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Qunfeng Shu, Meijuan Xu, Jing Li, Taowei Yang, Xian Zhang, Zhenghong Xu, Zhiming Rao
L-Ornithine is a non-protein amino acid with extensive applications in the food and pharmaceutical industries. In this study, we performed metabolic pathway engineering of an L-arginine hyper-producing strain of Corynebacterium crenatum for L-ornithine production. First, we amplified the L-ornithine biosynthetic pathway flux by blocking the competing branch of the pathway. To enhance L-ornithine synthesis, we performed site-directed mutagenesis of the ornithine-binding sites to solve the problem of L-ornithine feedback inhibition for ornithine acetyltransferase...
May 4, 2018: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Bonnie L Robinson, Melanie Dumas, Syed F Ali, Merle G Paule, Qiang Gu, Jyotshna Kanungo
Ketamine, a phencyclidine derivative, is an antagonist of the Ca2+ -permeable N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA)-type glutamate receptors. It is a pediatric anesthetic and has been implicated in developmental neurotoxicity. Ketamine has also been shown to deplete ATP in mammalian cells. Our previous studies showed that acetyl l-carnitine (ALCAR) prevented ketamine-induced cardiotoxicity and neurotoxicity in zebrafish embryos. Based on our finding that ALCAR's protective effect was blunted by oligomycin A, an inhibitor of ATP synthase, we further investigated the effects of ketamine and ALCAR on ATP levels, mitochondria and ATP synthase in zebrafish embryos...
December 7, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
In-Hye Kim, Jung-Wook Choi, Min-Kyeong Lee, Chang-Ju Kwon, Taek-Jeong Nam
The present study investigated the anti‑obesity effects of enzyme‑treated Ecklonia cava extract (EEc) in C57BL/6N mice with high‑fat diet (HFD)‑induced obesity. The EEc was separated and purified with the digestive enzymes pectinase (Rapidase X‑Press L) and cellulase (Rohament CL) and its effects on the progression of HFD‑induced obesity were examined over 10 weeks. The mice were divided into 6 groups (n=10/group) as follows: Normal diet group, HFD group, mice fed a HFD with 25 mg/kg/day Garcinia cambogia extract and mice fed a HFD with 5, 25 or 150 mg/kg/day EEc (EHD groups)...
February 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
J J Nava-Mateos, P Roiz-Rey, J Diaz Alvarez-Mediavilla, D Cebrian-Novella, V Gomez-Del Olmo, L Ceberio-Hualde
INTRODUCTION: Valproic acid (VPA) is a drug mainly used to treat epilepsy. Hyperammonaemic encephalopathy due to VPA is a rare but serious complication. The mechanism by which VPA influences the increase in ammonia consists in blocking the urea cycle, thereby inhibiting N-acetylglutamate synthase and diminishing acetyl coenzyme A. Generally, the treatment employed has been to withdraw VPA and to administer arginine, carnitine, antibiotics, glucose and protein restriction. Previous experience with carglumic acid is limited to reports of isolated cases of paediatric patients...
November 1, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
Xiuna Yang, Lijie Wu, Yajun Ran, Ao Xu, Bing Zhang, Xiaolin Yang, Rongguang Zhang, Zihe Rao, Jun Li
l-arginine is used as a source of both carbon and nitrogen in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) and its biosynthesis is essential for the pathogen's survival. MtbArgA (Rv2747) catalyzes the initial step in l-arginine biosynthesis by transferring an acetyl group from acetyl coenzyme A (AcCoA) to l-glutamate. MtbArgA is a class III N-acetylglutamate synthase (NAGS) with no structural information. Here, we solved the crystal structure of MtbArgA complexed with AcCoA and l-glutamate. The overall structure adopts a classic fold of the GCN5-related N-acetyltransferase (GNAT) family, characterized by a "V"-shaped cleft and β-bulge, but uses distinct residues for the binding and reaction of AcCoA...
December 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Hallvard Reigstad, Berit Woldseth, Johannes Häberle
A girl born at term was admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit because of mild respiratory distress after a complicated delivery. She recovered, but was readmitted at 58 h of life with mild respiratory distress and increased muscle tone. Neonatal abstinence syndrome because of maternal use of lithium, clomipramine, and quetiapine during pregnancy was suspected, but at 115 h of life she became unresponsive, and an immediate work-up for coma was initiated. An ammonia of 2,235 μmol/l was found, and treatment with sodium benzoate, sodium phenylacetate, arginine, glucose, and N-carbamylglutamate (NCG, Carbaglu® ) was started...
2017: JIMD Reports
N Haskins, A Mumo, P H Brown, M Tuchman, H Morizono, L Caldovic
N-acetylglutamate synthase (NAGS; E.C. catalyzes the formation of N-acetylglutamate (NAG) from acetyl coenzyme A and glutamate. In microorganisms and plants, NAG is the first intermediate of the L-arginine biosynthesis; in animals, NAG is an allosteric activator of carbamylphosphate synthetase I and III. In some bacteria bifunctional N-acetylglutamate synthase-kinase (NAGS-K) catalyzes the first two steps of L-arginine biosynthesis. L-arginine inhibits NAGS in bacteria, fungi, and plants and activates NAGS in mammals...
December 9, 2016: Scientific Reports
I V Ryzhova, A D Nozdrachev, T V Tobias, I V Orlov, V N Chikhman, S D Solnushkin
A possible effect of nitric oxide (NO) on metabotropic glutamate receptor (mGluR) function in the amino acid afferent synapse was investigated in the isolated labyrinth of the frog Rana temporaria. The modification of the amplitude of responses of metabotropic glutamate receptor agonist trans-ACPD was analyzed during bath applied NO donor S-nitroso-N-acetyl-DL-penicillamine SNAP (0.1-100 μM) or nitric oxide synthase inhibitor L-NAME. It was shown that NO donor SNAP (1 μM) inhibited mGluR induced responses, and the inhibitor of NO-synthase L-NAME (100 μM) increased the amplitude of trans-ACPD evoked answers...
July 2016: Doklady Biological Sciences: Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Biological Sciences Sections
Youngmin Kim, Mi-Jin Kwon, Jeong-Wook Choi, Min-Kyeong Lee, Chorong Kim, Jaehun Jung, Heny Aprianita, Heesop Nam, Taek-Jeong Nam
The aim of this study was to examine the anti-obesity effects of boiled tuna extract in C57BL/6N mice with obesity induced by a high-fat diet (HFD). We determined the anti-obesity effects of boiled tuna extract (100, 200, or 400 mg/kg) on the progression of HFD-induced obesity for 10 weeks. The mice were divided into 5 groups as follows: the normal diet (ND) group (n=10); the HFD group (n=10); the mice fed HFD and 100 mg/kg boiled tuna extract group (n=10); those fed a HFD and 200 mg/kg boiled tuna extract group (n=10); and those fed a HFD and 400 mg/kg boiled tuna extract group (n=10)...
October 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Xiaoqing Guo, Melanie Dumas, Bonnie L Robinson, Syed F Ali, Merle G Paule, Qiang Gu, Jyotshna Kanungo
Verapamil is a Ca2 + channel blocker and is highly prescribed as an anti-anginal, antiarrhythmic and antihypertensive drug. Ketamine, an antagonist of the Ca2 + -permeable N-methyl-d-aspartate-type glutamate receptors, is a pediatric anesthetic. Previously we have shown that acetyl l-carnitine (ALCAR) reverses ketamine-induced attenuation of heart rate and neurotoxicity in zebrafish embryos. Here, we used 48 h post-fertilization zebrafish embryos that were exposed to relevant drugs for 2 or 4 h. Heart beat and overall development were monitored in vivo...
February 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
Enea Sancho-Vaello, Clara Marco-Marín, Nadine Gougeard, Leonor Fernández-Murga, Véronique Rüfenacht, Merima Mustedanagic, Vicente Rubio, Johannes Häberle
N-acetyl-L-glutamate synthase (NAGS) deficiency (NAGSD), the rarest urea cycle defect, is clinically indistinguishable from carbamoyl phosphate synthetase 1 deficiency, rendering the identification of NAGS gene mutations key for differentiation, which is crucial, as only NAGSD has substitutive therapy. Over the last 13 years, we have identified 43 patients from 33 families with NAGS mutations, of which 14 were novel. Overall, 36 NAGS mutations have been found so far in 56 patients from 42 families, of which 76% are homozygous for the mutant allele...
July 2016: Human Mutation
Gong Cheng, Jianzhong Xu, Xiuhua Xia, Yanfeng Guo, Kai Xu, Cunsheng Su, Weiguo Zhang
A plasma jet, driven by an active helium atom supplied with an atmospheric and room temperature plasma (ARTP) biological breeding system, was used as a novel method to breed L-arginine high-yielding strains. A mutant with resistance to L-homoarginine and 8-azaguaine, ARG 3-15 (L-HA(r), 8-AG(r), L-His(-)), was screened after several rounds of screening. The L-arginine production of these mutants was more than that of the original strain, increased by 43.79% for ARG 3-15. Moreover, N-acetyl-L-glutamate synthase activity of these mutants was also increased...
July 3, 2016: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
Elden Rowland, Jitae Kim, Nazmul H Bhuiyan, Klaas J van Wijk
Protein amino (N) termini are prone to modifications and are major determinants of protein stability in bacteria, eukaryotes, and perhaps also in chloroplasts. Most chloroplast proteins undergo N-terminal maturation, but this is poorly understood due to insufficient experimental information. Consequently, N termini of mature chloroplast proteins cannot be accurately predicted. This motivated an extensive characterization of chloroplast protein N termini in Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) using terminal amine isotopic labeling of substrates and mass spectrometry, generating nearly 14,000 tandem mass spectrometry spectra matching to protein N termini...
November 2015: Plant Physiology
Dashuang Shi, Norma M Allewell, Mendel Tuchman
N-acetylglutamate synthase (NAGS) catalyzes the production of N-acetylglutamate (NAG) from acetyl-CoA and L-glutamate. In microorganisms and plants, the enzyme functions in the arginine biosynthetic pathway, while in mammals, its major role is to produce the essential co-factor of carbamoyl phosphate synthetase 1 (CPS1) in the urea cycle. Recent work has shown that several different genes encode enzymes that can catalyze NAG formation. A bifunctional enzyme was identified in certain bacteria, which catalyzes both NAGS and N-acetylglutamate kinase (NAGK) activities, the first two steps of the arginine biosynthetic pathway...
2015: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Gengxiang Zhao, Zhongmin Jin, Norma M Allewell, Mendel Tuchman, Dashuang Shi
Structures of the catalytic N-acetyltransferase (NAT) domain of the bifunctional N-acetyl-L-glutamate synthase/kinase (NAGS/K) from Xylella fastidiosa bound to N-acetyl-L-glutamate (NAG) with and without an N-terminal His tag have been solved and refined at 1.7 and 1.4 Å resolution, respectively. The NAT domain with an N-terminal His tag crystallized in space group P4(1)2(1)2, with unit-cell parameters a=b=51.72, c=242.31 Å. Two subunits form a molecular dimer in the asymmetric unit, which contains ∼41% solvent...
January 1, 2015: Acta Crystallographica. Section F, Structural Biology Communications
Yoshifumi Hagiya, Shotaro Kamata, Saya Mitsuoka, Norihiko Okada, Saori Yoshida, Junya Yamamoto, Rika Ohkubo, Yumi Abiko, Hidenori Yamada, Noriyuki Akahoshi, Tadashi Kasahara, Yoshito Kumagai, Isao Ishii
The key mechanism for acetaminophen hepatotoxicity is cytochrome P450 (CYP)-dependent formation of N-acetyl-p-benzoquinone imine, a potent electrophile that forms protein adducts. Previous studies revealed the fundamental role of glutathione, which binds to and detoxifies N-acetyl-p-benzoquinone imine. Glutathione is synthesized from cysteine in the liver, and N-acetylcysteine is used as a sole antidote for acetaminophen poisoning. Here, we evaluated the potential roles of transsulfuration enzymes essential for cysteine biosynthesis, cystathionine β-synthase (CBS) and cystathionine γ-lyase (CTH), in acetaminophen hepatotoxicity using hemizygous (Cbs(+/-) or Cth(+/-)) and homozygous (Cth(-/-)) knockout mice...
January 15, 2015: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Liyan Hu, Carmen Diez-Fernandez, Véronique Rüfenacht, Burcu Öztürk Hismi, Özlem Ünal, Erdogan Soyucen, Mahmut Çoker, Bilge Tanyeri Bayraktar, Mehmet Gunduz, Ertugrul Kiykim, Asburce Olgac, Jordi Pérez-Tur, Vicente Rubio, Johannes Häberle
Carbamoyl phosphate synthetase 1 (CPS1) deficiency due to CPS1 mutations is a rare autosomal-recessive urea cycle disorder causing hyperammonemia that can lead to death or severe neurological impairment. CPS1 catalyzes carbamoyl phosphate formation from ammonia, bicarbonate and two molecules of ATP, and requires the allosteric activator N-acetyl-L-glutamate. Clinical mutations occur in the entire CPS1 coding region, but mainly in single families, with little recurrence. We characterized here the only currently known recurrent CPS1 mutation, p...
December 2014: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Kimitoshi Nakamura, Jun Kido, Hiroshi Mitsubuchi, Fumio Endo
Urea cycle disorder (UCD) is an inborn error of the metabolic pathway producing urea from ammonia, which occurs primarily in the liver. Decreased excretion of nitrogen in the urea cycle due to deficiency of carbamoyl phosphate synthase I (CPSI), ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC), argininosuccinate synthase (ASS), argininosuccinate lyase (ASL), and N-acetyl glutamate synthase (NAGS) causes hyperammonemia. We examined the clinical manifestations, treatment, and prognosis of 177 patients with UCD from January 1999 to March 2009 in Japan...
August 2014: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
Florence Gaucher-Wieczorek, Vincent Guérineau, David Touboul, Sophie Thétiot-Laurent, Franck Pelissier, Marie-Ange Badet-Denisot, Bernard Badet, Philippe Durand
Glucosamine-6-phosphate synthase (GlmS, EC catalyzes the first and rate-limiting step in the hexosamine biosynthetic pathway, leading to the synthesis of uridine-5'-diphospho-N-acetyl-D-glucosamine, the major building block for the edification of peptidoglycan in bacteria, chitin in fungi, and glycoproteins in mammals. This bisubstrate enzyme converts D-fructose-6-phosphate (Fru-6P) and L-glutamine (Gln) into D-glucosamine-6-phosphate (GlcN-6P) and L-glutamate (Glu), respectively. We previously demonstrated that matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS) allows determination of the kinetic parameters of the synthase activity...
August 1, 2014: Analytical Biochemistry
Carmen Díez-Fernández, Liyan Hu, Javier Cervera, Johannes Häberle, Vicente Rubio
Carbamoyl phosphate synthetase 1 deficiency (CPS1D) is an inborn error of the urea cycle that is due to mutations in the CPS1 gene. In the first large repertory of mutations found in CPS1D, a small CPS1 domain of unknown function (called the UFSD) was found to host missense changes with high frequency, despite the fact that this domain does not host substrate-binding or catalytic machinery. We investigate here by in vitro expression studies using baculovirus/insect cells the reasons for the prominence of the UFSD in CPS1D, as well as the disease-causing roles and pathogenic mechanisms of the mutations affecting this domain...
June 2014: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
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