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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235288/-prokaryotic-expression-functional-identification-of-squalene-synthase-in-alisma-orientale-and-its-immunoassay-study
#1
Qing-Zhi Liu, Wei Gu, Qi-Nan Wu, Jian-Guo Chao, Xiao-Hua Sang, Qi Liu, Xiao-Hao Wang
Squalene synthase of Alisma orientale catalyzes farnesyl diphosphate (FPP) to form squalene, which is the key regulatory enzyme of the carbon source flow to protostane triterpenes biosynthesis. For further research on the function and expression of AoSS gene, the open reading frame (ORF) of squalene synthase gene (accession no. JX866770) from A. orientale was subcloned into a prokaryotic expression vector pCzn1 and induced the expression of AoSS gene in Escherichia coli BL21(Roseta). The fusion protein was mainly in the form of inclusion bodies and purified to obtain high purity protein...
October 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232007/increased-oxidative-protection-by-high-active-vitamin-e-content-and-partial-radiation-crosslinking-of-uhmwpe
#2
Jia-Zhuang Xu, Keith K Wannomae, Orhun K Muratoglu, Ebru Oral
Vitamin E stabilization successfully improved long-term oxidation resistance of wear-resistant ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) used for joint implants. Stabilization can be achieved by blending an antioxidant into the UHMWPE resin powder before consolidation and irradiation. Balancing the wear resistance and vitamin E content in the blend is the current challenge with this approach, because vitamin E hinders crosslinking of UHMWPE during irradiation, which decreases wear resistance. The vitamin E concentration in the blend is generally limited to less than 0...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226058/towards-fingermark-dating-a-raman-spectroscopy-proof-of-concept-study
#3
Per Ola Andersson, Christian Lejon, Therese Mikaelsson, Lars Landström
Fingermarks have, for a long time, been vital in the forensic community for the identification of individuals, and a possibility to non-destructively date the fingermarks would of course be beneficial. Raman spectroscopy is, herein, evaluated for the purpose of estimating the age of fingermarks deposits. Well-resolved spectra were non-destructively acquired to reveal spectral uniqueness, resembling those of epidermis, and several molecular markers were identified that showed different decay kinetics: carotenoids > squalene > unsaturated fatty acids > proteins...
December 2017: ChemistryOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222193/a-cholesterol-sensing-mechanism-unfolds
#4
William A Prinz
Squalene monooxygenase (SM), which synthesizes a cholesterol precursor, is degraded when cholesterol levels in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane are high, but the signal for degradation was not known. In this issue of JBC, Brown and co-workers identify an N-terminal domain in SM that interconverts in a cholesterol-sensitive manner between a membrane-binding amphipathic helix and a soluble degradation-prone segment, providing the first example of a cholesterol-degron collaboration.
December 8, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220188/instability-mechanisms-of-water-in-oil-nanoemulsions-with-phospholipids-temporal-and-morphological-structures
#5
Jan-Hendrik Sommerling, Maria Betania Carreira de Matos, Ellen Hildebrandt, Alberto Dessy, Robbert J Kok, Hermann Nirschl, Gero Leneweit
Many food preparations, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics use water in oil (W/O) emulsions stabilized by phospholipids. Moreover, recent technological developments try to produce liposomes or lipid coated capsules from W/O emulsions, but are faced with colloidal instabilities. To explore these instability mechanisms, emulsification by sonication was applied in three cycles and the sample stability was studied for 3 hours after each cycle. Clearly identifiable temporal structures of instability provide evidence about the emulsion morphology: an initial regime of about 10 minutes is shown to be governed by coalescence after which Ostwald ripening dominates...
December 8, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29213055/inhibiting-mevalonate-pathway-enzymes-increases-stromal-cell-resilience-to-a-cholesterol-dependent-cytolysin
#6
Sholeem Griffin, Giulio Preta, Iain Martin Sheldon
Animal health depends on the ability of immune cells to kill invading pathogens, and on the resilience of tissues to tolerate the presence of pathogens. Trueperella pyogenes causes tissue pathology in many mammals by secreting a cholesterol-dependent cytolysin, pyolysin (PLO), which targets stromal cells. Cellular cholesterol is derived from squalene, which is synthesized via the mevalonate pathway enzymes, including HMGCR, FDPS and FDFT1. The present study tested the hypothesis that inhibiting enzymes in the mevalonate pathway to reduce cellular cholesterol increases the resilience of stromal cells to PLO...
December 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204767/heterologous-biosynthesis-of-triterpenoid-ambrein-in-engineered-escherichia-coli
#7
Di Ke, Qinggele Caiyin, Fanglong Zhao, Ting Liu, Wenyu Lu
OBJECTIVES: To genetically engineer Escherichia coli for the heterologous biosynthesis of triterpenoid, ambrein, the main bioactive component of ambergris, by constituting a novel squalene-derived ambrein biosynthetic pathway in E. coli. RESULTS: The ScERG9 gene encoding the squalene synthase (SS) was integrated into the E. coli genome to generate a squalene-producing strain that supplied the central precursor squalene for the formation of cyclic triterpenoids. The mutated squalene-hopene synthase (D377C SHC) and the tetraprenyl-β-curcumene cyclase (BmeTC) were co-expressed with SS to construct a novel ambrein biosynthetic pathway in E...
December 4, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203557/a-single-oxidosqualene-cyclase-produces-the-seco-triterpenoid-%C3%AE-onocerin
#8
Aldo Almeida, Lemeng Dong, Bekzod Khakimov, Jean-Etienne André Bassard, Tessa Moses, Frederic Lota, Alain Goossens, Giovanni Appendino, Soren Bak
8,14-seco-triterpenoids are characterized by their unusual open C-ring. Their distribution in nature is rare and scattered in taxonomically unrelated plants. The 8,14-seco-triterpenoid α-onocerin is only known from the evolutionarily distant clubmoss genus Lycopodium and leguminous genus Ononis, which makes the biosynthesis of this seco-triterpenoid intriguing from an evolutionary standpoint. In our experiments with Ononis spinosa, α-onocerin was detected only in the roots. Through transcriptome analysis of the roots, an oxidosqualene cyclase, OsONS1, was identified that produces α-onocerin from squalene-2,3;22,23-dioxide, when transiently expressed in Nicotiana bethaminana...
December 4, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196684/squalene-epoxidase-plays-a-critical-role-in-determining-pig-meat-quality-by-regulating-adipogenesis-myogenesis-and-ros-scavengers
#9
Jeongim Ha, Seulgi Kwon, Jung Hye Hwang, Da Hye Park, Tae Wan Kim, Deok Gyeong Kang, Go Eun Yu, Hwa Chun Park, Sang Mi An, Chul Wook Kim
In mammals, Squalene epoxidase (SQLE) is an enzyme that converts squalene to 2,3-oxidosqualene, in the early stage of cholesterol generation. Here, we identified single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the SQLE gene (c.2565 G > T) by RNA Sequencing from the liver tissue of Berkshire pigs. Furthermore, we found that homozygous GG pigs expressed more SQLE mRNA than GT heterozygous and TT homozygous pigs in longissimus dorsi tissue. Next, we showed that the SNP in the SQLE gene was associated with several meat quality traits including backfat thickness, carcass weight, meat colour (yellowness), fat composition, and water-holding capacity...
December 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29195020/in-vivo-fret-imaging-to-predict-the-risk-associated-with-hepatic-accumulation-of-squalene-based-prodrug-nanoparticles
#10
Fanny Cayre, Simona Mura, Bohdan Andreiuk, Dunja Sobot, Sandrine Gouazou, Didier Desmaële, Andrey S Klymchenko, Patrick Couvreur
Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) is used here for the first time to monitor the in vivo fate of nanoparticles made of the squalene-gemcitabine prodrug and two novel derivatives of squalene with the cyanine dyes 5.5 and 7.5, which behave as efficient FRET pair in the NIR region. Following intravenous administration, nanoparticles initially accumulate in the liver, then they show loss of their integrity within 2 h and clearance of the squalene bioconjugates is observed within 24 h. Such awareness is a key prerequisite before introduction into clinical settings...
November 30, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29178263/characterizing-the-free-volume-of-ultrahigh-molecular-weight-polyethylene-to-predict-diffusion-coefficients-in-orthopedic-liners
#11
Kyle B Ludwig, Vaishnavi Chandrasekar, David M Saylor, Douglas W Van Citters, Steven D Reinitz, Christopher Forrey, Martin K McDermott, Samanthi Wickramasekara, Dustin W Janes
Liners used in orthopedic devices are often made from ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE). A general predictive capability for transport coefficients of small molecules in UHMWPE does not exist, making it difficult to assess properties associated with leaching or uptake of small molecules. To address this gap, we describe here how a form of the Vrentas-Duda free volume model can be used to predict upper-bound diffusion coefficients (D) of arbitrary molecules within UHMWPE on the basis of their size and shape...
November 27, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29172967/a-comprehensive-analysis-of-italian-web-pages-mentioning-squalene-based-influenza-vaccine-adjuvants-reveals-a-high-prevalence-of-misinformation
#12
Donatella Panatto, Daniela Amicizia, Lucia Arata, Piero Luigi Lai, Roberto Gasparini
Squalene-based adjuvants have been included in influenza vaccines since 1997. Despite several advantages of adjuvanted seasonal and pandemic influenza vaccines, laypeople's perception of such formulations may be hesitant or even negative under certain circumstances. Moreover, in Italian, the term "squalene" has the same root as such common words as "shark" (squalo), "squalid" and "squalidness" that tend to have negative connotations. This study aimed to quantitatively and qualitatively analyze a representative sample of Italian web pages mentioning squalene-based adjuvants used in influenza vaccines...
November 27, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166077/low-energy-photoelectron-transmission-through-aerosol-overlayers
#13
Stavros Amanatidis, Bruce L Yoder, Ruth Signorell
The transmission of low-energy (<1.8 eV) photoelectrons through the shell of core-shell aerosol particles is studied for liquid squalane, squalene, and di-ethyl-hexyl-sebacate shells. The photoelectrons are exclusively formed in the core of the particles by two-photon ionization. The total photoelectron yield recorded as a function of shell thicknesses (1-80 nm) shows a bi-exponential attenuation. For all substances, the damping parameter for shell thicknesses below 15 nm lies around 8 to 9 nm and is tentatively assigned to the electron attenuation length at electron kinetic energies of ≲1 eV...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162040/cloning-and-expression-of-bpmyc4-and-bpbhlh9-genes-and-the-role-of-bpbhlh9-in-triterpenoid-synthesis-in-birch
#14
Jing Yin, Xin Li, Yaguang Zhan, Ying Li, Ziyue Qu, Lu Sun, Siyao Wang, Jie Yang, Jialei Xiao
BACKGROUND: Birch (Betula platyphylla Suk.) contains triterpenoids with anti-HIV and anti-tumor pharmacological activities. However, the natural abundance of these triterpenoids is low, and their chemical synthesis is costly. Transcription factors have the ability to regulate the metabolite pathways of triterpenoids via multi-gene control, thereby improving metabolite yield. Thus, transcription factors have the potential to facilitate the production of birch triterpenoids. Plant bHLH (basic helix-loop-helix) transcription factors play important roles in stress response and secondary metabolism...
November 21, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142407/molecular-docking-analysis-of-phytic-acid-and-4-hydroxyisoleucine-as-cyclooxygenase-2-microsomal-prostaglandin-e-synthase-2-tyrosinase-human-neutrophil-elastase-matrix-metalloproteinase-2-and-9-xanthine-oxidase-squalene-synthase-nitric-oxide-synthase-human
#15
Radhakrishnan Narayanaswamy, Lam Kok Wai, Norhaizan Mohd Esa
Background: The phytoconstituents phytic acid and 4-hydroxyisoleucine have been reported to posses various biological properties. Objective: This prompted us to carry out the docking study on these two ligands (phytic acid & 4-hydroxyisoleucine) against eleven targeted enzymes. Materials and Methods: Phytic acid & 4-hydroxyisoleucine were evaluated on the docking behaviour of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), microsomal prostaglandin E synthase-2 (mPGES-2), tyrosinase, human neutrophil elastase (HNE), matrix metalloproteinase (MMP 2 and 9), xanthine oxidase (XO), squalene synthase (SQS), nitric oxide synthase (NOS), human aldose reductase (HAR) and lipoxygenase (LOX) using Discovery Studio Version 3...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138563/squarticles-as-the-nanoantidotes-to-sequester-the-overdosed-antidepressant-for-detoxification
#16
Chun-Han Chen, Tse-Hung Huang, Ahmed O Elzoghby, Pei-Wen Wang, Chia-Wen Chang, Jia-You Fang
The increasing death rate caused by drug overdose points to an urgent demand for the development of novel detoxification therapy. In an attempt to detoxify tricyclic antidepressant overdose, we prepared a lipid nanoemulsion, called squarticles, as the nanoantidote. Squalene was the major lipid matrix of the squarticles. Here, we present the animal study to investigate both the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic effects of squarticles on amitriptyline intoxication. The anionic and cationic squarticles had average diameters of 97 and 122 nm, respectively...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122174/differential-gene-expression-profiling-analysis-in-pleurotus-ostreatus-during-interspecific-antagonistic-interactions-with-dichomitus-squalens-and-trametes-versicolor
#17
Zixuan Zhong, Liu Li, Peng Chang, Haiying Xie, Huiting Zhang, Yasuo Igarashi, Nannan Li, Feng Luo
This study provided analysis of differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in Pleurotus ostreatus under the interaction with Dichomitus squalens and Trametes versicolor, which is valuable for exploration on the fungal defence system against stressful condition caused by interspecific antagonistic interaction. Our result showed significant upregulation of abundant defence-related genes encoding laccase, manganese peroxidase, aldo-keto reductase, and glutathione S-transferase, which all play important roles in oxidative stress-resistant response...
December 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120614/connecting-the-elementary-reaction-pathways-of-criegee-intermediates-to-the-chemical-erosion-of-squalene-interfaces-during-ozonolysis
#18
Nadja Heine, Frances A Houle, Kevin R Wilson
Criegee intermediates (CI), formed in alkene ozonolysis, are central for controlling the multiphase chemistry of organic molecules in both indoor and outdoor environments. Here, we examine the heterogeneous ozonolysis of squalene, a key species in indoor air chemistry. Aerosol mass spectrometry is used to investigate how the ozone (O3) concentration, relative humidity (RH), and particle size control reaction rates and mechanisms. Although the reaction rate is found to be independent of RH, the reaction products and particle size depend upon H2O...
November 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107437/selenium-containing-analogues-of-wc-9-are-extremely-potent-inhibitors-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-proliferation
#19
María N Chao, Melissa Storey, Catherine Li, Maricel G Rodríguez, Florencia Di Salvo, Sergio H Szajnman, Silvia N J Moreno, Roberto Docampo, Juan B Rodriguez
The obligate intracellular parasite, Trypanosoma cruzi is the etiologic agent of Chagas disease or American trypanosomiasis, which is the most prevalent parasitic disease in the Americas. The present chemotherapy to control this illness is still deficient particularly in the chronic stage of the disease. The ergosterol biosynthesis pathway has received much attention as a molecular target for the development of new drugs for Chagas disease. Especially, inhibitors of the enzymatic activity of squalene synthase were shown to be effective compounds on T...
October 16, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107013/changes-in-fenugreek-transcriptome-induced-by-methyl-jasmonate-and-steroid-precursors-revealed-by-rna-seq
#20
Joanna Ciura, Magdalena Szeliga, Michalina Grzesik, Mirosław Tyrka
Changes in fenugreek transcriptome related to enhanced production of steroids were induced by methyl jasmonate, cholesterol and squalene, and recorded using RNA-seq. A total of 112,850 unigenes were obtained after de novo assembling of next generation sequencing data, and used for functional annotations. In steroidal saponins pathway, transcripts involved in mevalonate, terpenoid backbone and plant sterol synthesis were annotated. Overexpression of several transcripts from phytosterol biosynthesis pathway was confirmed by quantitative RT-PCR...
October 26, 2017: Genomics
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