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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719666/effects-of-prey-pitcher-age-and-microbes-on-acid-phosphatase-activity-in-fluid-from-pitchers-of-sarracenia-purpurea-sarraceniaceae
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Carl S Luciano, Sandra J Newell
Carnivory in pitcher plants generally involves digestion of prey, by the plant itself, by symbionts, or both. While symbionts appear to be important in the digestion of prey in Sarracenia purpurea, the importance of pitcher-derived enzymes is less well documented. Our goal was to reduce microbial numbers in pitcher fluid in order to measure the acid phosphatase activity attributable to the pitchers themselves. Preliminary experiments indicated that various antibiotics were minimally effective at reducing microbial populations and that antibiotic-resistant microbes were easily cultured from pitcher fluid...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718996/production-of-ligninolytic-enzymes-and-some-diffusible-antifungal-compounds-by-white-rot-fungi-using-potato-solid-wastes-as-the-sole-nutrient-source
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H Schalchli, E Hormazábal, O Rubilar, G Briceño, A Mutis, G J Zocolo, C Diez
AIMS: The aim of this study was to evaluate the synthesis of ligninolytic enzymes and some diffusible antifungal compounds by white-rot fungi using peels or discarded potato as the sole nutrient source. METHODS AND RESULTS: The strain Trametes hirsuta Ru-513 has been highlighted for its laccase activity (595 ± 33 U l(-1) ), which is able to decolourise 87% of an anthraquinone dye using potato peels as the sole nutritional support. A native polyacrylamide gel of laccase proteins showed the presence of two isoenzymes, corresponding to proteins of 56 and 67 kDa, which were detected by SDS-PAGE...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718838/phyllanthus-niruri-standardized-extract-alleviates-the-progression-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-decreases-atherosclerotic-risk-in-sprague-dawley-rats
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Raghdaa Hamdan Al Zarzour, Mariam Ahmad, Mohd Zaini Asmawi, Gurjeet Kaur, Mohammed Ali Ahmed Saeed, Majed Ahmed Al-Mansoub, Sultan Ayesh Mohammed Saghir, Nasiba Salisu Usman, Dhamraa W Al-Dulaimi, Mun Fei Yam
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is one of the major global health issues, strongly correlated with insulin resistance, obesity and oxidative stress. The current study aimed to evaluate anti-NAFLD effects of three different extracts of Phyllanthus niruri (P. niruri). NAFLD was induced in male Sprague-Dawley rats using a special high-fat diet (HFD). A 50% methanolic extract (50% ME) exhibited the highest inhibitory effect against NAFLD progression. It significantly reduced hepatomegaly (16%) and visceral fat weight (22%), decreased NAFLD score, prevented fibrosis, and reduced serum total cholesterol (TC) (48%), low-density lipoprotein (LDL) (65%), free fatty acids (FFAs) (25%), alanine aminotransferase (ALT) (45%), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) (38%), insulin concentration (67%), homeostatic model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) (73%), serum atherogenic ratios TC/high-density lipoprotein (HDL) (29%), LDL/HDL (66%) and (TC-HDL)/HDL (64%), hepatic content of cholesterol (43%), triglyceride (29%) and malondialdehyde (MDA) (40%) compared to a non-treated HFD group...
July 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718681/partial-substitution-of-glucose-with-xylitol-suppressed-the-glycolysis-and-selectively-inhibited-the-proliferation-of-oral-cancer-cells
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Dunyaporn Trachootham, Pimjai Chingsuwanrote, Penkhair Yoosadiang, Duangsamon Mekkriangkrai, Tanapat Ratchawong, Nicha Buraphacheep, Siripa Kijanukul, Sumrit Saekhow, Orawan Pongpitchayadej, Kittituch Vongvachvasin, Paknisa Sittikornpaiboon, Siriporn Tuntipopipat
Suitable diet for cancer survivors remains an unresolved challenge. Increased glucose utilization is a hallmark of various cancers. Therefore, alternative carbohydrate supplying normal tissue but retarding cancer growth is needed. This study investigated the effect of sugar alcohols on the proliferation of oral cancer cells compared to nontransformed cells and explored the mechanism. Six oral squamous cell carcinoma (CAL-27, FaDu, SCC4, SCC9, SCC15, and SCC25) and one nontransformed oral keratinocyte (OKF6/TERT2) lines were cultured in media containing 1 mg/ml glucose and 5...
July 18, 2017: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718215/usp18-protects-against-hepatic-steatosis-and-insulin-resistance-via-its-dub-activity
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Shimin An, Ling-Ping Zhao, Li-Jun Shen, Siyuan Wang, Kuo Zhang, Yu Qi, Jilin Zheng, Xiao-Jing Zhang, Xue-Yong Zhu, Rong Bao, Ling Yang, Yue-Xin Lu, Zhi-Gang She, Yi-Da Tang
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is characterized by hepatic steatosis, impaired insulin sensitivity and chronic low-grade inflammation. However, the pathogenic mechanism of NAFLD is poorly understood, which hinders the exploration of possible treatments. Here, we first report that ubiquitin-specific protease 18 (USP18), a member of the deubiquitinating (DUB) enzyme family, plays regulatory roles in NAFLD progression. The expression of USP18 was down-regulated in the livers of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) patients and high-fat diet (HFD) induced or genetically obese mice...
July 17, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718057/immobilized-enzymes-from-geotrichum-spp-improve-wine-quality
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Yao Lu, Jing Zhu, Junling Shi, Yanlin Liu, Dongyan Shao, Chunmei Jiang
Higher alcohols are the byproducts of yeasts in alcohol fermentation and are harmful to human health at high concentrations. In this study, immobilized crude enzymes extracted from Geotrichum spp. strains S12 and S13 were separately employed to treat red wine, then GC and GC-MS analyses were used to determine the profiles of volatile compounds in untreated and treated wine samples. Immobilized enzymes from S13 (SA-S13E) were more active in decreasing higher alcohols than enzymes from S12. Conditions for preparing SA-S13E were optimized, and best results were obtained at a sodium alginate concentration of 35 g/L, calcium chloride of 20 g/L, and crude enzyme dosage of 3 mL...
July 17, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717004/two-tyrosine-residues-tyr-108-and-tyr-503-are-responsible-for-the-deprotonation-of-phenolic-substrates-in-vanillyl-alcohol-oxidase
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Tom A Ewing, Quoc-Thai Nguyen, Robert C Allan, Gudrun Gygli, Elvira Romero, Claudia Binda, Marco W Fraaije, Andrea Mattevi, Willem J H van Berkel
A number of oxidoreductases from the VAO/PCMH flavoprotein family catalyze the oxidation of para-substituted phenols. One of the best-studied is vanillyl alcohol oxidase (VAO) from the fungus Penicillium simplicissimum For oxidation of phenols by VAO to occur, they must first be bound in the enzyme's active site in their phenolate anion form. The crystal structure of VAO reveals that two tyrosine residues, Tyr-108 and Tyr-503, are positioned so as to facilitate this deprotonation. To investigate their role in catalysis, we created three VAO variants, Y108F, Y503F, and Y108F/Y503F, and studied their biochemical properties...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712997/novel-characteristics-of-horseradish-peroxidase-immobilized-onto-the-polyvinyl-alcohol-alginate-beads-and-its-methyl-orange-degradation-potential
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Muhammad Bilal, Tahir Rasheed, Hafiz M N Iqbal, Hongbo Hu, Wei Wang, Xuehong Zhang
Herein, we report the immobilization of in-house isolated horseradish peroxidase (HRP) from Armoracia rusticana with novel characteristics. The HRP was immobilized onto the self-fabricated polyvinyl alcohol-alginate (PVA-alginate) beads using sodium nitrate as a cross-linker. The PVA-alginate beads (2.0mm size) developed using 10% PVA and 1.5% sodium alginate showed maximal immobilization yield. The surface morphologies of the PVA-alginate (control) and immobilized-HRP were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM)...
July 13, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712324/the-role-of-carbonyl-reductase-1-in-drug-discovery-and-development
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Sophia M Shi, Li Di
Carbonyl reductase 1 (CBR1) plays a critical role in drug metabolism of ketones and aldehydes. CBR1 has broad substrate specificity and is involved in metabolizing a number of clinically important drugs. Areas covered: The impact of CBR1 in drug metabolism and disposition are discussed. The CBR1 enzyme is covered in detail including discussion on topics such as tissue distribution, species difference, individual variability, the effect of genetic polymorphism and disease state, inducibility and drug-drug interaction potential...
July 17, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712054/alcohol-exposure-promotes-dna-methyltransferase-dnmt3a-upregulation-through-reactive-oxygen-species-dependent-mechanisms
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Federico Miozzo, Hélène Arnould, Aurélie de Thonel, Anne-Laure Schang, Délara Sabéran-Djoneidi, Anne Baudry, Benoît Schneider, Valérie Mezger
Abundant evidence has accumulated showing that fetal alcohol exposure broadly modifies DNA methylation profiles in the brain. DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs), the enzymes responsible for DNA methylation, are likely implicated in this process. However, their regulation by ethanol exposure has been poorly addressed. Here, we show that alcohol exposure modulates DNMT protein levels through multiple mechanisms. Using a neural precursor cell line and primary mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs), we found that ethanol exposure augments the levels of Dnmt3a, Dnmt3b, and Dnmt3l transcripts...
July 15, 2017: Cell Stress & Chaperones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711978/the-activity-of-the-antioxidant-defense-system-of-the-weed-species-senna-obtusifolia-l-and-its-resistance-to-allelochemical-stress
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Érica Marusa Pergo Coelho, Mauro Cezar Barbosa, Márcio Shigueaki Mito, Gislaine Cristiane Mantovanelli, Rubem Silvério Oliveira, Emy Luiza Ishii-Iwamoto
Senna obtusifolia L., a common weed in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world, is able to germinate under adverse environmental conditions, suggesting that this species has efficient stress-adaptation strategies. The aims of the present work were to examine the energy metabolism and the antioxidant defense system of the Senna obtusifolia L. during seed germination and initial growth, and the responses to allelochemical-induced stress. Respiratory activity, the activities of alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH), superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT),guaicol peroxidase (POD), ascorbate peroxidase (APX), glutathione reductase (GR), lipoxygenase (LOX) and the content of malondialdehyde (MDA) and glutathione (GSSG and GSH) were measured...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710938/lack-of-effects-of-a-sobering-product-eezup-on-the-blood-ethanol-and-congener-alcohol-concentration
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Cora Wunder, Sarah Hain, Sarah C Koelzer, Alexander Paulke, Marcel A Verhoff, Stefan W Toennes
INTRODUCTION: The lifestyle product 'Eezup!' appeared on the German market and promised to normalize energy metabolism. Among vitamins (B1, B2, B6, C, E and zinc), rice protein and fructose the addition of alcohol dehydrogenase and catalase enzymes is a novel approach. The product was advertised as capable of boosting the rate of alcohol elimination. METHODS: Seventeen subjects (11 men, 6 women, 19-58 years old), participated in a two-way crossover drinking study...
June 28, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708375/enzyme-that-makes-you-cry-crystal-structure-of-lachrymatory-factor-synthase-from-allium-cepa
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Josie A Silvaroli, Matthew J Pleshinger, Surajit Banerjee, Philip D Kiser, Marcin Golczak
The biochemical pathway that gives onions their savor is part of the chemical warfare against microbes and animals. This defense mechanism involves formation of a volatile lachrymatory factor (LF) ((Z)-propanethial S-oxide) that causes familiar eye irritation associated with onion chopping. LF is produced in a reaction catalyzed by lachrymatory factor synthase (LFS). The principles by which LFS facilitates conversion of a sulfenic acid substrate into LF have been difficult to experimentally examine owing to the inherent substrate reactivity and lability of LF...
July 14, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707323/exogenous-application-of-indole-acetic-acid-alleviates-the-effects-of-supplemental-ultraviolet-b-radiation-in-the-medicinal-plant-withania-somnifera-dunal
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S Takshak, S B Agrawal
Supplemental (s)-UV-B radiation has adverse effects on majority of plants. The present study was conducted to evaluate the effects of exogenous application of the growth hormone indole acetic acid (IAA) on various morphological, physiological, and biochemical characteristics of Withania somnifera, an indigenous medicinal plant, subjected to s-UV-B. The s-UV-B treated plants received ambient+3.6 kJm(-2) day(-1) biologically effective UV-B and IAA was applied at two doses (200 ppm and 400 ppm) to s-UV-B exposed plants...
July 14, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706613/major-components-of-metabolic-parameters-and-nutritional-intakes-in-different-genotypes-of-adiponectin-276-g-t-gene-polymorphism-in-non-diabetes-and-non-alcoholic-iranian-fatty-liver-patients
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Fatemeh Mohseni, Sahar Moghbelinejad, Reza Najafipour
BACKGROUND: Genetic and environmental factors are both involved in the etiology of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). Among the genetic factors, certain polymorphisms of adiponectin gene are associated with NAFLD. In the current study, we investigated the association between metabolic parameters with different genotypes of adiponectin +276 G>T polymorphism among the Iranian NAFLD patients, and the effect of nutritional intake with development of NAFLD. METHODS: In this study, 75 patients with NAFLD and 76 healthy individuals were enrolled...
July 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705633/transcriptome-analysis-of-helicoverpa-armigera-male-hairpencils-alcohol-biosynthesis-and-requirement-for-mating-success
#16
Mengfang Du, Wenhui Zhao, Russell Jurenka, Xiaoguang Liu, Xinming Yin, Qisheng Song, Shiheng An
Many female animals use different strategies to assess male quality to increase their own reproductive fitness. In moths, females usually use chemical signals (sex pheromones) to attract males from a distance. Once males approach a female, they release close range pheromones from hairpencils to facilitate female acceptance. However, detailed mechanisms involved in male sex pheromone biosynthesis and its action in promoting female acceptance have not yet been fully characterized. This study screened a series of candidate genes via a transcriptome analysis of the male hairpencil of Helicoverpa armigera...
July 10, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699727/assessment-of-prophylactic-effect-of-senna-auriculata-l-roxb-leaves-on-alcohol-induced-pancreatitis-in-rat-model
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Gaurav Gupta, Suman Bala Sharma, Richa Gupta, Shipra Gupta, Usha Rani Singh
Aqueous leaf extract of Senna auriculata (L.) Roxb. syn. Cassia auriculata (SLEx) is known to possess potential antidiabetic and antioxidant properties. Based on the known correlation between exocrine pancreatic function and endocrine secretary capacity, here, we studied the prophylactic effect of the SLEx on alcohol induced pancreatitis in rats. To induce chronic pancreatitis, the rats were fed with unsaturated fat i.e. corn oil (2.5 mL/kg) along with high dose of ethanol (10.2 g/kg) for 4 wk, and was increased 0...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699219/enzyme-prodrug-therapy-engineered-into-electrospun-fibers-with-embedded-liposomes-for-controlled-localized-synthesis-of-therapeutics
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Rona Chandrawati, Morten T J Olesen, Thatiane C C Marini, Gurpal Bisra, Anne Géraldine Guex, Marcelo G de Oliveira, Alexander N Zelikin, Molly M Stevens
Enzyme prodrug therapy (EPT) enables localized conversion of inert prodrugs to active drugs by enzymes. Performance of EPT necessitates that the enzyme remains active throughout the time frame of the envisioned therapeutic application. β-glucuronidase is an enzyme with historically validated performance in EPT, however it retains its activity in biomaterials for an insufficiently long period of time, typically not exceeding 7 d. Herein, the encapsulation of β-glucuronidase in liposomal subcompartments within poly(vinyl alcohol) electrospun fibers is reported, leading to the assembly of biocatalytically active materials with activity of the enzyme sustained over at least seven weeks...
July 12, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699078/characterization-of-akr4c15-a-novel-member-of-aldo-keto-reductase-in-comparison-with-other-rice-akr-s
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Budsakorn Auiyawong, Rawint Narawongsanont, Chonticha Tantitadapitak
Environmental stresses often cause a rapid and excessive accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), the toxicity of which is further amplified by downstream aldehyde production. Aldo-keto reductase (AKR) is a group of enzymes metabolizing aldehyde/ketone to the corresponding alcohol using NADPH as the cofactor. In this study, OsI_20197 (AKR4C15), a novel member of AKR4 subfamily C, was isolated and biochemically characterized. Kinetic studies on bacterially-expressed recombinant AKR4C15 revealed that the enzyme was capable of metabolizing a wide variety of aldehydes but clearly exhibited a preference for three carbon compounds, i...
July 12, 2017: Protein Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696785/exendin-4-a-glucagon-like-peptide-1-receptor-agonist-downregulates-hepatic-receptor-for-advanced-glycation-end-products-in-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-rat-model
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Mona M Allam, Walaa B El Gazzar
CONTEXT: Exendin-4, a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist has been shown to have curative effects on hepatic steatosis in murine models. OBJECTIVE: The present study aimed to elucidate the effect of Exendin-4 on hepatic receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) mRNA expression in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) rat model induced by high-fat diet. METHODS: NASH was induced by high-fat diet intake, and Exendin-4 was given in two different doses...
July 11, 2017: Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry
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