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  1. Delineation of downstream signalling components during acrosome reaction mediated by heat solubilized human zona pellucida

    Talwar Pankaj

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Human egg is enveloped by a glycoproteinaceous matrix, zona pellucida (ZP, responsible for binding of the human spermatozoa to the egg and induction of acrosomal exocytosis in the spermatozoon bound to ZP. In the present manuscript, attempts have been made to delineate the downstream signalling components employed by human ZP to induce acrosome reaction. Methods Heat-solubilized human ZP (SIZP was used to study the induction of acrosome reaction in capacitated human spermatozoa using tetramethylrhodamine isothiocyanate conjugated Pisum sativum agglutinin (TRITC-PSA in absence or presence of various pharmacological inhibitors. In addition, intracellular calcium ([Ca2+]i levels in sperm using Fluo-3 acetoxymethyl ester as fluorescent probe were also estimated in response to SIZP. Results SIZP induces acrosomal exocytosis in capacitated human sperm in a dose dependent manner accompanied by an increase in [Ca2+]i. Human SIZP mediated induction of acrosome reaction depends on extracellular Ca2+ and involves activation of Gi protein-coupled receptor, tyrosine kinase, protein kinases A & C and phosphoinositide 3 (PI3- kinase. In addition, T-type voltage operated calcium channels and GABA-A receptor associated chloride (Cl- channels play an important role in SIZP mediated induction of acrosome reaction. Conclusions Results described in the present study provide a comprehensive account of the various downstream signalling components associated with human ZP mediated acrosome reaction.

  2. The human acrosome reaction

    H.W.G.Baker; D.Y.Liu; C.Garrett; M.Martic

    2000-01-01

    We developed tests of sperm-oocyte interaction: sperm-zona binding, zona-induced acrosome reaction, spermzona penetration and sperm-oolemma binding, using oocytes which failed to fertilise in clinical in vitro fertilization (IVF). Although oocyte defects contribute to failure of sperm oocyte interaction, rarely are all oocytes from one woman affected. Low or zero fertilization in standard IVFwas usually caused by sperm abnormalities. Poor sperm-zona pellucida binding was frequently associated with failure of standard IVF and obvious defects of sperm motility or morphology. The size and shape of the acrosome is particularly important for sperm binding to the oocyte. The proportion of acrosome intact sperm in the insemination medium was related to the IVF rate. Inducing the acrosome reaction with a calcium ionophore reduced sperm-zona binding. Blocking acrosome dispersal with an acrosin inhibitor prevented spermzona penetration. Sperm-zona penetration was even more highly related to IVF rates than was sperm-zona binding. Some patients had low or zero fertilization rates with standard IVF but normal sperm by conventional tests and normal sperm-zona binding. Few of their sperm underwent the acrosome reaction on the surface of the zona and none penetrated the zona. In contrast, fertilization and pregnancy rates were high with intracytoplasmic sperm injection. We call thiscondition defective zona pellucida induced acrosome reaction. Discovery of the nature of the abnormalities in the signal transduction and effector pathways of the human zona pellucida induced acrosome reaction should result in simpler tests and treatments for the patients and also provide new leads for contraceptive development.

  3. Carbohydrates mediate sperm-ovum adhesion and triggering of the acrosome reaction

    DaulatR.P.Tulsiani

    2000-01-01

    The fertilization process is the net result of a complex sequence of events that collectively result in the fusion of the opposite gametes. The male gamete undergoes continuous morphological and biochemical modifications during sperm development in the testis (spermatogenesis), maturation in the epididymis, and capacitation in the female reproductive tract. Only the capacitated spermatozoa are able to recognize and bind to the bioactive glycan residue(s) on the ovum's extracellular coat, the zona pellucida (ZP). Sperm-zona binding in the mouse and several other species is believed to take place in two stages. First, capacitated (acrosome-intact) spermatozoa loosely and reversibly adhere to the zona-intact ovum. In the second stage tight irreversible binding occurs. Both types of bindings are attributed to the presence of glycan- binding proteins (receptors) on the sperm plasma membrane and their complementary bioactive glycan units (ligands) on the surface of the ZP. The carbohydrate-mediated adhesion event initiates a signal transduction cascade resulting in the exocytosis of acrosomal contents. This step is believed to be prerequisite which allows the hypemctivated acrosome-reacted spermatozoa to penetrate the ZP and fertilize the ovum. This review focuses on the role of carbohydrate residues in sperm-ovum interaction, and triggering of the acrosome reaction. I have attempted to discuss extensive progress that has been made to enhance our understanding of the well programmed multiple molecular events necessary for successful fertilization. This review will identify these events, and discuss the functional significance of carbohydrates in these events.

  4. Equatorin is not essential for acrosome biogenesis but is required for the acrosome reaction

    Highlights: • Eqtn knockout mice were used for these experiments. • In vivo and in vitro fertilization analyses were performed. • Eqtn-deficient sperm were evaluated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and an A23187-induced acrosome reaction (AR) assay. • Co-immunoprecipitation (Co-IP) was performed to assess the interaction between Eqtn and the SNARE complex. - Abstract: The acrosome is a specialized organelle that covers the anterior part of the sperm nucleus and plays an essential role in mammalian fertilization. However, the regulatory mechanisms controlling acrosome biogenesis and acrosome exocytosis during fertilization are largely unknown. Equatorin (Eqtn) is a membrane protein that is specifically localized to the acrosomal membrane. In the present study, the physiological functions of Eqtn were investigated using a gene knockout mouse model. We found that Eqtn−/− males were subfertile. Only approximately 50% of plugged females were pregnant after mating with Eqtn−/− males, whereas more than 90% of plugged females were pregnant after mating with control males. Sperm and acrosomes from Eqtn−/− mice presented normal motility and morphology. However, the fertilization and induced acrosome exocytosis rates of Eqtn-deficient sperm were dramatically reduced. Further studies revealed that the Eqtn protein might interact with Syntaxin1a and SNAP25, but loss of Eqtn did not affect the protein levels of these genes. Therefore, our study demonstrates that Eqtn is not essential for acrosome biogenesis but is required for the acrosome reaction. Eqtn is involved in the fusion of the outer acrosomal membrane and the sperm plasma membrane during the acrosome reaction, most likely via an interaction with the SNARE complex

  5. Equatorin is not essential for acrosome biogenesis but is required for the acrosome reaction

    Hao, Jianxiu [State Key Laboratory of Reproductive Biology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101 (China); Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Chen, Min [State Key Laboratory of Reproductive Biology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101 (China); Ji, Shaoyang; Wang, Xiaona; Wang, Yanbo [State Key Laboratory of Reproductive Biology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101 (China); Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Huang, Xingxu [MOE Key Laboratory of Model Animal for Disease Study, Model Animal Research Center of Nanjing University, Nanjing Biomedical Research Institute, National Resource Center for Mutant Mice, Nanjing 210061 (China); Yang, Lin; Wang, Yaqing [State Key Laboratory of Molecular and Developmental Biology, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101 (China); Cui, Xiuhong; Lv, Limin [State Key Laboratory of Reproductive Biology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101 (China); Liu, Yixun, E-mail: liuyx@ioz.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory of Reproductive Biology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101 (China); Gao, Fei, E-mail: gaof@ioz.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory of Reproductive Biology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101 (China)

    2014-02-21

    Highlights: • Eqtn knockout mice were used for these experiments. • In vivo and in vitro fertilization analyses were performed. • Eqtn-deficient sperm were evaluated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and an A23187-induced acrosome reaction (AR) assay. • Co-immunoprecipitation (Co-IP) was performed to assess the interaction between Eqtn and the SNARE complex. - Abstract: The acrosome is a specialized organelle that covers the anterior part of the sperm nucleus and plays an essential role in mammalian fertilization. However, the regulatory mechanisms controlling acrosome biogenesis and acrosome exocytosis during fertilization are largely unknown. Equatorin (Eqtn) is a membrane protein that is specifically localized to the acrosomal membrane. In the present study, the physiological functions of Eqtn were investigated using a gene knockout mouse model. We found that Eqtn{sup −/−} males were subfertile. Only approximately 50% of plugged females were pregnant after mating with Eqtn{sup −/−} males, whereas more than 90% of plugged females were pregnant after mating with control males. Sperm and acrosomes from Eqtn{sup −/−} mice presented normal motility and morphology. However, the fertilization and induced acrosome exocytosis rates of Eqtn-deficient sperm were dramatically reduced. Further studies revealed that the Eqtn protein might interact with Syntaxin1a and SNAP25, but loss of Eqtn did not affect the protein levels of these genes. Therefore, our study demonstrates that Eqtn is not essential for acrosome biogenesis but is required for the acrosome reaction. Eqtn is involved in the fusion of the outer acrosomal membrane and the sperm plasma membrane during the acrosome reaction, most likely via an interaction with the SNARE complex.

  6. Study on the Vesiculation during Mouse Sperm Acrosome Reaction

    林家豪; 周作民; 胡志刚; 王黎熔; 林敏; 张适

    1994-01-01

    The location of the mono-membrane and the bi-membrane vesicles of mouse sperm was identified using Con A in conjugation with the colloidal gold. The observation showed that both mono-membrane vesicfes and outer layer of the hi-membrane vesicles come from the outer acrosome membrane. The inner membrane layer of the bi-member vesicles and residual membrane distributed among the vesicles are really the ptasmatemma. It is suggested that the outer acrosome membrane did not fuse with the pfasmafemma during mouse sperm acrosome reaction and that both the mono-membrane and the bi-membrane vesicles of mouse sperm were formed due to winding of the outer acrosome membrane.

  7. Predictability Power of Acrosome Reaction Test in Ivf Treatment Cycles

    K Parivar

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: It is well known that one of the powerful sperm function tests is the acrosome reaction (AR, which is a prerequisite in the fertilization process. The predictability of sperm fertilizing ability using AR has been suggested for IVF treatment cycles. The aim of study was to assess the power of AR using human follicular fluid (hFF to predict the fertilization rate (FR in IVF cycles. Materials &Methods: This investigation was experimental. During 9 month, 54 different semen samples were collected from infertile men exactly before insemination of retrieved oocytes. Each sample was divided into 4 aliquots and semen analysis (SA was done on the first aliquot. For Acrosomal reaction, the sperm samples were washed with Ham'sf10 culture media and after 2 hours in 37C

  8. Progress of sperm Izumo1 relocation during spontaneous acrosome reaction

    Šebková, N.; Děd, Lukáš; Veselá, K.; Dvořáková-Hortová, K.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 147, č. 2 (2014), s. 231-240. ISSN 1470-1626 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP503/12/1834; GA MŠk ED1.1.00/02.0109 Grant ostatní: GA ČR(CZ) GAP506/12/1046 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50520701 Keywords : Acrosome reaction * Capacitation * Izumo 1 Subject RIV: EC - Immunology Impact factor: 3.174, year: 2014

  9. Progress of sperm Izumo relocation during spontaneous acrosome reaction

    Děd, Lukáš; Šebková, N.; Veselá, K.; Dvořáková-Hortová, K.; Pěknicová, Jana

    Montréal : Society for the Study of Reproduction, 2013 - (Suarez, S.). s. 167-168 [SSR 46th Annual Meeteing. Reproduction Health: Nano to Global. 22.07.2013-26.07.2013, Montréal] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP503/12/1834 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50520701 Keywords : Izumo * Acrosome reaction * Sperm capacitation Subject RIV: EC - Immunology

  10. Role of Ion Channels in the Sperm Acrosome Reaction.

    Beltrán, Carmen; Treviño, Claudia L; Mata-Martínez, Esperanza; Chávez, Julio C; Sánchez-Cárdenas, Claudia; Baker, Mark; Darszon, Alberto

    2016-01-01

    The acrosome reaction (AR) is a unique exocytotic process where the acrosome, a single membrane-delimited specialized organelle, overlying the nucleus in the sperm head of many species, fuses with the overlying plasma membrane. This reaction, triggered by physiological inducers from the female gamete, its vicinity, or other stimuli, discharges the acrosomal content modifying the plasma membrane, incorporating the inner acrosomal membrane, and exposing it to the extracellular medium. The AR is essential for sperm-egg coat penetration, fusion with the eggs' plasma membrane, and fertilization. As in most exocytotic processes Ca(2+) is crucial for the AR, as well as intracellular pH and membrane potential changes. Thus, among the required processes needed for this reaction, ion permeability changes involving channels are pivotal. In spite of the key role ion channels play in the AR, their identity and regulation is not fully understood. Though molecular and pharmacological evidence indicates that various ionic channels participate during the AR, such as store-operated Ca(2+) channels and voltage-dependent Ca(2+) channels, whole cell patch clamp recordings have failed to detect some of them until now. Since sperm display a very high resistance and a minute cytoplasmic volume, very few channels are needed to achieve large membrane potential and concentration changes. Functional detection of few channels in the morphologically complex and tiny sperm poses technical problems, especially when their conductance is very small, as in the case of SOCs. Single channel recordings and novel fluorescence microscopy strategies will help to define the participation of ionic channels in the intertwined signaling network that orchestrates the AR. PMID:27194349

  11. Lectin staining and flow cytometry reveals female-induced sperm acrosome reaction and surface carbohydrate reorganization

    Kekäläinen, Jukka; Larma, Irma; Linden, Matthew; Evans, Jonathan P.

    2015-01-01

    All cells are covered by glycans, an individually unique layer of oligo- and polysaccharides that are critical moderators of self-recognition and other cellular-level interactions (e.g. fertilization). The functional similarity between these processes suggests that gamete surface glycans may also have an important, but currently overlooked, role in sexual selection. Here we develop a user-friendly methodological approach designed to facilitate future tests of this possibility. Our proposed method is based on flow cytometric quantification of female-induced sperm acrosome reaction and sperm surface glycan modifications in the Mediterranean mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis. In this species, as with many other taxa, eggs release water-soluble factors that attract conspecific sperm (chemoattraction) and promote potentially measurable changes in sperm behavior and physiology. We demonstrate that flow cytometry is able to identify sperm from other seawater particles as well as accurately measure both acrosome reaction and structural modifications in sperm glycans. This methodological approach can increase our understanding of chemically-moderated gamete-level interactions and individual-specific gamete recognition in Mytilus sp. and other taxa with similar, easily identifiable acrosome structure. Our approach is also likely to be applicable to several other species, since carbohydrate-mediated cellular-level interactions between gametes are universal among externally and internally fertilizing species. PMID:26470849

  12. Changes in intracellular Ca2+ cf sperm fore-and-aft acrosome reaction in the swimming crab Portunus trituberculatus

    ZHU Dong-Fa; Shen, Li-ping; Shen, Jian-Ming; Wu, Qiong

    2008-01-01

    The acrosome reaction process of sperm in the swimming crab Portunus trituberculatus ( Miers ) consists of four consecutive stages: (1) swelling of the apical cap; (2) eversion of the acrosomal vesicle; (3) forward elongation of the perforatorium and reversal of the acrosomal vesicle membrane; and (4) shedding of the acrosomal vesicle membrane and formation of the acrosomal filament. In the present study, Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope (LSCM) was used to image spermatozoa stained with Flu...

  13. The effect of incubation time on capacitation and acrosome reaction of in vitro ovine spermatozoa

    J Wattimena

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this research was to know the effect of incubation time on capacitation and acrosome reaction of in vitro ovine spermatozoa. Twelve ejaculates from two Garut sheep were collected using artificial vagina and then evaluated macro and microscopically. After semen washing (centrifugation method), semen was diluted in Brackett and Oliphant (BO) medium and then incubated during 6 hours in incubator CO2, temperature 38.5ºC. Evaluation of capacitation and acrosome reaction was conducted on...

  14. In vitro capacitation and acrosome reaction in sperm of the phyllostomid bat Artibeus jamaicensis.

    Álvarez-Guerrero, Alma; González-Díaz, Francisco; Medrano, Alfredo; Moreno-Mendoza, Norma

    2016-04-01

    Sperm capacitation occurs during the passage of sperm through the female reproductive tract. Once the sperm binds to the pellucid zone, the acrosome reaction to enable penetration of the oocyte is completed. In this study, sperm of Artibeus jamaicensis bat was used to evaluate both capacitation status and the acrosome reaction under in vitro conditions, incubating sperm at 32 and 37°C with and without progesterone. Sperm was incubated at different times to assess sperm cells' functionality in terms of capacitation and acrosome reaction, using the chlortetracycline staining, lectin fluoresceinisocyanate conjugate-Pisum sativum agglutinin (FITC-PSA), and transmission electron microscopy. Sperm cells that presented uniform fluorescence throughout the head and mid-piece were classified as non-capacitated. Subsequently, sperm cells, which were observed with fluorescence only in the anterior portion of the head and mid-piece, were classified as capacitated. Sperm cells with no fluorescence in the head, but fluorescence in the mid-piece, were categorized as sperm cells that have carried out the acrosome reaction. During the acrosome reaction, sperm cells showed changes in their morphology, so it was not possible to distinguish the plasma and acrosomal membranes. Around the entire head, it was not possible to distinguish the fusion points between these membranes that made it possible for the acrosomal reaction to take place and thus to release the enzymes necessary to penetrate the pellucid zone. In conclusion, under appropriate in vitro conditions and by supplementing the culture medium with progesterone, A. jamaicensis bat sperm cells are able to be capacitated in a period from 6 to 8 h and to carry out the acrosome reaction. PMID:26744028

  15. Role of ions and ion channels in capacitation and acrosome reaction of spermatozoa

    SharadBPurohit; MaliniLaloraya; G.pradeepkumar

    1999-01-01

    Capacitation and acrosome reaction are important prerequisites of the fertilization process. Capacitation is a highlycomplex phenomenon occurring in the female genital tract, rendering the spermatozoa capable of binding and fusionwith the oocyte. During capacitation various biochemical and biophysical changes occur in the spermatozoa and thespermatozoal membranes. Ions and ion channels also play important roles in governing the process of capacitation bychanging the fluxes of different ions which in turn controls various characteristics of capacitated spermatozoa. Alongwith the mobilization of ions the generation of free radicals and efflux of cholesterol also plays an impo~.nt role in thecapacitation state of the spermatozoa. The generation of free radical and efflux of cholesterol change the mechano-dynamic properties of the membrane by oxidation of the polyunsaturated lipids and by generating the cholesterol freepatches. The process of capacitation renders the spermatozoa responsive to the inducers of the acrosome reaction. Theglycoprotein zona pellucida 3 (ZP3) of the egg coat zona pellucida is the potent physiological stimulator of the acro-some reaction; progesterone, a major component of the follicular fluid, is also an inducer of the acrosome reaction.The inducers of the acrosome reaction cause the activation of the various ion-channels leading to high influxes of calci-um, sodium and bicarbonate. The efflux of cholesterol during the process of capacitation alters the permeability of themembrane to the ions and generate areas which are prone to fusion and ve.siculation process during the acrosome reactioa. this review focuses mainly on effects of the ion and ion-channels, free radicals, and membrane fluidity changesduring the process of capacitation and acrosome reaction.

  16. The effect of incubation time on capacitation and acrosome reaction of in vitro ovine spermatozoa

    J Wattimena

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this research was to know the effect of incubation time on capacitation and acrosome reaction of in vitro ovine spermatozoa. Twelve ejaculates from two Garut sheep were collected using artificial vagina and then evaluated macro and microscopically. After semen washing (centrifugation method, semen was diluted in Brackett and Oliphant (BO medium and then incubated during 6 hours in incubator CO2, temperature 38.5ºC. Evaluation of capacitation and acrosome reaction was conducted on 0 hour, 0.5 hour, 1 hour, 2 hours, 4 hours and 6 hours incubation time. The result showed that incubation time had significant (P<0.05 effect on no capacitation sperm (pattern F, capacitation (pattern B nad acrosome reaction (pattern AR. Incubation time had significantly (P<0.01 effect on subjective motility, life sperm and membrane integrity.

  17. CD46 and beta1 integrin relocation in the sperm head during capacitation and acrosome reaction

    Šebková, N.; Frolíková, M.; Dvořáková-Hortová, Kateřina

    Madison: Society for the Study of Reproduction, 2015. s. 212. [48th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of reproduction. 18.06.2015-22.06.2015, San Juan] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA14-05547S Institutional support: RVO:86652036 Keywords : CD46 * beta1 integrin * Proximity Ligation Assay * acrosome reaction Subject RIV: CE - Biochemistry

  18. Trehalose enhances osmotic tolerance and suppresses lysophosphatidylcholine-induced acrosome reaction in ram spermatozoon.

    Ahmad, E; Naseer, Z; Aksoy, M; Küçük, N; Uçan, U; Serin, I; Ceylan, A

    2015-09-01

    This study was aimed to investigate the influence of trehalose on osmotic tolerance and the ability of ram spermatozoon to undergo acrosome reaction induced by lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC). In experiment 1, the diluted ejaculates were exposed to anisosmotic fructose solutions (70, 500, 750 and 1000 mOsm l(-1) ) with or without 50 mm trehalose. The presence of trehalose in hyperosmotic conditions enhanced (P TCG only or TCG containing either 50 or 100 mm trehalose. The acrosome reaction was induced by LPC. The percentage of acrosome-reacted spermatozoon was less (P < 0.05) in trehalose-supplemented groups compared to control. In experiment 3, the ejaculates were cryopreserved in an extender containing 0 mm (control), 50 mm or 100 mm trehalose. Supplementation of extender with trehalose, either 50 mm or 100 mm, enhanced the cryosurvival rate (P < 0.05) compared to the control. In conclusion, the presence of trehalose in anisosmotic conditions enhances the osmotic tolerance, cryosurvival rate of ram spermatozoon and suppresses their ability to undergo LPC and cryo-induced acrosome reaction. PMID:25269572

  19. Dynamics of the induced acrosome reaction in boar sperm evaluated by flow cytometry

    Birck, Anders; Labouriau, Rodrigo; Christensen, Preben

    2009-01-01

    The present study investigated the dynamics of the in vitro induced acrosome reaction (AR) in boar sperm in response to medium composition, incubation time and ionophore concentration. The AR is a prerequisite for normal sperm fertilizing capability and can be studied in vitro following induction...... information on sperm viability and acrosomal status. The ionophore induced AR was dependent on extracellular Ca2+, but could be easily induced in boar sperm without capacitation. Capacitation-associated plasma membrane phospholipid scrambling was assessed and a medium specific ability to induce these membrane...... changes was observed. Both sperm viability and the induced AR were significantly affected by sperm capacitation, incubation time and ionophore concentration. The results lead to suggestions for an optimized AR induction protocol that takes both sperm viability and the effectiveness of AR induction...

  20. Insulin and leptin enhance human sperm motility, acrosome reaction and nitric oxide production

    Fanuel Lampiao; Stefan S. du Plessis

    2008-01-01

    Aim: To investigate the in vitro effects of insulin and leptin on human sperm motility, viability, acrosome reaction and nitric oxide (NO) production. Methods: Washed human spermatozoa from normozoospermic donors were treated with insulin (10 μIU) and leptin (10 nmol). Insulin and leptin effects were blocked by inhibition of their intracellular effector, phosphotidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K), by wortmannin (10 μmol) 30 min prior to insulin and leptin being given. Computer-assisted semen analysis was used to assess motility after 1, 2 and 3 h of incubation. Viability was assessed by fluorescence-activated cell sorting using propidium iodide as a fluorescent probe. Acrosome-reacted cells were observed under a fluorescent microscope using fluorescein-isothiocyanate-Pisum sativum agglutinin as a probe. NO was measured after treating the sperm with 4,5-diaminofluorescein-2/diacetate (DAF-2/DA) and analyzed by fluorescence-activated cell sorting. Results: Insulin and leptin significantly increased total motility, progressive motility and acrosome reaction, as well as NO production. Conclusion: This study showed the in vitro beneficial effects of insulin and leptin on human sperm function. These hormones could play a role in enhancing the fertilization capacity of human spermatozoa.

  1. Induction of the acrosome reaction test to in vitro estimate embryo production in Nelore cattle

    M.Z. Costa

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available The effectiveness of induction of the acrosome reaction (AR test as a parameter to in vitro estimate embryo production (IVP in Nelore breed and the AR pattern by the Trypan Blue/Giemsa (TB stain were evaluated. Frozen semen samples from ten Nelore bulls were submitted to AR induction and were also evaluated for cleavage and blastocyst rates. The treatments utilized for AR induction were: control (TALP medium, TH (TALP medium + 10μg heparin, TL (TALP medium + 100μg lysophosphatidylcholine and THL (TALP medium + 10μg heparin + 100μg lysophosphatidylcholine. Sperm acrosomal status and viability were evaluated by TB staining at 0 and after 4h incubation at 38°C. The results obtained for AR presented a significant difference (P<0.05 in the percentage of acrosome reacted live sperm after 4h of incubation in the treatments that received heparin. The cleavage and blastocyst rates were 60% and 38% respectively and a significant difference was observed among bulls (P<0.05. It was founded a satisfactory model to estimate the cleavage and blastocyst rates by AR induction test. Therefore, it can be concluded that the induction of the AR test is a valuable tool to predict the IVP in Nelore breed.

  2. Mechanism of sperm capacitation and the acrosome reaction: role of protein kinases

    Debby Ickowicz; Maya Finkelstein; Haim Breitbart

    2012-01-01

    Mammalian sperm must undergo a series of biochemical and physiological modifications,collectively called capacitation,in the female reproductive tract prior to the acrosome reaction (AR).The mechanisms of these modifications are not well characterized though protein kinases were shown to be involved in the regulation of intracellular Ca2+ during both capacitation and the AR.In the present review,we summarize some of the signaling events that are involved in capacitation.During the capacitation process,phosphatidyl-inositol-3-kinase (P13K) is phosphorylated/activated via a protein kinase A (PKA)-dependent cascade,and downregulated by protein kinase C α (PKCα).PKCα is active at the beginning of capacitation,resulting in P13K inactivation.During capacitation,PKCα as well as PP1γ2 is degraded by a PKA-dependent mechanism,allowing the activation of P13K.The activation of PKA during capacitation depends mainly on cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) produced by the bicarbonate-dependent soluble adenylyl cyclase.This activation of PKA leads to an increase in actin polymerization,an essential process for the development of hyperactivated motility,which is necessary for successful fertilization.Actin polymerization is mediated by PIP2 in two ways:first,P(I)P2 acts as a cofactor for phospholipase D (PLD) activation,and second,as a molecule that binds and inhibits actin-severing proteins such as gelsolin.Tyrosine phosphorylation of gelsolin during capacitation by Src family kinase (SFK) is also important for its inactivation.Prior to the AR,gelsolin is released from P(I)P2 and undergoes dephosphorylation/activation,resulting in fast F-actin depolymerization,leading to the AR.

  3. Effect of estrogens on sperm capacitation and acrosome reaction in vitro

    Děd, Lukáš; Dorosh, Andriy; Dostálová, Pavla; Pěknicová, Jana

    Elsevier. Roč. 81, č. 2 (2009), s. 155-155. ISSN 0165-0378. [7th European Congress on Reproductive Immunology. 17.09.2009-20.09.2009, Marathon ] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) 1M06011; GA ČR(CZ) GA523/09/1793; GA ČR(CZ) GD523/08/HO64 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50520701 Keywords : sperm capacitation * acrosome reaction * estrogens Subject RIV: DN - Health Impact of the Environment Quality

  4. Capacitation and acrosome reaction induction on thawed Dama dama deer spermatozoa: glycine effect as cryopreservation diluent supplement.

    Fernández, Silvina; Sestelo, Adrián; Rivolta, Miguel; Córdoba, Mariana

    2013-12-01

    The aim of this research was to evaluate two different diluents for sperm cryopreservation and to study functional parameters in relation to the response to heparin, lysophosphatidylcholine and progesterone, in frozen-thawed semen of fallow deer (Dama dama) during the reproductive season (brama). In this way, fallow deer can be used as a biological model of endangered cervids. Semen was obtained by electroejaculation. Heparin, progesterone and lysophosphatidylcholine were used as capacitation and acrosome reaction inducers, respectively. Capacitation and acrosome reaction were evaluated by chlorotetracycline epifluorescence technique (CTC), membrane integrity by Hypo-osmotic swelling test (HOS) and viability and acrosome integrity by trypan blue stain/DIC. Data was analyzed by ANOVA and Tukey Test (P < 0.05). Semen was cryopreserved in different diluents and Fructose-Tris-Glycine extender was selected. Capacitation with heparin at different incubation times determined that the highest capacitation percentage was obtained at 45 minutes incubation. Progesterone (1 'M) and lysophosphatidylcholine in heparin capacitated sperm induced acrosome reaction (P < 0.05). This study contributes to improve cryopreservation methods and to increase the knowledge about capacitation and acrosome reaction in vitro in deer spermatozoa, allowing an advance in the development of reproductive biotechnologies. PMID:24320190

  5. Elucidation of the involvement of p14, a sperm protein during maturation, capacitation and acrosome reaction of caprine spermatozoa.

    Pinki Nandi

    Full Text Available Mammalian sperm capacitation is an essential prerequisite to fertilization. Although progress is being made in understanding the physiology and biochemistry of capacitation, little has been yet explored about the potential role(s of individual sperm cell protein during this process. Therefore elucidation of the role of different sperm proteins in the process of capacitation might be of great importance to understand the process of fertilization. The present work describes the partial characterization of a 14-kDa protein (p14 detected in goat spermatozoa using an antibody directed against the purified protein. Confocal microscopic analysis reveals that the protein is present in both the intracellular and extracellular regions of the acrosomal and postacrosomal portion of caudal sperm head. Though subcellular localization shows that p14 is mainly cytosolic, however it is also seen to be present in peripheral plasma membrane and soluble part of acrosome. Immuno-localization experiment shows change in the distribution pattern of this protein upon induction of capacitation in sperm cells. Increased immunolabeling in the anterior head region of live spermatozoa is also observed when these cells are incubated under capacitating conditions, whereas most sperm cells challenged with the calcium ionophore A23187 to acrosome react, lose their labeling almost completely. Intracellular distribution of p14 also changes significantly during acrosome reaction. Interestingly, on the other hand the antibody raised against this 14-kDa sperm protein enhances the forward motility of caprine sperm cells. Rose-Bengal staining method shows that this anti-p14 antibody also decreases the number of acrosome reacted cells if incubated with capacitated sperm cells before induction of acrosome reaction. All these results taken together clearly indicate that p14 is intimately involved and plays a critical role in the acrosomal membrane fusion event.

  6. Cryopreservation of human spermatozoa with pentoxifylline improves the post-thaw agonist-induced acrosome reaction rate.

    Esteves, S C; Sharma, R K; Thomas, A J; Agarwal, A

    1998-12-01

    Cryopreservation causes extensive damage to spermatozoa, thereby impairing their fertilizing ability. The purpose of this study was to determine if the direct addition of pentoxifylline to the seminal plasma before cryopreservation improved sperm motility and acrosome reaction. Semen specimens from 15 healthy volunteers were divided into two aliquots. One aliquot was treated by adding 5 mM pentoxifylline directly to the seminal plasma (treatment group) and the other aliquot received no treatment (control group). Both aliquots were then cryopreserved by using the liquid nitrogen freezing method. The percentage of motile spermatozoa and various motion characteristics were then evaluated by performing computer-assisted semen analysis. The sperm viability was determined with a supra-vital dye, Hoechst-33258, and the acrosome reaction (spontaneous and calcium ionophore-induced) was monitored using fluorescein isothiocyanate-conjugated peanut lectin (FITC-PNA) binding assays. Pentoxifylline treatment significantly increased the sperm motility, the amplitude of lateral head displacement, the hyperactivation status, and the frequency of spontaneous acrosome reactions before freezing (P process was less in the pentoxifylline-treated group (P = 0.0003). In addition, the percentage of cryopreserved acrosome-intact spermatozoa that underwent further acrosome reactions in response to calcium-ionophore challenge was significantly higher in the treated group (P = 0.03). Pentoxifylline treatment before freezing improved the acrosome reaction to ionophore challenge in cryopreserved spermatozoa. Treatment with pentoxifylline appears to minimize sperm damage during the freeze-thaw process and may improve fertilization rates with assisted reproductive procedures such as intrauterine insemination or in-vitro fertilization. PMID:9886519

  7. Assessment of released acrosin activity as a measurement of the sperm acrosome reaction

    Rui-Zhi Liu; Wan-Li Na; Hong-Guo Zhang; Zhi-Yong Lin; Bai-Oong Xue; Zong-Oe Xu

    2008-01-01

    Aim: To develop a method for assessing sperm function by measuring released acrosin activity during the acrosome reaction (AR). Methods: Human semen samples were obtained from 24 healthy donors with proven fertility after 3-7 days of sexual abstinence. After collection, samples were liquefied for 30 min at room temperature. Standard semen parameters were evaluated according to World Health Organization (WHO) criteria. Calcium ionophore A23187 and progesterone (P4) were used to stimulate the sperm to undergo AR. After treatment, sperm were incubated with the supravital dye Hoechst33258, fixed in a glutaraldehyde-phosphate-buffered saline solution, and the acrosomal status was determined by fluorescence microscopy with fluorescein isothiocyanate-labeled Pisum sativum agglutinin (FITC-PSA). The percentage of sperm undergoing AR (AR%) was compared to sperm acrosin activities as assessed by spectrocolorimetry. The correlation between AR% and acrosin activity was determined by statistical analysis. Results: The AR% and released acrosin activity were both markedly increased with A23187 and P4 stimulation. Sperm motility and viability were significantly higher after stimulation with P4 versus stimula-tion with A23187 (P < 0.001). There was a significant positive correlation between released acrosin activity and AR% determined by FITC-PSA staining (r = 0.916, P < 0.001). Conclusion: Spectrocolorimetric measurement of released acrosin activity might serve as a reasonable alternative method to evaluate AR.

  8. Absence of spermatozoal CD46 protein expression and associated rapid acrosome reaction rate in striped field mice (Apodemus agrarius)

    Clift, L. E.; Andrlíková, P.; Frolíková, M.; Stopka, P.; Bryja, Josef; Flanagan, B. F.; Johnson, P. M.; Dvořáková-Hortová, K.

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 7, č. 29 (2009), s. 1-9. ISSN 1477-7827 Grant ostatní: GA ČR(CZ) GA206/07/0779; GA MŠk(CZ) 1M06011 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60930519 Keywords : sperm competition * acrosome reaction * mating system Subject RIV: EG - Zoology Impact factor: 2.077, year: 2009

  9. Platelet-activating factor in Iberian pig spermatozoa: receptor expression and role as enhancer of the calcium-induced acrosome reaction.

    Bragado, M J; Gil, M C; Garcia-Marin, L J

    2011-12-01

    Platelet-activating factor (PAF) is a phospholipid involved in reproductive physiology. PAF receptor is expressed in some mammalian spermatozoa species where it plays a role in these germ-cell-specific processes. The aim of this study is to identify PAF receptor in Iberian pig spermatozoa and to evaluate PAF's effects on motility, viability and acrosome reaction. Semen samples from Iberian boars were used. PAF receptor identification was performed by Western blotting. Spermatozoa motility was analysed by computer-assisted sperm analysis system, whereas spermatozoa viability and acrosome reaction were evaluated by flow cytometry. Different PAF concentrations added to non-capacitating medium during 60 min have no effect on any spermatozoa motility parameter measured. Acrosome reaction was rapid and potently induced by 1 μm calcium ionophore A23187 showing an effect at 60 min and maximum at 240 min. PAF added to a capacitating medium is not able to induce spermatozoa acrosome reaction at any time studied. However, PAF, in the presence of A23187, significantly accelerates and enhances the calcium-induced acrosome reaction in a concentration-dependent manner in Iberian boar spermatozoa. Exogenous PAF does not affect at all spermatozoa viability, whereas slightly exacerbated the A23187-induced loss in viability. This work demonstrates that PAF receptor is expressed in Iberian pig spermatozoa and that its stimulation by PAF regulates the calcium-induced acrosome reaction. This work contributes to further elucidate the physiological regulation of the most relevant spermatozoa functions for successful fertilization: acrosome reaction. PMID:22023717

  10. Acrosome Reaction and Ca2+ Imaging in Single Human Spermatozoa: New Regulatory Roles of [Ca2+]i1

    Sánchez-Cárdenas, Claudia; Servín-Vences, Martha Rocio; José, Omar; Treviño, Claudia Lydia; Hernández-Cruz, Arturo; Darszon, Alberto

    2014-01-01

    The spermatozoa acrosome reaction (AR) is essential for mammalian fertilization. Few methods allow visualization of AR in real time together with Ca2+ imaging. Here, we show that FM4-64, a fluorescent dye used to follow exocytosis, reliably reports AR progression induced by ionomycin and progesterone in human spermatozoa. FM4-64 clearly delimits the spermatozoa contour and reports morphological cell changes before, during, and after AR. This strategy unveiled the formation of moving tubular a...

  11. GABA/progesterone-induced polyphosphoinositide (PPI) breakdown and its role in the acrosome reaction of guinea pig spermatozoa in vitro.

    Yuan, Y; Mao, L; Shi, Q; Roldan, E R; Chen, W; Yu, S; Zhuang, Y; Xu, S

    2001-08-01

    To investigate whether GABA/progesterone (P(4)) stimulates PPI breakdown and its role in the acrosome reaction (AR), spermatozoa of guinea pig were preincubated in MCM-LCa(2+) for 5.5 h and then labeled with [(32)P]pi for 1 h. Samples were washed through a three-step gradient Percoll, adjusted to 5x10(7) cells/mL and exposed to 2 mmol/L Ca(2+), 5 micromol/L GABA, 10 micromol/L P(4) and other agents. Lipids were separated by t.l.c. and radioactivity in spots determined by scintillation counting. The AR was assessed by phase-contrast microscopy. The results showed that (i) when spermatozoa were treated with GABA,(32)P-label diminished rapidly in phosphatidylinositol 4, 5-bisphosphate (PIP(2)), phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate (PIP), and increased in phosphatidic acid (PA). The loss of label from PPI was almost completed by 10 min. The time-course of the AR was much slower than PPI when spermatozoa reached a maximal response by 15 min; (ii) the pattern of PPI hydrolysis and stimulation of AR was similar for the three agonists tested; their potency followed the order A23187>progesterone> or =GABA; (iii) GABA-induced PIP(2) hydrolysis and rise in PA and the AR were prevented by inclusion of 10 mmol/L neomycin; (iv) the loss of PIP(2) labeling and the increase in PA labeling abolished when spermatozoa were exposed to EGTA or Ca(2+) channel blocker. These results indicate that GABA or P(4)-induced PPI breakdown is an important and essential event in the series of changes to membrane fusion during the AR of guinea pig spermatozoa and this effect is mediated via calcium by activation of phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C. PMID:18726415

  12. Dose-response effects of estrogenic mycotoxins (zearalenone, alpha- and beta-zearalenol on motility, hyperactivation and the acrosome reaction of stallion sperm

    Colenbrander Ben

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The aim of this study was to investigate the in vitro effects of the Fusarium fungus-derived mycotoxin, zearalenone and its derivatives alpha-zearalenol and beta-zearalenol on motility parameters and the acrosome reaction of stallion sperm. Since the toxic effects of zearalenone and its derivatives are thought to result from their structural similarity to 17beta-estradiol, 17beta-estradiol was used as a positive control for 'estrogen-like' effects. Methods Stallion spermatozoa were exposed in vitro to zearalenone, alpha-zearalenol, beta-zearalenol or 17beta-estradiol at concentrations ranging from 1 pM - 0.1 mM. After 2 hours exposure, motility parameters were evaluated by computer-assisted analysis, and acrosome integrity was examined by flow cytometry after staining with fluoroscein-conjugated peanut agglutinin. Results Mycotoxins affected sperm parameters only at the highest concentration tested (0.1 mM after 2 hours exposure. In this respect, all of the compounds reduced the average path velocity, but only alpha-zearalenol reduced percentages of motile and progressively motile sperm. Induction of motility patterns consistent with hyperactivation was stimulated according to the following rank of potency: alpha-zearalenol >17beta-estradiol > zearalenone = beta-zearalenol. The hyperactivity-associated changes observed included reductions in straight-line velocity and linearity of movement, and an increase in the amplitude of lateral head displacement, while curvilinear velocity was unchanged. In addition, whereas alpha- and beta- zearalenol increased the percentages of live acrosome-reacted sperm, zearalenone and 17beta-estradiol had no apparent effect on acrosome status. In short, alpha-zearalenol inhibited normal sperm motility, but stimulated hyperactive motility in the remaining motile cells and simultaneously induced the acrosome reaction. Beta-zearalenol induced the acrosome reaction without altering motility

  13. RIM, Munc13, and Rab3A interplay in acrosomal exocytosis

    Bello, Oscar D.; Zanetti, M. Natalia [Laboratorio de Biologia Celular y Molecular, Instituto de Histologia y Embriologia, IHEM (CONICET-UNCuyo), Facultad de Ciencias Medicas (Argentina); Laboratorio de Biologia Reproductiva, Instituto de Histologia y Embriologia, IHEM (CONICET-UNCuyo), Facultad de Ciencias Medicas (Argentina); Mayorga, Luis S. [Laboratorio de Biologia Celular y Molecular, Instituto de Histologia y Embriologia, IHEM (CONICET-UNCuyo), Facultad de Ciencias Medicas (Argentina); Michaut, Marcela A., E-mail: mmichaut@fcm.uncu.edu.ar [Laboratorio de Biologia Reproductiva, Instituto de Histologia y Embriologia, IHEM (CONICET-UNCuyo), Facultad de Ciencias Medicas (Argentina); Instituto de Ciencias Basicas, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza (5500) (Argentina)

    2012-03-10

    Exocytosis is a highly regulated, multistage process consisting of multiple functionally definable stages, including recruitment, targeting, tethering, priming, and docking of secretory vesicles with the plasma membrane, followed by calcium-triggered membrane fusion. The acrosome reaction of spermatozoa is a complex, calcium-dependent regulated exocytosis. Fusion at multiple sites between the outer acrosomal membrane and the cell membrane causes the release of the acrosomal contents and the loss of the membranes surrounding the acrosome. Not much is known about the molecules that mediate membrane docking in this particular fusion model. In neurons, the formation of the ternary RIM/Munc13/Rab3A complex has been suggested as a critical component of synaptic vesicles docking. Previously, we demonstrated that Rab3A localizes to the acrosomal region in human sperm, stimulates acrosomal exocytosis, and participates in an early stage during membrane fusion. Here, we report that RIM and Munc13 are also present in human sperm and localize to the acrosomal region. Like Rab3A, RIM and Munc13 participate in a prefusion step before the efflux of intra-acrosomal calcium. By means of a functional assay using antibodies and recombinant proteins, we show that RIM, Munc13 and Rab3A interplay during acrosomal exocytosis. Finally, we report by electron transmission microscopy that sequestering RIM and Rab3A alters the docking of the acrosomal membrane to the plasma membrane during calcium-activated acrosomal exocytosis. Our results suggest that the RIM/Munc13/Rab3 A complex participates in acrosomal exocytosis and that RIM and Rab3A have central roles in membrane docking. -- Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer RIM and Munc13 are present in human sperm and localize to the acrosomal region. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer RIM and Munc13 are necessary for acrosomal exocytosis. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer RIM and Munc13 participate before the acrosomal calcium efflux. Black

  14. RIM, Munc13, and Rab3A interplay in acrosomal exocytosis

    Exocytosis is a highly regulated, multistage process consisting of multiple functionally definable stages, including recruitment, targeting, tethering, priming, and docking of secretory vesicles with the plasma membrane, followed by calcium-triggered membrane fusion. The acrosome reaction of spermatozoa is a complex, calcium-dependent regulated exocytosis. Fusion at multiple sites between the outer acrosomal membrane and the cell membrane causes the release of the acrosomal contents and the loss of the membranes surrounding the acrosome. Not much is known about the molecules that mediate membrane docking in this particular fusion model. In neurons, the formation of the ternary RIM/Munc13/Rab3A complex has been suggested as a critical component of synaptic vesicles docking. Previously, we demonstrated that Rab3A localizes to the acrosomal region in human sperm, stimulates acrosomal exocytosis, and participates in an early stage during membrane fusion. Here, we report that RIM and Munc13 are also present in human sperm and localize to the acrosomal region. Like Rab3A, RIM and Munc13 participate in a prefusion step before the efflux of intra-acrosomal calcium. By means of a functional assay using antibodies and recombinant proteins, we show that RIM, Munc13 and Rab3A interplay during acrosomal exocytosis. Finally, we report by electron transmission microscopy that sequestering RIM and Rab3A alters the docking of the acrosomal membrane to the plasma membrane during calcium-activated acrosomal exocytosis. Our results suggest that the RIM/Munc13/Rab3 A complex participates in acrosomal exocytosis and that RIM and Rab3A have central roles in membrane docking. -- Highlights: ► RIM and Munc13 are present in human sperm and localize to the acrosomal region. ► RIM and Munc13 are necessary for acrosomal exocytosis. ► RIM and Munc13 participate before the acrosomal calcium efflux. ► RIM, Munc13 and Rab3A interplay in human sperm acrosomal exocytosis. ► RIM and Rab3A

  15. The opening of maitotoxin-sensitive calcium channels induces the acrosome reaction in human spermatozoa: differences from the zona pellucida

    Julio C Chávez; Claudia L Trevi(n)o; Gerardo A de Blas; José L de la Vega-Beltrán; Takuya Nishigaki; Mayel Chirinos; María Elena González-González; Fernando Larrea; Alejandra Solís; Alberto Darszon

    2011-01-01

    The acrosome reaction(AR),an absolute requirement for spermatozoa and egg fusion,requires the influx of Ca2+into the spermatozoa through voltage-dependent Ca2+channels and store-operated channels.Maitotoxin(MTx),a Ca2+-mobilizing agent,has been shown to be a potent inducer of the mouse sperm AR,with a pharmacology similar to that of the zona pellucida(ZP),possibly suggesting a common pathway for both inducers.Using recombinant human ZP3(rhZP3),mouse ZP and two MTx channel blockers(U73122 and U73343),we investigated and compared the MTx-and ZP-induced ARs in human and mouse spermatozoa.Herein,we report that MTx induced AR and elevated intracellular Ca2+([Ca2+]1)in human spermatozoa,both of which were blocked by U73122 and U73343.These two compounds also inhibited the MTx-induced AR in mouse spermatozoa.In disagreement with our previous proposal,the AR triggered by rhZP3 or mouse ZP was not blocked by U73343,indicating that in human and mouse spermatozoa,the AR induction by the physiologicalligands or by MTx occurred through distinct pathways.U73122,but not U73343(inactive analogue),can block phospholipase C(PLC).Another PLC inhibitor,edelfosine,also blocked the rhZP3-and ZP-induced ARs.These findings confirmed the participation of a PLC-dependent signalling pathway in human and mouse zona protein-induced AR.Notably,edelfosine also inhibited the MTx-induced mouse sperm AR but not that of the human,suggesting that toxin-induced AR is PLC-dependent in mice and PLC-independent in humans.

  16. Effect of heparin, caffeine and calcium ionophore A23187 on in vitro induction of the acrosome reaction of fresh ram spermatozoa

    K.H. El-Shahat; M.I. Taysser; M.R. Badr; K.A. Zaki

    2016-01-01

    Objective: To determine the effect of different concentrations of heparin, caffeine or calcium ionophore and incubation time on motility, hyperactivity (HA) and acrosome reaction (AR) of ram sperm in vitro. Methods: Semen samples were collected by artificial vagina from three mature ram. Split fractions (0.1 mL) of the pooled semen were layered under 1 mL of S-TALP medium supplemented with either heparin (10, 25, 50, 75 and 100 μg/mL), caffeine (0.5, 0.75, 1, 2 mg/mL), or calcium ionophore...

  17. Ionomycin诱导小鼠精子顶体反应的初步研究%A preliminary study on mouse spermatozoa acrosomal reaction induced by ionomycin

    姚冠颖; 曹佐武

    2014-01-01

    Aim:To investigate the spermmatozoa acrosome-reaction (AR)induced by ionomycin. Methods:Motile spermatozoa of the mouse cauda epididymides were treated with ionomycin at different concentrations for different times.Sperm acrosomal status was detected by PNA-FITC staining.Results:Spermatozoa acrosome-reaction was observed after ionomycin treatment.The percentages of acrosome-re-acted spermatozoa were 31.6%,52.2%,57.4%and 64.0%after 1 hour-induction by ionomycin at the final concentration of 1 ,5,1 0,50 μmol/L respectively.When the spermatozoa were treated with 5 μmol/L.Ionomycin for 1 0,30,45,60,1 20,1 80 minutes,the percentages of AR were 1 7.2%,25.0%, 41.2%,52.2%,54.0%,55.0% respectively.Conclusion:Mouse sperm AR has been induced by ionomycin treatment.the percentage of AR sperm varied with the concentration of ionomycin and incuba-tion time.%目的:探讨Ionomycin诱导精子顶体反应的效果.方法:收集小鼠附睾尾精子,体外获能后用不同终浓度的Ionomycin处理相同时间,以及用相同浓度的Ionomycin处理不同时间.FITC-PNA染色观察并统计精子顶体反应率.结果:用终浓度为1、5、10、50μmol/L Ionomycin 处理1 h 的精子 AR 率分别为31.6%、52.2%、57.4%和64.0%.用终浓度为5μmol/L 的Ionomycin处理10、30、45、60、120、180 min的精子AR率分别为17.2%、25.0%、41.2%、52.2%、54.0%和55.0%.结论:Ionomycin可以诱导小鼠精子的顶体反应,且顶体反应率随着浓度和诱导时间的变化而变化.

  18. Acrosome reaction and Ca²⁺ imaging in single human spermatozoa: new regulatory roles of [Ca²⁺]i.

    Sánchez-Cárdenas, Claudia; Servín-Vences, Martha Rocio; José, Omar; Treviño, Claudia Lydia; Hernández-Cruz, Arturo; Darszon, Alberto

    2014-09-01

    The spermatozoa acrosome reaction (AR) is essential for mammalian fertilization. Few methods allow visualization of AR in real time together with Ca²⁺ imaging. Here, we show that FM4-64, a fluorescent dye used to follow exocytosis, reliably reports AR progression induced by ionomycin and progesterone in human spermatozoa. FM4-64 clearly delimits the spermatozoa contour and reports morphological cell changes before, during, and after AR. This strategy unveiled the formation of moving tubular appendages, emerging from acrosome-reacted spermatozoa, which was confirmed by scanning electron microscopy. Alternate wavelength illumination allowed concomitant imaging of FM4-64 and Fluo-4, a Ca²⁺ indicator. These AR and intracellular Ca²⁺ ([Ca²⁺]i) recordings revealed that the presence of [Ca²⁺]i oscillations, both spontaneous and progesterone induced, prevents AR in human spermatozoa. Notably, the progesterone-induced AR is preceded by a second [Ca²⁺]i peak and ~40% of reacting spermatozoa also manifest a slow [Ca²⁺]i rise ~2 min before AR. Our findings uncover new AR features related to [Ca²⁺]i. PMID:25100708

  19. Variations of protein profiles and calcium and phospholipase A2 concentrations in thawed bovine semen and their relation to acrosome reaction

    V. Alonso Marques

    2000-12-01

    Full Text Available Just as calcium plays an integral role in acrosome capacitation and reaction, several spermatozoon proteins have been reported as binding to the ovum at fertilization. We examined the relationship between thawed bovine semen protein profiles, seminal plasma calcium ion concentration, spermatozoon phospholipase A2 (PLA2 activity and acrosome reaction. Electrophoretic profile analysis of spermatozoa and bovine seminal plasma proteins (total and membrane revealed qualitative and quantitative differences among bulls. Variations in PLA2 and seminal plasma calcium concentration indicated genetic diversity among individuals. A 15.7-kDa membrane protein was significantly correlated (r = 0.71 with acrosome reaction, which in turn has been associated with in vivo fertility.Várias proteínas que constituem o espermatozóide têm sido relatadas como sendo proteínas que se ligam ao óvulo no momento da fertilização, bem como íons cálcio têm um papel importante na capacitação e reação acrossômica. Baseado nisto, este estudo teve como objetivo analisar e correlacionar proteínas do sêmen congelado bovino de diferentes raças, concentração de íons cálcio no plasma seminal e atividade da fosfolipase A2 do espermatozóide com a reação acrossômica, visando encontrar fatores que influenciem no processo de fertilização bovina. Análises do perfil eletroforético das proteínas (totais e de membrana do espermatozóide e do plasma seminal bovino revelaram variabilidade protéica entre indivíduos na qual diferenças qualitativas e quantitativas foram identificadas. A quantificação da fosfolipase A2, bem como da concentração de cálcio no plasma seminal revelaram diversidade genética entre touros. Uma proteína de 15,7 kDa apresentou correlação significativa (0.71 com a reação acrossômica, que pode estar diretamente relacionada com a fertilização in vivo e deste modo outros experimentos podem ser realizados a fim de investigar a

  20. The Relationship between Some Ions and Acrosome Reactionof Human Sperm

    王春年; 谢文英; 徐胜; 王一飞

    1994-01-01

    The acrosome reaction of sperm was induced by calcium ionophore A 23187. The relationship between some ions and acrosome reaction by removing Na+ from the medium,or by adding antagonist of K+, TEA chloride, or antagonist of Ca++, verapamiI, or antagonist of Na+-h+-ATPase, acetyl strophanthidin is studied The results show that Na+,K+, Ca++ and Na+ pump are necessary for acrosome reaction of human sperm. The Ca++ might not enter the sperms through the channel of Ca++.

  1. Zona pellucida from fertilised human oocytes induces a voltage-dependent calcium influx and the acrosome reaction in spermatozoa, but cannot be penetrated by sperm

    Jouannet Pierre

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The functions of three zona glycoproteins, ZP1, ZP2 and ZP3 during the sperm-zona pellucida (ZP interaction are now well established in mice. The expression of an additional zona glycoprotein, ZPB/4, in humans, led us to reconsider the classical mouse model of gamete interaction. We investigated the various functions of human ZP (hZP during the interaction of spermatozoa with fertilised and unfertilised oocytes. Results The hZP of fertilised oocytes retained their ability to bind sperm (albeit less strongly than that from unfertilised oocytes, to induce an intraspermatic calcium influx through voltage-dependent channels similar to that observed with hZP from unfertilised oocytes and to promote the acrosome reaction at a rate similar to that induced by the ZP of unfertilised oocytes (61.6 ± 6.2% vs60.7 ± 9.1% respectively. Conversely, the rate of hZP penetrated by sperm was much lower for fertilised than for unfertilised oocytes (19% vs 57% respectively, p Conclusion The change in ZP function induced by fertilisation could be different in human and mouse species. Our results suggest a zona blocking to polyspermy based at the sperm penetration level in humans.

  2. In vitro induction of the acrosome reaction in bull sperm and the relationship to field fertility using low-dose inseminations

    Birck, A; Christensen, P; Labouriau, R;

    2010-01-01

    ionophore A23187. Both reproducibility of the AR response after induction and relationship between ability to acrosome react and field fertility was highly dependent on the definition of AR inducibility. Six basic and six combined AR indices were assessed. The AR index expressing the fraction of acrosome...... reacted sperm in the live sperm population after induction by ionophore had the highest repeatability, best described the biological variation in the studied population, and yielded the best significant predictive values on field fertility among the 12 indices considered. Moreover, the ability of sperm...

  3. Lipid Regulation of Acrosome Exocytosis.

    Cohen, Roy; Mukai, Chinatsu; Travis, Alexander J

    2016-01-01

    Lipids are critical regulators of mammalian sperm function, first helping prevent premature acrosome exocytosis, then enabling sperm to become competent to fertilize at the right place/time through the process of capacitation, and ultimately triggering acrosome exocytosis. Yet because they do not fit neatly into the "DNA--RNA-protein" synthetic pathway, they are understudied and poorly understood. Here, we focus on three lipids or lipid classes-cholesterol, phospholipids, and the ganglioside G(M1)--in context of the modern paradigm of acrosome exocytosis. We describe how these various- species are precisely segregated into membrane macrodomains and microdomains, simultaneously preventing premature exocytosis while acting as foci for organizing regulatory and effector molecules that will enable exocytosis. Although the mechanisms responsible for these domains are poorly defined, there is substantial evidence for their composition and functions. We present diverse ways that lipids and lipid modifications regulate capacitation and acrosome exocytosis, describing in more detail how removal of cholesterol plays a master regulatory role in enabling exocytosis through at least two complementary pathways. First, cholesterol efflux leads to proteolytic activation of phospholipase B, which cleaves both phospholipid tails. The resultant changes in membrane curvature provide a mechanism for the point fusions now known to occur far before a sperm physically interacts with the zona pellucida. Cholesterol efflux also enables G(M1) to regulate the voltage-dependent cation channel, Ca(V)2.3, triggering focal calcium transients required for acrosome exocytosis in response to subsequent whole-cell calcium rises. We close with a model integrating functions for lipids in regulating acrosome exocytosis. PMID:27194352

  4. Modulation of bovine sperm signalling pathways: correlation between intracellular parameters and sperm capacitation and acrosome exocytosis.

    Pons-Rejraji, Hanae; Bailey, Janice L; Leclerc, Pierre

    2009-01-01

    In the present study, the viability, intracellular pH (pHi), cAMP ([cAMP]i), calcium concentration and protein phosphotyrosine content were evaluated in relation to the acrosomal and capacitation status of freshly ejaculated bull spermatozoa. These parameters were evaluated before and after incubation with the capacitation inducer heparin, the phosphodiesterase inhibitor 3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine (IBMX), the phosphotyrosyl-protein phosphatase inhibitors phenylarsine oxide (PAO) and sodium orthovanadate, and hydrogen peroxide. The results obtained were integrated to address the physiological interactions between the different signalling events affecting sperm capacitation and acrosome reaction. As expected, heparin promoted the expression of the 'B' pattern of chlortetracycline binding, increased pHi, [cAMP]i and the phosphotyrosine content of sperm proteins. The effects of heparin were enhanced by IBMX. Both PAO and sodium orthovanadate stimulated protein phosphotyrosine content and acrosomal exocytosis, although only PAO affected pH, Ca2+ and cAMP levels. Intracellular pH was increased while both Ca2+ and [cAMP]i were decreased. Physiological concentrations of H2O2 increased [cAMP]i and promoted acrosomal exocytosis. A significant positive correlation was found between sperm capacitation, protein phosphotyrosine content and stored Ca2+ concentration, whereas the acrosome reaction was correlated with pHi and Ca2+ concentration. This study presents the first global analysis of the major elements individually described during sperm capacitation and acrosome reaction signalling pathways, supported by statistical correlations. PMID:19383258

  5. Induction of Sperm Acrosome Reaction wti h Calcium Ionophore A23187 in Wapiti (Cervus elaphus)%钙离子载体诱发马鹿精子顶体反应效果1)

    李和平; 邹琦; 商兰; 刘伟石

    2014-01-01

    Wapiti (Cervus elaphus) sperm was capacitated in vitro by swimming-up and the acrosome reaction (AR) was in-duced by Calcium ionophore A23187 to choose an optimal A23187 system during AR.A23187 of 0.01-100 μmol/L can enhance the ratio of AR on the capacitated sperm and 0.1μmol/L A23187 can obtain the highest ratio of AR (74.00%± 2.62%) for 5-min treatment time.AR of capacitated sperm can, but the uncapacitated sperm cannot, be induced by A23187 in wapiti.%以马鹿( Cervus elaphus)为试验动物,采用上浮法诱导马鹿精子体外获能,以钙离子载体( A23187)诱导马鹿精子顶体反应,进而摸索钙离子载体( A23187)诱发其顶体反应的适宜体系。结果表明:0.01~100.00μmol/L的A23187可提高获能马鹿精子的顶体反应率;其中适宜的A23187浓度为0.10μmol/L,反应的时间为5 min,顶体反应率为(74.00±2.62)%。 A23187能促进获能马鹿精子的顶体反应,但不能显著(P>0.05)促进未获能马鹿精子的顶体反应。

  6. Structure of the acrosomal bundle.

    Schmid, Michael F; Sherman, Michael B; Matsudaira, Paul; Chiu, Wah

    2004-09-01

    In the unactivated Limulus sperm, a 60- micro m-long bundle of actin filaments crosslinked by the protein scruin is bent and twisted into a coil around the base of the nucleus. At fertilization, the bundle uncoils and fully extends in five seconds to support a finger of membrane known as the acrosomal process. This biological spring is powered by stored elastic energy and does not require the action of motor proteins or actin polymerization. In a 9.5-A electron cryomicroscopic structure of the extended bundle, we show that twist, tilt and rotation of actin-scruin subunits deviate widely from a 'standard' F-actin filament. This variability in structural organization allows filaments to pack into a highly ordered and rigid bundle in the extended state and suggests a mechanism for storing and releasing energy between coiled and extended states without disassembly. PMID:15343340

  7. Participación de enzimas translocasas en la reacción acrosomal del espermatozoide de conejo

    Mayren-Mendoza, Félix de Jesús

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available ResumenEste estudio se realizó con la finalidad de evaluar la participación de enzimas translocadoras de fosfolípidos en el proceso de reacción acrosomal, en espermatozoides de conejo obtenidos de la región caudal del epidídimo, utilizando la progesterona como inductor de reacción acrosomal y NEtilmaleimida como inhibidor de translocasas.SummaryThis study was conducted in order to evaluate the participation of translocating enzymes of phospholipids in the reaction process acrosomal in rabbit sperm obtained from the caudal region of epididymis, using progesterone as inducer of acrosome reaction and N-ethylmaleimide as an inhibitor of translocase.

  8. 精子顶体反应检测在宫腔内人工授精中的临床应用价值%Sperm acrosome reaction detection in intrauterine insemination

    张科; 范立青; 龚斐; 朱文兵

    2011-01-01

    目的:探讨精子顶体反应(AR)与宫腔内人工授精(IUI)临床妊娠率的关系.方法:对接受IUI治疗的128例患者检测自发AR率、Ca2+载体A23187诱发AR率,收集临床资料,分析精子AR率与IUI临床妊娠率的关系.结果:妊娠组的自发AR率为7.7%,诱发AR率为51.9%,非妊娠组的自发AR率为7.0%,诱发AR率为43.5%,2组自发AR率差异无统计学意义(P>0.05),诱发AR率差异有统计学意义(P<0.05); 根据诱发AR率(≤20.0%,20.1%~49.9%和≥50.0%)将所有患者分为3组,其临床妊娠率分别为4.8%,12.5%和18.6%,差异有统计学意义 (P<0.05).结论:自发AR率与IUI临床妊娠率无关,诱发AR率与IUI临床妊娠率有关.%Objective To investigate the relationship between sperm acrosome reaction (AR) and the clinical pregnancy rate of intrauterine insemination (IUI). Methods We detected the sperm spontaneous AR rate and Ca2+ ionophore A23187-induced AR rate in 128 patients who accepted IUI treatment, collected their clinical data and analysed the relationship between sperm AR rate and clinical pregnancy rate of IUI. Results There was no statistical difference between the spontaneous AR rates in the pregnant group and the non-pregnant group (7.7% vs. 7.0%, P >0. 05 ), but there was statistical difference between the induced AR rates(51.9 % vs. 43.5%, P <0. 05 ). There was statistical difference in the clinical pregnancy rate among the 3 IUI groups divided by induced AR rate ( ≤20.0%, 20.1%-49.9%, and ≥50.0%; 4.8% vs. 12.5% vs. 18.6%,P <0.05 ). Conclusion The spontaneous AR rate has nothing to do with the clinical pregnancy rate of IUI, but the induced AR rate is associated with the clinical pregnancy rate of IUI.

  9. AB071. The molecular mechanism of acrosome formation and globozoospermia

    Gui, Yaoting

    2015-01-01

    Objective The acrosome is a specialized organelle that covers the anterior part of the sperm nucleus and plays an essential role in the process of fertilization. The present study is to review the molecular mechanism of acrosome formation and explore its relationship with globozoospermia Methods We reviewed the published papers from PubMed, and also report some research progress of acrosome formation in our laboratory. Results Acrosome formation can be divided into four stages: Golgi-phase, c...

  10. Microphotochemistry: 4,4'-Dimethoxybenzophenone mediated photodecarboxylation reactions involving phthalimides

    Oksana Shvydkiv

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available A series of 4,4'-dimethoxybenzophenone mediated intra- and intermolecular photodecarboxylation reactions involving phthalimides have been examined under microflow conditions. Conversion rates, isolated yields and chemoselectivities were compared to analogous reactions in a batch photoreactor. In all cases investigated, the microreactions gave superior results thus proving the superiority of microphotochemistry over conventional technologies.

  11. Flow Giese reaction using cyanoborohydride as a radical mediator

    Takahide Fukuyama

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Tin-free Giese reactions, employing primary, secondary, and tertiary alkyl iodides as radical precursors, ethyl acrylate as a radical trap, and sodium cyanoborohydride as a radical mediator, were examined in a continuous flow system. With the use of an automated flow microreactor, flow reaction conditions for the Giese reaction were quickly optimized, and it was found that a reaction temperature of 70 °C in combination with a residence time of 10–15 minutes gave good yields of the desired addition products.

  12. Morphological change of the acrosome on motile bovine spermatozoa due to storage at 4 degrees C.

    Aalseth, E P; Saacke, R G

    1985-07-01

    Swelling of the apical ridge and anterior acrosome of motile bovine spermatozoa was observed during in-vitro storage using differential interference-contrast optics. This morphological alteration is different from that described as the false acrosome reaction on immotile spermatozoa, apparent in ageing semen samples and which has been associated with cell death. In this study, transmission electron microscopy revealed that the apical ridge acrosomal matrix was extended into complex folds and/or projections. Acrosomal and plasma membrane integrity was retained. Storing spermatozoa (1500 X 10(6)/ml) in seminal plasma at 4 degrees C for 1 day was most conducive to the swelling of the apical ridge. Replacing seminal plasma with egg yolk-citrate inhibited swelling. However, incubating semen at 37 degrees C in egg yolk-Tris-fructose extender (25 X 10(6) spermatozoa/ml) after storage in egg yolk-citrate at 4 degrees C for greater than or equal to 3 days restored the swelling characteristic. PMID:3900381

  13. Electron-Exchange Reactions Mediated by Oxyanions

    Although a considerable amount of information is available on the rates of electron transfer from one metal ion to another through organic ligands (such as carboxylic acids), little has been obtained for ligands not containing carbon-carbon bonds: the one notable exception is the series of halogeno bridges. We have measured electron exchange rates between CoIII and CrII , VII, and EuII using oxyanions as bridging groups. The measurements have been carried out spectrophotometrically, using pentaamminecobalt (III) complexes in perchlorate and sulfate media. Bridging groups include metaborate, carbonate, nitrate, nitrite (both as the nitro and the nitrito ligands), sulfite, sulfate, thiosulfate, selenite, selenate, and tellurate. Specific rates increase along a series such as -OBO, -OCO-2, -ONO2, and down a series such as -OSO-3 , -OSeO-3 (k = 23 M-1sec-1 for the CrII reduction of the sulfato complex, 360 M-1 sec-1 for that of the selenato). In general, rates are more rapid with CrII as the reducing agent. Some experiments with TiIII show it to be the slowest. It appears possible to correlate changes in kbi with (i) the central atom of the ligand and (ii) the number of oxygen atoms present in the ligand but not bound to the cobalt center (that is, with the number of attack sites available to the reductant). For example, at 25°C, the specific rate for the CrH reduction of the sulfito complex is 18 M-1sec-1 and that for the sulfato is 20±2 M-1 sec1: both ligands possess three oxygens not bound to the cobalt; for the bonding in the sulfito complex is Co-S, while that in the sulfato is Co-O-S. The activation parameters for the two reactions are almost identical. Another striking example is found in the tetraammine series: the specific rate for the reaction of the chelated sulfate is 35 M-1 sec-1, while that for the chelated sulfite, is 17 M-1 sec-1. The sulfato complex possesses two oxygens free, the sulfito only one. The complexes offer the opportunity of studying

  14. Statistical properties of multistep enzyme-mediated reactions

    de Ronde, Wiet H.; Daniels, Bryan C.; Mugler, Andrew; Sinitsyn, Nikolai A.; Nemenman, Ilya

    2008-01-01

    Enzyme-mediated reactions may proceed through multiple intermediate conformational states before creating a final product molecule, and one often wishes to identify such intermediate structures from observations of the product creation. In this paper, we address this problem by solving the chemical master equations for various enzymatic reactions. We devise a perturbation theory analogous to that used in quantum mechanics that allows us to determine the first () and the second (variance) cumu...

  15. Chemical reaction mediated self-assembly of PTCDA into nanofibers.

    Sayyad, Arshad S; Balakrishnan, Kaushik; Ajayan, Pulickel M

    2011-09-01

    Uniform and crystalline nanofibers of perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA), an insoluble organic semiconducting molecule, have been achieved by self-assembling the molecules using chemical reaction mediated conversion of an appropriately designed soluble precursor, perylene tetracarboxylic acid (PTCA) using carbodiimide chemistry. PMID:21814688

  16. Peritoneal fluid modulates the sperm acrosomal exocytosis induced by N-acetylglucosaminyl neoglycoprotein

    Passos E.P.; Brugnara L.; Facin A.C.; Riffel A.; Lima G.R.; Freitas V.; Brandelli A.

    1999-01-01

    The effect of peritoneal fluid (PF) on the human sperm acrosome reaction (AR) was tested. Sperm was pre-incubated with PF and the AR was induced by calcium ionophore A23187 and a neoglycoprotein bearing N-acetylglycosamine residues (NGP). The AR induced by calcium ionophore was inhibited 40% by PF from controls (PFc) and 50% by PF from the endometriosis (PFe) group, but not by PF from infertile patients without endometriosis (PFi). No significant differences were found in the spontaneous AR. ...

  17. Reaction mechanisms of ruthenium tetroxide mediated oxidations of organic compounds

    Froehaug, Astrid Elisabeth

    1995-12-31

    This thesis reports a study of the mechanism of ruthenium tetroxide mediated oxidations of saturated hydrocarbons, ethers, alkenes and alcohols. Several methods were used. The RuO{sub 4}-mediated oxidations of adamantane and cis-decalin were studied in CCl{sub 4}-CH{sub 3}CN-H{sub 2}O and in acetone-water. The rate of reaction was found to be moderately influenced by the polarity of the solvent. Solvent properties other than the polarity were also found to influence the reaction rates. From the oxidations of adamantane and adamantane-1,3,5,7-d{sub 4} two primary kinetic deuterium isotope effects were found. These were comparable with the deuterium isotope effects found for the analogous oxidations of cis-decalin and cis-decalin-d{sub 18}. The results seem to exclude both a one step hydride abstraction reaction mechanism and a one step concerted mechanism, as well as a scheme where two such mechanisms compete. The observations may be explained by a two step reaction mechanism consisting of a pre-equilibrium with formation of a substrate-RuO{sub 4} complex followed by a concerted rate determining reaction. The RuO{sub 4}-mediated oxidation of ethers was of kinetic second order with a small enthalpy of activation and a large negative entropy of activation. Oxidation of cyclopropylmethyl methyl ether gave methyl cyclopropanecarboxylate, no rearranged products were observed. On RuO{sub 4} oxidations in CCl{sub 4} with NaIO{sub 4} as stoichiometric oxidant, no chlorinated products were observed. Several observations not in agreement with a hydride or a hydrogen abstraction mechanism may be explained by assuming that the reaction proceeds by either a concerted reaction or by a reversible oxidative addition of the ether to RuO{sub 4} followed by a slow concerted step. 228 refs., 9 figs., 27 tabs.

  18. IgE-mediated reaction to local anaesthetics

    Local anaesthetics (LAs) are essential agents in daily practices of dentistry, minor surgery and dermatology. Although they have an impressive history of safety and efficacy, LAs also have the potential to produce adverse events, which are mainly of non-immune nature. The true IgE-mediated allergies are quite rare, but are more considerable in terms of ability to cause life-threatening outcomes. In this report, we present a case of IgE-mediated systemic reaction to LAs occurring during epidural anaesthesia for Cesarean section. (author)

  19. A Note on the Kinetics of Diffusion-mediated Reactions

    Naqvi, K Razi

    2014-01-01

    The prevalent scheme of a diffusion-mediated bimolecular reaction $A+B\\rightarrow P$ is an adaptation of that proposed by Briggs and Haldane for enzyme action [{\\em Biochem J.\\/}, 19:338--339, 1925]. The purpose of this Note is to explain, {\\em by using an argument involving no mathematics\\/}, why the breakup of the encounter complex cannot be described, except in special circumstances, in terms of a first-order process $\\{AB\\}\\rightarrow A+B$. Briefly, such a description neglects the occurrence of re-encounters, which lie at the heart of Noyes's theory of diffusion-mediated reactions. The relation $k=\\alpha k_{\\mbox{\\scriptsize e}}$ becomes valid only when $\\alpha$ (the reaction probability per encounter) is very much smaller than unity (activation-controlled reactions), or when $\\beta$ (the re-encounter probability) is negligible (as happens in a gas-phase reaction). References to some works (by the author and his collaborators) which propound the correct approach for finding $k$ are also supplied.

  20. Mesoscopic statistical properties of multistep enzyme-mediated reactions.

    de Ronde, W H; Daniels, B C; Mugler, A; Sinitsyn, N A; Nemenman, I

    2009-09-01

    Enzyme-mediated reactions may proceed through multiple intermediate conformational states before creating a final product molecule, and one often wishes to identify such intermediate structures from observations of the product creation. In this study, the authors address this problem by solving the chemical master equations for various enzymatic reactions. A perturbation theory analogous to that used in quantum mechanics allows the determination of the first (n) and the second (σ2) cumulants of the distribution of created product molecules as a function of the substrate concentration and the kinetic rates of the intermediate processes. The mean product flux V=d(n)/dt (or 'dose-response' curve) and the Fano factor F= σ2/(n) are both realistically measurable quantities, and whereas the mean flux can often appear the same for different reaction types, the Fano factor can be quite different. This suggests both qualitative and quantitative ways to discriminate between different reaction schemes, and the authors explore this possibility in the context of four sample multistep enzymatic reactions. Measuring both the mean flux and the Fano factor can not only discriminate between reaction types, but can also provide some detailed information about the internal, unobserved kinetic rates, and this can be done without measuring single-molecule transition events. PMID:21028932

  1. Association between calcium ionophore A23187 induced acrosome reaction rate, total acrosin activity and semen analysis, the outcome of in vitro fertilization%钙离子载体A23187诱发的精子顶体反应率、顶体酶总活性与精液参数及体外受精结局的关系研究

    郭小桥; 余波澜; 周华; 司沙沙; 曹定娅; 刘见桥; 孙筱放

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate the association between the calcium ionophore A23187 induced sperm acrosome reaction rate, total acrosin activity and semen parameters and the IVF outcome, and to compare the predictive value for the male fertility and the outcome of IVF between calcium ionophore A23187 induced sperm acrosome reaction rate and sperm total acrosoin activity. Methods Sperm acrosome reaction was induced by calcium ionophore A23187,while sperm acrosin activity was determined by the modified Kennedy method. In this study, 150 cycles of IVF-ET were included, which were divided into Normal semen Group (85 cycles), Teratospermia Group (44 cycles), Asthenozoospermia Group (6 cycles). Compare the association between the calcium ionophore A23187 induced sperm acrosome reaction rate, total acrosin activity and normal morphology sperm percentage, concentration, activity in the 150 cycles and subgroups. Analyze the difference of the sperm acrosome reaction rate and total acrosin activity in Pregnancy Group and Non-pregnancy Group. Use the Receiver Operating Characteristic curve to make out the threshold of the sperm acrosome reaction rate and total acrosin activity for predicting the IVF pregnancy outcomes. Results In this 150 samples, there are no statistically significant differences between sperm acrosome reaction rate and sperm concentration, progressive velocity rate, the percentage of normal sperm morphology, fertility rate, and their related coefficient are respectively as follow:0.120, 0.018, 0.084, 0.054(P>0.05). But the negative correlation is statistically significant different between sperm acrosome reaction rate and teratozoospermia index(r=-0.183, P=0.025). There are significant correlations between sperm acrosin activity and sperm concentration(r=0.172, P0.05) and fertility rate(r=0.039, P>0.05). There are no statistically significant differences between sperm acrosome rate and fertility rate in Normal semen Group(r=-0.039, P>0.05), Teratospermia Group

  2. α-Regioselective Barbier Reaction of Carbonyl Compounds and Allyl Halides Mediated by Praseodymium.

    Wu, San; Li, Ying; Zhang, Songlin

    2016-09-01

    The first utility of praseodymium as a mediating metal in the Barbier reaction of carbonyl compounds with allyl halides was reported in this paper. In contrast to the traditional metal-mediated or catalyzed Barbier reactions, exclusive α-adducts were obtained in this one-pot reaction with a broad scope of substrates and feasible reaction conditions. PMID:27490708

  3. Local cell-mediated immune reactions in cancer patients

    The analysis of 178 cases of stage I-II breast cancer showed morphological features of local cell-mediated immune reactions to be of limited prognostic value. A comparative evaluation of some characteristics of cell surface receptors, such as ability to spontaneous rosette formation with sheep erythrocytes and sensitivty to theophylline, was carried out in lymphocyte samples obtained from tumor tissue and peripheral blood of 76 cancer patients subjected to preoperative radiotherapy. The said parameters were studied in breast cancer patients of rosette-forming cell reaction to theophylline were identified, the incidence of some of them being determined by the presence or absence of regional metastases. The level and functional activity of surface receptors of tumor mononuclear cells proved to influence prognosis

  4. Effects of hypothermic liquid storage and cryopreservation on basal and induced plasma membrane phospholipid disorder and acrosome exocytosis in boar spermatozoa.

    Guthrie, H D; Welch, G R

    2005-01-01

    Flow cytometry was utilised to determine whether short-term (Day 1) or long-term hypothermic liquid storage (Day 5), or cryopreservation of boar spermatozoa (1) caused changes in plasma membrane phospholipid disorder (MPLD) and acrosome exocytosis (AE), indicative of an advanced stage of capacitation or acrosome status, and (2) facilitated or inhibited the induction of capacitation and the acrosome reaction. Merocyanine with Yo-Pro-1 and peanut agglutinin-fluorescein isothiocyanate with propidium iodide were used to identify MPLD and AE, respectively, in viable spermatozoa. The incidence of basal sperm MPLD and AE in fresh semen was very low (1.1 and 2.2%, respectively) and was increased (P semen (3-8%). Compared to no bicarbonate, incubation with bicarbonate increased MPLD, but the response was greatest (P semen than for Day 1 (45%) and Day 5 (57%) semen. In summary, hypothermic liquid storage and cryopreservation of boar spermatozoa did not advance capacitation or acrosome status in viable spermatozoa, but did alter their responses to induction of capacitation and the acrosome reaction. PMID:15899159

  5. Peritoneal fluid modulates the sperm acrosomal exocytosis induced by N-acetylglucosaminyl neoglycoprotein

    Passos E.P.

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available The effect of peritoneal fluid (PF on the human sperm acrosome reaction (AR was tested. Sperm was pre-incubated with PF and the AR was induced by calcium ionophore A23187 and a neoglycoprotein bearing N-acetylglycosamine residues (NGP. The AR induced by calcium ionophore was inhibited 40% by PF from controls (PFc and 50% by PF from the endometriosis (PFe group, but not by PF from infertile patients without endometriosis (PFi. No significant differences were found in the spontaneous AR. When the AR was induced by NGP, pre-incubation with PFc reduced (60% the percentage of AR, while PFe and PFi caused no significant differences. The average rates of acrosome reactions obtained in control, NGP- and ionophore-treated sperm showed that NGP-induced exocytosis differed significantly between the PFc (11% and PFe/PFi groups (17%, and the ionophore-induced AR was higher for PFi (33% than PFc/PFe (25%. The incidence of the NGP-induced AR was reduced in the first hour of pre-incubation with PFc and remained nearly constant throughout 4 h of incubation. The present data indicate that PF possesses a protective factor which prevents premature AR.

  6. Using quantitative interference phase microscopy for sperm acrosome evaluation (Conference Presentation)

    Balberg, Michal; Kalinowski, Ksawery; Levi, Mattan; Shaked, Natan T.

    2016-03-01

    We demonstrate quantitative assessment of sperm cell morphology, primarily acrosomal volume, using quantitative interference phase microscopy (IPM). Normally, the area of the acrosome is assessed using dyes that stain the acrosomal part of the cell. We have imaged fixed individual sperm cells using IPM. Following, the sample was stained and the same cells were imaged using bright field microscopy (BFM). We identified the acrosome using the stained BFM image, and used it to define a quantitative corresponding area in the IPM image and determine a quantitative threshold for evaluating the volume of the acrosome.

  7. Removal of triclosan via peroxidases-mediated reactions in water: Reaction kinetics, products and detoxification.

    Li, Jianhua; Peng, Jianbiao; Zhang, Ya; Ji, Yuefei; Shi, Huanhuan; Mao, Liang; Gao, Shixiang

    2016-06-01

    This study investigated and compared reaction kinetics, product characterization, and toxicity variation of triclosan (TCS) removal mediated by soybean peroxidase (SBP), a recognized potential peroxidase for removing phenolic pollutants, and the commonly used horseradish peroxidase (HRP) with the goal of assessing the technical feasibility of SBP-catalyzed removal of TCS. Reaction conditions such as pH, H2O2 concentration and enzyme dosage were found to have a strong influence on the removal efficiency of TCS. SBP can retain its catalytic ability to remove TCS over broad ranges of pH and H2O2 concentration, while the optimal pH and H2O2 concentration were 7.0 and 8μM, respectively. 98% TCS was removed with only 0.1UmL(-1) SBP in 30min reaction time, while an HRP dose of 0.3UmL(-1) was required to achieve the similar conversion. The catalytic performance of SBP towards TCS was more efficient than that of HRP, which can be explained by catalytic rate constant (KCAT) and catalytic efficiency (KCAT/KM) for the two enzymes. MS analysis in combination with quantum chemistry computation showed that the polymerization products were generated via CC and CO coupling pathways. The polymers were proved to be nontoxic through growth inhibition of green alga (Scenedesmus obliquus). Taking into consideration of the enzymatic treatment cost, SBP may be a better alternative to HRP upon the removal and detoxification of TCS in water/wastewater treatment. PMID:26921508

  8. Assessment of DFT methods for computing activation energies of Mo/W-mediated reactions.

    Hu, Lianrui; Chen, Hui

    2015-10-13

    Using high level ab initio coupled cluster calculations as reference, the performances of 15 commonly used density functionals (DFs) on activation energy calculations for typical Mo/W-mediated reactions have been systematically assessed for the first time in this work. The selected representative Mo/W-mediated reactions cover a wide range from enzymatic reactions to organometallic reactions, which include Mo-catalyzed aldehyde oxidation (aldehyde oxidoreductase), Mo-catalyzed dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) reduction (DMSO reductase), W-catalyzed acetylene hydration (acetylene hydratase), Mo/W-mediated olefin metathesis, Mo/W-mediated olefin epoxidation, W-mediated alkyne metathesis, and W-mediated C-H bond activation. Covering both Mo- and W-mediated reactions, four DFs of B2GP-PLYP, M06, B2-PLYP, and B3LYP are uniformly recommended with and without DFT empirical dispersion correction. Among these four DFs, B3LYP is notably improved in performance by DFT empirical dispersion correction. In addition to the absolute value of calculation error, if the trend of DFT results is also a consideration, B2GP-PLYP, B2-PLYP, and M06 keep better performance than other functionals tested and constitute our final recommendation of DFs for both Mo- and W-mediated reactions. PMID:26574251

  9. Reaction limited aggregation in surfactant-mediated epitaxy

    A theoretical model for reaction limited aggregation (RLA) is introduced to study the effect of a monolayer of surfactant on the formation of two-dimensional islands in heteroepitaxial and homoepitaxial growth. In this model the basic atomic processes are considered as follows. A stable island consists of the adatoms that have exchanged positions with the surfactant atoms beneath them. Movable active adatoms may (a) diffuse on the surfactant terrace, (b) exchange positions with the surfactant atoms beneath them and become island seeds (seed exchange), or (c) stick to stable islands and become stuck but still active adatoms. The rate-limiting step for the formation of a stable island is the seed exchange. Furthermore, a stuck but still active adatom must overcome a sizable potential-energy barrier to exchange positions with the surfactant atom beneath it and become a member of the stable island (aided exchange). The seed exchange process can occur with an adatom or collectively with an addimer. In the case of dimer exchange, the diffusing adatoms on the surfactant terrace can meet and (after exchanging) form stable dimers, which can then become island seeds. Systematic kinetic Monte Carlo simulations and rate-equation analysis of the model are carried out. The key finding of these simulations is that a counterintuitive fractal-to-compact island shape transition can be induced either by increasing deposition flux or by decreasing growth temperature. This major qualitative conclusion is valid for both the monomer and the dimer seed exchanges and for two different substrate lattices (square and triangular, respectively), although there are some quantitative differences in the flux and temperature dependence of the island density. The shape transition observed is contrary to the prediction of the classic diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA) theory, but in excellent qualitative agreement with recent experiments. In rationalizing the main finding, it is crucial to realize

  10. Acrosome integrity as a sensitive marker of sperm quality

    Pěknicová, Jana; Chládek, David; Kyselová, Vendula; Teplá, O.; Čapková, Jana

    Rhodos : ASRI, 2003, s. 131-132. [Congress of the european society for reproductive and developmental immunology /4./. Rhodos (GR), 04.06.2003-06.06.2003] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA204/02/1373; GA MZd NJ7463 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z5052915 Keywords : monoclonal antibody * acrosome integrity * IVF Subject RIV: EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology

  11. Manganese-Mediated Coupling Reaction of Vinylarenes and Aliphatic Alcohols

    Zhang, Wei; Wang, Nai-Xing; Bai, Cui-Bing; Wang, Yan-Jing; Lan, Xing-Wang; Xing, Yalan; Li, Yi-He; Wen, Jia-Long

    2015-10-01

    Alcohols and alkenes are the most abundant and commonly used organic building blocks in the large-scale chemical synthesis. Herein, this is the first time to report a novel and operationally simple coupling reaction of vinylarenes and aliphatic alcohols catalyzed by manganese in the presence of TBHP (tert-butyl hydroperoxide). This coupling reaction provides the oxyalkylated products of vinylarenes with good regioselectivity and accomplishes with the principles of step-economies. A possible reaction mechanism has also been proposed.

  12. Comparison of Inflammatory Events during Developing Immunoglobulin E-Mediated Late-Phase Reactions and Delayed-Hypersensitivity Reactions

    Zweiman, Burton; Moskovitz, Anne R.; von Allmen, Carolyn

    1998-01-01

    To compare cellular and mediator responses in early developing late-phase skin reactions (LPR) and delayed-hypersensitivity (DH) reactions in the same subjects, responses in skin chambers overlying sites of challenge with pollen antigen and Candida albicans antigens were compared in six humans with demonstrated prominent LPR and DH responses. Histamine levels in overlying chamber fluids at 1 h were much higher at LPR than at DH sites (P = 0.002). After the next 4 h, leukocyte exudation was hi...

  13. Mediated priming in the lexical decision task : Evidence from event-related potentials and reaction time

    Chwilla, DJ; Kolk, HHJ; Mulder, G

    2000-01-01

    Mediated priming (e.g., from LION to STRIPES vis TIGER) is predicted by spreading activation models hut only by some integration model. The goal of the present research was to localize mediated priming by assessing two-step priming effects on N400 and reaction times (RT). We propose that the N400 pr

  14. Benzoxazinone-Mediated Triazine Degradation: A Proposed Reaction Mechanism.

    Willett, C D; Lerch, R N; Lin, C-H; Goyne, K W; Leigh, N D; Roberts, C A

    2016-06-22

    The role of benzoxazinones (Bx, 2-hydroxy-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one) in triazine resistance in plants has been studied for over half a century. In this research, fundamental parameters of the reaction between DIBOA-Glc (2-β-d-glucopyranosyloxy-4-hydroxy-1,4-benzoxazin-3-one) and atrazine (ATR, 6-chloro-N-ethyl-N'-(1-methylethyl)-1,3,5-triazine-2,4-diamine) were examined. Through a series of experiments employing a variety of chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques, the DIBOA-Glc/ATR reaction was characterized in terms of reactant and product kinetics, stoichiometry, identification of a reaction intermediate, and reaction products formed. Results of these experiments demonstrated that the reaction mechanism proceeds via nucleophilic attack of the hydroxamic acid moiety of DIBOA-Glc at the C-2 position of the triazine ring to form hydroxyatrazine (HA, 2-hydroxy-4-ethylamino-6-isopropylamino-s-triazine), with associated degradation of DIBOA-Glc. Degradation of reactants followed first-order kinetics with a noncatalytic role of DIBOA-Glc. A reaction intermediate was identified as a DIBOA-Glc-HA conjugate, indicating a 1:1 DIBOA-Glc:ATR stoichiometry. Reaction products included HA and Cl(-), but definitive identification of DIBOA-Glc reaction product(s) was not attained. With these reaction parameters elucidated, DIBOA-Glc can be evaluated in terms of its potential for a myriad of applications, including its use to address the problem of widespread ATR contamination of soil and water resources. PMID:27215133

  15. MARCKS protein is phosphorylated and regulates calcium mobilization during human acrosomal exocytosis.

    Marcelo J Rodriguez Peña

    Full Text Available Acrosomal exocytosis is a calcium-regulated exocytosis that can be triggered by PKC activators. The involvement of PKC in acrosomal exocytosis has not been fully elucidated, and it is unknown if MARCKS, the major substrate for PKC, participates in this exocytosis. Here, we report that MARCKS is expressed in human spermatozoa and localizes to the sperm head and the tail. Calcium- and phorbol ester-triggered acrosomal exocytosis in permeabilized sperm was abrogated by different anti-MARCKS antibodies raised against two different domains, indicating that the protein participates in acrosomal exocytosis. Interestingly, an anti-phosphorylated MARCKS antibody was not able to inhibit secretion. Similar results were obtained using recombinant proteins and phospho-mutants of MARCKS effector domain (ED, indicating that phosphorylation regulates MARCKS function in acrosomal exocytosis. It is known that unphosphorylated MARCKS sequesters PIP2. This phospholipid is the precursor for IP3, which in turn triggers release of calcium from the acrosome during acrosomal exocytosis. We found that PIP2 and adenophostin, a potent IP3-receptor agonist, rescued MARCKS inhibition in permeabilized sperm, suggesting that MARCKS inhibits acrosomal exocytosis by sequestering PIP2 and, indirectly, MARCKS regulates the intracellular calcium mobilization. In non-permeabilized sperm, a permeable peptide of MARCKS ED also inhibited acrosomal exocytosis when stimulated by a natural agonist such as progesterone, and pharmacological inducers such as calcium ionophore and phorbol ester. The preincubation of human sperm with the permeable MARCKS ED abolished the increase in calcium levels caused by progesterone, demonstrating that MARCKS regulates calcium mobilization. In addition, the phosphorylation of MARCKS increased during acrosomal exocytosis stimulated by the same activators. Altogether, these results show that MARCKS is a negative modulator of the acrosomal exocytosis

  16. Multicomponent asymmetric reactions mediated by proline lithium salt

    Renzi, Polyssena; Overgaard, Jacob; Bella, Marco

    2010-01-01

    The multicomponent reaction between proline lithium salt, 2-cyclohexen-1-one and aliphatic aldehydes affords the 4- alkylidene-2-cyclohexen-1-ones, which are interesting fragrances, and bicyclic amino acids that bear four additional stereocenters, obtained as single stereoisomer....

  17. Solvent-free microwave-mediated Michael addition reactions

    H Surya Prakash Rao; S Jothilingam

    2005-07-01

    Facile Michael addition of active methylene compounds to ,-unsaturated carbonyl compounds takes place on the surface of potassium carbonate under microwave irradiation. Further studies on microwave-mediated Robinson annulations reveal a convenient and facile method for condensation of chalcone with methylene compounds to furnish cyclohexenones.

  18. Synthesis of novel photochromic pyrans via palladium-mediated reactions

    Böttcher, Christoph; Zeyat, Gehad; Ahmed, Saleh A.; Irran, Elisabeth; Cordes, Thorben; Elsner, Cord; Zinth, Wolfgang; Rueck-Braun, Karola

    2009-01-01

    Photochromic pyrans for applications in material and life sciences were synthesized via palladium-mediated cyanation, carbonylation and Sonogashira cross-coupling starting from a bromo-substituted naphthopyran and benzopyrans. A novel photoswitchable benzopyran-based ω-amino acid for Fmoc-based soli

  19. Acrosome damage and enzyme leakage of goat spermatozoa during dilution, cooling and freezing.

    Chauhan, M S; Kapila, R; Gandhi, K K; Anand, S R

    1994-01-01

    Semen of Jamunapari goat bucks was frozen in three diluents egg yolk-tris, egg yolk/citrate/glucose, and skim milk/egg yolk. In fresh ejaculated semen over 90% of the spermatozoa had normal head and acrosome morphology. Quantification of goat sperm structure with Giemsa stain revealed significant (P goat sperm was protrusion at the anterior cap, broken tail, swelling of acrosome, and loss of acrosomal contents. The leakage of five enzymes GOT, GPT, hyaluronoglucosaminidase, acid phosphatase, and alkaline phosphatase measured simultaneously revealed a positive correlation between enzyme release and acrosomal damage. PMID:8185056

  20. Polymerase chain reaction-mediated DNA fingerprinting for epidemiological studies on Campylobacter spp

    Giesendorf, B A; Goossens, H; Niesters, H G; Van Belkum, A; Koeken, A; Endtz, H P; Stegeman, H; Quint, W G

    1994-01-01

    The applicability of polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-mediated DNA typing, with primers complementary to dispersed repetitive DNA sequences and arbitrarily chosen DNA motifs, to study the epidemiology of campylobacter infection was evaluated. With a single PCR reaction and simple gel electrophoresis,

  1. Synthesis of novel photochromic pyrans via palladium-mediated reactions

    Christoph Böttcher

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Photochromic pyrans for applications in material and life sciences were synthesized via palladium-mediated cyanation, carbonylation and Sonogashira cross-coupling starting from bromo-substituted naphthopyran 1 and benzopyrans 2a/b. A novel photoswitchable benzopyran-based ω-amino acid 6 for Fmoc-based solid-phase peptide synthesis is presented. The photochromic behaviour of the 3-cyano-substituted benzopyran 5a was investigated by time-resolved absorption spectroscopy in the picosecond time domain.

  2. Oocyte specific oolemmal SAS1B involved in sperm binding through intra-acrosomal SLLP1 during fertilization

    Sachdev, Monika; Mandal, Arabinda; Mulders, Sabine; Digilio, Laura C.; Panneerdoss, Subbarayalu; Suryavathi, Viswanadhapalli; Pires, Eusebio; Klotz, Kenneth L.; Hermens, Laura; Herrero, Maria Belen; Flickinger, Charles J.; van Duin, Marcel; Herr, John C.

    2011-01-01

    Molecular mechanisms by which fertilization competent acrosome-reacted sperm bind to the oolemma remain uncharacterized. To identify oolemmal binding partner(s) for sperm acrosomal ligands, affinity panning was performed with mouse oocyte lysates using sperm acrosomal protein, SLLP1 as a target. An oocyte specific membrane metalloproteinase, SAS1B (Sperm Acrosomal SLLP1 Binding), was identified as a SLLP1 binding partner. cDNA cloning revealed six SAS1B splice variants, each containing a zinc...

  3. THE ADDITION OF CAFFEINE IN EARLE’S BALANCED SALT SOLUTION MEDIA WITH WASHING UP METHOD INCREASE MEMBRANE INTEGRITY AND ACROSOMAL SPERM

    B. K. Satriyasa; and A. N. Mahendra

    2014-01-01

    Background: caffeine, a methylxanthine derivate, appears to inhibit phosphodiesterase, thereby inhibiting the break down of cAMP and increasing its concentration inside cell. This study aims to assess the effect of caffeine addition in Earles’s Balanced Salt Solution (EBSS) on the increase in membrane integrity and acrosome reaction of spermatozoa using swim up method. Methods: This study was carried out at the Clinic of Sexology and Andrology, Sanglah Public Hospital at Denpasar Bali-Indones...

  4. THE ADDITION OF CAFFEINE IN EARLE’S BALANCED SALT SOLUTION MEDIA WITH WASHING UP METHOD INCREASE MEMBRANE INTEGRITY AND ACROSOMAL SPERM

    B. K. Satriyasa

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: caffeine, a methylxanthine derivate, appears to inhibit phosphodiesterase, thereby inhibiting the break down of cAMP and increasing its concentration inside cell. This study aims to assess the effect of caffeine addition in Earles’s Balanced Salt Solution (EBSS on the increase in membrane integrity and acrosome reaction of spermatozoa using swim up method. Methods: This study was carried out at the Clinic of Sexology and Andrology, Sanglah Public Hospital at Denpasar Bali-Indonesia. This study was an experimental study using the design of pre and post test paired control group design. The samples were sperm specimens of eighteen infertile couple male or volunteers who were infertile with age ranged between 20-40 years old. The samples   were divided into two groups: treatment group (caffeine + EBSS and control group (EBSS. The data were analysed statistically by normality test (Kolmogorov - Smirnov Goodness of Fit Test, Homogeneity test, and Paired Student’s t test.  Results: The results showed that the caffeine addition in EBSS medium could increase significantly (p<0.05.  The integrity of the sperm membrane obtained were from 81.30 % to 86.60 % and acrosomal reaction from 82.60% to 89.60% evaluated by hypo-osmotic swelling test (HOS. The conclusion of this study is that addition of caffeine in EBSS medium increases significantly membrane integrity and acrosomal reaction of the human sperm.

  5. Mechanistic Studies on a Sulfoxide Transfer Reaction Mediated by Diphenyl Sulfoxide/Triflic Anhydride

    Fascione, Martin A; Adshead, Sophie J; Mandal, Pintu K; Kilner, Colin A; Leach, Andrew G; Turnbull, W Bruce

    2012-01-01

    Sulfoxides are frequently used in organic synthesis as chiral auxiliaries and reagents to mediate a wide variety of chemical transformations. For example, diphenyl sulfoxide and triflic anhydride can be used to activate a wide range of glycosyl donors including hemiacetals, glycals and thioglycosides. In this way, an alcohol, enol or sulfide is converted into a good leaving group for subsequent reaction with an acceptor alcohol. However, reaction of diphenyl sulfoxide and triflic anhydride wi...

  6. Bradykinin is a mediator of anaphylactoid reactions during hemodialysis with AN69 membranes

    Verresen, Luc; Fink, Edwin; Lemke, Horst-Dieter; Vanrenterghem, Yves

    1994-01-01

    Bradykinin is a mediator of anaphylactoid reactions during hemodialysis with AN69 membranes. Anaphylactoid reactions (AR) are the most feared complications of hemodialysis. Recently, a high incidence of AR has been reported during dialysis with AN69 membranes in patients treated with ACE inhibitors. Plasma levels of C3a, histamine and bradykinin were measured in 12 patients at the onset of AR during dialysis with AN69. We also investigated bradykinin generation in 10 symptom-free patients dia...

  7. Inflammatory Mediators of Leprosy Reactional Episodes and Dental Infections: A Systematic Review

    Cortela, D. C. B.; A. L. de Souza Junior; Virmond, M. C. L.; E. Ignotti

    2015-01-01

    Reactional episodes in leprosy are a result of complex interactions between the immune system, Mycobacterium leprae, and predisposing factors, including dental infections. To determine the main inflammatory mediators in the immunopathological process of dental infections and leprosy reactions, we conducted a systematic review of primary literature published between 1996 and 2013. A three-stage literature search was performed (Stage I, “leprosy reactions” and “inflammatory mediators”; Stage II...

  8. Effect of disodium cromoglycate on mast cell-mediated immediate-type allergic reactions.

    Shin, Hye-Young; Kim, Jung-Sook; An, Nyeon-Hyoung; Park, Rae-Kil; Kim, Hyung-Min

    2004-04-23

    We investigated the effect of disodium cromoglycate (DSCG) on mast cell-mediated immediate-type hypersensitivity. DSCG inhibited systemic allergic reaction induced by compound 48/80 dose-dependently. Passive cutaneous anaphylaxis was inhibited by 71.6% by oral administration of DSCG (1 g/kg). When DSCG was pretreated at concentration rang from 0.01-1000 g/kg, the serum histamine levels were reduced in a dose dependent manner. DSCG also significantly inhibited histamine release from rat peritoneal mast cell (RPMC) by compound 48/80. We confirmed that DSCG inhibited compound 48/80-induced degranulation of RPMC by alcian blue/nuclear fast red staining. In addition, DSCG showed a significant inhibitory effect on anti-dinitrophenyl IgE-mediated tumor necrosis factor-alpha production. These results indicate that DSCG inhibits mast cell-mediated immediate-type allergic reaction. PMID:15050425

  9. Morphogenesis of the Acrosomal Vesicle During Spermiogenesis in the House Gecko Ptyodactylus hasselquisti (Squamata, Reptilia

    O.A. Al-Dokhi

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The present study aimed to describe the morphogenesis of the acrosomal vesicle during spermiogenesis in the lizard Ptyodactylus hasselquisti. Five adult male lizards were captured during the period of sexual activity (April and May, 2005 from old houses in the city of Riyadh (25 10' N, 46 50' E, Saudi Arabia. Ultrastructural examination revealed proliferation and hypertrophy of Golgi complex elements as the initial event in formation of the acrosomal vesicle. Numerous small vesicles were released from Golgi complex and then coalesced to form a large proacrosomal vesicle which later attached to the proximal surface of spermatid nucleus. A proximal concavity appeared in the spermatid nucleus to completely lodge the acrosomal vesicle, then the spermatid nucleus with the lodged vesicle were transported to be directly apposed to the spermatid plasmalemma. This was associated with the appearance of a single acrosomal granule at the vesicle base. Subsequently, the progressively pushed acrosomal vesicle was flattened on the proximal nuclear surface. Some acrosomal vesicle deformities were also illustrated. The successive morphogenetic stages of the acrosomal vesicle were discussed in comparison with that reported in the previous studies concerned with spermiogenesis in other reptile species.

  10. Rapid assessment of RNAi-mediated protein depletion by selected reaction monitoring (SRM) mass spectrometry

    Glukhova, Veronika A.; Tomazela, Daniela M.; Findlay, Geoffrey D.; Monnat, Raymond J.; MacCoss, Michael J.

    2013-01-01

    We describe the use of a targeted proteomics approach, Selected Reaction Monitoring (SRM) mass spectrometry, to detect and assess RNAi-mediated depletion or ‘knockdown’ of specific proteins from human cells and from Drosophila flies. This label-free approach does not require any specific reagents to confirm the depletion of RNAi target protein(s) in unfractionated cell or whole organism extracts. The protocol described here is general, can be developed rapidly and can be multiplexed to detect...

  11. A Specific Transitory Increase in Intracellular Calcium Induced by Progesterone Promotes Acrosomal Exocytosis in Mouse Sperm.

    Romarowski, Ana; Sánchez-Cárdenas, Claudia; Ramírez-Gómez, Héctor V; Puga Molina, Lis del C; Treviño, Claudia L; Hernández-Cruz, Arturo; Darszon, Alberto; Buffone, Mariano G

    2016-03-01

    During capacitation, sperm acquire the ability to undergo the acrosome reaction (AR), an essential step in fertilization. Progesterone produced by cumulus cells has been associated with various physiological processes in sperm, including stimulation of AR. An increase in intracellular Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)]i) is necessary for AR to occur. In this study, we investigated the spatiotemporal correlation between the changes in [Ca(2+)]i and AR in single mouse spermatozoa in response to progesterone. We found that progesterone stimulates an [Ca(2+)]i increase in five different patterns: gradual increase, oscillatory, late transitory, immediate transitory, and sustained. We also observed that the [Ca(2+)]i increase promoted by progesterone starts at either the flagellum or the head. We validated the use of FM4-64 as an indicator for the occurrence of the AR by simultaneously detecting its fluorescence increase and the loss of EGFP in transgenic EGFPAcr sperm. For the first time, we have simultaneously visualized the rise in [Ca(2+)]i and the process of exocytosis in response to progesterone and found that only a specific transitory increase in [Ca(2+)]i originating in the sperm head promotes the initiation of AR. PMID:26819478

  12. Origin of power laws for reactions at metal surfaces mediated by hot electrons

    Olsen, Thomas

    2009-01-01

    A wide range of experiments have established that certain chemical reactions at metal surfaces can be driven by multiple hot electron mediated excitations of adsorbates. A high transient density of hot electrons is obtained by means of femtosecond laser pulses and a characteristic feature of such experiments is the emergence of a power law dependence of the reaction yield on the laser fluence $Y\\sim F^n$. We propose a model of multiple inelastic scattering by hot electrons, which reproduces this power law and the experimentally found exponents of a large class of experiments, including desorption induced by single or multiple electronic transitions; diffusion and reactions induced by Scanning Tunneling Microscope tips; and chemistry induced by hot electrons generated in a Metal-Insulator-Metal device. All parameters of the model are calculated within Density Functional Theory and the Delta Self-Consistent Field method. With a simplified assumption, that mimics the numerical results, the power law becomes exac...

  13. Origin of Power Laws for Reactions at Metal Surfaces Mediated by Hot Electrons

    Olsen, Thomas; Schiøtz, Jakob

    2009-01-01

    experiments is the emergence of a power law dependence of the reaction yield on the laser fluence Y similar to F-n. We propose a model of multiple inelastic scattering by hot electrons which reproduces this power law and the observed exponents of several experiments. All parameters are calculated within...... density functional theory and the delta self-consistent field method. With a simplifying assumption, the power law becomes exact and we obtain a simple physical interpretation of the exponent n, which represents the number of adsorbate vibrational states participating in the reaction.......A wide range of experiments have established that certain chemical reactions at metal surfaces can be driven by multiple hot-electron-mediated excitations of adsorbates. A high transient density of hot electrons is obtained by means of femtosecond laser pulses and a characteristic feature of such...

  14. Methodological factors affecting the results of staining frozen-thawed fertile and subfertile Japanese Black bull spermatozoa for acrosomal status.

    Almadaly, Essam; El-Kon, Ismail; Heleil, Bassiouni; Fattouh, El-Sayed; Mukoujima, Koushi; Ueda, Takuya; Hoshino, Youichirou; Takasu, Masaki; Murase, Tetsuma

    2012-12-01

    In the present study, some methodological factors affecting the acrosomal staining of frozen-thawed Japanese Black bull spermatozoa were investigated by examining; the effect of fixation/permeabilization procedure on intact acrosome percentage after fluorescein isothiocyanate peanut agglutinin (FITC-PNA) staining, the acrosomal staining patterns by using two types of fluorescent probes FITC-PSA (Pisum Sativum Agglutinin) and FITC-PNA and the effect of staining methods, either smear or vial, on intact acrosome percentage. Then intact acrosome percentage was compared between the samples stained by thus established method and those simply fixed with glutaraldehyde (glutaraldehyde fixation method). A possibility that FITC-PNA staining or the glutaraldehyde fixation methods could detect any difference in intact acrosome percentage or acrosomal staining patterns between fertile and subfertile bulls was also examined. The results showed that (1) 4% paraformaldehyde fixation plus 1% Triton X-100 permeabilization was better than absolute ethanol alone, (2) FITC-PNA acrosomal labeling was more specific than FITC-PSA, (3) sperm suspensions should be smeared and gently processed before acrosomal staining rather than spotted onto glass slides after staining in vial in order to avoid excessive mechanical damage of the sperm acrosome, and (4) staining spermatozoa with FITC-PNA had no major advantages over examination of simply glutaraldehyde fixed sperm samples and both failed to detect any significant difference in intact acrosome percentage between the fertile and the subfertile bulls used here. The present study demonstrates important methodological considerations which need to be taken into account in order to design a reliable and reproducible protocol for the study of the acrosome. PMID:23182469

  15. Immunoglobulin E-mediated hypersensitivity reaction after intraperitoneal administration of vancomycin.

    Hwang, Mun-Ju; Do, Jun-Young; Choi, Eun-Woo; Seo, Joon-Hyuk; Nam, Yoon-Jung; Yoon, Kyung-Woo; Park, Jong-Won; Cho, Kyu-Hyang; Kang, Seok-Hui; Jin, Hyun-Jung

    2015-03-01

    Intraperitoneal (IP) vancomycin is widely used to treat Gram-positive peritonitis associated with peritoneal dialysis. There have been two cases of red man syndrome (RMS), a vancomycin-specific nonimmunologic reaction, associated with IP vancomycin. However, immune-mediated hypersensitivity reaction to IP vancomycin has not yet been reported. A 49 year old woman on continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis developed her first peritonitis episode. The patient was treated with IP vancomycin once/wk for 4 weeks. She experienced mild itching and flushing throughout her body for 1 day after the second treatment. Whenever vancomycin was administered, generalized urticaria and a prickling sensation developed, and the intensity increased gradually; however, these symptoms improved after vancomycin was discontinued. An allergic skin test was performed 6 weeks after the previous urticarial episode, and an intradermal skin test revealed a positive response to vancomycin. To our knowledge, this is the first case report of immunoglobulin E-mediated hypersensitivity reaction to IP vancomycin administration. PMID:26484021

  16. A Peptide-mediated Fenton Reaction in Wood-degrading Fungi

    2002-01-01

    Gt factor is a low-molecular-weight peptide isolated from the extracellular culture of wood-degrading fungus Gloeophyllum trabeum. It is capable of enhancing degradation of cellulose. Its action mechanism was investigated and it was found that Gt factor could reduce Fe3+ to Fe2+. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy revealed in the presence of O2, Gt factor could drive the formation of H2O2 via a superoxide anion O2.- intermediate and mediate the generation of hydroxyl radical HO˙ in a Fenton-type reaction. All these provided evidence for the formation of HO˙ in some wood-degrading fungi.

  17. Proton mediated control of biochemical reactions with bioelectronic pH modulation

    Deng, Yingxin; Miyake, Takeo; Keene, Scott; Josberger, Erik E.; Rolandi, Marco

    2016-04-01

    In Nature, protons (H+) can mediate metabolic process through enzymatic reactions. Examples include glucose oxidation with glucose dehydrogenase to regulate blood glucose level, alcohol dissolution into carboxylic acid through alcohol dehydrogenase, and voltage-regulated H+ channels activating bioluminescence in firefly and jellyfish. Artificial devices that control H+ currents and H+ concentration (pH) are able to actively influence biochemical processes. Here, we demonstrate a biotransducer that monitors and actively regulates pH-responsive enzymatic reactions by monitoring and controlling the flow of H+ between PdHx contacts and solution. The present transducer records bistable pH modulation from an “enzymatic flip-flop” circuit that comprises glucose dehydrogenase and alcohol dehydrogenase. The transducer also controls bioluminescence from firefly luciferase by affecting solution pH.

  18. Dearomatization Reactions of N-Heterocycles Mediated by Group 3 Complexes

    Miller, Kevin L [Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA (United States); Williams, Bryan N [Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA (United States); Benitez, Diego [California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States); Carver, Colin T [Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA (United States); Ogilby, Kevin R [Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA (United States); Tkatchouk, Ekaterina [California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States); Goddard, William A [California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States); Diaconescu, Paula L [Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA (United States)

    2010-01-13

    Group 3 (Sc, Y, Lu, La) benzyl complexes supported by a ferrocene diamide ligand are reactive toward aromatic N-heterocycles by mediating their coupling and, in a few cases, the cleavage of their C-N bonds. When these complexes reacted with 2,2'-bipyridine or isoquinoline, they facilitated the alkyl migration of the benzyl ligand onto the pyridine ring, a process accompanied by the dearomatization of the N-heterocycle. The products of the alkyl-transfer reactions act as hydrogen donors in the presence of aromatic N-heterocycles, ketones, and azobenzene. Experimental and computational studies suggest that the hydrogen transfer takes place through a concerted mechanism. An interesting disproportionation reaction of the dearomatized, alkyl-substituted isoquinoline complexes is also reported.

  19. Proton mediated control of biochemical reactions with bioelectronic pH modulation

    Deng, Yingxin; Miyake, Takeo; Keene, Scott; Josberger, Erik E.; Rolandi, Marco

    2016-01-01

    In Nature, protons (H+) can mediate metabolic process through enzymatic reactions. Examples include glucose oxidation with glucose dehydrogenase to regulate blood glucose level, alcohol dissolution into carboxylic acid through alcohol dehydrogenase, and voltage-regulated H+ channels activating bioluminescence in firefly and jellyfish. Artificial devices that control H+ currents and H+ concentration (pH) are able to actively influence biochemical processes. Here, we demonstrate a biotransducer that monitors and actively regulates pH-responsive enzymatic reactions by monitoring and controlling the flow of H+ between PdHx contacts and solution. The present transducer records bistable pH modulation from an “enzymatic flip-flop” circuit that comprises glucose dehydrogenase and alcohol dehydrogenase. The transducer also controls bioluminescence from firefly luciferase by affecting solution pH. PMID:27052724

  20. Electrochemical detection of glutathione based on Hg(2+)-mediated strand displacement reaction strategy.

    Lv, Yun; Yang, Lili; Mao, Xiaoxia; Lu, Mengjia; Zhao, Jing; Yin, Yongmei

    2016-11-15

    Glutathione (GSH) plays an important role in numerous cellular functions, and the abnormal GSH expression is closely related with many dangerous human diseases. In this work, we have proposed a simple but sensitive electrochemical method for quantitative detection of GSH based on an Hg(2+)-mediated strand displacement reaction. Owing to the specific binding of Hg(2+) with T-T mismatches, helper DNA can bind to 3' terminal of probe DNA 1 and initiate the displacement of probe DNA 2 immobilized on an electrode surface. However, Hg(2+)-mediated strand displacement reaction can be inhibited by the chelation of GSH with Hg(2+), thereby leading to an obvious electrochemical response obtained from methylene blue that is modified onto the probe DNA. Our method can sensitively detect GSH in a wide linear range from 0.5nM to 5μM with a low detection limit of 0.14nM, which can also easily distinguish target molecules in complex serum samples and even cell extractions. Therefore, this method may have great potential to monitor GSH in the physiological and pathological condition in the future. PMID:27240014

  1. Silymarin protects plasma membrane and acrosome integrity in sperm treated with sodium arsenite

    Farzaneh Eskandari

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Exposure to arsenic is associated with impairment of male reproductive function by inducing oxidative stress. Silymarin with an antioxidant property scavenges free radicals. Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate if silymarin can prevent the adverse effects of sodium arsenite on ram sperm plasma membrane and acrosome integrity. Materials and Methods: Ram epidydimal spermatozoa were divided into five groups: spermatozoa at 0 hr, spermatozoa at 180 min (control, spermatozoa treated with silymarin (20 μM + sodium arsenite (10 μM for 180 min, spermatozoa treated with sodium arsenite (10 μM for 180 min and spermatozoa treated with silymarin (20 μM for 180 min. Double staining of Hoechst and propidium iodide was performed to evaluate sperm plasma membrane integrity, whereas comassie brilliant blue staining was used to assess acrosome integrity. Results: Plasma membrane (p< 0.001 and acrosome integrity (p< 0.05 of the spermatozoa were significantly reduced in sodium arsenite group compared to the control. In silymarin + sodium arsenite group, silymarin was able to significantly (p< 0.001 ameliorate the adverse effects of sodium arsenite on these sperm parameters compared to sodium arsenite group. The incubation of sperm for 180 min (control group showed a significant (p< 0.001 decrease in acrosome integrity compared to the spermatozoa at 0 hour. The application of silymarin alone for 180 min could also significantly (p< 0.05 increase sperm acrosome integrity compared to the control. Conclusion: Silymarin as a potent antioxidant could compensate the adverse effects of sodium arsenite on the ram sperm plasma membrane and acrosome integrity.

  2. Autophosphorylation of FGFR1 kinase is mediated by a sequential and precisely ordered reaction.

    Furdui, Cristina M; Lew, Erin D; Schlessinger, Joseph; Anderson, Karen S

    2006-03-01

    Tyrosine phosphorylation of cellular proteins induced by extracellular cues serves as a critical mediator in the control of a great variety of cellular processes. Here, we describe an integrated experimental approach including rapid quench methodology and ESI-LC-MS/MS as well as time-resolved ESI-MS to demonstrate that tyrosine autophosphorylation of the catalytic tyrosine kinase domain of FGF-receptor-1 (FGFR1) is mediated by a sequential and precisely ordered reaction. We also demonstrate that the rate of catalysis of two FGFR substrates is enhanced by 50- to 100-fold after autophosphorylation of Y653 in the activation loop, whereas autophosphorylation of the second site in the activation loop (Y654) results in 500- to 1,000-fold increase in the rate of substrate phosphorylation. We propose that FGFR1 is activated by a two-step mechanism mediated by strictly ordered and regulated autophosphorylation, suggesting that distinct phosphorylation states may provide both temporal and spatial resolution to receptor signaling. PMID:16507368

  3. Involvement of complexin 2 in docking, locking and unlocking of different SNARE complexes during sperm capacitation and induced acrosomal exocytosis.

    Pei-Shiue J Tsai

    Full Text Available Acrosomal exocytosis (AE is an intracellular multipoint fusion reaction of the sperm plasma membrane (PM with the outer acrosomal membrane (OAM. This unique exocytotic event enables the penetration of the sperm through the zona pellucida of the oocyte. We previously observed a stable docking of OAM to the PM brought about by the formation of the trans-SNARE complex (syntaxin 1B, SNAP 23 and VAMP 3. By using electron microscopy, immunochemistry and immunofluorescence techniques in combination with functional studies and proteomic approaches, we here demonstrate that calcium ionophore-induced AE results in the formation of unilamellar hybrid membrane vesicles containing a mixture of components originating from the two fused membranes. These mixed vesicles (MV do not contain the earlier reported trimeric SNARE complex but instead possess a novel trimeric SNARE complex that contained syntaxin 3, SNAP 23 and VAMP 2, with an additional SNARE interacting protein, complexin 2. Our data indicate that the earlier reported raft and capacitation-dependent docking phenomenon between the PM and OAM allows a specific rearrangement of molecules between the two docked membranes and is involved in (1 recruiting SNAREs and complexin 2 in the newly formed lipid-ordered microdomains, (2 the assembly of a fusion-driving SNARE complex which executes Ca(2+-dependent AE, (3 the disassembly of the earlier reported docking SNARE complex, (4 the recruitment of secondary zona binding proteins at the zona interacting sperm surface. The possibility to study separate and dynamic interactions between SNARE proteins, complexin and Ca(2+ which are all involved in AE make sperm an ideal model for studying exocytosis.

  4. Catalyst activation, deactivation, and degradation in palladium-mediated Negishi cross-coupling reactions.

    Böck, Katharina; Feil, Julia E; Karaghiosoff, Konstantin; Koszinowski, Konrad

    2015-03-27

    Pd-mediated Negishi cross-coupling reactions were studied by a combination of kinetic measurements, electrospray-ionization (ESI) mass spectrometry, (31)P NMR and UV/Vis spectroscopy. The kinetic measurements point to a rate-determining oxidative addition. Surprisingly, this step seems to involve not only the Pd catalyst and the aryl halide substrate, but also the organozinc reagent. In this context, the ESI-mass spectrometric observation of heterobimetallic Pd-Zn complexes [L2 PdZnR](+) (L=S-PHOS, R=Bu, Ph, Bn) is particularly revealing. The inferred presence of these and related neutral complexes with a direct Pd-Zn interaction in solution explains how the organozinc reagent can modulate the reactivity of the Pd catalyst. Previous theoretical calculations by González-Pérez et al. (Organometallics- 2012, 31, 2053) suggest that the complexation by the organozinc reagent lowers the activity of the Pd catalyst. Presumably, a similar effect also causes the rate decrease observed upon addition of ZnBr2 . In contrast, added LiBr apparently counteracts the formation of Pd-Zn complexes and restores the high activity of the Pd catalyst. At longer reaction times, deactivation processes due to degradation of the S-PHOS ligand and aggregation of the Pd catalyst come into play, thus further contributing to the appreciable complexity of the title reaction. PMID:25709062

  5. Coupling Solar Energy into Reactions: Materials Design for Surface Plasmon-Mediated Catalysis.

    Long, Ran; Li, Yu; Song, Li; Xiong, Yujie

    2015-08-26

    Enabled by surface plasmons, noble metal nanostructures can interact with and harvest incident light. As such, they may serve as unique media to generate heat, supply energetic electrons, and provide strong local electromagnetic fields for chemical reactions through different mechanisms. This solar-to-chemical pathway provides a new approach to solar energy utilization, alternative to conventional semiconductor-based photocatalysis. To provide readers with a clear picture of this newly recognized process, this review presents coupling solar energy into chemical reactions through plasmonic nanostructures. It starts with a brief introduction of surface plasmons in metallic nanostructures, followed by a demonstration of tuning plasmonic features by tailoring their physical parameters. Owing to their tunable plasmonic properties, metallic materials offer a platform to trigger and drive chemical reactions at the nanoscale, as systematically overviewed in this article. The design rules for plasmonic materials for catalytic applications are further outlined based on existing examples. At the end of this article, the challenges and opportunities for further development of plasmonic-mediated catalysis toward energy and environmental applications are discussed. PMID:26097101

  6. Reacciones transfusionales mediadas inmunológicamente immunologically mediated transfusional reactions

    Elkín Ferdinand Cardona Duque

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Son muchas las complicaciones potenciales de la terapia transfusional, pero la mayoría se presentan en pacientes que requieren múltiples transfusiones. Los riesgos asociados con la transfusión de una unidad sanguínea son realmente bajos pero deben considerarse contra los beneficios que se buscan al ordenarla. Las reacciones transfusionales se pueden clasificar como inmunológicas y no inmunológicas. Muchas de las primeras son causadas por estimulación de los anticuerpos por parte de los antígenos presentes en la transfusión de glóbulos rojos, leucocitos, plaquetas o proteínas del plasma. Esa isoinmunización puede llevar a una reacción futura cuando dichos antígenos sean transfundidos nuevamente al paciente. Entre las posibilidades se incluyen la hemólisis por incompatibilidad; las reacciones febriles o pulmonares causadas por antígenos en las plaquetas o los leucocitos; los fenómenos alérgicos o anafilácticos debidos a anticuerpos que reaccionan con antígenos solubles, generalmente del tipo de proteínas plasmáticas, y otras de menor importancia. The potential complications of blood transfusion therapy are multiple but most of them occur only in patients requiring repeated transfusions. Risks associated with transfusion of a single unit of blood are low; however, they must be weighted against the benefits at the time each transfusion is ordered. Transfusion reactions can be classified as either immunologic or non-immunologic. Many immune reactions are caused by stimulation of antibody production by foreign alloantigens present on transfused red cells, leukocytes, platelets, or plasma proteins. Such alloimmunization may lead to future immunologically mediated reactions when transfusions carrying these antigens are administered. These include hemolytic reactions caused by red blood cell incompatibility; febrile or pulmonary reactions caused by leukocytes and platelet antigens; allergic or anaphylactic reactions caused by

  7. Water mediated hydrogen abstraction mechanism in the radical reaction between HOSO and NO2

    Lesar, Antonija; Tušar, Simona

    2016-05-01

    The effect of water molecules on the direct hydrogen abstraction from HOSO by NO2 was investigated for the first time. Stationary points were located at the B3LYP/6-311+G(2df,2pd) and CCSD/aug-cc-pVDZ levels of theory whereas energetics was further improved by CBS-QB3 and G4 composite methods. The fractions of hydrated radical complexes were estimated in order to assess atmospheric relevance of the title reaction. The energy barrier of the water mediated process becomes negligible. The formations of post-reactive complexes from pre-reactive complexes are energetically very favorable and the processes are spontaneous suggesting that they should be very feasible under atmospheric conditions.

  8. Transition metal mediated [(11) C]carbonylation reactions: recent advances and applications.

    Kealey, Steven; Gee, Antony; Miller, Philip W

    2014-04-01

    [(11) C]Carbon monoxide is undoubtedly a highly versatile radiolabelling synthon with many potential applications for the synthesis of positron emission tomography (PET) tracer molecules and functional groups, but why has it not found more applications in the PET radiolabelling arena? Today, (11) CO radiolabelling is still primarily viewed as a niche area; however, there are signs that this is beginning to change as some of the technical and chemistry challenges of producing, handling and reacting (11) CO are overcome. This mini review covers the more recent developments of (11) CO-labelling chemistry and is focused on palladium and rhodium-mediated carbonylation reactions that are growing in importance and finding wider application for carbon-11 PET radiotracer development. PMID:24425679

  9. Sperm antibodies, intra-acrosomal sperm proteins, and cytokines in semen in men from infertile couples

    Ulčová-Gallová, Z.; Gruberová, J.; Vrzalová, J.; Bibková, K.; Pěknicová, Jana; Mičanová, Z.; Topolčan, O.

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 61, č. 3 (2009), s. 236-245. ISSN 1046-7408 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50520701 Keywords : intra-acrosomal protein * cytokines * infertility Subject RIV: EC - Immunology Impact factor: 2.172, year: 2009

  10. Direct spatiotemporal analysis of femtosecond laser-induced plasma-mediated chemical reactions

    Localized, micron to millimetre-scale plasmas resulting from the fleeting interaction between ultrashort laser pulses and matter have been studied extensively in inert atmospheres. In spite of recent interest in reactive plasmas as a nanofabrication tool, ultrashort pulsed laser ablation in reactive gas atmospheres has undergone little study. In this study, we develop a methodology combining time-resolved optical emission spectroscopy and spectrally filtered time-gated fast photography to directly observe and analyse plasma-mediated chemical reactions that occur when laser ablation is performed in reactive gases. Specifically, we compare the ablation of silicon dioxide in an atmosphere of xenon difluoride gas to its ablation in nitrogen and xenon atmospheres. We show that when xenon difluoride molecules are collisionally driven into an excited state by the silicon plasma produced during laser-induced decomposition of the solid substrate, the gas undergoes dissociation. The resulting fluorine radicals react spontaneously with the silicon plasma to produce volatile fluorinated silicon compounds. In particular, mass spectroscopy shows that the primary reaction byproduct is SiF2 with small amounts of SiF and SiF4. The high spatial and temporal resolution of our methodology reveals a slowly expanding plume having an atomic silicon core with a XeF∗ shell that persists for less than 300 ns. As the silicon is fluorinated, the optical emission due to excited silicon is quenched. The absence of a silicon signal after 300 ns establishes this as the upper limit of the reaction lifetime given the conditions of the experiment. (letter)

  11. Palladium- and copper-mediated N-aryl bond formation reactions for the synthesis of biological active compounds

    Burkhard Koenig

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available N-Arylated aliphatic and aromatic amines are important substituents in many biologically active compounds. In the last few years, transition-metal-mediated N-aryl bond formation has become a standard procedure for the introduction of amines into aromatic systems. While N-arylation of simple aromatic halides by simple amines works with many of the described methods in high yield, the reactions may require detailed optimization if applied to the synthesis of complex molecules with additional functional groups, such as natural products or drugs. We discuss and compare in this review the three main N-arylation methods in their application to the synthesis of biologically active compounds: Palladium-catalysed Buchwald–Hartwig-type reactions, copper-mediated Ullmann-type and Chan–Lam-type N-arylation reactions. The discussed examples show that palladium-catalysed reactions are favoured for large-scale applications and tolerate sterically demanding substituents on the coupling partners better than Chan–Lam reactions. Chan–Lam N-arylations are particularly mild and do not require additional ligands, which facilitates the work-up. However, reaction times can be very long. Ullmann- and Buchwald–Hartwig-type methods have been used in intramolecular reactions, giving access to complex ring structures. All three N-arylation methods have specific advantages and disadvantages that should be considered when selecting the reaction conditions for a desired C–N bond formation in the course of a total synthesis or drug synthesis.

  12. The effect of salmeterol and salbutamol on mediator release and skin responses in immediate and late phase allergic cutaneous reactions

    Petersen, Lars Jelstrup; Skov, P S

    1999-01-01

    clinical and biochemical EAR and LPR in human skin. METHODS: Measurement of wheal and flare reactions to allergen, codeine, and histamine, and LPR (induration) to allergen. Assessment of histamine and prostaglandin D2 (PGD2) release by microdialysis technique in EAR, and measurement of mediators in LPR by...

  13. The Influence of Receptor-Mediated Interactions on Reaction-Diffusion Mechanisms of Cellular Self-organisation

    Klika, Václav; Baker, R. E.; Headon, D.; Gaffney, E. A.

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 74, č. 4 (2012), s. 935-957. ISSN 0092-8240 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20760514 Keywords : reaction-diffusion * receptor-mediated patterning * turing models Subject RIV: BO - Biophysics Impact factor: 2.023, year: 2012 http://www.springerlink.com/content/9713544x6871w4n6/?MUD=MP

  14. Redox reactions induced by nitrosative stress mediate protein misfolding and mitochondrial dysfunction in neurodegenerative diseases.

    Gu, Zezong; Nakamura, Tomohiro; Lipton, Stuart A

    2010-06-01

    Overstimulation of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-type glutamate receptors accounts, at least in part, for excitotoxic neuronal damage, potentially contributing to a wide range of acute and chronic neurologic diseases. Neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD), manifest deposits of misfolded or aggregated proteins, and result from synaptic injury and neuronal death. Recent studies have suggested that nitrosative stress due to generation of excessive nitric oxide (NO) can mediate excitotoxicity in part by triggering protein misfolding and aggregation, and mitochondrial fragmentation in the absence of genetic predisposition. S-Nitrosylation, or covalent reaction of NO with specific protein thiol groups, represents a convergent signal pathway contributing to NO-induced protein misfolding and aggregation, compromised dynamics of mitochondrial fission-fusion process, thus leading to neurotoxicity. Here, we review the effect of S-nitrosylation on protein function under excitotoxic conditions, and present evidence suggesting that NO contributes to protein misfolding and aggregation via S-nitrosylating protein-disulfide isomerase or the E3 ubiquitin ligase parkin, and mitochondrial fragmentation through beta-amyloid-related S-nitrosylation of dynamin-related protein-1. Moreover, we also discuss that inhibition of excessive NMDA receptor activity by memantine, an uncompetitive/fast off-rate (UFO) drug can ameliorate excessive production of NO, protein misfolding and aggregation, mitochondrial fragmentation, and neurodegeneration. PMID:20333559

  15. Acrosome membrane integrity and cryocapacitation are related to cholesterol content of bull spermatozoa

    Srivastava N; Srivastava SK; Ghosh SK; Amit Kumar; Perumal P; Jerome A

    2013-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the cryoinjury prediction of spermatozoa in relation to its cholesterol content at fresh and frozen-thaw stages. Methods: Ejaculates (n=12) were processed for cryopreservation, acrosome integrity (fluorescent and giemsa stains), cryoinjury (distribution of non capacitated, capacitated and acrosome reacted, pattern F, B and AR, respectively of Chlortetracycline, CTC assay), in vitro fertiltiy (IVF) and cholesterol content of spermatozoa at fresh, pre-freeze and frozen-thaw stages were evaluated. Values were fitted in prediction equation to predict acrosome integrity (AI) and cryoinjury. Results: Study indicated that cholesterol content of fresh spermatozoa can be used to predict cholesterol content of spermatozoa at pre-freeze and frozen-thaw stages of cryopreservation protocol with medium to high level of accuracy (P<0.05 and P<0.01, respectively). Cholesterol content of fresh spermatozoa can be used to predict AI, pattern B and AR and Penetration Index (PI) of IVF with medium level of accuracy (P<0.05) at frozen-thaw but not at pre-freeze stage. Similarly cholesterol content of frozen-thaw spermatozoa can be used to predict AI and pattern AR of frozen-thaw spermatozoa with medium level of accuracy (P<0.05). Conclusion: This study revealed strong evidence that cholesterol content of fresh as well as frozen-thaw bull spermatozoa can be a good predictor of level of cryoinjury following preservation at ultra low temperature.

  16. LiOOt-Bu as a terminal oxidant in a titanium alkoxide-mediated [2+2+2] reaction cascade☆

    Kim, Wan Shin; Aquino, Claudio; Mizoguchi, Haruki; Micalizio, Glenn C.

    2015-01-01

    LiOOt-Bu is an effective oxidant for converting the penultimate organometallic intermediate generated in a titanium alkoxide-mediated [2+2+2] reaction cascade to an allylic alcohol. Oxidation of the presumed allylic titanium species is highly regioselective, providing direct access to substituted hydroindanes containing a primary allylic alcohol. In addition to demonstrating the feasibility of this oxidation process, we document the ability to convert the primary allylic alcohol products to angularly substituted cis-fused hydroindanes. PMID:26097265

  17. A route to hydroxylfluorenes: TsOH-mediated condensation reactions of 1,3-diketones with propargylic alcohols

    Yao, Liangfeng

    2012-01-01

    An efficient method of preparing hydroxylfluorenes by TsOH-mediated tandem alkylation/rearrangements of propargylic alcohols with 1,3-diketones is described. These reactions are accomplished in moderate to good yields under mild conditions to offer a straightforward and convenient one step synthetic route to hydroxylfluorene derivatives through a plausible mechanism involving a sequence of dehydration, addition, rearrangement and aromatization. This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2012.

  18. Effect of cholesterol-loaded-cyclodextrin on sperm viability and acrosome reaction in boar semen cryopreservation.

    Lee, Yong-Seung; Lee, Seunghyung; Lee, Sang-Hee; Yang, Boo-Keun; Park, Choon-Keun

    2015-08-01

    This study was undertaken to examine the effect of cholesterol-loaded-cyclodextrin (CLC) on boar sperm viability and spermatozoa cryosurvival during boar semen cryopreservation, and methyl-β-cyclodextrin (MBCD) was treated for comparing with CLC. Boar semen treated with CLC and MBCD before freezing process to monitor the effect on survival and capacitation status by flow cytometry with appropriate fluorescent probes. Sperm viability was higher in 1.5mg CLC-treated sperm (76.9±1.01%, Psemen, in which CLC treatment prior to freezing and thawing increased the development of oocytes to blastocyst stage in vitro. In conclusion, CLC could protect the viability of spermatozoa from cryodamage prior to cryopreservation in boar semen. PMID:26091957

  19. One-Pot Synthesis of (S)-Baclofen via Aldol Condensation of Acetaldehyde with Diphenylprolinol Silyl Ether Mediated Asymmetric Michael Reaction as a Key Step.

    Hayashi, Yujiro; Sakamoto, Daisuke; Okamura, Daichi

    2016-01-01

    An efficient asymmetric total synthesis of (S)-baclofen was accomplished via a one-pot operation from commercially available materials using sequential reactions, such as aldol condensation of acetaldehyde, diphenylprolinol silyl ether mediated asymmetric Michael reaction of nitromethane, Kraus-Pinnick oxidation, and Raney Ni reduction. Highly enantioenriched baclofen was obtained in one pot with a good yield over four reactions. PMID:26636719

  20. Mosla dianthera inhibits mast cell-mediated allergic reactions through the inhibition of histamine release and inflammatory cytokine production

    In this study, we investigated the effect of the aqueous extract of Mosla dianthera (Maxim.) (AEMD) on the mast cell-mediated allergy model and studied the possible mechanism of action. Mast cell-mediated allergic disease is involved in many diseases such as asthma, sinusitis and rheumatoid arthritis. The discovery of drugs for the treatment of allergic disease is an important subject in human health. AEMD inhibited compound 48/80-induced systemic reactions in mice. AEMD decreased immunoglobulin E-mediated local allergic reactions, passive cutaneous anaphylaxis. AEMD attenuated intracellular calcium level and release of histamine from rat peritoneal mast cells activated by compound 48/80. Furthermore, AEMD attenuated the phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) and calcium ionophore A23187-stimulated TNF-α, IL-8 and IL-6 secretion in human mast cells. The inhibitory effect of AEMD on the pro-inflammatory cytokines was nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) dependent. AEMD decreased PMA and A23187-induced degradation of IκBα and nuclear translocation of NF-κB. Our findings provide evidence that AEMD inhibits mast cell-derived immediate-type allergic reactions and involvement of pro-inflammatory cytokines and NF-κB in these effects

  1. Cu-Mediated Stille Reactions of Sterically Congested Fragments: Towards the Total Synthesis of Zoanthamine

    Nielsen, Thomas E.; Le Quement, Sebastian; Juhl, Martin; Tanner, David Ackland

    2005-01-01

    A study on the Stille reaction of alkenyl iodides and starmanes with structural resemblance to retrosynthetic fragments of a projected total synthesis of the marine alkaloid zoanthamine was carried out. A range of reaction conditions was examined, and a protocol developed by Corey utilizing excess...

  2. Computational study of a model system of enzyme-mediated [4+2] cycloaddition reaction.

    Evgeniy G Gordeev

    Full Text Available A possible mechanistic pathway related to an enzyme-catalyzed [4+2] cycloaddition reaction was studied by theoretical calculations at density functional (B3LYP, O3LYP, M062X and semiempirical levels (PM6-DH2, PM6 performed on a model system. The calculations were carried out for the key [4+2] cycloaddition step considering enzyme-catalyzed biosynthesis of Spinosyn A in a model reaction, where a reliable example of a biological Diels-Alder reaction was reported experimentally. In the present study it was demonstrated that the [4+2] cycloaddition reaction may benefit from moving along the energetically balanced reaction coordinate, which enabled the catalytic rate enhancement of the [4+2] cycloaddition pathway involving a single transition state. Modeling of such a system with coordination of three amino acids indicated a reliable decrease of activation energy by ~18.0 kcal/mol as compared to a non-catalytic transformation.

  3. Computational study of a model system of enzyme-mediated [4+2] cycloaddition reaction.

    Gordeev, Evgeniy G; Ananikov, Valentine P

    2015-01-01

    A possible mechanistic pathway related to an enzyme-catalyzed [4+2] cycloaddition reaction was studied by theoretical calculations at density functional (B3LYP, O3LYP, M062X) and semiempirical levels (PM6-DH2, PM6) performed on a model system. The calculations were carried out for the key [4+2] cycloaddition step considering enzyme-catalyzed biosynthesis of Spinosyn A in a model reaction, where a reliable example of a biological Diels-Alder reaction was reported experimentally. In the present study it was demonstrated that the [4+2] cycloaddition reaction may benefit from moving along the energetically balanced reaction coordinate, which enabled the catalytic rate enhancement of the [4+2] cycloaddition pathway involving a single transition state. Modeling of such a system with coordination of three amino acids indicated a reliable decrease of activation energy by ~18.0 kcal/mol as compared to a non-catalytic transformation. PMID:25853669

  4. Computational Study of a Model System of Enzyme-Mediated [4+2] Cycloaddition Reaction

    Gordeev, Evgeniy G.; Ananikov, Valentine P.

    2015-01-01

    A possible mechanistic pathway related to an enzyme-catalyzed [4+2] cycloaddition reac-tion was studied by theoretical calculations at density functional (B3LYP, O3LYP, M062X) and semiempirical levels (PM6-DH2, PM6) performed on a model system. The calculations were carried out for the key [4+2] cycloaddition step considering enzyme-catalyzed biosynthesis of Spinosyn A in a model reaction, where a reliable example of a biological Diels-Alder reaction was reported experimentally. In the presen...

  5. immunologically mediated transfusional reactions Reacciones transfusionales mediadas inmunológicamente

    Elkín Ferdinand Cardona Duque

    2001-01-01

    The potential complications of blood transfusion therapy are multiple but most of them occur only in patients requiring repeated transfusions. Risks associated with transfusion of a single unit of blood are low; however, they must be weighted against the benefits at the time each transfusion is ordered. Transfusion reactions can be classified as either immunologic or non-immunologic. Many immune reactions are caused by stimulation of antibody production by foreign alloantigens present on tran...

  6. IgE-Mediated Hypersensitivity Reactions to Cannabis in Laboratory Personnel

    Herzinger, T; Schöpf, P.; Przybilla, Bernhard; Ruëff, F.

    2011-01-01

    Background: There have been sporadic reports of hypersensitivity reactions to plants of the Cannabinaceae family (hemp and hops), but it has remained unclear whether these reactions are immunologic or nonimmunologic in nature. Objective: We examined the IgE-binding and histamine-releasing properties of hashish and marijuana extracts by CAP-FEIA and a basophil histamine release test. Methods: Two workers at a forensic laboratory suffered from nasal congestion, rbinitis, sneezing and asthmatic ...

  7. Synthesis of S-(-)-5,6-Dihydrocanthin-4-ones via a Triple Cooperative Catalysis-Mediated Domino Reaction.

    Dighe, Shashikant U; Mahar, Rohit; Shukla, Sanjeev K; Kant, Ruchir; Srivastava, Kumkum; Batra, Sanjay

    2016-06-01

    An enantioselective synthesis of S-(-)-5,6-dihydrocanthin-4-ones via a triple cooperative catalysis-mediated domino reaction having a broad substrate scope is reported. The reaction between substituted 1-formyl-9H-β-carbolines and terminal alkynes in the presence of catalytic amounts of Jorgensen-Hayashi catalyst, copper iodide, and Hunig base proceeded via a multicascade route, affording the title compounds in good yields and excellent ees with interesting mechanistic features. These compounds were assessed for in vitro antiplasmodial activity against P. falciparum strains. Additionally, 5,6-dihydrocanthin-4-ones are demonstrated to be a versatile precursor to different fused β-carboline derivatives via simple synthetic transformations. PMID:27159615

  8. Anxiety sensitivity and post-traumatic stress reactions: Evidence for intrusions and physiological arousal as mediating and moderating mechanisms.

    Olatunji, Bunmi O; Fan, Qianqian

    2015-08-01

    A growing body of research has implicated anxiety sensitivity (AS) and its dimensions in the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, the mechanism(s) that may account for the association between AS and PTSD remains unclear. Using the "trauma film paradigm," which provides a prospective experimental tool for investigating analog intrusion development, the present study examines the extent to which intrusions mediate the association between AS and the development of posttraumatic stress reactions. After completing a measure of AS and state mood, unselected participants (n = 45) viewed a 10 min film of graphic scenes of fatal traffic accidents and then completed a second assessment of state mood. Participants then kept a daily diary to record intrusions about the film for a one-week period. Post-traumatic stress reactions about the film were then assessed after the one-week period. The results showed that general AS and physical and cognitive concerns AS predicted greater post-traumatic stress reactions about the film a week later. Furthermore, the number of intrusions the day after viewing the traumatic film, but not fear and disgust in response to the trauma film, mediated the association between general AS (and AS specifically for physical and cognitive concerns) and post-traumatic stress reactions a week later. Subsequent analysis also showed that physiological arousal during initial exposure to the traumatic film moderated the association between general AS and the number of intrusions reported the day after viewing the film. The implications of these analog findings for conceptualizing the mechanism(s) that may interact to explain the role of AS in the development of PTSD and its effective treatment are discussed. PMID:26121496

  9. Acid-mediated reactions under microfluidic conditions: A new strategy for practical synthesis of biofunctional natural products

    Katsunori Tanaka

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Microfluidic conditions were applied to acid-mediated reactions, namely, glycosylation, reductive opening of the benzylidene acetal groups, and dehydration, which are the keys to the practical synthesis of N-glycans and the immunostimulating natural product, pristane. A distinctly different reactivity from that in conventional batch stirring was found; the vigorous micromixing of the reactants with the concentrated acids is critical especially for the “fast” reactions to be successful. Such a common feature might be due to the integration of all favorable aspects of microfluidic conditions, i.e., efficient mixing, precise temperature control, and the easy handling of the reactive intermediate by controlling the residence time. The microfluidic reactions cited in this review indicate the need to reinvestigate the traditional or imaginary reactions which have so far been performed and evaluated only in batch apparatus, and therefore they could be recognized as a new strategy in synthesizing natural products of prominent biological activity in a “practical” and a “industrial” manner.

  10. Stereoselective Michael Addition and Michael-aldol Tandem Reaction of Diorganyl Diselenides or Disulfides with Conjugated Alkynones Mediated by Samarium Diiodide

    ZHENG Xing-Liang郑兴良; XU Xiao-Liang许孝良; ZHANG Yong-Min张永敏

    2004-01-01

    Stereoselective Michael addition and Michael-aldol tandem reaction of diorganyl diselenides and disulfides with conjugated alkynones mediated by samarium diiodide were studied. The reaction temperature was critical for the stereoselectivity. β-Organylselenoalkenones or β-organylthioalkenones and γ-organylselenoallylic alcohols orγ-organylthioallylic alcohols were prepared in good yields.

  11. Ex Vivo Antioxidant Activity of Selected Medicinal Plants against Fenton Reaction-Mediated Oxidation of Biological Lipid Substrates

    Namratha Pai Kotebagilu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Free radical-mediated oxidation is often linked to various degenerative diseases. Biological substrates with lipids as major components are susceptible to oxygen-derived lipid peroxidation due to their composition. Lipid peroxide products act as biomarkers in evaluating the antioxidant potential of various plants and functional foods. The study focused on evaluation of the antioxidant potential of two extracts (methanol and 80% methanol of four medicinal plants, Andrographis paniculata, Costus speciosus, Canthium parviflorum, and Abrus precatorius, against Fenton reaction-mediated oxidation of three biological lipid substrates; cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein, and brain homogenate. The antioxidant activity of the extracts was measured by thiobarbituric acid reactive substances method. Also, the correlation between the polyphenol, flavonoid content, and the antioxidant activity in biological substrates was analyzed. Results indicated highest antioxidant potential by 80% methanol extract of Canthium parviflorum (97.55%, methanol extract of Andrographis paniculata (72.15%, and methanol extract of Canthium parviflorum (49.55% in cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein, and brain, respectively. The polyphenol and flavonoid contents of methanol extract of Andrographis paniculata in cholesterol (r=0.816 and low-density lipoprotein (r=0.948 and Costus speciosus in brain (r=0.977, polyphenols, and r=0.949, flavonoids correlated well with the antioxidant activity. The findings prove the antioxidant potential of the selected medicinal plants against Fenton reaction in biological lipid substrates.

  12. Ex Vivo Antioxidant Activity of Selected Medicinal Plants against Fenton Reaction-Mediated Oxidation of Biological Lipid Substrates.

    Pai Kotebagilu, Namratha; Reddy Palvai, Vanitha; Urooj, Asna

    2015-01-01

    Free radical-mediated oxidation is often linked to various degenerative diseases. Biological substrates with lipids as major components are susceptible to oxygen-derived lipid peroxidation due to their composition. Lipid peroxide products act as biomarkers in evaluating the antioxidant potential of various plants and functional foods. The study focused on evaluation of the antioxidant potential of two extracts (methanol and 80% methanol) of four medicinal plants, Andrographis paniculata, Costus speciosus, Canthium parviflorum, and Abrus precatorius, against Fenton reaction-mediated oxidation of three biological lipid substrates; cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein, and brain homogenate. The antioxidant activity of the extracts was measured by thiobarbituric acid reactive substances method. Also, the correlation between the polyphenol, flavonoid content, and the antioxidant activity in biological substrates was analyzed. Results indicated highest antioxidant potential by 80% methanol extract of Canthium parviflorum (97.55%), methanol extract of Andrographis paniculata (72.15%), and methanol extract of Canthium parviflorum (49.55%) in cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein, and brain, respectively. The polyphenol and flavonoid contents of methanol extract of Andrographis paniculata in cholesterol (r = 0.816) and low-density lipoprotein (r = 0.948) and Costus speciosus in brain (r = 0.977, polyphenols, and r = 0.949, flavonoids) correlated well with the antioxidant activity. The findings prove the antioxidant potential of the selected medicinal plants against Fenton reaction in biological lipid substrates. PMID:26933511

  13. Formation of Triblock Copolymers via a Tandem Enhanced Spin Capturing-Nitroxide-Mediated Polymerization Reaction Sequence

    Junkers, Thomas; Zang, Lin; Wong, Edgar H. H.; Dingenouts, Nico; Barner-Kowollik, Christopher

    2011-01-01

    The preparation of ABA-type block copolymers via tandem enhanced spin capturing polymerization (ESCP) and nitroxide-mediated polymerization (NMP) processes is explored in-depth. Midchain alkoxyamine functional polystyrenes (M(n) = 6200, 12,500 and 19,900 g mol(-1)) were chain extended with styrene as well as tert-butyl acrylate at elevated temperature NMP conditions (T = 110 degrees C) generating a tandem ESCP-NMP sequence. Although the chain extensions and thus the block copolymer formation ...

  14. Triflic Anhydride-Mediated Beckmann Rearrangement Reaction of Β-Oximyl Amides: Access to 5-Iminooxazolines

    MANGFEI YU; QIAN ZHANG; JIA WANG; PENG HUANG; PENGFEI YAN; RUI ZHANG; DEWEN DONG

    2016-06-01

    Facile and efficient synthesis of 5-iminooxazolines fromΑ, Α-disubstituted Β-oximyl amidesmediated by triflic anhydride $(Tf_{2}O)$ in the presence of 1,8-diazabicyclo(5.4.0)undec-7-ene (DBU) indichloromethane at room temperature is developed, and a mechanism involving tandem Beckmann rearrangementand intramolecular cyclization reaction is proposed.

  15. Synthesis of Highly Substituted Oxazoles through Iodine(III-Mediated Reactions of Ketones with Nitriles

    Yuji Hanzawa

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available In the presence of trifluoromethanesulfonic acid (TfOH or bis(trifluoromethane-sulfonylimide (Tf2NH, iodosobenzene (PhI=O efficiently promoted the reactions of dicarbonyl compounds as well as monocarbonyl compounds with nitriles to give 2,4-disubstituted and 2,4,5-trisubstituted oxazole in a single step under the mild conditions.

  16. Impression Management Messages and Reactions to Organizational Reward Allocations: The Mediating Influence of Fairness and Responsibility.

    Tata, Jasmine; Rhodes, Susan R.

    1996-01-01

    Examines relationships among impression-management messages, evaluations of reward allocations (fairness and responsibility), and reaction to rewards (anger, approval of manager, and overall job satisfaction). Finds that impression-management messages directly influence fairness and responsibility, and indirectly influence anger and approval. (SR)

  17. Adaptive and innate immune reactions regulating mast cell activation: from receptor-mediated signaling to responses

    Tkaczyk, Christine; Jensen, Bettina M; Iwaki, Shoko; Gilfillan, Alasdair M

    2006-01-01

    In this article, we have described studies that have demonstrated that mast cells can be activated as a consequence of adaptive and innate immune reactions and that these responses can be modified by ligands for other receptors expressed on the surface of mast cells. These various stimuli differe...

  18. Transmission electron microscopic observations of acrosome and head abnormalities in impala (Aepyceros melampus sperm from the Kruger National Park

    D.J. Ackerman

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available Sperm morphological features play an important role in semen evaluation. Exposure to a variety of chemical compounds, especially environmental endocrine disrupters, elicit abnormalities in sperm of certain species. Baseline data on ultrastructure of normal sperm as well as abnormalities observed concomitantly, are required before causal links between such substances and abnormalities can be established. Live spermatozoa were collected from the cauda epididymis of 64 impala rams in the Kruger National Park and studied by transmission electron microscopy to document normal sperm features and abnormalities. The following abnormalities of the acrosome and sperm head were documented from micrographs: Loose acrosome in various stages of disintegration, lip forming of the acrosome; bizarre head, crater defect, poor condensation of the nucleus and the Dag defect. The observed abnormalities were very similar to those reported for other members of the Bovidae. Different forms of a hollow sphere, formed by the nucleus and covered by an abnormal acrosome have not previously been described for other species.

  19. Discrimination of Arcobacter butzleri isolates by polymerase chain reaction-mediated DNA fingerprinting

    Atabay, H. I.; Bang, Dang Duong; Aydin, F.; Erdogan, H. M.; Madsen, Mogens

    2002-01-01

    Aims: The objective of this study was to subtype Arcobacter butzleri isolates using RAPD-PCR. Methods and Results: Thirty-five A. butzleri isolates obtained from chicken carcasses were examined. PCR-mediated DNA fingerprinting technique with primers of the variable sequence motifs was used to...... detect polymorphism within the isolates. Eleven distinct DNA profiles were obtained as follows: Of the 35 strains, 10 as profile 4; seven as profile 1; five as profile 3; three as profiles 2 and 9; two as profile 10; one as profiles 5, 6, 7, 8 and 11. Conclusions: Chicken carcasses sold in markets were...

  20. Conserved enzymes mediate the early reactions of carotenoid biosynthesis in nonphotosynthetic and photosynthetic prokaryotes.

    G. A. Armstrong; Alberti, M; Hearst, J E

    1990-01-01

    Carotenoids comprise one of the most widespread classes of pigments found in nature. The first reactions of C40 carotenoid biosynthesis proceed through common intermediates in all organisms, suggesting the evolutionary conservation of early enzymes from this pathway. We report here the nucleotide sequence of three genes from the carotenoid biosynthesis gene cluster of Erwinia herbicola, a nonphotosynthetic epiphytic bacterium, which encode homologs of the CrtB, CrtE, and CrtI proteins of Rhod...

  1. Promotion of a Ti-Mediated Mannich Reaction by a Proton Source.

    Limanto, John; Yoshikawa, Naoki; Reamer, Robert A; Tan, Lushi; Brunskill, Andrew; Reibarkh, Mikhail

    2016-01-15

    Low temperature NMR studies revealed that a diastereoselective Mannich reaction between a phenyl oxazolidone-derived titanium enolate and an aromatic aldimine was found to occur only after introduction of a proton source. While various protic additives could be used to promote the transformation, the best results were obtained using AcOH to afford the corresponding Mannich products in high diastereoselectivities and yields. PMID:26656787

  2. Lewis acid Mediated Aza-Diels-Alder Reactions and Asymmetric Alkylations of 2H-azirines

    Risberg, Erik

    2004-01-01

    This thesis describes the use of 2H-azirines, three-membered unsaturatednitrogen-containing heterocycles, as reactive intermediates ina number of Lewis acid promoted alkylations and Diels-Alderreactions providing synthetically useful aziridines. In order to carry out this investigation a new generalprocedure for the ring closure of vinyl azides, forming theresultant 3-substituted-2H-azirines, was developed applying low boiling solventsin closed reaction vessels at elevated temperatures. The a...

  3. Animal models of complement-mediated hypersensitivity reactions to liposomes and other lipid-based nanoparticles.

    Szebeni, János; Alving, Carl R; Rosivall, László; Bünger, Rolf; Baranyi, Lajos; Bedöcs, Péter; Tóth, Miklós; Barenholz, Yezheckel

    2007-01-01

    Intravenous injection of some liposomal drugs, diagnostic agents, micelles and other lipid-based nanoparticles can cause acute hypersensitivity reactions (HSRs) in a high percentage (up to 45%) of patients, with hemodynamic, respiratory and cutaneous manifestations. The phenomenon can be explained with activation of the complement (C) system on the surface of lipid particles, leading to anaphylatoxin (C5a and C3a) liberation and subsequent release reactions of mast cells, basophils and possibly other inflammatory cells in blood. These reactions can be reproduced and studied in pigs, dogs and rats, animal models which differ from each other in sensitivity and spectrum of symptoms. In the most sensitive pig model, a few miligrams of liposome (phospholipid) can cause anaphylactoid shock, characterized by pulmonary hypertension, systemic hypotension, decreased cardiac output and major cardiac arrhythmias. Pigs also display cutaneous symptoms, such as flushing and rash. The sensitivity of dogs to hemodynamic changes is close to that of pigs, but unlike pigs, dogs also react to micellar lipids (such as Cremophor EL) and their response includes pronounced blood cell and vegetative neural changes (e.g., leukopenia followed by leukocytosis, thrombocytopenia, fluid excretions). Rats are relatively insensitive inasmuch as hypotension, their most prominent response to liposomes, is induced only by one or two orders of magnitude higher phospholipid doses (based on body weight) compared to the reactogenic dose in pigs and dogs. It is suggested that the porcine and dog models are applicable for measuring and predicting the (pseudo)allergic activity of particulate "nanodrugs". PMID:17613700

  4. Telaprevir may induce adverse cutaneous reactions by a T cell immune-mediated mechanism.

    Federico, Alessandro; Aitella, Ernesto; Sgambato, Dolores; Savoia, Alfonso; De Bartolomeis, Fabio; Dallio, Marcello; Ruocco, Eleonora; Pezone, Luciano; Abbondanza, Ciro; Loguercio, Carmela; Astarita, Corrado

    2015-01-01

    The HCV protease inhibitor telaprevir associated with peginterferon-alpha and ribavirin, was widely used in the recent past as standard treatment in HCV genotype-1 infected patients. Telaprevir improves the sustained virology response rates, but at the same time increases the frequency of adverse cutaneous reactions. However, mechanisms through which telaprevir induces cutaneous lesions are not yet defined. A 50-year-old woman, affected by HCV genotype 1b, was admitted to our Department for a telaprevir-related severe cutaneous eruptions, eight weeks after starting a triple therapy (telaprevir associated with Peginterferon-alpha and ribavirin). Mechanisms of cutaneous reactions were investigated by skin tests with non-irritating concentrations of telaprevir and by activating in vitro T lymphocyte with different concentrations. Immediate and delayed responses to skin testing were negative, but the drug-induced lymphocytes activation was significantly higher as compared to patient's baseline values and to parallel results obtained in three healthy subjects (p < 0.05). In conclusion, adverse cutaneous reactions of our patient were caused by a telaprevir-induced T-cell dependent immune mechanism. PMID:25864225

  5. Glycopolymer induction of mouse sperm acrosomal exocytosis shows highly cooperative self-antagonism.

    Rodolis, Maria T; Huang, He; Sampson, Nicole S

    2016-06-01

    Identifying inducers of sperm acrosomal exocytosis (AE) to understand sperm functionality is important for both mechanistic and clinical studies in mammalian fertilization. Epifluorescence microscopy methods, while reproducible, are laborious and incompatible for high throughput screening. Flow cytometry methods are ideal for quantitative measurements on large numbers of samples, yet typically rely on the use of lectins that can interfere with physiologic AE-inducers. Here, we present an optimized triple stain flow cytometric method that is suitable for high-throughput screening of AE activation by glycopolymers. SYTO-17 and propidium iodide (PI) were used to differentiate cells based on their membrane integrity or viability, and membrane impermeable soybean trypsin inhibitor (SBTI) was used to monitor acrosome exocytosis. The SBTI/PI/SYTO-17 combination provides a positive screen for viability and AE of live sperm cells with minimal noise or false positives. A scattering gate enables the use of samples that may be contaminated with non-cellular aggregates, e.g., cryopreservation agents. This assay format enabled detailed analysis of glycopolymer dose response curves. We found that fucose polymer has a narrow effective dose range (EC50 = 1.6 μM; IC50 = 13.5 μM); whereas mannose polymer and β-N-acetylglucosamine polymer have broader effective dose ranges (EC50 = 1.2 μM and 3.4 μM, respectively). These results highlight the importance of testing inducers over a large concentration range in small increments for accurate comparison. PMID:27150629

  6. Synthetic and Mechanistic Studies of Strained Heterocycle Opening Reactions Mediated by Zirconium(IV) Imido Complexes

    Blum, Suzanne A.; Rivera, Vicki A.; Ruck, Rebecca T.; Michael, Forrest E.; Bergman, Robert G.

    2005-01-01

    The reactions of the bis(cyclopentadienyl)(tert-butylimido)zirconium complex (Cp2Zr=N-t-Bu)(THF) (1) with epoxides, aziridines, and episulfides were investigated. Heterocycles without accessible β-hydrogens undergo insertion/protonation of the C–X bond to produce 1,2-amino alcohols (X = O) and 1,2-diamines (X = NR), whereas heterocycles with accessible β-hydrogens undergo elimination/protonation to produce allylic alcohols (X = O) and allylic sulfides (X = S). Mechanistic investigations suppo...

  7. Conserved enzymes mediate the early reactions of carotenoid biosynthesis in nonphotosynthetic and photosynthetic prokaryotes

    Armstrong, G.A.; Hearst, J.E. (Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States) Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (United States)); Alberti, M. (Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (United States))

    1990-12-01

    Carotenoids comprise one of the most widespread classes of pigments found in nature. The first reactions of C{sub 40} carotenoid biosynthesis proceed through common intermediates in all organisms, suggesting the evolutionary conservation of early enzymes from this pathway. The authors report here the nucleotide sequence of three genes from the carotenoid biosynthesis gene cluster of Erwinia herbicola, a nonphotosynthetic epiphytic bacterium, which encode homologs of the CrtB, CrtE, and CrtI proteins of Rhodobacter capsulatus, a purple nonsulfur photosynthetic bacterium. CrtB (prephytoene pyrophosphate synthase), CrtE (phytoene synthase), and CrtI (phytoene dehydrogenase) are required for the first three reactions specific to the carotenoid branch of general isoprenoid metabolism. All three dehydrogenases possess a hydrophobic N-terminal domain containing a putative ADP-binding {beta}{alpha}{beta} fold characteristic of enzymes known to bind FAD or NAD(P) cofactors. These data indicate the structural conservation of early carotenoid biosynthesis enzymes in evolutionary diverse organisms.

  8. Pathogen detection in milk samples by ligation detection reaction-mediated universal array method.

    Cremonesi, P; Pisoni, G; Severgnini, M; Consolandi, C; Moroni, P; Raschetti, M; Castiglioni, B

    2009-07-01

    This paper describes a new DNA chip, based on the use of a ligation detection reaction coupled to a universal array, developed to detect and analyze, directly from milk samples, microbial pathogens known to cause bovine, ovine, and caprine mastitis or to be responsible for foodborne intoxication or infection, or both. Probes were designed for the identification of 15 different bacterial groups: Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus agalactiae, nonaureus staphylococci, Streptococcus bovis, Streptococcus equi, Streptococcus canis, Streptococcus dysgalactiae, Streptococcus parauberis, Streptococcus uberis, Streptococcus pyogenes, Mycoplasma spp., Salmonella spp., Bacillus spp., Campylobacter spp., and Escherichia coli and related species. These groups were identified based on the 16S rRNA gene. For microarray validation, 22 strains from the American Type Culture Collection or other culture collections and 50 milk samples were tested. The results demonstrated high specificity, with sensitivity as low as 6 fmol. Moreover, the ligation detection reaction-universal array assay allowed for the identification of Mycoplasma spp. in a few hours, avoiding the long incubation times of traditional microbiological identification methods. The universal array described here is a versatile tool able to identify milk pathogens efficiently and rapidly. PMID:19528580

  9. Titanium dioxide-mediated heterogeneous photocatalytic degradation of terbufos: Parameter study and reaction pathways

    Wu, R.-J. [Department of Applied Chemistry, Providence University, Taichung 433, Taiwan (China); Chen, C.-C. [Department of General Education, National Taichung Nursing College, Taichung 403, Taiwan (China); Chen, M.-H. [Department of Applied Chemistry, Providence University, Taichung 433, Taiwan (China); Lu, C.-S. [Department of General Education, National Taichung Nursing College, Taichung 403, Taiwan (China)], E-mail: cslu6@ntcnc.edu.tw

    2009-03-15

    The photocatalytic degradation of terbufos in aqueous suspensions was investigated by using titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) as a photocatalyst. About 99% of terbufos was degraded after UV irradiation for 90 min. Factors such as pH of the system, TiO{sub 2} dosage, and presence of anions were found to influence the degradation rate. Photodegradation of terbufos by TiO{sub 2}/UV exhibited pseudo-first-order reaction kinetics, and a reaction quantum yield of 0.289. The electrical energy consumption per order of magnitude for photocatalytic degradation of terbufos was calculated and showed that a moderated efficiency (E{sub EO} = 71 kWh/(m{sup 3} order)) was obtained in TiO{sub 2}/UV process. To obtain a better understanding of the mechanistic details of this TiO{sub 2}-assisted photodegradation of terbufos with UV irradiation, the intermediates of the processes were separated, identified, and characterized by the solid-phase microextraction (SPME) and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) technique. The probable photodegradation pathways were proposed and discussed.

  10. Titanium dioxide-mediated heterogeneous photocatalytic degradation of terbufos: Parameter study and reaction pathways

    The photocatalytic degradation of terbufos in aqueous suspensions was investigated by using titanium dioxide (TiO2) as a photocatalyst. About 99% of terbufos was degraded after UV irradiation for 90 min. Factors such as pH of the system, TiO2 dosage, and presence of anions were found to influence the degradation rate. Photodegradation of terbufos by TiO2/UV exhibited pseudo-first-order reaction kinetics, and a reaction quantum yield of 0.289. The electrical energy consumption per order of magnitude for photocatalytic degradation of terbufos was calculated and showed that a moderated efficiency (EEO = 71 kWh/(m3 order)) was obtained in TiO2/UV process. To obtain a better understanding of the mechanistic details of this TiO2-assisted photodegradation of terbufos with UV irradiation, the intermediates of the processes were separated, identified, and characterized by the solid-phase microextraction (SPME) and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) technique. The probable photodegradation pathways were proposed and discussed

  11. Developmental endothelial locus-1 modulates platelet-monocyte interactions and instant blood-mediated inflammatory reaction in islet transplantation.

    Kourtzelis, Ioannis; Kotlabova, Klara; Lim, Jong-Hyung; Mitroulis, Ioannis; Ferreira, Anaisa; Chen, Lan-Sun; Gercken, Bettina; Steffen, Anja; Kemter, Elisabeth; Klotzsche-von Ameln, Anne; Waskow, Claudia; Hosur, Kavita; Chatzigeorgiou, Antonios; Ludwig, Barbara; Wolf, Eckhard; Hajishengallis, George; Chavakis, Triantafyllos

    2016-04-01

    Platelet-monocyte interactions are strongly implicated in thrombo-inflammatory injury by actively contributing to intravascular inflammation, leukocyte recruitment to inflamed sites, and the amplification of the procoagulant response. Instant blood-mediated inflammatory reaction (IBMIR) represents thrombo-inflammatory injury elicited upon pancreatic islet transplantation (islet-Tx), thereby dramatically affecting transplant survival and function. Developmental endothelial locus-1 (Del-1) is a functionally versatile endothelial cell-derived homeostatic factor with anti-inflammatory properties, but its potential role in IBMIR has not been previously addressed. Here, we establish Del-1 as a novel inhibitor of IBMIR using a whole blood-islet model and a syngeneic murine transplantation model. Indeed, Del-1 pre-treatment of blood before addition of islets diminished coagulation activation and islet damage as assessed by C-peptide release. Consistently, intraportal islet-Tx in transgenic mice with endothelial cell-specific overexpression of Del-1 resulted in a marked decrease of monocytes and platelet-monocyte aggregates in the transplanted tissues, relative to those in wild-type recipients. Mechanistically, Del-1 decreased platelet-monocyte aggregate formation, by specifically blocking the interaction between monocyte Mac-1-integrin and platelet GPIb. Our findings reveal a hitherto unknown role of Del-1 in the regulation of platelet-monocyte interplay and the subsequent heterotypic aggregate formation in the context of IBMIR. Therefore, Del-1 may represent a novel approach to prevent or mitigate the adverse reactions mediated through thrombo-inflammatory pathways in islet-Tx and perhaps other inflammatory disorders involving platelet-leukocyte aggregate formation. PMID:26676803

  12. Molecular Detection of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus by Non-Protein Coding RNA-Mediated Monoplex Polymerase Chain Reaction

    Soo Yean, Cheryl Yeap; Selva Raju, Kishanraj; Xavier, Rathinam; Subramaniam, Sreeramanan; Gopinath, Subash C. B.; Chinni, Suresh V.

    2016-01-01

    Non-protein coding RNA (npcRNA) is a functional RNA molecule that is not translated into a protein. Bacterial npcRNAs are structurally diversified molecules, typically 50–200 nucleotides in length. They play a crucial physiological role in cellular networking, including stress responses, replication and bacterial virulence. In this study, by using an identified npcRNA gene (Sau-02) in Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), we identified the Gram-positive bacteria S. aureus. A Sau-02-mediated monoplex Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) assay was designed that displayed high sensitivity and specificity. Fourteen different bacteria and 18 S. aureus strains were tested, and the results showed that the Sau-02 gene is specific to S. aureus. The detection limit was tested against genomic DNA from MRSA and was found to be ~10 genome copies. Further, the detection was extended to whole-cell MRSA detection, and we reached the detection limit with two bacteria. The monoplex PCR assay demonstrated in this study is a novel detection method that can replicate other npcRNA-mediated detection assays. PMID:27367909

  13. Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells Employing Heteropolyacids as Redox Mediators for Oxygen Reduction Reactions: Pt-Free Cathode Systems.

    Matsui, Toshiaki; Morikawa, Eri; Nakada, Shintaro; Okanishi, Takeou; Muroyama, Hiroki; Hirao, Yoshifumi; Takahashi, Tsuyoshi; Eguchi, Koichi

    2016-07-20

    In this study, the heteropolyacids of H3+xPVxMO12-xO40 (x = 0, 2, and 3) were applied as redox mediators for the oxygen reduction reaction in polymer electrolyte fuel cells, of which the cathode is free from the usage of noble metals such as Pt/C. In this system, the electrochemical reduction of heteropolyacid over the carbon cathode and the subsequent reoxidation of the partially reduced heteropolyacid by exposure to the dissolved oxygen in the regenerator are important processes for continuous power generation. Thus, the redox properties of catholytes containing these heteropolyacids were investigated in detail. The substitution quantity of V in the heteropolyacid affected the onset reduction potential as well as the reduction current density, resulting in a difference in cell performance. The chemical composition of heteropolyacid also had a significant impact on the reoxidation property. Among the three compounds, H6PV3Mo9O40 was the most suitable redox mediator. Furthermore, the pH of the catholyte was found to be the crucial factor in determining the reoxidation rate of partially reduced heteropolyacid as well as cell performance. PMID:27348019

  14. Single primer-mediated circular polymerase chain reaction for hairpin DNA cloning and plasmid editing.

    Huang, Jiansheng; Khan, Inamullah; Liu, Rui; Yang, Yan; Zhu, Naishuo

    2016-05-01

    We developed and validated a universal polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method, single primer circular (SPC)-PCR, using single primer to simultaneously insert and amplify a short hairpin sequence into a vector with a high success rate. In this method, the hairpin structure is divided into two parts and fused into a vector by PCR. Then, a single primer is used to cyclize the chimera into a mature short hairpin RNA (shRNA) expression vector. It is not biased by loop length or palindromic structures. Six hairpin DNAs with short 4-nucleotide loops were successfully cloned. Moreover, SPC-PCR was also applied to plasmid editing within 3 h with a success rate higher than 95%. PMID:26792375

  15. Bacterial discrimination by means of a universal array approach mediated by LDR (ligase detection reaction

    Consolandi Clarissa

    2002-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background PCR amplification of bacterial 16S rRNA genes provides the most comprehensive and flexible means of sampling bacterial communities. Sequence analysis of these cloned fragments can provide a qualitative and quantitative insight of the microbial population under scrutiny although this approach is not suited to large-scale screenings. Other methods, such as denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis, heteroduplex or terminal restriction fragment analysis are rapid and therefore amenable to field-scale experiments. A very recent addition to these analytical tools is represented by microarray technology. Results Here we present our results using a Universal DNA Microarray approach as an analytical tool for bacterial discrimination. The proposed procedure is based on the properties of the DNA ligation reaction and requires the design of two probes specific for each target sequence. One oligo carries a fluorescent label and the other a unique sequence (cZipCode or complementary ZipCode which identifies a ligation product. Ligated fragments, obtained in presence of a proper template (a PCR amplified fragment of the 16s rRNA gene contain either the fluorescent label or the unique sequence and therefore are addressed to the location on the microarray where the ZipCode sequence has been spotted. Such an array is therefore "Universal" being unrelated to a specific molecular analysis. Here we present the design of probes specific for some groups of bacteria and their application to bacterial diagnostics. Conclusions The combined use of selective probes, ligation reaction and the Universal Array approach yielded an analytical procedure with a good power of discrimination among bacteria.

  16. The Effect of the Negotiator's Social Power as a Function of the Counterpart's Emotional Reactions in a Computer Mediated Negotiation

    Shlomo Hareli

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available A negotiator’s own power and their counterpart’s emotional reaction to the negotiation both influence the outcome of negotiations. The present research addressed the question of their relative importance. On one hand, social power should be potent regardless of the other’s emotions. On the other hand, the counterpart’s emotional reactions inform about the ongoing state of the negotiation, and as such are more diagnostic than the more distal power cue. In a simulated computer mediated negotiation, 248 participants assumed the role of a vendor of computerized avionics test equipment and their objective was to negotiate the price, the warranty period, and the number of software updates that the buyer will receive free of charge. Participants negotiated the sale after being primed with either high or low power or not primed at all (control condition. They received information that their counterpart was either happy or angry or emotionally neutral. The findings showed that even though power was an important factor at the start of negotiations, the informative value of emotion information took precedence over time. This implies that emotional information may erase any advantage that counterparts have in a negotiation thanks to their higher social power.

  17. In situ generation of electron acceptor for photoelectrochemical biosensing via hemin-mediated catalytic reaction.

    Zang, Yang; Lei, Jianping; Zhang, Lei; Ju, Huangxian

    2014-12-16

    A novel photoelectrochemical sensing strategy is designed for DNA detection on the basis of in situ generation of an electron acceptor via the catalytic reaction of hemin toward H2O2. The photoelectrochemical platform was established by sequential assembly of near-infrared CdTe quantum dots, capture DNA, and a hemin-labeled DNA probe to form a triple-helix molecular beacon (THMB) structure on an indium tin oxide electrode. According to the highly catalytic capacity of hemin toward H2O2, a photoelectrochemical mechanism was then proposed, in which the electron acceptor of O2 was in situ-generated on the electrode surface, leading to the enhancement of the photocurrent response. The utilization of CdTe QDs can extend the absorption edge to the near-infrared band, resulting in an increase in the light-to-electricity efficiency. After introducing target DNA, the THMB structure is disassembled and releases hemin and, thus, quenches the photocurrent. Under optimized conditions, this biosensor shows high sensitivity with a linear range from 1 to 1000 pM and detection limit of 0.8 pM. Moreover, it exhibits good performance of excellent selectivity, high stability, and acceptable fabrication reproducibility. This present strategy opens an alternative avenue for photoelectrochemical signal transduction and expands the applications of hemin-based materials in photoelectrochemical biosensing and clinical diagnosis. PMID:25393151

  18. The Modification of Cellulosic Surface with Fatty Acids via Plasma Mediated Reactions

    Nada, Ahmed Ali Ahmed

    Much attention has been paid recently to understand the healing process made by the human body, in order to develop new approaches for promoting healing. The wound healing process includes four main phases, namely, hemostatic, inflammatory, proliferation, and remodeling, which take place successively. The human body can provide all the requirements of the healing process in normal wounds, unless there is a kind of deficiency of the skin function or massive fluid losses of vast wounds. Therefore, wound care of non-healing wounds has recently been the growing concern of many applications. The goal of this work is to explore the development of a new cellulose-based wound dressing composite that contain or release wound healing agents attained via dry textile chemical finishing techniques (thermal curing-plasma treatment). The synthesis of different wound healing agents derived from fatty acids and attached chemically to cellulose or even delivered through cyclodextrine modified cellulose are reported in this work. First, free fatty acids, which are obtained from commercial vegetable oils, were identified as wound healing agents. Many of these free acids are known to bind with and deactivate the proteases associated with inflammation at a wound site. Linoleic acid is extracted from commercial products of safflower seed oil while ricinoleic acid is obtained from castor oil. Conjugated linoleic acid was synthesized. Un-conjugated linoleic acid was used to prepare two derivatives namely linoleic azide and allylic ketone of linoleic acid. Different cellulose derivatives such as cellulose peroxide, iododeoxycellulose and cellulose diazonium salt in different degree of substitutions were synthesized in order to facilitate the free radical reaction with the fatty acid derivatives. New modified cellulosic products were synthesized by reacting the cellulosic and the linoleic acid derivatives via thermal or plasma technique and characterized by FT-IR ATR, the wettability test

  19. Triblock polymer mediated synthesis of Ir-Sn oxide electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution reaction

    Li, Guangfu; Yu, Hongmei; Wang, Xunying; Yang, Donglei; Li, Yongkun; Shao, Zhigang; Yi, Baolian

    2014-03-01

    Over the past several decades, tremendous effort has been put into developing cost-effective, highly active and durable electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in the proton exchange membrane water electrolyzer. This report explores an advanced and effective "soft" material-assistant method to fabricate Ir0.6Sn0.4O2 electrocatalysts with a 0.6/0.4 ratio of Ir/Sn in precursors. Adopting a series of characterization methods, the collective results suggest that the surfactant-material F127 content, as an important factor, can efficiently control the formation of Ir-Sn oxides with varying surface properties and morphologies, such as the grainy and rod-shaped structures. Associating with the half-cell and single electrolyzer, it is affirmed that the optimal ratio of (Ir + Sn)/F127 is 100 for the preparation of S100-Ir0.6Sn0.4O2 with obviously enhanced activity and sufficient durability under the electrolysis circumstances. The lowest cell voltages obtained at 80 °C are 1.631 V at 1000 mA cm-2, and 1.820 V at 2000 mA cm-2, when applying S100-Ir0.6Sn0.4O2 OER catalyst and Ti-material diffusion layer on the anode side and Nafion® 115 membrane. Furthermore, the noble-metal Ir loading in the same cell decreases to 0.77 mg cm-2. These results highlight that Ir-Sn oxide synthesized by the soft-material method is a promising OER electrocatalyst.

  20. Biostability and macrophage-mediated foreign body reaction of silicone-modified polyurethanes.

    Christenson, Elizabeth M; Dadsetan, Mahrokh; Hiltner, Anne

    2005-08-01

    In this study, the effect of soft segment chemistry on the phase morphology and in vivo response of commercial-grade poly(ether urethane) (PEU), silicone-modified PEU (PEU-S), poly(carbonate urethane) (PCU), and silicone-modified PCU (PCU-S) elastomers were examined. Silicone-modified polyurethanes were developed to combine the biostability of silicone with the mechanical properties of PEUs. Results from the infrared spectroscopy confirmed the presence of silicone at the surface of the PEU-S and PCU-S films. Atomic force microscopy phase imaging indicated that the overall two-phase morphology of PEUs, necessary for its thermoplastic elastomeric properties, was not disrupted by the silicone modification. After material characterization, the in vivo foreign body response and biostability of the polyurethanes were studied using a subcutaneous cage implant protocol. The results from the cage implant study indicated that monocytes adhere, differentiate to macrophages which fuse to form foreign body giant cells on all of the polyurethanes. However, the silicone-modified surfaces promoted apoptosis of adherent macrophages at 4 days and high levels of macrophage fusion after 21 days. These results confirm that the surface of a biomaterial may influence the induction of apoptosis of adherent macrophages in vivo and are consistent with previous cell culture studies of these materials. This study validates the use of our standard cell culture protocol to predict in vivo behavior and further supports the hypothesis that interleukin-4 is the primary mediator of macrophage fusion and foreign body giant cell formation in vivo. The impact of these findings on the biostability of polyurethanes is the subject of current investigations. Attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared analysis of explanted specimens provided evidence of chain scission and crosslinking at the surface of all of the polyurethanes. The silicone modification did not fully inhibit the oxidative

  1. Acrosomal ultrastructure of stallion spermatozoa cryopreserved with ethylene glycol using two packaging systems.

    Alvarenga, M A; Landim-Alvarenga, F C; Moreira, R M; Cesarino, M M

    2000-11-01

    The present experiments aimed to examine the substitution of glycerol (G) by ethylene glycol (E) as a cryoprotective agent for stallion spermatozoa. Two different ethylene glycol concentrations (5% and 10%) and also the association of glycerol (2%) and ethylene glycol (3%) (E/G) were studied (Experiment 1). In Experiment 2, two packing systems (0.5 x 4.0 ml) were evaluated using both cryoprotectors. In both experiments, the sperm membrane integrity after freezing was evaluated using transmission electron microscopy. The mean post-thaw motility was 34.25, 36.5, 29.25 and 34.75% for G5%, E5%, E10% and E/G, respectively. It was observed that the percentage of motile spermatozoa was significantly smaller (Pcryoprotector used. The ultrastructural evaluation showed 26.7 and 16.0% of intact acrosomes for sperm frozen in 0.5 ml and 4.0 ml straws, respectively. We concluded that ethylene glycol has similar cryoprotective properties to glycerol and that utilisation of 0.5 ml straws improved the ability of horse sperm cells to withstand damage after the cryopreservation process. PMID:11093629

  2. Gas/solid carbon branching ratios in surface-mediated reactions and the incorporation of carbonaceous material into planetesimals

    Nuth, Joseph A.; Johnson, Natasha M.; Ferguson, Frank T.; Carayon, Alicia

    2016-06-01

    We report the ratio of the initial carbon available as CO that forms gas-phase compounds compared to the fraction that deposits as a carbonaceous solid (the gas/solid branching ratio) as a function of time and temperature for iron, magnetite, and amorphous iron silicate smoke catalysts during surface-mediated reactions in an excess of hydrogen and in the presence of N2. This fraction varies from more than 99% for an amorphous iron silicate smoke at 673 K to less than 40% for a magnetite catalyst at 873 K. The CO not converted into solids primarily forms methane, ethane, water, and CO2, as well as a very wide range of organic molecules at very low concentration. Carbon deposits do not form continuous coatings on the catalytic surfaces, but instead form extremely high surface area per unit volume "filamentous" structures. While these structures will likely form more slowly but over much longer times in protostellar nebulae than in our experiments due to the much lower partial pressure of CO, such fluffy coatings on the surfaces of chondrules or calcium aluminum inclusions could promote grain-grain sticking during low-velocity collisions.

  3. Gas/solid carbon branching ratios in surface-mediated reactions and the incorporation of carbonaceous material into planetesimals

    Nuth, Joseph A.; Johnson, Natasha M.; Ferguson, Frank T.; Carayon, Alicia

    2016-07-01

    We report the ratio of the initial carbon available as CO that forms gas-phase compounds compared to the fraction that deposits as a carbonaceous solid (the gas/solid branching ratio) as a function of time and temperature for iron, magnetite, and amorphous iron silicate smoke catalysts during surface-mediated reactions in an excess of hydrogen and in the presence of N2. This fraction varies from more than 99% for an amorphous iron silicate smoke at 673 K to less than 40% for a magnetite catalyst at 873 K. The CO not converted into solids primarily forms methane, ethane, water, and CO2, as well as a very wide range of organic molecules at very low concentration. Carbon deposits do not form continuous coatings on the catalytic surfaces, but instead form extremely high surface area per unit volume "filamentous" structures. While these structures will likely form more slowly but over much longer times in protostellar nebulae than in our experiments due to the much lower partial pressure of CO, such fluffy coatings on the surfaces of chondrules or calcium aluminum inclusions could promote grain-grain sticking during low-velocity collisions.

  4. Enhancement Of The T Cell Mediated Hypersensitivity Reaction By Thymus Extract In GAMMA Irradiated BALB/C Mice

    swelling response caused by gamma radiation. In conclusion, data of the present study showed a beneficial role of thymus extract in combating the negative effect of gamma irradiation on the T cell mediated hypersensitivity reaction.

  5. Synthesis of star and H-shape polymers via a combination of cobalt-mediated radical polymerization and nitrone-mediated radical coupling reactions

    Detrembleur, Christophe; Debuigne, Antoine; Altintas, Ozcan; Conradi, Matthias; Wong, Edgar H. H.; Jerome, Christine; Barner-Kowollik, Christopher; Junkers, Thomas

    2012-01-01

    Via consecutive cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP), nitrone-mediated radical coupling (NMRC) and copper catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC), polymers with mikto-arm star and H-shape architecture were synthesized. Poly(vinyl acetate)(40)-block-poly(acrylonitrile)(78)-Co(acac)(2) polymers were synthesized via CMRC and subsequently coupled using an alkyne functional nitrone. The coupling efficiency of the NMRC process was assessed employing N-tert-butyl alpha-phenyl nitrone (...

  6. tri-n-butyltin hydride-mediated radical reaction of a 2-iodobenzamide: formation of an unexpected carbon-tin bond

    Oliveira, Marcelo T.; Alves, Rosemeire B.; Cesar, Amary [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Dept. de Quimica; Prado, Maria Auxiliadora F.; Alves, Ricardo J.; Queiroga, Carla G. [Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Faculdade de Farmacia. Dept. de Produtos Farmaceuticos]. E-mail: pradora@farmacia.ufmg.br; Santos, Leonardo S. [Universidad de Talca (Chile). Inst. de Quimica de Recursos Naturales; Eberlin, Marcos N. [Universidade Estadual de Campinas, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica

    2007-03-15

    The tri-n-butyltin hydride-mediated reaction of methyl 2,3-di-O-benzyl-4-O-trans-cinnamyl- 6-deoxy-6-(2-iodobenzoylamino)-{alpha}-D-galactopyranoside afforded an unexpected aryltributyltin compound. The structure of this new tetraorganotin(IV) product has been elucidated by {sup 1}H, {sup 13}C NMR spectroscopy, COSY and HMQC experiments and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). The formation of this new compound via a radical coupling reaction and a radical addition-elimination process is discussed. (author)

  7. Post-thaw survival and acrosome integrity of spermatozoa of Leccese rams frozen in different seasons with a milk-egg yolk extender

    Giovanni Martemucci

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The influence of the period of semen collection on post-thawing survival, motility and acrosome integrity of spermatozoain Leccese rams was studied throughout an entire year. The year was divided into the seasons: winter and spring (firstsemester and summer and autumn (second semester. Semen from 5 adult rams was collected every two weeks by artificialvagina and frozen according to a freezing system based on milk-lactose egg yolk to constitute semen doses of 400x 106 spermatozoa. At thawing, survival and acrosomal status of cells were assessed and the motility of the sperm andtheir kinetic rating (scale 0 to 5 score were determined at thawing (0 h, and after 1 and 3 h incubation (37° C.Semen collected during the first semester (winter – spring of the year showed the highest (Plive spermatozoa, with the maximum value in winter (Pas both total proportion of spermatozoa with acrosome break down and spermatozoa without acrosomes.Acrosome integrity was positively correlated (r = 0.32; PMotility of spermatozoa at thawing was not influenced by the period of semen collection. However, after 3 h incubationsperm motility was higher (PA marked individual ram effect was found on freezability of semen.The results provide evidence that the period of semen collection can influence freezability of spermatozoa in Lecceserams. The best characteristics of spermatozoa were observed during the first semester of the year, corresponding to thesexual hypoactivity season for this breed.

  8. [Investigation on Toxoplasma gondii by polymerase chain reaction and loop-mediated isothermal amplification in water samples from Giresun, Turkey].

    Demirel, Elif; Kolören, Zeynep; Karaman, Ulkü; Ayaz, Emine

    2014-10-01

    Toxoplasmosis is generally asymptomatic in immunocompetent subjects, however serious manifestations of the disease may develop in immunocompromised patients and in pregnant women. The mean Toxoplasma gondii seroprevalence which is approximately 40% in Turkish population, indicates the high risk for the development of acute toxoplasmosis in those cases. One of the transmission ways of T.gondii is the consumption of contaminated water. The aim of this study was to detect the presence of T.gondii in the environmental and drinking water samples by using standard polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) methods. A total of 96 water samples, of them 76 were environmental water samples collected from creeks in Giresun province center and its various districts (Piraziz, Bulancak, Keşap, Espiye) and 20 from drinking water samples, were included in the study. The samples were precipitated by the aluminium sulfate method and DNAs were isolated from the pellets formed with the sucrose gradient method. PCR and LAMP were applied to the isolated DNAs, by the use of primers F3 and B3 specific to B1 gene of the parasite. In our study, T.gondii was detected in none of the drinking water samples by PCR and LAMP, however T.gondii DNAs were positive in 13.2% (10/76) of the environmental water samples. Both of the methods yielded the same results in those samples. The stations that were positive for T.gondii were Aksu creek in Giresun province center; Gelivera creek in Espiye; Yolağzı, Keşap, Keşap Login Bridge creeks in Keşap; Bulancak, Karadere and İncivez creeks in Bulancak; Piraziz and Çayırağzı creeks in Piraziz counties. Resistance of T.gondii to chlorination and the inadequacy of the filtration processes, create a serious threat among people in contact with rivers, sea and drinking waters particularly in areas with high humidity. As far as the national literature was considered, no report about the water-borne T

  9. Switching between reaction pathways by an alcohol cosolvent effect: SmI2-ethylene glycol vs SmI2-H2O mediated synthesis of uracils.

    Szostak, Michal; Spain, Malcolm; Sautier, Brice; Procter, David J

    2014-11-01

    A chemoselective switch between reaction pathways by an alcohol cosolvent effect in a general SmI2-mediated synthesis of uracil derivatives is described. The method relies on the use of coordinating solvents to increase the redox potential of Sm(II) and results in a chemoselective 1,2-reduction (SmI2-H2O) or 1,2-migration via in situ generated N-acyliminium ions (SmI2-ethylene glycol, EG). This work exploits the mild conditions of the SmI2-mediated monoreduction of barbituric acids and offers an attractive protocol for the synthesis of uracil derivatives with biological activity from readily accessible building blocks. PMID:25343692

  10. Aminocatalysis-Mediated on-Resin Ugi Reactions: Application in the Solid-Phase Synthesis of N-Substituted and Tetrazolo Lipopeptides and Peptidosteroids.

    Morales, Fidel E; Garay, Hilda E; Muñoz, Daniela F; Augusto, Yarelys E; Otero-González, Anselmo J; Reyes Acosta, Osvaldo; Rivera, Daniel G

    2015-06-01

    A new solid-phase protocol for the synthesis of N-substituted and tetrazolo peptides is described. The strategy relies on the combination of aminocatalysis-mediated on-resin Ugi reactions and peptide couplings for the N-alkylation of peptides at selected sites, including the N-terminal double lipidation, the simultaneous lipidation/biotinylation, and the steroid/lipid conjugation via tetrazole ring formation. The solid-phase Ugi four-component reactions were enabled by on-resin transimination steps prior to addition of the acid and isocyanide components. The strategy proved to be suitable for the feasible incorporation of complex N-substituents at both termini and at internal positions, which is not easily achievable by other solid-phase methods. PMID:25994574

  11. Study on the reactions of azo compounds with acyl halides mediated by Sm/TiCl4 *

    Li, Xue; Zhang, Yong-min

    2006-01-01

    Amides can be obtained in good to excellent yield by Sm/TiCl4 mediated reductive cleavage of N=N bond in azo compounds and successive acylation in one pot. It offers an alternative method for the synthesis of amides from very simple starting materials directly.

  12. Presence and function of dopamine transporter (DAT in stallion sperm: dopamine modulates sperm motility and acrosomal integrity.

    Javier A Urra

    Full Text Available Dopamine is a catecholamine with multiple physiological functions, playing a key role in nervous system; however its participation in reproductive processes and sperm physiology is controversial. High dopamine concentrations have been reported in different portions of the feminine and masculine reproductive tract, although the role fulfilled by this catecholamine in reproductive physiology is as yet unknown. We have previously shown that dopamine type 2 receptor is functional in boar sperm, suggesting that dopamine acts as a physiological modulator of sperm viability, capacitation and motility. In the present study, using immunodetection methods, we revealed the presence of several proteins important for the dopamine uptake and signalling in mammalian sperm, specifically monoamine transporters as dopamine (DAT, serotonin (SERT and norepinephrine (NET transporters in equine sperm. We also demonstrated for the first time in equine sperm a functional dopamine transporter using 4-[4-(Dimethylaminostyryl]-N-methylpyridinium iodide (ASP(+, as substrate. In addition, we also showed that dopamine (1 mM treatment in vitro, does not affect sperm viability but decreases total and progressive sperm motility. This effect is reversed by blocking the dopamine transporter with the selective inhibitor vanoxerine (GBR12909 and non-selective inhibitors of dopamine reuptake such as nomifensine and bupropion. The effect of dopamine in sperm physiology was evaluated and we demonstrated that acrosome integrity and thyrosine phosphorylation in equine sperm is significantly reduced at high concentrations of this catecholamine. In summary, our results revealed the presence of monoamine transporter DAT, NET and SERT in equine sperm, and that the dopamine uptake by DAT can regulate sperm function, specifically acrosomal integrity and sperm motility.

  13. Computational Analysis of AMPK-Mediated Neuroprotection Suggests Acute Excitotoxic Bioenergetics and Glucose Dynamics Are Regulated by a Minimal Set of Critical Reactions.

    Niamh M C Connolly

    Full Text Available Loss of ionic homeostasis during excitotoxic stress depletes ATP levels and activates the AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK, re-establishing energy production by increased expression of glucose transporters on the plasma membrane. Here, we develop a computational model to test whether this AMPK-mediated glucose import can rapidly restore ATP levels following a transient excitotoxic insult. We demonstrate that a highly compact model, comprising a minimal set of critical reactions, can closely resemble the rapid dynamics and cell-to-cell heterogeneity of ATP levels and AMPK activity, as confirmed by single-cell fluorescence microscopy in rat primary cerebellar neurons exposed to glutamate excitotoxicity. The model further correctly predicted an excitotoxicity-induced elevation of intracellular glucose, and well resembled the delayed recovery and cell-to-cell heterogeneity of experimentally measured glucose dynamics. The model also predicted necrotic bioenergetic collapse and altered calcium dynamics following more severe excitotoxic insults. In conclusion, our data suggest that a minimal set of critical reactions may determine the acute bioenergetic response to transient excitotoxicity and that an AMPK-mediated increase in intracellular glucose may be sufficient to rapidly recover ATP levels following an excitotoxic insult.

  14. Computational tools for mechanistic discrimination in the reductive and metathesis coupling reactions mediated by titanium(IV) isopropoxide

    Akshai Kumar; Ashoka G Samuelson

    2012-11-01

    A theoretical study has been carried out at the B3LYP/LANL2DZ level to compare the reactivity of phenyl isocyanate and phenyl isothiocyanate towards titanium(IV) alkoxides. Isocyanates are shown to favour both mono insertion and double insertion reactions. Double insertion in a head-to-tail fashion is shown to be more exothermic than double insertion in a head-to-head fashion. The head-to-head double insertion leads to the metathesis product, a carbodiimide, after the extrusion of carbon dioxide. In the case of phenyl isothiocyanate, calculations favour the formation of only mono insertion products. Formation of a double insertion product is highly unfavourable. Further, these studies indicate that the reverse reaction involving the metathesis of N,N'-diphenyl carbodiimide with carbon dioxide is likely to proceed more efficiently than the metathesis reaction with carbon disulphide. This is in excellent agreement with experimental results as metathesis with carbon disulphide fails to occur. In a second study, multilayer MM/QM calculations are carried out on intermediates generated from reduction of titanium(IV) alkoxides to investigate the effect of alkoxy bridging on the reactivity of multinuclear Ti species. Bimolecular coupling of imines initiated by Ti(III) species leads to a mixture of diastereomers and not diastereoselective coupling of the imine. However if the reaction is carried out by a trimeric biradical species, diastereoselective coupling of the imine is predicted. The presence of alkoxy bridges greatly favours the formation of the d,l (±) isomer, whereas the intermediate without alkoxy bridges favours the more stable meso isomer. As a bridged trimeric species, stabilized by bridging alkoxy groups, correctly explains the diastereoselective reaction, it is the most likely intermediate in the reaction.

  15. Visible-Light-Mediated Synthesis of Amidyl Radicals: Transition-Metal-Free Hydroamination and N-Arylation Reactions.

    Davies, Jacob; Svejstrup, Thomas D; Fernandez Reina, Daniel; Sheikh, Nadeem S; Leonori, Daniele

    2016-07-01

    The development of photoredox reactions of aryloxy-amides for the generation of amidyl radicals and their use in hydroamination-cyclization and N-arylation reactions is reported. Owing to the ease of single-electron-transfer reduction of the aryloxy-amides, the organic dye eosin Y was used as the photoredox catalyst, which results in fully transition-metal-free processes. These transformations exhibit a broad scope, are tolerant to several important functionalities, and have been used in the late-stage modification of complex and high-value N-containing molecules. PMID:27327358

  16. Ex Vivo Antioxidant Activity of Selected Medicinal Plants against Fenton Reaction-Mediated Oxidation of Biological Lipid Substrates

    Namratha Pai Kotebagilu; Vanitha Reddy Palvai; Asna Urooj

    2015-01-01

    Free radical-mediated oxidation is often linked to various degenerative diseases. Biological substrates with lipids as major components are susceptible to oxygen-derived lipid peroxidation due to their composition. Lipid peroxide products act as biomarkers in evaluating the antioxidant potential of various plants and functional foods. The study focused on evaluation of the antioxidant potential of two extracts (methanol and 80% methanol) of four medicinal plants, Andrographis paniculata, Cost...

  17. Concerted action of two avirulent spore effectors activates Reaction to Puccinia graminis 1 (Rpg1)-mediated cereal stem rust resistance

    The barley stem rust resistance gene Reaction to Puccinia graminis 1 (Rpg1), encoding a receptor-like kinase, confers durable resistance to the stem rust pathogen Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici. The fungal urediniospores form adhesion structures with the leaf epidermal cells within 1 h of inocula...

  18. Topics in free radical-mediated DNA damage: purines and damage amplification - superoxic reactions - bleomycin, the incomplete radiomimetic

    Only a small percentage of the DNA damage set by ionizing radiation in the living cell manifests itself as lethal. It is now increasingly accepted that clustered lesions may constitute the kind of damage that the repair enzymes cannot adequately deal with. The question is raised as to whether damage amplification reactions (radical transfer reactions) may contribute to these clustered lesions, and examples of such damage amplification reactions are given. In one example a purine is involved. With 2'-deoxy adenosine and 2'-deoxy guanosine it is shown that these purine nucleosides undergo unexpected radical reactions. Evidence for the radical transfer from the purine to the sugar moiety is provided by the formation of the 5'-aldehydes. These products have been assayed with 2-thiobarbituric acid (TBA), a reagent commonly applied to the detection of malonaldehyde. TBA-reactive material has also been assayed in γ-irradiated DNA, about one-third of this is free malonaldehyde, while the major part of the TBA-reactive material remains bound to the DNA. In contrast, bleomycin-treated DNA yields practically no free malonaldehyde, and the major TBA-reactive products are identified as the thymine and adenine base propenals. (Author)

  19. Formation of a T-Hg(II)-T metal-mediated DNA base pair: theoretical calculation of the reaction pathway

    Šebera, Jakub; Burda, J. V.; Straka, Michal; Ono, A.; Kojima, C.; Tanaka, Y.; Sychrovský, Vladimír

    Kudowa Zdrój : -, 2014. P60B. [Modeling & Design of Molecular Materials 2014. 29.06.2014-03.07.2014, Kudowa Zdrój] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA13-27676S Institutional support: RVO:61388963 Keywords : ONIOM * T-Hg-T * reaction pathway Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry

  20. Evidence for rapid inter- and intramolecular chlorine transfer reactions of histamine and carnosine chloramines: implications for the prevention of hypochlorous-acid-mediated damage.

    Pattison, David I; Davies, Michael J

    2006-07-01

    Hypochlorous acid (HOCl) is a powerful oxidant generated from H(2)O(2) and Cl(-) by the heme enzyme myeloperoxidase, which is released from activated leukocytes. HOCl possesses potent antibacterial properties, but excessive production can lead to host tissue damage that is implicated in a wide range of human diseases (e.g., atherosclerosis). Histamine and carnosine have been proposed as protective agents against such damage. However, as recent studies have shown that histidine-containing compounds readily form imidazole chloramines that can rapidly chlorinate other targets, it was hypothesized that similar reactions may occur with histamine and carnosine, leading to propagation, rather than prevention, of HOCl-mediated damage. In this study, the reactions of HOCl with histamine, histidine, carnosine, and other compounds containing imidazole and free amine sites were examined. In all cases, rapid formation (k, 1.6 x 10(5) M(-)(1) s(-)(1)) of imidazole chloramines was observed, followed by chlorine transfer to yield more stable, primary chloramines (R-NHCl). The rates of most of these secondary reactions are dependent upon substrate concentrations, consistent with intermolecular mechanisms (k, 10(3)-10(4) M(-)(1) s(-)(1)). However, for carnosine, the imidazole chloramine transfer rates are independent of the concentration, indicative of intramolecular processes (k, 0.6 s(-)(1)). High-performance liquid chromatography studies show that in all cases the resultant R-NHCl species can slowly chlorinate N-alpha-acetyl-Tyr. Thus, the current data indicate that the chloramines formed on the imidazole and free amine groups of these compounds can oxidize other target molecules but with limited efficiency, suggesting that histamine and particularly carnosine may be able to limit HOCl-mediated oxidation in vivo. PMID:16800640

  1. Synthesis of naturally occurring iminosugars from D-fructose by the use of a zinc-mediated fragmentation reaction

    Lauritsen, Anne; Madsen, Robert

    2006-01-01

    A short synthesis of 1,4-dideoxy-1,4-imino-D-arabinitol (DAB) and a formal synthesis of australine are described. In both cases, D-fructose is employed as the starting material and converted into a protected methyl 6-deoxy-6-iodo-furanoside. Zinc-mediated fragmentation produces an unsaturated...... ketone which serves as a key building block for both syntheses. Ozonolysis, reductive amination with benzylamine and deprotection affordfs 1,4-dideoxy-1,4-imino-D-arabinitol in only 7 steps and 11% overall yield from D-fructose. Alternatively, reductive amination with homoallylamine, ring...

  2. Comparison of Transition Metal-Mediated Oxidation Reactions of Guanine in Nucleoside and Single-Stranded Oligodeoxynucleotide Contexts

    Ghude, Pranjali; Schallenberger, Mark A.; Fleming, Aaron M.; Muller, James G.; Burrows, Cynthia J.

    2011-01-01

    As the most readily oxidized of DNA’s four natural bases, guanine is a prime target for attack by reactive oxygen species (ROS) and transition metal-mediated oxidants. The oxidation products of a modified guanosine nucleoside and of a single-stranded oligodeoxynucleotide, 5′-d(TTTTTTTGTTTTTTT)-3′ have been studied using oxidants that include CoII, NiII, and IrIV compounds as well as photochemically generated oxidants such as sulphate radical, electron-transfer agents (riboflavin) and singlet ...

  3. Investigation of photo-assisted and crude peroxidase mediated transformations of chlorinated phenols (CPs) from spiked and industrial wastewaters: identification of reaction products.

    Sharma, Swati; Mukhopadhyay, Mausumi; Murthy, Z V P

    2015-01-01

    This work focused on photo-assisted crude peroxidase mediated transformations of chlorinated phenols (CPs) from spiked and industrial wastewaters and the identification of reaction products formed. Garden radish Raphanus sativus was the source of crude peroxidase. No chlorine bearing compounds were detected by gas chromatography-high resolution mass spectrometry analysis. Under identical test conditions, the concentrations of 4-chlorophenol and 2,4-dichlorophenol were demoted to zero from 514 mg/L, 652 mg/L and that of 2,4,6-trichlorophenol and pentachlorophenol were reduced to 18 mg/L and 37 mg/L from 790 mg/L and 1066 mg/L, respectively (high-pressure liquid chromatography analysis). Chloride ion release profiles also showed a progressively increasing trend. A neat chemical oxygen demand removal to the extent of 63-79% was achieved in the case of spiked wastewater sample and to the extent of 77% for industrial wastewaters. A hypothesis reaction scheme was also suggested to comprehend the mechanism of degradation reactions. PMID:26287833

  4. Vitamin C mediates chemical aging of lens crystallins by the Maillard reaction in a humanized mouse model

    Fan, Xingjun; Reneker, Lixing W.; Obrenovich, Mark E.; Strauch, Christopher; Cheng, Rongzhu; Jarvis, Simon M; Ortwerth, Beryl J.; Monnier, Vincent M.

    2006-01-01

    Senile cataracts are associated with progressive oxidation, fragmentation, cross-linking, insolubilization, and yellow pigmentation of lens crystallins. We hypothesized that the Maillard reaction, which leads browning and aroma development during the baking of foods, would occur between the lens proteins and the highly reactive oxidation products of vitamin C. To test this hypothesis, we engineered a mouse that selectively overexpresses the human vitamin C transporter SVCT2 in the lens. Conse...

  5. Concerted action of two avirulent spore effectors activates Reaction to Puccinia graminis 1 (Rpg1)-mediated cereal stem rust resistance

    Nirmala, Jayaveeramuthu; Drader, Tom; Lawrence, Paulraj K.; Yin, Chuntao; Hulbert, Scot; Steber, Camille M; Steffenson, Brian J.; Les J Szabo; von Wettstein, Diter; Kleinhofs, Andris

    2011-01-01

    The barley stem rust resistance gene Reaction to Puccinia graminis 1 (Rpg1), encoding a receptor-like kinase, confers durable resistance to the stem rust pathogen Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici. The fungal urediniospores form adhesion structures with the leaf epidermal cells within 1 h of inoculation, followed by hyphae and haustorium formation. The RPG1 protein is constitutively expressed and not phosphorylated. On inoculation with avirulent urediniospores, it is phosphorylated in vivo wit...

  6. Mn(2+)-mediated homogeneous Fenton-like reaction of Fe(III)-NTA complex for efficient degradation of organic contaminants under neutral conditions.

    Li, Yifan; Sun, Jianhui; Sun, Sheng-Peng

    2016-08-01

    In this work, we report a novel Mn(2+)-mediated Fenton-like process based on Fe(III)-NTA complex that is super-efficient at circumneutral pH range. Kinetics experiments showed that the presence of Mn(2+) significantly enhanced the effectiveness of Fe(III)-NTA complex catalyzed Fenton-like reaction. The degradation rate constant of crotamiton (CRMT), a model compound, by the Fe(III)- NTA_Mn(2+) Fenton-like process was at least 1.6 orders of magnitude larger than that in the absence of Mn(2+). Other metal ions such as Ca(2+), Mg(2+), Co(2+) and Cu(2+) had no impacts or little inhibitory effect on the Fe(III)-NTA complex catalyzed Fenton-like reaction. The generation of hydroxyl radical (HO) and superoxide radical anion (O2(-)) in the Fe(III)-NTA_Mn(2+) Fenton-like process were suggested by radicals scavenging experiments. The degradation efficiency of CRMT was inhibited significantly (approximately 92%) by the addition of HO scavenger 2-propanol, while the addition of O2(-) scavenger chloroform resulted in 68% inhibition. Moreover, the results showed that other chelating agents such as EDTA- and s,s-EDDS-Fe(III) catalyzed Fenton-like reactions were also enhanced significantly by the presence of Mn(2+). The mechanism involves an enhanced generation of O2(-) from the reactions of Mn(2+)-chelates with H2O2, indirectly promoting the generation of HO by accelerating the reduction rate of Fe(III)-chelates to Fe(II)- chelates. PMID:27070388

  7. The influence of receptor-mediated interactions on reaction-diffusion mechanisms of cellular self-organisation.

    Klika, Václav; Baker, Ruth E; Headon, Denis; Gaffney, Eamonn A

    2012-04-01

    Understanding the mechanisms governing and regulating self-organisation in the developing embryo is a key challenge that has puzzled and fascinated scientists for decades. Since its conception in 1952 the Turing model has been a paradigm for pattern formation, motivating numerous theoretical and experimental studies, though its verification at the molecular level in biological systems has remained elusive. In this work, we consider the influence of receptor-mediated dynamics within the framework of Turing models, showing how non-diffusing species impact the conditions for the emergence of self-organisation. We illustrate our results within the framework of hair follicle pre-patterning, showing how receptor interaction structures can be constrained by the requirement for patterning, without the need for detailed knowledge of the network dynamics. Finally, in the light of our results, we discuss the ability of such systems to pattern outside the classical limits of the Turing model, and the inherent dangers involved in model reduction. PMID:22072186

  8. Loop mediated isothermal amplification assay using hydroxy naphthol blue, conventional polymerase chain reaction and real-time PCR in the diagnosis of intraocular tuberculosis

    P K Balne

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This study is a comparative evaluation (Chi-square test of a closed tube loop mediated isothermal amplification assay using hydroxy naphthol blue dye (HNB-LAMP, real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR and conventional PCR in the diagnosis of intraocular tuberculosis. Considering clinical presentation as the gold standard in 33 patients, the sensitivity of HNB-LAMP assay (75.8% was higher (not significant, P value 0.2 than conventional PCR (57.6% and lower than real-time PCR (90.9%. Specificity was 100% by all three methods. No amplification was observed in negative controls (n = 20 by all three methods. The cost of the HNB-LAMP assay was Rs. 500.00 and it does not require thermocycler, therefore, it can be used as an alternative to conventional PCR in resource-poor settings.

  9. Tracking reactive intermediates by FTIR monitoring of reactions in low-temperature sublimed solids: nitric oxide disproportionation mediated by ruthenium(II) carbonyl porphyrin Ru(TPP)(CO).

    Azizyan, Arsen S; Kurtikyan, Tigran S; Martirosyan, Garik G; Ford, Peter C

    2013-05-01

    Interaction of NO ((15)NO) with amorphous layers of Ru(II) carbonyl porphyrin (Ru(TPP)(CO), TPP(2-) = meso-tetraphenylporphyrinato dianion) was monitored by FTIR spectroscopy from 80 K to room temperature. An intermediate spectrally characterized at very low temperatures (110 K) with ν(CO) at 2001 cm(-1) and ν(NO) at 1810 cm(-1) (1777 cm(-1) for (15)NO isotopomer) was readily assigned to the mixed carbonyl-nitrosyl complex Ru(TPP)(CO)(NO), which is the logical precursor to CO labilization. Remarkably, Ru(TPP)-mediated disproportionation of NO is seen even at 110 K, an indication of how facile this reaction is. By varying the quantity of supplied NO, it was also demonstrated that the key intermediate responsible for NO disproportionation is the dinitrosyl complex Ru(TPP)(NO)2, supporting the conclusion previously made from solution experiments. PMID:23573997

  10. Comparison of a TaqMan real-time polymerase chain reaction assay with a loop-mediated isothermal amplification assay for detection of Gallid herpesvirus 1.

    Ou, Shan-Chia; Giambrone, Joseph J; Macklin, Kenneth S

    2012-01-01

    A TaqMan real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay were developed to detect Gallid herpesvirus 1 (GaHV-1, formerly Infectious laryngotracheitis virus). The standard curve of real-time PCR was established, and the sensitivity reached 10 copies/μl. In the current study, the conversion between viral titer and GaHV-1 genomic copy number was constructed. Six primers for LAMP assay amplified target gene at 65°C within 45 min, and the detection limit was 60 copies/μl. The 6 primers were highly specific, sensitive, and reproducible for detection of GaHV-1. Although the sensitivity of LAMP was lower than that of real-time PCR, LAMP was faster, less expensive, and did not require a thermocycler. The LAMP assay would be a viable alternative assay in diagnostic laboratories that do not employ real-time PCR technology. PMID:22362944

  11. Giardia and Cryptosporidium spp. dissemination during wastewater treatment and comparative detection via immunofluorescence assay (IFA), nested polymerase chain reaction (nested PCR) and loop mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP).

    Gallas-Lindemann, Carmen; Sotiriadou, Isaia; Plutzer, Judit; Noack, Michael J; Mahmoudi, Mohammad Reza; Karanis, Panagiotis

    2016-06-01

    Environmental water samples from the Lower Rhine area in Germany were investigated via immunofluorescence assays (IFAs), nested polymerase chain reaction (nested PCR) and loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) to detect the presence of Giardia spp. (n=185) and Cryptosporidium spp. (n=227). The samples were concentrated through filtration or flocculation, and oocysts were purified via centrifugation through a sucrose density gradient. For all samples, IFA was performed first, followed by DNA extraction for the nested PCR and LAMP assays. Giardia cysts were detected in 105 samples (56.8%) by IFA, 62 samples (33.5%) by nested PCR and 79 samples (42.7%) by LAMP. Cryptosporidium spp. were detected in 69 samples (30.4%) by IFA, 95 samples (41.9%) by nested PCR and 99 samples (43.6%) by LAMP. According to these results, the three detection methods are complementary for monitoring Giardia and Cryptosporidium in environmental waters. PMID:26880717

  12. Preferential enhancement of reverse dermal Arthus reaction by polyelectrolytes: in vivo and in vitro evidence for mediation by oxygen-derived radicals and their metabolites

    The ability of cationic and anionic polyelectrolytes (polyhistidine, histone, poly-arginine and polyanetholsulfonate) to modulate an acute immune complex (IgG-BSA) mediated inflammatory response was studied. Tissue injury elicited in rats by the reverse dermal Arthus reaction was increased 20-60% by complexing the antibody and polyelectrolye prior to intradermal injection. Intravenous administration of polyethylene glycol-coupled (PEG) superoxide dismutase (4125 U) produced a 30-70% suppression of this tissue injury. PEG-catalase (2000 U) had no suppressive effect. Concomitant in vitro functional studies (enzyme release, O2- and H2O2 generation and chemiluminescence) of rat neutrophils stimulated with preformed immune complexes modified with polyelectrolytes demonstrated 2-fold increase in O2- generation, modest increases in H2O2 generation and large increases in chemiluminescence. There was no change in enzyme (β-glucuronidase) secretion. The polyelectrolytes employed in this study did not alter the capacity of preformed IgG-BSA complexes to fix complement. These studies suggest that immune complexes modified with either cationic or anionic polyelectrolytes have increased phlogistic potential that is at least in part mediated by enhanced generation of oxygen-derived metabolites and not by increased enzyme secretion or by increased fixation of complement

  13. The Activity of Ubiquitin Activating Enzyme UBA1 is Required for Sperm Capacitation, Acrosomal Exocytosis and Sperm-Egg Coat Penetration during Porcine Fertilization

    Yi, Y.-J.; Zimmerman, S.W.; Manandhar, G.; Odhiambo, J.F.; Jonáková, Věra; Sutovsky, M.; Park, C.-S.; Sutovsky, P.

    Milwaukee : Society for the Study of Reproduction, 2010. s. 125. ISSN 0006-3363. [43rd Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction / "The Intersection between Genetics, Genomics, and Reproductive Biology"/. 30.07.2010-03.08.2010, Milwaukee] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50520701 Keywords : Ubiquitin * Acrosin-inhibitor * Spermadhesin * Sperm capacitation * Fertilization * Acrosomal exocytosis Subject RIV: CE - Biochemistry

  14. Ubiquitin-activating enzyme (UBA1) is required for sperm capacitation, acrosomal exocytosis and sperm-egg coat penetration during porcine fertilization

    Yi, Y.-J.; Zimmermann, S.W.; Manandhar, G.; Odhiambo, J.F.; Kennedy, C.; Jonáková, Věra; Maňásková-Postlerová, Pavla; Sutovsky, M.; Park, C.-S.; Sutovsky, P.

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 35, č. 2 (2012), s. 196-210. ISSN 0105-6263 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA303/09/1285; GA MŠk(CZ) 1M06011; GA MZd(CZ) NS10009 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50520701 Keywords : acrosome * capacitation * fertilization * ubiqutin Subject RIV: CE - Biochemistry Impact factor: 3.565, year: 2012

  15. Integrity of the plasma membrane, the acrosomal membrane, and the mitochondrial membrane potential of sperm in Nelore bulls from puberty to sexual maturity

    L. S. L. S. Reis; A.A. Ramos; A.S. Camargos; E. Oba

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT This study evaluated the plasma membrane integrity, acrosomal membrane integrity, and mitochondrial membrane potential of Nelore bull sperm from early puberty to early sexual maturity and their associations with sperm motility and vigor, the mass motility of the spermatozoa (wave motion), scrotal circumference, and testosterone. Sixty Nelore bulls aged 18 to 19 months were divided into four lots (n=15 bulls/lot) and evaluated over 280 days. Semen samples, collected every 56 days by e...

  16. Integrity of the plasma membrane, the acrosomal membrane, and the mitochondrial membrane potential of sperm in Nelore bulls from puberty to sexual maturity

    L.S.L.S. Reis

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT This study evaluated the plasma membrane integrity, acrosomal membrane integrity, and mitochondrial membrane potential of Nelore bull sperm from early puberty to early sexual maturity and their associations with sperm motility and vigor, the mass motility of the spermatozoa (wave motion, scrotal circumference, and testosterone. Sixty Nelore bulls aged 18 to 19 months were divided into four lots (n=15 bulls/lot and evaluated over 280 days. Semen samples, collected every 56 days by electroejaculation, were evaluated soon after collection for motility, vigor and wave motion under an optical microscope. Sperm membrane integrity, acrosomal integrity, and mitochondrial activity were evaluated under a fluorescent microscope using probe association (FITC-PSA, PI, JC-1, H342. The sperm were classified into eight integrity categories depending on whether they exhibited intact or damaged membranes, an intact or damaged acrosomal membrane, and high or low mitochondrial potential. The results show that bulls have a low amount of sperm with intact membranes at puberty, and the sperm show low motility, vigor, and wave motion; however, in bulls at early sexual maturity, the integrity of the sperm membrane increased significantly. The rate of sperm membrane damage was negatively correlated with motility, vigor, wave motion, and testosterone in the bulls, and a positive correlation existed between sperm plasma membrane integrity and scrotal circumference. The integrity of the acrosomal membrane was not influenced by puberty. During puberty and into early sexual maturity, bulls show low sperm mitochondrial potential, but when bulls reached sexual maturity, high membrane integrity with high mitochondrial potential was evident.

  17. Effect of Green Tea Extract on T cell Mediated Hypersensitivity Reaction in BALB/c Mice Exposed to Gamma Irradiation

    Gamma radiation is widely used in the treatment of malignant neoplasms. However, it deprives the host immune function which may retard tumor rejection by the immune response. The main purpose of the present study is to test the ability of green tea dry extract to restore the T cell hypersensitivity reaction in gamma irradiated BALB/c mice. It aims also to elucidate the possible mechanism of action of ionizing radiation and green tea dry extract in the immune function. Four groups of BALB/c mice, each of ten, have been used in each experiment. The first group served as a control, the second group received green tea dry extract and the third group was exposed to 2 Gy gamma irradiation, while the fourth group received green tea dry extract before and after gamma irradiation. The following parameters were determined, the contact sensitivity reaction by the mouse ear swelling response, local dendritic cell migration, local lymph node weight, lymphocyte proliferation, spleen and thymus weight with their lymphocyte count. The effect of gamma irradiation and green tea dry extract on the elicitation phase of contact sensitivity was also determined. Data from the present study showed that gamma irradiation caused a significant decrease of the mouse ear swelling response and retarded dendritic cell migration. They also showed a significant decline in the lymphocytes proliferation in lymph node draining the contact sensitizer application. Total body exposure to 2 Gy gamma irradiation induced marked decline of thymus weight and thymocyte count, while it reduced spleen weight and spleenocyte count to a lesser extent. Exposure to gamma irradiation enhanced the elicitation phase of contact sensitivity. Administration of green tea dry extract partially preserved the contact sensitivity response to oxazolone in gamma irradiated BALB/c mice. It markedly minimized the enhancement of the elicitation phase of ear swelling. In conclusion, the present study heralds a beneficial role of

  18. Concerted action of two avirulent spore effectors activates Reaction to Puccinia graminis 1 (Rpg1)-mediated cereal stem rust resistance.

    Nirmala, Jayaveeramuthu; Drader, Tom; Lawrence, Paulraj K; Yin, Chuntao; Hulbert, Scot; Steber, Camille M; Steffenson, Brian J; Szabo, Les J; von Wettstein, Diter; Kleinhofs, Andris

    2011-08-30

    The barley stem rust resistance gene Reaction to Puccinia graminis 1 (Rpg1), encoding a receptor-like kinase, confers durable resistance to the stem rust pathogen Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici. The fungal urediniospores form adhesion structures with the leaf epidermal cells within 1 h of inoculation, followed by hyphae and haustorium formation. The RPG1 protein is constitutively expressed and not phosphorylated. On inoculation with avirulent urediniospores, it is phosphorylated in vivo within 5 min and subsequently degraded. Application of arginine-glycine-aspartic acid peptide loops prevented the formation of adhesion structures for spore attachment, the phosphorylation of RPG1, and germination of the viable spores. Arginine-glycine-aspartic acid affinity chromatography of proteins from the ungerminated avirulent rust spores led to the purification and identification of a protein with fibronectin type III and breast cancer type 1 susceptibility protein domains and a vacuolar protein sorting-associated protein 9 with a coupling of ubiquitin to endoplasmic reticulum degradation domain. Both proteins are required to induce in vivo phosphorylation and degradation of RPG1. Combined application of both proteins caused hypersensitive reaction on the stem rust-resistant cultivar Morex but not on the susceptible cultivar Steptoe. Expression studies indicated that mRNA of both genes are present in ungerminated urediniospores and are constitutively transcribed in sporelings, infected leaves, and haustoria in the investigated avirulent races. Evidence is presented that RPG1, in yeast, interacts with the two protein effectors from the urediniospores that activate cooperatively the stem rust resistance protein RPG1 long before haustoria formation. PMID:21873196

  19. The Influence of Receptor-Mediated Interactions on Reaction-Diffusion Mechanisms of Cellular Self-organisation

    Klika, Václav

    2011-11-10

    Understanding the mechanisms governing and regulating self-organisation in the developing embryo is a key challenge that has puzzled and fascinated scientists for decades. Since its conception in 1952 the Turing model has been a paradigm for pattern formation, motivating numerous theoretical and experimental studies, though its verification at the molecular level in biological systems has remained elusive. In this work, we consider the influence of receptor-mediated dynamics within the framework of Turing models, showing how non-diffusing species impact the conditions for the emergence of self-organisation. We illustrate our results within the framework of hair follicle pre-patterning, showing how receptor interaction structures can be constrained by the requirement for patterning, without the need for detailed knowledge of the network dynamics. Finally, in the light of our results, we discuss the ability of such systems to pattern outside the classical limits of the Turing model, and the inherent dangers involved in model reduction. © 2011 Society for Mathematical Biology.

  20. Seed-Mediated Hot-Injection Synthesis of Tiny Ag Nanocrystals on Nanoscale Solid Supports and Reaction Mechanism.

    Barhoum, Ahmed; Rehan, Mohamed; Rahier, Hubert; Bechelany, Mikhael; Van Assche, Guy

    2016-04-27

    Controlling the size and shape of noble Ag nanocrystals (NCs) is of great interest because of their unique size- and shape-dependent properties, especially below 20 nm, and because of interesting applications in drug delivery, sensing, and catalysis. However, the high surface energy and tendency of these tiny NCs to aggregate deteriorates their unique properties and limits their applications. To avoid the aggregation of Ag NCs and improve their performance, we report a seed-mediated hot injection approach to synthesize highly dispersed tiny Ag NCs on a nanosized solid CaCO3 support. This simple, low-cost, and effective chemical approach allows for synthesizing highly uniform Ag NCs (∼10 nm) on the surface of presynthesized CaCO3 single NCs (∼52 nm) without any aggregation of the Ag NCs. Viscose fibers were coated with the Ag@CaCO3 composite nanoparticles (NPs) produced, as well as with ∼126 nm Ag NPs for reference. The Ag@CaCO3 composite NPs show excellent UV protection and antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli. In addition, they give a satin sheen gold to a dark gold color to the viscose fibers, while the Ag NPs (∼126 nm) result in a silver color. The proposed synthesis approach is highly versatile and applicable for many other noble metals, like Au or Pt. PMID:27025589

  1. Comparative study of sensitivity, linearity, and resistance to inhibition of digital and nondigital polymerase chain reaction and loop mediated isothermal amplification assays for quantification of human cytomegalovirus.

    Nixon, Gavin; Garson, Jeremy A; Grant, Paul; Nastouli, Eleni; Foy, Carole A; Huggett, Jim F

    2014-05-01

    Performing nucleic acid amplification techniques (NAATs) in digital format using limiting dilution provides potential advantages that have recently been demonstrated with digital polymerase chain reaction (dPCR). Key benefits that have been claimed are the ability to quantify nucleic acids without the need of an external calibrator and a greater resistance to inhibitors than real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR). In this study, we evaluated the performance of four NAATs, qPCR, dPCR, real-time quantitative loop mediated isothermal amplification (qLAMP), and digital LAMP (dLAMP), for the detection and quantification of human cytomegalovirus (hCMV). We used various DNA templates and inhibitors to compare the performance of these methods using a conventional real-time thermocycler platform (Bio-Rad CFX96) and a chip based digital platform (Fluidigm Biomark 12.765 Digital Array). dPCR performed well and demonstrated greater resistance to inhibitors than the other methods although this resistance did not apply equally to all inhibitors tested. dLAMP was found to be less sensitive than dPCR, but its quantitative performance was better than qLAMP, the latter being unable to quantify below 1000 copies. dLAMP was also more resistant to inhibitors than qLAMP. Unlike qPCR, both digital methods were able to quantify viral genomes without requiring a calibrator; however, neither can currently compete with the large reaction volumes, and thus the greater absolute sensitivity, of qPCR. With the introduction of digital instrumentation that will enable larger reaction volumes, digital amplification methods such as those evaluated in this study could potentially offer a robust alternative to qPCR for nucleic acid quantification. PMID:24684191

  2. In situ identification of crystal facet-mediated chemical reactions on tetrahexahedral gold nanocrystals using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy.

    Lang, Xiufeng; You, Tingting; Yin, Penggang; Tan, Enzhong; Zhang, Yan; Huang, Yifan; Zhu, Hongping; Ren, Bin; Guo, Lin

    2013-11-28

    Direct monitoring of a metal-catalyzed reaction by surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is always a challenging issue as it needs bifunctional metal structures that have plasmonic properties and also act as catalysts. Here we demonstrate that the tetrahexahedral (THH) gold nanocrystals (Au NCs) with exposed {520} facets give highly enhanced Raman signals from molecules at the interface, permitting in situ observation of chemical transformation from para-aminothiophenol (PATP) to 4,4'-dimercaptoazobenzene (DMAB). The origin of the intense SERS signals of DMAB is carefully investigated based on the comparison of the SERS spectra of PATP obtained with both the THH Au NCs and the Au nanospheres with the exposed {111} facets. It is elucidated that the high-index {520} facet rather than the localized surface plasmons of the THH Au NCs plays a key role in producing a high yield of the product DMAB which is accompanied by the selective enhancement of the characteristic Raman signals. PMID:24121935

  3. Hydroxyl and one-electron oxidation mediated reactions of the purine bases of DNA and model compounds: Mechanistic aspects

    Cadet, J.; Berger, M.; Buchko, G.W.; Joshi, P.C.; Morin, B.; Raoul, S.; Ravanat, J.L. [CEA/DRFMC/SESAM/LAN, Grenoble (France)

    1995-12-31

    A large body of information is now available on the early events involved in the radiation-induced decomposition of DNA and related compounds in both aqueous solutions and in the solid state. However, despite many efforts devoted to the identification of radiation-induced DNA modifications in the past two decades there is still a paucity of data on the final decomposition products which arise form the fate of initially generated DNA purine radicals, at least, in aqueous aerated solutions. One major exception deals with the characterization of 7,8-dihydro-8-oxo-2{prime}-deoxyguanosine (8-oxodG) within isolated and nuclear DNA upon exposure to ionizing radiation. It should be noted that the biological significance of 8-oxodG 6 as inferred from comprehensive DNA repair and mutagenic studies has been recently assessed. The present survey focuses on recent mechanistic aspects of the decomposition of the guanine moiety of DNA and model compounds as the result of hydroxyl radical and one-electron oxidation reactions in aerated aqueous solutions. In addition, a model system aimed at explaining the radiation-induced formation of DNA-protein crosslinks in aerated aqueous solution is presented.

  4. IDENTIFICATION OF ACROSOME AS THE MAIN ANTIGEN OF THE SPERM CELLS PROVOKING AUTOANTIBODIES IN VASECTOMIZED IRANIAN MEN

    M R Nowroozi

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available "nVasectomy is one of the extensively used methods of contraception in family planning programs. Antisperm antibodies (ASA develop after vasectomy which can result in auto-immune male infertility. The precise sperm antigens involved in the autoimmune response are still poorly defined, therefore we determined the circulating ASA and identified relevant sperm antigens based on localization of binding sites of ASA to sperm cell antigens, using a rapid, inexpensive and clinically relevant assay in vasectomized men. Results showed that 2.5% of men had ASA at the time of vasectomy, whereas 53.5% of the study population subsequently developed ASA. The numbers of men with circulating ASA increased significantly for the first three months after vasectomy. These antibodies were distinguishable into three groups based on their bindings to different sites of sperm cell antigens including against acrosome and tail in 67.56% and 10.8%, respectively; 21.6% of subjects had antibody to the other parts of the sperm cell antigens. The results of this study are discussed in terms of an autoimmune response against sperm antigens and development of ASA.

  5. Evidence that the periaqueductal gray matter mediates the facilitation of panic-like reactions in neonatally-isolated adult rats.

    Quintino-dos-Santos, Jeyce Willig; Müller, Cláudia Janaína Torres; Bernabé, Cristie Setúbal; Rosa, Caroline Azevedo; Tufik, Sérgio; Schenberg, Luiz Carlos

    2014-01-01

    Plenty of evidence suggests that childhood separation anxiety (CSA) predisposes the subject to adult-onset panic disorder (PD). As well, panic is frequently comorbid with both anxiety and depression. The brain mechanisms whereby CSA predisposes to PD are but completely unknown in spite of the increasing evidence that panic attacks are mediated at midbrain's dorsal periaqueductal gray matter (DPAG). Accordingly, here we examined whether the neonatal social isolation (NSI), a model of CSA, facilitates panic-like behaviors produced by electrical stimulations of DPAG of rats as adults. Eventual changes in anxiety and depression were also assessed in the elevated plus-maze (EPM) and forced-swimming test (FST) respectively. Male pups were subjected to 3-h daily isolations from post-natal day 2 (PN2) until weaning (PN21) allotting half of litters in individual boxes inside a sound-attenuated chamber (NSI, n = 26) whilst siblings (sham-isolated rats, SHAM, n = 27) and dam were moved to another box in a separate room. Non-handled controls (CTRL, n = 18) remained undisturbed with dams until weaning. As adults, rats were implanted with electrodes into the DPAG (PN60) and subjected to sessions of intracranial stimulation (PN65), EPM (PN66) and FST (PN67-PN68). Groups were compared by Fisher's exact test (stimulation sites), likelihood ratio chi-square tests (stimulus-response threshold curves) and Bonferroni's post hoc t-tests (EPM and FST), for Ptrotting, galloping and jumping were markedly facilitated in NSI rats relative to both SHAM and CTRL groups. Conversely, anxiety and depression scores either did not change or were even reduced in neonatally-handled groups relative to CTRL, respectively. Data are the first behavioral evidence in animals that early-life separation stress produces the selective facilitation of panic-like behaviors in adulthood. Most importantly, results implicate the DPAG not only in panic attacks but also in separation-anxious children

  6. Effect of reaction conditions on methyl red degradation mediated by boron and nitrogen doped TiO{sub 2}

    Galenda, A., E-mail: galenda@ieni.cnr.it [CNR-IENI, Istituto per l’Energetica e le Interfasi, Corso Stati Uniti, 4 35127 Padova (Italy); Crociani, L.; Habra, N. El; Favaro, M. [CNR-IENI, Istituto per l’Energetica e le Interfasi, Corso Stati Uniti, 4 35127 Padova (Italy); Natile, M.M. [CNR-IENI, Istituto per l’Energetica e le Interfasi, Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, Università di Padova, via F. Marzolo, 1 35131 Padova (Italy); Rossetto, G. [CNR-IENI, Istituto per l’Energetica e le Interfasi, Corso Stati Uniti, 4 35127 Padova (Italy)

    2014-09-30

    Highlights: • Boron and/or nitrogen-doped TiO{sub 2} for photocatalytic wastewater treatment. • Methyl red degradation/mineralisation as a function of pH, acids and dopants. • Adsorption time influence on photocatalytic process. • Recovery of worn-out catalyst. - Abstract: Nowadays the employment of renewable and sustainable energy sources, and solar light as main option, becomes an urgent need. Photocatalytic processes received great attention in wastewater treatment due to their cheapness, environmental compatibility and optimal performances. Despite the general low selectivity of the photocatalysts, an accurate optimisation of the operational parameters needs to be carried out in order to maximise the process yield. Because of this reason, the present contribution aims to deepen either the knowledge in boron and/or nitrogen doped TiO{sub 2}-based systems and their employment in methyl red removal from aqueous solutions. The samples were obtained by coprecipitation and characterised by XRD, SEM, BET specific surface area, UV–vis and XPS techniques. The catalytic activity was for the first time carefully evaluated with respect to methyl red photodegradation in different conditions as a function of working pH, counter-ions and pre-adsorption time. An ad-hoc study was performed on the importance of the pre-adsorption of the dye, suggesting that an extended adsorption is useless for the catalyst photoactivity, while a partial coverage is preferable. The photocatalytic tests demonstrate the positive influence of boron doping in photo-activated reactions and the great importance of the operational parameters with respect to the simple methyl red bleaching rather than the overall pollutant mineralisation. It is proved, indeed, that different working pH, acidifying means and substrate pre-adsorption time can enhance or limit the catalyst performances with respect to the complete pollutant degradation rather than its partial breakage.

  7. Effect of reaction conditions on methyl red degradation mediated by boron and nitrogen doped TiO2

    Galenda, A.; Crociani, L.; Habra, N. El; Favaro, M.; Natile, M. M.; Rossetto, G.

    2014-09-01

    Nowadays the employment of renewable and sustainable energy sources, and solar light as main option, becomes an urgent need. Photocatalytic processes received great attention in wastewater treatment due to their cheapness, environmental compatibility and optimal performances. Despite the general low selectivity of the photocatalysts, an accurate optimisation of the operational parameters needs to be carried out in order to maximise the process yield. Because of this reason, the present contribution aims to deepen either the knowledge in boron and/or nitrogen doped TiO2-based systems and their employment in methyl red removal from aqueous solutions. The samples were obtained by coprecipitation and characterised by XRD, SEM, BET specific surface area, UV-vis and XPS techniques. The catalytic activity was for the first time carefully evaluated with respect to methyl red photodegradation in different conditions as a function of working pH, counter-ions and pre-adsorption time. An ad-hoc study was performed on the importance of the pre-adsorption of the dye, suggesting that an extended adsorption is useless for the catalyst photoactivity, while a partial coverage is preferable. The photocatalytic tests demonstrate the positive influence of boron doping in photo-activated reactions and the great importance of the operational parameters with respect to the simple methyl red bleaching rather than the overall pollutant mineralisation. It is proved, indeed, that different working pH, acidifying means and substrate pre-adsorption time can enhance or limit the catalyst performances with respect to the complete pollutant degradation rather than its partial breakage.

  8. A quantitative proteomic profile of the Nrf2-mediated antioxidant response of macrophages to oxidized LDL determined by multiplexed selected reaction monitoring.

    Caroline S Kinter

    Full Text Available The loading of macrophages with oxidized low density lipoprotein (LDL is a key part of the initiation and progression of atherosclerosis. Oxidized LDL contains a wide ranging set of toxic species, yet the molecular events that allow macrophages to withstand loading with these toxic species are not completely characterized. The transcription factor nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2-like 2 (Nrf2 is a master regulator of the cellular stress response. However, the specific parts of the Nrf2-dependent stress response are diverse, with both tissue- and treatment-dependent components. The goal of these experiments was to develop and use a quantitative proteomic approach to characterize the Nrf2-dependent response in macrophages to oxidized LDL. Cultured mouse macrophages, the J774 macrophage-like cell line, were treated with a combination of oxidized LDL, the Nrf2-stabilizing reagent tert- butylhydroquinone (tBHQ, and/or Nrf2 siRNA. Protein expression was determined using a quantitative proteomics assay based on selected reaction monitoring. The assay was multiplexed to monitor a set of 28 antioxidant and stress response proteins, 6 housekeeping proteins, and 1 non-endogenous standard protein. The results have two components. The first component is the validation of the multiplexed, quantitative proteomics assay. The assay is shown to be fundamentally quantitative, precise, and accurate. The second component is the characterization of the Nrf2-mediated stress response. Treatment with tBHQ and/or Nrf2 siRNA gave statistically significant changes in the expression of a subset of 11 proteins. Treatment with oxidized LDL gave statistically significant increases in the expression of 7 of those 11 proteins plus one additional protein. All of the oxLDL-mediated increases were attenuated by Nrf2 siRNA. These results reveal a specific, multifaceted response of the foam cells to the incoming toxic oxidized LDL.

  9. An Alternative Framework for Defining Mediation.

    Collins, Linda M.; Graham, John W.; Flaherty, Brian P.

    1998-01-01

    Presents an alternative framework for evaluating mediated relationships. The distinguishing feature of mediation is that mediation involves a chain reaction. The definition presented emphasizes the intra-individual, time-ordered nature of mediation. (SLD)

  10. Silver Nanolabels-Assisted Ion-Exchange Reaction with CdTe Quantum Dots Mediated Exciton Trapping for Signal-On Photoelectrochemical Immunoassay of Mycotoxins.

    Lin, Youxiu; Zhou, Qian; Tang, Dianping; Niessner, Reinhard; Yang, Huanghao; Knopp, Dietmar

    2016-08-01

    Mycotoxins, highly toxic secondary metabolites produced by many invading species of filamentous fungi, contaminate different agricultural commodities under favorable temperature and humidity conditions. Herein, we successfully devised a novel signal-on photoelectrochemical immunosensing platform for the quantitative monitoring of mycotoxins (aflatoxin B1, AFB1, used as a model) in foodstuffs on the basis of silver nanolabels-assisted ion-exchange reaction with CdTe quantum dots (QDs) mediated hole-trapping. Initially, a competitive-type immunoreaction was carried out on a high-binding microplate by using silver nanoparticle (AgNP)-labeled AFB1-bovine serum albumin (AFB1-BSA) conjugates as the tags. Then, the carried AgNPs with AFB1-BSA were dissolved by acid to release numerous silver ions, which could induce ion-exchange reaction with the CdTe QDs immobilized on the electrode, thus resulting in formation of surface exciton trapping. Relative to pure CdTe QDs, the formed exciton trapping decreased the photocurrent of the modified electrode. In contrast, the detectable photocurrent increased with the increase of target AFB1 in a dynamic working range from 10 pg mL(-1) to 15 ng mL(-1) at a low limit of detection (LOD) of 3.0 pg mL(-1) under optimal conditions. In addition, the as-prepared photoelectrochemical immunosensing platform also displayed high specificity, good reproducibility, and acceptable method accuracy for detecting naturally contaminated/spiked blank peanut samples with consistent results obtained from the referenced enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) method. PMID:27348353

  11. Plasminogen Improves Mouse IVF by Interactions with Inner Acrosomal Membrane-Bound MMP2 and SAMP14.

    Ferrer, Marvin J S; Xu, Wei; Shetty, Jagathpala; Herr, John; Oko, Richard

    2016-04-01

    Spermatozoa must penetrate the outer investments of the oocyte, the cumulus oophorus and the zona pellucida (ZP), in order for fertilization to occur. This may require exposure of enzymes on the sperm's inner acrosomal membrane (IAM), one of which is matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) 2, to factors in oviductal fluid. Plasminogen is present in oviductal fluid and activates MMP2 in somatic tissues. The objectives of this study were: 1) to examine possible interactions between plasminogen and IAM-bound plasminogen activator receptor (SAMP14) and -MMP2, 2) to demonstrate plasminogen's presence in the extracellular environment at the site of fertilization, and 3) to provide evidence that plasminogen plays a role in fertilization. Zymographs of sonicated bull and rat sperm extracts incubated with plasmin and/or plasminogen (plasmin/ogen) showed acceleration of initiation of MMP2 activity in concentrations as low as 1 μg/ml. Immunohistochemical and immunofluorescence analysis of plasmin/ogen revealed its presence in the cytoplasm of mouse ovarian and oviductal oocytes, oviductal epithelium, around the ZP, and amongst the cumulus cells. We modified the standard in vitro fertilization (IVF) approach to more closely mimic natural fertilization by reducing sperm concentration during insemination by ∼100× and also comparing cumulus-intact and denuded oocytes. In mice, addition of plasminogen in IVF medium significantly improved fertilization, while MMP2 antibody significantly inhibited sperm penetration in these conditions. IVF improvement by plasminogen was blocked by SAMP14 antibody. Furthermore, MMP2 antibody inhibition was coincident with a failure by spermatozoa to disperse the cumulus oophorus. We provide evidence that plasminogen on its own and through an MMP2-related mechanism improves the ability of oocytes to be fertilized, and demonstrate its effect in sperm penetration of oocyte investments. PMID:26935599

  12. A seed-mediated approach to the morphology-controlled synthesis of bimetallic copper-platinum alloy nanoparticles with enhanced electrocatalytic performance for the methanol oxidation reaction

    Han, Lin; Cui, Penglei; He, Hongyan; Liu, Hui; Peng, Zhijian; Yang, Jun

    2015-07-01

    Mastery over the morphology of nanomaterials usually enables control of their properties and enhancement of their usefulness for a given application. Herein, we report a seed-mediated approach for the fabrication of bimetallic copper-platinum (CuPt) alloy nanoparticles with different morphologies. This strategy involves the first synthesis of Cu seed particles with multiple twins, and subsequent nucleation and growth of Pt metal. Then upon the Cu/Pt molar ratios in the synthesis, the rapid interdiffusion of Cu and Pt atoms results in the formation of bimetallic CuPt alloy nanoparticles with polyhedral, stellated, or dendritic morphologies. It has been found that both the morphology and electronic coupling effect between Cu and Pt components have significant effect on the electrochemical property of the alloy particles. In particular, the dendritic CuPt alloy nanoparticles display the highest specific activity for methanol oxidation reaction (MOR) due to their abundant atomic steps, edges, and corner atoms in the dendritic structure, while the polyhedral CuPt alloy particles show best carbon monoxide (CO) tolerant behavior due to the strong electronic donation effect from Cu to Pt atoms.

  13. In situ hybridization chain reaction mediated ultrasensitive enzyme-free and conjugation-free electrochemcial genosensor for BRCA-1 gene in complex matrices.

    Yang, Hui; Gao, Yang; Wang, Siqi; Qin, You; Xu, Lu; Jin, Dan; Yang, Fan; Zhang, Guo-Jun

    2016-06-15

    In this study, we report an enzyme-free and conjugation-free electrochemical genosensor enabling an ultrasensitive readout of BRCA-1, a breast cancer susceptibility gene. The sensor employs a target-responsive hybridization chain reaction (HCR) to significantly amplify the detectable current signals. By means of a functional auxiliary probe pair and a versatile initiator sequence, a linear DNA concatemer structure can be formed via spontaneous and continuous polymerization of DNA oligomers in the presence of target sequence. Such a DNA nanoassembly endows the genosensor an ultrahigh sensitivity up to 1 aM, which is higher than that of the nanomaterials-based or enzyme mediated amplification approaches by several orders of magnitude. More importantly, the sensor's responsive peak current exhibits a favorable linear correlation to the logarithm of the concentrations of target sequence ranging from 1aM to 10pM. In addition, the sensor is highly selective, and can discriminate a single mismatched sequence. This HCR-based genosensor is also capable of probing low-abundance BRCA-1 gene sequence directly in complex matrices, such as 50% human serum, with minimal interference. These advantages will make our tailor-engineered HCR-based electrochemical genosensor appealing to genetic analysis and clinical diagnostics. PMID:26875018

  14. Estimation of the post-meiotic state of spermatogenesis in man by immunofluorescence with monoclonal antibodies against intra-acrosomal sperm proteins

    Chládek, David; Pěknicová, Jana

    Žďár nad Sázavou : Chládek David, 2003, s. 1. [symposium českých reprodukčních imunologů s mezinárodní účastí /IX./. Žďár nad Sázavou (CZ), 22.05.2003-25.05.2003] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA204/02/1373; GA MZd NJ7463 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z5052915 Keywords : monoclonal antibody * acrosome Subject RIV: EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology

  15. Effect of methyl-beta-cyclodextrin on the viability and acrosome damage of sex-sorted sperm in frozen-thawed bovine semen

    Lee, Seunghyung; Lee, Yong-Seung; Lee, Sang-Hee; Yang, Boo-Keun; Park, Choon-Keun

    2016-01-01

    Background The regulation of methyl-beta-cyclodextrin (MBCD) on cryodamage on X- and Y-sperm during cryopreservation of semen was investigated. The semen was collected from ten healthy bulls of proven fertility by an artificial vagina. The bovine sperm treated with MBCD fresh solution (0, 1, 5, 10, and 20 mM). The sperms were evaluated for viability and acrosome damage using flow cytometry. Moreover, X- and Y-sperm in frozen-thawed bovine semen were sorted by flow cytometry after Hoechst 3334...

  16. Lactose-egg yolk diluent supplemented with N-acetyl-D-glucosamine affect acrosome morphology and motility of frozen-thawed boar sperm.

    Yi, Y J; Im, G S; Park, C S

    2002-12-16

    These experiments were carried out to investigate the effect of N-acetyl-D-glucosamine, and to obtain additional information about the effect of orvus es paste (OEP) and egg yolk concentration in the freezing of boar sperm in the maxi-straw. The highest post-thaw acrosomes of normal apical ridge (NAR) and motility were obtained with 0.025 or 0.05% N-acetyl-D-glucosamine concentration in the first diluent. However, there were no effects of N-acetyl-D-glucosamine among the diluents with or without N-acetyl-D-glucosamine at the second dilution. The N-acetyl-D-glucosamine in the first and second diluents was added at room temperatures (20-23 degrees C) and 5 degrees C, respectively. It is suggested that the temperature of N-acetyl-D-glucosamine addition is important for the effect of boar sperm protection during freezing and thawing. When the 0.05% N-acetyl-D-glucosamine was supplemented in the first diluent, the optimum final OEP content was 0.5%. The optimum content of egg yolk in the diluent with 0.05% N-acetyl-D-glucosamine concentration was 20% and egg yolk was one of the main cryoprotective agents. In conclusion, we found out that the diluent with 0.025 or 0.05% soluble N-acetyl-D-glucosamine in the first diluent, 0.5% final orvus es paste concentration and 20% egg yolk concentration significantly enhanced NAR acrosomes and motility of boar sperm after freezing and thawing. PMID:12417120

  17. Effect of heparin, caffeine and calcium ionophore A23187 on in vitro induction of the acrosome reaction of fresh ram spermatozoa

    K.H. El-Shahat

    2016-04-01

    Conclusion: The best concentration of heparin, caffeine and ionophore A23187 are 75 μg/mL, 1 mg/mL, 1.55 mM/mL for 3, 1, 4 h incubation respectively and can be used for in vitro fertilization in sheep.

  18. Translation of microwave methodology to continuous flow for the efficient synthesis of diaryl ethers via a base-mediated SNAr reaction

    Charlotte Wiles

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Whilst microwave heating has been widely demonstrated as a synthetically useful tool for rapid reaction screening, a microwave-absorbing solvent is often required in order to achieve efficient reactant heating. In comparison, microreactors can be readily heated and pressurised in order to “super-heat” the reaction mixture, meaning that microwave-transparent solvents can also be employed. To demonstrate the advantages associated with microreaction technology a series of SNAr reactions were performed under continuous flow by following previously developed microwave protocols as a starting point for the investigation. By this approach, an automated microreaction platform (Labtrix® S1 was employed for the continuous flow synthesis of diaryl ethers at 195 °C and 25 bar, affording a reduction in reaction time from tens of minutes to 60 s when compared with a stopped-flow microwave reactor.

  19. Tri-n-butyltin hydride-mediated radical reactions of ortho-and meta-iodobenzamides to synthesize benzomacrolactams: surprising formation of biphenyl compounds from meta-regioisomers

    Reactions of methyl 4-O-allyl-2,3-di-O-benzyl-6-deoxy-6-(3-iodobenzoylamino) -α-D-galactopyranoside, its gluco epimer, methyl 2,3-di-O-benzyl-6-deoxy-6-(3-iodobenzoylamino)- 4-O-(1-pentenyl)-α-D-glucopyranoside and its ortho-regioisomer with tri-n-butyltin hydride were performed in different conditions. Depending on reaction conditions the three meta-iodo isomers gave a surprising amount of biphenyl compounds. The 2-iodo isomer led only to the undesired but expected hydrogenolysis product. No cyclized products were isolated in all the reactions. The structures of the new biphenyl products were elucidated by 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy, DEPT, COSY, HMQC and HMBC experiments and ESI-MS/MS. Mechanisms for the formation of these new biphenyl derivatives and hypotheses to explain the different outcomes for radical reactions of 3- or 2-iodobenzamides were presented. (author)

  20. Decarboxylative Coupling Reaction in ESI(-)-MS/MS of 4-Nitrobenzyl 4-Hydroxybenzoates: Triplet Ion-Neutral Complex-Mediated 4-Nitrobenzyl Transfer

    Zhang, Xiaoping; Bai, Xingfeng; Fang, Liwen; Jiang, Kezhi; Li, Zuguang

    2016-05-01

    In negative electrospray ionization mass spectrometry of 4-nitrobenzyl 4-hydroxybenzoates, a decarboxylation reaction, which was significantly promoted by the presence of a nitro group on the benzyl group, competed with radical elimination reactions. Density functional theory calculations indicated that decarboxylation of deprotonated 4-nitrobenzyl vanillate occurred via a radical route involving homolytic cleavage of the Cbenzyl-O bond to give a triplet ion-neutral complex, followed by decarboxylative coupling.

  1. Tetra- and mono-organotin reagents in palladium-mediated cross-coupling reactions for the labeling with carbon-11 of PET tracers

    Bourdier, T.; Huiban, M.; Sobrio, F.; Perrio, C.; Barre, E. [Groupe de Dev Methodol en Tomographie par Emission de Positons, UMR CEA 2E, Universite deCaen, Centre Cyceron, F-14070 Caen Cedex (France); Fouquet, A.; Huet, A. [Laboratoire de Chimie Organique et Organometallique, UMR CNRS 3802, Univ Bordeaux I, F-33405 Talence Cedex (France)

    2008-07-01

    The palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions between a (trimethylstannyl)arene and [{sup 11}C]methyl iodide (Stille reaction) or between an aryl halide and a [{sup 11}C]monomethyltin reagent issued from Lappert's stannylene, were developed for the synthesis of polyfunctional [{sup 11}C]methyl quinolines and quinoline-imides as potential tracers for positron emission tomography (PET). (authors)

  2. Reversible Association of Nitro Compounds with p-Nitrothiophenol Modified on Ag Nanoparticles/Graphene Oxide Nanocomposites through Plasmon Mediated Photochemical Reaction.

    Lin, Tsung-Wu; Tasi, Ting-Ti; Chang, Po-Ling; Cheng, Hsiu-Yao

    2016-03-01

    Because localized surface plasmon resonance in nanostructures of noble metals is accompanied by interesting physical effects such as optical near-field enhancement, heat release, and the generation of hot electrons, it has been employed in a wide range of applications, including plasmon-assisted chemical reactions. Here, we use a composite of silver nanoparticles and graphene oxide (Ag@GO) as the catalytic as well as the analytic platform for plasmon-assisted chemical reactions. Through time-dependent surface-enhanced Raman scattering experiments, it is found that p-nitrothiophenol (pNTP) molecules on Ag@GO can be associated with nitro compounds such as nitrobenzene and 1-nitropropane to form azo compounds when aided by the plasmons. Furthermore, the reaction rate can be modulated by varying the wavelength and power of the excitation laser as well as the nitro compounds used. In addition, the aforementioned coupling reaction can be reversed. We demonstrate that the oxidation of azo compounds on Ag@GO using KMnO4 leads to the dissociation of the N═N double bond in the azo compounds and that the rate of bond dissociation can be accelerated significantly via laser irradiation. Furthermore, the pNTP molecules on Ag@GO can be recovered after the oxidation reaction. Finally, we demonstrate that the plasmon-assisted coupling reaction allows for the immobilization of nitro-group-containing fluorophores at specific locations on Ag@GO. PMID:26977529

  3. Role of mobile passenger lymphocytes in the rejection of renal and cardiac allografts in the rat. A passenger lymphocyte-mediated graft-versus-host reaction amplifies the host response

    It is demonstrated that passenger lymphocytes migrate out of rat renal allografts into host spleens in a radioresistant fashion. These mobile passenger lymphocytes within BN kidney and heart transplants are immunocompetent, since they elicit a graft-versus-host (GVH) reaction in the spleens of (LEW x BN)F2 hybrid hosts. The greater GVH reaction in (LEW x BN)F1 recipients of BN kidneys reflects the greater number of mobile passenger lymphocytes in the kidney when compared to the heart. The mobile passenger lymphocytes within BN renal allografts also cause a proliferative response in the spleens of the LEW hosts as well as an accelerated rejection of BN renal allografts when compared to BN cardiac allografts, for the differences between BN kidney and heart, both in terms of splenomegaly elicited in LEW as well as tempo of rejection, are abolished by total body x-irradiation of the donor with 900 rad. Results indicate that a mobile passenger lymphocyte mediated GVH reaction in the central lymphoid organs of the host augments the host response to allogenic kidneys and contributes materially to first-set renal allograft rejection; this GVH reaction on the other hand is not conspicuously present in LEW recipients of BN cardiac allografts and has therefore little effect on first-set cardiac allograft rejection

  4. Swi5-Sfr1 protein stimulates Rad51-mediated DNA strand exchange reaction through organization of DNA bases in the presynaptic filament.

    Fornander, Louise H

    2013-12-03

    The Swi5-Sfr1 heterodimer protein stimulates the Rad51-promoted DNA strand exchange reaction, a crucial step in homologous recombination. To clarify how this accessory protein acts on the strand exchange reaction, we have analyzed how the structure of the primary reaction intermediate, the Rad51/single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) complex filament formed in the presence of ATP, is affected by Swi5-Sfr1. Using flow linear dichroism spectroscopy, we observe that the nucleobases of the ssDNA are more perpendicularly aligned to the filament axis in the presence of Swi5-Sfr1, whereas the bases are more randomly oriented in the absence of Swi5-Sfr1. When using a modified version of the natural protein where the N-terminal part of Sfr1 is deleted, which has no affinity for DNA but maintained ability to stimulate the strand exchange reaction, we still observe the improved perpendicular DNA base orientation. This indicates that Swi5-Sfr1 exerts its activating effect through interaction with the Rad51 filament mainly and not with the DNA. We propose that the role of a coplanar alignment of nucleobases induced by Swi5-Sfr1 in the presynaptic Rad51/ssDNA complex is to facilitate the critical matching with an invading double-stranded DNA, hence stimulating the strand exchange reaction.

  5. Frequent occurrence of T cell–mediated late reactions revealed by atopy patch testing with hypoallergenic rBet v 1 fragments

    Campana, Raffaela; Moritz, Katharina; Marth, Katharina; Neubauer, Angela; Huber, Hans; Henning, Rainer; Blatt, Katharina; Hoermann, Gregor; Brodie, Tess M.; Kaider, Alexandra; Valent, Peter; Sallusto, Federica; Wöhrl, Stefan; Valenta, Rudolf

    2015-01-01

    Background Late allergic reactions are common in the course of allergen-specific immunotherapy and even occur with allergy vaccines with reduced IgE reactivity. Objective We sought to study atopy patch test (APT) reactions and T-cell responses to the recombinant birch pollen allergen Bet v 1 and recombinant hypoallergenic T-cell epitope–containing Bet v 1 fragments in patients with birch pollen allergy with and without atopic dermatitis (AD). Methods A clinical study was conducted in 15 patie...

  6. Synthesis of Robust Hierarchical Silica Monoliths by Surface-Mediated Solution/Precipitation Reactions over Different Scales: Designing Capillary Microreactors for Environmental Applications

    García Aguilar, Jaime; Miguel García, Izaskun; Berenguer Murcia, Ángel; Cazorla Amorós, Diego

    2014-01-01

    A synthetic procedure to prepare novel materials (surface-mediated fillings) based on robust hierarchical monoliths is reported. The methodology includes the deposition of a (micro- or mesoporous) silica thin film on the support followed by growth of a porous monolithic SiO2 structure. It has been demonstrated that this synthesis is viable for supports of different chemical nature with different inner diameters without shrinkage of the silica filling. The formation mechanism of the surface-me...

  7. Complement-Mediated Neutralization of Canine Distemper Virus In Vitro: Cross-Reaction between Vaccine Onderstepoort and Field KDK-1 Strains with Different Hemagglutinin Gene Characteristics

    Mochizuki, Masami; Motoyoshi, Megumi; Maeda, Ken; Kai, Kazunari

    2002-01-01

    The properties of neutralization of antigens of canine distemper virus Onderstepoort and a recent field isolate, KDK-1, were investigated with strain-specific dog sera. A conventional neutralization assay indicated antigenic dissimilarity between the strains; however, when guinea pig complement was included in the reaction mixture, the strains were neutralized with not only the homologous but also the heterologous antibodies.

  8. A study into Stille cross-coupling reaction mediated by palladium catalysts deposited over siliceous supports bearing N-donor groups at the surface

    Semler, M.; Čejka, Jiří; Štěpnička, P.

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 27, č. 6 (2013), s. 353-360. ISSN 0268-2605 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA104/09/0561 Institutional support: RVO:61388955 Keywords : palladium * suppoerted catalysts * Stille reaction Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 2.017, year: 2013

  9. Human herpesvirus-6A/B binds to spermatozoa acrosome and is the most prevalent herpesvirus in semen from sperm donors.

    Maja D Kaspersen

    Full Text Available An analysis of all known human herpesviruses has not previously been reported on sperm from normal donors. Using an array-based detection method, we determined the cross-sectional frequency of human herpesviruses in semen from 198 Danish sperm donors. Fifty-five of the donors had at least one ejaculate that was positive for one or more human herpesvirus. Of these 27.3% (n = 15 had a double herpesvirus infection. If corrected for the presence of multiple ejaculates from some donors, the adjusted frequency of herpesviruses in semen was 27.2% with HSV-1 in 0.4%; HSV-2 in 0.1%; EBV in 6.3%; HCMV in 2.7%; HHV-6A/B in 13.5%; HHV-7 in 4.2%, whereas none of the samples had detectable VZV or HHV-8. Subsequently, we examined longitudinally data on ejaculates from 11 herpesvirus-positive donors. Serial analyses revealed that a donor who tested positive for herpesvirus at one time point did not necessarily remain positive over time. For the most frequently found herpesvirus, HHV-6A/B, we examined its association with sperm. For HHV-6A/B PCR-positive semen samples, HHV-6A/B could be detected on the sperm by flow cytometry. Conversely, PCR-negative semen samples were negative by flow cytometry. HHV-6B was shown to associate with sperm within minutes in a concentration dependent manner. Confocal microscopy demonstrated that HHV-6B associated with the sperm head, but only to sperm with an intact acrosome. Taken together, our data suggest that HHV-6A/B could be transported to the uterus via binding to the sperm acrosome. Moreover, we find a 10 times higher frequency of HHV-7 in semen from healthy individuals than previously detected. Further research is required to determine the potential risk of using herpesvirus-positive donor semen. Longitudinally analyses of ejaculate series indicate that implementation of quarantine for a donor shown to shed a herpesvirus is not a tenable solution.

  10. Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection Fertilization Rate Does Not Depend on the Proportion of Round-headed Sperm, Small-acrosomal Sperm, or Morphologically Normal Sperm in Patients with Partial Globozoospermia

    Ling-Ying Jiang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Generally, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI may be the preferable method to treat partial globozoospermia, but whether there exist some correlations between ICSI fertilization rate and the proportion of round-headed sperm or morphologically normal sperm remains open. This study was to explore the correlation between ICSI fertilization rate and the sperm morphology in patients with partial globozoospermia. Methods: Thirty-four patients diagnosed with partial globozoospermia accepted the following assisted fertilization treatments - 2 cases accepted in-vitro fertilization (IVF alone, 26 cases accepted ICSI alone, and 6 accepted split IVF/ICSI. Detailed morphological characteristics were described using Diff-Quik rapid staining. Sixty cases accepting IVF or ICSI treatment in our reproductive center were considered as the control group after being matched by relevant criteria. Fertilization rate, embryo quality, embryo implantation rate and clinical pregnancy rate were calculated. Results: Besides very high proportion of round-headed sperm, partial globozoospermia also showed very high proportion of small-acrosomal sperm and very low proportion of morphologically normal sperm. Fertilization rate of IVF (IVF alone plus split IVF was very low in partial globozoospermia (25.4% ± 17.4%, but ICSI (ICSI alone plus split ICSI achieved satisfying fertilization rate compared with the control group (66.2% ± 22.5% vs. 68.8% ± 29.4%, P > 0.05. In patients with partial globozoospermia, there were no correlations between ICSI fertilization rate and the proportion of round-headed sperm, small-acrosomal sperm, or morphologically normal sperm. Conclusions: There was high proportion of small-acrosomal sperm in partial globozoospermia. For patients with partial globozoospermia, ICSI is more preferable than IVF. ICSI fertilization rate does not depend on the proportion of round-headed sperm, small-acrosomal sperm, or morphologically normal sperm.

  11. Synthesis of allyloxy-ortho-iodobenzamide derivative from d-glucose and tri-n-butyltin hydride mediated radical cyclization reaction

    Methyl 6-O-allyl-2,3-di-O-benzyl-4-deoxy-4-(2 -iodobenzoylamine)-α-D-glucopyranoside was synthesized in nine conventional steps from methyl α-D-glucopyranoside. Its Bu3SnH-mediated aryl radical cyclization provided a benzomacrolactam, resulting from 11-endo aryl radical cyclization and the reduced uncyclized product methyl 6-O-allyl-4-benzoylamine-2,3-di-O-benzyl-4- deoxy- α-D-glucopyranoside. The structures of the three new products were supported by 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy and DEPT, COSY and HMQC experiments. (author)

  12. Synthesis of robust hierarchical silica monoliths by surface-mediated solution/precipitation reactions over different scales: designing capillary microreactors for environmental applications.

    García-Aguilar, J; Miguel-García, I; Berenguer-Murcia, Á; Cazorla-Amorós, D

    2014-12-24

    A synthetic procedure to prepare novel materials (surface-mediated fillings) based on robust hierarchical monoliths is reported. The methodology includes the deposition of a (micro- or mesoporous) silica thin film on the support followed by growth of a porous monolithic SiO2 structure. It has been demonstrated that this synthesis is viable for supports of different chemical nature with different inner diameters without shrinkage of the silica filling. The formation mechanism of the surface-mediated fillings is based on a solution/precipitation process and the anchoring of the silica filling to the deposited thin film. The interaction between the two SiO2 structures (monolith and thin film) depends on the porosity of the thin film and yields composite materials with different mechanical stability. By this procedure, capillary microreactors have been prepared and have been proved to be highly active and selective in the total and preferential oxidation of carbon monoxide (TOxCO and PrOxCO). PMID:25419612

  13. Human Herpesvirus-6A/B Binds to Spermatozoa Acrosome and Is the Most Prevalent Herpesvirus in Semen from Sperm Donors

    Kaspersen, Maja Døvling; Larsen, Peter; Kofod-Olsen, Emil;

    2012-01-01

    2.7%; HHV-6A/B in 13.5%; HHV-7 in 4.2%, whereas none of the samples had detectable VZV or HHV-8. Subsequently, we examined longitudinally data on ejaculates from 11 herpesvirus-positive donors. Serial analyses revealed that a donor who tested positive for herpesvirus at one time point did not...... necessarily remain positive over time. For the most frequently found herpesvirus, HHV-6A/B, we examined its association with sperm. For HHV-6A/B PCR-positive semen samples, HHV-6A/B could be detected on the sperm by flow cytometry. Conversely, PCR-negative semen samples were negative by flow cytometry. HHV-6B...... was shown to associate with sperm within minutes in a concentration dependent manner. Confocal microscopy demonstrated that HHV-6B associated with the sperm head, but only to sperm with an intact acrosome. Taken together, our data suggest that HHV-6A/B could be transported to the uterus via binding to...

  14. EFFECT OF GAMMA IRRADIATION ON THE T CELL MEDIATED HYPERSENSITIVITY REACTION IN BALB/C MICE DISCREPANT EFFECT ON THE INDUCTION AND THE ELICITATION PHASE

    Gamma radiation is widely used in the treatment of malignant neoplasm, however, it deprives the host immune function which may retard tumor rejection by the immune response. The main purpose of the present study is to investigate the effect of gamma irradiation on the T cell hypersensitivity reaction in Balb/c mice. It aims also to elucidate the possible mechanisms of action of ionizing radiation on the phases of hypersensitivity reaction. Two groups of Balb/c mice, each of ten, were used in each experiment. The first group served as a control and the second group was exposed to 3 Gy gamma irradiation. The following parameters were determined: contact sensitivity reaction to oxazolone by mouse ear swelling response, local dendritic cell migration, local lymph node weight, local lymphocyte proliferation, circulating lymphocytes count, spleen and thymus cell count. The effect of gamma irradiation on the elicitation phase of contact sensitivity was also determined.Data from the present study showed that gamma irradiation caused a significant decrease of the mouse ear swelling response to 62 % of the control level, retarded dendritic cell migration and decreased lymph node weight to 45% of the control value. They also showed a significant decline in the lymphocyte proliferation in lymph node draining contact sensitization application. They also showed gamma irradiation-induced marked decline of thymocytes count while it slightly affected spleen cell count. Circulating lymphocytes were decreased significantly in gamma irradiated animals. Exposure to gamma irradiation enhanced the elicitation phase of contact sensitivity.In conclusion, data from the present study showed a negative impact on the induction phase and a positive effect of gamma irradiation on elicitation phase of contact sensitivity in Balb/c mice

  15. Photohydrate-Mediated Reactions of Uridine, 2′-Deoxyuridine and 2′-Deoxycytidine with Amines at Near Neutral pH

    Shetlar, Martin D.; Hom, Kellie; Venditto, Vincent J.

    2013-01-01

    Photohydrates are formed in high yield when uridine (Urd), 2′-deoxyuridine (dUrd), cytidine (Cyd) and 2′-deoxycytidine (dCyd) are irradiated with UVC in aqueous solution. The thermal reactions of the photohydrates of Urd with amines at pH values near pH 7.5 have been studied using UV spectroscopy, HPLC, mass spectrometry and, in some cases, NMR. It has been found that a number of amines (i.e. ethylenediamine, N,N’-dimethylethylenediamine, glycine, glycinamide, glycylglycine, glycylgylcylglyci...

  16. Adrenergic System Activation Mediates Changes in Cardiovascular and Psychomotoric Reactions in Young Individuals after Red Bull© Energy Drink Consumption

    Ana Cavka

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objectives. To assess the effect of Red Bull© on (1 blood glucose and catecholamine levels, (2 cardiovascular and respiratory function changes before, during, and after exercise, (3 reaction time, (4 cognitive functions, and (5 response to mental stress test and emotions in young healthy individuals (N=38. Methods. Heart rate (HR and arterial blood pressure (ABP, blood glucose, adrenaline, and noradrenalin plasma levels were measured before and after Red Bull© intake. Participants were subjected to 4 different study protocols by randomized order, before and 30 minutes after consumption of 500 mL of Red Bull©. Results. Mean ABP and HR were significantly increased at rest after Red Bull© intake. Blood glucose level and plasma catecholamine levels significantly increased after Red Bull© consumption. Heart rate, respiration rate, and respiratory flow rate were significantly increased during exercise after Red Bull© consumption compared to control condition. Intake of Red Bull© significantly improved reaction time, performance in immediate memory test, verbal fluency, and subject’s attention as well as performance in mental stress test. Conclusion. This study demonstrated that Red Bull© has beneficial effect on some cognitive functions and effect on cardiovascular and respiratory system at rest and during exercise by increasing activity of the sympathetic nervous system.

  17. Label-free cascade amplification strategy for sensitive visual detection of thrombin based on target-triggered hybridization chain reaction-mediated in situ generation of DNAzymes and Pt nanochains.

    Zhang, Ying; Ren, Wang; Luo, Hong Qun; Li, Nian Bing

    2016-06-15

    A new magnetic bead-based cascade amplification strategy for highly sensitive visual detection of proteins (thrombin as a model analyte) was developed by coupling target-triggered hybridization chain reaction (HCR) with the synergistic catalysis of DNA concatemer-mediated hemin/G-quadruplex DNAzymes and Pt nanozymes. Initially, the biotinylated primer DNA (P-DNA) was complementary with aptamer to form dsDNA which was further linked to streptavidin-coated magnetic bead (MB), thereby fabricating the expected MB-based aptasensor. In the presence of target TB, the aptamer was taken away from the aptasensor, and the free P-DNA immediately triggered HCR to spontaneously form DNA concatemer-directed nanochains with numerous DNAzymes and Pt nanoclusters (PtNCs) to achieve cascades signal amplification. The dual peroxidase mimetics catalyzed the H2O2-mediated oxidation of colorless 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) into the colored TMB oxides (oxTMB), causing intensified color change of the chromogenic solution for the highly sensitive naked-eye detection of as low as 100.0 pM TB. In this strategy, the employment of magnetic separation and exonuclease III (Exo III)-assisted digestion of residual dsDNA minimized the background noise and avoided the false positive results, greatly improving the detection accuracy and sensitivity with a low limit of detection (LOD=15.0 pM). The proposed visual platform has promise for detecting various types of proteins with careful DNA sequence designs. PMID:26878483

  18. From dihydrated iron(III) phosphate to monohydrated ammonium-iron(II) phosphate: Solvothermal reaction mediated by acetone-urea mixtures

    Alfonso, Belen F., E-mail: mbafernandez@uniovi.es [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Oviedo, Calvo Sotelo, s/n 33007 Oviedo (Spain); Trobajo, Camino [Departamento de Quimica Organica e Inorganica, Universidad de Oviedo-CINN, Julian Claveria 8, 33006 Oviedo (Spain); Pique, Carmen [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Oviedo, Calvo Sotelo, s/n 33007 Oviedo (Spain); Garcia, Jose R. [Departamento de Quimica Organica e Inorganica, Universidad de Oviedo-CINN, Julian Claveria 8, 33006 Oviedo (Spain); Blanco, Jesus A. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Oviedo, Calvo Sotelo, s/n 33007 Oviedo (Spain)

    2012-12-15

    By reaction between synthetic phosphosiderite FePO{sub 4}{center_dot}2H{sub 2}O, urea (NH{sub 2}){sub 2}CO, and acetone (CH{sub 3}){sub 2}CO, we report a novel solvothermal synthesis of polycrystalline NH{sub 4}FePO{sub 4}{center_dot}H{sub 2}O. The preparation of other two individual phases, NH{sub 4}Fe{sub 2}(OH)(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}{center_dot}2H{sub 2}O and NH{sub 4}Fe{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}, is also described. The obtained product is a function of the reaction time and the N/P molar ratio in the reagent mixture, and the existence of structural memory in the dissolution-precipitation processes is discussed. Below 25 K, NH{sub 4}FePO{sub 4}{center_dot}H{sub 2}O behaves magnetically in a complex way, because both ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic signals are superimposed, suggesting the existence of a canting of iron(II) magnetic moments. - Graphical abstract: Solvothermal synthesis of polycrystalline NH{sub 4}FePO{sub 4}{center_dot}H{sub 2}O is presented. The preparation of other two individual phases, NH{sub 4}Fe{sub 2}(OH)(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}{center_dot}2H{sub 2}O and NH{sub 4}Fe{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} as a function of the N/P molar ratio in the reagent mixture and the reaction time, is also described. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Solvothermal synthesis of NH{sub 4}FePO{sub 4}{center_dot}H{sub 2}O from an Fe(III) phosphate: reduction process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Formation of two intermediate metastable phases: phase diagram. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Thermal decomposition in two steps: mass loss of both water and ammonia. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Magnetic behaviour: AF+constant spontaneous magnetization.

  19. Paradoxical reactions under TNF-α blocking agents and other biological agents given for chronic immune-mediated diseases: an analytical and comprehensive overview

    Toussirot, Éric; Aubin, François

    2016-01-01

    Paradoxical adverse events (PAEs) have been reported during biological treatment for chronic immune-mediated diseases. PAEs are defined as the occurrence during biological agent therapy of a pathological condition that usually responds to this class of drug. A wide range of PAEs have been reported including dermatological, intestinal and ophthalmic conditions, mainly with antitumour necrosis factor α (TNF-α) agents. True PAEs include psoriasis, Crohn's disease and hidradenitis suppurativa. Other PAEs may be qualified as borderline and include uveitis, scleritis, sarcoidosis and other granulomatous diseases (granuloma annulare, interstitial granulomatous dermatitis), vasculitis, vitiligo and alopecia areata. Proposed hypotheses to explain these PAEs include an imbalance in cytokine production, the differential immunological properties between the monoclonal antibodies and TNF-α soluble receptor, an unopposed type I interferon production and a shift towards a Th1/Th2 profile. Data from registries suggest that the risk for paradoxical psoriasis is low and non-significant. We discuss management of these PAEs, which depends on the type and severity of the adverse events, pre-existing treated conditions and the possibility of alternative therapeutic options for the underlying disease. Paradoxical adverse events are not restricted to anti-TNF-α agents and close surveillance of new available biological drugs (anti-interleukin-17/23, anti-integrin) is warranted in order to detect the occurrence of new or as yet undescribed events. PMID:27493788

  20. Mediation Analysis

    David P. MacKinnon; Fairchild, Amanda J.; Fritz, Matthew S.

    2007-01-01

    Mediating variables are prominent in psychological theory and research. A mediating variable transmits the effect of an independent variable on a dependent variable. Differences between mediating variables and confounders, moderators, and covariates are outlined. Statistical methods to assess mediation and modern comprehensive approaches are described. Future directions for mediation analysis are discussed.

  1. Anaphylactic and anaphylactoid reactions during the perioperative period

    Lagopoulos, V; Gigi, E

    2011-01-01

    Anaphylactic reactions in the peri-operative period are often serious and potentially life-threatening conditions, involving multiple organ systems in which the clinical manifestations are the consequence of the release of preformed mediators from mast cells and basophils. Anaphylaxis is an immune mediated type I allergic reaction following the massive release of mediators from mast cells and basophils as a response to an allergen. Anaphylactoid reactions are defined as those reactions that p...

  2. Liquid chromatography coupled to quadrupole-time of flight tandem mass spectrometry based quantitative structure-retention relationships of amino acid analogues derivatized via n-propyl chloroformate mediated reaction.

    Kritikos, Nikolaos; Tsantili-Kakoulidou, Anna; Loukas, Yannis L; Dotsikas, Yannis

    2015-07-17

    In the current study, quantitative structure-retention relationships (QSRR) were constructed based on data obtained by a LC-(ESI)-QTOF-MS/MS method for the determination of amino acid analogues, following their derivatization via chloroformate esters. Molecules were derivatized via n-propyl chloroformate/n-propanol mediated reaction. Derivatives were acquired through a liquid-liquid extraction procedure. Chromatographic separation is based on gradient elution using methanol/water mixtures from a 70/30% composition to an 85/15% final one, maintaining a constant rate of change. The group of examined molecules was diverse, including mainly α-amino acids, yet also β- and γ-amino acids, γ-amino acid analogues, decarboxylated and phosphorylated analogues and dipeptides. Projection to latent structures (PLS) method was selected for the formation of QSRRs, resulting in a total of three PLS models with high cross-validated coefficients of determination Q(2)Y. For this reason, molecular structures were previously described through the use of descriptors. Through stratified random sampling procedures, 57 compounds were split to a training set and a test set. Model creation was based on multiple criteria including principal component significance and eigenvalue, variable importance, form of residuals, etc. Validation was based on statistical metrics Rpred(2),QextF2(2),QextF3(2) for the test set and Roy's metrics rm(Av)(2) and rm(δ)(2), assessing both predictive stability and internal validity. Based on aforementioned models, simplified equivalent were then created using a multi-linear regression (MLR) method. MLR models were also validated with the same metrics. The suggested models are considered useful for the estimation of retention times of amino acid analogues for a series of applications. PMID:26044385

  3. Anaphylaxis and Anaphylactoid Reactions: Diagnosis and Management.

    Luskin, Allan T.; Luskin, Susan S.

    1996-07-01

    Anaphylaxis is an acute fatal or potentially fatal hypersensitivity reaction. Anaphylaxis represent a clinical diagnosis based on history and physical examination and includes symptoms of airway obstruction, generalized skin reactions, particularly flushing, itching, urticaria, angioedema cardiovascular symptoms including hypotension and gastrointestinal symptoms. These symptoms result from the action of mast cell mediators, especially histamine and lipid mediators such as leukotrienes and platelet activating factor on shock tissue. The shock tissue includes blood vessels, mucous glands, smooth muscle, and nerve endings. Anaphylaxis follows the typical immediate hypersensitivity time course, with a reaction beginning within minutes of antigen exposure. A late-phase reaction hours after the initial reaction may occur. Mast cell mediator release can be triggered by both IgE and non--IgE-mediated factors. Therefore, anaphylaxis may be termed anaphylaxis (IgE mediated) or anaphylactoid (non--IgE mediated). The most common IgE-mediated triggers are drugs, typically penicillin or other beta-lactam antibiotics, foods, most commonly nuts, peanuts, fish and shellfish, or hymenoptera stings. Non-IgE-mediated causes include factors causing marked complement activation such as plasma proteins or compounds which act directly on the mast cell membrane, such as vancomycin, quinolone antibiotics, or radiographic contrast media. The pathophysiology of some trigger factors, such as aspirin, remains unclear. Therapy of anaphylaxis revolves around patient education, avoidance, desensitization or pharmacologic pretreatment when agents causing anaphylaxis need to be readministered, and early recognition and prompt therapy of reactions should they occur. PMID:11862283

  4. Hypersensitivity reactions to corticosteroids.

    Vatti, Rani R; Ali, Fatima; Teuber, Suzanne; Chang, Christopher; Gershwin, M Eric

    2014-08-01

    Hypersensitivity reactions to corticosteroids (CS) are rare in the general population, but they are not uncommon in high-risk groups such as patients who receive repeated doses of CS. Hypersensitivity reactions to steroids are broadly divided into two categories: immediate reactions, typically occurring within 1 h of drug administration, and non-immediate reactions, which manifest more than an hour after drug administration. The latter group is more common. We reviewed the literature using the search terms "hypersensitivity to steroids, adverse effects of steroids, steroid allergy, allergic contact dermatitis, corticosteroid side effects, and type I hypersensitivity" to identify studies or clinical reports of steroid hypersensitivity. We discuss the prevalence, mechanism, presentation, evaluation, and therapeutic options in corticosteroid hypersensitivity reactions. There is a paucity of literature on corticosteroid allergy, with most reports being case reports. Most reports involve non-systemic application of corticosteroids. Steroid hypersensitivity has been associated with type I IgE-mediated allergy including anaphylaxis. The overall prevalence of type I steroid hypersensitivity is estimated to be 0.3-0.5%. Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) is the most commonly reported non-immediate hypersensitivity reaction and usually follows topical CS application. Atopic dermatitis and stasis dermatitis of the lower extremities are risk factors for the development of ACD from topical CS. Patients can also develop hypersensitivity reactions to nasal, inhaled, oral, and parenteral CS. A close and detailed evaluation is required for the clinician to confirm the presence of a true hypersensitivity reaction to the suspected drug and choose the safest alternative. Choosing an alternative CS is not only paramount to the patient's safety but also ameliorates the worry of developing an allergic, and potentially fatal, steroid hypersensitivity reaction. This evaluation becomes

  5. Nuclear Reactions

    Bertulani, C. A.

    2009-01-01

    Nuclear reactions generate energy in nuclear reactors, in stars, and are responsible for the existence of all elements heavier than hydrogen in the universe. Nuclear reactions denote reactions between nuclei, and between nuclei and other fundamental particles, such as electrons and photons. A short description of the conservation laws and the definition of basic physical quantities is presented, followed by a more detailed account of specific cases: (a) formation and decay of compound nuclei;...

  6. Specialized Mediation.

    Hammond, Carol; And Others

    1992-01-01

    Six articles discuss librarians as mediators in special circumstances. Highlights include the reference librarian and the information paraprofessional; effective reference mediation for nontraditional public library users, including mentally impaired patrons and illiterate adults; the academic librarian's role in the education process; and…

  7. Complex Mediation

    Bødker, Susanne; Andersen, Peter Bøgh

    2005-01-01

    This article has its starting point in a large number of empirical findings regarding computer-mediated work. These empirical findings have challenged our understanding of the role of mediation in such work; on the one hand as an aspect of communication and cooperation at work and on the other ha...

  8. Current rectification by mediating electroactive polymers

    In this work we briefly review the theoretical basis for the electrochemical rectification in mediated redox reactions at redox polymer modified electrodes. Electrochemical rectification may have two distinct origins. It is either caused by a slow kinetics of the reaction between the external redox couple and the mediator or it is originated by a slow electronic transport within the film under an unfavorable thermodynamic condition. We show experimental results for the redox mediation reaction of poly(o-aminophenol) (POAP) on the Fe2+/3+ and on the Fe(CN)63-/4- redox couples in solution that prove the proposed mechanisms of electrochemical rectification

  9. Palladium-mediated intracellular chemistry

    Rahimi M. Yusop; Unciti-Broceta, Asier; Johansson, Emma M. V.; Rosario M. Sanchez-Martin; Bradley, Mark

    2011-01-01

    Many important intracellular biochemical reactions are modulated by transition metals, typically in the form of metalloproteins. The ability to carry out selective transformations inside a cell would allow researchers to manipulate or interrogate innumerable biological processes. Here, we show that palladium nanoparticles trapped within polystyrene microspheres can enter cells and mediate a variety of Pd-0-catalysed reactions, such as allylcarbamate cleavage and Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling....

  10. Metal-catalyzed asymmetric aldol reactions

    Dias, Luiz C.; Lucca Junior, Emilio C. de; Ferreira, Marco A. B.; Polo, Ellen C., E-mail: ldias@iqm.unicamp.br [Universidade de Campinas (UNICAMP), SP (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica

    2012-12-15

    The aldol reaction is one of the most powerful and versatile methods for the construction of C-C bonds. Traditionally, this reaction was developed in a stoichiometric version; however, great efforts in the development of chiral catalysts for aldol reactions were performed in recent years. Thus, in this review article, the development of metal-mediated chiral catalysts in Mukaiyama-type aldol reaction, reductive aldol reaction and direct aldol reaction are discussed. Moreover, the application of these catalysts in the total synthesis of complex molecules is discussed. (author)