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Ulkem Kocoglu Barlas, Hasan Serdar Kıhtır, Nilufer Goknar, Melike Ersoy, Nihal Akcay, Esra Sevketoglu
BACKGROUND: Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is a clinical syndrome characterized by hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, and acute kidney injury. Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) is a devastating disease with significant mortality and high risk of progression to end-stage kidney disease. It is mostly caused by dysregulation of the alternative complement pathway. Cobalamin C (Cbl C) defect is a genetic disorder of cobalamin metabolism and is a rare cause of HUS. CASE-DIAGNOSIS/TREATMENT: We present a 6-month-old male infant who was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) due to restlessness, severe hypertension, anemia, respiratory distress, and acute kidney injury...
March 20, 2018: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Hiroki Murakami, Takashi Nobusawa, Koichi Hori, Mie Shimojima, Hiroyuki Ohta
Diacylglyceryl-N,N,N-trimethylhomoserine (DGTS) is a non-phosphorus, polar glycerolipid that is regarded as analogous to the phosphatidylcholine in bacteria, fungi, algae, and basal land plants. In some species of algae, including the stramenopile microalga Nannochloropsis oceanica, DGTS contains an abundance of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which is relatively scarce in phosphatidylcholine, implying that DGTS has a unique physiological role. In this study, we addressed the role of DGTS in N. oceanica. We identified two DGTS biosynthetic enzymes that have distinct domain configurations compared to previously identified DGTS synthases...
March 19, 2018: Plant Physiology
Ryan B Gil, Alberto Ortiz, Maria D Sanchez-Niño, Katerina Markoska, Eva Schepers, Raymond Vanholder, Griet Glorieux, Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin, Silke S Heinzmann
Background: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a recognized global health problem. While some CKD patients remain stable after initial diagnosis, others can rapidly progress towards end-stage renal disease (ESRD). This makes biomarkers capable of detecting progressive forms of CKD extremely valuable, especially in non-invasive biofluids such as urine. Screening for metabolite markers using non-targeted metabolomic techniques like nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy is increasingly applied to CKD research...
March 14, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Yun Hu, Qinwei Sun, Yan Hu, Zhen Hou, Yibo Zong, Nagmeldin A Omer, Halima Abobaker, Ruqian Zhao
Background: We have shown previously that in ovo betaine injection can prevent nonalcoholic fatty liver induced by glucocorticoid exposure in chickens; yet it remains unknown whether feeding betaine to laying hens may exert similar effects in their progeny. Objective: In this study, we fed laying hens a betaine-supplemented diet, and the progeny were later exposed chronically to corticosterone (CORT) to test hepatoprotective effects and further elucidate underlying mechanisms...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Nutrition
Xiulin Wang, Xiaxiang Zhang, Jing Chen, Xiao Wang, Jian Cai, Qin Zhou, Tingbo Dai, Weixing Cao, Dong Jiang
Drought is the major abiotic stress that decreases plant water status, inhibits photosynthesis, induces oxidative stress, restricts growth and finally lead to the reduction of wheat yield. It has been proven that drought priming during vegetative growth stage could enhance tolerance to drought stress at grain filling in wheat. However, whether drought priming imposed at grain filling in parental plants could induce drought tolerance in the offspring is not known. In this study, drought priming was successively applied in the first, the second and the third generation of wheat to obtain the plants of T1 (primed for one generation), T2 (primed for two generations), T3 (primed for three generations)...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Esther Heid, Patricia A Hunt, Christian Schröder
Ground and excited state dipoles and polarizabilities of the chromophores N-methyl-6-oxyquinolinium betaine (MQ) and coumarin 153 (C153) in solution have been evaluated using time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT). A method for determining the atomic polarizabilities has been developed; the molecular dipole has been decomposed into atomic charge transfer and polarizability terms, and variation in the presence of an electric field has been used to evaluate atomic polarizabilities. On excitation, MQ undergoes very site-specific changes in polarizability while C153 shows significantly less variation...
March 15, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Hailong Zhang, Longzhen Cui, Wen Liu, Zhenfeng Wang, Yang Ye, Xue Li, Huijuan Wang
Introduction: Gastric cancer (GC) is a malignant tumor worldwide. As primary pathway for metastasis, the lymphatic system is an important prognostic factor for GC patients. Although the metabolic changes of gastric cancer have been investigated in extensive studies, little effort focused on the metabolic profiling of lymph node metastasis (LNM)-positive or negative GC patients. Objectives: We performed1 H NMR spectrum of GC tissue samples with and without LNM to identify novel potential metabolic biomarkers in the process of LNM of GC...
2018: Metabolomics: Official Journal of the Metabolomic Society
Eietsu Hasegawa, Norihiro Izumiya, Tomoaki Miura, Tadaaki Ikoma, Hajime Iwamoto, Shin-Ya Takizawa, Shigeru Murata
Benzimidazolium naphthoxide (-ONap-BI+) was first synthesized and utilized as an unprecedented betaine photo-redox catalyst. Photoexcited state of -ONap-BI+ generated by visible light irradiation catalyzes the reductive deiodination as well as desulfonylation reactions in which 1,3-dimethyl-2-phenylbenzimidazoline (Ph-BIH) cooperates with as an electron and hydrogen atom donor. Significant solvent effects on the reaction progress were discovered and specific solvation toward imidazolium and naphthoxide moieties of -ONap-BI+ was proposed...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Juan García de la Concepción, Martín Ávalos, Pedro Cintas, José Luis Jiménez
Computational strategies have gained increasing impact in the de novo design of large molecular sets targeted to a desired application. Here, we show that DFT-assisted theoretical analyses of cycloadditions involving mesoionic dipoles and strained cycloalkynes unveil a series of unexplored mesomeric betaines as vastly superior candidates for orthogonal applications. Thus, isosydnones, thiosydnones, and a six-membered homolog in particular, 6-oxo-1,3-oxazinium-4-olate, do exhibit enhanced reactivity with respect to sydnones, the archetypal mesoionic ring employed so far in orthogonal chemistry...
March 13, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
Christina Kjær, James M Lisy, Steen Brøndsted Nielsen
Congo Red (CR) is an azo dye that is negatively charged in aqueous solutions. Here we report on the intrinsic electronic properties of CR dianions from mass spectroscopy experiments on bare dianions and their complexes with betaine (B). As betaine is a zwitterion, it possesses a large dipole moment and is a good reporter on the sensitivity of CR to microenvironmental changes. Photoexcitation of CR2- in the visible region resulted in several fragment ions after absorption of at least three photons, with major fragmentation routes due to breakage of one or both C-NN bonds, one azo linkage, and/or the bonds to sulfite...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Mohammad Akbari, Nasser Mahna, Katam Ramesh, Ali Bandehagh, Silvia Mazzuca
Pistachio, one of the important tree nuts, is cultivated in arid and semi-arid regions where salinity is the most common abiotic stress encountered by this tree. However, the mechanisms underlying salinity tolerance in this plant are not well understood. In the present study, five 1-year-old pistachio rootstocks (namely Akbari, Badami, Ghazvini, Kale-Ghouchi, and UCB-1) were treated with four saline water regimes (control, 8, 12, and 16 dS m-1 ) for 100 days. At high salinity level, all rootstocks showed decreased relative water content (RWC), total chlorophyll content (TCHC), and carotenoids in the leaf, while ascorbic acid (AsA) and total soluble proteins (TSP) were reduced in both leaf and root organs...
March 12, 2018: Protoplasma
Jaime Sagredo-Beltrán, Yumiko De La Cruz-Rodríguez, Miguel Alvarado-Rodríguez, Julio Vega-Arreguín, Raúl Rodríguez-Guerra, Alejandro Alvarado-Gutiérrez, Saúl Fraire-Velázquez
Bacillus halotolerans strain MS50-18A, isolated from saline soil, possesses antifungal activity toward root rot causal phytopathogens and has friendly interactions with the chili pepper plant. The draft genome sequence is 4.06 Mb in length and contains 4,215 genes. Genes related to glycine/betaine uptake and bacilysin biosynthesis are present, supporting its saline stress tolerance and antifungal activity.
March 8, 2018: Genome Announcements
Jamie A Meadows, Graham G Willsey, Matthew J Wargo
The opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa can metabolize carnitine and O-acylcarnitines, which are abundant in host muscle and other tissues. Acylcarnitines are metabolized to carnitine and a fatty acid. The liberated carnitine and its catabolic product, glycine betaine, can be used as osmoprotectants, to induce the secreted phospholipase C PlcH, and as sole carbon, nitrogen and energy sources. P. aeruginosa is incapable of de novo synthesis of carnitine and acylcarnitines, therefore they must be imported from an exogenous source...
March 8, 2018: Microbiology
Abdul-Hackam Ranneh, Hiroyasu Takemoto, Shunya Sakuma, Aziz Awaad, Takahiro Nomoto, Yuki Mochida, Makoto Matsui, Keishiro Tomoda, Mitsuru Naito, Nobuhiro Nishiyama
Polyzwitterions have been employed as coating polymers for biomaterials, in order to install antifouling property on the surface. Herein, we demonstrated that fine-tuning of the betaine structure builds a molecular program to switch the antifouling property to be interactive with anionic tissue constituents in response to tumorous pH gradient. Ethylenediamine moiety in the carboxybetaine enabled stepwise protonation and initiated the di-protonation process around tumorous pH 6.5; thus, the net charge of the developed polyzwitterion (PGlu(DET-Car)) was neutral at pH 7...
March 7, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
Julia Pinedo-Gil, Ana Belén Martín-Diana, Daniela Bertotto, Miguel Ángel Sanz-Calvo, Miguel Jover-Cerdá, Ana Tomás-Vidal
This study evaluates the effects of red beet (RB) and betaine on rainbow trout submitted to an acute stress challenge. A control diet was compared with four experimental diets in which red beet (14 and 28%) and betaine (0.9 and 1.63%) were incorporated in different concentrations according to a factorial design. Cortisol in plasma and fin, glucose and lactate plasma levels, and malondialdehide (MDA) in muscle were all measured before the stress challenge and 30 min and 6 and 12 h after the stress challenge as parameters to determine the diet effects...
March 6, 2018: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
Ruey Leng Loo, Xin Zou, Lawrence J Appel, Jeremy K Nicholson, Elaine Holmes
Background: Interindividual variation in the response to diet is common, but the underlying mechanism for such variation is unclear. Objective: The objective of this study was to use a metabolic profiling approach to identify a panel of urinary metabolites representing individuals demonstrating typical (homogeneous) metabolic responses to healthy diets, and subsequently to define the association of these metabolites with improvement of risk factors for cardiovascular diseases (CVDs)...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Shubhangi Prabhudesai, Chris Koceja, Anindya Dey, Shahram Eisa-Beygi, Noah R Leigh, Resham Bhattacharya, Priyabrata Mukherjee, Ramani Ramchandran
The cystathionine ß-synthase (CBS) is a critical enzyme in the transsulfuration pathway and is responsible for the synthesis of cystathionine from serine and homocysteine. Cystathionine is a precursor to amino acid cysteine. CBS is also responsible for generation of hydrogen sulfide (H2 S) from cysteine. Mutation in CBS enzyme causes homocysteine levels to rise, and gives rise to a condition called hyperhomocysteinuria. To date, numerous mouse knockout models for CBS enzyme has been generated, which show panoply of defects, reflecting the importance of this enzyme in development...
2018: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
Amin Salehi-Abargouei, Ahmad Esmaillzadeh, Leila Azadbakht, Ammar Hassanzadeh Keshteli, Hamid Afshar, Awat Feizi, Christine Feinle-Bisset, Peyman Adibi
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Despite the growing evidence about dietary patterns, this study aimed at the association between patterns of nutrients intake and psychological disorders. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, diet and psychological factors including anxiety, depression, and general health (GHQ) were assessed through self-administered questionnaires in 3846 Iranian adults. Daily intakes of 57 nutrients and bioactive compounds were calculated. Nutrient patterns (NPs) were derived using factor analysis...
February 21, 2018: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Zehong Wei, Huihui Zhou, Yanjiao Zhang, Qin Zhang, Wenbing Zhang, Kangsen Mai
A previous study showed that flesh quality of large yellow croaker (LYC) was improved by feeding dietary hydroxyproline (Hyp, 0·69 %). The aim of the present study was to explore the underlying mechanisms using transcriptomics and metabolomics analysis. The metabolomics analysis showed that muscle metabolite profiles could be clearly separated between the basal diet and Hyp supplementation diet. Metabolites including betaine, Hyp, lactate, glucose-6-phosphate, trimethylamine N-oxide, taurine, creatine, inosine monophosphate, histamine and serine made significant contribution to the separation...
February 2018: British Journal of Nutrition
María J León, Tamara Hoffmann, Cristina Sánchez-Porro, Johann Heider, Antonio Ventosa, Erhard Bremer
Members of the genus Spiribacter are found worldwide and are abundant in ecosystems possessing intermediate salinities between seawater and saturated salt concentrations. Spiribacter salinus M19-40 is the type species of this genus and its first cultivated representative. In the habitats of S. salinus M19-40, high salinity is a key determinant for growth and we therefore focused on the cellular adjustment strategy to this persistent environmental challenge. We coupled these experimental studies to the in silico mining of the genome sequence of this moderate halophile with respect to systems allowing this bacterium to control its potassium and sodium pools, and its ability to import and synthesize compatible solutes...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
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