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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534956/effects-of-octreotide-on-hepatic-glycogenesis-in-rats-with-high-fat-diet%C3%A2-induced-obesity
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Xiao-Xia Wang, Ting Ye, Mao Li, Xian Li, Ou Qiang, Cheng-Wei Tang, Rui Liu
Reduced hepatic glycogenesis is one of the most important causes of metabolic abnormalities in non‑alcoholic fatty liver disease. Octreotide, a somatostatin analogue, has been demonstrated to promote weight loss and improve metabolic disorders in mice with high fat diet (HFD)‑induced obesity. However, whether octreotide affects hepatic glycogenesis is unknown. The aim of the present study was to verify the effects of octreotide on hepatic glycogenesis in rats with HFD‑induced obesity. Male Sprague‑Dawley rats were fed a standard diet or a HFD for 24 weeks...
May 16, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534828/how-ketamine-affects-livers-of-pregnant-mice-and-developing-mice
#2
Hoi Man Cheung, Tony Chin Hung Chow, David Tai Wai Yew
It is well known that ketamine abuse can induce liver damage in adult addicts, but the effects of ketamine abuse in pregnant mothers on their offspring have received less attention. In this study, we investigated the effects of 5-day ketamine injections (30 mg/kg) to pregnant Institute for Cancer Research (ICR) mice during early gestation or mid-gestation on the aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activities of the mothers and the offspring. We also looked into whether administering ketamine treatment to the mothers had any effects on the extent of fibrosis, cell proliferation and cell death in the livers of the newborns...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534487/rules-of-engagement-between-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-6-integrin-and-foot-and-mouth-disease-virus
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Abhay Kotecha, Quan Wang, Xianchi Dong, Serban L Ilca, Marina Ondiviela, Rao Zihe, Julian Seago, Bryan Charleston, Elizabeth E Fry, Nicola G A Abrescia, Timothy A Springer, Juha T Huiskonen, David I Stuart
Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) mediates cell entry by attachment to an integrin receptor, generally αvβ6, via a conserved arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD) motif in the exposed, antigenic, GH loop of capsid protein VP1. Infection can also occur in tissue culture adapted virus in the absence of integrin via acquired basic mutations interacting with heparin sulphate (HS); this virus is attenuated in natural infections. HS interaction has been visualized at a conserved site in two serotypes suggesting a propensity for sulfated-sugar binding...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533892/malate-aspartate-shuttle-inhibitor-aminooxyacetic-acid-blocks-lipopolysaccharides-induced-activation-of-bv2-microglia
#4
Wangsong Shang, Xunbin Wei, Weihai Ying
NADH shuttles, including malate-aspartate shuttle (MAS) and glycerol-3-phosphate shuttle, mediate the transfer of the reducing equivalents of cytosolic NADH into mitochondria. In our current study, we used BV2 microglia as a cellular model to determine the roles of NADH shuttles in lipopolysaccharides (LPS)-induced microglial activation. We found that aminooxyacetic acid (AOAA), a widely used MAS inhibitor, significantly attenuated LPS-induced increases in the levels of nitric oxide-a hallmarker of microglial activation...
2017: International Journal of Physiology, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532042/ph-responsive-poly-aspartic-acid-hydrogel-coated-magnetite-nanoparticles-for-biomedical-applications
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Jaime Vega-Chacón, María Isabel Amaya Arbeláez, Janaina Habib Jorge, Rodrigo Fernando C Marques, Miguel Jafelicci
A novel multifunctional nanosystem formed by magnetite nanoparticles coated with pH-responsive poly(aspartic acid) hydrogel was developed. Magnetite nanoparticles (Fe3O4) have been intensively investigated for biomedical applications due to their magnetic properties and dimensions similar to the biostructures. Poly(aspartic acid) is a water-soluble, biodegradable and biocompatible polymer, which features makes it a potential candidate for biomedical applications. The nanoparticles surface modification was carried out by crosslinking polysuccinimide on the magnetite nanoparticles surface and hydrolyzing the succinimide units in mild alkaline medium to obtain the magnetic poly(aspartic acid) hydrogel...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527616/catalase-increases-ethanol-oxidation-through-the-purine-catabolism-in-rat-liver
#6
Daniel Villalobos-García, Rolando Hernández-Muñoz
Hepatic ethanoloxidationincreases according to its concentration and is raised to near-saturation levels of alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH); therefore, re-oxidation of NADH becomes rate limiting in ethanol metabolism by the liver. Adenosine is able to increase liver ethanol oxidation in both in vivo and in vitro conditions; the enhancement being related with the capacity of the nucleoside to accelerate the transport of cytoplasmic reducing equivalents to mitochondria, by modifying the subcellular distribution of the malate-aspartate shuttle components...
May 17, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527016/chemical-derivatization-of-metabolite-mass-profiling-of-the-recretohalophyte-aeluropus-lagopoides-revealing-salt-stress-tolerance-mechanism
#7
Murali Krishna Paidi, Parinita Agarwal, Prashant More, Pradeep K Agarwal
Plants are the primary producers of food for human being. Their intracellular environment alternation is influenced by abiotic stress factors such as drought, heat and soil salinity. Aeluropus lagopoides is a strong halophyte that grows with ease under high saline muddy banks of creeks of Gujarat, India. To study the response of salinity on metabolite changes in Aeluropus, three treatments, i.e. control, salinity and recovery, were selected for both shoot and root tissue. The cytosolic metabolite state was analysed by molecular chemical derivatization gas chromatography mass profiling...
May 19, 2017: Marine Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524081/protective-effects-of-tormentic-acid-a-major-component-of-suspension-cultures-of-eriobotrya-japonica-cells-on-acetaminophen-induced-hepatotoxicity-in-mice
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Wen-Ping Jiang, Shyh-Shyun Huang, Yoshikazu Matsuda, Hiroshi Saito, Naoto Uramaru, Hui-Ya Ho, Jin-Bin Wu, Guan-Jhong Huang
An acetaminophen (APAP) overdose can cause hepatotoxicity and lead to fatal liver damage. The hepatoprotective effects of tormentic acid (TA) on acetaminophen (APAP)-induced liver damage were investigated in mice. TA was intraperitoneally (i.p.) administered for six days prior to APAP administration. Pretreatment with TA prevented the elevation of serum aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), total bilirubin (T-Bil), total cholesterol (TC), triacylglycerol (TG), and liver lipid peroxide levels in APAP-treated mice and markedly reduced APAP-induced histological alterations in liver tissues...
May 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522909/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-antioxidative-and-hepatoprotective-activity-of-aqueous-extract-of-cortex-dictamni
#9
Lin Li, Yun-Feng Zhou, Yan-Lin Li, Li-Li Wang, Hiderori Arai, Yang Xu
AIM: To investigate the antioxidant and hepatoprotective effects of Cortex Dictamni aqueous extract (CDAE) in carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced liver damage in rats. METHODS: The in vitro antioxidant effect of CDAE was investigated using α,α-diphenyl-β-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH), 2,2'-azino-bis (3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) (ABTS), β-carotene bleaching, reducing power, and thiobarbituric acid reactive substance assays. A linoleic acid system, including ferric thiocyanate (FTC) and thiobarbituric acid (TBA) assays, was used to evaluate the inhibition of lipid peroxidation...
April 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522605/structure-function-analysis-of-human-sucrase-isomaltase-identifies-key-residues-required-for-catalytic-activity
#10
Birthe Gericke, Natalie Schecker, Mahdi Amiri, Hassan Y Naim
Sucrase-isomaltase (SI) is an intestinal membrane-associated α-glucosidase that breaks down di- and oligosaccharides to absorbable monosaccharides. SI has two homologous functional subunits (sucrase and isomaltase) that both belong to the glycoside hydrolase family 31 (GH31) and differ in substrate specificity. All GH31 enzymes share a consensus sequence harboring an aspartic acid residue as a catalytic nucleophile. Moreover, crystallographic structural analysis of isomaltase predicts that another aspartic acid residue functions as a proton donor in hydrolysis...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522117/characterization-of-cu-ii-reconstituted-acc-oxidase-using-experimental-and-theoretical-approaches
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Nadia El Bakkali-Tahéri, Sybille Tachon, Maylis Orio, Sylvain Bertaina, Marlène Martinho, Viviane Robert, Marius Réglier, Thierry Tron, Pierre Dorlet, A Jalila Simaan
1-Aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase (ACCO) is a non heme iron(II) containing enzyme that catalyzes the final step of the ethylene biosynthesis in plants. The iron(II) ion is bound in a facial triad composed of two histidines and one aspartate (H177, D179 and H234). Several active site variants were generated to provide alternate binding motifs and the enzymes were reconstituted with copper(II). Continuous wave (cw) and pulsed Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopies as well as Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations were performed and models for the copper(II) binding sites were deduced...
May 15, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521788/methanol-extract-of-dicranopteris-linearis-l-leaves-impedes-acetaminophen-induced-liver-intoxication-partly-by-enhancing-the-endogenous-antioxidant-system
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Zainul Amiruddin Zakaria, Farah Hidayah Kamisan, Maizatul Hasyima Omar, Nur Diyana Mahmood, Fezah Othman, Siti Selina Abdul Hamid, Muhammad Nazrul Hakim Abdullah
BACKGROUND: The present study investigated the potential of methanolic extract of Dicranopteris linearis (MEDL) leaves to attenuate liver intoxication induced by acetaminophen (APAP) in rats. METHODS: A group of mice (n = 5) treated orally with a single dose (5000 mg/kg) of MEDL was first subjected to the acute toxicity study using the OECD 420 model. In the hepatoprotective study, six groups of rats (n = 6) were used and each received as follows: Group 1 (normal control; pretreated with 10% DMSO (extract's vehicle) followed by treatment with 10% DMSO (hepatotoxin's vehicle) (10% DMSO +10% DMSO)), Group 2 (hepatotoxic control; 10% DMSO +3 g/kg APAP (hepatotoxin)), Group 3 (positive control; 200 mg/kg silymarin +3 g/kg APAP), Group 4 (50 mg/kg MEDL +3 g/kg APAP), Group 5 (250 mg/kg MEDL +3 g/kg APAP) or Group 6 (500 mg/kg MEDL +3 g/kg APAP)...
May 18, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518188/ph-dependent-absorption-spectrum-of-a-protein-a-minimal-electrostatic-model-of-anabaena-sensory-rhodopsin
#13
Michael Stenrup, Elisa Pieri, Vincent Ledentu, Nicolas Ferré
A minimal electrostatic model is introduced which aims at reproducing and analyzing the visible-light absorption energy shift of a protein with pH. It relies on the existence of a protein structure, the prediction of titratable amino-acid pKa values and a very limited set of parameters. Applied to the case of the photochromic Anabaena sensory rhodopsin protein, the model succeeds in reproducing qualitatively the reported experimental data, confirming the importance of aspartic acid 217 in the observed blue shift in the λmax of ASR at neutral pH...
May 18, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516297/subcritical-water-hydrolysis-of-peptides-amino-acid-side-chain-modifications
#14
Thomas Powell, Steve Bowra, Helen J Cooper
Previously we have shown that subcritical water may be used as an alternative to enzymatic digestion in the proteolysis of proteins for bottom-up proteomics. Subcritical water hydrolysis of proteins was shown to result in protein sequence coverages greater than or equal to that obtained following digestion with trypsin; however, the percentage of peptide spectral matches for the samples treated with trypsin were consistently greater than for those treated with subcritical water. This observation suggests that in addition to cleavage of the peptide bond, subcritical water treatment results in other hydrolysis products, possibly due to modifications of amino acid side chains...
May 17, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514904/effects-of-viola-mandshurica-on-atherosclerosis-and-hepatic-steatosis-in-apoe-formula-see-text-via-the-ampk-pathway
#15
Sun Haeng Park, Yoon-Young Sung, Kyoung Jin Nho, Dong Sun Kim, Ho Kyoung Kim
Atherosclerosis was previously thought to be a disease that primarily involves lipid accumulation in the arterial wall. In this report, we investigated the effect of Viola mandshurica W. Becker (V. mandshurica) water extract on atherosclerosis in apolipoprotein E deficient (ApoE[Formula: see text]) mice. The administration of V. mandshurica to high-fat diet-fed mice reduced body weight, liver weight, and serum levels of lipids (total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol, triglycerides), glucose, alanine transaminase, and aspartate transaminase...
May 18, 2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514363/-the-immunological-characteristics-and-enzymatic-activity-of-lymphocytes-from-the-peripheral-blood-of-the-children-presenting-with-pharyngeal-tonsillar-hypertrophy
#16
L M Kurtasova, N A Shakina, T V Lubnina, A I Nikolaeva
The objective of the present work was to study the immunological characteristics and activity of NAD(P)-dependent dehydrogenases in peripheral blood lymphocytes in the young children presenting with pharyngeal tonsil hypertrophy (PTH). A total of 57 children at the age from 1 to 3 years with PTH were available for the examination. The control group was comprised of 35 age-matched practically healthy children. The amount of CD3+, CD4+, CD8+, CD16+/56-, and CD19+ cells in the peripheral blood was determined with the use of the cytoflowmetric technique...
2017: Vestnik Otorinolaringologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514152/hepatoprotective-properties-of-a-polyphenols-enriched-fraction-from-annona-crassiflora-mart-fruit-peel-against-diabetes-induced-oxidative-and-nitrosative-stress
#17
Allisson B Justino, Mariana N Pereira, Leonardo G Peixoto, Danielle D Vilela, Douglas C Caixeta, Adriele V de Souza, Renata R Teixeira, Heitor C G Silva, Francyelle B R de Moura, Izabela B Moraes, Foued Salmen Espindola
A polyphenols-enriched fraction from Annona crassiflora fruit peel (Ac-Pef) containing chlorogenic acid, (epi)catechin, procyanidin B2 and caffeoyl-glucoside was investigated against hepatic oxidative and nitrosative stress in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Serum biochemical parameters, hepatic oxidative and nitrosative status, glutathione defense system analysis, and in silico assessment of absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion and toxicity (ADMET) of the main compounds of Ac-Pef were carried out...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512059/genome-scale-metabolic-network-of-cordyceps-militaris-useful-for-comparative-analysis-of-entomopathogenic-fungi
#18
Wanwipa Vongsangnak, Nachon Raethong, Warasinee Mujchariyakul, Nam Ninh Nguyen, Hon Wai Leong, Kobkul Laoteng
The first genome-scale metabolic network of Cordyceps militaris (iWV1170) was constructed representing its whole metabolisms, which consisted of 894 metabolites and 1,267 metabolic reactions across five compartments, including the plasma membrane, cytoplasm, mitochondria, peroxisome and extracellular space. The iWV1170 could be exploited to explain its phenotypes of growth ability, cordycepin and other metabolites production on various substrates. A high number of genes encoding extracellular enzymes for degradation of complex carbohydrates, lipids and proteins were existed in C...
May 13, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511005/characterization-of-l-theanine-excitatory-actions-on-hippocampal-neurons-towards-the-generation-of-novel-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-modulators-based-on-its-backbone
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Fatiha Sebih, Matthieu Rousset, Salima Bellahouel, Marc Rolland, Marie Celeste de Jesus Ferreira, Janique Guiramand, Catherine Cohen-Solal, Gérard Barbanel, Thierry Cens, Mohammed Abouazza, Adrien Tassou, Maud Gratuze, Céline Meunier, Pierre Charnet, Michel Vignes, Valérie Rolland
L-Theanine (or L-γ-N-ethyl-glutamine) is the major amino acid found in Camellia sinensis. It has received much attention because of its pleiotropic physiological and pharmacological activities leading to health benefits in humans, especially. We describe here a new, easy, efficient and environmentally-friendly chemical synthesis of L-Theanine and L-γ-N-propyl-Gln and their corresponding D isomers. L-Theanine, and its derivatives obtained so far, exhibited partial co-agonistic action at N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors, with no detectable agonist effect at other glutamate receptors, on cultured hippocampal neurons...
May 16, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510595/structural-adaptations-of-octaheme-nitrite-reductases-from-haloalkaliphilic-thioalkalivibrio-bacteria-to-alkaline-ph-and-high-salinity
#20
Anna Popinako, Mikhail Antonov, Alexey Tikhonov, Tamara Tikhonova, Vladimir Popov
Bacteria Tv. nitratireducens and Tv. paradoxus from soda lakes grow optimally in sodium carbonate/NaCl brines at pH range from 9.5 to 10 and salinity from 0.5 to 1.5 M Na+. Octaheme nitrite reductases (ONRs) from haloalkaliphilic bacteria of genus Thioalkalivibrio are stable and active in a wide range of pH (up to 11) and salinity (up to 1 M NaCl). To establish adaptation mechanisms of ONRs from haloalkaliphilic bacteria a comparative analysis of amino acid sequences and structures of ONRs from haloalkaliphilic bacteria and their homologues from non-halophilic neutrophilic bacteria was performed...
2017: PloS One
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