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Lucia L Prieto-Godino, Raphael Rytz, Benoîte Bargeton, Liliane Abuin, J Roman Arguello, Matteo Dal Peraro, Richard Benton
Pseudogenes are generally considered to be non-functional DNA sequences that arise through nonsense or frame-shift mutations of protein-coding genes. Although certain pseudogene-derived RNAs have regulatory roles, and some pseudogene fragments are translated, no clear functions for pseudogene-derived proteins are known. Olfactory receptor families contain many pseudogenes, which reflect low selection pressures on loci no longer relevant to the fitness of a species. Here we report the characterization of a pseudogene in the chemosensory variant ionotropic glutamate receptor repertoire of Drosophila sechellia, an insect endemic to the Seychelles that feeds almost exclusively on the ripe fruit of Morinda citrifolia...
October 24, 2016: Nature
Kaixuan Ren, Haitao Cui, Qinghua Xu, Chaoliang He, Gao Li, Xuesi Chen
Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) possess vast potential for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. In this study, an injectable hydrogel comprising poly(L-glutamic acid)-graft-tyramine (PLG-g-TA) with tunable microenvironment was developed via enzyme-catalyzed crosslinking, and used as artificial extracellular matrix (ECM) to explore the behaviors of BMSCs during three dimensional (3D) culture. It was found that the mechanical property, porous structure as well as degradation process of the hydrogels could be tuned by changing the copolymer concentration...
October 24, 2016: Biomacromolecules
Anusha Mishra, James P Reynolds, Yang Chen, Alexander V Gourine, Dmitri A Rusakov, David Attwell
Active neurons increase their energy supply by dilating nearby arterioles and capillaries. This neurovascular coupling underlies blood oxygen level-dependent functional imaging signals, but its mechanism is controversial. Canonically, neurons release glutamate to activate metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGluR5) on astrocytes, evoking Ca(2+) release from internal stores, activating phospholipase A2 and generating vasodilatory arachidonic acid derivatives. However, adult astrocytes lack mGluR5, and knockout of the inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptors that release Ca(2+) from stores does not affect neurovascular coupling...
October 24, 2016: Nature Neuroscience
G Mkrtchyan, A Graf, L Bettendorff, V Bunik
Decreased thiamine and reduced activity of thiamine diphosphate (ThDP)-dependent 2-oxoglutarate dehydrogenase (OGDH) cause neurodegeneration. We hypothesized on concerted cell-specific regulation of the thiamine metabolism and ThDP-dependent reactions. We identified a smaller thiamine pool, a lower expression of the mitochondrial ThDP transporter, and a higher expression of OGDH in rat astrocytes versus neuroblastoma N2A. According to the data, the astrocytic OGDH may be up-regulated by an increase in intracellular ThDP, while the neuroblastomal OGDH functions at full ThDP saturation...
October 20, 2016: Neurochemistry International
Courtney L Huff, Rachel L Morano, James P Herman, Bryan K Yamamoto, Gary A Gudelsky
3,4-Methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) is a unique psychostimulant that continues to be a popular drug of abuse. It has been well documented that MDMA reduces markers of 5-HT axon terminals in rodents, as well as humans. A loss of parvalbumin-immunoreactive (IR) interneurons in the hippocampus following MDMA treatment has only been documented recently. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that MDMA reduces glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) 67-IR, another biochemical marker of GABA neurons, in the hippocampus and that this reduction in GAD67-IR neurons and an accompanying increase in seizure susceptibility involve glutamate receptor activation...
October 20, 2016: Neurotoxicology
Xiangbing Wu, Chandler L Walker, Qingbo Lu, Wei Wu, Daniel B Eddelman, Jonathan M Parish, Xiao-Ming Xu
Activation of RhoA/Rho kinase leads to growth cone collapse and neurite retraction. Although RhoA/Rho kinase inhibition has been shown to improve axon regeneration, remyelination and functional recovery, its role in neuronal cell death remains unclear. To determine whether RhoA/Rho kinase played a role in neuronal death after injury, we investigated the relationship between RhoA/Rho kinase and cytosolic phospholipase A2 (cPLA2), a lipase that mediates inflammation and cell death, using an in vitro neuronal death model and an in vivo contusive spinal cord injury model performed at the 10th thoracic (T10) vertebral level...
October 22, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Xinhua Liu, Nianhua Dan, Weihua Dan
The aim of this study is to evaluate the effects of two different charged amino acids in collagen chains, lysine and glutamic acid, on the fibrillogenesis process of collagen molecules. The turbidity, zeta potential, and fiber diameter analysis suggest that introducing the positively charged lysine into collagen might improve the sizes or amounts of the self-assembled collagen fibrils significantly. Conversely, the negatively charged glutamic acid might restrict the self-assembly of collagen building blocks into a higher order structure...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Shanta Islam, Md Shafiullah Shajib, Tajnin Ahmed
BACKGROUND: Celosia cristata Linn. (Amaranthaceae) is used in traditional medicine for the treatment of headache, sores, ulcers, eye inflammations, skin eruption, painful menstruation and carpal tunnel syndrome. This study was performed to evaluate the antinociceptive activity of methanol extract of the whole plant of C. cristata (MECC). METHODS: The evaluation of the antinociceptive effect of MECC was performed using thermal (hot plate, tail immersion test) and chemical (acetic acid, formalin, and glutamate-induced nociception test) pain models in mice at four different doses (50, 100, 200, 400 mg/kg; p...
October 22, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Andrei Tsentsevitsky, Leniz Nurullin, Evgeny Nikolsky, Artem Malomouzh
There is some evidence that glutamate (Glu) acts as a signaling molecule at vertebrate neuromuscular junctions where acetylcholine (ACh) serves as a neurotransmitter. In this study, performed on the cutaneous pectoris muscle of the frog Rana ridibunda, Glu receptor mechanisms that modulate ACh release processes were analyzed. Electrophysiological experiments showed that Glu reduces both spontaneous and evoked quantal secretion of ACh and synchronizes its release in response to electrical stimulation. Quisqualate, an agonist of ionotropic α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic receptors and metabotropic Group I mGlu receptors, also exerted Glu-like inhibitory effects on the secretion of ACh but had no effect on the kinetics of quantal release...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
Qinqin Wang, Lu Wang, Kai Sheng, Lina Zou, Gaiping Li, Baoxian Ye
In this paper, a simple, low cost, highly sensitive voltammetric method for determination of tetrahydropalmatine was described, which was based on a new electrochemical sensor, poly (L-glutamic acid) functionalized electrochemical reduction graphene oxide modified glassy carbon electrode. The electrochemical behavior of tetrahydropalmatine was investigated in detail and some dynamic parameters of electrode process were calculated for the first time. Due to large surface area and good conductivity of proposed sensor, a wider linear range (3...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Elena Sugrue, Paul D Carr, Colin Scott, Colin J Jackson
The desolvation of ionizable residues in the active sites of enzymes and the subsequent effects on catalysis and thermostability have been studied in model systems, yet little is known regarding how enzymes can naturally evolve active sites with highly reactive and desolvated charges. Variants of triazine hydrolase (TrzN) with significant differences in their active sites have been isolated from different bacterial strains: TrzN from Nocardioides sp. strain MTD22 contains a catalytic glutamate residue (Glu241) that is surrounded by hydrophobic and aromatic second-shell residues (Pro214, Tyr215), whereas TrzN from Nocardioides sp...
October 21, 2016: Biochemistry
Alice Filippini, Daniela Bonini, Luca La Via, Alessandro Barbon
Glutamate receptors play a key role in excitatory synaptic transmission and plasticity in the central nervous system (CNS). Their channel properties are largely dictated by the subunit composition of tetrameric receptors. Amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA) and kainate channels are assembled from GluA1-4 AMPA or GluK1-5 kainate receptor subunits. However, their functional properties are highly modulated by a post-transcriptional mechanism called RNA editing. This process involves the enzymatic deamination of specific adenosines (A) into inosines (I) in pre-messenger RNA...
October 20, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Barbara Maciejewska, Bartosz Roszniowski, Akbar Espaillat, Agata Kęsik-Szeloch, Grazyna Majkowska-Skrobek, Andrew M Kropinski, Yves Briers, Felipe Cava, Rob Lavigne, Zuzanna Drulis-Kawa
Lytic bacteriophages and phage-encoded endolysins (peptidoglycan hydrolases) provide a source for the development of novel antimicrobial strategies. In the present study, we focus on the closely related (96 % DNA sequence identity) environmental myoviruses vB_KpnM_KP15 (KP15) and vB_KpnM_KP27 (KP27) infecting multidrug-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae and Klebsiella oxytoca strains. Their genome organisation and evolutionary relationship are compared to Enterobacter phage phiEap-3 and Klebsiella phages Matisse and Miro...
October 21, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Shelby Calkins, M B Couger, Colin Jackson, Jordan Zandler, Garett C Hudgins, Radwa A Hanafy, Connie Budd, Donald P French, Wouter D Hoff, Noha Youssef
Staphylococcus hominis is a predominant member of the human skin microbiome. We here report on the genomic analysis of Staphylococcus hominis strain Hudgins that was isolated from the wrist area of human skin. The partial genome assembly of S. hominis Hudgins consists of 2,211,863 bp of DNA with 2174 protein-coding genes and 90 RNA genes. Based on the genomic analysis of KEGG pathways, the organism is expected to be a versatile heterotroph potentially capable of hydrolyzing the sugars glucose, fructose, mannose, and the amino acids alanine, aspartate, glutamate, glycine, threonine, cysteine, methionine, valine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, arginine, phenylalanine, tyrosine, and tryptophan for energy production through aerobic respiration, with occasional lactate and acetate fermentation...
December 2016: Genomics Data
Intidhar Bkhairia, Rabeb Ben Slama Ben Salem, Rim Nasri, Mourad Jridi, Sofiane Ghorbel, Moncef Nasri
Bioactive Liza aurata protein hydrolysates (LAPHs) were prepared by treatment with Trypsine (PH-TR), Esperase (PH-ES), enzyme preparations from Pseudomonas aeruginosa A2 (PH-A2), Bacillus subtilis A26 (PH-A26) and Liza aurata (PH-LA). Their functional properties and antioxidant activities were evaluated. The hydrolysates had degree of hydrolysis (DH) values ranging from 8.15 % to 13.05 %. Reverse-phase HPLC analyses of the LAPHs showed considerable variation in peptide composition. All hydrolysates had high protein content (83...
July 2016: Journal of Food Science and Technology
Ranjith Rajendran, Ali May, Leighann Sherry, Ryan Kean, Craig Williams, Brian L Jones, Karl V Burgess, Jaap Heringa, Sanne Abeln, Bernd W Brandt, Carol A Munro, Gordon Ramage
Candida albicans biofilm formation is an important virulence factor in the pathogenesis of disease, a characteristic which has been shown to be heterogeneous in clinical isolates. Using an unbiased computational approach we investigated the central metabolic pathways driving biofilm heterogeneity. Transcripts from high (HBF) and low (LBF) biofilm forming isolates were analysed by RNA sequencing, with 6312 genes identified to be expressed in these two phenotypes. With a dedicated computational approach we identified and validated a significantly differentially expressed subnetwork of genes associated with these biofilm phenotypes...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Chao Dong, Ji-Chun Zhang, Wei Yao, Qian Ren, Min Ma, Chun Yang, Shigeyuki Chaki, Kenji Hashimoto
BACKGROUND: Similar to the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist ketamine, the metabotropic glutamate 2/3 (mGlu2/3) receptor antagonist, MGS0039 shows antidepressant effects. However, there are no reports comparing these two compounds in the social defeat stress model of depression. METHODS: We examined the effects of MGS0039 (1 mg/kg) and ketamine (10 mg/kg) on depression-like behavior in susceptible mice, after repeated social defeat stress. Protein levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), TrkB, phospho-TrkB (p-TrkB), α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA) receptor (GluA1) and postsynaptic density protein 95 (PSD-95), and dendritic spine density in selected brain regions were measured...
October 7, 2016: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
Ewa Szymańska, Paulina Chałupnik, Katarzyna Szczepańska, Ana Maria Cuñado Moral, Darryl S Pickering, Birgitte Nielsen, Tommy N Johansen, Katarzyna Kieć-Kononowicz
A new series of carboxyaryl-substituted phenylalanines was designed, synthesized and pharmacologically characterized in vitro at native rat ionotropic glutamate receptors as well as at cloned homomeric kainate receptors GluK1-GluK3. Among them, six compounds bound to GluK1 receptor subtypes with reasonable affinity (Ki values in the range of 4.9-7.5μM). A structure-activity relationship (SAR) for the obtained series, focused mainly on the pharmacological effect of structural modifications in the 4- and 5-position of the phenylalanine ring, was established...
September 30, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Christoph T Schanzenbächer, Sivakumar Sambandan, Julian D Langer, Erin M Schuman
Homeostatic scaling adjusts the strength of synaptic connections up or down in response to large changes in input. To identify the landscape of proteomic changes that contribute to opposing forms of homeostatic plasticity, we examined the plasticity-induced changes in the newly synthesized proteome. Cultured rat hippocampal neurons underwent homeostatic up-scaling or down-scaling. We used BONCAT (bio-orthogonal non-canonical amino acid tagging) to metabolically label, capture, and identify newly synthesized proteins, detecting and analyzing 5,940 newly synthesized proteins using mass spectrometry and label-free quantitation...
October 19, 2016: Neuron
Qinghua Xu, Chaoliang He, Zhen Zhang, Kaixuan Ren, Xuesi Chen
Injectable hydrogels have been widely investigated in biomedical applications, and increasing demand has been proposed to achieve the dynamic regulation of physiological properties of hydrogels. Herein, a new type of injectable and biomolecule-responsive hydrogel based on poly(L-glutamic acid) (PLG) grafted with disulfide bond modified phloretic acid (denoted as PLG-g-CPA) was developed. The hydrogels formed in situ via enzymatic crosslinking under physiological condition in the presence of horseradish peroxidase and hydrogen peroxide...
October 20, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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