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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087398/interaction-of-mal-de-r%C3%A3-o-cuarto-virus-fijivirus-genus-proteins-and-identification-of-putative-factors-determining-viroplasm-formation-and-decay
#1
Gabriela Llauger, Luis Alejandro de Haro, Victoria Alfonso, Mariana Del Vas
Mal de Río Cuarto virus (MRCV) is a member of the Fijivirus genus, within the Reoviridae family, that replicates and assembles in cytoplasmic inclusion bodies called viroplasms. In this study, we investigated interactions between ten MRCV proteins by yeast two-hybrid (Y2H) assays and identified interactions of non-structural proteins P6/P6, P9-2/P9-2 and P6/P9-1. P9-1 and P6 are the major and minor components of the viroplasms respectively, whereas P9-2 is an N-glycosylated membrane protein of unknown function...
January 10, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087338/auditory-hindbrain-atrophy-and-anomalous-calcium-binding-protein-expression-after-neonatal-exposure-to-monosodium-glutamate
#2
Lindsey Foran, Kaitlyn Blackburn, Randy J Kulesza
Glutamate is the most abundant excitatory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system, and is stored and released by both neurons and astrocytes. Despite the important role of glutamate as a neurotransmitter, elevated extracellular glutamate can result in excitotoxicity and apoptosis. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a naturally occurring sodium salt of glutamic acid that is used as a flavor enhancer in many processed foods. Previous studies have shown that MSG administration during the early postnatal period results in neurodegenerative changes in several forebrain regions, characterized by neuronal loss and neuroendocrine abnormalities...
January 10, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079404/free-amino-acids-in-fibromyalgia-syndrome-relationship-with-clinical-picture
#3
Valeria Ruggiero, Massimiliano Mura, Enrico Cacace, Benedetta Era, Marcella Peri, Giuseppina Sanna, Antonella Fais
The objectives of our study were to evaluate free amino acid (FAA) concentrations in the serum of patients affected by fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) and to determine the relationships between FAA levels and FMS clinical parameters. Thus, serum amino acid concentrations were quantified (HPLC analysis) in 23 females with fibromyalgia (according to the American College of Rheumatology classification criteria) and 20 healthy females. The results showed significantly higher serum concentrations of aspartate, cysteine, glutamate, glycine, isoleucine, leucine, methionine, ornithine, phenylalanine, sarcosine, serine, taurine, tyrosine and valine in FMS patients vs...
January 12, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079367/robust-responsive-and-targeted-plga-anticancer-nanomedicines-by-combining-reductively-cleavable-surfactant-and-covalent-hyaluronic-acid-coating
#4
Jintian Wu, Jian Zhang, Chao Deng, Fenghua Meng, Ru Cheng, Zhiyuan Zhong
PLGA-based nanomedicines have enormous potential for targeted cancer therapy. To boost their stability, targetability and intracellular drug release, here we developed novel multifunctional PLGA anticancer nanomedicines by combining a reductively cleavable surfactant (RCS), vitamin E-SS-oligo(methyl diglycol L-glutamate), with covalent hyaluronic acid (HA) coating. Reduction-sensitive HA-coated PLGA nanoparticles (rHPNPs) were obtained with small sizes of 55 - 61 nm and zeta potentials of -26.7 - -28.8 mV at 18...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078521/exogenously-applied-poly-%C3%AE-glutamic-acid-alleviates-salt-stress-in-wheat-seedlings-by-modulating-ion-balance-and-the-antioxidant-system
#5
Zhengfei Guo, Na Yang, Changhua Zhu, Lijun Gan
Salt stress is a main abiotic stress that limits agricultural productivity in many parts of the world. To investigate whether poly-γ-glutamic acid (γ-PGA) can alleviate the negative effects of salt stress on wheat, a foliar application of 400 mg/L γ-PGA was applied to wheat seedlings, which were then subjected to 150 mM NaCl. Our results showed that after application of γ-PGA, the plant height, the plant weight, and the antioxidant enzymes including superoxide dismutase, peroxidase, and catalase were significantly increased compared with the treatment of 150 mM NaCl alone...
January 11, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078203/catatonia-our-current-understanding-of-its-diagnosis-treatment-and-pathophysiology
#6
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Sean A Rasmussen, Michael F Mazurek, Patricia I Rosebush
Catatonia is a psychomotor syndrome that has been reported to occur in more than 10% of patients with acute psychiatric illnesses. Two subtypes of the syndrome have been identified. Catatonia of the retarded type is characterized by immobility, mutism, staring, rigidity, and a host of other clinical signs. Excited catatonia is a less common presentation in which patients develop prolonged periods of psychomotor agitation. Once thought to be a subtype of schizophrenia, catatonia is now recognized to occur with a broad spectrum of medical and psychiatric illnesses, particularly affective disorders...
December 22, 2016: World Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077092/phylogenetic-analysis-of-ionotropic-l-glutamate-receptor-genes-in-the-bilateria-with-special-notes-on-aplysia-californica
#7
Justin B Greer, Sawsan Khuri, Lynne A Fieber
BACKGROUND: The neurotransmitter L-Glutamate (L-Glu) acting at ionotropic L-Glu receptors (iGluR) conveys fast excitatory signal transmission in the nervous systems of all animals. iGluR-dependent neurotransmission is a key component of the synaptic plasticity that underlies learning and memory. During learning, two subtypes of iGluR, α-Amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptors (AMPAR) and N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDAR), are dynamically regulated postsynaptically in vertebrates...
January 11, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073836/ionotropic-glutamate-receptors-activate-cell-signaling-in-response-to-glutamate-in-schwann-cells
#8
Wendy M Campana, Elisabetta Mantuano, Pardis Azmoon, Kenneth Henry, Michael A Banki, John H Kim, Donald P Pizzo, Steven L Gonias
In the peripheral nervous system, Schwann cells (SCs) demonstrate surveillance activity, detecting injury and undergoing trans-differentiation to support repair. SC receptors that detect peripheral nervous system injury remain incompletely understood. We used RT-PCR to profile ionotropic glutamate receptor expression in cultured SCs. We identified subunits required for assembly of N-methyl-d-aspartic acid (NMDA) receptors (NMDA-R), α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptors, and kainate receptors...
January 10, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073605/comprehensive-association-analysis-of-27-genes-from-the-gabaergic-system-in-japanese-individuals-affected-with-schizophrenia
#9
Shabeesh Balan, Kazuo Yamada, Yoshimi Iwayama, Takanori Hashimoto, Tomoko Toyota, Chie Shimamoto, Motoko Maekawa, Shu Takagai, Tomoyasu Wakuda, Yosuke Kameno, Daisuke Kurita, Kohei Yamada, Mitsuru Kikuchi, Tasuku Hashimoto, Nobuhisa Kanahara, Takeo Yoshikawa
Involvement of the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-ergic system in schizophrenia pathogenesis through disrupted neurodevelopment has been highlighted in numerous studies. However, the function of common genetic variants of this system in determining schizophrenia risk is unknown. We therefore tested the association of 375 tagged SNPs in genes derived from the GABAergic system, such as GABAA receptor subunit genes, and GABA related genes (glutamate decarboxylase genes, GABAergic-marker gene, genes involved in GABA receptor trafficking and scaffolding) in Japanese schizophrenia case-control samples (n=2926; 1415 cases and 1511 controls)...
January 7, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071892/transient-adenosine-release-is-modulated-by-nmda-and-gabab-receptors
#10
Michael D Nguyen, Ying Wang, Mallikarjunarao Ganesana, B Jill Venton
Adenosine is a neuroprotective agent that modulates neurotransmission and is modulated by other neurotransmitters. Spontaneous, transient adenosine is a recently discovered mode of signaling where adenosine is released and cleared from the extracellular space quickly, in less than three seconds. Spontaneous adenosine release is regulated by adenosine A1 and A2a receptors, but regulation by other neurotransmitter receptors has not been studied. Here, we examined the effect of glutamate and GABA receptors on the concentration and frequency of spontaneous, transient adenosine release by measuring adenosine with fast-scan cyclic voltammetry in the rat caudate-putamen...
January 10, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071727/plasma-amino-acid-profile-in-patients-with-aortic-dissection
#11
Linlin Wang, Sha Liu, Wengang Yang, Haitao Yu, Li Zhang, Ping Ma, Peng Wu, Xue Li, Kenka Cho, Song Xue, Baohong Jiang
Aortic dissection (AD), a severe cardiovascular disease with the characteristics of high mortality, is lack of specific clinical biomarkers. In order to facilitate the diagnosis of AD, we investigated plasma amino acid profile through metabolomics approach. Total 33 human subjects were enrolled in the study: 11 coronary heart disease (CHD) patients without aortic lesion and 11 acute AD and 11 chronic AD. Amino acids were identified in plasma using liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), and were further subjected to multiple logistic regression analysis...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070827/glutamic-acid-promotes-monacolin-k-production-and-monacolin-k-biosynthetic-gene-cluster-expression-in-monascus
#12
Chan Zhang, Jian Liang, Le Yang, Shiyuan Chai, Chenxi Zhang, Baoguo Sun, Chengtao Wang
This study investigated the effects of glutamic acid on production of monacolin K and expression of the monacolin K biosynthetic gene cluster. When Monascus M1 was grown in glutamic medium instead of in the original medium, monacolin K production increased from 48.4 to 215.4 mg l(-1), monacolin K production increased by 3.5 times. Glutamic acid enhanced monacolin K production by upregulating the expression of mokB-mokI; on day 8, the expression level of mokA tended to decrease by Reverse Transcription-polymerase Chain Reaction...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070799/metabolic-alterations-and-the-protective-effect-of-punicalagin-against-glutamate-induced-oxidative-toxicity-in-ht22-cells
#13
Kavitha Pathakoti, Lavanya Goodla, Manjunath Manubolu, Tewin Tencomnao
Oxidative stress is involved in many neurological diseases, including Alzheimer's disease. Punicalagin (PC) is a hydrolysable polyphenol derived from Punica granatum and a potent antioxidant. In this study, the neuroprotective effect of PC on glutamate-induced oxidative stress was evaluated in the mouse hippocampal cell line, HT22. PC treatment protected HT22 cells from glutamate-induced cell death in a concentration-dependent manner, potentially attenuated glutamate-induced intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and restored the mitochondrial membrane depolarization...
January 9, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070703/nmr-based-metabolomics-reveals-brain-region-specific-metabolic-alterations-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-rats-with-cognitive-dysfunction
#14
Hong Zheng, Qiuting Lin, Dan Wang, Pengtao Xu, Liangcai Zhao, Wenyi Hu, Guanghui Bai, Zhihan Yan, Hongchang Gao
Diabetes mellitus (DM) can result in cognitive dysfunction, but its potential metabolic mechanisms remain unclear. In the present study, we analyzed the metabolite profiling in eight different brain regions of the normal rats and the streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats accompanied by cognitive dysfunction using a (1)H NMR-based metabolomic approach. A mixed linear model analysis was performed to assess the effects of DM, brain region and their interaction on metabolic changes. We found that different brain regions in rats displayed significant metabolic differences...
January 9, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070112/selenium-uptake-through-cystine-transporter-mediated-by-glutathione-conjugation
#15
Takao Tobe, Koji Ueda, Akira Aoki, Yoshinori Okamoto, Nakao Kojima, Hideto Jinno
Selenium (Se) is an essential trace element and is regarded as a protective agent against cancer. In particular, antioxidant effects of selenoenzymes contribute to cancer prevention. Se can also produce reactive oxygen species and, thereby, exert cancer-selective cytotoxicity. Selenodiglutathione (SDG) is a primary Se metabolite conjugated to two glutathione (GSH) moieties. SDG increases intracellular Se accumulation and is more toxic than selenous acid (H2SeO3), but the mechanisms for importing Se compounds into cells are not fully understood...
2017: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069412/influence-of-glutamic-acid-residues-and-ph-on-the-properties-of-transmembrane-helices
#16
Venkatesan Rajagopalan, Denise V Greathouse, Roger E Koeppe
Negatively charged side chains are important for the function of particular ion channels and certain other membrane proteins. To investigate the influence of single glutamic acid side chains on helices that span lipid-bilayer membranes, we have employed GWALP23 (acetyl-GGALW(5)LALALALALALALW(19)LAGA-amide) as a favorable host peptide framework. We substituted individual Leu residues with Glu residues (L12E or L14E or L16E) and incorporated specific (2)H-labeled alanine residues within the core helical region or near the ends of the sequence...
January 6, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068515/comparative-analysis-of-amino-acid-composition-in-the-active-site-of-nirk-gene-encoding-copper-containing-nitrite-reductase-cunir-in-bacterial-spp
#17
Utpal Kumar Adhikari, M Mizanur Rahman
The nirk gene encoding the copper-containing nitrite reductase (CuNiR), a key catalytic enzyme in the environmental denitrification process that helps to produce nitric oxide from nitrite. The molecular mechanism of denitrification process is definitely complex and in this case a theoretical investigation has been conducted to know the sequence information and amino acid composition of the active site of CuNiR enzyme using various Bioinformatics tools. 10 Fasta formatted sequences were retrieved from the NCBI database and the domain and disordered regions identification and phylogenetic analyses were done on these sequences...
December 31, 2016: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068466/controlling-self-assembling-peptide-hydrogel-properties-through-network-topology
#18
Jie Gao, Claire Tang, Andrew M Smith, Aline Fiona Miller, Alberto Saiani
Self-assembling peptide based hydrogels have encountered increasing interest in the recent years as scaffolds for 3D cell culture or for controlled drug delivery. One of the main challenges is the fine control of the mechanical properties of these materials. The bulk properties of hydrogel not only depend on the intrinsic properties of the fibres but also on the network topology formed. In this work we show how fibre-fibre interactions can be manipulated by design to control the final hydrogels network topology and therefore control the final properties of the material...
January 9, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068058/extensive-turnover-of-compatible-solutes-in-cyanobacteria-revealed-by-deuterium-oxide-d2o-stable-isotope-probing
#19
Richard Baran, Rebecca Lau, Benjamin P Bowen, Spencer Diamond, Nick Jose, Ferran Garcia-Pichel, Trent R Northen
Cyanobacteria are important primary producers of organic matter in diverse environments on a global scale. While mechanisms of CO2 fixation are well understood, the distribution of the flow of fixed organic carbon within individual cells and complex microbial communities is less well characterized. To obtain a general overview of metabolism, we describe the use of deuterium oxide (D2O) to measure deuterium incorporation into the intracellular metabolites of two physiologically diverse cyanobacteria: a terrestrial filamentous strain (Microcoleus vaginatus PCC 9802) and a euryhaline unicellular strain (Synechococcus sp...
January 9, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067785/relationships-between-gat1-and-ptsd-depression-and-substance-use-disorder
#20
Kaitlin E Bountress, Wei Wei, Christina Sheerin, Dongjun Chung, Ananda B Amstadter, Howard Mandel, Zhewu Wang
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) have large public health impacts. Therefore, researchers have attempted to identify those at greatest risk for these phenotypes. PTSD, MDD, and SUD are in part genetically influenced. Additionally, genes in the glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) system are implicated in the encoding of emotional and fear memories, and thus may impact these phenotypes. The current study examined the associations of single nucleotide polymorphisms in GAT1 individually, and at the gene level, using a principal components (PC) approach, with PTSD, PTSD comorbid with MDD, and PTSD comorbid with SUD in 486 combat-exposed veterans...
January 5, 2017: Brain Sciences
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