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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726567/possible-mechanisms-involved-in-the-anti-nociceptive-effects-of-hydro-ethanolic-leaf-extract-of-ziziphus-abyssinica
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Eric Boakye-Gyasi, Isaac Tabiri Henneh, Wonder Kofi Mensah Abotsi, Elvis Ofori Ameyaw, Eric Woode
CONTEXT: Various parts of Ziziphus abyssinica Hochst ex. A. Rich (Rhamnaceae) have been used in Ghanaian and African traditional medicine as an analgesic. However, there are little scientific data to support the anti-nociceptive effects of the hydro-ethanolic leaf extract of Ziziphus abyssinica (EthE) as well as the possible mechanisms involved in its anti-nociceptive effects. PURPOSE: To predict possible nociceptive pathways involved in the anti-nociceptive effects of EthE...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726518/differential-responses-of-mesenteric-arterial-bed-to-vasoactive-substances-in-l-name-induced-preeclampsia-role-of-oxidative-stress-and-endothelial-dysfunction
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Taline A S Amaral, Dayane T Ognibene, Lenize C R M Carvalho, Ana Paula M Rocha, Cristiane A Costa, Roberto S Moura, Angela C Resende
To investigate the systemic and placental oxidant status as well as vascular function in experimental preeclampsia (PE) induced by nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME). Fetal parameters and maternal blood pressure, proteinuria, mesenteric arterial bed (MAB) reactivity, and systemic and placental oxidative stress were compared between four groups: pregnant rats receiving L-NAME (60 mg/kg/day, orally) (P + L-NAME) or vehicle (P) from days 13 to 20 of pregnancy and nonpregnant rats receiving L-NAME (NP + L-NAME) or vehicle (NP) during 7 days...
July 20, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725942/l-arginine-supplementation-prevents-allodynia-and-hyperalgesia-in-painful-diabetic-neuropathic-rats-by-normalizing-plasma-nitric-oxide-concentration-and-increasing-plasma-agmatine-concentration
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Lusliany J Rondón, M C Farges, N Davin, B Sion, A M Privat, M P Vasson, A Eschalier, C Courteix
PURPOSE: Neuropathic pain is a common diabetic complication. It is characterized by symptoms of spontaneous and stimulus-evoked pain including hyperalgesia and allodynia. L-Arginine is a common precursor of many metabolites of biological interest, in particular, nitric oxide (NO), ornithine, and hence polyamines. In central nervous system, NO, glutamate, and polyamines share an N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor-mediated effect. We hypothesized that a variation in arginine metabolism caused by diabetes may contribute to development and maintenance of neuropathic pain and to the worsening of clinical and biological signs of diabetes...
July 19, 2017: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723619/a-novel-sharpin-prmt5-h3r2me1-axis-is-essential-for-lung-cancer-cell-invasion
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Tingxiong Fu, Xiuwei Lv, Qingzhi Kong, Changjing Yuan
SHARPIN (Shank-associated RH domain interacting protein) is the main component of the linear ubiquitin chain activation complex (LUBAC). SHARPIN is involved in regulating inflammation and cancer progression. However, whether SHARPIN plays an important role in lung cancer metastasis and the potential underlying mechanism are still unknown. Here, for the first time, we reported that SHARPIN expression is closely related to lung cancer progression. Moreover, SHARPIN plays a central role in controlling lung cancer cell metastasis...
July 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722259/l-ornithine-and-l-lysine-stimulate-gastrointestinal-motility-via-transient-receptor-potential-vanilloid-1
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Junya Nakato, Yee Yin Ho, Ryo Omae, Takafumi Mizushige, Kunitoshi Uchida, Makoto Tominaga, Minji Kim, Tsuyoshi Goto, Nobuyuki Takahashi, Teruo Kawada, Saori Akiduki, Ryuhei Kanamoto, Kousaku Ohinata
SCOPE: The gastrointestinal (GI) tract senses and responds to intraluminal nutrients and these interactions often affect GI functions. We found that, among basic amino acids, L-ornithine (Orn) and L-lysine (Lys) stimulated but L-arginine (Arg) suppressed GI motility after oral administration (24 mmol/kg) in mice (Orn and Lys, 14.3 and 26.4% promotion; Arg, 7.7% suppression). We investigated the mechanism of the action of Orn and Lys on GI motility. METHODS AND RESULTS: Orn-induced promotion of small intestinal transit was significantly inhibited (P<0...
July 18, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720004/antinociceptive-synergistic-interaction-between-achillea-millefolium-and-origanum-vulgare-l-extract-encapsulated-in-liposome-in-rat
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Farshad Hassanzadeh-Kiabi, Babak Negahdari
AIM: This study aims to evaluate the antinociceptive effect of combined Achillea millefolium and Origanum extract encapsulated in liposome. METHODS: The effect of Achillea millefolium and Origanum vulgare L. extract, and their liposome-incorporated form was assessed using 3% formalin test in rat. 12 male Wistar rats, 4 in each group, were used in this study, and increasing doses of Achillea millefolium (31.6, 100, 178, and 316 mg/kg) and Origanum vulgare L. extract (5...
July 18, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716421/dual-functioning-of-plant-arginases-provides-a-third-route-for-putrescine-synthesis
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Jigar Patel, Menaka Ariyaratne, Sheaza Ahmed, Lingxiao Ge, Vipaporn Phuntumart, Andrea Kalinoski, Paul F Morris
Two biosynthetic routes are known for putrescine, an essential plant metabolite. Ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) converts ornithine directly to putrescine, while a second route for putrescine biosynthesis utilizes arginine decarboxylase (ADC) to convert arginine to agmatine, and two additional enzymes, agmatine iminohydrolase (AIH) and N-carbamoyl putrescine aminohydrolase (NLP1) to complete this pathway. Here we show that plants can use ADC and arginase/agmatinase (ARGAH) as a third route for putrescine synthesis...
September 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710553/metabolism-and-distribution-of-pharmacological-homoarginine-in-plasma-and-main-organs-of-the-anesthetized-rat
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Duygu Naile Günes, Arslan Arinc Kayacelebi, Erik Hanff, Joel Lundgren, Björn Redfors, Dimitrios Tsikas
L-Homoarginine (hArg) and guanidinoacetate (GAA) are produced from L-arginine (Arg) by the catalytic action of arginine:glycine amidinotransferase. Guanidinoacetate methyltransferase methylates GAA on its non-guanidine N atom to produce creatine. Arg and hArg are converted by nitric oxide synthase (NOS) to nitric oxide (NO). NO is oxidized to nitrite and nitrate which circulate in the blood and are excreted in the urine. Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), an NOS inhibitor, is widely accepted to be exclusively produced after asymmetric N (G)-methylation of Arg residues in proteins and their regular proteolysis...
July 14, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706452/elucidation-of-the-profound-antagonism-of-contractile-action-of-phenylephrine-in-rat-aorta-effected-by-an-atypical-sympathomimetic-decongestant
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Eldina Rizvić, Goran Janković, Miroslav M Savić
Vasoconstrictive properties of sympathomimetic drugs are the basis of their widespread use as decongestants and possible source of adverse responses. Insufficiently substantiated practice of combining decongestants in some marketed preparations, such are those containing phenylephrine and lerimazoline, may affect the overall contractile activity, and thus their therapeutic utility. This study aimed to examine the interaction between lerimazoline and phenylephrine in isolated rat aortic rings, and also to assess the substrate of the obtained lerimazoline-induced attenuation of phenylephrine contraction...
July 2017: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698893/cytotoxicity-against-tumor-cell-lines-and-anti-inflammatory-properties-of-chitinases-from-calotropis-procera-latex
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Carolina Araújo Viana, Márcio V Ramos, José Delano Barreto Marinho Filho, Letícia Veras Costa Lotufo, Ingrid Samantha Tavares Figueiredo, Jefferson Soares de Oliveira, Pietro Mastroeni, José Vitor Lima-Filho, Nylane Maria Nunes Alencar
The role of chitinases from the latex of medicinal shrub Calotropis procera on viability of tumor cell lines and inflammation was investigated. Soluble latex proteins were fractionated in a CM Sepharose Fast-Flow Column and the major peak (LPp1) subjected to ion exchange chromatography using a Mono-Q column coupled to an FPLC system. In a first series of experiments, immortalized macrophages were cultured with LPp1 for 24 h. Then, cytotoxicity of chitinase isoforms (LPp1-P1 to P6) was evaluated against HCT-116 (colon carcinoma), OVCAR-8 (ovarian carcinoma), and SF-295 (glioblastoma) tumor cell lines in 96-well plates...
July 11, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698590/tudor-domain-containing-protein-3-promotes-tumorigenesis-and-invasive-capacity-of-breast-cancer-cells
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Alan Morettin, Geneviève Paris, Younes Bouzid, R Mitchell Baldwin, Theresa J Falls, John C Bell, Jocelyn Côté
Tudor domain containing protein 3 (TDRD3) is a modular protein identified based on its ability to recognize methylated arginine motifs through its Tudor domain. We have previously shown that TDRD3 localizes to cytoplasmic stress granules, a structure shown to promote survival upon treatment with chemotherapeutic drugs in cancer cells. Here, we report TDRD3 as a novel regulator of cell proliferation and invasion in breast cancer cells. Our study also demonstrates that TDRD3 depletion inhibits tumor formation and metastasis to the lung in vivo...
July 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698124/the-role-of-phosphatidylinositol-3-oh-kinase-pi3-kinase-and-respiratory-burst-enzymes-in-the-omim-bf4-mediated-toxic-mode-of-action-in-mussel-hemocytes
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Alexia Belavgeni, Stefanos Dailianis
The present study investigates the role of phosphatidylinositol-3-OH-kinase (PI3-kinase) and respiratory burst enzymes, NADPH oxidase and NO synthase, in the 1-methyl-3-octylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([omim][BF4])-mediated toxic mode of action in mussel hemocytes. Specifically, cell viability (using the neutral red uptake assay) was primarily tested in hemocytes treated with different concentrations of [omim][BF4] (0.1-10 mg L(-1)) and thereafter [omim][BF4]-mediated oxidative (in terms of superoxide anions/O2(-) and nitric oxide/NO generation, as well as the enhancement of lipid peroxidation by-products, in terms of malondialdehyde/MDA) and genotoxic (in terms of DNA damage) effects were determined in hemocytes treated with 1 mg L(-1) [omim][BF4]...
July 8, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695568/prmt1-regulates-astrocytic-differentiation-of-embryonic-neural-stem-precursor-cells
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Mizuki Honda, Kinichi Nakashima, Sayako Katada
Arginine methylation is a posttranslational modification which is catalyzed by protein arginine methyltransferases (PRMTs). Here, we report that PRMT1 is highly expressed in neural stem/precursor cells (NS/PCs) of mouse embryos, and knockdown of PRMT1 in NS/PCs suppresses the generation of astrocytes. The luciferase assay demonstrated that knockdown of PRMT1 inhibits activation of the promoter of a typical astrocytic marker gene, glial fibrillary acidic protein (Gfap), in NS/PCs. The transcription factor signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) is known to generally be critical for astrocytic differentiation of NS/PCs...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683815/metabolic-labeling-in-middle-down-proteomics-allows-for-investigation-of-the-dynamics-of-the-histone-code
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Simone Sidoli, Congcong Lu, Mariel Coradin, Xiaoshi Wang, Kelly R Karch, Chrystian Ruminowicz, Benjamin A Garcia
BACKGROUND: Middle-down mass spectrometry (MS), i.e., analysis of long (~50-60 aa) polypeptides, has become the method with the highest throughput and accuracy for the characterization of combinatorial histone posttranslational modifications (PTMs). The discovery of histone readers with multiple domains, and overall the cross talk of PTMs that decorate histone proteins, has revealed that histone marks have synergistic roles in modulating enzyme recruitment and subsequent chromatin activities...
July 6, 2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682891/influence-of-phenylketonuria-s-diet-on-dimethylated-arginines-and-methylation-cycle
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Fernando Andrade, Olalla López-Suárez, Marta Llarena, María L Couce, Luis Aldámiz-Echevarría
Phenylketonuria's (PKU) treatment based on low natural protein diet may affect homocysteine (Hcys) metabolic pathway. Hcys alteration may be related to the methylation of arginine to asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) and symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA), which both modify nitric oxide production. The aim of this work is to evaluate the status of Hcys formation methylation cycle and ADMA and SDMA levels in patients with PKU in order to establish a potential relationship.Forty-two early diagnosed PKU patients under dietary treatment and good adherence to their diets were enrolled in this cross-sectional study...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678843/kshv-encoded-orf59-modulates-histone-arginine-methylation-of-the-viral-genome-to-promote-viral-reactivation
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Roxanne C Strahan, Maria McDowell-Sargent, Timsy Uppal, Pravinkumar Purushothaman, Subhash C Verma
Kaposi's sarcoma associated herpesvirus (KSHV) persists in a highly-ordered chromatin structure inside latently infected cells with the majority of the viral genome having repressive marks. However, upon reactivation the viral chromatin landscape changes into 'open' chromatin through the involvement of lysine demethylases and methyltransferases. Besides methylation of lysine residues of histone H3, arginine methylation of histone H4 plays an important role in controlling the compactness of the chromatin. Symmetric methylation of histone H4 at arginine 3 (H4R3me2s) negatively affects the methylation of histone H3 at lysine 4 (H3K4me3), an active epigenetic mark deposited on the viral chromatin during reactivation...
July 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676563/melatonin-mediates-vasodilation-through-both-direct-and-indirect-activation-of-bkca-channels
#17
Tengteng Zhao, Huirong Zhang, Cheng Jin, Fang Qiu, Ying Wu, Lijun Shi
Melatonin, synthesized primarily by the pineal gland, is a neuroendocrine hormone with high membrane permeability. The vascular effects of melatonin, including vasoconstriction and vasodilation, have been demonstrated in numerous studies. However, the mechanisms underlying these effects are not fully understood. Large-conductance Ca2+-activated K+ (BKCa) channels are expressed broadly on smooth muscle cells and play an important role in vascular tone regulation. The present study explored the mechanisms of myocyte BKCa channels and endothelial factors underlying the action of melatonin on the mesenteric arteries (MAs)...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674881/identification-of-post-translational-modifications-from-serum-plasma-by-immunoaffinity-enrichment-and-lc-ms-ms-analysis-without-depletion-of-abundant-proteins
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Hongbo Gu, Jianmin Ren, Xiaoying Jia, Matthew P Stokes
Immunoaffinity enrichment combined with LC-MS/MS enables identification of Post-translational modifications (PTMs) from serum/plasma samples without abundant protein depletion. Here we described the workflow in details in identifying various types of PTMs such as lysine acetylation and arginine methylation from cancer serum. The method described is compatible with all common proteomic analysis platforms and quantitative methods.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671605/glycine-binding-site-stimulants-of-nmda-receptors-alleviate-extrapyramidal-motor-disorders-by-activating-the-nigrostriatal-dopaminergic-pathway
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Saki Shimizu, Shunsaku Sogabe, Ryoto Yanagisako, Akiyoshi Inada, Megumi Yamanaka, Higor A Iha, Yukihiro Ohno
Dysfunction of the N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor has been implicated in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia. Although agonists for the glycine-binding sites of NMDA receptors have potential as new medication for schizophrenia, their modulation of antipsychotic-induced extrapyramidal side effects (EPS) has not yet been clarified. We herein evaluated the effects of glycine-binding site stimulants of NMDA receptors on antipsychotic-induced EPS in mice and rats. d-cycloserine (DCS) and d-serine significantly improved haloperidol (HAL)-induced bradykinesia in mice, whereas glycine showed no effects...
July 3, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662389/recent-progress-in-developing-selective-inhibitors-of-protein-methyltransferases
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REVIEW
H Ümit Kaniskan, Jian Jin
Mounting evidence suggests that protein methyltransferases (PMTs), which catalyze methylation of histones as well as non-histone proteins, play a crucial role in diverse biological pathways and human diseases. In particular, PMTs have been recognized as major players in regulating gene expression and chromatin state. There has been an increasingly growing interest in these enzymes as potential therapeutic targets and over the past two years tremendous progress has been made in the discovery of selective, small molecule inhibitors of protein lysine and arginine methyltransferases...
June 26, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
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