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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527661/modulation-of-adipocyte-function-by-the-tgf-%C3%AE-family
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Yuhang Qiao, Shozo Tomonaga, Masashi Suenaga, Tohru Matsui, Masayuki Funaba
Members of the transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) family are known to regulate the commitment of mesenchymal stem cells to an adipocyte lineage and the differentiation of preadipocytes to adipocytes. However, the roles of TGF-β family members in mature adipocytes are not known. The present study explored the modulation of cell function in 3T3-L1 adipocytes treated with the TGF-β family members TGF-β1, activin A, activin B, bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) 4, and BMP7. These TGF-β family members modulated the expression of some adipokines; activin A upregulated leptin expression, and activin B downregulated the expression of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1...
May 17, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523731/wble2-transcription-factor-in-streptomyces-griseus-s4-7-plays-an-important-role-in-plant-protection
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Hyun Ji Cho, Young Sang Kwon, Da-Ran Kim, Gyeongjun Cho, Seong Won Hong, Dong-Won Bae, Youn-Sig Kwak
Streptomyces griseus S4-7 was originally isolated from the strawberry rhizosphere as a microbial agent responsible for Fusarium wilt suppressive soils. S. griseus S4-7 shows specific and pronounced antifungal activity against Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. fragariae. In the Streptomyces genus, the whi transcription factors are regulators of sporulation, cell differentiation, septation, and secondary metabolites production. wblE2 function as a regulator has emerged as a new group in whi transcription factors. In this study, we reveal the involvement of the wblE2 transcription factor in the plant-protection by S...
May 19, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510485/metabolomic-response-to-huanglongbing-role-of-carboxylic-compounds-in-citrus-sinensis-response-to-candidatus-liberibacter-asiaticus-and-its-vector-diaphorina-citri
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Nabil Killiny, Yasser Nehela
Huanglongbing, a destructive disease of citrus, is caused by the fastidious bacterium, Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (CLas), and transmitted by Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri. The impact of CLas-infection and/or D. citri-infestation on Valencia sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) leaf metabolites was investigated using GC-MS, followed by gene expression analysis for 37 genes involved in jasmonic acid (JA), salicylic acid (SA), and proline-glutamine pathways. The total amino acid abundance increased after CLas-infection, while the total fatty acids increased dramatically after infestation with D...
May 16, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500338/inflammatory-bacteriome-featuring-fusobacterium-nucleatum-and-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-identified-in-association-with-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Nezar Noor Al-Hebshi, Akram Thabet Nasher, Mohamed Yousef Maryoud, Husham E Homeida, Tsute Chen, Ali Mohamed Idris, Newell W Johnson
Studies on the possible association between bacteria and oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) remain inconclusive, largely due to methodological variations/limitations. The objective of this study was to characterize the species composition as well as functional potential of the bacteriome associated with OSCC. DNA obtained from 20 fresh OSCC biopsies (cases) and 20 deep-epithelium swabs (matched control subjects) was sequenced for the V1-V3 region using Illumina's 2 × 300 bp chemistry. High quality, non-chimeric merged reads were classified to species level using a prioritized BLASTN-algorithm...
May 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497654/oxidative-stickland-reactions-in-an-obligate-aerobic-organism-amino-acid-catabolism-in-the-crenarchaeon-sulfolobus-solfataricus
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Helge Stark, Jacqueline Wolf, Andreas Albersmeier, Trong K Pham, Julia D Hofmann, Bettina Siebers, Jörn Kalinowski, Phillip C Wright, Meina Neumann-Schaal, Dietmar Schomburg
The thermoacidophilic Crenarchaeon Sulfolobus solfataricus is a model organism for archaeal adaptation to extreme environments and renowned for its ability to degrade a broad variety of substrates. It has been well characterised concerning the utilisation of numerous carbohydrates as carbon source. However, its amino acid metabolism, especially the degradation of single amino acids, is not as well understood. In this work, we performed metabolic modelling as well as metabolome, transcriptome and proteome analysis on cells grown on caseinhydrolysate as carbon source in order to draw a comprehensive picture of amino acid metabolism in S...
May 12, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496435/serum-metabolomic-profiling-of-piglets-infected-with-virulent-classical-swine-fever-virus
#6
Wenjie Gong, Junjie Jia, Bikai Zhang, Shijiang Mi, Li Zhang, Xiaoming Xie, Huancheng Guo, Jishu Shi, Changchun Tu
Classical swine fever (CSF) is a highly contagious swine infectious disease and causes significant economic losses for the pig industry worldwide. The objective of this study was to determine whether small molecule metabolites contribute to the pathogenesis of CSF. Birefly, serum metabolomics of CSFV Shimen strain-infected piglets were analyzed by ultraperformance liquid chromatography/electrospray ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC/ESI-Q-TOF/MS) in combination with multivariate statistical analysis...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493687/comparative-metabolic-response-between-cucumber-cucumis-sativus-and-corn-zea-mays-to-a-cu-oh-2-nanopesticide
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Lijuan Zhao, Yuxiong Huang, Arturo A Keller
Due to their unique properties, copper-based nanopesticides are emerging in the market. Thus, understanding their effect on crop plants is very important. Metabolomics can capture a snapshot of cellular metabolic responses to a stressor. We selected maize and cucumber as model plants for exposure to different doses of Cu(OH)2 nanopesticide. GC-TOF-MS-based metabolomics was employed to determine the metabolic responses of these two species. Results revealed significant differences in metabolite profile changes between maize and cucumber...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493648/detection-of-localized-hepatocellular-amino-acid-kinetics-by-using-mass-spectrometry-imaging-of-stable-isotopes
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Martijn Arts, Zita Soons, Shane R Ellis, Keely A Pierzchalski, Benjamin Balluff, Gert B Eijkel, Ludwig J Dubois, Natasja G Lieuwes, Stijn M Agten, Tilman M Hackeng, Luc J C van Loon, Ron M A Heeren, Steven W M Olde Damink
Mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) simultaneously detects and identifies the spatial distribution of numerous molecules throughout tissues. Currently, MSI is limited to providing a static and ex vivo snapshot of highly dynamic systems in which molecules are constantly synthesized and consumed. Herein, we demonstrate an innovative MSI methodology to study dynamic molecular changes of amino acids within biological tissues by measuring the dilution and conversion of stable isotopes in a mouse model. We evaluate the method specifically on hepatocellular metabolism of the essential amino acid l-phenylalanine, associated with liver diseases...
May 11, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493432/phenol-metabolism-and-preservation-of-fresh-in-hull-walnut-stored-in-modified-atmosphere-packaging
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Jin Wang, Pan Li, Bi Gong, Huiling Ma
BACKGROUND: The effects of modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) on phenol metabolism and preservation of fresh in-hull walnuts have been investigated. Fruits were packaged under MAP1 (film thickness, 30 µm ), MAP2 (45 µm), and MAP3 (50 µm) stored at -0.5 to 1.0 °C for up to 60 days. RESULTS: Firmness, soluble solid concentration (SSC), total phenols, total flavonoids, and total antioxidant activity of the green hull were maintained at higher levels under the MAP conditions, while decay incidence was lower than in control during storage...
May 11, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492986/biosynthesis-and-bioactivity-of-glucosinolates-and-their-production-in-plant-in-vitro-cultures
#10
REVIEW
Pedro Joaquín Sánchez-Pujante, María Borja-Martínez, María Ángeles Pedreño, Lorena Almagro
Glucosinolates are biologically active compounds which are involved in plant defense reaction. The use of plant in vitro cultures and genetic engineering is a promising strategy for their sustainable production. Glucosinolates are a class of secondary metabolites found mainly in Brassicaceae, which contain nitrogen and sulfur in their structures. Glucosinolates are divided into three groups depending on the amino acid from which they are biosynthesized. Aliphatic glucosinolates are generally derived from leucine, valine, methionine, isoleucine and alanine while indole and aromatic glucosinolates are derived from tryptophan and phenylalanine or tyrosine, respectively...
May 10, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491816/treatment-adherence-during-childhood-in-individuals-with-phenylketonuria-early-signs-of-treatment-discontinuation
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María Ignacia García, Gabriela Araya, Soledad Coo, Susan E Waisbren, Alicia de la Parra
INTRODUCTION: Phenylketonuria (PKU) is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by a deficiency in phenylalanine (Phe) hydroxylase activity. Early diagnosis and continuous treatment with a low Phe diet prevents severe neurological and cognitive impairment. AIMS: 1. Analyze how treatment adherence evolves through infancy, childhood, and early adolescence in individuals with PKU. 2. Identify early signs of treatment discontinuation. METHODOLOGY: This longitudinal, retrospective study included 75 children diagnosed through newborn screening, ages 7 to 13 years...
June 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491049/sleep-disturbances-in-phenylketonuria-an-explorative-study-in-men-and-mice
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Vibeke M Bruinenberg, Marijke C M Gordijn, Anita MacDonald, Francjan J van Spronsen, Eddy A Van der Zee
Sleep problems have not been directly reported in phenylketonuria (PKU). In PKU, the metabolic pathway of phenylalanine is disrupted, which, among others, causes deficits in the neurotransmitters and sleep modulators dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. Understanding sleep problems in PKU patients may help explain the pathophysiology of brain dysfunction in PKU patients. In this explorative study, we investigated possible sleep problems in adult treated PKU patients and untreated PKU mice. In the PKU patients, sleep characteristics were compared to healthy first degree relatives by assessment of sleep disturbances, sleep-wake patterns, and sleepiness with the help of four questionnaires: Holland sleep disorder questionnaire, Pittsburgh sleep quality index, Epworth sleepiness scale, and Munich Chronotype Questionnaire...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484491/amino-acid-signatures-to-evaluate-the-beneficial-effects-of-weight-loss
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Nina Geidenstam, Martin Magnusson, Anders P H Danielsson, Robert E Gerszten, Thomas J Wang, Lovisa E Reinius, Hindrik Mulder, Olle Melander, Martin Ridderstråle
Aims. We investigated the relationship between circulating amino acid levels and obesity; to what extent weight loss followed by weight maintenance can correct amino acid abnormalities; and whether amino acids are related to weight loss. Methods. Amino acids associated with waist circumference (WC) and BMI were studied in 804 participants from the Malmö Diet and Cancer Cardiovascular Cohort (MDC-CC). Changes in amino acid levels were analyzed after weight loss and weight maintenance in 12 obese subjects and evaluated in a replication cohort (n = 83)...
2017: International Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476520/distinctive-metabolomic-fingerprint-in-scleroderma-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Martino Deidda, Cristina Piras, Christian Cadeddu Dessalvi, Emanuela Locci, Luigi Barberini, Susanne Orofino, Mario Musu, Mario Nicola Mura, Paolo Emilio Manconi, Gabriele Finco, Luigi Atzori, Giuseppe Mercuro
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in systemic sclerosis (SS) identifies a poor prognosis subset of patients. Recent studies suggested a "metabolic theory" on the development of pulmonary arterial hypertension. On this basis we performed a metabolomic study in order to evaluate whether differences in pulmonary arterial blood metabolites were identifiable in SS patients with increased pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR). METHODS: We studied 18 SS patients (age 58...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475656/nmr-based-metabolomic-analysis-for-the-effects-of-creatine-supplementation-on-mouse-myoblast-cell-line-c2c12
#15
Wenqi Xu, Donghai Lin, Caihua Huang
Creatine (Cr) supplementation has drawn much attention from researchers owing to its widespread efficacy in sports, and more recently, in therapeutic fields. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain elusive. Here, we performed nuclear magnetic resonance-based metabolomic analysis to address the metabolic profile of aqueous extracts from the mouse myoblast cell line C2C12 exposed to 2 mM Cr for 24 h (the Cr-treated group). Results showed that Cr supplementation facilitated the proliferation of C2C12 myoblasts...
May 5, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469625/light-induced-variation-in-phenolic-compounds-in-cabernet-sauvignon-grapes-vitis-vinifera-l-involves-extensive-transcriptome-reprogramming-of-biosynthetic-enzymes-transcription-factors-and-phytohormonal-regulators
#16
Run-Ze Sun, Guo Cheng, Qiang Li, Yan-Nan He, Yu Wang, Yi-Bin Lan, Si-Yu Li, Yan-Rong Zhu, Wen-Feng Song, Xue Zhang, Xiao-Di Cui, Wu Chen, Jun Wang
Light environments have long been known to influence grape (Vitis vinifera L.) berry development and biosynthesis of phenolic compounds, and ultimately affect wine quality. Here, the accumulation and compositional changes of hydroxycinnamic acids (HCAs) and flavonoids, as well as global gene expression were analyzed in Cabernet Sauvignon grape berries under sunlight exposure treatments at different phenological stages. Sunlight exposure did not consistently affect the accumulation of berry skin flavan-3-ol or anthocyanin among different seasons due to climatic variations, but increased HCA content significantly at véraison and harvest, and enhanced flavonol accumulation dramatically with its timing and severity degree trend...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469016/developmental-roles-of-tyrosine-metabolism-enzymes-in-the-blood-sucking-insect-rhodnius-prolixus
#17
Marcos Sterkel, Pedro L Oliveira
The phenylalanine/tyrosine degradation pathway is frequently described as a catabolic pathway that funnels aromatic amino acids into citric acid cycle intermediates. Previously, we demonstrated that the accumulation of tyrosine generated during the hydrolysis of blood meal proteins in Rhodnius prolixus is potentially toxic, a harmful outcome that is prevented by the action of the first two enzymes in the tyrosine degradation pathway. In this work, we further evaluated the relevance of all other enzymes involved in phenylalanine/tyrosine metabolism in the physiology of this insect...
May 17, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468882/serum-metabolomics-investigation-of-humanized-mouse-model-with-dengue-infection
#18
Liang Cui, Jue Hou, Jinling Fang, Yie Hou Lee, Vivian Vasconcelos Costa, Lan Hiong Wong, Qingfeng Chen, Eng Eong Ooi, Steven R Tannenbaum, Jianzhu Chen, Choon Nam Ong
Dengue is an acute febrile illness caused by dengue virus (DENV) and a major cause of morbidity and mortality in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. The lack of an appropriate small-animal model of dengue infection has greatly hindered the study of dengue pathogenesis and the development of therapeutics. In this study, we conducted a mass spectrometry-based serum metabolic profiling from a humanized mice (humice) model with DENV serotype 2 infection at 0, 3, 7, 14 and 28 days post infection (dpi)...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468253/unbalance-between-excitation-and-inhibition-in-phenylketonuria-a-genetic-metabolic-disease-associated-with-autism
#19
Antonella De Jaco, Dalila Mango, Federica De Angelis, Flores Lietta Favaloro, Diego Andolina, Robert Nisticò, Elena Fiori, Marco Colamartino, Tiziana Pascucci
Phenylketonuria (PKU) is the most common genetic metabolic disease with a well-documented association with autism spectrum disorders. It is characterized by the deficiency of the phenylalanine hydroxylase activity, causing plasmatic hyperphenylalaninemia and variable neurological and cognitive impairments. Among the potential pathophysiological mechanisms implicated in autism spectrum disorders is the excitation/inhibition (E/I) imbalance which might result from alterations in excitatory/inhibitory synapse development, synaptic transmission and plasticity, downstream signalling pathways, and intrinsic neuronal excitability...
April 29, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454442/identification-of-target-genes-of-cediranib-in-alveolar-soft-part-sarcoma-using-a-gene-microarray
#20
Wenhua Jiang, Pengfei Liu, Xiaodong Li, Ping Wang
The aim of the present study was to identify the target genes of cediranib and the associated signaling pathways in alveolar soft part sarcoma (ASPS). A microarray dataset (GSE32569) was obtained from the Gene Expression Omnibus database. The R software package was used for data normalization and screening of differentially expressed genes (DEGs). The Database for Annotation, Visualization and Integrated Discovery was used to perform Gene Ontology analysis. Gene Set Enrichment Analysis was performed to obtain the up- and downregulated pathways in ASPS...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
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