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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927195/protein-sgpr-of-pseudomonas-putida-strain-ak5-is-a-lysr-type-regulator-of-salicylate-degradation-through-gentisate
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Irina Yu Filatova, Alexei S Kazakov, Evgeny N Muzafarov, Marina V Zakharova
Pseudomonas putida strain AK5 was the first characterized natural strain containing the 'classical' nah1 operon and nahR gene along with genes whose products are responsible for the less explored pathway of salicylate degradation through gentisate (the sgp operon). The sgp operon was found to be preceded by the divergently directed sgpR gene. The amino acid sequence of the sgpR product qualifies it as a LysR-type transcriptional regulator (LTTR) and suggests its potential function as an sgp operon transcriptional regulator...
July 3, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927020/stable-carbon-isotope-composition-of-the-lipids-in-natural-ophiocordyceps-sinensis-from-major-habitats-in-china-and-its-substitutes
#2
Lian-Xian Guo, Xiao-Ming Xu, Yue-Hui Hong, Yan Li, Jiang-Hai Wang
Ophiocordyceps sinensis is one rare medicinal fungus produced in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Its quality and price varies hugely with different habitat, and its numerous substitutes have sprung up in functional food markets. This paper aims to discriminate the geographic origin of wild O. sinensis and its substitutes via element analyzer-isotope ratio mass spectrometry and gas chromatography-isotope ratio mass spectrometry. The δ(13)C values of major fatty acids in the lipids of O. sinensis are characterized unanimously by the variation relation C18:0 < C18:2 ≈ C16:0 < C18:1, while their fluctuation intervals are notably different between those of neutral and polar lipids...
September 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926995/3-bromo-4-5-dihydroxybenzaldehyde-enhances-the-level-of-reduced-glutathione-via-the-nrf2-mediated-pathway-in-human-keratinocytes
#3
Ki Cheon Kim, Yu Jae Hyun, Susara Ruwan Kumara Madduma Hewage, Mei Jing Piao, Kyoung Ah Kang, Hee Kyoung Kang, Young Sang Koh, Mee Jung Ahn, Jin Won Hyun
A natural bromophenol found in seaweeds, 3-bromo-4,5-dihydroxybenzaldehyde (BDB), has been shown to possess antioxidant effects. This study aimed to investigate the mechanism by which BDB protects skin cells subjected to oxidative stress. The effect of BDB on the protein and mRNA levels of glutathione-related enzymes and the cell survival of human keratinocytes (HaCaT cells) was investigated. BDB treatment increased the protein and mRNA levels of glutathione synthesizing enzymes and enhanced the production of reduced glutathione in HaCaT cells...
September 18, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926980/indexing-natural-products-for-their-potential-anti-diabetic-activity-filtering-and-mapping-discriminative-physicochemical-properties
#4
Mouhammad Zeidan, Mahmoud Rayan, Nuha Zeidan, Mizied Falah, Anwar Rayan
Diabetes mellitus (DM) poses a major health problem, for which there is an unmet need to develop novel drugs. The application of in silico techniques and optimization algorithms is instrumental to achieving this goal. A set of 97 approved anti-diabetic drugs, representing the active domain, and a set of 2892 natural products, representing the inactive domain, were used to construct predictive models and to index anti-diabetic bioactivity. Our recently-developed approach of 'iterative stochastic elimination' was utilized...
September 17, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926969/cardiovascular-activity-of-the-chemical-constituents-of-essential-oils
#5
REVIEW
Tadeu Uggere de Andrade, Girlandia Alexandre Brasil, Denise Coutinho Endringer, Flávio Rogério da Nóbrega, Damião Pergentino de Sousa
Cardiovascular diseases are a leading cause of death in developed and developing countries and decrease the quality of life, which has enormous social and economic consequences for the population. Recent studies on essential oils have attracted attention and encouraged continued research of this group of natural products because of their effects on the cardiovascular system. The pharmacological data indicate a therapeutic potential for essential oils for use in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, this review reports the current studies of essential oils chemical constituents with cardiovascular activity, including a description of their mechanisms of action...
September 17, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926962/anti-nkg2d-mab-a-new-treatment-for-crohn-s-disease
#6
REVIEW
Kasper Vadstrup, Flemming Bendtsen
Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) are immunologically-mediated, debilitating conditions resulting from destructive inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. The pathogenesis of IBD is incompletely understood, but is considered to be the result of an abnormal immune response with a wide range of cell types and proteins involved. Natural Killer Group 2D (NKG2D) is an activating receptor constitutively expressed on human Natural Killer (NK), γδ T, mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT), CD56⁺ T, and CD8⁺ T cells...
September 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926816/phycoremediation-of-landfill-leachate-with-the-chlorophyte-chlamydomonas-sp-sw15arl-and-evaluation-of-toxicity-pre-and-post-treatment
#7
Andrea Paskuliakova, Ted McGowan, Steve Tonry, Nicolas Touzet
Landfill leachate treatment is an ongoing challenge in the wastewater management of existing sanitary landfill sites due to the complex nature of leachates and their heavy pollutant load. There is a continuous interest in treatment biotechnologies with expected added benefits for resource recovery; microalgal bioremediation is seen as promising in this regard. Toxicity reduction of landfill leachate subsequent to phycoremediation was investigated in this study. The treatment eventuated from the growth of the ammonia tolerant microalgal strain Chlamydomonas sp...
September 15, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926763/synthesis-and-2d-qsar-studies-of-neolignan-based-diaryl-tetrahydrofuran-and-furan-analogues-with-remarkable-activity-against-trypanosoma-cruzi-and-assessment-of-the-trypanothione-reductase-activity
#8
Ana Paula Hartmann, Marcelo Rodrigues de Carvalho, Lilian Sibelle Campos Bernardes, Milena Hoehr de Moraes, Eduardo Borges de Melo, Carla Duque Lopes, Mario Steindel, João Santana da Silva, Ivone Carvalho
Two series of diaryl-tetrahydrofuran and -furan were synthesised and screened for anti-trypanosomal activity against trypomastigote and amastigote forms of Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas disease. Based on evidence that modification of a natural product may result in a more effective drug than the natural product itself, and using known neolignan inhibitors veraguensin 1 and grandisin 2 as templates to synthesise simpler analogues, remarkable anti-trypanosomal activity and selectivity were found for 3,5-dimethoxylated diaryl-furan 5c and 2,4-dimethoxylated diaryl-tetrahydrofuran 4e analogues with EC50 0...
September 4, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926680/formic-acid-as-a-secondary-substrate-for-succinic-acid-production-by-metabolically-engineered-mannheimia-succiniciproducens
#9
Jung Ho Ahn, Junho Bang, Won Jun Kim, Sang Yup Lee
There has been much effort exerted to reduce one carbon (C1) gas emission to address climate change. As one promising way to more conveniently utilize C1 gas, several technologies have been developed to convert C1 gas into useful chemicals such as formic acid (FA). In this study, systems metabolic engineering was utilized to engineer Mannheimia succiniciproducens to efficiently utilize FA. (13) C isotope analysis of M. succiniciproducens showed that FA could be utilized through formate dehydrogenase (FDH) reaction and/or the reverse reaction of pyruvate formate lyase (PFL)...
September 19, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926527/genistein-suppresses-aerobic-glycolysis-and-induces-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cell-death
#10
Sainan Li, Jingjing Li, Weiqi Dai, Qinghui Zhang, Jiao Feng, Liwei Wu, Tong Liu, Qiang Yu, Shizan Xu, Wenwen Wang, Xiya Lu, Kan Chen, Yujing Xia, Jie Lu, Yingqun Zhou, Xiaoming Fan, Wenhui Mo, Ling Xu, Chuanyong Guo
BACKGROUND: Genistein is a natural isoflavone with many health benefits, including antitumour effects. Increased hypoxia-inducible factor 1 α (HIF-1α) levels and glycolysis in tumour cells are associated with an increased risk of mortality, cancer progression, and resistance to therapy. However, the effect of genistein on HIF-1α and glycolysis in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is still unclear. METHODS: Cell viability, apoptosis rate, lactate production, and glucose uptake were measured in HCC cell lines with genistein incubation...
September 19, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926261/late-stage-terpene-cyclization-by-an-integral-membrane-cyclase-in-the-biosynthesis-of-isoprenoid-epoxycyclohexenone-natural-products
#11
Man-Cheng Tang, Xiaoqing Cui, Xueqian He, Zhuang Ding, Tianjiao Zhu, Yi Tang, Dehai Li
Macrophorins are representative examples of isoprenoid epoxycyclohexenones containing cyclized drimane moieties. We located and characterized the biosynthetic gene cluster of macrophorin from Penicillium terrestris. MacJ encoded by this cluster was characterized to be the first example of a membrane-bound type-II terpene cyclase catalyzing the cyclization of meroterpenoids via direct protonation of the terminal olefinic bond in acyclic yanuthones. The late-stage functionalization and substrate promiscuity of MacJ make it a potential biocatalyst for the synthesis of macrophorin analogues...
September 19, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926234/using-ultra-performance-liquid-chromatography-quadrupole-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry-based-chemometrics-for-the-identification-of-anti-angiogenic-biflavonoids-from-edible-garcinia-species
#12
Ping Li, Grace Gar-Lee Yue, Hin-Fai Kwok, Chun-Lin Long, Clara Bik-San Lau, Edward J Kennelly
Garcinia xanthochymus fruits are edible and also used in traditional medicine. Our previous work showed that the isolated natural products from G. xanthochymus fruits have displayed antioxidant activity and cytotoxicity in the colon cancer cells. In this study, we developed a strategy to correlate a zebrafish angiogenesis assay with ultra-performance liquid chromatography quadrupole time of flight mass spectrometry-based chemometric analysis to identify potential anti-angiogenic activity compounds from G. xanthochymus fruits...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926209/on-the-nature-of-isomeric-nonfluorescent-chlorophyll-catabolites-in-leaves-and-fruit-a-study-with-a-ubiquitous-phylloleucobilin-and-its-main-isomerization-product
#13
Simone Moser, Gerhard Scherzer, Bernhard Kräutler
The typical main products of chlorophyll (Chl) breakdown in higher plants are non-fluorescent, colorless phyllobilins, named phylloleucobilins. These long elusive Chl-catabolites are linear tetrapyrroles, whose structure elucidation has required thorough spectroscopic analyses. Interestingly, in recent LC/MS studies of leaf extracts, isomeric forms of phylloleucobilins were detected. The existence of isomeric phyllobilins may suggest incomplete stereo-selectivity of catabolic processes, or isomerization processes in plant cells or in the analytes...
September 19, 2017: Chemistry & Biodiversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926207/seasonal-rather-than-spatial-variability-drives-planktonic-and-benthic-bacterial-diversity-in-a-microtidal-lagoon-and-the-adjacent-open-sea
#14
G M Quero, L Perini, G Pesole, C Manzari, C Lionetti, M Bastianini, M Marini, G M Luna
Coastal lagoons are highly productive ecosystems, which are experiencing a variety of human disturbances at increasing frequency. Bacteria are key ecological players within lagoons, yet little is known about the magnitude, patterns and drivers of diversity in these transitional environments. We carried out a seasonal study in the Venice Lagoon (Italy) and the adjacent sea, to simultaneously explore diversity patterns in different domains (pelagic, benthic) and their spatio-temporal variability, and test the role of environmental gradients in structuring assemblages...
September 19, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926206/asymmetric-total-syntheses-of-communesin-f-and-a-putative-member-of-the-communesin-family
#15
David Yu-Kai Chen
Here we report asymmetric total syntheses of communesin F and a putative member of the communesin family of bis-aminal alkaloid natural products. The successful strategy featured the invention of an asymmetric organocatalytic reaction to unify two oxindole subunits, a Ti(OiPr)4-mediated dehydrative skeletal rearrangement, and a late-stage Pd(OAc)2-catalyzed directed CH-alkenylation reaction. Collectively, the synthetic technologies disclosed herein enabled the preparation of a late-stage polycyclic intermediate catered for the synthesis of both naturally occurring and designed communesins...
September 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926175/cobalt-versus-osmium-control-of-both-trans-and-cis-selectivity-in-construction-of-the-efg-rings-of-pectenotoxin-4
#16
Ahria Roushanbakhti, Yifan Liu, Paul Winship, Michael Tucker, Wasim Akhtar, Daryl Walter, Gail Wrigley, Timothy James Donohoe
Catalytic oxidative cyclisation reactions have been employed for the synthesis of the E and F rings of the complex natural product target pectenotoxin 4. The choice of metal catalyst (cobalt or osmium based) allowed for the formation of THF rings with either trans or cis stereoselectivity. Fragment union using a modified Julia reaction then enabled the synthesis of an advanced synthetic intermediate containing the EF and G rings of the target.
September 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926029/the-importance-of-fixed-costs-in-animal-health-systems
#17
C A Tisdell, D Adamson
In this paper, the authors detail the structure and optimal management of health systems as influenced by the presence and level of fixed costs. Unlike variable costs, fixed costs cannot be altered, and are thus independent of the level of veterinary activity in the short run. Their importance is illustrated by using both single-period and multi-period models. It is shown that multi-stage veterinary decision-making can often be envisaged as a sequence of fixed-cost problems. In general, it becomes clear that, the higher the fixed costs, the greater the net benefit of veterinary activity must be, if such activity is to be economic...
April 2017: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926017/impact-of-animal-health-programmes-on-poverty-reduction-and-sustainable-livestock-development
#18
J P Pradere
Based on data from publications and field observations, this study analyses the interactions between animal health, rural poverty and the performance and environmental impact of livestock farming in low-income countries and middle-income countries. There are strong statistical correlations between the quality of Veterinary Services, livestock productivity and poverty rates. In countries with effective Veterinary Services, livestock growth stems mainly from productivity gains and poverty rates are the lowest...
April 2017: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926012/decisions-to-manage-endemic-ectoparasites-the-case-of-ticks-and-tick-borne-diseases-in-northern-australia
#19
G C Ramsay
Control of ticks and tick-borne diseases in northern Australia is considered economically important, but is complicated due to the physical and production environment. Various approaches to analysis have been applied to evaluate decisions to control tick-borne diseases but have been used in research rather than as direct support for producer decisions. To be effective, the results from economic analysis need to be applied by decision-makers. The application of the results from economic analysis requires decision-makers and analysts to incorporate effective communication within their relationship...
April 2017: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926010/economic-assessment-of-an-emerging-disease-the-case-of-schmallenberg-virus-in-france
#20
A Waret-Szkuta, P Alarcon, B Hasler, J Rushton, F Corbière, D Raboisson
Schmallenberg virus (SBV) was first detected in 2011 in Germany and then in France in 2012. This study simulates the production of different ruminant systems in France and estimates, through partial budget analyses, the economic cost of SBV at the farm level, under two disease scenarios (a high-impact and low-impact scenario). A partial budget is used to evaluate the financial effect of incremental changes, and includes only resources or production that will be changed. In the high-impact scenario, the estimated impact of SBV ranged from €23 to €43 per cow per year and €19 to €37 per ewe per year...
April 2017: Revue Scientifique et Technique
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