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Andrey Golubov, Igor Kovalchuk
Hydroxymethylcytosine (hmC or 5-hmC) is a nitrogen base occurring as a result of cytosine methylation followed by replacing a methyl group with a hydroxyl group through active oxidation. 5-hmC is considered to be one of the forms of epigenetic modification and is suggested as an intermediate step in a semi-active loss of DNA methylation mark. 5-hmC plays an important role in the epigenetic regulation of gene expression in animals, although its role in plants remains controversial. Here, we present a colorimetric method of quantification of 5-hmC using Brassica rapa DNA...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Milene N O Moritz, Joyce L S Gonçalves, Irwin A P Linares, Janice R Perussi, Kleber T de Oliveira
An amphiphilic chlorin derivative (CHL-T) was prepared from methylpheophorbide a (CHL) and 2-Amino-2-(hydroxymethyl)-1,3-propanediol (TRISMA(®)). The new chlorin was compared to other dyes (CHL and Hypericin) in relation to photophysical and photobiological activities in tumor and non-tumor cell lines. Cytotoxicity and cell death target were determined to evaluate the CHL-T efficiency, comparing to the precursor CHL and to the well-known dye hypericin (HY). All of the studied compounds exhibited absorption bands in the therapeutic window and presented a small fluorescence quantum yield compared to the reference dye (rhodamine B)...
October 18, 2016: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
Yu-Chen Liu, Jia Su, Xing-De Wu, Zhi-Jun Zhang, Min Fan, Qin-Feng Zhu, Juan He, Xiao-Nian Li, Li-Yan Peng, Xiao Cheng, Qin-Shi Zhao
A series of new Lycopodium alkaloids, namely 1-epi-malycorin A (1), 1-epi-17S-hydroxymalycorin A (2), 6α-hydroxyphlegmariurine A (3), 2S,4R-dihydroxyfawcettimine (4), and 16-hydroxylycodine (5), together with 24 known ones, have been isolated from the club moss Phlegmariurus henryi. The structures of the new compounds were determined by extensive spectroscopic analysis, including 1D and 2D NMR, as well as X-ray crystallographic analysis. Among them, the absolute configurations of 1, 2, and 4 and the structure of 3 were confirmed on the basis of the single-crystal X-ray crystallographic analysis...
October 18, 2016: Fitoterapia
Alper Kuşçu, Özcan Bulantekin
The purposes of this study were to investigate the effects of two different pekmez production methods namely open pan evaporation (OPE) and vacuum evaporation (VE) on the final products, and to observe the changes in constituents as well as aromatic components after 4 months of storage. The initial and poststorage (4 months) 5-hydroxymethyl furfural (HMF) content in OPE apple pekmez were respectively 5.48, and 7.04 mg/kg. No HMF was detected in VE apple pekmez. Both initial and poststorage content of phenolic compounds was higher in VE pekmez compared to OPE pekmez...
July 2016: Journal of Food Science and Technology
Marcia Valeria L Soares, Elenilson G Alves Filho, Lorena Mara A Silva, Etelvino Henrique Novotny, Kirley Marques Canuto, Nedio Jair Wurlitzer, Narendra Narain, Edy Sousa de Brito
Thermal food processing mainly aims to control microorganism in order to extend its shelf life. However, it may induce chemical and nutritional changes in foodstuff. The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) coupled to multivariate analysis was used to evaluate the effect of different thermal processing conditions (85 and 140°C for 4; 15; 30; and 60s) on the passion fruit juice using an Armfield pasteurizer. Through this approach it was possible to identify the changes in the juice composition. The temperature and the time lead to a hydrolysis of the sucrose to glucose and fructose...
March 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Angad P Mehta, Han Li, Sean A Reed, Lubica Supekova, Tsotne Javahishvili, Peter G Schultz
Several modified bases have been observed in the genomic DNA of bacteriophages, prokaryotes, and eukaryotes that play a role in restriction systems and/or epigenetic regulation. In our efforts to understand the consequences of replacing a large fraction of a canonical nucleoside with a modified nucleoside, we previously replaced around 75% of thymidine (T) with 5'-hydroxymethyl-2'-deoxyuridine (5hmU) in the Escherichia coli genome. In this study, we engineered the pyrimidine nucleotide biosynthetic pathway using T4 bacteriophage genes to achieve approximately 63% replacement of 2'-deoxycytidine (dC) with 5-hydroxymethyl-2'-deoxycytidine (5hmC) in the E...
October 20, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Harsha Amarasekara, David Crich
The synthesis and cyclization reactions, leading to spirocyclic medium ring-sized diolides, of o-(hydroxymethyl)xylylene monoesters of sialyl thioglycosides is described. Cyclization yields and stereoselectivities are found to vary as a function of the anomeric stereochemistry of the thioglycoside and of the N5 protecting group, and these effects are discussed in terms of the reaction mechanism. Cyclization in the presence of acetonitrile results in the isolation and characterization of a Ritter-type N-sialyl acetamide, which affords strong evidence for the participation of acetonitrile in the form of sialyl nitrilium ions...
October 8, 2016: Carbohydrate Research
Yan Zhang, Richard G Weiss
The structural and dynamic properties of molecular gels, made from 9 structurally-related mono-, di, and tri-hydroxymethylated alkanamide gelators, have been examined at different distance scales. The subtle changes in the gelator structures, in terms of the number of hydroxymethyl groups and the length of the alkanamide chain, have been correlated with the type of the self-assembled fibrillar networks and the viscoelasticity of the gels as well as the characteristics of the liquid as indicated by Hansen solubility parameters...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Khaled M Abass
Tebufenozide is a nonsteroid ecdysone agonist that causes premature and incomplete molting in Lepidoptera. Studies conducted so far have shown the low toxicity of tebufenozide in mammals, birds and invertebrates. Tebufenozide potential metabolites such as aromatic amines are known to induce methemoglobinemia disorder in humans, most likely by the formation of N-hydroxy metabolites; therefore, the aim of this research is to investigate the formation of the potential toxic N-hydroxy derivatives in pooled human hepatic microsomal fractions...
October 2016: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
Xin Li, Yun Liu, Tal Salz, Kasper D Hansen, Andrew P Feinberg
DNA methylation at the 5-postion of cytosine (5mC) is an epigenetic modification that regulates gene expression and cellular plasticity in development and disease. The ten-eleven translocation (TET) gene family oxidizes 5mC to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC), providing an active mechanism for DNA demethylation, and may also provide its own regulatory function. Here we applied oxidative bisulfite sequencing to generate whole-genome DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation maps at single-base resolution in paired human liver and lung normal and cancer...
October 13, 2016: Genome Research
Amani S Awaad, Asmaa Al-Refaie, Reham El-Meligy, Mohamed Zain, Hesham Soliman, Mohamed S Marzoke, Nabil El-Sayed
Oral administration of the total alcohol extract of Convolvulus pilosellifolius Desr. (250 and 500 md/kg) showed potent anti-ulcerogenic activity in absolute ethanol-induced ulcer model in rats; it showed percent protection of control ulcer by 69.2 and 84.6%, respectively, while standard ranitidine (100 mg/kg) exhibited 46.2%. Bio-guided work leads to isolation of two novel compounds (1 and 2), which were identified through (1) H, (13) C NMR, HMPC, HMQC and DEPT as: methyl 2-(hydroxymethyl) octanoate, named as amanitate, and 16-amino-9,13-dimethyl-17-(prop-1-en-2-yl)-hexadecahydro-1H-cyclopenta[a] phenanthren-3-ol, named as asmatol...
October 12, 2016: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
Jianming Wu, Xiao Ke, Na Ma, Wei Wang, Wei Fu, Hongcheng Zhang, Manxi Zhao, Xiaoping Gao, Xiaofeng Hao, Zhirong Zhang
BACKGROUND: It has been reported that formononetin (FMN), one of the main ingredients from famous traditional Chinese medicine "Huang-qi" (Astragalus membranaceus [Fisch] Bunge) for Qi-tonifying, exhibits the effects of immunomodulation and tumor growth inhibition via antiangiogenesis. Furthermore, A. membranaceus may alleviate the retinal neovascularization (NV) of diabetic retinopathy. However, the information of FMN on retinal NV is limited so far. In the present study, we investigated the effects of FMN on the hypoxia-induced retinal NV and the possible related mechanisms...
2016: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
Rosemary A Croft, James J Mousseau, Chulho Choi, James A Bull
The first examples of 3,3-diaryloxetanes are prepared in a lithium-catalyzed and substrate dependent divergent Friedel-Crafts reaction. para-Selective Friedel-Crafts reactions of phenols using oxetan-3-ols afford 3,3-diaryloxetanes by displacement of the hydroxy group. These constitute new isosteres for benzophenones and diarylmethanes. Conversely, ortho-selective Friedel-Crafts reactions of phenols afford 3-aryl-3-hydroxymethyl-dihydrobenzofurans by tandem alkylation-ring-opening reactions; the outcome of the reaction diverging to structurally distinct products dependent on the substrate regioselectivity...
November 2, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Hajime Maeda, Hiroki Takenaka, Kazuhiko Mizuno
With the aim of developing photoreactions that use intermolecular hydrogen bonding interactions to control the efficiency and stereochemistry, the 1,2-[2 + 2] photocycloaddition reactions of 1-cyanonaphthalene derivatives with vinyl ethers possessing hydroxy groups were examined. The photoreaction of 1-cyano-4-(hydroxymethyl)naphthalene (1a) with 2-hydroxyethyl vinyl ether (2a) at room temperature was found to produce cycloadducts, endo-3aa and exo-3aa, in a non-stereoselective manner (56 : 44). However, this photoreaction at -40 °C displays a high endo-selectivity (81 : 19)...
October 3, 2016: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
Ayan Pal, Rajat S Das, Weicheng Zhang, Megan Lang, Larry W McLaughlin, Jack W Szostak
The significance of the precise position of the hydroxyl at the 3'-end of an RNA primer for nonenzymatic template-directed primer extension is not well understood. We show that an RNA primer terminating in 3'-hydroxymethyl-2',3'-dideoxy-guanosine has greatly diminished activity, suggesting that the spatial preorganization of the terminal sugar contributes significantly to the efficiency of primer extension.
September 29, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Tapan Kumar Kuilya, Rajib Kumar Goswami
A short, convergent and general strategy for stereoselective total synthesis of biologically active α-substituted γ-hydroxymethyl γ-lactone based natural products cananginone C and debilisone A has been developed. The salient features of this synthesis include Cadiot-Chodkiewicz coupling, Evans allylation, Sharpless asymmetric dihydroxylation and γ-lactonization. The originally proposed structure of debilisone A has been revised.
September 21, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Lucas W Erickson, Erika L Lucas, Emily J Tollefson, Elizabeth R Jarvo
The stereospecific reductive cross-electrophile coupling reaction of 2-vinyl-4-halotetrahydropyrans for vinylcyclopropane synthesis is reported. The nickel-catalyzed reaction occurs with both alkyl fluorides and alkyl chlorides. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported cross-electrophile coupling reaction of an alkyl fluoride. Ring contraction proceeds with high stereospecificity, providing selective synthesis of either diastereomer of di- and trisubstituted cyclopropanes. The utility of this methodology is demonstrated by several synthetic applications including the synthesis of the natural product dictyopterene A...
October 6, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Hiroyuki Kimura, Yusuke Yagi, Kenji Arimitsu, Kazuya Maeda, Kazuaki Ikejiri, Jun-Ichi Takano, Hiroyuki Kusuhara, Shinya Kagawa, Masahiro Ono, Yuichi Sugiyama, Hideo Saji
Pitavastatin is an antihyperlipidemic agent, a potent inhibitor of 3-hydroxymethyl-glutaryl-CoA reductase, which is selectively taken up into the liver mainly via hepatic organic anion transporting polypeptide 1B1 (OATP1B1). OATP1B1 can accept a variety of organic anions, and previous reports indicated that it is responsible for the hepatic clearance of several clinically used anionic drugs. Therefore, the pharmacokinetics and the hepatic distribution of pitavastatin provide an insight into the function of OATP1B1 in humans...
October 2, 2016: Journal of Labelled Compounds & Radiopharmaceuticals
Cristiane Bigatti Pereira, Nívea Pereira de Sá, Beatriz Martins Borelli, Carlos Augusto Rosa, Paulo Jorge Sanches Barbeira, Betania Barros Cota, Susana Johann
The antifungal effects of two eicosanoic acids, 2-amino-3,4-dihydroxy-2-25-(hydroxymethyl)-14-oxo-6,12-eicosenoic acid (compound 1) and myriocin (compound 2), isolated from Mycosphaerella sp. were evaluated against Cryptococcus neoformans and C. gattii. The compounds displayed antifungal activities against several isolates of C. neoformans and C. gattii, with minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) values ranging from 0.49 to 7.82 μM for compound 1 and 0.48-1.95 μM for compound 2. In the checkerboard microtiter test, both compounds exhibited synergistic activity with amphotericin B against C...
September 28, 2016: Microbial Pathogenesis
Chiara Bardella, Osama Al-Dalahmah, Daniel Krell, Pijus Brazauskas, Khalid Al-Qahtani, Marketa Tomkova, Julie Adam, Sébastien Serres, Helen Lockstone, Luke Freeman-Mills, Inga Pfeffer, Nicola Sibson, Robert Goldin, Benjamin Schuster-Böeckler, Patrick J Pollard, Tomoyoshi Soga, James S McCullagh, Christopher J Schofield, Paul Mulholland, Olaf Ansorge, Skirmantas Kriaucionis, Peter J Ratcliffe, Francis G Szele, Ian Tomlinson
Isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 mutations drive human gliomagenesis, probably through neomorphic enzyme activity that produces D-2-hydroxyglutarate. To model this disease, we conditionally expressed Idh1(R132H) in the subventricular zone (SVZ) of the adult mouse brain. The mice developed hydrocephalus and grossly dilated lateral ventricles, with accumulation of 2-hydroxyglutarate and reduced α-ketoglutarate. Stem and transit amplifying/progenitor cell populations were expanded, and proliferation increased. Cells expressing SVZ markers infiltrated surrounding brain regions...
October 10, 2016: Cancer Cell
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