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Ala Eddine Derardja, Matthias Pretzler, Ioannis Kampatsikas, Malika Barkat, Annette Rompel
Polyphenol oxidase from apricot (Prunus armeniaca) (PaPPO) was purified in its latent form (L-PaPPO) and the molecular weight was determined to 63 kDa by SDS-PAGE. L-PaPPO was activated in the presence of substrate at low pH. The activity was enhanced by CuSO4 and low concentrations (≤ 2 mM) of SDS. PaPPO has its pH and temperature optimum at pH 4.5 and 45 °C for catechol as the substrate. It showed diphenolase activity and highest affinity toward 4-methylcatechol (KM = 2.0 mM) and chlorogenic acid (KM = 2...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Junping Niu, Guojing Zhang, Wenting Zhang, Vasilij Goltsev, Shan Sun, Jinzheng Wang, Pengmin Li, Fengwang Ma
Anthocyanin synthesis and degradation processes were analyzed at transcript, enzyme, and metabolite levels to clarify the effects of high temperature on the concentration of anthocyanin in plum fruit (Prunus salicina Lindl.). The transcript levels of PsPAL, PsCHS, and PsDFR decreased while those of PsANS and PsUFGT were similar at 35 °C compared with 20 °C. The activities of the enzymes encoded by these genes were all increased in fruits at 35 °C. The concentrations of anthocyanins were higher at 35 °C on day 5 but then decreased to lower values on day 9 compared with that at 20 °C...
August 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
Seungmo Lim, Davaajargal Igori, Dasom Baek, In-Sook Cho, Gug-Seoun Choi, Jae Sun Moon
We report the detection of cherry virus A (CVA) in a Prunus mume sample using Illumina HiSeq 2500 paired-end RNA sequencing. CVA isolate OC shared highest sequence identity with CVA isolate J, which was recently identified in P. armeniaca in Japan. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of CVA infecting P. mume in Korea and the first complete genome sequence of CVA isolated from P. mume in the world.
June 2017: Virusdisease
Irina A Ionescu, Gregorio López-Ortega, Meike Burow, Almudena Bayo-Canha, Alexander Junge, Oliver Gericke, Birger L Møller, Raquel Sánchez-Pérez
Release of bud dormancy in perennial woody plants is a temperature-dependent process and thus flowering in these species is heavily affected by climate change. The lack of cold winters in temperate growing regions often results in reduced flowering and low fruit yields. This is likely to decrease the availability of fruits and nuts of the Prunus spp. in the near future. In order to maintain high yields, it is crucial to gain detailed knowledge on the molecular mechanisms controlling the release of bud dormancy...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
Paul Z Goldstein, Michael W Nelson
Beach plum, Prunus maritima Marshall, 1785 not Wangenh., 1787 (Rosaceae), currently under development as a potential crop, represents an under-acknowledged host plant for several Lepidoptera that have undergone declines in the northeastern USA. The Coastal Heathland Cutworm, Abagrotis nefascia (Smith, 1908), and the Dune Noctuid, Sympistis riparia (Morrison, 1875), are unrelated species of psammophilic noctuines (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) regularly encountered on a localized basis in coastal southern New England and New York, and whose precise life history requirements are undocumented...
2017: ZooKeys
Ayla Sant'Ana da Silva, Javier Freddy Molina, Ricardo Sposina Sobral Teixeira, Luis G Valdivieso Gelves, Elba P S Bon, Viridiana S Ferreira-Leitão
OBJECTIVE: Glucose conversion into disaccharides was performed with β-glucosidases from Prunus dulcis (β-Pd), Aspergillus niger (β-An) and A. awamori (β-Aa), in reactions containing initial glucose of 700 and 900 g l(-1). RESULTS: The reactions' time courses were followed regarding glucose and product concentrations. In all cases, there was a predominant formation of gentiobiose over cellobiose and also of oligosaccharides with a higher molecular mass. For reactions containing 700 g glucose l(-1), the final substrate conversions were 33, 38, and 23...
August 1, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
Gianluca Picariello, Pasquale Ferranti, Fausta De Cunzo, Ermelinda Sacco, Maria Grazia Volpe
The aim of this work was to assess whether the characteristic polyphenol traits of cherry biotypes persisted in thermally processed cherry products, such as jam. Thus, the RP-HPLC-diode array detector profiles of both colorless polyphenols and anthocyanins from three cherry varieties (two sweet and one tart cherry) were compared with those of low-sugar jam sourced from the same cultivars. Individual components were characterized by mass spectrometry. The total phenolic and total anthocyanin content as well as the radical scavenging potential (residual 75-91, 88-91 and 73-75%, respectively) were only slightly reduced by deep thermal treatments...
July 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
Mauro Commisso, Martino Bianconi, Flavia Di Carlo, Stefania Poletti, Alessandra Bulgarini, Francesca Munari, Stefano Negri, Matteo Stocchero, Stefania Ceoldo, Linda Avesani, Michael Assfalg, Gianni Zoccatelli, Flavia Guzzo
Fruits of the sweet cherry (Prunus avium L.) accumulate a range of antioxidants that can help to prevent cardiovascular disease, inflammation and cancer. We tested the in vitro antioxidant activity of 18 sweet cherry cultivars collected from 12 farms in the protected geographical indication region of Marostica (Vicenza, Italy) during two growing seasons. Multiple targeted and untargeted metabolomics approaches (NMR, LC-MS, HPLC-DAD, HPLC-UV) as well as artificial simplified phytocomplexes representing the cultivars Sandra Tardiva, Sandra and Grace Star were then used to determine whether the total antioxidant activity reflected the additive effects of each compound or resulted from synergistic interactions...
2017: PloS One
Karim Sorkheh, Mehrana Koohi Dehkordi, Sezai Ercisli, Attila Hegedus, Júlia Halász
Wild almond species as sources of genetic variation may have crucial importance in breeding. A total of 389 accessions of 18 species have been analysed using inter-retrotransposon amplified polymorphism (IRAP), retrotransposon-microsatellite amplified polymorphism (REMAP), sequence-specific amplification polymorphism (S-SAP), amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP), inter simple sequence repeat (ISSR) and simple sequence repeats (SSR). Retrotransposon markers indicated the presence and movement of some Ty3-gypsy and Ty1-copia-elements in almond genome...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
Etienne Camenen, Annabel J Porté, Marta Benito Garzón
Four North American trees are becoming invasive species in Western Europe: Acer negundo, Prunus serotina, Quercus rubra, and Robinia pseudoacacia. However, their present and future potential risks of invasion have not been yet evaluated. Here, we assess niche shifts between the native and invasive ranges and the potential invasion risk of these four trees in Western Europe. We estimated niche conservatism in a multidimensional climate space using niche overlap Schoener's D, niche equivalence, and niche similarity tests...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
Sabrina Battisti, Carlo Boselli, Alessandro Ubaldi, Cristina Roffi Isabelli, Tabita Mauti, Ugo Della Marta, Paola Scaramozzino
Vegetables play an important role in the human diet, and the transfer of toxic contaminants from the soil to plants has been little studied for most tree species and their edible portions. In an area affected by hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) contamination, in the Sacco River Valley (central Italy), measurements of β- and α-HCH isomers were made on different parts of two tree species: Juglans regia and Prunus spinosa. Concentrations were analysed in roots, branches, leaves, fruits, and seeds. A spatial evaluation of the results highlighted an inverse association of contamination with distance from the river, which is the main route of transport in the environment...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Wycliff M Kinoti, Fiona E Constable, Narelle Nancarrow, Kim M Plummer, Brendan Rodoni
The distribution of Ilarvirus species populations amongst 61 Australian Prunus trees was determined by next generation sequencing (NGS) of amplicons generated using a genus-based generic RT-PCR targeting a conserved region of the Ilarvirus RNA2 component that encodes the RNA dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) gene. Presence of Ilarvirus sequences in each positive sample was further validated by Sanger sequencing of cloned amplicons of regions of each of RNA1, RNA2 and/or RNA3 that were generated by species specific PCRs and by metagenomic NGS...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
Jana Käthner, Alon Ben-Gal, Robin Gebbers, Aviva Peeters, Werner B Herppich, Manuela Zude-Sasse
In orchards, the variations of fruit quality and its determinants are crucial for resource effective measures. In the present study, a drip-irrigated plum production (Prunus domestica L. "Tophit plus"/Wavit) located in a semi-humid climate was studied. Analysis of the apparent electrical conductivity (ECa) of soil showed spatial patterns of sand lenses in the orchard. Water status of sample trees was measured instantaneously by means of leaf water potential, Ψleaf [MPa], and for all trees by thermal imaging of canopies and calculation of the crop water stress index (CWSI)...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
Emilie Stierlin, Stéphane Azoulay, Lionel Massi, Xavier Fernandez, Thomas Michel
BACKGROUND: The current study presents new insight in the phytochemical content and biological activities of five Prunus domestica L. varieties ('Quetsche blanche de Létricourt', 'Mirabelle de Nancy', 'Perdrigon violet', 'Mirabelle de Provence' and 'Reine-claude dorée'). RESULTS: The plum leaves were found to possess promising anti-ageing activities by their capacity to inhibit DPPH, elastase, hyaluronidase and lipoxygenase. After solid phase extraction (SPE), chlorogenic acid, rutin, quercetin and their derivatives were putatively identified by HPLC-ESI-MS/MS...
July 4, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Gökhan Karakülah
Novel transcript discovery through RNA sequencing has substantially improved our understanding of the transcriptome dynamics of biological systems. Endogenous target mimicry (eTM) transcripts, a novel class of regulatory molecules, bind to their target microRNAs (miRNAs) by base pairing and block their biological activity. The objective of this study was to provide a computational analysis framework for the prediction of putative eTM sequences in plants, and as an example, to discover previously un-annotated eTMs in Prunus persica (peach) transcriptome...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics
Yunpeng Cao, Yahui Han, Dandan Meng, Guohui Li, Dahui Li, Muhammad Abdullah, Qing Jin, Yi Lin, Yongping Cai
WUSCHEL-related homeobox (WOX) family is one of the largest group of transcription factors (TFs) specifically found in plant kingdom. WOX TFs play an important role in plant development processes and evolutionary novelties. Although the roles of WOXs in Arabidopsis and rice have been well-studied, however, little are known about the relationships among the main clades in the molecular evolution of these genes in Rosaceae. Here, we carried out a genome-wide analysis and identified 14, 10, 10, and 9 of WOX genes from four Rosaceae species (Fragaria vesca, Prunus persica, Prunus mume, and Pyrus bretschneideri, respectively)...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
Camila Goldy, Laura A Svetaz, Claudia A Bustamante, Marco Allegrini, Gabriel H Valentini, María F Drincovich, Alisdair R Fernie, María V Lara
The worldwide-distributed leaf peach curl disease is caused by the biotroph Taphrina deformans. To characterize the plant-fungus interaction, resistant and susceptible Prunus persica genotypes grown in the orchard were studied. Asymptomatic leaves were tested for fungal presence. In all resistant leaves analyzed the fungus was not detected. Conversely, leaves from the susceptible genotype were categorized according to the presence or absence of the pathogen. Comparative metabolomic analysis disclosed the metabolite composition associated with resistant and susceptible interactions, and of compounds involved in fungal growth inhibition such as chlorogenic acid, whose in vitro antifungal activity was verified in this work...
June 17, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Adnan Khan, Jeong Hoon Pan, Seongha Cho, Sojung Lee, Young Jun Kim, Youngja H Park
This study aimed to identify the changes in the metabolomics profile of liver damage caused by alcohol consumption and verify the beneficial effect of Prunus mume Sieb. et Zucc extract (PME) in protection of alcohol-induced injury by attenuating the level of identified metabolites. Mice were treated with PME and saline or untreated once daily for 5 days, followed by alcohol injection. The plasma samples were analyzed using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry-based high-resolution metabolomics followed by a multivariate statistical analysis using MetaboAnalyst 3...
August 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
Mihika Bose, Mohini Kamra, Ranajoy Mullick, Santanu Bhattacharya, Saumitra Das, Anjali A Karande
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major cause of chronic liver diseases that often requires liver transplantation. The standard therapies are limited by severe side effects, resistance development, high expense and in a substantial proportion of cases, fail to clear the infection which bespeak the need for development of well-tolerated antivirals. Since most of the drug development strategies target the replication stage of viral lifecycle, the identification of entry inhibitors might be crucial especially in case of liver-transplant recipients...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
Wycliff M Kinoti, Fiona E Constable, Narelle Nancarrow, Kim M Plummer, Brendan Rodoni
PCR amplicon next generation sequencing (NGS) analysis offers a broadly applicable and targeted approach to detect populations of both high- or low-frequency virus variants in one or more plant samples. In this study, amplicon NGS was used to explore the diversity of the tripartite genome virus, Prunus necrotic ringspot virus (PNRSV) from 53 PNRSV-infected trees using amplicons from conserved gene regions of each of PNRSV RNA1, RNA2 and RNA3. Sequencing of the amplicons from 53 PNRSV-infected trees revealed differing levels of polymorphism across the three different components of the PNRSV genome with a total number of 5040, 2083 and 5486 sequence variants observed for RNA1, RNA2 and RNA3 respectively...
2017: PloS One
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