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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936405/chemotherapy-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-current-evidence-and-future-perspectives
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REVIEW
Emanuele Rinninella, Lucia Cerrito, Irene Spinelli, Marco Cintoni, Maria Cristina Mele, Maurizio Pompili, Antonio Gasbarrini
Hepatocarcinogenesis is a multistep process, heralded by abnormalities in cell differentiation and proliferation and sustained by an aberrant neoangiogenesis. Understanding the underlying molecular pathogenesis leading to hepatocellular carcinoma is a prerequisite to develop new drugs that will hamper or block the steps of these pathways. As hepatocellular carcinoma has higher arterial vascularization than normal liver, this could be a good target for novel molecular therapies. Introduction of the antiangiogenic drug sorafenib into clinical practice since 2008 has led to new perspectives in the management of this tumor...
September 28, 2017: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934166/is-branched-chain-amino-acids-supplementation-an-efficient-nutritional-strategy-to-alleviate-skeletal-muscle-damage-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Alexandre Fouré, David Bendahan
Amino acids and more precisely, branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), are usually consumed as nutritional supplements by many athletes and people involved in regular and moderate physical activities regardless of their practice level. BCAAs have been initially shown to increase muscle mass and have also been implicated in the limitation of structural and metabolic alterations associated with exercise damage. This systematic review provides a comprehensive analysis of the literature regarding the beneficial effects of BCAAs supplementation within the context of exercise-induced muscle damage or muscle injury...
September 21, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932254/branched-chain-amino-acid-supplementation-restores-reduced-insulinotropic-activity-of-a-low-protein-diet-through-the-vagus-nerve-in-rats
#3
Mami Horiuchi, Tomoya Takeda, Hiroyuki Takanashi, Yori Ozaki-Masuzawa, Yusuke Taguchi, Yuka Toyoshima, Lila Otani, Hisanori Kato, Meri Sone-Yonezawa, Fumihiko Hakuno, Shin-Ichiro Takahashi, Asako Takenaka
BACKGROUND: Previously, we reported that a low-protein diet significantly reduced insulin secretion in response to feeding within 1 h in rats, suggesting that the insulinotropic effect of dietary protein plays an important role in maintaining normal insulin release. The current study aimed to elucidate whether deficiency of certain amino acids could diminish the insulinotropic activity and to investigate whether reduced insulin secretion in response to a low-protein diet is restored by supplementation with certain amino acids...
2017: Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931093/synthesis-of-udp-apiose-in-bacteria-the-marine-phototroph-geminicoccus-roseus-and-the-plant-pathogen-xanthomonas-pisi
#4
James Amor Smith, Maor Bar-Peled
The branched-chain sugar apiose was widely assumed to be synthesized only by plant species. In plants, apiose-containing polysaccharides are found in vascularized plant cell walls as the pectic polymers rhamnogalacturonan II and apiogalacturonan. Apiosylated secondary metabolites are also common in many plant species including ancestral avascular bryophytes and green algae. Apiosyl-residues have not been documented in bacteria. In a screen for new bacterial glycan structures, we detected small amounts of apiose in methanolic extracts of the aerobic phototroph Geminicoccus roseus and the pathogenic soil-dwelling bacteria Xanthomonas pisi...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927588/purification-structural-characterization-and-bioactivity-evaluation-of-a-novel-proteoglycan-produced-by-corbicula-fluminea
#5
Jing-Kun Yan, Yao-Yao Wang, Wen-Yi Qiu, Li-Xia Wu, Zhi-Chao Ding, Wu-Dan Cai
A novel proteoglycan, named CFPS-11, was isolated from Corbicula fluminea, which is a food source of freshwater bivalve mollusk. CFPS-11 had an average molecular weight of 807.7kDa and consisted of d-glucose and d-glucosamine in a molar ratio of 12.2:1.0. The protein moiety (∼5%) of CFPS-11 was covalently bonded to the polysaccharide chain in O-linkage type through both serine and thereonine residues. The polysaccharide chain of CFPS-11 was composed of (1→4)-α-d-glucopyranosyl and (1→3,6)-α-d-glucopyranosyl residues, which branched at O-6...
November 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926411/lower-mitochondrial-dna-and-altered-mitochondrial-fuel-metabolism-in-hiv-exposed-uninfected-infants-in-cameroon
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Jennifer Jao, Kathleen M Powis, Brian Kirmse, Chunli Yu, Fanny Epie, Emmanuel Nshom, Elaine J Abrams, Rhoda S Sperling, Derek Leroith, Mitchell E Geffner, Irwin J Kurland, Hélène C F Côté
OBJECTIVE: Evaluate blood mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) content in HIV/antiretroviral (ARV)-exposed uninfected (HEU) vs. HIV-unexposed uninfected (HUU) infants and investigate differences in mitochondrial-related metabolites by exposure group. DESIGN: We enrolled a prospective cohort of HIV-infected and -uninfected pregnant woman/infant pairs in Cameroon. METHODS: Dried blood spot mtDNA:nuclear DNA ratio was measured by monochrome multiplex qPCR in HEU infants exposed to in utero ARVs and postnatal zidovudine (HEU-Z) or nevirapine (HEU-N), and in HUU infants at 6 weeks of life...
September 18, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922389/comprehensive-metabolic-characterization-of-serum-osteocalcin-action-in-a-large-non-diabetic-sample
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Lukas Entenmann, Maik Pietzner, Anna Artati, Anke Hannemann, Ann-Kristin Henning, Gabi Kastenmüller, Henry Völzke, Matthias Nauck, Jerzy Adamski, Henri Wallaschofski, Nele Friedrich
Recent research suggested a metabolic implication of osteocalcin (OCN) in e.g. insulin sensitivity or steroid production. We used an untargeted metabolomics approach by analyzing plasma and urine samples of 931 participants using mass spectrometry to reveal further metabolic actions of OCN. Several detected relations between OCN and metabolites were strongly linked to renal function, however, a number of associations remained significant after adjustment for renal function. Intermediates of proline catabolism were associated with OCN reflecting the implication in bone metabolism...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919799/maple-syrup-urine-disease-mechanisms-and-management
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REVIEW
Patrick R Blackburn, Jennifer M Gass, Filippo Pinto E Vairo, Kristen M Farnham, Herjot K Atwal, Sarah Macklin, Eric W Klee, Paldeep S Atwal
Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD) is an inborn error of metabolism caused by defects in the branched-chain α-ketoacid dehydrogenase complex, which results in elevations of the branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) in plasma, α-ketoacids in urine, and production of the pathognomonic disease marker, alloisoleucine. The disorder varies in severity and the clinical spectrum is quite broad with five recognized clinical variants that have no known association with genotype. The classic presentation occurs in the neonatal period with developmental delay, failure to thrive, feeding difficulties, and maple syrup odor in the cerumen and urine, and can lead to irreversible neurological complications, including stereotypical movements, metabolic decompensation, and death if left untreated...
2017: Application of Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919422/over-expression-of-ppar%C3%AE-in-obese-mice-adipose-tissue-improves-insulin-sensitivity
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Haruya Takahashi, Kohei Sanada, Hiroyuki Nagai, Yongjia Li, Yumeko Aoki, Takeshi Ara, Shigeto Seno, Hideo Matsuda, Rina Yu, Teruo Kawada, Tsuyoshi Goto
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α (PPARα) is important in the regulation of lipid metabolism and expressed at high levels in the liver. Although PPARα is also expressed in adipose tissue, little is known about the relationship between its activation and the regulation of glucose metabolism. In this study, we developed adipose tissue specific PPARα over-expression (OE) mice. Metabolomics and insulin tolerance tests showed that OE induces branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) profile and improvement of insulin sensitivity...
September 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918148/mammalian-target-of-rapamycin-signaling-and-ubiquitin-proteasome-related-gene-expression-in-3-different-skeletal-muscles-of-colostrum-versus-formula-fed-calves
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H Sadri, J Steinhoff-Wagner, Harald M Hammon, R M Bruckmaier, S Görs, H Sauerwein
The rates of protein turnover are higher during the neonatal period than at any other time in postnatal life. The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) and the ubiquitin-proteasome system are key pathways regulating cellular protein turnover. The objectives of this study were (1) to elucidate the effect of feeding colostrum versus milk-based formula on the mRNA abundance of key components of the mTOR pathway and of the ubiquitin-proteasome system in skeletal muscle of neonatal calves and (2) to compare different muscles...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915252/expression-and-regulation-of-the-neutral-amino-acid-transporter-b0at1-in-rat-small-intestine
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Julia Jando, Simone M R Camargo, Brigitte Herzog, François Verrey
Absorption of neutral amino acids across the luminal membrane of intestinal enterocytes is mediated by the broad neutral amino acid transporter B0AT1 (SLC6A19). Its intestinal expression depends on co-expression of the membrane-anchored peptidase angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) and is additionally enhanced by aminopeptidase N (CD13). We investigated in this study the expression of B0AT1 and its auxiliary peptidases as well as its transport function along the rat small intestine. Additionally, we tested its possible short- and long-term regulation by dietary proteins and amino acids...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912343/diversification-of-transcriptional-regulation-determines-subfunctionalization-of-paralogous-branched-chain-aminotransferases-in-the-yeast-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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James González, Geovani López, Stefany Argueta, Ximena Escalera-Fanjul, Mohamed El Hafidi, Carlos Campero-Basaldua, Joseph Strauss, Lina Riego-Ruiz, Alicia González
Saccharomyces cerevisiae harbors BAT1 and BAT2 paralogous genes encoding branched chain aminotransferases (BCATs), showing opposed expression profiles and physiological role. Accordingly, in primary nitrogen sources such as glutamine, BAT1 expression is induced, supporting Bat1-dependent valine-isoleucine-leucine (VIL) biosynthesis, while BAT2 expression is repressed. Conversely, in the presence of VIL as sole nitrogen source, BAT1 expression is hindered while that of BAT2 is activated resulting in Bat2-dependent VIL catabolism...
September 14, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905695/description-of-anaerotignum-aminivorans-gen-nov-sp-nov-a-strictly-anaerobic-amino-acid-decomposing-bacterium-isolated-from-a-methanogenic-reactor-and-reclassification-of-clostridium-propionicum-clostridium-neopropionicum-and-clostridium-lactatifermentans-as
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Atsuko Ueki, Kazushi Goto, Yoshimi Ohtaki, Nobuo Kaku, Katsuji Ueki
A strictly anaerobic bacterial strain (SH021T) was isolated from a methanogenic reactor. Cells were Gram-stain-positive, motile, straight or slightly curved rods. The optimum temperature for growth was 35 °C, and the optimum pH was 6.1-7.7. The strain was asaccharolytic and utilized amino acids as growth substrates. The strain produced acetate and propionate from l-alanine and l-serine, and propionate and butyrate from l-threonine. Branched-chain amino acids (l-isoleucine, l-leucine and l-valine) were utilized weakly, and isovalerate or isobutyrate was produced...
September 14, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904371/acute-interaction-between-hydrocortisone-and-insulin-alters-the-plasma-metabolome-in-humans
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Mohammad A Alwashih, Roland H Stimson, Ruth Andrew, Brian R Walker, David G Watson
With the aim of identifying biomarkers of glucocorticoid action and their relationship with biomarkers of insulin action, metabolomic profiling was carried out in plasma samples from twenty healthy men who were administered either a low or medium dose insulin infusion (n = 10 each group). In addition, all subjects were given metyrapone (to inhibit adrenal cortisol secretion) + /- hydrocortisone (HC) in a randomised crossover design to produce low, medium and high glucocorticoid levels. The clearest effects of insulin were to reduce plasma levels of the branched chain amino acids (BCAs) leucine/isoleucine and their deaminated metabolites, and lowered free fatty acids and acylcarnitines...
September 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899914/military-training-elicits-marked-increases-in-plasma-metabolomic-signatures-of-energy-metabolism-lipolysis-fatty-acid-oxidation-and-ketogenesis
#15
J Philip Karl, Lee M Margolis, Nancy E Murphy, Christopher T Carrigan, John W Castellani, Elisabeth H Madslien, Hilde-Kristin Teien, Svein Martini, Scott J Montain, Stefan M Pasiakos
Military training studies provide unique insight into metabolic responses to extreme physiologic stress induced by multiple stressor environments, and the impacts of nutrition in mediating these responses. Advances in metabolomics have provided new approaches for extending current understanding of factors modulating dynamic metabolic responses in these environments. In this study, whole-body metabolic responses to strenuous military training were explored in relation to energy balance and macronutrient intake by performing nontargeted global metabolite profiling on plasma collected from 25 male soldiers before and after completing a 4-day, 51-km cross-country ski march that produced high total daily energy expenditures (25...
September 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895935/evaluation-of-the-molecular-structural-parameters-of-normal-rice-starch-and-their-relationships-with-its-thermal-and-digestion-properties
#16
Lingshang Lin, Qing Zhang, Long Zhang, Cunxu Wei
The molecular structural parameters of six normal rice starches with different amylose contents were investigated through their iodine absorption spectra and gel permeation chromatography of fully branched and debranched starches. The thermal and digestion properties of starches were also determined and their relationships with molecular structural parameters were analyzed. Results showed that the molecular structural parameters of maximum absorption wavelength, blue value (BV), optical density 620 nm/550 nm (OD 620/550), amylose, intermediate component, and amylopectin, including its short branch-chains, long branch-chains, and branching degree, had high correlation in different determining methods...
September 12, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888959/genotoxicity-and-sub-chronic-toxicity-of-myolution-%C3%A2-branched-chain-keto-acids
#17
Caroline Hall, Ian Grayson
MYOLUTION(®), which consists of a mixture of the branched chain keto acids, keto-leucine, keto-isoleucine and keto-valine, as their calcium salts, may potentially be used as a food ingredient based on the reported contributions of these compounds to muscle health and exercise performance. Tests on genotoxicity and sub-chronic toxicity were performed to evaluate the safety of branched chain keto acids. No genotoxic effects were observed in the bacterial mutation assay or the in vitro micronucleus assay in human lymphocytes...
September 6, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881427/active-site-geometry-of-a-novel-aminopropyltransferase-for-biosynthesis-of-hyperthermophile-specific-branched-chain-polyamine
#18
Ryota Hidese, Ka Man Tse, Seigo Kimura, Eiichi Mizohata, Junso Fujita, Yuhei Horai, Naoki Umezawa, Tsunehiko Higuchi, Masaru Niitsu, Tairo Oshima, Tadayuki Imanaka, Tsuyoshi Inoue, Shinsuke Fujiwara
Branched-chain polyamines are found exclusively in thermophilic bacteria and Euryarchaeota and play essential roles in survival at high temperatures. In the present study, kinetic analyses of a branched-chain polyamine synthase from the hyperthermophilic archaeon Thermococcus kodakarensis (Tk-BpsA) were conducted, showing that N(4) -bis(aminopropyl)spermidine was produced by sequential additions of decarboxylated S-adenosyladenosine (dcSAM) aminopropyl groups to spermidine, through bifunctional catalytic action...
September 7, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878358/enoyl-coa-hydratase-1-regulates-mtor-signaling-and-apoptosis-by-sensing-nutrients
#19
Ya-Kun Zhang, Yuan-Yuan Qu, Yan Lin, Xiao-Hui Wu, Hou-Zao Chen, Xu Wang, Kai-Qiang Zhou, Yun Wei, Fushen Guo, Cui-Fang Yao, Xia-Di He, Li-Xia Liu, Chen Yang, Zong-Yuan Guan, Shi-Dong Wang, Jianyuan Zhao, De-Pei Liu, Shi-Min Zhao, Wei Xu
The oncogenic mechanisms of overnutrition, a confirmed independent cancer risk factor, remain poorly understood. Herein, we report that enoyl-CoA hydratase-1 (ECHS1), the enzyme involved in the oxidation of fatty acids (FAs) and branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), senses nutrients and promotes mTOR activation and apoptotic resistance. Nutrients-promoted acetylation of lys(101) of ECHS1 impedes ECHS1 activity by impairing enoyl-CoA binding, promoting ECHS1 degradation and blocking its mitochondrial translocation through inducing ubiquitination...
September 6, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873647/influence-of-biopolymers-on-the-solubility-of-branched-chain-amino-acids-and-stability-of-their-solutions
#20
Chi Rac Hong, Gyu Whan Lee, Hyun-Dong Paik, Pahn-Shick Chang, Seung Jun Choi
This study confirmed the possibility of biopolymer-type stabilizers to increase the saturation concentration of branched-chain amino acids by preventing their crystallization/precipitation. Although microfluidization increased the initial solubility, it failed to increase the saturation concentration of the branched-chain amino acids. The saturation concentration of the branched-chain amino acids increased from 3.81% to 4.42% and 4.85% after the incorporation of food hydrocolloids and proteins, respectively...
January 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
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