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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738503/integration-of-protein-extraction-with-a-stream-of-byproducts-from-marine-macroalgae-a-model-forms-the-basis-for-marine-bioeconomy
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Tejal K Gajaria, Poornima Suthar, Ravi S Baghel, Nikunj B Balar, Preeti Sharnagat, Vaibhav A Mantri, C R K Reddy
The present study describes an advanced biorefinery model for marine macroalgae that assumes significant importance in the context of marine bio-economy. The method investigated in this study integrates the extraction of crude proteins with recovery of minerals rich sap, lipids, ulvan and cellulose from fresh biomass of Ulva lactuca. The protein content extracted was 11±2.12% on dry weight basis with recovery efficiency of 68.75±4.01%. The amino acid composition of crude protein fraction showed iso-leucine as the most abundant amino acid with 16...
July 5, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738228/streptavidin-hydrogel-prepared-by-sortase-a-assisted-click-chemistry-for-enzyme-immobilization-on-an-electrode
#2
Takuya Matsumoto, Yuki Isogawa, Tsutomu Tanaka, Akihiko Kondo
A tetrameric streptavidin (SA)-appended LPETG tag was site-specifically linked to azido-containing tri-glycine via sortase A catalysis and the resulting azido-modified SA (SA-N3) was retained in the biotin-binding pocket. SA-N3 was polymerized with dibenzylcyclooctyne-modified branched poly(ethyleneglycol) (DBCO-PEG) using azido-modified branched PEG (N3-PEG) as a spacer via copper-free click chemistry. The resulting SA-based hydrogel exhibited gel-like mechanical properties and could immobilize biotin-modified molecules through biotin-SA affinity...
July 19, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737899/%C3%AE-amino-acid-derived-benzimidazole-linked-rhodamines-a-case-of-substitution-effect-at-the-amino-acid-site-toward-spiro-ring-opening-for-selective-sensing-of-al-3-ions
#3
Anupam Majumdar, Subhendu Mondal, Constantin G Daniliuc, Debashis Sahu, Bishwajit Ganguly, Sourav Ghosh, Utpal Ghosh, Kumaresh Ghosh
α-Amino acid derived benzimidazole-linked rhodamines have been synthesized, and their metal ion sensing properties have been evaluated. Experimentally, l-valine- and l-phenylglycine-derived benzimidazole-based rhodamines 1 and 2 selectively recognize Al(3+) ion in aqueous CH3CN (CH3CN/H2O 4/1 v/v, 10 mM tris HCl buffer, pH 7.0) over the other cations by exhibiting color and "turn-on" emission changes. In contrast, glycine-derived benzimidazole 3 remains silent in the recognition event and emphasizes the role of α-substitution of amino acid undertaken in the design...
July 24, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737873/two-novel-mutations-in-the-glycine-decarboxylase-gene-in-a-boy-with-classic-nonketotic-hyperglycinemia-case-report
#4
Shu Liu, Zhiqing Wang, Jinqun Liang, Nuan Chen, Haimei OuYang, Weihong Zeng, Liying Chen, Xunjie Xie, Jianhui Jiang
Nonketotic hyperglycinemia is an extremely rare autosomal recessively inherited glycine encephalopathy caused by a deficiency in the mitochondrial glycine cleavage system, which leads to severe clinical symptoms. Nonketotic hyperglycinemia is characterized by complex and diverse phenotypes, such as hypotonia, seizures, cognitive impairment, developmental delays and myoclonic jerks that may lead to apnea and even death. Here we report a 1-year-old boy with myoclonic seizures, hypotonia and coma; he had elevated plasma and cerebrospinal fluid glycine levels, and cerebrospinal fluid/plasma glycine ratio was 0...
August 1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737704/toxicity-at-the-edge-of-life-a-review-on-cyanobacterial-toxins-from-extreme-environments
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REVIEW
Samuel Cirés, María Cristina Casero, Antonio Quesada
Cyanotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by cyanobacteria, of varied chemical nature and toxic effects. Although cyanobacteria thrive in all kinds of ecosystems on Earth even under very harsh conditions, current knowledge on cyanotoxin distribution is almost restricted to freshwaters from temperate latitudes. In this review, we bring to the forefront the presence of cyanotoxins in extreme environments. Cyanotoxins have been reported especially in polar deserts (both from the Arctic and Antarctica) and alkaline lakes, but also in hot deserts, hypersaline environments, and hot springs...
July 24, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736038/comparative-study-of-the-hypocholesterolemic-and-hypolipidemic-activity-of-alginate-and-amidated-alginate-in-rats
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Milan Marounek, Zdeněk Volek, Eva Skřivanová, Tomáš Taubner, Akhir Pebriansyah, Dagmar Dušková
Alginate is a copolymer of β-D-mannuronate and α-L-guluronate, which are present in the cell wall of brown algae. The hypocholesterolemic and hypolipidemic activities of alginate and its derivative, which is prepared by a reaction with octadecylamine, were compared in rats fed diets containing cholesterol and palm fat at 10 and 50g/kg, respectively. Amidated alginate at 20g/kg significantly decreased serum cholesterol from 2.93 to 2.00μmol/mL, serum triacylglycerols from 1.66 to 0.92μmol/mL, hepatic cholesterol from 17...
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734977/modulation-of-the-interaction-between-human-p450-3a4-and-b-megaterium-reductase-via-engineered-loops
#7
Silvia Castrignanò, Serena D'Avino, Giovanna Di Nardo, Gianluca Catucci, Sheila J Sadeghi, Gianfranco Gilardi
Chimerogenesis involving cytochromes P450 is a successful approach to generate catalytically self-sufficient enzymes. However, the connection between the different functional modules should allow a certain degree of flexibility in order to obtain functional and catalytically efficient proteins. We previously applied the molecular Lego approach to develop a chimeric P450 3A4 enzyme linked to the reductase domain of P450 BM3 (BMR). Three constructs were designed with the connecting loop containing no glycine, 3 glycine or 5 glycine residues and showed a different catalytic activity and coupling efficiency...
July 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734869/p2x-receptors-up-regulate-the-cell-surface-expression-of-the-neuronal-glycine-transporter-glyt2
#8
Lucía Villarejo-López, Esperanza Jiménez, David Bartolomé-Martín, Francisco Zafra, Pablo Lapunzina, Carmen Aragón, Beatriz López-Corcuera
Glycinergic inhibitory neurons of the spinal dorsal horn exert critical control over the conduction of nociceptive signals to higher brain areas. The neuronal glycine transporter 2 (GlyT2) is involved in the recycling of synaptic glycine from the inhibitory synaptic cleft and its activity modulates intra and extracellular glycine concentrations. In this report we show that the stimulation of P2X purinergic receptors with βγ-methylene adenosine 5'-triphosphate induces the up-regulation of GlyT2 transport activity by increasing total and plasma membrane expression and reducing transporter ubiquitination...
July 19, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734694/regenerative-biosensor-for-use-with-biotinylated-bait-molecules
#9
Claudia Knoglinger, Andreas Zich, Lukas Traxler, Kristýna Poslední, Gloria Friedl, Bianca Ruttmann, Anika Schorpp, Katharina Müller, Mirjam Zimmermann, Hermann J Gruber
Label-free biosensors are ideally suited for the quantitative analysis of specific interactions among biomolecules or of biomolecules with drugs, as well as for quantitation of diagnostic markers in biofluids. In contrast to the label-dependent methods, a new assay for a particular prey molecule can be set up within few minutes by immobilizing the corresponding bait molecule on the sensor surface, using one of the common immobilization procedures. Unfortunately, the extensive application of label-free biosensors is still hampered by the fact that the immobilization of the bait molecule is usually irreversible; for that reason, a new chip (which is expensive) is required for every successful or futile attempt...
July 13, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734213/enhanced-cadmium-phytoremediation-of-glycine-max-l-through-bioaugmentation-of-cadmium-resistant-bacteria-assisted-by-biostimulation
#10
Pongsarun Rojjanateeranaj, Chirawee Sangthong, Benjaphorn Prapagdee
This study examined the potential of three strains of cadmium-resistant bacteria, including Micrococcus sp., Pseudomonas sp. and Arthrobacter sp., to promote root elongation of Glycine max L. seedlings, soil cadmium solubility and cadmium phytoremediation in G. max L. planted in soil highly polluted with cadmium with and without nutrient biostimulation. Micrococcus sp. promoted root length in G. max L. seedlings under toxic cadmium conditions. Soil inoculation with Arthrobacter sp. increased the bioavailable fraction of soil cadmium, particularly in soil amended with a C:N ratio of 20:1...
July 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734208/effect-of-mutation-on-a%C3%AE-1-42-heme-complex-in-aggregation-mechanism-alzheimer-s-disease
#11
Subramaniam Boopathi, Ponmalai Kolandaivel
Amyloid β (Aβ) peptide aggregation is one of the root causes for Alzheimer's disease. Recently, experimental studies show that three active binding sites (His6, His13 and His14) of Aβ peptides were bound with heme to form Aβ-Heme complex, which leads to inhibit the aggregation process. We apply molecular dynamic simulation to investigate the aggregation pathways of Aβ-Heme peptides. The above three binding sites were mutated by Glycine residue individually and generate three complex systems such as Aβ(His6Gly)-Heme, Aβ(His13Gly)-Heme and Aβ(His14Gly)-Heme...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734076/ensemble-characterization-of-an-intrinsically-disordered-fg-nup-peptide-and-its-f-a-mutant-in-dmso-d6
#12
Korey M Reid, Punnepalli Sunanda, S Raghothama, V V Krishnan
Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDP) lack a well-defined 3D-structure under physiological conditions, yet, the inherent disorder represented by an ensemble of conformation plays a critical role in many cellular and regulatory processes. Nucleoporins, or Nups, are the proteins found in the nuclear pore complex (NPC). The central pore of the NPC is occupied by Nups, which have phenylalanine-glycine domain repeats and are intrinsically disordered, and therefore are termed FG-Nups. These FG-domain repeats exhibit differing cohesiveness character and differ from least (FG) to most (GLFG) cohesive...
July 22, 2017: Biopolymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732298/stomatal-and-non-stomatal-factors-regulated-the-photosynthesis-of-soybean-seedlings-in-the-present-of-exogenous-bisphenol-a
#13
Liya Jiao, Lihong Wang, Qing Zhou, Xiaohua Huang
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an emerging environmental endocrine disruptor that has toxic effects on plants growth. Photosynthesis supplies the substances and energy required for plant growth, and regulated by stomatal and non-stomatal factors. Therefore, in this study, to reveal how BPA affects photosynthesis in soybean seedlings (Glycine max L.) from the perspective of stomatal and non-stomatal factors, the stomatal factors (stomatal conductance and behaviours) and non-stomatal factors (Hill reaction, apparent quantum efficiency, Rubisco activity, carboxylation efficiency, the maximum Rubisco carboxylation velocity, ribulose-1,5-bisphospate regeneration capacities mediated by maximum electron transport rates, and triose phosphate utilization rate) were investigated using a portable photosynthesis system...
July 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732052/protein-asparagine-deamidation-prediction-based-on-structures-with-machine-learning-methods
#14
Lei Jia, Yaxiong Sun
Chemical stability is a major concern in the development of protein therapeutics due to its impact on both efficacy and safety. Protein "hotspots" are amino acid residues that are subject to various chemical modifications, including deamidation, isomerization, glycosylation, oxidation etc. A more accurate prediction method for potential hotspot residues would allow their elimination or reduction as early as possible in the drug discovery process. In this work, we focus on prediction models for asparagine (Asn) deamidation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731544/localized-mrs-reliability-of-in-vivo-glutamate-at-3%C3%A2-t-in-shortened-scan-times-a-feasibility-study
#15
J Eric Jensen, Randy P Auerbach, Angela Pisoni, Diego A Pizzagalli
Glutamate is the prime excitatory neurotransmitter in the mammalian brain and has been implicated in a wide range of psychiatric conditions. To improve the applicability and clinical reach of magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), research is needed to develop shortened, yet reliable, MRS scanning procedures for standard 1.5-3-T clinical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems, particularly with young or vulnerable populations unable to tolerate longer protocols. To this end, we evaluated the test-retest reliability of a shortened J-resolved MRS sequence in healthy adolescents (n = 22) aged 12-14 years...
July 21, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729876/genetic-architecture-of-flooding-tolerance-in-the-dry-bean-middle-american-diversity-panel
#16
Ali Soltani, Samira MafiMoghaddam, Katelynn Walter, Daniel Restrepo-Montoya, Sujan Mamidi, Stephan Schroder, Rian Lee, Phillip E McClean, Juan M Osorno
Flooding is a devastating abiotic stress that endangers crop production in the twenty-first century. Because of the severe susceptibility of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) to flooding, an understanding of the genetic architecture and physiological responses of this crop will set the stage for further improvement. However, challenging phenotyping methods hinder a large-scale genetic study of flooding tolerance in common bean and other economically important crops. A greenhouse phenotyping protocol was developed to evaluate the flooding conditions at early stages...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729691/lowered-fasting-chenodeoxycholic-acid-correlated-with-the-decrease-of-fibroblast-growth-factor-19-in-chinese-subjects-with-impaired-fasting-glucose
#17
Jing Zhang, Huating Li, Hu Zhou, Li Fang, Jingjing Xu, Han Yan, Shuqin Chen, Qianqian Song, Yinan Zhang, Aimin Xu, Qichen Fang, Yang Ye, Weiping Jia
The gut-derived hormone Fibroblast growth factor 19 (FGF19) could regulate glucose metabolism and is induced by bile acids (BAs) through activating Farnesoid X Receptor (FXR). FGF19 was found to decrease in subjects with isolated-impaired fasting glucose (I-IFG) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). However, the reason for the change of FGF19 in subjects with different glucometabolic status remained unclear. Here we measured six BAs including chenodeoxycholic acid (CDCA), cholic acid, deoxycholic acid, their glycine conjugates and FGF19 levels during oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) in normal glucose tolerance (NGT), isolated-impaired glucose tolerance, I-IFG, combined glucose intolerance (CGI) and T2DM subjects...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728911/effects-of-riluzole-on-spinal-seizure-like-activity-in-the-brainstem-spinal-cord-preparation-of-newborn-rat
#18
Shih Tien Lin, Masayuki Ohbayashi, Toshinori Yamamoto, Hiroshi Onimaru, Mari Kogo
Riluzole blocks persistent Na(+) current, inhibits generation of neuronal bursts and decreases glutamate-induced excitotoxicity. In previous studies of respiratory activity, riluzole suppressed inspiratory-related burst generation activity in rat slice or en bloc preparations. We examined riluzole's effects on inspiratory burst generation and drug-induced seizure-like activity in newborn rat en bloc preparations. Medulla-spinal cord preparations from postnatal day 0-3 Wistar rats were isolated under deep isoflurane anesthesia and were superfused with artificial cerebrospinal fluid equilibrated with 95% O2 and 5% CO2, pH 7...
July 17, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728551/reduced-glutathione-and-glutathione-disulfide-in-the-blood-of-glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase-deficient-newborns
#19
Zhen-Hua Gong, Guo-Li Tian, Qi-Wei Huang, Yan-Min Wang, Hong-Ping Xu
BACKGROUND: Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency is commonly detected during mass screening for neonatal disease. We developed a method to measure reduced glutathione (GSH) and glutathione disulfide (GSSG) using tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) for detecting G6PD deficiency. METHODS: The concentration of GSH and the GSH/GSSG ratio in newborn dry-blood-spot (DBS) screening and in blood plus sodium citrate for test confirmation were examined by MS/MS using labeled glycine as an internal standard...
July 20, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728011/anti-inflammatory-effect-of-sugar-amino-acid-maillard-reaction-products-on-intestinal-inflammation-model-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-in%C3%A2-vivo
#20
Jun-Gu Oh, Su-Hyun Chun, Da Hyun Kim, Jin Hye Kim, Hye Soo Shin, Yong Soo Cho, Yong Ki Kim, Hee-Don Choi, Kwang-Won Lee
The Maillard reaction is a nonenzymatic reaction between an amino acid and a reducing sugar that usually occurs upon heating. This reaction occurs routinely in cooking, generates numerous products, which are collectively referred to as Maillard reaction products (MRPs) contributing to aroma and color features. Advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) transformed from MRPs are participated in many types of inflammation reaction. In this study, various sugar-amino acid MRPs were prepared from three different amino acids (lysine, arginine, and glycine) and sugars (glucose, fructose, and galactose) for 1 h with heating at 121 °C...
July 11, 2017: Carbohydrate Research
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