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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144820/pheochromocytoma-a-genetic-and-diagnostic-update
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Leilani B Mercado-Asis, Katherine I Wolf, Ivana Jochmanova, David Taïeb
OBJECTIVE: Pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas (PPGLs) are neuroendocrine tumors derived from adrenal or extra-adrenal locations, respectively. Upon suspicion of PPGL, specific metabolomic, molecular, biochemical, imaging, and histopathological studies are performed to prove, localize, treat, and monitor disease progression. Recently, improved diagnostic tools allow physicians to accurately diagnose PPGL, even in patients presenting with small (less than 1 cm) or biochemically silent tumors, which previously delayed proper detection and treatment...
November 16, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114580/alpha-ketoglutarate-protects-streptomyces-coelicolor-from-visible-light-induced-phototoxicity
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Feng Xu, Jin Wang, Guo-Ping Zhao
It has been known that some Streptomyces species, including the model strain Streptomyces coelicolor, are vulnerable to visible light. Much evidence demonstrated that the phototoxicity induced by visible light is a consequence of the formation of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS), which are potentially harmful to cells. In this study, we found that α-ketoglutarate (α-KG) has a protective role against the phototoxicity in S. coelicolor. It could be because that α-KG can detoxify the ROS with the concomitant formation of succinate, which mediates the cells getting into anaerobiosis to produce more NADH and maintain intracellular redox homeostasis, a situation that was demonstrated by overexpressing gdhA in S...
March 2017: Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107960/glutamine-deficiency-induces-dna-alkylation-damage-and-sensitizes-cancer-cells-to-alkylating-agents-through-inhibition-of-alkbh-enzymes
#3
Thai Q Tran, Mari B Ishak Gabra, Xazmin H Lowman, Ying Yang, Michael A Reid, Min Pan, Timothy R O'Connor, Mei Kong
Driven by oncogenic signaling, glutamine addiction exhibited by cancer cells often leads to severe glutamine depletion in solid tumors. Despite this nutritional environment that tumor cells often experience, the effect of glutamine deficiency on cellular responses to DNA damage and chemotherapeutic treatment remains unclear. Here, we show that glutamine deficiency, through the reduction of alpha-ketoglutarate, inhibits the AlkB homolog (ALKBH) enzymes activity and induces DNA alkylation damage. As a result, glutamine deprivation or glutaminase inhibitor treatment triggers DNA damage accumulation independent of cell death...
November 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091971/the-effect-of-respiration-buffer-composition-on-mitochondrial-metabolism-and-function
#4
Lucas C Wollenman, Matthew R Vander Ploeg, Mackinzie L Miller, Yizhu Zhang, Jason N Bazil
Functional studies on isolated mitochondria critically rely on the right choice of respiration buffer. Differences in buffer composition can lead to dramatically different respiration rates leading to difficulties in comparing prior studies. The ideal buffer facilities high ADP-stimulated respiratory rates and minimizes substrate transport effects so that the ability to distinguish between various treatments and conditions is maximal. In this study, we analyzed a variety of respiration buffers and substrate combinations to determine the optimal conditions to support mitochondrial function through ADP-stimulated respiration and uncoupled respiration using FCCP...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089260/design-synthesis-and-biological-activity-of-3-pyrazine-2-yl-oxazolidin-2-ones-as-novel-potent-and-selective-inhibitors-of-mutant-isocitrate-dehydrogenase-1
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Tianfang Ma, Fangxia Zou, Stefan Pusch, Lijun Yang, Qihua Zhu, Yungen Xu, Yueqing Gu, Andreas von Deimling, Xiaoming Zha
Isocitrate dehydrogenases (IDHs) catalyze the oxidative decarboxylation of isocitrate to alpha-ketoglutarate (α-KG) generating carbon dioxide and NADPH/NADH. Evidence suggests that the specific mutations in IDH1 are critical to the growth and reproduction of some tumor cells such as gliomas and acute myeloid leukemia, emerging as an attractive antitumor target. In order to discovery potent new mutant IDH1 inhibitors, we designed, synthesized and evaluated a series of allosteric mIDH1 inhibitors harboring the scaffold of 3-pyrazine-2-yl-oxazolidin-2-ones...
October 13, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076432/the-alkb-family-of-fe-ii-alpha-ketoglutarate-dependent-dioxygenases-modulate-embryogenesis-through-epigenetic-regulation
#6
Yuting Liu, Liang Xie, Quan Yuan
BACKGROUND: The study of epigenetic regulation has made substantial progress in recent years. The AlkB family in E. coli was identified as a type of DNA repair enzyme that removes alkyl adducts from nucleobases. Recently, nine mammalian homologs, ALKBH1-9, have been successfully identified and defined as diverse demethylases. ALKBH1, ALKBH5, ALKBH8 and ALKBH9 act as RNA demethylases, while ALKBH2-3 and ALKBH7 correct methyl and etheno adducts in DNA. Moreover, ALKBH4 focuses primarily on actin...
October 26, 2017: Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050286/a-prospective-study-of-serum-metabolites-and-glioma-risk
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Jiaqi Huang, Stephanie J Weinstein, Cari M Kitahara, Edward D Karoly, Joshua N Sampson, Demetrius Albanes
Malignant glioma is one of the most lethal adult cancers, yet its etiology remains largely unknown. We conducted a prospective serum metabolomic analysis of glioma based on 64 cases and 64 matched controls selected from Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention (ATBC) Study. Median time from collection of baseline fasting serum to diagnosis was nine years (inter-decile range 3-20 years). LC/MS-MS identified 730 known metabolites, and conditional logistic regression models estimated odds ratios for one-standard deviation differences in log-metabolite signals...
September 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040866/carbon-dependent-alleviation-of-ammonia-toxicity-for-algae-cultivation-and-associated-mechanisms-exploration
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Qian Lu, Paul Chen, Min Addy, Renchuan Zhang, Xiangyuan Deng, Yiwei Ma, Yanling Cheng, Fida Hussain, Chi Chen, Yuhuan Liu, Roger Ruan
Ammonia toxicity in wastewater is one of the factors that limit the application of algae technology in wastewater treatment. This work explored the correlation between carbon sources and ammonia assimilation and applied a glucose-assisted nitrogen starvation method to alleviate ammonia toxicity. In this study, ammonia toxicity to Chlorella sp. was observed when NH3-N concentration reached 28.03mM in artificial wastewater. Addition of alpha-ketoglutarate in wastewater promoted ammonia assimilation, but low utilization efficiency and high cost of alpha-ketoglutarate limits its application in wastewater treatment...
September 28, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29019085/the-arnon-buchanan-cycle-a-retrospective-1966-2016
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Bob B Buchanan, Reidun Sirevåg, Georg Fuchs, Ruslan N Ivanovsky, Yasuo Igarashi, Masaharu Ishii, F Robert Tabita, Ivan A Berg
For the first decade following its description in 1954, the Calvin-Benson cycle was considered the sole pathway of autotrophic CO2 assimilation. In the early 1960s, experiments with fermentative bacteria uncovered reactions that challenged this concept. Ferredoxin was found to donate electrons directly for the reductive fixation of CO2 into alpha-keto acids via reactions considered irreversible. Thus, pyruvate and alpha-ketoglutarate could be synthesized from CO2, reduced ferredoxin and acetyl-CoA or succinyl-CoA, respectively...
November 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28947262/perfluorooctanoic-acid-exposure-disturbs-glucose-metabolism-in-mouse-liver
#10
Fei Zheng, Nan Sheng, Hongxia Zhang, Shengmin Yan, Jianhai Zhang, Jianshe Wang
Environmental pollutants such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) can influence human metabolism processes and are associated with certain metabolic diseases. To investigate the effect of PFOA on liver glucose homeostasis, adult male Balb/c mice were orally administered 1.25mg/kg of PFOA for 28d consecutively. Compared with the control mice, the body weights of the PFOA-treated mice were unchanged following exposure. However, PFOA exposure increased fasting blood glucose levels and decreased glycogen and glucose content in the liver of treated mice, but did not influence blood insulin significantly...
November 15, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926697/copper-inhibits-the-alkb-family-dna-repair-enzymes-under-wilson-s-disease-condition
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Ke Bian, Fangyi Chen, Zachary T Humulock, Qi Tang, Deyu Li
Disturbed metabolism of copper ions can cause diseases such as Wilson's disease (WD). In this work, we investigated the inhibitory effect of Cu(II) ion in vitro on the AlkB family DNA repair enzymes, which are members of the Fe(II)/alpha-ketoglutarate-dependent dioxygenase and include human ALKBH2, ALKBH3, and E. coli AlkB proteins. None of the three proteins was significantly inhibited under normal cellular copper concentrations. However, under WD related condition, we observed that the activities of all three enzymes were strongly suppressed (from 95...
October 16, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914356/in-vivo-treatment-with-nitazoxanide-induces-anaerobic-metabolism-in-experimental-intraperitoneal-cysticercosis
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Joelma M Nasareth, Carolina M Fraga, Nayana F Lima, Guaraciara A Picanço, Tatiane L Costa, Ruy S Lino-Junior, Marina Clare Vinaud
Taenia crassiceps cysticerci are used as experimental model to study the host-parasite relationship and treatment of cysticercosis. One of the described mode of actions of nitazoxanide (NTZ) is to block the pyruvate ferredoxine oxidoreductase (PFOR) enzyme which is an essential enzyme to the parasite metabolism. The aim of this study was to determine the in vivo influence of one dosage of NTZ on the energetic metabolism of T. crassiceps cysticerci. Thirty days after the intraperitoneal inoculation of T. crassiceps cysticerci, BALB/c mice were orally treated with 7...
November 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856750/thiamine-deficiency-in-childhood-with-attention-to-genetic-causes-survival-and-outcome-predictors
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Juan Darío Ortigoza-Escobar, Majid Alfadhel, Marta Molero-Luis, Niklas Darin, Ronen Spiegel, Irenaeus F de Coo, Mike Gerards, Robert W Taylor, Rafael Artuch, Marwan Nashabat, Pilar Rodríguez-Pombo, Brahim Tabarki, Belén Pérez-Dueñas
Primary and secondary conditions leading to thiamine deficiency have overlapping features in children, presenting with acute episodes of encephalopathy, bilateral symmetric brain lesions, and high excretion of organic acids that are specific of thiamine-dependent mitochondrial enzymes, mainly lactate, alpha-ketoglutarate, and branched chain keto-acids. Undiagnosed and untreated thiamine deficiencies are often fatal or lead to severe sequelae. Herein, we describe the clinical and genetic characterization of 79 patients with inherited thiamine defects causing encephalopathy in childhood, identifying outcome predictors in patients with pathogenic SLC19A3 variants, the most common genetic etiology...
September 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813658/ccctc-binding-factor-translates-interleukin-2-and-%C3%AE-ketoglutarate-sensitive-metabolic-changes-in-t%C3%A2-cells-into-context-dependent-gene-programs
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Danielle A Chisolm, Daniel Savic, Amanda J Moore, Andre Ballesteros-Tato, Beatriz León, David K Crossman, Cornelis Murre, Richard M Myers, Amy S Weinmann
Despite considerable research connecting cellular metabolism with differentiation decisions, the underlying mechanisms that translate metabolite-sensitive activities into unique gene programs are still unclear. We found that aspects of the interleukin-2 (IL-2)-sensitive effector gene program in CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells in type 1 conditions (Th1) were regulated by glutamine and alpha-ketoglutarate (αKG)-induced events, in part through changes in DNA and histone methylation states. We further identified a mechanism by which IL-2- and αKG-sensitive metabolic changes regulated the association of CCCTC-binding factor (CTCF) with select genomic sites...
August 15, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813209/galangin-a-natural-flavonoid-reduces-mitochondrial-oxidative-damage-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-rats
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Amal A Aloud, Chinnadurai Veeramani, Chandramohan Govindasamy, Mohammed A Alsaif, Khalid S Al-Numair
OBJECTIVE: We designed this study to observe the effect of galangin on damaged mitochondria in the liver of diabetic rats. METHODS: Male albino Wistar rats were made diabetic by injecting streptozotocin (STZ) intraperitoneally (40 mg kg(-1) body weight (BW)). Galangin (8 mg kg(-1) BW) or glibenclamide (600 µg kg(-1) BW) was given orally daily once for 45 days to both healthy and diabetic rats. RESULTS: Diabetic rats showed significant (P < 0...
August 16, 2017: Redox Report: Communications in Free Radical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780590/alpha-ketoglutarate-enhances-freeze-thaw-tolerance-and-prevents-carbohydrate-induced-cell-death-of-the-yeast-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Maria M Bayliak, Olha V Hrynkiv, Roksolana V Knyhynytska, Volodymyr I Lushchak
Stress resistance and fermentative capability are important quality characteristics of baker's yeast. In the present study, we examined protective effects of exogenous alpha-ketoglutarate (AKG), an intermediate of the tricarboxylic acid cycle and amino acid metabolism, against freeze-thaw and carbohydrate-induced stresses in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Growth on AKG-supplemented medium prevented a loss of viability and improved fermentative capacity of yeast cells after freeze-thaw treatment. The cells grown in the presence of AKG had higher levels of amino acids (e...
August 5, 2017: Archives of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760433/branched-chain-amino-acid-supplementation-in-treatment-of-liver-cirrhosis-updated-views-on-how-to-attenuate-their-harmful-effects-on-cataplerosis-and-ammonia-formation
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Milan Holeček
Branched-chain amino acid (BCAA; valine, leucine, and isoleucine) supplementation is common for patients with liver cirrhosis due to decreased levels of BCAA in the blood plasma of these patients, which plays a role in pathogenesis of hepatic encephalopathy and cachexia. The unique pharmacologic properties of BCAA also are a factor for use as supplementation in this population. In the present article, BCAA is shown to provide nitrogen to alpha-ketoglutarate (α-KG) for synthesis of glutamate, which is a substrate for ammonia detoxification to glutamine (GLN) in the brain and muscles...
September 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744296/metabolomic-analysis-of-alfalfa-medicago-sativa-l-root-symbiotic-rhizobia-responses-under-alkali-stress
#18
Tingting Song, Huihui Xu, Na Sun, Liu Jiang, Pu Tian, Yueyuan Yong, Weiwei Yang, Hua Cai, Guowen Cui
Alkaline salts (e.g., NaHCO3 and Na2CO3) causes more severe morphological and physiological damage to plants than neutral salts (e.g., NaCl and Na2SO4) due to differences in pH. The mechanism by which plants respond to alkali stress is not fully understood, especially in plants having symbotic relationships such as alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.). Therefore, a study was designed to evaluate the metabolic response of the root-nodule symbiosis in alfalfa under alkali stress using comparative metabolomics. Rhizobium-nodulized (RI group) and non-nodulized (NI group) alfalfa roots were treated with 200 mmol/L NaHCO3 and, roots samples were analyzed for malondialdehydyde (MDA), proline, glutathione (GSH), superoxide dismutase (SOD), and peroxidase (POD) content...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659379/glutamine-fuels-proliferation-but-not-migration-of-endothelial-cells
#19
Boa Kim, Jia Li, Cholsoon Jang, Zoltan Arany
Endothelial metabolism is a key regulator of angiogenesis. Glutamine metabolism in endothelial cells (ECs) has been poorly studied. We used genetic modifications and (13)C tracing approaches to define glutamine metabolism in these cells. Glutamine supplies the majority of carbons in the tricyclic acid (TCA) cycle of ECs and contributes to lipid biosynthesis via reductive carboxylation. EC-specific deletion in mice of glutaminase, the initial enzyme in glutamine catabolism, markedly blunts angiogenesis. In cell culture, glutamine deprivation or inhibition of glutaminase prevents EC proliferation, but does not prevent cell migration, which relies instead on aerobic glycolysis...
August 15, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653623/replication-study-the-common-feature-of-leukemia-associated-idh1-and-idh2-mutations-is-a-neomorphic-enzyme-activity-converting-alpha-ketoglutarate-to-2-hydroxyglutarate
#20
Megan Reed Showalter, Jason Hatakeyama, Tomas Cajka, Kacey VanderVorst, Kermit L Carraway, Oliver Fiehn
In 2016, as part of the Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology, we published a Registered Report (Fiehn et al., 2016), that described how we intended to replicate selected experiments from the paper "The common feature of leukemia-associated IDH1 and IDH2 mutations is a neomorphic enzyme activity converting alpha-ketoglutarate to 2-hydroxyglutarate" (Ward et al., 2010). Here, we report the results of those experiments. We found that cells expressing R172K mutant IDH2 did not display isocitrate-dependent NADPH production above vector control levels, in contrast to the increased production observed with wild-type IDH2...
June 27, 2017: ELife
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