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  • 1.
    Abd El-Gaber, Amira S.
    et al.
    Menoufia Univ, Fac Sci, Dept Chem, Shibin Al Kawm, Egypt.
    El Gendy, Abdel Nasser G.
    Natl Res Ctr, Med & Aromat Plants Res Dept, 33 El Bohouth St,PO 12622, Giza, Egypt.
    Elkhateeb, Ahmed
    Natl Res Ctr, Phytochem & Plant Systemat Dept, 33 El Bohouth St,PO 12622, Giza, Egypt.
    Saleh, Ibrahim A.
    Natl Res Ctr, Phytochem Dept, 33 El Bohouth St,PO 12622, Giza, Egypt.
    El-Seedi, Hesham
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi. Menoufia Univ, Fac Sci, Dept Chem, Shibin Al Kawm, Egypt;Univ Karachi, ICCBS, Karachi 75270, Pakistan.
    Microwave Extraction of Essential Oil from Anastatica hierochuntica (L): Comparison with Conventional Hydro-Distillation and Steam Distillation2018In: Journal of Essential Oil-Bearing Plants (JEOBP), ISSN 0972-060X, E-ISSN 0976-5026, Vol. 21, no 4, p. 1003-1010Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article stands to introduce microwave assisted extraction (MAE) as a more effective method for extraction of Anastatica hierochuntica (L) essential oils (EOs) compared to traditional hydrodistillation (HD) and steam distillation (SD) methods. Analysis of EOs by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC/MS) showed significant differences in the constituents and percentages of the obtained oils. Using MAE and HD obtained oxygenated monoterpenes 50.79 % whereas SD obtained sesquiterpene hydrocarbons 79.84 % as major contents of the extracted oils. This is the first report of EO composition of the aerials parts of A. heirochunatica. It offered several advantages of MAE technique as a green method with shorter extraction time (60 min) and better yield.

  • 2.
    Abdelmoniem, Amr M.
    et al.
    Cairo Univ, Dept Chem, Fac Sci, Giza, Egypt.
    Elnagdi, Mohamed H.
    Cairo Univ, Giza, Egypt;Kuwait Univ, Safat, Kuwait.
    Elsehemy, Mohamed S.
    Cairo Univ, Dept Chem, Fac Pharm, Giza, Egypt.
    El-Seedi, Hesham R.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi. Menoufia Univ, Dept Chem, Fac Sci, Shibin Al Kawm 32512, Egypt.
    Abdelhamid, Ismail A.
    Cairo Univ, Dept Chem, Fac Sci, Giza, Egypt.
    Synthesis, Chemistry and Utilities of Diaminoazoles with Special Reference to 3,5-Diaminopyrazoles2018In: Current Organic Synthesis, ISSN 1570-1794, E-ISSN 1875-6271, Vol. 15, no 4, p. 487-514Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Although the chemistry of heteroaromatic monoamino azoles has been surveyed more than once in the last decade, the chemistry of the di- and triaminoazoles has not been reviewed. In this article we will survey the synthesis, chemistry and utility of the diaminoazoles. In this review, the chemistry of the diaminoazoles as well as their most important utilities will be surveyed. Objective: The review focuses on recent progress in diaminoazoles (i.e. diaminopyrazoles, diaminoimidazoles, diaminotriazoles and diaminothiazole) with especial references to diaminopyrazoles. The synthesis as well as pharmaceutical utilities are reported. There are several methods for synthesis of diaminopyrazoles. 3,5-Diaminopyrazole and its derivatives are prepared through the reaction of malononitrile or arylhydrazononitrile with hydrazine derivatives. 3,4-Diaminopyrazoles are prepared via nitration of 3-aminopyrazole with subsequent reduction of the produced compound. The diaminopyrazoles have several applications in cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. They also have useful utilities as a constituent in oxidative hair dyes. Conclusion: We managed to report the common methods for the synthesis of diaminoazoles with especial reference to aminopyrazoles that are prepared through the reaction of malononitrile or hydrazononitriles with hydrazine derivatives. Some important applications that include pharmaceutical utilities such as hair dye constituents are reported.

  • 3.
    Abdillahi, Suado M.
    et al.
    Lund Univ, Div Infect Med, Dept Clin Sci, Tornavagen 10, S-22184 Lund, Sweden.
    Maass, Tobias
    Univ Cologne, Fac Med, Ctr Biochem, Ctr Mol Med Cologne, D-50931 Cologne, Germany.
    Kasetty, Gopinath
    Lund Univ, Div Resp Med & Allergol, Dept Clin Sci, S-22184 Lund, Sweden.
    Strömstedt, Adam A.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Baumgarten, Maria
    Lund Univ, Div Infect Med, Dept Clin Sci, Tornavagen 10, S-22184 Lund, Sweden.
    Tati, Ramesh
    Lund Univ, Div Infect Med, Dept Clin Sci, Tornavagen 10, S-22184 Lund, Sweden.
    Nordin, Sara L.
    Lund Univ, Div Infect Med, Dept Clin Sci, Tornavagen 10, S-22184 Lund, Sweden.
    Walse, Björn
    Sarom Biostruct AB, S-22363 Lund, Sweden.
    Wagener, Raimund
    Univ Cologne, Fac Med, Ctr Biochem, Ctr Mol Med Cologne, D-50931 Cologne, Germany.
    Schmidtchen, Artur
    Lund Univ, Div Dermatol & Venereol, Dept Clin Sci, S-22184 Lund, Sweden;Univ Copenhagen, Bispebjerg Hosp, Dept Biomed Sci, Copenhagen Wound Healing Ctr, DK-2400 Copenhagen, Denmark.
    Mörgelin, Matthias
    Lund Univ, Div Infect Med, Dept Clin Sci, Tornavagen 10, S-22184 Lund, Sweden;Colzyx AB, S-22381 Lund, Sweden.
    Collagen VI Contains Multiple Host Defense Peptides with Potent In Vivo Activity2018In: Journal of Immunology, ISSN 0022-1767, E-ISSN 1550-6606, Vol. 201, no 3, p. 1007-1020Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Collagen VI is a ubiquitous extracellular matrix component that forms extensive microfibrillar networks in most connective tissues. In this study, we describe for the first time, to our knowledge, that the collagen VI von Willebrand factor type A like domains exhibit a broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria in human skin infections in vivo. In silico sequence and structural analysis of VWA domains revealed that they contain cationic and amphipathic peptide sequence motifs, which might explain the antimicrobial nature of collagen VI. In vitro and in vivo studies show that these peptides exhibited significant antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa through membrane disruption. Our findings shed new light on the role of collagen VI derived peptides in innate host defense and provide templates for development of peptide-based antibacterial therapies.

  • 4.
    Adl, Sina M.
    et al.
    Univ Saskatchewan, Dept Soil Sci, Coll Agr & Bioresources, 51 Campus Dr, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8, Canada.
    Bass, David
    Nat Hist Museum, Dept Life Sci, Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD, England;CEFAS, Barrack Rd, Weymouth DT4 8UB, Dorset, England.
    Lane, Christopher E.
    Univ Rhode Isl, Dept Biol Sci, Kingston, RI 02881 USA.
    Lukes, Julius
    Czech Acad Sci, Biol Ctr, Inst Parasitol, Ceske Budejovice 37005, Czech Republic;Univ South Bohemia, Fac Sci, Ceske Budejovice 37005, Czech Republic.
    Schoch, Conrad L.
    Natl Inst Biotechnol Informat, Natl Lib Med, NIH, Bethesda, MD 20892 USA.
    Smirnov, Alexey
    St Petersburg State Univ, Fac Biol, Dept Invertebrate Zool, St Petersburg 199034, Russia.
    Agatha, Sabine
    Univ Salzburg, Dept Biosci, Hellbrunnerstr 34, A-5020 Salzburg, Austria.
    Berney, Cedric
    CNRS, UMR 7144 AD2M, Grp Evolut Protistes & Ecosyst Pelag, Stn Biol Roscoff, Pl Georges Teissier, F-29680 Roscoff, France.
    Brown, Matthew W.
    Mississippi State Univ, Dept Biol Sci, Starkville, MS 39762 USA;Mississippi State Univ, Inst Genom Biocomp & Biotechnol, Starkville, MS 39762 USA.
    Burki, Fabien
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Organismal Biology, Systematic Biology. Uppsala University, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab.
    Cárdenas, Paco
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Cepicka, Ivan
    Charles Univ Prague, Dept Zool, Fac Sci, Vinicna 7, CR-12844 Prague, Czech Republic.
    Chistyakova, Lyudmila
    St Petersburg State Univ, Core Facil Ctr Culture Collect Microorganisms, St Petersburg 198504, Russia.
    del Campo, Javier
    CSIC, Inst Ciencies Mar, Passeig Maritim Barceloneta 37-49, E-08003 Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.
    Dunthorn, Micah
    Univ Kaiserslautern, Dept Ecol, Erwin Schroedinger St, D-67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany;Univ Duisburg Essen, Dept Eukaryot Microbiol, Univ Str 5, D-45141 Essen, Germany.
    Edvardsen, Bente
    Univ Oslo, Dept Biosci, POB 1066 Blindern, N-0316 Oslo, Norway.
    Eglit, Yana
    Dalhousie Univ, Dept Biol, Halifax B3H 4R2, NS, Canada.
    Guillou, Laure
    Univ Paris 06, Sorbonne Univ, Paris 6, CNRS,UMR 7144 AD2M,Stn Biol Roscoff, Pl Georges Teissier,,CS90074, F-29688 Roscoff, France.
    Hampl, Vladimir
    Charles Univ Prague, Dept Parasitol, Fac Sci, BIOCEV, Prumyslov 595, Vestec 25242, Czech Republic.
    Heiss, Aaron A.
    Amer Museum Nat Hist, Dept Invertebrate Zool, New York, NY 10024 USA.
    Hoppenrath, Mona
    DZMB German Ctr Marine Biodivers Res, D-26382 Wilhelmshaven, Germany.
    James, Timothy Y.
    Univ Michigan, Dept Ecol & Evolutionary Biol, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 USA.
    Karnkowska, Anna
    Univ Warsaw, Dept Mol Phylogenet & Evolut, PL-02089 Warsaw, Poland.
    Karpov, Sergey
    St Petersburg State Univ, Fac Biol, Dept Invertebrate Zool, St Petersburg 199034, Russia;RAS, Lab Parasit Worms & Protistol, Zool Inst, St Petersburg 199034, Russia.
    Kim, Eunsoo
    Amer Museum Nat Hist, Dept Invertebrate Zool, New York, NY 10024 USA.
    Kolisko, Martin
    Czech Acad Sci, Biol Ctr, Inst Parasitol, Ceske Budejovice 37005, Czech Republic.
    Kudryavtsev, Alexander
    St Petersburg State Univ, Fac Biol, Dept Invertebrate Zool, St Petersburg 199034, Russia;RAS, Lab Parasit Worms & Protistol, Zool Inst, St Petersburg 199034, Russia.
    Lahr, Daniel J. G.
    Univ Sao Paulo, Dept Zool, Inst Biosci, Matao Travessa 14 Cidade Univ, BR-05508090 Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil.
    Lara, Enrique
    Univ Neuchatel, Lab Soil Biodivers, Rue Emile Argand 11, CH-2000 Neuchatel, Switzerland;CSIC, Real Jardim Bot,Plaza Murillo 2, E-28014 Madrid, Spain.
    Le Gall, Line
    Sorbonne Univ, Museum Natl Hist Nat, Inst Systemat Evolut Biodiversit, 57 Rue Cuvier,CP 39, F-75005 Paris, France.
    Lynn, Denis H.
    Univ Guelph, Dept Integrat Biol, Summerlee Sci Complex, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1, Canada;Univ British Columbia, Dept Zool, 4200-6270 Univ Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada.
    Mann, David G.
    Royal Bot Garden, Edinburgh EH3 5LR, Midlothian, Scotland;Inst Agrifood Res & Technol, C Poble Nou Km 5-5, E-43540 San Carlos de la Rapita, Spain.
    Massana, Ramon
    CSIC, Inst Ciencies Mar, Passeig Maritim Barceloneta 37-49, E-08003 Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.
    Mitchell, Edward A. D.
    Univ Neuchatel, Lab Soil Biodivers, Rue Emile Argand 11, CH-2000 Neuchatel, Switzerland;Jardin Bot Neuchatel,Chemin Perthuis du Salut 58, CH-2000 Neuchatel, Switzerland.
    Morrow, Christine
    Natl Museums Northern Ireland, Dept Nat Sci, 153 Bangor Rd, Holywood BT18 0EU, England.
    Park, Jong Soo
    Kyungpook Natl Univ, Sch Earth Syst Sci, Dept Oceanog, Daegu, South Korea;Kyungpook Natl Univ, Sch Earth Syst Sci, Kyungpook Inst Oceanog, Daegu, South Korea.
    Pawlowski, Jan W.
    Univ Geneva, Dept Genet & Evolut, CH-1211 Geneva 4, Switzerland.
    Powell, Martha J.
    Univ Alabama, Dept Biol Sci, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 USA.
    Richter, Daniel J.
    Univ Pompeu Fabra, CSIC, Inst Biol Evolut, Passeig Maritim Barceloneta 37-49, Barcelona 08003, Spain.
    Rueckert, Sonja
    Edinburgh Napier Univ, Sch Appl Sci, Edinburgh EH11 4BN, Midlothian, Scotland.
    Shadwick, Lora
    Univ Arkansas, Dept Biol Sci, Fayetteville, AR 72701 USA.
    Shimano, Satoshi
    Hosei Univ, Sci Res Ctr, Chiyoda Ku, 2-17-1 Fujimi, Tokyo, Japan.
    Spiegel, Frederick W.
    Univ Arkansas, Dept Biol Sci, Fayetteville, AR 72701 USA.
    Torruella, Guifre
    Univ Paris XI, Lab Evolut & Systemat, F-91405 Orsay, France.
    Youssef, Noha
    Oklahoma State Univ, Dept Microbiol & Mol Genet, Stillwater, OK 74074 USA.
    Zlatogursky, Vasily V.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Organismal Biology, Systematic Biology. St Petersburg State Univ, Fac Biol, Dept Invertebrate Zool, St Petersburg 199034, Russia.
    Zhang, Qianqian
    Chinese Acad Sci, Yantai Inst Coastal Zone Res, Yantai 264003, Peoples R China.
    Revisions to the Classification, Nomenclature, and Diversity of Eukaryotes2019In: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, ISSN 1066-5234, E-ISSN 1550-7408, Vol. 66, no 1, p. 4-119Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This revision of the classification of eukaryotes follows that of Adl et al., 2012 [J. Euk. Microbiol. 59(5)] and retains an emphasis on protists. Changes since have improved the resolution of many nodes in phylogenetic analyses. For some clades even families are being clearly resolved. As we had predicted, environmental sampling in the intervening years has massively increased the genetic information at hand. Consequently, we have discovered novel clades, exciting new genera and uncovered a massive species level diversity beyond the morphological species descriptions. Several clades known from environmental samples only have now found their home. Sampling soils, deeper marine waters and the deep sea will continue to fill us with surprises. The main changes in this revision are the confirmation that eukaryotes form at least two domains, the loss of monophyly in the Excavata, robust support for the Haptista and Cryptista. We provide suggested primer sets for DNA sequences from environmental samples that are effective for each clade. We have provided a guide to trophic functional guilds in an appendix, to facilitate the interpretation of environmental samples, and a standardized taxonomic guide for East Asian users.

  • 5.
    Ahnfelt, Nils-Otto
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    Fors, Hjalmar
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi. Hagströmer Library, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Reconstructing early modern pharmacy through "Elixir amarum Hiaernei" and its Theriac ancestor2016In: Planta Medica, ISSN 0032-0943, E-ISSN 1439-0221, Vol. 82Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 6.
    Alajlani, M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi. Karl Franzens Univ Graz, Inst Pharmaceut Sci, Dept Pharmacognosy, Univ Pl 4, A-8010 Graz, Austria..
    Backlund, Anders
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Predicting the mechanism of action of antituberculosis agents using chemical global positioning system - natural product2016In: Planta Medica, ISSN 0032-0943, E-ISSN 1439-0221, Vol. 82Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 7.
    Ali, Sara E.
    et al.
    German Univ Cairo, Fac Pharm & Biotechnol, Dept Pharmaceut Biol, New Cairo 12613, Egypt.
    El Gedaily, Rania A.
    Cairo Univ, Fac Pharm, Pharmacognosy Dept, Kasr el Aini St, Cairo 11562, Egypt.
    Mocan, Andrei
    Iuliu Hatieganu Univ Med & Pharm, Dept Pharmaceut Bot, Cluj Napoca 400337, Romania.
    Farag, Mohamed A.
    Cairo Univ, Fac Pharm, Pharmacognosy Dept, Kasr el Aini St, Cairo 11562, Egypt;Amer Univ Cairo, Sch Sci & Engn, Dept Chem, New Cairo 11835, Egypt.
    El-Seedi, Hesham R.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi. Menoufia Univ, Fac Sci, Shibin Al Kawm 32512, Egypt.
    Profiling Metabolites and Biological Activities of Sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum Linn.) Juice and Its Product Molasses via a Multiplex Metabolomics Approach2019In: Molecules, ISSN 1420-3049, E-ISSN 1420-3049, Vol. 24, no 5, article id 934Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum L.) is an important perennial grass in the Poaceae family cultivated worldwide due to its economical and medicinal value. In this study, a combined approach using mass spectrometry (MS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy was employed for the large-scale metabolite profiling of sugarcane juice and its by-product molasses. The polyphenols were analysed via UPLC-UV-ESI-MS, whereas the primary metabolites such as sugars and organic and amino acids were profiled using NMR spectroscopy and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). UPLC/MS was more effective than NMR spectroscopy or GC/MS for determining differences among the metabolite compositions of the products. Under the optimized conditions, UPLC/MS led to the identification of 42 metabolites, including nine flavonoids, nine fatty acids, and two sterols. C/O Flavone glycosides were the main subclass detected, with tricin-7-O-deoxyhexosyl glucuronide being detected in sugarcane and molasses for the first time. Based on GC/MS analysis, disaccharides were the predominant species in the sugarcane juice and molasses, with sucrose accounting for 66% and 59%, respectively, by mass of all identified metabolites. The phenolic profiles of sugarcane and molasses were further investigated in relation to their in vitro antioxidant activities using free radical scavenging assays such as 2,2-Diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl free radical-scavenging ability (DPPH), Trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity (TEAC) and ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP). In view of its higher total phenolic content (TPC) (196 +/- 2.1 mg GAE/100 g extract) compared to that of sugarcane juice (93 +/- 2.9 mg GAE/100 g extract), molasses exhibited a substantially higher antioxidant effect. Interestingly, both extracts were also found to inhibit alpha-glucosidase and alpha-amylase enzymes, suggesting a possible antihyperglycaemic effect. These findings suggest molasses may be a new source of natural antioxidants for functional foods.

  • 8.
    Amir, Mohd.
    et al.
    Jamia Millia Islamia, Ctr Interdisciplinary Res Basic Sci, New Delhi 110025, India.
    Kumar, Vijay
    Amity Univ Noida, Amity Inst Neuropsychol & Neurosci, Noida, UP, India.
    Dohare, Ravins
    Jamia Millia Islamia, Ctr Interdisciplinary Res Basic Sci, New Delhi 110025, India;King Saud Univ, Dept Pharmacogmosy, Coll Pharm, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia.
    Rehman, Md. Tabish
    King Saud Univ, Dept Pharmacogmosy, Coll Pharm, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia.
    Hussain, Afzal
    King Saud Univ, Dept Pharmacogmosy, Coll Pharm, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia.
    Alajmi, Mohamed F.
    King Saud Univ, Dept Pharmacogmosy, Coll Pharm, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia.
    El-Seedi, Hesham
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Hassan, Hani Mutlak A.
    King Abdulaziz Univ, King Fand Med Res Ctr, POB 80216, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia;King Abdulaziz Univ, Fac Appl Med Sci, Dept Med Lab Technol, POB 80216, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia.
    Islam, Asimul
    Jamia Millia Islamia, Ctr Interdisciplinary Res Basic Sci, New Delhi 110025, India.
    Ahmad, Faizan
    Jamia Millia Islamia, Ctr Interdisciplinary Res Basic Sci, New Delhi 110025, India.
    Hassan, Md. Imtaiyaz
    Jamia Millia Islamia, Ctr Interdisciplinary Res Basic Sci, New Delhi 110025, India.
    Investigating architecture and structure-function relationships in cold shock DNA-binding domain family using structural genomics-based approach2019In: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, ISSN 0141-8130, E-ISSN 1879-0003, Vol. 133, p. 484-494Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Oligonucleotide/oligosaccharide-binding fold (OB-fold) plays a major role in the regulation of central dogma of life via binding though DNA and RNA. The OB-fold domains are diverse in nature and present in large number of proteins with verities of molecular functions. Here, we have investigated the distribution of sequence, structure and repeats of cold shock DNA-binding proteins (CSDB), a member of OB-fold, in all three kingdoms to establish functional relationships. The CSDB is consists of 30 domains with a major contribution of S1 (>110,601 sequences), S12 (>23,760 sequences), S17 (>14,833 sequences) and S28e (>1615 sequence) domains. These domains are largely found in bacteria (70-90%). The number of S1 domain repeats in eukaryota varies from 1 to 15 and are well-correlated with the protein size. The molecular function analysis suggests that a large number of repeats in the S1 domain are involved in diverse molecular functions in bacteria and eukaryotes. In-depth structure analysis of Si, S12, S17 and S28e domain-containing proteins of the OB-fold family provides a reasonable basis to understand the relationship of size and number of repeats with the corresponding molecular functions.

  • 9.
    Andersson, H. S.
    et al.
    Linnaeus Univ, Ctr Biomat Chem, Dept Chem & Biomed Sci, Norra Vagen 49, S-39234 Kalmar, Sweden..
    Jacobsson, Erik
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Eriksson, Camilla
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Hedstrom, M.
    Lund Univ, Dept Biotechnol, Box 118, S-22100 Lund, Sweden..
    Seth, H.
    Univ Gothenburg, Dept Biol & Environm Sci, Box 463, S-40530 Gothenburg, Sweden..
    Sundberg, P.
    Univ Gothenburg, Dept Biol & Environm Sci, Box 463, S-40530 Gothenburg, Sweden..
    Rosengren, K. J.
    Univ Queensland, Sch Biomed Sci, Brisbane, Qld 4072, Australia..
    Strand, M.
    Univ Gothenburg, Dept Biol & Environm Sci, Box 463, S-40530 Gothenburg, Sweden.;Swedish Univ Agr Sci, Swedish Species Informat Ctr, Backlosavagen 10, S-75651 Uppsala, Sweden..
    Göransson, Ulf
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    The toxicity of ribbon worms: Alpha-nemertides or tetrodotoxin, or both?2016In: Planta Medica, ISSN 0032-0943, E-ISSN 1439-0221, Vol. 82Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Aneja, Babita
    et al.
    Jamia Millia Islamia, Dept Biosci, New Delhi 110025, India;Jamia Millia Islamia, Dept Chem, New Delhi 110025, India.
    Khan, Nashrah Sharif
    Jamia Millia Islamia, Ctr Interdisciplinary Res Basic Sci, New Delhi 110025, India;Jamia Millia Islamia, Dept Biotechnol, New Delhi 110025, India.
    Khan, Parvez
    Jamia Millia Islamia, Ctr Interdisciplinary Res Basic Sci, New Delhi 110025, India.
    Queen, Aarfa
    Jamia Millia Islamia, Dept Chem, New Delhi 110025, India.
    Hussain, Afzal
    King Saud Univ, Coll Pharm, Dept Pharmacognosy, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia.
    Rehman, Md. Tabish
    King Saud Univ, Coll Pharm, Dept Pharmacognosy, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia.
    Alajmi, Mohamed F.
    King Saud Univ, Coll Pharm, Dept Pharmacognosy, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia.
    El-Seedi, Hesham
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Ali, Sher
    Jamia Millia Islamia, Ctr Interdisciplinary Res Basic Sci, New Delhi 110025, India.
    Hassan, Md. Imtaiyaz
    Jamia Millia Islamia, Ctr Interdisciplinary Res Basic Sci, New Delhi 110025, India.
    Abid, Mohammad
    Jamia Millia Islamia, Dept Biosci, New Delhi 110025, India.
    Design and development of Isatin-triazole hydrazones as potential inhibitors of microtubule affinity-regulating kinase 4 for the therapeutic management of cell proliferation and metastasis2019In: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, ISSN 0223-5234, E-ISSN 1768-3254, Vol. 163, p. 840-852Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Microtubule affinity-regulating kinase 4 (MARK4) is a potential drug target as the same is found to be over expressed in several types of cancers. In search of effective MARK4 inhibitors, we have synthesized and characterized Isatin-triazole hydrazones (9a-i) and evaluated their inhibitory potential. Of all the compounds, 9g showed better binding affinity and enzyme inhibition potential in sub micromolar range. Human serum albumin (HSA) binding assay suggested an easy transportation of 9g in blood stream due to its binding affinity. In vitro anticancer studies performed on MCF-7, MDA-MB-435s and HepG2 cells using 9g showed inhibition of cell proliferation and cell migration. Further, 9g induces apoptosis in these cancerous cells, with IC50 values of 6.22, 9.94 and 8.14 mu M, respectively. Putatively, 9g seems to cause oxidative stress resulting in apoptosis. Functional assay of 9g with a panel of 26 kinases showed MARK4 specific profile. In conclusion, 9g seems to possess an effective inhibitory potential towards MARK4 adding an additional repertoire to anticancer therapeutics.

  • 11.
    Anwar, J.
    et al.
    Univ Agr, Dept Agr Chem, Peshawar 25100, Pakistan..
    Muhammad, Taj
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Göransson, Ulf
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Iqbal, Z.
    Univ Agr, Dept Agr Chem, Peshawar 25100, Pakistan..
    Fungi as a source for antibacterial compounds2016In: Planta Medica, ISSN 0032-0943, E-ISSN 1439-0221, Vol. 82Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Backlund, Anders
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Bioactivity mapping of chemical property space - possible applications in natural products research2016In: Planta Medica, ISSN 0032-0943, E-ISSN 1439-0221, Vol. 82Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 13.
    Bagge, Joakim
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Chromatography of Therapeutic Peptides - Contrasting SFC and HPLC2019Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This work is a comparison of a well-established and a novel, "green" and efficient technique to separate peptides of pharmaceutical interest. An attempt is made to derive the chromatographic retention behaviour from these techniques to a number of property descriptors derived from the linear sequence of amino acids. A set of therapeutic peptides were carefully chosen to be experimentally evaluated using in silico-based descriptor calculations. A principle component analysis was performed to assess the distribution of calculated descriptors for including peptides with variable properties. A diluent optimization study was also included to find the optimal diluent for peptides with minimal diluent effects and peak splitting phenomena. The results showed that the solvents tert-butanol and methanol performed best between 20-30 and 50 volumetric percent water as additive in SFC and HPLC, respectively. These diluents were then used for the peptides within the set to evaluate the retention and selectivity in HPLC and SFC. SFC performed well in terms of resolving power. Inparticular, SFC was able to separate Leuprolide and Triptorelin while HPLC was not. A comparison was also made in between the two stationary phases CN and XT, where a global selectivity was shown to be higher for CN.

    This work does also assess a novel method for determining solubility of analytes in supercritical fluid. The method was evaluated using the pharmaceutical compounds caffeine and aspirin and then used to determine solubility of Leu-Enkephalin in 20% (v/v%) methanol. The solubility of caffeine was determined to be 0.45 mg ml-1 in pure SF-CO2 under 140 bar pressure and 3.9 mg ml-1 for aspirin in 2.4% methanol. Both values correlated well with measurements from four acknowledged papers within this field. Leu-Enkephalin was found to have a solubility of 1.90 mg ml-1 using a solvent corresponding to the initial phase condition of the gradient used for peptide analysis in SFC. Further experimental work is required before the method can be implemented as a useful tool in preparative chromatography, however the results presented here show the compatibility of assessing biomolecules in both pure SF-CO2 and mixed with modifier. The possibility to determine solubility with additional modifier infers an important step of including and evaluating these compounds creating a solid support to subsequent large scale separation.

  • 14.
    Benchoula, Khaled
    et al.
    Int Islamic Univ Malaysia, Kulliyyah Pharm, Dept Basic Med Sci, Kuantan 25200, Pahang, Malaysia.
    Khatib, Alfi
    Int Islamic Univ Malaysia, Kulliyyah Pharm, Dept Pharmaceut Chem, Kuantan 25200, Pahang, Malaysia.
    Quzwain, Fairuz M. C.
    Univ Jambi, Fac Med, Jambi 36122, Indonesia.
    Mohamad, Che Anuar Che
    Int Islamic Univ Malaysia, Kulliyyah Pharm, Dept Basic Med Sci, Kuantan 25200, Pahang, Malaysia.
    Sulaiman, Wan Mohd Azizi Wan
    Int Islamic Univ Malaysia, Kulliyyah Pharm, Dept Basic Med Sci, Kuantan 25200, Pahang, Malaysia.
    Wahab, Ridhwan Abdul
    Int Islamic Univ Malaysia, Dept Biomed Sci, Kulliyyah Allied Hlth Sci, Kuantan 25200, Pahang, Malaysia.
    Ahmed, Qamar Uddin
    Int Islamic Univ Malaysia, Kulliyyah Pharm, Dept Pharmaceut Chem, Kuantan 25200, Pahang, Malaysia.
    Ghaffar, Majid Abdul
    Int Islamic Univ Malaysia, Kulliyyah Pharm, Dept Pharmaceut Chem, Kuantan 25200, Pahang, Malaysia.
    Saiman, Mohd Zuwairi
    Univ Malaya, Inst Biol Sci, Fac Sci, Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia.
    Alajmi, Mohamed F.
    King Saud Univ, Dept Pharmacognosy, Coll Pharm, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia.
    El-Seedi, Hesham
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Optimization of Hyperglycemic Induction in Zebrafish and Evaluation of Its Blood Glucose Level and Metabolite Fingerprint Treated with Psychotria malayana Jack Leaf Extract2019In: Molecules, ISSN 1420-3049, E-ISSN 1420-3049, Vol. 24, no 8, article id 1506Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A standard protocol to develop type 1 diabetes in zebrafish is still uncertain due to unpredictable factors. In this study, an optimized protocol was developed and used to evaluate the anti-diabetic activity of Psychotria malayana leaf. The aims of this study were to develop a type 1 diabetic adult zebrafish model and to evaluate the anti-diabetic activity of the plant extract on the developed model. The ability of streptozotocin and alloxan at a different dose to elevate the blood glucose levels in zebrafish was evaluated. While the anti-diabetic activity of P. malayana aqueous extract was evaluated through analysis of blood glucose and LC-MS analysis fingerprinting. The results indicated that a single intraperitoneal injection of 300 mg/kg alloxan was the optimal dose to elevate the fasting blood glucose in zebrafish. Furthermore, the plant extract at 1, 2, and 3 g/kg significantly reduced blood glucose levels in the diabetic zebrafish. In addition, LC-MS-based fingerprinting indicated that 3 g/kg plant extract more effective than other doses. Phytosterols, sugar alcohols, sugar acid, free fatty acids, cyclitols, phenolics, and alkaloid were detected in the extract using GC-MS. In conclusion, P. malayana leaf aqueous extract showed anti-diabetic activity on the developed type 1 diabetic zebrafish model.

  • 15.
    Channar, Pervaiz Ali
    et al.
    Quaid I Azam Univ, Dept Chem, Islamabad 45320, Pakistan.
    Saeed, Aamer
    Quaid I Azam Univ, Dept Chem, Islamabad 45320, Pakistan.
    Larik, Fayaz Ali
    Quaid I Azam Univ, Dept Chem, Islamabad 45320, Pakistan.
    Batool, Bakhtawar
    Quaid I Azam Univ, Dept Chem, Islamabad 45320, Pakistan.
    Kalsoom, Saima
    Int Islamic Univ, SA CIRBS, Islamabad, Pakistan.
    Hasan, M. M.
    PIEAS, Islamabad, Pakistan.
    Erben, Mauricio F.
    UNLP, CONICET, Fac Ciencias Exactas, CEQUINOR,CCT La Plata,Dept Quim, CC 962, RA-1900 La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    El-Seedi, Hesham
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Ali, Musrat
    Quaid I Azam Univ, Dept Biol Sci, Islamabad 45320, Pakistan.
    Ashraf, Zaman
    Allama Iqbal Open Univ, Dept Chem, Islamabad 44000, Pakistan.
    Synthesis of aryl pyrazole via Suzuki coupling reaction, in vitro mushroom tyrosinase enzyme inhibition assay and in silico comparative molecular docking analysis with Kojic acid2018In: Bioorganic chemistry (Print), ISSN 0045-2068, Vol. 79, p. 293-300Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aryl pyrazoles are well recognized class of heterocyclic compounds found in several commercially available drugs. Owing to their significance in medicinal chemistry, in this current account we have synthesized a series of suitably substituted aryl pyrazole by employing Suzuki cross-coupling reaction. All compounds were evaluated for inhibition of mushroom tyrosinase enzyme both in vitro and in silico. Compound 3f (IC50 = 1.568 +/- 0.01 mu M) showed relatively better potential compared to reference kojic acid (IC50 = 16.051 +/- 1.27 mu M). A comparative docking studies showed that compound 3f have maximum binding affinity against mushroom tyrosinase (PDBID: 2Y9X) with binding energy value (-6.90 kcal/mol) as compared to Kojic acid. The 4-methoxy group in compound 3f shows 100% interaction with Cu. Compound 3f displayed hydrogen binding interaction with His61 and His94 at distance of 1.71 and 1.74 angstrom which might be responsible for higher activity compared to Kojic acid.

  • 16.
    Chen, Lei
    et al.
    Fujian Agr & Forestry Univ, Coll Food Sci, Fuzhou, Fujian, Peoples R China.
    Gnanaraj, Charles
    Univ Tunku Abdul Rahman, Fac Sci, Dept Chem Sci, Jalan Univ, Kampar, Perak, Malaysia.
    Arulselvan, Palanisamy
    Muthayammal Coll Arts & Sci, Muthayammal Ctr Adv Res, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India;Scigen Res & Innovat Pvt Ltd, Periyar Technol Business Incubator, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India.
    El-Seedi, Hesham
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Teng, Hui
    Fujian Agr & Forestry Univ, Coll Food Sci, Fuzhou, Fujian, Peoples R China.
    A review on advanced microencapsulation technology to enhance bioavailability of phenolic compounds: Based on its activity in the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes2019In: Trends in Food Science & Technology, ISSN 0924-2244, E-ISSN 1879-3053, Vol. 85, p. 149-162Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Studies on and the application of polyphenolic compounds, have recently attracted great interest in the functional foods due to their potential health benefits to humans. However, the major disadvantage associated with phenolic compounds is their constrained bioavailability, mainly caused by its low aqueous solubility, poor stability and limited membrane permeability.

    Scope and approach: The aim of this study is to give an overview of the microencapsulation technology to enhance bioavailability of phenolic compounds. Furthermore, the anti-diabetic effect of microencapsulated phenolic compounds and capability of them to produce new functional foods will be discussed.

    Key findings and conclusions: The utilization of microencapsulated polyphenols, instead of free compounds, can effectively alleviate the deficiencies. This review provided valuable insight that may be useful for identifying trends in the commercialization of microencapsulation -technological products or for identifying new research areas. The results published to date confirm that the encapsulation promotes the protection of active compounds, enabling industrial applications of active packaging.

  • 17.
    Chen, Lei
    et al.
    Fujian Agr & Forestry Univ, Coll Food Sci, Fuzhou 350002, Fujian, Peoples R China.
    Lu, Xu
    Fujian Agr & Forestry Univ, Coll Food Sci, Fuzhou 350002, Fujian, Peoples R China.
    El-Seedi, Hesham
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Teng, Hui
    Fujian Agr & Forestry Univ, Coll Food Sci, Fuzhou 350002, Fujian, Peoples R China.
    Recent advances in the development of sesquiterpenoids in the treatment of type 2 diabetes2019In: Trends in Food Science & Technology, ISSN 0924-2244, E-ISSN 1879-3053, Vol. 88, p. 46-56Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) through dietary terpenoids is receiving a promising interest and sesquiterpenoids' importance for food and pharmaceutical industries is mainly based on the existed scientific works. Scope and approach: Sesquiterpenoids might contribute to prevent or delay T2DM by inhibiting key enzymes relevant for hyperglycemia, modulating beta-cells function, targeting insulin signaling route, etc. Sesquiterpenoids also have been demonstrated to stimulate glucose uptake by enhancing glucose transport, repressing glucose production, or improving lipid metabolism. Key findings and conclusions: In this review, we summarized the latest developments of sesquiterpenoids in the treatment of type 2 diabetes as well as sesquiterpenoids-rich herbs against key enzymes relevant to hyperglycemia, and discussed their underlying molecular mechanisms of anti-diabetic potential. We also suggested a better evaluation of the pharmacological profile of sesquiterpenoids and their derivate with a clear-cut choice of possible human pathologies.

  • 18.
    Cárdenas, Paco
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Organismal Biology, Systematic Biology.
    Moore, Jon A.
    Wilkes Honors College, Florida Atlantic University.
    First records of Geodia demosponges from the New England seamounts, an opportunity to test the use of DNA mini-barcodes on museum specimens2019In: Marine Biodiversity, ISSN 1867-1616, E-ISSN 1867-1624, Vol. 49, no 1, p. 163-174Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We report the first records of the sponge genus Geodia (Demospongiae, Tetractinellida, Geodiidae) from the New England Seamounts and Muir Seamount, at lower bathyal depths. Nine specimens collected between 2000 and 2005 belong to two boreal species (Geodia macandrewii and Geodia barretti) and a temperate species (Geodia megastrella). These records extend the distributions of these deep-sea amphi-Atlantic species to the west. Most of these specimens were originally fixed in formalin, which substantially degraded the DNA. We nonetheless managed to sequence two cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) mini-barcodes: the universal mini-barcode at the 5′ end of the Folmer barcode (130 bp) and a newly proposed mini-barcode at the 3′ end of the Folmer barcode (296 bp). These mini-barcodes unambiguously confirmed our identifications. As an additional test, we also successfully sequenced these two mini-barcodes from the holotype of G. barretti, collected in 1855. We conclude by advocating the use of mini-barcodes on formalin-fixed or old specimens with degraded DNA.

  • 19.
    Cárdenas, Paco
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi. Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d’Ecologie marine et continentale, CNRS, Aix Marseille Univ., IRD, Avignon Univ., Station Marine d’Endoume, Marseille, France.
    Vacelet, Jean
    Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d’Ecologie marine et continentale, CNRS, Aix Marseille Univ., IRD, Avignon Univ., Station Marine d’Endoume, Marseille, France. .
    Chevaldonné, Pierre
    Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d’Ecologie marine et continentale, CNRS, Aix Marseille Univ., IRD, Avignon Univ., Station Marine d’Endoume, Marseille, France. .
    Pérez, Thierry
    Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d’Ecologie marine et continentale, CNRS, Aix Marseille Univ., IRD, Avignon Univ., Station Marine d’Endoume, Marseille, France. .
    Xavier, Joana R.
    Department of Biological Sciences and K.G. Jebsen Centre for Deep-Sea Research, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway.
    From marine caves to the deep sea, a new look at Caminella (Demospongiae, Geodiidae) in the Atlanto-Mediterranean region2018In: Zootaxa, ISSN 1175-5326, E-ISSN 1175-5334, Vol. 4466, no 1, p. 174-196Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Caminella Lendenfeld, 1894 is a poorly known Geodiidae genus with unclear phylogenetic relationships. In order to find new lines of evidence that could shed light on the evolutionary history of Caminella, we decided to revise type material and museum material, as well as examine new material from underwater caves and deep-sea ecosystems. In doing so, we formally show that Isops maculosus Vosmaer, 1894 and Caminella loricata Lendenfeld, 1894 are junior synonyms of Caminella intuta (Topsent, 1892). We discuss different spicule morphological phenotypes in C. intuta, which may be linked to silica availability. We also discovered two new species of deep-sea Caminella: 1) from Cape Verde (Caminella caboverdensis sp. nov.) and 2) from seamounts located south of the Azores archipelago and the North of Spain (Caminella pustula sp. nov.). We reveal that Caminella sterrasters have complex surface microstructures, unique amongst the Geodiidae, where actin tips are linked to each other. Molecular markers (COI, 28S (C1-D2) and 18S) sequenced for some specimens led to new phylogenetic analyses, which continue to suggest a close relationship of Caminella with the Erylinae and Calthropella; these affinities are discussed in light of morphological characters.

  • 20.
    de Boer, Hugo
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Organismal Biology, Systematic Biology. Univ Oslo, Nat Hist Museum, POB 1172 Blindern, Oslo, Norway.
    Newman, Mark
    Royal Bot Garden Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.
    Poulsen, Axel Dalberg
    Univ Oslo, Nat Hist Museum, POB 1172 Blindern, Oslo, Norway; Royal Bot Garden Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.
    Droop, A. Jane
    Royal Bot Garden Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.
    Fer, Tomas
    Charles Univ Prague, Fac Sci, Dept Bot, Prague, Czech Republic.
    Hien, Le Thi Thu
    Vietnam Acad Sci & Technol, Inst Genome Res, Hanoi, Vietnam.
    Hlavata, Kristyna
    Charles Univ Prague, Fac Sci, Dept Bot, Prague, Czech Republic.
    Lamxay, Vichith
    Natl Univ Laos, Fac Nat Sci, Dept Biol, Dong Dok, Vientiane, Laos.
    Richardson, James E.
    Royal Bot Garden Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland; Univ Rosario, Programa Biol, Carrera, Bogota, Colombia.
    Steffen, Karin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Leong-Skornickova, Jana
    Singapore Bot Gardens, Natl Parks Board, Herbarium, Singapore, Singapore.
    Convergent morphology in Alpinieae (Zingiberaceae): Recircumscribing Amomum as a monophyletic genus2018In: Taxon, ISSN 0040-0262, E-ISSN 1996-8175, Vol. 67, no 1, p. 6-36Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The tropical ginger genus Amomum (Zingiberaceae) has always posed challenges for classification based on morphological characters. Previous molecular phylogenetic studies showed Amomum to be paraphyletic but limited sampling and absence of the data of the type Amomum subulatum made it impossible to resolve the paraphyly and make nomenclatural changes. Here, Amomum is further investigated in a multi-marker phylogenetic framework using matK and nrITS including multiple accessions of the type, the genus Elettaria and additional accessions of Amomum, Alpinia, Elettariopsis, Geocharis, Geostachys and Hornstedtia. Amomum is shown to consist of nine clades and Alpinia of six. The genera Elettaria, Elettariopsis, Plagiostachys, and species in Hornstedtia are nested within these clades. Morphological studies of species previously subsumed in Amomum support recognition of new genera that correspond to well-delimited clades in the phylogenetic framework presented here. Recircumscription of the paraphyletic genus Amomum facilitates identification and creates nomenclatural stability. Three genera, Conamomum, Meistera and Wurfbainia, are resurrected, and three new genera Epiamomum, Lanxangia and Sundamomum are described, together with a key to the genera and a nomenclatural synopsis placing 384 specific names (incl. all synonyms) into the new generic framework. Of these 129 represent new combinations and 3 are replacement names. Types of Geocharis and Geostachys are designated. Further studies and specific sampling will be needed to resolve other branches of Alpinioideae containing other polyphyletic genera.

  • 21.
    Efferth, Thomas
    et al.
    Johannes Gutenberg Univ Mainz, Dept Pharmaceut Biol, Inst Pharm & Biochem, Staudinger Weg 5, D-55128 Mainz, Germany.
    Banerjee, Mita
    Johannes Gutenberg Univ Mainz, Dept English & Linguist, Amer Studies, Ctr Comparat Native & Indigenous Studies, Mainz, Germany.
    Abu-Darwish, Mohammad Sanad
    Johannes Gutenberg Univ Mainz, Dept Pharmaceut Biol, Inst Pharm & Biochem, Staudinger Weg 5, D-55128 Mainz, Germany;Al Balqa Appl Univ, Shoubak Univ Coll, Salt, Jordan.
    Abdelfatah, Sara
    Johannes Gutenberg Univ Mainz, Dept Pharmaceut Biol, Inst Pharm & Biochem, Staudinger Weg 5, D-55128 Mainz, Germany.
    Böckers, Madeleine
    Johannes Gutenberg Univ Mainz, Dept Pharmaceut Biol, Inst Pharm & Biochem, Staudinger Weg 5, D-55128 Mainz, Germany.
    Bhakta-Guha, Dipita
    SASTRA Univ, Sch Chem & Biotechnol, Thanjavur 613401, TN, India.
    Bolzani, Vanderlan
    Sao Paulo State Univ, Dept Organ Chem, Inst Chem, Araraquara, Brazil.
    Daak, Salah
    Dr Salah Wanesi Fdn Canc Res & Control, Khartoum, Sudan.
    Demirezer, Ömur Lutfiye
    Hacettepe Univ, Fac Pharm, Dept Pharmacognosy, Ankara, Turkey.
    Dawood, Mona
    Johannes Gutenberg Univ Mainz, Dept Pharmaceut Biol, Inst Pharm & Biochem, Staudinger Weg 5, D-55128 Mainz, Germany.
    Efferth, Monika
    Johannes Gutenberg Univ Mainz, Dept Pharmaceut Biol, Inst Pharm & Biochem, Staudinger Weg 5, D-55128 Mainz, Germany.
    El-Seedi, Hesham
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi. Univ Malaya, Chem Dept, Fac Sci, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
    Fischer, Nicolas
    Johannes Gutenberg Univ Mainz, Dept Pharmaceut Biol, Inst Pharm & Biochem, Staudinger Weg 5, D-55128 Mainz, Germany.
    Greten, Henry J.
    Univ Porto, Biomed Sci Inst Abel Salazar, Porto, Portugal;Heidelberg Sch Chinese Med, Heidelberg, Germany.
    Hamdoun, Sami
    Johannes Gutenberg Univ Mainz, Dept Pharmaceut Biol, Inst Pharm & Biochem, Staudinger Weg 5, D-55128 Mainz, Germany.
    Hong, Chunlan
    Johannes Gutenberg Univ Mainz, Dept Pharmaceut Biol, Inst Pharm & Biochem, Staudinger Weg 5, D-55128 Mainz, Germany.
    Horneber, Markus
    Paracelsus Med Univ, Dept Internal Med, Div Hematol & Oncol, Klinikum Nurnberg, Nurnberg, Germany.
    Kadioglu, Onat
    Johannes Gutenberg Univ Mainz, Dept Pharmaceut Biol, Inst Pharm & Biochem, Staudinger Weg 5, D-55128 Mainz, Germany.
    Khalid, Hassan E.
    Univ Khartoum, Dept Pharmacognosy, Khartoum, Sudan.
    Khalid, Sami A.
    Univ Sci & Technol, Fac Pharm, Omdurman, Sudan;Univ Khartoum, Fac Pharm, Karthoum, Sudan.
    Kuete, Victor
    Univ Dschang, Dept Biochem, Fac Sci, Dschang, Cameroon.
    Mahmoud, Nuha
    Johannes Gutenberg Univ Mainz, Dept Pharmaceut Biol, Inst Pharm & Biochem, Staudinger Weg 5, D-55128 Mainz, Germany.
    Marin, Jose
    Univ Salamanca, Dept Biochem & Mol Biol, Expt Hepatol & Drug Targeting HEVEFARM, CIBERehd,IBSAL, Campus Miguel Unamuno, Salamanca 37007, Spain.
    Mbaveng, Armelle
    Univ Dschang, Dept Biochem, Fac Sci, Dschang, Cameroon.
    Midiwo, Jacob
    Univ Nairobi, Dept Chem, Nairobi, Kenya.
    Nakagawa, Hiroshi
    Chubu Univ, Dept Appl Biol Chem, Grad Sch Biosci & Biotechnol, Kasugai, Aichi, Japan.
    Nass, Janine
    Johannes Gutenberg Univ Mainz, Dept Pharmaceut Biol, Inst Pharm & Biochem, Staudinger Weg 5, D-55128 Mainz, Germany.
    Ngassapa, Olipa
    Muhimbili Univ Hlth & Allied Sci, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
    Ochwang'i, Dominic
    Univ Nairobi, Dept Vet Anat & Physiol, Nairobi, Kenya.
    Omosa, Leonida K.
    Univ Nairobi, Dept Chem, Nairobi, Kenya.
    Ooko, Edna A.
    Johannes Gutenberg Univ Mainz, Dept Pharmaceut Biol, Inst Pharm & Biochem, Staudinger Weg 5, D-55128 Mainz, Germany.
    Özenver, Nadire
    Johannes Gutenberg Univ Mainz, Dept Pharmaceut Biol, Inst Pharm & Biochem, Staudinger Weg 5, D-55128 Mainz, Germany.
    Poornima, Paramasivan
    Univ Abertay, Mol & Cellular Pharmacol Lab, Sch Sci Engn & Technol, Dundee, Scotland.
    Rodriguez Romero, Marta
    Univ Salamanca, Dept Biochem & Mol Biol, Expt Hepatol & Drug Targeting HEVEFARM, CIBERehd,IBSAL, Campus Miguel Unamuno, Salamanca 37007, Spain.
    Saeed, Mohamed E. M.
    Johannes Gutenberg Univ Mainz, Dept Pharmaceut Biol, Inst Pharm & Biochem, Staudinger Weg 5, D-55128 Mainz, Germany.
    Salgueiro, Ligia
    Univ Coimbra, Ctr Neurosci & Cell Biol, Coimbra, Portugal;Univ Coimbra, Fac Pharm, Coimbra, Portugal.
    Seo, Ean-Jeong
    Johannes Gutenberg Univ Mainz, Dept Pharmaceut Biol, Inst Pharm & Biochem, Staudinger Weg 5, D-55128 Mainz, Germany.
    Yan, Ge
    Johannes Gutenberg Univ Mainz, Dept Pharmaceut Biol, Inst Pharm & Biochem, Staudinger Weg 5, D-55128 Mainz, Germany.
    Yasin, Zahir
    Tayba Canc Ctr, Khartoum, Sudan.
    Saeed, Elfatih M.
    Fed Govt Sudan, Khartoum, Sudan.
    Paul, Norbert W.
    Johannes Gutenberg Univ Mainz, Inst Hist Philosophy & Eth Med, Med Ctr, Mainz, Germany.
    Biopiracy versus One-World Medicine-From colonial relicts to global collaborative concepts2019In: Phytomedicine, ISSN 0944-7113, E-ISSN 1618-095X, Vol. 53, p. 319-331Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Practices of biopiracy to use genetic resources and indigenous knowledge by Western companies without benefit-sharing of those, who generated the traditional knowledge, can be understood as form of neo-colonialism. Hypothesis: The One-World Medicine concept attempts to merge the best of traditional medicine from developing countries and conventional Western medicine for the sake of patients around the globe. Study design: Based on literature searches in several databases, a concept paper has been written. Legislative initiatives of the United Nations culminated in the Nagoya protocol aim to protect traditional knowledge and regulate benefit-sharing with indigenous communities. The European community adopted the Nagoya protocol, and the corresponding regulations will be implemented into national legislation among the member states. Despite pleasing progress, infrastructural problems of the health care systems in developing countries still remain. Current approaches to secure primary health care offer only fragmentary solutions at best. Conventional medicine from industrialized countries cannot be afforded by the impoverished population in the Third World. Confronted with exploding costs, even health systems in Western countries are endangered to burst. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is popular among the general public in industrialized countries, although the efficacy is not sufficiently proven according to the standards of evidence-based medicine. CAM is often available without prescription as over-the-counter products with non-calculated risks concerning erroneous self-medication and safety/toxicity issues. The concept of integrative medicine attempts to combine holistic CAM approaches with evidence-based principles of conventional medicine. Conclusion: To realize the concept of One-World Medicine, a number of standards have to be set to assure safety, efficacy and applicability of traditional medicine, e.g. sustainable production and quality control of herbal products, performance of placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized clinical trials, phytovigilance, as well as education of health professionals and patients.

  • 22.
    El-Aarag, Bishoy
    et al.
    Menoufia Univ, Fac Sci, Chem Dept, Biochem Div, Shibin Al Kawm 32512, Egypt;Okayama Univ, Grad Sch Nat Sci & Technol, Div Chem & Biotechnol, Okayama 7008530, Japan.
    Magdy, Mohamed
    Menoufia Univ, Dept Chem, Fac Sci, Shibin Al Kawm 32512, Egypt.
    AlAjmi, Mohamed F.
    King Saud Univ, Dept Pharmacognosy, Coll Pharm, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia.
    Khalifa, Shaden A. M.
    Stockholm Univ, Wenner Gren Inst, Dept Mol Biosci, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden.
    El-Seedi, Hesham
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi. Menoufia Univ, Dept Chem, Fac Sci, Shibin Al Kawm 32512, Egypt;Univ Karachi, Int Ctr Chem & Biol Sci, Karachi 75270, Pakistan.
    Melittin Exerts Beneficial Effects on Paraquat-Induced Lung Injuries in Mice by Modifying Oxidative Stress and Apoptosis2019In: Molecules, ISSN 1420-3049, E-ISSN 1420-3049, Vol. 24, no 8, article id 1498Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Melittin (MEL) is a 26-amino acid peptide with numerous biological activities. Paraquat (PQ) is one of the most widely used herbicides, although it is extremely toxic to humans. To date, PQ poisoning has no effective treatment, and therefore the current study aimed to assess for the first time the possible effects of MEL on PQ-induced lung injuries in mice. Mice received a single intraperitoneal (IP) injection of PQ (30 mg/kg), followed by IP treatment with MEL (0.1 and 0.5 mg/kg) twice per week for four consecutive weeks. Histological alterations, oxidative stress, and apoptosis in the lungs were studied. Hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) staining indicated that MEL markedly reduced lung injuries induced by PQ. Furthermore, treatment with MEL increased superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), and glutathione peroxidase (GPx) activity, and decreased malonaldehyde (MDA) and nitric oxide (NO) levels in lung tissue homogenates. Moreover, immunohistochemical staining showed that B-cell lymphoma-2 (Bcl-2) and survivin expressions were upregulated after MEL treatment, while Ki-67 expression was downregulated. The high dose of MEL was more effective than the low dose in all experiments. In summary, MEL efficiently reduced PQ-induced lung injuries in mice. Specific pharmacological examinations are required to determine the effectiveness of MEL in cases of human PQ poisoning.

  • 23.
    El-Seedi, Hesham R.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi. Univ Malaya, Fac Sci, Dept Chem, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Univ Karachi, Int Ctr Chem Sci, HEJ Res Inst Chem, Karachi, Pakistan; Menoufia Univ, Fac Sci, Dept Chem, Shibin Al Kawm, Egypt.
    Khalifa, Shaden A. M.
    Stockholm Univ, Wenner Gren Inst, Dept Mol Biosci, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Taher, Eman A.
    Natl Org Drug Control & Res NODCAR, Cairo, Egypt; KTH, Royal Inst Technol, Dept Chem, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Farag, Mohamed A.
    Cairo Univ, Coll Pharm, Dept Pharmacognosy, Kasr el Aini St, Cairo, Egypt; Amer Univ Cairo, Sch Sci & Engn, Dept Chem, New Cairo, Egypt.
    Saeed, Aamer
    Quaid I Azam Univ, Dept Chem, Islamabad, Pakistan.
    Gamal, Mohamed
    Menoufia Univ, Fac Sci, Dept Chem, Shibin Al Kawm, Egypt.
    Hegazy, Mohamed-Elamir F.
    Natl Res Ctr, Chem Med Plants Dept, Giza, Egypt; Johannes Gutenberg Univ Mainz, Inst Pharm, Dept Pharmaceut Biol, Mainz, Germany.
    Youssef, Diaa
    King Abdulaziz Univ, Fac Pharm, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
    Musharraf, Syed G.
    Univ Karachi, Int Ctr Chem Sci, HEJ Res Inst Chem, Karachi, Pakistan.
    Alajlani, Muaaz M.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Xiao, Jianbo
    Univ Macau, Inst Chinese Med Sci, State Key Lab Qual Control Chinese Med, Macau, Peoples R China.
    Efferth, Thomas
    Johannes Gutenberg Univ Mainz, Inst Pharm, Dept Pharmaceut Biol, Mainz, Germany.
    Cardenolides: Insights from chemical structure and pharmacological utility2019In: Pharmacological Research, ISSN 1043-6618, E-ISSN 1096-1186, Vol. 141, p. 123-175Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cardiac glycosides (CGs) are a class of naturally occurring steroid-like compounds, and members of this class have been in clinical use for more than 1500 years. They have been used in folk medicine as arrow poisons, abortifacients, heart tonics, emetics, and diuretics as well as in other applications. The major use of CGs today is based on their ability to inhibit the membrane-bound Na+/K+ -ATPase enzyme, and they are regarded as an effective treatment for congestive heart failure (CHF), cardiac arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation. Furthermore, increasing evidence has indicated the potential cytotoxic effects of CGs against various types of cancer. In this review, we highlight some of the structural features of this class of natural products that are crucial for their efficacy, some methods of isolating these compounds from natural resources, and the structural elucidation tools that have been used. We also describe their physicochemical properties and several modern biotechnological approaches for preparing CGs that do not require plant sources.

  • 24.
    Elshrif, Shimaa S.
    et al.
    Menoufia Univ, Fac Sci, Chem Dept, Shibin Al Kawm 32512, Egypt..
    El Gendy, Abd El-Nasser G.
    Natl Res Ctr, Med & Aromat Plants Res Dept, Cairo 12622, Egypt..
    Elshamy, Abdelsamed I.
    Natl Res Ctr, Nat Compound Chem Dept, El Tahrir St, Giza 12622, Egypt..
    Nassar, Mahmoud I.
    Natl Res Ctr, Nat Compound Chem Dept, El Tahrir St, Giza 12622, Egypt..
    El-Seedi, Hesham
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi. Menoufia Univ, Fac Sci, Chem Dept, Shibin Al Kawm 32512, Egypt..
    Chemical Composition and TLC-DPPH-Radical Scavenging Activity of Cyperus alternifolius Rottb. Essential Oils2017In: Journal of Essential Oil-Bearing Plants (JEOBP), ISSN 0972-060X, E-ISSN 0976-5026, Vol. 20, no 4, p. 1125-1130Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The essential oils (EOs) of the tubers and aerial parts of Cyperus alternifolius Rottb. were separately extracted and analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (GC-MS). Seventeen and fifteen volatile compounds were identified from the tubers and aerial parts represented 99.16 % and 100 % of the total mass, respectively. Terpenes (97.82 % and 97.43 %) were the more characteristic content including sesquiterpenes (97.22 % and 3.89 %) and monoterpenes (0.6 % and 93.54 %), respectively. Caryophyllene (50.6 %), caryophyllene oxide (29.84 %), farnesyl acetone (4.65 %) represented the major components of the tubers EO. While D-limonene (63.78 %), theaspirane A (13.36 %), theaspirane B (10.97 %) and gamma-terpinene (3.4 %) were the majors of aerial parts EO. The aerial parts oil showed significant antioxidant activity at all concentrations in relation to rutin by TLC-DPPH radical scavenging activity method. The EO of the tubers exhibited moderate antioxidant activity at 5 mu g/ml and 10 mu g/ml with values 1.33 +/- 0.13 and 1.12 +/- 0.38, respectively. Significant antioxidant activity were exhibited by aerial parts EO at the three concentrations 2.5 mu g/ml, 5 mu g/ml and 10 mu g/ml with activity values 5.83 +/- 0.61, 7.18 +/- 0.81 and 8.48 +/- 1.30, respectively.

  • 25.
    Enmark, Martin
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi. Karlstad Univ, Dept Engn & Chem Sci, SE-65188 Karlstad, Sweden.
    Glenne, Emelie
    Karlstad Univ, Dept Engn & Chem Sci, SE-65188 Karlstad, Sweden.
    Lesko, Marek
    Karlstad Univ, Dept Engn & Chem Sci, SE-65188 Karlstad, Sweden;Rzeszow Univ Technol, Dept Chem & Proc Engn, PL-35959 Rzeszow, Poland.
    Weinmann, Annika Langborg
    AstraZeneca, IMED Biotech Unit, Early Product Dev, Pharmaceut Sci, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Leek, Tomas
    AstraZeneca, IMED Biotech Unit, Inflammat & Autoimmun, Med Chem,Resp, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Kaczmarski, Krzysztof
    Rzeszow Univ Technol, Dept Chem & Proc Engn, PL-35959 Rzeszow, Poland.
    Klarqvist, Magnus
    AstraZeneca, IMED Biotech Unit, Early Product Dev, Pharmaceut Sci, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Samuelsson, Jorgen
    Karlstad Univ, Dept Engn & Chem Sci, SE-65188 Karlstad, Sweden.
    Fornstedt, Torgny
    Karlstad Univ, Dept Engn & Chem Sci, SE-65188 Karlstad, Sweden.
    Investigation of robustness for supercritical fluid chromatography separation of peptides: Isocratic vs gradient mode2018In: Journal of Chromatography A, ISSN 0021-9673, E-ISSN 1873-3778, Vol. 1568, p. 177-187Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We investigated and compared the robustness of supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) separations of the peptide gramicidin, using either isocratic or gradient elution. This was done using design of experiments in a design space of co-solvent fraction, water mass fraction in co-solvent, pressure, and temperature. The density of the eluent (CO2-MeOH-H2O) was experimentally determined using a Coriolis mass flow meter to calculate the volumetric flow rate required by the design. For both retention models, the most important factor was the total co-solvent fraction and water mass fraction in co-solvent. Comparing the elution modes, we found that gradient elution was more than three times more robust than isocratic elution. We also observed a relationship between the sensitivity to changes and the gradient steepness and used this to draw general conclusions beyond the studied experimental system. To test the robustness in a practical context, both the isocratic and gradient separations were transferred to another laboratory. The gradient elution was highly reproducible between laboratories, whereas the isocratic system was not. Using measurements of the actual operational conditions (not the set system conditions), the isocratic deviation was quantitatively explained using the retention model. The findings indicate the benefits of using gradient elution in SFC as well as the importance of measuring the actual operational conditions to be able to explain observed differences between laboratories when conducting method transfer.

  • 26.
    Enmark, Martin
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi. Karlstad Univ, Dept Engn & Chem Sci, S-65188 Karlstad, Sweden.
    Rova, Maria
    Karlstad Univ, Dept Engn & Chem Sci, S-65188 Karlstad, Sweden.
    Samuelsson, Jorgen
    Karlstad Univ, Dept Engn & Chem Sci, S-65188 Karlstad, Sweden.
    Ornskov, Eivor
    AstraZeneca, IMED Biotech Unit, Pharmaceut Sci, Adv Drug Delivery, S-43183 Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Schweikart, Fritz
    AstraZeneca, IMED Biotech Unit, Pharmaceut Sci, Adv Drug Delivery, S-43183 Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Fornstedt, Torgny
    Karlstad Univ, Dept Engn & Chem Sci, S-65188 Karlstad, Sweden.
    Investigation of factors influencing the separation of diastereomers of phosphorothioated oligonucleotides2019In: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, ISSN 1618-2642, E-ISSN 1618-2650, Vol. 411, no 15, p. 3383-3394Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study presents a systematic investigation of factors influencing the chromatographic separation of diastereomers of phosphorothioated pentameric oligonucleotides as model solutes. Separation was carried out under ion-pairing conditions using an XBridge C-18 column. For oligonucleotides with a single sulfur substitution, the diastereomer selectivity was found to increase with decreasing carbon chain length of the tertiary alkylamine used as an ion-pair reagent. Using an ion-pair reagent with high selectivity for diastereomers, triethylammonium, it was found the selectivity increased with decreased ion-pair concentration and shallower gradient slope. Selectivity was also demonstrated to be dependent on the position of the modified linkage. Substitutions at the center of the pentamer resulted in higher diastereomer selectivity compared to substitutions at either end. For mono-substituted oligonucleotides, the retention order and stereo configuration were consistently found to be correlated, with Rp followed by Sp, regardless of which linkage was modified. The type of nucleobase greatly affects the observed selectivity. A pentamer of cytosine has about twice the diastereomer selectivity of that of thymine. When investigating the retention of various oligonucleotides eluted using tributylammonium as the ion-pairing reagent, no diastereomer selectivity could be observed. However, retention was found to be dependent on both the degree and position of sulfur substitution as well as on the nucleobase. When analyzing fractions collected in the front and tail of overloaded injections, a significant difference was found in the ratio between Rp and Sp diastereomers, indicating that the peak broadening observed when using tributylammonium could be explained by partial diastereomer separation.

  • 27.
    Eriksson, Camilla
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Gunasekera, Sunithi
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Cerqueira, C.
    Karolinska Inst, Karolinska Univ Hosp, Dept Med, Rheumatol Unit, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Jacobsson, P. J.
    Karolinska Inst, Karolinska Univ Hosp, Dept Med, Rheumatol Unit, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Göransson, Ulf
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Synthesis of cyclic citrullinated peptides targeting rheumatoid arthritis autoantibodies based on sunflower trypsin inhibitors2016In: Planta Medica, ISSN 0032-0943, E-ISSN 1439-0221, Vol. 82Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 28.
    Farag, Mohamed A.
    et al.
    Cairo Univ, Coll Pharm, Pharmacognosy Dept, Kasr El Aini St,PB 11562, Cairo, Egypt;Amer Univ Cairo, Sch Sci & Engn, Dept Chem, New Cairo 11835, Egypt.
    El-Kersh, Dina M.
    BUE, Fac Pharm, Pharmacognosy Dept, Cairo 11837, Egypt.
    Ehrlich, Anja
    Leibniz Inst Plant Biochem, Dept Bioorgan Chem, Weinberg 3, D-06120 Halle, Saale, Germany.
    Choucry, Mouchira A.
    Cairo Univ, Coll Pharm, Pharmacognosy Dept, Kasr El Aini St,PB 11562, Cairo, Egypt.
    El-Seedi, Hesham
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi. Menoufia Univ, Fac Sci, Dept Chem, Al Minufya, Egypt.
    Frolov, Andrej
    Leibniz Inst Plant Biochem, Dept Bioorgan Chem, Weinberg 3, D-06120 Halle, Saale, Germany;St Petersburg State Univ, Dept Biochem, St Petersburg 199034, Russia.
    Wessjohann, Ludger A.
    Leibniz Inst Plant Biochem, Dept Bioorgan Chem, Weinberg 3, D-06120 Halle, Saale, Germany.
    Variation in Ceratonia siliqua pod metabolome in context of its different geographical origin, ripening stage and roasting process2019In: Food Chemistry, ISSN 0308-8146, E-ISSN 1873-7072, Vol. 283, p. 675-687Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Carob is a legume tree of a considerable commercial importance for the flavor and sweet industry. In this context, it is cultivated mostly for its pods, which are known for their nutritive value and multiple health benefits. However, metabolite patterns, underlying these properties are still mostly uncharacterized. In this study, the role of geographical origin, ontogenetic changes and thermal processing on the Ceratonia siliqua pod metabolome was assessed by mass spectrometry (MS)-based metabolomics. Thereby, a total of 70 fruits primary metabolites, represented mainly by carbohydrates, organic and amino acids were detected. Analysis of secondary bioactive metabolites assessed by ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization high resolution mass spectrometry (UHPLC-ESI-HR-MS) revealed in total 83 signals. The major signals, most significantly contributing in discrimination of C. siliqua specimens were assigned to tannins and flavonoids. PCA models derived from either UHPLC-MS or GC-MS proved to be powerful tools for discrimination of C. siliqua specimens.

  • 29.
    Forde, Eanna
    et al.
    Royal Coll Surgeons Ireland, Dept Chem, 123 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, Ireland;Royal Coll Surgeons Ireland, Dept Clin Microbiol, Dublin 9, Ireland.
    Shafiy, Ghady
    Royal Coll Surgeons Ireland, Dept Chem, 123 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, Ireland;Royal Coll Surgeons Ireland, Dept Clin Microbiol, Dublin 9, Ireland.
    Fitzgerald-Hughes, Deirdre
    Royal Coll Surgeons Ireland, Dept Clin Microbiol, Dublin 9, Ireland.
    Strömstedt, Adam A.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Devocelle, Marc
    Royal Coll Surgeons Ireland, Dept Chem, 123 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, Ireland.
    Action of antimicrobial peptides and their prodrugs on model and biological membranes2018In: Journal of Peptide Science, ISSN 1075-2617, E-ISSN 1099-1387, Vol. 24, no 7, article id e3086Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are promising broad-spectrum antibiotic candidates in the wake of multi-drug resistant pathogens. Their clinical use still requires a solution based on lead optimisation and/ or formulation to overcome certain limitations, such as unwanted cytotoxicity. A prodrug approach could overcome this safety barrier and can be achieved through reversible reduction or neutralisation of the AMPs' net cationic charge. By prodrug activation through pathogen associated enzymes, this approach could increase the therapeutic index of membrane active peptides. P18, a cecropin/ magainin hybrid, and WMR, a myxinidin analogue from hagfish, were used as templates for the design strategy. The membrane permeabilizing activities of these AMPs and their prodrugs are reported here for liposomes of either Escherichia coli polar lipid extract or a human model lipid system of phosphatidylcholine and cholesterol. These results are compared with their antibacterial and haemolytic activities. Overall, correlation between liposome permeabilization and the corresponding bioactivity is observed and indicate that the broad-spectrum antibacterial effect exerted by these peptides is associated with membrane disruption. Furthermore, the prodrug modification had a general negative influence on membrane disruption and bioactivity, notably as much on bacterial as on human membranes. This prodrug strategy is particularly successful when complete neutralisation of the AMP's net charge occurs. Thus, on-target selectivity between bacterial and human membranes can be improved, which may be used to prevent the unnecessary exposure of host cells and commensal bacteria to active AMPs.

  • 30.
    Gunasekera, Sunithi
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Fernandes-Cerqueira, C.
    Karolinska Inst, Dept Med, Rheumatol Unit, S-17176 Solna, Sweden..
    Eriksson, Camilla
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Jakobsson, P. J.
    Karolinska Inst, Dept Med, Rheumatol Unit, S-17176 Solna, Sweden..
    Göransson, Ulf
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Circular disulfide-rich peptide scaffolds as anti-citrullinated peptide antibody inhibitors2016In: Planta Medica, ISSN 0032-0943, E-ISSN 1439-0221, Vol. 82Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 31.
    Gunasekera, Sunithi
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Fernandes-Cerqueira, Catia
    Karolinska Inst, Karolinska Univ Hosp, Dept Med Solna, Rheumatol Unit, Rheumatol Clin D2 01, S-17176 Stockholm, Sweden.
    Wennmalm, Stefan
    Royal Inst Technol KTH, Scilifelab, Appl Phys, Expt Biomol Phys, Tomtebodavagen 23, S-17165 Stockholm, Sweden.
    Wahamaa, Heidi
    Karolinska Inst, Karolinska Univ Hosp, Dept Med Solna, Rheumatol Unit, Rheumatol Clin D2 01, S-17176 Stockholm, Sweden.
    Sommarin, Yngve
    Eurodiagnost AB, S-21224 Malmo, Sweden.
    Catrina, Anca, I
    Karolinska Inst, Karolinska Univ Hosp, Dept Med Solna, Rheumatol Unit, Rheumatol Clin D2 01, S-17176 Stockholm, Sweden.
    Jakobsson, Per-Johan
    Karolinska Inst, Karolinska Univ Hosp, Dept Med Solna, Rheumatol Unit, Rheumatol Clin D2 01, S-17176 Stockholm, Sweden.
    Göransson, Ulf
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Stabilized Cyclic Peptides as Scavengers of Autoantibodies: Neutralization of Anticitrullinated Protein/Peptide Antibodies in Rheumatoid Arthritis2018In: ACS Chemical Biology, ISSN 1554-8929, E-ISSN 1554-8937, Vol. 13, no 6, p. 1525-1535Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The occurrence of autoantibodies is a hallmark of rheumatoid arthritis, specifically those autoantibodies targeting proteins containing the arginine-derived amino acid citrulline. There is strong evidence showing that the occurrence of anticitrullinated protein/peptide antibodies (ACPA) are involved in disease progression, and ACPA was recently shown to induce pain in animals. Here, we explore a novel concept useful for research, diagnostics, and possibly therapy of autoimmune diseases, namely, to directly target and neutralize autoantibodies using peptide binders. A high-affinity peptide-based scavenger of ACPA was developed by grafting a citrullinated epitope derived from human fibrinogen into a naturally occurring stable peptide scaffold. The best scavenger comprises the truncated epitope alpha-fibrinogen, [Cit573]fib(566-580), grafted into the scaffold sunflower trypsin inhibitor-1, SFTI-1. The final peptide demonstrates low nanomolar apparent affinity and superior stability.

  • 32.
    Gunasekera, Sunithi
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Muhammad, Taj
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Strömstedt, Adam A.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Rosengren, K. Johan
    Univ Queensland, Sch Biomed Sci, Brisbane, Qld 4072, Australia.
    Göransson, Ulf
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Alanine and Lysine Scans of the LL-37-Derived Peptide Fragment KR-12 Reveal Key Residues for Antimicrobial Activity2018In: ChemBioChem (Print), ISSN 1439-4227, E-ISSN 1439-7633, Vol. 19, no 9, p. 931-939Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The human host defence peptide LL-37 is a broad-spectrum antibiotic with immunomodulatory functions. Residues 18-29 in LL-37 have previously been identified as a minimal peptide (KR-12) that retains antibacterial activity with decreased cytotoxicity. In this study, analogues of KR-12 were generated by Ala and Lys scans to identify key elements for activity. These were tested against a panel of human pathogens and for membrane permeabilisation on liposomes. Replacements of hydrophobic and cationic residues with Ala were detrimental for antibiotic potency. Substitutions by Lys increased activity, as long as the increase in cationic density did not disrupt the amphiphilic disposition of the helical structure. Importantly, substitutions showed differential effects against different organisms. Replacement of Gln5 with Lys and Asp9 with Ala or Lys improved the broad-spectrum activity most, each resulting in up to an eightfold increase in potency against Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Candida albicans. The improved analogues displayed no significant toxicity against human cells, and thus, KR-12 is a tuneable template for antibiotic development.

  • 33.
    Göransson, Ulf
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Gunasekera, Sunithi
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Malik, S.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Park, S.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Slazak, Blazej
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Jacobsson, Erik
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Eriksson, Camilla
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Andersson, H.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Strömstedt, Adam A.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Peptide biodiscovery from plants and animals: structure to function2016In: Planta Medica, ISSN 0032-0943, E-ISSN 1439-0221, Vol. 82Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 34.
    Göransson, Ulf
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Jacobsson, Erik
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Strand, Malin
    Swedish Univ Agr Sci, Swedish Species Informat Ctr, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Andersson, Hakan S.
    Linnaeus Univ, Ctr Biomat Chem, Dept Chem & Biomed Sci, Kalmar, Sweden.
    The Toxins of Nemertean Worms2019In: Toxins, ISSN 2072-6651, E-ISSN 2072-6651, Vol. 11, no 2, article id 120Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Most ribbon worms (phylum: Nemertea) are found in marine environments, where they act as predators and scavengers. They are characterized by an eversible proboscis that is used to hunt for prey and thick mucus covering their skin. Both proboscis and epidermal mucus mediate toxicity to predators and preys. Research into the chemical nature of the substances that render toxicity has not been extensive, but it has nevertheless led to the identification of several compounds of potential medicinal use or for application in biotechnology. This review provides a complete account of the current status of research into nemertean toxins.

  • 35.
    Henz, Astrid
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Buonfiglio, R.
    AstraZeneca R&D, Discovery Sci, Chem Innovat Ctr, Computat Chem, S-43183 Molndal, Sweden..
    Kogej, T.
    AstraZeneca R&D, Discovery Sci, Chem Innovat Ctr, Computat Chem, S-43183 Molndal, Sweden..
    Backlund, Anders
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Phylogenetic relationships through the lens of chemoinformatic methods2016In: Planta Medica, ISSN 0032-0943, E-ISSN 1439-0221, Vol. 82Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 36.
    Henz Ryen, Astrid
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Backlund, Anders
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Charting Angiosperm Chemistry: Evolutionary Perspective on Specialized Metabolites Reflected in Chemical Property Space2019In: Journal of Natural Products, ISSN 0163-3864, E-ISSN 1520-6025, Vol. 82, no 4, p. 798-812Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Plants possess an outstanding chemical diversity of specialized metabolites developed to adapt to environmental niches and increase fitness. The observed diversity is hypothesized to result from various evolutionary mechanisms, such as the continuous branching off and extension of existing biosynthetic pathways or enhanced levels of catalytic promiscuity in certain enzymes. In this study, ChemGPS-NP has been employed to chart the distribution and diversity of physicochemical properties for selected types of specialized metabolites from the angiosperms. Utilizing these charts, it is analyzed how different properties of various types of specialized metabolites change in different plant groups, and the chemical diversity from the volume they occupy in chemical property space is evaluated. In this context, possible underlying evolutionary mechanisms are discussed, which could explain the observed distribution and behavior in chemical property space. Based on these studies, it is demonstrated that evolutionary processes in plant specialized metabolism and the resultant metabolic diversification are reflected in chemical property space.

  • 37.
    Hussain, Afzal
    et al.
    King Saud Univ, Dept Pharmacognosy, Coll Pharm, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia.
    Oves, Mohammad
    King Abdulaziz Univ, Ctr Excellence Environm Studies, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia.
    Alajmi, Mohamed F.
    King Saud Univ, Dept Pharmacognosy, Coll Pharm, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia.
    Hussain, Iqbal
    Jubail Ind Coll, Dept Gen Studies, Jubail Ind City 31961, Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
    Amir, Samira
    Alfaisal Univ, Dept Chem, Coll Sci & Gen Studies, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia.
    Ahmed, Jahangeer
    King Saud Univ, Dept Chem, Coll Sci, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia.
    Rehman, Md Tabish
    King Saud Univ, Dept Pharmacognosy, Coll Pharm, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia.
    El-Seedi, Hesham
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Ali, Imran
    Taibah Univ, Dept Chem, Coll Sci, Al Medina Al Munawara 41477, Saudi Arabia;Jamia Millia Islamia, Dept Chem, New Delhi, India.
    Biogenesis of ZnO nanoparticles using Pandanus odorifer leaf extract: anticancer and antimicrobial activities2019In: RSC Advances, ISSN 2046-2069, E-ISSN 2046-2069, Vol. 9, no 27, p. 15357-15369Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The continuously increasing incidence rates of cancer and infectious diseases are open threats to the sustainable survival of animals and humans. In the last two decades, the demands of nanomaterials as modern therapeutic agents have increased. In this study, biogenic zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) were developed from aqueous Pandanus odorifer leaf extract (POLE) and characterized using modern methods and tools, such as electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and UV-vis spectroscopy, which indicated the formation of very pure, spherical NPs approximately 90 nm in size. The anticancer activity of the ZnO NPs was evaluated by MTT and neutral red uptake (NRU) assays in MCF-7, HepG2 and A-549 cells at different doses (1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100 g ml(-1)). Moreover, the morphology of the treated cancer cells was examined by phase contrast microscopy. The results suggest that the synthesized ZnO NPs inhibited the growth of the cells when applied a concentration from 50-100 g ml(-1). Moreover, the biogenic ZnO NPs were analysed as an antimicrobial agent against pathogenic bacteria. The highest antibacterial activity was observed against Gram-positive Bacillus subtilis (26 nm) and Gram-negative Escherichia coli (24 mm) at 50 g per well. Complete bacterial growth (100%) vanished 100% upon treatment with ZnO NPs at 85 g ml(-1). Overall, POLE mediated derived biogenic ZnO NPs could serve as a significant anticancer and antimicrobial agent and be used in the development of novel drugs and skin care products.

  • 38.
    Jacobsson, Erik
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Andersson, H. S.
    Linnaeus Univ, Dept Chem & Biomed Sci, Ctr Biomat Chem, Kalmar, Sweden..
    Strand, M.
    Swedish Univ Agr Sci, Swedish Species Informat Ctr, Uppsala, Sweden..
    Lebbe, E.
    Univ Leuven KU Leuven, Toxicol & Pharmacol, O&N 2,POB 992,Herestr 49, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium..
    Eriksson, Camilla
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Peigneur, S.
    Univ Leuven KU Leuven, Toxicol & Pharmacol, O&N 2,POB 992,Herestr 49, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium..
    Rosengren, J.
    Univ Queensland, Sch Biomed Sci, Brisbane, Qld 4072, Australia..
    Tytgat, J.
    Univ Leuven KU Leuven, Toxicol & Pharmacol, O&N 2,POB 992,Herestr 49, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium..
    Göransson, Ulf
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Peptide toxins from the longest animal on earth2016In: Planta Medica, ISSN 0032-0943, E-ISSN 1439-0221, Vol. 82Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 39.
    Jacobsson, Erik
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Andersson, Håkan S.
    Linnaeus Univ, Ctr Biomat Chem, Dept Chem & Biomed Sci, Kalmar, Sweden..
    Strand, Malin
    Swedish Univ Agr Sci, Swedish Species Informat Ctr, Uppsala, Sweden..
    Peigneur, Steve
    Univ Leuven, KU Leuven, Toxicol & Pharmacol, O&N 2,POB 992,Herestr 49, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium..
    Eriksson, Camilla
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Lodén, Henrik
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences. Uppsala University, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab.
    Shariatgorji, Mohammadreza
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences. Uppsala University, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab.
    Andrén, Per E.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences. Uppsala University, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab.
    Lebbe, Eline K. M.
    Univ Leuven, KU Leuven, Toxicol & Pharmacol, O&N 2,POB 992,Herestr 49, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium..
    Rosengren, K. Johan
    Univ Queensland, Sch Biomed Sci, Brisbane, Qld 4072, Australia..
    Tytgat, Jan
    Univ Leuven, KU Leuven, Toxicol & Pharmacol, O&N 2,POB 992,Herestr 49, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium..
    Göransson, Ulf
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Peptide ion channel toxins from the bootlace worm, the longest animal on Earth2018In: Scientific Reports, ISSN 2045-2322, E-ISSN 2045-2322, Vol. 8, article id 4596Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Polypeptides from animal venoms have found important uses as drugs, pharmacological tools, and within biotechnological and agricultural applications. We here report a novel family of cystine knot peptides from nemertean worms, with potent activity on voltage-gated sodium channels. These toxins, named the alpha-nemertides, were discovered in the epidermal mucus of Lineus longissimus, the 'bootlace worm' known as the longest animal on earth. The most abundant peptide, the 31-residue long alpha-1, was isolated, synthesized, and its 3D NMR structure determined. Transcriptome analysis including 17 species revealed eight alpha-nemertides, mainly distributed in the genus Lineus. alpha-1 caused paralysis and death in green crabs (Carcinus maenas) at 1 mu g/kg (similar to 300 pmol/kg). It showed profound effect on invertebrate voltage-gated sodium channels (e.g. Blattella germanica Na(v)1) at low nanomolar concentrations. Strong selectivity for insect over human sodium channels indicates that a-nemertides can be promising candidates for development of bioinsecticidal agents.

  • 40.
    Jacobsson, Erik
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Peigneur, Steve
    University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Toxicology and Pharmacology.
    Håkan, Andersson
    Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, 2Division of Molecular Structural Biology.
    Laborde, Quentin
    Linnaeus University, Department of Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences.
    Strand, Malin
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Swedish Species Information Centre.
    Tytgat, jan
    University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Toxicology and Pharmacology.
    Göransson, Ulf
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Division of Pharmacognosy. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Functional characterization of the nemertide alpha family of peptide toxinsManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 41.
    Jacobsson, Erik
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Division of Pharmacognosy. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Strömstedt, Adam A.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Andersson, Håkan S.
    Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, 2Division of Molecular Structural Biology.
    Avila, Conxita
    University of Barcelona, Faculty of Biology, Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, and Environmental Sciences, and Biodiversity Research Institute (IrBIO).
    Göransson, Ulf
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Division of Pharmacognosy. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Peptide toxins from the Antarctica: the nemertean predator and scavenger Parborlasia corrugatusManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 42.
    Kanwal, Nayab
    et al.
    Univ Karachi, Int Ctr Chem & Biol Sci, HEJ Res Inst Chem, Karachi 75270, Pakistan.
    Siddiqui, Amna Jabbar
    Univ Karachi, Int Ctr Chem & Biol Sci, HEJ Res Inst Chem, Karachi 75270, Pakistan.
    Ul Haq, Faraz
    Univ Karachi, Int Ctr Chem & Biol Sci, HEJ Res Inst Chem, Karachi 75270, Pakistan.
    El-Seedi, Hesham R.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Farmakognosi.
    Musharraf, Syed Ghulam
    Univ Karachi, Int Ctr Chem & Biol Sci, HEJ Res Inst Chem, Karachi 75270, Pakistan.
    Two-stage mass spectrometry approach for the analysis of triterpenoid glycosides in Fagonia indica2018In: RSC Advances, ISSN 2046-2069, E-ISSN 2046-2069, Vol. 8, no 71, p. 41023-41031Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Triterpenoid glycosides are molecules widely distributed in plants and have shown a wide range of biological activities against various diseases. This paper describes the qualitative and quantitative analysis of triterpenoid glycoside (saponins) using a two-stage mass spectrometry approach in five samples of Fagonia indica collected from various parts of the country. In the first stage, triterpenoid glycosides were identified using liquid chromatography high-resolution mass spectrometry using UHPLC-QTOF-MS system. In the second stage, compounds were quantified using a multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) approach using an UHPLC-QQQ-MS system. Fagonia indica has shown a wide range of biological activities and found to be rich in saponin or triterpenoid glycoside constituents. A total of thirteen triterpenoid saponins were identified based on high-resolution analysis, MS/MS and database comparison, while six of them were simultaneously quantified using the multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) approach. The results indicate that the samples share a similar UHPLC pattern, however, the amount of these saponins in samples varies greatly. Compound 4i.e. nayabin D was the major constituent (1.4-3.8 g g(-1)) among the six analyzed compounds. The results demonstrated that the developed multi-compound determination in combination with a fingerprint analysis method is rapid, accurate, precise and sensitive and can be utilized for quality control and high-throughput quantification of various saponins in Fagonia indica may be extended to other plant species.