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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105475/a-target-oriented-expeditious-approach-towards-synthesis-of-certain-bacterial-rare-sugar-derivatives
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Aritra Chaudhury, Rina Ghosh
Bacterial rare amino deoxy sugars are found in the cell surface polysaccharides of multiple pathogenic bacterial strains, but are absent in the human metabolism. This helps in the differentiation between pathogens and host cells which can be exploited for target specific drug discovery and carbohydrate based vaccine development. The principal bacterial atypical sugar derivatives include 2-acetamido-4-amino-2,4,6-trideoxy-d-galactose (AAT), 2,4-diacetamido-2,4,6-trideoxy-d-galactose (DATDG) and N-acetylfucosamine (FucNAc)...
January 20, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104792/new-insight-into-chondroitin-and-heparosan-like-capsular-polysaccharide-synthesis-by-profiling-of-the-nucleotide-sugar-precursors
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Odile Francesca Restaino, Irene di Lauro, Rosaria Di Nuzzo, Mario De Rosa, Chiara Schiraldi
Escherichia coli K4 and K5 capsular polysaccharides have been used as starting material for the biotechnological production of chondroitin sulfate and heparin, respectively. The capsular polysaccharide covers the outer cell wall but in late exponential or stationary growth phase it is started to be released in the surrounding medium. The released capsular polysaccharide concentration was used, so far, as the only marker to connect the strain production ability to the different cultivation conditions employed...
January 19, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103688/structure-based-substrate-specificity-analysis-of-heparan-sulfate-6-o-sulfotransferases
#3
Yongmei Xu, Andrea F Moon, Shuqin Xu, Juno M Krahn, Jian Liu, Lars C Pedersen
Heparan sulfate (HS) is a sulfated polysaccharide exhibiting essential physiological functions. HS 6-O-sulfotransferase (6-OST) transfers a sulfo group to the 6-OH position of glucosamine units to confer a variety of HS biological activities. There are three different isoforms of 6-OST in the human genome. Here, we report crystal structures of the ternary complex of 6-OST with the sulfo donor analog 3'-phosphoadenosine 5'-phosphate and three different oligosaccharide substrates at 1.95 to 2.1 Å resolutions...
January 20, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101465/nanostructured-lipid-carrier-for-topical-application-of-n-acetyl-glucosamine
#4
Lavin Aliasgharlou, Saeed Ghanbarzadeh, Hamideh Azimi, Mohammad Hossein Zarrintan, Hamed Hamishehkar
: Purpose: Hyperpigmentation occurs when melanin is overproduced in certain spots on the skin and is one of the most challenging skin conditions to treat. Although it is usually harmless, for cosmetic reasons, it is dreadfully bothersome to those who undergo it. It was reported that N-acetyl-glucosamine (NAGA) prevents melanin synthesis and alters the expression of numerous genes related to pigmentation. In spite of these advantages, NAGA cannot be employed in topical formulations due to its extremely polar characteristics...
December 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097636/andrographolide-antibacterial-activity-against-common-bacteria-of-human-health-concern-and-possible-mechanism-of-action
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Malabika Banerjee, Debaprasad Parai, Subrata Chattopadhyay, Samir Kumar Mukherjee
Increasing bacterial resistance to common drugs is a major public health concern for the treatment of infectious diseases. Certain naturally occurring compounds of plant sources have long been reported to possess potential antimicrobial activity. This study was aimed to investigate the antibacterial activity and possible mechanism of action of andrographolide (Andro), a diterpenoid lactone from a traditional medicinal herb Andrographis paniculata. Extent of antibacterial action was assessed by minimal bactericidal concentration method...
January 17, 2017: Folia Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094989/-bitter-sweet-polymeric-micelles-formed-by-block-copolymers-from-glucosamine-and-cholic-acid
#6
Kun Zhang, Yongguang Jia, I-Huang Tsai, Satu Strandman, Li Ren, Liangzhi Hong, Guangzhao Zhang, Ying Guan, Yongjun Zhang, Julian X X Zhu
Natural compounds glucosamine and cholic acid have been used to make acrylic monomers which are subsequently used to prepare amphiphilic block copolymers by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. Despite the striking difference in polarity and solubility, three diblock copolymers consisting of glucosamine and cholic acid pendants with different hydrophilic and hydrophobic chain lengths have been synthesized without the use of protecting groups. They are shown to self-assemble into polymeric micelles with a "bitter" bile acid core and "sweet" sugar shell in aqueous solutions as evidenced by dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy...
January 17, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091618/chemical-isotope-labeling-lc-ms-for-monitoring-disease-progression-and-treatment-in-animal-models-plasma-metabolomics-study-of-osteoarthritis-rat-model
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Deying Chen, Xiaoling Su, Nan Wang, Yunong Li, Hua Yin, Liang Li, Lanjuan Li
We report a chemical isotope labeling (CIL) liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS) method generally applicable for tracking metabolomic changes from samples collected in an animal model for studying disease development and treatment. A rat model of surgically induced osteoarthritis (OA) was used as an example to illustrate the workflow and technical performance. Experimental duplicate analyses of 234 plasma samples were carried out using dansylation labeling LC-MS targeting the amine/phenol submetabolome...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080917/results-of-the-megaverebrate-analgesia-survey-giraffe-and-hippopotamus
#8
Matthew Boothe, Jack Kottwitz, Roy Harmon, Scott B Citino, Jeffery R Zuba, Dawn M Boothe
Results of an online survey posted on the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians listserv examined the patterns of analgesic medication and pain management modalities used for captive giraffe and hippopotami. Compiled data included signalment, drugs administered, dosing regimens, subjective efficacy scores, ease of administration, and adverse events. Nineteen institutions exhibiting hippopotami ( Hippopotamus amphibious ) and pygmy hippopotami (Choeropsis liberiensis) and 45 exhibiting giraffe ( Giraffa camelopardalis spp...
December 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079369/muropeptide-binding-and-the-x-ray-structure-of-the-effector-domain-of-the-transcriptional-regulator-ampr-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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David A Dik, Teresa Domínguez-Gil, Mijoon Lee, Dusan Hesek, Byungjin Byun, Jennifer Fishovitz, Bill Boggess, Lance M Hellman, Jed F Fisher, Juan A Hermoso, Shahriar Mobashery
A complex link exists between cell-wall recycling/repair and the manifestation of resistance to β-lactam antibiotics in many Enterobacteriaceae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This process is mediated by specific cell-wall-derived muropeptide products. These muropeptides are internalized into the cytoplasm and bind to the transcriptional regulator AmpR, which controls the cytoplasmic events that lead to expression of β-lactamase, an antibiotic-resistance determinant. The effector-binding domain (EBD) of AmpR was purified to homogeneity...
January 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078503/efficacy-of-pulsed-nd-yag-laser-in-the-treatment-of-patients-with-knee-osteoarthritis-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Mohamed Salaheldien Mohamed Alayat, Tarek Helmy Ahmed Aly, Aly Elsayed Mohamed Elsayed, Ammar Suliman Mohamed Fadil
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of pulsed Nd:YAG laser plus glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate (GCS) in patients with knee osteoarthritis (KOA) by examining changes in pain and knee function, as well as synovial thickness (ST) and femoral cartilage thickness (FCT). Sixty-seven male patients participated, with a mean (SD) age of 53.85 (4.39) years, weight of 84.01 (4.70) kg, height of 171.51 (3.96) cm, and BMI of 28.56 (1.22). Group 1 was treated with high-intensity laser therapy (HILT), GCS, and exercises (HILT + GCS + EX)...
January 11, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069436/streptozotocin-causes-neurotoxic-effect-in-cultured-cerebellar-granule-neurons
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Elisaveta E Genrikhs, Elena V Stelmashook, Sergey A Golyshev, Olga P Aleksandrova, Nickolay K Isaev
Streptozotocin (STZ) is a glucosamine-nitrosourea compound used for experimental simulation of sporadic Alzheimer's disease at intracerebroventricular administration in vivo. The studies of STZ influence on neurons of central nervous system performed on the primary cultures are practically absent. We have shown the application of STZ (1-5mM) in primary culture for 48h induced strong dose-dependent death in cultured cerebellar granule neurons. This toxic effect was decreased by pyruvate, insulin partially. Using the indicator Fluo-4 AM for measurements of intracellular calcium ions and tetramethylrhodamine ethyl ester (TMRE) for detection of changes of mitochondrial membrane potential in live cells we have shown that 5 h-exposure to STZ induced intensive increase of Fluo-4 and decrease TMRE fluorescence in neurons...
January 6, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067848/chitin-adsorbents-for-toxic-metals-a-review
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Ioannis Anastopoulos, Amit Bhatnagar, Dimitrios N Bikiaris, George Z Kyzas
Wastewater treatment is still a critical issue all over the world. Among examined methods for the decontamination of wastewaters, adsorption is a promising, cheap, environmentally friendly and efficient procedure. There are various types of adsorbents that have been used to remove different pollutants such as agricultural waste, compost, nanomaterials, algae, etc., Chitin (poly-β-(1,4)-N-acetyl-d-glucosamine) is the second most abundant natural biopolymer and it has attracted scientific attention as an inexpensive adsorbent for toxic metals...
January 7, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063272/a-shell-crosslinked-polymeric-micelle-system-for-ph-redox-dual-stimuli-triggered-dox-on-demand-release-and-enhanced-antitumor-activity
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Lele Wang, Jing Zhang, Meijia Song, Baocheng Tian, Keke Li, Yan Liang, Jingtian Han, Zimei Wu
Based on targeted amphiphilic block copolymer N-acetyl glucosamine-poly (styrene-alt-maleic anhydride)58-b-polystyrene130 (NAG-P(St-alt-MA)58-b-PSt130), a pH/redox dual-triggered shell-crosslinked polymeric micelle system was constructed. The shell-crosslinked micelles (CLM) were prepared by post-crosslinking method to regulate drug release kinetics using cystamine as linkers between carboxy groups of the shell. Compared with non-crosslinked micelles (NCLM), CLM showed spherical shapes with little increased mean diameter of 102...
December 21, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062795/silac-based-proteomics-of-primary-human-kidney-cells-reveals-a-novel-link-between-male-sex-hormones-and-impaired-energy-metabolism-in-diabetic-kidney-disease
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Sergi Clotet, Maria Jose Soler, Marta Riera, Julio Pascual, Fei Fang, Joyce Zhou, Ihor Batruch, Stella K Vasiliou, Apostolos Dimitromanolakis, Clara Barrios, Eleftherios Diamandis, James Scholey, Ana Konvalinka
Male sex predisposes to many kidney diseases. Considering that androgens exert deleterious effects in a variety of cell types within kidney, we hypothesized that dihydrotestosterone (DHT) would alter the biology of the renal tubular cell by inducing changes in the proteome. We employed stable isotope labeling with amino acids (SILAC) in an indirect spike-in fashion to accurately quantify the proteome in DHT- and 17β-estradiol (EST)-treated human proximal tubular epithelial cells (PTEC). Of the 5043 quantified proteins, 76 were differentially regulated...
January 4, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060302/a-platform-of-anti-biofilm-assays-suited-to-the-exploration-of-natural-compound-libraries
#15
Malena E Skogman, Pia M Vuorela, Adyary Fallarero
Biofilms are regarded as one of the most challenging topics of modern biomedicine, and they are potentially responsible for over 80% of antibiotic-tolerant infections. Biofilms have displayed an exceptionally high tolerance for chemotherapy, which is thought to be multifactorial. For instance, the matrix provides a physical barrier that decreases the penetration of antibiotics into the biofilm. Also, cells within the biofilms are phenotypically diverse. Likely, biofilm resilience arises from a combination of these and other, yet unknown, mechanisms...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057571/acyl-chain-preference-and-inhibitor-identification-of-moraxella-catarrhalis-lpxa-insight-through-crystal-structure-and-computational-studies
#16
Shivendra Pratap, Pooja Kesari, Ravi Yadav, Aditya Dev, Manju Narwal, Pravindra Kumar
Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is an important surface component and a potential virulence factor in the pathogenesis of Gram-negative bacteria. UDP-N-acetylglucosamine acyltransferase (LpxA) enzyme catalyzes the first reaction of LPS biosynthesis, reversible transfer of R-3-hydroxy-acyl moiety from donor R-3-hydroxy-acyl-acyl carrier protein to the 3' hydroxyl position of UDP-N-acetyl-glucosamine. LpxA enzyme's essentiality in bacterial survival and absence of any homologous protein in humans makes it a promising target for anti-bacterial drug development...
January 3, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056814/competition-assays-and-physiological-experiments-of-soil-and-phyllosphere-yeasts-identify-candida-subhashii-as-a-novel-antagonist-of-filamentous-fungi
#17
Maja Hilber-Bodmer, Michael Schmid, Christian H Ahrens, Florian M Freimoser
BACKGROUND: While recent advances in next generation sequencing technologies have enabled researchers to readily identify countless microbial species in soil, rhizosphere, and phyllosphere microbiomes, the biological functions of the majority of these species are unknown. Functional studies are therefore urgently needed in order to characterize the plethora of microorganisms that are being identified and to point out species that may be used for biotechnology or plant protection. Here, we used a dual culture assay and growth analyses to characterise yeasts (40 different isolates) and their antagonistic effect on 16 filamentous fungi; comprising plant pathogens, antagonists, and saprophytes...
January 5, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056287/-the-fees-of-patients-with-knee-osteoarthritis
#18
K Wang, X Dong, J H Lin
Objective: To assess the cost of illness, the current medication treatment status and health service utilization of patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). Methods: From January 2014 to May 2015, 250 patients in Arthritis Clinic and Research Center, Peking University People's Hospital were recruited and followed up for 12 months. There were four visits during the follow-up, i. e. baseline, 1, 6 and 12 month. Data on sociodemographic variables, direct cost of illness, medication utilization and health service utilization were obtained by the questionnaire for the analyses...
January 3, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051248/movardol%C3%A2-n-acetylglucosamine-boswellia-serrata-ginger-supplementation-in-the-management-of-knee-osteoarthritis-preliminary-results-from-a-6-month-registry-study
#19
G Bolognesi, G Belcaro, B Feragalli, U Cornelli, R Cotellese, S Hu, M Dugall
OBJECTIVE: Knee Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic disease caused by the deterioration of cartilage in joints, which results in activation of the inflammatory response, pain, and impaired movement. Complementary therapies, particularly supplementation, in the management of moderate/severe knee OA have been gaining attention. This registry study aimed at evaluating the synergistic effect of Movardol®, a supplementation containing active ingredients with recognized anti-inflammatory activities on symptoms and levels of circulating biomarkers of knee OA...
December 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050874/vibrational-signatures-of-isomeric-lithiated-n-acetyl-d-hexosamines-by-gas-phase-infrared-multiple-photon-dissociation-irmpd-spectroscopy
#20
Yanglan Tan, Ning Zhao, Jinfeng Liu, Pengfei Li, Corey N Stedwell, Long Yu, Nicolas C Polfer
Three lithiated N-acetyl-D-hexosamine (HexNAc) isomers, N-acetyl-D-glucosamine (GlcNAc), N-acetyl-D-galactosamine (GalNAc), and N-acetyl-D-mannosamine (ManNAc) are investigated as model monosaccharide derivatives by gas-phase infrared multiple-photon dissociation (IRMPD) spectroscopy. The hydrogen stretching region, which is attributed to OH and NH stretching modes, reveals some distinguishing spectral features of the lithium-adducted complexes that are useful in terms of differentiating these isomers. In order to understand the effect of lithium coordination on saccharide structure, and therefore anomericity, chair configuration, and hydrogen bonding networks, the conformational preferences of lithiated GlcNAc, GalNAc, and ManNAc are studied by comparing the experimental measurements with density functional theory (DFT) calculations...
January 3, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
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