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Marine Drugs

Hsiang-Lin Tsai, Chi-Jung Tai, Ching-Wen Huang, Fang-Rong Chang, Jaw-Yuan Wang
BACKGROUND: Low-molecular-weight fucoidan (LMF) is widely used as a food supplement for cancer patients. However, all of the studies are in vitro or were conducted using mice. Therefore, powerful clinical evidence for LMF use is relatively weak. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of LMF as a supplemental therapy to chemo-target agents in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients. METHODS: We conducted a prospective, randomized, double-blind, controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy of LMF as a supplemental therapy to chemotarget agents in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC)...
April 21, 2017: Marine Drugs
Emir Salas-Sarduy, Yasel Guerra, Giovanni Covaleda Cortés, Francesc Xavier Avilés, María A Chávez Planes
Natural products from marine origin constitute a very promising and underexplored source of interesting compounds for modern biotechnological and pharmaceutical industries. However, their evaluation is quite challenging and requires specifically designed assays to reliably identify the compounds of interest in a highly heterogeneous and interfering context. In the present study, we describe a general strategy for the confident identification of tight-binding protease inhibitors in the aqueous extracts of 62 Cuban marine invertebrates, using Plasmodium falciparum hemoglobinases Plasmepsin II and Falcipain 2 as model enzymes...
April 21, 2017: Marine Drugs
Chen Zhang, C Benjamin Naman, Niclas Engene, William H Gerwick
A bioactivity guided study of a cf. Caldora penicillata species, collected during a 2013 expedition to the Pacific island of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands (a commonwealth of the USA), led to the isolation of a new thiazoline-containing alkaloid, laucysteinamide A (1). Laucysteinamide A is a new monomeric analogue of the marine cyanobacterial metabolite, somocystinamide A (2), a disulfide-bonded dimeric compound that was isolated previously from a Fijian marine cyanobacterium. The structure and absolute configuration of laucysteinamide A (1) was determined by a detailed analysis of its NMR, MS, and CD spectra...
April 14, 2017: Marine Drugs
Xiang-Rong Tian, Yan-Qing Gao, Xiao-Lin Tian, Jiao Li, Hai-Feng Tang, Yu-Shan Li, Hou-Wen Lin, Zhi-Qing Ma
A new sterol, (23R)-methoxycholest-5,24-dien-3β-ol (1), two new ceramides, (2S,3R,4E,8E)-2-(tetradecanoylamino)-4,8-octadecadien-l,3-diol (6) and (2S,3R,2'R,4E,8E)-2-(tetradecanoylamino)-4,8-octadecadien-l,3,2'-triol (7), together with three known sterols (2-4), a lactone (5) and two ceramides (8,9), were isolated from the marine bryozoan Cryptosula pallasiana, collected at Huang Island of China. The structures of the new compounds were elucidated by extensive spectroscopic analyses, chemical methods and quantum electronic circular dichroism (ECD) calculations...
April 13, 2017: Marine Drugs
Cinzia Corinaldesi, Giulio Barone, Francesca Marcellini, Antonio Dell'Anno, Roberto Danovaro
The oceans encompass a wide range of habitats and environmental conditions, which host a huge microbial biodiversity. The unique characteristics of several marine systems have driven a variety of biological adaptations, leading to the production of a large spectrum of bioactive molecules. Fungi, fungi-like protists (such as thraustochytrids) and bacteria are among the marine organisms with the highest potential of producing bioactive compounds, which can be exploited for several commercial purposes, including cosmetic and cosmeceutical ones...
April 12, 2017: Marine Drugs
Min-Cheol Kang, Yuling Ding, Eun-A Kim, Youn Kyung Choi, Thiago de Araujo, Soo-Jin Heo, Seung-Hong Lee
Seaweed, a popular and abundant food ingredient mainly consumed in Asian countries, is a good source of bioactive compounds with anti-obesity effects. However, the anti-obesity effects of Sargassum thunbergii have not yet been established. In this study, we isolated six indole derivatives (STCs)-indole-2-carboxaldehyde (STC-1), indole-3-carboxaldehyde (STC-2), indole-4-carboxaldehyde (STC-3), indole-5-carboxaldehyde (STC-4), indole-6-carboxaldehyde (STC-5), and indole-7-carboxaldehyde (STC-6)-from S. thunbergii and evaluated their inhibitory effects on adipocyte differentiation in 3T3-L1 cells...
April 12, 2017: Marine Drugs
Idam Hermawan, Atsushi Furuta, Masahiro Higashi, Yoshihisa Fujita, Nobuyoshi Akimitsu, Atsuya Yamashita, Kohji Moriishi, Satoshi Tsuneda, Hidenori Tani, Masamichi Nakakoshi, Masayoshi Tsubuki, Yuji Sekiguchi, Naohiro Noda, Junichi Tanaka
Bioassay-guided separation of a lipophilic extract of the crinoid Alloeocomatella polycladia, inhibiting the activity of HCV NS3 helicase, yielded two groups of molecules: cholesterol sulfate and four new aromatic sulfates 1-4. The structures of the aromatics were elucidated by spectroscopic analysis in addition to theoretical studies. The aromatic sulfates 1-4 showed moderate inhibition against NS3 helicase with IC50 values of 71, 95, 7, and 5 μM, respectively.
April 11, 2017: Marine Drugs
Tian-Jun Cao, Xing-Qi Huang, Yuan-Yuan Qu, Zhong Zhuang, Yin-Yin Deng, Shan Lu
Lycopene cyclases cyclize the open ends of acyclic lycopene (ψ,ψ-carotene) into β- or ε-ionone rings in the crucial bifurcation step of carotenoid biosynthesis. Among all carotenoid constituents, β-carotene (β,β-carotene) is found in all photosynthetic organisms, except for purple bacteria and heliobacteria, suggesting a ubiquitous distribution of lycopene β-cyclase activity in these organisms. In this work, we isolated a gene (BfLCYB) encoding a lycopene β-cyclase from Bangia fuscopurpurea, a red alga that is considered to be one of the primitive multicellular eukaryotic photosynthetic organisms and accumulates carotenoid constituents with both β- and ε-rings, including β-carotene, zeaxanthin, α-carotene (β,ε-carotene) and lutein...
April 11, 2017: Marine Drugs
Zongrui Tong, Yu Chen, Yang Liu, Li Tong, Jiamian Chu, Kecen Xiao, Zhiyu Zhou, Wenbo Dong, Xingwu Chu
Alginate (Alg) is a renewable polymer with excellent hemostatic properties and biocapability and is widely used for hemostatic wound dressing. However, the swelling properties of alginate-based wound dressings need to be promoted to meet the requirements of wider application. Poly(γ-glutamic acid) (PGA) is a natural polymer with high hydrophility. In the current study, novel Alg/PGA composite microparticles with double network structure were prepared by the emulsification/internal gelation method. It was found from the structure characterization that a double network structure was formed in the composite microparticles due to the ion chelation interaction between Ca(2+) and the carboxylate groups of Alg and PGA and the electrostatic interaction between the secondary amine group of PGA and the carboxylate groups of Alg and PGA...
April 11, 2017: Marine Drugs
Xixi Cai, Ana Yan, Nanyan Fu, Shaoyun Wang
Schizochytrium protein hydrolysate (SPH) was prepared through stepwise enzymatic hydrolysis by alcalase and flavourzyme sequentially. The proportion of hydrophobic amino acids of SPH was 34.71%. The molecular weight (MW) of SPH was principally concentrated at 180-3000 Da (52.29%). SPH was divided into two fractions by ultrafiltration: SPH-I (MW < 3 kDa) and SPH-II (MW > 3 kDa). Besides showing lipid peroxidation inhibitory activity in vitro, SPH-I exhibited high DPPH and ABTS radicals scavenging activities with IC50 of 350 μg/mL and 17...
April 10, 2017: Marine Drugs
Matías A Musumeci, Mariana Lozada, Daniela V Rial, Walter P Mac Cormack, Janet K Jansson, Sara Sjöling, JoLynn Carroll, Hebe M Dionisi
The goal of this work was to identify sequences encoding monooxygenase biocatalysts with novel features by in silico mining an assembled metagenomic dataset of polar and subpolar marine sediments. The targeted enzyme sequences were Baeyer-Villiger and bacterial cytochrome P450 monooxygenases (CYP153). These enzymes have wide-ranging applications, from the synthesis of steroids, antibiotics, mycotoxins and pheromones to the synthesis of monomers for polymerization and anticancer precursors, due to their extraordinary enantio-, regio-, and chemo- selectivity that are valuable features for organic synthesis...
April 9, 2017: Marine Drugs
Hong-Ting Victor Lin, Yu-Chi Tsou, Yu-Ting Chen, Wen-Jung Lu, Pai-An Hwang
The combined effects of low-molecular-weight fucoidan (LMF) and fucoxanthin (Fx) in terms of antihyperglycemic, antihyperlipidemic, and hepatoprotective activities were investigated in a mouse model of type II diabetes. The intake of LMF, Fx, and LMF + Fx lowered the blood sugar and fasting blood sugar levels, and increased serum adiponectin levels. The significant decrease in urinary sugar was only observed in LMF + Fx supplementation. LMF and Fx had ameliorating effects on the hepatic tissue of db/db mice by increasing hepatic glycogen and antioxidative enzymes, and LMF was more effective than Fx at improving hepatic glucose metabolism...
April 7, 2017: Marine Drugs
Marion Navarri, Camille Jégou, Arnaud Bondon, Sandrine Pottier, Stéphane Bach, Blandine Baratte, Sandrine Ruchaud, Georges Barbier, Gaëtan Burgaud, Yannick Fleury
Four bioactive compounds have been isolated from the fungus Oidiodendron griseum UBOCC-A-114129 cultivated from deep subsurface sediment. They were structurally characterized using a combination of LC-MS/MS and NMR analyses as fuscin and its derivatives (dihydrofuscin, dihydrosecofuscin, and secofuscin) and identified as polyketides. Albeit those compounds were already obtained from terrestrial fungi, this is the first report of their production by an Oidiodendron species and by the deepest subseafloor isolate ever studied for biological activities...
April 7, 2017: Marine Drugs
Jun-Hyeong Park, Seong-Hun Choi, Soo-Jin Park, Young Joon Lee, Jong Hyun Park, Phil Hyun Song, Chang-Mo Cho, Sae-Kwang Ku, Chang-Hyun Song
Low molecular weight fucoidan (LMF) has been reported to possess anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities. Thus, we examined the effects of LMF extracted from Undaria pinnatifida on dermal wounds. Five round dermal wounds were created on the dorsal back of rats, and they were then treated topically with distilled water (DW), Madecasol Care™ (MC) or LMF at 200, 100 and 50 mg/mL, twice a day for a week. There were dose-dependent increases in wound contraction in the groups receiving LMF but not in the MC group, compared with the DW...
April 7, 2017: Marine Drugs
Stabili Loredana, Pizzolante Graziano, Morgante Antonio, Nonnis Marzano Carlotta, Longo Caterina, Aresta Antonella Maria, Zambonin Carlo, Corriero Giuseppe, Alifano Pietro
Lindane is an organochlorine pesticide belonging to persistent organic pollutants (POPs) that has been widely used to treat agricultural pests. It is of particular concern because of its toxicity, persistence and tendency to bioaccumulate in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. In this context, we assessed the role of bacteria associated with the sponge Hymeniacidon perlevis in lindane degradation. Seven bacteria isolates were characterized and identified. These isolates showed a remarkable capacity to utilize lindane as a sole carbon source leading to a percentage of residual lindane ranging from 3% to 13% after 12 days of incubation with the pesticide...
April 6, 2017: Marine Drugs
Jing Wang, Huaide Liu, Xue Zhang, Xinpeng Li, Lihua Geng, Hong Zhang, Quanbin Zhang
Parkinson's disease (PD) is one of the most common neurodegenerative diseases. Recent studies suggest that sulfated hetero-polysaccharides (UF) protect against developing PD. However, the detailed mechanisms of how UF suppress neuronal death have not been fully elucidated. We investigated the cytoprotective mechanisms of UF using human dopaminergic neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells as a PD model. UF prevented H₂O₂-induced apoptotic cell death in SH-SY5Y cells in a dose-dependent manner. An examination of the PI3K/Akt upstream pathway revealed that UF-pretreated cells showed a decreased relative density of Akt, PI3K, and TrkA, and increased the phosphorylation of Akt, PI3K, and NGF; the PI3K inhibitor, LY294002, partially prevented this effect...
April 6, 2017: Marine Drugs
Tomohiko Tomura, Shiori Nagashima, Satoshi Yamazaki, Takashi Iizuka, Ryosuke Fudou, Makoto Ojika
Three new compounds, enhygromic acid (1) and deoxyenhygrolides A (2) and B (3), were isolated from a marine myxobacterium, Enhygromyxa sp. Compound 1 was found to be an acrylic acid derivative with a rare polycyclic carbon skeleton, decahydroacenaphthylene, by spectroscopic analyses. Compounds 2 and 3 were deoxy analogs of the known γ-alkylidenebutenolides, enhygrolides. Compound 1 exhibited cytotoxicity against B16 melanoma cells and anti-bacterial activity against Bacillus subtilis, and enhanced the NGF-induced neurite outgrowth of PC12 cells...
April 6, 2017: Marine Drugs
Ji-Young Yoon, Hojung Choi, Hee-Sook Jun
Phloroglucinol is a phenolic compound that is one of the major compounds in Ecklonia cava (brown alga). It has many pharmacological activities, but its anti-diabetic effect is not yet fully explored. In this study, we investigated the effect of phloroglucinol on the control of blood glucose levels and the regulation of hepatic glucose production. Phloroglucinol significantly improved glucose tolerance in male C57BL/6J mice fed a high fat diet (HFD) and inhibited glucose production in mouse primary hepatocytes...
April 5, 2017: Marine Drugs
Yongze Yuan, Rui Han, Qianwen Cao, Jinhui Yu, Jiali Mao, Tingfu Zhang, Shengqiang Wang, Yuhui Niu, Deli Liu
Sterol 14α-demethylases from Cytochrome P450 family (CYP51s) are essential enzymes in sterol biosynthesis and well-known as the target of antifungal drugs. The 3D structure of CYP51A from Penicillium italicum (PiCYP51A) was constructed through homology modeling based on the crystal structure of human CYP51A (PDB: 3LD6). Molecular dynamics (MD) simulation was operated to relax the initial model and followed by quality assessment using PROCHECK program. On the basis of the docking information on the currently available CYP51s with the patent demethylase inhibitors (DMIs), pharmacophore-based virtual screening combined with docking analysis was performed to pick out twelve new compounds from ZINC database...
April 5, 2017: Marine Drugs
Hun Min Lee, Min Hee Kim, Young Il Yoon, Won Ho Park
An aqueous solution was successfully prepared using a low-molecular-weight chitosan oligomer and FITC, and its structural and fluorescent properties were observed by using ¹H NMR, (13)C NMR, FT-IR, XRD, UV-Vis, and PL spectrometry. Its application as a metal ion sensor was also evaluated. The fluorescence in the water-soluble chitosan oligomer was a result of the carbamato anion (NHCOO-), and a synthesized FITC-labeled chitosan oligomer exhibited an effective detection effect for copper ion as well as energy transfer by the ion near FITC that caused a fluorescence decrease (quenching)...
April 4, 2017: Marine Drugs
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