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Gregory J O Beran, Joshua D Hartman, Yonaton N Heit
Molecular crystals occur widely in pharmaceuticals, foods, explosives, organic semiconductors, and many other applications. Thanks to substantial progress in electronic structure modeling of molecular crystals, attention is now shifting from basic crystal structure prediction and lattice energy modeling toward the accurate prediction of experimentally observable properties at finite temperatures and pressures. This Account discusses how fragment-based electronic structure methods can be used to model a variety of experimentally relevant molecular crystal properties...
October 18, 2016: Accounts of Chemical Research
Janifer Raj Xavier, Karna Venkata Ramana
Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) and levan attract much attention due to a wide range of applications in food technology and pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry. Bacillus licheniformis ANT 179, isolated from Antarctica soil, produced levansucrase and levan in a medium containing sucrose as carbon substrate. In this study, characterization of levansucrase and production of short-chain FOS and levan were investigated. Temperature and pH optimum of the enzyme were found to be 60 °C and pH 6.0, respectively. The optimization of fermentation conditions for levan production using sugarcane juice by response surface methodology (RSM) was carried out...
October 12, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Gahl Levy, Naomi Habib, Maria Angela Guzzardi, Daniel Kitsberg, David Bomze, Elishai Ezra, Basak E Uygun, Korkut Uygun, Martin Trippler, Joerg F Schlaak, Oren Shibolet, Ella H Sklan, Merav Cohen, Joerg Timm, Nir Friedman, Yaakov Nahmias
Viruses lack the basic machinery needed to replicate and therefore must hijack the host's metabolism to propagate. Virus-induced metabolic changes have yet to be systematically studied in the context of host transcriptional regulation, and such studies shoul offer insight into host-pathogen metabolic interplay. In this work we identified hepatitis C virus (HCV)-responsive regulators by coupling system-wide metabolic-flux analysis with targeted perturbation of nuclear receptors in primary human hepatocytes. We found HCV-induced upregulation of glycolysis, ketogenesis and drug metabolism, with glycolysis controlled by activation of HNF4α, ketogenesis by PPARα and FXR, and drug metabolism by PXR...
October 10, 2016: Nature Chemical Biology
Peichao Chen, Dan He, Ya Zhang, Shanshan Yang, Liujun Chen, Shengqin Wang, Huixi Zou, Zhiyong Liao, Xu Zhang, Mingjiang Wu
Aging is a complex issue, which results in a progressive decline process in cellular protection and physiological functions. Illustrating the causes of aging and pharmaceutical interference with the aging process has been a pivotal issue for thousands of years. Sargassum fusiforme (S. fusiforme), a kind of brown alga, is also named the "longevity vegetable" as it is not only a kind of food, but also used as an herb in traditional Chinese Medicine for maintaining health and treatment of thyroid disease, cardiovascular disease and so on...
October 10, 2016: Food & Function
Henrik Aronsson, Petter Larsson, Sandra Bains
Higher plants have been used in medicine throughout human history. While traditional medicinal uses relied on compounds produced naturally by plants, recent advances have enabled the use of plant-based factories to produce diverse agents including pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, and vaccines. The genes responsible for the production of these substances can be either transiently expressed in plants or integrated into their nuclear genome or plastid genome (plastome) by genetic transformation. This review focuses on the application of plastid transformation of higher plants to produce biopharmaceuticals for human applications that are neither antibiotics nor vaccines...
October 4, 2016: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
David A Hirsh, Aaron J Rossini, Lyndon Emsley, Robert W Schurko
In this work, we show how to obtain efficient dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) enhanced (35)Cl solid-state NMR (SSNMR) spectra at 9.4 T and demonstrate how they can be used to characterize the molecular-level structure of hydrochloride salts of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) in both bulk and low wt% API dosage forms. (35)Cl SSNMR central-transition powder patterns of chloride ions are typically tens to hundreds of kHz in breadth, and most cannot be excited uniformly with high-power rectangular pulses or acquired under conditions of magic-angle spinning (MAS)...
September 21, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Davide Capelli, Carmen Cerchia, Roberta Montanari, Fulvio Loiodice, Paolo Tortorella, Antonio Laghezza, Laura Cervoni, Giorgio Pochetti, Antonio Lavecchia
The peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are nuclear receptors involved in the regulation of the metabolic homeostasis and therefore represent valuable therapeutic targets for the treatment of metabolic diseases. The development of more balanced drugs interacting with PPARs, devoid of the side-effects showed by the currently marketed PPARγ full agonists, is considered the major challenge for the pharmaceutical companies. Here we present a structure-based virtual screening approach that let us identify a novel PPAR pan-agonist with a very attractive activity profile and its crystal structure in the complex with PPARα and PPARγ, respectively...
October 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ronja M Malinowski, Kasper W Lipsø, Mathilde H Lerche, Jan H Ardenkjær-Larsen
Signal enhancement by hyperpolarization is a way of overcoming the low sensitivity in magnetic resonance; MRI in particular. One of the most well-known methods, dissolution Dynamic Nuclear Polarization, has been used clinically in cancer patients. One way of ensuring a low bioburden of the hyperpolarized product is by use of a closed fluid path that constitutes a barrier to contamination. The fluid path can be filled with the pharmaceuticals, i.e. imaging agent and solvents, in a clean room, and then stored or immediately used at the polarizer...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
Inge Kepert, Juliano Fonseca, Constanze Müller, Katrin Milger, Kerstin Hochwind, Matea Kostric, Maria Fedoseeva, Caspar Ohnmacht, Stefan Dehmel, Petra Nathan, Sabine Bartel, Oliver Eickelberg, Michael Schloter, Anton Hartmann, Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin, Susanne Krauss-Etschmann
BACKGROUND: Chronic immune diseases (CIDs), such as asthma, are highly prevalent. Currently available pharmaceuticals improve symptoms, but cannot cure the disease. This prompted demands for alternatives to pharmaceuticals such as probiotics for prevention of allergic disease. However, clinical trials have given inconsistent results. This is at least partly explained by the highly complex crosstalk among probiotic bacteria, the host´s microbiota, and immune cells. The identification of a bioactive substance from probiotic bacteria could circumvent this difficulty...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Dariusz Maciej Pisklak, Monika Zielińska-Pisklak, Łukasz Szeleszczuk
Solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (ssNMR) is a powerful and unique method for analyzing solid forms of the active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) directly in their original formulations. Unfortunately, despite their wide range of application, the ssNMR experiments often suffer from low sensitivity and peaks overlapping between API and excipients. To overcome these limitations, the crosspolarization inversion recovery method was successfully used. The differences in the spin-lattice relaxation time constants for hydrogen atoms T1(H) between API and excipients were employed in order to separate and discriminate their peaks in ssNMR spectra as well as to increase the intensity of API signals in low-dose formulations...
September 22, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Jakub Přichystal, Kevin A Schug, Karel Lemr, Jiří Novák, Vladimír Havlíček
Current mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction are presented as structure elucidation tools for analytical chemistry of natural products. Discovering new molecular entities combined with dereplication of known organic compounds represent prerequisites for biological assays and for respective applications as pharmaceuticals or molecular markers. Liquid chromatography is briefly addressed with respect to its use in mass spectrometry- and nuclear magnetic resonance-based metabolomics studies...
October 5, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Cristal Cerqueira-Coutinho, Elisabete P Dos Santos, Claudia Regina E Mansur
Nanosystems used in the pharmaceutical field aim to guarantee a controlled release and efficacy boost with dose reduction of the drug. The same active ingredient could be vehiculated in different concentrations in distinct nanosystems. Among these nanostructures, the vesicular ones present a versatile delivery system that could be applied to encapsulate lipophilic, amphiphilic, and hydrophilic compounds. Liposomes are the most well-known vesicular nanosystems; however, there are others, such as niosomes, that are composed of nonionic surfactants that are polymeric or conventional...
2016: Critical Reviews in Therapeutic Drug Carrier Systems
Yuan Lu, Qiong-Qiong Xing, Jian-Ya Xu, Dou Ding, Xia Zhao
Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress has been recently revealed to play a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of severe asthma. Astragalus polysaccharide (APS), a major bioactive component from Astragalus membranaceus, exerts immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects and has been shown to suppress ER stress in chronic diseases such as type-2 diabetes. However, the pharmaceutical application of APS in the treatment of severe asthma is unknown. The results obtained here indicate that APS significantly attenuates eosinophils and neutrophil-dominant airway inflammation by reducing the mRNA levels of Cxcl5, Il8, and chemokine (C-C motif) ligand 20 (Ccl20) and the protein levels of IL13RA and IL17RA...
September 16, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Zhipeng Xu, Peng Li, Dan Wei, Zhixiang Wang, Yi Bao, Jipeng Sun, Le Qu, Linhui Wang
The chemokine receptor cysteine (C)-X-C receptor (CXCR4) is a G-protein-coupled receptor that exerts a vital role in distant metastasis of renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Emerging evidence demonstrates that CXCR4 as the cytomembrane receptor translocated into the nucleus to facilitate cell migration and, therefore, determine the prognosis of several types of malignancies. However, the biological mechanism of nuclear location of CXCR4 remains unclear. In the present study, we confirmed the significant implications of the putative nuclear localization sequence (NLS) '146RPRK149̓ on CXCR4 subcellular localization and metastatic potential by point-mutation assay in RCC cell lines...
September 12, 2016: Oncology Reports
Tae Whan Kim, Seunghee Hong, Yin Lin, Elise Murat, HyeMee Joo, Taeil Kim, Virginia Pascual, Yong-Jun Liu
Type I IFNs are crucial mediators of human innate and adaptive immunity and are massively produced from plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs). IFN regulatory factor (IRF)7 is a critical regulator of type I IFN production when pathogens are detected by TLR 7/9 in pDC. However, hyperactivation of pDC can cause life-threatening autoimmune diseases. To avoid the deleterious effects of aberrant pDC activation, tight regulation of IRF7 is required. Nonetheless, the detailed mechanisms of how IRF7 transcription is regulated in pDC are still elusive...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Brian K McFarlin, Melody A Gary
Image-based flow cytometry combines the throughput of traditional flow cytometry with the ability to visually confirm findings and collect novel data that would not be possible otherwise. Since image-based flow cytometry borrows measurement parameters and analysis techniques from microscopy, it is possible to collect unique measures (i.e. nuclear translocation, co-localization, cellular synapse, cellular endocytosis, etc.) that would not be possible with traditional flow cytometry. The ability to collect unique outcomes has led many researchers to develop novel assays for the monitoring and detection of a variety of clinical conditions and diseases...
September 9, 2016: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
Ji-Hye Lee, Jung-Jin Lee, Won-Kyung Cho, Nam-Hui Yim, Hyun-Kyu Kim, Bora Yun, Jin Yeul Ma
BACKGROUND: KBH-1 is an herbal mixture of Saururus chinensis, Curcuma longa and Polygala tenuifolia. Each herb has been reported to have various pharmaceutical activities; however, the synergistic effect of this herbal composition on obesity has not yet been determined. We investigated the alleviation effect of KBH-1 and its possible molecular mechanism in obesity-induced hepatic steatosis and leptin resistance in the hypothalamus. METHODS: We used HepG2 cells, primary neuronal cells and a high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obesity rat model to determine the effect of KBH-1 in vitro and in vivo on hepatic steatosis and leptin resistance accompanied by obesity...
2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Nicole D Wagner, André J Simpson, Myrna J Simpson
The use of consumer products and pharmaceuticals that act as contaminants entering waterways through runoff and wastewater effluents alters aquatic ecosystem health. Traditional toxicological endpoints may underestimate the toxicity of contaminants, as lethal concentrations are often orders of magnitude higher than those found within freshwater ecosystems. While newer techniques examine the metabolic responses of sublethal contaminant exposure, there has been no direct comparison with ontogeny in Daphnia. It was hypothesized that Daphnia magna would have distinct metabolic changes after 3 different sublethal contaminant exposures, because of differences in the toxic mode of action and ontogeny...
October 5, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Yasuyuki Yamada, Fumihiko Sato
Benzylisoquinoline alkaloids (BIQ) are among the most structurally diverse and pharmaceutically valuable secondary metabolites. A plant-specific WRKY-type transcription factor, CjWRKY1, was isolated from Coptis japonica and identified as a transcriptional activator of BIQ biosynthesis. However, the expression of CjWRKY1 gene alone was not sufficient for the activation of genes encoding biosynthetic enzymes. Here, we report the importance of post-translational regulation of CjWRKY1 in BIQ biosynthesis. First, we detected the differential accumulation of CjWRKY1 protein in two cell lines with similar CjWRKY1 gene expression but different levels of accumulated alkaloids...
2016: Scientific Reports
Virginia Aiassa, Ariana Zoppi, M Cecilia Becerra, Inés Albesa, Marcela R Longhi
The purpose of this study was to improve the physicochemical and biological properties of chloramphenicol (CP) by multicomponent complexation with β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) and N-acetylcysteine (NAC). The present work describes the ability of solid multicomponent complex (MC) to decrease biomass and cellular activity of Staphylococcus by crystal violet and XTT assay, and leukocyte toxicity, measuring the increase of reactive oxygen species by chemiluminescence, and using 123-dihydrorhodamine. In addition, MC was prepared by the freeze-drying or physical mixture methods, and then characterized by scanning electron microscopy and powder X-ray diffraction...
November 5, 2016: Carbohydrate Polymers
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