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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916137/oxytocin-induces-penile-erection-and-yawning-when-injected-into-the-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-involvement-of-glutamic-acid-dopamine-and-nitric-oxide
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Fabrizio Sanna, Jessica Bratzu, Antonio Argiolas, Maria Rosaria Melis
Oxytocin (5-100ng), but not Arg(8)-vasopressin (100ng), injected unilaterally into the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) induces penile erection and yawning in a dose-dependent manner in male rats. The minimal effective dose was 20ng for penile erection and 5ng for yawning. Oxytocin responses were abolished not only by the oxytocin receptor antagonist d(CH2)5Tyr(Me)(2)-Orn(8)-vasotocin (1μg), but also by (+) MK-801 (1μg), an excitatory amino acid receptor antagonist of the N-methyl-d-aspartic acid (NMDA) subtype, SCH 23390 (1μg), a D1 receptor antagonist, but not haloperidol (1μg), a D2 receptor antagonist, and SMTC (40μg), an inhibitor of neuronal nitric oxide synthase, injected into the BNST 15min before oxytocin...
September 12, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915388/epa-and-dha-but-not-ala-have-antidepressant-effects-with-17%C3%AE-estradiol-injection-via-regulation-of-a-neurobiological-system-in-ovariectomized-rats
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Jeong-Eun Choi, Yongsoon Park
Our previous studies found that n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and estrogen had synergistic antidepressant-like effects. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the hypothesis that three major n-3 PUFAs, α-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), individually had antidepressant effects combined with 17β-estradiol-3-benzoate (E) through a neurobiological pathway in ovariectomized rats. Rats were fed a modified American Institute of Nutrition-93G diet with 0% n-3 PUFAs and 1% ALA, EPA and DHA relative to total energy intake for 12 weeks and were injected with corn oil or E every 4 days during the last 3 weeks...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915355/thiamin-deficiency-on-fetal-brain-development-with-and-without-prenatal-alcohol-exposure
#3
Olena Kloss, Michael Eskin, Miyoung Suh
Adequate thiamin levels are crucial for optimal health, through maintenance of homeostasis and viability of metabolic enzymes, which require thiamine as a co-factor. Thiamin deficiency occurs during pregnancy when dietary intake is inadequate or excessive alcohol is consumed. Thiamin deficiency leads to brain dysfunction due to its involvement in synthesis of myelin and neurotransmitters (eg. acetylcholine, γ-aminobutyric acid, glutamate), and increases oxidative stress by decreasing the production of reducing agents...
September 15, 2017: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915340/metabolic-profile-of-visual-cortex-in-diabetic-rats-measured-with-in-vivo-proton-mrs
#4
Shuang Li, Xinghua Wang, Junjie Yang, Hao Lei, Xuxia Wang, Yi Xiang
The purpose of the present study was to characterize the metabolic profile of the visual cortex in streptozotocin-induced Type 1 diabetic rats by means of in vivo proton MRS. Several metabolite concentration ratios in the visual cortex were calculated. In addition, postmortem histologic analyses for retinal ganglion cell (RGC) loss, optic nerve injury and visual cortex alterations were monitored. The results showed that diabetes induced several changes in visual cortex metabolites, such as reduced N-acetylaspartate, glutamate, γ-aminobutyric acid, taurine and choline-containing compound levels...
September 15, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915314/-1-h-mrs-processing-parameters-affect-metabolite-quantification-the-urgent-need-for-uniform-and-transparent-standardization
#5
Alex A Bhogal, Remmelt R Schür, Lotte C Houtepen, Bart van de Bank, Vincent O Boer, Anouk Marsman, Peter B Barker, Tom W J Scheenen, Jannie P Wijnen, Christiaan H Vinkers, Dennis W J Klomp
Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1) H-MRS) can be used to quantify in vivo metabolite levels, such as lactate, γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate (Glu). However, there are considerable analysis choices which can alter the accuracy or precision of (1) H-MRS metabolite quantification. It is currently unknown to what extent variations in the analysis pipeline used to quantify (1) H-MRS data affect outcomes. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether the quantification of identical (1) H-MRS scans across independent and experienced research groups would yield comparable results...
September 15, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915088/abiotic-and-biotic-formation-of-amino-acids-in-the-enceladus-ocean
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Elliot L Steel, Alfonso Davila, Christopher P McKay
The active plume at Enceladus' south pole makes the indirect sampling of its global ocean possible. The partially resolved chemistry of the plume, which points to conditions that are seemingly compatible with life, has made orbital sampling missions a priority. We present a conceptual model of energy flux, hydrothermal H2 production, and both abiotic and biotic production of amino acids. Based on the energy flux observed at the south pole and the inferred internal hydrothermal activity, we estimate an H2 production of 0...
September 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912863/a-novel-mutation-in-the-hepatocyte-nuclear-factor-1%C3%AE-gene-in-maturity-onset-diabetes-of-the-young-5-with-multiple-renal-cysts-and-pancreas-hypogenesis-a-case-report
#7
You Lv, Zhuo Li, Kan He, Ying Gao, Xianchao Xiao, Yujia Liu, Guixia Wang
A 17-year-old Chinese male was hospitalized exhibiting hyperglycemia and increased serum urea nitrogen and creatinine levels in addition to weight loss. The patient was treated with gliclazide. The patient was 150 cm tall, weighed 35 kg and had no family history of diabetes or kidney disease. Physical examination revealed cephalus quadratus, rachitic rosary and a visible toe-out gait. Laboratory examinations revealed that the patient's fasting plasma glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin levels were markedly increased, fasting plasma C-peptide level was slightly increased and no peak 2 h postprandial was observed...
October 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912270/the-periplasmic-transaminase-ptaa-of-pseudomonas-fluorescens-converts-the-glutamic-acid-residue-at-the-pyoverdine-fluorophore-to-%C3%AE-ketoglutaric-acid
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Michael T Ringel, Gerald Draeger, Thomas Brueser
The periplasmic conversion of ferribactin to pyoverdine is essential for siderophore biogenesis in fluorescent pseudomonads, such as pathogenic Pseudomonas aeruginosa or plant growth promoting P. fluorescens The non-ribosomal peptide ferribactin undergoes cyclizations and oxidations that result in the fluorophore, and a strictly conserved fluorophore-bound glutamic acid residue is converted to a range of variants, including succinamide, succinic acid, and α-ketoglutaric acid residues. We recently discovered that the pyridoxal phosphate (PLP)-containing enzyme PvdN is responsible for the generation of the succinamide, which can be hydrolyzed to succinic acid...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911738/effects-of-introducing-theanine-or-glutamic-acid-core-to-tralopyril-on-systemicity-and-insecticidal-activity
#9
Wen Yang, Yao Chen, Ying Zhang, Xiu-Bing Gao, Yu-Feng Zhou
Tralopyril was the active agent of a pro-insecticide chlorfenapyr. To simultaneously solve the problems of the phytotoxicity and non-systemic insecticidal activity of tralopyril, four new tralopyril conjugates containing theanine or glutamic acid moieties were designed and synthesized. Their phytotoxicity to tea shoot, phloem systemicity, and insecticidal activity were evaluated. Phytotoxic symptoms were not observed after the tea shoots were exposed to the four conjugates at concentrations of 2mM. The phloem mobility test on Ricinus communis L...
September 2017: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911206/identification-of-the-molecular-dysfunction-caused-by-glutamate-dehydrogenase-s445l-mutation-responsible-for-hyperinsulinism-hyperammonemia
#10
Mariagrazia Grimaldi, Melis Karaca, Livia Latini, Estelle Brioudes, Thomas Schalch, Pierre Maechler
Congenital hyperinsulinism/hyperammonemia (HI/HA) syndrome gives rise to unregulated protein-induced insulin secretion from pancreatic beta-cells, fasting hypoglycemia and elevated plasma ammonia levels. Mutations associated with HI/HA were identified in the Glud1 gene, encoding for glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH). We aimed at identifying the molecular causes of dysregulation in insulin secretion and ammonia production conferred by the most frequent HI/HA mutation Ser445Leu. Following transduction with adenoviruses carrying the human GDH-wild type or GDH-S445L-mutant gene, immunoblotting showed efficient expression of the transgenes in all the investigated cell types...
September 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910980/neuroprotective-effect-of-deferoxamine-on-n-methyl-d-aspartate-induced-excitotoxicity-in-rgc-5-cells
#11
Ying Tian, Ye He, Weitao Song, Endong Zhang, Xiaobo Xia
Many N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonists have been used to treat neurodegenerative diseases induced by glutamate excitotoxicity in clinics. However, the universality of the glutamic acid neurotransmitter system makes the glutamic acid receptor blockers inefficient and unsafe. Thus, regulating the downstream signaling pathway in the excitotoxicity of glutamic acid may be a more effective and safer way to antagonize the glutamic acid receptor. In this study, we investigated the effect of deferoxamine (DFO), an iron chelator, on the NMDA-induced excitotoxicity...
September 1, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910863/acceleration-of-aglycone-isoflavones-and-%C3%AE-aminobutyric-acid-production-from-doenjang-using-whole-cell-biocatalysis-accompanied-by-protease-treatment
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Yincong Li, Seockmo Ku, Myeong Soo Park, Zhipeng Li, Geun Eog Ji
Recently, soy bean isoflavone aglycones (i.e. daidzein and genistein) and γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) have begun to receive considerable consumer attention due to their potential as nutraceuticals. To produce these ingredients, multiple microorganisms and their enzymes are commonly used for catalysis in the nutraceutical industry. In this work, we introduce a novel fermentation process that uses whole cell biocatalysis to accelerate γ-aminobutyric acid and isoflavone aglycones production in doenjang (traditional Korean soybean paste)...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906345/folic-acid-exerts-antidepressant-effects-by-upregulating-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-and-glutamate-receptor-1-expression-in-brain
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Liangcai Gao, Xinnan Liu, Li Yu, Junlin Wu, Mingchu Xu, Yusi Liu
Folic acid is a vitamin with a variety of pharmacological effects. The present study aims to explore the beneficial effects of folic acid on chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS)-induced depression-like behaviors and its possible mechanisms. The behavioral tests including open-field test, tail suspension test, and forced swimming test were used to evaluate the antidepressant effects of folic acid. Then the changes of brain 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) concentration, brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), glutamate receptor 1 (GluR1) expression levels, and synaptic organization were assessed to explore the antidepressant mechanisms of folic acid...
September 12, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902836/hippocampal-ltp-and-contextual-learning-require-surface-diffusion-of-ampa-receptors
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A C Penn, C L Zhang, F Georges, L Royer, C Breillat, E Hosy, J D Petersen, Y Humeau, D Choquet
Long-term potentiation (LTP) of excitatory synaptic transmission has long been considered a cellular correlate for learning and memory. Early LTP (less than 1 h) had initially been explained either by presynaptic increases in glutamate release or by direct modification of postsynaptic AMPA (α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid) receptor function. Compelling models have more recently proposed that synaptic potentiation can occur by the recruitment of additional postsynaptic AMPA receptors (AMPARs), sourced either from an intracellular reserve pool by exocytosis or from nearby extra-synaptic receptors pre-existing on the neuronal surface...
September 13, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902622/functional-interaction-between-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-and-ascorbic-acid-during-neuropathic-pain-induced-by-chronic-constriction-injury-of-the-sciatic-nerve
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Sepideh Saffarpour, Farinaz Nasirinezhad
BACKGROUND: Neuropathic pain is a chronic pain condition, which is resistant to therapy. Ascorbate was released because of the activation of glutaminergic neurons. Due to the important role of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors in the pathophysiology of neuropathic pain, this study investigated the analgesic efficacy of ascorbic acid (AA) in neuropathic pain condition and the role of NMDA receptors in this effect. METHODS: For this purpose, adult male rats were randomly allocated to experimental groups (n=8 in each group)...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902515/theoretical-and-experimental-investigation-of-acidity-of-the-glutamate-receptor-antagonist-6-7-dinitro-1-4-dihydro-quinoxaline-2-3-dione-dnqx-and-its-possible-implication-in-glua2-binding
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Gutto Raffyson Silva de Freitas, Sara E Coelho, Norberto K V Monteiro, Jannyely Moreira Neri, Livia Nunes Cavalcanti, Josiel B Domingos, Davi S Vieira, Miguel A F de Souza, Fabrício G Menezes
The acidity of organic compounds is highly relevant to understanding several biological processes. Although the relevance and challenges in estimating pKa values of organic acids is recognized by several reported works in the literature, there is a lack in determining the acidity of amides. This paper presents an experimental/theoretical combined investigation on the acid dissociation of the compound 6,7-dinitro-1,4-dihydro-quinoxaline-2,3-dione (DNQX), a well-established antagonist of ionotropic glutamate receptor GluA2...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902204/rational-design-and-structure-activity-relationship-studies-of-quercetin-amino-acid-hybrids-targeting-the-anti-apoptotic-protein-bcl-xl
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Tahsin F Kellici, Maria V Chatziathanasiadou, Min-Sung Lee, Nisar Sayyad, Elena G Geromichalou, Eirinaios I Vrettos, Antonis D Tsiailanis, Seung-Wook Chi, George D Geromichalos, Thomas Mavromoustakos, Andreas G Tzakos
Anti-apoptotic proteins, like the Bcl-2 family proteins, present an important therapeutic cancer drug target. Their activity is orchestrated through neutralization upon interaction of pro-apoptotic protein counterparts that leads to immortality of cancer cells. Therefore, generating compounds targeting these proteins is of immense therapeutic importance. Herein, Induced Fit Docking (IFD) and Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations were performed to rationally design quercetin analogues that bind in the BH3 site of the Bcl-xL protein...
September 13, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901430/effect-of-early-weaning-on-the-expression-of-excitatory-amino-acid-transporter-1-in-the-jejunum-and-ileum-of-piglets
#18
Qiu-Ju Wang, Yi-Zhe Cui, Xiu-Ying Zhang, Jing Su
The present study aimed to compare the expression levels of excitatory amino acid transporters (EAATs) and growth status of piglets weaned at 10‑20 days after birth with suckling piglets. A total of 40 hybrid piglets (Landrace x Large White x Duroc) born to 40 different sows, with similar body weight were selected for the present study. They were randomly divided into two groups (n=20 per group): Control group (suckling piglets) and experimental group (weaned piglets, reared in isolation). The experiment lasted for 10 days...
September 5, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901265/stereocomplexation-assisted-assembly-of-poly-g-glutamic-acid-graft-polylactide-nano-micelles-and-their-efficacy-as-anticancer-drug-carrier
#19
Shulin Dai, Yucheng Feng, Shuyi Li, Yuxiao Chen, Meiqing Liu, Chao Zhang, Wei Zhang, Yihua Yin
Micelles as drug carriers are characterized by their inherent instability due to the weak physical interactions that facilitate the self-assembly of amphiphilic block copolymers. As one of the strong physical interactions, the stereocomplexation between equal molar of enantiomeric polylactides, i.e., the poly(L-lactide) (PLLA) and poly(D-lactide) (PDLA), may be harnessed to obtain micelles with enhanced stability and drug loading capacity and consequent sustained release. In this paper, stereocomplexed micelles (γ-PGA-g-PLA micelles) were fabricated from the stereocomplexation between poly(γ-glutamic acid)-graft-PLLA (γ-PGA-g-PLLA) and poly(γ-glutamic acid)-graft-PDLA (γ-PGA-g-PDLA)...
September 11, 2017: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899919/astrocyte-mediated-neuronal-synchronisation-properties-revealed-by-false-gliotransmitter-release
#20
Tiina M Pirttimaki, Robert E Sims, Gregory Saunders, Serena A Antonio, Neela Krushna Codadu, H Rheinallt Parri
Astrocytes spontaneously release glutamate as a gliotransmitter (GT) resulting in the generation of extrasynaptic NMDA-R mediated slow inward currents (SICs) in neighbouring neurons, which can increase local neuronal excitability. However, there is a deficit in our knowledge of the factors that control spontaneous astrocyte GT release, and the extent of its influence. We found that in rat brain slices, increasing the supply of the physiological transmitter glutamate increased the frequency and signalling charge of SICs over an extended period...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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