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Dong-Eog Kim, Jeong-Yeon Kim, Su-Kyoung Lee, Ju Hee Ryu, Ick Chan Kwon, Cheol-Hee Ahn, Kwangmeyung Kim, Dawid Schellingerhout
Direct thrombus imaging visualizes the root cause of thromboembolic infarction. Being able to image thrombus directly allows far better investigation of stroke than relying on indirect measurements, and will be a potent and robust vascular research tool. We use an optical imaging approach that labels thrombi with a molecular imaging thrombus marker - a Cy5.5 near-infrared fluorescent (NIRF) probe that is covalently linked to the fibrin strands of the thrombus by the fibrin-crosslinking enzymatic action of activated coagulation factor XIIIa during the process of clot maturation...
September 25, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Brendan W Corey, Mitchell G Thompson, Lauren E Hittle, Anna C Jacobs, Edward A Asafo-Adjei, William Huggins, Roberta J Melander, Christian Melander, Robert K Ernst, Daniel V Zurawski
Acinetobacter baumannii are gram-negative bacilli that pose a constant threat to susceptible patients because of increased resistance to multiple antibiotics and persistence in the hospital environment. After genome analysis, we discovered that A. baumannii harbor genes that share homology to an enzymatic pathway that elongates long chain fatty acids (LCFA) in fungi. Previously, 1,2,4-Triazolidine-3-thiones (T-3-Ts) were shown to inhibit hyphae production in fungi, and this same LCFA elongation pathway was implicated as the possible target...
October 20, 2016: ACS Infectious Diseases
Zhanna Kobalava
The burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in general and heart failure (HF) in particular continues to increase worldwide. CVD are major contributors to death and morbidity and recognized as important drivers of healthcare expenditure. Chronic overactivity of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) plays a key role in human hypertension and HF pathophysiology. RAAS is fundamental in the overall regulation of cardiovascular homeostasis through the actions of hormones, which regulate vascular tone, and specifically blood pressure through vasoconstriction and renal sodium and water retention...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Joris A van Dongen, Hieronymus P Stevens, Mojtaba Parvizi, Berend van der Lei, Martin C Harmsen
Autologous adipose tissue transplantation is clinically used to reduce dermal scarring and to restore volume loss. The therapeutic benefit on tissue damage more likely depends on the stromal vascular fraction of adipose tissue than on the adipocyte fraction. This stromal vascular fraction can be obtained by dissociation of adipose tissue, either enzymatically or mechanical. Enzymatic dissociation procedures are time-consuming and expensive. Therefore, we developed a new inexpensive mechanical dissociation procedure to obtain the stromal vascular fraction from adipose tissue in a time sparing way, which is directly available for therapeutic injection...
September 26, 2016: Wound Repair and Regeneration
Linda Koshy, A L Anju, S Harikrishnan, V R Kutty, V T Jissa, Irin Kurikesu, Parvathy Jayachandran, A Jayakumaran Nair, A Gangaprasad, G M Nair, P R Sudhakaran
The extraction of genomic DNA is the crucial first step in large-scale epidemiological studies. Though there are many popular DNA isolation methods from human whole blood, only a few reports have compared their efficiencies using both end-point and real-time PCR assays. Genomic DNA was extracted from coronary artery disease patients using solution-based conventional protocols such as the phenol-chloroform/proteinase-K method and a non-phenolic non-enzymatic Rapid-Method, which were evaluated and compared vis-a-vis a commercially available silica column-based Blood DNA isolation kit...
September 29, 2016: Molecular Biology Reports
O N Pyaskovskaya, D L Kolesnik, A G Fedorchuk, I V Prokhorova, G I Solyanik
UNLABELLED: Aerobic glycolysis that supports high proliferation rate and survival of tumor cells in unfavorable conditions is among fundamental features of tumor metabolism. The search for active modulators of energetic metabolism capable of suppressing tumor growth and metastasis could result in higher effectiveness of anticancer therapy. AIM: To study antitumor and antimetastatic activity of the modulators of energetic metabolism dichloroacetate (DCA) and 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2DG) used in combination treatment of Lewis lung carcinoma (LLC)...
September 2016: Experimental Oncology
Christopher A Toth, Zsuzsanna Kuklenyik, Jeffrey I Jones, Bryan A Parks, Michael S Gardner, David M Schieltz, Jon C Rees, Michael L Andrews, Lisa G McWilliams, James L Pirkle, John R Barr
: Apolipoproteins measured in plasma or serum are potential biomarkers for assessing metabolic irregularities that are associated with the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD). LC-MS/MS allows quantitative measurement of multiple apolipoproteins in the same sample run. However, the accuracy and precision of the LC-MS/MS measurement depends on the reproducibility of the enzymatic protein digestion step. With the application of an immobilized enzyme reactor (IMER), the reproducibility of the trypsin digestion can be controlled with high precision via flow rate, column volume and temperature...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Proteomics
Arezoo Saberi, Elham Abbasloo, Gholamreza Sepehri, Mahnaz Yazdanpanah, Ehsan Mirkamandari, Vahid Sheibani, Zohreh Safi
BACKGROUND: Melissa officinalis (MO) has potent antioxidant activity. Recent research has demonstrated the anti-ulcer properties of some medicinal plants through their antioxidant properties. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of methanolic extracts of MO on experimental gastric ulcers in rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Male Wistar rats (200 - 250 g) were starved for 24 hours prior to the induction of gastric ulceration by either indomethacin (48 mg/kg/oral) or water immersion restraint (WIR) stress...
July 2016: Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
Zhanna Kobalava
The burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in general and heart failure (HF) in particular continues to increase worldwide. CVD are major contributors to death and morbidity and recognized as important drivers of healthcare expenditure. Chronic overactivity of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) plays a key role in human hypertension and HF pathophysiology. RAAS is fundamental in the overall regulation of cardiovascular homeostasis through the actions of hormones, which regulate vascular tone, and specifically blood pressure through vasoconstriction and renal sodium and water retention...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Sajjad Ahrari, Fatemeh Dabbagh, Sobhan Ahrari, Younes Ghasemi, Navid Mogharrab, Yasser Riazalhosseini
BACKGROUND: Urate oxidase is absent in humans so the enzyme is considered as an important therapeutic agent to control hyperuricemic disorders. Currently available enzymes with pharmaceutical applications have adverse effects associated with allergic reactions and anaphylactic shocks, in case of chronic treatment. Therefore, developing variant forms of the enzyme, with lower immunogenicity and similar or higher activity, is of great importance. AIM: Here, we tried to improve the structure of a recently resurrected ancestral mammalian urate oxidase (which is claimed to have higher enzymatic activity compared to other mammalian counterparts) by introducing eight rational mutations and verified the consequence of these mutations on immunogenicity, stability and the affinity of protein to uric acid by computational techniques...
September 5, 2016: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
Ronny Frank, Marcus Klenner, Ronny Azendorf, Manuel Bartz, Heinz-Georg Jahnke, Andrea A Robitzki
Enzymes are the most effective catalysts for a broad range of difficult chemical reactions e.g. hydroxylation of non-activated C-H Bonds and stereoselective synthesis. Nevertheless, a lot of enzymes are not accessible for the biotechnological applications or industrial use. One reason is the prerequisite of expensive cofactors. In this context, we developed a bioelectrocatalytic analysis platform for the electrochemical and photonic quantification of the direct electron transfer from the electrode to redox enzymes and therefore, bypass the need of soluble cofactors that had to be continuously exchanged or regenerated...
August 18, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
L Negral, L Castrillón, E Marañón, Y Fernández-Nava, P Ormaechea
The aim of this research study was to analyse the effect of applying inverted phase fermentation (IPF) prior to the anaerobic digestion of cattle manure and sewage sludge. IPF promotes the endogenous bacteria present in waste and hence enzymatic hydrolysis, producing a solid-liquid separation. The clarified bottom layer or liquid phase (LP, 70% volume in manure and 65% in sludge), and the thickened top layer or solid phase (SP, 30% volume in manure and 35% in sludge) were digested separately. Operating at 37 °C, the time needed to digest the LP from manure was shorter (10 days) than that needed to digest the corresponding SP or the untreated substrate (22 days in both cases)...
August 30, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
R R Frank, S Cipullo, J Garcia, S Davies, S T Wagland, R Villa, C Trois, F Coulon
The aim of this study was to evaluate the spatial distribution of the paper and fines across seven landfill sites (LFS) and assess the relationship between waste physicochemical properties and biogas production. Physicochemical analysis of the waste samples demonstrated that there were no clear trends in the spatial distribution of total solids (TS), moisture content (MC) and waste organic strength (VS) across all LFS. There was however noticeable difference between samples from the same landfill site. The effect of landfill age on waste physicochemical properties showed no clear relationship, thus, providing evidence that waste remains dormant and non-degraded for long periods of time...
August 28, 2016: Waste Management
Trung Quan Luong, Nelli Erwin, Matthias Neumann, Andreas Schmidt, Cornelia Loos, Volker Schmidt, Marcus Fändrich, Roland Winter
We studied the combined effects of pressure (0.1-200 MPa) and temperature (22, 30, and 38 °C) on the catalytic activity of designed amyloid fibrils using a high-pressure stopped-flow system with rapid UV/Vis absorption detection. Complementary FT-IR spectroscopic data revealed a remarkably high pressure and temperature stability of the fibrillar systems. High pressure enhances the esterase activity as a consequence of a negative activation volume at all temperatures (about -14 cm(3)  mol(-1) ). The enhancement is sustained in the whole temperature range covered, which allows a further acceleration of the enzymatic activity at high temperatures (activation energy 45-60 kJ mol(-1) )...
September 26, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Wen Wang, Xinshu Zhuang, Zhenhong Yuan, Wei Qi, Qiang Yu, Qiong Wang
During liquid hot water (LHW) pretreatment, lignin is mostly retained in the pretreated biomass, and the changes in the chemical and structural characteristics of lignin should probably refer to re-/depolymerization, solubilization, or glass transition. The residual lignin could influence the effective enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose. The pure lignin was used to evaluate the effect of LHW process on its structural and chemical features. The surface morphology of LHW-treated lignin observed with the scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was more porous and irregular than that of untreated lignin...
2016: BioMed Research International
Otgonchimeg Rentsendorj, Xiaoyuan Zhang, Matthew C Williams, Paul W Buehler, Felice D'Agnillo
Hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers (HBOCs) are being developed as oxygen and plasma volume-expanding therapeutics though their potential to promote oxidative tissue injury has raised safety concerns. Using a guinea pig exchange transfusion model, we examined the effects of polymerized bovine hemoglobin (HbG) on the transcriptional regulation, activity, and expression of the renal antioxidant enzymes; superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), and glutathione peroxidase (GPx). HbG infusion downregulated the mRNA levels for genes encoding SOD isoforms 1-3, GPx1, GPx3, GPx4, and CAT...
2016: Toxics
Imène Manai, Baligh Miladi, Abdellatif El Mselmi, Moktar Hamdi, Hassib Bouallagui
The effects of the additions of the fungal enzymatic extract were investigated in relation to the treatment of real textile wastewater (RTW) by the activated sludge process (ASP). The used enzyme cocktail was produced by a new isolated fungal Chaetomium globosum IMA1. The system that was operated with enzyme addition showed a better chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal efficiency (95%) compared to the control system (75%). In addition, the improvement of color removal (OD620) efficiencies was around 15%, when the newly consortium fungal enzymes was added...
July 26, 2016: Environmental Technology
Eran Millet, Josef Haik, Elad Ofir, Yael Mardor, Eyal Winkler, Moti Harats, Ariel Tessone
BACKGROUND: Although fat grafting is a common technique to repair defects after breast cancer reconstruction surgery and has a low complication rate, the relation between fat grafting and the risk of breast cancer is unknown. Clinical trials to investigate this connection can elucidate the benefits and potential risks of fat grafting in oncology patients. OBJECTIVES: To establish an efficient experimental model, using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, for comparing different breast tumor study groups post-fat grafting...
May 2016: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
Michael D Newton, Samantha E Hartner, Shannon Timmons, Nathan D Delaney, Michael G Pirrone, Kevin C Baker, Tristan Maerz
The objective of this study was to quantify and compare the contrast-enhancing properties of the anionic contrast agent ioxaglate/Hexabrix, and cationic contrast agent CA(4+) for biochemical and morphological characterization of the intervertebral disc (IVD) via µCT. Optimal contrast agent concentrations were determined by incubating rat lumbar IVDs in dilutions of Hexabrix-320 (20%, 30%, 40%, and 50%) and CA(4+) (10, 20, 30, and 40 mgI/mL). µCT imaging was performed at 70 kVp, 114 µA, and 250 ms integration time, 12 µm voxel size...
July 14, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
Vilaivan Khanthusaeng, Jiratti Thammasiri, Casie S Bass, Chainarong Navanukraw, Pawel Borowicz, Dale A Redmer, Anna T Grazul-Bilska
Accumulation of lipid droplets (LD) in luteal cells likely is important for energy storage and steroidogenesis in the highly metabolically active corpus luteum (CL). The objective of this study was to determine the effect of plane of nutrition on progesterone (P4) secretion, and lipid droplet number and size in cultured ovine luteal cells. Ewes were randomly assigned to one of three nutritional groups: control (C; 100% NRC requirements, n=9), overfed (O; 2×C, n=12), or underfed (U; 0.6×C, n=10). Superovulation was induced by follicle stimulating hormone injections...
July 2016: Acta Histochemica
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