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|Content:||60 assays (manual) / 600 assays (microplate) / 580 assays (auto-analyser)|
|Storage Temperature:|| Short term stability: 2-8oC, |
Long term stability: See individual component labels
|Stability:||> 2 years under recommended storage conditions|
|Assay Format:||Spectrophotometer, Microplate, Auto-analyser|
|Linear Range:||5 to 75 μg of D-mannitol per assay|
|Limit of Detection:||0.50 mg/L|
|Reaction Time (min):||~ 4 min|
|Application examples:||Wine, chewing gum, dietetic foods, candies, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and other materials (e.g. biological cultures, samples, etc.).|
|Method recognition:||Novel method|
The D-Mannitol test kit is suitable for the rapid and specific measurement and analysis of D-mannitol in food, beverages and other materials.
Note for Content: The number of manual tests per kit can be doubled if all volumes are halved. This can be readily accommodated using the MegaQuantTM Wave Spectrophotometer (D-MQWAVE).
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- Novel product (only enzymatic kit available)
- Very cost effective
- All reagents stable for > 2 years after preparation
- Simple format
- Rapid reaction
- Mega-Calc™ software tool is available from our website for hassle-free raw data processing
- Standard included
- Extended cofactors stability
- Suitable for manual, microplate and auto-analyser formats
Megazyme “advanced” wine test kits general characteristics and validation.
Charnock, S. J., McCleary, B. V., Daverede, C. & Gallant, P. (2006). Reveue des Oenologues, 120, 1-5.
Many of the enzymatic test kits are official methods of prestigious organisations such as the Association of Official Analytical Chemicals (AOAC) and the American Association of Cereal Chemists (AACC) in response to the interest from oenologists. Megazyme decided to use its long history of enzymatic bio-analysis to make a significant contribution to the wine industry, by the development of a range of advanced enzymatic test kits. This task has now been successfully completed through the strategic and comprehensive process of identifying limitations of existing enzymatic bio-analysis test kits where they occurred, and then using advanced techniques, such as molecular biology (photo 1), to rapidly overcome them. Novel test kits have also been developed for analytes of emerging interest to the oenologist, such as yeast available nitrogen (YAN; see pages 2-3 of issue 117 article), or where previously enzymes were simply either not available, or were too expensive to employ, such as for D-mannitol analysis.Hide Abstract
Grape and wine analysis: Oenologists to exploit advanced test kits.
Charnock, S. C. & McCleary, B. V. (2005). Revue des Enology, 117, 1-5.
It is without doubt that testing plays a pivotal role throughout the whole of the vinification process. To produce the best possible quality wine and to minimise process problems such as “stuck” fermentation or troublesome infections, it is now recognised that if possible testing should begin prior to harvesting of the grapes and continue through to bottling. Traditional methods of wine analysis are often expensive, time consuming, require either elaborate equipment or specialist expertise and frequently lack accuracy. However, enzymatic bio-analysis enables the accurate measurement of the vast majority of analytes of interest to the wine maker, using just one piece of apparatus, the spectrophotometer (see previous issue No. 116 for a detailed technical review). Grape juice and wine are amenable to enzymatic testing as being liquids they are homogenous, easy to manipulate, and can generally be analysed without any sample preparation.Hide Abstract
Purification and Molecular Characterization of Fucoidan Isolated from Ascophyllum nodosum Brown Seaweed Grown in Ireland.
Rajauria, G., Ravindran, R., Garcia-Vaquero, M., Rai, D. K., Sweeney, T. & O’Doherty, J. (2023). Marine Drugs, 21(5), 315.
The present study investigates the molecular characteristics of fucoidan obtained from the brown Irish seaweed Ascophyllum nodosum, employing hydrothermal-assisted extraction (HAE) followed by a three-step purification protocol. The dried seaweed biomass contained 100.9 mg/g of fucoidan, whereas optimised HAE conditions (solvent, 0.1N HCl; time, 62 min; temperature, 120 °C; and solid to liquid ratio, 1:30 (w/v)) yielded 417.6 mg/g of fucoidan in the crude extract. A three-step purification of the crude extract, involving solvents (ethanol, water, and calcium chloride), molecular weight cut-off filter (MWCO; 10 kDa), and solid-phase extraction (SPE), resulted in 517.1 mg/g, 562.3 mg/g, and 633.2 mg/g of fucoidan (p < 0.05), respectively. In vitro antioxidant activity, as determined by 1,1-diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrazyl radical scavenging and ferric reducing antioxidant power assays, revealed that the crude extract exhibited the highest antioxidant activity compared to the purified fractions, commercial fucoidan, and ascorbic acid standard (p < 0.05). The molecular attributes of biologically active fucoidan-rich MWCO fraction was characterised by quadruple time of flight mass spectrometry and Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The electrospray ionisation mass spectra of purified fucoidan revealed quadruply ([M+4H]4+) and triply ([M+3H]3+) charged fucoidan moieties at m/z 1376 and m/z 1824, respectively, and confirmed the molecular mass 5444 Da (~5.4 kDa) from multiply charged species. The FTIR analysis of both purified fucoidan and commercial fucoidan standard exhibited O-H, C-H, and S=O stretching which are represented by bands at 3400 cm-1, 2920 cm-1, and 1220-1230 cm-1, respectively. In conclusion, the fucoidan recovered from HAE followed by a three-step purification process was highly purified; however, purification reduced the antioxidant activity compared to the crude extract.Hide Abstract
Gut microbiota-derived 3-phenylpropionic acid promotes intestinal epithelial barrier function via AhR signaling.
Hu, J., Chen, J., Xu, X., Hou, Q., Ren, J. & Yan, X. (2023). Microbiome, 11(1), 1-23.
Background: The intestinal epithelial barrier confers protection against the intestinal invasion by pathogens and exposure to food antigens and toxins. Growing studies have linked the gut microbiota to the intestinal epithelial barrier function. The mining of the gut microbes that facilitate the function of intestinal epithelial barrier is urgently needed. Results: Here, we studied a landscape of the gut microbiome of seven pig breeds using metagenomics and 16S rDNA gene amplicon sequencing. The results indicated an obvious difference in the gut microbiome between Congjiang miniature (CM) pigs (a native Chinese breed) and commercial Duroc × [Landrace × Yorkshire] (DLY) pigs. CM finishing pigs had stronger intestinal epithelial barrier function than the DLY finishing pigs. Fecal microbiota transplantation from CM and DLY finishing pigs to germ-free (GF) mice transferred the intestinal epithelial barrier characteristics. By comparing the gut microbiome of the recipient GF mice, we identified and validated Bacteroides fragilis as a microbial species that contributes to the intestinal epithelial barrier. B. fragilis-derived 3-phenylpropionic acid metabolite had an important function on the enhancement of intestinal epithelial barrier. Furthermore, 3-phenylpropionic acid facilitated the intestinal epithelial barrier by activating aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) signaling. Conclusions: These findings suggest that manipulation of B. fragilis and 3-phenylpropionic acid is a promising strategy for improving intestinal epithelial barrier.Hide Abstract
In vitro demonstration of intestinal absorption mechanisms of different sugars using 3D organotypic tissues in a fluidic device.
Marrella, A., Buratti, P., Markus, J., Firpo, G., Pesenti, M., Landry, T., Ayehunie, S., Scaglione, S., Kandarova, H. & Aiello, M. (2020). ALTEX-Alternatives to Animal Experimentation, 37(2), 255-264.
Intestinal permeability is crucial in regulating the bioavailability and, consequently, the biological effects of drugs and compounds. However, systematic and quantitative studies of the absorption of molecules are quite limited due to a lack of reliable experimental models able to mimic human in vivo responses. In this work, we present an in vitro perfused model of the small intestinal barrier using a 3D reconstructed intestinal epithelium integrated into a fluid-dynamic bioreactor (MIVO®) resembling the physiological stimuli of the intestinal environment. This platform was investigated in both healthy and induced pathological conditions by monitoring the absorption of two non-metabolized sugars, lactulose and mannitol, frequently used as indicators of intestinal barrier dysfunctions. In healthy conditions, an in vivo-like plateau of the percentage of absorbed sugars was reached, where mannitol absorption was much greater than lactulose absorption. Moreover, a model of pathologically altered intestinal permeability was generated by depleting extracellular Ca2+, using a calcium-specific chelator. After calcium depletion, the pattern of sugar passage observed under pathological conditions was reversed only in dynamic conditions in the MIVO® chamber, due to the dynamic fluid flow beneath the membrane, but not in static conditions. Therefore, the combination of the MIVO® with the EpiIntestinal™ platform can represent a reliable in vitro model to study the passage of molecules across the healthy or pathological small intestinal barrier by discriminating the two main mechanisms of intestinal absorption.Hide Abstract
Chung, W. S., Wang, J. H., Bose, S., Park, J. M., Park, S. O., Lee, S. J., Jeon. S. & Kim, H. (2015). Journal of Food Biochemistry, 39(3), 251-262.
The hepatoprotective effects of fermented black rice bran extracts (FF1 and FF2: black rice bran fermented by Lentinus edodes derived from mycelium supplemented with soybean or Hovenia dulcis) and their associated mechanisms were evaluated. In an in vitro experiment, FFs caused significant amelioration of the metabolic function of rat hepatocytes treated with NH4Cl. In addition, administration of FFs to rats with chronic liver injury induced by 12-week continual alcohol consumption resulted in significant restoration of body weight shrinkage, notable attenuation of excessive aspartate aminotransferase, alkaline phosphatase and endotoxin in serum, malondialdehyde in liver and the lactulose/mannitol ratio in urine. Furthermore, FF1 or FF2 also caused significant downregulation of gene expression of several critical inflammatory mediators (interleukin-6, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, cyclooxygenase-2 and inducible nitric oxide synthase). Histopathological findings also indicated that FFs reduced inflammation, necrosis and fatty infiltration in liver tissue. Taken together, FFs exert hepatoprotective effects through anti-inflammatory and anti-lipid peroxidative properties and regulation of intestinal permeability.Hide Abstract
Bhattacharya, A. & Pletschke, B. I. (2015). Journal of Molecular Catalysis B: Enzymatic, 115, 140-150.
Cost-effective application of lignocellulolytic enzymes holds the key towards commercialization of enzymatic hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass. Carrier free immobilization of enzyme(s) offers a lucrative prospect. Combined-cross linked enzyme aggregates (combi-CLEAs) are a novel prospective and this present study addresses the preparation, characterization and application of xylanase-mannanase combi-CLEAS on lime-preteated sugarcane bagasse and milled corn stover. X6-CLEAs, X7-CLEAs, L1-CLEAs and L7-CLEAs were prepared after elaborative optimization of the precipitating agent and glutaraldehyde concentration. The highest activity after precipitation was observed with acetone but following cross-linking with glutaraldehyde less than 60% activity was retained, while more than 60% activity was retained after precipitation with ammonium sulphate and cross-linking with glutaraldehyde. Accessory enzyme activities including α-arabinofuranosidase, β-xylosidase, esterases, β-mannosidase, α-galactosidase and β-glucosidase were also determined. More than an 1.5 fold increase in thermostability compared to the free enzyme was observed over a broad temperature range (50-70°C). Tri-synergy studies and quad synergy studies were used to generate combi-CLEAs with different protein ratios. Hydrolysis of lime pre-treated bagasse with combi-CLEAs at protein ratios corresponding to X6 (33.0%):X7 (17.0%):L1 (17.0%):L7 (33.0%) resulted in a 1.68 fold higher sugar release compared to the quad synergy model using free enzymes. Similarly, hydrolysis of corn stover with combi-CLEAs at protein ratios corresponding to X6 (40.0%):X7 (10.0%):L1 (10.0%):L7 (40.0%) resulted in an 1.58 fold higher sugar release compared to the sugar release observed with the quad synergy model using free enzymes. Monomeric sugars constituted 70-75% of reducing sugars released during hydrolysis. The role of accessory enzymes in improving enzyme synergy was clearly shown. The efficiency of combi-CLEAs compared to free enzymes makes them ideal candidates for the prudent and cost-effective commercialization of lignocellulolytic enzymes.Hide Abstract
Jacobsen, J. H. & Frigaard, N. U. (2014). Metabolic Engineering, 21, 60-70.
D-Mannitol (hereafter denoted mannitol) is used in the medical and food industry and is currently produced commercially by chemical hydrogenation of fructose or by extraction from seaweed. Here, the marine cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002 was genetically modified to photosynthetically produce mannitol from CO2 as the sole carbon source. Two codon-optimized genes, mannitol-1-phosphate dehydrogenase (mtlD) from Escherichia coli and mannitol-1-phosphatase (mlp) from the protozoan chicken parasite Eimeria tenella, in combination encoding a biosynthetic pathway from fructose-6-phosphate to mannitol, were expressed in the cyanobacterium resulting in accumulation of mannitol in the cells and in the culture medium. The mannitol biosynthetic genes were expressed from a single synthetic operon inserted into the cyanobacterial chromosome by homologous recombination. The mannitol biosynthesis operon was constructed using a novel uracil-specific excision reagent (USER)-based polycistronic expression system characterized by ligase-independent, directional cloning of the protein-encoding genes such that the insertion site was regenerated after each cloning step. Genetic inactivation of glycogen biosynthesis increased the yield of mannitol presumably by redirecting the metabolic flux to mannitol under conditions where glycogen normally accumulates. A total mannitol yield equivalent to 10% of cell dry weight was obtained in cell cultures synthesizing glycogen while the yield increased to 32% of cell dry weight in cell cultures deficient in glycogen synthesis; in both cases about 75% of the mannitol was released from the cells into the culture medium by an unknown mechanism. The highest productivity was obtained in a glycogen synthase deficient culture that after 12 days showed a mannitol concentration of 1.1 g mannitol L-1 and a production rate of 0.15 g mannitol L-1 day-1. This system may be useful for biosynthesis of valuable sugars and sugar derivatives from CO2 in cyanobacteria.Hide Abstract
Lee, S. J., Bose, S., Seo, J. G., Chung, W. S., Lim, C. Y. & Kim, H. (2013). Clinical Nutrition, 33(6), 973-981.
Backgrounds & aims: Probiotics help maintain balance in composition of the gut microbiota, and have been considered as a potential treatment for obesity. This study was conducted in order to assess the effects of probiotics when combined with herbal medicine in treatment of obesity. Probiotics were tested for the ability to modulate gut microbiota, gut permeability, and endotoxin level, which may have correlation with factors involved in obesity. Methods: A randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled study was conducted, in which patients with higher BMI (>25 kg/m2) and waist circumference (>85 cm) were enrolled and randomly assigned to receive Bofutsushosan with either probiotics or placebo capsules for a period of eight weeks. Assessment of body composition parameters, metabolic biomarkers, endotoxin level, gut permeability, and fecal bacteria in stool was performed at baseline and at week 8. The study was registered at the Clinical Research Information Service, approved by the Korea National Institute of Health (KCT0000386). Results: Although both groups showed a significant reduction in weight and waist circumference (p= 0.000), no significant differences in body composition and metabolic markers were observed. In correlation analysis, change in body composition showed positive correlation with endotoxin level (r= 0.441, p< 0.05 for BW; and r= 0.350, p< 0.05 for fat mass) and the population of gut Lactobacillus plantarum (r= 0.425, p< 0.05 for BW; and r= 0.407, p< 0.05 for BMI). The Gram negative bacterial population in gut also exhibited positive correlation with changes in body composition (WC) and total cholesterol level (r= 0.359, and 0.393, for the former and later parameters, respectively, p< 0.05 for both). While, the profile of gut Bifidobacterium breve population showed negative correlation with endotoxin level (r= −0.350, p< 0.05). Conclusions: Correlations between gut microbiota and change in body composition indicate that probiotics may influence energy metabolism in obesity. Correlation between endotoxin level and weight reduction indicates that probiotics may play an important role in prevention of endotoxin production, which can lead to gut microbiota dysbiosis associated with obesity.Hide Abstract
Bose, S., Song, M. Y., Nam, J. K., Lee, M. J. & Kim, H. (2012). Food Chemistry, 134(2), 758-765.
Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is known to produce endotoxic shock by triggering systemic inflammatory responses. Here, we evaluated the protective effects of three fermented/re-fermented herbs, Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae, Massa Medicata Fermentata, and Dolichoris Semen, in an LPS-mediated inflammatory insult, either individually in vitro using RAW264.7 cells or in combination in in vivo using rats. In general, each of the fermented herbs showed appreciable in vitro anti-inflammatory activity, although the degree of this activity varied with the herb used. Moreover, a mixture of fermented herbal extracts in combination with probiotics significantly attenuated the blood endotoxin and CRP levels, as well as the gut permeability, and significantly augmented the intestinal Lactobacillus spp. colonisation in LPS-treated rats. However, these effects were not observed following the administration of the corresponding mixture of unfermented herbal extracts. Thus, our results highlight the beneficial impacts of the use of fermented herb products with probiotics to combat LPS-mediated inflammatory insults.Hide Abstract
Cotoras, M., Garcia, C. & Mendoza, L. (2009). Mycologia, 101(3), 287-295.
Botrytis cinerea presents high variability in several biological traits, which can be explained by the high degree of genotypic diversity among isolates. Because this genetic variability might be related to phenotypic differences the requirements for conidia germination of three natural isolates (G1, G5 and G11) obtained from grapes and belonging to the same genetic group were analyzed. The results showed that contact with a solid surface was a common requisite for conidia germination of the isolates but they differed in their nutritional requirements to germinate. Isolate G11 was able to germinate in the absence of a carbon or nitrogen source. G1 and G5 required the presence of a carbon source such as glucose, fructose or sucrose. In G11 and G5 isolates a much higher rate of germination was obtained in the presence of sucrose. It was shown with a pharmacological approach that the cAMP stimulated the germination only in those isolates requiring a carbon source. Conidia germination of G1 and G5 was inhibited by EGTA, a calcium chelator. Isolate G11 germinated in the presence of this compound. On the other hand the germination of three B. cinerea isolates required protein synthesis and did not require RNA synthesis. To explain the ability of isolate G11 to germinate in water the content of total and reducing sugars, mannitol/L-arabitol, trehalose, and proteins in the nongerminated conidia of the three isolates was compared. The isolates presented similar amounts of total and reducing sugars. In the three isolates the amount of mannitol/L-arabitol was higher than that of trehalose. In isolate G11 total protein content was twice higher than in the other isolates.Hide Abstract