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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231112/a-comparison-of-carbon-footprint-and-production-cost-of-different-pasta-products-based-on-whole-egg-and-pea-flour
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Antonia Nette, Patricia Wolf, Oliver Schlüter, Andreas Meyer-Aurich
Feed and food production are inter alia reasons for high greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by the replacement of animal components with plant components in processed food products, such as pasta. The main components currently used for pasta are semolina, and water, as well as additional egg. The hypothesis of this paper is that the substitution of whole egg with plant-based ingredients, for example from peas, in such a product might lead to reduced greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and thus a reduced carbon footprint at economically reasonable costs...
March 4, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230764/cinnamic-acid-and-its-derivatives-mechanisms-for-prevention-and-management-of-diabetes-and-its-complications
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REVIEW
Sirichai Adisakwattana
With recent insight into the development of dietary supplements and functional foods, search of effective phytochemical compounds and their mechanisms involved in prevention and management of diabetes and its complications are now being assessed. Cinnamic acid and its derivatives occur naturally in high levels of plant-based foods. Among various biological activities, cinnamic acid and its derivatives are associated with a beneficial influence on diabetes and its complications. The aim of the review is to summarize the potential mechanisms of these compounds for prevention and management of diabetes and its complications...
February 21, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230693/a-plant-based-nutrition-program
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Joanne Evans, Alexandra Magee, Kathy Dickman, Rebecca Sutter, Caroline Sutter
: Proper nutrition is an important but often overlooked component of preventive care and disease management. Following a plant-based diet in particular has been shown to have dramatic effects on health and well-being in a relatively short period of time. For this reason, nurses at three faculty-led community health clinics participated in a nutrition educational program, following a plant-based diet for 21 days. They sought to improve their knowledge of plant-based nutrition and experience firsthand the benefits of such a diet...
March 2017: American Journal of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221944/a-novel-immunoassay-test-system-for-detection-of-modified-allergen-residues-present-in-almond-cashew-coconut-hazelnut-and-soy-based-nondairy-beverages
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Jongkit Masiri, Lora Benoit, Mahzad Meshgi, Jeffrey Day, Cesar Nadala, Mansour Samadpour
A growing number of plant-based milk substitutes have become commercially available, providing an array of options for consumers with dietary restrictions. Though several of these products rival cow's milk in terms of their nutritional profiles, beverages prepared with soy and tree nuts can be a significant concern to consumers because of potential contamination with food allergens. Adding to this concern is the fact that allergen residues from plant-based beverages are modified during manufacturing, thereby decreasing the sensitivity of antibody-based detection methods...
September 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216107/an-endoplasmic-reticulum-engineered-yeast-platform-for-overproduction-of-triterpenoids
#5
Philipp Arendt, Karel Miettinen, Jacob Pollier, Riet De Rycke, Nico Callewaert, Alain Goossens
Saponins are a structurally diverse family of triterpenes that are widely found as main constituents in many traditional plant-based medicines and often have bioactivities of industrial interest. The heterologous production of triterpene saponins in microbes remains challenging and only limited successful pathway engineering endeavors have been reported. To improve the production capacities of a Saccharomyces cerevisiae saponin production platform, we assessed the effects of several hitherto unexplored gene knockout targets on the heterologous production of triterpenoids...
February 16, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213104/isolation-and-characterization-of-a-virulent-bacteriophage-infecting-acinetobacter-johnsonii-from-activated-sludge
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Niansi Fan, Rong Qi, Min Yang
A double-stranded DNA phage named AJO1, infecting Acinetobacter johnsonii, which plays an important role in wastewater treatment, was isolated from activated sludge in a full-scale municipal wastewater treatment plant. Based on morphological taxonomy, AJO1, with an icosahedral head 55 ± 2 nm in diameter and a non-contractile tail 8 ± 2 nm in length, was classified as a member of the Podoviridae family. Bacterial infection characteristics were as follows: no polyvalent infectivity, optimal multiplicity of infection of 10(-2); eclipse and burst size of 30 min and 51...
February 14, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205558/plant-based-vaccines-for-oral-delivery-of-type-1-diabetes-related-autoantigens-evaluating-oral-tolerance-mechanisms-and-disease-prevention-in-nod-mice
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Amanda L Posgai, Clive H Wasserfall, Kwang-Chul Kwon, Henry Daniell, Desmond A Schatz, Mark A Atkinson
Autoantigen-specific immunological tolerance represents a central objective for prevention of type 1 diabetes (T1D). Previous studies demonstrated mucosal antigen administration results in expansion of Foxp3(+) and LAP(+) regulatory T cells (Tregs), suggesting oral delivery of self-antigens might represent an effective means for modulating autoimmune disease. Early preclinical experiments using the non-obese diabetic (NOD) mouse model reported mucosal administration of T1D-related autoantigens [proinsulin or glutamic acid decarboxylase 65 (GAD)] delayed T1D onset, but published data are conflicting regarding dose, treatment duration, requirement for combinatorial agents, and extent of efficacy...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202499/dietary-phytochemical-intake-from-foods-and-health-outcomes-a-systematic-review-protocol-and-preliminary-scoping
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Yasmine C Probst, Vivienne X Guan, Katherine Kent
INTRODUCTION: Dietary phytochemicals are found in plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables and grains and may be categorised in a nested hierarchical manner with many hundred individual phytochemicals identified to date. To associate phytochemical intakes with positive health outcomes, a fundamental step is to accurately estimate the dietary phytochemical intake from foods reported. The purpose of this systematic review protocol is to describe the process to be undertaken to summarise the evidence for food-based dietary phytochemical intakes and health outcomes for adults...
February 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198180/engineering-recombinant-virus-like-nanoparticles-from-plants-for-cellular-delivery
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Lou Brillault, Philippe V Jutras, Noor Dashti, Eva C Thuenemann, Garry Morgan, George P Lomonossoff, Michael J Landsberg, Frank Sainsbury
Understanding capsid assembly following recombinant expression of viral structural proteins is critical to the design and modification of virus-like nanoparticles for biomedical and nanotechnology applications. Here, we use plant-based transient expression of the Bluetongue virus (BTV) structural proteins, VP3 and VP7, to obtain high yields of empty and green fluorescent protein (GFP)-encapsidating core-like particles (CLPs) from leaves. Single-particle cryo-electron microscopy of both types of particles revealed considerable differences in CLP structure compared to the crystal structure of infection-derived CLPs; in contrast, the two recombinant CLPs have an identical external structure...
February 15, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194565/transgenic-papaya-a-useful-platform-for-oral-vaccines
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Gladis Fragoso, Marisela Hernández, Jacquelynne Cervantes-Torres, Rubén Ramírez-Aquino, Héctor Chapula, Nelly Villalobos, René Segura-Velázquez, Alfredo Figueroa, Iván Flores, Herminio Jiménez, Laura Adalid, Gabriela Rosas, Luis Galvez, Elias Pezzat, Elizabeth Monreal-Escalante, Sergio Rosales-Mendoza, Luis G Vazquez, Edda Sciutto
Transgenic papaya callus lines expressing the components of the S3Pvac vaccine constitute a stable platform to produce an oral vaccine against cysticercosis caused by Taenia solium or T. crassiceps. The development of effective delivery systems to cope with the reduced immunogenicity of new subunit vaccines is a priority in vaccinology. Herein, experimental evidence supporting a papaya-based platform to produce needle-free, recombinant, highly immunogenic vaccines is shown. Papaya (Carica papaya) callus lines were previously engineered by particle bombardment to express the three protective peptides of the S3Pvac anti-cysticercosis vaccine (KETc7, KETc12, KETc1)...
February 13, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192202/ethnomedicinal-uses-of-plants-for-the-treatment-of-malaria-in-soon-valley-khushab-pakistan
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Amin Shah, Sarvat Rahim
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: To best of our knowledge this is the first quantitative ethno-medicinal study with the aim of documenting the indigenous knowledge and practices of using plants for malarial therapy in Soon Valley, Khushab, Pakistan. In this Valley, malaria is among the major public health problems but, until now, the population still mostly relies on herbal medicine for treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ethno-medicinal data were documented from 63 informants by using semi-structured questionnaires and interviewing the informants about their knowledge of plants regarding malaria and related symptoms...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192199/viral-hemorrhagic-septicemia-virus-glycoprotein-production-in-tobacco
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Nguyen-Quang-Duc Tien, Tae-Jung Kim, Tae-Geum Kim
Viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV) causes mortality in numerous marine and freshwater fish species resulting in heavy losses in fish farming. The glycoprotein gene of VHSV was fused with the cholera toxin B subunit (CTB) and expressed transiently in leaf tissues of Nicotiana benthamiana via the agroinfiltration method. The glycoprotein gene was divided into two parts to improve assembly of CTB fusion proteins (CTB-VHSV99-235 and CTB-VHSV258-417). Production of CTB fusion proteins was confirmed in the agroinfiltrated leaf tissue by western blot analysis...
February 9, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191957/towards-financially-viable-phytoextraction-and-production-of-plant-based-palladium-catalysts
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Zakuan Azizi Shamsul Harumain, Helen L Parker, Andrea Muñoz García, Michael J Austin, Con Robert McElroy, Andrew J Hunt, James H Clark, John A Meech, Christopher William Noel Anderson, Luca Ciacci, Thomas E Graedel, Neil C Bruce, Elizabeth L Rylott
Although a promising technique, phytoextraction has yet to see significant commercialization. Major limitations include metal uptake rates and subsequent processing costs. However, it has been shown that liquid-culture-grown Arabidopsis can take up and store palladium as nanoparticles. The processed plant biomass has catalytic activity comparable to that of commercially available catalysts, creating a product of higher value than extracted bulk metal. We demonstrate that the minimum level of palladium in Arabidopsis dried tissues for catalytic activity comparable to commercially available 3% palladium-on-carbon catalysts was achieved from dried plant biomass containing between 12 and 18 g·kg-1 Pd...
February 13, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186159/identification-of-crude-drugs-in-the-japanese-pharmacopoeia-using-a-dna-barcoding-system
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Xiaochen Chen, Li Xiang, Linchun Shi, Gang Li, Hui Yao, Jianping Han, Yulin Lin, Jingyuan Song, Shilin Chen
Kampo is the general designation for traditional Japanese herbal medicines, which are recognized as official medicines and listed in the Japanese pharmacopoeia (JP). In most cases, it is difficult to identify the crude drug materials to species level using only traditional identification methods. We report the first online DNA barcode identification system, which includes standard barcode sequences from approximately 95% of the species recorded in the JP (16(th) edition). This tool provides users with basic information on each crude drug recorded in the JP, DNA barcoding identification of herbal material, and the standard operating procedure (SOP) from sampling to data analysis...
February 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174685/effects-of-arthrocen-an-avocado-soy-unsaponifiables-agent-on-inflammatory-mediators-and-gene-expression-in-human-chondrocytes
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Ramin Goudarzi, Jared F Taylor, Puya G Yazdi, Brian A Pedersen
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic joint disease characterized by pain and stiffness. Recently, there has been great interest in the use of plant-derived compounds and supplements in managing the symptoms of OA. Arthrocen is a plant-based supplement consisting of avocado and soy unsaponifiable extracts in a 1 : 2 ratio. In an effort to unravel the potential mechanisms of its action on the cellular level, we utilized an in vitro assay to study its effects on cultured human chondrocytes. By pairing this assay with protein arrays on inflammatory markers, RNA-Seq with downstream pathway analysis, and lipidomics on eicosanoids, we were able to further define its action at the molecular level...
February 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164123/novel-approach-to-classify-plants-based-on-metabolite-content-similarity
#16
Kang Liu, Azian Azamimi Abdullah, Ming Huang, Takaaki Nishioka, Md Altaf-Ul-Amin, Shigehiko Kanaya
Secondary metabolites are bioactive substances with diverse chemical structures. Depending on the ecological environment within which they are living, higher plants use different combinations of secondary metabolites for adaptation (e.g., defense against attacks by herbivores or pathogenic microbes). This suggests that the similarity in metabolite content is applicable to assess phylogenic similarity of higher plants. However, such a chemical taxonomic approach has limitations of incomplete metabolomics data...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163958/a-prospective-comparative-field-study-to-evaluate-the-efficacy-of-a-traditional-plant-based-malaria-prophylaxis
#17
Prakash Bangalore Nagendrappa, Pradeep Annamalai, Muruli Naik, Vinay Mahajan, Ashwini Mathur, Ghosh Susanta, Frederick Gay, Padma Venkatasubramanian
BACKGROUND: An unceasing threat of resistance of malarial parasites to available antimalarial drugs makes the development of new drugs imperative. Natural plant-based products are an alternative source for discovering new antimalarial drugs. AIM: To determine the prophylactic efficacy of a traditionally used plant-based drug on prevention of malaria in endemic villages of Odisha, India. METHODS: A total of 267 healthy human volunteers of both sexes, aged 18-60 years were enrolled in Odisha, India, to receive either minimum 20 doses of aqueous extract of Traditional Plant-based Malaria Prophylactic drug 74, twice a week (experimental group), or no drug (control group) for 14 weeks...
January 2017: Journal of Intercultural Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157568/identity-in-a-medicine-cabinet-discursive-positions-of-andean-migrants-towards-their-use-of-herbal-remedies-in-the-united-kingdom
#18
Melissa Ceuterick, Ina Vandebroek
This study explores different rationales for using herbal remedies among people from Andean descent in the United Kingdom, using positioning theory as a conceptual framework. By analysing processes of positioning in narratives about healthcare choices conducted with 40 Bolivian and Peruvian migrants in London (between 2005 and 2009), we examine in which ways talking about personal preferences for herbal medicine can be constitutive of one's health identity. The results reveal three distinct discursive repertoires that frame the use of herbal remedies either as a tradition, a health-conscious consumer choice, or as a coping strategy, each allowing specific health identity outcomes...
January 19, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157413/exploring-the-new-phenomena-of-home-made-extraction-and-injection-of-ephedra-plant-product-in-georgia
#19
David Otiashvili, Irma Kirtadze, Dessa Bergen-Cico
BACKGROUND: Since the end of 2015, reports by service providers have indicated a new trend in kitchen (homemade) production of an injection drug prepared from an ephedrine-containing conifer bush that is indigenous to the region. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this report is to describe an emerging new homemade psychoactive drug synthesized from the ephedra plant, and the drug consumption methods associated with its' use in the Eurasia. METHODS: Focus groups conducted with 16 people, self-identified as injection drug users (IDU's) who reported at least one incidence of ephedra preparation injection during the previous 30-days...
February 3, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155802/towards-an-understanding-of-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhimurium-persistence-in-swine
#20
Sheila K Patterson, Hyeun Bum Kim, Klaudyna Borewicz, Richard E Isaacson
Salmonella enterica is an important food borne pathogen that is frequently carried by swine. Carrier animals pose a food safety risk because they can transmit S. enterica to finished food products in the processing plant or by contamination of the environment. Environmental contamination has become increasingly important as non-animal foods (plant-based) have been implicated as sources of S. enterica. The prevalence of S. enterica in swine is high and yet carrier animals remain healthy. S. enterica has developed a highly sophisticated set of virulence factors that allow it to adapt to host environments and to cause disease...
December 2016: Animal Health Research Reviews
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