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Shuyun Zhu, Lei He, Fang Zhang, Mengyuan Li, Shulin Jiao, Yan Li, Mengyuan Chen, Xian-En Zhao, Hua Wang
A highly sensitive fluorimetric assay has been developed for the evaluation of glutathione reductase (GR) activity and the screening of its inhibitors by using carbon quantum dots (CQDs) as the signal reporter. The detection mechanism is based on the following facts: (1) the fluorescence of CQDs can be quenched by Hg(II) through the strong CQDs-Hg(II) coordination; (2) GR can catalyze the reduction of oxidized glutathione (GSSG) into reduced glutathione (GSH), so that the fluorescence recovery of CQDs would take place resulting from the strong GSH-Hg(II) interaction; (3) GR can lose its catalytic reduction of GSSG in the presence of its inhibitors, which will inhibit the recovery of the quenched fluorescence of CQDs...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Nada H Aldahlawi, Sally Hayes, David P S O'Brart, Naomi D O'Brart, Keith M Meek
The aim of this study was to investigate corneal enzymatic resistance following epithelium off and on riboflavin/UVA cross-linking (CXL). One hundred and fourteen porcine eyes were divided into four non-irradiated control groups and seven CXL groups. The latter comprised; (i) epithelium-off, 0.1% iso-osmolar riboflavin, 9 mW UVA irradiation for 10 min, (ii) disrupted epithelium, 0.1% hypo-osmolar riboflavin, 9 mW UVA for 10 min, (iii) epithelium-on, 0.25% hypo-osmolar riboflavin with 0.01% benzylalkonium chloride (BACS), 9 mW UVA for 10 min, (iv) epithelium-on, 5 min iontophoresis at 0...
October 17, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
M Formánek, D Jančatová, P Komínek, P Matoušek, K Zeleník
OBJECTIVE: The human papillomavirus causes recurrent respiratory papillomatosis. Although human papillomavirus prevalence is high, the incidence of papillomatosis is low. Thus, factors other than human papillomavirus infection probably contribute to recurrent respiratory papillomatosis. This study investigated whether patients with papillomatosis are more often infected with herpes simplex virus type 2 and chlamydia trachomatis and whether laryngopharyngeal reflux occurs in this group of patients more often...
October 19, 2016: Clinical Otolaryngology
Donna Arvans, Yong-Chul Jung, Dionysios Antonopoulos, Jason Koval, Ignacio Granja, Mohamed Bashir, Eltayeb Karrar, Jayanta Roy-Chowdhury, Mark Musch, John Asplin, Eugene Chang, Hatim Hassan
Hyperoxaluria is a major risk factor for kidney stones and has no specific therapy, although Oxalobacter formigenes colonization is associated with reduced stone risk. O. formigenes interacts with colonic epithelium and induces colonic oxalate secretion, thereby reducing urinary oxalate excretion, via an unknown secretagogue. The difficulties in sustaining O. formigenes colonization underscore the need to identify the derived factors inducing colonic oxalate secretion. We therefore evaluated the effects of O...
October 13, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
Michiko Tawada, Shinkichi Suzuki, Yasuhiro Imaeda, Hideyuki Oki, Gyorgy Snell, Craig A Behnke, Mitsuyo Kondo, Naoki Tarui, Toshimasa Tanaka, Takanobu Kuroita, Masaki Tomimoto
A novel approach was conducted for fragment-based lead discovery and applied to renin inhibitors. The biochemical screening of a fragment library against renin provided the hit fragment which showed a characteristic interaction pattern with the target protein. The hit fragment bound only to the S1, S3, and S3(SP) (S3 subpocket) sites without any interactions with the catalytic aspartate residues (Asp32 and Asp215 (pepsin numbering)). Prior to making chemical modifications to the hit fragment, we first identified its essential binding sites by utilizing the hit fragment's substructures...
September 28, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
Chang-Cai Liu, Gui-Lan Huang, Hai-Ling Xi, Shi-Lei Liu, Jing-Quan Liu, Hui-Lan Yu, Shi-Kun Zhou, Long-Hui Liang, Ling Yuan
This work describes a novel and sensitive non-isotope dilution method for simultaneous quantification of organophosphorus nerve agents (OPNAs) soman (GD) and VX adducts to butyrylcholinesterase (BChE), their aged methylphosphonic acid (MeP) adduct and unadducted BChE in plasma exposed to OPNA. OPNA-BChE adducts were isolated with an off-column procainamide-gel separation (PGS) from plasma, and then digested with pepsin into specific adducted FGES(*)AGAAS nonapeptide (NP) biomarkers. The resulting NPs were detected by UHPLC-MS/MS MRM...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Lulu Fahoum, Alice Moscovici, Shlomit David, Ron Shaoul, Geila Rozen, Esther G Meyron-Holtz, Uri Lesmes
SCOPE: The objective of this study was to interrogate two mechanisms by which commercial Carrageenans (E407) (CGN) may adversely affect human health: [i] Through modification of gastric proteolysis and [ii] Through affecting gut epithelial structure and function. METHODS AND RESULTS: Three commercial CGN samples with distinct zeta-potentials (stable at the pH range of 3-7 and varied with physiological levels of CaCl2 ) were mixed with milk, soy or egg protein isolates, then subjected to a semi-dynamic in vitro digestion model and analyzed by SDS-PAGE...
October 8, 2016: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
Vagne Melo Oliveira, Caio Rodrigo Dias Assis, Helane Maria Silva Costa, Raquel Pereira Freitas Silva, Juliana Ferreira Santos, Luiz Bezerra Carvalho, Ranilson Souza Bezerra
Aluminium is a major pollutant due to its constant disposal in aquatic environments through anthropogenic activities. The physiological effects of this metal in fish are still scarce in the literature. This study investigated the in vivo and in vitro effects of aluminium sulfate on the activity of enzymes from Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus): brain acetylcholinesterase (AChE), muscle cholinesterases (AChE-like and BChE-like activities), pepsin, trypsin, chymotrypsin and amylase. Fish were in vivo exposed during 14days when the following experimental groups were assayed: control group (CG), exposure to Al2(SO4)3 at 1μg·mL(-1) (G1) and 3μg·mL(-1) (G3) (concentrations compatible with the use of aluminium sulfate as coagulant in water treatment)...
October 4, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
Martin Alain Mune Mune, Samuel R Minka
BACKGROUND: Cowpea is a source of low-cost and good nutritional quality protein for utilization in food formulations in replacement of animal proteins. Therefore, it is necessary that cowpea protein exhibits good functionality, particularly protein solubility which affects the others functional properties. The objective of this study was to produce cowpea protein hydrolysate exhibiting optimum solubility by the adequate combination of hydrolysis parameters namely time, solid to liquid ratio and enzyme to substrate ratio, and to determine functional properties and molecular characterization of the hydrolysate...
October 7, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Jing Gan, Hao Chen, Jiyuan Liu, Yongquan Wang, Satoru Nirasawa, Yongqiang Cheng
p-Coumalic acid (PCA), caffeic acid (CA), gallic acid (GA) and chlorogenic acid (CGA) are the major phenolic acids that co-exist with soy protein components in foodstuffs. Surprisingly, there are only a handful of reports that describe their interaction with β-Conglycinin (7S), a major soy protein. In this report, we investigated the interaction between phenolic acids and soy protein 7S and observed an interaction between each of these phenolic acids and soy protein 7S, which was carried out by binding. Further analysis revealed that the binding activity of the phenolic acids was structure dependent...
October 2, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Aleksandra Cybulska, Aleksandra Kornacka, Justyna Bień, Katarzyna Goździk, Elżbieta Kalisińska, Natalia Łanocha-Arendarczyk, Halina Budis, Bogumiła Pilarczyk, Władysław Cabaj, Bożena Moskwa
Trichinellosis is one of the most widespread parasitic zoonoses. Trichinella Owen, 1835 nematodes are found in pigs, horses, and humans in the domestic cycle, and in many carnivores and omnivores in the sylvatic cycle, such as wild boars, red foxes, raccoon dogs, and wolves. Carnivores are known to be involved in the circulation of Trichinella nematodes and they act as a reservoir in the sylvatic environment. The aim of this study was to determine the occurrence of Trichinella spp. infection in red foxes in Poland...
October 5, 2016: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
Anahita Rouzé, Julien De Jonckheere, Farid Zerimech, Julien Labreuche, Erika Parmentier-Decrucq, Benoit Voisin, Emmanuelle Jaillette, Patrice Maboudou, Malika Balduyck, Saad Nseir
BACKGROUND: Despite intermittent control of tracheal cuff pressure (P cuff) using a manual manometer, cuff underinflation (<20 cmH2O) and overinflation (>30 cmH2O) frequently occur in intubated critically ill patients, resulting in increased risk of microaspiration and tracheal ischemic lesions. The primary objective of our study was to determine the efficiency of an electronic device in continuously controlling P cuff. The secondary objective was to determine the impact of this device on the occurrence of microaspiration of gastric or oropharyngeal secretions...
December 2016: Annals of Intensive Care
Jiajia Cui, Yuetao Liu, Yinghuan Hu, Jiayu Tong, Aiping Li, Tingli Qu, Xuemei Qin, Guanhua Du
Chronic atrophic gastritis (CAG) is one of the most important pre-cancerous states with a high prevalence. Exploring of the underlying mechanism and potential biomarkers is of significant importance for CAG. In the present work, (1)H NMR-based metabonomics with correlative analysis was performed to analyze the metabolic features of CAG. 19 plasma metabolites and 18 urine metabolites were enrolled to construct the circulatory and excretory metabolome of CAG, which was in response to alterations of energy metabolism, inflammation, immune dysfunction, as well as oxidative stress...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Somnath Mazumder, Rudranil De, Souvik Sarkar, Asim Azhar Siddiqui, Shubhra Jyoti Saha, Chinmoy Banerjee, Mohd Shameel Iqbal, Shiladitya Nag, Subhashis Debsharma, Uday Bandyopadhyay
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are widely used to treat multiple inflammatory diseases and pain but severe gastric mucosal damage is the worst outcome of NSAID-therapy. Here we report that mitoTEMPO, a mitochondrially targeted superoxide (O2(-)) scavenger protected as well as healed gastric injury induced by diclofenac (DCF), the most commonly used NSAID. Common existing therapy against gastric injury involves suppression of gastric acid secretion by proton pump inhibitors and histamine H2 receptor antagonists; however, dyspepsia, vitamin B12 deficiency and gastric microfloral dysbalance are the major drawbacks of acid suppression...
September 28, 2016: Biochemical Pharmacology
Carlo Pomari, Luisa Mauroner, Simona Paiano, Luca Rosario Assante, Luca Bertolaccini, Giacomo Ruffo, Paride Mainardi, Paolo Bocus, Andrea Geccherle, Sergio Ivan Albanese, Stefano Ciaffoni
BACKGROUND: Pepsin plays a role in gastroesophageal reflux (GER). Aims of this study were to verify if pepsin could be the cause of frequent bronchial exacerbations and to check if the persistence of chronic respiratory symptoms were correlated with pre-existing respiratory diseases. METHODS: From January to May 2016, 42 patients underwent a diagnostic bronchoscopy. All patients had a history of at least one bronchial exacerbation during the previous year. Bronchial lavage fluid specimens were obtained...
August 2016: Annals of Translational Medicine
Luis Mojica, Diego A Luna-Vital, Elvira González de Mejía
BACKGROUND: Diabetes and hypertension are diseases affecting a high proportion of the world population; the use of food-based products such as common bean peptides may contribute to reduce the risk of complications associated to chronic diseases. The aim was to produce and characterize peptides from common bean protein isolates and evaluate their potential to inhibit markers of type-2 diabetes, hypertension and oxidative stress. RESULTS: Mexican black and Brazilian Carioca bean isolated proteins were characterized after pepsin/pancreatin digestion...
September 24, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Dongliang Liu, Jun Liu, Jinyao Li, Lijie Xia, Jianhua Yang, Surong Sun, Ji Ma, Fuchun Zhang
The antibacterial activities and mechanism of an amide-modified peptide CecXJ-37N were investigated in this study. CecXJ-37N showed small MICs (0.25-7.8μM) against eight harmful strains common in food industry. The α-helix proportion of CecXJ-37N increased by 11-fold in prokaryotic membrane comparable environments; cytotoxicity studies demonstrated the MHC was significantly higher than that of non-amidated isoform. Moreover, CecXJ-37N possessed stronger capacities to resist trypsin and pepsin hydrolysis within two hours...
February 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Össur Ingi Emilsson, Bryndís Benediktsdóttir, Ísleifur Ólafsson, Elizabeth Cook, Sigurður Júlíusson, Einar Stefán Björnsson, Sunna Guðlaugsdóttir, Anna Soffía Guðmundsdóttir, Ekaterina Mirgorodskaya, Evert Ljungström, Erna Sif Arnardóttir, Þórarinn Gíslason, Christer Janson, Anna-Carin Olin
BACKGROUND: Nocturnal gastroesophageal reflux (nGER) is associated with respiratory symptoms and sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), but the pathogenesis is unclear. We aimed to investigate the association between nGER and respiratory symptoms, exacerbations of respiratory symptoms, SDB and airway inflammation. METHODS: Participants in the European Community Respiratory Health Survey III in Iceland with nGER symptoms (n = 48) and age and gender matched controls (n = 42) were studied by questionnaires, exhaled breath condensate (EBC), particles in exhaled air (PEx) measurements, and a home polygraphic study...
2016: Respiratory Research
Jian Zhen Ou, Jeremy J Cottrell, Nam Ha, Naresh Pillai, Chu K Yao, Kyle J Berean, Stephanie A Ward, Danilla Grando, Jane G Muir, Christopher J Harrison, Udani Wijesiriwardana, Frank R Dunshea, Peter R Gibson, Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh
Gastroenterologists are still unable to differentiate between some of the most ordinary disorders of the gut and consequently patients are misdiagnosed. We have developed a swallowable gas sensor capsule for addressing this. The gases of the gut are the by-product of the fermentation processes during digestion, affected by the gut state and can consequently provide the needed information regarding the health of the gut. Here we present the first study on gas sensor capsules for revealing the effect of a medical supplement in an animal (pig) model...
2016: Scientific Reports
J J Tan, L Wang, Z F Huang, Y F Li, W D Tian, X Liu, F F Zeng, X P Li
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the relationship between pepsin induced by laryngopharyngeal reflux and laryngeal carcinoma. METHODS: Patients with vocal cord leukoplakia(n=18) and laryngeal carcinoma(n=21) encountered in Nanfang Hospital between December 2012 and April 2014 were included and sixteen healthy volunteers were recruited as control. Laryngeal biopsy specimens were taken from the patients with laryngeal carcinoma, or vocal cord leukoplakia and control subjects for the immunohistochemical study of pepsin...
August 7, 2016: Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
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