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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930279/comparative-evaluation-of-oxidative-stress-modulating-and-dna-protective-activities-of-aqueous-and-methanolic-extracts-of-acacia-catechu
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Ashwini Patil, Manisha Modak
Background: Plant-derived bioactive compounds are becoming immensely important as potential drugs. Different solvents are being used for extraction of these phytochemicals. Evaluation of biological activities of aqueous plant extracts is important as water soluble compounds would be more beneficial with respect to certification, safety and commercial issues. Oxidative stress is involved in development of many diseases; therefore, antioxidants are now being looked upon as convincing therapeutics against such diseases...
September 5, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930169/comparison-of-physiological-and-psychological-relaxation-using-measurements-of-heart-rate-variability-prefrontal-cortex-activity-and-subjective-indexes-after-completing-tasks-with-and-without-foliage-plants
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Sin-Ae Park, Chorong Song, Yun-Ah Oh, Yoshifumi Miyazaki, Ki-Cheol Son
The objective of this study was to compare physiological and psychological relaxation by assessing heart rate variability (HRV), prefrontal cortex activity, and subjective indexes while subjects performed a task with and without foliage plants. In a crossover experimental design, 24 university students performed a task transferring pots with and without a foliage plant for 3 min. HRV and oxyhemoglobin (oxy-Hb) concentration in the prefrontal cortex were continuously measured. Immediately thereafter, subjective evaluation of emotions was performed using a modified semantic differential (SD) method and a profile of mood state questionnaire (POMS)...
September 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930139/critical-analysis-on-characterization-systemic-effect-and-therapeutic-potential-of-beta-sitosterol-a-plant-derived-orphan-phytosterol
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Muhammad Shahdaat Bin Sayeed, Selim Muhammad Rezaul Karim, Tasnuva Sharmin, Mohammed Monzur Morshed
Beta-sitosterol (BS) is a phytosterol, widely distributed throughout the plant kingdom and known to be involved in the stabilization of cell membranes. To compile the sources, physical and chemical properties, spectral and chromatographic analytical methods, synthesis, systemic effects, pharmacokinetics, therapeutic potentials, toxicity, drug delivery and finally, to suggest future research with BS, classical as well as on-line literature were studied. Classical literature includes classical books on ethnomedicine and phytochemistry, and the electronic search included Pubmed, SciFinder, Scopus, the Web of Science, Google Scholar, and others...
November 15, 2016: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929284/effects-of-beneficial-microorganisms-on-lowland-rice-development
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Adriano Stephan Nascente, Marta Cristina Corsi de Filippi, Anna Cristina Lanna, Thatyane Pereira de Sousa, Alan Carlos Alves de Souza, Valácia Lemes da Silva Lobo, Gisele Barata da Silva
Microorganisms can promote plant growth by increasing phytomass production, nutrient uptake, photosynthesis rates, and grain yield, which can result in higher profits for farmers. However, there is limited information available about the physiological characteristics of lowland rice after treatment with beneficial microorganisms in the tropical region. This study aimed to determine the effects of different beneficial microorganisms and various application forms on phytomass production, gas exchange, and nutrient contents in the lowland rice cultivar 'BRS Catiana' in a tropical region...
September 19, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928753/peg-induces-high-expression-of-the-cell-cycle-checkpoint-gene-wee1-in-embryogenic-callus-of-medicago-truncatula-potential-link-between-cell-cycle-checkpoint-regulation-and-osmotic-stress
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Adel M Elmaghrabi, Hilary J Rogers, Dennis Francis, Sergio J Ochatt
Polyethylene glycol (PEG) can be used to mimic osmotic stress in plant tissue cultures to study mechanisms of tolerance. The aim of this experiment was to investigate the effects of PEG (M.W. 6000) on embryogenic callus of Medicago truncatula. Leaf explants were cultured on MS medium with 2 mg L(-1) NAA and 0.5 mg L(-1) BAP for 5 months. Then, calli were transferred to the same medium further supplemented with 10% (w/v) 6000 PEG for 6 months in order to study physiological and putative molecular markers of water stress...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927358/understanding-fe-2-toxicity-and-p-deficiency-tolerance-in-rice-for-enhancing-productivity-under-acidic-soils
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Sudip Das, Wricha Tyagi, Mayank Rai, Julia S Yumnam
Plants experience low phosphorus (P) and high iron (Fe) levels in acidic lowland soils that lead to reduced crop productivity. A better understanding of the relationship between these two stresses at molecular and physiological level will lead to development of suitable strategies to increase crop productivity in such poor soils. Tolerance for most abiotic stresses including P deficiency and Fe toxicity is a quantitative trait in rice. Recent studies in the areas of physiology, genetics, and overall metabolic pathways in response to P deficiency of rice plants have improved our understanding of low P tolerance...
April 2017: Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927013/transcription-factors-responding-to-pb-stress-in-maize
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Yanling Zhang, Fei Ge, Fengxia Hou, Wenting Sun, Qi Zheng, Xiaoxiang Zhang, Langlang Ma, Jun Fu, Xiujing He, Huanwei Peng, Guangtang Pan, Yaou Shen
Pb can damage the physiological function of human organs by entering the human body via food-chain enrichment. Revealing the mechanisms of maize tolerance to Pb is critical for preventing this. In this study, a Pb-tolerant maize inbred line, 178, was used to analyse transcription factors (TFs) expressed under Pb stress based on RNA sequencing data. A total of 464 genes expressed in control check (CK) or Pb treatment samples were annotated as TFs. Among them, 262 differentially expressed transcription factors (DETs) were identified that responded to Pb treatment...
September 18, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925901/plant-cell-wall-proteomics-as-a-strategy-to-reveal-candidate-proteins-involved-in-extracellular-lipid-metabolism
#8
Adélaïde Jacq, Vincent Burlat, Elisabeth Jamet
Plant cell walls are composite structures surrounding cells and involved in both mechanical support and perception of their environment. They are mainly composed of polysaccharides (90-95% of their mass) and proteins (5-10%). The cell wall proteins (CWPs) contribute to the arrangements and modifications of polymer networks and to cell-to-cell communication. The structure and composition of cell walls are not uniform in the whole plants, but rather specialized in different cell types to fulfil different functions...
September 18, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925545/methane-delays-the-senescence-and-browning-in-daylily-buds-by-re-established-redox-homeostasis
#9
Huali Hu, Dan Liu, Pengxia Li
BACKGROUND: During the postharvest senescence of fruits and vegetables, redox imbalance occurs. Although the release of methane (CH4 ) has been observed for a long time and its antioxidant properties have recently been demonstrated in animals and plants, the corresponding physiological role of CH4 in regulating plant senescence has not yet been elucidated. RESULTS: Here, our results indicate that the postharvest deterioration of daylily buds during storage is greatly ameliorated by the exogenous application of CH4 , particularly in the inhibition of tissue browning...
September 19, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922793/diurnal-cycling-transcription-factors-of-pineapple-revealed-by-genome-wide-annotation-and-global-transcriptomic-analysis
#10
Anupma Sharma, Ching Man Wai, Ray Ming, Qingyi Yu
Circadian clock provides fitness advantage by coordinating internal metabolic and physiological processes to external cyclic environments. Core clock components exhibit daily rhythmic changes in gene expression, and the majority of them are transcription factors (TFs) and transcription coregulators (TCs). We annotated 1,398 TFs from 67 TF families and 80 TCs from 20 TC families in pineapple, and analyzed their tissue-specific and diurnal expression patterns. Approximately 42% of TFs and 45% of TCs displayed diel rhythmic expression, including 177 TF/TCs cycling only in the nonphotosynthetic leaf tissue, 247 cycling only in the photosynthetic leaf tissue, and 201 cycling in both...
September 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922771/a-specific-role-of-iron-in-promoting-meristematic-cell-division-during-adventitious-root-formation
#11
Alexander Hilo, Fahimeh Shahinnia, Uwe Druege, Philipp Franken, Michael Melzer, Twan Rutten, Nicolaus von Wirén, Mohammad-Reza Hajirezaei
Adventitious root (AR) formation is characterized by a sequence of physiological and morphological processes and determined by external factors, including mineral nutrition, the impacts of which remain largely elusive. Morphological and anatomical evaluation of the effects of mineral elements on AR formation in leafy cuttings of Petunia hybrida revealed a striking stimulation by iron (Fe) and a promotive action of ammonium (NH4+). The optimal application period for these nutrients corresponded to early division of meristematic cells in the rooting zone and coincided with increased transcript levels of mitotic cyclins...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922767/photosynthetic-and-metabolic-acclimation-to-repeated-drought-events-play-key-roles-in-drought-tolerance-in-coffee
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Paulo E Menezes-Silva, Lilian M V P Sanglard, Rodrigo T Ávila, Leandro E Morais, Samuel C V Martins, Priscilla Nobres, Camila M Patreze, Marcio A Ferreira, Wagner L Araújo, Alisdair R Fernie, Fábio M DaMatta
Over the last decades, most information on the mechanisms underlying tolerance to drought has been gained by considering this stress as a single event that happens just once in the life of a plant, in contrast to what occurs under natural conditions where recurrent drought episodes are the rule. Here we explored mechanisms of drought tolerance in coffee (Coffea canephora) plants from a broader perspective, integrating key aspects of plant physiology and biochemistry. We show that plants exposed to multiple drought events displayed higher photosynthetic rates, which were largely accounted for by biochemical rather than diffusive or hydraulic factors, than those submitted to drought for the first time...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922758/the-role-of-arabidopsis-aldehyde-dehydrogenase-genes-in-response-to-high-temperature-and-stress-combinations
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Junyi Zhao, Tagnon D Missihoun, Dorothea Bartels
Aldehyde dehydrogenases (ALDH) are a family of enzymes that are involved in plant metabolism and contribute to aldehyde homeostasis to eliminate toxic aldehydes. The ALDH enzymes produce NADPH and NADH in their enzymatic reactions and thus contribute to balancing redox equivalents. Previous studies showed that Arabidopsis ALDH genes are expressed in response to high salinity, dehydration, oxidative stress, or heavy metals, suggesting important roles in environmental adaptation. However, the role of ALDH genes in high temperature and stress combinations (heat stress combined with dehydration, wounding, or salt stress) is unclear...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922753/effects-of-periodic-photoinhibitory-light-exposure-on-physiology-and-productivity-of-arabidopsis-plants-grown-under-low-light
#14
Yonglan Tian, Joanna Sacharz, Maxwell A Ware, Huayong Zhang, Alexander V Ruban
This work examined the long-term effects of periodic high light stress on photosynthesis, morphology, and productivity of low-light-acclimated Arabidopsis plants. Significant photoinhibition of Arabidopsis seedlings grown under low light (100 μmol photons m-2 s-1) was observed at the beginning of the high light treatment (three times a day for 30 min at 1800 μmol photons m-2 s-1). However, after 2 weeks of treatment, similar photosynthesis yields (Fv/Fm) to those of control plants were attained. The daily levels of photochemical quenching measured in the dark (qPd) indicated that the plants recovered from photoinhibition within several hours once transferred back to low light conditions, with complete recovery being achieved overnight...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922165/the-gastrointestinal-brain-axis-in-humans-as-an-evolutionary-advance-of-the-root-leaf-axis-in-plants-a-hypothesis-linking-quantum-effects-of-light-on-serotonin-and-auxin
#15
Lucio Tonello, Bekim Gashi, Alessandro Scuotto, Glenda Capello, Massimo Cocchi, Fabio Gabrielli, Jack A Tuszynski
Living organisms tend to find viable strategies under ambient conditions that optimize their search for, and utilization of, life-sustaining resources. For plants, a leading role in this process is performed by auxin, a plant hormone that drives morphological development, dynamics, and movement to optimize the absorption of light (through branches and leaves) and chemical "food" (through roots). Similarly to auxin in plants, serotonin seems to play an important role in higher animals, especially humans. Here, it is proposed that morphological and functional similarities between (i) plant leaves and the animal/human brain and (ii) plant roots and the animal/human gastro-intestinal tract have general features in common...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921829/vegetation-demographics-in-earth-system-models-a-review-of-progress-and-priorities
#16
Rosie A Fisher, Charles D Koven, William R L Anderegg, Bradley O Christoffersen, Michael C Dietze, Caroline Farrior, Jennifer A Holm, George Hurtt, Ryan G Knox, Peter J Lawrence, Jeremy W Lichststein, Marcos Longo, Ashley M Matheny, David Medvigy, Helene C Muller-Landau, Thomas L Powell, Shawn P Serbin, Hisashi Sato, Jacquelyn Shuman, Benjamin Smith, Anna T Trugman, Toni Viskari, Hans Verbeeck, Ensheng Weng, Chonggang Xu, Xiangtao Xu, Tao Zhang, Paul Moorcroft
Numerous current efforts seek to improve the representation of ecosystem ecology and vegetation demographic processes within Earth System Models (ESMs). These developments are widely viewed as an important step in developing greater realism in predictions of future ecosystem states and fluxes. Increased realism, however, leads to increased model complexity, with new features raising a suite of ecological questions that require empirical constraints. Here, we review the developments that permit the representation of plant demographics in ESMs, and identify issues raised by these developments that highlight important gaps in ecological understanding...
September 18, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921125/exogenous-cannabinoid-efficacy-merely-a-pharmacokinetic-interaction
#17
Jennifer H Martin, Jennifer Schneider, Catherine J Lucas, Peter Galettis
Endocannabinoid pharmacology is now relatively well understood with a number of endocannabinoids and endogenous cannabinoid neurotransmitters identified and the pharmacokinetics relatively well ascertained. Further, the cannabinoid receptors are now molecularly and pharmacologically characterised and the cell processes involved in endocannabinoid transcription, synthesis, post-translational modification and protein expression are reported. Endogenous cannabinoids have been shown to have key roles in immune and pain pathways and neuro-behavioural signalling including appetite regulation...
September 18, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920391/-progress-in-metabolic-engineering-of-%C3%AE-carotene-synthesis
#18
Yanyan Wang, Jianmin Xing, Hongge Chen
β-carotene is an important natural plant pigment and has various physiological functions in organisms. With the proposition of systematic biology and progress in carotenoids biosynthesis since the 1960s, metabolic engineering has played a significant role in enhancing carotenoid production. In this review, we present β-carotene's traditional production methods and metabolic engineering strategies for constructing β-carotene-producing strains. Meanwhile, main problems and corresponding solutions to improve β-carotene yield of engineered strains were further analyzed, for further efficient microbial production of β-carotene...
April 25, 2017: Sheng Wu Gong Cheng Xue Bao, Chinese Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920141/effects-of-moso-bamboo-phyllostachys-edulis-invasions-on-soil-nitrogen-cycles-depend-on-invasion-stage-and-warming
#19
Zhenzhen Li, Ling Zhang, Bangliang Deng, Yuanqiu Liu, Fanqian Kong, Guoxian Huang, Qin Zou, Qian Liu, Xiaomin Guo, Yanqiu Fu, Dekui Niu, Evan Siemann
Plant invasions may alter soil nutrient cycling due to differences in physiological traits between the invader and species they displace as well as differences in responses to anthropogenic factors such as nitrogen deposition and warming. Moso bamboo is expanding its range rapidly around the world, displacing diverse forests. In addition, near expansion fronts where invasions are patchy, moso bamboo and other species each contribute soil inputs. Nitrogen transformations and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are important processes associated with nutrient availability and climate change that may be impacted by bamboo invasions...
September 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919033/non-26s-proteasome-endomembrane-trafficking-pathways-in-aba-signaling
#20
REVIEW
Feifei Yu, Qi Xie
The phytohormone abscisic acid (ABA) is a vital endogenous messenger that regulates diverse physiological processes in plants. The regulation of ABA signaling has been well studied at both the transcriptional and translational levels. Post-translational modification of key regulators in ABA signaling by the 26S ubiquitin proteasome pathway is well known. Recently, increasing evidence demonstrates that atypical turnover of key regulators by the endocytic trafficking pathway and autophagy also play vital roles in ABA perception, signaling, and action...
September 14, 2017: Trends in Plant Science
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