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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938470/genetic-disruption-of-21-hydroxylase-in-zebrafish-causes-interrenal-hyperplasia
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Helen Eachus, Andreas Zaucker, James A Oakes, Aliesha Griffin, Meltem Weger, Tülay Güran, Angela Taylor, Abigail Harris, Andy Greenfield, Jonathan L Quanson, Karl-Heinz Storbeck, Vincent T Cunliffe, Ferenc Müller, Nils Krone
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia is a group of common inherited disorders leading to glucocorticoid deficiency. Most cases are caused by 21-hydroxylase deficiency (21OHD). The systemic consequences of imbalanced steroid hormone biosynthesis due to severe 21OHD remains poorly understood. Therefore, we have developed a zebrafish model for 21OHD, which focuses on the impairment of glucocorticoid biosynthesis. A single 21-hydroxylase gene (cyp21a2) is annotated in the zebrafish genome based on sequence homology. Our in silico analysis of the Cyp21a2 protein sequence suggests a sufficient degree of similarity for the usage of zebrafish cyp21a2 to model aspects of human 21OHD in vivo...
September 13, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938463/role-of-cyp51-in-the-regulation-of-t3-and-fsh-induced-steroidogenesis-in-female-mice
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Juan Liu, Ye Tian, Yu Ding, Dai Heng, Kaili Xu, Wenbo Liu, Cheng Zhang
Cytochrome P450 lanosterol 14α-demethylase (CYP51) is a key enzyme in sterols and steroids biosynthesis that involved in folliculogenesis and oocyte maturation, which is regulated by follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), as a key reproductive hormone during follicular development. Thyroid hormone (TH) is also important for normal reproductive function. Although T3 enhances FSH-induced preantral follicle growth, whether and how TH combines with FSH to regulate CYP51 expression during preantral to early antral transition stage is unclear...
August 18, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938443/microbiota-dependent-induction-of-colonic-cyp27b1-is-associated-with-colonic-inflammation-implication-of-locally-produced-1-25-dihydroxyvitamin-d-in-inflammatory-regulation-in-the-colon
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Jie Du, Xinzhi Wei, Xin Ge, Yinyin Chen, Yan Chun Li
Our recent studies demonstrated that intestinal epithelial vitamin D receptor (VDR) signaling plays a critical role in regulating colonic inflammation by protecting epithelial barrier integrity. Epithelial VDR is down-regulated in colitis, but how mucosal inflammation affects local 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25(OH)2D3) production is unknown. Here we showed that Cyp27b1, a cytochrome P450 enzyme required for 1,25(OH)2D3 biosynthesis, is highly induced in colonic mucosa in inflammatory response. While VDR is reduced in colon biopsies from patients with ulcerative colitis, Cyp27b1 is markedly up-regulated in these samples...
September 18, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938428/glp-1-receptor-activation-inhibits-palmitate-induced-apoptosis-via-ceramide-in-human-cardiac-progenitor-cells
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Anna Leonardini, Rossella D'Oria, Maria Angela Incalza, Cristina Caccioppoli, Valentina Andrulli Buccheri, Angelo Cignarelli, Domenico Paparella, Vito Margari, Annalisa Natalicchio, Sebastio Perrini, Francesco Giorgino, Luigi Laviola
Context: Increased apoptosis of cardiomyocytes and cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs) in response to saturated fatty acids (SFA) can lead to myocardial damage and dysfunction. Ceramides mediate lipotoxicity-induced apoptosis. GLP-1 receptor (GLP1R) agonists exert beneficial effects on cardiac cells in experimental models. Objective: To investigate the protective effects of GLP1R activation on SFA-mediated apoptotic death of human CPCs. Design: Human CPCs were isolated from cardiac appendages of non-diabetic donors and then exposed to palmitate with or without pre-treatment with the GLP1R agonist exendin-4...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937967/acetogenins-and-alkaloids-during-the-initial-development-of-annona-muricata-l-annonaceae
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Christian Anabí Riley-Saldaña, María Del Rocío Cruz-Ortega, Mariano Martínez Vázquez, Iván De-la-Cruz-Chacón, Marisol Castro-Moreno, Alma Rosa González-Esquinca
In plants, the presence and distribution of specialized metabolites during the early stages of development are not documented enough, even though their biosynthesis is one of the most important strategies for survival. In this study, five alkaloids and four acetogenins were detected in Annona muricata L. during early development seedling, including three phases of root emergence and three of seedling formation. Hexane and alkaloid extracts were obtained from each organ, which were analyzed in a gas-mass chromatograph and in a high-performance liquid chromatograph coupled with a photodiode array UV detector (HPLC-DAD)...
September 22, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937840/supraoptimal-activity-of-chlorophyll-dephytylase1-results-in-an-increase-in-tocopherol-level-in-mature-arabidopsis-seeds
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Yao-Pin Lin, Yee-Yung Charng
Tocopherols are synthesized in photosynthetic organisms, playing a role in plant stress tolerance. Recent studies showed that the phytol moiety of tocopherols comes from the salvaged phytol chain during chlorophyll degradation. However, the enzyme(s) responsible for chlorophyll dephytylation remains unclear. Recently, we reported the identification and characterization of CHLOROPHYLL DEPHYTYLASE1 (CLD1) of Arabidopsis, suggesting its role in chlorophyll turnover at steady state. In this addendum to the report, we presented and discussed the results related to the function of CLD1 in tocopherol biosynthesis...
September 22, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937735/whole-genome-shotgun-sequencing-and-comparison-of-two-%C3%AE-proteobacterial-species-in-search-of-the-bulgecin-biosynthetic-cluster
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Mark E Horsman, Daniel R Marous, Rongfeng Li, Ryan A Oliver, Byungjin Byun, Scott J Emrich, Bill Boggess, Craig A Townsend, Shahriar Mobashery
We have produced draft whole-genome sequences for two bacterial strains reported to produce the bulgecins as well as NRPS-derived monobactam β-lactam antibiotics. We propose reclassification of ATCC 31363 from the original Pseudomonas genus to Paraburkholderia acidophila. We further reaffirm that ATCC 31433 (Burkholderia mesoacidophila) is a taxonomically distinct producer of bulgecins with notable gene regions shared with Paraburkholderia acidophila. We use RAST multiple gene comparison and MASH distancing with published genomes to order the draft contigs and identify unique gene regions for characterization...
September 22, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936777/phytosphingosine-enhances-moisture-level-in-human-skin-barrier-through-stimulation-of-the-filaggrin-biosynthesis-and-degradation-leading-to-nmf-formation
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Hyun Kyung Choi, Young Hoon Cho, Eun Ok Lee, Jin Wook Kim, Chang Seo Park
Phytosphingosine (PHS) is a sphingoid that is a key component of phytoceramides NP, AP and EOP. PHS has been known to have anti-inflammation and antimicrobial activities and to stimulate epidermal differentiation. In addition, it is reported that PHS treatment notably increased phytoceramide content in keratinocytes. In this study, we tried to investigate whether PHS has any effect on the maturation of corneocytes such as formation of cornified envelope and natural moisturizing factor (NMF) that is also an essential event during the formation of skin barrier, stratum corneum...
September 21, 2017: Archives of Dermatological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936775/biosynthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-by-leaf-extract-of-albizia-saman-jacq-merr-and-their-cytotoxic-effect-on-mitotic-chromosomes-of-drimia-indica-roxb-jessop
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Azharuddin Daphedar, Tarikeri C Taranath
Silver nanoparticles synthesized using the leaf extract of Albizia saman (Jacq.) Merr. were tested for induction of cytogenetic abnormality in root tip cells of Drimia indica (Roxb.) Jessop (family Asperagaceae). The leaves are known to be rich in various phytochemicals like flavonoids, glycosides, saponins, steroids, tannins, and terpenoids, which may be responsible for bioreduction, biocapping, and stabilization of nanoparticles. The various instruments used for characterization include UV-VIS spectrophotometer, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-Ray diffractometer (XRD), and high resolution transmission electron microscope (HR-TEM)...
September 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936645/an-introduction-to-male-germline-development
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Hannes Vogler, Ueli Grossniklaus, Afif Hedhly
In this introductory chapter, we describe male germline development in plants taking Arabidopsis thaliana as a reference species. We first describe the transition from sporophytic to germline development, then microsporogenesis including meiosis, followed by male gametophyte development prior to pollination, and finally the progamic phase culminating in double fertilization, which leads to the formation of the embryo and the endosperm. For detailed information on some of these processes or on the molecular underpinning of certain fate transitions, we refer the reader to recent reviews...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936221/metabolite-profiling-of-barley-grains-subjected-to-water-stress-to-explain-the-genotypic-difference-in-drought-induced-impacts-on-malting-quality
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Xiaojian Wu, Kangfeng Cai, Guoping Zhang, Fanrong Zeng
Grain weight and protein content will be reduced and increased, respectively, when barley is subjected to water stress after anthesis, consequently deteriorating the malt quality. However, such adverse impact of water stress differs greatly among barley genotypes. In this study, two Tibetan wild barley accessions and two cultivated varieties differing in water stress tolerance were used to investigate the genotypic difference in metabolic profiles during grain-filling stage under drought condition. Totally, 71 differently accumulated metabolites were identified, including organic acids, amino acids/amines, and sugars/sugar alcohols...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936220/de-novo-assembly-of-the-camellia-nitidissima-transcriptome-reveals-key-genes-of-flower-pigment-biosynthesis
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Xingwen Zhou, Jiyuan Li, Yulin Zhu, Sui Ni, Jinling Chen, Xiaojuan Feng, Yunfeng Zhang, Shuangquan Li, Hongguang Zhu, Yuanguang Wen
The golden camellia, Camellia nitidissima Chi., is a well-known ornamental plant that is known as "the queen of camellias" because of its golden yellow flowers. The principal pigments in the flowers are carotenoids and flavonol glycosides. Understanding the biosynthesis of the golden color and its regulation is important in camellia breeding. To obtain a comprehensive understanding of flower development in C. nitidissima, a number of cDNA libraries were independently constructed during flower development. Using the Illumina Hiseq2500 platform, approximately 71...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935841/light-and-plastid-signals-regulate-different-sets-of-genes-in-the-albino-mutant-pap7-1
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Björn Grübler, Livia Merendino, Sven O Twardziok, Morgane Mininno, Guillaume Allorent, Fabien Chevalier, Monique Liebers, Robert Blanvillain, Klaus Mayer, Silva Lerbs-Mache, Stephane Ravanel, Thomas Pfannschmidt
Plants possessing dysfunctional plastids due to defects in pigment biosynthesis or translation are known to repress photosynthesis-associated nuclear genes (PhANGs) via retrograde signals from the disturbed organelles towards the nucleus. These signals are thought to be essential for proper biogenesis and function of the plastid. Mutants lacking plastid-encoded RNA polymerase-associated proteins (PAPs) display a genetic arrest in eoplast-chloroplast transition leading to an albino phenotype in the light. Retrograde signaling in these mutants, thus, could be expected to be similar as under conditions inducing plastid dysfunction...
September 21, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935819/identification-of-truncated-form-of-nosp-as-a-transcription-factor-to-regulate-the-biosynthesis-of-nosiheptide
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Xuri Wu, Liang Jin, Hong Zhang, Ruinian Tong, Min Ma, Yijun Chen
Nosiheptide (NOS), a typical member of the thiopeptides, possesses strong activities against multidrug-resistant, gram-positive bacterial pathogens. Similar to other thiopeptides, the biosynthetic pathway of NOS belongs to a ribosomally synthesized and posttranslationally modified peptide system. Bioinformatics analysis of the NOS gene cluster suggests that nosP gene encodes a homologous protein of Streptomyces antibiotic regulatory protein (SARP) family. In the present study, the actual initiation codon of nosP was identified by comparison of potential initiation codons GUG and AUG...
September 21, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935746/complete-genome-sequence-of-a-novel-bioflocculant-producing-strain-microbacterium-paludicola-cc3
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Weijie Liu, Cong Liu, Di Sun
Microbacterium paludicola CC3 exhibits the capability to produce polysaccharide bioflocculants. Here, we report the whole-genome sequence of M. paludicola CC3, which may be helpful in understanding the genetic basis of the biosynthesis of polysaccharide bioflocculants as well as in promoting its production and application in industrial fields.
September 21, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935741/insights-into-the-genome-of-the-anaerobic-acetogen-sporomusa-silvacetica-dsm-10669
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Jonathan R Humphreys, Rolf Daniel, Anja Poehlein
Sporomusa silvacetica is a spore-forming, anaerobic acetogen isolated from soil derived from east central Germany. The genome contains genes of the Wood-Ljungdahl pathway required for carbon fixation and genes involved in the biosynthesis of the amino acid pyrrolysine. The genome (5.92 Mb) harbors 4,355 predicted protein-encoding genes.
September 21, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935657/use-of-hybrid-capillary-tube-setup-on-400mhz-nmr-for-quantitation-of-crucial-low-quantity-metabolites-using-asicco-signal
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Ranjeet Tiwari, Deepak Ahire, Hemantha Kumar, Sarmistha Sinha, Siddheshwar Kisan Chauthe, Murali Subramanian, Ramaswamy Iyer, Ramakanth Sarabu, Lakshmi Kant Bajpai
Metabolites of new chemical entities can influence safety and efficacy of a molecule and often times need to be quantified in preclinical studies. However, synthetic standards of metabolites are very rarely available in early discovery. Alternate approaches such as bio-synthesis needs to be explored to generate these metabolites. Assessing the quantity and purity of these small amounts of metabolites with a non-destructive analytical procedure becomes crucial. Quantitative nuclear magnetic resonance (qNMR) becomes the method of choice for these samples...
September 21, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935392/transcriptome-analysis-of-paecilomyces-hepiali-at-different-growth-stages-and-culture-additives-to-reveal-putative-genes-in-cordycepin-biosynthesis
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Fang Pang, Linping Wang, Yu Jin, Lanping Guo, Lipu Song, Guiming Liu, Chengqiang Feng
Paecilomyces hepialid (PH) is an endoparasitic fungus of Cordyceps sinensis (CS) and has become a substitute for CS due to their similar pharmacological activities. Because the market demand for CS is difficult to satisfy, and cordycepin, the effective compound of CS, is difficult to industrially produce, we produced 5 samples of PH by culturing for different durations and adding different additives to the culture broth, and detected their cordycepin content with UPLC ESI MS/MS. Then we grouped these cultures into five transcriptome comparisons containing 3 time variable groups and 2 additive variable groups...
September 18, 2017: Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935211/sustained-molecular-pathology-across-episodes-and-remission-in-major-depressive-disorder
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Enzo Scifo, Mohan Pabba, Fenika Kapadia, Tianzhou Ma, David A Lewis, George C Tseng, Etienne Sibille
BACKGROUND: Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a debilitating mental illness and a major cause of lost productivity worldwide. MDD patients often suffer from life-long recurring episodes of increasing severity, reduced therapeutic response, and shorter remission periods, suggesting the presence of a persistent and potentially progressive pathology. METHODS: Subgenual anterior cingulate cortex postmortem samples from four MDD cohorts (single episode, n = 20; single episode in remission, n = 15; recurrent episode, n = 20; and recurrent episode in remission, n = 15), and one control cohort (n = 20) were analyzed by mass spectrometry-based proteomics (n = 3630 proteins) combined with statistical analyses...
August 18, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935112/a-pipeline-for-studying-and-engineering-single-subunit-oligosaccharyltransferases
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Thapakorn Jaroentomeechai, Xiaolu Zheng, Jasmine Hershewe, Jessica C Stark, Michael C Jewett, Matthew P DeLisa
Asparagine-linked (N-linked) protein glycosylation is one of the most abundant types of posttranslational modification, occurring in all domains of life. The central enzyme in N-linked glycosylation is the oligosaccharyltransferase (OST), which catalyzes the covalent attachment of preassembled glycans to specific asparagine residues in target proteins. Whereas in higher eukaryotes the OST is comprised of eight different membrane proteins, of which the catalytic subunit is STT3, in kinetoplastids and prokaryotes the OST is a monomeric enzyme bearing homology to STT3...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
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