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Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Carrie J Butts-Wilmsmeyer, Rita H Mumm, Kent Rausch, Gurshagan Kandhola, Nicole Yana, Mary Happ, Alexandra Ostezan, Matthew Wasmund, Martin O Bohn
The notion that many nutrients and beneficial phytochemicals in maize are lost due to food product processing is common, but this has not been studied in detail for the phenolic acids. Information regarding changes in phenolic acid content throughout processing is highly valuable because some phenolic acids are chemopreventive agents of aging-related diseases. It is unknown when and why these changes in phenolic acid content might occur during processing, whether some maize genotypes might be more resistant to processing induced changes in phenolic acid content than other genotypes, or if processing affects the bioavailability of phenolic acids in maize-based food products...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Sofia Doello, Zhibin Liang, Il Kyu Cho, Jung Bong Kim, Qing X Li
Lung cancer is the second most prevalent cancer. Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common type of lung cancer. The low efficacy in current chemotherapies impels to find new alternatives to prevent or treat NSCLC. Rice bran oil is cytotoxic to A549 cells, a NSCLC cell line. Here, we identified 24-methylenecyloartanyl ferulate (24-mCAF) as the main component responsible for the cytotoxicity in A549 cells. An iTRAQ-based quantitative proteomics analysis revealed that 24-mCAF inhibits cell proliferation and activates cell death and apoptosis...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Mona Mokhtari, Michael Jackson, Alistair Brown, David Ackerley, Nigel Ritson, Robert A Keyzers, Andrew Munkacsi
Pathogenic fungi continue to develop resistance against current antifungal drugs. To explore the potential of agricultural waste products as a source of novel antifungal compounds, we obtained an unbiased GC-MS profile of 151 compounds from 16 commercial and experimental cultivars of feijoa peels. Multivariate analysis correlated 93% of the compound profile with antifungal bioactivity. Of 18 compounds that significantly correlated with antifungal activity, five had not previously been described from feijoa...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Darwin Ortiz, Amudhan Ponrajan, Juan Pablo Bonnet, Torbert Rocheford, Mario G Ferruzzi
Translation of the breeding efforts designed to biofortify maize (Z. mays) genotypes with higher levels of provitamin A carotenoid (pVAC) content for sub-Saharan Africa is dependent in part on the stability of carotenoids during post-harvest through industrial and in-home food processing operations. The purpose of this study was to simulate production of commercial milled products by determining the impact of dry-milling and extrusion processing on carotenoid stability in three higher pVAC maize genotypes (C17xDE3, Orange ISO, Hi27xCML328)...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Ce Qi, Jin Sun, Yuan Xia, Renqiang Yu, Wei Wei, Jingying Xiang, Qingzhe Jin, Hang Xiao, Xingguo Wang
Fatty acid (FA) is the major energy resource in breast milk, which is important for infant development. FAs profiles with sn-2 positional preference were an important part of triacylglycerols due to their better availability. This profile is still not replicated in artificial formulas. This study quantified the FAs profile of total and sn-2 position in human breast milk samples from 103 healthy volunteers during colostrum, transitional, and mature stages. Multicomponent analysis showed significant differences in FAs profiles of different lactation periods, due to that with relative percentage less than 1%...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Alessio Cimmino, Paola Nocera, Benedetto Teodoro Linaldeddu, Marco Masi, Marcin Gorecki, Gennaro Pescitelli, Lucio Montecchio, Lucia Maddau, Antonio Evidente
From the culture filtrates of Diaporthella cryptica, an emerging hazelnut pathogen, 2-hydroxy-3-phenylpropanoate methyl ester and its 3-(4-hydroxyphenyl) and 3-(1H-indol-3-yl) analogues, named crypticins A-C, were isolated together with the well-known tyrosol. Crypticins A-C were identified by spectroscopic (essentially NMR and HRESI MS) methods. The R absolute configuration (AC) of crypticin A was determined comparing its optical rotation power and ECD spectrum with those of papuline, the methyl ester of (-)(S)-phenyllactic acid isolated as the main phytotoxin of Pseudomonas syringae pv papulans, responsible for apple blister spot...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Chandran Sathesh-Prabu, Sung Kuk Lee
The production of α,ω-dicarboxylic acids (DCAs) by whole-cell biocatalysis is often limited by cofactor regeneration. Here, ω-oxidation pathway genes (monooxygenase, alcohol dehydrogenase, and aldehyde dehydrogenase) were co-expressed with a xylose reductase (XR) gene to regenerate cofactors in an engineered Escherichia coli strain that co-metabolizes glucose and xylose. The resulting strain exhibited a 180% increase in DCA production compared with the control strain without XR, and produced xylitol in the presence of xylose...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Yongho Shin, Jonghwa Lee, Ji-Ho Lee, Junghak Lee, Eunhye Kim, Kwang-Hyeon Liu, Hye Suk Lee, Jeong-Han Kim
A screening method for simultaneous analysis of 379 pesticides in human serum was developed using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Electrospray ionization with positive/negative switching mode of LC-MS/MS was adopted and scheduled multiple reaction monitoring for each target compound was established. The limit of quantitation was 10 ng/mL for 94.5% of the total pesticides and the correlation coefficients of calibration were ≥0.990 for 93.9% of the pesticides. For the sample preparation, scaled-down QuEChERS were used...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Jiahuan Chen, Tao Zhang, Qiubo Zhang, Yang Liu, Lingyu Li, Jinguang Si, Zhong-Mei Zou, Huiming Hua
The pericarp of Zanthoxylum bungeanum Maxim., commonly known as Sichuan pepper, is a widely used spice to remove fishy odor and add palatable taste. A phytochemical investigation of the 95% ethanol extract of Sichuan pepper resulted in the isolation of twenty-one isobutylhydroxyamides, including eight new ones named ZP-amides G-N, among which the chiral resolution of racemic ZP-amide A and ZP-amide B were successfully accomplished. The protective activity on corticosterone-treated PC12 cells of the isolated isobutylhydroxyamides was also evaluated...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Shuwei Zhang, Chun Yang, Emmanuel Idehen, Shi Lei, Lishuang Lv, Shengmin Sang
Black tea consumption has been associated with many health benefits including the prevention of cancer and heart disease. However, the chemical composition of black tea has not been fully explored. Most studies have examined different interactions between the four major tea catechins, and few studies have examined the interaction between catechins and other components in tea. In the present study, we tested our hypothesis that the ortho-dihydroxyl structure of chlorogenic acid (CGA) could react with the vic-trihydroxy structure of (-)-epigallocatechin 3-gallate (EGCG) and (-)-epigallocatechin (EGC) to generate theaflavin-type of compounds during black tea fermentation...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Yuanyuan Li, Dongjie Yang, Shuo Lu, Sulin Lao, Xueqing Qiu
Alkali lignin (AL), an anionic polymer, is a by-product of the paper industry. AL was first modified by quaternization to synthesize quaternized alkali lignin (QAL). The aim of the present study is to reveal the effects of anionic surfactants (SDBS) on the microstructure of QAL. The interaction between SDBS and QAL are studied by means of zeta potential, fluorescence spectrophotometer and static contact angle measurement. The results indicated that there are electrostatic interaction and hydrophobic interaction between QAL and SDBS...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Huijun Wang, Mark Fowler, David Messenge, Leon A Terry, Xuelan Gu, Luxian Zhou, Ruimin Liu, Juan Su, Songshan Shi, Jos Eacute Ordaz-Ortiz, Guoping Lian, Mark Berry, Shunchun Wang
Foods of high carbohydrate content such as sucrose or starch increase postprandial blood glucose concentrations. The glucose absorption system in the intestine comprises two components: sodium-dependent glucose transporter-1 (SGLT1) and glucose transporter 2 (GLUT2). Here five sappanin-type (SAP) homoisoflavonoids were identified as novel potent GLUT2 inhibitors, with three of them isolated from the fibrous roots of Polygonatum odoratum (Mill.) Druce. SAP homoisolflavonoids had a stronger inhibitory effect on 25 mM glucose transport (41...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Takuya Uemura, Takuya Yashiro, Rei Oda, Naoki Shioya, Tadaaki Nakajima, Masakazu Hachisu, Shoko Kobayashi, Chiharu Nishiyama, Gen-Ichiro Arimura
Monoterpenoid perillaldehyde (PA) is the major component in Perilla frutescens leaf essential oil, but its function in the anti-inflammatory effect is unclear. We explored the anti-inflammatory activity of PA in a dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis mouse model using relief of bodyweight loss (avg. 49.2% recovery; P = 0.094) and colon damage (avg. 35.3% recovery; P < 0.05) by administration of PA at a 100 mg/kg dosage. The PA administration resulted in suppression of DSS-induced expression of pro-inflammatory cytokine genes and matrix metalloproteinase-9 in the colon (e...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Detlef Ulrich, Steffen Kecke, Klaus Olbricht
The strawberry, with its unique aroma, is one of the most popular fruits worldwide. The demand for specific knowledge of metabolism in strawberries is increasing. This knowledge is applicable for genetic studies, plant breeding, resistance research, nutritional science, and the processing industry. The molecular basis of strawberry aroma has been studied for more than 80 years. Thus far, hundreds of volatile organic compounds (VOC) have been identified. The qualitative composition of the strawberry volatilome remains controversial though considerable progress has been made during the past several decades...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Daniele Giuffrida, Paola Donato, Paola Dugo, Luigi Mondello
In the present perspective different approaches to the carotenoids analysis will be discussed providing a brief overview of the most advanced both monodimensional and bidimensional liquid chromatographic methodologies applied to the carotenoids analysis, followed by a discussion on the recents advanced supercritical fluid chromatography x liquid chromatography bidimensional approach with photo-diode-array and mass spectrometry detection. Moreover a discussion on the online supercritical fluid extraction-supercritical fluid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry detection applied to the determination of carotenoids and apocarotenoids, will also be provided...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Anna Puganen, Heikki Kallio, K M Schaich, Jukka-Pekka Suomela, Baoru Yang
The potential for using extracts of press residues from black, green, red and white currants and from sea buckthorn berries as sources of antioxidants for foods use was investigated. Press residues were extracted with ethanol in four consecutive extractions, and total Folin-Ciocalteu (F-C) reactive material and authentic phenolic compounds were determined. Radical quenching capability and mechanisms were determined from TRAP and ORAC assays and from DPPH kinetics, respectively; specific activities were normalized to F-C reactive concentrations...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Francisco Infante
Coffee (Coffea arabica and C. canephora) is one of the most widely traded agricultural commodities and the main cash crop in ca. 80 tropical countries. Among the factors that limit coffee production, the coffee berry borer, Hypothenemus hampei (Ferrari) has been considered the main insect pest, causing losses of over US$500 million dollars annually. Control of this pest has been hindered by two main factors: the cryptic nature of the insect (i.e., protected inside the coffee berry), and the availability of coffee berries in the field allowing the survival of the pest from one generation to the next...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Lai-Sheng Meng, Meng-Ke Xu, Wen Wan, Jing-Yi Wang
In higher plants, seed mass is an important to evolutionary fitness. In this context, seedling establishment positively correlates with seed mass under conditions of environmental stress. Thus, seed mass constitutes an important agricultural trait. Here, we show loss-of-function of YODA (YDA), a MAPKK Kinase, decreased seed mass and lead to susceptibility to drought. Furthermore, we demonstrate that yda disrupts sugar metabolisms but not the gaseous plant hormone, ethylene. Our data suggest that the transcription factor EIN3 (ETHYLENE-INSENSITIVE3), integral to both sugar and ethylene metabolisms, physically interacts with YDA...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Dedong Min, Fujun Li, Xinhua Zhang, Xixi Cui, Pan Shu, Lulu Dong, Chuntao Ren
MYC2, a basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor, is a master regulator in Jasmonic acid (JA) signaling pathway. However, the functions of SlMYC2 in MeJA-mediated fruit chilling tolerance are far from being clearly understood. Thus, in present work, we constructed SlMYC2-silenced tomato fruit by virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) and investigated the function of SlMYC2 in MeJA-induced tomato fruit chilling tolerance. The results showed that MeJA treatment markedly induced the SlMYC2 expression, increased proline content, lycopene content and antioxidant enzyme activities, including superoxide dismutase, peroxidase, catalase and ascorbate peroxidase, inhibited the increase of electrical conductivity and malondialdehyde content, and effectively reduced the chilling injury (CI) incidence and CI index...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Meiyan Wang, Dan Meng, Peng Zhang, Xiangxing Wang, Gang Du, Charles Brennan, Shiming Li, Chi-Tang Ho, Hui Zhao
Aging and oxidative-related events are closely associated with the oxidative damages induced by excess reactive oxygen species (ROS). The phytochemicals nobiletin (NBT) and tangeretin (TAN), and their 5-demethylated derivatives 5-demethylnobiletin (5-DN) and 5-demethyltangeretin (5-DT) are the representative polymethoxyflavones (PMFs) compounds found in aged citrus peel. Although the health benefits from PMFs due to their antioxidant activities have been well documented, a systematic assessment regarding the antioxidation process of PMFs is still lack of attention...
March 11, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
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