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Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry

Junnosuke Otaka, Masabumi Komatsu, Yasumasa Miyazaki, Yushi Futamura, Hiroyuki Osada
Chemical investigation of the roots of Pinus densiflora led to the isolation of two new triterpenoids, (24S)-3β-methoxy-24,25-epoxy-lanost-9(11)-ene (1) and 29-acetoxy-3α-methoxyserrat-14-en-21α-ol (2), together with three known serratene-type triterpenoids (3-5) and four known diterpenoids (6-9). Their structures were determined by spectroscopic analyses.
December 2, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Kazuo Kamemura
Of the FET (fused in sarcoma [FUS]/Ewing sarcoma protein [EWS]/TATA binding protein-associated factor 15 [TAF15]) family of heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein particle proteins, FUS and TAF15 are consistently and EWS variably found in inclusion bodies in neurodegenerative diseases such as frontotemporal lobar degeneration associated with FUS. It is speculated that dysregulation of FET proteins at the post-translational level is involved in their cytoplasmic deposition. Here, the O-linked β-N-acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc) glycosylation stoichiometry of the FET proteins was chemoenzymatically analyzed, and it was found that only EWS is dynamically glycosylated with a high stoichiometry in the neural cell lines tested and in mouse brain...
December 1, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Qing-Hua Cao, Huan-Huan Shao, Hui Qiu, Tao Li, Yi-Zheng Zhang, Xue-Mei Tan
The CRISPR/Cas system can be used to simply and efficiently edit the genomes of various species, including animals, plants, and microbes. Zymomonas mobilis ZM4 is a highly efficient, ethanol-producing bacterium that contains five native plasmids. Here, we constructed the pSUZM2a-Cas9 plasmid and a single-guide RNA expression plasmid. The pSUZM2a-Cas9 plasmid was used to express the Cas9 gene cloned from Streptococcus pyogenes CICC 10464. The single-guide RNA expression plasmid pUC-T7sgRNA, with a T7 promoter, can be used for the in vitro synthesis of single-guide RNAs...
November 30, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Hideo Satsu
The intestinal tract comes into direct contact with the external environment despite being inside the body. Intestinal epithelial cells, which line the inner face of the intestinal tract, have various important functions, including absorption of food substances, immune functions such as cytokine secretion, and barrier function against xenobiotics by means of detoxification enzymes. It is likely that the functions of intestinal epithelial cells are regulated or modulated by these components because they are frequently exposed to food components at high concentrations...
November 29, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Katsumi Hashizume, Toshiko Ito, Shinya Igarashi
A stable isotope dilution assay (SIDA) for two taste-active pyroglutamyl decapeptide ethyl esters (PGDPE1; (pGlu)LFGPNVNPWCOOC2H5, PGDPE2; (pGlu)LFNPSTNPWCOOC2H5) in sake was developed using deuterated isotopes and high-resolution mass spectrometry. Recognition thresholds of PGDPEs in sake were estimated as 3.8 μg/L for PGDPE1 and 8.1 μg/L for PGDPE2, evaluated using 11 student panelists aged in their twenties. Quantitated concentrations in 18 commercial sake samples ranged from 0 to 27 μg/L for PGDPE1 and from 0 to 202 μg/L for PGDPE2...
November 29, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Youngjoo Lee, Jiyeon Kim, Jinho An, Heetae Lee, Hyunseok Kong, Youngcheon Song, Eunju Shin, Seon-Gil Do, Chong-Kil Lee, Kyungjae Kim
We developed spontaneous diet-induced metabolic disease in mice by feeding them a high-fat diet for 23 weeks and administered Aloe QDM complex for 16 weeks to examine its restorative effect on immune disorders and metabolic syndrome. A series of immune functional assays indicated Aloe QDM complex enhanced lymphocyte proliferation and antigen-specific immunity as determined by the restored functions of cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) and IgG production. The elevated serum TNF-α level was also regulated by Aloe QDM complex treatment, which suggested its complex therapeutic potential...
November 25, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Yoshihisa Yoshimi, Yumi Sugawara, Chiaki Hori, Kiyohiko Igarashi, Satoshi Kaneko, Yoichi Tsumuraya, Toshihisa Kotake
Arabinogalactan-proteins (AGPs) are highly diverse plant proteoglycans found on the plant cell surface. AGPs have large arabinogalactan (AG) moieties attached to a core-protein rich in hydroxyproline (Hyp). The AG undergoes hydrolysis by various glycoside hydrolases, most of which have been identified, whereas the core-proteins is presumably degraded by unknown proteases/peptidases secreted from fungi and bacteria in nature. Although several enzymes hydrolyzing other Hyp-rich proteins are known, the enzymes acting on the core-proteins of AGPs remain to be identified...
November 25, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Wataru Kimura, Yasushi Endo
In this study, decomposition products of glycidyl palmitate (GP) of fatty acids heated at high temperature such as deep frying were investigated. When GP and tripalmitin (TP) were heated at 180 and 200 °C, they were decreased with heating time. The weight of GP was less than that of TP, although both GP and TP were converted to polar compounds after heating. The decomposition rate of GP was higher than TP. Both GP and TP produced considerable amounts of hydrocarbons and aldehydes during heating. Aldehydes produced from GP and TP included saturated aldehydes with carbon chain length of 3-10, while hydrocarbons consisted of carbon chain length of 8-15...
November 25, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Jianwu Shi, Dexia Wang, Yan Zhou, Yiran Gu, Di Wu, Junhua Wang, Yijiang Hong
We provide the first large-scale quantitative proteomics analysis in Hyriopsis schlegelii. To investigate the proteins expressed in the gonads, a quantitative proteomics approach has been utilized to analyze differentially expressed proteins between the spermary and ovary. In this study, we identified and quantified 2416 proteins in the gonads of Hyriopsis schlegelii. Of these, 559 proteins showed significantly different expression between the spermary and ovary. Some specific proteins expressed in either the spermary or ovary were identified in Hyriopsis schlegelii...
November 24, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Wakako Tsuzuki, Hiroyuki Mogushi, Shuji Kawahara, Eiichi Kotake-Nara, Shiro Komba, Yoshikazu Kanai, Sumiyo Yamada, Akira Horigane
Oryzanol contained in rice bran is a complex mixture of steryl ferulates (SFs) with many identified health benefits. Recently, SF has been shown to exist in other cereals such as wheat, rye, and corn. In this study, SFs in several wheats produced in Japan were analyzed. For instance, SF content of whole wheat grain, Yumekaori (Japan) was 15.2 ± 1.4 mg-oryzanol-equivalent/100 g grain, while that of the imported one, 1CW (Canada) was 11.4 ± 1.3 mg-oryzanol-equivalent/100 g grain. The main SF components in the examined wheats were campesteryl ferulate, campestanyl ferulate, and sitostanyl ferulate...
November 23, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Yuehong Chen, Qinghua Cao, Xiang Tao, Huanhuan Shao, Kun Zhang, Yizheng Zhang, Xuemei Tan
White-rot basidiomycete Coriolopsis gallica HTC is one of the main biodegraders of poplar. In our previous study, we have shown the strong capacity of C. gallica HTC to degrade lignocellulose. In this study, equal amounts of total RNA fromC. Gallica HTC cultures grown in different conditions were pooled together. Illumina paired-end RNA sequencing was performed, and 13.2 million 90-bp paired-end reads were generated. We chose the Merged Assembly of Oases data-set for the following blast searches and gene ontology analyses...
November 23, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Dai Tsukioka, Susumu Izumi, Takeshi Adachi
Dopa decarboxylase (DDC) protein is involved in the synthesis of dopamine and serotonin. Here, we show that in the silkworm Bombyx mori, a novel DDC splicing variant is selectively expressed in the brain and subesophageal ganglia. In Drosophila melanogaster, a neuron-specific isoform of DDC is known to be alternatively spliced in a similar manner.
November 21, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Hyun Chung, NaKyeom Lee, Jeong-Ah Seo, Young-Suk Kim
Lichtheimia ramosa is one of the predominant filamentous fungi in Korean traditional nuruk. The nonvolatile and volatile metabolites of L. ramosa cultivated in three growth media: complete medium (CM), potato dextrose broth (PDB), and sabouraud dextrose broth (SDB), were investigated and compared. Among nonvolatile metabolites, serine, lysine, and ornithine increased in CM and PDB cultivated with L. ramosa during the exponential phase. In addition, glucose level increased in CM whereas decreased in PDB and SDB...
November 21, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Jing Wang, Fei Wang, Peng Zhang, Hongju Liu, Jian He, Chenyu Zhang, Ming Fan, Xiaoping Chen
Disuse leads to severe muscle atrophy and a slow-to-fast myofiber-type transition. PGC-1α (Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ coactivator 1α) is documented to play an important role in muscle atrophy and slow-twitch myofiber determination. Transcription of atrophy-related Atrogin-1 by FoxO3 can be reduced by PGC-1α. While Smad3 augments FoxO3-induced Atrogin-1 and MuRF1 promoter activity. So PGC-1α, as a transcription co-activator, may regulate hindlimb unloading (HU)-induced myofiber-type transition and muscle atrophy through Smad3...
November 21, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Jutiporn Thussagunpanit, Yuko Nagai, Miyu Nagae, Kiyoshi Mashiguchi, Nobutaka Mitsuda, Masaru Ohme-Takagi, Takeshi Nakano, Hidemitsu Nakamura, Tadao Asami
Strigolactones (SLs) and karrikins (KARs) regulate photomorphogenesis. GR24, a synthetic SL and KAR1, a KAR, inhibit the hypocotyl elongation of Arabidopsis thaliana in a weak light. GR24 and KAR1 up-regulate the expression of STH7, encoding a transcription factor belonging to the double B-box zinc finger subfamily. In this study, we used STH7-overexpressing (STH7ox) lines and functionally defective STH7 (STH7-SRDX) mutants to investigate roles of SLs and KARs in photomorphogenesis of Arabidopsis. Hypocotyl elongation of STH7-SRDX mutants was less sensitive to both GR24 and KAR1 treatment than that of wild-type Arabidopsis under weak light conditions...
November 18, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Yuki Takada, Yuko Watanabe, Kazuho Okuya, Hideki Tatsukawa, Hisashi Hashimoto, Kiyotaka Hitomi
Transglutaminase is an enzyme family responsible for post-translational modification such as protein cross-linking and the attachment of primary amine and/or deamidation of glutamine-residue in proteins. Medaka (Oryzias latipes), a recently established model fish, has similar functional proteins to those characterized in mammals. Previously, we found the apparent orthologues that correspond to human transglutaminases in medaka. In this study, regarding the medaka orthologue of human tissue-type transglutaminase (OlTGT), recombinant protein was expressed in an active form in bacteria cultured at low temperature...
November 18, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Yu Kokubo, Miho Nishizaka, Naoki Ube, Yukinori Yabuta, Shin-Ichi Tebayashi, Kotomi Ueno, Shin Taketa, Atsushi Ishihara
The Poaceae is a large taxonomic group consisting of approximately 12,000 species and is classified into 12 subfamilies. Gramine and benzoxazinones (Bxs), which are biosynthesized from the tryptophan pathway, are well-known defensive secondary metabolites in the Poaceae. We analyzed the presence or absence of garamine and Bxs in 64 species in the Poaceae by LC-MS/MS. We found that Hordeum brachyantherum and Hakonechloa macra accumulated gramine, but the presence of gramine was limited to small groups of species...
November 17, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Masahiro Noshi, Hiroki Yamada, Risa Hatanaka, Noriaki Tanabe, Masahiro Tamoi, Shigeru Shigeoka
Ascorbate and glutathione are indispensable cellular redox buffers and allow plants to acclimate stressful conditions. Arabidopsis contains three functional dehydroascorbate reductases (DHAR1-3), which catalyzes the conversion of dehydroascorbate into its reduced form using glutathione as a reductant. We herein attempted to elucidate the physiological role in DHAR1 and DHAR2 in stress responses. The total DHAR activities in DHAR knockout Arabidopsis plants, dhar1 and dhar2, were 22 and 92%, respectively, that in wild-type leaves...
November 17, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Yoshitaka Ano, Roque A Hours, Yoshihiko Akakabe, Naoya Kataoka, Toshiharu Yakushi, Kazunobu Matsushita, Osao Adachi
A novel oxidation of D-pentonates to 4-keto-D-pentonates was analyzed with Gluconobacter thailandicus NBRC 3258. D-Pentonate 4-dehydrogenase activity in the membrane fraction was readily inactivated by EDTA and it was reactivated by the addition of PQQ and Ca(2+). D-Pentonate 4-dehydrogenase was purified to two different subunits, 80 and 14 kDa. The absorption spectrum of the purified enzyme showed no typical absorbance over the visible regions. The enzyme oxidized D-pentonates to 4-keto-D-pentonates at the optimum pH of 4...
November 16, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Ryo Inoue, Takaji Yajima, Takamitsu Tsukahara
The important role played by the gut microbiota in host immunity is mediated, in part, through toll-like receptors (TLRs). We evaluated the postnatal changes in expression of TLR2 and TLR4 in the murine small intestine and assessed how expression is influenced by gut microbiota. The expression of TLR2 and TLR4 in the murine small intestine was highly dynamic during development. The changes were especially profound during the suckling period, with the maximal mRNA levels detected in the mid-suckling period. Immunohistochemical and flow-cytometric analyses indicated that the changes in TLR2 and TLR4 expression involve primarily epithelial cells...
November 14, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
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