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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917907/microencapsulation-of-eugenia-uniflora-l-juice-by-spray-drying-using-fructans-with-different-degrees-of-polymerisation
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R I Ortiz-Basurto, M E Rubio-Ibarra, J A Ragazzo-Sanchez, C I Beristain, M Jiménez-Fernández
The objective of this work was to microencapsulate pitanga (Eugenia uniflora L.) juice by spray drying, using High Performance Agave Fructans (HPAF) and High Degree of Polymerisation Agave Fructans (HDPAF) and maltodextrin (MD), respectively, as the wall materials. The physicochemical and antioxidant properties of the capsules during storage at various temperatures were evaluated. The microparticles developed using fructans HPAF and HDPAF, exhibited similar physicochemical and flow properties to those presented by the microparticles prepared with MD...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916568/perspective-the-paradox-in-dietary-advanced-glycation-end-products-research-the-source-of-the-serum-and-urinary-advanced-glycation-end-products-is-the-intestines-not-the-food
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Luanne R DeChristopher
Inconsistent research results have impeded our understanding of the degree to which dietary advanced glycation end products (dAGEs) contribute to chronic disease. Early research suggested that Western-style fast foods, including grilled and broiled meats and French fries, contain high levels of proinflammatory advanced glycation end products (AGEs). However, recent studies with state-of-the-art ultraperformance LC-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS) found that there is no evidence that these foods have elevated levels of dAGEs relative to other foods...
September 2017: Advances in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869653/purpuric-agave-dermatitis
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Tiffany Tello, Noel Td Chiu, Jeffrey P North
A 53 year old man presented with a 4 day history of a rapidly progressive, painful purpuric eruption on the lower extremities. The symptoms started as red to purple papules, some in a linear array, on the anterior and medial lower extremities several hours after working outside his house clearing foliage. The posterior legs were completely spared. Over the ensuing days, the lesions continued to progress, coalescing into large confluent purpuric plaques with surrounding purpuric papules and admixed multi-loculated hemorrhagic bullae (Figure 1)...
September 4, 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28847133/physical-properties-of-botanical-surfactants
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Lillian Espíndola Müller, Gustavo Schiedeck
Some vegetal species have saponins in their composition with great potential to be used as natural surfactants in organic crops. This work aims to evaluate some surfactants physical properties of Quillaja brasiliensis and Agave angustifolia, based on different methods of preparation and concentration. The vegetal samples were prepared by drying and grinding, frozen and after chopped or used fresh and chopped. The neutral bar soap was used as a positive control. The drying and grinding of samples were the preparation method that resulted in higher foam column height in both species but Q...
August 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840862/alternative-sugars-agave-nectar
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August 25, 2017: British Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827111/structural-characterization-of-a-new-steroidal-saponin-from-agave-angustifolia-var-marginata-and-a-preliminary-investigation-of-its-in-vivo-antiulcerogenic-activity-and-in-vitro-membrane-permeability-property
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Gabriela Moysés Pereira, Marcela Gonçalves Ribeiro, Bernadete Pereira da Silva, José Paz Parente
A new furostane steroidal saponin was isolated from the leaves of Agave angustifolia var. marginata. On the basis of chemical conversions and spectroscopic analyses, its structure was established as 3-[O-β-d-glucopyranosyl-(1→3)-O-β-d-glucopyranosyl-(1→3)-O]-[O-6-deoxy-α-l-mannopyranosyl-(1→4)-β-d-xylopyranosyl-(1→2)-O-β-d-glucopyranosyl-(1→4)-β-d-galactopyranosyl)oxy]-(3β,5α,22α,25R)-26-(β-d-glucopyranosyloxy)-22-methoxy-furostane (1). Results of preliminary biological investigations indicated that compound 1 showed significant protective effects against induced gastric ulcers using in vivo experimental models and demonstrated negligible toxicity on membrane integrity in the in vitro assays...
September 15, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818371/assessment-of-molecular-and-epigenetic-changes-in-the-albinism-of-agave-angustifolia-haw
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Rosa Us-Camas, Eduardo Castillo-Castro, Margarita Aguilar-Espinosa, Verónica Limones-Briones, Renata Rivera-Madrid, Manuel L Robert-Díaz, Clelia De-la-Peña
Albinism in plants is a rare phenomenon that occurs in nature and is characterized by the total or partial loss of photosynthetic pigments. Although progress has been made in understanding the nature of this phenomenon, the precise causes and biological basis are still unexplored. Here, we study the genetic and epigenetic differences between green (G), variegated (V) and albino (A) A. angustifolia Haw. plantlets obtained by in vitro propagation in order to present new insights into albinism from a plant system that offers a unique set of biological phenotypic characteristics...
October 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764877/conversion-of-finished-leather-waste-incorporated-with-plant-fibers-into-value-added-consumer-products-an-effort-to-minimize-solid-waste-in-ethiopia
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A Teklay, G Gebeyehu, T Getachew, T Yaynshet, T P Sastry
Presently, the leftovers from leather product industries are discarded as waste in Ethiopia. The objective of the present study was therefore, to prepare composite sheets by incorporating various plant fibers like enset (Ensete ventricosum), hibiscus (Hibiscus cannabinus), jute (Corchorus trilocularis L.), palm (Phoenix dactylifera) and sisal (Agave sisal) in various proportions into the leather waste. Resin binder (RB) and natural rubber latex (NRL) were used as binding agents for the preparation of the composite sheets...
July 29, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764075/size-exclusion-chromatography-hplc-sec-technique-optimization-by-simplex-method-to-estimate-molecular-weight-distribution-of-agave-fructans
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Lorena Moreno-Vilet, Stéphane Bostyn, Jose-Luis Flores-Montaño, Rosa-María Camacho-Ruiz
Agave fructans are increasingly important in food industry and nutrition sciences as a potential ingredient of functional food, thus practical analysis tools to characterize them are needed. In view of the importance of the molecular weight on the functional properties of agave fructans, this study has the purpose to optimize a method to determine their molecular weight distribution by HPLC-SEC for industrial application. The optimization was carried out using a simplex method. The optimum conditions obtained were at column temperature of 61...
December 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746900/in-vivo-electrochemical-monitoring-of-h2o2-production-induced-by-root-inoculated-endophytic-bacteria-in-agave-tequilana-leaves
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Alex S Lima, Kátia R Prieto, Carla S Santos, Hellen Paula Valerio, Evelyn Y Garcia-Ochoa, Aurora Huerta-Robles, Miguel J Beltran-Garcia, Paolo Di Mascio, Mauro Bertotti
A dual-function platinum disc microelectrode sensor was used for in-situ monitoring of H2O2 produced in A. tequilana leaves after inoculation of their endophytic bacteria (Enterobacter cloacae). Voltammetric experiments were carried out from 0.0 to -1.0V, a potential range where H2O2 is electrochemically reduced. A needle was used to create a small cavity in the upper epidermis of A. tequilana leaves, where the fabricated electrochemical sensor was inserted by using a manual three-dimensional micropositioner...
July 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714263/enhancing-methyl-parathion-degradation-by-the-immobilization-of-burkholderia-sp-isolated-from-agricultural-soils
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Maikel Gilberto Fernández-López, Carolina Popoca-Ursino, Enrique Sánchez-Salinas, Raunel Tinoco-Valencia, Jorge Luis Folch-Mallol, Edgar Dantán-González, Ma Laura Ortiz-Hernández
Organophosphate pesticides are of great interest for research because they are currently the most commonly used pesticides. In this study, a bacterial strain capable of completely degrading methyl parathion (MP) was isolated from agricultural soils in central Mexico. This strain was designated strain S5-2 and was identified as Burkholderia cenocepacia. To increase degradation yields, cells were immobilized on three different supports: powdered zeolite and Opuntia sp. and Agave sp. fibers. The results indicated a significant increase in MP hydrolysis and p-nitrophenol (PNP) degradation with immobilized cells compared to free cell cultures...
July 17, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621740/a-multi-disciplinary-approach-to-remote-sensing-through-low-cost-uavs
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Gabriela Calvario, Basilio Sierra, Teresa E Alarcón, Carmen Hernandez, Oscar Dalmau
The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) based on remote sensing has generated low cost monitoring, since the data can be acquired quickly and easily. This paper reports the experience related to agave crop analysis with a low cost UAV. The data were processed by traditional photogrammetric flow and data extraction techniques were applied to extract new layers and separate the agave plants from weeds and other elements of the environment. Our proposal combines elements of photogrammetry, computer vision, data mining, geomatics and computer science...
June 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587079/immunomodulatory-effect-of-agave-tequilana-evaluated-on-an-autoimmunity-like-sle-model-induced-in-balb-c-mice-with-pristane
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Zúlima Jannette Gutiérrez Nava, Antonio Ruperto Jiménez-Aparicio, Maribel Lucila Herrera-Ruiz, Enrique Jiménez-Ferrer
In this work, the immunomodulatory activity of the acetone extract and the fructans obtained from Agave tequilana were evaluated, on the systemic autoimmunity type-SLE model generated by the administration of 2,6,10,14-tetramethylpentadecane (TMPD, also known as pristane) on Balb/c female mice. The systemic autoimmunity type-SLE was observed seven months after the application of TMPD, in which the animals from the negative control group (animals with damage and without any other treatment) developed articular inflammation, proteinuria, an increment of the antinuclear antibody titters and tissue pro-inflammatory cytokines levels (IL-1β, IL-6, TNF-α e IFN-γ) as well as the anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10...
May 25, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584965/enzymatic-hydrolysis-of-agavins-to-generate-branched-fructooligosaccharides-a-fos
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Alicia Huazano-García, Mercedes G López
Recently, agavins (branched neo-fructans) of short degree of polymerization have shown beneficial effects on the health of both healthy and overweight individuals. Therefore, the aim of the present work was to investigate the potential use of Agave angustifolia agavins on the generation of branched fructooligosacharides (a-FOS). A. angustifolia agavins were hydrolyzed using exo-, endo-inulinase, and a mixture of both (25 and 75%, respectively). Exo- and the inulinase mixture degraded quickly the agavins in relation to endo-inulinase treatment...
June 6, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546437/in-vitro-characterization-of-thermostable-cam-rubisco-activase-reveals-a-rubisco-interacting-surface-loop
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Devendra Shivhare, Oliver Mueller-Cajar
To maintain metabolic flux through the Calvin-Benson-Bassham cycle in higher plants, dead-end inhibited complexes of Rubisco must constantly be engaged and remodeled by the molecular chaperone Rubisco activase (Rca). In C3 plants, the thermolability of Rca is responsible for the deactivation of Rubisco and reduction of photosynthesis at moderately elevated temperatures. We reasoned that crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) plants must possess thermostable Rca to support Calvin-Benson-Bassham cycle flux during the day when stomata are closed...
July 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497409/a-rapid-and-reliable-method-for-total-protein-extraction-from-succulent-plants-for-proteomic-analysis
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Fernando Lledías, Felipe Hernández, Viridiana Rivas, Abisaí García-Mendoza, Gladys I Cassab, Jorge Nieto-Sotelo
Crassulacean acid metabolism plants have some morphological features, such as succulent and reduced leaves, thick cuticles, and sunken stomata that help them prevent excessive water loss and irradiation. As molecular constituents of these morphological adaptations to xeric environments, succulent plants produce a set of specific compounds such as complex polysaccharides, pigments, waxes, and terpenoids, to name a few, in addition to uncharacterized proteases. Since all these compounds interfere with the analysis of proteins by electrophoretic techniques, preparation of high quality samples from these sources represents a real challenge...
August 2017: Protein Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444599/study-of-enzymatic-saccharification-of-agave-leaves-biomass-to-yield-fermentable-sugars
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Miguel A Medina-Morales, Oscar Soto-Cruz, Juan C Contreras-Esquivel, Raúl Rodríguez-Herrera, Heliodoro De la Garza-Toledo, Cristóbal N Aguilar
Agave is a good source of polysaccharides for the production of fermentable sugars as sustainable bioenergy feedstock solutions for semi-arid and arid lands. This plant grows in arid areas, which correspond to a large territory in northern Mexico. Having lignocellulose as the polysaccharide of interest, the information for the enzymatic saccharification of this kind of material is limited. Agave cell walls have a unique recalcitrant nature, but having a high cellulose content, makes this plant material an interesting research subject...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441627/effect-of-in%C3%A2-vitro-drought-stress-on-phenolic-acids-flavonols-saponins-and-antioxidant-activity-in-agave-salmiana
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César A Puente-Garza, Cristina Meza-Miranda, Desiree Ochoa-Martínez, Silverio García-Lara
This work evaluated the effect of in vitro drought stress on morphological characteristics, phenolic compounds, flavonols, saponin content, and antioxidant activity in plantlets of Agave salmiana. Drought stress was induced with polyethylene glycol (PEG) at 0, 10, 20 and 30% w/v in Murashige and Skoog solid medium. The determination of specific flavonols and saponins was achieved via HPLC-DAD and HPLC-ELSD, respectively. Compared with the control, plants grown in 30% PEG showed a change in the width of the leaves and a different color, showing less clarity and more darkening (L = 21...
June 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344647/ternary-ionic-liquid-water-pretreatment-systems-of-an-agave-bagasse-and-municipal-solid-waste-blend
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Jose A Perez-Pimienta, Noppadon Sathitsuksanoh, Vicki S Thompson, Kim Tran, Teresa Ponce-Noyola, Vitalie Stavila, Seema Singh, Blake A Simmons
BACKGROUND: Pretreatment is necessary to reduce biomass recalcitrance and enhance the efficiency of enzymatic saccharification for biofuel production. Ionic liquid (IL) pretreatment has gained a significant interest as a pretreatment process that can reduce cellulose crystallinity and remove lignin, key factors that govern enzyme accessibility. There are several challenges that need to be addressed for IL pretreatment to become viable for commercialization, including IL cost and recyclability...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341907/utilization-of-inulin-containing-waste-in-industrial-fermentations-to-produce-biofuels-and-bio-based-chemicals
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Stephen R Hughes, Nasib Qureshi, Juan Carlos López-Núñez, Marjorie A Jones, Joshua M Jarodsky, Luz Ángela Galindo-Leva, Mitchell R Lindquist
Inulins are polysaccharides that belong to an important class of carbohydrates known as fructans and are used by many plants as a means of storing energy. Inulins contain 20 to several thousand fructose units joined by β-2,1 glycosidic bonds, typically with a terminal glucose unit. Plants with high concentrations of inulin include: agave, asparagus, coffee, chicory, dahlia, dandelion, garlic, globe artichoke, Jerusalem artichoke, jicama, onion, wild yam, and yacón. To utilize inulin as its carbon and energy source directly, a microorganism requires an extracellular inulinase to hydrolyze the glycosidic bonds to release fermentable monosaccharides...
April 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
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