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The effect of frequent protein malnutrition on liver function has not been intensively examined. Thus, the effects of alternating 5 days of a protein and amino acid-free diet followed by 5 days of a complete diet repeated three times (3 PFD-CD) on female mouse liver were examined. The expression of carbonic anhydrase III (CAIII), fatty acid synthase (FAS),(More)
Plants respond to pathogen infection and environmental stress by regulating the coordinate expression of many stress-related genes. In plants, the expression of the glycolytic enzyme glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) is induced under environmental stress. This work was aimed at investigating whither the expression pattern of cytosolic GAPDH(More)
The aim of this work was to evaluate the effects of a diet depleted of amino acids (protein-free diet, or PFD), as well as the supplementation with methionine (PFD+Met), on the antioxidant status of the female mouse liver. With this purpose, cytosolic protein spots from two-dimensional non-equilibrium pH gel electrophoresis were identified by several(More)
Converging evidence from animal and human studies suggest that rapid eye movement (REM) sleep modulates emotional processing. The aim of the present study was to explore the effects of selective REM sleep deprivation (REM-D) on emotional responses to threatening visual stimuli and their brain correlates using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).(More)
A study is presented of the liver protein gain during the early stages of postnatal development. Fractional rates of protein synthesis and degradation were determined in vivo in livers of 4-day-old mice. At this age, liver protein accumulated at a rate of 18% per day. Synthesis was measured after the injection of massive amounts of radioactive leucine.(More)
The wheat leaf apoplast contains a protein that inhibits trypsin and belongs to the family of germin-like proteins called germin-like protease inhibitor (GLPI). Since it was first described in our laboratory, the objective of this study was to find out if GLPI is a new germin-like protein and to identify the molecular site responsible for its inhibitory(More)
Ubiquitin, a protein widely conserved in eukaryotes, is involved in many cellular processes, including proteolysis. While sequences encoding ubiquitin-like proteins have not been identified in prokaryotic genomes sequenced so far, they have revealed the presence of structural and functional homologs of ubiquitin in Bacteria and Archaea. This work describes(More)
Two-dimensional non-equilibrium pH gel electrophoresis (2D-NEPHGE) analysis was used to evaluate the effects of dietary protein depletion on the protein composition of mouse liver cytosol. Analysing the cytosol from both normal and protein depleted liver, the position in gels of more than three hundred protein spots was determined. After 5 days of protein(More)
Diazepam (DZ), a clinically important drug, reduces alertness and can interfere with complex cognitive processes. The effect of DZ on the behavioural and neural correlates of rule-guided response selection has not been directly investigated. We studied DZ effects, compared to placebo (PL), on performance and brain responses, using fMRI, during rule(More)
A protein resistant to heat and proteolysis that inhibits serine proteases was isolated from wheat leaf apoplasts. Based on trypsin inhibition, its more active form was a 66-69 kDa oligomer. It was dissociated in an 18-21 kDa monomer having an amino terminal sequence identical to the Box A of germins and germin-like proteins. Like these proteins, it was(More)