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Vijay Jayaraman, Arpitha Suryavanshi, Pavithra Kalale, Jyothirmai Kunala, Hemalatha Balaram
Plasmodium falciparum (Pf), the causative agent of malaria, has an iron-sulfur cluster-containing class I fumarate hydratase (FH) that catalyzes the interconversion of fumarate to malate, a well-known reaction in the tricarboxylic acid cycle. In humans, the same reaction is catalyzed by class II FH that has no sequence or structural homology with the class I enzyme from Plasmodium. Fumarate is generated in large quantities in the parasite as a byproduct of AMP synthesis and is converted to malate by FH and then used in the generation of the key metabolites oxaloacetate, aspartate, and pyruvate...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Y Jiang, I M Ogunade, D H Kim, X Li, A A Pech-Cervantes, K G Arriola, A S Oliveira, J P Driver, L F Ferraretto, C R Staples, D Vyas, A T Adesogan
The study was conducted to examine the effect of supplementing bentonite clay with or without a Saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation product (SCFP; 19 g of NutriTek + 16 g of MetaShield, both from Diamond V, Cedar Rapids, IA) on the performance and health of dairy cows challenged with aflatoxin B1 (AFB1). Twenty-four lactating Holstein cows (64 ± 11 d in milk) were stratified by parity and milk production and randomly assigned to 1 of 4 treatment sequences. The experiment had a balanced 4 × 4 Latin square design with 6 replicate squares, four 33-d periods, and a 5-d washout interval between periods...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
Achim Mall, Jessica Sobotta, Claudia Huber, Carolin Tschirner, Stefanie Kowarschik, Katarina Bačnik, Mario Mergelsberg, Matthias Boll, Michael Hügler, Wolfgang Eisenreich, Ivan A Berg
Biological inorganic carbon fixation proceeds through a number of fundamentally different autotrophic pathways that are defined by specific key enzymatic reactions. Detection of the enzymatic genes in (meta)genomes is widely used to estimate the contribution of individual organisms or communities to primary production. Here we show that the sulfur-reducing anaerobic deltaproteobacterium Desulfurella acetivorans is capable of both acetate oxidation and autotrophic carbon fixation, with the tricarboxylic acid cycle operating either in the oxidative or reductive direction, respectively...
February 2, 2018: Science
Yingying Zhang, Wei Yan, Xiaotong Ji, Huifeng Yue, Guangke Li, Nan Sang
Maternal exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) poses a risk for morbidity and mortality in infantile congenital heart diseases and even adult cardiovascular diseases. However, the experimental evidence supporting these effects is insufficient, and the related regulatory mechanisms are unknown. In the present study, we aimed to determine whether maternal NO2 exposure causes cardiac hypertrophy-related consequences in offspring, and if so, how these adverse effects occur in the postnatal heart. The results indicate that in mice, maternal NO2 exposure causes cardiac hypertrophy in male offspring...
February 7, 2018: Archives of Toxicology
Chu Zhong, Xiaochuang Cao, Zhigang Bai, Junhua Zhang, Lianfeng Zhu, Jianliang Huang, Qianyu Jin
Nitrogen metabolism is as sensitive to water stress as photosynthesis, but its role in plant under soil drying is not well understood. We hypothesized that the alterations in N metabolism could be related to the acclimation of photosynthesis to water stress. The features of photosynthesis and N metabolism in a japonica rice 'Jiayou 5' and an indica rice 'Zhongzheyou 1' were investigated under mild and moderate soil drying with a pot experiment. Soil drying increased non-photochemical quenching (NPQ) and reduced photon quantum efficiency of PSII and CO2 fixation in 'Zhongzheyou 1', whereas the effect was much slighter in 'Jiayou 5'...
February 5, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Amanda R Martins, Amanda R Crisma, Laureane N Masi, Catia L Amaral, Gabriel N Marzuca-Nassr, Lucas H M Bomfim, Bruno G Teodoro, André L Queiroz, Tamires D A Serdan, Rosangela P Torres, Jorge Mancini-Filho, Alice C Rodrigues, Tatiana C Alba-Loureiro, Tania C Pithon-Curi, Renata Gorjao, Leonardo R Silveira, Rui Curi, Philip Newsholme, Sandro M Hirabara
Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) have been reported to improve insulin sensitivity and glucose homeostasis in animal models of insulin resistance, but the involved mechanisms still remain unresolved. In this study, we evaluated the effects of fish oil (FO), a source of n-3 PUFAs, on obesity, insulin resistance and muscle mitochondrial function in mice fed a high-fat diet (HFD). C57Bl/6 male mice, 8 weeks old, were divided into four groups: control diet (C), high-fat diet (H), C+FO (CFO) and H+FO (HFO)...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Sumanta Mondal, Debjit Ghosh, Seru Ganapaty, Surya Vamsi Gokul Chekuboyina, Manisha Samal
Macrothelypteris torresiana is a fern species belonging to family Thelypteridaceae. The present study was conducted to evaluate hepatoprotective potential of ethanol extract from M. torresiana aerial parts (EEMTAP) and detect the polyphenolic compounds present in the extract using high performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC). Hepatoprotective potential of EEMTAP were tested at doses of 300 and 600 mg/kg, per os (p.o.), on Wistar albino rats. The extract and silymarin treated animal groups showed significant decrease in activities of different biochemical parameters like serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT), serum glutamate-pyruvate transaminase (SGPT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), which were elevated by carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) intoxication...
June 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Analysis
Seema Menon, Lincy Lawrence, Vipin P Sivaram, Jose Padikkala
BACKGROUND: Oroxylum indicum Vent., a Dasamula plant used in Ayurveda possesses antioxidant properties. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the cardioprotective effect of 70% methanolic extract of O. indicum Vent. root bark (OIM) against doxorubicin induced cardiomyopathy in female Sprague Dawley rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cardiotoxicity was induced by intra-peritoneal injection of doxorubicin 30 mg/kg body weight (b.w.) for 4 consecutive days after a ten-day pre-treatment of animals with OIM at 200 mg/kg b...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
Yumiko Masukagami, Kelly Anne Tivendale, Glenn Francis Browning, Fiona Margaret Sansom
The lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) of Mycoplasma genitalium has been predicted to also act as a malate dehydrogenase (MDH), but there has been no experimental validation of this hypothesized dual function for any mollicute. Our analysis of the metabolite profile of Mycoplasma bovis using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) and liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS) detected malate, suggesting that there may be MDH activity in M. bovis. To investigate whether the putative l-LDH enzyme of M. bovis has a dual function (MDH and LDH), we performed bioinformatic and functional biochemical analyses...
February 2018: Microbiology
A Ciccullo, R Gagliardini, G Baldin, A Borghetti, D Moschese, A Emiliozzi, F Lombardi, R Ricci, D Speziale, F Pallavicini, S Di Giambenedetto
OBJECTIVES: Italy is a low-incidence region for hepatitis A; however, during the last 2 years an increase in the incidence of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection was reported in Europe. The aim of this study was to describe this recent outbreak. METHODS: We retrospectively analysed all cases of acute hepatitis A diagnosed at our laboratory between January 2010 and June 2017. We evaluated the following variables at the time of diagnosis: sex, age, nationality, glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (GOT/AST), glutamic pyruvic transaminase (GPT/ALT), bilirubin concentration, international normalized ratio (INR) and the presence or absence of anti-HIV-1/2 antibodies...
January 29, 2018: HIV Medicine
Magnus Monné, Lucia Daddabbo, David Gagneul, Toshihiro Obata, Björn Hielscher, Luigi Palmieri, Daniela Valeria Miniero, Alisdair R Fernie, Andreas P M Weber, Ferdinando Palmieri
The Arabidopsis thaliana genome contains 58 members of the solute carrier family SLC25, also called the mitochondrial carrier family, many of which have been shown to transport specific metabolites, nucleotides and cofactors across the mitochondrial membrane. Here two Arabidopsis members of this family, AtUCP1 and AtUCP2, which were previously thought to be uncoupling proteins and hence named UCP1/PUMP1 and UCP2/PUMP2, respectively, are assigned with a novel function. They were expressed in bacteria, purified and reconstituted in phospholipid vesicles...
January 25, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Noriko Miyazawa, Hiroaki Yoshimoto, Shoichi Kurihara, Tadao Hamaya, Fumio Eguchi
The anti-obesity effects of mushroom chitosan prepared from Flammulina velutipes were investigated using an animal model with diet-induced obesity. In this study, 5-week-old imprinting control region (ICR) mice were divided into six groups of 10 mice each and fed different diets based on the MF powdered diet (standard diet) for 6 weeks: standard diet control group, high-fat diet control group (induced dietary obesity) consisting of the standard diet and 20% lard, and mushroom chitosan groups consisting of the high-fat diet with mushroom chitosan added at 100, 500, 1,000, and 2,000 mg/kg body weight...
January 23, 2018: Journal of Oleo Science
Udom Lao-On, Paul V Attwood, Sarawut Jitrapakdee
Pyruvate carboxylase (PC), an anaplerotic enzyme, plays an essential role in various cellular metabolic pathways including gluconeogenesis, de novo fatty acid synthesis, amino acid synthesis, and glucose-induced insulin secretion. Deregulation of PC expression or activity has long been known to be associated with metabolic syndrome in several rodent models. Accumulating data in the past decade clearly showed that deregulation of PC expression is associated with type 2 diabetes in humans, while targeted inhibition of PC expression in a mouse model reduced adiposity and improved insulin sensitivity in diet-induced type 2 diabetes...
January 23, 2018: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
Abir U Igamberdiev, Natalia V Bykova
Organic acids play a crucial role in numerous metabolic processes accompanied by transfer of electrons and protons and linked to the reduction/oxidation of major redox couples in plant cells, such as NAD, NADP, glutathione, and ascorbate. Fluxes though the pathways metabolizing organic acids modulate redox states in cell compartments, contribute to generation of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, and mediate signal transduction processes. Organic acid metabolism not only functions to equilibrate the redox potential in plant cells but also functions to transfer redox equivalents between cell compartments supporting various metabolic processes...
January 17, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Petr Jezek, Blanka Holendová, Keith D Garlid, Martin Jaburek
SIGNIFICANCE: Mitochondria are the energetic, metabolic, redox and information signaling centers of the cell. Substrate pressure, mitochondrial network dynamics and cristae morphology state are integrated by the protonmotive force Δp or its potential component, ΔΨ, which are attenuated by proton backflux into the matrix, termed uncoupling. The mitochondrial uncoupling proteins (UCP1-5) play an eminent role in the regulation of each of the above aspects, being involved in numerous physiological events including redox signaling...
January 19, 2018: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
Sanjay U Nipanikar, Sohan S Chitlange, Dheeraj Nagore
Background: Hepatotoxicity ultimately leads to liver failure. Conventional treatment options for hepatotoxicity are limited and not safe. Objective: Formulation AHPL/AYTAB/0613 is developed to provide safer and effective hepatoprotective drug of natural origin. A study was conducted to evaluate hepatoprotective activity of AHPL/AYTAB/0613 (three dosages) in comparison with marketed formulations in carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), ethanol, and paracetamol-induced hepatotoxicity in Wistar albino rats...
December 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
Takashi Hirasawa, Masaki Saito, Katsunori Yoshikawa, Chikara Furusawa, Hiroshi Shmizu
Corynebacterium glutamicum is known for its ability to produce glutamic acid and has been utilized for the fermentative production of various amino acids. Glutamic acid production in C. glutamicum is induced by penicillin. In this study, we analyzed the transcriptome and metabolome of C. glutamicum to understand the mechanism of penicillin-induced glutamic acid production. Transcriptomic analysis with DNA microarray revealed that expression of some glycolysis- and TCA cycle-related genes, which include those encoding the enzymes involved in conversion of glucose to 2-oxoglutaric acid, was upregulated after penicillin addition...
January 11, 2018: Biotechnology Journal
Liwen Wang, Min-Hsiung Pan, Chih-Yu Lo, Hui Zhao, Shiming Li, Chi-Tang Ho, Guliang Yang
Sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum L.), which is one of the most important sources of sugar, is also rich in polyphenolic compounds. In this study, polyphenols from sugarcane were extracted, and the dominant component was characterized quantitatively via HPLC to be (-)-epicatechin. Fibrosis occurs in many organs and is associated with severe tissue damage. Liver fibrosis is the excessive accumulation of extracellular matrix proteins and advanced liver fibrosis, resulting in cirrhosis, liver failure and portal hypertension...
January 11, 2018: Food & Function
Greg Springsteen, Jayasudhan Reddy Yerabolu, Julia Nelson, Chandler Joel Rhea, Ramanarayanan Krishnamurthy
The development of metabolic approaches towards understanding the origins of life, which have focused mainly on the citric acid (TCA) cycle, have languished-primarily due to a lack of experimentally demonstrable and sustainable cycle(s) of reactions. We show here the existence of a protometabolic analog of the TCA involving two linked cycles, which convert glyoxylate into CO2 and produce aspartic acid in the presence of ammonia. The reactions proceed from either pyruvate, oxaloacetate or malonate in the presence of glyoxylate as the carbon source and hydrogen peroxide as the oxidant under neutral aqueous conditions and at mild temperatures...
January 8, 2018: Nature Communications
Shou-Cheng Huang, Shu-Juan Chu, Yu-Min Guo, Ya-Jing Ji, Dong-Qing Hu, Jing Cheng, Gui-Hua Lu, Rong-Wu Yang, Cheng-Yi Tang, Jin-Liang Qi, Yong-Hua Yang
Aluminium (Al) toxicity is one of the most important limiting factors for crop yield in acidic soils. However, the mechanisms that confer Al tolerance still remain largely unknown. To understand the molecular mechanism that confers different tolerance to Al, we performed global transcriptome analysis to the roots and leaves of two contrasting soybean genotypes, BX10 (Al-tolerant) and BD2 (Al-sensitive) under 0 and 50 μM Al3+ treatments, respectively. Gene Ontology and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes analyses revealed that the expression levels of the genes involved in lipid/carbohydrate metabolism and jasmonic acid (JA)-mediated signalling pathway were highly induced in the roots and leaves of both soybean genotypes...
November 2017: AoB Plants
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