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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434033/the-gut-microbiome-as-a-target-for-prevention-and-treatment-of-hyperglycaemia-in-type-2-diabetes-from-current-human-evidence-to-future-possibilities
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REVIEW
Louise Brunkwall, Marju Orho-Melander
The totality of microbial genomes in the gut exceeds the size of the human genome, having around 500-fold more genes that importantly complement our coding potential. Microbial genes are essential for key metabolic processes, such as the breakdown of indigestible dietary fibres to short-chain fatty acids, biosynthesis of amino acids and vitamins, and production of neurotransmitters and hormones. During the last decade, evidence has accumulated to support a role for gut microbiota (analysed from faecal samples) in glycaemic control and type 2 diabetes...
April 22, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433761/a-glycoproteomic-approach-reveals-that-the-s-layer-glycoprotein-of-lactobacillus-kefiri-cidca-83111-is-o-and-n-glycosylated
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Gustavo J Cavallero, Mariano Malamud, Adriana C Casabuono, M de Los Ángeles Serradell, Alicia S Couto
In Gram-positive bacteria, such as lactic acid bacteria, general glycosylation systems have not been documented so far. The aim of this work was to characterize in detail the glycosylation of the S-layer protein of Lactobacillus kefiri CIDCA 83111. A reductive β-elimination treatment followed by anion exchange high performance liquid chromatography analysis was useful to characterize the O-glycosidic structures. MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry analysis confirmed the presence of oligosaccharides bearing from 5 to 8 glucose units carrying galacturonic acid...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433686/mitochatting-if-only-we-could-be-a-fly-on-the-cell-wall
#3
REVIEW
Michal Eisenberg-Bord, Maya Schuldiner
Mitochondria, cellular metabolic hubs, perform many essential processes and are required for the production of metabolites such as ATP, iron-sulfur clusters, heme, amino acids and nucleotides. To fulfill their multiple roles, mitochondria must communicate with all other organelles to exchange small molecules, ions and lipids. Since mitochondria are largely excluded from vesicular trafficking routes, they heavily rely on membrane contact sites. Contact sites are areas of close proximity between organelles that allow efficient transfer of molecules, saving the need for slow and untargeted diffusion through the cytosol...
April 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433658/molecular-cloning-of-esr2-and-gene-expression-analysis-of-esr1-and-esr2-in-the-pituitary-gland-of-the-chinese-alligator-alligator-sinensis-during-female-reproductive-cycle
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Ruidong Zhang, Yanan Yin, Long Sun, Peng Yan, Yongkang Zhou, Rong Wu, Xiaobing Wu
Estrogens play critical roles in reproductive physiology via estrogen receptors (ESRs) in vertebrates, including reptiles. Chinese alligator (Alligator sinensis) is an endemic and endangered reptile species in China. In the present study, we cloned ESR2 gene from the ovary using rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE), investigated the spatial expression of ESRs in various tissues and temporal expression of ESRs in the pituitary glands during the reproductive cycle in Chinese alligators by quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR)...
April 19, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432842/low-grade-inflammation-and-tryptophan-kynurenine-pathway-activation-are-associated-with-adverse-cardiac-remodeling-in-primary-hyperparathyroidism-the-epath-trial
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Nicolas Verheyen, Andreas Meinitzer, Martin Robert Grübler, Klemens Ablasser, Ewald Kolesnik, Astrid Fahrleitner-Pammer, Evgeny Belyavskiy, Christian Trummer, Verena Schwetz, Elisabeth Pieske-Kraigher, Jakob Voelkl, Ioana Alesutan, Cristiana Catena, Leonardo Alberto Sechi, Helmut Brussee, Dirk von Lewinski, Winfried März, Burkert Pieske, Stefan Pilz, Andreas Tomaschitz
BACKGROUND: Primary hyperparathyroidism (pHPT) is associated with low-grade inflammation, left ventricular hypertrophy and increased cardiovascular mortality, but the association between inflammatory markers and parameters of adverse cardiac remodeling is unknown. We investigated the relationship between C-reactive protein (CRP), the essential amino acid tryptophan and its pro-inflammatory derivatives kynurenine and quinolinic acid (QUIN) with echocardiographic parameters. METHODS: Cross-sectional baseline data from the "Eplerenone in Primary Hyperparathyroidism" trial were analyzed...
April 22, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432776/exploring-non-obvious-hydrophobic-binding-pockets-on-protein-surfaces-increasing-affinities-in-peptide-protein-interactions
#6
Lars Baltzer, Aleksandra Balliu
A 42-residue polypeptide conjugated to a small organic molecule capable of targeting the phosphorylated side chain of Ser-15 was shown to bind glycogen phosphorylase a (GPa) with a KD of 280 nM. The replacement of hydrophobic amino acids by Ala reduced affinities, whereas the incorporation of L-2-aminooctanoic acid (Aoc) increased affinities. Replacing Nle-5, Ile-9 and Leu-12 by Aoc reduced the KD from 280 nM to 27 nM. Downsizing the 42-mer to an 11-mer gave rise to an order of magnitude lower affinity for GPa but the 11-mer where Nle-5, Ile-9 and Leu-12 were replaced by Aoc showed a KD of 550 nM, comparable to that of the parent 42-mer...
April 22, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432544/expression-of-cphb-and-cphe-type-cyanophycinases-in-cyanophycin-producing-tobacco-and-comparison-of-their-ability-to-degrade-cyanophycin-in-plant-and-plant-extracts
#7
Daniel Ponndorf, Inge Broer, Henrik Nausch
Increasing the arginine (Arg) content in plants used as feed or food is of interest, since the supplementation of food with conditionally essential Arg has been shown to have nutritional benefits. An increase was achieved by the expression of the Arg-rich bacterial storage component, cyanophycin (CGP), in the chloroplast of transgenic plants. CGP is stable in plants and its degradation into β-aspartic acid (Asp)-Arg dipeptides, is solely catalyzed by bacterial cyanophycinases (CGPase). Dipeptides can be absorbed by animals even more efficiently than free amino acids (Matthews and Adibi 1976; Wenzel et al...
April 21, 2017: Transgenic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429420/the-crystal-structure-of-a-new-o-demethylase-from-sphingobium-sp-strain-syk-6
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Ayaka Harada, Naofumi Kamimura, Koh Takeuchi, Hong Yang Yu, Eiji Masai, Toshiya Senda
In the cell, tetrahydrofolate derivatives with a C1 unit are utilized in various ways, such as for the synthesis of amino acids and nucleic acids. While tetrahydrofolate derivatives with the C1 unit are typically produced in the glycine cleavage system, Sphingobium sp. strain SYK-6, which can utilize lignin-derived aromatic compounds as a sole source of carbon and energy, lacks this pathway, probably due to its unique nutrient requirements. In this bacterium, tetrahydrofolate-dependent O-demethylases in catabolic pathways for lignin-derived aromatic compounds seem to be involved in the C1 metabolism...
April 20, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429292/preparation-of-chloramphenicol-amino-acid-combinations-exhibiting-enhanced-dissolution-rates-and-reduced-drug-induced-oxidative-stress
#9
Vanesa B Sterren, Virginia Aiassa, Claudia Garnero, Yamila Garro Linck, Ana K Chattah, Gustavo A Monti, Marcela R Longhi, Ariana Zoppi
Chloramphenicol is an old antibiotic agent that is re-emerging as a valuable alternative for the treatment of multidrug-resistant pathogens. However, it exhibits suboptimal biopharmaceutical properties and toxicity profiles. In this work, chloramphenicol was combined with essential amino acids (arginine, cysteine, glycine, and leucine) with the aim of improving its dissolution rate and reduce its toxicity towards leukocytes. The chloramphenicol/amino acid solid samples were prepared by freeze-drying method and characterized in the solid state by using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, scanning electron microscopy, and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance...
April 20, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428061/identification-and-characterization-of-an-interleukin-16-like-gene-from-pacific-white-shrimp-litopenaeus-vannamei
#10
Qianhui Liang, Jiefu Zheng, Hongliang Zuo, Chaozheng Li, Shengwen Niu, Linwei Yang, Muting Yan, Shao-Ping Weng, Jianguo He, Xiaopeng Xu
Interleukins are a group of cytokines that play essential roles in immune regulation. Almost all interleukin genes are only found in vertebrates. In this study, an interleukin-16-like gene (LvIL-16L) was identified from Pacific white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei. LvIL-16L was predicted to encode a precursor (pro-LvIL-16L) with 1378 amino acids, sharing similarities with predicted pro-IL-16-like proteins from insects. The C-terminus of pro-LvIL-16L protein contained two PDZ domains homologous to the mature IL-16 cytokine of vertebrates...
April 17, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427327/analysis-of-transcriptome-data-reveals-multifactor-constraint-on-codon-usage-in-taenia-multiceps
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Xing Huang, Jing Xu, Lin Chen, Yu Wang, Xiaobin Gu, Xuerong Peng, Guangyou Yang
BACKGROUND: Codon usage bias (CUB) is an important evolutionary feature in genomes that has been widely observed in many organisms. However, the synonymous codon usage pattern in the genome of T. multiceps remains to be clarified. In this study, we analyzed the codon usage of T. multiceps based on the transcriptome data to reveal the constraint factors and to gain an improved understanding of the mechanisms that shape synonymous CUB. RESULTS: Analysis of a total of 8,620 annotated mRNA sequences from T...
April 20, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425994/modulating-the-therapeutic-response-of-tumours-to-dietary-serine-and-glycine-starvation
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Oliver D K Maddocks, Dimitris Athineos, Eric C Cheung, Pearl Lee, Tong Zhang, Niels J F van den Broek, Gillian M Mackay, Christiaan F Labuschagne, David Gay, Flore Kruiswijk, Julianna Blagih, David F Vincent, Kirsteen J Campbell, Fatih Ceteci, Owen J Sansom, Karen Blyth, Karen H Vousden
The non-essential amino acids serine and glycine are used in multiple anabolic processes that support cancer cell growth and proliferation (reviewed in ref. 1). While some cancer cells upregulate de novo serine synthesis, many others rely on exogenous serine for optimal growth. Restriction of dietary serine and glycine can reduce tumour growth in xenograft and allograft models. Here we show that this observation translates into more clinically relevant autochthonous tumours in genetically engineered mouse models of intestinal cancer (driven by Apc inactivation) or lymphoma (driven by Myc activation)...
April 19, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424769/folates-in-plants-research-advances-and-progress-in-crop-biofortification
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REVIEW
Vera Gorelova, Lars Ambach, Fabrice Rébeillé, Christophe Stove, Dominique Van Der Straeten
Folates, also known as B9 vitamins, serve as donors and acceptors in one-carbon (C1) transfer reactions. The latter are involved in synthesis of many important biomolecules, such as amino acids, nucleic acids and vitamin B5. Folates also play a central role in the methyl cycle that provides one-carbon groups for methylation reactions. The important functions fulfilled by folates make them essential in all living organisms. Plants, being able to synthesize folates de novo, serve as an excellent dietary source of folates for animals that lack the respective biosynthetic pathway...
2017: Frontiers in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424673/genome-scale-reconstruction-of-the-metabolic-network-in-oenococcus-oeni-to-assess-wine-malolactic-fermentation
#14
Sebastián N Mendoza, Pablo M Cañón, Ángela Contreras, Magdalena Ribbeck, Eduardo Agosín
Oenococcus oeni is the main responsible agent for malolactic fermentation in wine, an unpredictable and erratic process in winemaking. To address this, we have constructed and exhaustively curated the first genome-scale metabolic model of Oenococcus oeni, comprising 660 reactions, 536 metabolites and 454 genes. In silico experiments revealed that nutritional requirements are predicted with an accuracy of 93%, while 14 amino acids were found to be essential for the growth of this bacterial species. When the model was applied to determine the non-growth associated maintenance, results showed that O...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423885/effect-of-fermented-biogas-residue-on-growth-performance-serum-biochemical-parameters-and-meat-quality-in-pigs
#15
Xiang Xu, Lv-Mu Li, Bin Li, Wenjie Guo, Xiaoling Ding, Fazhi Xu
Objective: This study investigated the effect of fermented biogas residue (FBR) of wheat on the performance, serum biochemical parameters, and meat quality in pigs. Methods: We selected 128 pigs (the mean initial body weight is 40.24±3.08 kg) and randomly allocated them to 4 groups (1 control group and 3 treatment groups) with 4 replicates per group and 8 pigs per pen in a randomized complete block design based on initial body weight and sex. The control group received soybean meal, the treatment group fed diets containing 5%, 10%, and 15% fermented biomass residue (FBR), respectively (abbreviated as FBR5, FBR10 and FBR15, respectively)...
March 25, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422952/when-cancer-needs-what-s-non-essential
#16
Mark R Sullivan, Matthew G Vander Heiden
The non-essential amino acids serine and glycine are critical for proliferative metabolism. A study in Nature now finds that dietary serine and glycine deprivation inhibits growth of some tumours. Whether this dietary intervention is effective depends on both the oncogenic context and tumour tissue of origin.
April 19, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422148/chemical-and-bioactive-profiling-and-biological-activities-of-coral-fungi-from-northwestern-himalayas
#17
Sapan Kumar Sharma, Nandini Gautam
Ramaria Fr. and Clavaria L. are the two major genera of coral mushrooms within families Gomphaceae and Clavariaceae, respectively. Besides having important role in forest ecology, some species of these are reported to possess high nutraceutical and bioactive potential. There is a hidden diversity of coral mushrooms in Northwestern Himalayas. Present studies describe the detailed biochemical profiling and antioxidant, and antibacterial activities of twelve coral mushroom species. Biochemical profiling of nutrients and nutraceuticals was done with standard techniques and by using HPLC, UPLC and GC...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421297/suppression-of-th1-differentiation-by-tryptophan-supplementation-in-vivo
#18
Tobias V Lanz, Simon Becker, Soumya R Mohapatra, Christiane A Opitz, Wolfgang Wick, Michael Platten
Metabolism of the essential amino acid tryptophan (trp) is a key endogenous immunosuppressive pathway restricting inflammatory responses. Tryptophan metabolites promote regulatory T cell (Treg) differentiation and suppress proinflammatory T helper cell (Th)1 and Th17 phenotypes. It has been shown that treatment with natural and synthetic tryptophan metabolites can suppress autoimmune neuroinflammation in preclinical animal models. Here, we tested if oral intake of tryptophan would increase immunosuppressive tryptophan metabolites and ameliorate autoimmune neuroinflammation as a safe approach to treat autoimmune disorders like multiple sclerosis (MS)...
April 18, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420743/cancer-cell-metabolism-the-essential-role-of-the-nonessential-amino-acid-glutamine
#19
REVIEW
Ji Zhang, Natalya N Pavlova, Craig B Thompson
Biochemistry textbooks and cell culture experiments seem to be telling us two different things about the significance of external glutamine supply for mammalian cell growth and proliferation. Despite the fact that glutamine is a nonessential amino acid that can be synthesized by cells from glucose-derived carbons and amino acid-derived ammonia, most mammalian cells in tissue culture cannot proliferate or even survive in an environment that does not contain millimolar levels of glutamine. Not only are the levels of glutamine in standard tissue culture media at least ten-fold higher than other amino acids, but glutamine is also the most abundant amino acid in the human bloodstream, where it is assiduously maintained at approximately 0...
April 18, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420706/common-structural-features-of-cholesterol-binding-sites-in-crystallized-soluble-proteins
#20
Anna N Bukiya, Alejandro M Dopico
Cholesterol-protein interactions are essential for the architectural organization of cell membranes and for lipid metabolism. While cholesterol-sensing motifs in transmembrane proteins have been identified, little is known about cholesterol recognition by soluble proteins. We reviewed the structural characteristics of binding sites for cholesterol and cholesterol sulfate from crystallographic structures available in the Protein Data Bank. This analysis unveiled key features of cholesterol-binding sites that are present in either all or the majority of sites: i) the cholesterol molecule is generally positioned between protein domains that have an organized secondary structure; ii) the cholesterol hydroxyl/sulfo group is often partnered by Asn, Gln and/or Tyr while the hydrophobic part of cholesterol interacts with Leu, Ile, Val and/or Phe; iii) cholesterol hydrogen-bonding partners are often found on alpha-helices while amino acids that interact with cholesterol hydrophobic core have a slight preference for beta-strands and secondary structure-lacking protein areas; iv) the steroid C21 and 26 constitute the ″hot spots″ most often seen for steroid-protein hydrophobic interactions; v) common ″cold spots″ are C8, 9, 10, 13 and 17, at which contacts with the proteins were not detected...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
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