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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239774/change-of-monascus-pigment-metabolism-and-secretion-in-different-extractive-fermentation-process
#1
Gong Chen, Rui Tang, Xiaofei Tian, Peng Qin, Zhenqiang Wu
Monascus pigments that were generally produced intracellularly from Monascus spp. are important natural colorants in food industry. In this study, change of pigment metabolism and secretion was investigated through fed-batch extractive fermentation and continuous extractive fermentation. The biomass, secreting rate of pigment and total pigment yield closely correlated with the activated time of extractive fermentation as well as the composition of feeding nutrients. Metal ions played a key role in both the cell growth and pigment metabolism...
February 26, 2017: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239443/enantioselective-convergent-synthesis-of-the-ineleganolide-core-by-a-tandem-annulation-cascade
#2
Robert A Craig, Jennifer L Roizen, Russell C Smith, Amanda C Jones, Scott C Virgil, Brian M Stoltz
An enantioselective and diastereoselective approach toward the synthesis of the polycyclic norditerpenoid ineleganolide is disclosed. A palladium-catalyzed enantioselective allylic alkylation is employed to stereoselectively construct the requisite chiral tertiary ether and facilitate the synthesis of a 1,3-cis-cyclopentenediol building block. Careful substrate design enabled the convergent assembly of the ineleganolide [6,7,5,5]-tetracyclic scaffold by a diastereoselective cyclopropanation-Cope rearrangement cascade under unusually mild conditions...
January 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239160/insights-into-the-molecular-mechanisms-of-polygonum-multiflorum-thunb-induced-liver-injury-a-computational-systems-toxicology-approach
#3
Yin-Yin Wang, Jie Li, Zeng-Rui Wu, Bo Zhang, Hong-Bin Yang, Qin Wang, Ying-Chun Cai, Gui-Xia Liu, Wei-Hua Li, Yun Tang
An increasing number of cases of herb-induced liver injury (HILI) have been reported, presenting new clinical challenges. In this study, taking Polygonum multiflorum Thunb (PmT) as an example, we proposed a computational systems toxicology approach to explore the molecular mechanisms of HILI. First, the chemical components of PmT were extracted from 3 main TCM databases as well as the literature related to natural products. Then, the known targets were collected through data integration, and the potential compound-target interactions (CTIs) were predicted using our substructure-drug-target network-based inference (SDTNBI) method...
February 27, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238800/activation-of-the-cold-receptor-trpm8-by-low-levels-of-menthol-in-tobacco-products
#4
Meike Paschke, Anna Tkachenko, Katja Ackermann, Christoph Hutzler, Frank Henkler, Andreas Luch
Activation of the cold-receptor TRPM8 by menthol or other tobacco additives can suppress natural defense reactions such as coughing that usually would become effective as involuntary resistance against the inhalation of fumes. In Europe menthol is only regulated as flavor, but can be used as additive as long as no characteristic mint-like aroma will become noticeable in the end-product tobacco. The question needs to be addressed of whether such comparatively minor contents would be sufficient to trigger a measurable activation of TRPM8...
February 23, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238794/efficient-precision-genome-editing-in-ipscs-via-genetic-co-targeting-with%C3%A2-selection
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Katie A Mitzelfelt, Chris McDermott-Roe, Michael N Grzybowski, Maribel Marquez, Chieh-Ti Kuo, Michael Riedel, Shuping Lai, Melinda J Choi, Kurt D Kolander, Daniel Helbling, David P Dimmock, Michele A Battle, Chuanchau J Jou, Martin Tristani-Firouzi, James W Verbsky, Ivor J Benjamin, Aron M Geurts
Genome editing in induced pluripotent stem cells is currently hampered by the laborious and expensive nature of identifying homology-directed repair (HDR)-modified cells. We present an approach where isolation of cells bearing a selectable, HDR-mediated editing event at one locus enriches for HDR-mediated edits at additional loci. This strategy, called co-targeting with selection, improves the probability of isolating cells bearing HDR-mediated variants and accelerates the production of disease models.
February 22, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238773/inhibition-of-the-tetk-efflux-pump-by-the-essential-oil-of-chenopodium-ambrosioides-l-and-%C3%AE-terpinene-against-staphylococcus-aureus-is-58
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Paulo W Limaverde, Fábia F Campina, Francisco A B da Cunha, Francidalva D Crispim, Fernando G Figueredo, Luciene F Lima, Cícera Datiane de M Oliveira-Tintino, Yedda M L S de Matos, Maria Flaviana B Morais-Braga, Irwin R A Menezes, Valdir Q Balbino, Henrique D M Coutinho, José P Siqueira-Júnior, Jackson R G S Almeida, Saulo R Tintino
The use of natural products is crucial to suppress the development of these micro-organisms and to reduce the concentration necessary to inhibit these microrganisms, reducing the toxicity risks also. In this study, the essential oil from Chenopodium ambrosioides Leaves and its main constituent α-Terpinene were used in the antibacterial and potentiating activity of antibiotics and ethidium bromide assays, against the bacterial strains Staphylococcus aureus IS-58, carriers of efflux pumps. The Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) was determined using a microdilution method...
February 23, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238768/regulation-of-autophagy-by-some-natural-products-as-a-potential-therapeutic-strategy-for-cardiovascular-disorders
#7
REVIEW
Mahmoud Hashemzaei, Reza Entezari Heravi, Ramin Rezaee, Ali Roohbakhsh, Gholamreza Karimi
Autophagy is a lysosomal degradation process through which long-lived and misfolded proteins and organelles are sequestered, degraded by lysosomes, and recycled. Autophagy is an essential part of cardiomyocyte homeostasis and increases the survival of cells following cellular stress and starvation. Recent studies made clear that dysregulation of autophagy in the cardiovascular system leads to heart hypertrophy and failure. In this manner, autophagy seems to be an attractive target in the new treatment of cardiovascular diseases...
February 23, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238759/in-vitro-metabolic-engineering-for-the-production-of-%C3%AE-ketoglutarate
#8
Barbara Beer, André Pick, Volker Sieber
α-Ketoglutarate (aKG) represents a central intermediate of cell metabolism. It is used for medical treatments and as a chemical building block. Enzymatic cascade reactions have the potential to sustainably synthesize this natural product. Here we report a systems biocatalysis approach for an in vitro reaction set-up to produce aKG from glucuronate using the oxidative pathway of uronic acids. Because of two dehydrations, a decarboxylation, and reaction conditions favoring oxidation, the pathway is driven thermodynamically towards complete product formation...
February 22, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238725/functional-and-structural-analysis-of-programmed-c-methylation-in-the-biosynthesis-of-the-fungal-polyketide-citrinin
#9
Philip A Storm, Dominik A Herbst, Timm Maier, Craig A Townsend
Fungal polyketide synthases (PKSs) are large, multidomain enzymes that biosynthesize a wide range of natural products. A hallmark of these megasynthases is the iterative use of catalytic domains to extend and modify a series of enzyme-bound intermediates. A subset of these iterative PKSs (iPKSs) contains a C-methyltransferase (CMeT) domain that adds one or more S-adenosylmethionine (SAM)-derived methyl groups to the carbon framework. Neither the basis by which only specific positions on the growing intermediate are methylated ("programming") nor the mechanism of methylation are well understood...
February 16, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238434/formation-of-known-and-unknown-disinfection-by-products-from-natural-organic-matter-fractions-during-chlorination-chloramination-and-ozonation
#10
Chunmei Li, Donghong Wang, Xiong Xu, Zijian Wang
Natural organic matter (NOM) is the main precursor of disinfection by-products (DBPs) formed during drinking water treatment processes. Previous studies of the relationships between DBP formation and NOM fractionation have mainly been focused on currently regulated DBPs and a few certain emerging DBPs. In this work, the Suwannee River NOM solution was fractionated into groups with different hydrophobicities using DAX-8 resins, and volatile and semi-volatile DBPs formed during the chlorination, chloramination and ozonation of the NOM fractions were examined by a nontargeted screening of comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography-quadrupole mass spectrometry procedure...
February 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238083/elimination-of-indigenous-linear-plasmids-in-streptomyces-hygroscopicus-var-jinggangensis-and-streptomyces-sp-fr008-to-increase-validamycin-a-and-candicidin-productivities
#11
Chenyang Lu, Hang Wu, Xiurong Su, Linquan Bai
Giant linear plasmids, which replicate independently of the chromosomes, widely exist in actinobacteria. Previous studies mostly focused on the replication and evolution of the linear plasmids or the secondary metabolite gene clusters and the resistance gene clusters therein. However, the relationships of the linear plasmids to the productivities of secondary metabolites have not been studied. In this work, we developed a method to eliminate the indigenous linear plasmid pSHJG1 in Streptomyces hygroscopicus var...
February 25, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238042/entotheonella-bacteria-as-source-of-sponge-derived-natural-products-opportunities-for-biotechnological-production
#12
Agneya Bhushan, Eike E Peters, Jörn Piel
Marine sponges belong to the oldest animals existing today. Apart from their role in recycling of carbon and nitrogen in the ocean, they are also an important source of a wide variety of structurally diverse bioactive natural products. Over the past few decades, a multitude of compounds from sponges have been discovered exhibiting diverse, pharmacologically promising activities. However, in many cases the low substance quantities present in the sponge tissue would require the collection of large amounts of sponge material, thus impeding further drug development...
2017: Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238038/bluegenics-bioactive-natural-products-of-medicinal-relevance-and-approaches-to-their-diversification
#13
Joseph S Zarins-Tutt, Emily R Abraham, Christopher S Bailey, Rebecca J M Goss
Nature provides a valuable resource of medicinally relevant compounds, with many antimicrobial and antitumor agents entering clinical trials being derived from natural products. The generation of analogues of these bioactive natural products is important in order to gain a greater understanding of structure activity relationships; probing the mechanism of action, as well as to optimise the natural product's bioactivity and bioavailability. This chapter critically examines different approaches to generating natural products and their analogues, exploring the way in which synthetic and biosynthetic approaches may be blended together to enable expeditious access to new designer natural products...
2017: Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238035/major-antimicrobial-representatives-from-marine-sponges-and-or-their-associated-bacteria
#14
Fei He, Linh H Mai, Johan Gardères, Amjad Hussain, Vesna Erakovic Haber, Marie-Lise Bourguet-Kondracki
The rapid emergence of resistant bacteria during the last 20 years has stimulated research efforts in order to overcome this thorny problem. Marine sponges and their associated bacteria, which have been proven to be a source of bioactive natural products, have appeared as a promising opportunity to identify new antibiotic compounds. An overview of the major antibacterial compounds isolated from marine sponges and/or their associated bacteria is presented in this chapter, highlighting new potential antibiotics...
2017: Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238034/35-years-of-marine-natural-product-research-in-sweden-cool-molecules-and-models-from-cold-waters
#15
Lars Bohlin, Paco Cárdenas, Anders Backlund, Ulf Göransson
Currents efforts in marine biodiscovery have essentially focused on temperate to tropical shallow water organisms. With more than 6000 species of marine plants and animals, the Kosterfjord area has the richest marine biodiversity in Swedish waters, but it remains understudied. The overall objective of our marine pharmacognosy research is to explore and reveal the pharmacological potential of organisms from this poorly explored region. More generally, we wish to understand aspects of structure-activity relationships of chemical interactions in cold-water marine environment (shallow and deep)...
2017: Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238020/haploid-embryo-production-in-rice-and-maize-induced-by-psasgr-bbml-transgenes
#16
Joann A Conner, Maricel Podio, Peggy Ozias-Akins
The PsASGR - BBML transgene, derived from a wild apomictic grass species, can induce parthenogenesis, embryo formation without fertilization, in rice and maize, leading to the formation of haploid plants. The ability to engineer apomictic crop plants using genes identified from naturally occurring apomicts will depend on the ability of those genes to function in crop plants. The PsASGR-BBML transgene, derived from the apomictic species Pennisetum squamulatum, promotes parthenogenesis in sexual pearl millet, a member of the same genus, leading to the formation of haploid embryos...
February 25, 2017: Plant Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237915/hepatoprotective-activity-of-butea-monosperma-bark-against-thioacetamide-induced-liver-injury-in-rats
#17
Varinder Kaur, Manish Kumar, Paramjeet Kaur, Sandeep Kaur, Amrit Pal Singh, Satwinderjeet Kaur
For thousands of years, the plant-based natural products have been a source of curative agents for various ailments. Butea monosperma (Fabaceae) has an important place in Indian traditional system of medicine for curing number of disorders. The present study deals with evaluation of hepatoprotective properties of ethyl acetate fraction (Beac) from B. monosperma bark in rat model. In preliminary antioxidant studies, Beac demonstrated pronounced superoxide scavenging (IC50 88.85μg/ml) and anti-lipid peroxidation (IC50 131...
February 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237908/channel-of-viral-dna-packaging-motor-for-real-time-kinetic-analysis-of-peptide-oxidation-states
#18
Shaoying Wang, Zhi Zhou, Zhengyi Zhao, Hui Zhang, Farzin Haque, Peixuan Guo
Nanopore technology has become a powerful tool in single molecule sensing, and protein nanopores appear to be more advantageous than synthetic counterparts with regards to channel amenability, structure homogeneity, and production reproducibility. However, the diameter of most of the well-studied protein nanopores is too small to allow the passage of protein or peptides that are typically in multiple nanometers scale. The portal channel from bacteriophage SPP1 has a large channel size that allows the translocation of peptides with higher ordered structures...
January 30, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237856/wogonin-a-plant-derived-small-molecule-exerts-potent-anti-inflammatory-and-chondroprotective-effects-through-the-activation-of-ros-erk-nrf2-signaling-pathways-in-human-osteoarthritis-chondrocytes
#19
Nazir M Khan, Abdul Haseeb, Mohammad Y Ansari, Pratap Devarapalli, Sara Haynie, Tariq M Haqqi
Osteoarthritis (OA), characterized by progressive destruction of articular cartilage, is the most common form of human arthritis. Here, we evaluated the potential chondroprotective and anti-inflammatory effects of Wogonin, a naturally occurring flavonoid, in IL-1β-stimulated human OA chondrocytes and cartilage explants. Wogonin completely suppressed the expression and production of inflammatory mediators including IL-6, COX-2, PGE2, iNOS and NO in IL-1β-stimulated OA chondrocytes. Further, Wogonin exhibits potent chondroprotective potential by switching the signaling axis of matrix degradation from catabolic towards anabolic ends and inhibited the expression, production and activities of matrix degrading proteases including MMP-13, MMP-3, MMP-9, and ADAMTS-4 in OA chondrocytes, and blocked the release of s-GAG and COL2A1 in IL-1β-stimulated OA cartilage explants...
February 22, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237679/pectin-lyase-overproduction-by-penicillium-griseoroseum-mutants-resistant-to-catabolite-repression
#20
Juliana Oliveira Lima, Jorge Fernando Pereira, Elza Fernandes de Araújo, Marisa Vieira de Queiroz
Expression of pectinolytic genes is regulated by catabolic repression limiting the production of pectin lyase (PL) if the natural inducer, pectin, is missing from the growth medium. Here, we report the isolation of Penicillium griseoroseum mutants resistant to 2-deoxy-d-glucose (DG) that show resistance to catabolite repression and overproduce PL. Three spontaneous and nine UV-induced mutants were obtained. Some mutants produced sectors (segments morphologically different) that were also studied. The mutants were analyzed for pectinases production on pectinase-agar plates and five mutants and two sectors showing larger clearing zones than the wild type were selected for quantitative assay...
February 9, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
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