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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545248/ephedra-treated-donor-derived-gut-microbiota-transplantation-ameliorates-high-fat-diet-induced-obesity-in-rats
#1
Jing-Hua Wang, Bong-Soo Kim, Kyungsun Han, Hojun Kim
Changes in gut microbiota (GM) are closely associated with metabolic syndrome, obesity, type 2 diabetes and so on. Several medicinal herbs, including Ephedra sinica (Es), have anti-obesity effects that ameliorate metabolic disorders. Therefore, in this study we evaluated whether Es maintains its anti-obesity effect through Es-altered gut microbiota (EsM) transplantation. GM was isolated from cecal contents of Es treated and untreated rats following repeated transplants into obese rats via oral gavage over three weeks...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545188/clinacanthus-nutans-hexane-extracts-induce-apoptosis-through-a-caspase-dependent-pathway-in-human-cancer-cell-lines
#2
Pei Ying Ng, Soi Moi Chye, Chew Hee Ng, Rhun Yian Koh, Yee Lian Tiong, Liew Phing Pui, Yong Hui Tan, Crystale Siew Ying Lim, Khuen Yen Ng
Background: Clinacanthus nutans (C.nutans) is a plant consumed as a cancer treatment in tropical Asia. Despite the availability of numerous anecdotal reports, evaluation of active anticancer effects has remained elusive. Therefore we here examined antiproliferative, reactive oxygen species (ROS)-inducing and apoptosis mechanisms of whole plant extracts in different cancer cell lines. Methods: Antiproliferative actions of five solvent extracts (hexane, chloroform, ethyl acetate, methanol and water) of C.nutans were tested on non-small cell lung cancer (A549), nasopharygeal cancer (CNE1) and liver cancer (HepG2) cells using MTT assay...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545017/12-o-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate-tpa-increases-murine-intestinal-crypt-stem-cell-survival-following-radiation-injury
#3
Yaojie Liang, Hongwei Zhou, Yibing Yao, Ailing Deng, Zhihong Wang, Boning Gao, Minhang Zhou, Yu Cui, Lili Wang, Lei Zhou, Bianhong Wang, Li Wang, Anqi Liu, Lanlan Qiu, Kun Qian, Yejian Lu, Wanping Deng, Xi Zheng, Zhengtao Han, Yonghui Li, Junzhong Sun
Radiation enteropathy is a common complication in cancer patients following radiation therapy. Thus, there is a need for agents that can protect the intestinal epithelium against radiation. 12-O-Tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA) has been shown to induce differentiation and/or apoptosis in multiple cell lines and primary cells. In the current report, we studied the function of TPA in radiation induced enteropathy in cultured rat intestinal epithelial cell line IEC-6 after ionizing radiation (IR) and in mice after high dose total-body gamma-IR (TBI)...
April 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544987/a-high-efficiency-denitrification-bioreactor-for-the-treatment-of-acrylonitrile-wastewater-using-waterborne-polyurethane-immobilized-activated-sludge
#4
Honghong Dong, Wei Wang, Zhaozheng Song, Hao Dong, Jianfeng Wang, Shanshan Sun, Zhongzhi Zhang, Ming Ke, Zhenjia Zhang, Wei-Min Wu, Guangqing Zhang, Jie Ma
The performance of a laboratory-scale, high-efficiency denitrification bioreactor (15L) using activated sludge immobilized by waterborne polyurethane in treating acrylonitrile wastewater with high concentration of nitrate nitrogen (249mg/L) was investigated. The bioreactor was operated at 30°C for 220days. Batch denitrification experiments showed that the optimal operation parameters were C/NO3(-)-N molar ratio of 2.0 using sodium acetate as electron donor and carrier filling rate of 20% (V/V) in the bioreactor...
May 5, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544673/biocatalytic-friedel-crafts-acylation-and-fries-reaction
#5
Nina G Schmidt, Tea Pavkov-Keller, Nina Richter, Birgit Wiltschi, Karl Gruber, Wolfgang Kroutil
The Friedel-Crafts acylation is commonly used for the synthesis of aryl ketones, and a biocatalytic version, which may benefit from the chemo- and regioselectivity of enzymes, has not yet been introduced. Described here is a bacterial acyltransferase which can catalyze Friedel-Crafts C-acylation of phenolic substrates in buffer without the need of CoA-activated reagents. Conversions reach up to >99 %, and various C- or O-acyl donors, such as DAPG or isopropenyl acetate, are accepted by this enzyme. Furthermore the enzyme enables a Fries-like rearrangement reaction of resorcinol derivatives...
May 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544633/extraction-and-purification-of-five-terpenoids-from-olibanum-by-ultrahigh-pressure-technique-and-high-speed-counter-current-chromatography
#6
Jinqian Yu, Hongwei Zhao, Daijie Wang, Xiangyun Song, Lei Zhao, Xiao Wang
Five terpenoids, including two new ones, 3,7-dioxo-tirucalla-8,24-dien-21-oic acid (2) and 3α-acetoxyl-7-oxo-tirucalla-8,24-dien-21-oic acid (3), and three known ones, boscartol A (1), 11-keto-β-boswellic acid (4), and acetyl-11-keto-boswellic acid (5), have been extracted by the ultra-pressure extraction and purified by pH-zone-refining counter-current chromatography and high-speed counter-current chromatography from olibanum. For ultra-pressure extraction, the optimal condition including 200 megapascal of extraction pressure, ethyl acetate of extraction solvent, 1:20 (g/mL) of solid/liquid ratio and 2 min of extraction time were obtained...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544612/ecology-adaptation-and-function-of-methane-sulfidic-spring-water-biofilm-microorganisms-including-a-strain-of-anaerobic-fungus-mucor-hiemalis
#7
Enamul Hoque, Johannes Fritscher
Ecological aspects, adaptation, and some functions of a special biofilm and its unique key anaerobic fungus Mucor hiemalis strain EH11 isolated from a pristine spring (Künzing, Bavaria, Germany) are described. The spring's pure nature is characterized by, for example, bubbling methane, marine-salinity, mild hydrothermal (~19.1°C), sulfidic, and reductive-anoxic (Eh : -241 to -253 mV, O2 : ≤ 0.1 mg/L) conditions. It is geoecologically located at the border zone between Bavarian Forest (crystalline rocky mountains) and the moor-like Danube River valley, where geological displacements bring the spring's water from the deeper layers of former marine sources up to the surface...
May 24, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544585/effects-of-ophthalmologic-solutions-on-sinonasal-ciliated-epithelium
#8
Alan D Workman, Ryan M Carey, Michael A Kohanski, Nithin D Adappa, James N Palmer, Noam A Cohen
BACKGROUND: Off-label use of topical ophthalmologic formulations for treatment of rhinologic disease is cited in recent literature and is anecdotally prevalent among practicing otolaryngologists. Steroids, antibiotics, and other drugs designed for ocular use have subjective clinical efficacy in the nose and sinuses, but their specific effects on the ciliated epithelium are less well defined. This study examines 9 commercially available ophthalmologic drug formulations for effects on ciliary motility in sinonasal cultures, in an effort to characterize their utility as topical therapies for sinonasal diseases...
May 23, 2017: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544090/functional-tuning-of-the-catalytic-residue-pka-in-a-de-novo-designed-esterase
#9
Katharina Hiebler, Zsófia Lengyel, Carlos A Castañeda, Olga V Makhlynets
AlleyCatE is a de novo designed esterase that can be allosterically regulated by calcium ions. This artificial enzyme has been shown to hydrolyze p-nitrophenyl acetate (pNPA) and 4-nitrophenyl-(2-phenyl)-propanoate (pNPP) with high catalytic efficiency. AlleyCatE was created by introducing a single histidine residue (His(144) ) into a hydrophobic pocket of calmodulin. In this work, we explore the determinants of catalytic properties of AlleyCatE. We obtained the pKa value of the catalytic histidine using experimental measurements by NMR and pH rate profile and compared these values to those predicted from electrostatics pKa calculations (from both empirical and continuum electrostatics calculations)...
May 24, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544042/forced-degradation-studies-of-lansoprazole-using-lc-esi-hrms-and-1-h-nmr-experiments-in-vitro-toxicity-evaluation-of-major-degradation-products
#10
G Shankar, R M Borkar, S Udutha, L Guntuku, V G M Naidu, N Nagesh, R Srinivas
Regulatory agencies from all over the world have set up stringent guidelines with regard to drug degradation products due to their toxic effects or carcinogenicity. Lansoprazole, a proton-pump inhibitor, was subjected to forced degradation studies as per ICH guidelines Q1A (R2). The drug was found to degrade under acidic, basic, neutral hydrolysis and oxidative stress conditions, whereas it was found to be stable under thermal and photolytic conditions. The chromatographic separation of the drug and its degradation products were achieved on a Hiber Purospher, C18 (250 X 4...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543978/the-impact-of-the-boxed-warning-on-the-duration-of-use-for-depot-medroxprogesterone-acetate
#11
Efe Eworuke, Joo-Yeon Lee, Lisa Soule, Vaishali Popat, David G Moeny
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to examine the impact of the Food and Drug Administration's boxed warning on the utilization of depot medroxyprogesterone (DMPA). METHODS: From the IMS Lifelink data (2001-2009), we identified DMPA and oral combined hormonal contraceptive (CHC) users without a prescription claim 6 months before and after the first and last claim. Episodes were defined as all contiguous claims with no more than 90-day DMPA or 30-day CHC between claims...
May 23, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543930/further-analysis-of-acute-antinociceptive-and-anti-inflammatory-actions-of-4-phenylselenyl-7-chloroquinoline-in-mice
#12
Vanessa D G Silva, Angélica S Reis, Mikaela Pinz, Caren A R da Fonseca, Luis Fernando B Duarte, Juliano A Roehrs, Diego Alves, Cristiane Luchese, Ethel A Wilhelm
A new quinoline containing selenium, 4-phenylselenyl-7-chloroquinoline (4-PSQ), was described and synthetized by our research group. Recently, we demonstrated the potential antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory of 4-PSQ. For this reason, the first objective of this study was to expand our previous findings by investigating the contribution of glutamatergic, serotonergic and nitrergic systems to the acute antinociceptive action of this compound. Pretreatment with 4-PSQ (0.01-25 mg/kg, p.o.) reduced the nociception induced by glutamate...
May 23, 2017: Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543768/an-efficient-pd-catalyzed-regio-and-stereoselective-carboxylation-of-allylic-alcohols-with-formic-acid
#13
Yao Fu, Rui Shang, Ming-Chen Fu, Wan-Min Cheng
Formic acid is efficiently used as a C1 source to directly carboxylate allylic alcohols in the presence of a low loading of palladium catalyst and acetic anhydride as additive to afford β,γ-unsaturated carboxylic acids with excellent chemo-, regio-, and stereoselectivity. The reaction proceeds through a carbonylation process with in situ-generated carbon monoxide (CO) under mild conditions, avoiding the use of high-pressure gaseous CO. A bisphosphine ligand that has a large bite angle (4,5-bis(diphenylphosphino)-9,9-dimethylxanthene) was found to be uniquely effective for this transformation...
May 25, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543565/lactate-supplementation-in-severe-traumatic-brain-injured-adults-by-primed-constant-infusion-of-sodium-l-lactate
#14
Stephanie M Wolahan, Howard C Mao, Courtney Real, Paul M Vespa, Thomas C Glenn
Carbohydrate fuel augmentation following traumatic brain injury may be a viable treatment to improve recovery when cerebral oxidative metabolism of glucose is depressed. We performed a primed constant sodium L-lactate infusion in 11 moderate to severely brain injured adults. Blood was collected before and periodically during the infusion study. We quantified global cerebral uptake of glucose and lactate and other systemic metabolites associated with energy metabolism. Our hypothesis was that cerebral lactate uptake, as measured by the arteriovenous difference of lactate (AVDlac), would increase in severely injured TBI patients in the neurocritical care unit...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543135/bone-mineral-density-testing-and-bisphosphonate-and-oestrogen-prescribing-associated-with-depot-medroxyprogesterone-acetate-utilization-the-impact-of%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-boxed-warning
#15
E Eworuke, V Popat, D G Moeny
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) prevents follicular maturation and ovulation, resulting in oestrogen deficiency. Oestrogen deficiency is particularly concerning as it is associated with decreases in bone mineral density (BMD) or bone mass. Widespread use of concurrent oestrogen or bisphosphonates with DMPA has been observed in a previous single-centre US study. The authors also reported that more than half of obstetrician-gynaecologists ordered BMD testing solely due to DMPA...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542639/rodents-and-humans-are-able-to-detect-the-odour-of-l-lactate
#16
Valentina Mosienko, Andy J Chang, Natalia Alenina, Anja G Teschemacher, Sergey Kasparov
L-Lactate (LL) is an essential cellular metabolite which can be used to generate energy. In addition, accumulating evidence suggests that LL is used for inter-cellular signalling. Some LL-sensitive receptors have been identified but we recently proposed that there may be yet another unknown G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) sensitive to LL in the brain. Olfactory receptors (ORs) represent the largest family of GPCRs and some of them are expressed outside the olfactory system, including brain, making them interesting candidates for non-olfactory LL signalling...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542616/regulation-of-acetyl-coa-synthetase-transcription-by-the-crbs-r-two-component-system-is-conserved-in-genetically-diverse-environmental-pathogens
#17
Kristin Jacob, Anna Rasmussen, Paul Tyler, Mariah M Servos, Mariame Sylla, Cecilia Prado, Elizabeth Daniele, Josh S Sharp, Alexandra E Purdy
The CrbS/R two-component signal transduction system is a conserved regulatory mechanism through which specific Gram-negative bacteria control acetate flux into primary metabolic pathways. CrbS/R governs expression of acetyl-CoA synthase (acsA), an enzyme that converts acetate to acetyl-CoA, a metabolite at the nexus of the cell's most important energy-harvesting and biosynthetic reactions. During infection, bacteria can utilize this system to hijack host acetate metabolism and alter the course of colonization and pathogenesis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542438/chemically-induced-disseminated-pythiosis-in-balb-c-mice-a-new-experimental-model-for-pythium-insidiosum-infection
#18
Juliana S M Tondolo, Érico S Loreto, Pauline C Ledur, Francielli P K Jesus, Taiara M Silva, Glaucia D Kommers, Sydney H Alves, Janio M Santurio
Pythiosis is a severe and life-threatening disease that affects humans and various animal species. We report a model of vascular/disseminated pythiosis occurring after subcutaneous inoculation of 2 x 104 Pythium insidiosum zoospores/mL in immunocompromised BALB/c mice. For this model, we carried out two rounds of experiments. First, we evaluated two protocols of immunosuppression before inoculation: cyclophosphamide at 150 mg/kg (CYP group) and cyclophosphamide 200 mg/kg plus hydrocortisone acetate at 250 mg/kg (CYP+HCA group)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542252/metabolic-flux-analysis-of-heterotrophic-growth-in-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
#19
Nanette R Boyle, Neelanjan Sengupta, John A Morgan
Despite the wealth of knowledge available for C. reinhardtii, the central metabolic fluxes of growth on acetate have not yet been determined. In this study, 13C-metabolic flux analysis (13C-MFA) was used to determine and quantify the metabolic pathways of primary metabolism in C. reinhardtii cells grown under heterotrophic conditions with acetate as the sole carbon source. Isotopic labeling patterns of compartment specific biomass derived metabolites were used to calculate the fluxes. It was found that acetate is ligated with coenzyme A in the three subcellular compartments (cytosol, mitochondria and plastid) included in the model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542081/dapivirine-vaginal-ring-use-does-not-diminish-the-effectiveness-of-hormonal-contraception
#20
Jennifer E Balkus, Thesla Palanee-Phillips, Krishnaveni Reddy, Samantha Siva, Ishana Harkoo, Clemensia Nakabiito, Kenneth Kintu, Gonasangrie Nair, Catherine Chappell, Flavia Matovu Kiweewa, Samuel Kabwigu, Logashvari Naidoo, Nitesha Jeenarain, Mark Marzinke, Lydia Soto-Torres, Elizabeth R Brown, Jared M Baeten
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the potential for a clinically relevant drug-drug interaction with concomitant use of a dapivirine vaginal ring, a novel antiretroviral-based HIV-1 prevention strategy, and hormonal contraception by examining contraceptive efficacies with and without dapivirine ring use. DESIGN: A secondary analysis of women participating in MTN-020/ASPIRE, a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of the dapivirine vaginal ring for HIV-1 prevention...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
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