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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339984/the-link-between-phenotype-and-fatty-acid-metabolism-in-advanced-chronic-kidney-disease
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Dan-Qian Chen, Hua Chen, Lin Chen, Nosratola D Vaziri, Ming Wang, Xiang-Ri Li, Ying-Yong Zhao
Background.: The kidney plays a central role in elimination of metabolic waste products and regulation of low-molecular weight metabolites via glomerular filtration, tubular secretion and reabsorption. Disruption of these processes results in profound changes in the biochemical milieu of the body fluids, which contribute to complications of chronic kidney disease (CKD) by inducing cytotoxicity and inflammation. Insight into the changes of the composition of metabolites and dysregulation of target genes and proteins enhances the understanding of the pathophysiology of CKD and its complications, and the development of novel therapeutic strategies...
March 1, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337258/neuroprotective-effect-of-win55-212-2-against-3-nitropropionic-acid-induced-toxicity-in-the-rat-brain-involvement-of-cb1-and-nmda-receptors
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Marisol Maya-López, Ana Laura Colín-González, Gabriela Aguilera, María Eduarda de Lima, Ana Colpo-Ceolin, Edgar Rangel-López, Juana Villeda-Hernández, Daniel Rembao-Bojórquez, Isaac Túnez, Armando Luna-López, Roberto Lazzarini-Lechuga, Viridiana Yazmín González-Puertos, Pedro Posadas-Rodríguez, Alejandro Silva-Palacios, Mina Königsberg, Abel Santamaría
The endocannabinoid system (ECS), and agonists acting on cannabinoid receptors (CBr), are known to regulate several physiological events in the brain, including modulatory actions on excitatory events probably through N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAr) activity. Actually, CBr agonists can be neuroprotective. The synthetic CBr agonist WIN55,212-2 acts mainly on CB1 receptor. In turn, the mitochondrial toxin 3-nitropropionic acid (3-NP) produces striatal alterations in rats similar to those observed in the brain of Huntington's disease patients...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337253/hepatoprotective-effects-of-antrodia-cinnamomea-the-modulation-of-oxidative-stress-signaling-in-a-mouse-model-of-alcohol-induced-acute-liver-injury
#3
Yange Liu, Juan Wang, Lanzhou Li, Wenji Hu, Yidi Qu, Yipei Ding, Lina Meng, Lirong Teng, Di Wang
In the present study, the components of A. cinnamomea (AC) mycelia were systematically analyzed. Subsequently, its hepatoprotective effects and the underlying mechanisms were explored using a mouse model of acute alcohol-induced liver injury. AC contained 25 types of fatty acid, 16 types of amino acid, 3 types of nucleotide, and 8 types of mineral. The hepatoprotective effects were observed after 2 weeks of AC treatment at doses of 75 mg/kg, 225 mg/kg, and 675 mg/kg in the mouse model. These effects were indicated by the changes in the levels of aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, several oxidation-related factors, and inflammatory cytokines in serum and/or liver samples...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335772/production-of-s-2-aminobutyric-acid-and-s-2-aminobutanol-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Nora Weber, Anaëlle Hatsch, Ludivine Labagnere, Harald Heider
BACKGROUND: Saccharomyces cerevisiae (baker's yeast) has great potential as a whole-cell biocatalyst for multistep synthesis of various organic molecules. To date, however, few examples exist in the literature of the successful biosynthetic production of chemical compounds, in yeast, that do not exist in nature. Considering that more than 30% of all drugs on the market are purely chemical compounds, often produced by harsh synthetic chemistry or with very low yields, novel and environmentally sound production routes are highly desirable...
March 23, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335210/application-of-l-aspartic-acid-capped-zns-mn-colloidal-nanocrystals-as-a-photosensor-for-the-detection-of-copper-ii-ions-in-aqueous-solution
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Jungho Heo, Cheong-Soo Hwang
Water-dispersible ZnS:Mn nanocrystals (NCs) were synthesized by capping the surface with polar L-aspartic acid (Asp) molecules. The obtained ZnS:Mn-Asp NC product was optically and physically characterized using the corresponding spectroscopic methods. The ultra violet-visible (UV-VIS) absorption spectrum and photoluminescence (PL) emission spectrum of the NCs showed broad peaks at 320 and 590 nm, respectively. The average particle size measured from the obtained high resolution-transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) image was 5...
April 27, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335103/correlation-between-gastric-emptying-and-gastric-adaptive-relaxation-influenced-by-amino-acids
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Masayuki Uchida, Orie Kobayashi, Chizuru Saito
Background/Aims: Amino acids have many physiological activities. We report the correlation between gastric emptying and gastric adaptive relaxation using tryptophan and amino acids with a straight alkyl chain, hydroxylated chain, and branched chain. Here we sought to further clarify the correlation between gastric emptying and gastric adaptive relaxation by using other amino acids. Methods: In Sprague-Dawley rats, gastric emptying was evaluated by a breath test using [1-¹³C] acetic acid...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334553/a-multi-matrix-hilic-ms-ms-method-for-the-quantitation-of-endogenous-small-molecule-neurological-biomarker-n-acetyl-aspartic-acid-naa
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Dewakar Sangaraju, Sheerin K Shahidi-Latham, Braydon L Burgess, Brian Dean, Xiao Ding
A multi-matrix hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometric method (HILIC-MS/MS) was developed for the quantitation of N-Acetyl Aspartic acid (NAA) using stable isotope labeled internal standard, D3-NAA in various biological matrices such as human plasma, human CSF, mouse plasma, brain and spinal cord. A high throughput 96-well plate format supported liquid extraction (SLE) procedure was developed and used for sample preparation. Mass spectrometric analysis of NAA was performed using selected reaction monitoring transitions in positive electrospray ionization mode...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334550/geraniol-promotes-functional-recovery-and-attenuates-neuropathic-pain-in-rats-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Yan Lv, Liang Zhang, Na Li, Naiken Mai, Yu Zhang, Shuyi Pan
Geraniol, a plant derived monoterpene, has been extensively studied and showed a wide variety of beneficial effects. The aim of this study was to investigate the therapeutic effect of geraniol on functional recovery and neuropathic pain in rats with spinal cord injury (SCI). Rats received a clip-compression SCI and were treated with geraniol 6 hours following SCI. Treatment of SCI rats with geraniol markedly improved locomotor function, and reduced sensitivity to the mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia...
March 23, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334242/reciprocal-connections-between-cortex-and-thalamus-contribute-to-retinal-axon-targeting-to-dorsal-lateral-geniculate-nucleus
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Yupu Diao, Liyuan Cui, Yuqing Chen, Timothy J Burbridge, Wenqi Han, Brunhilde Wirth, Nenad Sestan, Michael C Crair, Jiayi Zhang
The dorsal Lateral Geniculate Nucleus (dLGN) is the primary image-forming target of the retina and shares a reciprocal connection with primary visual cortex (V1). Previous studies showed that corticothalamic input is essential for the development of thalamocortical projections, but less is known about the potential role of this reciprocal connection in the development of retinal projections. Here, we show a deficit of retinal innervation in the dLGN around E18.5 in Tra2β conditional knockout (cKO) "cortexless" mice, an age when apoptosis occurs along the thalamocortical tract and in some dLGN neurons...
March 10, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331334/safety-efficacy-and-clinical-utility-of-asparaginase-in-the-treatment-of-adult-patients-with-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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REVIEW
Jamie Koprivnikar, James McCloskey, Stefan Faderl
Adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are known to have inferior outcomes compared to the pediatric population. Although the reasons for this are likely manyfold, the agents utilized and the increased intensity of pediatric treatments compared to adult treatments are likely significant contributing factors. Asparaginase, an enzyme that converts asparagine to aspartic acid, forms the backbone of almost all pediatric regimens and works by depleting extracellular asparagine, which ALL cells are unable to synthesize...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328738/inhibition-of-hippocampal-long-term-potentiation-by-high-fat-diets-is-it-related-to-an-effect-of-palmitic-acid-involving-glycogen-synthase-kinase-3
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Ana Contreras, Danila Del Rio, Ana Martínez, Carmen Gil, Lidia Morales, Mariano Ruiz-Gayo, Nuria Del Olmo
High-fat diets (HFD) impair hippocampal-dependent learning and memory and produce important changes in synaptic transmission by enhancing glutamate uptake, decreasing synaptic efficacy, and inhibiting plasticity mechanisms such as N-methyl-D-aspartate-mediated long-term depression (LTD) within the hippocampus. Adolescent animals seem to be particularly susceptible to the detrimental effect of HFD as dietary treatments carried out between weaning and early adulthood are much more efficient in terms of hippocampal damage that those carried out during the adult period...
March 21, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326087/arabidopsis-nac-transcription-factor-jungbrunnen1-exerts-conserved-control-over-gibberellin-and-brassinosteroid-metabolism-and-signaling-genes-in-tomato
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Sara Shahnejat-Bushehri, Annapurna D Allu, Nikolay Mehterov, Venkatesh P Thirumalaikumar, Saleh Alseekh, Alisdair R Fernie, Bernd Mueller-Roeber, Salma Balazadeh
The Arabidopsis thaliana NAC transcription factor JUNGBRUNNEN1 (AtJUB1) regulates growth by directly repressing GA3ox1 and DWF4, two key genes involved in gibberellin (GA) and brassinosteroid (BR) biosynthesis, respectively, leading to GA and BR deficiency phenotypes. AtJUB1 also reduces the expression of PIF4, a bHLH transcription factor that positively controls cell elongation, while it stimulates the expression of DELLA genes, which are important repressors of growth. Here, we extend our previous findings by demonstrating that AtJUB1 induces similar GA and BR deficiency phenotypes and changes in gene expression when overexpressed in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum)...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322946/characterizations-and-hepatoprotective-effect-of-polysaccharides-from-mori-fructus-in-rats-with-alcoholic-induced-liver-injury
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Xin Zhou, Qingfang Deng, Huaguo Chen, Enming Hu, Chao Zhao, Xiaojian Gong
Crude polysaccharides of Mori Fructus (MFPs) are found to have anti-inflammatory antioxidant, and immuno-enhancing activities. However, the structure of the polysaccharides was ambiguous and its holistic hepatic protection evaluation was defective. This study was conducted to illustrate the characterization of MFPs, and evaluate its hepatoprotective activities. The results found that MFPs contained 67.93±1.18% carbohydrates, 31.03±0.54% uronic acid, and little protein and sulfate. The average molecular weight was ranging from 112...
March 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322832/dapoxetine-induces-neuroprotective-effects-against-glutamate-induced-neuronal-cell-death-by-inhibiting-calcium-signaling-and-mitochondrial-depolarization-in-cultured-rat-hippocampal-neurons
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Imju Jeong, Ji Seon Yang, Yi Jae Hong, Hee Jung Kim, Sang June Hahn, Shin Hee Yoon
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have an inhibitory effect on various ion channels including Ca(2+) channels. We used fluorescent dye-based digital imaging, whole-cell patch clamping and cytotoxicity assays to examine whether dapoxetine, a novel rapid-acting SSRI, affect glutamate-induced calcium signaling, mitochondrial depolarization and neuronal cell death in cultured rat hippocampal neurons. Pretreatment with dapoxetine for 10min inhibited glutamate-induced intracellular free Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]i) increases in a concentration-dependent manner (Half maximal inhibitory concentration= 4...
March 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321368/plant-growth-promoting-endophytic-bacteria-versus-pathogenic-infections-an-example-of-bacillus-amyloliquefaciens-rwl-1-and-fusarium-oxysporum-f-sp-lycopersici-in-tomato
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Raheem Shahzad, Abdul Latif Khan, Saqib Bilal, Sajjad Asaf, In-Jung Lee
Fungal pathogenic attacks are one of the major threats to the growth and productivity of crop plants. Currently, instead of synthetic fungicides, the use of plant growth-promoting bacterial endophytes has been considered intriguingly eco-friendly in nature. Here, we aimed to investigate the in vitro and in vivo antagonistic approach by using seed-borne endophytic Bacillus amyloliquefaciens RWL-1 against pathogenic Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici. The results revealed significant suppression of pathogenic fungal growth by Bacillus amyloliquefaciens in vitro...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321050/alteration-of-gut-microbial-community-after-n-n-dimethylformamide-exposure
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Man Zhang, Min Zheng, Zhijun Wu, Mingyue Guan, Shuai Liu, Wenjin Zhao, Juan Cheng
N,N-Dimethylformamide (DMF), a solvent commonly used in factories, can induce liver toxicities, including hepatitis, fibrosis, cirrhosis and hepatoma. It is well known that the gut microbial community plays a role in the metabolism of many toxic substance and in liver regeneration. However, the effect of DMF on rat gut microbial community is poorly understood. The gut microbiotas in control rats and rats exposed to DMF were characterized by high-throughput sequencing of the bacterial 16S rRNA gene. The levels of biochemical parameters in the serum of rats, including cholesterol, bile acid, alanine aminotransferase (ALT), and aspartate aminotransferase (AST), were evaluated...
2017: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320286/functioning-of-yeast-pma1-h-atpase-under-changing-charge-role-of-asp739-and-arg811-residues
#17
V V Petrov
The plasma membrane Pma1 H+-ATPase of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae contains conserved residue Asp739 located at the interface of transmembrane segment M6 and the cytosol. Its replacement by Asn or Val (Petrov et al. (2000) J. Biol. Chem., 275, 15709-15716) or by Ala (Miranda et al. (2011) Biochim. Biophys. Acta, 1808, 1781-1789) caused complete blockage of biogenesis of the enzyme, which did not reach secretory vesicles. It was proposed that a strong ionic bond (salt bridge) could be formed between this residue and positively charged residue(s) in close proximity, and the replacement D739A disrupted this bond...
January 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320235/methanol-extract-of-nigella-sativa-seed-induces-changes-in-the-levels-of-neurotransmitter-amino-acids-in-male-rat-brain-regions
#18
Tarek El-Naggar, María Emilia Carretero, Carmen Arce, María Pilar Gómez-Serranillos
CONTEXT: Nigella sativa L. (Ranunculaceae) (NS) has been used for medicinal and culinary purposes. Different parts of the plant are used to treat many disorders. OBJECTIVE: This study investigates the effects of NS methanol extract on brain neurotransmitter amino acid levels. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We measured the changes in aspartate, glutamate, glycine and γ-aminobutyric acid in five brain regions of male Wistar rats after methanol extract treatment...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318228/expedited-phonon-transfer-in-interfacially-constrained-polymer-chain-along-self-organized-amino-acid-crystals
#19
Liwen Mu, Yifan Li, Nitin Mehra, Tuo Ji, Jiahua Zhu
In this work, poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/amino acid (AA) composites were prepared by a self-organized crystallization process. Five different AAs (cysteine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, ornithine, and lysine) were selected based on their similar functional groups but different molecular structures. The different PVA-AA interactions in the five PVA/AA composites lead to two crystal patterns, i.e., continuous network (cysteine and lysine) and discrete particles (glutamic acid, ornithine, and aspartic acid). Scanning thermal microscopy is then applied to map the distribution of thermal conduction in these composites...
March 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317386/hepatoprotective-effect-of-blocking-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptors-in-male-albino-rats-exposed-to-acute-and-repeated-restraint-stress
#20
Shaimaa Nasr Amin, Ahmed Amro El-Aidi, Maha Zickri, Laila Ahmed Rashed, Sherif Sabry Hassan
Stress affects multiple organs in the body in addition to the brain including the liver. We aimed to assess the effects of blocking N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) glutamate receptors by memantine on the liver in acute and repeated restraint stress. Forty two male albino rats divided into seven groups; control, Acute restraint stress (ARS), ARS+memantine, repeated restraint stress, repeated restraint +memantine and positive control groups. We measured serum iron, zinc, alanine transferase and Aspartame transferase, hepatic malondialdehyde, tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), glutathione peroxidase, Superoxide dismutase, metallothionein content, zinc transporter ZRT/IRT-like Protein 14 mRNA expression, hepcidin expression...
March 18, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
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