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Francesca De Filippis, Nicoletta Pellegrini, Luca Laghi, Marco Gobbetti, Danilo Ercolini
BACKGROUND: Diet has a recognized effect in shaping gut microbiota. Many studies link an increase in Prevotella to high-fibre diet, while Bacteroides abundance is usually associated with the consumption of animal fat and protein-rich diets. Nevertheless, closely related species and strains may harbour different genetic pools; therefore, further studies should aim to understand whether species of the same genus are consistently linked to dietary patterns or equally responsive to diet variations...
October 21, 2016: Microbiome
Mitsuro Chiba, Kunio Nakane, Yuko Takayama, Kae Sugawara, Hideo Ohno, Hajime Ishii, Satoko Tsuda, Tsuyotoshi Tsuji, Masafumi Komatsu, Takeshi Sugawara
CONTEXT: Plant-based diets (PBDs) are a healthy alternative to westernized diets. A semivegetarian diet, a PBD, has been shown to prevent a relapse in Crohn disease. However, there is no way to measure adherence to PBDs. OBJECTIVE: To develop a simple way of evaluating adherence to a PBD for Japanese patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). DESIGN: PBD scores were assigned according to the frequency of consumption provided on a food-frequency questionnaire, obtained on hospitalization for 159 patients with ulcerative colitis and 70 patients with Crohn disease...
October 14, 2016: Permanente Journal
Marian L Neuhouser, Ashley Wilder Smith, Stephanie M George, James T Gibson, Kathy B Baumgartner, Richard Baumgartner, Catherine Duggan, Leslie Bernstein, Anne McTiernan, Rachel Ballard
PURPOSE: Use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is common among breast cancer patients, but less is known about whether CAM influences breast cancer survival. METHODS: Health Eating, Activity, and Lifestyle (HEAL) Study participants (n = 707) were diagnosed with stage I-IIIA breast cancer. Participants completed a 30-month post-diagnosis interview including questions on CAM use (natural products such as dietary and botanical supplements, alternative health practices, and alternative medical systems), weight, physical activity, and comorbidities...
October 21, 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Belén Martínez-Alcántara, Mary-Rus Martínez-Cuenca, Almudena Bermejo, Francisco Legaz, Ana Quiñones
The main objective of this study was to compare the performance of two liquid organic fertilizers, an animal and a plant-based fertilizer, with mineral fertilization on citrus trees. The source of the fertilizer (mineral or organic) had significant effect in the nutritional status of the organic and conventionally managed mandarins. Nutrient uptake, vegetative growth, carbohydrate synthesis and soil characteristics were analyzed. Results showed that plants fertilized with animal based liquid fertilizers exhibited higher total biomass with a more profuse development of new developing organs (leaves and fibrous roots)...
2016: PloS One
Eero Kontturi, Anne Meriluoto, Paavo A Penttilä, Niki Baccile, Jani-Markus Malho, Antje Potthast, Thomas Rosenau, Janne Ruokolainen, Ritva Serimaa, Janne Laine, Herbert Sixta
Despite the structural, load-bearing role of cellulose in the plant kingdom, countless efforts have been devoted to degrading this recalcitrant polysaccharide, particularly in the context of biofuels and renewable nanomaterials. Herein, we show how the exposure of plant-based fibers to HCl vapor results in rapid degradation with simultaneous crystallization. Because of the unchanged sample texture and the lack of mass transfer out of the substrate in the gas/solid system, the changes in the crystallinity could be reliably monitored...
October 20, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Eva Liñeiro, Cristina Chiva, Jesús M Cantoral, Eduard Sabido, Francisco Javier Fernández-Acero
Phosphorylation is one of the main post-translational modification (PTM) involved in signaling network in the ascomycete Botrytis cinerea, one of the most relevant phytopathogenic fungus. The data presented in this article provided a differential mass spectrometry-based analysis of the phosphoproteome of B. cinerea under two different phenotypical conditions induced by the use of two different elicitors: glucose and deproteinized Tomate Cell Walls (TCW). A total 1138 and 733 phosphoproteins were identified for glucose and TCW culture conditions respectively...
June 2016: Data in Brief
Keith E Pearson, Virginia G Wadley, Leslie A McClure, James M Shikany, Fred W Unverzagt, Suzanne E Judd
Identifying factors that contribute to the preservation of cognitive function is imperative to maintaining quality of life in advanced years. Of modifiable risk factors, diet quality has emerged as a promising candidate to make an impact on cognition. The objective of this study was to evaluate associations between empirically derived dietary patterns and cognitive function. This study included 18 080 black and white participants aged 45 years and older from the REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) cohort...
2016: Journal of Nutritional Science
Seyed Hossein Hoseinifar, Fazel Zoheiri, Carlo C Lazado
Immunostimulation through the use of sustainable and eco-friendly dietary additives is one of the current prophylactic strategies in fish husbandry. Plant-based immunostimulants are highly considered for this intent, both for their scientific and practical advantages. Persian hogweed (Heracleum persicum) is a flower-bearing herb that possesses interesting pharmacological importance due to its bioactive compounds. It is commonly used as a spice, food additive, dietary supplement and traditional remedy. The present study evaluated the potential of H...
October 14, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Judith Schäfer, Anika Brett, Bernhard Trierweiler, Mirko Bunzel
Cell wall composition affects the texture of plant-based foods. In addition, the main components of plant cell walls are dietary fiber constituents and made responsible for potential physiological effects that are largely affected by the structural composition of the cell walls. Radish (Raphanus sativus L. var. sativus) is known to develop a woody and firm texture during maturation and ripening, most likely due to changes in the cell wall composition. To describe these changes chemically, radish was cultivated and harvested at different time points, followed by detailed chemical analysis of insoluble fiber polysaccharides and lignin...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Martin Waterstraat, Andreas A Hildebrand, Margit Rosler, Mirko Bunzel
Forage plants of the Poaceae family are grown as pasturage or used for the production of hay, straw, corn stover, etc. Although ferulic acid contents of grasses are generally high, the amount of ingested ferulic acid differs depending on the type of forage resulting in varying contents of ferulic acid and its microbial and hepatic metabolites in milk. Concentrations and patterns of these metabolites may be used as markers to track different forages in livestock feeding. Therefore, we developed a stable isotope dilution assay to quantitate ferulic acid, twelve ferulic acid based metabolites, p coumaric acid, and cinnamic acid in milk...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
P C Paula, J T A Oliveira, D O B Sousa, B G T Alves, A F U Carvalho, O L Franco, I M Vasconcelos
Various plant species have long been used in traditional medicine worldwide to treat diabetes. Among the plant-based compounds with hypoglycemic properties, studies on insulin-like proteins isolated from leaves, fruits and seeds are rarely reported in the relevant literature. Our research group has been investigating the presence of insulin-like proteins in Moringa oleifera, a plant species native to India, and we have obtained a leaf protein isolate and semi-purified derived fractions, as well as a seed coat protein fraction (Mo-SC), with hypoglycemic activity in chemically induced diabetic mice that have increased tolerance to orally administered glucose...
October 10, 2016: New Biotechnology
K Kent, K E Charlton, M Netzel, K Fanning
BACKGROUND: Preclinical evidence suggests that the anthocyanins, which comprise a subclass of dietary flavonoids providing the purple and red pigmentation in plant-based foods, may have a beneficial impact on cognitive outcomes. METHODS: A systematic review was conducted to identify the published literature on food-based anthocyanin consumption and cognitive outcomes in human intervention trials. The literature search followed PRISMA guidelines and included six databases, as well as additional hand searching...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics: the Official Journal of the British Dietetic Association
Dominik Domanski, Oliwia Zegrocka-Stendel, Anna Perzanowska, Malgorzata Dutkiewicz, Magdalena Kowalewska, Iwona Grabowska, Dorota Maciejko, Anna Fogtman, Michal Dadlez, Katarzyna Koziak
β-escin is a mixture of triterpene saponins isolated from the horse chestnut seeds (Aesculus hippocastanum L.). The anti-edematous, anti-inflammatory and venotonic properties of β-escin have been the most extensively clinically investigated effects of this plant-based drug and randomized controlled trials have proved the efficacy of β-escin for the treatment of chronic venous insufficiency. However, despite the clinical recognition of the drug its pharmacological mechanism of action still remains largely elusive...
2016: PloS One
Muzaffer Emir Dinçol, Hakan Ozbas, Bulent Yılmaz, Handan Ersev, Selcuk Gokyay, Vakur Olgac
BACKGROUND: Due to the detrimental effect of blood contamination on the physico-chemical properties of mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA), obtaining an effective hemostasis in the surgical crypt during apical surgery is of paramount importance. The purpose of this in vivo study was to analyze the effect of Ankaferd Blood Stopper® (ABS) contamination on the biocompatibility of MTA. METHODS: Forty of 56 Wistar-Albino rats were divided randomly and equally into two groups (MTA and MTA-ABS) according to whether or not a hemostatic agent was used...
October 11, 2016: BMC Oral Health
Ana Amélia Freitas-Vilela, Andrew D A C Smith, Gilberto Kac, Rebecca M Pearson, Jon Heron, Alan Emond, Joseph R Hibbeln, Maria Beatriz Trindade Castro, Pauline M Emmett
Little is known about how dietary patterns of mothers and their children track over time. The objectives of this study are to obtain dietary patterns in pregnancy using cluster analysis, to examine women's mean nutrient intakes in each cluster and to compare the dietary patterns of mothers to those of their children. Pregnant women (n = 12 195) from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children reported their frequency of consumption of 47 foods and food groups. These data were used to obtain dietary patterns during pregnancy by cluster analysis...
October 9, 2016: Maternal & Child Nutrition
Levent Cerit
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Cardiology Journal
Agnieszka Kuchta, Anna Lebiedzińska, Marcin Fijałkowski, Rafał Gałąska, Ewelina Kreft, Magdalena Totoń, Kuba Czaja, Anna Kozłowska, Agnieszka Ćwiklińska, Barbara Kortas-Stempak, Adrian Strzelecki, Anna Gliwińska, Kamil Dąbkowski, Maciej Jankowski
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Cardiology Journal
Min-Seong Kyeon, Soo-Hyeong Son, Young-Hee Noh, Yong-Eon Kim, Hyok-In Lee, Jae-Soon Cha
In 2004, bacterial spot-causing xanthomonads (BSX) were reclassified into 4 species-Xanthomonas euvesicatoria, X. vesicatoria, X. perforans, and X. gardneri. Bacterial spot disease on pepper plant in Korea is known to be caused by both X. axonopodis pv. vesicatoria and X. vesicatoria. Here, we reidentified the pathogen causing bacterial spots on pepper plant based on the new classification. Accordingly, 72 pathogenic isolates were obtained from the lesions on pepper plants at 42 different locations. All isolates were negative for pectolytic activity...
October 2016: Plant Pathology Journal
Henrik Aronsson, Petter Larsson, Sandra Bains
Higher plants have been used in medicine throughout human history. While traditional medicinal uses relied on compounds produced naturally by plants, recent advances have enabled the use of plant-based factories to produce diverse agents including pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, and vaccines. The genes responsible for the production of these substances can be either transiently expressed in plants or integrated into their nuclear genome or plastid genome (plastome) by genetic transformation. This review focuses on the application of plastid transformation of higher plants to produce biopharmaceuticals for human applications that are neither antibiotics nor vaccines...
October 4, 2016: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
Mahmoud Kamal Ahmadi, Lei Fang, Nicholas Moscatello, Blaine A Pfeifer
In this report, the heterologous production of salicylate (SA) is the basis for metabolic extension to salicylate 2-O-β-d-glucoside (SAG), a natural product implicated in plant-based defense mechanisms. Production was optimized through a combination of metabolic engineering, gene expression variation, and co-culture design. When combined, SA and SAG production titers reached ~0.9g/L and ~2.5g/L, respectively. The SAG compound was then tested for anti-inflammatory properties relative to SA and acetylsalicylate (aspirin)...
October 5, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
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