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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918610/the-role-of-tnf-%C3%AE-in-aflatoxin-b-1-induced-hepatic-toxicity-in-isolated-perfused-rat-liver-model
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Kazem Koohi Mohammad, Mahmoud Ghazi-Khansari, Farzad Hayati, Hamid Staji, Morteza Keywanloo, Ebrahim Shahroozian
Aflatoxin B-1 (AFB1) is one of the major mycotoxins causing food contamination. Previous studies have shown that AFB1 can induce carcinogenicity and toxic effects in the isolated perfused rat liver and these effects are associated with its metabolites and peroxidation activity. Here we surveyed whether these pathogenic effects of AFB1 are associated with TNF-α as an inflammatory cytokine in general liver damages. In this study, we used twenty male Wistar rats (250-300 g). Rats were divided into four groups...
July 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918562/crispr-cas9-genome-editing-in-wheat
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Dongjin Kim, Burcu Alptekin, Hikmet Budak
Genome editing has been a long-term challenge for molecular biology research, particularly for plants possess complex genome. The recently discovered Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9) system is a versatile tool for genome editing which enables editing of multiple genes based on the guidance of small RNAs. Even though the efficiency of CRISPR/Cas9 system has been shown with several studies from diploid plants, its application remains a challenge for plants with polyploid and complex genome...
September 16, 2017: Functional & Integrative Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918541/enzymatic-hydrolysis-of-black-liquor-xylan-by-a-novel-xylose-tolerant-thermostable-%C3%AE-xylosidase-from-a-tropical-strain-of-aureobasidium-pullulans-cbs-135684
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Wichanee Bankeeree, Rinji Akada, Pongtharin Lotrakul, Hunsa Punnapayak, Sehanat Prasongsuk
From three cell-associated β-xylosidases produced by Aureobasidium pullulans CBS 135684, the principal enzyme was enriched to apparent homogeneity and found to be active at high temperatures (60-70 °C) over a pH range of 5-9 with a specific activity of 163.3 units (U) mg(-1). The enzyme was thermostable, retaining over 80% of its initial activity after a 12-h incubation at 60 °C, with half-lives of 38, 22, and 10 h at 60, 65, and 70 °C, respectively. Moreover, it was tolerant to xylose inhibition with a K i value of 18 mM...
September 16, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918527/alterations-in-epididymal-proteomics-and-antioxidant-activity-of-mice-exposed-to-fluoride
#4
Zilong Sun, Sujuan Li, Yuxiang Yu, Hongyu Chen, Mohammad Mehdi Ommati, Ram Kumar Manthari, Ruiyan Niu, Jundong Wang
It is well known that high fluoride results in low fertility. Epididymis is the important place for spermatozoa maturation, which is essential for successful fertilization. In the previous studies, fluoride was reported to damage the epididymal structure of mouse and rabbit. However, the mechanism underlying sodium fluoride (NaF)-induced epididymal toxicity has not yet been well elucidated. The aim of this study is to explore the global protein alterations in epididymis of mice exposed to NaF using the iTRAQ technique...
September 16, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918505/purification-and-characterization-of-skeletal-muscle-pyruvate-kinase-from-the-hibernating-ground-squirrel-urocitellus-richardsonii-potential-regulation-by-posttranslational-modification-during-torpor
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Ryan A V Bell, Kenneth B Storey
Ground squirrel torpor during winter hibernation is characterized by numerous physiological and biochemical changes, including alterations to fuel metabolism. During torpor, many tissues switch from carbohydrate to lipid catabolism, often by regulating key enzymes within glycolytic and lipolytic pathways. This study investigates the potential regulation of pyruvate kinase (PK), a key member of the glycolytic pathway, within the skeletal muscle of hibernating ground squirrels. PK was purified from the skeletal muscle of control and torpid Richardson's ground squirrels, and PK kinetics, structural stability, and posttranslational modifications were subsequently assessed...
September 16, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918485/the-5-oxoprolinase-is-required-for-conidiation-sexual-reproduction-virulence-and-deoxynivalenol-production-of-fusarium-graminearum
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Piao Yang, Yunyun Chen, Huiming Wu, Wenqin Fang, Qifu Liang, Yangling Zheng, Stefan Olsson, Dongmei Zhang, Jie Zhou, Zonghua Wang, Wenhui Zheng
In eukaryotic organisms, the 5-oxoprolinase is one of the six key enzymes in the γ-glutamyl cycle that is involved in the biosynthetic pathway of glutathione (GSH, an antioxidative tripeptide counteracting the oxidative stress). To date, little is known about the biological functions of the 5-oxoprolinase in filamentous phytopathogenic fungi. In this study, we investigated the 5-oxoprolinase in Fusarium graminearum for the first time. In F. graminearum, two paralogous genes (FgOXP1 and FgOXP2) were identified to encode the 5-oxoprolinase while only one homologous gene encoding the 5-oxoprolinase could be found in other filamentous phytopathogenic fungi or Saccharomyces cerevisiae...
September 16, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918478/an-ibero-american-inter-laboratory-trial-to-evaluate-serological-tests-for-the-detection-of-anti-neospora-caninum-antibodies-in-cattle
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Lucía M Campero, Javier Moreno-Gonzalo, María C Venturini, Gastón Moré, Andrea Dellarupe, Magdalena Rambeaud, Ignacio E Echaide, Beatriz Valentini, Carlos M Campero, Dadín P Moore, Dora B Cano, Marcelo Fort, Rinaldo A Mota, Marcos E Serrano-Martínez, Carlos Cruz-Vázquez, Luis M Ortega-Mora, Gema Álvarez-García
We carried out an inter-laboratory trial to compare the serological tests commonly used for the detection of specific Neospora caninum antibodies in cattle in Ibero-American countries. A total of eight laboratories participated from the following countries: Argentina (n = 4), Brazil (n = 1), Peru (n = 1), Mexico (n = 1), and Spain (n = 1). A blind panel of well-characterized cattle sera (n = 143) and sera representative of the target population (n = 351) was tested by seven in-house indirect fluorescent antibody tests (IFATs 1-7) and three enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs 1-3; two in-house and one commercial)...
September 16, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918453/furan-induced-ovarian-damage-in-non-diabetic-and-diabetic-rats-and-cellular-protective-role-of-lycopene
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Semra Uçar, Dilek Pandir
PURPOSE: In our work, furan, lycopene, and furan + lycopene treatments were applied to non-diabetic and diabetic female rats via gavage. METHODS: Ovarian tissue alterations with histopathology, immunohistochemistry, malondialdehyde levels, oxidative stress parameters such as superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione peroxidase, glutathione-S-transferase and harmful effect on ovarian tissue DNA were evaluated in all groups for 28 days. RESULTS: Furan caused the changes histological, ovarian cell's DNA structure, malondialdehyde levels, antioxidant enzymes activities as in a statistically significant manner in each group...
September 16, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918452/pro-oxidant-status-and-nrf2-levels-in-psoriasis-vulgaris-skin-tissues-and-dimethyl-fumarate-treated-hacat-cells
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Yoon Jin Lee, Jin Ho Bae, Sang-Gue Kang, Sung Woo Cho, Dong-Il Chun, Seung Min Nam, Chul Han Kim, Hae Seon Nam, Seon Hwa Lee, Sang Han Lee, Moon Kyun Cho
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) contribute to pathogenesis of many inflammatory skin diseases, including psoriasis. The aim of this study is to compare antioxidant protein expression in psoriasis vulgaris (PV) skin tissues with that in normal skin tissues in vivo and to evaluate the effects of dimethyl fumarate (DMF), used for the treatment of psoriasis, on ROS generation and apoptosis in a human keratinocyte cell line HaCaT. Compared with normal skin tissues, PV skin tissues showed increased protein oxidation as well as down-regulation of Nrf2 and its regulatory proteins such as HO-1 and AKR1C3...
September 16, 2017: Archives of Pharmacal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918449/immunochemical-study-of-the-effect-of-f2glc-on-glycogen-synthase-translocation-and-glycogen-synthesis-in-isolated-rat-hepatocytes
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J M Fernández-Novell, M Díaz-Lobo
The compound 2-deoxy-2-fluoro-α-D-glucopyranosyl fluoride (F2Glc), which is a nonmetabolized superior glucose analogue, is a potent inhibitor of glycogen phosphorylase and pharmacological properties are reported. Glycogen phosphorylase (GP) and glycogen synthase (GS) are responsible of the degradation and synthesis, respectively, of glycogen which is a polymer of glucose units that provides a readily available source of energy in mammals. GP and GS are two key enzymes that modulate cellular glucose and glycogen levels; therefore, these proteins are suggested as potential targets for the treatment of diseases related to glycogen metabolism disorders...
September 16, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918367/25-hydroxycholesterol-and-inflammation-in-lovastatin-deregulated-mevalonate-pathway
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Paola Maura Tricarico, Rossella Gratton, Luca Braga, Fulvio Celsi, Sergio Crovella
Mevalonate pathway deregulation has been observed in several diseases, including Mevalonate kinase deficiency (MKD). MKD is a hereditary auto-inflammatory disorder, due to mutations at mevalonate kinase gene (MVK), encoding mevalonate kinase (MK) enzyme. MVK mutations have been reported as associated with impairment of mevalonate pathway with consequent decrease of protein prenylation levels, defective autophagy and increase of IL-1β secretion, followed by cell death. Since 25-hydroxycholesterol (25-HC), a metabolite of cholesterol, can suppress IL-1β production, thus reducing inflammation, we evaluated the effect of 25-HC in an in vitro model of mevalonate pathway alteration, obtained using Lovastatin...
September 13, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918364/volumetric-changes-in-the-aging-rat-brain-and-its-impact-on-cognitive-and-locomotor-functions
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Hamizah Shahirah Hamezah, Lina Wati Durani, Nor Faeizah Ibrahim, Daijiro Yanagisawa, Tomoko Kato, Akihiko Shiino, Sachiko Tanaka, Hanafi Ahmad Damanhuri, Wan Zurinah Wan Ngah, Ikuo Tooyama
Impairments in cognitive and locomotor functions usually occur with advanced age, as do changes in brain volume. This study was conducted to assess changes in brain volume, cognitive and locomotor functions, and oxidative stress levels in middle- to late-aged rats. Forty-four male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into four groups: 14, 18, 23, and 27months of age. (1)H magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed using a 7.0-Tesla MR scanner system. The volumes of the lateral ventricles, medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), hippocampus, striatum, cerebellum, and whole brain were measured...
September 13, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918286/identifying-combinatorial-biomarkers-by-association-rule-mining-in-the-camd-alzheimer-s-database
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Balázs Szalkai, Vince K Grolmusz, Vince I Grolmusz
The concept of combinatorial biomarkers was conceived when it was noticed that simple biomarkers are often inadequate for recognizing and characterizing complex diseases. Here we present an algorithmic search method for complex biomarkers which may predict or indicate Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other kinds of dementia. We show that our method is universal since it can describe any Boolean function for biomarker discovery. We applied data mining techniques that are capable to uncover implication-like logical schemes with detailed quality scoring...
August 17, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918231/highly-sensitive-surface-plasmon-resonance-biosensor-for-the-detection-of-hiv-related-dna-based-on-dynamic-and-structural-dna-nanodevices
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Wei Diao, Min Tang, Shijia Ding, Xinmin Li, Wenbin Cheng, Fei Mo, Xiaoyu Yan, Hongmin Ma, Yurong Yan
Early detection, diagnosis and treatment of human immune deficiency virus (HIV) infection is the key to reduce acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) mortality. In our research, an innovative surface plasmon resonance (SPR) biosensing strategy has been developed for highly sensitive detection of HIV-related DNA based on entropy-driven strand displacement reactions (ESDRs) and double-layer DNA tetrahedrons (DDTs). ESDRs as enzyme-free and label-free signal amplification circuit can be specifically triggered by target DNA, leading to the cyclic utilization of target DNA and the formation of plentiful double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) products...
September 9, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918204/serum-glial-cell-line-derived-neurotrophic-factor-levels-and-postoperative-cognitive-dysfunction-after-surgery-for-rheumatic-heart-disease
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Xiaoxia Duan, Tao Zhu, Chan Chen, Guanpeng Zhang, Junhui Zhang, Lin Wang, Luye Zhang, Maohua Wang, Xiaobin Wang
OBJECTIVE: Postoperative cognitive dysfunction is an important complication of cardiac surgery with poor outcomes. Serum glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor levels are decreased in patients with Alzheimer's disease, but the association between glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor levels and postoperative cognitive dysfunction is poorly understood. The present study aimed to investigate the prognostic value of postoperative serum glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor levels to predict postoperative cognitive dysfunction in patients with rheumatic heart disease undergoing heart valve replacement...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918197/heterologous-expression-of-trametes-versicolor-laccase-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Yosuke Iimura, Tomonori Sonoki, Hiroshi Habe
Laccase is used in various industrial fields, and it has been the subject of numerous studies. Trametes versicolor laccase has one of the highest redox potentials among the various forms of this enzyme. In this study, we optimized the expression of laccase in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Optimizing the culture conditions resulted in an improvement in the expression level, and approximately 45 U/L of laccase was functionally secreted in the culture. The recombinant laccase was found to be a heavily hypermannosylated glycoprotein, and the molecular weight of the carbohydrate chain was approximately 60 kDa...
September 13, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918158/recombinant-expression-and-characterization-of-lucilia-cuprina-cyp6g3-activity-and-binding-properties-toward-multiple-pesticides
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Matthew J Traylor, Jong-Min Baek, Katelyn E Richards, Roberto Fusetto, W Huang, Peter Josh, Zhengzhong Chen, Padma Bollapragada, Richard A J O'Hair, Philip Batterham, Elizabeth M J Gillam
The Australian sheep blowfly, Lucilia cuprina, is a primary cause of sheep flystrike and a major agricultural pest. Cytochrome P450 enzymes have been implicated in the resistance of L. cuprina to several classes of insecticides. In particular, CYP6G3 is a L. cuprina homologue of Drosophila melanogaster CYP6G1, a P450 known to confer multi-pesticide resistance. To investigate the basis of resistance, a bicistronic Escherichia coli expression system was developed to co-express active L. cuprina CYP6G3 and house fly (Musca domestica) P450 reductase...
September 13, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918157/differential-proteomic-profiling-of-endometrium-and-plasma-indicate-the-importance-of-hydrolysis-in-bovine-endometritis
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Shi-Dong Zhang, Shu-Wei Dong, Dong-Sheng Wang, Chike F Oguejiofor, Ali A Fouladi-Nashta, Zhi-Qiang Yang, Zuo-Ting Yan
Endometritis is an important disease of dairy cows that leads to significant economic losses in the dairy cattle industry. To investigate the alteration of proteins associated with endometritis in the dairy cow, the isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantification (iTRAQ) technique was applied to quantitatively identify differentially expressed proteins (DEP) in the endometrium and peripheral plasma of Chinese Holstein cows with endometritis. Compared with the normal (control) group, 159 DEP in the endometrium and 137 DEP in the plasma were identified in cows with endometritis...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918156/exploration-of-the-bovine-colostrum-proteome-and-effects-of-heat-treatment-time-on-colostrum-protein-profile
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R Tacoma, S L Gelsinger, Y W Lam, R A Scuderi, D B Ebenstein, A J Heinrichs, S L Greenwood
Heat treatment of colostrum is performed on modern dairy farms to reduce pathogenic contamination before hand-feeding the colostrum to newborn calves; however, limited data are available concerning effects of heat treatment on biologically active proteins in colostrum. The objective of this exploratory study was to investigate effects of heat treatment and length of heat treatment on colostrum protein profile. Colostrum samples were collected from Holstein cows within 12 h after parturition and assigned to the following groups: heat treatment at 60°C for 0 (untreated control), 30, 60, or 90 min...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918152/short-communication-influence-of-various-proteolytic-sources-during-fermentation-of-reconstituted-corn-grain-silages
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D Junges, G Morais, M H F Spoto, P S Santos, A T Adesogan, L G Nussio, J L P Daniel
The objective of this study was to determine the contribution of corn kernel enzymes, bacteria, fungi, and fermentation end-products (main acids and ethanol) to protein solubilization during fermentation of reconstituted corn grain silage. Flint corn kernels were ground (5-mm sieve), rehydrated to 32% of moisture, and treated with no additives (control), gamma irradiation (32 kGy), gamma irradiation + fermentation end-products (1% of lactic acid, 0.3% of acetic acid, and 0.7% of ethanol, as fed), and natamycin (1% as fed)...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
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