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One-carbon metabolism

Meghan McGee, Shannon Bainbridge, Bénédicte Fontaine-Bisson
The fetal origins of health and disease framework has identified extremes in fetal growth and birth weight as factors associated with the lifelong generation of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension. Maternal nutrition plays a critical role in fetal and placental development, in part by providing the methyl groups required to establish the fetus's genome structure and function, notably through DNA methylation. The goal of this narrative review is to describe the role of maternal dietary methyl donor (methionine, folate, and choline) and cofactor (zinc and vitamins B2, B6, and B12) intake in one-carbon metabolism and DNA methylation in the fetus and placenta, as well as their impacts on fetal growth and lifelong health outcomes, with specific examples in animals and humans...
February 26, 2018: Nutrition Reviews
Nuno Mendonça, Carol Jagger, Antoneta Granic, Carmen Martin-Ruiz, John C Mathers, Chris J Seal, Tom R Hill
Background: Folate and vitamin B12 are key to the correct functioning of one-carbon (1-C) metabolism. The current evidence on associations between 1-C metabolism biomarkers and mortality is inconclusive and generally based on younger or institutionalised populations. This study aimed to determine the associations between biomarkers of 1-C metabolism and all-cause and cardiovascular (CVD) mortality in the very old. Methods: The Newcastle 85+ Study is a prospective longitudinal study of participants aged 85 at recruitment living in Northeast England...
February 24, 2018: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Alberto A Esteves-Ferreira, Masami Inaba, Antoine Fort, Wagner L Araújo, Ronan Sulpice
Cyanobacteria are one of the earliest branching groups of organisms on the planet, and during their evolutionary history were submitted to varying selective pressures. Nowadays, cyanobacteria can grow in a variety of conditions, using a large number of nitrogen sources. The control of the nitrogen metabolism in cyanobacteria depends on a fine-tuning regulatory network involving 2-oxoglutarate (2-OG), PII, PipX, and NtcA. This network answers to the cellular 2-OG levels, which reflects the cellular carbon/nitrogen balance, and as an output regulates gene expression, translation, protein activities and thus metabolic pathways...
March 12, 2018: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
Saratram Gopalakrishnan, Himadri B Pakrasi, Costas D Maranas
Completeness and accuracy of metabolic mapping models impacts the reliability of flux estimation in photoautotrophic systems. In this study, metabolic fluxes under photoautotrophic growth conditions in the widely-used cyanobacterium Synechocystis PCC 6803 are quantified by re-analyzing an existing dataset using genome-scale isotopic instationary13 C-Metabolic Flux Analysis (INST-MFA). The reconstructed carbon mapping model imSyn617 and implemented algorithmic updates afforded an approximately 48% reduction in computation time...
March 8, 2018: Metabolic Engineering
L Pita, L Rix, B M Slaby, A Franke, U Hentschel
The recognition that all macroorganisms live in symbiotic association with microbial communities has opened up a new field in biology. Animals, plants, and algae are now considered holobionts, complex ecosystems consisting of the host, the microbiota, and the interactions among them. Accordingly, ecological concepts can be applied to understand the host-derived and microbial processes that govern the dynamics of the interactive networks within the holobiont. In marine systems, holobionts are further integrated into larger and more complex communities and ecosystems, a concept referred to as "nested ecosystems...
March 9, 2018: Microbiome
Adriano Evandir Marchello, Alexsandro Claudino Dos Santos, Ana Teresa Lombardi, Clovis Wesley Oliveira de Souza, Graziela Cristina Montanhim
Mixotrophy is a metabolic strategy in which an organism is autotrophic and heterotrophic simultaneously. Considering that the aquatic environment provides several organic sources of carbon, it is probably common for microalgae to perform mixotrophy and not only photoautotrophy, but little is known about microalgae mixotrophy. The present work aimed at investigating the growth, photosynthetic activity, morphology, and biochemical composition of the microalga Chlorella sorokiniana in mixotrophic and photo-mixotrophic conditions, comparing it with photoautotrophy...
March 8, 2018: Microbial Ecology
C Chen, M Pérez de Nanclares, J F Kurtz, M P Trudeau, L Wang, D Yao, M Saqui-Salces, P E Urriola, L Torunn Mydland, G C Shurson, M Overland
Rapeseed (RS) is an abundant and inexpensive source of energy and AA in diets for monogastrics and a sustainable alternative to soybean meal. It also contains diverse bioactive phytochemicals that could have antinutritional effects at high dose. When the RS-derived feed ingredients (RSF) are used in swine diets, the uptake of these nutrients and phytochemicals is expected to affect the metabolic system. In this study, two groups of young pigs (17.8 ± 2.7 kg initial BW) were equally fed a soybean meal-based control diet and a RSF-based diet, respectively, for 3 wk...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Animal Science
Jamie A Meadows, Graham G Willsey, Matthew J Wargo
The opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa can metabolize carnitine and O-acylcarnitines, which are abundant in host muscle and other tissues. Acylcarnitines are metabolized to carnitine and a fatty acid. The liberated carnitine and its catabolic product, glycine betaine, can be used as osmoprotectants, to induce the secreted phospholipase C PlcH, and as sole carbon, nitrogen and energy sources. P. aeruginosa is incapable of de novo synthesis of carnitine and acylcarnitines, therefore they must be imported from an exogenous source...
March 8, 2018: Microbiology
Jianlong Wang, Shizong Wang
Sulfamethoxazole (SMX) is one of the most widely applied sulfonamide antibiotics in the world, which is becoming a ubiquitous pollutant in the environment. In this mini-review, the microbial degradation of SMX was briefly reviewed. The performance of the conventional wastewater treatment plants in removing SMX was provided. The microorganisms capable of degrading SMX, including mixed cultures and pure cultures, were presented. The effects of environmental conditions such as temperature, pH, initial SMX concentration, and additional carbon sources on the biodegradation of SMX were discussed...
March 7, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Jared Magee, Matthew Robles, Peter Dunaway
End-stage renal disease (ESRD) is a common disease encountered in clinical practice and is associated with increasing metabolic derangements through disease progression. Phosphate retention is one of the most common derangements and is associated with increased mortality. Hyperphosphatemia becomes increasingly prevalent as glomerular filtration rate decreases. Non-calcium phosphate-binding resins and dietary phosphate restriction are the mainstays for managing hyperphosphatemia in patients with ESRD. Sevelamer carbonate is the most frequently used non-calcium phosphate binder in the US due to ease of administration and an excellent safety profile...
January 2018: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
Achim Dickmanns, Christopher P Zschiedrich, Johannes Arens, Iwan Parfentev, Jan Gundlach, Romina Hofele, Piotr Neumann, Henning Urlaub, Boris Görke, Ralf Ficner, Jorg Stulke
Utilization of energy-rich carbon sources such as glucose is fundamental to the evolutionary success of bacteria. Glucose can be catabolized via glycolysis for feeding the intermediary metabolism. The methylglyoxal synthase MgsA produces methylglyoxal from the glycolytic intermediate dihydroxyacetone phosphate. Methylglyoxal is toxic, requiring stringent regulation of MgsA activity. In the Gram-positive bacterium Bacillus subtilis , an interaction with the phosphoprotein Crh controls MgsA activity. In the absence of preferred carbon sources, Crh is present in the nonphosphorylated state and binds to and thereby inhibits MgsA...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Kelly D Hannan, Jodie L Rummer
Aquatic acidification, caused by elevating levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2 ), is increasing in both freshwater and marine ecosystems worldwide. However, few studies have examined how acidification will affect oxygen (O2 ) transport and, therefore, performance in fishes. Although data are generally lacking, the majority of fishes investigated in this meta-analysis exhibited no effect of elevated CO2 at the level of O2 uptake, suggesting that they are able to maintain metabolic performance during a period of acidosis...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Experimental Biology
Stephanie J Doong, Apoorv Gupta, Kristala L J Prather
Microbial production of value-added chemicals from biomass is a sustainable alternative to chemical synthesis. To improve product titer, yield, and selectivity, the pathways engineered into microbes must be optimized. One strategy for optimization is dynamic pathway regulation, which modulates expression of pathway-relevant enzymes over the course of fermentation. Metabolic engineers have used dynamic regulation to redirect endogenous flux toward product formation, balance the production and consumption rates of key intermediates, and suppress production of toxic intermediates until later in the fermentation...
March 5, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Claudia Tominski, Tina Lösekann-Behrens, Alexander Ruecker, Nikolas Hagemann, Sara Kleindienst, Carsten W Mueller, Carmen Höschen, Ingrid Kögel-Knabner, Andreas Kappler, Sebastian Behrens
The enrichment culture KS is one of the few existing autotrophic, nitrate-reducing Fe(II)-oxidizing cultures that can be continuously transferred without an organic carbon source. We used a combination of Catalyzed Amplification Reporter Deposition Fluorescence In-Situ Hybridization (CARD-FISH) and Nanoscale Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (NanoSIMS) to analyze community dynamics, single-cell activities and interactions among the two most abundant microbial community members ( i.e , Gallionellaceae sp. and Bradyrhizobium spp...
March 2, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Claudia Tominski, Helene Heyer, Tina Lösekann-Behrens, Sebastian Behrens, Andreas Kappler
Most isolated nitrate-reducing Fe(II)-oxidizing microorganisms are mixotrophic where Fe(II) is chemically oxidized by nitrite that forms during heterotrophic denitrification and it is debated to which extent Fe(II) is enzymatically oxidized. One exception is the chemolithoautotrophic enrichment culture KS, a consortium consisting of a dominant Fe(II)-oxidizer Gallionellaceae sp. and less abundant heterotrophic strains (e.g. Bradyrhizobium sp., Nocardiodes sp.). Currently, this is the only nitrate-reducing Fe(II)-oxidizing culture for which autotrophic growth has been demonstrated convincingly for many transfers over more than two decades...
March 2, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
M V Lind, L Lauritzen, H Vestergaard, T Hansen, O Pedersen, M Kristensen, A B Ross
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Alterations to one-carbon metabolism, especially elevated plasma homocysteine (Hcy), have been suggested to be both a cause and a consequence of the metabolic syndrome (MS). A deeper understanding of the role of other one-carbon metabolites in MS, including s-adenosylmethionine (SAM), s-adenosylhomocysteine (SAH), and the methylation capacity index (SAM:SAH ratio) is required. METHODS AND RESULTS: 118 men and women with MS-risk factors were included in this cross-sectional study and cardiometabolic outcomes along with markers of one-carbon metabolism, including fasting plasma SAM, SAH, Hcy and vitamin B12 concentrations, were analysed...
January 31, 2018: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
Dana A Opulente, Emily J Rollinson, Cleome Bernick-Roehr, Amanda Beth Hulfachor, Antonis Rokas, Cletus P Kurtzman, Chris Todd Hittinger
BACKGROUND: Associations between traits are prevalent in nature, occurring across a diverse range of taxa and traits. Individual traits may co-evolve with one other, and these correlations can be driven by factors intrinsic or extrinsic to an organism. However, few studies, especially in microbes, have simultaneously investigated both across a broad taxonomic range. Here we quantify pairwise associations among 48 traits across 784 diverse yeast species of the ancient budding yeast subphylum Saccharomycotina, assessing the effects of phylogenetic history, genetics, and ecology...
March 2, 2018: BMC Biology
Daniel Garrido-Sanz, Javier Manzano, Marta Martín, Miguel Redondo-Nieto, Rafael Rivilla
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are widespread persistent pollutants that cause several adverse health effects. Aerobic bioremediation of PCBs involves the activity of either one bacterial species or a microbial consortium. Using multiple species will enhance the range of PCB congeners co-metabolized since different PCB-degrading microorganisms exhibit different substrate specificity. We have isolated a bacterial consortium by successive enrichment culture using biphenyl (analog of PCBs) as the sole carbon and energy source...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Lisa Buddrus, Emma S V Andrews, David J Leak, Michael J Danson, Vickery L Arcus, Susan J Crennell
Pyruvate decarboxylase (PDC; EC is a key enzyme in homofermentative metabolism where ethanol is the major product. PDCs are thiamine pyrophosphate- and Mg2+ ion-dependent enzymes that catalyse the non-oxidative decarboxylation of pyruvate to acetaldehyde and carbon dioxide. As this enzyme class is rare in bacteria, current knowledge of bacterial PDCs is extremely limited. One approach to further the understanding of bacterial PDCs is to exploit the diversity provided by evolution. Ancestral sequence reconstruction (ASR) is a method of computational molecular evolution to infer extinct ancestral protein sequences, which can then be synthesized and experimentally characterized...
March 1, 2018: Acta Crystallographica. Section F, Structural Biology Communications
Rachael M Taylor, Roger Smith, Clare E Collins, David Mossman, Michelle W Wong-Brown, Eng-Cheng Chan, Tiffany-Jane Evans, John R Attia, Tenele Smith, Trent Butler, Alexis J Hure
BACKGROUND: During the early postnatal period, the impact of nutrition on DNA methylation has not been well studied in humans. The aim was to quantify the relationship between one-carbon metabolism nutrient intake during the first three years of life and global DNA methylation levels at four years. DESIGN: Childhood dietary intake was assessed using infant feeding questionnaires, food frequency questionnaires, 4-day weighed food records and 24-h food records. The dietary records were used to estimate the intake of methionine, folate, vitamins B2, B6 and B12 and choline...
February 27, 2018: Nutrients
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