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Aldehyde dehydrogenase

Xiulin Wang, Xiaxiang Zhang, Jing Chen, Xiao Wang, Jian Cai, Qin Zhou, Tingbo Dai, Weixing Cao, Dong Jiang
Drought is the major abiotic stress that decreases plant water status, inhibits photosynthesis, induces oxidative stress, restricts growth and finally lead to the reduction of wheat yield. It has been proven that drought priming during vegetative growth stage could enhance tolerance to drought stress at grain filling in wheat. However, whether drought priming imposed at grain filling in parental plants could induce drought tolerance in the offspring is not known. In this study, drought priming was successively applied in the first, the second and the third generation of wheat to obtain the plants of T1 (primed for one generation), T2 (primed for two generations), T3 (primed for three generations)...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Marwa M Abu-Serie
Liver cancer is mainly originated by cancer stem cells (CSCs). Due to difference in pH between normal and tumor cell microenvironments, targeting hepatic CSCs exploiting pH-dependent charge switchable nanoparticles (NPs) is extremely required to limit nonselective toxicity to normal hepatocytes (NHCs) and to completely eliminate the root of cancer origin. In this study, NPs were prepared from cationic chitosan and then coated with anionic albumin namely uncoated and coated NPs, respectively. Both NPs were loaded with diethyldithiocarbamate (DDC) which is an inhibitor of the critical enzyme, aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) 1A1, for CSCs survival...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Jeff Wong, Leo d'Espaux, Ishaan Dev, Cas van der Horst, Jay Keasling
Valeriana officinalis (Valerian) root extracts have been used by European and Asian cultures for millennia for their anxiolytic and sedative properties. However, the efficacy of these extracts suffers from variable yields and composition, making these extracts a prime candidate for microbial production. Recently, valerenic acid, a C15 sesquiterpenoid, was identified as the active compound that modulates the GABAA channel. Although the first committed step, valerena-4,7(11)-diene synthase, has been identified and described, the complete valerenic acid biosynthetic pathway remains to be elucidated...
March 12, 2018: Metabolic Engineering
Joo Yeon Seok, Jina Yang, Sang Jin Choi, Hyun Gyu Lim, Un Jong Choi, Kyung-Jin Kim, Sunghoon Park, Tae Hyeon Yoo, Gyoo Yeol Jung
3-Hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP) is an important platform chemical, and biological production of 3-HP from glycerol as a carbon source using glycerol dehydratase (GDHt) and aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) has been revealed to be effective because it involves a relatively simple metabolic pathway and exhibits higher yield and productivity than other biosynthetic pathways. Despite the successful attempts of 3-HP production from glycerol, the biological process suffers from problems arising from low activity and inactivation of the two enzymes...
March 12, 2018: Metabolic Engineering
Cindy J M Loomans, Nerys Williams Giuliani, Jeetindra Balak, Femke Ringnalda, Léon van Gurp, Meritxell Huch, Sylvia F Boj, Toshiro Sato, Lennart Kester, Susana M Chuva de Sousa Lopes, Matthias S Roost, Susan Bonner-Weir, Marten A Engelse, Ton J Rabelink, Harry Heimberg, Robert G J Vries, Alexander van Oudenaarden, Françoise Carlotti, Hans Clevers, Eelco J P de Koning
Generating an unlimited source of human insulin-producing cells is a prerequisite to advance β cell replacement therapy for diabetes. Here, we describe a 3D culture system that supports the expansion of adult human pancreatic tissue and the generation of a cell subpopulation with progenitor characteristics. These cells display high aldehyde dehydrogenase activity (ALDHhi ), express pancreatic progenitors markers (PDX1, PTF1A, CPA1, and MYC), and can form new organoids in contrast to ALDHlo cells. Interestingly, gene expression profiling revealed that ALDHhi cells are closer to human fetal pancreatic tissue compared with adult pancreatic tissue...
March 13, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
Chandran Sathesh-Prabu, Sung Kuk Lee
The production of α,ω-dicarboxylic acids (DCAs) by whole-cell biocatalysis is often limited by cofactor regeneration. Here, ω-oxidation pathway genes (monooxygenase, alcohol dehydrogenase, and aldehyde dehydrogenase) were co-expressed with a xylose reductase (XR) gene to regenerate cofactors in an engineered Escherichia coli strain that co-metabolizes glucose and xylose. The resulting strain exhibited a 180% increase in DCA production compared with the control strain without XR, and produced xylitol in the presence of xylose...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Tulika Mitra, Parash Prasad, Pritha Mukherjee, Susri Ray Chaudhuri, Urmi Chatterji, Sib S Roy
Ovarian cancer (OC) is the fourth most common gynecological malignancy due to its highly aggressive, recurrent, and drug-resistant nature. The last two features are rendered by the presence of cancer stem cells (CSCs). Factors like TGFβ1 and their downstream signaling pathways are upregulated in most cancers and are known to induce EMT and stemness, but the exact mechanisms underlying the process remain unelucidated. In our study, TGFβ1 induced enhanced stem-like properties like high expression of the pluripotent markers SOX2, OCT4a, and NANOG, along with CD44, and CD117 in the OC cells...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Shuyi Wang, Cong Wang, Subat Turdi, Kacy L Richmond, Yingmei Zhang, Jun Ren
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Uncorrected obesity contributes to cardiac remodeling and contractile dysfunction although the underlying mechanism remains poorly understood. Mitochondrial aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH2) is a mitochondrial enzyme with some promises in a number of cardiovascular diseases. This study was designed to evaluate the impact of ALDH2 on cardiac remodeling and contractile property in high fat diet-induced obesity. METHODS: Wild-type (WT) and ALDH2 transgenic mice were fed low (10% calorie from fat) or high (45% calorie from fat) fat diet for 5 months prior to the assessment of cardiac geometry and function using echocardiography, IonOptix system, Lectin, and Masson Trichrome staining...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
Adejoke N Kolawole, Valentine T Akinladejo, Olusola O Elekofehinti, Afolabi C Akinmoladun, Ayodele O Kolawole
Aldehyde dehydrogenases (ALDHs) are a diverse family of enzymes that catalyze the NAD(P)+ -dependent detoxification of toxic aldehyde compounds. ALDHs are also involved in non-enzymatic ligand binding to endobiotics and xenobiotics. Here, the enzyme crucial non-canonical and non-catalytic interaction with kolaflavanone, a component of kolaviron, and a major bioflavonoid isolated from Garcinia kola (Bitter kola) was characterized by various spectroscopic and in silico approaches under stimulated physiological condition...
February 27, 2018: Bioorganic Chemistry
Yuya Nishimura, Terumi Matsui, Jun Ishii, Akihiko Kondo
BACKGROUND: To produce 1-propanol as a potential biofuel, metabolic engineering of microorganisms, such as E. coli, has been studied. However, 1-propanol production using metabolically engineered Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which has an amazing ability to produce ethanol and is thus alcohol-tolerant, has infrequently been reported. Therefore, in this study, we aimed to engineer S. cerevisiae strains capable of producing 1-propanol at high levels. RESULTS: We found that the activity of endogenous 2-keto acid decarboxylase and alcohol/aldehyde dehydrogenase is sufficient to convert 2-ketobutyrate (2 KB) to 500 mg/L 1-propanol in yeast...
March 9, 2018: Microbial Cell Factories
Tagnon D Missihoun, Simeon O Kotchoni
Aldehyde dehydrogenase enzymes (ALDHs) catalyse the oxidation of a broad range of aliphatic and aromatic aldehydes to their corresponding carboxylic acids using NAD+ or NADP+ as cofactors. In our article published in Scientific Reports, we demonstrated that mutations in Arabidopsis ALDH3I1 and ALDH7B4 genes altered the cellular contents of NAD(P)H, the total as well as the reduction state of glutathione; and decreased the efficiency of photosynthesis, thus placing ALDH activity as an important source of reducing power for cellular redox homeostasis...
March 9, 2018: Plant Signaling & Behavior
Małgorzata Iciek, Magdalena Górny, Anna Bilska-Wilkosz, Danuta Kowalczyk-Pachel
Aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) catalyzes the critical step of ethanol metabolism, i.e. transformation of toxic acetaldehyde to acetic acid. It is a redox sensitive protein with the key Cys in its active site. Recently, it has been documented that activity of some proteins can be modified by sulfur-containing molecules called reactive sulfur species leading to the formation of hydro- persulfides. The aim of the present study was to examine whether ALDH activity can be modified in this way. Studies were performed in vitro using yeast ALDH and various reactive sulfur species, including Na2 S, GSSH, K2 Sx , Na2 S2 O3 , and garlic-derived allyl sulfides...
March 9, 2018: Acta Biochimica Polonica
Sofia Frändberg, Susann Li, Cecilia Boreström, Jan Holgersson, Lars Palmqvist
BACKGROUND: Cord blood units (CBUs) are processed, frozen, and thawed before use in hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation. The manipulations affect HSC functionality, that is, induce apoptosis and reduce viability. HSC content, commonly expressed as CBU potency, that is, the expected ability of a CBU to restore hematopoiesis, is traditionally approximated through viable CD34+ cells and the colony-forming unit (CFU) cell cultivation assay. Alternative approaches, for example, the aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) enzyme-based assay, are also forthcoming...
March 7, 2018: Transfusion
Xiangchou Yang, Rongxin Yao, Hong Wang
Studies employing mouse transplantation have illustrated the role of aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) defining hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) and leukemia stem cells (LSCs). Besides being a molecular marker, ALDH mediates drug resistance in AML, which induces poor prognosis of the patients. In AML patients, either CD34+ ALDHbr population or CD34+ CD38- ALDHint population was found to denote LSCs and minimal residual disease (MRD). A bunch of reagents targeting ALDH directly or indirectly have been evaluated. ATRA, disulfiram, and dimethyl ampal thiolester (DIMATE) are all shown to be potential candidates to open new perspective for AML treatment...
2018: BioMed Research International
Ken Fujioka, Spencer Gordon
BACKGROUND: It is estimated that 1 billion people in the world have a point mutation in the gene encoding the aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) enzyme, the primary enzyme responsible for the metabolism of acetaldehyde. The presence of this mutation is called ALDH2 deficiency. Because of limited ability to metabolize acetaldehyde, individuals with ALDH2 deficiency experience elevated levels of blood acetaldehyde after exposure to various common sources such as recreational alcohol. Because of higher levels of acetaldehyde, individuals with ALDH2 deficiency are at higher risk for numerous diseases, including liver cirrhosis, esophageal and gastric cancer, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer disease...
February 21, 2018: American Journal of Therapeutics
Baoshan Liu, Rui Zhang, Shujian Wei, Qiuhuan Yuan, Mengyang Xue, Panpan Hao, Feng Xu, Jiali Wang, Yuguo Chen
BACKGROUND: Angiotensin II (Ang II) in the local cardiac renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is closely associated with alcoholic cardiomyopathy (ACM). Inhibition of local cardiac RAS has great significance in the treatment of ACM. Although aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) has been demonstrated to protect against ACM through detoxification of aldehydes, the precise mechanisms are largely unknown. In the present study, we determined whether ALDH2 improved cardiac damage by inhibiting the local RAS in ACM and investigated the related regulatory mechanisms...
April 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Yohei Tatematsu, Haruhi Fujita, Hiroki Hayashi, Atsushi Yamamoto, Atsushi Tabata, Hideaki Nagamune, Kazuto Ohkura
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are widely used to treat inflammation and pain. In the present study, we examined the effects of celecoxib, a cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2)-selective NSAID, on rat liver mitochondrial function. Celecoxib dose-dependently induced mitochondria swelling, which was not suppressed by cyclosporine A (CsA). The oxygen consumption rate in mitochondria-suspended solution was facilitated by the addition of celecoxib, and its uncoupling activity was observed. Celecoxib also suppressed SF6847-induced uncoupling, and appeared to exert inhibitory effects on the electron transport chain...
2018: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Björn Logi Isfoss, Bo Holmqvist, Elin Sand, Johan Forsell, Helena Jernström, Håkan Olsson
BACKGROUND: It is not known whether stromal cells in benign breast tissue can mediate risk of breast cancer. We recently described aldehyde dehydrogenase 1 A1 (ALDH1) positive (+) cells in morphologically normal breast stroma of premenopausal women, and the data indicated that their distribution is associated with clinical risk factors for breast cancer. The aim of the present study was to define the identities of these cells using histologic and immunohistologic methods, and to investigate associations between those cells and hormonal and genetic risk factors in pre- and postmenopausal women...
February 27, 2018: BMC Cancer
Takafumi Tajima, Kunitaka Menuki, Kayoko Furukawa Okuma, Manabu Tsukamoto, Hokuto Fukuda, Yasuaki Okada, Kenji Kosugi, Yoshiaki Yamanaka, Soshi Uchida, Akinori Sakai
Aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) is the enzyme that degrades and detoxifies the acetaldehyde produced by alcohol metabolism. In our previous study, we found that compared with wild-type mice (WT), climbing exercises did not increase trabecular bone mass in Aldh2 knockout mice (KO). The purpose of this study was to clarify the effect of the Aldh2 gene on cortical bone structure and on the dynamics of skeletal unloading. Eight-week-old male KO and WT were divided into ground control (GC) or tail suspension (TS) groups for one week (i...
February 23, 2018: Bone
Yun Zhu, Cindy Wang, Scott A Becker, Katie Hurst, Lourdes M Nogueira, Victoria J Findlay, E Ramsay Camp
Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) has been closely linked with therapy resistance and cancer stem cells (CSCs). However, EMT pathways have proven challenging to therapeutically target. MicroRNA 145 (miR-145) targets multiple stem cell transcription factors and its expression is inversely correlated with EMT. Therefore, we hypothesized that miR-145 represents a therapeutic target to reverse snail family transcriptional repressor 1 (SNAI1)-mediated stemness and radiation resistance (RT). Stable expression of SNAI1 in DLD1 and HCT116 cells (DLD1-SNAI1; HCT116-SNAI1) increased expression of Nanog and decreased miR-145 expression compared to control cells...
March 7, 2018: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
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