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Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Caifeng Jiao, Pei Wang, Runqiang Yang, Lu Tian, Zhenxin Gu
In this study, in order to investigate the role of inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3) in nitric oxide-guanosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (NO-cGMP)-induced isoflavone accumulation in soybean sprouts under UV-B radiation, the sprouts were treated with donors and inhibitors of NO and cGMP as well as IP3 inhibitor. Results show that NO, with cGMP as a second messenger, stimulates IP3 accumulation under UV-B radiation. Consistent with the increase in IP3 content, the up-regulation of gene and protein expression of phosphoinositide-specific phospholipase C (PI-PLC) in response to sodium nitroprusside (SNP) (exogenous NO donor) and 8-Br-cGMP (cGMP analog) was also observed...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Juying Li, Tuo Huang, Lizong Li, Tengda Ding, Hong Zhu, Bo Yang, Qingfu Ye, Jay Gan
In this study, the fate of paichongding was investigated in three soils with contrasting soil properties. In general, low soil pH has the potential to retard the mineralization and promote the dissipation of paichongding and the formation of its primary transformation product and to accelerate the formation of bound residue. The dissipation of paichongding stereoisomers was very fast and diastereoselective. This selectivity was found only between diastereomers and not between enantiomers and was observed to be soil dependent...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Francesco Siano, Francesco Addeo, Maria Grazia Volpe, Marina Paolucci, Gianluca Picariello
Fatty acid composition of pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) seed oil (PSO) is dominated by punicic acid, a conjugated linolenic acid (18:3, ω-5). As a free fatty acid, punicic acid is rapidly oxidized in air and extensively isomerizes upon acid-catalyzed methylation at 90 °C. In contrast, triacylglycerol-bound punicic acid in PSO was unchanged by simulated gastric conditions and was degraded for 5-7% by severe heating (up to 170 °C for 4 h), as herein assessed by gas chromatography, attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, 1H and 13C NMR and high-resolution electrospray ionization mass spectrometry...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Aldo Rosales, Edith Agama-Acevedo, Luis Arturo Bello-Perez, Roberto Gutiérrez Dorado, Natalia Palacios-Rojas
Provitamin A (ProVA)-enhanced maize was developed to help alleviate vitamin A deficiency in maize-consuming populations. Nixtamalization (lime-cooking process) is the most commonly used maize-preparation method in Mexico and Central America. In this study, the effect of traditional nixtamalization (TN) and nixtamalized extrusion (NE) on proVA retention was evaluated. Kernel conversion to TN dough led to high proVA apparent retention (>100%), while kernel conversion to NE flour led to lower retention (85%)...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
María Karina Manzo-Valencia, Laura Valdés-Santiago, Lino Sanchez-Segura, Doralinda Guzman-de-Pena
The response to exogenous addition of Naphthalene Acetic Acid potassium salt (NAA-K+ ) to Fusarium oxysporum f. sp radici-lycopersici ATCC 60095 and F. oxysporum f. sp. cubense isolated from Michoacan Mexico soil is reported. The in vitro study showed that NAA-K+ might be effective in the control of Fusarium oxysporum. Exogenous application of NAA-K+ affected both, spores and mycelium stages of the fungi. Viability testing using acridine orange and propidium iodide showed that NAA-K+ possess fungal killing properties, doing it effective in the destruction of conidia of this phytopathogenic fungi...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Jessica Bollyn, Mathias Nijsen, Stijn Baken, Iris J Joye, Nadia Waegeneers, Geert Cornelis, Erik Smolders
Iron oxyhydroxide nanoparticles (Fe-NPs) are natural vectors of phosphate (PO4) in the environment. Their mobility is determined by colloidal stability, which is affected by surface composition. This might be manipulated in engineered NPs for environmental or agricultural applications. Here, stability of PO4-Fe-NPs (HFO/goethite) was determined across contrasting environmental conditions (pH, Ca) and by using fulvates (FA) and polyphosphates as coatings. The PO4-Fe-NPs are unstable at Ca concentrations above 0...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Jason A Wiesinger, Karen A Cichy, Raymond P Glahn, Michael A Grusak, Mark A Brick, Henry J Thompson, Elad Tako
Dry beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) are a nutrient dense food rich in protein and micronutrients. Despite their nutritional benefits, long cooking times limit the consumption of dry beans worldwide, especially in nations where fuelwood for cooking is often expensive or scarce. This study evaluated the nutritive value of 12 dry edible bean lines that vary for cooking time (20 to 89 min) from four market classes (yellow, cranberry, light red kidney, and red mottled) of economic importance in bean consuming regions of Africa and the Americas...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Yang Ding, Jinhong Zhao, Ying Nie, Bei Fan, Shujuan Wu, Yu Zhang, Jiping Sheng, Lin Shen, Ruirui Zhao, Xuanming Tang
Effects of salicylic acid (SA) on gibberellin (GA) homeostasis, cold-responsive transcription factor (CBF) pathway, and antioxidant enzyme systems linked to chilling- and oxidative-stress tolerance in tomato fruit was investigated. Mature green tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum L. cv. Moneymaker) were treated with 0, 0.5, and 1 mM SA solution for 15 min before storage at 4°C for 28 days. Compared with 0 or 0.5 mM SA, 1 mM SA significantly decreased the chilling injury (CI) index in tomato fruit. In the SA-treated fruit, the upregulation of GA biosynthetic gene (GA3ox1) expression was followed by gibberellic acid (GA3) surge and DELLA protein degradation...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Lorena Claumarchirant, Luis Manuel Sanchez-Siles, Esther Matencio, Amparo Alegria, María Jesús Lagarda
Sialic acid (Sia) contents and bioaccessibility (BA) in human milk (HM) and infant formulas (IFs) were determined, and Sia intakes by infants between 0-6 months of age were evaluated. Total Sia contents in HM decreased during lactation from 136.14 to 24.47 mg/100 mL. The total Sia contents in IFs (13.15-25.78 mg/100 mL) were lower than in HM, and were not related to the addition of ingredients acting as sources of Sia in their formulation. The Sia intakes derived from IFs consumption were lower than in HM, and only one IF reached the intakes provided by HM from the age of two months...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Alexandra Kiskini, Anne Vissers, Jean-Paul Vincken, Harry Gruppen, Peter Alexander Wierenga
Effects of the developmental stage (e.g. young, mature or senescent) of leaves on their chemical composition have been described in literature. This study focuses on the variation in chemical composition and quantity and quality of proteins extracted from leaves due to variation in plant age (i.e. harvesting time), using leaves from sugar beets grown in field (Rhino, Arrival) and in greenhouse (Isabella). Within the same variety (Rhino-field, Arrival-field, Isabella-greenhouse) the protein content was similar for leaves from young and old plants (22±1, 16±1, and 10±3% w/w db, respectively)...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Carien Coetzee, Elizma Van Wyngaard, Katja Šuklje, Antonio C Silva Ferreira, Wessel J du Toit
The effect of repetitive controlled oxidation on the chemical and sensory composition of a fresh and fruity style Sauvignon blanc wine was investigated. Chemical analyses were conducted together with extensive sensory profiling. A decrease in volatile thiols responsible for the fruity nuances and an increase in oxidation-related compounds, such as acetaldehyde, during the course of the oxidation was observed. The wine evolved from a fresh and fruity one to one with slight oxidation and then developed extreme oxidative characteristics...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Qian Li, Rui Liu, Tao Wu, Min Zhang
Six soluble dietary fiber (SDF) fractions were prepared via stepwise ethanol precipitation from natural and fermented wheat bran. The chemical composition, molecular weight distribution, glycosidic linkage and substitution pattern of the SDF fractions were elucidated by sugar analysis, periodate oxidation and Smith degradation, molecular determination, and 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) analysis. The impacts of SDF fractions on the rheological properties and morphologies of doughs were investigated by farinography, rheometry and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to clarify the relationship between the microstructural features of SDF fractions and the macroscopic properties of SDF-containing doughs...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Chiwa Kataoka, Masumi Nihei, Masaomi Nimata, Kazuyuki Sawadaishi
The presence of dieldrin and heptachlor residues in cucurbitaceous crops at concentrations exceeding the limits set by the Japanese Food Sanitation Law constitutes a serious problem. To prevent accumulation of these residues in cucurbitaceous crops, development of high-throughput analysis methods for the detection of contaminants in the soil before cultivation is required. In this study, we aimed to develop a model immunoassay using new monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) to quantitatively determine dieldrin and heptachlor contents in their mixtures...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Judith Schäfer, Anika Brett, Bernhard Trierweiler, Mirko Bunzel
Cell wall composition affects the texture of plant-based foods. In addition, the main components of plant cell walls are dietary fiber constituents and made responsible for potential physiological effects that are largely affected by the structural composition of the cell walls. Radish (Raphanus sativus L. var. sativus) is known to develop a woody and firm texture during maturation and ripening, most likely due to changes in the cell wall composition. To describe these changes chemically, radish was cultivated and harvested at different time points, followed by detailed chemical analysis of insoluble fiber polysaccharides and lignin...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Charles Lowell Cantrell, Andrew Maxwell Phineas Jones, Abbas Ali
Hierochloë odorata (L.) P. Beauv. (Poaceae), commonly known as sweetgrass, has documented use as an insect repellent by the Flatheads of Montana and Blackfoot of Alberta. Both the Flatheads of Montana and Blackfoot of Alberta would use braided plant material in a sachet in clothing or burn them from one end as incense, air/clothing freshener, and insect repellent. This study evaluated the insect repellent properties of this plant using an in vitro mosquito Aedes aegypti feeding bioassay-directed approach to identify the compound(s) responsible for the observed activities...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Martin Waterstraat, Andreas A Hildebrand, Margit Rosler, Mirko Bunzel
Forage plants of the Poaceae family are grown as pasturage or used for the production of hay, straw, corn stover, etc. Although ferulic acid contents of grasses are generally high, the amount of ingested ferulic acid differs depending on the type of forage resulting in varying contents of ferulic acid and its microbial and hepatic metabolites in milk. Concentrations and patterns of these metabolites may be used as markers to track different forages in livestock feeding. Therefore, we developed a stable isotope dilution assay to quantitate ferulic acid, twelve ferulic acid based metabolites, p coumaric acid, and cinnamic acid in milk...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Xiaohui Yang, Ning Li, Xuliang Lin, Xuejun Pan, Yonghong Zhou
The present study demonstrated that the concentrated lithium bromide (LiBr) solution with acid as catalyst was able to selectively cleave β-O-4 aryl ether bond and lead to lignin depolymerization under mild conditions (e.g., in 60% LiBr with 0.3 M HCl at 110 °C for 2 h). Four industrial lignins from different pulping and biorefining processes, including softwood kraft lignin (SKL), hardwood kraft lignin (HKL), softwood ethanol organosolv lignin (EOL), and acid corncob lignin (ACL), were treated in the LiBr solution...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Qin-Ge Ma, Ting Li, Rong-Rui Wei, Wen-Min Liu, Zhi-Pei Sang, Zhong-Wen Song
Medicago sativa L. is the most important cultivated herbage known as "the king of forage" and "feed queen" in the world. Eight new chalcones (1-8), and twelve known chalcones (9-20) were isolated from the aerial parts of M. sativa for the first time. Their structures were identified by extensive spectral data and references. The hypolipidemic and anti-angiogenic activities of compounds (1-20) were evaluated for the first time. Compounds 3, 4, 11, 12, and 20 (10 μM) exhibited significant hypolipidemic activities by measuring the triglyceride content in HepG2 cells with Simvastatin as positive control...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Ditte B Hermund, Ayse Karadag, Ulf Andersen, Rósa Jónsdóttir, Hordur G Kristinsson, Cesarettin Alasalvar, Charlotte Jacobsen
Fucus vesiculosus extracts that have both radical scavenging activity and metal chelating ability in vitro were used as natural antioxidant in granola bars enriched with fish oil emulsion either by using primary and secondary emulsion systems stabilized by sodium caseinate alone and sodium caseinate-chitosan. The bars were stored at 20°C and evaluated over a period of 10 weeks by measuring the development of primary and secondary oxidation products. The samples prepared with secondary emulsion system developed less oxidation products probably due to increased interfacial layer thickness that would act a barrier to the penetration and diffusion of molecular species that promote oxidation...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Francesca T Cannizzo, Sara Pegolo, Paola Pregel, Elisabetta Manuali, Sonia Salamida, Sara Divari, Frine E Scaglione, Enrico Bollo, Bartolomeo Biolatti, Luca Bargelloni
In livestock production corticosteroids are licensed only for therapy, nevertheless they are often illegally used as growth promoters. The aim of this study was to identify morphological or biomolecular alterations induced by prednisolone (PDN) in experimentally treated beef cattle, since PDN and its metabolites are no longer detectable by LC-MS/MS methods in biological fluids. Moreover, PDN do not induce any histological alterations in thymus, differently from Dexamethasone treatments. Therefore, a marker of illicit treatment for this growth promoter could be useful...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
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