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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088106/uv-a-induced-delayed-development-in-the-larvae-of-coral-seriatopora-caliendrum
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Jie Zhou, Tung-Yung Fan, John Beardall, Kunshan Gao
Coral reefs are vulnerable to ultraviolet radiation (UVR, 280-400nm). Not only do the fluxes of UVR fluctuate daily, they are also increasing due to global ocean and atmospheric changes. The deleterious effects of UVR on scleractinian corals have been intensively studied, but much less is known about the response of corals in the early pre-settlement phase. In this study, we tested how UVR exposure affects survival and development of Seriatopora caliendrum larvae and examined the photophysiological changes induced in the symbiotic dinoflagellate Symbiodinium...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079755/macular-pigment-distribution-responses-to-high-dose-zeaxanthin-supplementation-in-patients-with-macular-telangiectasia-type-2
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Rene Y Choi, Aruna Gorusupudi, Kimberley Wegner, Mohsen Sharifzadeh, Werner Gellermann, Paul S Bernstein
PURPOSE: To analyze macular pigment (MP) amount and distribution in patients with macular telangiectasia Type 2 receiving oral zeaxanthin supplementation in a randomized, open-label, interventional trial. METHODS: Eight macular telangiectasia Type 2 patients were randomized to 10 mg or 20 mg of zeaxanthin per day. At each visit, best-corrected visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, fundus biomicroscopy, color fundus photography, autofluorescence imaging, optical coherence tomography, and serum carotenoid levels were tested...
January 10, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079511/circulating-carotenoids-and-subsequent-risk-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-women
#3
Yang Hu, Jing Cui, Jeffrey A Sparks, Susan Malspeis, Karen H Costenbader, Elizabeth W Karlson, Bing Lu
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to examine the associations between circulating carotenoids and future risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: We conducted a nested case-control study consisting of 227 incident RA cases and 671 matched controls with prospectively measured plasma carotenoids (α-carotene, β-carotene, β-cryptoxanthin, lycopene and lutein/zeaxanthin) levels in the Nurses' Health Study (NHS) and Nurses' Health Study II (NHS II). Each incident RA case was matched with 3 healthy controls...
January 4, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079227/excited-state-properties-of-%C3%AE-carotene-analogs-incorporating-a-lactone-ring
#4
Daisuke Kosumi, Takayuki Kajikawa, Kazuhiko Sakaguchi, Shigeo Katsumura, Hideki Hashimoto
Carotenoids possessing a carbonyl group along their polyene backbone exhibit unique excited state properties due to the occurrence of intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) in the excited state. In fact, the ICT characteristics of naturally occurring carbonyl carotenoids play an essential role in the highly efficient energy transfer that proceeds in aquatic photosynthetic antenna systems. In the present study, we synthesized two short-chain polyene carotenoids incorporating a lactone ring, denoted as BL-7 and BL-8, having seven and eight conjugated double bonds (n = 7 and 8), respectively...
January 12, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078486/two-nadph-protochlorophyllide-oxidoreductase-por-isoforms-play-distinct-roles-in-environmental-adaptation-in-rice
#5
Choon-Tak Kwon, Suk-Hwan Kim, Giha Song, Dami Kim, Nam-Chon Paek
BACKGROUND: NADPH: protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase (POR) is an essential enzyme that catalyzes the photoreduction of protochlorophyllide to chlorophyllide, which is ultimately converted to chlorophyll in developing leaves. Rice has two POR isoforms, OsPORA and OsPORB. OsPORA is expressed in the dark during early leaf development; OsPORB is expressed throughout leaf development regardless of light conditions. The faded green leaf (fgl) is a loss-of-function osporB mutant that displays necrotic lesions and variegation in the leaves due to destabilized grana thylakoids, and has increased numbers of plastoglobules in the chloroplasts...
December 2017: Rice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077734/intake-of-up-to-3-eggs-per-day-is-associated-with-changes-in-hdl-function-and-increased-plasma-antioxidants-in-healthy-young-adults
#6
Diana M DiMarco, Gregory H Norris, Courtney L Millar, Christopher N Blesso, Maria Luz Fernandez
BACKGROUND: HDL function may be more important than HDL concentration in determining risk for cardiovascular disease. In addition, HDL is a carrier of carotenoids and antioxidant enzymes, which protect HDL and LDL particles against oxidation. OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to determine the impact of consuming 0-3 eggs/d on LDL and HDL particle size, HDL function, and plasma antioxidants in a young, healthy population. METHODS: Thirty-eight healthy men and women [age 18-30 y, body mass index (in kg/m(2)) 18...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077273/reevaluating-the-mechanism-of-excitation-energy-regulation-in-iron-starved-cyanobacteria
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Hui-Yuan S Chen, Michelle Liberton, Himadri B Pakrasi, Dariusz M Niedzwiedzki
This paper presents spectroscopic investigation of IsiA, a chlorophyll a-binding membrane protein produced by cyanobacteria grown in iron-deficient environments. IsiA, if associated with photosystem I, supports photosystem I in light harvesting by efficiently transferring excitation energy. However, if separated from photosystem I, IsiA exhibits considerable excitation quenching observed as a substantial reduction of protein-bound chlorophyll a fluorescence lifetime. Previous spectroscopic studies suggested that carotenoids are involved in excitation energy dissipation and in addition play a second role in this antenna complex by supporting chlorophyll a in light harvesting by absorbing in the spectral range inaccessible for chlorophyll a and transferring excitation to chlorophylls...
January 8, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076815/fluorescent-labeling-preserving-ocp-photoactivity-reveals-its-reorganization-during-the-photocycle
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Eugene G Maksimov, Nikolai N Sluchanko, Kirill S Mironov, Evgeny A Shirshin, Konstantin E Klementiev, Georgy V Tsoraev, Marcus Moldenhauer, Thomas Friedrich, Dmitry A Los, Suleyman I Allakhverdiev, Vladimir Z Paschenko, Andrei B Rubin
Orange carotenoid protein (OCP), responsible for the photoprotection of the cyanobacterial photosynthetic apparatus under excessive light conditions, undergoes significant rearrangements upon photoconversion and transits from the stable orange to the signaling red state. This is thought to involve a 12-Å translocation of the carotenoid cofactor and separation of the N- and C-terminal protein domains. Despite clear recent progress, the detailed mechanism of the OCP photoconversion and associated photoprotection remains elusive...
January 10, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076559/anti-inflammatory-effect-of-lycopene-on-endotoxin-induced-uveitis-in-rats
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Tuğba Göncü, Elif Oğuz, Hatice Sezen, Sezen Koçarslan, Halit Oğuz, Ali Akal, Fatih Mehmet Adıbelli, Sevim Çakmak, Nurten Aksoy
Purpose: We evaluated the efficacy of lycopene, a dietary carotenoid and potent antioxidant, against ocular inflammation and oxidative stress in an experimental uveitis model. Methods: Endotoxin-induced uveitis (EIU) was induced in Sprague-Dawley rats by a single subcutaneous injection of 200 μg lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Induction of EIU was preceded by daily intraperitoneal injection of 10 mg/kg lycopene for three consecutive days (Lycopene + LPS group) or equivolume vehicle (Vehicle + LPS group)...
November 2016: Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075370/effect-of-carotenoid-supplemented-formula-on-carotenoid-bioaccumulation-in-tissues-of-infant-rhesus-macaques-a-pilot-study-focused-on-lutein
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Sookyoung Jeon, Martha Neuringer, Emily E Johnson, Matthew J Kuchan, Suzette L Pereira, Elizabeth J Johnson, John W Erdman
Lutein is the predominant carotenoid in the developing primate brain and retina, and may have important functional roles. However, its bioaccumulation pattern during early development is not understood. In this pilot study, we investigated whether carotenoid supplementation of infant formula enhanced lutein tissue deposition in infant rhesus macaques. Monkeys were initially breastfed; from 1 to 3 months of age they were fed either a formula supplemented with lutein, zeaxanthin, β-carotene and lycopene, or a control formula with low levels of these carotenoids, for 4 months (n = 2/group)...
January 10, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074411/biomass-and-terpenoids-produced-by-mutant-strains-of-arthrospira-under-low-temperature-and-light-conditions
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Jian Guan, Songdong Shen, Hao Wu, Xin Liu, Weijie Shen, Yuan He, R Duan
The filamentous Cyanobacterium Arthrospira is commercially produced and is a functional, high-value, health food. We identified 5 low temperature and low light intensity tolerant strains of Arthrospira sp. (GMPA1, GMPA7, GMPB1, GMPC1, and GMPC3) using ethyl methanesulfonate mutagenesis and low temperature screening. The 5 Arthrospira strains grew rapidly below 14 °C, 43.75 μmol photons m(-2) s(-1) and performed breed conservation at 2.5 °C, 8.75 μmol photons m(-2) s(-1). We used morphological identification and molecular genetic analysis to identify GMPA1, GMPA7, GMPB1 and GMPC1 as Arthrospira platensis, while GMPC3 was identified as Arthrospira maxima...
February 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073506/changes-in-morphological-plasticity-of-ulva-prolifera-under-different-environmental-conditions-a-laboratory-experiment
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Guang Gao, Zhihai Zhong, Xianghong Zhou, Juntian Xu
The large-scale green tides, consisting mainly of Ulva prolifera, have invaded the coastal zones of western Yellow Sea each year since 2008, resulting in tremendous impacts on the local environment and economy. A large number of studies have been conducted to investigate the physiological traits of U. prolifera to explain its dominance in the green tides. However, little has been reported regarding the response of U. prolifera to changing environmental factors via morphological variation. In our experiments, we found remarkable morphological acclimation of U...
November 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071755/variation-in-short-term-and-long-term-responses-of-photosynthesis-and-isoprenoid-mediated-photoprotection-to-soil-water-availability-in-four-douglas-fir-provenances
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Laura Verena Junker, Anita Kleiber, Kirstin Jansen, Henning Wildhagen, Moritz Hess, Zachary Kayler, Bernd Kammerer, Jörg-Peter Schnitzler, Jürgen Kreuzwieser, Arthur Gessler, Ingo Ensminger
For long-lived forest tree species, the understanding of intraspecific variation among populations and their response to water availability can reveal their ability to cope with and adapt to climate change. Dissipation of excess excitation energy, mediated by photoprotective isoprenoids, is an important defense mechanism against drought and high light when photosynthesis is hampered. We used 50-year-old Douglas-fir trees of four provenances at two common garden experiments to characterize provenance-specific variation in photosynthesis and photoprotective mechanisms mediated by essential and non-essential isoprenoids in response to soil water availability and solar radiation...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070550/hplc-fucoxanthin-profiles-of-a-microalga-a-macroalga-and-a-pure-fucoxanthin-standard
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Su Chern Foo, Fatimah Md Yusoff, Maznah Ismail, Mahiran Basri, Sook Kun Yau, Nicholas M H Khong, Kim Wei Chan, Mahdi Ebrahimi
Data in this article illustrate representative fucoxanthin chromatograms of a microalga, Chaetoceros calcitrans; a macroalga, Saccharina japonica and; a pure fucoxanthin standard. High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) eluted fucoxanthin at the 7.008±0.024th min. This data article refers to the research article ''Antioxidant capacities of fucoxanthin-producing algae as influenced by their carotenoid and phenolic contents'' Foo et al. [1]; where a more comprehensive data interpretation and analysis is explained...
February 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070461/transcriptome-analysis-of-the-oriental-melon-cucumis-melo-l-var-makuwa-during-fruit-development
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Ah-Young Shin, Yong-Min Kim, Namjin Koo, Su Min Lee, Seokhyeon Nahm, Suk-Yoon Kwon
BACKGROUND: The oriental melon (Cucumis melo L. var. makuwa) is one of the most important cultivated cucurbits grown widely in Korea, Japan, and northern China. It is cultivated because its fruit has a sweet aromatic flavor and is rich in soluble sugars, organic acids, minerals, and vitamins. In order to elucidate the genetic and molecular basis of the developmental changes that determine size, color, and sugar contents of the fruit, we performed de novo transcriptome sequencing to analyze the genes expressed during fruit development...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070322/carotenoid-profiling-of-the-leaves-of-selected-african-eggplant-accessions-subjected-to-drought-stress
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Elias K Mibei, Jane Ambuko, James J Giovannoni, Arnold N Onyango, Willis O Owino
African eggplants (Solanum aethiopicum and S. macrocarpon) are among the most economically important and valuable vegetable and fruit crops. They are a major source of biologically active nutritional substances and metabolites which are essential for plant growth, development, stress adaptation and defense. Among these metabolites are the carotenoids which act as accessory pigments for photosynthesis and precursor to plant hormones. Though African eggplants are known to be resistant to various abiotic stresses, the effect of these stresses on secondary metabolites has not been well defined...
January 2017: Food Science & Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070321/nutritional-composition-quality-and-shelf-stability-of-processed-ruspolia-nitidula-edible-grasshoppers
#17
Geoffrey Ssepuuya, Ivan Muzira Mukisa, Dorothy Nakimbugwe
The nutritional and commercial potential of the edible grasshopper (Ruspolia nitidula, nsenene in Luganda), a delicacy in Uganda and many East African tribes, is limited by a short shelf life and unverified nutritional value. This research established that R. nitidula is nutritious with 36-40% protein, 41-43% fat, 2.5-3.2% carbohydrate, 2.6-3.9% ash, 11.0-14.5% dietary fiber, and 900-2300 μg/100 g total carotenoids on a dry matter basis. Sautéing was the most preferred processing method resulting in grasshoppers with a notably better aroma and flavor...
January 2017: Food Science & Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069238/low-intensity-ultrasound-as-a-pretreatment-to-drying-of-daylilies-impact-on-enzyme-inactivation-color-changes-and-nutrition-quality-parameters
#18
Zhongyuan Zhang, Liying Niu, Dajing Li, Chunquan Liu, Rui Ma, Jiangfeng Song, Jiangtao Zhao
Effects of thermal and low intensity ultrasound combined with heat (LIUH) pretreatment prior to microwave vacuum drying on enzyme inactivation, color changes and nutrition quality properties of dried daylilies were investigated. The peroxidase (POD), ascorbic acid oxidase (AAO) and polyphenoloxidase (PPO) thermal and LIUH (0.2 and 0.4W/cm(2)) inactivation were determined and compared at 70, 80 and 90°C. Significant reduction in the POD, AAO and PPO activity was seen in daylilies after an ambient LIUH pretreatment than thermal pretreatment...
May 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069089/dietary-calcium-impairs-tomato-lycopene-bioavailability-in-healthy-humans
#19
Patrick Borel, C Desmarchelier, U Dumont, C Halimi, D Lairon, D Page, J L Sébédio, C Buisson, C Buffière, D Rémond
Lycopene (LYC) bioavailability is relatively low and highly variable, because of the influence of several factors. Recent in vitro data have suggested that dietary Ca can impair LYC micellarisation, but there is no evidence whether this can lead to decreased LYC absorption efficiency in humans. Our objective was to assess whether a nutritional dose of Ca impairs dietary LYC bioavailability and to study the mechanism(s) involved. First, in a randomised, two-way cross-over study, ten healthy adults consumed either a test meal that provided 19-mg (all-E)-LYC from tomato paste or the same meal plus 500-mg calcium carbonate as a supplement...
January 10, 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068581/vitamin-profiles-in-two-free-living-passerine-birds-under-a-metal-pollution-gradient-a-calcium-supplementation-experiment
#20
Sandra R Ruiz, Silvia Espín, Pablo Sánchez-Virosta, Juha-Pekka Salminen, Thomas M Lilley, Tapio Eeva
Vitamin and carotenoid deficiency may impair development in free-living vertebrates, because of the importance of these micronutrients to growth, antioxidant defense and calcium regulation. Micronutrient and calcium insufficiency can be intensified by metal pollution which can interfere with nutrient homeostasis or indirectly reduce food availability. Furthermore, absorption of dietary heavy metals is dependent on food calcium and vitamin levels. We investigated the effect of calcium on plasma vitamin and carotenoid profiles and how these affected growth and survival in two passerine birds with different calcium turnover living along a metal pollution gradient...
January 6, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
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