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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149492/effects-of-tao-hong-si-wu-decoction-on-acute-blood-stasis-in-rats-based-on-a-lc-q-tof-ms-metabolomics-and-network-approach
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Qi Ma, Peng-Ling Li, Yong-Li Hua, Peng Ji, Wan-Ling Yao, Xiao-Song Zhang, Li-Jia Zhong, Yan-Ming Wei
A novel approach using metabolomics coupled with a metabolic network was used to investigate the effects of THSWD on the rat model of acute blood stasis syndrome. Acute blood stasis syndrome was induced by placing the rats in ice-cold water following two injections with epinephrine. The hemorheological indicators (WBV and PV), and the blood coagulation indicators (TT, PT, APTT, and FIB) were detected. The nonparametric univariate method and multivariate statistical analysis were performed for determining the potential biomarkers...
November 17, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148735/stereoselective-stabilization-of-polymeric-vitamin-e-conjugate-micelles
#2
Min Gao, Jian Deng, Huiying Chu, Yu Tang, Zheng Wang, Yanjun Zhao, Guohui Li
Vitamin E (α-tocopherol) (TPGS) micelle is a robust nanocarrier in delivering hydrophobic active pharmaceutical ingredients, but is suffering from poor stability that is essential in terms of pharmaceutical and biomedical applications. Taking advantage of the chirality of vitamin E, this work reports the stereoselective stabilization of polymer-vitamin E conjugate micelles. Vitamin E was covalently linked to multivalent methoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-co-poly(glutamic acid), generating amphiphilic conjugates that could self-assemble into micelles...
November 17, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148316/recognition-dynamics-of-trinuclear-copper-cluster-and-associated-histidine-residues-through-conserved-or-semi-conserved-water-molecules-in-human-ceruloplasmin-the-involvement-of-aspartic-and-glutamic-acid-gates
#3
Bishnu Prasad Mukhopadhyay
Human Ceruloplasmin belongs to the family of multi-copper oxidases and it is involved in different physiological processes, copper ion transport, iron metabolism, iron homeostasis, and biogenic amine metabolism. MD-simulation studies have indicated the higher hydrophilic susceptibility of the trinuclear copper cluster in native CP compared to its oxygen bound form. The copper (T2/T3) atom Cu3047 of the cluster, which is close to T1 copper center Cu3052 (~13 Å) has a higher affinity for water molecules compared to other copper centers...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147985/deciphering-the-growth-organic-acid-exudations-and-ionic-homeostasis-of-amaranthus-viridis-l-and-portulaca-oleracea-l-under-lead-chloride-stress
#4
Muhammad Tariq Javed, Muhammad Sohail Akram, Noman Habib, Kashif Tanwir, Qasim Ali, Nabeel Khan Niazi, Huma Gul, Naeem Iqbal
Lead (Pb) stress adversely affects in planta nutrient homeostasis and metabolism when present at elevated concentration in the surrounding media. The present study was aimed at investigation of organic acid exudations, elemental contents, growth, and lipid peroxidation in two wild plants (Amaranthus viridis L. and Portulaca oleracea L.), exhibiting differential root to shoot Pb translocation, under Pb stress. Plants were placed in soil spiked with lead chloride (PbCl2) concentrations of 0, 15, 30, 45, or 60 mg Pb/kg soil, in rhizoboxes supplied with nylon nets around the roots...
November 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146975/disturbance-in-plasma-metabolic-profile-in-different-types-of-human-cytomegalovirus-induced-liver-injury-in-infants
#5
Wei-Wei Li, Jin-Jun Shan, Li-Li Lin, Tong Xie, Li-Li He, Yan Yang, Shou-Chuan Wang
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection in infants is a global problem and the liver is a target organ of HCMV invasion. However, the mechanism by which HCMV causes different types of liver injury is unclear, and there are many difficulties in the differential diagnosis of HCMV infantile cholestatic hepatopathy (ICH) and extrahepatic biliary atresia (EHBA). We established a non-targeted gas chromatography-mass spectrometry metabolomics method in conjunction with orthogonal partial least squares-discriminate analysis based on 127 plasma samples from healthy controls, and patients with HCMV infantile hepatitis, HCMV ICH, and HCMV EHBA to explore the metabolite profile of different types of HCMV-induced liver injury...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146949/a-microfluidic-platform-for-the-characterisation-of-cns-active-compounds
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Christopher MacKerron, Graham Robertson, Michele Zagnoni, Trevor J Bushell
New in vitro technologies that assess neuronal excitability and the derived synaptic activity within a controlled microenvironment would be beneficial for the characterisation of compounds proposed to affect central nervous system (CNS) function. Here, a microfluidic system with computer controlled compound perfusion is presented that offers a novel methodology for the pharmacological profiling of CNS acting compounds based on calcium imaging readouts. Using this system, multiple applications of the excitatory amino acid glutamate (10 nM-1 mM) elicited reproducible and reversible transient increases in intracellular calcium, allowing the generation of a concentration response curve...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146449/an-integrated-metabolic-consequence-of-hepatospora-eriocheir-infection-in-the-chinese-mitten-crab-eriocheir-sinensis
#7
Zhengfeng Ding, Jing Pan, Hua Huang, Gongcheng Jiang, Jianqin Chen, Xueshen Zhu, Renlei Wang, Guohua Xu
Despite the economic and evolutionary importance of aquatic host-infecting microsporidian species, at present, limited information has been provided about the microsporidia-host interactions. This study focused on Hepatospora eriocheir, an emerging microsporidian pathogen for the Chinese mitten crab Eriocheir sinensis. Hypertrophy of hepatopancreas cells was a common feature of H. eriocheir infection. More importantly, mitochondria of the hepatopancreas were drawn around the H. eriocheir, most likely to aid the uptake of ATP directly from the host...
November 13, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145770/camptothecin-prodrug-nanomicelle-based-on-a-boronate-ester-linked-diblock-copolymer-as-the-carrier-of-doxorubicin-with-enhanced-cellular-uptake
#8
Ya Gao, Yi Xiao, Shiyuan Liu, Jiahui Yu
A novel pH-sensitive polymeric prodrug of camptothecin (CPT) by polymerizing γ-camptothecin-glutamate N-carboxyanhydride (Glu (CPT)-NCA) on boronate ester-linked poly (ethyleneglycol) (PEG) directly via the amine-initiated ring open polymerization (ROP) has been developed. The resulting amphiphilic prodrug (mPEG-BC-PGluCPT) could self-assemble into nanoparticles and encapsulate doxorubicin (Dox) simultaneously in aqueous solution for dual-drug delivery. The formation of polymeric prodrug micelles (mPEG-BC@PGluCPT) was confirmed by the measurements of critical aggregation concentration (CAC), particle size, and morphology observations...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145706/expression-of-oestrogen-receptors-gper-esr1-esr2-in-human-ductuli-efferentes-and-proximal-epididymis
#9
V Rago, F Romeo, F Giordano, R Malivindi, V Pezzi, I Casaburi, A Carpino
Oestrogen targeting in the human genital ducts is still not well-known. In fact, to date, the localization of oestrogen receptors, ESR1 and ESR2, is controversial and the presence of the membrane oestrogen receptor GPER (G protein-coupled oestrogen receptor) is unexplored. This study has investigated the expression of GPER, ESR1, ESR2 in human ductuli efferentes and proximal caput epididymis by immunohistochemistry and Western blot analysis. Furthermore, the presence of PELP1 (proline-glutamic acid-leucine-rich protein 1), a co-regulator of the oestrogen receptors, was also evaluated...
November 16, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143139/effect-of-protein-adsorption-layers-and-solution-treatments-on-hydroxyapatite-deposition-on-polystyrene-plate-surfaces-in-simulated-body-fluids
#10
Kazutoshi Iijima, Ayako Iizuka, Ryo Suzuki, Hitomi Ueno-Yokohata, Nobutaka Kiyokawa, Mineo Hashizume
We have developed a method to functionalize polystyrene (PS) cell culture plates with hydroxyapatite (HAp) via protein adsorption layers such as human serum albumin (HSA) in simulated body fluids (SBFs). In order to investigate the versatility the method, in this study the effect of protein adsorption layers on HAp deposition on PS plate surfaces in SBF was evaluated. Pretreatments with alternate soaking process (ASP) using solutions containing calcium ions and phosphate ions followed by incubation with SBF for 24 h resulted in HAp deposition on PS plates with adsorption layers of HSA, type I collagen, hen egg white lysozyme, and poly L-glutamic acid, an acidic protein analogue: the deposition behaviors were correlated with adsorption ability and charge state of proteins...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142429/antioxidant-and-hepatoprotective-potential-of-swaras-and-hima-extracts-of-tinospora-cordifolia-and-boerhavia-diffusa-in-swiss-albino-mice
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Amit Kaushik, Athar Husain, Harshika Awasthi, Dewasya Pratap Singh, Raziuddin Khan, Dayanandan Mani
Background: In Ayurveda, five basic extraction procedures are mentioned in order of their decreasing potency. Swaras is considered as the most potent followed by, kalka, kwatha, fanta and hima. Objective: Present study was carried out to investigate the antioxidant and hepatoprotective potential of swaras and hima extracts of T.cordifolia and B. diffusa. Materials and Methods: Swaras and hima extracts of T. cordifolia and B. diffusa were prepared...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142388/analysis-of-free-amino-acids-in-different-extracts-of-orthosiphon-stamineus-leaves-by-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-combined-with-solid-phase-extraction
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Armaghan Shafaei, Nor Hidayah Ab Halim, Norhidayah Zakaria, Zhari Ismail
Background: Orthosiphon stamineus (OS) Benth is a medicinal plant and native in Southeast Asia. Previous studies have shown that OS leaves possess antioxidant, cytotoxic, diuretic, antihypertensive, and uricosuric effects. These beneficial effects have been attributed to the presence of primary and secondary metabolites such as polyphenols, amino acids, and flavonoids. Objective: To develop and validate an high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)-diode array detector (DAD) method combined with solid-phase extraction that involves precolumn derivatization with O-phthaladehyde for simultaneous analysis of free amino acids in OS leaves extracts...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141405/injectable-thermo-sensitive-polypeptide-based-cddp-complexed-hydrogel-for-improving-localized-antitumor-efficacy
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Shuangjiang Yu, Dianliang Zhang, Chaoliang He, Wujin Sun, Rangjuan Cao, Shusen Cui, Mingxiao Deng, Zhen Gu, Xuesi Chen
In this study, a type of novel thermo-sensitive polypeptide-based hydrogel with tunable gelation behavior through changing the content of carboxyl groups was developed for the purpose of improving the cisplatin (CDDP) release behavior and enhancing the localized antitumor efficiency. The introduction of carboxyl groups in methoxy-poly(ethylene glycol)-b-(poly(γ-ethyl-L-glutamate-co-L-glutamic acid) (mPEG-b-P(ELG-co-LG)) not only led to adjustable mechanical properties of the hydrogel, but also significantly reduced the burst release of the drug through the complexation between the carboxyl groups of polypeptide and CDDP...
November 15, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141211/lateral-preoptic-control-of-the-lateral-habenula-through-convergent-glutamate-and-gaba-transmission
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David J Barker, Jorge Miranda-Barrientos, Shiliang Zhang, David H Root, Hui-Ling Wang, Bing Liu, Erin S Calipari, Marisela Morales
The lateral habenula (LHb) is a brain structure that participates in cognitive and emotional processing and has been implicated in several mental disorders. Although one of the largest inputs to the LHb originates in the lateral preoptic area (LPO), little is known about how the LPO participates in the regulation of LHb function. Here, we provide evidence that the LPO exerts bivalent control over the LHb through the convergent transmission of LPO glutamate and γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) onto single LHb neurons...
November 14, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140675/identification-of-novel-allosteric-modulators-of-glutamate-transporter-eaat2
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Sandhya Kortagere, Ole Valente Mortensen, Jingsheng Xia, William Lester, Yuhong Fang, Yellamelli V V Srikanth, Joseph M Salvino, Andreia Cristina Karklin Fontana
Dysfunction of excitatory amino acid transporters (EAATs) has been implicated in the pathogenesis of various neurological disorders, such as stroke, brain trauma, epilepsyand neurodegenerative diseases among others. EAAT2 is the main subtype responsible for glutamate clearance in the brain, having a key role in regulating transmission and preventing excitotoxicity. Therefore, compounds that increase the expression or activity of EAAT2 have therapeutic potential for neuroprotection. Previous studies identified molecular determinants for EAAT2 transport stimulation in a structural domain that lies at the interface of the rigid trimerization domain and the central substrate binding transport domain...
November 15, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140261/proximate-composition-and-nutritional-value-of-three-macroalgae-ascophyllum-nodosum-fucus-vesiculosus-and-bifurcaria-bifurcata
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José M Lorenzo, Rubén Agregán, Paulo E S Munekata, Daniel Franco, Javier Carballo, Selin Şahin, Ramón Lacomba, Francisco J Barba
Proximate composition (moisture, protein, lipid and ash content) and nutritional value (fatty acid, amino acid and mineral profile) of three macroalgae (Ascophyllum nodosum, Fucus vesiculosus and Bifurcaria bifurcate) were studied. Chemical composition was significantly (p < 0.001) different among the three seaweeds. In this regard, the B. bifurcata presented the highest fat content (6.54% of dry matter); whereas, F. vesiculosus showed the highest protein level (12.99% dry matter). Regarding fatty acid content, the polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) were the most abundant followed by saturated fatty acids (SFAs) and monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs)...
November 15, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139349/leucobacter-triazinivorans-sp-nov-a-s-triazine-herbicide-prometryn-degrading-bacterium-isolated-from-sludge
#17
Le-Ni Sun, Dan-Dan Pan, Xiang-Wei Wu, En-Dong Yang, Ri-Mao Hua, Qing X Li
A Gram-stain-positive, rod-shaped, non-motile bacterial strain, designated JW-1(T), was isolated from activated sludge collected from the outlet of an aeration tank in a prometryn-manufacturing plant, located in Binzhou City, Shandong province, PR China. Phylogenetic analysis, based on 16S rRNA gene sequences, indicated that strain JW-1(T) belongs to the genus Leucobacter and its closest neighbours are 'Leucobacter kyeonggiensis' F3-P9 (98.95 % similarity), Leucobacter celer subsp. astrifaciens CBX151(T) (98...
November 15, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138306/key-metabolites-and-mechanistic-changes-for-salt-tolerance-in-an-experimentally-evolved-sulfate-reducing-bacterium-desulfovibrio-vulgaris
#18
Aifen Zhou, Rebecca Lau, Richard Baran, Jincai Ma, Frederick von Netzer, Weiling Shi, Drew Gorman-Lewis, Megan L Kempher, Zhili He, Yujia Qin, Zhou Shi, Grant M Zane, Liyou Wu, Benjamin P Bowen, Trent R Northen, Kristina L Hillesland, David A Stahl, Judy D Wall, Adam P Arkin, Jizhong Zhou
Rapid genetic and phenotypic adaptation of the sulfate-reducing bacterium Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough to salt stress was observed during experimental evolution. In order to identify key metabolites important for salt tolerance, a clone, ES10-5, which was isolated from population ES10 and allowed to experimentally evolve under salt stress for 5,000 generations, was analyzed and compared to clone ES9-11, which was isolated from population ES9 and had evolved under the same conditions for 1,200 generations...
November 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138116/in-silico-identification-of-genes-involved-in-chronic-metabolic-acidosis
#19
Ishfaq A Sheikh, Adeel Malik, Sameera F M AlBasri, Mohd A Beg
AIMS: Chronic metabolic acidosis (CMA) refers to increased plasma acidity due to disturbed acid-base equilibrium in human body. CMA leads to many dysfunctions including disorders of intestinal metabolism and barrier functions. The human body responds to these intestinal dysfunctions by creating a compensatory mechanism at genomic level in intestinal epithelial cells. This study was to identify the molecular pathways involved in metabolic dysfunction and compensatory adaptations in intestinal epithelium during CMA...
November 11, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138002/the-mechanism-of-hdea-unfolding-and-chaperone-activation
#20
Loïc Salmon, Frederick Stull, Sabrina Sayle, Claire Cato, Şerife Akgül, Linda Foit, Logan S Ahlstrom, Elan Z Eisenmesser, Hashim M Al-Hashimi, James C A Bardwell, Scott Horowitz
HdeA is a periplasmic chaperone that is rapidly activated upon shifting the pH to acidic conditions. This activation is thought to involve monomerization of HdeA. There is evidence that monomerization and partial unfolding allow the chaperone to bind to proteins denatured by low pH thereby protecting them from aggregation. We analyzed the acid-induced unfolding of HdeA using NMR spectroscopy and fluorescence measurements, and obtained experimental evidence suggesting a complex mechanism in HdeA's acid-induced unfolding pathway, as previously postulated from molecular dynamics simulations...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
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