body endurance, handgrip strength, and lower back and hamstring flexibility were assessed...
August 2017: Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111629/effects-of-muay-thai-training-frequency-on-body-composition-and-physical-fitness-in-healthy-untrained-women
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Jeniffer A de S Rapkiewicz, João P Nunes, Jerry L Mayhew, Alex Silva Ribeiro, Hellen C Garcez Nabuco, Maria T Fávero, Emerson Franchini, Matheus Amarante do Nascimento
BACKGROUND: The purpose of the study was to compare the effects of different frequencies of Muay Thai training on body composition, and physical fitness in healthy untrained women. METHODS: Twenty women were randomly assigned to one of two training groups: G2X (n = 9) performed Muay Thai twice a week, while G3X (n = 11) performed the same program three times a week, both for 13 weeks. Anthropometric dimensions, fat-free mass, fat mass, resting metabolic rate, VO2 max, upper-body and abdominal muscle endurance, explosive leg power, agility, flexibility, and dietary intake were measured at pre and post-training...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109303/insulin-resistance-and-reduced-metabolic-flexibility-cause-or-consequence-of-nafld
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EDITORIAL
Amalia Gastaldelli
Whether non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) precedes insulin resistance (IR) or IR preludes/causes NAFLD has been long debated. Recent studies have shown that there are two phenotypes of NAFLD, 'genetic' vs 'metabolic' NAFLD. The former patients are more at risk of hepatocellular carcinoma and chronic liver disease the latter are more IR and at increased risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D). Even if they are not yet diabetics, from a metabolic point of view having NAFLD is equivalent to T2D with reduced peripheral glucose disposal and impaired suppression of hepatic glucose production, but without fasting hyperglycaemia...
November 15, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107506/dietary-restriction-and-ampk-increase-lifespan-via-mitochondrial-network-and-peroxisome-remodeling
#17
Heather J Weir, Pallas Yao, Frank K Huynh, Caroline C Escoubas, Renata L Goncalves, Kristopher Burkewitz, Raymond Laboy, Matthew D Hirschey, William B Mair
Mitochondrial network remodeling between fused and fragmented states facilitates mitophagy, interaction with other organelles, and metabolic flexibility. Aging is associated with a loss of mitochondrial network homeostasis, but cellular processes causally linking these changes to organismal senescence remain unclear. Here, we show that AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and dietary restriction (DR) promote longevity in C. elegans via maintaining mitochondrial network homeostasis and functional coordination with peroxisomes to increase fatty acid oxidation (FAO)...
October 23, 2017: Cell Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104318/comparison-of-the-oxidation-of-carcinogenic-aristolochic-acid-i-and-ii-by-microsomal-cytochromes-p450-in-vitro-experimental-and-theoretical-approaches
#18
Václav Martínek, František Bárta, Petr Hodek, Eva Frei, Heinz H Schmeiser, Volker M Arlt, Marie Stiborová
Abstract: The herbal drug aristolochic acid, a natural mixture of 8-methoxy-6-nitrophenanthro[3,4-d]-1,3-dioxole-5-carboxylic acid (AAI) and 6-nitrophenanthro[3,4-d]-1,3-dioxole-5-carboxylic acid (AAII), is derived from Aristolochia species and is the cause of two nephropathies. Ingestion of aristolochic acid is associated with the development of urothelial tumors linked with aristolochic acid nephropathy and is implicated in the development of Balkan endemic nephropathy-associated urothelial tumors...
2017: Monatshefte Für Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099323/cold-adaptation-of-trna-nucleotidyltransferases-a-tradeoff-in-activity-stability-and-fidelity
#19
Felix G M Ernst, Lieselotte Erber, Joana Sammler, Frank Jühling, Heike Betat, Mario Mörl
Cold adaptation is an evolutionary process that has dramatic impact on enzymatic activity. Increased flexibility of the protein structure represents the main evolutionary strategy for efficient catalysis and reaction rates in the cold, but is achieved at the expense of structural stability. This results in a significant activity-stability tradeoff, as it was observed for several metabolic enzymes. In polymerases, however, not only reaction rates, but also fidelity plays an important role, as these enzymes have to synthesize copies of DNA and RNA as exact as possible...
November 3, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097020/skeletal-muscle-autophagy-and-mitophagy-in-endurance-trained-runners-before-and-after-a-high-fat-meal
#20
Michael D Tarpey, Kevin P Davy, Ryan P McMillan, Suzanne M Bowser, Tanya M Halliday, Nabil E Boutagy, Brenda M Davy, Madlyn I Frisard, Matthew W Hulver
OBJECTIVE: We tested the hypothesis that skeletal muscle of endurance-trained male runners would exhibit elevated autophagy and mitophagy markers, which would be associated with greater metabolic flexibility following a high-fat meal (HFM). METHODS: Muscle biopsies were collected to determine differences in autophagy and mitophagy protein markers and metabolic flexibility under fasting conditions and 4 h following a HFM between endurance-trained male runners (n = 10) and sedentary, non-obese controls (n = 9)...
October 21, 2017: Molecular Metabolism
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