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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922185/relaxin-family-peptides-structure-activity-relationship-studies
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Nitin A Patil, K Johan Rosengren, Frances Separovic, John D Wade, Ross A D Bathgate, Mohammed Akhter Hossain
The human relaxin peptide family consists of seven cystine-rich peptides, four of which are known to signal through relaxin family peptide receptors, RXFP1-4. Considering the vital roles these peptides play in physiology and various diseases, they are of considerable importance for drug discovery and development. Detailed structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies towards understanding the role of important residues in each of these peptides have been reported over the years and utilised for design of antagonists and minimised agonist variants...
December 6, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913751/new-fungal-defensin-like-peptides-provide-evidence-for-fold-change-of-proteins-in-evolution
#2
Yucheng Wu, Bin Gao, Shunyi Zhu
Defensins containing a consensus cystine framework, Cys[1]..Cys[2]X3Cys[3]..Cys[4]..Cys[5]X1Cys[6] ("X", any amino acids normally except Cys; "...", variable residue numbers), are extensively distributed in a variety of multicellular organisms (plants, fungi and invertebrates) and essentially involved in immunity as microbicidal agents. This framework is a prerequisite for forming a cystine-stabilized α-helix and β-sheet (CSαβ) fold, in which the two invariant motifs, Cys[2]X3Cys[3]/Cys[5]X1Cys[6], are key determinants of fold formation...
December 2, 2016: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900406/what-does-the-crystallography-of-stones-tell-us-about-their-formation
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Peter Rez
The mineral phase makes up most of the mass of a kidney stone. Minerals all come in the form of crystals that are regular arrangements of atoms or molecular groupings at the atomic scale, bounded macroscopically by well-defined crystal faces. Pathologic nephroliths are a polycrystalline aggregate of submicron crystals. Organic macromolecules clearly have an important role in either promoting or preventing aggregation and in altering the morphology of individual submicron crystals by influencing the surface energies of different faces...
November 29, 2016: Urolithiasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899859/effect-of-n-perfluorooctane-on-hypoxia-reoxygenation-injury-in-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells
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Jing Jiang, Deng-Yong Chen, Zhi-Tao Liu, Feng Chen, Jing-Jing Zhang, Jing Cui, Jien Pang
BACKGROUND: This study investigated the effect of n-perfluorooctane (PFC) on hypoxia/reoxygenation (H/R) injury in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). METHODS: In this study, the H/R models were prepared by chemical methods (using dithionite solution). The experimental groups included the control group, the PFC group with a culture volume ratio of 10%, the H/R model group, and treatment groups with various doses of PFC + H/R (i.e., 5%, 10%, or 20% PFC by volume)...
November 2016: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896446/biocompatible-silver-nanoparticles-prepared-with-amino-acids-and-a-green-method
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Ricardo Almeida de Matos, Lilia Coronato Courrol
The synthesis of nanoparticles is usually carried out by chemical reduction, which is effective but uses many toxic substances, making the process potentially harmful to the environment. Hence, as part of the search for environmentally friendly or green synthetic methods, this study aimed to produce silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using only AgNO3, Milli-Q water, white light from a xenon lamp (Xe) and amino acids. Nanoparticles were synthetized using 21 amino acids, and the shapes and sizes of the resultant nanoparticles were evaluated...
November 28, 2016: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888396/effects-of-administered-ethanol-and-methamphetamine-on-glial-glutamate-transporters-in-rat-striatum-and-hippocampus
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Fahad S Alshehri, Yusuf S Althobaiti, Youssef Sari
Exposure to ethanol (EtOH) or methamphetamine (MA) can lead to increase in extracellular glutamate concentration in the brain. Although studies from ours showed the effects of EtOH exposure on key glial glutamate transporters, little is known about the effects of sequential exposure to EtOH and MA or MA alone on certain glial glutamate transporters. In this study, we investigated the effects of sequential exposure to EtOH and MA on the expression of the major glutamate transporters, glutamate transporter 1 (GLT-1), as well as cystine/glutamate antiporter (xCT) and glutamate aspartate transporter (GLAST) in striatum and hippocampus...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872968/new-functions-and-potential-applications-of-amino-acids
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Hisayuki Uneyama, Hisamine Kobayashi, Naoto Tonouchi
Currently, several types of amino acids are being produced and used worldwide. Nevertheless, several new functions of amino acids have been recently discovered that could result in other applications. For example, oral stimulation by glutamate triggers the cephalic phase response to prepare for food digestion. Further, the stomach and intestines have specific glutamate-recognizing systems in their epithelial mucosa. Regarding clinical applications, addition of monosodium glutamate to the medicinal diet has been shown to markedly enhance gastric secretion in a vagus-dependent manner...
November 22, 2016: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869804/systemic-depletion-of-l-cyst-e-ine-with-cyst-e-inase-increases-reactive-oxygen-species-and-suppresses-tumor-growth
#8
Shira L Cramer, Achinto Saha, Jinyun Liu, Surendar Tadi, Stefano Tiziani, Wupeng Yan, Kendra Triplett, Candice Lamb, Susan E Alters, Scott Rowlinson, Yan Jessie Zhang, Michael J Keating, Peng Huang, John DiGiovanni, George Georgiou, Everett Stone
Cancer cells experience higher oxidative stress from reactive oxygen species (ROS) than do non-malignant cells because of genetic alterations and abnormal growth; as a result, maintenance of the antioxidant glutathione (GSH) is essential for their survival and proliferation. Under conditions of elevated ROS, endogenous L-cysteine (L-Cys) production is insufficient for GSH synthesis. This necessitates uptake of L-Cys that is predominantly in its disulfide form, L-cystine (CSSC), via the xCT(-) transporter. We show that administration of an engineered and pharmacologically optimized human cyst(e)inase enzyme mediates sustained depletion of the extracellular L-Cys and CSSC pool in mice and non-human primates...
November 21, 2016: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869167/cystine-addiction-of-triple-negative-breast-cancer-associated-with-emt-augmented-death-signaling
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X Tang, C-K Ding, J Wu, J Sjol, S Wardell, I Spasojevic, D George, D P McDonnell, D S Hsu, J T Chang, J-T Chi
Despite the advances in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, breast cancers still cause significant mortality. For some patients, especially those with triple-negative breast cancer, current treatments continue to be limited and ineffective. Therefore, there remains an unmet need for a novel therapeutic approach. One potential strategy is to target the altered metabolic state that is rewired by oncogenic transformation. Specifically, this rewiring may render certain outside nutrients indispensable...
November 21, 2016: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865972/paediatric-urolithiasis-in-emerging-economies
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REVIEW
S Adibul Hasan Rizvi, Sajid Sultan, Mirza Naqi Zafar, Sadaf Aba Umar, Bashir Ahmed, S A Anwar Naqvi
BACKGROUND: Paediatric urolithiasis remains endemic in low resource countries. This review highlights the epidemiology, causation and management of urolithiasis in an Asian country in the context of emerging economies. METHODS: A literature review of recent articles with key words paediatric urolithiasis, developing countries, endemic stone disease, stone composition, metabolic risk factors, management of paediatric urolithiasis was undertaken and 51 relevant articles were selected with the main focus on experience of this center in managing stone disease in the last two decades...
November 16, 2016: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858370/intracranial-hypertension-in-cystinosis-is-a-challenge-experience-in-a-children-s-hospital
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Nieves Martín-Begué, Silvia Alarcón, Charlotte Wolley-Dod, Luis Enrique Lara, Álvaro Madrid, Paola Cano, Mireia Del Toro, Gema Ariceta
BACKGROUND: Cystinosis is a rare systemic lysosomal disease affecting mainly the kidney and eye. Ocular involvement in cystinosis is universal being the presence of cystine crystals in the cornea a diagnostic criterion and one of the earliest manifestations of the disease. Neuro-ophthalmologic manifestations are considered a rare and late complication in these patients. The aim of this article is to report the unexpectedly high incidence of intracranial hypertension in children with cystinosis at our centre...
November 18, 2016: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857717/ginkgotides-proline-rich-hevein-like-peptides-from-gymnosperm-ginkgo-biloba
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Ka H Wong, Wei Liang Tan, Aida Serra, Tianshu Xiao, Siu Kwan Sze, Daiwen Yang, James P Tam
Hevein and hevein-like peptides belong to the family of chitin-binding cysteine-rich peptides. They are classified into three subfamilies, the prototypic 8C- and the 6C- and 10C-hevein-like peptides. Thus far, only five 8C-hevein-like peptides have been characterized from three angiosperms and none from gymnosperm. To determine their occurrence and distribution in the gymnosperm, Ginkgo biloba leaves were examined. Here, we report the discovery and characterization of 11 novel 8C-hevein-like peptides, namely ginkgotides gB1-gB11...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835583/non-invasive-diagnosis-of-papillary-thyroid-microcarcinoma-a-nmr-based-metabolomics-approach
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Jinghui Lu, Sanyuan Hu, Paolo Miccoli, Qingdong Zeng, Shaozhuang Liu, Lin Ran, Chunxiao Hu
Papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (PTMC) is a subtype of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). Because its diameter is less than 10 mm, diagnosing it accurately is difficult with traditional methods such as image examinations and FNA (Fine Needle Aspiration). Investigating the metabolic changes induced by PTMC may enhance the understanding of its pathogenesis and provide important information for a new diagnosis method and treatment plan. In this study, high resolution magic angle spin (HRMAS) spectroscopy and 1H-nuclear magnetic resonance (1H-NMR) spectroscopy were used to screen metabolic changes in thyroid tissues and plasma from PTMC patients respectively...
November 7, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815590/cysteine-accelerated-methanogenic-propionate-degradation-in-paddy-soil-enrichment
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Li Zhuang, Jinlian Ma, Jia Tang, Ziyang Tang, Shungui Zhou
Propionate degradation is a critical step during the conversion of complex organic matter under methanogenic conditions, and it requires a syntrophic cooperation between propionate-oxidizing bacteria and methanogenic archaea. Increasing evidences suggest that interspecies electron transfer for syntrophic metabolism is not limited to the reducing equivalents of hydrogen and formate. This study tested the ability of an electron shuttle to mediate interspecies electron transfer in syntrophic methanogenesis. We found that cysteine supplementation (100, 400, and 800 μM) accelerated CH4 production from propionate in paddy soil enrichments...
November 5, 2016: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27811999/effects-of-ndrg1-family-proteins-on-photoreceptor-outer-segment-morphology-in-zebrafish
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Shimpei Takita, Yasutaka Wada, Satoru Kawamura
Rods and cones are functionally and morphologically distinct. We previously identified N-myc downstream-regulated gene 1b (ndrg1b) in carp as a cone-specific gene. Here, we show that NDRG1b and its paralog, NDRG1a-1, contribute to photoreceptor outer segment (OS) formation in zebrafish. In adult zebrafish photoreceptors, NDRG1a-1 was localized in the entire cone plasma membranes, and also in rod plasma membranes except its OS. NDRG1b was expressed specifically in cones in the entire plasma membranes. In a developing retina, NDRG1a-1 was expressed in the photoreceptor layer, and NDRG1b in the photoreceptor layer plus inner nuclear layer...
November 4, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801527/hif-1%C3%AE-triggers-long-lasting-glutamate-excitotoxicity-via-system-xc-in-cerebral-ischaemia-reperfusion
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Chia-Hung Hsieh, Yu-Jung Lin, Wei-Ling Chen, Yen-Chih Huang, Chi-Wei Chang, Fu-Chou Cheng, Ren-Shyan Liu, Woei-Cherng Shyu
Hypoxia-inducible factor 1α (HIF-1α) controls many genes involved in physiological and pathological processes. However, its roles in glutamatergic transmission and excitotoxicity are unclear. Here, we proposed that HIF-1α might contribute to glutamate-mediated excitotoxicity during cerebral ischaemia-reperfusion (CIR) and investigated its molecular mechanism. We showed that an HIF-1α conditional knockout mouse displayed an inhibition in CIR-induced elevation of extracellular glutamate and N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) activation...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27789715/18f-5-fluoro-aminosuberic-acid-fasu-as-a-potential-tracer-to-gauge-oxidative-stress-in-breast-cancer-models
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Hua Yang, Silvia Jenni, Milena Colovic, Helen Merkens, Carlee Poleschuk, Isabel Rodrigo, Qing Miao, Bruce F Johnson, Michael J Rishel, Vesna Sossi, Jack M Webster, François Bénard, Paul Schaffer
: The cystine transporter (system xC-) is an antiporter of cystine and glutamate. It has relatively low basal expression in most tissues and becomes upregulated in cells under oxidative stress (OS) as one of the genes expressed in response to the antioxidant response element (ARE) promoter. We have developed (18)F-5-fluoro-aminosuberic acid (FASu), a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) tracer that targets system xC-. The goal of this study was to evaluate the suitability of (18)F-FASu as a specific gauge for system xC- activity in vivo and its potential usefulness for breast cancer imaging...
October 27, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27788147/exploring-the-lean-phenotype-of-glutathione-depleted-mice-thiol-amino-acid-and-fatty-acid-profiles
#18
Amany K Elshorbagy, Fredrik Jernerén, Cheryl L Scudamore, Fiona McMurray, Heather Cater, Tertius Hough, Roger Cox, Helga Refsum
BACKGROUND: Although reduced glutathione (rGSH) is decreased in obese mice and humans, block of GSH synthesis by buthionine sulfoximine (BSO) results in a lean, insulin-sensitive phenotype. Data is lacking about the effect of BSO on GSH precursors, cysteine and glutamate. Plasma total cysteine (tCys) is positively associated with stearoyl-coenzyme A desaturase (SCD) activity and adiposity in humans and animal models. OBJECTIVE: To explore the phenotype, amino acid and fatty acid profiles in BSO-treated mice...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777912/endocrine-complications-during-and-after-adolescence-in-a-patient-with-cystinosis
#19
Moon Bae Ahn, Sung Eun Kim, Won Kyoung Cho, Min Ho Jung, Byung Kyu Suh
Cystinosis is a rare disease characterized by abnormal lysosomal cystine accumulation of cystine due to impaired lysosomal transport. We previously reported the first case of cystinosis in Korea in a 12-year-old boy with short stature, general weakness, and photophobia. The diagnosis was confirmed based on ophthalmic findings and biochemical analyses (serum leukocyte cystine measurement). Major endocrine manifestations at diagnosis included hypothyroidism, growth retardation, and hypogonadism. Despite oral cysteamine administration and renal replacement therapy, multiple complications including both endocrine and nonendocrine disorders developed during and after adolescence...
September 2016: Annals of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775283/-pediatric-extracorporeal-shock-wave-lithotripsy
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M Fernández Ibieta, A Bujons Tur, J Caffaratti Sfulcini, J Alberola, D Bonín, R Jiménez Corro, H Villavicencio
INTRODUCTION: Extracorporeal Shock Wave lithotripsy (ESWL) is the cornerstone of pediatric urolitiasis management. We evaluated its efficacy and complications in a series of children. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Children who were managed with ESWL between 2003 and 2012 were retrospectively reviewed. We studied etiology, clinical presentation, stonefree ratio and relevant complications. SPSS 17.0 software was used. RESULTS: 90 children aged 0 to 10 years (median 2...
April 15, 2015: Cirugía Pediátrica: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Cirugía Pediátrica
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