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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732305/association-between-gaseous-air-pollutants-and-inflammatory-hemostatic-and-lipid-markers-in-a-cohort-of-midlife-women
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Xiangmei May Wu, Rupa Basu, Brian Malig, Rachel Broadwin, Keita Ebisu, Ellen B Gold, Lihong Qi, Carol Derby, Rochelle S Green
BACKGROUND: Exposures to ambient gaseous pollutants have been linked to cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), but the biological mechanisms remain uncertain. OBJECTIVES: This study examined the changes in CVD marker levels resulting from elevated exposure to ambient gaseous pollutants in midlife women. METHODS: Annual repeated measurements of several inflammatory, hemostatic and lipid makers were obtained from 2306 midlife women enrolled in the longitudinal Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN) between 1999 and 2004...
July 18, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726641/a-plant-fungal-type-phosphoenolpyruvate-carboxykinase-located-in-the-parasite-mitochondrion-ensures-glucose-independent-survival-of-toxoplasma-gondii
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Richard Nitzsche, Özlem Günay-Esiyok, Maximilian Tischer, Vyacheslav Zagoriy, Nishith Gupta
Toxoplasma gondii is considered as one of the most successful intracellular pathogens, because it can reproduce in varied nutritional milieus, encountered in diverse host-cell types of essentially any warm-blooded organism. Our earlier work has demonstrated that the acute (tachyzoite) stage of T. gondii depends on cooperativity of glucose and glutamine catabolism to meet biosynthetic demands. Either of these two nutrients can sustain the parasite survival; however, what determines the metabolic plasticity has not been resolved yet...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724227/carbon-and-nitrogen-allocation-strategy-in-posidonia-oceanica-is-altered-by-seawater-acidification
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Andrea Scartazza, Stefano Moscatello, Olga Gavrichkova, Maria Cristina Buia, Marco Lauteri, Alberto Battistelli, Maurizio Lorenti, Samantha Laird Garrard, Carlo Calfapietra, Enrico Brugnoli
Rising atmospheric CO2 causes ocean acidification that represents one of the major ecological threats for marine biota. We tested the hypothesis that long-term exposure to increased CO2 level and acidification in a natural CO2 vent system alters carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) metabolism in Posidonia oceanica L. (Delile), affecting its resilience, or capability to restore the physiological homeostasis, and the nutritional quality of organic matter available for grazers. Seawater acidification decreased the C to N ratio in P...
July 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721594/exome-analysis-in-an-estonian-multiplex-family-with-neural-tube-defects-a-case-report
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Liina Pappa, Mart Kals, Paula Ann Kivistik, Andres Metspalu, Ann Paal, Tiit Nikopensius
INTRODUCTION: Neural tube defects (NTDs) are a group of common and severe congenital birth defects that occur during early embryonic development due to incomplete closure of the neural tube. The genetic architecture of human NTDs, including spina bifida and hydrocephalus, is highly heterogeneous, with multiple genes/loci and both gene-gene and gene-environment interactions involved. Hence, the variation in outcomes also most likely relates to a combination of the severity of different variants in multiple genes and genetic modifiers affecting the biochemical traits...
July 18, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720588/ews-fli-is-a-master-regulator-of-metabolic-reprogramming-in-ewing-sarcoma
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Jason M Tanner, Claire Bensard, Peng Wei, Nathan M Krah, John C Schell, Jamie D Gardiner, Joshua D Schiffman, Stephen L Lessnick, Jared Rutter
Ewing sarcoma is a bone malignancy driven by a translocation event resulting in the fusion protein EWS/FLI1 (EF). EF functions as an aberrant and oncogenic transcription factor that misregulates the expression of thousands of genes. Previous work has focused principally on determining important transcriptional targets of EF, as well as characterizing important regulatory partnerships in EF-dependent transcriptional programs. Less is known, however, about EF-dependent metabolic changes or their role in Ewing sarcoma biology...
July 18, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717027/regulation-of-the-calvin-benson-bassham-cycle-in-the-enigmatic-diatoms-biochemical-and-evolutionary-variations-on-an-original-theme
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Erik Jensen, Romain Clément, Stephen C Maberly, Brigitte Gontero
In Plantae, the Calvin-Benson-Bassham (CBB) cycle is highly regulated and most of its enzymes have been thoroughly studied. Since diatoms arose as a result of secondary endosymbiosis with one or more Plantae ancestors, their precise evolutionary history is enigmatic and complex resulting in biochemical variations on the original CBB cycle theme. The Rubisco Michaelis constant for CO2 is higher in diatoms than land plants and the nuclear-encoded Rubisco activase in Plantae is replaced by an analogous chloroplast-encoded CbbX (Calvin-Benson-Bassham protein X) in diatoms...
September 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717024/inorganic-carbon-availability-in-benthic-diatom-communities-photosynthesis-and-migration
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REVIEW
Jorge Marques da Silva, Sónia Cruz, Paulo Cartaxana
Diatom-dominated microphytobenthos (MPB) is the main primary producer of many intertidal and shallow subtidal environments, being therefore of critical importance to estuarine and coastal food webs. Owing to tidal cycles, intertidal MPB diatoms are subjected to environmental conditions far more variable than the ones experienced by pelagic diatoms (e.g. light, temperature, salinity, desiccation and nutrient availability). Nevertheless, benthic diatoms evolved adaptation mechanisms to these harsh conditions, including the capacity to move within steep physical and chemical gradients, allowing them to perform photosynthesis efficiently...
September 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717013/mechanisms-of-carbon-dioxide-acquisition-and-co2-sensing-in-marine-diatoms-a-gateway-to-carbon-metabolism
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Yusuke Matsuda, Brian M Hopkinson, Kensuke Nakajima, Christopher L Dupont, Yoshinori Tsuji
Diatoms are one of the most successful marine eukaryotic algal groups, responsible for up to 20% of the annual global CO2 fixation. The evolution of a CO2-concentrating mechanism (CCM) allowed diatoms to overcome a number of serious constraints on photosynthesis in the marine environment, particularly low [CO2]aq in seawater relative to concentrations required by the CO2 fixing enzyme, ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (RubisCO), which is partly due to the slow diffusion rate of CO2 in water and a limited CO2 formation rate from [Formula: see text] in seawater...
September 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717012/intracellular-metabolic-pathway-distribution-in-diatoms-and-tools-for-genome-enabled-experimental-diatom-research
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Ansgar Gruber, Peter G Kroth
Diatoms are important primary producers in the oceans and can also dominate other aquatic habitats. One reason for the success of this phylogenetically relatively young group of unicellular organisms could be the impressive redundancy and diversity of metabolic isoenzymes in diatoms. This redundancy is a result of the evolutionary origin of diatom plastids by a eukaryote-eukaryote endosymbiosis, a process that implies temporary redundancy of functionally complete eukaryotic genomes. During the establishment of the plastids, this redundancy was partially reduced via gene losses, and was partially retained via gene transfer to the nucleus of the respective host cell...
September 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712675/ejaculates-are-not-used-as-nuptial-gifts-in-simultaneously-hermaphroditic-snails
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Monica Lodi, Fedde W Meijer, Joris M Koene
Promoted by sexual selection, males usually adopt different ways to increase their fertilization chances. In many insect taxa males donate nuptial gifts, together with sperm, which represent a valuable additional nutrient source that females can use to provision eggs. This has also been suggested to occur in simultaneous hermaphrodites, organisms with both sex functions. In theory, donation of nuptial gifts or extra nutrients might work in hermaphrodites that mate unilaterally (one-way donation of ejaculates), but will not be effective when these organisms mate reciprocally (mutual exchange of ejaculates), since on average each partner would receive the amount it also transfers...
May 25, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710269/molecular-mechanism-and-genetic-determinants-of-buprofezin-degradation
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Xueting Chen, Junbin Ji, Leizhen Zhao, Jiguo Qiu, Chen Dai, Weiwu Wang, Jian He, Jiandong Jiang, Qing Hong, Xin Yan
Buprofezin is a widely used insect growth regulator whose residue has been frequently detected in the environment, posing a threat to aquatic organisms and non-target insects. Microorganisms play an important role in the degradation of buprofezin in the natural environment. However, the relevant catabolic pathway has not been fully characterized, and the molecular mechanism of catabolism is still completely unknown. Rhodococcus qingshengii YL-1 can utilize buprofezin as a sole source of carbon and energy for growth...
July 14, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707064/development-of-a-lateral-flow-dipstick-immunoassay-for-evaluation-of-folate-levels-in-maize
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Qiuju Liang, Chen Yi, Ling Jiang, Guiyu Tan, Chunyi Zhang, Baomin Wang
Folates (vitamin B9) are essential for all organisms as cofactors for one-carbon metabolism. However, measurement of folates is technically complicated and time-consuming. In this study, we developed a dipstick immunoassay using a folate-specific monoclonal antibody (mAb), allowing rapid and low-cost detection of folates. The indicator range of the dipstick for 5-formylterahydrofolate (5-CHO-THF), 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5-CH3-THF) and their polyglutamyl forms was 100-200 ng mL(-1); moreover, no cross-reactivity was observed with tetrahydrofolate (THF) or 5,10-methenyltetrahydrofolate (5,10-CH=THF) at 500 ng mL(-1), or with the folate precursors pterin-6-COOH, p-aminobenzoate (pABA), and L-glutamate, or with the folate analogues methotrexate and 10-formyltetrahydrofolate (10-CHO-THF) at up to 1000 ng mL(-1)...
July 13, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699871/two-component-system-cbra-cbrb-controls-alginate-production-in-azotobacter-vinelandii
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Elva Quiroz-Rocha, Fernando Bonilla-Badía, Valentina García-Aguilar, Liliana López-Pliego, Jade Serrano-Román, Miguel Cocotl-Yañez, Josefina Guzmán, Carlos L Ahumada-Manuel, Luis Felipe Muriel-Millán, Miguel Castañeda, Guadalupe Espín, Cinthia Nuñez
Azotobacter vinelandii, belonging to the Pseudomonadaceae family, is a free-living bacterium that has been considered to be a good source for the production of bacterial polymers such as alginate. In A. vinelandii the synthesis of this polymer is regulated by the Gac/Rsm post-transcriptional regulatory system, in which the RsmA protein binds to the mRNA of the biosynthetic algD gene, inhibiting translation. In several Pseudomonas spp. the two-component system CbrA/CbrB has been described to control a variety of metabolic and behavioural traits needed for adaptation to changing environmental conditions...
July 12, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699078/characterization-of-akr4c15-a-novel-member-of-aldo-keto-reductase-in-comparison-with-other-rice-akr-s
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Budsakorn Auiyawong, Rawint Narawongsanont, Chonticha Tantitadapitak
Environmental stresses often cause a rapid and excessive accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), the toxicity of which is further amplified by downstream aldehyde production. Aldo-keto reductase (AKR) is a group of enzymes metabolizing aldehyde/ketone to the corresponding alcohol using NADPH as the cofactor. In this study, OsI_20197 (AKR4C15), a novel member of AKR4 subfamily C, was isolated and biochemically characterized. Kinetic studies on bacterially-expressed recombinant AKR4C15 revealed that the enzyme was capable of metabolizing a wide variety of aldehydes but clearly exhibited a preference for three carbon compounds, i...
August 2017: Protein Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697391/nutrients-in-one-carbon-metabolism-and-urinary-arsenic-methylation-in-the-national-health-and-nutrition-examination-survey-nhanes-2003-2004
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Margaret Kurzius-Spencer, Vanessa da Silva, Cynthia A Thomson, Vern Hartz, Chiu-Hsieh Hsu, Jefferey L Burgess, Mary Kay O'Rourke, Robin B Harris
Exposure to inorganic arsenic (inAs), a potent toxicant, occurs primarily through ingestion of food and water. The efficiency with which it is methylated to mono and dimethyl arsenicals (MMA and DMA) affects toxicity. Folate, vitamins B12 and B6 are required for 1C metabolism, and studies have found that higher levels of these nutrients increase methylation capacity and are associated with protection against adverse health effects from inAs, especially in undernourished populations. Our aim was to determine whether 1C-related nutrients are associated with greater inAs methylation capacity in a general population sample with overall adequate nutrition and low levels of As exposure...
July 8, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687644/genome-scale-model-and-omics-analysis-of-metabolic-capacities-of-akkermansia-muciniphila-reveal-a-preferential-mucin-degrading-lifestyle
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Noora Ottman, Mark Davids, Maria Suarez-Diez, Sjef Boeren, Peter J Schaap, Vitor A P Martins Dos Santos, Hauke Smidt, Clara Belzer, Willem M de Vos
The composition and activity of the microbiota in the human gastrointestinal tract is primarily shaped by nutrients derived either from food or the host. Bacteria colonizing the mucus layer have evolved to use mucin as a carbon and energy source. One of the members of the mucosa-associated microbiota is Akkermansia muciniphila, which is capable of producing an extensive repertoire of mucin-degrading enzymes. To further study substrate utilization abilities of A. muciniphila, we constructed a genome-scale metabolic model to test amino acid auxotrophy, vitamin biosynthesis, and sugar degrading capacities...
July 7, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683101/nutritional-and-reproductive-signaling-revealed-by-comparative-gene-expression-analysis-in-chrysopa-pallens-rambur-at-different-nutritional-statuses
#17
Benfeng Han, Shen Zhang, Fanrong Zeng, Jianjun Mao
BACKGROUND: The green lacewing, Chrysopa pallens Rambur, is one of the most important natural predators because of its extensive spectrum of prey and wide distribution. However, what we know about the nutritional and reproductive physiology of this species is very scarce. RESULTS: By cDNA amplification and Illumina short-read sequencing, we analyzed transcriptomes of C. pallens female adult under starved and fed conditions. In total, 71236 unigenes were obtained with an average length of 833 bp...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680431/transcriptional-profiling-and-identification-of-heat-responsive-genes-in-perennial-ryegrass-by-rna-sequencing
#18
Kehua Wang, Yanrong Liu, Jinli Tian, Kunyong Huang, Tianran Shi, Xiaoxia Dai, Wanjun Zhang
Perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) is one of the most widely used forage and turf grasses in the world due to its desirable agronomic qualities. However, as a cool-season perennial grass species, high temperature is a major factor limiting its performance in warmer and transition regions. In this study, a de novo transcriptome was generated using a cDNA library constructed from perennial ryegrass leaves subjected to short-term heat stress treatment. Then the expression profiling and identification of perennial ryegrass heat response genes by digital gene expression analyses was performed...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679621/maternal-methyl-donor-and-cofactor-supplementation-in-late-pregnancy-increases-%C3%AE-cell-numbers-at-16-days-of-life-in-growth-restricted-twin-lambs
#19
Siti A Sulaiman, Miles J De Blasio, M Lyn Harland, Kathryn L Gatford, Julie A Owens
Restricted growth before birth (IUGR) increases adult risk of Type 2 diabetes by impairing insulin sensitivity and secretion. Altered fetal one-carbon metabolism is implicated in developmental programming of adult health and disease by IUGR. We therefore evaluated effects of maternal dietary supplementation with methyl donors and cofactors (MMDS), designed to increase fetal supply, on insulin action in the spontaneously IUGR twin lamb. In vivo glucose-stimulated insulin secretion and insulin sensitivity were measured at d 12-14 in singleton controls (CON, n=7 lambs from 7 ewes), twins (IUGR, n=8 lambs from 8 ewes), and twins from ewes that received MMDS (2 g rumen-protected methionine, 300 mg folic acid, 1...
July 5, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671274/hepatocytes-of-wistar-and-sprague-dawley-rats-differ-significantly-in-their-central-metabolism
#20
Richa Garg, Elmar Heinzle, Fozia Noor
Wistar and Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats are the most commonly used experimental rats. They have similar genetic background and are therefore, not discriminated in practical research. In this study, we compared metabolic profiles of Wistar and SD rat hepatocytes from middle (6 months) and old (23 months) age groups. Specific uptake and production rates of amino acids, glucose, lactate and urea showed clear differences between Wistar and SD rats as shown by principle component analysis (PCA). SD rat hepatocytes showed higher uptake rates of various essential and non-essential amino acids, particularly in early culture phases (0-12 h) compared to later phases (12-24 h)...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
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