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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432947/pretreatment-of-eucalyptus-in-biphasic-system-for-furfural-production-and-accelerated-enzymatic-hydrolysis
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Xiudong Zhang, Yuanyuan Bai, Xuefei Cao, Runcang Sun
Herein, an efficient biphasic pretreatment process was developed to improve the production of furfural (FF) and glucose from Eucalyptus. The influence of formic acid and NaCl on FF production from xylose in water and various biphasic systems was investigated. Results showed that the addition of formic acid and NaCl significantly promoted the FF yield, and the biphasic system of MIBK (methyl isobutyl ketone)/water exhibited the best performance for FF production. Then the Eucalyptus was pretreated in the MIBK/water system, and a maximum FF yield of 82...
April 7, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432943/exploration-of-flexible-phenylpropylurea-scaffold-as-novel-cardiac-myosin-activators-for-the-treatment-of-systolic-heart-failure
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Manoj Manickam, Hitesh B Jalani, Thanigaimalai Pillaiyar, Niti Sharma, Pulla Reddy Boggu, Eeda Venkateswararao, You-Jung Lee, Eun-Seok Jeon, Sang-Hun Jung
A series of flexible urea derivatives have been synthesized and demonstrated as selective cardiac myosin ATPase activator. Among them 1-phenethyl-3-(3-phenylpropyl)urea (1, cardiac myosin ATPase activation at 10 μM = 51.1%; FS = 18.90; EF = 12.15) and 1-benzyl-3-(3-phenylpropyl)urea (9, cardiac myosin ATPase activation = 53.3%; FS = 30.04; EF = 18.27) showed significant activity in vitro and in vivo. The change of phenyl ring with tetrahydropyran-4-yl moiety viz., 1-(3-phenylpropyl)-3-((tetrahydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)methyl)urea (14, cardiac myosin ATPase activation = 81...
April 7, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432913/spontaneously-formed-redox-and-ph-sensitive-polymersomes-by-mpeg-based-cytocompatible-random-copolymers
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Partha Laskar, Joykrishna Dey, Sudip Kumar Ghosh
Stimuli-sensitive polymersomes are one of the important vehicles and have been extensively studied as smart drug delivery system. Polymersomes have added advantage over the micelles because of having the ability to carry not only hydrophobic but also hydrophilic guest in their aqueous core. Among various stimuli, the change of pH and redox reaction is very important for drug delivery purpose especially for anticancer drug. Therefore, in this work, two poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (mPEG) containing hydrophilic random anionic copolymers, poly[(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate-3,3'-dithiodipropanoic acid)x-co-(poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate)y], poly[(HEMA-DTDPA)x-co-mPEGy] with different copolymer ratios were designed and synthesized...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432808/mechanism-of-the-vasorelaxant-effect-induced-by-trans-4-methyl-%C3%AE-nitrostyrene-a-synthetic-nitroderivative-in-rat-thoracic-aorta
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Taylena Maria Teófilo, Loeste Arruda-Barbosa, Jussara Mathyelle Rodrigues-Silva, Joyce Karen Lima Vale, Rosivaldo Dos Santos Borges, Gloria Pinto Duarte, Pedro Jorge Caldas Magalhães, Saad Lahlou
Mechanisms underlying the vasorelaxant effects of trans-4-methyl-β-nitrostyrene (T4MeN) were studied in rat aortic rings. In endothelium-intact preparations, T4MeN fully and similarly relaxed contractions induced by phenylephrine (PHE) (IC50 = 61.41 [35.40-87.42] μM) and KCl (IC50 = 83.50 [56.63-110.50] μM). The vasorelaxant effect of T4MeN was unchanged by endothelium removal, pretreatment with L-NAME, indomethacin, tetraethylammonium, ODQ or MDL-12,330A. Under Ca(2+) -free conditions, T4MeN significantly reduced with a similar potency: (i) phasic contractions induced by PHE, but not by caffeine; (ii) contractions due to CaCl2 in aortic preparations stimulated with PHE (in the presence of verapamil) or high KCl; (iii) contractions evoked by the restoration of external Ca(2+) levels after depletion of intracellular Ca(2+) stores in the presence of thapsigargin...
April 22, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432800/effect-of-n-methyl-deuteration-on-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-enzalutamide
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Xuehai Pang, Lingling Peng, Yuanwei Chen
Enzalutamide, a 2nd generation antiandrogen, has been developed for the treatment of CRPC. We synthesized the deuterated analogues 6 and found that it showed higher drug exposure and thus stronger anti-tumor potency in preclinical settings. Compound 6 is being developed clinically for the potential to be differentiated from enzalutamide through reduced dosages and a higher safety margin.
April 22, 2017: Journal of Labelled Compounds & Radiopharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432770/chiral-separation-of-aryloxyphenoxy-propionate-herbicides-in-a-permethyl-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-based-column-influence-of-temperature-and-mobile-phase-composition-on-enantioselectivity
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Ester Lubomirsky, Héctor Di Loreto, Juan M Padró, Cecilia B Castells
We used a permethyl-β-cyclodextrin chiral stationary phase under reversed-phase conditions for the chiral separation of four aryloxyphenoxy-propionate herbicides (fenoxaprop-p-ethyl, quizalofop-p-ethyl and tefuryl and haloxyfop-p-methyl) with mixtures of methanol, ethanol, 2-propanol, n-propanol, tert-butanol, or acetonitrile and water as mobile phases and investigated the influence of mobile phase composition and column temperature (from 0 to 50 °C) on the separation. The retention factors (k) and selectivity factors (α) of all the herbicides investigated decreased with increasing temperature...
April 22, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432711/vdr-gene-methylation-as-a-molecular-adaption-to-light-exposure-historic-recent-and-genetic-influences
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Emma L Beckett, Patrice Jones, Martin Veysey, Konsta Duesing, Charlotte Martin, John Furst, Zoe Yates, Nina G Jablonski, George Chaplin, Mark Lucock
OBJECTIVES: The vitamin D receptor (VDR) is a member of the nuclear receptor family of transcription factors. We examined whether degree of VDR gene methylation acts as a molecular adaptation to light exposure. We explored this in the context of photoperiod at conception, recent UV irradiance at 305 nm, and gene-latitude effects. METHODS: Eighty subjects were examined for VDR gene-CpG island methylation density. VDR gene variants were also examined by PCR-RFLP. RESULTS: Photoperiod at conception was significantly positively related to VDR methylation density, explaining 17% of the variance in methylation (r(2)  = 0...
April 22, 2017: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432622/diversity-shift-in-bacterial-phenol-hydroxylases-driven-by-alkyl-phenols-in-oil-refinery-wastewaters
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Besma Harzallah, Hacène Bousseboua, Yves Jouanneau
Phenol hydroxylases (PHs) play a primary role in the bacterial degradation of phenol and alkylphenols. They are divided into two main classes, single-component and multi-component PHs, having distinctive catalytic subunits designated as PheA1 and LmPH, respectively. The diversity of these enzymes is still largely unexplored. Here, both LmPH and pheA1 gene sequences were examined in activated sludge from oil refinery wastewaters. Phenol, p-cresol, or 3,4-dimethylphenol (3,4-DMP) supplied as extra carbon sources were rapidly mineralized by the microbial community...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432555/rotundarpene-inhibits-tnf-%C3%AE-induced-activation-of-the-akt-mtor-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathways-and-the-jnk-and-p38-associated-with-production-of-reactive-oxygen-species
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Arum Kim, Yoon Jeong Nam, Yong Kyoo Shin, Min Sung Lee, Dong Suep Sohn, Chung Soo Lee
Ilex Rotunda Thunb has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. In human keratinocytes, we investigated the effect of rotundarpene (4-caffeoyl-3-methyl-but-2-ene-1,4-diol) on the TNF-α-stimulated production of inflammatory mediators in relation to the Akt, mTOR, and NF-κB pathways, and the JNK and p38-MAPK. Rotundarpene, Akt inhibitor, Bay 11-7085, rapamycin, and N-acetylcysteine inhibited the TNF-α-stimulated production of cytokines and chemokines, increase in the levels of p-Akt and mTOR, activation of NF-κB, and production of reactive oxygen species in keratinocytes...
April 21, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432550/estradiol-mitigates-ischemia-reperfusion-induced-acute-renal-failure-through-nmda-receptor-antagonism-in-rats
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Amrit Pal Singh, Nirmal Singh, Preet Mohinder Singh Bedi
In the present study, we investigated possible involvement of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDAR) in estradiol mediated protection against ischemia reperfusion (I/R)-induced acute renal failure (ARF) in rats. Bilateral renal ischemia of 40 min followed by reperfusion for 24 h induced ARF in male wistar rats. Quantification of serum creatinine, creatinine clearance (CrCl), blood urea nitrogen (BUN), uric acid, potassium, fractional excretion of sodium (FeNa), and urinary microproteins was done to assess I/R-induced renal damage in rats...
April 21, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432538/superoxide-generated-in-the-chloroplast-stroma-causes-photoinhibition-of-photosystem-i-in-the-shade-establishing-tree-species-psychotria-henryi
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Wei Huang, Ying-Jie Yang, Jiao-Lin Zhang, Hong Hu, Shi-Bao Zhang
Our previous studies indicated that high light induced significant photoinhibition of photosystem I (PSI) in the shade-establishing tree species Psychotria henryi. However, the underlying mechanism has not been fully clarified. In the present study, in order to investigate the mechanism of PSI photoinhibition in P. henryi, we treated detached leaves with constant high light in the presence of methyl viologen (MV) or a soluble α-tocopherol analog, 2,2,5,7,8-pentamethyl-6-chromanol (PMC). We found that MV significantly depressed photochemical quantum yields in PSI and PSII when compared to PMC...
April 21, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432342/hypermethylation-of-interferon-regulatory-factor-8-irf8-confers-risk-to-vogt-koyanagi-harada-disease
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Yiguo Qiu, Hongsong Yu, Yunyun Zhu, Zi Ye, Jing Deng, Wencheng Su, Qingfeng Cao, Gangxiang Yuan, Aize Kijlstra, Peizeng Yang
Aberrant methylation change of IRF8 confers risk to various tumors, and abnormal expression of IRF8 is involved in many autoimmune diseases, including ocular Behcet's disease. However, whether the methylation change of IRF8 is associated with Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada (VKH) disease remains unknown. In the present study, we found a decreased IRF8 mRNA expression in association with a higher methylation level in monocyte-derived dendritic cells (DCs) from active VKH patients compared with the normal and inactive subjects...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432332/involvement-of-gonadotropin-inhibitory-hormone-in-pubertal-disorders-induced-by-thyroid-status
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Mika Kiyohara, You Lee Son, Kazuyoshi Tsutsui
Thyroid disorders cause abnormal puberty, indicating interactions between the hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) and hypothalamus-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axes, which are important in pubertal development. The hypothalamic gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (GnIH) was shown to be decreased in the early prepubertal stage, suggesting the role of GnIH on pubertal onset. Here, we investigated whether thyroid dysfunction affects pubertal onset in female mice via GnIH regulation. Hypothyroidism showed delayed pubertal onset with increased GnIH expression and reduced pituitary-gonadal activity...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432288/overexpression-of-human-nr2b-receptor-subunit-in-lman-causes-stuttering-and-song-sequence-changes-in-adult-zebra-finches
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Mukta Chakraborty, Liang-Fu Chen, Emma E Fridel, Marguerita E Klein, Rebecca A Senft, Abhra Sarkar, Erich D Jarvis
Zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) learn to produce songs in a manner reminiscent of spoken language development in humans. One candidate gene implicated in influencing learning is the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) subtype 2B glutamate receptor (NR2B). Consistent with this idea, NR2B levels are high in the song learning nucleus LMAN (lateral magnocellular nucleus of the anterior nidopallium) during juvenile vocal learning, and decreases to low levels in adults after learning is complete and the song becomes more stereotyped...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432198/folate-dependent-methylation-of-septins-governs-ciliogenesis-during-neural-tube-closure
#15
Manami Toriyama, Michinori Toriyama, John B Wallingford, Richard H Finnell
Periconception maternal folic acid (vitamin B9) supplementation can reduce the prevalence of neural tube defects (NTDs), although just how folates benefit the developing embryo and promote closing of the neural tube and other morphologic processes during development remains unknown. Folate contributes to a 1-carbon metabolism, which is essential for purine biosynthesis and methionine recycling and affects methylation of DNA, histones, and nonhistone proteins. Herein, we used animal models and cultured mammalian cells to demonstrate that disruption of the methylation pathway mediated by folate compromises normal neural tube closure (NTC) and ciliogenesis...
April 21, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431796/lessons-learned-from-twins-in-autoimmune-and-chronic-inflammatory-diseases
#16
REVIEW
Elena Generali, Angela Ceribelli, Maria Antonietta Stazi, Carlo Selmi
Autoimmunity and chronic inflammation recognize numerous shared factors and, as a result, the resulting diseases frequently coexist in the same patients or respond to the same treatments. Among the convenient truths of autoimmune and chronic inflammatory diseases, there is now agreement that these are complex conditions in which the individual genetic predisposition provides a rate of heritability. The concordance rates in monozygotic and dizygotic twins allows to estimate the weight of the environment in determining disease susceptibility, despite recent data supporting that only a minority of immune markers depend on hereditary factors...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431792/changes-to-histone-modifications-following-prenatal-alcohol-exposure-an-emerging-picture
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REVIEW
Eric J Chater-Diehl, Benjamin I Laufer, Shiva M Singh
Epigenetic mechanisms are important for facilitating gene-environment interactions in many disease etiologies, including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Extensive research into the role of DNA methylation and miRNAs in animal models has illuminated the complex role of these mechanisms in FASD. In contrast, histone modifications have not been as well researched, due in part to being less stable than DNA methylation and less well-characterized in disease. It is now apparent that even changes in transient marks can have profound effects if they alter developmental trajectories...
February 4, 2017: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431630/kynurenic-acid-and-its-analogue-can-alter-the-opioid-receptor-g-protein-signaling-after-acute-treatment-via-nmda-receptor-in-rat-cortex-and-striatum
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Reza Samavati, Ferenc Zádor, Edina Szűcs, Bernadett Tuka, Diána Martos, Gábor Veres, Róbert Gáspár, István M Mándity, Ferenc Fülöp, László Vécsei, Sándor Benyhe, Anna Borsodi
Previously, we have shown that the N-methyl d-aspartate (NMDA)-receptor antagonist kynurenic acid (KYNA) and its analogue KYNA1 do not bind directly to mu, kappa and delta opioid receptors in vitro. On the other hand, chronic administration of KYNA and KYNA1 resulted in region (cortex vs striatum) and opioid receptor-type specific alterations in G-protein activation of mouse brain homogenates. Here we describe for the first time the acute effect of KYNA and KYNA1 on opioid receptor function with the possible involvement of the NMDA receptor...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431570/a-relative-quantitative-methylation-sensitive-amplified-polymorphism-msap-method-for-the-analysis-of-abiotic-stress
#19
Piotr T Bednarek, Renata Orłowska, Agnieszka Niedziela
BACKGROUND: We present a new methylation-sensitive amplified polymorphism (MSAP) approach for the evaluation of relative quantitative characteristics such as demethylation, de novo methylation, and preservation of methylation status of CCGG sequences, which are recognized by the isoschizomers HpaII and MspI. We applied the technique to analyze aluminum (Al)-tolerant and non-tolerant control and Al-stressed inbred triticale lines. The approach is based on detailed analysis of events affecting HpaII and MspI restriction sites in control and stressed samples, and takes advantage of molecular marker profiles generated by EcoRI/HpaII and EcoRI/MspI MSAP platforms...
April 21, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431548/water-pipe-smoke-condensate-increases-the-internalization-of-mycobacterium-bovis-of-type-ii-alveolar-epithelial-cells-a549
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Esmaeil Mortaz, Shamila D Alipoor, Masoud Movassaghi, Mohammad Varahram, Jahangir Ghorbani, Gert Folkerts, Johan Garssen, Ian M Adcock
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) is a major global health problem, and there is an association between tobacco smoke and TB. Water pipe smoking has become an increasing problem not only in Middle Eastern countries but also globally because users consider it as safer than cigarettes. The presence of high levels of toxic substances in water-pipe smoke may be a predisposing factor that enhances the incidence of pulmonary disorders. For example, uncontrolled macropinocytosis in alveolar epithelial cells following exposure to water-pipe smoke may predispose subjects to pulmonary infection...
April 21, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
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