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Constanze Pinske, R Gary Sawers
Numerous recent developments in the biochemistry, molecular biology, and physiology of formate and H2 metabolism and of the [NiFe]-hydrogenase (Hyd) cofactor biosynthetic machinery are highlighted. Formate export and import by the aquaporin-like pentameric formate channel FocA is governed by interaction with pyruvate formate-lyase, the enzyme that generates formate. Formate is disproportionated by the reversible formate hydrogenlyase (FHL) complex, which has been isolated, allowing biochemical dissection of evolutionary parallels with complex I of the respiratory chain...
October 2016: EcoSal Plus
Marita Vu, Lars Herfindal, Ole Johan Juvik, Anni Vedeler, Svein Haavik, Torgils Fossen
The intake of Narthecium ossifragum, commonly known as bog asphodel, has been associated with toxic effects observed in sheep for centuries. Although the plant has been studied for five centuries little is known about its chemical constituents. Six previously undescribed natural products, naringenin(3 → 6″)luteolin, naringenin(3 → 6″)chrysoeriol, liovil 4-O-β-glucopyranoside, 2,6-dimethoxy cinnamic acid, (E)-4-(3-hydroxy-2,2-dimethylchroman-6-yl)but-3-en-2-one and (E)-4-(4-(((E)-4-hydroxy-3-methylbut-2-en-1-yl)oxy)phenyl)but-3-en-2-one, have been identified from fruits of N...
October 6, 2016: Phytochemistry
Hui Wang, Bin Wang, Wenwen Dong, Xiaoke Hu
Crude oil is a complex mixture of hydrocarbons with different structures; its components vary in bioavailability and toxicity. It is important to understand how bacterial communities response to different hydrocarbons and their co-acclimation in the process of degradation. In this study, microcosms with the addition of structurally different hydrocarbons were setup to investigate the successions of bacterial communities and the interactions between different bacterial taxa. Hydrocarbons were effectively degraded in all microcosms after 40 days...
October 4, 2016: Scientific Reports
Alberto Alvarez-Larrán, Manuel Pérez-Encinas, Francisca Ferrer-Marin, Juan-Carlos Hernández-Boluda, María José Ramírez, Joaquín Martínez-López, Elena Magro, Yasmina Cruz, María Isabel Mata, Pilar Aragües, María Laura Fox, Beatriz Cuevas, Sara Montesdeoca, José Angel Hernández-Rivas, Valentin García-Gutiérrez, María Teresa Gómez-Casares, Juan Luis Steegmann, María Antonia Durán, Montse Gómez, Ana Kerguelen, Abelardo Bárez, Mari Carmen García, Concepción Boqué, José María Raya, Clara Martinez, Manuel Albors, Francesc Garcia, Carmen Burgaleta, Carlos Besses
Hematocrit control below 45% is associated with a lower rate of thrombosis in polycythemia vera. In patients receiving hydroxyurea, this target can be achieved with hydroxyurea alone or with the combination of hydroxyurea plus phlebotomies. However, the clinical implications of phlebotomy requirement under hydroxyurea therapy are unknown. For such purpose, need of additional phlebotomies during the first 5 years of hydroxyurea therapy was evaluated in 533 patients with polycythemia vera. Patients requiring 3 or more phlebotomies per year (n=85, 16%) showed a worse hematocrit control than those requiring 2 or less phlebotomies per year (n=448, 84%)...
September 29, 2016: Haematologica
S E Varitimidis, Z H Dailiana, D Christou, K Grafanaki, M G Ioannou, C Stathopoulos, K N Malizos
This study investigates the histological background of torn rotator cuff tendons, evaluates the stability of newly synthesized collagen by measuring the hydro-xyproline content and attempts to correlate these findings with the clinical outcome after reconstruction of the rotator cuff. Sixty-one patients underwent reconstruction for a -rotator cuff tear. They were evaluated preoperatively with the Constant-Murley score, MRI and ultrasound. Biopsy samples were taken from chronic rotator cuff tears and histological analysis was performed...
August 2016: Acta Orthopaedica Belgica
Meththika Vithanage, Hasintha Wijesekara, S S Mayakaduwa
Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC) from landfill leachate may become potentially harmful when it combines with other organic or inorganic substances in wastewaters. Therefore, the aim of this study was to extract and analysis of DOC fractions in uncontrolled dumpsite at Gohagoda, Sri Lanka. Total organic carbon (TOC) and DOC in the leachate were measured. DOC fractions; humic acids (HA), fulvic acids (FA) and the hydrophilic fraction (Hyd) were isolated and purified with the resin techniques. Spectroscopic techniques and elemental analysis were performed to characterize isolated fractions of DOCs...
September 27, 2016: Environmental Technology
Youngja H Park, Anne M Fitzpatrick, Carl Angelo Medriano, Dean P Jones
BACKGROUND: Corticosteroid (CS) treatment has been established as the first anti-inflammatory treatment for adults and children with asthma. However, a subset of patients fails to respond to combined systemic and inhaled CS treatment. OBJECTIVE: This study is aimed at further understanding CS resistance among severe asthmatic children. METHODS: High resolution metabolomics (HRM) was performed on urine samples from CS-respondent (n=15) and CS-nonrespondent (n=15) children to determine possible urine biomarkers related to CS resistance...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Stephen C Harris, Alessandra Cipriano, Ram P Kapil, Naama Levy-Cooperman, Salvatore V Colucci, Pierre Geoffroy, Talar Hopyan
OBJECTIVES:  A once-daily, extended-release hydrocodone bitartrate tablet with abuse-deterrent properties (Hysingla ER [HYD]) is available for the treatment of chronic pain in appropriate patients. This study evaluated the oral abuse potential and pharmacokinetics (PK) of HYD intact, chewed, or milled to fine particles in comparison with hydrocodone solution or placebo. DESIGN:  Single-center, double-blind, randomized, five-period, five-treatment crossover study...
September 19, 2016: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Ai-Wei Lee, Cheng-Chen Hsu, Yi-Zu Liu, Po-Li Wei, Jem-Kun Chen
In this study we used the poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) as a medium to blend with an organic DNA, herring sperm DNA (HSD), to generate PNIPAAm-HSD supramolecular complexes. Bio-multiple hydrogen bonding (BMHB) between PNIPAAm and HSD was investigated that changed the temperature responsiveness of PNIPAAm relatively to the HSD concentrations. With blending the HSD into PNIPAAm matrix, the phase separation in solution is completely opposite from that of neat PNIPAAm. Surface property in static water contact angle (SWCA) is also opposite from that of pure PNIPAAm upon increasing HSD content over 60%...
September 12, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Jie Zhao, Xin-Long Ma, Jian-Xiong Ma, Lei Sun, Bin Lu, Ying Wang, Guo-Sheng Xing, Yan Wang, Ben-Chao Dong, Li-Yan Xu, Ming-Jie Kuang, Lin Fu, Hao-Hao Bai, Yue Ma, Wei-Lin Jin
Steroid-associated osteonecrosis (SAON) is one of the common complications of clinical glucocorticoid (GC) administration, with osteocyte apoptosis appearing as the primary histopathological lesion. However, the precise mechanism underlying SAON remains unknown. Epigenetic modification may be a major cause of SAON. Recently, cumulative research revealed that Ten-Eleven Translocation (TET) proteins can catalyze the conversion of 5-methylcytosine (5mC) to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) and then alter the epigenetic state of DNA...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
Ning Xiang, Yuan Lyu, Xiao Zhu, Arun K Bhunia, Ganesan Narsimhan
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) inactivate microbial cells through pore formation in cell membrane. Because of their different mode of action compared to antibiotics, AMPs can be effectively used to combat drug resistant bacteria in human health. AMPs can also be used to replace antibiotics in animal feed and immobilized on food packaging films. In this research, we developed a methodology based on mechanistic evaluation of peptide-lipid bilayer interaction to identify AMPs from soy protein. Production of AMPs from soy protein is an attractive, cost-saving alternative for commercial consideration, because soy protein is an abundant and common protein resource...
September 6, 2016: Peptides
Lisa Bowman, Jonathan Balbach, Julia Walton, Frank Sargent, Alison Parkin
A subset of bacterial [NiFe]-hydrogenases have been shown to be capable of activating dihydrogen-catalysis under aerobic conditions; however, it remains relatively unclear how the assembly and activation of these enzymes is carried out in the presence of air. Acquiring this knowledge is important if a generic method for achieving production of O2-resistant [NiFe]-hydrogenases within heterologous hosts is to be developed. Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium synthesizes the [NiFe]-hydrogenase-5 (Hyd-5) enzyme under aerobic conditions...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
Job L Grant, Megan E Mitchell, Thomas Michael Makris
OleT is a cytochrome P450 that catalyzes the hydrogen peroxide-dependent metabolism of Cn chain-length fatty acids to synthesize Cn-1 1-alkenes. The decarboxylation reaction provides a route for the production of drop-in hydrocarbon fuels from a renewable and abundant natural resource. This transformation is highly unusual for a P450, which typically uses an Fe(4+)-oxo intermediate known as compound I for the insertion of oxygen into organic substrates. OleT, previously shown to form compound I, catalyzes a different reaction...
September 6, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Padma Pradeepa Srinivasan, Vaishali N Patel, Shuang Liu, Daniel A Harrington, Matthew P Hoffman, Xinqiao Jia, Robert L Witt, Mary C Farach-Carson, Swati Pradhan-Bhatt
: : Radiotherapy for head and neck cancer often has undesirable effects on salivary glands that lead to xerostomia or severe dry mouth, which can increase oral infections. Our goal is to engineer functional, three-dimensional (3D) salivary gland neotissue for autologous implantation to provide permanent relief. An immediate need exists to obtain autologous adult progenitor cells as the use of embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells potentially pose serious risks such as teratogenicity and immunogenic rejection...
August 18, 2016: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
Ge Wang, Judith Romero-Gallo, Stéphane L Benoit, M Blanca Piazuelo, Ricardo L Dominguez, Douglas R Morgan, Richard M Peek, Robert J Maier
UNLABELLED: A known virulence factor of Helicobacter pylori that augments gastric cancer risk is the CagA cytotoxin. A carcinogenic derivative strain, 7.13, that has a greater ability to translocate CagA exhibits much higher hydrogenase activity than its parent noncarcinogenic strain, B128. A Δhyd mutant strain with deletion of hydrogenase genes was ineffective in CagA translocation into human gastric epithelial AGS cells, while no significant attenuation of cell adhesion was observed...
2016: MBio
Bruce J Berne, John T Fourkas, Robert A Walker, John D Weeks
Nitriles are important solvents not just for bulk reactions but also for interfacial processes such as separations, heterogeneous catalysis, and electrochemistry. Although nitriles have a polar end and a lipophilic end, the cyano group is not hydrophilic enough for these substances to be thought of as prototypical amphiphiles. This picture is now changing, as research is revealing that at a silica surface nitriles can organize into structures that, in many ways, resemble lipid bilayers. This unexpected organization may be a key component of unique interfacial behavior of nitriles that make them the solvents of choice for so many applications...
September 20, 2016: Accounts of Chemical Research
R Kaushal, B K Taylor, A B Jamal, L Zhang, F Ma, R Donahue, K N Westlund
Trigeminal neuropathic pain is described as constant excruciating facial pain. The study goal was to investigate the role of nucleus locus coeruleus (LC) in a model of chronic orofacial neuropathic pain (CCI-ION). The study examines LC's relationship to both the medullary dorsal horn receiving trigeminal nerve sensory innervation and the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). LC is a major source of CNS noradrenaline (NA) and a primary nucleus involved in pain modulation. Although descending inhibition of acute pain by LC is well established, contribution of the LC to facilitation of chronic neuropathic pain is also reported...
August 9, 2016: Neuroscience
Kathleen Broglio, Joseph Pergolizzi, Maribeth Kowalski, Shau Yu Lynch, Ellie He, Warren Wen
In elderly (≥75 years) individuals, age-associated physiologic changes and a higher prevalence of comorbidities, polypharmacy, and increased susceptibility to medication-induced side effects complicate pain management. Hysingla(®) ER (HYD) is a once-daily, single-entity, extended-release hydrocodone formulation approved for the treatment of chronic pain that is insufficiently controlled by alternative treatments. In this post-hoc analysis of a previously reported study, the effectiveness and safety of HYD for the treatment of moderate-to-severe chronic pain among the elderly (≥75 years) for a 52-week duration was investigated...
August 5, 2016: Geriatric Nursing
Nacéra Aboud, Davide Ferraro, Myriam Taverna, Stéphanie Descroix, Claire Smadja, N Thuy Tran
In this work, we have investigated Dyneon THV, a fluorinated material, as a new material to afford electrokinetic separations in microfluidic devices. To overcome protein adsorption, two poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-based coatings have been investigated: Pluronic F127 and PEO stearate 40. The best results were obtained with the PEO stearate 40 coating which allowed decreasing the surface contact angle from 91 ± 3 to 76°± 3. With this surface treatment, a 66% reduction of the electroosmotic mobility at pH 8...
October 21, 2016: Analyst
Yangjun Chen, Haijie Han, Hongxin Tong, Tingting Chen, Haibo Wang, Jian Ji, Qiao Jin
Polymeric micelles have emerged as a promising nanoplatform for cancer theranostics. Herein, we developed doxorubicin (DOX) encapsulated pH-responsive polymeric micelles for combined aggregation induced emission (AIE) imaging and chemotherapy. The novel zwitterionic copolymer poly(2-methacryloyloxyethylphosphorylcholine-co-2-(4-formylphenoxy)ethyl methacrylate) (poly(MPC-co-FPEMA)) was synthesized via RAFT polymerization and further converted to PMPC-hyd-TPE after conjugation of tetraphenylethene (TPE, a typical AIE chromophore) via acid-cleavable hydrazone bonds...
August 24, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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