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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122174/differential-gene-expression-profiling-analysis-in-pleurotus-ostreatus-during-interspecific-antagonistic-interactions-with-dichomitus-squalens-and-trametes-versicolor
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Zixuan Zhong, Liu Li, Peng Chang, Haiying Xie, Huiting Zhang, Yasuo Igarashi, Nannan Li, Feng Luo
This study provided analysis of differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in Pleurotus ostreatus under the interaction with Dichomitus squalens and Trametes versicolor, which is valuable for exploration on the fungal defence system against stressful condition caused by interspecific antagonistic interaction. Our result showed significant upregulation of abundant defence-related genes encoding laccase, manganese peroxidase, aldo-keto reductase, and glutathione S-transferase, which all play important roles in oxidative stress-resistant response...
December 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107437/selenium-containing-analogues-of-wc-9-are-extremely-potent-inhibitors-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-proliferation
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María N Chao, Melissa Storey, Catherine Li, Maricel G Rodríguez, Florencia Di Salvo, Sergio H Szajnman, Silvia N J Moreno, Roberto Docampo, Juan B Rodriguez
The obligate intracellular parasite, Trypanosoma cruzi is the etiologic agent of Chagas disease or American trypanosomiasis, which is the most prevalent parasitic disease in the Americas. The present chemotherapy to control this illness is still deficient particularly in the chronic stage of the disease. The ergosterol biosynthesis pathway has received much attention as a molecular target for the development of new drugs for Chagas disease. Especially, inhibitors of the enzymatic activity of squalene synthase were shown to be effective compounds on T...
October 16, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066794/enantiospecific-total-synthesis-of-the-squalene-synthase-inhibitors-cj-13-982-and-its-enantiomer-from-a-common-intermediate
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Dayna Sturgess, Zongjia Chen, Jonathan M White, Mark A Rizzacasa
The total syntheses of both the natural and unnatural enantiomers of the alkyl citrate natural product CJ-13,982 (1) from the common d-ribose-derived acid 6 are described.The Journal of Antibiotics advance online publication, 25 October 2017; doi:10.1038/ja.2017.127.
October 25, 2017: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29056891/polygala-tenuifolia-extract-inhibits-lipid-accumulation-in-3t3-l1-adipocytes-and-high-fat-diet-induced-obese-mouse-model-and-affects-hepatic-transcriptome-and-gut-microbiota-profiles
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Chun-Chung Wang, Jui-Hung Yen, Yi-Cheng Cheng, Chia-Yu Lin, Cheng-Ta Hsieh, Rung-Jiun Gau, Shu-Jiau Chiou, Hwan-You Chang
Obesity, the excessive accumulation of lipids in the body, is closely associated with many prevalent human disorders. Continued efforts to identify plant extracts that exhibit anti-obesity effects have drawn much attention. This study investigated whether a Polygala tenuifolia extract (PTE) possesses anti-obesity activity and how PTE may affect liver gene expression and gut microbiota. We used 3T3-L1 adipocytes and a high-fat diet-induced obese mouse model to determine the effects of PTE on lipid accumulation...
2017: Food & Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28951603/synthetic-studies-of-viridiofungins-broad-spectrum-antifungal-agents-and-serine-palmitoyl-transferase-inhibitors
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REVIEW
Naoya Kumagai, Masakatsu Shibasaki
Viridiofungins are alkyl citrate natural products characterized by their inhibitory effects on squalene synthase and serine palmitoyl transferase. Their activities as broad-spectrum antifungal agents as well as blocking agents for the biosynthesis of sphingolipids have inspired the development of several approaches toward their stereoselective total synthesis. Structurally, these natural products are a family of hybrid molecules comprising a longer alkyl chain and a citric acid unit, rendering an asymmetric structure that is difficult to access...
September 27, 2017: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926063/methylglyoxal-attenuates-insulin-signaling-and-downregulates-the-enzymes-involved-in-cholesterol-biosynthesis
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Arati B Deshmukh, Shakuntala Bai, Aarthy T, Rubina S Kazi, Reema Banarjee, Rajeshwari Rathore, Vijayakumar Mv, Thulasiram Hv, Manoj Kumar Bhat, Kulkarni Mj
Methylglyoxal (MG) is a highly reactive dicarbonyl known to be elevated under the hyperglycemic conditions of diabetes and is implicated in the development of diabetic complications. Therefore, the current study investigates the role of MG in exacerbating insulin resistance at the insulin signaling level, as well as its effect on the global proteomic level. By using insulin sensitive rat muscle cells (L6) and Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells stably expressing the insulin receptor (IR) and a glucose transporter fused with green fluorescent protein (GLUT4-GFP), we have observed that MG impairs insulin signaling, inhibits GLUT4 translocation and reduces glucose uptake...
October 24, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921701/an-exception-among-diatoms-unique-organization-of-genes-involved-in-isoprenoid-biosynthesis-in-rhizosolenia-setigera-ccmp-1694
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Victor Marco Emmanuel N Ferriols, Ryoko Yaginuma-Suzuki, Kazunari Fukunaga, Takashi Kadono, Masao Adachi, Shigeki Matsunaga, Shigeru Okada
The marine diatom Rhizosolenia setigera is unique among this group of microalgae given that it is only one of a handful of diatom species that can produce highly branched isoprenoid (HBI) hydrocarbons. In our efforts to determine distinguishing molecular characteristics in R. setigera CCMP 1694 that could help elucidate the underlying mechanisms for its ability to biosynthesize HBIs, we discovered the occurrence of independent genes encoding for two isopentenyl diphosphate isomerases (RsIDI1 and RsIDI2) and one squalene synthase (RsSQS), enzymes that catalyze non-consecutive steps in isoprenoid biosynthesis...
September 15, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901277/repositioning-of-tak-475-in-mevalonate-kinase-disease-translating-theory-into-practice
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Annalisa Marcuzzi, Claudia Loganes, Claudio Celeghini, Giulio Kleiner
Mevalonate Kinase Deficiency (MKD, OMIM #610377) is a rare autosomal recessive metabolic and inflammatory disease. In MKD, defective function of the enzyme mevalonate kinase (MK), due to a mutation in the MVK gene, leads to the shortage of mevalonate-derived intermediates, which results in unbalanced prenylation of proteins and altered metabolism of sterols. These defects lead to a complex multisystem inflammatory and metabolic syndrome. Although biologic therapies aimed at blocking the inflammatory cytokine interleukin-1 (IL-1) can significantly reduce inflammation, they cannot completely control the clinical symptoms that affects the nervous system...
September 11, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888597/mechanisms-linking-metabolic-stress-with-innate-immunity-in-the-endometrium
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I Martin Sheldon, James G Cronin, Mateusz Pospiech, Matthew L Turner
Bacterial infections of the uterus after parturition are ubiquitous in dairy cattle and often cause uterine disease, such as metritis or endometritis. However, the metabolic stress associated with milk production increases the risk of developing disease. Resolution of bacterial infections requires rapid and robust innate immune responses, which depend on host cell receptors recognizing pathogen-associated molecular patterns, such as lipopolysaccharide (LPS) from gram-negative bacteria. Here, we argue that metabolic stress impairs the inflammatory response to pathogens...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881416/improved-fruit-%C3%AE-tocopherol-carotenoid-squalene-and-phytosterol-content-through-manipulation-of-brassica-juncea-3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coa-synthase1-in-transgenic-tomato
#10
Pan Liao, Xinjian Chen, Mingfu Wang, Thomas J Bach, Mee-Len Chye
3-Hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A synthase (HMGS) in the mevalonate (MVA) pathway generates isoprenoids including phytosterols. Dietary phytosterols are important because they can lower blood cholesterol levels. Previously, the overexpression of Brassica juncea wild-type (wt) and mutant (S359A) BjHMGS1 in Arabidopsis up-regulated several genes in sterol biosynthesis and increased sterol content. Recombinant S359A had earlier displayed a 10-fold higher in vitro enzyme activity. Furthermore, tobacco HMGS-overexpressors (OEs) exhibited improved sterol content, plant growth and seed yield...
September 7, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881085/analysis-of-the-catalytic-mechanism-of-bifunctional-triterpene-sesquarterpene-cyclase-tyr167-functions-to-terminate-cyclization-of-squalene-at-the-bicyclic-step
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Liudmila Tenkovskaia, Mizuki Murakami, Kotone Okuno, Daijiro Ueda, Tsutomu Sato
Onoceroids are a group of triterpenes biosynthesized from squalene or dioxidosqualene by cyclization from both termini. We previously identified a bifunctional triterpene/sesquarterpene cyclase (TC) that constructs a tetracyclic scaffold from tetraprenyl-β-curcumene (C35 ) but a bicyclic scaffold from squalene (C30 ) in the first reaction. TC also accepts the bicyclic intermediate as a substrate and generates tetracyclic and pentacyclic onoceroids in the second reaction. In this study, we analyzed the catalytic mechanism of an onoceroid synthase by using mutated enzymes...
October 5, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822179/-research-of-genes-expression-related-to-ginsenosides-biosynthesis-by-methyl-jasmonic-acid-in-ginseng-hair-roots
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Kang-Yu Wang, Li-Li Yu, Mei-Ping Zhang, Rui Yin, Yan-Ping Lin, Ming-Zhu Zhao, Chun-Yu Sun, Yi Wang
In order to obtain the expression of ginsenoside biosynthetic pathway related enzyme gene in ginseng hairy root under the control of elicitors, methyl jasmonate (MeJA) was added exogenously as elicitors. Ginseng hairy root clones induced by 4-year-old ginseng root was used as material, total saponin content in ginseng hairy root before and after MeJA treatment was determined by vanillin-sulfuric acid colorimetry, Meanwhile, relative expression of squalene synthase genes, squalene epoxidase genes, oxidized squalene cyclase genes, dammarenediol synthase genes, β-amyrin synthase genes, cycloartenol synthase genes before and after MeJA treatment were determined by Real-time PCR...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813599/tetraterpene-synthase-substrate-and-product-specificity-in-the-green-microalga-botryococcus-braunii-race-l
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Hem R Thapa, Su Tang, James C Sacchettini, Timothy P Devarenne
Recently, the biosynthetic pathway for lycopadiene, a C40 tetraterpenoid hydrocarbon, was deciphered from the L race of Botryococcus braunii, an alga that produces hydrocarbon oils capable of being converted into combustible fuels. The lycopadiene pathway is initiated by the squalene synthase (SS)-like enzyme lycopaoctaene synthase (LOS), which catalyzes the head-to-head condensation of two C20 geranylgeranyl diphosphate (GGPP) molecules to produce C40 lycopaoctaene. LOS shows unusual substrate promiscuity for SS or SS-like enzymes by utilizing C15 farnesyl diphosphate (FPP) and C20 phytyl diphosphate in addition to GGPP as substrates...
September 15, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728107/developing-potential-agents-against-atherosclerosis-design-synthesis-and-pharmacological-evaluation-of-novel-dual-inhibitors-of-oxidative-stress-and-squalene-synthase-activity
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Maria G Katselou, Alexios N Matralis, Angeliki P Kourounakis
For the treatment of multifactorial and complex diseases, it has become increasingly apparent that compounds acting at multiple targets often deliver superior efficacy compared to compounds with high specificity for only a single target. Based on previous studies demonstrating the important antioxidant and anti-hyperlipidemic effect of morpholine and 1,4-benzo(x/thi)azine derivatives (A-E), we hereby present the design, synthesis and pharmacological evaluation of novel dual-acting molecules as a therapeutic approach for atherosclerosis...
September 29, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714761/gamma-irradiation-of-medicinally-important-plants-and-the-enhancement-of-secondary-metabolite-production
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P Vivek Vardhan, Lata I Shukla
PURPOSE: The profitable production of some important plant-based secondary metabolites (ginsenosides, saponins, camptothecin, shikonins etc.) in vitro by gamma irradiation is a current area of interest. We reviewed different types of secondary metabolites, their mode of synthesis and effect of γ-radiation on their yield for different plants, organs and in vitro cultures (callus, suspension, hairy root). Special effort has been made to review the biochemical mechanisms underlying the increase in secondary metabolites...
September 2017: International Journal of Radiation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710558/pathway-engineering-for-the-production-of-%C3%AE-amyrin-and-cycloartenol-in-escherichia-coli-a-method-to-biosynthesize-plant-derived-triterpene-skeletons-in-e-coli
#16
Miho Takemura, Rie Tanaka, Norihiko Misawa
Cycloartenol is biosynthetically the first sterol skeleton, which is metabolized to phytosterols such as β-sitosterol and stigmasterol. β-Amyrin is the most commonly occurring aglycone skeleton for oleanane-type saponins such as glycyrrhizin and saikosaponins. It has been regarded that these cyclic triterpenes are unable to be produced in Escherichia coli, while no reports are available on their production with E. coli. Here, we describe a method to synthesize triterpene skeletons from higher plants, including cycloartenol and β-amyrin...
July 15, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674547/integrated-transcriptomic-and-metabolomic-analysis-of-five-panax-ginseng-cultivars-reveals-the-dynamics-of-ginsenoside-biosynthesis
#17
Yun Sun Lee, Hyun-Seung Park, Dong-Kyu Lee, Murukarthick Jayakodi, Nam-Hoon Kim, Hyun Jo Koo, Sang-Choon Lee, Yeon Jeong Kim, Sung Won Kwon, Tae-Jin Yang
Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer is a traditional medicinal herb that produces bioactive compounds such as ginsenosides. Here, we investigated the diversity of ginsenosides and related genes among five genetically fixed inbred ginseng cultivars (Chunpoong [CP], Cheongsun [CS], Gopoong [GO], Sunhyang [SH], and Sunun [SU]). To focus on the genetic diversity related to ginsenoside biosynthesis, we utilized in vitro cultured adventitious roots from the five cultivars grown under controlled environmental conditions. PCA loading plots based on secondary metabolite composition classified the five cultivars into three groups...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667762/enhanced-isoprenoid-production-from-xylose-by-engineered-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#18
Suryang Kwak, Soo Rin Kim, Haiqing Xu, Guo-Chang Zhang, Stephan Lane, Heejin Kim, Yong-Su Jin
Saccharomyces cerevisiae has limited capabilities for producing fuels and chemicals derived from acetyl-CoA, such as isoprenoids, due to a rigid flux partition toward ethanol during glucose metabolism. Despite numerous efforts, xylose fermentation by engineered yeast harboring heterologous xylose metabolic pathways was not as efficient as glucose fermentation for producing ethanol. Therefore, we hypothesized that xylose metabolism by engineered yeast might be a better fit for producing non-ethanol metabolites...
November 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649699/a-wrky-transcription-factor-from-withania-somnifera-regulates-triterpenoid-withanolide-accumulation-and-biotic-stress-tolerance-through-modulation-of-phytosterol-and-defense-pathways
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Anup Kumar Singh, Sarma Rajeev Kumar, Varun Dwivedi, Avanish Rai, Shaifali Pal, Ajit K Shasany, Dinesh A Nagegowda
Withania somnifera produces pharmacologically important triterpenoid withanolides that are derived via phytosterol pathway; however, their biosynthesis and regulation remain to be elucidated. A jasmonate- and salicin-inducible WRKY transcription factor from W. somnifera (WsWRKY1) exhibiting correlation with withaferin A accumulation was functionally characterized employing virus-induced gene silencing and overexpression studies combined with transcript and metabolite analyses, and chromatin immunoprecipitation assay...
June 26, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530827/overexpression-of-the-squalene-epoxidase-gene-alone-and-in-combination-with-the-3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme-a-gene-increases-ganoderic-acid-production-in-ganoderma-lingzhi
#20
De-Huai Zhang, Lu-Xi Jiang, Na Li, Xuya Yu, Peng Zhao, Tao Li, Jun-Wei Xu
The squalene epoxidase (SE) gene from the biosynthetic pathway of ganoderic acid (GA) was cloned and overexpressed in Ganoderma lingzhi. The strain that overexpressed the SE produced approximately 2 times more GA molecules than the wild-type (WT) strain. Moreover, SE overexpression upregulated lanosterol synthase gene expression in the biosynthetic pathway. These results indicated that SE stimulates GA accumulation. Then, the SE and 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMGR) genes were simultaneously overexpressed in G...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
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