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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107167/activity-of-the-liver-enzyme-ornithine-carbamoyltransferase-otc-in-blood-lc-ms-ms-assay-for-non-invasive-diagnosis-of-ornithine-carbamoyltransferase-deficiency
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Jakub Krijt, Jitka Sokolová, Pavel Ješina, Lenka Dvořáková, Martin Řeboun, Katarína Brennerová, Martin Mistrík, Jiří Zeman, Tomáš Honzík, Viktor Kožich
BACKGROUND: Liver enzymes are released from hepatocytes into circulation and their activity can be measured in the blood. We examined whether the plasma activity of the liver enzyme ornithine carbamoyltransferase, determined by a novel liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) assay, could be utilized for the detection of OTC deficiency (OTCD), an X-linked inborn error of the urea cycle. METHODS: The plasma ornithine carbamoyltransferase (OTC) activity was assayed in the reverse reaction using isotopically labeled citrulline-d4 as a substrate and by determination of the product, ornithine-d4, by LC-MS/MS analysis...
January 20, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106735/mass-spectrometry-based-metabolomic-and-lipidomic-analyses-of-the-effects-of-dietary-platycodon-grandiflorum-on-liver-and-serum-of-obese-mice-under-a-high-fat-diet
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Hye Min Park, Kab-Tae Park, Edmond Changkyun Park, Seung Ii Kim, Myung Sook Choi, Kwang-Hyeon Liu, Choong Hwan Lee
We aimed to identify metabolites involved in the anti-obesity effects of Platycodon grandiflorum (PG) in high-fat diet (HFD)-fed mice using mass spectrometry (MS)-based metabolomic techniques. C57BL/6J mice were divided into four groups: normal diet (ND)-fed mice, HFD-fed mice, HFD with 1% PG extract-fed mice (HPGL), and HFD with 5% PG extract-fed mice (HPGH). After 8 weeks, the HFD group gained more weight than the ND group, while dietary 5% PG extract attenuated this change. The partial least squares discriminant analysis (PLS-DA) score plots showed a clear distinction between experimental groups in serum and liver markers...
January 17, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098892/metabolomics-study-on-primary-dysmenorrhea-patients-during-the-luteal-regression-stage-based-on-ultra-performance-liquid-chromatography-coupled-with-quadrupole%C3%A2-time%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-flight-mass-spectrometry
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Ling Fang, Caiyun Gu, Xinyu Liu, Jiabin Xie, Zhiguo Hou, Meng Tian, Jia Yin, Aizhu Li, Yubo Li
Primary dysmenorrhea (PD) is a common gynecological disorder which, while not life‑threatening, severely affects the quality of life of women. Most patients with PD suffer ovarian hormone imbalances caused by uterine contraction, which results in dysmenorrhea. PD patients may also suffer from increases in estrogen levels caused by increased levels of prostaglandin synthesis and release during luteal regression and early menstruation. Although PD pathogenesis has been previously reported on, these studies only examined the menstrual period and neglected the importance of the luteal regression stage...
January 13, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096401/ornithine-decarboxylase-regulates-m1-macrophage-activation-and-mucosal-inflammation-via-histone-modifications
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Dana M Hardbower, Mohammad Asim, Paula B Luis, Kshipra Singh, Daniel P Barry, Chunying Yang, Meredith A Steeves, John L Cleveland, Claus Schneider, M Blanca Piazuelo, Alain P Gobert, Keith T Wilson
Macrophage activation is a critical step in host responses during bacterial infections. Ornithine decarboxylase (ODC), the rate-limiting enzyme in polyamine metabolism, has been well studied in epithelial cells and is known to have essential roles in many different cellular functions. However, its role in regulating macrophage function during bacterial infections is not well characterized. We demonstrate that macrophage-derived ODC is a critical regulator of M1 macrophage activation during both Helicobacter pylori and Citrobacter rodentium infection...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088670/fibrin-hydrogels-induce-mixed-dorsal-ventral-spinal-neuron-identities-during-differentiation-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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John M Edgar, Meghan Robinson, Stephanie M Willerth
: We hypothesized that generating spinal motor neurons (sMNs) from human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived neural aggregates (NAs) using a chemically-defined differentiation protocol would be more effective inside of 3D fibrin hydrogels compared to 2D poly-L-ornithine(PLO)/laminin-coated tissue culture plastic surfaces. We performed targeted RNA-Seq using next generation sequencing to determine the substrate-specific differences in gene expression that regulate cell phenotype...
January 11, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079404/free-amino-acids-in-fibromyalgia-syndrome-relationship-with-clinical-picture
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Valeria Ruggiero, Massimiliano Mura, Enrico Cacace, Benedetta Era, Marcella Peri, Giuseppina Sanna, Antonella Fais
The objectives of our study were to evaluate free amino acid (FAA) concentrations in the serum of patients affected by fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) and to determine the relationships between FAA levels and FMS clinical parameters. Thus, serum amino acid concentrations were quantified (HPLC analysis) in 23 females with fibromyalgia (according to the American College of Rheumatology classification criteria) and 20 healthy females. The results showed significantly higher serum concentrations of aspartate, cysteine, glutamate, glycine, isoleucine, leucine, methionine, ornithine, phenylalanine, sarcosine, serine, taurine, tyrosine and valine in FMS patients vs...
January 12, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071727/plasma-amino-acid-profile-in-patients-with-aortic-dissection
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Linlin Wang, Sha Liu, Wengang Yang, Haitao Yu, Li Zhang, Ping Ma, Peng Wu, Xue Li, Kenka Cho, Song Xue, Baohong Jiang
Aortic dissection (AD), a severe cardiovascular disease with the characteristics of high mortality, is lack of specific clinical biomarkers. In order to facilitate the diagnosis of AD, we investigated plasma amino acid profile through metabolomics approach. Total 33 human subjects were enrolled in the study: 11 coronary heart disease (CHD) patients without aortic lesion and 11 acute AD and 11 chronic AD. Amino acids were identified in plasma using liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), and were further subjected to multiple logistic regression analysis...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070238/hematological-disorders-and-pulmonary-hypertension
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Rajamma Mathew, Jing Huang, Joseph M Wu, John T Fallon, Michael H Gewitz
Pulmonary hypertension (PH), a serious disorder with a high morbidity and mortality rate, is known to occur in a number of unrelated systemic diseases. Several hematological disorders such as sickle cell disease, thalassemia and myeloproliferative diseases develop PH which worsens the prognosis. Associated oxidant injury and vascular inflammation cause endothelial damage and dysfunction. Pulmonary vascular endothelial damage/dysfunction is an early event in PH resulting in the loss of vascular reactivity, activation of proliferative and antiapoptotic pathways leading to vascular remodeling, elevated pulmonary artery pressure, right ventricular hypertrophy and premature death...
December 26, 2016: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069401/analytes-related-to-erythrocyte-metabolism-are-reliable-biomarkers-for-preanalytical-error-due-to-delayed-plasma-processing-in-metabolomics-studies
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Mahim Jain, Adam D Kennedy, Sarah H Elsea, Marcus J Miller
INTRODUCTION: Delaying plasma separation after phlebotomy (processing delay) can cause perturbations of numerous small molecule analytes. This poses a major challenge to the clinical application of metabolomics analyses. We define the analyte changes that occur during processing delays and generate a model for the post hoc detection of this preanalytical error. METHODS: Using an untargeted metabolomics platform we analyzed EDTA-preserved plasma specimens harvested after processing delays lasting from minutes to days...
January 6, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069102/the-effect-of-cp-concentration-in-the-diet-on-urea-kinetics-and-microbial-usage-of-recycled-urea-in-cattle-a-meta-analysis
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E D Batista, E Detmann, S C Valadares Filho, E C Titgemeyer, R F D Valadares
In ruminants, urea recycling is considered an evolutionary advantage. The amount of urea recycled mainly depends of the nitrogen (N) intake and the amount of organic matter (OM) digested in the rumen. Because recycled N contributes to meeting microbial N requirements, accurate estimates of urea recycling can improve the understanding of efficiency of N utilization and N losses to the environment. The objective of this study was to evaluate urea kinetics and microbial usage of recycled urea N in ruminants using a meta-analytical approach...
January 10, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066916/ammonia-mediates-cortical-hemichannel-dysfunction-in-rodent-models-of-chronic-liver-disease
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Anna Hadjihambi, Francesco De Chiara, Patrick S Hosford, Abeba Habtetion, Anastassios Karagiannis, Nathan Davies, Alexander V Gourine, Rajiv Jalan
: The pathogenesis of hepatic encephalopathy (HE) in cirrhosis is multifactorial and ammonia is thought to play a key role. Astroglial dysfunction is known to be present in HE. Astrocytes are extensively connected by gap junctions formed of connexins, which also exist as functional hemichannels allowing exchange of molecules between the cytoplasm and the extracellular milieu. The astrocyte-neuron lactate shuttle hypothesis suggests that neuronal activity is fuelled (at least in part) by lactate provided by neighbouring astrocytes...
January 9, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064246/the-arabidopsis-n-acetylornithine-deacetylase-controls-ornithine-biosynthesis-via-a-linear-pathway-with-downstream-effects-on-polyamine-levels
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Barbara Molesini, Serena Zanzoni, Giuseppe Mennella, Gianluca Francese, Alessia Losa, Giuseppe L Rotino, Tiziana Pandolfini
Arabidopsis thaliana At4g17830 codes for a protein showing sequence similarity with the Escherichia coli N-acetylornithine deacetylase (EcArgE), an enzyme implicated in the linear ornithine (Orn) biosynthetic pathway. In plants, N-acetylornithine deacetylase (NAOD) activity has yet to be demonstrated; however, At4g17830-silenced and mutant (atnaod) plants display an impaired reproductive phenotype and altered foliar levels of Orn and polyamines (PAs). Here, we showed the direct connection between At4g17830 function and Orn biosynthesis, demonstrating biochemically that At4g17830 codes for a NAOD...
November 15, 2016: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062210/hyperthermostable-binding-molecules-on-phage-assay-components-for-point-of-care-diagnostics-for-active-tuberculosis-infection
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Ning Zhao, John Spencer, Margaret A Schmitt, John D Fisk
Tuberculosis is the leading cause of death from infectious disease worldwide. The low sensitivity, extended processing time, and high expense of current diagnostics are major challenges to the detection and treatment of tuberculosis. Mycobacterium tuberculosis ornithine transcarbamylase (Mtb OTC, Rv1656) has been identified in the urine of patients with active TB infection and is a promising target for point-of-care diagnostics. Specific binding proteins with low nanomolar affinities for Mtb OTC were selected from a phage display library built upon a hyperthermostable Sso7d scaffold...
January 3, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059938/the-effects-of-probiotics-and-symbiotics-on-risk-factors-for-hepatic-encephalopathy-a-systematic-review
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Daniela Viramontes Hörner, Amanda Avery, Ruth Stow
Alterations in the levels of intestinal microbiota, endotoxemia, and inflammation are novel areas of interest in the pathogenesis of hepatic encephalopathy (HE). Probiotics and symbiotics are a promising treatment option for HE due to possible beneficial effects in modulating gut microflora and might be better tolerated and more cost-effective than the traditional treatment with lactulose, rifaximin or L-ornithine-L-aspartate. A systematic search of the electronic databases PubMed, ISI Web of Science, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library was conducted for randomized controlled clinical trials in adult patients with cirrhosis, evaluating the effect of probiotics and symbiotics in changes on intestinal microflora, reduction of endotoxemia, inflammation, and ammonia, reversal of minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE), prevention of overt hepatic encephalopathy (OHE), and improvement of quality of life...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059579/activated-adi-pathway-the-initiator-of-intermediate-vancomycin-resistance-in-staphylococcus-aureus
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Xin-Ee Tan, Hui-Min Neoh, Mee-Lee Looi, Siok Fong Chin, Longzhu Cui, Keiichi Hiramatsu, Salasawati Hussin, Rahman Jamal
Comparative proteomic profiling between 2 vancomycin-intermediate Staphylococcus aureus (VISA) strains, Mu50Ω-vraSm and Mu50Ω-vraSm-graRm, and vancomycin-susceptible S. aureus (VSSA) strain Mu50Ω revealed upregulated levels of catabolic ornithine carbamoyltransferase (ArcB) of the arginine catabolism pathway in VISA strains. Subsequent analyses showed that the VISA strains have higher levels of cellular ATP and ammonia, which are by-products of arginine catabolism, and displayed thicker cell walls. We postulate that elevated cytoplasmic ammonia and ATP molecules, resulting from activated arginine catabolism upon acquisition of vraS and graR mutations, are important requirements facilitating cell wall biosynthesis, thereby contributing to thickened cell wall and consequently reduced vancomycin susceptibility in VISA strains...
October 19, 2016: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053599/anticancer-properties-of-ester-derivatives-of-betulin-in-human-metastatic-melanoma-cells-me-45
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Małgorzata Drąg-Zalesińska, Marcin Drąg, Marcin Poręba, Sylwia Borska, Julita Kulbacka, Jolanta Saczko
BACKGROUND: Betulinic acid and betulin are triterpenes that have anticancer properties in various types of cancer. Unfortunately, the bioavailability and the bio-distribution of betulinic acid and its metabolic precursor, betulin are very low because of poor solubility in aqueous buffers. METHODS: In this study, we examined the anticancer properties of the ester derivatives of betulin compared to their precursors in a malignant melanoma cell line. We assessed five amino acid esters of betulin...
2017: Cancer Cell International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045943/arginine-and-lysine-transporters-are-essential-for-trypanosoma-brucei
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Christoph Mathieu, Juan P Macêdo, Daniel Hürlimann, Corina Wirdnam, Alexander C Haindrich, Marianne Suter Grotemeyer, Amaia González-Salgado, Remo S Schmidt, Ehud Inbar, Pascal Mäser, Peter Bütikofer, Dan Zilberstein, Doris Rentsch
For Trypanosoma brucei arginine and lysine are essential amino acids and therefore have to be imported from the host. Heterologous expression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae mutants identified cationic amino acid transporters among members of the T. brucei AAAP (amino acid/auxin permease) family. TbAAT5-3 showed high affinity arginine uptake (Km 3.6 ± 0.4 μM) and high selectivity for L-arginine. L-arginine transport was reduced by a 10-times excess of L-arginine, homo-arginine, canavanine or arginine-β-naphthylamide, while lysine was inhibitory only at 100-times excess, and histidine or ornithine did not reduce arginine uptake rates significantly...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040487/a-waterborne-chemical-cue-from-gulf-toadfish-opsanus-beta-prompts-pulsatile-urea-excretion-in-conspecifics
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Jeremy Fulton, Christophe M R LeMoine, Carol Bucking, Kevin V Brix, Patrick J Walsh, M Danielle McDonald
The Gulf toadfish (Opsanus beta) has a fully functional ornithine urea cycle (O-UC) that allows it to excrete nitrogenous waste in the form of urea. Interestingly, urea is excreted in a pulse across the gill that lasts 1-3h and occurs once or twice a day. Both the stress hormone, cortisol, and the neurotransmitter, serotonin (5-HT) are involved in the control of pulsatile urea excretion. This and other evidence suggests that urea pulsing may be linked to toadfish social behavior. The hypothesis of the present study was that toadfish urea pulses can be triggered by waterborne chemical cues from conspecifics...
December 28, 2016: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036247/intracellular-degradation-and-localization-of-ns1-of-tbev-affects-its-protective-properties
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Yulia Kuzmenko, Elizaveta Starodubova, Anastasia Shevtsova, Lubov Chernokhaeva, Anastasia Latanova, Olga Preobrazhenskaia, Andrey Timofeev, Galina Karganova, Vadim Karpov
Currently many DNA vaccines against infectious diseases are in clinical trials however their efficacy is needed to be improved. Potency of DNA immunogen can be optimized by targeting technologies. In a current study to increase the efficacy of NS1encoded by plasmid the proteasome targeting was applied. NS1 variants with or without translocation sequence and with signal of proteasomal degradation of ornithine decarboxylase were tested for expression, localization, protein turnover, proteasomal degradation and protection properties...
December 30, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034972/the-association-between-musculoskeletal-pain-and-circulating-ornithine-a-population-based-study
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Pekka Mäntyselkä, Toni Ali-Sisto, Hannu Kautiainen, Leo Niskanen, Heimo Viinamäki, Vidya Velagapudi, Soili M Lehto
OBJECTIVE:  Based on several previous clinical studies, we hypothesized that ornithine levels are different among subjects with persistent musculoskeletal pain compared with other subjects in the population. DESIGN:  The study sample consisted of 221 adults with nonpersistent pain, 76 with persistent pain, and 61 with no pain. Concentrations of glutamic acid, ornithine, citrulline, arginine, proline, and spermidine were analyzed using a mass spectrometer. SETTING:  Lapinlahti municipality in Finland...
December 29, 2016: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
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