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María Del Pino, Amado Andrés, Ana Ávila Bernabéu, Joaquín de Juan-Rivera, Elvira Fernández, Juan de Dios García Díaz, Domingo Hernández, José Luño, Isabel Martínez Fernández, José Paniagua, Manuel Posada de la Paz, José Carlos Rodríguez-Pérez, Rafael Santamaría, Roser Torra, Joan Torras Ambros, Pedro Vidau, Josep-Vicent Torregrosa
Fabry disease (FD) is a rare, X-linked disorder caused by mutations in the GLA gene encoding the enzyme α-galactosidase A. Complete or partial deficiency in this enzyme leads to intracellular accumulation of globotriaosylceramide (Gb3) and other glycosphingolipids in many cell types throughout the body, including the kidney. Progressive accumulation of Gb3 in podocytes, endothelial cells, epithelial cells, and tubular cells contribute to the renal symptoms of FD, which manifest as proteinuria and reduced glomerular filtration rate leading to renal insufficiency...
March 16, 2018: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
Xiao-Mei Shi, Gao-Chao Fan, Xueying Tang, Qingming Shen, Jun-Jie Zhu
Sensitive and specific detection of DNA is of great significance for clinical diagnosis. In this paper, an effective cascade signal amplification strategy was introduced into photoelectrochemical (PEC) biosensor for ultrasensitive detection of human T-cell lymphotropic virus type I (HTLV-I) DNA. This proposed signal amplification strategy integrates λ-exonuclease (λ-Exo) aided target recycling with hybridization chain reaction (HCR) and enzyme catalysis. In the presence of target DNA (tDNA) of HTLV-I, the designed hairpin DNA (h1 DNA) hybridized with tDNA, subsequently recognized and cleaved by λ-Exo to set free tDNA...
March 13, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Neyla Ben Gdara, Amel Belgacem, Ikram Khemiri, Safa Mannai, Lotfi Bitri
In this study, phycocyanin (Pc) extracted from Spirulina platensis was used to evaluate its antioxidants effects after ischemia/reperfusion injury (IRI) using the ex-vivo model of isolated perfused rat liver. The rats were divided into eight groups : Control group, where livers were directly perfused after their removal; Cold Ischemia group (CI), livers were treated in the same way as the control group, except that after their collection, they were stored for 12 h and 24 h in the Krebs Henseleit (KH) preservation solution at 4 °C and Treated group (PHY), livers were preserved in the same way as the preceding group except that the KH solution was enriched with phycocyanin at two different concentrations...
March 17, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Fan Yang, Liqing Zeng, Zhuanxi Luo, Zaosheng Wang, Fuyi Huang, Qiuquan Wang, Damjana Drobne, Changzhou Yan
Increasing concern has been focused on the potential risks associated with the trophic transfer to aquatic organisms of ambient contaminants in the presence of titanium dioxide nanoparticles (nano-TiO2 ). This study investigated the influence of nano-TiO2 on the trophic transfer of arsenic (As) from the microalgae Nannochloropsis maritima to the brine shrimp Artemia salina nauplii. We found that nano-TiO2 could significantly facilitate As sorption on N. maritima within an exposure period of 24 h, and this sorption subsequently led to higher As trophic transfer from the algae to A...
March 10, 2018: Aquatic Toxicology
Dongdong Guo, Xinyi Hu, Haojie Zhang, Chenghua Lu, Guangwei Cui, Xingjing Luo
Neuropathic pain affects patients worldwide. The therapeutic effects of current methods are still poor. This study was performed to investigate the neuro-protective effect of orientin in rats with spinal nerve ligation (SNL). In this study, the paw mechanical withdrawal threshold (PWT) and the paw thermal withdrawal latency (PWL) behavioral assays indicated that orientin alleviated the warm and mechanical allodynia in rats with SNL. The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) showed that orientin suppressed the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines interleukin-6 (IL-6), interleukin-1β (IL-1β), and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and increased the levels of anti-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-10 (IL-10)...
March 17, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Tatiana Robledo-Mahón, Elisabet Aranda, Chiara Pesciaroli, Alfonso Rodríguez-Calvo, Gloria Andrea Silva-Castro, Jesús González-López, Concepción Calvo
Sewage sludge composting is a profitable process economically viable and environmentally friendly. In despite of there are several kind of composting types, the use of combined system of semipermeable cover film and aeration air-floor is widely developed at industrial scale. However, the knowledge of the linkages between microbial communities structure, enzyme activities and physico-chemical factors under these conditions it has been poorly explored. Thus, the aim of this study was to investigate the bacterial dynamic and community structure using next generation sequencing coupled to analyses of microbial enzymatic activity and culturable dependent techniques in a full-scale real composting plant...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
Akim Felipe Santos Nobre, Danilo de Souza Almeida, Louise Canto Ferreira, Deimy Lima Ferreira, Edivaldo Costa Sousa Júnior, Maria de Nazaré do Socorro de Almeida Viana, Ingrid Christiane Silva, Bruna Teles Pinheiro, Stephen Francis Ferrari, Alexandre da Costa Linhares, Edna Aoba Ishikawa, Rita Catarina Medeiros Sousa, Maísa Silva de Sousa
The Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus (HTLV-1) is a Deltaretrovírus that was first isolated in the 1970s, and associated with Adult T-cell Leucemia-Lymphoma (ATLL), and subsequently to Tropical Spastic Paraparesis-Myelopathy (TSP/HAM). The genetic diversity of the virus varies among geographic regions, although its mutation rate is very low (approximately 1% per thousand years) in comparison with other viruses. The present study determined the genetic diversity of HTLV-1 in the metropolitan region of Belém, in northern Brazil...
2018: PloS One
Fangying Song, Ning Liu, Minghao Liu, Yihua Chen, Ying Huang
Mycemycins A-E are new members of the dibenzoxazepinone (DBP) family, derived from the gntR gene-disrupted deep sea strain Streptomyces olivaceus FXJ8.012Δ1741 and the soil strain Streptomyces sp. FXJ1.235. In this paper, we report the identification of the gene clusters and pathways' inference for mycemycin biosynthesis in the two strains. Bioinformatics analyses of the genome sequences of S. olivaceus FXJ8.012Δ1741 and S . sp. FXJ1.235 predicted two divergent mycemycin gene clusters, mym and mye , respectively...
March 20, 2018: Marine Drugs
Han-Yu Jiang, Jin-Lin Zhang, Jiang-Wei Yang, Hui-Ling Ma
Creeping bentgrass ( Agrostis stolonifera ) is the preferred green lawn grass, with excellent turf characteristics but poor disease resistance. At present, the mechanisms of disease resistance in creeping bentgrass are poorly understood, especially the ethylene signal transduction pathway under the induced systemic resistance (ISR) response. In this study, butanediol (BDO), as a new type of disease-resistance compound, was applied to creeping bentgrass seedlings to induce the ISR response. Then, we measured ethylene production and related enzyme activities...
March 20, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Xiaoying Xu, Xiaoyan Liu, Shuran Ma, Ya Xu, Ying Xu, Xiazhen Guo, Dekui Li
Seasonal changes impact the melatonin production and immuno-activities in vertebrates. This is believed due to the photoperiodic alterations of the different seasons which impact the functions of pineal gland. The short photoperiod promotes pineal melatonin production. As a result, during the winter, animals have significantly higher levels of melatonin than in summer. However, the seasonal changes also include temperature changes. This factor has never been systemically investigated in animals. In the current study, we observed that increased temperature had limited influence on melatonin production...
March 20, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Thaís B Alves, Tatiana M Souza-Moreira, Sandro R Valentini, Cleslei F Zanelli, Maysa Furlan
Triterpenes are interesting compounds because they play an important role in cell homeostasis and a wide variety exhibiting defense functions is produced by plant secondary metabolism. Those same plant secondary metabolites also exhibit biological properties with promising therapeutic potential as anti-inflammatory and antitumor agents. Friedelin is a triterpene ketone with anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective activities and it is a precursor of relevant antitumor quinonemethides. Although many triterpene synthases have been described, only two friedelin synthases were characterized and there is no information about their genomic features and alleles...
March 20, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Hidayat Hussain, Ivan R Green, Umair Shamraiz, Muhammad Saleem, Amin Badshah, Ghulam Abbas, Najeeb Ur Rehman, Muhammad Irshad
Glycyrrhetinic acids (GAs) viz., 18β-glycyrrhetinic acid and 18α-glycyrrhetinic acid, are oleanane-type triterpenes having a carboxylic acid group at C-30, and are extracted from the Chines herbal medicine licorice (Glycyrrhiza uralensis). Although the pharmacological properties of GAs have long been known, attention to them has greatly increased in recent times due to their cytotoxic activity. Areas Covered: This review represents the patents granted about natural and synthetic glycyrrhetinic acid analogs from January 2010 to December 2017, the advances made by research groups in conjunction with pharmaceutical companies in the discovery of new natural or synthetic glycyrrhetinic acid analogs...
March 20, 2018: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents
Mafalda Santos, Patricia M Pereira, A Sofia Varanda, Joana Carvalho, Mafalda Azevedo, Denisa D Mateus, Nuno Mendes, Patricia Oliveira, Fábio Trindade, Marta Teixeira Pinto, Renata Bordeira-Carriço, Fátima Carneiro, Rui Vitorino, Carla Oliveira, Manuel A S Santos
Deregulation of tRNAs, aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases and tRNA modifying enzymes are common in cancer, raising the hypothesis that protein synthesis efficiency and accuracy (mistranslation) are compromised in tumors. We show here that human colon tumors and xenograft tumors produced in mice by two epithelial cancer cell lines mistranslate 2- to 4-fold more frequently than normal tissue. To clarify if protein mistranslation plays a role in tumor biology, we expressed mutant Ser-tRNAs that misincorporate Ser-at-Ala (frequent error) and Ser-at-Leu (infrequent error) in NIH3T3 cells and investigated how they responded to the proteome instability generated by the amino acid misincorporations...
March 20, 2018: RNA Biology
Andreas Weber, Mareike Barth, Jessica Isabel Selig, Silja Raschke, Konstantinos Dakaras, Alexander Hof, Julia Hesse, Jürgen Schrader, Artur Lichtenberg, Payam Akhyari
Calcific aortic valve disease is an active disease process with lipoprotein deposition, chronic inflammation, and progressive leaflet degeneration. Expression of ectonucleotidases, a group of membrane-bound enzymes that regulate the metabolism of ATP and its metabolites, may coregulate the degeneration process of valvular interstitial cells (VICs). The aim of this study was to investigate the role of the enzymes of the purinergic system in the degeneration process of VICs. Ovine VICs were cultivated in vitro under different prodegenerative conditions and treated with inhibitors of ectonucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolase 1 (CD39)/ectonucleotide pyrophosphatase/phosphodiesterase 1 (ENPP1), and 5'-nucleotidase (CD73), as well as with adenosine and adenosine receptor agonists...
March 20, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Kimberly McCoy, Masaki Uchida, Byeongdu Lee, Trevor Douglas
Bottom-up construction of mesoscale materials using biologically derived nanoscale building blocks enables engineering of desired physical properties using green production methods. Virus-like particles (VLPs) are exceptional building blocks due to their monodispersed sizes, geometric shapes, production ease, proteinaceous composition, and our ability to independently functionalize the interior and exterior interfaces. Here a VLP, derived from bacteriophage P22, is used as a building block for the fabrication of a Protein Macromolecular Framework (PMF); a tightly-linked 3D network of functional protein cages that exhibit long-range order and catalytic activity...
March 20, 2018: ACS Nano
Masoumeh Nemati, Naser Ajami, Mehrdad Asghari Estiar, Saleheh Rezapour, Reyhaneh Ravanbakhsh Gavgani, Shahryar Hashemzadeh, Hossein Samadi Kafil, Ebrahim Sakhinia
BACKGROUND: To date, 4 classes of histone deacetylases (HDACs) have been identified in humans. Class I HDACs are zinc-dependent and NAD+-independent enzymes, and include 4 isoforms closely related to yeast RPD3: HDAC1, 2, 3, and 8. OBJECTIVES: The aims of the study were to quantitatively evaluate the expression of HDAC3 in colorectal cancer (CRC) and to correlate its expression levels with clinicopathological parameters. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We characterized expression patterns of HDAC3 as class I HDAC isoforms in a cohort of 48 CRC patients by quantitative (real-time) reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)...
March 20, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Zhenjing Jin, Siqi Liu, Qian Zhang, Xue Shao, Jingting Ma, Liulan Pan
BACKGROUND: Hepatic fibrosis is a reversible pathological process. Inflammatory responses are the prevailing reactions during hepatic fibrosis. Decoy receptor 3 (DcR3) has been reported to have an anti-inflammatory effect. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to investigate the preventive effects of DcR3 on hepatic fibrosis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Hepatic fibrosis was induced in rats by administering intraperitoneally (ip.) 1% dimethylnitrosamine (DMN)...
March 20, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Andrzej Miskiewicz, Grzegorz Szparecki, Marek Durlik, Grażyna Rydzewska, Ireneusz Ziobrowski, Renata Górska
BACKGROUND: Periodontitis is a major risk factor of systemic diseases with inflammatory etiology. Numerous studies have established the connection between periodontal condition and diabetes, but there are no reports in the literature on the relationship between periodontitis and other pancreas conditions. The activity of pancreatic enzymes is an important parameter of pancreatic damage, and is also a diagnostic marker of acute and chronic pancreatitis, and the bleeding index determines the periodontitis activity...
March 20, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Katarzyna J Błochowiak, Dorota Trzybulska, Anna Olewicz-Gawlik, Jan J Sikora, Michalina Nowak-Gabryel, Jarosław Kocięcki, Henryk Witmanowski, Jerzy Sokalski
BACKGROUND: Aberrant angiogenesis plays a role in the pathogenesis of Sjögren's syndrome (SS). OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare the levels of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and epidermal growth factor (EGF) in stimulatory parotid saliva and in serum in healthy subjects (HS), patients with primary SS (pSS) and secondary SS (sSS) and to evaluate the expression of EGF, proangiogenic VEGF165 and antiangiogenic VEGF165 b mRNA isoforms. Additionally, we determined the salivary levels of serine/arginine splicing factor (SRSF1), which regulates VEGF165 and VEGF165 b expression...
March 20, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Nazanin Abolhassani, Julien Castioni, Valérie Santschi, Gérard Waeber, Pedro Marques-Vidal
BACKGROUND: Polypharmacy (PP) and excessive polypharmacy (EPP) are increasingly common and associated with risk of drug-drug interactions (DDIs). We aimed to measure the trends and determinants of PP and DDIs among patients discharged from the Department of Internal Medicine of the Lausanne University Hospital. METHODS: The retrospective study included 17,742 adult patients discharged between 2009 and 2015. Polypharmacy and EPP were defined as the concomitant prescription of five or more and ten or more drugs, respectively...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Patient Safety
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