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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156572/assembly-of-the-cutin-polyester-from-cells-to-extracellular-cell-walls
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REVIEW
Bénédicte Bakan, Didier Marion
Cuticular matrices covering aerial plant organs or delimiting compartments in these organs are composed of an insoluble hydrophobic polymer of high molecular mass, i.e., cutin, that encompass some cell wall polysaccharides and is filled by waxes. Cutin is a polyester of hydroxy and-or epoxy fatty acids including a low amount of glycerol. Screening of Arabidopsis and more recently of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) mutants allowed the delineation of the metabolic pathway involved in the formation of cutin monomers, as well as their translocation in the apoplast...
November 18, 2017: Plants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156563/wnt-inhibitory-activity-of-malus-pumila-miller-cv-annurca-and-malus-domestica-cv-limoncella-apple-extracts-on-human-colon-rectal-cells-carrying-familial-adenomatous-polyposis-mutations
#2
Gennaro Riccio, Maria Maisto, Sara Bottone, Nadia Badolati, Giovanni Battista Rossi, Gian Carlo Tenore, Mariano Stornaiuolo, Ettore Novellino
Inhibitors of the Wingless-related Integration site (WNT)/β-catenin pathway have recently been under consideration as potential chemopreventive agents against Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP). This autosomal-dominant syndrome is caused by germline mutations in the gene coding for the protein APC and leads to hyperactivation of the WNT/β-catenin signaling pathway, uncontrolled intestinal cell proliferation and formation of adenocarcinomas. The aim of the present work was to: (i) test, on in vitro cultures of cells carrying FAP mutations and on ex vivo biopsies of FAP patients, the WNT inhibitory activity of extracts from two common southern Italian apples, Malus pumila Miller cv...
November 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156537/ursolic-acid-ameliorates-oxidative-stress-inflammation-and-fibrosis-in-diabetic-cardiomyopathy-rats
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Xu-Tao Wang, Yan Gong, Bin Zhou, Jun-Jie Yang, Yin Cheng, Jin-Guo Zhao, Min-You Qi
Diabetic cardiomyopathy is a major and severe cardiovascular complication of diabetes mellitus. Ursolic acid, a pentacyclic triterpene compound widespread in fruits and plants, performs a variety of pharmacological activities including lowering blood glucose, anti-oxidation, anti-inflammation and anti-fibrosis. Our present study aimed to investigate the cardioprotective effects of ursolic acid on diabetic cardiomyopathy rats and uncover its underlying mechanism. Diabetes mellitus was induced by a single injection of STZ-only (40 mg/ kg, i...
November 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156437/home-composting-using-different-ratios-of-bulking-agent-to-food-waste
#4
Lucas Lourenço Castiglioni Guidoni, Roger Vasques Marques, Rodrigo Bilhalva Moncks, Fabiana Torma Botelho, Matheus Francisco da Paz, Luciara Bilhalva Corrêa, Érico Kunde Corrêa
The negative environmental impacts associated with home composting may be due to the absence of a defined operation criteria for the degradation process. In addition to the potentially low environmental impact in terms of energy and water usage, which is minimal to the manufacture of the composting unit and avoiding the processing and transportation of waste or byproduct, composting at home can also promote a reduction in the emission of unpleasant gases. The proportion of the food waste and bulking agents in the composting mixture may be decisive to fulfill good practices of waste stabilization...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156372/psychometric-properties-of-the-intuitive-eating-scale-2-ies-2-in-a-culturally-diverse-hispanic-american-sample
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Jessica F Saunders, Kristin A Nichols-Lopez, Leslie D Frazier
BACKGROUND: Intuitive eating is an adaptive eating tendency consistently associated with positive physical and mental health outcomes, including lower risk for obesity and eating disorders (EDs). Obesity rates are disproportionately high in Hispanic American populations, yet the properties of intuitive eating remain to be examined in such samples. METHOD: The current study examined the psychometric properties of the Intuitive Eating Scale-2 (IES-2) in a Hispanic American sample of adult college students (N=482), and related IES-2 scores to levels of disordered eating, body mass index (BMI), fruit and vegetable consumption, and body shape satisfaction...
November 14, 2017: Eating Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156366/triterpenoidal-saponins-from-the-fruits-of-gleditsia-caspica-with-proapoptotic-properties
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Usama Shaheen, Ehab A Ragab, Ashraf N Abdalla, Ammar Bader
Three previously undescribed oleanane-type triterpenoidal saponins named caspicaosides L-N were isolated from the fruits of Gleditsia caspica Desf. The aglycons of these saponins were echinocystic acid, erythrodiol and 12-oleanene-3,28,30-triol. Caspicaoside L is a bisdesmosidic saponin acylated with two monoterpenic acids. It has a disaccharide moiety made up of glucose and arabinose attached to C-3 and pentasaccharide moiety linked to C-28 made up of one glucose, 2 xyloses, one inner rhamnose and one terminal rhamnose which was acylated with two identical monoterpenic acids...
November 17, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156279/the-stocks-and-flows-of-nitrogen-phosphorus-and-potassium-across-a-30-year-time-series-for-agriculture-in-huantai-county-china
#7
Jessica Bellarby, Ben W J Surridge, Philip M Haygarth, Kun Liu, Giuseppina Siciliano, Laurence Smith, Clive Rahn, Fanqiao Meng
In order to improve the efficiency of nutrient use whilst also meeting projected changes in the demand for food within China, new nutrient management frameworks comprised of policy, practice and the means of delivering change are required. These frameworks should be underpinned by systemic analyses of the stocks and flows of nutrients within agricultural production. In this paper, a 30-year time series of the stocks and flows of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) are reported for Huantai county, an exemplar area of intensive agricultural production in the North China Plain...
November 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155751/dissection-and-immunofluorescent-staining-of-mushroom-body-and-photoreceptor-neurons-in-adult-drosophila-melanogaster-brains
#8
Seth M Kelly, Alexandra Elchert, Michael Kahl
Nervous system development involves a sequential series of events that are coordinated by several signaling pathways and regulatory networks. Many of the proteins involved in these pathways are evolutionarily conserved between mammals and other eukaryotes, such as the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, suggesting that similar organizing principles exist during the development of these organisms. Importantly, Drosophila has been used extensively to identify cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating processes that are required in mammals including neurogenesis, differentiation, axonal guidance, and synaptogenesis...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155709/a-computational-method-to-quantify-fly-circadian-activity
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Andrey Lazopulo, Sheyum Syed
In most animals and plants, circadian clocks orchestrate behavioral and molecular processes and synchronize them to the daily light-dark cycle. Fundamental mechanisms that underlie this temporal control are widely studied using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism. In flies, the clock is typically studied by analyzing multiday locomotor recording. Such a recording shows a complex bimodal pattern with two peaks of activity: a morning peak that happens around dawn, and an evening peak that happens around dusk...
October 28, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155570/chemistry-antimicrobial-mechanisms-and-antibiotic-activities-of-cinnamaldehyde-against-pathogenic-bacteria-in-animal-feeds-and-human-foods
#10
Mendel Friedman
Cinnamaldehyde is a major constituent of cinnamon essential oils produced by aromatic cinnamon plants. This compound has been reported to exhibit antimicrobial properties in vitro in laboratory media and in animal feeds and human foods contaminated with disease-causing bacteria including Bacillus cereus, Campylobacter jejuni, Clostridium perfringens, Escherichia coli, Listeria monocytogenes, and Salmonella enterica. This integrated review surveys and interprets our current knowledge of the chemistry, analysis, safety, mechanism of action, and antibiotic activities of cinnamaldehyde in food animal (cattle, lambs, calves, pigs, poultry) diets and in widely consumed liquid (apple, carrot, tomato, and watermelon juices, milk) and solid foods...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155493/the-crystal-structure-and-catalytic-mechanism-of-hydroxynitrile-lyase-from-passion-fruit-passiflora-edulis
#11
Fumihiro Motojima, Aem Nuylert, Yasuhisa Asano
Hydroxynitrile lyases (HNLs) are enzymes used in the synthesis of chiral cyanohydrins. The HNL from Passiflora edulis (PeHNL) is R-selective and is the smallest HNL known to date. The crystal structures of PeHNL and its C-terminal peptide depleted derivative were determined by molecular replacement method using the template structure of a heat stable protein, SP1, from Populus tremula at 2.8 Å and 1.8 Å resolution, respectively. PeHNL belongs to dimeric α+β barrel superfamily consisting of a central β-barrel in the middle of a dimer...
November 20, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155374/testing-the-waters-from-moringa-seeds-to-fruit-peels-researchers-are-seeking-out-new-ways-to-clean-up-the-world-s-drinking-water
#12
Wudan Yan
Water on Earth-in our oceans, rivers, lakes, and wetlands-might seem plentiful, but water that is clean and safe enough to drink actually isn't so abundant. Nearly one in ten people still lacks access to safe water worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. In some of the world's most remote and impoverished communities, people live with no taps, showers, flushing toilets, or nearby springs, making it difficult to keep water supplies safe from bacteria, chemicals, and particulates. Moreover, access to clean drinking water isn't just a problem in the developing world; groundwater in developed countries is typically used far more quickly than it is being replenished...
November 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155174/ethnopharmacology-phytochemistry-and-pharmacology-of-cornus-officinalis-sieb-et-zucc
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REVIEW
Jun Huang, Yiwei Zhang, Lin Dong, Qinghan Gao, Lei Yin, Hongfeng Quan, Rong Chen, Xueyan Fu, Dingbo Lin
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Cornus officinalis (Cornaceae), known in Chinese as "Shanzhuyu," is a frequently used traditional Chinese medicine. It tastes sour and is astringent and slightly warm in nature. Its fruits have long been used to treat kidney deficiency, high blood pressure, waist and knee pain, dizziness, tinnitus, impotence, spermatorrhea, menorrhagia, and other diseases in China. The main distribution areas are Shanxi and Gansu. AIM OF THE STUDY: This review focused on the ethnopharmacological uses of the herb...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154802/microrna-profiling-in-mda-mb-231-human-breast-cancer-cell-exposed-to-the-phaleria-macrocarpa-boerl-fruit-ethyl-acetate-fraction-pmeaf-through-iilumina-hi-seq-technologies-and-various-in-silico-bioinformatics-tools
#14
Nowroji Kavitha, Soundararajan Vijayarathna, Shanmugapriya, Chern Ein Oon, Yeng Chen, Jagat R Kanwar, Vasu Punj, Sreenivasan Sasidharan
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Phaleria macrocarpa (Scheff) Boerl, is a famous traditional medicinal plant which exhibited cytotoxicity against various cancerous cells. Traditionally, P. macrocarpa has been used to control cancer, impotency, hemorrhoids, diabetes mellitus, allergies, liver and heart disease, kidney disorders, blood diseases, acne, stroke, migraine, and various skin diseases. AIM OF THE STUDY: Recent studies have demonstrated a potent anticancer potential of P...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154073/a-new-topical-treatment-of-atopic-dermatitis-in-pediatric-patients-based-on-ficus-carica-l-fig-a-randomized-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
#15
Shirin Abbasi, Mohammad Kamalinejad, Delara Babaie, SeyedMohammad Shams, Zahra Sadr, Mehdi Gheysari, Vahid Reza Askari, Hassan Rakhshandeh
BACKGROUND: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common, chronic, relapsing and inflammatory skin disease characterized by pruritus and xerosis (dry skin). Its prevalence is on the increase worldwide, particularly in children. As the pathogenesis of AD involves a complex interaction of genetic, environmental and immunological factors, its definitive treatment is difficult. OBJECTIVE: This clinical trial was designed as equivalence study to investigate the effect of aqueous extract of edible dried fig fruit on the severity of AD as measured with scoring atopic dermatitis (SCORAD), in comparison with Hydrocortisone 1...
December 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153957/adaptive-neuro-heuristic-hybrid-model-for-fruit-peel-defects-detection
#16
Marcin Woźniak, Dawid Połap
Fusion of machine learning methods benefits in decision support systems. A composition of approaches gives a possibility to use the most efficient features composed into one solution. In this article we would like to present an approach to the development of adaptive method based on fusion of proposed novel neural architecture and heuristic search into one co-working solution. We propose a developed neural network architecture that adapts to processed input co-working with heuristic method used to precisely detect areas of interest...
November 15, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153871/revisiting-the-impact-of-macroeconomic-conditions-on-health-behaviours
#17
Giorgio Di Pietro
This paper estimates the average population effect of macroeconomic conditions on health behaviours accounting for the heterogeneous impact of the business cycle on individuals. While previous studies use models relying on area-specific unemployment rates to estimate this average effect, this paper employs a model based on area-specific unemployment rates by gender and age group. The rationale for breaking down unemployment rates is that the severity of cyclical upturns and downturns does not only significantly vary across geographical areas, but also across gender and age...
November 7, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153717/biomass-derived-porous-carbon-modified-glass-fiber-separator-as-polysulfide-reservoir-for-li-s-batteries
#18
Ramakrishnan Kalai Selvan, Pei Zhu, Chaoi Yan, Jiadeng Zhu, Mahmut Dirican, A Shanmugavani, Yun Sung Lee, Xiangwu Zhang
Biomass-derived porous carbon has been considered as a promising sulfur host material for lithium-sulfur batteries because of its high conductive nature and large porosity. The present study explored biomass-derived porous carbon as polysulfide reservoir to modify the surface of glass fiber (GF) separator. Two different carbons were prepared from Oak Tree fruit shells by carbonization with and without KOH activation. The KOH activated porous carbon (AC) provides a much higher surface area (796 m(2) g(-1)) than pyrolized carbon (PC) (334 m(2) g(-1))...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153066/-age-related-prevalence-of-toxoplasmosis-among-pregnant-women-in-hatay-estimation-depending-on-model
#19
Meryem Çetin, Şirin Çetin
Toxoplasmosis, caused by the obligate intracellular protozoan Toxoplasma gondii, is a common parasitic infection affecting approximately one-third of the world population. T.gondii infections are usually acquired by ingesting raw or insufficiently cooked meat and from unwashed fruits and vegetables contaminated with soil or water with cat feces. Primary infection acquired during pregnancy can cause severe congenital abnormalities in the fetus such as neurologic and ocular malformations, abortion, or stillbirth according to the degree of infection...
October 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152243/effect-of-pomegranate-extract-on-blood-pressure-and-anthropometry-in-adults-a-double-blind-placebo-controlled-randomised-clinical-trial
#20
A Stockton, G Farhat, Gordon J McDougall, E A S Al-Dujaili
Pomegranate (Punica granatum), a polyphenol-rich fruit, has been suggested to reduce cardiovascular risk due to its antioxidant properties. Hypertension and obesity are the most preventable cardiovascular risk factors. Few studies on blood pressure and/or body-weight status have been conducted in human subjects. Previous investigations have tended to focus on pomegranate juice. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of pomegranate extract (PE) on blood pressure and anthropometric measures in adults with no symptomatic disease...
2017: Journal of Nutritional Science
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