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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933233/isolation-and-characterisation-of-crude-oil-sludge-degrading-bacteria
#1
Linda U Obi, Harrison I Atagana, Rasheed A Adeleke
BACKGROUND: The use of microorganisms in remediating environmental contaminants such as crude oil sludge has become a promising technique owing to its economy and the fact it is environmentally friendly. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), as the major components of oil sludge, are hydrophobic and recalcitrant. An important way of enhancing the rate of PAH desorption is to compost crude oil sludge by incorporating commercial surfactants, thereby making them available for microbial degradation...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933069/accumulation-and-secretion-of-coumarinolignans-and-other-coumarins-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-roots-in-response-to-iron-deficiency-at-high-ph
#2
Patricia Sisó-Terraza, Adrián Luis-Villarroya, Pierre Fourcroy, Jean-François Briat, Anunciación Abadía, Frédéric Gaymard, Javier Abadía, Ana Álvarez-Fernández
Root secretion of coumarin-phenolic type compounds has been recently shown to be related to Arabidopsis thaliana tolerance to Fe deficiency at high pH. Previous studies revealed the identity of a few simple coumarins occurring in roots and exudates of Fe-deficient A. thaliana plants, and left open the possible existence of other unknown phenolics. We used HPLC-UV/VIS/ESI-MS(TOF), HPLC/ESI-MS(ion trap) and HPLC/ESI-MS(Q-TOF) to characterize (identify and quantify) phenolic-type compounds accumulated in roots or secreted into the nutrient solution of A...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930671/reaction-pathways-in-catechol-primary-amine-mixtures-a-window-on-crosslinking-chemistry
#3
Juan Yang, Vittorio Saggiomo, Aldrik H Velders, Martien A Cohen Stuart, Marleen Kamperman
Catechol chemistry is used as a crosslinking tool abundantly in both natural organisms (e.g. mussels, sandcastle worms) and synthetic systems to achieve the desired mechanical properties. Despite this abundance and success, the crosslinking chemistry is still poorly understood. In this study, to simplify the system, yet to capture the essential chemistry, model compounds 4-methyl catechol and propylamine are used. The reaction of 4-methyl catechol (2 mM) with propylamine (6 mM) is carried out in the presence of NaIO4 (2 mM) in 10 mM Na2CO3 aqueous solution...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930497/the-comt-val158met-polymorphism-is-associated-with-response-to-add-on-dextromethorphan-treatment-in-bipolar-disorder
#4
Sheng-Yu Lee, Shiou-Lan Chen, Tzu-Yun Wang, Yun-Hsuan Chang, Po See Chen, San-Yuan Huang, Nian-Sheng Tzeng, Liang-Jen Wang, I Hui Lee, Kao Ching Chen, Yen Kuang Yang, Ru-Band Lu
PURPOSE/BACKGROUND: We previously conducted a randomized, double-blind, controlled, 12-week study evaluating the effect of add-on dextromethorphan (DM), a noncompetitive N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonist, on patients with bipolar disorder (BD) treated using valproate (VPA), which showed negative clinical differences. The genetic variation between each individual may be responsible for interindividual differences. The catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene has been a candidate gene for BD...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929473/synthesis-of-plant-phenol-derived-polymeric-dyes-for-direct-or-mordant-based-hair-dyeing
#5
Kyung Min Im, Jong-Rok Jeon
Effective hair dyeing through in situ incubation of keratin hair with the products of fungal laccase-catalyzed polymerization of plant phenols has been previously demonstrated. However, the dyeing process takes a long time to complete compared to commercial hair-dyeing products. To overcome this bottleneck, pre-synthesized polymeric products of the oxidative reaction of Trametes versicolor laccase on catechin and catechol, either with or without mordant agents (e.g., FeSO4), were here employed to achieve permanent keratin hair dyeing in various colors and shades...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917020/recent-approaches-in-designing-bioadhesive-materials-inspired-by-mussel-adhesive-protein
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REVIEW
Pegah Kord Forooshani, Bruce P Lee
Marine mussels secret protein-based adhesives, which enable them to anchor to various surfaces in a saline, intertidal zone. Mussel foot proteins (Mfps) contain a large abundance of a unique, catecholic amino acid, Dopa, in their protein sequences. Catechol offers robust and durable adhesion to various substrate surfaces and contributes to the curing of the adhesive plaques. In this article, we review the unique features and the key functionalities of Mfps, catechol chemistry, and strategies for preparing catechol-functionalized polymers...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Polymer Science. Part A, Polymer Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914260/the-extent-of-fermentative-transformation-of-phenolic-compounds-in-the-bioanode-controls-exoelectrogenic-activity-in-a-microbial-electrolysis-cell
#7
Xiaofei Zeng, Maya A Collins, Abhijeet P Borole, Spyros G Pavlostathis
Phenolic compounds in hydrolysate/pyrolysate and wastewater streams produced during the pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass for biofuel production present a significant challenge in downstream processes. Bioelectrochemical systems are increasingly recognized as an alternative technology to handle biomass-derived streams and to promote water reuse in biofuel production. Thus, a thorough understanding of the fate of phenolic compounds in bioanodes is urgently needed. The present study investigated the biotransformation of three structurally similar phenolic compounds (syringic acid, SA; vanillic acid, VA; 4-hydroxybenzoic acid, HBA), and their individual contribution to exoelectrogenesis in a microbial electrolysis cell (MEC) bioanode...
November 27, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909828/the-dopamine-related-polymorphisms-bdnf-comt-drd2-drd3-and-drd4-are-not-linked-with-changes-in-csf-dopamine-levels-and-frequency-of-hiv-infection
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Anne Horn, C Scheller, S du Plessis, R Burger, G Arendt, J Joska, S Sopper, C M Maschke, M Obermann, I W Husstedt, J Hain, P Riederer, E Koutsilieri
We showed previously that higher levels in CSF dopamine in HIV patients are associated with the presence of the dopamine transporter (DAT) 10/10-repeat allele which was also detected more frequently in HIV-infected individuals compared to uninfected subjects. In the current study, we investigated further whether other genetic dopamine (DA)-related polymorphisms may be related with changes in CSF DA levels and frequency of HIV infection in HIV-infected subjects. Specifically, we studied genetic polymorphisms of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, catechol-O-methyltransferase, and dopamine receptors DRD2, DRD3, and DRD4 genetic polymorphisms in uninfected and HIV-infected people in two different ethnical groups, a German cohort (Caucasian, 72 individuals with HIV infection and 22 individuals without HIV infection) and a South African cohort (Xhosan, 54 individuals with HIV infection and 19 individuals without HIV infection)...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909011/age-dependent-effects-of-catechol-o-methyltransferase-comt-gene-val158met-polymorphism-on-language-function-in-developing-children
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Lisa Sugiura, Tomoko Toyota, Hiroko Matsuba-Kurita, Yoshimi Iwayama, Reiko Mazuka, Takeo Yoshikawa, Hiroko Hagiwara
The genetic basis controlling language development remains elusive. Previous studies of the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) Val(158)Met genotype and cognition have focused on prefrontally guided executive functions involving dopamine. However, COMT may further influence posterior cortical regions implicated in language perception. We investigated whether COMT influences language ability and cortical language processing involving the posterior language regions in 246 children aged 6-10 years. We assessed language ability using a language test and cortical responses recorded during language processing using a word repetition task and functional near-infrared spectroscopy...
November 30, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906480/integrating-sugar-and-dopamine-into-one-polymer-controlled-synthesis-and-robust-surface-modification
#10
Lun Peng, Zhiyun Li, Xiaohui Li, Hui Xue, Weidong Zhang, Gaojian Chen
Glycopolymers attached to a surface possess the ability to bind to certain carbohydrate binding proteins in a highly specific manner, and because of this, the fabrication of glycopolymer-modified surfaces has evolved as an effective route toward bioresponsive systems. Poly(N-3,4-dihydroxybenzenethyl methacrylamide-co-2-(methacrylamido) glucopyranose) copolymers, containing sugar and catechol functionalities, are for the first time successfully prepared in a well-controlled manner via room temperature single-electron transfer initiation and propagation through radical addition fragmentation chain transfer technique...
December 1, 2016: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904710/the-comt-rs165599-gene-polymorphism-contributes-to-chemotherapy-induced-cognitive-impairment-in-breast-cancer-patients
#11
Huaidong Cheng, Wen Li, Chen Gan, Bo Zhang, Qianqian Jia, Kai Wang
The present study aimed to investigate the effect of genetic polymorphisms of catechol-O-methyl transferase (COMT), apolipoprotein E (APOE), and brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) on the modulation of the chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairment (CICI) in breast cancer patients. Eighty triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) and 165 non-triple negative breast cancer (NTNBC) patients were selected, and subjected to a number of neuropsychological tests, including memory questionnaires, before and after chemotherapy...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903845/protein-biomarkers-of-mood-disorders
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EDITORIAL
Carmen Rodríguez Cerdeira, Elena Sánchez-Blanco, Beatriz Sánchez-Blanco, Jose Luis González-Cespón
Psychiatric evaluation presents a significant challenge because it conceptually integrates the input from multiple psychopathological approaches. Recent technological advances in the study of protein structure, function, and interactions have provided a breakthrough in the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders (MD), and have identified novel biomarkers to be used as indicators of normal and disease states or response to drug treatment. The investigation of biomarkers for psychiatric disorders, such as enzymes (catechol-O-methyl transferase and monoamine oxidases) or neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine) and their receptors, particularly their involvement in neuroendocrine activity, brain structure, and function, and response to psychotropic drugs, should facilitate the diagnosis of MD...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903758/oprm1-and-comt-gene-gene-interaction-is-associated-with-postoperative-pain-and-opioid-consumption-after-orthopedic-trauma
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Heba Khalil, Susan M Sereika, Feng Dai, Sheila Alexander, Yvette Conley, Gary Gruen, Li Meng, Peter Siska, Ivan Tarkin, Richard Henker
BACKGROUND: mu-opioid receptor (OPRM1) and catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) contribute to the neurotransmission pathway of pain. COMT affects mu receptor expression and density in the brain. The aim of this study was to explore the OPRM1 and COMT interaction effects on postoperative pain and opioid consumption. METHODS: This cross-sectional exploratory study used genotype and clinical data from 153 postoperative patients. Using multiple regression analyses, four single-nucleotide polymorphisms of COMT (rs6269, rs4633, rs4818, and rs4680), their haplotypes, and diplotypes were considered for their interactions with A118G of OPRM1 regarding postoperative pain and opioid consumption...
November 30, 2016: Biological Research for Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903226/protective-effects-of-caffeic-acid-and-the-alzheimer-s-brain-an-update
#14
Solomon Habtemariam
Caffeic acid (CA) and related phenylpropanoic acids are ubiquitous natural products of the shikimic acid pathway origin. Due to the presence of diorthohydroxyl aromatic (catecholic) moiety, CA is not only one of the most potent antioxidant phenyl propanoids but also display numerous other pharmacological effects ranging from antiinflammatory to anticancer effects. Recent studies also demonstrated that CA both in its free form or conjugated with other groups such as quinic acid and sugars display profound effects in the brain including protection from toxicity induced by a variety of agents and/or experimental models of Alzheimer's disease (AD)...
November 29, 2016: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898784/effect-of-metal-ions-on-the-formation-of-trichloronitromethane-during-chlorination-of-catechol-and-nitrite
#15
Guojuan Gan, Rongwu Mei, Lin Qiu, Huachang Hong, Qingjun Wang, Asit Mazumder, Shikai Wu, Xiangliang Pan, Yan Liang
Catechol, nitrite, and dissolved metals are ubiquitous in source drinking water. Catechol and nitrite have been identified as precursors for halonitromethanes (HNMs), but the effect of metal ions on HNM formation during chlorination remains unclear. The main objective of this study was to investigate the effect of metal ions (Fe, Ti, Al) on the formation of trichloronitromethane (TCNM) (the most representative HNM species in disinfected water) on chlorinating catechol and nitrite. Trichloronitromethane was extracted by methyl tert-butyl ether and detected by gas chromatography...
November 2016: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898499/comt-and-bdnf-gene-variants-help-to-predict-alcohol-consumption-in-alcohol-dependent-patients
#16
Anna Klimkiewicz, Anna Mach, Andrzej Jakubczyk, Jakub Klimkiewicz, Anna Wnorowska, Maciej Kopera, Sylwia Fudalej, Margit Burmeister, Kirk Brower, Marcin Wojnar
BACKGROUND: The neurobiology of alcohol dependence (AD) involves alterations in neurotransmitters and the stress response. We hypothesized that an interaction between functional variants of dopaminergic and neurotrophic genes may influence drinking in AD. METHODS: The relationship between alcohol consumption and single-nucleotide polymorphisms, Val66Met in the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), and Val158Met in the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT), was analyzed among 281 alcohol-dependent individuals...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Addiction Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897337/spectroscopic-structural-and-kinetic-investigation-of-the-ultrafast-spin-crossover-in-an-unusual-cobalt-ii-semiquinonate-radical-complex
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Fabian Rupp, Katharina Chevalier, Michèle Graf, Markus Schmitz, Harald Kelm, Anneken Grün, Manuel Zimmer, Markus Gerhards, Christoph van Wüllen, Hans-Jörg Krüger, Rolf Diller
A comprehensive spectroscopic and structural investigation of [CoII(L-N4tBu2)(dbsq)][B(p-C6H4Cl)4] (1, L-N4tBu2 = N,N'-di-tert-butyl-2,11-diaza[3.3](2,6)pyridinophane, dbsq1- = 3,5-di-tert-butylsemiquinonate), the first known octahedral complex with a low-spin (ls) CoII semiquinonate ground state, is reported. Above 200 K, solids as well as solutions of 1 exhibit thermally induced spin-crossover (SCO) from the ls to the high-spin (hs) CoII semiquinonate state instead of the frequently observed valence tautomerism from ls CoIII catecholate to hs CoII semiquinonate...
November 29, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896501/a-manganese-catalase-from-thermomicrobium-roseum-with-peroxidase-and-catecholase-activity
#18
Robin Baginski, Monika Sommerhalter
An enzyme with catechol oxidase activity was identified in Thermomicrobium roseum extracts via solution assays and activity-stained SDS-PAGE. Yet, the genome of T. roseum does not harbor a catecholase gene. The enzyme was purified with two anion exchange chromatography steps and ultimately identified to be a manganese catalase with additional peroxidase and catecholase activity. Catalase activity (6280 ± 430 IU/mg) clearly dominated over pyrogallol peroxidase (231 ± 53 IU/mg) and catecholase (3.07 ± 0...
November 29, 2016: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890888/cloning-and-expression-of-a-novel-catechol-o-methyltransferase-in-common-marmosets
#19
Shotaro Uehara, Yasuhiro Uno, Takashi Inoue, Erika Sasaki, Hiroshi Yamazaki
Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) catalyzes the O-methylation of endogenous catechol amines and estrogens and exogenous catechol-type of drugs. A Parkinson's disease model of common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) has been widely used in preclinical studies to evaluate inhibitory potential of new drug candidates on marmoset COMT. Despite COMT inhibitors could potentiate the pharmacological action of levodopa on Parkinson's disease in animal models, marmoset COMT cDNA has not yet been identified and characterized...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889243/antiprotozoal-and-antioxidant-alkaloids-from-alternanthera-littoralis
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Hector H F Koolen, Elizabeth M F Pral, Silvia C Alfieri, Jane V N Marinho, Alessandra F Serain, Alvaro J Hernández-Tasco, Nathalia L Andreazza, Marcos J Salvador
Five alkaloids, in addition to hydroxytyrosol and uridine, were isolated from aerial parts of Alternanthera littoralis P. Beauv. Among the isolated compounds, alternamide A was an unusual tricyclic alkaloid with a bridged benzoazepine core. All isolated alkaloids have a catechol moiety, indicating a possible common biosynthetic route. Their structures were established by 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy in combination with extensive tandem MS experiments by collisional induced dissociation (CID). The antiprotozoal activity of the isolated compounds was assayed against trypomastigote forms of Trypanosoma cruzi and amastigotes of Leishmania amazonensis...
November 23, 2016: Phytochemistry
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