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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623735/biochemical-and-structural-characterization-of-penicillium-purpurogenum-%C3%AE-d-galactosidase-binding-of-galactose-to-an-alternative-pocket-may-explain-enzyme-inhibition
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Luis Morales-Quintana, Carolina Faúndez, Raúl Herrera, Vasni Zavaleta, María Cristina Ravanal, Jaime Eyzaguirre, María Alejandra Moya-León
The fungus Penicillium purpurogenum degrades plant cell walls by the action of cellulolytic, xylanolytic and pectinolytic enzymes. The α-D-galactosidase is one of the enzymes which may act on pectin degradation. This enzyme has several biotechnological and medical applications. The aim of this work was to better understand the molecular mechanism of α-D-galactosidase from P. purpurogenum (GALP1). For this purpose, a gene coding for the enzyme was identified from the fungal genome and heterologously expressed in Pichia pastoris...
June 9, 2017: Carbohydrate Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608823/production-of-putative-diterpene-carboxylic-acid-intermediates-of-triptolide-in-yeast
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Victor Forman, Roberta Callari, Christophe Folly, Harald Heider, Björn Hamberger
The development of medical applications exploiting the broad bioactivities of the diterpene therapeutic triptolide from Tripterygium wilfordii is limited by low extraction yields from the native plant. Furthermore, the extraordinarily high structural complexity prevents an economically attractive enantioselective total synthesis. An alternative production route of triptolide through engineered Saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast) could provide a sustainable source of triptolide. A potential intermediate in the unknown biosynthetic route to triptolide is the diterpene dehydroabietic acid...
June 13, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606191/no-calm-after-the-storm-a-systematic-review-of-human-health-following-flood-and-storm-disasters
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Dell D Saulnier, Kim Brolin Ribacke, Johan von Schreeb
Introduction How the burden of disease varies during different phases after floods and after storms is essential in order to guide a medical response, but it has not been well-described. The objective of this review was to elucidate the health problems following flood and storm disasters. METHODS: A literature search of the databases Medline (US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health; Bethesda, Maryland USA); Cinahl (EBSCO Information Services; Ipswich, Massachusetts USA); Global Health (EBSCO Information Services; Ipswich, Massachusetts USA); Web of Science Core Collection (Thomson Reuters; New York, New York USA); Embase (Elsevier; Amsterdam, Netherlands); and PubMed (National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Institutes of Health; Bethesda, Maryland USA) was conducted in June 2015 for English-language research articles on morbidity or mortality and flood or storm disasters...
June 13, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602911/jaburetox-induced-toxic-effects-on-the-hemocytes-of-rhodnius-prolixus-hemiptera-reduviidae
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Natalia R Moyetta, Valquiria Broll, Ana Paula A Perin, Augusto F Uberti, Matheus V Coste Grahl, Fernanda Staniscuaski, Celia R Carlini, Leonardo L Fruttero
Jaburetox is a recombinant peptide derived from a Canavalia ensiformis urease that presents toxic effects upon several species of insects, phytopathogenic fungi and yeasts of medical importance. So far, no toxicity of Jaburetox to mammals has been shown. Previous reports have identified biochemical targets of this toxic peptide in insect models, although its mechanism of action is not completely understood. In this work, we aimed to characterize the effects of Jaburetox in hemolymphatic insect cells. For this purpose, the model insect and Chagas' disease vector Rhodnius prolixus was used...
June 8, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602403/panacea-in-progress-crispr-and-the-future-of-its-biological-research-introduction
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REVIEW
Michael Carroll, Xiaohui Zhou
The elucidation of the CRISPR (clustered, regularly interspaced, short palindromic repeats) adaptive immune system endogenous to most microbial life has culminated in progress in a diversity of scientific disciplines. The concurrently promising and eccentric nature of its theoretically plausible applications has wrought enthusiasm in the research community globally, potentiating advancements in human and animal health, ecological stability, and economic wellbeing, that would hitherto be considered the unattainable fancies of a futurist...
August 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593902/inverted-pyramid-of-prenatal-care-is-it-enough-should-it-be-extended-inverted-pyramid-of-prenatal-care
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Aleksandar Ljubić
In recent years, the idea of the inverted pyramid of prenatal care and monitoring has emerged, for the purpose of prediction and prevention, early detection and treatment of health disorders of the fetus. Is this enough? If we analyze the period behind us, progress has been made in the field of detection of multiple pregnancies, dating of pregnancy and prenatal detection of chromosomal and structural fetal disorders, as well as a small amount of progress in terms of prediction and prevention of preeclampsia...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585445/lactose-esters-synthesis-and-biotechnological-applications
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Jakub Staroń, Janusz M Dąbrowski, Ewelina Cichoń, Maciej Guzik
Biodegradable nonionic sugar esters-based surfactants have been gaining more and more attention in recent years due to their chemical plasticity that enables the various applications of these molecules. In this review, various synthesis methods and biotechnological implications of lactose esters (LEs) uses are considered. Several chemical and enzymatic approaches are described for the synthesis of LEs, together with their applications, i.e. function in detergents formulation and as additives that not only stabilize food products but also protect food from undesired microbial contamination...
June 6, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582498/microorganism-design-for-heterologous-biosynthesis-of-cannabinoids
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Carvalho Ângela, Esben Halkjær Hansen, Oliver Kayser, Simon Carlsen, Felix Stehle
During the last decade the use of medical Cannabis has expanded globally and legislation is getting more liberal in many countries, facilitating the research on cannabinoids. The unique interaction of cannabinoids with the human endocannabinoid system make these compounds an interesting target to be studied as a therapeutic agent for the treatment of several medical conditions. However, currently there are important limitations in the study, production and use of cannabinoids as pharmaceutical drugs. Besides the main constituent tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, the structurally related compound cannabidiol is of high interest as drug candidate...
June 4, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580910/electron-bio-imaging-centre-ebic-the-uk-national-research-facility-for-biological-electron-microscopy
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Daniel K Clare, C Alistair Siebert, Corey Hecksel, Christoph Hagen, Valerie Mordhorst, Michael Grange, Alun W Ashton, Martin A Walsh, Kay Grünewald, Helen R Saibil, David I Stuart, Peijun Zhang
The recent resolution revolution in cryo-EM has led to a massive increase in demand for both time on high-end cryo-electron microscopes and access to cryo-electron microscopy expertise. In anticipation of this demand, eBIC was set up at Diamond Light Source in collaboration with Birkbeck College London and the University of Oxford, and funded by the Wellcome Trust, the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to provide access to high-end equipment through peer review...
June 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section D, Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546791/fecal-microbiota-transplantation-from-clostridium-difficile-to-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Robert J Gianotti, Alan C Moss
Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) has evolved from a case report in the medical literature to the basis of major innovations in the treatment of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) and, potentially, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In the clinical setting, FMT was noted to significantly lower the risk of recurrent CDI, likely by increasing microbial diversity and altering the metabolic environment in the intestinal tract of recipients. In parallel, advances in the ability to quantify and characterize microbial communities in fecal samples led to the association of IBD with a state of intestinal dysbiosis...
April 2017: Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540270/fgf-23-klotho-and-vitamin-d-levels-in-scleroderma
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Ravan Ahmadi, Mehrzad Hajialilo, Amir Ghorbanihaghjo, Ali Mota, Sina Raeisi, Nasrin Bargahi, Mohammad Valilo, Farahnaz Askarian
BACKGROUND: Scleroderma is a chronic connective tissue disease of unknown etiology. Vitamin D and parathyroid hormone (PTH) that play particular functions in calcium and phosphate homeostasis may be involved in the etiology of this disorder. Klotho, the co-receptor of the fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF-23), can interfere with calcium and phosphate metabolism. The purpose of this study was to evaluate serum Klotho, FGF-23, intact PTH (iPTH) and vitamin D levels in scleroderma patients compared with the healthy controls...
April 2017: Iranian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528519/il-6-blockade-in-the-management-of-non-infectious-uveitis
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Giuseppe Lopalco, Claudia Fabiani, Jurgen Sota, Orso Maria Lucherini, Gian Marco Tosi, Bruno Frediani, Florenzo Iannone, Mauro Galeazzi, Rossella Franceschini, Donato Rigante, Luca Cantarini
Several pathogenetic studies have paved the way for a newer more rational therapeutic approach to non-infectious uveitis, and treatment of different forms of immune-driven uveitis has drastically evolved in recent years after the advent of biotechnological drugs. Tumor necrosis factor-α targeted therapies, the first-line recommended biologics in uveitis, have certainly led to remarkable results in patients with non-infectious uveitis. Nevertheless, the decision-making process turns out to be extremely difficult in anti-tumor necrosis factor or multidrug-resistant cases...
May 20, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527520/recent-advances-in-smart-biotechnology-hydrogels-and-nanocarriers-for-tailored-bioactive-molecules-depot
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REVIEW
Gesmi Milcovich, Stefania Lettieri, Filipe E Antunes, Bruno Medronho, Ana C Fonseca, Jorge F J Coelho, Paolo Marizza, Francesca Perrone, Rossella Farra, Barbara Dapas, Gabriele Grassi, Mario Grassi, Silvia Giordani
Over the past ten years, the global biopharmaceutical market has remarkably grown, with ten over the top twenty worldwide high performance medical treatment sales being biologics. Thus, biotech R&D (research and development) sector is becoming a key leading branch, with expanding revenues. Biotechnology offers considerable advantages compared to traditional therapeutic approaches, such as reducing side effects, specific treatments, higher patient compliance and therefore more effective treatments leading to lower healthcare costs...
May 9, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517983/personalised-medicine-and-the-economy-of-biotechnological-promise
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Steve Sturdy
Rather than seek to distinguish hype from legitimate promise, it may be more helpful to think about personalised medicine as embodying a promissory economy which serves both to mobilize resources for research and - partly at least - to determine the ends to which that research is directed. Personalised medicine is a development of the larger promissory economy of medical biotechnology. As such, it systematically conflates public benefit with the pursuit of commercial and especially pharmaceutical interests...
April 2017: New Bioethics: a Multidisciplinary Journal of Biotechnology and the Body
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515315/the-c-terminal-peptide-of-aquifex-aeolicus-riboflavin-synthase-directs-encapsulation-of-native-and-foreign-guests-by-a-cage-forming-lumazine-synthase
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Yusuke Azuma, Reinhard Zschoche, Donald Hilvert
Encapsulation of specific enzymes in self-assembling protein cages is a hallmark of bacterial compartments that function as counterparts to eukaryotic organelles. The cage-forming enzyme lumazine synthase (LS) from Bacillus subtilis (BsLS), for example, encapsulates riboflavin synthase (BsRS), enabling channeling of lumazine from the site of its generation to the site of its conversion to vitamin B2. Elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying the assembly of these supramolecular complexes could help inform new approaches for metabolic engineering, nanotechnology, and drug delivery...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514998/affibody-molecules-in-biotechnological-and-medical-applications
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REVIEW
Stefan Ståhl, Torbjörn Gräslund, Amelie Eriksson Karlström, Fredrik Y Frejd, Per-Åke Nygren, John Löfblom
Affibody molecules are small (6.5-kDa) affinity proteins based on a three-helix bundle domain framework. Since their introduction 20 years ago as an alternative to antibodies for biotechnological applications, the first therapeutic affibody molecules have now entered clinical development and more than 400 studies have been published in which affibody molecules have been developed and used in a variety of contexts. In this review, we focus primarily on efforts over the past 5 years to explore the potential of affibody molecules for medical applications in oncology, neurodegenerative, and inflammation disorders, including molecular imaging, receptor signal blocking, and delivery of toxic payloads...
May 14, 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497955/synthetic-and-therapeutic-applications-of-ammonia-lyases-and-aminomutases
#17
Fabio Parmeggiani, Nicholas J Weise, Syed T Ahmed, Nicholas J Turner
Ammonia-lyases and aminomutases are mechanistically and structurally diverse enzymes which catalyze the deamination and/or isomerization of amino acids in nature by cleaving or shifting a C-N bond. Of the many protein families in which these enzyme activities are found, only a subset have been employed in the synthesis of optically pure fine chemicals or in medical applications. This review covers the natural diversity of these enzymes, highlighting particular enzyme classes that are used within industrial and medical biotechnology...
May 12, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485146/effects-of-growth-surface-topography-on-bacterial-signaling-in-coculture-biofilms
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Arunima Bhattacharjee, Mughees Khan, Maya Kleiman, Allon I Hochbaum
Bacteria form interface-associated communities called biofilms, often comprising multiple species. Biofilms can be detrimental or beneficial in medical, industrial, and technological settings, and their stability and function are determined by interspecies communication via specific chemical signaling or metabolite exchange. The deterministic control of biofilm development, behavior, and properties remains an unmet challenge, limiting our ability to inhibit the formation of detrimental biofilms in biomedical settings and promote the growth of beneficial biofilms in biotechnology applications...
June 7, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476978/study-of-bio-fabrication-of-iron-nanoparticles-and-their-fungicidal-property-against-phytopathogens-of-apple-orchards
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Hilal Ahmad, Kalyanaraman Rajagopal, Ashiq Hussain Shah, Arif Hussain Bhat, Kalyanaraman Venugopal
Current research trends on iron nanoparticles (FeNPs) are extensively focused because of their unique magnetic and electrical properties mostly applicable in essential medical devices. However, their fungicidal property against plant pathogens is very less known until date. Present study demonstrates a green technique for blending of FeNPs by utilising aqueous extract of neem leaf (Azadirachta indica A. Juss.) as reducing agent. Various characterisation techniques such as ultraviolet (UV)-visible spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction were performed for FeNPs...
April 2017: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470522/screening-applications-to-test-cellular-fitness-in-transwell-%C3%A2-models-after-nanoparticle-treatment
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Bastian Christ, Christina Fey, Alevtina Cubukova, Heike Walles, Sofia Dembski, Marco Metzger
Nanoparticles (NPs) in biotechnology hold great promise for revolutionizing medical treatments and therapies. In order to bring NPs into clinical application there is a number of preclinical in vitro and in vivo tests, which have to be applied before. The initial in vitro evaluation includes a detailed physicochemical characterization as well as biocompatibility tests, among others. For determination of biocompatibility at the cellular level, the correct choice of the in vitro assay as well as NP pretreatment is absolutely essential...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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