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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223811/risk-assessment-of-aggressive-behavior-in-chinese-patients-with-schizophrenia-by-fmri-and-comt-gene
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Xiaoli Tang, Jun Jin, Yi Tang, Jinbo Cao, Junjie Huang
BACKGROUND: Blood-oxygen-level dependent functional magnetic resonance imaging (BOLD-fMRI) maps cerebral activity by the hemodynamic response. Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene is involved in the metabolism of dopamine. It is reported that both of these can be used to assess the aggression risk in patients with schizophrenia. However, these methods to assess the aggression risk patients with schizophrenia have not been established in China. Therefore, we deliver here a systematic review and meta-analysis based on the studies dealing with Chinese patients...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222367/a-novel-turn-on-fluorescent-strategy-for-sensing-ascorbic-acid-using-graphene-quantum-dots-as-fluorescent-probe
#2
Hua Liu, Weidan Na, Ziping Liu, Xueqian Chen, Xingguang Su
In this paper, a facile and rapid fluorescence turn-on assay for fluorescent detection of ascorbic acid (AA) was developed by using the orange emission graphene quantum dots (GQDs). In the presence of horse radish peroxidase (HRP) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), catechol can be oxidized by hydroxyl radicals and converted to o-benzoquinone, which can significantly quench the fluorescence of GQDs. However, when AA present in the system, it can consume part of H2O2 and hydroxyl radicals to inhibit the generation of o-benzoquinone, resulting in fluorescence recovery...
February 4, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222028/expression-purification-and-characterization-of-human-cytosolic-sulfotransferase-sult-1c4
#3
Amber L Guidry, Zachary E Tibbs, Melissa Runge-Morris, Charles N Falany
Human cytosolic sulfotransferase 1C4 (hSULT1C4) is a dimeric Phase II drug-metabolizing enzyme primarily expressed in the developing fetus. SULTs facilitate the transfer of a hydrophilic sulfonate moiety from 3'-phosphoadenosine-5'-phosphosulfate (PAPS) onto an acceptor substrate altering the substrate's biological activity and increasing the compound's water solubility. While several of the hSULTs' endogenous and xenobiotic substrates have been identified, the physiological function of hSULT1C4 remains unknown...
February 21, 2017: Hormone Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219012/the-tyrosinase-catalyzed-oxidation-of-the-leukoderma-inducing-agent-raspberry-ketone-produces-e-4-3-oxo-1-butenyl-1-2-benzoquinone-implications-for-melanocyte-toxicity
#4
Shosuke Ito, Maki Hinoshita, Erina Suzuki, Makoto Ojika, Kazumasa Wakamatsu
The exposure of human skin to 4-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-2-butanone (raspberry ketone, RK) is known to cause chemical/occupational leukoderma. RK has a structure closely related to 4-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-2-butanol (rhododendrol), a skin whitening agent that was found to cause leukoderma in the skin of consumers in 2013. Rhododendrol is a good substrate for tyrosinase and causes a tyrosinase-dependent cytotoxicity to melanocytes, cells that are responsible for skin pigmentation. Therefore, it is expected that RK exerts its cytotoxicity to melanocytes through the tyrosinase-catalyzed oxidation to cytotoxic o-quinones...
February 20, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216891/effects-of-potassium-sulfate-k2so4-on-the-element-contents-polyphenol-content-antioxidant-and-antimicrobial-activities-of-milk-thistle-silybum-marianum
#5
Gulsum Yaldiz
BACKGROUND: Silybum marianum L. (Milk thistle) is native to the Mediterranean basin and is now widespread throughout the world. It's sprout is used as a herbal medicine for the treatment of liver disease for centuries. The seeds of milk thistle contain silymarin, an isomeric mixture of flavonolignans [silybin, silychristin, and silydianin]. Silymarin acts as a strong anti-hepatotoxic. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to evaluate the influences of potassium sulfate [K2SO4] fertilizer doses on polyphenol content, some nutrient elements, antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of milk thistle at experimental fields of Ordu University in Turkey...
January 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216648/structure-and-dynamics-of-type-iii-periplasmic-proteins-vcfhud-and-vchutb-reveal-molecular-basis-of-their-distinctive-ligand-binding-properties
#6
Shubhangi Agarwal, Sanjay Dey, Biplab Ghosh, Maitree Biswas, Jhimli Dasgupta
Molecular mechanisms of xenosiderophore and heme acquisitions using periplasmic binding protein (PBP) dependent ATP-binding cassette transporters to scavenge the essential nutrient iron are elusive yet in Vibrio cholerae. Our current study delineates the structures, dynamics and ligand binding properties of two Type III PBPs of V. cholerae, VcFhuD and VcHutB. Through crystal structures and fluorescence quenching studies we demonstrate unique features of VcFhuD to bind both hydroxamate and catecholate type xenosiderophores...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215075/iron-oxide-surface-chemistry-the-effect-of-chemical-structure-on-binding-in-benzoic-acid-and-catechol-derivatives
#7
Katalin V Korpany, Dorothy D Majewski, Cindy T Chiu, Shoronia N Cross, Amy Szuchmacher Blum
Excellent performance of functionalized iron oxide nanoparticles in nanomaterial and biomedical applications often relies on achieving attachment of ligands to the iron oxide surface both in sufficient number and with proper orientation. Towards this end, we determine relationships between ligand chemical structure and surface binding on magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles for a series of related benzoic acid and catechol derivatives. Ligand exchange was used to introduce the model ligands, and the resulting nanoparticles were characterized by FTIR-ATR, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and nanoparticle solubility behavior...
February 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212869/improvement-of-simultaneous-cr-vi-and-phenol-removal-by-an-immobilised-bacterial-consortium-and-characterisation-of-biodegradation-products
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Ornella M Ontañon, Paola S González, Germán Barros, Elizabeth Agostini
Microbial bioremediation emerged some decades ago as an eco-friendly technology to restore polluted sites. Traditionally, the search for microorganisms suitable for bioremediation has been based on the selection of isolated strains able to remove a specific type of pollutant. However, this strategy has now become obsolete, since co-pollution is a global reality. Thus, current studies attempt to find bacterial cultures capable of coping with a mixture of organic and inorganic compounds. In this sense, the bacterial consortium SFC 500-1 has demonstrated efficiency for Cr(VI) and phenol removal, both of which are found in many industrial wastewaters...
February 14, 2017: New Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207247/ortho-methoxyphenols-as-convenient-oxidative-bioconjugation-reagents-with-application-to-site-selective-heterobifunctional-crosslinkers
#9
Adel M ElSohly, James Irving MacDonald, Nina B Hentzen, Ioana Laura Aanei, Kareem M El Muslemany, Matthew B Francis
The synthesis of complex protein-based bioconjugates has been facilitated greatly by recent developments in chemoselective methods for biomolecular modification. The oxidative coupling of o-aminophenols or catechols with aniline functional groups is chemoselective, mild, and rapid; however, the oxidatively sensitive nature of the electron-rich aromatics and the paucity of commercial sources pose some obstacles to the general use of these reactive strategies. Herein, we identify o-methoxyphenols as air-stable, commercially available derivatives that undergo efficient oxidative couplings with anilines in the presence of periodate as oxidant...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205449/variations-in-comt-and-ntrk2-influence-symptom-burden-in-women-undergoing-breast-cancer-treatment
#10
Erin E Young, Debra Lynch Kelly, Insop Shim, Kyle M Baumbauer, Angela Starkweather, Debra E Lyon
Women with breast cancer frequently report distressing symptoms during and after treatment that can significantly erode quality of life (QOL). Symptom burden among women with breast cancer is of complex etiology and is likely influenced by disease, treatment, and environmental factors as well as individual genetic differences. The purpose of the present study was to examine the relationships between genetic polymorphisms within Neurotrophic tyrosine kinase receptor 1 (NTRK1), Neurotrophic tyrosine kinase receptor 2 (NTRK2), and catechol-O-methyltransferase ( COMT) and patient symptom burden of QOL, pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbance before, during, and after treatment for breast cancer in a subset of participants ( N = 51) in a randomized clinical trial of a novel symptom-management modality for women with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy...
January 1, 2017: Biological Research for Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202646/mussel-adhesion-essential-footwork
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REVIEW
J Herbert Waite
Robust adhesion to wet, salt-encrusted, corroded and slimy surfaces has been an essential adaptation in the life histories of sessile marine organisms for hundreds of millions of years, but it remains a major impasse for technology. Mussel adhesion has served as one of many model systems providing a fundamental understanding of what is required for attachment to wet surfaces. Most polymer engineers have focused on the use of 3,4-dihydroxyphenyl-l-alanine (Dopa), a peculiar but abundant catecholic amino acid in mussel adhesive proteins...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202261/hyperprolinemia-as-a-clue-in-the-diagnosis-of-a-patient-with-psychiatric-manifestations
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Marco Duarte, Joana Afonso, Ana Moreira, Diana Antunes, Cristina Ferreira, Hildeberto Correia, Margarida Marques, Sílvia Sequeira
Lately, microdeletions of the 22q region, responsible for DiGeorge syndrome or velocardiofacial syndrome, have been increasingly related to neuropsychiatric disorders including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. These manifestations seem to be related to certain genes located in the hemideleted region such as the proline dehydrogenase (PRODH) and the catechol-o-methyltransferase (COMT) genes. We describe a teenager who started his adolescent psychiatric care presenting cognitive impairment, irritable mood and aggressive behaviour with schizophrenia-like symptoms that scored 153 in the Positive and Negative Symptoms Scale (PANSS) assessment...
February 12, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198631/robust-alginate-catechol-polydopamine-free-standing-mem-branes-obtained-from-the-water-air-interface
#13
Florian Ponzio, Vincent Le Houérou, Spyridon Zafeiratos, Christian Gauthier, Tony Garnier, Loic Jierry, Vincent Ball
The formation of polydopamine composite membranes at the water/air interface using different chemical strategies is reported. The use of either small molecules (urea, pyrocatechol) or polymers paves the way to understand which kind of compounds can be used for the formation of PDA-composite free-standing membranes produced at the water/air inter-face. Based on these screening results, we have found that alginate grafted with catechol groups allows the formation of robust free-standing films with asymmetric composition, stimuli-responsive and self-healing properties...
February 15, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198623/dangling-and-hydrolyzed-ligand-arms-in-mn3-and-mn6-coordination-assemblies-synthesis-characterization-and-functional-activity
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Krishna Chattopadhyay, Gavin A Craig, María José Heras Ojea, Moumita Pait, Animesh Kundu, Junseong Lee, Mark Murrie, Antonio Frontera, Debashis Ray
Two flexible, branched, and sterically constrained di- and tripodal side arms around a phenol backbone were utilized in ligands H3L1 and H5L2 to isolate {Mn6} and {Mn3} coordination aggregates. 2,6-Bis{(1-hydroxy-2-methylpropan-2-ylimino)methyl}-4-methylphenol (H3L1) gave trinuclear complex [Mn3(μ-H2L1)2(μ1,3-O2CCH3)4(CH3OH)2](ClO4)2·4CH3OH (1), whereas 2,6-bis[{1-hydroxy-2-(hydroxymethyl)butan-2-ylimino}methyl]-4-methylphenol (H5L2) provided hexanuclear complex [Mn6(μ4-H2L2)2(μ-HL3)2(μ3-OH)2(μ1,3-O2CC2H5)4](ClO4)2·2H2O (2)...
February 15, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195358/parkinson-s-disease-and-parkinson-s-disease-medications-have-distinct-signatures-of-the-gut-microbiome
#15
Erin M Hill-Burns, Justine W Debelius, James T Morton, William T Wissemann, Matthew R Lewis, Zachary D Wallen, Shyamal D Peddada, Stewart A Factor, Eric Molho, Cyrus P Zabetian, Rob Knight, Haydeh Payami
BACKGROUND: There is mounting evidence for a connection between the gut and Parkinson's disease (PD). Dysbiosis of gut microbiota could explain several features of PD. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine if PD involves dysbiosis of gut microbiome, disentangle effects of confounders, and identify candidate taxa and functional pathways to guide research. METHODS: A total of 197 PD cases and 130 controls were studied. Microbial composition was determined by 16S rRNA gene sequencing of DNA extracted from stool...
February 14, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195063/generation-of-membrane-bound-catechol-o-methyl-transferase-deficient-mice-with-disctinct-sex-dependent-behavioral-phenotype
#16
A Tammimaki, A Aonurm-Helm, F P Zhang, M Poutanen, G Duran-Torres, A Garcia-Horsman, P T Mannisto
Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) has two isoforms: soluble (S-COMT), which resides in the cytoplasm, and membrane-bound (MB-MT), anchored to intracellular membranes. COMT is involved in the O-methylation of L-DOPA, dopamine and other catechols. The exact role of MB-COMT is still mostly unclear. We wanted to create a novel genetically modified mouse model that specifically lacks MB-COMT activity and to study their behavioral phenotype. MB-COMT knock-in mutant mice were generated by introducing two point mutations in exon 2 of the Comt gene (ATGCTG->GAGCTC disabling the function of the P2 promoter and allowing only the P1-regulated S-COMT transcription...
December 2016: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191981/multifunctional-thin-films-and-coatings-from-caffeic-acid-and-a-cross-linking-diamine
#17
Mariagrazia Iacomino, Julieta I Paez, Roberto Avolio, Andrea Carpentieri, Lucia Panzella, Geppino Falco, Elio Pizzo, Maria E Errico, Alessandra Napolitano, Aranzazu Del Campo, Marco d'Ischia
The exploitation of easily accessible and nontoxic natural catechol compounds for surface functionalization and coating is attracting growing interest for biomedical applications. We report herein the deposition on different substrates of chemically stable thin films by autoxidation of 1 mM caffeic acid (CA) solutions at pH 9 in the presence of equimolar amounts of hexamethylenediamine (HMDA). UV-visible, mass spectrometric, and solid state (13)C and (15)N NMR analysis indicated covalent incorporation of the amine during CA polymerization to produce insoluble trioxybenzacridinium scaffolds decorated with carboxyl and amine functionalities...
February 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182962/an-observational-study-of-the-impact-of-genetic-testing-for-pain-perception-in-the-clinical-management-of-chronic-non-cancer-pain
#18
Maneesh Sharma, Svetlana Kantorovich, Chee Lee, Natasha Anand, John Blanchard, Eric T Fung, Brian Meshkin, Ashley Brenton, Steven Richeimer
OBJECTIVE: Pain levels are a key metric in clinical care. However, the assessment of pain is limited to basic questionnaires and physician interpretation, which yield subjective data. Genetic markers of pain sensitivity, such as single nucleotide polymorphisms in the catechol-O-methyltransferase gene, have been shown to be associated with pain perception and have been used to provide objective information about a patient's pain. The goal of this study was to determine if physician treatment adjustments based on genetic tests of pain perception resulted in improved outcomes for patients...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182410/luminescent-cyclometalated-platinum-complexes-with-%C3%AF-bonded-catecholate-organometallic-ligands
#19
Jamal Moussa, Aruny Loch, Lise-Marie Chamoreau, Alessandra Degli Esposti, Elisa Bandini, Andrea Barbieri, Hani Amouri
A series of cyclometalated platinum(II) complexes of the type [(ppy)Pt(LM)](n+) (n = 0, 1) with π-bonded catecholates acting as organometallic ligands (LM) have been prepared and characterized by analytical techniques. In addition, the structures of two complexes of the series were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The packing shows the formation of a 1D supramolecular assembly generated by dPt-πCp* interactions among individual units. All complexes are luminescent in the solid state and in solution media...
February 20, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181806/biodegradation-of-phenanthrene-in-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbon-contaminated-wastewater-revealed-by-coupling-cultivation-dependent-and-independent-approaches
#20
Jibing Li, Chunling Luo, Mengke Song, Qing Dai, Longfei Jiang, Dayi Zhang, Gan Zhang
The indigenous microorganisms responsible for degrading phenanthrene (PHE) in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)-contaminated wastewater were identified by DNA-based stable isotope probing (DNA-SIP). In addition to the well-known PHE degraders Acinetobacter and Sphingobium, Kouleothrix and Sandaracinobacter were found, for the first time, to be directly responsible for indigenous PHE biodegradation. Additionally, a novel PHE degrader, Acinetobacter tandoii sp. LJ-5, was identified by DNA-SIP and direct cultivation...
February 9, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
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