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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646682/sensing-nadh-conformation-using-phasor-analysis-on-fluorescence-spectra
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Dylan Palo, Jeff Maltas, Laxmi Risal, Paul Urayama
Phasor analysis on fluorescence signals is a sensitive approach for analyzing multicomponent systems. Initially developed for time-resolved measurements, a spectral version has been used for the rapid identification of regions during the spectral imaging of biological systems. Here we show that quantitative information regarding conformation can be obtained from phasor analysis of fluorescence spectrum shape. Methanol denaturation of NADH and NADH binding to various dehydrogenase proteins are used as model reactions...
June 8, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646205/comparative-nanouplc-ms-e-analysis-between-magainin-i-susceptible-and-resistant-escherichia-coli-strains
#2
Marlon H Cardoso, Keyla C de Almeida, Elizabete de S Cândido, André M Murad, Simoni C Dias, Octávio L Franco
In recent years the antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) have been prospected and designed as new alternatives to conventional antibiotics. Indeed, AMPs have presented great potential toward pathogenic bacterial strains by means of complex mechanisms of action. However, reports have increasingly emerged regarding the mechanisms by which bacteria resist AMP administration. In this context, we performed a comparative proteomic study by using the total bacterial lysate of magainin I-susceptible and -resistant E. coli strains...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646170/triphenyltin-recognition-by-primary-structures-of-effector-proteins-and-the-protein-network-of-bacillus-thuringiensis-during-the-triphenyltin-degradation-process
#3
Linlin Wang, Jinshao Ye, Huase Ou, Huaming Qin, Yan Long, Jing Ke
Herein, triphenyltin (TPT) biodegradation efficiency and its transformation pathway have been elucidated. To better understand the molecular mechanism of TPT degradation, the interactions between amino acids, primary structures, and quaternary conformations of effector proteins and TPT were studied. The results verified that TPT recognition and binding depended on amino acid sequences but not on secondary, tertiary or quaternary protein structure. During this process, TPT could change the molecular weight and isoelectric point of effector proteins, induce their methylation or demethylation, and alter their conformation...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646115/genome-analysis-of-endomicrobium-proavitum-suggests-loss-and-gain-of-relevant-functions-during-the-evolution-of-intracellular-symbionts
#4
Hao Zheng, Carsten Dietrich, Andreas Brune
Bacterial endosymbionts of eukaryotes show progressive genome erosion, but detailed investigations of the evolutionary processes involved in the transition to an intracellular lifestyle are generally hampered by the lack of extant free-living lineages. Here, we characterize the genome of the recently isolated, free-living Endomicrobium proavitum, the second member of the Elusimicrobia phylum brought into pure culture, and compare it to the closely related "Candidatus Endomicrobium trichonymphae" strain Rs-D17, a previously described but uncultured endosymbiont of termite gut flagellates...
June 23, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646114/staphylococcus-aureus-strain-newman-photoinactivation-and-cellular-response-to-sunlight-exposure
#5
Jill S McClary, Lauren M Sassoubre, Alexandria B Boehm
Sunlight influences microbial water quality of surface waters. Previous studies have investigated photoinactivation mechanisms and cellular photostress responses of fecal indicator bacteria (FIB), including Escherichia coli and enterococci, but further work is needed to characterize photostress responses of bacterial pathogens. Here we investigate the photoinactivation of Staphylococcus aureus (strain Newman), a pigmented, waterborne pathogen of emerging concern. We measured photodecay using standard culture-based assays and cellular membrane integrity; and investigated photostress response by measuring the relative number of mRNA transcripts of select oxidative stress, DNA repair, and metabolism genes...
June 23, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646105/the-glycolytic-enzyme-phosphofructokinase-1-assembles-into-filaments
#6
Bradley A Webb, Anne M Dosey, Torsten Wittmann, Justin M Kollman, Diane L Barber
Despite abundant knowledge of the regulation and biochemistry of glycolytic enzymes, we have limited understanding on how they are spatially organized in the cell. Emerging evidence indicates that nonglycolytic metabolic enzymes regulating diverse pathways can assemble into polymers. We now show tetramer- and substrate-dependent filament assembly by phosphofructokinase-1 (PFK1), which is considered the "gatekeeper" of glycolysis because it catalyzes the step committing glucose to breakdown. Recombinant liver PFK1 (PFKL) isoform, but not platelet PFK1 (PFKP) or muscle PFK1 (PFKM) isoforms, assembles into filaments...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646078/stereospecific-metabolism-of-r-and-s-warfarin-by-human-hepatic-cytosolic-reductases
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Dustyn A Barnette, Bryce Johnson, Dakota L Pouncey, Robert Nshimiyimana, Linda Desrochers, Thomas E Goodwin, Grover Paul Miller
Coumadin (rac-warfarin) is the most commonly used anticoagulant in the world, yet its clinical use is often challenging due to a narrow therapeutic range and inter-individual variations in response. A critical contributor to the uncertainty is variability in warfarin metabolism, which includes mostly oxidative but also reductive pathways. Reduction of each warfarin enantiomer yields two warfarin alcohol isomers, and the corresponding four alcohols retain varying levels of anticoagulant activity. Studies on the kinetics of warfarin reduction have often lacked resolution of parent drug enantiomers and suffered from co-elution of pairs of alcohol metabolites; thus, those studies fail to establish the importance of individual, stereospecific reductive pathways...
June 23, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646031/metabolism-and-acetylation-contribute-to-leucine-mediated-inhibition-of-cardiac-glucose-uptake
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Edith Renguet, Audrey Ginion, Roselle Gélinas, Laurent Bultot, Julien Auquier, Isabelle Robillard Frayne, Caroline Daneault, Jean-Louis Vanoverschelde, Christine Des Rosiers, Louis Hue, Sandrine Horman, Christophe Beauloye, Luc Bertrand
High plasma leucine levels strongly correlate with type 2 diabetes. Studies of muscle cells suggest that leucine alters the insulin response for glucose transport by activating an insulin-negative feedback loop driven by the mammalian target of rapamycin/p70 ribosomal S6 kinase (mTOR/p70S6K) pathway. Here, we examined the molecular mechanism involved in leucine's action on cardiac glucose uptake. Leucine was indeed able to curb glucose uptake after insulin stimulation in both cultured cardiomyocytes and perfused hearts...
June 23, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646020/mcam-mediates-chemoresistance-in-small-cell-lung-cancer-via-the-pi3k-akt-sox2-signaling-pathway
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Satyendra C Tripathi, Johannes F Fahrmann, Muge Celiktas, Mitzi Aguilar, Kieren D Marini, Mohit Kumar Jolly, Hiroyuki Katayama, Hong Wang, Eunice N Murage, Jennifer B Dennison, D Neil Watkins, Herbert Levine, Edwin J Ostrin, Ayumu Taguchi, Samir M Hanash
Despite favorable responses to initial therapy, small cell lung cancer (SCLC) relapse occurs within a year and exhibits resistance to multiple drugs. Due to limited accessibility of patient tissues for research purposes, SCLC-patient derived xenografts (PDX) have provided the best opportunity to address this limitation. Here we sought to identify novel mechanisms involved in SCLC chemoresistance. Through in-depth proteomic profiling, we identified MCAM as a markedly upregulated surface receptor in chemoresistant SCLC cell lines and in chemoresistant PDX compared to matched treatment-naïve tumors...
June 23, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645790/vitamin-e-deficiency-during-embryogenesis-in-zebrafish-causes-lasting-metabolic-and-cognitive-impairments-despite-refeeding-adequate-diets
#10
Melissa McDougall, Jaewoo Choi, Lisa Truong, Robert Tanguay, Maret G Traber
Vitamin E (α-tocopherol; VitE) is a lipophilic antioxidant required for normal embryonic development in vertebrates, but the long-term effects of embryonic VitE deficiency, and whether they are ameliorated by feeding VitE-adequate diets, remain unknown. We addressed these questions using a zebrafish (Danio rerio) model of developmental VitE deficiency followed by dietary remediation. Adult zebrafish maintained on VitE-deficient (E-) or sufficient (E+) diets were spawned to obtained E- and E+ embryos, respectively, which we evaluated up to 12 days post-fertilization (dpf)...
June 20, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645711/proteome-dynamics-during-post-desiccation-recovery-reveal-convergence-of-desiccation-and-gamma-radiation-stress-response-pathways-in-deinococcus-radiodurans
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Aman Kumar Ujaoney, Mahesh Kumar Padwal, Bhakti Basu
Deinococcus radiodurans is inherently resistant to both ionizing radiation and desiccation. Fifteen months of desiccation was found to be the LD50 dose for D. radiodurans. Desiccated cells of D. radiodurans entered 6h of growth arrest during post-desiccation recovery (PDR). Proteome dynamics during PDR were mapped by resolving cellular proteins by 2-dimensional gel electrophoresis coupled with mass spectrometry. At least 41 proteins, represented by 51 spots on proteome profiles, were differentially expressed throughout PDR...
June 20, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645653/catalase-overexpression-modulates-metabolic-parameters-in-a-new-stress-less-leptin-deficient-mouse-model
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Deborah L Amos, Tanner Robinson, Melissa B Massie, Carla Cook, Alexis Hoffsted, Courtney Crain, Nalini Santanam
Oxidative stress plays a key role in obesity by modifying the function of important biological molecules, thus altering obesogenic pathways such as glucose and lipid signaling. Catalase, is an important endogenous antioxidant enzyme that catabolizes hydrogen peroxide produced by the dismutation of superoxide. Recent studies have shown knockdown of catalase exacerbates insulin resistance and leads to obesity. We hypothesized that overexpressing catalase in an obese mouse will modulate obesogenic pathways and protect against obesity...
June 20, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645636/theobromine-does-not-affect-postprandial-lipid-metabolism-and-duodenal-gene-expression-but-has-unfavorable-effects-on-postprandial-glucose-and-insulin-responses-in-humans
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Lotte Smolders, Ronald P Mensink, Mark V Boekschoten, Rogier J J de Ridder, Jogchum Plat
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Chocolate consumption is associated with a decreased risk for CVD. Theobromine, a compound in cocoa, may explain these effects as it favorably affected fasting serum lipids. However, long-term effects of theobromine on postprandial metabolism as well as underlying mechanisms have never been studied. The objective was to evaluate the effects of 4-week theobromine consumption (500 mg/day) on fasting and postprandial lipid, lipoprotein and glucose metabolism, and duodenal gene expression...
June 10, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645614/site-1-protease-a-novel-metabolic-target-for-glioblastoma
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Beth T Caruana, Aleksandra Skoric, Andrew J Brown, Louise H Lutze-Mann
Sterol regulatory element binding proteins (SREBPs) are transcriptional regulators of lipids which promote glioblastoma growth. Here, we investigate the effect of inhibiting expression of SREBP target genes in human glioblastoma cells. This was achieved by using PF-429242 to inhibit site-1 protease (S1P), an enzyme required for SREBP activation. Treatment with PF-429242 decreased glioblastoma cell viability, induced apoptosis and downregulated steroid, isoprenoid and unsaturated fatty acid biosynthetic pathways...
June 20, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645613/regulation-of-testicular-steroidogenesis-by-foxa3-via-transcriptional-modulation-of-er%C3%AE-signaling-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-t2dm
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Yong Zhao, Hong-Xin Li, Ke Wang, Bin-Yuan Yan, Wei Li
Although both insulin and estrogen receptor α (ERα) are known to exert inhibitory effects on testicular steroidogenesis, it remains unknown whether these pathways regulate testosterone (T) production under certain pathological conditions [e.g., type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM)] in a coordinated manner. Here, we found that the expression of forkhead box protein A3 (Foxa3), an essential transcriptional regulator engaged in adipogenesis and energy metabolism, was significantly down-regulated in the Leydig cells (LCs) from T-deficient T2DM mice...
June 20, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645607/the-tca-cycle-as-a-bridge-between-oncometabolism-and-dna-transactions-in-cancer
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REVIEW
Fabio Ciccarone, Rolando Vegliante, Luca Di Leo, Maria Rosa Ciriolo
Cancer cells exploit metabolic rearrangements for sustaining their high proliferation rate and energy demand. The TCA cycle is a central metabolic hub necessary for ATP production and for providing precursors used in many biosynthetic pathways. Thus, dysregulation of the TCA cycle flux is frequently observed in cancer. The identification of mutations in several enzymes of the TCA cycle in human tumours demonstrated a direct connection between this metabolic pathway and cancer occurrence. Moreover, changes in the expression/activity of these enzymes were also shown to promote metabolic adaptation of cancer cells...
June 20, 2017: Seminars in Cancer Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645581/improvement-of-isopropanol-tolerance-of-escherichia-coli-using-adaptive-laboratory-evolution-and-omics-technologies
#17
Takaaki Horinouchi, Aki Sakai, Hazuki Kotani, Kumi Tanabe, Chikara Furusawa
Isopropanol (IPA) is the secondary alcohol that can be dehydrated to yield propylene. To produce IPA using microorganisms, a significant issue is that the toxicity of IPA causes retardation or inhibition of cell growth, decreasing the yield. One possible strategy to overcome this problem is to improve IPA tolerance of production organisms. For the understanding of tolerance to IPA, we performed parallel adaptive laboratory evolution (ALE) of Escherichia coli under IPA stress. To identify the genotypic change during ALE, we performed genome re-sequencing analyses of obtained tolerant strains...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645530/recent-advances-in-microbial-production-of-aromatic-chemicals-and-derivatives
#18
REVIEW
Shuhei Noda, Akihiko Kondo
Along with the development of metabolic engineering and synthetic biology tools, various microbes are being used to produce aromatic chemicals. In microbes, aromatics are mainly produced via a common important precursor, chorismate, in the shikimate pathway. Natural or non-natural aromatics have been produced by engineering metabolic pathways involving chorismate. In the past decade, novel approaches have appeared to produce various aromatics or to increase their productivity, whereas previously, the targets were mainly aromatic amino acids and the strategy was deregulating feedback inhibition...
June 20, 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645481/subcellular-localization-of-glycolytic-enzymes-and-characterization-of-intermediary-metabolism-of-trypanosoma-rangeli
#19
Rocío Rondón-Mercado, Héctor Acosta, Ana J Cáceres, Wilfredo Quiñones, Juan Luis Concepción
Trypanosoma rangeli is a hemoflagellate protist that infects wild and domestic mammals as well as humans in Central and South America. Although this parasite is not pathogenic for human, it is being studied because it shares with Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent of Chagas' disease, biological characteristics, geographic distribution, vectors and vertebrate hosts. Several metabolic studies have been performed with T. cruzi epimastigotes, however little is known about the metabolism of T. rangeli. In this work we present the subcellular distribution of the T...
June 20, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645473/efficacy-and-safety-of-rivaroxaban-versus-warfarin-in-patients-taking-nondihydropyridine-calcium-channel-blockers-for-atrial-fibrillation-from-the-rocket-af-trial
#20
Jeffrey B Washam, Anne S Hellkamp, Yuliya Lokhnygina, Jonathan P Piccini, Scott D Berkowitz, Christopher C Nessel, Richard C Becker, Günter Breithardt, Keith A A Fox, Jonathan L Halperin, Graeme J Hankey, Kenneth W Mahaffey, Daniel E Singer, Manesh R Patel
Non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers (non-DHP CCBs) possess combined P-glycoprotein and moderate CYP3A4 inhibition, which may lead to increased exposure of medications that are substrates for these metabolic pathways, such as rivaroxaban. We evaluated the use and outcomes of non-DHP CCBs in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) in Rivaroxaban Once Daily Oral Direct Factor Xa Inhibition Compared with Vitamin K Antagonism for Prevention of Stroke and Embolism Trial in Atrial Fibrillation (ROCKET AF)...
May 29, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
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