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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223215/bufadienolides-from-kalanchoe-daigremontiana-as-thrombin-inhibitors-in-vitro-and-in-silico-study
#1
Joanna Kolodziejczyk-Czepas, Malgorzata Sieradzka, Barbara Moniuszko-Szajwaj, Łukasz Pecio, Michal B Ponczek, Pawel Nowak, Anna Stochmal
Thrombin is an active plasma coagulation factor II, critical for the formation of fibrin clot during blood coagulation. For that reason, this protein is also a crucial target for different anti-thrombotic therapies. The work is based on in vitro evaluation of the inhibitory effect of bufadienolide-rich fraction, isolated from roots of Kalanchoe daigremontiana (1-50μg/ml) on enzymatic properties of a serine proteinase - thrombin. The efficacy of the inhibition of amidolytic activity of thrombin (measured as a hydrolysis of the chromogenic substrate S-2238, Chromogenix) attained about 10 and 66%, respectively...
February 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223214/expression-studies-of-bacillus-licheniformis-chitin-deacetylase-in-e-coli-rosetta-cells
#2
Ritu Raval, Simsa Robin, Keyur Raval
Chitin, the biopolymer of the N-acetylglucosamine, is the most abundant biopolymer on the planet after cellulose. However owing to its crystalline nature, its deacetylated derivative; chitosan is industrially more potent. This conversion on an enzymatic scale can be made using chitin deacetylase. The metagenomics library constructed from the soil exposed to chitin and chitosan yielded chitin modifying enzymes, one of them being chitin deacetylase (CDA) utilized for the present study. The gene was amplified and expressed using the pET 22b vector in E...
February 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223213/interaction-between-chitosan-and-its-related-enzymes-a-review
#3
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Shoko Shinya, Tamo Fukamizo
Chitosan-related enzymes including chitosanases, exo-β-glucosaminidases, and enzymes having chitosan-binding modules recognize ligands through electrostatic interactions between the acidic amino acids in proteins and amino groups of chitosan polysaccharides. However, in GH8 chitosanases, several aromatic residues are also involved in substrate recognition through stacking interactions, and these enzymes consequently hydrolyze β-1,4-glucan as well as chitosan. The binding grooves of these chitosanases are extended and opened at both ends of the grooves, so that the enzymes can clamp a long chitosan polysaccharide...
February 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219689/in-vitro-drug-release-profiles-of-ph-sensitive-hydroxyethylacryl-chitosan-sodium-alginate-hydrogels-using-paracetamol-as-a-soluble-model-drug
#4
Pitchaya Treenate, Pathavuth Monvisade
The aim of this study is to investigate in vitro drug release profiles of pH-sensitive hydrogels composed of hydroxyethylacryl chitosan (HC) and sodium alginate (SA). The hydrogels were crosslinked by dipping method using different ionic crosslinkers (e.g., Ca(2+), Zn(2+) and Cu(2+)). The crosslinking reaction was confirmed by FT-IR. Swelling behavior and stability of the hydrogels in simulated digestive media were investigated. The result indicated that the combination between HC and SA could delay the degradation time of the hydrogels...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219688/mesoporous-phenylalanine-ammonia-lyase-microspheres-with-improved-stability-through-calcium-carbonate-templating
#5
Jiandong Cui, Yamin Zhao, Zhilei Tan, Cheng Zhong, Peipei Han, Shiru Jia
Cross-linked enzyme aggregates (CLEAs) have recently emerged as a promising method for enzyme immobilization due to its simplicity and low cost. However, a lack of good size and morphological control over the as-prepared CLEAs has limited their practical applications in some cases. Here, monodisperse spherical CLEAs of phenylalanine ammonia lyase (PAL microspheres) were prepared based on CaCO3 microtemplates. The preparation procedure involves filling porous CaCO3 microtemplates with the protein by salt precipitation, glutaraldehyde crosslinking, and dissolution of the microtemplates...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219687/structural-modulation-of-gut-microbiota-during-alleviation-of-antibiotic-associated-diarrhea-with-herbal-formula
#6
Weijie Lv, Cui Liu, Chunxin Ye, Jiaqi Sun, Xiaowen Tan, Chao Zhang, Qian Qu, Dayou Shi, Shining Guo
The gut microbiome is hypothesized to play a critical role in gastrointestinal diseases, including antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD). To determine whether the traditional Chinese herbal formula of Shen Ling Bai Zhu San (SLBZS) modulates the composition of the gut microbiome during AAD treatment, an AAD diarrhea model was prepared in rats by gastric gavage with lincomycin for 7 successive days, followed by administration of SLBZS for one week. At all time points after the SLBZS treatment, the diarrhea rates were significantly or at least numerically lower than that of the untreated model group...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215567/characterization-of-acid-and-pepsin-soluble-collagen-extracted-from-the-skin-of-nile-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus
#7
Leilei Sun, Hu Hou, Bafang Li, Yan Zhang
Acid-soluble (ASC) and pepsin-soluble (PSC) collagen were extracted from the skin of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus), purified and physicochemically examined. Amino acid content analyses revealed that glycine accounted for approximately one-third of the total amino acid residues. The proline and hydroxyproline contents of Nile tilapia ASC and PSC were 189 residues and 205 residues/1000 residues, respectively, and the rate of proline hydroxylation was found to be 41.8% and 42.0%, respectively. Denaturation temperatures (Td), as measured by an Ubbelohde viscometer, were 35...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215566/pilose-antler-peptide-protects-osteoblasts-from-inflammatory-and-oxidative-injury-through-egf-egfr-signaling
#8
Yang Chunhui, Cai Wenjun, Wen Hui, Sha Liquan, Zhao Changwei, Zhang Tianzhu, Zhao Wenhai
Epidermal growth factor (EGF)/EFG receptor (EGFR) signaling plays an important role in the osteoblastogenesis. The potential effects of pilose antler peptide (PAP) on osteoblast cell damages was investigated in our present study through EGF/EGFR signaling. In MC3T3-E1 osteoblastic cells, PAP treatment significantly inhibited the production of inflammatory cytokines by decreasing the levels of serum proinflammatory cytokines interleukin-1β (IL-1β), interleukin-6 (IL-6) and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α)...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215565/towards-multifunctional-cellulosic-fabric-uv-photo-reduction-and-in-situ-synthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-into-cellulose-fabrics
#9
Mohamed Rehan, Ahmed Barhoum, Guy Van Assche, Alain Dufresne, Linda Gätjen, Ralph Wilken
Herein, the highly multifunctional cotton fabric surfaces were designed with excellent coloration, UV-protection function, and antimicrobial activity. These multifunctional functions were developed by in-situ synthesis of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) into the cotton fabric surface using a simple green one-pot "UV-reduction" method. Cotton fabrics were pretreated with non-anionic detergent, immersed into alcoholic silver nitrate solution (concentration ranging from 100 to 500ppm), squeezed to remove excess solution and then exposed to UV-irradiation (range 320-400nm) for 1h...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215564/expression-analysis-and-atr-ftir-characterization-of-the-secondary-structure-of-recombinant-human-tnf-%C3%AE-from-escherichia-coli-shuffle-%C3%A2-t7-express-and-bl21-de3-cells
#10
Hossein Safarpour, Sahar Barzegari Banadkoki, Zahra Keshavarzi, Mohammad Hossein Morowvat, Mahdieh Soleimanpour, Shokoufeh Pourmolaei, Farshad H Shirazi
TNF-α, a prototype member of the TNF family of ligands, has both pro-inflammatory and immune-regulatory functions, which make it as an appropriate therapeutic target for selective blockade in antibody therapy of many diseases like in rheumatoid arthritis. Using two models of SHuffle(®) T7 Express and BL21 (DE3) cells, we have expressed this protein and recognized it by SDS-PAGE analysis. FTIR biospectroscopy of the resulted purified proteins has been performed and mathematical calculations has been done for further identification of the structural and conformational differences between the two products...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215563/chitosan-immobilized-novel-peroxidase-from-azadirachta-indica-characterization-and-application
#11
Veda P Pandey, Jyoti Rani, Nivedita Jaiswal, Swati Singh, Manika Awasthi, Ajit K Shasany, Sameeksha Tiwari, Upendra N Dwivedi
In the present paper, a peroxidase was purified from the leaves of a medicinal tree, namely Azadirachta indica, to 45.2 folds with overall recovery of 61%. Based on the subunit size, the purified peroxidase was suggested to be a monomeric structure of size 50kDa and exhibited good thermostability as it was fully stable at 65°C for 1hr and also retained about 73% activity at 70°C till 30min. The substrate affinity was found to be in order of guaiacol > pyrogallol > o-dianisidine. The purified peroxidase was found to be insensitive towards high concentrations of Na(+), Ca(2+), Mg(2+) and Mn(2+)...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214585/preparation-and-biocompatibility-of-a-chitin-nanofiber-gelatin-composite-film
#12
Yoko Ogawa, Kazuo Azuma, Hironori Izawa, Minoru Morimoto, Kosuke Ochi, Tomohiro Osaki, Norihiko Ito, Yoshiharu Okamoto, Hiroyuki Saimoto, Shinsuke Ifuku
The development of chitin-based materials with favorable mechanical properties and biocompatibility is an important research goal owing to the wide-ranging practical applications. In this study, a composite film was prepared using chitin nanofibers and gelatin. The CNF/gelatin composite film was highly viscous and had a fine nanofiber structure. The transmittances indicated high transparency, regardless of nanofiber content. The water content of the CNF/gelatin composite film increased linearly as the gelatin content increased...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214581/oxadiargyl-induced-conformational-transition-of-cystatin-isolated-from-yellow-mustard-seeds-biophysical-and-biochemical-approach
#13
Azaj Ahmed, Anas Shamsi, Bilqees Bano
Phytocystatins are thiol proteinase inhibitors crucial due to their inhibitory activity in plants. These play important roles in improving crop yield, protection against insects and pathogens and modulation of apoptosis. In this chemical era, various pesticides are being used globally to increase the crop biomass. These pesticides accumulate in plant body and produce harmful effects on plants itself by interacting with essential proteins. In this present study, we have monitored the interaction of a herbicide; oxadiargyl, with phytocystatin isolated from yellow mustard seeds (YMP) by employing spectroscopic techniques viz...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212930/molecular-recognition-between-pancreatic-lipase-and-natural-and-synthetic-inhibitors
#14
Martiniano Bello, Lucia Basilio-Antonio, Jonathan Fragoso-Vázquez, Anaguiven Avalos-Soriano, José Correa-Basurto
Pancreatic lipase (PL) is a primary lipase critical for triacylglyceride digestion in humans and is considered as a promising target for the treatment of obesity. Although the current synthetic drugs available for treating obesity have been demonstrated to be effective in inhibiting PL, their prolonged usage results in severe side effects. Based on this argument, in this study, we evaluated the structural and energetic features linked to molecular recognition between two well-known PL inhibitors, orlistat (ORL, synthetic inhibitor) and (-)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG, natural inhibitor) and PL through molecular dynamics simulations and free energy calculations of ORL and EGCG at the PL binding site when it is isolated (PL) from the heterodimer complex, forming the heterodimer complex with colipase (PLCL) and lacking structural calcium...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214586/mango-kernel-starch-gum-composite-films-physical-mechanical-and-barrier-properties
#15
Anjum Nawab, Feroz Alam, Muhammad Abdul Haq, Zubala Lutfi, Abid Hasnain
Composite films were developed by the casting method using mango kernel starch (MKS) and guar and xanthan gums. The concentration of both gums ranged from 0% to 30% (w/w of starch; db). Mechanical properties, oxygen permeability (OP), water vapor permeability (WVP), solubility in water and color parameters of composite films were evaluated. The crystallinity and homogeneity between the starch and gums were also evaluated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The scanning electron micrographs showed homogeneous matrix, with no signs of phase separation between the components...
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214584/removal-of-cd-ii-and-hg-ii-from-effluents-by-ionic-solid-impregnated-chitosan
#16
Anita Shekhawat, Shashikant Kahu, D Saravanan, Ravin Jugade
Ethylhexadecyldimethyl ammonium bromide impregnated chitosan (EHDAIC) was prepared to remove cadmium and mercury from synthetic effluent. The adsorbent was characterized by FTIR, XRD, SEM, EDX and TGA-DTA. Adsorption studies were carried out under different conditions of pH, adsorbent dose, temperature, and contact time. The results showed that the adsorption capacity of EHDAIC is a function of the solution pH and the optimum pH for these metal ions was found to be 3.0. The equilibrium data has been described using Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm models...
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214583/remediation-of-fluoride-from-drinking-water-using-magnetic-iron-oxide-coated-hydrotalcite-chitosan-composite
#17
Kalimuthu Pandi, Soodamani Periyasamy, Natrayasamy Viswanathan
The present study was performed to examine the probability of magnetic iron oxide fabricated hydrotalcite/chitosan (Fe3O4@HTCS) composite for the removal of excess fluoride content from drinking water. The developed Fe3O4@HTCS composite not only demonstrate the good separation ability but also display an extreme enhanced defluoridation capacity (DC) when compared to other base components and composite. The DCs of Fe3O4@HTCS composite, Fe3O4@HT composite, Fe3O4, HT and CS was found to be 5032, 3041, 1050, 1030 and 52 mgF(-)/kg respectively...
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214582/structural-changes-induced-by-l50p-and-i61t-single-mutations-of-ubiquitin-affect-cell-cycle-progression-while-impairing-its-regulatory-and-degradative-functions-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#18
Ankita Doshi, Mrinal Sharma, C Ratna Prabha
Posttranslational conjugation of ubiquitin to proteins either regulates their function directly or concentration through ubiquitination dependent degradation. High degree of conservation of ubiquitin's sequence implies structural and functional importance of the conserved residues. Ubiquitin gene of Saccharomyces cerevisiae was evolved in vitro by us to study the significance of conserved residues. Present study investigates the structural changes in the protein resulting from the single mutations UbS20F, UbA46S, UbL50P, UbI61T and their functional consequences in the SUB60 strain of S...
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212929/structural-analysis-of-a-homogeneous-polysaccharide-from-achatina-fulica
#19
Jie Liu, Feineng Shang, Zengming Yang, Mingyi Wu, Jinhua Zhao
Edible snails have been widely used as a health food and medicine in many countries. In our study, a water-soluble polysaccharide (AF-1) was isolated and purified from Achatina fulica by papain enzymolysis, alcohol precipitation and strong anion exchange chromatography. Structureof the polysaccharide was analyzed and characterized by chemical and instrumental methods, such as Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, high performance liquid chromatography, analysis of monosaccharide composition, methylation analysis, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy ((1)H, (13)C, COSY, TOCSY, NOESY, HSQC and HMBC)...
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223133/bio-based-materials-with-novel-characteristics-for-tissue-engineering-applications-a-review
#20
REVIEW
Luis Bedian, Angel M Villalba-Rodríguez, Gustavo Hernández-Vargas, Roberto Parra-Saldivar, Hafiz M N Iqbal
Recently, a wider spectrum of bio-based materials and materials-based novel constructs and systems has been engineered with high interests. The key objective is to help for an enhanced/better quality of life in a secure way by avoiding/limiting various adverse effects of some in practice traditional therapies. In this context, different methodological approaches including in vitro, in vivo, and ex vivo techniques have been exploited, so far. Among them, bio-based therapeutic constructs are of supreme interests for an enhanced and efficient delivery in the current biomedical sector of the modern world...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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