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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642597/a-single-amino-acid-polymorphism-in-the-glycosyltransferase-cpsk-defines-four-streptococcus-suis-serotypes
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David Roy, Taryn B T Athey, Jean-Philippe Auger, Guillaume Goyette-Desjardins, Marie-Rose Van Calsteren, Daisuke Takamatsu, Masatoshi Okura, Sarah Teatero, Martín Alcorlo, Juan A Hermoso, Mariela Segura, Marcelo Gottschalk, Nahuel Fittipaldi
The capsular polysaccharide (CPS) is the major virulence factor of the emerging zoonotic pathogen Streptococcus suis. CPS differences are also the basis for serological differentiation of the species into 29 serotypes. Serotypes 2 and 1/2, which possess identical gene content in their cps loci, express CPSs that differ only by substitution of galactose (Gal) by N-acetylgalactosamine (GalNAc) in the CPS side chain. The same sugar substitution differentiates the CPS of serotypes 14 and 1, whose cps loci are also identical in gene content...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623373/metabolic-and-evolutionary-patterns-in-the-extremely-acidophilic-archaeon-ferroplasma-acidiphilum-y-t
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Olga V Golyshina, Hai Tran, Oleg N Reva, Sofia Lemak, Alexander F Yakunin, Alexander Goesmann, Taras Y Nechitaylo, Violetta LaCono, Francesco Smedile, Alexei Slesarev, David Rojo, Coral Barbas, Manuel Ferrer, Michail M Yakimov, Peter N Golyshin
Ferroplasmaceae represent ubiquitous iron-oxidising extreme acidophiles with a number of unique physiological traits. In a genome-based study of Ferroplasma acidiphilum Y(T), the only species of the genus Ferroplasma with a validly published name, we assessed its central metabolism and genome stability during a long-term cultivation experiment. Consistently with physiology, the genome analysis points to F. acidiphilum Y(T) having an obligate peptidolytic oligotrophic lifestyle alongside with anaplerotic carbon assimilation...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618302/growth-and-physiological-responses-of-a-marine-diatom-phaeodactylum-tricornutum-against-two-imidazolium-based-ionic-liquids-c4mim-bf4-and-c8mim-bf4
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Xiang-Yuan Deng, Biao Chen, Da Li, Xiao-Li Hu, Jie Cheng, Kun Gao, Chang-Hai Wang
Ionic liquids (ILs) have been considered as "green" substitutes for traditional organic solvents in many existing biological and chemical areas. However, they have high solubility and poor biodegradability in water, suggesting that they could become persistent chemical pollutants in aquatic environment. The ability of two widely used imidazolium-based ILs to affect the growth and physiological characteristics of a marine diatom (Phaeodactylum tricornutum) was investigated in this study. The diatom was exposed to different concentrations of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([C4mim]BF4) and 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([C8mim]BF4) for 96h within a batch-culture system...
May 31, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614659/surface-tuned-and-metal-ion-responsive-supramolecular-gels-based-on-nucleolipids
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Ashok Nuthanakanti, Seergazhi G Srivatsan
Supramolecular synthons based on nucleic acid components, nucleobases and nucleosides and their derivatives, have been highly useful in constructing wide varieties of nanoarchitectures. While most of the design strategies have focused on developing biocompatible delivery vehicles, the potential of nucleoside hybrids in assembling smart materials with tunable and sensing properties, though challenging, is gaining significant attention. Here, we describe the development of novel functional materials with surface tunability and metal ion responsiveness by using simple nucleolipid supramolecular synthons derived by attaching various fatty acids to the 3'-O or 3',5'-O positions of the sugar residue of thymidine nucleoside...
June 14, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606573/a-modeling-study-of-beverage-substitution-and-obesity-outcomes-among-australian-adults
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Miaobing Zheng, Zhixian Sui, Zhangrong Li, Anna Rangan
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the cross-sectional associations among sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption, its substitution with beverage alternatives, and obesity outcomes in an Australian population. METHODS: We used data from 9341 adults ages ≥19 y from the 2011-2012 Australian National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey. Multivariate linear regression with adjustment for covariates was used to examine the associations between SSB consumption and body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC)...
July 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604696/a-front-face-sni-synthase-engineered-from-a-retaining-double-sn2-hydrolase
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Javier Iglesias-Fernández, Susan M Hancock, Seung Seo Lee, Maola Khan, Jo Kirkpatrick, Neil J Oldham, Katherine McAuley, Anthony Fordham-Skelton, Carme Rovira, Benjamin G Davis
SNi-like mechanisms, which involve front-face leaving group departure and nucleophile approach, have been observed experimentally and computationally in chemical and enzymatic substitution at α-glycosyl electrophiles. Since SNi-like, SN1 and SN2 substitution pathways can be energetically comparable, engineered switching could be feasible. Here, engineering of Sulfolobus solfataricus β-glycosidase, which originally catalyzed double SN2 substitution, changed its mode to SNi-like. Destruction of the first SN2 nucleophile through E387Y mutation created a β-stereoselective catalyst for glycoside synthesis from activated substrates, despite lacking a nucleophile...
June 12, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592603/chronic-fructose-substitution-for-glucose-or-sucrose-in-food-or-beverages-has-little-effect-on-fasting-blood-glucose-insulin-or-triglycerides-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Rebecca A Evans, Michael Frese, Julio Romero, Judy H Cunningham, Kerry E Mills
Background: Conflicting evidence exists on the role of long-term fructose consumption on health. No systematic review has addressed the effect of isoenergetic fructose replacement of other sugars and its effect on glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), fasting blood glucose, insulin, and triglycerides.Objective: The objective of this study was to review the evidence for a reduction in fasting glycemic and insulinemic markers after chronic, isoenergetic replacement of glucose or sucrose in foods or beverages by fructose...
June 7, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591625/ce16-on-acetyl-4-o-methylglucuronoxylan-and-acetyl-galactoglucomannan
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Galina Mai-Gisondi, Hannu Maaheimo, Sun-Li Chong, Sandra Hinz, Maija Tenkanen, Emma Master
BACKGROUND: The backbone structure of many hemicelluloses is acetylated, which presents a challenge when the objective is to convert corresponding polysaccharides to fermentable sugars or else recover hemicelluloses for biomaterial applications. Carbohydrate esterases (CE) can be harnessed to overcome these challenges. METHODS: Enzymes from different CE families, AnAcXE (CE1), OsAcXE (CE6), and MtAcE (CE16) were compared based on action and position preference towards acetyl-4-O-methylglucuronoxylan (MGX) and acetyl-galactoglucomannan (GGM)...
June 4, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586472/maternal-consumption-of-artificially-sweetened-beverages-during-pregnancy-and-offspring-growth-through-7-years-of-age-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Yeyi Zhu, Sjurdur F Olsen, Pauline Mendola, Thorhallur I Halldorsson, Shristi Rawal, Stefanie N Hinkle, Edwina H Yeung, Jorge E Chavarro, Louise G Grunnet, Charlotta Granström, Anne A Bjerregaard, Frank B Hu, Cuilin Zhang
Background: Artificial sweeteners are widely replacing caloric sweeteners. Data on long-term impact of artificially sweetened beverage (ASB) consumption during pregnancy on offspring obesity risk are lacking. We prospectively investigated intake of ASBs and sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) during pregnancy in relation to offspring growth through age 7 years among high-risk children born to women with gestational diabetes. Methods: In a prospective study of 918 mother-singleton child dyads from the Danish National Birth Cohort, maternal dietary intake was assessed by a food frequency questionnaire during pregnancy...
June 6, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579536/effects-of-dietary-fructose-restriction-on-liver-fat-de-novo-lipogenesis-and-insulin-kinetics-in-children-with-obesity
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Jean-Marc Schwarz, Susan M Noworolski, Ayca Erkin-Cakmak, Natalie J Korn, Michael J Wen, Viva W Tai, Grace M Jones, Sergiu P Palii, Moises Velasco-Alin, Karen Pan, Bruce W Patterson, Alejandro Gugliucci, Robert H Lustig, Kathleen Mulligan
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Consumption of sugar is associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and cardiovascular disease. The conversion of fructose to fat in liver (de novo lipogenesis, DNL) may be a modifiable pathogenetic pathway. We determined the effect of 9 days of isocaloric fructose restriction on DNL, liver fat, visceral fat (VAT), subcutaneous fat, and insulin kinetics in obese Latino and African American children with habitual high sugar consumption (fructose intake more than 50 g/day)...
June 1, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535825/the-effect-of-increased-fruit-and-vegetable-consumption-on-selected-macronutrient-and-micronutrient-intakes-in-four-randomised-controlled-trials
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Sharon L Fulton, Michelle C McKinley, Charlotte E Neville, Francina R Baldrick, Ciara Mulligan, Damian O McCall, David R McCance, J D Edgar, J S Elborn, Ian S Young, Chris C Patterson, Jayne V Woodside
Fruit and vegetable (FV) intake is associated with reduced risk of a number of non-communicable diseases. Research tends to focus on antioxidants, flavonoids and polyphenols contained in FV as the main beneficial components to health; however, increasing FV may also alter overall diet profile. Extra FV may be substituted for foods thought to be less healthy, therefore altering the overall macronutrient and/or micronutrient content in the diet. This analysis merged dietary data from four intervention studies in participants with varying health conditions and examined the effect of increased FV consumption on diet profile...
May 24, 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522003/lactobacillus-plantarum-cidca-8327-an-%C3%AE-glucan-producing-strain-isolated-from-kefir-grains
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M V Gangoiti, A I Puertas, M F Hamet, P J Peruzzo, M G Llamas, M Medrano, A Prieto, M T Dueñas, A G Abraham
Lactobacillus plantarum CIDCA 8327 is an exopolysaccharide (EPS)-producer strain isolated from kefir with promising properties for the development of functional foods. The aim of the present study was to characterize the structure of the EPS synthesized by this strain grown in skim milk or semidefined medium (SDM). Additionally, genes involved in EPS synthesis were detected by PCR. L. plantarum produces an EPS with a molecular weight of 10(4)Da in both media. When grown in SDM produce an heteropolysaccharide composed mainly of glucose, glucosamine and rhamnose meanwhile the EPS produced in milk was composed exclusively of glucose indicating the influence of the sugar source...
August 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515160/replacement-of-refined-starches-and-added-sugars-with-egg-protein-and-unsaturated-fats-increases-insulin-sensitivity-and-lowers-triglycerides-in-overweight-or-obese-adults-with-elevated-triglycerides
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Kevin C Maki, Orsolya M Palacios, Emily Lindner, Kristin M Nieman, Marjorie Bell, Jennifer Sorce
Background: Hypertriglyceridemia is a common condition in the United States and is often associated with other metabolic disturbances, including insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and a predominance of small dense LDL particles.Objective: The objective of this trial was to evaluate the effects of a combination of egg protein (Epro) and unsaturated fatty acids (UFAs) substituted for refined starches and added sugars on insulin sensitivity (primary outcome) and other cardiometabolic health markers in overweight or obese adults with elevated triglyceride (TG) concentrations...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512318/structure-based-prediction-and-identification-of-4-epimerization-activity-of-phosphate-sugars-in-class-ii-aldolases
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Seon-Hwa Lee, Seung-Hye Hong, Jung-Ung An, Kyoung-Rok Kim, Dong-Eun Kim, Lin-Woo Kang, Deok-Kun Oh
Sugar 4-epimerization reactions are important for the production of rare sugars and their derivatives, which have various potential industrial applications. For example, the production of tagatose, a functional sweetener, from fructose by sugar 4-epimerization is currently constrained because a fructose 4-epimerase does not exist in nature. We found that class II D-fructose-1,6-bisphosphate aldolase (FbaA) catalyzed the 4-epimerization of D-fructose-6-phosphate (F6P) to D-tagatose-6-phosphate (T6P) based on the prediction via structural comparisons with epimerase and molecular docking and the identification of the condensed products of C3 sugars...
May 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509550/sugars-require-rigid-multivalent-displays-for-activation-of-mouse-sperm-acrosomal-exocytosis
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He Huang, Maria T Rodolis, Surita R Bhatia, Nicole S Sampson
As a prerequisite to mammalian fertilization, the sperm acrosomal vesicle fuses with the plasma membrane and the acrosome contents are exocytosed. Induction occurs through engagement of the sperm receptors by multiple sugar residues. Multivalent polymers displaying mannose, fucose, or GlcNAc are effective synthetic inducers of mouse sperm acrosomal exocytosis (AE). Each carbohydrate is proposed to have a distinct binding site on the sperm cell surface. To determine the role of the scaffold structure in the efficiency of AE induction, different polymer backbones were employed to display the different activating sugar residues...
June 6, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487676/identification-of-d-galactan-iii-as-part-of-the-lipopolysaccharide-of-klebsiella-pneumoniae-serotype-o1
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Katarina Stojkovic, Valéria Szijártó, Marta Kaszowska, Tomasz Niedziela, Katharina Hartl, Gábor Nagy, Jolanta Lukasiewicz
Klebsiella pneumoniae is a Gram-negative, ubiquitous bacterium capable of causing severe nosocomial infections in individuals with impaired immune system. Emerging multi-drug resistant strains of this species and particularly carbapenem-resistant strains pose an urgent threat to public health. The lipopolysaccharide (LPS) O-antigen is the main surface antigen. It contributes to the virulence of this species and determines the O-serotype of K. pneumoniae isolates. Among the nine main O-serotypes of K. pneumoniae, O1-and O2-type pathogens are causative agents of over 50% of all infections...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483453/bivalent-o-glycoside-mimetics-with-s-disulfide-se-substitutions-and-aromatic-core-synthesis-molecular-modeling-and-inhibitory-activity-on-biomedically-relevant-lectins-in-assays-of-increasing-physiological-relevance
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Herbert Kaltner, Tamás Szabó, Krisztina Fehér, Sabine André, Sára Balla, Joachim C Manning, László Szilágyi, Hans-Joachim Gabius
The emerging significance of recognition of cellular glycans by lectins for diverse aspects of pathophysiology is a strong incentive for considering development of bioactive and non-hydrolyzable glycoside derivatives, for example by introducing S/Se atoms and the disulfide group instead of oxygen into the glycosidic linkage. We report the synthesis of 12 bivalent thio-, disulfido- and selenoglycosides attached to benzene/naphthalene cores. They present galactose, for blocking a plant toxin, or lactose, the canonical ligand of adhesion/growth-regulatory galectins...
April 9, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476035/rewiring-carbohydrate-catabolism-differentially-affects-survival-of-pancreatic-cancer-cell-lines-with-diverse-metabolic-profiles
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Tiziana Tataranni, Francesca Agriesti, Vitalba Ruggieri, Carmela Mazzoccoli, Vittorio Simeon, Ilaria Laurenzana, Rosella Scrima, Valerio Pazienza, Nazzareno Capitanio, Claudia Piccoli
An increasing body of evidence suggests that targeting cellular metabolism represents a promising effective approach to treat pancreatic cancer, overcome chemoresistance and ameliorate patient's prognosis and survival. In this study, following whole-genome expression analysis, we selected two pancreatic cancer cell lines, PANC-1 and BXPC-3, hallmarked by distinct metabolic profiles with specific concern to carbohydrate metabolism. Functional comparative analysis showed that BXPC-3 displayed a marked deficit of the mitochondrial respiratory and oxidative phosphorylation activity and a higher production of reactive oxygen species and a reduced NAD+/NADH ratio, indicating their bioenergetic reliance on glycolysis and a different redox homeostasis as compared to PANC-1...
June 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467806/glut1-mediated-selective-tumor-targeting-with-fluorine-containing-platinum-ii-glycoconjugates
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Ran Liu, Zheng Fu, Meng Zhao, Xiangqian Gao, Hong Li, Qian Mi, Pengxing Liu, Jinna Yang, Zhi Yao, Qingzhi Gao
Increased glycolysis and overexpression of glucose transporters (GLUTs) are physiological characteristics of human malignancies. Based on the so-called Warburg effect, 18flurodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) has successfully developed as clinical modality for the diagnosis and staging of many cancers. To leverage this glucose transporter mediated metabolic disparity between normal and malignant cells, in the current report, we focus on the fluorine substituted series of glucose, mannose and galactose-conjugated (trans-R,R-cyclohexane-1,2-diamine)-2-flouromalonato-platinum(II) complexes for a comprehensive evaluation on their selective tumor targeting...
June 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467387/comparing-the-nutritional-impact-of-dietary-strategies-to-reduce-discretionary-choice-intake-in-the-australian-adult-population-a-simulation-modelling-study
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Jessica A Grieger, Brittany J Johnson, Thomas P Wycherley, Rebecca K Golley
Dietary strategies to reduce discretionary choice intake are commonly utilized in practice, but evidence on their relative efficacy is lacking. The aim was to compare the potential impact on nutritional intake of three strategies to reducing discretionary choices intake in the Australian adult (19-90 years) population. Dietary simulation modelling using data from the National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey 2011-2012 was conducted (n = 9341; one 24 h dietary recall). Strategies modelled were: moderation (reduce discretionary choices by 50%, with 0%, 25% or 75% energy compensation); substitution (replace 50% of discretionary choices with core choices); reformulation (replace 50% SFA with unsaturated fats, reduce added sugars by 25%, and reduce sodium by 20%)...
May 3, 2017: Nutrients
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