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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646583/sebum-lipids-influence-macrophage-polarization-and-activation
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M Lovászi, M Mattii, K Eyerich, Attila Gácsi, Erzsébet Csányi, D Kovács, R Rühl, A Szegedi, L Kemény, M Ståhle, C C Zouboulis, S Eyerich, D Törőcsik
BACKGROUND: As lipids are known to regulate macrophage functions it is reasonable to suppose that a sebocyte - macrophage axis mediated by sebum lipids may exist. OBJECTIVE: To investigate if sebocytes could contribute to the differentiation, polarization and function of macrophages with their secreted lipids. METHODS: Oil-red-O lipid staining and Raman spectroscopy were used to assess the dermal lipid content and penetration. Immunohistochemistry was used to analyse the macrophage subsets...
June 24, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642737/pheno-and-genotyping-of-hopanoid-production-in-acidobacteria
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Jaap S Sinninghe Damsté, W Irene C Rijpstra, Svetlana N Dedysh, Bärbel U Foesel, Laura Villanueva
Hopanoids are pentacyclic triterpenoid lipids synthesized by different bacterial groups. Methylated hopanoids were believed to be exclusively synthesized by cyanobacteria and aerobic methanotrophs until the genes encoding for the methylation at the C-2 and C-3 position (hpnP and hpnR) were found to be widespread in the bacterial domain, invalidating their use as specific biomarkers. These genes have been detected in the genome of the Acidobacterium "Ca. Koribacter versatilis," but our knowledge of the synthesis of hopanoids and the presence of genes of their biosynthetic pathway in other member of the Acidobacteria is limited...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640347/psychotria-viridis-chemical-constituents-from-leaves-and-biological-properties
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Débora B S Soares, Lucienir P Duarte, André D Cavalcanti, Fernando C Silva, Ariadne D Braga, Miriam T P Lopes, Jacqueline A Takahashi, Sidney A Vieira-Filho
The phytochemical study of hexane, chloroform and methanol extracts from leaves of Psychotria viridis resulted in the identification of: the pentacyclic triterpenes, ursolic and oleanolic acid; the steroids, 24-methylene-cycloartanol, stigmasterol and β-sitosterol; the glycosylated steroids 3-O-β-D-glucosyl-β-sitosterol and 3-O-β-D-glucosyl-stigmasterol; a polyunsaturated triterpene, squalene; the esters of glycerol, 1-palmitoylglycerol and triacylglycerol; a mixture of long chain hydrocarbons; the aldehyde nonacosanal; the long chain fat acids hentriacontanoic, hexadecanoic and heptadenoic acid; the ester methyl heptadecanoate; the 4-methyl-epi-quinate and two indole alkaloids, N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) and N-methyltryptamine...
April 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606375/circulating-lipoproteins-a-trojan-horse-guiding-squalenoylated-drugs-to-ldl-accumulating-cancer-cells
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Dunja Sobot, Simona Mura, Marie Rouquette, Branko Vukosavljevic, Fanny Cayre, Eric Buchy, Grégory Pieters, Sébastien Garcia-Argote, Maike Windbergs, Didier Desmaële, Patrick Couvreur
Selective delivery of anticancer drugs to rapidly growing cancer cells can be achieved by taking advantage of their high receptor-mediated uptake of low-density lipoproteins (LDLs). Indeed, we have recently discovered that nanoparticles made of the squalene derivative of the anticancer agent gemcitabine (SQGem) strongly interacted with the LDLs in the human blood. In the present study, we showed both in vitro and in vivo that such interaction led to the preferential accumulation of SQGem in cancer cells (MDA-MB-231) with high LDL receptor expression...
June 9, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595267/cholesterol-uptake-and-regulation-in-high-grade-and-lethal-prostate-cancers
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Konrad H Stopsack, Travis A Gerke, Ove Andrén, Swen-Olof Andersson, Edward L Giovannucci, Lorelei A Mucci, Jennifer R Rider
Lethal prostate cancers have higher expression of squalene monooxygenase (SQLE), the second rate-limiting enzyme of cholesterol synthesis. Preclinical studies suggested that aberrant cholesterol regulators, receptors, and transporters contribute to cholesterol accumulation uniformly. We assessed their association with features of aggressive cancers. In the prospective prostate cancer cohorts within the Health Professional Follow-up Study, the Physicians' Health Study, and the Swedish Watchful Waiting Study, tumor mRNA expression profiling was performed...
June 8, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555624/conjugation-of-squalene-to-gemcitabine-as-unique-approach-exploiting-endogenous-lipoproteins-for-drug-delivery
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Dunja Sobot, Simona Mura, Semen O Yesylevskyy, Laura Dalbin, Fanny Cayre, Guillaume Bort, Julie Mougin, Didier Desmaële, Sinda Lepetre-Mouelhi, Grégory Pieters, Bohdan Andreiuk, Andrey S Klymchenko, Jean-Louis Paul, Christophe Ramseyer, Patrick Couvreur
Once introduced in the organism, the interaction of nanoparticles with various biomolecules strongly impacts their fate. Here we show that nanoparticles made of the squalene derivative of gemcitabine (SQGem) interact with lipoproteins (LPs), indirectly enabling the targeting of cancer cells with high LP receptors expression. In vitro and in vivo experiments reveal preeminent affinity of the squalene-gemcitabine bioconjugates towards LP particles with the highest cholesterol content and in silico simulations further display their incorporation into the hydrophobic core of LPs...
May 30, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532507/isoprenoid-biosynthesis-in-dandelion-latex-is-enhanced-by-the-overexpression-of-three-key-enzymes-involved-in-the-mevalonate-pathway
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Katharina M Pütter, Nicole van Deenen, Kristina Unland, Dirk Prüfer, Christian Schulze Gronover
BACKGROUND: Latex from the dandelion species Taraxacum brevicorniculatum contains many high-value isoprenoid end products, e.g. triterpenes and polyisoprenes such as natural rubber. The isopentenyl pyrophosphate units required as precursors for these isoprenoids are provided by the mevalonate (MVA) pathway. The key enzyme in this pathway is 3-hydroxy-methyl-glutaryl-CoA reductase (HMGR) and its activity has been thoroughly characterized in many plant species including dandelion. However, two enzymes acting upstream of HMGR have not been characterized in dandelion latex: ATP citrate lyase (ACL), which provides the acetyl-CoA utilized in the MVA pathway, and acetoacetyl-CoA thiolase (AACT), which catalyzes the first step in the pathway to produce acetoacetyl-CoA...
May 22, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531130/comparative-safety-and-efficacy-profile-of-a-novel-oil-in-water-vaccine-adjuvant-comprising-vitamins-a-and-e-and-a-catechin-in-protective-anti-influenza-immunity
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Sapna Patel, Yasser Faraj, Debra K Duso, William W Reiley, Erik A Karlsson, Stacey Schultz-Cherry, Michael Vajdy
Non-replicating vaccines, such as those based on recombinant proteins, require adjuvants and delivery systems, which have thus far depended on mimicking pathogen danger signals and strong pro-inflammatory responses. In search of a safer and more efficacious alternative, we tested whether vaccinations with influenza recombinant hemagglutinin (HA) mixed with a novel vegetable oil in water emulsion adjuvant (Natural Immune-enhancing Delivery System, NIDS), based on the immune-enhancing synergy of vitamins A and E and a catechin, could protect against intra-nasal challenge with live influenza virus...
May 21, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530827/overexpression-of-the-squalene-epoxidase-gene-alone-and-in-combination-with-the-3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme-a-gene-increases-ganoderic-acid-production-in-ganoderma-lingzhi
#9
De-Huai Zhang, Lu-Xi Jiang, Na Li, Xuya Yu, Peng Zhao, Tao Li, Jun-Wei Xu
The squalene epoxidase (SE) gene from the biosynthetic pathway of ganoderic acid (GA) was cloned and overexpressed in Ganoderma lingzhi. The strain that overexpressed the SE produced approximately 2 times more GA molecules than the wild-type (WT) strain. Moreover, SE overexpression upregulated lanosterol synthase gene expression in the biosynthetic pathway. These results indicated that SE stimulates GA accumulation. Then, the SE and 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMGR) genes were simultaneously overexpressed in G...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530579/fatty-acid-and-sterol-composition-of-tea-seed-oils-their-comparison-by-the-fancytiles-approach
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Xiaoqin Wang, Qiumei Zeng, Vito Verardo, María Del Mar Contreras
Confusion among tea seed oils from Sect. Thea, Oleifera and Camellia in Camellia is a widespread problem in research and production. In this work, 22 fatty acids, squalene and 13 phytosterols in the three groups of tea seed oils from 16 Chinese regions were analyzed with GC-FID and GC-MS respectively. Thea oils were significantly higher in linoleic (C18:2) and palmitic (C16:0) acids but lower in oleic acid (C18:1) than Camellia and Oleifera oils while the latter two overlapped in major fatty acids. Similarly, Camellia and Oleifera oils clustered together based on the data of squalene and 12 phytosterols while Thea oils branched from them in HCA...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529798/crystal-structure-of-a-new-spiro-polytetra-hydro-furan-compound-with-translational-pseudosymmetry-rac-2s-2-s-5-r-2-methyl-5-1r-2r-5s-5-r-1-4-4-5-tetra-methyl-dihydro-3-h-3-8-dioxa-spiro-bi-cyclo-3-2-1-octane-2-2-furan-5-yl-hexa-hydro-2-2-bi-furan-5-2h-one
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Vincenzo Piccialli, Angela Tuzi, Roberto Centore
The title compound, C22H34O6, is a product of oxidation of squalene with the catalytic system RuO4(cat.)/NaIO4. The asymmetric unit contains two crystallographically independent mol-ecules of very similar geometry approximately related by the non-crystallographic translation vector c/2. As a consequence, the average diffracted intensity in the hkl layers with odd l is systematically lower than in the layers with even l. In one mol-ecule, the lactone ring and part of the adjacent tetra-hydro-furan ring are disordered over two orientations with refined occupancy ratio of 0...
May 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524381/antifungal-activity-of-gallic-acid-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Zhi-Jian Li, Meng Liu, Gulina Dawuti, Qin Dou, Yu Ma, Heng-Ge Liu, Silafu Aibai
Gallic acid (GA) is a polyphenol natural compound found in many medicinal plant species, including pomegranate rind (Punica granatum L.), and has been shown to have antiinflammatory and antibacterial properties. Pomegranate rind is used to treat bacterial and fungal pathogens in Uyghur and other systems of traditional medicine, but, surprisingly, the effects of GA on antifungal activity have not yet been reported. In this study, we aimed to investigate the inhibitory effects of GA on fungal strains both in vitro and in vivo...
May 19, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516400/sytematic-investigation-of-the-role-of-surfactant-composition-and-choice-of-oil-design-of-a-nanoemulsion-based-adjuvant-inducing-concomitant-humoral-and-cd4-t-cell-responses
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Signe Tandrup Schmidt, Malene Aaby Neustrup, Stine Harloff-Helleberg, Karen Smith Korsholm, Thomas Rades, Peter Andersen, Dennis Christensen, Camilla Foged
PURPOSE: Induction of cell-mediated immune (CMI) responses is crucial for vaccine-mediated protection against difficult vaccine targets, e.g., Chlamydia trachomatis (Ct). Adjuvants are included in subunit vaccines to potentiate immune responses, but many marketed adjuvants stimulate predominantly humoral immune responses. Therefore, there is an unmet medical need for new adjuvants, which potentiate humoral and CMI responses. The purpose was to design an oil-in-water nanoemulsion adjuvant containing a synthetic CMI-inducing mycobacterial monomycoloyl glycerol (MMG) analogue to concomitantly induce humoral and CMI responses...
May 17, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492976/squalene-promotes-cholesterol-homeostasis-in-macrophage-and-hepatocyte-cells-via-activation-of-liver-x-receptor-lxr-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE
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Hoang Thi Minh Hien, Nguyen Cam Ha, Le Thi Thom, Dang Diem Hong
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of squalene on liver X receptors (LXRs) that regulate target genes associated with reverse cholesterol transport and thus control whole-body cholesterol homeostasis. RESULTS: To examine the effect of squalene on liver X receptors (LXRs) that regulate target genes associated with reverse cholesterol transport and thus control whole-body cholesterol homeostasis. Squalene significantly stimulated the transactivation of liver X receptor modulator LXRα and LXRβ...
May 10, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484475/de-novo-sequencing-and-transcriptome-analysis-reveal-key-genes-regulating-steroid-metabolism-in-leaves-roots-adventitious-roots-and-calli-of-periploca-sepium-bunge
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Jian Zhang, Xinglin Li, Fuping Lu, Shanying Wang, Yunhe An, Xiaoxing Su, Xiankuan Li, Lin Ma, Guangjian Han
Periploca sepium Bunge is a traditional medicinal plant, whose root bark is important for Chinese herbal medicine. Its major bioactive compounds are C21 steroids and periplocin, a kind of cardiac glycoside, which are derived from the steroid synthesis pathway. However, research on P. sepium genome or transcriptomes and their related genes has been lacking for a long time. In this study we estimated this species nuclear genome size at 170 Mb (using flow cytometry). Then, RNA sequencing of four different tissue samples of P...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476317/evolution-structure-and-membrane-association-of-ndufaf6-an-assembly-factor-for-nadh-ubiquinone-oxidoreductase-complex-i
#16
Bernard D Lemire
The NADH:ubiquinone oxidoreductase (complex I) is the largest member of the mitochondrial respiratory chain. Its FMN cofactor accepts two electrons from NADH and transfers them to ubiquinone via a chain of iron-sulphur centers. A central core of 14 highly conserved subunits can couple electron transfer to proton translocation. The mammalian enzyme has an additional ~30 accessory subunits. Complex I has important bioenergetic and metabolic functions and is a known source of reactive oxygen species; these functions link it to a number of hereditary and degenerative diseases...
May 2, 2017: Mitochondrion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465065/effects-of-butanol-on-high-value-product-production-in-schizochytrium-limacinum-b4d1
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Ke Zhang, Limei Chen, Jianmin Liu, Feng Gao, Ronglin He, Wuxi Chen, Wei Guo, Shulin Chen, Demao Li
Schizochytrium is a microalgae-like fungus and is widely used for producing docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). It is also a promising source of squalene and carotenoids. However, few fermentation strategies are available in enhancing squalene and carotenoid content in Schizochytrium. This study showed that butanol addition had multiple effects on Schizochytrium limacinum B4D1. First, butanol addition altered the lipid content of cells. Second, 6g/L of butanol decreased the proportion of DHA by nearly 40%. Third, the squalene content increased 31-fold in the presence of 6g/L butanol...
July 2017: Enzyme and Microbial Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463796/edible-seeds-from-cucurbitaceae-family-as-potential-functional-foods-immense-promises-few-concerns
#18
REVIEW
Seema Patel, Abdur Rauf
Cucurbitaceae family members such as pumpkin and watermelon have seeds that are discarded as the by-products of food processing. However, they have been discovered to contain a rich repertoire of nutrients such as proteins, unsaturated fatty acids, phenolic acids, carotenoids, tocopherol, phytosterol, squalene etc. Biological assays have proven the seed extracts to exert antioxidative, hypoglycemic, anticancer, antihypertensive, cardioprotective, antilipemic, gynoprotective, and anthelmintic properties. Further, the seeds do not contain any major anti-nutrients...
July 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459057/chlamydial-type-iii-secretion-system-needle-protein-induces-protective-immunity-against-chlamydia-muridarum-intravaginal-infection
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Ekaterina A Koroleva, Natalie V Kobets, Dmitrii N Shcherbinin, Naylia A Zigangirova, Maxim M Shmarov, Amir I Tukhvatulin, Denis Y Logunov, Boris S Naroditsky, Alexander L Gintsburg
Chlamydia trachomatis imposes serious health problems and causes infertility. Because of asymptomatic onset, it often escapes antibiotic treatment. Therefore, vaccines offer a better option for the prevention of unwanted inflammatory sequelae. The existence of serologically distinct serovars of C. trachomatis suggests that a vaccine will need to provide protection against multiple serovars. Chlamydia spp. use a highly conserved type III secretion system (T3SS) composed of structural and effector proteins which is an essential virulence factor...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444846/forensic-analysis-of-latent-fingermarks-by-silver-assisted-ldi-imaging-ms-on-nonconductive-surfaces
#20
N Lauzon, M Dufresne, A Beaudoin, P Chaurand
Silver-assisted laser desorption ionization (AgLDI) imaging mass spectrometry (IMS) has been demonstrated to be a useful technology for fingermark analysis allowing for the detection of several classes of endogenous as well as exogenous compounds. Ideally, in IMS analyses, the fingermarks are deposited under controlled conditions on metallized conductive target slides. However, in forensic investigations, fingermarks are often found on a variety of nonconductive surfaces. A sputtered silver layer renders the target surface conductive, which allows the analyses of insulating surfaces by time-of-flight IMS...
June 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
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