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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110346/prognostic-value-of-molecular-and-imaging-biomarkers-in-patients-with-supratentorial-glioma
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Egesta Lopci, Marco Riva, Laura Olivari, Fabio Raneri, Riccardo Soffietti, Arnoldo Piccardo, Alberto Bizzi, Pierina Navarria, Anna Maria Ascolese, Roberta Rudà, Bethania Fernandes, Federico Pessina, Marco Grimaldi, Matteo Simonelli, Marco Rossi, Tommaso Alfieri, Paolo Andrea Zucali, Marta Scorsetti, Lorenzo Bello, Arturo Chiti
PURPOSE: We evaluated the relationship between (11)C-methionine PET ((11)C-METH PET) findings and molecular biomarkers in patients with supratentorial glioma who underwent surgery. METHODS: A consecutive series of 109 patients with pathologically proven glioma (64 men, 45 women; median age 43 years) referred to our Institution from March 2012 to January 2015 for tumour resection and who underwent preoperative (11)C-METH PET were analysed. Semiquantitative evaluation of the (11)C-METH PET images included SUVmax, region of interest-to-normal brain SUV ratio (SUVratio) and metabolic tumour volume (MTV)...
January 21, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109940/proteome-response-of-fish-under-multiple-stress-exposure-effects-of-pesticide-mixtures-and-temperature-increase
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Allison Gandar, Pascal Laffaille, Nathalie Marty-Gasset, Didier Viala, Caroline Molette, Séverine Jean
Aquatic systems can be subjected to multiple stressors, including pollutant cocktails and elevated temperature. Evaluating the combined effects of these stressors on organisms is a great challenge in environmental sciences. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to assess the molecular stress response of an aquatic fish species subjected to individual and combined pesticide mixtures and increased temperatures. For that, goldfish (Carassius auratus) were acclimated to two different temperatures (22 and 32°C) for 15 days...
January 15, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108862/effects-of-chromium-methionine-supplementation-with-different-sources-of-zinc-on-growth-performance-carcass-traits-meat-quality-serum-metabolites-endocrine-parameters-and-the-antioxidant-status-in-growing-finishing-pigs
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Xiao Xu, Li Liu, Shen-Fei Long, Xiang-Shu Piao, Terry L Ward, Fei Ji
This experiment was conducted to evaluate the effects of chromium methionine with/without zinc sulfate or zinc amino acid complex on the growth performance, carcass traits, meat quality, serum parameters, endocrine parameters, and antioxidant status of growing-finishing pigs. A total of 180 (32.0 ± 1.7 kg body weight, BW) crossbred pigs (Duroc × Landrace × Yorkshire) were used in a completely randomized design with three dietary treatments and 10 replicates per treatment (five pens of barrows and five pens of gilts with six pigs per replicate)...
January 21, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108583/contribution-of-methionine-sulfoxide-reductase-b-msrb-to-francisella-tularensis-infection-in-mice
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Shib Shankar Saha, Masanori Hashino, Jin Suzuki, Akihiko Uda, Kenta Watanabe, Takashi Shimizu, Masahisa Watarai
The essential mechanisms and virulence factors enabling Francisella species to replicate inside host macrophages are not fully understood. Methionine sulfoxide reductase (Msr) is an antioxidant enzyme that converts oxidized methionine into methionine. Francisella tularensis carries msrA and msrB in different parts of its chromosome. In this study, single and double mutants of msrA and msrB were constructed, and the characteristics of these mutants were investigated. The msrB mutant exhibited decreased in vitro growth, exogenous oxidative stress resistance and intracellular growth in macrophages, whereas the msrA mutant displayed little difference with wild-type strain...
January 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108330/pleiotropic-responses-to-methionine-restriction
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Gene Ables, Jay Johnson
Methionine restriction (MR) extends lifespan across different species. The main responses of rodent models to MR are well-documented in adipose tissue (AT) and liver, which have reduced mass and improved insulin sensitivity, respectively. Recently, molecular mechanisms that improve healthspan have been identified in both organs during MR. In fat, MR induced a futile lipid cycle concomitant with beige AT accumulation, producing elevated energy expenditure. In liver, MR upregulated fibroblast growth factor 21 and improved glucose metabolism in aged mice and in response to a high-fat diet...
January 17, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108233/murine-cd103-dendritic-cells-protect-against-steatosis-progression-towards-steatohepatitis
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Eva-Carina Heier, Anna Meier, Henrike Julich-Haertel, Sonja Djudjaj, Monica Rau, Thomas Tschernig, Andreas Geier, Peter Boor, Frank Lammert, Veronika Lukacs-Kornek
BACKGROUND: Non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFL) is the hepatic consequence of metabolic syndrome and can progress to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). The identification of molecular and cellular factors that determine the progression of NASH and lead to irreversible hepatocellular damage are crucial. Dendritic cells (DCs) represent a heterogeneous cell population among which CD103(+) DCs play a significant role in immunity and tolerance. METHODS: Steatosis progression towards steatohepatitis was analyzed using multicolor FACS analyses, cytokine and qPCR array in high sucrose diet (HSD) and methionine and choline deficient diet (MCD) fed wild-type and Batf3 (Basic Leucine Zipper Transcription Factor, ATF-Like-3) deficient animals, which lack CD103(+) DCs (classical type-1 DC, cDC1s)...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106980/structural-snapshots-of-an-engineered-cystathionine-%C3%AE-lyase-reveal-the-critical-role-of-electrostatic-interactions-in-the-active-site
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Wupeng Yan, Everett M Stone, Yan Jessie Zhang
Enzyme therapeutics that can degrade L-methionine (L-Met) are of great interest as numerous malignancies are exquisitely sensitive to L-Met depletion. To exhaust the pool of the methionine in human serum, we previously engineered an L-Met degrading enzyme based on the human cystathionine-γ-lyase scaffold (hCGL-NLV) in order to circumvent immunogenicity and stability issues observed in the preclinical application of bacterial derived methionine-γ-lyases (MGL). To gain further insights into structure/activity relationships governing the chemistry of the hCGL-NLV lead molecule, we undertook a biophysical characterization campaign that captured crystal structures (2...
January 20, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106766/the-anti-oxidant-defense-system-of-the-marine-polar-ciliate-euplotes-nobilii-characterization-of-the-msrb-gene-family
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Francesca Ricci, Federico M Lauro, Joseph J Grzymski, Robert Read, Rigers Bakiu, Gianfranco Santovito, Pierangelo Luporini, Adriana Vallesi
Organisms living in polar waters must cope with an extremely stressful environment dominated by freezing temperatures, high oxygen concentrations and UV radiation. To shed light on the genetic mechanisms on which the polar marine ciliate, Euplotes nobilii, relies to effectively cope with the oxidative stress, attention was focused on methionine sulfoxide reductases which repair proteins with oxidized methionines. A family of four structurally distinct MsrB genes, encoding enzymes specific for the reduction of the methionine-sulfoxide R-forms, were identified from a draft of the E...
January 18, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106759/sex-specific-muscular-maturation-responses-following-prenatal-exposure-to-methylation-related-micronutrients-in-pigs
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Michael Oster, Nares Trakooljul, Henry Reyer, Annette Zeyner, Eduard Muráni, Siriluck Ponsuksili, Klaus Wimmers
Supplementation of micronutrients involved in DNA methylation, particularly during pregnancy, is recommended because of its impacts on human health, but further evidence is needed regarding the effects of over-supplementation and differences between sexes. Here, a porcine model was used to assess effects of maternal supplementation with one-carbon-cycle compounds during prenatal and postnatal stages on offspring muscle development. Sows received either a standard diet (CON) or a standard diet supplemented with folate, B6, B12, methionine, choline, and zinc (MET) throughout gestation...
January 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106735/mass-spectrometry-based-metabolomic-and-lipidomic-analyses-of-the-effects-of-dietary-platycodon-grandiflorum-on-liver-and-serum-of-obese-mice-under-a-high-fat-diet
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Hye Min Park, Kab-Tae Park, Edmond Changkyun Park, Seung Ii Kim, Myung Sook Choi, Kwang-Hyeon Liu, Choong Hwan Lee
We aimed to identify metabolites involved in the anti-obesity effects of Platycodon grandiflorum (PG) in high-fat diet (HFD)-fed mice using mass spectrometry (MS)-based metabolomic techniques. C57BL/6J mice were divided into four groups: normal diet (ND)-fed mice, HFD-fed mice, HFD with 1% PG extract-fed mice (HPGL), and HFD with 5% PG extract-fed mice (HPGH). After 8 weeks, the HFD group gained more weight than the ND group, while dietary 5% PG extract attenuated this change. The partial least squares discriminant analysis (PLS-DA) score plots showed a clear distinction between experimental groups in serum and liver markers...
January 17, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106519/subunit-mass-analysis-for-monitoring-antibody-oxidation
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Izabela Sokolowska, Jingjie Mo, Jia Dong, Michael J Lewis, Ping Hu
Methionine oxidation is a common posttranslational modification (PTM) of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs). Oxidation can reduce the in-vivo half-life, efficacy and stability of the product. Peptide mapping is commonly used to monitor the levels of oxidation, but this is a relatively time-consuming method. A high-throughput, automated subunit mass analysis method was developed to monitor antibody methionine oxidation. In this method, samples were treated with IdeS, EndoS and dithiothreitol to generate three individual IgG subunits (light chain, Fd' and single chain Fc)...
January 20, 2017: MAbs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104718/boncat-enables-time-resolved-analysis-of-protein-synthesis-in-native-plant-tissue
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Weslee Glenn, Shannon E Stone, Samuel H Ho, Michael J Sweredoski, Annie Moradian, Sonja Hess, Julia Bailey-Serres, David A Tirrell
Proteomic plasticity undergirds stress responses in plants, and understanding such responses requires accurate measurement of the extent to which proteins levels are adjusted to counter external stimuli. Here, we adapt bioorthogonal non-canonical amino acid tagging (BONCAT) to interrogate protein synthesis in vegetative Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings. BONCAT relies on the translational incorporation of a non-canonical amino acid (ncAA) probe into cellular proteins. In this study, the probe is the methionine surrogate azidohomoalanine (Aha), which carries a reactive azide moiety in its amino acid side chain...
January 19, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104395/methionine-sulfoxide-reductase-a-deficiency-exacerbates-acute-liver-injury-induced-by-acetaminophen
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Mahendra Pratap Singh, Ki Young Kim, Hwa-Young Kim
Acetaminophen (APAP) overdose induces acute liver injury via enhanced oxidative stress and glutathione (GSH) depletion. Methionine sulfoxide reductase A (MsrA) acts as a reactive oxygen species scavenger by catalyzing the cyclic reduction of methionine-S-sulfoxide. Herein, we investigated the protective role of MsrA against APAP-induced liver damage using MsrA gene-deleted mice (MsrA(-/-)). We found that MsrA(-/-) mice were more susceptible to APAP-induced acute liver injury than wild-type mice (MsrA(+/+))...
January 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101932/amino-acid-profiling-of-zinc-resistant-prostate-cancer-cell-lines-associations-with-cancer-progression
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Monika Kratochvilova, Martina Raudenska, Zbynek Heger, Lukas Richtera, Natalia Cernei, Vojtech Adam, Petr Babula, Marie Novakova, Michal Masarik, Jaromir Gumulec
BACKGROUND: Failure in intracellular zinc accumulation is a key process in prostate carcinogenesis. Nevertheless, epidemiological studies of zinc administration have provided contradicting results. In order to examine the impact of the artificial intracellular increase of zinc(II) ions on prostate cancer metabolism, PNT1A, 22Rv1, and PC-3 prostatic cell lines-depicting different stages of cancer progression-and their zinc-resistant counterparts were used. To determine "benign" and "malignant" metabolic profiles, amino acid patterns, gene expression, and antioxidant capacity of these cell lines were assessed...
January 19, 2017: Prostate
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101774/newborn-screening-for-remethylation-disorders-and-vitamin-b12-deficiency-evaluation-of-new-strategies-in-cohorts-from-qatar-and-germany
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Gwendolyn Gramer, Ghassan Abdoh, Tawfeg Ben-Omran, Noora Shahbeck, Rehab Ali, Laila Mahmoud, Junmin Fang-Hoffmann, Georg F Hoffmann, Hilal Al Rifai, Jürgen G Okun
BACKGROUND: Newborn screening is a precondition for early diagnosis and succeßsful treatment of remethylation disorders and classical homocystinuria (cystathionine-β-synthase deficiency). Newborn screening for classical homocystinuria using total homocysteine measurement in dried blood spots has been very successfully performed for many years for newborns from Qatar. METHODS: A new optimized newborn screening strategy for remethylation disorders and homocystinuria was developed and evaluated for newborns from Qatar using total homocysteine measurement as first-tier and methionine, methionine-phenylalanine-ratio and propionylcarnitine as second-tiers...
January 19, 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100771/janus-kinase-2-jak2-dissociates-hepatosteatosis-from-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-mice
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Sally Yu Shi, Stephanie A Schroer, Cynthia T Luk, Min Jeong Kim, David W Dodington, Lauren Lin, Tharini Sivasubramaniyam, Erica P Cai, Shun-Yan Lu, Kay-Uwe Wagner, Richard P Bazinet, Minna Woo
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is an end-stage complication of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Inflammation plays a critical role in the progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and the development of hepatocellular carcinoma. However, whether steatosis per se promotes liver cancer and the molecular mechanisms that control the progression in this disease spectrum remain largely elusive. The Janus kinase-signal transducers and activators of transcription (JAK-STAT) pathway mediates signal transduction by numerous cytokines that regulate inflammation and may contribute to hepatocarcinogenesis...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100236/human-%C3%AE-defensin-2-production-from-s-cerevisiae-using-the-repressible-met17-promoter
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Thea S B Møller, Joanna Hay, Malcolm J Saxton, Karen Bunting, Evamaria I Petersen, Søren Kjærulff, Christopher J A Finnis
BACKGROUND: Baker's yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a proven host for the commercial production of recombinant biopharmaceutical proteins. For the manufacture of heterologous proteins with activities deleterious to the host it can be desirable to minimise production during the growth phase and induce production late in the exponential phase. Protein expression by regulated promoter systems offers the possibility of improving productivity in this way by separating the recombinant protein production phase from the yeast growth phase...
January 18, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100213/transcriptomic-response-of-wolf-spider-pardosa-pseudoannulata-to-transgenic-rice-expressing-bacillus-thuringiensis-cry1ab-protein
#18
Juan Wang, Yuande Peng, Kaifu Xiao, Baoyang Wei, Jilin Hu, Zhi Wang, Qisheng Song, Xuguo Zhou
BACKGROUND: Bacillum thuringiensis (Bt) toxin produced in Cry1-expressing genetically modified rice (Bt rice) is highly effective to control lepidopteran pests, which reduces the needs for synthetic insecticides. Non-target organisms can be exposed to Bt toxins through direct feeding or trophic interactions in the field. The wolf spider Pardosa pseudoannulata, one of the dominant predators in South China, plays a crucial role in the rice agroecosystem. In this study, we investigated transcriptome responses of the 5th instar spiders fed on preys maintained on Bt- and non-Bt rice...
January 18, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096260/fgf21-mediates-the-thermogenic-and-insulin-sensitizing-effects-of-dietary-methionine-restriction-but-not-its-effects-on-hepatic-lipid-metabolism
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Desiree Wanders, Laura A Forney, Kirsten P Stone, David H Burk, Alicia Pierse, Thomas W Gettys
Dietary methionine restriction (MR) produces a rapid and persistent remodeling of white adipose tissue (WAT), increase in energy expenditure (EE), and enhancement of insulin sensitivity. Recent work established that hepatic expression of FGF21 is robustly increased by MR. Based on the known physiological effects of FGF21, Fgf21(-/-) mice were used to test whether FGF21 is an essential mediator of the physiological effects of dietary MR. The MR-induced increase in energy intake and EE, and activation of thermogenesis in WAT and BAT were lost in Fgf21(-/-) mice...
January 17, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095853/crispri-mediated-metabolic-engineering-of-e-coli-for-o-methylated-anthocyanin-production
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Brady F Cress, Quentin D Leitz, Daniel C Kim, Teresita D Amore, Jon Y Suzuki, Robert J Linhardt, Mattheos A G Koffas
BACKGROUND: Anthocyanins are a class of brightly colored, glycosylated flavonoid pigments that imbue their flower and fruit host tissues with hues of predominantly red, orange, purple, and blue. Although all anthocyanins exhibit pH-responsive photochemical changes, distinct structural decorations on the core anthocyanin skeleton also cause dramatic color shifts, in addition to improved stabilities and unique pharmacological properties. In this work, we report for the first time the extension of the reconstituted plant anthocyanin pathway from (+)-catechin to O-methylated anthocyanins in a microbial production system, an effort which requires simultaneous co-option of the endogenous metabolites UDP-glucose and S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAM or AdoMet)...
January 17, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
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