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Title : Metformin inhibits OCTN1- and OCTN2-mediated hepatic accumulation of doxorubicin and alleviates its hepatotoxicity in mice - Chen_2024_Toxicology__153757
Author(s) : Chen M , Yi Y , Chen B , Zhang H , Dong M , Yuan L , Zhou H , Jiang H , Ma Z
Ref : Toxicology , :153757 , 2024
Abstract : Doxorubicin (DOX) is a widely used antitumor agent; however, its clinical application is limited by dose-related organ damage. Because organic cation/carnitine transporters (OCTN1 and OCTN2), which are critical for DOX uptake, are highly expressed in hepatocytes, we aimed to elucidate the role of these transporters in hepatic DOX uptake. The results indicated that inhibitors and RNA interference both significantly reduced DOX accumulation in HepG2 and HepaRG cells, suggesting that OCTN1/2 contribute substantially to DOX uptake by hepatocytes. To determine whether metformin (MET, an inhibitor of OCTN1 and OCTN2) ameliorates DOX-induced hepatotoxicity, we conducted in vitro and in vivo studies. MET (1-100microM) inhibited DOX (500nM) accumulation and cytotoxicity in vitro in a concentration-dependent manner. Furthermore, intravenous MET administration at 250 or 500mg/kg or by gavage at 50, 100, or 200mg/kg reduced DOX (8mg/kg) accumulation in a dose-dependent manner in the mouse liver and attenuated the release of alanine aminotransferase, aspartate aminotransferase, and carboxylesterase 1. Additionally, MET reduced the distribution of DOX in the heart, liver, and kidney and enhanced the urinary elimination of DOX; however, it did not increase the nephric toxicity of DOX. In conclusion, our study demonstrated that MET alleviates DOX hepatotoxicity by inhibiting OCTN1- and OCTN2-mediated DOX uptake in vitro (mouse hepatocytes and HepaRG or HepG2 cells) and in mice.
ESTHER : Chen_2024_Toxicology__153757
PubMedSearch : Chen_2024_Toxicology__153757
PubMedID: 38364893

Title : Modelling enzyme inhibition toxicity of ionic liquid from molecular structure via convolutional neural network model - Zhang_2023_SAR.QSAR.Environ.Res__1
Author(s) : Zhang R , Chen Y , Fan D , Liu T , Ma Z , Dai Y , Wang Y , Zhu Z
Ref : SAR QSAR Environ Research , :1 , 2023
Abstract : Deep learning (DL) methods further promote the development of quantitative structure-activity/property relationship (QSAR/QSPR) models by dealing with complex relationships between data. An acetylcholinesterase inhibitory toxicity model of ionic liquids (ILs) was established using a convolution neural network (CNN) combined with support vector machine (SVM), random forest (RF) and multilayer perceptron (MLP). A CNN model was proposed for feature self-learning and extraction of ILs. By comparing with the model results through feature engineering (FE), the model regression results based on the CNN model for feature extraction have been substantially improved. The results showed that all six models (FE-SVM, FE-RF, FE-MLP, CNN-SVM, CNN-RF, and CNN-MLP) had good prediction accuracy, but the results based on the CNN model were better. The hyperparameters of six models were optimized by grid search and the 10-fold cross validation. Compared with the existing models in the literature, the model performance has been further improved. The model could be used as an intelligent tool to guide the design or screening of low-toxicity ILs.
ESTHER : Zhang_2023_SAR.QSAR.Environ.Res__1
PubMedSearch : Zhang_2023_SAR.QSAR.Environ.Res__1
PubMedID: 37722394

Title : Acute thermal stress increased enzyme activity and muscle energy distribution of yellowfin tuna - Liu_2023_PLoS.One_18_e0289606
Author(s) : Liu H , Yang R , Fu Z , Yu G , Li M , Dai S , Ma Z , Zong H
Ref : PLoS ONE , 18 :e0289606 , 2023
Abstract : Heat is a powerful stressor for fish living in natural and artificial environments. Understanding the effects of heat stress on the physiological processes of fish is essential for better aquaculture and fisheries management. In this experiment, a heating rod was used to increase the temperature at 2 degreesC/h to study the changes of energy allocation (CEA) and energy metabolity-related enzyme activities, including pepsin, trypsin, amylase, lipase, acid phosphatase, lactate dehydrogenase, alanine aminotransferase, glutamic oxalic aminotransferase and energy reserve (Ea), energy expenditure (ETS), in juvenile yellowfin tuna cells under acute temperature stress. The results showed that the Ea of juvenile yellowfin tuna muscles in response to high temperature (34 degreesC) was significantly lower than that of the control (28 degreesC), and it also increased ETS. At 6 h, CEA decreased slightly in the high-temperature group, but, the difference in CEA between 24 h and 0 h decreased. After heat stress for 6 h, the activities of acid phosphatase (ACP), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and glutamic oxalacetic transaminase (AST) increased, indicating that the metabolic rate was accelerated. After heat stress for 24 h, the activity of ALT decreased, indicating that with time elapsed, the activities of some protein metabolizing enzymes increased, and some decreased. In this study, digestive enzymes, trypsin and lipase increased gradually. After heat stress, Ea and Ec change significantly. Yellowfin tuna muscles use lipids in response to sharp temperature increases at high temperatures, red muscles respond to temperature changes by increasing energy in the early stages, but not nearly as much, and white muscles reduce lipids.
ESTHER : Liu_2023_PLoS.One_18_e0289606
PubMedSearch : Liu_2023_PLoS.One_18_e0289606
PubMedID: 37796965

Title : Sensitive detection of butyrylcholinesterase activity based on a stimuli-responsive fluorescence reaction - Pang_2023_Spectrochim.Acta.A.Mol.Biomol.Spectrosc_299_122886
Author(s) : Pang Y , Ma Z , Song Q , Wang Z , Shi YE
Ref : Spectrochim Acta A Mol Biomol Spectrosc , 299 :122886 , 2023
Abstract : A fluorogenic reaction between the chelate of Mn(II)-citric acid and terephthalic acid (PTA) was discovered, which was carried out through heating the aqueous mixture of Mn(2+), citric acid and PTA. Detailed investigations indicated the reaction products were 2-hydroxyterephthalic acid (PTA-OH), which was attributed to the reaction between PTA and OH, formed by the triggering of Mn(II)-citric acid in the presence of dissolved O(2). PTA-OH showed a strong blue fluorescence, peaked at 420 nm, and the fluorescence intensity presented a sensitive response to pH of the reaction system. Based on these mechanisms, the fluorogenic reaction was used for the detection of butyrylcholinesterase activity, achieving a detection limit of 0.15 U/L. The detection strategy was successfully applied in human serum samples, and it was also extended for the detection of organophosphorus pesticides and radical scavengers. Such a facile fluorogenic reaction and its stimuli-responsive properties offered an effective tool for designing detection pathways in the fields of clinical diagnosis, environmental monitoring and bioimaging.
ESTHER : Pang_2023_Spectrochim.Acta.A.Mol.Biomol.Spectrosc_299_122886
PubMedSearch : Pang_2023_Spectrochim.Acta.A.Mol.Biomol.Spectrosc_299_122886
PubMedID: 37210854

Title : Effects of the hemolytic index on the test results of a dry chemistry analyzer and a verification of the hemolytic interference threshold - Yang_2022_Ann.Palliat.Med_11_1381
Author(s) : Yang Q , Huang S , Han R , Lin B , Liu Q , Duan X , Ma Z , Zhang H , Shou H , Zhang S
Ref : Ann Palliat Med , 11 :1381 , 2022
Abstract : BACKGROUND: This study verified and assessed 26 biochemical indicators tested by a dry chemistry analyzer using the hemolytic index test function to determine the degree of interference and the trends among the hemolysis samples on the test results. This study also sought to ensure that reasonable test reports could be issued taking into account practical clinical needs. METHODS: The samples were manually divided into the control group and the test group. The hemolytic index and biochemical indicators of the samples were tested using the Ortho Vitros 5600 to compare the deviation of the test results between the 2 groups. The judgment standard was set as 1/3 of the total error allowable as required by the quality assessment criterion of the National Center for Clinical Laboratories. The interference degree of hemolysis on the dry chemistry-based biochemical indicators was assessed, and the hemolytic thresholds of 26 biochemical indicators provided by the manufacturer were verified in terms of their validity and rationality. RESULTS: The hemolytic thresholds of 26 dry chemistry-based biochemical indicators were verified to analyze the degree of interference. The results revealed that hemolysis interfered with 17 indicators. Hemolysis positively interfered with the test results of phosphorus, creatine kinase, gamma glutamyl transpeptidase (gamma-GGT), magnesium, iron, total protein, potassium, total bilirubin, lactate dehydrogenase, albumin, and aspartate aminotransferase, but negatively interfered with cholinesterase, direct high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, glucose, elevated carbon dioxide alkaline phosphatase, and alanine aminotransferase. A negative deviation of gamma-GGT by hemoglobin was described in the manufacturer's statement, but our test data showed a positive deviation by hemolysis. The hemolytic threshold verification results of the other biochemical indicators were consistent with the manufacturer's statement. CONCLUSIONS: The hemolytic index test function was used to determine which samples were interfered with by hemolysis to make an analytical judgment according to the hemolytic interference thresholds of the different test items, verify the validity of the hemolytic thresholds of the test items, perform reasonable tests on the hemolytic samples, and issue valid reports to reduce the rejection rate of the hemolytic samples, shorten the turnaround time (TAT) of laboratories.
ESTHER : Yang_2022_Ann.Palliat.Med_11_1381
PubMedSearch : Yang_2022_Ann.Palliat.Med_11_1381
PubMedID: 35523746

Title : Hesperidin methyl chalcone ameliorates lipid metabolic disorders by activating lipase activity and increasing energy metabolism - Liu_2022_Biochim.Biophys.Acta.Mol.Basis.Dis__166620
Author(s) : Liu S , Liu K , Wang Y , Wu C , Xiao Y , Yu J , Ma Z , Liang H , Li X , Li Y , Zhou L
Ref : Biochimica & Biophysica Acta Mol Basis Dis , :166620 , 2022
Abstract : Obesity has become an increasingly serious health issue with the continuous improvement in living standards. Its prevalence has become an economic burden on health care systems worldwide. Flavonoids have been shown to be beneficial in the prevention and treatment of obesity. Here, we evaluated the therapeutic potential of the flavonoid hesperidin methyl chalcone (HMC) on mice with high-fat diet (HFD)-induced hepatic steatosis in vivo and in vitro. Treatment with HMC reduced oleic and palmitic acid-induced increases in intracellular triglyceride accumulation in HepG2, AML12 and LMH cells. HMC also enhanced energy metabolism and lowered oxidative stress. We used Discovery studio to dock key proteins associated with lipid metabolism disorders to HMC, and found that HMC interacted with lipase. Furthermore, we demonstrated that HMC improved lipase activity and lipolysis. In addition, we found that HMC promoted glucose absorption, alleviated lipid metabolic disorders, improved HFD-induced liver injury, and regulated HFD-induced changes in energy metabolism. In conclusion, our study demonstrated that HMC ameliorated HFD-induced obesity and its complications by promoting lipase activity, and provides a novel approach for the prevention and treatment of obesity and related diseases.
ESTHER : Liu_2022_Biochim.Biophys.Acta.Mol.Basis.Dis__166620
PubMedSearch : Liu_2022_Biochim.Biophys.Acta.Mol.Basis.Dis__166620
PubMedID: 36494040

Title : Lignin biosynthesis regulated by CsCSE1 is required for Cucumis sativus defence to Podosphaera xanthi - Yu_2022_Plant.Physiol.Biochem_186_88
Author(s) : Yu Y , Cui N , Ma L , Tao R , Ma Z , Meng X , Fan H
Ref : Plant Physiol Biochem , 186 :88 , 2022
Abstract : Lignin is a complex phenolic compound that can enhance the stiffness, hydrophobicity, and antioxidant capacity of the cell wall; it thus provides a critical barrier against pathogen and insect invaders. Caffeoyl shikimate esterase (CSE) is a key novel enzyme involved in lignin biosynthesis that is associated with genetic improvements in lignocellulosic biomass; however, no research thus far have revealed the role of CSE in resistance to pathogenic stress. CsCSE1 (Cucsa.134370) has previously been shown to highly associated with the response of cucumber to attack by Podosphaera xanthii through RNA sequencing. Here, we detected the exactly role of CsCSE1 in the defence of cucumber to P. xanthii infection. Homologous sequence alignment revealed that CsCSE1 contains two highly conserved lyase domains (GXSXG), suggesting that CsCSE1 possesses CSE activity. Subcellular localization analysis manifested that CsCSE1 was localized to the plasma membrane and endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Functional analysis demonstrated that the transient silencing of CsCSE1 in cucumber dramatically attenuated resistance to P. xanthii, whereas overexpression of CsCSE1 in cucumber markedly increased resistance to P. xanthii. Further investigation of the abundance of lignin in transient transgenic plants revealed that CsCSE1 might actively mediate the disease resistance of cucumber by promoting lignin biosynthesis. CsCSE1 also affects the expression of its downstream lignin biosynthesis-related genes, like CsLAC, CsCOMT, CsCCR, and CsCAD. The results of this study provide targets for the genetic breeding of tolerant cucumber cultivars as well as new insights that could aid the control of plant diseases.
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PubMedSearch : Yu_2022_Plant.Physiol.Biochem_186_88
PubMedID: 35830761
Gene_locus related to this paper: cucsa-CsCSE1

Title : The overexpression and variant of a P450 gene CYP6G4 associated with propoxur resistance in the housefly, Musca domestica L - You_2021_Pest.Manag.Sci__
Author(s) : You C , Shan C , Ma Z , Zhang Y , Zhao R , Gao X
Ref : Pest Manag Sci , : , 2021
Abstract : BACKGROUND: The control of housefly, Musca domestica, heavily relies on the application of insecticides. Propoxur, a carbamate, was widely used for vector control. The housefly populations with high propoxur resistance displayed the point mutations and overexpression of the acetylcholinesterase. However, the roles of cytochrome P450 monoxygenases (P450s), as a kind of the important detoxification enzymes, remain poorly understand in the housefly resistant to propoxur. RESULTS: P450s were implied to contribute to propoxur resistance based on the synergism of PBO and the increase of P450 enzyme activity in the propoxur resistance near-isogenic line (N-PRS). Five P450 (CYP6G4, CYP6A25, CYP304A1, CYP6D3, and CYP6A1) genes by RNA-seq comparison were significantly up-regulated in the N-PRS strain with >1035-fold resistance to propoxur. A total of thirteen nonsynonymous mutations of three P450 genes (CYP6G4, CYP6D3, and CYP6D8) were found in the N-PRS strain. The amino acid substitutions of CYP6D3 and CYP6D8 were probably not resistance-associated single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) because they were also found in the aabys susceptible strain. However, CYP6G4 variant in the N-PRS strain was not found in the aabys strain. The conjoint analysis of mutations and a series of genetic crosses exhibited that the housefly propoxur resistance was strongly associated with the mutations of CYP6G4 gene. CONCLUSION: Our results suggested that a combination of upregulated transcript levels and mutations of CYP6G4 contributed to propoxur resistance in the housefly. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
ESTHER : You_2021_Pest.Manag.Sci__
PubMedSearch : You_2021_Pest.Manag.Sci__
PubMedID: 33942965

Title : Nutritional Status and Body Composition in Wilson Disease: A Cross-Sectional Study From China - Geng_2021_Front.Nutr_8_790520
Author(s) : Geng H , Wang S , Jin Y , Cheng N , Song B , Shu S , Li B , Han Y , Gao L , Ding Z , Xu Y , Wang X , Ma Z , Sun Y
Ref : Front Nutr , 8 :790520 , 2021
Abstract : Background: Abnormal nutritional status is frequently seen in patients with chronic diseases. To date, no study has investigated the detailed characteristics of abnormal nutritional status among Wilson's disease (WD) patients in the Chinese cohort. This study aimed to describe the nutritional status of WD patients, with a particular focus on the differences between patients with different phenotypes. Methods: The study subjects comprised 119 healthy controls, 129 inpatients (hepatic subtype, n = 34; neurological subtype, n = 95) who were being treated at the affiliated hospital of the Institute of Neurology, Anhui University of Chinese Medicine. All of the subjects were assessed for body composition by using bioelectrical impedance analysis. All WD patients received anthropometry, nutritional risk screening 2002 (NRS2002), and laboratory test (hemocyte and serum biomarkers) additionally. Results: Compared with healthy controls, the fat mass and rate of total body and trunk were significantly higher in WD patients (P < 0.001), the muscle and skeletal muscle mass of total body and trunk were significantly lower in WD patients (P < 0.001). Compared with hepatic subtype patients, the fat mass and rate of total body, trunk, and limbs were significantly lower in neurological subtype patients (P<0.01); while there were no significant differences in muscle and skeletal muscle between these two subtypes. The overall prevalence of abnormal nutritional status in WD patients was 43.41% (56/129). The prevalence of high-nutritional risk and overweight in WD patients was 17.83% (23 of 129) and 25.58% (33 of 129), respectively. Compare with patients with high nutritional risk, macro platelet ratio, alkaline phosphatase, the basal metabolic rate (p < 0.05), creatinine, trunk fat rate (p < 0.01) and appendicular skeletal muscle mass (p < 0.001) were significantly higher in patients without nutritional risk (p < 0.001). Patients with a high nutritional risk tend to have a lower cholinesterase concentration (x (2) = 4.227, p < 0.05). Conclusion: Both patients with H-subtype and N-subtype are prone to have an abnormal nutritional status. Longitudinal studies are required to investigate if nutritional status and body composition could reflect prognosis in WD patients, and which of these body composition indexes contribute to malnutrition and worse prognosis.
ESTHER : Geng_2021_Front.Nutr_8_790520
PubMedSearch : Geng_2021_Front.Nutr_8_790520
PubMedID: 35036410

Title : Ratiometric sensing of butyrylcholinesterase activity based on the MnO(2) nanosheet-modulated fluorescence of sulfur quantum dots and o-phenylenediamine - Ma_2021_Mikrochim.Acta_188_294
Author(s) : Ma Z , Li P , Jiao M , Shi YE , Zhai Y , Wang Z
Ref : Mikrochim Acta , 188 :294 , 2021
Abstract : Butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) can modulate the expression level of cholinesterase, which emerges as an important clinical diagnose index. However, the currently reported assays for BChE are suffering from the problem of interferences. A ratiometric fluorescence assay was developed based on the MnO(2) nanosheet (NS)-modulated fluorescence of sulfur quantum dots (S-dots) and o-phenylenediamine (OPD). MnO(2) NS can not only quench the fluorescence of blue emissive S-dots, but also enhance the yellow emissive OPD by catalyzing its oxidation reactions. Upon introducing BChE and substrate into the system, their hydrolysate can reduce MnO(2) into Mn(2+), leading to the fluorescence recovery of S-dots and failure of OPD oxidation. BChE activity can be quantitatively detected by recording the change of fluorescence signals in the blue and yellow regions. A linear relationship is observed between the ratio of F(435)/F(560) and the concentration of BChE in the range 30 to 500 U/L, and a limit of detection of 17.8 U/L has been calculated. The ratiometric fluorescence assay shows an excellent selectivity to acetylcholinesterase and tolerance to various other species. The method developed provides good detection performances in human serum medium and for screening of inhibitors.
ESTHER : Ma_2021_Mikrochim.Acta_188_294
PubMedSearch : Ma_2021_Mikrochim.Acta_188_294
PubMedID: 34363549

Title : Propoxur resistance associated with insensitivity of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) in the housefly, Musca domestica (Diptera: Muscidae) - You_2020_Sci.Rep_10_8400
Author(s) : You C , Shan C , Xin J , Li J , Ma Z , Zhang Y , Zeng X , Gao X
Ref : Sci Rep , 10 :8400 , 2020
Abstract : Two unique housefly strains, PSS and N-PRS (near-isogenic line with the PSS), were used to clarify the mechanisms associated with propoxur resistance in the housefly, Musca domestica. The propoxur-selected resistant (N-PRS) strain exhibited >1035-fold resistance to propoxur and 1.70-, 12.06-, 4.28-, 57.76-, and 57.54-fold cross-resistance to beta-cypermethrin, deltamethrin, bifenthrin, phoxim, and azamethiphos, respectively, compared to the susceptible (PSS) strain. We purified acetylcholinesterase (AChE) from the N-PRS and PSS strains using a procainamide affinity column and characterized the AChE. The sensitivity of AChE to propoxur based on the bimolecular rate constant (Ki) was approximately 100-fold higher in the PSS strain compared to the N-PRS strain. The cDNA encoding Mdace from both the N-PRS strain and the PSS strain were cloned and sequenced using RT-PCR. The cDNA was 2073 nucleotides long and encoded a protein of 691 amino acids. A total of four single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), I162M, V260L, G342A, and F407Y, were present in the region of the active site of AChE from the N-PRS strain. The transcription level and DNA copy number of Mdace were significantly higher in the resistant strain than in the susceptible strain. These results indicated that mutations combined with the up-regulation of Mdace might be essential in the housefly resistance to propoxur.
ESTHER : You_2020_Sci.Rep_10_8400
PubMedSearch : You_2020_Sci.Rep_10_8400
PubMedID: 32439946

Title : Evaluation of physiological and biochemical effects of two Sophora alopecuroides alkaloids on pea aphids Acyrthosiphon pisum - Ma_2020_Pest.Manag.Sci_76_4000
Author(s) : Ma T , Shi X , Ma S , Ma Z , Zhang X
Ref : Pest Manag Sci , 76 :4000 , 2020
Abstract : BACKGROUND: Sophora alopecuroides alkaloids are the main constituents for the broad bioactivities on insect pests, especially on aphids. However, the aphicidal mode of action of S. alopecuroides alkaloids remains unclear. To clarify the aphicidal action, avermectin was selected as a positive control, and matrine, sophocarpine were chosen as the representative alkaloids to determine the physiological and biochemical effects on pea aphids (Acyrthosiphon pisum). RESULTS: The aphids treated by matrine and sophocarpine developed the intoxication symptoms of convulsions, paralysis, and death. However, avermectin showed no convulsions. Moreover, the two alkaloids had a significant inducing effect on glutamic acid decarboxylase, and the specific enzyme activity was 1.14-1.22 times of the control group. In the meanwhile, both matrine and sophocarpine possessed a dose-response and time-response inhibitory effect on alanine aminotransferase in vivo and in vitro. Furthermore, the glutamate content in pea aphids treated with the two alkaloids increased significantly with time, which was about 1.5-2.0 times that of the control group. Similarly, the GABA content elevated significantly, with an increase of 1.0-1.3 times. In addition, all the treatments, except avermectin, presented inhibitory effects on Na(+) , K(+) -ATPase, Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) -ATPase, with dose-response and time-response effect. However, the three treatments had no significant effect on acetylcholinesterase and acetylcholine content. CONCLUSION: The toxicological action of matrine and sophocarpine is related to the regulation on glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid systems and has certain similarities to that of avermectin. These findings would provide a basis for further mechanism elucidation. 2020 Society of Chemical Industry.
ESTHER : Ma_2020_Pest.Manag.Sci_76_4000
PubMedSearch : Ma_2020_Pest.Manag.Sci_76_4000
PubMedID: 32506722

Title : Esterase-mediated spinosad resistance in house flies Musca domestica (Diptera: Muscidae) - Zhang_2020_Ecotoxicology_29_35
Author(s) : Zhang Y , Guo M , Ma Z , You C , Gao X , Shi X
Ref : Ecotoxicology , 29 :35 , 2020
Abstract : Although esterase-mediated spinosad resistance has been proposed for several insects, the associated molecular mechanism remains poorly understood. In this study, we investigated the mechanism of esterase-based spinosad resistance in house flies using a susceptible strain (SSS) and a spinosad-resistant, near-isogenic line (N-SRS). Combined with the synergistic effect of DEF on spinosad in the N-SRS strain, decreased ali-esterase activity in the spinosad-resistant strain has implicated the involvement of mutant esterase in spinosad resistance in house flies. Examination of the carboxylesterase gene MdalphaE7 in the two strains revealed that four non-synonymous mutations (Trp(251)-Leu, Asp(273)-Glu, Ala(365)-Val, and Ile(396)-Val) may be associated with spinosad resistance in house flies. Single nucleotide polymorphism analysis further indicated a strong relationship between these four mutations and spinosad resistance. Moreover, quantitative real-time PCR revealed a female-linked MdalphaE7 expression pattern in the N-SRS strain, which may contribute to sex-differential spinosad resistance in house flies.
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PubMedSearch : Zhang_2020_Ecotoxicology_29_35
PubMedID: 31749037
Gene_locus related to this paper: musdo-EST23aes07

Title : Determination of Genetic Effects of LIPK and LIPJ Genes on Milk Fatty Acids in Dairy Cattle - Shi_2019_Genes.(Basel)_10_
Author(s) : Shi L , Han B , Liu L , Lv X , Ma Z , Li C , Xu L , Li Y , Zhao F , Yang Y , Sun D
Ref : Genes (Basel) , 10 : , 2019
Abstract : In our previous genome-wide association study (GWAS) on milk fatty acids (FAs) in Chinese Holstein, we discovered 83 genome-wide significant single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with milk FAs. Two of them were close to lipase family member K (LIPK) and lipase family member J (LIPJ), respectively. Hence, this study is a follow-up to verify whether the LIPK and LIPJ have significant genetic effects on milk FAs in dairy cattle. By re-sequencing the entire exons, and 3 kb of 5' and 3' flanking regions, two and seven SNPs were identified in LIPK and LIPJ, respectively, including a novel SNP, ss158213049726. With the Haploview 4.1 software, we found that five of the SNPs in LIPJ formed a haplotype block (D' = 0.96 ~ 1.00). Single-locus association analyses revealed that each SNP in LIPK and LIPJ was significantly associated with at least one milk FA (p = < 1.00x10(-4) ~ 4.88x10(-2)), and the haplotype-based association analyses showed significant genetic effects on nine milk FAs (p = < 1.00x10(-4) ~ 3.98x10(-2)). Out of these SNPs, the missense mutation in LIPK gene, rs42774527, could change the protein secondary structure and function predicted by SOPMA, SIFT, and PROVEAN softwares. With the Genomatix software, we predicted that two SNPs, rs110322221 in LIPK and rs211373799 in LIPJ, altered the transcription factors binding sites (TFBSs), indicating their potential regulation on promoter activity of the genes. Furthermore, we found that both LIPK and LIPJ had relatively high expressions in the mammary gland. In conclusion, our research is the first to demonstrate that LIPK and LIPJ genes have significant associations with milk FAs, and the identified SNPs might be served as genetic markers to optimize breeding programs for milk FAs in dairy cattle. This research deserves in-depth verification.
ESTHER : Shi_2019_Genes.(Basel)_10_
PubMedSearch : Shi_2019_Genes.(Basel)_10_
PubMedID: 30696079
Gene_locus related to this paper: bovin-e1bnt1 , bovin-f1msa3 , human-LIPJ , human-LIPK

Title : Multiple mutations and overexpression of the MdaE7 carboxylesterase gene associated with male-linked malathion resistance in housefly, Musca domestica (Diptera: Muscidae) - Zhang_2018_Sci.Rep_8_224
Author(s) : Zhang Y , Li J , Ma Z , Shan C , Gao X
Ref : Sci Rep , 8 :224 , 2018
Abstract : Two unique housefly strains, MSS and N-MRS, were selected and used to clarify mechanisms of sex-associated malathion resistance in the housefly, Musca domestica. Compared with the lab-susceptible CSS strain, susceptible females and resistant males were observed in the malathion-susceptible MSS strain, while the malathion-resistant near-isogenic line, N-MRS, achieved similar resistance level between genders. Significant synergistic effect of the esterase-inhibitor DEF on resistant houseflies pointed to the important involvement of esterase in this specific malathion resistance. Examination of the carboxylesterase gene MdalphaE7 in malathion resistant housefly populations found seven, non-synonymous SNP mutations (Ser(250)-Thr, Trp(251)-Ser, Met(303)-Ile, Leu(354)-Phe, Ser(357)-Leu, Trp(378)-Arg and Ser(383)-Thr), not found in susceptible houseflies, revealing a strong correlation between these mutations and the development of malathion resistance. Further genetic analysis conducted with bioassays by topical application and nucleotide polymorphism detection provided a first line of molecular evidence for a linkage between a male-determining factor and MdalphaE7 gene in the MSS and N-MRS males. This linkage results in a much higher level of malathion resistance for males than females in the MSS strain. Lastly, quantitative real-time PCR showed that MdalphaE7 was over expressed in the resistant strain due to the increased transcription level of mRNA rather than gene duplication.
ESTHER : Zhang_2018_Sci.Rep_8_224
PubMedSearch : Zhang_2018_Sci.Rep_8_224
PubMedID: 29317643
Gene_locus related to this paper: musdo-EST23aes07

Title : Inheritance mode and mechanisms of resistance to imidacloprid in the house fly Musca domestica (Diptera:Muscidae) from China - Ma_2017_PLoS.One_12_e0189343
Author(s) : Ma Z , Li J , Zhang Y , Shan C , Gao X
Ref : PLoS ONE , 12 :e0189343 , 2017
Abstract : Imidacloprid is a neonicotinoid insecticide that is effective against house fly, Musca domestica L., which is a major pest with the ability to develop resistance to insecticides. In the present study, we investigated the inheritance mode, the cross-resistance pattern and the mechanisms of resistance to imidacloprid. A near-isogenic house fly line (N-IRS) with 78-fold resistance to imidacloprid was used to demonstrate the mode of inheritance. The overlapping confidence limits of LC50 values and the slopes of the log concentration-probit lines between the reciprocal F1 and F1' progenies suggest that imidacloprid resistance is inherited autosomally in the house fly. There was incomplete dominant inheritance in the F1 and F1' progenies, based on dominance values of 0.77 and 0.75, respectively. A monogenic inheritance model revealed that imidacloprid resistance is governed by more than one factor. Compared to the field strain (CFD), the N-IRS strain developed more cross-resistance to chlorfenapyr and no cross-resistance to chlorpyrifos and acetamiprid, but showed negative cross-resistance to beta-cypermethrin and azamethiphos. Three synergists, diethyl malate (DEM), s,s,s-tributylphosphorotrithioate (DEF), and piperonyl butoxide (PBO), showed significant synergism against to imidacloprid (4.55-, 4.46- and 3.34-fold respectively) in the N-IRS strain. However, both DEM and PBO had no synergism and DEF only exhibited slight synergism in the CSS strain. The activities of carboxylesterase (CarE), glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) and cytochrome P450 in the N-IRS strain were significantly higher than in the CSS strain. But similar synergistic potential of DEF to imidacloprid between the CSS and N-IRS strain suggested that GSTs and cytochrome P450 played much more important role than esterase for the N-IRS strain resistance to imidacloprid. These results should be helpful for developing an improved management strategy to delay the development of imidacloprid resistance in house fly.
ESTHER : Ma_2017_PLoS.One_12_e0189343
PubMedSearch : Ma_2017_PLoS.One_12_e0189343
PubMedID: 29228021

Title : The genome draft of coconut (Cocos nucifera) - Xiao_2017_Gigascience_6_1
Author(s) : Xiao Y , Xu P , Fan H , Baudouin L , Xia W , Bocs S , Xu J , Li Q , Guo A , Zhou L , Li J , Wu Y , Ma Z , Armero A , Issali AE , Liu N , Peng M , Yang Y
Ref : Gigascience , 6 :1 , 2017
Abstract : Coconut palm (Cocos nucifera,2n = 32), a member of genus Cocos and family Arecaceae (Palmaceae), is an important tropical fruit and oil crop. Currently, coconut palm is cultivated in 93 countries, including Central and South America, East and West Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, with a total growth area of more than 12 million hectares [1]. Coconut palm is generally classified into 2 main categories: "Tall" (flowering 8-10 years after planting) and "Dwarf" (flowering 4-6 years after planting), based on morphological characteristics and breeding habits. This Palmae species has a long growth period before reproductive years, which hinders conventional breeding progress. In spite of initial successes, improvements made by conventional breeding have been very slow. In the present study, we obtained de novo sequences of the Cocos nucifera genome: a major genomic resource that could be used to facilitate molecular breeding in Cocos nucifera and accelerate the breeding process in this important crop. A total of 419.67 gigabases (Gb) of raw reads were generated by the Illumina HiSeq 2000 platform using a series of paired-end and mate-pair libraries, covering the predicted Cocos nucifera genome length (2.42 Gb, variety "Hainan Tall") to an estimated x173.32 read depth. A total scaffold length of 2.20 Gb was generated (N50 = 418 Kb), representing 90.91% of the genome. The coconut genome was predicted to harbor 28 039 protein-coding genes, which is less than in Phoenix dactylifera (PDK30: 28 889), Phoenix dactylifera (DPV01: 41 660), and Elaeis guineensis (EG5: 34 802). BUSCO evaluation demonstrated that the obtained scaffold sequences covered 90.8% of the coconut genome and that the genome annotation was 74.1% complete. Genome annotation results revealed that 72.75% of the coconut genome consisted of transposable elements, of which long-terminal repeat retrotransposons elements (LTRs) accounted for the largest proportion (92.23%). Comparative analysis of the antiporter gene family and ion channel gene families between C. nucifera and Arabidopsis thaliana indicated that significant gene expansion may have occurred in the coconut involving Na+/H+ antiporter, carnitine/acylcarnitine translocase, potassium-dependent sodium-calcium exchanger, and potassium channel genes. Despite its agronomic importance, C. nucifera is still under-studied. In this report, we present a draft genome of C. nucifera and provide genomic information that will facilitate future functional genomics and molecular-assisted breeding in this crop species.
ESTHER : Xiao_2017_Gigascience_6_1
PubMedSearch : Xiao_2017_Gigascience_6_1
PubMedID: 29048487
Gene_locus related to this paper: cocnu-a0a8k0hu18

Title : [The value of determination of serum cholinesterase levels in judgment of severity and prognosis in patients with severe pneumonia] - Mo_2016_Zhonghua.Wei.Zhong.Bing.Ji.Jiu.Yi.Xue_28_38
Author(s) : Mo X , Tang H , Zeng L , Lu H , Guo L , Ma Z
Ref : Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue , 28 :38 , 2016
Abstract : OBJECTIVE: To investigate the value of serum cholinesterase (S-ChE) levels in judgment of severity and prognosis in patients with severe pneumonia.
METHODS: The clinical data of patients with severe pneumonia, who were admitted to the Department of Internal Medicine in the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, or the Department of Neurology in the Third People's Hospital of Foshan from May 2011 to May 2015, whose hospital time was longer than 24 hours, were retrospectively analyzed. They were divided into survival group and death group according to the final outcome. Lab data, acute physiology and chronic health evaluation II (APACHE II) score, multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS) score, the improved pneumonia score of British Thoracic Society (confusion, uremia, respiratory, blood pressure, age 65 years, CURB-65), and S-ChE levels of all patients were collected after they were hospitalized into the intensive care unit (ICU) within 24 hours. Independent risk factors for prognosis were analyzed by binary logistic regression analysis, and receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC) was plotted. Best truncation point analysis was used to compare their estimated value for prognosis of patients with severe pneumonia.
RESULTS: Eighty-six patients with severe pneumonia were studied. Among them 46 patients survived, and 40 patients died. By the single factor analysis, the following lab data in the death group were found significantly lower than those in the survival group: S-ChE levels (kU/L: 2.748+/-0.826 vs. 4.489+/-1.360, t' = 7.274, P = 0.000), arterial partial pressure of oxygen [PaO2 (mmHg, 1 mmHg = 0.133 kPa): 52.55+/-18.29 vs. 60.83+/-16.65, t = 2.196, P = 0.031], oxygenation index (mmHg: 114.20+/-48.01 vs. 167.10+/-69.68, t' = 4.229, P = 0.000), and carbon dioxide combining power [CO2-CP (mmol/L): 22.85+/-5.44 vs. 26.00+/-7.63, t' = 2.225, P = 0.029]. The following clinical data were significantly higher in the death group than those in the survival group, namely body temperature (centigrade: 38.67+/-1.18 vs. 37.74+/-1.18, t = -3.627, P = 0.000), pulse (bpm: 130.65+/-15.72 vs. 107.26+/-19.61, t' = -6.133, P = 0.000), the ratio of concomitant chronic lung disease [45.0% (18/40) vs. 13.0% (6/46), chi(2) = 10.860, P = 0.001], fraction of inspired oxygen [FiO2: 0.495 (0.410, 0.600) vs. 0.380 (0.290, 0.500), Z = -3.265, P = 0.001], APACHE II score (25.80+/-5.07 vs. 16.39+/-5.12, t =-8.540, P = 0.000), CURB-65 score [3 (3, 4) vs. 2 (1, 2), Z = -5.562, P = 0.000], MODS score (8.15+/-2.49 vs. 4.35+/-2.01, t = -7.832, P = 0.000), international normalized ratio [INR: 1.22 (1.08, 1.31) vs. 1.07 (1.00, 1.10), Z = -4.231, P = 0.000], and activated partial thromboplastin time [APTT (s): 33.80 (32.13, 38.75) vs. 28.50 (25.70, 36.00), Z = -3.482, P = 0.000]. Binary logistic regression analysis showed that, S-ChE levels, APACHE II score and MODS score were found to be the independent risk factors for prognosis in the patients with severe pneumonia, respectively [S-ChE: odds ratio (OR) = 0.084, 95% confidence interval (95%CI) = 0.017-0.424, P = 0.003; APACHE II score: OR = 1.675, 95%CI = 1.098-2.556, P = 0.017; MODS score: OR = 2.189, 95%CI = 1.262-3.800, P = 0.005]. The area under ROC (AUC) for S-ChE levels, APACHE II score and MODS score were 0.874+/-0.036, 0.889+/-0.033 and 0.884+/-0.035, respectively (all P > 0.05 as compared between any two means). At the best truncation points of S-ChE levels, APACHE II score and MODS score were 3.372 kU/L, 19.5 score, and 6.5 score respectively. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value in predicting death risk in patients with severe pneumonia were (80.0%, 78.0%, 76.19% and 81.82%), (95.0%, 70.0%, 73.08% and 94.12%) and (70.0%, 91.0%, 87.50%, 77.78%), respectively. If S-ChE levels was combined with APACHE II score or combined with MODS score, the sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value [S-ChE levels combined APACHE II score: 100%, 92.0%, 93.75% and 100%; S-ChE levels combined MODS score: all 100%] were higher than single power of S-ChE levels, APACHE II score or MODS score.
CONCLUSIONS: S-ChE levels can be considered as an effective and practical index to estimate the severity and prognosis in patients with severe pneumonia. The combined application of S-ChE levels and APACHE II score or MODS score can obviously improve the prognostic power in patients with severe pneumonia.
ESTHER : Mo_2016_Zhonghua.Wei.Zhong.Bing.Ji.Jiu.Yi.Xue_28_38
PubMedSearch : Mo_2016_Zhonghua.Wei.Zhong.Bing.Ji.Jiu.Yi.Xue_28_38
PubMedID: 26805533

Title : Synthesis of furo[3,2-c]coumarin derivatives using visible-light-promoted radical alkyne insertion with bromocoumarins - Zhou_2016_Org.Biomol.Chem_14_6065
Author(s) : Zhou H , Deng X , Ma Z , Zhang A , Qin Q , Tan RX , Yu S
Ref : Org Biomol Chem , 14 :6065 , 2016
Abstract : The synthesis of privileged structures, which are potent drug candidates, is an impetus for drug discovery. The construction of heterocyclic framework furo[3,2-c]coumarins using a visible-light promoted photoredox neutral coupling of 3-bromo-4-hydroxycoumarins with commercially available alkynes has been reported. These reactions can be carried out at room temperature under visible light irradiation with good chemical yields. This work presents 17 furocoumarins, 12 of which are new. Three of the newly synthesized compounds show potent cytotoxicity, and one shows moderate acetylcholinesterase inhibitory activity with IC50 values of 2.16 +/- 0.13 muM.
ESTHER : Zhou_2016_Org.Biomol.Chem_14_6065
PubMedSearch : Zhou_2016_Org.Biomol.Chem_14_6065
PubMedID: 27241337

Title : Bacterial Expression and Kinetic Analysis of Carboxylesterase 001D from Helicoverpa armigera - Li_2016_Int.J.Mol.Sci_17_
Author(s) : Li Y , Liu J , Lu M , Ma Z , Cai C , Wang Y , Zhang X
Ref : Int J Mol Sci , 17 : , 2016
Abstract : Carboxylesterasesare an important class of detoxification enzymes involved in insecticide resistance in insects. A subgroup of Helicoverpa armigera esterases, known as Clade 001, was implicated in organophosphate and pyrethroid insecticide resistance due to their overabundance in resistant strains. In this work, a novel carboxylesterasegene 001D of H. armigera from China was cloned, which has an open reading frame of 1665 nucleotides encoding 554 amino acid residues. We used a series of fusion proteins to successfully express carboxylesterase 001D in Escherichia coli. Three different fusion proteins were generated and tested. The enzyme kinetic assay towards 1-naphthyl acetate showed all three purified fusion proteins are active with a Kcat between 0.35 and 2.29 s(-1), and a Km between 7.61 and 19.72 muM. The HPLC assay showed all three purified fusion proteins had low but measurable hydrolase activity towards beta-cypermethrin and fenvalerate insecticides (specific activities ranging from 0.13 to 0.67 muM.min(-1).(muM(-1).protein)). The enzyme was stable up to 40 degrees C and at pH 6.0-11.0. The results imply that carboxylesterase 001D is involved in detoxification, and this moderate insecticide hydrolysis may suggest that overexpression of the gene to enhance insecticide sequestration is necessary to allow carboxylesterases to confer resistance to these insecticides in H. armigera.
ESTHER : Li_2016_Int.J.Mol.Sci_17_
PubMedSearch : Li_2016_Int.J.Mol.Sci_17_
PubMedID: 27049381
Gene_locus related to this paper: helam-d5kxa9

Title : Genome sequence of cultivated Upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum TM-1) provides insights into genome evolution - Li_2015_Nat.Biotechnol_33_524
Author(s) : Li F , Fan G , Lu C , Xiao G , Zou C , Kohel RJ , Ma Z , Shang H , Ma X , Wu J , Liang X , Huang G , Percy RG , Liu K , Yang W , Chen W , Du X , Shi C , Yuan Y , Ye W , Liu X , Zhang X , Liu W , Wei H , Wei S , Zhu S , Zhang H , Sun F , Wang X , Liang J , Wang J , He Q , Huang L , Cui J , Song G , Wang K , Xu X , Yu JZ , Zhu Y , Yu S
Ref : Nat Biotechnol , 33 :524 , 2015
Abstract : Gossypium hirsutum has proven difficult to sequence owing to its complex allotetraploid (AtDt) genome. Here we produce a draft genome using 181-fold paired-end sequences assisted by fivefold BAC-to-BAC sequences and a high-resolution genetic map. In our assembly 88.5% of the 2,173-Mb scaffolds, which cover 89.6% approximately 96.7% of the AtDt genome, are anchored and oriented to 26 pseudochromosomes. Comparison of this G. hirsutum AtDt genome with the already sequenced diploid Gossypium arboreum (AA) and Gossypium raimondii (DD) genomes revealed conserved gene order. Repeated sequences account for 67.2% of the AtDt genome, and transposable elements (TEs) originating from Dt seem more active than from At. Reduction in the AtDt genome size occurred after allopolyploidization. The A or At genome may have undergone positive selection for fiber traits. Concerted evolution of different regulatory mechanisms for Cellulose synthase (CesA) and 1-Aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase1 and 3 (ACO1,3) may be important for enhanced fiber production in G. hirsutum.
ESTHER : Li_2015_Nat.Biotechnol_33_524
PubMedSearch : Li_2015_Nat.Biotechnol_33_524
PubMedID: 25893780
Gene_locus related to this paper: gosra-a0a0d2rxs2 , gosra-a0a0d2tng2 , gosra-a0a0d2twz7 , goshi-a0a1u8hr03 , gosra-a0a0d2vdc5 , goshi-a0a1u8ljh5 , gosra-a0a0d2vj24 , goshi-a0a1u8pxd3 , gosra-a0a0d2sr31 , goshi-a0a1u8knd1 , goshi-a0a1u8nhw9 , goshi-a0a1u8mt09 , goshi-a0a1u8kis4 , goshi-a0a1u8ibk3 , goshi-a0a1u8ieg2 , goshi-a0a1u8iki6 , goshi-a0a1u8jvp4 , goshi-a0a1u8jw35 , gosra-a0a0d2pzd7 , goshi-a0a1u8ied7

Title : FgRIC8 is involved in regulating vegetative growth, conidiation, deoxynivalenol production and virulence in Fusarium graminearum - Wu_2015_Fungal.Genet.Biol_83_92
Author(s) : Wu J , Liu Y , Lv W , Yue X , Que Y , Yang N , Zhang Z , Ma Z , Talbot NJ , Wang Z
Ref : Fungal Genet Biol , 83 :92 , 2015
Abstract : Proteins of the resistance to inhibitors of cholinesterase 8 (Ric8) group act as guanine nucleotide exchange factors (GEFs) and play important roles in regulating G-protein signaling in animals. In filamentous fungi, putative Ric8 orthologs have so far been identified in Magnaporthe oryzae, Neurospora crassa, Aspergillus nidulans and Aspergillus fumigatus. Here, we report the functional investigation of a potential RIC8 ortholog (FgRIC8) in the wheat head blight pathogen Fusarium graminearum. Targeted gene deletion mutants of FgRIC8 exhibited a significant reduction in vegetative growth, conidiation, pigment production as well as deoxynivalenol (DON) biosynthesis. Pathogenicity assays using a point-inoculated spikelet approach showed that the mutants were severely impaired in virulence on flowering wheat heads. Quantitative RT-PCR analysis revealed that genes encoding F. graminearum Galpha (FgGpa1 and FgGpa3), Gbeta (FgGpb1) and Ggamma (FgGpg1) subunits were significantly down-regulated in Fgric8 mutants. Moreover, we showed that FgRic8 physically interacts with both FgGpa1 and FgGpa3, but not FgGpa2, in yeast two-hybrid assays. The intracellular cAMP levels in Fgric8 mutants were significantly decreased compared to the isogenic wild-type strain. Taken together, our results indicate that FgRic8 plays critical roles in fungal development, secondary metabolism and virulence in F. graminearum and may act as a regulator of G protein alpha subunits.
ESTHER : Wu_2015_Fungal.Genet.Biol_83_92
PubMedSearch : Wu_2015_Fungal.Genet.Biol_83_92
PubMedID: 26341536

Title : Feruloyl Esterase from the Edible Mushroom Panus giganteus: A Potential Dietary Supplement - Wang_2014_J.Agric.Food.Chem_62_7822
Author(s) : Wang L , Ma Z , Du F , Wang H , Ng TB
Ref : Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry , 62 :7822 , 2014
Abstract : A novel 61 kDa feruloyl esterase (FAE) was purified to homogeneity from freshly collected fruiting bodies of Panus giganteus. The isolation procedure involved chromatography on the ion exchangers DEAE-cellulose and Q-Sepharose, followed by size exclusion chromatography on Superdex 75, which produced a purified enzyme with a high specific activity (170.0 U/mg) which was 130-fold higher than that of crude extract. The purified FAE exhibited activity toward synthetic methyl esters and short-chain fatty acid nitrophenyl esters. The Km and Vmax for this enzyme on methyl ferulate were 0.36 mM and 18.97 U/mg proteins, respectively. FAE activity was attained at a maximum at pH 4 and 40 degrees C, respectively. The FAE activity was inhibited by metal ions to various degrees. The purified FAE could bring about the release of ferulic acid from wheat bran and corn bran under the action of the single purified FAE, and the amount released from wheat bran rose to 51.9% (of the total amount) by the synergistic action of xylanase.
ESTHER : Wang_2014_J.Agric.Food.Chem_62_7822
PubMedSearch : Wang_2014_J.Agric.Food.Chem_62_7822
PubMedID: 25065258

Title : Draft genome sequence of Sinorhizobium meliloti CCNWSX0020, a nitrogen-fixing symbiont with copper tolerance capability isolated from lead-zinc mine tailings - Li_2012_J.Bacteriol_194_1267
Author(s) : Li Z , Ma Z , Hao X , Wei G
Ref : Journal of Bacteriology , 194 :1267 , 2012
Abstract : Sinorhizobium meliloti CCNWSX0020 was isolated from Medicago lupulina plants growing in lead-zinc mine tailings, which can establish a symbiotic relationship with Medicago species. Also, the genome of this bacterium contains a number of protein-coding sequences related to metal tolerance. We anticipate that the genomic sequence provides valuable information to explore environmental bioremediation.
ESTHER : Li_2012_J.Bacteriol_194_1267
PubMedSearch : Li_2012_J.Bacteriol_194_1267
PubMedID: 22328762
Gene_locus related to this paper: rhime-PCAD , rhime-RB1395 , rhiml-h0fvx0

Title : Biodegradable polyurethane ureas with variable polyester or polycarbonate soft segments: effects of crystallinity, molecular weight, and composition on mechanical properties - Ma_2011_Biomacromolecules_12_3265
Author(s) : Ma Z , Hong Y , Nelson DM , Pichamuthu JE , Leeson CE , Wagner WR
Ref : Biomacromolecules , 12 :3265 , 2011
Abstract : Biodegradable polyurethane urea (PUU) elastomers are ideal candidates for fabricating tissue engineering scaffolds with mechanical properties akin to strong and resilient soft tissues. PUU with a crystalline poly(sigma-caprolactone) (PCL) macrodiol soft segment (SS) showed good elasticity and resilience at small strains (<50%) but showed poor resilience under large strains because of stress-induced crystallization of the PCL segments, with a permanent set of 677 +/- 30% after tensile failure. To obtain softer and more resilient PUUs, we used noncrystalline poly(trimethylene carbonate) (PTMC) or poly(delta-valerolactone-co-sigma-caprolactone) (PVLCL) macrodiols of different molecular weights as SSs that were reacted with 1,4-diisocyanatobutane and chain extended with 1,4-diaminobutane. Mechanical properties of the PUUs were characterized by tensile testing with static or cyclic loading and dynamic mechanical analysis. All of the PUUs synthesized showed large elongations at break (800-1400%) and high tensile strength (30-60 MPa). PUUs with noncrystalline SSs all showed improved elasticity and resilience relative to the crystalline PCL-based PUU, especially for the PUUs with high molecular weight SSs (PTMC 5400 M(n) and PVLCL 6000 M(n)), of which the permanent deformation after tensile failure was only 12 +/- 7 and 39 +/- 4%, respectively. The SS molecular weight also influenced the tensile modulus in an inverse fashion. Accelerated degradation studies in PBS containing 100 U/mL lipase showed significantly greater mass loss for the two polyester-based PUUs versus the polycarbonate-based PUU and for PVLCL versus PCL polyester PUUs. Basic cytocompatibility was demonstrated with primary vascular smooth muscle cell culture. The synthesized families of PUUs showed variable elastomeric behavior that could be explained in terms of the underlying molecular design and crystalline behavior. Depending on the application target of interest, these materials may provide options or guidance for soft tissue scaffold development.
ESTHER : Ma_2011_Biomacromolecules_12_3265
PubMedSearch : Ma_2011_Biomacromolecules_12_3265
PubMedID: 21755999

Title : Sequence variation and molecular evolution of hormone-sensitive lipase genes in species of bovidae - Ma_2007_J.Genet.Genomics_34_26
Author(s) : Ma Z , Zhong J , Cheng Z , Liu L , Chang H , Luo X
Ref : J Genet Genomics , 34 :26 , 2007
Abstract : The partial sequences of exon I of hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL) genes in yak (Bos grunniens), cattle (Bos taurus), zebu (Bos indicus), and buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) were analyzed. Comparisons of these sequences and the deduced amino acid sequences with the homologous HSL gene and protein sequences in other mammalian species including pig (Sus scrofa), human (Homo sapiens), mouse (Mus musculus), and rat (Rattus sp.) retrieved from the GenBank were carried out and finally a phylogenetic tree was constructed using the partial DNA sequences of the HSL genes in all species. The results showed that the homologies of the partial exon I sequences of the HSL genes between yak and cattle, zebu, buffalo, pig, human, mouse, and rat were as high as 99.8%, 99.6%, 97.4%, 90.6%, 88.4%, 83.5%, and 82.3%, respectively. This was accompanied by highly homologous amino acid sequences of the HSLs: 100%, 100%, 98.2%, 94.0%, 92.2%, 89.8%, and 89.8% identity, respectively. There are more transitions, less transversions, and no insertion or deletion in variable nucleotides of the HSL genes between the yak and other species. The majority of the variable mutations was synonymous and was found most frequently at the third codon, followed by the first and second codons, a finding that was in accordance with the neutralism hypothesis for molecular evolution. In the phylogenetic tree, the cattle and zebu were clustered together first, followed by the yak, buffalo, pig, human, mouse, and rat. This was in agreement with taxonomy suggesting that the partial sequences of exon I of the HSL genes were useful in constructing the phylogenetic tree of mammalian species. Among the four species of Bovidae, genetic differentiation in the HSL genes between yak and buffalo is equivalent to that between buffalo and cattle and between buffalo and zebu. Furthermore, the genetic distances in the HSL genes are much smaller between yak, cattle, and zebu than those between each of the three species and the buffalo. Therefore, it is reasonable to consider yak as an independent species of the genus Bos.
ESTHER : Ma_2007_J.Genet.Genomics_34_26
PubMedSearch : Ma_2007_J.Genet.Genomics_34_26
PubMedID: 17469775

Title : Response to pioglitazone treatment is associated with the lipoprotein lipase S447X variant in subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus - Wang_2007_Int.J.Clin.Pract_61_552
Author(s) : Wang G , Wang X , Zhang Q , Ma Z
Ref : Int J Clin Pract , 61 :552 , 2007
Abstract : To investigate the influence of the S447X variant in lipoprotein lipase (LPL) gene on the response rate to therapy with the thiazolidinedione pioglitazone. A total of 113 diabetic patients were treated with pioglitazone 30 mg for 10 weeks. Response to the pioglitazone treatment was defined by either a >10% relative reduction in fasting blood glucose (FBG) or a more than 1% decrease in glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c) values after 10 weeks of pioglitazone treatment. The genotypes were determined by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism method. Using the criteria >10% relative reduction in FBG after 10 weeks of pioglitaone treatment, responder frequency to pioglitazone treatment in S447S genotype group is significantly higher than S447X genotype group. Meanwhile, the S447X genotype conferred a statistically significant 0.538-fold reduction in response rate to pioglitazone treatment relative to the S447S genotype. Moreover, pioglitazone treatment has significantly beneficial effects on serum lipid profile and blood pressure in S447S genotype carriers. The S447X variant in LPL gene may be a cause for therapy modification by pioglitazone.
ESTHER : Wang_2007_Int.J.Clin.Pract_61_552
PubMedSearch : Wang_2007_Int.J.Clin.Pract_61_552
PubMedID: 17394430

Title : Huperzine A regulates amyloid precursor protein processing via protein kinase C and mitogen-activated protein kinase pathways in neuroblastoma SK-N-SH cells over-expressing wild type human amyloid precursor protein 695 - Peng_2007_Neurosci_150_386
Author(s) : Peng Y , Lee DY , Jiang L , Ma Z , Schachter SC , Lemere CA
Ref : Neuroscience , 150 :386 , 2007
Abstract : Alpha-secretase (alpha-secretase), cleaves the amyloid precursor protein (APP) within the amyloid-beta (Abeta) sequence, resulting in the release of a secreted fragment of APP (alphaAPPs) and precluding Abeta generation. We investigated the effects of the acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, huperzine A (Hup A), on APP processing and Abeta generation in human neuroblastoma SK-N-SH cells overexpressing wild-type human APP695. Hup A dose-dependently (0-10 microM) increased alphaAPPs release. Therefore, we evaluated two alpha-secretase candidates, a disintegrin and metalloprotease (ADAM) 10 and ADAM17 in Hup A-induced non-amyloidogenic APP metabolism. Hup A enhanced the level of ADAM10, and the inhibitor of tumor necrosis factor-alpha converting enzyme (TACE)/ADAM17 inhibited the Hup A-induced rise in alphaAPPs levels, further suggesting Hup A directed APP metabolism toward the non-amyloidogenic alpha-secretase pathway. Hup A had no effect on Abeta generation in this cell line. The steady-state levels of full-length APP and cell viability were unaffected by Hup A. Alpha-APPs release induced by Hup A treatment was significantly reduced by muscarinic acetylcholine receptor antagonists (particularly by an M1 antagonist), protein kinase C (PKC) inhibitors, GF109203X and calphostin C, and the mitogen-activated kinase kinase (MEK) inhibitors, U0126 and PD98059. Furthermore, Hup A markedly increased the phosphorylation of p44/p42 mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase, which was blocked by treatment with U0126 and PD98059. In addition, Hup A inhibited acetylcholinesterase activity by 20% in neuroblastoma cells. Our results indicate that the activation of muscarinic acetylcholine receptors, PKC and MAP kinase may be involved in Hup A-induced alphaAPPs secretion in neuroblastoma cells and suggest multiple pharmacological mechanisms of Hup A regarding the treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD).
ESTHER : Peng_2007_Neurosci_150_386
PubMedSearch : Peng_2007_Neurosci_150_386
PubMedID: 17945434

Title : Effects of huperzine A on amyloid precursor protein processing and beta-amyloid generation in human embryonic kidney 293 APP Swedish mutant cells - Peng_2006_J.Neurosci.Res_84_903
Author(s) : Peng Y , Jiang L , Lee DY , Schachter SC , Ma Z , Lemere CA
Ref : Journal of Neuroscience Research , 84 :903 , 2006
Abstract : The amyloid precursor protein (APP) is cleaved enzymatically by nonamyloidogenic and amyloidogenic pathways. alpha-Secretase (alpha-secretase), cleaves APP within the beta-amyloid (Abeta) sequence, resulting in the release of a secreted fragment of APP (alphaAPPs) and precluding Abeta generation. In this study, we investigated the effects of an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, huperzine A (Hup A), on APP processing and Abeta generation in human embryonic kidney 293 cells transfected with human APP bearing the Swedish mutation (HEK293 APPsw). Hup A dose dependently (0-10 microM) increased alphaAPPs release and membrane-coupled APP CTF-C83, suggesting increased APP metabolism toward the nonamyloidogenic alpha-secretase pathway. The metalloprotease inhibitor TAPI-2 inhibited the Hup A-induced increase in alphaAPPs release, further suggesting a modulatory effect of Hup A on alpha-secretase activity. The synthesis of full-length APP and cell viability were unchanged after Hup A incubation, whereas the level of Abeta(Total) was significantly decreased, suggesting an inhibitory effect of Hup A on Abeta production. Hup A-induced alphaAPPs release was significantly reduced by the protein kinase C (PKC) inhibitors GF109203X and Calphostin C. These data, together with the finding that the PKCalpha level was enhanced prior to the increase of alphaAPPs secretion, indicate that PKC may be involved in Hup A-induced alphaAPPs secretion by HEK293 APPsw cells. Our data suggest alternative pharmacological mechanisms of Hup A relevant to the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
ESTHER : Peng_2006_J.Neurosci.Res_84_903
PubMedSearch : Peng_2006_J.Neurosci.Res_84_903
PubMedID: 16862548

Title : Synthesis and antibacterial activity of 6-O-arylpropargyl-9-oxime-11,12-carbamate ketolides - Beebe_2004_Bioorg.Med.Chem.Lett_14_2417
Author(s) : Beebe X , Yang F , Bui MH , Mitten MJ , Ma Z , Nilius AM , Djuric SW
Ref : Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Lett , 14 :2417 , 2004
Abstract : A series of novel 6-O-arylpropargyl-9-oxime-ketolides was synthesized and evaluated against various pathogens. These new compounds show promising in vitro antibacterial potency and in vivo efficacy against macrolide resistant strains.
ESTHER : Beebe_2004_Bioorg.Med.Chem.Lett_14_2417
PubMedSearch : Beebe_2004_Bioorg.Med.Chem.Lett_14_2417
PubMedID: 15109624