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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429737/the-glutamate-cystine-xct-antiporter-antagonizes-glutamine-metabolism-and-reduces-nutrient-flexibility
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Chun-Shik Shin, Prashant Mishra, Jeramie D Watrous, Valerio Carelli, Marilena D'Aurelio, Mohit Jain, David C Chan
As noted by Warburg, many cancer cells depend on the consumption of glucose. We performed a genetic screen to identify factors responsible for glucose addiction and recovered the two subunits of the xCT antiporter (system xc(-)), which plays an antioxidant role by exporting glutamate for cystine. Disruption of the xCT antiporter greatly improves cell viability after glucose withdrawal, because conservation of glutamate enables cells to maintain mitochondrial respiration. In some breast cancer cells, xCT antiporter expression is upregulated through the antioxidant transcription factor Nrf2 and contributes to their requirement for glucose as a carbon source...
April 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427913/predicting-the-stone-composition-of-children-preoperatively-by-hounsfield-unit-detection-on-non-contrast-computed-tomography
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Mesut Altan, Burak Çitamak, Ali Cansu Bozaci, Altan Güneş, Hasan Serkan Doğan, Mithat Haliloğlu, Serdar Tekgül
INTRODUCTION: Many studies have been performed on adult patients to reveal the relationship between Hounsfield unit (HU) value and composition of stone, but none have focused on childhood. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to predict stone composition by HU properties in pre-intervention non-contrast computed tomography (NCCT) in children. This could help to orient patients towards more successful interventions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data of 94 children, whose pre-intervention NCCT and post-interventional stone analysis were available were included...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427449/urolithiasis-analysis-in-a-multiethnic-population-at-a-tertiary-hospital-in-nairobi-kenya
#3
Francis K Wathigo, Alfred Hayombe, Daniel Maina
BACKGROUND: Urolithiasis is a global problem whose incidence is reported to be on the rise across the world. Previously, urolithiasis was reported as being rare among the indigenous African population but recent data suggest otherwise. This study reviewed the demographic and clinical characteristics of patients with urolithiasis seen at the Aga Khan University hospital Nairobi (AKUHN) as well as the chemical composition of the stones and the modalities of therapy used. METHODS: This was a retrospective study which utilized patients' clinical and laboratory records from 2013 to 2014...
April 20, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426870/a-new-viscous-cysteamine-eye-drops-treatment-for-ophthalmic-cystinosis-an-open-label-randomized-comparative-phase-iii-pivotal-study
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Hong Liang, Antoine Labbé, Jeannie Le Mouhaër, Céline Plisson, Christophe Baudouin
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of new viscous cysteamine hydrochloride (CH) eye drops (vCH 0.55%) compared with standard CH 0.10% drops treatment. Methods: This was an open-label, phase III, randomized, two-arm multicenter trial conducted at two centers in France. Cystinosis patients ≥2 years old were randomized 1:1 to receive eye drops, four times per day for 90 days in both eyes. We compared the superiority in reducing corneal cystine crystal density as assessed by in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM)...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420889/evaluation-of-urinary-stone-composition-and-differentiation-between-urinary-stones-and-phleboliths-using-single-source-dual-energy-computed-tomography
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Nanako Ogawa, Shuhei Sato, Kentaro Ida, Katsuya Kato, Yuichi Ariyoshi, Koichiro Wada, Yasutomo Nasu, Susumu Kanazawa
The aim of this study was to investigate the utility of single-source dual-energy computed tomography (SS-DECT) composition analysis in characterizing different types of urinary stones and differentiating them from phleboliths. This study included 29 patients with urinary stones who were scheduled for surgery. All patients were scanned, first using single-energy computed tomography acquisition and then DECT acquisition on SS-DECT. Dual-energy data were archived to a Gemstone spectral imaging (GSI) viewer (GE Healthcare, Milwaukee, WI, USA)...
April 2017: Acta Medica Okayama
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420170/fisetin-protects-pc12-cells-from-tunicamycin-mediated-cell-death-via-reactive-oxygen-species-scavenging-and-modulation-of-nrf2-driven-gene-expression-sirt1-and-mapk-signaling-in-pc12-cells
#6
Jui-Hung Yen, Pei-Shan Wu, Shu-Fen Chen, Ming-Jiuan Wu
BACKGROUND: Fisetin (3,7,3',4'-tetrahydroxyflavone) is a dietary flavonol and exhibits antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective activities. However, high concentration of fisetin is reported to produce reactive oxygen species (ROS), induce endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and cause cytotoxicity in cancer cells. The aim of this study is to investigate the cytoprotective effects of low concentration of fisetin against tunicamycin (Tm)-mediated cytotoxicity in neuronal-like catecholaminergic PC12 cells...
April 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411626/quantitative-determination-of-polysulfide-in-albumins-plasma-proteins-and-biological-fluid-samples-using-a-novel-combined-assays-approach
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Mayumi Ikeda, Yu Ishima, Akitomo Shibata, Victor T G Chuang, Tomohiro Sawa, Hideshi Ihara, Hiroshi Watanabe, Ming Xian, Yuya Ouchi, Taro Shimizu, Hidenori Ando, Masami Ukawa, Tatsuhiro Ishida, Takaaki Akaike, Masaki Otagiri, Toru Maruyama
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) signaling involves polysulfide (RSSnSR') formation on various proteins. However, the current lack of sensitive polysulfide detection assays poses methodological challenges for understanding sulfane sulfur homeostasis and signaling. We developed a novel combined assay by modifying Sulfide Antioxidant Buffer (SAOB) to produce an "Elimination Method of Sulfide from Polysulfide" (EMSP) treatment solution that liberates sulfide, followed with methylene blue (MB) sulfide detection assay. The combined EMSP-MB sulfide detection assay performed on low molecular weight sulfur species showed that sulfide was produced from trisulfide compounds such as glutathione trisulfide and diallyl trisulfide, but not from the thiol compounds such as cysteine, cystine and glutathione...
May 29, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410252/molecular-modifiers-of-kidney-stones
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Bryan G Alamani, Jeffrey D Rimer
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review discusses the role of molecular modifiers as inhibitors of kidney stone formation, drawing largely from in-vitro evidence while also citing relevant in-vivo studies. An emphasis is placed on physical observations of crystal growth inhibition, including mechanisms of action that focus predominantly on the literature of calcium oxalate and L-cystine. RECENT FINDINGS: The last decade has witnessed several breakthroughs in the identification of molecules with promise to curb kidney stone formation, as well as discoveries of the mechanisms by which these molecules (or combinations thereof) function as inhibitors of pathological crystal growth...
April 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405942/first-successful-conception-induced-by-a-male-cystinosis-patient
#9
Koenraad R Veys, Kathleen W D'Hauwers, Angelique J C M van Dongen, Mirian C Janssen, Martine T P Besouw, Ellen Goossens, Lambert P van den Heuvel, Alex A M M Wetzels, Elena N Levtchenko
Cystinosis is a rare autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disease characterized by multi-organ cystine accumulation, leading to renal failure and extra-renal organ dysfunction. Azoospermia of unknown origin is the main cause of infertility in all male cystinosis patients. Although spermatogenesis has shown to be intact at the testicular level in some patients, no male cystinosis patient has been reported yet to have successfully induced conception.We present the first successful conception ever reported, induced by a 27-year-old male renal transplant infantile nephropathic cystinosis patient through percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration (PESA) followed by intracytoplasmatic sperm injection (ICSI)...
April 13, 2017: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400471/a-novel-tarantula-toxin-stabilizes-the-deactivated-voltage-sensor-of-bacterial-sodium-channel
#10
Cheng Tang, Xi Zhou, Phuong Tran Nguyen, Yunxiao Zhang, Zhaotun Hu, Changxin Zhang, Vladimir Yarov-Yarovoy, Paul G DeCaen, Songping Liang, Zhonghua Liu
Voltage-gated sodium channels (NaVs) are activated by transiting the voltage sensor from the deactivated to the activated state. The crystal structures of several bacterial NaVs have captured the voltage sensor module (VSM) in an activated state, but structure of the deactivated voltage sensor remains elusive. In this study, we sought to identify peptide toxins stabilizing the deactivated VSM of bacterial NaVs. We screened fractions from several venoms and characterized a cystine knot toxin called JZTx-27 from the venom of tarantula Chilobrachys jingzhao as a high-affinity antagonist of the prokaryotic NaVs nonselective voltage-gated, Bacillus alcalophilus (NsVBa) and bacterial sodium channel from Bacillus halodurans(NaChBac) (IC50 = 112 nM and 30 nM, respectively)...
April 11, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393186/a-novel-5-fluorouracil-resistant-human-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-cell-line-eca-109-5-fu-with-significant-drug-resistance-related-characteristics
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Chi Zhang, Qunfeng Ma, Yinan Shi, Xue Li, Ming Wang, Junfeng Wang, Jianlin Ge, Zhinan Chen, Ziling Wang, Hong Jiang
5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) is used for the clinical treatment of esophageal squamous cell carcinomas (ESCCs), yet it also induces chemoresistant cancer cells during treatment, which leads to the failure of the therapy. To further explore the resistance mechanism of 5-FU in ESCC, we established the 5-FU-resistant ESCC cell line Eca-109/5-FU, which was prepared by the stepwise exposure to increasing 5-FU concentrations. MTT assay and nude mouse xenograft models were used to test the drug resistance and proliferation of Eca-109 and Eca-109/5-FU cells in vitro and in vivo...
March 31, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373152/the-systematic-classification-of-urinary-stones-combine-using-ftir-and-sem-edax
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REVIEW
Rui-Hong Ma, Xiao-Bing Luo, Qin Li, Hai-Qiang Zhong
BACKGROUND: To explore underlying mechanism of urinary stones formation, the composition and microstructure of urinary stones were analyzed systematically with a large sample study from China. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 2437 urinary stones were obtained from the urology department at our Hospital. The composition of the stones was analyzed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Meanwhile, the microstructure and element distribution were observed with scanning electron microscopy combined with element distribution analysis (SEM-EDAX)...
March 31, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373099/towards-hypoxia-responsive-drug-eluting-embolization-beads
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Koorosh Ashrafi, Clare L Heaysman, Gary J Phillips, Andrew W Lloyd, Andrew L Lewis
Drug release from chemoembolization microspheres stimulated by the presence of a chemically reducing environment may provide benefits for targeting drug resistant and metastatic hypoxic tumours. A water-soluble disulfide-based bifunctional cross-linker bis(acryloyl)-(l)-cystine (BALC) was synthesised, characterised and incorporated into a modified poly(vinyl) alcohol (PVA) hydrogel beads at varying concentrations using reverse suspension polymerisation. The beads were characterised to confirm the amount of cross-linker within each formulation and its effects on the bead properties...
March 31, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371799/predicting-crystal-growth-via-a-unified-kinetic-three-dimensional-partition-model
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Michael W Anderson, James T Gebbie-Rayet, Adam R Hill, Nani Farida, Martin P Attfield, Pablo Cubillas, Vladislav A Blatov, Davide M Proserpio, Duncan Akporiaye, Bjørnar Arstad, Julian D Gale
Understanding and predicting crystal growth is fundamental to the control of functionality in modern materials. Despite investigations for more than one hundred years, it is only recently that the molecular intricacies of these processes have been revealed by scanning probe microscopy. To organize and understand this large amount of new information, new rules for crystal growth need to be developed and tested. However, because of the complexity and variety of different crystal systems, attempts to understand crystal growth in detail have so far relied on developing models that are usually applicable to only one system...
April 3, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371750/cysteine-persulfides-and-polysulfides-produced-by-exchange-reactions-with-h2s-protect-sh-sy5y-cells-from-methylglyoxal-induced-toxicity-through-nrf2-activation
#15
Shin Koike, Shoichi Nishimoto, Yuki Ogasawara
Many physiological functions of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) have been reported in mammalian cells over the last 20 years. These physiological effects have been ascertained through in vitro treatment of cells with Na2S or NaHS, both of which are precursors of H2S. Since H2S exists as HS(-) in a neutral solution, a disulfide compound such as cystine could react with HS(-) in culture medium as well as in the cell. This study demonstrated that after the addition of Na2S solution into culture medium, HS(-) was transiently generated and disappeared immediately through the reaction between HS(-) and cystine to form cysteine persulfides and polysulfides in the culture medium (bound sulfur mixture: BS-Mix)...
March 24, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369693/a-bicistronic-vector-with-destabilized-mrna-secondary-structure-yields-scalable-higher-titer-expression-of-human-neurturin-in-e-coli
#16
Varnika Roy, Robert Roth, Mark Berge, Rajesh Chitta, Sucheta Vajrala, Srilatha Kuntumalla, Albert Schmelzer, Ron Schoner
Human neurturin (NTN) is a cystine knot growth factor with potential therapeutic use in diseases such as Parkinson's and diabetes. Scalable high titer production of native NTN is particularly challenging because of the cystine knot structure which consists of an embedded ring comprised of at least three disulfide bonds. We sought to pursue enhanced scalable production of NTN in Escherichia coli. Our initial efforts focused on codon optimization of the first two codons following AUG but these studies resulted in only a marginal increase in NTN expression...
March 28, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365475/structural-space-of-intramolecular-peptide-disulfides-analysis-of-peptide-toxins-retrieved-from-venomous-peptide-databases
#17
Panchada Ch V Govindu, Priyanka Chakraborty, Angshu Dutta, Konkallu Hanumae Gowd
Structural space of intramolecular peptide disulfides is the combination of arrangement of even number of cysteine residues in single polypeptide and the disulfide isomers resulting from differential connectivity between cysteine residues. In the current report, we are documenting theoretical analysis and derivation of general formula [2×4({(n2)-1})] to predict possible distinct cysteine patterns for given 'n' even number of cysteine residues in a sequence. Combined formula of predicting distinct cysteine patterns and different disulfide isomers can be used to deduce the truly available structural space of intramolecular peptide disulfides, which may be used in structural analysis of disulfide rich peptides and proteins...
March 15, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361876/a-novel-method-for-non-destructive-determination-of-hair-photo-induced-damage-based-on-multispectral-imaging-technology
#18
Yue Cao, Hao Qu, Can Xiong, Changhong Liu, Lei Zheng
Extended exposure to sunlight may give rise to chemical and physical damages of human hairs. In this work, we report a novel method for non-destructive quantification of hair photodamage via multispectral imaging (MSI) technology. We show that the multispectral reflectance value in near-infrared region has a strong correlation with hair photodamage. More specifically, the hair segments with longer growing time and the same hair root segment after continuous ultraviolet (UV) irradiation displaying more severe photodamage observed via scanning electron microscopy (SEM) micrographs showed significantly higher multispectral reflectance value...
March 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356706/a-mutagenesis-derived-lrp5-mouse-mutant-with-abnormal-retinal-vasculature-and-low-bone-mineral-density
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Jeremy R Charette, Sarah E Earp, Brent A Bell, Cheryl L Ackert-Bicknell, Dana A Godfrey, Sujata Rao, Bela Anand-Apte, Patsy M Nishina, Neal S Peachey
PURPOSE: Familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR) is caused by mutations in the genes encoding low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein (LRP5) or its interacting partners, namely frizzled class receptor 4 (FZD4) and norrin cystine knot growth factor (NDP). Mouse models for Lrp5, Fzd4, and Ndp have proven to be important for understanding the retinal pathophysiology underlying FEVR and systemic abnormalities related to defective Wnt signaling. Here, we report a new mouse mutant, tvrm111B, which was identified by electroretinogram (ERG) screening of mice generated in the Jackson Laboratory Translational Vision Research Models (TVRM) mutagenesis program...
2017: Molecular Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353340/cysteine-addition-promotes-sulfide-production-and-4-fold-hg-ii-s-coordination-in-actively-metabolizing-escherichia-coli
#20
Sara A Thomas, Jean-François Gaillard
The bacterial uptake of mercury(II), Hg(II), is believed to be energy-dependent and is enhanced by cysteine in diverse species of bacteria under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. To gain insight into this Hg(II) biouptake pathway, we have employed X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) to investigate the relationship between exogenous cysteine, cellular metabolism, cellular localization, and Hg(II) coordination in aerobically respiring Escherichia coli (E. coli). We show that cells harvested in exponential growth phase consistently display mixtures of 2-fold and 4-fold Hg(II) coordination to sulfur (Hg-S2 and Hg-S4), with added cysteine enhancing Hg-S4 formation...
April 7, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
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