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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714761/gamma-irradiation-of-medicinally-important-plants-and-the-enhancement-of-secondary-metabolite-production
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P Vivek Vardhan, Lata I Shukla
PURPOSE: The profitable production of some important plant-based secondary metabolites (ginsenosides, saponins, camptothecin, shikonins etc.) in vitro by gamma irradiation is a current area of interest. We reviewed different types of secondary metabolites, their mode of synthesis and effect of γ-radiation on their yield for different plants, organs and in vitro cultures (callus, suspension, hairy root). Special effort has been made to review the biochemical mechanisms underlying the increase in secondary metabolites...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710558/pathway-engineering-for-the-production-of-%C3%AE-amyrin-and-cycloartenol-in-escherichia-coli-a-method-to-biosynthesize-plant-derived-triterpene-skeletons-in-e-coli
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Miho Takemura, Rie Tanaka, Norihiko Misawa
Cycloartenol is biosynthetically the first sterol skeleton, which is metabolized to phytosterols such as β-sitosterol and stigmasterol. β-Amyrin is the most commonly occurring aglycone skeleton for oleanane-type saponins such as glycyrrhizin and saikosaponins. It has been regarded that these cyclic triterpenes are unable to be produced in Escherichia coli, while no reports are available on their production with E. coli. Here, we describe a method to synthesize triterpene skeletons from higher plants, including cycloartenol and β-amyrin...
July 15, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709027/singlet-oxygen-triggers-chloroplast-rupture-and-cell-death-in-the-zeaxanthin-epoxidase-defective-mutant-aba1-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-under-high-light-stress
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Álvaro Sánchez-Corrionero, Inmaculada Sánchez-Vicente, Sergio González-Pérez, Ascensión Corrales, Anja Krieger-Liszkay, Óscar Lorenzo, Juan B Arellano
The two Arabidopsis thaliana mutants, aba1 and max4, were previously identified as sharing a number of co-regulated genes with both the flu mutant and Arabidopsis cell suspension cultures exposed to high light (HL). On this basis, we investigated whether aba1 and max4 were generating high amounts of singlet oxygen ((1)O2) and activating (1)O2-mediated cell death. Thylakoids of aba1 produced twice as much (1)O2 as thylakoids of max4 and wild type (WT) plants when illuminated with strong red light. (1)O2 was measured using the spin probe 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-4-piperidone hydrochloride...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686465/characterization-and-primary-functional-analysis-of-a-bamboo-zep-gene-from-phyllostachys-edulis
#4
Yongfeng Lou, Huayu Sun, Lichao Li, Hansheng Zhao, Zhimin Gao
Zeaxanthin epoxidase (ZEP) plays important roles in plant response to various environmental stresses by involving in abscisic acid (ABA) biosynthesis and xanthophyll cycle. A full-length cDNA of PeZEP was isolated from moso bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis), which comprised of a 138-bp 5'-untranslated region (UTR), a 381-bp 3'-UTR, and a 2013-bp open reading frame (ORF) encoding a putative protein of 670 amino acids. PeZEP was mainly expressed in leaf blades and leaf sheaths, and less in roots and culms. The transcript level of PeZEP in bamboo leaf was elevated with the increasing light intensity...
July 7, 2017: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674547/integrated-transcriptomic-and-metabolomic-analysis-of-five-panax-ginseng-cultivars-reveals-the-dynamics-of-ginsenoside-biosynthesis
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Yun Sun Lee, Hyun-Seung Park, Dong-Kyu Lee, Murukarthick Jayakodi, Nam-Hoon Kim, Hyun Jo Koo, Sang-Choon Lee, Yeon Jeong Kim, Sung Won Kwon, Tae-Jin Yang
Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer is a traditional medicinal herb that produces bioactive compounds such as ginsenosides. Here, we investigated the diversity of ginsenosides and related genes among five genetically fixed inbred ginseng cultivars (Chunpoong [CP], Cheongsun [CS], Gopoong [GO], Sunhyang [SH], and Sunun [SU]). To focus on the genetic diversity related to ginsenoside biosynthesis, we utilized in vitro cultured adventitious roots from the five cultivars grown under controlled environmental conditions. PCA loading plots based on secondary metabolite composition classified the five cultivars into three groups...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649699/a-wrky-transcription-factor-from-withania-somnifera-regulates-triterpenoid-withanolide-accumulation-and-biotic-stress-tolerance-through-modulation-of-phytosterol-and-defense-pathways
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Anup Kumar Singh, Sarma Rajeev Kumar, Varun Dwivedi, Avanish Rai, Shaifali Pal, Ajit K Shasany, Dinesh A Nagegowda
Withania somnifera produces pharmacologically important triterpenoid withanolides that are derived via phytosterol pathway; however, their biosynthesis and regulation remain to be elucidated. A jasmonate- and salicin-inducible WRKY transcription factor from W. somnifera (WsWRKY1) exhibiting correlation with withaferin A accumulation was functionally characterized employing virus-induced gene silencing and overexpression studies combined with transcript and metabolite analyses, and chromatin immunoprecipitation assay...
June 26, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643121/a-study-on-the-expression-of-genes-involved-in-carotenoids-and-anthocyanins-during-ripening-in-fruit-peel-of-green-yellow-and-red-colored-mango-cultivars
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G R Karanjalker, K V Ravishankar, K S Shivashankara, M R Dinesh, T K Roy, D V Sudhakar Rao
Mango (Mangiferaindica L.) fruits are generally classified based on peel color into green, yellow, and red types. Mango peel turns from green to yellow or red or retain green colors during ripening. The carotenoids and anthocyanins are the important pigments responsible for the colors of fruits. In the present study, peels of different colored cultivars at three ripening stages were characterized for pigments, colors, and gene expression analysis. The yellow colored cultivar "Arka Anmol" showed higher carotenoid content, wherein β-carotene followed by violaxanthin were the major carotenoid compounds that increased during ripening...
June 22, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536442/characterization-of-juvenile-hormone-related-genes-regulating-cantharidin-biosynthesis-in-epicauta-chinensis
#8
Ming Jiang, Shumin Lü, Yalin Zhang
Cantharidin is a defensive toxin biosynthesized by blister beetles. It is well known for medical applications and toxicity. However, the biosynthesis process of cantharidin is still not well understood. In the present study, three genes (methyl farnesoate epoxidase (EcMFE), juvenile hormone acid O-methyltransferase (EcJHAMT) and juvenile hormone epoxide hydrolase (EcJHEH)) were identified from Epicauta chinensis. The temporal and spatial expression patterns of these three genes revealed that the expression levels of EcMFE and EcJHEH were high in the first instar larval stage of E...
May 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530827/overexpression-of-the-squalene-epoxidase-gene-alone-and-in-combination-with-the-3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme-a-gene-increases-ganoderic-acid-production-in-ganoderma-lingzhi
#9
De-Huai Zhang, Lu-Xi Jiang, Na Li, Xuya Yu, Peng Zhao, Tao Li, Jun-Wei Xu
The squalene epoxidase (SE) gene from the biosynthetic pathway of ganoderic acid (GA) was cloned and overexpressed in Ganoderma lingzhi. The strain that overexpressed the SE produced approximately 2 times more GA molecules than the wild-type (WT) strain. Moreover, SE overexpression upregulated lanosterol synthase gene expression in the biosynthetic pathway. These results indicated that SE stimulates GA accumulation. Then, the SE and 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMGR) genes were simultaneously overexpressed in G...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524381/antifungal-activity-of-gallic-acid-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#10
Zhi-Jian Li, Meng Liu, Gulina Dawuti, Qin Dou, Yu Ma, Heng-Ge Liu, Silafu Aibai
Gallic acid (GA) is a polyphenol natural compound found in many medicinal plant species, including pomegranate rind (Punica granatum L.), and has been shown to have antiinflammatory and antibacterial properties. Pomegranate rind is used to treat bacterial and fungal pathogens in Uyghur and other systems of traditional medicine, but, surprisingly, the effects of GA on antifungal activity have not yet been reported. In this study, we aimed to investigate the inhibitory effects of GA on fungal strains both in vitro and in vivo...
May 19, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504210/arachidonic-acid-is-important-for-efficient-use-of-light-by-the-microalga-lobosphaera-incisa-under-chilling-stress
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Boris Zorin, Dipasmita Pal-Nath, Alexandr Lukyanov, Sviatlana Smolskaya, Sofiya Kolusheva, Shoshana Didi-Cohen, Sammy Boussiba, Zvi Cohen, Inna Khozin-Goldberg, Alexei Solovchenko
The oleaginous microalga Lobosphaera incisa (Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta) contains arachidonic acid (ARA, 20:4 n-6) in all membrane glycerolipids and in the storage lipid triacylglycerol. The optimal growth temperature of the wild-type (WT) strain is 25°C; chilling temperatures (≤15°C) slow its growth. This effect is more pronounced in the delta-5-desaturase ARA-deficient mutant P127, in which ARA is replaced with dihomo-γ-linolenic acid (DGLA, 20:3 n-6). In nutrient-replete cells grown at 25°C, the major chloroplast lipid monogalactosylglycerol (MGDG) was dominated by C18/C16 species in both strains...
May 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484475/de-novo-sequencing-and-transcriptome-analysis-reveal-key-genes-regulating-steroid-metabolism-in-leaves-roots-adventitious-roots-and-calli-of-periploca-sepium-bunge
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Jian Zhang, Xinglin Li, Fuping Lu, Shanying Wang, Yunhe An, Xiaoxing Su, Xiankuan Li, Lin Ma, Guangjian Han
Periploca sepium Bunge is a traditional medicinal plant, whose root bark is important for Chinese herbal medicine. Its major bioactive compounds are C21 steroids and periplocin, a kind of cardiac glycoside, which are derived from the steroid synthesis pathway. However, research on P. sepium genome or transcriptomes and their related genes has been lacking for a long time. In this study we estimated this species nuclear genome size at 170 Mb (using flow cytometry). Then, RNA sequencing of four different tissue samples of P...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416557/terbinafine-resistance-of-trichophyton-clinical-isolates-caused-by-specific-point-mutations-in-the-squalene-epoxidase-gene
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Tsuyoshi Yamada, Mari Maeda, Mohamed Mahdi Alshahni, Reiko Tanaka, Takashi Yaguchi, Olympia Bontems, Karine Salamin, Marina Fratti, Michel Monod
Terbinafine is one of the allylamine antifungal agents whose target is squalene epoxidase (SQLE). This agent has been extensively used in the therapy of dermatophyte infections. The incidence of patients with tinea pedis or unguium tolerant to terbinafine treatment prompted us to screen the terbinafine resistance of all Trichophyton clinical isolates from the laboratory of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois collected over a 3-year period and to identify their mechanism of resistance. Among 2,056 tested isolates, 17 (≈1%) showed reduced terbinafine susceptibility, and all of these were found to harbor SQLE gene alleles with different single point mutations, leading to single amino acid substitutions at one of four positions (Leu(393), Phe(397), Phe(415), and His(440)) of the SQLE protein...
July 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265283/exogenous-melatonin-mitigates-photoinhibition-by-accelerating-non-photochemical-quenching-in-tomato-seedlings-exposed-to-moderate-light-during-chilling
#14
Fei Ding, Meiling Wang, Bin Liu, Shuoxin Zhang
Melatonin plays an important role in tolerance to multiple stresses in plants. Recent studies have shown that melatonin relieves photoinhibition in plants under cold stress; however, the mechanisms are not fully understood. Non-photochemical quenching (NPQ) is a key process thermally dissipating excess light energy that plants employ as a protective mechanism to prevent the over reduction of photosystem II. Here, we report the effects of exogenous melatonin on NPQ and mitigation of photoinhibition in tomato seedlings exposed to moderate light during chilling...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246174/stilbene-epoxidation-and-detoxification-in-a-photorhabdus-luminescens-nematode-symbiosis
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Hyun Bong Park, Parthasarathy Sampathkumar, Corey E Perez, Joon Ha Lee, Jeannie Tran, Jeffrey B Bonanno, Elissa A Hallem, Steven C Almo, Jason M Crawford
Members of the gammaproteobacterial Photorhabdus genus share mutualistic relationships with Heterorhabditis nematodes, and the pairs infect a wide swath of insect larvae. Photorhabdus species produce a family of stilbenes, with two major components being 3,5-dihydroxy-4-isopropyl-trans-stilbene (compound 1) and its stilbene epoxide (compound 2). This family of molecules harbors antimicrobial and immunosuppressive activities, and its pathway is responsible for producing a nematode "food signal" involved in nematode development...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161629/gene-expression-analysis-of-enzymes-of-the-carotenoid-biosynthesis-pathway-involved-in-%C3%AE-cryptoxanthin-accumulation-in-wild-raspberry-rubus-palmatus
#16
Kouichi Mizuno, Tetsuo Tokiwano, Yuko Yoshizawa
β-cryptoxanthin (β-Cry), a xanthophyll, is unlike other abundant carotenoids, such as α-carotene, β-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. It is not found in most fruits or vegetables but is found only in specific fruits, such as hot chili pepper, persimmon, and citrus fruits. Because recent reports suggest that β-Cry intake is beneficial to human health, the xanthophyll requires further investigation. Although β-Cry accumulates in the fruit of wild raspberry, Rubus palmatus, it is not present in cultivated raspberry...
March 18, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069586/sqle-induces-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-by-regulating-of-mir-133b-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#17
Yi Qin, Yi Zhang, Qinting Tang, Li Jin, Yong'an Chen
Increasing evidence suggests that microRNAs, which control gene expression at the post-transcriptional level, are aberrantly expressed in cancers and play significant roles in carcinogenesis and cancer progression. In this study, we show differential miR-133b down-expression in human esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) cells and tissues. In addition, squalene epoxidase (SQLE), a key enzyme of cholesterol synthesis, is identified as the direct downstream target gene of miR-133b by luciferase gene reporter assay...
February 6, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025675/direct-isolation-of-a-functional-violaxanthin-cycle-domain-from-thylakoid-membranes-of-higher-plants
#18
Reimund Goss, Anne Greifenhagen, Juliane Bergner, Daniela Volke, Ralf Hoffmann, Christian Wilhelm, Susann Schaller-Laudel
A special domain of the thylakoid membrane of higher plants has been isolated which carries out the de-epoxidation of the xanthophyll cycle pigment violaxanthin to zeaxanthin. Recent models indicate that in the chloroplast of higher plants, the violaxanthin (V) cycle takes place within specialized domains in the thylakoid membrane. Here, we describe a new procedure to directly isolate such a domain in functional state. The procedure consists of a thylakoid membrane isolation at a pH value of 5.2 which realizes the binding of the enzyme V de-epoxidase (VDE) to the membrane throughout the preparation process...
April 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000559/in-models-of-intracerebral-hemorrhage-rivaroxaban-is-superior-to-warfarin-to-limit-blood-brain-barrier-disruption-and-hematoma-expansion
#19
Shigenobu Sawada, Yoko Ono, Yusuke Egashira, Toshinori Takagi, Kazuhiro Tsuruma, Masamitsu Shimazawa, Toru Iwama, Hideaki Hara
Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) during oral anticoagulation therapy with an oral vitamin K epoxidase reductase such as warfarin is a life-threatening complication. However, whether direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are associated with larger hematoma volume and higher mortality rates remains controversial. We evaluated the hematoma volume and pathophysiology of ICH during anticoagulation with warfarin or rivaroxaban, an orally active direct factor Xa inhibitor. Mice were orally pretreated with rivaroxaban (10 or 30 mg/kg), warfarin (4 mg/kg), or vehicle...
December 16, 2016: Current Neurovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999579/genome-wide-association-analysis-of-the-anthocyanin-and-carotenoid-contents-of-rose-petals
#20
Dietmar F Schulz, Rena T Schott, Roeland E Voorrips, Marinus J M Smulders, Marcus Linde, Thomas Debener
Petal color is one of the key characteristics determining the attractiveness and therefore the commercial value of an ornamental crop. Here, we present the first genome-wide association study for the important ornamental crop rose, focusing on the anthocyanin and carotenoid contents in petals of 96 diverse tetraploid garden rose genotypes. Cultivated roses display a vast phenotypic and genetic diversity and are therefore ideal targets for association genetics. For marker analysis, we used a recently designed Axiom SNP chip comprising 68,000 SNPs with additionally 281 SSRs, 400 AFLPs and 246 markers from candidate genes...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
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