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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274446/the-effect-of-pigment-matrix-temperature-and-amount-of-carrier-on-the-yield-and-final-color-properties-of-spray-dried-purple-corn-zea-mays-l-cob-anthocyanin-powders
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Fei Lao, M Monica Giusti
Spray drying is an economic technique to produce anthocyanin-based colorants. High pigments yields with minimum color degradation are desirable to maximize quality and profits. This study evaluated the impacts of purple corncob (PCC) anthocyanin extraction matrices (hot water, 40% ethanol, C18 purified), drying inlet temperature (130, 150, 170°C) and amount of carrier (2%, 5%, 10% maltodextrin) on the yields and quality of PCC anthocyanin powders. Monomeric and polymeric anthocyanins, color properties (CIELch, haze), and pigments composition before and after spray drying were determined...
July 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257978/purple-corn-silk-a-potential-anti-obesity-agent-with-inhibition-on-adipogenesis-and-induction-on-lipolysis-and-apoptosis-in-adipocytes
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Rungsiri Chaiittianan, Khaetthareeya Sutthanut, Ariya Rattanathongkom
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Corn silk or the stigma of Zea mays L. has traditionally been used in weight loss stimulation and treatment of cystitis, urinary infections and obesity. Purple corn silk, rich of polyphenolic substances, was reported on anti-diabetic and anti-obesity effect in animal studies. However, scientific evidence on mechanisms and targets of action of purple corn silk related to adipocyte life cycle has been limited. AIM OF STUDY: To determine phytochemical compositions and investigate anti-obesity potential of the purple corn silk focusing on interruption of adipocyte life cycle; effect on pre-adipocyte proliferation, adipogenesis, adipocyte lipolysis, and apoptosis...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224059/identification-of-downy-mildew-resistance-gene-candidates-by-positional-cloning-in-maize-zea-mays-subsp-mays-poaceae
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Jae Yoon Kim, Jun-Cheol Moon, Hyo Chul Kim, Seungho Shin, Kitae Song, Kyung-Hee Kim, Byung-Moo Lee
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Positional cloning in combination with phenotyping is a general approach to identify disease-resistance gene candidates in plants; however, it requires several time-consuming steps including population or fine mapping. Therefore, in the present study, we suggest a new combined strategy to improve the identification of disease-resistance gene candidates. METHODS AND RESULTS: Downy mildew (DM)-resistant maize was selected from five cultivars using a spreader row technique...
February 2017: Applications in Plant Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122143/metabolic-robustness-in-young-roots-underpins-a-predictive-model-of-maize-hybrid-performance-in-the-field
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Francisco de Abreu E Lima, Matthias Westhues, Álvaro Cuadros-Inostroza, Lothar Willmitzer, Albrecht E Melchinger, Zoran Nikoloski
Heterosis has been extensively exploited for yield gain in maize (Zea mays L.). Here we conducted a comparative metabolomics-based analysis of young roots from in vitro germinating seedlings and from leaves of field-grown plants in a panel of inbred lines from the Dent and Flint heterotic patterns as well as selected F1 hybrids. We found that metabolite levels in hybrids were more robust than in inbred lines. Using state-of-the-art modeling techniques, the most robust metabolites from roots and leaves explained up to 37% and 44% of the variance in the biomass from plants grown in two distinct field trials...
January 25, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060300/kinematic-analysis-of-cell-division-and-expansion-quantifying-the-cellular-basis-of-growth-and-sampling-developmental-zones-in-zea-mays-leaves
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Katrien Sprangers, Viktoriya Avramova, Gerrit T S Beemster
Growth analyses are often used in plant science to investigate contrasting genotypes and the effect of environmental conditions. The cellular aspect of these analyses is of crucial importance, because growth is driven by cell division and cell elongation. Kinematic analysis represents a methodology to quantify these two processes. Moreover, this technique is easy to use in non-specialized laboratories. Here, we present a protocol for performing a kinematic analysis in monocotyledonous maize (Zea mays) leaves...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053646/comparison-of-three-genomic-dna-extraction-methods-to-obtain-high-dna-quality-from-maize
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Amani Abdel-Latif, Gamal Osman
BACKGROUND: The world's top three cereals, based on their monetary value, are rice, wheat, and corn. In cereal crops, DNA extraction is difficult owing to rigid non-cellulose components in the cell wall of leaves and high starch and protein content in grains. The advanced techniques in molecular biology require pure and quick extraction of DNA. The majority of existing DNA extraction methods rely on long incubation and multiple precipitations or commercially available kits to produce contaminant-free high molecular weight DNA...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043337/identification-and-expression-profiling-of-pheromone-biosynthesis-activating-neuropeptide-in-chlumetia-transversa-walker
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Hui Wei, Hong Chang, Lizhen Zheng, Shuo Lin, Yixin Chen, Houjun Tian, Jianwei Zhao, Yong Chen, Hongjiao Cai, Xiaojun Gu, Kadarkarai Murugan
Insect neuropeptides (NPs) in the pyrokinin/pheromone biosynthesis-activating neuropeptide (PBAN) family are actively involved in many essential endocrine functions. These peptides are potential targets in the search for novel insect control agents. This is the first report on the cloning and sequence determination of Chlumetia transversa (Walker) PBAN (Ct-PBAN) using rapid amplification of cDNA ends. The open reading frame of Ct-PBAN was 588bp in length and encoded 195 amino acids, which were assembled into five putative neuropeptides (diapause hormone homolog, α-neuropeptide, β-neuropeptide, PBAN, and γ-neuropeptide)...
January 2017: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995590/behavioral-comparisons-of-ingestion-and-excretion-by-selected-species-of-pentatomids-evidence-of-feeding-on-different-food-sources-supports-pest-status
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T Lucini, A R Panizzi
Laboratory studies were conducted on food ingestion and excretion by selected species of pentatomids on different food sources to support their pest status. We compared the frequency and time of feeding on vegetative (stem) and reproductive (seed) structures of soybean, Glycine max (L.) Merrill and of maize, Zea mays L. by Piezodorus guildinii (Westwood), Dichelops melacanthus (Dallas), and Edessa meditabunda (F.); in addition, the amount of excreta (feces) produced were compared for D. melacanthus feeding on seed of soybean and stem of maize seedling...
December 19, 2016: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939195/characterization-of-transformations-of-maize-residues-into-soil-organic-matter
#9
Guixue Song, Etelvino H Novotny, Jing-Dong Mao, Michael H B Hayes
An awareness of the transformation of plant residues returned to cultivated soils is vital for a better understanding of carbon cycles, the maintenance of soil fertility and the practice of a sustainable agriculture. The transformation of maize (Zea mays L) straw residues into soil organic matter (SOM) in a one year incubation experiment was studied in a soil that had been under long term cultivation with wheat (Triticum aestivum L) for >30years. A novel sequential exhaustive extraction and fractionation procedure isolated a series of fractions of SOM...
February 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933246/a-quantitative-report-on-the-impact-of-chloride-on-the-kinetic-coefficients-of-auxin-induced-growth-a-numerical-contribution-to-the-acid-growth-hypothesis
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Mariusz Pietruszka, Aleksandra Haduch-Sendecka
This work presents the application of several our own novel methods of analysing the kinetics of plant growth, which create, among others, a common platform for the comparison of experimental results. A relatively simple formula is used to parameterize the wide range of data that has been obtained for Zea mays L. in the literature, though it can also be used for different species. A biophysical/biochemical interpretation of the parameters was obtained from a theoretical model that is based on a modified Lockhart equation...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891133/modeling-long-term-corn-yield-response-to-nitrogen-rate-and-crop-rotation
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Laila A Puntel, John E Sawyer, Daniel W Barker, Ranae Dietzel, Hanna Poffenbarger, Michael J Castellano, Kenneth J Moore, Peter Thorburn, Sotirios V Archontoulis
Improved prediction of optimal N fertilizer rates for corn (Zea mays L.) can reduce N losses and increase profits. We tested the ability of the Agricultural Production Systems sIMulator (APSIM) to simulate corn and soybean (Glycine max L.) yields, the economic optimum N rate (EONR) using a 16-year field-experiment dataset from central Iowa, USA that included two crop sequences (continuous corn and soybean-corn) and five N fertilizer rates (0, 67, 134, 201, and 268 kg N ha(-1)) applied to corn. Our objectives were to: (a) quantify model prediction accuracy before and after calibration, and report calibration steps; (b) compare crop model-based techniques in estimating optimal N rate for corn; and (c) utilize the calibrated model to explain factors causing year to year variability in yield and optimal N...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867389/modeling-the-morphometric-evolution-of-the-maize-shoot-apical-meristem
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Samuel Leiboff, Christopher K DeAllie, Michael J Scanlon
The maize (Zea mays subsp. mays L.) shoot apical meristem (SAM) is a self-replenishing pool of stem cells that produces all above-ground plant tissues. Improvements in image acquisition and processing techniques have allowed high-throughput, quantitative genetic analyses of SAM morphology. As with other large-scale phenotyping efforts, meaningful descriptions of genetic architecture depend on the collection of relevant measures. In this study, we tested two quantitative image processing methods to describe SAM morphology within the genus Zea, represented by 33 wild relatives of maize and 841 lines from a domesticated maize by wild teosinte progenitor (MxT) backcross population, along with previously reported data from several hundred diverse maize inbred lines...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27796994/leaching-characteristics-of-edta-enhanced-phytoextraction-of-cd-and-pb-by-zea-mays-l-in-different-particle-size-fractions-of-soil-aggregates-exposed-to-artificial-rain
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Yayin Lu, Dinggui Luo, An Lai, Guowei Liu, Lirong Liu, Jianyou Long, Hongguo Zhang, Yongheng Chen
Chelator-assisted phytoextraction is an alternative and effective technique for the remediation of heavy metal-contaminated soils, but the potential for heavy metal leaching needs to be assessed. In the present study, a soil column cultivation-leaching experiment was conducted to investigate the Cd and Pb leaching characteristics during assisted phytoextraction of metal-contaminated soils containing different particle-size soil aggregates. The columns were planted with Zea mays "Zhengdan 958" seedlings and treated with combined applications of EDTA and simulated rainfall (pH 4...
October 30, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27770364/northern-blotting-techniques-for-small-rnas
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Todd Blevins
Cells have evolved intricate RNA-directed mechanisms that destroy viruses, silence transposons, and regulate gene expression. These nucleic acid surveillance and gene silencing mechanisms rely upon the selective base-pairing of ~19-25 nt small RNAs to complementary RNA targets. This chapter describes northern blot hybridization techniques for the detection of such small RNAs. Blots spiked with synthetic standards are used to illustrate the detection specificity and sensitivity of DNA oligonucleotide probes...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27697785/a-flow-cytometric-method-for-estimating-s-phase-duration-in-plants
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Leigh Mickelson-Young, Emily Wear, Patrick Mulvaney, Tae-Jin Lee, Eric S Szymanski, George Allen, Linda Hanley-Bowdoin, William Thompson
The duration of the DNA synthesis stage (S phase) of the cell cycle is fundamental in our understanding of cell cycle kinetics, cell proliferation, and DNA replication timing programs. Most S-phase duration estimates that exist for plants are based on indirect measurements. We present a method for directly estimating S-phase duration by pulse-labeling root tips or actively dividing suspension cells with the halogenated thymidine analog 5-ethynl-2'-deoxyuridine (EdU) and analyzing the time course of replication with bivariate flow cytometry...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27590598/chromatin-associated-transcripts-of-tandemly-repetitive-dna-sequences-revealed-by-rna-fish
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Dal-Hoe Koo, Hainan Zhao, Jiming Jiang
Tandemly repetitive DNA sequences, also named satellite repeats, are major DNA components of heterochromatin and are often organized as long arrays in the pericentromeric, centromeric, and subtelomeric regions of eukaryotic chromosomes. An increasing amount of evidence indicates that transcripts derived from some satellite repeats play important roles in various biological functions. We used a RNA-fluorescence in situ hybridization (RNA-FISH) technique to investigate the transcription of the four well-characterized satellite repeats of maize (Zea mays), including the 180-bp knob repeat, the telomeric (TTTAGGG)n repeat, the 156-bp centromeric repeat CentC, and a 350-bp subtelomeric repeat...
December 2016: Chromosome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27578202/yeast-diversity-and-novel-yeast-d1-d2-sequences-from-corn-phylloplane-obtained-by-a-culture-independent-approach
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Rujikan Nasanit, Sopin Jaibangyang, Manee Tantirungkij, Savitree Limtong
Culture-independent techniques have recently been used for evaluation of microbial diversity in the environment since it addresses the problem of unculturable microorganisms. In this study, the diversity of epiphytic yeasts from corn (Zea mays Linn.) phylloplanes in Thailand was investigated using this technique and sequence-based analysis of the D1/D2 domains of the large subunit ribosomal DNA sequences. Thirty-seven samples of corn leaf were collected randomly from 10 provinces. The DNA was extracted from leaf washing samples and the D1/D2 domains were amplified...
December 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27570303/endophytic-ability-of-different-isolates-of-entomopathogenic-fungi-beauveria-bassiana-balsamo-vuillemin-in-stem-and-leaf-tissues-of-maize-zea-mays-l
#18
S Renuka, B Ramanujam, B Poornesha
The present study was conducted to examine the ability of six promising indigenous isolates of Beauveria bassiana (NBAII-Bb-5a, 7, 14, 19, 23 and 45) as an endophyte in maize stem and leaf tissues. Maize seedlings (var. Nithyashree) were inoculated with conidial suspensions and were examined for endophytic establishment in leaf and stems at different intervals during 15-90 days after treatment. All six isolates showed colonization in stem and leaf tissues with varying abilities of colonization and persistence...
June 2016: Indian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27565499/plant-tissue-preparation-for-the-detection-of-an-endophytic-fungus-in-planta
#19
Aimee C McKinnon
The identification of fungal endophytes often relies on culturing isolates from surface-sterilized plant tissue. However, molecular techniques have enabled the rapid detection and identification of targeted endophyte species, and next-generation sequencing technology provides an opportunity to obtain comprehensive information on endophytic communities, directly from plant tissue. In order to achieve accurate detection from internal tissues, surface microbes and associated deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) must be eliminated, with particular consideration for the type of plant tissue and the efficacy of the surface sterilization procedure used...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27561370/optimization-of-extraction-parameters-of-ptp1%C3%AE-protein-tyrosine-phosphatase-1%C3%AE-inhibitory-polyphenols-and-anthocyanins-from-zea-mays-l-using-response-surface-methodology-rsm
#20
Seung Hwan Hwang, Shin Hwa Kwon, Zhiqiang Wang, Tae Hyun Kim, Young-Hee Kang, Jae-Yong Lee, Soon Sung Lim
BACKGROUND: Protein tyrosine phosphatase expressed in insulin-sensitive tissues (such as liver, muscle, and adipose tissue) has a key role in the regulation of insulin signaling and pathway activation, making protein tyrosine phosphatase a promising target for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus and obesity and response surface methodology (RSM) is an effective statistical technique for optimizing complex processes using a multi-variant approach. METHODS: In this study, Zea mays L...
August 26, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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