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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093366/strategy-for-constructing-vascularized-adipose-units-in-poly-l-glutamic-acid-hydrogel-porous-scaffold-through-inducing-in-situ-formation-of-ascs-spheroids
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Kunxi Zhang, Li Song, Jia Wang, Shifeng Yan, Guifei Li, Lei Cui, Jingbo Yin
: Vascularization is of great importance to adipose tissue regeneration. Here we introduced a paradigm that using scaffold to induce ASC spheroids, so to promote vascularized adipose tissue regeneration. Poly (L-glutamic acid) (PLGA) was activated by EDC, followed by being cross-linked by Adipic dihydrazide (ADH) to form a homogeneous hydrogel. Lyophilization was then carried out to create porous structure. The PLGA hydrogel scaffold possessed a significant swollen hydrophilic network to weaken cell-scaffold adhesion but drive ASCs to aggregate to form spheroids...
January 13, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078513/determining-the-roles-of-the-three-alcohol-dehydrogenases-adha-adhb-and-adhe-in-thermoanaerobacter-ethanolicus-during-ethanol-formation
#2
Jilai Zhou, Xiongjun Shao, Daniel G Olson, Sean Jean-Loup Murphy, Liang Tian, Lee R Lynd
Thermoanaerobacter ethanolicus is a promising candidate for biofuel production due to the broad range of substrates it can utilize and its high ethanol yield compared to other thermophilic bacteria, such as Clostridium thermocellum. Three alcohol dehydrogenases, AdhA, AdhB and AdhE, play key roles in ethanol formation. To study their physiological roles during ethanol formation, we deleted them separately and in combination. Previously, it has been thought that both AdhB and AdhE were bifunctional alcohol dehydrogenases...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074225/recent-advances-in-biotechnological-applications-of-alcohol-dehydrogenases
#3
REVIEW
Yu-Guo Zheng, Huan-Huan Yin, Dao-Fu Yu, Xiang Chen, Xiao-Ling Tang, Xiao-Jian Zhang, Ya-Ping Xue, Ya-Jun Wang, Zhi-Qiang Liu
Alcohol dehydrogenases (ADHs), which belong to the oxidoreductase superfamily, catalyze the interconversion between alcohols and aldehydes or ketones with high stereoselectivity under mild conditions. ADHs are widely employed as biocatalysts for the dynamic kinetic resolution of racemic substrates and for the preparation of enantiomerically pure chemicals. This review provides an overview of biotechnological applications for ADHs in the production of chiral pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals.
January 10, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070562/biological-and-chemical-adaptation-to-endogenous-hydrogen-peroxide-production-in-streptococcus-pneumoniae-d39
#4
John P Lisher, Ho-Ching Tiffany Tsui, Smirla Ramos-Montañez, Kristy L Hentchel, Julia E Martin, Jonathan C Trinidad, Malcolm E Winkler, David P Giedroc
The catalase-negative, facultative anaerobe Streptococcus pneumoniae D39 is naturally resistant to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) produced endogenously by pyruvate oxidase (SpxB). Here, we investigate the adaptive response to endogenously produced H2O2. We show that lactate oxidase, which converts lactate to pyruvate, positively impacts pyruvate flux through SpxB and that ΔlctO mutants produce significantly lower H2O2. In addition, both the SpxB pathway and a candidate pyruvate dehydrogenase complex (PDHC) pathway contribute to acetyl coenzyme A (acetyl-CoA) production during aerobic growth, and the pyruvate format lyase (PFL) pathway is the major acetyl-CoA pathway during anaerobic growth...
January 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045431/unraveling-massive-crocins-transport-and-accumulation-through-proteome-and-microscopy-tools-during-the-development-of-saffron-stigma
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Lourdes Gómez-Gómez, Verónica Parra-Vega, Alba Rivas-Sendra, Jose M Seguí-Simarro, Rosa Victoria Molina, Claudia Pallotti, Ángela Rubio-Moraga, Gianfranco Diretto, Alicia Prieto, Oussama Ahrazem
Crocins, the glucosides of crocetin, are present at high concentrations in saffron stigmas and accumulate in the vacuole. However, the biogenesis of the saffron chromoplast, the changes during the development of the stigma and the transport of crocins to the vacuole, are processes that remain poorly understood. We studied the process of chromoplast differentiation in saffron throughout stigma development by means of transmission electron microscopy. Our results provided an overview of a massive transport of crocins to the vacuole in the later developmental stages, when electron dense drops of a much greater size than plastoglobules (here defined "crocinoplast") were observed in the chromoplast, connected to the vacuole with a subsequent transfer of these large globules inside the vacuole...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043193/adhd-traits-in-german-school-aged-children
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Yoanna Schulz-Zhecheva, Manuel Voelkle, André Beauducel, Nadja Buch, Christian Fleischhaker, Stephan Bender, Christopher W N Saville, Monica Biscaldi, Christoph Klein
OBJECTIVE: The Strengths and Weaknesses of ADHS-Symptoms and Normal Behavior (SWAN) Scale has been developed to support the dimensional assessment of ADHD symptoms by capturing variance on both poles of the ADHD continuum. The present study provides the first validation of the German version of SWAN (SWAN-DE). METHOD: Based on a sample of N1 = 343 children from the general population and N2 = 62 children with ADHD, both aged between 8 and 18 years, normality, internal consistency, test-retest reliability, and different validity indices were examined...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Attention Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043076/bio-sniffer-gas-phase-biosensor-with-secondary-alcohol-dehydrogenase-s-adh-for-determination-of-isopropanol-in-exhaled-air-as-a-potential-volatile-biomarker
#7
Po-Jen Chien, Takuma Suzuki, Masato Tsujii, Ming Ye, Koji Toma, Takahiro Arakawa, Yasuhiko Iwasaki, Kohji Mitsubayashi
Exhaled breath analysis has attracted lots of researchers attention in the past decades due to its advantages such as its non-invasive property and the possibility of continuous monitoring. In addition, several volatile organic compounds in breath have been identified as biomarkers for some diseases. Particularly, studies have pointed out that concentration of isopropanol (IPA) in exhaled air might relate with certain illnesses such as liver disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary (COPD), and lung cancer. In this study, a highly sensitive and selective biochemical gas sensor (bio-sniffer) for the breath IPA concentration determination was constructed and optimized...
December 22, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030590/redox-balance-in-lactobacillus-reuteri-dsm20016-roles-of-iron-dependent-alcohol-dehydrogenases-in-glucose-glycerol-metabolism
#8
Lu Chen, Paul David Bromberger, Gavin Nieuwenhuiys, Rajni Hatti-Kaul
Lactobacillus reuteri, a heterofermentative bacterium, metabolizes glycerol via a Pdu (propanediol-utilization) pathway involving dehydration to 3-hydroxypropionaldehyde (3-HPA) followed by reduction to 1,3-propandiol (1,3-PDO) with concomitant generation of an oxidized cofactor, NAD+ that is utilized to maintain cofactor balance required for glucose metabolism and even for oxidation of 3-HPA by a Pdu oxidative branch to 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP). The Pdu pathway is operative inside Pdu microcompartment that encapsulates different enzymes and cofactors involved in metabolizing glycerol or 1,2-propanediol, and protects the cells from the toxic effect of the aldehyde intermediate...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029125/ameliorative-effect-of-curcumin-encapsulated-hyaluronic-acid-pla-nanoparticles-on-thioacetamide-induced-murine-hepatic-fibrosis
#9
Yu-Nong Chen, Shih-Lan Hsu, Ming-Yuan Liao, Yi-Ting Liu, Chien-Hung Lai, Ji-Feng Chen, Mai-Huong Thi Nguyen, Yung-Hsiang Su, Shang-Ting Chen, Li-Chen Wu
In this study, we developed curcumin-encapsulated hyaluronic acid-polylactide nanoparticles (CEHPNPs) to be used for liver fibrosis amelioration. CD44, the hyaluronic acid (HA) receptor, is upregulated on the surface of cancer cells and on activated hepatic stellate cells (aHSCs) rather than normal cells. CEHPNPs could bind to CD44 and be internalized effectively through endocytosis to release curcumin, a poor water-soluble liver protective agent. Thus, CEHPNPs were potentially not only improving drug efficiency, but also targeting aHSCs...
December 24, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025168/inversion-of-substrate-stereoselectivity-of-horse-liver-alcohol-dehydrogenase-by-substitutions-of-ser-48-and-phe-93
#10
Keehyuk Kim, Bryce V Plapp
The substrate specificities of alcohol dehydrogenases (ADH) are of continuing interest for understanding the physiological functions of these enzymes. Ser-48 and Phe-93 have been identified as important residues in the substrate binding sites of ADHs, but more comprehensive structural and kinetic studies are required. The S48T substitution in horse ADH1E has small effects on kinetic constants and catalytic efficiency (V/Km) with ethanol, but decreases activity with benzyl alcohol and affinity for 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol (TFE) and 2,3,4,5,6-pentafluorobenzyl alcohol (PFB)...
December 23, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013009/differential-modulation-of-the-chaperone-like-activity-of-hsp-1-2-a-major-protein-of-horse-seminal-plasma-by-anionic-and-cationic-surfactants
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C Sudheer Kumar, Musti J Swamy
The major protein of equine seminal plasma, HSP-1/2 exhibits chaperone-like activity (CLA) by protecting various target proteins against thermal, chemical and oxidative stress. Polydispersity and surface hydrophobicity of HSP-1/2 were found to be important for its CLA. Surfactants are known to alter certain properties of proteins, e.g. hydrophobicity, charge and conformation either by altering properties of the medium or by direct binding. In the current study, thermal aggregation of alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and enolase has been studied in the presence of HSP-1/2, different surfactants and their combinations...
December 21, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010942/syndrome-of-inappropriate-antidiuretic-hormone-secretion-in-a-case-of-olfactory-neuroblastoma-without-anti-diuretic-hormone-immunoreactivity-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Takafumi Nakano, Junichi Motoshita, Fumi Sawada, Midori Okabe, Akihiro Tamae, Shinsuke Hiramatsu, Satoru Kodama, Hideki Shiratsuchi, Ryuji Yasumatsu, Torahiko Nakashima, Takashi Nakagawa
Olfactory neuroblastoma (ONB) is a relatively rare nasal or paranasal malignant tumor. This tumor is rarely accompanied by paraneoplastic syndromes such as syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion (SIADH). Here, we report a 31-year-old female with histologically confirmed ONB who had been diagnosed with SIADH three years prior. She was treated with surgery followed by concurrent chemoradiotherapy. SIADH resolved immediately after surgical tumor resection. Immunohistochemically, both biopsy and resected specimens from the nasal cavity had been negative for ADH...
December 20, 2016: Auris, Nasus, Larynx
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010736/isoprene-production-by-escherichia-coli-through-the-exogenous-mevalonate-pathway-with-reduced-formation-of-fermentation-byproducts
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Jung-Hun Kim, Chonglong Wang, Hui-Jung Jang, Myeong-Seok Cha, Ju-Eon Park, Seon-Yeong Jo, Eui-Sung Choi, Seon-Won Kim
BACKGROUND: Isoprene, a volatile C5 hydrocarbon, is an important platform chemical used in the manufacturing of synthetic rubber for tires and various other applications, such as elastomers and adhesives. RESULTS: In this study, Escherichia coli MG1655 harboring Populus trichocarpa isoprene synthase (PtispS) and the exogenous mevalonate (MVA) pathway produced 80 mg/L isoprene. Codon optimization and optimal expression of the ispS gene via adjustment of the RBS strength and inducer concentration increased isoprene production to 199 and 337 mg/L, respectively...
December 23, 2016: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007962/concerted-upregulation-of-aldehyde-alcohol-dehydrogenase-adhe-and-starch-in-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii-increases-survival-under-dark-anoxia
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Robert VAN Lis, Marion Popek, Yohann Coute, Artemis Kosta, Dominique Drapier, Wolfgang Nitschke, Ariane Atteia
Aldehyde/alcohol dehydrogenases (ADHEs) are bifunctional enzymes that commonly produce ethanol from acetyl-CoA with acetaldehyde as intermediate, and play a key role in anaerobic redox balance in many fermenting bacteria. ADHEs are also present in photosynthetic unicellular eukaryotes, where their physiological role and regulation are however largely unknown. Herein we provide the first molecular and enzymatic characterization of the ADHE from the photosynthetic microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Purified recombinant ADHE catalyzed the reversible NADH-mediated interconversions of acetyl-CoA, acetaldehyde and ethanol, but seemed to be poised towards the production of ethanol from acetaldehyde...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990471/are-the-results-of-questionnaires-measuring-non-cognitive-characteristics-during-the-selection-procedure-for-medical-school-application-biased-by-social-desirability
#15
Katrin U Obst, Linda Brüheim, Jürgen Westermann, Alexander Katalinic, Thomas Kötter
Introduction: A stronger consideration of non-cognitive characteristics in Medical School application procedures is desirable. Psychometric tests could be used as an economic supplement to face-to-face interviews which are frequently conducted during university internal procedures for Medical School applications (AdH, Auswahlverfahren der Hochschulen). This study investigates whether the results of psychometric questionnaires measuring non-cognitive characteristics such as personality traits, empathy, and resilience towards stress are vulnerable to distortions of social desirability when used in the context of selection procedures at Medical Schools...
2016: GMS Journal for Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987989/effects-of-pectin-structure-and-crosslinking-method-on-the-properties-of-crosslinked-pectin-nanofibers
#16
Sisi Cui, Bing Yao, Meijiao Gao, Xue Sun, Dongxia Gou, Junli Hu, Yifa Zhou, Yichun Liu
We reported crosslinking of electrospun nanofibers of three representative pectins (high-methoxylated, low-methoxylated, low-methoxylated and amidated pectin) and characterization of the crosslinked nanofibers. One mono-crosslinking strategy and two dual-crosslinking strategies were developed. Mono-crosslinking is achieved using calcium ions (Ca(2+)) to crosslink carboxylate ions in galacturonic acid residues. Dual-crosslinking is achieved using covalent crosslinking reagents glutaraldehyde (GLU) or adipic acid dihydrazide (ADH) to further crosslink hydroxyl groups or carboxylate ions after Ca(2+) crosslinking...
February 10, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27983671/enzymatic-metabolism-of-vitamin-a-in-developing-vertebrate-embryos
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REVIEW
Melissa A Metzler, Lisa L Sandell
Embryonic development is orchestrated by a small number of signaling pathways, one of which is the retinoic acid (RA) signaling pathway. Vitamin A is essential for vertebrate embryonic development because it is the molecular precursor of the essential signaling molecule RA. The level and distribution of RA signaling within a developing embryo must be tightly regulated; too much, or too little, or abnormal distribution, all disrupt embryonic development. Precise regulation of RA signaling during embryogenesis is achieved by proteins involved in vitamin A metabolism, retinoid transport, nuclear signaling, and RA catabolism...
December 15, 2016: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982763/effects-of-intradiscal-vacuum-phenomenon-on-surgical-outcome-of-lateral-interbody-fusion-for-degenerative-lumbar-disease
#18
Chun-Po Yen, Joshua M Beckman, Andrew C Vivas, Konrad Bach, Juan S Uribe
OBJECTIVE The authors investigated whether the presence of intradiscal vacuum phenomenon (IVP) results in greater correction of disc height and restoration of segmental lordosis (SL). METHODS A retrospective chart review was performed on every patient at the University of South Florida's Department of Neurosurgery treated with lateral lumbar interbody fusion between 2011 and 2015. From these charts, preoperative plain radiographs and CT images were reviewed for the presence of IVP. Preoperative and postoperative posterior disc height (PDH), anterior disc height (ADH), and SL were measured at disc levels with IVP and compared with those at disc levels without IVP using the t-test...
December 16, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27966599/transcriptional-analysis-of-degenerate-strain-clostridium-beijerinckii-dg-8052-reveals-a-pleiotropic-response-to-caco3-associated-recovery-of-solvent-production
#19
Shengyin Jiao, Yan Zhang, Caixia Wan, Jia Lv, Renjia Du, Ruijuan Zhang, Bei Han
Degenerate Clostridium beijerinckii strain (DG-8052) can be partially recovered by supplementing CaCO3 to fermentation media. Genome resequencing of DG-8052 showed no general regulator mutated. This study focused on transcriptional analysis of DG-8052 and its response to CaCO3 treatment via microarray. The expressions of 5168 genes capturing 98.6% of C. beijerinckii NCIMB 8052 genome were examed. The results revealed that with addition of CaCO3 565 and 916 genes were significantly up-regulated, and 704 and 1044 genes significantly down-regulated at acidogenic and solventogenic phase of DG-8052, respectively...
December 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957567/rapid-capillary-mixing-experiments-for-the-analysis-of-hydrophobic-membrane-complexes-directly-from-aqueous-lipid-bilayer-solutions
#20
John W Patrick, Breanna Zerfas, Jianmin Gao, David H Russell
In this study the gas-phase conformer preferences of Gramicidin A (GA), a linear antimicrobial pentadecapeptide, were investigated directly from aqueous solutions of lipid vesicle bilayers using a mixing tee-electrospray ionization (MT-ESI) setup coupled with ion mobility mass spectrometry (IM-MS). The required time for GA sample preparation was decreased by approximately 50% using MT-ESI when compared to previously reported methods which required freeze-drying of samples. Using an MT-ESI approach to analyze samples of GA associated with POPC (16:0, 18:1 PC) and DEPC (22:1 PC) lipid bilayers yielded dimer conformer preferences comparable to results obtained using more lengthy protocols...
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