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N-acyl or endocannnabanoid or NAPE

Sittichai Ingprasert, Damkerng Pathomvanich, Patra Pinyopawasutthi
BACKGROUND: Female hairline restoration has increasingly been in demand for the past decade. However, no reports address the correlation between characteristics of hair at the hairline and at the donor area. OBJECTIVE: To assess follicular characteristics at the hairline and at the donor area including hair density, diameter, and their correlation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred one randomly selected Southeast Asian female volunteers were assessed for hairline and donor area characteristics...
March 13, 2018: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
Prama Pallavi, Marc Pretze, Julio Caballero, Yingchun Li, Björn B Hofmann, Eleni Stamellou, Sarah Klotz, Carmen Wängler, Björn Wängler, Ralf Loesel, Steffen Roth, Bastian Theisinger, Handan Moerz, Uta Binzen, Wolfgang Greffrath, Rolf-Detlef Treede, Martin C Harmsen, Bernhard K Krämer, Mathias Hafner, Benito A Yard, Anna-Isabelle Kälsch
We studied the chemical entities within N-octanoyl dopamine (NOD) responsible for transient receptor potential channels of the vanilloid receptor subtype 1 (TRPV1) activation and inhibition of inflammation. The efficacy of NOD to activate TRPV1 was significantly higher compared to variants in which the ortho-dihydroxy groups were acetylated, one of the hydroxy groups was omitted (N-octanoyl tyramine) or the ester functionality consisted of a bulky fatty acid (N-pivaloyl dopamine). Shortening of the amide linker (ΔNOD) slightly increased its efficacy which further increased by interchanging the carbonyl and amide groups (ΔNODR)...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Rong-Ming Lyu, Alan Cowan, Ying Zhang, Yi-Hung Chen, Siok L Dun, Jaw-Kang Chang, Nae J Dun, Jin Jun Luo
In this brief review we summarize the current fndings relative to the discovery of a small peptide ligand, phoenixin (PNX). Using a bioinformatic approach, two novel peptides PNX-14 and PNX-20 containing 14 and 20 amino acids, respectively, were isolated from diverse tissues including the brain, heart, lung and stomach. Mass spectrometry analysis identified a major and minor peak corresponding to PNX-14 and PNX-20, in rat or mouse spinal cord extracts. With the use of a rabbit polyclonal antiserum, phoenixin immunoreactivity (irPNX) was detected in discrete areas of the rodent brain including several hypothalamic subnuclei and dorsal motor nucleus of the vagus...
March 15, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
R Bonsale, R Seyed Sharifi, E Dirandeh, N Hedayat, A Mojtahedin, M Ghorbanalinia, A Abolghasemi
The objective of this study was to consider endocannabinoid system as inflammatory markers in bovine endometrium to better understand the role of this system in regulating many of the functions that are related to inflammatory condition. At day 26 post-partum, fourteen cows were divided into two groups depending on the inflammatory condition: 1- subclinical endometritis (n = 7, with purulent or mucopurulent uterine discharge detectable in the vagina) and 2- healthy (n = 7, No (muco)) purulent discharge...
March 14, 2018: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
Qianqian Shi, Wei Zhang, Yang Wang, Lingbo Qu, Donghui Wei
A density functional theory (DFT) study was performed to explore the possible reaction mechanisms and the origin of stereoselectivity for the isothiourea-catalyzed [4 + 2] annulation reaction of in situ activated phenylacetic acid with alkylidene pyrazolone. The computed results reveal that the reaction contains several steps, including complexation of isothiourea with substrate, dissociation of the t-BuCO2 - group, α-C-H deprotonation of the acyl ammonium intermediate, stepwise [4 + 2] cycloaddition processes, and the dissociation of isothiourea...
March 14, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Kirill V Korneev, Anna N Kondakova, Ekaterina N Sviriaeva, Nikita A Mitkin, Angelo Palmigiano, Andrey A Kruglov, Georgy B Telegin, Marina S Drutskaya, Luisa Sturiale, Domenico Garozzo, Sergei A Nedospasov, Yuriy A Knirel, Dmitry V Kuprash
Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) initiates immune response against Gram-negative bacteria upon specific recognition of lipid A moiety of lipopolysaccharide (LPS), the major component of their cell wall. Some natural differences between LPS variants in their ability to interact with TLR4 may lead to either insufficient activation that may not prevent bacterial growth, or excessive activation which may lead to septic shock. In this study we evaluated the biological activity of LPS isolated from pathogenic strain of Campylobacter jejuni , the most widespread bacterial cause of foodborne diarrhea in humans...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Hua Lin, Jonathan Z Long, Alexander M Roche, Katrin J Svensson, Florence Dou, Mi Ra Chang, Timothy Strutzenberg, Claudia Ruiz, Michael D Cameron, Scott J Novick, Charles M Berdan, Sharon Louie, Daniel K Nomura, Bruce M Spiegelman, Patrick R Griffin, Theodore M Kamenecka
N-acyl amino acids directly bind mitochondria and function as endogenous uncouplers of UCP1-independent respiration. We found that administration of N-acyl amino acids to mice improves glucose homeostasis and increases energy expenditure indicating that this pathway might be useful for treating obesity and associated disorders. We report the full account of the synthesis and mitochondrial uncoupling bioactivity of lipidated N-acyl amino acids and their unnatural analogs. Unsaturated fatty acid chains of medium length and neutral amino acid head groups are required for optimal uncoupling activity on mammalian cells...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
So-Young Ham, Han-Shin Kim, Eunji Cha, Jeong-Hoon Park, Hee-Deung Park
In this study, a quorum-quenching (QQ) bacterium named HEMM-1 was isolated at a membrane bioreactor (MBR) plant. HEMM-1 has diplococcal morphology and 99% sequence identity to Enterococcus species. The HEMM-1 cell-free supernatant (CFS) showed higher QQ activities than the CFS of other QQ bacteria, mostly by degrading N-acyl homoserine lactones (AHLs) with short acyl chains. Instrumental analyses revealed that HEMM-1 CFS degraded AHLs via lactonase activity. Under static, flow, and shear conditions, the HEMM-1 CFS was effective in reducing bacterial and activated-sludge biofilms formed on membrane surfaces...
March 2, 2018: Bioresource Technology
Sujith Rajan, Sabbu Satish, Kripa Shankar, Sukanya Pandeti, Salil Varshney, Ankita Srivastava, Durgesh Kumar, Abhishek Gupta, Sanchita Gupta, Rakhi Choudhary, Vishal M Balaramnavar, Tadigoppula Narender, Anil N Gaikwad
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: In our drug discovery program of natural product, earlier we have reported Aegeline that is N-acylated-1-amino-2- alcohol, which was isolated from the leaves of Aeglemarmelos showed anti-hyperlipidemic activity for which the QSAR studies predicted the compound to be the β3-AR agonist, but the mechanism of its action was not elucidated. In our present study, we have evaluated the β3-AR activity of novel N-acyl-1-amino-3-arylopropanol synthetic mimics of aegeline and its beneficial effect in insulin resistance...
March 7, 2018: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
Kuppan Gokulan, Sangeeta Khare, Carl E Cerniglia, Steven L Foley, Kottayil I Varughese
The final step of peptidoglycan (PG) synthesis in all bacteria is the formation of cross-linkage between PG-stems. The cross-linking between amino acids in different PG chains gives the peptidoglycan cell wall a 3-dimensional structure and adds strength and rigidity to it. There are two distinct types of cross-linkages in bacterial cell walls. D,D-transpeptidase (D,D-TPs) generate the classical 4➔3 cross-linkages and the L,D-transpeptidase (L,D-TPs) generate the 3➔3 non-classical peptide cross-linkages...
March 9, 2018: AAPS Journal
Jung Gi Lee, Jae Ha Ryu, Seon-Myung Kim, Moon-Young Park, San-Ho Kim, Young G Shin, Jong-Woo Sohn, Ha Hyung Kim, Zee-Yong Park, Jae Young Seong, Jae Il Kim
Exendin-4, a 39 amino acid peptide isolated from the saliva of the Gila monster, plays an important role in regulating glucose homeostasis, and is used clinically for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Exendin-4 shares 53% sequence identity with the incretin hormone glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) but, unlike GLP-1, is highly resistant to proteolytic enzymes such as dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP-IV) and neutral endopeptidase 24.11 (NEP 24.11). Herein, we focused on the structure and function of the C-terminal Trp-cage of exendin-4, and suggest that it may be structurally required for resistance to proteolysis by NEP 24...
March 6, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Pratheepkumar Annamalai, Kou-Chi Hsu, Selvam Raju, Huan-Chang Hsiao, Chih-Wei Chou, Gu-Ying Lin, Cheng-Ming Hsieh, Pei-Ling Chen, Yi-Hung Liu, Shih-Ching Chuang
We developed palladium-catalyzed oxidative coupling of olefins with N-acyl 2-aminobiaryls through a sequence of ortho C-H bond activation/alkene insertion/reductive elimination. Furthermore, we controlled the selectivity of mono- and bis-alkenylation products with the solvent effect. The developed protocol was promising for a broad substrate scope ranging from activated olefins with a wide variety of functional groups to unactivated olefins.
March 9, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Stephen M Siviy
Play is an important part of normal childhood development and seen in many mammals, including rats. To better understand the interplay between genotype and postnatal experiences, the effects of neonatal handling on play were assessed in Lewis (LEW) and Fischer 344 (F344) rats. Handled litters experienced brief periods of separation during the first two postnatal weeks. F344 rats were less likely to direct nape contacts toward an untreated Sprague-Dawley (SD) partner and less likely to rotate to a supine position in response to a nape contact...
March 9, 2018: Developmental Psychobiology
Siphathele Sibanda, Stanford Kwenda, Collins K Tanui, Divine Y Shyntum, Teresa A Coutinho, Lucy N Moleleki
Pantoea ananatis LMG 2665T synthesizes and utilizes acyl homoserine lactones (AHLs) for signalling. The complete set of genes regulated by the EanI/R quorum sensing (QS) system in this strain is still not fully known. In this study, RNA-sequencing (RNA-seq) was used to identify the EanI/R regulon in LMG 2665T . Pairwise comparisons of LMG 2665T in the absence of AHLs (Optical density (OD)600 = 0.2) and in the presence of AHLs (OD600 = 0.5) were performed. Additionally, pairwise comparisons of LMG 2665T and its QS mutant at OD600 = 0...
March 7, 2018: Genes
Omar Gómez-García, Dulce Andrade-Pavón, Elena Campos-Aldrete, Ricardo Ballinas-Indilí, Alfonso Méndez-Tenorio, Lourdes Villa-Tanaca, Cecilio Álvarez-Toledano
A series of 3-benzoyl imidazo[1,2- a ]pyrimidines, obtained from N -heteroarylformamidines in good yields, was tested in silico and in vitro for binding and inhibition of seven Candida species ( Candida albicans (ATCC 10231), Candida dubliniensis (CD36), Candida glabrata (CBS138), Candida guilliermondii (ATCC 6260), Candida kefyr , Candida krusei (ATCC 6358) and Candida tropicalis (MYA-3404)). To predict binding mode and energy, each compound was docked in the active site of the lanosterol 14α-demethylase enzyme (CYP51), essential for fungal growth of Candida species...
March 7, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Gael Pérez-Rodríguez, Sónia Dias, Martín Pérez-Pérez, Florentino Fdez-Riverola, Nuno F Azevedo, Anália Lourenço
Experimental incapacity to track microbe-microbe interactions in structures like biofilms, and the complexity inherent to the mathematical modelling of those interactions, raises the need for feasible, alternative modelling approaches. This work proposes an agent-based representation of the diffusion of N-acyl homoserine lactones (AHL) in a multicellular environment formed by Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Candida albicans. Depending on the spatial location, C. albicans cells were variably exposed to AHLs, an observation that might help explain why phenotypic switching of individual cells in biofilms occurred at different time points...
March 8, 2018: Biofouling
Davide Bressanello, Erica Liberto, Massimo Collino, Fausto Chiazza, Raffaella Mastrocola, Stephen E Reichenbach, Carlo Bicchi, Chiara Cordero
This study exploits the information potential of comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography configured with a parallel dual secondary column-dual detection by mass spectrometry and flame ionization (GC×2GC-MS/FID) to study changes in urinary metabolic signatures of mice subjected to high-fructose diets. Samples are taken from mice fed with normal or fructose-enriched diets provided either in aqueous solution or in solid form and analyzed at three stages of the dietary intervention (1, 6, and 12 weeks)...
March 7, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Barbara Bednarczyk-Cwynar, Piotr Ruszkowskp, Dmytro Atamanyuk, Roman Lesyk, Lucjusz Zaprutko
The synthesis and cytotoxic activity of new oleanolic acid derivatives (8a-c and 9a-c) are presented. The obtained compounds are hybrids of oleanolic acid oximes and carboxylic acids containing short alkyl chains linked with nitrogen atom of norbomene-2,3-dicarboximide moieties via the nitrogen atom. The structures of the obtained new compounds (8a-c and 9a-c) were confinmed by spectral data. The derivatives 8a-c and 9a-c were subjected to the MTT assay in order to evaluate their cytotoxic activity towards HeLa, KB, MCF-7, HepG2 and HDF cell lines in comparison to mother compound (oleanolic acid, 1)...
May 2017: Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica
Kazuyuki Tokumaru, Kalisankar Bera, Jeffrey N Johnston
Umpolung Amide Synthesis (UmAS) has emerged as a superior alternative to conventional amide synthesis methods based on carbonyl electrophiles in a range of situations, particularly when epimerization-prone couplings are prescribed. In an unanticipated development during our most recent studies, it was discovered that diacyl hydrazide products from UmAS were not formed as intermediates when using an acyl hydrazide as the amine acceptor. This resulted in a new preparation of 1,3,4-oxadiazoles from α-bromonitroalkane donors...
October 2017: Synthesis
Servane Le Guillouzer, Marie-Christine Groleau, Eric Déziel
The bacterium Burkholderia thailandensis possesses three N -acyl-L -homoserine lactone (AHL) quorum sensing (QS) systems designated BtaI1/BtaR1 (QS-1), BtaI2/BtaR2 (QS-2), and BtaI3/BtaR3 (QS-3). These QS systems are associated with the biosynthesis of N -octanoyl-homoserine lactone (C8 -HSL), N -3-hydroxy-decanoyl-homoserine lactone (3OHC10 -HSL), and N -3-hydroxy-octanoyl-homoserine lactone (3OHC8 -HSL), which are produced by the LuxI-type synthases BtaI1, BtaI2, and BtaI3, and modulated by the LuxR-type transcriptional regulators BtaR1, BtaR2, and BtaR3...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Bacteriology
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