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Alexandre Y Saito, Adriana A Marin Rodriguez, Danielle S Menchaca Vega, Rodrigo A C Sussmann, Emília A Kimura, Alejandro M Katzin
Malaria, an infectious disease that kills more than 438,000 people per year worldwide, is a major public health problem. The emergence of strains resistant to conventional therapeutic agents necessitates the discovery of new drugs. We previously demonstrated that various substances, including terpenes, have antimalarial activity in vitro and in vivo. Nerolidol is a sesquiterpene present as an essential oil in several plants that is used in scented products and has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration as a food-flavouring agent...
September 30, 2016: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
Hisayuki Komaki, Akira Hosoyama, Shuhei Yabe, Akira Yokota, Yoshihito Uchino, Hideaki Takano
Here, we report the draft genome sequence of Thermogemmatispora onikobensis NBRC 111776(T), an aerial mycelium- and spore-forming thermophilic bacterium belonging to the class Ktedonobacteria The genome contains five biosynthetic gene clusters coding for secondary metabolites, such as terpene, thiopeptide, lantipeptide, nonribosomal peptide, and lassopeptide, suggesting the potential to produce secondary metabolites.
October 13, 2016: Genome Announcements
Anna Wajs-Bonikowska, Łukasz Szoka, Ewa Karna, Anna Wiktorowska-Owczarek, Monika Sienkiewicz
The increasing consumption of natural products lead us to discover and study new plant materials, such as conifer seeds and cones, which could be easily available from the forest industry as a waste material, for their potential uses. The chemical composition of the essential oils of Picea pungens and Picea orientalis was fully characterized by GC and GC-MS methods. Seed and cone oils of both tree species were composed mainly of monoterpene hydrocarbons, among which limonene, α- and β-pinene were the major, but in different proportions in the examined conifer essential oils...
October 13, 2016: Chemistry & Biodiversity
Jingyu Lin, Dan Wang, Xinlu Chen, Tobias G Köllner, Mitra Mazarei, Hong Guo, Vincent R Pantalone, Prakash Arelli, Charles Neal Stewart, Ningning Wang, Feng Chen
Plant terpene synthase genes (TPSs) have roles in diverse biological processes. Here we report the functional characterization of one member of the soybean TPS gene family, which was designated GmAFS. Recombinant GmAFS produced in Escherichia coli catalyzed the formation of a sesquiterpene (E,E)-α-farnesene. GmAFS is closely related to (E,E)-α-farnesene synthase gene from apple, both phylogenetically and structurally. GmAFS was further investigated for its biological role in defense against nematodes and insects...
October 13, 2016: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Florentina Neaţu, Geanina Culică, Mihaela Florea, Vasile I Parvulescu, Fabrizio Cavani
The synthesis of terephthalic acid from biomass remains an unsolved challenge. In this study, we conducted the selective oxidation of p-cymene (synthesized from biodegradable terpenes, limonene, or eucalyptol) into terephthalic acid over a Mn-Fe mixed-oxide heterogeneous catalyst. The impact of various process parameters (oxidant, temperature, reaction time, catalyst amount, oxygen pressure) on the selectivity to terephthalic acid was evaluated, and some mechanistic aspects were elucidated. An unprecedented synthesis of biobased terephthalic acid (51 % yield) in the presence of O2 is reported...
October 12, 2016: ChemSusChem
Birgit Piechulla, Richard Bartelt, Anne Brosemann, Uta Effmert, Harro J Bouwmeester, Frank Hippauf, Wolfgang Brandt
Flowers of Nicotiana species emit a characteristic blend including the 'cineole cassette' monoterpenes. This set of terpenes is synthesized by multiproduct enzymes, with either 1,8-cineole or α-terpineol contributing most to the volatile spectrum, thus referring to cineole or terpineol synthases (CIN, TER), respectively. To understand the molecular and structural requirements of the enzymes that favor the biochemical formation of α-terpineol and 1,8-cineole, site-directed mutagenesis, in silico modelling and semi empiric calculations were performed...
October 11, 2016: Plant Physiology
Md Asiful Islam, Fahmida Alam, Md Solayman, Md Ibrahim Khalil, Mohammad Amjad Kamal, Siew Hua Gan
Cumulatively, degenerative disease is one of the most fatal groups of diseases, and it contributes to the mortality and poor quality of life in the world while increasing the economic burden of the sufferers. Oxidative stress and inflammation are the major pathogenic causes of degenerative diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), diabetes mellitus (DM), and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Although a number of synthetic medications are used to treat these diseases, none of the current regimens are completely safe...
2016: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Tom Manczak, Henrik Toft Simonsen
A fast and reproducible protocol was established for enzymatic characterization of plant sesquiterpene synthases that can incorporate radioactivity in their products. The method utilizes the 96-well format in conjunction with cluster tubes and enables processing of >200 samples a day. Along with reduced reagent usage, it allows further reduction in the use of radioactive isotopes and flammable organic solvents. The sesquiterpene synthases previously characterized were expressed in yeast, and the plant-derived Thapsia garganica kunzeaol synthase TgTPS2 was tested in this method...
2016: Analytical Chemistry Insights
H P Gajera, Darshna G Hirpara, Zinkal A Katakpara, S V Patel, B A Golakiya
The biocontrol agent Trichoderma (T. harzianum, T. viride, T. virens, T. hamantum, T. koningii, T. pseudokoningii and Trichoderma species) inhibited variably (15.32 - 88.12%) the in vitro growth of Rhizoctonia solani causing root rot in cotton. The T. koningii MTCC 796 evidenced highest (88.12%) growth inhibition of test pathogen followed by T. viride NBAII Tv23 (85.34%). Scanning electron microscopic study confirmed mycoparasitism for MTCC 796 and Tv23 which were capable of completely overgrowing on R. solani by degrading mycelia, coiling around the hyphae with hook-like structures...
October 5, 2016: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
Joyce Kelly R da Silva, Laine C Pinto, Rommel M R Burbano, Raquel C Montenegro, Eloísa Helena A Andrade, José Guilherme S Maia
BACKGROUND: Piper aequale Vahl is a small shrub that grows in the shadow of large trees in the Carajás National Forest, Municipality of Parauapebas, Para state, Brazil. The local people have used the plant against rheumatism and inflammation. METHODS: The essential oil of the aerial parts was extracted and analyzed by GC and GC-MS. The MTT colorimetric assay was used to measuring the cytotoxic activity of the oil against human cancer lines. The determination of antioxidant activity of the oil was conducted by DPPH radical scavenging assay...
October 7, 2016: Lipids in Health and Disease
I P Shanura Fernando, Jae-Woon Nah, You-Jin Jeon
Inflammatory diseases have become one of the leading causes of health issue throughout the world, having a considerable influence on healthcare costs. With the emerging developments in natural product, synthetic and combinatorial chemistry, a notable success has been achieved in discovering natural products and their synthetic structural analogs with anti-inflammatory activity. However, many of these therapeutics have indicated detrimental side effects upon prolonged usage. Marine algae have been identified as an underexplored reservoir of unique anti-inflammatory compounds...
October 3, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
Alejandro Torres, Pilar Gutierrez, Ramón Alvarez-Manzaneda, Rachid Chahboun, Enrique Alvarez-Manzaneda
The first syntheses of cytotoxic marine arenarans A and B starting from commercial (-)-sclareol are reported. The oxocene ring of the target compound is formed via ring-closing metathesis, a process that depends on certain structural requirements. The trans-fused structure of the natural product is confirmed by comparison with the cis-fused isomer, which was synthesized. This synthetic strategy is also applicable to the synthesis of other oxocene terpenes.
October 18, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Irma Isnafia Arief, Dyah Nurul Afiyah, Zakiah Wulandari, Cahyo Budiman
Probiotics may be used to enhance the functionality and nutritional values of fermented sausages. This study aims to evaluate the physicochemical and sensory properties of beef sausages fermented by lactic acid bacteria of Lactobacillus plantarum IIA-2C12 and L. acidophilus IIA-2B4. These strains were isolated from beef cattle and have shown to display probiotic features. While the nutrient contents were not affected by the probiotics, the pH, texture, and color varied among the sausages. Further analysis on fatty acids showed different profiles of saturated (C14:0, C17:0, and C20:0) and unsaturated (C14:1, C18:1n9c, C18:2n6c, and C22:6n3) fatty acids in sausages with probiotics...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Food Science
Heidi R Schoen, Brent M Peyton, W Berk Knighton
A novel analytical system was developed to rapidly and accurately quantify total volatile organic compound (VOC) production from microbial reactor systems using a platinum catalyst and a sensitive CO2 detector. This system allows nearly instantaneous determination of total VOC production by utilizing a platinum catalyst to completely and quantitatively oxidize headspace VOCs to CO2 in coordination with a CO2 detector. Measurement of respiratory CO2 by bypassing the catalyst allowed the total VOC content to be determined from the difference in the two signals...
December 2016: AMB Express
Chris Terpening
Allergies to various antibiotics are reported by a substantial proportion of patients. As a result, clinical decision support programming generates frequent warnings when prescribing within electronic medical records. For a variety of reasons, the majority of these warnings may be inappropriate. Our improved understanding of the underlying physiology of allergic processes reveals that the majority of cross-reacting antibiotic allergies are implausible. Appropriate history taking and workup can invalidate many more warnings...
October 2016: Southern Medical Journal
Trinh-Don Nguyen, Juan A Faraldos, Maria Vardakou, Melissa Salmon, Paul E O'Maille, Dae-Kyun Ro
The Andes-endemic Barnadesioideae lineage is the oldest surviving and phylogenetically basal subfamily of the Asteraceae (Compositae), a prolific group of flowering plants with world-wide distribution (∼24,000 species) marked by a rich diversity of sesquiterpene lactones (STLs). Intriguingly, there is no evidence that members of the Barnadesioideae produce STLs, specialized metabolites thought to have contributed to the adaptive success of the Asteraceae family outside South America. The biosynthesis of STLs requires the intimate expression and functional integration of germacrene A synthase (GAS) and germacrene A oxidase (GAO) to sequentially cyclize and oxidize farnesyl diphosphate into the advanced intermediate germacrene A acid leading to diverse STLs...
October 28, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
K S Marenin, Yu V Gatilov, A M Agafontsev, A V Tkachev
Reaction of nitrosochlorides of natural monoterpene hydrocarbons (+)-3-carene and (-)-α-pinene with L-amino acids and their methyl esters results in stereoselective formation of terpene-amino acids hybrids, which belong to the series of α-substituted amino oximes. The reaction with an excess of racemic DL-amino acids and their derivatives induces partial resolution of the amino acid components and formation of the diastereomeric mixtures of the terpene-amino acids hybrids, with diastereomeric excess varying from 0 to 100%...
September 28, 2016: Steroids
Jane Curren, Samantha A Hallis, Cherie Cher L Snyder, Irwin Mel H Suffet
The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a modified Odor Profile Method (OPM) at a trash transfer station (TTS). An updated Landfill Odor Wheel was used to define odor character and distinguish among odor sources. The Flavor Profile Analysis (FPA) intensity scale was used to rank the relative intensity of the various odor characters defined by the odor wheel and to understand how each odor profile changed off site. Finally, the odor wheel was used to select the appropriate chemical analysis to identify the odorants causing the odors identified by the human panelists...
September 27, 2016: Waste Management
Chen Chen, Yuan Zhang, Kuliman Qiakefu, Xuan Zhang, Limin Han, Wenping Hua, Yaping Yan, Zhezhi Wang
Tanshinones are a group of active diterpenes with pharmacological properties, are widely used in treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Jasmonate (JA) acts as an elicitor to enhance tanshinone biosynthesis in Salvia miltiorrhiza. However, due to high labor costs and undesirable chemical characteristics, the use of JA elicitation is still in the experimental stage. In our experiments, overexpression of Lycopersicon esculentum (tomato) Prosystemin (LePS) in transgenic plants of S. miltiorrhiza increased their JA concentrations, significantly enhanced productions of tanshinone, as well as activated the expression of key genes in the tanshinone biosynthesis pathway...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Ana Rodríguez, Josep E Peris, Ana Redondo, Takehiko Shimada, Leandro Peña
We have categorized the dataset from content and emission of terpene volatiles of peel and juice in both Navelina and Pineapple sweet orange cultivars in which D-limonene was either up- (S), down-regulated (AS) or non-altered (EV; control) ("Impact of D-limonene synthase up- or down-regulation on sweet orange fruit and juice odor perception"(A. Rodríguez, J.E. Peris, A. Redondo, T. Shimada, E. Costell, I. Carbonell, C. Rojas, L. Peña, (2016)) [1]). Data from volatile identification and quantification by HS-SPME and GC-MS were classified by Principal Component Analysis (PCA) individually or as chemical groups...
December 2016: Data in Brief
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