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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532126/poly-%C3%AE-glutamic-acid-coated-lipoplexes-loaded-with-doxorubicin-for-enhancing-the-antitumor-activity-against-liver-tumors
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Na Qi, Bo Tang, Guang Liu, Xingsi Liang
The study was to develop poly-γ-glutamic acid (γ-PGA)-coated Doxorubicin (Dox) lipoplexes that enhance the antitumor activity against liver tumors. γ-PGA-coated lipoplexes were performed by electrostatistically attracting to the surface of cationic charge liposomes with anionic γ-PGA. With the increasing of γ-PGA concentration, the particle size of γ-PGA-coated Dox lipoplexes slightly increased, the zeta potential from positive shifted to negative, and the entrapment efficiency (EE) were no significant change...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528500/using-poly-glutamic-acid-as-soil-washing-agent-to-remediate-heavy-metal-contaminated-soils
#2
Zong-Han Yang, Cheng-Di Dong, Chiu-Wen Chen, Yih-Terng Sheu, Chih-Ming Kao
The extraction efficiency of heavy metals from soils using three forms of gamma poly-glutamic acid (γ-PGA) as the washing agents was investigated. Controlling factors including agent concentrations, extraction time, pH, and liquid to soil ratio were evaluated to determine the optimum operational conditions. The distribution of heavy metal species in soils before and after extraction processes was analyzed. Up to 46 and 74% of heavy metal removal efficiencies were achieved with one round and a sequential extraction process using H-bonding form of γ-PGA (200 mM) with washing time of 40 min, liquid to solid ratio of 10 to 1, and pH of 6...
May 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528135/presymptomatically-applied-ampa-receptor-antagonist-prevents-calcium-increase-in-vulnerable-type-of-motor-axon-terminals-of-mice-modeling-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#3
Roland Patai, Melinda Paizs, Massimo Tortarolo, Caterina Bendotti, Izabella Obál, József I Engelhardt, László Siklós
Increased intracellular calcium (Ca), which might be the consequence of an excess influx through Ca-permeable α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA) receptors, plays a crucial role in degeneration of motor neurons. Previously we demonstrated that the presymptomatic application of AMPA receptor antagonist, talampanel, could reduce Ca elevation in spinal motor neurons of mice carrying the G93A mutation of superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1), modeling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). It remained to be examined whether the remote, functionally semi-autonomous motor axon terminals could be rescued from the Ca overload, or if the terminals, where the degeneration possibly starts, already experience intractable changes at early time points...
May 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527993/feasible-protein-aggregation-of-phosphorylated-poly-%C3%AE-glutamic-acid-derivative-from-bacillus-subtilis-natto
#4
Osamu Kurita, Toru Sago, Kaori Umetani, Yasushi Kokean, Chizuru Yamaoka, Nobuyuki Takahashi, Hiroyuki Iwamoto
Poly-γ-glutamic acid (PGA) was modified with phosphorylating agents such as sodium metaphosphate and potassium metaphosphate in the culture medium of Bacillus subtilis (natto). The highly phosphorylated PGA derivatives were prepared and investigated for their chemical and physicochemical properties. The PGA derivatives had approximately 7% (W/W) inorganic phosphorus and characteristic absorbance PO2(-) bands at 1082cm(-1) and 1260cm(-1) by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. The derivative modified by sodium metaphosphate (J-5) was easily hydrated in water and had extremely low viscosity...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527661/modulation-of-adipocyte-function-by-the-tgf-%C3%AE-family
#5
Yuhang Qiao, Shozo Tomonaga, Masashi Suenaga, Tohru Matsui, Masayuki Funaba
Members of the transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) family are known to regulate the commitment of mesenchymal stem cells to an adipocyte lineage and the differentiation of preadipocytes to adipocytes. However, the roles of TGF-β family members in mature adipocytes are not known. The present study explored the modulation of cell function in 3T3-L1 adipocytes treated with the TGF-β family members TGF-β1, activin A, activin B, bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) 4, and BMP7. These TGF-β family members modulated the expression of some adipokines; activin A upregulated leptin expression, and activin B downregulated the expression of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1...
May 17, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527336/title-potassium-application-regulates-nitrogen-metabolism-and-osmotic-adjustment-in-cotton-gossypium-hirsutum-l-functional-leaf-under-drought-stress
#6
Rizwan Zahoor, Wenqing Zhao, Muhammad Abid, Haoran Dong, Zhiguo Zhou
To evaluate the role of potassium (K) in maintaining nitrogen metabolism and osmotic adjustment development of cotton functional leaves to sustain growth under soil drought and rewatering conditions, the plants of two cotton cultivars Siza 3 (low-K sensitive) and Simian 3 (low-K tolerant), were grown under three different K rates (K0, K1, and K2; 0, 150, and 300kgK2Oha(-1), respectively) and exposed to drought stress with 40±5% soil relative water content (SRWC). The drought stress was applied at flowering stage by withholding water for eight days followed by rewatering to a well-watered level (75±5% SRWC)...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527020/changes-in-serum-levels-of-kynurenine-metabolites-in-paediatric-patients-affected-by-adhd
#7
Melania Evangelisti, Pietro De Rossi, Jole Rabasco, Renato Donfrancesco, Luana Lionetto, Matilde Capi, Gabriele Sani, Maurizio Simmaco, Ferdinando Nicoletti, Maria Pia Villa
This study aims at determining serum levels of tryptophan and other metabolites of the kynurenine pathway in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) compared to healthy controls. Such metabolites interact with glutamate receptors in the central nervous system, potentially modulating mechanisms that are pivotal in ADHD and thus potentially representing peripheral biomarkers of the disorder. We measured serum levels of tryptophan and some metabolites of the kynurenine pathway in 102 children with ADHD and 62 healthy controls by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)...
May 19, 2017: European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526610/11-12-epoxyeicosatrienoic-acid-11-12-eet-reduces-excitability-and-excitatory-transmission-in-the-hippocampus
#8
Nandkishor K Mule, Anette C Orjuela Leon, John R Falck, Michael Arand, Anne Marowsky
Recent studies suggest a role for the arachidonic acid-derived epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) in attenuating epileptic seizures. However, their effect on neurotransmission has never been investigated in detail. Here, we studied how 11,12- and 14,15 EET affect excitability and excitatory neurotransmission in mouse hippocampus. 11,12 EET (2 μM), but not 14,15 EET (2 μM), induced the opening of a hyperpolarizing K(+) conductance in CA1 pyramidal cells. This action could be blocked by BaCl2, the G protein blocker GDPβ-S and the GIRK1/4 blocker tertiapin Q and the channel was thus identified as a GIRK channel...
May 16, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526281/effects-of-maternal-immune-activation-on-brain-arginine-metabolism-of-postnatal-day-2-rat-offspring
#9
Jiaxian Zhang, Yu Jing, Hu Zhang, David K Bilkey, Ping Liu
l-Arginine is a versatile semi-essential amino acid with a number of bioactive metabolites, and altered arginine metabolism has been implicated in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia. Earlier research has demonstrated that maternal immune activation (MIA; a risk factor for schizophrenia) alters arginine metabolism in the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus of the adult offspring. The present study investigated how MIA affected the levels of l-arginine and its downstream metabolites in the whole forebrain, frontal cortex, hippocampus and cerebellum of male and female rat offspring at the age of postnatal day 2...
May 16, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525717/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-novel-neuroprotective-pyridazine-derivatives-as-excitatory-amino-acid-transporter-2-eaat2-activators
#10
Alessia Chelini, Simone Brogi, Marco Paolino, Angela Di Capua, Andrea Cappelli, Gianluca Giorgi, Mersedeh Farzad, Lorenzo Di Cesare Mannelli, Laura Micheli, Carla Ghelardini, Maurizio Anzini
LDN-212320 (3) was found to be a potent EAAT2 activator at a translational level, restoring the normal clearance of glutamate and providing neuronal protection. Since the pharmacologic activation of EAAT2 represents a valuable strategy to relieve neuropathic pain, we synthesized novel activators (4a-f) of EAAT2. Among them 4f, analysed in comparison with compound 3 in different rat models of oxaliplatin-induced neuropathic pain, showed the better anti-hypersensitive profile being able to fully counteract the oxaliplatin-induced neuropathy...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525280/self-healing-self-assembled-%C3%AE-sheet-peptide-poly-%C3%AE-glutamic-acid-hybrid-hydrogels
#11
David E Clarke, E Thomas Pashuck, Sergio Bertazzo, Jonathan V M Weaver, Molly M Stevens
Self-assembled biomaterials are an important class of materials that can be injected and formed in situ. However, they often are not able to meet the mechanical properties necessary for many biological applications, losing mechanical properties at low strains. We synthesized hybrid hydrogels consisting of a poly(γ-glutamic acid) polymer network physically cross-linked via grafted self-assembling β-sheet peptides to provide non-covalent cross-linking through β-sheet assembly, reinforced with a polymer backbone to improve strain stability...
May 19, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523591/assessment-of-the-neuroprotective-effects-of-arginine-rich-protamine-peptides-poly-arginine-peptides-r12-cyclic-r22-and-arginine-tryptophan-containing-peptides-following-in-vitro-excitotoxicity-and-or-permanent-middle-cerebral-artery-occlusion-in-rats
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Bruno P Meloni, Diego Milani, Jane L Cross, Vince W Clark, Adam B Edwards, Ryan S Anderton, David J Blacker, Neville W Knuckey
We have demonstrated that arginine-rich and poly-arginine peptides possess potent neuroprotective properties with arginine content and peptide positive charge being particularly critical for neuroprotective efficacy. In addition, the presence of other amino acids within arginine-rich peptides, as well as chemical modifications, peptide length and cell-penetrating properties also influence the level of neuroprotection. Against this background, we have examined the neuroprotective efficacy of arginine-rich protamine peptides, a cyclic (R12-c) poly-arginine peptide and a R22 poly-arginine peptide, as well as arginine peptides containing tryptophan or other amino acids (phenylalanine, tyrosine, glycine or leucine) in in vitro glutamic acid excitotoxicity and in vivo rat permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion models of stroke...
May 18, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522909/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-antioxidative-and-hepatoprotective-activity-of-aqueous-extract-of-cortex-dictamni
#13
Lin Li, Yun-Feng Zhou, Yan-Lin Li, Li-Li Wang, Hiderori Arai, Yang Xu
AIM: To investigate the antioxidant and hepatoprotective effects of Cortex Dictamni aqueous extract (CDAE) in carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced liver damage in rats. METHODS: The in vitro antioxidant effect of CDAE was investigated using α,α-diphenyl-β-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH), 2,2'-azino-bis (3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) (ABTS), β-carotene bleaching, reducing power, and thiobarbituric acid reactive substance assays. A linoleic acid system, including ferric thiocyanate (FTC) and thiobarbituric acid (TBA) assays, was used to evaluate the inhibition of lipid peroxidation...
April 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521976/facile-synthesis-of-cellulose-derivatives-based-on-cellulose-acetoacetate
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Hongchen Liu, Liduo Rong, Bijia Wang, Zhiping Mao, Ruyi Xie, Hong Xu, Linping Zhang, Yi Zhong, Xiaofeng Sui
In the present work, cellulose acetoacetates (CAA) was used as a precursor for preparing diversely functionalized cellulose derivatives. Four amino-bearing compounds, namely hexylamine (HA), l-glutamic acid (Glu), cysteine (Cys), and tyramine (TA) were reacted with acetoacetyl groups providing alkyl-, carboxyl-, thiol-, or phenolic functionalized cellulose. The reaction was conducted under mild conditions without catalysts and UV light. The products were characterized with FT-IR, NMR and solubility measurement...
August 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521864/insulin-induced-inhibition-of-gluconeogenesis-genes-including-glutamic-pyruvic-transaminase-2-is-associated-with-reduced-histone-acetylation-in-a-human-liver-cell-line
#15
Kazue Honma, Michiko Kamikubo, Kazuki Mochizuki, Toshinao Goda
OBJECTIVES: Hepatic glutamic pyruvic transaminase (GPT; also known as alanine aminotransferase) is a gluconeogenesis enzyme that catalyzes conversions between alanine and pyruvic acid. It is also used as a blood biomarker for hepatic damage. In this study, we investigated whether insulin regulates GPT expression, as it does for other gluconeogenesis genes, and if this involves the epigenetic modification of histone acetylation. METHODS: Human liver-derived HepG2 cells were cultured with 0...
June 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521524/a-first-glance-into-the-nutritional-properties-of-the-sea-cucumber-parastichopus-regalis-from-the-mediterranean-sea-se-spain
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Christina C Roggatz, Mercedes González-Wangüemert, Hugo Pereira, Catarina Vizetto-Duarte, Maria João Rodrigues, Luísa Barreira, Manuela Moreira da Silva, João Varela, Luísa Custódio
This work reports for the first time the nutritional profile, including proximate chemical composition, amino acids, fatty acids and minerals of Parastichopus regalis from the Mediterranean Sea (SE Spain). The studied species had a high moisture content, moderate protein and low lipid levels. The most abundant amino acids were glutamic acid, arginine and tyrosine. Polyunsaturated fatty acids, especially arachidonic acid, dominated the fatty acid profile. Iron, sodium, calcium and zinc were the most abundant mine rals...
May 19, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521229/development-of-jerusalem-artichoke-resource-for-efficient-one-step-fermentation-of-poly-%C3%AE-glutamic-acid-using-a-novel-strain-bacillus-amyloliquefaciens-nx-2s
#17
Yibin Qiu, Yuanyuan Sha, Yatao Zhang, Zongqi Xu, Sha Li, Peng Lei, Zheng Xu, Xiaohai Feng, Hong Xu
This study aimed to develop non-food fermentation for the cost-effective production of poly-(γ-glutamic acid) (γ-PGA) using a novel strain of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens NX-2S. The new isolate assimilated inulin more efficiently than other carbohydrates from Jerusalem artichoke, without hydrolytic treatment. To investigate the effect of inulin on γ-PGA production, the transcript levels of γ-PGA synthetase genes (pgsB, pgsC, pgsA), regulatory genes (comA, degQ, degS), and the glutamic acid biosynthesis gene (glnA) were analyzed; inulin addition upregulated these key genes...
May 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520815/metabolic-profiling-by-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-of-energy-metabolism-in-high-fat-diet-fed-obese-mice
#18
Daxesh P Patel, Kristopher W Krausz, Cen Xie, Diren Beyoğlu, Frank J Gonzalez, Jeffrey R Idle
A novel, selective and sensitive single-ion monitoring (SIM) gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GCMS) method was developed and validated for the determination of energy metabolites related to glycolysis, the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle, glutaminolysis, and fatty acid β-oxidation. This assay used N-tert-butyldimethylsilyl-N-methyltrifluoroacetamide (MTBSTFA) containing 1% tert-butyldimethylchlorosilane (TBDMCS) as derivatizing reagent and was highly reproducible, sensitive, specific and robust. The assay was used to analyze liver tissue and serum from C57BL/6N obese mice fed a high-fat diet (HFD) and C57BL/6N mice fed normal chow for 8 weeks...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520765/an-integrative-analysis-of-tissue-specific-transcriptomic-and-metabolomic-responses-to-short-term-dietary-methionine-restriction-in-mice
#19
Sujoy Ghosh, Laura A Forney, Desiree Wanders, Kirsten P Stone, Thomas W Gettys
Dietary methionine restriction (MR) produces a coordinated series of transcriptional responses in peripheral tissues that limit fat accretion, remodel lipid metabolism in liver and adipose tissue, and improve overall insulin sensitivity. Hepatic sensing of reduced methionine leads to induction and release of fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21), which acts centrally to increase sympathetic tone and activate thermogenesis in adipose tissue. FGF21 also has direct effects in adipose to enhance glucose uptake and oxidation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518188/ph-dependent-absorption-spectrum-of-a-protein-a-minimal-electrostatic-model-of-anabaena-sensory-rhodopsin
#20
Michael Stenrup, Elisa Pieri, Vincent Ledentu, Nicolas Ferré
A minimal electrostatic model is introduced which aims at reproducing and analyzing the visible-light absorption energy shift of a protein with pH. It relies on the existence of a protein structure, the prediction of titratable amino-acid pKa values and a very limited set of parameters. Applied to the case of the photochromic Anabaena sensory rhodopsin protein, the model succeeds in reproducing qualitatively the reported experimental data, confirming the importance of aspartic acid 217 in the observed blue shift in the λmax of ASR at neutral pH...
May 18, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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