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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538692/exploring-anti-prion-glyco-based-and-aromatic-scaffolds-a-chemical-strategy-for-the-quality-of-life
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REVIEW
María Teresa Blázquez-Sánchez, Ana M de Matos, Amélia P Rauter
Prion diseases are fatal neurodegenerative disorders caused by protein misfolding and aggregation, affecting the brain progressively and consequently the quality of life. Alzheimer's is also a protein misfolding disease, causing dementia in over 40 million people worldwide. There are no therapeutics able to cure these diseases. Cellular prion protein is a high-affinity binding partner of amyloid β (Aβ) oligomers, the most toxic species in Alzheimer's pathology. These findings motivate the development of new chemicals for a better understanding of the events involved...
May 24, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538683/metabolic-investigations-of-the-molecular-mechanisms-associated-with-parkinson-s-disease
#2
REVIEW
Robert Powers, Shulei Lei, Annadurai Anandhan, Darrell D Marshall, Bradley Worley, Ronald L Cerny, Eric D Dodds, Yuting Huang, Mihalis I Panayiotidis, Aglaia Pappa, Rodrigo Franco
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by fibrillar cytoplasmic aggregates of α-synuclein (i.e., Lewy bodies) and the associated loss of dopaminergic cells in the substantia nigra. Mutations in genes such as α-synuclein (SNCA) account for only 10% of PD occurrences. Exposure to environmental toxicants including pesticides and metals (e.g., paraquat (PQ) and manganese (Mn)) is also recognized as an important PD risk factor. Thus, aging, genetic alterations, and environmental factors all contribute to the etiology of PD...
May 24, 2017: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538409/a-case-report-of-pedigree-of-a-homozygous-mutation-of-the-steroidogenic-acute-regulatory-protein-causing-lipoid-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia
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Rong Fu, Lin Lu, Jun Jiang, Min Nie, Xiaojing Wang, Zhaolin Lu
RATIONALE: Lipoid congenital adrenal hyperplasia (LCAH) is extremely rare, but is the most fatal form of congenital adrenal hyperplasia resulting from mutations in the steroidogenic acute regulatory protein (STAR) gene. LCAH arises from severe defects in the conversion of cholesterol to pregnenolone, the precursor of all steroids. PATIENT CONCERNS: A case was reported that an 11-month-old Chinese girl who presented with a sex development disorder and hyponatremia...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535436/microcystin-lr-induces-changes-in-the-gaba-neurotransmitter-system-of-zebrafish
#4
Wei Yan, Li Li, Guangyu Li, Sujuan Zhao
It has been reported that exposure to microcystins altered adult zebrafish swimming performance parameters, but the possible mechanisms of action remain unknown. Neuronal activity depends on the balance between the number of excitatory and inhibitory processes which are associated with neurotransmitters. In the present study, zebrafish embryos (5 d post-fertilization) were exposed to 0, 0.3, 3 and 30μg/L (microcystin-LR) MCLR for 90day until reaching sexual maturity. To investigate the effects of MCLR on the neurotransmitter system, mRNA levels involved in amino acid g-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate metabolic pathways were tested using quantitative real-time PCR...
May 15, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535337/overall-structural-model-of-ns5a-protein-from-hepatitis-c-virus-and-modulation-by-mutations-confering-resistance-of-virus-replication-to-cyclosporin-a
#5
Aurelie Badillo, Veronique Brechot, Stephane Sarrazin, François-Xavier Cantrelle, Frederic Delolme, Marie-Laure Fogeron, Jennifer Molle, Roland Montserret, Anja Bockmann, Ralf Bartenschlager, Volker Lohmann, Guy Lippens, Sylvie Ricard-Blum, Xavier Hanoulle, Francois Penin
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) nonstructural protein 5A (NS5A) is a RNA-binding phosphoprotein composed of a N-terminal membrane anchor (AH), a structured domain 1 (D1) and two intrinsically disordered domains (D2 and D3). The knowledge of the functional architecture of this multifunctional protein remains limited. We report here that NS5A-D1D2D3 produced in a wheat germ cell-free system is obtained under a highly phosphorylated state. Its NMR analysis revealed that these phosphorylations do not change the disordered nature of D2 and D3 domains but increase the number of conformers due to partial phosphorylations...
May 23, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534956/effects-of-octreotide-on-hepatic-glycogenesis-in-rats-with-high-fat-diet%C3%A2-induced-obesity
#6
Xiao-Xia Wang, Ting Ye, Mao Li, Xian Li, Ou Qiang, Cheng-Wei Tang, Rui Liu
Reduced hepatic glycogenesis is one of the most important causes of metabolic abnormalities in non‑alcoholic fatty liver disease. Octreotide, a somatostatin analogue, has been demonstrated to promote weight loss and improve metabolic disorders in mice with high fat diet (HFD)‑induced obesity. However, whether octreotide affects hepatic glycogenesis is unknown. The aim of the present study was to verify the effects of octreotide on hepatic glycogenesis in rats with HFD‑induced obesity. Male Sprague‑Dawley rats were fed a standard diet or a HFD for 24 weeks...
May 16, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534301/effects-of-acetyl-l-carnitine-in-diabetic-neuropathy-and-other-geriatric-disorders
#7
REVIEW
G Sergi, S Pizzato, F Piovesan, C Trevisan, N Veronese, E Manzato
A long history of diabetes mellitus and increasing age are associated with the onset of diabetic neuropathy, a painful and highly disabling complication with a prevalence peaking at 50% among elderly diabetic patients. Acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC) is a molecule derived from the acetylation of carnitine in the mitochondria that has an essential role in energy production. It has recently been proposed as a therapy to improve the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy. ALC is widely distributed in mammalian tissues, including the brain, blood-brain barrier, brain neurons, and astrocytes...
May 22, 2017: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534273/tauroursodeoxycholic-acid-enhances-mitochondrial-biogenesis-neural-stem-cell-pool-and-early-neurogenesis-in-adult-rats
#8
Rita Soares, Filipa F Ribeiro, Sara Xapelli, Tânia Genebra, Maria F Ribeiro, Ana M Sebastião, Cecília M P Rodrigues, Susana Solá
Although neurogenesis occurs in restricted regions of the adult mammalian brain, neural stem cells (NSCs) produce very few neurons during ageing or after injury. We have recently discovered that the endogenous bile acid tauroursodeoxycholic acid (TUDCA), a strong inhibitor of mitochondrial apoptosis and a neuroprotective in animal models of neurodegenerative disorders, also enhances NSC proliferation, self-renewal, and neuronal conversion by improving mitochondrial integrity and function of NSCs. In the present study, we explore the effect of TUDCA on regulation of NSC fate in neurogenic niches, the subventricular zone (SVZ) of the lateral ventricles and the hippocampal dentate gyrus (DG), using rat postnatal neurospheres and adult rats exposed to the bile acid...
May 22, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534084/the-emerging-link-between-o-glcnacylation-and-neurological-disorders
#9
REVIEW
Xiaofeng Ma, He Li, Yating He, Junwei Hao
O-linked β-N-acetylglucosaminylation (O-GlcNAcylation) is involved in the regulation of many cellular cascades and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (AD), Parkinson's disease (PD), and stroke. In the brain, the expression of O-GlcNAcylation is notably heightened, as is that of O-linked N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase (OGT) and β-N-acetylglucosaminidase (OGA), the presence of which is prominent in many regions of neurological importance. Most importantly, O-GlcNAcylation is believed to contribute to the normal functioning of neurons; conversely, its dysregulation participates in the pathogenesis of neurological disorders...
May 22, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533975/an-exhaustive-survey-of-regular-peptide-conformations-using-a-new-metric-for-backbone-handedness-h
#10
Ranjan V Mannige
The Ramachandran plot is important to structural biology as it describes a peptide backbone in the context of its dominant degrees of freedom-the backbone dihedral angles φ and ψ (Ramachandran, Ramakrishnan & Sasisekharan, 1963). Since its introduction, the Ramachandran plot has been a crucial tool to characterize protein backbone features. However, the conformation or twist of a backbone as a function of φ and ψ has not been completely described for both cis and trans backbones. Additionally, little intuitive understanding is available about a peptide's conformation simply from knowing the φ and ψ values of a peptide (e...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533888/neuroprotective-effects-of-melatonin-administration-against-chronic-immobilization-stress-in-rats
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Asmaa Ms Gomaa, Heba M Galal, Amal T Abou-Elgait
Chronic stress can impair brain functions and play a well-known role in the development of stress-related disorders such as anxiety. Melatonin (Mel) is a neurohormone which regulate several physiological processes including mood and behavior. This experimental study was designed to evaluate the effect of Mel on chronic immobilization stress (CIS) for 6 weeks in rats and to elucidate its possible underlying mechanisms. Twenty-eight adult male Wistar albino rats were divided into four equal groups: the control group, the Mel-treated group which was injected daily with Mel (10 mg/kg/day; IP) for 6 weeks, the stressed group which was subjected to CIS protocol daily for 6 weeks, and the Mel-treated stressed group which was injected with Mel and concurrently exposed to CIS protocol for 6 weeks...
2017: International Journal of Physiology, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533818/a-novel-bcr-abl1-fusion-gene-with-genetic-heterogeneity-indicates-a-good-prognosis-in-a-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-case
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Fen Zhou, Runming Jin, Yu Hu, Heng Mei
BACKGROUND: Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) is a pluripotent hematopoietic stem cell disorder caused by the fusion of the BCR and ABL1 genes. Quantitative RT-PCR (qRT-PCR) is a routinely performed screening technique to identify BCR-ABL1 fusion genes, but a limitation of this method is its inability to recognize novel fusions that have not been previously characterized. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) is an effective and sensitive detection method for the determination of novel BCR-ABL1 fusion genes as well as previously characterized ones...
2017: Molecular Cytogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533781/myelin-oligodendrocyte-glycoprotein-deciphering-a-target-in-inflammatory-demyelinating-diseases
#13
REVIEW
Patrick Peschl, Monika Bradl, Romana Höftberger, Thomas Berger, Markus Reindl
Myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG), a member of the immunoglobulin (Ig) superfamily, is a myelin protein solely expressed at the outermost surface of myelin sheaths and oligodendrocyte membranes. This makes MOG a potential target of cellular and humoral immune responses in inflammatory demyelinating diseases. Due to its late postnatal developmental expression, MOG is an important marker for oligodendrocyte maturation. Discovered about 30 years ago, it is one of the best-studied autoantigens for experimental autoimmune models for multiple sclerosis (MS)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533744/pin1-modulates-huntingtin-levels-and-aggregate-accumulation-an-in-vitro-model
#14
Alisia Carnemolla, Silvia Michelazzi, Elena Agostoni
Huntington's disease (HD) is a dominantly inherited neurodegenerative disorder characterized by a polyglutamine expansion within the N-terminal region of huntingtin protein (HTT). Cellular mechanisms promoting mutant huntingtin (mHTT) clearance are of great interest in HD pathology as they can lower the level of the mutant protein and its toxic aggregated species, thus affecting disease onset and progression. We have previously shown that the prolyl-isomerase PIN1 represents a promising negative regulator of mHTT aggregate accumulation using a genetically precise HD mouse model, namely Hdh(Q111) mice...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533741/adulthood-exposure-to-lipopolysaccharide-exacerbates-the-neurotoxic-and-inflammatory-effects-of-rotenone-in-the-substantia-nigra
#15
Chun Huang, Li Zhu, Huan Li, Fu-Guo Shi, Guo-Qing Wang, Yi-Zheng Wei, Jie Liu, Feng Zhang
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most neurodegenerative disorder with a regional decrease of dopamine (DA) neurons in the substantia nigra (SN). Despite intense exploration, the etiology of PD progressive process remains unclear. This study was to investigate the synergistic effects of systemic inflammation of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and neurotoxicity of rotenone (ROT) on exacerbating DA neuron lesion. Male SD adulthood rats received a single intraperitoneal injection of LPS. Seven months later, rats were subcutaneously given ROT five times a week for consecutive 4 weeks...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533625/beneficial-effect-of-interventional-exercise-on-autistic-fragile-x-syndrome
#16
REVIEW
Seunghoon Lee, Jinyoung Won, Sookyoung Park, Sang-Rae Lee, Kyu-Tae Chang, Joo-Heon Kim, Yonggeun Hong
[Purpose] The purpose of the present review is to discuss recent published articles in the understanding of efficacy of interventional exercise on autistic Fragile X syndrome (FXS) with special emphasis on its significance in clinical application in patients. [Methods] This review article was identified scientifically and/or clinically relevant articles from PubMed that directly/indirectly met the inclusion criteria. [Results] Mutation of fragile X mental retardation 1 (fmr1) gene on the X chromosome is related with loss of fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP) that affecting physiological and behavioral abnormalities...
April 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533427/copy-number-variations-independently-induce-autism-spectrum-disorder
#17
Yingjun Xie, Haiming Yuan, Mingbang Wang, Liangying Zhong, Jiaxiu Zhou, Bing Song, Qibin Yin, Xiaofang Sun
The examination of copy number variation (CNV) is critical to understanding the etiology of the CNV-related autism spectrum disorders (ASD). DNA samples were obtained from 64 ASD probands, which were genotyped on an Affymetrix CytoScan HD platform. qPCR or FISH were used as a validation for some novel recurrent CNVs. We further compared the clinical phenotypes of the genes in the DECIPHER database with these overlapping genes.  Using vast, readily available databases with previously reported clinically relevant CNVs from human populations, the genes were evaluated using Enrichment Analysis and GO Slim Classification...
May 22, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533388/selective-lowering-of-synapsins-induced-by-oligomeric-%C3%AE-synuclein-exacerbates-memory-deficits
#18
Megan E Larson, Susan J Greimel, Fatou Amar, Michael LaCroix, Gabriel Boyle, Mathew A Sherman, Hallie Schley, Camille Miel, Julie A Schneider, Rakez Kayed, Fabio Benfenati, Michael K Lee, David A Bennett, Sylvain E Lesné
Mounting evidence indicates that soluble oligomeric forms of amyloid proteins linked to neurodegenerative disorders, such as amyloid-β (Aβ), tau, or α-synuclein (αSyn) might be the major deleterious species for neuronal function in these diseases. Here, we found an abnormal accumulation of oligomeric αSyn species in AD brains by custom ELISA, size-exclusion chromatography, and nondenaturing/denaturing immunoblotting techniques. Importantly, the abundance of αSyn oligomers in human brain tissue correlated with cognitive impairment and reductions in synapsin expression...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533023/the-rna-modification-n-6-methyladenosine-and-its-implications-in-human-disease
#19
REVIEW
Pedro J Batista
Impaired gene regulation lies at the heart of many disorders, including developmental diseases and cancer. Furthermore, the molecular pathways that control gene expression are often the target of cellular parasites, such as viruses. Gene expression is controlled through multiple mechanisms that are coordinated to ensure the proper and timely expression of each gene. Many of these mechanisms target the life cycle of the RNA molecule, from transcription to translation. Recently, another layer of regulation at the RNA level involving RNA modifications has gained renewed interest of the scientific community...
May 19, 2017: Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532786/fluxomic-evidence-for-impaired-contribution-of-short-chain-acyl-coa-dehydrogenase-to-mitochondrial-palmitate-%C3%AE-oxidation-in-symptomatic-patients-with-acads-gene-susceptibility-variants
#20
Anne-Frédérique Dessein, Monique Fontaine, Marie Joncquel Chevalier Curt, Gilbert Briand, Claire Sechter, Karine Mention-Mulliez, Dries Dobbelaere, Claire Douillard, Arnaud Lacour, Isabelle Redonnet-Vernhet, Delphine Lamireau, Magalie Barth, Marie-Christine Minot-Myhié, Alice Kuster, Pascale de Lonlay, Niels Gregersen, Cécile Acquaviva, Christine Vianey-Saban, Joseph Vamecq
BACKGROUND: Despite ACADS (acyl-CoA dehydrogenase, short-chain) gene susceptibility variants (c.511C>T and c.625G>A) are considered to be non-pathogenic, encoded proteins are known to exhibit altered kinetics. Whether or not, they might affect overall fatty acid β-oxidation still remains, however, unclear. METHODS: De novo biosynthesis of acylcarnitines by whole blood samples incubated with deuterated palmitate (16-(2)H3,15-(2)H2-palmitate) is suitable as a fluxomic exploration to distinguish between normal and disrupted β-oxidation, abnormal profiles and ratios of acylcarnitines with different chain-lengths being indicative of the site for enzymatic blockade...
May 19, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
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