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Chi W.-J.,Myongji University | Chi W.-J.,Sinil Pharmaceutical Co. | Park J.-S.,Myongji University | Kang D.-K.,Dankook University | Hong S.-K.,Myongji University
Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology | Year: 2014

A Gram-negative, aerobic, motile, rod-shaped, agarolytic bacterium, designated as H7, was isolated from a coastal seawater sample. This strain grows at pH 6.0-8.0, temperature of 15-40°C, and at an NaCl concentration of 1-7 % (w/v). Ubiquinone-8 was the predominant respiratory quinone, and the DNA G+C content was 45.82 mol%. Analysis of the 16S rRNA sequence suggests that strain H7 belongs to the genus Pseudoalteromonas. DNA-DNA hybridization analysis showed DNA relatedness of as low as 55.42 and 40.27 % with its nearest phylogenetic neighbors Pseudoalteromonas atlantica IAM12927T and Pseudoalteromonas espejiana NCIMB2127T, respectively, which led us to name H7 Pseudoalteromonas hodoensis sp. nov. The type strain is H7T (=DSM25967T = KCTC23887T). An agarase (AgaA7) was purified to homogeneity from the cell-free culture broth of H7 through many steps of chromatography. Purified AgaA7 had an apparent molecular weight of 35 kDa, with a distinct NH2-terminal sequence of Ala-Asp-Ala-Thr-X-Pro (X, any amino acid) from the reported proteins, implying that it is a novel enzyme. The optimum pH and temperature for agarase activity were 7.0 and 45°C, respectively. Thin-layer chromatography analysis, mass spectrometry, and enzyme assay using p-nitrophenyl-α/β-D-galactopyranoside revealed that AgaA7 is both an exo- and endo-type β-agarase that degrades agarose into neoagarotetraose, neoagarohexaose, and neoagarooctaose (minor). © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media.


Park D.Y.,Myongji University | Chi W.-J.,Sinil Pharmaceutical Co. | Park J.-S.,Myongji University | Chang Y.-K.,Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology | Hong S.-K.,Myongji University
Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology | Year: 2014

An agarase gene (agaH71) was identified from Pseudoalteromonas hodoensis, an agar utilizing marine bacterium. The nucleotide sequence revealed that AgaH71 had significant homology to glycosyl hydrolase (GH) 16 agarases. agaH71 encodes a primary translation product (32.7 kDa) of 290 amino acids, including a 21-amino-acid signal peptide. The entire AgaH71 was expressed in a fused protein with glutathione-S-transferase (GST) at its N-terminal (GST-AgaH71) in Escherichia coli. Purified GST-AgaH71 had an apparent molecular weight of 59 kDa on sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE), which was consistent with the calculated molecular weight (58.7 kDa). Agarase activity of the purified protein was confirmed by zymogram assay. GST-AgaH71 could hydrolyze p-nitrophenyl-β-d-galactopyranoside, but not p-nitrophenyl-α-d-galactopyranoside. The optimum pH and temperature for GST-AgaH71 were 6.0 and 45 °C, respectively. GST-AgaH71 retained more than 95 and 90 % of its initial activity at 40 and 45 °C after heat treatment for 60 min, respectively. The Km and Vmax for agarose were 28.33 mg/ml and 88.25 U/mg, respectively. GST-AgaH71 did not require metal ions for its activity, but severe inhibition by divalent metal ions was observed. Thin-layer chromatography (TLC) analysis, mass spectrometry, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometry of the GST-AgaH71 hydrolysis products revealed that GST-AgaH71 is an endo-type β-agarase that hydrolyzes agarose into predominantly neoagarotetraose and small proportions of neoagarobiose and neoagarohexaose. © 2014, Springer Science+Business Media New York.


The present invention relates to a pharmaceutical composition for preventing and treating an inflammatory disease, including a mixture of extracts from


Choi J.N.,Sinil Pharmaceutical Co. | Choi Y.-H.,Sinil Pharmaceutical Co. | Lee J.-M.,Sinil Pharmaceutical Co. | Noh I.C.,Sinil Pharmaceutical Co. | And 3 more authors.
Natural Product Research | Year: 2012

Trachelospermum jasminoides (Apocynaceae) has pharmacological effects that include anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral activities, which have been observed from various studies. Of these pharmacological effects, the anti-inflammatory capacity of compounds from T. jasminoides is not yet known exactly. In this study, we investigated the compound that can be used for the suppression of lipopolysacchaide (LPS) stimulated inflammatory responses in macrophages among the five isolated compounds. β-sitosterol-β-D- glucoside (1) was found to reduce nitric oxide (NO) production from LPS-induced RAW 264.7 cells the most. In addition, compound 1 strongly inhibited the interleukin 6 (IL-6) activities of stimulated macrophages. Treatment of RAW 264.7 cells with compound 1 reduced secretion of inflammatory elements including tumour necrosis factor - alpha (TNF-α) and interleukin 1 beta (IL-1β). Thus, compound 1 may be a useful candidate for the development of new drugs to treat endotoxemia and inflammation accompanied by the overproduction of NO. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.


Choi Y.-H.,Sinil Pharmaceutical Co. | Yoo H.-J.,Sinil Pharmaceutical Co. | Noh I.C.,Sinil Pharmaceutical Co. | Lee J.-M.,Sinil Pharmaceutical Co. | And 3 more authors.
Archives of Pharmacal Research | Year: 2012

The inhibition of Interleukin-1beta (IL-1β) is of substantial interest for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Using an in vitro assay with RAW 264.7 cells, oxo-acetic acid 2-ethoxy-4-(3- hydroxy-2-oxopropyl) phenyl ester (1) was isolated from the roots of Paeonia suffruticosa Andrews as an inhibitor of IL-1β with an IC50 value of 56 μM. Compound 1 is a novel phenylesteric compound from P. suffruticosa Andrews. Compound 1 was shown to inhibit the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines in RAW 264.7 cells. Thus, a possible new action of novel compound is provided explaining the anti-rheumatoid arthritic properties of P. suffruticosa Andrews.

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