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Jonathan Negrel, Francine Javelle, Dominique Morandi, Géraldine Lucchi
A Gram-negative bacterium able to grow using chlorogenic acid (5-caffeoylquinic acid) as sole carbon source has been isolated from the roots of tomato plants inoculated with the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus Rhizophagus irregularis. An intracellular esterase exhibiting very high affinity (Km = 2 μM) for chlorogenic acid has been extracted and purified by FPLC from the chlorogenate-grown cultures of this bacterium. The molecular mass of the purified esterase determined by SDS-PAGE was 61 kDa and its isoelectric point determined by chromatofocusing was 7...
October 17, 2016: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Moses Abiala, John Olayiwola, Oluwatoyin Babatunde, Olapeju Aiyelaagbe, Sunday Akinyemi
BACKGROUND: Plant extracts were evaluated on poultry bacteria known to be threatening public health. This is to develop better bio-therapeutic agents from plant origin. METHODS: Bacteria were isolated from water, feed, crop, gizzard and faeces of layer chicken. Isolates of interest (Escherichia coli, Salmonella enteritidis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella oxytoca) were subjected to antibiotic susceptibility test. Resistant strains were further evaluated against different plant extracts in comparison to Meropenem (control) using agar diffusion method...
October 26, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Martina Požar, Ariadni Kerasidou, Bernarda Lovrinčević, Larisa Zoranić, Marijana Mijaković, Tomislav Primorac, Franjo Sokolić, Victor Teboul, Aurélien Perera
The evolution of the micro-segregated structure of aqueous methanol mixtures, in the temperature range 300 K-120 K, is studied with computer simulations, from the static structural point of view. The structural heterogeneity of water is reinforced at lower temperatures, as witnessed by a pre-peak in the oxygen-oxygen structure factor. Water tends to form predominantly chain-like clusters at lower temperatures and smaller concentrations. Methanol domains have essentially the same chain-like cluster structure as the pure liquid at high concentrations and becomes monomeric at smaller ones...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Mei Qiu, Huilin Tao, Rong Li, Yi Li, Xin Huang, Wenkai Chen, Wenyue Su, Yongfan Zhang
A comprehensive density functional theory calculation was employed to investigate the reaction mechanism of methanol synthesis on a Co-modified Cu(100) surface via CO2 hydrogenation. The Cu(100) surface with embedded small Co clusters prepared experimentally was employed as a model system to explore the effects of Co dopant on the catalytic performance of Cu(100) surface towards CH3OH synthesis. The activation energy barriers and the reaction energies of 16 elementary surface reactions were determined. Our calculated results show that the most favorable reaction pathway for the hydrogenation of CO2 to CH3OH follows the sequence of CO2 → HCOO* →H2COO* →H2COOH* →H2CO* →H3CO* →H3COH*, and the OH* group hydrogenation to H2 O* is the rate-limiting step with an activation barrier of 112...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Jianghui Xu, Vikramjeet Singh, Xianzhen Yin, Parbeen Singh, Li Wu, Xiaonan Xu, Tao Guo, Lixin Sun, Shuangying Gui, Jiwen Zhang
β-artemether (ARM) is a widely used anti-malarial drug isolated from the Chinese antimalarial plant, Artemisia annua. The solvent effects on crystal habits and dissolution of ARM were thoroughly investigated and discussed herein. The ARM was recrystallized in 9 different solvents of varied polarity, namely, methanol, ethanol, isopropanol, tetrahydrofuran, dichloromethane, trichloromethane, ethyl acetate, acetone and hexane by solvent evaporation method. The obtained crystals were morphologically characterized using scanning electron microscope (SEM)...
October 26, 2016: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
Arghya Bhowmik, Tejs Vegge, Heine A Hansen
A detailed understanding of the electrochemical reduction of CO2 into liquid fuels on rutile metal oxide surfaces is developed by using DFT calculations. We consider oxide overlayer structures on RuO2 (1 1 0) surfaces as model catalysts to elucidate the trends and limitations in the CO2 reduction reaction (CO2RR) based on thermodynamic analysis. We aim to specify the requirements for CO2RR catalysts to establish adsorbate scaling relations and use these to derive activity volcanoes. Computational results show that the OH* binding free energy is a good descriptor of the thermodynamic limitations and it defines the left leg of the activity volcano for CO2RR...
October 26, 2016: ChemSusChem
Dimitrios Bitas, Victoria F Samanidou
A high-performance liquid chromatographic method was developed for the determination of six quinolone residues (ciprofloxacin, enrofloxacin, sarafloxacin, oxolinic acid, nalidixic acid and flumequine) in shrimp tissue samples. Separation was carried out by a LiChrospher® 100 RP-8e column, running at a 22 min gradient elution program, and the mobile phase consisted of citric acid (0.4 mol/L), acetonitrile and methanol. Detection was achieved by a diode array detector, monitoring at 255 and 275 nm. Sample preparation included initial extraction with citric acid solution and further clean-up by solid-phase extraction, employing Lichrolut RP-18 cartridges...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Separation Science
Wahhida Latip, Raja Noor Zaliha Raja Abd Rahman, Adam Thean Chor Leow, Fairolniza Mohd Shariff, Mohd Shukuri Mohamad Ali
A gene encoding a thermotolerant lipase with broad pH was isolated from an Antarctic Pseudomonas strain AMS3. The recombinant lipase AMS3 was purified by single-step purification using affinity chromatography, yielding a purification fold of approximately 1.52 and a recovery of 50%. The molecular weight was approximately ∼60 kDa including the strep and affinity tags. Interestingly, the purified Antarctic AMS3 lipase exhibited broad temperature profile from 10-70 °C and stable over a broad pH range from 5...
2016: PeerJ
Essam Hammam, Jalal Basahi, Iqbal Ismail, Ibrahim Hassan, Talal Almeelbi
The excited state hydrogen bonding dynamics of BBVN in hydrogen donating methanol solvent was explored at the TD-BMK/cc-pVDZ level of theory with accounting for the bulk environment effects at the polarizable continuum model (PCM). The heteroatoms of the BBVN laser dye form hydrogen bonds with four methanol molecules. In the formed BBVN-(MeOH)4 complex, the A-type hydrogen bond (N…HO), of an average strength of 25kJmol(-1), is twofold stronger than the B-type (O…HO) one. Upon photon absorption, the total HB binding energy increases from 78...
October 17, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Susanta Hazra, Ricardo Meyrelles, Adilia Januário Charmier, Patrícia Rijo, M Fátima C Guedes da Silva, Armando J L Pombeiro
The Schiff base H2L(1) [N,N'-ethylenebis(3-methoxysalicylaldimine)] or H2L(2) [N,N'-ethylenebis(3-ethoxysalicylaldimine)] was reacted with MCl2·xH2O and SnCl4·5H2O to afford the supramolecular heterobimetallic systems (H2ED)(2+)·2[ML]·[SnCl6](2-) [M = Cu, L = L(1) (1), L = L(2) (2); M = Ni, L = L(1) (3), L = L(2) (4); ED = 1,2-ethylenediamine], whose structures were established by single crystal X-ray analyses. Each structure includes different entities, viz. a mononuclear [CuL]/[NiL] neutral complex (coformer), a hexachlorostannate dianion [SnCl6](2-), a 1,2-ethylenediammonium dication (H2ED(2+)) and, only in 2 and 4, a methanol molecule...
October 25, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Shalev Gihaz, Diána Weiser, Adi Dror, Péter Sátorhelyi, Moran Jerabek-Willemsen, László Poppe, Ayelet Fishman
Two ternary sol-gel matrices, an octyltriethoxysilane-based aliphatic matrix and a phenyltriethoxysilane (PTEOS)-based aromatic matrix, were used to immobilize a methanol-stable variant of lipase from Geobacillus stearothermophilus T6 for the synthesis of biodiesel from waste oil. Superior thermal stability of the mutant versus the wildtype in methanol was confirmed by intrinsic protein fluorescence measurements. The influence of skim milk and soluble E. coli lysate proteins as bulking and stabilizing agents in conjunction with sol-gel entrapment were investigated...
October 25, 2016: ChemSusChem
Dawid Lichosyt, Paweł Dydio, Janusz Jurczak
Herein we report the synthesis and detailed studies of the anion-binding properties of two 20-membered macrocyclic tetramide receptors: one symmetrical, containing two identical azulene-based bisamide units, the other a hybrid, containing a dipicolinic bisamide unit and an azulene-based bisamide unit. Analysis of the crystal structures of the macrocyclic receptors revealed their preference for adopting similar well-preorganized bent-sheet conformations, both as free receptors and in their complexes with anions...
October 25, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Soon Young Shin, Chang Gun Kim, You Jung Jung, Yearam Jung, Hyeryoung Jung, Jihyun Im, Yoongho Lim, Young Han Lee
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer is the most common type of malignancy in women worldwide. Euphorbia humifusa Willd (EuH) is a plant that is widely used as a traditional medicine. However, no systemic studies on the anti-cancer effects of EuH have been reported. The aim of this study is to evaluate the anti-metastatic effect of the EuH. METHODS: Ethyl acetate fraction was prepared from EuH methanol extracts (EA/EuH). Inhibitory effect of EA/EuH on cell migration was determined using an in vitro scratch-wound healing assay...
October 24, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Irsa Tahir, Muhammad Rashid Khan, Naseer Ali Shah, Maryam Aftab
BACKGROUND: In the present study the antioxidant potential of a methanol extract of Phyllanthus emblica leaves (PELE) was determined by in vitro methods as well as by an in vivo animal model, along with HPLC-DAD screening for phyto-constituents. METHODS: The in vitro antioxidant potential of PELE was assessed by scavenging of DPPH, nitric oxide and anti-lipid peroxidation assays. For in vivo evaluation, a 60-day experimental plan was followed in which Sprague Dawley rats were administered with 1 mL/kg of CCl4 (CCl4 : DMSO + Olive oil; 30 % v/v) alone or with different doses of PELE (200, 400 mg/kg p...
October 24, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Tahira Younis, Muhammad Rashid Khan, Moniba Sajid
BACKGROUND: Leaves and root bark of Fraxinus xanthoxyloides Wall. (Oleaceae) are used locally for the treatment of jaundice, malaria and pneumonia. Decoction of stem, twigs and bark is used in pain, internal injuries, rheumatism and in bone fracture. In this investigation we have evaluated the methanol extract of leaves for its hepatoprotective potential against CCl4 induced hepatic injuries in rat. METHODS: Powder of F. xanthoxyloides leaves was extracted with methanol (FXM) and subjected for the determination of polyphenolics through HPLC-DAD analysis...
October 24, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Elizabeth M Mudge, Ying Liu, Jensen A Lund, Paula N Brown
Suitably validated analytical methods that can be used to quantify medicinally active phytochemicals in natural health products are required by regulators, manufacturers, and consumers. Hawthorn (Crataegus) is a botanical ingredient in natural health products used for the treatment of cardiovascular disorders. A method for the quantitation of vitexin-2″-O- rhamnoside, vitexin, isovitexin, rutin, and hyperoside in hawthorn leaf and flower raw materials and finished products was optimized and validated according to AOAC International guidelines...
October 24, 2016: Planta Medica
Hussain Mohamad Awwad, Juergen Geisel, Rima Obeid
BACKGROUND: Trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) is produced in the liver from trimethylamine (TMA) and is an important cellular osmolyte and potential atherogenic factor. Taurine is involved in cholesterol metabolism and also serves as a cellular osmolyte. Given their significant biological functions, the development of reliable measurement techniques is crucial to further study their role in health and disease METHODS: A new ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of TMA, TMAO, and taurine in plasma and urine...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Charlene Muscat Galea, Debby Mangelings, Yvan Vander Heyden
Defining a method development methodology for achiral drug impurity profiling in SFC requires a number of steps. Initially, diverse stationary phases are characterized and a small number of orthogonal or dissimilar phases are selected for further method development. In this paper, we focus on a next step which is the investigation of the modifier composition on chromatographic selectivity. A solvent-triangle based approach is used in which blends of organic solvents, mainly ethanol (EtOH), propanol (PrOH), acetonitrile (ACN) and tetrahydrofuran (THF) mixed with methanol (MeOH) are tested as modifiers on six dissimilar stationary phases...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Zhenni Xing, Jianjiang Lu, Zilong Liu, Shanman Li, Gehui Wang, Xiaolong Wang
Although perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) have been identified in milk and dairy products in many regions, knowledge on their occurrence in Xinjiang (China) is rare. This study was conducted to measure the levels of PFOA and PFOS in milk and yogurt from Xinjiang and to investigate the average daily intake (ADI) of these two compounds. PFOA and PFOS levels were analyzed using ultrasonic extraction with methanol and solid-phase extraction followed by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry...
October 21, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Hatice Tohma, Ekrem Köksal, Ömer Kılıç, Yusuf Alan, Mustafa Abdullah Yılmaz, İlhami Gülçin, Ercan Bursal, Saleh H Alwasel
The identification and quantification of the phenolic contents of methanolic extracts of three Salvia L. species namely S. brachyantha (Bordz.) Pobed, S. aethiopis L., and S. microstegia Boiss. and Bal. were evaluated using reverse phase high performance liquid chromatography, UV adsorption, and mass spectrometry (RP-HPLC/MS). In order to determine the antioxidant capacity of these species, cupric ions (Cu(2+)) reducing assay (CUPRAC) and ferric ions (Fe(3+)) reducing assay (FRAP) were performed to screen the reducing capacity and 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) assay was employed for evaluation of the radical scavenging activity for both solvents...
October 21, 2016: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
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