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Mattia P Arena, Coen Govers, Concetta Lotti, Luigi Ricciardi, Harry J Wichers, Jurriaan J Mes
More understanding of the risk-benefit effect of the glycoalkaloid tomatine is required to be able to estimate the role it might play in our diet. In this work, we focused on effects towards intestinal epithelial cells based on a Caco-2 model in order to analyze the influence on the cell monolayer integrity and on the expression levels of genes involved in cholesterol/sterol biosynthesis (LDLR), lipid metabolism (NR2F2), glucose and amino acid uptake (SGLT1, PAT1), cell cycle (PCNA, CDKN1A), apoptosis (CASP-3, BMF, KLF6), tight junctions (CLDN4, OCLN2) and cytokine-mediated signaling (IL-8, IL1β, TSLP, TNF-α)...
March 13, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Courtney P Leisner, John P Hamilton, Emily Crisovan, Norma C Manrique-Carpintero, Alexandre P Marand, Linsey Newton, Gina M Pham, Jiming Jiang, David S Douches, Shelley H Jansky, C Robin Buell
Cultivated potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) is a highly heterozygous autotetraploid that presents challenges in genome analyses and breeding. Wild potato species serve as a resource for the introgression of important agronomic traits into cultivated potato. One key species is Solanum chacoense and the diploid, inbred clone M6, which is self-compatible and has desirable tuber market quality and disease resistance traits. Sequencing and assembly of the genome of the M6 clone of S. chacoense generated an assembly of 825,767,562 bp in 8,260 scaffolds with an N50 scaffold size of 713,602 bp...
February 5, 2018: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
Onno W Calf, Heidrun Huber, Janny L Peters, Alexander Weinhold, Nicole M van Dam
In natural environments, plants have to deal with a wide range of different herbivores whose communities vary in time and space. It is believed that the chemical diversity within plant species has mainly arisen from selection pressures exerted by herbivores. So far, the effects of chemical diversity on plant resistance have mostly been assessed for arthropod herbivores. However, also gastropods, such as slugs, can cause extensive damage to plants. Here we investigate to what extent individual Solanum dulcamara plants differ in their resistance to slug herbivory and whether this variation can be explained by differences in secondary metabolites...
January 30, 2018: Oecologia
Guangtao Zhu, Shouchuang Wang, Zejun Huang, Shuaibin Zhang, Qinggang Liao, Chunzhi Zhang, Tao Lin, Mao Qin, Meng Peng, Chenkun Yang, Xue Cao, Xu Han, Xiaoxuan Wang, Esther van der Knaap, Zhonghua Zhang, Xia Cui, Harry Klee, Alisdair R Fernie, Jie Luo, Sanwen Huang
Humans heavily rely on dozens of domesticated plant species that have been further improved through intensive breeding. To evaluate how breeding changed the tomato fruit metabolome, we have generated and analyzed a dataset encompassing genomes, transcriptomes, and metabolomes from hundreds of tomato genotypes. The combined results illustrate how breeding globally altered fruit metabolite content. Selection for alleles of genes associated with larger fruits altered metabolite profiles as a consequence of linkage with nearby genes...
January 11, 2018: Cell
Cui-Cui Wang, Maria Sulli, Da-Qi Fu
Glycoalkaloids are toxic compounds that are synthesized by many Solanum species. Glycoalkaloid biosynthesis is influenced by plant genetic and environmental conditions. Although many studies have shown that light is an important factor affecting glycoalkaloid biosynthesis, the specific mechanism is currently unknown. Chlorophyll and carotenoid biosynthesis depend on light signal transduction and share some intermediate metabolites with the glycoalkaloid biosynthetic pathway. Here, we used virus-induced gene silencing to silence genes encoding phytoene desaturase (PDS) and magnesium chelatase (CHLI and CHLH) to reduce chlorophyll and carotenoid levels in eggplant leaves...
2017: PloS One
Adriana Ordóñez-Vásquez, Lorenza Jaramillo-Gómez, Camilo Duran-Correa, Erandi Escamilla-García, Myriam Angélica De la Garza-Ramos, Fernando Suárez-Obando
Αlpha-solanine ( α -solanine) is a glycoalkaloid present in potato (Solanum tuberosum) . It has been of particular interest because of its toxicity and potential teratogenic effects that include abnormalities of the central nervous system, such as exencephaly, encephalocele, and anophthalmia. Various types of cell culture have been used as experimental models to determine the effect of α -solanine on cell physiology. The morphological changes in the mesenchymal stem cell upon exposure to α -solanine have not been established...
2017: Bone Marrow Research
Xun Wang, Shuang Zou, Yu-Long Lan, Jin-Shan Xing, Xiao-Qiang Lan, Bo Zhang
The global burden of malignant glioma is expected to increase and new therapy approaches are urgently required. Solasonine is a natural glycoalkaloid compound that has been used in cancer treatment for many years; however the precise mechanisms are poorly understood. Here we seek to explore the potential roles of solasonine in glioma that could add to the development of newer therapeutic approaches for the treatment of malignant glioma. Cell proliferation of glioma cells was determined by MTT assay, and the biological functions of solasonine were investigated by migration, colony formation, apoptosis assays and cell cycle analysis in glioma cells...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
Mahmoud Bagheri, Ali Akbar Shahnejat Bushehri, Mohammad Reza Hassandokht, Mohammad Reza Naghavi
Eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) is one of the most consumed vegetables in the world. The eggplant glycoalkaloids (GAs) are toxic secondary metabolites that may have detrimental effects on human health, particularly if the magnitudes of GAs are higher than the recommended food safety level (200 mg per kg of fresh mass). In this study, the content of solasonine compound and the expression patterns of solasodine galactosyltransferase (SGT1) gene were assessed in different tissues (mature leaves, flower buds, young, mature, and physiologically ripe fruits) of two Iranian eggplant genotypes (D1 and J10) under field conditions...
June 2017: Food Technology and Biotechnology
Y L Elaine Wong, Xiangfeng Chen, Ri Wu, Y L Winnie Hung, T-W Dominic Chan
Characterizing the structures of glycoconjungates is important because of glycan heterogeneity and structural complexity of aglycon. The presence of relatively weak glycosidic linkages leads to preferential cleavages that limit the acquisition of structural information under typical mass spectrometry dissociation conditions, such as collision-induced dissociation (CID) and infrared multiphoton dissociation. In this paper, we explored the dissociation behaviors of different members of glycoconjugates, including glycopeptides, glycoalkaloids, and glycolipids, under electron-induced dissociation (EID) conditions...
September 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
Akhilesh Kumar, Edna Fogelman, Mira Weissberg, Zachariah Tanami, Richard E Veilleux, Idit Ginzberg
Phytosterol homeostasis may be maintained in leaves through diversion of intermediates into glycoalkaloid biosynthesis, whereas in tuber flesh, excess intermediates are catalyzed by tuber-specific StLAS - like , resulting in low tuber glycoalkaloids. Lanosterol synthase (LAS) and cycloartenol synthase (CAS) are phylogenetically related enzymes. Cycloartenol is the accepted precursor leading to cholesterol and phytosterols, and in potato, to steroidal glycoalkaloid (SGA) biosynthesis. LAS was also shown to synthesize some plant sterols, albeit at trace amounts, questioning its role in sterol homeostasis...
December 2017: Planta
Morgan J Cichon, Ken M Riedl, Lei Wan, Jennifer M Thomas-Ahner, David M Francis, Steven K Clinton, Steven J Schwartz
SCOPE: Diets rich in tomato products are associated with a reduced risk of various chronic disease processes. The carotenoid lycopene is most intensely studied as the bioactive mediating health effects, yet tomatoes contain an array of phytochemicals. An untargeted metabolomics study is conducted on blood plasma to identify novel markers of tomato consumption absorbed from the diet and released into the bloodstream in mice. METHODS AND RESULTS: Male mice are fed a control AIN-93G diet or the same diet supplemented with 0...
December 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
Masaru Nakayasu, Naoyuki Umemoto, Kiyoshi Ohyama, Yoshinori Fujimoto, Hyoung Jae Lee, Bunta Watanabe, Toshiya Muranaka, Kazuki Saito, Yukihiro Sugimoto, Masaharu Mizutani
Steroidal glycoalkaloids (SGAs) are toxic specialized metabolites that are found in the Solanaceae. Potato (Solanum tuberosum) contains the SGAs α-solanine and α-chaconine, while tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) contains α-tomatine, all of which are biosynthesized from cholesterol. However, although two cytochrome P450 monooxygenases that catalyze the 22- and 26-hydroxylation of cholesterol have been identified, the 16-hydroxylase remains unknown. Feeding with deuterium-labeled cholesterol indicated that the 16α- and 16β-hydrogen atoms of cholesterol were eliminated to form α-solanine and α-chaconine in potato, while only the 16α-hydrogen atom was eliminated in α-tomatine biosynthesis, suggesting that a single oxidation at C-16 takes place during tomato SGA biosynthesis while a two-step oxidation occurs in potato...
September 2017: Plant Physiology
Xiaowei Nie, Youai Dai, Jianxin Tan, Yuan Chen, Guowei Qin, Wenjun Mao, Jian Zou, Yanhua Chang, Qian Wang, Jingyu Chen
OBJECTIVE: Similar to cancer, pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is characterized by vascular remodeling, which leads to obliteration of the small pulmonary arteriole, with marked proliferation of pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMC) and/or endothelial cells dysfunction. Aberrant expression of tumor suppressor genes is closely associated with susceptibility to PAH. We hypothesized that α-solanine, a glycoalkaloid found in members of the nightshade family known to have antitumor activity in different cancers, reverses experimental PAH by activating the tumor suppressor-axis inhibition protein 2 (AXIN2)...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
Jessica L Cooperstone, Kathleen L Tober, Ken M Riedl, Matthew D Teegarden, Morgan J Cichon, David M Francis, Steven J Schwartz, Tatiana M Oberyszyn
Prolonged tomato consumption can mitigate ultraviolet (UV) light induced sunburn via unknown mechanisms. Dietary carotenoids distributed to skin are hypothesized to protect skin against UV-induced damage, although other phytochemicals may play a role. We hypothesize that tomato consumption would protect against skin cancer. SKH-1 hairless and immunocompetent mice (n = 180) were fed AIN-93G or AIN-93G + 10% tangerine or red tomato powder for 35 weeks. From weeks 11-20, mice (n = 120) were exposed to 2240 J/m(2) UV-B light, 3x/week, and tumors were tracked weekly...
July 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
Anders Glynn, Annachiara Malin Igra, Salomon Sand, Nils Gunnar Ilbäck, Karl Erik Hellenäs, Johan Rosén, Bitte Aspenström-Fagerlund
Surfactants may cause dysfunction of intestinal tight junctions (TJs), which is a common feature of intestinal autoimmune diseases. Effects of dietary surfactants on TJ integrity, measured as trans-epithelial resistance (TEER), were studied in Caco-2 cell monolayers. Cytotoxicity was assessed as apical LDH leakage. Monolayers were apically exposed for 60 min to the dietary surfactants solanine and chaconine (SC, potato glycoalkaloids, 0-0.25 mM), perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS, industrial contaminant, 0-0...
August 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Ayman Abdelkareem, Chonprakun Thagun, Masaru Nakayasu, Masaharu Mizutani, Takashi Hashimoto, Tsubasa Shoji
In tomato, perception of jasmonates by a receptor complex, which includes the F-box protein CORONATINE INSENSITIVE 1 (COI1), elicits biosynthesis of defensive steroidal glycoalkaloids (SGAs) via a jasmonate-responsive ERF transcription factor, JRE4/GAME9. Although JRE4 is upregulated by jasmonate and induces the expression of many metabolic genes involved in SGA biosynthesis, it is not known whether JRE4 alone is sufficient for increased SGA biosynthesis upon activation of jasmonate signaling. Here, we show that application of methyl jasmonate induces the expression of JRE4 and SGA biosynthesis genes in leaves and hairy roots of wild-type tomato, but not in jasmonic acid insensitive 1 (jai1), a loss-of-function mutant allele of the tomato COI1 gene...
July 22, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Paul Dahlin, Marion C Müller, Sophia Ekengren, Lauren S McKee, Vincent Bulone
Steroidal glycoalkaloids (SGAs) are plant secondary metabolites known to be toxic to animals and humans and that have putative roles in defense against pests. The proposed mechanisms of SGA toxicity are sterol-mediated disruption of membranes and inhibition of cholinesterase activity in neurons. It has been suggested that phytopathogenic microorganisms can overcome SGA toxicity by enzymatic deglycosylation of SGAs. Here, we have explored SGA-mediated toxicity toward the invasive oomycete Phytophthora infestans, the causative agent of the late blight disease in potato and tomato, as well as the potential for SGA deglycosylation by this species...
July 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
Kun-Hung Shen, Jui-Hsiang Hung, Chia-Wei Chang, Yu-Ting Weng, Ming-Jiuan Wu, Pin-Shern Chen
Solasodine, a naturally occurring aglycone of glycoalkaloid in eggplant (Solanum melongena), was found to inhibit proliferation in various tumor cells. However, the effect of solasodine on cancer cell metastasis remains unclear. This study investigates the suppression mechanism of solasodine on motility of human lung cancer cell A549 in vitro. Results show that solasodine reduces viability of A549 cells. Treatment with non-toxic doses of solasodine suppresses markedly cell invasion. Solasodine reduces the mRNA level of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2), MMP-9 and extracellular inducer of matrix metalloproteinase (EMMPRIN), but increases the expression of reversion-inducing cysteine-rich protein with kazal motifs (RECK), as well as tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1) and TIMP-2...
April 25, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
Nurun Nahar, Erik Westerberg, Usman Arif, Alexandre Huchelmann, Alexandra Olarte Guasca, Lisa Beste, Kerstin Dalman, Paresh C Dutta, Lisbeth Jonsson, Folke Sitbon
Steroidal glycoalkaloids (SGA) are sterol-derived neurotoxic defence substances present in several members of the Solanaceae. In the potato (Solanum tuberosum), high SGA levels may render tubers harmful for consumption. Tuber SGA levels depend on genetic factors, and can increase as a response to certain stresses and environmental conditions. To identify genes underlying the cultivar variation in tuber SGA levels, we investigated two potato cultivars differing in their SGA accumulation during wounding or light exposure; two known SGA-inducing treatments...
March 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
Riccardo Aversano, Felice Contaldi, Maria Grazia Adelfi, Vincenzo D'Amelia, Gianfranco Diretto, Nunziatina De Tommasi, Carmen Vaccaro, Antonio Vassallo, Domenico Carputo
The cultivated potato Solanum tuberosum is unrivalled among crop plants for its wild relatives, which potentially represent an important source of genetic diversity to improve the nutritional value of potato varieties and understand metabolism regulation. The main aim of this research was to profile human health-related metabolites in a number of clones from 13 Solanum species. Results from HPLC-DAD and LC-ESI-MS analyses highlighted a high interspecific variability in the level of metabolites analysed. Ascorbic acid was confirmed to be the most abundant antioxidant in potato and chlorogenic acid the primary polyphenol...
May 2017: Phytochemistry
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