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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352967/product-specificity-of-fungal-8r-and-9s-dioxygenases-of-the-peroxidase-cyclooxygenase-superfamily-with-amino-acid-derivatized-polyenoic-fatty-acids
#1
Ernst H Oliw
Pathogenic fungi express fatty acid dioxygenases (DOX) fused to cytochromes P450 with diol or allene oxide synthase activities. The orientation of the fatty acids in the active sites of DOX was investigated with amino acid conjugates of 18:3n-3 and 18:2n-6. 9S-DOX-allene oxide synthase (AOS) oxidized the Gly, Ile, and Trp derivatives at C-9, which suggests that these conjugates enter the substrate recognition site with the omega end in analogy with fatty acids bound to cyclooxygenases and coral 8R-lipoxygenase (8R-LOX)...
January 15, 2018: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351866/bioanalysis-of-a-panel-of-neurotransmitters-and-their-metabolites-in-plasma-samples-obtained-from-pediatric-patients-with-neuroblastoma-and-wilms-tumor
#2
Lucyna Konieczna, Anna Roszkowska, Teresa Stachowicz-Stencel, Anna Synakiewicz, Tomasz Bączek
This paper details the quantitative analysis of neurotransmitters, including dopamine (DA), norepinephrine (NE), epinephrine (E), and serotonin (5-HT), along with their respective precursors and metabolites in children with solid tumors: Wilms' tumor (WT) and neuroblastoma (NB). A panel of neurotransmitters was determined with the use of dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME) technique combined with liquid-chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) in plasma samples obtained from a group of pediatric subjects with solid tumors and a control group of healthy children...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350728/dual-chain-extension-effect-and-antibacterial-properties-of-biomolecules-interleaved-within-ldh-dispersed-into-pbs-by-in-situ-polymerization
#3
Grazia Totaro, Laura Sisti, Annamaria Celli, Irene Aloisio, Diana Di Gioia, Adam A Marek, Vincent Verney, Fabrice Leroux
Nanocomposites based on poly(butylene succinate) (PBS) and hydrotalcite-type anionic clays (HTs) organo-modified with biomolecules characterized by antibacterial and/or antioxidant activities, such as l-ascorbic acid (ASA), phloretic acid (HPP), l-tyrosine (TYR) and l-tryptophan (TRP), have been prepared by in situ polymerization. From XRD analysis and rheology experiments in a molten polymer state, intercalated HT hybrid platelets acting here as a hybrid filler are found to be well dispersed into polymers while providing a chain extension effect on PBS...
January 19, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349845/effects-of-intravenous-tryptophan-infusion-on-thermoregulation-in-steers-exposed-to-acute-heat-stress
#4
Madoka Sutoh, Etsuko Kasuya, Ken-Ichi Yayou
This study was conducted to investigate the effect of tryptophan (TRP) supply on the thermoregulatory responses via brain serotonin (5-HT) in cattle. In period 1, 12 Holstein steers were kept under a constant room temperature (22°C) and were administered the intravenous (i.v.) infusion of saline or TRP (38.5 mg/kg/2 h). Changes in rectal temperature (RT), 5-HT concentration in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), and other factors involved in thermoregulation were measured. In period 2, the steers received the same treatments as in period 1; however, the room temperature was elevated from 22°C to 33°C during i...
January 19, 2018: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345929/antihypertensive-effects-molecular-docking-study-and-isothermal-titration-calorimetry-assay-of-the-angiotensin-i-converting-enzyme-inhibitory-peptides-from-chlorella-vulgaris
#5
Jingli Xie, Xujun Chen, Junjie Wu, Yanyan Zhang, Yan Zhou, Lujia Zhang, Yajie Tang, Dong-Zhi Wei
The aim of this work is to explore angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitory peptides from Chlorella vulgaris (C. vulgaris) and discover the inhibitory mechanism of the peptides. After C. vulgaris proteins were gastrointestinal digested in silico, several ACE inhibitory peptides with C-terminal tryptophan were screened. Among them, two novel non-competitive ACE inhibitors, Thr-Thr-Trp (TTW) and Val-His-Trp (VHW), exhibited the highest inhibitory activity indicated by IC50 values, 0.61 ± 0.12 and 0.91 ± 0...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344776/dawning-of-a-new-era-in-trp-channel-structural-biology-by-cryo-electron-microscopy
#6
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M Gregor Madej, Christine M Ziegler
Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) permits the determination of atomic protein structures by averaging large numbers of individual projection images recorded at cryogenic temperatures-a method termed single-particle analysis. The cryo-preservation traps proteins within a thin glass-like ice layer, making literally a freeze image of proteins in solution. Projections of randomly adopted orientations are merged to reconstruct a 3D density map. While atomic resolution for highly symmetric viruses was achieved already in 2009, the development of new sensitive and fast electron detectors has enabled cryo-EM for smaller and asymmetrical proteins including fragile membrane proteins...
January 17, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342843/chiral-and-molecular-recognition-through-protonation-between-aromatic-amino-acids-and-tripeptides-probed-by-collision-activated-dissociation-in-the-gas-phase
#7
Akimasa Fujihara, Hikaru Inoue, Masanobu Sogi, Michiko Tajiri, Yoshinao Wada
Chiral and molecular recognition through protonation was investigated through the collision-activated dissociation (CAD) of protonated noncovalent complexes of aromatic amino acid enantiomers with l-alanine- and l-serine-containing tripeptides using a linear ion trap mass spectrometer. In the case of l-alanine-tripeptide (AAA), NH₃ loss was observed in the CAD of heterochiral H⁺(d-Trp)AAA, while H₂O loss was the main dissociation pathways for l-Trp, d-Phe, and l-Phe. The protonation site of heterochiral H⁺(d-Trp)AAA was the amino group of d-Trp, and the NH₃ loss occurred from H⁺(d-Trp)...
January 13, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342113/mitochondria-oxidative-stress-and-the-kynurenine-system-with-a-focus-on-ageing-and-neuroprotection
#8
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Katalin Sas, Elza Szabó, László Vécsei
In this review, the potential causes of ageing are discussed. We seek to gain insight into the main physiological functions of mitochondria and discuss alterations in their function and the genome, which are supposed to be the central mechanisms in senescence. We conclude by presenting the potential modulating role of the kynurenine pathway in the ageing processes. Mitochondrial dynamics are supposed to have important physiological roles in maintaining cell homeostasis. During ageing, a decrease in mitochondrial dynamics was reported, potentially compromising the function of mitochondria...
January 17, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340478/the-long-and-successful-journey-of-electrochemically-active-amino-acids-from-fundamental-adsorption-studies-to-potential-surface-engineering-tools
#9
André H B Dourado, Fabián C Pastrián, Susana I Córdoba DE Torresi
Proteins have been the subject of electrochemical studies. It is possible to apply electrochemical techniques to obtain information about their structure due to the presence of five electroactive amino acids that can be oriented to the outside of the peptidic chain. These amino acids are L-Tryptophan (L-Trp), L-Tyrosine (L-Tyr), L-Histidine (L-His), L-Methionine (L-Met) and L-Cysteine (L-Cys); their electrochemical behavior being subject of extensive research, but it is still controversial. No spectroscopic investigations have been reported on L-Trp, and due to the short life time of the intermediates, ex situ techniques cannot be employed, leading to a never-ending discussion about possible intermediates...
January 11, 2018: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339185/dose-response-relationship-of-tryptophan-with-large-neutral-amino-acids-and-its-impact-on-physiological-responses-in-the-chick-model
#10
Alhassan Usman Bello, Zulkifli Idrus, Goh Yong Meng, Edward J Narayan, Abdoreza Soleimani Farjam
Tryptophan (Trp) has been associated with the regulation of several behavioral and physiological processes, through stimulation of serotonergic activity. Tryptophan utilization at the metabolic level is influenced by the competitive carrier system it shares with large neutral amino acids (LNAA). This study was carried out using meat-type chicken as a model, to investigate the dose response effects of Trp/LNAA on fear response (tonic immobility; TI) and hormonal responses, including corticosterone (CORT), serotonin (5-HT), triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4)...
January 12, 2018: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337557/pair-interaction-energy-decomposition-analysis-for-density-functional-theory-and-density-functional-tight-binding-with-an-evaluation-of-energy-fluctuations-in-molecular-dynamics
#11
Dmitri G Fedorov, Kazuo Kitaura
Pair interaction energy decomposition analysis in the fragment molecular orbital (FMO) method is extended to treat density functional theory (DFT) and density-functional tight-binding (DFTB). Fluctuations of energy contributions are obtained from molecular dynamics simulations. Interactions at the DFT and DFTB levels are compared to the values obtained with Hartree-Fock, second order Møller-Plesset (MP2) and coupled cluster methods. Hydrogen bonding in water clusters is analyzed. 200 ps NVT molecular dynamics simulations are performed with FMO for two ligands bound to the Trp-cage miniprotein (PDB: 1L2Y); the fluctuations of fragment energies and interactions are analyzed...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337342/polysaccharides-reduce-absorption-and-mutagenicity-of-3-amino-1-4-dimethyl-5h-pyrido-4-3-b-indole-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#12
Lingying Luo, Yun Bai, Guanghong Zhou
3-Amino-1,4-dimethyl-5H-pyrido[4,3-b]indole (Trp-P-1) is a group 2B carcinogen characterized by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and great efforts have been taken to reduce Trp-P-1 mutagenicity to humans. In this study, the effect of a reduction of Trp-P-1 on intestinal absorption as a promising strategy was investigated. The data showed that when 20 mM Trp-P-1 cotransported with 10 mM of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), xanthan gum, or carrageenan, the absorption rate of Trp-P-1 was reduced by 31...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336896/targeted-retinal-photocoagulation-for-diabetic-macular-edema-with-peripheral-retinal-nonperfusion-three-year-randomized-dave-trial
#13
David M Brown, William C Ou, Tien P Wong, Rosa Y Kim, Daniel E Croft, Charles C Wykoff
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of targeted retinal photocoagulation (TRP) on visual and anatomic outcomes and treatment burden in eyes with diabetic macular edema (DME). DESIGN: Phase I/II prospective, randomized, controlled clinical trial. PARTICIPANTS: Forty eyes of 29 patients with center-involved macular edema secondary to diabetes mellitus. METHODS: Eyes with center-involved DME and Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS) best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) between 20/32 and 20/320 (Snellen equivalent) were randomized 1:1 to monotherapy with 0...
January 11, 2018: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335898/the-novel-transcription-factor-trp-interacts-with-zfp5-a-trichome-initiation-related-transcription-factor-and-negatively-regulates-trichome-initiation-through-gibberellic-acid-signaling
#14
Soo Youn Kim, Sujin Hyoung, Won Mi So, Jeong Sheop Shin
The trichome-related protein (TRP) is a novel transcription factor (TF) that negatively regulates trichome initiation-related TFs through gibberellin (GA) signaling. Trichomes, which are outgrowths of leaf epidermal cells, provide the plant with a first line of defense against damage from herbivores and reduce transpiration. The initiation and development of trichomes are regulated by a network of positively or negatively regulating transcription factors (TFs). However, little information is currently available on transcriptional regulation related to trichome formation...
January 16, 2018: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331348/effects-of-l-tryptophan-on-the-growth-intestinal-enzyme-activities-and-non-specific-immune-response-of-sea-cucumber-apostichopus-japonicus-selenka-exposed-to-crowding-stress
#15
Endong Zhang, Shuanglin Dong, Fang Wang, Xiangli Tian, Qinfeng Gao
In order to reveal the effects of l-tryptophan (Trp) on the physiology and immune response of sea cucumber (Apostichopus japonicus Selenka) exposed to crowding stress, four density groups of sea cucumbers (i.e. 4, 8, 16 and 32 individuals per 40 L water, represented as L, ML, MH and H) were fed with diets containing 0, 1, 3 and 5% l-tryptophan respectively for 75 days. The results showed that the specific growth rates (SGR) of the sea cucumber fed with diet with 3% Trp (L, 2.1; ML, 1.76; MH, 1.2; H, 0.7) were significantly higher than those fed with basal diet without Trp supplementation (P < ...
January 10, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328376/identification-of-a-novel-compound-heterozygous-mutation-of-the-cyp21a2-gene-causing-21%C3%A2-hydroxylase-deficiency-in-a-chinese-pedigree
#16
Jia Liu, Xiujuan Zhang, Haiqing Zhang, Li Fang, Jin Xu, Qingbo Guan, Chao Xu
21‑Hydroxylase deficiency (21‑OHD) is the most common cause of congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Inherited in an autosomal recessive manner, 21‑OHD is caused by mutations in the cytochrome P450 family 21 subfamily A member 2 (CYP21A2) gene. The present study was designed to investigate the genetic characteristics of one Chinese pedigree and to identify the genotype‑phenotype association, thereby facilitating the precise diagnosis of 21‑OHD at the molecular level. Members of a Chinese family with 21‑OHD were screened for mutations in the CYP21A2 gene...
January 8, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327587/conformational-impact-on-amino-acid-surface-%C3%AF-%C3%AF-interactions-on-a-7-7-single-walled-carbon-nanotube-a-molecular-mechanics-approach
#17
Linda Grabill, Andreas Riemann
A study of π-π interactions between a (7,7) single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) and three different aromatic amino acids (AAA), namely L-Tyrosine (Tyr), L-Tryptophan (Trp), and L-Phenylalanine (Phe) was conducted with a Molecular Mechanics (MM) approach. For each of the amino acids we investigated the behavior of six different conformers. We examined the impact of the so-called edge effects by testing the parameters of the built-in switching function in MM. We found the optimal SWNT length to be approximately 80Å for the size of the molecules in our conformational studies...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327354/a-validated-liquid-chromatography-high-resolution-tandem-mass-spectrometry-method-for-the-simultaneous-quantitation-of-tryptophan-kynurenine-kynurenic-acid-and-quinolinic-acid-in-human-plasma
#18
Kathrin Arnhard, Florian Pitterl, Barbara Sperner-Unterweger, Dietmar Fuchs, Therese Koal, Herbert Oberacher
Tryptophan (TRP) catabolism via the kynurenine pathway is considered to represent a major link between inflammation and various diseases, including neurodegenerative disorders, depression, schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. The kynurenine pathway and levels of TRP and its metabolites kynurenine (KYN), kynurenic acid (KYNA) and quinolinic acid (QUIN) are well regulated under physiological conditions but may be altered as part of the activated immune response. A simple, sensitive and specific liquid chromatography-time of flight mass spectrometry method was developed for determining levels of the four compounds in human plasma samples...
January 12, 2018: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327073/azospirillum-brasilense-increases-co2-fixation-on-microalgae-scenedesmus-obliquus-chlorella-vulgaris-and-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii-cultured-on-high-co2-concentrations
#19
Francisco J Choix, Cecilia Guadalupe López-Cisneros, Hugo Oscar Méndez-Acosta
Mutualism interactions of microalgae with other microorganisms are widely used in several biotechnological processes since symbiotic interaction improves biotechnological capabilities of the microorganisms involved. The interaction of the bacterium Azospirillum brasilense was assessed with three microalgae genus, Scenedesmus, Chlorella, and Chlamydomonas, during CO2 fixation under high CO2 concentrations. The results in this study have demonstrated that A. brasilense maintained a mutualistic interaction with the three microalgae assessed, supported by the metabolic exchange of indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) and tryptophan (Trp), respectively...
January 11, 2018: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323490/activity-related-microsecond-dynamics-revealed-by-temperature-jump-f%C3%A3-rster-resonance-energy-transfer-measurements-on-thermophilic-alcohol-dehydrogenase
#20
Morgan B Vaughn, Jianyu Zhang, Thomas G Spiro, R Brian Dyer, Judith P Klinman
Previous studies of a thermophilic alcohol dehydrogenase (ht-ADH) demonstrated a range of discontinuous transitions at 30 °C that include catalysis, kinetic isotope effects, protein hydrogen-deuterium exchange rates, and intrinsic fluorescence properties. Using the Förster resonance energy transfer response from a Trp-NADH donor-acceptor pair in T-jump studies of ht-ADH, we now report microsecond protein motions that can be directly related to active site chemistry. Two distinctive transients are observed: a slow, kinetic process lacking a temperature break, together with a faster transient that is only detectable above 30 °C...
January 11, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
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