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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222357/mangiferin-antagonizes-tnf-%C3%AE-mediated-inflammatory-reaction-and-protects-against-dermatitis-in-a-mice-model
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Yunpeng Zhao, Wenhan Wang, Xihai Wu, Xiaoqian Ma, Ruize Qu, Xiaomin Chen, Chenghao Liu, Yaoge Liu, Xiaokai Wang, Pengcheng Yan, Hao Zhang, Jingrui Pan, Weiwei Li
This study aimed to investigate whether mangiferin played a protective role in a well-established dermatitis mouse model and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α)-induced RAW264.7 macrophages. Contact dermatitis is an inflammatory skin disease in the clinic, while its underlying mechanism still remains to be elucidated. Mangiferin, 1,3,6,7-tetrahydroxyxanthone-C2-β-d-glucoside (C-glucosyl xanthone), a natural antioxidant that was reported to inhibit inflammatory reactions, has been recently proved to be a potential therapy for inflammation...
February 18, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222044/endocrine-system-on-chip-for-a-diabetes-treatment-model
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Dao Thi Thuy Nguyen, Danny van Noort, In-Kyung Jeong, Sungsu Park
The endocrine system is a collection of glands producing hormones which, among others, regulates metabolism, growth and development. One important group of endocrine diseases is diabetes, which is caused by a deficiency or diminished effectiveness of endogenous insulin. By using a microfluidic perfused 3D cell-culture chip, we developed an 'endocrine system on chip' to potentially be able to screen drugs for the treatment of diabetes by measuring insulin release over time. Insulin-secreting β-cells are located in the pancreas, while L-cells, located in the small intestines, stimulate insulin secretion...
February 21, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221903/prevalence-and-level-of-listeria-monocytogenes-in-ice-cream-linked-to-a-listeriosis-outbreak-in-the-united-states
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Y I Chen, Laurel S Burall, Dumitru Macarisin, Régis Pouillot, Errol Strain, Antonio J DE Jesus, Anna Laasri, Hua Wang, Laila Ali, Aparna Tatavarthy, Guodong Zhang, Lijun Hu, James Day, Jihun Kang, Surasri Sahu, Devayani Srinivasan, Karl Klontz, Mickey Parish, Peter S Evans, Eric W Brown, Thomas S Hammack, Donald L Zink, Atin R Datta
A most-probable-number (MPN) method was used to enumerate Listeria monocytogenes in 2,320 commercial ice cream scoops manufactured on a production line that was implicated in a 2015 listeriosis outbreak in the United States. The analyzed samples were collected from seven lots produced in November 2014, December 2014, January 2015, and March 2015. L. monocytogenes was detected in 99% (2,307 of 2,320) of the tested samples (lower limit of detection, 0.03 MPN/g), 92% of which were contaminated at <20 MPN/g...
November 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221870/bovine-leukemia-virus-and-mycobacterium-avium-subsp-paratuberculosis-are-not-associated-with-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-shedding-in-cattle
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Cristina Venegas-Vargas, Shannon D Manning, Paul M Coussens, Jonathan A Roussey, Paul Bartlett, Daniel Grooms
Bovine leukemia virus (BLV) is a retrovirus that causes enzootic bovine leukosis in cattle, and Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP) is the etiologic agent of Johne's disease in cattle. Both diseases are chronic in nature and can lead to the disruption of normal immunological or physiological processes. Cattle are the major reservoir of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC), a cause of foodborne illness in humans. We tested the hypothesis that cattle infected with BLV or MAP are more likely to shed STEC...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221854/effects-of-fish-derived-biological-preservatives-on-cold-storage-of-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idellus-fillets
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Tingting Li, Yang Jiang, Gaowei Jin, Qiancheng Zhao, Jianrong Li
Two kinds of fish-derived natural antimicrobial substances, protamine and catfish ( Clarias fuscus ) epidermal mucus extract (CEME), were evaluated for their effect on the quality of grass carp fillets. Fillets were atmosphere packaged in cast polypropylene bags and were stored at 4°C in a low-temperature incubator without light. Solutions (0.5%, wt/vol) of CEME and protamine were used for dip pretreatment, respectively. Bacteriological (aerobic plate count, Shewanella putrefaciens , Pseudomonas fluorescens ) and physicochemical (pH, total volatile basic nitrogen, K value, surface color, texture profiles, water distribution) parameters and volatile odor compounds were measured on days 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, and 15...
October 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221840/inhibition-of-fusarium-growth-and-mycotoxin-production-in-culture-medium-and-in-maize-kernels-by-natural-phenolic-acids
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Elena Ferruz, Susana Loran, Marta Herrera, Isabel Gimenez, Noemi Bervis, Carmen Barcena, Juan Jose Carramiñana, Teresa Juan, Antonio Herrera, Agustin Ariño
The possible role of natural phenolic compounds in inhibiting fungal growth and toxin production has been of recent interest as an alternative strategy to the use of chemical fungicides for the maintenance of food safety. Fusarium is a worldwide fungal genus mainly associated with cereal crops. The most important Fusarium mycotoxins are trichothecenes, zearalenone, and fumonisins. This study was conducted to evaluate the potential of four natural phenolic acids (caffeic, ferulic, p-coumaric, and chlorogenic) for the control of mycelial growth and mycotoxin production by six toxigenic species of Fusarium ...
October 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221777/rhenium-complexes-based-on-2-pyridyl-1-2-3-triazole-ligands-a-new-class-of-co2-reduction-catalysts
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H Y Vincent Ching, Xia Wang, Menglan He, Noemi Perujo Holland, Régis Guillot, Cyrine Slim, Sophie Griveau, Hélène C Bertrand, Clotilde Policar, Fethi Bedioui, Marc Fontecave
A series of [Re(N^N)(CO)3(X)] (N^N = diimine and X = halide) complexes based on 4-(2-pyridyl)-1,2,3-triazole (pyta) and 1-(2-pyridyl)-1,2,3-triazole (tapy) diimine ligands have been prepared and electrochemically characterized. The first ligand-based reduction process is shown to be highly sensitive to the nature of the isomer as well as to the substituents on the pyridyl ring, with the peak potential changing by up to 700 mV. The abilities of this class of complexes to catalyze the electroreduction and photoreduction of CO2 were assessed for the first time...
February 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221772/desleucyl-oritavancin-with-a-damaged-d-ala-d-ala-binding-site-inhibits-the-transpeptidation-step-of-cell-wall-biosynthesis-in-whole-cells-of-staphylococcus-aureus
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Sung Joon Kim, Manmilan Singh, Shasad Sharif, Jacob Schaefer
We have used solid-state NMR to characterize the exact nature of the dual mode of action of oritavancin in preventing cell-wall assembly in Staphylococcus aureu. Measurements performed on whole cells labeled selectively in vivo have established that des-N-methylleucyl-N-4-(4-fluorophenyl)benzyl-chloroeremomycin, an Edman degradation product of [19F]oritavancin, which has a damaged D-Ala-D-Ala binding aglycon, is a potent inhibitor of the transpeptidase activity of cell-wall biosynthesis. The desleucyl-drug binds to partially cross-linked peptidoglycan by a cleft formed between the drug aglycon and its biphenyl hydrophobic sidechain...
February 21, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221758/synthesis-and-fabrication-of-collagen-coated-ostholamide-electrospun-nanofiber-scaffold-for-wound-healing
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Subramani Kandhasamy, Sathiamurthi Perumal, Balaraman Madhan, Narayanan Umamaheswari, Javaid Ahmad Banday, Paramasivan Thirumalai Perumal, Vichangal Pridiuldi Santhanakrishnan
A novel scaffold for effective wound healing treatment was developed utilizing natural product bearing collagen based biocompatible electro-spun nanofibres. Initially, ostholamide (OSA) was synthesized from osthole (a natural coumarin), characterized by 1H, 13C, DEPT-135 NMR, ESI-MS and FT-IR spectroscopy analysis. OSA was incorporated into Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) and Gelatin (GEL), which serve as templates for electro-spun nanofibers. The coating of OSA-PHB-GEL nanofibers with collagen resulted in PHB-GEL-OSA-COL nanofibrous scaffold which mimics extra cellular matrix and serves as an effective biomaterial for tissue engineering applications, especially for wound healing...
February 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221706/4-5-dimethyl-2-iodoxybenzenesulfonic-acid-catalyzed-site-selective-oxidation-of-2-substituted-phenols-to-1-2-quinols
#10
Muhammet Uyanik, Tatsuya Mutsuga, Kazuaki Ishihara
A site-selective hydroxylative dearomatization of 2-substituted phenols to either 1,2-benzoquinols or their cyclodimers, catalyzed by 4,5-dimethyl-2-iodoxybenzenesulfonic acid with Oxone, has been developed. Natural products such as biscarvacrol and lacinilene C methyl ether could be synthesized efficiently under mild reaction conditions. Furthermore, both the reaction rate and site selectivity could be further improved by the introduction of a trialkylsilylmethyl substituent at the 2-position of phenols...
February 21, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221357/direct-assembly-of-multiply-oxygenated-carbon-chains-by-decarbonylative-radical-radical-coupling-reactions
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Kengo Masuda, Masanori Nagatomo, Masayuki Inoue
Pentoses and hexoses contain more than three oxygen-bearing stereocentres and are ideal starting materials for the synthesis of multiply oxygenated natural products such as sagittamide D, maitotoxin and hikizimycin. Here we demonstrate new radical-radical homocoupling reactions of sugar derivatives with minimal perturbation of their chiral centres. The radical exchange procedure using Et3B/O2 converted sugar-derived α-alkoxyacyl tellurides into α-alkoxy radicals via decarbonylation and rapidly dimerized the monomeric radicals...
March 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221353/from-helical-to-planar-chirality-by-on-surface-chemistry
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Oleksandr Stetsovych, Martin Švec, Jaroslav Vacek, Jana Vacek Chocholoušová, Andrej Jančařík, Jiří Rybáček, Krzysztof Kosmider, Irena G Stará, Pavel Jelínek, Ivo Starý
The chirality of molecular structures is paramount in many phenomena, including enantioselective reactions, molecular self-assembly, biological processes and light or electron-spin polarization. Flat prochiral molecules, which are achiral in the gas phase or solution, can exhibit adsorption-induced chirality when deposited on surfaces. The whole array of such molecular adsorbates is naturally racemic as spontaneous global mirror-symmetry breaking is disfavoured. Here we demonstrate a chemical method of obtaining flat prochiral molecules adsorbed on the solid achiral surface in such a way that a specific adsorbate handedness globally dominates...
March 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221346/synthesis-of-ent-be-43547a1-reveals-a-potent-hypoxia-selective-anticancer-agent-and-uncovers-the-biosynthetic-origin-of-the-apd-cld-natural-products
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Nikolaj L Villadsen, Kristian M Jacobsen, Ulrik B Keiding, Esben T Weibel, Bjørn Christiansen, Thomas Vosegaard, Morten Bjerring, Frank Jensen, Mogens Johannsen, Thomas Tørring, Thomas B Poulsen
Tumour hypoxia is speculated to be a key driver of therapeutic resistance and metastatic dissemination. Consequently, the discovery of new potent agents that selectively target the hypoxic cell population may reveal new and untapped antitumour mechanisms. Here we demonstrate that the BE-43547 subclass of the APD-CLD (amidopentadienoate-containing cyclolipodepsipeptides) natural products possesses highly hypoxia-selective growth-inhibitory activity against pancreatic cancer cells. To enable this discovery, we have developed the first synthesis of the BE-43547-macrocyclic scaffold in 16 steps (longest linear sequence), which also allowed access to the full panel of relative stereoisomers and ultimately to the assignment of stereochemical configuration...
March 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220960/a-comparative-investigation-of-bombyx-mori-silk-fibroin-hydrogels-generated-by-chemical-and-enzymatic-crosslinking
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Traian V Chirila, Shuko Suzuki, Chloé Papolla
Fibroin, the major proteinaceous component of the silk fiber produced by larvae of the domesticated silk moth (Bombyx mori), has been widely investigated as a biomaterial for potential applications in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Following sol-gel transition, silk fibroin solutions can generate hydrogels that present certain advantages when employed as biomaterials, especially if they are crosslinked. The subject of this study was the self-crosslinking of silk fibroin through a process induced by the enzyme horseradish peroxidase (HRP) in the presence of hydrogen peroxide, a method only recently proposed and scarcely reported...
February 21, 2017: Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220535/interaction-of-approved-drugs-with-synaptic-vesicle-protein-2a
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Azeem Danish, Vigneshwaran Namasivayam, Anke C Schiedel, Christa E Müller
Levetiracetam (LEV) and its recently approved derivative brivaracetam are anti-epileptic drugs with a unique mechanism of action. The synaptic vesicle protein 2A (SV2A) was previously identified as their main target. In the current study, we tested a collection of 500 approved drugs for interaction with the human SV2A protein expressed in Chinese hamster ovary cells. Competition binding studies were performed using cell lysates with high SV2A expression and [(3) H]brivaracetam as a radioligand. A hit rate of 3% was obtained, defined as compounds that inhibited radioligand binding by more than 90% at a screening concentration of 20 μM...
February 21, 2017: Archiv der Pharmazie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220136/novel-sources-of-witchweed-striga-resistance-from-wild-sorghum-accessions
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Dorothy A Mbuvi, Clet W Masiga, Eric Kuria, Joel Masanga, Mark Wamalwa, Abdallah Mohamed, Damaris A Odeny, Nada Hamza, Michael P Timko, Steven Runo
Sorghum is a major food staple in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), but its production is constrained by the parasitic plant Striga that attaches to the roots of many cereals crops and causes severe stunting and loss of yield. Away from cultivated farmland, wild sorghum accessions grow as weedy plants and have shown remarkable immunity to Striga. We sought to determine the extent of the resistance to Striga in wild sorghum plants. Our screening strategy involved controlled laboratory assays of rhizotrons, where we artificially infected sorghum with Striga, as well as field experiments at three sites, where we grew sorghum with a natural Striga infestation...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220124/in-vivo-efficacy-of-umbilical-cord-blood-stem-cell-derived-nk-cells-in-the-treatment-of-metastatic-colorectal-cancer
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John P Veluchamy, Silvia Lopez-Lastra, Jan Spanholtz, Fenna Bohme, Nina Kok, Daniëlle A M Heideman, Henk M W Verheul, James P Di Santo, Tanja D de Gruijl, Hans J van der Vliet
Therapeutic monoclonal antibodies against the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) act by inhibiting EGFR downstream signaling and by eliciting a natural killer (NK) cell-mediated antitumor response. The IgG1 mAb cetuximab has been used for treatment of RAS(wt) metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients, showing limited efficacy. In the present study, we address the potential of adoptive NK cell therapy to overcome these limitations investigating two allogeneic NK cell products, i.e., allogeneic activated peripheral blood NK cells (A-PBNK) and umbilical cord blood stem cell-derived NK cells (UCB-NK)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219838/natural-helper-cells-are-associated-with-the-exacerbated-airway-inflammation-seen-during-rsv-reinfection-of-neonatally-primed-mice
#18
Jianqi Wu, Haiyan Hu, Lei Xu, Feifei Qi, Song Bai, Yulin Cui, Ruonan Chai, Dandan Wang, Beixing Liu
Infection with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in neonatal mice causes more aggressive airway disease when the mice are reinfected with the same virus as adults. However, the underlying mechanisms responsible for this phenomenon are not entirely defined. Natural helper (NH) cells are considered a key factor for virus-induced or exacerbated airway inflammation and airway hyper-responsiveness by producing type 2 cytokines. To confirm whether NH cells are involved in the aggravated lung pathology seen during reinfection, BALB/c mice were initially infected as neonates and reinfected in adulthood...
February 16, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219829/chemical-and-cytotoxic-analyses-of-brown-brazilian-propolis-apis-mellifera-and-its-in-vitro-activity-against-itraconazole-resistant-sporothrix-brasiliensis
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Stefanie B Waller, Cristina M Peter, Jéssica F Hoffmann, Tony Picoli, Luiza da G Osório, Fábio Chaves, João L Zani, Renata O de Faria, João R B de Mello, Mário C A Meireles
This study aimed to evaluate the chemical composition and cytotoxic activity of brown Brazilian propolis and its in vitro activity against itraconazole-resistant Sporothrix brasiliensis from animal sporotrichosis. Propolis was acquired commercially and prepared as a hydroalcoholic extract. Chemical analysis was evaluated by liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry of ultra-efficiency. The cell viability was evaluated by MTT test in MDBK cells of 50 to 0.09 μg/mL. For antifungal tests, twenty isolates of Sporothrix brasiliensis from dogs (n = 11) and cats (n = 9) with sporotrichosis were tested to itraconazole (16-0...
February 17, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219580/use-of-anti-thymocyte-globulin-for-induction-therapy-in-cardiac-transplantation-a-review
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V Ruan, L S C Czer, M Awad, M Kittleson, J Patel, F Arabia, F Esmailian, D Ramzy, J Chung, M De Robertis, A Trento, J A Kobashigawa
The most common causes of death after heart transplantation (HTx) include acute rejection and multi-organ failure in the early period and malignancy and cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) in the late period. Polyclonal antibody preparations such as rabbit anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) may reduce early acute rejection and the later occurrence of CAV after HTx. ATG therapy depletes T cells, modulates adhesion and cell-signaling molecules, interferes with dendritic cell function, and induces B-cell apoptosis and regulatory and natural killer T-cell expansion...
March 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
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