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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715115/membrane-topology-and-identification-of-key-residues-of-eadact-a-plant-mboat-with-unusual-substrate-specificity
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Tam N T Tran, Jennifer Shelton, Susan Brown, Timothy P Durrett
Euonymus alatus diacylglycerol acetyltransferase (EaDAcT) catalyzes the transfer of an acetyl group from acetyl-CoA to the sn-3 position of diacylglycerol (DAG) to form 3-acetyl-1,2-diacyl-sn-glycerol (acetyl-TAG). EaDAcT belongs to a small, plant-specific subfamily of the membrane bound O-acyltransferases (MBOAT) that acylate different lipid substrates. Sucrose gradient density centrifugation revealed that EaDAcT colocalizes to the same fractions as an endoplasmic reticulum specific marker. By mapping the membrane topology of EaDAcT, we obtained an experimentally determined topology model for a plant MBOAT...
July 17, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711476/treatment-in-early-psychosis-with-n-acetyl-cysteine-for-6months-improves-low-level-auditory-processing-pilot-study
#2
Chrysa Retsa, Jean-François Knebel, Eveline Geiser, Carina Ferrari, Raoul Jenni, Margot Fournier, Luis Alameda, Philipp S Baumann, Stephanie Clarke, Philippe Conus, Kim Q Do, Micah M Murray
Sensory impairments constitute core dysfunctions in schizophrenia. In the auditory modality, impaired mismatch negativity (MMN) has been observed in chronic schizophrenia and may reflect N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) hypo-function, consistent with models of schizophrenia based on oxidative stress. Moreover, a recent study demonstrated deficits in the N100 component of the auditory evoked potential (AEP) in early psychosis patients. Previous work has shown that add-on administration of the glutathione precursor N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) improves the MMN and clinical symptoms in chronic schizophrenia...
July 12, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705614/tracing-molecular-and-structural-changes-upon-mucolysis-with-n-acetyl-cysteine-in-human-airway-mucus
#3
Branko Vukosavljevic, Xabier Murgia, Konrad Schwarzkopf, Ulrich F Schaefer, Claus-Michael Lehr, Maike Windbergs
The conducting airways of the human lungs are lined by mucus, which lubricates the lung epithelium and provides a first-line protection against airborne threats. As a novel approach for visualization of the human mucus microstructure, we applied confocal Raman microscopy as a label-free and chemically selective technique. We were successfully able to chemically resolve the pulmonary surfactant from the mucus matrix and show its spatial distribution, as well as to visualize the structural changes within the freeze-dried mucus mesh upon chemical mucolysis...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704996/imidacloprid-promotes-high-fat-diet-induced-adiposity-in-female-c57bl-6j-mice-and-enhance-adipogenesis-in-3t3-l1-adipocytes-via-ampk%C3%AE-mediated-pathway
#4
Quancai Sun, Weipeng Qi, Xiao Xiao, Szu-Hao Yang, Daeyoung Kim, Kyong-Sup Yoon, John M Clark, Yeonhwa Park
Imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid insecticide, has been reported to enhance adipogenesis and resulted in insulin resistance in vitro. It was also reported to promote high fat diet-induced obesity and insulin resistance in male C57BL/6J mice. The current study was to determine the effects of imidacloprid and its interaction with dietary fat in the development of adiposity and insulin resistance in female C57BL/6J mice. Mice were fed with imidacloprid (0.06, 0.6, or 6 mg/kg bw/day) mixed in low fat (4% w/w) or high fat (20% w/w) diet for 12 weeks...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701883/20s-protopanaxadiol-an-aglycosylated-ginsenoside-metabolite-induces-hepatic-stellate-cell-apoptosis-through-liver-kinase-b1-amp-activated-protein-kinase-activation
#5
Sang Mi Park, Eun Hye Jung, Jae Kwang Kim, Kyung Hwan Jegal, Chung A Park, Il Je Cho, Sang Chan Kim
BACKGROUND: Previously, we reported that Korean Red Ginseng inhibited liver fibrosis in mice and reduced the expressions of fibrogenic genes in hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). The present study was undertaken to identify the major ginsenoside responsible for reducing the numbers of HSCs and the underlying mechanism involved. METHODS: Using LX-2 cells (a human immortalized HSC line) and primary activated HSCs, MTT (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl-tetrazolium bromide) assays were conducted to examine the cytotoxic effects of ginsenosides...
July 2017: Journal of Ginseng Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700660/cancer-selective-single-agent-chemoradiosensitising-gold-nanoparticles
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Sophie Grellet, Konstantina Tzelepi, Meike Roskamp, Phil Williams, Aquila Sharif, Richard Slade-Carter, Peter Goldie, Nicky Whilde, Małgorzata A Śmiałek, Nigel J Mason, Jon P Golding
Two nanometre gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), bearing sugar moieties and/or thiol-polyethylene glycol-amine (PEG-amine), were synthesised and evaluated for their in vitro toxicity and ability to radiosensitise cells with 220 kV and 6 MV X-rays, using four cell lines representing normal and cancerous skin and breast tissues. Acute 3 h exposure of cells to AuNPs, bearing PEG-amine only or a 50:50 ratio of alpha-galactose derivative and PEG-amine resulted in selective uptake and toxicity towards cancer cells at unprecedentedly low nanomolar concentrations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698075/comparison-of-metformin-and-n-acetyl-cysteine-as-an-adjuvant-to-clomiphene-citrate-in-clomiphene-resistant-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
#7
M Nemati, Sh Nemati, A-M Taheri, B Heidari
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of short- and long-term treatment with metformin and NAC, in an adjuvant to clomiphene citrate (CC), on the improvement of hormonal profile (SHBG, total testosterone, FBS, and fasting insulin) and fertility status in CC-resistant women with PCOS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred and eight CC-resistant PCOS patients were participated in the study and received either metformin (1500mg/day) or NAC (1800mg/day) with 100mg/day of CC for 8 and 12 weeks...
July 8, 2017: Journal of gynecology obstetrics and human reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696987/nutritional-supplements-for-the-treatment-and-prevention-of-sports-related-concussion-evidence-still-lacking
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Thomas H Trojian, David H Wang, John J Leddy
Concussions are common neurologic events that affect many athletes. Very little has been studied on the treatment of concussions with supplements and medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reminds us that no supplement has been proven to treat concussions. Many animal studies show that supplements have potential for improving the effects of a brain injury but none have been shown to be of consistent benefit in human studies. Animal studies on severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) may not therefore be applicable transfer to sports-related concussions (SRC)...
July 2017: Current Sports Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696834/simultaneous-detection-of-the-tetrachloroethylene-metabolites-s-1-2-2-trichlorovinyl-glutathione-s-1-2-2-trichlorovinyl-l-cysteine-and-n-acetyl-s-1-2-2-trichlorovinyl-l-cysteine-in-multiple-mouse-tissues-via-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-electrospray
#9
Yu-Syuan Luo, Joseph A Cichocki, Thomas J McDonald, Ivan Rusyn
Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene; PERC) is a high-production volume chemical and ubiquitous environmental contaminant that is hazardous to human health. Toxicity attributed to PERC is mediated through oxidative and glutathione (GSH) conjugation metabolites. The conjugation of PERC by glutathione-s-transferase to generate S-(1,2,2-trichlorovinyl) glutathione (TCVG), which is subsequently metabolized to form S-(1,2,2-trichlorovinyl)-L-cysteine (TCVC) is of special importance to human health. Specifically, TCVC may be metabolized to N-acetyl-S-(1,2,2-trichlorovinyl)-L-cysteine (NAcTCVC) which is excreted through urine, or to electrophilic metabolites that are nephrotoxic and mutagenic...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690196/linking-arsenite-and-cadmium-generated-oxidative-stress-to-microsatellite-instability-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#10
Chang-Lin Wu, Li-Yan Huang, Christina L Chang
Mismatch repair (MMR) corrects replicative errors and minimizes DNA damage that occurs frequently in microsatellites. MMR deficiency is manifested as microsatellite instability (MSI), which contributes to hypermutability and cancer pathogenesis. Genomic instability, including MSI and chromosomal instability, appears to be responsible for the carcinogenesis of arsenic and cadmium, common contaminants in our environment. However, few studies have addressed arsenic- or cadmium-induced MSI, especially its potential link with arsenic- or cadmium-generated oxidative stress, due to the lack of quantifiable MSI assays and cost-effective animal models...
July 6, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689798/ethyl-acetate-extract-from-panax-ginseng-c-a-meyer-and-its-main-constituents-inhibit-%C3%AE-melanocyte-stimulating-hormone-induced-melanogenesis-by-suppressing-oxidative-stress-in-b16-mouse-melanoma-cells
#11
Rui Jiang, Xiao-Hao Xu, Ke Wang, Xin-Zhao Yang, Ying-Fei Bi, Yao Yan, Jian-Zeng Liu, Xue-Nan Chen, Zhen-Zhong Wang, Xiao-Li Guo, Da-Qing Zhao, Li-Wei Sun
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Hyperpigmentation disease involves darkening of the skin color due to melanin overproduction. Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer is a well-known traditional Chinese medicine and has a long history of use as a skin lightener to inhibit melanin formation in China, Korea and some other Asian countries. However, the constituents and the molecular mechanisms by which they affect melanogenesis are not fully clear. AIM OF THE STUDY: The purpose of this study was to identify the active ingredient in Panax ginseng C...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686580/upregulation-of-lyar-induces-neuroblastoma-cell-proliferation-and-survival
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Yuting Sun, Bernard Atmadibrata, Denise Yu, Matthew Wong, Bing Liu, Nicholas Ho, Dora Ling, Andrew E Tee, Jenny Wang, Imran N Mungrue, Pei Y Liu, Tao Liu
The N-Myc oncoprotein induces neuroblastoma by regulating gene transcription and consequently causing cell proliferation. Paradoxically, N-Myc is well known to induce apoptosis by upregulating pro-apoptosis genes, and it is not clear how N-Myc overexpressing neuroblastoma cells escape N-Myc-mediated apoptosis. The nuclear zinc finger protein LYAR has recently been shown to modulate gene expression by forming a protein complex with the protein arginine methyltransferase PRMT5. Here we showed that N-Myc upregulated LYAR gene expression by binding to its gene promoter...
July 7, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686023/phoxi-a-high-quantum-yield-solvent-sensitive-blue-fluorescent-5-hydroxytryptophan-derivative-synthesized-within-ten-minutes-under-aqueous-ambient-conditions
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Alexandre Grigoryan, Azaria S Eisenberg, Laura J Juszczak
Multiple tryptophan (Trp) proteins are not amenable to fluorescence study because individual residue emission is not resolvable. Biosynthetic incorporation of an indole analog such as 5-hydroxyindole has not provided sufficient spectroscopic resolution because of low quantum yield and small emission shift. Here, 5-hydroxyindole is used as the starting framework for building a blue emitting fluorophore of high quantum yield, 2-phenyl-6H-oxazolo[4,5-e]indole (PHOXI). This is a three reagent reaction completed in 10 minutes under ambient conditions in borate buffer at pH 8...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685188/evaluation-of-mycotube-a-modified-version-of-lowenstein-jensen-lj-medium-for-efficient-recovery-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-mtb
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R Nambiar, S Chatellier, N Bereksi, A van Belkum, N Singh, B Barua, A Shetty, C Rodrigues
Timely diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB), caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB), is only achieved for ~58% cases. An improved, accurate, time- and cost-effective method for bacteriological confirmation of MTB is necessary. We evaluated Mycotube, a new variant of Lowenstein-Jensen (LJ) culture medium, by comparing it with Mycobacterium Growth Indicator Tube (MGIT) 960 (gold standard), local LJ, and bioMérieux LJ-T in terms of isolation rate and time-to-growth. Pulmonary and extra-pulmonary samples from treatment-naïve suspects (n = 207) were decontaminated by the N-acetyl-L-cysteine-sodium hydroxide method and used to inoculate the four media...
July 6, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684974/conformational-study-of-l-methionine-and-l-cysteine-derivatives-through-quantum-chemical-calculations-and-3-jhh-coupling-constant-analyses
#15
Weslley G D P Silva, Carolyne B Braga, Roberto Rittner
The understanding of the conformational behavior of amino acids and their derivatives is a challenging task. Here, the conformational analysis of esterified and N-acetylated derivatives of L-methionine and L-cysteine using a combination of (1)H NMR and electronic structure calculations is reported. The geometries and energies of the most stable conformers in isolated phase and taking into account the implicit solvent effects, according to the integral equation formalism polarizable continuum model (IEF-PCM), were obtained at the ωB97X-D/aug-cc-pVTZ level...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684849/mechanistic-action-of-weak-acid-drugs-on-biofilms
#16
Binu Kundukad, Megan Schussman, Kaiyuan Yang, Thomas Seviour, Liang Yang, Scott A Rice, Staffan Kjelleberg, Patrick S Doyle
Selective permeability of a biofilm matrix to some drugs has resulted in the development of drug tolerant bacteria. Here we studied the efficacy of a weak organic acid drug, N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC), on the eradication of biofilms formed by the mucoid strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and investigated the commonality of this drug with that of acetic acid. We showed that NAC and acetic acid at pH < pKa can penetrate the matrix and eventually kill 100% of the bacteria embedded in the biofilm. Once the bacteria are killed, the microcolonies swell in size and passively shed bacteria, suggesting that the bacteria act as crosslinkers within the extracellular matrix...
July 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684792/fungus-derived-hydroxyl-radicals-kill-hepatic-cells-by-enhancing-nuclear-transglutaminase
#17
Ronak Shrestha, Rajan Shrestha, Xian-Yang Qin, Ting-Fang Kuo, Yugo Oshima, Shun Iwatani, Ryutaro Teraoka, Keisuke Fujii, Mitsuko Hara, Mengqian Li, Azusa Takahashi-Nakaguchi, Hiroji Chibana, Jun Lu, Muyi Cai, Susumu Kajiwara, Soichi Kojima
We previously reported the importance of induced nuclear transglutaminase (TG) 2 activity, which results in hepatic cell death, in ethanol-induced liver injury. Here, we show that co-incubation of either human hepatic cells or mouse primary hepatocytes derived from wild-type but not TG2(-/-) mice with pathogenic fungi Candida albicans and C. glabrata, but not baker's yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, induced cell death in host cells by enhancing cellular, particularly nuclear, TG activity. Further pharmacological and genetic approaches demonstrated that this phenomenon was mediated partly by the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) such as hydroxyl radicals, as detected by a fluorescent probe and electron spin resonance...
July 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681938/%C3%AF-hydroxyundec-9-enoic-acid-induces-apoptosis-by-ros-mediated-jnk-and-p38-phosphorylation-in-breast-cancer-cell-lines
#18
Joungjwa Ahn, Youn Wook Chung, Jin-Byung Park, Kyung Mi Yang
ω-Hydroxyundec-9-enoic acid (ω-HUA), a plant secondary metabolite, exhibits anti-fungal activity. However, its effect on breast cancer cells is unknown. Here, we investigated the anti- breast cancer activity of ω-HUA and its underlying mechanism. Treatment of human breast cancer cell lines, MDA-MB-231 and MDA-MB-435, with ω-HUA induced apoptotic cell death with increased cleaved caspase-3 and poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) levels, and p38 and JNK phosphorylation. Inhibition of these mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathways using specific inhibitors or siRNA, for p38 and JNK, respectively, blocked the ω-HUA-induced apoptosis in a dose-dependent manner...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681934/3-4-dihydroxybenzalacetone-and-caffeic-acid-phenethyl-ester-induce-preconditioning-er-stress-and-autophagy-in-sh-sy5y-cells
#19
Ryoichi Tomiyama, Ken Takakura, Shouhei Takatou, Thuong Manh Le, Takumi Nishiuchi, Yutaka Nakamura, Tetsuya Konishi, Seiichi Matsugo, Osamu Hori
3,4-dihydroxybenzalacetone (DBL) and Caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) are both catechol-containing phenylpropanoid derivatives with diverse bioactivities. In the present study, we analyzed the ability of these compounds to activate the unfolded protein response (UPR) and the oxidative stress response. When human SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells were treated with DBL or CAPE, the expression of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-related genes such as HSPA5, HYOU1, DDIT3, and SEC61b increased to a larger extent in response to CAPE treatment, while that of antioxidant genes such as HMOX1, GCLM, and NQO1 increased to a larger extent in response to DBL treatment...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680151/synergistic-cellular-effects-including-mitochondrial-destabilization-autophagy-and-apoptosis-following-low-level-exposure-to-a-mixture-of-lipophilic-persistent-organic-pollutants
#20
Nathan E Rainey, Ana Saric, Alexandre Leberre, Etienne Dewailly, Christian Slomianny, Guillaume Vial, Harold I Zeliger, Patrice X Petit
Humans are exposed to multiple exogenous environmental pollutants. Many of these compounds are parts of mixtures that can exacerbate harmful effects of the individual mixture components. 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD), is primarily produced via industrial processes including incineration and the manufacture of herbicides. Both endosulfan and TCDD are persistent organic pollutants which elicit cytotoxic effects by inducing reactive oxygen species generation. Sublethal concentrations of mixtures of TCDD and endosulfan increase oxidative stress, as well as mitochondrial homeostasis disruption, which is preceded by a calcium rise and, in fine, induce cell death...
July 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
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