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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779268/variation-in-polyphenolic-profiles-antioxidant-and-antimicrobial-activity-of-different-achillea-species-as-natural-sources-of-antiglycative-compounds
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Mahvash Afshari, Mehdi Rahimmalek, Mehran Miroliaei
A comparative study was carried out on the methanolic extracts from six Achillea species and the examined polyphenols from these plants on the formation of advanced glycation end-products (AGE) in vitro. A. pachycephala which was richer in flavonoids (15 mg quercetin/g W) and phenolics (111.10 mg tannic acid/g DW) with substantial antioxidant activity (IC50 = 365.5 μg/ml) presented strong anti-AGE properties. Chlorogenic acid, luteolin, quercetin and caffeic acid were identified as the major polyphenols in the extracts by HPLC...
May 19, 2018: Chemistry & Biodiversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779240/synthesis-characterization-and-reactivity-of-3-mercaptopyruvic-acid
#2
Erwan Galardon, Jean-Chrstophe Lec
A synthesis of the sulfur metabolic compound 3-mercaptopyruvic acid (3-MPH) is reported and allowed its isolation and characterization for the first time. Detailed kinetic, thermodynamic and spectroscopic studies of its complex behaviour in solution are discussed.
May 20, 2018: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779193/functional-role-of-tyr12-in-the-catalytic-activity-of-novel-zeta-like-glutathione-s-transferase-from-acidovorax-sp-kks102
#3
Dayyabu Shehu, Zazali Alias
Glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) are a family of enzymes that function in the detoxification of variety of electrophilic substrates. In the present work, we report a novel zeta-like GST (designated as KKSG9) from the biphenyl/polychlorobiphenyl degrading organism Acidovorax sp. KKS102. KKSG9 possessed low sequence similarity but similar biochemical properties to zeta class GSTs. Functional analysis showed that the enzyme exhibits wider substrate specificity compared to most zeta class GSTs by reacting with 1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene (CDNB), p-nitrobenzyl chloride (NBC), ethacrynic acid (EA), hydrogen peroxide, and cumene hydroperoxide...
May 19, 2018: Protein Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779183/molecular-characterization-and-potential-synthetic-applications-of-gh1-%C3%AE-glucosidase-from-higher-termite-microcerotermes-annandalei
#4
Siriphan Arthornthurasuk, Wantha Jenkhetkan, Eukote Suwan, Daranee Chokchaichamnankit, Chantragan Srisomsap, Pakorn Wattana-Amorn, Jisnuson Svasti, Prachumporn T Kongsaeree
A novel β-glucosidase from higher termite Microcerotermes annandalei (MaBG) was obtained via a screening method targeting β-glucosidases with increased activities in the presence of glucose. The purified natural MaBG showed a subunit molecular weight of 55 kDa and existed in a native form as a dimer without any glycosylation. Gene-specific primers designed from its partial amino acid sequences were used to amplify the corresponding 1,419-bp coding sequence of MaBG which encodes a 472-amino acid glycoside hydrolase family 1 (GH1) β-glucosidase...
May 19, 2018: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779181/tailoring-acyclovir-prodrugs-with-enhanced-antiviral-activity-rational-design-synthesis-human-plasma-stability-and-in-vitro-evaluation
#5
Radoslav L Chayrov, Evgenios K Stylos, Maria V Chatziathanasiadou, Kiril N Chuchkov, Aleksandra I Tencheva, Androniki D Kostagianni, Tsenka S Milkova, Assia L Angelova, Angel S Galabov, Stoyan A Shishkov, Daniel G Todorov, Andreas G Tzakos, Ivanka G Stankova
Bile acid prodrugs have served as a viable strategy for refining the pharmaceutical profile of parent drugs through utilizing bile acid transporters. A series of three ester prodrugs of the antiherpetic drug acyclovir (ACV) with the bile acids cholic, chenodeoxycholic and deoxycholic were synthesized and evaluated along with valacyclovir for their in vitro antiviral activity against herpes simplex viruses type 1 and type 2 (HSV-1, HSV-2). The in vitro antiviral activity of the three bile acid prodrugs was also evaluated against Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)...
May 19, 2018: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779171/carrying-minor-allele-of-fads1-and-haplotype-of-fads1-and-fads2-increased-the-risk-of-metabolic-syndrome-and-moderate-but-not-low-fat-diets-lowered-the-risk-in-two-korean-cohorts
#6
Sunmin Park, Da Sol Kim, Suna Kang
PURPOSE: Delta-5-desaturase (fatty acid desaturase-1, FADS1) and delta-6 desaturase (fatty acid desaturase-2, FADS2), rate-limiting enzymes in the biosynthesis of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, may be associated with the risk of metabolic syndrome (MetS). We investigated how FADS1 rs174547 and FADS2 rs2845573 variants modify the prevalence of MetS and whether the risk is modulated by interactions with dietary fat. METHODS: Genetic, anthropometric, biochemical, and dietary data were collected from the Ansan/Ansung (8842 adults) and City-Rural (5512 adults) cohorts in Korea...
May 19, 2018: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779163/discovering-simple-phenylboronic-acid-and-benzoxaborole-derivatives-for-experimental-oncology-phase-cycle-specific-inducers-of-apoptosis-in-a2780-ovarian-cancer-cells
#7
Mateusz Psurski, Agnieszka Łupicka-Słowik, Agnieszka Adamczyk-Woźniak, Joanna Wietrzyk, Andrzej Sporzyński
Objective The aim of the study was to evaluate the antiproliferative potential of simple phenylboronic acid and benzoxaborole derivatives as well as to provide preliminary insight into their mode of action in cancer cells in vitro. Methods The antiproliferative activity was assessed in five diverse cancer cell lines via the SRB method (sulforhodamine B) or MTT (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide) method after 72 h of treatment. Further studies of the mechanism of action consisted of the influence of the compounds on cell cycle progression and apoptosis induction, which was assessed by flow cytometry, caspase-3 enzymatic activity, fluorescence microscopy and western blot analysis...
May 19, 2018: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779155/prioritising-risk-factors-for-type-2-diabetes-causal-inference-through-genetic-approaches
#8
REVIEW
Laura B L Wittemans, Luca A Lotta, Claudia Langenberg
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: Causality has been demonstrated for few of the many putative risk factors for type 2 diabetes (T2D) emerging from observational epidemiology. Genetic approaches are increasingly being used to infer causality, and in this review, we discuss how genetic discoveries have shaped our understanding of the causal role of factors associated with T2D. RECENT FINDINGS: Genetic discoveries have led to the identification of novel potential aetiological factors of T2D, including the protective role of peripheral fat storage capacity and specific metabolic pathways, such as the branched-chain amino acid breakdown...
May 19, 2018: Current Diabetes Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779147/promicromonospora-viridis-sp-nov-a-novel-actinomycete-isolated-from-soil
#9
Liying Jin, Junwei Zhao, Shanwen Jiang, Yang Zhao, Xiaoyang Han, Xiaowei Guo, Xiangjing Wang, Wensheng Xiang
Two Gram-stain positive, aerobic actinomycete strains, designated NEAU-JGR1T and NEAU-JGC41, were isolated from soil collected from Fairy Lake Botanical Garden in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, south of China. The 16S rRNA gene sequences analysis showed that the two strains exhibited 99.5% 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity with each other and were closely related to Promicromonospora thailandica JCM 17130T (99.4, 99.3%) and Promicromonospora citrea DSM 43110T (99.2, 99.2%). Phylogenetic analysis based on the 16S rRNA gene sequences indicated that the two strains clustered together and formed a cluster with P...
May 19, 2018: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779133/heat-stress-induced-renal-damage-in-poultry-and-the-protective-effects-of-hsp60-and-hsp47
#10
Shu Tang, Shuang Zhou, Bin Yin, Jiao Xu, Liangjiao Di, Jinbao Zhang, Endong Bao
The present study investigates the effects of heat stress on the kidney in broilers, based on previous findings which showed that heat stress caused cardiac damage in broilers. Further, the possible renoprotective role of aspirin and the heat shock proteins HSP60 and HSP47 was also investigated. The enzyme levels of urea and uric acid, which are indicators of renal damage, and lactate dehydrogenase, an indicator of oxidative damage, were measured in chickens that were only exposed to heat stress, chickens that were pretreated with aspirin before heat stress, and chickens that were only treated with aspirin...
May 20, 2018: Cell Stress & Chaperones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779132/cryptic-dispersal-of-cyanidiophytina-rhodophyta-in-non-acidic-environments-from-turkey
#11
Manuela Iovinella, Ayla Eren, Gabriele Pinto, Antonino Pollio, Seth J Davis, Paola Cennamo, Claudia Ciniglia
Cyanidiophytina are a group of polyextremophilic red algae with a worldwide, but discontinuous colonization. They are restricted to widely dispersed hot springs, geothermal habitats, and also some human-altered environments. Cyanidiophytina are predominant where pH is prohibitive for the majority of eukaryotes (pH 0.5-3). Turkey is characterized by areas rich in volcanic activity separated by non-volcanic areas. Here we show that Cyanidiophycean populations are present in thermal baths located around Turkey on neutral/alkaline soils...
May 19, 2018: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779121/a-comprehensive-comparable-study-of-the-physiological-properties-of-four-microalgal-species-under-different-light-wavelength-conditions
#12
Yu Zhong, Peng Jin, Jay J Cheng
Microalgae treated with blue light have potential for production of human nutrition supplement and biofuel due to their higher biomass productivity and favorable fatty acid composition. Chlorella vulgaris, Chlorella pyrenoidosa, Scenedesmus quadricauda and Scenedesmus obliquus are representative green microalgae which are widely reported for algal production. In this study, we provide a systematic investigation of the biomass productivity, photosynthetic pigments, chlorophyll fluorescence and fatty acid content of the four green microalgae...
May 19, 2018: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779114/general-sources-of-dopamine-as-a-potential-morphogenic-factor-in-the-developing-striatum-of-rats
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A I Kurtova, L K Dil'mukhametova, E R Mingazov, M V Ugrumov
In the striatum of rats at different stages of development, we determined the content of tyrosine hydroxylase and aromatic L-amino acids decarboxylase using double immunohistochemical labeling and estimated the expression level of their transcripts by real-time PCR. We found that, in different periods of development, there are three sources of dopamine in the striatum of rats: bienzymatic nerve fibers (throughout ontogeny), bienzymatic neurons (appear on day 18 of embryonic development), and monoenzymatic neurons (in adult animals)...
March 2018: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779109/the-gene-encoding-the-universal-stress-protein-atusp-is-regulated-by-phytohormones-and-involved-in-seed-germination-of-arabidopsis-thaliana
#14
D S Gorshkova, I A Getman, A S Voronkov, S I Chizhova, Vl V Kuznetsov, E S Pojidaeva
For the first time, the organ-specific expression pattern of the AtUSP (At3g58450) gene, which also undergoes hormonal regulation, was shown. The USP protein encoded by this gene is involved in seed germination of Arabidopsis thaliana and, unlike abscisic acid, stimulates this process.
March 2018: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779107/stabilization-of-butyrylcholinesterase-by-the-entrapment-into-the-natural-polymer-based-gels
#15
V I Lonshakova-Mukina, E N Esimbekova, V A Kratasyuk
A new method for obtaining stable butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE) samples based on the enzyme immobilization in starch and gelatin gels followed by drying is proposed. Coimmobilization of BuChE with the thiol group indicator 5,5'-dithiobis(2-nitrobenzoic) acid did not reduce the activity of BuChE, which allowed us to simplify the procedure and reduce the time of analysis of organophosphorus pesticides. The resulting immobilized samples retained activity for at least 300 days. BuChE samples based on the starch gel showed a greater sensitivity in the determination of pesticides as compared to the samples based on the gelatin gel...
March 2018: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779088/proteomic-analysis-dissects-the-impact-of-nodulation-and-biological-nitrogen-fixation-on-vicia-faba-root-nodule-physiology
#16
Beate Thal, Hans-Peter Braun, Holger Eubel
Symbiotic nitrogen fixation in root nodules of legumes is a highly important biological process which is only poorly understood. Root nodule metabolism differs from that of roots. Differences in root and nodule metabolism are expressed by altered protein abundances and amenable to quantitative proteome analyses. Differences in the proteomes may either be tissue specific and related to the presence of temporary endosymbionts (the bacteroids) or related to nitrogen fixation activity. An experimental setup including WT bacterial strains and strains not able to conduct symbiotic nitrogen fixation as well as root controls enables identification of tissue and nitrogen fixation specific proteins...
May 19, 2018: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779024/a-randomized-clinical-trial-of-metformin-to-treat-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease
#17
Stephen L Seliger, Kaleab Z Abebe, Kenneth R Hallows, Dana C Miskulin, Ronald D Perrone, Terry Watnick, Kyongtae Tae Bae
BACKGROUND: Metformin inhibits cyclic AMP generation and activates AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), which inhibits the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator and Mammalian Target of Rapamycin pathways. Together these effects may reduce cyst growth in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). METHODS: A phase II, double-blinded randomized placebo-controlled trial of 26 months duration. Participants will include nondiabetic adults (n = 96) aged 18-60 years, with an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) ≥50 mL/min/1...
May 18, 2018: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778963/ph-dependent-silica-nanoparticle-dissolution-and-cargo-release
#18
Giorgia Giovaninni, Colin J Moore, Andrew J Hall, Hugh J Byrne, Vladimir Gubala
The dissolution of microporous silica nanoparticles (NP) in aqueous environments of different biologically relevant pH was studied in order to assess their potential as drug delivery vehicles. Silica NPs, loaded with fluorescein, were prepared using different organosilane precursors (tetraethoxysilane, ethyl triethoxysilane or a 1:1 molar ratio of both) and NP dissolution was evaluated in aqueous conditions at pH 4, pH 6 and pH 7.4. These conditions correspond to the acidity of the intracellular environment (late endosome, early endosome, cytosol respectively) and gastrointestinal tract ('fed' stomach, duodenum and jejunum respectively)...
May 16, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778959/accelerating-settling-rates-of-biosolids-lagoons-through-thermal-hydrolysis
#19
Michael Chae, Lin Xia, Chengyong Zhu, David C Bressler
Although the improved dewaterability and digestibility of primary biosolids subjected to thermal hydrolysis has been studied for decades, there are a surprisingly small number of studies exploring the use of this thermal treatment for digested biosolids that are typically left to settle in large settling lagoons. This is likely because of the high capital and operating costs associated with thermal hydrolysis, coupled with the limited applications and value of the resulting products. However, due to the anticipated increases in the amount of generated biosolids combined with issues surrounding potential environmental release and the limited availability of land for additional lagoons, other biosolids management strategies are being explored...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778944/activation-and-blockade-of-basolateral-amygdala-5-ht-6-receptor-produce-anxiolytic-like-behaviors-in-an-experimental-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#20
Yi-Na Sun, Lu Yao, Li-Bo Li, Yong Wang, Cheng-Xue Du, Yuan Guo, Jian Liu
Although the basolateral amygdala (BLA) and serotonin6 (5-HT6 ) receptor are involved in modulation of anxiety, their roles in Parkinson' disease (PD)-related anxiety are still unknown. Thus we perform this study to examine the involvement of BLA 5-HT6 receptor on anxiety in unilateral 6-hydroxydopamine-induced PD rats. The lesion of the medial forebrain bundle (MFB) induced anxiety-like behaviors, and decreased the basal firing rate of BLA glutamate neurons and dopamine (DA) levels in tissues of the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), amygdala and ventral part of hippocampus (vHip) in rats...
May 17, 2018: Neuropharmacology
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