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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449002/purification-and-biochemical-and-kinetic-properties-of-an-endo-polygalacturonase-from-the-industrial-fungus-aspergillus-sojae
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Dante Fratebianchi, Ivana Alejandra Cavello, Sebastián Fernando Cavalitto
An endo-polygalacturonase secreted by Aspergillus sojae was characterized after being purified to homogeneity from submerged cultures with orange peel as the sole carbon source by gel filtration and ion-exchange chromatographies. According to SDS-PAGE and analytical isoelectric focusing analyses, the enzyme presents a molecular weight of 47 kDa and pI value of 4.2. This enzyme exhibits considerable stability under highly acidic to neutral conditions (pH 1.5-6.5) and presents a half-life of 2 h at 50°C. Besides its activity towards pectin and polygalacturonic acid, the enzyme displays pectin-releasing activity, acting best in a pH range of 3...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448902/surface-modified-tio2-nanoparticles-with-ascorbic-acid-antioxidant-properties-and-efficiency-against-dna-damage-in-vitro
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Vladan Bajić, Biljana Spremo-Potparević, Lada Živković, Andrea Čabarkapa, Jelena Kotur-Stevuljević, Esma Isenović, Dušan Sredojević, Ivana Vukoje, Vesna Lazić, S Phillip Ahrenkiel, Jovan M Nedeljković
The antigenotoxic and antioxidative properties of surface-modified TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) with ascorbic acid (AA) were compared with those of constituents (free AA and bare TiO2 NPs). Colloids consisting of the TiO2 NPs with anatase crystal structure were prepared by acidic hydrolysis of TiCl4. The synthesized TiO2 NPs were characterized using transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis. The charge transfer (CT) complex formation between surface Ti atoms and AA is indicated by immediate appearance of red color...
April 14, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448889/studies-on-the-metabolites-difference-of-psoralen-isopsoralen-in-human-and-six-mammalian-liver-microsomes-in-vitro-by-uhplc-ms-ms
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Aihong Yang, Junxiu Chen, Yetao Ma, Lili Wang, Yaowen Fan, Xin He
Psoralen and isopsoralen are found in many fruits, vegetables and traditional Chinese medicines (TCM), such as Ficus carica L., Celery, Fructus Psoraleae etc. Modern pharmacological studies found that psoralen and isopsoralen can show estrogen-like activity, antitumor, and antibacterial activities etc. However, some research results also show some liver damage associated with the use of psoralen/isopsoralen or related medicines in human. Many studies focus on the pharmacological activities of psoralen/isopsoralen, while it is important to choose the suitable pharmacological models which are relevant to human in drug metabolism and pharmacokinetic process...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448888/isolation-identification-and-characterization-of-potential-impurities-of-anidulafungin
#4
Lanning Zhao, Qilong Wang, Yi Bie, Xiaoxia Lu
Eight impurities ranging from 0.03 to 0.97% in anidulafungin bulk drug were detected by HPLC. Four impurities (Imp-I, Imp-II, Imp-III and Imp-VIII) among impurities were isolated from the self-prepared or marketed samples of anidulafungin bulk drug by means of preparative HPLC. A thorough study was undertaken to characterize these impurities and based on 1D ((1)H, (13)C, H-D, DEPT 90 and 135) and 2D (COSY, TOCSY, HSQC, HMBC) NMR and ESI-MS spectral data. Based on the characterization data, Imp-I was found to be known open-chain hydrolysis product formed during the synthesis and degradation...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448847/lactic-acid-fermentation-of-human-urine-to-improve-its-fertilizing-value-and-reduce-odour-emissions
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N Andreev, M Ronteltap, B Boincean, M Wernli, E Zubcov, N Bagrin, N Borodin, P N L Lens
During storage of urine, urea is biologically decomposed to ammonia, which can be lost through volatilization and in turn causes significant unpleasant smell. In response, lactic acid fermentation of urine is a cost-effective technique to decrease nitrogen volatilization and reduce odour emissions. Fresh urine (pH = 5.2-5.3 and NH4(+)-N = 1.2-1.3 g L(-1)) was lacto-fermented for 36 days in closed glass jars with a lactic acid bacterial inoculum from sauerkraut juice and compared to untreated, stored urine...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448033/hydrolysis-of-a-ni-schiff-base-complex-using-conditions-suitable-for-retention-of-acid-labile-protecting-groups
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Cory A Bontrager, Tanner J Geibel, George A Lengyel
Unnatural amino acids, amino acids containing side-chain functionalities not commonly seen in nature, are increasingly found in synthetic peptide sequences. Synthesis of some unnatural amino acids often includes the use of a precursor consisting of a Schiff-base stabilized by a nickel cation. Unnatural side-chains can be installed on an amino acid backbone found in this Schiff-base complex. The resulting unnatural amino acid can then be isolated from this complex using hydrolysis of the Schiff-base, typically by employing reflux in strongly acidic solution...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447546/application-of-an-indicator-immobilized-gel-sheet-for-measuring-the-ph-surrounding-a-calcium-phosphate-based-biomaterial
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Taisuke Masuda, Hisataka Maruyama, Fumihito Arai, Takahisa Anada, Kaori Tsuchiya, Toshio Fukuda, Osamu Suzuki
The present study was designed to investigate the local microenvironment of octacalcium phosphate in a granule form upon biomolecules adsorption utilizing an indicator-immobilized-gel-sheet for measuring pH. We previously showed that octacalcium phosphate enhances bone regeneration during its progressive hydrolysis into hydroxyapatite if implanted in bone defects. The gel-sheet was made from a photocrosslinkable prepolymer solution, which can easily immobilize a pH indicator (bromothymol blue; BTB) in the hydrogel...
April 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447389/outer-membrane-vesicles-from-fibrobacter-succinogenes-s85-contain-an-array-of-carbohydrate-active-enzymes-with-versatile-polysaccharide-degrading-capacity
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Magnus Ø Arntzen, Anikó Várnai, Roderick I Mackie, Vincent G H Eijsink, Phillip B Pope
Fibrobacter succinogenes is an anaerobic bacterium naturally colonizing the rumen and cecum of herbivores where it utilizes an enigmatic mechanism to deconstruct cellulose into cellobiose and glucose, which serve as carbon sources for growth. Here, we illustrate that outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) released by F. succinogenes are enriched with carbohydrate-active enzymes and that intact OMVs were able to depolymerize a broad range of linear and branched hemicelluloses and pectin, despite the inability of F. succinogenes to utilize non-cellulosic (pentose) sugars for growth...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447323/observation-of-clinically-relevant-drug-interaction-in-chimeric-mice-with-humanized-livers-the-case-of-valproic-acid-and-carbapenem-antibiotics
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Eiko Suzuki, Kumiko Koyama, Daisuke Nakai, Ryoya Goda, Hiroshi Kuga, Kan Chiba
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Human in vitro and dog in vitro/in vivo researches indicate that the drug-drug interaction (DDI) of decreased plasma valproic acid (VPA) concentration by co-administration of carbapenem antibiotics is caused by inhibition of acylpeptide hydrolase (APEH)-mediated VPA acylglucuronide (VPA-G) hydrolysis by carbapenems. In this study, we investigated VPA disposition and APEH activities in TK-NOG chimeric mice, whose livers were highly replaced with human hepatocytes, to evaluate the utility of this animal model and the clinical relevance of the DDI mechanism...
April 26, 2017: European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446956/a-novel-pex1-mutation-in-a-moroccan-family-with-zellweger-spectrum-disorders
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Amale Bousfiha, Amina Bakhchane, Hicham Charoute, Zied Riahi, Khalid Snoussi, Hassan Rouba, Crystel Bonnet, Christine Petit, Abdelhamid Barakat
Mutations in the PEX1 gene are usually associated with recessive inherited diseases including Zellweger spectrum disorders. In this work, we identified a new pathogenic missense homozygous PEX1 mutation (p.Leu1026Pro, c.3077T>C) in two Moroccan syndromic deaf siblings from consanguineous parents. This variation is located in the P-loop containing nucleoside triphosphate hydrolase of protein domain and probably causes an alteration in the hydrolysis of ATP.
2017: Human Genome Variation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446708/structural-and-functional-analysis-of-oceanobacillus-iheyensis-macrodomain-reveals-a-network-of-waters-involved-in-substrate-binding-and-catalysis
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Rubén Zapata-Pérez, Fernando Gil-Ortiz, Ana Belén Martínez-Moñino, Antonio Ginés García-Saura, Jordi Juanhuix, Álvaro Sánchez-Ferrer
Macrodomains are ubiquitous conserved domains that bind or transform ADP-ribose (ADPr) metabolites. In humans, they are involved in transcription, X-chromosome inactivation, neurodegeneration and modulating PARP1 signalling, making them potential targets for therapeutic agents. Unfortunately, some aspects related to the substrate binding and catalysis of MacroD-like macrodomains still remain unclear, since mutation of the proposed catalytic aspartate does not completely abolish enzyme activity. Here, we present a functional and structural characterization of a macrodomain from the extremely halotolerant and alkaliphilic bacterium Oceanobacillus iheyensis (OiMacroD), related to hMacroD1/hMacroD2, shedding light on substrate binding and catalysis...
April 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446036/fusaripeptide-a-new-antifungal-and-anti-malarial-cyclodepsipeptide-from-the-endophytic-fungus-fusarium-sp
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Sabrin R M Ibrahim, Hossam M Abdallah, Ehab S Elkhayat, Nawal M Al Musayeib, Hani Z Asfour, Mohamed F Zayed, Gamal A Mohamed
From the culture of the endophytic fungus Fusarium sp. isolated from the roots of Mentha longifolia L. (Labiatae) growing in Saudi Arabia, a new cyclodepsipeptide, namely fusaripeptide A (1), along with three known compounds adenosine (2), 2[(2-hydroxypropionyl)amino]benzamide (3), and cyclopentanol (4), have been isolated. Their structures were determined, using extensive 1D and 2D NMR and HRESI and GC mass spectral data. That is the first report for the isolation of compound 4 from natural source. In addition, compounds 2 and 3 are reported here for the first time from Fusarium sp...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Asian Natural Products Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445786/metallo-%C3%AE-lactamase-inhibitors-by-bioisosteric-replacement-preparation-activity-and-binding
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Susann Skagseth, Sundus Akhter, Marianne H Paulsen, Zeeshan Muhammad, Silje Lauksund, Ørjan Samuelsen, Hanna-Kirsti S Leiros, Annette Bayer
Bacterial resistance is compromising the use of β-lactam antibiotics including carbapenems. The main resistance mechanism against β-lactams is hydrolysis of the β-lactam ring mediated by serine- or metallo-β-lactamases (MBLs). Although several inhibitors of MBLs have been reported, none has been developed into a clinically useful inhibitor. Mercaptocarboxylic acids are among the most prominent scaffolds reported as MBL inhibitors. In this study, the carboxylate group of mercaptocarboxylic acids was replaced with bioisosteric groups like phosphonate esters, phosphonic acids and NH-tetrazoles...
April 14, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445748/directional-force-originating-from-atp-hydrolysis-drives-the-groel-conformational-change
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Jie Liu, Kannan Sankar, Yuan Wang, Kejue Jia, Robert L Jernigan
Protein functional mechanisms usually require conformational changes, and often there are known structures for the different conformational states. However, usually neither the origin of the driving force nor the underlying pathways for these conformational transitions is known. Exothermic chemical reactions may be an important source of forces that drive conformational changes. Here we investigate this type of force originating from ATP hydrolysis in the chaperonin GroEL, by applying forces originating from the chemical reaction...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445738/ochratoxin-a-and-its-metabolites-in-urines-of-german-adults-an-assessment-of-variables-in-biomarker-analysis
#15
Nurshad Ali, Katherine Muñoz, Gisela H Degen
Ochratoxin A (OTA), a mycotoxin known for its nephrotoxic and carcinogenic properties, is a worldwide occurring contaminant in a variety of food commodities. Biomonitoring (i.e. analysis in biological fluids) can serve to assess human internal exposure from all consumed foods and beverages. We now determined the concentration of OTA and its metabolite ochratoxin alpha (OTα) in plasma and in urine of two male volunteers with different food habits, in order to assess intra-individual temporal fluctuations and inter-individual differences in their biomarker levels...
April 23, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445626/fabrication-and-characterization-of-chitosan-polyvinylpyrrolidone-and-cellulose-nanowhiskers-nanocomposite-films-for-wound-healing-drug-delivery-application
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Abshar Hasan, Gyan Waibhaw, Sakshi Tiwari, K Dharmalingam, I Shukla, Lalit M Pandey
This study describes the preparation of composite film using chitosan (CS) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) with incorporated cellulose nanowhiskers (CNWs) for drug delivery application. CNWs were prepared by acid hydrolysis of cellulose with sulfuric acid. Field emission scanning electron microscopy studies revealed nanofibrous morphology of CNWs with 20-30 nm diameter and 200-250 nm in length. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) analysis confirmed highly crystalline nature of CNWs with 92.81% crystallinity. Incorporation of CNWs enhanced the thermal and mechanical properties of films...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445408/algal-proteins-extraction-application-and-challenges-concerning-production
#17
REVIEW
Stephen Bleakley, Maria Hayes
Population growth combined with increasingly limited resources of arable land and fresh water has resulted in a need for alternative protein sources. Macroalgae (seaweed) and microalgae are examples of under-exploited "crops". Algae do not compete with traditional food crops for space and resources. This review details the characteristics of commonly consumed algae, as well as their potential for use as a protein source based on their protein quality, amino acid composition, and digestibility. Protein extraction methods applied to algae to date, including enzymatic hydrolysis, physical processes, and chemical extraction and novel methods such as ultrasound-assisted extraction, pulsed electric field, and microwave-assisted extraction are discussed...
April 26, 2017: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444903/electrospray-ionization-mass-spectrometry-for-the-hydrolysis-complexes-of-cisplatin-implications-for-the-hydrolysis-process-of-platinum-complexes
#18
Feifan Xie, Pieter Colin, Jan Van Bocxlaer
Non-enzyme dependent hydrolysis of the drug cisplatin is important for its mode of action and toxicity. However, up until today, the hydrolysis process of cisplatin is still not completely understood. In the present study, the hydrolysis of cisplatin in an aqueous solution was systematically investigated using electrospray ionization mass spectrometry coupled to liquid chromatography. A variety of previously unreported hydrolysis complexes corresponding to mono-, di-, and trimeric species were detected and identified...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444599/study-of-enzymatic-saccharification-of-agave-leaves-biomass-to-yield-fermentable-sugars
#19
Miguel A Medina-Morales, Oscar Soto-Cruz, Juan C Contreras-Esquivel, Raúl Rodríguez-Herrera, Heliodoro De la Garza-Toledo, Cristóbal N Aguilar
Agave is a good source of polysaccharides for the production of fermentable sugars as sustainable bioenergy feedstock solutions for semi-arid and arid lands. This plant grows in arid areas, which correspond to a large territory in northern Mexico. Having lignocellulose as the polysaccharide of interest, the information for the enzymatic saccharification of this kind of material is limited. Agave cell walls have a unique recalcitrant nature, but having a high cellulose content, makes this plant material an interesting research subject...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444598/synergistic-effect-of-thermostable-%C3%AE-glucosidase-tn0602-and-cellulase-on-cellulose-hydrolysis
#20
Zhaoye Zhang, Man Wang, Renjun Gao, Xiaoxiao Yu, Guang Chen
Thermophilic enzymes have many potential benefits in industrial production with increased flexibility related to process configurations. A thermostable β-glucosidase from Thermotoga naphthophila RUK-10 was found to possess catalytic activity for cellobiose hydrolysis with a high potential for application in biomass conversion. The aggregation of cellobiose often has an inhibitory effect on cellobiohydrolases and endoglucanases during cellulose hydrolysis. The presence of β-glucosidases has a significant effect on reducing inhibition from hydrolytic products by hydrolysing the intermedia cellobiose...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
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