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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644126/extensive-horizontal-gene-transfer-in-cheese-associated-bacteria
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Kevin S Bonham, Benjamin E Wolfe, Rachel J Dutton
Acquisition of genes through horizontal gene transfer (HGT) allows microbes to rapidly gain new capabilities and adapt to new or changing environments. Identifying widespread HGT regions within multispecies microbiomes can pinpoint the molecular mechanisms that play key roles in microbiome assembly. We sought to identify horizontally transferred genes within a model microbiome, the cheese rind. Comparing 31 newly-sequenced and 134 previously sequenced bacterial isolates from cheese rinds, we identified over 200 putative horizontally transferred genomic regions containing 4,844 protein coding genes...
June 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636136/capillary-zone-electrophorsis-for-the-analysis-of-naturally-occurring-2-hydroxycitric-acids-and-their-lactones
#2
B L Abhijith, Moolya Mohan, David Joseph, Simimole Haleema, Hassan Y Aboul-Enein, Ibrahim Ibnusaud
A simple capillary zone electrophoresis method with direct ultraviolet detection has been developed for the analysis of naturally occurring diastereomeric 2-hydroxycitric acid lactones. Using 50 mM sodium phosphate buffer of pH 7, a baseline resolution Rs > 3.0 was observed for all organic acids selected for the present study. This method was employed for the quantitative determination of title acids present in the plant sources namely G. cambogia fruit rinds and H. sabdariffa calyx. Conversion of 2-hydroxycitric acids to their lactones on heating above plant sources is deliberated...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627966/further-evidence-of-cucurbit-host-specificity-among-acidovorax-citrulli-groups-based-on-a-detached-melon-fruit-pathogenicity-assay
#3
Lichun Yan, Hu Baishi, Gong Chen, Mei Zhao, Ron Ricardo Walcott
Bacterial fruit blotch (BFB), caused by the gram-negative bacterium Acidovorax citrulli, is a serious economic threat to cucurbit crop production worldwide. A. citrulli strains can be divided into two genetically distinct groups with group I strains infecting a range of cucurbit species, and group II strains being predominantly associated with watermelon. Group I and II A. citrulli strains differ in their arsenal of type III secreted (T3S) effector proteins and we hypothesize that these effectors are critical for cucurbit host preference...
June 19, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597428/mapping-quantitative-trait-loci-for-fruit-traits-and-powdery-mildew-resistance-in-melon-cucumis-melo
#4
Yu-Hua Wang, Dong-Hong Wu, Jin-Hsing Huang, Shing-Jy Tsao, Kae-Kang Hwu, Hsiao-Feng Lo
BACKGROUND: Fruit characters affect consumer preferences and the market value of melons is determined by fruit quality. Most fruit quality-related traits are controlled by multiple genes, and are influenced by environmental factors. Furthermore, powdery mildew is another limiting factor in melon production. To develop new melon cultivars with disease resistance and high quality fruits using the molecular marker-assisted breeding strategy, identification of quantitative trait loci for fruit quality and disease resistance is required...
December 2016: Botanical Studies (Taipei, Taiwan)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595827/the-ovine-motor-cortex-a-review-of-functional-mapping-and-cytoarchitecture
#5
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Sam E John, Timothy J H Lovell, Nicholas L Opie, Stefan Wilson, Theodore C Scordas, Yan T Wong, Gil S Rind, Stephen Ronayne, Sébastien H Bauquier, Clive N May, David B Grayden, Terence J O'Brien, Thomas J Oxley
In recent years, sheep (Ovis aries) have emerged as a useful animal model for neurological research due to their relatively large brain and blood vessel size, their cortical architecture, and their docile temperament. However, the functional anatomy of sheep brain is not as well studied as that of non-human primates, rodents, and felines. For example, while the location of the sheep motor cortex has been known for many years, there have been few studies of the somatotopy of the motor cortex and there were a range of discrepancies across them...
June 16, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593516/antidepressant-and-anxiolytic-effects-of-garcinia-indica-fruit-rind-via-monoaminergic-pathway
#6
Isha Dhamija, Milind Parle, Sandeep Kumar
Depression and anxiety are the most crippling neuropsychiatric disorders of this modern era. These mostly occur as anxiety followed by depression or in mixed state. Therefore, there is an urgent need of a safe and effective treatment, which proves its worth in this ailment. What else than a conventional food would be a better choice for a convenient therapy. Therefore, Garcinia indica, commonly known as Kokam, fruit rind has been used in the present study to investigate its antidepressant and anti-anxiety potential using forced swim test, tail suspension test, and reserpine-induced hypothermia; and elevated plus maze, hole-board test, and light dark model, respectively...
June 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573253/in-vivo-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-hepatoprotective-and-in-vitro-cytotoxic-activities-of-garcinia-hombroniana-seashore-mangosteen
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Nargis Jamila, Naeem Khan, Amir Atlas Khan, Imran Khan, Sadiq Noor Khan, Zainal Amiruddin Zakaria, Melati Khairuddean, Hasnah Osman, Kyong Su Kim
BACKGROUND: Garcinia hombroniana, known as "manggis hutan" (jungle mangosteen) in Malaysia, is distributed in tropical Asia, Borneo, Thailand, Andaman, Nicobar Islands, Vietnam and India. In Malaysia, its ripened crimson sour fruit rind is used as a seasoning agent in curries and culinary dishes. Its roots and leaves decoction is used against skin infections and after child birth. This study aimed to evaluate in vivo hepatoprotective and in vitro cytotoxic activities of 20% methanolic ethyl acetate (MEA) G...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552725/the-inhibitory-effect-of-anti-tumor-polysaccharide-from-punica-granatum-on-metastasis
#8
Sheeja Varghese, Manu M Joseph, Aravind S R, Unnikrishnan B S, T T Sreelekha
Galactomannan (PSP001) isolated from the fruit rind of Punica granatum was demonstrated as an excellent antioxidant, immunomodulatory and anticancer agent both in vitro and in vivo models. Since the most lethal and debilitating attribute of cancer cells is their ability to evolve to a state of malignancy, with key features like increased angiogenesis, invasion, migration, colony formation, and metastasis, the present study focused on evaluating the effects of the galactomannan on tumor and malignancy. PSP001 effectively reduced the neovascularization in chick embryos highlighting its potential as an angiogenic inhibitor...
May 25, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551185/crystallization-and-demineralization-phenomena-in-stabilized-white-mold-cheese
#9
Gil F Tansman, Paul S Kindstedt, John M Hughes
Stabilized white mold cheese is a commercially important variant of traditional white mold cheese (sometimes called bloomy rind cheese) that has an extended shelf life compared with the traditional permutation. The objectives of this observational study were to document mineral element movements and the development of a pH gradient in stabilized white mold cheese, and to use novel crystallographic techniques to identify crystals that form in the rind of this cheese. Cheeses from 3 separate batches were collected from a commercial supplier at d 1, 4, 10, 14, and 18 of aging and analyzed in a randomized block design...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529184/the-grade-working-group-clarifies-the-construct-of-certainty-of-evidence
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Monica Hultcrantz, David Rind, Elie A Akl, Shaun Treweek, Reem A Mustafa, Alfonso Iorio, Brian S Alper, Joerg J Meerpohl, M Hassan Murad, Mohammed T Ansari, Srinivasa Vittal Katikireddi, Pernilla Östlund, Sofia Tranæus, Robin Christensen, Gerald Gartlehner, Jan Brozek, Ariel Izcovich, Holger Schünemann, Gordon Guyatt
OBJECTIVE: To clarify the GRADE (grading of recommendations assessment, development and evaluation) definition of certainty of evidence and suggest possible approaches to rating certainty of the evidence for systematic reviews, health technology assessments and guidelines. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: This work was carried out by a project group within the GRADE Working Group, through brainstorming and iterative refinement of ideas, using input from workshops, presentations, and discussions at GRADE Working Group meetings to produce this document, which constitutes official GRADE guidance...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524381/antifungal-activity-of-gallic-acid-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#11
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/28490120/evaluation-of-antioxidant-potential-of-artocarpus-heterophyllus-l-j33-variety-fruit-waste-from-different-extraction-methods-and-identification-of-phenolic-constituents-by-lcms
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Mohd Nazrul Hisham Daud, Dian Nashiela Fatanah, Noriham Abdullah, Rohaya Ahmad
Artocarpus heterophyllus J33 (AhJ33) fruit is a popular and valuable jackfruit variety in Malaysia. For export, the pulp has to be separated from the skin which is usually discarded. Hence, the conversion of the fruit waste to food products with economic value needs to be explored utilizing the waste to wealth concept. This paper reports the evaluation of antioxidant potential of AhJ33 fruit waste (rind and rachis) extracts from three different extraction methods (maceration, percolation and Soxhlet). The antioxidant potential was assessed by DPPH radical scavenging, FRAP and β-carotene bleaching assays...
October 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487537/evidence-of-cross-cutting-and-redox-reaction-in-khatyrka-meteorite-reveals-metallic-al-minerals-formed-in-outer-space
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Chaney Lin, Lincoln S Hollister, Glenn J MacPherson, Luca Bindi, Chi Ma, Christopher L Andronicos, Paul J Steinhardt
We report on a fragment of the quasicrystal-bearing CV3 carbonaceous chondrite Khatyrka recovered from fine-grained, clay-rich sediments in the Koryak Mountains, Chukotka (Russia). We show higher melting-point silicate glass cross-cutting lower melting-point Al-Cu-Fe alloys, as well as unambiguous evidence of a reduction-oxidation reaction history between Al-Cu-Fe alloys and silicate melt. The redox reactions involve reduction of FeO and SiO2 to Fe and Fe-Si metal, and oxidation of metallic Al to Al2O3, occurring where silicate melt was in contact with Al-Cu-Fe alloys...
May 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486520/rapid-expansion-of-the-invasive-oyster-crassostrea-gigas-at-its-northern-distribution-limit-in-europe-naturally-dispersed-or-introduced
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Marc B Anglès d'Auriac, Eli Rinde, Pia Norling, Sylvie Lapègue, André Staalstrøm, Dag Ø Hjermann, Jens Thaulow
The Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas, was introduced to Europe for aquaculture purposes, and has had a rapid and unforeseen northward expansion in northern Europe. The recent dramatic increase in number of C. gigas populations along the species' northern distribution limit has questioned the efficiency of Skagerrak as a dispersal barrier for transport and survival of larvae. We investigated the genetic connectivity and possible spreading patterns between Pacific oyster populations on the southern Norwegian coast (4 localities) and Swedish and Danish populations by means of DNA microsatellite analysis of adult oysters, and by simulating larvae drift...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474137/clinical-features-and-predictive-value-of-serum-inflammatory-markers-of-perivascular-involvement-in-immunoglobulin-g4-related-disease
#15
Hideya Yamamoto, Eiji Sugiyama, Masahiro Serikawa, Fuminari Tatsugami, Michiya Yokozaki, Toshiro Kitagawa, Atsushi Senoo, Yumiko Kubo Nakamoto, Kazuo Awai, Kazuaki Chayama, Yasuki Kihara
Vascular and/or perivascular involvements of sclerotic inflammation (perivasculitis) are a complication of immunoglobulin G4-related disease (IgG4-RD). We sought to examine clinical manifestations of perivasculitis by computed tomography (CT) in patients with elevated serum IgG4 levels, and then to evaluate some potential predictors of perivasculitis in definite IgG4-RD patients. From a database of patients with serum IgG4 measurements, we selected 81 patients with elevated serum IgG4 levels (≥135 mg/dl)...
May 4, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469705/suppression-of-cinnamoyl-coa-reductase-increases-the-level-of-monolignol-ferulates-incorporated-into-maize-lignins
#16
Rebecca A Smith, Cynthia L Cass, Mona Mazaheri, Rajandeep S Sekhon, Marlies Heckwolf, Heidi Kaeppler, Natalia de Leon, Shawn D Mansfield, Shawn M Kaeppler, John C Sedbrook, Steven D Karlen, John Ralph
BACKGROUND: The cell wall polymer lignin provides structural support and rigidity to plant cell walls, and therefore to the plant body. However, the recalcitrance associated with lignin impedes the extraction of polysaccharides from the cell wall to make plant-based biofuels and biomaterials. The cell wall digestibility can be improved by introducing labile ester bonds into the lignin backbone that can be easily broken under mild base treatment at room temperature. The FERULOYL-CoA MONOLIGNOL TRANSFERASE (FMT) enzyme, which may be naturally found in many plants, uses feruloyl-CoA and monolignols to synthesize the ester-linked monolignol ferulate conjugates...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452616/an-ovine-model-of-cerebral-catheter-venography-for-implantation-of-an-endovascular-neural-interface
#17
Thomas James Oxley, Nicholas Lachlan Opie, Gil Simon Rind, Kishan Liyanage, Sam Emmanuel John, Stephen Ronayne, Alan James McDonald, Anthony Dornom, Timothy John Haynes Lovell, Peter John Mitchell, Iwan Bennett, Sebastien Bauquier, Leon Norris Warne, Chris Steward, David Bruce Grayden, Patricia Desmond, Stephen M Davis, Terence John O'Brien, Clive N May
OBJECTIVE Neural interface technology may enable the development of novel therapies to treat neurological conditions, including motor prostheses for spinal cord injury. Intracranial neural interfaces currently require a craniotomy to achieve implantation and may result in chronic tissue inflammation. Novel approaches are required that achieve less invasive implantation methods while maintaining high spatial resolution. An endovascular stent electrode array avoids direct brain trauma and is able to record electrocorticography in local cortical tissue from within the venous vasculature...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429503/cleavage-of-a-p-p-double-bond-mediated-by-n-heterocyclic-carbenes
#18
Naoki Hayakawa, Kazuya Sadamori, Shota Tsujimoto, Miho Hatanaka, Tomonari Wakabayashi, Tsukasa Matsuo
The reaction of the bulky diphosphenes (Rind)P=P(Rind) (1; Rind=1,1,3,3,5,5,7,7-octa-R-substituted s-hydrindacen-4-yl) with two molecules of N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC; 1,3,4,5-tetramethylimidazol-2-ylidene) resulted in the quantitative formation of the NHC-bound phosphinidenes NHC→P(Rind) (2), along with the cleavage of the P=P double bond. The reaction times are dependent on the steric size of the Rind groups (11 days for 2 a (R=Et) and 2 h for 2 b (R=Et, Me) at room temperature). The mechanism for the double bond-breaking is proposed to proceed via the formation of the NHC-coordinated, highly polarized diphospehenes 3 as an intermediate...
April 21, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428951/the-effect-of-flour-from-the-rind-of-the-yellow-passion-fruit-on-glycemic-control-of-people-with-diabetes-mellitus-type-2-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#19
Márcio Flávio Moura de Araújo, Vivian Saraiva Veras, Roberto Wagner Júnior Freire de Freitas, Maria do Livramento de Paula, Thiago Moura de Araújo, Lilian Raquel Alexandre Uchôa, Maria Wendiane Gueiros Gaspar, Maria da Conceição do Santos Oliveira Cunha, Maria Aparecida Alves de Oliveira Serra, Carolina Maria de Lima Carvalho, Edmara Chaves Costa, Marta Maria Coelho Damasceno
BACKGROUND: The single or combined use of herbal and dietary products with medications has shown benefits in the metabolic modulation of carbohydrates, in the restoring of the function of pancreatic beta cells, and in insulin resistance. To analyze the effect of the use of flour made from the rind of the yellow passion fruit on the glycemic control of people with diabetes mellitus type 2. METHODS: An open, prospective, randomized clinical trial was undertaken with 54 participants over an eight-week period...
2017: Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403819/qtl-mapping-for-fruit-quality-in-citrus-using-dartseq-markers
#20
Maiara Curtolo, Mariângela Cristofani-Yaly, Rodrigo Gazaffi, Marco Aurélio Takita, Antonio Figueira, Marcos Antonio Machado
BACKGROUND: Citrus breeding programs have many limitations associated with the species biology and physiology, requiring the incorporation of new biotechnological tools to provide new breeding possibilities. Diversity Arrays Technology (DArT) markers, combined with next-generation sequencing, have wide applicability in the construction of high-resolution genetic maps and in quantitative trait locus (QTL) mapping. This study aimed to construct an integrated genetic map using full-sib progeny derived from Murcott tangor and Pera sweet orange and DArTseq™ molecular markers and to perform QTL mapping of twelve fruit quality traits...
April 12, 2017: BMC Genomics
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