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  1. Laith AA, Abdullah MA, Nurhafizah WWI, Hussein HA, Aya J, Effendy AWM, et al.
    Fish Shellfish Immunol, 2019 Jul;90:235-243.
    PMID: 31009810 DOI: 10.1016/j.fsi.2019.04.052
    Streptococcus agalactiae species have been recognized as the main pathogen causing high mortality in fish leading to significant worldwide economical losses to the aquaculture industries. Vaccine development has become a priority in combating multidrug resistance in bacteria; however, there is a lack of commercial live attenuated vaccine (LAV) against S. agalactiae in Malaysia. The aim of this study is to compare two methods using attenuated bacteria as live vaccine and to evaluate the efficacy of selected LAV on the immune responses and resistance of Oreochromis niloticus (tilapia) against S. agalactiae. The LAV derived from S. agalactiae had been weakened using the chemical agent Acriflavine dye (LAV1), whereas the second vaccine was weakened using serial passages of bacteria on broth media (LAV2). Initial immunization was carried out only on day one, given twice-in the morning and evening, for the 42 day period. Serum samples were collected to determine the systemic antibody (IgM) responses and lysozymal (LSZ) activity using ELISA. On day 43 after immunization, the fish were injected intraperitoneally (i.p) with 0.1 mL of S. agalactiae at LD50 = 1.5 × 105 (CFU)/fish. Fish were monitored daily for 10 days. Clinical signs, mortality and the relative percent of survival (RPS) were recorded. Trial 1 results showed a significant increased (P 
  2. Teh KY, Loh SH, Aziz A, Takahashi K, Effendy AWM, Cha TS
    Sci Rep, 2021 01 11;11(1):438.
    PMID: 33432049 DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-79950-3
    Mangrove-dwelling microalgae are well adapted to frequent encounters of salinity fluctuations across their various growth phases but are lesser studied. The current study explored the adaptive changes (in terms of biomass, oil content and fatty acid composition) of mangrove-isolated C. vulgaris UMT-M1 cultured under different salinity levels (5, 10, 15, 20, 30 ppt). The highest total oil content was recorded in cultures at 15 ppt salinity (63.5% of dry weight) with uncompromised biomass productivity, thus highlighting the 'trigger-threshold' for oil accumulation in C. vulgaris UMT-M1. Subsequently, C. vulgaris UMT-M1 was further assessed across different growth phases under 15 ppt. The various short, medium and long-chain fatty acids (particularly C20:0), coupled with a high level of C18:3n3 PUFA reported at early exponential phase represents their physiological importance during rapid cell growth. Accumulation of C18:1 and C18:2 at stationary growth phase across all salinities was seen as cells accumulating substrate for C18:3n3 should the cells anticipate a move from stationary phase into new growth phase. This study sheds some light on the possibility of 'triggered' oil accumulation with uninterrupted growth and the participation of various fatty acid types upon salinity mitigation in a mangrove-dwelling microalgae.
  3. Wan Afifudeen CL, Loh SH, Aziz A, Takahashi K, Effendy AWM, Cha TS
    Sci Rep, 2021 01 11;11(1):381.
    PMID: 33431982 DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-79711-2
    Bioprospecting for biodiesel potential in microalgae primarily involves a few model species of microalgae and rarely on non-model microalgae species. Therefore, the present study determined changes in physiology, oil accumulation, fatty acid composition and biodiesel properties of a non-model microalga Messastrum gracile SE-MC4 in response to 12 continuous days of nitrate-starve (NS) and nitrate-replete (NR) conditions respectively. Under NS, the highest oil content (57.9%) was achieved despite reductions in chlorophyll content, biomass productivity and lipid productivity. However, under both NS and NR, palmitic acid and oleic acid remained as dominant fatty acids thus suggesting high potential of M. gracile for biodiesel feedstock consideration. Biodiesel properties analysis returned high values of cetane number (CN 61.9-64.4) and degree of unsaturation (DU 45.3-57.4) in both treatments. The current findings show the possibility of a non-model microalga to inherit superior ability over model species in oil accumulation for biodiesel development.
  4. Laith AA, Ros-Amira MK, Sheikh HI, Effendy AWM, Najiah M
    Fish Shellfish Immunol, 2021 Nov;118:169-179.
    PMID: 34487829 DOI: 10.1016/j.fsi.2021.08.032
    Understanding of pathogenicity and immunity is crucial in producing disease-resistant cultured mollusk varieties. This study aimed to isolate pathogenic Vibrio alginolyticus from naturally infected Perna viridis, and to determine histopathological and immunological changes after challenge test with the same bacteria. Biochemical tests and 16S rDNA identified the pathogen as V. alginolyticus (99%). Antibiotic susceptibility test showed ampicillin resistance of the pathogen. Pathogenicity assay was conducted by immersing P. viridis in 1.5 × 106 CFU mL-1V. alginolyticus for 60 min and observed for 5 days. Clinical signs, histopathological and immunological alterations were observed and monitored. Infected groups showed 60% mortality and decreased immunity factors, including total hemocyte count and lysozymes activity. Histopathological examination revealed pathological lesions in the hepatopancreas at 24 h post-challenge and hemocyte proliferation as part of a severe inflammatory reaction. Karyomegaly in the hepatopancreas tissue, concomitant with necrosis demolition of tubules cells, was also observed. V. alginolyticus was determined to be pathogenic to P. viridis, causing mortality as a result of multiple organ lesions and dysfunction in digestive gland and immune organs. This study demonstrated the role of histopathological and immunological parameters as potential biomarkers in assessing vibriosis caused by Vibrio species in green mussel, P. viridis.
  5. Chaudhry GE, Thirukanthan CS, NurIslamiah KM, Sung YY, Sifzizul TSM, Effendy AWM
    J Adv Pharm Technol Res, 2021 10 20;12(4):373-377.
    PMID: 34820312 DOI: 10.4103/japtr.japtr_117_21
    The present study evaluated the physicochemical characterization and cytotoxicity activity of chitosan and chito-oligosaccharides (COSs). The extraction of chitosan and COSs was executed by chemical hydrolysis. The physicochemical characterization and deacetylation (DA) value were determined using an FTIR. The molecular weight was determined by using the Mark-Houwink equation. The physical parameters such as solubility, water-binding capacity (WBC), and fat-binding capacity (FBC) were determination as per equation (i), (ii), and (iii) respectively. The cytotoxic activities of chitosan and COS against MCF-7, HepG2, HeLa-6, and 3T3 were performed by MTS assay. The COS induced enhance cytotoxicity with IC50 0.87 and2.21 mg/ml against MCF-7 and HepG2 respectively. However, COSs seem to be more sensitive toward the cell lines with the relative potential of MCF-7 > HepG2 > HeLa. Hence, the results showed promising future perspectives of chitosan and COS to develop biodegradable, antibacterial, cytotoxic naturally derived polysaccharides for cancer drug delivery and smart wound dressings.
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