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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348589/novel-miniature-membrane-active-lipopeptidomimetics-against-planktonic-and-biofilm-embedded-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
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Seema Joshi, Sana Mumtaz, Jyotsna Singh, Santosh Pasha, Kasturi Mukhopadhyay
Escalating multidrug resistance and highly evolved virulence mechanisms have aggravated the clinical menace of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. Towards development of economically viable staphylocidal agents here we report eight structurally novel tryptophan-arginine template based peptidomimetics. Out of the designed molecules, three lipopeptidomimetics (S-6, S-7 and S-8) containing 12-amino dodecanoic acid exhibited cell selectivity and good to potent activity against clinically relevant pathogens MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus epidermidis and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (MIC: 1...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338165/how-ligands-affect-resistive-switching-in-solution-processed-hfo2-nanoparticle-assemblies
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Jiaying Wang, Satyan Choudhary, Jonathan De Roo, Katrien De Keukeleere, Isabel Van Driessche, Alfred J Crosby, Stephen S Nonnenmann
Advancement of resistive random access memory (ReRAM) requires fully understanding the various complex, defect-mediated transport mechanisms to further improve performance. While thin film oxide materials have been extensively studied, the switching properties of nanoparticle assemblies remain underexplored due to difficulties in fabricating ordered structures. Here we employ a simple flow coating method for the facile deposition of highly ordered HfO2 nanoparticle nanoribbon assemblies. The resistive switching character of nanoribbons was determined to correlate directly with the organic capping layer length of their constituting HfO2 nanoparticles, using oleic acid, dodecanoic acid, and undecenoic acid as model nanoparticle ligands...
January 17, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311641/blockade-of-soluble-epoxide-hydrolase-attenuates-post-ischemic-neuronal-hyperexcitation-and-confers-resilience-against-stroke-with-trkb-activation
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Li-Hsin Chang, Hui-Ching Lin, Shiang-Suo Huang, I-Chih Chen, Kai-Wen Chu, Chun-Lien Chih, Yao-Wen Liang, Yi-Chung Lee, You-Yin Chen, Yi-Hsuan Lee, I-Hui Lee
Inhibition and deletion of soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) has been suggested to ameliorate infarction in experimental ischemic stroke possibly via vasoactive epoxyeicosatrienoic acids. However, it is unknown whether the neuroprotective mechanisms involve alteration of post-ischemic neuronal transmission and neurotrophic signaling. We used a permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) model in adult wild-type mice with the sEH inhibitor 12-(3-adamantan-1-yl-ureido)dodecanoic acid (AUDA) post-treatment and in sEH knockout (sEH KO) mice...
January 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299125/serum-metabolomic-profiling-of-human-gastric-cancer-and-its-relationship-with-the-prognosis
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Daguang Wang, Wei Li, Qi Zou, Lei Yin, Yechao Du, Jingkai Gu, Jian Suo
Objective: This study was aimed to investigate serum metabolites in gastric cancer (GC) patients and their relationships with the prognosis of GC in order to find potential specific serum biomarkers for GC. Methods: Blood samples of 125 GC patients of unifocal GC at initial stage and 38 healthy people recruited in our hospital from September 2008 to August 2009 were analyzed by using high performance liquid chromatography coupled with electrospray ionization/quadrupole-time-of-flight mass spectrometry (HPLCESI/Q-TOFMS)...
December 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29285425/active-maintenance-of-endothelial-cells-prevents-kidney-fibrosis
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Seung Hee Yang, Yong Chul Kim, Jung Nam An, Jin Hyuk Kim, Juhoh Lee, Hee-Yoon Lee, Joo-Youn Cho, Jin Ho Paik, Yun Kyu Oh, Chun Soo Lim, Yon Su Kim, Jung Pyo Lee
Background: Soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) expressed by endothelial cells catalyzes the metabolism of epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs), which are vasoactive agents. Methods: We used a unilateral ureteral obstruction mouse model of kidney fibrosis to determine whether inhibition of sEH activity reduces fibrosis, the final common pathway for chronic kidney disease. Results: sEH activity was inhibited by continuous release of the inhibitor 12-(3-adamantan-1-ylureido)-dodecanoic acid (AUDA) for 1 or 2 weeks...
December 2017: Kidney Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29281685/nanoparticle-size-and-production-efficiency-are-affected-by-the-presence-of-fatty-acids-during-albumin-nanoparticle-fabrication
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Christian C Luebbert, Tessa M Clarke, Roberta Pointet, Grant E Frahm, Sharon Tam, Barry Lorbetskie, Simon Sauvé, Michael J W Johnston
We have previously identified extensive glycation, bound fatty acids and increased quantities of protein aggregates in commercially available recombinant HSA (rHSA) expressed in Oryza sativa (Asian rice) (OsrHSA) when compared to rHSA from other expression systems. We propose these differences may alter some attributes of nanoparticles fabricated with OsrHSA, as studies have associated greater quantities of aggregates with increased nanoparticle diameters. To determine if this is the case, nanoparticles were fabricated with OsrHSA from various suppliers using ethanol desolvation and subsequent glutaraldehyde cross-linking...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247604/biosynthesis-of-the-nylon-12-monomer-%C3%AF-aminododecanoic-acid-with-novel-cyp153a-alkj-and-%C3%AF-ta-enzymes
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Ahsan Md Murshidul, Jeon Hyunwoo, Nadarajan Saravanan Prabhu, Chung Taeowan, Yoo Hee-Wang, Kim Byung-Gee, Patil Mahesh Daga, Yun Hyungdon
Bioplastics are derived from renewable biomass sources, such as vegetable oils, cellulose, and starches. An important and high-performance member of the bioplastic family is Nylon 12. The biosynthesis of ω-amino dodecanoic acid (ω-AmDDA), the monomer of Nylon 12 from vegetable oil derivatives is considered as an alternative to petroleum-based monomer synthesis. In this study, for the production of ω-AmDDA from dodecanoic acid (DDA), the cascade of novel P450 (CYP153A), alcohol dehydrogenase (AlkJ) and ω-transaminase (ω-TA) was developed...
December 16, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232926/differential-effects-of-seh-inhibitors-on-the-proliferation-and-migration-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
#8
Hyo Seon Kim, Sang Kyum Kim, Keon Wook Kang
Epoxyeicosatrienoic acid (EET) is a cardioprotective metabolite of arachidonic acid. It is known that soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) is involved in the metabolic degradation of EET. The abnormal proliferation and migration of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) play important roles in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and restenosis. Thus, the present study investigated the effects of the sEH inhibitor 12-(((tricyclo(3.3.1.13,7)dec-1-ylamino)carbonyl)amino)-dodecanoic acid (AUDA) on platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-induced proliferation and migration in rat VSMCs...
December 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217159/the-chemical-composition-and-trypanocidal-activity-of-volatile-oils-from-brazilian-caatinga-plants
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Larissa Isabela Oliveira de Souza, Patrícia Cristina Bezzera-Silva, Daniela Maria do Amaral Ferraz Navarro, Alexandre Gomes da Silva, Maria Tereza Dos Santos Correia, Márcia Vanusa da Silva, Regina Celia Bressan Queiroz de Figueiredo
Essential/volatile oils (EOs) from plants used in the traditional medicine are known as a rich source of chemically diverse compounds with relevant biological activities. In this work we analysed the chemical composition and the in vitro effects of EOs from leaves of Eugenia brejoensis (EBEO), Hyptis pectinata (HPEO), Hypenia salzmannii (HSEO), Lippia macrophylla (LMEO) and seeds of Syagrus coronata (SCEO) on Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent of Chagas disease. The EOs were extracted through hydrodistillation and its chemical composition analysed by GC/MS...
December 4, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202699/comparison-of-lipopolysaccharides-composition-of-two-different-strains-of-helicobacter-pylori
#10
Kristy Leker, Ivonne Lozano-Pope, Keya Bandyopadhyay, Biswa P Choudhury, Marygorret Obonyo
BACKGROUND: Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a Gram-negative, microaerophilic bacterium that is recognized as a major cause of chronic gastritis, peptic ulcers, and gastric cancer. Comparable to other Gram-negative bacteria, lipopolysaccharides (LPS) are an important cellular component of the outer membrane of H. pylori. The LPS of this organism plays a key role in its colonization and persistence in the stomach. In addition, H. pylori LPS modulates pathogen-induced host inflammatory responses resulting in chronic inflammation within the gastrointestinal tract...
December 4, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191041/new-butyrolactone-and-other-metabolites-from-the-bark-of-endlicheria-arenosa-against-of-the-phytopathogen-colletotrichum-tamarilloi
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Lady T Albarracín, Wilman Delgado, Luis Enrique Cuca, Mónica C Ávila
In this work, screening of Lauraceae species for their antifungal activity against Collectotrichum tamarilloi was carried out and the ethanol extract derived from the bark of Endlicheria arenosa was found to be the best candidate. From the ethanolic extract of the bark of E. arenosa, the hexane and chloroform fractions were found to be active, from these five fatty acids were identified and two lactones were isolated. The most active fatty acid was the dodecanoic acid with a minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) of 78...
November 30, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29178914/genetic-deletion-or-pharmacological-inhibition-of-soluble-epoxide-hydrolase-reduces-brain-damage-and-attenuates-neuroinflammation-after-intracerebral-hemorrhage
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Chun-Hu Wu, Song-Kun Shyue, Tai-Ho Hung, Shin Wen, Chao-Chang Lin, Che-Feng Chang, Szu-Fu Chen
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory responses significantly contribute to neuronal damage and poor functional outcomes following intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). Soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) is known to induce neuroinflammatory responses via degradation of anti-inflammatory epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EET), and sEH is upregulated in response to brain injury. The present study investigated the involvement of sEH in ICH-induced neuroinflammation, brain damage, and functional deficits using a mouse ICH model and microglial cultures...
November 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163375/isolation-and-characterization-of-pseudomonas-spp-strains-that-efficiently-decompose-sodium-dodecyl-sulfate
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Ewa M Furmanczyk, Michal A Kaminski, Grzegorz Spolnik, Maciej Sojka, Witold Danikiewicz, Andrzej Dziembowski, Leszek Lipinski, Adam Sobczak
Due to their particular properties, detergents are widely used in household cleaning products, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and in agriculture as adjuvants tailoring the features of pesticides or other crop protection agents. The continuously growing use of these various products means that water soluble detergents have become one of the most problematic groups of pollutants for the aquatic and terrestrial environments. Thus it is important to identify bacteria having the ability to survive in the presence of large quantities of detergent and efficiently decompose it to non-surface active compounds...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017530/customized-microscale-approach-for-optimizing-two-phase-bio-oxidations-of-alkanes-with-high-reproducibility
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Johannes F Kolmar, Oliver Thum, Frank Baganz
BACKGROUND: Numerous challenges remain to achieve industrially competitive space-time yields for bio-oxidations. The ability to rapidly screen bioconversion reactions for characterization and optimization is of major importance in bioprocess development and biocatalyst selection; studies at conventional lab scale are time consuming and labor intensive with low experimental throughput. The direct ω-oxyfunctionalization of aliphatic alkanes in a regio- and chemoselective manner is efficiently catalyzed by monooxygenases such as the AlkBGT enzyme complex from Pseudomonas putida under mild conditions...
October 10, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919867/sulfated-cholecystokinin-8-promotes-cd36-mediated-fatty-acid-uptake-into-primary-mouse-duodenal-enterocytes
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Claire Demenis, John McLaughlin, Craig P Smith
Cholecystokinin (CCK) is an archetypal incretin hormone secreted by intestinal enteroendocrine cells (EEC) in response to ingested nutrients. The aim of this study was to determine whether CCK modulates enterocyte fatty acid uptake by primary mouse duodenal cells. Exposure of primary mouse duodenal cells to 10 pM sulfated CCK-8 caused a two fold increase in dodecanoic acid fatty acid (FA) uptake. The selective CCK A receptor antagonist loxiglumide (100 μM) completely abolished the CCK-8 induced FA uptake. The CD36 fatty acid translocase-specific inhibitor sulfo-N-succinimidyl oleate (1 μM) also completely inhibited CCK-8 induced FA uptake, as did treatment with 200 μM phloretin...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891327/composition-of-the-oily-compounds-phytochemical-screening-and-biological-activity-of-different-aerial-parts-of-smirnovia-turkestana-bunge
#16
Maryam Akhbari, Mahdi Yaghoobei, Sepideh Hamedi
In the present study, chemical composition of the oily compounds isolated from different parts of Smirnovia turkestana (Kashan, central Iran) using n-hexane was determined for the first time. GC-MS analysis revealed that dodecanoic acid, trans-β-ionone and methyl palmitate are the major components of leaves extract. Trans-β-ionone and hexadodecanoic acid were also, identified as the major compounds of flowers extract. Heptacosane, trans-β-ionone and vitamin E acetate were the main components of fruits. Phytochemical screening of the methanol extract proved the presence of alkaloids, anthraquinones, flavonoids and anthocyanin in the leaves, flowers and fruits of S...
September 10, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873053/c-elegans-avoids-toxin-producing-streptomyces-using-a-seven-transmembrane-domain-chemosensory-receptor
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Alan Tran, Angelina Tang, Colleen T O'Loughlin, Anthony Balistreri, Eric Chang, Doris Coto Villa, Joy Li, Aruna Varshney, Vanessa Jimenez, Jacqueline Pyle, Bryan Tsujimoto, Christopher Wellbrook, Christopher Vargas, Alex Duong, Nebat Ali, Sarah Y Matthews, Samantha Levinson, Sarah Woldemariam, Sami Khuri, Martina Bremer, Daryl K Eggers, Noelle L'Etoile, Laura C Miller Conrad, Miri K VanHoven
Predators and prey co-evolve, each maximizing their own fitness, but the effects of predator-prey interactions on cellular and molecular machinery are poorly understood. Here, we study this process using the predator Caenorhabditis elegans and the bacterial prey Streptomyces, which have evolved a powerful defense: the production of nematicides. We demonstrate that upon exposure to Streptomyces at their head or tail, nematodes display an escape response that is mediated by bacterially produced cues. Avoidance requires a predicted G-protein-coupled receptor, SRB-6, which is expressed in five types of amphid and phasmid chemosensory neurons...
September 5, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794998/identification-of-lipolytic-enzymes-isolated-from-bacteria-indigenous-to-eucalyptus-wood-species-for-application-in-the-pulping-industry
#18
L Ramnath, B Sithole, R Govinden
This study highlights the importance of determining substrate specificity at variable experimental conditions. Lipases and esterases were isolated from microorganisms cultivated from Eucalyptus wood species and then concentrated (cellulases removed) and characterized. Phenol red agar plates supplemented with 1% olive oil or tributyrin was ascertained to be the most favourable method of screening for lipolytic activity. Lipolytic activity of the various enzymes were highest at 45-61 U/ml at the optimum temperature and pH of between at 30-35 °C and pH 4-5, respectively...
September 2017: Biotechnology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756564/production-of-dodecanedioic-acid-via-biotransformation-of-low-cost-plant-oil-derivatives-using-candida-tropicalis
#19
Irina Funk, Nina Rimmel, Christoph Schorsch, Volker Sieber, Jochen Schmid
Dodecanedioic acid (DDA) is highly useful to the chemical industry as a versatile precursor for producing the polyamide nylon-6,12, which is used for many technical applications, such as heat and chemical-resistant sheaths. However, DDA synthesis has several drawbacks, such as high energy input and cost-intensive removal of by-products. Therefore, alternative bio-based production routes are required due to increasing industrial demand for green chemicals and renewable products. Candida tropicalis converts petrochemical-based n-dodecanes to the corresponding dicarboxylic acids by targeted functionalization...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741242/the-weakening-effect-of-soluble-epoxide-hydrolase-inhibitor-auda-on-febrile-response-to-lipopolysaccharide-and-turpentine-in-rat
#20
Jakub Piotrowski, Tomasz Jędrzejewski, Małgorzata Pawlikowska, Agata Joanna Pacuła, Jacek Ścianowski, Wiesław Kozak
A still growing body of evidence suggests the importance of epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) in the regulation of inflammatory response; therefore, drugs that stabilize their levels by targeting the soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH), an enzyme responsible for their metabolism, are currently under investigation. The effect of sEH inhibitors on molecular components of fever mechanism, i.e., on synthesis of pro-inflammatory cytokines or prostaglandins, has been repeatedly proven; however, the hypothesis that sEH inhibitors affect febrile response has never been tested...
November 2017: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
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