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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641405/biotransformation-of-ferulic-acid-to-protocatechuic-acid-by-corynebacterium-glutamicum-atcc-21420-engineered-to-express-vanillate-o-demethylase
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Naoko Okai, Takaya Masuda, Yasunobu Takeshima, Kosei Tanaka, Ken-Ichi Yoshida, Masanori Miyamoto, Chiaki Ogino, Akihiko Kondo
Ferulic acid (4-hydroxy-3-methoxycinnamic acid, FA) is a lignin-derived phenolic compound abundant in plant biomass. The utilization of FA and its conversion to valuable compounds is desired. Protocatechuic acid (3,4-dihydroxybenzoic acid, PCA) is a precursor of polymers and plastics and a constituent of food. A microbial conversion system to produce PCA from FA was developed in this study using a PCA-producing strain of Corynebacterium glutamicum F (ATCC 21420). C. glutamicum strain F grown at 30 °C for 48 h utilized 2 mM each of FA and vanillic acid (4-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzoic acid, VA) to produce PCA, which was secreted into the medium...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641404/ph-rather-than-nitrification-and-urease-inhibitors-determines-the-community-of-ammonia-oxidizers-in-a-vegetable-soil
#2
Ruijiao Xi, Xi-En Long, Sha Huang, Huaiying Yao
Nitrification inhibitors and urease inhibitors, such as nitrapyrin and N-(n-butyl) thiophosphoric triamide (NBPT), can improve the efficiencies of nitrogen fertilizers in cropland. However, their effects on ammonia-oxidizing archaea (AOA) and ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) across different soil pH levels are still unclear. In the present work, vegetable soils at four pH levels were tested to determine the impacts of nitrification and urease inhibitors on the nitrification activities, abundances and diversities of ammonia oxidizers at different pHs by real-time PCR, terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP) and clone sequence analysis...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641276/atherosclerosis-and-the-hydrogen-sulfide-signaling-pathway-therapeutic-approaches-to-disease-prevention
#3
Zhi-Jun Wang, Jian Wu, Wei Guo, Yi-Zhun Zhu
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is now admitted as a third gasotransmitter together with nitric oxide (NO) and carbon monoxide (CO), albeit it was originally considered as a foul and poisonous gas. Endogenous H2S production in mammalian cells is counting on the three enzymes acting on cysteine. Involvement of H2S in various physiological and pathological processes has been extensively studied in the last fifteen years. Mounting evidence suggests that H2S is able to protect against atherosclerosis development and progression...
June 23, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641226/evaluation-of-trace-element-concentration-in-cancerous-and-non-cancerous-tissues-of-human-stomach
#4
Shadi Kohzadi, Farshad Sheikhesmaili, Ramesh Rahehagh, Baran Parhizkar, Ebrahim Ghaderi, Hozan Loqmani, Behzad Shahmoradi, Ebrahim Mohammadi, Afshin Maleki
Gastric cancer has a high mortality rate in west of Iran. Various environmental elements are proposed as cancer risk factors including trace elements. Trace elements can induce initiation or progression of carcinogenesis via oxidative stress and DNA injury. The aim of this study was to measure and compare some trace element concentration (Ca, Cu, Fe, As, Mg, Ni, Cd and Cr) in gastric cancer tissues and normal tissues. For this purpose, 35 patients with gastric cancer and 30 without any cancer were biopsied...
June 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641224/elemental-copper-nanoparticle-toxicity-to-anaerobic-ammonium-oxidation-and-the-influence-of-ethylene-diamine-tetra-acetic-acid-edta-on-copper-toxicity
#5
Jorge Gonzalez-Estrella, Guangbin Li, Sarah E Neely, Daniel Puyol, Reyes Sierra-Alvarez, Jim A Field
Soluble ions released by elemental copper nanoparticles (Cu(0) NP) are toxic to key microorganisms of wastewater treatment processes. However, their toxicity to anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox) has not yet been studied. Chelating agents occurring in wastewater may decrease copper ions (Cu(2+)) concentration and consequently, decrease copper toxicity. This study evaluated Cu(0) NP and CuCl2 toxicity to anammox and the influence of ethylene diamine-tetra acetic acid (EDTA) on copper toxicity. Bioassays were supplemented with Cu(0) NP or CuCl2 with and without EDTA...
June 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641222/theoretical-evaluation-on-selective-adsorption-characteristics-of-alkali-metal-based-sorbents-for-gaseous-oxidized-mercury
#6
Hongjian Tang, Yufeng Duan, Chun Zhu, Tianyi Cai, Chunfeng Li, Liang Cai
Alkali metal-based sorbents are potential for oxidized mercury (Hg(2+)) selective adsorption but show hardly effect to elemental mercury (Hg(0)) in flue gas. Density functional theory (DFT) was employed to investigate the Hg(0) and HgCl2 adsorption mechanism over alkali metal-based sorbents, including calcium oxide (CaO), magnesium oxide (MgO), potassium chloride (KCl) and sodium chloride (NaCl). Hg(0) was found to weakly interact with CaO (001), MgO (001), KCl (001) and NaCl (001) surfaces while HgCl2 was effectively adsorbed on top-O and top-Cl sites...
June 12, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641198/combined-computational-experimental-approach-to-predict-blood-brain-barrier-bbb-permeation-based-on-green-salting-out-thin-layer-chromatography-supported-by-simple-molecular-descriptors
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Krzesimir Ciura, Mariusz Belka, Piotr Kawczak, Tomasz Bączek, Michał J Markuszewski, Joanna Nowakowska
The objective of this paper is to build QSRR/QSAR model for predicting the blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability. The obtained models are based on salting-out thin layer chromatography (SOTLC) constants and calculated molecular descriptors. Among chromatographic methods SOTLC was chosen, since the mobile phases are free of organic solvent. As consequences, there are less toxic, and have lower environmental impact compared to classical reserved phases liquid chromatography (RPLC). During the study three stationary phase silica gel, cellulose plates and neutral aluminum oxide were examined...
June 3, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641164/protective-effects-of-flavonoids-against-alzheimer-s-disease-related-neural-dysfunctions
#8
REVIEW
Mahsa Bakhtiari, Yunes Panahi, Javad Ameli, Behrad Darvishi
Senile ages of human life is mostly associated with developmental of several neurological complicated conditions including decreased cognition and reasoning, increased memory loss and impaired language performance. Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most prevalent neural disorder associated with dementia, consisting of about 70% of dementia reported cases. Failure of currently approved chemical anti-AD therapeutic agents has once again brought up the idea of administering naturally occurring compounds as effective alternative and/or complementary regimens in AD treatment...
June 19, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641075/postconditioning-with-intralipid-emulsion-protects-against-reperfusion-injury-in-postinfarct-remodeled-rat-hearts-by-activation-of-ros-akt-erk-signaling
#9
Michael Zaugg, Phing-How Lou, Eliana Lucchinetti, Manoj Gandhi, Alexander S Clanachan
The clinically used lipid emulsion Intralipid (ILE) reduces ischemia reperfusion injury in healthy rodent hearts. We tested whether ILE is cardioprotective in postinfarct remodeled hearts. Postinfarct remodeled and sham Sprague-Dawley rat hearts were perfused in working mode and subjected to ischemia (15 minutes) and reperfusion (30 minutes). Left ventricular (LV) work was measured in hearts that were untreated or that received ILE (1%) postconditioning administered at the onset of reperfusion, or the reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenger N-(2-mercaptopropionyl)-glycine (10 μM) alone or in combination with ILE...
June 1, 2017: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641051/beneficial-role-of-citrus-fruit-polyphenols-against-hepatic-dysfunctions-a-review
#10
Md Mohabbulla Mohib, Kazi Afnan, Tasfiq Zaman Paran, Salma Khan, Juthika Sarker, Nahid Hasan, Istiaque Hasan, Md Abu Taher Sagor
Alcoholic liver diseases and virus-induced hepatic dysfunctions are prevalent in western countries. Evidence also suggests that hyperglycemia and insulin resistance are key players in the development of hepatic diseases and their complications. Since the comorbid diseases like obesity, diabetes and vascular dysfunctions primarily affect liver, the modern therapies against other hepatic dysfunctions are becoming a major challenge to treat. In addition to these, polypharmacy and adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are further aggravating the phenomenon...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Dietary Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641022/a-randomized-single-dose-parallel-study-on-enhancement-of-nitric-oxide-in-serum-and-saliva-with-the-use-of-natural-sports-supplement-in-healthy-adults
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Joby Jacob, Sreeraj Gopi, Chandradhara Divya
Sports supplements that stimulate the production of nitric oxide (NO) are widely promoted agents in the sports nutrition domain, and nitric oxide plays an important role to enhance the cardiovascular and physical fitness of the sports participants. The purpose of the study is to investigate whether oral intake of a sports nutritional supplement (Fitnox) is able to increase nitrate (NO3(-)) and nitrite (NO2(-)) levels in blood serum and saliva of healthy adults. Fitnox is a unique blend of Kaempferia parviflora methoxy flavones, pomegranate peel polyphenols, and Moringa oleifera leaf saponins...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Dietary Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641015/a-regioselective-approach-to-trisubstituted-pyrazoles-via-palladium-catalyzed-oxidative-sonogashira-carbonylation-of-arylhydrazines
#12
Yongliang Tu, Zhenming Zhang, Tao Wang, Jiamei Ke, Junfeng Zhao
A palladium-catalyzed oxidative carbonylation of arylhydrazines and alkynes with balloon pressure CO/O2 to afford trisubstituted pyrazoles in a one-pot manner has been developed. The formation of trisubstituted pyrazoles involves a sequential C-N bond cleavage, carbonylation, Sonogashira coupling, Michael addition, and intramolecular condensation cyclization tandem process. An unprecedented oxidative Sonogashira-carbonylation reaction of arylhydrazine plays a key role for such a facile approach to pyrazoles...
June 22, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641004/performance-of-the-g0w0-method-in-predicting-the-electronic-gap-of-tio2-nanoparticles
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Ángel Morales-García, Rosendo Valero, Francesc Illas
Using a relativistic all-electron description and numerical atomic centered orbital basis set the performance of the G0W0 method on the electronic band gap of (TiO(2))n nanoparticles (n=1-20) is investigated. Results are presented for G0W0 on top of hybrid (PBE0 and a modified version with 12.5% of Fock exchange) functionals. The underestimation of the electronic band gap from Kohn-Sham orbital energies is corrected by the quasiparticle energies from G0W0 method which are consistent with the variational ΔSCF approach...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640996/a-polyoxometalate-based-radiosensitization-platform-for-treating-hypoxic-tumor-by-attenuating-radio-resistance-and-enhancing-radiation-response
#14
Yuan Yong, Chunfang Zhang, Zhanjun Gu, Jiangfeng Du, Zhao Guo, Xinghua Dong, Jiani Xie, Guangjin Zhang, Xiangfeng Liu, Yuliang Zhao
Radioresistance is one of the undesirable impediments in hypoxia tumor, which sharply diminishes therapeutic effectiveness of radiotherapy and eventually results in the failure of their treatments. An attractive strategy for attenuating radioresistance is developing an ideal radiosensitization system with admirable radiosensitization capacity to attenuate tumor hypoxia and reinforce radiotherapy response in hypoxia tumor. Therefore, we describe the development of Gd-containing polyoxometalates-conjugated chitosan (GdW10@CS nanosphere) as a radiosensitization system for simultanous extrinsic and intrinsic radiosensitization, by generating overabundance cytotoxic reactive oxygen species (ROS) using high energy X-ray stimulation and mediating the hypoxia-inducible factor-1a (HIF-1a) siRNA to down-regulate HIF-1α expression and suppress the broken double-stranded DNA self-healing...
June 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640931/ischemia-responsive-protein-94-is-a-key-mediator-of-ischemic-neuronal-injury-induced-microglial-activation
#15
Rajiv Tikamdas, Sarthak Singhal, Ping Zhang, Justin A Smith, Eric G Krause, Stanley M Stevens, Sihong Song, Bin Liu
Neuroinflammation, especially activation of microglia, the key immune cells in the brain, has been proposed to contribute to the pathogenesis of ischemic stroke. However, the dynamics and the potential mediators of microglial activation following ischemic neuronal injury are not well understood. In this study, using oxygen/glucose deprivation and reoxygenation (OGD/R) with neuronal and microglial cell cultures as an in vitro model of ischemic neuronal injury, we set out to identify neuronal factors released from injured neurons that are capable of inducing microglial activation...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640897/impact-of-selected-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-pharmaceuticals-on-microbial-community-assembly-and-activity-in-sequencing-batch-reactors
#16
Cong Jiang, Jinju Geng, Haidong Hu, Haijun Ma, Xingsheng Gao, Hongqiang Ren
This study covers three widely detected non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pharmaceuticals (NSAIDs), diclofenac (DCF), ibuprofen (IBP) and naproxen (NPX), as NSAIDs pollutants. The objective is to evaluate the impact of NSAIDs at their environmental concentrations on microbial community assembly and activity. The exposure experiments were conducted under three conditions (5 μg L-1 DCF, 5 μg L-1 DCF+5 μg L-1 IBP and 5 μg L-1 DCF+5 μg L-1 IBP+ 5 μg L-1 NPX) in sequencing batch reactors (SBRs) for 130 days...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640893/oroxylin-a-promotes-retinal-ganglion-cell-survival-in-a-rat-optic-nerve-crush-model
#17
Shu-Fang Lin, Jia-Ying Chien, Kishan Kapupara, Chi-Ying F Huang, Shun-Ping Huang
PURPOSE: To investigate the effect of oroxylin A on the survival of retinal ganglion cells (RGC) and the activation of microglial cells in a rat optic nerve (ON) crush model. METHODS: Oroxylin A (15mg/Kg in 0.2ml phosphate-buffered saline) or phosphate-buffered saline (PBS control) was immediately administered after ON crush once by subcutaneous injection. Rats were euthanized at 2 weeks after the crush injury. The density of RGC was counted by retrograde labeling with FluoroGold and immunostaining of retina flat mounts for Brn3a...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640861/inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-improves-the-stress-resistance-and-myogenic-differentiation-of-mdspcs-isolated-from-naturally-aged-mice
#18
Jonathan D Proto, Aiping Lu, Akaitz Dorronsoro, Alex Scibetta, Paul D Robbins, Laura J Niedernhofer, Johnny Huard
A decline in the regenerative capacity of adult stem cells with aging is well documented. As a result of this decline, the efficacy of autologous stem cell therapies is likely to decline with increasing donor age. In these cases, strategies to restore the function of aged stem cells would have clinical utility. Globally, the transcription factor NF-κB is up-regulated in aged tissues. Given the negative role that NF-κB plays in myogenesis, we investigated whether the age-related decline in the function of muscle-derived stem/progenitor cells (MDSPCs) could be improved by inhibition of NF-κB...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640852/differential-roles-of-3-hydroxyflavone-and-7-hydroxyflavone-against-nicotine-induced-oxidative-stress-in-rat-renal-proximal-tubule-cells
#19
Bidisha Sengupta, Mehdi Sahihi, Monireh Dehkhodaei, Darrian Kelly, Istvan Arany
Plant flavonoids are well known as antioxidants against oxidative stress induced by exposure to external pollutants. Nicotine (NIC) is one of those agents which increases renal oxidative stress, an important factor in the pathogenesis of renal epithelial injury in smokers. Although several studies had been conducted on flavonoids and oxidative stress, the mechanism of the protective pathways are not fully understood. Here, we present studies on antioxidant properties of two mono-hydroxyflavone isomers, 3-hydroxyflanove (3HF)- and 7-hydroxyflavone (7HF), against nicotine-associated oxidative stress and injury in cultured renal proximal tubule cells and correlate their antioxidant properties with their chemical structure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640815/an-autonomous-metabolic-role-for-spen
#20
Kelsey E Hazegh, Travis Nemkov, Angelo D'Alessandro, John D Diller, Jenifer Monks, James L McManaman, Kenneth L Jones, Kirk C Hansen, Tânia Reis
Preventing obesity requires a precise balance between deposition into and mobilization from fat stores, but regulatory mechanisms are incompletely understood. Drosophila Split ends (Spen) is the founding member of a conserved family of RNA-binding proteins involved in transcriptional regulation and frequently mutated in human cancers. We find that manipulating Spen expression alters larval fat levels in a cell-autonomous manner. Spen-depleted larvae had defects in energy liberation from stores, including starvation sensitivity and major changes in the levels of metabolic enzymes and metabolites, particularly those involved in β-oxidation...
June 22, 2017: PLoS Genetics
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