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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816606/scale-up-of-puf-immobilized-fungal-chitosanase-lipase-preparation-production
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Katarzyna Struszczyk-Świta, Łukasz Stańczyk, Mirosława Szczęsna-Antczak, Tadeusz Antczak
Mucor circinelloides IBT-83 mycelium that exhibits both lipolytic (AL) and chitosanolytic (ACH) activities was immobilized into polyurethane foam (PUF) in a 30 L laboratory fermenter. The process of immobilization was investigated in terms of: the carrier porosity, its type, amount and shape, location inside the fermenter, mixing and aeration parameters during the culture, as well as downstream processing operations. The selected conditions allowed for immobilization of approx. 7 g of defatted and dried mycelium in 1 g of carrier, i...
August 17, 2017: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816436/integrated-distance-based-origami-paper-analytical-device-id-opad-for-one-step-visualized-analysis
#2
Tian Tian, Yuan An, Yiping Wu, Yanling Song, Zhi Zhu, Chaoyong James Yang
An integrated distance-based origami paper analytical device (ID-oPAD) is developed for simple, user-friendly and visual detection of targets of interest. The platform enables complete integration of target recognition, signal amplification and visual signal output, based on aptamer/invertase functionalized sepharose beads, cascaded enzymatic reactions and a 3D microfluidic paper-based analytical device with distance-based readout, respectively. The invertase-DNA conjugate is released upon target addition, after which it permeates through the cellulose and flows down into the bottom detection zone, while sepharose beads with larger size are excluded and stay in the upper zone...
August 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816431/carbon-nanotubes-arranged-as-smart-interfaces-in-lipid-langmuir-blodgett-films-enhancing-the-enzymatic-properties-of-penicillinase-for-biosensing-applications
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Fabio Scholl, Paulo Morais, Rayla Gabriel, Michael J Schöning, Jose Roberto Siqueira, Luciano Caseli
In this paper, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were incorporated in penicillinase-phospholipid Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films to enhance the enzyme catalytic properties. Adsorption of the penicillinase and CNTs at dimyristoylphosphatidic acid (DMPA) monolayers at the air-water interface was investigated by surface pressure-area isotherms, vibrational spectroscopy and Brewster angle microscopy. The floating monolayers were transferred to solid supports through the LB technique, forming mixed DMPA-CNTs-PEN films, which were investigated by quartz crystal microbalance, vibrational spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy...
August 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816188/assessment-of-changes-in-nickel-and-chromium-levels-in-the-gingival-crevicular-fluid-during-fixed-orthodontic-treatment
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Vinny Bhasin, Swati J Pustake, Viprat Joshi, Anil Tiwari, Meenakshi Bhasin, Ramandeep S Punia
BACKGROUND: Various components of appliances used in fixed orthodontic treatment are fabricated from materials that are highly resistant in nature and have high strength and biocompatibility. Corrosion of materials occurs inside the oral cavity due to numerous environmental or oral factors that act on them. These factors include temperature, pH variation, salivary conditions, mechanical loads, microbiological and enzymatic activity, and various food components. Gingival crevicular fluid (GCF) is the material obtained from the gingival sulcus and might act as a potential source for various biomarkers in the orthodontic setup because inflammatory-induced response is directly related to orthodontic forces in GCF...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816042/rapid-and-reliable-detection-of-alkaline-phosphatase-by-a-hot-spots-amplification-strategy-based-on-well-controlled-assembly-on-single-nanoparticle
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Yi Zeng, Jia-Qiang Ren, Shaokai Wang, Jiaming Mai, Bing Qu, Yan Zhang, Ai-Guo Shen, Jiming Hu
The first appeal of clinical assay is always accurate and rapid. For alkaline phosphatase (ALP) monitoring in medical treatment, a rapid, reliable surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) test kit is designed based on a "hot spots" amplification strategy. Consisting of alkyne-tagged Au nanoparticles (NPs), Ag+, and enzyme substrate, the packaged test kit can achieve one-step clinical assay of ALP in human serum within several minutes, while the operation is simple as it directly inputs the sample into the test kit...
August 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815938/optimization-of-recombinant-%C3%AE-glucuronidase-hydrolysis-and-quantification-of-eight-urinary-cannabinoids-and-metabolites-by-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Cristina Sempio, Karl B Scheidweiler, Allan J Barnes, Marilyn A Huestis
Prolonged urinary cannabinoid excretion in chronic frequent cannabis users confounds identification of recent cannabis intake that may be important in treatment, workplace, clinical, and forensic testing programs. In addition, differentiation of synthetic Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) intake from cannabis plant products might be an important interpretive issue. THC, 11-hydroxy-THC (11-OH-THC) and 11-nor-9-carboxy-THC (THCCOOH) urine concentrations were evaluated during previous controlled cannabis administration studies following tandem alkaline/E...
June 14, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815931/organization-of-the-flavivirus-rna-replicase-complex
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REVIEW
Carolin Brand, Martin Bisaillon, Brian J Geiss
Flaviviruses, such as dengue, Japanese encephalitis, West Nile, yellow fever, and Zika viruses, are serious human pathogens that cause significant morbidity and mortality globally each year. Flaviviruses are single-stranded, positive-sense RNA viruses, and encode two multidomain proteins, NS3 and NS5, that possess all enzymatic activities required for genome replication and capping. NS3 and NS5 interact within virus-induced replication compartments to form the RNA genome replicase complex. Although the individual enzymatic activities of both proteins have been extensively studied and are well characterized, there are still gaps in our understanding of how they interact to efficiently coordinate their respective activities during positive-strand RNA synthesis and capping...
August 16, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815641/advances-in-capillary-electrophoretically-mediated-microanalysis-for-on-line-enzymatic-and-derivatization-reactions
#8
Shengyun Huang, Prasanta Paul, Pranov Ramana, Erwin Adams, Patrick Augustijns, Ann Van Schepdael
This review summarizes recent developments, applications and innovations of capillary electrophoretically mediated microanalysis methods. As a follow up of an earlier review, it covers the literature from early 2015 - early 2017. This article is divided into three parts. In the first part, different types of mixing procedures and applications of enzyme mediated microanalysis are discussed; the second part summarizes immobilized enzyme reactors (IMERs), while the third part deals with recent advances in on-line derivatization reactions...
August 17, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815615/trans-methylation-reactions-in-plants-focus-on-the-activated-methyl-cycle
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Moona Rahikainen, Sara Alegre, Andrea Trotta, Jesús Pascual, Saijaliisa Kangasjärvi
Trans-methylation reactions are vital in basic metabolism, epigenetic regulation, RNA metabolism, and post-translational control of protein function, and therefore fundamental in determining physiological processes in all living organisms. The plant kingdom is additionally characterized by production of secondary metabolites that undergo specific hydroxylation, oxidation and methylation reactions to obtain a wide array of different chemical structures. Increasing research efforts have started to reveal the enzymatic pathways underlying the biosynthesis of complex metabolites in plants...
August 16, 2017: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815526/role-of-intra-and-inter-mitochondrial-membrane-contact-sites-in-yeast-phospholipid-biogenesis
#10
Yasushi Tamura, Toshiya Endo
Eukaryotic cells exhibit intracellular compartments called organelles wherein various specialized enzymatic reactions occur. Despite the specificity of the characteristic functions of organelles, recent studies have shown that distinct organelles physically connect and communicate with each other to maintain the integrity of their functions. In yeast, multiple inter- and intramitochondrial membrane contact sites (MCSs) were identified to date and were proposed to be involved in phospholipid biogenesis. In the present article, we focus on inter- and intra-organellar MCSs involving mitochondria and their tethering factors, such as the ERMES (endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-mitochondria encounter structure) complex and EMC (conserved ER membrane protein complex) between mitochondria and the ER, vCLAMP (vacuole and mitochondria patch) between mitochondria and vacuoles, and the MICOS (mitochondrial contact site) complex between the mitochondrial outer and inner membranes (MOM and MIM)...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815227/microparticle-parking-and-isolation-for-highly-sensitive-microrna-detection
#11
Jae Jung Kim, Lynna Chen, Patrick S Doyle
Isolating small objects, such as particles, cells, and molecules, in individual aqueous droplets is useful for chemical and biological assays. We have developed a simple microfluidic platform to immobilize (park) microparticles at defined locations, and isolate particles in monodisperse droplets surrounded by immiscible oil. While conventional methods can only achieve stochastic encapsulation of objects within larger droplets, our in situ method ensures that a single particle is entrapped in a similar-sized droplet, with ∼95% yield for parking and isolation...
August 17, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815183/pinx1-is-a-potential-prognostic-factor-for-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-and-inhibits-cell-proliferation-and-migration
#12
Shengguang Wang, Hua Zhang, Jianquan Zhu, Chenguang Li, Jinfang Zhu, Bowen Shi, Bin Zhang, Changli Wang
PinX1 has been identified as a suppressor of telomerase enzymatic activity. However, the tumour-suppressive roles of PinX1 in different types of human cancers are unclear. PinX1 expression status and its correlation with clinicopathological features in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) have not been investigated. Accordingly, in this study, we aimed to evaluate the roles of PinX1 in NSCLC. PinX1 expression status was examined by immunohistochemistry using tissue microarray from a total of 158 patients. Correlations among PinX1 expression, clinicopathological variables, and patient survival were analysed...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814383/high-resolution-accurate-mass-hram-mass-spectrometry-urine-steroid-profiling-in-the-diagnosis-of-adrenal-disorders
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Jolaine M Hines, Irina Bancos, Cristian Bancos, Raman D Singh, Aditya V Avula, William F Young, Stefan K Grebe, Ravinder J Singh
BACKGROUND: Steroid profiling is a promising diagnostic tool for those with adrenal tumors, Cushing syndrome (CS), and disorders of steroidogenesis. Our objective was to develop a multiple-steroid assay using liquid-chromatography, high-resolution, accurate-mass mass spectrometry (HRAM LC-MS) and to validate the assay in patients with various adrenal disorders. METHODS: We collected 24-h urine samples from 114 controls and 71 patients with adrenal diseases. An HRAM LC-MS method was validated for quantitative analysis of 26 steroid metabolites in hydrolyzed urine samples...
August 16, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814126/detection-of-ingested-nitromethane-and-reliable-creatinine-assessment-using-multiple-common-analytical-methods
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Christine M Murphy, John J Devlin, Michael C Beuhler, Paul Cheifetz, Susan Maynard, Michael D Schwartz, Sherri Kacinko
AIM: Nitromethane, found in fuels used for short distance racing, model cars, and model airplanes, produces a falsely elevated serum creatinine with standard creatinine analysis via the Jaffé method. Erroneous creatinine elevation often triggers extensive testing, leads to inaccurate diagnoses, and delayed or inappropriate medical interventions. Multiple reports in the literature identify "enzymatic assays" as an alternative method to detect the true value of creatinine, but this ambiguity does not help providers translate what type of enzymatic assay testing can be done in real time to determine if there is indeed false elevation...
August 17, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814125/recreational-drug-use-at-a-major-music-festival-trend-analysis-of-anonymised-pooled-urine
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Lotte Christine Groth Hoegberg, Cecilie Christiansen, Jesper Soe, Rasmus Telving, Mette Findal Andreasen, Dan Staerk, Lona Louring Christrup, Kenneth Thermann Kongstad
OBJECTIVE: The spread of new psychoactive substances (NPS) has expanded rapidly in the last decade. The complexity of the pharmacological effects of NPS challenges the traditional treatment guidelines, and information of the emergence of new arrivals is valuable. Our knowledge on the actual range of recreational drugs used and NPS available in Denmark is limited as identification is possible only when consumers become patients in the healthcare system or through drug seizures. We aimed to detect classical recreational drugs and NPS in the urine of music festival attendees and evaluate if the use of NPS could have been predicted by comparing study data with drug seizure data from the previous year published by European and Danish health authorities...
August 17, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814092/flow-cytometric-examination-of-apoptotic-effect-on-brain-tissue-in-postnatal-period-created-by-intrauterine-oxcarbazepine-and-gabapentin-exposure
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Z Erisgin, Y Tekelioglu
OBJECTIVE: For epileptics, pregnancy contains the balance between no seizure period and antiepileptic use having the least teratogenicity risk. The purpose is to analyse with flow cytometry the apoptotic effects on postnatal brain tissue caused by prenatal use of second generation antiepileptics oxcarbazepine (OXC) and gabapentin (GBP) having different effect mechanisms. METHOD: 30 (n = 5 each group) Wistar albino male rats (45-days-old) are used. First 3 groups are exposed to OXC (100 mg/kg/day), GBP (50 mg/kg/day), and saline, respectively on the 1st-5th prenatal days (preimplantation-implantation period) while the second 3 groups are exposed to the same substances on the 6th-15th prenatal days (organogenesis), respectively...
2017: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814066/mice-expressing-human-erap1-variants-associated-with-ankylosing-spondylitis-have-altered-t-cell-repertoires-and-nk-cell-functions-as-well-as-increased-in-utero-and-perinatal-mortality
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David P W Rastall, Fadel S Alyaquob, Patrick O'Connell, Yuliya Pepelyayeva, Douglas Peters, Sarah Godbehere-Roosa, Cristiane Pereira-Hicks, Yasser A Aldhamen, Andrea Amalfitano
Specific variants of endoplasmic reticulum-associated aminopeptidase 1 (ERAP1) identified by genome-wide association study modify the risk for developing ankylosing spondylitis. We previously confirmed that disease-associated ERAP1 variants have altered enzymatic abilities that can impact upon the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines from cells expressing the same ERAP1 variants. To determine if these ERAP1 variants also impacted immune responses in vivo, we generated two strains of transgenic mice expressing human ERAP1 genes containing non-synonymous single-nucleotide polymorphisms associated with an increased (ERAP1-High) or decreased (ERAP1-Low) risk for developing autoimmune disease...
June 1, 2017: International Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813686/genetic-and-functional-characterization-of-a-novel-gh10-endo-%C3%AE-1-4-xylanase-with-a-ricin-type-%C3%AE-trefoil-domain-like-domain-from-luteimicrobium-xylanilyticum-hy-24
#18
Do Young Kim, Sun Hwa Lee, Min Ji Lee, Han-Young Cho, Jong Suk Lee, Young Ha Rhee, Dong-Ha Shin, Kwang-Hee Son, Ho-Yong Park
The gene (1488-bp) encoding a novel GH10 endo-β-1,4-xylanase (XylM) consisting of an N-terminal catalytic GH10 domain and a C-terminal ricin-type β-trefoil lectin domain-like (RICIN) domain was identified from Luteimicrobium xylanilyticum HY-24. The GH10 domain of XylM was 72% identical to that of Micromonospora lupini endo-β-1,4-xylanase and the RICIN domain was 67% identical to that of Actinospica robiniae hypothetical protein. The recombinant enzyme (rXylM: 49kDa) exhibited maximum activity toward beechwood xylan at 65°C and pH 6...
August 13, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813597/synthesis-of-4-azido-n-acetylhexosamine-uridine-diphosphate-donors-clickable-glycosaminoglycans
#19
Xing Zhang, Dixy E Green, Victor L Schultz, Lei Lin, Xiaorui Han, Ruitong Wang, Alexander Yaksic, So Young Kim, Paul L DeAngelis, Robert J Linhardt
Unnatural chemically modified, nucleotide sugars, UDP-4-N3-GlcNAc and UDP-4-N3-GalNAc were synthesized for the first time. These unnatural UDP-sugar products were then tested for incorporation into hyaluronan, heparosan or chondroitin using polysaccharide synthases. The UDP-4-N3-GlcNAc served as a chain termination substrate for hyaluronan or heparosan synthases; a single analog was added to the non-reducing end of the sugar chain and no subsequent elongation was detected. Compared to chemical method to introduce azido groups into polysaccharides, this enzymatic technique provided a "green" approach to access regioselectively azide-functionalized GAGs, which would bring better control of the final structure and composition of these macromolecules...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813500/telomere-biology-and-telomerase-mutations-in-cirrhotic-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Flávia S Donaires, Natália F Scatena, Raquel M Alves-Paiva, Joshua D Podlevsky, Dhenugen Logeswaran, Barbara A Santana, Andreza C Teixeira, Julian J-L Chen, Rodrigo T Calado, Ana L C Martinelli
Telomeres are repetitive DNA sequences at linear chromosome termini, protecting chromosomes against end-to-end fusion and damage, providing chromosomal stability. Telomeres shorten with mitotic cellular division, but are maintained in cells with high proliferative capacity by telomerase. Loss-of-function mutations in telomere-maintenance genes are genetic risk factors for cirrhosis development in humans and murine models. Telomerase deficiency provokes accelerated telomere shortening and dysfunction, facilitating genomic instability and oncogenesis...
2017: PloS One
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