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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149168/airway-expression-of-transient-receptor-potential-trp-vanniloid-1-and-ankyrin-1-channels-is-not-increased-in-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
#1
Nicola-Xan Hutchinson, Allen Gibbs, Amanda Tonks, Benjamin D Hope-Gill
Dry cough is a common symptom described in patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) and impairs quality of life. The exact mechanisms causing cough in IPF remain unclear, however evidence suggests altered cough neurophysiology and sensitisation plays a role; IPF patients have an enhanced cough reflex sensitivity to inhaled capsaicin. The Transient Receptor Potential Vanniloid-1 channel (TRPV-1) has a role in the cough reflex and airway expression is increased in patients with chronic cough. The Ankyrin-1 receptor (TRPA-1) is often co-expressed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146597/structure-guided-engineering-of-the-substrate-specificity-of-a-fungal-%C3%AE-glucuronidase-toward-triterpenoid-saponins
#2
Bo Lv, Hanli Sun, Shen Huang, Xudong Feng, Tao Jiang, Chun Li
Glycoside hydrolases (GHs) have attracted special attention in research aimed at modifying natural products by partial removal of sugar moieties to manipulate their solubility and efficacy. However, these modifications are challenging to control because the low substrate specificity of most GHs often generates undesired by-products. We previously identified a GH2-type fungal β-glucuronidase from Aspergillus oryzae (PGUS) exhibiting promiscuous substrate specificity in hydrolysis of triterpenoid saponins. Here, we present the PGUS structure, representing the first structure of a fungal β-glucuronidase, and of an inactive PGUS mutant in complex with the native substrate glycyrrhetic acid 3-O-mono-β- glucuronide (GAMG)...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145059/binding-of-naringin-and-naringenin-with-hen-egg-white-lysozyme-a-spectroscopic-investigation-and-molecular-docking-study
#3
Sourav Das, Pooja Ghosh, Sudipta Koley, Atanu Singha Roy
The interactions of naringenin (NG) and naringin (NR) with Hen Egg White Lysozyme (HEWL) in aqueous medium have been investigated using UV-vis spectroscopy, steady-state fluorescence, circular dichroism (CD), Fourier Transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and molecular docking analyses. Both NG and NR can quench the intrinsic fluorescence of HEWL via static quenching mechanism. At 300K, the value of binding constant (Kb) of HEWL-NG complex (5.596±0.063×10(4)M(-1)) was found to be greater than that of HEWL-NR complex (3...
November 8, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144597/melanogenesis-inhibitory-and-cytotoxic-activities-of-chemical-constituents-from-the-leaves-of-sauropus-androgynus-l-merr-euphorbiaceae
#4
Jie Zhang, Wan-Fang Zhu, Wei-Yuan Zhu, Pan Pan Yang, Jian Xu, Jiradej Manosroi, Takashi Kikuchi, Masahiko Abe, Toshihiro Akihisa, Feng Feng
A new steroid, 20-hydroxyisofucosterol (stigmasta-5,24(28)-diene-3β,20β-diol) (7), along with six known compounds 1 - 6 were isolated from the MeOH extract of the leaves of Sauropus androgynus L. Merr. (Euphorbiaceae). The structure of new steroid was determined by HR-APCI-MS and various NMR techniques in combination with literature data. Subsequently, their anti-inflammatory, cytotoxic activities against five human cell lines, as well as inhibitory activities against the α-MSH induced melanogenesis on the B16 cell line were evaluated...
November 16, 2017: Chemistry & Biodiversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143703/dose-response-evaluation-of-the-standardized-ileal-digestible-tryptophan-lysine-ratio-to-maximize-growth-performance-of-growing-finishing-gilts-under-commercial-conditions
#5
M A D Gonçalves, M D Tokach, N M Bello, K J Touchette, R D Goodband, J M DeRouchey, J C Woodworth, S S Dritz
Environmental regulations as well as economic incentives have resulted in greater use of synthetic amino acids in swine diets. Tryptophan is typically the second limiting amino acid in corn-soybean meal-based diets. However, using corn-based co-products emphasizes the need to evaluate the pig's response to increasing Trp concentrations. Therefore, the objective of these studies was to evaluate the dose-response to increasing standardized ileal digestible (SID) Trp : Lys on growth performance of growing-finishing gilts housed under large-scale commercial conditions...
November 16, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141444/associations-among-obesity-inflammation-and-tryptophan-catabolism-in-pregnancy
#6
Maureen Groer, Dietmar Fuchs, Allyson Duffy, Adetola Louis-Jacques, Amy D'Agata, Teodor T Postolache
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate relationships among obesity in pregnancy and plasma levels of tryptophan (TRP) and kynurenine (KYN), inflammatory markers, and depressed mood. METHODS: Pregnant women ( N = 374) were enrolled, and data were collected at a mean gestation of 20 weeks in this cross-sectional study. Plasma was analyzed for TRP, KYN, neopterin, and nitrite levels. Women completed demographic and mood scales. RESULTS: There was a statistically significant inverse correlation between body mass index (BMI) and TRP and positive correlations between BMI and KYN and the kynurenine/tryptophan (KYN/TRP) ratio...
January 1, 2017: Biological Research for Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139533/at-the-very-beginning-of-life-on-earth-the-thiol-rich-peptide-trp-world-hypothesis
#7
Yannick Vallee, Ibrahim Shalayel, Kieu-Dung Ly, K V Raghavendra Rao, Gael De Paëpe, Katharina Märker, Anne Milet
Life developed on Earth probably about 3.8 billion years ago, on a planet that was already largely covered by oceans and where the atmosphere was very humid. The reactions, which may have led to the formation of the first polymers, particularly to the first peptides and nucleic acids, must have been compatible with these conditions. This is the case of the reaction of nitriles with aminothiols, such as cysteine and homocysteine. Since aminonitriles are the probable precursors of amino acids, this condensation reaction has been able to rapidly yield dipeptides, tripeptides, oligomers and even true polymers, each containing thiol functions...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138359/comparative-effects-of-intraduodenal-amino-acid-infusions-on-food-intake-and-gut-hormone-release-in-healthy-males
#8
Robert E Steinert, Sina S Ullrich, Nori Geary, Lori Asarian, Marco Bueter, Michael Horowitz, Christine Feinle-Bisset
In contrast to the many studies of the effects of individual amino acids (AAs) on eating, no studies have compared the effects of different AAs on eating and underlying preabsorptive gastrointestinal mechanisms. To compare the effects of intraduodenal infusions of l-tryptophan (TRP), l-leucine (LEU), l-phenylalanine (PHE) and l-glutamine (GLN) on appetite, gastrointestinal hormone responses (including ghrelin, cholecystokinin (CCK), peptide YY (PYY) and glucagon-like peptide-1 [GLP-1]), glycemia (glucagon, insulin and glucose) and test meal size in healthy males, we retrospectively analyzed data from four published independent, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies of 90-min intraduodenal infusions of the individual AAs...
November 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135465/thermally-activated-trp-channels-molecular-sensors-for-temperature-detection
#9
Karen Castillo, Ignacio Diaz-Franulic, Jonathan Canan, Fernando Gonzalez-Nilo, Ramon Latorre
Temperature sensing is one of the most ancient capabilities of living organisms and is essential to sustain life, because failures in avoiding extreme noxious temperatures can result in tissue damage or death. A subset of members of the transient receptor potential (TRP) ion channel family is finely tuned to detect temperatures ranging from extreme cold to noxious heat, giving rise to thermoTRP channels. Structural and functional experiments have shown that thermoTRP channels are allosteric proteins, containing different domains that sense changes in temperature, among other stimuli, triggering pore opening...
November 14, 2017: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130348/tryptophan-containing-non-cationizable-opioid-peptides-a-new-chemotype-with-unusual-structure-and-in-vivo-activity
#10
Rossella De Marco, Luca Gentilucci
Recently, a new family of opioid peptides containing tryptophan came to the spotlight for the absence of the fundamental protonable tyramine 'message' pharmacophore. Structure-activity relationship investigations led to diverse compounds, characterized by different selectivity profiles and agonist or antagonist effects. Substitution at the indole of Trp clearly impacted peripheral/central antinociceptivity. These peculiarities prompted to gather all the compounds in a new class, and to coin the definition 'Tryptophan-Containing Non-Cationizable Opioid Peptides', in short 'TryCoNCOPs'...
November 13, 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129644/role-of-kinase-coupled-trp-channels-in-mineral-homeostasis
#11
REVIEW
Vladimir Chubanov, Lorenz Mittermeier, Thomas Gudermann
Transient receptor potential (TRP) proteins TRPM6 and TRPM7 are α-kinase-coupled divalent cation-selective channels activated upon a reduction of cytosolic levels of Mg(2+) and Mg·ATP. Emerging evidence indicate that one of the main physiological functions of TRPM6 and TRPM7 is maintaining of cellular metabolism of Mg(2+) and likely other essential metals such as Ca(2+) and Zn(2+). Recent experiments with genetic animal models have shown that TRPM6 and TRPM7 are essential for epithelial Mg(2+) transport in the placenta and intestine...
November 9, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129530/glutamylation-regulates-transport-specializes-function-and-sculpts-the-structure-of-cilia
#12
Robert O'Hagan, Malan Silva, Ken C Q Nguyen, Winnie Zhang, Sebastian Bellotti, Yasmin H Ramadan, David H Hall, Maureen M Barr
Ciliary microtubules (MTs) are extensively decorated with post-translational modifications (PTMs), such as glutamylation of tubulin tails. PTMs and tubulin isotype diversity act as a "tubulin code" that regulates cytoskeletal stability and the activity of MT-associated proteins such as kinesins. We previously showed that, in C. elegans cilia, the deglutamylase CCPP-1 affects ciliary ultrastructure, localization of the TRP channel PKD-2 and the kinesin-3 KLP-6, and velocity of the kinesin-2 OSM-3/KIF17, whereas a cell-specific α-tubulin isotype regulates ciliary ultrastructure, intraflagellar transport, and ciliary functions of extracellular vesicle (EV)-releasing neurons...
November 2, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129206/differential-cytotoxicity-and-intracellular-calcium-signalling-following-activation-of-the-calcium-permeable-ion-channels-trpv1-and-trpa1
#13
Thomas Stueber, Mirjam J Eberhardt, Yaki Caspi, Shaya Lev, Alexander Binshtok, Andreas Leffler
Several members of the transient receptor channel (TRP) family can mediate a calcium-dependent cytotoxicity. In sensory neurons, vanilloids like capsaicin induce neurotoxicity by activating TRPV1. The closely related ion channel TRPA1 is also activated by irritants, but it is unclear if and how TRPA1 mediates cell death. In the present study we explored cytotoxicity and intracellular calcium signalling resulting from activation of TRPV1 and TRPA1, either heterologously expressed in HEK 293 cells or in native mouse dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons...
December 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128310/position-specific-contribution-of-interface-tryptophans-on-membrane-protein-energetics
#14
Deepti Chaturvedi, Radhakrishnan Mahalakshmi
Interface tryptophans are key residues that facilitate the folding and stability of membrane proteins. Escherichia coli OmpX possesses two unique interface tryptophans, namely Trp76, which is present at the interface and is solvent-exposed, and Trp140, which is relatively more lipid solvated than Trp76 in symmetric lipid membranes. Here, we address the requirement for tryptophan and the consequences of aromatic amino acid substitutions on the folding and stability of OmpX. Using spectroscopic measurements of OmpX-Trp/Tyr/Phe mutants, we show that the specific mutation W76→Y allows barrel assembly >1...
November 8, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128215/meta-analysis-to-predict-the-effects-of-metabolizable-amino-acids-on-dairy-cattle-performance
#15
I J Lean, M B de Ondarza, C J Sniffen, J E P Santos, K E Griswold
Meta-analytic methods were used to determine statistical relationships between metabolizable AA supplies and milk protein yield, milk protein percentage, and milk yield in lactating dairy cows. Sixty-three research publications (258 treatment means) were identified through a search of published literature using 3 search engines and met the criteria for inclusion in this meta-analysis. The Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System (CNCPS) version 6.5 was used to determine dietary nutrient parameters including metabolizable AA...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127809/optimisation-of-the-antifungal-potency-of-the-amidated-peptide-h-orn-orn-trp-trp-nh2-against-food-contaminants
#16
Thibaut Thery, Yvonne O'Callaghan, Nora O'Brien, Elke K Arendt
The design of novel efficient antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) faces several issues, such as cost of synthesis, proteolytic stability or cytotoxicity. The identification of key determinants involved in the activity of AMPs, such as cationicity and amphipathicity, allowed the synthesis of short peptides with optimized properties. An ultrashort peptide made of the sequence H-Orn-Orn-Trp-Trp-NH2 (O3TR) showed antifungal activity against several contaminants from food products. This peptide inhibited the growth of the filamentous fungi Fusarium culmorum, Penicillium expansum and Aspergillus niger within a range of concentration of 12...
November 8, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127795/an-investigation-of-the-leaf-retention-capacity-efficiency-and-mechanism-for-atmospheric-particulate-matter-of-five-greening-tree-species-in-beijing-china
#17
Jinqiang Liu, Zhiguo Cao, Songyan Zou, Huanhuan Liu, Xiao Hai, Shihua Wang, Jie Duan, Benye Xi, Guangxuan Yan, Shaowei Zhang, Zhongkui Jia
Urban trees have the potential to reduce air pollution, but the retention capacity and efficiency of different tree species for atmospheric particulate matter (PM) accumulation and the underlying mechanism hasn't been well understood. To select tree species with high air purification abilities, the supplementing ultrasonic cleaning (UC) procedure was first introduced into the conventional leaf cleaning methods [single water cleaning (WC) or plus brush cleaning (BC)] for eluting the leaf-retained PM. Further updates to the methodology were applied to investigate the retention capacity, efficiency, and mechanism for PM of five typical greening tree species in Beijing, China...
November 8, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126006/a-multispectroscopic-and-molecular-docking-investigation-of-the-binding-interaction-between-serum-albumins-and-acid-orange-dye
#18
Selvaraj Naveenraj, Rajadurai Vijay Solomon, Ramalinga Viswanathan Mangalaraja, Ponnambalam Venuvanalingam, Abdullah M Asiri, Sambandam Anandan
The interaction of Acid Orange 10 (AO10) with bovine serum albumin (BSA) was investigated comparatively with that of human serum albumin (HSA) using multispectroscopic techniques for understanding their toxic mechanism. Further, density functional theory calculations and docking studies have been carried out to gain more insights into the nature of interactions existing between AO10 and serum albumins. The fluorescence results suggest that AO10 quenched the fluorescence of BSA through the combination of static and dynamic quenching mechanism...
October 31, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125937/novel-specificity-of-ido-enzyme-involved-in-the-biosynthesis-of-mating-pheromone-in-the-ciliate-blepharisma-stoltei
#19
Mayumi Sugiura, Hajime J Yuasa, Terue Harumoto
Mating pheromones (gamone 1 and gamone 2) in the ciliate Blepharisma are biologically active substances that trigger sexual reproduction (conjugation) under starvation conditions. Gamone 1 is a glycoprotein secreted by type I cells, and gamone 2 is a tryptophan (Trp)-derivative compound secreted by type II cells. Both gamones stimulate complementary mating type cells to promote each gamone production and induce pair formation. To elucidate the biosynthetic pathway of gamone 2, we investigated the enzymes involved in the pathway and the specificity of the enzymes...
September 18, 2017: Protist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125832/minibeam-radiotherapy-with-small-animal-irradiators-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-feasibility-studies
#20
Soha Bazyar, Christina R Inscoe, E Timothy O'Brian, Otto Zhou, Yueh Z Lee
Minibeam radiation therapy (MBRT) delivers an ultrahigh dose of x-ray (⩾100 Gy) in 200-1000 µm beams (peaks), separated by wider non-irradiated regions (valleys) usually as a single temporal fraction. Preclinical studies performed at synchrotron facilities revealed that MBRT is able to ablate tumors while maintaining normal tissue integrity. The main purpose of the present study was to develop an efficient and accessible method to perform MBRT using a conventional x-ray irradiator. We then tested this new method both in vitro and in vivo...
November 10, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
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