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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937247/amino-acid-concentrations-and-protein-metabolism-of-two-types-of-rat-skeletal-muscle-in-postprandial-state-and-after-brief-starvation
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M Holeček, S Mičuda
We have investigated amino acid concentrations and protein metabolism in musculus extensor digitorum longus (EDL, fast-twitch, white muscle) and musculus soleus (SOL, slow-twitch, red muscle) of rats sacrificed in the fed state or after one day of starvation. Fractional protein synthesis rates (FRPS) were measured using the flooding dose method (L-[3,4,5-3H]phenylalanine). Activities of two major proteolytic systems in muscle (the ubiquitin-proteasome and lysosomal) were examined by measurement of chymotrypsin like activity of proteasome (CTLA), expression of ubiquitin ligases atrogin-1 and muscle-ring-finger-1 (MuRF-1), and cathepsin B and L activities...
September 22, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935584/vih-from-the-mud-crab-is-specifically-expressed-in-the-eyestalk-and-potentially-regulated-by-transactivator-of-sox9-oct4-oct1
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Chunyun Liu, Xiwei Jia, Zhihua Zou, Xiaowei Wang, Yilei Wang, Ziping Zhang
Vitellogenesis-inhibiting hormone (VIH) is known to regulate ovarian maturation by suppressing the synthesis of vitellogenin (Vtg) in crustaceans, which belongs to a member of crustacean hyperglycemic hormone (CHH) family synthesized and secreted from the X-organ/sinus gland complex of eyestalks. In this study, the cDNA, genomic DNA (gDNA) and the 5'-upstream regulatory (promoter region) sequences of VIH gene were obtained by conventional PCR, genome walker and tail-PCR techniques according to our transcriptomic database of Scylla paramamosain...
September 18, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935372/structural-insights-into-the-dimer-tetramer-transition-of-fabi-from-bacillus-anthracis
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Hyun Tae Kim, Sulhee Kim, Byeong Kwan Na, Jiwoung Chung, Eunha Hwang, Kwang Yeon Hwang
Enoyl-ACP reductase (ENR, also known as FabI) has received considerable interest as an anti-bacterial target due to its essentiality in fatty acid synthesis. All the FabI structures reported to date, regardless of the organism, are composed of homo-tetramers, except for two structures: Bacillus cereus and Staphylococcus aureus FabI (bcFabI and saFabI, respectively), which have been reported as dimers. However, the reason for the existence of the dimeric form in these organisms and the biological meaning of dimeric and tetrameric forms of FabI are ambiguous...
September 18, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934470/monitoring-replication-protein-a-rpa-dynamics-in-homologous-recombination-through-site-specific-incorporation-of-non-canonical-amino-acids
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Nilisha Pokhrel, Sofia Origanti, Eric Parker Davenport, Disha Gandhi, Kyle Kaniecki, Ryan A Mehl, Eric C Greene, Chris Dockendorff, Edwin Antony
An essential coordinator of all DNA metabolic processes is Replication Protein A (RPA). RPA orchestrates these processes by binding to single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) and interacting with several other DNA binding proteins. Determining the real-time kinetics of single players such as RPA in the presence of multiple DNA processors to better understand the associated mechanistic events is technically challenging. To overcome this hurdle, we utilized non-canonical amino acids and bio-orthogonal chemistry to site-specifically incorporate a chemical fluorophore onto a single subunit of heterotrimeric RPA...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933850/an-efficient-strategy-for-the-calculation-of-solvation-free-energies-in-water-and-chloroform-at-the-quantum-mechanical-molecular-mechanical-level
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Meiting Wang, Pengfei Li, Xiangyu Jia, Wei Liu, Yihan Shao, Wenxin Hu, Jun Zheng, Bernard R Brooks, Ye Mei
The partitioning of solute molecules between immiscible solvents with significantly different polarities is of great importance. The polarization between the solute and solvent molecules plays an essential role in determining the solubility of the solute, which makes computational studies utilizing molecular mechanics (MM) rather difficult. In contrast, quantum mechanics (QM) can provide more reliable predictions. In this work, the partition coefficients of the side chain analogs of some amino acids between water and chloroform were computed...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932911/a-review-of-the-relationship-between-the-gut-microbiota-and-amino-acid-metabolism
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REVIEW
Rui Lin, Wentian Liu, Meiyu Piao, Hong Zhu
New evidence has emerged in recent years to suggest a strong link between the human gut microbiota, its metabolites, and various physiological aspects of hosts along with important pathophysiological dimensions of diseases. The research indicates that the gut microbiota can facilitate metabolite production in two ways: first, the resident species of the gut microbiota use the amino acids produced from food or the host as elements for protein synthesis, and second, conversion or fermentation are used to drive nutrient metabolism...
September 20, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932254/branched-chain-amino-acid-supplementation-restores-reduced-insulinotropic-activity-of-a-low-protein-diet-through-the-vagus-nerve-in-rats
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Mami Horiuchi, Tomoya Takeda, Hiroyuki Takanashi, Yori Ozaki-Masuzawa, Yusuke Taguchi, Yuka Toyoshima, Lila Otani, Hisanori Kato, Meri Sone-Yonezawa, Fumihiko Hakuno, Shin-Ichiro Takahashi, Asako Takenaka
BACKGROUND: Previously, we reported that a low-protein diet significantly reduced insulin secretion in response to feeding within 1 h in rats, suggesting that the insulinotropic effect of dietary protein plays an important role in maintaining normal insulin release. The current study aimed to elucidate whether deficiency of certain amino acids could diminish the insulinotropic activity and to investigate whether reduced insulin secretion in response to a low-protein diet is restored by supplementation with certain amino acids...
2017: Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932183/plant-polyphenols-and-exendin-4-prevent-hyperactivity-and-tnf-%C3%AE-release-in-lps-treated-in-vitro-neuron-astrocyte-microglial-networks
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Francesca Gullo, Michela Ceriani, Alessia D'Aloia, Enzo Wanke, Andrew Constanti, Barbara Costa, Marzia Lecchi
Increasing evidence supports a decisive role for neuroinflammation in the neurodegenerative process of several central nervous system (CNS) disorders. Microglia are essential mediators of neuroinflammation and can regulate a broad spectrum of cellular responses by releasing reactive oxygen intermediates, nitric oxide, proteases, excitatory amino acids, and cytokines. We have recently shown that also in ex-vivo cortical networks of neurons, astrocytes and microglia, an increased level of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) was detected a few hours after exposure to the bacterial endotoxin lipopolysaccharide (LPS)...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932059/prevalence-of-nutritional-deficiencies-in-hair-loss-among-indian-participants-results-of-a-cross-sectional-study
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Dinesh Gowda, V Premalatha, D B Imtiyaz
BACKGROUND: Nutritional deficiencies are known to be associated with hair loss; however, the exact prevalence is not known. AIMS: The aim of this study is to evaluate the prevalence of nutritional deficiencies in participants with hair loss. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 100 enrolled participants were divided into telogen effluvium (TE), male-pattern hair loss (MPHL), and female-pattern hair loss (FPHL) based on the type of hair loss...
July 2017: International Journal of Trichology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931590/leucine-transamination-is-lower-in-middle-aged-compared-with-younger-adults
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Paolo Tessari
Background: Insulin and age affect leucine (and protein) kinetics in vivo. However, to our knowledge, leucine transamination and the effects of insulin have not been studied in participants of different ages.Objective: The aims of the study were to measure whole-body leucine deamination to α-ketoisocaproate (KIC) and KIC reamination to leucine in middle-aged and younger healthy adults, both in the postabsorptive state and after hyperinsulinemia.Methods: Younger (mean ± SE age: 26 ± 2 y) and middle-aged (54 ± 3 y) healthy men and women were enrolled...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931550/variation-in-akt-protein-kinases-in-human-populations
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Peter Rotwein
The three AKT kinases are related proteins that are essential for normal growth and metabolic regulation, and are implicated as key signaling mediators in many physiological and patho-physiological processes. Each AKT is activated by common biochemical signals that act downstream of growth factor and hormone receptors via phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase, and each controls several downstream pathways. The importance of AKT actions in human physiology is strengthened by the rarity of modifying mutations in their genes, and by the devastating impact caused by these mutations on growth and development, and in disorders such as cancer...
September 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931380/leaves-play-a-central-role-in-the-adaptation-of-nitrogen-and-sulfur-metabolism-to-ammonium-nutrition-in-oilseed-rape-brassica-napus
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Inmaculada Coleto, Marlon de la Peña, Jon Rodríguez-Escalante, Iraide Bejarano, Gaëtan Glauser, Pedro M Aparicio-Tejo, M Begoña González-Moro, Daniel Marino
BACKGROUND: The coordination between nitrogen (N) and sulfur (S) assimilation is required to suitably provide plants with organic compounds essential for their development and growth. The N source induces the adaptation of many metabolic processes in plants; however, there is scarce information about the influence that it may exert on the functioning of S metabolism. The aim of this work was to provide an overview of N and S metabolism in oilseed rape (Brassica napus) when exposed to different N sources...
September 20, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931012/cbta-toxin-of-escherichia-coli-inhibits-cell-division-and-cell-elongation-via-direct-and-independent-interactions-with-ftsz-and-mreb
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Danielle M Heller, Mrinalini Tavag, Ann Hochschild
The toxin components of toxin-antitoxin modules, found in bacterial plasmids, phages, and chromosomes, typically target a single macromolecule to interfere with an essential cellular process. An apparent exception is the chromosomally encoded toxin component of the E. coli CbtA/CbeA toxin-antitoxin module, which can inhibit both cell division and cell elongation. A small protein of only 124 amino acids, CbtA, was previously proposed to interact with both FtsZ, a tubulin homolog that is essential for cell division, and MreB, an actin homolog that is essential for cell elongation...
September 20, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930528/biotechnological-improvement-of-nutritional-and-therapeutic-value-of-cultivated-potato
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Deepak Singh Bagri, Devanshi Chandel Upadhyay, Subodh Kumar Jain, Chandrama Prakash Upadhyay
Genetic engineering is recognized as a powerful tool for altering the genetic characteristic of crop plants. Genetic engineering has tremendous potential in developing improved potato varieties with desired agronomic traits and has been utilized for improvement of several crop plants including potato to enhance essential amino acid, protein and lipids/carbohydrates contents as well to improve stress tolerance. The pathway engineering of amino acid revealed dramatic changes in essential amino acid content and protein quality...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Scholar Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929442/the-role-of-methionine-on-metabolism-oxidative-stress-and-diseases
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REVIEW
Yordan Martínez, Xue Li, Gang Liu, Peng Bin, Wenxin Yan, Dairon Más, Manuel Valdivié, Chien-An Andy Hu, Wenkai Ren, Yulong Yin
Methionine is an aliphatic, sulfur-containing, essential amino acid, and a precursor of succinyl-CoA, homocysteine, cysteine, creatine, and carnitine. Recent research has demonstrated that methionine can regulate metabolic processes, the innate immune system, and digestive functioning in mammals. It also intervenes in lipid metabolism, activation of endogenous antioxidant enzymes such as methionine sulfoxide reductase A, and the biosynthesis of glutathione to counteract oxidative stress. In addition, methionine restriction prevents altered methionine/transmethylation metabolism, thereby decreasing DNA damage and carcinogenic processes and possibly preventing arterial, neuropsychiatric, and neurodegenerative diseases...
September 19, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929385/l-serine-a-naturally-occurring-amino-acid-with-therapeutic-potential
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REVIEW
J S Metcalf, R A Dunlop, J T Powell, S A Banack, P A Cox
In human neuroblastoma cell cultures, non-human primates and human beings, L-serine is neuroprotective, acting through a variety of biochemical and molecular mechanisms. Although L-serine is generally classified as a non-essential amino acid, it is probably more appropriate to term it as a "conditional non-essential amino acid" since, under certain circumstances, vertebrates cannot synthesize it in sufficient quantities to meet necessary cellular demands. L-serine is biosynthesized in the mammalian central nervous system from 3-phosphoglycerate and serves as a precursor for the synthesis of the amino acids glycine and cysteine...
September 19, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929384/roles-of-dietary-glycine-proline-and-hydroxyproline-in-collagen-synthesis-and-animal-growth
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REVIEW
Peng Li, Guoyao Wu
Glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline (Hyp) contribute to 57% of total amino acids (AAs) in collagen, which accounts for one-third of proteins in animals. As the most abundant protein in the body, collagen is essential to maintain the normal structure and strength of connective tissue, such as bones, skin, cartilage, and blood vessels. Mammals, birds, and fish can synthesize: (1) glycine from threonine, serine, choline, and Hyp; (2) proline from arginine; and (3) Hyp from proline residues in collagen, in a cell- and tissue-specific manner...
September 20, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928075/expression-and-functional-characterization-of-interferon-regulatory-factors-4-8-and-9-in-large-yellow-croaker-larimichthys-crocea
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Jingteng Tang, Lihua Jiang, Wei Liu, Bao Lou, Changwen Wu, Jianshe Zhang
Interferon regulatory factor (IRF)-4, 8, and 9 are essential in host defense against pathogens. Here, the full-length coding sequence (CDS), protein structure, and immune response of IRF4/8/9 (lc IRF4/8/9) were characterized in large yellow croaker (Larimichthys crocea). The open reading frame of lcIRF4, lcIRF8 and lcIRF9 encoded putative proteins of 463,422 and 406 amino acids, respectively. These IRFs share high sequence homology with other vertebrate IRFs and were constitutively expressed in all examined tissues...
September 16, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926949/influence-of-freeze-drying-and-oven-drying-post-blanching-on-the-nutrient-composition-of-the-edible-insect-ruspolia-differens
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Forkwa Tengweh Fombong, Mik Van Der Borght, Jozef Vanden Broeck
The longhorn grasshopper, Ruspolia differens (Serville), plays an important role as a food source across Sub-Saharan Africa, where it is consumed as a delicacy in both rural and urban areas. The effect of two drying methods (freeze-drying and oven-drying), employed after blanching, on the proximate, fatty acid and mineral composition of the two most common morphs was determined. Ruspolia differens grasshoppers were harvested in Uganda and Kenya from wild swarms during the rainy periods of November-December 2016...
September 16, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925566/raman-spectroscopy-for-accurately-characterising-biomolecular-changes-in-androgen-independent-prostate-cancer-cells
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Stella Corsetti, Thomas Rabl, David McGloin, Ghulam Nabi
Metastatic prostate cancer resistant to hormonal manipulation is considered the advanced stage of the disease and leads to most cancer related mortality. With new research focusing on modulating cancer growth, it is essential to understand the biochemical changes in cells that can then be exploited for drug discovery and for improving responsiveness to treatment. Raman spectroscopy has a high chemical specificity and can be used to detect and quantify molecular changes at the cellular level. Collection of large datasets generated from biological samples can be employed to form discriminatory algorithms for detection of subtle and early changes in cancer cells...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
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