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Yong-An Feng, Hao Qiu, Sa-Sha Yang, Jiang Du, Tong-Lai Zhang
In order to obtain high-performance energetic materials, in this work, carbonyl groups (C[double bond, length as m-dash]O) have been newly introduced as sole bridging groups in the field of energetic materials. To this end, two tailored green methods for the synthesis of carbonyl-bridged energetic compounds have been developed for the first time. One is a biomimetic synthesis, in which the conversion route of heme to biliverdin has been used to obtain metal-containing energetic compounds. The other one is an organocatalysis, in which guanidinium serves as an energetic catalyst to afford other energetic compounds...
October 21, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Andrew Holowiecki, Britton O'Shields, Matthew J Jenny
Heme oxygenase 1 (HMOX1) degrades heme into biliverdin, which is subsequently converted to bilirubin by biliverdin reductase (BVRa or BVRb) in a manner analogous to the classic anti-oxidant glutathione-recycling pathway. To gain a better understanding of the potential antioxidant roles the BVR enzymes may play during development, the spatiotemporal expression and transcriptional regulation of zebrafish hmox1a, bvra and bvrb were characterized under basal conditions and in response to pro-oxidant exposure. All three genes displayed spatiotemporal expression patterns consistent with classic hematopoietic progenitors during development...
October 17, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
Kristy Na Kubícková, Iva Subhanová, Renáta Konícková, Linda Matousová, Petr Urbánek, Hana Parobková, Martin Kupec, Jirí Pudil, Libor Vítek
:  Introduction and aim. Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common primary malignant liver tumor. It is primarily caused by hepatic cirrhosis or chronic viral hepatitis. Hepatic carcinogenesis is associated with increased oxidative stress. Thus, the aim of our study was to assess expression of the genes involved in the homeostasis of oxidative stress in patients with HCC. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study was performed on 32 patients with primary HCC (verified by liver histology in 29 patients) and 27 control subjects (in 11 subjects, liver histology was available either with no or minimal changes in the liver tissue)...
November 2016: Annals of Hepatology
Terry D Hinds, Katherine A Burns, Peter A Hosick, Lucien McBeth, Andrea Nestor-Kalinoski, Heather A Drummond, Adbulhadi A AlAmodi, Michael W Hankins, John P Vanden Heuvel, David E Stec
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most rapidly growing form of liver disease, and if left untreated can result in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) ultimately resulting in liver cirrhosis and failure. Biliverdin reductase-A (BVRA) is a multi-functioning protein primarily responsible for the reduction of biliverdin to bilirubin. Also, BVRA can function as a kinase and transcription factor, regulating several cellular functions. We report here that liver BVRA protects against hepatic steatosis by inhibiting glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK3β) by enhancing serine 9 phosphorylation, which inhibits its activity...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Di Yan, Christian Domes, Robert Domes, Timea Frosch, Jürgen Popp, Mathias W Pletz, Torsten Frosch
Fiber enhanced resonance Raman spectroscopy (FERS) is introduced for chemically selective and ultrasensitive analysis of the biomolecules hematin, hemoglobin, biliverdin, and bilirubin. The abilities for analyzing whole intact, oxygenated erythrocytes are proven, demonstrating the potential for the diagnosis of red blood cell related diseases, such as different types of anemia and hemolytic disorders. The optical fiber enables an efficient light-guiding within a miniaturized sample volume of only a few micro-liters and provides a tremendously improved analytical sensitivity (LODs of 0...
October 17, 2016: Analyst
Ilyas Saytashev, Rachel Glenn, Gabrielle A Murashova, Sam Osseiran, Dana Spence, Conor L Evans, Marcos Dantus
Red blood cells (RBC) in two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) microscopy usually appear as dark disks because of their low fluorescent signal. Here we use 15fs 800nm pulses for TPEF, 45fs 1060nm pulses for three-photon excited fluorescence, and third harmonic generation (THG) imaging. We find sufficient fluorescent signal that we attribute to hemoglobin fluorescence after comparing time and wavelength resolved spectra of other expected RBC endogenous fluorophores: NADH, FAD, biliverdin, and bilirubin. We find that both TPEF and THG microscopy can be used to examine erythrocyte morphology non-invasively without breaching a blood storage bag...
September 1, 2016: Biomedical Optics Express
Swagatha Ghosh, Chi-Li Yu, Daniel J Ferraro, Sai Sudha, Samir Kumar Pal, Wayne F Schaefer, David T Gibson, S Ramaswamy
The walleye (Sander vitreus) is a golden yellow fish that inhabits the Northern American lakes. The recent sightings of the blue walleye and the correlation of its sighting to possible increased UV radiation have been proposed earlier. The underlying molecular basis of its adaptation to increased UV radiation is the presence of a protein (Sandercyanin)-ligand complex in the mucus of walleyes. Degradation of heme by UV radiation results in the formation of Biliverdin IXα (BLA), the chromophore bound to Sandercyanin...
October 11, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Andrew Holowiecki, Britton O'Shields, Matthew J Jenny
While heme is an important cofactor for numerous proteins, it is highly toxic in its unbound form and can perpetuate the formation of reactive oxygen species. Heme oxygenase enzymes (HMOX1 and HMOX2) degrade heme into biliverdin and carbon monoxide, with biliverdin subsequently being converted to bilirubin by biliverdin reductase (BVRa or BVRb). As a result of the teleost-specific genome duplication event, zebrafish have paralogs of hmox1 (hmox1a and hmox1b) and hmox2 (hmox2a and hmox2b). Expression of all four hmox paralogs and two bvr isoforms were measured in adult tissues (gill, brain and liver) and sexually dimorphic differences were observed, most notably in the basal expression of hmox1a, hmox2a, hmox2b and bvrb in liver samples...
September 23, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Yuan Gao, Zhijun Cao, Xi Yang, Mohamed A Abdelmegeed, Jinchun Sun, Si Chen, Richard D Beger, Kelly Davis, William F Salminen, Byoung-Joon Song, Donna L Mendrick, Li-Rong Yu
Overdose of acetaminophen (APAP) is a major cause of acute liver failure. To identify pathways related to hepatotoxicity and potential biomarkers of liver injury, a proteomic approach of (16) O/(18) O labeling and 2D-LC-MS/MS was used to analyze liver tissues from rats at 6 and 24 h post-treatment with low (100 mg/kg) and high (1250 mg/kg) doses of APAP. The analysis revealed that molecular pathways evolved progressively from scattered and less significant perturbations to more focused and significant alterations in a dose- and time-dependent manner...
September 16, 2016: Proteomics. Clinical Applications
Luca Vanella, Ignazio Barbagallo, Daniele Tibullo, Stefano Forte, Agata Zappalà, Giovanni Li Volti
Heme oxygenase (HO) isoforms catalyze the conversion of heme to carbon monoxide (CO) and biliverdin with a concurrent release of iron, which can drive the synthesis of ferritin for iron sequestration. Most of the studies so far were directed at evaluating the protective effect of these enzymes because of their ability to generate antioxidant and antiapoptotic molecules such as CO and bilirubin. Recent evidences are suggesting that HO may possess other important physiological functions, which are not related to its enzymatic activity and for which we would like to introduce for the first time the term "non canonical functions"...
September 9, 2016: Oncotarget
Anita Ayer, Abolfazl Zarjou, Anupam Agarwal, Roland Stocker
Heme oxygenases are composed of two isozymes, Hmox1 and Hmox2, that catalyze the degradation of heme to carbon monoxide (CO), ferrous iron, and biliverdin, the latter of which is subsequently converted to bilirubin. While initially considered to be waste products, CO and biliverdin/bilirubin have been shown over the last 20 years to modulate key cellular processes, such as inflammation, cell proliferation, and apoptosis, as well as antioxidant defense. This shift in paradigm has led to the importance of heme oxygenases and their products in cell physiology now being well accepted...
October 2016: Physiological Reviews
Hartmut Kayser, Manfred Nimtz
Bilins, derived from biliverdin IXα, are known from animals, plants and microorganisms, where they play vital roles as light-absorbing pigments. Bilins occur also in many insects. Recently, we discovered in insects a novel structural type of bilins with a farnesyl substituent at pyrrole ring A of biliverdin IXα. The first of these unusual bilins with a molecular mass of 852 (C48H60O10N4) was identified in Cerura vinula, subsequently in Spodoptera littoralis; both species are members of the Noctuoidea superfamily of moths...
August 28, 2016: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Yasuaki Kabe, Takehiro Yamamoto, Mayumi Kajimura, Yuki Sugiura, Ikko Koike, Mitsuyo Ohmura, Takashi Nakamura, Yasuhito Tokumoto, Hitoshi Tsugawa, Hiroshi Handa, Takuya Kobayashi, Makoto Suematsu
Heme oxygenase (HO) is a mono-oxygenase utilizing heme and molecular oxygen (O2) as substrates to generate biliverdin-IXα and carbon monoxide (CO). HO-1 is inducible under stress conditions, while HO-2 is constitutive. A balance between heme and CO was shown to regulate cell death and survival in many experimental models. However, direct molecular targets to which CO binds to regulate cellular functions remained to be fully examined. We have revealed novel roles of CO-responsive proteins, cystathionine β-synthase (CBS) and progesterone receptor membrane component 1 (PGRMC1), in regulating cellular functions...
August 24, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Chin-Kai Tseng, Chun-Kuang Lin, Yu-Hsuan Wu, Yen-Hsu Chen, Wei-Chun Chen, Kung-Chia Young, Jin-Ching Lee
Dengue virus (DENV) infection and replication induces oxidative stress, which further contributes to the progression and pathogenesis of the DENV infection. Modulation of host antioxidant molecules may be a useful strategy for interfering with DENV replication. In this study, we showed that induction or exogenous overexpression of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), an antioxidant enzyme, effectively inhibited DENV replication in DENV-infected Huh-7 cells. This antiviral effect of HO-1 was attenuated by its inhibitor tin protoporphyrin (SnPP), suggesting that HO-1 was an important cellular factor against DENV replication...
2016: Scientific Reports
Milena Damulewicz, Agnieszka Loboda, Alicja Jozkowicz, Jozef Dulak, Elzbieta Pyza
The Drosophila retina has an autonomous peripheral circadian clock in which the expression of the gene encoding heme oxygenase (HO) is under circadian control with the ho mRNA peaking at the beginning of the day and in the middle of the night. The function of HO in the retina is unknown, but we observed that it regulates the circadian clock and protects photoreceptors against DNA damage. The decline in HO level increases and decreases the expression of the canonical clock genes period (per) and Clock (Clk), respectively...
August 13, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
W Clark, E Leclercq, H Migaud, J Nairn, A Davie
This study confirmed that observations of blue-green colouration in plasma fractions of the ballan wrasse Labrus bergylta were caused by the linear tetra-pyrrole biliverdin and that the molecule was of the physiologically relevant IXα isomer. Accumulation appears driven by chromogenic association with an unknown protein moiety which precludes enzymatic reduction and would suggest active management. It was demonstrated that the pigment did not fluctuate relative to ontogeny, or indeed binary gender in the species of interest, but mobilisation and depletion in the subset of individuals undergoing sex change at the time of study supports a potential association with gender inversion processes...
October 2016: Journal of Fish Biology
Sharee A Basdeo, Nicole K Campbell, Louise M Sullivan, Brian Flood, Emma M Creagh, Timothy J Mantle, Jean M Fletcher, Aisling Dunne
The main limitation to successful transplantation is the antigraft response developed by the recipient immune system, and the adverse side effects of immunosuppressive agents which are associated with significant toxicity and counter indications such as infection and cancer. Furthermore, immunosuppressants do little to prevent ischemia-reperfusion injury during the transplantation procedure itself hence there is a growing need to develop novel immunosuppressive drugs specifically aimed at prolonging graft survival...
July 21, 2016: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
Susana Mouriño, Bennett J Giardina, Hermes Reyes-Caballero, Angela Wilks
Pseudomonas aeruginosa acquires extracellular heme via the Phu (Pseudomonas heme uptake) and Has (heme assimilation system) systems. We have previously shown the catalytic actions of heme oxygenase (HemO) along with the cytoplasmic heme transport protein PhuS control heme flux into the cell. To further investigate the role of the PhuS-HemO couple in modulating heme uptake, we have characterized two HemO variants, one that is catalytically inactive (HemO H26A/K34A/K132A or HemOin) and one that has altered regioselectivity (HemO N19K/K34A/F117Y/K132A or HemOα), producing biliverdin IXα (BVIXα)...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Paul A Sigala, Koldo Morante, Kouhei Tsumoto, Jose M M Caaveiro, Daniel E Goldberg
Heme oxygenase (HO) is a ubiquitous enzyme with key roles in inflammation, cell signaling, heme disposal, and iron acquisition. HO catalyzes the oxidative conversion of heme to biliverdin (BV) using a conserved histidine to coordinate the iron atom of bound heme. This His-heme interaction has been regarded as being essential for enzyme activity, because His-to-Ala mutants fail to convert heme to biliverdin in vitro. We probed a panel of proximal His mutants of cyanobacterial, human, and plant HO enzymes using a live-cell activity assay based on heterologous co-expression in Escherichia coli of each HO mutant and a fluorescent biliverdin biosensor...
August 30, 2016: Biochemistry
Christiaan M Suttorp, Rui Xie, Ditte M S Lundvig, Anne Marie Kuijpers-Jagtman, Jasper Tom Uijttenboogaart, René Van Rheden, Jaap C Maltha, Frank A D T G Wagener
Orthodontic forces disturb the microenvironment of the periodontal ligament (PDL), and induce craniofacial bone remodeling which is necessary for tooth movement. Unfortunately, orthodontic tooth movement is often hampered by ischemic injury and cell death within the PDL (hyalinization) and root resorption. Large inter-individual differences in hyalinization and root resorption have been observed, and may be explained by differential protection against hyalinization. Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) forms an important protective mechanism by breaking down heme into the strong anti-oxidants biliverdin/bilirubin and the signaling molecule carbon monoxide...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
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