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Johannes G de Vries
Several strategies can be chosen to convert renewable resources into chemicals. In this account, I exemplify the route that starts with so-called platform chemicals; these are relatively simple chemicals that can be produced in high yield, directly from renewable resources, either via fermentation or via chemical routes. They can be converted into the existing bulk chemicals in a very efficient manner using multistep catalytic conversions. Two examples are given of the conversion of sugars into nylon intermediates...
October 20, 2016: Chemical Record: An Official Publication of the Chemical Society of Japan ... [et Al.]
Teresa Lopes da Silva, Cátia Baptista, Alberto Reis, Paula C Passarinho
Lignocellulosic materials have been considered low-cost effective substrates for bioethanol production. However, lignocellulosic pretreatment releases toxic compounds such as 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) that is known to inhibit the yeast growth and ethanol production. In this work, flow cytometry was used to monitor the physiological response of the yeast Saccharomyces carlsbergensis ATCC 6269 in the presence of different initial HMF concentrations within the range of 0-15 g/L, in terms of cell membrane integrity, potential, and intracellular lipids...
October 18, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Venkatesh Gude, Ananya Das, Tanmay Chatterjee, Prasun K Mandal
The molecular origin of the photoluminescence of carbon dots (CDs) is not known. This restricts the design of CDs with desired optical properties. We have synthesized CDs starting from carbohydrates by employing a simple synthesis method. We were able to demonstrate that the CDs are composed of aggregated hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) derivatives. The optical properties of these CDs are quite unique. These CDs exhibit an excitation-independent PL emission maximum in the orange-red region (λ ∼ 590 nm). These CDs also exhibit excitation as well as monitoring wavelength-independent single exponential PL decay...
October 12, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Sanan Eminov, Agnieszka Brandt, James D E T Wilton-Ely, Jason P Hallett
A number of ionic liquids have been shown to be excellent solvents for lignocellulosic biomass processing, and some of these are particularly effective in the production of the versatile chemical building block 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF). In this study, the production of HMF from the simple sugar glucose in ionic liquid media is discussed. Several aspects of the selective catalytic formation of HMF from glucose have been elucidated using metal halide salts in two distinct ionic liquids, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hydrogen sulfate as well as mixtures of these, revealing key features for accelerating the desired reaction and suppressing byproduct formation...
2016: PloS One
Kun Gao, Linyan Zhou, Jinfeng Bi, Jianyong Yi, Xinye Wu, Mo Zhou, Xueyuan Wang, Xuan Liu
BACKGROUND: Computer vision-based image analysis system is widely used in food processing to evaluate the quality changes recently. It could objectively measure surface colour of various products since it provide some obvious advantages with its objectivity and quantitative capabilities. In this study, computer vision-based image analysis system was used to investigate the colour changes of apple slices dried by instant controlled pressure drop-assisted hot air drying (AD-DIC). RESULTS: The CIE L* value and PPO activity in apple slices decreased during entire drying process, while other color indexes including CIE a*, b*, △E, C* value increased...
October 5, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Mi Jang, Tae-Gyu Lim, Sungeun Ahn, Hee-Do Hong, Young Kyoung Rhee, Kyung-Tack Kim, Eunjung Lee, Jeong Hoon Lee, Yun Ji Lee, Chan Sik Jung, Dae Young Lee, Chang-Won Cho
The objective of this study was to investigate the immune-enhancing activity of a high molecular weight fraction (HMF) of Cynanchum wilfordii in RAW 264.7 macrophages and the cyclophosphamide (CYC)-induced mouse model of immunosuppression. To identify the bioactive substances of HMF, a crude polysaccharide (HMFO) was obtained and treated with sodium periodate (an oxidation agent) or digested with protease. In macrophages, HMF treatment enhanced the production of nitric oxide (NO) and cytokines (tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), interleukin 6 (IL-6), and interleukin 1β (IL-1β)), as well as phagocytic ability...
2016: Nutrients
Huanfeng Jiao, Xiaoliang Zhao, Chunxiao Lv, Yijun Wang, Dongjiang Yang, Zhenhuan Li, Xiangdong Yao
One-dimensional γ-Al2O3 nanofibers were modified with Nb2O5 to be used as an efficient heterogeneous catalyst to catalyze biomass into 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF). At low Nb2O5 loading, the niobia species were well dispersed on γ-Al2O3 nanofiber through Nb-O-Al bridge bonds. The interaction between Nb2O5 precursor and γ-Al2O3 nanofiber results in the niobia species with strong Lewis acid sites and intensive Brønsted acid sites, which made 5-HMF yield from glucose to reach the maximum 55.9~59.0% over Nb2O5-γ-Al2O3 nanofiber with a loading of 0...
September 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
Marta Navarro, Francisco J Morales
The antiglycative activity of hydroxytyrosol (HT) and olive leaf extract (OLE) was investigated in wheat-flour biscuits. Quercetin (QE) and gallic acid (GA) were used as reference of antiglycative activity of phenolic compounds. HT, OLE, QE and GA were added in the range of 0.25-0.75% (w/w). Samples were compared against a control recipe baked at 180°C/20min. HT biscuit was able to inhibit efficiently the formation of hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) and 3-deoxyglucosone (3-DG), as well as reduced the formation of overall free fluorescent AGEs and pentosidine...
February 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Xiaofei Zeng, Abhijeet P Borole, Spyros G Pavlostathis
The objective of this study was to systematically investigate the inhibitory effect of furfural (FF), 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), syringic acid (SA), vanillic acid (VA), and 4-hydroxybenzoic acid (HBA), which are problematic lignocellulose-derived byproducts, on exoelectrogenesis in the bioanode of a microbial electrolysis cell. The five compound mixture at an initial total concentration range from 0.8 to 8.0 g/L resulted in an up to 91% current decrease as a result of exoelectrogenesis inhibition; fermentative, nonexoelectrogenic biotransformation pathways of the five compounds were not affected...
October 18, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Esther Oder, Martin K Safo, Osheiza Abdulmalik, Gregory J Kato
The hallmark of sickle cell disease is the polymerization of sickle haemoglobin due to a point mutation in the β-globin gene (HBB). Under low oxygen saturation, sickle haemoglobin assumes the tense (T-state) deoxygenated conformation that can form polymers, leading to rigid erythrocytes with impaired blood vessel transit, compounded or initiated by adhesion of erythrocytes to endothelium, neutrophils and platelets. This process results in vessel occlusion and ischaemia, with consequent acute pain, chronic organ damage, morbidity and mortality...
October 2016: British Journal of Haematology
Samuel Kassaye, Chetan Pagar, Kamal K Pant, Sapna Jain, Rajat Gupta
The transformation of lignocellulosic biomass to value added chemicals in a synergetic effect of sulfated zirconia (SZ) catalyst and ionic liquid was found to effectively depolymerize microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) to sugars and dehydrate sugars to 5-hydroxylmethylfurfural (5-HMF) and levulinic acid (LA). SZ was catalyst synthesized by wet impregnation method with predetermined concentration of sulphuric acid and then characterized using techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), BET-surface area analyzer, thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) and temperature programmed desorption of ammonia (Ammonia-TPD)...
November 2016: Bioresource Technology
Luma C S R Soares, Anuj K Chandel, Fernando C Pagnocca, Swapnil C Gaikwad, Mahendra Rai, Silvio S da Silva
Many toxic compounds are produced and released in the hemicellulosic hydrolyzates during the acid pretreatment step, which are required for the disruption of the lignocelluloses matrix and sugars release. The conventional methods of detoxification i.e. overliming, activated charcoal, ion exchange or even membrane-based separations have the limitations in removal of these toxic inhibitors in fermentation process. Hence, it is imperative to explore biological methods to overcome the inhibitors by minimizing the filtration steps, sugar loss and chemical additions...
June 2016: Indian Journal of Microbiology
Filiz Uçan, Erdal Ağçam, Asiye Akyildiz
In this study, bioactive compounds (phenolic and carotenoid) and some quality parameters (color, browning index and hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF)) of natural cloudy lemon juice, pasteurized (90 °C/15 s) and storage stability of concentrated lemon juice (-25 °C/180 days) were carried out. Fifteen phenolic compounds were determined in the lemon juice and the most abounded phenolic compounds were hesperidin, eriocitrin, chlorogenic acid and neoeriocitrin. In generally, phenolic compound concentrations of lemon juice samples increased after the pasteurization treatment...
March 2016: Journal of Food Science and Technology
Firoz Akhter, M Salman Khan, Mohammad Faisal, Abdulrahman A Alatar, Saheem Ahmad
BACKGROUND: This study analyzes effect of glycation on ApoB-100 residues by D-ribose as D-ribosylated-glycated LDL might be responsible for the cause of diabetes mellitus because of its far higher antigenic ability. The binding characteristics of circulating auto-antibodies in type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients against native and modified LDL were assessed. METHODS: T1 Diabetes (n = 43), T2 diabetes patients (n = 100) were examined by direct binding ELISA as well as inhibition ELISA, were compared with healthy age-matched controls (n = 50)...
August 26, 2016: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
Wei Zhang, Jingyan Xie, Wei Hou, Yangqing Liu, Yu Zhou, Jun Wang
Supported catalysts are widely studied, and exploring new promising supports is significant to access more applications. In this work, novel copper-containing MOR-type zeolites Cu-MOR were synthesized in a one-pot template-free route and served as efficient supports for vanadium oxide. In the heterogeneous oxidation of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) to 2,5-diformylfuran (DFF) with molecular oxygen (O2) under ambient pressure, the obtained catalyst demonstrated high yield (91.5%) and good reusability. Even under the ambient air pressure, it gave a DFF yield of 72...
September 7, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Iris K M Yu, Daniel C W Tsang, Alex C K Yip, Season S Chen, Yong Sik Ok, Chi Sun Poon
This study aimed to transform food waste into a value-added chemical, hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), and unravel the tangled effects induced by the metal catalysts on each single step of the successive conversion pathway. The results showed that using cooked rice and bread crust as surrogates of starch-rich food waste, yields of 8.1-9.5% HMF and 44.2-64.8% glucose were achieved over SnCl4 catalyst. Protons released from metal hydrolysis and acidic by-products rendered Brønsted acidity to catalyze fructose dehydration and hydrolysis of glycosidic bond...
November 2016: Bioresource Technology
Chaochao Yue, Guanna Li, Evgeny A Pidko, Jan J Wiesfeld, Marcello Rigutto, Emiel J M Hensen
Dehydration of glucose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) remains a significant problem in the context of the valorization of lignocellulosic biomass. Hydrolysis of WCl6 and NbCl5 leads to precipitation of Nb-containing tungstite (WO3 ⋅H2 O) at low Nb content and mixtures of tungstite and niobic acid at higher Nb content. Tungstite is a promising catalyst for the dehydration of glucose to HMF. Compared with Nb2 O5 , fewer by-products are formed because of the low Brønsted acidity of the (mixed) oxides. In water, an optimum yield of HMF was obtained for Nb-W oxides with low Nb content owing to balanced Lewis and Brønsted acidity...
September 8, 2016: ChemSusChem
Jing-Peng Fu, Wei-Chuan Mo, Ying Liu, Perry F Bartlett, Rong-Qiao He
Living organisms are exposed to the geomagnetic field (GMF) throughout their lifespan. Elimination of the GMF, resulting in a hypogeomagnetic field (HMF), leads to central nervous system dysfunction and abnormal development in animals. However, the cellular mechanisms underlying these effects have not been identified so far. Here, we show that exposure to an HMF (<200 nT), produced by a magnetic field shielding chamber, promotes the proliferation of neural progenitor/stem cells (NPCs/NSCs) from C57BL/6 mice...
September 2016: Protein & Cell
Tolgahan Kocadağlı, Vural Gökmen
This study aimed to investigate the kinetics of α-dicarbonyl compound formation in glucose and glucose-sodium chloride mixture during heating under caramelization conditions. Changes in the concentrations of glucose, fructose, glucosone, 1-deoxyglucosone, 3-deoxyglucosone, 3,4-dideoxyglucosone, 5-hydroxymethyl-2-furfural (HMF), glyoxal, methylglyoxal, and diacetyl were determined. A comprehensive reaction network was built, and the multiresponse model was compared to the experimentally observed data. Interconversion between glucose and fructose became 2...
August 17, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Marina C Nemitz, Jaqueline N Picada, Juliana da Silva, Ana Letícia H Garcia, Débora K M Papke, Ivana Grivicich, Martin Steppe, Gilsane L von Poser, Helder F Teixeira
Soybean acid hydrolyzed extracts are raw-materials widely used for manufacturing of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics products due to their high content of isoflavone aglycones. In the present study, the main sugar degradation products 5-hydroxymethyl-2-furfural (HMF) and 5-ethoxymethyl-2-furfural (EMF) were quantitatively determined after acid hydrolysis of extracts from different soybean cultivars by a validated liquid chromatography method. The furanic compounds determined in samples cover the range of 0.16-0...
September 10, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
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