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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808798/genetic-engineering-approach-using-early-vinca-alkaloid-biosynthesis-genes-led-to-increased-tryptamine-and-terpenoid-indole-alkaloids-biosynthesis-in-differentiating-cultures-of-catharanthus-roseus
#1
Abhishek Sharma, Priyanka Verma, Archana Mathur, Ajay Kumar Mathur
Catharanthus roseus today occupies the central position in ongoing metabolic engineering efforts in medicinal plants. The entire multi-step biogenetic pathway of its very expensive anticancerous alkaloids vinblastine and vincristine is fairly very well dissected at biochemical and gene levels except the pathway steps leading to biosynthesis of monomeric alkaloid catharanthine and tabersonine. In order to enhance the plant-based productivity of these pharma molecules for the drug industry, cell and tissue cultures of C...
August 14, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806604/chemodiversity-of-tryptamine-derived-alkaloids-in-six-costa-rican-palicourea-species-rubiaceae-palicoureeae
#2
Andreas Berger, Elias Tanuhadi, Lothar Brecker, Johann Schinnerl, Karin Valant-Vetschera
We report 14 harmala and tryptamine-iridoid alkaloids with various tri-, tetra- and pentacyclic cores from leaves and stem bark of six species of the large and complex neotropical genus Palicourea. Among them is the previously undescribed compound deoxostrictosamide which is related to strictosamide, a key intermediate in camptothecin biosynthesis. In addition, we describe the occurrence of 1,2,3,4-tetrahydronorharman-1-one for the first time within Rubiaceae and ophiorine A and B, two alkaloids with an unusual core bearing a betaine function and a zwitterion as new for the genus...
August 11, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801295/-foshouningshen-decoction-improves-sleeping-via-the-serotonergic-system-in-a-rat-model-of-insomnia
#3
Jie-Cong Huang, Wei Xie, Ning Deng, Wen-Lin Liang, Dong-Rong Hu, Yu Hong, Yang Zhou
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the sedative and hypnotic effects of Foshouningshen decoction (FSNSD) and study its effects on expressions of 5-hydroxy tryptamine (5-HT) and 5-HT1A receptor (5-HT1AR) in the hippocampus in a rat model of insomnia. METHODS: Male KM mice were divided into control group, estazolam (0.4 mg/kg daily) group, and low-, moderate-, and high-dose FSNSD groups (daily dose of 12, 24, and 48 g/kg, respectively). After corresponding treatments for 1 week, the mice underwent sleep-inducing test with subthreshold and threshold doses of sodium pentobarbital...
August 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799587/unravelling-hydrogen-bonding-interactions-of-tryptamine-water-dimer-from-neutral-to-cation
#4
Zongyuan Liu, Carl O Trindle, Quanli Gu, Wei Wu, Peifeng Su
The neutral and cationic forms of tryptamine-water dimer present a variety of noncovalent interactions. To characterize these interactions, a series of complementary methods, including the quantum theory of atoms in molecules, noncovalent interaction plots, natural bond orbital analysis, and energy decomposition analysis, were used. For the first time, the existence of the three intermolecular H-bonds in the conformer-locked tryptamine-water dimer A-H2O are identified, highlighting a single water's role as one proton donor and two proton acceptors as it binds to tryptamine...
August 11, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782205/microbiota-derived-tryptophan-indoles-increase-after-gastric-bypass-surgery-and-reduce-intestinal-permeability-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#5
M Jennis, C R Cavanaugh, G C Leo, J R Mabus, J Lenhard, P J Hornby
BACKGROUND: The diet and microbiome contribute to metabolic disease in part due to increased intestinal inflammation and permeability. Dietary tryptophan is metabolized by both mammalian and bacterial enzymes. Using in vitro, in vivo models, and clinical data, we tested whether bacterial tryptophan indole derivatives underlie the positive benefits of microbiota on inflammation that is associated with metabolic disease. METHODS: In high-fat diet (HFD)-fed mice intestinal permeability and plasma endotoxin levels were measured after indole-3-propionic acid (IPA; 20 mg kg(-1) p...
August 7, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777688/attitudes-and-beliefs-about-new-psychoactive-substance-use-among-electronic-dance-music-party-attendees
#6
Joseph J Palamar, Patricia Acosta, Charles M Cleland
BACKGROUND: Attitudes and beliefs about drug use have been shown to be robust correlates of use of drugs such as alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine; however, little is known regarding attitudes or beliefs about new psychoactive substances (NPS). We sought to examine attitudes and beliefs about NPS and how they relate to self-reported use in a high-risk population-electronic dance music (EDM) party attendees. METHOD: 1,048 individuals (age 18-40) were surveyed entering EDM parties in New York City in 2016...
August 4, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777585/reductive-co2-fixation-via-tandem-c-c-and-c-n-bond-formation-synthesis-of-spiro-indolepyrrolidines
#7
Dao-Yong Zhu, Lei Fang, Hui Han, Yazhou Wang, Ji-Bao Xia
We describe herein a tandem C-C and C-N bond-forming reaction in the reductive functionalization of CO2, an abundant and cheap C1 chemical feedstock. This catalytic metal-free CO2 fixation afforded spiro-indolepyrrolidines by dearomatization of tryptamine derivatives with broad scope and good functional group tolerance under mild conditions.
August 4, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763571/enzymatic-synthesis-of-psilocybin
#8
Janis Fricke, Felix Blei, Dirk Hoffmeister
Psilocybin is the psychotropic tryptamine-derived natural product of Psilocybe carpophores, the so-called "magic mushrooms". Although its structure has been known for 60 years, the enzymatic basis of its biosynthesis has remained obscure. We characterized four psilocybin biosynthesis enzymes. These include i) PsiD which represents a new class of fungal l-tryptophan decarboxylases, ii) PsiK, that catalyzes the phosphotransfer step, iii) the methyl transferase PsiM, catalyzing iterative N-methyltransfer as terminal biosynthetic step, and iv) PsiH, a monooxygenase...
August 1, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761980/effects-of-disodium-fumarate-on-in-vitro-rumen-fermentation-the-production-of-lipopolysaccharide-and-biogenic-amines-and-the-rumen-bacterial-community
#9
Wei Jin, Chunxu Xue, Junhua Liu, Yuyang Yin, Weiyun Zhu, Shengyong Mao
The effect of disodium fumarate (DF) on the ruminal fermentation profiles, the accumulation of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and bioamines, and the composition of the ruminal bacterial community was investigated by in vitro rumen fermentation. The addition of DF increased the total gas production; the concentrations of propionate, valerate, total volatile fatty acids, and ammonia-nitrogen; and the rumen pH after a 24 h fermentation. By contrast, DF addition decreased the ratio of acetate to propionate and the concentrations of lactate, lipopolysaccharide, methylamine, tryptamine, putrescine, histamine, and tyramine (P < 0...
July 31, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740730/bacteriolytic-activity-of-human-interleukin-2-chicken-egg-lysozyme-in-the-presence-of-potential-effectors
#10
P A Levashov, D A Matolygina, E D Ovchinnikova, D L Atroshenko, S S Savin, N G Belogurova, S A Smirnov, V I Tishkov, A V Levashov
The bacteriolytic activity of interleukin-2 and chicken egg lysozyme in the presence of various substances has been studied. Glycine and lysine do not affect the activity of interleukin-2 but increase that of lysozyme, showing a bell-shape concentration dependence peaking at 1.5 mM glycine and 18 mM lysine. Arginine and glutamate activate both interleukin-2 and lysozyme with a concentration dependence of the saturation type. Aromatic amino acids have almost no effect on the activity of both interleukin-2 and lysozyme...
April 2017: Acta Naturae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740308/changes-on-biogenic-volatile-amines-and-microbial-quality-of-the-blue-swimmer-crab-portunus-pelagicus-muscle-during-storage
#11
Abimannan Arulkumar, Sadayan Paramasivam, Palanivel Rameshthangam, Mohamed A Rabie
Biogenic amines (BAs) are a group of substances with low molecular weight organic compounds such as aliphatic, aromatic or heterocyclic structures that are naturally present in animal tissues. The aim of this study was to investigate the changes on the formation of biogenic amine, bacterial load and biochemical characteristics in blue swimmer crab (Portunus pelagicus) at different storage temperatures (4 and 20 °C) up to 96 h. From seven BAs only four biogenic amines (tryptamine, putrescine, histamine, and tyramine) were detected while, the cadaverine, spermidine and spermine were absent in all investigated samples...
July 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721631/1-trichloromethyl-1-2-3-4-tetrahydro-beta-carboline-taclo-alters-cell-cycle-progression-in-human-neuroblastoma-cell-lines
#12
Rakesh Kumar Sharma, Eduardo Candelario-Jalil, Doris Feineis, Gerhard Bringmann, Bernd L Fiebich, Ravi Shankar Akundi
1-Trichloromethyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-β-carboline, abbreviated as TaClo, is an endogenous neurotoxin capable of formation in the brain through the condensation of neuronal tryptamine with ingested exogenous toxins such as trichloroethylene or chloral hydrate. Due to its structural resemblance to 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,5,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP), and similar ability to inhibit mitochondrial complex I, TaClo has been implicated in the etiology of Parkinson's disease. Previous studies have shown the cytotoxicity of TaClo in various cell culture models...
July 18, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710517/urinary-profiling-of-tryptophan-and-its-related-metabolites-in-patients-with-metabolic-syndrome-by-liquid-chromatography-electrospray-ionization-mass-spectrometry
#13
Ji Sun Oh, Hong Seong Seo, Kyoung Heon Kim, Heesoo Pyo, Bong Chul Chung, Jeongae Lee
Tryptophan (Trp) is an essential amino acid that plays an important role in protein synthesis and is a precursor of various substances related to diverse biological functions. An imbalance in Trp metabolites is associated with inflammatory diseases. The accurate and precise measurement of these compounds in biological specimens would provide meaningful information for understanding the biochemical states of various metabolic syndrome-related diseases, such as hyperlipidemia, hypertension, diabetes, and obesity...
July 14, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708056/metarhizium-robertsii-produces-indole-3-acetic-acid-which-promotes-root-growth-in-arabidopsis-and-enhances-virulence-to-insects
#14
Xinggang Liao, Brian Lovett, Weiguo Fang, Raymond J St Leger
The plant root colonizing insect-pathogenic fungus Metarhizium robertsii has been shown to boost plant growth, but little is known about the responsible mechanisms. Here we show that M. robertsii promotes lateral root growth and root hair development of Arabidopsis seedlings in part through an auxin [indole-3-acetic acid (IAA)]-dependent mechanism. M. robertsii, or its auxin-containing culture filtrate promoted root proliferation, activated IAA-regulated gene expression and rescued the root hair defect of the IAA-deficient rhd6 Arabidopsis mutant...
July 15, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705171/formula-diet-driven-microbiota-shifts-tryptophan-metabolism-from-serotonin-to-tryptamine-in-neonatal-porcine-colon%C3%AF
#15
Manish Kumar Saraf, Brian D Piccolo, Anne K Bowlin, Kelly E Mercer, Tanya LeRoith, Sree V Chintapalli, Kartik Shankar, Thomas M Badger, Laxmi Yeruva
BACKGROUND: The gut microbiota of breast-fed and formula-fed infants differ significantly, as do the risks for allergies, gut dysfunction, and upper respiratory tract infections. The connections between breast milk, various formulas, and the profiles of gut bacteria to these childhood illnesses, as well as the mechanisms underlying the effects, are not well understood. METHODS: We investigated distal colon microbiota by 16S RNA amplicon sequencing, morphology by histomorphometry, immune response by cytokine expression, and tryptophan metabolism in a pig model in which piglets were sow-fed, or fed soy or dairy milk-based formula from postnatal day (PND) 2 to 21...
July 14, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703759/dietary-supplementation-of-fermented-rice-bran-effectively-alleviates-dextran-sodium-sulfate-induced-colitis-in-mice
#16
Jahidul Islam, Takuya Koseki, Kouichi Watanabe, Slamet Budijanto, Akira Oikawa, Md Alauddin, Tomoko Goto, Hisahi Aso, Michio Komai, Hitoshi Shirakawa
Rice bran (RB) is a major by-product of rice polishing and a rich source of bioactive compounds. Here, we investigated the anti-colitis effect of diet supplementation with fermented rice bran (FRB) in a murine model of ulcerative colitis. FRB was prepared by dual fermentation of RB using fungi and lactic acid bacteria. Colitis was induced in C57Bl/6N male mice (n = 8/group) by dextran sodium sulfate (DSS). Body weight change, disease activity index (DAI), histopathology score, tissue myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity, cytokine and chemokine transcript levels, and the production of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) and mucin in the colonic tissue were monitored...
July 13, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677880/study-of-the-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-metabolism-of-the-tryptamine-5-meo-mipt-using-human-liver-microsomes-and-real-case-samples
#17
Katharina Elisabeth Grafinger, Marianne Hädener, Stefan König, Wolfgang Weinmann
The synthetic tryptamine 5-methoxy-N-methyl-N-isopropyltryptamine (5-MeO-MiPT) has recently been abused as a hallucinogenic drug in Germany and Switzerland. This study presents a case of 5-MeO-MiPT intoxication and the structural elucidation of metabolites in pooled human liver microsomes (pHLM), blood, and urine. Microsomal incubation experiments were performed using pHLM to detect and identify in vitro metabolites. In August 2016, the police encountered a naked man, agitated and with aggressive behavior on the street...
July 5, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649074/neurochemical-and-behavioral-effects-of-green-tea-camellia-sinensis-as-observed-in-animals-exposed-to-restraint-stress
#18
Huma Ikram, Beenish Mirza, Darakhshan Jabeen Haleem
Clinical studies on psychiatric patients suggest that life events stress precipitates depression. The possible involvement of 5-Hydroxy tryptamine (5-HT; Serotonin) in depression and other behavioral deficits is also suggested by clinical studies. As a natural stimulant, green tea (Camellia Sinensis) diminishes stress, worry and anxiety, allowing the brain to focus and concentrate better. Previously we have reported that beneficial effects of green tea might be associated with altered levels of 5-HT, which in turn may help in coping with stress...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623006/a-longevity-study-with-enhancer-substances-selegiline-bpap-detected-an-unknown-tumor-manifestation-suppressing-regulation-in-rat-brain
#19
J Knoll, K Baghy, S Eckhardt, P Ferdinandy, M Garami, L G Harsing, P Hauser, Z Mervai, T Pocza, Z Schaff, D Schuler, I Miklya
AIMS: First proof to show that (-)-deprenyl/selegiline (DEP), the first selective inhibitor of MAO-B, later identified as the first β-phenylethylamine (PEA)-derived synthetic catecholaminergic activity enhancer (CAE) substance and (2R)-1-(1-benzofuran-2-yl)-N-propylpentane-2-amine (BPAP), the tryptamine-derived presently known most potent, selective, synthetic enhancer substance, are specific markers of unknown enhancer-sensitive brain regulations. MAIN METHODS: Longevity study disclosing the operation of tumor-manifestation-suppressing (TMS) regulation in rat brain...
August 1, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602505/proposal-of-5-methoxy-n-methyl-n-isopropyltryptamine-consumption-biomarkers-through-identification-of-in-vivo-metabolites-from-mice
#20
D Fabregat-Safont, M Barneo-Muñoz, F Martinez-Garcia, J V Sancho, F Hernández, M Ibáñez
New psychoactive substances (NPS) are a new breed of synthetically produced substances designed to mimic the effects of traditional illegal drugs. Synthetic cannabinoids and synthetic cathinones are the two most common groups, which try to mimic the effects of the natural compounds (9)Δ-tetrahydrocannabinol and cathinone, respectively. Similarly, synthetic tryptamines are designer compounds which are based on the compounds psilocin, N,N-dimethyltryptamine and 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine found in some mushrooms...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
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