Sample records for glycides

  1. Theoretical study of the decomposition of ethyl and ethyl 3-phenyl glycidate.

    Josa, Daniela; Peña-Gallego, Angeles; Rodríguez-Otero, Jesús; Cabaleiro-Lago, Enrique M


    The mechanism of the decomposition of ethyl and ethyl 3-phenyl glycidate in gas phase was studied by density functional theory (DFT) and MP2 methods. A proposed mechanism for the reaction indicates that the ethyl side of the ester is eliminated as ethylene through a concerted six-membered cyclic transition state, and the unstable intermediate glycidic acid decarboxylates rapidly to give the corresponding aldehyde. Two possible pathways for glycidic acid decarboxylation were studied: one via a five-membered cyclic transition state, and the other via a four-membered cyclic transition state. The results of the calculations indicate that the decarboxylation reaction occurs via a mechanism with five-membered cyclic transition state.

  2. Vibrational Circular Dichroism Spectra of Methyl Glycidate in Chloroform and Water: Application of the Clusters-In Model

    Perera, Angelo Shehan; Thomas, Javix; Merten, Christian; Xu, Yunjie


    Infrared and vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectra of methyl glycidate, a chiral epoxy ester, were measured in CCl_{4} and water in the 1000 cm^{-1} - 1800 cm^{-1} region. The experimental VCD spectra of methyl glycidate in water and in CCl_{4} show noticeable differences. In particular, there are strong VCD signatures at the water bending mode region, which can be attributed to chirality transfer from chiral methyl glycidate to water through hydrogen-bonding interactions. We applied the clusters-in-a-liquid model^{1} where both implicit and explicit solute-solvent interactions are considered to simulate the experimental infrared and VCD features of methyl glycidate in CCl_{4} and water. All final geometry optimizations, frequency calculations, infrared and VCD intensity calculations were performed at the B3LYP-D3BJ/6-311++G(2d,p) level of theory where D3BJ is Grimme's empirical dispersion correction with damping factor.^{2} We emphasize the link between the small methyl glycidate hydrates and the main long-lived species which exist in aqueous solution. 1 A. S. Perera, J. Thomas, M. R. Poopari, Y. Xu, Front. Chem. 2016, 4, 1-17. 2 S. Grimme, S. Ehrlich, L. Goerigk, J. Comp. Chem. 2011, 32, 1456-1465.

  3. Methyl 3-[3',4'-(methylenedioxy)phenyl]-2-methyl glycidate: an ecstasy precursor seized in Sydney, Australia.

    Collins, Michael; Heagney, Aaron; Cordaro, Frank; Odgers, David; Tarrant, Gregory; Stewart, Samantha


    Five 44 gallon drums labeled as glycidyl methacrylate were seized by the Australian Customs Service and the Australian Federal Police at Port Botany, Sydney, Australia, in December 2004. Each drum contained a white, semisolid substance that was initially suspected to be 3,4-methylenedioxymethylamphetamine (MDMA). Gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (GC/MS) analysis demonstrated that the material was neither glycidyl methacrylate nor MDMA. Because intelligence sources employed by federal agents indicated that this material was in some way connected to MDMA production, suspicion fell on the various MDMA precursor chemicals. Using a number of techniques including proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1)H NMR), carbon nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((13)C NMR), GC/MS, infrared spectroscopy, and total synthesis, the unknown substance was eventually identified as methyl 3-[3',4'(methylenedioxy)phenyl]-2-methyl glycidate. The substance was also subjected to a published hydrolysis and decarboxylation procedure and gave a high yield of the MDMA precursor chemical, 3,4-methylenedioxyphenyl-2-propanone, thereby establishing this material as a "precursor to a precursor."


    Guattini, Veronica Lucas de Olivera; Piovesan, Carla Haas; Wittke, Estefânia; Marcadenti, Aline


    Introducción: el fenotipo de la cintura hipertrigliceridémica (CHT) ha sido poco estudiado en pacientes con enfermedad cardiovascular establecida. Objetivos: evaluar la posible asociación entre el CHT, el perfil glicídico y los lípidos en pacientes con nuevo diagnóstico de infarto. Métodos: estudio transversal en 45 pacientes con infarto de miocardio. Se obtuvieron los lípidos (colesterol total, HDL-c, LDL-c, triglicéridos séricos, relación CT/ HDL-c, colesterol no-HDL) y el perfil glicídico (glucosa, insulina sérica, hemoglobina glucosilada, HOMA-IR, relación glucosa/insulina). Fueron evaluados peso, talla y circunferencia de la cintura (CC); se calcularon el IMC y el CHT. Se utilizó el análisis de los modelos de covarianza (ANCOVA) para evaluar los objetivos. Resultados: la media de edad de los participantes fue de 58,75 ± 12,41 años, y el 55,6% (n = 25) eran hombres. Tras ajustar por edad, sexo y el IMC, el CHT se asoció significativamente con una menor HDL-c (p = 0,02), mayor relación CT/HDL-c (p = 0,003) y una tendencia hacia la glucosa en ayunas (p = 0,11). Conclusión: el fenotipo CHT parece estar asociado con un peor perfil lipídico en pacientes con diagnóstico reciente de infarto.

  5. {alpha}-methylene and glycidic acid analogs of IPPA as potential myocardial imaging agents

    Ruyan, M. K.; Bakan, D. A.; Skinner, R. W. S.; Newman, C.; Gross, M. D.; Counsell, R. E


    Using organozinc cross-coupling reactions, two radiolabeled analogs of 15-(p-iodophenyl) pentadecanoic acid (IPPA) have been designed and synthesized as potential scintigraphic imaging agents for the heart. Both 15-(4-iodophenyl)-tridecylglycidic acid and 15-(4-iodophenyl)-2-methylene pentadecanoic acid were synthesized and radioiodinated. In tissue biodistribution studies in rats, only the {alpha}-methylene derivative of IPPA displayed a consistently higher heart to blood ratio and a substantially lower degree of thyroid accumulation than did IPPA alone. With respect to a scintigraphic imaging efficacy, the {alpha}-methylene analog of IPPA and IPPA itself showed essentially equivalent cardiac imaging profiles in rabbits, with a slight extension in imaging time for the {alpha}-methylene analog of IPPA.

  6. Effect of guar gum supplementation on lipidic and glycidic metabolic control and body mass index in type 2 diabetes Efeito da suplementação com goma guar no controle metabólico lipídico e glicídico e no índice de massa corporal em diabéticos do tipo 2

    Mirela dos Santos Ourique Figueiredo


    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of guar gum supplementation in the metabolic control and body mass index (BMI of type 2 diabetic patients. METHODS: A total of 17 (12 women and 5 men participants ingested 10 grams of fiber supplement daily for three months. Changes in BMI and the biochemical parameters (fasting glycemia, glycosilated hemoglobin (HbA1c, total plasma cholesterol and triglycerides were evaluated at the beginning and the end of the study. RESULTS: No changes in mean BMI (p=0.770, mean fasting glycemia (p=0.09 or triglyceride levels were observed. However, significant increases in HbA1c levels were observed (pOBJETIVO: Avaliar os efeitos da suplementação de goma guar no controle metabólico e índice de massa corporal (IMC em pacientes portadores de diabetes do tipo 2. MÉTODOS: Um total de dezessete participantes (doze mulheres e cinco homens receberam a suplementação diária de dez gramas do suplemento de fibra durante três meses. Alterações no IMC e nos parâmetros bioquímicos (glicemia de jejum, hemoglobina glicada (HbA1c, colesterol plasmático total e triglicérides foram avaliadas no início e ao final do estudo. RESULTADOS: Não foram verificadas alterações nos valores médios de IMC (p=0,770, glicemia de jejum (p=0,09 ou triglicérides (p=0,06. No entanto, foi observado aumento significativo (p<0,001 dos níveis de HbA1c após a ingestão dos suplementos de goma guar. Análise posterior indicou que cinco participantes que tiveram valores médios de glicemia de jejum e de HbA1c mais altos tiveram uma redução significativa (p=0,03 da glicemia de jejum ao final do estudo. Uma redução significativa (p<0,001 na concentração de colesterol total foi observada após os três meses de suplementação com a goma guar. CONCLUSÃO: A suplementação dietética de goma guar (10g/dia a pacientes portadores de diabetes tipo 2, com sobrepeso, proporcionando uma ingestão total de fibra próxima de 20g por dia, não foi efetiva para redução espontânea do peso corporal. Os efeitos da goma guar sobre o controle metabólico da glicose foram inconclusivos, mas mostrou ser uma estratégia dietética efetiva na redução dos níveis de colesterol sangüíneo.

  7. Synthesis of the Enantiomers of Tedanalactam and the First Total Synthesis and Configurational Assignment of (+)-Piplaroxide.

    Romero-Ibañez, Julio; Xochicale-Santana, Leonardo; Quintero, Leticia; Fuentes, Lilia; Sartillo-Piscil, Fernando


    Highlighting the recently established methodology for the direct synthesis of glycidic amides from tertiary allyl amines, the synthesis of the enantiomers of tedanalactam were completed in two steps from the corresponding chiral dihydropiperidine. Additionally, the (+)- and (-)-enantiomers of piplaroxide were obtained from their respective tedanalactam precursor, and the absolute configuration of the naturally occurring (+)-piplaroxide was determined. The present approach represents not only the shortest synthesis of (-)-tedanalactam but also the first total synthesis of (+)-piplaroxide, a repellent against the leafcutter ant Atta cephalotes.

  8. [Pharmacokinetics of defibrotide in uremic patients undergoing hemodialysis].

    Rossi, R; Farma, A; Maggi, G C; Marelli, A


    Defibrotide pharmacokinetics were studied in 6 voluntary healthy subjects and in 10 uremic patients undergoing dialysis during which (instead of heparin) defibrotide was administered to prevent fibrino-formation in the circuit. Blood concentrations of the drug were assessed (expressed with reference to the residual glycidic deoxyribose) during a standard dialysis using defibrotide, 3.5, 15, 30, 45, 60 and 90 minutes after the defibrotide bolus (200 mg) had been injected into the arterial channel. The half-lives of the alpha and beta plasmatic phases were found to be equal at 3.79 and 41.4 min in dialysed subjects and at 1.13 and 16.54 in healthy volunteers. These results indicate that in uremic patients undergoing dialysis at intervals using defibrotide, a longer time is required to eliminate the drug from the circulation. This variation does not however appear to be significant in terms of the therapeutic use of the drug during dialysis.

  9. Three-dimensional polymer thermo-optic switch at 650 nm

    Yu, Yueyang; He, Guobing; Ji, Lanting; Wang, Qizhe; Sun, Xiaoqiang; Wang, Xibin; Yi, Yunji; Chen, Changming; Zhang, Daming


    Dynamic optical power distribution has great importance to network optimization. A three-dimensional (3-D) polymer thermo-optic switch is designed and fabricated to work at 650 nm. Two rectangular poly(methyl-methacrylate-glycidly-methacrylate) waveguides in neighboring and parallel layers couple with each other in a vertical direction. The lightwave is routed in two layers through a metal heater control. Waveguide configuration and relative position are optimized theoretically through beam propagation method calculations. The fabricated switch demonstrates an extinction ratio of 27.5 dB at a driving power of 57.7 mW. Measured rise time and fall time are 639.8 and 758.2 μs, respectively. Reliability characterizations within 125 days prove good operation stability at different extinction ratios. This work has potential in 3-D optical connections and visible light communication.

  10. Enantioselective Hydrolysis of Phenyl Glycidyl Ether Catalyzed by Newly Isolated Bacillus Megaterium ECU1001


    @@Microbial epoxide hydrolases from bacterial and fungal sources?1? are hi ghly versatile catalysts for the asymmetric hydrolysis of chiral epoxides which are extensively employed as useful building blocks for the synthesis of various biologically active products in the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries. Microorganism means allows an unlimited supply of these enzymes for preparative -scale applications. Phenyl glycidyl ether (PGE), an aryl epoxide, is a potenti ally useful compound in the synthesis of chiral amino alcohols and bioactive com pounds such as ?blockers. No suitable biocatalyst with sufficiently high enan tioselectivity (E?20) for the kinetic resolution of this compound was previ ously found among bacteria and fungi. This prompted us to screen epoxide hydrola se-producing microorganisms with higher enantioselectivity toward phenyl glycid yl ether from soil samples.

  11. Spine and polytopic hyperostoses in gout and hyperuricemia

    Stepan, J.; Svab, V.; Susta, A.; Kolar, J.; Cap, F.


    Investigations were made on a total of 92 patients with gout and hyperuricemia. 30% had no clinical signs of spinal involvement. The remaining 70% were examined radiologically and by xeroradiography. Examination revealed signs of erosion of vertebral bodies, spondylodiscitis, osteopenia, manifestations of Forestier's disease and changes on sacroiliac joints. In 52% of subjects there were polytopic hyperostoses including an increased incidence of calcifications around the large joints and periostal appositions at the periphery, particularly on the finger and toe tips. The hypothesis was raised that massive calcifications and manifestations of hyperostosis and ossification of the ligaments and tendons (osteodesmoses) in gout may correlate with a latent glycide metabolism disorder like in Forestier's disease.

  12. Binding of soluble glycoproteins from sugarcane juice to cells of Acetobacter diazotrophicus.

    Legaz, M E; de Armas, R; Barriguete, E; Vicente, C


    Sugarcane produces two different pools of glycoproteins containing a heterofructan as glycidic moiety, tentatively defined as high-molecular mass (HMMG) and mid-molecular mass (MMMG) glycoproteins. Both kinds of glycoproteins can be recovered in sugarcane juice. Fluorescein-labelled glycoproteins are able to bind to Acetobacter diazotrophicus cells, a natural endophyte of sugarcane. This property implies the aggregation of bacterial cells in liquid culture after addition of HMMG or MMMG. Anionic glycoproteins seem to be responsible for the binding activity whereas cationic fraction is not retained on the surface ofA. diazotrophicus. Bound HMMG is competitively desorbed by sucrose whereas MMMG is desorbed by glucosamine or fructose. On this basis, a hypothesis about the discriminatory ability of sugarcane to choose the compatible endophyte from several possible ones is proposed.

  13. The organization of the wall filaments and characterization of the matrix structures of Toxoplasma gondii cyst form.

    Lemgruber, Leandro; Lupetti, Pietro; Martins-Duarte, Erica S; De Souza, Wanderley; Vommaro, Rossiane C


    The encystation process is a key step in Toxoplasma gondii life cycle, allowing the parasite to escape from the host immune system and the transmission among the hosts. A detailed characterization of the formation and structure of the cyst stage is essential for a better knowledge of toxoplasmosis. Here we isolated cysts from mice brains and analysed the cyst wall structure and cyst matrix organization using different electron microscopy techniques. Images obtained showed that the cyst wall presented a filamentous aspect, with circular openings on its surface. The filaments were organized in two layers: a compact one, facing the exterior of the whole cyst and a more loosen one, facing the matrix. Within the cyst wall, we observed tubules and a large number of vesicles. The cyst matrix presented vesicles of different sizes and tubules, which were organized in a network connecting the bradyzoites to each other and to the cyst wall. Large vesicles, with a granular material in their lumen of glycidic nature were observed. Similar vesicles were also found associated with the posterior pole of the bradyzoites and in proximity to the cyst wall. © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  14. Factors relevant to the production of (R)-(+)-glycidol (2,3-epoxy-1-propanol) from racemic glycidol by enantioselective oxidation with Acetobacter pasteurianus ATCC 12874.

    Geerlof, A; Jongejan, J A; van Dooren, T J; Racemakers-Franken, P C; van den Tweel, W J; Duine, J A


    Acetobacter pasteurianus oxidizes glycidol with high activity, comparable to the oxidation of ethanol. The organism has a preference for the S-enantiomer, and the kinetic resolution process obeys a simple relationship, indicating an enantiomeric ratio (E) of 19. The compound is converted into glycidic acid, although a transient accumulation of glycidaldehyde occurs initially. Determination of other parameters revealed a temperature optimum of 50 degrees C, long-term stability (cells in the resting state), and a pH optimum compatible with the chemical stability of glycidol. However, it was also noted that respiration rates decrease at concentrations of glycidol above 1 M. This is most likely caused by substrate inhibition of the glycidol-oxidizing enzyme, the quinohemoprotein ethanol dehydrogenase. Comparison with existing methods for enantiomerically pure glycidol production indicated a number of attractive points for the method described here, although definitive evaluation must await further studies on the long-term stability under process conditions, reusability of the cells, and the mechanism of glycidol inhibition.

  15. Aging changes of macromolecular synthesis in the digestive organs of mice as revealed by microscopic radioautography and X-ray microanalysis

    Nagata, Tetsuji [Shinshu Univ., Matsumoto (Japan). School of Medicine. Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology]. E-mail:


    For the purpose of elucidating the aging changes of macromolecular synthesis such as DNA, RNA, proteins, glycoproteins, glycides and lipids in various organ systems of experimental animals, we have studied the digestive organs of aging mice and rats as a series of systematic studies using light and electron microscopic radioautography after incorporations with macromolecular precursors. The experimental animals mainly used were ddY strain mice at various aging groups from embryo to postnatal days 1 and 3, weeks 1 and 2, months 1, 2, 6, 12 up to 2 year senescent stages as well as several groups of adult Wistar rats. The animals were injected with such macromolecular precursors as {sup 3}H - thymidine for DNA, {sup 3}H-uridine for RNA, {sup 3}H-leucine and {sup 3}H proline for proteins, {sup 35}SO{sub 4} for glycoproteins, {sup 3} H-glucosamine for glucides and {sup 3}H-glycerol for lipids. The results demonstrated that these precursors were incorporated into various cell types in the oral cavity, the salivary glands, the esophagus, the stomach, the small and large intestines, the liver and the pancreas at various ages from perinatal to juvenile, mature and senescent stages, showing specific patterns of macromolecular synthesis. It is concluded that these specific patterns of macromolecular synthesis in respective cell types demonstrated the organ specificity of aging of animals. (author)

  16. Quaternary ammonium salt derivatives of allylphenols with peripheral analgesic effect

    A. B de Oliveira


    Full Text Available Ammonium salt derivatives of natural allylphenols were synthesized with the purpose of obtaining potential peripheral analgesics. These drugs, by virtue of their physicochemical properties, would not be able to cross the blood brain barrier. Their inability to enter into the central nervous system (CNS should prevent several adverse effects observed with classical opiate analgesics (Ferreira et al., 1984. Eugenol (1 O-methyleugenol (5 and safrole (9 were submitted to nitration, reduction and permethylation, leading to the ammonium salts 4, 8 and 12. Another strategy applied to eugenol (1, consisting in its conversion to a glycidic ether (13, opening the epoxide ring with secondary amines and methylation, led to the ammonium salts 16 and 17. All these ammonium salts showed significant peripheral analgesic action, in modified version of the Randall-Sellito test (Ferreira et al. 1978, at non-lethal doses. The ammonium salt 8 showed an activity comparable to that of methylnalorphinium, the prototype of an ideal peripheral analgesic (Ferreira et al., 1984.

  17. Biochemistry: from supermarket to laboratory

    F. R. Freitas-Rego


    Full Text Available After new campi as Instituto Multidisciplinar em Saúde (IMS/UFBA startedworking, it was necessary to develop practical classes using domestic reagents atBiochemistry to Pharmacy (IMS078. Firstly, students visited a supermarket to readnutritional information at label and select possible products to be used in class. Moreover,chemical processes and fermentation were discussed as different foods and drinks wereanalysed. Some food were token to laboratories so that biomole cules qualitative analysiswere carried on. Domestic use reagents as pharmaceutical iodine solutions, commercialNaOH and vegetable pigments were used. The substances identified were reductant glycid,starch, fatty acid, triacylglycerol and protein. Reactions allowed to identify fungi andvegetable tissues. Moreover, invertase and alfa-amilase activities were determined. Afterdiscussions in class, students could improve biochemical knowledge as well as distinguishbetween milk or lactic drink, animal fat or vegetable hydrogenated fat, honey or glucose.After that, students produced kits and wrote laboratorial notes for use in classes with therest of the group.

  18. General methods for iminosugar synthesis.

    Cipolla, Laura; la Ferla, Barbara; Nicotra, Francesco


    Recent iminosugar syntheses starting both from commercially available sugars and non-glycidic precursors, are reported in this article. Exploiting carbohydrate starting materials, different synthetic approaches are described, mainly based on the introduction of an amino function in the sugar skeleton and the subsequent aminocyclization in order to generate the piperidine or pyrrolidine ring. The aminocyclization has been performed in different ways: reductive amination of azidoketones, intramolecular amino group attack on leaving groups and activated double bonds. In some cases one-pot amination and cyclization have been performed using ammonia or a primary amine and a di-functionalised sugar. Bicyclic compounds have also been obtained through these procedures. Starting from non-carbohydrate precursors, the nitrogen containing cycle, already present or easily obtained by Diels-Alder reactions, has been variously functionalised and stereo-differentiated by asymmetric induction or by resolution of the racemate. The syntheses of a variety of innovative structures, such as 1-N-iminosugars, iminosugars with two nitrogen atoms in the ring, iminosugars incorporating a guanidine function, imidazole-, triazole- and tetrazole-fused iminosugars, sugar-like aza-, oxa-, and thio-indolizidines, are reported. Finally the synthesis of glycoconjugate-related iminosugars, where the "pseudoanomeric" centre is linked to amino acid or peptide residues, and iminosugar phosphonates and nucleosides have been reviewed.

  19. Molecular Structure of Endotoxins from Gram-negative Marine Bacteria: An Update

    Antonio Molinaro


    Full Text Available Marine bacteria are microrganisms that have adapted, through millions of years, to survival in environments often characterized by one or more extreme physical or chemical parameters, namely pressure, temperature and salinity. The main interest in the research on marine bacteria is due to their ability to produce several biologically active molecules, such as antibiotics, toxins and antitoxins, antitumor and antimicrobial agents. Nonetheless, lipopolysaccharides (LPSs, or their portions, from Gram-negative marine bacteria, have often shown low virulence, and represent potential candidates in the development of drugs to prevent septic shock. Besides, the molecular architecture of such molecules is related to the possibility of thriving in marine habitats, shielding the cell from the disrupting action of natural stress factors. Over the last few years, the depiction of a variety of structures of lipids A, core oligosaccharides and O-specific polysaccharides from LPSs of marine microrganisms has been given. In particular, here we will examine the most recently encountered structures for bacteria belonging to the genera Shewanella, Pseudoalteromonas and Alteromonas, of the γ-Proteobacteria phylum, and to the genera Flavobacterium, Cellulophaga, Arenibacter and Chryseobacterium, of the Cytophaga- Flavobacterium-Bacteroides phylum. Particular attention will be paid to the chemical features expressed by these structures (characteristic monosaccharides, non-glycidic appendages, phosphate groups, to the typifying traits of LPSs from marine bacteria and to the possible correlation existing between such features and the adaptation, over years, of bacteria to marine environments.

  20. High-level soluble expression of Serratia marcescens H30 lipase in Escherichia coli.

    Su, Erzheng; Xu, Jingjing; Wu, Xiangping


    Serratia marcescens lipase (SmL) is an important biocatalyst used to enantioselectively hydrolyze (±)-trans-3-(4-methoxyphynyl) glycidic acid methyl ester. However, the economically justified level recombinant soluble expression of SmL in Escherichia coli has not been established. Thus, fusion genes of lipase from S. marcescens H30 with different fusion tags were constructed and expressed in E. coli. The effects of fusion tags were revealed. A significant increase in recombinant lipase solubility showed that E. coli BL21 (DE3)/pET32a-SmL was a suitable choice for SmL production. To optimize the performance of recombinant SmL production, changes in culture medium compositions and induction conditions were systematically tested. Finally, the recombinant SmL activity and productivity reached approximately 23,000 U/L and 1,278 U/L/H in shake flasks, respectively. This value is the highest SmL activity attained by heterogeneous recombinant expression in E. coli. Lipase activity and productivity reached 19,650 U/L and 1,228 U/L/H, respectively, by scaling up SmL production in a 7.0 L fermenter. The existence of the Trx tag did not influence the chiral selectivity of recombinant SmL. These findings indicate a possibility for soluble and economical SmL expression in E. coli to meet industrial needs.

  1. Cutinase production by Fusarium oxysporum in liquid medium using central composite design.

    Pio, Tatiana Fontes; Macedo, Gabriela Alves


    The objective of the present study was to measure the production of cutinase by Fusarium oxysporum in the presence of several carbon and nitrogen sources (glycides, fatty acids and oils, and several organic and inorganic nitrogen sources), trying to find a cost-effective substitute for cutin in the culture medium as an inducer of cutinase production. The results were evaluated by the Tukey test, and flaxseed oil was found to give the best results as a cutinase inducer. The authors optimized the composition of the growth medium employing response surface methodology. The experimental results were fitted to a second-order polynomial model at a 95% level of significance (p mineral medium supplemented with flaxseed oil, showing an increase in enzymatic activity from 11 to 22.68 U/mL after 48 h of fermentation. A CCD study of the fermentation conditions was carried out, and the best production of cutinase was registered with the use of 30 degrees C and 100 rpm. These results support the use of flaxseed oil as a substitute for cutin, which is difficult and expensive to obtain, for the production of cutinase in a larger scale.

  2. Influence of creatine supplementation on indicators of glucose metabolism in skeletal muscle of exercised rats

    Michel Barbosa de Araújo


    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of creatine supplementation in the diet on indicators of glucose metabolism in skeletal muscle of exercised rats. Forty Wistar adult rats were distributed into four groups for eight weeks: 1 Control: sedentary rats that received balanced diet; 2 Creatine control: sedentary rats that received supplementation of 2% creatine in the balanced diet; 3 Trained: rats that ran on a treadmill at the Maximal Lactate Steady State and received balanced diet; and 4 Supplemented-trained: rats that ran on a treadmill at the Maximal Lactate Steady State and received creatine supplementation (2% in the balanced diet. The hydric intake increased and the body weight gain decreased in the supplemented-trained group. In the soleus muscle, the glucose oxidation increased in both supplemented groups. The production of lactate and glycemia during glucose tolerance test decreased in the supplemented-trained group. Creatine supplementation in conjunction with exercise training improved muscular glycidic metabolism of rats.

  3. Reduced artery diameters in Klinefelter syndrome.

    Foresta, C; Caretta, N; Palego, P; Ferlin, A; Zuccarello, D; Lenzi, A; Selice, R


    Various epidemiological studies in relatively large cohorts of patients with Klinefelter syndrome (KS) described the increased morbidity and mortality in these subjects. Our aim was to study the structure and function of arteries in different districts to investigate in these subjects possible alterations. A total of 92 patients having non-mosaic KS, diagnosed in Centre for Human Reproduction Pathology at the University of Padova, and 50 age-matched healthy male controls were studied. Klinefelter syndrome subjects and controls evaluation included complete medical history, physical examination, measurement of concentrations of the reproductive hormones, lipidic and glycidic metabolism, AR function and sensitivity, ultrasound examinations (diameters, carotid intima-media thickness and brachial flow-mediated dilation) of brachial, common carotid and common femoral artery and abdominal aorta. Klinefelter syndrome patients showed significantly reduced artery diameters in all districts evaluated. On the contrary no statistically significant difference was found in cIMT and brachial FMD values between KS patients and controls. Furthermore, we found no statistically significant correlation of artery diameters with reproductive hormones, metabolic parameters, anthropometric measures and weighted CAG repeats. To our knowledge, this is the first study finding a reduced artery diameter in several districts in KS patients compared with that of normal male subjects and overlapping to that of female subjects. We have not an explanation for this phenomenon, even if a possible involvement of genes controlling the development of vascular system might be hypothesized, and further research is required to verify this hypothesis.

  4. Moléstia de Chagas aguda experimental: parasitismo do hipotálamo Experimental acute Chagas disease in the rat: parasitism of hypothalamus

    Edymar Jardim


    Full Text Available O autor procurou relações entre alterações funcionais atribuídas ao hipotálamo e lesões orgânicas do mesmo, na vigência da moléstia de Chagas. Usou em seu trabalho ratos inoculados com T. cruzi por via intraperitonial. Realizou estudo histopatológico e quantitativo neuronal das várias regiões hipotalâmicas, em cortes seriados corados com a hematoxilina-eosina. Encontrou considerável percentagem de parasitismo hipotalâmico (70%, sendo que a região anterior é mais parasitada que a média ou a posterior. A destruição neuronal foi também mais evidente na região anterior. Sugere que as alterações do metabolismo glicídico, tireoidiano, da sudação e da potassemia, devam ser consideradas como seqüelas destas lesões.This work search relations between functional impairments imputed to hypothalamus and organic lesions in Chagas' disease. The author used rats with T. cruzi inoculation by intraperitonial way. Histopathologic and quantitative neuronal studies were done by serial sections of hypothalamus. It was demonstrated that the anterior hypothalamic region is more parasited than others, with greater neuronal destruction also. The author suggests that impairments of glycidic and thyroidian metabolism, of sweating and potassium blood level, must be considered as sequels of these lesions.

  5. Enzymes involved in the glycidaldehyde (2,3-epoxy-propanal) oxidation step in the kinetic resolution of racemic glycidol (2,3-epoxy-1-propanol) by Acetobacter pasteurianus.

    Wandel, U; Machado, S S.; Jongejan, J A.; Duine, J A.


    It is already known that kinetic resolution of racemic glycidol (2,3-epoxy-1-propanol) takes place when Acetobacter pasteurianus oxidizes the compound to glycidic acid (2,3-epoxy-propionic acid) with glycidaldehyde (2,3-epoxy-propanal) proposed to be the transient seen in this conversion. Since inhibition affects the feasibility of a process based on this conversion in a negative sense, and the chemical reactivity of glycidaldehyde predicts that it could be the cause for the phenomena observed, it is important to know which enzyme(s) oxidise(s) this compound. To study this, rac.- as well as (R)-glycidaldehyde were prepared by chemical synthesis and analytical methods developed for their determination. It appears that purified quinohemoprotein alcohol dehydrogenase (QH-ADH type II), the enzyme responsible for the kinetic resolution of rac.-glycidol, also catalyses the oxidation of glycidaldehyde. In addition, a preparation exhibiting dye-linked aldehyde dehydrogenase activity for acetaldehyde, most probably originating from molybdohemoprotein aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH), which has been described for other Acetic acid bacteria, oxidised glycidaldehyde as well with a preference for the (R)-enantiomer, the selectivity quantified by an enantiomeric ratio (E) value of 7. From a comparison of the apparent kinetic parameter values of QH-ADH and ALDH, it is concluded that ALDH is mainly responsible for the removal of glycidaldehyde in conversions of glycidol catalysed by A. pasteurianus cells. It is shown that the transient observed in rac.-glycidol conversion by whole cells, is indeed (R)-glycidaldehyde. Since both QH-ADH and ALDH are responsible for vinegar production from ethanol by Acetobacters, growth and induction conditions optimal for this process seem also suited to yield cells with high catalytic performance with respect to kinetic resolution of glycidol and prevention of formation of inhibitory concentrations glycidaldehyde.

  6. The mannose receptor is expressed by olfactory ensheathing cells in the rat olfactory bulb.

    Carvalho, Litia A; Nobrega, Alberto F; Soares, Igor D P; Carvalho, Sergio L; Allodi, Silvana; Baetas-da-Cruz, Wagner; Cavalcante, Leny A


    Complex carbohydrate structures are essential molecules of infectious bacteria, parasites, and host cells and are involved in cell signaling associated with immune responses, glycoprotein homeostasis, and cell migration. The uptake of mannose-tailed glycans is usually carried out by professional phagocytes to trigger MHC class I- and MHC class II-restricted antigen presentation or, alternatively, to end inflammation. We have detected the mannose receptor (MR) in cultured olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs), so we investigated by flow cytometry whether recently dissociated cells of the olfactory bulb (OB) nerve fiber layer (ONL) could bind a mannosylated ligand (fluorescein conjugate of mannosyl bovine serum albumin; Man/BSA-FITC) in a specific manner. In addition, we estimated the relative proportion of ONL OECs, microglia, and astrocytes, tagged by 2'3'-cyclic nucleotide 3'-phosphodiesterase (CNPase), by the B4 isolectin of Griffonia simplicifonia (IB4), and by glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), respectively, that were Man/BSA-FITC(+) . We also determined by histochemistry and/or immunohistochemistry whether Man/BSA-FITC or an anti-MR antibody (anti-C-terminal MR peptide; anti-cMR) labeled OECs and/or parenchymal microglia. In addition, we confirmed by Western blot with the K1K2 (against the entire MR molecule) antibody that a band of about 180 kDA is expressed in the OB. Our findings are compatible with a prospective sentinel role of OECs against pathogens of the upper airways and/or damage-associated glycidic patterns as well as with homeostasis of OB mannosylated glycoproteins. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  7. Haemolytic activities of plant saponins and adjuvants. Effect of Periandra mediterranea saponin on the humoral response to the FML antigen of Leishmania donovani.

    Santos, W R; Bernardo, R R; Peçanha, L M; Palatnik, M; Parente, J P; Palatnik de Sousa, C B


    An 87.7% (P saponin combined to the fucose-mannose ligand of Leishmania donovani (FML). However, an undesirable haemolytic effect was described for several saponins. Aiming to improve the formulation with FML/saponin, we comparatively analysed the haemolytic potential of recently characterized plant saponins and currently used adjuvants. The haemolytic activity of steroidic saponins from Agave sisalana; Smilax officinalis as well as commercial saponin (Riedel De Haën's), was higher than that of triterpenoid ones (Bredemeyera floribunda; Periandra mediterranea) and the Freund's complete adjuvant. The concentration resulting in 50% haemolysis was 500 micrograms ml-1 for aluminum hydroxide. The low haemolytic effect of P. mediterranea saponin was abolished by removal of its glycidic moiety and its sapogenin fraction as well as the Freund's Incomplete Adjuvant were non-haemolytic within this range. Furthermore, the adjuvant effect of three doses of P. mediterranea saponin injected with the FML antigen of L. donovani, was assayed in mice, either by the intraperitoneal (i.p.) or the subcutaneous (s.c.) route. The anti-FML IgG antibody levels increased and detectable levels were observed up to 3 months in the s.c. group. The response was expanded in both groups after an injection with a fourth vaccine dose. The IgG response showed increased levels of IgG2a only in the i.p. group, while IgG2b and IgG1 but not IgG3 antibodies were higher than controls in both groups. In conclusion, the results suggest that the recently described triterpenoid fractions of P. mediterranea can be safely used as adjuvant with low or non-haemolytic effect.

  8. Efeitos das drogas anti-retrovirais sobre o metabolismo glicídico e células de Langerhans de pâncreas de ratas Wistar prenhes Effects of antiretroviral drugs on glucide metabolism and pancreatic Langerhans' cells of pregnant Wistar rats

    Ernesto Antonio Figueiró-Filho


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: avaliar a ação de drogas anti-retrovirais sobre o metabolismo glicídico e sobre o pâncreas de ratas Wistar prenhes. MÉTODOS: estudo com ratas prenhes adultas da raça Wistar, pesando entre 200-230 g. Foram testadas a azidotimidina, lamivudina e o nelfinavir, em doses 10 vezes superiores à dose utilizada em gestantes. Foram avaliados sete grupos, contendo 10 ratas por grupo, incluindo o controle. O sacrifício foi realizado no 21º dia de prenhez. Procederam-se a dosagens de glicemia, insulina, glucagon, ácidos graxos livres (AGL e glicogênio hepático. Para avaliação de lesão pancreática, optou-se pela contagem direta do número de células produtoras de insulina e glucagon marcadas por imuno-histoquímica. Os dados foram analisados pelo teste t de Student, sendo comparados os animais dos grupos controle e tratados. RESULTADOS: após 21 dias de prenhez houve elevação dos níveis séricos de glucagon (grupo controle: 88,2 pg/ml; grupos tratados: 99,7 a 120,7 pg/ml e redução dos níveis de insulina (grupo controle: 6,2 miUI/ml; grupos tratados: 2,1 a 2,7 miUI/ml em todos os grupos tratados com anti-retrovirais. Não houve diferenças significativas nos valores plasmáticos de glicemia, AGL e valores de glicogênio hepático ao final dos 21 dias de prenhez. Não houve diferença quanto ao número de células pancreáticas produtoras de insulina e glucagon entre os grupos tratados e o grupo controle ao final dos 21 dias de prenhez. CONCLUSÕES: os fármacos anti-retrovirais utilizados durante a prenhez de ratas não infectadas alteram o metabolismo glicídico materno em grau leve causando queda de insulina e elevação do glucagon, com índices glicêmicos normais e número de células pancreáticas inalterado.OBJECTIVE: to assess the action of antiretroviral drugs on glycid metabolism and on the pancreas of pregnant Wistar rats. METHODS: adult pregnant Wistar rats weighing 200-230g were used. Azidothymidine, lamivudine and

  9. Anormalidades cardiovasculares e metabólicas em pacientes com a síndrome de Berardinelli-Seip Anormalidades cardiovasculares y metabólicas en pacientes con el síndrome de Berardinelli-Seip Cardiometabolic abnormalities in patients with berardinelli-Seip syndrome

    Antonio Guedes do Rêgo


    .BACKGROUND: Berardinelli-Seip syndrome (BSS or Generalized Congenital Lipodystrophy often affects the cardiovascular system and also promotes metabolic abnormalities involving glycidic and lipid metabolisms. OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence of cardiometabolic abnormalities in patients with BSS. METHODS: Twenty-two patients from the state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, diagnosed with BSS, underwent clinical evaluation, resting electrocardiogram, echodopplercardiogram, chest X-ray, 24-hour ambulatory electrocardiogram monitoring, exercise testing and laboratory analysis. RESULTS: The patients were predominantly young adults, most of whom women. The whole sample showed insulin resistance, acanthosis nigricans and diminished HDL-cholesterol. The presence of splenomegaly, hepatomegaly, type II diabetes and elevated triglycerides was constant. Metabolic syndrome was characterized in most patients, which were predominantly women and with a high degree of paternal consanguinity. SAH and prehypertension blood pressure were found in more than half of the patients (77.3%. The echodopplercardiogram showed the presence of CLVH (50%, eccentric left ventricular hypertrophy (4.5%, and normal left ventricular geometry (45.5%. High arrhythmia rates were observed by Holter monitoring, such as ventricular ectopic beats, supraventricular ectopic beats and sustained supraventricular tachycardia. Chronotropic incompetence (54.5% was observed during exercise testing. CONCLUSION: A high prevalence of cardiovascular and metabolic abnormalities was observed in young asymptomatic individuals with BSS. These findings point to the need for systematic cardiological follow-up and of preventive measures in this high-risk group.