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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635673/toxicity-of-naphthalene-and-benzene-on-tribollium-castaneum-herbst
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Nerlis Pajaro-Castro, Karina Caballero-Gallardo, Jesus Olivero-Verbel
Naphthalene and benzene are widely-used volatile organic compounds. The aim of this research was to examine the toxicological effects of naphthalene and benzene against Tribolium castaneum as an animal model. Adult insects were exposed to these aromatic compounds to assess mortality after 4-48 h of exposure. The lethal concentration 50 (LC50) for naphthalene, naphthalin, and benzene were 63.6 µL/L, 20.0 µL/L, and 115.9 µL/L in air, respectively. Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis revealed expression changes in genes related to oxidative stress and metabolism [Glutathione S-Transferase (Gst), and Cytochrome P450 6BQ8 (Cyp6bq8)]; reproduction and metamorphosis [Hormone receptor in 39-like protein (Hr39), Ecdysone receptor: (Ecr), and Chitin synthase 2 (Chs2)]; and neurotransmission [Histamine-gated chloride channel 2 (Hiscl2)] in insects exposed for 4 h to 70...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634471/a-chitin-binding-protein-purified-from-moringa-oleifera-seeds-presents-anticandidal-activity-by-increasing-cell-membrane-permeability-and-reactive-oxygen-species-production
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João X S Neto, Mirella L Pereira, Jose T A Oliveira, Lady C B Rocha-Bezerra, Tiago D P Lopes, Helen P S Costa, Daniele O B Sousa, Bruno A M Rocha, Thalles B Grangeiro, José E C Freire, Ana Cristina O Monteiro-Moreira, Marina D P Lobo, Raimunda S N Brilhante, Ilka M Vasconcelos
Candida species are opportunistic pathogens that infect immunocompromised and/or immunosuppressed patients, particularly in hospital facilities, that besides representing a significant threat to health increase the risk of mortality. Apart from echinocandins and triazoles, which are well tolerated, most of the antifungal drugs used for candidiasis treatment can cause side effects and lead to the development of resistant strains. A promising alternative to the conventional treatments is the use of plant proteins...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634057/evaluation-of-the-biotechnological-potential-of-a-novel-purified-protease-bs1-from-bacillus-safensis-s406-on-the-chitin-extraction-and-detergent-formulation
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Samiha Mhamdi, Intidhar Bkhairia, Rim Nasri, Tahar Mechichi, Moncef Nasri, Alya Sellami Kamoun
The aim of this study is the production of High-Added Value enzyme for Industrial Uses. An extracellular alkaline stable protease BS1 was purified from a newly bacterium, Bacillus safensis S406, isolated from the Sfax Solar Saltern. BS1 was purified by a process involving sulfate d'ammonium sulfate precipitation, sephadex G-75, Mono-Q anion-exchange chromatography and ultrafiltation. The enzyme has a molecular weight of 24kDa and appeared as a single band on native-PAGE. The optimum pH and temperature values of its proteolytic activity were pH 11...
June 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631440/recognition-cascade-and-metabolite-transfer-in-a-marine-bacteria-phytoplankton-model-system
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Bryndan P Durham, Stephen P Dearth, Shalabh Sharma, Shady A Amin, Christa B Smith, Shawn R Campagna, E Virginia Armbrust, Mary Ann Moran
The trophic linkage between marine bacteria and phytoplankton in the surface ocean is a key step in the global carbon cycle, with almost half of marine primary production transformed by heterotrophic bacterioplankton within hours to weeks of fixation. Early studies conceptualized this link as the passive addition and removal of organic compounds from a shared seawater reservoir. Here we analyzed transcript and intracellular metabolite patterns in a two-member model system and found that the presence of a heterotrophic bacterium induced a potential recognition cascade in a marine phytoplankton species that parallels better-understood vascular plant response systems...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630672/circularly-polarized-reflection-from-the-scarab-beetle-chalcothea-smaragdina-light-scattering-by-a-dual-photonic-structure
#5
Luke T McDonald, Ewan D Finlayson, Bodo D Wilts, Pete Vukusic
Helicoidal architectures comprising various polysaccharides, such as chitin and cellulose, have been reported in biological systems. In some cases, these architectures exhibit stunning optical properties analogous to ordered cholesteric liquid crystal phases. In this work, we characterize the circularly polarized reflectance and optical scattering from the cuticle of the beetle Chalcothea smaragdina (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae) using optical experiments, simulations and structural analysis. The selective reflection of left-handed circularly polarized light is attributed to a Bouligand-type helicoidal morphology within the beetle's exocuticle...
August 6, 2017: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625911/white-shrimp-litopenaeus-vannamei-recombinant-lactate-dehydrogenase-biochemical-and-kinetic-characterization
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Ambar A Fregoso-Peñuñuri, Elisa M Valenzuela-Soto, Ciria G Figueroa-Soto, Alma B Peregrino-Uriarte, Manuel Ochoa-Valdez, Lilia Leyva-Carrillo, Gloria Yepiz-Plascencia
Shrimp lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) is induced in response to environmental hypoxia. Two protein subunits deduced from different transcripts of the LDH gene from the shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei (LDHvan-1 and LDHvan-2) were identified. These subunits are expressed by alternative splicing. Since both subunits are expressed in most tissues, the purification of the enzyme from the shrimp will likely produce hetero LDH containing both subunits. Therefore, the aim of this study was to overexpress, purify and characterize only one subunit as a recombinant protein, the LDHvan-2...
June 15, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625671/intrinsic-parameters-for-the-synthesis-and-tuned-properties-of-amphiphilic-chitosan-drug-delivery-nanocarriers
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Marjan Motiei, Soheila Kashanian, Lucian A Lucia, Mozafar Khazaei
Chitosan (CS) is a material derived from chitin, the most abundant biopolymer on the planet. It has shown potential among a wide variety of biomedical applications especially within the context of self-assembling nanocarriers usable in biomedical applications such as drug delivery, macroscopic injectables, tissue-engineering scaffolds, and nano-imaging agents. To date, many reviews have been focused on the biomedical properties and applications of CS-based nanocarriers, but a review is lacking on the role and prospects of different factors such as formulation parameters and preparation conditions on the properties of amphiphilic chitosan nanocarriers (ACNs) that have shown critical value in advancing drug delivery...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623254/high-throughput-mass-spectrometry-analysis-revealed-a-role-for-glucosamine-in-potentiating-recovery-following-desiccation-stress-in-chironomus
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Leena Thorat, Dasharath Oulkar, Kaushik Banerjee, Sushama M Gaikwad, Bimalendu B Nath
Desiccation tolerance is an essential survival trait, especially in tropical aquatic organisms that are vulnerable to severe challenges posed by hydroperiodicity patterns in their habitats, characterized by dehydration-rehydration cycles. Here, we report a novel role for glucosamine as a desiccation stress-responsive metabolite in the underexplored tropical aquatic midge, Chironomus ramosus. Using high- throughput liquid chromatography quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LC-QToF-MS) analysis, biochemical assays and gene expression studies, we confirmed that glucosamine was essential during the recovery phase in C...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621761/production-of-chitin-from-penaeus-vannamei-by-products-to-pilot-plant-scale-using-a-combination-of-enzymatic-and-chemical-processes-and-subsequent-optimization-of-the-chemical-production-of-chitosan-by-response-surface-methodology
#9
José A Vázquez, Patrícia Ramos, Jesús Mirón, Jesus Valcarcel, Carmen G Sotelo, Ricardo I Pérez-Martín
The waste generated from shrimp processing contains valuable materials such as protein, carotenoids, and chitin. The present study describes a process at pilot plant scale to recover chitin from the cephalothorax of Penaeus vannamei using mild conditions. The application of a sequential enzymatic-acid-alkaline treatment yields 30% chitin of comparable purity to commercial sources. Effluents from the process are rich in protein and astaxanthin, and represent inputs for further by-product recovery. As a last step, chitin is deacetylated to produce chitosan; the optimal conditions are established by applying a response surface methodology (RSM)...
June 16, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620389/2-deoxy-d-glucose-treatment-decreases-anti-inflammatory-m2-macrophage-polarization-in-mice-with-tumor-and-allergic-airway-inflammation
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Qingjie Zhao, Zhulang Chu, Linnan Zhu, Tao Yang, Peng Wang, Fang Liu, Ying Huang, Fang Zhang, Xiaodong Zhang, Wenjun Ding, Yong Zhao
As important effector cells in inflammation, macrophages can be functionally polarized into either inflammatory M1 or alternatively activated anti-inflammatory M2 phenotype depending on surroundings. The key roles of glycolysis in M1 macrophage polarization have been well defined. However, the relationship between glycolysis and M2 polarized macrophages is still poorly understood. Here, we report that 2-deoxy-d-glucose (2-DG), an inhibitor of the glycolytic pathway, markedly inhibited the expressions of Arg, Ym-1, Fizz1, and CD206 molecules, the hall-markers for M2 macrophages, during macrophages were stimulated with interleukin 4...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618219/hierarchical-microspheres-constructed-from-chitin-nanofibers-penetrated-hydroxyapatite-crystals-for-bone-regeneration
#11
Bo Duan, Kangquan Shou, Xiaojuan Su, Yahui Niu, Guan Zheng, Yao Huang, Ai-Xi Yu, Yu Zhang, Hong Xia, Lina Zhang
Chitin exists abundantly in the crab and shrimp shell as the template of the minerals, which inspired us to mineralize it for fabricating the bone grafting materials. In present work, chitin nanofibrous microspheres were used as the matrix for in situ synthesisof the hydroxyapatite (HA) crystals including micro-flake, submicron-needle and submicron-osphere, which were penetrated by long chitin nanofibers, leading to the hierarchical structure. The shape and size of the HA crystals could be controled by changing the HA synthesisprocess...
June 15, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612045/lack-of-trpm5-expressing-microvillous-cells-in-mouse-main-olfactory-epithelium-leads-to-impaired-odor-evoked-responses-and-olfactory-guided-behavior-in-a-challenging-chemical-environment
#12
Kayla Lemons, Ziying Fu, Imad Aoudé, Tatsuya Ogura, Julianna Sun, Justin Chang, Kenechukwu Mbonu, Ichiro Matsumoto, Hiroyuki Arakawa, Weihong Lin
The mammalian main olfactory epithelium (MOE) modifies its activities in response to changes in the chemical environment. This process is essential for maintaining the functions of the olfactory system and the upper airway. However, mechanisms involved in this functional maintenance, especially those occurring via paracrine regulatory pathways within the multicellular MOE, are poorly understood. Previously, a population of non-neuronal, transient receptor potential M5-expressing microvillous cells (TRPM5-MCs) was identified in the MOE, and the initial characterization of these cells showed that they are cholinergic and responsive to various xenobiotics including odorants at high concentrations...
May 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611248/the-aspergillus-fumigatus-crza-transcription-factor-activates-chitin-synthase-gene-expression-during-the-caspofungin-paradoxical-effect
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Laure Nicolas Annick Ries, Marina Campos Rocha, Patrícia Alves de Castro, Rafael Silva-Rocha, Roberto Nascimento Silva, Fernanda Zanolli Freitas, Leandro José de Assis, Maria Célia Bertolini, Iran Malavazi, Gustavo H Goldman
Aspergillus fumigatus is an opportunistic fungal pathogen that causes invasive aspergillosis (IA), a life-threatening disease in immunocompromised humans. The echinocandin caspofungin, adopted as a second-line therapy in combating IA, is a β-1,3-glucan synthase inhibitor, which, when used in high concentrations, reverts the anticipated A. fumigatus growth inhibition, a phenomenon called the "caspofungin paradoxical effect" (CPE). The CPE has been widely associated with increased chitin content in the cell wall due to a compensatory upregulation of chitin synthase-encoding genes...
June 13, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606662/comparison-of-cerato-platanin-family-protein-bcspl1-produced-in-pichia-pastoris-and-escherichia-coli
#14
Yi Zhang, Yingbo Liang, Dewen Qiu, Jingjing Yuan, Xiufen Yang
The Botrytis cinerea BcSpl1 protein is a member of the cerato-platanin family, and consists of 137 amino acids and two disulfide bridges. This protein induces the onset of necrosis in infiltrated plant hosts. Recombinant BcSpl1 proteins produced in Pichia pastoris (pBcSpl1) and Escherichia coli (eBcSpl1) were initially compared regarding their abilities to induce necrosis and systemic acquired resistance (SAR). The pBcSpl1 and eBcSpl1 treatments led to the development of necrotic lesions on tomato leaves, and provided tomato plants with SAR to B...
June 9, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606542/hydroxyapatite-crystallization-in-shrimp-cephalothorax-wastes-during-subcritical-water-treatment-for-chitin-extraction
#15
Angélica Espíndola-Cortés, Rosario Moreno-Tovar, Lauro Bucio, Miquel Gimeno, José Luis Ruvalcaba-Sil, Keiko Shirai
The extraction of calcareous chitin from shrimp cephalothorax was successfully achieved using a subcritical water treatment to attain a deproteinization up to 96%. The treatments also increased the crystalline domain size in the α-chitin fibers. An experimental design of Taguchi allowed the optimization of experiments. The macroelements identified in all samples were Ca, P, S, K, Cl and Al, whereas Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni, Cu, Zn, Br and Sr were also detected as microelements. The assigned crystalline phases by XRD were α-chitin, calcite, HAP and traces of quartz...
September 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606533/study-of-a-new-biodegradable-hernia-patch-to-repair-abdominal-wall-defect-in-rats
#16
Jing Qiao, Zhiwen Jiang, Yan Yang, Jinhua Chi, Xuesong Qiao, Baoqin Han, Wanshun Liu
A novel biodegradable chitin hernia patch was prepared by acetylation of chitosan fabric in our study. Physicochemical properties, cell compatibility and biodegradability of the chitin patch were quantified. Histopathological study of the functional experiment showed that this newly designed hernia patch promoted collagen deposition and neovascularization by significantly promoting the secretion of FGF1 and TGF-β1 in the early postoperative (P<0.01). Chitin patch caused less inflammation by inhibiting excessive expression of IL-6 and TNF-α when compared to the polypropylene mesh (P<0...
September 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605729/carbohydrate-based-polymeric-materials-as-slow-release-electron-donors-for-sulphate-removal-from-wastewater
#17
Luis C Reyes-Alvarado, Nwabunwanne N Okpalanze, Eldon R Rene, Elena Rustrian, Eric Houbron, Giovanni Esposito, Piet N L Lens
Many industrial sulphate rich wastewaters are deficient in electron donors to achieve complete sulphate removal. Therefore, pure and expensive chemicals are supplied externally. In this study, carbohydrate based polymers (CBP) as potato (2 and 5 mm(3)), filter paper (2 and 5 mm(2)) and crab shell (2 and 4 mm Ø) were tested as slow release electron donors (SRED) for biological sulphate reduction at 30 °C and initial pH of 7.0. Using the CBP as SRED, sulphate reduction was carried out at different rates: filter paper 0...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605197/effects-of-nanochitin-on-enhancement-of-grain-yield-and-quality-of-winter-wheat
#18
Weijie Xue, Yanlai Han, Jinfang Tan, Yi Wang, Guowen Wang, Hezhong Wang
This study investigated the effects of different rates of nanochitin in soil on grain yield and quality of winter wheat. Nanochitin obtained by acidic hydrolysis of shrimp chitin was rod-like whisker possessing a hydrodynamic diameter of 143 nm and zeta potential of 55.7mV. Two varieties of winter wheat, multi spike wheat (MSW) and large spike wheat (LSW) were treated with nanochitin suspension in outside pot experiments. The results showed that 0.006 g·kg-1 of nanochitin in soil could significantly enhance the yield by 23...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604774/increase-of-tensile-strength-and-toughness-of-bio-based-diglycidyl-ether-of-bisphenol-a-with-chitin-nanowhiskers
#19
Mian Wang, Han Xue, Zhiwei Feng, Binfeng Cheng, Haijie Yang
It is challenging to reinforce and toughen thermoset epoxy resins. We describe a slurry-compounding technique to transfer a uniform dispersion of chitin nanowhiskers (CW) in ethanol into an epoxy matrix. The incorporation of the hydrophilic CW reinforces the oil-soluble diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA). The resultant CW/epoxy bionanocomposites were transparent and showed considerably enhanced thermal and mechanical properties with tensile strength, modulus, toughness, and elongation at break being increased by 49%, 16%, 457%, and 250%, with only 2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602911/jaburetox-induced-toxic-effects-on-the-hemocytes-of-rhodnius-prolixus-hemiptera-reduviidae
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Natalia R Moyetta, Valquiria Broll, Ana Paula A Perin, Augusto F Uberti, Matheus V Coste Grahl, Fernanda Staniscuaski, Celia R Carlini, Leonardo L Fruttero
Jaburetox is a recombinant peptide derived from a Canavalia ensiformis urease that presents toxic effects upon several species of insects, phytopathogenic fungi and yeasts of medical importance. So far, no toxicity of Jaburetox to mammals has been shown. Previous reports have identified biochemical targets of this toxic peptide in insect models, although its mechanism of action is not completely understood. In this work, we aimed to characterize the effects of Jaburetox in hemolymphatic insect cells. For this purpose, the model insect and Chagas' disease vector Rhodnius prolixus was used...
June 8, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
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