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Plant lipids

Renate Kristianslund, Marius Aursnes, Jørn E Tungen, Carl H Görbitz, Trond V Hansen
The two ar-bisabol sesquiterpenoids (+)-sielboldianin A (1) and (+)-sielboldianin B (2) were isolated from the stem bark of the plant Fraxinus sielboldiana and belong to a medicinally interesting class of natural products used in traditional Chinese medicine. Herein the total synthesis of the proposed structure of (+)-sielboldianin A (1) is reported using an organocatalyzed enantioselective bromolactonization protocol. X-ray analysis of a key intermediate together with specific rotation values and NOESY data of the synthesized product enabled the revision of the absolute configuration of the natural product (+)-sielboldianin A to (7 R,10 R)...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Natural Products
Mariana Maciel de Oliveira, Regina Gomes Daré, Érica Oliveira Barizão, Jesuí Vergílio Visentainer, Mariza Barion Romagnolo, Celso Vataru Nakamura, Maria da Conceição Torrado Truiti
The total phenolic content (TP) and antioxidant activity of the ethanolic extract and fractions that were obtained from the leaves of Nectandra hihua were assessed using different methods. The ethanolic extract (EE) and ethyl acetate fraction (EAF) had the best antioxidant capacity, which was comparable to butylated hydroxytoluene and quercetin (ABTS+ 2.55 ± 0.06, 3.54 ± 0.03 mmol TE/g; DPPH IC50 10.27 ± 0.05, 9.88 ± 0.02 μg/mL; FRAP 2.17 ± 0.08, 2.38 ± 0.04 mmol TE/g; ORAC 5...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Ewa M Kalemba, Ewelina Ratajczak
Approximately 20% of plant species, including silver maple (Acer saccharinum L.), produce seeds that are sensitive to desiccation, which is reflected in their poor storage potential and viability. In the search for a compound that can improve seed recalcitrance, freshly harvested seeds were soaked in either 2.5 mM reduced glutathione (GSH) or water and desiccated to comparable water levels of 55-20%. We examined the impact of a doubled endogenous level of glutathione on the seed germination capacity, the activity of enzymes involved in glutathione metabolism, the cell membrane components and integrity, reactive oxygen species, and ascorbate levels...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Plant Physiology
Shalem Modi, Nagendra Yaluri, Tarja Kokkola
Obesity is characterized by excess fat accumulation in white adipose tissue, which triggers chronic low-grade inflammation through secretion of pro-inflammatory factors by the enlarged adipocytes and infiltrated macrophages. This affects glucose and lipid metabolism in adipose tissue, inducing type 2 diabetes. NAD+ -dependent deacetylase SIRT1 is known to inhibit adipogenesis through the regulation of the key adipogenic transcription factors, PPARγ and C/EBPα. SIRT1 activators such as resveratrol inhibit adipogenesis and exert anti-inflammatory responses in the adipose tissue...
March 14, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Svetlana S Efimova, Anastasiia A Zakharova, Roman Ya Medvedev, Olga S Ostroumova
The potential therapeutic applications of plant polyphenols in various neurological, cardiovascular, metabolic and malignant disorders determine the relevance of studying the molecular mechanisms of their action on the cell membranes. Here, the quantitative changes in the physical parameters of model bilayer lipid membranes upon the adsorption of plant polyphenols were evaluated. It was shown that butein and naringenin significantly decreased the intrinsic dipole potential of cholesterol-free and cholesterol-enriched membranes...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Membrane Biology
Muhammad Abid, Shafaqat Ali, Lei Kang Qi, Rizwan Zahoor, Zhongwei Tian, Dong Jiang, John L Snider, Tingbo Dai
Defining the metabolic strategies used by wheat to tolerate and recover from drought events will be important for ensuring yield stability in the future, but studies addressing this critical research topic are limited. To this end, the current study quantified the physiological, biochemical, and agronomic responses of a drought tolerant and drought sensitive cultivar to periods of water deficit and recovery. Drought stress caused a reversible decline in leaf water relations, membrane stability, and photosynthetic activity, leading to increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, lipid peroxidation and membrane injury...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Ivana Vrhovac Madunić, Josip Madunić, Maja Antunović, Mladen Paradžik, Vera Garaj-Vrhovac, Davorka Breljak, Inga Marijanović, Goran Gajski
Apigenin is found in several dietary plant foods such as vegetables and fruits. To investigate potential anticancer properties of apigenin on human breast cancer, ER-positive MCF-7 and triple-negative MDA MB-231 cells were used. Moreover, toxicological safety of apigenin towards normal cells was evaluated in human lymphocytes. Cytotoxicity of apigenin towards cancer cells was evaluated by MTT assay whereas further genotoxic and oxidative stress parameters were measured by comet and lipid peroxidation assays, respectively...
March 14, 2018: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Woojin Scott Kim, Eve Jary, Russell Pickford, Ying He, Rebekah M Ahmed, Olivier Piguet, John R Hodges, Glenda M Halliday
Behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) is the most prevalent form of FTD syndromes. bvFTD is characterized clinically by changes in behavior and cognition and pathologically by focal brain atrophy and concomitant loss of lipids. bvFTD is further characterized by eating abnormalities that result in dyslipidemia. Although dyslipidemia is apparent in bvFTD, very little is known about global lipid changes in bvFTD and lipid dysregulation underlying bvFTD. Here, we undertook a comprehensive lipidomics analysis of blood plasma from patients with bvFTD, patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and controls, using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry, with the aim of understanding lipid dysregulation in bvFTD...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
José F Muñoz, Juan G McEwen, Oliver K Clay, Christina A Cuomo
Dimorphic fungal pathogens cause a significant human disease burden and unlike most fungal pathogens affect immunocompetent hosts. To examine the origin of virulence of these fungal pathogens, we compared genomes of classic systemic, opportunistic, and non-pathogenic species, including Emmonsia and two basal branching, non-pathogenic species in the Ajellomycetaceae, Helicocarpus griseus and Polytolypa hystricis. We found that gene families related to plant degradation, secondary metabolites synthesis, and amino acid and lipid metabolism are retained in H...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Tong Chen, Dongchao Ji, Shiping Tian
BACKGROUND: The assembly of protein complexes and compositional lipid patterning act together to endow cells with the plasticity required to maintain compositional heterogeneity with respect to individual proteins. Hence, the applications for imaging protein localization and dynamics require high accuracy, particularly at high spatio-temporal level. RESULTS: We provided experimental data for the applications of Variable-Angle Epifluorescence Microscopy (VAEM) in dissecting protein dynamics in plant cells...
March 14, 2018: BMC Plant Biology
Yicheng Yu, Aimin Wang, Xiang Li, Meng Kou, Wenjun Wang, Xianyang Chen, Tao Xu, Mingku Zhu, Daifu Ma, Zongyun Li, Jian Sun
Melatonin (MT) is a multifunctional molecule in animals and plants and is involved in defense against salinity stress in various plant species. In this study, MT pretreatment was simultaneously applied to the roots and leaves of sweet potato seedlings [ Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.], which is an important food and industry crop worldwide, followed by treatment of 150 mM NaCl. The roles of MT in mediating K+ /Na+ homeostasis and lipid metabolism in salinized sweet potato were investigated. Exogenous MT enhanced the resistance to NaCl and improved K+ /Na+ homeostasis in sweet potato seedlings as indicated by the low reduced K+ content in tissues and low accumulation of Na+ content in the shoot...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Youssef Rouphael, Giampaolo Raimondi, Luigi Lucini, Petronia Carillo, Marios C Kyriacou, Giuseppe Colla, Valerio Cirillo, Antonio Pannico, Christophe El-Nakhel, Stefania De Pascale
Interest in the role of small bioactive molecules (< 500 Da) in plants is on the rise, compelled by plant scientists' attempt to unravel their mode of action implicated in stimulating growth and enhancing tolerance to environmental stressors. The current study aimed at elucidating the morphological, physiological and metabolomic changes occurring in greenhouse tomato (cv. Seny) treated with omeprazole (OMP), a benzimidazole inhibitor of animal proton pumps. The OMP was applied at three rates (0, 10, or 100 μM) as substrate drench for tomato plants grown under nonsaline (control) or saline conditions sustained by nutrient solutions of 1 or 75 mM NaCl, respectively...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Chou-Yueh Chang, Horng-Rong Chang, Hsing-Chun Lin, Han-Hsin Chang
Objective Vegetarian diets have been shown to increase the risk of certain nutritional deficiencies, such as iron. As a number of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Taiwan are lacto-ovo vegetarians, the aim of this study was to investigate the effects of different proportions and sources of protein in lacto-ovo vegetarian and omnivorous diets, as well as the influence of adequate dietary protein intake, on renal function and nutritional status of Taiwanese patients with stage 3 to stage 5 CKD. Methods This is a cross-sectional study...
March 13, 2018: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
Matthew B G J Brown, Chrissen E C Gemmill, Steven Miller, Priscilla M Wehi
Insects are important but overlooked components of forest ecosystems in New Zealand. For many insect species, information on foraging patterns and trophic relationships is lacking. We examined diet composition and selectivity in a large-bodied insect, the Auckland tree wētā Hemideina thoracica , in three habitat zones in a lowland New Zealand forest. We asked whether H. thoracica selectively forage from available plant food sources, and whether these choices were lipid-rich compared to nonpreferred available plants...
March 2018: Ecology and Evolution
Rohit A Gupta, Meha N Motiwala, Ujawala N Mahajan, Sapna S Sabare
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The plant Sesbania grandiflora (Linn) belonging to the family Fabaceae is commonly known as sesbania, agathi, and katurai. The plant is accredited for alleviating a spectrum of ailments including inflammation, colitis, diarrhea, dysentery, leprosy, gout, rheumatism, jaundice, bronchitis, convulsion and anxiety. It is also used as antitumour, anthelmintic, and laxatives in Ayurveda and Siddha system of Indian traditional medicine. AIM: To reveal protective effect of Sesbania grandiflora in acetic acid induced ulcerative colitis in mice...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Sedigheh Asgary, Ali Rastqar, Mahtab Keshvari
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is now the leading cause of death globally and is a growing health concern. Lifestyle factors, including nutrition, play an important role in the etiology and treatment of CVD. Functional foods based on their basic nutritional functions can decrease the risk of many chronic diseases and have some physiological benefits. They contain physiologically active components either from plant or animal sources, marketed with the claim of their ability to reduce heart disease risk, focusing primarily on established risk factors, which are hyperlipidemia, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity/overweight, elevated lipoprotein A level, small dense low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), and elevated inflammatory marker levels...
March 12, 2018: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
Muhammad A Farooq, Kangni Zhang, Faisal Islam, Jian Wang, Habib U R Athar, Aamir Nawaz, Zafar Ullah Zafar, Jianxiang Xu, Weijun Zhou
Brassica napus plants exposed to 200 μM arsenic (As) exhibited high-level of stress condition, which led to inhibit growth, enhanced lipid peroxidation, and disrupted cellular ultra-structures. Exogenous application of methyl jasmonate (MeJA) alleviated the As-induced oxidative stress and improves the plant growth and photosynthesis. In this study, we investigated changes in the B. napus leaf proteome in order to identify molecular mechanisms involved in MeJA -induced As tolerance. Our study identified 177 proteins were differentially expressed in cultivar ZS 758; while 200 differentially expressed proteins were accumulated in zheda 622, when exposed to As alone and MeJA+As treatments, respectively...
March 12, 2018: Proteomics
Sobia Ashraf, Muhammad Afzal, Khadeeja Rehman, Muhammad Naveed, Zahir Ahmad Zahir
Liquid effluent produced from tanning industries is loaded with organic and inorganic contaminants, particularly heavy metals, which may cause severe damage to the ecosystem. Constructed wetland (CW) is a promising product of the research in the field of ecological engineering which helps to overcome aquatic pollution. This investigation aims to develop a plant-endophyte synergism in CW for the efficient remediation of tannery effluent. In a vertical flow CW, Brachiaria mutica was vegetated and augmented with three endophytic bacterial strains...
March 2018: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Jiye Sun, Xuemei Chen, Ting Liu, Xushun Jiang, Yue Wu, Shan Yang, Wei Hua, Zhengdong Li, Huizhe Huang, Xiongzhong Ruan, Xiaogang Du
BACKGROUND Increased lipid accumulation in renal tubular epithelial cells (TECs) contributes to their injury and dysfunction and progression of tubulointerstitial fibrosis. Berberine (BBR), a natural plant alkaloid isolated from traditional medicine herbs, is effective in lowing serum lipid, and has a protective effect on chronic kidney disease (CKD) with dyslipidemia, including diabetic nephropathy. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of BBR on palmitate (PA)-induced lipid accumulation and apoptosis in TECs...
March 12, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Mirza Hasanuzzaman, Kamrun Nahar, Md Mahabub Alam, M H M Borhannuddin Bhuyan, Hirosuke Oku, Masayuki Fujita
To investigate the physiological and biochemical mechanisms of nitric oxide (NO)-induced paraquat (PQ) tolerance in plants, we pretreated a set of 10-day-old Brassica napus seedlings with 500 μM sodium nitroprusside (SNP - a NO donor) for 24 h. Then, three doses of PQ (62.5, 125 and 250 μM) were applied separately, as well as to SNP-pretreated seedlings, and the seedlings were allowed to grow for an additional 48 h. The seedlings treated with PQ showed clear, dose-dependent signs of oxidative stress, with elevated levels of lipid peroxidation (MDA, malondialdehyde), H2 O2 and O2 - generation, and lipoxygenase (LOX) activity...
March 2, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
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