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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821140/the-potential-of-cashew-gum-functionalization-as-building-blocks-for-layer-by-layer-films
#1
Álvaro J Leite, Rui R Costa, Ana M S Costa, Jeanny S Maciel, José F G Costa, Regina C M de Paula, João F Mano
Cashew gum (CG), an exudate polysaccharide from Anacardium occidentale trees, was carboxymethylated (CGCm) and oxidized (CGO). These derivatives were characterized by FTIR and zeta potential measurements confirming the success of carboxymethylation and oxidation reactions. Nanostructured multilayered films were then produced through layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly in conjugation with chitosan via electrostatic interactions or Schiff bases covalent bonds. The films were analyzed by QCM-D and AFM. CG functionalization increased the film thickness, with the highest thickness being achieved for the lowest oxidation degree...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821118/sulfated-polysaccharide-from-cyclocarya-paliurus-enhances-the-immunomodulatory-activity-of-macrophages
#2
Yue Yu, Mingyue Shen, Zhijun Wang, Yuanxing Wang, Mingyong Xie, Jianhua Xie
In this study, a sulfated polysaccharide (S-CP1-8) was obtained from Cyclocarya paliurus by chlorosulfonic acid-pyridine method. S-CP1-8 was chemical characterized and cultured with macrophage RAW264.7 cells to evaluate its immunomodulatory activity. Preliminary physicochemical analysis identified arabinose (Ara), galactose (Gal) and glucose (Glc) were the major monosaccharides of S-CP1-8, with average Molecular weight (Mw) of 970kDa and contained sulfate with degree of substitution (DS) of 0.12. Meanwhile, our findings demonstrated that tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, interleukin (IL)-1β and IL-6 secretion levels were significantly increased by S-CP1-8 treatment in RAW264...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821092/the-effect-of-temperature-on-the-colligative-properties-of-food-grade-konjac-gum-in-water-solutions
#3
Joanna Kruk, Kacper Kaczmarczyk, Anna Ptaszek, Urszula Goik, Paweł Ptaszek
This research paper presents the results of tests on the colligative properties of konjac gum chains in water solutions. For this purpose, the measurements of osmotic pressure and intrinsic viscosity of aqueous solutions, in the function of konjac gum concentration and temperature were carried out. The applied methods allowed for the determination of the second osmotic virial coefficients B2, which raised with the increase of temperature. It indicate that increase of temperature causes higher affinity of polysaccharide's chains to water...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821087/in-vivo-antihyperlipidemic-and-antioxidant-activity-of-porphyran-in-hyperlipidemic-mice
#4
Xiaomei Wang, Weida Li, Li Xiao, Chundong Liu, Huimin Qi, Zhongshan Zhang
The hypolipidemic and antioxidant effects of porphyran from the red algae Porphyra haitanensis as a dietary supplement were evaluated in mice. The levels of serum TC, TG and LDL-C in MP group increased significantly (p<0.05 or p<0.01) by 28.5%, 29.4% and 33.5% compared with the model group. These significant rises were accompanied by significant declines of plasma HDL-C by 21.6% compared with the model group. In addition, the liver content of malondialdehyde significantly decreased, while the superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione peroxidase activities significantly increased...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820942/the-effects-of-preheating-and-storage-temperature-on-aroma-profile-and-physical-properties-of-citrus-oil-emulsions
#5
Ying Yang, Chengying Zhao, Guifang Tian, Chang Lu, Shaojie Zhao, Yuming Bao, David Julian McClements, Hang Xiao, Jinkai Zheng
Citrus oils are used as good carrier oil for emulsion fabrication due to their special flavor and various health-promoting functions. In this study, the effects of preheating temperature (30, 40, 50, 60, and 70 oC) and storage temperature (4, 25 and 37 oC) on aroma profiles and physical properties of three citrus-oil (i.e. mandarin, sweet orange and bergamot oils) emulsions were systematically investigated for the first time. The results demonstrated the significant impact of temperature on aroma profile and physical properties...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820277/natural-phospholipids-occurrence-biosynthesis-separation-identification-and-beneficial-health-aspects
#6
Abdelmoneim H Ali, Xiaoqiang Zou, Sherif M Abed, Sameh A Korma, Qingzhe Jin, Xingguo Wang
During the last years, phospholipids (PLs) have attracted great attention because of their crucial roles in providing nutritional values, technological and medical applications. There are considerable proofs that PLs have unique nutritional benefits on human health, such as reducing cholesterol absorption, improving liver functions, and decreasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. PLs are the main structural lipid components of cell and organelle membranes in all living organisms, and therefore, they occur in all organisms and the derived food products...
August 18, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820044/determination-of-fusarium-toxins-in-functional-vegetable-milks-applying-salting-out-assisted-liquid-liquid-extraction-combined-with-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#7
Ahmed M Hamed, Natalia Arroyo-Manzanares, Ana M García-Campaña, Laura Gámiz-Gracia
Vegetable milks are considered as functional foods due to their physiological benefits. Although the consumption of these products has significantly increased, they have received little attention in legislation, as regard to contaminants. However, they may contain mycotoxins resulting from the use of contaminated raw materials. In this work, ultra-high performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry has been proposed for the determination of the most relevant Fusarium toxins (fumonisin B1 and B2, HT-2 and T-2 toxins, zearalenone, deoxynivalenol and fusarenon-X) in different functional beverages based on cereals, legumes and seeds...
August 18, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819770/total-suspended-solids-effects-on-freshwater-lake-biota-other-than-fish
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Peter M Chapman, April Hayward, John Faithful
Protective benchmarks for the effects of total suspended solids (TSS) on freshwater aquatic biota primarily focus on fish; whether these benchmarks will also protect their prey or co-existing lower trophic level aquatic biota was uncertain. We conducted an extensive literature review of TSS effects on those organisms comprising the food webs upon which fish living in lakes depend: phytoplankton, zooplankton, periphyton, and benthic invertebrates. The available literature indicates that TSS benchmarks that protect sensitive life stages of lake fish will also protect their supporting food webs; in other words, the function of lake aquatic communities will be protected and maintained...
August 17, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819768/maternal-obesity-is-associated-with-gut-microbial-metabolic-potential-in-offspring-during-infancy
#9
Tomás Cerdó, Alicia Ruiz, Ruy Jáuregui, Hatim Azaryah, Francisco José Torres-Espínola, Luz García-Valdés, M Teresa Segura, Antonio Suárez, Cristina Campoy
Children born to obese mothers are at increased risk for obesity, but the mechanisms behind this association are not fully understood. Our study aimed to investigate differences in the functions encoded by the microbiome of infants at 18 months of age when the transition from early infant-feeding to solid family foods is established. To investigate the impact of maternal prepregnancy body mass index on infants' gut microbiome, faecal samples from infants born to normoweight (n = 21) and obese mothers (n = 18) were analysed by 16S rRNA gene sequencing and a functional-inference-based microbiome analysis...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819580/analytical-method-for-the-validation-of-three-polyphenols-as-a-marker-compound-for-the-standardization-of-solidago-virgaurea-subsp-gigantea-extracts-and-antiadipogenesis-of-harvesting-time-and-location
#10
Seung Hwan Hwang, Ju Hee Kim, Zhiqiang Wang, Jae-Yong Lee, Soon Sung Lim
Protocatechuic acid (PC), chlorogenic acid (CA), and kaempferol-3-O-rutinoside (K-O-R), isolated from the Solidago virgaurea subsp. gigantea (SV) extract, were quickly and efficiently separated using HPLC. Our chromatographic method was found to effectively separate PC, CA, and K-O-R at retention times of 5.36, 8.22, and 17.04 min, respectively. Linearity of PC, CA, and K-O-R was found to be in the range of 4.85-485.00, 47.5-1900.00, and 8.50-850.00 μg/ml. Recoveries ranged between 101.32 and 103.30%, 95...
2017: Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819542/mulberry-fruit-extract-affords-protection-against-ethyl-carbamate-induced-cytotoxicity-and-oxidative-stress
#11
Wei Chen, Yuting Li, Tao Bao, Vemana Gowd
Ethyl carbamate (EC) is a food and environmental toxicant and is a cause of concern for human exposure. Several studies indicated that EC-induced toxicity was associated with oxidative stress. Mulberry fruits are reported to have a wide range of bioactive compounds and pharmacological activities. The present study was therefore aimed to investigate the protective property of mulberry fruit extract (MFE) on EC-induced cytotoxicity and oxidative stress. Chemical composition analysis showed that total phenolic content and total flavonoid content in MFE were 502...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818729/characterization-of-citrus-pectin-films-integrated-with-clove-bud-essential-oil-physical-thermal-barrier-antioxidant-and-antibacterial-properties
#12
Tanzeela Nisar, Zi-Chao Wang, Xi Yang, You Tian, Muneeb Iqbal, Yurong Guo
The increasing demand for bio-based materials to be used in food packaging has stimulated the development of novel, environmentally-friendly edible films. Antimicrobial films were developed by incorporating different levels of clove bud essential oil (0.5%, 1.0%, and 1.5%) into the citrus pectin in order to modify the functional properties of the films. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), differential scanning calorimetry analysis (DSC) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were performed, together with the determination of physical, optical, mechanical, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of pectin emulsified films...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818104/neuroprotective-properties-of-curcumin-in-toxin-base-animal-models-of-parkinson-s-disease-a-systematic-experiment-literatures-review
#13
Xin-Shi Wang, Zeng-Rui Zhang, Man-Man Zhang, Miao-Xuan Sun, Wen-Wen Wang, Cheng-Long Xie
BACKGROUND: Curcumin (diferuloylmethane), a polyphenol extracted from the plant Curcuma longa, is widely used in Southeast Asia, China and India in food preparation and for medicinal purposes. Meanwhile, the neuroprotective actions of curcumin have been documented for experimental therapy in Parkinson's disease (PD). METHODS: In this study, we used a systematic review to comprehensively assess the efficacy of curcumin in experimental PD. Using electronic and manual search for the literatures, we identified studies describing the efficacy of curcumin in animal models of PD...
August 17, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818040/in-silico-prediction-and-characterization-of-secondary-metabolite-biosynthetic-gene-clusters-in-the-wheat-pathogen-zymoseptoria-tritici
#14
Timothy Cairns, Vera Meyer
BACKGROUND: Fungal pathogens of plants produce diverse repertoires of secondary metabolites, which have functions ranging from iron acquisition, defense against immune perturbation, to toxic assaults on the host. The wheat pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici causes Septoria tritici blotch, a foliar disease which is a significant threat to global food security. Currently, there is limited knowledge of the secondary metabolite arsenal produced by Z. tritici, which significantly restricts mechanistic understanding of infection...
August 17, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817837/influence-of-dietary-insulin-scores-on-survival-in-colorectal-cancer-patients
#15
Chen Yuan, Ying Bao, Kaori Sato, Katharina Nimptsch, Mingyang Song, Jennie C Brand-Miller, Vicente Morales-Oyarvide, Emilie S Zoltick, NaNa Keum, Brian M Wolpin, Jeffrey A Meyerhardt, Andrew T Chan, Walter C Willett, Meir J Stampfer, Kana Wu, Edward L Giovannucci, Charles S Fuchs, Kimmie Ng
BACKGROUND: Although hyperinsulinemia is hypothesised to be involved in colorectal carcinogenesis, it remains unclear whether a diet inducing an elevated insulin response influences colorectal cancer (CRC) survival. METHODS: We examined the association of post-diagnosis dietary insulin scores with survival among 2006 patients from two large prospective cohorts who were diagnosed with CRC from 1976 to 2010. Dietary insulin load was calculated as a function of the food insulin index...
August 17, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816350/characteristics-and-functionality-of-appetite-reducing-thylakoid-powders-produced-by-three-different-drying-processes
#16
Karolina Östbring, Ingegerd Sjöholm, Henrietta Sörenson, Andrej Ekholm, Charlotte Erlanson-Albertsson, Marilyn Rayner
BACKGROUND: Thylakoids, a chloroplast membrane extracted from green leaves, is a promising functional ingredient with appetite reducing properties via their lipase-inhibiting effect. Thylakoids in powder form has been evaluated in animal and human models but no comprehensive study has been conducted on powder characteristics. The aim was to investigate the effects of different isolation methods and drying techniques (drum-drying, spray-drying, freeze-drying) on thylakoids' physicochemical and functional properties...
August 17, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816051/lipid-stabilized-water-oil-interfaces-studied-by-micro-focusing-small-angle-x-ray-scattering
#17
Emanuela Di Cola, Kristian Torbensen, Ilaria Clemente, Federico Rossi, Sandra Ristori, Ali Abou-Hassan
Water in oil (w/o) simple emulsions are dispersed micro-confined systems which find applications in many areas of advanced materials and biotechnology, such as food industry, drug delivery and cosmetics, to name but a few. In these systems, the structural and chemical properties of the boundary layer at the w/o interface are of paramount importance to determine functionality and stability. Recently, microfluidic methods have emerged as a valuable tool to fabricate monodisperse emulsion droplets. Due to the intrinsic flexibility of microfluidics, different interfaces can be obtained, and general principles governing the interfacial stability are needed to guide the experimental approach...
August 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815388/guiding-patients-toward-the-appropriate-surgical-treatment-for-obesity-should-presurgery-psychological-correlates-influence-choice-between-roux-en-y-gastric-bypass-and-vertical-sleeve-gastrectomy
#18
Gretchen E Ames, Michael G Heckman, Nancy N Diehl, Dustin M Shepherd, Allison A Holgerson, Karen B Grothe, Todd A Kellogg, Steven P Bowers, Matthew M Clark
BACKGROUND: Helping patients determine which type of bariatric surgery, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) or vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), may be the best treatment can be challenging. This study investigated psychological correlates and their influence on weight loss for patients who underwent RYGB or VSG. METHODS: Four hundred twenty-two patients (RYGB = 305; VSG = 117) completed screening questionnaires presurgery and underwent surgery between August 2012 and April 2015...
August 16, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814961/compound-schisandra-ginseng-notoginseng-lycium-extract-ameliorates-scopolamine-induced-learning-and-memory-disorders-in-mice
#19
Ning Li, Cong Liu, Shu Jing, Mengyang Wang, Han Wang, Jinghui Sun, Chunmei Wang, Jianguang Chen, He Li
Schisandra, Ginseng, Notoginseng, and Lycium barbarum are traditional Chinese medicinal plants sharing cognitive-enhancing properties. To design a functional food to improve memory, we prepared a compound Schisandra-Ginseng-Notoginseng-Lycium (CSGNL) extract and investigated its effect on scopolamine-induced learning and memory loss in mice. To optimize the dose ratios of the four herbal extracts in CSGNL, orthogonal experiments were performed. Mice were administered CSGNL by gavage once a day for 30 days and then mouse learning and memory were evaluated by Morris water maze and step-through tests...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814779/the-beach-protein-lrba-promotes-the-localization-of-the-heterotrimeric-g-protein-golf-to-olfactory-cilia
#20
Stefan Kurtenbach, Andreas Gießl, Siv Strömberg, Jan Kremers, Jenny Atorf, Sebastian Rasche, Eva M Neuhaus, Denis Hervé, Johann Helmut Brandstätter, Esther Asan, Hanns Hatt, Manfred W Kilimann
BEACH domain proteins are involved in membrane protein traffic and human diseases, but their molecular mechanisms are not understood. The BEACH protein LRBA has been implicated in immune response and cell proliferation, and human LRBA mutations cause severe immune deficiency. Here, we report a first functional and molecular phenotype outside the immune system of LRBA-knockout mice: compromised olfaction, manifesting in reduced electro-olfactogram response amplitude, impaired food-finding efficiency, and smaller olfactory bulbs...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
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