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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732049/testing-the-optimal-defense-hypothesis-in-nature-variation-for-glucosinolate-profiles-within-plants
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Rose A Keith, Thomas Mitchell-Olds
Plants employ highly variable chemical defenses against a broad community of herbivores, which vary in their susceptibilities to specific compounds. Variation in chemical defenses within the plant has been found in many species; the ecological and evolutionary influences on this variation, however, are less well-understood. One central theory describing the allocation of defenses in the plant is the Optimal Defense Hypothesis (ODH), which predicts that defenses will be concentrated in tissues that are of high fitness value to the plant...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732012/multi-approach-metabolomics-analysis-and-artificial-simplified-phytocomplexes-reveal-cultivar-dependent-synergy-between-polyphenols-and-ascorbic-acid-in-fruits-of-the-sweet-cherry-prunus-avium-l
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Mauro Commisso, Martino Bianconi, Flavia Di Carlo, Stefania Poletti, Alessandra Bulgarini, Francesca Munari, Stefano Negri, Matteo Stocchero, Stefania Ceoldo, Linda Avesani, Michael Assfalg, Gianni Zoccatelli, Flavia Guzzo
Fruits of the sweet cherry (Prunus avium L.) accumulate a range of antioxidants that can help to prevent cardiovascular disease, inflammation and cancer. We tested the in vitro antioxidant activity of 18 sweet cherry cultivars collected from 12 farms in the protected geographical indication region of Marostica (Vicenza, Italy) during two growing seasons. Multiple targeted and untargeted metabolomics approaches (NMR, LC-MS, HPLC-DAD, HPLC-UV) as well as artificial simplified phytocomplexes representing the cultivars Sandra Tardiva, Sandra and Grace Star were then used to determine whether the total antioxidant activity reflected the additive effects of each compound or resulted from synergistic interactions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731787/effect-of-euterpe-oleracea-mart-a%C3%A3-a%C3%A3-oil-on-dyslipidemia-caused-by-cocos-nucifera-l-saturated-fat-in-wistar-rats
#3
Belmira S Faria E Souza, Helison O Carvalho, Talisson Taglialegna, Albenise Santana A Barros, Edilson Leal da Cunha, Irlon Maciel Ferreira, Hady Keita, Andres Navarrete, José Carlos Tavares Carvalho
Dyslipidemia is caused by disturbances in lipid metabolism that lead to chronic elevations of serum lipids, especially low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol and triglycerides, increasing the risk of metabolic syndrome, obesity, diabetes, atherogenic processes, and cardiovascular diseases. The oil from the fruits of Euterpe oleracea (OFEO) is rich in unsaturated fatty acids with potential for treating alterations in lipid metabolism. In this study, we aimed to investigate the effect of OFEO on hyperlipidemia induced by Cocos nucifera L...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731642/utility-of-a-brief-index-to-measure-diet-quality-of-australian-preschoolers-in-the-feeding-healthy-food-to-kids-randomised-controlled-trial
#4
Kerith Duncanson, Yu Qi Lee, Tracy Burrows, Clare Collins
AIM: The aim was to evaluate the utility of a brief dietary intake assessment tool in measuring nutritional adequacy of preschoolers and differences in food and nutrient intake between quartiles stratified by overall diet quality. METHODS: Dietary intakes of preschoolers (n = 146) from the Feeding Healthy Food to Kids trial were reported by parents/caregivers using a 120-item food frequency questionnaire (FFQ). Diet quality was assessed using the Australian Recommended Food Score for Preschoolers...
April 2017: Nutrition & Dietetics: the Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731639/exploring-family-home-food-environments-household-resources-needed-to-utilise-weekly-deliveries-of-free-fruits-and-vegetables
#5
Sophie A Carty, Louise A Mainvil, John D Coveney
AIM: An adapted ethnographic approach was used to explore household factors that influence family fruit and vegetable consumption when access and cost barriers are removed. 'Structural' barriers, such as food affordability and accessibility, are likely to influence fruit and vegetable consumption in disadvantaged households, but households may require additional resources (human and social) to increase consumption. METHODS: Five low-income and five high-income households with children (N = 39 individuals) were observed in their home environment for three months...
April 2017: Nutrition & Dietetics: the Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731600/spot-testing-urine-ph-a-novel-dietary-biomarker-a-randomised-cross-over-trial
#6
Benjamin H Parmenter, Gary J Slater, Lynda A Frassetto
AIM: Spot-tests of urine pH are claimed to be an accessible biomarker of net acid excretion (NAE), and as such, they may be able to determine changes in an individual's intake of acid- or base-forming foods. To test this hypothesis, we aimed to determine if spot-tests of urine pH could index NAE and relay the consumption of a fruit and vegetable (F&V) concentrate whilst determining this concentrate's capacity to modulate NAE. METHODS: In a double blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial, healthy adults (n = 13) were allocated by simple randomisation to receive a F&V concentrate or placebo for three days each, with diet standardised throughout...
July 2017: Nutrition & Dietetics: the Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731560/food-insecure-student-clients-of-a-university-based-food-bank-have-compromised-health-dietary-intake-and-academic-quality
#7
Jasmine Farahbakhsh, Mahitab Hanbazaza, Geoff D C Ball, Anna P Farmer, Katerina Maximova, Noreen D Willows
AIM: University and college students in wealthy countries may be vulnerable to financial food insecurity. If food insecure students have suboptimal health, their ability to learn and excel in their education could be compromised. This Canadian study examined the relationship of food security status to diet and self-perceived health and academic quality among students receiving emergency food hampers from the Campus Food Bank at University of Alberta. METHODS: A convenience sample of 58 students completed a survey...
February 2017: Nutrition & Dietetics: the Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731359/western-dietary-pattern-is-associated-with-severe-coronary-artery-disease
#8
Evangelos Oikonomou, Theodora Psaltopoulou, Georgios Georgiopoulos, Gerasimos Siasos, Eleni Kokkou, Alexios Antonopoulos, Georgia Vogiatzi, Sotirios Tsalamandris, Vassiliki Gennimata, Aggelos Papanikolaou, Dimitris Tousoulis
The independent predictive value of an unhealthy diet on the severity of coronary artery disease (CAD) requires further investigation. We assessed the impact of dietary pattern on CAD severity. In this cohort study, we included 188 symptomatic stable patients with CAD. Patients were categorized as having severe CAD or nonsevere CAD by coronary angiography. Among several demographics and clinical characteristics, all patients were tested using a semiquantitative food frequency questionnaire. Concerning baseline demographic characteristics, there was no difference between patients with severe CAD and nonsevere CAD...
January 1, 2017: Angiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731315/hypocholesterolemic-activity-of-cornelian-cherry-cornus-mas-l-fruits
#9
Fatemeh Hosseinpour, Tahoora Shomali, Mahmoud Rafieian-Kopaei
Background Lipid profile disturbances are important risk factors for cardiovascular events in patients with diabetes mellitus and finding safe and multifaceted agents is persuaded in this regard. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of cornelian cherry dried powder (CCDP) on serum lipid profile as well as liver antioxidant capacity, HMG-CoA reductase level and activity, and LDL receptor level in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Methods Forty-eight male adult Wistar rats were randomly allocated into eight equal groups and were treated for 4 weeks as follows: negative control (normal rats, basic diet); positive control (diabetic rats, basic diet), T1 to T4 groups: diabetic rats fed with basic diet containing 0...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731262/nephroprotective-effects-of-anthocyanin-from-the-fruits-of-panax-ginseng-gfa-on-cisplatin-induced-acute-kidney-injury-in-mice
#10
Zhen-Lan Qi, Zi Wang, Wei Li, Jin-Gang Hou, Ying Liu, Xin-Dian Li, Hui-Ping Li, Ying-Ping Wang
Cisplatin is an effective anticancer chemotherapeutic agent, but the use of cisplatin in the clinic is severely limited by side effects. Nephrotoxicity is a major factor that contributes to the side effects of cisplatin chemotherapy. The aim of this research was to survey the nephroprotective effects of anthocyanin from the fruits of Panax ginseng (GFA) in a murine model of cisplatin-induced acute kidney injury. We observed that pretreatment with GFA attenuated cisplatin-induced elevations in blood urea nitrogen and creatinine levels and histopathological injury induced by cisplatin...
July 21, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731231/comparative-analysis-of-juice-volatiles-in-selected-mandarins-mandarin-relatives-and-other-citrus-genotypes
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Yuan Yu, Jinhe Bai, Chunxian Chen, Anne Plotto, Elizabeth A Baldwin, Frederick G Gmitter
BACKGROUND: Citrus fruit flavor is an important attribute prioritized in variety improvement. This study compared juice volatiles compositions from 13 selected citrus genotypes, including six mandarins (Citrus reticulata), three sour oranges (C. aurantium), one blood orange (C. sinensis), one lime (C. limonia), one clementine (C. clementina) and one satsuma (C. unshiu). RESULTS: Large differences were observed in volatiles compositions among the citrus genotypes...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731173/anacardic-acid-induces-cell-apoptosis-of-prostatic-cancer-through-autophagy-by-er-stress-dapk3-akt-signaling-pathway
#12
Jing Tan, Xianzhen Jiang, Guangming Yin, Leye He, Jianye Liu, Zhi Long, Zhiqiang Jiang, Kun Yao
Anacardic acid, which is commonly seen in plants of Anacardiaceae, is an important composition of cashew, ginkgo leaf and fruit, and it has been suggested in previous research to show antitumor activity. The main aim of the present study was to evaluate the anticancer effects of anacardic acid on cell apoptosis of prostatic cancer and molecular mechanisms of this phenomenon. In this study we found that anacardic acid inhibited cell proliferation, induced apoptosis and caspase-3/9 activities and Bax protein expression of prostatic cancer...
July 20, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731170/isorhamnetin-inhibits-il%C3%A2-1%C3%AE-%C3%A2-induced-expression-of-inflammatory-mediators-in-human-chondrocytes
#13
Jin Li, Ruishan Wu, Xiaoping Qin, Dongyang Liu, Fenjie Lin, Qinglu Feng
Isorhamnetin (ISH) is a flavonoid primarily obtained from the fruit of Hippophae rhamnoides L., which possesses anti‑inflammatory properties. However, the effect of ISH on the expression of inflammatory mediators in response to interleukin (IL)‑1β stimulation has not been elucidated. The present study investigated the effects of ISH on the expression of inflammatory mediators in human chondrocytes, induced by IL‑1β. The results of the present study demonstrated that pretreatment with ISH inhibited the expression of stromelysin‑1 and collagenase 3 in chondrocytes, induced by IL‑1β...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730504/changing-trends-in-stomach-cancer-throughout-the-world
#14
REVIEW
Maya Balakrishnan, Rollin George, Ashish Sharma, David Y Graham
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The paper aims to discuss the global trends in gastric cancer incidence in relation to important factors involved in the pathogenesis of gastric cancer. RECENT FINDINGS: Despite a significant worldwide decline, gastric cancer remains a common cause of cancer death. The decline has been multifactorial and preceded the fall in Helicobacter pylori prevalence. The initial decline was associated with changes in food preservation and availability, especially of fresh fruits and vegetables, followed by a decline in the primary etiologic factor, H...
August 2017: Current Gastroenterology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730344/bearing-fruit-flower-removal-reveals-the-trade-offs-associated-with-high-reproductive-effort-for-lowbush-blueberry
#15
Alex W Bajcz, Francis A Drummond
Past studies have shown that taxa from disparate groups often respond similarly to reduced reproductive effort. These common responses imply that high reproductive effort trades off with a consistent set of other life functions for most angiosperms, albeit modulated by their growth form and life history. However, many questions remain about reproductive trade-offs in plants, including just how many other life functions they involve, how diverse these functions may be, and how the severity of these trade-offs may vary through time...
July 20, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730330/effect-of-the-phosphogypsum-amendment-of-saline-and-agricultural-soils-on-growth-productivity-and-antioxidant-enzyme-activities-of-tomato-solanum-lycopersicum-l
#16
Mariem Smaoui-Jardak, Walid Kriaa, Mohamed Maalej, Mohamed Zouari, Lotfi Kamoun, Wassim Trabelsi, Ferjani Ben Abdallah, Nada Elloumi
The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of phosphogypsum (PG) amendment on the physiochemical proprieties of saline and agricultural soils along with the growth, productivity and antioxidant enzyme activities of tomato plants ( Solanum lycopersicum L.) grown on the amended soils under controlled conditions. Obtained results showed that the amendment of saline soil (H) by PG induced a decrease in pH as well as in electrical conductivity. However, for the non saline soil (MC), there was a decrease in pH associated with an increase in electrical conductivity...
July 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729959/shot-gun-proteome-and-transcriptome-mapping-of-the-jujube-floral-organ-and-identification-of-a-pollen-specific-s-locus-f-box-gene
#17
Ruihong Chen, Guoliang Chen, Jian Huang
The flower is a plant reproductive organ that forms part of the fruit produced as the flowering season ends. While the number and identity of proteins expressed in a jujube (Ziziphus jujuba Mill.) flower is currently unknown, integrative proteomic and transcriptomic analyses provide a systematic strategy of characterizing the floral biology of plants. We conducted a shotgun proteomic analysis on jujube flowers by using a filter-aided sample preparation tryptic digestion, followed by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729549/des-tomato-a-knowledge-exploration-system-focused-on-tomato-species
#18
Adil Salhi, Sónia Negrão, Magbubah Essack, Mitchell J L Morton, Salim Bougouffa, Rozaimi Razali, Aleksandar Radovanovic, Benoit Marchand, Maxat Kulmanov, Robert Hoehndorf, Mark Tester, Vladimir B Bajic
Tomato is the most economically important horticultural crop used as a model to study plant biology and particularly fruit development. Knowledge obtained from tomato research initiated improvements in tomato and, being transferrable to other such economically important crops, has led to a surge of tomato-related research and published literature. We developed DES-TOMATO knowledgebase (KB) for exploration of information related to tomato. Information exploration is enabled through terms from 26 dictionaries and combination of these terms...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729255/genome-sequences-of-two-listeria-monocytogenes-strains-from-nectarines-associated-with-listeriosis-in-2014
#19
Chunye Lu, Olivera Marjanovic, Christina Morales, David Kiang
Listeria monocytogenes is an important foodborne pathogen. Here, we present the annotated whole genome of Listeria monocytogenes strains F14M01297-C2 and F14M01297-C4, isolated from nectarines distributed by a packing facility in California during an investigation of listeriosis associated with stone fruit in 2014.
July 20, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729226/solanum-paniculatum-l-decreases-levels-of-inflammatory-cytokines-by-reducing-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-t-bet-and-gata3-gene-expression-in-vitro
#20
Raimon Rios, Hugo Bernardino Ferreira da Silva, Norma Vilany Queiroz Carneiro, Anaque de Oliveira Pires, Tamires Cana Brasil Carneiro, Ryan Dos Santos Costa, Cintia Rodrigues Marques, Marta Santos Serafim Machado, Eudes da Silva Velozo, Telma M G da Silva, Tania M S da Silva, Adilva de Souza Conceição, Neuza Maria Alcântara-Neves, Camila Alexandrina Figueiredo
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Solanum paniculatum L., popularly known as jurubeba, is a common subtropical plant from Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Argentina, that is used in folk medicine for the treatment of anemia, gastrointestinal disorders and inflammatory conditions in general. In addition to that, an ethnobotanical survey in "Todos os Santos" Bay have pointed out S. paniculatum as an herb to treat asthma. Previous publications have shown that S. paniculatum possesses antibiotic, antioxidant and modulatory effects on gastric acid secretion; however, its anti-inflammatory potential remains unexplored...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
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