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H Kimoto-Nira, N Moriya, S Hayakawa, K Kuramasu, H Ohmori, S Yamasaki, M Ogawa
It has recently been reported that the rare sugar d-allulose has beneficial effects, including the suppression of postprandial blood glucose elevation in humans, and can be substituted for sucrose as a low-calorie food ingredient. To examine the applications of d-allulose in the dairy industry, we investigated the effects of d-allulose on the acid production of 8 strains of yogurt starter (Lactobacillus delbrueckii ssp. bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus) and 4 strains of lactococci, including potential probiotic candidates derived from dairy products...
July 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
Masahiro Ogawa, Masaki Inoue, Shigeru Hayakawa, Siwaporn O'Charoen, Makiko Ogawa
BACKGROUND: d-Allulose (Alu), the C3-epimer of d-fructose, is a non-caloric sweetener (0.39 kcal g(-1) ) with a suppressive effect on postprandial blood glucose elevation. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of Alu used as a sweetener and gel improver instead of sucrose on heat-induced gelation of surimi. RESULTS: The puncture test of a heat-induced surimi gel showed that with 50 g kg(-1) Alu the gel had 15% and 6% higher gel strength than the corresponding gel with sucrose (Suc) and with sorbitol (Sor), respectively...
April 18, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Tomoya Shintani, Takako Yamada, Noriko Hayashi, Tetsuo Iida, Yasuo Nagata, Nobuaki Ozaki, Yukiyasu Toyoda
Ingestion of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is associated with the risk of both diabetes and obesity. Rare sugar syrup (RSS) has been developed by alkaline isomerization of HFCS and has anti-obesity and anti-diabetic effects. However, the influence of RSS on glucose metabolism has not been explored. We investigated whether long-term administration of RSS maintains glucose tolerance and whether the underlying mechanism involves hepatic glucokinase translocation. Wistar rats were administered water, RSS, or HFCS in drinking water for 10 weeks and then evaluated for glucose tolerance, insulin tolerance, liver glycogen content, and subcellular distribution of liver glucokinase...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Wenli Zhang, Hao Li, Bo Jiang, Tao Zhang, Wanmeng Mu
BACKGROUND: d-Allulose is a novel and low-calorie rare monosaccharide that is a C-3 epimer of d-fructose. Because of its excellent physiological properties and commercial potential, d-allulose has attracted researchers' interests. Based on the Izumoring strategy, d-allulose is converted from d-fructose by d-psicose 3-epimerase (DPEase), while d-fructose is converted from d-glucose by d-glucose isomerase (GIase). In this study, we created a cellular system capable of converting d-glucose to d-allulose in a one-step process that co-expressed the GIase from Acidothermus cellulolyticus and the DPEase from Dorea sp...
December 23, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Kévin Patron, Philippe Gilot, Vanessa Rong, Aurélia Hiron, Laurent Mereghetti, Emilie Camiade
The fru2 metabolic operon of Streptococcus agalactiae encodes the phosphoenolpyruvate:carbohydrate phosphotransferase system (PTS) enzyme II complex Fru2 (EIIB(Fru2) , EIIA(Fru2) , and EIIC(Fru2) ); Fru2 R, a transcriptional activator with PTS regulatory domains (PRDs); a d-allulose-6-phosphate 3-epimerase; a transaldolase; and a transketolase. We showed that the transcription of fru2 is induced during the stationary phase of growth in complex media and during incubation in human cerebrospinal or amniotic fluids...
February 2017: Molecular Microbiology
Akihide Yoshihara, Taro Kozakai, Tomoya Shintani, Ryo Matsutani, Kouhei Ohtani, Tetsuo Iida, Kazuya Akimitsu, Ken Izumori, Pushpa Kiran Gullapalli
An enzyme that catalyzes C-3 epimerization between d-fructose and d-allulose was found in Arthrobacter globiformis strain M30. Arthrobacter species have long been used in the food industry and are well-known for their high degree of safety. The enzyme was purified by ion exchange and hydrophobic interaction chromatographies and characterized as a d-allulose 3-epimerase (d-AE). The molecular weight of the purified enzyme was estimated to be 128 kDa with four identical subunits. The enzyme showed maximal activity and thermostability in the presence of Mg(2+)...
February 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
Weiwei He, Bo Jiang, Wanmeng Mu, Tao Zhang
The production of d-allulose is usually conducted via isolated-enzyme or whole-cell biocatalysis reactions. In the present study, an innovative biocatalyst, d-psicose 3-epimerase (DPEase) from Clostridium scindens ATCC 35704, presented on the surface of Bacillus subtilis spores, was applied for d-allulose production. DPEase was fused at the C-terminus of the anchoring protein, CotZ, via a peptide linker, and trophic genes were used as selection markers during the chromosomal integration. The optimal temperature and pH of the fusion protein CotZ-DPEase were 55 °C and pH 7...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Chul-Soon Park, Taeyong Kim, Seung-Hye Hong, Kyung-Chul Shin, Kyoung-Rok Kim, Deok-Kun Oh
A d-allulose 3-epimerase from Flavonifractor plautii was cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli and Corynebacterium glutamicum. The maximum activity of the enzyme purified from recombinant E. coli cells was observed at pH 7.0, 65°C, and 1 mM Co2+ with a half-life of 40 min at 65°C, Km of 162 mM, and kcat of 25280 1/s. For increased d-allulose production, recombinant C. glutamicum cells were permeabilized via combined treatments with 20 mg/L penicillin and 10% (v/v) toluene. Under optimized conditions, 10 g/L permeabilized cells produced 235 g/L d-allulose from 750 g/L d-fructose after 40 min, with a conversion rate of 31% (w/w) and volumetric productivity of 353 g/L/h, which were 1...
2016: PloS One
Naohito Nishii, Toru Nomizo, Satoshi Takashima, Tatsuya Matsubara, Masaaki Tokuda, Hitoshi Kitagawa
D-allulose is a C-3 epimer of D-fructose and has recently been investigated for its hypoglycemic effects. In the present study, the effects of D-allulose on glucose metabolism were evaluated in healthy dogs administrated sugar or food. The oral administrations of D-allulose decreased plasma glucose concentrations after oral glucose or maltose administration, with a diminished plasma insulin rise. The glucose suppressive effect of D-allulose was also observed after intravenous glucose administrations without increase in plasma insulin concentration...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Hiromi Yoshida, Akihide Yoshihara, Tomohiko Ishii, Ken Izumori, Shigehiro Kamitori
Pseudomonas cichorii D-tagatose 3-epimerase (PcDTE), which has a broad substrate specificity, efficiently catalyzes the epimerization of not only D-tagatose to D-sorbose but also D-fructose to D-psicose (D-allulose) and also recognizes the deoxy sugars as substrates. In an attempt to elucidate the substrate recognition and catalytic reaction mechanisms of PcDTE for deoxy sugars, the X-ray structures of the PcDTE mutant form with the replacement of Cys66 by Ser (PcDTE_C66S) in complexes with deoxy sugars were determined...
December 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Weiwei He, Wanmeng Mu, Bo Jiang, Xin Yan, Tao Zhang
An integrative food-grade expression system with tandem repeat target genes was constructed for the expression of d-psicose 3-epimerase (DPEase; EC The DPEase gene fused with the P43 promoter constituted an independent monomeric expression cassette. Multimers of the expression cassette were constructed in vitro using the isocaudamer strategy. The recombinant integration plasmids pDG-nDPE (n = 1, 2, 3), which contained one, two, or three consecutive P43-DPEase tandem repeats, were integrated into the genome of B...
July 20, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Kim-Anne Lê, Frédéric Robin, Olivier Roger
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Dietary sugars play a role in noncommunicable diseases and represent a clear target for reduction. In this context, product reformulation can have a positive impact on health. Several technological solutions are available to replace sugar, all with benefits and limitations. The goal of this review is to describe the main sugar replacement alternatives and discuss their impact on health and product physicochemical properties. RECENT FINDINGS: Although high intensity sweeteners and polyols have been used for a long time to replace sucrose and despite no clear evidence of harm, the trend is today to look for alternatives such as sweet enhancers or alternative sugars such as allulose or tagatose, which are both low caloric...
July 2016: Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care
M Hadipernata, M Ogawa, S Hayakawa
d-Allulose (Alu), a rare sugar, was applied to chicken breast sausage as a sucrose (Suc) substitute. The ratio (w/w) of Alu to Suc in sugar that was added to the sausage batter was 0/1 (A0S1), 3/7 (A3S7), 7/3 (A7S3), and 1/0 (A1S0). The total amount of Suc used was 2.5% of the weight of minced chicken breast meat. Substituting Suc with Alu did not affect water content, cooking loss, breaking stress, breaking strain, and modulus of elasticity of chicken breast sausage, but a 100% substitution with Alu caused a 10% decrease in viscosity and a 31% decrease in expressible water...
September 1, 2016: Poultry Science
Weiwei He, Wanmeng Mu, Bo Jiang, Xin Yan, Tao Zhang
A food grade recombinant Bacillus subtilis that produces d-psicose 3-epimerase (DPEase; EC was constructed by transforming a replicative multicopy plasmid with a d-alanine racemase gene marker into B. subtilis 1A751 with the d-alanine racemase gene knocked out. The DPEase was expressed in B. subtilis without antibiotic resistance genes and without adding antibiotics during fermentation. Whole cells of the food grade recombinant B. subtilis were used to biotransform d-fructose to d-allulose. The two tandem promoters, including the HpaII and P43 promoters, increased expression levels compared to the use of one promoter, HpaII...
April 27, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Naohito Nishii, Toru Nomizo, Satoshi Takashima, Tatsuya Matsubara, Masaaki Tokuda, Hitoshi Kitagawa
Healthy dogs were administered acute oral doses of D-allulose (also called D-psicose) to evaluate its toxicity. Six dogs received oral doses of either a placebo or D-allulose solution (1 and 4 g/kg) on three different study days. One dog experienced vomiting, and five dogs showed transient diarrhea when 4 g/kg of D-allulose was administered. All dogs were active and had a good appetite throughout the study period. Blood glucose concentration slightly decreased without a rise in plasma insulin concentration 2 hr after D-allulose administration...
July 1, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Akihide Yoshihara, Tomohiko Ishii, Tatsuya Kamakura, Hiroaki Taguchi, Kazuhiro Fukada
The title compound, C6H12O5, was crystallized from an aqueous solution of 6-de-oxy-l-psicose (6-de-oxy-l-allulose, (3S,4S,5S)-1,3,4,5-tetra-hydroxy-hexan-2-one), and the mol-ecule was confirmed as α-furan-ose with a (3) T 4 (or E 4) conformation, which is a predominant tautomer in solution. This five-membered furan-ose ring structure is the second example in the field of the 6-de-oxy-ketohexose family. The cell volume of the title compound [742.67 (7) Å(3), Z = 4 at room temperature] is only 1.4% smaller than that of β-d-psico-pyran-ose, C6H12O6 (753...
December 1, 2015: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
Akram Hossain, Fuminori Yamaguchi, Tatsuhiro Matsuo, Ikuko Tsukamoto, Yukiyasu Toyoda, Masahiro Ogawa, Yasuo Nagata, Masaaki Tokuda
Obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are the leading worldwide risk factors for mortality. The inextricably interlinked pathological progression from excessive weight gain, obesity, and hyperglycemia to T2DM, usually commencing from obesity, typically originates from overconsumption of sugar and high-fat diets. Although most patients require medications, T2DM is manageable or even preventable with consumption of low-calorie diet and maintaining body weight. Medicines like insulin, metformin, and thiazolidinediones that improve glycemic control; however, these are associated with weight gain, high blood pressure, and dyslipidemia...
November 2015: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Sirinan Shompoosang, Akihide Yoshihara, Keiko Uechi, Yasuhiko Asada, Kenji Morimoto
We biosynthesized 6-deoxy-L-talose, 6-deoxy-L-sorbose, 6-deoxy-L-gulose, and 6-deoxy-L-idose, which rarely exist in nature, from L-fucose by coupling and sequential enzymatic reactions. The first product, 6-deoxy-L-talose, was directly produced from L-fucose by the coupling reactions of immobilized D-arabinose isomerase and immobilized L-rhamnose isomerase. In one-pot reactions, the equilibrium ratio of L-fucose, L-fuculose, and 6-deoxy-L-talose was 80:9:11. In contrast, 6-deoxy-L-sorbose, 6-deoxy-L-gulose, and 6-deoxy-L-idose were produced from L-fucose by sequential enzymatic reactions...
January 2016: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
Kouichi Itoh, Shodo Mizuno, Sayuri Hama, Wataru Oshima, Miku Kawamata, Akram Hossain, Yasuhiro Ishihara, Masaaki Tokuda
A rare sugar, D-allulose (also called D-psicose), has recently been applied as a food supplement in view of controlling diabetes and obesity in Japan. D-allulose has been proven to have unique effects against hyperglycemia and hyperlipidemia in a number of studies using several species of rats and mice. However, the antiobesity effects of D-allulose have not yet been assessed in Lep(ob)/Lep(ob) (ob/ob) mice. Therefore, this study explored the dietary supplemental effects of this sugar in leptin-deficient ob/ob mice...
July 2015: Journal of Food Science
Tomohiko Ishii, Genta Sakane, Akihide Yoshihara, Kazuhiro Fukada, Tatsuya Senoo
The title compound, C6H12O6, a C-3 position epimer of fructose, was crystallized from an aqueous solution of equimolar mixture of d- and l-psicose (1,3,4,5,6-penta-hydroxy-hexan-2-one, ribo-2-hexulose, allulose), and it was confirmed that d-psicose (or l-psicose) formed β-pyran-ose with a (2) C 5 (or (5) C 2) conformation. In the crystal, an O-H⋯O hydrogen bond between the hy-droxy groups at the C-3 and C-2 positions connects homochiral mol-ecules into a column along the b axis. The columns are linked by other O-H⋯O hydrogen bonds between d- and l-psicose mol-ecules, forming a three-dimensional network...
May 1, 2015: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
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