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Jonathan Negrel, Francine Javelle, Dominique Morandi, Géraldine Lucchi
A Gram-negative bacterium able to grow using chlorogenic acid (5-caffeoylquinic acid) as sole carbon source has been isolated from the roots of tomato plants inoculated with the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus Rhizophagus irregularis. An intracellular esterase exhibiting very high affinity (Km = 2 μM) for chlorogenic acid has been extracted and purified by FPLC from the chlorogenate-grown cultures of this bacterium. The molecular mass of the purified esterase determined by SDS-PAGE was 61 kDa and its isoelectric point determined by chromatofocusing was 7...
October 17, 2016: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Salvatore Nesci, Fabiana Trombetti, Maurizio Pirini, Vittoria Ventrella, Alessandra Pagliarani
In spite of the known widespread toxicity of mercury, its impact on mitochondrial bioenergetics is a still poorly explored topic. Even if many studies have dealt with mercury poisoning of mitochondrial respiration, as far as we are aware Hg(2+) effects on individual complexes are not so clear. In the present study changes in swine heart mitochondrial respiration and F1FO-ATPase (F-ATPase) activity promoted by micromolar Hg(2+) concentrations were investigated. Hg(2+) was found to inhibit the respiration of NADH-energized mitochondria, whereas it was ineffective when the substrate was succinate...
October 22, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
Rachel S Kelly, Amber Dahlin, Michael J McGeachie, Weiliang Qiu, Joanne Sordillo, Emily S Wan, Ann Chen Wu, Jessica Lasky-Su
Asthma is a complex disease well suited to metabolomic profiling, both for the development of novel biomarkers and for the improved understanding of pathophysiology. In this review, we summarize the 21 existing metabolomic studies of asthma in humans, all of which reported significant findings and concluded that individual metabolites and metabolomic profiles measured in exhaled breath condensate, urine, plasma and serum could identify asthmatics and asthma phenotypes with high discriminatory ability. There was considerable consistency across the studies in terms of the reported biomarkers, regardless of biospecimen, profiling technology and population age...
October 21, 2016: Chest
Maria Inês Dias, Lillian Barros, Patricia Morales, Montaña Cámara, Maria José Alves, M Beatriz P P Oliveira, Celestino Santos-Buelga, Isabel C F R Ferreira
Wild Fragaria vesca L. fruits were studied regarding nutritional and phytochemical compounds, and also antioxidant, antibacterial and biofilm formation inhibition activities. The fruits are good sources of carbohydrates (e.g., sucrose), soluble dietary fiber and polyunsaturated fatty acids, mainly linoleic and linolenic acids, as well as other components such as citric and succinic acids, and vitamins B9 and E (mainly γ-tocopherol). Significant amounts of soluble sugars, citric acid and some amounts of ascorbic acid, vitamins B9 and E (only α-tocopherol) were found also in the infusions...
October 24, 2016: Food & Function
Andrew J Loder, Yejun Han, Aaron B Hawkins, Hong Lian, Gina L Lipscomb, Gerrit J Schut, Matthew W Keller, Michael W W Adams, Robert M Kelly
The 3-hydroxypropionate/4-hydroxybutyrate (3HP/4HB) cycle fixes CO2 in extremely thermoacidophilic archaea and holds promise for metabolic engineering because of its thermostability and potentially rapid pathway kinetics. A reaction kinetics model was developed to examine the biological and biotechnological attributes of the 3HP/4HB cycle as it operates in Metallosphaera sedula, based on previous information as well as on kinetic parameters determined here for recombinant versions of five of the cycle enzymes (malonyl-CoA/succinyl-CoA reductase, 3-hydroxypropionyl-CoA synthetase, 3-hydroxypropionyl-CoA dehydratase, acryloyl-CoA reductase, and succinic semialdehyde reductase)...
October 19, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
Michael Karlsson, Johannes K Ehinger, Sarah Piel, Fredrik Sjövall, Johanna Henriksnäs, Urban Höglund, Magnus J Hansson, Eskil Elmér
Metabolic crisis is a clinical condition primarily affecting patients with inherent mitochondrial dysfunction in situations of augmented demand. To model this, ten pigs received an infusion of rotenone, a mitochondrial complex I inhibitor, or vehicle. Clinical parameters, blood gases, continuous indirect calorimetry, in vivo muscle oxygen tension, ex vivo mitochondrial respiration and metabolomics were assessed. Rotenone induced a progressive increase in lactate which was paralleled by an increase in oxygen tension in venous blood and skeletal muscle...
October 18, 2016: Mitochondrion
Xiao-Bin Fang, Ying-Qi Xu, Hon-Fai Chan, Chun-Ming Wang, Qing Zheng, Fei Xiao, Mei-Wan Chen
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is an aggressive malignancy and the second leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Most current therapeutic agents lack the tumor-targeting efficiency and result in a nonselective biodistribution in the body. In our previous study, we identified a peptide Ala-Pro-Asp-Thr-Lys-Thr-Gln (APDTKTQ) that can selectively bind to the receptor of advanced glycation end-products (RAGE), an immunoglobulin superfamily cell surface molecule overexpressed during HCC malignant progression. Here, we report the design of a mixed micelles system modified with this peptide to target HCC cells...
October 21, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Heni Rachmawati, Annisa Rahma, Loaye Al Shaal, Rainer H Müller, Cornelia M Keck
We have successfully developed curcumin nanosuspension intended for oral delivery. The main purpose is to improve bioavailability through enhancing its solubility. The nanoparticles were stabilized using various stabilizers, including polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP), polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), sodium carboxymethylcellulose (Na-CMC), d-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS), and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). The average diameter of particles, microscopic appearance, and sedimentation of each preparation was observed and compared...
October 18, 2016: Scientia Pharmaceutica
Im-Sook Song, Jin-Sun Cha, Min-Koo Choi
The aim of this study was to prepare a solid dispersion formulation of curcumin to enhance its solubility, dissolution rate, and oral bioavailability. The formulation was prepared with d-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS) and mannitol using solvent evaporation and freeze-drying methods, which yielded a solid dispersion composed of curcumin, TPGS, and mannitol at a ratio of 1:10:15 (w/w/w). The solubility and dissolution rate of the curcumin solid dispersion markedly improved compared with those of curcumin powder and a physical mixture of curcumin, TPGS, and mannitol...
October 17, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Mary Anne D Chiong, Marilyn A Tan, Cynthia P Cordero, Esphie Grace D Fodra, Judy S Manliguis, Cristine P Lopez, Leslie Michelle M Dalmacio
BACKGROUND: Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD) is the most common inborn error of metabolism in the country. The cause of the neuropathology is still not well established although accumulation of branched chain amino acids (BCAA) and alteration in large neutral amino acids (LNAA) as well as energy deprivation are suggested. It is therefore the aim of this study to determine the plasma amino acid and urine organic acid profiles of patients with MSUD and correlate the findings with their neurologic features...
December 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
K R Vogel, G R Ainslie, E E W Jansen, G S Salomons, K M Gibson
Aldehyde dehydrogenase 5a1-deficient (aldh5a1(-/-)) mice, the murine orthologue of human succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase deficiency (SSADHD), manifest increased GABA (4-aminobutyric acid) that disrupts autophagy, increases mitochondria number, and induces oxidative stress, all mitigated with the mTOR (mechanistic target of rapamycin) inhibitor rapamycin [1]. Because GABA regulates mTOR, we tested the hypothesis that aldh5a1(-/-) mice would show altered levels of mRNA for genes associated with mTOR signaling and oxidative stress that could be mitigated by inhibiting mTOR...
October 16, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Michel van Schaardenburgh, Martin Wohlwend, Øivind Rognmo, Erney J R Mattsson
PURPOSE: Mitochondria are essential for energy production in the muscle cell and for this they are dependent upon a sufficient supply of oxygen by the circulation. Exercise training has shown to be a potent stimulus for physiological adaptations and mitochondria play a central role. Whether changes in mitochondrial respiration are seen after exercise in patients with a reduced circulation is unknown. The aim of the study was to evaluate the time course and whether one session of calf raise exercise stimulates mitochondrial respiration in the calf muscle of patients with peripheral vascular disease...
2016: PloS One
Katherine A Dunn, Jessica Moore-Connors, Brad MacIntyre, Andrew Stadnyk, Nikhil A Thomas, Angela Noble, Gamal Mahdi, Mohsin Rashid, Anthony R Otley, Joseph P Bielawski, Johan Van Limbergen
BACKGROUND: Exclusive enteral nutrition (EEN) is a first-line therapy in pediatric Crohn's disease (CD) thought to induce remission through changes in the gut microbiome. With microbiome assessment largely focused on microbial taxonomy and diversity, it remains unclear to what extent EEN induces functional changes that thereby contribute to its therapeutic effect. METHODS: Fecal samples were collected from 15 pediatric CD patients prior to and after EEN treatment, as well as from 5 healthy controls...
November 2016: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
V E Radzinskii, I V Kuznetsova, Y B Uspenskaya, N B Repina, Y K Gusak, O M Zubova, D I Burchakov, A A Osmakova
Peri- and postmenopausal women commonly suffer from climacteric symptoms. We evaluated the effectiveness and safety of dietary supplement Amberen to relieve vasomotor and psychosomatic symptoms during the course of a 3-month, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. General clinical assessment, evaluation using the Greene climacteric test and Spielberger-Hanin test, determination of plasma levels of gonadotropins, estradiol, leptin and apolipoproteins were used to evaluate 42-60-year-old women with vasomotor and psychosomatic menopausal symptoms...
October 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
Yi Qin, Hui Zhu, Mi Zhang, Huifen Zhang, Cheng Xiang, Baocai Li
The chemical composition of fulvic acid (FA) with a molecular weight below 500 (FA-500) was analyzed, and its activity on promoting the seed germination of wheat was studied in this paper. The FA-500 was obtained by membrane separation technology and qualitatively and quantitatively analyzed by using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry combined with the retention index. Forty-seven constituents were identified, including structures with ester, acid and alcohol groups, which accounted for 95% of the total composition...
October 13, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Salette Martinez, Robert P Hausinger
The ethylene-forming enzyme (EFE) from Pseudomonas syringae pv. phaseolicola PK2 is a member of the mononuclear non-heme Fe(II)- and 2-oxoglutarate (2OG)-dependent oxygenase superfamily. This enzyme is reported to simultaneously catalyze the conversion of 2OG into ethylene plus three CO2 and the Cδ hydroxylation of L-arginine (L-Arg) while oxidatively decarboxylating 2OG to form succinate and carbon dioxide. A new plasmid construct for expression in recombinant Escherichia coli cells allowed for the purification of large amounts of EFE with greater activity than previously recorded...
October 17, 2016: Biochemistry
Claudia A Bustamante, Laura L Monti, Julieta Gabilondo, Federico Scossa, Gabriel Valentini, Claudio O Budde, María V Lara, Alisdair R Fernie, María F Drincovich
Reconfiguration of the metabolome is a key component involved in the acclimation to cold in plants; however, few studies have been devoted to the analysis of the overall metabolite changes after cold storage of fruits prior to consumption. Here, metabolite profiling of six peach varieties with differential susceptibility to develop mealiness, a chilling-injury (CI) symptom, was performed. According to metabolic content at harvest; after cold treatment; and after ripening, either following cold treatment or not; peach fruits clustered in distinct groups, depending on harvest-time, cold treatment, and ripening state...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Shiqi Cheng, WeiWei Gao, Xin Xu, Hengyi Fan, Yingang Wu, Fei Li, Jianning Zhang, Xingen Zhu, Yan Zhang
Inflammation and disruption of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) cause oedema and secondary brain injury after intracranial haemorrhage (ICH), which is closely related to patient prognosis. Methylprednisolone sodium succinate (MPSS), a well-known immunosuppressive agent, is widely applied in many diseases to inhibit inflammation. In this study, we investigated the effect of MPSS on inflammation and disruption of the BBB in a model mouse of ICH. ICH was induced by injecting collagenase into the right striatum of male C57/BL mice...
October 13, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
Yi Zhenga, Lanlan Hu, Ning Ding, Ping Liu, Cheng Yao, Huanxin Zhang
The physicochemical and structural characteristics of octenyl succinate (OS)-starch prepared from ginkgo starch were investigated. The degree of substitution (DS) and reaction efficiency of 1.5 and 3.0% OSA-modified starch were 0.0065, 77.9% and 0.0172, 70.4%, respectively. OSA modification caused a reduction in glucose yield but no significant changes in the z-root mean square radius of gyration (Rz), even though the weight-average molar weight (Mw) and molecular density (ρ) were reduced. Two newabsorption bands (1725 and 1570cm(-1)) were observed for OS-starch...
October 13, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Dujuan Zhao, Huiyuan Zhang, Shengfeng Yang, Wenxiu He, Yuxia Luan
The main cause of multidrug resistance (MDR) is overexpression of active efflux transporters, such as P-glycoprotein (P-gp). To reverse MDR and improve the chemotherapy effect of paclitaxel (PTX), we propose a new drug delivery system based on mixed micelles constructed with d-α-tocopheryl poly(ethylene glycol) 1000 succinate (TPGS) and the mPEG-SS-PTX conjugate with consideration that TPGS is a P-gp inhibitor that can block the cancer cell action of pumping drugs outside of cells and can enhance the anticancer effect...
October 13, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
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