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Cell-bound lipase activity (10 pNPL units/g dry cell weight) was released when the yeast Rhodotorula glutinis was cultured in a 7-l stirred tank fermentor using palm-oil as the sole carbon source. The enzyme showed relative specificity towards medium chain organic acids since the apparent K(m) values for pNPB (p-NitroPhenyl-Butyrate) and pNPL(More)
Aberrant angiogenesis is essential for the progression of solid tumors and hematological malignancies. Thus, antiangiogenic therapy is one of the most promising approaches to control cancer. In the present work, we examined the ability of perillyl alcohol (POH), a dietary monoterpene with well-established tumor chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic activity,(More)
Glucocorticoid receptor (GR) exerts anti-inflammatory action in part by antagonizing proinflammatory transcription factors such as the nuclear factor kappa-b (NFKB). Here, we assess the crosstalk of activated GR and RELA (p65, major NFKB component) by global identification of their binding sites and target genes. We show that coactivation of GR and p65(More)
A flux analysis model for the metabolism of neurotransmitter glutamate is constructed, in order to study functional aspects of its metabolism. This work is based on the potassium [K(+)] evoked neurotransmitter glutamate released, as measured in a series of experiments of superfused rat or mouse brain preparations. These measurements are combined with data(More)
Mastic oil from Pistacia lentiscus variation chia, a traditionally used dietary flavoring agent with medicinal properties, has been shown to exert in vitro antitumor activities, but no study has addressed in vivo efficacy and mechanisms of action. Presently, we demonstrated that treatment of immunocompetent mice with mastic oil (45 mg/kg body weight,(More)
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are somatic cells with a dual capacity for self-renewal and differentiation, and diverse therapeutic applicability, both experimentally and in the clinic. These cells can be isolated from various human tissues that may differ anatomically or developmentally with relative ease. Heterogeneity due to biological origin or in vitro(More)
Biochemical network reconstructions represent valuable tools for the computational metabolic modeling of organisms that present a great biotechnological interest. An in silico multi-compartmental model of the central metabolism of the plant Brassica napus (Rapeseed) was constructed, aiming to investigate the metabolic properties of the Brassicaceae family.(More)
Enzymic acylation of a flavonoid, rutin, with trichloroethylbutyrate (TCEB) has been performed by subtilisin protease in anhydrous pyridine solution. The addition of a hydrophobic compound on rutin is expected to change the hydrophilic/hydrophobic balance of the molecule, giving new properties to this compound. This work aimed at investigating the various(More)
Enzymatic synthesis of acylated derivatives of a monosaccharidic flavonoid chrysoeriol-7-O-beta-D-(3''-E-p-coumaroyl)-glucopyranoside as well as of a disaccharidic flavonoid chrysoeriol-7-[6'''-O-acetyl-beta-D-allosyl-(1-->2)-beta-D-glucopyranoside], isolated from Greek endemic plants, was performed using an immobilized Candida antarctica lipase in(More)
Cellulose esters are an important class of functional biopolymers with great interest in the chemical industry. In this work the enzymatic acylation of Avicel cellulose with vinyl propionate, vinyl laurate and vinyl stearate, has been performed successfully in a solvent free reaction system. At first cellulose was putted into the ionic liquid BMIMCl(More)