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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436966/microbial-metabolites-regulate-host-lipid-metabolism-through-nr5a-hedgehog-signalling
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Chih-Chun Janet Lin, Meng C Wang
Microorganisms and their hosts share the same environment, and microbial metabolic molecules (metabolites) exert crucial effects on host physiology. Environmental factors not only shape the composition of the host's resident microorganisms, but also modulate their metabolism. However, the exact molecular relationship among the environment, microbial metabolites and host metabolism remains largely unknown. Here, we discovered that environmental methionine tunes bacterial methyl metabolism to regulate host mitochondrial dynamics and lipid metabolism in Caenorhabditis elegans through an endocrine crosstalk involving NR5A nuclear receptor and Hedgehog signalling...
April 24, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436330/association-between-methionine-synthase-reductase-a66g-polymorphism-and-male-infertility-a-meta-analysis
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Weihai Xu, Lin Zhang, Xiangli Wu, Fan Jin
The aim of this meta-analysis was to assess the methionine synthase reductase (MTRR) gene 66A>G polymorphism and male infertility susceptibility. Studies were identified in PubMed and Embase databases. An odds ratio (OR) was used to assess the relationship between MTRR 66A>G polymorphism and male infertility risk. A total of seven case-control studies containing 1438 patients and 1363 controls were enrolled in the meta-analysis. Our results showed that no association exists between the MTRR 66A>G polymorphism and male infertility risk in the total population (GG vs...
2017: Critical Reviews in Eukaryotic Gene Expression
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436326/evaluation-and-characterization-of-nutritive-properties-of-the-jelly-ear-culinary-medicinal-mushroom-auricularia-auricula-judae-agaricomycetes-from-nigeria
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Reginald Chibueze Ohiri, Essien Eka Bassey
This study investigated the nutritive properties of the culinary-medicinal mushroom Auricularia auricula- judae. From the analysis, among the major minerals, potassium was found in the highest concentration, with a value of 172.03 ± 8.62 mg/kg, whereas manganese had the highest concentration among trace elements, with a value of 1.66 ± 0.11 mg/kg. Glutamic acid was the amino acid detected in the largest amounts in this study, with a value of 10.09 ± 1.86 mg/kg. Although glutamine and asparagine were not detected in this mushroom, cysteine and methionine had the lowest concentrations, with values of 0...
2017: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435838/thiol-trapping-and-metabolic-redistribution-of-sulfur-metabolites-enable-cells-to-overcome-cysteine-overload
#4
Anup Arunrao Deshpande, Muskan Bhatia, Sunil Laxman, Anand Kumar Bachhawat
Cysteine is an essential requirement in living organisms. However, due to its reactive thiol side chain, elevated levels of intracellular cysteine can be toxic and therefore need to be rapidly eliminated from the cellular milieu. In mammals and many other organisms, excess cysteine is believed to be primarily eliminated by the cysteine dioxygenase dependent oxidative degradation of cysteine, followed by the removal of the oxidative products. However, other mechanisms of tackling excess cysteine are also likely to exist, but have not thus far been explored...
March 27, 2017: Microbial Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434720/short-and-longer-term-effects-of-feeding-increased-metwabolizable-protein-with-or-without-an-altered-amino-acid-profile-to-dairy-cows-immediately-postpartum
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E G Carder, W P Weiss
The first few weeks after parturition is marked by low, but increasing feed intake and sharply increasing milk production by dairy cows. Because of low intake, the nutrient density of the diet may need to be higher during this period to support increasing milk yields. We hypothesized that feeding higher levels of metabolizable protein (MP) or a protein supplement with rumen-protected lysine and methionine during the immediate postpartum period would increase yields of milk and milk components. Fifty-six Holstein cows (21 primiparous and 35 multiparous) starting at 3 d in milk were used in a randomized block design...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433108/genetic-and-environmental-modifiers-of-wilson-disease
#6
Valentina Medici, Karl-Heinz Weiss
Wilson disease (WD) is characterized by remarkable variety in its phenotypic presentation. Patients with WD can present with hepatic, neurologic, and psychiatric symptoms combined in different and unpredictable ways. Importantly, no convincing phenotype-genotype correlation has ever been identified, opening the possibility that other genes, aside from ATPase copper-transporting beta (ATP7B), are involved in the pathogenesis of this condition. In addition, modifier genes, or genes that can affect the expression of other genes, may be involved...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432198/folate-dependent-methylation-of-septins-governs-ciliogenesis-during-neural-tube-closure
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Manami Toriyama, Michinori Toriyama, John B Wallingford, Richard H Finnell
Periconception maternal folic acid (vitamin B9) supplementation can reduce the prevalence of neural tube defects (NTDs), although just how folates benefit the developing embryo and promote closing of the neural tube and other morphologic processes during development remains unknown. Folate contributes to a 1-carbon metabolism, which is essential for purine biosynthesis and methionine recycling and affects methylation of DNA, histones, and nonhistone proteins. Herein, we used animal models and cultured mammalian cells to demonstrate that disruption of the methylation pathway mediated by folate compromises normal neural tube closure (NTC) and ciliogenesis...
April 21, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432195/n-terminal-proteomics-assisted-profiling-of-the-unexplored-translation-initiation-landscape-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Patrick Willems, Elvis Ndah, Veronique Jonckheere, Simon Stael, Adriaan Sticker, Lennart Martens, Frank Van Breusegem, Kris Gevaert, Petra Van Damme
Proteogenomics is an emerging research field yet lacking a uniform method of analysis. Proteogenomic studies in which N-terminal proteomics and ribosome profiling are combined, suggest that a high number of protein start sites are currently missing in genome annotations. We constructed a proteogenomic pipeline specific for the analysis of N-terminal proteomics data, with the aim of discovering novel translational start sites outside annotated protein coding regions. In summary, unidentified MS/MS spectra were matched to a specific N-terminal peptide library encompassing protein N-termini encoded in the Arabidopsis thaliana genome...
April 21, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431227/membrane-lipids-speak-to-histones
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Yuxiang Zheng, Lewis C Cantley
In this issue of Molecular Cell, Ye et al. (2017) use a combination of genetic, metabolomic, and transcriptomic approaches to explore the potential for methionine metabolism to influence signal transduction and gene expression in budding yeast.
April 20, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430424/elucidation-of-the-stereospecificity-of-c-methyltransferases-from-trans-at-polyketide-synthases
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Xinqiang Xie, Chaitan Khosla, David E Cane
S-Adenosyl methionine (SAM)-dependent C-methyltransferases are responsible for the C2-methylation of 3-ketoacyl-acyl carrier protein (ACP) intermediates to give the corresponding 2-methy-3-ketoacyl-ACP products during bacterial polyketide biosynthesis mediated by trans-AT polyketide synthases that lack integrated acyl transferase (AT) domains. A coupled ketoreductase (KR) assay was used to assign the stereochemistry of the C-methyltransferase-catalyzed reaction. Samples of chemoenzymatically-generated 3-ketopentanoyl-ACP (9) were incubated with SAM and BonMT2 from module 2 of the bongkrekic acid polyke-tide synthase...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429287/protective-effect-of-selenoprotein-x-against-oxidative-stress-induced-cell-apoptosis-in-human-hepatocyte-lo2-cells-via-the-p38-pathway
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Jia-Yong Tang, Ai-Hua He, Gang Jia, Guang-Mang Liu, Xiao-Ling Chen, Jing-Yi Cai, Hai-Ying Shang, Jin-Qiu Liao, Hua Zhao
Oxidative stress, as mediated by ROS (reactive oxygen species), is a significant factor in initiating the cells damaged by affecting cellular macromolecules and impairing their biological functions; SelX, a selenoprotein also known as MsrB1 belonging to the methionine sulfoxide reductase (Msr) family, is the redox repairing enzyme and involved in redox-related functions. In order to more precisely analyze the relationship between oxidative stress, cell oxidative damage, and SelX, we stably overexpressed porcine Selx full-length cDNA in human normal hepatocyte (LO2) cells...
April 20, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428565/small-methyltransferase-rlmh-assembles-a-composite-active-site-to-methylate-a-ribosomal-pseudouridine
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Cha San Koh, Rohini Madireddy, Timothy J Beane, Phillip D Zamore, Andrei A Korostelev
Eubacterial ribosomal large-subunit methyltransferase H (RlmH) methylates 23S ribosomal RNA pseudouridine 1915 (Ψ1915), which lies near the ribosomal decoding center. The smallest member of the SPOUT superfamily of methyltransferases, RlmH lacks the RNA recognition domain found in larger methyltransferases. The catalytic mechanism of RlmH enzyme is unknown. Here, we describe the structures of RlmH bound to S-adenosyl-methionine (SAM) and the methyltransferase inhibitor sinefungin. Our structural and biochemical studies reveal catalytically essential residues in the dimer-mediated asymmetrical active site...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428116/cycloastragenol-improves-hepatic-steatosis-by-activating-farnesoid-x-receptor-signalling
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Ming Gu, Shiying Zhang, Yuanyuan Zhao, Jinwen Huang, Yahui Wang, Yin Li, Shengjie Fan, Li Yang, Guang Ji, Qingchun Tong, Cheng Huang
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become a global health problem. However, there is no approved therapy for NAFLD. Farnesoid X receptor (FXR) is a potential drug target for treatment of NAFLD. In an attempt to screen FXR agonists, we found that cycloastragenol (CAG), a natural occurring compound in Astragali Radix, stimulated FXR transcription activity. In animal studies, we demonstrated that CAG treatment resulted in obvious reduction of high-fat diet induced lipid accumulation in liver accompanied by lowered blood glucose, serum triglyceride levels and hepatic bile acid pool size...
April 17, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427565/analyzing-the-effect-of-v66m-mutation-in-bdnf-in-causing-mood-disorders-a-computational-approach
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P Sneha, D Thirumal Kumar, Sugandhi Saini, Kreeti Kajal, R Magesh, R Siva, C George Priya Doss
Mental disorders or mood disorders are prevalent globally irrespective of region, race, and ethnic groups. Of the types of mood disorders, major depressive disorder (MDD) and bipolar disorder (BPD) are the most prevalent forms of psychiatric condition. A number of preclinical studies emphasize the essential role of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the pathophysiology of mood disorders. Additionally, BDNF is the most common growth factor in the central nervous system along with their essential role during the neural development and the synaptic elasticity...
2017: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427482/a-genetic-variant-brain-dervied-neurotrophic-factor-bdnf-polymorphism-interacts-with-hostile-parenting-to-predict-error-related-brain-activity-and-thereby-risk-for-internalizing-disorders-in-children
#15
Alexandria Meyer, Greg Hajcak, Elizabeth Hayden, Haroon I Sheikh, Shiva M Singh, Daniel N Klein
The error-related negativity (ERN) is a negative deflection in the event-related potential occurring when individuals make mistakes, and is increased in children with internalizing psychopathology. We recently found that harsh parenting predicts a larger ERN in children, and recent work has suggested that variation in the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) gene may moderate the impact of early life adversity. Parents and children completed measures of parenting when children were 3 years old (N = 201); 3 years later, the ERN was measured and diagnostic interviews as well as dimensional symptom measures were completed...
April 21, 2017: Development and Psychopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427280/progress-in-terpene-synthesis-strategies-through-engineering-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#16
Kalaivani Paramasivan, Sarma Mutturi
Terpenes are natural products with a remarkable diversity in their chemical structures and they hold a significant market share commercially owing to their distinct applications. These potential molecules are usually derived from terrestrial plants, marine and microbial sources. In vitro production of terpenes using plant tissue culture and plant metabolic engineering, although receiving some success, the complexity in downstream processing because of the interference of phenolics and product commercialization due to regulations that are significant concerns...
April 20, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425467/hyperpolarized-13-c-spectroscopic-evaluation-of-oxidative-stress-in-a-rodent-model-of-steatohepatitis
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David M Wilson, Valentina Di Gialleonardo, Zhen J Wang, Valerie Carroll, Cornelius Von Morze, Andrew Taylor, Victor Sai, Mark VanCriekinge, Robert Bok, Michael A Ohliger, Kayvan R Keshari
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become highly prevalent, now considered the most common liver disease in the western world. Approximately one-third of patients with NASH develop non-alchoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), histologically defined by lobular and portal inflammation, and accompanied by marked oxidative stress. Patients with NASH are at increased risk for cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, and diagnosis currently requires invasive biopsy. In animal models of NASH, particularly the methionine-choline deficient (MCD) model, profound changes are seen in redox enzymes and key intracellular antioxidants...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424329/a-paternal-diet-for-offspring-success
#18
Christopher Hine
Supplementation of the diet of male mice with methyl donors, such as methionine and folic acid, prior to mating impaired learning, memory, and metabolic functions in the offspring.
April 19, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424209/the-sulfilimine-cross-link-of-collagen-iv-contributes-to-kidney-tubular-basement-membrane-stiffness
#19
Gautam Bhave, Selene Colon, Nicholas Ferrell
Basement membranes (BMs) are a specialized form of extracellular matrix (ECM) which underlie nearly all cell layers and provide structural support for tissues and interact with cell surface receptors to determine cell behavior. Both macromolecular composition and stiffness of BM influence cell-BM interactions. Collagen IV is major constituent of BM that forms an extensively cross-linked oligomeric network. Its deficiency leads to BM mechanical instability as observed with glomerular basement membrane (GBM) in Alport Syndrome...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422052/folic-acid-reduces-tau-phosphorylation-by-regulating-pp2a-methylation-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-mice
#20
Miaoyan Zheng, Chen Zou, Mengyue Li, Guowei Huang, Yuxia Gao, Huan Liu
High incidence rate of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is observed in patients with type 2 diabetes. Aggregated β-amyloid (Aβ) and hyperphosphorylated tau are the hallmarks of AD. Hyperphosphorylated tau has been detected in diabetic animals as well as in diabetic patients. Folates mediate the transfer of one carbon unit, required in various biochemical reactions. The effect of folate on tau phosphorylation in diabetic models still remains unknown. In this study, we investigated the effect and mechanism of folic acid on hyperphosphorylation of tau in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic mice...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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