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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230263/recent-advances-in-%C3%AE-aminobutyric-acid-gaba-properties-in-pulses-an-overview
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Nooshin Nikmaram, B N Dar, Shahin Roohinejad, Mohamed Koubaa, Francisco J Barba, Greiner Ralf, Stuart K Johnson
Beans, peas, and lentils are all types of pulses that are extensively used as foods around the world due to their beneficial effects on human health including their low glycemic index, cholesterol lowering effects, ability to decrease the risk of heart diseases and their protective effects against some cancers. These health benefits are a result of their components such as bioactive proteins, dietary fibers, slowly digested starches, minerals and vitamins, and bioactive compounds. Among these bioactive compounds, γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a non-proteinogenic amino acid with numerous reported health benefits (e...
February 23, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230232/carisbamate-blockade-of-t-type-voltage-gated-calcium-channels
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Do Young Kim, Fang-Xiong Zhang, Stan T Nakanishi, Timothy Mettler, Ik-Hyun Cho, Younghee Ahn, Florian Hiess, Lina Chen, Patrick G Sullivan, S R Wayne Chen, Gerald W Zamponi, Jong M Rho
OBJECTIVES: Carisbamate (CRS) is a novel monocarbamate compound that possesses antiseizure and neuroprotective properties. However, the mechanisms underlying these actions remain unclear. Here, we tested both direct and indirect effects of CRS on several cellular systems that regulate intracellular calcium concentration [Ca(2+) ]i . METHODS: We used a combination of cellular electrophysiologic techniques, as well as cell viability, Store Overload-Induced Calcium Release (SOICR), and mitochondrial functional assays to determine whether CRS might affect [Ca(2+) ]i levels through actions on the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), mitochondria, and/or T-type voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels...
February 23, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230157/highly-sensitive-and-adaptable-fluorescence-quenched-pair-discloses-the-substrate-specificity-profiles-in-diverse-protease-families
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Marcin Poreba, Aleksandra Szalek, Wioletta Rut, Paulina Kasperkiewicz, Izabela Rutkowska-Wlodarczyk, Scott J Snipas, Yoshifumi Itoh, Dusan Turk, Boris Turk, Christopher M Overall, Leszek Kaczmarek, Guy S Salvesen, Marcin Drag
Internally quenched fluorescent (IQF) peptide substrates originating from FRET (Förster Resonance Energy Transfer) are powerful tool for examining the activity and specificity of proteases, and a variety of donor/acceptor pairs are extensively used to design individual substrates and combinatorial libraries. We developed a highly sensitive and adaptable donor/acceptor pair that can be used to investigate the substrate specificity of cysteine proteases, serine proteases and metalloproteinases. This novel pair comprises 7-amino-4-carbamoylmethylcoumarin (ACC) as the fluorophore and 2,4-dinitrophenyl-lysine (Lys(DNP)) as the quencher...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230096/a-novel-approach-to-improve-poly-%C3%AE-glutamic-acid-production-by-nadph-regeneration-in-bacillus-licheniformis-wx-02
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Dongbo Cai, Penghui He, Xingcheng Lu, Chengjun Zhu, Jiang Zhu, Yangyang Zhan, Qin Wang, Zhiyou Wen, Shouwen Chen
Poly-γ-glutamic acid (γ-PGA) is an important biochemical product with a variety of applications. This work reports a novel approach to improve γ-PGA through over expression of key enzymes in cofactor NADPH generating process for NADPH pool. Six genes encoding the key enzymes in NADPH generation were over-expressed in the γ-PGA producing strain B. licheniformis WX-02. Among various recombinants, the strain over-expressing zwf gene (coding for glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase), WX-zwf, produced the highest γ-PGA concentration (9...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228527/activation-mechanism-of-the-g-protein-coupled-sweet-receptor-heterodimer-with-sweeteners-and-allosteric-agonists
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Soo-Kyung Kim, Yalu Chen, Ravinder Abrol, William A Goddard, Brian Guthrie
The sweet taste in humans is mediated by the TAS1R2/TAS1R3 G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR), which belongs to the class C family that also includes the metabotropic glutamate and γ-aminobutyric acid receptors. We report here the predicted 3D structure of the full-length TAS1R2/TAS1R3 heterodimer, including the Venus Flytrap Domains (VFDs) [in the closed-open (co) active conformation], the cysteine-rich domains (CRDs), and the transmembrane domains (TMDs) at the TM56/TM56 interface. We observe that binding of agonists to VFD2 of TAS1R2 leads to major conformational changes to form a TM6/TM6 interface between TMDs of TAS1R2 and TAS1R3, which is consistent with the activation process observed biophysically on the metabotropic glutamate receptor 2 homodimer...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226181/use-of-self-collected-capillary-blood-samples-for-islet-autoantibody-screening-in-relatives-a-feasibility-and-acceptability-study
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Y Liu, L E Rafkin, D Matheson, C Henderson, D Boulware, R E J Besser, C Ferrara, L Yu, A K Steck, P J Bingley
AIMS: To evaluate the feasibility of using self-collected capillary blood samples for islet autoantibody testing to identify risk in relatives of people with Type 1 diabetes. METHODS: Participants were recruited via the observational TrialNet Pathway to Prevention study, which screens and monitors relatives of people with Type 1 diabetes for islet autoantibodies. Relatives were sent kits for capillary blood collection, with written instructions, an online instructional video link and a questionnaire...
February 22, 2017: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225164/effects-of-focal-brain-cooling-on-extracellular-concentrations-of-neurotransmitters-in-patients-with-epilepsy
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Sadahiro Nomura, Takao Inoue, Hirochika Imoto, Eiichi Suehiro, Yuichi Maruta, Yuya Hirayama, Michiyasu Suzuki
OBJECTIVE: Brain hypothermia controls epileptic discharge and reduces extracellular concentrations of glutamate (Glu), an excitatory neurotransmitter. We aimed to determine the effects of focal brain cooling (FBC) on levels of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which is a major inhibitory neurotransmitter. The relationship between Glu or GABA concentrations and the severity of epileptic symptoms was also analyzed. METHODS: Patients with intractable epilepsy underwent FBC at lesionectomized (n = 11) or hippocampectomized (n = 8) regions at 15°C for 30 min using custom-made cooling devices...
February 22, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225041/pvn-blockade-of-p44-42-mapk-pathway-attenuates-salt-induced-hypertension-through-modulating-neurotransmitters-and-attenuating-oxidative-stress
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Hong-Li Gao, Xiao-Jing Yu, Kai-Li Liu, Xiao-Lian Shi, Jie Qi, Yan-Mei Chen, Yan Zhang, Juan Bai, Qiu-Yue Yi, Zhi-Peng Feng, Wen-Sheng Chen, Wei Cui, Jin-Jun Liu, Guo-Qing Zhu, Yu-Ming Kang
The imbalance of neurotransmitters and excessive oxidative stress responses contribute to the pathogenesis of hypertension. In this study, we determined whether blockade of p44/42 MAPK pathway in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN) ameliorates the development of hypertension through modulating neurotransmitters and attenuating oxidative stress. Dahl salt-sensitive (S) rats received a high-salt diet (HS, 8% NaCl) or a normal-salt diet (NS, 0.3% NaCl) for 6 weeks and were treated with bilateral PVN infusion of PD-98059 (0...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222692/hashimoto-s-encephalitis-associated-with-ampar2-antibodies-a-case-report
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Mingqin Zhu, Xuefan Yu, Caiyun Liu, Chenchen Duan, Chunxiao Li, Jie Zhu, Ying Zhang
BACKGROUND: Hashimoto's encephalitis (HE) is a rare neurological complication of Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT), while limbic encephalitis (LE) is an autoimmune inflammatory disorder frequently associated with anti-neuronal antibodies. The glutamate receptor α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole-propionic acid receptor (AMPAR) is important for synaptic transmission, memory, and learning. The etiology of HE remains unclear. We present a case of HE with antibodies to AMPAR2 both in the serum and cerebrospinal fluid...
February 21, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222432/extracellular-hmgb1-modulates-glutamate-metabolism-associated-with-kainic-acid-induced-epilepsy-like-hyperactivity-in-primary-rat-neural-cells
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Yuji Kaneko, Colleen Pappas, Teresita Malapira, Fernando Ĺ Vale, Naoki Tajiri, Cesar V Borlongan
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Neuroinflammatory processes have been implicated in the pathophysiology of seizure/epilepsy. High mobility group box 1 (HMGB1), a non-histone DNA binding protein, behaves like an inflammatory cytokine in response to epileptogenic insults. Kainic acid (KA) is an excitotoxic reagent commonly used to induce epilepsy in rodents. However, the molecular mechanism by which KA-induced HMGB1 affords the initiation of epilepsy, especially the role of extracellular HMGB1 in neurotransmitter expression, remains to be elucidated...
February 20, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222413/a-new-tr%C3%AE-mutation-in-resistance-to-thyroid-hormone-syndrome
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Corina Neamţu, Claudiu Ţupea, Diana Păun, Anca Hoisescu, Adina Ghemigian, Samuel Refetoff, Chutintorn Sriphrapradang
Thyroid hormones (TH) exert their actions by binding nuclear receptors alpha (TRα1) and beta (TRß1 and TRß2). Resistance to thyroid hormone (RTH) is a clinical syndrome with various clinical manifestations, its hallmark being decreased tissue sensitivity to the action of thyroid hormones. We report the case of a family harbouring a novel TRß mutation. Sequencing of the TRβ gene revealed a single nucleotide substitution-C to G in codon 340: glutamine was replaced by glutamic acid. The clinical picture and biochemical and hormonal panel showed significant differences within the family, despite their sharing the same mutation...
October 2016: Hormones: International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221365/glial-glt-1-blockade-in-infralimbic-cortex-as-a-new-strategy-to-evoke-rapid-antidepressant-like-effects-in-rats
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J Gasull-Camós, M Tarrés-Gatius, F Artigas, A Castañé
Ketamine and deep brain stimulation produce rapid antidepressant effects in humans and rodents. An increased AMPA receptor (AMPA-R) signaling in medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) has been suggested to mediate these responses. However, little research has addressed the direct effects of enhancing glutamate tone or AMPA-R stimulation in mPFC subdivisions. The current study investigates the behavioral and neurochemical consequences of glutamate transporter-1 (GLT-1) blockade or s-AMPA microinfusion in the infralimbic (IL) and prelimbic (PrL) cortex...
February 21, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221080/blockade-of-glutamatergic-transmission-in-the-primate-basolateral-amygdala-suppresses-active-behavior-without-altering-social-interaction
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Patrick A Forcelli, Laurie L Wellman, Ludise Malkova
The amygdala is an integrator of affective processing, and a key component of a network regulating social behavior. While decades of lesion studies in nonhuman primates have shown alterations in social interactions after amygdala damage, acute manipulations of the amygdala in primates have been underexplored. We recently reported (Wellman, Forcelli, Aguilar, & Malkova, 2016) that acute pharmacological inhibition of the basolateral complex of the amygdala (BLA) or the central nucleus of the amygdala increased affiliative social interactions in experimental dyads of macaques; this was achieved through microinjection of a GABA-A receptor agonist...
February 20, 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220061/a-model-of-induction-of-cerebellar-long-term-depression-including-rkip-inactivation-of-raf-and-mek
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Iain Hepburn, Anant Jain, Himanshu Gangal, Yukio Yamamoto, Keiko Tanaka-Yamamoto, Erik De Schutter
We report an updated stochastic model of cerebellar Long Term Depression (LTD) with improved realism. Firstly, we verify experimentally that dissociation of Raf kinase inhibitor protein (RKIP) from Mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK) is required for cerebellar LTD and add this interaction to an earlier published model, along with the known requirement of dissociation of RKIP from Raf kinase. We update Ca(2+) dynamics as a constant-rate influx, which captures experimental input profiles accurately...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219837/chronic-maternal-calcium-and-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-deficiency-in-wistar-rats-programs-abnormal-hepatic-gene-expression-leading-to-hepatic-steatosis-in-female-offspring
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Sona S Sharma, Nivedita M Jangale, Abhay M Harsulkar, Medha K Gokhale, Bimba N Joshi
Importance of calcium and vitamin D deficiency is well established in adult dyslipidemia. We hypothesized that maternal calcium and vitamin D deficiency could alter offspring's lipid metabolism. Our objective was to investigate the effect of maternal dietary calcium and vitamin D deficiency on lipid metabolism and liver function of the F1 generation offspring. intergenerational calcium-deficient (CaD) and vitamin D-deficient (VDD) models were developed by mating normal male rats with deficient females and continuing maternal-deficient diets through pregnancy and lactation...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218850/impact-of-phosphorylation-and-pseudo-phosphorylation-on-the-early-stages-of-aggregation-of-the-microtubule-associated-protein-tau
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Dmitriy V Prokopovich, John W Whittaker, Micaiah M Muthee, Azka Ahmed, Luca Larini
The microtubule associated protein tau regulates the stability of microtubules within neurons in the central nervous system. In turn, microtubules are responsible for the remodeling of the cytoskeleton that ultimately leads to the formation or pruning of new connections among neurons. As a consequence, dysfunction of tau is associated with many forms of dementia as well as Alzheimer's disease. In the brain, tau activity is regulated by its phosphorylation state. Phosphorylation is a post-translational modification of proteins that adds a phosphate group to the side chain of an amino acid...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217828/photophysics-of-egfp-e222h-mutant-with-comparisons-to-model-chromophores-excited-state-pk-s-progressions-quenching-and-exciton-interaction
#17
William Kirk, Thomas Allen, Elena Atanasova, William Wessels, Janet Yao, Franklyn Prendergast
A novel version of the well-known and commercially successful Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) variant known as EGFP, with an introduced E222H mutation, was produced in this laboratory. Given the current state of hypotheses about the role of glutamate 222, and the observed dominance of the phenolate absorption with an E222H variant observed from earlier study, the new mutant was considered a natural choice to investigate more fully the acid-base behavior of the chromophore in absorption and fluorescence. The bulk of this investigation concerns fitting the excitation, emission and absorption spectra to vibrational progressions of a novel 'q-deformed' type at various values of pH, and protein concentration...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217497/thyroid-profile-and-autoantibodies-in-type-1-diabetes-subjects-a-perspective-from-eastern-india
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Debmalya Sanyal, Anirban Majumder, Soumyabrata Roy Chaudhuri, Sudip Chatterjee
CONTEXT: There has been a rise in the incidence of type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) in India. The prevalence of thyroid autoantibodies and thyroid dysfunction is common in T1DM. AIMS: The aim of this study is to determine the incidence of thyroid dysfunction and thyroid autoantibodies in T1DM subjects, without any history of thyroid disease, and the prevalence of glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) antibody, Islet antigen-2 antibody (IA2), thyroid peroxidase (TPO), and thyroglobulin autoantibodies (Tg-AB) in T1DM subjects...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216958/-1-h-nmr-based-serum-metabolomics-reveals-erythromycin-induced-liver-toxicity-in-albino-wistar-rats
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Atul Rawat, Durgesh Dubey, Anupam Guleria, Umesh Kumar, Amit K Keshari, Swati Chaturvedi, Anand Prakash, Sudipta Saha, Dinesh Kumar
INTRODUCTION: Erythromycin (ERY) is known to induce hepatic toxicity which mimics other liver diseases. Thus, ERY is often used to produce experimental models of drug-induced liver-toxicity. The serum metabolic profiles can be used to evaluate the liver-toxicity and to further improve the understanding of underlying mechanism. OBJECTIVE: To establish the serum metabolic patterns of Erythromycin induced hepatotoxicity in albino wistar rats using (1)H NMR based serum metabolomics...
October 2016: Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216150/novel-biodegradable-poly-gamma-glutamic-acid-amphotericin-b-complexes-show-promise-as-improved-amphotericin-b-formulations
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T Dinh, Q Zia, S Zubair, P Stapleton, R Singh, M Owais, S Somavarapu
Commercially available amphotericin B (AmB) formulations are limited by cytotoxicities, lower efficacies, shelf-life related issues or high production costs. AmB complexes based on poly(gamma-glutamic acid) (PGGA) have been prepared and evaluated for their efficacies against AmB-deoxycholate (Fungizone®) and liposomal AmB (AmBisome®). Physical characterizations showed that AmB/PGGA complexes are nanoscopic (20-40 nm) with a negative zeta potential (-51.0 mV), water-soluble, stable in solution (up to 4 weeks, at 4 °C and 25 °C), and have a theoretical drug loading (up to 76...
February 16, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
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