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Joelle Khairallah, Shima Sadeghi Ekbatan, Kebba Sabally, Michèle M Iskandar, Raza Hussain, Atef Nassar, Lekha Sleno, Laetitia Rodes, Satya Prakash, Danielle J Donnelly, Stan Kubow
A multistage human gastrointestinal model was used to digest a polyphenol-rich potato extract containing chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, ferulic acid, and rutin as the primary polyphenols, to assess for their microbial biotransformation and to measure changes in antioxidant capacity in up to 24 h of digestion. The biotransformation of polyphenols was assessed by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. Antioxidant capacity was measured by the ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) assay. Among the colonic reactors, parent (poly)phenols were detected in the ascending (AC), but not the transverse (TC) or descending (DC) colons...
March 20, 2018: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
Alex H F Lee, Steven F Gessert, Yutao Chen, Nikolay V Sergeev, Babak Haghiri
In this work, a robust synthetic pathway for magnetic core preparation and silica surface coating of magnetic microparticles is presented. Silica-coated magnetic particles are widely used to extract DNA and RNA from various biological samples. We present a novel route for the synthesis of iron oxide silica particles (Fe3 O4 @Silica) and demonstrate their performance for extracting ZIKA viral RNA from serum. The iron (II, III) oxide (Fe3 O4 ), magnetite core is first prepared by ammonia neutralization of ferrous and ferric chloride aqueous solution under argon, followed by the addition of citrate salt to stabilize the surface of the resultant magnetic nanospheres...
March 2018: Heliyon
Hongdan Zhang, Meishan Fan, Xin Li, Aiping Zhang, Jun Xie
In this work, a FeCl3 -catalyzed organosolv pretreatment was employed at 160 °C to remove hemicellulose and lignin in sugarcane bagasse leaving the cellulose-enriched residue for enzymatic hydrolysis to sugars. The solubilized hemicellulose fractions consisted more monomer xylose than oligomer xylose. The FeCl3 -catalyzed organosolv pretreatment significantly improved the enzymatic hydrolysis, nearly 100% of cellulose components were converted to glucose after pretreatment with 0.05 M FeCl3 . Structural analysis was employed to reveal how pretreatment affected the enzymatic hydrolysis...
March 2, 2018: Bioresource Technology
Rong Liang, Sheng Cheng, Xiuying Wang
We used a pulsed electric field (PEF) to treat four pentapeptides with similar amino acid sequences (KCHKP, KCHQP, QCHKP, and QCHQP). We then evaluated antioxidant activity of the pentapeptides according to ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) and hydroxyl radical scavenging capacity. Structures of the peptides were determined by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), mid-infrared (MIR), circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). The results indicated that antioxidant activities of KCHQP and QCHKP were increased by PEF, whereas those of KCHKP and QCHQP were reduced...
July 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
Ya Cheng, Ye Li, Tinglin Huang, Yuankui Sun, Xinxin Shi, Yuezong Shao
As an efficient method for ammonium (NH4 + ) removal, contact catalytic oxidation technology has drawn much attention recently, due to its good low temperature resistance and short start-up period. Two identical filters were employed to compare the process for ammonium removal during the start-up period for ammonium removal in groundwater (Filter-N) and surface water (Filter-S) treatment. Two types of source water (groundwater and surface water) were used as the feed waters for the filtration trials. Although the same initiating method was used, Filter-N exhibited much better ammonium removal performance than Filter-S...
March 2018: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Robin Patel, Ferric C Fang
Recent advances in microbial diagnostics are providing clinicians with information about microbes causing infections and their resistance to antimicrobial agents more rapidly than ever before. Diagnostic stewardship refers to the appropriate use of laboratory testing to guide patient management, including treatment, in order to optimize clinical outcomes and limit the spread of antimicrobial resistance. Fulfilling the promise of diagnostic stewardship requires a seamless partnership between clinical laboratories, pharmacists, and infectious diseases clinicians, so that appropriate tests are ordered and diagnostic information is translated into appropriate management in real time...
March 14, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Giulia Cisbani, Audrey Le Behot, Marie-Michèle Plante, Paul Préfontaine, Manon Lecordier, Serge Rivest
Stroke is the second cause of mortality worldwide and occurs following the interruption of cerebral blood circulation by cerebral vessel burst or subsequent to a local thrombus formation. Ischemic lesion triggers an important inflammatory response, characterized by massive infiltration of leukocytes, activation of glial cells and neurovascular reorganization. Chemokines and their receptors, such as CCR2 and CX3CR1, play an important role in leukocyte recruitment in the damaged area. Mice genetically depleted for the two receptors CCR2 and CX3CR1 underwent focal cerebral ischemia, based on the topical application of ferric chloride to truncate the distal middle cerebral artery...
March 12, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Dávid Szamosvári, Sina Rütschlin, Thomas Böttcher
Bacteria engage in numerous collaborative and competitive interactions, which are often mediated by small molecule metabolites. Bacterial competition involves for example the production of compounds that effectively kill or inhibit growth of their neighbours but also the secretion of siderophores that allow securing the essential and fiercely embattled resource of ferric iron. Yet, the enormous diversity of metabolites produced has remained puzzling in many cases. We here present examples of both types of competition from our recent work...
March 15, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Jeffrey B McQuaid, Adam B Kustka, Miroslav Oborník, Aleš Horák, John P McCrow, Bogumil J Karas, Hong Zheng, Theodor Kindeberg, Andreas J Andersson, Katherine A Barbeau, Andrew E Allen
In vast areas of the ocean, the scarcity of iron controls the growth and productivity of phytoplankton. Although most dissolved iron in the marine environment is complexed with organic molecules, picomolar amounts of labile inorganic iron species (labile iron) are maintained within the euphotic zone and serve as an important source of iron for eukaryotic phytoplankton and particularly for diatoms. Genome-enabled studies of labile iron utilization by diatoms have previously revealed novel iron-responsive transcripts, including the ferric iron-concentrating protein ISIP2A, but the mechanism behind the acquisition of picomolar labile iron remains unknown...
March 14, 2018: Nature
Qian Liu, Yang Yang, Xiaoxue Mei, Bingfeng Liu, Chuan Chen, Defeng Xing
Ferric iron can affect the current generation of microbial electrochemical system (MES); however, how it influences microbial biofilm formation and metabolic activity has not been reported. Here, we describe the response of microbial electrode biofilm communities to insoluble ferric iron (Fe3+ ) at different concentrations in microbial fuel cells (MFCs). Insoluble ferric iron (200μM) improved electrochemical activity of the MFCs microbial biofilms during start-up and resulted in a higher maximum power density of 0...
March 11, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Laura A Garvican-Lewis, Victor L Vuong, Andrew D Govus, Peter Peeling, Grace Jung, Elizabeta Nemeth, David Hughes, Greg Lovell, Daniel Eichner, Christopher J Gore
PURPOSE: Iron is integral for erythropoietic adaptation to hypoxia, yet the importance of supplementary iron compared to existing stores is poorly understood. The aim of the present study was to compare the magnitude of the haemoglobin mass (Hbmass) response to altitude in athletes supplemented with intravenous (IV), oral or placebo iron supplementation. METHODS: Thirty-four, non-anaemic, endurance-trained athletes completed 3 weeks of simulated altitude (3000 m, 14h...
March 12, 2018: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Lisa Milazzo, Stefan Hofbauer, Barry D Howes, Thomas Gabler, Paul G G Furtmüller, Christian Obinger, Giulietta Smulevich
Coproheme decarboxylases (ChdC) catalyse the hydrogen peroxide-mediated conversion of coproheme to heme b. This work compares the structure and function of wild-type (WT) coproheme decarboxylase from Listeria monocytogenes and its M149A, Q187A, and M149A/Q187A mutants. The UV-vis, resonance Raman and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopies clearly show that the ferric form of the WT protein is a pentacoordinate quantum mechanically mixed-spin state, which is very unusual in biological systems. Exchange of the Met149 residue to Ala dramatically alters the heme coordination, which becomes a 6 coordinate low spin species with the amide nitrogen atom of the Q187 residue bound to the heme iron...
March 14, 2018: Biochemistry
David J Eve, George Steiner, Ajay Mahendrasah, Paul R Sanberg, Crupa Kurien, Avery Thomson, Cesar V Borlongan, Svitlana Garbuzova-Davis
Blood-spinal cord barrier (BSCB) alterations, including capillary rupture, have been demonstrated in animal models of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and ALS patients. To date, treatment to restore BSCB in ALS is underexplored. Here, we evaluated whether intravenous transplantation of human bone marrow CD34+ (hBM34+ ) cells into symptomatic ALS mice leads to restoration of capillary integrity in the spinal cord as determined by detection of microhemorrhages. Three different doses of hBM34+ cells (5 × 104 , 5 × 105 or 1 × 106 ) or media were intravenously injected into symptomatic G93A SOD1 mice at 13 weeks of age...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Shunli Liu, Kewen Li, Imtiaz Hussain, Olayinka Oderinde, Fang Yao, Jiuyang Zhang, Guo Dong Fu
Mechanically-tough and electrical conductive self-healing hydrogels may have broad applications in wearable electronics, health-monitoring systems, and smart robotics in the following years. Here, we proposed a new design strategy to synthesize a dual physical cross-linked polyethylene glycol/poly(acrylic acid) (PEG/PAA) double network hydrogel, consisting of an ferric ions cross-linked linear chain extension of PEG (2, 6-pyridinedicarbonyl moieties incorporated in the PEG backbone, PEG-H2pdca) as the first physical network and a PAA-Fe3+ gel as the second physical network...
March 13, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
Lesley J Scott
Intravenous ferric carboxymaltose (Ferinject® ; Injectafer® ) is a colloidal solution of nanoparticles which consist of a polynuclear iron (III)-(oxyhydr)oxide core stabilized by carboxymaltose and may be given as a single high-dose, 15-min infusion. This article reviews the clinical use of ferric carboxymaltose in various patient populations with iron deficiency (ID) [± anaemia] and briefly summarizes its pharmacological properties. Based on extensive experience in the clinical trial and real-world settings, ferric carboxymaltose is an effective and generally well tolerated treatment for rapidly replenishing iron stores and correcting anaemia in patients with ID (± anaemia) of various aetiologies, including patients with chronic heart failure (CHF), chronic kidney disease, inflammatory bowel disease or perioperative anaemia, and women with ID during pregnancy, postpartum or associated with heavy uterine bleeding...
March 2018: Drugs
Micah T Nelp, Patrick A Kates, John T Hunt, John A Newitt, Aaron Balog, Derrick Maley, Xiao Zhu, Lynn Abell, Alban Allentoff, Robert Borzilleri, Hal A Lewis, Zeyu Lin, Steven P Seitz, Chunhong Yan, John T Groves
For cancer cells to survive and proliferate, they must escape normal immune destruction. One mechanism by which this is accomplished is through immune suppression effected by up-regulation of indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO1), a heme enzyme that catalyzes the oxidation of tryptophan to N -formylkynurenine. On deformylation, kynurenine and downstream metabolites suppress T cell function. The importance of this immunosuppressive mechanism has spurred intense interest in the development of clinical IDO1 inhibitors...
March 12, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Molly M Lockart, Carlo A Rodriguez, William M Atkins, Michael K Bowman
Cytochrome P450 (CYP) monoxygenses utilize heme cofactors to catalyze oxidation reactions. They play a critical role in metabolism of many classes of drugs, are an attractive target for drug development, and mediate several prominent drug interactions. Many substrates and inhibitors alter the spin state of the ferric heme by displacing the heme's axial water ligand in the resting enzyme to yield a five-coordinate iron complex, or they replace the axial water to yield a nitrogen-ligated six-coordinate iron complex, which are traditionally assigned by UV-vis spectroscopy...
February 24, 2018: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Pedro García, Concepción Romero, Manuel Brenes
BACKGROUND: The oxidation and polymerization of the phenolic compounds present in black ripe olives give rise to their black shiny colour which is fixed by the addition of ferrous salts such as ferrous gluconate. Among the many variables that can affect the successful of this fixation step, the influence of the pH on this process was assessed on fruits of the Hojiblanca cultivar processed at pilot plant scale. Hence, the aim of this work was to gain knowledge on the development of this fixation step, in particular on olives that were oxidized with a single alkaline treatment...
March 12, 2018: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Akintayo Lanre Ogundajo, Lateef Apollo Adeniran, Anofi Omotayo Ashafa
OBJECTIVE: This study evaluates the phytochemical constituents, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity, cytotoxicity, and inhibitory activity against carbohydrate metabolism of extracts from Ocotea bullata stem bark. METHODS: Hexane, ethyl acetate, methanol and water were used to extract the air-dried sample. The phytochemical investigation and antioxidant assays were carried out on the extracts using standard procedures. The antidiabetic and anti-inflammatory potentials were evaluated using α-amylase, α-glucosidase and 5-lipoxygenase enzymes respectively...
March 2018: Journal of Integrative Medicine
Xianqiang Tang, Qingyun Li, Zhenhua Wang, Yanping Hu, Yuan Hu, Miklas Scholz
Novel soil remediation equipment based on electro-kinetic geosynthetics (EKG) was developed for in situ isolation of metals from paddy soil. Two mutually independent field plot experiments A and B (with and without electric current applied) were conducted. After saturation using ferric chloride (FeCl3 ) and calcium chloride (CaCl2 ), soil water drainage capacity, soil cadmium (Cd) removal performance, energy consumption as well as soil residual of iron (Fe) and chloride (Cl) were assessed. Cadmium dissolved in the soil matrix and resulted in a 100% increase of diethylenetriamine-pentaacetic acid (DTPA) extracted phyto-available Cd...
March 10, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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