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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228389/high-resolution-melting-analysis-a-novel-approach-for-clade-differentiation-in-pythium-insidiosum-and-pythiosis
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Navaporn Worasilchai, Nitipong Permpalung, Ariya Chindamporn
Pythium insidiosum causes life-threatening human pythiosis. Based on phylogenetic analysis using internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region, mitochondrial cytochrome C oxidase II (COX2) gene, intergenic spacer (IGS) region and exo-1,3-β-glucanase gene (exo1), P. insidiosum is classified into clade ATH, BTH, and CTH related to geographic distribution. At present, polymerase chain reaction in any of these specific regions with DNA sequencing is the only technique to provide clade diagnosis. In this study, P. insidiosum-specific primers targeting COX2 gene were designed and used in real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) with subsequent high-resolution melting (HRM) to provide rapid identification as well as clade classification for P...
December 8, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228183/plasma-oxysterols-biomarkers-for-diagnosis-and-treatment-in-spastic-paraplegia-type-5
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Cecilia Marelli, Foudil Lamari, Dominique Rainteau, Alexandre Lafourcade, Guillaume Banneau, Lydie Humbert, Marie-Lorraine Monin, Elodie Petit, Rabab Debs, Giovanni Castelnovo, Elisabeth Ollagnon, Julie Lavie, Julie Pilliod, Isabelle Coupry, Patrick J Babin, Claire Guissart, Imen Benyounes, Urielle Ullmann, Gaetan Lesca, Christel Thauvin-Robinet, Pierre Labauge, Sylvie Odent, Claire Ewenczyk, Claude Wolf, Giovanni Stevanin, David Hajage, Alexandra Durr, Cyril Goizet, Fanny Mochel
The hereditary spastic paraplegias are an expanding and heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by spasticity in the lower limbs. Plasma biomarkers are needed to guide the genetic testing of spastic paraplegia. Spastic paraplegia type 5 (SPG5) is an autosomal recessive spastic paraplegia due to mutations in CYP7B1, which encodes a cytochrome P450 7α-hydroxylase implicated in cholesterol and bile acids metabolism. We developed a method based on ultra-performance liquid chromatography electrospray tandem mass spectrometry to validate two plasma 25-hydroxycholesterol (25-OHC) and 27-hydroxycholesterol (27-OHC) as diagnostic biomarkers in a cohort of 21 patients with SPG5...
December 8, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227996/generation-and-phenotypic-characterisation-of-a-cytochrome-p450-4x1-knockout-mouse
#3
Himanshu Kharkwal, Farhat Batool, Frank Koentgen, David R Bell, David A Kendall, Francis J P Ebling, Ian R Duce
Cytochrome P450 4x1 (Cyp4x1) is expressed at very high levels in the brain but the function of this protein is unknown. It has been hypothesised to regulate metabolism of fatty acids and to affect the activity of endocannabinoid signalling systems, which are known to influence appetite and energy metabolism. The objective of the present investigation was to determine the impact of Cyp4x1 on body weight and energy metabolism by developing a line of transgenic Cyp4x1-knock out mice. Mice were developed with a global knock-out of the gene; the full-length RNA was undetectable, and mice were viable and fertile...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225136/in-vitro-apoptotic-mechanism-of-a-novel-synthetic-quinazolinyl-derivative-induces-caspase-dependent-intrinsic-pathway-on-thp-1-leukemia-cell-line
#4
V Sridhar, S K Arepalli, L R Velatooru, J Venkateswara Rao, P Kavin Kennedy, B Narsaiah
Several quinazoline derivatives have been found to possess a broad spectrum of biological activities. Previously our research group has synthesized and studied the anti-proliferative effects of N-Decyl-N-(2-Methyl-4-Quinazolinyl) Amine (DMQA). The current study evaluated the cytotoxic and apoptotic properties of DMQA in THP-1 cells. The cytotoxic potential of DMQA was assessed using MTT assay on a panel of cancer cell lines which include HeLa, Mia PaCa-2, A 375, B16-F10, A 549,A 431, U937, THP-1, HL-60 and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC's)...
December 7, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221728/emulsified-isoflurane-induces-release-of-cytochrome-c-in-human-neuroblastoma-shsy-5y-cells-via-jnk-c-jun-n-terminal-kinases-signaling-pathway
#5
Zeyong Yang, Jingjing Lv, Xianfu Lu, Xingxing Li, Xiaohu An, Jianwei Wang, Hao Weng, Yuanhai Li
A large number of studies have demonstrated that inhalation anesthetic isoflurane induced neural cell death by apoptosis in various cell and animal models. Emulsified isoflurane (EIso) is a new type of intravenous preparation of isoflurane that attracts increasing research attention as a promising clinical agent due to its both advantages as an intravenous and inhalation anesthetics medication. However, its safety and underlying molecular mechanism of neurotoxicity largely remain unknown. Therefore, it is meaningful to investigate the safety of EIso and to further elucidate its mechanism of anesthetic neurotoxicity...
December 5, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219229/characterisation-of-cyp102a25-from-b-marmarensis-and-cyp102a26-from-p-halophilus-p450-homologues-of-bm3-with-preference-towards-hydroxylation-of-medium-chain-fatty-acids
#6
Joanne L Porter, Jack Manning, Selina Sabatini, Michele Tavanti, Nicholas J Turner, Sabine L Flitsch
Cytochrome P450 monooxgenases are highly desired biocatalysts due to their ability to catalyse a wide variety of chemically challenging C-H activation reactions. The CYP102A subfamily of enzymes are natural catalytically self-sufficient proteins consisting of a haem and FMN-FAD reductase domain fused in a single component system. They catalyse the oxygenation of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids to produce primarily ω-1, ω-2 and ω-3 hydroxy acids. These monooxygenases have broad applications in biotechnology however, their substrate range is still limited and there is a continued need to add diversity to this class of biocatalysts...
December 8, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218106/extracorporeal-shock-wave-therapy-effectively-protects-brain-against-chronic-cerebral-hypo-perfusion-induced-neuropathological-changes
#7
Han-Tan Chai, Kuan-Hung Chen, Christopher Glenn Wallace, Chih-Hung Chen, Pei-Hsun Sung, Yung-Lung Chen, Chun-Man Yuen, Pei-Lin Shao, Cheuk-Kwan Sun, Hsueh-Wen Chang, Ching-Jen Wang, Mel S Lee, Hon-Kan Yip, Sheung-Fat Ko
This study tested the hypothesis that extracorporeal shock wave (ECSW) therapy could protect mouse brain from chronic cerebral hypoperfusion (CHP)-induced neuropathological changes in a bilateral carotid arterial stenosis (CAS) model. Adult-male C57BL/6 (B6) mice (n=36) were randomized into group 1 (sham-control), group 2 (CHP) and group 3 [CHP+ECSW (100 impulses at 0.15 mJ/mm2) on day 5, 10 and 15 after CHP induction]. By day 60 after CHP induction, the white matter lesion, protein expressions of inflammatory (TNF-α/NF-κB/iNOS), oxidative-stress (NOX-1/NOX-2/NOX-4/nitrotyrosine), angiogenesis (eNOS/CD31), apoptotic (Bax/caspase-3/PARP), fibrotic (Smad3/TGF-ß) and mitochondrial-damaged (cytosolic cytochrome-C) biomarkers were significantly higher in group 2 than in groups 1 and 3, and significantly higher in group 3 than in group 1, whereas the protein expressions of anti-apoptotic (Bcl-2), anti-fibrotic (BMP-2/Smad1/5), and mitochondrial-integrity (mitochondrial cytochrome-C) biomarkers showed an opposite pattern to inflammation among the three groups (all P<0...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217417/cat-fleas-ctenocephalides-felis-carrying-rickettsia-felis-and-bartonella-species-in-hong-kong
#8
Jan Šlapeta, Andrea Lawrence, Michael P Reichel
Fleas are commonly recorded on stray as well as domestic dogs and cats in Hong Kong. Fleas can be a major cause of pruritus in dogs and cats and also vectors of potentially zoonotic bacteria in the genera Rickettsia and Bartonella. Morphological examination of 174 fleas from dogs and cats living in Hong Kong revealed only cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis). Cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 gene (cox1) genotyping of 20 randomly selected specimens, revealed three cox1 haplotypes (HK-h1 to HK-h3). The most common haplotype was HK-h1 with 17 specimens (17/20, 85%)...
December 4, 2017: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216766/vanillin-mitigates-the-adverse-impact-of-cisplatin-and-methotrexate-on-rat-kidneys
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A A Fouad, W N Al-Melhim
The present study investigated the probable protective effect of vanillin (VLN) against kidney injury induced by cisplatin (CSN) and methotrexate (MTX) in rats. The rats received a single injection of either CSN (7.5 mg/kg, i.p.) or MTX (20 mg/kg, i.p.). VLN treatment (150 mg/kg/day, i.p.) was started 1 day before administration of the nephrotoxic agents and continued for 7 days. Both CSN and MTX significantly increased serum creatinine, cystatin C, and neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin and kidney tissue renal malondialdehyde, inducible nitric oxide synthase, tumor necrosis factor-α, interleukin-18, nuclear factor-κB p65, cytosolic cytochrome C, and caspase-3 and significantly decreased renal total antioxidant capacity and Bcl-2/Bax ratio in rats...
January 1, 2017: Human & Experimental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215266/use-of-phenoxyaniline-analogs-to-generate-biochemical-insights-into-polybrominated-diphenyl-ether-interaction-with-cyp2b-enzymes
#10
Chao Chen, Jingbao Liu, James R Halpert, P Ross Wilderman
Human hepatic cytochromes P450 (CYP) are integral to xenobiotic metabolism. CYP2B6 is a major catalyst of biotransformation of environmental toxicants including polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). CYP2B substrates tend to contain halogen atoms, but the biochemical basis for this selectivity and for species specific determinants of metabolism has not been identified. Spectral binding titrations and inhibition studies were performed to investigate interactions of rat CYP2B1, rabbit CYP2B4, and CYP2B6 with a series of phenoxyaniline (POA) congeners that are analogs of PBDEs...
December 7, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215198/inflammatory-signalling-regulates-eccentric-contraction-induced-protein-synthesis-in-cachectic-skeletal-muscle
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Justin P Hardee, Brittany R Counts, Song Gao, Brandon N VanderVeen, Dennis K Fix, Ho-Jin Koh, James A Carson
BACKGROUND: Skeletal muscle responds to eccentric contractions (ECC) with an anabolic response that involves the induction of protein synthesis through the mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1. While we have reported that repeated ECC bouts after cachexia initiation attenuated muscle mass loss and inflammatory signalling, cachectic muscle's capacity to induce protein synthesis in response to ECC has not been determined. Therefore, we examined cachectic muscle's ability to induce mechano-sensitive pathways and protein synthesis in response to an anabolic stimulus involving ECC and determined the role of muscle signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3)/nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NFκB) signalling on ECC-induced anabolic signalling...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214051/cytochrome-b5-protects-photoreceptors-from-light-stress-induced-lipid-peroxidation-and-retinal-degeneration
#12
Xinping Chen, Hana Hall, Jeffrey P Simpson, Walter D Leon-Salas, Donald F Ready, Vikki M Weake
Lipid peroxides are generated by oxidative stress in cells, and contribute to ageing and neurodegenerative disease. The eye is at special risk for lipid peroxidation because photoreceptors possess amplified sensory membranes rich in peroxidation-susceptible polyunsaturated fatty acids. Light-induced lipid peroxidation in the retina contributes to retinal degeneration, and lipid peroxidation has been implicated in the progression of age-associated ocular diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD)...
2017: NPJ Aging and Mechanisms of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207040/aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-inhibits-inflammation-in-dss%C3%A2-induced-colitis-via-the-mk2-p%C3%A2-mk2-ttp-pathway
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Qimeng Wang, Kunqiu Yang, Bin Han, Baifa Sheng, Jiuheng Yin, Aimin Pu, Liangzi Li, Lihua Sun, Min Yu, Yuan Qiu, Weidong Xiao, Hua Yang
The pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is believed to be associated with the abnormal expression of inflammatory factors. The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) is a ligand‑dependent transcription factor, which can suppress the inflammatory response and attenuate experimental colitis. However, the detailed mechanism underlying the effects of AhR remains unclear. The present study investigated the role of AhR in the pathogenesis of IBD. Colitis was induced in mice by administration of 3% dextran sulphate sodium (DSS) for 7 days...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205871/pharmacogenetic-analysis-of-the-model-based-pharmacokinetics-of-five-anti-hiv-drugs-how-does-this-influence-the-effect-of-aging
#14
Jingxian Chen, Farida S Akhtari, Michael J Wagner, Oscar Suzuki, Tim Wiltshire, Alison A Motsinger-Reif, Julie B Dumond
Analysis of aging and pharmacogenetics (PGx) on antiretroviral pharmacokinetics (PKs) could inform precision dosing for older human HIV-infected patients. Seventy-four participants receiving either atazanavir/ritonavir (ATV/RTV) or efavirenz (EFV) with tenofovir/emtricitabine (TFV/FTC) provided PK and PGx information. Aging-PGx-PK association and interaction analyses were conducted using one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), multiple linear regression, and Random Forest ensemble methods. Our analyses associated unbound ATV disposition with multidrug resistance protein (MRP)4, RTV with P-glycoprotein (P-gp), and EFV with cytochrome P450 (CYP)2B6 and MRP4 genetic variants...
December 3, 2017: Clinical and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205347/low-mtdna-variation-and-shallow-population-structure-of-the-chinese-pomfret-pampus-chinensis-along-the-china-coast
#15
P Sun, B J Tang
In the present study, population genetic structure and genetic diversity of the Chinese pomfret Pampus chinensis, along the China coast were investigated and compared with that from Indonesia using mitochondrial DNA cytochrome b gene sequences. A total of 28 variable sites (including 18 singleton sites and 10 parsimony information sites) were observed and 23 haplotypes were defined in 330 individuals from 11 localities. The haplotype diversity (HD ) of the populations ranged from 0·540 to 0·828, the nucleotide diversity (π) ranged from 0·081 to 0·295%...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204172/protective-effects-of-coenzyme-q10-and-l-carnitine-against-statin-induced-pancreatic-mitochondrial-toxicity-in-rats
#16
Melina Sadighara, Jalal Pourahamad Joktaji, Valiollah Hajhashemi, Mohsen Minaiyan
Statins are widely used in patients with hyperlipidemia and whom with high risk of cardiovascular diseases. Unfortunately, statins also exert some adverse effects on the liver and pancreas and enhance the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus. The objective of the present research was to investigate the protective effects of coenzyme Q10 (Co-Q10) and L-carnitine (LC) on statins induced toxicity on pancreatic mitochondria in vivo. Seven groups of male Wistar rats received atorvastatin (20 mg/kg, p.o.), atorvastatin + Co-Q10 (10 mg/kg, i...
December 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203276/effect-of-ugt2b7-2-and-cyp2c8-4-polymorphisms-on-diclofenac-metabolism
#17
Katarzyna E Lazarska, Stefan J Dekker, Nico P E Vermeulen, Jan N M Commandeur
The use of diclofenac is associated with rare but severe drug-induced liver injury (DILI) in a very small number of patients. The factors which predispose susceptible patients to hepatotoxicity of diclofenac are still incompletely understood. Formation of protein-reactive metabolites by UDP-glucuronosyl transferases and cytochromes P450 is commonly considered to play an important role, as indicated by the detection of covalent protein adducts and antibodies in the serum of patients suffering from diclofenac-induced liver injury...
December 1, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202738/effects-of-mistletoe-products-on-pharmacokinetic-drug-turnover-by-inhibition-and-induction-of-cytochrome-p450-activities
#18
Michael Schink, Oliver Dehus
BACKGROUND: European mistletoe (Viscum album) products used in cancer therapy are frequently combined with other anti-cancer-drugs. Hence, potential herb-drug interactions have become a major safety concern in mistletoe therapy. METHODS: Three European mistletoe products (Helixor® A, Helixor® M and Helixor® P from mistletoe grown on firs, apple trees and pines, respectively) were tested for inhibition of nine major cytochrome P450 (CYP) isoenzymes in a test system using pooled human liver microsomes and for induction of five CYP isoforms in human hepatocytes cultivated in vitro according to the relevant guideline...
December 4, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29201664/vitrification-of-mouse-mii-oocyte-decreases-the-mitochondrial-dna-copy-number-tfam-gene-expression-and-mitochondrial-enzyme-activity
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Mahboobeh Amoushahi, Mojdeh Salehnia, Seyed Javad Mowla
Background: The objective of this study was determination of the changes in the reactive oxygen species (ROS) level, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) copy number and enzyme activity and transcription factor A (TFAM) gene expression in oocytes after vitrification. Methods: The oocytes at metaphase II (MII) stage (n=320) were collected from super-ovulated adult female mice (n=40). These oocytes were divided into vitrified and non-vitrified groups (n=160 in each group). After vitrification of oocytes, ROS level, mtDNA copy number; TFAM gene expression and mitochondrial enzymes activity (cytochrome C oxidase and succinate dehydrogenase) were assessed and compared with non-vitrified group...
October 2017: Journal of Reproduction & Infertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29199886/mycosynthesis-of-bactericidal-silver-and-polymorphic-gold-nanoparticles-physicochemical-variation-effects-and-mechanism
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Dheeraj Kumar Singh, Jitendra Kumar, Vijay Kumar Sharma, Satish Kumar Verma, Arti Singh, Puja Kumari, Ravindra Nath Kharwar
AIM: Extracellular synthesis of silver and gold nanoparticles using aqueous cell-free filtrate (CFF) of endophytic Chaetomium globosum and characterization of its bioactive proteins. METHODS: Temperature and pH gradients were used to assess their effects on dimensions of NPs. NPs were tested in vivo for antibacterial activity. MALDI-TOF-MS/MS was used for characterization of CFF proteins. RESULTS: Fungal CFF fabricated nanoparticles of various shape under varied physicochemical conditions...
December 4, 2017: Nanomedicine
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