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S Portal-Núñez, J A Ardura, D Lozano, I Martínez de Toda, M De la Fuente, G Herrero-Beaumont, R Largo, P Esbrit
OBJECTIVES: Oxidative stress plays a major role in the onset and progression of involutional osteoporosis. However, classical antioxidants fail to restore osteoblast function. Interestingly, the bone anabolism of parathyroid hormone (PTH) has been shown to be associated with its ability to counteract oxidative stress in osteoblasts. The PTH counterpart in bone, which is the PTH-related protein (PTHrP), displays osteogenic actions through both its N-terminal PTH-like region and the C-terminal domain...
January 2018: Bone & Joint Research
Trinity L Hamilton, Judith M Klatt, Dirk de Beer, Jennifer L Macalady
We report the isolation of a pinnacle-forming cyanobacterium isolated from a microbial mat covering the sediment surface at Little Salt Spring-a flooded sinkhole in Florida with a perennially microoxic and sulfidic water column. The draft genome of the isolate encodes all of the enzymatic machinery necessary for both oxygenic and anoxygenic photosynthesis, as well as genes for methylating hopanoids at the C-2 position. The physiological response of the isolate to H2S is complex: (i) no induction time is necessary for anoxygenic photosynthesis; (ii) rates of anoxygenic photosynthesis are regulated by both H2S and irradiance; (iii) O2 production is inhibited by H2S concentrations as low as 1 μM and the recovery rate of oxygenic photosynthesis is dependent on irradiance; (iv) under the optimal light conditions for oxygenic photosynthesis, rates of anoxygenic photosynthesis are nearly double those of oxygenic photosynthesis...
January 12, 2018: ISME Journal
Deepak Chand, Priyabrata Panigrahi, Nishant Kumar Varshney, Sureshkumar Ramasamy, C G Suresh
Bile Salt Hydrolase (BSH), a member of Cholylglycine hydrolase family, catalyses the de-conjugation of bile acids and is evolutionarily related to penicillin V acylase (PVA) that hydrolyses a different substrate such as penicillin V. We report the three-dimensional structure of a BSH enzyme from the Gram-positive bacteria Enterococcus faecalis (EfBSH) which has manifold higher hydrolase activity compared to other known BSHs and displays unique allosteric catalytic property. The structural analysis revealed reduced secondary structure content compared to other known BSH structures, particularly devoid of an anti-parallel β-sheet in the assembly loop and part of a β-strand is converted to increase the length of a substrate binding loop 2...
January 8, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Rabah Azzouz, Ludovic Peauger, Vincent Gembus, Mihaela-Liliana Ţînţaş, Jana Sopková-de Oliveira Santos, Cyril Papamicaël, Vincent Levacher
As an extension of our previous work on donepezil-based "bio-oxidizable" prodrug approach, two new classes of N-benzylpyridinium donepezil analogues in tetralone B2 and acetophenone B3 series and a new set of indanone derivatives B1 were investigated along with the corresponding dihydropyridine prodrugs A1-3. A total of fifty one N-benzylpyridinium quaternary donepezil analogues B1-3 and twenty two prodrugs A1-3 were synthesized and evaluated for their inhibitory activities against hAChE and eqBuChE. While most prodrugs A1-3 were demonstrated to be inactive against AChE (IC50 > 10 μM), a large number of the corresponding N-benzylpyridinium salt B1-3 exhibited appealing three-to-one-digit nanomolar hAChE inhibitory activities and even reaching subnanomolar activity (IC50 = 0...
December 27, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Nir Sade, Maria Del Mar Rubio Wilhelmi, Xiaojuan Ke, Yariv Brotman, Matthew Wright, Imran Khan, Wagner De Souza, Elias Bassil, Christian M Tobias, Roger Thilmony, John P Vogel, Eduardo Blumwald
We studied the salt stress tolerance of two accessions isolated from different areas of the world (Norway and Tunisia) and characterized the mechanism(s) regulating salt stress in Brachypodium sylvaticum Osl1 and Ain1. Perennial grasses are widely grown in different parts of the world as an important feedstock for renewable energy. Their perennial nature that reduces management practices and use of energy and agrochemicals give these biomass crops advantages when dealing with modern agriculture challenges such as soil erosion, increase in salinized marginal lands and the runoff of nutrients...
January 10, 2018: Plant Molecular Biology
Vinícius Martins de Oliveira, Vinícius de Godoi Contessoto, Fernando Bruno da Silva, Daniel Lucas Zago Caetano, Sidney Jurado de Carvalho, Vitor Barbanti Pereira Leite
The importance of charge-charge interactions in the thermal stability of proteins is widely known. pH and ionic strength play a crucial role in these electrostatic interactions, as well as in the arrangement of ionizable residues in each protein-folding stage. In this study, two coarse-grained models were used to evaluate the effect of pH and salt concentration on the thermal stability of a protein G variant (1PGB-QDD), which was chosen due to the quantity of experimental data exploring these effects on its stability...
January 9, 2018: Biophysical Journal
Sandra Markmann, Bishnu P De, Jasmine Reid, Clarisse Jose, Jonathan B Rosenberg, Philip Leopold, Stephen M Kaminsky, Dolan Sondhi, Odelya E Pagovich, Ronald G Crystal
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) is an autosomal recessive disorder occurring in 1:10,000-1:20,000 live births. In >95% of the cases, CAH results from mutations in the CYP21A2 gene, encoding the adrenal steroid enzyme 21-hydroxylase (21OH). Cardinal phenotypic features of CAH include genital ambiguity and sexual precocity, and in severe cases, neonatal salt loss and death. Current standard of care consists of life-long oral steroid replacement to reverse the cortisol deficiency. Although significant advances in the treatment of CAH have been made, the burden of a life-long therapeutic intervention is not ideal for quality of life...
January 9, 2018: Human Gene Therapy
Renato Matos Lopes, Adriana L A Bezerra, Rachel A Hauser-Davis, Manildo Marcião de Oliveira, João B Salles, Vera L F Cunha Bastos, Jayme Cunha Bastos
Esterase activity found in muscle extracts is useful to evaluate harmful effects of anticholinesterase pollutants. Yet, most procedures applied in the extraction of fish muscle esterases in order to investigate their activity as a biomarker of environmental exposure comprise the homogenization of muscle tissue in low-salt solutions, followed by centrifugation to separate the supernatant as the enzyme source. However, acetylcholinesterase (AChE), the main target in these monitoring efforts, is a membrane-bound protein and is only present in muscle extracts if homogenization is carried out using chaotropic high-salt solutions...
March 1, 2018: Talanta
V Serafín, R M Torrente-Rodríguez, A González-Cortés, P García de Frutos, M Sabaté, S Campuzano, P Yáñez-Sedeño, J M Pingarrón
A sensitive amperometric immunosensor has been prepared by immobilization of capture antibodies onto gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) grafted on a screen-printed carbon electrode (SPCE) through aryl diazonium salt chemistry using 4-aminothiophenol (AuNPs-S-Phe-SPCE). The immunosensor was designed for the accurate determination of clinically relevant levels of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) in human serum samples. The nanostructured electrochemical platform resulted in an ordered layer of AuNPs onto SPCEs which combined the advantages of high conductivity and improved stability of immobilized biomolecules...
March 1, 2018: Talanta
Elisângela Milhomem Dos Santos, Dyego José de Araújo Brito, Isabela Leal Calado, Ana Karina Teixeira França, Joyce Santos Lages, Francisco das Chagas Monteiro Junior, Alcione Miranda Dos Santos, Natalino Salgado Filho
In most countries, salt intake has been excessive and constitutes one of the main risk factors for disease development, especially hypertension. Factors such as age, gender, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, African descent, obesity, dietary habits and family history of hypertension may be associated with high blood pressure. Studies show a positive association between the excretion of sodium and increased blood pressure. We evaluated the urinary excretion of sodium and associated factors in isolated urine samples of African descendants from remaining Quilombos...
November 2018: Renal Failure
Joseph R Francica, Daniel E Zak, Caitlyn Linde, Emilio Siena, Carrie Johnson, Michal Juraska, Nicole L Yates, Bronwyn Gunn, Ennio De Gregorio, Barbara J Flynn, Nicholas M Valiante, Padma Malyala, Susan W Barnett, Pampi Sarkar, Manmohan Singh, Siddhartha Jain, Margaret Ackerman, Munir Alam, Guido Ferrari, Georgia D Tomaras, Derek T O'Hagan, Alan Aderem, Galit Alter, Robert A Seder
Adjuvants have a critical role for improving vaccine efficacy against many pathogens, including HIV. Here, using transcriptional RNA profiling and systems serology, we assessed how distinct innate pathways altered HIV-specific antibody responses in nonhuman primates (NHPs) using 8 clinically based adjuvants. NHPs were immunized with a glycoprotein 140 HIV envelope protein (Env) and insoluble aluminum salts (alum), MF59, or adjuvant nanoemulsion (ANE) coformulated with or without Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) and 7 agonists...
November 28, 2017: Blood Advances
Hadi Ramezani-Dakhel, Monirosadat Sadati, Rui Zhang, Mohammad Rahimi, Khia Kurtenbach, Benoît Roux, Juan J de Pablo
It is well understood that the adsorption of solutes at the interface between a bulk liquid crystal phase and an aqueous phase can lead to orientational or anchoring transitions. A different principle is introduced here, whereby a transient reorientation of a thermotropic liquid crystal is triggered by a spontaneous flux of water across the interface. A critical water flux can be generated by the addition of an electrolyte to the bulk aqueous phase, leading to a change in the solvent activity; water is then transported through the liquid crystal phase and across the interface...
December 27, 2017: ACS Central Science
Denise Mafra, Natalia A Borges, Ludmila Ferreira Medeiros de Franca Cardozo, Juliana S Anjos, Ana Paula Black, Cristiane Moraes, Peter Bergman, Bengt Lindholm, Peter Stenvinkel
Red meat is an important dietary source of high biological value protein and micronutrients such as vitamins, iron, and zinc that exert many beneficial functions. However, high consumption of animal protein sources, especially red meat, results in an increased intake of saturated fat, cholesterol, iron, and salt, as well as an excessive acid load. Red meat intake may lead to an elevated production of uremic toxins by the gut microbiota, such as trimethylamine n-oxide (TMAO), indoxyl sulfate, and p-cresyl sulfate...
February 2018: Nutrition
Fatemeh Kazemi, Mahmood Reza Golzarian, Baden Myers
Water sensitive urban design and similar concepts often recommend a 'treatment train' is employed to improve stormwater quality. In this study, the capability of a combined permeable pavement and bioretention basin was examined with a view to developing a permeable pavement reservoir that can supplement the irrigation needs of a bioretention system in semi-arid climates. Salinity was a key study parameter due to published data on salinity in permeable pavement storage, and the potential to harvest water contaminated with de-icing salts...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
Hui Guo, Mickaël De Magalhaes Goncalves, Guylaine Ducouret, Dominique Hourdet
Recently, alginates (ALG) characterized by high mannuronic content (M blocks) have been shown to undergo a reversible sol/gel transition during cooling in the presence of potassium salts. Cold gelling takes place at low temperatures, just below 0 °C for a KCl concentration of 0.3 mol/kg, but the aggregation process can be easily shifted to higher temperatures by increasing the salt concentration. In the present paper, we take advantage of this peculiar behavior to design a copolymer with schizophrenic gelling properties...
December 29, 2017: Biomacromolecules
Alix P M Matton, Laura C Burlage, Rianne van Rijn, Yvonne de Vries, Shanice A Karangwa, Maarten W Nijsten, Annette S H Gouw, Janneke Wiersema-Buist, Jelle Adelmeijer, Andrie C Westerkamp, Ton Lisman, Robert J Porte
BACKGROUND: Normothermic machine perfusion (NMP) enables viability assessment of donor livers prior to transplantation. NMP is frequently performed using human blood products including red blood cells (RBC) and fresh frozen plasma (FFP). Our aim was to examine the efficacy of a novel machine perfusion solution based on polymerized bovine hemoglobin HBOC-201. METHODS: Twenty-four livers declined for transplantation were transported using static cold storage. Upon arrival, livers underwent NMP for 6 hours using pressure-controlled portal and arterial perfusion...
December 27, 2017: Liver Transplantation
Kristina Gutchess, Li Jin, José L J L J Ledesma, Jill Crossman, Christa Kelleher, Laura K Lautz, Zunli Lu
The long-term application of road salts has led to a rise in surface water chloride (Cl-) concentrations. While models have been used to assess the potential future impacts of continued de-icing practices, prior approaches have not incorporated changes in climate that are projected to impact hydrogeology in the 21st century. We use an INtegrated CAtchment (INCA) model to simulate Cl- concentrations in the Tioughnioga River watershed. The model was run over a baseline period (1961-1990) and climate simulations from a range of GCMs run over three 30-year intervals (2010-2039; 2040-2069; 2070-2099)...
December 27, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
Roxanny Helen de Arruda-Santos, Carlos Augusto França Schettini, Gilvan Takeshi Yogui, Daniele Claudino Maciel, Eliete Zanardi-Lamardo
Goiana estuary is a well preserved marine protected area (MPA) located on the northeastern coast of Brazil. Despite its current state, human activities in the watershed represent a potential threat to long term local preservation. Dissolved/dispersed aromatic hydrocarbons and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were investigated in water and sediments across the estuarine salt gradient. Concentration of aromatic hydrocarbons was low in all samples. According to results, aromatic hydrocarbons are associated to suspended particulate matter (SPM) carried to the estuary by river waters...
December 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
M Franzoi, G Niero, M Penasa, M Cassandro, M De Marchi
Milk mineral content is a key trait for its role in dairy processes such as cheese-making, its use as source of minerals for newborns, and for all traits involving salt-protein interactions. This study investigated a new method for measuring mineral partition between soluble and micellar fractions in bovine milk after rennet coagulation. A new whey dilution step was added to correct the quantification bias due to whey trapped in curd and excluded volume. Moreover, the proposed method allowed the quantification of the diffusible volume after milk coagulation...
December 20, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
Horáčková Šárka, Plocková Milada, Demnerová Kateřina
An important feature of the intestinal microbiota, particularly in the case of administered probiotic microorganisms, is their resistance to conditions in the gastrointestinal tract, particularly tolerance to and growth in the presence of bile salts. Bacteria can use several defence mechanisms against bile, including special transport mechanisms, the synthesis of various types of surface proteins and fatty acids or the production of exopolysaccharides. The ability to enzymatically hydrolyse bile salts occurs in a variety of bacteria...
December 14, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
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