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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350612/the-effects-of-betaine-on-the-nuclear-fractal-dimension-chromatin-texture-and-proliferative-activity-in-hepatocytes-in-mouse-model-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Milena Vesković, Milica Labudović-Borović, Ivan Zaletel, Jelena Rakočević, Dušan Mladenović, Bojan Jorgačević, Danijela Vučević, Tatjana Radosavljević
The effects of betaine on hepatocytes chromatin architecture changes were examined by using fractal and gray-level co-occurrence matrix (GLCM) analysis in methionine/choline-deficient (MCD) diet-induced, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Male C57BL/6 mice were divided into groups: (1) Control: standard diet; (2) BET: standard diet and betaine supplementation through drinking water (solution 1.5%); (3) MCD group: MCD diet for 6 weeks; (4) MCD+BET: fed with MCD diet + betaine for 6 weeks. Liver tissue was collected for histopathology, immunohistochemistry, and determination of fractal dimension and GLCM parameters...
January 19, 2018: Microscopy and Microanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350023/erratum-to-plasma-betaine-concentrations-correlate-with-plasma-cortisol-but-not-with-c-reactive-protein-in-an-elderly-population
#2
Michael Lever, Malina K. Storer, John G. Lewis, Peter M. George, Stephen T. Chambers
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 12, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344416/lycium-barbarum-a-traditional-chinese-herb-and-a-promising-anti-aging-agent
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REVIEW
Yanjie Gao, Yifo Wei, Yuqing Wang, Fang Gao, Zhigang Chen
Lycium barbarum has been used in China for more than 2,000 years as a traditional medicinal herb and food supplement. Lycium barbarum contains abundant Lycium barbarum polysaccharides (LBPs), betaine, phenolics, carotenoids (zeaxanthin and β-carotene), cerebroside, 2-O-β-d-glucopyranosyl-l-ascorbic acid (AA-2βG), β-sitosterol, flavonoids and vitamins (in particular, riboflavin, thiamine, and ascorbic acid). LBPs are the primary active components of Lycium barbarum. In this review, we discuss the pharmacological activities of LBPs and other major components...
December 2017: Aging and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342096/high-resolution-lipidomics-of-the-early-life-stages-of-the-red-seaweed-porphyra-dioica
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Elisabete da Costa, Vitor Azevedo, Tânia Melo, Andreia M Rego, Dmitry V Evtuguin, Pedro Domingues, Ricardo Calado, Rui Pereira, Maria H Abreu, Maria R Domingues
Porphyra dioica is a commercial seaweed consumed all over the world, mostly in the shape of nori sheets used for "sushi" preparation. It is a well-known part of the Asian diet with health benefits, which have been associated, among others, to the high levels of n-3 and n-6 fatty acids in this red alga. However, other highly valued lipids of Porphyra are polar lipids that remain largely undescribed and can have both nutritional value and bioactivity, thus could contribute to the valorization of this seaweed...
January 17, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331496/maternal-betaine-supplementation-attenuates-glucocorticoid-induced-hepatic-lipid-accumulation-through-epigenetic-modification-in-adult-offspring-rats
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Nannan Zhao, Shu Yang, Yimin Jia, Bo Sun, Bin He, Ruqian Zhao
There are lots of reports about alleviation of NAFLD by dietary supplements of betaine. However, it remains unclear whether maternal betaine supplementation can also ameliorate NAFLD in offspring. Hence, twenty pregnant rats were fed with a basal diet with or without betaine (1%), and then the female offspring rats were raised at 3 months of age followed by 3 weeks of physiological saline or dexamethasone in a dose of 0.1 mg/kg body mass every day via intraperitoneal injection. In this study, maternal betaine supplementation significantly (P<...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330324/betaine-ameliorates-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-by-inhibiting-dendritic-cell-derived-il-6-production-and-th17-differentiation
#6
Cuixia Yang, Weiming Lai, Jinfeng Zhou, Xinyuan Zheng, Yingying Cai, Wanjie Yang, Sirong Xie, Yuan Gao, Changsheng Du
IL-17-secreting T cells (Th17 cells) play a pathogenic role in multiple autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS), and dendritic cell (DC)-derived cytokines play pivotal roles in promoting the differentiation of naive CD4+ T cells into Th cell subsets (Th1 and Th17). Therefore, small molecules blocking the key cytokines produced by DCs will be beneficial in MS. In this article, we report that betaine treatment ameliorates MS pathogenesis by inhibiting DC-derived IL-6 production and Th17 differentiation...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329322/methylene-tetrahydrofolate-reductase-contributes-to-allergic-airway-disease
#7
Kenneth R Eyring, Brent S Pedersen, Kenneth N Maclean, Sally P Stabler, Ivana V Yang, David A Schwartz
RATIONALE: Environmental exposures strongly influence the development and progression of asthma. We have previously demonstrated that mice exposed to a diet enriched with methyl donors during vulnerable periods of fetal development can enhance the heritable risk of allergic airway disease through epigenetic changes. There is conflicting evidence on the role of folate (one of the primary methyl donors) in modifying allergic airway disease. OBJECTIVES: We hypothesized that blocking folate metabolism through the loss of methylene-tetrahydrofolate reductase (Mthfr) activity would reduce the allergic airway disease phenotype through epigenetic mechanisms...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326168/cyclic-di-adenosine-monophosphate-c-di-amp-is-required-for-osmotic-regulation-in-staphylococcus-aureus-but-dispensable-for-viability-in-anaerobic-conditions
#8
Merve S Zeden, Christopher F Schuster, Lisa Bowman, Qiyun Zhong, Huw D Williams, Angelika Gründling
Cyclic di-adenosine monophosphate (c-di-AMP) is a recently discovered signaling molecule important for the survival of Firmicutes, a large bacterial group that includes notable pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus. However, the exact role of this molecule has not been identified. dacA, the S. aureus gene encoding the diadenylate cyclase enzyme required for c-di-AMP production, cannot be deleted when bacterial cells are grown in rich medium, indicating that c-di-AMP is required for growth in this condition...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316727/cloning-and-functional-analysis-of-phosphoethanolamine-methyltransferase-promoter-from-maize-zea-mays-l
#9
Gai-Li Niu, Wei Gou, Xiang-Long Han, Cheng Qin, Li-Xin Zhang, Abd El-Fatah Abomohra, Muhammad Ashraf
Betaine, a non-toxic osmoprotectant, is believed to accumulate considerably in plants under stress conditions to maintain the osmotic pressure and promote a variety of processes involved in growth and development. Phosphoethanolamine N-methyltransferase (PEAMT), a key enzyme for betaine synthesis, is reported to be regulated by its upstream promoter. In the present investigation, by using the transgenic approach, a 1048 bp long promoter region of ZmPEAMT gene from Zea mays was cloned and functionally characterized in tobacco...
January 8, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315031/osmolyte-adjustments-as-a-pressure-adaptation-in-deep-sea-chondrichthyan-fishes-an-intraspecific-test-in-arctic-skates-amblyraja-hyperborea-along-a-depth-gradient
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Paul H Yancey, Ben Speers-Roesch, Sheila Atchinson, James D Reist, Andrew R Majewski, Jason R Treberg
Accumulation of trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) by deep-sea animals is proposed to protect proteins against the destabilizing effects of high hydrostatic pressure (the piezolyte hypothesis). Chondrichthyan fishes (sharks, rays, and chimaeras) provide a unique test of this hypothesis because shallow-living species have elevated TMAO levels to counteract the destabilizing effects of high urea levels accumulated for osmoregulation. Limited interspecific studies of chondrichthyans reveal that increasing depth correlates with decreased urea and increased TMAO levels, suggesting a dynamic balance between destabilizing forces on proteins (high urea, hydrostatic pressure) and TMAO to counteract these forces...
March 2018: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313412/physicochemical-screening-for-chemical-stabilizer-of-erythropoietin-to-prevent-its-aggregation
#11
Mehri Mortazavi, Mohammad Ali Shokrgozar, Soroush Sardari, Kayhan Azadmanesh, Reza Mahdian, Hooman Kaghazian, Seyed Nezamedin Hosseini, Elnaz Shams
Recombinant protein aggregation is a problematic issue and can provoke immunological response. The aim of this study was to analyze the stability of erythropoietin, as a therapeutic protein expressed in mammalian cells, in the presence of different chemicals and find a specific stabilizer for erythropoietin. The effects of several chemicals, including mannitol, betaine, trehalose, taurine, linoleic acid, beta cyclodextrin, copper sulfate, spermidine, maltose, maltodextrin, sucrose, dextran, beta alanine, myo-inositol and cysteine, on protein stabilization through the thermally induced aggregation of erythropoietin were monitored...
January 9, 2018: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313349/analysis-of-the-effects-of-%C3%AE-tocopherol-%C3%AE-toh-on-raw264-7-and-k562-cells-based-on-sup-1-sup-h-nmr-metabonomics
#12
Yang Lu, Hui Li, Yue Geng
δ-Tocopherol (δ-TOH) is a form of vitamin E with higher bioactivity. In this study, we studied the bioactivity of δ-TOH using the IC50 of δ-TOH on RAW264.7 (80 μM) and K562 (110 μM) cells. We compared the differential metabolites from the cell lines with and without δ-TOH treatment by 1H-NMR metabonomics analysis. It was found that δ-TOH affected the protein biosynthesis, betaine metabolism, and urea cycle in various ways in both cell lines. Metabolic levels of the cell lines were changed after treatment with δ-TOH as differential metabolites were produced...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29307720/exploring-interfacial-water-trapping-in-protein-ligand-complexes-with-multithermal-titration-calorimetry
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Iris N Serratos, Cesar Millán-Pacheco, Georgina Garza-Ramos, Gerardo Pérez-Hernández, Rafael A Zubillaga
In this work, we examine the hypothesis about how trapped water molecules at the interface between triosephosphate isomerase (TIM) and either of two phosphorylated inhibitors, 2-phosphoglycolate (2PG) or phosphoglycolohydroxamate (PGH), can explain the anomalous highly negative binding heat capacities (ΔCp,b) of both complexes, TIM-2PG and TIM-PGH. We performed fluorimetric titrations of the enzyme with PGH inhibitor under osmotic stress conditions, using various concentrations of either osmolyte: sucrose, ethylene glycol or glycine betaine...
January 4, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306913/diagnosis-of-acute-pediatric-appendicitis-from-children-with-inflammatory-diseases-by-combination-of-metabolic-markers-and-inflammatory-response-variables
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Mengjie Yu, Tianxin Xiang, Xiaoping Wu, Shouhua Zhang, Wenlong Yang, Yu Zhang, Qiang Chen, Shuilin Sun, Baogang Xie
BACKGROUND: The discovery of new metabolic markers may be helpful for early diagnosis of acute pediatric appendicitis (APA). However, no studies have been reported regarding identification of potential metabolic markers for the APA diagnosis by metabonomics. METHODS: Serum samples of APA (n=32), non-appendicitis inflammation (NAI, n=32) and healthy children (HS, n=65) were analyzed by the 1H NMR-based metabonomics. A logistic regression model was established to screen the most efficient markers combinations for classification...
January 8, 2018: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306799/purine-salvage-in-plants
#15
REVIEW
Hiroshi Ashihara, Claudio Stasolla, Tatsuhito Fujimura, Alan Crozier
Purine bases and nucleosides are produced by turnover of nucleotides and nucleic acids as well as from some cellular metabolic pathways. Adenosine released from the S-adenosyl-L-methionine cycle is linked to many methyltransferase reactions, such as the biosynthesis of caffeine and glycine betaine. Adenine is produced by the methionine cycles, which is related to other biosynthesis pathways, such those for the production of ethylene, nicotianamine and polyamines. These purine compounds are recycled for nucleotide biosynthesis by so-called "salvage pathways"...
January 4, 2018: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306571/genomic-analyses-of-five-roseivirga-species-insights-into-marine-adaptation
#16
Chitra Selvaratnam, Suganthi Thevarajoo, Kian Mau Goh, Kok-Gan Chan, Chun Shiong Chong
To date, the genus Roseivirga consists of six species with one subspecies and is one of the least-studied genera among the family Flammeovirgaceae. In order to further explore this genus, the genome sequences of five Roseivirga spp. were compared and described in this study. The Roseivirga genomes have similar sizes in the range of 4.08-4.47Mb with an average of 4.22Mb. Several key proteins related to osmotic stress adaptation were identified in Roseivirga spp. including betaine transporter, choline dehydrogenase, and glutamate synthases...
January 3, 2018: Marine Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305510/lipidomics-of-thalassiosira-pseudonana-under-phosphorus-stress-reveal-underlying-phospholipid-substitution-dynamics-and-novel-diglycosylceramide-substitutes
#17
Jonathan E Hunter, Joost Brandsma, Marcus K Dymond, Grielof Koster, C Mark Moore, Anthony D Postle, Rachel A Mills, George S Attard
Phytoplankton substitute phosphorus (P) containing lipids with non-P analogues boosting growth in P-limited oceans. In the model diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana, lipid headgroup substitution dynamics are well described, but those of the individual lipids, varying in fatty acids, are unknown. Moreover, the behaviour of lipids outside of the common headgroup classes, and the relationship between lipid substitution and cellular particulate organic P (POP) are yet to be reported. We investigated these through the mass spectrometric lipidomics of P replete (P+) and depleted (P-) T...
January 5, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297198/isolation-and-characterization-of-a-salt-stress-responsive-betaine-aldehyde-dehydrogenase-in-lycium-ruthenicum-murr
#18
Yongliang Liu, Yanli Song, Shaohua Zeng, Barunava Patra, Ling Yuan, Ying Wang
As compatible solute, glycine betaine (GB) plays a significant role in salinity tolerance in GB accumulating plants. Solanaceous crops such as tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) and tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) are salt sensitive and naturally GB non-accumulators. In Solanaceae, only the Lycium genus was recorded as halophytes in China, and several Lycium species have been reported as GB accumulators. The last biosynthetic step of GB is catalyzed by aminoaldehyde dehydrogenase (AMADH) with betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase (BADH) activities...
January 3, 2018: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290028/carboxybetaine-modified-succinylated-chitosan-based-beads-encourage-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cells-min-6-to-form-islet-like-spheroids-under-in-vitro-conditions
#19
Valeria Perugini, Mark Best, Sandeep Kumar, Anna L Guildford, Adrian J Bone, Wendy M Macfarlane, Matteo Santin, Gary J Phillips
In vitro, pancreatic β-cells tend to reduce their ability to aggregate into islets and lose insulin-producing ability, likely due to insufficient cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions that are essential for β-cell retention, viability and functionality. In response to these needs, surfaces of succinylated chitosan-based beads (NSC) were modified with zwitterionic carboxy-betaine (CB) moieties, a compatible osmolyte known to regulate cellular hydration state, and used to promote the formation of β-cell spheroids using a conventional 2D cell culture technique...
December 30, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284203/severe-methylenetetrahydrofolate-reductase-mthfr-deficiency-a-rare-treatable-cause-of-complicated-hereditary-spastic-paraplegia
#20
Alessia Perna, Marcella Masciullo, Anna Modoni, Elena Cellini, Elena Parrini, Enzo Ricci, Alice M Donati, Gabriella Silvestri
BACKGROUND: Juvenile or adult onset forms of severe 5,10-Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) deficiency manifesting as complicated hereditary spastic paraplegia have been rarely described. METHODS: Two siblings with mental retardation developed a progressive spastic paraparesis in their late teens. Their diagnostic assessment included extensive neurophysiologic, neuroimaging and metabolic studies. RESULTS: Brain MRI showed occipital white matter alterations; EMG documented a mixed polyneuropathy...
December 28, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
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