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Avani B Chokshi, Mahesh T Chhabria, Pritesh R Desai
INTRODUCTION: In the present research work, a pharmacophore based virtual screening was performed using Discovery Studio 2.1 for the discovery of some novel molecules as inhibitors of Squalene Synthase Enzyme, a key enzyme in cholesterol biosynthetic pathway. Methos: A quantitative pharmacophore HypoGen was generated and the best HypoGen, had two ring aromatic and one hydrogen bond acceptor lipid features. The best HypoGen showed a very good correlation coefficient (r = 0.901) with satisfactory cost analysis...
May 7, 2018: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
Aldo Almeida, Lemeng Dong, Bekzod Khakimov, Jean-Etienne Bassard, Tessa Moses, Frederic Lota, Alain Goossens, Giovanni Appendino, Søren Bak
8,14- seco -Triterpenoids are characterized by their unusual open C-ring. Their distribution in nature is rare and scattered in taxonomically unrelated plants. The 8,14- seco -triterpenoid α-onocerin is only known from the evolutionarily distant clubmoss genus Lycopodium and the leguminous genus Ononis , which makes the biosynthesis of this seco -triterpenoid intriguing from an evolutionary standpoint. In our experiments with Ononis spinosa, α-onocerin was detected only in the roots. Through transcriptome analysis of the roots, an oxidosqualene cyclase, OsONS1, was identified that produces α-onocerin from squalene-2,3;22,23-dioxide when transiently expressed in Nicotiana bethamiana In contrast, in Lycopodium clavatum , two sequential cyclases, LcLCC and LcLCD, are required to produce α-onocerin in the N...
February 2018: Plant Physiology
I Martin Sheldon, James G Cronin, Mateusz Pospiech, Matthew L Turner
Bacterial infections of the uterus after parturition are ubiquitous in dairy cattle and often cause uterine disease, such as metritis or endometritis. However, the metabolic stress associated with milk production increases the risk of developing disease. Resolution of bacterial infections requires rapid and robust innate immune responses, which depend on host cell receptors recognizing pathogen-associated molecular patterns, such as lipopolysaccharide (LPS) from gram-negative bacteria. Here, we argue that metabolic stress impairs the inflammatory response to pathogens...
April 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
Hem R Thapa, Su Tang, James C Sacchettini, Timothy P Devarenne
Recently, the biosynthetic pathway for lycopadiene, a C40 tetraterpenoid hydrocarbon, was deciphered from the L race of Botryococcus braunii, an alga that produces hydrocarbon oils capable of being converted into combustible fuels. The lycopadiene pathway is initiated by the squalene synthase (SS)-like enzyme lycopaoctaene synthase (LOS), which catalyzes the head-to-head condensation of two C20 geranylgeranyl diphosphate (GGPP) molecules to produce C40 lycopaoctaene. LOS shows unusual substrate promiscuity for SS or SS-like enzymes by utilizing C15 farnesyl diphosphate (FPP) and C20 phytyl diphosphate in addition to GGPP as substrates...
September 15, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
Bernard D Lemire
The NADH:ubiquinone oxidoreductase (complex I) is the largest member of the mitochondrial respiratory chain. Its FMN cofactor accepts two electrons from NADH and transfers them to ubiquinone via a chain of iron-sulphur centers. A central core of 14 highly conserved subunits can couple electron transfer to proton translocation. The mammalian enzyme has an additional ~30 accessory subunits. Complex I has important bioenergetic and metabolic functions and is a known source of reactive oxygen species; these functions link it to a number of hereditary and degenerative diseases...
July 2017: Mitochondrion
Heling Su, Yongming Liu, Yalun Xiao, Yanlian Tan, Yunyan Gu, Bin Liang, Hongli Huang, Yaosheng Wu
OBJECTIVES: To clone and characterize the squalene synthase from Siraitia grosvenorii (SgSQS). RESULTS: The gene encoding SgSQS was cloned. SgSQS has 417 amino acid residues with an pI of 7.3. There are 32 phosphorylation sites in its sequence: S48 as well as S196 play important roles in regulation of enzyme activity. The enzyme is a monomeric protein with a cave-like active center formed by α helixes and has two transmembrane domains at its C-terminus. SgSQS mRNA expression in stem and root were about twice as much as that in leaf and peel...
July 2017: Biotechnology Letters
Huan Zhao, Qi Tang, Changming Mo, Longhua Bai, Dongping Tu, Xiaojun Ma
Mogrosides and steroid saponins are tetracyclic triterpenoids found in Siraitia grosvenorii. Squalene synthase (SQS) and cycloartenol synthase (CAS) are key enzymes in triterpenoid and steroid biosynthesis. In this study, full-length cDNAs of SgSQS and SgCAS were cloned by a rapid amplification of cDNA-ends with polymerase chain reaction (RACE-PCR) approach. The SgSQS cDNA has a 1254 bp open reading frame (ORF) encoding 417 amino acids, and the SgCAS cDNA contains a 2298 bp ORF encoding 765 amino acids. Bioinformatic analysis showed that the deduced SgSQS protein has two transmembrane regions in the C-terminal...
March 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
Rupali Gupta, Akanksha Singh, Madhumita Srivastava, Vivek Singh, M M Gupta, Rakesh Pandey
Plant-associated beneficial microbes have been explored to fulfill the imperative function for plant health. However, their impact on the host secondary metabolite production and nematode disease management remains elusive. Our present work has shown that chitinolytic microbes viz., Chitiniphilus sp. MTN22 and Streptomyces sp. MTN14 singly as well as in combination modulated the biosynthetic pathway of bacoside A and systemic defense mechanism against Meloidogyne incognita in Bacopa monnieri. Interestingly, expression of bacoside biosynthetic pathway genes (3-Hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase, mevalonate diphosphate decarboxylase, and squalene synthase) were upregulated in plants treated with the microbial combination in the presence as well as in absence of M...
February 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
Nobutaka Suzuki, Tatsuo Ito, Hisanori Matsui, Masayuki Takizawa
TAK-475 (lapaquistat acetate) and its active metabolite-I (TAK-475 M-I) inhibit squalene synthase, which catalyzes the conversion of farnesyl diphosphate (FPP) to squalene. FPP is a substrate for synthesis of other mevalonate-derived isoprenoids (MDIs) such as farnesol (FOH), geranlygeranyl diphosphate (GGPP), and geranylgeraniol. In patients with MKD, a rare autosomal recessive disorder, defective activity of mevalonate kinase leads to a shortage of MDIs. MDIs especially GGPP are required for prenylation of proteins, which is a posttranslation modification necessary for proper functioning of proteins like small guanosine triphosphatases...
2016: SpringerPlus
Elise K Pasoreck, Jin Su, Ian M Silverman, Sager J Gosai, Brian D Gregory, Joshua S Yuan, Henry Daniell
The impact of metabolic engineering on nontarget pathways and outcomes of metabolic engineering from different genomes are poorly understood questions. Therefore, squalene biosynthesis genes FARNESYL DIPHOSPHATE SYNTHASE (FPS) and SQUALENE SYNTHASE (SQS) were engineered via the Nicotiana tabacum chloroplast (C), nuclear (N) or both (CN) genomes to promote squalene biosynthesis. SQS levels were ~4300-fold higher in C and CN lines than in N, but all accumulated ~150-fold higher squalene due to substrate or storage limitations...
September 2016: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Hem R Thapa, Mandar T Naik, Shigeru Okada, Kentaro Takada, István Molnár, Yuquan Xu, Timothy P Devarenne
The green microalga Botryococcus braunii is considered a promising biofuel feedstock producer due to its prodigious accumulation of hydrocarbon oils that can be converted into fuels. B. braunii Race L produces the C40 tetraterpenoid hydrocarbon lycopadiene via an uncharacterized biosynthetic pathway. Structural similarities suggest this pathway follows a biosynthetic mechanism analogous to that of C30 squalene. Confirming this hypothesis, the current study identifies C20 geranylgeranyl diphosphate (GGPP) as a precursor for lycopaoctaene biosynthesis, the first committed intermediate in the production of lycopadiene...
2016: Nature Communications
Marcelo Dutra Arbo, Simone Melega, Regina Stöber, Markus Schug, Eugen Rempel, Jörg Rahnenführer, Patricio Godoy, Raymond Reif, Cristina Cadenas, Maria de Lourdes Bastos, Helena Carmo, Jan G Hengstler
The piperazine derivatives most frequently consumed for recreational purposes are 1-benzylpiperazine, 1-(3,4-methylenedioxybenzyl) piperazine, 1-(3-trifluoromethylphenyl) piperazine and 1-(4-methoxyphenyl) piperazine. Generally, they are consumed as capsules, tablets or pills but also in powder or liquid forms. Currently, the precise mechanism by which piperazine designer drugs induce hepatotoxicity and whether they act by a common pathway is unclear. To answer this question, we performed a gene array study with rat hepatocytes incubated with the four designer drugs...
December 2016: Archives of Toxicology
Elizabeth A Rondini, Zofia Duniec-Dmuchowski, Thomas A Kocarek
Our laboratory previously reported that accumulation of nonsterol isoprenoids following treatment with the squalene synthase inhibitor, squalestatin 1 (SQ1) markedly induced cytochrome P450 (CYP)2B1 mRNA and reporter activity in primary cultured rat hepatocytes, which was dependent on activation of the constitutive androstane receptor (CAR). The objective of the current study was to evaluate whether isoprenoids likewise activate murine CAR (mCAR) or one or more isoforms of human CAR (hCAR) produced by alternative splicing (SPTV, hCAR2; APYLT, hCAR3)...
April 2016: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
Asmita Pant, Thomas A Kocarek
Farnesyl pyrophosphate (FPP) is a branch-point intermediate in the mevalonate pathway that is normally converted mainly to squalene by squalene synthase in the first committed step of sterol biosynthesis. Treatment with the squalene synthase inhibitor squalestatin 1 (SQ1) causes accumulation of FPP, its dephosphorylated metabolite farnesol, and several oxidized farnesol-derived metabolites. In addition, SQ1 treatment of primary cultured rat hepatocytes increases CYP2B expression through a mechanism that requires FPP synthesis and activation of the constitutive androstane receptor (CAR)...
March 2016: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
Yul-Lye Hwang, Myung Im, Min-Ho Lee, Seok-Seon Roh, Byoung Wook Choi, Sue Jeong Kim, Kyung-Cheol Sohn, Young Lee, Young-Joon Seo, Jeung-Hoon Lee, Chang Deok Kim
AIMS: Acne is a common skin disease that originates in the sebaceous gland. The pathogenesis of acne is very complex, involving the increase of sebum production and perifollicular inflammation. In this study, we screened the anti-lipogenic material and demonstrated its effect using cultured human sebocytes. MAIN METHODS: Normal human sebocytes were cultured by explanting the sebaceous glands. To evaluate the anti-lipogenic effect, sebocytes were treated with test materials and (14)C-acetate incorporation assay was performed...
January 1, 2016: Life Sciences
Fantao Kong, Tomohito Yamasaki, Sari Dewi Kurniasih, Liyuan Hou, Xiaobo Li, Nina Ivanova, Shigeru Okada, Takeshi Ohama
Chlamydomonas is a very attractive candidate plant cell factory. However, its main drawback is the difficulty to find the transformants that robustly express heterologous genes randomly inserted in the nuclear genome. We previously showed that domestic squalene synthase (SQS) gene of Chlamydomonas was much more efficiently overexpressed in a mutant strain [UV-mediated mutant (UVM) 4] than in wild type. In this study, we evaluated the possibility of a new mutant strain, met1, which contains a tag in the maintenance type methyltransferase gene that is expected to play a key role in the maintenance of transcriptional gene silencing...
September 2015: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
Phercyles Veiga-Santos, Kai Li, Lilianne Lameira, Tecia Maria Ulisses de Carvalho, Guozhong Huang, Melina Galizzi, Na Shang, Qian Li, Dolores Gonzalez-Pacanowska, Vanessa Hernandez-Rodriguez, Gustavo Benaim, Rey-Ting Guo, Julio A Urbina, Roberto Docampo, Wanderley de Souza, Eric Oldfield
We tested the antituberculosis drug SQ109, which is currently in advanced clinical trials for the treatment of drug-susceptible and drug-resistant tuberculosis, for its in vitro activity against the trypanosomatid parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas disease. SQ109 was found to be a potent inhibitor of the trypomastigote form of the parasite, with a 50% inhibitory concentration (IC50) for cell killing of 50 ± 8 nM, but it had little effect (50% effective concentration [EC50], ∼80 μM) in a red blood cell hemolysis assay...
April 2015: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Stephen A Bell, Thomas D Niehaus, S Eric Nybo, Joseph Chappell
Squalene and botryococcene are branched-chain, triterpene compounds that arise from the head-to-head condensation of two molecules of farnesyl diphosphate to yield 1'-1 and 1'-3 linkages, respectively. The enzymes that catalyze their formation have attracted considerable interest from the medical field as potential drug targets and the renewable energy sector for metabolic engineering efforts. Recently, the enzymes responsible for botryococcene and squalene biosynthesis in the green alga Botryococcus braunii race B were characterized...
December 9, 2014: Biochemistry
Susana Sánchez-Fidalgo, Isabel Villegas, Maria Ángeles Rosillo, Marina Aparicio-Soto, Catalina Alarcón de la Lastra
SCOPE: Squalene is a polyunsaturated triterpene, which has exhibited anticancer and antioxidant activities among others. We investigated dietary squalene supplementation effect on an acute colitis model induced by dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) in C57BL/6 mice. METHODS AND RESULTS: Mice were fed from weaning with squalene at 0.02% and 0.1%. After 4 weeks, mice were exposed to 3% DSS for 5 days developing acute colitis. After DSS removal (5 days), colons were histological and biochemically processed...
February 2015: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
Xinxin Feng, Yumei Hu, Yingying Zheng, Wei Zhu, Kai Li, Chun-Hsiang Huang, Tzu-Ping Ko, Feifei Ren, Hsiu-Chien Chan, Mulugeta Nega, Shannon Bogue, Daniel López, Roberto Kolter, Friedrich Götz, Rey-Ting Guo, Eric Oldfield
YisP is involved in biofilm formation in Bacillus subtilis and has been predicted to produce C30 isoprenoids. We determined the structure of YisP and observed that it adopts the same fold as squalene and dehydrosqualene synthases. However, the first aspartate-rich motif found in essentially all isoprenoid synthases is aspartate poor in YisP and cannot catalyze head-to-head condensation reactions. We find that YisP acts as a phosphatase, catalyzing formation of farnesol from farnesyl diphosphate, and that it is the first phosphatase to adopt the fold seen in the head-to-head prenyl synthases...
November 20, 2014: Chemistry & Biology
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