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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633873/elental%C3%A2-amino-acid-component-has-protective-effects-on-primary-cultured-hepatocytes-and-a-rat-model-of-acute-liver-injury
#1
Hirokazu Miki, Katsuji Tokuhara, Masaharu Oishi, Yoshito Tanaka, Richi Nakatake, Yosuke Ueyama, Masaki Kaibori, Mikio Nishizawa, Tadayoshi Okumura, Masanori Kon
Amino acids can exert protective effects on the liver either when administered as a medication or following an operation. In this study, we examined the protective effects of amino acids on the liver using in vitro and in vivo models by studying their influence on the induction of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and nitric oxide production as a liver injury marker in cultured hepatocytes and liver-protective effects in d-galactosamine and lipopolysaccharide (GalN/LPS)-treated rats, respectively. Primary cultured rat hepatocytes were treated with interleukin (IL)-1β in the presence or absence of Elental® amino acid component (EleAA; 17 amino acids)...
June 2017: Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633399/the-interfacial-character-of-antibody-paratopes-analysis-of-antibody-antigen-structures
#2
Minh N Nguyen, Mohan R Pradhan, Chandra Verma, Pingyu Zhong
Summary: In this study, computational methods are applied to investigate the general properties of antigen engaging residues of a paratope from a non-redundant dataset of 403 antibody-antigen complexes to dissect the contribution of hydrogen bonds, hydrophobic, van der Waals contacts and ionic interactions, as well as role of water molecules in the antigen-antibody interface. Consistent with previous reports using smaller datasets, we found that Tyr, Trp, Ser, Asn, Asp, Thr, Arg, Gly, His contribute substantially to the interactions between antibody and antigen...
June 15, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633002/the-trpm2-channel-a-thermo-sensitive-metabolic-sensor
#3
Makiko Kashio, Makoto Tominaga
Living organisms continually experience changes in ambient temperature. In order to detect such temperature changes for adaptive behavioral responses, we evolved the ability to sense temperature. Thermosensitive transient receptor potential (TRP) channels, so-called thermo-TRPs, are involved in many physiological functions in diverse organisms and constitute important temperature sensors. One of the important roles of thermo-TRPs is detecting ambient temperature in sensory neurons. Importantly, the functional expression of thermo-TRPs is observed not only in sensory neurons but also in tissues and cells that are not exposed to drastic temperature changes, indicating that thermo-TRPs are involved in many physiological functions within the body's normal temperature range...
June 20, 2017: Channels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631948/possible-contribution-of-pannexin-1-to-capsaicin-induced-atp-release-in-rat-nasal-columnar-epithelial-cells
#4
Toyoaki Ohbuchi, Ba Hung Do, Hiroki Koizumi, Shoko Takeuchi, Yoichi Ueta, Hideaki Suzuki
Current evidence indicates that transient receptor potential (TRP) channel activity involves a relationship between opening of pannexin-1 and release of ATP into the extracellular space. We examined the effects of agonists of thermosensitive TRP channels (TRPM8, TRPA1, TRPV1, and TRPV2) on ATP release from rat nasal mucosa, and measured ciliary beat frequency (CBF) using digital high-speed video imaging. Single-cell patch clamping from dissociated rat nasal columnar epithelial cells was performed to confirm the relationship between pannexin-1 and TRP...
February 10, 2017: Channels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630068/ehrlichia-chaffeensis-trp120-moonlights-as-a-hect-e3-ligase-involved-in-self-and-host-ubiquitination-to-influence-protein-interactions-and-stability-for-intracellular-survival
#5
Bing Zhu, Seema Das, Shubhajit Mitra, Tierra R Farris, Jere W McBride
Ehrlichia chaffeensis secretes tandem repeat protein (TRP) effectors that are involved in a diverse array of host cell interactions, some of which directly activate cell signaling pathways, and reprogram host gene transcription to promote survival in the mononuclear phagocyte. However, the molecular details of these effector-host interactions and roles in pathobiology are incompletely understood. In this study, we determined that the E. chaffeensis effector, TRP120, is post-translationally modified by ubiquitin (Ub), and ubiquitination occurs through intrinsic and host-mediated HECT ligase activity...
June 19, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625362/urotensin-core-mimics-that-modulate-the-biological-activity-of-urotensin-ii-related-peptide-but-not-urotensin-ii
#6
Martin Strack, Étienne Billard, David Chatenet, William D Lubell
A novel approach for the synthesis of head-to-tail cyclic peptides has been developed and used to prepare two mimics of the urotensin II-related peptide (URP) cyclic core. Mimics 1 and 2 (c[Trp-Lys-Tyr-Gly-ψ(triazole)-Gly] and c[Phe-Trp-Lys-Tyr-Gly-ψ(triazole)-Gly]) were respectively prepared using a combination of solid- and solution-phase synthesis. The silyl-based alkyne-modifying (SAM) linker enabled installation of C-terminal alkyne and N-terminal azide moieties onto linear peptide precursors, which underwent head-to-tail copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) in solution...
May 31, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625179/dietary-l-tryptophan-leaves-a-lasting-impression-on-the-brain-and-the-stress-response
#7
Erik Höglund, Øyvind Øverli, Madelene Å Andersson, Patricia Silva, Danielle Caroline Laursen, Maria M Moltesen, Åshild Krogdahl, Joachim Schjolden, Svante Winberg, Marco A Vindas, Ian Mayer, Marie Hillestad
Comparative models suggest that effects of dietary tryptophan (Trp) on brain serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine; 5-HT) neurochemistry and stress responsiveness are present throughout the vertebrate lineage. Moreover, hypothalamic 5-HT seems to play a central role in control of the neuroendocrine stress axis in all vertebrates. Still, recent fish studies suggest long-term effects of dietary Trp on stress responsiveness, which are independent of hypothalamic 5-HT. Here, we investigated if dietary Trp treatment may result in long-lasting effects on stress responsiveness, including changes in plasma cortisol levels and 5-HT neurochemistry in the telencephalon and hypothalamus of Atlantic salmon...
June 19, 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624420/biophysical-characterization-and-thermal-stability-of-pneumococcal-histidine-triad-protein-d-phtd-in-the-presence-of-zinc-and-manganese
#8
Salvador F Ausar, Kavisha Jayasundara, Lamees Akawi, Cristopher Roque, Anthony Sheung, Jian Hu, Marina Kirkitadze, Nausheen Rahman
The Pneumococcal Histidine Triad Protein D (PhtD) is believed to play a central role in pneumococcal metal ion homeostasis and has been proposed as a promising vaccine candidate against pneumococcal disease. To investigate for potential stabilizers, a panel of physiologically relevant metals was screened using the thermal shift assay and it was found that only Zn(2+) and Mn(2+) were able to increase PhtD melting temperature. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) analysis revealed a sequential unfolding of PhtD and the presence of at least 3 independent folding domains that can be stabilized by Zn(2+) and Mn(2+)...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621704/sensitization-of-trpv1-and-trpa1-via-peripheral-mglur5-signaling-contributes-to-thermal-and-mechanical-hypersensitivity
#9
Kuniya Honda, Masamichi Shinoda, Masahiro Kondo, Kohei Shimizu, Hisashi Yonemoto, Katsuhiko Otsuki, Ryuta Akasaka, Akihiko Furukawa, Koichi Iwata
Peripheral tissue inflammation or injury causes glutamate release from nociceptive axons, keratinocytes and Schwann cells, resulting in thermal hypersensitivity. However, the detailed molecular mechanisms underlying glutamate-induced thermal hypersensitivity are unknown. The aim of this study was to clarify the involvement of peripheral transient receptor potential (TRP) ankyrin 1 (TRPA1), TRP vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) and protein kinase C epsilon (PKCε) in glutamate-induced pain hypersensitivity. The amount of glutamate in the facial tissue was significantly increased 3 days after facial CFA injection...
June 8, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621168/detection-of-hb-rothschild-hbb-c-112t-a-or-112t-c-through-high-index-of-suspicion-on-abnormal-pulse-oximetry
#10
Nazeer A Alli, Piet Wessels, Narisha Rampersad, Barnaby E Clark, Swee Lay Thein
We describe a case with a low oxygen affinity hemoglobin (Hb) variant who presented with cyanosis in the absence of cardiopulmonary disease. The patient, a 27-year-old pregnant female (P1G2), complained of a productive cough and bluish discoloration of the lips that started 3 days prior to seeking attention. She had no previous episodes and has generally been in good health. A positive family history of cyanosis was obtained in one sibling. Systematic examination, notably the cardiorespiratory system, revealed no abnormalities...
June 16, 2017: Hemoglobin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620971/the-adipokinetic-hormone-of-the-coleopteran-suborder-adephaga-structure-function-and-comparison-of-distribution-in-other-insects
#11
Gerd Gäde, Heather G Marco
The aim of the current study is to identify the adipokinetic hormone(s) (AKHs) of a basal suborder of the species-rich Coleoptera, the Adephaga, and possibly learn more about the ancestral AKH of beetles. Moreover, we wanted to compare the ancestral AKH with AKHs of more advanced beetles, of which a number are pest insects. This would allow us to assess whether AKH mimetics would be suitable as insecticides, that is, be harmful to the pest species but not to the beneficial species. Nine species of the Adephaga were investigated and all synthesize only one octapeptide in the corpus cardiacum, as revealed by Edman degradation sequencing techniques or by mass spectrometry...
June 16, 2017: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620299/the-alkamide-trans-pellitorine-targets-ppar%C3%AE-via-trpv1-and-trpa1-to-reduce-lipid-accumulation-in-developing-3t3-l1-adipocytes
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Barbara Lieder, Mathias Zaunschirm, Ann-Katrin Holik, Jakob P Ley, Joachim Hans, Gerhard E Krammer, Veronika Somoza
Adipose tissue is an important endocrine organ in the human body. However, pathological overgrowth is associated with chronic illness. Regulation of adipogenesis and maturation of adipocytes via bioactive compounds in our daily diet has been in focus of research in the past years and showed promising results for agonists of the ion channels transient receptor potential channel (TRP) V1 and A1. Here, we investigated the anti-adipogenic potential and underlying mechanisms of the alkamide trans-pellitorine present in Piper nigrum via TRPV1 and TRPA1 in 3T3-L1 cells...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614661/computational-and-experimental-evaluation-of-designed-beta-cap-hairpins-using-molecular-simulations-and-kinetic-network-models
#13
Yunhui Ge, Brandon L Kier, Niels H Andersen, Vincent Alvin Voelz
Molecular simulation has been used to model the detailed folding properties of peptides, yet prospective computational peptide design by such approaches remains challenging and non-trivial. To test the accuracy of simulation-based hairpin design, we characterized the folding properties of a series of so-called β-capped hairpin peptides designed to mimic a conserved hairpin of LapD, a bacterial intracellular signaling protein, both experimentally by NMR and computationally by implicit-solvent replica-exchange molecular dynamics (REMD) for three different AMBER force fields (ff96, ff99sb-ildn and ff99sb-ildn-nmr)...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612138/transient-receptor-potential-vanilloid-4-trpv4-channel-as-a-target-of-crotamiton-and-its-bimodal-effects
#14
Hiroki Kittaka, Yu Yamanoi, Makoto Tominaga
The sensation of itching can be defined as "an unpleasant cutaneous sensation that provokes a desire to scratch." The perception of itching is not critical for the maintenance of life, but persistent itching can be extremely irritating and decreases the quality of life. Crotamiton (N-ethyl-o-crotonotoluidide) has been used as an anti-itch agent for humans for around 70 years. In spite of the long use of crotamiton, its mechanism of action remains unknown. We hypothesized that crotamiton might have effects on transient receptor potential (TRP) channels expressed in the peripheral nervous system and the skin...
June 13, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612041/structural-and-dynamic-insights-into-the-role-of-conformational-switching-in-the-nuclease-activity-of-the-xanthomonas-albilineans-cas2-in-crispr-mediated-adaptive-immunity
#15
Donghyun Ka, Suji Hong, Ugeene Jeong, Migyeong Jeong, Nayoung Suh, Jeong-Yong Suh, Euiyoung Bae
Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPRs) and CRISPR-associated (Cas) proteins constitute a microbial, adaptive immune system countering invading nucleic acids. Cas2 is a universal Cas protein found in all types of CRISPR-Cas systems, and its role is implicated in new spacer acquisition into CRISPR loci. In subtype I-C CRISPR-Cas systems, Cas2 proteins are metal-dependent double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) nucleases, and a pH-dependent conformational transition has been proposed as a prerequisite for catalytic action...
September 2017: Structural Dynamics (Melville, N.Y.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609588/quantitative-profiling-of-neurotransmitter-abnormalities-in-brain-cerebrospinal-fluid-and-serum-of-experimental-diabetic-encephalopathy-male-rat
#16
Xiaowen Han, Mengjun Min, Juan Wang, Zejun Bao, Hongbin Fan, Xinyu Li, Temitope Isaac Adelusi, Xueyan Zhou, Xiaoxing Yin
Diabetic encephalopathy (DE), one of the most prevalent chronic complications of diabetes mellitus, is short of effective prevention and formidable therapeutic strategies. The aim of the present study is to reveal the imbalance of tryptophan (Trp) and its metabolites in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced experimental DE rats to underscore their critical values in clinical diagnosis of the disease. For this purpose, we first developed an accurate and appropriate simultaneous method for measuring Trp and its metabolites using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry, which was in accordance with the requirements of biological sample analysis...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608588/experimental-and-computational-characterization-on-the-binding-of-two-fluoroquinolones-to-bovine-hemoglobin
#17
Pengfei Qin, Xingren Pan, Rutao Liu, Jicai Qiu, Xiaoyan Fang
Ciprofloxacin (CPFX) and enrofloxacin (ENFX) are 2 representatives of widely used fluoroquinolones (FQs) with many human and veterinary applications. The residues of FQs in the environment are potentially harmful. Recently, great concern has been paid to their persistence and fate in the environment because of the potential adverse effects on humans and ecosystem functions. In the present study, we examined the interactions of bovine hemoglobin (BHb) with these 2 FQs by means of multiple spectroscopic and molecular docking methods under physiological conditions...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608247/tryptophan-status-in-autism-spectrum-disorder-and-the-influence-of-supplementation-on-its-level
#18
Joanna Kałużna-Czaplińska, Jagoda Jóźwik-Pruska, Salvatore Chirumbolo, Geir Bjørklund
Recent reports show that the worldwide incidence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is dramatically increasing, although ASD etiology and pathogenesis are still far to be fully elucidated. Some dietary-derived essential compounds, such as the amino acid tryptophan, appear to be impaired in patients with ASD. Tryptophan (Trp) plays a significant role in the human organism and serves as a precursor for a wide range of bioactive compounds, including major neurotransmitters. Research indicates that tryptophan might be deficient in subjects with ASD...
June 12, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605396/traffic-related-pollutants-exposure-and-health-effects-in-hispanic-children
#19
Garrett M Weaver, W James Gauderman
We examined traffic-related pollution (TRP) exposure and respiratory health effects in Hispanic white (HW) children, both compared to non-Hispanic white (NHW) children and by genetically-determined Native American (NA) ancestry. The sample included over 5,000 children from the Children's Health Study, followed from 1993 to 2014. HW children were 1.47 (95% CI: 1.24, 1.73) times more likely to live close ( < 500m) to a freeway and 1.54 (95% CI: 1.26, 1.87) times more likely to live close ( < 75m) to a major non-freeway road compared to NHW children...
June 9, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603803/controlled-release-of-bsa-linked-cisplatin-through-a-pepgel-self-assembling-peptide-nanofiber-hydrogel-scaffold
#20
Jun Liang, Gang Liu, Jing Wang, Xiuzhi Susan Sun
Previously, it has been reported that a novel PepGel (h9e peptide) can be triggered into a solid physical hydrogel by the addition of selected ions and proteins for various biomedical applications. Moreover, PepGel displays shear-thinning and repeatedly reversible sol-gel transfer properties that enable it to be easily transferred via an injector. In this study, PepGel is proposed as a carrier for controlled releases of bovine serum albumin (BSA)-bound or -linked drugs. BSA-linked cisplatin (BSA-CP) is used as a model drug in this study and plays two roles: as a trigger of hydrogel and as a target drug for controlled release...
June 12, 2017: Amino Acids
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