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  1. Bone mineralisation in premature infants cannot be predicted from serum alkaline phosphatase or serum phosphate

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    Faerk, J; Peitersen, Birgit; Petersen, S; Michaelsen, K F

    2002-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The bone mineral content of premature infants at term is lower than in mature infants at the same postconceptional age. Serum alkaline phosphatase and serum phosphate are often used as indicators of bone mineralisation. OBJECTIVE: To analyse the association between bone mineral content and serum alkaline phosphatase and serum phosphate. METHODS: Serum alkaline phosphatase and phosphate were measured at weekly intervals during admission in 108 premature infants of gestational age belo...

  2. Serum Alkaline Phosphatase Predicts Mortality among Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients

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    Regidor, Deborah L; Csaba P. Kovesdy; Mehrotra, Rajnish; Rambod,Mehdi; Jing, Jennie; McAllister, Charles J.; van Wyck, David; Kopple, Joel D; Kalantar-Zadeh, Kamyar

    2008-01-01

    Several observational studies have demonstrated that serum levels of minerals and parathyroid hormone (PTH) have U- or J-shaped associations with mortality in maintenance hemodialysis patients, but the relationship between serum alkaline phosphatase (AlkPhos) and risk for all-cause or cardiovascular death is unknown. In this study, a 3-yr cohort of 73,960 hemodialysis patients in DaVita outpatient dialysis were studied, and the hazard ratios for all-cause and cardiovascular death were higher ...

  3. Alkaline phosphatase bone isoenzyme and osteocalcin in the serum of hyperthyroid cats.

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    Archer, F J; Taylor, S M

    1996-01-01

    The effect of hyperthyroidism on serum markers for increased bone metabolism and turnover was evaluated in 36 cats with elevated serum levels of thyroxine and alkaline phosphatase. Serum was analyzed for total and ionized calcium and phosphorous. Alkaline phosphatase isoenzymes were separated by agarose gel electrophoresis and osteocalcin was measured by radioimmunoassay. Values for hyperthyroid cats were compared with those for healthy cats. Alkaline phosphatase bone isoenzyme was markedly increased in all 36 hyperthyroid cats. Osteocalcin was increased in 44% of the cats. There was no correlation among the magnitude of increase in alkaline phosphatase bone isoenzyme, osteocalcin, and serum thyroxine concentrations. Increased serum phosphorus was found in 35% of the cats. Total calcium was within the reference range in all cats, while 50% of the cats had reduced levels of serum ionized calcium. We conclude that hyperthyroid cats do have altered bone metabolism, although it is usually clinically insignificant. PMID:9111692

  4. Serum alkaline phosphatase predicts survival outcomes in patients with skeletal metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma

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    Ying, Jin; Mei-Qin, Yuan; Jun-Qing, Chen; Yi-Ping, Zhang.

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Bone metastasis is frequently associated with nasopharyngeal carcinoma. The diagnosis and follow-up of bone metastatic patients usually relies on skeletal X-ray and bone scintigraphy, which are time-consuming and costly. This study aimed to evaluate whether serum alkaline phosphatase off [...] ers clinical value in predicting the clinical response and survival outcome for skeletal metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma. METHODS: Serum alkaline phosphatase was measured at baseline and then before each cycle of treatment in 416 nasopharyngeal carcinoma patients with bone metastasis. The correlations between the pre-treatment and post-treatment alkaline phosphatase levels and the treatment efficacy were analyzed using the chi-square test. Survival was analyzed using the Kaplan–Meier method and then compared using the log-rank test. RESULTS: Patients with elevated pre-treatment alkaline phosphatase (>110 IU/L) had significantly worse progression-free survival (P

  5. Distinct alkaline phosphatase in serum of patients with lymphatic leukemia and infectious mononucleosis

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    Neumann, H.; Moran, E.M.; Russell, R.M.; Rosenberg, I.H.

    1974-10-11

    A distinct alkaline phosphatase (phosphatase N) was demonstrated in the serum of patients with acute lymphatic leukemia, chronic lymphatic leukemia, and infectious mononucleosis. This enzyme closely resembles that extracted from the thymus of mice with lymphoma or lymphatic leukemia, both in its electrophoretic mobility and its substrate specificity. The phosphatase N activity was related to the clinical state of patients with lymphatic leukemia and disappeared with recovery from infectious mononucleosis.

  6. Changes in lactate dehydrogenase and alkaline phosphatase in serum of mice after x-irradiation

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    Changes in the activities of LDH and alkaline phosphatase in the serum of mice were investigated in detail from the 2nd day to the 30th day after whole-body X-irradiation of 400 R, a dose which produces 13%, 30-day-mortality. Serum LDH levels were significantly decreased during the first 6 days after irradiation, but subsequently returned to a normal range by the 14th day. Serum alkaline phosphatase levels were decreased to a minimum on the 12th day. They returned gradually to a level slightly below control level by the 22nd day. Serum LDH and alkaline phosphatase levels seem to be good indicators of radiation injury in mice during the 2-3 weeks after irradiation, even if they have been exposed to a sublethal dose. (auth.)

  7. Pre-transplantation and post-transplantation serum bone alkaline phosphatase levels in renal transplant patients

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    Alper GÜMÜ?; Öztürk, Sava?; DÜZ, Muhammed Emin; SARI, Soner; KOLDA?, Macit; AKAYDIN, Mükerrem

    2014-01-01

    Bone Alkaline Phosphatase (BAP) reflects the biosynthetic activity of the osteoblasts. End-stage renal disease and renal transplantation have effects on bone metabolism. The aim of this study was to evaluate serum BAP levels in pre-transplantation (pre-tx) and post-transplantation (post-tx) samples obtained from patients who underwent a renal transplantation. Forty end-stage renal disease patients (16 male and 24 female) undergoing transplantation and 40 healthy individuals (20 female and 20 ...

  8. The effects of Zinc supplementation on serum zinc, alkaline phosphatase activity and fracture healing of bones

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    Objective was to determine the effect of zinc supplementation on callus information, serum zinc and alkaline phosphatase activity in humans. This randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled clinical trial was conducted on 60 patients with traumatic bone fracture referred to Shohada Hospital of Tabriz, Iran from August to December 2007. Subjects were randomly divided into 2 groups: cases (n=30), receiving one capsule of zinc sulfate consists of 50 mg zinc each day and the controls (n=30), receiving placebo for 60 days. Individual and clinical information was determined by a questionnaire: nutritional intake by 3 days food records at the beginning and the end of trial. Serum zinc and alkaline phosphatase was measured by atomic absorption spectroscopy and by enzymatic method. Callus information during fracture healing was evaluated by radiography of the bone. There was no significant difference in physical activity, gender, age, type of fractures and nutrient intake, between the 2 groups. The administration of zinc caused a significant elevation of serum zinc and alkaline phosphatase activity. Assessment of bone x-rays showed a significant progress in callus formation in cases compared to the controls. This study shows that zinc supplementation can stimulate fracture healing, however, it needs further study. (author)

  9. ALP (Alkaline Phosphatase) Test

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    ... Formal name: Alkaline Phosphatase Related tests: AST ; ALT ; GGT ; Bilirubin ; Liver Panel ; Bone Markers ; Alkaline Phosphatase Isoenzymes; ... may be done to determine the cause. A GGT test and/or a test for 5'-nucleotidase ...

  10. Relationship between serum heat-stable alkaline phosphatase level and pregnancy

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    Serum heat-stable alkaline phosphatase (HSAP) level in 649 cases of normal pregnancy and 164 cases of high-risk pregnancy is measured by radioimmunoassay (RIA). The results indicate that the HSAP level in normal pregnancy increased proportionally with gestation weeks (r = 0.9843). In 33 cases of pregnancy induced hypertension and 21 cases of intrauterine fetal growth retardation, the HSAP level is significantly low. In 7 cases of neonatal asphyxia and 26 cases of fetal distress, the HSAP level in the mother's serum is also low. In 53 cases of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy, the HSAP level is similar to those of normal pregnancy. This study illustrates that HSAP RIA can play an important role in the evaluation of placental function and fetal prognosis for cases of high-risk pregnancy

  11. Serum Bone Alkaline Phosphatase in Assessing Illness Severity of Infected Neonates in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

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    Zhang, Yaozong; Xue, Chenguang; Zhu, Tian; Du, Xiaolan; Su, Nan; Qi, Huabing; Yang, Jing; Shi, Yuan; Chen, Lin

    2011-01-01

    Background: Infections can influence bone metabolism of neonates, which may lead to changes in some bone metabolism biomarkers. The purpose of this study was to determine whether serum bone alkaline phosphatase (BALP), osteocalcin (OC) and beta carboxy-terminal peptide of type I collagen (CTX), as specific biomarkers of bone metabolism, can be used to assess the severity of neonatal infections.

  12. Association between Serum Alkaline Phosphatase Level and Cerebral Small Vessel Disease

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    Lee, Han-Bin; Kim, Jinkwon; Kim, Sang-Heum; Kim, Soonhag; Kim, Ok-Joon; Oh, Seung-Hun

    2015-01-01

    Background Serum alkaline phosphatase (ALP) is a marker of vascular calcification. A high serum ALP level is associated with an increase in cardiovascular events, and predicts poor functional outcome in patients with stroke. We investigated whether serum ALP was associated with cerebral small vessel disease (cSVD) and large cerebral artery stenosis (LCAS). Methods We evaluated vascular risk factors, brain magnetic resonance images (MRIs), and MR angiograms from 1,011 neurologically healthy participants. The presence of silent lacunar infarction (SLI) and moderate-to-severe cerebral white matter hyperintensities (MS-cWMH) were evaluated as indices of cSVD on brain MRIs. Findings of extracranial arterial stenosis (ECAS) or intracranial arterial stenosis (ICAS) were considered to be indices of LCAS on MR angiograms. Results Subjects with SLI (odds ratio [OR]: 2.09; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.27–3.42; p = 0.004) and MS-cWMH (OR: 1.48; 95% CI; 1.03–2.13, p = 0.036) were significantly more likely to have ALP levels in the third tertile (ALP ? 195 IU/L) than the first tertile (ALP ? 155 IU/L), after adjusting for cardiovascular risk factors. The mean serum ALP level was significantly higher in patients with SLI or MS-cWMH compared to patients without those findings. After adjustment for confounding factors, the multivariate model found that the statistical significance of serum ALP remained when the presence of SLI (OR: 1.05 per 10 IU/L increase in ALP; 95% CI: 1.02–1.08; p = 0.003) or MS-cWMH (OR: 1.03 per 10 IU/L increase in ALP; 95% CI: 1.00–1.06; p = 0.025) were added to the model. There were no differences in the proportions of patients with LCAS, ICAS, and ECAS across the serum ALP tertiles. Conclusions Our study of neurologically healthy participants found a positive association between serum ALP level and indicators of cSVD, but no association between serum ALP level and the indicators of LCAS. PMID:26580067

  13. Serum alkaline phosphatase as a diagnostic criterion in experimental radiation disease

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    In the serum of full grown male Wistar rats irradiated with 60Co (100, 30a, 500 and 800 R) and in a control group the activity of serum alkaline phosphatase and its isoenzymes was investigated at various time intervals after irradiation. Changes in the general activity had a phasic character. A statistically significant drop of activity was found between the 2nd and 5th day after 500 R and permanently from the 2nd day after irradiation with 800 R. Changes in the activity of the intestinal and liver isoenzyme also had a phasic character. The activity of the intestinal isoenzyme declined significantly already on the first day after irradiation with 300 R and higher doses; the drop on the 2nd day after irradiation with 100 R was significant at the 5% level of significance. Investigation of the activity of the intestinal isoenzyme can be used as a rough biological dosimeter. The serum activity of the hepatic isoenzyme declined significantly on the 3rd to 5th day after irradiation with 500 and 800 R, which is in keeping with changes of the enzyme activity in the liver. After a dose of 800 R a progressing decline of activity of the bone isoenzyme was found even after 100 and 500 R. The findings are typical for the development of the gastrointestinal and osseous radiation syndrome. They may be used for the evaluation of the effect of radioprotective substances and therapeutic procedures and as a simple biochemical diagnostic and prognostic criterion of the action of ionizing radiation in experiments on rats. (author)

  14. Osteopenia and reduced serum alkaline phosphatase activity in grazing lambs naturally infected with gastrointestinal nematodes.

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    Thamsborg, S M; Hauge, E M

    2001-01-01

    The effect of gastrointestinal nematode infections on bone development was investigated in growing sheep on pasture. Forty-five weaned lambs from six groups in a two-factorial design incorporating stocking rate (SR; low, medium and high) and presence or absence of infection on pasture were sampled in the late grazing season. Worm counts were performed at slaughter, and the left metacarpal bones were excised for bone assessment. Faecal egg counts and worm burdens, primarily of Ostertagia circumcincta and Trichostrongylus vitrinus, were considerably higher in the high SR infected group ("I-High") than in comparable animals at low or medium SRs, whereas uninfected groups showed negligible egg excretion. Clinical biochemistry revealed significantly reduced serum concentrations of albumin, calcium and alkaline phosphatase in infected lambs. Nematode infections were associated with significant reductions in bone mineral density (30% at high SR), measured by dual energy X-ray absorptiometry, and in bone size (9%). Histomorphometry indicated thinning of the trabecular structure and reduced bone formation in the infected groups, particularly the I-High group. Bone mineral density, bone tissue volume and structural changes were strongly associated with log-transformed worm counts. The study showed that lambs suffering from moderate to heavy degrees of naturally acquired gastrointestinal nematode infection developed marked osteopenia after weaning, i.eduring the later part of the grazing season. PMID:11578136

  15. Serum alkaline phosphatase (SAP) activity following exposure to cadmium and/or 60Co gamma irradiation

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    Two hundred and sixteen male Sprague-Dawley (S-D) rats were assigned at random to nine groups of 24 rats each. Rats were injected with cadmium (Cd) intraperitoneally every 3 days for 29 days for a total of nine injections. Injection doses were 0, 1.0, or 2.5 mg Cd kg-1 body weight. Twenty-four hours after the last Cd injection (day 30), each rat received an acute whole-body 60Co gamma radiation dose of 0, 3.62, or 5.43 Gray (Gy) at a dose rate of 3.304 Gy min-1. Eight rats from each of 9 groups were sacrificed on day 1, 7, or 21. High dose radiation administered 24 hours following the last dosage of Cd caused significantly elevated serum alkaline phosphatase levels, whereas high dose cadmium caused the enzyme to be significantly depressed. When Cd and radiation were used as the co-insult, the combination of high Cd-high radiation was more effective than either cadmium or radiation alone, suggesting a previously reported cadmium metal protection against the radiation. Although the precise mechanism is unknown, they speculate that the protection afforded by cadmium against radiation might be attributed to different conformations of metal-induced metallothionein cysteine clusters. Further, these clusters are likely dependent upon conversion between conformational forms requiring specific levels of metal ion site occupancy

  16. Correlation of Common Biochemical Markers for Bone Turnover, Serum Calcium, and Alkaline Phosphatase in Post-Menopausal Women

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    BHATTARAI, Tirtha; Bhattacharya, Koushik; Chaudhuri, Prasenjit; Sengupta, Pallav

    2014-01-01

    The quality of life for women after menopause is one of the key health issues today, and osteoporosis is a silently progressing metabolic bone disease widely prevalent in post-menopausal women in India. Rapid bone loss occurs in post-menopausal women due to hormonal factors that lead to an increased risk of fractures. Thus, the present study was undertaken to observe the serum calcium and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) levels in post-menopausal women as these substances are biochemical markers of...

  17. Alkaline phosphatase activity in blood serum of dogs exposed to a mixture of external ?-radiation and internal ?-radiation

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    Alkaline phosphatase activity in dog blood serum was studied for two years following separate and combined exposure to gamma radiation (6.45 to 51.6 mc/kg) and inhaled submicron 239Pu oxide containing 25% 241Am in chronically effective amounts (approx. 7-10 kBq/kg). Alkaline phosphatase activity was of an ondulatory nature and the significance of changes depended on the kind and the level of radiation as well as the time lapsed from the start of the expose. With the combined exposure to gamma and alpha radiation in the doses used no enhancement of the effec twaas noted as compared with the action of each factor applied separately

  18. ESTIMATION OF SERUM ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE, CHOLESTEROL, CALCIUM AND PHOSPHORUS DURING PRE-LA YING AND LAYING CONDITIONS IN DIFFERENT STRAINS OF CHICKENS

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    Bashir Mahmood Bhatti, Tanzeela Talat and Rozina Sardar

    2002-01-01

    In order to estimate serum alkaline phosphatase, cholesterol, calcium and phosphorus during pre-laying and laying reproductive conditions, 60 hens of Desi, Fayoumi, Cross (Rhode Island Red X Fayoumi} and Nick Chick strains were maintained for one year. Five random blood samples from each strain were collected and analyzed during both pre egg laying and egg laying physiological conditions. It was observed that alkaline phosphatase activity increased significantly (P

  19. Potentiometric assay for acid and alkaline phosphatase

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    Simple potentiometric kinetic assay for evaluation of acid and alkaline phosphatase activity has been developed. Enzymatically catalyzed hydrolysis of monofluorophosphate, the simplest inorganic compound containing P-F bond, has been investigated as the basis of the assays. Fluoride ions formed in the course of the hydrolysis of this specific substrate have been detected using conventional fluoride ion-selective electrode based on membrane made of lanthanum fluoride. The key analytical parameters necessary for sensitive and selective detection of both enzymes have been assessed. Maximal sensitivity of the assays was observed at monofluorophosphate concentration near 10-3 M. Maximal sensitivity of acid phosphatase assay was found at pH 6.0, but pH of 4.8 is recommended to eliminate effects from alkaline phosphatase. Optimal pH for alkaline phosphatase assay is 9.0. The utility of the developed substrate-sensor system for determination of acid and alkaline phosphatase activity in human serum has been demonstrated

  20. Transient increase in total serum alkaline phosphatase predicts radiological response to systemic therapy in breast cancer patients with osteolytic and mixed bone metastases.

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    DOGLIOTTI, Luigi; BERRUTI, Alfredo

    1993-01-01

    Assessment of the response of bone metastases to endocrine or chemotherapy is difficult, and true response rate is probably underestimated by UICC criteria. Biochemical markers of osteoblast activity, which is linked with bone healing, could be useful for early detection of treatment response. We studied changes in osteoblast function, assessed by serial serum total alkaline phosphatase (tALP) at 0, 1, 2, 3 months from the start of systemic therapy, in 31 patients bearing bone metastases from...

  1. Relationship between serum heat-stable alkaline phosphatase activity and blood pressure in patients with pre-eclampsia and eclampsia

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    Aliyu I; Isah H; Afonja O

    2006-01-01

    Background : The objective of this study was to explore the relationship, if any, between theserum heat-stable alkaline phosphatase (HS-ALP) activity and the blood pressure (BP) of patients with pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. Method : The activity of HS-ALP was measured using the 4– nitrophenyl phosphate (4– NPP) method after incubation at a high temperature of 65 0 C for exactly 30 minutes in one hundred normal pregnant women and in another one hundred with pre-eclampsia...

  2. Evolution of alkaline phosphatases in primates.

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    Goldstein, D J; Rogers, C.; HARRIS, H.

    1982-01-01

    Alkaline phosphatase [orthophosphoric-monoester phosphohydrolase (alkaline optimum), EC 3.1.3.1] in placenta, intestine, liver, kidney, bone, and lung from a variety of primate species has been characterized by quantitative inhibition, thermostability, and immunological studies. Characteristic human placental-type alkaline phosphatase occurs in placentas of great apes (chimpanzee and orangutan) but not in placentas of other primates, including gibbon. It is also present in trace amounts in hu...

  3. Effects of 60Co gamma-ray local irradiation on rat liver on alkaline phosphatase, lactate dehydrogenase and catalase in the liver and serum

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    Rats were given a single exposure of various doses (0, 5, 50, 500, and 5000 rads) to local irradiation of 60Co ?-ray on liver. Activities of alkaline phosphatase (ALP), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and catalase in the serum and liver were measured at various time intervals after irradiation. These results were summarized as follows; 1. ALP activity in the serum had no effect on irradiation up to 500 rads, but in the case of 5000 rads irradiation exhibited a marked loss from 4 days after irradiation. ALP activity in the liver to 5000 rads exposure on 7 days after irradiation increased, on the other hand in the serum decreased, and the patterns of ALP activities in the liver and serum to the irradiation doses were opposite. 2. LDH activity in the serum by exposure to 5, 500 and 5000 rads increased at 4 days after irradiation, but at 7 days significantly decreased. LDH activity in the liver to the irradiation doses on 7 days after irradiation did not markedly change, but in the serum it tended to be low in inverse proportion to the irradiation doses. 3. Catalase activity in the serum to 50 and 500 rads exposure increased at 4 days after irradiation and decreased at 7 days, but to 5000 rads exposure it decreased in the course of time. Catalase activity in the liver and serum on 7 days after irradiation were inversely proportional to irradiation doses. It is difficult that catalase activity makes a index of clinical irradiation effects, because catalase activity decrease under the various conditions, such as cancer, anemia, infection of bacterias and so on. Since activities of ALP and LDH increase in almost disease, decrease of ALP activity and decrease following temporary increase of LDH activity by irradiation may be able to become a clinical indicator on irradiation effects. (author)

  4. Serum proteins, trace metals and phosphatases in psoriasis

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    Bhatnagar M

    1994-01-01

    Full Text Available Serum proteins, zinc, copper, acid phosphatase (AcPase and alkaline phosphatase (AlPase were studied in both active and remission phases of psoriasis. Data were compared with healthy controls, ?1, ? and ? globulins were high in active phase while ?1 and ? globulins were at par in remission phase. Serum copper was low but zinc and alkaline phosphatase were significantly high in both active and remission phases of the disease. Acid phosphatase level was at par in all the experimental groups. Study suggests a positive correlation of globulin, zinc and Alpase in active and remission phase of psoriasis.

  5. High serum alkaline phosphatase cooperating with MMP-9 predicts metastasis and poor prognosis in patients with primary osteosarcoma in Southern China

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    Han Ju

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Osteosarcoma is a malignant tumor with high ability to form invasion and metastasis. Identifying prognostic factor in osteosarcoma is helpful to select those patients for more aggressive management. Our study evaluated serum alkaline phosphatase (ALP cooperating with matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9 as an important prognostic predictor for local recurrence and distant metastasis of osteosarcoma. Methods 177 cases were included from the osteosarcoma patients treated at 1st Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University (1999-2008. Pre-chemotherapy serum ALP (pre-ALP were studied and correlated with tumor recurrence, lung metastasis and patient survival. MMP-9 protein in tumor tissues was detected by immunohistochemistry and correlated with pre-ALP level. Results Pre-ALP were partitioned into normal, high, and very high groups, in each group the incidence of metastases was 12.2%, 21.2% and 34.6%, respectively (p = 0.007. In the three groups the mean disease-free survival (DFS was 57 ± 3.15, 28 ± 3.57 and 14 ± 3.35 months, respectively (p Conclusions Pre-ALP was an independent prognostic factor for the survival of osteosarcoma patients in south China, and correlated with MMP-9 expression and lung metastasis. ALP can also serve as a prognostic marker for treatment, and merit large-scale validation studies.

  6. Cationized dextran nanoparticle-encapsulated CXCR4-siRNA enhanced correlation between CXCR4 expression and serum alkaline phosphatase in a mouse model of colorectal cancer

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    Abedini F

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Fatemeh Abedini,1 Hossein Hosseinkhani,2 Maznah Ismail,1,3 Abraham J Domb,4 Abdul Rahman Omar,1,5 Pei Pei Chong,1,2 Po-Da Hong,3 Dah-Shyong Yu,6 Ira-Yudovin Farber41Laboratory of Molecular Biomedicine, Institute of Bioscience, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, 2Graduate Institute of Biomedical Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan, 3Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia, 4Institute of Drug Research, The Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, School of Pharmacy-Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, 5Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia, 6Nanomedicine Research Center, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, TaiwanPurpose: The failure of colorectal cancer treatments is partly due to overexpression of CXCR4 by tumor cells, which plays a critical role in cell metastasis. Moreover, serum alkaline phosphatase (ALP levels are frequently elevated in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. A polysaccharide, dextran, was chosen as the vector of siRNA. Spermine was conjugated to oxidized dextran by reductive amination process to obtain cationized dextran, so-called dextran-spermine, in order to prepare CXCR4-siRNAs/dextran-spermine nanoparticles. The fabricated nanoparticles were used in order to investigate whether downregulation of CXCR4 expression could affect serum ALP in mouse models of colorectal cancer.Methods: Colorectal cancer was established in BALB/C mice following injection of mouse colon carcinoma cells CT.26WT through the tail vein. CXCR4 siRNA for two sites of the target gene was administered following injection of naked siRNA or siRNA encapsulated into nanoparticles.Results: In vivo animal data revealed that CXCR4 silencing by dextran-spermine nanoparticles significantly downregulated CXCR4 expression compared with naked CXCR4 siRNA. Furthermore, there was correlation between CXCR4 expression and serum ALP.Conclusion: CXCR4 siRNA/dextran-spermine nanoparticles appear to be highly effective, and may be suitable for further in vivo applications. Further research evaluation will be needed to determine the effect of CXCR4 silencing on serum ALP levels, which may be a useful marker to predict liver metastasis in colorectal cancer.Keywords: nanoparticles, cationized dextran, colorectal cancer, serum ALP enzyme, CXCR4, siRNA

  7. Negative modulation of alkaline phosphatase and creatine kinase by homobrassinolide

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    G. Nirmal Kumar

    2011-04-01

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    Homobrassinolide is a plant hormone implicated in plant growth and development. Its effect on animal metabolism was less known to date. We have investigated its effect on the marker enzymes such as alkaline phosphatase and creatine kinase in selected rat tissues-brain, heart, liver, kidney, skeletal muscle and testis. Homobrassinolide was administered (66 and 330ng/ Kg body weight intradermally in male albino wistar strain rats and changes in alkaline phosphatase and creatine kinase activities were measured. An overall reduction in both the enzyme activities occurred within 2hr of administration with few exceptions. The reaction rate constants for the enzyme activities were in the order 10-7 mM/min for alkaline phosphatase and 10-3 mM/min for creatine kinase. Time course studies indicated a decrease in enzyme activities as a function of time. Elevated hemoglobin content correlated with rise in erythrocyte number. Blood glucose level decreased by a percentage of 15.7 and 21.7 compared to control with the administration of 10?g and 50?g homobrassinolide respectively. Serum cholesterol content showed 15% decrease and 25% increase compared to control following 10?g and 50?g homobrassinolide administration. We conclude that homobrassinolide inhibited both the enzymes in the tissues and produced erythrocytosis, leukocytosis and hypoglycemia, while cellular phosphorylation status remained principally affected by this oxysterol in rat. Even though the physiological and pathological significance of these observations is not clear, it is suggested that 28-HB enriched diets may not be appropriate for higher energy related work activities.

    Keywords: Alkaline phosphatase; Creatine kinase; Homobrassinolide; Oxysterol; Phosphorylation; Rate constant.

  8. A calixpyridinium-based supramolecular tandem assay for alkaline phosphatase and its application to ATP hydrolysis reaction.

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    Wang, Kui; Cui, Jian-Hua; Xing, Si-Yang; Dou, Hong-Xi

    2016-02-24

    We have successfully implemented the supramolecular tandem assay principle for the real-time, continuous, direct, and label-free monitoring of alkaline phosphatase activity through a fluorescence "switch-off" assay based on a novel calixpyridinium/dye reporter pair. Because several diseases can be preliminarily diagnosed in light of an abnormal level of alkaline phosphatase in serum, the application of tandem assays to selectively monitor alkaline phosphatase activity has feasible implications in disease diagnosis. PMID:26830788

  9. High Molecular Weight Alkaline Phosphatase Changes Following Animal Copper Treatment

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    Karimi

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Background Although trace amounts of copper (Cu are necessary to maintain proper body functions, the excess amount can contribute to the development of hepatic dysfunction. Objectives This study aimed to investigate the relationship between copper treatment and changes in the serum concentration of high molecular weight alkaline phosphatase (HMW-ALP. Materials and Methods Male Wistar rats were injected intraperitoneally (IP with copper (Cu as copper chloride (CuCl2. 4H2O 4, 2 and 1 mg/kg for 10, 30 and 60 days respectively. Animals were killed at indicated time and blood samples were collected, and sera was separated and used for alkaline phosphatase activity determinations and also for isoenzymes gel filtration chromatography and Sephacryl S-300 was used. Results Obtained data showed that with increasing administration of copper, the ALP activity was elevated significantly. In comparison with the control group the elevations were between 20%-56% using gel filtration chromatography. It was found that the elevation of serum ALP was mostly due to HMW-ALP. Conclusions The elevation of HMW-ALP activity in Cu treated animal suggests the occurrence of biliary disease. This may be used as a biomarker for the diagnosis of copper toxicity.

  10. A study of the alkaline and acid phosphatase activities in acute uranium intoxication

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    Comparative study of the ability of the sodium salt of diethylbarbituric acid and acetazolamide to protect the kidneys is conducted under conditions of acute uranium intoxication in rats. The parameters studied are alkaline and acid phosphatase activities in the serum and urine and phosphatase activity in the kidneys (histochemically as described by Gomori) followed up until the 30th day after the total uranyl acetate dose was reached (2 or 7 mg per kg bodyweight). Either compound exerted only minor effect on serum alkaline phosphatase activity. Sodium diethylbarbiturate induced distinct fluctuations in urinary alkaline phosphatase activity throughout the entire study period, but the differences never reached statistical significance. Acetazolamide caused essential decrease in urinary alkaline phosphatase activity. In either case renal tissue protection from the action of the uranyl ion may be suggested. This assumption is supported by the histochemical analysis. The compounds appeared to have no effect on serum acid phosphatase activity which showed high variability both in control and in treated rats. (Ch.K.)

  11. Alkaline phosphatase and peroxidase in goldfish (Carassius auratus) leukocytes.

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    Garavini, C; Martelli, P

    1981-01-01

    Alkaline phosphatase activity and peroxidase activity were studied in granulocytes from the peripheral blood of Carassius auratus by cytochemical procedures for both light and electron-microscope examination. Alkaline phosphatase reaction products appeared in juvenile neutrophil granules and in portions of eosinophil granules. Peroxidase reaction products were observed in mature neutrophil granules and in portions of eosinophil granules. Basophils showed negative results. The presence of alkaline phosphatase in the early neutrophil stages only, suggestes that juvenile neutrophils in the peripheral blood of golfish have a peculiar function. PMID:7271703

  12. Evolution of alkaline phosphatase in marine species of Vibrio.

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    Woolkalis, M J; Baumann, P.

    1981-01-01

    The evolution of alkaline phosphatase was studied in marine species of Vibrio. Two antisera prepared against purified alkaline phosphatases from Vibrio splendidus and Vibrio harveyi were used to estimate the amino acid sequence divergence of this enzyme in 51 strains belonging to nine species. The methods used were the quantitative microcomplement fixation technique and the Ouchterlony double-diffusion procedure. There was a high degree of congruence between the measurement of the amino acid ...

  13. Negative modulation of alkaline phosphatase and creatine kinase by homobrassinolide

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    G. Nirmal Kumar; S Lakshmy; Srikumar, K.

    2011-01-01

    Homobrassinolide is a plant hormone implicated in plant growth and development. Its effect on animal metabolism was less known to date. We have investigated its effect on the marker enzymes such as alkaline phosphatase and creatine kinase in selected rat tissues-brain, heart, liver, kidney, skeletal muscle and testis. Homobrassinolide was administered (66 and 330ng/ Kg body weight) intradermally in male albino wistar strain rats and changes in alkaline phosphatase and creatine kinase...

  14. Effects of Fok-I polymorphism in vitamin D receptor gene on serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D, bone-specific alkaline phosphatase and calcaneal quantitative ultrasound parameters in young adults.

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    Tanabe, Rieko; Kawamura, Yuka; Tsugawa, Naoko; Haraikawa, Mayu; Sogabe, Natsuko; Okano, Toshio; Hosoi, Takayuki; Goseki-Sone, Masae

    2015-01-01

    Several genes have been implicated as genetic determinants of osteoporosis. Vitamin D receptor (VDR) is an intracellular hormone receptor that specifically binds to the biologically active form of vitamin D, 1-alpha, 25- dihydroxyvitamin D3 [1, 25(OH)2D], and mediates its effects. One of the most frequently studied single nucleotide polymorphisms is the restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) Fok-I (rs2228570). The presence of a Fok-I site, designated f, allows protein translation to initiate from the first ATG. An allele lacking the site (ATG>ACG: designated F), initiates from a second ATG site. In the present study, we explored the effect of the VDR Fok-I genotype on associations among serum bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (ALP), 25- hydroxyvitamin D3 [25(OH)D], 1, 25(OH)2D, and the dietary nutrient intake in healthy young Japanese subjects (n=193). Dietary nutrient intakes were calculated based on 3-day food records before the day of blood examinations. Quantitative ultrasound (QUS) parameters at the right calcaneus (heel bone) were measured. The allele frequencies were 0.622 for the F allele and 0.378 for the f allele in all subjects. Grouped by the VDR genotype, a significant positive correlation between the levels of serum bone-specific ALP and 25(OH)D was observed in the FF-type (p=0.005), but not in the ff-type. In addition, there was a significant positive correlation between the level of serum 25(OH)D and osteo-sono assessment index (OSI) in the FF-type (p=0.008), but not in the ff-type. These results suggest that the level of circulating 25(OH)D is an important factor when assessing the VDR Fok-I polymorphism to prevent osteoporosis. PMID:26078251

  15. Sensitive optical detection of alkaline phosphatase activity with quantum dots

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    Ren, Xiangling [Laboratory of Controllable Preparation and Application of Nanomaterials, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No. 29, Zhongguancun East Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100190 (China); The State Key Laboratory of Bioelectronics, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096 (China); Chen, Zhenzhen; Chen, Xiaoying; Liu, Jing [Laboratory of Controllable Preparation and Application of Nanomaterials, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No. 29, Zhongguancun East Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100190 (China); Tang, Fangqiong, E-mail: tangfq@mail.ipc.ac.cn [Laboratory of Controllable Preparation and Application of Nanomaterials, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No. 29, Zhongguancun East Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100190 (China)

    2014-01-15

    A simple method has been developed to detect the activity of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) by the changing of fluorescence intensities of the quantum dots (QDs). In this system, the fluorescence intensities of the QDs were quenched by p-nitrophenol (pNP) which was produced in the process of ALP catalytic reaction. A series of linear calibration curves of the activity of ALP were obtained in different pH buffer solutions. The wide linear range was 3–1000 U L{sup ?1} and the detection limit was 3 U L{sup ?1} (S/N=3). Furthermore, the experimental conditions of biosensor were optimized, and anti-interference ability was presented. The activity of ALP was also detected in serum and the recovery of ALP in serum samples was more than 95%. The excellent performance of this biosensor indicates that it can be used in practice detection of ALP. -- Highlights: • A sensitive ALP biosensor is constructed based on QDs without complex processes. • The analysis processing is very convenient, simple and rapid. • The detection mechanism of the ALP biosensor is studied by XPS. • The paper proposes a feasible approach for some substrates or enzymes detecting.

  16. Sensitive optical detection of alkaline phosphatase activity with quantum dots

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    A simple method has been developed to detect the activity of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) by the changing of fluorescence intensities of the quantum dots (QDs). In this system, the fluorescence intensities of the QDs were quenched by p-nitrophenol (pNP) which was produced in the process of ALP catalytic reaction. A series of linear calibration curves of the activity of ALP were obtained in different pH buffer solutions. The wide linear range was 3–1000 U L?1 and the detection limit was 3 U L?1 (S/N=3). Furthermore, the experimental conditions of biosensor were optimized, and anti-interference ability was presented. The activity of ALP was also detected in serum and the recovery of ALP in serum samples was more than 95%. The excellent performance of this biosensor indicates that it can be used in practice detection of ALP. -- Highlights: • A sensitive ALP biosensor is constructed based on QDs without complex processes. • The analysis processing is very convenient, simple and rapid. • The detection mechanism of the ALP biosensor is studied by XPS. • The paper proposes a feasible approach for some substrates or enzymes detecting

  17. Phosphate Binding in the Active Site of Alkaline Phosphatase and the Interactions of 2-Nitrosoacetophenone with Alkaline Phosphatase-Induced Small Structural Changes

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    ZHANG, LE; Buchet, René; Azzar, Gérard

    2004-01-01

    To monitor structural changes during the binding of Pi to the active site of mammalian alkaline phosphatase in water medium, reaction-induced infrared spectroscopy was used. The interaction of Pi with alkaline phosphatase was triggered by a photorelease of ATP from the inactive P3-[1-(2-nitrophenyl)]ethyl ester of ATP. After photorelease, ATP was sequentially hydrolyzed by alkaline phosphatase giving rise to adenosine and three Pi. Although a phosphodiesterase activity was detected prior the ...

  18. phoD Alkaline Phosphatase Gene Diversity in Soil.

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    Ragot, Sabine A; Kertesz, Michael A; Bünemann, Else K

    2015-10-01

    Phosphatase enzymes are responsible for much of the recycling of organic phosphorus in soils. The PhoD alkaline phosphatase takes part in this process by hydrolyzing a range of organic phosphoesters. We analyzed the taxonomic and environmental distribution of phoD genes using whole-genome and metagenome databases. phoD alkaline phosphatase was found to be spread across 20 bacterial phyla and was ubiquitous in the environment, with the greatest abundance in soil. To study the great diversity of phoD, we developed a new set of primers which targets phoD genes in soil. The primer set was validated by 454 sequencing of six soils collected from two continents with different climates and soil properties and was compared to previously published primers. Up to 685 different phoD operational taxonomic units were found in each soil, which was 7 times higher than with previously published primers. The new primers amplified sequences belonging to 13 phyla, including 71 families. The most prevalent phoD genes identified in these soils were affiliated with the orders Actinomycetales (13 to 35%), Bacillales (1 to 29%), Gloeobacterales (1 to 18%), Rhizobiales (18 to 27%), and Pseudomonadales (0 to 22%). The primers also amplified phoD genes from additional orders, including Burkholderiales, Caulobacterales, Deinococcales, Planctomycetales, and Xanthomonadales, which represented the major differences in phoD composition between samples, highlighting the singularity of each community. Additionally, the phoD bacterial community structure was strongly related to soil pH, which varied between 4.2 and 6.8. These primers reveal the diversity of phoD in soil and represent a valuable tool for the study of phoD alkaline phosphatase in environmental samples. PMID:26253682

  19. Chromatographic separation of alkaline phosphatase from dental enamel

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    Moe, D; Kirkeby, S; Salling, E

    1989-01-01

    Alkaline phosphatase (AP) was prepared from partly mineralized bovine enamel by extraction in phosphate buffer, centrifugation and various chromatographic techniques. Chromatofocusing showed that the enamel enzyme possessed five isoelectric points at the acid pH level ranging from pH 5.7 to pH 4.4. Three enzyme peaks were eluted using low pressure chromatography with a Bio-gel column. With a HPLC gel filtration column the separation of the enamel extract resulted in only one peak with AP activit...

  20. A description of alkaline phosphatases from marine organisms

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    Tian, Jiyuan; Jia, Hongbing; Yu, Juan

    2015-12-01

    Alkaline phosphatases (APs) are non-specific phosphohydrolases, and they are widely used in clinical diagnostics and biological studies. APs are widespread in nature and exhibit different structural formulations. Based on the diversity of biogenetic sources, APs exhibit temperature-propensity traits, and they are classified as psychrophilic, mesophilic, and thermophilic. In this article, the characteristics of psychrophilic APs from marine organisms were described, accompanied by a simple description of APs from other organisms. This review will facilitate better utilization of marine APs in the biotechnology field.

  1. ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE ACTIVITY AS A MARKER OF DOG SEMEN FREEZABILITY

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    KOSINIAK-KAMYSZ K.

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The investigation was performed to evaluate the dog semen freezability and itsquality after thawing allowing its use for artificial insemination (AI. On the basis ofsperm motility, concentration and alkaline phosphatase (AP activity in semenplasma it was possible to establish that AP activity corresponds with the basic factorof semen examination. Significant statistical differences occurred between thequality of ejaculates which were qualified or disqualified to deep freezing and AI.These results show that AP activity in raw dog semen plasma can be used as amarker for the dog semen qualification for deep freezing and AI with 95%probability of the prognosis of the results.

  2. As fosfatases alcalinas, transaminases e gama-glutamil-transferase séricas em pacientes epilépticos tratados com carbamazepina The serum alkaline phosphatases, transaminases, and gamma-glutamil transferases in epileptic patients treated with carbamazepine

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    Helder Jacobina Santos

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: A carbamazepina é a droga utilizada no tratamento de pacientes com epilepsia parcial (ou focal secundariamente generalizada. Apesar do uso terapêutico, este fármaco tem sido implicado no aumento das atividades séricas de algumas enzimas. Alguns autores descreveram valores de prevalência de 7,7%, 13% e 22% para aumento de atividade das fosfatases alcalinas séricas (FA ou EC 3.1.3.1. A divergência de resultados também foi encontrada para as atividades da gama-glutamil-transferase sérica (gama-glutamil transferase ou GGT ou EC 2.3.2.2. OBJETIVO: Assim, a meta desta pesquisa é determinar, dentre outros objetivos, a freqüência de alterações nas atividades das FA, GGT e transaminases (AST, aspartato-amino-transferase, EC 2.6.1.1; e ALT, alanina-amino-transferase, EC 2.6.1.2 de uma amostra de pacientes do ambulatório de epilepsia em Salvador, Bahia. MATERIAL E MÉTODOS: O desenho do estudo é descritivo do tipo série de casos, aprovado pelo Comitê de Ética local, no qual uma amostra de conveniência de 52 pacientes epilépticos de acompanhamento ambulatorial foi obtida sem interferência dos pesquisadores. Estes pacientes foram organizados por faixa etária de 12 a 30 e de 31 a 90 anos e, subdivididos por tempo de monoterapia com carbamazepina. As atividades séricas das enzimas GGT, FA, AST e ALT foram determinadas. RESULTADOS: As proporções de alterações por variáveis foram descritas: 42% para as FA, 18% para as GGT, 2% para as ALT e 12% para as AST, respectivamente. A faixa etária de 12 a 30 anos apresentou 56% de alterações nas FA enquanto que aquela de 31 a 90 anos, apenas 18%. CONCLUSÃO: Nós concluímos que as enzimas FA, GGT, AST e ALT apresentaram maiores freqüências de alterações de suas atividades naqueles pacientes com idade igual ou inferior a 30 anos, sendo que as FA apresentaram maiores valores.INTRODUCTION: Carbamazepine is the drug of choice used in the treatment of patients with partial (or focal epilepsy with secondary generalization. Despite its therapeutical use, this drug has been implicated in the increase of serum activities in some enzymes. Some authors have described prevalence values of 7.7%, 13%, and 22% for the increase of activity of serum alkaline phosphatases (AF or EC 3.1.3.1. A divergence in the results was also found for the activities of the serum g-glutamil transferase (gamma-glutamil transferase or GGT, or EC 2.3.2.2. OBJECTIVE: Hence, among other objectives, the aim of this research is to determine the frequency of sample alterations in serum enzymatic activities of AF, GGT and transaminases (AST, aspartate amino-transferase, EC 2.6.1.1; and ALT, alanine-amino-transferase, EC 2.6.1.2 in epilepsy ward patients in Salvador, Bahia. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The design of the study is descriptive and it is a case series type. It has been approved by the local Ethics Committee. In this study, a convenience sample of 52 epileptic patients who receive ambulatory care was obtained without interference by the researchers. These patients were divided according to age groups of 12 to 30 years and 31 to 90 years, which were then subdivided according to the period of monotherapy with carbamazepine. The serum activities of the enzymes GGT, AF, AST and ALT were determined. RESULTS: The ratios of alterations per variables were described: 42% for the FA, 18% for the GGT, 2% for the ALT, and 12% for the AST respectively. The age group of 12 to 30 years presented 56% of alterations in the AF while the group of 31 to 90 years presented only 18% of alterations. CONCLUSION: We conclude that the enzymes AF, GGT, AST, and ALT presented higher frequencies of alterations of their activities in those patients with age equal to or below 30 years, while the AF presented higher values.

  3. Study on alkaline and acid phosphatase activity in acute uranium intoxication

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    The protective potential of diethyl barbituric acid sodium salt is studied, in comparison with that of acetazolamide, on kidneys under acute uranium intoxication. Experiments involved rats given intraperitoneal injections with uranyl acetate on 12 successive days up to a total dose of 0.5, 2.0 or 7.0 mg/kg. The resulting effects are measured by chemical assays of serum and urine for alkaline and acid phosphatase and histochemical assays for phosphatase activities in kidneys, kinetics being followed over a 30-day period after total dose administration. Protection of kidneys from toxic uranium effects was found to be of about the same degree with sodium diethyl barbiturate as with acetazolamide. (A.B.)

  4. Intestinal alkaline phosphatase prevents metabolic syndrome in mice.

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    Kaliannan, Kanakaraju; Hamarneh, Sulaiman R; Economopoulos, Konstantinos P; Nasrin Alam, Sayeda; Moaven, Omeed; Patel, Palak; Malo, Nondita S; Ray, Madhury; Abtahi, Seyed M; Muhammad, Nur; Raychowdhury, Atri; Teshager, Abeba; Mohamed, Mussa M Rafat; Moss, Angela K; Ahmed, Rizwan; Hakimian, Shahrad; Narisawa, Sonoko; Millán, José Luis; Hohmann, Elizabeth; Warren, H Shaw; Bhan, Atul K; Malo, Madhu S; Hodin, Richard A

    2013-04-23

    Metabolic syndrome comprises a cluster of related disorders that includes obesity, glucose intolerance, insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, and fatty liver. Recently, gut-derived chronic endotoxemia has been identified as a primary mediator for triggering the low-grade inflammation responsible for the development of metabolic syndrome. In the present study we examined the role of the small intestinal brush-border enzyme, intestinal alkaline phosphatase (IAP), in preventing a high-fat-diet-induced metabolic syndrome in mice. We found that both endogenous and orally supplemented IAP inhibits absorption of endotoxin (lipopolysaccharides) that occurs with dietary fat, and oral IAP supplementation prevents as well as reverses metabolic syndrome. Furthermore, IAP supplementation improves the lipid profile in mice fed a standard, low-fat chow diet. These results point to a potentially unique therapy against metabolic syndrome in at-risk humans. PMID:23569246

  5. How Should an Increase in Alkaline Phosphatase Activity Be Interpreted?

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    Low-level laser therapy, commonly known as LLLT, is the application of low power, monochromatic, and coherent light to injuries and lesions to stimulate healing and give pain relief. There are conflicting reports in the literature regarding the role of ALP. Objective: this study aimed to compare the cellular responses of wounded human skin fibroblasts exposed to doses of 0.5 J/cm2, 2.5 J/cm2, 5 J/cm2, or 16 J/cm2 using LLLT with a Helium-Neon laser (632.8 nm, 18.8 mW power output, 2.07 mW/cm2 power density, and 3.4 cm diameter spot size or area 9.1?cm2) to elucidate the role of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) in cell proliferation. Methods: cellular responses to laser irradiation were evaluated using ALP enzyme activity, LDH membrane integrity, neutral red for cell proliferation, optical density at 540?nm, and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) expression. Results: results suggest that an increase in ALP is negatively correlated with cell growth depending on the concentration of growth factors in the medium. Results also indicate that an increase in ALP may be related to cellular damage. Conclusion: since the exact role of ALP is unknown, the ALP enzyme activity assay should be considered in conjunction with other cell proliferation assays such as neutral red, optical density, or more specifically bFGF expression.

  6. Characterization of the phosphatidylinositol-glycan membrane anchor of human placental alkaline phosphatase

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    Placental alkaline phosphatase [orthophosphoric-monoester phosphohydrolase (alkaline optimum), EC 3.1.3.1] is a member of a diverse group of membrane proteins whose attachment to the lipid bilayer is mediated by a phosphatidylinositol-glycan. To investigate structural aspects of the glycolipid anchor, cultured WISH cells were used because, they produce the enzyme in abundant quantities. When cell suspensions were incubated with purified phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C, most of the placental alkaline phosphatase was released from membranes in a hydrophilic form. On incubation of the cells with [14C]ethanolamine, [14C]myristic acid, or myo[3H]inositol, each was incorporated into the phosphatase near the carboxyl terminus, showing that these components, which are found in other phosphatidylinositol membrane-linked proteins, are also present in placental alkaline phosphatase

  7. Phosphate solubilizing bacteria and alkaline phosphatase activity in coastal waters off Trivandrum

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    Mamatha, S.S.; Gobika, A.; Janani, P.

    Phosphorus is a key nutrient in marine environment. Phosphate solubilising bacteria (PSB) have the ability to solubilise ionic forms of orthophosphoric acid to free form of phosphrous in the water column. Both PSB and alkaline phosphatase activity...

  8. The Detection of Alkaline Phosphatase Using an Electrochemical Biosensor in a Single-Step Approach

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    Chung-Chiun Liu

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available A one-step, single use, disposable Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP biosensor has been developed. It is based on the detection of phenol produced by an ALP enzymatic reaction. It can operate at 25 °C in a pH 10 medium. It measures ALP of 0–300 IU/L. The permissible concentrations of glucose, ascorbic acid and urea without interference are 10 mM/L, 5 mg/L and 400 mg/L, respectively. Experimental results are compared to those obtained by spectrophotometric measurements in bovine serum. Excellent linearity between the biosensor outputs and the ALP concentrations exists. The agreement between the measurements of this biosensor and the spectrophotometer is also outstanding.

  9. Human prostatic acid phosphatase directly stimulates collagen synthesis and alkaline phosphatase content of isolated bone cells

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    Human prostatic acid phosphatase (hPAP) directly enhances the differentiated characteristics of isolated bone cells in vitro. This enzyme, when added to cell cultures for 24 h in vitro stimulates collagen synthesis and the production of alkaline phosphatase. The effects are dose dependent, with statistically significant effects occurring from 0.1-100 nM hPAP. Concentrations higher than 100 nM do not evoke greater effects. The maximal effect of hPAP occurs between 12 and 24 h of exposure. The cells stimulated to the greatest degree are osteoprogenitor cells and osteoblasts. Fibroblasts isolated from the same tissue show a lesser sensitivity to hPAP. hPAP has no detectable effect on cell proliferation, as measured by radiolabeled thymidine incorporation or total DNA synthesis. None of the observations reported in this work can be attributed to contaminating proteins in the hPAP preparation. hPAP was radiolabeled with 125I and was used for affinity binding and cross-linking studies. Scatchard analysis of specific binding indicated the presence of 1.0 X 10(5) high affinity binding sites/cell, with a Kd of 6.5 nM. Cross-linking studies demonstrated the presence of one 320-kDa binding complex. The pH profile and kinetic determinations of Km and maximum velocity for hPAP were similar to those previously reported, except for the finding of positive cooperativity of the substrate with the enzyme under the conditions of our assay. We believe that the direct stimulation of bone-forming cells by hPAP may contribute to the sclerotic nature of skeletal bone around sites of neoplastic prostatic metastases and that the effect of the enzyme is probably mediated by a plasma membrane receptor

  10. Subcellular localization of alkaline phosphatase in Bacillus licheniformis 749/C by immunoelectron microscopy with colloidal gold.

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    Tinglu, G; Ghosh, A.; Ghosh, B. K.

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    Subcellular distribution of the alkaline phosphatase of Bacillus licheniformis 749/C was determined by an immunoelectron microscopy method. Anti-alkaline phosphatase antibody labeled with 15- to 18-nm colloidal gold particles (gold-immunoglobulin G [IgG] complex) were used for the study. Both the plasma membrane and cytoplasmic material were labeled with the gold-IgG particles. These particles formed clusters in association with the plasma membrane; in contrast, in the cytoplasm the particles...

  11. Optical Algal Biosensor using Alkaline Phosphatase for Determination of Heavy Metals

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    Durrieu, Claude; Tran-Minh, Canh

    2002-01-01

    A biosensor is constructed to detect heavy metals from inhibition of alkaline phosphatase (AP) present on the external membrane of Chlorella vulgaris microalgae. The microalgal cells are immobilized on removable membranes placed in front of the tip of an optical fiber bundle inside a homemade microcell. C. vulgaris was cultivated in the laboratory and its alkaline phosphatase activity is strongly inhibited in the presence of heavy metals. This property has been used for the determination of t...

  12. Intestinal alkaline phosphatase inhibits the proinflammatory nucleotide uridine diphosphate.

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    Moss, Angela K; Hamarneh, Sulaiman R; Mohamed, Mussa M Rafat; Ramasamy, Sundaram; Yammine, Halim; Patel, Palak; Kaliannan, Kanakaraju; Alam, Sayeda N; Muhammad, Nur; Moaven, Omeed; Teshager, Abeba; Malo, Nondita S; Narisawa, Sonoko; Millán, José Luis; Warren, H Shaw; Hohmann, Elizabeth; Malo, Madhu S; Hodin, Richard A

    2013-03-15

    Uridine diphosphate (UDP) is a proinflammatory nucleotide implicated in inflammatory bowel disease. Intestinal alkaline phosphatase (IAP) is a gut mucosal defense factor capable of inhibiting intestinal inflammation. We used the malachite green assay to show that IAP dephosphorylates UDP. To study the anti-inflammatory effect of IAP, UDP or other proinflammatory ligands (LPS, flagellin, Pam3Cys, or TNF-?) in the presence or absence of IAP were applied to cell cultures, and IL-8 was measured. UDP caused dose-dependent increase in IL-8 release by immune cells and two gut epithelial cell lines, and IAP treatment abrogated IL-8 release. Costimulation with UDP and other inflammatory ligands resulted in a synergistic increase in IL-8 release, which was prevented by IAP treatment. In vivo, UDP in the presence or absence of IAP was instilled into a small intestinal loop model in wild-type and IAP-knockout mice. Luminal contents were applied to cell culture, and cytokine levels were measured in culture supernatant and intestinal tissue. UDP-treated luminal contents induced more inflammation on target cells, with a greater inflammatory response to contents from IAP-KO mice treated with UDP than from WT mice. Additionally, UDP treatment increased TNF-? levels in intestinal tissue of IAP-KO mice, and cotreatment with IAP reduced inflammation to control levels. Taken together, these studies show that IAP prevents inflammation caused by UDP alone and in combination with other ligands, and the anti-inflammatory effect of IAP against UDP persists in mouse small intestine. The benefits of IAP in intestinal disease may be partly due to inhibition of the proinflammatory activity of UDP. PMID:23306083

  13. The fate of purified radio-labelled alkaline phosphatase from the liver in the organism

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    Alkaline phosphatase (AP) from dog liver was enriched by a factor of 5.444 in various steps. Rabbit antiserum to the purified AP was produced; 125-I was used then to radiolabel the highly purified AP. Four dogs were cholecystectomized and subsequently received an extracorporal drainage of the bile ducts. Decrease rate of total radio-activity and of PBI in the serum was determined in one dog; likewise in three other dogs before and one week after occlusion of their main bile ducts. In addition, radioactivity above the organs was measured in some animals at short intervals. In the dogs with main bile duct drainage, bile was collected continuously for up to 70 h, samples were taken, and residual bile plus native dog bile were re-infused into the distal choledochus catheter. Total radioactivity, PBI and immunoprecipitability with antibodies were determined in the bile and serum samples. AP, GOT, CPT and bilirubin were determined in some serum samples. In addition, total radioactivity excreted by urine was established. Results show injected 125-I-AP to be rapidly stored in the liver and not to be excreted via bile to a decisive extent. The fact that 125-I-AP is not excreted via bile is further indicated by the identical decrease rate of injected 125-I-AP in the serum in dogs with and without main bile duct occlusion. Injected 125-I-AP appears to be metabolized very rapidly in the liver as is indicated by the rapid decrease of immuno precipitability of 125-I-AP in the serum. (orig./MG)

  14. Phosphorylation by alkaline phosphatase: immobilization and synthetic potential

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    Lara Babich; Joana L. V. M. Peralta; Hartog, Aloysius F.; Ron Wever

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    Phosphatases (AP, E.C. 3.1.3.1) are hydrolytic enzymes that naturally hydrolyse phosphomonoesters but in a so-called transphosphorylation reaction these enzymes are also able to transfer a phosphate group from phosphorylated compounds to alcoholic functions. This transphosphorylation catalysed by acid phosphatases using pyrophosphate as a phosphate donor has been studied in some detail. However, the acidic pH optimum of these enzymes limits some of their applications. The catalytic features o...

  15. An alkaline phosphatase transport mechanism in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease and neurodegeneration.

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    Pike, Adrianne F; Kramer, Nynke I; Blaauboer, Bas J; Seinen, Willem; Brands, Ruud

    2015-01-25

    Systemic inflammation is associated with loss of blood-brain barrier integrity and neuroinflammation that lead to the exacerbation of neurodegenerative diseases. It is also associated specifically with the characteristic amyloid-? and tau pathologies of Alzheimer's disease. We have previously proposed an immunosurveillance mechanism for epithelial barriers involving negative feedback-regulated alkaline phosphatase transcytosis as an acute phase anti-inflammatory response that hangs in the balance between the resolution and the progression of inflammation. We now extend this model to endothelial barriers, particularly the blood-brain barrier, and present a literature-supported mechanistic explanation for Alzheimer's disease pathology with this system at its foundation. In this mechanism, a switch in the role of alkaline phosphatase from its baseline duties to a stopgap anti-inflammatory function results in the loss of alkaline phosphatase from cell membranes into circulation, thereby decreasing blood-brain barrier integrity and functionality. This occurs with impairment of both amyloid-? efflux and tau dephosphorylating activity in the brain as alkaline phosphatase is replenished at the barrier by receptor-mediated transport. We suggest systemic alkaline phosphatase administration as a potential therapy for the resolution of inflammation and the prevention of Alzheimer's disease pathology as well as that of other inflammation-related neurodegenerative diseases. PMID:25500268

  16. A novel hypothesis for an alkaline phosphatase 'rescue' mechanism in the hepatic acute phase immune response.

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    Pike, Adrianne F; Kramer, Nynke I; Blaauboer, Bas J; Seinen, Willem; Brands, Ruud

    2013-12-01

    The liver isoform of the enzyme alkaline phosphatase (AP) has been used classically as a serum biomarker for hepatic disease states such as hepatitis, steatosis, cirrhosis, drug-induced liver injury, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Recent studies have demonstrated a more general anti-inflammatory role for AP, as it is capable of dephosphorylating potentially deleterious molecules such as nucleotide phosphates, the pathogenic endotoxin lipopolysaccharide (LPS), and the contact clotting pathway activator polyphosphate (polyP), thereby reducing inflammation and coagulopathy systemically. Yet the mechanism underlying the observed increase in liver AP levels in circulation during inflammatory insults is largely unknown. This paper hypothesizes an immunological role for AP in the liver and the potential of this system for damping generalized inflammation along with a wide range of ancillary pathologies. Based on the provided framework, a mechanism is proposed in which AP undergoes transcytosis in hepatocytes from the canalicular membrane to the sinusoidal membrane during inflammation and the enzyme's expression is upregulated as a result. Through a tightly controlled, nucleotide-stimulated negative feedback process, AP is transported in this model as an immune complex with immunoglobulin G by the asialoglycoprotein receptor through the cell and secreted into the serum, likely using the receptor's State 1 pathway. The subsequent dephosphorylation of inflammatory stimuli by AP and uptake of the circulating immune complex by endothelial cells and macrophages may lead to decreased inflammation and coagulopathy while providing an early upstream signal for the induction of a number of anti-inflammatory gene products, including AP itself. PMID:23899605

  17. The 1.9 A crystal structure of heat-labile shrimp alkaline phosphatase.

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    de Backer, Maaike; McSweeney, Sean; Rasmussen, Hanne B; Riise, Bjørn W; Lindley, Peter; Hough, Edward

    2002-05-17

    Alkaline phosphatases are non-specific phosphomonoesterases that are distributed widely in species ranging from bacteria to man. This study has concentrated on the tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase from arctic shrimps (shrimp alkaline phosphatase, SAP). Originating from a cold-active species, SAP is thermolabile and is used widely in vitro, e.g. to dephosphorylate DNA or dNTPs, since it can be inactivated by a short rise in temperature. Since alkaline phosphatases are zinc-containing enzymes, a multiwavelength anomalous dispersion (MAD) experiment was performed on the zinc K edge, which led to the determination of the structure to a resolution of 1.9 A. Anomalous data clearly showed the presence of a zinc triad in the active site, whereas alkaline phosphatases usually contain two zinc and one magnesium ion per monomer. SAP shares the core, an extended beta-sheet flanked by alpha-helices, and a metal triad with the currently known alkaline phosphatase structures (Escherichia coli structures and a human placental structure). Although SAP lacks some features specific for the mammalian enzyme, their backbones are very similar and may therefore be typical for other higher organisms. Furthermore, SAP possesses a striking feature that the other structures lack: surface potential representations show that the enzyme's net charge of -80 is distributed such that the surface is predominantly negatively charged, except for the positively charged active site. The negatively charged substrate must therefore be directed strongly towards the active site. It is generally accepted that optimization of the electrostatics is one of the characteristics related to cold-adaptation. SAP demonstrates this principle very clearly. PMID:12083516

  18. Relation of salivary calcium, phosphorus and alkaline phosphatase with the incidence of dental caries in children

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    Vijayaprasad K

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The purpose of this study was to assess possible relationship of Calcium, Phosphorus and Alkaline-phophatase levels in saliva with incidence of caries in child patients. Settings and Design: Children (n=75 attending Department of Pedodontics, St. Joseph Dental college, Eluru, with and without caries were categorized in to Group I: Consisting of 25 children with non-rampant caries, Group II: Consisting of 25 children with rampant caries, Group III: Consisting of 25 children without caries. (Control group. Materials and Methods: The samples of saliva were collected one week after oral prophylaxis. Unstimulated directly expectorated whole saliva samples were collected in clean, dry, sterilized glass bottles and fitted with proper rubber stoppers immediately. The samples were subjected to biochemical assay for estimation of calcium, phosphorus and alkaline phosphatase levels. Statistical analysis used: ANOVA. Results: The alkaline Phosphatase activity for rampant caries group was 18.66 K.A, and control group was 4.68 K.A. The values of alkaline phosphatase activity for minimal caries group was 6.16 KA. Conclusion: Saliva could reflect a caries risk situation was supported by the fact that alkaline phosphatase activity was very much significantly higher in caries prone groups.

  19. Inhibition of acid, alkaline, and tyrosine (PTP1B) phosphatases by novel vanadium complexes.

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    McLauchlan, Craig C; Hooker, Jaqueline D; Jones, Marjorie A; Dymon, Zaneta; Backhus, Emily A; Greiner, Bradley A; Dorner, Nicole A; Youkhana, Mary A; Manus, Lisa M

    2010-03-01

    In the course of our investigations of vanadium-containing complexes for use as insulin-enhancing agents, we have generated a series of novel vanadium coordination complexes with bidentate ligands. Specifically we have focused on two ligands: anthranilate (anc(-)), a natural metabolite of tryptophan, and imidizole-4-carboxylate (imc(-)), meant to mimic naturally occurring N-donor ligands. For each ligand, we have generated a series of complexes containing the V(III), V(IV), and V(V) oxidation states. Each complex was investigated using phosphatase inhibition studies of three different phosphatases (acid, alkaline, and tyrosine (PTP1B) phosphatase) as prima facia evidence for potential use as an insulin-enhancing agent. Using p-nitrophenyl phosphate as an artificial phosphatase substrate, the levels of inhibition were determined by measuring the absorbance of the product at 405nm using UV/vis spectroscopy. Under our experimental conditions, for instance, V(imc)(3) appears to be as potent an inhibitor of alkaline phosphatase as sodium orthovanadate when comparing the K(cat)/K(m) term. VO(anc)(2) is as potent an inhibitor of acid phosphatase and tyrosine phosphatase as the Na(3)VO(4). Thus, use of these complexes can increase our mechanistic understanding of the effects of vanadium in vivo. PMID:20071031

  20. Distribution of Alkaline Phosphatase, Osteopontin, RANK Ligand and Osteoprotegerin in Calcified Human Carotid Atheroma.

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    Higgins, Catherine L; Isbilir, Salim; Basto, Pamela; Chen, Iou Yih; Vaduganathan, Muthiah; Vaduganathan, Periyanan; Reardon, Michael J; Lawrie, Gerald; Peterson, Leif; Morrisett, Joel D

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    Ectopic vascular calcification is a significant component of atherosclerotic disease. Osteopontin (OPN), Osteoprotegerin (OPG), Receptor Activator of NF?B Ligand (RANKL), and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) are each thought to play central roles in the calcification or demineralization of atherosclerotic lesions. Abnormalities in the balance of these proteins may lead to perturbations in bone remodeling and arterial calcification. The purpose of this study was to measure the distribution of these proteins in human carotid lesions and to elucidate possible mechanism(s) whereby they control the deposition or depletion of arterial calcification. Thirty-three patients who had undergone carotid endarterectomy (CEA) within the previous 18 months and 11 control patients were enrolled. CEA specimens were analyzed by EBCT for calcification content in terms of Agatston (AGAT) and Volume scores. CEA specimens were then cut into 5 mm segments which were homogenized and extracted. Extracts were analyzed for tissue levels of calcium, phosphorus, ALP, OPN, RANKL, and OPG. Fasting blood samples were analyzed for the same components. In CEA tissue segments, the calcification levels (CHA AGAT) were inversely associated with the levels of OPG (r = -0.432/-0.579, p < 0.05) and positively associated with the levels of RANKL (r = 0.332/0.415, p < 0.05). In turn, the tissue levels of OPG were associated with homologous serum levels of OPG (r = 0.820/0.389, p < 0.001), and the tissue levels of RANKL were associated with the serum levels of homologous RANKL (r = 0.739/0.666, p < 0.0001). This study suggests that serum levels of OPG and RANKL may be useful biomarkers for estimating the degree of calcification in carotid atherosclerotic lesions. PMID:26307009

  1. The response of alkaline phosphatase to osmoregulatory changes in the trout, Salmo gairdneri.

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    Gasser, K W; Kirschner, L B

    1987-01-01

    The relationship between alkaline phosphatase and environmental salinity was examined in the rainbow trout and the migratory rainbow (steelhead), Salmo gairdneri. The enzyme activity in tissues involved in osmoregulation was strongly correlated with the adaptation salinity and thus to the degree of salt and fluid transport in those tissues. After transfer from freshwater to seawater, the specific activity of the enzyme increased over 260% in the intestine, decreased by 50% in kidney, and was unchanged in the liver, an organ not directly involved in osmoregulation. The sea-run steelhead trout response was similar to the nonmigratory rainbow; although, the pre-migratory transformation (smoltification) had no effect on enzyme activity. Amino acid inhibitors of alkaline phosphatase significantly reduced fluid absorption in the isolated intestine of rainbow trout, reaffirming the relationship between the enzyme and fluid movement. Electrophoretic identification of trout alkaline phosphatase isozymes, clearly distinguishes the enzyme from different tissue origins. However, from the analysis of intestinal electrophoretic patterns, osmoregulatory adjustments are not associated with the induction of new alkaline phosphatase isozymes, or in the large scale preferential stimulation of one of the two existing intestinal isozymes over the other. PMID:3668023

  2. Benomyl inhibits phosphorus transport but not fungal alkaline phosphatase activity in a Glomus–cucumber symbiosis

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    Larsen, John; Thingstrup, Ida; Jakobsen, Iver; Rosendahl, Søren

    1996-01-01

    Short-term effects of benomyl on the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus Glomus caledonium (Nicol. & Gerd.) Trappe and Gerdeman associated with Cucumis sativus L. were studied by measuring effects on fungal P transport and on fungal alkaline phosphatase activity. Mycorrhizal plants were grown in three ...

  3. Fullerol-fluorescein isothiocyanate phosphorescent labeling reagent for the determination of glucose and alkaline phosphatase.

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    Liu, Jia-Ming; Wang, Hong-Xin; Zhang, Li-Hong; Zheng, Zhi-Yong; Lin, Shao-Qin; Lin, Li-Ping; Wang, Xin-Xing; Lin, Chang-Qing; Liu, Jian-Qin; Huang, Qi-Tong

    2010-09-15

    The active -OH group in fullerol (F-ol) could react with the dissociated -COOH group in fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) to form F-ol-(FITC)(n), which could emit room temperature phosphorescence (RTP) signal of F-ol and FITC on acetate cellulose membrane (ACM), respectively. Their RTP signals were enhanced by N,N-dimethylaniline (DMA). The labeling reaction between the -NCS group of FITC in DMA-F-ol-(FITC)(n) and the -NH2 group in wheat germ agglutinin (WGA) produced DMA-F-ol-(FITC)(n)-WGA, which could further take affinity adsorption (AA) reaction with bioactive substances (BS), such as glucose and alkaline phosphatase (AP), to produce DMA-F-ol-(FITC)(n)-WGA-BS. Both of these two products could maintain the good RTP characteristics of F-ol and FITC. Based on the facts above, a new phosphorescent labeling reagent, DMA-F-ol-FITC, was developed, and a new affinity adsorption solid substrate room temperature phosphorimetry (AASSRTP) for the determination of BS was established. This method was applied to the determination of BS in human serum and the diagnosis of diseases, with the results agreeing very well with those of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The mechanism of DMA-F-ol-(FITC)(n) labeling of WGA and AASSRTP for the determination of BS is discussed. PMID:20507821

  4. EXPRESSION OF ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE DURING OSTEOGENIC DIFFERENTIATION OF RAT BONE MARROW STROMAL CELLS

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    AKBARI M

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Bone marrow contains a population of stem cells capable of differentiating to osteoblast and forming the bone nodule by dexamethasone. Material and Methods: The stromal cells of bone marrow obtained from 4 to 6 weeks old Spruge-Dawely male rats were grown in primary culture for 7 days and subcultured for 18 days. The cells were cultured in either DMEM medium containing 15% fetal calf serum and antibiotics as the controls or the above medium supplemented with osteogenic supplements (OS: include 10 mM Na-beta glycerophosphate (Na-betaGp, 10 nM dexamethasone (Dex and 50 g/ml ascordic acid (AsA as the examined cultures. After 6, 12 and 18 days of grow up in subculture, the cultures were examined for mineralization and alkaline phosphatase (Apase expression. Results: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs in examined cultures underwent a dramatic change in cellular morphology and a significat increase in Apase activity by day 12. The deposition of a calcified matrix on the surface of the culture flasks became evident between days 12 and 18. Conclusion: The addition of osteogenic supplements (OS to MSCs cultures induced Apase expression that contributes to cellular differentiation and mineralization of extracellular matrix.

  5. Immunoelectron microscopic double labeling of alkaline phosphatase and penicillinase with colloidal gold in frozen thin sections of Bacillus licheniformis 749/C.

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    Guan, T; Ghosh, A.; Ghosh, B. K.

    1985-01-01

    The subcellular distribution of alkaline phosphatase and penicillinase was determined by double labeling frozen thin sections of Bacillus licheniformis 749/C with colloidal gold-immunoglobulin G (IgG). Antipenicillinase and anti-alkaline phosphatase antibodies were used to prepare complexes with 5- and 15-nm colloidal gold particles, respectively. The character of the labeling of membrane-bound alkaline phosphatase and penicillinase was different: the immunolabels for alkaline phosphatase (15...

  6. Detection of endogenous alkaline phosphatase activity in intact cells by flow cytometry using the fluorogenic ELF-97 phosphatase substrate

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    Telford, W. G.; Cox, W. G.; Stiner, D.; Singer, V. L.; Doty, S. B.

    1999-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The alkaline phosphatase (AP) substrate 2-(5'-chloro-2'-phosphoryloxyphenyl)-6-chloro-4-(3H)-quinazolinone (ELF((R))-97 for enzyme-labeled fluorescence) has been found useful for the histochemical detection of endogenous AP activity and AP-tagged proteins and oligonucleotide probes. In this study, we evaluated its effectiveness at detecting endogenous AP activity by flow cytometry. METHODS: The ELF-97 phosphatase substrate was used to detect endogenous AP activity in UMR-106 rat osteosarcoma cells and primary cultures of chick chondrocytes. Cells were labeled with the ELF-97 reagent and analyzed by flow cytometry using an argon ultraviolet (UV) laser. For comparison purposes, cells were also assayed for AP using a Fast Red Violet LB azo dye assay previously described for use in detecting AP activity by flow cytometry. RESULTS: The ELF-97 phosphatase substrate effectively detected endogenous AP activity in UMR-106 cells, with over 95% of the resulting fluorescent signal resulting from AP-specific activity (as determined by levamisole inhibition of AP activity). In contrast, less than 70% of the fluorescent signal from the Fast Red Violet LB (FRV) assay was AP-dependent, reflecting the high intrinsic fluorescence of the unreacted components. The ELF-97 phosphatase assay was also able to detect very low AP activity in chick chondrocytes that was undetectable by the azo dye method. CONCLUSIONS: The ELF-97 phosphatase assay was able to detect endogenous AP activity in fixed mammalian and avian cells by flow cytometry with superior sensitivity to previously described assays. This work also shows the applicability of ELF-97 to flow cytometry, supplementing its previously demonstrated histochemical applications. Copyright 1999 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  7. Nucleotide sequence and characterization of the gene for secreted alkaline phosphatase from Lysobacter enzymogenes.

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    Au, S; Roy, K. L.; von Tigerstrom, R G

    1991-01-01

    Lysobacter enzymogenes produces an alkaline phosphatase which is secreted into the medium. The gene for the enzyme (phoA) was isolated from a recombinant lambda library. It was identified within a 4.4-kb EcoRI-BamH1 fragment, and its sequence was determined by the chain termination method. The structural gene consists of an open reading frame which encodes a 539-amino-acid protein with a 29-residue signal sequence, followed by a 119-residue propeptide, the 281-residue mature phosphatase, and ...

  8. Effects of sodium nitroprusside activity of acid and alkaline invertases and alkaline phosphatase in lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus Steud Wats

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    Deepak Ganjewala

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Here we report the effects of SNP, a nitric oxide donor on sucrose metabolizing enzymes, acid and alkaline invertase (EC 3.2.1.26 and 3.2.1.153 and ubiquitous alkaline phosphatase (EC 3.1.3.1 in four lemongrass varieties viz., Krishna, Cauveri, Nima and Cheerharit. For the study, two 15 d lemongrass tillers were cut and immediately dipped into the test tubes containing SNP solution (5 mL of variable strength (1 to 5 mM and one without SNP (as control; kept for 4 h under mild sunlight. The results revealed that moderate SNP concentration (2 mM was most effective, caused drastic reduction (40% in protein content in var. Nima followed by Krishna (33%, Cauveri (17% and Cheerharit (12%. In contrast, SNP (1 mM has impressively enhanced protein content in all the lemongrass varieties. The SNP (2 mM markedly inhibited the activity of acid invertase by 38% in Cheerharit, 35% Nima and 28% Cauveri whereas and alkaline invertase by 21, 28 and 24% respectively in var. Cheerharit, Nima and Krishna. Similarly, SNP (5 mM severely inhibited (~ 63% the activity of the ALP in lemongrass var. Cauveri and Nima, 50% in Krishna and relatively less 23% in Cheerharit as compared to the control. However, in var. Nima, 50% loss in ALP activity had already been occurred after 2 mM SNP treatment. These results primarily suggests that NO interferes sucrose metabolism by anonymously hindering the activity of acid and alkaline invertase and ubiquitous alkaline phosphatase in lemongrasses.

  9. Development of conductometric biosensors based on alkaline phosphatases for the water quality control

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    Berezhetskyy, A

    2008-01-01

    Researches are focused on the elaboration of enzymatic microconductometric device for heavy metal ions detection in water solutions. The manuscript includes a general introduction, the first chapter contains bibliographic review, the second chapter described the fundamentals of conductometric transducers, the third chapter examining the possibility to create and to optimize conductometric biosensor based on bovine alkaline phosphatase for heavy metals ions detection, the fourth chapter devoted to creation and optimization of conductometric biosensor based on alkaline phosphatase active microalgae and sol gel technology, the last chapter described application of the proposed algal biosensor for measurements of heavy metal ions toxicity of waste water, general conclusions stating the progresses achieved in the field of environmental monitoring

  10. Significance of bone specific alkaline phosphatase as a tumor marker in malignant bone tumor

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    The relationship between total alkaline phosphatase activity and bone forming lesion is a well known fact. But alkaline phosphatase consist mainly of two portion (liver, bone). To clarify the exact activity of bone forming tissue, quantitative measurement of BALP is essential. Two finds of tests were performed for their feasibility as a laboratory test (wheat germ lectin vs electrophoresis). We analyzed 40 bony lesion and got 58 samples. Lectin method was simple, economic, with reliable resproducability. Owing to the small number of test sample, we could not identify the relationship between the disease activity and measured BALP level. Further collection of clinical sample and analysis the pattern of BALP on each clinical settings. (author). 8 refs

  11. In situ hybridization of cytokine mRNA using alkaline phosphatase-labelled oligodeoxynucleotide probes

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    Clausen, Bettina Hjelm; Fenger, Christina; Finsen, B.

    2013-01-01

    In situ hybridization is a powerful tool for visualizing cellular gene expression in morphologically preserved brain tissue giving precise information on the regional expression of specific mRNA sequences in cells of diverse phenotype. Here, we describe a sensitive, simple, and robust method using alkaline phosphatase (AP)-labelled oligodeoxynucleotide probes to detect cytokine mRNA in the acutely injured or inflamed mouse CNS.

  12. Evaluation of Testosterone and Alkaline Phosphatase Activity Changes in Epidydimis of Toxoplasma gondii Infected Rats

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    Fatemeh Afshari; Amir Mahdi Imani; Sasan Najjari Asl; Hossein H.Farhang; Khazar Ghasempour; Ezzatzadeh; Nava Ainechi

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    Objective: Toxoplasma gondii is a widespread protozoan parasite that infects a broad range of warm blooded animals and humans. The present study was investigated to evaluate testosterone, alkaline phosphatase activity and malondialdehyde in male rats experimentally infected by Toxoplasma gondii, RH strain.Material & Methods: Male Wistar rats (n=20) were allocated into two groups, group one (n=10) that received 0.6 cc tachyzoites of T. gondii intraperitoneally (I.P.), and control group (n=10) ...

  13. Alkaline phosphatase activity in the subtropical ocean: insights from nutrient, dust and trace metal addition experiments

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    Mahaffey, Claire; Reynolds, Sarah; Davis, Clare E.; Lohan, Maeve C.

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    Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for all life on earth. In the ocean, the most bioavailable form of phosphorus is inorganic phosphate, but in the extensive subtropical gyres, phosphate concentrations can be chronically low and limit primary productivity and nitrogen fixation. In these regions, organisms produce hydrolytic enzymes, such as alkaline phosphatase (AP), that enable them to utilize the more replete dissolved organic phosphorus (DOP) pool to meet their cellular phosphorus demands...

  14. Alkaline Phosphatase Protects Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Early Pregnancy Defects in Mice

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    Lei, Wei; Ni, Hua; Herington, Jennifer; Reese, Jeff; Paria, Bibhash C.

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    Excessive cytokine inflammatory response due to chronic or superphysiological level of microbial infection during pregnancy leads to pregnancy complications such as early pregnancy defects/loss and preterm birth. Bacterial toxin lipopolysaccharide (LPS), long recognized as a potent proinflammatory mediator, has been identified as a risk factor for pregnancy complications. Alkaline phosphatase (AP) isozymes have been shown to detoxify LPS by dephosphorylation. In this study, we examined the ro...

  15. Distribution of alkaline and acid phosphatases in the duodenal wall of native sheep by using different fixatives

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Ten duodeni of adult ram were fixed in chilled acetone, 80% ethyl alcohol, formol- alcohol solution, alcoholic bouinssolution and neutral buffered formalin solution. The distribution of alkaline and acid phosphatases were similar in theirlocation but different in their intensity and distribution according to different fixative The distribution of alkaline phosphatasein absorptive columnar cell was more intense than in goblet cells, whereas the concentration of acid phosphatase was moreintense in goblet cells than in absorptive cells in the mucosa of sheep duodenum. The study revealed that the samples wasfixed with chilled acetone gave highest reaction for alkaline and acid phosphatases than other fixative samples. No reaction foralkaline phosphatase include the lower parts of intestinal glands, paneth cells and sub mucosal glands in different fixative,whereas, paneth cells and sub mucosal glands revealed wreaked reaction for acid phosphatase in samples fixed in 80% ethylalcohol and chilled acetone respectively in duodenum of native sheep.

  16. Structural studies of human alkaline phosphatase in complex with strontium: Implication for its secondary effect in bones

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    Llinas, Paola; Masella, Michel; Stigbrand, Torgny; Ménez, André; Stura, Enrico A.; Le Du, Marie Hélène

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    Strontium is used in the treatment of osteoporosis as a ranelate compound, and in the treatment of painful scattered bone metastases as isotope. At very high doses and in certain conditions, it can lead to osteomalacia characterized by impairment of bone mineralization. The osteomalacia symptoms resemble those of hypophosphatasia, a rare inherited disorder associated with mutations in the gene encoding for tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase (TNAP). Human alkaline phosphatases have four m...

  17. Differential alkaline phosphatase responses of rat and human bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells to 45S5 bioactive glass

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    Reilly, Gwendolen C.; Radin, Shula; Chen, Andrew T.; Ducheyne, Paul

    2007-01-01

    Bioactive glass is used as both a bone filler and as a coating on implants, and has been advocated as a potential osteogenic scaffold for tissue engineering. Rat derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) show elevated levels of levels of alkaline phosphatase activity when grown on 45S5 bioactive glass as compared to standard tissue culture plastic. Similarly, exposure to the dissolution products of 45S5 elevates alkaline phosphatase activity and other osteogenic markers in these cells. We investi...

  18. PURIFICATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE FROM DOLICHOS LAB-LAB AND ITS INVITRO DEPHOSPHORYLATION ACTIVITY ON NUCLEIC ACIDS

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    Praveen Kumar Vemuri et al

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    Phosphatase serves several functions in plant metabolism including growth governance, phosphorous level control, starch breakdown etc. Alkaline phosphatases, acting at an alkaline pH 8, are a significant class of enzymes that catalyze release of phosphate esters especially. This enzyme study is so far limited only to animal source and partly to microbial sources, in terms of clinical research. Although it has been identified that plant as a source of this enzyme may be exploited, there always...

  19. Inhibition kinetics of acid and alkaline phosphatases by atrazine and methomyl pesticides.

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    El-Aswad, Ahmed F; Badawy, Mohamed E I

    2015-01-01

    The main objective of this work was to investigate the kinetic characteristics of acid and alkaline phosphatases isolated from different sources and to study the effects of the herbicide atrazine and insecticide methomyl on the activity and kinetic properties of the enzymes. Acid phosphatase (ACP) was isolated from the tomato plant (Solanum lycopersicum L. var. lycopersicum); alkaline phosphatase (ALP) was isolated from two sources, including mature earthworms (Aporrectodea caliginosa) and larvae of the Egyptian cotton leafworm (Spodoptera littoralis). The specific activities of the enzymes were 33.31, 5.56 and 0.72 mmol substrate hydrolyzed per minute per milligram protein for plant ACP, earthworms ALP and cotton leafworm ALP, respectively. The inhibition kinetics indicated that atrazine and methomyl caused competitive-non-competitive inhibition of the enzymes. The relationships between estimates of K(m) and V(max) calculated from the Michaelis-Menten equation have been explored. The extent of the inhibition was different, as estimated by the values of the inhibition constant Ki that were found to be 3.34 × 10(-3), 1.12 × 10(-2) and 1.07 × 10(-2) mM for plant ACP, earthworms ALP and cotton leafworm ALP, respectively, with methomyl. In the case of atrazine, K(i) were found to be 8.99 × 10(-3), 3.55 × 10(-2) and 1.36 × 10(-2) mM for plant ACP, earthworms ALP and cotton leafworm ALP, respectively. PMID:25996812

  20. The dermatophyte Trichophyton rubrum secretes an EDTA-sensitive alkaline phosphatase on high-phosphate medium

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    Ferreira-Nozawa Monica S.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available In this communication, we show that the growth of isolate H6 of the dermatophyte Trichophyton rubrum on non-buffered medium and under saturating phosphate conditions is dependent on the initial growth pH, with an apparent optimum at pH 4.0. In addition, irrespective of the initial growth pH, the pH of the medium alteredduring cultivation reaching values that ranged from 8.3 to 8.9. Furthermore, this isolate synthesized and secreted almost the same levels of an alkaline phosphatase with an apparent optimum pH ranging from 9.0 to 10.0 when grown on both low- and high-phosphate medium. Also, this alkaline phosphatase is activated by Mg2+ and is EDTA-sensitive. On the other hand, the very low levels of the enzyme retained by the mycelium grown on buffered medium at pH 5.0-5.2 suggest that this enzyme is encoded by an alkaline gene, i.e., a gene responsive to ambient pH signaling.

  1. Inorganic Phosphate Transport in Escherichia coli: Involvement of Two Genes Which Play a Role in Alkaline Phosphatase Regulation

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    Willsky, Gail R.; Bennett, Robert L.; Malamy, Michael H.

    1973-01-01

    Two classes of alkaline phosphatase constitutive mutations which comprise the original phoS locus (genes phoS and phoT) on the Escherichia coli genome have been implicated in the regulation of alkaline phosphatase synthesis. When these mutations were introduced into a strain dependent on a single system, the pst system, for inorganic phosphate (Pi) transport, profound changes in Pi transport were observed. The phoT mutations led to a complete Pi? phenotype in this background, and no activity of the pst system could be detected. The introduction of the phoS mutations changed the specificity of the pst system so that arsenate became growth inhibitory. Changes in the phosphate source led to changes in the levels of constitutive alkaline phosphatase synthesis found in phoS and phoT mutants. When glucose-6-phosphate or l-?-glycerophosphate was supplied as the sole source of phosphate, phoT mutants showed a 3- to 15- fold reduction in constitutive alkaline phosphatase synthesis when compared to the maximal levels found in limiting Pi media. However, these levels were still 100 times greater than the basal level of alkaline phosphatase synthesized in wild-type strains under these conditions. The phoS mutants showed only a two- to threefold reduction when grown with organic phosphate sources. The properties of the phoT mutants selected on the basis of constitutive alkaline phosphatase synthesis were similar in many respects to those of pst mutants selected for resistance to growth inhibition caused by arsenate. It is suggested that the phoS and phoT genes are primarily involved in Pi transport and, as a result of this function, play a role in the regulation of alkaline phosphatase synthesis. PMID:4570598

  2. Host plant effects on alkaline phosphatase activity in the whiteflies, Bemisia tabaci Biotype B and Trialeurodes vaporariorum.

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    Yan, Ying; Peng, Lu; Liu, Wan-Xue; Wan, Fang-Hao; Harris, Marvin K

    2011-01-01

    Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) B-biotype and Trialeurodes vaporariorum (Westwood) (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) often coexist on greenhouse-grown vegetable crops in northern China. The recent spread of B. tabaci B-biotype has largely replaced T. vaporariorum, and B-biotype now overlaps with T. vaporariorum where common hosts occur in most invaded areas. The impact of the B-biotype on the agro eco system appears to be widespread, and involves the ability to compete with and perhaps replace other phytophages like T. vaporariorum. An emerging hypothesis is that the B-biotype is physiologically superior due at least in part to an improved ability to metabolically utilize the alkaline phosphatase pathway. To test this hypothesis, alkaline phosphatase activity was studied in the B-biotype and T. vaporariorum after feeding on a number of different hosts for a range of durations, with and without host switching. Alkaline phosphatase activity in T. vaporariorum was 1.45 to 2.53-fold higher than that of the B-biotype when fed on tomato for 4 and 24 h, or switched from tomato to cotton and cabbage for the same durations. However, alkaline phosphatase activity in the B-biotype was 1.40 to 3.35-fold higher than that of T. vaporariorum when the host switching time was ?72 and ?120 h on the same plant. Both short-term (4 h) and long-term (72 h) switching of plant hosts can significantly affect the alkaline phosphatase activity in the two species. After ?120 h, feeding on tomato and cotton alkaline phosphatase activity in the B-biotype was significantly higher than that of T. vaporariorum. It was shown that alkaline phosphatase aids the species feeding on different plant species, and that the B-biotype is physiologically superior to T. vaporariorum in utilizing the enzyme compared to T. vaporariorum over longer periods of feeding. PMID:21521136

  3. The dermatophyte Trichophyton rubrum secretes an EDTA-sensitive alkaline phosphatase on high-phosphate medium

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    Ferreira-Nozawa Monica S.; Nozawa Sérgio R.; Martinez-Rossi Nilce M; Rossi Antonio

    2003-01-01

    In this communication, we show that the growth of isolate H6 of the dermatophyte Trichophyton rubrum on non-buffered medium and under saturating phosphate conditions is dependent on the initial growth pH, with an apparent optimum at pH 4.0. In addition, irrespective of the initial growth pH, the pH of the medium alteredduring cultivation reaching values that ranged from 8.3 to 8.9. Furthermore, this isolate synthesized and secreted almost the same levels of an alkaline phosphatase with an app...

  4. Distribution of alkaline and acid phosphatases in the duodenal wall of native blackgoats by using different fixatives

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Ten duodeni of adult goat were fixed in chilled acetone, 80% ethyl alcohol, alcohol-formalin solution, alcohol bouinssolution and buffered neutral formalin solution. The distribution of alkaline and acid phosphatases noticed in absorptive andgoblet cells that lining the duodenal mucosa of black goat, but different in their intensity and distribution according to differentfixatives. The distribution of alkaline phosphatase in absorptive columnar cells that lining intestinal glands was more intensethan other cells, whereas the concentration of acid phosphatase was more intense in goblet cells than other cells in the mucosaof goat duodenum specially in samples fixed in chilled acetone and ethyl alcohol 80%. The study revealed that the sampleswere fixed with chilled acetone gave highest reaction for alkaline and acid phosphatases than other fixative samples. Noreaction for alkaline and acid phosphatases included some absorptive cells lining villi, all cells lining the lower parts ofintestinal glands, paneth cells and submucosal glands in different fixatives, except submucosal glands revealed positivereaction for acid phosphatase in samples fixed in chilled acetone and 80% ethyl alcohol, paneth cells reveal positive reaction for the same enzyme in samples fixed in 80% ethyl alcohol in all examined areas of the duodenum wall of the native blackgoat.

  5. Alkaline phosphatase in osteoblasts is down-regulated by pulsatile fluid flow

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    Hillsley, M. V.; Frangos, J. A.

    1997-01-01

    It is our hypothesis that interstitial fluid flow plays a role in the bone remodeling response to mechanical loading. The fluid flow-induced expression of three proteins (collagen, osteopontin, and alkaline phosphatase) involved in bone remodeling was investigated. Rat calvarial osteoblasts subjected to pulsatile fluid flow at an average shear stress of 5 dyne/cm2 showed decreased alkaline phosphatase (AP) mRNA expression after only 1 hour of flow. After 3 hours of flow, AP mRNA levels had decreased to 30% of stationary control levels and remained at this level for an additional 5 hours of flow. Steady flow (4 dyne/cm2 fluid shear stress), in contrast, resulted in a delayed and less dramatic decrease in AP mRNA expression to 63% of control levels after 8 hours of flow. The reduced AP mRNA expression under pulsatile flow conditions was followed by reduced AP enzyme activity after 24 hours. No changes in collagen or osteopontin mRNA expression were detected over 8 hours of pulsatile flow. This is the first time fluid flow has been shown to affect gene expression in osteoblasts.

  6. Biocompatibility and Alkaline Phosphatase Activity of Phosphorylated Chitooligosaccharides on the Osteosarcoma MG63 Cell Line

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    Jayachandran Venkatesan

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Phosphorylated chitooligosaccharides (P-COS were prepared using a H3PO4, P2O5, Et3PO4 and hexanol solvent system. The P-COS were characterized by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR, Thermo gravimetric-Differential Thermal Analyzer (TG-DTA, 13C NMR, 31P NMR, X-ray diffraction analysis, solubility studies, biocompatibility and Alkaline Phosphatase Activity (ALP. The results reveal that phosphorylation occurred at the C3 and C6 position of OH groups and the C2 position of NH2 group. FT-IR confirmed no decomposition in pyranose ring in P-COS even with heating and treatment in acidic conditions. The amorphous nature of P-COS was confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis. Further, the biocompatibility and alkaline phosphatase activity of P-COS were checked against the osteosarcoma MG63 cell line at different concentrations and no cytotoxicity was observed. After 12 h and 24 h of incubation, the ALP activity of P-COS was higher compared with the control group. These results suggest that P-COS is a biocompatible material and in future P-COS could open up a number of promising pharmaceutical and clinical applications to mankind.

  7. Cloning and Expression of the Alkaline Phosphatase Gene from the Persian Type Culture Collection Escherichia coli K-12

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    Hamid Mir Mohammad Sadeghi

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available The structural gene for alkaline phosphatase (phoA of E. coli K-12 strain obtained from the Persian type culture collection (PTCC 1268 was cloned into pTZ57R plasmid as cloning vector and pGEM-3Z plasmid as expression vector, respectively. The recombinant plasmids were confirmed by different restriction enzymes and determination of the nucleotide sequence. Protein expression was induced by isopropyl -D thiogalactopyranoside (IPTG and was analyzed using polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE. The obtained results demonstrate a complete homology of the DNA sequence between the cloned alkaline phosphatase gene with the sequence present in the gene banks.

  8. Endothelial alkaline phosphatase activity loss as an early stage in the development of radiation-induced heart disease in rats

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    Alkaline phosphatase activity of capillary endothelial cells in the heart of Wistar and Sprague-Dawley rats was studied sequentially after single doses of 10, 15, 20, or 25 Gy. Following irradiation capillary density and alkaline phosphatase activity were focally lost before myocardial degeneration or clinical symptoms of heart disease developed. Recovery from both changes took place after doses of 10 or 15 Gy. The decrease in capillary density and enzyme activity showed the same strain difference in latency times and in the extent of the lesions as previously described for pathological and clinical signs of heart disease

  9. Purification and characterization of an alkaline phosphatase induced by phosphorus starvation in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) roots

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    Morales, L.; Gutierrez, N.; Maya, V.; Parra, C.; Martinez B, E.; Coello, P., E-mail: pcoello@servidor.unam.mx [UNAM, Facultad de Quimica, Departamento de Bioquimica, Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)

    2012-07-01

    Two phosphatase isoforms from roots of the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) showed an increase in activity in response to phosphate deficiency. One of them (APIII) was chosen for further purification through ionic exchange chromatography and preparative electrophoresis. The estimated molecular mass of APIII was 35 kDa by both SDS-Page and gel filtration analyses, suggesting a monomeric form of the active enzyme. The phosphatase was classified as an alkaline phosphatase based on the requirement of ph 8 for optimum catalysis. It not only exhibited broad substrate specificity, with the most activity against pyrophosphate, but also effectively catalyzed the hydrolysis of polyphosphate, glucose-1-phosphate and phospho enol-pyruvate. Activity was completely inhibited by molybdate, vanadate and phosphate but was only partially inhibited by fluoride. Although divalent cations were not essential for the pyro phosphatase activity of this enzyme, the hydrolysis of pyro phosphatase increased substantially in the presence of Mg{sup 2+}.

  10. Purification and characterization of an alkaline phosphatase induced by phosphorus starvation in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) roots

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    Two phosphatase isoforms from roots of the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) showed an increase in activity in response to phosphate deficiency. One of them (APIII) was chosen for further purification through ionic exchange chromatography and preparative electrophoresis. The estimated molecular mass of APIII was 35 kDa by both SDS-Page and gel filtration analyses, suggesting a monomeric form of the active enzyme. The phosphatase was classified as an alkaline phosphatase based on the requirement of ph 8 for optimum catalysis. It not only exhibited broad substrate specificity, with the most activity against pyrophosphate, but also effectively catalyzed the hydrolysis of polyphosphate, glucose-1-phosphate and phospho enol-pyruvate. Activity was completely inhibited by molybdate, vanadate and phosphate but was only partially inhibited by fluoride. Although divalent cations were not essential for the pyro phosphatase activity of this enzyme, the hydrolysis of pyro phosphatase increased substantially in the presence of Mg2+.

  11. The cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 7942 contains a second alkaline phosphatase encoded by phoV.

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    Wagner, K U; Masepohl, B; Pistorius, E K

    1995-12-01

    A gene (phoV) encoding an alkaline phosphatase from Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 7942 was isolated by screening a plasmid gene bank for expression of alkaline phosphatase activity in Escherichia coli JM103. Two independent clones carrying the same alkaline-phosphatase-encoding gene were isolated. One of these clones (pKW1) was further analysed and the nucleotide sequence of a contiguous 3234 bp DNA fragment was determined. Two complete open reading frames (ORF1 and phoV) and an incomplete ORF3 were identified reading in the same direction. The deduced phoV gene product showed 34% identity to the alkaline phosphatase PhoA from Zymomonas mobilis, and the N-terminal part of the putative ORF3 protein exhibited 57% identity to a protein of unknown function from Frankia sp. Insertional inactivation of the Synechococcus PCC 7942 phoV gene failed, indicating an essential role for either the phoV or the ORF3 gene product. PhoV consists of 550 amino acid residues, resulting in a molecular mass of 61.3 kDa. To overexpress the Synechococcus PCC 7942 phoV gene in E. coli, plasmid pKW1 was transformed into a phoA mutant of E. coli (CC118). In E. coli strain CC118(pKW1) PhoV was expressed constitutively with high rates of activity, and was shown to be membrane associated in the periplasmic space. After partial purification of the recombinant PhoV, it was shown that, like other alkaline phosphatases, the Synechococcus PhoV had a broad pH optimum in the alkaline region and a broad substrate specificity for phosphomonoesters, required Zn2+ for activity, and was inhibited by phosphate. In contrast to several other alkaline phosphatases, PhoV was inhibited by Mn2+. Due to the lack of a Synechococcus PCC 7942 phoV mutant strain, the function of PhoV remains uncertain. However, the present results show that Synechococcus PCC 7942 has a second, probably phosphate-irrepressible, alkaline phosphatase (PhoV, 61.3 kDa) in addition to the phosphate-repressible enzyme (PhoA, 145 kDa) already described. PMID:8574398

  12. Facile and Sensitive Fluorescence Sensing of Alkaline Phosphatase Activity with Photoluminescent Carbon Dots Based on Inner Filter Effect.

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    Li, Guoliang; Fu, Huili; Chen, Xuejie; Gong, Peiwei; Chen, Guang; Xia, Lian; Wang, Hua; You, Jinmao; Wu, Yongning

    2016-03-01

    A simple and sensitive fluorescent assay for detecting alkaline phosphatase (ALP) based on the inner filter effect (IFE) has been proven, which is conceptually different from the previously reported ALP fluorescent assays. In this sensing platform, N-doped carbon dots (CDs) with a high quantum yield of 49% were prepared by one-pot synthesis and were directly used as a fluorophore in IFE. p-Nitrophenylphosphate (PNPP) was employed to act as an ALP substrate, and its enzyme catalytic product (p-nitrophenol (PNP)) was capable of functioning as a powerful absorber in IFE to influence the excitation of fluorophore (CDs). When in the presence of ALP, PNPP was transformed into PNP and induced the absorption band transition from 310 to 405 nm, which resulted in the complementary overlap between the absorption of PNP and the excitation of CDs. Because of the competitive absorption, the excitation of CDs was significantly weakened, resulting in the quenching of CDs. The present IFE-based sensing strategy showed a good linear relationship from 0.01 to 25 U/L (R(2) = 0.996) and provided an exciting detection limit of 0.001 U/L (signal-to-noise ratio of 3). The proposed sensing approach was successfully applied to ALP sensing in serum samples, ALP inhibitor investigation and phosphatase cell imaging. The presented IFE-based CDs fluorescence sensing strategy gives new insight on the development of the facile and sensitive optical probe for enzyme activity assay because the surface modification or the linking between the receptor and the fluorophore is no longer required. PMID:26820049

  13. Improvement of Student Understanding of How Kinetic Data Facilitates the Determination of Amino Acid Catalytic Function through an Alkaline Phosphatase Structure/Mechanism Bioinformatics Exercise

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    Grunwald, Sandra K.; Krueger, Katherine J.

    2008-01-01

    Laboratory exercises, which utilize alkaline phosphatase as a model enzyme, have been developed and used extensively in undergraduate biochemistry courses to illustrate enzyme steady-state kinetics. A bioinformatics laboratory exercise for the biochemistry laboratory, which complements the traditional alkaline phosphatase kinetics exercise, was…

  14. Improvement of Student Understanding of How Kinetic Data Facilitates the Determination of Amino Acid Catalytic Function through an Alkaline Phosphatase Structure/Mechanism Bioinformatics Exercise

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    Grunwald, Sandra K.; Krueger, Katherine J.

    2008-01-01

    Laboratory exercises, which utilize alkaline phosphatase as a model enzyme, have been developed and used extensively in undergraduate biochemistry courses to illustrate enzyme steady-state kinetics. A bioinformatics laboratory exercise for the biochemistry laboratory, which complements the traditional alkaline phosphatase kinetics exercise, was…

  15. Alkaline Phosphatase and CD34 Reaction of Deciduous Teeth Pulp Stem Cells

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    Fatemeh Abedini

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Endothelial progenitor cells from the pulp of milk teeth were isolated for use in clinical applications and tissue engineering. Normal deciduous teeth from children of 7 to 8 years of age, which more than half the tooth root was extracted, were selected from the dental centre. Cells from enzyme treated pulps were cultured and cells resulting from the fifth and eight subculture were combined for cell surface marker determination experiments. Cells were positive for CD34 marker with a total of 99/45%, determined by flowcytometry. Cells also demonstrated alkaline phosphatase (ALP activity. From the developmental point of view, stem cells from the dental pulp seem to have derived from the neural crest, which our findings technically support this theory. In essence mobile progenitor cells from bone marrow of endothelial origin could also play a significant role in the derivation of dental pulp stem cells.

  16. Intestinal alkaline phosphatase is a gut mucosal defense factor maintained by enteral nutrition

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    Goldberg, Ross F.; Austen, William G.; Zhang, Xiaobo; Munene, Gitonga; Mostafa, Golam; Biswas, Shaluk; McCormack, Michael; Eberlin, Kyle R.; Nguyen, John T.; Tatlidede, Hamit S.; Warren, H. Shaw; Narisawa, Sonoko; Millán, Jose L.; Hodin, Richard A.

    2008-01-01

    Under conditions of starvation and disease, the gut barrier becomes impaired, and trophic feeding to prevent gut mucosal atrophy has become a standard treatment of critically ill patients. However, the mechanisms responsible for the beneficial effects of enteral nutrition have remained a mystery. Using in vitro and in vivo models, we demonstrate that the brush–border enzyme, intestinal alkaline phosphatase (IAP), has the ability to detoxify lipopolysaccharide and prevent bacterial invasion across the gut mucosal barrier. IAP expression and function are lost with starvation and maintained by enteral feeding. It is likely that the IAP silencing that occurs during starvation is a key component of the gut mucosal barrier dysfunction seen in critically ill patients. PMID:18292227

  17. A Disposable Alkaline Phosphatase-Based Biosensor for Vanadium Chronoamperometric Determination

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    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available A chronoamperometric method for vanadium ion determination, based on the inhibition of the enzyme alkaline phosphatase, is reported. Screen-printed carbon electrodes modified with gold nanoparticles were used as transducers for the immobilization of the enzyme. The enzymatic activity over 4-nitrophenyl phosphate sodium salt is affected by vanadium ions, which results in a decrease in the chronoamperometric current registered. The developed method has a detection limit of 0.39 ± 0.06 µM, a repeatability of 7.7% (n = 4 and a reproducibility of 8% (n = 3. A study of the possible interferences shows that the presence of Mo(VI, Cr(III, Ca(II and W(VI, may affect vanadium determination at concentration higher than 1.0 mM. The method was successfully applied to the determination of vanadium in spiked tap water.

  18. Anticancer and Alkaline Phosphatase Inhibitory Effects of Compounds Isolated from the Leaves of Olea ferruginea Royle

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    Muhammad Ali Hashmi

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available One flavonoid, one ursane type triterpene, and two seco-iridoids were isolated from the leaves of Olea ferruginea Royle. The compounds were screened against TNALP and CIALP enzymes for their in vitro alkaline phosphatase inhibitory studies and HeLa cancer cell lines to measure their anticancer potential. Compound 1 showed the highest activity of 89.5 ± 1.5 nM against CIALP enzyme. All the compounds showed little activity against TNALP enzyme which shows the specificity of these compounds for CIALP enzyme only. Compounds 1, 3 , and 4 exhibited anticancer activity comparable to the reference drug vincristine (VNCT. All the compounds showed minimum toxicity against vero cells at 10 ?M concentration.

  19. Crystal structure of alkaline phosphatase from the Antarctic bacterium TAB5.

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    Wang, Ellen; Koutsioulis, Dimitris; Leiros, Hanna-Kirsti S; Andersen, Ole Andreas; Bouriotis, Vassilis; Hough, Edward; Heikinheimo, Pirkko

    2007-03-01

    Alkaline phosphatases (APs) are non-specific phosphohydrolases that are widely used in molecular biology and diagnostics. We describe the structure of the cold active alkaline phosphatase from the Antarctic bacterium TAB5 (TAP). The fold and the active site geometry are conserved with the other AP structures, where the monomer has a large central beta-sheet enclosed by alpha-helices. The dimer interface of TAP is relatively small, and only a single loop from each monomer replaces the typical crown domain. The structure also has typical cold-adapted features; lack of disulfide bridges, low number of salt-bridges, and a loose dimer interface that completely lacks charged interactions. The dimer interface is more hydrophobic than that of the Escherichia coli AP and the interactions have tendency to pair with backbone atoms, which we propose to result from the cold adaptation of TAP. The structure contains two additional magnesium ions outside of the active site, which we believe to be involved in substrate binding as well as contributing to the local stability. The M4 site stabilises an interaction that anchors the substrate-coordinating R148. The M5 metal-binding site is in a region that stabilises metal coordination in the active site. In other APs the M5 binding area is supported by extensive salt-bridge stabilisation, as well as positively charged patches around the active site. We propose that these charges, and the TAP M5 binding, influence the release of the product phosphate and thus might influence the rate-determining step of the enzyme. PMID:17198711

  20. Cooperative Electrostatic Interactions Drive Functional Evolution in the Alkaline Phosphatase Superfamily.

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    Barrozo, Alexandre; Duarte, Fernanda; Bauer, Paul; Carvalho, Alexandra T P; Kamerlin, Shina C L

    2015-07-22

    It is becoming widely accepted that catalytic promiscuity, i.e., the ability of a single enzyme to catalyze the turnover of multiple, chemically distinct substrates, plays a key role in the evolution of new enzyme functions. In this context, the members of the alkaline phosphatase superfamily have been extensively studied as model systems in order to understand the phenomenon of enzyme multifunctionality. In the present work, we model the selectivity of two multiply promiscuous members of this superfamily, namely the phosphonate monoester hydrolases from Burkholderia caryophylli and Rhizobium leguminosarum. We have performed extensive simulations of the enzymatic reaction of both wild-type enzymes and several experimentally characterized mutants. Our computational models are in agreement with key experimental observables, such as the observed activities of the wild-type enzymes, qualitative interpretations of experimental pH-rate profiles, and activity trends among several active site mutants. In all cases the substrates of interest bind to the enzyme in similar conformations, with largely unperturbed transition states from their corresponding analogues in aqueous solution. Examination of transition-state geometries and the contribution of individual residues to the calculated activation barriers suggest that the broad promiscuity of these enzymes arises from cooperative electrostatic interactions in the active site, allowing each enzyme to adapt to the electrostatic needs of different substrates. By comparing the structural and electrostatic features of several alkaline phosphatases, we suggest that this phenomenon is a generalized feature driving selectivity and promiscuity within this superfamily and can be in turn used for artificial enzyme design. PMID:26091851

  1. Robotic implementation of assays: tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase (TNAP) case study.

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    Chung, Thomas D Y

    2013-01-01

    Laboratory automation and robotics have "industrialized" the execution and completion of large-scale, enabling high-capacity and high-throughput (100 K-1 MM/day) screening (HTS) campaigns of large "libraries" of compounds (>200 K-2 MM) to complete in a few days or weeks. Critical to the success these HTS campaigns is the ability of a competent assay development team to convert a validated research-grade laboratory "benchtop" assay suitable for manual or semi-automated operations on a few hundreds of compounds into a robust miniaturized (384- or 1,536-well format), well-engineered, scalable, industrialized assay that can be seamlessly implemented on a fully automated, fully integrated robotic screening platform for cost-effective screening of hundreds of thousands of compounds. Here, we provide a review of the theoretical guiding principles and practical considerations necessary to reduce often complex research biology into a "lean manufacturing" engineering endeavor comprising adaption, automation, and implementation of HTS. Furthermore we provide a detailed example specifically for a cell-free in vitro biochemical, enzymatic phosphatase assay for tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase that illustrates these principles and considerations. PMID:23860647

  2. Pst I restriction fragment length polymorphism of the human placental alkaline phosphatase gene in normal placentae and tumors

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    The structure of the human placental alkaline phosphatase gene from normal term placentae was studied by restriction enzyme digestion and Southern blot analysis using a cDNA probe to the gene for the placental enzyme. The DNA digests fall into three distinct patterns based on the presence and intensity of an extra 1.1-kilobase Pst I Band. The extra 1.1-kilobase band is present in 9 of 27 placenta samples, and in 1 of these samples the extra band is present at double intensity. No polymorphism was revealed by digestion with restriction enzymes EcoRI, Sma I, BamHI, or Sac I. The extra Pst I-digestion site may lie in a noncoding region of the gene because no correlation was observed between the restriction fragment length polymorphism and the common placental alkaline phosphatase alleles identified by starch gel electrophoresis. In addition, because placental alkaline phosphatase is frequently re-expressed in neoplasms, the authors examined tissue from ovarian, testicular, and endometrial tumors and from BeWo choriocarcinoma cells in culture. The Pst I-DNA digestion patterns from these cells and tissues were identical to those seen in the normal ovary and term placentae. The consistent reproducible digestion patterns seen in DNA from normal and tumor tissue indicate that a major gene rearrangement is not the basis for the ectopic expression of placental alkaline phosphatase in neoplasia

  3. Glucosamine hydrochloride functionalized tetraphenylethylene: a novel fluorescent probe for alkaline phosphatase based on the aggregation-induced emission.

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    Chen, Qi; Bian, Ning; Cao, Chun; Qiu, Xi-Long; Qi, Ai-Di; Han, Bao-Hang

    2010-06-21

    Grafting of glucosamine hydrochloride moieties to tetraphenylethylene (TPE) motif furnished a novel cationic water-soluble tetraphenylethylene derivative (GH-TPE). With aggregation-induced emission properties, GH-TPE was used for fluorometric detection to alkaline phosphatase through enzyme-triggered de-aggregation of the ensemble of GH-TPE and substrate. PMID:20454747

  4. Fluorescent light-up probe with aggregation-induced emission characteristics for alkaline phosphatase sensing and activity study.

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    Liang, Jing; Kwok, Ryan Tsz Kin; Shi, Haibin; Tang, Ben Zhong; Liu, Bin

    2013-09-11

    Fluorogens with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) characteristics have attracted intensified research interest in biosensing applications, and those with specific targeting ability are especially desirable. In this work, we designed and synthesized an AIE fluorescent probe by functionalizing a tetraphenylethylene (TPE) fluorogen with two phosphate groups (TPE-phos) for the detection of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and its enzymatic activity based on the specific interaction between the probe and ALP. The probe is virtually nonfluorescent in aqueous media due to good water solubility. In the presence of ALP, the phosphate groups are cleaved through enzymatic hydrolysis, yielding a highly fluorescent product as a result of activated AIE process. This light-up probe shows excellent selectivity toward ALP among a group of proteins. The detection limit is found to be 11.4 pM or 0.2 U L(-1) in Tris buffer solution with a linear quantification range of 3-526 U L(-1). The assay is also successfully performed in diluted serum with a linear range up to 175 U L(-1), demonstrating its potential application in clinical analysis of ALP levels in real samples. Furthermore, by conducting kinetic analysis of the enzyme using TPE-phos as the substrate, the kinetic parameter kcat/KM is determined to be 5.1×10(5) M(-1) s(-1), indicating a high efficiency of the substrate. PMID:23957823

  5. Switchable fluorescence of gold nanoclusters for probing the activity of alkaline phosphatase and its application in immunoassay.

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    Hu, Xue-Lian; Wu, Xiu-Ming; Fang, Xin; Li, Zai-Jun; Wang, Guang-Li

    2016-03-15

    In this work, a novel strategy for modulating the fluorescence of gold nanoclusters (Au NCs) is developed. The fluorescence of bovine serum albumin (BSA) protected Au NCs is firstly quenched by KMnO4 and then restored by ascorbic acid (AA) due to the deterioration/restoration of the surface structure. Based on which, a novel "switch-on" fluorescent assay for probing the activity of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) is developed with a detection limit as low as 0.002U/L. In addition, this testing protocol is also expanded to the detection of the inhibitor of ALP and mouse IgG (as a model), the detection limits are 15ng/mL for the inhibitor of 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-DA) and 1.5pg/mL for mouse IgG. The present method paves a new way to develop convenient, sensitive, and selective metal NCs-based fluorescent "turn-on" probes with promising applications in versatile biosensing. PMID:26496220

  6. Effect of dietary carbohydrate and phenotype on sucrase, maltase, lactase, and alkaline phosphatase specific activity in SHR/N-cp rat.

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    Wiesenfeld, P; Baldwin, J; Szepesi, B; Michaelis, O E

    1993-03-01

    The obese spontaneous hypertensive rat/NIH-corpulent (SHR/N-cp) rat exhibits some of the metabolic and pathologic alterations associated with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus and hypertension. The current study was conducted to investigate the influence of phenotype (ob versus In) and source of dietary carbohydrate (sucrose versus starch) on intestinal sucrase, maltase, lactase, and alkaline phosphatase activity in SHR/N-cp rats. For 3 months, lean and obese male SHR/N-cp rats were fed isocaloric diets containing as the sole source of carbohydrate either 54% cooked corn starch or sucrose. Serum and urine markers for diabetes were observed in obese rats. Wet weight and length of intestines were significantly increased in obese rats compared with lean littermates. Among the intestinal enzymes measured, statistical tests confirmed that sucrase activity was significantly increased (P In) and feeding a sucrose diet. Diet alone (sucrose > starch) significantly increased (P Lactase activity was significantly higher (P sucrose-fed rats compared with obese starch-fed and/or lean littermates. Statistical tests revealed that intestinal alkaline phosphatase activity was significantly altered (P sucrose and to starch or sucrose-fed obese rats. These results are not indicative of a simple, nonspecific increase in intestinal enzyme activity, since the effects observed in intestinal alkaline phosphatase contrast the effects observed in intestinal sucrase, maltase, and lactase activity. These results indicate that both phenotype and diet alter structural and enzymatic intestinal activities of SHR/N-cp rats. Distinct variations in the observed intestinal enzymatic activities suggest that these enzymes are under the control of genetic, hormonal, and dietary factors. Rationale for these differences are discussed. PMID:8437990

  7. Structural characteristics of alkaline phosphatase from the moderately halophilic bacterium Halomonas sp. 593

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    In order to clarify the structural basis of the halophilic characteristics of an alkaline phosphatase derived from the moderate halophile Halomonas sp. 593 (HaAP), the tertiary structure of HaAP was determined to 2.1 Å resolution by X-ray crystallography. The structural properties of surface negative charge and core hydrophobicity were shown to be intermediate between those characteristic of halophiles and non-halophiles, and may explain the unique functional adaptation to a wide range of salt concentrations. Alkaline phosphatase (AP) from the moderate halophilic bacterium Halomonas sp. 593 (HaAP) catalyzes the hydrolysis of phosphomonoesters over a wide salt-concentration range (1–4 M NaCl). In order to clarify the structural basis of its halophilic characteristics and its wide-range adaptation to salt concentration, the tertiary structure of HaAP was determined by X-ray crystallography to 2.1 Å resolution. The unit cell of HaAP contained one dimer unit corresponding to the biological unit. The monomer structure of HaAP contains a domain comprised of an 11-stranded ?-sheet core with 19 surrounding ?-helices similar to those of APs from other species, and a unique ‘crown’ domain containing an extended ‘arm’ structure that participates in formation of a hydrophobic cluster at the entrance to the substrate-binding site. The HaAP structure also displays a unique distribution of negatively charged residues and hydrophobic residues in comparison to other known AP structures. AP from Vibrio sp. G15-21 (VAP; a slight halophile) has the highest similarity in sequence (70.0% identity) and structure (C? r.m.s.d. of 0.82 Å for the monomer) to HaAP. The surface of the HaAP dimer is substantially more acidic than that of the VAP dimer (144 exposed Asp/Glu residues versus 114, respectively), and thus may enable the solubility of HaAP under high-salt conditions. Conversely, the monomer unit of HaAP formed a substantially larger hydrophobic interior comprising 329 C atoms from completely buried residues, whereas that of VAP comprised 264 C atoms, which may maintain the stability of HaAP under low-salt conditions. These characteristics of HaAP may be responsible for its unique functional adaptation permitting activity over a wide range of salt concentrations

  8. Characterization of structural and catalytic differences in rat intestinal alkaline phosphatase isozymes.

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    Harada, Tsuyoshi; Koyama, Iwao; Matsunaga, Toshiyuki; Kikuno, Akira; Kasahara, Toshihiko; Hassimoto, Masatoshi; Alpers, David H; Komoda, Tsugikazu

    2005-05-01

    To understand the differences between the rat intestinal alkaline phosphatase isozymes rIAP-I and rIAP-II, we constructed structural models based on the previously determined crystal structure for human placental alkaline phosphatase (hPLAP). Our models of rIAP-I and rIAP-II displayed a typical alpha/beta topology, but the crown domain of rIAP-I contained an additional beta-sheet, while the embracing arm region of rIAP-II lacked the alpha-helix, when each model was compared to hPLAP. The representations of surface potential in the rIAPs were predominantly positive at the base of the active site. The coordinated metal at the active site was predicted to be a zinc triad in rIAP-I, whereas the typical combination of two zinc atoms and one magnesium atom was proposed for rIAP-II. Using metal-depleted extracts from rat duodenum or jejunum and hPLAP, we performed enzyme assays under restricted metal conditions. With the duodenal and jejunal extract, but not with hPLAP, enzyme activity was restored by the addition of zinc, whereas in nonchelated extracts, the addition of zinc inhibited duodenal IAP and hPLAP, but not jejunal IAP. Western blotting revealed that nearly all of the rIAP in the jejunum extracts was rIAP-I, whereas in duodenum the percentage of rIAP-I (55%) correlated with the degree of AP activation (60% relative to that seen with jejunal extracts). These data are consistent with the presence of a triad of zinc atoms at the active site of rIAP-I, but not rIAP-II or hPLAP. Although no differences in amino acid alignment in the vicinity of metal-binding site 3 were predicted between the rIAPs and hPLAP, the His153 residue of both rIAPs was closer to the metal position than that in hPLAP. Between the rIAPs, a difference was observed at amino acid position 317 that is indirectly related to the coordination of the metal at metal-binding site 3 and water molecules. These findings suggest that the side-chain position of His153, and the alignment of Q317, might be the major determinants for activation of the zinc triad in rIAP-I. PMID:15885097

  9. Structural characteristics of alkaline phosphatase from the moderately halophilic bacterium Halomonas sp. 593

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    Arai, Shigeki; Yonezawa, Yasushi [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 2-4 Shirakata-shirane, Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Ishibashi, Matsujiro [Faculty of Agriculture, Kagoshima University, 1-21-24 Korimoto, Kagoshima 890-0065 (Japan); Matsumoto, Fumiko; Adachi, Motoyasu; Tamada, Taro [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 2-4 Shirakata-shirane, Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Tokunaga, Hiroko [Faculty of Agriculture, Kagoshima University, 1-21-24 Korimoto, Kagoshima 890-0065 (Japan); Blaber, Michael [Florida State University, 1115 West Call Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4300 (United States); Tokunaga, Masao [Faculty of Agriculture, Kagoshima University, 1-21-24 Korimoto, Kagoshima 890-0065 (Japan); Kuroki, Ryota, E-mail: kuroki.ryota@jaea.go.jp [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 2-4 Shirakata-shirane, Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan)

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    In order to clarify the structural basis of the halophilic characteristics of an alkaline phosphatase derived from the moderate halophile Halomonas sp. 593 (HaAP), the tertiary structure of HaAP was determined to 2.1 Å resolution by X-ray crystallography. The structural properties of surface negative charge and core hydrophobicity were shown to be intermediate between those characteristic of halophiles and non-halophiles, and may explain the unique functional adaptation to a wide range of salt concentrations. Alkaline phosphatase (AP) from the moderate halophilic bacterium Halomonas sp. 593 (HaAP) catalyzes the hydrolysis of phosphomonoesters over a wide salt-concentration range (1–4 M NaCl). In order to clarify the structural basis of its halophilic characteristics and its wide-range adaptation to salt concentration, the tertiary structure of HaAP was determined by X-ray crystallography to 2.1 Å resolution. The unit cell of HaAP contained one dimer unit corresponding to the biological unit. The monomer structure of HaAP contains a domain comprised of an 11-stranded ?-sheet core with 19 surrounding ?-helices similar to those of APs from other species, and a unique ‘crown’ domain containing an extended ‘arm’ structure that participates in formation of a hydrophobic cluster at the entrance to the substrate-binding site. The HaAP structure also displays a unique distribution of negatively charged residues and hydrophobic residues in comparison to other known AP structures. AP from Vibrio sp. G15-21 (VAP; a slight halophile) has the highest similarity in sequence (70.0% identity) and structure (C{sup ?} r.m.s.d. of 0.82 Å for the monomer) to HaAP. The surface of the HaAP dimer is substantially more acidic than that of the VAP dimer (144 exposed Asp/Glu residues versus 114, respectively), and thus may enable the solubility of HaAP under high-salt conditions. Conversely, the monomer unit of HaAP formed a substantially larger hydrophobic interior comprising 329 C atoms from completely buried residues, whereas that of VAP comprised 264 C atoms, which may maintain the stability of HaAP under low-salt conditions. These characteristics of HaAP may be responsible for its unique functional adaptation permitting activity over a wide range of salt concentrations.

  10. Determination of trace alkaline phosphatase by solid-substrate room-temperature phosphorimetry based on Triticum vulgare lectin labeled with fullerenol.

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    Liu, Jia-Ming; Gao, Fei; Huang, Hong-Hua; Zeng, Li-Qing; Huang, Xiao-Mei; Zhu, Guo-Hui; Li, Zhi-Ming

    2008-04-01

    Fullerenol (F) shows a strong and stable room-temperature phosphorescence (RTP) signal on the surface of nitrocellulose membrane (NCM) at lambda ex max/ lambda em max =542.0/709.4 nm. When modified by dodecylbenzenesulfonic acid sodium salt (DBS), fullerenol emits a stronger signal. It was also found that quantitative specific affinity-adsorption reaction can be carried out between Triticum vulgare lectin (WGA) labeled with DBS-F and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) on the surface of NCM, and the product obtained (WGA-ALP-WGA-F-DBS) emits a strong and stable RTP signal. Furthermore, the content of ALP was proportional to the DeltaI(p) value. Based on the facts above, a new method for the determination of trace amounts of ALP by affinity-adsorption solid-substrate room-temperature phosphorimetry (AA-SS-RTP) was established, using fullerenol modified with DBS to label WGA. The detection limit was 0.011 fg spot(-1) (corresponding concentration: 2.8x10(-14) g ml(-1), namely 2.8x10(-16) mol l(-1)). This method with high sensitivity, accuracy, and precision has been successfully applied to the determination of the content of ALP in human serum survey and forecast human disease, and the results are tallied with those using alkaline phosphatase kits. The mechanism for the determination of ALP using AA-SS-RTP was also discussed. PMID:18421752

  11. Utilization of alkaline phosphatase PhoA in the bioproduction of geraniol by metabolically engineered Escherichia coli.

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    Liu, Wei; Zhang, Rubing; Tian, Ning; Xu, Xin; Cao, Yujing; Xian, Mo; Liu, Huizhou

    2015-09-01

    Geraniol is a valuable acyclic monoterpene alcohol and has many applications in the perfume industries, pharmacy and others. It has been hypothesized that phosphatases can convert geranyl diphosphate (GPP) into geraniol. However, whether and which phosphatases can transform GPP to geraniol has remained unanswered up till now. In this paper, the catalysis abilities of 4 different types of phosphatases were studied with GPP as substrate in vitro. They are bifunctional diacylglycerol diphosphate phosphatase (DPP1) and lipid phosphate phosphatase (LPP1) from Saccharomyces cerevisiae, ADP-ribose pyrophosphatase (NudF) and alkaline phosphatase (PhoA) from Escherichia coli. The results show that just PhoA from E. coli can convert GPP into geraniol. Moreover, in order to confirm the ability of PhoA in vivo, the heterologous mevalonate pathway and geranyl diphosphate synthase gene from Abies grandis were co-overexpressed in E. coli with PhoA gene and 5.3 ± 0.2 mg/l geraniol was produced from glucose in flask-culture. Finally, we also evaluated the fed-batch fermentation of this engineered E. coli and a maximum concentration of 99.3 mg/l geraniol was produced while the conversion efficiency of glucose to geranoid (gram to gram) was 0.51%. Our results offer a new option for geraniol biosynthesis and promote the industrial bio-production of geraniol. PMID:26091008

  12. Intestinal alkaline phosphatase promotes gut bacterial growth by reducing the concentration of luminal nucleotide triphosphates.

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    Malo, Madhu S; Moaven, Omeed; Muhammad, Nur; Biswas, Brishti; Alam, Sayeda N; Economopoulos, Konstantinos P; Gul, Sarah Shireen; Hamarneh, Sulaiman R; Malo, Nondita S; Teshager, Abeba; Mohamed, Mussa M Rafat; Tao, Qingsong; Narisawa, Sonoko; Millán, José Luis; Hohmann, Elizabeth L; Warren, H Shaw; Robson, Simon C; Hodin, Richard A

    2014-05-15

    The intestinal microbiota plays a pivotal role in maintaining human health and well-being. Previously, we have shown that mice deficient in the brush-border enzyme intestinal alkaline phosphatase (IAP) suffer from dysbiosis and that oral IAP supplementation normalizes the gut flora. Here we aimed to decipher the molecular mechanism by which IAP promotes bacterial growth. We used an isolated mouse intestinal loop model to directly examine the effect of exogenous IAP on the growth of specific intestinal bacterial species. We studied the effects of various IAP targets on the growth of stool aerobic and anaerobic bacteria as well as on a few specific gut organisms. We determined the effects of ATP and other nucleotides on bacterial growth. Furthermore, we examined the effects of IAP on reversing the inhibitory effects of nucleotides on bacterial growth. We have confirmed that local IAP bioactivity creates a luminal environment that promotes the growth of a wide range of commensal organisms. IAP promotes the growth of stool aerobic and anaerobic bacteria and appears to exert its growth promoting effects by inactivating (dephosphorylating) luminal ATP and other luminal nucleotide triphosphates. We observed that compared with wild-type mice, IAP-knockout mice have more ATP in their luminal contents, and exogenous IAP can reverse the ATP-mediated inhibition of bacterial growth in the isolated intestinal loop. In conclusion, IAP appears to promote the growth of intestinal commensal bacteria by inhibiting the concentration of luminal nucleotide triphosphates. PMID:24722905

  13. Inhibitors of tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase (TNAP): from hits to leads.

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    Teriete, Peter; Pinkerton, Anthony B; Cosford, Nicholas D P

    2013-01-01

    The optimization of active hits, commonly derived from high-throughput screening campaigns (see Chapters 2 and 4), into promising small-molecule lead compounds is one of the fundamental steps in early drug discovery. Directions taken during this stage can have important consequences reaching through lead optimization into preclinical development and beyond. Considering the ever-increasing costs of preclinical as well as clinical development phases (DiMasi et al., J Health Econ 22:151-185, 2003) the choices made at the early stages of drug discovery can have a real impact on the likelihood of the best lead becoming a viable candidate (Bleicher et al., Nat Rev Drug Discov 2:369-378, 2003). Thus it is important to utilize proven and robust methodologies to turn promising hits into suitable lead series with propitious characteristics. Here, we describe such an approach using the example of a tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase (see Chapter 3) inhibitor developed in our group (Sidique et al., Bioorg Med Chem Lett 19:222-225, 2009). PMID:23860648

  14. Steric hindrance regulated supramolecular assembly between ?-cyclodextrin polymer and pyrene for alkaline phosphatase fluorescent sensing.

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    Song, Chunxia; Yang, Xiaohai; Wang, Kemin; Wang, Qing; Liu, Jianbo; Huang, Jin; Zhou, Maogui; Guo, Xiaochen

    2016-03-01

    We herein report a strategy for sensitive alkaline phosphatase (ALP) fluorescent sensing based on steric hindrance regulated supramolecular assembly between ?-cyclodextrin polymer (poly?-CD) and pyrene. The fluorescence of pyrene was enhanced more than 10 times through supramolecular assembly with poly?-CD. The 5'-phosphorylated dsDNA probe with pyrene attached on the 3'-terminal could be cleaved by ? exonuclease (? exo), yielding pyrene attached on mononucleotides. Pyrene attached on mononucleotides could easily enter the cavity of poly?-CD, resulting in fluorescence enhancement. When ALP was introduced, it could remove 5'-phosphate groups from dsDNA and then prevented the cleavage of dsDNA. Pyrene attached on dsDNA was difficult to enter the cavity of poly?-CD because of steric hindrance, resulting in an inconspicuous fluorescence enhancement. Owing to the excellent fluorescence enhancement during steric hindrance regulated supramolecular assembly, excellent performance of the assay method was achieved for ALP with a detection limit of 0.04UmL(-1). The detection limit was superior or comparable with the reported methods. Besides, this method was simple in design, avoiding double-labeling of probe. PMID:26679620

  15. Passive immunotherapy of mice bearing Ehrlich ascites tumor expressing human, membrane-bound placental alkaline phosphatase.

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    Barka, T; Henderson, S; van der Noen, H M

    2000-01-01

    The objective of our study was to test if a tumor expressing a transgene coding for a membrane-bound protein is amenable to immunotherapy by antibodies to the same protein. To this end, we have established an Ehrlich ascites tumor (EAT) cell line, EAT-DAP, stably expressing human, membrane-bound placental alkaline phosphatase (PLAP) by infecting EAT cells (EATC) with the retroviral vector DAP and selecting neomycin-resistant cells. EATC and EAT-DAP cells grew at similar rates in vitro, and produced ascites tumor in Swiss-Webster mice with similar efficiency. We have treated mice bearing EAT-DAP ascites tumor with a mouse monoclonal antibody to human PLAP or with a monoclonal antibody to human C proteins of the heterogenous ribonucleoprotein complex (hnRNP). The average survival of mice treated with anti-hnRNP was 16.4 +/- 1.1 days (n = 8). Treatment with anti-PLAP prolonged the survival of mice; in 4 mice average survival was 23.3 +/- 5.7 days. Four animals, however, survived for 60 days when they were killed and had no visible signs of tumor. These data support the notion that passive immunotherapy using antibodies against a membrane protein, expressed in tumor cells transduced by a viral vector coding for that protein, may be effective in controlling tumor growth. PMID:10754465

  16. Biodistribution and translational pharmacokinetic modeling of a human recombinant alkaline phosphatase.

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    Peters, Esther; Stevens, Jasper; Arend, Jacques; Guan, Zheng; Raaben, Willem; Laverman, Peter; van Elsas, Andrea; Masereeuw, Rosalinde; Pickkers, Peter

    2015-11-10

    Clinical trials showed renal protective effects of bovine intestinal alkaline phosphatase (AP) in patients with sepsis-associated acute kidney injury (AKI). Subsequently, a human recombinant chimeric AP (recAP) was developed as a pharmaceutically acceptable alternative. Here, we investigated the biodistribution and pharmacokinetics (PK) of recAP and developed a translational population PK model. Biodistribution was studied during LPS-induced AKI in rats. Iodine-125-labeled recAP was primarily taken up by liver, spleen, adrenals, heart, lungs and kidneys followed by the gastro-intestinal tract and thyroid. Tissue distribution was not critically affected by endotoxemia. PK parameters were determined in rats and minipigs during IV bolus injections of recAP, administered once, or once daily during seven consecutive days. Plasma concentrations of recAP increased with increasing dose and disappeared in a biphasic manner. Exposure to recAP, estimated by AUC and Cmax, was similar on days 1 and 7. Subsequently, population approach nonlinear mixed effects modeling was performed with recAP rat and minipig and biAP phase I PK data. Concentration versus time data was accurately described in all species by a two-compartmental model with allometric scaling based on body weight. This model provides a solid foundation for determining the optimal dose and duration of first-in-man recAP studies. PMID:26325308

  17. Alkaline phosphatase variation during carfilzomib treatment is associated with best response in multiple myeloma patients.

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    Zangari, Maurizio; Aujay, Monette; Zhan, Fenghuang; Hetherington, Kristina L; Berno, Tamara; Vij, Ravi; Jagannath, Sundar; Siegel, David; Keith Stewart, A; Wang, Luhua; Orlowski, Robert Z; Belch, Andrew; Jakubowiak, Andrzej; Somlo, George; Trudel, Suzanne; Bahlis, Nizar; Lonial, Sagar; Singhal, Seema; Kukreti, Vishal; Tricot, Guido

    2011-06-01

    The ubiquitin-proteasome pathway regulates bone formation through osteoblast differentiation. We analyzed variation alkaline phosphatase (ALP) during carfilzomib treatment. Data from 38 patients enrolled in the PX-171-003 and 29 patients in PX-171-004 studies, for patients with relapsed/refractory myeloma, were analyzed. All patients received 20 mg/m(2) of carfilzomib on Days 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16 of a 28-day cycle. Sixty-seven patients from ALP data were evaluable. In PX-171-003, the ORR (>PR) was 18% and the clinical benefit response (CBR; >MR) was 26%, while in PX-171-004, the ORR was 35.5% overall and 57% in bortezomib-naive patients. ALP increment from baseline was statistically different in patients who achieved ? VGPR compared with all others on Days 1 (P = 0.0049) and 8 (P = 0.006) of Cycle 2. In patients achieving a VGPR or better, ALP increased more than 15 units per liter at Cycle 2 Day 1 over baseline. An ALP increase over the same period of time was seen in 26%, 13% and 11% of patients achieving PR, MR, and SD, respectively. This retrospective analysis of patients with relapsed or refractory myeloma treated with single-agent carfilzomib indicates that early elevation in ALP is associated with subsequent myeloma response. PMID:21477075

  18. Resolvin E1-induced intestinal alkaline phosphatase promotes resolution of inflammation through LPS detoxification.

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    Campbell, Eric L; MacManus, Christopher F; Kominsky, Douglas J; Keely, Simon; Glover, Louise E; Bowers, Brittelle E; Scully, Melanie; Bruyninckx, Walter J; Colgan, Sean P

    2010-08-10

    Resolvin-E1 (RvE1) has been demonstrated to promote inflammatory resolution in numerous disease models. Given the importance of epithelial cells to coordination of mucosal inflammation, we hypothesized that RvE1 elicits an epithelial resolution signature. Initial studies revealed that the RvE1-receptor (ChemR23) is expressed on intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) and that microarray profiling of cells exposed to RvE1 revealed regulation of inflammatory response gene expression. Notably, RvE1 induced intestinal alkaline phosphatase (ALPI) expression and significantly enhanced epithelial ALPI enzyme activity. One role recently attributed to ALPI is the detoxification of bacterial LPS. In our studies, RvE1-exposed epithelia detoxified LPS (assessed by attenuation of NF-kappaB signaling). Furthermore, in epithelial-bacterial interaction assays, we determined that ALPI retarded the growth of Escherichia coli. To define these features in vivo, we used a murine dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) model of colitis. Compared with vehicle controls, administration of RvE1 resulted in significant improvement of disease activity indices (e.g., body weight, colon length) concomitant with increased ALPI expression in the intestinal epithelium. Moreover, inhibition of ALPI activity resulted in increased severity of colitis in DSS-treated animals and partially abrogated the protective influence of RvE1. Together, these data implicate a previously unappreciated role for ALPI in RvE1-mediated inflammatory resolution. PMID:20660763

  19. The effect of acute inflammation on total alkaline phosphatase activity in dogs

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    Zapryanova Dimitrinka

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The main purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of acute inflammation on total alkaline phosphatase (ALP activity in dogs. In this study total ALP activity was determined in dogs with experimentally induced acute inflammation in order to characterize their potential value in this condition. For that, ALP concentrations were defined in plasmas from 9 mongrel male dogs (in an experimental group and 6 mongrel male dogs (in a control group at the age of 2 years and body weight 12-15 kg. The inflammation was reproduced by inoculation of 2 ml turpentine oil subcutaneously in lumbar region and same quantity saline in control dogs. Blood samples were collected into heparinized tubes before inoculation, then at hours 6, 24, 48, 72 and on days 7, 14, 21. The total ALP concentrations were determined with commercial kits (Human-GmbH, Germany on an automatic biochemical analyzer (BS-3000 P, Sinnowa, LTD Nanjing China. The statistical analysis of the data was performed using one way analysis of variance (ANOVA, Statistica v.6.1 (StatSoft Inc., 2002. Statistically significant difference was not found between the groups, as well as within them. In conclusion, we can say that the total activity of ALP was not significantly affected in dogs with experimentally induced acute inflammation.

  20. Wnt5a attenuates Wnt3a-induced alkaline phosphatase expression in dental follicle cells.

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    Sakisaka, Yukihiko; Tsuchiya, Masahiro; Nakamura, Takashi; Tamura, Masato; Shimauchi, Hidetoshi; Nemoto, Eiji

    2015-08-01

    Wnt signaling regulates multiple cellular events such as cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis through ?-catenin-dependent canonical and ?-catenin-independent noncanonical pathways. Canonical Wnt/?-catenin signaling can promote the differentiation of dental follicle cells, putative progenitor cells for cementoblasts, osteoblasts, and periodontal ligament cells, toward a cementoblast/osteoblast phenotype during root formation, but little is known about the biological significance of noncanonical Wnt signaling in this process. We identified the expression of Wnt5a, a representative noncanonical Wnt ligand, in tooth root lining cells (i.e. precementoblasts/cementoblasts) and dental follicle cells during mouse tooth root development, as assessed by immunohistochemistry. Silencing expression of the Wnt5a gene in a dental follicle cell line resulted in enhancement of the Wnt3a (a representative canonical Wnt ligand)-mediated increase in alkaline phosphatase (ALP) expression. Conversely, treatment with recombinant Wnt5a inhibited the increase in ALP expression, suggesting that Wnt5a signaling functions as a negative regulator of canonical Wnt-mediated ALP expression of dental follicle cells. Wnt5a did not affect the nuclear translocation of ?-catenin as well as ?-catenin-mediated transcriptional activation of T-cell factor (Tcf) triggered by Wnt3a, suggesting that Wnt5a inhibits the downstream part of the ?-catenin-Tcf pathway. These findings suggest the existence of a feedback mechanism between canonical and noncanonical Wnt signaling during the differentiation of dental follicle cells. PMID:26112214

  1. Guanine-rich DNA-based peroxidase mimetics for colorimetric assays of alkaline phosphatase.

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    Yang, Jinjin; Zheng, Lin; Wang, Yu; Li, Wei; Zhang, Jinli; Gu, Junjie; Fu, Yan

    2016-03-15

    DNA-based peroxidase mimetics are facilely constructed through Cu(II)-coordination with different oligonucleotides involving G20, C20, A20 and T20, respectively, with high peroxidase mimicking activity as well as high stability against proteins. Peroxidase-like activities of DNA-Cu(II) complexes are greatly associated with the sequence composition of DNA templates, which decrease in the following order: G20>C20>A20>T20. G20-Cu(II) complex ([Cu(2+)]/[base]=0.05) possesses the Km value of 0.257mM toward 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine and 102.3mM toward hydrogen peroxide at 25°C. G20-Cu(II) complexes are employed to develop a colorimetric turn-on assay of alkaline phosphatase with high sensitivity and selectivity, on the basis of pyrophosphate-induced inhibition of their intrinsic peroxidase-like activities. The limit of detection is achieved as 0.84U/L with the linear response region of 20-200U/L. Such colorimetric assay system is probably applicable for the quantitative determination of ALP in biological fluids. PMID:26476012

  2. Effect of Diazinon on Acid and Alkaline Phosphatase Activities in Plasma and Organs of Clarias gariepinus

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    I.R. Inyang

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to determine the effect of the pesticide, diazinon, on phosphatases in the plasma and organs on Clarias gariepinus. Adult Clarias gariepinus were exposed in four replicates to varying sublethal concentrations diazinon (ranging from 1.00 to 10.0 mg/L in 30-day semi-static bioassays. Alkaline phoshatase (ALP and acid phosphate (ACP were determined in plasma and other organs (gastrointestinal tract - GIT, kidney, muscle, gill and liver of the fish after the experimental exposures. Dizinon did not cause any statistically significant difference on plasma ALP over the concentrations tested (p>0.05, but ACP showed significantly higher mean value at 10 mg/L compared to the control. ALP and ACP values in all the organs (GIT, intestinal tract, kidney, muscle, gill, liver decreased with increasing concentration of diazion. This indicates an evidence of inhibition of these enzymes in the organs by the toxicant, and therefore alteration of biochemical processes in C. gariepinus which can be used as bio-indicators of the effects of diazinon in the Niger Delta environment.

  3. Cloning and characterization of a cDNA coding for mouse placental alkaline phosphatase

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    Mouse alkaline phosphatase was partially purified from placenta. Data obtained by immunoblotting analysis suggested that the primary structure of this enzyme has a much greater homology to that of human and bovine liver ALPs than to the human placental isozyme. Therefore, a full-length cDNA encoding human liver-type ALP was used as a probe to isolate the mouse placental ALP cDNA. The cloned mouse cDNA is 2459 base pairs long and is composed of an open reading frame encoding a 524-amino acid polypeptide that contains a putative signal peptide of 17 amino acids. Homology at the amino acid level of the mouse placental ALP is 90% to the human liver isozyme but only 55% to the human placental counterpart. RNA blot hybridization results indicate that the mouse placental ALP is encoded by a gene identical to the gene expressed in mouse liver, kidney, and teratocarcinoma stem cells. This gene is therefore evolutionarily highly conserved in mouse and human

  4. Effects of polyethylene glycol on bovine intestine alkaline phosphatase activity and stability.

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    Sekiguchi, Satoshi; Yasukawa, Kiyoshi; Inouye, Kuniyo

    2011-01-01

    In this study, we evaluated the effects of polyethylene glycol (PEG) on bovine intestine alkaline phosphatase (BIALP) activity and stability. In the hydrolysis of p-nitrophenylphosphate (pNPP) at pH 9.8 at 20 °C, the k(cat)/K(m) values of BIALP plus 5-15% w/v free PEG with molecular masses of 1, 2, 6, and 20 kDa (PEG1000, PEG2000, PEG6000, and PEG20000 respectively) were 120-140%, 180-300%, 130-170%, and 110-140% respectively of that of BIALP without free PEG (1.8 µM(-1) s(-1)), indicating that activation by PEG2000 was the highest. Unmodified BIALP plus 5% PEG2000 and BIALP pegylated with 2,4-bis(O-methoxypolyethylene glycol)-6-chloro-s-triazine exhibited 1.3-fold higher activity on average than that of BIALP without free PEG under various conditions, including pH 7.0-10.0 and 20-65 °C. The temperatures reducing initial activity by 50% in 30-min incubation of unmodified BIALP plus 5% PEG2000 and pegylated BIALP were 51 and 47 °C respectively, similar to that of BIALP without free PEG (49 °C). These results indicate that the addition of PEG2000 and pegylation increase BIALP activity without affecting its stability, suggesting that they can be used in enzyme immunoassay with BIALP to increase sensitivity and rapidity. PMID:22056430

  5. PURIFICATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE FROM DOLICHOS LAB-LAB AND ITS INVITRO DEPHOSPHORYLATION ACTIVITY ON NUCLEIC ACIDS

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    Praveen Kumar Vemuri et al

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Phosphatase serves several functions in plant metabolism including growth governance, phosphorous level control, starch breakdown etc. Alkaline phosphatases, acting at an alkaline pH 8, are a significant class of enzymes that catalyze release of phosphate esters especially. This enzyme study is so far limited only to animal source and partly to microbial sources, in terms of clinical research. Although it has been identified that plant as a source of this enzyme may be exploited, there always has been a challenge on the isolation and characterization of this enzyme and how pure it can be. This paper partly addresses the above problem, where the enzyme has been isolated from the seeds Dolichos lab-lab plant characterized and its purity was checked by HPLC. The purity obtained was 98% and the enzyme has been further analyzed for its activity on nucleic acids, which gave promising and positive results.

  6. High-resolution analysis of Zn2+ coordination in the alkaline phosphatase superfamily by EXAFS and x-ray crystallography

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    Bobyr, Elena; Lassila, Jonathan K.; Wiersma-Koch, Helen I.; Fenn, Timothy D.; Lee, Jason J; Nikolic-Hughes, Ivana; Hodgson, Keith O.; Rees, Douglas C; Hedman, Britt; Herschlag, Daniel

    2011-01-01

    Comparisons among evolutionarily related enzymes offer opportunities to reveal how structural differences produce different catalytic activities. Two structurally-related enzymes, E. coli alkaline phosphatase (AP) and X. axonopodis nucleotide pyrophosphatase/phosphodiesterase (NPP) have nearly identical binuclear Zn2+ catalytic centers, but show tremendous differential specificity for hydrolysis of phosphate monoesters or phosphate diesters. To determine if there are differences in Zn2+ coord...

  7. Concentrating Autographa californica nuclear polyhedrosis virus and recombinant alkaline phosphatase from insect cells using a temperature-sensitive hydrogel

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    Park, Jong Hwa; Park, Chang-Ho; CHUNG, IN SIK

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    Recombinant alkaline phosphatase expressed in insect cells was concentrated by a factor of one and half times at a separation efficiency of 54.2% using hydrogel ultrafiltration. Enzyme concentration was confirmed by SDS-PAGE as well as by spectrophotometric measurement. Wild and recombinant Autographa californica nuclear polyhedrosis viruses (AcNPV) were concentrated 1.4 and 1.6 times of the feed solution at 48.5 and 60.0% separation efficiency, respectively. Hydrogel ultrafiltration appears ...

  8. Treatment with bortezomib in multiple myeloma is associated with only a transient and brief increase of bone specific alkaline phosphatase

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    Haidl, Felix; Plesner, Torben; Lund, Thomas

    2012-01-01

    There are indications of a bone anabolic effect associated with bortezomib treatment. We present a study with long follow up, measuring bone specific alkaline phosphatase (bALP) for a year during and after treatment in an unselected cohort of myeloma patients treated with bortezomib, and assess factors of potential influence on the increase of bALP. Our main findings are that bALP increase is of short duration and declines significantly even during continued treatment with bortezomib. Only myelo...

  9. Tissue-nonspecific Alkaline Phosphatase Regulates Purinergic Transmission in the Central Nervous System During Development and Disease

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    Sebastián-Serrano, Álvaro; de Diego-García, Laura; Martínez-Frailes, Carlos; Ávila, Jesús; Zimmermann, Herbert; Millán, José Luis; Miras-Portugal, María Teresa; Díaz-Hernández, Miguel

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    Tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase (TNAP) is one of the four isozymes in humans and mice that have the capacity to hydrolyze phosphate groups from a wide spectrum of physiological substrates. Among these, TNAP degrades substrates implicated in neurotransmission. Transgenic mice lacking TNAP activity display the characteristic skeletal and dental phenotype of infantile hypophosphatasia, as well as spontaneous epileptic seizures and die around 10 days after birth. This physiopathology, lin...

  10. Role of Alkaline Phosphatase from Manduca sexta in the Mechanism of Action of Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ab Toxin*

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    Arenas, Iván; Bravo, Alejandra; Soberón, Mario; Gómez, Isabel

    2010-01-01

    Cry toxins produced by Bacillus thuringiensis have been recognized as pore-forming toxins whose primary action is to lyse midgut epithelial cells in their target insect. In the case of the Cry1A toxins, a prepore oligomeric intermediate is formed after interaction with cadherin receptor. The Cry1A oligomer then interacts with glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored receptors. Two Manduca sexta glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored proteins, aminopeptidase (APN) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP), h...

  11. Probing the Origin of the Compromised Catalysis of E. coli Alkaline Phosphatase in its Promiscuous Sulfatase Reaction

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    Catrina, Irina; O'Brien, Patrick J.; Purcell, Jamie; Nikolic-Hughes, Ivana; Zalatan, Jesse G.; Hengge, Alvan C.; Herschlag, Daniel

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    The catalytic promiscuity of E. coli alkaline phosphatase (AP) and many other enzymes provides a unique opportunity to dissect the origin of enzymatic rate enhancements via a comparative approach. Here we use kinetic isotope effects (KIEs) to explore the origin of the 109-fold greater catalytic proficiency by AP for phosphate monoester hydrolysis relative to sulfate monoester hydrolysis. The primary 18O KIEs for the leaving group oxygen atoms in the AP-catalyzed hydrolysis of p-nitrophenyl ph...

  12. TMEM199 Deficiency Is a Disorder of Golgi Homeostasis Characterized by Elevated Aminotransferases, Alkaline Phosphatase, and Cholesterol and Abnormal Glycosylation.

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    Jansen, Jos C; Timal, Sharita; van Scherpenzeel, Monique; Michelakakis, Helen; Vicogne, Dorothée; Ashikov, Angel; Moraitou, Marina; Hoischen, Alexander; Huijben, Karin; Steenbergen, Gerry; van den Boogert, Marjolein A W; Porta, Francesco; Calvo, Pier Luigi; Mavrikou, Mersyni; Cenacchi, Giovanna; van den Bogaart, Geert; Salomon, Jody; Holleboom, Adriaan G; Rodenburg, Richard J; Drenth, Joost P H; Huynen, Martijn A; Wevers, Ron A; Morava, Eva; Foulquier, François; Veltman, Joris A; Lefeber, Dirk J

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    Congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDGs) form a genetically and clinically heterogeneous group of diseases with aberrant protein glycosylation as a hallmark. A subgroup of CDGs can be attributed to disturbed Golgi homeostasis. However, identification of pathogenic variants is seriously complicated by the large number of proteins involved. As part of a strategy to identify human homologs of yeast proteins that are known to be involved in Golgi homeostasis, we identified uncharacterized transmembrane protein 199 (TMEM199, previously called C17orf32) as a human homolog of yeast V-ATPase assembly factor Vph2p (also known as Vma12p). Subsequently, we analyzed raw exome-sequencing data from families affected by genetically unsolved CDGs and identified four individuals with different mutations in TMEM199. The adolescent individuals presented with a mild phenotype of hepatic steatosis, elevated aminotransferases and alkaline phosphatase, and hypercholesterolemia, as well as low serum ceruloplasmin. Affected individuals showed abnormal N- and mucin-type O-glycosylation, and mass spectrometry indicated reduced incorporation of galactose and sialic acid, as seen in other Golgi homeostasis defects. Metabolic labeling of sialic acids in fibroblasts confirmed deficient Golgi glycosylation, which was restored by lentiviral transduction with wild-type TMEM199. V5-tagged TMEM199 localized with ERGIC and COPI markers in HeLa cells, and electron microscopy of a liver biopsy showed dilated organelles suggestive of the endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi apparatus. In conclusion, we have identified TMEM199 as a protein involved in Golgi homeostasis and show that TMEM199 deficiency results in a hepatic phenotype with abnormal glycosylation. PMID:26833330

  13. Salivary alkaline phosphatase and calcium in caries-active type II diabetes mellitus patients: An in vivostudy

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    Mithra N Hegde

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Diabetes Mellitus is a metabolic syndrome, affecting the oral health in various ways with dental caries being one of the most common problems encountered. Saliva is one of the most abundant secretions in the human body with a variety of natural protective and defence molecules bathing the oral cavity maintaining equilibrium. Its collection is easy and non-invasive. Aims: To compare and evaluate salivary alkaline phosphatase levels and calcium ion levels between caries active type II diabetes mellitus patients and non-diabetics. Materials and Methods: This study was carried out on caries-active age and gender matched 60 non-diabetic and 60 patients with known Type II diabetes mellitus subjects of age group 25-50 years with DMFT index >10. Saliva sample was collected to analyse for alkaline phosphatase enzyme and concentration of calcium ions using Agappe kits. Statistical Analysis: Student ?t? test was used to correlate the salivary electrolyte concentration in non- diabetic and diabetic patients with dental caries. A ?P? value of 0.05 or less was considered significant. Results are presented as mean ± standard deviation (X ± SD. Results: The alkaline phosphatase (ALP activity in saliva was higher in diabetic patients when compared to that of non-diabetic patients with salivary calcium ions were significantly higher in non-diabetic individuals. Conclusion: Diabetes Mellitus patients are more prone to dental caries, hence require intervention to improve the quality of saliva.

  14. PrognosticValue of PINP,BoneAlkaline Phosphatase, CTX-I, andYKL-40 in Patients With Metastatic Prostate Carcinoma

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    Brasso, Klaus; Christensen, Ib Jarle; Johansen, Julia S; Teisner, Børge; Garnero, Patrick; Price, Paul A; Iversen, Peter

    2006-01-01

    Prognostic value of PINP, bone alkaline phosphatase, CTX-I, and YKL-40 in patients with metastatic prostate carcinoma. Prostate. 2006 Apr 1;66(5):503-13. PMID: 16372331 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]......Prognostic value of PINP, bone alkaline phosphatase, CTX-I, and YKL-40 in patients with metastatic prostate carcinoma. Prostate. 2006 Apr 1;66(5):503-13. PMID: 16372331 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]...

  15. The toxicity of four native Indian plants: effect on AChE and acid/alkaline phosphatase level in fish Channa marulius.

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    Singh, Digvijay; Singh, Ajay

    2005-06-01

    The latex of four plants viz. Euphorbia royleana, Jatropha gossypifolia (Euphorbiaceae), Nerium indicum and Thevetia peruviana (Apocynaceae) caused significant reduction in acid/alkaline phosphatase activity and anti-acetylcholinesterase activity in nervous tissue of freshwater air breathing fish Channa marulius. The reduction in the activity of both phosphatases and AChE were time as well as dose dependent. PMID:15910912

  16. Properties of a constitutive alkaline phosphatase from strain 74A of the mold Neurospora crassa

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    A.C., Morales; S.R., Nozawa; G., Thedei Jr.; W., Maccheroni Jr.; A., Rossi.

    2000-08-01

    Full Text Available A constitutive alkaline phosphatase was purified to apparent homogeneity as determined by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis from mycelia of the wild strain 74A of the mold Neurospora crassa, after growth on acetate and in the presence of saturating amounts of inorganic phosphate (Pi) for 72 h at 30 [...] ºC. The molecular mass was 58 kDa and 56 kDa as determined by exclusion chromatography and SDS-PAGE, respectively. This monomeric enzyme shows an apparent optimum pH ranging from 9.5 to 10.5 and Michaelis kinetics for the hydrolysis of p-nitrophenyl phosphate (the Km and Hill coefficient values were 0.35 mM and 1.01, respectively), alpha-naphthyl phosphate (the Km and Hill coefficient values were 0.44 mM and 0.97, respectively), ß-glycerol phosphate (the Km and Hill coefficient values were 2.46 mM and 1.01, respectively) and L-histidinol phosphate (the Km and Hill coefficient values were 0.47 mM and 0.94, respectively) at pH 8.9. The purified enzyme is activated by Mg2+, Zn2+ and Tris-HCl buffer, and is inhibited by Be2+, histidine and EDTA. Also, 0.3 M Tris-HCl buffer protected the purified enzyme against heat inactivation at 70ºC(half-life of 19.0 min, k = 0.036 min-1) as compared to 0.3 M CHES (half-life of 2.3 min, k = 0.392 min-1) in the same experiment.

  17. Characterization of rat heart alkaline phosphatase isoenzymes and modulation of activity

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    A., Mota; P., Silva; D., Neves; C., Lemos; C., Calhau; D., Torres; F., Martel; H., Fraga; L., Ribeiro; M.N.M.P., Alçada; M.J., Pinho; M.R., Negrão; R., Pedrosa; S., Guerreiro; J.T., Guimarães; I., Azevedo; M.J., Martins.

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) is important in calcification and its expression seems to be associated with the inflammatory process. We investigated the in vitro acute effects of compounds used for the prevention or treatment of cardiovascular diseases on total ALP activity from male Wistar rat heart h [...] omogenate. ALP activity was determined by quantifying, at 410 nm, the p-nitrophenol released from p-nitrophenylphosphate (substrate in Tris buffer, pH 10.4). Using specific inhibitors of ALP activity and the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, we showed that the rat heart had high ALP activity (31.73 ± 3.43 nmol p-nitrophenol·mg protein-1·min-1): mainly tissue-nonspecific ALP but also tissue-specific intestinal ALP type II. Both ALP isoenzymes presented myocardial localization (striated pattern) by immunofluorescence. ALP was inhibited a) strongly by 0.5 mM levamisole, 2 mM theophylline and 2 mM aspirin (91, 77 and 84%, respectively) and b) less strongly by 2 mM L-phenylalanine, 100 mL polyphenol-rich beverages and 0.5 mM progesterone (24, 21 to 29 and 11%, respectively). ?-estradiol and caffeine (0.5 and 2 mM) had no effect; 0.5 mM simvastatin and 2 mM atenolol activated ALP (32 and 36%, respectively). Propranolol (2 mM) tended to activate ALP activity and corticosterone activated (18%) and inhibited (13%) (0.5 and 2 mM, respectively). We report, for the first time, that the rat heart expresses intestinal ALP type II and has high total ALP activity. ALP activity was inhibited by compounds used in the prevention of cardiovascular pathology. ALP manipulation in vivo may constitute an additional target for intervention in cardiovascular diseases.

  18. Inhibition of tissue nonspecific ecto alkaline phosphatase (TNAP enhances neuronal sensitivity in rat neocortex

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    Dávid Czégé

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Hypophosphatasia is a metabolic disease that can be manifested with different severities, from fetal abortion due to bone mineralization failures to teeth loss in late adulthood. Patients with severe types of the disease often suffer from epileptic seizures. Homozygous TNAP KO mice also show bone deformities, seizures, impaired development and usually die at PND8-10. The cause of the disease is a defect in the gene encoding tissue nonspecific alkaline phosphatase (TNAP, an ectoenzyme that hydrolyzes various substrates, including inorganic pyrophosphates or pyridoxal-phosphate. In most cases imbalance of neuronal excitation and inhibition underlies epileptic seizures. It can be supposed that GABA-ergic and adenosinergic inhibitory transmission pathways might both be affected by TNAP, because it is responsible for cleavage of pyridoxal-phosphate, which acts as a cofactor of GAD, and also produces adenosine, from its phosphorilated precursors (ATP, ADP, AMP. To reveal if diminished TNAP activity has a role in the development of seizures we used tetramisol, a TNAP inhibitor, to block enzyme activity. Ex vivo brain slice electrophysiological method and synaptosomal preparations were applied for the studies. We found that 1 uM tetramisol causes drastic elevation in the amplitude of late component of evoked field response in the somatosensory cortex. Some decrease in synaptic plasticity was also observed. In addition synaptosomal degradation of AMP was significantly slower in the somatosensory cortex in the presence of TNAP-antagonist. Our results suggest that the application of TNAP blocker mimics the consequence of reduction in GABA effectiveness. The adenosine system is also affected, but its role does not seem to be primary. We can conclude that tetramisol application may be a useful tool for modeling the neurological aspects of hypophosphatasia. This work was supported by French - Hungarian BALATON project (2008.

  19. Recombinant production and characterization of a highly active alkaline phosphatase from marine bacterium Cobetia marina.

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    Golotin, Vasily; Balabanova, Larissa; Likhatskaya, Galina; Rasskazov, Valery

    2015-04-01

    The psychrophilic marine bacterium, Cobetia marina, recovered from the mantle tissue of the marine mussel, Crenomytilus grayanus, which contained a gene encoding alkaline phosphatase (AP) with apparent biotechnology advantages. The enzyme was found to be more efficient than its counterparts and showed k cat value 10- to 100-fold higher than those of all known commercial APs. The enzyme did not require the presence of exogenous divalent cations and dimeric state of its molecule for activity. The recombinant enzyme (CmAP) production and purification were optimized with a final recovery of 2 mg of the homogenous protein from 1 L of the transgenic Escherichia coli Rosetta(DE3)/Pho40 cells culture. CmAP displayed a half-life of 16 min at 45 °C and 27 min at 40 °C in the presence of 2 mM EDTA, thus suggesting its relative thermostability in comparison with the known cold-adapted analogues. A high concentration of EDTA in the incubation mixture did not appreciably inhibit CmAP. The enzyme was stable in a wide range of pH (6.0-11.0). CmAP exhibited its highest activity at the reaction temperature of 40-50 °C and pH 9.5-10.3. The structural features of CmAP could be the reason for the increase in its stability and catalytic turnover. We have modeled the CmAP 3D structure on the base of the high-quality experimental structure of the close homologue Vibrio sp. AP (VAP) and mutated essential residues predicted to break Mg(2+) bonds in CmAP. It seems probable that the intrinsically tight binding of catalytic and structural metal ions together with the flexibility of intermolecular and intramolecular links in CmAP could be attributed to the adapted mutualistic lifestyle in oceanic waters. PMID:25260971

  20. Wnt5a attenuates Wnt3a-induced alkaline phosphatase expression in dental follicle cells

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    Wnt signaling regulates multiple cellular events such as cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis through β-catenin-dependent canonical and β-catenin-independent noncanonical pathways. Canonical Wnt/β-catenin signaling can promote the differentiation of dental follicle cells, putative progenitor cells for cementoblasts, osteoblasts, and periodontal ligament cells, toward a cementoblast/osteoblast phenotype during root formation, but little is known about the biological significance of noncanonical Wnt signaling in this process. We identified the expression of Wnt5a, a representative noncanonical Wnt ligand, in tooth root lining cells (i.e. precementoblasts/cementoblasts) and dental follicle cells during mouse tooth root development, as assessed by immunohistochemistry. Silencing expression of the Wnt5a gene in a dental follicle cell line resulted in enhancement of the Wnt3a (a representative canonical Wnt ligand)-mediated increase in alkaline phosphatase (ALP) expression. Conversely, treatment with recombinant Wnt5a inhibited the increase in ALP expression, suggesting that Wnt5a signaling functions as a negative regulator of canonical Wnt-mediated ALP expression of dental follicle cells. Wnt5a did not affect the nuclear translocation of β-catenin as well as β-catenin-mediated transcriptional activation of T-cell factor (Tcf) triggered by Wnt3a, suggesting that Wnt5a inhibits the downstream part of the β-catenin-Tcf pathway. These findings suggest the existence of a feedback mechanism between canonical and noncanonical Wnt signaling during the differentiation of dental follicle cells. - Highlights: • Dental follicle cells express Wnt5a during tooth root development. • Silencing of Wnt5a enhances Wnt3a-mediated ALP expression of dental follicle cells. • Conversely, treatment with rWnt5a inhibited the increase in ALP expression. • Wnt5a functions as a negative regulator of Wnt3a-mediated ALP expression

  1. Glycation Contributes to Interaction Between Human Bone Alkaline Phosphatase and Collagen Type I.

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    Halling Linder, Cecilia; Enander, Karin; Magnusson, Per

    2016-03-01

    Bone is a biological composite material comprised primarily of collagen type I and mineral crystals of calcium and phosphate in the form of hydroxyapatite (HA), which together provide its mechanical properties. Bone alkaline phosphatase (ALP), produced by osteoblasts, plays a pivotal role in the mineralization process. Affinity contacts between collagen, mainly type II, and the crown domain of various ALP isozymes were reported in a few in vitro studies in the 1980s and 1990s, but have not attracted much attention since, although such interactions may have important implications for the bone mineralization process. The objective of this study was to investigate the binding properties of human collagen type I to human bone ALP, including the two bone ALP isoforms B1 and B2. ALP from human liver, human placenta and E. coli were also studied. A surface plasmon resonance-based analysis, supported by electrophoresis and blotting, showed that bone ALP binds stronger to collagen type I in comparison with ALPs expressed in non-mineralizing tissues. Further, the B2 isoform binds significantly stronger to collagen type I in comparison with the B1 isoform. Human bone and liver ALP (with identical amino acid composition) displayed pronounced differences in binding, revealing that post-translational glycosylation properties govern these interactions to a large extent. In conclusion, this study presents the first evidence that glycosylation differences in human ALPs are of crucial importance for protein-protein interactions with collagen type I, although the presence of the ALP crown domain may also be necessary. Different binding affinities among the bone ALP isoforms may influence the mineral-collagen interface, mineralization kinetics, and degree of bone matrix mineralization, which are important factors determining the material properties of bone. PMID:26645431

  2. Metastatic Treated Malignant Germ Cell Tumors: Is SALL4 a Better Marker Than Placental Alkaline Phosphatase?

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    Andeen, Nicole K; Tretiakova, Maria S

    2016-03-01

    Studies have shown that in the metastatic setting and after treatment, expression of immunohistochemical markers may be diminished or lost. Transcription factor SALL4 (sal-like protein 4) has been recognized as a sensitive marker for both primary and metastatic malignant germ cell tumors (MGCTs), but has not been tested in the posttreatment setting. We sought to determine the level of SALL4 expression in treatment-resistant metastatic MGCT in comparison with pan-GCT marker placental alkaline phosphatase (PLAP). Thirty-six previously treated MGCTs, 16 untreated primary testicular MGCTs, and 4 cytology specimens were immunostained for SALL4 and PLAP, and staining characteristics were evaluated. In the treated MGCT group, there was diffuse SALL4 nuclear immunoreactivity in the majority of cases (27/36, 75%), labeling seminoma, yolk-sac tumor, embryonal carcinoma, and primitive neuroectodermal components. No treated metastatic MGCT lacked SALL4 immunoreactivity. In contrast, PLAP was diffusely expressed in only 14/36 (39%) cases of treated MGCTs, showed scattered focal weak to moderate positivity in 13/36 (36%), and was virtually absent in 9/36 (25%) cases. Both markers had scattered expression limited to the epithelial components of teratomatous regions. SALL4 also outperformed PLAP on a small sample of cytology blocks. Although SALL4 is not entirely specific, it is a highly sensitive marker with strong diffuse nuclear reactivity in the majority of MGCTs in the posttreatment setting, at significantly higher levels than PLAP (P<0.001). Persistent expression of SALL4 in metastatic MGCTs resistant to chemoradiation also raises the possibility for targeted systemic therapy as the anti-SALL4 peptide continues to be developed. PMID:25906119

  3. Induction of rat alkaline phosphatase isozymes bearing a glycan-phosphatidylinositol anchor modified by in vivo treatment with a benzimidazole derivative linked to ethylbenzene.

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    Harada, T; Koyama, I; Sato, K; Komoda, T

    2000-10-01

    Serum alkaline phosphatase (ALP) is detected in soluble-form as a result of translocation from the membrane site by cleavage at the glycosyl-phosphatidylinositol moiety (GPI anchor). It is known that membrane-bound ALP (mALP) can be detected in serum in certain pathological and physiological conditions, and that it can be solubilized in vitro to soluble-ALP (sALP) by phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C (PIPLC), phospholipase D, bile salt, detergent, etc. We observed a marked increase in ALP activity in the serum of rats given a benzimidazole derivative by gavage, and detected it as slow-migrating ALPs (SM-ALPs), which were mALP-like but resistant to PIPLC and n-butanol treatment on disc PAGE. On the other hand, ficin treatment made SM-ALPs shift to the sALP position. The molecular size of the SM-ALPs was smaller than that of sALP on sodium dodecyl sulphide-polyacrylamide slab-gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE), and immunoreactivity revealed the intestinal type. SM-ALPs were also detected in the duodenum and jejunum. The main sugar chain structure of SM-ALPs was the biantennary complex-type, which was coincided with intestinal sALP sugar chain. These results suggest that intestinal ALPs induced by the benzimidazole derivative were modified in their C-terminus or GPI anchor region and modification of this region may also participate in translocation into the bloodstream. PMID:11079373

  4. Combined influence of temperature and metal ions on the level of activity of alkaline phosphatase of intestinal mucosa of Acipenseridae

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    Bednyakov Dmitriy Andreevich

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available The combined influence of divalent metal ions (Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu and Zn and temperature on the level of alkaline phosphatase activity of the mucous membrane of the Acipenseridae is shown. The dependence of the response of the enzyme to the action of metal ions according to their position in the periodic table of chemical elements is presented. This dependence is kept during the change of incubation temperature as well, but only at low temperatures the activating effect of metals is maximum in the early period at high temperatures the inhibitory effects of metals is maximum at the end of the period.

  5. Versatile and Amplified Biosensing through Enzymatic Cascade Reaction by Coupling Alkaline Phosphatase in Situ Generation of Photoresponsive Nanozyme.

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    Jin, Lu-Yi; Dong, Yu-Ming; Wu, Xiu-Ming; Cao, Gen-Xia; Wang, Guang-Li

    2015-10-20

    The alkaline phosphatase (ALP) biocatalysis followed by the in situ enzymatic generation of a visible light responsive nanozyme is coupled to elucidate a novel amplification strategy by enzymatic cascade reaction for versatile biosensing. The enzymatic hydrolysis of o-phosphonoxyphenol (OPP) to catechol (CA) by ALP is allowed to coordinate on the surface of TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) due to the specificity and high affinity of enediol ligands to Ti(IV). Upon the stimuli by CA generated from ALP, the inert TiO2 NPs is activated, which demonstrates highly efficient oxidase mimicking activity for catalyzing the oxidation of the typical substrate of 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) under visible light (? ? 400 nm) irradiation utilizing dissolved oxygen as an electron acceptor. On the basis of the cascade reaction of ALP and the nanozyme of CA coordinated TiO2 (TiO2-CA) NPs, we design exquisitely colorimetric biosensors for probing ALP activity and its inhibitor of 2, 4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-DA). Quantitative probing of ALP activity in a wide linear range from 0.01 to 150 U/L with the detection limit of 0.002 U/L is realized, which endows the methodology with sufficiently high sensitivity for potentially practical applications in real samples of human serum (ALP level of 40-190 U/L for adults). In addition, a novel immunoassay protocol by taking mouse IgG as an example is validated using the ALP/nanozyme cascade amplification reaction as the signal transducer. A low detection limit of 2.0 pg/mL is attained for mouse IgG, which is 4500-fold lower than that of the standard enzyme-linked immuno-sorbent assay (ELISA) kit. Although only mouse IgG is used as a proof-of-concept in our experiment, we believe that this approach is generalizable to be readily extended to other ELISA systems. This methodology opens a new horizon for amplified and versatile biosensing including probing ALP activity and following ALP-based ELISA immunoassays. PMID:26419907

  6. Radioimmunological determination of the prostatic acid phosphatase concentrations in the blood serum of healthy males

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    A highly specific and sensitive radioimmunological method is used for determination of the normal blood serum prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP) concentrations in 143 healthy males aged from 21 to 80 years distributed in 6 age groups. The results varied from 2 to 25 pmol/l. A statistically reliable increase (p < 0,025) in PAP-values was detected in males after 60 years of age. The reference values of the PAP-concentrations were elaborated according to the age, which could be used for sure results interpretation in patients with prostate diseases. 1 tab., 1 fig., 4 refs

  7. Maltol complexes of vanadium (IV) and (V) regulate in vitro alkaline phosphatase activity and osteoblast-like cell growth

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    Barrio, D.A.; Braziunas, M.D. [Catedra de Bioquimica Patologica, Universidad Nacional de la Plata (Argentina); Etcheverry, S.B. [Catedra de Bioquimica Patologica, Universidad Nacional de la Plata (Argentina)]|[CEQUINOR, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de la Plata (Argentina); Cortizo, A.M. [CEQUINOR, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de la Plata (Argentina)

    1997-12-31

    Vanadium compounds have been found to possess insulin- and growth factor-mimetic effects. In consequence, these derivatives are potentially useful as effective oral therapeutic agents in diabetic patients. However, their use has been limited by various toxic side-effects and by the low solubility of different derivatives. Recently, vanadium complexes with maltol, a sugar used as a common food additive, have been synthesised and investigated in animals, showing possible insulin-mimetic effects with low toxic side-effects. In the present study we have investigated the effect of bis(maltolato)oxovanadium (IV) (BMOV) and bis(maltolato)dioxovanadium (V) (BMV) on bone cells in culture as well as their direct effect on alkaline phosphatase in vitro. A comparison was also made with the action of vanadate and vanadyl cation. Vanadium compounds regulated cell proliferation in a biphasic manner with similar potencies. Osteoblast differentiation, assessed by alkaline phosphatase activity, was found to be dose-dependent, with the inhibitory effect being stronger for vanadate and BMOV than for vanadyl and BMV. All vanadium compounds directly inhibited bovine intestinal ALP with a similar potency. Thus, maltol vanadium derivatives behave in a similar way to vanadate and vanadyl in osteoblast-like UMR 106 cells in culture. (orig.)

  8. Variations of alkaline phosphatase activity and P fractions in sediments of a shallow Chinese eutrophic lake (Lake Taihu)

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    The distribution of alkaline phosphatase activity (APA) and P fractions in sediment cores and the relationship between them were studied in a shallow Chinese freshwater lake (Lake Taihu). Sediment cores were collected from four sites, characterized by different degrees of eutrophication in June 2004. Sediment P was fractionated into Fe/Al-P, Ca-P, organic P (OP), inorganic P (IP) and total P (TP). The former two species made the largest contribution to the sediment P pool. Results show that trophic status and hydrological conditions have great impact on the APA of the sediments. The order of the APA in sediments was conjectured to be: macrophyte dominated lake > transitional lake > algal dominated lake. APA profiles follow a similar downcore decreasing trend. There was a positive relationship between the APA and the TP, IP. The multiple linear regression equation of the APA and P fractions is: APA = -97 + 0.768TP - 0.985Fe/Al-P. - Characteristics of the alkaline phosphatase activity and P fractions in sediments of different trophic status lake were studied in Lake Taihu

  9. Prognostic role of serum prostatic acid phosphatase for 103Pd-based radiation for prostatic carcinoma

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    Purpose: To establish the prognostic role of serum enzymatic prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP) in patients treated with palladium (103Pd) and supplemental external beam irradiation (EBRT) for clinically localized, high-risk prostate carcinoma. Methods and Materials: One hundred twenty-four consecutive patients with Stage T2a-T3 prostatic carcinoma were treated from 1992 through 1995. Each patient had at least one of the following risk factors for extracapsular disease extension: Stage T2b or greater (100 patients), Gleason score 7-10 (40 patients), pretreatment prostate specific antigen (PSA) > 15 ng/ml (32 patients), or elevated serum PAP (25 patients). Patients received 41 Gy conformal EBRT to a limited pelvic field, followed 4 weeks later by a 103Pd boost (prescription dose 80 Gy). Biochemical failure was defined as a PSA greater than 1 ng/ml (normal < 4 ng/ml). Results: The overall, actuarial freedom from biochemical failure at 4 years after treatment was 79%. In Cox-proportional hazard multivariate analysis, the strongest predictor of failure was elevated pretreatment acid phosphatase (p = 0.02), followed by Gleason score (p = 0.1), and PSA (p = 0.14). Conclusion: PAP was the strongest predictor of long-term biochemical failure. It may be a more accurate indicator of micrometastatic disease than PSA, and as such, we suggest that it be reconsidered for general use in radiation-treated patients

  10. Ultrasensitive detection of cancer cells and glycan expression profiling based on a multivalent recognition and alkaline phosphatase-responsive electrogenerated chemiluminescence biosensor

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    Chen, Xiaojiao; He, Yao; Zhang, Youyu; Liu, Meiling; Liu, Yang; Li, Jinghong

    2014-09-01

    A multivalent recognition and alkaline phosphatase (ALP)-responsive electrogenerated chemiluminescence (ECL) biosensor for cancer cell detection and in situ evaluation of cell surface glycan expression was developed on a poly(amidoamine) (PAMAM) dendrimer-conjugated, chemically reduced graphene oxide (rGO) electrode interface. In this strategy, the multivalency and high affinity of the cell-targeted aptamers on rGO provided a highly efficient cell recognition platform on the electrode. The ALP and concanavalin A (Con A) coated gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) nanoprobes allowed the ALP enzyme-catalyzed production of phenols that inhibited the ECL reaction of Ru(bpy)32+ on the rGO electrode interface, affording fast and highly sensitive ECL cytosensing and cell surface glycan evaluation. Combining the multivalent aptamer interface and ALP nanoprobes, the ECL cytosensor showed a detection limit of 38 CCRF-CEM cells per mL in human serum samples, broad dynamic range and excellent selectivity. In addition, the proposed biosensor provided a valuable insight into dynamic profiling of the expression of different glycans on cell surfaces, based on the carbohydrates recognized by lectins applied to the nanoprobes. This biosensor exhibits great promise in clinical diagnosis and drug screening.A multivalent recognition and alkaline phosphatase (ALP)-responsive electrogenerated chemiluminescence (ECL) biosensor for cancer cell detection and in situ evaluation of cell surface glycan expression was developed on a poly(amidoamine) (PAMAM) dendrimer-conjugated, chemically reduced graphene oxide (rGO) electrode interface. In this strategy, the multivalency and high affinity of the cell-targeted aptamers on rGO provided a highly efficient cell recognition platform on the electrode. The ALP and concanavalin A (Con A) coated gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) nanoprobes allowed the ALP enzyme-catalyzed production of phenols that inhibited the ECL reaction of Ru(bpy)32+ on the rGO electrode interface, affording fast and highly sensitive ECL cytosensing and cell surface glycan evaluation. Combining the multivalent aptamer interface and ALP nanoprobes, the ECL cytosensor showed a detection limit of 38 CCRF-CEM cells per mL in human serum samples, broad dynamic range and excellent selectivity. In addition, the proposed biosensor provided a valuable insight into dynamic profiling of the expression of different glycans on cell surfaces, based on the carbohydrates recognized by lectins applied to the nanoprobes. This biosensor exhibits great promise in clinical diagnosis and drug screening. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: CV and EIS during the electrode assembly, activity of the nanoprobes and the glycan-binding specificities of the lectins. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr03053b

  11. Treatment with bortezomib in multiple myeloma is associated with only a transient and brief increase of bone specific alkaline phosphatase

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    Haidl, Felix; Plesner, Torben

    2012-01-01

    There are indications of a bone anabolic effect associated with bortezomib treatment. We present a study with long follow up, measuring bone specific alkaline phosphatase (bALP) for a year during and after treatment in an unselected cohort of myeloma patients treated with bortezomib, and assess factors of potential influence on the increase of bALP. Our main findings are that bALP increase is of short duration and declines significantly even during continued treatment with bortezomib. Only myeloma response was associated with a significant increase of bALP; whereas previous treatment with bortezomib, previous or concomitant treatment with zoledronic acid i.v., dose of bortezomib, line of treatment, or combination with other chemotherapy was not.

  12. Differentiation-dependent activation of the human intestinal alkaline phosphatase promoter by HNF-4 in intestinal cells

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    Olsen, Line; Bressendorff, Simon; Troelsen, Jesper T; Olsen, Jørgen

    2005-01-01

    enterocytes, we have conducted a computer-assisted cis-element search of the proximal human ALPI promoter sequence. A putative recognition site for the transcription factor hepatocyte nuclear factor (HNF)-4 was predicted at the positions from -94 to -82 in relation to the translational start site. The ability...... of HNF-4alpha to stimulate the expression from the ALPI promoter was investigated in the nonintestinal Hela cell line. Cotransfection with an HNF-4alpha expression vector demonstrated a direct activation of the ALPI promoter through this -94 to -82 element. EMSA showed that HNF-4alpha from nuclear......The intestinal alkaline phosphatase gene (ALPI) encodes a digestive brush-border enzyme, which is highly upregulated during small intestinal epithelial cell differentiation. To identify new putative promoter motifs responsible for the regulation of ALPI expression during differentiation of the...

  13. Tissue-nonspecific Alkaline Phosphatase Regulates Purinergic Transmission in the Central Nervous System During Development and Disease

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    Álvaro Sebastián-Serrano

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    Full Text Available Tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase (TNAP is one of the four isozymes in humans and mice that have the capacity to hydrolyze phosphate groups from a wide spectrum of physiological substrates. Among these, TNAP degrades substrates implicated in neurotransmission. Transgenic mice lacking TNAP activity display the characteristic skeletal and dental phenotype of infantile hypophosphatasia, as well as spontaneous epileptic seizures and die around 10 days after birth. This physiopathology, linked to the expression pattern of TNAP in the central nervous system (CNS during embryonic stages, suggests an important role for TNAP in neuronal development and synaptic function, situating it as a good target to be explored for the treatment of neurological diseases. In this review, we will focus mainly on the role that TNAP plays as an ectonucleotidase in CNS regulating the levels of extracellular ATP and consequently purinergic signaling.

  14. Localization of Alkaline Phosphatase and Cathepsin D during Cell Restoration after Colchicine Treatment in Primary Cultures of Fetal Rat Hepatocytes

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    Localization of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and cathepsin D (CAPD) in primary cultures of fetal rat hepatocytes was examined using double immunofluorescent staining in order to investigate the relationship between lysosome movement and the fate of ALP during cell restoration after microtubule disruption by colchicine. At 3 hr and 24 hr after colchicine treatment, numerous coarse dots containing ALP were observed throughout the cytoplasm, and some of these showed colocalization with CAPD. At 48 hr and 72 hr after colchicine treatment, although most of the dots containing ALP in the cytoplasm disappeared, dots containing CAPD remained. The present results suggest that the denatured ALP proteins remaining in the cytoplasm of hepatocytes during cell restoration after colchicine treatment are digested by lysosomes

  15. Nicotine inhibits collagen synthesis and alkaline phosphatase activity, but stimulates DNA synthesis in osteoblast-like cells

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    Ramp, W.K.; Lenz, L.G.; Galvin, R.J. (Univ. of Louisville, KY (USA))

    1991-05-01

    Use of smokeless tobacco is associated with various oral lesions including periodontal damage and alveolar bone loss. This study was performed to test the effects of nicotine on bone-forming cells at concentrations that occur in the saliva of smokeless tobacco users. Confluent cultures of osteoblast-like cells isolated from chick embryo calvariae were incubated for 2 days with nicotine added to the culture medium (25-600 micrograms/ml). Nicotine inhibited alkaline phosphatase in the cell layer and released to the medium, whereas glycolysis (as indexed by lactate production) was unaffected or slightly elevated. The effects on medium and cell layer alkaline phosphatase were concentration dependent with maximal inhibition occurring at 600 micrograms nicotine/ml. Nicotine essentially did not affect the noncollagenous protein content of the cell layer, but did inhibit collagen synthesis (hydroxylation of ({sup 3}H)proline and collagenase-digestible protein) at 100, 300, and 600 micrograms/ml. Release of ({sup 3}H)hydroxyproline to the medium was also decreased in a dose-dependent manner, as was the collagenase-digestible protein for both the medium and cell layer. In contrast, DNA synthesis (incorporation of ({sup 3}H)thymidine) was more than doubled by the alkaloid, whereas total DNA content was slightly inhibited at 600 micrograms/ml, suggesting stimulated cell turnover. Morphologic changes occurred in nicotine-treated cells including rounding up, detachment, and the occurrence of numerous large vacuoles. These results suggest that steps to reduce the salivary concentration of nicotine in smokeless tobacco users might diminish damaging effects of this product on alveolar bone.

  16. Nicotine inhibits collagen synthesis and alkaline phosphatase activity, but stimulates DNA synthesis in osteoblast-like cells

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    Use of smokeless tobacco is associated with various oral lesions including periodontal damage and alveolar bone loss. This study was performed to test the effects of nicotine on bone-forming cells at concentrations that occur in the saliva of smokeless tobacco users. Confluent cultures of osteoblast-like cells isolated from chick embryo calvariae were incubated for 2 days with nicotine added to the culture medium (25-600 micrograms/ml). Nicotine inhibited alkaline phosphatase in the cell layer and released to the medium, whereas glycolysis (as indexed by lactate production) was unaffected or slightly elevated. The effects on medium and cell layer alkaline phosphatase were concentration dependent with maximal inhibition occurring at 600 micrograms nicotine/ml. Nicotine essentially did not affect the noncollagenous protein content of the cell layer, but did inhibit collagen synthesis (hydroxylation of [3H]proline and collagenase-digestible protein) at 100, 300, and 600 micrograms/ml. Release of [3H]hydroxyproline to the medium was also decreased in a dose-dependent manner, as was the collagenase-digestible protein for both the medium and cell layer. In contrast, DNA synthesis (incorporation of [3H]thymidine) was more than doubled by the alkaloid, whereas total DNA content was slightly inhibited at 600 micrograms/ml, suggesting stimulated cell turnover. Morphologic changes occurred in nicotine-treated cells including rounding up, detachment, and the occurrence of numerous large vacuoles. These results suggest that steps to reduce the salivary concentration of nicotine in smokeless tobacco users might diminish damaging effects of this product on alveolar bone

  17. Purification and Characterization of an Alkaline Phosphatase Induced by Phosphorus Starvation in Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) Roots

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    Lorena, Morales; Natalia, Gutiérrez; Vanessa, Maya; Carmen, Parra; Eleazar, Martínez-Barajas; Patricia, Coello.

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    Full Text Available Dos isoformas de fosfatasas obtenidas de raíz de frijol (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) mostraron un incremento en la actividad en respuesta a la deficiencia de fosfato. Una de ellas (APIII) se purificó a través de una cromatografía de intercambio iónico y una electroforesis preparativa. La masa molecular e [...] stimada para APIII fue de 35 kDa tanto por SDS-PAGE como por filtración molecular, sugiriendo que la enzima activa es monomérica. APIII se clasificó como una fosfatasa alcalina basada en sus requerimientos de pH 8 para catálisis. Esta enzima es activa sobre un amplio espectro de sustratos como polifosfato, glucose 1-fosfato y fosfoenolpiruvato, aunque muestra preferencia por pirofosfato. Su actividad se inhibe completamente por molibdato, vanadato y fosfato, aunque es inhibida parcialmente por fluoruro. Aún cuando los cationes divalentes no fueron escenciales para su actividad, la hidrólisis de pirofosfato se incrementó notablemente en presencia de Mg2+. Abstract in english Two phosphatase isoforms from roots of the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) showed an increase in activity in response to phosphate deficiency. One of them (APIII) was chosen for further purification through ionic exchange chromatography and preparative electrophoresis. The estimated molecular ma [...] ss of APIII was 35 kDa by both SDS-PAGE and gel filtration analyses, suggesting a monomeric form of the active enzyme. The phosphatase was classified as an alkaline phosphatase based on the requirement of pH 8 for optimum catalysis. It not only exhibited broad substrate specificity, with the most activity against pyrophosphate, but also effectively catalyzed the hydrolysis of polyphosphate, glucose-1-phosphate and phosphoenol-pyruvate. Activity was completely inhibited by molybdate, vanadate and phosphate but was only partially inhibited by fluoride. Although divalent cations were not essential for the pyrophosphatase activity of this enzyme, the hydrolysis of pyrophosphate increased substantially in the presence of Mg2+.

  18. Evidence of associations between feto-maternal vitamin D status, cord parathyroid hormone and bone-specific alkaline phosphatase, and newborn whole body bone mineral content

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    In spite of a high prevalence of vitamin D inadequacy in pregnant women and neonates, relationships among vitamin D status [25(OH)D], parathyroid hormone (PTH), bone specific alkaline phosphatase (BALP), and whole body bone mineral content (WBBMC) in the newborn are poorly characterized. The purpose...

  19. The effect of 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol on the multiple forms of alkaline phosphatase and the sialic acid incorporation into microsomes of chick duodenum

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    Polyacrylamide disc gel electrophoresis of n-butanol solubilized alkaline phosphatase from chick duodenum revealed that the change of alkaline phosphatase induced by 1,25-(OH)2D3 involved the transformation of desialoenzyme to sialoenzyme. The initial stimulation by 1,25-(OH)2D3 of the incorporation of sialic acid into duodenal microsomes corresponded with the initial increase in calcium absorption. After this initial stimulation, there was a rapid decline in sialic acid incorporation into microsomes decreasing below control levels at 24 hr. Calcium concentration in the microsomes followed a pattern similar to the incorporation of sialic acid into microsomes. The depressed sialic acid incorporation was reversed by the addition of calcium in vitro. These results suggest that the initial action of 1,25-(OH)2D3 is to change the membrane permeability to calcium and to change the subcellular distribution of calcium in the small intestine. The accumulated calcium in the microsomes then stimulates the sialic acid incorporation into desialoenzyme. This results in the changes of isozyme pattern of alkaline phosphatase, viz, the transformation of desialoenzyme to sialoenzyme. The transformed alkaline phosphatase might be one of the factors involved more directly in the regulation of calcium transport in intestine. (auth.)

  20. Exploitation of phosphorescent labelling reagent of fullerol-fluorescein isothiocyanate and new method for the determination of trace alkaline phosphatase as well as forecast of human diseases.

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    Liu, Jia-Ming; Huang, Xiao-Mei; Liu, Zhen-Bo; Lin, Shao-Qin; Li, Fei-Ming; Gao, Fei; Li, Zhi-Ming; Zeng, Li-Qing; Li, Lian-Ying; Ouyang, Ying

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    A new phosphorescent labelling reagent consisting of fullerol, fluorescein isothiocyanate and N,N-dimethylaniline (F-ol-(FITC)(n)-DMA) was developed. The mode of action is based on the reactivity of the active -OH group in F-ol with the -COOH group of FITC to form an F-ol-(FITC)(n)-DMA complex containing several FITC molecules. F-ol-(FITC)(n)-DMA increased the number of luminescent molecules in the biological target of WGA-AP-WGA-F-ol-(FITC)(n)-DMA (WGA and AP are wheat germ agglutinin and alkaline phosphatase, respectively) which improved the sensitivity using solid substrate room temperature phosphorimetry (SSRTP) detection. The proposed method provided high sensitivity and strong specificity for WGA-AP. The limit of detection (LD) was 0.15 ag AP spot(-1) for F-ol and 0.097 ag AP spot(-1) for FITC in F-ol-(FITC)(n)-DMA, which was lower than the method using single luminescent molecules of F-ol-DMA and FITC-DMA to label WGA (0.20 ag AP spot(-1) for F-ol-DMA and 0.22 ag AP spot(-1) for FITC-DMA). Results for the determination of AP in human serum were in good agreement with those obtained by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The mechanism of F-ol-(FITC)(n)-DMA labelling of WGA was discussed. PMID:19646588

  1. Exploitation of phosphorescent labelling reagent of fullerol-fluorescein isothiocyanate and new method for the determination of trace alkaline phosphatase as well as forecast of human diseases

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    A new phosphorescent labelling reagent consisting of fullerol, fluorescein isothiocyanate and N,N-dimethylaniline (F-ol-(FITC)n-DMA) was developed. The mode of action is based on the reactivity of the active -OH group in F-ol with the -COOH group of FITC to form an F-ol-(FITC)n-DMA complex containing several FITC molecules. F-ol-(FITC)n-DMA increased the number of luminescent molecules in the biological target of WGA-AP-WGA-F-ol-(FITC)n-DMA (WGA and AP are wheat germ agglutinin and alkaline phosphatase, respectively) which improved the sensitivity using solid substrate room temperature phosphorimetry (SSRTP) detection. The proposed method provided high sensitivity and strong specificity for WGA-AP. The limit of detection (LD) was 0.15 ag AP spot-1 for F-ol and 0.097 ag AP spot-1 for FITC in F-ol-(FITC)n-DMA, which was lower than the method using single luminescent molecules of F-ol-DMA and FITC-DMA to label WGA (0.20 ag AP spot-1 for F-ol-DMA and 0.22 ag AP spot-1 for FITC-DMA). Results for the determination of AP in human serum were in good agreement with those obtained by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The mechanism of F-ol-(FITC)n-DMA labelling of WGA was discussed.

  2. Kinetic comparison of tissue non-specific and placental human alkaline phosphatases expressed in baculovirus infected cells: application to screening for Down's syndrome

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    Grozdea Jean J

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In humans, there are four alkaline phosphatases, and each form exibits a characteristic pattern of tissue distribution. The availability of an easy method to reveal their activity has resulted in large amount of data reporting correlations between variations in activity and illnesses. For example, alkaline phosphatase from neutrophils of mothers pregnent with a trisomy 21 fetus (Down's syndrome displays significant differences both in its biochemical and immunological properties, and in its affinity for some specific inhibitors. Results To analyse these differences, the biochemical characteristics of two isozymes (non specific and placental alkaline phosphatases were expressed in baculovirus infected cells. Comparative analysis of the two proteins allowed us to estimate the kinetic constants of denaturation and sensitivity to two inhibitors (L-p-bromotetramisole and thiophosphate, allowing better discrimination between the two enzymes. These parameters were then used to estimate the ratio of the two isoenzymes in neutrophils of pregnant mothers with or without a trisomy 21 fetus. It appeared that the placental isozyme represented 13% of the total activity of neutrophils of non pregnant women. This proportion did not significantly increase with normal pregnancy. By contrast, in pregnancies with trisomy 21 fetus, the proportion reached 60–80% of activity. Conclusion Over-expression of the placental isozyme compared with the tissue-nonspecific form in neutrophils of mother with a trisomy 21 fetus may explain why the characteristics of the alkaline phosphatase in these cells is different from normal. Application of this knowledge could improve the potential of using alkaline phosphatase measurements to screen for Down's syndrome.

  3. Detection of prostatic cancer by solid-phase radioimmunoassay of serum prostatic acid phosphatase

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    We compared our radioimmunoassay with the standard enzyme assay for prostatic acid phosphatase in the diagnosis of prostatic cancer. Serum samples from 50 controls, 113 patients with prostatic cancer, 36 with benign prostatic hyperplasia, 83 with other cancers, 20 with gastrointestinal disorders and 28 with total prostatectomies were randomized and studied by radioimmunoassay and enzyme assay. When the upper limit was set at 8.0 ng per milliliter (mean + 4 S.D.) the radioimmunoassay diagnosed prostatic cancer in 33, 79, 71 and 92 percent of the patients with Stage I, II, III and IV disease. In contrast, the enzyme assay detected elevations of enzyme in the serum of 12, 15, 29, and 60 percent respectively. No false-positive results were detected by either assay in normal controls but the radioimmunoassay test was positive in two patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia, in one patient after total prostatectomy, in nine with other cancers and in one of the group with gastrointestinal disorders. In contrast to the enzyme assay, the radioimmunoassay distinguished over half the cases of intracapsular prostatic cancer

  4. Formation of a vitamin B-12-serum complex on heating at alkaline pH

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    The binding of vitamin B-12 to serum proteins during heating at alkaline pH was investigated by gel filtration of serum supplemented with cyano[57Co]-cobalamin. Heating for 5 min at 1000C destroyed most of the vitamin B-12 binding activity of serum but, with further heating, the vitamin B-12 became incorporated into a complex that did not correspond in molecular size to the original vitamin B-12 binding proteins. Radioassay of vitamin B-12 in heated serum showed correspondingly first an increase then a progressive decrease in the apparent vitamin B-12 level suggesting that, on heating, vitamin B-12 was initially released then subsequently complexed by the serum. The formation of complexed vitamin B-12 was abolished by the presence of the reducing agent dithiothreitol during the heating step. (Auth.)

  5. Aplicación del método inmunocitoquímico de la fosfatasa alcalina anti-fosfatasa alcalina para la clasificación inmunológica de las leucemias mieloides agudas / Application of the alkaline phosphatase anti-alkaline phosphatase immunocytochemical method for the immunological classification of acute myeloid leukemias

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    Bertha B, Socarrás Ferrer; Lázaro O, del Valle Pérez; Vianed, Súarez; Julio C, Merlín Linares; Consuelo, Macías Abraham.

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó el inmunofenotipaje celular de 30 pacientes con el diagnóstico de leucemia mieloide aguda por el método inmunocitoquímico fosfatasa alcalina anti-fosfatasa alcalina (APAAP) introducido en nuestro laboratorio. Los marcadores estudiados fueron: CD3, CD13, CD15, CD19, CD33 y CD41. Para el es [...] tudio se utilizaron extendidos de médula ósea o sangre periférica fijados en acetona pura e incubados con el respectivo anticuerpo monoclonal. Posteriormente se añadió la inmunoglobulina anti ratón obtenida en conejo ( Linking ) y por último, el complejo APAAP. Los períodos de incubación fueron de 30 minutos y se realizaron lavados con solución amortiguadora entre cada uno de los pasos. La lectura de las láminas se realizó en microscopio óptico y se consideró positivo cuando el número de células marcadas era mayor o igual a 20 %. De los pacientes estudiados, el 93,3 % y el 90 %, respectivamente, expresaron antígenos pan mieloides CD13 y CD33; 16 de ellos expresaron el CD15 (53,3 %); 3 el CD19 (10 %) y 2 el CD41 (6,6 %). Se concluyó que el método APAAP es rápido y de bajo costo y puede ser aplicado con confiabilidad en la clasificación inmunológica de las leucemias mieloides agudas Abstract in english The cellular immunophenotyping of 30 patients with the diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia was conducted by the alkaline phosphatase anti-alkaline phosphatase immunocytochemical method (APAAP) introduced in our laboratory. The markers studied were: CD3, CD13, CD15, CD19, CD33 y CD41. Specimens of bo [...] ne marrow or peripheral blood fixed in pure acetone and incubated with the respective monoclonal antibody were used for the study. Later on, the anti-mouse immunoglobulin obtained in rabbit (Linking) was added and, finally, the APAAP complex. The incubation periods were of 30 minutes and lavages with buffer solution were carried out between one step and the other. The reading of the slides was performed on the optical microscope and it was considered positive when the number of marked cells was higher than or equal to 20 %. Of the studied patients, 93.3 % and 90 %, respectively, expressed panmyeloid antigens CD13 and CD33; 16 of them expressed the CD15 (53.3 %); 3 the CD19 (10 %); and 2 the CD41 (6.6 %). It was concluded that the APAAP method is rapid and inexpensive and that it may be reliably applied in the immunological classification of the acute myeloid leukemias

  6. Enzymatic methods for the determination of pollution in seawater using salt resistant alkaline phosphatase from eggs of the sea urchin Strongylocentrotus intermedius

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    Highlights: • Alkaline phosphatase from eggs of the sea urchin (StAP) proved to be active in seawater. • Activity of StAP is inhibited by very low concentrations of heavy metal. • A test to assess sea and fresh water quality has been developed basing on StAP. • For the first time a salt resistant alkaline phosphatase has been found in eukaryote. - Abstract: A new salt resistant alkaline phosphatase from eggs of the sea urchin Strongylocentrotus intermedius (StAP) has been shown to have a unique property to hydrolyze substrate in seawater without loss of enzymatic activity. The enzyme has pH optimum at 8.0–8.5. Model experiments showed various concentrations of copper, zinc, cadmium and lead added to seawater or a standard buffer mixture to inhibit completely the enzyme activity at the concentrations of 15–150 μg/l. StAP sensitivity to the presence in seawater of metals, pesticides, detergents and oil products appears to be considerably less. Samples of seawater taken from aquatic areas of the Troitsy Bay of the Peter the Great Bay, Japan Sea have been shown to inhibit the enzyme activity; the same was shown for the samples of fresh waters. The phosphatase inhibition assay developed proved to be highly sensitive, technically easy-to use allowing to test a great number of samples

  7. Alkaline phosphatase activity at the southwest coast of India: A comparison of locations differently affected by upwelling

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    Mamatha, S. S.; Malik, Ashish; Varik, Sandesh; Parvathi, V.; Jineesh, V. K.; Gauns, Mangesh U.; LokaBharathi, P. A.

    2015-01-01

    The realization of the potential importance of phosphorus (P) as a limiting nutrient in marine ecosystem is increasing globally. Hence, the contribution of biotic variables in mobilizing this nutrient would be relevant especially in productive coastal waters. As alkaline phosphatase activity (APA) indicates the status of P for primary production in aquatic environments, we asked the following question: is the level of APA indicative of P sufficiency or deficiency in coastal waters, especially, where upwelling is a regular phenomenon? Therefore, we have examined the total APA, chlorophyll a along with phosphatase producing bacteria (PPB) and related environmental parameters from nearshore to offshore in coastal waters off Trivandrum and Kochi regions differently affected by upwelling during the onset of monsoon. Off Trivandrum, APA in the offshore waters of 5-m layer at 2.23 ?M P h- 1 was > 4 times higher than nearshore. Thus, low APA could be indicative of P sufficiency in coastal waters and higher activity suggestive of deficiency in offshore waters off Trivandrum. In contrast, there was less difference in APA between near and offshore surface waters off Kochi. Our results show that the regions differently affected by upwelling respond differently according to ambient P concentration, distance from shore or depth of water. These observations could apparently be applicable to other coastal systems as well, where gradients in upwelling and phosphate runoff have been noticed. Further studies on other transects would throw more light on the extent and direction of the relationship between APA and ambient P concentration. Such studies would help in understanding the level of control of this nutrient on the productivity of coastal waters.

  8. Stimulation by parathyroid hormone of 45Ca2+ uptake in osteoblast-like cells: Possible involvement of alkaline phosphatase

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    We have investigated the actions of human PTH [hPTH-(1-34)] on the association of 45Ca2+ with two human (SaOS-2 and MG-63) and two rat (ROS 17/2.8 and UMR-106) osteoblast-like cell types. In SaOS-2 cells, hPTH-(1-34) binds to specific membrane receptors to activate adenylate cyclase. Treatment of SaOS-2 cells with hPTH-(1-34) resulted in an increase in 45Ca2+ uptake, in a dose-dependent fashion, up to 2- to 4-fold above control values. The increase was first evident at 10 min and persisted for at least 30 min. Treatment with nimodipine, a calcium channel antagonist, was without effect on the stimulatory action of PTH. A similar enhancement of cell-associated 45Ca2+ was observed when the cells were incubated with vasoactive intestinal peptide, which acts via different receptors to activate adenylate cyclase in SaOS-2 cells. Treatment with (Bu)2cAMP also induced an increase in cell-associated 45Ca2+. Pretreatment of SaOS-2 cells with hPTH-(1-34) for 4 h, which induced homologous desensitization to a second challenge with the same peptide for stimulation of cAMP production, did not attenuate the further enhancement of cell-associated 45Ca2+ by a second treatment with hPTH-(1-34). We then examined a possible relationship between alkaline phosphatase (ALPase) and 45Ca2+ uptake. SaOS-2 cells contained high levels of alkaline phosphatase activity and continuously released the enzyme into the medium. Release was enhanced by treatment with hPTH-(1-34) for 10 min. Incubation of cells with levamisole (an inhibitor of the liver/bone/kidney type of ALPase) resulted in a rapid decrease in basal and PTH-stimulated 45Ca2+ uptake, while treatment with L-Phe-Gly-Gly was without effect. Treatment of the cells with ALPase (bovine kidney) enhanced 45Ca2+ uptake. In MG-63 cells, a stimulatory effect of hPTH-(1-34) on cell-associated 45Ca2+ was also observed; however, hPTH-(1-34) did not stimulate cAMP production in MG-63 cells

  9. Extracellular Matrix Proteins, Alkaline Phosphatase and Pyrophosphate as Molecular Determinants of Bone, Tooth, Kidney and Vascular Calcification

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    McKee, Marc D.

    2008-09-01

    Progress in biomineralization research in recent years has identified, characterized and described functions for key noncollagenous extracellular matrix proteins regulating crystal growth in the skeleton and dentition. Some of these same proteins expressed in soft tissues undergoing pathologic calcification also inhibit ectopic crystal growth. In addition to extracellular matrix proteins regulating matrix mineralization, the enzyme tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase—which is highly expressed by cells in mineralized tissues—cleaves pyrophosphate, an anionic small-molecule inhibitor of mineralization. Together with the required mineral ion availability necessary for crystal growth, these molecular determinants appear to function in limiting the spread of pathologic calcification seen in soft tissues such as blood vessels and kidneys. Osteopontin, in particular, is a potent calcification inhibitor that accumulates in mineralized tissues and in calcified deposits during vascular calcification and nephrolithiasis/urolithiasis. Additional research is required to establish the exact temporal sequence in which the molecular determinants of pathologic calcification appear relative to mineral crystal growth in different tissues, and to establish their relationship (if any) to the activation of osteogenic differentiation programs.

  10. Relation of fatty acid composition in lead-exposed mallards to fat mobilization, lipid peroxidation and alkaline phosphatase activity

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    Mateo, R.; Beyer, W.N.; Spann, J.W.; Hoffman, D.J.

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    The increase of n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) in animal tissues has been proposed as a mechanism of Pb poisoning through lipid peroxidation or altered eicosanoids metabolism. We have studied fatty acid (FA) composition in liver and brain of mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) feeding for three weeks on diets containing combinations of low or high levels of vitamin E (20 or 200 UI/kg) and Pb (0 or 2 g/kg). Saturated FA, n-6 PUFA and total concentrations of FA were higher in livers of Pb-exposed mallards, but not in their brains. The percentage of n-6 PUFA in liver and brain was slightly higher in Pb-exposed mallards. The increase of n-6 PUFA in liver was associated with increased triglycerides and cholesterol in plasma, thus could be in part attributed to feed refusal and fat mobilization. The hepatic ratios between adrenic acid (22:4 n-6) and arachidonic acid (20:4 n-6) or between adrenic acid and linoleic acid (18:2 n-6) were higher in Pb exposed birds, supporting the existing hypothesis of increased fatty acid elongation by Pb. Among the possible consequences of increased n-6 PUFA concentration in tissues, we found increased lipid peroxidation in liver without important histopathological changes, and decreased plasma alkaline phosphatase activity that may reflect altered bone metabolism in birds.

  11. Change in Localization of Alkaline Phosphatase and Mannosidase II by Colchicine Treatment of Primary Cultures of Fetal Rat Hepatocytes

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    We examined the changes in localization of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and mannosidase II (man II), a Golgi marker, after colchicine treatment of primary cultures of fetal rat hepatocytes, using double immunofluorescence staining and confocal laser microscopy. In hepatocytes cultured in basal medium, ALP was localized in the perinuclear cytoplasm, and man II was observed in the Golgi region of the cytoplasm. When hepatocytes were cultured in dexamethasone-supplemented medium, ALP was also localized in the plasma membrane surrounding the bile canaliculus-like structure that was formed between adjacent cells. In hepatocytes cultured in the same medium containing colchicine, the structure of microtubules in the cytoplasm was lost, man II exhibited granular distribution scattering throughout the cytoplasm, and ALP was localized in coarse granular sites of the cytoplasm. However, ALP was not colocalized at the same sites as man II. The present study indicated that colchicine inhibits the dexamethasone-promoted translocation of ALP to the plasma membrane surrounding the bile canaliculus-like structure in primary cultures of fetal rat hepatocytes by disassembling microtubules and discomposing the Golgi complex

  12. Effects of Colchicine on Localization of Alkaline Phosphatase in McA-RH 7777 Rat Hepatoma Cells

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    We investigated the changes caused by microtubule disruption in cell contact-induced translocation of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) from the Golgi area to the plasma membrane in McA-RH 7777 cells. When the cells were treated with colchicine, the tubular structure of microtubules in the cytoplasm was lost. Colchicine treatment also resulted in the appearance of numerous dots containing mannosidase II (man II) throughout the cytoplasm. Moreover, ALP was distributed in small dots throughout the cytoplasm, as well as in all regions of the plasma membrane, although it was most concentrated at sites of intercellular contact. On the other hand, when the cells were incubated in basal medium after colchicine treatment, large spots containing ALP reappeared in the perinuclear cytoplasm more quickly than the accumulation of small dots containing man II. These findings suggest that colchicine causes disassembly of the Golgi complex into fragments, which scatter throughout the cytoplasm, but that it does not interfere with translocation of ALP to the plasma membrane. Furthermore, cytoplasmic ALP may be localized at sites other than the Golgi complex

  13. Ingestion of potato starch containing esterified phosphorus increases alkaline phosphatase activity in the small intestine in rats.

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    Mineo, Hitoshi; Morikawa, Nao; Ohmi, Sayako; Ishida, Kyo; Machida, Ayaka; Kanazawa, Takumi; Chiji, Hideyuki; Fukushima, Michihiro; Noda, Takahiro

    2010-05-01

    Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) hydrolyzes a variety of monophosphate esters and plays an important role in phosphorus (P) metabolism. Several nutrients in food have been reported to affect intestinal ALP activity in animal models. Previous reports indicated that high levels of P or phosphate in diets decreased intestinal ALP activity in rats. Because potato starch contains considerable amounts of esterified P, unlike other starch-derived plants, we hypothesized that the feeding of potato starch would decrease ALP activity in the intestinal tract. Male Sprague-Dawley rats (7 weeks old) were fed 3 different types of diet containing 60% corn starch or 1 of 2 types of potato starch with different esterified P content for 1 or 5 weeks. Body weight and food intake of each rat were measured every day throughout the experimental periods. At the end of the feeding periods, the small intestine was removed to determine ALP activity in the mucosal tissues. Significant differences were observed in ALP activity in the small intestine between the 2 feeding periods, among the 4 segments of the small intestine, and among the 3 diet groups. Significant positive linear correlations between the amount of P derived from the starch and mucosal ALP activity were obtained in the jejunum and jejunoileum in rats after feeding for 5 weeks. We concluded, contrary to our hypotheses, that the ingestion of potato starch adaptively increases ALP activity in the upper part of the small intestine of growing rats in an esterified P content-dependent manner. PMID:20579526

  14. Characterization of recombinantly expressed rat and monkey intestinal alkaline phosphatases: in vitro studies and in vivo correlations.

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    Subramanian, Murali; Paruchury, Sundeep; Singh Gautam, Shashyendra; Pratap Singh, Sheelendra; Arla, Rambabu; Pahwa, Sonia; Jana, Snehasis; Katnapally, Prasannakumar; Yoganand, Vadari; Lakshmaiah, Basanth; Mazumder Tagore, Debarati; Ghosh, Kaushik; Marathe, Punit; Mandlekar, Sandhya

    2013-07-01

    Intestinal alkaline phosphatases (IALPs) are widely expressed in the brush border of epithelial cells of the intestinal mucosa. Although their physiologic role is unclear, they are very significant when it comes to the release of bioactive parent from orally dosed phosphate prodrugs. Such prodrugs can be resistant to cleavage by IALP, or alternatively undergo rapid cleavage leading to the release and precipitation of the less soluble parent. Because purified IALPs from preclinical species are not commercially available, and species differences have not been investigated to date, an effort was made to recombinantly express, purify, and characterize rat and cynomolgus monkey IALP (rIALP). Specifically, recombinant IALP (rIALP)-catalyzed cleavage of five prodrugs (fosphenytoin, clindamycin phosphate, dexamethasone phosphate, ritonavir phosphate, and ritonavir oxymethyl phosphate) was tested in vitro and parent exposure was assessed in vivo (rat only) following an oral dose of each prodrug. It was determined that the rate of phosphate cleavage in vitro varied widely; direct phosphates were more resistant to bioconversion, whereas faster conversion was observed with oxymethyl-linked prodrugs. Overall, the rat rIALP-derived data were qualitatively consistent with in vivo data; prodrugs that were readily cleaved in vitro rendered higher parent drug exposure in vivo. Of the five prodrugs tested, one (ritonavir phosphate) showed no conversion in vitro and no in vivo parent exposure. Finally, the apparent K(m) values obtained for fosphenytoin and clindamycin phosphate in vitro suggest that IALP is not likely to be saturated at therapeutic doses. PMID:23633529

  15. Intestinal Alkaline Phosphatase: Potential Roles in Promoting Gut Health in Weanling Piglets and Its Modulation by Feed Additives - A Review.

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    Melo, A D B; Silveira, H; Luciano, F B; Andrade, C; Costa, L B; Rostagno, M H

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    The intestinal environment plays a critical role in maintaining swine health. Many factors such as diet, microbiota, and host intestinal immune response influence the intestinal environment. Intestinal alkaline phosphatase (IAP) is an important apical brush border enzyme that is influenced by these factors. IAP dephosphorylates bacterial lipopolysaccharides (LPS), unmethylated cytosine-guanosine dinucleotides, and flagellin, reducing bacterial toxicity and consequently regulating toll-like receptors (TLRs) activation and inflammation. It also desphosphorylates extracellular nucleotides such as uridine diphosphate and adenosine triphosphate, consequently reducing inflammation, modulating, and preserving the homeostasis of the intestinal microbiota. The apical localization of IAP on the epithelial surface reveals its role on LPS (from luminal bacteria) detoxification. As the expression of IAP is reported to be downregulated in piglets at weaning, LPS from commensal and pathogenic gram-negative bacteria could increase inflammatory processes by TLR-4 activation, increasing diarrhea events during this phase. Although some studies had reported potential IAP roles to promote gut health, investigations about exogenous IAP effects or feed additives modulating IAP expression and activity yet are necessary. However, we discussed in this paper that the critical assessment reported can suggest that exogenous IAP or feed additives that could increase its expression could show beneficial effects to reduce diarrhea events during the post weaning phase. Therefore, the main goals of this review are to discuss IAP's role in intestinal inflammatory processes and present feed additives used as growth promoters that may modulate IAP expression and activity to promote gut health in piglets. PMID:26732323

  16. In vitro induction of alkaline phosphatase levels predicts in vivo bone forming capacity of human bone marrow stromal cells

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    Full Text Available One of the applications of bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs that are produced by ex vivo expansion is for use in in vivo bone tissue engineering. Cultured stromal cells are a mixture of cells at different stages of commitment and expansion capability, leading to a heterogeneous cell population that each time can differ in the potential to form in vivo bone. A parameter that predicts for in vivo bone forming capacity is thus far lacking. We employed single colony-derived BMSC cultures to identify such predictive parameters. Using limiting dilution, we have produced sixteen single CFU-F derived BMSC cultures from human bone marrow and found that only five of these formed bone in vivo. The single colony-derived BMSC strains were tested for proliferation, osteogenic-, adipogenic- and chondrogenic differentiation capacity and the expression of a variety of associated markers. The only robust predictors of in vivo bone forming capacity were the induction of alkaline phosphatase, (ALP mRNA levels and ALP activity during in vitro osteogenic differentiation. The predictive value of in vitro ALP induction was confirmed by analyzing “bulk-cultured” BMSCs from various bone marrow biopsies. Our findings show that in BMSCs, the additional increase in ALP levels over basal levels during in vitro osteogenic differentiation is predictive of in vivo performance.

  17. Cissus quadrangularis extract enhances biomineralization through up-regulation of MAPK-dependent alkaline phosphatase activity in osteoblasts.

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    Parisuthiman, Duenpim; Singhatanadgit, Weerachai; Dechatiwongse, Thaweephol; Koontongkaew, Sitthichai

    2009-01-01

    Cissus quadrangularis Linn. has been implicated as therapeutic agent for enhancing bone healing. Though its osteogenic activity has been suggested, the underlying mechanism still remains unclear. In the present study, the effects of ethanol extract of C. quadrangularis (CQ-E) on osteoblast differentiation and function were analyzed using murine osteoblastic cells. The results indicated that mRNA expressions of osteoblast-related genes were not affected by the CQ-E treatment. However, alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity and the extent of mineralized nodules were significantly increased in treated cells compared with controls. The addition of an extracellular regulated kinase 1/2 inhibitor, a Jun N-terminal kinase 1/2/3 inhibitor and a p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) inhibitor resulted in significantly decreased ALP activity, preferentially by p38 MAPK inhibitor. These results suggested that CQ-E may regulate osteoblastic activity by enhancing ALP activity and mineralization process, and the increased ALP activity effect of CQ-E is likely mediated by MAPK-dependent pathway. PMID:19057968

  18. Expression of alkaline phosphatase by a B-cell hybridoma and its modulation during cell growth and apoptosis.

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    Souvannavong, V; Lemaire, C; De Nay, D; Brown, S; Adam, A

    1995-09-01

    The 7TD1 B-cell hybridoma was found to spontaneously express alkaline phosphatase (ALP), an enzyme which is produced by splenic B lymphocytes once optimally activated. Determination of ALP levels during cell growth and departure to apoptosis showed fluctuations. Following a temporary increase within the first 24 h, enzyme expression was maintained at high levels during the early proliferation stage, and then declined from 3 to 4 days in mid-exponential phase to basal levels at day 6 when living cells were no longer detectable and the apoptotic process was completed. The protein synthesis inhibitor, cycloheximide (1 microg/ml), decreased ALP production while stimulating a strong apoptosis of 7TD1 cells, within 4 h. Aphidicolin (1 microg/ml) maintained ALP production and provoked a release of ALP activity into the surrounding medium; it also induced apoptosis, but with a 24 h delay. Quantification of apoptosis and ALP expression by flow cytometry, after simultaneous staining of DNA with Hoechst 33342 and ALP with naphthol AS-TR phosphate/Fast Red RC fluorescent reagent, revealed cell cycle modulation of ALP expression, its activity increasing as 7TD1 cells progressed from G1 phase into S and G2/M phases of the cell cycle in control as well as in drug-treated cells. Kinetics of drug-induced apoptosis and higher expression of ALP associated preferentially with active cell growth during the prevention stage of apoptosis suggested a possible link between cellular ALP expression and cell survival. PMID:8747713

  19. Dietary free fatty acids form alkaline phosphatase-enriched microdomains in the intestinal brush border membrane

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    Hansen, Gert H; Rasmussen, Karina; Niels-Christiansen, Lise-Lotte; Danielsen, E Michael

    2011-01-01

    Free fatty acids released during intralumenal digestion of dietary fat must pass through the enterocyte brush border membrane before triacylglycerol reassembly and subsequent chylomicron delivery to the lymph system. In the present work fluorescent BODIPY fatty acid analogs were used to study this......-linked enzyme is the membrane protein in the brush border with the highest affinity for lipid rafts, this implies that free fatty acids selectively insert stably into these membrane microdomains. We have previously shown that absorption of dietary lipids transiently induce a selective endocytosis of AP from the...... brush border, and from work by others it is known that fat absorption is accompanied by a rise in serum AP and secretion of surfactant-like particles from enterocytes. We propose that these physiological processes may be triggered by the sequestering of dietary free fatty acids in lipid raft...

  20. Synthesis of 2'(3')-O-DL-alanyl hexainosinic acid using T4 RNA ligase: suppression of the enzymic reverse transfer reaction by alkaline phosphatase.

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    Profy, A T; Lo, K M; Usher, D A

    1983-01-01

    2'(3')-O-DL-Alanyl (Ip)5I was synthesized by a new method. An alanine ortho ester of inosine 5'-phosphate was added to (Ip)4I using the ATP-independent reaction of T4 RNA ligase, and the product was converted smoothly to the desired ester. The enzymic reverse transfer reaction was conveniently suppressed by the dephosphorylation of the adenosine 5'-phosphate coproduct, catalyzed in situ by alkaline phosphatase. PMID:6857753

  1. Evaluation of Milk Trace Elements, Lactate Dehydrogenase, Alkaline Phosphatase and Aspartate Aminotransferase Activity of Subclinical Mastitis as and Indicator of Subclinical Mastitis in Riverine Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis)

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    Guha, Anirban; Gera, Sandeep; SHARMA, ANSHU

    2012-01-01

    Mastitis is a highly morbid disease that requires detection at the subclinical stage. Tropical countries like India mainly depend on milch buffaloes for milk. The present study was conducted to investigate whether the trace minerals viz. copper (Cu), iron (Fe), zinc (Zn), cobalt (Co) and manganese (Mn) and enzyme activity of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) in riverine buffalo milk can be used as an indicator of subclinical mastitis ...

  2. One-Step Detection of Aflatoxin-B(1) Using scFv-Alkaline Phosphatase-Fusion Selected from Human Phage Display Antibody Library

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    Rangnoi, Kuntalee; Jaruseranee, Nanthnit; O'Kennedy, Richard; Pansri, Potjamas; Yamabhai, Montarop

    2011-01-01

    A unique human phage display library was used to successfully generate a scFv to the highly carcinogenic toxin aflatoxin B1. Such an antibody has major potential applications in therapy and diagnostics. To further exploit its analytical capacity, the scFv was genetically fused to alkaline phosphatase, thereby generating a novel and highly sensitive self-indicating reagent. The performance of this reagent was further characterized, demonstrating its efficacy. The sensitivity of scFv-AP fusion was...

  3. Exploitation of phosphorescent labelling reagent of fullerol-fluorescein isothiocyanate and new method for the determination of trace alkaline phosphatase as well as forecast of human diseases

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    Liu Jiaming, E-mail: zzsyliujiaming@163.com [Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Zhangzhou Normal College, Zhangzhou 363000 (China); Huang Xiaomei [Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Zhangzhou Normal College, Zhangzhou 363000 (China); Department of Food and Biological Engineering, Zhangzhou Institute of Technology, Zhangzhou 363000 (China); Liu Zhenbo [Third Hospital of Xiamen, Xiamen 361100 (China); Lin Shaoqin [Department of Biochemistry, Fujian Education College, Fuzhou 350001 (China); Li Feiming; Gao Fei [Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Zhangzhou Normal College, Zhangzhou 363000 (China); Li Zhiming [Department of Food and Biological Engineering, Zhangzhou Institute of Technology, Zhangzhou 363000 (China); Zeng Liqing; Li Lianying; Ouyang Ying [Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Zhangzhou Normal College, Zhangzhou 363000 (China)

    2009-08-26

    A new phosphorescent labelling reagent consisting of fullerol, fluorescein isothiocyanate and N,N-dimethylaniline (F-ol-(FITC){sub n}-DMA) was developed. The mode of action is based on the reactivity of the active -OH group in F-ol with the -COOH group of FITC to form an F-ol-(FITC){sub n}-DMA complex containing several FITC molecules. F-ol-(FITC){sub n}-DMA increased the number of luminescent molecules in the biological target of WGA-AP-WGA-F-ol-(FITC){sub n}-DMA (WGA and AP are wheat germ agglutinin and alkaline phosphatase, respectively) which improved the sensitivity using solid substrate room temperature phosphorimetry (SSRTP) detection. The proposed method provided high sensitivity and strong specificity for WGA-AP. The limit of detection (LD) was 0.15 ag AP spot{sup -1} for F-ol and 0.097 ag AP spot{sup -1} for FITC in F-ol-(FITC){sub n}-DMA, which was lower than the method using single luminescent molecules of F-ol-DMA and FITC-DMA to label WGA (0.20 ag AP spot{sup -1} for F-ol-DMA and 0.22 ag AP spot{sup -1} for FITC-DMA). Results for the determination of AP in human serum were in good agreement with those obtained by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The mechanism of F-ol-(FITC){sub n}-DMA labelling of WGA was discussed.

  4. Changes in Expression of Connexin 32, Bile Canaliculus-Like Structures, and Localization of Alkaline Phosphatase in Primary Cultures of Fetal Rat Hepatocytes

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    We devised an experimental design in primary cultures of fetal rat hepatocytes for studying hepatocyte differentiation over a short period. In the present study, hepatocytes were first cultured for 3 days in dexamethasone-supplemented medium and then for an additional 3 days in dexamethasone- or epidermal growth factor-supplemented medium. In hepatocytes cultured continuously in dexamethasone-supplemented medium, the expression of connexin 32 increased and bile canaliculus-like structures and localization of alkaline phosphatase in the plasma membrane around bile canaliculus-like structures were maintained. Few cells incorporated bromodeoxyuridine. On the other hand, in most of the hepatocytes cultured in epidermal growth factor-supplemented medium, the expression of connexin 32 was minimally recognized, bile canaliculus-like structures were shortened or eliminated, and alkaline phosphatase was localized as numerous fine spots throughout the cytoplasm. More than 20% of all hepatocytes incorporated bromodeoxyuridine. The present study suggests that in hepatocytes, there is a close relationship among connexin 32 expression, the maintenance of bile canaliculus-like structures, and the localization of alkaline phosphatase to the plasma membrane around the bile canaliculus-like structures, and this indicates that the present experimental model is useful for studying hepatocyte differentiation over a short period

  5. Evaluation of alkaline phosphatase activity and availability of various P fractions for bean (Phaseolus vulgaris in some calcareous soils amended with municipal sewage sludge

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    T. Raeisi

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available To evaluate the relationship of various P fractions and alkaline phosphatase activity with bean indices growing in 10 calcareous soils, amended with municipal sewage sludge from Chaharmahal-Va-Bakhtiari province, a greenhouse research was carried out. Soil samples were incubated for one month with sludge at a rate equivalent to 1% (w/w. Then, the P fractions, including P adsorbed by Fe and Al oxides (]NaOH+CB]-P, occluded P (CBD-P and P absorbed by Ca (HCl-P, were determined by Olsen and Summers' sequential fractionation procedure. Furthermore, total P, organic P and residual P were determined. Also, alkaline phosphatase activity was measured. A pot experiment in a completely randomized design with three replications in the ten soils was done to evaluate the bean plant indices. The results showed that the amount of P fractions decreased in the following order: HCl-P>residual-P>]NaOH+CB]-P > OP>CBD-P. The results also indicated that alkaline phosphatase activity was significantly correlated with CBD-P fraction, organic P and total P. In addition, significant correlations were found between ([NaOH+CB]-P and HCl-P and plant shoots. In general, the results of this research showed that P fractionation method appears to be a powerful tool to identify the P status and availability in the soils amended with sewage sludge.

  6. Assessment of the alkaline phosphatase level in gingival crevicular fluid, as a biomarker to evaluate the effect of scaling and root planing on chronic periodontitis: An in vivostudy

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    Jimly James Kunjappu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Context: Clinical evaluation of gingivitis and/or periodontitis does not predict the progression or remission of the disease. Due to this diagnostic constraint, clinicians assume that the pathology has an increased risk of progression and plan treatments, despite the knowledge that all inflamed sites are not necessarily progressing. Extensive research has been carried out on gingival crevicular fluid (GCF components that might serve as potential diagnostic markers for periodontitis. Among them alkaline phosphatase (ALP levels in GCF has shown promise as a diagnostic marker. Aim: This study compares the levels of GCF alkaline phosphatase in patients with chronic periodontitis before and after scaling and root planing. Materials and Methods: This study is an in vivo longitudinal study conducted on twenty patients with localized periodontitis. The GCF was collected from the affected site prior to scaling and root planing and ALP level estimated. The probing depth and plaque index at the site were also measured for correlation. Patients were recalled after 7, 30, and 60 days for reassessment. Results: The GCF ALP values showed a sustained, statistically significant decrease after treatment. There was a positive correlation with probing depth but not with plaque index measured at each interval. Conclusion: The assessment of level of periodontal disease and effect of mechanical plaque control on the progression and regression of the disease can be evaluated precisely by the corresponding GCF ALP levels. Thus, alkaline phosphatase level is not only a biomarker for the pathology but also an indicator of prognosis of periodontitis.

  7. Age-related changes of plasma alkaline phosphatase and inorganic phosphorus, and late ossification of the cranial roof in the spanish imperial eagle (Aquila adalberti C. L. Brehm, 1861)

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    1997-01-01

    Plasma alkaline phosphatase and inorganic phosphorus levels were determined for 52 nestling Spanish imperial eagles from two wild populations and 22 captive adults and subadults (10 adults and 12 subadults). The exact age was known for all birds. Mean alkaline phosphatase and inorganic phosphorus were higher in chicks than in the captive adults and subadults. Sex differences were not observed, and nestlings from different populations showed similar values. No significant regression described ...

  8. Variaciones de la enzima fosfatasa alcalina en la pulpa dental Variations of alkaline phosphatase enzyme in the dental pulp

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    Zoraida Pons Pinillos

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available En las últimas décadas, numerosas investigaciones se han dedicado al estudio de los mecanismos potenciales implicados en el desarrollo de la caries dental y su prevención, sin embargo, a pesar de haber disminuido gradualmente el índice de caries en la población, son muchos los pacientes que necesitan tratarse la caries dental, tal es así que continuamente se están utilizando diferentes materiales en la búsqueda de aquel que ante una agresión a la pulpa, ayude a una respuesta biológica de la misma, conservando de esta forma su integridad. De ahí la importancia de la actividad de la fosfatasa alcalina de la pulpa en el proceso carioso, como una reacción ante el hidróxido de calcio que continuamente se está usando en toda la red docente-asistencial del país. Se seleccionaron 50 dientes monorradiculares, con pulpa viva y con caries de segundo, tercer y cuarto grado y 50 dientes sanos de pacientes de diferentes edades. Se extrajo la pulpa de cada diente y se realizaron improntas (3 por cada muestra, una de las cuales se procesó para obtener orientación morfológica, y las otras 2 para valorar la actividad de la fosfatasa alcalina. Para esto se utilizaron 2 métodos: el de calcio cobalto y el de alpha naftol fosfato de Gomori. Como resultado, se obtuvo que la pulpa tiene más actividad enzimática en caries profunda y que la edad del paciente no determina el aumento o disminución de dicha actividad.In the last decades, numerous investigations have been made on the study of potential mechanisms involved in the development of dental caries and their prevention. However, in spite of the gradual reduction of dental caries in the population, a lot of patients need to have their dental caries treated and different materials are continuously used searching for one that before the aggression to the pulp helps it to give a biological response, conserving this way its integrity. That's why the activity of the alkaline phosphatase of the pulp in the caries process is important as a reaction to the calcium hydroxide that is constantly utilized in the teaching-health service network of the country. 50 monoradicular teeth with living pulp and with caries of second, third and fourth degree, and 50 sound teeth from patients of different ages were selected. The pulp of each tooth was extracted and impressions were made (3 per sample. One of them was processed to obtain morphological guidance and the other two to assess the activity of alkaline phosphatase. The cobalt calcium method and Gomori's alpha naphthol phosphate method were used to this end. As a result, it was proved that the pulp has a higher enzymatic activity in deep caries and that the age of the patient does not determine the increase or decrease of this activity.

  9. Combinations of nonlabeled, {sup 125}I-labeled, and anti-idiotypic antiplacental alkaline phosphatase monoclonal antibodies at experimental radioimmunotargeting

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    Rossi Norrlund, R.; Hietala, S.O.; Riklund Aahlstroem, K. [Univ. Hospital, Umeaa (Sweden). Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology; Holback, D.; Johansson, L. [Univ. Hospital, Umeaa (Sweden). Dept. of Radiation Physics

    1997-11-01

    Purpose: Placental alkaline phosphatase (PLAP) is a membrane-bound oncofetal antigen that can be used for radioimmunotargeting. Preinjection of nonlabeled monoclonal anti-PLAP antibody (H7) and postinjection of monoclonal anti-idiotypic anti-PLAP antibody ({alpha}H7) were used in order to improve the localization efficacy of {sup 125}I-labeled H7. Material and Methods: A human cervix adenocarcinoma cell line (HeLa Hep 2) was inoculated subcutaneously in 24 nude mice. Repeated quantitative radioimmunoscintigraphic recordings were performed on 27 occasions in each of the 24 mice during the observation period which lasted for nearly 3 months. The tumor and nontumor doses were calculated according to the Medical International Radiation Dose Committee formula on the basis of the scintigraphic data. Results: All tumors were clearly visualized as early as one day after injection of {sup 125}I-labeled H7. The remaining radioactivity was exclusively located in the tumors at days 30-81. As much as 12-16% of the injected dose/g accumulated in the tumors during the first 2 days after injection, and remained stable at this high level for approximately 10 days in all investigated groups. Radioactivity in the whole body was rapidly eliminated during the same time period. The highest tumor/nontumor dose ratio was obtained after a single injection of {sup 125}I-labeled H7. Conclusion: Neither a preinjection of nonlabeled H7 nor a postinjection of {alpha}H7 nor a combination of both strategies resulted in improved tumor/nontumor dose ratios compared to a single injection of labeled H7. The monoclonal antibody H7 has a rapid and high uptake, combined with a prolonged retention time in the tumors. The kinetic properties of H7 are different form antibodies targeting intracellular tumor antigens. (orig.).

  10. In vitro modulation of alkaline phosphatase activity of Saccharomyces cerevisiae grown in low or high phosphate medium

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    J, Fernandes; R, Amorim; I, Azevedo; M.J, Martins.

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Our objective was to characterize the modulation of the activity of Saccharomyces cerevisiae alkaline phosphatases (ALPs) by classic inhibitors of ALP activity, cholesterol and steroid hormones, in order to identify catalytic similarities between yeast and mammalian ALPs. S. cerevisiae expresses two [...] ALPs, coded for by the PHO8 and PHO13 genes. The product of the PHO8 gene is repressible by Pi in the medium. ALP activity from yeast (grown in low or high phosphate medium) homogenates was determined with p-nitrophenylphosphate as substrate, pH 10.4 (lPiALP or hPiALP, respectively). Activation of hPiALP was observed with 5 mM L-amino acids (L-homoarginine _ 186%, L-leucine _ 155% and L-phenylalanine - 168%) and with 1 mM levamisole (122%; percentage values, in comparison to control, of recovered activity). EDTA (5 mM) and vanadate (1 mM) distinctly inhibited hPiALP (2 and 20%, respectively). L-homoarginine (5 mM) had a lower activating effect on lPiALP (166%) and was the strongest hPiALP activator. Corticosterone (5 mM) inhibited hPiALP to 90%, but no effect was observed in low phosphate medium. Cholesterol, ß-estradiol and progesterone also had different effects on lPiALP and hPiALP. A concentration-dependent activation of lPiALP minus hPiALP was evident with all three compounds, most especially with ß-estradiol and cholesterol. These results do not allow us to identify similarities of the behavior of S. cerevisiae ALPs and any of the mammalian ALPs but allow us to raise the hypothesis of differential regulation of S. cerevisiae ALPs by L-homoarginine, ß-estradiol and cholesterol and of using these compounds to discriminate between S. cerevisiae lPiALP and hPiALP.

  11. In vitro modulation of alkaline phosphatase activity of Saccharomyces cerevisiae grown in low or high phosphate medium

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    J Fernandes

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Our objective was to characterize the modulation of the activity of Saccharomyces cerevisiae alkaline phosphatases (ALPs by classic inhibitors of ALP activity, cholesterol and steroid hormones, in order to identify catalytic similarities between yeast and mammalian ALPs. S. cerevisiae expresses two ALPs, coded for by the PHO8 and PHO13 genes. The product of the PHO8 gene is repressible by Pi in the medium. ALP activity from yeast (grown in low or high phosphate medium homogenates was determined with p-nitrophenylphosphate as substrate, pH 10.4 (lPiALP or hPiALP, respectively. Activation of hPiALP was observed with 5 mM L-amino acids (L-homoarginine _ 186%, L-leucine _ 155% and L-phenylalanine - 168% and with 1 mM levamisole (122%; percentage values, in comparison to control, of recovered activity. EDTA (5 mM and vanadate (1 mM distinctly inhibited hPiALP (2 and 20%, respectively. L-homoarginine (5 mM had a lower activating effect on lPiALP (166% and was the strongest hPiALP activator. Corticosterone (5 mM inhibited hPiALP to 90%, but no effect was observed in low phosphate medium. Cholesterol, ß-estradiol and progesterone also had different effects on lPiALP and hPiALP. A concentration-dependent activation of lPiALP minus hPiALP was evident with all three compounds, most especially with ß-estradiol and cholesterol. These results do not allow us to identify similarities of the behavior of S. cerevisiae ALPs and any of the mammalian ALPs but allow us to raise the hypothesis of differential regulation of S. cerevisiae ALPs by L-homoarginine, ß-estradiol and cholesterol and of using these compounds to discriminate between S. cerevisiae lPiALP and hPiALP.

  12. Dissolved phosphorus pools and alkaline phosphatase activity in the euphotic zone of the western North Pacific Ocean.

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    MasahiroSuzumura

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available We measured pools of dissolved phosphorus (P, including dissolved inorganic P (DIP, dissolved organic P (DOP and alkaline phosphatase (AP-hydrolyzable labile DOP (L-DOP, and kinetic parameters of AP activity (APA in the euphotic zone in the western North Pacific Ocean. Samples were collected from one coastal station in Sagami Bay, Japan, and three offshore stations between the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre (NPSG and the Kuroshio region. Although DIP concentrations in the euphotic zone at all stations were equally low, around the nominal method detection limit of 20 nmol L−1, chlorophyll a (Chl a concentrations were one order of magnitude greater at the coastal station. DOP was the dominant P pool, comprising 62–92% of total dissolved P at and above the Chl a maximum layer (CML. L-DOP represented 22–39% of the total DOP at the offshore stations, whereas it accounted for a much higher proportion (about 85% in the coastal surface layers. Significant correlations between maximum potential AP hydrolysis rates and DIP concentrations or bacterial cell abundance in the offshore euphotic zone suggest that major APA in the oligotrophic surface ocean is from bacterial activity and regulated largely by DIP availability. Although the range of maximum potential APA was comparable among the environmental conditions, the in situ hydrolysis rate of L-DOP in the coastal station was 10 times those in the offshore stations. L-DOP turnover time at the CML ranged from 4.5 d at the coastal station to 84.4 d in the NPSG. The ratio of the APA half saturation constant to the ambient L-DOP concentration decreased markedly from the NPSG to the coastal station. There were substantial differences in the rate end efficiency of DOP remineralization and its contribution as the potential P source between the low-phosphate/high biomass coastal ecosystem and the low-phosphate/low biomass oligotrophic ocean.

  13. Amplified thrombin aptasensor based on alkaline phosphatase and hemin/G-quadruplex-catalyzed oxidation of 1-naphthol.

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    Yang, Zhe-Han; Zhuo, Ying; Yuan, Ruo; Chai, Ya-Qin

    2015-05-20

    An alkaline phosphatase (ALP)-based biosensor can in situ generate an electroactive product by enzymatic hydrolysis of inactive substrates. To obtain a higher signal-to-background ratio, a chemical redox cycling signal-amplified strategy based on the addition of a strong reducing agent has often be applied in the construction of ALP-based biosensors. However, the strong reducing agent not only affects the activity of ALP but also readily reacts with dissolved oxygen, leading to inaccurate results. In this work, a new signal-amplified strategy for a thrombin (TB) aptasensor based on the catalytic oxidation of ALP-generated products, 1-naphthol (NP), using hemin/G-quadruplex DNAzymes was reported. We implemented gold-nanoparticle-decorated zinc oxide nanoflowers (Au-ZnO) as the matrix for immobilizing ALP and TB aptamer (TBA) and then labeled it with hemin to form hemin/G-quadruplex/ALP/Au-ZnO bioconjugates (TBA II bioconjugates). Through a "sandwich" reaction, TBA II bioconjugates were captured on the electrode surface. The amplified signal was carried out in two steps: (i) an ALP-catalyzed inactive substrate, 1-naphthyl phosphate (NPP), in situ produces NP on the surface of the electrode; (ii) on the one hand, NP as a new reactant could be directly electrooxidized and generated an electrochemical signal, but, on the other hand, NP could be oxidized by hemin/G-quadruplex in the presence of H2O2, resulting in amplification of the electrochemical signal. The proposed TB aptasensor achieved a linear range of 1 pM to 30 nM with a detection limit of 0.37 pM (defined as S/N = 3). PMID:25907268

  14. Distinct expression of alkaline phosphatase activity in epilimnetic bacteria: Implication for persistent DOC consumption in a P-limited reservoir

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    Tseng, Y.; Kao, S.; Shiah, F.

    2013-12-01

    In a P-deficient system, P availability usually controls the microbial activity and thus the ecosystem function. Thingstad et al. (1997) first addressed a 'Malfunctioning Microbial-loop' theory, which stated that low bacterial production (BP) caused by insufficient nutrient supply would result in DOC accumulation in an oligotrophic ecosystem. In this study we re-examined the theory by conducting seasonal patterns and correlations among soluble reactive phosphate (SRP) and DOC, microbial abundances (picocyanobacteria, bacteria, and heterotrophic nanoflagellate; HNF) and activities (primary production, bacterial production, and alkaline phosphatase activity; APA) coupled with enzyme-labeled fluorescence (ELF) assays on bacterioplankton in a subtropical reservoir sharing the common features, nitrate-replete and P-deficient, with most natural freshwater system during Oct 2007-Oct 2008. Persistently high APA was recorded during most of time, implying that the system was P-deficient. Size fractionated APA and ELF assay revealed that bacteria were the major APA contributor. However, significantly low epilimnion DOC was recorded during the stratified summer season accompanying with high BP and APA as well as high PP, implying that heterotrophic bacteria can well sustain in P-deficient system by utilizing DOP to rapidly lower down DOC under relatively high PP. Such findings oppose the 'Malfunctioning Microbial-loop' theory. On the other hand, strong epilimnetic DOC accumulation occurred in Oct 2007 under low light and low PP condition accompanying with high abundance of HNF, implying that HNF grazing may contribute to a certain degree of DOC accumulation. Correlation matrix supported our suggestions. This study testified the DOC dynamics in P-deficient ecosystem are tightly coupled with the source (PP and grazing) and sink (BP). We also suggested that in SRP-limited freshwater systems bacteria are capable of breaking down autochthonous DOC to reduce the chance of DOC accumulation during transport even dam construction continues to increase.

  15. Alkaline phosphatase fusions to the respiratory syncytial virus F protein as an approach to analyze its membrane topology.

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    Martin-Gallardo, A; Deich, R A; Fien, K A; Metcalf, B J; Anilionis, A; Paradiso, P R

    1989-11-01

    Manoil and Beckwith (1985) have constructed a transposon, TnphoA, that permits the generation of hybrid proteins composed of alkaline phosphatase (AP) lacking its signal peptide fused to amino-terminal sequences of other proteins. This transposon has been used to localize export signals and analyze membrane topology of bacterial proteins. We have applied this approach to the membrane fusion protein (F) of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The transposon TnphoA and a plasmid directing bacterial expression of the F gene were used to construct F-AP hybrids. These hybrids yielded AP activity, indicating the presence of viral sequences that promoted protein transport through the cytoplasmic membrane. Sequence analysis showed that TnphoA was inserted at four different positions within the F1 subunit. Deletion of the hydrophobic F1 amino-terminus (fusion-related domain) resulted in AP transport to the periplasm, suggesting that the hydrophobic amino-terminus of the F2 subunit is sufficient to promote protein export. Some hybrids were apparently cleaved at or near the F2/F1 junction. The periplasmic localization of an uncleaved hybrid strongly suggested that the fusion-related domain of the F protein, when in the uncleaved F0 precursor, can be moved across the bacterial cytoplasmic membrane. Although these results apply to the recombinant F protein, they agree with the presumed signal sequence and membrane topology of the native F glycoprotein. Thus, this method may be useful in determining membrane topology and in localizing important domains of viral proteins. PMID:2558867

  16. Photoinduced electron transfer between Fe(III) and adenosine triphosphate-BODIPY conjugates: Application to alkaline-phosphatase-linked immunoassay.

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    Lin, Jia-Hui; Yang, Ya-Chun; Shih, Ya-Chen; Hung, Szu-Ying; Lu, Chi-Yu; Tseng, Wei-Lung

    2016-03-15

    Fluorescent boron dipyrromethene (BODIPY) analogs are often used as sensors for detecting various species because of their relatively high extinction coefficients, outstanding fluorescence quantum yields, photostability, and pH-independent fluorescence. However, there is little-to-no information in the literature that describes the use of BODIPY analogs for detecting alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity and inhibition. This study discovered that the fluorescence of BODIPY-conjugated adenosine triphosphate (BODIPY-ATP) was quenched by Fe(III) ions through photoinduced electron transfer. The ALP-catalyzed hydrolysis of BODIPY-ATP resulted in the formation of BODIPY-adenosine and phosphate ions. The fluorescence of the generated BODIPY-adenosine was insensitive to the change in the concentration of Fe(III) ions. Thus, the Fe(III)-induced fluorescence quenching of BODIPY-ATP can be paired with its ALP-mediated dephosphorylation to design a turn-on fluorescence probe for ALP sensing. A method detection limit at a signal-to-noise ratio of 3 for ALP was estimated to be 0.02units/L (~6pM; 1ng/mL). This probe was used for the screening of ALP inhibitors, including Na3VO4, imidazole, and arginine. Because ALP is widely used in enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays, the probe was coupled to an ALP-linked immunosorbent assay for the sensitive and selective detection of immunoglobulin G (IgG). The lowest detectable concentration for IgG in this system was 5ng/mL. Compared with the use of 3,6-fluorescein diphosphate as a signal reporter in an ALP-linked immunosorbent assay, the proposed system provided comparable sensitivity, large linear range, and high stability over temperature and pH changes. PMID:26409025

  17. Presence and patterns of alkaline phosphatase activity and phosphorus cycling in natural riparian zones under changing nutrient conditions

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    Peifang Wang

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Phosphorus (P is an important limiting nutrient in aquatic ecosystems and knowledge of P cycling is fundamental for reducing harmful algae blooms and other negative effects in water. Despite their importance, the characteristics of P cycling under changing nutrient conditions in shallow lakes were poorly investigated. In this study, in situ incubation experiments were conducted in a natural riparian zone in the main diversion channel used for water transfer into Lake Taihu (Wangyu River. Variations in microbial biomass, dissolved P fractions (organic and inorganic, and alkaline phosphatase activity (bulk APA and specific APA were determined after incubation with and without the addition of P and nitrogen (N (4 total water treatments: +P, +N, +NP, and control. Experiments were conducted during two seasons (late spring and early fall to account for natural differences in nutrient levels that may occur in situ. Our results demonstrated that low levels of DRP may not necessarily indicate P limitation. Phytoplankton exhibited “serial N limitation with P stress” in May, such that chlorophyll a (Chl a increased significantly with N addition, while the limiting nutrient shifted to P in October and phytoplankton biomass increased with P addition. Phytoplankton contributed greatly to APA production and was significantly influenced by P bioavailability, yet high levels of bulk APA were also not necessarily indicative of P limitation. In contrast to phytoplankton, bacteria were less P stressed. As a consequence of enhanced utilization of dissolved reactive P (DRP and dissolved organic P (DOP, +N treatment elevated APA significantly. By contrast, APA could be repressed to low values and phytoplankton converted a large portion of DRP to DOP with P addition. But this was not consistent with bacteria APA (bact-APA in the absence or presence of abundant phytoplankton biomass. The correlation between bulk APA and DRP was good at separate sites and discrepant for the whole data set. Regulation of APA was demonstrated by an inverse hyperbolic relationship between bulk APA, specific APA, and DRP, with a transition from high to low activity occurring between 20 and 50 ?g L-1. This study provides a better understanding of how APA and P cycling change with nutrient perturbations in Lake Taihu system. The obtained results can help understanding the process of P cycling in water and providing a reference for nutrient control in the water transfer project.

  18. Resveratrol Increases Bone Mineral Density and Bone Alkaline Phosphatase in Obese Men : A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial

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    Ornstrup, Marie Juul; HarslØf, Torben

    2014-01-01

    Context: Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is associated with low-grade inflammation, which may harmfully affect bone. Resveratrol (RSV) possesses anti-inflammatory properties, and rodent studies suggest bone protective effects. Objective: This study sought to evaluate effects of RSV treatment on bone in men with MetS. Setting and Design: The study was conducted at Aarhus University Hospital as a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial assessing changes in bone turnover markers, bone mineral density (BMD), and geometry. Participants: The study population comprised 74 middle-aged obese men with MetS recruited from the general community, of which 66 completed all visits. Mean age of participants was 49.3 ± 6.3 years and mean body mass index was 33.7 ± 3.6 kg/m(2). Intervention: Oral treatment with 1.000 mg RSV (RSVhigh), 150mg RSV (RSVlow), or placebo daily for 16 weeks. Main Outcome Measure: Prespecified primary endpoint was change in bone alkaline phosphatase (BAP). Results: BAP increased dose dependently with RSV (R = 0.471, P < .001), resulting in a significantly greater increase in BAP in the RSVhigh group compared with placebo at all time-points (week 4, 16.4 ± 4.2%, P < .001; week 8, 16.5 ± 4.1%, P < .001; week 16, 15.2 ± 3.7%, P < .001). Lumbar spine trabecular volumetric bone mineral density (LS vBMDtrab) also increased dose dependently with RSV (R = 0.268, P = .036), with a significant increase of 2.6 ± 1.3% in the RSVhigh group compared with placebo (P = .043). In addition, changes in BAP and LS vBMDtrab were positively correlated (R = 0.281, P = .027). No consistent changes were detected in bone density at the hip. Conclusions: Our data suggest that high-dose RSV supplementation positively affects bone, primarily by stimulating formation or mineralization. Future studies of longer duration comprising populations at risk of osteoporosis are needed to confirm these results.

  19. Subcellular localisation and properties of histone phosphate phosphatase in human polymorphonuclear leukocytes: alterations in pregnancy and chronic granulocytic leukaemia and relationship to alkaline phosphatase

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    Using [32P]histone as substrate, an assay for histone phosphate phosphatase was optimised for human polymorphonuclear leukocytes. Kinetic studies showed that the activity was optimal at pH 6.8, was stimulated by Mn2+ and Co2+, and inhibited by sodium sulphite and zinc chloride. The apparent Ksub(m) of the enzyme for histone phosphate was 0.89 ?mol/l. (Auth.)

  20. A Rapid Lateral Flow Immunoassay for the Detection of Tyrosine Phosphatase-Like Protein IA-2 Autoantibodies in Human Serum

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    Kikkas, Ingrid; Mallone, Roberto; Larger, Etienne; Volland, Hervé; Morel, Nathalie

    2014-01-01

    Type 1 diabetes (T1D) results from the destruction of pancreatic insulin-producing beta cells and is strongly associated with the presence of islet autoantibodies. Autoantibodies to tyrosine phosphatase-like protein IA-2 (IA-2As) are considered to be highly predictive markers of T1D. We developed a novel lateral flow immunoassay (LFIA) based on a bridging format for the rapid detection of IA-2As in human serum samples. In this assay, one site of the IA-2As is bound to HA-tagged-IA-2, which is...

  1. Escherichia coli alkaline phosphatase: X-ray structural studies of a mutant enzyme (His-412-->Asn) at one of the catalytically important zinc binding sites.

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    Ma, L.; Tibbitts, T. T.; Kantrowitz, E R

    1995-01-01

    The X-ray structure of a mutant version of Escherichia coli alkaline phosphatase (H412N) in which His-412 was replaced by Asn has been determined at both low (-Zn) and high (+Zn) concentrations of zinc. In the wild-type structure, His-412 is a direct ligand to one of the two catalytically critical zinc atoms (Zn1) in the active site. Characterization of the H412N enzyme in solution revealed that the mutant enzyme required high concentrations of zinc for maximal activity and for high substrate...

  2. Aedes aegypti alkaline phosphatase ALP1 is a functional receptor of Bacillus thuringiensis Cry4Ba and Cry11Aa toxins

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    Jiménez, Alan I.; Reyes, Esmeralda Z.; Cancino-Rodezno, Angeles; Bedoya-Pérez, Leidy P.; Caballero-Flores, Gustavo G.; Muriel-Millan, Luis F.; Likitvivatanavong, Supaporn; Gill, Sarjeet S; Bravo, Alejandra; Soberón, Mario

    2012-01-01

    Bacillus thuringiensis subs. israelensis produces at least three Cry toxins (Cry4Aa, Cry4Ba, and Cry11Aa) that are active against Aedes aegypti larvae. Previous work characterized a GPI-anchored alkaline phosphatase (ALP1) as a Cry11Aa binding molecule from the gut of A. aegypti larvae. We show here that Cry4Ba binds ALP1, and that the binding and toxicity of Cry4Ba mutants located in loop 2 of domain II is correlated. Also, we analyzed the contribution of ALP1 towards the toxicity of Cry4Ba ...

  3. Identification of the genetic locus for the structural gene and a new regulatory gene for the synthesis of repressible alkaline phosphatase in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Kaneko, Y; Toh-E, A; Oshima, Y

    1982-01-01

    Two lines of evidence showed that the PHO8 gene encodes the structure of repressible, nonspecific alkaline phosphatase in Saccharomyces cerevisiae: (i) the enzyme produced by a temperature-sensitive pho8 mutant at the permissive temperature (25 degrees C) was more thermolabile than that of the wild-type strain, and (ii) the PHO8 gene showed a gene dosage effect on the enzyme activity. The pho8 locus has been mapped on chromosome IV, 8 centimorgans distal to rna3. A new mutant carrying the pho...

  4. The evaluation of 25-hydroxy vitamin D, calcium, phosphate and alkaline phosphatase levels in epileptic children under antiepileptic medication

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available "n 800x600 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE AR-SA MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1":*{behavior:url(#ieooui } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";} Background: Epilepsy is a common disease in the pediatric neurology. There are frequent anti-epileptic drugs which are used in management of epilepsy. Anti-epileptic drugs may have some complications on bone and vitamin-D metabolism. In this study we aimed to evaluate vitamin-D metabolism in epileptic children."n"nMethods: The study was a prospective and cross sectional one. A total 89 epileptic children who were taking anti-epileptic drugs for longer than six months with no underlying disorder in Imam Khomeini and Bahrami Hospitals in Tehran, Iran were enrolled in our study"n"nResults: Forty nine boys and 40 girls were enrolled in this study; mean age of the patients was 7.8±2.1 years. Mean duration of anti-epileptic drug therapy was 2.3 years (SD=0.4, 70 of patients were under monotherapy and 19 were under polytherapy. None of the patients had signs of rickets. Serum calcium and phosphor levels were within normal ranges. Serum alkaline phosphates levels were increased more than two times in 43%. 42% had vitamin-D deficiency (25-OH Vit D<10 ng/ml and another 33% had vitamin-D insufficiency (10<25-oh Vit D<20 ng/ml. 29 patients (32% were taking prophylactic supplemental Vit D (200-400 IU/day. There was significant difference between patients taking supplemental vitamin-D as prophylaxis and patients who did not (p=0.04. There was no significant difference in vitamin-D levels between patients according to age, gender or different drugs."n"nConclusion: Periodic measurement of 25-hydroxy vitamin-D is recommended in epileptic children taking anti-epileptic dugs. Supplemental vitamin-D administration in such patients may be helpful.

  5. Changes in endonuclease activity with acid and alkaline pH in rat blood serum after whole-body ?-irradiation

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    Using the method of electrophoresis in agar gel of superhelical plasmid DNA, which served as a substrate for determining endonuclease activity, the authors showed that the same radiation dose influenced in a different way the activity of acid and alkaline DNAases in rat blood serum. At early times (3-6 h) following irradiation, the activity of acid nucleases increaed whereas that of alkaline DNAases decreased

  6. The synthesis of Phosphate-repressible alkaline phosphatase do not appear to be regulated by ambient pH in the filamentous mould Neurospora crassa

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    Nozawa Sérgio R.

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to investigate further the adaptive response of moulds to ambient pH, we have measured by ELISA the pho-2-encoded Pi-repressible alkaline phosphatase synthesised by Neurospora crassa. We showed that the 74A and pho-2A strains of this mould secrete similar amounts of the pho-2-encoded enzyme irrespective of ambient pH, when both the preg and pgov genes are not functional, i.e., in strains nuc-2+ growing under Pi-starvation. This suggests that pho-2, which is responsive to Pi starvation via the action of genes nuc-2, preg, pgov and nuc-1, is not a gene responsive to ambient pH and that the differential glycosylation observed for the Pi-repressible alkaline phosphatase retained by the mycelium at pH 5.6 or secreted into the growth medium at pH 8.0 is the genetic response to ambient pH sensing in N. crassa.

  7. Treatment of PCR products with exonuclease I and heat-labile alkaline phosphatase improves the visibility of combined bisulfite restriction analysis

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    Watanabe, Kousuke; Emoto, Noriko; Sunohara, Mitsuhiro; Kawakami, Masanori; Kage, Hidenori; Nagase, Takahide; Ohishi, Nobuya [Department of Respiratory Medicine, The University of Tokyo Hospital, 7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8655 (Japan); Takai, Daiya, E-mail: dtakai-ind@umin.ac.jp [Department of Clinical Laboratory, The University of Tokyo Hospital, 7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8655 (Japan)

    2010-08-27

    Research highlights: {yields} Incubating PCR products at a high temperature causes smears in gel electrophoresis. {yields} Smears interfere with the interpretation of methylation analysis using COBRA. {yields} Treatment with exonuclease I and heat-labile alkaline phosphatase eliminates smears. {yields} The elimination of smears improves the visibility of COBRA. -- Abstract: DNA methylation plays a vital role in the regulation of gene expression. Abnormal promoter hypermethylation is an important mechanism of inactivating tumor suppressor genes in human cancers. Combined bisulfite restriction analysis (COBRA) is a widely used method for identifying the DNA methylation of specific CpG sites. Here, we report that exonuclease I and heat-labile alkaline phosphatase can be used for PCR purification for COBRA, improving the visibility of gel electrophoresis after restriction digestion. This improvement is observed when restriction digestion is performed at a high temperature, such as 60 {sup o}C or 65 {sup o}C, with BstUI and TaqI, respectively. This simple method can be applied instead of DNA purification using spin columns or phenol/chloroform extraction. It can also be applied to other situations when PCR products are digested by thermophile-derived restriction enzymes, such as PCR restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis.

  8. Treatment of PCR products with exonuclease I and heat-labile alkaline phosphatase improves the visibility of combined bisulfite restriction analysis

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    Research highlights: ? Incubating PCR products at a high temperature causes smears in gel electrophoresis. ? Smears interfere with the interpretation of methylation analysis using COBRA. ? Treatment with exonuclease I and heat-labile alkaline phosphatase eliminates smears. ? The elimination of smears improves the visibility of COBRA. -- Abstract: DNA methylation plays a vital role in the regulation of gene expression. Abnormal promoter hypermethylation is an important mechanism of inactivating tumor suppressor genes in human cancers. Combined bisulfite restriction analysis (COBRA) is a widely used method for identifying the DNA methylation of specific CpG sites. Here, we report that exonuclease I and heat-labile alkaline phosphatase can be used for PCR purification for COBRA, improving the visibility of gel electrophoresis after restriction digestion. This improvement is observed when restriction digestion is performed at a high temperature, such as 60 oC or 65 oC, with BstUI and TaqI, respectively. This simple method can be applied instead of DNA purification using spin columns or phenol/chloroform extraction. It can also be applied to other situations when PCR products are digested by thermophile-derived restriction enzymes, such as PCR restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis.

  9. A Rapid Lateral Flow Immunoassay for the Detection of Tyrosine Phosphatase-Like Protein IA-2 Autoantibodies in Human Serum

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    Kikkas, Ingrid; Mallone, Roberto; Larger, Etienne; Volland, Hervé; Morel, Nathalie

    2014-01-01

    Type 1 diabetes (T1D) results from the destruction of pancreatic insulin-producing beta cells and is strongly associated with the presence of islet autoantibodies. Autoantibodies to tyrosine phosphatase-like protein IA-2 (IA-2As) are considered to be highly predictive markers of T1D. We developed a novel lateral flow immunoassay (LFIA) based on a bridging format for the rapid detection of IA-2As in human serum samples. In this assay, one site of the IA-2As is bound to HA-tagged-IA-2, which is subsequently captured on the anti-HA-Tag antibody-coated test line on the strip. The other site of the IA-2As is bound to biotinylated IA-2, allowing the complex to be visualized using colloidal gold nanoparticle-conjugated streptavidin. For this study, 35 serum samples from T1D patients and 44 control sera from non-diabetic individuals were analyzed with our novel assay and the results were correlated with two IA-2A ELISAs. Among the 35 serum samples from T1D patients, the IA-2A LFIA, the in-house IA-2A ELISA and the commercial IA-2A ELISA identified as positive 21, 29 and 30 IA-2A-positive sera, respectively. The major advantages of the IA-2A LFIA are its rapidity and simplicity. PMID:25047039

  10. Intestinal alkaline phosphatase activity as a molecular marker of enterotoxicity induced by single dose of 5-fluorouracil and protective role of orally administered glutamine

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    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. One of the critical limitations for the administration of the chemotherapy is the toxicity affecting normal tissue. The main target organs for 5-fluorouracil (5-FU toxicity in humans and experimental animals are the gastrointestinal tract, bone marrow, and skin. The cytotoxic effects of antimetabolite chemotherapy are based on their role as substrates for the same transport processes and enzymes involved in anabolism and catabolism as the natural substrates. The main goal of our study was to analyze the dose-dependent antiproliferative effects of 5-FU on intestinal mucosa, enterotoxic potential of 5-FU in experimental animals and to test possible protective role of glutamine. Methods. In our study, we used Sprague Dawley rats. The control group of rats included 50 animals, while the groups where either 5-fluorouracil (5-FU alone or 5-FU and glutamine were administered included 200 animals. All experimental animals were further stratified according to the experimental model (25 animals in each of 8 experimental subgroups of animals. The 5-FU was administered by intraperitoneal application in single dose of 0, 100, 200, 300, and 400 mg of 5-FU per kg of body weight. Water solution of 1% glutamine was prepared daily and administered orally, in volume of 200 ml, for 7 days continuously, after the 7th day of 5-FU administration. Experimental animals were sacrificed 7 days after the administration of 5-FU. The isolation of enterocytes was performed according to the method of Kralovansky et al. In cell homogenate obtained by described method, we determined the protein content using the Biuret method and the DNA content using the Burton reagent. The activities of enzymes alkaline phosphatase (ALP, glutathione S-transferase (GST, glutathione reductase (GR, and glutathione peroxidase (GPX were determined by kinetic method. All paraffin samples of the small intestine were stained by haematoxiline and eosine(HE method. All the experiments were done in duplicate and analyzed by standard statistical methods. All the experiments were done in duplicate and analyzed by standard statistical methods. Results: Our results of enterotoxicity induced by intraperitonealy administered 5-FU showed statistically significant decrease of DNA content in small intestine samples of experimental animals, decrease in activity of intestinal alkaline phosphatase enzyme and the increase in glutathione-dependent enzymes. The glutamine supplementation reduced 5-FU intestinal toxicity. Conclusion: Intestinal alkaline phosphatase is a good marker of the dose-dependent enterotoxicity induced by 5-fluorouracil.

  11. A phage-displayed chicken single-chain antibody fused to alkaline phosphatase detects Fusarium pathogens and their presence in cereal grains

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    Hu, Zu-Quan [Molecular Biotechnology Laboratory of Triticeae Crops, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070 (China); Li, He-Ping [Molecular Biotechnology Laboratory of Triticeae Crops, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070 (China); College of Life Science and Technology, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070 (China); Zhang, Jing-Bo [Molecular Biotechnology Laboratory of Triticeae Crops, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070 (China); College of Plant Science and Technology, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070 (China); Huang, Tao [Molecular Biotechnology Laboratory of Triticeae Crops, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070 (China); College of Life Science and Technology, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070 (China); Liu, Jin-Long; Xue, Sheng [Molecular Biotechnology Laboratory of Triticeae Crops, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070 (China); Wu, Ai-Bo [Institute for Agri-food Standards and Testing Technology, Laboratory of Quality and Safety Risk Assessment for Agro-products, Ministry of Agriculture, Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Sciences, 1000 Jinqi Road, Shanghai 201403 (China); Liao, Yu-Cai, E-mail: ycliao06@yahoo.com.cn [Molecular Biotechnology Laboratory of Triticeae Crops, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070 (China); College of Plant Science and Technology, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070 (China); National Center of Plant Gene Research, Wuhan 430070 (China)

    2013-02-18

    Graphical abstract: A phage-displayed chicken scFv antibody, FvSG7, binds on the surface antigen of conidiospores and the mycelia of F. verticillioides. Its fusion with alkaline phosphatase (AP) through a 218 linker displayed a 4-fold higher affinity compared with the parent scFv antibody and efficiently detected toxigenic Fusarium pathogens in cereal grains. Highlights: ► Generation of a highly reactive scFv antibody against F. verticillioides. ► Localization of the antibody binding to the surface target of F. verticillioides. ► Expression of the antibody–alkaline phosphatase (AP) fusion linked by a 218 linker. ► The antibody–AP fusion has a higher affinity than the parental antibody. ► The antibody–AP fusion detects toxigenic Fusarium pathogens in cereal grains. -- Abstract: Fusarium and its poisonous mycotoxins are distributed worldwide and are of particular interest in agriculture and food safety. A simple analytical method to detect pathogens is essential for forecasting diseases and controlling mycotoxins. This article describes a proposed method for convenient and sensitive detection of Fusarium pathogens that uses the fusion of single-chain variable fragment (scFv) and alkaline phosphatase (AP). A highly reactive scFv antibody specific to soluble cell wall-bound proteins (SCWPs) of F. verticillioides was selected from an immunized chicken phagemid library by phage display. The antibody was verified to bind on the surface of ungerminated conidiospores and mycelia of F. verticillioides. The scFv–AP fusion was constructed, and soluble expression in bacteria was confirmed. Both the antibody properties and enzymatic activity were retained, and the antigen-binding capacity of the fusion was enhanced by the addition of a linker. Surface plasmon resonance measurements confirmed that the fusion displayed 4-fold higher affinity compared with the fusion's parental scFv antibody. Immunoblot analyses showed that the fusion had good binding capacity to the components from SCWPs of F. verticillioides, and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays revealed that the detection limit of the fungus was below 10{sup −2} μg mL{sup −1}, superior to the scFv antibody. The fusion protein was able to detect fungal concentrations as low as 10{sup −3} mg g{sup −1} of maize grains in both naturally and artificially contaminated samples. Thus, the fusion can be applied in rapid and simple diagnosis of Fusarium contamination in field and stored grain or in food.

  12. A phage-displayed chicken single-chain antibody fused to alkaline phosphatase detects Fusarium pathogens and their presence in cereal grains

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    Graphical abstract: A phage-displayed chicken scFv antibody, FvSG7, binds on the surface antigen of conidiospores and the mycelia of F. verticillioides. Its fusion with alkaline phosphatase (AP) through a 218 linker displayed a 4-fold higher affinity compared with the parent scFv antibody and efficiently detected toxigenic Fusarium pathogens in cereal grains. Highlights: ► Generation of a highly reactive scFv antibody against F. verticillioides. ► Localization of the antibody binding to the surface target of F. verticillioides. ► Expression of the antibody–alkaline phosphatase (AP) fusion linked by a 218 linker. ► The antibody–AP fusion has a higher affinity than the parental antibody. ► The antibody–AP fusion detects toxigenic Fusarium pathogens in cereal grains. -- Abstract: Fusarium and its poisonous mycotoxins are distributed worldwide and are of particular interest in agriculture and food safety. A simple analytical method to detect pathogens is essential for forecasting diseases and controlling mycotoxins. This article describes a proposed method for convenient and sensitive detection of Fusarium pathogens that uses the fusion of single-chain variable fragment (scFv) and alkaline phosphatase (AP). A highly reactive scFv antibody specific to soluble cell wall-bound proteins (SCWPs) of F. verticillioides was selected from an immunized chicken phagemid library by phage display. The antibody was verified to bind on the surface of ungerminated conidiospores and mycelia of F. verticillioides. The scFv–AP fusion was constructed, and soluble expression in bacteria was confirmed. Both the antibody properties and enzymatic activity were retained, and the antigen-binding capacity of the fusion was enhanced by the addition of a linker. Surface plasmon resonance measurements confirmed that the fusion displayed 4-fold higher affinity compared with the fusion's parental scFv antibody. Immunoblot analyses showed that the fusion had good binding capacity to the components from SCWPs of F. verticillioides, and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays revealed that the detection limit of the fungus was below 10−2 μg mL−1, superior to the scFv antibody. The fusion protein was able to detect fungal concentrations as low as 10−3 mg g−1 of maize grains in both naturally and artificially contaminated samples. Thus, the fusion can be applied in rapid and simple diagnosis of Fusarium contamination in field and stored grain or in food

  13. Relation between serum PAP (prostate acid phosphatase) and bone scintigraphy in prostatic cancer

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    Seventy-seven patients with prostatic cancer were treated at our department in the last 5 years. Of these patients 30 cases were followed by bone scintigraphy and serum PAP. In 27 follow-up scintigraphy procedures changes of bone scintigraphy corresponded to changes in serum PAP levels. Changes of PAP levels did not always correspond to changes of scintigraphy, but almost all cases in which the level of PAP increased in a short period showed progression of bone metastasis. A 3-month interval between bone scintigraphy procedure in stage D2 prostatic cancer patients is generally recommended. However, we think that in prostatic cancer patients follow-up bone scintigraphy at regular short intervals is unnecessary if there is no change in serum PAP levels, symptoms or physical condition. Bone scintigraphy should be performed when the tumor marker changes rapidly or when any physical symptom appears. (author)

  14. Multiwalled carbon nanotube modified screen-printed electrodes for the detection of p-aminophenol: Optimisation and application in alkaline phosphatase-based assays

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    Carboxylated multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT-COOH) were used to modify the working electrode surface of different screen-printed electrodes. The effect of this modification on the electrodic characteristics (double layer capacitance, electroactive area and heterogeneous rate constants for the electron transfer) was evaluated and optimized for the cyclic voltammetric determination of p-aminophenol. The enzymatic hydrolysis of p-aminophenylphosphate was employed for the quantification of alkaline phosphatase, one of the most important label enzymes in immunoassays. Finally, ELISA assays were carried out to quantify pneumolysin using this enzymatic system. Results obtained indicated that low superficial densities of MWCNT-COOH (0.03-0.06 ?g mm-2) yielded the same electrodic improvements but with better analytical properties

  15. Labelling of T cell subsets under field conditions in tropical countries. Adaptation of the immuno-alkaline phosphatase staining method for blood smears.

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    Lisse, I M; Whittle, H

    1990-01-01

    Immuno-alkaline phosphatase (AP) staining for T cell subsets (CD4 and CD8) of smears from fingerprick blood functioned well under tropical climatic conditions when smears were stored frozen with silica gel before being labelled. Unlabelled smears were stored for up to 12 months and could be transferred abroad without antigenic damage. Identical total CD4 and CD8 counts were obtained on venous and capillary blood, when compared using a FACS analyser. Although the AP method gave somewhat higher total CD4 and CD8 counts, the ratio remained the same. The major advantages of the method are: (i) no expensive equipment is required, (ii) only minute amounts of blood are needed, and (iii) slides can be stored for long periods before labelling and can be preserved for later reading. The method is suitable for community studies where there is a need for assessing the immune status of the population.

  16. Chitosan nanofiber scaffold improves bone healing via stimulating trabecular bone production due to upregulation of the Runx2/osteocalcin/alkaline phosphatase signaling pathway

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    Ho, Ming-Hua; Yao, Chih-Jung; Liao, Mei-Hsiu; Lin, Pei-I; Liu, Shing-Hwa; Chen, Ruei-Ming

    2015-01-01

    Osteoblasts play critical roles in bone formation. Our previous study showed that chitosan nanofibers can stimulate osteoblast proliferation and maturation. This translational study used an animal model of bone defects to evaluate the effects of chitosan nanofiber scaffolds on bone healing and the possible mechanisms. In this study, we produced uniform chitosan nanofibers with fiber diameters of approximately 200 nm. A bone defect was surgically created in the proximal femurs of male C57LB/6 mice, and then the left femur was implanted with chitosan nanofiber scaffolds for 21 days and compared with the right femur, which served as a control. Histological analyses revealed that implantation of chitosan nanofiber scaffolds did not lead to hepatotoxicity or nephrotoxicity. Instead, imaging analyses by X-ray transmission and microcomputed tomography showed that implantation of chitosan nanofiber scaffolds improved bone healing compared with the control group. In parallel, microcomputed tomography and bone histomorphometric assays further demonstrated augmentation of the production of new trabecular bone in the chitosan nanofiber-treated group. Furthermore, implantation of chitosan nanofiber scaffolds led to a significant increase in the trabecular bone thickness but a reduction in the trabecular parameter factor. As to the mechanisms, analysis by confocal microscopy showed that implantation of chitosan nanofiber scaffolds increased levels of Runt-related transcription factor 2 (Runx2), a key transcription factor that regulates osteogenesis, in the bone defect sites. Successively, amounts of alkaline phosphatase and osteocalcin, two typical biomarkers that can simulate bone maturation, were augmented following implantation of chitosan nanofiber scaffolds. Taken together, this translational study showed a beneficial effect of chitosan nanofiber scaffolds on bone healing through stimulating trabecular bone production due to upregulation of Runx2-mediated alkaline phosphatase and osteocalcin gene expressions. Our results suggest the potential of chitosan nanofiber scaffolds for therapy of bone diseases, including bone defects and bone fractures. PMID:26451104

  17. Production and characterization of a single-chain variable fragment linked alkaline phosphatase fusion protein for detection of O,O-diethyl organophosphorus pesticides in a one-step enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay

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    A single-chain variable fragment (scFv) and alkaline phosphatase (AP) fusion protein for detection of O, O-diethyl organophosphorus pesticides (OPs) was produced and characterized. The scFv gene was prepared by cloning VL and VH genes from a hybridoma cell secreting monoclonal antibody with broad-s...

  18. Estado nutricional, consumo de lácteos y niveles séricos de calcio, fósforo y fosfatasas alcalinas en escolares de Mérida / Nutritional status, consumption of dairy products and levels sericos of calcium, phosphorus, and alkaline phosphatases in schoolchildren of Mérida

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    Lizbeth, Rojas; Gladys, Bastardo; Belquis, Sanz; G. Beatriz, Da Silva; Yurimay, Quintero de Rivas; Coromoto, Angarita; Maribel, Prada Briceño.

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó una investigación de Campo de Tipo Descriptiva Correlacional y de corte transversal para determinar el estado nutricional, consumo de lácteos y niveles séricos de calcio, fósforo, y fosfatasas alcalinas en escolares del 1er, 3er y 5to grado de la U.E "Rafael Antonio González" de la comuni [...] dad de Mesa Bolívar en el año 2007. La población estuvo conformada por la matricula escolar de 171 estudiantes. Se determinó la muestra con el método estratificado aleatorio simple, obteniéndose 47% de la matricula escolar, correspondiendo 80 niños distribuidos por grado: 21 niños en 1ero, 28 en 3ero y 31 en 5to, en edades comprendidas entre 6 a 12 años. Se determinó la cantidad y la frecuencia de consumo de productos lácteos para lo cual, se diseñó un cuestionario "ad hoc" contentivo de 10 ítems relacionados con la frecuencia de consumo, cantidad y tipo de lácteos. Se realizó evaluación nutricional a través de la Combinación de Indicadores (Peso para la Talla y Talla para la Edad) utilizando las tablas de Evaluación de la Organización Mundial de la Salud. Se determinaron los valores séricos de calcio, fósforo y fosfatasas alcalinas. Los escolares presentan 32,6% de malnutrición; tanto los niños (6-10 años y 11-12 años) como las niñas (8-12 años) presentaron un porcentaje de adecuación diario de calcio bajo (77,16%, 28,57% y 38,96%) respectivamente y 60% tienen hipocalcemia. Existe significancia estadística entre los niveles séricos de calcio y fósforo con el consumo diario promedio de calcio (p 0,05 y p 0,04). No hubo relación estadísticamente significativa entre el consumo de productos lácteos y el estado nutricional de los escolares. El estado nutricional de los escolares no depende del consumo diario de productos lácteos, sin embargo, dicho consumo si afecta los niveles séricos de calcio y fósforo. Abstract in english A cross-sectional descriptive correlational field research was conducted in order to determine the nutritional status, consumption of milk and serum levels of calcium, phosphorus, and alkaline phosphatase in students of 1st, 3rd and 5th grades of the "Rafael Antonio Gonzalez "school in Mesa Bolívar [...] in 2007. The population consisted of 171 students. We determined the sample with a simple random stratified method, yielding 47% of school enrollment, corresponding to 80 children distributed by grade: 21 children in 1st, 28 in 3rd, 31 in 5th, aged 6 to 12 years old. The amount and frequency of consumption of dairy products, with an "ad hoc" questionnaire designed containing 10 items related to the frequency of consumption, quantity and type of dairy product. Nutritional assessment was carried out by means of the combination of indicators (weight for height and height for age) using the tables of evaluation of the World Health Organization. Values were determined in serum calcium, phosphorus and alkaline phosphatase. The students had 32,6% of malnutrition, both boys (6-10 years and 11-12 years) and girls (8-12 years) had an adequate percentage of low calcium daily intake(77.16%, 28. 57% and 38.96%, respectively) and 60% had hypocalcemia. There is statistical significance between serum calcium and phosphorus with an average daily intake of calcium (p 0.05 and p 0.04). There was no statistically significant relationship between dairy products consumption and nutritional status of schoolchildren. The nutritional status of schoolchildren does not depend on daily consumption of dairy products, however, that consumption does affect serum calcium and phosphorus.

  19. Ecto-alkaline phosphatase activity identified at physiological pH range on intact P19 and HL-60 cells is induced by retinoic acid.

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    Scheibe, R J; Kuehl, H; Krautwald, S; Meissner, J D; Mueller, W H

    2000-01-01

    The activity of membrane-bound alkaline phosphatase (ALP) expressed on the external surface of cultured murine P19 teratocarcinoma and human HL-60 myeloblastic leukemia cells was studied at physiological pH using p-nitrophenylphosphate (pNPP) as substrate. The rate of substrate hydrolysis catalyzed by intact viable cells remained constant for eight successive incubations of 30 min and was optimal at micromolar substrate concentrations over the pH range 7.4-8.5. The value of apparent K(m) for pNPP in P19 and HL-60 cells was 120 microM. Hydrolytic activity of the ecto-enzyme at physiological pH decreased by the addition of levamisole, a specific and noncompetitive inhibitor of ALP (K(i) P19 = 57 microM; K(i) HL-60 = 50 microM). Inhibition of hydrolysis was reversed by removal of levamisole within 30 min. Retinoic acid (RA), which promotes the differentiation of P19 and HL-60 cells, induced levamisole-sensitive ecto-phosphohydrolase activity at pH 7.4. After its autophosphorylation by ecto-kinase activity, a 98-kDa membrane protein in P19 cells was found to be sensitive to ecto-ALP, and protein dephosphorylation increased after incubation of cells with RA for 24 h and 48 h. Orthovanadate, an inhibitor of all phosphatase activities, blocked the levamisole-sensitive dephosphorylation of the membrane phosphoproteins, while (R)-(-)-epinephrine reversed the effect by complexation of the inhibitor. The results demonstrate that the levamisole-sensitive phosphohydrolase activity on the cell surface is consistent with ecto-ALP activity degrading both physiological concentrations of exogenously added substrate and endogenous surface phosphoproteins under physiological pH conditions. The dephosphorylating properties of ecto-ALP are induced by RA, suggesting a specific function in differentiating P19 teratocarcinoma and HL-60 myeloblastic leukemia cells. PMID:10649440

  20. Conformational changes in the bilirubin-human serum albumin complex at extreme alkaline pH

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    Honoré, B; Frandsen, P C

    1986-01-01

    Light-absorption, c.d. and fluorescence of the bilirubin-albumin complex were investigated at extreme alkaline pH. Above pH 11.1 albumin binds the bilirubin molecule, twisted oppositely to the configuration at more neutral pH. On the basis of light-absorption it is shown that two alkaline transit...

  1. Stimulation by parathyroid hormone of sup 45 Ca sup 2+ uptake in osteoblast-like cells: Possible involvement of alkaline phosphatase

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    Fukayama, S.; Tashjian, A.H. Jr. (Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA (USA))

    1990-04-01

    We have investigated the actions of human PTH (hPTH-(1-34)) on the association of 45Ca2+ with two human (SaOS-2 and MG-63) and two rat (ROS 17/2.8 and UMR-106) osteoblast-like cell types. In SaOS-2 cells, hPTH-(1-34) binds to specific membrane receptors to activate adenylate cyclase. Treatment of SaOS-2 cells with hPTH-(1-34) resulted in an increase in 45Ca2+ uptake, in a dose-dependent fashion, up to 2- to 4-fold above control values. The increase was first evident at 10 min and persisted for at least 30 min. Treatment with nimodipine, a calcium channel antagonist, was without effect on the stimulatory action of PTH. A similar enhancement of cell-associated 45Ca2+ was observed when the cells were incubated with vasoactive intestinal peptide, which acts via different receptors to activate adenylate cyclase in SaOS-2 cells. Treatment with (Bu)2cAMP also induced an increase in cell-associated 45Ca2+. Pretreatment of SaOS-2 cells with hPTH-(1-34) for 4 h, which induced homologous desensitization to a second challenge with the same peptide for stimulation of cAMP production, did not attenuate the further enhancement of cell-associated 45Ca2+ by a second treatment with hPTH-(1-34). We then examined a possible relationship between alkaline phosphatase (ALPase) and 45Ca2+ uptake. SaOS-2 cells contained high levels of alkaline phosphatase activity and continuously released the enzyme into the medium. Release was enhanced by treatment with hPTH-(1-34) for 10 min. Incubation of cells with levamisole (an inhibitor of the liver/bone/kidney type of ALPase) resulted in a rapid decrease in basal and PTH-stimulated 45Ca2+ uptake, while treatment with L-Phe-Gly-Gly was without effect. Treatment of the cells with ALPase (bovine kidney) enhanced 45Ca2+ uptake. In MG-63 cells, a stimulatory effect of hPTH-(1-34) on cell-associated 45Ca2+ was also observed; however, hPTH-(1-34) did not stimulate cAMP production in MG-63 cells.

  2. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal diversity, root colonization, and soil alkaline phosphatase activity in response to maize-wheat rotation and no-tillage in North China.

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    Hu, Junli; Yang, Anna; Zhu, Anning; Wang, Junhua; Dai, Jue; Wong, Ming Hung; Lin, Xiangui

    2015-07-01

    Monitoring the effects of no-tillage (NT) in comparison with conventional tillage (CT) on soil microbes could improve our understanding of soil biochemical processes and thus help us to develop sound management strategies. The objective of this study was to compare the species composition and ecological function of soil arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi during the growth and rotation of crops under NT and CT. From late June 2009 to early June 2010, 32 topsoil (0-15 cm) samples from four individual plots per treatment (CT and NT) were collected at both the jointing and maturation stages of maize (Zea mays L.) and wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) from a long-term experimental field that was established in an Aquic Inceptisol in North China in June 2006. The AM fungal spores were isolated and identified and then used to calculate species diversity indices, including the Shannon- Wiener index (H'), Evenness (E), and Simpson's index (D). The root mycorrhizal colonization and soil alkaline phosphatase activity were also determined. A total of 34 species of AM fungi within nine genera were recorded. Compared with NT, CT negatively affected the soil AM fungal community at the maize sowing stage, leading to decreases in the average diversity indices (from 2.12, 0.79, and 0.82 to 1.79, 0.72, and 0.74 for H', E, and D, respectively), root mycorrhizal colonization (from 28% to 20%), soil alkaline phosphatase activity (from 0.24 to 0.19 mg/g/24 h) and available phosphorus concentration (from 17.4 to 10.5 mg/kg) at the maize jointing stage. However, reductions in diversity indices of H', E, and D were restored to 2.20, 0.81, and 0.84, respectively, at the maize maturation stage. CT should affect the community again at the wheat sowing stage; however, a similar restoration in the species diversity of AM fungi was completed before the wheat jointing stage, and the highest Jaccard index (0.800) for similarity in the species composition of soil AM fungi between CT and NT was recorded at the wheat maturation stage. Our results also demonstrated that NT resulted in the positive protection of the community structure of AM fungi and played an important role in maintaining their functionality especially for maize seedlings. PMID:26115994

  3. Targeting the active site of the placental isozyme of alkaline phosphatase by phage-displayed scFv antibodies selected by a specific uncompetitive inhibitor

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    Kala Mrinalini

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The isozymes of alkaline phosphatase, the tissue non-specific, intestinal and placental, have similar properties and a high degree of identity. The placental isozyme (PLAP is an oncofetal antigen expressed in several malignancies including choriocarcinoma, seminoma and ovarian carcinoma. We had earlier attempted to isolate PLAP-specific scFv from a synthetic human immunoglobulin library but were unable to do so, presumably because of the similarity between the isozymes. In this work, we have employed a PLAP-specific uncompetitive inhibitor, L-Phe-Gly-Gly, to select isozyme specific scFvs. An uncompetitive inhibitor binds to the enzyme in the presence of substrate and stabilizes the enzyme-substrate complex. Several uncompetitive inhibitors have varying degrees of isozyme specificity for human alkaline phosphatase isozymes. A specific uncompetitive inhibitor would be able to unmask conformational differences between the otherwise very similar molecules. Also, such inhibitors would be directed to regions at/close to the active site of the enzyme. In this work, the library was first incubated with PLAP and the bound clones then eluted by incubation with L-Phe-Gly-Gly along with the substrate, para-nitro phenyl phosphate (pNPP. The scFvs were then studied with regard to the biochemical modulation of their binding, isozyme specificity and effect on enzyme activity. Results Of 13 clones studied initially, the binding of 9 was inhibited by L-Phe-Gly-Gly (with pNPP and 2 clones were inhibited by pNPP alone. Two clones had absolute and 2 clones had partial specificity to PLAP. Two clones were cross-reactive with only one other isozyme. Three scFv clones, having an accessible His6-tag, were purified and studied for their modulation of enzyme activity. All the three scFvs inhibited PLAP activity with the kinetics of competitive inhibition. Cell ELISA could demonstrate binding of the specific scFvs to the cell surface expressed PLAP. Conclusion The results demonstrate the biochemical modulation of scFv binding. Also, the scFvs bound to the active site and denied the access to the substrate. The selection strategy could generate specific anti-enzyme antibodies to PLAP that can potentially be used for targeting, for modulating enzyme activity in in vitro and in vivo and as probes for the active site. This strategy also has a general application in selecting antibodies from combinatorial libraries to closely related molecules and conformations.

  4. Chitosan nanofiber scaffold improves bone healing via stimulating trabecular bone production due to upregulation of the Runx2/osteocalcin/alkaline phosphatase signaling pathway

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Ming-Hua Ho,1,2 Chih-Jung Yao,3 Mei-Hsiu Liao,4 Pei-I Lin,4 Shing-Hwa Liu,5 Ruei-Ming Chen2,4,6 1Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, 2Cell Physiology and Molecular Image Research Center, Taipei Medical University-Wan Fang Hospital, 3Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, 4Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, College of Medicine, Taipei Medical University, 5Institute of Toxicology, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, 6Anesthetics and Toxicology Research Center, Taipei Medical University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan Abstract: Osteoblasts play critical roles in bone formation. Our previous study showed that chitosan nanofibers can stimulate osteoblast proliferation and maturation. This translational study used an animal model of bone defects to evaluate the effects of chitosan nanofiber scaffolds on bone healing and the possible mechanisms. In this study, we produced uniform chitosan nanofibers with fiber diameters of approximately 200 nm. A bone defect was surgically created in the proximal femurs of male C57LB/6 mice, and then the left femur was implanted with chitosan nanofiber scaffolds for 21 days and compared with the right femur, which served as a control. Histological analyses revealed that implantation of chitosan nanofiber scaffolds did not lead to hepatotoxicity or nephrotoxicity. Instead, imaging analyses by X-ray transmission and microcomputed tomography showed that implantation of chitosan nanofiber scaffolds improved bone healing compared with the control group. In parallel, microcomputed tomography and bone histomorphometric assays further demonstrated augmentation of the production of new trabecular bone in the chitosan nanofiber-treated group. Furthermore, implantation of chitosan nanofiber scaffolds led to a significant increase in the trabecular bone thickness but a reduction in the trabecular parameter factor. As to the mechanisms, analysis by confocal microscopy showed that implantation of chitosan nanofiber scaffolds increased levels of Runt-related transcription factor 2 (Runx2, a key transcription factor that regulates osteogenesis, in the bone defect sites. Successively, amounts of alkaline phosphatase and osteocalcin, two typical biomarkers that can simulate bone maturation, were augmented following implantation of chitosan nanofiber scaffolds. Taken together, this translational study showed a beneficial effect of chitosan nanofiber scaffolds on bone healing through stimulating trabecular bone production due to upregulation of Runx2-mediated alkaline phosphatase and osteocalcin gene expressions. Our results suggest the potential of chitosan nanofiber scaffolds for therapy of bone diseases, including bone defects and bone fractures. Keywords: chitosan nanofibers, bone healing, micro-computed tomography, bone histomorphometry, Runx2/OCN/ALP

  5. Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1AbMod toxin counters tolerance associated with low cadherin expression but not that associated with low alkaline phosphatase expression in Manduca sexta.

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    Gómez, Isabel; Flores, Biviana; Bravo, Alejandra; Soberón, Mario

    2015-06-01

    To exert their toxic effect, Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ab toxin undergoes a sequential binding mechanism with different larval gut proteins including glycosyl-phosphatidyl-inositol anchored proteins like aminopeptidase-N (APN) or alkaline-phosphatase (ALP) and a transmembrane cadherin to form pre-pore structures that insert into the membrane. Cadherin binding induces oligomerization of the toxin by facilitating removal of the N-terminal region, while APN/ALP binding helps in oligomer membrane insertion. Cry1AbMod toxin was engineered to lack N-terminal region of the toxin and shown to counter resistance linked to cadherin mutations. In this manuscript we determined the toxicity of Cry1AbMod to Manduca sexta larvae silenced in the expression of cadherin, ALP or APN receptors. As previously reported Cry1Ab toxicity relied principally in ALP and cadherin in comparison to APN. Our data shows that Cry1AbMod counters resistance associated with low cadherin expression but was not effective against ALP silenced larvae. These results show that Cry1AbMod could be effective against resistance insects linked to mutations on binding molecules involved in toxin oligomerization but not against resistant insects linked to mutations on binding molecules involved in oligomer membrane insertion. PMID:25239508

  6. The antioxidant effects of vitamin C on liver enzymes: aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotranferease, alkaline phosphatase and gamma-glutamyltransferase activities in rats under Paraquat insult

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    Benjamin Nnamdi Okolonkwo

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Paraquat (PQ is a bipyridylium herbicide; applied around trees in orchards and between crop rows to control broad-leaved and grassy weeds. Its oxidation results in the formation of superoxides which causes damage to cellular components. In this study, we determined the antioxidant effect vitamin C has on the liver enzymes [aspartate aminotransferase (SGOT, alanine aminotranferease (SGPT, alkaline phosphatase (ALP, and gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT] of rats under this toxic insult. Male rats in groups (A, B, C and D were intraperitoneally injected with different sublethal increasing doses (0, 0.02, 0.04 and 0.06 g/kg body weigh of PQ respectively on monthly basis. Subsequently, the subgroups (A2, B2, C2 and D2 were given orally, 200 mg/L vitamin C, while the subgroups A1, B1, C1, and D1, received only water. Four animals per subgroup were decapitated on monthly basis and blood samples taken for enzyme assay. The parameters studied were - SGOT, SGPT, ALP and GGT - liver enzymes. The dose and time dependent PQ toxicity effect resulted in highly elevated Liver enzymes activities. The subgroups on vitamin C had significantly lower enzyme activities when compared to the same subgroups on only PQ insult. But the values were high when compared to the control subgroups (A1 and A2. These results were indication that vitamin C when given at moderate doses and maintained for a longer period could be a life saving adjunct to toxic insult.

  7. Partial Enteral Nutrition Preserves Elements of Gut Barrier Function, Including Innate Immunity, Intestinal Alkaline Phosphatase (IAP Level, and Intestinal Microbiota in Mice

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    Xiao Wan

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Lack of enteral nutrition (EN during parenteral nutrition (PN leads to higher incidence of infection because of gut barrier dysfunction. However, the effects of partial EN on intestina linnate immunity, intestinal alkaline phosphatase (IAP and microbiota remain unclear. The mice were randomized into six groups to receive either standard chow or isocaloric and isonitrogenous nutritional support with variable partial EN to PN ratios. Five days later, the mice were sacrificed and tissue samples were collected. Bacterial translocation, the levels of lysozyme, mucin 2 (MUC2, and IAP were analyzed. The composition of intestinal microbiota was analyzed by 16S rRNA pyrosequencing. Compared with chow, total parenteral nutrition (TPN resulted in a dysfunctional mucosal barrier, as evidenced by increased bacterial translocation (p < 0.05, loss of lysozyme, MUC2, and IAP, and changes in the gut microbiota (p < 0.001. Administration of 20% EN supplemented with PN significantly increased the concentrations of lysozyme, MUC2, IAP, and the mRNA levels of lysozyme and MUC2 (p < 0.001. The percentages of Bacteroidetes and Tenericutes were significantly lower in the 20% EN group than in the TPN group (p < 0.001. These changes were accompanied by maintained barrier function in bacterial culture (p < 0.05. Supplementation of PN with 20% EN preserves gut barrier function, by way of maintaining innate immunity, IAP and intestinal microbiota.

  8. Differences in growth and alkaline phosphatase activity between Microcystis aeruginosa and Chlorella pyrenoidosa in response to media with different organic phosphorus

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    Yang YU

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available The growth of Microcystis aeruginosa and Chlorella pyrenoidosa in three dissolved organic phosphorus sources (glucose-1- phosphate, adenosine triphosphate, cyclic-adenosine monophosphate were studied in cultures separated by a dialysis membrane. Results showed that M. aeruginosa and C. pyrenoidosa could utilize those three forms of organic phosphorus, but their growth rates and cell abundances were low in comparison with those in the orthophosphate control. M. aeruginosa had a higher growth rate than C. pyrenoidosa in glucose-1-phosphate, and then became dominate in the separate cultures. In contrast, those two algal species didn’t show any significant differences in the growth rate and cell abundance in the medium with adenosine triphosphate and cyclicadenosine monophosphate. Alkaline phosphatase was an important enzyme for hydrolyzing glucose-1-phosphate, adenosine triphosphate and cyclic-adenosine monophosphate, the activity of which was positively correlated with the growth rate of algae. Considering the big proportion of glucose-1-phosphate in the Lake Taihu, the capability of M. aeruginosa to efficiently utilize this type of organic phosphorus source might be one of reason that why M. aeruginosa is the dominant species in this hyper-eutrophic lake.

  9. The activities of carbonic anhydrase and alkaline phosphatase in ancient human bones. Purification and characterization of outer peripheral, cytosolic, inner peripheral, and integral CA.

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    Demir, Y; Demir, N; Yildirim, S; Nadaroglu, H; Karaosmanoglu, M; Bakan, E

    2001-08-01

    In the present study, bone carbonic anhydrase was isolated from ancient human bones and its characteristic features were determined. For this purpose, the skull bone of about 3000 years age was used. The purification was performed in four steps. Four different isoenzymes of CA, including outer peripheral, inner peripheral, integral, and cytosolic were purified and characterized. Affinity chromatography using Sepharose-4B-L-tyrosyn sulfanilamide as a support material was used in its purification. Two different methods were used for enzymatic activity determination: a) hydratase, and b) esterase methods. Bradford and Coomassie Brillant Blue methods were used for protein determination. Optimal pH, temperature, and molecular weight determinations were performed by conventional methods. The purification degree and the subunits, if present, were determined by SDS-PAGE. The effects of some chemicals on the enzyme were also investigated. The most cardinal finding was that the enzymatic activity has been found in antique human bone, showing some other enzymatic activity. That the alkaline phosphatase activity has been determined in the same sample supports the finding of carbonic anhydrase. PMID:11513093

  10. Echinococcus multilocularis alkaline phosphatase as a marker for metacestode damage induced by in vitro drug treatment with albendazole sulfoxide and albendazole sulfone.

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    Stettler, M; Siles-Lucas, M; Sarciron, E; Lawton, P; Gottstein, B; Hemphill, A

    2001-08-01

    Alveolar echinococcosis (AE) is caused by the metacestode stage of the fox tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis. The disease affects the human liver and occasionally other organs and is fatal if treatment is unsuccessful. The present chemotherapy of AE is based on the administration of benzimidazole carbamate derivatives, such as mebendazole and albendazole. Albendazole treatment has been found to be ineffective in some cases, parasitostatic rather than parasiticidal, and the recurrence rate is rather high. Therefore, chemotherapy usually involves the lifelong uptake of massive doses of albendazole and new treatment options are urgently needed. In order to avoid costly and time-consuming animal experimentation, a first step in searching for novel parasiticidal compounds could be the in vitro drug screening of novel compounds by employing metacestode cultivation. However, presently used techniques (e.g., transmission electron microscopy) for determination of parasite viability involve costly equipment and time-consuming preparation of rather large amounts of parasite material. We therefore searched for a parasite marker which can be easily traced and the presence or absence of which is indicative of parasite viability. In this study we show that the increase of E. multilocularis alkaline phosphatase activity in culture supernatants during in vitro drug treatment with albendazole derivatives correlates with the progressive degeneration and destruction of the metacestode tissue. The inexpensive and rapid assay presented here will serve as an ideal tool for performing first-round in vitro tests on the efficacy of a large number of antiparasitic compounds. PMID:11451682

  11. Bifunctional coating based on carboxymethyl chitosan with stable conjugated alkaline phosphatase for inhibiting bacterial adhesion and promoting osteogenic differentiation on titanium

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    Zheng, Dong; Neoh, Koon Gee; Kang, En-Tang

    2016-01-01

    In this work, alkaline phosphatase (ALP) was covalently immobilized on carboxymethyl chitosan (CMCS)-coated polydopamine (PDA)-functionalized Ti to achieve a bifunctional surface. Our results showed ?89% reduction in Staphylococcus epidermidis adhesion on this surface compared to that on pristine Ti. The ALP-modified Ti supported cell proliferation, and significantly enhanced cellular ALP activity and calcium deposition of osteoblasts, human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) and human adipose-derived stem cells (hADSCs). The extent of enhancement in the functions of these cells is dependent on the surface density of immobilized ALP. The substrate prepared using an ALP solution of 50 ?g/cm2 resulted in 44%, 54% and 129% increase in calcium deposited by osteoblasts, hMSCs and hADSCs, respectively, compared to those cultured on pristine Ti. The ALP-modified substrates also promoted the osteogenic differentiation of hMSCs and hADSCs by up-regulating gene expressions of runt-related transcription factor 2 (RUNX2), osterix (OSX), and osteocalcin (OC) in the two types of stem cells. The surface-immobilized ALP was stable after being subjected to 1 h immersion in 70% ethanol and autoclaving at 121 °C for 20 min. However, the enzymatic bioactivity of the surface-immobilized ALP was reduced by about 50% after these substrates were immersed in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) or PBS containing lysozyme for 14 days.

  12. Partial Enteral Nutrition Preserves Elements of Gut Barrier Function, Including Innate Immunity, Intestinal Alkaline Phosphatase (IAP) Level, and Intestinal Microbiota in Mice.

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    Wan, Xiao; Bi, Jingcheng; Gao, Xuejin; Tian, Feng; Wang, Xinying; Li, Ning; Li, Jieshou

    2015-08-01

    Lack of enteral nutrition (EN) during parenteral nutrition (PN) leads to higher incidence of infection because of gut barrier dysfunction. However, the effects of partial EN on intestina linnate immunity, intestinal alkaline phosphatase (IAP) and microbiota remain unclear. The mice were randomized into six groups to receive either standard chow or isocaloric and isonitrogenous nutritional support with variable partial EN to PN ratios. Five days later, the mice were sacrificed and tissue samples were collected. Bacterial translocation, the levels of lysozyme, mucin 2 (MUC2), and IAP were analyzed. The composition of intestinal microbiota was analyzed by 16S rRNA pyrosequencing. Compared with chow, total parenteral nutrition (TPN) resulted in a dysfunctional mucosal barrier, as evidenced by increased bacterial translocation (p TPN group (p < 0.001). These changes were accompanied by maintained barrier function in bacterial culture (p < 0.05). Supplementation of PN with 20% EN preserves gut barrier function, by way of maintaining innate immunity, IAP and intestinal microbiota. PMID:26247961

  13. Fluorescence detection of adenosine-5'-triphosphate and alkaline phosphatase based on the generation of CdS quantum dots

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    Liu, Siyu; Wang, Xinyan; Pang, Shu; Na, Weidan; Yan, Xu; Su, Xingguang, E-mail: suxg@jlu.edu.cn

    2014-05-01

    Highlights: • Cd²? reacts with S²? to generate fluorescent CdS QDs with ATP. • ATP can be hydrolyzed by the enzymatic dephosphorylation of ALP. • Fluorescent CdS QDs could not be generated in the presence of ALP. • The analysis system was successfully applied to assay ATP and ALP. Abstract: We have developed an analytical method to detect adenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) based on the generation of CdS quantum dots (QDs). We demonstrated that Cd²? cation reacts with S²?anion to generate fluorescent CdS QDs in the presence of some certain amount of ATP. With increase in the ATP concentration, the fluorescence intensity of CdS QDs was also enhanced. ATP can be converted into adenosine by the dephosphorylation of ALP, so that the generation of CdS QDs would be inhibited in the presence of ALP. Therefore, this novel analysis system could be applied to assay ATP and ALP based on the growth of fluorescent CdS QDs.

  14. Serum total and bone alkaline phosphatase and tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase activities for the assessment of bone fracture healing in dogs

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    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi estudar o padrão de variação da atividade sérica da fosfatase alcalina total (tALP, da isoenzima óssea da fosfatase alcalina (BALP e da fosfatase ácida resistente ao tartarato (TRAP, assim como a variação da concentração dos minerais séricos durante o processo de cicatrização de fraturas ósseas no cão. A variação sérica destes marcadores do metabolismo ósseo foi avaliada em nove cães com fraturas diafisárias fechadas de ossos longos, submetidas a tratamento cirúrgico para osteosíntese. Durante o período pós-operatório, sete animais evoluíram no sentido de uma normal união óssea, sendo que dois deles desenvolveram um processo de não união óssea. Foram observados, relativamente à BALP, valores de actividade sérica mais elevados e com diferença estatística (P<0,05 no grupo de animais que evoluiu no sentido de uma normal união óssea, comparativamente ao grupo de animais que evoluiu no sentido do processo de não união. No grupo de animais que evoluiu para a completa união óssea foram, adicionalmente, observados valores diminuidos (P<0,05 da atividade sérica da TRAP, até ao dia 60 do período pós-operatório seguido de uma elevação estatisticamente significativa após este período. Em conclusão, os biomarcadores do metabolismo ósseo poderão vir a constituir um método auxiliar de diagnóstico na monitorização do processo de cicatrização de fracturas ósseas, possibilitando, a detecção precoce de complicações pós-operatórias.

  15. Overexpression of tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase increases the expression of neurogenic differentiation markers in the human SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cell line.

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    Graser, Stephanie; Mentrup, Birgit; Schneider, Doris; Klein-Hitpass, Ludger; Jakob, Franz; Hofmann, Christine

    2015-10-01

    Patients suffering from the rare hereditary disease hypophosphatasia (HPP), which is based on mutations in the ALPL gene, tend to develop central nervous system (CNS) related issues like epileptic seizures and neuropsychiatric illnesses such as anxiety and depression, in addition to well-known problems with the mineralization of bones and teeth. Analyses of the molecular role of tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase (TNAP) in transgenic SH-SY5Y(TNAPhigh) neuroblastoma cells compared to SH-SY5Y(TNAPlow) cells indicate that the enzyme influences the expression levels of neuronal marker genes like RNA-binding protein, fox-1 homolog 3 (NEUN) and enolase 2, gamma neuronal (NSE) as well as microtubule-binding proteins like microtubule-associated protein 2 (MAP2) and microtubule-associated protein tau (TAU) during neurogenic differentiation. Fluorescence staining of SH-SY5Y(TNAPhigh) cells reveals TNAP localization throughout the whole length of the developed projection network and even synapsin ? co-localization with strong TNAP signals at some spots at least at the early time points of differentiation. Additional immunocytochemical staining shows higher MAP2 expression in SH-SY5Y(TNAPhigh) cells and further a distinct up-regulation of tau and MAP2 in the course of neurogenic differentiation. Interestingly, transgenic SH-SY5Y(TNAPhigh) cells are able to develop longer cellular processes compared to control cells after stimulation with all-trans retinoic acid (RA). Current therapies for HPP prioritize improvement of the bone phenotype. Unraveling the molecular role of TNAP in extraosseous tissues, like in the CNS, will help to improve treatment strategies for HPP patients. Taking this rare disease as a model may also help to dissect TNAP's role in neurodegenerative diseases and even improve future treatment of common pathologies. PMID:26032516

  16. Evaluation of Milk Trace Elements, Lactate Dehydrogenase, Alkaline Phosphatase and Aspartate Aminotransferase Activity of Subclinical Mastitis as and Indicator of Subclinical Mastitis in Riverine Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis).

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    Guha, Anirban; Gera, Sandeep; Sharma, Anshu

    2012-03-01

    Mastitis is a highly morbid disease that requires detection at the subclinical stage. Tropical countries like India mainly depend on milch buffaloes for milk. The present study was conducted to investigate whether the trace minerals viz. copper (Cu), iron (Fe), zinc (Zn), cobalt (Co) and manganese (Mn) and enzyme activity of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) in riverine buffalo milk can be used as an indicator of subclinical mastitis (SCM) with the aim of developing suitable diagnostic kit for SCM. Trace elements and enzyme activity in milk were estimated with Atomic absorption Spectrophotometer, GBC 932 plus and biochemical methods, respectively. Somatic cell count (SCC) was done microscopically. The cultural examination revealed Gram positive bacteria as the most prevalent etiological agent. A statistically significant (p<0.01) increase in SCC, Fe, Zn, Co and LDH occurred in SCM milk containing gram positive bacterial agents only. ALP was found to be elevated in milk infected by both gram positive and negative bacteria. The percent sensitivity, specificity and accuracy, predictive values and likelihood ratios were calculated taking bacterial culture examination and SCC≥2×10(5) cells/ml of milk as the benchmark. Only ALP and Zn, the former being superior, were found to be suitable for diagnosis of SCM irrespective of etiological agents. LDH, Co and Fe can be introduced in the screening programs where Gram positive bacteria are omnipresent. It is recommended that both ALP and Zn be measured together in milk to diagnose buffalo SCM, irrespective of etiology. PMID:25049573

  17. Short-term moderate hypothermia stimulates alkaline phosphatase activity and osteocalcin expression in osteoblasts by upregulating Runx2 and osterix in vitro.

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    Aisha, M D; Nor-Ashikin, M N K; Sharaniza, A B; Nawawi, H M; Kapitonova, M Y; Froemming, G R A

    2014-08-01

    Exposure of Normal Human Osteoblast cells (NHOst) to a period of hypothermia may interrupt their cellular functions, lead to changes in bone matrix and disrupt the balance between bone formation and resorption, resulting in bone loss or delayed fracture healing. To investigate this possibility, we exposed NHOst cells to moderate (35 °C) and severe (27 °C) hypothermia for 1, 12, 24 and 72 h. The effects of hypothermia with respect to cell cytoskeleton organization, metabolic activity and the expression of cold shock chaperone proteins, osteoblast transcription factors and functional markers, were examined. Our findings showed that prolonged moderate hypothermia retained the polymerization of the cytoskeletal components. NHOst cell metabolism was affected differently according to hypothermia severity. The osteoblast transcription factors Runx2 and osterix were necessary for the transcription and translation of bone matrix proteins, where alkaline phosphatase (Alp) activity and osteocalcin (OCN) bone protein were over expressed under hypothermic conditions. Consequently, bone mineralization was stimulated after exposure to moderate hypothermia for 1 week, indicating bone function was not impaired. The cold shock chaperone protein Rbm3 was significantly upregulated (p<0.001) during the cellular stress adaption under hypothermic conditions. We suggest that Rbm3 has a dual function: one as a chaperone protein that stabilizes mRNA transcripts and a second one in enhancing the transcription of Alp and Ocn genes. Our studies demonstrated that hypothermia permitted the in vitro maturation of NHOst cells probably through an osterix-dependent pathway. For that reason, we suggest that moderate hypothermia can be clinically applied to counteract heat production at the fracture site that delays fracture healing. PMID:24928274

  18. Development of a single-chain variable fragment-alkaline phosphatase fusion protein and a sensitive direct competitive chemiluminescent enzyme immunoassay for detection of ractopamine in pork.

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    Dong, Jie-Xian; Li, Zhen-Feng; Lei, Hong-Tao; Sun, Yuan-Ming; Ducancel, Frédéric; Xu, Zhen-Lin; Boulain, Jean-Claude; Yang, Jin-Yi; Shen, Yu-Dong; Wang, Hong

    2012-07-29

    A rapid, sensitive chemiluminescent enzyme immunoassay (CLEIA) for ractopamine (RAC) based on a single-chain variable fragment (scFv)-alkaline phosphatase (AP) fusion protein was developed. The scFv gene was prepared by cloning the heavy- and light-chain variable region genes (V(H) and V(L)) from hybridoma cell line AC2, which secretes antibodies against RAC, and assembling V(H) and V(L) genes with a linker by means of splicing overlap extension polymerase chain reaction. The resulting scFv gene was inserted into the expression vector pLIP6/GN containing AP to produce the fusion protein in Escherichia coli strain BL21. The purified scFv-AP fusion protein was used to develop a direct competitive CLEIA (dcCLEIA) protocol for detection of RAC. The average concentration required for 50% inhibition of binding and the limit of detection of the assay were 0.25±0.03 and 0.02±0.004 ng mL(-1), respectively, and the linear response range extended from 0.05 to 1.45 ng mL(-1). The assay was 10 times as sensitive as the corresponding enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay based on the same fusion protein. Cross-reactivity studies showed that the fusion protein did not cross react with RAC analogs. DcCLEIA was used to analyze RAC spiked pork samples, and the validation was confirmed by high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS). The results showed a good correlation between the data of dc-CLEIA and HPLC-MS (R(2)>0.99), indicating that the assay was an efficient analytical method for monitoring food safety. PMID:22769009

  19. Lineage Analysis of the Late Otocyst Stage Mouse Inner Ear by Transuterine Microinjection of A Retroviral Vector Encoding Alkaline Phosphatase and an Oligonucleotide Library

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    Jiang, Han; Wang, Lingyan; Beier, Kevin T.; Cepko, Constance L.; Fekete, Donna M.; Brigande, John V.

    2013-01-01

    The mammalian inner ear subserves the special senses of hearing and balance. The auditory and vestibular sensory epithelia consist of mechanically sensitive hair cells and associated supporting cells. Hearing loss and balance dysfunction are most frequently caused by compromise of hair cells and/or their innervating neurons. The development of gene- and cell-based therapeutics will benefit from a thorough understanding of the molecular basis of patterning and cell fate specification in the mammalian inner ear. This includes analyses of cell lineages and cell dispersals across anatomical boundaries (such as sensory versus nonsensory territories). The goal of this study was to conduct retroviral lineage analysis of the embryonic day 11.5(E11.5) mouse otic vesicle. A replication-defective retrovirus encoding human placental alkaline phosphatase (PLAP) and a variable 24-bp oligonucleotide tag was microinjected into the E11.5 mouse otocyst. PLAP-positive cells were microdissected from cryostat sections of the postnatal inner ear and subjected to nested PCR. PLAP-positive cells sharing the same sequence tag were assumed to have arisen from a common progenitor and are clonally related. Thirty five multicellular clones consisting of an average of 3.4 cells per clone were identified in the auditory and vestibular sensory epithelia, ganglia, spiral limbus, and stria vascularis. Vestibular hair cells in the posterior crista were related to one another, their supporting cells, and nonsensory epithelial cells lining the ampulla. In the organ of Corti, outer hair cells were related to a supporting cell type and were tightly clustered. By contrast, spiral ganglion neurons, interdental cells, and Claudius' cells were related to cells of the same type and could be dispersed over hundreds of microns. These data contribute new information about the developmental potential of mammalian otic precursors in vivo. PMID:23935981

  20. Down regulation of a gene for cadherin, but not alkaline phosphatase, associated with Cry1Ab resistance in the sugarcane borer Diatraea saccharalis.

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    Yang, Yunlong; Zhu, Yu Cheng; Ottea, James; Husseneder, Claudia; Leonard, B Rogers; Abel, Craig; Luttrell, Randall; Huang, Fangneng

    2011-01-01

    The sugarcane borer, Diatraea saccharalis, is a major target pest of transgenic corn expressing Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) proteins (i.e., Cry1Ab) in South America and the mid-southern region of the United States. Evolution of insecticide resistance in such target pests is a major threat to the durability of transgenic Bt crops. Understanding the pests' resistance mechanisms will facilitate development of effective strategies for delaying or countering resistance. Alterations in expression of cadherin- and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) have been associated with Bt resistance in several species of pest insects. In this study, neither the activity nor gene regulation of ALP was associated with Cry1Ab resistance in D. saccharalis. Total ALP enzymatic activity was similar between Cry1Ab-susceptible (Cry1Ab-SS) and -resistant (Cry1Ab-RR) strains of D. saccharalis. In addition, expression levels of three ALP genes were also similar between Cry1Ab-SS and -RR, and cDNA sequences did not differ between susceptible and resistant larvae. In contrast, altered expression of a midgut cadherin (DsCAD1) was associated with the Cry1Ab resistance. Whereas cDNA sequences of DsCAD1 were identical between the two strains, the transcript abundance of DsCAD1 was significantly lower in Cry1Ab-RR. To verify the involvement of DsCAD1 in susceptibility to Cry1Ab, RNA interference (RNAi) was employed to knock-down DsCAD1 expression in the susceptible larvae. Down-regulation of DsCAD1 expression by RNAi was functionally correlated with a decrease in Cry1Ab susceptibility. These results suggest that down-regulation of DsCAD1 is associated with resistance to Cry1Ab in D. saccharalis. PMID:21991350

  1. Genetic toggling of alkaline phosphatase folding reveals signal peptides for all major modes of transport across the inner membrane of bacteria.

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    Marrichi, Matthew; Camacho, Luis; Russell, David G; DeLisa, Matthew P

    2008-12-12

    Prediction of export pathway specificity in prokaryotes is a challenging endeavor due to the similar overall architecture of N-terminal signal peptides for the Sec-, SRP- (signal recognition particle), and Tat (twin arginine translocation)-dependent pathways. Thus, we sought to create a facile experimental strategy for unbiased discovery of pathway specificity conferred by N-terminal signals. Using a limited collection of Escherichia coli strains that allow protein oxidation in the cytoplasm or, conversely, disable protein oxidation in the periplasm, we were able to discriminate the specific mode of export for PhoA (alkaline phosphatase) fusions to signal peptides for all of the major modes of transport across the inner membrane (Sec, SRP, or Tat). Based on these findings, we developed a mini-Tn5 phoA approach to isolate pathway-specific export signals from libraries of random fusions between exported proteins and the phoA gene. Interestingly, we observed that reduced PhoA was exported in a Tat-independent manner when targeted for Tat export in the absence of the essential translocon component TatC. This suggests that initial docking to TatC serves as a key specificity determinant for Tat-specific routing of PhoA, and in its absence, substrates can be rerouted to the Sec pathway, provided they remain compatible with the Sec export mechanism. Finally, the utility of our approach was demonstrated by experimental verification that four secreted proteins from Mycobacterium tuberculosis carrying putative Tat signals are bona fide Tat substrates and thus represent potential Tat-dependent virulence factors in this important human pathogen. PMID:18819916

  2. Determination of trace alkaline phosphatase by affinity adsorption solid substrate room temperature phosphorimetry based on wheat germ agglutinin labeled with 8-quinolineboronic acid phosphorescent molecular switch and prediction of diseases

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    Liu, Jia-Ming; Gao, Hui; Li, Fei-Ming; Shi, Xiu-Mei; Lin, Chang-Qing; Lin, Li-Ping; Wang, Xin-Xing; Li, Zhi-Ming

    2010-09-01

    The 8-quinolineboronic acid phosphorescent molecular switch (abbreviated as PMS-8-QBA. Thereinto, 8-QBA is 8-quinolineboronic acid, and PMS is phosphorescent molecular switch) was found for the first time. PMS-8-QBA, which was in the "off" state, could only emit weak room temperature phosphorescence (RTP) on the acetyl cellulose membrane (ACM). However, PMS-8-QBA turned "on" automatically for its changed structure, causing that the RTP of 8-QBA in the system increased, after PMS-8-QBA-WGA (WGA is wheat germ agglutinin) was formed by reaction between -OH of PMS-8-QBA and -COOH of WGA. More interesting is that the -NH 2 of PMS-8-QBA-WGA could react with the -COOH of alkaline phosphatase (AP) to form the affinity adsorption (AA) product WGA-AP-WGA-8-QBA-PMS (containing -NH-CO- bond), which caused RTP of the system to greatly increase. Thus, affinity adsorption solid substrate room temperature phosphorimetry using PMS-8-QBA as labelling reagent (PMS-8-QBA-AA-SSRTP) for the determination of trace AP was established. The method had many advantages, such as high sensitivity (the detection limit (LD) was 2.5 zg spot -1. For sample volume of 0.40 ?l spot -1, corresponding concentration was 6.2 × 10 -18 g ml -1), good selectivity (the allowed concentration of coexisting material was higher, when the relative error was ±5%), high accuracy (applied to detection of AP content in serum samples, the result was coincided with those obtained by enzyme-linked immunoassay), which was suitable for the detection of trace AP content in serum samples and the forecast of human diseases. Meanwhile, the mechanism of PMS-8-QBA-AASSRTP was discussed. The new field of analytical application and clinic diagnosis technique of molecule switch are exploited, based on the phosphorescence characteristic of PMS-8-QBA, the AA reaction between WGA and AP, as well as the relation between AP content and human diseases. The research results promote the development and interpenetrate among molecule switch technique, lectin science and SSRTP.

  3. Development of a single-chain variable fragment-alkaline phosphatase fusion protein and a sensitive direct competitive chemiluminescent enzyme immunoassay for detection of ractopamine in pork

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    Dong Jiexian; Li Zhenfeng; Lei Hongtao; Sun Yuanming [Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Food Quality and Safety, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642 (China); Ducancel, Frederic [CEA, iBiTec-S, Service de Pharmacologie et d' Immnoanalyse (SPI), CEA Saclay, F-91191 Gif sur Yvette (France); Xu Zhenlin [Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Food Quality and Safety, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642 (China); Boulain, Jean-Claude [CEA, iBiTec-S, Service de Pharmacologie et d' Immnoanalyse (SPI), CEA Saclay, F-91191 Gif sur Yvette (France); Yang Jinyi; Shen Yudong [Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Food Quality and Safety, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642 (China); Wang Hong, E-mail: gzwhongd@63.com [Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Food Quality and Safety, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642 (China)

    2012-07-29

    Graphical abstract: Detection model of dc-CLEIA based on anti-RAC scFv-AP fusion protein. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The scFv-AP fusion protein against ractopamine (RAC) was produced. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A dc-CLEIA for RAC was developed based on the purified scFv-AP fusion protein. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The sensitivity of dc-CLEIA was 10 times as sensitive as dc-ELISA for RAC. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Recovery tests from pork samples were studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Good accuracy was obtained. - Abstract: A rapid, sensitive chemiluminescent enzyme immunoassay (CLEIA) for ractopamine (RAC) based on a single-chain variable fragment (scFv)-alkaline phosphatase (AP) fusion protein was developed. The scFv gene was prepared by cloning the heavy- and light-chain variable region genes (V{sub H} and V{sub L}) from hybridoma cell line AC2, which secretes antibodies against RAC, and assembling V{sub H} and V{sub L} genes with a linker by means of splicing overlap extension polymerase chain reaction. The resulting scFv gene was inserted into the expression vector pLIP6/GN containing AP to produce the fusion protein in Escherichia coli strain BL21. The purified scFv-AP fusion protein was used to develop a direct competitive CLEIA (dcCLEIA) protocol for detection of RAC. The average concentration required for 50% inhibition of binding and the limit of detection of the assay were 0.25 {+-} 0.03 and 0.02 {+-} 0.004 ng mL{sup -1}, respectively, and the linear response range extended from 0.05 to 1.45 ng mL{sup -1}. The assay was 10 times as sensitive as the corresponding enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay based on the same fusion protein. Cross-reactivity studies showed that the fusion protein did not cross react with RAC analogs. DcCLEIA was used to analyze RAC spiked pork samples, and the validation was confirmed by high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS). The results showed a good correlation between the data of dc-CLEIA and HPLC-MS (R{sup 2} > 0.99), indicating that the assay was an efficient analytical method for monitoring food safety.

  4. Adsorption kinetics and dilatational rheological studies for the soluble and anchored forms of alkaline phosphatase at the air/water interface

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    Luciano, Caseli; Douglas C., Masui; Rosa Prazeres M., Furriel; Francisco Assis, Leone; Maria Elisabete D., Zaniquelli.

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho apresenta aspectos de equilíbrio e dinâmicos da adsorção na interface ar/líquido de duas formas de fosfatase alcalina de placa óssea de ratos: DSAP, solubilizada com tensoativo não-iônico (C12E9), contendo uma âncora de glicosilfosfatidilinositol (GPI), e PLSAP, com a porção hidrofóbic [...] a da âncora clivada por fosfolipase-C. A tensão superficial dinâmica, gamadyn, e o módulo de elasticidade superficial dilatacional, épsilon, foram determinados para soluções de PLSAP, DSAP e C12E9 pelo método de oscilação harmônica e análise do formato da gota eixo-simétrica. Cinéticas de adsorção revelaram que DSAP adsorve trinta vezes mais rapidamente que PLSAP, apresentando um mínimo, e, para PLSAP, a tensão superficial cai continuamente. Para o sistema DSAP/C12E9, épsilon atinge um máximo na concentração crítica de agregação (CAC), mas para PLSAP, épsilon diminui continuamente com a concentração. Soluções de C12E9 apresentam épsilonmais elevados, decrescentes com a concentração. Um modelo, baseado na influência da âncora GPI, é proposto para explicar os resultados obtidos. Abstract in english This work presents equilibrium and dynamic aspects for the adsorption at the air/liquid interface of two rat osseous plate alkaline phosphatase forms: DSAP, solubilized by a surfactant, C12E9, and containing a glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchor; and PLSAP, resulting from phospholipase-C cleav [...] age of the hydrophobic portion of the GPI anchor. Dynamic surface tension, gammadyn, and surface elasticity modulus, epsilon, were determined for PLSAP, DSAP and pure C12E9 solutions using harmonic oscillation and axisymmetric drop shape analysis Adsorption kinetics studies revealed that DSAP adsorbs thirty times faster than PLSAP, presenting a minimum in the curve. For DSAP/ C12E9 mixed system, e increases with concentration and a maximum appears at the critical aggregation concentration (CAC). For PLSAP, a continuous decreasing with concentration for gammadyn and epsilon was observed. For pure C12E9 solution, the elasticity modulus increases with concentration and epsilon values are higher when compared to the mixed system. A model based on the influence of the GPI anchor is proposed.

  5. Development of a single-chain variable fragment-alkaline phosphatase fusion protein and a sensitive direct competitive chemiluminescent enzyme immunoassay for detection of ractopamine in pork

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    Graphical abstract: Detection model of dc-CLEIA based on anti-RAC scFv-AP fusion protein. Highlights: ? The scFv-AP fusion protein against ractopamine (RAC) was produced. ? A dc-CLEIA for RAC was developed based on the purified scFv-AP fusion protein. ? The sensitivity of dc-CLEIA was 10 times as sensitive as dc-ELISA for RAC. ? Recovery tests from pork samples were studied. ? Good accuracy was obtained. - Abstract: A rapid, sensitive chemiluminescent enzyme immunoassay (CLEIA) for ractopamine (RAC) based on a single-chain variable fragment (scFv)-alkaline phosphatase (AP) fusion protein was developed. The scFv gene was prepared by cloning the heavy- and light-chain variable region genes (VH and VL) from hybridoma cell line AC2, which secretes antibodies against RAC, and assembling VH and VL genes with a linker by means of splicing overlap extension polymerase chain reaction. The resulting scFv gene was inserted into the expression vector pLIP6/GN containing AP to produce the fusion protein in Escherichia coli strain BL21. The purified scFv-AP fusion protein was used to develop a direct competitive CLEIA (dcCLEIA) protocol for detection of RAC. The average concentration required for 50% inhibition of binding and the limit of detection of the assay were 0.25 ± 0.03 and 0.02 ± 0.004 ng mL?1, respectively, and the linear response range extended from 0.05 to 1.45 ng mL?1. The assay was 10 times as sensitive as the corresponding enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay based on the same fusion protein. Cross-reactivity studies showed that the fusion protein did not cross react with RAC analogs. DcCLEIA was used to analyze RAC spiked pork samples, and the validation was confirmed by high-performance liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC–MS). The results showed a good correlation between the data of dc-CLEIA and HPLC–MS (R2 > 0.99), indicating that the assay was an efficient analytical method for monitoring food safety.

  6. Comparison of micro- vs. nanostructured colloidal gelatin gels for sustained delivery of osteogenic proteins: Bone morphogenetic protein-2 and alkaline phosphatase.

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    Wang, Huanan; Boerman, Otto C; Sariibrahimoglu, Kemal; Li, Yubao; Jansen, John A; Leeuwenburgh, Sander C G

    2012-11-01

    Colloidal gels have recently emerged as a promising new class of materials for regenerative medicine by employing micro- and nanospheres as building blocks to assemble into integral scaffolds. To this end, physically crosslinked particulate networks are formed that are injectable yet cohesive. By varying the physicochemical properties of different particle populations, the suitability of colloidal gels for programmed delivery of multiple therapeutic proteins is superior over conventional monolithic gels that lack this strong capacity for controlled drug release. Colloidal gels made of biodegradable polymer micro- or nanospheres have been widely investigated over the past few years, but a direct comparison between micro- vs. nanostructured colloidal gels has not been made yet. Therefore, the current study has compared the viscoelastic properties and capacity for drug release of colloidal gels made of oppositely charged gelatin microspheres vs. nanospheres. Viscoelastic properties of the colloidal gelatin gels were characterized by rheology and simple injectability tests, and in vitro release of two selected osteogenic proteins (i.e. bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP)) from the colloidal gelatin gels was evaluated using radiolabeled BMP-2 and ALP. Nanostructured colloidal gelatin gels displayed superior viscoelastic properties over microsphere-based gels in terms of elasticity, injectability, structural integrity, and self-healing behavior upon severe network destruction. In contrast, microstructured colloidal gelatin gels exhibited poor gel strength and integrity, unfavorable injectability, and did not recover after shearing, resulting from the poor gel cohesion due to insufficiently strong interparticle forces. Regarding the capacity for drug delivery, sustained growth factor (BMP-2) release was obtained for both micro- and nanosphere-based gels, the kinetics of which were mainly depending on the particle size of gelatin spheres with the same crosslinking density. Therefore, the optimal gelatin carrier for drug delivery in terms of particle size and crosslinking density still needs to be established for specific clinical indications that require either short-term or long-term release. It can be concluded that nanostructured colloidal gelatin gels show great potential for sustained delivery of therapeutic proteins, whereas microstructured colloidal gelatin gels are not sufficiently cohesive as injectables for biomedical applications. PMID:22922022

  7. Site-specific mutations in the COOH-terminus of placental alkaline phosphatase: a single amino acid change converts a phosphatidylinositol- glycan-anchored protein to a secreted protein

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    Placental alkaline phosphatase (PLAP) is anchored in the plasma membrane by a phosphatidylinositol-glycan moiety (PI-glycan). PI-glycan is added posttranslationally to the nascent peptide chain after the removal of 29 amino acids from the COOH-terminus. The contribution of selected COOH-terminal amino acids to the signal for PI-glycan addition was tested by creating a fusion protein with the COOH-terminus of PLAP and a secreted protein and by mutagenesis of specific PLAP COOH- terminal amino ...

  8. Crucial role of alkaline sphingomyelinase in sphingomyelin digestion: a study on enzyme knockout mice

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    Zhang, Yao; Cheng, Yajun; Hansen, Gert H; Niels-Christiansen, Lise-Lotte; Koentgen, Frank; Ohlsson, Lena; Nilsson, Ake; Duan, Rui-Dong

    2011-01-01

    . The KO mice also showed significantly decreased radioactivity in liver and serum. Furthermore, alkaline phosphatase activity in the mucosa was reduced by 50% and histological comparison of two female littermates preliminarily suggested mucosal hypertrophy in KO mice. This study provides definite proof...

  9. Fosfatasa alcalina intestinal: una enzima con propiedades antiinflamatorias / Intestinal alkaline phosphatase: an enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties / Fosfatasse alcalina intestinal: uma enzima com propriedades anti-inflamatórias

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    Jean-Paul, Lallès; Jaime Parra, Suescún.

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Resumo Uma das principais funções da Fosfatasse Alcalina Intestinal (FAI) é a detoxificação dos lipopolissacarídeos (LPS) bacterianos para controlar a inflamação intestinal. Recentes publicações indicam que a FAI participa na detoxificação de outros compostos bacterianos (flagelina e motivos CpG do [...] DNA) e de muitos nucleotídeos libres (ATP, UDP). A FAI está involucrada de forma direita na recuperação tissular da inflamação pela Resolvina E1 (RvE1). A ação antiinflamatória da FAI melhora indiretamente a função da barreira intestinal e impacta a diversidade e a composição da microbiota. Diversas doenças intestinais, incluindo enterocolitis necrótica, doença celíaca e a inflamação crônica intestinal (inflammatory bowel disease, IBD) estão relacionados com diminuições na expressão e atividade da FAI. De outro jeito, uma elevada atividade da FAI no cólon é sinônimo de processos inflamatórios, devido a elevada concentração da isoforma tissular da Fosfatasse Alcalina não especifica (FANE), e a infiltração tissular pelos neutrófilos (que também contém FANE). A administração exógena da FAI reduz a inflamação intestinal/sistêmica (dependendo da via de administração) incluindo uns poucos testes no homem. Em conclusão, a homeostase intestinal e a preservação da saúde dependem em grande medida da capacidade da FAI para detoxificar os LPS e suprimir a inflamação metabólica induzida por estes. Embora, é preciso realizar pesquisas bem feitas sobre como os costumes alimentares podem modificar a detoxificação dos diferentes compostos proinflamatórios bacterianos e maximizar a Abstract in spanish Resumen Una de las principales funciones de la Fosfatasa Alcalina Intestinal (FAI) es la detoxificación de los lipopolisacáridos (LPS) bacterianos para controlar la inflamación intestinal. Recientes publicaciones indican que FAI participa en la detoxificación de otros compuestos bacterianos (flageli [...] na y motivos CpG de DNA) y de muchos nucleótidos libres (ATP, UDP). FAI está involucrada de manera directa en la recuperación tisular de la inflamación por la Resolvina E1. La acción antiinflamatoria de FAI mejora indirectamente la función de la barrera intestinal e impacta la diversidad y la composición de la microbiota. Diversas enfermedades intestinales, incluyendo enterocolitis necrótica, enfermedad celíaca y la inflamación crónica intestinal (o inflammatory bowel disease, IBD) están relacionadas con disminuciones en la expresión y actividad de FAI. Por otro lado, una elevada actividad de FAI en colon es sinónimo de procesos inflamatorios, debido a la elevada concentración de la isoforma tisular de Fosfatasa Alcalina no específica (FANE), y a la infiltración tisular por los neutrófilos (que también contienen FANE). En algunos ensayos en humanos se ha observado que la administración exógena de FAI reduce la inflamación intestinal/sistémica (dependiendo de la vía de administración). En conclusión, la homeóstasis intestinal y la preservación de la salud dependen en gran medida de la capacidad de FAI para detoxificar los LPS y suprimir la inflamación metabólica inducida por estos. Sin embargo, es necesario realizar investigaciones a fondo sobre como los hábitos alimenticios pueden modificar la detoxificación de los diferentes compuestos proinflamatorios bacterianos y maximizar la actividad de FAI Abstract in english Abstract One of the main functions of Intestinal Alkaline Phosphatase (FAI) is to detoxify bacterial lipopolysaccharides (LPS) to control intestinal inflammation. Recent data indicate that FAI participates in the detoxification of other bacterial compounds (flagellin and DNA CpG motifs) and many fre [...] e nucleotides (ATP, UDP). FAI is directly involved in the resolution of tissue inflammation mediated by Resolvin E1. The anti-inflammatory action of FAI indirectly improves the intestinal barrier function and affects the diversity of microbiota. Various intestinal diseases, including necrotizing enterocolit

  10. Altered alkaline phosphatase activity in obese Zucker rats liver respect to lean Zucker and Wistar rats discussed in terms of all putative roles ascribed to the enzyme

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    V. Bertone

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Biliary complications often lead to acute and chronic liver injury after orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT. Bile composition and secretion depend on the integrated action of all the components of the biliary tree, starting from hepatocytes. Fatty livers are often discarded as grafts for OLT, since they are extremely vulnerable to conventional cold storage (CS. However, the insufficiency of donors has stimulated research to improve the usage of such marginal organs as well as grafts. Our group has recently developed a machine perfusion system at subnormothermic temperature (20°C; MP20 that allows a marked improvement in preservation of fatty and even of normal rat livers as compared with CS. We sought to evaluate the response of the biliary tree of fatty liver to MP20, and a suitable marker was essential to this purpose. Alkaline phosphatase (AlkP, EC 3.1.3.1, frequently used as marker of membrane transport in hepatocytes and bile ducts, was our first choice. Since no histochemical data were available on AlkP distribution and activity in fatty liver, we have first settled to investigate AlkP activity in the steatotic liver of fatty Zucker rats (fa/fa, using as controls lean Zucker (fa/+ and normal Wistar rats. The AlkP reaction in Wistar rats was in accordance with the existing data and, in particular, was present in bile canaliculi of hepatocytes in the periportal region and midzone, in the canals of Hering and in small bile ducts but not in large bile ducts. In lean ZR liver the AlkP reaction in Hering canals and small bile ducts was similar to Wistar rat liver but hepatocytes had lower canalicular activity and besides presented moderate basolateral reaction. The difference between lean Zucker and Wistar rats, both phenotypically normal animals, could be related to the fact that lean Zucker rats are genotypically heterozygous for a recessive mutated allele. In fatty liver, the activity in ductules and small bile ducts was unchanged, but most hepatocytes were devoid of AlkP activity with the exception of clusters of macrosteatotic hepatocytes in the mid-zone, where the reaction was intense in basolateral domains and in distorted canaliculi, a typical pattern of cholestasis. The interpretation of these data was hindered by the fact that the physiological role of AlkP is still under debate. In the present study, the various functions proposed for the role of the enzyme in bile canaliculi and in cholangiocytes are reviewed. Independently of the AlkP role, our data suggest that AlkP does not seem to be a reliable marker to study the initial step of bile production during OLT of fatty livers, but may still be used to investigate the behaviour of bile ductules and small bile ducts.

  11. Structure of Acid phosphatases.

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    Araujo, César L; Vihko, Pirkko T

    2013-01-01

    Acid phosphatases are enzymes that have been studied extensively due to the fact that their dysregulation is associated with pathophysiological conditions. This characteristic has been exploited for the development of diagnostic and therapeutic methods. As an example, prostatic acid phosphatase was the first marker for metastatic prostate cancer diagnosis and the dysregulation of tartrate resistant acid phosphatase is associated with abnormal bone resorption linked to osteoporosis. The pioneering crystallization studies on prostatic acid phosphatase and mammalian tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase conformed significant milestones towards the elucidation of the mechanisms followed by these enzymes (Schneider et al., EMBO J 12:2609-2615, 1993). Acid phosphatases are also found in nonmammalian species such as bacteria, fungi, parasites, and plants, and most of them share structural similarities with mammalian acid phosphatase enzymes. Acid phosphatase (EC 3.1.3.2) enzymes catalyze the hydrolysis of phosphate monoesters following the general equation. Phosphate monoester + H2O -->/kinds of phosphatase activity. The search for more sensitive and specific methods of detection in clinical laboratory applications led to the development of radioimmunoassays (RIA) for determination of prostatic acid phosphatase in serum. These methods permit the direct quantification of the enzyme regardless of its activity status. Therefore, an independent structural classification exists that helps to group these enzymes according to their structural features and mechanisms. Based on this we can distinguish the histidine acid phosphatases (Van Etten, Ann N Y Acad Sci 390:27-51, 1982), the low molecular weight protein tyrosine acid phosphatases and the metal-ion dependent phosphatases. A note of caution is worthwhile mentioning here. The nomenclature of acid phosphatases has not been particularly easy for those new to the subject. Unfortunately, the acronym PAP is very common in the literature about purple acid phosphatases and prostatic acid phosphatase. In addition, LPAP is the acronym chosen to refer to the lysophosphatidic acid phosphatase which is a different enzyme. It is important to bear in mind this distinction while reviewing the literature to avoid confusion. PMID:23860654

  12. Aplicación del método inmunocitoquímico de la fosfatasa alcalina anti-fosfatasa alcalina para la clasificación inmunológica de las leucemias mieloides agudas Application of the alkaline phosphatase anti-alkaline phosphatase immunocytochemical method for the immunological classification of acute myeloid leukemias

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    Bertha B Socarrás Ferrer

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    Full Text Available Se realizó el inmunofenotipaje celular de 30 pacientes con el diagnóstico de leucemia mieloide aguda por el método inmunocitoquímico fosfatasa alcalina anti-fosfatasa alcalina (APAAP introducido en nuestro laboratorio. Los marcadores estudiados fueron: CD3, CD13, CD15, CD19, CD33 y CD41. Para el estudio se utilizaron extendidos de médula ósea o sangre periférica fijados en acetona pura e incubados con el respectivo anticuerpo monoclonal. Posteriormente se añadió la inmunoglobulina anti ratón obtenida en conejo ( Linking y por último, el complejo APAAP. Los períodos de incubación fueron de 30 minutos y se realizaron lavados con solución amortiguadora entre cada uno de los pasos. La lectura de las láminas se realizó en microscopio óptico y se consideró positivo cuando el número de células marcadas era mayor o igual a 20 %. De los pacientes estudiados, el 93,3 % y el 90 %, respectivamente, expresaron antígenos pan mieloides CD13 y CD33; 16 de ellos expresaron el CD15 (53,3 %; 3 el CD19 (10 % y 2 el CD41 (6,6 %. Se concluyó que el método APAAP es rápido y de bajo costo y puede ser aplicado con confiabilidad en la clasificación inmunológica de las leucemias mieloides agudasThe cellular immunophenotyping of 30 patients with the diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia was conducted by the alkaline phosphatase anti-alkaline phosphatase immunocytochemical method (APAAP introduced in our laboratory. The markers studied were: CD3, CD13, CD15, CD19, CD33 y CD41. Specimens of bone marrow or peripheral blood fixed in pure acetone and incubated with the respective monoclonal antibody were used for the study. Later on, the anti-mouse immunoglobulin obtained in rabbit (Linking was added and, finally, the APAAP complex. The incubation periods were of 30 minutes and lavages with buffer solution were carried out between one step and the other. The reading of the slides was performed on the optical microscope and it was considered positive when the number of marked cells was higher than or equal to 20 %. Of the studied patients, 93.3 % and 90 %, respectively, expressed panmyeloid antigens CD13 and CD33; 16 of them expressed the CD15 (53.3 %; 3 the CD19 (10 %; and 2 the CD41 (6.6 %. It was concluded that the APAAP method is rapid and inexpensive and that it may be reliably applied in the immunological classification of the acute myeloid leukemias

  13. Prostatic acid phosphatase in serum and semen of dogs / Fosfatasa ácida prostática en suero y semen de perros

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    CRF, Gadelha; WRR, Vicente; APC, Ribeiro; M, Apparicio; GJ, Covizzi; ACN, Campos.

    Full Text Available La incidencia de cáncer de próstata ha incrementado el uso de los marcadores celulares para detectar el cáncer en este tejido. Antígenos específicos del tejido o antígenos de diferenciación se encuentran en la superficie de las células normales. Clínicamente, estos antígenos son importantes para el [...] diagnóstico de alteraciones en estos tejidos y para la inmunoterapia. Este estudio trata de evaluar la importancia de la fosfatasa ácida prostática en la próstata canina e investigar su concentración en el suero y en el plasma seminal de perros saludables de diferentes edades. La concentración de fosfatasa ácida prostática en el plasma seminal y en el suero fue evaluada por espectrofotometría, utilizando un kit comercial. Los niveles de la fosfatasa ácida prostática (PAP) no fueron diferentes de acuerdo con la edad y no presentaron correlación con la edad o con las dimensiones de las próstatas verificadas por ecografía. Los valores de concentración de PAP presentaron una gran variación en cada grupo. Sin embargo, son necesarios más estudios para evaluar el papel de la fosfatasa ácida prostática en la próstata canina y su importancia como una prueba de diagnóstico para los trastornos de la próstata. Abstract in english The incidence of prostatic malignancy has increased the use of tissue markers to detect cancer. Tissue specific antigens or differentiation antigens are found on the surface of normal cells. Clinically, these antigens are important to diagnose alterations in the tissues and for immunotherapy. The ob [...] jective of the present study was to evaluate the prostatic acid phosphatase concentration in blood and seminal plasma of intact and healthy dogs at different ages. The evaluation was carried out by spectrophotometer, using a commercial kit. The prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP) levels did not differ according to the age and did not correlate with age or prostatic dimensions verified by ultrasonography. The PAP concentration values varied greatly within each group. However, more studies are necessary to evaluate the role of prostatic acid phosphatase in the canine prostate and its importance as a diagnostic test for prostate disorders.

  14. Application of Scharer's quantitative method for the determination of residual alkaline phosphatase activity in standard Minas / Aplicação do método modificado de Scharer para a determinação quantitativa da atividade de fosfatase alcalina residual em queijo minas padrão

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    C.F., Soares; L.M., Fonseca; M.O., Leite; M.C.P.P., Oliveira.

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    Full Text Available A pasteurização do leite é um ponto crítico na indústria de laticínios, e falhas nessa etapa comprometem a segurança do produto. O método enzimático de Scharer é tradicionalmente utilizado na verificação da eficiência da pasteurização e baseia-se na pesquisa da atividade de fosfatase alcalina residu [...] al em leite. Embora vários métodos estejam disponíveis para avaliar a eficiência da pasteurização, há um número reduzido de dados publicados baseados na quantificação da atividade da fosfatase alcalina em queijo. Neste estudo, o método modificado de Scharer foi utilizado para determinar os níveis de fosfatase alcalina residual em queijo minas padrão, antes e após 20 dias de maturação. Os queijos foram feitos com leite cru ou com leite pasteurizado com adição de diferentes concentrações de leite cru (0, 0,05%, 0,10%, 0,20% e 0,50%). Nas amostras de queijo fresco, o método apresentou sensibilidade apenas com 0,50% de adição de leite cru ao leite pasteurizado utilizado na fabricação de queijo. Em níveis de adição de até 0,20% de leite cru no leite pasteurizado, as concentrações de fenol se mostraram inferiores a 1?g de fenol/g de produto lácteo, que é o valor preconizado como indicador de pasteurização adequada. Abstract in english Milk pasteurization is a critical issue in the dairy industry, and failures in this process can affect final product safety. Scharer's enzymatic method is still traditionally used to verify pasteurization efficiency compliance, and it is based on screening for residual alkaline phosphatase in milk. [...] Although several methods are used to quantify enzymatic activity to assess milk pasteurization efficiency, there is a small amount of published data regarding the use of these methods to quantify alkaline phosphatase in cheese. In this study, the Scharer's modified method was used to determine the levels of residual alkaline phosphatase in standard minas cheese, before and after 20 days of ripening. The cheeses were made using raw or pasteurized milk with the addition of different concentrations of raw milk (0; 0.05%; 0.10%; 0.20%; and 0.50%). In the fresh cheese samples, the method showed a sensitivity of only 0.50% with the addition of raw milk to the pasteurized milk used to make cheese. In addition, levels of up 0.20% of raw milk in pasteurized milk, the concentrations of phenol was inferior to 1?g phenol/g of dairy product which is the preconized indicator value for adequate pasteurization.

  15. Serum and urinary measurements of prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP) and prostatic specific antigen (PSA) in dogs Mensurações sérica e urinária de fosfatase ácida prostática e antígeno prostático específico em cães

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    R.L. Amorim; V.M.B.D. De Moura; G.W. Di Santis; Bandarra, E P; Padovani, C.

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    Serum and urinary prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP) and prostatic specific antigen (PSA) from 20 dogs were measured. PAP and PSA tests were carried out in authomatized equipment with commercial kits used for humans. Mean PAP serum value was 0.7U/l and urinary 0.1U/l. Mean serum and urinary PSA were 0.005ng/dl and 0.004ng/dl, respectively. In vivo determination of these two biomarkers in dogs is a new form of diagnosis in veterinary medicine and these values should be correlated with the morpho...

  16. Experimental study on the usefulness of magnetotherapy in bone fractures (tibial osteotomy in the rat). Accumulation of 99 mTc MDP - tests of tensile strength - determination of alkaline phosphatase

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    Non-directional magnetic field therapy using a flux density of 60 G and a frequency of 25 Hz was carried out over 12 hours daily in rats in order to ascertain its influence on the healing process following osteotomy of the tibia with internal splint fixation of the fractured bone being carried out as an additional measure. The results thus achieved were compared to those seen in control animals, were no magnetotherapy was carried out, on the basis of scintiscan studies using 99 mTc MDP (degree of density in the callus formed around the fracture zone), the plasma levels of alkaline phosphatase and tests of tensile strength. The follow-up observations of the healing process were additionally based on radiological and histological evaluations of the animals. Beneficial effects of magnetotherapy on the healing process could not be confirmed with any statistical significance. (TRV)

  17. The dermatophyte Trichophyton rubrum secretes an EDTA-sensitive alkaline phosphatase on high-phosphate medium / O dermatófito Trichophyton rubrum secreta uma fosfatase alcalina EDTA-sensível em meio contendo alta concentração de fosfato

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    Monica S., Ferreira-Nozawa; Sérgio R., Nozawa; Nilce M., Martinez-Rossi; Antonio, Rossi.

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    Full Text Available Nesta comunicação nós mostramos que o crescimento do isolado H6 do dermatófito T. rubrum em meio não tamponado e sob condição saturante de fosfato, é dependente do pH inicial de cultivo, com um ótimo aparente em pH 4,0. Além disto, independente do pH inicial, o pH do meio se altera durante o cultivo [...] alcançando valores que variam de 8,3 a 8,9. Verificou-se também que este isolado sintetiza e secreta quase os mesmos níveis de fosfatase alcalina, com um ótimo de atividade aparente entre os valores de pH 9,0 e 10,0, independentemente da concentração de fosfato no meio. Também mostramos que essa fosfatase alcalina é inibida por EDTA e ativada por Mg2+. Por outro lado, o nível dessa enzima retida no micélio cultivado em meio tamponado em pH 5,0-5,2 é baixo, sugerindo que ela seja codificada por um gene alcalino, isto é, um gene responsivo à sinalização pelo pH ambiente. Abstract in english In this communication, we show that the growth of isolate H6 of the dermatophyte Trichophyton rubrum on non-buffered medium and under saturating phosphate conditions is dependent on the initial growth pH, with an apparent optimum at pH 4.0. In addition, irrespective of the initial growth pH, the pH [...] of the medium alteredduring cultivation reaching values that ranged from 8.3 to 8.9. Furthermore, this isolate synthesized and secreted almost the same levels of an alkaline phosphatase with an apparent optimum pH ranging from 9.0 to 10.0 when grown on both low- and high-phosphate medium. Also, this alkaline phosphatase is activated by Mg2+ and is EDTA-sensitive. On the other hand, the very low levels of the enzyme retained by the mycelium grown on buffered medium at pH 5.0-5.2 suggest that this enzyme is encoded by an alkaline gene, i.e., a gene responsive to ambient pH signaling.

  18. The Intestinal Epithelial Cell Differentiation Marker Intestinal Alkaline Phosphatase (ALPi) Is Selectively Induced by Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors (HDACi) in Colon Cancer Cells in a Kruppel-like Factor 5 (KLF5)-dependent Manner*

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    Shin, Joongho; Carr, Azadeh; Corner, Georgia A.; Tögel, Lars; Dávaos-Salas, Mercedes; Tran, Hoanh; Chueh, Anderly C.; Al-Obaidi, Sheren; Chionh, Fiona; Ahmed, Naseem; Buchanan, Daniel D.; Young, Joanne P.; Malo, Madhu S.; Hodin, Richard A.; Arango, Diego; Sieber, Oliver M.; Augenlicht, Leonard H.; Dhillon, Amardeep S.; Weber, Thomas K.; Mariadason, John M.

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    The histone deacetylase inhibitor (HDACi) sodium butyrate promotes differentiation of colon cancer cells as evidenced by induced expression and enzyme activity of the differentiation marker intestinal alkaline phosphatase (ALPi). Screening of a panel of 33 colon cancer cell lines identified cell lines sensitive (42%) and resistant (58%) to butyrate induction of ALP activity. This differential sensitivity was similarly evident following treatment with the structurally distinct HDACi, MS-275. Resistant cell lines were significantly enriched for those harboring the CpG island methylator phenotype (p = 0.036, Chi square test), and resistant cell lines harbored methylation of the ALPi promoter, particularly of a CpG site within a critical KLF/Sp regulatory element required for butyrate induction of ALPi promoter activity. However, butyrate induction of an exogenous ALPi promoter-reporter paralleled up-regulation of endogenous ALPi expression across the cell lines, suggesting the presence or absence of a key transcriptional regulator is the major determinant of ALPi induction. Through microarray profiling of sensitive and resistant cell lines, we identified KLF5 to be both basally more highly expressed as well as preferentially induced by butyrate in sensitive cell lines. KLF5 overexpression induced ALPi promoter-reporter activity in resistant cell lines, KLF5 knockdown attenuated butyrate induction of ALPi expression in sensitive lines, and butyrate selectively enhanced KLF5 binding to the ALPi promoter in sensitive cells. These findings demonstrate that butyrate induction of the cell differentiation marker ALPi is mediated through KLF5 and identifies subsets of colon cancer cell lines responsive and refractory to this effect. PMID:25037223

  19. Introducción del método inmunocitoquímico de la fosfatasa alcalina-antifosfatasa alcalina para la clasificación inmunológica de los Síndromes Linfo y Mieloproliferativos Agudos / Introduction of the alkaline phosphatase-alkaline antiphosphatase immunocytochemical method for the immunological classification of the acute lympho-and myeloproliferative syndromes

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    Berta B, Socarrás Ferrer; Vianed, Marsán Suárez; Miriam, Sánchez Segura; Consuelo, Macías Abraham.

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    Full Text Available Se realizó el inmunofenotipaje celular en 30 pacientes con el diagnóstico de síndromes linfo y mieloproliferativos agudos por el método inmunoenzimático fosfatasa alcalina-antifosfatasa alcalina (APAAp) introducido en nuestro laboratorio. Los marcadores estudiados fueron: CD3, CD5, CD7, CD10, CD13, [...] CD15, CD22, CD33, CD34 y CD41 mediante los anticuerpos monoclonales correspondientes, según cada caso. De las leucemias agudas, 16 resultaron ser leucemias linfoides (LLA) (53,3 %) y 12 mieloides (LMA) (40 %). Entre las LLA, el 50 % fue del fenotipo B y del resto, 1 caso del tipo T (LLA-T) (3,33 %). Un paciente se diagnosticó como leucemia aguda híbrida (LAH) (3,33 %) y el otro se clasificó como leucemia aguda indiferenciada (LAI) (3,33 %). Se concluye que el APAAP es un método más rápido y tan eficaz como otros métodos enzimáticos para la clasificación inmunológica de los síndromes linfo y mieloproliferativos Abstract in english The cellular immunophenotyping was carried out in 30 patients with the diagnosis of acute lympho- and myeloproliferative syndromes by the alkaline phosphatase-alkaline antiphosphatase immunoenzimatic method (APAA) introduced in our laboratory. The CD3, CD5, CD7, CD10; CDl3, CDl5, CD22, CD33 and CD41 [...] markers were studied by using the corresponding monoclonal antibodies, according to each case. Of the acute leukemias, 16 were lymphoid leukemias (ALL) (53.3 %) and 12 were myeloid leukemias (AML) (40 %). Among the ALL, 50 % were phenotype B and of the rest, 1 case was type T (ALL-T) (3.33 %). A patient was diagnosed acute hybrid leukemia (AHL) (3.33 %) and the other was classified as acute undifferentiated leukemia (AUL) (3.33 %). It is concluded that the APAA is faster and as efficient as other enzimatic methods for the immunologic classification of the lympho- and myeloproliferative syndromes

  20. Introducción del método inmunocitoquímico de la fosfatasa alcalina-antifosfatasa alcalina para la clasificación inmunológica de los Síndromes Linfo y Mieloproliferativos Agudos Introduction of the alkaline phosphatase-alkaline antiphosphatase immunocytochemical method for the immunological classification of the acute lympho-and myeloproliferative syndromes

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    Berta B Socarrás Ferrer

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    Full Text Available Se realizó el inmunofenotipaje celular en 30 pacientes con el diagnóstico de síndromes linfo y mieloproliferativos agudos por el método inmunoenzimático fosfatasa alcalina-antifosfatasa alcalina (APAAp introducido en nuestro laboratorio. Los marcadores estudiados fueron: CD3, CD5, CD7, CD10, CD13, CD15, CD22, CD33, CD34 y CD41 mediante los anticuerpos monoclonales correspondientes, según cada caso. De las leucemias agudas, 16 resultaron ser leucemias linfoides (LLA (53,3 % y 12 mieloides (LMA (40 %. Entre las LLA, el 50 % fue del fenotipo B y del resto, 1 caso del tipo T (LLA-T (3,33 %. Un paciente se diagnosticó como leucemia aguda híbrida (LAH (3,33 % y el otro se clasificó como leucemia aguda indiferenciada (LAI (3,33 %. Se concluye que el APAAP es un método más rápido y tan eficaz como otros métodos enzimáticos para la clasificación inmunológica de los síndromes linfo y mieloproliferativosThe cellular immunophenotyping was carried out in 30 patients with the diagnosis of acute lympho- and myeloproliferative syndromes by the alkaline phosphatase-alkaline antiphosphatase immunoenzimatic method (APAA introduced in our laboratory. The CD3, CD5, CD7, CD10; CDl3, CDl5, CD22, CD33 and CD41 markers were studied by using the corresponding monoclonal antibodies, according to each case. Of the acute leukemias, 16 were lymphoid leukemias (ALL (53.3 % and 12 were myeloid leukemias (AML (40 %. Among the ALL, 50 % were phenotype B and of the rest, 1 case was type T (ALL-T (3.33 %. A patient was diagnosed acute hybrid leukemia (AHL (3.33 % and the other was classified as acute undifferentiated leukemia (AUL (3.33 %. It is concluded that the APAA is faster and as efficient as other enzimatic methods for the immunologic classification of the lympho- and myeloproliferative syndromes

  1. Efecto del tratamiento con praziquantel sobre la actividad de la fosfatasa alcalina, fosfatasa acida, superoxido dismutasa en extractos crudos y productos de excreción-secreción de gusanos de Schistosoma mansoni / Effect of Treatment with Praziquantel on the activity of alkaline phosphatase acid phosphatase, superoxide dismutase in Crude Extracts and Excretion-secretion Products of Schistosoma mansoni worms.

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    Emilia E, Barrios; Jesús, Rodríguez; Naim, Richani; Wolfan, Araque; Juan F, Quintana; Lisset, Sánchez.

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    Full Text Available Venezuela se encuentra entre los países sudamericanos afectados por la esquistosomiasis y la quimioterapia con praziquantel (PZQ) es la principal estrategia de control. Se determino el efecto cuantitativo del tratamiento con praziquantel sobre la actividad de la Fosfatasa Alcalina (ALP), Fosfatasa A [...] cida (ACP) y Superoxido Dismutasa (SOD), en antígenos solubles (ASG) y productos de excreción-secreción (PESG) de gusanos hembras y machos condición control (ASGHc, ASGMc, PESGHc and PESGMc) o incubados con PZQ in vitro (ASGMpzq, ASGHpzq, PESGMpzq and PESGHpzq). Las proteínas totales se determinaron por colorimetría, la SOD y ACP mediante espectrofotometría y la ALP por fluorometría. Se encontró una mayor concentración de proteínas en las ASG de gusanos no tratados, y en las preparaciones obtenidas luego de la incubación con PZQ in vitro, en los PESG, un incremento en la actividad ACP en los ASG y PESG preparados con gusanos no-tratados, y una disminución de dicha actividad en los ASG y PESG tratados. La SOD, evidenció en los ASG una disminución estadísticamente significativa en los gusanos tratados. La concentración de la ALP disminuyó significativamente en los ASG y PESGH de gusanos tratados en relación a los gusanos no tratados. En conclusión, se observó una disminución en las proteínas totales, actividades enzimáticas ACP y SOD, y concentración de ALP, en ASG y PESG obtenidos con gusanos tratados. Abstract in english Venezuela is among South American countries affected by schistosomiasis and chemotherapy with praziquantel (PZQ) is the main control strategy. We determined the quantitative effect of treatment with PZQ on alkaline phosphatase activity (ALP), acid phosphatase (ACP) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) in [...] soluble antigens of worms (SWAP) and excretion-secretion products (EEP) of male and female worms (SMWAPc, SFWAPc, ESPWMc and ESPWHc) or incubated with PZQ in vitro (SMWAP PZQ, SFWAP PZQ, ESPWM PZQ and ESPWH PZQ). Total proteins were determined by colorimetry, SOD and ACP by spectrophotometry and fluorometry ALP. There was higher protein concentration in the untreated worms EG, and the preparations obtained after incubation with PZQ in vitro, in the EG, an increase in ACP activity in the EG and PG prepared with non-treated worms and a decrease of such activity on the EG and treated PG. On the other hand, SOD activity, the EG showed statistical significance in the treated worms. In the PG showed the same behavior, but those differences were not statistically significant. Similarly, there was a decrease in the concentration of ALP noticeable in the EG and worm PGh treated worms relative to untreated statistically significant. In conclusion, we observed a decrease in total protein, ACP and SOD enzyme activities and concentration of ALP, and EG in PG treated worms.

  2. Comparative study of biochemical technique and radioimmunoassay for the measurement of serum prostatic acid phosphatase. Interest in the diagnosis of prostatic cancer

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    The radioimmunoassay of prostatic acid phosphatase and the measurement of L-tartrate labil acid phosphatase by biochemical technique are compared in the diagnosis of prostatic cancer. This study concerning in 122 patients bearing prostatic cancers (40), prostatic adenomas (30) and other solid tumors (52) shows that the sensibility of RIA technique is better than the biochemical one. The positive predictive value of PAP-RIA is 93%. However, seeing that the percentage of positivity of RIA in intracapsular stages rarely exceeds 40%, this test does not allow to increase detection power of early stages. The RIA technique, if it is better than biochemical method will not be effective as a sole screening tool for prostatic cancer and its principal application consists in the follow-up of the therapy of prostatic cancer

  3. Atividade da fosfatase alcalina no lavado broncoalveolar de equinos de policiamento montado no Estado do Rio de Janeiro / Alkaline phosphatase activity in bronchoalveolar lavage of police horses in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil

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    Maria Luisa Lorêdo Abreu, Jorge; Vanessa, Viscardi; Katia Moreira, Silva; Juliana Nabuco Pereira, Otaka; Nayro Xavier de, Alencar; Rodolpho de Almeida, Torres Filho; Daniel Augusto Barroso, Lessa.

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    Full Text Available A utilidade da determinação das atividades enzimáticas no trato respiratório posterior como ferramenta diagnóstica já foi demonstrada em várias espécies. Nesse contexto, este trabalho teve por objetivo determinar a atividade da Fosfatase Alcalina (FAL) no lavado broncoalveolar (LBA) de equinos da Po [...] lícia Militar do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, comparando animais sadios com portadores assintomáticos de doença inflamatória das vias aéreas (DIVA). Para tal, foram avaliados 28 animais adultos, machos, sem histórico de doença respiratória nos dois meses anteriores ao estudo, com os resultados dos exames físicos e laboratoriais (FAL sanguínea, hematócrito, leucograma, proteína total e fibrinogênio plasmáticos) dentro dos parâmetros fisiológicos. Os equinos foram divididos em dois grupos de acordo com o resultado da citologia broncoalveolar. A determinação da atividade da FAL foi realizada por meio de espectrofotometria a partir de alíquotas do sobrenadante do LBA preservadas em nitrogênio líquido. Para a estimativa do fluido epitelial pulmonar e da atividade da FAL neste, foi realizada a correção da diluição provocada pelo lavado. Os equinos com contagem diferencial de tipos celulares compatível com DIVA apresentaram atividade de FAL no LBA menor, quando comparados aos animais sadios, podendo essa dosagem ser utilizada como complementação do diagnóstico da DIVA. Abstract in english The use of determining the enzymatic activities in the posterior respiratory tract as a diagnostic tool has already been demonstrated in several species. In this context, this paper aims to determine the activity of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) in the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) of horses from the Mi [...] litary Police of the State of Rio de Janeiro, comparing healthy animals with asymptomatic carriers of an inflammatory airway disease (IAD). Twenty-eight adult male animals with no history of respiratory diseases in the last two months prior to the study were studied. Physical exam and blood laboratory test results (ALP, hematocrit, leukogram, total protein and plasma fibrinogen) were within physiological parameters. The equines were separated into two groups according to the results of the bronchoalveolar cytology. The determination of ALP was done by spectrophotometry with aliquots of the supernatant of the BAL preserved in liquid nitrogen. To estimate pulmonary epithelial lining fluid and ALP activity, correction of the dilution caused by the lavage was done. The horses with a cell type differential count compatible with IAD presented a lower ALP activity in BAL when compared to healthy animals, therefore this dosage can be used as a complement in the diagnosis of IAD.

  4. Passive immunity transfer and serum constituents of crossbred calves

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    Thaís G. Rocha

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Passive immunity transfer (PIT evaluation is an essential tool for the maintenance of healthy calves during the first months of life. Since lactation number and breed have been proven to influence immunoglobulin levels in colostrum, the aim of this study was to evaluate PIT from primiparous and multiparous Canchim cows to their calves. Blood samples were collected from the calves before colostrum intake and 1, 2, 7, 15 and 30 days thereafter, while colostrum samples from the cows were taken immediately after parturition. Activities of gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT, alkaline phosphatase (ALP, and concentrations of total protein, albumin, globulins, immunoglobulin A (IgA, immunoglobulin G (IgG, total and ionized calcium, inorganic phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and potassium were evaluated in calves' serum and activities of GGT and ALP and concentrations of total protein, IgA and IgG were assessed in cow's colostrum whey. Immunoglobulins concentrations were evaluated by electrophoresis in polyacrylamide gels. Serum biochemistry evaluations revealed an increase in gamma-glutamyl transferase and alkaline phosphatase activities and in total protein, globulins, immunoglobulin A and immunoglobulin G levels in calves' serum after colostrum intake. Only total protein and light chain immunoglobulin G levels in colostrum whey were affected by the cows' lactation number. Phosphorus and magnesium levels in blood serum increased after colostrum intake, while sodium and potassium levels oscillated in the experimental period. PIT was influenced by the cows' lactation number but was efficient in both groups.

  5. THE POSSIBLE EFFECT OF SILDENAFIL CITRATE AND FENUGREEK SEED POWDER ON ENHANCING SERUM TESTOSTERONE LEVELS IN ADULT MALE ALBINO RATS

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    Sildenafil citrate is a phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitor (PDE5) that increases cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) which improves vasodilatation and there is a hypothesis that fenugreek seeds have 3 mechanisms by which it may enhance serum testosterone levels. The present study aimed to evaluate the effect of sildenafil citrate and fenugreek seeds alone or in combination on serum testosterone levels in normal adult male albino rats. Besides, total protein, albumin, globulin, bilirubin levels and alanine transaminase, aspartate transaminase and alkaline phosphatase activities were evaluated. The present study claimed that single or combined treatment with sildenafil and fenugreek seed powder (FSP) may enhance serum testosterone levels in adult male albino rats

  6. Gamma radiation effects on liofilized human serum

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    Human freeze dried serum was artificially contaminated with Flavobacterium sp. for studying the effects of gamma radiation of it. The radiobiological parameters of the contaminator were determined and the sterilization dose was set. The quality of the product irradiated at both, calculated sterilization dose (8.5 kGy) an another one about 25 kGy was determined. It was made according to: sterility testing, total proteins, pH enzymes (alanina-aminotransferase, aspartato-aminotransferase, alkaline phosphatase), protein electrophoresis, fast performance liquid chromatographic and effect on the cellular growth. From the latter was concluded that the calculated sterilization dose was adequate form keeping the biological properties and viability of the irradiated serum. Nevertheless, the dose of 25 k Gy was not adequate because of its dangerous effects on the cell culture

  7. Production of two phosphatases by Lysobacter enzymogenes and purification and characterization of the extracellular enzyme.

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    von Tigerstrom, R G

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    Lysobacter enzymogenes produces an extracellular phosphatase (EC. 3.1.3.1) during the stationary phase of growth. The cells also produce a cell-associated alkaline phosphatase. This enzyme is found in the particulate fraction of cell extracts and may be membrane bound. The production of both phosphatases, especially the extracellular enzyme, is reduced by inorganic phosphate. The extracellular phosphatase was purified to a specific activity of 270 U/mg primarily by chromatography on carboxyme...

  8. Effect of Corn Oil on Liver Glycogen Content and Blood Glucose-6-phosphatase Dehydrogenase in Toads Treated with DMBA

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    N.E. Abdelmeguid

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Environmental factors play an important role in the etiology of several types of cancer, this discovery has led to a great deal of interest in the role of diet in cancer etiology. Fed the Egyptian toad with 0.5 ml corn oil and 0.2 mg DMBA toad/3, 3 times/week increased the incidence of liver tumor (22 out of 50 cases in comparison with toads treated with DMBA alone (16 out of 50 cases. On the ultrastructural level, corn oil increased (a the depletion of glycogen, (b accumulation of fat and lysosomes in toad liver tumor. The biochemical data indicated that glucose-6 phosphatase dehydrogenase in the blood, acid and alkaline phosphatase enzymes activities were increased in serum of toads treated with DMBA and corn oil than animals treated with DMBA alone.

  9. Investigations of serum HPL during pregnancy using two different radioimmunoassays

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    The interassay investigations showed that it is absolutely necessary to standardize the HPL antisera as well as the standard sera, as it is otherwise impossible to compare and interpret the findings of different HPL radioimmunoassays. The investigations have shown that in addition to conventional clinical examinations and laboratory test methods (urine estriol determination, DHEAS-dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate test-, urine pregnandiol determination, and determination of heat-resisting alkaline serum phosphatase), HPL concentration determination is a parameter of the nutritive function of the placenta. (orig.)

  10. Clinical significance of serum glycochlicacid detection in diagnosis of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy

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    Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) occurred in the middle and later phase of pregnancy. ICP had considerable effect on the perinatal babies. To further study the effect of serum glycochlicacid in diagnosis of ICP, serum glycochlicacid was measured by radio-immunoassay in normal pregnancy women and ICP pregnant women. The determination of alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) were taken as contrast. Serum glycochlicacid is significantly higher (P < 0.01) in ICP pregnant women than in normal pregnant women. The positive rate of serum glycochlicacid was 100%, the positive rate of ALT was 80%, the positive rate of ALP was 40%. Serum glycochlicacid is the most sensitive serologic index in diagnosis of ICP

  11. Effects of Aqueous Stem Bark Extract of Cissus populnea on Some Serum Enzymes in Normal and Alloxan Induced Diabetic Rats

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    M.A. Geidam

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available This study was undertaken to assess the effect of 100 mg kg-1 body weight of aqueous stem bark extract of Cissus populnea on serum enzyme levels in normal and alloxan induced diabetic rats. The four weeks experimental protocol involving intragastric administration of the extract revealed a significant increase (P<0.05 in the level of serum alkaline and total acid phosphatase only as a result of diabetes induction. The treatment with Cissus has also revealed a significant increase (P<0.05 in the level of serum acid phosphatase. However, there were no significant differences in the levels of aspartate and alanine aminotranferases as a result of both diabetes induction and Cissus populnea treatment.

  12. Phosphatase activity in the rhizosphere and root of mycorrhizal teak seedlings with three levels of NPK fertilization

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    Full Text Available To examine the phosphatase alkaline activity of VA mycorrhizal fungi in the rizhosphere and in root, teak seedlings inoculated spores of VA mycorrhizal fungi were grown in sterilized soils. Teak seedlings were fertilized with NPK fertilizer consisting three levels, i.e. 0; 0.0625; 0.125 g per seedling. Phosphatase alkaline in rizhosphere was measured in terms of pNP on soil dry weight basis, meanwhile alkaline phosphatase activity in roots were quantified in using method developed by Tisserant. The results showed that alkaline phosphatase activity increased on inoculated seedlings compare to with uninoculated. NPK fertilization of 0.0625 g per seedling and inoculation on teak seedlings showed alkaline phosphatase activity in range 90-201 EU, and in roots indicated in range 14-72%. Gigaspora sp inoculation on teak seedlings was showing the highest of alkaline phosphatase activity. Increasing phosphatase alkaline activity relevant to hyphae growth, and increasing of root infection decreased alkaline phosphatase activity. Arbuscular mycorrhizal inoculation increased seedling dry weight.

  13. Detection of phosphatase activity in aquatic and terrestrial cyanobacterial strains

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    Babi? Olivera B.

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    Full Text Available Cyanobacteria, as highly adaptable microorganisms, are characterized by an ability to survive in different environmental conditions, in which a significant role belongs to their enzymes. Phosphatases are enzymes produced by algae in relatively large quantities in response to a low orthophosphate concentration and their activity is significantly correlated with their primary production. The activity of these enzymes was investigated in 11 cyanobacterial strains in order to determine enzyme synthesis depending on taxonomic and ecological group of cyanobacteria. The study was conducted with 4 terrestrial cyanobacterial strains, which belong to Nostoc and Anabaena genera, and 7 filamentous water cyanobacteria of Nostoc, Oscillatoria, Phormidium and Microcystis genera. The obtained results showed that the activity of acid and alkaline phosphatases strongly depended on cyanobacterial strain and the environment from which the strain originated. Higher activity of alkaline phosphatases, ranging from 3.64 to 85.14 ?molpNP/s/dm3, was recorded in terrestrial strains compared to the studied water strains (1.11-5.96 ?molpNP/s/dm3. The activity of acid phosphatases was higher in most tested water strains (1.67-6.28 ?molpNP/s/dm3 compared to the activity of alkaline phosphatases (1.11-5.96 ?molpNP/s/dm3. Comparing enzyme activity of nitrogen fixing and non-nitrogen fixing cyanobacteria, it was found that most nitrogen fixing strains had a higher activity of alkaline phosphatases. The data obtained in this work indicate that activity of phosphatases is a strain specific property. The results further suggest that synthesis and activity of phosphatases depended on eco-physiological characteristics of the examined cyanobacterial strains. This can be of great importance for the further study of enzymes and mechanisms of their activity as a part of cyanobacterial survival strategy in environments with extreme conditions. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. III 43002

  14. Oral toxic exposure of titanium dioxide nanoparticles on serum biochemical changes in adult male Wistar rats

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    Dasal Vasantharaja

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    Full Text Available Objective(s: Titanium dioxide (TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs are widely used in commercial food additives and cosmetics worldwide. Uptake of these nanoparticulate into humans by different routes and may exhibit potential side effects, lags behind the rapid development of nanotechnology. Thus, the present study designed to evaluate the toxic effect of mixed rutile and anatase TiO2 NPs on serum biochemical changes in rats. Materials and Methods: In this study, adult male Wistar rats were randomly allotted into the experimental and control groups (n=6, which were orally administered with 50 and 100 mg/kg body weight of TiO2 NPs. Toxic effects were assessed by the changes of serum biochemical parameters such as glucose, total protein, albumin, globulin, cholesterol, triglyceride, high density lipoprotein, alanine transaminase, aspartate transaminase, alkaline phosphatase, total bilirubin, blood urea nitrogen, uric acid and creatinine. All the serum biochemical markers were experimented in rats, after 14-days of post exposure. Results: Changes of the serum specific parameters indicated that liver and kidney were significantly affected in both experimental groups. The changes between the levels of total protein, glucose, aspartate transaminase, alanine transaminase and alkaline phosphatase indicate that TiO2 NPs induces liver damage. Significant increase in the blood urea nitrogen and uric acid indicates the renal damage in the TiO2 NPs treated rats. Conclusion: The data shows that the oral administration of TiO2 NPs (

  15. Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D and biochemical markers of bone metabolism in patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis

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    R.V., Munekata; M.T.R.A., Terreri; O.A.B., Peracchi; C., Len; M., Lazaretti-Castro; R.O.S., Sarni; M.O.E., Hilario.

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    Full Text Available Our objective was to evaluate the concentrations of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D], serum calcium, serum phosphorus, alkaline phosphatase, and parathormone (PTH) in patients with polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and to associate them with disease duration and act [...] ivity, bone mineral density and use of medications. In a cross-sectional and controlled study, 30 patients with polyarticular JIA were evaluated and compared to 30 healthy individuals matched for age and gender. Clinical status, anthropometry, laboratory markers in both patients and controls, and bone mineral density, only in the patients, were measured. Of the 30 patients included in the study, 23 (76.7%) were female and 16 (53.3%) non-Caucasian; mean age was 14 years (range = 4 to 20 years). Mean disease duration was 5 years (range = 1 to 12 years). The mean concentrations of serum albumin-corrected calcium (9.04 ± 0.41?mg/dL) and alkaline phosphatase (153.3 ± 100.1 IU) were significantly lower in patients with JIA than in controls (P

  16. Hemograma, bioquímica sérica e histologia da biópsia hepática de bovinos após administração de polpa cítrica / Hemogram, serum biochemistry and hepatic histologic features in cattle after administration of citrus pulp

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    N.J.F., Oliveira; M.M., Melo; L.A., Lago; E.F., Nascimento.

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    Full Text Available [...] Abstract in english Hemogram and serum biochemistry (aspartate aminotransferase, alkaline phosphatase and gamma glutamiltransferase, total protein, urea, creatinine, calcium and phosphorus) were performed weekly in five crossbreed bovine after consumption of a diet containing citrus pulp pellets (40%), for 43 days. Per [...] cutaneous hepatic biopsy and histologic evaluation were performed in each animal before and after consumption of the citrus pulp diet. Hemogram, the enzymes aspartate aminotransferase and gamma glutamiltransferase, urea and creatinine had normal levels at the end of the experiment. No histologic lesions were observed in liver samples before or after citrus pulp consumption. However, there was an increase of serum phosphorus and reduction of serum calcium (p

  17. Clinical Significance of Detection of Serum TBA and ALP in Diagnosis of Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy

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    To investigate the clinical value of serum total bile acid (TBA) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) in diagnosis of intahrpatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), the serum levels of TBA, ALP and cholyglycine (CG) in 47 cases with intahrpatic cholestasis of pregnancy and 60 normal pregnant women were tested by biochemistry analysis and radioimmunoassay. The results showed that the serum levels of TBA and ALP in patients with intahrpatic cholestasis of pregnancy were significantly higher than that of normal pregnancy women. There was a positively correlation between TBA and ALP with CG. The combined determination of serum TBA and ALP could be useful in the diagnosis of intahrpatic cholestasis of pregnancy. Automatic biochemistry analysis of TBA and ALP is more simple and rapid than CG detected by radioimmunoassay,and it is suitable for clinical laboratory application. (authors)

  18. Hemograma, bioquímica sérica e histologia da biópsia hepática de bovinos após administração de polpa cítrica Hemogram, serum biochemistry and hepatic histologic features in cattle after administration of citrus pulp

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    N. J. F. Oliveira; M.M. Melo; L. A. Lago; E.F Nascimento

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    Hemogram and serum biochemistry (aspartate aminotransferase, alkaline phosphatase and gamma glutamiltransferase, total protein, urea, creatinine, calcium and phosphorus) were performed weekly in five crossbreed bovine after consumption of a diet containing citrus pulp pellets (40%), for 43 days. Percutaneous hepatic biopsy and histologic evaluation were performed in each animal before and after consumption of the citrus pulp diet. Hemogram, the enzymes aspartate aminotransferase and gamma glu...

  19. The attachment of serum- and plasma-derived C3 to solid-phase immune aggregates and its relation to complement-mediated solubilization of immune complexes

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    Baatrup, G; Svehag, S E; Jensenius, J C

    1986-01-01

    The interaction between immune aggregates and complement (C) was investigated. Solid-phase immune aggregates were prepared by coating microwells with heat-aggregated bovine serum albumin (BSA) followed by rabbit anti-BSA antibody. The immune aggregates were reacted with human serum or citrated plasma at 37 degrees C. The binding of C3 components was investigated with biotinylated F(ab')2 antibodies to C3c and C3d and avidin-coupled alkaline phosphatase. The form of the incorporated C3, whether C...

  20. Correlation of Serum Parathormone with Hypertension in Chronic Renal Failure Patients Treated with Hemodialysis

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    To consider the correlation of serum parathromone on severity of hypertension in end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients on hemodialysis (HD). A cross-sectional study was done on patients with ESRD on treatment with maintenance HD. Levels of serum calcium, phosphorous, alkaline phosphatase, albumin and intact parathormone (iPTH) were measured. Stratification of hypertensive patients was done from stage one to three. The total number of patients studied was 73 (Females=28, Males=45), consisting of 58 non-diabetic (F=22, M=36) and 15 diabetic patients (F=6, M=9). The mean age of the study patients was 46.5+-16 years. The mean duration on HD of the study patients was 21.5+-232.5 months. The mean serum PTH of the study patients was 309+-349 pg/ml and the mean serum alkaline phosphatase was 413+-348 IU/L. There was a significant positive correlation between the stage of hypertension and serum PTH levels (r=0.200, p=0.045). Also, there was a significant positive correlation between stage of hypertension and calcium-phosphorus product (r=0.231, p=0.027). There was no significant correlation between stage of hypertension and serum ALP (r=0.135, p=0.128). Relationship between serum PTH and severity of hypertension in patients on HD needs to be studied in more detail. Hypertension and secondary hyperparathyroidism interact in the process of accelerated atherosclerosis in HD patients thus warranting appropriate measures to control hyperparathyrodism vigorously. (author)

  1. Blood serum components and serum protein test of Hybro-PG broilers of different ages

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    PRL Silva

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Blood serum samples of HYBRO PG broilers were analyzed, with 30 samples collected from 21-day-old broilers (G1, 30 from 35-day-old birds (G2, and 30 from 42-day-old birds (G3, with the aim of establishing normal values of some blood serum parameters. The activities of the enzymes gamma-glutamyl-transferase (GGT, aspartate aminotransferase (AST, creatine kinase (CK, alkaline phosphatase (ALP, and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH, serum levels of total calcium, calcium ion, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium, chlorides, creatinine, uric acid, triglycerides, cholesterol, total protein, albumin, total and indirect and direct bilirubin, and electrophoretic profile of serum proteins in acrylamide (SDS-PAGE and agarose gel were determined. There was no influence of age on total bilirubin and albumin levels. All the other evaluated parameters presented differences in at least one age group. Protein electrophoretic profile also changed as a function of age. The obtained results can be considered as normal for the studied ages, and therefore be used as references for the interpretation of laboratory exams of broilers of this genetic line in the evaluated ages.

  2. PHOSPHATASE EXPRESSION BY CHLORELLA VULGARIS (CHLOROPHYCEAE) IS MEDIATED BY INTERNAL PHOSPHORUS LEVELS AND EXTERNAL PH

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    Cultures of Chlorella vulgaris were grown in custom photobioreactors in acid (pH 5.5) and alkaline (pH 7.5) media under phosphate replete and starved conditions. Analysis of differential phosphatase expression indicates that cultures of C. vulgaris grown under alkaline conditions derepressibly expr...

  3. Monitoring of cellular enzymes in the serum of electroplating workers at Coimbatore.

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    Saraswathy, C P; Usharani, M V

    2007-04-01

    Chromium compounds are potent toxic and carcinogenic substances. With respect to toxicity, hepatic and renal toxicity have been reported both in workers and in animals exposed to chromium (VI). Chromium (VI) compounds induces DNA damage in vivo and in cultured cells as well as the cytotoxicity evaluated by the leakage of lactate dehydrogenase. The present study reports the cytotoxicity of chrome platers who are employed from 8 to 25 years in electroplating industries at Coimbatore, Tamilnadu. Blood samples were collected and estimated for glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (GOT), glutamic pyruvic transaminase (GPT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), creatine phosphokinase (CPK) and total protein in the serum. The study revealed that there is a significant elevation in the level of LDH, ALP, CPK and transaminases and a decrease in total protein in serum. The results of the study suggests that chromium (VI), a hepatotoxic chemical may perhaps damage the plasma membrane resulting in leakage of enzymes in to the serum of chromeplaters. PMID:17915767

  4. Serum MDA, Antioxidant Vitamins and Erythrocytic Antioxidant Enzymes in Chronic Alcoholic Liver Disease – A Case Control Study

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    Sunita Pujar

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: The study aims to estimate the changes in the serum levels of lipid peroxidation product malondialdehyde (MDA, non-enzymatic antioxidants: vitamin A, E and C and erythrocyte enzymatic antioxidants: superoxide dismutase (SOD and catalase(CAT in chronic alcoholic liver disease. Background: Alcohol consumption accounts for about 50% of patients death from end stage liver disease in India. The increased free radical and their metabolites decrease the plasma antioxidants status in chronic alcoholic liver disease (CALD. Method: The study comprised of 100 healthy persons as controls and 100 diagnosed patients of chronic alcoholic liver disease as cases. The estimation of serum MDA, vitamin A, E, C and erythrocyte enzymatic antioxidants SOD and CAT, were carried out along with liver function parameters like serum aspartate amino transferase (AST, serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT, serum alkaline phosphatase (AP, serum gamma glutamyl transferase (GGT, serum total protein, serum albumin, prothrombin time (PT and serum bilirubin. Statistical analysis was done using unpaired “t” test. Result: The levels of serum MDA were significantly increased in patients with CALD (P<0.01 while antioxidants were significantly reduced as compared to controls (P<0.01. Conclusion: Increased levels of lipid peroxides and reduced antioxidants suggest that, oxidative stress plays a vital role in pathogenesis of chronic alcoholic liver disease

  5. Efecto de concentraciones crecientes de Fósforo Fítico sobre la actividad de las enzimas fitasa y fosfatasa alcalina en el epitelio intestinal de ovinos jóvenes. / Effect of Incresing Concentrations of Phytic Phosphorus on the Activity of the Phytase and Alkaline Phosphatase Enzymes in the Intestinal Epithelium of Young Sheep.

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    Pablo, Pizzani; Susmira, Godoy; Milagro, León; Emma, Rueda; María Virginia, Castañeda; Adelis, Arias.

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    Full Text Available Con el objetivo de conocer el efecto del suministro de concentraciones crecientes de fósforo fítico sobre la actividad de las enzimas fitasa y fosfatasa alcalina en el epitelio intestinal de ovinos jóvenes, se realizó un experimento con concentraciones crecientes de fósforo fítico: 0% (T1), 40% (T2) [...] , 60% (T3) y 80% (T4). Los animales consumieron las dietas a razón del 4% del peso vivo durante cuatro semanas. Transcurrido este período, se sacrificaron todos los animales del ensayo, y se determinó la actividad de las enzimas en homogenados del epitelio de las diferentes secciones del intestino delgado (duodeno, yeyuno e ileon). Los resultados muestran valores de actividad fitásica a nivel del duodeno de: 1,43; 1,85; 1,82 y 0,69 (nmoles/min/mg de proteína) para concentraciones de T1, T2, T3 y T4, respectivamente, con una disminución significativa (P Abstract in english With the objective to know the effect of supply in growing concentrations of phytic phosphorus on the activity of the enzymes phytase and alkaline phosphatase in the intestinal epithelium of young sheep, it was carried out an experiment with incresing concentration of phytic phosphorus: 0% (T1), 40% [...] (T2), 60% (T3), and 80% (T4). The animals consumed the diets as for 4% of the body weight during four weeks. Lapsed this period, all the animals of the rehearsal were sacrificed, and the activity of the enzymes was determined in homogenates of the epithelium of the different sections of the thin intestine (duodenum, jejunum and ileum). The results showed values of phytase activity at level of the duodenum of: 1.43; 1.85; 1.82 and 0.69 nmoles/min/mg protein for concentrations of T1, T2, T3, and T4, respectively, with a significant decrease (P

  6. The relationship between the degree of liver fibrosis and serum markers in patient with hepatic diseases

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    To study the relationship between the degree of liver fibrosis and serum markers in patients with hepatic diseases, the serum levels of alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and ?-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT), total bilirubin (TBIL), albumin (ALB), globulin (GLO), platelet (PLT), prothrombin time (PT), procollagen type III (PIIINP), hyaluronic acid (HA), laminin (LN) and collagen type IV in 114 patients with different causes hepatic disease were determined. The liver puncture biopsy was also carried out to determine the stages of liver fibrosis. The results showed that the serum albumin, globulin, platelet, prothrombin time, PIIINP, HA, collagen type IV had significant difference in different stages of liver fibrosis. The serum platelets and albumin levels were negatively correlated with the degree of liver fibrosis. The serum PT and GLO levels were positively correlated with time course of liver fibrosis. The serum PIIINP, HA and collagen type IV levels were positively correlated with degree of liver fibrosis. The serum albumin, globulin, prothrombin time, platelets, PIIINP, HA, collagen type IV were correlated with the progress of the liver fibrosis. The prothrombin time and platelets have directive significance in the diagnosis of liver cirrhosis and also used to judge the stage of liver fibrosis in some extent. The serum PIIINP, HA and collagen type IV levels may better reflect the process of liver fibrosis. (authors)

  7. Stool vs. Serum Hepatitis B Virus DNA in Patients with Chronic Hepatitis B

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    Zheng, Ji-shun; Chen, Meng-meng; Yang, Hai-fei; Zhou, Xiang-tian; Liu, Yan-yan; Li, Jia-bin

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    Background Serum hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA and hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) liver function in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB) are significantly associated. A comparison of clinical significance of fecal HBV DNA and serum HBV DNA has not yet been reported. Material/Methods Stool and serum samples were collected from 66 patients with CHB. Fecal HBV DNA, serum HBV DNA, and intestinal microbiota DNA were detected by real-time quantitative fluorescence polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Liver function and HBeAg were analyzed. Results The stool and serum HBV DNA were positively correlated (r=0.57, P=0.001). Fecal HBV DNA was higher in the HBeAg-positive group than in the HBeAg-negative group (P=0.02). Fecal HBV DNA was negatively correlated with alkaline phosphatase (ALP) (r=?0.41, P=0.001) and TBIL (r=?0.29, P=0.02), and was positively correlated with Enterococcus (r=0.38, P=0.002). Serum HBV DNA was negatively correlated with alanine aminotransferase (ALT) (r=?0.30, P=0.02), aminotransferase (AST) (r=?0.26, P=0.049), and Lactobacillus (r=?0.31, P=0.01). Conclusions These observations suggest that fecal HBV DNA and serum HBV DNA in patients with CHB have different effects. Fecal HBV DNA might be associated with changes in Enterococcus concentrations, but serum HBV DNA is not. PMID:26645150

  8. Effect Modifying Role of Serum Calcium on Mortality-Predictability of PTH and Alkaline Phosphatase in Hemodialysis Patients: An Investigation Using Data from the Taiwan Renal Registry Data System from 2005 to 2012

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    Lin, Yen-Chung; Lin, Yi-Chun; Hsu, Chiao-Ying; Kao, Chih-Chin; Chang, Fan-Chi; Chen, Tzen-Wen; Chen, Hsi-Hsien; Hsu, Chi-Cheng; Wu, Mai-Szu

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    Predicting mortality in dialysis patients based on low intact parathyroid hormone levels is difficult, because aluminum intoxication, malnutrition, older age, race, diabetes, or peritoneal dialysis may influence these levels. We investigated the clinical implications of low parathyroid hormone levels in relation to the mortality of dialysis patients using sensitive, stratified, and adjusted models and a nationwide dialysis database. We analyzed data from 2005 to 2012 that were held on the Tai...

  9. Rapamycin selectively alters serum chemistry in diabetic mice

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    Hooman Tabatabai-Mir

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The study was undertaken to explore the effect of rapamycin, an anti-inflammatory agent, on the metabolic profile of type 2 diabetic mice. Seven-month-old diabetic db/db mice and their lean littermate non-diabetic controls (db/m were randomized to receive control chow or chow mixed with rapamycin (2.24 mg/kg/day (each group n =20, males and females for 4 months and sacrificed. Serum samples were analyzed for the measurement of glucose, creatinine, blood urea nitrogen (BUN, alkaline phosphatase (ALP, alanine aminotransferase (ALT, total cholesterol, total triglyceride, and total protein, using the automated dry chemistry analysis. Rapamycin elevated serum glucose in female diabetic mice. Serum creatinine tended to be higher in diabetic mice but was not affected by rapamycin; there was no difference in BUN levels among the groups. Serum ALP was elevated in diabetic mice and rapamycin lowered it only in female diabetic mice; serum ALT levels were increased in female diabetic mice, unaffected by rapamycin. Serum total protein was elevated in diabetic mice of both genders but was not affected by rapamycin. Diabetic mice from both genders had elevated serum cholesterol and triglycerides; rapamycin did not affect serum cholesterol but decreased serum total triglycerides in male diabetic mice. We conclude that rapamycin elicits complex metabolic responses in aging diabetic mice, worsening hyperglycemia in females but improving ALP in female diabetic and total triglycerides in male diabetic mice, respectively. The metabolic effects of rapamycin should be considered while performing studies with rapamycin in mice.

  10. Alkaline perturbation

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    This session gathers 4 articles dealing with: effect of deviation from equilibrium on dissolution rate of smectite under hyper-alkaline condition (T. Sato, Y. Otani, H. Takayama, S. Yokoyama, C. Oda, A. Honda, T. Yoneda); the influence of high pH fluid circulation on the mechanical behaviour of compacted clayey soil (O. Cuisinier, F. Masrouri, M. Pelletier, F. Villieras) the alteration of montmorillonites in saline solutions (H.J. Herbert, J. Kasbohm); and the organic matter-metals (Ti, Cr, Fe) interactions at the Khushaym Matruk natural analogue, Central Jordan (M. Elie, I. Techer, L. Trotignon, H. Khoury, E. Salameh, D. Vandamme, P. Boulvais, S. Fourcade)

  11. Concentrations of testosterone, luteal hormone and prolactin in the serum as well as comparisons of sensitivity between radioimmunoassays and enzyme assays for the detection of acid prostate phosphatase in the presence of carcinomas of the prostate

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    The relationship between carcinomas of the prostate and the plasma levels of testosterone, luteal hormone and prolactin as well as the possible influence of these neoplasms on the testosterone binding capacity and free testosterone index are investigated for various tumour stages and degrees of histological differentiation, in connection with several forms of local therapy as well as a variety of contrasexual methods. The sensitivity of enzyme assays and radioimmunoassays for the detection of acid prostate phosphatase is evaluated within the framework of this study. (MBL)

  12. Alginate-hydroxypropylcellulose hydrogel microbeads for alkaline phosphatase encapsulation.

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    Karewicz, A; Zasada, K; Bielska, D; Douglas, T E L; Jansen, J A; Leeuwenburgh, S C G; Nowakowska, M

    2014-01-01

    There is a growing interest in using proteins as therapeutics agents. Unfortunately, they suffer from limited stability and bioavailability. We aimed to develop a new delivery system for proteins. ALP, a model protein, was successfully encapsulated in the physically cross-linked sodium alginate/hydroxypropylcellulose (ALG-HPC) hydrogel microparticles. The obtained objects had regular, spherical shape and a diameter of ?4?µm, as confirmed by optical microscopy and SEM analysis. The properties of the obtained microbeads could be controlled by temperature and additional coating or crosslinking procedures. The slow, sustained release of ALP in its active form with no initial burst effect was observed for chitosan-coated microspheres at pH?=?7.4 and 37?°C. Activity of ALP released from ALG/HPC microspheres was confirmed by the occurance of effectively induced mineralization. SEM and AFM images revealed formation of the interpenetrated three-dimensional network of mineral, originating from the microbeads' surfaces. FTIR and XRD analyses confirmed formation of hydroxyapatite. PMID:23834314

  13. Evidence of alkaline phosphatase interference in a zidovudine radioimmunoassay.

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    O'Donnell, A M; Letting, D J; DeRemer, M F; Morse, G D

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    Phosphorylated zidovudine (ZDV) concentrations may provide a link between drug exposure and clinical efficacy since these would include the active, intracellular form of the drug, ZDV triphosphate. Many groups are investigating the optimal methodology that can be used to accomplish this goal. The initial purpose of the present studies was to examine the effect of the inclusion of cell wash steps on the quantitation of intracellular ZDV. Ten milliliters of whole blood collected from healthy vo...

  14. Glucose-6-phosphatase deficiency

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    Labrune Philippe; Gajdos Vincent; Eberschweiler Pascale; Hubert-Buron Aurélie; Petit François; Vianey-Saban Christine; Boudjemline Alix; Piraud Monique; Froissart Roseline

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Glucose-6-phosphatase deficiency (G6P deficiency), or glycogen storage disease type I (GSDI), is a group of inherited metabolic diseases, including types Ia and Ib, characterized by poor tolerance to fasting, growth retardation and hepatomegaly resulting from accumulation of glycogen and fat in the liver. Prevalence is unknown and annual incidence is around 1/100,000 births. GSDIa is the more frequent type, representing about 80% of GSDI patients. The disease commonly manifests, betw...

  15. Ivermectin resistant and susceptible third-stage larvae of Haemonchus contortus: cholinesterase and phosphatase activities

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    Consuelo Giménez-Pardo

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available Cholinesterase and acid phosphatase (AP, but not alkaline phosphatase activities, were detected in cytosolic and membrane-bound fractions of ivermectin resistant and susceptible Haemonchus contortus infective-stage larvae. Some differences in acetylcholinesterase activity of cytosolic fractions and in the AP activity of these fractions as well as in the response to AP inhibitors by membrane-bound fractions were detected. Data are discussed.

  16. Ivermectin resistant and susceptible third-stage larvae of Haemonchus contortus: cholinesterase and phosphatase activities

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    Consuelo Giménez-Pardo; Maria Mercedes Martínez-Grueiro; Alicia Gómez-Barrio; Filomena Rodríguez-Caabeiro

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    Cholinesterase and acid phosphatase (AP), but not alkaline phosphatase activities, were detected in cytosolic and membrane-bound fractions of ivermectin resistant and susceptible Haemonchus contortus infective-stage larvae. Some differences in acetylcholinesterase activity of cytosolic fractions and in the AP activity of these fractions as well as in the response to AP inhibitors by membrane-bound fractions were detected. Data are discussed.

  17. Ivermectin resistant and susceptible third-stage larvae of Haemonchus contortus: cholinesterase and phosphatase activities

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    Consuelo, Giménez-Pardo; Maria Mercedes, Martínez-Grueiro; Alicia, Gómez-Barrio; Filomena, Rodríguez-Caabeiro.

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available Cholinesterase and acid phosphatase (AP), but not alkaline phosphatase activities, were detected in cytosolic and membrane-bound fractions of ivermectin resistant and susceptible Haemonchus contortus infective-stage larvae. Some differences in acetylcholinesterase activity of cytosolic fractions and [...] in the AP activity of these fractions as well as in the response to AP inhibitors by membrane-bound fractions were detected. Data are discussed.

  18. Research on Phosphatases of Belladona Leaves and Their Purification (Part 1

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    M. Khorsand

    1956-12-01

    Full Text Available Belladona leaves as well as all other studied leaves contains two distinct phosphatase fractions belonging respectively to types II and IIIi the major parts of these enzymes is extraetible by water. It was not possible to extract the non soluble fraction which is solidly retained by the cellular constituents. Phosphatase II does not differ from other phosphatnses of the same type. Whereas phosphatase III is distinetely different from enzymes of the same type of vegetal or animal origins. It is activated by bivalent metallic ions which are specific activators of the alkaline phcspbatnses: Mg-Zn-Ni and Co.

  19. Serum enzymes activities in Plasmodium falciparum infection in Southern Pakistan

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    Koay Yen Chin

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Serum levels of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH,aspartate aminotranferase (AST, alanine aminotransferase(ALT, and alkaline phosphatase (ALP were assessed todetermine the liver functions of patients infected withPlasmodium falciparum. The enzyme activities were assessedin 60 malarial patients and a control group of 44 people.Materials and Methods: The data for the study was collectedfrom the survey conducted from Liaquat University of medicaland health sciences Hospital, Hyderabad, Pakaistan. Sample of60 patients aged between 20 and 50 years were collected. Acontrol group of 44 healthy individual adults was also assessedfor comparative purposes. All the malaria patients who visitedthe OPD during the study period enrolled in the study.Results: The LDH activity in male patients was found to be674.89 ± 33.354 IU/L. This is above the control LDH activity of296.59 ± 14.476 IU/L. Similarly, in female patients, the serumLDH activity of 580.25 ± 24.507 IU/L is over twice the controlfemale serum LDH activity of 302.18 ± 18.082 IU/L. Furtherone-way anova test was performed to find any significance ininfected and control male and female.Conclusion: Hepatic dysfunction was found to be associated toP. falciparum malaria infection.

  20. Effect of two different doses of oral cholecalciferol supplementation on serum 25-hydroxy-vitamin D levels in healthy Indian postmenopausal women: A randomized controlled trial

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    Niti Agarwal

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: To compare the effect of two different doses (500 and 1000 IU/day of oral vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol on serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D [25(OHD] levels in apparently healthy postmenopausal Indian women. Materials and Methods: Serum 25(OHD, calcium with albumin, phosphorus, and alkaline phosphatase were measured in 92 apparently healthy postmenopausal women. The subjects were randomly assigned to one of the three groups and received supplementation for 3 months each. Each group received 1000 mg calcium carbonate daily while groups B and C received 500 and 1000 IU of cholecalciferol in addition, respectively. The tests were repeated after 3 months. Results: At baseline, 83.7% subjects had vitamin D deficiency (?20 ng/mL. The difference in the percentage change in mean serum 25(OHD levels from baseline in group A (-30.5 ± 5.3%, group B (+8.9 ± 19.7%, and in group C (+97.8 ± 53.3% was statistically significant (P 20 ng/mL was achieved in 4.7% (1/21, 16% (4/25, and 66.67% (12/18 subjects in groups A, B, and C, respectively. No significant change was found in serum calcium, phosphorus, and alkaline phosphatase levels at 3 months in either of the groups from baseline. Conclusions: Standard dose of cholecalciferol available in "calcium tablets" (250 IU per 500 mg calcium carbonate is not adequate for achieving optimum serum 25(OHD levels in Indian postmenopausal women. Higher dose of vitamin D supplementation with 1000 IU/day (500 IU per 500 mg calcium carbonate daily is superior to the standard dose therapy. For achievement of optimum serum 25(OHD levels (>30 ng/mL in Indian postmenopausal women, still higher doses of vitamin D are likely to be required.

  1. Radioprotective effect of Panax ginseng on the phosphatases and lipid peroxidation level in testes of Swiss albino mice

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    The Panax ginseng has been used as traditional medicine for past several years among oriental people. The present investigation has been made to assess the radioprotective efficacy of ginseng root extract in the testicular enzymes of Swiss albino mice. The Swiss albino mice were divided into different groups. Ginseng treated group: The animals were administered 10 mg/kg body weight ginseng root extract intraperitoneal (i.p.). Radiation treated group: The animals were exposed to 8 Gy gamma radiation at the dose rate of 1.69 Gy/min at the distance of 80 cm. Combination group: Animals were administered ginseng extract continuously for 4 d and on 4th day they were irradiated to 8 Gy gamma radiation after 30 min of extract administration. The animals from above groups were autopsied on day 1, 3, 7, 14 and 30. Biochemical estimations of acid and alkaline phosphatases and Lipid peroxidation (LPO) in testes were done. In ginseng treated group acid and alkaline phosphatases activity and LPO level did not show any significant alteration. In irradiated animals there was a significant increase in acid phosphatase activity and LPO level. However, significant decline in alkaline phosphatase activity was observed. The treatment of ginseng before irradiation causes significant decrease in acid phosphatase and LPO level and significant increase in alkaline phosphatase activity. One of the cause of radiation damage is lipid peroxidation. Due to lipid peroxidation, lysosomal membrane permeability alters and thus results in release of hydrolytic enzymes. So, an increase in acid phosphatase was noticed after radiation treatment. The alkaline phosphatase activity is associated with membrane permeability and different stages of spermatogenesis. Due to membrane damage and depletion of germ cells of testes after irradiation the enzyme activity was decreased. Ginseng markedly inhibits lipid peroxidation. It acts in indirect fashion to protect radical processes by inhibition of initiation of free radical processes and thus reduces the radiation damages in testes of Swiss albino mice. (author)

  2. Trends and physiology of common serum biochemistries in children aged 0-18 years.

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    Loh, Tze Ping; Metz, Michael Patrick

    2015-08-01

    The aim of this study was to visually present and discuss in detail the physiological trends of 22 serum biochemistries in children aged 0-18.A data-mining, LMS (lambda, mu, and sigma) approach was employed to derive the smoothed continuous serum biochemistry centile charts, after application of stringent outlier exclusion criteria.Serum sodium and calculated osmolality are low in early life and rise with age due to maturing kidney and body water redistribution. Urea, creatinine and uric acid is high at birth, declines to reach a trough by 1 month of age and gradually rises again thereafter. Serum bicarbonate falls initially during the neonatal and toddler period, then rises with declining respiratory rate, further increasing sodium and suppressing chloride. Potassium, calcium and phosphate are required for somatic growth and are actively accrued during periods of rapid growth. Albumin increases until puberty while globulin rises to age 10 as a result of increased hepatic synthetic capacity and maturing immunity. Serum alkaline phosphatase activity peaks during bone growth spurts in infancy and adolescence due to osteoblast leakage, while creatinine increases with muscle mass. Serum gamma-glutamyl transferase, aspartate aminotransferase and lactate dehydrogenase activities are high at birth and decline with age. Serum alanine aminotransferase activity is low at birth and is induced by increased gluconeogenesis. Serum bilirubin increases continuously with age, mirroring haemoglobin concentration. Serum total cholesterol declines more markedly in boys than girls during puberty due to the combined effects of free testosterone (lowering high-density lipoprotein cholesterol in boys) and oestradiol (lowering low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in boys and girls).It is important to understand trends and biological variation when interpreting results since partitioned reference intervals may mask this information. PMID:26126034

  3. Biochemical analysis of serum and synovial fluid in clinically normal young camels (Camelus dromedarius

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    Raida Al-Rukibat

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to determine the reference range values of various biochemical components in serum and synovial fluid in clinically normal young camels (Camelus dromedarius. One-hundred serum samples and 100 synovial fluid samples were collected from clinically, radiographically and cytologically normal carpal, tarsal and fetlock joints. The concentration of blood urea nitrogen (BUN, creatinine, glucose, sodium, calcium, magnesium, chloride, phosphorus, albumin and the activities of creatine kinase, alanine aminotransfearse, aspartate aminotransferase, lactate dehydrogenase and alkaline phosphatase (ALP were determined using commercially available kits. The concentration and activities of all measured parameters were significantly lower in the synovial fluid than in the serum except for the ALP and phosphorus, which were similar in both serum and synovial fluids. No significant difference was found in any of the measured biochemical parameters in different joints except in ALP activity, which was higher in the tarsal joint in comparison with the carpal and fetlock joint and the BUN concentration, which was higher in the tarsal joint in comparison with the carpal joint. Baseline values for biochemical components of normal camel synovial fluid and their serum counterparts have been generated. Such data can be used in the clinical investigation of camel’s joint diseases.

  4. Phosphatase Activity of Microbial Populations in Different Milk Samples in Relation to Protein and Carbohydrate Content

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    Sosanka Protim SANDILYA

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Cattle milk is a rich source of protein, carbohydrate, vitamins, minerals and all other major and micro nutrients. At a moderate pH, milk is an excellent media for the growth of microbes and thus, intake of raw milk is precarious. In this study, attempt was made for a qualitative study of eight raw milk samples of different varieties of cow and goat milk, collected from Jorhat district of Assam, India, on the basis of nutritional value and microbial population. The highest microbial population was found in the milk collected from cross hybrid variety of cow, whereas microbial contamination was the least in Jersey cow milk. Samples of C1 (Jersey cow variety showed presence of the highest amount of protein and carbohydrate content as compared to the others. Almost all the milk samples showed positive acid and alkaline phosphatase activity. Maximum acid phosphatase activity was observed in cross hybrid cow milk, whereas local cow milk exhibited the highest alkaline phosphatase activity. Phosphatase activity did not show any co-relationship with microbial population of the milk samples. Similarly, the protein and carbohydrate content of the samples did not have any significant impact on both acid and alkaline phosphatase activity.

  5. Carbon and Nitrogen Sources Influence Tricalcium Phosphate Solubilization and Extracellular Phosphatase Activity by Talaromyces flavus.

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    Stefanoni Rubio, P J; Godoy, M S; Della Mónica, I F; Pettinari, M J; Godeas, A M; Scervino, J M

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    The aim of this work was to study phosphate (P) solubilization (and the processes involved in this event) by Talaromyces flavus (BAFC 3125) as a function of carbon and/or nitrogen sources. P solubilization was evaluated in NBRIP media supplemented with different carbon (glucose, sorbitol, sucrose, and fructose) and nitrogen (L-asparagine, urea, ammonium sulfate (AS), and ammonium nitrate (AN) combinations. The highest P solubilization was related to the highest organic acid production (especially gluconic acid) and pH drop for those treatments where glucose was present. Also P solubilization was higher when an inorganic nitrogen source was supplemented to the media when compared to an organic one. Although not being present an organic P source, phosphatase activity was observed. This shows that P mineralization and P solubilization can occur simultaneously, and that P mineralization is not induced by the enzyme substrate. The combination that showed highest P solubilization was for AN-glucose. The highest acid phosphatase activity was for AS-fructose, while for alkaline phosphatase were for AS-fructose and AN-fructose. Acid phosphatase activity was higher than alkaline. P solubilization and phosphatase activity (acid and alkaline) were influenced by the different carbon-nitrogen combinations. A better understanding of phosphate-solubilizing fungi could bring a better use of soil P. PMID:26407892

  6. Characterization and site-directed mutagenesis of Wzb, an O-phosphatase from Lactobacillus rhamnosus

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    Gilbert Christophe

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Reversible phosphorylation events within a polymerisation complex have been proposed to modulate capsular polysaccharide synthesis in Streptococcus pneumoniae. Similar phosphatase and kinase genes are present in the exopolysaccharide (EPS biosynthesis loci of numerous lactic acid bacteria genomes. Results The protein sequence deduced from the wzb gene in Lactobacillus rhamnosus ATCC 9595 reveals four motifs of the polymerase and histidinol phosphatase (PHP superfamily of prokaryotic O-phosphatases. Native and modified His-tag fusion Wzb proteins were purified from Escherichia coli cultures. Extracts showed phosphatase activity towards tyrosine-containing peptides. The purified fusion protein Wzb was active on p-nitrophenyl-phosphate (pNPP, with an optimal activity in presence of bovine serum albumin (BSA 1% at pH 7.3 and a temperature of 75°C. At 50°C, residual activity decreased to 10 %. Copper ions were essential for phosphatase activity, which was significantly increased by addition of cobalt. Mutated fusion Wzb proteins exhibited reduced phosphatase activity on p-nitrophenyl-phosphate. However, one variant (C6S showed close to 20% increase in phosphatase activity. Conclusion These characteristics reveal significant differences with the manganese-dependent CpsB protein tyrosine phosphatase described for Streptococcus pneumoniae as well as with the polysaccharide-related phosphatases of Gram negative bacteria.

  7. Structural Genomics of Protein Phosphatases

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    Almo,S.; Bonanno, J.; Sauder, J.; Emtage, S.; Dilorenzo, T.; Malashkevich, V.; Wasserman, S.; Swaminathan, S.; Eswaramoorthy, S.; et al

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    The New York SGX Research Center for Structural Genomics (NYSGXRC) of the NIGMS Protein Structure Initiative (PSI) has applied its high-throughput X-ray crystallographic structure determination platform to systematic studies of all human protein phosphatases and protein phosphatases from biomedically-relevant pathogens. To date, the NYSGXRC has determined structures of 21 distinct protein phosphatases: 14 from human, 2 from mouse, 2 from the pathogen Toxoplasma gondii, 1 from Trypanosoma brucei, the parasite responsible for African sleeping sickness, and 2 from the principal mosquito vector of malaria in Africa, Anopheles gambiae. These structures provide insights into both normal and pathophysiologic processes, including transcriptional regulation, regulation of major signaling pathways, neural development, and type 1 diabetes. In conjunction with the contributions of other international structural genomics consortia, these efforts promise to provide an unprecedented database and materials repository for structure-guided experimental and computational discovery of inhibitors for all classes of protein phosphatases.

  8. A critical evaluation of a specific radioimmunoassay for prostatic acid phosphatase

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    A radioimmunoassay (RIA) method for acid phosphatase detection was compared to a standard enzyme assay using sera from 210 normal volunteers and 285 patients with prostatic disease. Statistical and clinical comparisons were made between defined subgroups. All 55 normal females had RIA detectable serum acid phosphatase, implying that this assay cannot be entirely specific for enzyme of prostatic origin. Urinary catheterization did not affect acid phosphatase levels. In all stages of carcinoma there were more acid phosphatase elevations by the RIA method than enzyme method, but neither assay could differentiate intercapsular cancer from benign prostatic hyperplasia. A small number of patients with biopsy proven negative nodules had marginally elevated values, suggesting an obligation for closer follow-up. The RIA method may be superior for monitoring patients with more advanced malignancy. Additional practical advantages of the RIA include relative simplicity and elimination of the special serum handling required for the enzyme assay

  9. FOSFATASA ALCALINA (ALP) Y RUNX2 EN CULTIVOS CELULARES DE OSTEOBLASTOS ESTIMULADOS CON CAMPO ELÉCTRICO / ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE (ALP) AND RUNX2 IN CELL CULTURES STIMULATED OSTEOBLASTS ELECTRIC FIELD / FOSFATASE ALCALINA (ALP) E RUNX2 EM CULTIVOS CELULARES DE OSTEOBLASTOS ESTIMULADOS COM CAMPO ELÉTRICO

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    JORGE ARTURO, REY CUBILLOS; LEONARDO, LAREO; SANDRA, GUTIÉRREZ; MARCELA, GODOY CORREDOR.

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    Full Text Available O objeto deste estudo foi identificar o estímulo elétrico que deve ser aplicado em cultivos celulares de osteoblastos (Ob) para aumentar a expressão do gene da Fosfatase Alcalina (ALP) e o fator de transcrição Runx2. Foram cultivados Ob da American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) Ref. CRL 11372. Os c [...] ultivos foram estimulados a partir do quinto dia, quando as células apresentaram confluência, até o oitavo dia. O estímulo aplicado a cada grupo experimental foi de 100mV, 200mV, 300mV, 400mV e 500mV respectivamente, cultivou-se um grupo de controle não estimulado com cada grupo experimental. O campo elétrico foi gerado com corrente alternada (CA) e aplicou-se mediante duas placas de alumínio localizadas de forma lateral e paralela aos frascos de cultivo de 25cm2. Os níveis de expressão de mRNA foram medidos com a técnica quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). Com a aplicação do campo gerado com AC aumentou a expressão do fator de transcrição RunX2 em proporção direta ao aumento da voltagem aplicada. A expressão do gene de ALP foi inversamente proporcional à aplicação do estímulo e identificou-se uma diferença significativa entre a presença e ausência do estímulo, sendo maior na ausência do estímulo. O campo elétrico gerou um sinal que pode aumentar ou diminuir a expressão dos genes que mediam a formação de tecido ósseo. No caso de Runx2, favoreceu a diferenciação de células mesenquimais a Ob com a consequente atividade de remodelação e formação do tecido ósseo. Abstract in spanish El objeto de este estudio fue identificar el estímulo eléctrico que debe aplicarse en cultivos celulares de osteoblastos (Ob) para aumentar la expresión del gen de Fosfatasa Alcalina (ALP) y el factor de transcripción Runx2. Se cultivaron Ob de la American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) Ref. CRL 113 [...] 72. Los cultivos se estimularon del día cinco, cuando las células presentaron confluencia, hasta el día ocho. El estímulo aplicado a cada grupo experimental fue de 100mV, 200mV, 300mV, 400mV y 500mV respectivamente, se cultivó un grupo control no estimulado con cada grupo experimental. El campo eléctrico se generó con corriente alterna (AC) y se aplicó mediante dos placas de aluminio ubicadas de forma lateral y paralela a los frascos de cultivo de 25cm2. Los niveles de expresión de mRNA se midieron con la técnica quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). Con la aplicación de campo generado con AC aumentó la expresión del factor de transcripción RunX2 en proporción directa al aumento del voltaje aplicado. La expresión del gen de ALP fue inversamente proporcional a la aplicación del estímulo y se identificó una diferencia significativa entre la presencia y ausencia del estímulo, siendo mayor en ausencia del estímulo. El campo eléctrico generó una señal que puede aumentar o disminuir la expresión de los genes que median la formación de tejido óseo. En el caso de Runx2, favoreció la diferenciación de células mesenquimales a Ob con la consecuente actividad de remodelación y formación del tejido óseo. Abstract in english The purpose of this study was to identify the electrical fields to be applied in osteoblast (Ob) cell cultures, in order to increase the expression of Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP) gene and the transcription factor Runx2. Ob cultured where from the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) Ref CRL 11372. [...] Cell Cultures received stimulation at day five, when they showed a confluent monolayer organization until day eight. The stimulus applied to each experimental group was 100mV, 200mV, 300mV, 400mV and 500mV respectively, a control group was cultured without stimulation. The electric field is generated with altern current (AC) and applied with two aluminum plates located parallel to 25cm2 culture flasks. The mRNA expression levels were measured by reverse transcription quantitative technique polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). Aplication of AC increased expression of

  10. A clinical assessment of the relationship between bone scintigraphy and serum biochemical markers in hemodialysis patients

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    Renal osteodystrophy is a metabolic bone disease and a common complication of end-stage chronic renal failure and maintenance dialysis treatment. In this study, we examined the correlation between quantifying bone scintigraphy and serum biochemical markers in hemodialysis patients. Bone scintigraphy with technetium-99m-hydroxy-methylene-diphosphonate (99mTc-HMDP) was performed on 28 patients on maintenance hemodialysis. Bone scintigraphy was performed using a standard protocol and was quantified by setting regions of interest (ROIs) over selected regions. The bone-to-soft-tissue ratio (B/ST ratio) at each region was calculated in all patients. The B/ST ratios were then compared with serum biochemical markers. The B/ST ratio for the skull correlated well with serum bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (BAP) (r=0.735, p<0.001), serum deoxypyridinoline (DPD) (r=0.806, p<0.001) and intact parathyroid hormone (intact PTH) (r=0.701, p<0.001). The B/ST ratio for the lumbar spine correlated with intact PTH (r=0.387, p<0.05) but not with serum BAP or serum DPD. The B/ST ratio for the femoral neck correlated with serum DPD (r=0.431, p<0.05) and intact PTH (r=0.449, p<0.05) but not with serum BAP. Our data suggest that quantitative bone scintigraphy is a sensitive and useful method for evaluating bone metabolism in hemodialysis patients. The B/ST ratio for the skull may reflect changes of bone metabolism in hemodialysis patients. (author)

  11. Glucose-6-phosphatase deficiency

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    Labrune Philippe

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Glucose-6-phosphatase deficiency (G6P deficiency, or glycogen storage disease type I (GSDI, is a group of inherited metabolic diseases, including types Ia and Ib, characterized by poor tolerance to fasting, growth retardation and hepatomegaly resulting from accumulation of glycogen and fat in the liver. Prevalence is unknown and annual incidence is around 1/100,000 births. GSDIa is the more frequent type, representing about 80% of GSDI patients. The disease commonly manifests, between the ages of 3 to 4 months by symptoms of hypoglycemia (tremors, seizures, cyanosis, apnea. Patients have poor tolerance to fasting, marked hepatomegaly, growth retardation (small stature and delayed puberty, generally improved by an appropriate diet, osteopenia and sometimes osteoporosis, full-cheeked round face, enlarged kydneys and platelet dysfunctions leading to frequent epistaxis. In addition, in GSDIb, neutropenia and neutrophil dysfunction are responsible for tendency towards infections, relapsing aphtous gingivostomatitis, and inflammatory bowel disease. Late complications are hepatic (adenomas with rare but possible transformation into hepatocarcinoma and renal (glomerular hyperfiltration leading to proteinuria and sometimes to renal insufficiency. GSDI is caused by a dysfunction in the G6P system, a key step in the regulation of glycemia. The deficit concerns the catalytic subunit G6P-alpha (type Ia which is restricted to expression in the liver, kidney and intestine, or the ubiquitously expressed G6P transporter (type Ib. Mutations in the genes G6PC (17q21 and SLC37A4 (11q23 respectively cause GSDIa and Ib. Many mutations have been identified in both genes,. Transmission is autosomal recessive. Diagnosis is based on clinical presentation, on abnormal basal values and absence of hyperglycemic response to glucagon. It can be confirmed by demonstrating a deficient activity of a G6P system component in a liver biopsy. To date, the diagnosis is most commonly confirmed by G6PC (GSDIa or SLC37A4 (GSDIb gene analysis, and the indications of liver biopsy to measure G6P activity are getting rarer and rarer. Differential diagnoses include the other GSDs, in particular type III (see this term. However, in GSDIII, glycemia and lactacidemia are high after a meal and low after a fast period (often with a later occurrence than that of type I. Primary liver tumors and Pepper syndrome (hepatic metastases of neuroblastoma may be evoked but are easily ruled out through clinical and ultrasound data. Antenatal diagnosis is possible through molecular analysis of amniocytes or chorionic villous cells. Pre-implantatory genetic diagnosis may also be discussed. Genetic counseling should be offered to patients and their families. The dietary treatment aims at avoiding hypoglycemia (frequent meals, nocturnal enteral feeding through a nasogastric tube, and later oral addition of uncooked starch and acidosis (restricted fructose and galactose intake. Liver transplantation, performed on the basis of poor metabolic control and/or hepatocarcinoma, corrects hypoglycemia, but renal involvement may continue to progress and neutropenia is not always corrected in type Ib. Kidney transplantation can be performed in case of severe renal insufficiency. Combined liver-kidney grafts have been performed in a few cases. Prognosis is usually good: late hepatic and renal complications may occur, however, with adapted management, patients have almost normal life span. Disease name and synonyms Glucose-6-phosphatase deficiency or G6P deficiency or glycogen storage disease type I or GSDI or type I glycogenosis or Von Gierke disease or Hepatorenal glycogenosis.

  12. Retrospective Study of Serum Sclerostin Measurements in Bed Rest Subjects

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    Spatz, J. M.; Fields, E. E.; Yu, E. W.; Divieti, Pajevic P.; Bouxsein, M. L.; Sibonga, M. L.; Zwart, S. R.; Smith, S. M.

    2011-01-01

    Animal models and human studies suggest that osteocytes regulate the skeleton s response to mechanical unloading at the cellular level in part by an increase in sclerostin, an inhibitor of the anabolic Wnt pathway. However, few studies have reported changes in serum sclerostin in humans exposed to reduced mechanical loading. Thus, we determined changes in serum sclerostin and bone turnover markers in healthy adult men who participated in a controlled bed rest study. Seven healthy adult men (31 +/- 3 yrs old) underwent 90-day six-degree head down tilt bed rest at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston's Institute for Translational Sciences - Clinical Research Center (ITS-CRC). Serum sclerostin, PTH, serum markers of bone turnover (bone specific alkaline phosphatase, RANKL/OPG, and osteocalcin), urinary calcium and phosphorus excretion, and 24 hour pooled urinary markers of bone resorption (NTX, DPD, PYD) were evaluated pre-bed rest (BL), bed rest day 28 (BR-28), bed rest day 60 (BR-60), and bed rest day 90 (BR-90). In addition, bone mineral density (BMD) was assessed by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) at BL, BR-60, and post bed rest day 5 (BR+5). Data are reported as mean +/- standard deviation. We used repeated measures ANOVA to compare baseline values to BR-28, BR-60, and BR-90. RESULTS Consistent with prior reports, BMD declined significantly (1-2% per month) at weight-bearing skeletal sites (spine, hip, femur neck, and calcaneus). Serum sclerostin levels were elevated above BL at BR-28 (+29% +/- 20%, p = 0.003), BR-60 (+42% +/- 31%, p < 0.001), and BR-90 (22% +/- 21%, p = 0.07). Serum PTH levels were reduced at BR-28 (-17% +/- 16%, p = 0.02), BR-60 (-24% +/- 14%, p = 0.03), and returned to baseline at BR-90 (-21% +/- 21%, p = 0.14). Serum bone turnover markers did not change, however urinary bone resorption markers and calcium were significantly elevated following bed rest (p < 0.01). CONCLUSION We observed an increase of serum sclerostin associated with decreased serum PTH and elevated bone resorption markers in otherwise healthy men subjected to long-term immobilization.

  13. Modulation of antioxidant and phosphatase enzymes by beta-carotene against gamma radiation induced testicular disorders in albino rats

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    Beta-carotene is a group of plant compounds called carotenoids. It is a precursor for vitamin A and an important antioxidant. This study aimed to evaluate the radioprotective efficacy of ?-carotene against gamma radiation induced disorders in the testis of male albino rats, it included 4 groups: control group, treated group; animals of this group received a daily oral dose of ?-carotene (30 mg/kg body wt) for 1 week, irradiated group; animals of this group were subjected to whole body gamma irradiation at a dose level of 6 Gy, and treated-irradiated group; animals received a daily oral dose of ?-carotene (30 mg/ kg body wt) for 1 week before exposure to whole body gamma irradiation at a dose level of 6 Gy. 6 animals of each group were autopsied at 1, 3 and 5 days after ?-carotene treatment and/ or irradiation. All animals were subjected to the following investigations: acid phosphatase, alkaline phosphatase, glutathione and glutathione peroxidase in testis homogenate. In irradiated animals there was a highly significant decrease in testis alkaline phosphatase, glutathione and glutathione peroxidase activity. On the other hand, significant increase in acid phosphatase activity was observed. Treatment with ?-carotene before irradiation causes significant increase in alkaline phosphatase, glutathione and glutathione peroxidase activity and significant decrease in acid phosphatase activity compared to the irradiated group. The results of the present study indicated that ?-carotene ameliorated oxidative stress and the loss of cellular antioxidants and suggest that ?-carotene may reduce the radiation damage in testis of male albino rats

  14. Effect of Androctonus bicolor scorpion venom on the activities of serum enzymes in rats

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    Al-Asmari, Abdulrahman; Khan, Haseeb Ahmad; Manthiri, Rajamohammed Abbas

    2015-01-01

    We studied the effects of black fat-tailed scorpion (Androctonus bicolor) venom on the activities of liver enzymes including alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), gamma glutamyl transferase (GGT), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and creatine kinase (CK) in the sera of rats. The animals were subcutaneously injected with a single dose of crude Androctonus bicolor venom (200 ?g/kg bodyweight) and were sacrificed at different time intervals including 30 min, 1 h, 2 h, 4 h, 8 h and 24 h after venom injection. There was no significant change in ALT activity in rats injected with Androctonus bicolor venom. Although Androctonus bicolor venom did not produce any change in serum AST activity until 1 h post-dosing, it significantly decreased this enzyme activity at 2 h onwards. There were significant decreases in ALP activities throughout the study though mild surges in the enzyme activity were observed at 1 h and 8 h post-dosing. There was a continued significant decrease in serum LDH activity until 8 h after Androctonus bicolor venom injection followed by normalization of LDH activity at 24 h. The activities of serum CK and GGT were significantly decreased at all the time points following Androctonus bicolor envenomation in rats. In conclusion, Androctonus bicolor envenomation in rats significantly reduced the activities of serum enzymes including AST, ALP, LDH, CK and GGT. Androctonus bicolor venom induced hypomagnesemia may account for persistently reduced activities of liver enzymes due to the cofactor role of magnesium in enzyme activities. PMID:26380012

  15. Effect of Androctonus bicolor scorpion venom on the activities of serum enzymes in rats.

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    Al-Asmari, Abdulrahman; Khan, Haseeb Ahmad; Manthiri, Rajamohammed Abbas

    2015-01-01

    We studied the effects of black fat-tailed scorpion (Androctonus bicolor) venom on the activities of liver enzymes including alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), gamma glutamyl transferase (GGT), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and creatine kinase (CK) in the sera of rats. The animals were subcutaneously injected with a single dose of crude Androctonus bicolor venom (200 ?g/kg bodyweight) and were sacrificed at different time intervals including 30 min, 1 h, 2 h, 4 h, 8 h and 24 h after venom injection. There was no significant change in ALT activity in rats injected with Androctonus bicolor venom. Although Androctonus bicolor venom did not produce any change in serum AST activity until 1 h post-dosing, it significantly decreased this enzyme activity at 2 h onwards. There were significant decreases in ALP activities throughout the study though mild surges in the enzyme activity were observed at 1 h and 8 h post-dosing. There was a continued significant decrease in serum LDH activity until 8 h after Androctonus bicolor venom injection followed by normalization of LDH activity at 24 h. The activities of serum CK and GGT were significantly decreased at all the time points following Androctonus bicolor envenomation in rats. In conclusion, Androctonus bicolor envenomation in rats significantly reduced the activities of serum enzymes including AST, ALP, LDH, CK and GGT. Androctonus bicolor venom induced hypomagnesemia may account for persistently reduced activities of liver enzymes due to the cofactor role of magnesium in enzyme activities. PMID:26380012

  16. Association of Maternal Serum C- Reactive Protein Levels with Severity of Preeclampsia

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    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to investigate C-reactive protein (CRP level in preeclampsia (PE and its association with the severity of the disease. This cross-sectional study included 43 women with mild PE, 43 women with severe PE, and 43 healthy pregnant. They were selected in the third trimester of pregnancy in the Afzalipour Hospital, Kerman, Iran, from March 2006 to March 2007. Mean diastolic pressure and level of proteinuria were used as indicators of the severity of the disease. The results were analyzed by t-test and spearman's rank correlation coefficient. Hemoglobin, aspartate and alanine transaminase, creatinine and urine protein excretion, serum CRP, and alkaline phosphatase were higher in women with PE. There were significant correlations between serum CRP levels and diastolic blood pressure (r = 0.5, P = 0, urinary protein excretion (r = 0.5, P = 0, creatinine (r = 0.2, P = 0.003, spartate transaminase (r = 0.3, P = 0, alanine transaminase (r = 0.2, P = 0.006, and Hemoglobin (r = 0.2, P = 0.001. There were a negative correlation between serum CRP and weight of the new born (r = -0.09, P = 0.01 and gestational age in the time of delivery (r = -0.07, P = 0. We showed higher levels of CRP in women with PE. Elevated serum levels of CRP in PE women are, thus, correlated with severity of disease.

  17. Probing protein phosphatase substrate binding

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    Højlys-Larsen, Kim B.; Sørensen, Kasper Kildegaard; Jensen, Knud Jørgen; Gammeltoft, Steen

    2012-01-01

    profile of the integrin-linked kinase associated phosphatase (ILKAP), a member of the protein phosphatase 2C (PP2C) family. Phosphatases can potentially dephosphorylate these phosphopeptide substrates but, interestingly, performing the binding studies at 4 °C allowed efficient binding to phosphopeptides...... type handle. The results show that phosphopeptides tethered to a flexible solid support bind with high affinity and specificity to ILKAP, which is pulled down from lysates of cells transfected with ILKAP cDNA. Phosphorylation on Ser or Thr residues is important for binding of ILKAP, but sequences...... around the phosphorylated residue are important for the binding affinity of ILKAP. We conclude that solid-phase affinity pull-down of proteins from complex mixtures can be applied in phosphoproteomics and systems biology....

  18. Phosphate-solubility and phosphatase activity in Gangetic alluvial soil as influenced by organophosphate insecticide residues.

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    Majumder, Shyam Prasad; Das, Amal Chandra

    2016-04-01

    An experiment was conducted under laboratory conditions to investigate the effect of four organophosphate insecticides, viz. monocrotophos, profenophos, quinalphos and triazophos at their field application rates (0.75, 1.0, 0.5 and 0.6kga.i.ha(-1), respectively), on the growth and activities of phosphate solubilizing microorganisms in relation to availability of insoluble phosphates in the Gangetic alluvial soil of West Bengal, India. The proliferation of phosphate solubilizing microorganisms was highly induced with profenophos (38.3%), while monocrotophos exerted maximum stimulation (20.8%) towards the solubility of insoluble phosphates in soil. The phosphatase activities of the soil (both acid phosphatase and alkaline phosphatase) were significantly increased due to the incorporation of the insecticides in general, and the augmentation was more pronounced with quinalphos (43.1%) followed by profenophos (27.6%) for acid phosphatase, and with monocrotophos (25.2%) followed by profenophos (16.1%) for alkaline phosphatase activity in soil. The total phosphorus was highly retained by triazophos (19.9%) followed by monocrotophos (16.5%), while incorporation of triazophos and quinalphos manifested greater availability of water soluble phosphorus in soil. PMID:26720809

  19. Phosphate solubilization potential and phosphatase activity of rhizospheric Trichoderma spp.

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    Anil, Kapri; Lakshmi, Tewari.

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Trichoderma sp., a well known biological control agent against several phytopathogens, was tested for its phosphate (P) solubilizing potential. Fourteen strains of Trichoderma sp. were isolated from the forest tree rhizospheres of pinus, deodar, bamboo, guava and oak on Trichoderma selective medium. [...] The isolates were tested for their in-vitro P-solubilizing potential using National Botanical Research Institute Phosphate (NBRIP) broth containing tricalcium phosphate (TCP) as the sole P source, and compared with a standard culture of T. harzianum. All the cultures were found to solubilize TCP but with varying potential. The isolate DRT-1 showed maximum amount of soluble phosphate (404.07 µg.ml-1), followed by the standard culture of T. harzianum (386.42 µg.ml-1) after 96 h of incubation at 30+1(0)C. Extra-cellular acid and alkaline phosphatases of the fungus were induced only in the presence of insoluble phosphorus source (TCP). High extra-cellular alkaline phosphatase activity was recorded for the isolate DRT-1 (14.50 U.ml-1) followed by the standard culture (13.41 U.ml-1) at 72h. The cultures showed much lesser acid phosphatase activities. Under glasshouse conditions, Trichoderma sp. inoculation increased chickpea (Cicer arietinum) growth parameters including shoot length, root length, fresh and dry weight of shoot as well as roots, in P-deficient soil containing only bound phosphate (TCP). Shoot weight was increased by 23% and 33% by inoculation with the isolate DRT-1 in the soil amended with 100 and 200 mg TCP kg-1 soil, respectively, after 60 d of sowing. The study explores high P-solubilizing potential of Trichoderma sp., which can be exploited for the solubilization of fixed phosphates present in the soil, thereby enhancing soil fertility and plant growth.

  20. Phosphate solubilization potential and phosphatase activity of rhizospheric Trichoderma spp.

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    Anil Kapri

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Trichoderma sp., a well known biological control agent against several phytopathogens, was tested for its phosphate (P solubilizing potential. Fourteen strains of Trichoderma sp. were isolated from the forest tree rhizospheres of pinus, deodar, bamboo, guava and oak on Trichoderma selective medium. The isolates were tested for their in-vitro P-solubilizing potential using National Botanical Research Institute Phosphate (NBRIP broth containing tricalcium phosphate (TCP as the sole P source, and compared with a standard culture of T. harzianum. All the cultures were found to solubilize TCP but with varying potential. The isolate DRT-1 showed maximum amount of soluble phosphate (404.07 µg.ml-1, followed by the standard culture of T. harzianum (386.42 µg.ml-1 after 96 h of incubation at 30+1(0C. Extra-cellular acid and alkaline phosphatases of the fungus were induced only in the presence of insoluble phosphorus source (TCP. High extra-cellular alkaline phosphatase activity was recorded for the isolate DRT-1 (14.50 U.ml-1 followed by the standard culture (13.41 U.ml-1 at 72h. The cultures showed much lesser acid phosphatase activities. Under glasshouse conditions, Trichoderma sp. inoculation increased chickpea (Cicer arietinum growth parameters including shoot length, root length, fresh and dry weight of shoot as well as roots, in P-deficient soil containing only bound phosphate (TCP. Shoot weight was increased by 23% and 33% by inoculation with the isolate DRT-1 in the soil amended with 100 and 200 mg TCP kg-1 soil, respectively, after 60 d of sowing. The study explores high P-solubilizing potential of Trichoderma sp., which can be exploited for the solubilization of fixed phosphates present in the soil, thereby enhancing soil fertility and plant growth.

  1. Protein phosphatase 2A in stretch-induced endothelial cell proliferation

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    Murata, K.; Mills, I.; Sumpio, B. E.

    1996-01-01

    We previously proposed that activation of protein kinase C is a key mechanism for control of cell growth enhanced by cyclic strain [Rosales and Sumpio (1992): Surgery 112:459-466]. Here we examined protein phosphatase 1 and 2A activity in bovine aortic endothelial cells exposed to cyclic stain. Protein phosphatase 2A activity in the cytosol was decreased by 36.1% in response to cyclic strain for 60 min, whereas the activity in the membrane did not change. Treatment with low concentration (0.1 nM) of okadaic acid enhanced proliferation of both static and stretched endothelial cells in 10% fetal bovine serum. These data suggest that protein phosphatase 2A acts as a growth suppressor and cyclic strain may enhance cellular proliferation by inhibiting protein phosphatase 2A as well as stimulating protein kinase C.

  2. Serum biochemical and histopathological changes in liver and kidney in lambs after zinc oxide nanoparticles administration

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    H. Ganjealidarani

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: Zinc is an essential co-factor for many enzymatic activities and its deficiency may produce clinical signs of parakeratosis, loss and failure of growth of wool and hair in sheep. Aim: The present study was designed to evaluate the effect of zinc oxide nano-particles (instead conventional zinc oxide on serum biochemical factors and histopathological changes in liver and kidney of lambs. Materials and Methods: One group of lamb (4 lambs each group received zinc oxide nano-particles suspension daily for 25 day. Whole blood sample and serum were collected at the start and the end of study. Activities of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH, alanine aminotransferas (ALT, aspartate aminotransferase (AST, alkaline phosphatase (ALP, blood urea nitrogen (BUN, and creatinine (CR were measured in serum of lambs. Sections of liver and kidney were stained with hematoxylin-eosin and examined by light microscopy. Results: Activity of ALP (p=0.011 was significantly decreased and creatinine level (p=0.002 was significantly increased by zinc oxide nano-particles. Cell swelling, eosinophilic necrosis of hepatocytes, and multifocal interstitial nephritis was observed during histopatological examination. Conclusion: Results of study suggest that zinc oxide nano-particles may be toxic for use in sheep in zinc deficiency status. [Vet World 2013; 6(8.000: 534-537

  3. [False positive serum des-gamma-carboxy prothrombin after resection of hepatocellular carcinoma].

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    Hiramatsu, Kumiko; Tanaka, Yasuhito; Takagi, Kazumi; Iida, Takayasu; Takasaka, Yoshimitsu; Mizokami, Masashi

    2007-04-01

    Measurements of serum concentrations of des-gamma-carboxy-prothrombin (PIVKA-II) are widely used for diagnosing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Recently, when we evaluated the correlation of PIVKA-II between two commercially available PIVKA-II immunoassay kits (Lumipulse f vs. Picolumi) to introduce it in our hospital, false high values of PIVKA-II were observed in Lumipulse assay. Four(4%) of 100 serum samples showed false high values, and all of them were obtained from patients less than 2 month after curative resection of HCC. Examining additional 7 patients with HCC resection, serum samples from the 5 patients had the same trend. To elucidate the non-specific reaction by Lumipulse assay which utilized alkaline phosphatase (ALP) enzymatic reaction, inhibition assays by various absorbents such as inactive ALP and IgM antibodies were performed. Excess of inactive ALP reduced the high values of PIVKA-II. Note that anti-bleeding sheets (fibrinogen combined drug), which included bovine thrombin, were directly attached on liver of all patients with HCC resection in this study. As the sheets also contaminate ALP and probably produce IgM antibodies to ALP, the IgM may cross-react with anti-PIVKA-II antibodies directly. Taken together, it was suggested that produced antibodies against ALP derived from anti-bleeding sheets led false high values of PIVKA-II in the patients with HCC resection. PMID:17511263

  4. Effect of parenterally administered cystamine and gammaphos (WR-2721) on some biochemical parameters in dog blood serum

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    The effects were studied of intravenous and intramuscular administration of radioprotectives cystamine and gammaphos in dogs on the biochemical parameters of the blood serum. The activities were studied of enzymes aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, alkaline phosphatase, creatinine kinase, gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase, lactate dehydrogenase, malate dehydrogenase, sorbitol dehydrogenase and alpha-amylase. The contents were determined of total protein, albumin, bilirubin, urea nitrogen, creatinine, glucose, triglycerides, cholesterol, lipids, calcium, sodium and potassium. Cystamine was shown to be hepatotoxic. The intramuscular administration of gammaphos was found to be more advantageous than of cystamine. Only slight increase was observed in the activities of lactate dehydrogenase, malate dehydrogenase, and alpha-amylase. With cystamine, the changes in all biochemical parameters were most marked. (M.D.). 17 figs., 18 refs

  5. Effects of synthetic detergents on in vivo activity of tissue phosphatases and succinic dehydrogenase from Mystus vittatus

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    Mohan, D.; Verma, S.R.

    1981-05-01

    African catfish (Mystus vittatus) were exposed to three sub-lethal concentrations of Swascofix E45 (13.8, 9.2 and 4.6 mg/l) and Swascol 3L (69.3, 46.2 and 23.1 mg/l) for 15 and 30 days, and their effects on alkaline and acid phosphatase, and succinic dehydrogenase in liver, kidney and intestine were measured. The enzymes were found to be inhibited in all the tissues. Maximum inhibition (38.44%) was observed in liver alkaline phosphatase activity after 30 days with the highest concentration of Swascofix E45 and the lowest inhibition (0.118%) was found in kidney acid phosphatase activity with the lowest concentration of Swascol 3L after 15 days. Insignificant enzyme stimulation in some cases was also observed.

  6. Uranium in alkaline rocks

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    Murphy, M.; Wollenberg, H.; Strisower, B.; Bowman, H.; Flexser, S.; Carmichael, I.

    1978-04-01

    Geologic and geochemical criteria were developed for the occurrence of economic uranium deposits in alkaline igneous rocks. A literature search, a limited chemical analytical program, and visits to three prominent alkaline-rock localities (Ilimaussaq, Greenland; Pocos de Caldas, Brazil; and Powderhorn, Colorado) were made to establish criteria to determine if a site had some uranium resource potential. From the literature, four alkaline-intrusive occurrences of differing character were identified as type-localities for uranium mineralization, and the important aspects of these localities were described. These characteristics were used to categorize and evaluate U.S. occurrences. The literature search disclosed 69 U.S. sites, encompassing nepheline syenite, alkaline granite, and carbonatite. It was possible to compare two-thirds of these sites to the type localities. A ranking system identified ten of the sites as most likely to have uranium resource potential.

  7. Uranium in alkaline rocks

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    Geologic and geochemical criteria were developed for the occurrence of economic uranium deposits in alkaline igneous rocks. A literature search, a limited chemical analytical program, and visits to three prominent alkaline-rock localities (Ilimaussaq, Greenland; Pocos de Caldas, Brazil; and Powderhorn, Colorado) were made to establish criteria to determine if a site had some uranium resource potential. From the literature, four alkaline-intrusive occurrences of differing character were identified as type-localities for uranium mineralization, and the important aspects of these localities were described. These characteristics were used to categorize and evaluate U.S. occurrences. The literature search disclosed 69 U.S. sites, encompassing nepheline syenite, alkaline granite, and carbonatite. It was possible to compare two-thirds of these sites to the type localities. A ranking system identified ten of the sites as most likely to have uranium resource potential

  8. Advanced alkaline water electrolysis

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    MARINI, STEFANIA; SALVI, PAOLO; NELLI, PAOLO; PESENTI, RACHELE; Villa, Marco; Berrettoni, Mario; ZANGARI, GIOVANNI; Kiros, Yohannes

    2012-01-01

    A short review on the fundamental and technological issues relevant to water electrolysis in alkaline and proton exchange membrane (PEM) devices is given. Due to price and limited availability of the platinum group metal (PGM) catalysts they currently employ, PEM electrolyzers have scant possibilities of being employed in large-scale hydrogen production. The importance and recent advancements in the development of catalysts without PGMs are poised to benefit more the field of alkaline electro...

  9. Prostatic acid phosphatase by radioimmunoassay

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    Prostatic acid phosphatase values in 98 patients with prostatic carcinoma were measured by a commmercial radioimmunoassay (RIA) and by enzymatic assay. Forty-three carcinomas were staged by rigorous pathological criteria. Patients (N = 129) with benign prostatic hyperplasia were the control group. At 94% specificity, sensitivities of the RIA vs the enzymatic assay for clinically staged patients were as follows: stage A, 22% vs 6%; B, 29% vs 10%; C, 52% vs 38%; and D, 87% vs 80%. However, none of the seven patients with pathological stage A and B disease had a positive test result, and we suggest that variability in staging criteria accounts for the discrepant sensitivity claims reported. Prostatic acid phosphatase RIA should not be used for screening but as an adjunct for staging known prostatic carcinoma

  10. Phage & phosphatase: a novel phage-based probe for rapid, multi-platform detection of bacteria.

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    Alcaine, S D; Pacitto, D; Sela, D A; Nugen, S R

    2015-11-21

    Genetic engineering of bacteriophages allows for the development of rapid, highly specific, and easily manufactured probes for the detection of bacterial pathogens. A challenge for novel probes is the ease of their adoption in real world laboratories. We have engineered the bacteriophage T7, which targets Escherichia coli, to carry the alkaline phosphatase gene, phoA. This inclusion results in phoA overexpression following phage infection of E. coli. Alkaline phosphatase is commonly used in a wide range of diagnostics, and thus a signal produced by our phage-based probe could be detected using common laboratory equipment. Our work demonstrates the successful: (i) modification of T7 phage to carry phoA; (ii) overexpression of alkaline phosphatase in E. coli; and (iii) detection of this T7-induced alkaline phosphatase activity using commercially available colorimetric and chemilumiscent methods. Furthermore, we demonstrate the application of our phage-based probe to rapidly detect low levels of bacteria and discern the antibiotic resistance of E. coli isolates. Using our bioengineered phage-based probe we were able to detect 10(3) CFU per mL of E. coli in 6 hours using a chemiluminescent substrate and 10(4) CFU per mL within 7.5 hours using a colorimetric substrate. We also show the application of this phage-based probe for antibiotic resistance testing. We were able to determine whether an E. coli isolate was resistant to ampicillin within 4.5 hours using chemiluminescent substrate and within 6 hours using a colorimetric substrate. This phage-based scheme could be readily adopted in labs without significant capital investments and can be translated to other phage-bacteria pairs for further detection. PMID:26421320

  11. Study on prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP) immunoradiometric assay kit

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    This coat-antibody-count PAP IRMA is a solid-phase immunoradiometric assay based on two strains of monoclonal antibodies, designed for the quantitative measurement of prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP) in serum. The minimal detectable concentration is 0.1 ?g/L. The intra and inter coefficients of variation are 8.8%-9.6% and 7.7%-12.3%, respectively. The recovery is 96.3%-105.0% and the range of detection is 2.5-200.0 ?g/L

  12. Serum liver enzyme and histopathologic changes in calves with chronic and chronic-delayed Senecio jacobaea toxicosis.

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    Craig, A M; Pearson, E G; Meyer, C; Schmitz, J A

    1991-12-01

    Progressive changes in serum enzyme activity and liver histologic features were monitored in calves fed tansy ragwort (Senecio jacobaea)-contaminated pellets. The experiments were designed to simulate natural intoxicant ingestion conditions in relationship to the dose and duration of exposure to the toxic plant to correlate early laboratory diagnostic changes with the natural progression of the disease, thereby facilitating early diagnosis and intervention by veterinary clinicians. Eight calves were fed tansy ragwort and 4 additional calves served as controls. In group 1, 4 calves were continuously fed dried tansy ragwort mixed in a pelleted feed at a 5% concentration by dry weight until terminal liver disease developed. Serum liver enzyme (alkaline phosphatase, glutamate dehydrogenase, and gamma-glutamyltransferase) activities were monitored at weekly intervals in these calves and in the 2 controls. In group 2, 4 calves were fed the same contaminated feed for only 60 days, with return to normal feed for the duration of the trial. Two additional calves served as controls. Their liver enzyme activities were monitored every other week in conjunction with percutaneous liver biopsies. All 8 calves fed tansy ragwort-contaminated pellets developed terminal hepatopathy in either a chronic pattern (n = 6) or a chronic-delayed pattern (n = 2), with the onset of a moribund state or sudden death at 11 to 17 weeks and 27 to 51 weeks, respectively. The calves were euthanatized when classic terminal signs of hepatic encephalopathy first became evident. The clinicopathologic patterns of chronic and chronic-delayed toxicoses were typical of over 5,000 cases of field tansy toxicosis diagnosed at the diagnostic laboratory. Serum glutamate dehydrogenase was the first enzyme to increase in most animals, with a short-term increase to peak values followed by a rapid return to normal. This enzyme change was followed by increases in alkaline phosphatase and gamma-glutamyltransferase. Serum enzyme changes preceded development of recognizable histologic lesions. Vacuolar changes in hepatocyte nuclei, biliary hyperplasia, and fibrosis sequentially developed in liver biopsy specimens from each animal, whereas megalocytosis was not a predominant feature until necropsy. On the basis of our findings, we suggest that the optimal tests for diagnosis of pyrrolizidine alkaloid intoxication should consist of liver biopsy and determination of concurrent serum liver-enzyme activities. PMID:1686378

  13. [Winter serum levels of 25-hydroxy-vitamin D in Ushuaia and Buenos Aires].

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    Oliveri, M B; Ladizesky, M; Somoza, J; Martínez, L; Mautalen, C

    1990-01-01

    Public Health Annals recording diagnosis of nutritional rickets in patients admitted in Public Hospitals disclosed that from birth to age 14, in the period 1980-1981, the incidence was 2.7 higher in the Patagonia (latitude 39 degrees S to 55 degrees S) compared with the Pampeana Region and 8.5 higher than in the rest of the country. After informed parental consent 37 healthy children of Buenos Aires (34 degrees S) with an age of (Av +/- 1 SD) 7.0 +/- 1.2 years, 29 with an age of 13.1 +/- 1.5 years and 63 of Ushuaia (55 degrees S) with an age of 7.1 +/- 0.8 years were studied at the end of winter (August). Serum levels of 25-OH-D were as follows (mean +/- SE): Buenos Aires: 21.1 +/- 2.03 ng/ml (Average: seven years old), 19.0 +/- 1.18 ng/ml (children of thirteen years old) and Ushuaia: 9.3 +/- 0.64 ng/ml (p less than 0.001) (Fig. 2). Serum levels were below 8 ng/ml in 52% of the children in Ushuaia but only in 9% in Buenos Aires. Serum calcium and alkaline phosphatase levels were similar in the two groups but serum phosphate was higher in Ushuaia (Table 1). The calcium intake was greater in Ushuaia (811 +/- 49 mg/day) than in Buenos Aires (634 +/- 61 mg/day) and was correlated with 25-OH-D levels in children of Ushuaia (r = 0.50, p less than 0.001) but not in Buenos Aires (r = 0.08). The main source of calcium intake was vitamin D fortified milk. These results disclosed a significantly diminished level of serum 25-OH-D in Ushuaia.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:2130224

  14. Alkaline earth metal thiogallates

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    Alkaline rare-earth metal thiogallates of the MGa2S4 composition (M - Ca, Sr, Ba) are synthesized by interaction of alkaline rare-earth metal oxogallates and hydrogen sulphide upon heating. Investigations of the compounds by the method of X-ray diffraction analysis have shown that calcium and strontium compounds are crystallized in a rhombic structure, while barium compounds - in a cubic structure. The parameters of a unit cell and the number of atomic units in the formula have been determined. Thiogallates of the M3Ga2S6 composition have been synthesized, and their individual nature is demonstrated

  15. Protein kinase and phosphatase activities of thylakoid membranes

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    Dephosphorylation of the 25 and 27 kDa light-harvesting Chl a/b proteins (LHCII) of the thylakoid membranes is catalyzed by a phosphatase which differs from previously reported thylakoid-bound phosphatases in having an alkaline pH optimum (9.0) and a requirement for Mg2+ ions. Dephosphorylation of the 8.3 kDa psb H gene product requires a Mg2+ ion concentration more than 200 fold higher than that for dephosphorylation of LHC II. The 8.3 kDa and 27 kDa proteins appear to be phosphorylated by two distinct kinases, which differ in substrate specificity and sensitivity to inhibitors. The plastoquinone antagonist 2,5-dibromo-3-methyl-6-isopropyl-benzoquinone (DBMIB) inhibits phosphorylation of the 27 kDa LHC II much more readily than phosphorylation of the 8.3 kDa protein. A similar pattern of inhibition is seen for two synthetic oligopeptides (MRKSATTKKAVC and ATQTLESSSRC) which are analogs of the phosphorylation sites of the two proteins. Possible modes of action of DBMIB are discussed. 45 refs., 7 figs., 3 tabs

  16. Microrganismos do solo produtores de fosfatases em diferentes sistemas agrícolas Soil microorganisms phosphatase producers in different agricultural systems

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    Ely Nahas

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available Considerando-se que uma forma de prover fosfato disponível para as plantas é através da atividade mineralizadora microbiana do fósforo orgânico, avaliou-se a influência da planta (braquiária, guandu e sem planta, dos fertilizantes (superfosfato simples, fosfato de rocha e sem adubo e da calagem (com e sem calcário nas populações de microrganismos produtores de fosfatases ácida e alcalina. Do total de bactérias, 70,6% apresentaram atividade de fosfatase alcalina e 58,2% de fosfatase ácida e dos fungos, 64,3% e 84,7% respectivamente. Esses dados mostram número significativo de microrganismos com habilidade de mineralização do fósforo orgânico. Observou-se efeito restritivo do guandu sobre as bactérias e fungos produtores de fosfatases alcalina e ácida, cujos números foram sempre inferiores aos obtidos com a cultura de braquiária ou com as parcelas sem cultivo. Maior número de bactérias produtoras de fosfatase alcalina foi obtido nos tratamentos com superfosfato e controle do que com fosfato de rocha. Ao contrário, para os fungos, encontrou-se maior número nas parcelas não fertilizadas que as adubadas com fosfato. O número de fungos com atividade de fosfatase ácida diminuiu por efeito da calagem, enquanto o das bactérias aumentou. Finalmente, o número de bactérias produtoras de fosfatase alcalina superou o de fungos.Considering that one way for providing available phosphate to plants is by the microbial activity for the mineralization of organic phosphorus, the influence of plants (Brachiaria ruziziensis, Cajanus cajan and control, fertilizers (superphosphate, rock phosphate and control and liming (with and without lime was evaluated in the microorganisms populations of the acid and alkaline phosphatase producers. Among bacteria, 70,6% showed alkaline phosphatase activity and 58,2% acid phosphatase activity and among fungi, 64,3% and 84,7%, respectively. These numbers show that a significant population of microorganisms shows ability for organic phosphorus mineralization. Restrictive effect of the C. cajan was observed on the bacteria and fungi producers of the alkaline and acid phosphatases whose numbers always were lower to those obtained with the B. ruziziensis or with the plots without cultivation. Larger number of alkaline phosphatase bacterial producers was obtained in the treatments with superphosphate and control than that with rock phosphate. On the opposite, for fungi, a larger number was found in the plots with no fertilizer compared to the ones with fertilizer. The population of fungi having acid phosphatase activity decreased in the limed plots whereas the bacterial population increased. Finally, the alkaline phosphatase bacterial producers showed higher enzymatic activity than those of the fungi.

  17. Microrganismos do solo produtores de fosfatases em diferentes sistemas agrícolas / Soil microorganisms phosphatase producers in different agricultural systems

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    Ely, Nahas.

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available Considerando-se que uma forma de prover fosfato disponível para as plantas é através da atividade mineralizadora microbiana do fósforo orgânico, avaliou-se a influência da planta (braquiária, guandu e sem planta), dos fertilizantes (superfosfato simples, fosfato de rocha e sem adubo) e da calagem (c [...] om e sem calcário) nas populações de microrganismos produtores de fosfatases ácida e alcalina. Do total de bactérias, 70,6% apresentaram atividade de fosfatase alcalina e 58,2% de fosfatase ácida e dos fungos, 64,3% e 84,7% respectivamente. Esses dados mostram número significativo de microrganismos com habilidade de mineralização do fósforo orgânico. Observou-se efeito restritivo do guandu sobre as bactérias e fungos produtores de fosfatases alcalina e ácida, cujos números foram sempre inferiores aos obtidos com a cultura de braquiária ou com as parcelas sem cultivo. Maior número de bactérias produtoras de fosfatase alcalina foi obtido nos tratamentos com superfosfato e controle do que com fosfato de rocha. Ao contrário, para os fungos, encontrou-se maior número nas parcelas não fertilizadas que as adubadas com fosfato. O número de fungos com atividade de fosfatase ácida diminuiu por efeito da calagem, enquanto o das bactérias aumentou. Finalmente, o número de bactérias produtoras de fosfatase alcalina superou o de fungos. Abstract in english Considering that one way for providing available phosphate to plants is by the microbial activity for the mineralization of organic phosphorus, the influence of plants (Brachiaria ruziziensis, Cajanus cajan and control), fertilizers (superphosphate, rock phosphate and control) and liming (with and w [...] ithout lime) was evaluated in the microorganisms populations of the acid and alkaline phosphatase producers. Among bacteria, 70,6% showed alkaline phosphatase activity and 58,2% acid phosphatase activity and among fungi, 64,3% and 84,7%, respectively. These numbers show that a significant population of microorganisms shows ability for organic phosphorus mineralization. Restrictive effect of the C. cajan was observed on the bacteria and fungi producers of the alkaline and acid phosphatases whose numbers always were lower to those obtained with the B. ruziziensis or with the plots without cultivation. Larger number of alkaline phosphatase bacterial producers was obtained in the treatments with superphosphate and control than that with rock phosphate. On the opposite, for fungi, a larger number was found in the plots with no fertilizer compared to the ones with fertilizer. The population of fungi having acid phosphatase activity decreased in the limed plots whereas the bacterial population increased. Finally, the alkaline phosphatase bacterial producers showed higher enzymatic activity than those of the fungi.

  18. Diagnostic value of prostatic acid phosphatase as determined by radioimmunoassay

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    Serum concentrations of prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP) were determined with 4 different radioimmunoassays and with the standard enzymatic method (p-nitrophenylphosphate) in 35 patients with prostatic carcinoma. Staging of localized tumors was based on histopathological evaluation after radial prostatectomy and pelvic lymphnode dissection (pTsub(1-3), pN0). In tumor lesions Tsub(1-2) N0 M0 elevated PAP-serum concentrations were found by RIA-determination in only one patient. Increased PAP serum levels were observed in 43-78% of carcinomas stage T3 N0 M0 and in 54-83% in stage Tsub(2-4) Nsub(x) M1 tumors, depending on the test kit used for the PAP determination. Concentrations for PAP obtained with the 4 different RIA-kits used, varied significantly and thus are not comparable. No false positive results were observed in sera of 9 patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia. Elevated PAP serum levels were found in a significantly higher frequency when determined by radioimmunoassay than by the enzymatic method. The results clearly indicate, that PAP is of no value for early recognition of carcinoma of the prostate even when measured by radioimmunoassay. However, the RIA-method seems to be of clinical importance in estimating the course of advanced local and metastasizing carcinoma of the prostate. (orig.)

  19. Changes in selected hematology and serum biochemistry in Turkish Angora cats (Felis catus during growth period

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    Ozkan Simsek

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of the present study was to determine the changes in selected hematology and serum biochemistry of Angora cats (Felis catus during growth period. A total of 32 Angora cats (16 adults and 16 kittens were used in this study. Blood samples were collected from the animals, and were analyzed for white blood cells, red blood cells, hemoglobin, packed cell volume, mean corpuscular volume (MCV, mean corpuscular hemoglobin, mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration, granulocytes, monocytes and lymphocytes numbers. In the serum, alanine aminotransferase, aspartate aminotransferase (AST, alkaline phosphatase (ALP, gamma glutamyl transferase (GGT, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH, creatinine kinase (CK, total cholesterol, glucose, triglyceride, urea, creatinine, total protein, albumin, Ca, Mg, Pi levels were determined. Monocyte level was found higher, and ALP, LDH, CK activities and Pi levels were lower in adult cats as compared to the kittens. MCV was lower and GGT and AST activities, and glucose level were higher in kittens of 1.5-3 months old than in kittens of >3 months. Concentrations of total cholesterol and Mg were higher in kitten (1.5-3 months old than in adult cats. In conclusion, age related effects on hematological and biochemical blood parameters have been determined for the first time in Angora cats.

  20. Hematologic and serum biochemical parameters of apparently healthy rescued formosan pangolins (Manis pentadactyla pentadactyla).

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    Chin, Shih-chien; Lien, Chen-yah; Chan, Yating; Chen, Chun-lin; Yang, Yi- ching; Yeh, Lih-seng

    2015-03-01

    Natural habitats of pangolins are rapidly deteriorating because of extensive farming, logging, and human construction activities. In addition, the illegal trading of pangolins substantially accelerated the decline of the pangolins' population in southeastern Asia. The maintenance of confiscated pangolins in rescue centers is currently a daunting task for veterinarians and conservation biologists. There is limited information in the literature about the reference values regarding the physiology of pangolins. The purpose of this study is to establish reliable hematologic and serum biochemical reference values for the Formosan pangolin (Manis pentadactyla pentadactyla). Blood samples were collected from 51 apparently healthy pangolins from a population of 117 rescued pangolins at the Taipei Zoo. Sex-related differences were observed in platelet count, alanine aminotransferase level, mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration, and total protein level. Age-related differences were also noted; juveniles have significantly higher platelet counts and alkaline phosphatase levels than their adult counter parts. The hematologic and serum biochemical reference values for the Formosan pangolin presented in this study can be applied in the medical care of this important species during rescue attempts. It is the first systematic report of blood parameters of apparently healthy pangolins and provides a basis for future investigation of this species. The reference values reported in this study may also be applicable to other pangolin species in the genus Manis. PMID:25831578

  1. Seasonal hematology and serum chemistry of wild beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) in Bristol Bay, Alaska, USA.

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    Norman, Stephanie A; Goertz, Caroline E C; Burek, Kathy A; Quakenbush, Lori T; Cornick, Leslie A; Romano, Tracy A; Spoon, Tracey; Miller, Woutrina; Beckett, Laurel A; Hobbs, Roderick C

    2012-01-01

    We collected blood from 18 beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas), live-captured in Bristol Bay, Alaska, USA, in May and September 2008, to establish baseline hematologic and serum chemistry values and to determine whether there were significant differences in hematologic values by sex, season, size/age, or time during the capture period. Whole blood was collected within an average of 19 min (range=11-30 min) after the net was set for capture, and for eight animals, blood collection was repeated in a later season after between 80-100 min; all blood was processed within 12 hr. Mean hematocrit, chloride, creatinine, total protein, albumin, and alkaline phosphatase were significantly lower in May than they were in September, whereas mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration, monocytes, phosphorous, magnesium, blood urea nitrogen, alanine aminotransferase, aspartate aminotransferase, ?-glutamyltranspeptidase, and creatinine kinase were significantly higher. Mean total protein, white blood cell count, neutrophils, and lymphocytes were significantly higher early in the capture period than they were later. No significant differences in blood analyte values were noted between males and females. Using overall body length as a proxy for age, larger (older) belugas had lower white blood cell, lymphocyte, and eosinophil counts as well as lower sodium, potassium, and calcium levels but higher creatinine levels than smaller belugas. These data provide values for hematology and serum chemistry for comparisons with other wild belugas. PMID:22247370

  2. The study of chemiluminescence immunoassay for determination of human serum true insulin

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    To develop a highly sensitive CLIA to detect human serum true insulin, two specific monoclonal antibodies having different and distinct epitopes on insulin molecule were used in this study: one was coated on microtiter plate as the solid phase antibody and the other was labeled with alkaline phosphatase. Adamantine derivate was used as the substrate. The results showed that the sensitivity was 0.06 ?IU/mL, and the linear calibrator was in the range of 1.0-150 ?IU/mL. The CV of intra-and interbatches were 5.0% and 7.8%, respectively, and the mean recovery rate was 94.4%. According to measurement results of 200 samples (100 men and 100 women) the determination range was 0.52%-11.23 ?IU/mL for males, 0.75-10.66 ?IU/mL for females, and the mean value was 3.86, 3.62 ?IU/mL. There was no obvious difference between men and women. Chemiluminescence immunoassay (CLIA) is a simple and convenient, and can reflect truly the level of serum insulin. CLIA of insulin has application value in diagnosis and pathological research of diabetes mellitus. (authors)

  3. Development of a serum-free co-culture of human intestinal epithelium cell-lines (Caco-2/HT29-5M21

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    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The absorptive and goblet cells are the main cellular types encountered in the intestine epithelium. The cell lineage Caco-2 is a model commonly used to reproduce the features of the bowel epithelium. However, there is a strong debate regarding the value of Caco-2 cell culture to mimick in vivo situation. Indeed, some authors report in Caco-2 a low paracellular permeability and an ease of access of highly diffusible small molecules to the microvilli, due to an almost complete lack of mucus. The HT29-5M21 intestinal cell lineage is a mucin-secreting cellular population. A co-culture system carried out in a serum-free medium and comprising both Caco-2 and HT29-5M21 cells was developed. The systematic use of a co-culture system requires the characterization of the monolayer under a given experimental procedure. Results In this study, we investigated the activity and localization of the alkaline phosphatase and the expression of IAP and MUC5AC genes to determine a correlation between these markers and the cellular composition of a differentiated monolayer obtained from a mixture of Caco-2 and HT29-5M21 cells. We observed that the culture conditions used (serum-free medium did not change the phenotype of each cell type, and produced a reproducible model. The alkaline phosphatase expression characterizing Caco-2 cells was influenced by the presence of HT29-5M21 cells. Conclusion The culture formed by 75% Caco-2 and 25% HT29-5M21 produce a monolayer containing the two main cell types of human intestinal epithelium and characterized by a reduced permeability to macromolecules.

  4. Alkaline quinone flow battery.

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    Lin, Kaixiang; Chen, Qing; Gerhardt, Michael R; Tong, Liuchuan; Kim, Sang Bok; Eisenach, Louise; Valle, Alvaro W; Hardee, David; Gordon, Roy G; Aziz, Michael J; Marshak, Michael P

    2015-09-25

    Storage of photovoltaic and wind electricity in batteries could solve the mismatch problem between the intermittent supply of these renewable resources and variable demand. Flow batteries permit more economical long-duration discharge than solid-electrode batteries by using liquid electrolytes stored outside of the battery. We report an alkaline flow battery based on redox-active organic molecules that are composed entirely of Earth-abundant elements and are nontoxic, nonflammable, and safe for use in residential and commercial environments. The battery operates efficiently with high power density near room temperature. These results demonstrate the stability and performance of redox-active organic molecules in alkaline flow batteries, potentially enabling cost-effective stationary storage of renewable energy. PMID:26404834

  5. Alkaline quinone flow battery

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    2015-01-01

    Storage of photovoltaic and wind electricity in batteries could solve the mismatch problem between the intermittent supply of these renewable resources and variable demand. Flow batteries permit more economical long-duration discharge than solid-electrode batteries by using liquid electrolytes stored outside of the battery. We report an alkaline flow battery based on redox-active organic molecules that are composed entirely of Earth-abundant elements and are nontoxic, nonflammable, and safe f...

  6. Alkaline reaction powder concretes

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    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Current state of construction science causes during the construction of unique buildings, and construction of complex structures and their repair, high-strength binders and concretes based on them. High-strength concrete appeared in foreign practice in the early 60-ies different countries on an industrial scale started using concrete strength greater than 40 MPa. Particularly promising obtained at the end of the 80-ies of the twentieth century, the so-called reactive powder concrete - Reactive powder concretes (RPC. Concrete powder as reaction components due to the high dispersity and increased amounts of hydraulically active materials. At the same time, there exists a long form as slag-alkaline cementations binder, the activity of which, even without the use of special techniques used to improve the strength portland cement concrete, described above, up to 80 MPa. Fixed effect of the interaction between sodium silicate and iron salts and the resulting so-called slag slurry binder is a mixture of granulated blast furnace slag waste mining and processing (iron-bearing mineral complex, mixed with water. These two positions were the basis for a new type of concrete, a so-called slag-alkaline reactive powder concrete, which is a mixture of granulated blast furnace slag to iron- mineral complex, mixing an aqueous solution of the alkaline component with the addition of a polyalcohol. This type of binder has a compressive strength reaching 110 MPa.

  7. Effect of kidney-reinforcing and marrow-beneficial traditional Chinese medicine-intervened serum on the proliferation and osteogenic differentiation of bone marrow stromal cells

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    ZHOU, DA-AN; DENG, YUE-NING; LIU, LEI; LI, JIAN-JUN

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    The present study aimed to investigate the effect of kidney-reinforcing and marrow-beneficial traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)-intervened (KRMBTI)-serum on the proliferation and osteogenic differentiation of bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) in rats. Rat BMSCs were isolated and cultured in vitro with various concentrations of serum obtained from rats at different time-points following treatment with low, medium and high doses of KRMBT. The alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity and proliferation of the BMCSs was assessed to determine the optimal serum sampling time-point and serum concentration. Transforming growth factor (TGF)-?1 expression of the BMSCs was detected using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), and hepcidin mRNA expression in the rat livers was detected using reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. The proliferation of BMCSs treated with serum obtained l h after dosing was observed to be significantly higher than that for BMCSs treated with serum obtained at the four other time-points (P<0.05). Furthermore, the proliferation following treatment with 25% KRMBTI-serum was significantly higher than that for the other KRMBTI-serum concentrations (P<0.01). For a 25% concentration of the serum collected at l h, the proliferation in the high- and low-dose KRMBTI-serum groups was significantly higher than that of the medium-dose and control groups (P<0.01) and no statistical significance was observed between the high- and low-dose groups. In the osteogenic differentiation process of the high-dose group, the ALP activity at every time-point was significantly higher than that of the low-dose group and the peak value of the former was achieved at concentrations between 20 and 30%. KRMBTI-serum was shown to promote the expression of TGF-?1. Furthermore, hepcidin was observed to be expressed at significantly higher levels in the high-dose group than in the control group, and hepcidin expression was significantly higher after 10 weeks compared with that after five weeks. These findings suggest that KRMBTI-serum increases TGF-?1 and hepcidin expression levels, which may be the mechanism underlying the promotion of osteogenic differentiation induced by KRMBTI-serum in BMSCs. PMID:25452801

  8. Biomineralization of Uranium by PhoY Phosphatase Activity Aids Cell Survival in Caulobacter crescentus

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    Yung, M C [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Jiao, Y [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)

    2014-07-22

    Caulobacter crescentus is known to tolerate high levels of uranium [U(VI)], but its detoxification mechanism is poorly understood. Here we show that C. crescentus is able to facilitate U(VI) biomineralization through the formation of U-Pi precipitates via its native alkaline phosphatase activity. The U-Pi precipitates, deposited on the cell surface in the form of meta-autunite structures, have a lower U/Pi ratio than do chemically produced precipitates. The enzyme that is responsible for the phosphatase activity and thus the biomineralization process is identified as PhoY, a periplasmic alkaline phosphatase with broad substrate specificity. Furthermore, PhoY is shown to confer a survival advantage on C. crescentus toward U(VI) under both growth and nongrowth conditions. Results obtained in this study thus highlight U(VI) biomineralization as a resistance mechanism in microbes, which not only improves our understanding of bacterium-mineral interactions but also aids in defining potential ecological niches for metal-resistant bacteria.

  9. Development of electrochemical biosensor based on the immobilisation of alkaline fosfatase for the determination of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid

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    An electrochemical biosensor based on the immobilisation of alkaline phosphatase was developed for the determination of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D). The biosensor was constructed from the immobilization of alkaline phosphatase enzyme onto a screen-printed electrode (SPE). The ascorbic acid 2-phosphate (AA2P) was used as substrate for the enzymic reaction. The enzyme was entrapped in a hybrid sol-gel/ chitosan material with certain fixed composition. The determination of toxicity of 2,4-D pesticides quantitatively and qualitatively could be carried out by the inhibition of the alkaline phosphatase. A potential of +600 mV was suitable to be used for the oxidation of the products from the enzyme-substrate reaction, where the reaction pH was at 8.5. The linear response range of the biosensor to the AA2P substrates was 10 ?M - 80 ?M. The inhibition of the alkaline phosphatase enzyme of the 2,4-D biosensor was maximum at 80 ppm 2,4-D (50 % inhibition). (author)

  10. Detection of extracellular phosphatase activity at the single-cell level by Enzyme-Labeled Fluorescence and flow cytometry: The importance of time kinetics in ELFA labeling.

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    Duhamel, S.; Gregori, G.; Van Wambeke, F.; Nedoma, Ji?í

    75A, ?. 2 (2009), s. 163-168. ISSN 1552-4922 Grant ostatní: MŠMT(CZ) PAI Barrande 2005-06-009-01 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60170517 Keywords : alkaline phosphatase * ELF phosphate * heterotrophic bacteria Subject RIV: DA - Hydrology ; Limnology Impact factor: 3.032, year: 2009

  11. The application of radionuclide bone scintigraphy, serum PSA and ALP measurement in diagnosis of bone metastasis in prostate cancer patients

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    Objective: To evaluate the clinical value of radionuclide bone scintigraphy, serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) measurement in the diagnosis of bone metastasis(BM) in prostate cancer patients. Methods: The results of bone scans, serum PSA and ALP levels were reviewed in 37 patients with prostate cancer. Correlation analysis was performed between PSA, ALP levels and BM grade. Results: The incidence rate of osseous metastasis was 70.3% (26/37), the most common involved parts were spine and pelvis. The serum PSA level in 18 untreated patients with BM was all >20 ng/ml, which was significantly different with those in 9 untreated patients without BM(NBM) (P0.05), but significant difference could be received when the cutoff value is 0.4 ng/ml(P>0.05). There was a positive correlation between serum ALP levels and BM degree(r=0.752, P=0.01). The levels of PSA in untreated and treated patients also had positive correlation with BM grade (r=0.508, P=0.01; r=0.515, P=0.05). Conclusion: Radionuclide bone scintigraphy is major method in diagnosis of bone metastasis in prostate cancer patients currently. The levels of PSA ?20% ng/ml in Patients with newly diagnosed and untreated prostate cancer should undergo bone scintigraphy. For those treated patients, bone scintigraphy should be performed when the PSA is ?0.4 ng/ml. The diagnostic efficacy of ALP is better than that of PSA in untreated patients. The level of serum ALP is also correlates with the degree of BM. (authors)

  12. Level of serum 25-OHD in healthy children aged 0-36 months in Van - Original Article

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    Vefik Ar?ca

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Aim: In recent studies, it has been shown that prevalence of rachitism and vitamin D deficiency depend on regional differences such as climate, socioeconomic level and changing benefits of people from health services. Even if no clinical symptom has occurred, serum 25-hydroxy D (25-OHD level, which is the best indicator of vitamin D can be found low. Material and Method: In this study, serum 25-OHD levels of 112 healthy children, aging 0-36 months, who applied to the outpatient clinic of the Pediatrics and Gynecology Hospital for a routine control in Van, were analyzed. Nutrition style of mothers and their babies, duration of exposing to sunlight and taken vitamin supplements, were evaluated. Serum Ca, P, alkaline phosphatase and 25-OHD levels were studied and the left wrist x-rays were obtained. Abdominal ultrasonography was performed only the babies with serum 25-OHD level >150 ng/mL. Results: In our study, despite no clinical symptoms of rachitism regardless of gender, 25-OHD level <40 ng/mL was determined in 53.5% of the children and in %13,3 of these childrens serum level of 25-OHD was as low as <5 ng/mL, and suffering from heavy vitamin D deficieny. Conclusions: The breast-fed babies with no vitamin supplement did not show any sign of vitamin deficiency, but in 25-OHD levels were significantly low compared to the breast-fed babies with vitamin supplement. (Turk Arch Ped 2010; 45: 286-90

  13. The Influence of Sunlight Exposure on Serum Vitamin D Concentration and Bone Turnover; a controlled clinical trial

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    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available "nBackground: Sunlight exposure is one of the ways for vitamin D synthesis. However, its effect on vitamin D status via experimental studies is poorly understood. This study was undertaken to address the possibility that sunlight exposure may increase the levels of serum vitamin D, and alter bone turnover in healthy young girls."nMethods: In a controlled clinical trial, young girls were assigned to the test group (n= 45 or control group (n= 80. An out­door swimming pool was considered for this project and the test group was required to participate in these sessions at least for 8 sessions and to expose to direct sunlight at least for 20 minutes in each session. They were not allowed to use sun­screen during this time. Control group continued their usual manner of sun exposing. Serum levels of vitamin D, calcium, alkaline phosphatase, parathormone, osteocalcin and crossLaps were measured before and after duration of the study in both groups and compared between them."nResults: Subjects aged 27.46±8.78 years. Serum levels of vitamin D and bone markers were constant during the study in both groups. Changes of these variables were not significant between the groups after the study. Serum vitamin D in sub­jects with white skin color correlated with total time of direct sun exposing after the study (P= 0.002."nConclusion: Sunlight exposure did not affect the serum vitamin D and bone turnover in healthy young girls. However, sub­jects with bright skin complexion benefit from sunlight exposing more than those with a dark skin color in the case of vita­min D improvement.  

  14. Growth and extracellular phosphatase activity of arbuscular mycorrhizal hyphae as influenced by soil organic matter

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    Joner, E.J.; Jakobsen, I.

    1995-01-01

    Two experiments were set up to investigate the influence of soil organic matter on growth of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) hyphae and concurrent changes in soil inorganic P, organic P and phosphatase activity. A sandy loam soil was kept for 14 months under two regimes (outdoor where surplus precipi...... have influenced alkaline phosphatase excreted by other microorganisms, probably through competition for nutrients. Phosphatase activity was not correlated with the concentration of labile organic P in soil extracts.......Two experiments were set up to investigate the influence of soil organic matter on growth of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) hyphae and concurrent changes in soil inorganic P, organic P and phosphatase activity. A sandy loam soil was kept for 14 months under two regimes (outdoor where surplus...... precipitation leached through the soil, or indoor at constant moisture) with or without 9% (w/w) chopped wheat straw plus mineral N. Then the soils were partially sterilized and placed in two-compartment pots where mycorrhizal or non-mycorrhizal cucumber plants were grown in one root compartment (RC), and soils...

  15. Alkaline heap leach evaluation

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    The studies described here indicate that uranium ores similar to the type now being leached in-situ in South Texas are amenable to low-cost alkaline heap leaching, provided, of course, that adequate percolation can be maintained. For this particular ore, the major problem proved to be precipitation of calcium carbonate within the sand, resulting in loss of percolation. Once this problem was resolved, the ore leached at a suitable rate to show economic promise of relatively high-grade product liquors with respectable uranium extraction and recovery. 1 ref

  16. Alkaline fuel cells applications

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    Kordesch, Karl; Hacker, Viktor; Gsellmann, Josef; Cifrain, Martin; Faleschini, Gottfried; Enzinger, Peter; Fankhauser, Robert; Ortner, Markus; Muhr, Michael; Aronson, Robert R.

    On the world-wide automobile market technical developments are increasingly determined by the dramatic restriction on emissions as well as the regimentation of fuel consumption by legislation. Therefore there is an increasing chance of a completely new technology breakthrough if it offers new opportunities, meeting the requirements of resource preservation and emission restrictions. Fuel cell technology offers the possibility to excel in today's motive power techniques in terms of environmental compatibility, consumer's profit, costs of maintenance and efficiency. The key question is economy. This will be decided by the costs of fuel cell systems if they are to be used as power generators for future electric vehicles. The alkaline hydrogen-air fuel cell system with circulating KOH electrolyte and low-cost catalysed carbon electrodes could be a promising alternative. Based on the experiences of Kordesch [K. Kordesch, Brennstoffbatterien, Springer, Wien, 1984, ISBN 3-387-81819-7; K. Kordesch, City car with H 2-air fuel cell and lead-battery, SAE Paper No. 719015, 6th IECEC, 1971], who operated a city car hybrid vehicle on public roads for 3 years in the early 1970s, improved air electrodes plus new variations of the bipolar stack assembly developed in Graz are investigated. Primary fuel choice will be a major issue until such time as cost-effective, on-board hydrogen storage is developed. Ammonia is an interesting option. The whole system, ammonia dissociator plus alkaline fuel cell (AFC), is characterised by a simple design and high efficiency.

  17. Analysis of Smad Phosphatase Activity In Vitro.

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    Shen, Tao; Qin, Lan; Lin, Xia

    2016-01-01

    Phosphorylation of Smad1/5/8 at the C-terminal SXS motif by BMP type I receptors is one of the most critical events in BMP signaling. Conversely, protein phosphatases that dephosphorylate phospho-Smad1/5/8 can consequently prevent or terminate BMP signaling. PPM1H is an undercharacterized phosphatase in the PPM family. We recently demonstrated that PPM1H can dephosphorylate Smad1 in the cytoplasm and block BMP signaling responses in cellular assays. Here we describe in vitro method showing that PPM1H is a bona fide phosphatase for Smad1/5/8. PPM1H is produced as GST fusion protein in E. coli, and purified against glutathione sepharose beads. Bacterially purified recombinant PPM1H possesses phosphatase activity toward artificial substrate para-nitrophenyl phosphate (pNPP). Recombinant PPM1H also dephosphorylates immuno-purified phosphorylated Smad1 in test tubes. These direct in vitro phosphatase assays provide convincing evidence demonstrating the role of PPM1H as a specific phosphatase for P-Smad1. PMID:26520120

  18. Structure, mapping, and expression of erp, a growth factor-inducible gene encoding a nontransmembrane protein tyrosine phosphatase, and effect of ERP on cell growth.

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    Noguchi, T. (Takayoshi); Metz, R.; Chen, L.; Mattéi, M G; Carrasco, D.; Bravo, R.

    1993-01-01

    We have characterized a growth factor-inducible gene, erp, and demonstrated that it encodes a 367-amino-acid nontransmembrane tyrosine phosphatase protein with significant similarity to the vaccinia virus H1 protein. Immunoprecipitation analyses show that the erp protein, ERP, is rapidly induced following serum stimulation of quiescent fibroblasts. ERP has been expressed as a fusion protein with glutathione S-transferase and shown to have tyrosine as well as serine protein phosphatase activit...

  19. Influence of VAM Fungi, Azotobacter sp. and PSB on Soil Phosphatase Activity and Nutrients (N, P, K, Cu, Zn, Fe and Mn) Status in the Rhizosphere of Stevia rebaudiana (Bert.) Plants

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    G. Ramakrishnaiah; T. Vijaya

    2013-01-01

    The pot culture experiment was carried out to evaluate the influence of different combinations of microbial inoculants (VAM + AZO + PSB) on soil phosphatase activity andnutrients (N, P, K, Cu, Zn, Fe, Cu & Mn) of Steviarebaudia plant rhizosphere on 20th, 40th and 60th day. The study revealed that the combined application of microbial inoculants onsoil Alkaline and Acid phosphatase activity has been found maximum at 60th day in triple inoculated plants than dual inoculated and control. The re...

  20. Alkalinity and formation of zeolites in saline alkaline lakes.

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    Mariner, R H; Surdam, R C

    1970-11-27

    The solubility of rhyolitic glass increases with increasing alkalinity, whereas the ratio of silicon to aluminum decreases with increasing alkalinity. The strong correlation observed between alkalinity and zeolite mineralogy in saline, alkaline lakes is thought to be a function of this relationship between pH and the Si/Al ratio. It is suggested that this function is a result of the reaction between silicic glass and alkaline solution whereby (i) a gel forms, whose Si/Al ratio is controlled by the Si/Al ratio of the solution, and (ii) a zeolite forms from the gel, whose Si/Al ratio is, in turn, controlled by the composition of the gel. PMID:17834613

  1. Fasted and postprandial response of serum physiological response, hepatic antioxidant abilities and HSP70 expression in Wuchang bream (Megalobrama amblycephala) fed different dietary carbohydrate levels

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    Chuanpeng, Zhou; Xianping, Ge; Bo, Liu; Jun, Xie; Ruli, Chen.

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The effect of dietary carbohydrate (CHO) level on serum physiological response, hepatic antioxidant abilities and heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) expression of Wuchang bream (Megalobrama amblycephala) was studied. Two isonitrogenous (28.56% crude protein) and isolipidic (5.28% crude lipid) diets were [...] formulated to contain 30% or 53% wheat starch. Diets were fed for 90 days to fish in triplicate tanks (28 fish per tank). At the end of feeding trial, significantly higher serum triglyceride level, insulin level, cortisol level, and malondialdehyde (MDA) content were observed in fish fed the 53% CHO diet, while significantly lower serum total protein content, alkaline phosphatase activity, superoxide dismutase activity and total antioxidative capacity were found in fish fed the 53% CHO diet compared with those fed the 30% diet. The relative level of hepatic heat shock protein 70 mRNA was significantly higher in the 53% CHO group than that in the 30% CHO at 6, 12 and 48 h after feeding. Ingestion of 53% dietary CHO impacts the nonspecific immune ability and causes metabolic stress in Megalobrama amblycephala.

  2. Fasted and postprandial response of serum physiological response, hepatic antioxidant abilities and HSP70 expression in Wuchang bream (Megalobrama amblycephala fed different dietary carbohydrate levels

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    Chuanpeng Zhou

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The effect of dietary carbohydrate (CHO level on serum physiological response, hepatic antioxidant abilities and heat shock protein 70 (HSP70 expression of Wuchang bream (Megalobrama amblycephala was studied. Two isonitrogenous (28.56% crude protein and isolipidic (5.28% crude lipid diets were formulated to contain 30% or 53% wheat starch. Diets were fed for 90 days to fish in triplicate tanks (28 fish per tank. At the end of feeding trial, significantly higher serum triglyceride level, insulin level, cortisol level, and malondialdehyde (MDA content were observed in fish fed the 53% CHO diet, while significantly lower serum total protein content, alkaline phosphatase activity, superoxide dismutase activity and total antioxidative capacity were found in fish fed the 53% CHO diet compared with those fed the 30% diet. The relative level of hepatic heat shock protein 70 mRNA was significantly higher in the 53% CHO group than that in the 30% CHO at 6, 12 and 48 h after feeding. Ingestion of 53% dietary CHO impacts the nonspecific immune ability and causes metabolic stress in Megalobrama amblycephala.

  3. Titania nanotube delivery fetal bovine serum for enhancing MC3T3-E1 activity and osteogenic gene expression

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    Titania nanotube (TNT) delivery of fetal bovine serum (FBS) was conducted on titanium (Ti) to enhance bone tissue repair. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) showed FBS increased the tube wall thickness and decreased the tube diameter. Attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared further confirmed that FBS completely covered the TNT and changed the surface composition. Water contact angle tests showed TNT/FBS possessed hydrophilic properties. Compared to original Ti, the TNT/FBS group had more attached osteoblasts after 2 h and enhanced filopodia growth at 0.5 h. Significantly, more osteoblasts were also observed on TNT/FBS after 7 d culturing. FBS was released steadily from TNT; about 70% of FBS had been released at 3 d and 90% at 5 d, as shown by the bicinchoninic acid method. TNT/FBS also enhanced subsequent osteoblast differentiation and gene expression; the quantum real-time polymerase chain reaction test showed that TNT/FBS up-regulated alkaline phosphatase and osteocalcin gene expression at 7 d and 14 d. Therefore, TNT/FBS delivered sustained in situ nutrition and enhanced osteoblast activity and osteogenic gene expression. - Highlights: • Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS) was filled in titania nanotube (TNT) structures. • FBS provided sustained-release in situ nutrition for surface osteoblast growth. • TNT/FBS enhanced osteoblast activity and osteogenic gene expression

  4. Bioprecipitation of uranium from alkaline waste solutions using recombinant Deinococcus radiodurans

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    Kulkarni, Sayali; Ballal, Anand; Apte, Shree Kumar, E-mail: aptesk@barc.gov.in

    2013-11-15

    Highlights: • Deinococcus radiodurans was genetically engineered to overexpress alkaline phosphatase (PhoK). • Deino-PhoK bioprecipitated U efficiently over a wide range of input U concentration. • A maximal loading of 10.7 g U/g of biomass at 10 mM input U was observed. • Radioresistance and U precipitation by Deino-PhoK remained unaffected by ? radiation. • Immobilization of Deino-PhoK facilitated easy separation of precipitated U. -- Abstract: Bioremediation of uranium (U) from alkaline waste solutions remains inadequately explored. We engineered the phoK gene (encoding a novel alkaline phosphatase, PhoK) from Sphingomonas sp. for overexpression in the radioresistant bacterium Deinococcus radiodurans. The recombinant strain thus obtained (Deino-PhoK) exhibited remarkably high alkaline phosphatase activity as evidenced by zymographic and enzyme activity assays. Deino-PhoK cells could efficiently precipitate uranium over a wide range of input U concentrations. At low uranyl concentrations (1 mM), the strain precipitated >90% of uranium within 2 h while a high loading capacity of around 10.7 g U/g of dry weight of cells was achieved at 10 mM U concentration. Uranium bioprecipitation by Deino-PhoK cells was not affected in the presence of Cs and Sr, commonly present in intermediate and low level liquid radioactive waste, or after exposure to very high doses of ionizing radiation. Transmission electron micrographs revealed the extracellular nature of bioprecipitated U, while X-ray diffraction and fluorescence analysis identified the precipitated uranyl phosphate species as chernikovite. When immobilized into calcium alginate beads, Deino-PhoK cells efficiently removed uranium, which remained trapped in beads, thus accomplishing physical separation of precipitated uranyl phosphate from solutions. The data demonstrate superior ability of Deino-PhoK, over earlier reported strains, in removal of uranium from alkaline solutions and its potential use in bioremediation of nuclear and other waste.

  5. Serum Proteins and Some Biochemical Parameters in Broiler Chickens Fed with Raw and Treated Bitter Vetch (Vicia ervilia Seeds

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    Gh. Sadeghi

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available This study carried out to evaluate the effect of bitter vetch seeds on serum proteins and biochemical parameters in broiler chickens. A total of 1320 one-day old broiler chicks of a commercial breed were placed in 64 pens. Treatments were included raw and four different processed bitter vetch seeds in three levels (150, 300 and 450 g kg-1 and a corn-soybean based diet as control. Each treatment group consisted of four replicates. Processing methods were included soaked in water for 12 h, autoclaved, then dried at room temperature (SAD; ground, soaked in water for 24 h, autoclaved and dried (GSAD; ground, soaked in water for 47 h with exchange water every 12 h, cooked and dried (GSCD and ground, soaked at 1% acetic acid solution for 24 h at 60°C (AA. Feeding raw, AA and GSAD seeds decreased serum albumin significantly (p<0.05 in 21 days old chicks. Chickens that fed with raw and treated bitter vetch seed had lower ?1 and ? globulins than control (p<0.05. Increasing raw and treated bitter vetch seeds from 15 to 30 and 45% decreased albumin, ?1 and ? globulins and increased ?2 and ? globulins significantly (p<0.05. In 14 days old chicks feeding raw and treated biter vetch had no effect on serum urea, but uric acid concentration decreased significantly (p<0.05. Feeding SAD seeds increased serum urea significantly (p<0.05, but uric acid concentration did not change with feeding raw and treated bitter vetch seeds in 42 day old chicks. Adding raw and treated bitter vetch seeds to diet increased T4 and decreased T3 concentrations in all ages. At 28 days old chicks, feeding raw and treated biter vetch seeds decreased alkaline phosphatase concentration significantly than control. Results showed that raw bitter vetch seeds have some toxic effects on metabolism in broiler chickens and GSCD and SAD treatments were more effective to detoxification of this seed.

  6. Alkaline phosphatase predicts relapse in chronic hepatitis C patients with end-of-treatment response

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    Gerd Bodlaj, Rainer Hubmann, Karim Saleh, Tatjana Stojakovic, Georg Biesenbach, Jörg Berg

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To investigate relapse predictors in chronic hepatitis C (CHC patients with end-of-treatment response (ETR, after pegylated interferon-? (PegIFN-? and ribavirin treatment.METHODS: In a retrospective study we evaluated a spectrum of predictors of relapse after PegIFN-? and ribavirin treatment in 86 CHC patients with ETR. Viral loads were determined with real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. Hepatitis C virus genotyping was performed by sequencing analysis. Patients with genotype 1 were treated for 48 wk with 180 ?g PegIFN-?2a or 1.5 ?g/kg PegIFN-?2b once weekly plus ribavirin at a dosage of 1000 mg/d for those under 75 kg or 1200 mg/d for those over 75 kg. Patients with genotypes 2 and 3 were treated for 24 wk with 180 ?g PegIFN-?2a or 1.5 ?g/kg PegIFN-?2b once weekly plus ribavirin at a dosage of 800 mg/d.RESULTS: In all ETR patients, binary logistic regression analysis identified absence of complete early virological response (cEVR (OR 27.07, 95% CI: 3.09-237.26, P 26 kg/m2 (OR: 8.27, 95% CI: 2.22-30.84, P < 0.005 as independent predictors of relapse. When cEVR patients were analyzed exclusively, ALP prior to therapy < 75 U/L remained the only predictor of relapse.CONCLUSION: Lower levels of ALP prior to, during and after therapy seem to be associated with a higher risk of relapse in CHC patients with ETR.

  7. Localization of inclusion bodies in Escherichia coli overproducing beta-lactamase or alkaline phosphatase.

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    Georgiou, G.(); Telford, J N; Shuler, M L; Wilson, D. B.

    1986-01-01

    High-level synthesis of the periplasmic protein beta-lactamase in Escherichia coli caused the formation of insoluble protein precipitates called inclusion bodies. beta-Lactamase inclusion bodies differed from those reported previously in that they appeared to be localized in the periplasmic space, not in the cytoplasm. The inclusion bodies contained mature beta-lactamase and were solubilized more easily than has been reported for cytoplasmic inclusion bodies. In contrast, overproduction of th...

  8. Resveratrol Increases Bone Mineral Density and Bone Alkaline Phosphatase in Obese Men

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    Ornstrup, Marie Juul; Harsløf, Torben; Kjær, Thomas Nordstrøm; Langdahl, Bente Lomholt; Pedersen, Steen Bønløkke

    2014-01-01

    Context: Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is associated with low-grade inflammation, which may harmfully affect bone. Resveratrol (RSV) possesses anti-inflammatory properties, and rodent studies suggest bone protective effects. Objective: This study sought to evaluate effects of RSV treatment on bone in men with MetS. Setting and Design: The study was conducted at Aarhus University Hospital as a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial assessing changes in bone turnover markers, bone minera...

  9. Resolvin E1-induced intestinal alkaline phosphatase promotes resolution of inflammation through LPS detoxification

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    Campbell, Eric L.; MacManus, Christopher F.; Kominsky, Douglas J; Keely, Simon; Glover, Louise E; Bowers, Brittelle E.; Scully, Melanie; Bruyninckx, Walter J; Colgan, Sean P

    2010-01-01

    Resolvin-E1 (RvE1) has been demonstrated to promote inflammatory resolution in numerous disease models. Given the importance of epithelial cells to coordination of mucosal inflammation, we hypothesized that RvE1 elicits an epithelial resolution signature. Initial studies revealed that the RvE1-receptor (ChemR23) is expressed on intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) and that microarray profiling of cells exposed to RvE1 revealed regulation of inflammatory response gene expression. Notably, RvE1 i...

  10. Dietary free fatty acids form alkaline phosphatase-enriched microdomains in the intestinal brush border membrane

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    Hansen, Gert H; Rasmussen, Karina; Niels-Christiansen, Lise-Lotte; Danielsen, E Michael

    2011-01-01

    Free fatty acids released during intralumenal digestion of dietary fat must pass through the enterocyte brush border membrane before triacylglycerol reassembly and subsequent chylomicron delivery to the lymph system. In the present work fluorescent BODIPY fatty acid analogs were used to study this membrane passage in organ cultured intestinal mucosal explants. We found that in addition to a rapid uptake into the cytoplasm, a fraction of the fatty acid analogs were inserted directly into the brus...

  11. Amino acid sequence of the cold-active alkaline phosphatase from Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua)

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    Asgeirsson, Bjarni; Nielsen, Berit Noesgaard; Højrup, Peter

    2003-01-01

    -linked glycosylation sites were found. The glycan structure was determined as complex biantennary in type with fucose and sialic acid attached, although a trace of complex tri-antennary structure was also observed. A three-dimensional model was obtained by homology modelling using the human placental AP scaffold. Cod...

  12. Method of metabolic staining of the ERM - alkaline phosphatase and NADH diaphorase.

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    Vosátka, Miroslav

    Uppsala : Department of Microbiology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 1998 - (Kling, M.), s. 19-20 [ICOM 2 Workshop. Uppsala (SE), 01.07.1998-04.07.1998] R&D Projects: GA AV ?R KSK2017602 Subject RIV: EF - Botanics

  13. Alkaline phosphatases in microbialites and bacterioplankton from Alchichica soda lake, Mexico.

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    Valdespino-Castillo, P.M.; Alcantara-Hernandez, R.J.; Alcocer, J.; Merino-Ibarra, M.; Macek, Miroslav; Falcon, L.I.

    2014-01-01

    Ro?. 90, ?. 2 (2014), s. 504-519. ISSN 0168-6496 Institutional support: RVO:60077344 Keywords : dissolved organic phosphorus utilization * extracellular enzymes * microbial functional diversity Subject RIV: EE - Microbiology, Virology Impact factor: 3.568, year: 2014

  14. Dickkopf-1 and sclerostin serum levels in patients with systemic mastocytosis.

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    Rossini, Maurizio; Viapiana, Ombretta; Zanotti, Roberta; Tripi, Gaia; Perbellini, Omar; Idolazzi, Luca; Bonifacio, Massimiliano; Adami, Silvano; Gatti, Davide

    2015-05-01

    Bone involvement, mainly osteoporosis but also osteosclerosis, is frequent in patients with indolent systemic mastocytosis (ISM). The recent characterization of the canonical Wnt/?-catenin pathway in the regulation of bone remodeling provided important insights for our understanding of the pathophysiology of a number of conditions. The regulation of Wnt pathway in bone is predominantly driven by the production of receptor inhibitors such as Dickkopf-1 (DKK1) and sclerostin (SOST). This study aimed to explore if the various bone involvements in patients with ISM might be explained by variations in serum levels of DKK1 and SOST. This is a cross-sectional study in an adult ISM cohort (13 men and 13 women with diagnosed ISM) and fifty-two healthy sex and age-matched controls. Early morning, fasting and venous sampling was obtained in all subjects. The main outcome measures were serum bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (bALP), C-terminal telopeptides of type I collagene (CTX), DKK1, SOST, parathyroid hormone (PTH), bone mineral density, and prevalent vertebral fractures. Mean DKK1 serum levels were about two-folds higher in patients, than in controls (65,0 ± 43.3 vs. 33.1 ± 19.4 pmol/L, respectively; p < 0.001), irrespective of the presence of osteoporotic or diffuse osteosclerotic bone involvement. DKK1 serum levels were positively correlated with PTH and both CTX and bALP. Mean SOST serum levels were not significantly different in patients versus controls, and we did not observe any significant correlation between SOST and any available clinical or laboratory parameters, with the only exception of a positive correlation with age. In conclusion, in our study, we observed that DKK1, but not SOST, serum levels significantly increased in ISM patients with various bone involvements, and correlated with PTH and bone turnover markers. Our results suggest that the Wnt/?-catenin pathway is not primarily involved in the pathophysiology of the array of bone involvement in ISM. PMID:25694360

  15. Alkaline battery, separator therefore

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    Schmidt, George F. (Inventor)

    1980-01-01

    An improved battery separator for alkaline battery cells has low resistance to electrolyte ion transfer and high resistance to electrode ion transfer. The separator is formed by applying an improved coating to an electrolyte absorber. The absorber, preferably, is a flexible, fibrous, and porous substrate that is resistant to strong alkali and oxidation. The coating composition includes an admixture of a polymeric binder, a hydrolyzable polymeric ester and inert fillers. The coating composition is substantially free of reactive fillers and plasticizers commonly employed as porosity promoting agents in separator coatings. When the separator is immersed in electrolyte, the polymeric ester of the film coating reacts with the electrolyte forming a salt and an alcohol. The alcohol goes into solution with the electrolyte while the salt imbibes electrolyte into the coating composition. When the salt is formed, it expands the polymeric chains of the binder to provide a film coating substantially permeable to electrolyte ion transfer but relatively impermeable to electrode ion transfer during use.

  16. Defining Starch Binding by Glucan Phosphatases

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    Auger, Kyle; Raththagala, Madushi; Wilkens, Casper; Svensson, Birte; Gentry, Matthew

    Starch is a vital energy molecule in plants that has a wide variety of uses in industry, such as feedstock for biomaterial processing and biofuel production. Plants employ a three enzyme cyclic process utilizing kinases, amylases, and phosphatases to degrade starch in a diurnal manner. Starch is...... comprised of the branched glucan amylopectin and the more linear glucan amylose. Our lab has determined the first structures of these glucan phosphatases and we have defined their enzymatic action. Despite this progress, we lacked a means to quickly and efficiently quantify starch binding to glucan...

  17. [Evaluation of serum PIVKA-II by Lumipulse PrestoII assay].

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    Hiramatsu, Kumiko; Tanaka, Yasuhito; Takagi, Kazumi; Kani, Satomi; Goto, Takaaki; Takasaka, Yoshimitsu; Matsuura, Kentaro; Sugauchi, Fuminaka; Moriyama, Kazushige; Murakami, Hiroshi; Kitajima, Sachiko; Mizokami, Masashi

    2009-03-01

    Measurements of serum concentrations of Des-gamma-carboxy Prothrombin (PIVKA-II) are widely used for diagnosing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Recently, in Lumipulsef assay, it was reported that antibodies against alkaline phosphatase (ALP) derived from anti bleeding sheets led false high values of PIVKA-II in the patients with HCC resection. To improve the previous issue, newly developed Lumipulse PrestoII assay was examined. (1) The assay was reliable and positively correlated with the previous assays (Lumipulse f and Picolumi, R = 0.997 and 0.994 (n=115), respectively). (2) Eleven cases, which had false high values of PIVKA-II by the Lumipulsef assay, were examined by the PrestoII assay with excess of inactive ALP. The false high values of 10 cases were improved, but only one was still high. False reactivity of this case was stronger than other cases, more effective adsorption was required. (3) Comparing the absorbent activity of inactive ALP among 6 different kinds, we found inactive ALP with much higher adsorbent activity. When this inactive ALP was applied to assay, false high values of PIVKA-II were improved in all 11 cases. In conclusion, the PrestoII assay, which applies the inactive ALP with high activity, is reliable and useful for clinical screening. PMID:19363989

  18. Ovarian dysgerminoma with normal serum tumour markers presenting in a child with precocious puberty.

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    Kamal, Naglaa M; Khan, Ubaidullah; Mirza, Shazia; Mazoun, Kais; Mirza, Farahat M; Jundi, Majd

    2015-01-01

    A 7-year-old female child was presented to the emergency room with acute abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding. Her assessment revealed a firm large lower abdominal mass with evidence of precocious puberty with bilaterally symmetrically enlarged breast (Tanner stage B4-P1-A1). Abdominal imaging showed a well-defined soft midline pelvi-abdominal single mass measuring 7.0×12.6×11.7 cms with no ascites. Serum tumour markers including lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), beta-subunit of human chorionic gonadotropin (B-hCG) and luteinizing hormone/follicular stimulating hormone (LH/FSH) were all normal. At operation, there was a huge abdominal tumour weighing 558 grams, localized to the right ovary sparing the left ovary, uterus, lymph nodes and other abdominal organs. Unilateral right salpingo-oophorectomy was performed. Histopathologic examination revealed ovarian dysgerminoma with intact capsule; FIGO Ia. Immunohistochemical stainings were positive for placental alkaline phosphatase (PALP), CD 117(c-kit) and calretinin focally but was negative for cancer antigen-125 (CA-125), B-hCG, S-100, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), and leukocyte common antigen (LCA). Being fitting in the low risk classification, the wait and see protocol was selected with strict follow-up with pediatric oncologist and pediatric surgeon. Along the duration of 2 years follow up, there was no more vaginal bleeding with dramatic reduction of the breast size and no recurrence. PMID:26458677

  19. Effect of Phosphatases Activity in the Hepatopancreas and Muscle of the Fresh Water Female Field Crab, Spiralothelphusa hydrodroma (Herbst Treated with Cypermethrin

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    R. S. Sreenivasan

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available The fresh water field crab, Spiralothelphusa hydrodroma is an important human food source in parts of South India and the crab is constantly exposed to pesticides, which are used extensively to control agricultural pests. Evaluation of the toxic effect of cypermethrin on the experimental crab for the LC₅₀ value was carried out. Effect of cypermethrin on the biochemical changes in the hepatopancreas and muscle was observed. Quantitative study of biochemical changes of acid phosphatase and alkaline phosphatase were undertaken.

  20. Enzyme kinetic characterization of protein tyrosine phosphatases

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    Peters, Günther H.J.; Branner, S.; Møller, K. B.; Andersen, J.N.; Møller, N.P.H.

    2003-01-01

    Protein tyrosine phosphatases (PTPs) play a central role in cellular signaling processes, resulting in an increased interest in modulating the activities of PTPs. We therefore decided to undertake a detailed enzyme kinetic evaluation of various transmembrane and cytosolic PTPs (PTPalpha, PTPbeta...

  1. Atypical DUSPs: 19 phosphatases in search of a role

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    Bayón, Yolanda; Alonso, Andrés

    2010-01-01

    Atypical Dual Specificity Phosphatases (A-DUSPs) are a group of 19 phosphatases poorly characterized. They are included among the Class I Cys-based PTPs and contain the active site motif HCXXGXXR conserved in the Class I PTPs. These enzymes present a phosphatase domain similar to MKPs, but lack any substrate targeting domain similar to the CH2 present in this group. Although most of these phosphatases have no more than 250 amino acids, their size ranges from the 150 resid...

  2. Phosphatase activity in Antarctica soil samples as a biosignature of extant life

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    Sato, Shuji; Itoh, Yuki; Takano, Yoshinori; Fukui, Manabu; Kaneko, Takeo; Kobayashi, Kensei

    Microbial activities have been detected in such extreme terrestrial environments as deep lithosphere, a submarine hydrothermal systems, stratosphere, and Antarctica. Microorganisms have adapted to such harsh environments by evolving their biomolecules. Some of these biomolecules such as enzymes might have different characteristics from those of organisms in ordinary environments. Many biosignatures (or biomarkers) have been proposed to detect microbial activities in such extreme environments. A number of techniques are proposed to evaluate biological activities in extreme environments including cultivation methods, assay of metabolism, and analysis of bioorganic compounds like amino acids and DNA. Enzyme activities are useful signature of extant life in extreme environments. Among many enzymes, phosphatase could be a good indicator of biological activities, since phosphate esters are essential for all the living terrestrial organisms. In addition, alkaline phosphatase is known as a typical zinc-containing metalloenzyme and quite stable in environments. We analyzed phosphatase activities in Antarctica soil samples to see whether they can be used as biosignatures for extant life. In addition, we characterized phosphatases extracted from the Antarctica soil samples, and compared with those obtained from other types of environments. Antarctica surface environments are quite severe environments for life since it is extremely cold and dry and exposed to strong UV and cosmic rays. We tried to evaluate biological activities in Antarctica by measuring phosphatase activities. Surface soil samples are obtained at the Sites 1-8 near Showa Base in Antarctica during the 47th Japan Antarctic exploration mission in 2005-6. Activities of acid phosphatase (ACP) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) are measured spectrophotometrically after mixing the powdered sample and p-nitrophenyl phosphate solution (pH 6.5 for ACP, pH 8.0 for ALP). ALP was characterized after extraction from soils with Tris-HCl buffer (pH 9.0), where the activity was measured fluorometrically with 4-methylumbelliferyl phosphate (pH 8.0) as a substance. The soil of Site 8 (near a penguin rookery) showed almost the same level of ACP and ALP activities as usual surface soil sampled in YNU campus, while the soil of Sites 1-7 showed much less activities. ALP in the extract from the soil of Site 8 was characterized. It showed the maximal at 338 K, while ALP from the campus soil showed the maximal at 358 K. Gel filtration chromatography showed that the ALP activity was found only in the fraction whose molecular weights were over 60000. The ALP activity was diminished with EDTA and was recovered with addition of zinc ion. The present results showed that zinc-containing metalloenzymes, which had lower optimum temperature than those in usual environments, are present in Antarctica soil. It was suggested that phosphatases are good bio-signatures for extant life in extreme environments.

  3. Interaction of alkali and alkaline earth ions with Ochratoxin A

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    The effect of alkali and alkaline earth ions on the chemical equilibrium of mono- and dianionic forms of the mycotoxin Ochratoxin A (OTA) and their bonding onto the surface of Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) have been investigated by fluorescence spectroscopy and fluorescence polarization techniques. Our results show that alkali metal ions shift the chemical equilibrium towards formation of dianionic form of OTA. Furthermore, the alkaline earth ions can compete with BSA for binding to OTA when these ions are present in millimolar concentrations. Our data also highlight the possibility that the “free” fraction of OTA (not bound onto the surface of albumin) or at least a part of it is present in cation-bound form in body fluids. These observations are supported by stability constants and quantum-chemical calculations. Among the studied alkaline metal ions magnesium showed the highest affinity towards OTA under physiological conditions. Further research is required to analyze the potential significance of Mg2+–OTA complex in cellular uptake and/or elimination of the toxin in the human body. - Highlights: ? Fluorescence spectroscopy reveals cation–Ochratoxin A (OTA) interactions. ? Alkali ions shift the equilibrium of OTA to formation of a dianionic structure. ? Alkaline earth ions directly bind to OTA in the order: Mg2+, Ca2+, Ba2+. ? Quantum chemical calculations and logK values support our experimental data.

  4. Evaluation of Changes of Factors Related to Liver Function in Serum of Horse by Administration of Cichorium intybus

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    H. Najafzadeh

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Chicory (Cichorium intybus is a plant that is cultured in some area of Iran, including Khozestan. All of parts of the chicory especially its leave and root have medicinal properties. It is traditionally used for treatment icterus, renal failure, gout and arthritis in human. Important side effects were not reported from this plant. Excretion substances like uric acid are clinically important in some pathological conditions such as urecemia and icterus in horse. However the pharmacological effect of chicory was not evaluated in horses. The present study was conducted for evaluation effect of leave of chicory on changes of factors related to liver function in serum of horse. In this study, 8 Arabian horses were selected. They had 10-20 years and were clinically in normal conditions. The horses were fed routine diet. The dried leave of chicory was daily added to food of horses at 0.5 g/kg for 15 days. The blood of horses was daily collected before, during and 6 days after chicory administration. The serum was isolated and uric acid, Alanine Transferase (ALT, Aspartate Transferase (AST, Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP, Lactate Dehydrogenase (LDH, conjugated and total billirubin, total protein and albumin concentrations were measured. The mean of these factors were statistically compared. Chicory consumption did not statistically change concentration of above factors. Thus, chicory dose not affect concentration of ALT, AST, ALP, LDH, conjugated and total billirubin, total protein and albumin and uric acid in serum of horse in normal condition; but it may be benefit in pathological conditions.

  5. Comparison of phosphorus fractions and phosphatase activities in coastal wetland soils along vegetation zones of Yancheng National Nature Reserve, China

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    Huang, Lidong; Zhang, Yaohong; Shi, Yiming; Liu, Yibo; Wang, Lin; Yan, Ning

    2015-05-01

    Phosphorus (P) fractions and phosphatase activities were measured in 22 coastal wetland soils with typical vegetation successions in Yancheng National Nature Reserve, China. P forms and phosphatase activities varied greatly from site to site even under the same vegetation cover. NH4Cl-P, bicarbonate/dithionite extracted P and NaOH-P were remarkably higher (p plants, Spartina alterniflora, than in soils with the native species Suaeda salsa, Scirpus mariquete and Phragmites australis. HCl-P and refractory P showed little variation. No significant differences were detected for either alkaline phosphatase (ALAP) or acid phosphatase (ACAP) among the soils. All of the above properties were much higher in soils with plant growth compared to bare flat soils. Regression analysis demonstrated that organic matter (OM), Al, Ca, Fe and total P (TP) were able to explain more than 70% of the variations in the P fractions (except 29% of NH4Cl-P), and OM was the most important contributing factor. ALAP and ACAP were irrelevant to P but were significantly related to TOC, suggesting that carbon was a limiting factor for P mineralization in this area. Owing to its huge biomass and densities, Spartina alterniflora displayed great potential for carbon input, thus facilitating P mineralization and cycling. The results enhance our understanding of P availability differences in this area covered by invasive and native vegetation.

  6. Identification of PTP? as an autophagic phosphatase

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    Martin, Katie R; Xu, Yong; Looyenga, Brendan D.; Davis, Ryan J.; Wu, Chia-Lun; Tremblay, Michel L; Xu, H. Eric; MacKeigan, Jeffrey P.

    2011-01-01

    Macroautophagy is a dynamic process whereby portions of the cytosol are encapsulated in double-membrane vesicles and delivered to the lysosome for degradation. Phosphatidylinositol-3-phosphate (PtdIns3P) is concentrated on autophagic vesicles and recruits effector proteins that are crucial for this process. The production of PtdIns3P by the class III phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase Vps34, has been well established; however, protein phosphatases that antagonize this early step in autophagy remai...

  7. Identification of PTP? as an autophagic phosphatase

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    Martin, Katie R.; Xu, Yong; Looyenga, Brendan D.; Davis, Ryan J.; Wu, Chia-Lun; Tremblay, Michel L.; Xu, H. Eric; MacKeigan, Jeffrey P.

    2011-01-01

    Macroautophagy is a dynamic process whereby portions of the cytosol are encapsulated in double-membrane vesicles and delivered to the lysosome for degradation. Phosphatidylinositol-3-phosphate (PtdIns3P) is concentrated on autophagic vesicles and recruits effector proteins that are crucial for this process. The production of PtdIns3P by the class III phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase Vps34, has been well established; however, protein phosphatases that antagonize this early step in autophagy remain to be identified. To identify such enzymes, we screened human phosphatase genes by RNA interference and found that loss of PTP?, a dual-domain protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTP), increases levels of cellular PtdIns3P. The abundant PtdIns3P-positive vesicles conferred by loss of PTP? strikingly phenocopied those observed in cells starved of amino acids. Accordingly, we discovered that loss of PTP? hyperactivates both constitutive and induced autophagy. Finally, we found that PTP? localizes to PtdIns3P-positive membranes in cells, and this vesicular localization is enhanced during autophagy. We therefore describe a novel role for PTP? and provide insight into the regulation of autophagy. Mechanistic knowledge of this process is crucial for understanding and targeting therapies for several human diseases, including cancer and Alzheimer's disease, in which abnormal autophagy might be pathological. PMID:21303930

  8. Alkanoates of alkaline earth elements

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    Carboxylates of alkaline-earth elements of the composition M(RCOO)2·nRCOOH, M(RCOO)2·mH2O, M(RCOO)2 (M-Ca, Sr, Ba; RCOOH - butyric, isobutyric, valeric, isovaleric, pivalic acids) were synthesized. The compounds prepared are characterized by the methods of elementary, thermal analyses and IR spectroscopy. Complex character of IR spectra of alkaline earth alkanoates indicates the presence of ionic COO--groups coordinated in different ways in their composition. It is ascertained that M(RCOO)2 is thermally stable up to 350 deg C

  9. Synthesis of functionalized fluorescent gold nanoclusters for acid phosphatase sensing

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    Sun, Jian; Yang, Fan; Yang, Xiurong

    2015-10-01

    A novel and convenient one-pot but two-step synthesis of fluorescent gold nanoclusters, incorporating glutathione (GSH) and 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid (MUA) as the functionalized ligands (i.e. AuNCs@GSH/MUA), is demonstrated. Herein, the mixing of HAuCl4 and GSH in aqueous solution results in the immediate formation of non-fluorescent GSH-Au+ complexes, and then a class of ~2.6 nm GSH-coated AuNCs (AuNCs@GSH) with mild orange-yellow fluorescence after several days. Interestingly, the intense orange-red emitting ~1.7 nm AuNCs@GSH/MUA can be synthesized within seconds by introducing an alkaline aqueous solution of MUA into the GSH-Au+ complexes or AuNC@GSH solution. Subsequently, a reliable AuNC@GSH/MUA-based real-time assay of acid phosphatase (ACP) is established for the first time, inspired by the selective coordination of Fe3+ with surface ligands of AuNCs, the higher binding affinity between the pyrophosphate ion (PPi) and Fe3+, and the hydrolysis of PPi into orthophosphate by ACP. Our fluorescent chemosensor can also be applied to assay ACP in a real biological sample and, furthermore, to screen the inhibitor of ACP. This report paves a new avenue for synthesizing AuNCs based on either the bottom-up reduction or top-down etching method, establishing real-time fluorescence assays for ACP by means of PPi as the substrate, and further exploring the sensing applications of fluorescent AuNCs.A novel and convenient one-pot but two-step synthesis of fluorescent gold nanoclusters, incorporating glutathione (GSH) and 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid (MUA) as the functionalized ligands (i.e. AuNCs@GSH/MUA), is demonstrated. Herein, the mixing of HAuCl4 and GSH in aqueous solution results in the immediate formation of non-fluorescent GSH-Au+ complexes, and then a class of ~2.6 nm GSH-coated AuNCs (AuNCs@GSH) with mild orange-yellow fluorescence after several days. Interestingly, the intense orange-red emitting ~1.7 nm AuNCs@GSH/MUA can be synthesized within seconds by introducing an alkaline aqueous solution of MUA into the GSH-Au+ complexes or AuNC@GSH solution. Subsequently, a reliable AuNC@GSH/MUA-based real-time assay of acid phosphatase (ACP) is established for the first time, inspired by the selective coordination of Fe3+ with surface ligands of AuNCs, the higher binding affinity between the pyrophosphate ion (PPi) and Fe3+, and the hydrolysis of PPi into orthophosphate by ACP. Our fluorescent chemosensor can also be applied to assay ACP in a real biological sample and, furthermore, to screen the inhibitor of ACP. This report paves a new avenue for synthesizing AuNCs based on either the bottom-up reduction or top-down etching method, establishing real-time fluorescence assays for ACP by means of PPi as the substrate, and further exploring the sensing applications of fluorescent AuNCs. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr04826e

  10. Widespread presence of "bacterial-like" PPP phosphatases in eukaryotes

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    2004-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In eukaryotes, PPP (protein phosphatase P family is one of the two known protein phosphatase families specific for Ser and Thr. The role of PPP phosphatases in multiple signaling pathways in eukaryotic cell has been extensively studied. Unlike eukaryotic PPP phosphatases, bacterial members of the family have broad substrate specificity or may even be Tyr-specific. Moreover, one group of bacterial PPPs are diadenosine tetraphosphatases, indicating that bacterial PPP phosphatases may not necessarily function as protein phosphatases. Results We describe the presence in eukaryotes of three groups of expressed genes encoding "non-conventional" phosphatases of the PPP family. These enzymes are more closely related to bacterial PPP phosphatases than to the known eukaryotic members of the family. One group, found exclusively in land plants, is most closely related to PPP phosphatases from some ?-Proteobacteria, including Rhizobiales, Rhodobacterales and Rhodospirillaceae. This group is therefore termed Rhizobiales / Rhodobacterales / Rhodospirillaceae-like phosphatases, or Rhilphs. Phosphatases of the other group are found in Viridiplantae, Rhodophyta, Trypanosomatidae, Plasmodium and some fungi. They are structurally related to phosphatases from psychrophilic bacteria Shewanella and Colwellia, and are termed Shewanella-like phosphatases, or Shelphs. Phosphatases of the third group are distantly related to ApaH, bacterial diadenosine tetraphosphatases, and are termed ApaH-like phosphatases, or Alphs. Patchy distribution of Alphs in animals, plants, fungi, diatoms and kinetoplasts suggests that these phosphatases were present in the common ancestor of eukaryotes but were independently lost in many lineages. Rhilphs, Shelphs and Alphs form PPP clades, as divergent from "conventional" eukaryotic PPP phosphatases as they are from each other and from major bacterial clades. In addition, comparison of primary structures revealed a previously unrecognised (I/L/VD(S/TG motif, conserved in all bacterial and "bacterial-like" eukaryotic PPPs, but not in "conventional" eukaryotic and archaeal PPPs. Conclusions Our findings demonstrate that many eukaryotes possess diverse "bacterial-like" PPP phosphatases, the enzymatic characteristics, physiological roles and precise evolutionary history of which have yet to be determined.

  11. RECLAMATION OF ALKALINE ASH PILES

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    The objective of the study was to develop methods for reclaiming ash disposal piles for the ultimate use as agricultural or forest lands. The ashes studied were strongly alkaline and contained considerable amounts of salts and toxic boron. The ashes were produced from burning bit...

  12. Alkaline resistant ceramics; Alkalimotstaandskraftiga keramer

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    Westberg, Stig-Bjoern [Vattenfall Utveckling AB, Aelvkarleby (Sweden)

    2001-02-01

    Despite durability in several environments, ceramics and refractories can not endure alkaline environments at high temperature. An example of such an environment is when burning biofuel in modern heat and power plants in which the demand for increasing efficiency results in higher combustion temperatures and content of alkaline substances in the flue gas. Some experiences of these environments has been gained from such vastly different equipment as regenerator chambers in the glass industry and MHD-generators. The grains of a ceramic material are usually bonded together by a glassy phase which despite it frequently being a minor constituent render the materials properties and limits its use at elevated temperature. The damage is usually caused by alkaline containing low-melting phases and the decrease of the viscosity of the bonding glass phase which is caused by the alkaline. The surfaces which are exposed to the flue gas in a modern power plant are not only exposed to the high temperature but also a corroding and eroding, particle containing, gas flow of high velocity. The use of conventional refractory products is limited to 1300-1350 deg C. Higher strength and fracture toughness as well as durability against gases, slag and melts at temperatures exceeding 1700 deg C are expected of the materials of the future. Continuous transport of corrosive compounds to the surface and corrosion products from the surface as well as a suitable environment for the corrosion to occur in are prerequisites for extensive corrosion to come about. The highest corrosion rate is therefore found in a temperature interval between the dew point and the melting point of the alkaline-constituent containing compound. It is therefore important that the corrosion resistance is sufficient in the environment in which alkaline containing melts or slag may appear. In environments such as these, even under normal circumstances durable ceramics, such as alumina and silicon carbide, are attacked. Furthermore, the durability of the silicon carbide is reduced already by small amount of alkaline components in the flue gas. This report is an effort to identify areas for continued research activities. The work is primarily based on conclusions drawn from published articles. The areas in which further studied are most needed are: description of the corroding environment, studies of the mechanism of corrosion and evaluation and development of bonding systems or sintering methods. Two categories of material which can be of special interest due to the inertness of the crystals are different types of mullite and spinel.

  13. Creatine kinase serum activity in feline hyperthyroidism / Atividade sérica da creatinina quinase no hipertireoidismo felino

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    Mauro José Lahm, Cardoso; Fabiano Séllos, Costa; Luciane, Holsback; Thais Helena Constantino, Patelli; Maíra, Melussi; Ademir, Zacarias Júnior; Rafael, Fagnani.

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    Full Text Available O hipertireoidismo é uma doença endócrina comum em gatos, resultante da excessiva secreção dos hormônios tireoidianos (tiroxina-T4 e triiodotironina-T3), possui caráter multissistemico e provoca várias alterações nos parametros bioquímicos. A creatina quinase (CK) é uma enzima que tem sua atividade [...] sérica aumentada em diversas enfermidades e, na medicina veterinária, é principalmente utilizada para avaliar lesões no músculo esquelético, músculo cardíaco e tecido hepático. O objetivo deste estudo foi determinar a ocorrência da atividade sérica da CK em gatos com hipertireoidismo e suas associações com alterações clínico-patológicas e com a tiroxina total (TT4) e livre (FT4). A atividade sérica da CK foi avaliada em 19 gatos com hipertireodismo espontâneo, com TT4 variando de 34,88-294,98nmol L-1 e FT4 variando de 2,83-52,9nmol L-1. Sua atividade estava elevada em 47,3% dos gatos (?250U L-1) e apresentou diferença estatística (P Abstract in english The aim of this study is to determine the occurrence of creatine kinase (CK) serum activity in cats with hyperthyroidism and its associations with clinical-pathological alterations and with total (TT4) and free (FT4) thyroxin. CK serum activity was evaluated in 19 cats with spontaneous hyperthyroidi [...] sm, with TT4 ranging from 34.88-294.98nmol L-1 and FT4 ranging from 2.83-52.9pmol L-1 and also by serum biochemical analysis, including the activity of CK, alanine aminotransferase (ALT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT), cholesterol and bile acids. The reference value for CK considered in this study was of 110-250U L-1. CK serum activity was evaluated in 19 cats with spontaneous hyperthyroidism, with TT4 ranging from 34.88-294.98nmol L-1 and FT4 ranging from 2.83-52. 9pmol L-1. Its activity CK was elevated in 47.3% of cats (?250U L-1) and presented statistical difference (P

  14. Bismuth citrate in the quantification of inorganic phosphate and its utility in the determination of membrane-bound phosphatases.

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    Cariani, L; Thomas, L; Brito, J; del Castillo, J R

    2004-01-01

    This paper describes a rapid and sensitive method to determine inorganic phosphate, even in the presence of labile organic phosphate compounds and large quantities of proteins. The method eliminates the use of sodium arsenite, a highly toxic compound, substituting bismuth citrate for it to stabilize the phosphomolybdic acid complex formed during the interaction of inorganic phosphate and molybdate reduced by ascorbic acid. This method has also been adapted to microplates and has been used to determine the activities of Na/K ATPase and alkaline phosphatase of intestinal basolateral and luminal plasma membranes. PMID:14654048

  15. Titania nanotube delivery fetal bovine serum for enhancing MC3T3-E1 activity and osteogenic gene expression.

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    Peng, Jing; Zhang, Xinming; Li, Zhaoyang; Liu, Yunde; Yang, Xianjin

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    Titania nanotube (TNT) delivery of fetal bovine serum (FBS) was conducted on titanium (Ti) to enhance bone tissue repair. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) showed FBS increased the tube wall thickness and decreased the tube diameter. Attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared further confirmed that FBS completely covered the TNT and changed the surface composition. Water contact angle tests showed TNT/FBS possessed hydrophilic properties. Compared to original Ti, the TNT/FBS group had more attached osteoblasts after 2h and enhanced filopodia growth at 0.5h. Significantly, more osteoblasts were also observed on TNT/FBS after 7d culturing. FBS was released steadily from TNT; about 70% of FBS had been released at 3d and 90% at 5d, as shown by the bicinchoninic acid method. TNT/FBS also enhanced subsequent osteoblast differentiation and gene expression; the quantum real-time polymerase chain reaction test showed that TNT/FBS up-regulated alkaline phosphatase and osteocalcin gene expression at 7d and 14d. Therefore, TNT/FBS delivered sustained in situ nutrition and enhanced osteoblast activity and osteogenic gene expression. PMID:26249612

  16. The effect of Stevia rebaudiana on serum omentin and visfatin level in STZ-induced diabetic rats.

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    Akbarzadeh, Samad; Eskandari, Fatemeh; Tangestani, Hadis; Bagherinejad, Somaieh Tangerami; Bargahi, Afshar; Bazzi, Parviz; Daneshi, Adel; Sahrapoor, Azam; O'Connor, William J; Rahbar, Ali Reza

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    Recently the role of adipocytokines in relationship to incidence of diabetes has been demonstrated. One of the medicinal plants that are used in the treatment of diabetes is stevia. This study investigates the effect of stevia on serum omentin and visfatin levels as novel adipocytokines in diabetic induced rats to find potential mechanisms for the anti hyperglycemic effect of stevia. Forty male wistar rats weighing 180-250 g were induced with diabetes by intraperitoneal injection of streptozotocin (STZ). The animals were divided into 5 groups of 8. Rats in group 1 (non-diabetic control) and group 2 (diabetic control) were treated with distilled water, and the rats in the treated groups, group 3 (T250), group 4 (T500), and group 5 (T750) were treated with stevia, gavaged every day at 9 a.m. in doses of 250, 500, and 750 mg/kg, respectively. At the end of the study significant reductions in fasting blood sugar (FBS), the homeostasis model assessment insulin resistance (HOMA-IR), triglyceride (TG), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), and Omentin level were found in groups 3 and 4 in comparison with group 2. Pancreatic histopathology slides demonstrated that stevia extract did not induce any increase in the number of ?-cells. The conclusion is that prescription of stevia in the doses of 250 and 500 mg/kg/d decreases the omentin level indirectly via activating insulin sensitivity and lowering blood glucose in STZ-induced diabetic rats. PMID:24689449

  17. [Changes of serum enzymes, lactate and hemoglobin concentrations in the blood of young trotting horses due to training exertion].

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    Krzywanek, H; Mohr, E; Mill, J; Scharpenack, M

    1996-08-01

    Until the age of about 2 years, trotters normally grow up on pasture without any kind of training. In the stud farm Lindenhof (Templin, Germany), however, these first 2 years are used for a special fitness training for the young animals: 2-3 times a week, a group of the yearlings is forced to run a distance of about 1700 m on a track at an average speed of up to 10 m/s. Until now, little was known about changes of blood parameters which may occur during such special exercise. This study therefore investigated the activity of selected serum enzymes (aspartate-amino-transferase (AST), alanine-amino-transferase (ALT), gamma-glutamyl-transferase (gamma-GT), lactic dehydrogenase (LDH), alkaline phosphatase (AP), creatine kinase (CK)) and the variations of hematocrit, hemoglobin, lactate, protein, and urea concentration before and after exercise. Except for activity of AP and CK and concentration of urea, all parameters showed a distinct increase after exercise. In particular, the rise in lactic-acid concentration with values up to 23.08 mmol/l was remarkable, however, none of the parameters reached a pathological level. It is therefore concluded that exercise for young trotters over a medium distance-even at high speed-does not cause any injury of myocardium, skeletal muscles or liver cells. PMID:9005684

  18. Serum osteoprotegerin as a screening tool for coronary artery calcification score in diabetic pre-dialysis patients

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    Although cardiovascular disease is a principal cause of death in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), it is often asymptomatic in diabetic patients. The coronary artery calcification score (CACS) measured by multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) is useful for screening ischemic heart disease in the general population. We investigated which clinical parameters predict high CACS in predialysis diabetic nephropathy (DN). Participants were 85 patients with DN. Nobody had any history of coronary angioplasty or coronary bypass surgery. We measured blood counts, blood chemistry, bone alkaline phosphatase, intact-parathyroid hormone (PTH), interleukin-6, osteoprotegerin (OPG), hemoglobin A1c, 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) and fetuin-A. CACS and bone mineral density (BMD) were measured by a single 16-slice MDCT and Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA), respectively. The median value of CACS equaled 256 Agatston units (range 0-4494 units). Stepwise increase in CACS with CKD stage progression was observed (p200 was 80%, when the cut-off value was 1.2 ng/mL. In conclusion, CACS increased with CKD stage progression in predialysis DN patients. Serum OPG was positively associated with high CACS and can be a useful screening tool for severe coronary calcification, whereas no association between fetuin-A and CACS was found. (author)

  19. Nucleotide sequences encoding a thermostable alkaline protease

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    Wilson, David B. (Ithaca, NY); Lao, Guifang (Bethesda, MD)

    1998-01-01

    Nucleotide sequences, derived from a thermophilic actinomycete microorganism, which encode a thermostable alkaline protease are disclosed. Also disclosed are variants of the nucleotide sequences which encode a polypeptide having thermostable alkaline proteolytic activity. Recombinant thermostable alkaline protease or recombinant polypeptide may be obtained by culturing in a medium a host cell genetically engineered to contain and express a nucleotide sequence according to the present invention, and recovering the recombinant thermostable alkaline protease or recombinant polypeptide from the culture medium.

  20. Nucleotide sequences encoding a thermostable alkaline protease

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    Wilson, D.B.; Lao, G.

    1998-01-06

    Nucleotide sequences, derived from a thermophilic actinomycete microorganism, which encode a thermostable alkaline protease are disclosed. Also disclosed are variants of the nucleotide sequences which encode a polypeptide having thermostable alkaline proteolytic activity. Recombinant thermostable alkaline protease or recombinant polypeptide may be obtained by culturing in a medium a host cell genetically engineered to contain and express a nucleotide sequence according to the present invention, and recovering the recombinant thermostable alkaline protease or recombinant polypeptide from the culture medium. 3 figs.

  1. Enzyme kinetic characterization of protein tyrosine phosphatases

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    Peters, Günther H.j.; Branner, S.; Møller, K. B.; Andersen, J.N.; Møller, N.P.H.

    2003-01-01

    Protein tyrosine phosphatases (PTPs) play a central role in cellular signaling processes, resulting in an increased interest in modulating the activities of PTPs. We therefore decided to undertake a detailed enzyme kinetic evaluation of various transmembrane and cytosolic PTPs (PTPalpha, PTPbeta, PTPis an element of, CD45, LAR, PTP1B and SHP-1), using pNPP as substrate. Most noticeable is the increase in the turnover number for PTPbeta with increasing pH and the weak pH-dependence of the turnove...

  2. [Metabolism of phosphate-limited Streptomyces cultures. II. Purification and characterization of acid phosphatase from culture filtrates of turimycin-producing Streptomyces hygroscopicus].

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    Ozegowski, J H; Müller, P J

    1984-12-01

    Acid phosphatase was purified from culture filtrates of Streptomyces hygroscopicus strain JA 6599-R 27/158. Method used included as first step either ammonium sulfate precipitation or adsorption of acid phosphatase on Bentonit and the desorption of enzyme from Bentonit with alkaline buffers, adsorption to DEAE-cellulose, column chromatography on Sephadex G 50 and isoelectric focusing in Sephadex gel. The specific activity of the resulting enzyme was 51 muMol/min/mg at 25 degrees C and pH of 6.25 with p-nitrophenylphosphate as substrate. The pI detected by isoelectric focusing was at pH 7.25. The molecular weight determined by gel chromatography and by SDS electrophoresis was found to be 27 000. The pH-dependence of hydrolytic activity of acid phosphatase was substrate specific. The enzyme was found to hydrolyze essentially at pH 6.2 phosphoenolpyruvate, ATP, ADP, fructose-1,6-diphosphate and tyrosine-O-phosphate. The activity was inhibited by phosphate, molybdate, arsenate, vanadate, pyrophosphate and tetraborate. In the culture medium the acid phosphatase caused the release of phosphate from solid and soluted substrates. Therefore the involvement of acid phosphatase in the regulation of secondary metabolism was discussed. PMID:6532020

  3. Development of alkaline fuel cells.

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    Hibbs, Michael R.; Jenkins, Janelle E.; Alam, Todd Michael; Janarthanan, Rajeswari [Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO; Horan, James L. [Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO; Caire, Benjamin R. [Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO; Ziegler, Zachary C. [Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO; Herring, Andrew M. [Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO; Yang, Yuan [Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO; Zuo, Xiaobing [Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL; Robson, Michael H. [University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM; Artyushkova, Kateryna [University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM; Patterson, Wendy [University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM; Atanassov, Plamen Borissov [University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

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    This project focuses on the development and demonstration of anion exchange membrane (AEM) fuel cells for portable power applications. Novel polymeric anion exchange membranes and ionomers with high chemical stabilities were prepared characterized by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories. Durable, non-precious metal catalysts were prepared by Dr. Plamen Atanassov's research group at the University of New Mexico by utilizing an aerosol-based process to prepare templated nano-structures. Dr. Andy Herring's group at the Colorado School of Mines combined all of these materials to fabricate and test membrane electrode assemblies for single cell testing in a methanol-fueled alkaline system. The highest power density achieved in this study was 54 mW/cm2 which was 90% of the project target and the highest reported power density for a direct methanol alkaline fuel cell.

  4. 2nd Generation Alkaline Electrolysis

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    Yde, Lars; Kjartansdóttir, Cecilia Kristin; Allebrod, Frank; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg; Møller, Per; Hilbert, Lisbeth R.; Nielsen, Peter Tommy; Mathiesen, Troels; Jensen, Jørgen; Andersen, Lars; Dierking, Alexander

    This report provides the results of the 2nd Generation Alkaline Electrolysis project which was initiated in 2008. The project has been conducted from 2009-2012 by a consortium comprising Århus University Business and Social Science – Centre for Energy Technologies (CET (former HIRC)), Technical U...... University of Denmark – Mechanical Engineering (DTU-ME), Technical University of Denmark – Energy Conversion (DTU-EC), FORCE Technology and GreenHydrogen.dk. The project has been supported by EUDP....

  5. Wip1 phosphatase in breast cancer.

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    Emelyanov, A; Bulavin, D V

    2015-08-20

    Understanding the factors contributing to tumor initiation, progression and evolution is of paramount significance. Among them, wild-type p53-induced phosphatase 1 (Wip1) is emerging as an important oncogene by virtue of its negative control on several key tumor suppressor pathways. Originally discovered as a p53-regulated gene, Wip1 has been subsequently found amplified and more recently mutated in a significant fraction of human cancers including breast tumors. Recent development in the field further uncovered the utility of anti-Wip1-directed therapies in delaying tumor onset or in reducing the tumor burden. Furthermore, Wip1 could be an important factor that contributes to tumor heterogeneity, suggesting that its inhibition may decrease the rate of cancer evolution. These effects depend on several signaling pathways modulated by Wip1 phosphatase in a spatial and temporal manner. In this review we discuss the recent development in understanding how Wip1 contributes to tumorigenesis with its relevance to breast cancer. PMID:25381821

  6. Isolation and Characterization of Phosphatase Enzyme from the Freshwater Macroalga Cladophora glomerata Kützing (Chlorophyta

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    A.M. El-Shahed

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Acid phosphatase enzyme (acPase has been isolated from Cladophora glomerata Kützing and its kinetic properties were investigated. The optimum pH for activity of both the two isolated fractions; the cell wall-bound and the secreted acPases was found to be 4.5. Both fractions exhibited another peak of activity at 9.5 which was attributed to an alkaline phosphatase. The optimum protein concentration that resulted in maximal enzyme activities for both fractions was 8 mg mL-1. The Km value determined with p-nitrophenyl phosphate (pNPP was 24 and 14 mM for the cell wall-bound and the secreted acPases, respectively. The enzyme was inhibited by phosphate in the form of KH2PO4, molybdate in the form of K2MoO4, zinc in the form of ZnCl2.4H2O and iodine as KI. Zinc ions were the most potent inhibitor among all the tested inhibitors (max. % inhibition was 96 and 80% for the cell wall- bound and the secreted acPases, respectively. Molybdate had the least inhibitory effects (72 and 50% on the cell wall- bound and the secreted acPases respectively at 40 mM concentration.

  7. Passive immunity transfer and serum constituents of crossbred calves / Transferência de imunidade passiva e constituintes séricos de bezerros mestiços

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    Thaís G., Rocha; Ricardo P., Nociti; Alexandre A.M., Sampaio; José Jurandir, Fagliari.

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available A avaliação da transferência de imunidade passiva (TIP) é uma ferramenta essencial para manutenção de bezerros saudáveis nos primeiros meses de vida. Uma vez que há influência do número de lactações e da raça de vacas nos teores de imunoglobulinas do colostro, o presente estudo foi conduzido com o o [...] bjetivo de avaliar a TIP de vacas Canchim primíparas e pluríparas aos seus bezerros. Amostras de sangue dos bezerros foram coletadas antes da ingestão de colostro e 1, 2, 7, 15 e 30 dias após o nascimento e amostras de colostro das vacas foram coletadas imediatamente após o parto. As atividades de gamaglutamiltransferase (GGT), fosfatase alcalina (ALP) e as concentrações de proteína total, albumina, globulinas, imunoglobulina A (IgA) e imunoglobulina G (IgG), cálcio total e ionizado, fósforo, magnésio, sódio e potássio foram avaliadas no soro dos bezerros e as atividades de GGT e ALP e as concentrações de proteína total, IgA e IgG foram avaliadas no soro colostral. A concentração de imunoglobulinas foi avaliada por meio de eletroforese em gel de poliacrilamida. As avaliações bioquímicas do soro sanguíneo dos bezerros revelaram aumento nas atividades das enzimas gamaglutamiltransferase e fosfatase alcalina e nos teores de proteína total, globulinas, imunoglobulina A e imunoglobulina G após a ingestão do colostro. Apenas os teores de proteína total e imunoglobulina G de cadeia leve no soro colostral foram influenciados pelo número de lactações das vacas. Os teores de fósforo e magnésio aumentaram após a ingestão de colostro, enquanto as concentrações de sódio e potássio oscilaram no decorrer do período experimental. A TIP foi influenciada pelo número de lactações das vacas, no entanto mostrou-se eficiente em ambos os grupos. Abstract in english Passive immunity transfer (PIT) evaluation is an essential tool for the maintenance of healthy calves during the first months of life. Since lactation number and breed have been proven to influence immunoglobulin levels in colostrum, the aim of this study was to evaluate PIT from primiparous and mul [...] tiparous Canchim cows to their calves. Blood samples were collected from the calves before colostrum intake and 1, 2, 7, 15 and 30 days thereafter, while colostrum samples from the cows were taken immediately after parturition. Activities of gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), and concentrations of total protein, albumin, globulins, immunoglobulin A (IgA), immunoglobulin G (IgG), total and ionized calcium, inorganic phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and potassium were evaluated in calves' serum and activities of GGT and ALP and concentrations of total protein, IgA and IgG were assessed in cow's colostrum whey. Immunoglobulins concentrations were evaluated by electrophoresis in polyacrylamide gels. Serum biochemistry evaluations revealed an increase in gamma-glutamyl transferase and alkaline phosphatase activities and in total protein, globulins, immunoglobulin A and immunoglobulin G levels in calves' serum after colostrum intake. Only total protein and light chain immunoglobulin G levels in colostrum whey were affected by the cows' lactation number. Phosphorus and magnesium levels in blood serum increased after colostrum intake, while sodium and potassium levels oscillated in the experimental period. PIT was influenced by the cows' lactation number but was efficient in both groups.

  8. Relationship between Body Mass Composition, Bone Mineral Density, Skin Fibrosis and 25(OH) Vitamin D Serum Levels in Systemic Sclerosis

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    Corrado, Addolorata; Colia, Ripalta; Mele, Angiola; Di Bello, Valeria; Trotta, Antonello; Neve, Anna; Cantatore, Francesco Paolo

    2015-01-01

    A reduced bone mineral density (BMD) is observed in several rheumatic autoimmune diseases, including Systemic Sclerosis (SSc); nevertheless, data concerning the possible determinants of bone loss in this disease are not fully investigated. The aim of this study is to evaluate the relationship between BMD, body mass composition, skin sclerosis and serum Vitamin D levels in two subsets of SSc patients. 64 post-menopausal SSc patients, classified as limited cutaneous (lcSSc) or diffuse cutaneous (dcSSc) SSc, were studied. As control, 35 healthy post-menopausal women were recruited. Clinical parameters were evaluated, including the extent of skin involvement. BMD at lumbar spine, hip, femoral neck and body mass composition were determined by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. Serum calcium, phosphorus, alkaline phosphatase, urine pyridinium cross-links, intact parathyroid hormone and 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) were measured. BMD at spine, femoral neck and total hip was significantly lower in SSc patients compared to controls. In dcSSc subset, BMD at spine, femoral neck and total hip was significantly lower compared to lcSSc. No differences in both fat and lean mass were found in the three study groups even if patients with dcSSc showed a slightly lower total body mass compared to healthy controls. Total mineral content was significantly reduced in dSSc compared to both healthy subjects and lcSSc group. Hypovitaminosis D was observed both in healthy post-menopausal women and in SSc patients, but 25OHD levels were significantly lower in dcSSc compared to lcSSc and inversely correlated with the extent of skin thickness. These results support the hypothesis that the extent of skin involvement in SSc patients could be an important factor in determining low circulating levels of 25OHD, which in turn could play a significant role in the reduction of BMD and total mineral content. PMID:26375284

  9. Restoration of the serum level of SERPINF1 does not correct the bone phenotype in Serpinf1 null mice.

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    Rajagopal, Abbhirami; Homan, Erica P; Joeng, Kyu Sang; Suzuki, Masataka; Bertin, Terry; Cela, Racel; Munivez, Elda; Dawson, Brian; Jiang, Ming-Ming; Gannon, Frank; Crawford, Susan; Lee, Brendan H

    2016-03-01

    Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a group of genetic disorders characterized by bone fragility and deformity. OI type VI is unique owing to the mineralization defects observed in patient biopsies. Furthermore, it has been reported to respond less well to standard therapy with bisphosphonates [1]. Others and we have previously identified SERPINF1 mutations in patients with OI type VI. SERPINF1 encodes pigment epithelium derived factor (PEDF), a secreted collagen-binding glycoprotein that is absent in the sera of patients with OI type VI. Serpinf1 null mice show increased osteoid and decreased bone mass, and thus recapitulate the OI type VI phenotype. We tested whether restoration of circulating PEDF in the blood could correct the phenotype of OI type VI in the context of protein replacement. To do so, we utilized a helper-dependent adenoviral vector (HDAd) to express human SERPINF1 in the mouse liver and assessed whether PEDF secreted from the liver was able to rescue the bone phenotype observed in Serpinf1(-/-) mice. We confirmed that expression of SERPINF1 in the liver restored the serum level of PEDF. We also demonstrated that PEDF secreted from the liver was biologically active by showing the expected metabolic effects of increased adiposity and impaired glucose tolerance in Serpinf1(-/-) mice. Interestingly, overexpression of PEDF in vitro increased mineralization with a concomitant increase in the expression of bone gamma-carboxyglutamate protein, alkaline phosphatase and collagen, type I, alpha I, but the increased serum PEDF level did not improve the bone phenotype of Serpinf1(-/-) mice. These results suggest that PEDF may function in a context-dependent and paracrine fashion in bone homeostasis. PMID:26693895

  10. Comparison of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and radioimmunoassay for prostate-specific acid phosphatase in prostatic disease

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    Results of an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) are compared with those of a standard radioimmunoassay (RIA) for detection and quantitation of prostate-specific acid phosphatase (EC 3.1.3.2) in serum. Control subjects, patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia, and patients in all four clinical stages of prostatic adenocarcinoma were tested. The upper limit of normal (95%of the population) by the ELISA was 2.0 ?g/L, and by the RIA was 2.2 ?g/L. In prostatic a denocarcinoma stage I (not detectable by digital rectal examination), ELISA was slightly more sensitive than RIA, but sensitivity was still relatively low (20%). As tumor mass increased (stages II through IV), the frequency of increased concentrations of prostatic acid phosphatase in serum also increased. We confirmed this increase in circulating enzyme in some cases of benign prostatic hyperplasia and suggest that this finding is related to either acinar cytolysis or an increase in acini size and number. Although prostate-specific acid phosphatase is not a cancer-specific enzyme, we conclude that its measurement may be of considerable value in monitoring prostatic disease

  11. Comparison of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and radioimmunoassay for prostate-specific acid phosphatase in prostatic disease

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    Griffiths, J.; Rippe, D.F.; Panfili, P.R.

    1982-01-01

    Results of an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) are compared with those of a standard radioimmunoassay (RIA) for detection and quantitation of prostate-specific acid phosphatase (EC 3.1.3.2) in serum. Control subjects, patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia, and patients in all four clinical stages of prostatic adenocarcinoma were tested. The upper limit of normal (95%of the population) by the ELISA was 2.0 ..mu..g/L, and by the RIA was 2.2 ..mu..g/L. In prostatic a denocarcinoma stage I (not detectable by digital rectal examination), ELISA was slightly more sensitive than RIA, but sensitivity was still relatively low (20%). As tumor mass increased (stages II through IV), the frequency of increased concentrations of prostatic acid phosphatase in serum also increased. We confirmed this increase in circulating enzyme in some cases of benign prostatic hyperplasia and suggest that this finding is related to either acinar cytolysis or an increase in acini size and number. Although prostate-specific acid phosphatase is not a cancer-specific enzyme, we conclude that its measurement may be of considerable value in monitoring prostatic disease.

  12. Acid Phosphatase Role in Chickpea/Maize Intercropping

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    Li, S M; Li, L.(Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China; Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, China; Department of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China; School of Physics, Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong, China; Physics Department, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China); Zhang, F. S.; Tang, C.

    2004-01-01

    • Background and aims Organic P comprises 30–80 % of the total P in most agricultural soils. It has been proven that chickpea facilitates P uptake from an organic P source by intercropped wheat. In this study, acid phosphatase excreted from chickpea roots is quantified and the contribution of acid phosphatase to the facilitation of P uptake by intercropped maize receiving phytate is examined.

  13. Interaction of alkali and alkaline earth ions with Ochratoxin A

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    Poor, Miklos [Institute of Laboratory Medicine, University of Pecs, Pecs H-7624 (Hungary); Kunsagi-Mate, Sandor; Matisz, Gergely; Li, Yin; Czibulya, Zsuzsanna [Department of General and Physical Chemistry, University of Pecs, Pecs H-7624 (Hungary); Janos Szentagothai Research Center, Pecs H-7624 (Hungary); Peles-Lemli, Beata [Department of General and Physical Chemistry, University of Pecs, Pecs H-7624 (Hungary); Koszegi, Tamas, E-mail: koszegit@freemail.hu [Institute of Laboratory Medicine, University of Pecs, Pecs H-7624 (Hungary)

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    The effect of alkali and alkaline earth ions on the chemical equilibrium of mono- and dianionic forms of the mycotoxin Ochratoxin A (OTA) and their bonding onto the surface of Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) have been investigated by fluorescence spectroscopy and fluorescence polarization techniques. Our results show that alkali metal ions shift the chemical equilibrium towards formation of dianionic form of OTA. Furthermore, the alkaline earth ions can compete with BSA for binding to OTA when these ions are present in millimolar concentrations. Our data also highlight the possibility that the 'free' fraction of OTA (not bound onto the surface of albumin) or at least a part of it is present in cation-bound form in body fluids. These observations are supported by stability constants and quantum-chemical calculations. Among the studied alkaline metal ions magnesium showed the highest affinity towards OTA under physiological conditions. Further research is required to analyze the potential significance of Mg{sup 2+}-OTA complex in cellular uptake and/or elimination of the toxin in the human body. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fluorescence spectroscopy reveals cation-Ochratoxin A (OTA) interactions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Alkali ions shift the equilibrium of OTA to formation of a dianionic structure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Alkaline earth ions directly bind to OTA in the order: Mg{sup 2+}, Ca{sup 2+}, Ba{sup 2+}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Quantum chemical calculations and logK values support our experimental data.

  14. Inositol monophosphate phosphatase genes of Mycobacterium tuberculosis

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    Parish Tanya

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Mycobacteria use inositol in phosphatidylinositol, for anchoring lipoarabinomannan (LAM, lipomannan (LM and phosphatidylinosotol mannosides (PIMs in the cell envelope, and for the production of mycothiol, which maintains the redox balance of the cell. Inositol is synthesized by conversion of glucose-6-phosphate to inositol-1-phosphate, followed by dephosphorylation by inositol monophosphate phosphatases (IMPases to form myo-inositol. To gain insight into how Mycobacterium tuberculosis synthesises inositol we carried out genetic analysis of the four IMPase homologues that are present in the Mycobacterium tuberculosis genome. Results Mutants lacking either impA (Rv1604 or suhB (Rv2701c were isolated in the absence of exogenous inositol, and no differences in levels of PIMs, LM, LAM or mycothiol were observed. Mutagenesis of cysQ (Rv2131c was initially unsuccessful, but was possible when a porin-like gene of Mycobacterium smegmatis was expressed, and also by gene switching in the merodiploid strain. In contrast, we could only obtain mutations in impC (Rv3137 when a second functional copy was provided in trans, even when exogenous inositol was provided. Experiments to obtain a mutant in the presence of a second copy of impC containing an active-site mutation, in the presence of porin-like gene of M. smegmatis, or in the absence of inositol 1-phosphate synthase activity, were also unsuccessful. We showed that all four genes are expressed, although at different levels, and levels of inositol phosphatase activity did not fall significantly in any of the mutants obtained. Conclusions We have shown that neither impA, suhB nor cysQ is solely responsible for inositol synthesis. In contrast, we show that impC is essential for mycobacterial growth under the conditions we used, and suggest it may be required in the early stages of mycothiol synthesis.

  15. Preventing Effects of Wheat Germ Oil on Sex Hormones, Liver Enzymes, Lipids and Proteins in Rat Serum Following Treatment with p-Nonylphenol

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    M. Soleimani Mehranjani

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study is to investigate the preventing effect of wheat germ oil as a rich source of vitamin E on the serum biochemical factors in the rats exposed to para-nonylphenol. Four groups (n = 6 of male Wistar rats was orally given para-nonylphenol (200 mg kgG-1dayG-1 for 70 days. After treatment the blood samples were obtained and LH, FSH, testosterone, progesterone and estrogen, transaminases, phosphatases, LDH, triglyceride, cholesterol, HDL-cholestrol and protein analysis were carried out. Para-nonylphenol caused a significant increase in LH level where other hormones remained unchanged. In addition a significant reduction was found in AST, ALT and LDH level while alkaline phosphatase increased significantly following treatment with para-nonylphenol. There was no change in the level of lipids and proteins in this study with respect to para-nonylphenol treatment. Co-administration of wheat germ oil with para-nonylphenol compensated the imbalance of the LH, AST, ALT and LDH caused by para-nonylphenol to the control level. However treatment of the rats with only wheat germ oil caused a significant reduction in the level of the hormones except for progesterone. Administration of wheat germ oil in any case caused a reduction in triglyceride level. Co-administration of wheat germ oil with para-nonylphenol eliminated the effect of para-nonylphenol on LH hormone as well as enzymes. It seems that daily used of wheat germ oil may have some benefits to the para-nohnylphenol exposure, however more clinical studies are needed to find more information.

  16. Raloxifene preserves phenytoin and sodium valproate induced bone loss by modulating serum estradiol and TGF-?3 content in bone of female mice.

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    Anwar, Md Jamir; Radhakrishna, K V; Sharma, Abhay; Vohora, Divya

    2014-10-01

    Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs)-induced adverse consequences on bone are now well recognized. Despite this, there is limited data on the effect of anti-osteoporotic therapies on AEDs-induced bone loss. We hypothesize that estrogen deprivation following phenytoin (PHT) and sodium valproate (SVP) therapy could lead to adverse bony effects. Both PHT and SVP inhibit human aromatase enzyme and stimulate microsomal catabolism of oestrogens. Estrogen deficiency states are known to reduce the deposition of transforming growth factor-? (TGF-?3), a bone matrix protein, having anti-osteoclastic property. Thus, an attempt was made to investigate the effect of raloxifene, a selective oestrogen receptor modulator, in comparison with calcium and vitamin D3 (CVD) supplementation, on PHT and SVP-induced alterations in bone in mice and to unravel the role of estradiol and TGF-?3 in mediation of bony effects by either AEDs or raloxifene. Further, the effect of raloxifene on seizures and on the antiepileptic efficacy of PHT and SVP was investigated. Swiss strains of female mice were treated with PHT (35 mg/kg, p.o.) and SVP (300 mg/kg, p.o.) for 120 days to induce bone loss as evidenced by reduced bone mineral density (BMD) and altered bone turnover markers (BTMs) in lumbar bones (alkaline phosphatase, tartarate resistant acid phosphatase, hydroxyproline) and urine (calcium). The bone loss was accompanied by reduced serum estradiol levels and bone TGF-?3 content. Preventive and therapeutic treatment with raloxifene ameliorated bony alterations and was more effective than CVD. It also significantly restored estradiol and TGF-?3 levels. Deprived estrogen levels (that in turn reduced lumbar TGF-?3 content) following PHT and SVP, thus, might represent one of the various mechanisms of AEDs-induced bone loss. Raloxifene preserved the bony changes without interfering with antiepileptic efficacy of these drugs, and hence raloxifene could be a potential therapeutic option in the management of PHT and SVP-induced bone disease if clinically approved. PMID:24880111

  17. Alkaline fuel cell performance investigation

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    An exploratory experimental fuel cell test program was conducted to investigate the performance characteristics of alkaline laboratory research electrodes. The objective of this work was to establish the effect of temperature, pressure, and concentration upon performance and evaluate candidate cathode configurations having the potential for improved performance. The performance characterization tests provided data to empirically establish the effect of temperature, pressure, and concentration upon performance for cell temperatures up to 300 F and reactant pressures up to 200 psia. Evaluation of five gold alloy cathode catalysts revealed that three doped gold alloys had more that two times the surface areas of reference cathodes and therefore offered the best potential for improved performance

  18. Alkaline fuel cell performance investigation

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    Martin, R. E.; Manzo, M. A.

    1988-01-01

    An exploratory experimental fuel cell test program was conducted to investigate the performance characteristics of alkaline laboratory research electrodes. The objective of this work was to establish the effect of temperature, pressure, and concentration upon performance and evaluate candidate cathode configurations having the potential for improved performance. The performance characterization tests provided data to empirically establish the effect of temperature, pressure, and concentration upon performance for cell temperatures up to 300 F and reactant pressures up to 200 psia. Evaluation of five gold alloy cathode catalysts revealed that three doped gold alloys had more that two times the surface areas of reference cathodes and therefore offered the best potential for improved performance.

  19. Myosin phosphatase is inactivated by caspase-3 cleavage and phosphorylation of myosin phosphatase targeting subunit 1 during apoptosis

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    Iwasaki, Takahiro; Katayama, Takeshi; Kohama, Kazuhiro; Endo, Yaeta; Sawasaki, Tatsuya

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    This study indicates that myosin phosphatase in apoptotic cells is inactivated by the cleavage and the phosphorylation of myosin phosphatase targeting subunit 1 (MYPT1). The results suggest that down-regulation of MYPT1 promotes hyperphosphorylation of myosin II during apoptosis.

  20. INFLUENCE OF LIMING AND WASTE ORGANIC MATERIALS ON THE ACTIVITY OF PHOSPHATASE IN SOIL CONTAMINATED WITH NICKEL

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    Beata Kuziemska

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available A study was carried out on soil following a two-year pot experiment that was conducted in 2009–2010, in three repetitions in Siedlce. The experiment included the following factors: 1 – amount of Ni in soil (0, 75, 150 and 225 mg·kg-1 soil by applying an aqueous NiSO4·7H2O solution; 2 – liming (0 and Ca according to 1 Hh as CaCO3; 3 – organic waste products (rye straw at a dose of 4 t·ha-1 and brown coal at a dose of 40 t·ha-1. In each experimental year, orchard grass was the test plant and four swaths were harvested. The activities of acidic and alkaline phosphatase, pH and the content of carbon in organic compounds were determined in the soil samples collected after each grass swath and in each experimental year. It was found that Ni at 75 mg·kg-1 soil activated the enzymes under study, whereas higher doses caused their statistically-confirmed inactivation. The lowest activity of the investigated enzymes was detected in soil supplemented with 225 Ni·kg-1 soil. Liming caused an increase in the activity of alkaline phosphatase and a reduction in the activity of acidic phosphatase. Straw and brown coal induced a substantial increase in the activity of both enzymes in the tested soil samples. Both liming and straw and carbon eliminated the negative effect of higher nickel doses on the activity of the enzymes under study.

  1. Milk-derived proteins and minerals alter serum osteocalcin in prepubertal boys after 7 days

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    Mark, A.B.; Hoppe, Camilla

    2010-01-01

    We have previously shown that at equal protein content, milk, but not meat, decreased bone turnover in boys. This suggested that milk-derived components are important for bone metabolism. In the present study, we hypothesized that milk-derived proteins (whey and casein) affect bone turnover during growth depending on the content of milk minerals (calcium and phosphorus). This was a randomized, parallel, double-blind study. Eight-year-old boys (n = 57) received 1 of 4 milk drinks: whey protein with low or high content of minerals, or casein protein with low or high content of minerals. The amount of whey and casein was identical to their content in 1.5 L of milk. We measured serum osteocalcin (sOC), bone-specific alkaline phosphatase, and C-terminal telopeptides of type 1 collagen (immunoassay) and estimated dietary intake (3-day weighed food record) at baseline and after 7 days. Only sOC was significantly affected by the treatments (P <.05). There was a significant interaction between milk-derived proteins and minerals with regard to sOC (P = .01). The intake of milk drinks containing whey increased sOC at the low content of minerals, whereas it decreased sOC at the high content of minerals (P <.05). In contrast, milk drinks containing casein increased sOC both at the low and at the high contents of minerals. In conclusion, whey and casein (corresponding to their content in 1.5 L of milk) differently affect sOC in 8-year-old boys depending on the content of milk minerals, but do not seem to affect other markers for bone turnover.

  2. Grace DAKASEP alkaline battery separator

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    Giovannoni, R. T.; Lundquist, J. T.; Choi, W. M.

    1987-01-01

    The Grace DAKASEP separator was originally developed as a wicking layer for nickel-zinc alkaline batteries. The DAKASEP is a filled non-woven separator which is flexible and heat sealable. Through modification of formulation and processing variables, products with a variety of properties can be produced. Variations of DAKASEP were tested in Ni-H2, Ni-Zn, Ni-Cd, and primary alkaline batteries with good results. The properties of DAKASEP which are optimized for Hg-Zn primary batteries are shown in tabular form. This separator has high tensile strength, 12 micron average pore size, relatively low porosity at 46-48 percent, and consequently moderately high resistivity. Versions were produced with greater than 70 percent porosity and resistivities in 33 wt percent KOH as low as 3 ohm cm. Performance data for Hg-Zn E-1 size cells containing DAKASEP with the properties shown in tabular form, are more reproducible than data obtained with a competitive polypropylene non-woven separator. In addition, utilization of active material is in general considerably improved.

  3. Zinc ions and alkaline pH alter the phosphorylation state of human erythrocyte membrane proteins

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    Since the phosphorylation state of the red cell membrane proteins in vitro is likely to be regulated by phosphorylation and dephosphorylation, this research was carried out to investigate the possible role of membrane-bound phosphatase activities. These studies were conducted with red blood cell ghosts and IOVs from normal individuals and from an individual with hereditary spherocytosis. In vitro phosphorylation with (?-32P) ATP was conducted in the presence and the absence of Zn++, or erythrocyte ghosts and IOVs were pretreated for 30 minutes at 37 degree C and pH 7-11 in the presence and the absence of calf intestine alkaline phosphatase. The resulting phosphoproteins were analyzed by SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, stained with Coomassie blue, and fluorographed. In the presence of Zn++, the red blood ghosts, with or without pretreatment, demonstrated enhanced phosphorylation of membrane proteins, including band 4.2. Preincubation at pH 10 in the presence of absence of exogenous phosphatase further stimulates phosphorylation of these proteins. Under similar conditions, the erythrocyte membranes also demonstrated the ability to hydrolyze p-nitrophenyl phosphate and to remove 32P from red blood cell phosphoproteins

  4. Serum and ultrastructure responses of common carp (Cyprinus carpio L.) during long-term exposure to zinc oxide nanoparticles.

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    Lee, Jae-woo; Kim, Ji-eun; Shin, Yu-jin; Ryu, Ji-sung; Eom, Ig-chun; Lee, Jung Sick; Kim, Younghun; Kim, Pil-je; Choi, Kyung-hee; Lee, Byoung-cheun

    2014-06-01

    The uptake of nanoparticles by aquatic organisms such as fish has raised concerns about the possible adverse effects of nanoparticles (NPs). In this study, we aimed to evaluate the toxicological effects in juvenile common carp exposed to zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) for 12 weeks. The carp were exposed to 0 (control), 0.1, 0.3, 0.8, and 2.4mg/L of ZnO-NPs under a flow-through exposure system. Fish were sampled at 0, 4, 8, and 12 weeks to test for zinc in the test water and blood, and biochemistry analysis; further, they were sampled at 12 weeks to observe ultrastructural changes in the liver, kidney, and gill. In the organic serum, changes in the glutamic pyruvic transaminase/alanine aminotransferase (GPT/ALT) and glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase/aspartate aminotransferase (GOT/AST) levels were significant, but changes in the lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) levels were not significantly different across all exposure periods. In the inorganic serum, the magnesium (Mg), inorganic phosphorus (IP), sodium (Na(+)), and chloride (Cl(-)) levels were significantly different in the exposure group and across exposure periods. However, calcium (Ca) and potassium (K(+)) levels were not significantly different. In the enzyme serum, the glucose (GLU) level significantly increased for the highest exposure group, but the total cholesterol (TCHO), triglyceride (Tg), and total protein (TP) levels were not significantly different during the exposure period. Ultrastructural changes in the liver induced changes in the black granules (of various sizes) in the lysosomes, indistinct nucleus membrane, and non-spherical nucleus. In the kidney, some mild changes were observed in the size and number of the lysosomes in the renal tubule. Desquamation and hypertrophy of pavement epithelial cells and vacuolation in the cytoplasm of the chloride cells were observed in the gill. Nanoparticles were also observed in the red blood cells, cytoplasm of all tissues, and glomerulus of the kidney. The observed changes in the serum and tissues may provide useful information regarding environmental conditions and risk assessments of aquatic organisms. PMID:24632117

  5. Protein electrophoresis - serum

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    This lab test measures the types of protein in the fluid (serum) part of a blood sample. Other electrophoresis tests that measure proteins in the serum include: Immunoelectrophoresis Immunofixation Globulin electrophoresis

  6. Activation analysis of alkaline rocks

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    The United States Geological Survey reference sample AGV-1 andesite and three alkaline rocks from the apatite mine of Jacupiranga, Brasil, were analysed by thermal neutron activation analysis using destructive an non-destructive methods and high resolution Ge(Li) gamma-ray detectors. One of the rocks, a carbonite, was also analysed by instrumental activation analysis with epithermal neutrons. A greater number of elements can be determined using the radiochemical separation, but the precision and accuracy attained by INAA and RNAA were of the same order for most of the elements analysed. Epithermal activation was more advantageous for tantalum, terbium and holmium. Comparison of the analytical results for USGS reference sample (AGV-1) with the data published by others gave good agreement. Sta tistical tests used for comparison of the results of destructive and non-destructive methods, are presented. Gamma spectra are shown and tabulated data are given for more than 25 elements. (T.G.)

  7. Effect of phosphoric fertilizer and starter rates of nitrogen fertilizers on the phosphatase activity in the rhizosphere soil and nonlignified soybean roots under drought conditions

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    Emnova, E. E.; Daraban, O. V.; Bizgan, I. V.; Toma, S. I.

    2014-02-01

    In a small-plot field experiment, two soybean ( Glycine max L.) cultivars were grown on a calcareous chernozem under the drought conditions of 2012 with the preplanting application of simple superphosphate (Ps) at 60 kg/ha, urea (Nu) at 10 and 20 kg/ha, and ammonium nitrate (Nan) at 20 kg/ha. The phosphatase activity was measured in the rhizosphere soil (0- to 20-cm layer) and the fine nonlignified roots of soybean plants at the blossoming and pod-formation stages (the soil water content was 19 and 33% of the total water capacity, respectively). The maximum content of available phosphorus in the rhizosphere of both soybean cultivars (4.3-4.8 mg/100 g dry soil) was found at the simultaneous application of Ps and Nu20. Higher activities of the predominant phosphatases (alkaline phosphatase in the rhizosphere and acid phosphatase in the roots) were observed in the root-inhabited zone of the soil under the Indra cultivar compared to the Aura cultivar, which correlated with the lower content of available phosphorus in the rhizosphere soil (especially at the simultaneous application of Ps and Nu20) and the higher productivity of this cultivar in this treatment.

  8. Differential oxidation of protein-tyrosine phosphatases.

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    Groen, Arnoud; Lemeer, Simone; van der Wijk, Thea; Overvoorde, John; Heck, Albert J R; Ostman, Arne; Barford, David; Slijper, Monique; den Hertog, Jeroen

    2005-03-18

    Oxidation is emerging as an important regulatory mechanism of protein-tyrosine phosphatases (PTPs). Here we report that PTPs are differentially oxidized, and we provide evidence for the underlying mechanism. The membrane-proximal RPTPalpha-D1 was catalytically active but not readily oxidized as assessed by immunoprobing with an antibody that recognized oxidized catalytic site cysteines in PTPs (oxPTPs). In contrast, the membrane-distal RPTPalpha-D2, a poor PTP, was readily oxidized. Oxidized catalytic site cysteines in PTP immunoprobing and mass spectrometry demonstrated that mutation of two residues in the Tyr(P) loop and the WPD loop that reverse catalytic activity of RPTPalpha-D1 and RPTPalpha-D2 also reversed oxidizability, suggesting that oxidizability and catalytic activity are coupled. However, catalytically active PTP1B and LAR-D1 were readily oxidized. Oxidizability was strongly dependent on pH, indicating that the microenvironment of the catalytic cysteine has an important role. Crystal structures of PTP domains demonstrated that the orientation of the absolutely conserved PTP loop arginine correlates with oxidizability of PTPs, and consistently, RPTPmu-D1, with a similar conformation as RPTPalpha-D1, was not readily oxidized. In conclusion, PTPs are differentially oxidized at physiological pH and H(2)O(2) concentrations, and the PTP loop arginine is an important determinant for susceptibility to oxidation. PMID:15623519

  9. Association of Tartrate-Resistant Acid Phosphatase-Expressed Macrophages and Metastatic Breast Cancer Progression

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    Chen, Yu-Guang; Janckila, Anthony; Chao, Tsu-Yi; Yeh, Ren-Hua; Gao, Hong-Wei; Lee, Su-Huei; Yu, Jyh-Cherng; Liao, Guo-Shiou; Dai, Ming-Shen

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Infiltrating neutrophils, lymphocytes, macrophages, and cytokines constitute a state of chronic inflammation within the tumor microenvironment. Tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase 5a (TRACP5a) protein, a novel product of activated macrophage, is postulated to be a biomarker for systemic inflammatory burden in states of chronic inflammation. We aimed to investigate the clinical significance of TRACP5a expression in tumor-infiltrating macrophages and serum TRACP5a in patients with metastatic breast cancer (BC). We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data from 34 BC patients with confirmed skeletal/visceral metastasis upon or during first-line palliative treatment. Patients were stratified into 3 groups based on the therapeutic responses and follow-up disease course. The association of TRACP5a protein with other inflammatory and cancer biomarkers was assessed among the clinically distinct group of patients. Higher TRACP5a protein was significantly correlated with earlier disease progression and survival (P?=?0.0045) in comparison to other inflammatory markers, CRP or IL-6. Patients with higher serum TRACP5a level and shorter survival and treatment refractoriness also had more TRACP+ tumor-infiltrating macrophages. Our data support a hypothesis that serum TRACP5a protein can potentially be a predictive and prognostic marker to evaluate disease progression and therapeutic response in BC patients with bone/visceral metastasis. The associations between overall survival and TRACP expression by macrophages require further prospective investigation. PMID:26632898

  10. Impact of growth conditions on susceptibility of five microbial species to alkaline stress

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    Brändle, N; Zehnder, M; Weiger, R.; Waltimo, T.

    2008-01-01

    The effects of different growth conditions on the susceptibility of five taxa to alkaline stress were investigated. Enterococcus faecalis ATCC 29212, Streptococcus sobrinus OMZ 176, Candida albicans ATCC 90028, Actinomyces naeslundii ATCC 12104, and Fusobacterium nucleatum ATCC 10953 were grown as planktonic cells, allowed to adhere to dentin for 24 hours, grown as monospecies or multispecies biofilms on dentin under anaerobic conditions with a serum-enriched nutrient supply at 37 degrees C f...

  11. Acid phosphatases in seeds and developing of squash (Cucurbita ficifolia)

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    Irena Lorenc-Kubis

    1994-01-01

    Changes in protein content and acid phosphatase activity were followed during germination (imbition through seedlings development) in extracts from cotyledons of squash (Cucurbita ficifolia). It has been shown that the activity of acid phosphatase was initially low and than increased to a maximum after 6 days of imbition. Acid phosphates were isolated from cotyledons of seeds and from 6-, 10- and 22-days old seedlings by extraction the proteins with 0.1 M acetate buffer pH 5.1, precipitation ...

  12. Acid phosphatase and lipid peroxidation in human cataractous lens epithelium

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    Vasavada Abhay; Thampi Prajitha; Yadav Savita; Rawal U

    1993-01-01

    The anterior lens epithelial cells undergo a variety of degenerative and proliferative changes during cataract formation. Acid phosphatase is primarily responsible for tissue regeneration and tissue repair. The lipid hydroperoxides that are obtained by lipid peroxidation of polysaturated or unsaturated fatty acids bring about deterioration of biological membranes at cellular and tissue levels. Acid phosphatase and lipid peroxidation activities were studied on the lens epithelial cells of nucl...

  13. Purification and characterization of purple acid phosphatase from rat bone.

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    Kato, T; Hara, A; Nakayama, T; Sawada, H; Hamatake, M; Matsumoto, Y

    1986-01-01

    An acid phosphatase, which was immunochemically identical to splenic purple acid phosphatase, was purified to homogeneity from rat bone. The enzyme was a two iron-containing monomeric glycoprotein with a mol. wt of 36,000. The enzyme hydrolyzed aryl phosphates, nucleoside di- and triphosphates, thiamine pyrophosphate, phosphoenolpyruvic acid and acidic phosphoproteins. The enzyme was inhibited by ammonium molybdate, NaF and CuSO4 but not by tartrate and SH-reagents. PMID:3086030

  14. Acid phosphatase activity in Coxiella burnetii: a possible virulence factor.

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    Baca, O. G.; Roman, M.J.; Glew, R. H.; Christner, R F; Buhler, J E; Aragon, A S

    1993-01-01

    High-speed supernatant fluids derived from sonicated Coxiella burnetii contained considerable acid phosphatase activity when assayed by using 4-methylumbelliferylphosphate; they also contained a factor that blocked superoxide anion production by human neutrophils stimulated with formyl-Met-Leu-Phe. The pH optimum of the enzyme was approximately 5.0. The level of phosphatase activity detected in several isolates of C. burnetii implicated in acute (Nine Mile) and chronic (S Q217, PRS Q177, K Q1...

  15. The end of mitosis from a phosphatase perspective

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    Visconti, Roberta; Palazzo, Luca; Pepe, Anna; Monica, Rosa Della; Grieco, Domenico

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    Transition through mitosis, the cell division cycle phase deputed to segregate replicated chromosomes, requires a wave of protein phosphorylation. While in the past decades a wealth of information has been gathered on the major kinase activities responsible for the onset of mitosis, only recently has a picture emerged of how their effects are reversed by protein phosphatases at the end of mitosis. Here, we summarized some recent data on the relevance for protein phosphatases in the reversal o...

  16. Allosteric Wip1 phosphatase inhibition through flap-subdomain interaction.

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    Gilmartin, Aidan G; Faitg, Thomas H; Richter, Mark; Groy, Arthur; Seefeld, Mark A; Darcy, Michael G; Peng, Xin; Federowicz, Kelly; Yang, Jingsong; Zhang, Shu-Yun; Minthorn, Elisabeth; Jaworski, Jon-Paul; Schaber, Michael; Martens, Stan; McNulty, Dean E; Sinnamon, Robert H; Zhang, Hong; Kirkpatrick, Robert B; Nevins, Neysa; Cui, Guanglei; Pietrak, Beth; Diaz, Elsie; Jones, Amber; Brandt, Martin; Schwartz, Benjamin; Heerding, Dirk A; Kumar, Rakesh

    2014-03-01

    Although therapeutic interventions of signal-transduction cascades with targeted kinase inhibitors are a well-established strategy, drug-discovery efforts to identify targeted phosphatase inhibitors have proven challenging. Herein we report a series of allosteric, small-molecule inhibitors of wild-type p53-induced phosphatase (Wip1), an oncogenic phosphatase common to multiple cancers. Compound binding to Wip1 is dependent on a 'flap' subdomain located near the Wip1 catalytic site that renders Wip1 structurally divergent from other members of the protein phosphatase 2C (PP2C) family and that thereby confers selectivity for Wip1 over other phosphatases. Treatment of tumor cells with the inhibitor GSK2830371 increases phosphorylation of Wip1 substrates and causes growth inhibition in both hematopoietic tumor cell lines and Wip1-amplified breast tumor cells harboring wild-type TP53. Oral administration of Wip1 inhibitors in mice results in expected pharmacodynamic effects and causes inhibition of lymphoma xenograft growth. To our knowledge, GSK2830371 is the first orally active, allosteric inhibitor of Wip1 phosphatase. PMID:24390428

  17. Marcadores del remodelamiento óseo en saliva y su correlación con los niveles sanguíneos en ratas Bone remodeling markers in saliva as compared to serum in rats

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    Pellegrini Gretel

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Si bien es conocida la utilidad de marcadores óseos en suero u orina para determinar cambios en el remodelamiento óseo, la misma no ha sido totalmente estudiada en saliva. Este trabajo evalúa la correlación entre dos marcadores del recambio óseo: la fosfatasa alcalina ósea (isoforma ósea, FAO y el telopéptido C-terminal del colágeno tipo I (CTX, medidos simultáneamente en suero y saliva de ratas Wistar (250 a 300 g, SHAM (n=12 y ovariectomizadas (OVX (n=12. Luego de una semana de la cirugía se extrajo sangre en ayunas y saliva total estimulada donde se evaluó CTX (ELISA, RatLabs, Osteometer Bio Tech, Dinamarca y FAO (Wiener, colorimetría. En el suero, tanto CTX (ng/ml como FAO (UI/l en ratas OVX fueron significativamente mayores que en ratas SHAM (15.3±4.0 vs. 21.8±6.4, pBone markers are useful tools to measure bone remodeling; currently they are assessed in serum and urinary samples; however there is little information concerning their measurement in saliva. The present experimental study evaluates the possibility to measure collagen type I carboxiterminal telopeptide (CTX and bone alkaline phosphatase (b-AP in saliva, its correlation with serum samples in normal conditions and in the increase of the bone remodeling due to estrogen deficiency. Twenty four normal adult Wistar rats (300±20 g [12 SHAM and 12 rats after 1 week of bilateral ovariectomy (OVX] were studied. Fasting serum and total saliva after stimulation with pilocarpine were collected. In both samples were measured: CTX (ng/ml by ELISA (RatLabs, Osteometer Bio Tech, Denmark and b-AP (IU/L (Wiener, colorimetrically. Both CTX and b-AL in serum samples were significantly higher in OVX than in SHAM rats (15.3±4.0 vs. 21.8±6.4, p<0.05 y 71±29 vs. 104±23; p<0.01, respectively. Saliva presented the same behaviour (3.6±0.5 vs. 6.4±2.9; p<0.02 y 73±29 vs. 90±8; p<0.003, respectively. When saliva CTX and b-AP were plotted against serum concentration significant positive correlations were obtained: r=0.58, p<0.05 and r=0.59; p<0.05, respectively. In conclusion, the present results are promisory in the sense of the potential use of a salivary-based test for evaluating bone remodeling. However, the use of this methodology for clinical practice needs extensive additional investigations.

  18. Dose-response relationship between arsenic exposure and the serum enzymes for liver function tests in the individuals exposed to arsenic: a cross sectional study in Bangladesh

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    Hossain Mostaque

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Chronic arsenic exposure has been shown to cause liver damage. However, serum hepatic enzyme activity as recognized on liver function tests (LFTs showing a dose-response relationship with arsenic exposure has not yet been clearly documented. The aim of our study was to investigate the dose-response relationship between arsenic exposure and major serum enzyme marker activity associated with LFTs in the population living in arsenic-endemic areas in Bangladesh. Methods A total of 200 residents living in arsenic-endemic areas in Bangladesh were selected as study subjects. Arsenic concentrations in the drinking water, hair and nails were measured by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS. The study subjects were stratified into quartile groups as follows, based on concentrations of arsenic in the drinking water, as well as in subjects' hair and nails: lowest, low, medium and high. The serum hepatic enzyme activities of alkaline phosphatase (ALP, aspartate transaminase (AST and alanine transaminase (ALT were then assayed. Results Arsenic concentrations in the subjects' hair and nails were positively correlated with arsenic levels in the drinking water. As regards the exposure-response relationship with arsenic in the drinking water, the respective activities of ALP, AST and ALT were found to be significantly increased in the high-exposure groups compared to the lowest-exposure groups before and after adjustments were made for different covariates. With internal exposure markers (arsenic in hair and nails, the ALP, AST and ALT activity profiles assumed a similar shape of dose-response relationship, with very few differences seen in the higher groups compared to the lowest group, most likely due to the temporalities of exposure metrics. Conclusions The present study demonstrated that arsenic concentrations in the drinking water were strongly correlated with arsenic concentrations in the subjects' hair and nails. Further, this study revealed a novel exposure- and dose- response relationship between arsenic exposure metrics and serum hepatic enzyme activity. Elevated serum hepatic enzyme activities in the higher exposure gradients provided new insights into arsenic-induced liver toxicity that might be helpful for the early prognosis of arsenic-induced liver diseases.

  19. A Malachite Green-Based Assay to Assess Glucan Phosphatase Activity

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    Sherwood, Amanda R.; Paasch, Bradley C.; Worby, Carolyn A.; Gentry, Matthew S

    2012-01-01

    With the recent discovery of a unique class of dual-specificity phosphatases that dephosphorylate glucans, we report an in vitro assay tailored for the detection of phosphatase activity against phosphorylated glucans. We demonstrate that in contrast to a general phosphatase assay utilizing a synthetic substrate, only phosphatases that possess glucan phosphatase activity liberate phosphate from the phosphorylated glucan amylopectin using the described assay. This assay is simple and cost-effec...

  20. Alkaline ring complexes in Sudan

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    Vail, J. R.

    An anorogenic petrographic province containing nearly 100 alkaline ring complexes extends across Sudan. These anorogenic complexes are distinct from late-orogenic granite-gabbro, calcalkaline plutonic centres particularly in the eastern part of Sudan, many of which also take the form of ring complexes. The biggest, most closely spaces, and most numerous ring complexes occur in a discontinuous belt of alkali granites and syenites, rarer foid syenites, and associated extrusive trachytes, rhyolites and ignimbrites exposed intermittently across 100 km from the Bayuda Desert and Nile River Valley near Khartoum to northern Kordofan Province and the Nuba Mountains region of central Sudan. These complexes range in age from Ordovician to Jurassic, but show no progressive change in age or distribution pattern other than a tendency to align locally in NW-trending bands, which might reflect zones of weakness in the underlying basement rocks. Mesozoic syenites and alkali granites forming plugs and ring complexes lie in a belt parallel to the coast in the Red Sea Hills of eastern Sudan. In the north-west of the country, alkali granites and foid syenites of Tertiary age crop out in the basement inlier of J. Uweinat, and Mesozoic granites, syenites and foid syenites form igneous plutons in Equatoria Province in the extreme south.

  1. Short-term effect of vermicompost application on biological properties of an alkaline soil with high lime content from Mediterranean region of Turkey.

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    Uz, Ilker; Tavali, Ismail Emrah

    2014-01-01

    This study was conducted to investigate direct short-term impact of vermicompost on some soil biological properties by monitoring changes after addition of vermicompost as compared to farmyard manure in an alkaline soil with high lime content from semiarid Mediterranean region of Turkey. For this purpose, mixtures of soil and organic fertilizers in different doses were incubated under greenhouse condition. Soil samples collected in regular intervals were analyzed for biological parameters including dehydrogenase, ?-glucosidase, urease, alkaline phosphatase activities, and total number of aerobic mesophilic bacteria. Even though soil dehydrogenase activity appeared to be dose-independent based on overall evaluation, organic amendments were found to elevate dehydrogenase activity when sampling periods are evaluated individually. ?-glucosidase, urease, alkaline phosphatase activity, and aerobic mesophilic bacterial numbers in vermicompost treatments fluctuated but remained significantly above the control. A slight but statistically significant difference was detected between organic amendments in terms of urease activity. Vermicompost appeared to more significantly increase bacterial number in soil. Clearly, vermicompost has a potential to be used as an alternative to farmyard manure to improve and maintain soil biological activity in alkaline calcareous soils from the Mediterranean region of Turkey. Further studies are needed to assess its full potential for these soils. PMID:25254238

  2. High-resolution colorimetric assay for rapid visual readout of phosphatase activity based on gold/silver core/shell nanorod.

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    Gao, Zhuangqiang; Deng, Kaichao; Wang, Xu-Dong; Miró, Manuel; Tang, Dianping

    2014-10-22

    Nanostructure-based visual assay has been developed for determination of enzymatic activity, but most involve in poor visible color resolution and are not suitable for routine utilization. Herein, we designed a high-resolution colorimetric protocol based on gold/silver core/shell nanorod for visual readout of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity by using bare-eyes. The method relied on enzymatic reaction-assisted silver deposition on gold nanorod to generate significant color change, which was strongly dependent on ALP activity. Upon target ALP introduction into the substrate, the ascorbic acid 2-phosphate was hydrolyzed to form ascorbic acid, and then, the generated ascorbic acid reduced silver ion to metal silver and coated on the gold nanorod, thereby resulting in the blue shift of longitudinal localized surface plasmon resonance peak of gold nanorod accompanying a perceptible color change from red to orange to yellow to green to cyan to blue and to violet. Under optimal conditions, the designed method exhibited the wide linear range 5-100 mU mL(-1) ALP with a detection limit of 3.3 mU mL(-1). Moreover, it could be used for the semiquantitative detection of ALP from 20 to 500 mU mL(-1) by using the bare-eyes. The coefficients of variation for intra- and interassay were below 3.5% and 6.2%, respectively. Finally, this method was validated for the analysis of real-life serum samples, giving results matched well with those from the 4-nitrophenyl phosphate disodium salt hexahydrate (pNPP)-based standard method. In addition, the system could even be utilized in the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to detect IgG at picomol concentration. With the merits of simplification, low cost, user-friendliness, and sensitive readout, the gold nanorod-based colorimetric assay has the potential to be utilized by the public and opens a new horizon for bioassays. PMID:25244147

  3. Alkaline rocks and the occurrence of uranium

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    Many alkaline complexes contain uranium and other minerals in low concentrations and are regarded as constituting valuable potential reserves. Certain complex metallurgical problems, however, remain to be solved. Alkaline rocks occur in a number of forms and environments and it is noted that they are generated during periods of geological quiescence emplaced mainly in stable aseismic areas. Many occur along the extensions of oceanic transform faults beneath the continental crust and the application of this concept to areas not currently known to host alkaline complexes may prove useful in identifying potential target areas for prospecting operations

  4. Inorganic-organic separators for alkaline batteries

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    Sheibley, D. W. (inventor)

    1978-01-01

    A flexible separator is reported for use between the electrodes of Ni-Cd and Ni-Zn batteries using alkaline electrolytes. The separator was made by coating a porous substrate with a battery separator composition. The coating material included a rubber-based resin copolymer, a plasticizer and inorganic and organic fillers which comprised 55% by volume or less of the coating as finally dried. One or more of the filler materials, whether organic or inorganic, is preferably active with the alkaline electrolyte to produce pores in the separator coating. The plasticizer was an organic material which is hydrolyzed by the alkaline electrolyte to improve conductivity of the separator coating.

  5. Alkaline sorbent injection for mercury control

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    Madden, Deborah A. (Boardman, OH); Holmes, Michael J. (Washington Township, Stark County, OH)

    2003-01-01

    A mercury removal system for removing mercury from combustion flue gases is provided in which alkaline sorbents at generally extremely low stoichiometric molar ratios of alkaline earth or an alkali metal to sulfur of less than 1.0 are injected into a power plant system at one or more locations to remove at least between about 40% and 60% of the mercury content from combustion flue gases. Small amounts of alkaline sorbents are injected into the flue gas stream at a relatively low rate. A particulate filter is used to remove mercury-containing particles downstream of each injection point used in the power plant system.

  6. Effects of serum containing Fructus Cnidii and Psoralea corylifolia on highly metastatic human breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-231BO and bone marrow stromal cell line ST-2

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    Sheng Liu

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To explore the effects of different proportions of Fructus Cnidii (Shechuangzi and Psoralea corylifolia (Buguzhi on highly metastatic human breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-231BO and bone marrow stromal cell line ST-2 in vitro.Methods: Thirty-six female SD rats were randomly divided into 6 groups to prepare the drug-medicated sera by administering with different proportions of Fructus Cnidii and Psoralea corylifolia, including 4?0 group, 3?1 group, 1?1 group, 1?3 group, 0?4 group and control group. MDA-MB-231BO cells and ST-2 cells were cultured in Dulbecco’s modified Eagle’s medium containing drug-medicated serum. Inhibition rates of MDA-MB-231BO cells and ST-2 cells were measured by methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium (MTT method; migration ability of MDA-MB-231BO cells was tested by a cell migration experiment; alkaline phosphatase activity (ALP of ST-2 cells was measured by using 4-nitrophenyl phosphate disodium salt, and mineralized nodule formation of ST-2 cells was measured by alizarin red staining.Results: Sera contaning different proportions of Fructus Cnidii and Psoralea corylifolia inhibited the migration activity of MDA-MB-231BO cells as compared with the blank serum, and serum contaning Fructus Cnidii and Psoralea Corylifolia at proportion of 1?1 had the best function (P<0.01. Fructus Cnidii and Psoralea corylifolia at ratio of 1?1 also enhanced the ALP activity of ST2 cells (P<0.05 and increased the number of mineralized nodules of ST2 cells (P<0.01.Conclusion: Kidney-warming recipe of Fructus Cnidii and Psoralea corylifolia can inhibit proliferation and migration of MDA-MB-231BO cells and increase the activity of ST-2 cells.

  7. Effects of Various Dental Materials on Alkaline Phosphatase Extracted from Pulp: An Experiment for the Biochemistry Laboratory.

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    Thompson, Lorin R.

    1980-01-01

    A laboratory experiment that demonstrates the effects of various dental materials on a representative enzyme from the pulp is outlined. The experiment encourages students to consider the effects that various restorative materials and techniques might have on enzymes in the living pulp. (Author/MLW)

  8. Reduced levels of membrane-bound alkaline phosphatase are common to lepidopteran strains resistant to Cry toxins from Bacillus thuringiensis

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    Development of insect resistance is one of the main concerns with the use of transgenic crops expressing Cry toxins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis. Biomarkers for development of sensitive DNA-based methods to detect and monitor evolution of resistance to Bt toxins are currently needed. ...

  9. Presence and patterns of alkaline phosphatase activity and phosphorus cycling in natural riparian zones under changing nutrient conditions

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    Peifang Wang; Lingxiao Ren; Chao(Saul) Wang; Jin Qian; Jun Hou

    2014-01-01

    Phosphorus (P) is an important limiting nutrient in aquatic ecosystems and knowledge of P cycling is fundamental for reducing harmful algae blooms and other negative effects in water. Despite their importance, the characteristics of P cycling under changing nutrient conditions in shallow lakes were poorly investigated. In this study, in situ incubation experiments were conducted in a natural riparian zone in the main diversion channel used for water transfer into Lake Taihu (Wangyu River). Va...

  10. LOW DIETARY COPPER INCREASES FECAL FREE RADICAL PRODUCTION AND FECAL WATER ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE ACTIVITY AND CYTOTOXICITY IN HEALTHY MEN

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    Background: One possible dietary factor that may increase susceptibility to colon cancer is inadequate copper intake. Objective: To investigate the effects of low and adequate copper intakes on copper nutriture and putative risk factors for colon cancer susceptibility in healthy men. Design: Sevente...

  11. Influence of Protein Conformation and Adjuvant Aggregation on the Effectiveness of Aluminum Hydroxide Adjuvant in a Model Alkaline Phosphatase Vaccine

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    Clausi, Amber L.; Morin, Andrea; CARPENTER, JOHN F.; Randolph, Theodore W

    2009-01-01

    The mechanism(s) of the enhancement of the immune response by addition of aluminum salt adjuvants to parenterally administered protein-based vaccines is still the subject of debate. It has been hypothesized, however, that destabilization of the antigen structure on the surface of the adjuvant may be important for eliciting immune response. Also, it has been suggested that immune response to adjuvanted vaccines is reduced if the adjuvant particles become aggregated before administration becaus...

  12. Host Plant Effects on Alkaline Phosphatase Activity in the Whiteflies, Bemisia tabaci Biotype B and Trialeurodes vaporariorum

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    Yan, Ying; Peng, Lu; Liu, Wan-Xue; Wan, Fang-Hao; Harris, Marvin K

    2011-01-01

    Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) B-biotype and Trialeurodes vaporariorum (Westwood) (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) often coexist on greenhouse-grown vegetable crops in northern China. The recent spread of B. tabaci B-biotype has largely replaced T. vaporariorum, and B-biotype now overlaps with T. vaporariorum where common hosts occur in most invaded areas. The impact of the B-biotype on the agro eco system appears to be widespread, and involves the ability to compete with and perhaps replace other phytop...

  13. Yam (Dioscorea batatas) Root and Bark Extracts Stimulate Osteoblast Mineralization by Increasing Ca and P Accumulation and Alkaline Phosphatase Activity

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    Kim, Suji; Shin, Mee-Young; Son, Kun-Ho; Sohn, Ho-Yong; Lim, Jae-Hwan; Lee, Jong-Hwa; Kwun, In-Sook

    2014-01-01

    Yam (Dioscorea batatas) is widely consumed as functional food for health promotion mainly in East Asia countries. We assessed whether yam root (tuber) or bark (peel) extracts stimulated the activity of osteoblasts for osteogenesis. MC3T3-E1 cells (mouse osteoblasts) were treated with yam root extracts (water or methanol) (study I) or bark extracts (water or hexane) (study II) within 0~10 ?g/mL during the periods of osteoblast proliferation (5~10 day), matrix maturation (11~15 day) and mineral...

  14. Alkaline phosphatase activity at the southwest coast of India: A comparison of locations differently affected by upwelling..

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    Mamatha, S.S.; Malik, A.; Varik, S.; Parvathi, V.; Jineesh, V.K.; Gauns, M.; LokaBharathi, P.A.

    regions differently affected by upwelling during the onset of monsoon. Off Trivandrum, APA in the offshore waters of 5-m layer at 2.23 μM P h− 1 was > 4 times higher than nearshore. Thus, low APA could be indicative of P sufficiency in coastal waters...

  15. Purification and Characterization of an Alkaline Phosphatase Induced by Phosphorus Starvation in Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L. Roots

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    Eleazar Martu00EDnez-Barajas

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Dos isoformas de fosfatasas obtenidas de raíz de frijol (Phaseolus vulgaris L. mostraron un incremento en la actividad enrespuesta a la deficiencia de fosfato. Una de ellas (APIII se purificó a través de una cromatografía de intercambio iónico y una electroforesis preparativa. La masa molecular estimada para APIII fue de 35 kDa tanto por SDS-PAGE como por filtración molecular, sugiriendo que la enzima activa es monomérica. APIII se clasificó como una fosfatasa alcalina basada en sus requerimientos de pH 8 para catálisis. Esta enzima es activa sobre un amplio espectro de sustratos como polifosfato, glucose 1-fosfato y fosfoenolpiruvato, aunque muestra preferencia por pirofosfato. Su actividad se inhibe completamente por molibdato, vanadato y fosfato, aunque es inhibida parcialmente por fluoruro. Aún cuando los cationes divalentes no fueron escenciales para su actividad, la hidrólisis de pirofosfato se incrementó notablemente en presencia de Mg2+.

  16. Identification, cloning and expression of sodC from an alkaline phosphatase gene fusion library of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis.

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    Dupont, C; Murray, A

    2001-01-01

    The phoA gene technology was used to investigate secreted proteins of the intracellular pathogen Mycobacteriumn avium subspecies paratuberculosis. This led to the identification of sodC, a gene which codes for a copper and zinc cofactored superoxide dismutase (Cu,ZnSOD) which has been implicated as a virulence factor for some pathogens. The predicted protein possessed a 76% identity with Cu,ZnSOD of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. To characterize Cu,ZnSOD from M. avium subspecies paratuberculosis, the gene was cloned and overexpressed in Escherichia coli. The renatured, affinity-purified recombinant protein possessed enzymatic activity that was inhibited by the presence of cyanide, which is characteristic of a Cu,ZnSOD. PMID:11549243

  17. Prognostic value of PINP, bone alkaline phosphatase, CTX-I, and YKL-40 in patients with metastatic prostate carcinoma

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    Brasso, Klaus; Christensen, Ib Jarle; Johansen, Julia S.; Teisner, Børge; Garnero, Patrick; Price, Paul A.; Iversen, Peter

    2006-01-01

    %, BAP (55%), CTX-I (33%), and YKL-40 (43%). Univariate analysis showed an association to survival: PINP (HR = 1.6, P < 0.0001), BAP (HR = 1.4, P < 0.0001), CTX-I (HR = 1.7, P < 0.0001), and YKL-40 (HR = 1.4, P = 0.004). In multivariate Cox analysis performance status, WHO grade, Soloway score, PINP, and...

  18. Alkalinity in oil field waters - what alkalinity is and how it is measured

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    The alkalinity is an important parameter in the description of pH-behaviour, buffer capacity and scaling potentials in oil field waters. Although the alkalinity is widely used, it seems to be considerable confusion in connection with the concept. It is often used incorrectly and different authors define the concept in different ways. Several different methods for the determination of alkalinity can be found in the literature. This paper discusses the definition of alkalinity and how to use alkalinity in oil field waters to obtain data of importance for scale and pH predictions. There is also shown how a simple titration of oil field waters can give both the alkalinity and the content of organic acids in these waters. It is obvious from these findings that most of the methods used to day may give considerable errors when applied to oil field waters with high contents of organic acids. 8 refs., 8 figs., 5 tabs

  19. Changes of the activity of certain lysosomal enzymes in the blood serum of whole-body irradiated rats

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    The activities of acid phosphatase, ?-glucuronidase, ?-galactosidase, acid ribonuclease, and acid deoxyribonuclease were studied in the blood serum of rats after total, either single or fractionated, exposure. After the single, total exposure to 800 R of X-rays, remarkable increases in the activities of acid phosphatase and acid deoxyribonuclease were observed in the blood serum immediately after the irradiation. At later stages were observed statistically significant decreases of ?-glucuronidase and ?-galactosidase in the rat blood serum after the total, single exposure. The serum acid ribonuclease activity remained essentially unaltered over the whole time interval of interest. In the blood serum of the rats exposed to total, fractionated irradiation, statistically significant decreases in the acid phosphatase and ?-glucuronidase activities were observed 1 and 8 days after completing the irradiation. In the case of ?--galactosidase, this decrease lasted even up to the 15th day after the end of irradiation. The activities of serum acid deoxyribonuclease and acid ribonuclease exhibited no statistically significant changes. (orig.)

  20. Protein phosphatase 2A regulatory subunit B56? limits phosphatase activity in the heart.

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    Little, Sean C; Curran, Jerry; Makara, Michael A; Kline, Crystal F; Ho, Hsiang-Ting; Xu, Zhaobin; Wu, Xiangqiong; Polina, Iuliia; Musa, Hassan; Meadows, Allison M; Carnes, Cynthia A; Biesiadecki, Brandon J; Davis, Jonathan P; Weisleder, Noah; Györke, Sandor; Wehrens, Xander H; Hund, Thomas J; Mohler, Peter J

    2015-07-21

    Protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) is a serine/threonine-selective holoenzyme composed of a catalytic, scaffolding, and regulatory subunit. In the heart, PP2A activity is requisite for cardiac excitation-contraction coupling and central in adrenergic signaling. We found that mice deficient in the PP2A regulatory subunit B56? (1 of 13 regulatory subunits) had altered PP2A signaling in the heart that was associated with changes in cardiac physiology, suggesting that the B56? regulatory subunit had an autoinhibitory role that suppressed excess PP2A activity. The increase in PP2A activity in the mice with reduced B56? expression resulted in slower heart rates and increased heart rate variability, conduction defects, and increased sensitivity of heart rate to parasympathetic agonists. Increased PP2A activity in B56?(+/-) myocytes resulted in reduced Ca(2+) waves and sparks, which was associated with decreased phosphorylation (and thus decreased activation) of the ryanodine receptor RyR2, an ion channel on intracellular membranes that is involved in Ca(2+) regulation in cardiomyocytes. In line with an autoinhibitory role for B56?, in vivo expression of B56? in the absence of altered abundance of other PP2A subunits decreased basal phosphatase activity. Consequently, in vivo expression of B56? suppressed parasympathetic regulation of heart rate and increased RyR2 phosphorylation in cardiomyocytes. These data show that an integral component of the PP2A holoenzyme has an important inhibitory role in controlling PP2A enzyme activity in the heart. PMID:26198358

  1. Acid phosphatase and lipid peroxidation in human cataractous lens epithelium

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    Vasavada Abhay

    1993-01-01

    Full Text Available The anterior lens epithelial cells undergo a variety of degenerative and proliferative changes during cataract formation. Acid phosphatase is primarily responsible for tissue regeneration and tissue repair. The lipid hydroperoxides that are obtained by lipid peroxidation of polysaturated or unsaturated fatty acids bring about deterioration of biological membranes at cellular and tissue levels. Acid phosphatase and lipid peroxidation activities were studied on the lens epithelial cells of nuclear cataract, posterior subcapsular cataract, mature cataract, and mixed cataract. Of these, mature cataractous lens epithelium showed maximum activity for acid phosphatase (516.83 moles of p-nitrophenol released/g lens epithelium and maximum levels of lipid peroxidation (86.29 O.D./min/g lens epithelium. In contrast, mixed cataractous lens epithelium showed minimum activity of acid phosphatase (222.61 moles of p-nitrophenol released/g lens epithelium and minimum levels of lipid peroxidation (54.23 O.D./min/g lens epithelium. From our study, we correlated the maximum activity of acid phosphatase in mature cataractous lens epithelium with the increased areas of superimposed cells associated with the formation of mature cataract. Likewise, the maximum levels of lipid peroxidation in mature cataractous lens epithelium was correlated with increased permeability of the plasma membrane. Conversely, the minimum levels of lipid peroxidation in mixed cataractous lens epithelium makes us presume that factors other than lipid peroxidation may also account for the formation of mixed type of cataract.

  2. Catalytic oxidation of soot over alkaline niobates

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    Highlights: ? No previous reported studies about alkaline niobates as catalysts for soot oxidation. ? NaNbO3 and KNbO3 perovskite-type oxides show lower activation energy than other lanthanoid perovskite-type oxides. ? The alkaline niobate does not show deactivation by metal loss. - Abstract: The lack of studies in the current literature about the assessment of alkaline niobates as catalysts for soot oxidation has motivated this research. In this study, the synthesis, characterization and assessment of alkaline metal niobates as catalysts for soot combustion are reported. The solids MNbO3 (M = Li, Na, K, Rb) are synthesized by a citrate method, calcined at 450 °C, 550 °C, 650 °C, 750 °C, and characterized by AAS, N2 adsorption, XRD, O2-TPD, FTIR and SEM. All the alkaline niobates show catalytic activity for soot combustion, and the activity depends basically on the nature of the alkaline metal and the calcination temperature. The highest catalytic activity, expressed as the temperature at which combustion of carbon black occurs at the maximum rate, is shown by KNbO3 calcined at 650 °C. At this calcination temperature, the catalytic activity follows an order dependent on the atomic number, namely: KNbO3 > NaNbO3 > LiNbO3. The RbNbO3 solid do not follow this trend presumably due to the perovskite structure was not reached. The highest catalytic activity shown by of KNbO3, despite the lower apparent activation energy of NaNbO3, stress the importance of the metal nature and suggests the hypothesis that K+ ions are the active sites for soot combustion. It must be pointed out that alkaline niobate subjected to consecutive soot combustion cycles does not show deactivation by metal loss, due to the stabilization of the alkaline metal inside the perovskite structure.

  3. Association of erythrocyte acid phosphatase phenotypes with myopia

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    Himabindu P

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Acid phosphatase is a polymorphic nonspecific orthophosphate monoesterase which catalyses the cleaving of phosphoric acid and subsequent breakdown of several monophosphoric esters under acidic pH conditions. Acid phosphatase has a physiologic function as a flavin mononucleotide phosphatase (FMN and regulates the intracellular concentrations of flavin coenzymes that are electron carriers in the oxidative phosphorylation pathway. Myopia or nearsightedness is caused by both environmental and genetic factors. Myopic eyes when subjected to excessive oxidative stress results in retinal detachments .In the present study there is a significant elevation of AA phenotype in myopes when compared to controls. The AA phenotype is more susceptible to oxidative stress and its lower enzyme activity is known to be associated with increased intrauterine growth that further results in increased axial length in progressive myopia. The AA phenotype also confers risk for myopia development in males, early age group and cases with parental consanguinity.

  4. Maternal serum screening.

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    Klein, M. C.

    1994-01-01

    Maternal serum screening (MSS) measures three serum markers: alpha-fetoprotein, human chorionic gonadotropin, and unconjugated estriol, from which the risk of fetal Down syndrome or open neural tube defect is calculated. Initially, 8% of women will have positive results. I present a protocol for investigating these women. Family physicians should be informed about MSS so they can give their patients information and guidance.

  5. Structural Basis of Response Regulator Dephosphorylation by Rap Phosphatases

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    V Parashar; N Mirouze; D Dubnau; M Neiditch

    2011-12-31

    Bacterial Rap family proteins have been most extensively studied in Bacillus subtilis, where they regulate activities including sporulation, genetic competence, antibiotic expression, and the movement of the ICEBs1 transposon. One subset of Rap proteins consists of phosphatases that control B. subtilis and B. anthracis sporulation by dephosphorylating the response regulator Spo0F. The mechanistic basis of Rap phosphatase activity was unknown. Here we present the RapH-Spo0F X-ray crystal structure, which shows that Rap proteins consist of a 3-helix bundle and a tetratricopeptide repeat domain. Extensive biochemical and genetic functional studies reveal the importance of the observed RapH-Spo0F interactions, including the catalytic role of a glutamine in the RapH 3-helix bundle that inserts into the Spo0F active site. We show that in addition to dephosphorylating Spo0F, RapH can antagonize sporulation by sterically blocking phosphoryl transfer to and from Spo0F. Our structure-function analysis of the RapH-Spo0F interaction identified Rap protein residues critical for Spo0F phosphatase activity. This information enabled us to assign Spo0F phosphatase activity to a Rap protein based on sequence alone, which was not previously possible. Finally, as the ultimate test of our newfound understanding of the structural requirements for Rap phosphatase function, a non-phosphatase Rap protein that inhibits the binding of the response regulator ComA to DNA was rationally engineered to dephosphorylate Spo0F. In addition to revealing the mechanistic basis of response regulator dephosphorylation by Rap proteins, our studies support the previously proposed T-loop-Y allostery model of receiver domain regulation that restricts the aromatic 'switch' residue to an internal position when the {beta}4-{alpha}4 loop adopts an active-site proximal conformation.

  6. Characterization of the Human LPIN1-encoded Phosphatidate Phosphatase Isoforms*

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    Han, Gil-Soo; CARMAN, George M.

    2010-01-01

    The human LPIN1 gene encodes the protein lipin 1, which possesses phosphatidate (PA) phosphatase (3-sn-phosphatidate phosphohydrolase; EC 3.1.3.4) activity (Han, G.-S., Wu, W.-I., and Carman, G. M. (2006) J. Biol. Chem. 281, 9210–9218). In this work, we characterized human lipin 1 ?, ?, and ? isoforms that were expressed in Escherichia coli and purified to near homogeneity. PA phosphatase activities of the ?, ?, and ? isoforms were dependent on Mg2+ or Mn2+ ions at pH 7.5 at 37 °C. The activi...

  7. Structure determination of T-cell protein-tyrosine phosphatase

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    Iversen, L.F.; Møller, K. B.; Pedersen, A.K.; Peters, Günther H.J.; Petersen, A.S.; Andersen, H.S.; Branner, S.; Mortensen, S.B.; Møller, N.P.H.

    2002-01-01

    Protein-tyrosine phosphatase 1B (PTP1B) has recently received much attention as a potential drug target in type 2 diabetes. This has in particular been spurred by the finding that PTP1B knockout mice show increased insulin sensitivity and resistance to diet-induced obesity. Surprisingly, the highly...... homologous T cell protein-tyrosine phosphatase (TC-PTP) has received much less attention, and no x-ray structure has been provided. We have previously co-crystallized PTP1B with a number of low molecular weight inhibitors that inhibit TC-PTP with similar efficiency. Unexpectedly, we were not able to co...

  8. Cloning and expression of a widely expressed receptor tyrosine phosphatase

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    Sap, J; D'Eustachio, P; Givol, D; Schlessinger, J

    1990-01-01

    We describe the identification of a widely expressed receptor-type (transmembrane) protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTPase; EC 3.1.3.48). Screening of a mouse brain cDNA library under low-stringency conditions with a probe encompassing the intracellular (phosphatase) domain of the CD45 lymphocyte...... Bmp-2a loci. The corresponding mRNA (3.0 kilobases) is expressed in most murine tissues and most abundantly expressed in brain and kidney. Antibodies against a synthetic peptide of R-PTP-alpha identified a 130-kDa protein in cells transfected with the R-PTP-alpha cDNA....

  9. Structure determination of T cell protein-tyrosine phosphatase

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    Iversen, L.F.; Møller, K. B.; Pedersen, A.K.; Peters, Günther H.J.; Petersen, A.S.; Andersen, H.S.; Branner, S.; Mortensen, S.B.; Møller, N.P.H.

    2002-01-01

    Protein-tyrosine phosphatase 1B (PTP1B) has recently received much attention as a potential drug target in type 2 diabetes. This has in particular been spurred by the finding that PTP1B knockout mice show increased insulin sensitivity and resistance to diet-induced obesity. Surprisingly, the highly homologous T cell protein-tyrosine phosphatase (TC-PTP) has received much less attention, and no x-ray structure has been provided. We have previously co-crystallized PTP1B with a number of low molecu...

  10. Replacement of inorganic zinc with lower levels of organic zinc (zinc nicotinate on performance, hematological and serum biochemical constituents, antioxidants status, and immune responses in rats

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    D. Nagalakshmi

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Aim: A study was undertaken to investigate the effect of organic zinc (zinc nicotinate, Zn-nic supplementation (6, 9, and 12 ppm compared to inorganic zinc (12 ppm on growth performance, hematology, serum biochemical constituents oxidative stress, and immunity in weaned female Sprague–Dawley rats. Material and Methods: A 48 weaned rats (285.20±1.95 g were randomly distributed to 4 dietary treatments with 6 replicates in each and reared in polypropylene cages for 10 weeks. Basal diet (BD was formulated with purified ingredients without zinc (Zn. Four dietary treatments were prepared by adding 12 ppm Zn from ZnCO3 (control and 6, 9, and 12 ppm Zn from Zn-nic to the BD. On 42nd day, blood was collected by retro-orbital puncture for analyzing hematological constituents, glucose, cholesterol, alkaline phosphatase, total protein, albumin, and globulin and antioxidant enzyme activities. At 43rd day, rats were antigenically challenged with sheep red blood cell (RBC to assess humoral immune response and on 70th day cell-mediated immune response. Results: Weekly body weight gains, daily feed intake, blood hematological constituents (white blood cell, RBC, hemoglobin concentration, packed cell volume, mean corpuscular volume, lymphocyte, monocyte, and granulocyte concentration and serum glucose, total protein levels were comparable among the rats feed Zn from ZnCO3 and Zn-nic (6, 9, and 12 ppm. Serum cholesterol reduced with organic Zn supplementation at either concentration (6-12 ppm. Serum globulin concentration reduced (p<0.05 with 6 ppm Zn-nic supplementation compared to other dietary treatments. Lipid peroxidation lowered (p<0.05 reduced with 12 ppm organic Zn; thiobarbituric acid reacting substances and protein carbonyls concentrations in liver reduced (p<0.05 with 9 and 12 ppm levels of organic Zn supplementation compared to 12 ppm Zn supplementation from inorganic source. RBC catalase and glutathione peroxidase enzymes activities were highest (p<0.05 in rats supplemented with 12 ppm Zn-nic, followed by 9 ppm. Comparable immune response (humoral and cell-mediated was observed between 12 ppm inorganic Zn and 9 ppm organic Zn and higher (p<0.05 immune response was noticed at 12 ppm Zn-nic supplementation. Conclusion: Based on the results, it is concluded that dietary Zn concentration can be reduced by 50% (6 ppm as Zn nicotinate without affecting growth performance, hemato-biochemical constituents, antioxidant status, and immunity. In addition, replacement of 12 ppm inorganic Zn with 12 ppm organic Zn significantly improved antioxidant status and immune response.

  11. Alkaline reactivity of arsenical natrojarosite

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    Iván A., Reyes; Francisco, Patiño; Isauro, Rivera; Mizraím U., Flores; Martín, Reyes; Juan, Hernández.

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Jarosites são compostos que podem sofrer substituições com vários elementos de importância ambiental (tais como As5+) durante a precipitação. Arsênico integrado na estrutura poderia influenciar a solubilidade da jarosita, potencialmente estabilizando a estrutura em uma ampla gama de condições que sã [...] o toleradas pela jarosita pura. A reatividade álcali é caracterizada pela remoção de íons sulfato e sódio da rede e a formação de um gel composto de hidróxido de ferro com arseniato adsorvido. As curvas de decomposição mostram um período de indução seguida por um período de conversão. O período de indução é independente do tamanho das partículas e decresce exponencialmente com o aumento da temperatura. O período de conversão é caracterizado pela criação de um halo de hidróxidos em torno de um núcleo de natrojarosita arsênica não reagido. Dados cinéticos são consistentes com o controle químico do processo. A expressão obtida em meio NaOH para as concentrações de [OH-] que vão desde 3,84 × 10-3 para 1,08 × 10-1 mol L-1 é: r0/-v[1 - (1 - x)1/3] = 3,11 × 10(9) exp(-57,110/RT) [OH-]0.7 t. A expressão em meio Ca(OH)2 para as concentrações de [OH-] que vão desde 2,21 × 10-2 para 6,98 × 10-2 mol L-1 é: r0/-v[1 - (1 - x)1/3] = 9,22 × 10(11) exp(-48,610/RT) [OH-]1.51 t. Abstract in english Jarosites are compounds that can undergo substitutions with several elements of environmental importance (such as As5+) during precipitation. Arsenic integrated in the structure could influence the solubility of the jarosite, potentially stabilizing the structure under a wide range of conditions tha [...] t are tolerated by pure jarosite. Alkaline reactivity is characterized by the removal of sulfate and sodium ions from the lattice and by the formation of a gel consisting of iron hydroxides with adsorbed arsenate. The decomposition curves show an induction period, followed by a conversion period. The induction period is independent from the particle size and decreases exponentially as the temperature increases. The conversion period is characterized by the formation of a hydroxide halo around an unreacted arsenical natrojarosite core. The kinetic data are consistent with the chemical control of the process. The expression obtained in NaOH medium for [OH-] concentrations ranging from 3.84 × 10-3 to 1.08 × 10-1 mol L-1 is the following: r0/-v[1 - (1 - x)1/3] = 3.11 × 10(9) exp(-57.110/RT) [OH-]0.7 t. The expression in Ca(OH)2 medium for [OH-] concentrations ranging from 2.21 × 10-2 to 6.98 × 10-2 mol L-1 is the following: r0/-v[1 - (1 - x)1/3] = 9.22 × 10(11) exp(-48.610/RT) [OH-]1.51 t.

  12. Yeast Acid Phosphatases and Phytases: Production, Characterization and Commercial Prospects

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    Kaur, Parvinder; Satyanarayana, T.

    The element phosphorus is critical to all life forms as it forms the basic component of nucleic acids and ATP and has a number of indispensable biochemical roles. Unlike C or N, the biogeochemical cycling of phosphorus is very slow, and thus making it the growth-limiting element in most soils and aquatic systems. Phosphohydrolases (e.g. acid phosphatases and phytases) are enzymes that break the C-O-P ester bonds and provide available inorganic phosphorus from various inassimilable organic forms of phosphorus like phytates. These enzymes are of significant value in effectively combating phosphorus pollution. Although phytases and acid phosphatases are produced by various plants, animals and micro organisms, microbial sources are more promising for the production on a commercial scale. Yeasts being the simplest eukaryotes are ideal candidates for phytase and phos-phatase research due to their mostly non-pathogenic and GRAS status. They have not, however, been utilized to their full potential. This chapter focuses attention on the present state of knowledge on the production, characterization and potential commercial prospects of yeast phytases and acid phosphatases.

  13. Interrogating Endogenous Protein Phosphatase Activity with Rationally Designed Chemosensors.

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    Beck, Jon R; Lawrence, Antoneal; Tung, Amar S; Harris, Edward N; Stains, Cliff I

    2016-01-15

    We introduce a versatile approach for repurposing protein kinase chemosensors, containing the phosphorylation-sensitive sulfonamido-oxine fluorophore termed Sox, for the specific determination of endogenous protein phosphatase activity from whole cell lysates and tissue homogenates. As a demonstration of this approach, we design and evaluate a direct chemosensor for protein tyrosine phosphatase-1B (PTP1B), an established signaling node in human disease. The optimal sensor design is capable of detecting as little as 6 pM (12 pg) full-length recombinant PTP1B and is remarkably selective for PTP1B among a panel of highly homologous tyrosine phosphatases. Coupling this robust activity probe with the specificity of antibodies allowed for the temporal analysis of endogenous PTP1B activity dynamics in lysates generated from HepG2 cells after stimulation with insulin. Lastly, we leveraged this assay format to profile PTP1B activity perturbations in a rat model of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), providing direct evidence for elevated PTP1B catalytic activity in this disease state. Given the modular nature of this assay, we anticipate that this approach will have broad utility in monitoring phosphatase activity dynamics in human disease states. PMID:26580981

  14. Cytochemical localization of acid phosphatase in Stigeoclonium tenue (Chaetophorales, Chlorophyceae

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    Karina M. Michetti

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Nonspecific acid phosphatases are a group of enzymes whose activity increases the availability of exogenous and endogenous orthophosphate either through extra- or intracellular hydrolysis of phosphate compounds. Our study demonstrates the activity of acid phosphatases in the filamentous freshwater alga Stigeoclonium tenue. These enzymes were detected following a cerium-based method in which cerium was used as an orthophosphate-capture reagent. In thalli from S. tenue from the natural environment, acid phosphatases were found in the longitudinal cell wall, plasmalemma, and vacuole. In thalli from Bold's Basal Medium culture, these enzymes were found mainly in the plasmalemma; they were scarce in the cell wall. In the thalli grown in phosphate-enriched culture medium, enzymes were found only in the plasmalemma. The low availability of orthophosphate in the medium seems to induce the transport of these enzymes to the cell wall. Its abundance, on the contrary, seems to attenuate this response without affecting the localization of acid phosphatases in the plasmalemma.

  15. Cytochemical localization of acid phosphatase in Stigeoclonium tenue (Chaetophorales, Chlorophyceae)

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    Karina M., Michetti; Patricia I., Leonardi; Eduardo J., Cáceres.

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Nonspecific acid phosphatases are a group of enzymes whose activity increases the availability of exogenous and endogenous orthophosphate either through extra- or intracellular hydrolysis of phosphate compounds. Our study demonstrates the activity of acid phosphatases in the filamentous freshwater a [...] lga Stigeoclonium tenue. These enzymes were detected following a cerium-based method in which cerium was used as an orthophosphate-capture reagent. In thalli from S. tenue from the natural environment, acid phosphatases were found in the longitudinal cell wall, plasmalemma, and vacuole. In thalli from Bold's Basal Medium culture, these enzymes were found mainly in the plasmalemma; they were scarce in the cell wall. In the thalli grown in phosphate-enriched culture medium, enzymes were found only in the plasmalemma. The low availability of orthophosphate in the medium seems to induce the transport of these enzymes to the cell wall. Its abundance, on the contrary, seems to attenuate this response without affecting the localization of acid phosphatases in the plasmalemma.

  16. Biocatalysis with Sol-Gel Encapsulated Acid Phosphatase

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    Kulkarni, Suhasini; Tran, Vu; Ho, Maggie K.-M.; Phan, Chieu; Chin, Elizabeth; Wemmer, Zeke; Sommerhalter, Monika

    2010-01-01

    This experiment was performed in an upper-level undergraduate biochemistry laboratory course. Students learned how to immobilize an enzyme in a sol-gel matrix and how to perform and evaluate enzyme-activity measurements. The enzyme acid phosphatase (APase) from wheat germ was encapsulated in sol-gel beads that were prepared from the precursor…

  17. Increased tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP expression in malignant breast, ovarian and melanoma tissue: an investigational study

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    Eck M

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP is a metalloprotein enzyme that belongs to the acid phosphatases and is known to be expressed by osteoclasts. It has already been investigated as a marker of bone metastases in cancer patients. In this study, which examined the value of serum TRAP concentrations as a marker of bone disease in breast cancer patients, we observed high concentrations of TRAP even in patients without bone metastases. To elucidate this phenomenon, we examined the expression of TRAP in breast cancer cells and the cells of several other malignancies. Methods TRAP concentrations in the serum of tumor patients were determined by ELISA. The expression of TRAP in breast, ovarian, and cervical cancer and malignant melanoma was analyzed by immunohistochemistry. RT-PCR and immunocytology were used to evaluate TRAP expression in cultured tumor cells. Results A marked increase in serum TRAP concentrations was observed in patients with breast and ovarian cancer, regardless of the presence or absence of bone disease. TRAP expression was found in breast and ovarian cancers and malignant melanoma, while cervical cancer showed only minimal expression of TRAP. Expression of TRAP was absent in benign tissue or was much less marked than in the corresponding malignant tissue. TRAP expression was also demonstrated in cultured primary cancer cells and in commercially available cell lines. Conclusion Overexpression of TRAP was detected in the cells of various different tumors. TRAP might be useful as a marker of progression of malignant disease. It could also be a potential target for future cancer therapies.

  18. Some durability aspects of hybrid alkaline cements

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    Donatello S.

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Blended cements that contain a high content of fly ash and a low content of Portland cement typically suffer from low early strength development and long setting times. Recently, one method of overcoming these problems has been to use an alkali activator to enhance the reactivity of fly ash particles at early ages. Such cements can be grouped under the generic term “hybrid alkaline cements”, where both cement clinker and fly ash, encouraged by the presence of alkalis, are expected to contribute to cementitious gel formation. The work presented here examines some of the durability aspects of high fly ash content hybrid alkaline cement. Specifically, the aspects investigated were: exposure at high temperatures (up to 1000°C, resistance to immersion in aggressive solutions and susceptibility to the alkali aggregate reaction. All tests were repeated with a commercially available sulfate resistant Portland cement for comparison. When exposed to high temperatures, the hybrid alkaline cement showed strikingly different behaviour compared to the control Portland cement, showing fewer micro-cracks and maintaining residual compressive strengths at least equal to original strengths. Beyond 700°C, the hybrid alkaline cement began to sinter, which resulted in shrinkage of around 5% and a 100% increase in residual compressive strengths. No such sintering event was noted in the control Portland cement, which showed a drastic loss in residual compressive strengths upon heating. In immersion tests, the hybrid alkaline cement possessed excellent resistance to sulfate and seawater attack, similar to the control sulfate resistant cement. Both cements were however severely degraded by immersion in 0.1M HCl for 90 days. Both binders complied with the accelerated alkali-aggregate test but when this test was extended, the hybrid alkaline binder showed much greater dimensional stability. Possible reasons for the differences in durability behaviour in both cements are discussed, based on experimental evidence provided.

  19. Serum free hemoglobin test

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    Blood hemoglobin; Serum hemoglobin ... Hemoglobin (Hb) is the main component of red blood cells. It is a protein that carries oxygen. ... people may contain up to 5 mg/dL hemoglobin. Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different ...

  20. [Postoperative alkaline reflux gastritis (author's transl)].

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    Rothmund, M; Neher, M

    1977-02-25

    Postoperative alkaline reflux gastritis is a distinct clinical entity occuring after operations enlarging, bypassing or resecting the pylorus. Reflux of alkaline duodenal content into the stomach is the causative factor. Primarily bile acids have an aggressive effect and lead to a destruction of the gastric mucosal barrier. Epigastric pain, fullness after meals and bile vomiting are the main symptoms. Gastroscopy with biopsy reveals a severe chronic atrophic gastritis and bile reflux. In most cases an achlorhydria that can be histamin-resistant is present. For adequate treatment surgical procedures diverting the bile flow from the stomach should be performed. PMID:836529

  1. Alkaline earth filled nickel skutterudite antimonide thermoelectrics

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    Singh, David Joseph

    2013-07-16

    A thermoelectric material including a body centered cubic filled skutterudite having the formula A.sub.xFe.sub.yNi.sub.zSb.sub.12, where A is an alkaline earth element, x is no more than approximately 1.0, and the sum of y and z is approximately equal to 4.0. The alkaline earth element includes guest atoms selected from the group consisting of Be, Mb, Ca, Sr, Ba, Ra and combinations thereof. The filled skutterudite is shown to have properties suitable for a wide variety of thermoelectric applications.

  2. Electrochemical behaviour of alkaline copper complexes

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    C L Aravinda; S M Mayanna; V R Muralidharan

    2000-10-01

    A search for non-cyanide plating baths for copper resulted in the development of alkaline copper complex baths containing trisodium citrate [TSC] and triethanolamine [TEA]. Voltammetric studies were carried out on platinum to understand the electrochemical behaviour of these complexes. In TSC solutions, the deposition of copper involves the slow formation of a monovalent species. Adsorption of this species obeys Langmuir isotherm. In TEA solutions the deposition involves the formation of monovalent ions obeying the non-activated Temkin isotherm. Conversion of divalent to monovalent copper is also slow. In TEA and TSC alkaline copper solutions, the predominant species that undergo stepwise reduction contain only TEA ligands

  3. The informative value of the radioimmunological determination of acid prostate phosphatase for the diagnostic of prostate carcinoma: A comparison of various reagent kits

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    Patients of the university urological clinic in Freiburg gave, in all, 89 serum samples for the determination of acid prostate phosphatase using four different methods (3 radioimmunological methods and 1 enzymatic procedure) in order to compare the informative ability of these procedures in the diagnostic of prostate carcinoma. The results of the radioimmunological determinations agreed mostly with one another. They showed a higher sensitivity than the enzymatic method, but a lower specificity. The rate of false positive as well as false negative results is with both procedures too large, so that a reliable early diagnosis is not possible. Not until after metastasis of the carcinoma do all four methods give clearly pathological values. The acid prostate phosphatase determination is therefore suited for progress and therapy control. The values sink with successful therapy, rise again with recitivism. (TRV)

  4. The Alkaline Diet: Is There Evidence That an Alkaline ph Diet Benefits Health?

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    This review looks at the role of an alkaline diet in health. Pub med was searched looking for articles on ph, potential renal acid loads, bone health, muscle, growth hormone, back pain, vitamin D and chemotherapy. Many books written in the lay literature on the alkaline diet were also reviewed and evaluated in light of the published medical literature. There may be some value in considering an alkaline diet in reducing morbidity and mortality from chronic diseases and further studies are warranted in this area of medicine

  5. Perfil bioquímico e nutricional do ácido glutâmico e da vitamina K no soro e no fígado de frangos de corte de 1 a 21 dias de idade / Biochemical and nutritional profile of glutamic acid and vitamin K in serum and liver of broilers from 1 to 21 days

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    Cibele Silva, Minafra; George Henrique Kling de, Moraes; Ana Cláudia Peres, Rodrigues; Fernanda Alvares da, Silva; José Henrique, Stringhini; Cíntia Silva Minafra e, Rezende.

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available Foram investigados os efeitos nutricionais de dois níveis de ácido L-glutâmico (L-Glu) combinados a quatro níveis de vitamina K (vit. K) no soro e no fígado de pintos de corte machos, Hubbard, de 1 dia de idade, criados em baterias aquecidas recebendo dieta básica purificada suplementada com 6,25 e [...] 12,5% de ácido glutâmico combinados a 0,02; 0,2; 2,0 e 20,0 mg de vit. K/kg. Duzentas e cinqüenta e seis aves foram distribuídas em esquema fatorial 2 × 4, em delineamento inteiramente casualizado, com quatro repetições de oito aves. As concentrações de cálcio e a fosfatase alcalina (FA) no soro não diferiram aos 7, 14 e 21 dias de idade. Os níveis séricos de fósforo diferiram aos 21 dias de idade e foram maiores com 12,5% de ácido glutâmico. O peso de fígado foi maior nas aves alimentadas com a dieta com 6,25% de ácido glutâmico e 12,5% de ácido glutâmico + 0,02 mg vit. K/kg. Os níveis séricos de proteínas totais mantiveram-se muito abaixo do normal. As concentrações da enzima glutamato-piruvato transaminase (GPT) foram elevadas nas aves alimentadas com ácido glutâmico e vit. K nos níveis avaliados. A enzima alanina aminotransferase foi encontrada em concentração muito superior aos níveis considerados normais para aves alimentadas com dietas contendo ácido glutâmico e vitamina K nos níveis avaliados. Os níveis de vit. K estudados não afetaram a absorção de cálcio e fósforo e da enzima fosfatase alcalina nem o metabolismo do tecido ósseo. O nível de nitrogênio não-específico (ácido glutâmico) de 6,25% das dietas alterou o metabolismo do tecido ósseo, como resultado da maior concentração de fosfatase alcalina no soro das aves. Abstract in english Nutritional effects of two levels of L-glutamic acid (L-Glu) combined with four levels of vitamin K (vit. K) in serum and the liver of chicks of day-old broilers, male, Hubbard, raised in brooded batteries, receiving basic purified diet supplemented with 6.25 and 12.5% of L-Glu combined with 0.02, 0 [...] .2, 2.0 and 20.0 mg vit. K/kg. Two hundred and fifty birds were allotted to completely randomized design an in 2 × 4 factorial arrangement, with four replications of eight birds each. Calcium and alkaline phosphatase (AP) enzyme concentrations in serum did not differ at 7, 14 and 21 days old. Serum phosphorus levels differed at 21 days and were higher with 12.5% L-Glu. Liver weight was higher in birds fed diet with 6.25% L-Glu and 12.5% L-Glu + 0.02 mg vit. K/kg. Total serum protein remained far below normal levels. Concentrations of the alanine aminotransferase enzyme were high in birds fed L-Glu and vit. K in the evaluated levels. Serum concentrations of alanine aminotransferase enzyme was much higher than that levels considered normal for birds fed diets containing L-Glu and vit. K, in the evaluated levels. Vitamin K levels affected nor the absorption of calcium and phosphorus and the AP enzyme neither the bone tissue metabolism. No-specific nitrogen level (glutamic acid) of 6.25% of the diets changed the metabolism of bone tissue, as a result of the higher concentration of alkaline phosphatase enzyme in the serum of birds.

  6. Biomass production on saline-alkaline soils

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    Chaturvedi, A.N.

    1985-01-01

    In a trial of twelve tree species (both nitrogen fixing and non-fixing) for fuel plantations on saline-alkaline soil derived from Gangetic alluvium silty clay, Leucaena leucocephala failed completely after showing rapid growth for six months. Results for other species at age two showed that Prosopis juliflora had the best productivity.

  7. RES Hydrogen: efficient pressurised alkaline electrolysers

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    Bowen, Jacob R.; Bentzen, Janet Jonna; Jørgensen, Peter Stanley; Zhang, Wei

    The RESelyser project addresses issues associated with coupling alkaline electrolysis to renewable energy sources such as electrode stability and gas purity by implementing improved electrodes and a new separator membrane concept. The project aims to improve performance, operation pressure and re...

  8. Crystal structure of alkaline cellulase K: insight into the alkaline adaptation of an industrial enzyme.

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    Shirai, T; Ishida, H; Noda, J; Yamane, T; Ozaki, K; Hakamada, Y; Ito, S

    2001-07-27

    The crystal structure of the catalytic domain of alkaline cellulase K was determined at 1.9 A resolution. Because of the most alkaliphilic nature and it's highest activity at pH 9.5, it is used commercially in laundry detergents. An analysis of the structural bases of the alkaliphilic character of the enzyme suggested a mechanism similar to that previously proposed for alkaline proteases, that is, an increase in the number of Arg, His, and Gln residues, and a decrease in Asp and Lys residues. Some ion pairs were formed by the gained Arg residues, which is similar to what has been found in the alkaline proteases. Lys-Asp ion pairs are disfavored and partly replaced with Arg-Asp ion pairs. The alkaline adaptation appeared to be a remodeling of ion pairs so that the charge balance is kept in the high pH range. PMID:11501997

  9. Crucial role of alkaline sphingomyelinase in sphingomyelin digestion: a study on enzyme knockout mice

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    Zhang, Yao; Cheng, Yajun; Hansen, Gert H; Niels-Christiansen, Lise-Lotte; Koentgen, Frank; Ohlsson, Lena; Nilsson, Ake; Duan, Rui-Dong

    2011-01-01

    Alkaline sphingomyelinase (alk-SMase) hydrolyses sphingomyelin (SM) to ceramide in the gut. To evaluate the physiological importance of the enzyme, we generated alk-SMase knockout (KO) mice by the Cre-recombinase-Locus of X-over P1(Cre-LoxP) system and studied SM digestion. Both wild-type (WT) and KO mice were fed ³H-palmitic acid labeled SM together with milk SM by gavage. The lipids in intestinal content, intestinal tissues, serum, and liver were analyzed by TLC. In KO mice, nondigested ³H-SM ...

  10. ACTINIDE-ALUMINATE SPECIATION IN ALKALINE RADIOACTIVE WASTE

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    Highly alkaline radioactive waste tanks contain a number of transuranic species, in particular U, Np, Pu, and Am - the exact forms of which are currently unknown. Knowledge of actinide speciation under highly alkaline conditions is essential towards understanding and predicting ...

  11. Cytochemical characterization of yolk granule acid phosphatase during early development of the oyster Crassostrea gigas (Thunberg)

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    Wang, Yiyan; Sun, Hushan; Wang, Yanjie; Yan, Dongchun; Wang, Lei

    2015-03-01

    In this study, a cytochemical method and transmission electron microscopy was used to examine acid phosphatase activities of yolk granules throughout the early developmental stages of the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas. This study aimed to investigate the dynamic change of yolk granule acid phosphatase, and the mechanisms underlying its involvement in yolk degradation during the early developmental stages of molluscs. Three types of yolk granules (YGI, YGII, and YGIII) that differed in electron density and acid phosphatase reaction were identified in early cleavage, morula, blastula, gastrula, trochophore, and veliger stages. The morphological heterogeneities of the yolk granules were related to acid phosphatase activity and degrees of yolk degradation, indicating the association of acid phosphatase with yolk degradation in embryos and larvae of molluscs. Fusion of yolk granules was observed during embryogenesis and larval development of C. gigas. The fusion of YGI (free of acid phosphatase reaction) with YGII (rich in acid phosphatase reaction) could be the way by which yolk degradation is triggered.

  12. Generation of monoclonal antibody against protein phosphatase 5

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    Rubak M. P.

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Aim. Serine/threonine protein phosphatase 5 (PP5 is a unique member of serine/threonine phosphatase family, comprises a regulatory tetratricopeptide repeat (TPR domain and regulates many cell signaling pathways. Here, we describe the development of a PP5 specific monoclonal antibody (mAb and characterize its suitability for Western blotting and immunoprecipitation. Methods. Hybridoma technology has been used for monoclonal antibody generation. Immunization was carried out with recombinant mouse PP5 expressed in Escherichia coli as a GST-tagged fusion protein. Results. mAb against PP5 has been generated. Conclusions. Generated mAb specifically recognizes recombinant and endogenous mouse and rat PP5 and is suitable for Western blotting and immunoprecipitation. This mAb will be useful tool for investigations of PP5 physiological role.

  13. Low serum concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in children and adolescents with systemic lupus erythematosus

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    O.A.B., Peracchi; M.T.R.A., Terreri; R.V., Munekata; C.A., Len; R.O.S., Sarni; M., Lazaretti-Castro; M.O.E., Hilário.

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    Full Text Available We evaluated the concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] in children and adolescents with juvenile systemic lupus erythematosus (JSLE) and associated them with disease duration and activity, use of medication (chloroquine and glucocorticoids), vitamin D intake, calcium and alkaline phosphata [...] se levels, and bone mineral density. Thirty patients with JSLE were evaluated and compared to 30 healthy individuals, who were age and gender matched. Assessment was performed of clinical status, disease activity, anthropometry, laboratory markers, and bone mineral density. The 30 patients included 25 (83.3%) females and 16 (53.3%) Caucasians, with a mean age of 13.7 years. The mean age at diagnosis was 10.5 years and mean disease duration was 3.4 years. Mean levels of calcium, albumin, and alkaline phosphatase were significantly lower in patients with JSLE compared with controls (P

  14. Ferritin in cattle serum

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    A commercially available radioimmunoassay kit for human serum ferritin was used to determine the ferritin concentration in serum or plasma of 41 calves from 0 to 106 days of age, 192 cows and 35 bulls from 2 to 11 years of age. The geometric average concentration of ferritin was 2.1, 12.6 and 4.5 ng/ml for the calves, cows and bulls, respectively. The cows were statistically different from the calves and bulls; there were no differences between the calves and bulls. Within the cows one herd was found to have lower serum ferritin levels than all the other herds (P < 0.05) but no differences in packed cell volumes were present. The data suggest that a radioimmunoassay procedure with a ferritin antibody specific for bovine ferritin could be useful in the study of iron metabolism in cattle. (author)

  15. MAP Kinase Phosphatase-1 Protects against Inflammatory Bone Loss

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    R SARTORI; Li, F.; Kirkwood, K.L.

    2009-01-01

    The mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase phosphatase (MKP) family plays an important function in regulating the pro-inflammatory cytokines by de-activating MAP kinases. MKP-1 is essential for the dephosphorylation of p38 MAP kinase that regulates expression of IL-6, TNF-?, and IL-1?. We hypothesized that MKP-1 regulates inflammatory bone loss in experimental periodontitis. Wild-type and Mkp-1?/? mice received A. actinomycetemcomitans LPS injection in the palatal region or PBS control 3 time...

  16. Protein tyrosine phosphatases in the JAK/STAT pathway

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    Xu, Dan; Qu, Cheng-Kui

    2008-01-01

    The Janus kinase (JAK)/signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) pathway is crucial in controlling cellular activities in response to extracellular cytokines. Dysfunctions of the JAK/STAT pathway result in various h