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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636048/supramolecular-surface-functionalization-via-catechols-for-the-improvement-of-cell-material-interactions
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S Spaans, P P K H Fransen, B D Ippel, D F A de Bont, H M Keizer, N A M Bax, C V C Bouten, P Y W Dankers
Optimization of cell-material interactions is crucial for the success of synthetic biomaterials in guiding tissue regeneration. To do so, catechol chemistry is often used to introduce adhesiveness into biomaterials. Here, a supramolecular approach based on ureido-pyrimidinone (UPy) modified polymers is combined with catechol chemistry in order to achieve improved cellular adhesion onto supramolecular biomaterials. UPy-modified hydrophobic polymers with non-cell adhesive properties are developed that can be bioactivated via a modular approach using UPy-modified catechols...
June 21, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635556/executive-control-in-schizophrenia-a-preliminary-study-on-the-moderating-role-of-comt-val158met-for-comorbid-alcohol-and-substance-use-disorders
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Giuseppe Carrà, Gabriella Nicolini, Cristina Crocamo, Annamaria Lax, Francesca Amidani, Francesco Bartoli, Filippo Castellano, Alessia Chiorazzi, Giulia Gamba, Costanza Papagno, Massimo Clerici
BACKGROUND: A functional polymorphism in the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene (Val158Met) appears to influence cognition in people with alcohol/substance use disorders (AUD/SUD) and in those with psychosis. METHODS: To explore the potential moderating effect of these factors, a cross-sectional study was conducted, randomly recruiting subjects with DSM-IV diagnosis of schizophrenia. AUD/SUD was rigorously assessed, as well as COMT Val158Met polymorphism. Executive control functioning was measured using the Intra-Extra Dimensional Set Shift (IED)...
February 14, 2017: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630452/remote-memories-are-enhanced-by-comt-activity-through-dysregulation-of-the-endocannabinoid-system-in-the-prefrontal-cortex
#3
D Scheggia, E Zamberletti, N Realini, M Mereu, G Contarini, V Ferretti, F Managò, G Margiani, R Brunoro, T Rubino, M A De Luca, D Piomelli, D Parolaro, F Papaleo
The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is a crucial hub for the flexible modulation of recent memories (executive functions) as well as for the stable organization of remote memories. Dopamine in the PFC is implicated in both these processes and genetic variants affecting its neurotransmission might control the unique balance between cognitive stability and flexibility present in each individual. Functional genetic variants in the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene result in a different catabolism of dopamine in the PFC...
June 20, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629972/characterization-of-dioxygenases-and-biosurfactants-produced-by-crude-oil-degrading-soil-bacteria
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Santhakumar Muthukamalam, Sivalingam Sivagangavathi, Dharmapal Dhrishya, Sadras Sudha Rani
Role of microbes in bioremediation of oil spills has become inevitable owing to their eco friendly nature. This study focused on the isolation and characterization of bacterial strains with superior oil degrading potential from crude-oil contaminated soil. Three such bacterial strains were selected and subsequently identified by 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis as Corynebacterium aurimucosum, Acinetobacter baumannii and Microbacterium hydrocarbonoxydans respectively. The specific activity of catechol 1,2 dioxygenase (C12O) and catechol 2,3 dioxygenase (C23O) was determined in these three strains wherein the activity of C12O was more than that of C23O...
June 3, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629779/are-dopaminergic-genotypes-risk-factors-for-eating-behavior-and-obesity-in-adults
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Orcun Avsar, Aysegul Kuskucu, Seda Sancak, Ece Genc
Dopamine (DA) is the main modulator of the brain reward system and significantly regulates food intake. The idea that obesity is a neurobiological disease rather than a metabolic disorder, is the basis of the study. Changes in dopamine neurotransmission affect the brain reward system in a direct way. Furthermore, changes in the reward system influence the eating behavior in human. The enzymes monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) and catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) terminate the DA function by metabolizing it. In our study, the control group which included 214 individuals and 234 subjects with obesity were investigated for MAOA-u VNTR and COMT (rs4680) polymorphisms...
June 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625321/catechol-o-methyltransferase-gene-polymorphism-val158met-and-development-of-pre-eclampsia
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Ali Taravati, Fatemeh Tohidi, Mehrnaz Moniri, Kasra Kamali
OBJECTIVES: Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) is a key enzyme in degradation pathways of estrogens and catecholamines. The present meta-analysis was done to elucidate the association of COMT Val158Met polymorphism with pre-eclampsia among pregnant women. METHODS: A literature search was conducted in electronic databases including PubMed, Scopus, Elsevier, Springer and Google Scholar to find eligible studies. The pooled odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals were calculated under dominant, recessive, co-dominant, and allelic models...
February 2017: Archives of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623816/siderophore-coated-magnetic-iron-nanoparticles-rational-designing-of-water-soluble-nanobiosensor-for-visualizing-al-3-in-live-organism
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M Raju, Sakshi Srivastava, Ratish R Nair, Ishan H Raval, Soumya Haldar, Pabitra B Chatterjee
This article aims to establish the judicious use of iron-binding chemistry of microbial chelators in order to functionalize the surface of iron nanoparticles to develop non-toxic nanobiosensor. Anchoring a simple siderophore 2,3-dihydroxybenzoylglycine (H3L), which bears catechol and carboxyl functionalities in tandem, on to the surface of Fe3O4 nanoparticles has developed a unique nanobiosensor HL-FeNPs which showed highly selective and sensitive detection of Al(3+) in 100% water at physiological pH. The biosensor HL-FeNPs, with 20nM limit of detection, behaves reversibly and instantly...
June 8, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623781/inhibition-activities-of-catechol-diether-based-non-nucleoside-inhibitors-against-the-hiv-reverse-transcriptase-variants-insights-from-molecular-docking-and-oniom-calculations
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Pabitra Narayan Samanta, Kalyan Kumar Das
The therapeutic effectiveness of the catechol diether analogs against both the wild-type and drug-resistant reverse transcriptase (RT) mutants of HIV strains are investigated by performing molecular docking and hybrid ONIOM calculations. The docking protocol has been used to predict the binding modes of the non-nucleoside inhibitors inside the active site cavity of the viral enzymes. For each enzyme-inhibitor adduct, the predicted docked poses are assessed by employing different scoring function based programs...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622621/development-of-an-ultra-fast-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-method-for-simultaneous-determination-of-seven-flavonoids-in-rat-plasma-application-to-a-comparative-pharmacokinetic-investigation-of-ginkgo-biloba-extract-and-single-pure-ginkgo-flavonoids
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Tianyang Wang, Jie Xiao, Huiping Hou, Pei Li, Ziyue Yuan, Huarong Xu, Ran Liu, Qing Li, Kaishun Bi
For deeper pharmacokinetic investigation and further curative application of ginkgo flavonoids, a delicate, efficient and precise UFLC-MS/MS technique for synchronous quantitation of seven flavonoids, apigenin, luteolin, naringenin, quercetin, diosmetin, kaempferol and isorhamnetin in rat plasma has been established. After mixing with the internal standard (IS) linarin, bio-samples were pretreated via ethyl acetate for liquid-liquid extraction, then isolated at 0.2ml/min flow rate on a Venusil MP C18 chromatographic column (100mm×2...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619446/design-synthesis-and-evaluation-of-dna-topoisomerase-ii-targeted-nucleosides
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Hironobu Matsumoto, Mitsuaki Yamashita, Teruyuki Tahara, Shinya Hayakawa, Shun-Ichi Wada, Kiyoshi Tomioka, Akira Iida
We developed novel nucleoside-based topoisomerase II selective inhibitors and showed that small structural units, such as catechols, are essential for DNA topoisomerase II inhibitory activity. Moreover, nucleoside analogues containing TBS and 1,3-dithian moieties had potent and selective DNA topoisomerase II inhibitory activities. In further experiments, compound 25b having a beta configuration of the thymine moiety showed relatively strong growth inhibitory activity against cancer cell lines, and was more potent against all cancer cell lines than compound 26b, which carries a thymine moiety in the alpha configuration...
June 2, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616971/lack-of-cell-proliferative-and-tumorigenic-effects-of-4-hydroxyestradiol-in-the-anterior-pituitary-of-rats-role-of-ultrarapid-o-methylation-catalyzed-by-pituitary-membrane-bound-catechol-o-methyltransferase
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Pan Wang, Laura H Mills, Ji-Hoon Song, Jina Yu, Bao-Ting Zhu
In animal models, estrogens are complete carcinogens in certain target sites. 4-Hydroxyestradiol (4-OH-E2), an endogenous metabolite of 17β-estradiol (E2), is known to have prominent estrogenic activity plus potential genotoxicity and mutagenicity. We report here our finding that 4-OH-E2 does not induce pituitary tumors in ACI female rats, whereas E2 produces 100% pituitary tumor incidence. To probe the mechanism, we conducted a short-term animal experiment to compare the proliferative effect of 4-OH-E2 in several organs...
June 15, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614950/grafting-of-architecture-controlled-poly-styrene-sodium-sulfonate-onto-titanium-surfaces-using-bio-adhesive-molecules-surface-characterization-and-biological-properties
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Hamza Chouirfa, Margaret D M Evans, David G Castner, Penny Bean, Dimitri Mercier, Anouk Galtayries, Céline Falentin-Daudré, Véronique Migonney
This contribution reports on grafting of bioactive polymers such as poly(sodium styrene sulfonate) (polyNaSS) onto titanium (Ti) surfaces. This grafting process uses a modified dopamine as an anchor molecule to link polyNaSS to the Ti surface. The grafting process combines reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization, postpolymerization modification, and thiol-ene chemistry. The first step in the process is to synthetize architecture controlled polyNaSS with a thiol end group. The second step is the adhesion of the dopamine acrylamide (DA) anchor onto the Ti surfaces...
June 14, 2017: Biointerphases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614354/maternal-prenatal-anxiety-and-child-comt-genotype-predict-working-memory-and-symptoms-of-adhd
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Kieran J O'Donnell, Vivette Glover, Jari Lahti, Marius Lahti, Rachel D Edgar, Katri Räikkönen, Thomas G O'Connor
Maternal prenatal anxiety is an important risk factor for altered child neurodevelopment but there is uncertainty concerning the biological mechanisms involved and sources of individual differences in children's responses. We sought to determine the role of functional genetic variation in COMT, which encodes catechol-O-methyltransferase, in the association between maternal prenatal anxiety and child symptoms of ADHD and working memory. We used the prospectively-designed ALSPAC cohort (n = 6,969) for our primary data analyses followed by replication analyses in the PREDO cohort (n = 425)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610409/impact-of-catechol-o-methyltransferase-val-158met-rs4680-polymorphism-on-breast-cancer-susceptibility-in-asian-population
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Vandana Rai, Upendra Yadav, Pradeep Kumar
Background: Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) is an important estrogen-metabolizing enzyme. Numerous case-control studies have evaluated the role COMT Val 158Met (rs4680;472G->A) polymorphism in the risk of breast cancer and provided inconclusive results, hence present meta-analysis was designed to get a more reliable assessment in Asian population. Methods: A total of 26 articles were identified through a search of four electronic databases- PubMed, Google Scholar, Science Direct and Springer link, up to March, 2016...
May 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608939/multivalent-siderophore-dotam-conjugates-as-theranostics-for-imaging-and-treatment-of-bacterial-infections
#15
Kevin Ferreira, Hai-Yu Hu, Verena Fetz, Hans Prochnow, Bushra Rais, Peter P Müller, Mark Brönstrup
There is a strong need to better diagnose infections at deep body sites through noninvasive molecular imaging methods. Herein, we describe the synthesis and characterization of probes based on siderophore conjugates with catechol moieties and a central DOTAM scaffold. The probes can accommodate a metal ion as well as an antibiotic moiety and are therefore suited for theranostic purposes. The translocation of the conjugates across the outer and inner cell membranes of E. coli was confirmed by growth recovery experiments with enterobactin-deficient strains, by the antibacterial activity of ampicillin conjugates, and by confocal imaging using a fluorogen-activating protein-malachite green system adapted to E...
June 13, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608575/association-between-comt-val158met-and-psychiatric-disorders-a-comprehensive-meta-analysis
#16
Steven Taylor
Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) Val158Met is widely regarded as potentially important for understanding the genetic etiology of many different psychiatric disorders. The present study appears to be the first comprehensive meta-analysis of COMT genetic association studies to cover all psychiatric disorders for which there were available data, published in any language, and with an emphasis on investigating disorder subtypes (defined clinically or by demographic or other variables). Studies were included if they reported one or more datasets (i...
June 13, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608189/effect-of-catechol-o-methyltransferase-val158met-polymorphism-on-resting-state-brain-default-mode-network-after-acupuncture-stimulation
#17
Xuejuan Yang, Jie Gong, Lingmin Jin, Lin Liu, Jinbo Sun, Wei Qin
The effects of acupuncture can be characterized by clear individual differences. Several revealing studies suggest an underlying role of inherited genetic factor in interindividual variability in response to acupuncture treatment. It remains unclear, however, if the modulation of acupuncture on resting brain function is influenced by genetic factors. Catechol-o-methyltransferase (COMT) Val158Met polymorphism has been shown to regulate the resting brain network, especially in the default mode network (DMN), which is a target area that responds to acupuncture stimulation...
June 13, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604860/understanding-iridium-oxide-nanoparticle-surface-sites-by-their-interaction-with-catechol
#18
Daniel Finkelstein-Shapiro, Maxime Fournier, Dalvin D Méndez-Hernández, Chengchen Guo, Monica Calatayud, Thomas A Moore, Ana L Moore, Devens Gust, Jeffery L Yarger
Iridium oxide (IrOx) is one of the best water splitting electrocatalysts, but its active site details are not well known. As with all heterogeneous catalysts, a strategy for counting the number of active sites is not clear, and understanding their nature and structure is remarkably difficult. In this work, we performed a combined study using optical spectroscopy, magnetic resonance and electrochemistry to characterize the interaction of IrOx nanoparticles (NPs) with a probe molecule, catechol. The catalyst is heterogeneous given that the substrate is in a different phase, but behaves as a homogeneous catalyst from the point of view of electrochemistry since it remains in colloidal suspension...
June 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597654/oms-2-supported-cu-hydroxide-catalyzed-benzoxazoles-synthesis-from-catechols-and-amines-via-domino-oxidation-process-at-room-temperature
#19
Xu Meng, Yanmin Wang, Yuanguang Wang, Baohua Chen, Zhenqiang Jing, Gexin Chen, Peiqing Zhao
In the presence of manganese oxide octahedral molecular sieve (OMS-2) supported copper hydroxide Cu(OH)x/OMS-2, aerobic synthesis of benzoxazoles from catechols and amines via domino oxidation/cyclization at room temperature is achieved. This heterogeneous benzoxazoles synthesis initiated by the efficient oxidation of catechols over Cu(OH)x/OMS-2 tolerates a variety of substrates, especially amines containing sensitive groups (hydroxyl, cyano, amino, vinyl, ethynyl, ester, and even acetyl groups) and heterocycles, which affords functionalized benzoxazoles in good to excellent yields by employing low catalyst loading (2 mol % Cu)...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596363/polymeric-peptide-pigments-with-sequence-encoded-properties
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Ayala Lampel, Scott A McPhee, Hang-Ah Park, Gary G Scott, Sunita Humagain, Doeke R Hekstra, Barney Yoo, Pim W J M Frederix, Tai-De Li, Rinat R Abzalimov, Steven G Greenbaum, Tell Tuttle, Chunhua Hu, Christopher J Bettinger, Rein V Ulijn
Melanins are a family of heterogeneous polymeric pigments that provide ultraviolet (UV) light protection, structural support, coloration, and free radical scavenging. Formed by oxidative oligomerization of catecholic small molecules, the physical properties of melanins are influenced by covalent and noncovalent disorder. We report the use of tyrosine-containing tripeptides as tunable precursors for polymeric pigments. In these structures, phenols are presented in a (supra-)molecular context dictated by the positions of the amino acids in the peptide sequence...
June 9, 2017: Science
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