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Stefan Ilic, Usha Pandey Kadel, Yasemin Basdogan, John A Keith, Ksenija D Glusac
Thermodynamic hydricities (ΔGH- ) in acetonitrile and dimethyl sulfoxide have been calculated and experimentally measured for several metal-free hydride donors: NADH analogs (BNAH, CN-BNAH, Me-MNAH, HEH), methylene tetrahydromethanopterin analogs (BIMH, CAFH), acridine derivatives (Ph-AcrH, Me2 N-AcrH, T-AcrH, 4OH, 2OH, 3NH) and a triarylmethane derivative (6OH). The calculated hydricity values, obtained using density functional theory, showed a reasonably good match (within 3 kcal/mol) with the experimental values, obtained using "potential-pKa" and "hydride-transfer" methods...
March 16, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Min-Hui Tang, Nan Gao, Jiao Zhou, Yan Zhao, Jing-Sheng Cheng, Wen-Kun Su, Ying-Jin Yuan
Sulfamethoxazole (SMX) has frequently been detected in aquatic environments. In natural environment, not only individual microorganism but also microbial consortia are involved in some biotransformation of pollutants. The competition for space under consortia causing cell-cell contact inhibition changes the cellular behaviors. Herein, the membrane bioreactor system (MBRS) was applied to improve SMX elimination thorough exchanging the cell-free broths (CFB). The removal efficiency of SMX was increased by more than 24% whether under the pure culture of A...
March 15, 2018: Biodegradation
Ciqiong Chen, Li Long, Fusheng Zhang, Qin Chen, Cheng Chen, Xiaorui Yu, Qingya Liu, Jinku Bao, Zhangfu Long
Curcuma longa possesses powerful antifungal activity, as demonstrated in many studies. In this study, the antifungal spectrum of Curcuma longa alcohol extract was determined, and the resulting EC50 values (mg/mL) of its extract on eleven fungi, including Fusarium graminearum, Fusarium chlamydosporum, Alternaria alternate, Fusarium tricinctum, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, Botrytis cinerea, Fusarium culmorum, Rhizopus oryzae, Cladosporium cladosporioides, Fusarium oxysporum and Colletotrichum higginsianum, were 0...
2018: PloS One
Atsumi Hirose, Takuya Kasai, Motohide Aoki, Tomonari Umemura, Kazuya Watanabe, Atsushi Kouzuma
Electrochemically active bacteria (EAB) receive considerable attention for their utility in bioelectrochemical processes. Although electrode potentials are known to affect the metabolic activity of EAB, it is unclear whether EAB are able to sense and respond to electrode potentials. Here, we show that, in the presence of a high-potential electrode, a model EAB Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 can utilize NADH-dependent catabolic pathways and a background formate-dependent pathway to achieve high growth yield. We also show that an Arc regulatory system is involved in sensing electrode potentials and regulating the expression of catabolic genes, including those for NADH dehydrogenase...
March 14, 2018: Nature Communications
Nanako Kanno, Katsumi Matsuura, Shin Haruta
Purple photosynthetic bacteria utilize light energy for growth. We previously demonstrated that light energy contributed to prolonging the survival of multiple purple bacteria under carbon-starved conditions. In order to clarify the effects of illumination on metabolic states under carbon-starved, non-growing conditions, we herein compared the metabolic profiles of starved cells in the light and dark using the purple bacterium, Rhodopseudomonas palustris. The metabolic profiles of starved cells in the light were markedly different from those in the dark...
March 13, 2018: Microbes and Environments
Silvia Ravera, Maria Grazia Signorello, Martina Bartolucci, Sara Ferrando, Lucia Manni, Federico Caicci, Daniela Calzia, Isabella Panfoli, Alessandro Morelli, Giuliana Leoncini
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Energy demand in human platelets is very high, to carry out their functions. As for most human cells, the aerobic metabolism represents the primary energy source in platelets, even though mitochondria are negligibly represented. Following the hypothesis that other structures could be involved in chemical energy production, in this work, we have investigated the functional expression of an extramitochondrial aerobic metabolism in platelets. RESULTS: Oximetric and luminometric analyses showed that platelets consume large amounts of oxygen and produce ATP in the presence of common respiring substrates, such as pyruvate + malate or succinate, although morphological electron microscopy analysis showed that these contain few mitochondria...
March 14, 2018: Biology of the Cell
Jiangyong Gu, Li Li, Dongmei Wang, Wei Zhu, Ling Han, Ruizhi Zhao, Xiaojie Xu, Chuanjian Lu
Psoriasis vulgaris is a chronic inflammatory and immune-mediated skin disease. 44 metabonomics biomarkers were identified by high-throughput liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry in our previous work. To further explore the roles of metabonomics biomarkers in the pathogenesis of psoriasis, the metabonomics biomarker-enzyme network was constructed. The key metabonomics biomarkers and enzymes were screened out by network analysis. Long-chain fatty acids, phospholipids, Estradiol and NADH were the most important metabonomics biomarkers...
March 14, 2018: Annals of Medicine
Katsuaki Kobayashi, Take-Aki Koizumi, Debashis Ghosh, Takashi Kajiwara, Susumu Kitagawa, Koji Tanaka
A RhCp* (Cp* = pentamethylcyclopentadienyl) complex bearing an NAD+ /NADH-functionalized ligand, [RhCp*(pbn)Cl]Cl ([1]Cl, pbn = (2-(2-pyridyl)benzo[b]-1,5-naphthyridine)), was synthesized. The cyclic voltammogram of [1]Cl in CH3 CN shows two reversible redox waves at E1/2 = -0.58 and -1.53 V (vs. the saturated calomel electrode (SCE)), which correspond to the RhIII /RhI and pbn/pbn˙- redox couples, respectively. The addition of acetic acid to the solution afforded the proton-coupled two-electron reduction of [1]Cl at -0...
March 14, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Zhiyi Liu, Dimitra Pouli, Carlo A Alonzo, Antonio Varone, Sevasti Karaliota, Kyle P Quinn, Karl Münger, Katia P Karalis, Irene Georgakoudi
Monitoring subcellular functional and structural changes associated with metabolism is essential for understanding healthy tissue development and the progression of numerous diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular and neurodegenerative disorders. Unfortunately, established methods for this purpose either are destructive or require the use of exogenous agents. Recent work has highlighted the potential of endogenous two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) as a method to monitor subtle metabolic changes; however, mechanistic understanding of the connections between the detected optical signal and the underlying metabolic pathways has been lacking...
March 2018: Science Advances
Mingming Pu, Lili Sheng, Sooyeon Song, Ting Gong, Thomas K Wood
Pseudomonas aeruginosa causes many biofilm infections, and the rugose small-colony variants (RSCVs) of this bacterium are important for infection. We found here that inactivation of PA2444, which we determined to be a serine hydroxymethyltransferase (SHMT), leads to the RSCV phenotype of P. aeruginosa PA14. In addition, loss of PA2444 increases biofilm formation by two orders of magnitude, increases exopolysaccharide by 45-fold, and abolishes swarming. The RSCV phenotype is related to higher cyclic diguanylate concentrations due to increased activity of the Wsp chemosensory system, including diguanylate cyclase WspR...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Jue Hou, Joshua Williams, Elliot Botvinick, Eric Potma, Bruce J Tromberg
Label-free non-linear optical microscopy (NLOM) based on two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) from cofactors Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NADH) and Flavin Adenine Dinucleotide (FAD+) is widely used for high-resolution cellular redox imaging. In this work, we combined three, label-free NLOM imaging methods to quantitatively characterize breast cancer cells and their relative invasive potential: 1) TPEF optical redox ratio (ORR = FAD+/NADH + FAD+), 2) coherent Raman scattering (CRS) of cellular lipids, and 3) second harmonic generation (SHG) of extracellular matrix (ECM) collagen...
March 13, 2018: Cancer Research
Ling Ma, Qiao Cheng
Anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC) is the most aggressive type of thyroid malignancies and resistant to chemotherapy. Little is known on the underlying mechanisms of ATC resistance to chemotherapy. In our work, we identified that 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase (6PGD) is critically involved in the development of ATC resistance to doxorubicin. We found that 6PGD mRNA, protein and enzyme activity levels are significantly upregulated in ATC cells during the prolonged exposure to doxorubicin in a time-dependent manner...
March 10, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Waraporn Apiwatanapiwat, Pilanee Vaithanomsat, Warunee Thanapase, Khanok Ratanakhanokchai, Akihiko Kosugi
Lignocellulosic biomass as co-substrate enhances the 1,3-propanediol (1,3-PD) production of anaerobic fermenters by increasing their conversion yield from glycerol. To improve 1,3-propanediol (1,3-PD) production by this efficient approach, Clostridium butyricum I5-42 was supplemented with lignocellulosic biomasses (starch free fiber (CPF) from cassava pulp and xylan) as co-substrates. The 1,3-PD production and growth of C. butyricum were considerably higher in glycerol plus CPF and xylan than in glycerol alone, whereas another major polysaccharide (cellulose co-substrate) failed to improve the 1,3-PD production...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
Eun Jeong Lee, Ok Kyung Lee, Eun Yeol Lee
4-Deoxy-L-erythro-hexoseulose uronic acid (DEH) reductase is a key enzyme in alginate utilizing metabolism, but the number of characterized DEH reductase is quite limited. In this study, novel two DEH reductases, VsRed-1 and VsRed-2, were identified in marine bacterium Vibrio splendidus, and the recombinant enzymes were expressed in an Escherichia coli system and purified by Ni-NTA chromatography. The optimal pH and temperature of the recombinant VsRed-1 and VsRed-2 were pH 7.5, 30 °C, and pH 7.0, 35 °C, respectively...
March 13, 2018: Marine Biotechnology
Yi-Lun Ying, Yong-Xu Hu, Rui Gao, Ru-Jia Yu, Zhen Gu, Luke P Lee, Yi-Tao Long
Capturing real-time electron transfer, enzyme activity, molecular dynamics, and biochemical messengers in living cells is essential for un-derstanding the signaling pathways and cellular communications. However, there is no generalizable method for characterizing a broad range of redox-active species in a single living cell at the resolution of cellular compartments. Although nanoelectrodes have been applied in the intracellular detection of redox-active species, the fabrication of nanoelectrodes to maximize the signal-to-noise ratio of the probe remains challenging because of the stringent requirements of 3D fabrication...
March 12, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Taofeek O Ajiboye, Evelyn Skiebe, Gottfried Wilharm
Phenolic acids with catechol groups are good prooxidants because of their low redox potential. In this study, we provided data showing that phenolic acids, caffeic acid, gallic acid and protocatechuic acid, enhanced colistin-mediated bacterial death by inducing redox imbalance. The minimum inhibitory concentrations of these phenolic acids against Acinetobacter baumannii AB5075 were considerably lowered for ΔsodB and ΔkatG mutants. Checkerboard assay shows synergistic interactions between colistin and phenolic acids...
March 7, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Filipa V Sena, Filipe M Sousa, A Sofia F Oliveira, Cláudio M Soares, Teresa Catarino, Manuela M Pereira
Type-II NADH:quinone oxidoreductases (NDH-2s) are membrane proteins involved in respiratory chains and the only enzymes with NADH:quinone oxidoreductase activity expressed in Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), one of the most common causes of clinical infections. NDH-2s are members of the two-Dinucleotide Binding Domains Flavoprotein (tDBDF) superfamily, having a flavin adenine dinucleotide, FAD, as prosthetic group and NAD(P)H as substrate. The establishment of a Charge-Transfer Complex (CTC) between the isoalloxazine ring of the reduced flavin and the nicotinamide ring of NAD+ in NDH-2 was described, and in this work we explored its role in the kinetic mechanism using different electron donors and electron acceptors...
February 17, 2018: Redox Biology
Aaron Korkegian, Theresa O'Malley, Yi Xia, Yasheen Zhou, David S Carter, Bjorn Sunde, Lindsay Flint, Dean Thompson, Thomas R Ioerger, Jim Sacchettini, M R K Alley, Tanya Parish
We identified a series of novel 7-phenyl benzoxaborole compounds with activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Compounds had a range of activity with inhibitory concentrations (IC90 ) as low as 5.1 μM and no cytotoxicity against eukaryotic cells (IC50  > 50 μM). Compounds were active against intracellular mycobacteria cultured in THP-1 macrophages. We isolated and characterized resistant mutants with mutations in NADH dehydrogenase (Ndh) or the regulatory protein Mce3R. Mutations suggest that Ndh may be the target of this series...
January 2018: Tuberculosis
Yantao Wu, Li Li, Guoqiang Zhu, Wenhui Li, Nianzhang Zhang, Shuangnan Li, Gang Yao, Wenjun Tian, Baoquan Fu, Hong Yin, Xingquan Zhu, Hongbin Yan, Wanzhong Jia
BACKGROUND: Cervids used to be considered the only animal intermediate hosts of the G10 genotype of Echinococcus canadensis. Yaks are often herded in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, China, where echinococcosis remains prevalent. However, no E. canadensis G10 cases have been recorded in yaks until now. The aim of our study was to identify causative agents of echinococcosis in yaks in this region. METHODS: Total genomic DNA was extracted from the germinal layer of one hydatid using a Blood and Tissue Kit...
March 9, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
John E Casida
Insecticide radioligands allow the direct recognition and analysis of the targets and mechanisms of toxic action critical to effective and safe pest control. These radioligands are either the insecticides themselves or analogs that bind at the same or coupled sites. Preferred radioligands and their targets, often in both insects and mammals, are trioxabicyclooctanes for the GABA receptor, avermectin for the Glutamate receptor, imidacloprid for the nicotinic receptor, ryanodine and chlorantraniliprole for the ryanodine receptor, and rotenone or pyridaben for NADH+ ubiquinone oxidoreductase...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
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