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Amino Acid Therapy

Jay N Lozier, Mark T Kloos, Elizabeth P Merricks, Nathaly Lemoine, Margaret H Whitford, Robin A Raymer, Dwight A Bellinger, Timothy C Nichols
Animals with hemophilia are models for gene therapy, factor replacement, and inhibitor development in humans. We have actively sought dogs with severe hemophilia A that have novel factor VIII mutations unlike the previously described factor VIII intron 22 inversion. A male Old English Sheepdog with recurrent soft-tissue hemorrhage and hemarthrosis was diagnosed with severe hemophilia A (factor VIII activity less than 1% of normal). We purified genomic DNA from this dog and ruled out the common intron 22 inversion; we then sequenced all 26 exons...
2016: Comparative Medicine
Masaya Kozono, Hirofumi Uto, Rie Ibusuki, Shiho Arima, Kohei Oda, Hiroki Taguchi, Fumisato Sasaki, Yuichiro Nasu, Shinichi Hashimoto, Hitoshi Setoyama, Shuji Kanmura, Masatsugu Numata, Hirohito Tsubouchi, Akio Ido
Metabolic syndrome based on insulin resistance (IR) and hypertension is a risk factor for advanced liver disease and cardiovascular disease in patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). The present study investigated the effects of severe hypertension induced by a high‑salt (HS) diet and antihypertensive therapy on the pathophysiological condition of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs) with steatohepatitis. Steatohepatitis was induced using a choline-deficient, L-amino acid-defined diet (CDAA)...
October 21, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Cristina Rodríguez, Tomás Sobrino, Jesús Agulla, Verónica Bobo-Jiménez, María E Ramos-Araque, Juan J Duarte, José C Gómez-Sánchez, Juan P Bolaños, José Castillo, Ángeles Almeida
Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is a devastating subtype of stroke that lacks effective therapy and reliable prognosis. Neovascularization following ICH is an essential compensatory response that mediates brain repair and modulates the clinical outcome of stroke patients. However, the mechanism that dictates this process is unknown. Bone marrow-derived endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) promote endothelial repair and contribute to ischemia-induced neovascularization. The human Tp53 gene harbors a common single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) at codon 72, which yields an arginine-to-proline amino-acidic substitution (Arg72Pro) that modulates the apoptotic activity of the p53 protein...
October 21, 2016: Cell Death and Differentiation
Kosuke Toda, Kenji Kawada, Masayoshi Iwamoto, Susumu Inamoto, Takehiko Sasazuki, Senji Shirasawa, Suguru Hasegawa, Yoshiharu Sakai
A number of clinical trials have shown that KRAS mutations of colorectal cancer (CRC) can predict a lack of responses to anti-epidermal growth factor receptor-based therapy. Recently, there have been several studies to elucidate metabolism reprogramming in cancer. However, it remains to be investigated how mutated KRAS can coordinate the metabolic shift to sustain CRC tumor growth. In this study, we found that KRAS mutation in CRC caused alteration in amino acid metabolism. KRAS mutation causes a marked decrease in aspartate level and an increase in asparagine level in CRC...
October 17, 2016: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
Kara R Vogel, Erland Arning, Teodoro Bottiglieri, K Michael Gibson
BACKGROUND: The mainstay of therapy for phenylketonuria (PKU) remains dietary protein restriction. Developmental and neurocognitive outcomes for patients, however, remain suboptimal. We tested the hypothesis that mice with PKU receiving protein-restricted diets would reveal disruptions of brain amino acids that shed light on these neurocognitive deficits. METHOD: Phenylalanine hydroxylase-deficient (PKU) mice and parallel controls (both wild-type and heterozygous) were fed custom diets containing 18, 6, and 4 % protein for 3 weeks, after which tissues (brain, liver, sera) were collected for amino acid analysis profiling...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
Mark J Millan, Jean-Michel Rivet, Alain Gobert
The highly-interconnected and neurochemically-rich frontal cortex plays a crucial role in the regulation of mood and cognition, domains disrupted in depression and other central nervous system disorders, and it is an important site of action for their therapeutic control. For improving our understanding of the function and dysfunction of the frontal cortex, and for identifying improved treatments, quantification of extracellular pools of neuromodulators by microdialysis in freely-moving rodents has proven indispensable...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Psychopharmacology
Marcus Unterrainer, Norbert Galldiks, Bogdana Suchorska, Lara-Caroline Kowalew, Vera Wenter, Christine Schmid-Tannwald, Maximilian Niyazi, Peter Bartenstein, Karl-Josef Langen, Nathalie L Albert
PURPOSE: In patients with brain metastasis, PET using labeled amino acids has gained clinical importance, mainly regarding the differentiation of viable tumor tissue from treatment-related effects. However, there is still limited knowledge concerning the uptake characteristics in patients with newly diagnosed and untreated brain metastases. Hence, we evaluated the uptake characteristics in these patients using dynamic O-(2-(18)F-fluoroethyl)-L-tyrosine ((18)F-FET) positron-emission-tomography (PET)...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Yarra Venkatesh, Yetirajam Rajesh, Sambath Karthik, Chetan Anabur C, Mahitosh Mandal, Avijit Jana, N D Pradeep Singh
A new fluorescent photoremovable protecting group (FPRPG) based on acetylcarbazole framework has been explored for the first time release of single and dual (similar or different) substrates from single chromophore. Mechanistic studies of the photorelease process revealed that photorelease of two (similar or different) substrates from acetyl carbazole proceeds via a stepwise pathway. Further, we constructed photoresponsive dual drug delivery system (DDS) to release of two different anticancer drugs (Caffeic acid and Chlorambucil 1 equivalent each)...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Sanad Alonezi, Jonans Tusiimire, Jennifer Wallace, Mark J Dufton, John A Parkinson, Louise C Young, Carol J Clements, Jin Kyu Park, Jong Woon Jeon, Valerie A Ferro, David G Watson
In the present study, liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) was employed to characterise the metabolic profiles of two human ovarian cancer cell lines A2780 (cisplatin-sensitive) and A2780CR (cisplatin-resistant) in response to their exposure to melittin, a cytotoxic peptide from bee venom. In addition, the metabolomics data were supported by application of Biolog microarray technology to examine the utilisation of carbon sources by the two cell lines. Data extraction with MZmine 2.14 and database searching were applied to provide metabolite lists...
October 13, 2016: Metabolites
Andreas Maus, Godefridus J Peters
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), or grade IV astrocytoma, is the most common type of primary brain tumor. It has a devastating prognosis with a 2-year-overall survival rate of only 26 % after standard treatment, which includes surgery, radiation, and adjuvant chemotherapy with temozolomide. Also lower grade gliomas are difficult to treat, because they diffusely spread into the brain, where extensive removal of tissue is critical. Better understanding of the cancer's biology is a key for the development of more effective therapy approaches...
October 17, 2016: Amino Acids
G N Nguyen, L A George, J I Siner, R J Davidson, C B Zander, X L Zheng, V R Arruda, R M Camire, D E Sabatino
BACKGROUND: The major challenge for developing gene-based therapies for hemophilia A is that human factor VIII (hFVIII) has intrinsic properties that result in inefficient biosynthesis. During intracellular processing, hFVIII is predominantly cleaved at a Paired basic Amino acid Cleaving Enzyme (PACE) or furin cleavage site to yield a heterodimer that is the major form of secreted protein. Previous studies with B-domain deleted (BDD) canine FVIII and hFVIII-R1645H, both differing from hFVIII by a single amino acid at this site, suggested that these proteins are secreted mainly in a single polypeptide chain (SC) form and exhibit enhanced function...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
Hailong Zhang, Liang Qiao, Xiaopeng Li, Yang Wan, Li Yang, Huijuan Wang
Lymph node metastasis is a decisive prognostic and therapeutic staging factor for colorectal cancer (CRC), which is one of the most prevalent types of cancer and a malignant tumor. The metabolic profiling of tissue samples from a large cohort of lymph node non‑metastatic CRC patients (n=73), lymph node metastatic CRC patients (n=52) and normal controls (n=41) was performed using 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) together with multivariate statistical analyses. Excellent separation was obtained between CRC patients and normal controls, and CRC patients were also perfectly classified according to lymph node metastasis...
October 14, 2016: Oncology Reports
A Harrod, J Fulton, V T M Nguyen, M Periyasamy, L Ramos-Garcia, C-F Lai, G Metodieva, A de Giorgio, R L Williams, D B Santos, P J Gomez, M-L Lin, M V Metodiev, J Stebbing, L Castellano, L Magnani, R C Coombes, L Buluwela, S Ali
Drugs that inhibit estrogen receptor-α (ER) activity have been highly successful in treating and reducing breast cancer progression in ER-positive disease. However, resistance to these therapies presents a major clinical problem. Recent genetic studies have shown that mutations in the ER gene are found in >20% of tumours that progress on endocrine therapies. Remarkably, the great majority of these mutations localize to just a few amino acids within or near the critical helix 12 region of the ER hormone binding domain, where they are likely to be single allele mutations...
October 17, 2016: Oncogene
Ari Garber, Sunguk Jang
Non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding, the most common etiology of which is peptic ulcer disease, remains a persistent challenge despite a reduction in both its incidence and mortality. Both pharmacologic and endoscopic techniques have been developed to achieve hemostasis, with varying degrees of success. Among the pharmacologic therapies, proton pump inhibitors remain the mainstay of treatment, as they reduce the risk of rebleeding and requirement for recurrent endoscopic evaluation. Tranexamic acid, a derivative of the amino acid lysine, is an antifibrinolytic agent whose role requires further investigation before application...
September 2016: Clinical Endoscopy
Robert A Bonomo
β-Lactamases, the enzymes that hydrolyze β-lactam antibiotics, remain the greatest threat to the usage of these agents. In this review, the mechanism of hydrolysis is discussed for both those enzymes that use serine at the active site and those that require divalent zinc ions for hydrolysis. The β-lactamases now include >2000 unique, naturally occurring amino acid sequences. Some of the clinically most important of these are the class A penicillinases, the extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs), the AmpC cephalosporinases, and the carbapenem-hydrolyzing enzymes in both the serine and metalloenzyme groups...
October 14, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
Joshua I Siner, Benjamin J Samelson-Jones, Julie M Crudele, Robert A French, Benjamin J Lee, Shanzhen Zhou, Elizabeth Merricks, Robin Raymer, Timothy C Nichols, Rodney M Camire, Valder R Arruda
Processing by the proprotein convertase furin is believed to be critical for the biological activity of multiple proteins involved in hemostasis, including coagulation factor VIII (FVIII). This belief prompted the retention of the furin recognition motif (amino acids 1645-1648) in the design of B-domain-deleted FVIII (FVIII-BDD) products in current clinical use and in the drug development pipeline, as well as in experimental FVIII gene therapy strategies. Here, we report that processing by furin is in fact deleterious to FVIII-BDD secretion and procoagulant activity...
October 6, 2016: JCI Insight
Yoonhee Bae, Eric S Green, Goo-Young Kim, Su Jeong Song, Ji Young Mun, Sunray Lee, Jong-Il Park, Jong-Sang Park, Kyung Soo Ko, Jin Han, Joon Sig Choi
Glioblastoma multiform (GBM) is the most frequent and aggressive form of brain tumors in adults. However, the development of more efficient and safe nonviral vector gene therapy represents a promising therapeutic approach, using a tumor-specific killer gene, named apoptin. In this study, we describe the efficacy of non-viral gene delivery vectors, the amino acid-conjugated PAMAM derivatives (PAMAM-H-R and PAMAM-H-K) in delivering a therapeutic gene, displaying affinity toward human primary glioma cells (GBL-14 cells) and dermal fibroblasts...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Ryoichi Sugisawa, Emiri Hiramoto, Shigeru Matsuoka, Satomi Iwai, Ryosuke Takai, Tomoko Yamazaki, Nobuko Mori, Yuki Okada, Naoki Takeda, Ken-Ichi Yamamura, Toshiro Arai, Satoko Arai, Toru Miyazaki
Renal failure is one of the most important social problems for its incurability and high costs for patients' health care. Through clarification of the underlying mechanism for the high susceptibility of cats to renal disease, we here demonstrates that the effective dissociation of serum AIM protein from IgM is necessary for the recovery from acute kidney injury (AKI). In cats, the AIM-IgM binding affinity is 1000-fold higher than that in mice, which is caused by the unique positively-charged amino-acid cluster present in feline AIM...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ian R Wilkinson, Sarbendra L Pradhananga, Rowena Speak, Peter J Artymiuk, Jon R Sayers, Richard J Ross
: Acromegaly is a human disease of growth hormone (GH) excess with considerable morbidity and increased mortality. Somatostatin analogues are first line medical treatment but the disease remains uncontrolled in up to 40% of patients. GH receptor (GHR) antagonist therapy is more effective but requires frequent high-dose injections. We have developed an alternative technology for generating a long acting potent GHR antagonist through translational fusion of a mutated GH linked to GH binding protein and tested three candidate molecules...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jie Peng, Zhe Ma, Chengwei Hua, Huixing Lin, Hui Zhang, Chengping Lu, Hongjie Fan
Swine streptococcosis is a significant threat to the Chinese pig industry, and Streptococcus equi ssp. zooepidemicus (SEZ) is one of the major pathogens. SEZ ATCC35246 is a classical virulent strain, while SEZ ST171 is a Chinese attenuated vaccine strain. In this study, we employed stable isotope labeling by amino acids in cell culture and liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS) to determine the differential response of macrophages to infection by these two strains. Eighty-seven upregulated proteins and 135 downregulated proteins were identified...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Proteome Research
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