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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918200/profiling-the-short-linear-non-disulfide-bond-containing-peptidome-from-the-venom-of-the-scorpion-tityus-obscurus
#1
Nathalia Baptista Dias, Bibiana Monson de Souza, Fernando Kamimura Cocchi, Hipócrates M Chalkidis, Valquíria Abrão Coronado Dorce, Mario Sergio Palma
Many scorpion accidents occur in the Brazilian Amazonian region and are frequently caused by Tityus obscurus. Approximately 5% of the crude venom of this species is composed of short linear, non-disulfide-bridged peptides, which have not been intensively investigated. As a consequence, only a few of these peptides have been structurally and functionally characterized to date. In the present paper, the peptide fraction of the venom was subjected to peptide profiling using an LCMS-IT-TOF/MS and MS(n) system. The analysis detected 320 non-disulfide bond-containing peptides (NDBPs), of which twenty-seven had their sequences assigned; among them, thirteen peptides were characterized, constituting novel toxins in T...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895884/interaction-of-recombinant-gallus-gallus-sept5-and-brain-proteins-of-h5n1-avian-influenza-virus-infected-chickens
#2
Jasmine Elanie Khairat, Vinod Balasubramaniam, Iekhsan Othman, Abdul Rahman Omar, Sharifah Syed Hassan
Septin forms a conserved family of cytoskeletal guanosine triphosphate (GTP) binding proteins that have diverse roles in protein scaffolding, vesicle trafficking, and cytokinesis. The involvement of septins in infectious viral disease pathogenesis has been demonstrated by the upregulation of SEPT5 protein and its mRNA in brain tissues of H5N1-infected chickens, thus, providing evidence for the potential importance of this protein in the pathogenesis of neurovirulence caused by the avian influenza virus. In this study, cloning, expression, and purification of Gallus gallus SEPT5 protein was performed in Escherichia coli...
September 12, 2017: Proteomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877224/transformation-products-elucidation-of-forchlorfenuron-in-postharvest-kiwifruit-by-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry
#3
Zhiwei Zhang, Zhenhong Gao, Yuan Wang, Yahong Yuan, Jing Dong, Tianli Yue
Forchlorfenuron (1-(2-chloro-4-pyridyl)-3-phenylurea, FCF) is a plant growth regulator, being extensively used for increasing kiwifruit size. The toxicological properties of its may persist in their transformation products (TPs) or even higher toxicity than FCF. TPs elucidation of FCF in postharvest kiwifruit (Actinidia chinensis, Chinese gooseberry) by the liquid chromatography ionization hybrid ion trap and time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-IT-TOF/MS) in positive mode was the objective of the present study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874834/immunology-lcms-and-the-liver-additional-surveillance
#4
Katrina Ray
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 6, 2017: Nature Reviews. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851636/sle-autoantibodies-are-well-recognized-by-peroxynitrite-modified-hsa-its-implications-in-the-pathogenesis-of-sle
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Zarina Arif, Km Neelofar, Akhlas Tarannum, Mir Yasir Arfat, Shafeeque Ahmad, Asif Zaman, Mohd Adnan Khan, Asim Badar, Shireen Naaz Islam, Mohammad Arif Iqubal
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disorder where the role of inflammatory processes in the etiopathogenesis is well documented. Despite extensive research, the trigger for initiation of the disease has not been identified. Peroxynitrite, a strong nitrating/oxidizing agent has been reported in SLE and other autoimmune diseases. In this study, human serum albumin (HSA) was exposed to peroxynitrite for 30min at 37°C. The structure of HSA was grossly perturbed when examined by various physico-chemical techniques...
August 26, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846849/cyclic-hexapeptide-dimers-antatollamides-a-and-b-from-the-ascidian-didemnum-molle-a-tryptophan-derived-auxiliary-for-l-and-d-amino-acid-assignments
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Mariam N Salib, Tadeusz F Molinski
Two dimerized cyclic hexapeptides, antatollamides A (1) and B (2) were isolated from the colonial ascidian Didemnum molle collected in Pohnpei. The amino acid compositions and sequences were determined by interpretation of MS and 1D and 2D NMR data. Raney Ni reduction of antatollamide A cleaved the dimer to the corresponding monomeric cyclic hexapeptide with replacement of Cys by Ala. The amino acid configuration of 1 was established, after total hydrolysis, by derivatization with a new chiral reagent, (5-fluoro-2,4-dinitrophenyl)-Nα-L-tryptophanamide (FDTA), prepared from L-Trp, followed by LCMS analysis; all amino acids were found to be L-configured except for D-Ala...
August 28, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815210/lpxk-is-essential-for-growth-of-acinetobacter-baumannii-atcc-19606-relationship-to-toxic-accumulation-of-lipid-a-pathway-intermediates
#7
Jun-Rong Wei, Daryl L Richie, Mina Mostafavi, Louis E Metzger, Christopher M Rath, William S Sawyer, Kenneth T Takeoka, Charles R Dean
Acinetobacter baumannii ATCC 19606 can grow without lipid A, the major component of lipooligosaccharide. However, we previously reported that depletion of LpxH (the fourth enzyme in the lipid A biosynthetic pathway) prevented growth of this strain due to toxic accumulation of lipid A pathway intermediates. Here, we explored whether a similar phenomenon occurred with depletion of LpxK, a kinase that phosphorylates disaccharide 1-monophosphate (DSMP) at the 4' position to yield lipid IVA. An A. baumannii ATCC 19606 derivative with LpxK expression under the control of an isopropyl β-d-1-thiogalactopyranoside (IPTG)-regulated expression system failed to grow without induction, indicating that LpxK is essential for growth...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814950/morinda-citrifolia-l-leaf-extract-prevent-weight-gain-in-sprague-dawley-rats-fed-a-high-fat-diet
#8
Najla Gooda Sahib Jambocus, Amin Ismail, Alfi Khatib, Fawzi Mahomoodally, Nazamid Saari, Muhammad Waseem Mumtaz, Azizah Abdul Hamid
Background: Morinda citrifolia L. is widely used as a folk medicinal food plant to manage a panoply of diseases, though no concrete reports on its potential anti-obesity activity. This study aimed to evaluate the potential of M. citrifolia leaf extracts (MLE60) in the prevention of weight gain in vivo and establish its phytochemical profile. Design: Male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into groups based on a normal diet (ND) or high fat diet (HFD), with or without MLE60 supplementation (150 and 350 mg/kg body weight) and assessed for any reduction in weight gain...
2017: Food & Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813662/a-liver-capsular-network-of-monocyte-derived-macrophages-restricts-hepatic-dissemination-of-intraperitoneal-bacteria-by-neutrophil-recruitment
#9
Frederic Sierro, Maximilien Evrard, Simone Rizzetto, Michelle Melino, Andrew J Mitchell, Manuela Florido, Lynette Beattie, Shaun B Walters, Szun Szun Tay, Bo Lu, Lauren E Holz, Ben Roediger, Yik Chun Wong, Alessandra Warren, William Ritchie, Claire McGuffog, Wolfgang Weninger, David G Le Couteur, Florent Ginhoux, Warwick J Britton, William R Heath, Bernadette M Saunders, Geoffrey W McCaughan, Fabio Luciani, Kelli P A MacDonald, Lai Guan Ng, David G Bowen, Patrick Bertolino
The liver is positioned at the interface between two routes traversed by pathogens in disseminating infection. Whereas blood-borne pathogens are efficiently cleared in hepatic sinusoids by Kupffer cells (KCs), it is unknown how the liver prevents dissemination of peritoneal pathogens accessing its outer membrane. We report here that the hepatic capsule harbors a contiguous cellular network of liver-resident macrophages phenotypically distinct from KCs. These liver capsular macrophages (LCMs) were replenished in the steady state from blood monocytes, unlike KCs that are embryonically derived and self-renewing...
August 15, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765282/the-drug-transporter-oat3-slc22a8-regulates-endogenous-metabolite-flow-through-the-gut-liver-kidney-axis
#10
Kevin T Bush, Wei Wu, Christina Lun, Sanjay K Nigam
The organic anion transporters OAT1 (SLC22A6) and OAT3 (SLC22A8) have similar substrate specificity for drugs, but it is far from clear whether this holds for endogenous substrates. By analysis of more than 600 metabolites in the Oat3KO by LCMS, we demonstrate OAT3 involvement in the movement of gut microbiome-derived products, key metabolites and signaling molecules, including those flowing through the gut-liver-kidney axis. Major pathways affected included those involved in metabolism of bile acids, flavonoids, nutrients, amino acids (including tryptophan-derivatives that are uremic solutes) and lipids...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749669/thermal-degradation-of-major-gomphrenin-pigments-in-the-fruit-juice-of-basella-alba-l-malabar-spinach
#11
Agnieszka Kumorkiewicz, Sławomir Wybraniec
Generation of decarboxylated and dehydrogenated gomphrenins during heating of Basella alba L. fruit juice containing high levels of betacyanin pigments was monitored by LC-DAD-ESI-MS/MS. The presence of principal decarboxylation products, 2-, 17-, and 2,17-decarboxy-gomphrenins, their diastereomers, as well as minor levels of their dehydrogenated derivatives are reported. In addition, determination of molecular masses of decarboxylated gomphrenins by high-resolution mass spectrometry (LCMS-IT-TOF) was performed...
August 30, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713441/analysis-of-raw-biofluids-by-mass-spectrometry-using-microfluidic-diffusion-based-separation
#12
Joshua Heinemann, Brigit Noon, Daniel Willems, Katherine Budeski, Brian Bothner
Elucidation and monitoring of biomarkers continues to expand because of their medical value and potential to reduce healthcare costs. For example, biomarkers are used extensively to track physiology associated with drug addiction, disease progression, aging, and industrial processes. While longitudinal analyses are of great value from a biological or healthcare perspective, the cost associated with replicate analyses is preventing the expansion of frequent routine testing. Frequent testing could deepen our understanding of disease emergence and aid adoption of personalized healthcare...
January 21, 2017: Analytical Methods: Advancing Methods and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696241/ethambutol-partitioning-in-tuberculous-pulmonary-lesions-explains-its-clinical-efficacy
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Matthew Zimmerman, Jodi Lestner, Brendan Prideaux, Paul O'Brien, Isabela Dias-Freedman, Chao Chen, Jillian Dietzold, Isaac Daudelin, Firat Kaya, Landry Blanc, Pei-Yu Chen, Steven Park, Padmini Salgame, Jansy Sarathy, Véronique Dartois
Clinical trials and practice have shown that ethambutol is an important component of the first-line tuberculosis (TB) regime. This contrasts the drug's rather modest potency and lack of activity against nongrowing persister mycobacteria. The standard plasma-based pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic profile of ethambutol suggests that the drug may be of limited clinical value. Here, we hypothesized that this apparent contradiction may be explained by favorable penetration of the drug into TB lesions. First, we utilized novel in vitro lesion pharmacokinetic assays and predicted good penetration of the drug into lesions...
September 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688916/venom-proteome-of-the-yellow-lipped-sea-krait-laticauda-colubrina-from-bali-insights-into-subvenomic-diversity-venom-antigenicity-and-cross-neutralization-by-antivenom
#14
Choo Hock Tan, Kin Ying Wong, Kae Yi Tan, Nget Hong Tan
The venom proteome of Laticauda colubrina (Bali, Indonesia) was elucidated by nano-ESI-LCMS/MS of the venom reverse-phase HPLC fractions. Altogether 31 distinct forms of proteins were identified and clustered into three toxin families: three-finger toxin (3FTX, 66.12% of total venom proteins), phospholipase A2 (PLA2, 33.26%) and cysteine-rich secretory protein (CRiSP, 0.05%). The 3FTX were α-neurotoxins (five long neurotoxins, LNTX, 48.87%; two short neurotoxins, SNTX, 16.94%) and a trace amount of two cytotoxins (CTX, 0...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669240/antibiotic-activity-of-emerimicin-iv-isolated-from-emericellopsis-minima-from-talcahuano-bay-chile
#15
Alejandro Inostroza, Liliana Lara, Cristian Paz, Andrés Perez, Felipe Galleguillos, Victor Hernandez, José Becerra, Gerardo González-Rocha, Mario Silva
Due to the increasing emergence of resistance of bacterial pathogens to current antibiotics, we have examined the marine fungi present in sea sediments obtained 200 m offshore to discover new antibacterial compounds active against multidrug-resistant bacteria. One strain, identified as Emericellopsis minima, was isolated from sediments of Talcahuano Bay (Chile). From the liquid culture of E. minima, we isolated Emerimicin IV, a unique fungal peptaibol that exhibited antibacterial activity. The structure of this compound was assigned by interpretation of (1)H NMR and HR-LCMS data...
July 3, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661687/curcumin-acrylation-for-biological-and-environmental-applications
#16
Vinod S Patil, Angela M Gutierrez, Manjula Sunkara, Andrew J Morris, J Zach Hilt, Douglass S Kalika, Thomas D Dziubla
Curcumin has recently gained interest for use in drug delivery, chemical sensing, and environmental applications. As a result, the development of synthesis strategies for the incorporation of curcumin into novel materials has become a priority. One such strategy, curcumin acrylation, involves the introduction of acrylate functional groups to the curcumin scaffold, with the potential generation of mono-, di-, and triacrylate curcumin species. The relative populations of these species in the resulting multiacrylate mixture can be controlled by the ratio of curcumin to acryloyl chloride in the initial reaction formulation...
July 28, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648623/isolation-of-anticancer-and-antimicrobial-metabolites-from-epicoccum-nigrum-endophyte-of-ferula-sumbul
#17
Irum Perveen, Muhammad Asam Raza, Tahir Iqbal, Iffat Naz, Shama Sehar, Safia Ahmed
Owing to the importance of endophytes, current research was aimed to purify the secondary metabolites from targeted source. Ferula sumbul, a lipophilic extract of the endophyte was prepared in 10% methanol and partitioned with ethyl acetate and bioassay guided isolation was carried using standard protocols against bacterial, fungal and cancer cells. The active fractions consisted of three new metabolites (2-methyl-3-nonyl prodiginine, Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, and a meroterpenoid, Preaustinoid A). Their structures were confirmed with LCMS/MS...
June 23, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648005/-components-of-human-placental-extract-and-its-protective-effect-to-rat-from-d-galn-induced-acute-liver-injury
#18
H Q Lei, M L Cheng, J Li, P P Zhou, X H Luo, F Yu
Objective: To evaluate the effect of human placental extracts (HPE) on the protection from acute liver injury (ALI) induced by D-GalN and analyze the components of HPE. Methods: (1)Fourty male mice were randomly divided into five groups (Blank, Model, MgIG, HPE and HPE+ MgIG) for the ALI model and treatments.The serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate transaminase (AST) were determined by biochemical assays.Nitric monoxide (NO), malondialdehyde (MDA), superoxide dismutase (SOD), total antioxidant capacity (T-AOC) in serum and hepatic tissue were detected by assay kits...
June 20, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644052/a-little-dab-will-do-ya-in-a-case-report-of-neuro-and-cardiotoxicity-following-use-of-cannabis-concentrates
#19
Shannon S Rickner, Dazhe Cao, Kurt Kleinschmidt, Steven Fleming
CONTEXT: The use of marijuana and cannabis concentrates is increasing, especially following decriminalization in several states. Psychosis and cardiotoxicity have been reported following cannabis use; however, myocardial injury from "dabbing" has not yet been reported. We report a case of hyperthermia, tachycardia, hypertension, severe agitation, neuro-, and cardiotoxicity following the use of "dabs" where there is concomitant confirmatory biological and sample testing. CASE DETAILS: A 17-year-old athletic man developed agitation requiring sedation and intubation for safety, with peak systolic blood pressures in the 190s and hyperthermia (to 102 °F)...
November 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643405/reassessment-of-the-access-testosterone-chemiluminescence-assay-and-comparison-with-lc-ms-method
#20
Ruggero Dittadi, Mara Matteucci, Elisa Meneghetti, Rudina Ndreu
AIM OF THE STUDY: To reassess the imprecision and Limit of Quantitation, to evaluate the cross-reaction with dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate (DHEAS), the accuracy toward liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) and the reference interval of the Access Testosterone method, performed by DxI immunoassay platform (Beckman Coulter). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Imprecision was evaluated testing six pool samples assayed in 20 different run using two reagents lots. The cross-reaction with DHEAS was studied both by a displacement curve and by spiking DHEAS standard in two serum samples with known amount of testosterone...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
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