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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631500/pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-survival-and-proliferation-are-promoted-by-protein-kinase-g-type-i%C3%AE-and-downstream-regulation-of-akt-foxo1
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Janica C Wong, Van Vo, Priyatham Gorjala, Ronald R Fiscus
Early studies showed nitric oxide as a pro-inflammatory-cytokine-induced toxin involved in pancreatic β-cell destruction during pathogenesis of type-1 diabetes. However, nitric oxide has both cytotoxic and cytoprotective effects on mammalian cells, depending on concentration and micro-environmental surroundings. Our studies have shown that low/physiological-level nitric oxide selectively activates protein kinase G type Iα isoform, promoting cytoprotective/pro-cell-survival effects in many cell types. In bone marrow-derived stromal/mesenchymal stem cells, protein kinase G type Iα mediates autocrine effects of nitric oxide and atrial natriuretic peptide, promoting DNA-synthesis/proliferation and cell survival...
June 1, 2017: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629498/rodentibacter-gen-nov-including-rodentibacter-pneumotropicus-comb-nov-rodentibacter-heylii-sp-nov-rodentibacter-myodis-sp-nov-rodentibacter-ratti-sp-nov-rodentibacter-heidelbergensis-sp-nov-rodentibacter-trehalosifermentans-sp-nov-rodentibacter-rarus-sp-nov
#2
Sadhana Adhikary, Werner Nicklas, Magne Bisgaard, Ron Boot, Peter Kuhnert, Torsten Waberschek, Bent Aalbæk, Bozena Korczak, Henrik Christensen
Rodentibacter gen. nov. is proposed based on isolation and phenotypic characterization of strains, predominantly from rodents. The strains showed 86 % or higher rpoB gene sequence similarity and indicated a genus-level relationship within Pasteurellaceae. The strains compared at 16S rRNA gene sequence level showed 93.8 % or higher similarity, and their genus-level relationship within Pasteurellaceae was confirmed by phenotypic analysis. The type species Rodentibacter pneumotropicus comb. nov. is reclassified from [Pasteurella] pneumotropica with type strain NCTC 8141T (=CCUG 12398T)...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628611/effects-of-salinity-on-gonadal-development-osmoregulation-and-metabolism-of-adult-male-chinese-mitten-crab-eriocheir-sinensis
#3
Xiaowen Long, Xugan Wu, Lei Zhao, Haihui Ye, Yongxu Cheng, Chaoshu Zeng
As a catadromous species, salinity is a key parameter that affects gonadal development of Chinese mitten crab Eriocheir sinensis during reproductive migration. It is however unclear the effects of salinity on the gonadal development of male E. sinensis as well as their physiological responses to salinity during reproductive migration. This study investigated the effects of four salinities (0 ‰, 6 ‰, 12 ‰ and 18 ‰) on gonadal development, osmoregulation and metabolism of adult male E. sinensis over a 40-day period...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620354/torpor-the-rise-and-fall-of-3-monoiodothyronamine-from-brain-to-gut-from-gut-to-brain
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Hartmut H Glossmann, Oliver M D Lutz
3-Monoiodothyronamine (T1AM), first isolated from rat brain, is reported to be an endogenous, rapidly acting metabolite of thyroxine. One of its numerous effects is the induction of a "torpor-like" state in experimental animals. A critical analysis of T1AM, to serve as an endogenous cryogen, is given. The proposed biosynthetic pathway for formation of T1AM, which includes deiodinases and ornithine decarboxylase in the upper intestinum, is an unusual one. To reach the brain via systemic circulation, enterohepatic recycling and passage through the liver may occur...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612342/effect-of-glycine-nitrogen-on-lettuce-growth-under-soilless-culture-a-metabolomics-approach-to-identify-the-main-changes-occurred-in-plant-primary-and-secondary-metabolism
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Xiao Yang, Lei Feng, Li Zhao, Xiaosong Liu, Danial Hassani, Danfeng Huang
BACKGROUND: Lettuce is a significant source of antioxidants and bioactive compounds. Nitrate is a cardinal fertilizer in horticulture and influences vegetable yield and quality; however, the negative effects of nitrate on the biosynthesis of flavonoids require further study. It is expected that using fertilizers containing organic N could promote the synthesis of health-promoting compounds. RESULTS: Lettuces were hydroponically cultured in media containing 9 mM nitrate or 9 mM glycine for 4 weeks...
June 14, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610916/the-rhizoferrin-biosynthetic-gene-in-the-fungal-pathogen-rhizopus-delemar-is-a-novel-member-of-the-nis-gene-family
#6
Cassandra S Carroll, Clark L Grieve, Indu Murugathasan, Andrew J Bennet, Clarissa M Czekster, Huanting Lui, James Naismith, Margo M Moore
Iron is essential for growth and in low iron environments such as serum many bacteria and fungi secrete ferric iron-chelating molecules called siderophores. All fungi produce hydroxamate siderophores with the exception of Mucorales fungi, which secrete rhizoferrin, a polycarboxylate siderophore. Here we investigated the biosynthesis of rhizoferrin by the opportunistic human pathogen, Rhizopus delemar. We searched the genome of R. delemar 99-880 for a homologue of the bacterial NRPS-independent siderophore (NIS) protein, SfnaD that is involved in biosynthesis of staphyloferrin A in Staphylococcus aureus...
June 10, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610547/human-plasma-rich-in-growth-factors-improves-survival-and-neurite-outgrowth-of-spiral-ganglion-neurons-in-vitro
#7
Michael Stolle, Jennifer Schulze, Ariane Römer, Thomas Lenarz, Martin Durisin, Athanasia Warnecke
BACKGROUND: Platelet-rich and platelet poor plasma (PRP and PPP) are autologous preparations from peripheral blood and contain several growth factors and cytokines involved in tissue repair. Although their neuroprotective and -regenerative properties have been already described, little is known about their effects in the inner ear. We therefore examined the effects of PRP and PPP on spiral ganglion neurons (SGN) in vitro. RESULTS: For all experiments, spiral ganglia were isolated from neonatal rats and were cultured in serum-free medium...
June 13, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609584/endothelial-nitric-oxide-synthase-inhibition-triggers-inflammatory-responses-in-the-brain-of-male-rats-exposed-to-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#8
Rosaria Greco, Chiara Demartini, Anna Maria Zanaboni, Fabio Blandini, Diana Amantea, Cristina Tassorelli
Nitric oxide (NO) derived from endothelial NO synthase (eNOS) plays a role in preserving and maintaining the brain's microcirculation, inhibiting platelet aggregation, leukocyte adhesion, and migration. Inhibition of eNOS activity results in exacerbation of neuronal injury after ischemia by triggering diverse cellular mechanisms, including inflammatory responses. To examine the relative contribution of eNOS in stroke-induced neuroinflammation, we analyzed the effects of systemic treatment with l-N-(1-iminoethyl)ornithine (L-NIO), a relatively selective eNOS inhibitor, on the expression of MiR-155-5p, a key mediator of innate immunity regulation and endothelial dysfunction, in the cortex of male rats subjected to transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAo) followed by 24 hr of reperfusion...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608518/liver-transplantation-may-prevent-neurodevelopmental-deterioration-in-high-risk-patients-with-urea-cycle-disorders
#9
Jun Kido, Shirou Matsumoto, Ken Momosaki, Rieko Sakamoto, Hiroshi Mitsubuchi, Fumio Endo, Kimitoshi Nakamura
UCDs are among the most common inherited metabolic diseases in Japan. We investigated the clinical manifestations, treatment, and prognoses of 177 patients with UCDs who were evaluated and treated from January 1999 to March 2009 in Japan, using a questionnaire survey. Among these 177 patients, 42 (seven with carbamoyl phosphate synthetase 1 deficiency, 27 with ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency, seven with argininosuccinate synthetase deficiency, and one with arginase 1 deficiency) underwent living-donor LT...
June 12, 2017: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607032/characterization-of-an-androgen-responsive-ornithine-decarboxylase-related-protein-odcrp-gm853-in-mouse-kidney
#10
Kristian Matias Silander, Päivi Pihlajamaa, Biswajyoti Sahu, Olli Jänne, Leif C Andersson
We have investigated and characterized a novel ornithine decarboxylase-related protein (ODCrp) also annotated as gm853. ODCrp shows 41% amino acid sequence identity with ODC and 38% with ODC antizyme inhibitor 1 (AZIN1). The Odcrp gene is selectively expressed in the epithelium of proximal tubuli of mouse kidney with higher expression in males than in females. Like Odc in mouse kidney, Odcrp is also androgen-responsive with androgen receptor-binding loci within its regulatory region. ODCrp forms homodimers but does not heterodimerize with ODC...
June 12, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604332/microbacterium-tumbae-sp-nov-an-actinobacterium-isolated-from-the-stone-chamber-of-ancient-tumulus
#11
Miyuki Nishijima, Nozomi Tazato, Yutaka Handa, Nao Umekawa, Rika Kigawa, Chie Sano, Junta Sugiyama
Eight strains characterised as Gram-stain-positive, non-spore-forming and non-motile rods were isolated from samples collected from stone chambers of the Takamatsuzuka and Kitora tumuli in Asuka village, Nara Prefecture, Japan. Among them, one strain, T7528-3-6bT, was shown to form a novel lineage within the genus Microbacterium. The most closely phylogenetically related species to T7528-3-6bT was Microbacterium panaciterrae, with 97.8 % sequence similarity. The major isoprenoid quinones of T7528-3-6bT were MK-12, MK-13 and MK-11...
June 13, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598997/selection-of-reference-genes-for-quantitative-real-time-rt-pcr-assays-in-different-morphological-forms-of-dimorphic-zygomycetous-fungus-benjaminiella-poitrasii
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Ejaj K Pathan, Vandana Ghormade, Mukund V Deshpande
Benjaminiella poitrasii, a dimorphic non-pathogenic zygomycetous fungus, exhibits a morphological yeast (Y) to hypha (H) reversible transition in the vegetative phase, sporangiospores (S) in the asexual phase and zygospores (Z) in the sexual phase. To study the gene expression across these diverse morphological forms, suitable reference genes are required. In the present study, 13 genes viz. ACT, 18S rRNA, eEF1α, eEF-Tu,eIF-1A, Tub-α, Tub-b, Ubc, GAPDH, Try, WS-21, NADGDH and NADPGDH were evaluated for their potential as a reference, particularly for studying gene expression during the Y-H reversible transition and also for other asexual and sexual life stages of B...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597413/late-onset-ornithine-transcarbamylase-deficiency-associated-with-hyperammonemia
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Kana Daijo, Tomokazu Kawaoka, Takashi Nakahara, Yuko Nagaoki, Masataka Tsuge, Akira Hiramatsu, Michio Imamura, Yoshiiku Kawakami, Hiroshi Aikata, Keiichi Hara, Go Tajima, Masao Kobayashi, Kazuaki Chayama
The urea cycle converts ammonia and produces urea. One form of urea cycle abnormality is ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC) deficiency. This hereditary disorder is associated with hyperammonemia. OTC deficiency commonly appears during neonatal and early childhood life and is rare in adults. We report a 69-year-old man who presented at the local hospital with 3-day loss of appetite, early morning vomiting, and state of confusion. Blood ammonia was 293 μg/dl. At 2-3 h after admission, the patient went into a deep coma...
June 9, 2017: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592010/-clinical-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-three-cases-with-hyperornithinemia-hyperammonemia-homocitrullinuria-syndrome
#14
H Z Guan, Y Ding, D X Li, H Dong, J Q Song, Y Jin, Z J Zhu, L Y Sun, Y L Yang
Objective: To study the clinical characteristics, methods of diagnosis and treatment of hyperornithinemia-hyperammonemia- homocitrullinuria (HHH) syndrome. Method: From July 2011 to August 2016, 3 Chinese patients with HHH syndrome were enrolled in this study. The clinical course, biochemical features, brain MRI findings, and gene mutations were analyzed. Result: The three patients' age at onset of symptoms was 3 months to 7 years, and the age of diagonosis was 3 years and 10 months to 9 years and 10 months...
June 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590943/suppressed-play-behaviour-and-decreased-oxytocin-receptor-binding-in-the-amygdala-after-prenatal-exposure-to-low-dose-valproic-acid
#15
Freja Bertelsen, Davide Folloni, Arne Møller, Anne M Landau, Jørgen Scheel-Krüger, Michael Winterdahl
To better understand the role of the neuropeptide oxytocin in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), we investigated potential deficits in social play behaviour and oxytocin receptor (OXTR) density alterations in the amygdala in a rodent model of ASD. Pregnant rats were injected daily with 20 or 100 mg/kg valproic acid (VPA) or saline from day 12 until the end of pregnancy. The number of pinning and pouncing events was assessed at postnatal days 29-34. Brains from male offspring (n=7/group) were removed at postnatal day 50...
June 6, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587687/physiological-importance-of-polyamines
#16
Yasser Y Lenis, Mohammed A Elmetwally, Juan G Maldonado-Estrada, Fuller W Bazer
Polyamines are polycationic molecules that contain two or more amino groups (-NH3 +) and are present in all eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells. Polyamines are synthesized from arginine, ornithine, and proline, and from methionine as the methyl-group donor. In the traditional pathway for polyamine synthesis, arginase converts arginine into ornithine, which is decarboxylated by ornithine decarboxylase (ODC1) to generate putrescine. The latter is converted to spermidine and spermine. Recent studies have indicated the existence of 'non-classical pathways' for the generation of putrescine from arginine and proline in animal cells...
June 7, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585658/cystinuria-caused-by-a-slc7a9-missense-mutation-in-siamese-crossbred-littermates-in-germany
#17
Stephanie Hilton, Keijiro Mizukami, Urs Giger
Cystinuria is caused by defective proximal renal tubular reabsorption of the amino acids cystine, ornithine, lysine, and arginine (COLA). The low solubility of cystine in mildly acidic urine may lead to the formation of urinary cystine crystals and uroliths. Much progress has been made recently in the diagnosis and understanding of cystinuria in companion animals. In cats, cystinuria affects equally both genders independent of neutering status and, despite being rare, already more cystinuria-causing mutations have been detected in cats compared to dogs...
June 1, 2017: Tierärztliche Praxis. Ausgabe K, Kleintiere/Heimtiere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581543/the-amino-acid-profile-in-blood-plasma-of-young-boys-with-autism
#18
Joanna Berska, Jolanta Bugajska, Tomasz Wojtyto, Mirosław Bik-Multanowski, Krystyna Sztefko
OBJECTIVES: It has been suggested that some amino acids are involved in the pathogenesis of autistic disorders. The aim of the study was to evaluate the plasma amino acids profile in young males with autism. METHODS: Total of 27 autistic boys (aged 2-10 years, the study group) without any metabolic disorders and 13 healthy boys (aged 2-9 years, control group) were included in the study. In all subjects fasting blood plasma free amino acids (both exogenous and endogenous) were quantitatively measured by high performance liquid chromatography with UV-VIS detection...
April 30, 2017: Psychiatria Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579535/distributional-shift-of-urea-production-site-from-the-extraembryonic-yolk-sac-membrane-to-the-embryonic-liver-during-the-development-of-cloudy-catshark-scyliorhinus-torazame
#19
Wataru Takagi, Makiko Kajimura, Hironori Tanaka, Kumi Hasegawa, Shuntaro Ogawa, Susumu Hyodo
Urea is an essential osmolyte for marine cartilaginous fishes. Adult elasmobranchs and holocephalans are known to actively produce urea in the liver, muscle and other extrahepatic organs; however, osmoregulatory mechanisms in the developing cartilaginous fish embryo with an undeveloped urea-producing organ are poorly understood. We recently described the contribution of extraembryonic yolk sac membranes (YSM) to embryonic urea synthesis during the early developmental period of the oviparous holocephalan elephant fish (Callorhinchus milii)...
June 1, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572828/apigenin-inhibits-human-sw620-cell-growth-by-targeting-polyamine-catabolism
#20
Jing Wang, TongMing Li, Linquan Zang, Xuediao Pan, Sujun Wang, Yanyan Wu, Guixiang Wang
Apigenin is a nonmutagenic flavonoid that has antitumor properties. Polyamines are ubiquitous cellular polycations, which play an important role in the proliferation and differentiation of cancer cells. Highly regulated pathways control the biosynthesis and degradation of polyamines. Ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) is the rate-limiting enzyme in the metabolism, and spermidine/spermine-N1-Acetyl transferase (SSAT) is the rate-limiting enzyme in the catabolism of polyamines. In the current study, the effect of increasing concentrations of apigenin on polyamine levels, ODC and SSAT protein expression, mRNA expression, cell proliferation and apoptosis, and the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) was investigated in SW620 colon cancer cells...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
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