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Matsuo M.,Saga University | Shraishi K.,Kumamoto University | Wada K.,Nihon Shokuhin Kako Co. | Ishitsuka Y.,Kumamoto University | And 7 more authors.
Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports | Year: 2014

Niemann-Pick Type C disease (NPC) is an autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disorder characterized by progressive neurological deterioration. Previously, we reported that intravenous administration of 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HPB-CD) in two patients with NPC had only partial and transient beneficial effects on neurological function. The most likely reason for HPB-CD not significantly improving the neurological deficits of NPC is its inability to cross the blood-brain barrier. Herein, we describe the effects of intrathecal HPB-CD in an eight-year-old patient with a perinatal onset of NPC, administered initially at a dose of 10 mg/kg every other week and increased up to 10 mg/kg twice a week. Clinically, the patient maintained residual neurological functions for two years, at which time nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy showed a decreased choline to creatine ratio and increased N-acetylaspartate to creatine ratio, and positron emission tomography revealed increased standardized uptake values. Total-tau in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) was also decreased after two years. No adverse effects were observed over the course of treatment. The CSF concentrations of HPB-CD during the distribution phase after the injections were comparable with those at which HPB-CD could normalize cellular cholesterol abnormality in vitro. Further studies are necessary to elucidate the mechanisms of action of HPB-CD in NPC, and to determine the optimal dose and intervals of HPB-CD injection. © 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc.

Nihon Shokuhin Kako Co. | Date: 2013-04-23

The present invention addresses the problem of developing a fat-processed starch which is excellent in terms of all of three properties, i.e., workability during the preparation of a coating material for fries, function required of coating materials for fries (adhesion to ingredients) and moderate slurry viscosity. The fat-processed starch of the present invention is produced by a process comprising the steps: adding a fat with which an emulsifying agent has been mixed to a starch having a water content adjusted to 25 to 45 mass %, in an amount of 0.02 to 0.4 mass % in terms of the weight of the fat excluding the emulsifying agent relative to the weight of dry matter of the starch, and mixing the fat and the starch; adjusting the water content of the mixture is 0.2 to 0.5 time that of the starch before the addition of the fat; and aging the starch having the adjusted water content.

Ojima T.,Nihon Shokuhin Kako Co. | Aizawa K.,Nihon Shokuhin Kako Co. | Saburi W.,Hokkaido University | Yamamoto T.,Nihon Shokuhin Kako Co.
Carbohydrate Research | Year: 2012

6-Gingerol [(S)-5-hydroxy-1-(4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl)decan-3-one] is a biologically active compound and is abundant in the rhizomes of ginger (Zingiber officinale). It has some beneficial functions in healthcare, but its use is limited because of its insolubility in water and its heat-instability. To improve these physical properties, the glucosylation of 6-gingerol was investigated using α-glucosidases (EC. from Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus nidulans ABPU1, Acremonium strictum, Halomonas sp. H11, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and cyclodextrin glucanotransferases (CGTase, EC. from Bacillus coagulans, Bacillus sp. No. 38-2, Bacillus clarkii 7364, and Geobacillus stearothermophilus. Among these, only α-glucosidase from Halomonas sp. H11 (HaG) transferred a glucosyl moiety to 6-gingerol, and produced glucosylated compounds. The chemical structure of the reaction product, determined by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and mass spectrometry, was (S)-5-(O-α-d-glucopyranosyl)-1-(4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl)decan-3-one (5-α-Glc-gingerol). Notably, the regioisomer formed by glucosylation of the phenolic OH was not observed at all, indicating that HaG specifically transferred the glucose moiety to the 5-OH of the β-hydroxy keto group in 6-gingerol. Almost 60% of the original 6-gingerol was converted into 5-α-Glc-gingerol by the reaction. In contrast to 6-gingerol, 5-α-Glc-gingerol, in the form of an orange powder prepared by freeze-drying, was water-soluble and stable at room temperature. It was also more stable than 6-gingerol under acidic conditions and to heat. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Ojima T.,Nihon Shokuhin Kako Co. | Saburi W.,Nihon Shokuhin Kako Co. | Saburi W.,Hokkaido University | Yamamoto T.,Nihon Shokuhin Kako Co. | Kudo T.,Nagasaki University
Applied and Environmental Microbiology | Year: 2012

An α-glucosidase (HaG) with the following unique properties was isolated from Halomonas sp. strain H11: (i) high transglucosylation activity, (ii) activation by monovalent cations, and (iii) very narrow substrate specificity. The molecular mass of the purified HaG was estimated to be 58 kDa by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE). HaG showed high hydrolytic activities toward maltose, sucrose, and p-nitrophenyl α-D-glucoside (pNPG) but to almost no other disaccharides or malto-oligosaccharides higher than trisaccharides. HaG showed optimum activity to maltose at 30°C and pH 6.5. Monovalent cations such as K +, Rb +, Cs +, and NH 4 + increased the enzymatic activity to 2- to 9-fold of the original activity. These ions shifted the activity-pH profile to the alkaline side. The optimum temperature rose to 40°C in the presence of 10 mM NH 4 +, although temperature stability was not affected. The apparent K m and k cat values for maltose and pNPG were significantly improved by monovalent cations. Surprisingly, k cat/K m for pNPG increased 372- to 969-fold in their presence. HaG used some alcohols as acceptor substrates in transglucosylation and was useful for efficient synthesis of α-D-glucosylglycerol. The efficiency of the production level was superior to that of the previously reported enzyme Aspergillus niger α-glucosidase in terms of small amounts of by-products. Sequence analysis of HaG revealed that it was classified in glycoside hydrolase family 13. Its amino acid sequence showed high identities, 60%, 58%, 57%, and 56%, to Xanthomonas campestris WU-9701 α-glucosidase, Xanthomonas campestris pv. raphani 756C oligo-1,6-glucosidase, Pseudomonas stutzeri DSM 4166 oligo-1,6-glucosidase, and Agrobacterium tumefaciens F2 α-glucosidase, respectively. © 2012, American Society for Microbiology.

Oku T.,Jumonji University | Oku T.,Siebold University of Nagasaki | Tanabe K.,Siebold University of Nagasaki | Tanabe K.,Nihon Shokuhin Kako Co. | And 4 more authors.
British Journal of Nutrition | Year: 2015

Resistant glucan (RG) and hydrogenated resistant glucan (HRG) are newly developed non-digestible carbohydrate materials that decrease lifestyle-related diseases. The bioavailability of RG and HRG was investigated by in vitro experiments using human and rat small intestinal enzymes and by in vivo experiments using rats in the present study. Oligosaccharides, which are minor components of RG and HRG, were hydrolysed slightly by small intestinal enzymes of humans and rats, and the hydrolysing activity was slightly higher in rats than in humans. The amount of glucose released from HRG was greater than that from RG. However, the high-molecular-weight carbohydrates of the main components were hardly hydrolysed. Furthermore, neither RG nor HRG inhibited disaccharidase activity. When rats were raised on a diet containing 5 % of RG, HRG, resistant maltodextrin or fructo-oligosaccharide (FOS) for 4 weeks, all rats developed loose stools and did not recover during the experiment, except for the FOS group. Body weight gain was normal in all groups and was not significantly different compared with the control group. Caecal tissue and content weights were significantly increased by feeding RG or HRG, although other organ and tissue weights were not significantly different among the groups. In conclusion, RG and HRG consist of small amounts of glucose and digestible and non-digestible oligosaccharides, and large amounts of glucose polymers, which were hardly hydrolysed by α-amylase and small intestinal enzymes. RG and HRG, which were developed newly as dietary fibre materials, had no harmful effects on the growth and development of rats. Copyright © The Authors 2015.

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