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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938583/ppa1-regulates-tumor-malignant-potential-and-clinical-outcome-of-colon-adenocarcinoma-through-jnk-pathways
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Ping Wang, Yi Zhou, Qi Mei, Jing Zhao, Liu Huang, Qiang Fu
Colorectal cancer (CRC) represents one of the most prevalent malignancies and the third leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Inorganic pyrophosphatase (PPA1) is an enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of pyrophosphate to inorganic phosphate, therefore participates in the energy metabolism. Proteomic studies have demonstrated the up-regulated expression of PPA1 in various tumors, however, its expression pattern in CRC hasn't been reported. In the current study, we used RT-qCR, Western Blot and immunohistochemical (IHC) staining to explore the expression of PPA1 in 113 paired colon cancer tissues and adjacent normal tissues, which revealed that PPA1 was correlated with lymph node metastasis...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938451/antibody-mediated-targeting-of-the-fgfr1c-isoform-increases-glucose-uptake-in-white-and-brown-adipose-tissue-in-male-mice
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Jo E Lewis, Ricardo J Samms, Scott Cooper, Jeni C Luckett, Alan C Perkins, James D Dunbar, Dennis P Smith, Paul J Emmerson, Andrew C Adams, Francis J P Ebling, Kostas Tsintzas
The increased prevalence of obesity and its cardiometabolic implications demonstrates the imperative to identify novel therapeutic targets able to effect meaningful metabolic changes in this population. Antibody-mediated targeting of fibroblast growth factor receptor 1c isoform (FGFR1c) has been shown to ameliorate hyperglycaemia and protect from diet- and genetically-induced obesity in rodents and non-human primates. However, it is currently unknown which tissue(s) contribute to this glucose lowering effect...
August 16, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937650/explaining-the-microtubule-energy-balance-contributions-due-to-dipole-moments-charges-van-der-waals-and-solvation-energy
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Ahmed Taha Ayoub, Michael Staelens, Alessio Prunotto, Marco A Deriu, Andrea Danani, Mariusz Klobukowski, Jack Adam Tuszynski
Microtubules are the main components of mitotic spindles, and are the pillars of the cellular cytoskeleton. They perform most of their cellular functions by virtue of their unique dynamic instability processes which alternate between polymerization and depolymerization phases. This in turn is driven by a precise balance between attraction and repulsion forces between the constituents of microtubules (MTs)-tubulin dimers. Therefore, it is critically important to know what contributions result in a balance of the interaction energy among tubulin dimers that make up microtubules and what interactions may tip this balance toward or away from a stable polymerized state of tubulin...
September 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937218/role-of-calcium-in-the-coagulation-of-nom-with-ferric-chloride
#4
Christina C Davis, Marc A Edwards
Natural organic matter (NOM) is capable of interfering with Fe hydrolysis and influencing the size, morphology, and identity of Fe precipitates. Conversely, Ca(2+) raises surface potential and increases the size and aggregation of Fe precipitates, leading to more effective coagulation and widening the pH range of water treatment. Experiments and modeling were conducted to investigate the significance of the Fe/NOM ratio and the presence of Ca(2+) in coagulation. At the high Fe/NOM ratio, sufficient or excess Fe was available for NOM removal, and coagulation proceeded according to expectations based upon the literature...
September 22, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936961/-effects-of-small-rna-interference-targeting-mammalian-target-of-rapamycin-on-paraquat-induced-pulmonary-fibrosis-in-rats
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Wenbin Yang, Xiaoqing Zhao, Ran Liang, Da Chen
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of small RNA interference targeting mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) expression on paraquat-induced pulmonary fibrosis in rats. METHODS: Human embryonic kidney cells HEK-293 were cultured in vitro. The mTOR small interfering RNA (mTOR-siRNA) expression plasmid transfection lentivirus was constructed, and non-specific sequence plasmid with no homology to mTOR gene was set as the control. Seventy-two healthy male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were randomly divided into normal saline (NS) control group, paraquat model group, mTOR unrelated sequence group, and mTOR-siRNA group, with 18 rats in each group...
September 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936871/effect-of-drying-moisture-exposed-almonds-on-the-development-of-the-quality-defect-concealed-damage
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Cristian Eduardo Rogel-Castillo, Kathleen K Luo, Guangwei Huang, Alyson Elayne Mitchell
Concealed damage (CD), is a term used by the nut industry to describe a brown discoloration of kernel nutmeat that becomes visible after moderate heat treatments (e.g. roasting). CD can result in consumer rejection and product loss. Postharvest exposure of almonds to moisture (e.g. rain) is a key factor in the development of CD as it promotes hydrolysis of proteins, carbohydrates and lipids. The effect of drying moisture-exposed almonds between 45°C - 95°C, prior to roasting was evaluated as a method for controlling CD in roasted almonds...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936766/use-of-lactobacilli-in-cereal-legume-fermentation-and-as-potential-probiotics-towards-phytate-hydrolysis
#7
Girish K Amritha, G Venkateswaran
Phytate is a potent inhibitor of mineral absorption in humans occurring in plant-based food. Application of lactobacilli that produce phytate-degrading enzymes (phytases) to reduce phytate is an interesting yet a not much explored sector of research. Therefore, phytate dephosphorylation by Lactobacillus plantarum MTCC 1325 was evaluated. Cells at stationary phase showed phytase activity which was maximal at 24 h of growth. Glucose concentration and the type of phosphorous source in the media modulated the enzyme activity...
September 21, 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936499/low-cost-ionic-liquid-water-mixtures-for-effective-extraction-of-carbohydrate-and-lipid-from-algae
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Trang Q To, Kerryn Procter, Blake A Simmons, Suresh Subashchandrabose, Rob Atkin
Biomass based biofuels are already an important energy source, and will increasingly be so in the future as the need for renewable energy rises. Due to their fast multiplication rates, algae can provide a sustainable supply of biomass, and are attractive because they do not compete with food crops for habitat. Here we show that biomass derived from Chlorella vulgaris and Spirulina platensis can be pretreated with low cost choline amino acid based ionic liquids to effectively yield lipids (30.6% and 51% total lipids) and sugars (71% and 26% total sugars)...
September 22, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935954/process-signatures-in-glatiramer-acetate-synthesis-structural-and-functional-relationships
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Víctor R Campos-García, Daniel Herrera-Fernández, Carlos E Espinosa-de la Garza, German González, Luis Vallejo-Castillo, Sandra Avila, Leslie Muñoz-García, Emilio Medina-Rivero, Néstor O Pérez, Isabel Gracia-Mora, Sonia Mayra Pérez-Tapia, Rodolfo Salazar-Ceballos, Lenin Pavón, Luis F Flores-Ortiz
Glatiramer Acetate (GA) is an immunomodulatory medicine approved for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, whose mechanisms of action are yet to be fully elucidated. GA is comprised of a complex mixture of polypeptides with different amino acid sequences and structures. The lack of sensible information about physicochemical characteristics of GA has contributed to its comprehensiveness complexity. Consequently, an unambiguous determination of distinctive attributes that define GA is of highest relevance towards dissecting its identity...
September 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935670/the-bacterial-meta-cleavage-hydrolase-ligy-belongs-to-the-amidohydrolase-superfamily-not-to-the-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-hydrolase-superfamily
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Eugene Kuatsjah, Anson C K Chan, Marek J Kobylarz, Michael E P Murphy, Lindsay D Eltis
Strain SYK-6 of the bacterium Sphingobium sp. catabolizes lignin-derived biphenyl via a meta-cleavage pathway. In this pathway, LigY is proposed to catalyze the hydrolysis of the meta-cleavage product (MCP) 4,11-dicarboxy-8-hydroxy-9-methoxy-2-hydroxy-6-oxo-6-phenylhexa-2,4-dienoate. Here, we validated this reaction by identifying 5-carboxyvanillate and 4-carboxy-2-hydroxypenta-2,4-dienoate as the products, and determined the kcat and kcat/K m values of 9.3 ± 0.6 s(-1) and 2.5 ± 0.2 × 10(7) M(-1)s(-1), respectively...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934357/from-bacterial-killing-to-immune-modulation-recent-insights-into-the-functions-of-lysozyme
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Stephanie A Ragland, Alison K Criss
Lysozyme is a cornerstone of innate immunity. The canonical mechanism for bacterial killing by lysozyme occurs through the hydrolysis of cell wall peptidoglycan (PG). Conventional type (c-type) lysozymes are also highly cationic and can kill certain bacteria independently of PG hydrolytic activity. Reflecting the ongoing arms race between host and invading microorganisms, both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria have evolved mechanisms to thwart killing by lysozyme. In addition to its direct antimicrobial role, more recent evidence has shown that lysozyme modulates the host immune response to infection...
September 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934158/influence-of-jiegeng-on-pharmacokinetic-properties-of-flavonoids-and-saponins-in-gancao
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Yancao Mao, Linxiu Peng, An Kang, Tong Xie, Jianya Xu, Cunsi Shen, Jianjian Ji, Liuqing Di, Hao Wu, Jinjun Shan
Jiegeng Gancao decoction, which is composed of Jiegeng and Gancao at a weight ratio of 1:2, was widely used for treating pharyngalgia and cough for thousands of years. Our previous work indicated that Gancao could increase the systemic exposure of platycodin D and deapio-platycodin D, two main components in Jiegeng. However, whether Jiegeng could alter the pharmacokinetics of the main compounds in Gancao is still unknown. Thus, the purpose of this study was to compare the oral pharmacokinetics of flavonoids and saponins from Gancao alone vs...
September 21, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933241/characterization-of-human-s-adenosyl-homocysteine-hydrolase-in-vitro-and-identification-of-its-potential-inhibitors
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Weiwei Hao, Yanhua Li, Qiuli Shan, Tian Han, Wencheng Li, Sheng He, Kongkai Zhu, Yumei Li, Xiaojun Tan, Jinsong Gu
Human S-adenosyl-homocysteine hydrolase (SAHH, E.C.3.3.1.1) has been considered to be an attractive target for the design of medicines to treat human disease, because of its important role in regulating biological methylation reactions to catalyse the reversible hydrolysis of S-adenosylhomocysteine (SAH) to adenosine (Ado) and l-homocysteine (Hcy). In this study, SAHH protein was successfully cloned and purified with optimized, Pichia pastoris (P. pastoris) expression system. The biological activity results revealed that, among the tested compounds screened by ChemMapper and SciFinder Scholar, 4-(3-hydroxyprop-1-en-1-yl)-2-methoxyphenol (coniferyl alcohol, CAS: 458-35-5, ZINC: 12359045) exhibited the highest inhibition against rSAHH (IC50= 34 nM)...
December 2017: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933159/hemoglobin-adducts-and-urinary-metabolites-of-arylamines-and-nitroarenes
#14
Gabriele Sabbioni
Arylamines and nitroarenes are intermediates in the production of pharmaceuticals, dyes, pesticides, and plastics and are important environmental and occupational pollutants. N-Hydroxyarylamines are the toxic common intermediates of arylamines and nitroarenes. N-Hydroxyarylamines and their derivatives can form adducts with hemoglobin (Hb-adducts), albumin, DNA, and tissue proteins in a dose-dependent manner. Most of the arylamine Hb-adducts are labile and undergo hydrolysis in vitro, by mild acid or base, to form the arylamines...
September 21, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932978/biobutanol-production-from-apple-pomace-the-importance-of-pretreatment-methods-on-the-fermentability-of-lignocellulosic-agro-food-wastes
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María Hijosa-Valsero, Ana I Paniagua-García, Rebeca Díez-Antolínez
Apple pomace was studied as a possible raw material for biobutanol production. Five different soft physicochemical pretreatments (autohydrolysis, acids, alkalis, organic solvents and surfactants) were compared in a high-pressure reactor, whose working parameters (temperature, time and reagent concentration) were optimised to maximise the amount of simple sugars released and to minimise inhibitor generation. The pretreated biomass was subsequently subjected to a conventional enzymatic treatment to complete the hydrolysis...
September 20, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932263/how-does-cellulosome-composition-influence-deconstruction-of-lignocellulosic-substrates-in-clostridium-ruminiclostridium-thermocellum-dsm-1313
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Shahar Yoav, Yoav Barak, Melina Shamshoum, Ilya Borovok, Raphael Lamed, Bareket Dassa, Yitzhak Hadar, Ely Morag, Edward A Bayer
BACKGROUND: Bioethanol production processes involve enzymatic hydrolysis of pretreated lignocellulosic biomass into fermentable sugars. Due to the relatively high cost of enzyme production, the development of potent and cost-effective cellulolytic cocktails is critical for increasing the cost-effectiveness of bioethanol production. In this context, the multi-protein cellulolytic complex of Clostridium (Ruminiclostridium) thermocellum, the cellulosome, was studied here. C. thermocellum is known to assemble cellulosomes of various subunit (enzyme) compositions, in response to the available carbon source...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931328/kinetic-and-thermodynamic-parameters-and-partial-characterization-of-the-crude-extract-of-tannase-produced-by-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-ccmb-520
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Lúzia Morgana de Melo Lopes, Larissa Hayannyelly Costa Batista, Marcos Juliano Gouveia, Tonny Cley Campos Leite, Marcelo Rodrigues Figueira de Mello, Sandra Aparecida de Assis, Amanda Reges de Sena
Tannase can be used in different industrial sectors such as in food (juices and wine) and pharmaceutical production (trimethoprim) because it catalyses the hydrolysis of hydrolysable tannins. The aim of the current study is to assess the tannase found in the crude extract of Saccharomyces cerevisiae CCMB 520, and to set its catalytic and thermodynamic properties. The enzyme was optimally active at pH 6.0 and temperature 30 °C. Tannase was activated by Na(+), Ca(2+), K(+) at 5 × 10(-3) mol/L. The half-life at 30 °C was 3465...
September 20, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929760/a-classic-azo-dye-agglomeration-system-evidence-for-slow-continuous-nucleation-autocatalytic-agglomerative-growth-plus-the-effects-of-dust-removal-by-microfiltration-on-the-kinetics
#18
Saim Özkar, Richard G Finke
An important but virtually ignored 1978 paper by Reeves and co-workers, which examined a dye-OAc hydrolysis and then agglomeration system, is reanalyzed in light of current state of knowledge of nucleation and growth/agglomeration phenomena. The Finke-Watzky two-step mechanism is used to account quantitatively for the kinetics data, in turn providing deconvolution of dye hydrolysis and nucleation of agglomerative growth, from the agglomerative growth step, including their separate rate constants. Significantly, the effects of microfiltration of the removable dust on the two steps and their rate constants are uncovered and quantitated for the first time, including the finding that the presence of dust accelerates both steps by ca...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929427/backbone-and-ile-%C3%AE-1-leu-val-methyl-1-h-15-n-and-13-c-chemical-shift-assignments-for-rhizopus-chinensis-lipase
#19
Meng Zhang, Xiao-Wei Yu, G V T Swapna, Gaohua Liu, Rong Xiao, Yan Xu, Gaetano T Montelione
Lipase r27RCL is a 296-residue, 33 kDa monomeric enzyme with high ester hydrolysis activity, which has significant applications in the baking, paper and leather industries. The lipase gene proRCL from Rhizopus microsporus var. chinensis (also Rhizopus chinensis) CCTCC M201021 was cloned as a fusion construct C-terminal to a maltose-binding protein (MBP) tag, and expressed as MBP-proRCL in an Escherichia coli BL21 trxB (DE3) expression system with uniform (2)H,(13)C,(15)N-enrichment and Ile-δ1, Leu, and Val (13)CH3 methyl labeling...
September 19, 2017: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929139/rapid-and-near-complete-dissolution-of-wood-lignin-at-%C3%A2-80%C3%A2-c-by-a-recyclable-acid-hydrotrope
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Liheng Chen, Jinze Dou, Qianli Ma, Ning Li, Ruchun Wu, Huiyang Bian, Daniel J Yelle, Tapani Vuorinen, Shiyu Fu, Xuejun Pan, Junyong J Y Zhu
We report the discovery of the hydrotropic properties of a recyclable aromatic acid, p-toluenesulfonic acid (p-TsOH), for potentially low-cost and efficient fractionation of wood through rapid and near-complete dissolution of lignin. Approximately 90% of poplar wood (NE222) lignin can be dissolved at 80°C in 20 min. Equivalent delignification using known hydrotropes, such as aromatic salts, can be achieved only at 150°C or higher for more than 10 hours or at 150°C for 2 hours with alkaline pulping. p-TsOH fractionated wood into two fractions: (i) a primarily cellulose-rich water-insoluble solid fraction that can be used for the production of high-value building blocks, such as dissolving pulp fibers, lignocellulosic nanomaterials, and/or sugars through subsequent enzymatic hydrolysis; and (ii) a spent acid liquor stream containing mainly dissolved lignin that can be easily precipitated as lignin nanoparticles by diluting the spent acid liquor to below the minimal hydrotrope concentration...
September 2017: Science Advances
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