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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821143/nmr-spectroscopic-structural-characterization-of-a-water-soluble-%C3%AE-1%C3%A2-3-1%C3%A2-6-glucan-from-aureobasidium-pullulans
#1
Hiroyuki Kono, Nobuhiro Kondo, Katsuki Hirabayashi, Makoto Ogata, Kazuhide Totani, Shinya Ikematsu, Mitsumasa Osada
An unambiguous structural characterization of the water-soluble Aureobasidium pullulans β-(1→3, 1→6)-glucan is yet to be achieved, although this β-(1→3, 1→6)-glucan is expected to exhibit excellent biofunctional properties. Thus, we herein report the elucidation of the primary structure of the A. pullulans β-(1→3, 1→6)-glucan using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, followed by comparison of the obtained structure with that of schizophyllan (SPG). Structural characterization of the A. pullulans β-(1→3, 1→6)-glucan revealed that the structural units are a β-(1→3)-d-glucan backbone with four β-(1→6)-d-glucosyl side branching units every six residues...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821126/anticoagulant-and-antithrombotic-effects-of-chemically-sulfated-fucogalactan-and-citrus-pectin
#2
Yony Román, Helyn P de Oliveira Barddal, Marcello Iacomini, Guilherme L Sassaki, Thales R Cipriani
Citrus pectin (CP14) from Citrus sinensis, and a fucogalactan (E) and a glucan (G16) from Agaricus bisporus were isolated and structurally characterized. CP14 was constituted by (1→4)-linked α-d-GalpA units, E was composed by a (1→6)-linked α-d-Galp main-chain, partially substituted at O-2 by non-reducing end-units of α-l-Fucp or α-d-Galp, and partially methylated at O-3, whereas G16 was composed of (1→6)-linked β-d-Glcp units. The polysaccharides were sulfated giving rise to CP14S, ESL and G16S...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821106/quantitative-assay-of-%C3%AE-1-3-%C3%AE-1-6-glucans-from-fermentation-broth-using-aniline-blue
#3
Steven Koenig, Broder Rühmann, Volker Sieber, Jochen Schmid
An aniline blue fluorescence assay was constructed to quantify two fungal β-(1,3)-glucans with β-(1,6)-sidechains: scleroglucan and schizophyllan. Calibration curves were linear in the range from 30mg/l to 6g/l with R(2)>99.8%. The assay was robust against d-glucose (50 g/l), oxalic acid (22.5g/l), protein (0.667g/l), and KCl (13.3g/l). Sclerotium rolfsii and Schizophyllum commune cultures were sampled, and the test results of the assay and alcohol precipitation were compared. The correlation between assay results of samples at different stages of the purification with the values from the precipitation of the polymers was the best in the supernatant for S...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821056/fabrication-of-salecan-poly-amps-co-hmaa-semi-ipn-hydrogels-for-cell-adhesion
#4
Xinyu Hu, Yongmei Wang, Liangliang Zhang, Man Xu, Wei Dong, Jianfa Zhang
Salecan is a novel water-soluble extracellular β-glucan and has excellent physicochemical and biological properties. A series of hydrogels were fabricated from Salecan and poly(2-acrylamido-2-methylpropanesulfonic acid-co-N-hydroxymethyl acrylamide) (poly(AMPS-co-HMAA), PAH) by semi-IPN technique. The introduction of Salecan into the PAH network endows the system with enhanced cell adhesion properties. These semi-IPN hydrogels with open interconnected pores had pH and salt-sensitive swelling behavior. The increase in the content of hydrophilic Salecan could enhance the water uptake of the hydrogels...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821051/a-novel-self-assembly-lentinan-tetraphenylethylene%C3%A2-composite-with-strong-blue%C3%A2-fluorescence-in-water-and-its-properties
#5
Mengxia Li, Pan Chen, Min Xu, Xiaojuan Xu
We report a unique self-assembly of lentinan, a triple helical β-(1→3)-glucan (t-LNT), in water. By molecular dynamics simulation, it was found that t-LNT aggregated preferentially along the chain direction to form long chains, accompanied by side-direction linkage to form branches. Transmission electron microscopy images demonstrated that t-LNT formed dendrite-like fibers, which further formed fishnet-like porous/mesoporous aggregates with increasing concentration. The meshes in the fishnet were ascribed to the intersection of branches...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821035/barley-and-yeast-%C3%AE-glucans-as-new-emulsifier-agents-for-the-development-of-aqueous-natural-antifungal-formulations
#6
Marta Salgado, Soraya Rodríguez-Rojo, María José Cocero
Barley and yeast β-glucans were selected, together with lecithin, to encapsulate resveratrol by emulsification-evaporation method to develop new and safer antifungal formulations. Different emulsification techniques were used: high-shear, high pressure and high pressure and temperature emulsification. Morphology, crystallinity, encapsulation efficiency and in vitro antifungal activity against Botrytis cinerea of the different formulations were evaluated. No significant differences between each emulsification procedure in particle size (below 90nm) and in encapsulation efficiency (70-100%) were observed; only barley β-glucan emulsions showed lower efficiency due to the formation of a gel that retained most of the active compound...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820552/-1%C3%A2-3-%C3%AE-d-glucan-assay-in-monitoring-response-to-anti-fungal-therapy-in-fungal-endocarditis
#7
Jihad Slim, Christopher Saling, Maria Szabela, Melinda Brown, Tamara Johnson, Irvin Goldfarb
BACKGROUND: A case is reported of Candida glabrata infective endocarditis (IE) treated without surgical intervention. The study aim was to: (i) briefly discuss the outcomes of other documented cases of fungal IE managed medically with fluconazole; (ii) discuss the (1→3)-β-D-glucan assay and its previously studied role in the diagnosis of invasive fungal infections; and (iii) examine a possible application of the (1→3)-β-D-glucan assay to monitor response to antifungal treatment in patients with Candida endocarditis...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820494/immune-response-patterns-and-next-generation-sequencing-diagnostics-for-the-detection-of-mycoses-in-patients-with-septic-shock-results-of-a-combined-clinical-and-experimental-investigation
#8
Sebastian O Decker, Annette Sigl, Christian Grumaz, Philip Stevens, Yevhen Vainshtein, Stefan Zimmermann, Markus A Weigand, Stefan Hofer, Kai Sohn, Thorsten Brenner
Fungi are of increasing importance in sepsis. However, culture-based diagnostic procedures are associated with relevant weaknesses. Therefore, culture- and next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based fungal findings as well as corresponding plasma levels of β-d-glucan, interferon gamma (INF-γ), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), interleukin (IL)-2, -4, -6, -10, -17A, and mid-regional proadrenomedullin (MR-proADM) were evaluated in 50 septic patients at six consecutive time points within 28 days after sepsis onset...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819739/oligosaccharide-elicitor-prepared-from-salecan-triggers-the-defense-responses-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-col0-against-botrytis-cinerea-infection
#9
Haiyang Xu, Jing Li, Shiming Wang, Linxiang Xu, Rui Cheng, Jianfa Zhang
Oligosaccharides from the water-soluble β-glucan, Salecan, were investigated to evaluate the activation effect on the defense responses of Arabidopsis thaliana Col0. Salecan oligosaccharides (ScOs, DP 5-10) were prepared at first by acid hydrolysis and gel filtration chromatography and then employed for foliar spray on Arabidopsis seedlings and plants. After ScOs treatment, increase of hydrogen peroxide was histologically and analytically detected in leaves. Transcription levels of several indicator genes which correspond to the signaling pathways and pathogenesis-related proteins were up-regulated at different time by means of quantitative RT-PCR analysis...
August 17, 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818565/raw-starch-microparticles-have-immunostimulant-activity-in-mice-vaccinated-with-bcg-and-challenged-with-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
#10
Silvia Moreno-Mendieta, Jorge Barrios-Payán, Dulce Mata-Espinosa, Sergio Sánchez, Rogelio Hernández-Pando, Romina Rodríguez-Sanoja
The main challenge for vaccine development or improvement is the lack of safe adjuvants or immunostimulants that induce protective immune responses and can be used for mucosal immunization, which is a highly desirable strategy for vaccination against infectious diseases acquired by oral or intranasal routes. One promising alternative is the use of biodegradable and biocompatible polymeric microparticles. Recently, we developed an immobilization and delivery system with starch microparticles (SMPs) and a starch-binding domain (SBDtag) suitable for the mucosal administration of antigens and the induction of antigen-specific immune responses...
August 14, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811511/from-metabolome-to-phenotype-gc-ms-metabolomics-of-developing-mutant-barley-seeds-reveals-effects-of-growth-temperature-and-genotype
#11
Bekzod Khakimov, Morten Arendt Rasmussen, Rubini Maya Kannangara, Birthe Møller Jespersen, Lars Munck, Søren Balling Engelsen
The development of crop varieties tolerant to growth temperature fluctuations and improved nutritional value is crucial due to climate change and global population growth. This study investigated the metabolite patterns of developing barley seed as a function of genotype and growth temperature for ideal vegetable protein production and for augmented β-glucan production. Seeds from three barley lines (Bomi, lys3.a and lys5.f) were sampled eight times during grain filling and analysed for metabolites using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS)...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810822/gamma-irradiated-%C3%AE-glucan-modulates-signaling-molecular-targets-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-rats
#12
Sawsan M Elsonbaty, Walid E Zahran, Fatma Sm Moawed
β-glucans are one of the most abundant forms of polysaccharides known as biological response modifiers which influence host's biological response and stimulate immune system. Accordingly, this study was initiated to evaluate irradiated β-glucan as a modulator for cellular signaling growth factors involved in the pathogenesis of hepatocellular carcinoma in rats. Hepatocellular carcinoma was induced with 20 mg diethylnitrosamine/kg BW. Rats received daily by gastric gavage 65 mg irradiated β-glucan/kg BW. It was found that treatment of rats with diethylnitrosamine induced hepatic injury and caused significant increase in liver injury markers with a concomitant significant increase in both hepatic oxidative and inflammatory indices: alpha-fetoprotein, interferon gamma, and interleukin 6 in comparison with normal and irradiated β-glucan-treated groups...
August 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806274/transfusion-related-immunomodulation-a-reappraisal
#13
Lyla A Youssef, Steven L Spitalnik
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review summarizes current and prior observations regarding transfusion-related immunomodulation (TRIM) and puts these ideas into a modern immunological context, incorporating concepts from innate, adaptive, and nutritional immunity. We propose that TRIM research focus on determining whether there are specific, well-defined immunosuppressive effects from transfusing 'pure' red blood cells (RBCs) themselves, along with the by-products produced by the stored RBCs as a result of the 'storage lesion...
August 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799153/-fungi-in-the-gut-the-gut-mycobiome
#14
Herbert Hof
Many different fungi, including yeasts and molds, can be found in the intestinal tract of humans constituting the gut mycobiome. In case the bacterial flora is altered, the fungal flora may react inversely. By a so-called fungal diet, however, the composition of the mycobiome can hardly be influenced. Whereas some fungi are only transiently present in the gut after oral uptake, others, such as Candida, Saccharomyces, Rhodotorula, Trichosporon, Geotrichum, amongst others, are members of the residential, autochthonous gut flora...
August 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798999/influence-of-immunostimulant-polysaccharides-nucleic-acids-and-bacillus-strains-on-the-innate-immune-and-acute-stress-response-in-turbots-scophthalmus-maximus-fed-soy-bean-and-wheat-based-diets
#15
V I Fuchs, J Schmidt, M J Slater, B H Buck, D Steinhagen
Immunostimulants are widely applied in aquaculture practice and may have beneficial effects on the immune system and physical functions allowing higher tolerance to stress. In the current study, the impact of four (i-iv) dietary active ingredients on the immune and stress response of turbot was examined in two experiments (I and II). A basal low fish meal (FM; 32%) diet was formulated and supplemented with (i) yeast β-glucan and mannan oligosaccharide (GM), (ii) alginic acid (AC), (iii) yeast nucleotides and RNA (NR), or (iv) Bacillus strains (BS)...
August 10, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791666/clinical-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-micafungin
#16
REVIEW
Roeland E Wasmann, Eline W Muilwijk, David M Burger, Paul E Verweij, Catherijne A Knibbe, Roger J Brüggemann
Micafungin is a selective inhibitor of the synthesis of fungal 1,3-β-D-glucan, an essential component of the fungal cell wall. It is available as a powder for infusion only and is registered for the treatment of invasive and esophageal candidiasis in addition to prophylaxis of Candida infections in both adults and children. Average exposure after a single intravenous 100 mg dose in healthy adults is 133 mg h/L. Both exposure and maximum plasma concentration show linear dose proportional pharmacokinetics (PK) over a 0...
August 8, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781080/structural-analysis-of-a-family-81-glycoside-hydrolase-implicates-its-recognition-of-%C3%AE-1-3-glucan-quaternary-structure
#17
Benjamin Pluvinage, Alexander Fillo, Patricia Massel, Alisdair B Boraston
Family 81 glycoside hydrolases (GHs), which are known to cleave β-1,3-glucans, are found in archaea, bacteria, eukaryotes, and viruses. Here we examine the structural and functional features of the GH81 catalytic module, BhGH81, from the Bacillus halodurans protein BH0236 to probe the molecular basis of β-1,3-glucan recognition and cleavage. BhGH81 displayed activity on laminarin, curdlan, and pachyman, but not scleroglucan; the enzyme also cleaved β-1,3-glucooligosaccharides as small as β-1,3-glucotriose...
July 17, 2017: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780267/coproduction-of-lignin-and-glucose-from-vine-shoots-by-eco-friendly-strategies-toward-the-development-of-an-integrated-biorefinery
#18
Izaskun Dávila, Patricia Gullón, María A Andrés, Jalel Labidi
The objective of this work was to study the suitability of the pretreated vine shoots as a source of lignin and to determine its structural features. The best conditions to achieve the aim of this work were 12% NaOH, 124°C and 105min, as they permitted a removal of 67.7% of the lignin present in the pretreated vine shoots and the obtaining of a solid with a 69.4% of glucan. This delignified solid was subjected to an enzymatic hydrolysis achieving a conversion of glucan to glucose close to 100%. The characterization of lignins extracted from pretreated vine shoots was carried out for the first time and the following techniques were employed: a quantitative acid hydrolysis, HPSEC, TGA, FTIR and Pyrolysis-GC/MS...
July 21, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780227/insights-into-the-immune-manipulation-mechanisms-of-pollen-allergens-by-protein-domain-profiling
#19
Seema Patel, Aruna Rani, Arun Goyal
Plant pollens are airborne allergens, as their inhalation causes immune activation, leading to rhinitis, conjunctivitis, sinusitis and oral allergy syndrome. A myriad of pollen proteins belonging to profilin, expansin, polygalacturonase, glucan endoglucosidase, pectin esterase, and lipid transfer protein class have been identified. In the present in silico study, the protein domains of fifteen pollen sequences were extracted from the UniProt database and submitted to the interactive web tool SMART (Simple Modular Architecture Research Tool), for finding the protein domain profiles...
July 29, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774702/candida-and-invasive-mould-diseases-in-non-neutropenic-critically-ill-patients-and-patients-with-haematological-cancer
#20
REVIEW
A L Colombo, J N de Almeida Júnior, Monica A Slavin, Sharon C-A Chen, Tania C Sorrell
Critically ill patients and patients with haematological cancer are HIV-negative populations at high risk of invasive fungal infections. In intensive-care units, candidaemia and intra-abdominal candidiasis predominate, but aspergillosis has emerged as a lethal, under-recognised cause of pneumonia. In patients with haematological malignancies or who have undergone stem-cell transplantations, pulmonary disease due to aspergillus and other mould diseases predominate. In this Series paper, we provide an update on risk assessment, new diagnostic strategies, and therapeutic approaches...
July 31, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
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