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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651002/the-n-terminal-domain-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-ppe17-rv1168c-protein-plays-a-dominant-role-in-inducing-antibody-responses-in-active-tb-patients
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Philip Raj Abraham, Niteen Pathak, Gourango Pradhan, Gaddam Sumanlatha, Sangita Mukhopadhyay
The PPE (proline-proline-glutamic acid) proteins of Mycobacterium tuberculosis are characterized by a conserved N-terminal domain of approximately 180 amino acids and variable C-terminal domain. Since last decade, these proteins have gained much importance in the serodiagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) as they act as a source of antigenic variation. We have demonstrated earlier that one of the PPE proteins PPE17 (Rv1168c) induces strong B-cell and T-cell responses in active TB disease and also displays a higher antibody titer compared to immunodominant antigens such as ESAT-6, Hsp60 and PPD...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648777/mtorc2-regulates-amino-acid-metabolism-in-cancer-by-phosphorylation-of-the-cystine-glutamate-antiporter-xct
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Yuchao Gu, Claudio P Albuquerque, Daniel Braas, Wei Zhang, Genaro R Villa, Junfeng Bi, Shiro Ikegami, Kenta Masui, Beatrice Gini, Huijun Yang, Timothy C Gahman, Andrew K Shiau, Timothy F Cloughesy, Heather R Christofk, Huilin Zhou, Kun-Liang Guan, Paul S Mischel
Mutations in cancer reprogram amino acid metabolism to drive tumor growth, but the molecular mechanisms are not well understood. Using an unbiased proteomic screen, we identified mTORC2 as a critical regulator of amino acid metabolism in cancer via phosphorylation of the cystine-glutamate antiporter xCT. mTORC2 phosphorylates serine 26 at the cytosolic N terminus of xCT, inhibiting its activity. Genetic inhibition of mTORC2, or pharmacologic inhibition of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) kinase, promotes glutamate secretion, cystine uptake, and incorporation into glutathione, linking growth factor receptor signaling with amino acid uptake and utilization...
June 22, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648611/molecular-switches-of-allosteric-modulation-of-the-metabotropic-glutamate-2-receptor
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Laura Pérez-Benito, Maarten L J Doornbos, Arnau Cordomí, Luc Peeters, Hilde Lavreysen, Leonardo Pardo, Gary Tresadern
Metabotropic glutamate (mGlu) receptors are class C G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) crucial for CNS function and important drug discovery targets. Glutamate triggers receptor activation from an extracellular domain binding site while allosteric modulators bind in the seven-transmembrane domain. Little is known about how allosteric modulators produce their functional effects at the molecular level. Here we address this topic with combined experimental and computational approaches and reveal that mGlu receptor allosteric modulators interact with the homologous "trigger switch" and "transmission switch" amino acids as seen in class A GPCRs, in short, the characteristic hallmarks of class A agonist activation translate to the mGlu allosteric modulator...
June 13, 2017: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648058/effect-of-exogenous-nitro-oxide-on-chilling-tolerance-polyamine-proline-and-gamma-aminobutyric-acid-and-in-bamboo-shoots-phyllostachys-praecox-f-prevernalis
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Di Wang, Li Li, Yanqun Xu, Jarukitt Limwachiranon, Dong Li, Zhaojun Ban, Zisheng Luo
The effect of exogenous nitro oxide (NO) on chilling resistance and the metabolism of polyamine, proline and gamma-aminobutyric acid of bamboo shoots were investigated. Bamboo shoots were dipped in 0.07 mM sodium nitroprusside and stored at 1 °C for 56 d. During the storage, the development of chilling injury of SNP treated bamboo shoots was inhibited with decreased accumulation of malonaldehyde and electrical leakage. At the end of storage, the chilling injury incidence of treated bamboo shoots were decreased by 37...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647871/cytoskeleton-as-a-target-of-quinolinic-acid-neurotoxicity-insight-from-animal-models
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Paula Pierozan, Regina Pessoa-Pureur
Cytoskeletal proteins are increasingly recognized as having important roles as a target of the action of different neurotoxins. In the last years, several works of our group have shown that quinolinic acid (QUIN) was able to disrupt the homeostasis of the cytoskeleton of neural cells and this was associated with cell dysfunction and neurodegeneration. QUIN is an excitotoxic metabolite of tryptophan metabolism and its accumulation is associated with several neurodegenerative diseases. In the present review, we provide a comprehensive view of the actions of QUIN upstream of glutamate receptors, eliciting kinase/phosphatase signaling cascades that disrupt the homeostasis of the phosphorylation system associated with intermediate filament proteins of astrocytes and neurons...
June 24, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646828/spent-yeast-as-natural-source-of-functional-food-additives
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Rita Rakowska, Anna Sadowska, Ewa Dybkowska, Franciszek Świderski
Spent yeasts are by-products arising from beer and wine production which over many years have been chiefly used as feed additives for livestock. They contain many valuable and bioactive substances which has thereby generated much interest in their exploitation. Up till now, the main products obtained from beer-brewing yeasts are β-glucans and yeast extracts. Other like foodstuffs include dried brewer’s yeast, where this is dried and the bitterness removed to be fit for human consumption as well as mannan-oligosaccharides hitherto used in the feed industry...
2017: Roczniki Państwowego Zakładu Higieny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645051/enantioselective-disturbance-of-chiral-herbicide-dichlorprop-to-nitrogen-metabolism-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-regular-analysis-and-stable-isotope-attempt
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Zunwei Chen, Jia Wang, Siyu Chen, Yuezhong Wen
As the most essential element, nitrogen play a pivotal role in plant physiological process, which is susceptible to contaminants. However, the enantioselective effects of chiral herbicides on nitrogen metabolism have not been comprehensively understood. In this study, effects of chiral herbicide dichlorprop (DCPP) on the nitrogen behaviors in Arabidopsis thaliana were investigated. The results revealed that the uptakes of inorganic nitrogen (NO3(-) and NH4(+)) were preferentially impacted by herbicidal active (R)-DCPP, where the transportation of beneficial NO3(-) was inhibited but the toxic NH4(+) was accumulated...
June 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643418/protein-engineering-of-recombinant-human-bone-morphogenetic-protein-2-with-higher-interaction-with-ca-phosphate-based-scaffold-usedfor-osteogenesis
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Mohammad Bayat, Sahar Shojaei, Naghmeh Bahrami, Abdol Reza Mohamadnia, Pegah Shojaei, Naeim Bahrami
The aim of the present studywas to assess the recombinant bonemorphogenetic protein 2 (RHBMP-2)with higher substantively and solubility for use in calcium phosphate scaffolds for better release in differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells to osteoblast cells. By using bioinformatics tools,2 mutations (p. L10D and p. S12E) werechosen and applied in BMP2 CDS sequenceto increase interaction with calcium derived composite. The new recombinant mutated sequence (BMP2(mut) ) was synthesized and then subcloned to expression vector pBV220...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642370/in-vitro-cytochrome-p450-46a1-cyp46a1-activation-by-neuroactive-compounds
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Natalia Mast, Kyle W Anderson, Kevin M Johnson, Thanh T N Phan, F Peter Guengerich, Irina A Pikuleva
Cytochrome P450 46A1 (CYP46A1, cholesterol 24-hydroxylase) is the enzyme responsible for the majority of cholesterol elimination from the brain. Previously, we found that the anti-HIV drug efavirenz (EFV) can pharmacologically activate CYP46A1 in mice. Herein, we investigated whether CYP46A1 could also be activated by endogenous compounds, including major neurotransmitters. In vitro experiments with purified recombinant CYP46A1 indicated that CYP46A1 is activated by L-glutamate (L-Glu), L-aspartate, γ-aminobutyric acid, and acetylcholine, with L-Glu eliciting the highest increase (3-fold) in CYP46A1-mediated cholesterol 24-hydroxylation...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642096/pine-needle-extract-prevents-hippocampal-memory-impairment-in-acute-restraint-stress-mouse-model
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Jin-Seok Lee, Hyeong-Geug Kim, Hye-Won Lee, Won-Yong Kim, Yo-Chan Ahn, Chang-Gue Son
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The Pinus densiflora leaf has been traditionally used to treat mental health disorders as a traditional Chinese medicine. Here we examined the ethnopharmacological relevance of pine needle on memory impairment caused by stress. AIM OF THE STUDY: To elucidate the possible modulatory actions of 30% ethanolic pine needle extract (PNE) on stress-induced hippocampal excitotoxicity, we adopted an acute restraint stress mouse model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Mice were orally administered with PNE (25, 50, or 100mg/kg) or ascorbic acid (100mg/kg) for 9 days, and were then subjected to restraint stress (6h/day) for 3 days (from experimental day 7 to 9)...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641538/glt-1-upregulation-as-a-potential-therapeutic-target-for-ischemic-brain-injury
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Yu-Yan Hu, Li Li, Xiao-Hui Xian, Min Zhang, Xiao-Cai Sun, Shu-Qin Li, Xin Cui, Jie Qi, Wen-Bin Li
Glutamate is the primary excitatory neurotransmitter in the mammalian central nervous system, which plays an important role in many aspects of normal brain function such as neural development, motor functions, learning and memory etc. However, excessive accumulation of glutamate in the extracellular fluid will induce excitotoxicity which is considered to be a major mechanism of cell death in brain ischemia. There is no enzyme to decompose the glutamate in extracellular fluid, so extracellular glutamate homeostasis within the central nervous system is mainly regulated by the uptake activity of excitatory amino acid transporters...
June 22, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641287/chrysophanol-suppressed-glutamate-induced-hippocampal-neuronal-cell-death-via-regulation-of-dynamin-related-protein-1-dependent-mitochondrial-fission
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Unbin Chae, Ju-Sik Min, Hyun Hee Leem, Hyun-Shik Lee, Hong Jun Lee, Sang-Rae Lee, Dong-Seok Lee
Chrysophanic acid, or chrysophanol, is an anthraquinone found in Rheum palmatum, which was used in the preparation of oriental medicine in ancient China. The hippocampus plays a major role in controlling the activities of the short- and long-term memory. It is one of the major regions affected by excessive cell death in Alzheimer's disease. Therefore, neuronal cell-death modulation in the hippocampus is important for maintaining neuronal function. We investigated chrysophanol's effects on glutamate-induced hippocampal neuronal cell death...
June 23, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640379/comparative-and-correlative-assessments-of-cytokine-complement-and-antibody-patterns-in-pediatric-type-1-diabetes
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M Abdel-Latif, A A Abdel-Moneim, M H El-Hefnawy, R G Khalil
One of the most widespread and effective environmental factors is the infection with enteroviruses (EVs) which accelerate β - cell destruction in type 1 diabetes (T1D). This study represented a comparison between diabetic EV(+) and EV- children as well as correlation analysis between autoantibodies, T1D markers, cytokines, complement activation products and anti- coxsackievirus (CV) IgG. EV RNA was detected in Egyptian children with T1D (26.2%) and healthy controls (0%). Detection of anti - CV IgG in T1D - EV(+) resulted in 64% positivity...
June 22, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640119/relationships-between-dorsolateral-prefrontal-cortex-metabolic-change-and-cognitive-impairment-in-first-episode-neuroleptic-naive-schizophrenia-patients
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Man-Li Huang, Thong-Teck Khoh, Shao-Jia Lu, Fen Pan, Jin-Kai Chen, Jian-Bo Hu, Shao-Hua Hu, Wei-Juan Xu, Wei-Hua Zhou, Ning Wei, Hong-Li Qi, De-Sheng Shang, Yi Xu
The present study aimed to explore the possible associations between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) metabolites and the cognitive function in first-episode schizophrenia (FES).This study included 58 patients with FES (29 males and 29 females; mean age, 22.66 ± 7.64 years) recruited from the First Affiliated Hospital, College of Medicine, Zhejiang University, and 43 locally recruited healthy controls (16 males and 27 females; mean age, 23.07 ± 7.49 years). The single-voxel proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy was used to measure the levels of N-acetylaspartate (NAA); complex of glutamate, glutamine, and γ-aminobutyric acid (Glx); choline-containing compounds; and myo-inositol in the DLPFC...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639386/development-of-immune-response-to-tissue-restricted-self-antigens-in-simultaneous-kidney-pancreas-transplant-recipients-with-acute-rejection
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Muthukumar Gunasekaran, Neeta Vachharajani, Joseph P Gaut, Thin Thin Maw, Rowena Delos Santos, Surendra Shenoy, William C Chapman, Jason Wellen, Thalachallour Mohanakumar
Simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplantation (SKP Tx) is a treatment for end-stage kidney disease secondary to diabetes mellitus. We investigated the role of immune responses to donor human leukocyte antigens (HLA) and tissue-restricted kidney and pancreas self-antigens (KSAgs and PSAgs, respectively) in SKP Tx recipients (SKP TxRs). Sera collected from 39 SKP TxRs were used to determine de novo Abs specific for KSAgs (collagen-IV, Col-IV; fibronectin, FN) and PSAgs (insulin, islet cells, glutamic acid decarboxylase, and pancreas-associated protein-1) by ELISA...
June 21, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639122/targeting-prostate-specific-membrane-antigen-psma-with-f-18-labeled-compounds-the-influence-of-prosthetic-groups-on-tumor-uptake-and-clearance-profile
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Vincent Bouvet, Melinda Wuest, Justin J Bailey, Cody Bergman, Nancy Janzen, John F Valliant, Frank Wuest
PURPOSE: Prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) is an important biomarker expressed in the majority of prostate cancers. The favorable positron emission tomography (PET) imaging profile of the PSMA imaging agent 2-(3-(1-carboxy-5-[(6-[(18)F]fluoro-pyridine-3-carbonyl)-amino]-pentyl)-ureido)-pentane-dioic acid [(18)F]DCFPyL in preclinical prostate cancer models and in prostate cancer patients stimulated the development and validation of other fluorine-containing PSMA inhibitors to further enhance pharmacokinetics and simplify production methods...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638398/discovery-of-putative-herbicide-resistance-genes-and-its-regulatory-network-in-chickpea-using-transcriptome-sequencing
#17
Mir A Iquebal, Khela R Soren, Priyanka Gangwar, P S Shanmugavadivel, K Aravind, Deepak Singla, Sarika Jaiswal, Rahul S Jasrotia, Sushil K Chaturvedi, Narendra P Singh, Rajeev K Varshney, Anil Rai, Dinesh Kumar
Background: Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) contributes 75% of total pulse production. Being cheaper than animal protein, makes it important in dietary requirement of developing countries. Weed not only competes with chickpea resulting into drastic yield reduction but also creates problem of harboring fungi, bacterial diseases and insect pests. Chemical approach having new herbicide discovery has constraint of limited lead molecule options, statutory regulations and environmental clearance. Through genetic approach, transgenic herbicide tolerant crop has given successful result but led to serious concern over ecological safety thus non-transgenic approach like marker assisted selection is desirable...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638200/brain-gamma-aminobutyric-acid-gaba-concentration-of-the-prefrontal-lobe-in-unmedicated-patients-with-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-a-research-of-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy
#18
Zongfeng Zhang, Qing Fan, Yanle Bai, Zhen Wang, Haiyin Zhang, Zeping Xiao
BACKGROUND: In recent years, a large number of neuroimaging studies found that the Cortico-Striato- Thalamo-Cortical circuit (CSTC), including the prefrontal lobe, a significant part of CSTC, has disturbance metabolically in patients with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). AIM: Explore the correlation between the neuro-metabolic features and clinical characteristics of OCD patients using magnetic resonance spectroscopy technology. METHODS: 88 patients with OCD who were not received medication and outpatient treatment for 8 weeks and 76 health controls were enrolled, there was no significant difference in gender, age or education level between the two groups...
October 25, 2016: Shanghai Archives of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636949/cloning-expression-and-nutritional-regulation-of-the-glutamine-synthetase-gene-in-ctenopharyngodon-idellus
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Rong Hu, Fufa Qu, Jianzhou Tang, Qiong Zhao, Jinpeng Yan, Zhigang Zhou, Yi Zhou, Zhen Liu
Glutamine synthetase (GS) is considered a master enzyme that catalyses ATP-dependent biosynthesis of glutamine from glutamate. In the present study, the GS gene was cloned from the intestine of grass carp, (Ctenopharyngodon idellus). The full-length cDNA sequence of GS encodes a 371-amino-acid polypetide. Phylogenetic analysis of the C. idellus GS sequence reveals common carp (Cyprinus carpio) as its closest neighbor. GS mRNA was differentially expressed in different tissues, with high to low gradient expression the intestine, brain, muscle, heart, gill, liver, pituitary gland, and spleen...
June 18, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636281/aryl-and-heteroaryl-substituted-phenylalanines-as-ampa-receptor-ligands
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Ewa Szymańska, Paulina Chałupnik, Tommy N Johansen, Birgitte Nielsen, Ana Maria Cuñado Moral, Darryl S Pickering, Anna Więckowska, Katarzyna Kieć-Kononowicz
A series of racemic unnatural amino acids was rationally designed on the basis of recently published X-ray structures of the GluA2 LBD with bound phenylalanine-based antagonists. Twelve new diaryl- or aryl/heteroaryl-substituted phenylalanine derivatives were synthesized and evaluated in vitro in radioligand binding assays at native rat ionotropic glutamate receptors. The most interesting compound in this series, (RS)-2-amino-3-(3'-hydroxy-5-(1H-pyrazol-4-yl)-[1,1'-biphenyl]-3-yl)propanoic acid 7e, showed the binding affinity of 4...
June 21, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
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