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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103623/metabolic-inflexibility-with-obesity-and-the-effects-of-fenofibrate-on-skeletal-muscle-fatty-acid-oxidation
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Kristen E Boyle, Jacob E Friedman, Rachel C Janssen, Chantal Underkofler, Joseph A Houmard, Neda Rasouli
This study was designed to investigate mechanisms of lipid metabolic inflexibility in human obesity and the ability of fenofibrate (FENO) to increase skeletal muscle fatty acid oxidation (FAO) in primary human skeletal muscle cell cultures (HSkMC) exhibiting metabolic inflexibility. HSkMC from 10 lean and 10 obese, insulin resistant subjects were treated with excess fatty acid for 24 h (24hFA) to gauge lipid-related metabolic flexibility. Metabolically inflexible HSkMC from obese individuals were then treated with 24hFA in combination with FENO to determine effectiveness for increasing FAO...
January 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103595/identification-of-small-peptides-in-human-cerebrospinal-fluid-upon-amyloid-%C3%AE-degradation
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Naoki Mizuta, Kanta Yanagida, Takashi Kodama, Takeshi Tomonaga, Mako Takami, Hiroshi Oyama, Takashi Kudo, Manabu Ikeda, Masatoshi Takeda, Shinji Tagami, Masayasu Okochi
BACKGROUND: Amyloid-β (Aβ) degradation in brains of Alzheimer disease patients is a crucial focus for the clarification of disease pathogenesis. Nevertheless, the mechanisms underlying Aβ degradation in the human brain remain unclear. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to quantify the levels of small C-terminal Aβ fragments generated upon Aβ degradation in human cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). METHODS: A fraction containing small peptides was isolated and purified from human CSF by high-pressure liquid chromatography...
January 20, 2017: Neuro-degenerative Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103512/protein-o-fucosyltransferase-1-promotes-trophoblast-cell-proliferation-through-activation-of-mapk-and-pi3k-akt-signaling-pathways
#3
Chang Liu, Xiaohua Liang, Jiao Wang, Qin Zheng, Yue Zhao, Muhammad Noman Khan, Shuai Liu, Qiu Yan
Protein O-fucosylation is an important glycosylation modification and plays an important role in embryonic development. Protein O-fucosyltransferase 1 (poFUT1) is an essential enzyme that catalyzes the synthesis of protein O-fucosylation. Our previous studies showed that poFUT1 promoted trophoblast cell migration and invasion at the fetal-maternal interface, but the role of poFUT1 in trophoblast cells proliferation remains unclear. Here, immunohistochemistry data showed that poFUT1 and PCNA levels were decreased in abortion patient's trophoblasts compared with women with normal pregnancies...
January 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103425/efficient-synthesis-of-%C3%AE-galactosyl-oligosaccharides-using-a-mutant-bacteroides-thetaiotaomicron-retaining-%C3%AE-galactosidase-btgh97b
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Masayuki Okuyama, Kana Matsunaga, Ken-Ichi Watanabe, Keitaro Yamashita, Takayoshi Tagami, Asako Kikuchi, Min Ma, Patcharapa Klahan, Haruhide Mori, Min Yao, Atsuo Kimura
The preparation of a glycosynthase, a catalytic nucleophile mutant of a glycosidase, is a well-established strategy for the effective synthesis of glycosidic linkages. However, glycosynthases derived from α-glycosidases can give poor yields of desired products because they require generally unstable β-glycosyl fluoride donors. Here, we investigate a transglycosylation catalyzed by a catalytic nucleophile mutant derived from a glycoside hydrolase family (GH) 97 α-galactosidase, using more stable β-galactosyl azide and α-galactosyl fluoride donors...
January 19, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103392/a-peroxygenase-from-chaetomium-globosum-catalyzes-the-selective-oxygenation-of-testosterone
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Jan Kiebist, Kai-Uwe Schmidtke, Jörg Zimmermann, Harald Kellner, Nico Jehmlich, René Ullrich, Daniel Zänder, Martin Hofrichter, Katrin Scheibner
Unspecific peroxygenases (UPO, EC 1.11.2.1) secreted by fungi open an efficient way to selectively oxyfunctionalize diverse organic substrates including less activated hydrocarbons by transferring peroxide-borne oxygen. Herein, we investigated a cell-free approach to incorporate epoxy and hydroxyl functionalities directly into the bulky molecule of testosterone by a novel unspecific peroxygenase that was produced by the ascomycetous fungus Chaetomium globosum in a complex medium rich in carbon and nitrogen...
January 19, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103313/mycobacterium-marinum-degrades-both-triacylglycerols-and-phospholipids-from-its-dictyostelium-host-to-synthesise-its-own-triacylglycerols-and-generate-lipid-inclusions
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Caroline Barisch, Thierry Soldati
During a tuberculosis infection and inside lipid-laden foamy macrophages, fatty acids (FAs) and sterols are the major energy and carbon source for Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Mycobacteria can be found both inside a vacuole and the cytosol, but how this impacts their access to lipids is not well appreciated. Lipid droplets (LDs) store FAs in form of triacylglycerols (TAGs) and are energy reservoirs of prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Using the Dictyostelium discoideum/Mycobacterium marinum infection model we showed that M...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103306/a-superoxide-dismutase-capable-of-functioning-with-iron-or-manganese-promotes-the-resistance-of-staphylococcus-aureus-to-calprotectin-and-nutritional-immunity
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Yuritzi M Garcia, Anna Barwinska-Sendra, Emma Tarrant, Eric P Skaar, Kevin J Waldron, Thomas E Kehl-Fie
Staphylococcus aureus is a devastating mammalian pathogen for which the development of new therapeutic approaches is urgently needed due to the prevalence of antibiotic resistance. During infection pathogens must overcome the dual threats of host-imposed manganese starvation, termed nutritional immunity, and the oxidative burst of immune cells. These defenses function synergistically, as host-imposed manganese starvation reduces activity of the manganese-dependent enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD). S. aureus expresses two SODs, denoted SodA and SodM...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103302/crude-extracts-flavokawain-b-and-alpinetin-compounds-from-the-rhizome-of-alpinia-mutica-induce-cell-death-via-uck2-enzyme-inhibition-and-in-turn-reduce-18s-rrna-biosynthesis-in-ht-29-cells
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Ibrahim Malami, Ahmad Bustamam Abdul, Rasedee Abdullah, Nur Kartinee Bt Kassim, Rozita Rosli, Swee Keong Yeap, Peter Waziri, Imaobong Christopher Etti, Muhammad Bashir Bello
Uridine-cytidine kinase 2 is an enzyme that is overexpressed in abnormal cell growth and its implication is considered a hallmark of cancer. Due to the selective expression of UCK2 in cancer cells, a selective inhibition of this key enzyme necessitates the discovery of its potential inhibitors for cancer chemotherapy. The present study was carried out to demonstrate the potentials of natural phytochemicals from the rhizome of Alpinia mutica to inhibit UCK2 useful for colorectal cancer. Here, we employed the used of in vitro to investigate the effectiveness of natural UCK2 inhibitors to cause HT-29 cell death...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103301/differences-in-beef-quality-between-angus-bos-taurus-taurus-and-nellore-bos-taurus-indicus-cattle-through-a-proteomic-and-phosphoproteomic-approach
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Rafael Torres de Souza Rodrigues, Mario Luiz Chizzotti, Camilo Elber Vital, Maria Cristina Baracat-Pereira, Edvaldo Barros, Karina Costa Busato, Rafael Aparecido Gomes, Márcio Machado Ladeira, Taiane da Silva Martins
Proteins are the major constituents of muscle and are key molecules regulating the metabolic changes during conversion of muscle to meat. Brazil is one of the largest exporters of beef and most Brazilian cattle are composed by zebu (Nellore) genotype. Bos indicus beef is generally leaner and tougher than Bos taurus such as Angus. The aim of this study was to compare the muscle proteomic and phosphoproteomic profile of Angus and Nellore. Seven animals of each breed previously subjected the same growth management were confined for 84 days...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103293/synergistic-interaction-of-light-alcohol-administration-in-the-presence-of-mild-iron-overload-in-a-mouse-model-of-liver-injury-involvement-of-triosephosphate-isomerase-nitration-and-inactivation
#10
Wanxia Gao, Jie Zhao, Zhonghong Gao, Hailing Li
It is well known that iron overload promotes alcoholic liver injury, but the doses of iron or alcohol used in studies are usually able to induce liver injury independently. Little attention has been paid to the coexistence of low alcohol consumption and mild iron overload when either of them is insufficient to cause obvious liver damage, although this situation is very common among some people. We studied the interactive effects and the underlining mechanism of mild doses of iron and alcohol on liver injury in a mouse model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103251/active-hydrogen-bond-network-ahbn-and-applications-for-improvement-of-thermal-stability-and-ph-sensitivity-of-pullulanase-from-bacillus-naganoensis
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Qing-Yan Wang, Neng-Zhong Xie, Qi-Shi Du, Yan Qin, Jian-Xiu Li, Jian-Zong Meng, Ri-Bo Huang
A method, so called "active hydrogen bond network" (AHBN), is proposed for site-directed mutations of hydrolytic enzymes. In an enzyme the AHBN consists of the active residues, functional residues, and conservative water molecules, which are connected by hydrogen bonds, forming a three dimensional network. In the catalysis hydrolytic reactions of hydrolytic enzymes AHBN is responsible for the transportation of protons and water molecules, and maintaining the active and dynamic structures of enzymes. The AHBN of pullulanase BNPulA324 from Bacillus naganoensis was constructed based on a homologous model structure using Swiss Model Protein-modeling Server according to the template structure of pullulanase BAPulA (2WAN)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103156/antibodies-against-henipa-like-viruses-in-brazilian-bats
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Jansen de Araujo, Michael K Lo, Azaibi Tamin, Tatiana L Ometto, Luciano M Thomazelli, Marcello S Nardi, Renata F Hurtado, Alessandra Nava, Christina F Spiropoulou, Paul A Rota, Edison L Durigon
Bats are reservoir hosts for many paramyxoviruses, some of which cause human and zoonotic diseases of public health importance. We developed a Nipah virus nucleoprotein enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay to detect cross-reactive antibodies in serum samples from several bat species in Brazil. Our results warrant further investigation of henipa-like virus reservoirs in the Western hemisphere.
January 19, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103122/ptk2-mediated-degradation-of-atg3-impedes-cancer-cells-susceptible-to-dna-damage-treatment
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Ke Ma, Wan Fu, Ming Tang, Chaohua Zhang, Tianyun Hou, Ran Li, Xiaopeng Lu, Yanan Wang, Jingyi Zhou, Xue Li, Luyao Zhang, Lina Wang, Ying Zhao, Wei-Guo Zhu
ATG3 (autophagy related 3) is an E2-like enzyme essential for autophagy; however, it is unknown whether it has an autophagy-independent function. Here, we report that ATG3 is a relatively stable protein in unstressed cells, but it is degraded in response to DNA-damaging agents such as etoposide or cisplatin. With mass spectrometry and a mutagenesis assay, phosphorylation of tyrosine 203 of ATG3 was identified to be a critical modification for its degradation, which was further confirmed by manipulating ATG3(Y203E) (phosphorylation mimic) or ATG3(Y203F) (phosphorylation-incompetent) in Atg3 knockout MEFs...
January 19, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103109/impaired-spermatogenesis-in-the-twitcher-mouse-a-morphological-evaluation-from-the-seminiferous-tubules-to-epididymal-transit
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Alice Luddi, Martina Gori, Laura Crifasi, Camilla Marrocco, Giuseppe Belmonte, Elvira Costantino-Ceccarini, Piomboni Paola
: Spermatogenesis is a complex process of proliferation and differentiation during male germ cell development whereby undifferentiated spermatogonial germ cells evolve into maturing spermatozoa. In this developmental process the interactions between different cell types are finely regulated, hence any disruption in these relationships leads to male infertility. The twitcher mouse, the murine model of Krabbe disease, is characterized by deficiency of galactosylceramidase, an enzyme also involved in the metabolism of the galactosyl-alkyl-acyl-glycerol, the precursor of sulfogalactosyl-alkyl-acyl-glycerol, the most abundant glycolipid in spermatozoa...
January 19, 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103103/oxytocin-mediates-a-calming-effect-on-postpartum-mood-in-primiparous-mothers
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Risa Niwayama, Shota Nishitani, Tsunehiko Takamura, Kazuyuki Shinohara, Sumihisa Honda, Tsunetake Miyamura, Yuko Nakao, Kazuyo Oishi, Miyuki Araki-Nagahashi
OBJECTIVES: The current study sought to characterize changes in salivary oxytocin (OT) secretion patterns across the breastfeeding cycle, and to evaluate whether breastfeeding has a positive effect on mood disturbances related to postpartum depression, via endogenous OT release. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-four primiparous mothers who delivered vaginally at term and were exclusively breastfeeding were examined 4-5 days postpartum. Salivary OT was measured using enzyme immunoassays at 30 minutes before breastfeeding (baseline), during breastfeeding (feeding), and 30 minutes after completing breastfeeding (postfeeding)...
January 19, 2017: Breastfeeding Medicine: the Official Journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103056/age-related-changes-to-vascular-protease-activated-receptor-2-in-metabolic-syndrome-a-relationship-between-oxidative-stress-receptor-expression-and-endothelium-dependent-vasodilation
#16
Kana Maruyama, Satomi Kagota, John J McGuire, Hirokazu Wakuda, Noriko Yoshikawa, Kazuki Nakamura, Kazumasa Shinozuka
Protease-activated receptor 2 (PAR2) is expressed in vascular endothelium. Nitric oxide (NO) - cyclic GMP-mediated vasodilation in response to 2-furoyl-LIGRLO-amide (2fLIGRLO), a PAR2-activating peptide, is impaired in aortas from aged SHRSP.Z-Lepr(fa)/IzmDmcr (SHRSP.ZF) rats with metabolic syndrome. Here we investigated mechanisms linking PAR2's vascular effects to phenotypic characteristics of male SHRSP.ZF rats at 10, 20, and 30 weeks of age. We found vasodilation responses to either 2fLIGRLO or enzyme-mediated PAR2 activation by trypsin were sustained until 20 weeks and lessened at 30 weeks...
October 19, 2016: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103023/rapid-estimation-of-catalytic-efficiency-by-cumulative-atomic-multipole-moments-application-to-ketosteroid-isomerase-mutants
#17
Wiktor Beker, Marc W van der Kamp, Adrian J Mulholland, W Andrzej Sokalski
We propose a simple atomic multipole electrostatic model to rapidly evaluate the effects of mutation on enzyme activity, and test its performance on wild-type and mutant ketosteroid isomerase. The predictions of our atomic multipole model are similar to those obtained with symmetry adapted perturbation theory (SAPT), at a fraction of the computational cost. We further show that this approach is relatively insensitive to the precise amino acid side-chain conformation in mutants, and may thus be useful in computational enzyme (re)design...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103018/copper-oxygen-complexes-revisited-structures-spectroscopy-and-reactivity
#18
Courtney E Elwell, Nicole L Gagnon, Benjamin D Neisen, Debanjan Dhar, Andrew D Spaeth, Gereon M Yee, William B Tolman
A longstanding research goal has been to understand the nature and role of copper-oxygen intermediates within copper-containing enzymes and abiological catalysts. Synthetic chemistry has played a pivotal role in highlighting the viability of proposed intermediates and expanding the library of known copper-oxygen cores. In addition to the number of new complexes that have been synthesized since the previous reviews on this topic in this journal (Mirica, L. M.; Ottenwaelder, X.; Stack, T. D. P. Chem. Rev. 2004, 104, 1013-1046 and Lewis, E...
January 19, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103015/antimicrobial-activity-ame-resistance-and-translation-inhibition-studies-of-anthraquinone-neomycin-conjugates
#19
Natalya N Degtyareva, Changjun Gong, Sandra Story, Nathanael Levinson, Adegboyega K Oyelere, Keith D Green, Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova, Dev Priya Arya
The antibacterial effects of aminoglycosides are based on their association with the A-site of bacterial ribosomal RNA and interference with the translational process in the bacterial cell, causing cell death. The clinical use of aminoglycosides is complicated by resistance and side effects, some of which arise from their interactions with the human mitochondrial 12S rRNA and its deafness-associated mutations, C1494U and A1555G. We report a rapid assay that allows screening of aminoglycoside compounds to these classes of rRNAs...
January 19, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102966/histone-deacetylase-2-is-decreased-in-peripheral-blood-pro-inflammatory-cd8-t-and-nkt-like-lymphocytes-following-lung-transplant
#20
Greg Hodge, Sandra Hodge, Chien-Li Holmes-Liew, Paul N Reynolds, Mark Holmes
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Immunosuppression therapy following lung transplantation fails to prevent chronic rejection in many patients, which is associated with lack of suppression of cytotoxic mediators and pro-inflammatory cytokines in peripheral blood T and natural killer T (NKT)-like cells. Histone acetyltransferases (HATs) and histone deacetylases (HDACs) upregulate/downregulate pro-inflammatory gene expression, respectively; however, differences in the activity of these enzymes following lung transplant are unknown...
February 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
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