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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110440/molecular-characterization-of-echinococcus-granulosus-isolates-from-bulgarian-human-cystic-echinococcosis-patients
#1
Irina Marinova, Markus Spiliotis, Junhua Wang, Marin Muhtarov, Ilias Chaligiannis, Smaro Sotiraki, Iskra Rainova, Bruno Gottstein, Ghalia Boubaker
Although cystic echinococcosis (CE) is highly endemic in Bulgaria, there is still scarce information about species and/or genotypes of the Echinococcus granulosus complex that infect humans. Our study tackled the genetic diversity of E. granulosus complex in a cohort of 30 Bulgarian CE patients. Ten animal E. granulosus isolates from neighboring Greece were additionally included. Specimens were comparatively analyzed for partial sequences of five mitochondrial (mt) (cox I, nad I, rrnS, rrnL, and atp6) and three nuclear (nc) genes (act II, hbx 2, and ef-1α) using a PCR-sequencing approach...
January 21, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110215/neuroprotective-action-of-n-acetyl-serotonin-in-oxidative-stress-induced-apoptosis-through-the-activation-of-both-trkb-creb-bdnf-pathway-and-akt-nrf2-antioxidant-enzyme-in-neuronal-cells
#2
Jae-Myung Yoo, Bo Dam Lee, Dai-Eun Sok, Jin Yuel Ma, Mee Ree Kim
N-acetyl serotonin (NAS) as a melatonin precursor has neuroprotective actions. Nonetheless, it is not clarified how NAS protects neuronal cells against oxidative stress. Recently, we have reported that N-palmitoyl serotonins possessed properties of antioxidants and neuroprotection. Based on those, we hypothesized that NAS, a N-acyl serotonin, may have similar actions in oxidative stress-induced neuronal cells, and examined the effects of NAS based on in vitro and in vivo tests. NAS dose-dependently inhibited oxidative stress-induced cell death in HT-22 cells...
January 6, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110191/asiatic-acid-enhances-nrf2-signaling-to-protect-hepg2-cells-from-oxidative-damage-through-akt-and-erk-activation
#3
Zhimin Qi, Xinxin Ci, Jingbo Huang, Qinmei Liu, Qinlei Yu, Junfeng Zhou, Xuming Deng
Asiatic acid (AA), a natural triterpene isolated from the plant Centella asiatica, have antioxidative potential, but the molecular mechanism of AA against oxidative stress remains unclear. Our study was performed to investigate the antioxidative effect of AA against oxidative stress and the antioxidative mechanism in tert-butyl hydroperoxide (t-BHP) -stimulated the HepG2 cells. The results showed that AA suppressed t-BHP-induced cytotoxicity, apoptosis, and reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation. Additionally, AA activated the nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) signal, which was closely related to induction Nrf2 nuclear translocation, reduction the expression of Keap1 and up-regulation the activity of the antioxidant response element (ARE)...
January 19, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109694/sirt1-as-a-potential-biomarker-of-response-to-treatment-with-glatiramer-acetate-in-multiple-sclerosis
#4
Daniel Hewes, Alexandru Tatomir, Adam M Kruszewski, Gautam Rao, Cosmin A Tegla, Jonathan Ciriello, Vingh Nguyen, Walter Royal, Christopher Bever, Violeta Rus, Horea Rus
SIRT1, a NAD dependent histone and protein deacetylase, is a member of the histone deacetylase class III family. We previously showed that SIRT1 mRNA expression is significantly lower in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients during relapses than in stable patients. We have now investigated SIRT1 as a possible biomarker to predict relapse as well as responsiveness to glatiramer acetate (GA) treatment in relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) patients. Over the course of 2years, a cohort of 15 GA-treated RRMS patients were clinically monitored using the Expanded Disability Status Scale and assessed for MS relapses...
January 18, 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108762/enhancement-of-succinate-yield-by-manipulating-nadh-nad-ratio-and-atp-generation
#5
Jiaojiao Li, Yikui Li, Zhiyong Cui, Quanfeng Liang, Qingsheng Qi
We previously engineered Escherichia coli YL104 to efficiently produce succinate from glucose. In this study, we investigated the relationships between the NADH/NAD(+) ratio, ATP level, and overall yield of succinate production by using glucose as the carbon source in YL104. First, the use of sole NADH dehydrogenases increased the overall yield of succinate by 7% and substantially decreased the NADH/NAD(+) ratio. Second, the soluble fumarate reductase from Saccharomyces cerevisiae was overexpressed to manipulate the anaerobic NADH/NAD(+) ratio and ATP level...
January 20, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108596/luteolinidin-protects-the-post-ischemic-heart-through-cd38-inhibition-with-preservation-of-nad-p-h
#6
James Boslett, Craig Hemann, Y J Zhao, Hon-Cheung Lee, Jay L Zweier
Recently, we have shown that ischemia and reperfusion (I/R) of the heart causes CD38 activation with resultant depletion of the cardiac NADP(H) pool, most marked in the endothelium. This NADP(H) depletion was shown to limit the production of nitric oxide (NO) by endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), which requires NADPH for NO production, resulting in greatly altered endothelial function. Therefore, intervention with CD38 inhibitors could reverse post-ischemic eNOS-mediated endothelial dysfunction. We evaluate the potency of the CD38 inhibitor luteolinidin, an anthocyanidin, at blocking CD38 activity and preserving endothelial and myocardial function in the post-ischemic heart...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108387/inhibition-of-monoamine-oxidase-b-by-selegiline-reduces-cigarette-smoke-induced-oxidative-stress-and-inflammation-in-airway-epithelial-cells
#7
Yuting Cui, Kenneth W K Liu, Yingmin Liang, Mary S M Ip, Judith C W Mak
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is caused by the build-up of oxidative stress-induced damages due to cigarette smoking, but how monoamine oxidase (MAO)-B signaling is involved remains unclear. This study aims to establish the involvement of MAO-B signaling pathways in cigarette smoke medium (CSM)-induced oxidative stress and inflammation in human airway epithelial cells (AECs). CSM treatment increased MAO-B activity, ROS levels and IL-8 release in AECs. Pretreatment with MAO-B selective inhibitor selegiline reversed the CSM-induced changes in MAO-B activity, ROS levels and IL-8 release in a dose-dependent manner...
January 17, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108222/diquat-induced-cellular-pyridine-nucleotide-redox-changes-and-alteration-of-metabolic-enzyme-activities-in-colonic-carcinoma-cells
#8
Magdalena L Circu, Ronald E Maloney, Tak Yee Aw
Previously we have shown that the redox cycler menadione (MQ) induced cellular pyridine nucleotide redox imbalance that was linked to a decrease in aerobic glycolysis and perturbation of the mitochondrial respiratory activity due to the redox cycling of the compound; these processes were potentiated by low glucose. In this study, we investigated how colonic epithelial cells maintained pyridine nucleotide (NAD(+)/NADH and NADP(+)/NADPH) redox homeostasis upon acute metabolic variation and exposure to the redox cycling diquat (DQ)...
January 17, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107443/identification-of-the-pla2g6-c-1579g-a-missense-mutation-in-papillon-dog-neuroaxonal-dystrophy-using-whole-exome-sequencing-analysis
#9
Masaya Tsuboi, Manabu Watanabe, Kazumi Nibe, Natsuko Yoshimi, Akihisa Kato, Masahiro Sakaguchi, Osamu Yamato, Miyuu Tanaka, Mitsuru Kuwamura, Kazuya Kushida, Takashi Ishikura, Tomoyuki Harada, James Kenn Chambers, Sumio Sugano, Kazuyuki Uchida, Hiroyuki Nakayama
Whole exome sequencing (WES) has become a common tool for identifying genetic causes of human inherited disorders, and it has also recently been applied to canine genome research. We conducted WES analysis of neuroaxonal dystrophy (NAD), a neurodegenerative disease that sporadically occurs worldwide in Papillon dogs. The disease is considered an autosomal recessive monogenic disease, which is histopathologically characterized by severe axonal swelling, known as "spheroids," throughout the nervous system. By sequencing all eleven DNA samples from one NAD-affected Papillon dog and her parents, two unrelated NAD-affected Papillon dogs, and six unaffected control Papillon dogs, we identified 10 candidate mutations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106753/naphthalimides-selectively-inhibit-the-activity-of-bacterial-replicative-dna-ligases-and-display-bactericidal-effects-against-tubercle-bacilli
#10
Malgorzata Korycka-Machala, Marcin Nowosielski, Aneta Kuron, Sebastian Rykowski, Agnieszka Olejniczak, Marcin Hoffmann, Jaroslaw Dziadek
The DNA ligases, enzymes that seal breaks in the backbones of DNA, are essential for all organisms, however bacterial ligases essential for DNA replication use β-nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide as their co-factor, whereas those that are essential in eukaryotes and viruses use adenosine-5'-triphosphate. This fact leads to the conclusion that NAD⁺-dependent DNA ligases in bacteria could be targeted by their co-factor specific inhibitors. The development of novel alternative medical strategies, including new drugs, are a top priority focus areas for tuberculosis research due to an increase in the number of multi-drug resistant as well as totally drug resistant tubercle bacilli strains...
January 17, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106725/bacterial-responses-to-glyoxal-and-methylglyoxal-reactive-electrophilic-species
#11
REVIEW
Changhan Lee, Chankyu Park
Glyoxal (GO) and methylglyoxal (MG), belonging to α-oxoaldehydes, are produced by organisms from bacteria to humans by glucose oxidation, lipid peroxidation, and DNA oxidation. Since glyoxals contain two adjacent reactive carbonyl groups, they are referred to as reactive electrophilic species (RES), and are damaging to proteins and nucleotides. Therefore, glyoxals cause various diseases in humans, such as diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases, from which all living organisms need to be protected. Although the glyoxalase system has been known for some time, details on how glyoxals are sensed and detoxified in the cell have not been fully elucidated, and are only beginning to be uncovered...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103293/synergistic-interaction-of-light-alcohol-administration-in-the-presence-of-mild-iron-overload-in-a-mouse-model-of-liver-injury-involvement-of-triosephosphate-isomerase-nitration-and-inactivation
#12
Wanxia Gao, Jie Zhao, Zhonghong Gao, Hailing Li
It is well known that iron overload promotes alcoholic liver injury, but the doses of iron or alcohol used in studies are usually able to induce liver injury independently. Little attention has been paid to the coexistence of low alcohol consumption and mild iron overload when either of them is insufficient to cause obvious liver damage, although this situation is very common among some people. We studied the interactive effects and the underlining mechanism of mild doses of iron and alcohol on liver injury in a mouse model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102965/isotope-probing-of-the-udp-apiose-udp-xylose-synthase-reaction-evidence-of-a-mechanism-via-a-coupled-oxidation-and-aldol-cleavage
#13
Thomas Eixelsberger, Doroteja Horvat, Alexander Gutmann, Hansjörg Weber, Bernd Nidetzky
The C-branched sugar d-apiose (Api) is essential for plant cell-wall development. An enzyme-catalyzed decarboxylation/pyranoside ring-contraction reaction leads from UDP-α-d-glucuronic acid (UDP-GlcA) to the Api precursor UDP-α-d-apiose (UDP-Api). We examined the mechanism of UDP-Api/UDP-α-d-xylose synthase (UAXS) with site-selectively (2) H-labeled and deoxygenated substrates. The analogue UDP-2-deoxy-GlcA, which prevents C-2/C-3 aldol cleavage as the plausible initiating step of pyranoside-to-furanoside conversion, did not give the corresponding Api product...
January 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102753/chloroplastic-iron-sulfur-scaffold-protein-nfu3-is-essential-to-overall-plant-fitness
#14
Krishna Nath, James P O'Donnell, Yan Lu
A previous study showed that Nitrogen-Fixing-subunit-U-type protein NFU3 may act an iron-sulfur scaffold protein in the assembly and transfer of 4Fe-4S and 3Fe-4S clusters in the chloroplast. Examples of 4Fe-4S and 3Fe-4S-requiring proteins and complexes include Photosystem I (PSI), NAD(P)H dehydrogenase, and ferredoxin-dependent glutamine oxoglutarate aminotransferases. In this paper, the authors provided additional evidence for the role of NFU3 in 4Fe-4S and 3Fe-4S cluster assembly and transfer, as well as its role in overall plant fitness...
January 19, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099989/effects-of-a-dietary-ketone-ester-on-hippocampal-glycolytic-and-tca-cycle-intermediates-and-amino-acids-in-a-3xtgad-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#15
Robert J Pawlosky, Martin F Kemper, Yoshihero Kashiwaya, M Todd King, Mark P Mattson, Richard L Veech
In patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and in a triple transgenic (3xTgAD) mouse model of AD low glucose metabolism in the brain precedes loss of memory and cognitive decline. The metabolism of ketones in the brain by-passes glycolysis and therefore may correct several deficiencies that are associated with glucose hypometabolism. A dietary supplement composed of an ester of D-β-hydroxybutyrate and R-1,3 butane diol referred to as ketone ester (KE) was incorporated into a rodent diet and fed to 3xTgAD mice for 8 months...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099487/metabolic-imaging-of-head-and-neck-cancer-organoids
#16
Amy T Shah, Tiffany M Heaster, Melissa C Skala
Head and neck cancer patients suffer from toxicities, morbidities, and mortalities, and these ailments could be minimized through improved therapies. Drug discovery is a long, expensive, and complex process, so optimized assays can improve the success rate of drug candidates. This study applies optical imaging of cell metabolism to three-dimensional in vitro cultures of head and neck cancer grown from primary tumor tissue (organoids). This technique is advantageous because it measures cell metabolism using intrinsic fluorescence from NAD(P)H and FAD on a single cell level for a three-dimensional in vitro model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098230/molecular-mechanism-of-the-allosteric-regulation-of-the-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-heterodimer-of-human-nad-dependent-isocitrate-dehydrogenase
#17
Tengfei Ma, Yingjie Peng, Wei Huang, Jianping Ding
Human NAD-dependent isocitrate dehydrogenase catalyzes the decarboxylation of isocitrate (ICT) into α-ketoglutarate in the Krebs cycle. It exists as the α2βγ heterotetramer composed of the αβ and αγ heterodimers. Previously, we have demonstrated biochemically that the α2βγ heterotetramer and αγ heterodimer can be allosterically activated by citrate (CIT) and ADP. In this work, we report the crystal structures of the αγ heterodimer with the γ subunit bound without or with different activators...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095779/poly-adp-ribose-polymerase-inhibitors-activate-the-p53-signaling-pathway-in-neural-stem-progenitor-cells
#18
Akiko Okuda, Suguru Kurokawa, Masanori Takehashi, Aika Maeda, Katsuya Fukuda, Yukari Kubo, Hyuma Nogusa, Tomoka Takatani-Nakase, Shujiro Okuda, Kunihiro Ueda, Seigo Tanaka
BACKGROUND: Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase 1 (PARP-1), which catalyzes poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation of proteins by using NAD(+) as a substrate, plays a key role in several nuclear events, including DNA repair, replication, and transcription. Recently, PARP-1 was reported to participate in the somatic cell reprogramming process. Previously, we revealed a role for PARP-1 in the induction of neural apoptosis in a cellular model of cerebral ischemia and suggested the possible use of PARP inhibitors as a new therapeutic intervention...
January 17, 2017: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095341/effect-of-the-r119g-mutation-on-human-p5cr-structure-and-its-interactions-with-nad-insights-derived-from-molecular-dynamics-simulation-and-free-energy-analysis
#19
Peng Sang, Yue-Hui Xie, Lin-Hua Li, Yu-Jia Ye, Wei Hu, Jing Wang, Wen Wan, Rui Li, Long-Jun Li, Lin-Ling Ma, Zhi Li, Shu-Qun Liu, Zhao-Hui Meng
Pyrroline-5-carboxylate reductase (P5CR), an enzyme with conserved housekeeping roles, is involved in the etiology of cutis laxa. While previous work has shown that the R119G point mutation in the P5CR protein is involved, the structural mechanism behind the pathology remains to be elucidated. In order to probe the role of the R119G mutation in cutis laxa, we performed molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, essential dynamics (ED) analysis, and Molecular mechanics Poisson-Boltzmann surface area (MM-PBSA) binding free energy calculations on wild type (WT) and mutant P5CR-NAD complex...
January 5, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095293/mapk-signaling-promotes-axonal-degeneration-by-speeding-the-turnover-of-the-axonal-maintenance-factor-nmnat2
#20
Lauren J Walker, Daniel W Summers, Yo Sasaki, E J Brace, Jeffrey Milbrandt, Aaron DiAntonio
Injury-induced (Wallerian) axonal degeneration is regulated via the opposing actions of pro-degenerative factors such as SARM1 and a MAPK signal and pro-survival factors, the most important of which is the NAD(+) biosynthetic enzyme NMNAT2 that inhibits activation of the SARM1 pathway. Here we investigate the mechanism by which MAPK signaling facilitates axonal degeneration. We show that MAPK signaling promotes the turnover of the axonal survival factor NMNAT2 in cultured mammalian neurons as well as the Drosophila ortholog dNMNAT in motoneurons...
January 17, 2017: ELife
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