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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747479/a-nutrient-mediates-intraspecific-competition-between-rodent-malaria-parasites-in-vivo
#1
Nina Wale, Derek G Sim, Andrew F Read
Hosts are often infected with multiple strains of a single parasite species. Within-host competition between parasite strains can be intense and has implications for the evolution of traits that impact patient health, such as drug resistance and virulence. Yet the mechanistic basis of within-host competition is poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate that a parasite nutrient, para-aminobenzoic acid (pABA), mediates competition between a drug resistant and drug susceptible strain of the malaria parasite, Plasmodium chabaudi We further show that increasing pABA supply to hosts infected with the resistant strain worsens disease and changes the relationship between parasite burden and pathology...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736527/human-coq9-rescues-a-coq9-yeast-mutant-by-enhancing-coenzyme-q-biosynthesis-from-4-hydroxybenzoic-acid-and-stabilizing-the-coq-synthome
#2
Cuiwen H He, Dylan S Black, Christopher M Allan, Brigitte Meunier, Shamima Rahman, Catherine F Clarke
Coq9 is required for the stability of a mitochondrial multi-subunit complex, termed the CoQ-synthome, and the deamination step of Q intermediates that derive from para-aminobenzoic acid (pABA) in yeast. In human, mutations in the COQ9 gene cause neonatal-onset primary Q10 deficiency. In this study, we determined whether expression of human COQ9 could complement yeast coq9 point or null mutants. We found that expression of human COQ9 rescues the growth of the temperature-sensitive yeast mutant, coq9-ts19, on a non-fermentable carbon source and increases the content of Q6, by enhancing Q biosynthesis from 4-hydroxybenzoic acid (4HB)...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719296/analysis-of-dengue-serotype-4-in-sri-lanka-during-the-2012-2013-dengue-epidemic
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Anna Uehara, Hasitha Aravinda Tissera, Champica K Bodinayake, Ananda Amarasinghe, Ajith Nagahawatte, L Gayani Tillekeratne, Jie Cui, Megan E Reller, Paba Palihawadana, Sunethra Gunasena, Aruna Dharshan Desilva, Annelies Wilder-Smith, Duane J Gubler, Christopher W Woods, October M Sessions
The four serotypes of dengue virus (DENV-1, -2, -3, and -4) have had a rapidly expanding geographic range and are now endemic in over 100 tropical and subtropical countries. Sri Lanka has experienced periodic dengue outbreaks since the 1960s, but since 1989 epidemics have become progressively larger and associated with more severe disease. The dominant virus in the 2012 epidemic was DENV-1, but DENV-4 infections were also commonly observed. DENV-4 transmission was first documented in Sri Lanka when it was isolated from a traveler in 1978, but has been comparatively uncommon since dengue surveillance began in the early 1980s...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717039/deletion-of-sigb-causes-increased-sensitivity-to-para-aminosalicylic-acid-and-sulfamethoxazole-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
#4
Shan-Shan Yang, Yang-Bo Hu, Xu-De Wang, Yun-Rong Gao, Kun Li, Xian-En Zhang, Shi-Yun Chen, Tian-Yu Zhang, Jing Gu, Jiao-Yu Deng
Although the de novo folate biosynthesis pathway has been well studied in bacteria, little is known about its regulation. In this study, the sigB gene in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tb) was deleted. Subsequent drug susceptibility tests revealed that M. tb ΔsigB was more sensitive to para-aminosalicylic acid (PAS) and sulfamethoxazole (SMX). Comparative transcriptional analysis was performed and down-regulation of pabB was observed in the sigB deleted strain, which was further verified by qRT-PCR and Western blot assay...
July 17, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707064/development-of-a-lateral-flow-dipstick-immunoassay-for-evaluation-of-folate-levels-in-maize
#5
Qiuju Liang, Chen Yi, Ling Jiang, Guiyu Tan, Chunyi Zhang, Baomin Wang
Folates (vitamin B9) are essential for all organisms as cofactors for one-carbon metabolism. However, measurement of folates is technically complicated and time-consuming. In this study, we developed a dipstick immunoassay using a folate-specific monoclonal antibody (mAb), allowing rapid and low-cost detection of folates. The indicator range of the dipstick for 5-formylterahydrofolate (5-CHO-THF), 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5-CH3-THF) and their polyglutamyl forms was 100-200 ng mL(-1); moreover, no cross-reactivity was observed with tetrahydrofolate (THF) or 5,10-methenyltetrahydrofolate (5,10-CH=THF) at 500 ng mL(-1), or with the folate precursors pterin-6-COOH, p-aminobenzoate (pABA), and L-glutamate, or with the folate analogues methotrexate and 10-formyltetrahydrofolate (10-CHO-THF) at up to 1000 ng mL(-1)...
July 13, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699744/design-synthesis-and-pharmacokinetics-of-a-bone-targeting-dual-action-prodrug-for-treatment-of-osteoporosis
#6
Haibo Xie, Gang Chen, Robert N Young
A dual-action bone-targeting prodrug has been designed, synthesized and evaluated for in vitro and in vivo metabolic stability and in vivo tissue distribution, and rates of release of the active constituents after binding to bones through the use of differentially double labelled derivatives. The conjugate (general structure 7) embodies the merger of a very potent and proven anabolic selective agonist of the prostaglandin EP4 receptor, compound 5, and alendronic acid, a potent inhibitor of bone resorption, optimally linked through a differentially hydrolyzable linker unit, N-4-carboxymethylphenyl-methyloxycarbonyl-leucinyl-argininyl-para-aminophenylmethylalcohol (Leu-Arg-PABA)...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693434/symptom-burden-in-chronic-kidney-disease-a-population-based-cross-sectional-study
#7
Sameera Senanayake, Nalika Gunawardena, Paba Palihawadana, Palitha Bandara, Rashan Haniffa, R Karunarathna, Priyantha Kumara
BACKGROUND: Physical and psychological symptoms are among main manifestations of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). This study aimed to assess the symptom burden and self-perceived severity of symptoms among CKD patients living in a district in Sri Lanka. METHOD: A community based cross-sectional study included a sample of randomly selected 1174 CKD patients from all 19 Medical Officer of Health areas in the district of Anuradhapura. Trained para-medical staff visited the households and administered the locally validated questionnaire to assess the presence and severity of symptoms...
July 10, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653778/activatable-near-infrared-probe-for-fluorescence-imaging-of-%C3%AE-glutamyl-transpeptidase-in-tumor-cells-and-in-vivo
#8
Zhiliang Luo, Liandong Feng, Ruibing An, Guanfu Duan, Runqi Yan, Hua Shi, Jian He, Zhengyang Zhou, Changge Ji, Hong-Yuan Chen, Deju Ye
γ-Glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) is a cell membrane-bound enzyme that is involved in various physiological and pathological processes and is regarded as a potential biomarker for many malignant tumors, precise detection of which is useful for early cancer diagnosis. Herein, we reported a new GGT activatable near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence imaging probe (GANP) by linking of a GGT-recognitive substrate γ-glutamate (γ-Glu) and a NIR merocyanine fluorophore (mCy-Cl) with a self-immolative linker p-aminobenzyl alcohol (PABA)...
June 27, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650510/experiment-and-theory-confirm-that-uv-laser-photodissociation-spectroscopy-can-distinguish-protomers-formed-via-electrospray
#9
Edward Matthews, Caroline E H Dessent
The identification of protonation sites in electrosprayed molecules remains a challenge in contemporary physical science. We present the first demonstration that low-resolution, UV laser photodissociation spectroscopy can be applied in situ to identify the protomers of para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) formed via electrospray from a single solution. Electronic absorption spectra are recorded via photodepletion and photofragmentation for PABA electrosprayed from solutions of water and acetonitrile. Using this approach, two protomers can be straightforwardly identified, with only the carboxylic acid protomer being produced on electrospray from water while the amine-protonated isomer dominates upon electrospray from acetonitrile...
June 26, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639657/exploring-the-catalytic-mechanism-of-dihydropteroate-synthase-elucidating-the-differences-between-the-substrate-and-inhibitor
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Warot Chotpatiwetchkul, Kanokthip Boonyarattanakalin, Duangkamol Gleeson, M Paul Gleeson
Dihydropteroate synthase (DHPS) catalyzes the condensation of 6-hydroxymethyl-7,8-dihydropterin pyrophosphate (DHPPP) with p-aminobenzoic acid (pABA) and is a well validated target for anti-malarial and anti-bacterial drugs. However, in recent years its utility as a therapeutic target has diminished considerably due to multiple mutations. As such, considerable structural biology and medicinal chemistry effort has been expended to understand and overcome this issue. To date no detailed computational analysis of the protein mechanism has been made despite the detailed crystal structures and multiple mechanistic proposals being made...
July 5, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628859/structural-and-functional-effects-of-nucleotide-variation-on-the-human-tb-drug-metabolizing-enzyme-arylamine-n-acetyltransferase-1
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Ruben Cloete, Wisdom A Akurugu, Cedric J Werely, Paul D van Helden, Alan Christoffels
The human arylamine N-acetyltransferase 1 (NAT1) enzyme plays a vital role in determining the duration of action of amine-containing drugs such as para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) by influencing the balance between detoxification and metabolic activation of these drugs. Recently, four novel single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were identified within a South African mixed ancestry population. Modeling the effects of these SNPs within the structural protein was done to assess possible structure and function changes in the enzyme...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607237/sustainable-dengue-prevention-and-control-through-a-comprehensive-integrated-approach-the-sri-lankan-perspective
#12
Hasitha Tissera, Nimalka Pannila-Hetti, Preshila Samaraweera, Jayantha Weeraman, Paba Palihawadana, Ananda Amarasinghe
Dengue is a leading public health problem in Sri Lanka. All 26 districts and all age groups are affected, with high disease transmission; the estimated average annual incidence is 175/100 000 population. Harnessing the World Health Organization Global strategy for dengue prevention and control, 2012-2020, Sri Lanka has pledged in its National Strategic Framework to achieve a mortality from dengue below 0.1% and to reduce morbidity by 50% (from the average of the last 5 years) by 2020. Turning points in the country's dengue-control programme have been the restructuring and restrategizing of the core functions; this has involved establishment of a separate dengue-control unit to coordinate integrated vector management, and creation of a presidential task force...
September 2016: WHO South-East Asia Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583165/validity-and-reliability-of-the-sri-lankan-version-of-the-kidney-disease-quality-of-life-questionnaire-kdqol-sf%C3%A2
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Sameera Senanayake, Nalika Gunawardena, Paba Palihawadana, Sanjeewa Kularatna, T S G Peiris
BACKGROUND: The disabling symptoms, various food and fluid restrictions, restrictions to social life and stigma and taboos attached to Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), have shown to pose a significant bearing on a patient's Quality of Life (QOL). In the present study the Kidney Disease QOL-Short Form (KDQOL-SF™) was culturally adapted, modified and translated into Sinhala and validity and reliability were assessed. METHOD: The process to culturally adapt the Kidney Disease Specific Component (KDSC) of KDQOL-SF™ was carried out by the modified Delphi process with a group of experts...
June 5, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549908/elucidation-of-the-intestinal-absorption-of-para-aminobenzoic-acid-a-marker-for-dietary-intake
#14
Teruko Imai, Keiichiro Tanaka, Takahiro Yonemitsu, Yuta Yakushiji, Kayoko Ohura
para-Aminobenzoic acid (PABA) has long been used as an indicator of the completeness of 24-hour urine collection by determination of total urinary excretion of PABA and its metabolite, N-acetyl-PABA. N-Acetyl-PABA is formed by human arylamine N-acetyltransferase 1 (NAT1) in liver and intestine. This intestinal metabolism may reduce the urinary recovery of PABA due to secretion of N-acetyl-PABA into the intestinal lumen. In the present study, the effect of intestinal metabolism of PABA on its absorption was quantitatively evaluated by the in situ single-pass perfusion method using rat intestine expressing rat arylamine N-acetyltransferase 2 (Nat2), which is similar to human NAT1...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512568/acemetacin-cocrystal-structures-by-powder-x-ray-diffraction
#15
Geetha Bolla, Vladimir Chernyshev, Ashwini Nangia
Cocrystals of acemetacin drug (ACM) with nicotinamide (NAM), p-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), valerolactam (VLM) and 2-pyridone (2HP) were prepared by melt crystallization and their X-ray crystal structures determined by high-resolution powder X-ray diffraction. The powerful technique of structure determination from powder data (SDPD) provided details of molecular packing and hydrogen bonding in pharmaceutical cocrystals of acemetacin. ACM-NAM occurs in anhydrate and hydrate forms, whereas the other structures crystallized in a single crystalline form...
May 1, 2017: IUCrJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511043/environmental-behavior-of-12-uv-filters-and-photocatalytic-profile-of-ethyl-4-aminobenzoate
#16
Adela Jing Li, Ziye Sang, Chi-Hang Chow, Japhet Cheuk-Fung Law, Ying Guo, K S-Y Leung
Ethyl-4-aminobenzoate (Et-PABA) is currently used as a substitute for 4-aminobenzoate (PABA) in sunscreens and anesthetic ointments. Despite its widespread use and hydrophilicity, Et-PABA has never been found in environmental waters. This study, probed the occurrence of Et-PABA in both seawater and drinking water sources in Hong Kong, and evaluated its transformation products (TPs) and environmental fate via cumulative potency and photocatalytic profile analyses. Another 11 UV filters used in skin-care products were also studied...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504463/magnetocatalytic-graphene-quantum-dots-janus-micromotors-for-bacterial-endotoxin-detection
#17
Beatriz Jurado-Sánchez, Marta Pacheco, Jaime Rojo, Alberto Escarpa
Magnetocatalytic hybrid Janus micromotors encapsulating phenylboronic acid (PABA) modified graphene quantum dots (GQDs) are described herein as ultrafast sensors for the detection of deadly bacteria endotoxins. A bottom-up approach was adopted to synthesize an oil-in-water emulsion containing the GQDs along with a high loading of platinum and iron oxide nanoparticles on one side of the Janus micromotor body. The two different "active regions" enable highly efficient propulsion in the presence of hydrogen peroxide or magnetic actuation without the addition of a chemical fuel...
May 15, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496135/isolated-bacillus-subtilis-strain-330-2-and-its-antagonistic-genes-identified-by-the-removing-pcr
#18
Zahoor Ahmad, Jia Wu, Lulu Chen, Wubei Dong
Plant growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB) may trigger tolerance against biotic/abiotic stresses and growth enhancement in plants. In this study, an endophytic bacterial strain from rapeseed was isolated to assess its role in enhancing plant growth and tolerance to abiotic stresses, as well as banded leaf and sheath blight disease in maize. Based on 16S rDNA and BIOLOG test analysis, the 330-2 strain was identified as Bacillus subtilis. The strain produced indole-3-acetic acid, siderophores, lytic enzymes and solubilized different sources of organic/inorganic phosphates and zinc...
May 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452396/reversible-supracolloidal-self-assembly-of-cobalt-nanoparticles-to-hollow-capsids-and-their-superstructures
#19
Nonappa, Johannes S Haataja, Jaakko V I Timonen, Sami Malola, Peter Engelhardt, Nikolay Houbenov, Manu Lahtinen, Hannu Häkkinen, Olli Ikkala
The synthesis and spontaneous, reversible supracolloidal hydrogen bond-driven self-assembly of cobalt nanoparticles (CoNPs) into hollow shell-like capsids and their directed assembly to higher order superstructures is presented. CoNPs and capsids form in one step upon mixing dicobalt octacarbonyl (Co2 CO8 ) and p-aminobenzoic acid (pABA) in 1,2-dichlorobenzene using heating-up synthesis without additional catalysts or stabilizers. This leads to pABA capped CoNPs (core ca. 5 nm) with a narrow size distribution...
June 1, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448745/medium-optimization-for-pyrroloquinoline-quinone-pqq-production-by-methylobacillus-sp-zju323-using-response-surface-methodology-and-artificial-neural-network-genetic-algorithm
#20
Peilian Wei, Zhenjun Si, Yao Lu, Qingfei Yu, Lei Huang, Zhinan Xu
Methylobacillus sp. zju323 was adopted to improve the biosynthesis of pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) by systematic optimization of the fermentation medium. The Plackett-Burman design was implemented to screen for the key medium components for the PQQ production. CoCl2 · 6H2O, ρ-amino benzoic acid, and MgSO4 · 7H2O were found capable of enhancing the PQQ production most significantly. A five-level three-factor central composite design was used to investigate the direct and interactive effects of these variables...
April 27, 2017: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
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