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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742264/structural-revision-and-biomimetic-synthesis-of-goupiolone-b
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Yosuke Matsuo, Ayane Yoshida, Yoshinori Saito, Takashi Tanaka
Goupiolones A and B are unique phenolic compounds with significant DNA-damaging activity. In this study, the structure of goupiolone B was revised on the basis of DFT calculations of the ¹³C NMR chemical shifts and biosynthetic considerations. The dibenzobicyclo[3.2.2]nonane skeleton of the revised structure suggested that goupiolone B was produced by oxidative coupling between catechol and goupiolone A, which was strongly supported by this biomimetic synthesis. Furthermore, the racemization of goupiolone B was observed during the examination for the chiral separation of its racemic mixture...
July 25, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738619/simultaneous-and-sensitive-electrochemical-detection-of-dihydroxybenzene-isomers-with-uio-66-metal-organic-framework-mesoporous-carbon
#2
Min Deng, Shourui Lin, Xiangjie Bo, Liping Guo
The zirconium-based MOF (UiO-66)/mesoporous carbon (MC) composite was synthesized using conventional hydrothermal method for the first time. The surface morphology and structure of UiO-66/MC composite were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). A novel electrochemical sensor based on UiO-66/MC was constructed for simultaneous and sensitive determination of dihydroxybenzene isomers (DBIs) of hydroquinone (HQ), catechol (CT) and resorcinol (RS)...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734868/a-single-and-multiple-dose-study-to-investigate-the-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-opicapone-a-novel-comt-inhibitor-in-rat
#3
Daniela Gonçalves, Gilberto Alves, Ana Fortuna, Maria João Bonifácio, Patrício Soares-da-Silva, Amílcar Falcão
Opicapone is a novel catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitor that emerged to fulfil the need of a safer and more efficacious COMT inhibitor. The present study was carried out in order to assess and compare the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics (COMT inhibition) of opicapone after single and multiple oral administrations (30 mg/kg) to Wistar rats. For this purpose, at predefined time points up to 72 h post-dosing, blood, liver and kidneys were collected and, then, the concentrations of opicapone and its active metabolite (BIA 9-1079) were determined in plasma and in liver and kidney tissues, as well as the erythrocyte, liver and kidney COMT activity...
July 19, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732966/effect-of-ultrasonic-waves-on-the-water-turbidity-during-the-oxidation-of-phenol-formation-of-hydro-peroxo-complexes
#4
Natalia Villota, Jose M Lomas, Luis M Camarero
Analysis of the kinetics of aqueous phenol oxidation by a sono-Fenton process reveals that the via involving ortho-substituted intermediates prevails: catechol (25.0%), hydroquinone (7.7%) and resorcinol (0.6%). During the oxidation, water rapidly acquires color that reaches its maximum intensity at the maximum concentration of p-benzoquinone. Turbidity formation occurs at a slower rate. Oxidant dosage determines the nature of the intermediates, being trihydroxylated benzenes (pyrogallol, hydroxyhydroquinone) and muconic acid the main precursors causing turbidity...
November 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729810/the-interplay-of-electrode-and-bio-materials-in-a-redox-cycling-based-clozapine-sensor
#5
Thomas E Winkler, Robert Dietrich, Eunkyoung Kim, Hadar Ben-Yoav, Deanna L Kelly, Gregory F Payne, Reza Ghodssi
We investigate gold, TiN, and platinum in combination with a chitosan-catechol-based redox-cycling system (RCS) for electrochemical detection of the antipsychotic clozapine. We have previously demonstrated the RCS for detection of clozapine in serum, but challenges remain regarding low signal-to-noise ratios. This can be mitigated by selection of electrode materials with beneficial surface morphologies and/or compositions. We employ cyclic voltammetry to assess the redox current generated by clozapine, and differentiate solely surface-area-based effects from clozapine-specific ones using a standard redox couple...
June 2017: Electrochemistry Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728097/nonlinear-modulation-of-interacting-between-comt-and-depression-on-brain-function
#6
L Gong, C He, Y Yin, Q Ye, F Bai, Y Yuan, H Zhang, L Lv, H Zhang, Z Zhang, C Xie
BACKGROUND: The catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene is related to dopamine degradation and has been suggested to be involved in the pathogenesis of major depressive disorder (MDD). However, how this gene affects brain function properties in MDD is still unclear. METHODS: Fifty patients with MDD and 35 cognitively normal participants underwent a resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging scan. A voxelwise and data-drive global functional connectivity density (gFCD) analysis was used to investigate the main effects and the interactions of disease states and COMT rs4680 gene polymorphism on brain function...
June 9, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723202/structure-guided-design-of-protein-biosensors-for-phenolic-pollutants
#7
Shamayeeta Ray, Santosh Panjikar, Ruchi Anand
Phenolic aromatic compounds are a major source of environmental pollution. Currently there are no in situ methods for specifically and selectively detecting these pollutants. Here, we exploit the nature's biosensory machinery by employing Acinetobacter calcoaceticus NCIB8250 protein, MopR, as a model system to develop biosensors for selective detection of a spectrum of these pollutants. The X-ray structure of the sensor domain of MopR was used as a scaffold for logic-based tunable biosensor design. By employing a combination of in silico structure guided approaches, mutagenesis and isothermal calorimetric studies, we were able to generate biosensor templates, that can selectively and specifically sense harmful compounds like chlorophenols, cresols, catechol, and xylenols...
March 24, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720966/biochemical-characterization-and-thermal-inactivation-of-polyphenol-oxidase-from-elephant-foot-yam-amorphophallus-paeoniifolius
#8
Anuradha Singh, Neeraj Wadhwa
Polyphenol oxidase from Amorphophallus corm was purified (5.54 fold) by acetone precipitation and ion exchange chromatography. Electrophoretic-blot analysis revealed that the molecular weight of enzyme is 40 kDa. Enzyme preferred catechol as substrate and showed optimum activity at pH 6 and 35 °C with Km of 17.56 mM and Vmax 0.023 U/ml/min. Thermal inactivation kinetics study showed that 5.68% inactivation was achieved at 75 °C within 40 min. The half-life time of PPO is between 126.00 and 32.54 min...
June 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718807/melanin-and-melanin-related-polymers-as-materials-with-biomedical-and-biotechnological-applications-cuttlefish-ink-and-mussel-foot-proteins-as-inspired-biomolecules
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REVIEW
Francisco Solano
The huge development of bioengineering during the last years has boosted the search for new bioinspired materials, with tunable chemical, mechanical, and optoelectronic properties for the design of semiconductors, batteries, biosensors, imaging and therapy probes, adhesive hydrogels, tissue restoration, photoprotectors, etc. These new materials should complement or replace metallic or organic polymers that cause cytotoxicity and some adverse health effects. One of the most interesting biomaterials is melanin and synthetic melanin-related molecules...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710019/effects-of-human-blood-levels-of-two-pah-mixtures-on-the-ahr-signalling-activation-pathway-and-cyp1a1-and-comt-target-genes-in-granulosa-non-tumor-and-granulosa-tumor-cell-lines
#10
Karolina Zajda, Anna Ptak, Agnieszka Rak, Elżbieta Fiedor, Adam Grochowalski, Tomasz Milewicz, Ewa L Gregoraszczuk
Epidemiological studies have shown a link between problems with offspring of couples living in a contaminated environment in comparison to those who live in an uncontaminated environment. We measured the concentrations of 16 priority polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in maternal and cord blood. To explore the mechanism of the effects of PAH mixtures on nonluteinized granulosa cells (HGrC1) and granulosa tumor cells (COV434), as well as cell proliferation and apoptosis, we investigated the effect of PAH mixtures on the expression of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR), aryl hydrocarbon receptor nuclear translocator (ARNT) and aryl hydrocarbon receptor repressor (AHRR) genes, as well as the expression and activity of target genes cytochrome P450 1A1 (CYP1A1) and catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT)...
July 11, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708709/genetics-influence-neurocognitive-performance-at-baseline-but-not-concussion-history-in-collegiate-student-athletes
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Graham D Cochrane, Mark H Sundman, Eric E Hall, Matthew C Kostek, Kirtida Patel, Kenneth P Barnes, Caroline J Ketcham
OBJECTIVE: This study investigates 4 single-nucleotide polymorphisms [Apolipoprotein E (APOE), APOE promoter, catechol-O-methyl transferase (COMT), and dopamine D2 receptor] that have been implicated in concussion susceptibility and/or cognitive ability in collegiate student-athletes. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Neuroscience laboratory at Elon University. PARTICIPANTS: Two hundred fifty division I collegiate student-athletes (66 women, 184 men) from various sports...
July 11, 2017: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707072/catechol-o-methyltransferase-val158met-polymorphism-on-striatum-structural-covariance-networks-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Chiung-Chih Chang, Shih-Jen Tsai, Nai-Ching Chen, Chi-Wei Huang, Shih-Wei Hsu, Ya-Ting Chang, Mu-En Liu, Wen-Neng Chang, Wan-Chen Tsai, Chen-Chang Lee
The catechol-O-methyltransferase enzyme metabolizes dopamine in the prefrontal axis, and its genetic polymorphism (rs4680; Val158Met) is a known determinant of dopamine signaling. In this study, we investigated the possible structural covariance networks that may be modulated by this functional polymorphism in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Structural covariance networks were constructed by 3D T1 magnetic resonance imaging. The patients were divided into two groups: Met-carriers (n = 91) and Val-homozygotes (n = 101)...
July 13, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704396/phenotypic-chemical-and-functional-characterization-of-cyclic-nucleotide-phosphodiesterase-4-pde4-as-a-potential-anthelmintic-drug-target
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Thavy Long, Liliana Rojo-Arreola, Da Shi, Nelly El-Sakkary, Kurt Jarnagin, Fernando Rock, Maliwan Meewan, Alberto A Rascón, Lin Lin, Katherine A Cunningham, George A Lemieux, Larissa Podust, Ruben Abagyan, Kaveh Ashrafi, James H McKerrow, Conor R Caffrey
BACKGROUND: Reliance on just one drug to treat the prevalent tropical disease, schistosomiasis, spurs the search for new drugs and drug targets. Inhibitors of human cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterases (huPDEs), including PDE4, are under development as novel drugs to treat a range of chronic indications including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and Alzheimer's disease. One class of huPDE4 inhibitors that has yielded marketed drugs is the benzoxaboroles (Anacor Pharmaceuticals)...
July 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703813/the-effects-of-transition-metal-doping-and-chromophore-anchoring-on-the-photocurrent-response-of-titanium-oxo-clusters
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Shen Yang, Hu-Chao Su, Jin-Le Hou, Wen Luo, Dan-Hong Zou, Qin-Yu Zhu, Jie Dai
Titanium-oxo-clusters (TOCs), [Ti6O4(O(i)Pr)10(Cat)2(BA)2] (1) and [Ti12M2O10(OEt)22(Cat)2(BA)4] (M = Co, Mn, Ni, 2-4; H2Cat = catechol, HBA = benzoic acid) are prepared in one step in an in situ solvothermal synthesis. Cluster structures of 2-4 can be considered as two 1 moieties merged together by two transition metal atoms. Unlike most TOCs with sphere-like structures, clusters 2-4 feature a unique single layered structure. They are not only transition metal doped TOCs but also charge transfer (CT) TOCs, CT from Cat to the TiO cluster core...
July 13, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699782/bacterial-siderophores-promote-plant-growth-screening-of-catechol-and-hydroxamate-siderophores
#15
Anna Grobelak, Joanna Hiller
The aim of the study was to determine the quality and quantity of siderophores produced by bacteria isolated from plants' roots. The second aim was to determine the effect of siderophores on plants growth (Festuca rubra L. and Brassica napus L.). The study was carried out using bacteria isolated from roots of: Arabidopsis thaliana L., F. rubra, and Agrostis capillaris L., growing on the heavy metals contaminated area. The chrome azurol sulfonate (CAS) test, Arnow's test for catechol siderophores, and Csaksy's test for hydroxamate siderophores were performed...
September 2, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694749/variability-of-antioxidant-and-biological-activities-of-rhus-tripartitum-related-to-phenolic-compounds
#16
Hanène Ben Miled, Mariem Saada, Ines Jallali, Zaineb Ben Barka, Mounira Tlili, Hichem Alimi, Mohsen Sakly, Khémais Ben Rhouma, Manef Abderrabba, Hafedh Abdelmelek, Olfa Tebourbi, Riadh Ksouri
Rhus species are known in traditional medicine for their therapeutic virtue and their extracts showed numerous important properties including antimalarial, antimicrobial, antiviral, and hypoglycemic and anticonvulsant activities. Rhus tripartitum (Ucria) is a medicinal plant widely used in Tunisia folk medicine against chronic diarrhea and gastric ulcer. This study was designed to examine in vitro and ex vivo antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer activities of four extracts of Rhus tripartitum root cortex with increasing solvent polarity (hexane, dichloromethane, methanol and water)...
2017: EXCLI journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690604/phenol-is-the-initial-product-formed-during-growth-and-degradation-of-bromobenzene-by-tropical-marine-yeast-yarrowia-lipolytica-ncim-3589-via-an-early-dehalogenation-step
#17
Aakanksha A Vatsal, Smita S Zinjarde, Ameeta RaviKumar
Bromobenzene (BrB), a hydrophobic, recalcitrant organic compound, is listed by the environmental protection agencies as an environmental and marine pollutant having hepatotoxic, mutagenic, teratogenic, and carcinogenic effects. The tropical marine yeast Yarrowia lipolytica 3589 was seen to grow aerobically on BrB and displayed a maximum growth rate (μmax) of 0.04 h(-1). Furthermore, we also observed an increase in cell size and sedimentation velocity for the cells grown on BrB as compared to the glucose grown cells...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690202/the-impact-of-methylphenidate-and-its-enantiomers-on-dopamine-synthesis-and-metabolism-in-vitro
#18
Jasmin Bartl, Ferruccio Palazzesi, Michele Parrinello, Leif Hommers, Peter Riederer, Susanne Walitza, Edna Grünblatt
Methylphenidate (MPH), a psychostimulant, is an effective first-line treatment for the symptoms associated with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Although most MPH formulations are composed of the racemic 1:1 mixture of the two enantiomers (d- and l-threo), converging lines of evidence indicate that d-threo MPH seems to be superior to the l-isomer. We aimed to investigate whether MPH racemic mixture or pure enantiomers influence the enzyme activity of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B), catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT), and aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) in vitro in homogenates of rat PC12 cells incubated with racemic, d- and l-threo MPH (1nM up to 100μM), or a vehicle for control...
July 8, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687733/catechol-o-methyltransferase-polymorphism-is-associated-with-the-cortico-cerebellar-functional-connectivity-of-executive-function-in-children-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
#19
Yoshifumi Mizuno, Minyoung Jung, Takashi X Fujisawa, Shinichiro Takiguchi, Koji Shimada, Daisuke N Saito, Hirotaka Kosaka, Akemi Tomoda
The cerebellum, although traditionally considered a motor structure, has been increasingly recognized to play a role in regulating executive function, the dysfunction of which is a factor in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Additionally, catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) polymorphism has been reported to be associated with executive function. We examined whether the cortico-cerebellar executive function network is altered in children with ADHD and whether COMT polymorphism is associated with the altered network...
July 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687728/acinetobacter-sp-dw-1-immobilized-on-polyhedron-hollow-polypropylene-balls-and-analysis-of-transcriptome-and-proteome-of-the-bacterium-during-phenol-biodegradation-process
#20
Qihui Gu, Qingping Wu, Jumei Zhang, Weipeng Guo, Huiqing Wu, Ming Sun
Phenol is a hazardous chemical known to be widely distributed in aquatic environments. Biodegradation is an attractive option for removal of phenol from water sources. Acinetobacter sp. DW-1 isolated from drinking water biofilters can use phenol as a sole carbon and energy source. In this study, we found that Immobilized Acinetobacter sp. DW-1cells were effective in biodegradation of phenol. In addition, we performed proteome and transcriptome analysis of Acinetobacter sp. DW-1 during phenol biodegradation...
July 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
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