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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813042/the-carotenoid-pathway-what-is-important-for-excitation-quenching-in-plant-antenna-complexes
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Kieran F Fox, Vytautas Balevičius, Jevgenij Chmeliov, Leonas Valkunas, Alexander V Ruban, Christopher D P Duffy
Plant light-harvesting is regulated by the Non-Photochemical Quenching (NPQ) mechanism involving the reversible formation of excitation quenching sites in the Photosystem II (PSII) antenna in response to high light. While the major antenna complex, LHCII, is known to be a site of NPQ, the precise mechanism of excitation quenching is not clearly understood. A preliminary model of the quenched crystal structure of LHCII implied that quenching arises from slow energy capture by Car pigments. It predicted a thoroughly quenched system but offered little insight into the defining aspects of this quenching...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810138/corrigendum-to-a-comprehensive-review-on-the-colourless-carotenoids-phytoene-and-phytofluene-arch-biochem-biophys-572-2015-188-200
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Antonio J Meléndez-Martínez, Paula Mapelli-Brahm, Ana Benítez-González, Carla M Stinco
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 12, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809396/ipa1-functions-as-a-downstream-transcription-factor-repressed-by-d53-in-strigolactone-signaling-in-rice
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Xiaoguang Song, Zefu Lu, Hong Yu, Gaoneng Shao, Jinsong Xiong, Xiangbing Meng, Yanhui Jing, Guifu Liu, Guosheng Xiong, Jingbo Duan, Xue-Feng Yao, Chun-Ming Liu, Hongqing Li, Yonghong Wang, Jiayang Li
Strigolactones (SLs), a group of carotenoid derived terpenoid lactones, are root-to-shoot phytohormones suppressing shoot branching by inhibiting the outgrowth of axillary buds. DWARF 53 (D53), the key repressor of the SL signaling pathway, is speculated to regulate the downstream transcriptional network of the SL response. However, no downstream transcription factor targeted by D53 has yet been reported. Here we report that Ideal Plant Architecture 1 (IPA1), a key regulator of the plant architecture in rice, functions as a direct downstream component of D53 in regulating tiller number and SL-induced gene expression...
August 15, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808229/bioenergy-application-of-dunaliella-salina-sa-134-grown-at-various-salinity-levels-for-lipid-production
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Rajper Aftab Ahmed, Meilin He, Rajper Asma Aftab, Shiyan Zheng, Mostafa Nagi, Ramadan Bakri, Changhai Wang
The biofuels are receiving considerable attention as a substitute for petro diesel. For microalgae, the cell density or biomass and lipid contents are key components for biodiesel production. This study was conducted to develop favorable culture conditions for Dunaliella salina to maximize its biomass and lipid accumulation. The effect of salinity (0.5 to 2.5 M NaCl) on the cell population, biochemical composition, and lipid output of Dunaliella salina was examined under a controlled environment for 21 days...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808197/effect-of-zeaxanthin-on-porcine-embryonic-development-during-in-vitro-maturation
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Seo-Jin Park, Kyoung-Ha So, Sang-Hwan Hyun
Zeaxanthin is a common carotenoid, which is a powerful antioxidant that protects against damage caused by reactive oxygen species. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of zeaxanthin supplementation on in vitro maturation of porcine embryo development. We investigated nuclear maturation, intracellular glutathione (GSH), and reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels during in vitro maturation, and subsequent embryonic development following parthenogenetic activation and in vitro fertilization (IVF)...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808106/quantifying-the-efficiency-of-photoprotection
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Alexander V Ruban
A novel emerging technology for the assessment of the photoprotective 'power' of non-photochemical fluorescence quenching (NPQ) has been reviewed and its insightful outcomes are explained using several examples. The principles of the method are described in detail as well as the work undertaken for its justification. This pulse amplitude modulated chlorophyll fluorescence approach has been applied for the past 5 years to quantify the photoprotective effectiveness of the NPQ and the light tolerance in Arabidopsis plants grown under various light conditions, during ontogenetic development as well as in a range of mutants impaired in carotenoid and protein biosynthesis...
September 26, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806958/responses-of-synechocystis-sp-pcc-6803-to-heterologous-biosynthetic-pathways
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Konstantinos Vavitsas, Emil Østergaard Rue, Lára Kristín Stefánsdóttir, Thiyagarajan Gnanasekaran, Andreas Blennow, Christoph Crocoll, Steinn Gudmundsson, Poul Erik Jensen
BACKGROUND: There are an increasing number of studies regarding genetic manipulation of cyanobacteria to produce commercially interesting compounds. The majority of these works study the expression and optimization of a selected heterologous pathway, largely ignoring the wholeness and complexity of cellular metabolism. Regulation and response mechanisms are largely unknown, and even the metabolic pathways themselves are not fully elucidated. This poses a clear limitation in exploiting the rich biosynthetic potential of cyanobacteria...
August 15, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804442/mesozeaxanthin-protects-the-liver-and-reduces-cardio-metabolic-risk-factors-in-an-insulin-resistant-rodent-model
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Kazim Sahin, Cemal Orhan, Fatih Akdemir, Mehmet Tuzcu, Nurhan Sahin, Ismet Yilmaz, Shakir Ali, Jayant Deshpande, Vijaya Juturu
Background: Mesozeaxanthin (MZ) is a macular carotenoid which has been reported to have a number of pharmacological properties, including the antioxidant, and anticarcinogenic property, and has been stated to decrease the hepatocyte lipid content. Objective: In this study, we investigated the effect of MZ on cardio-metabolic health risk (CMHR) and its probable mechanisms of action in rats fed a high-fat diet (HFD). Design: Rats were randomly divided into four groups consisting of (i) Control, (ii) MZ, (iii) HFD, and (iv) HFD+MZ...
2017: Food & Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803474/bioinspired-indole-prenylation-reactions-in-water
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Satomi Tanaka, Shinya Shiomi, Hayato Ishikawa
Isoprene units derived from dimethylallyl diphosphate (DMAPP) are an important motif in many natural products including terpenoids, carotenoids, steroids, and natural rubber. Understanding the chemical characteristics of DMAPP is an important topic in natural products chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. We have developed a direct bioinspired indole prenylation reaction using DMAPP or its equivalents as the electrophile in homogeneous aqueous acidic media in the absence of enzyme to provide prenylated indole products...
August 13, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803263/carotenoids-from-the-extreme-halophilic-archaeon-haloterrigena-turkmenica-identification-and-antioxidant-activity
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Giuseppe Squillaci, Roberta Parrella, Virginia Carbone, Paola Minasi, Francesco La Cara, Alessandra Morana
Haloterrigena turkmenica was able to synthesize carotenoids when grown in halobacteria medium. These molecules have antioxidant properties and find application in food, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical fields. The carotenoids were extracted with methanol, separated by RP-HPLC, and identified by mass spectrometry and UV/Vis spectra analyses. The C50 carotenoids were the main pigments, and C30, C40, and C51 carotenoids were also detected. Seven geometric isomers were distinguished for bacterioruberin, monoanhydrobacterioruberin, and bisanhydrobacterioruberin...
August 12, 2017: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801823/quantification-of-light-screening-by-anthocyanins-in-leaves-of-berberis-thunbergii
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Lars Nichelmann, Wolfgang Bilger
Up to 40% of incident light was screened in red Berberis leaves in vivo by anthocyanins, resulting also in up to 40% reduction of light-limited photosynthesis. The biological function of anthocyanins in leaves has been strongly discussed, but the hypothesis of a screening function is favored by most authors. For an evaluation of the function as photoprotective pigments, a quantification of their screening of the mesophyll is important. Here, chlorophyll fluorescence excitation of leaves of a red and a green variety of Berberis thunbergii was used to estimate the extent of screening by anthocyanins at 545 nm and over the whole photosynthetically active wavelength range...
August 11, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801625/the-tomato-histone-deacetylase-slhda1-contributes-to-the-repression-of-fruit-ripening-and-carotenoid-accumulation
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Jun-E Guo, Zongli Hu, Mingku Zhu, Fenfen Li, Zhiguo Zhu, Yu Lu, Guoping Chen
Histone deacetylation is one of the well characterized post-translational modifications related to transcriptional repression in eukaryotes. The process of histone deacetylation is achieved by histone deacetylases (HDACs). Over the last decade, substantial advances in our understanding of the mechanism of fruit ripening have been achieved, but the role of HDACs in this process has not been elucidated. In our study, an RNA interference (RNAi) expression vector targeting SlHDA1 was constructed and transformed into tomato plants...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800533/deficiency-and-toxicity-of-boron-alterations-in-growth-oxidative-damage-and-uptake-by-citrange-orange-plants
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Asad Shah, Xiuwen Wu, Abid Ullah, Shah Fahad, Riaz Muhammad, Lei Yan, Cuncang Jiang
Boron (B) deficiency and toxicity are the major factors that affect plant growth and yield. The present study revealed the effect of B deficiency and toxicity on plant growth, morphology, physiology, and cell structure. A hydroponic culture experiment was conducted with five B levels, B deficient (B0), sufficient (B20, B10, B40) and toxic (B100). Our results show that both B deficient as well as excess level inhibit plant growth. In B deficiency, the major visible symptoms were appeared in roots, while B excess burned the leaf margin of older leaves...
August 8, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799153/-fungi-in-the-gut-the-gut-mycobiome
#14
Herbert Hof
Many different fungi, including yeasts and molds, can be found in the intestinal tract of humans constituting the gut mycobiome. In case the bacterial flora is altered, the fungal flora may react inversely. By a so-called fungal diet, however, the composition of the mycobiome can hardly be influenced. Whereas some fungi are only transiently present in the gut after oral uptake, others, such as Candida, Saccharomyces, Rhodotorula, Trichosporon, Geotrichum, amongst others, are members of the residential, autochthonous gut flora...
August 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796837/whole-genome-sequence-of-two-rathayibacter-toxicus-strains-reveals-a-tunicamycin-biosynthetic-cluster-similar-to-streptomyces-chartreusis
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Aaron J Sechler, Matthew A Tancos, David J Schneider, Jonas G King, Christine M Fennessey, Brenda K Schroeder, Timothy D Murray, Douglas G Luster, William L Schneider, Elizabeth E Rogers
Rathayibacter toxicus is a forage grass associated Gram-positive bacterium of major concern to food safety and agriculture. This species is listed by USDA-APHIS as a plant pathogen select agent because it produces a tunicamycin-like toxin that is lethal to livestock and may be vectored by nematode species native to the U.S. The complete genomes of two strains of R. toxicus, including the type strain FH-79, were sequenced and analyzed in comparison with all available, complete R. toxicus genomes. Genome sizes ranged from 2,343,780 to 2,394,755 nucleotides, with 2079 to 2137 predicted open reading frames; all four strains showed remarkable synteny over nearly the entire genome, with only a small transposed region...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795489/plasma-metabolomics-reveals-steroidal-alkaloids-as-novel-biomarkers-of-tomato-intake-in-mice
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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. We conducted an untargeted metabolomics study 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 were fed a control AIN-93G diet or the same diet supplemented with 0...
August 9, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792065/environmental-plasticity-of-pinot-noir-grapevine-leaves-a-trans-european-study-of-morphological-and-biochemical-changes-along-a-1500-km-latitudinal-climatic-gradient
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Antonella Castagna, Kristóf Csepregi, Susanne Neugart, Gaetano Zipoli, Kristýna Večeřová, Gábor Jakab, Tjaša Jug, Laura Llorens, Javier Martínez-Abaigar, Johann Martínez-Lüscher, Encarnación Núñez-Olivera, Annamaria Ranieri, Katharina Schoedl-Hummel, Monika Schreiner, Péter Teszlák, Susanne Tittmann, Otmar Urban, Dolors Verdaguer, Marcel A K Jansen, Éva Hideg
A two-year study explored metabolic and phenotypic plasticity of sun acclimated Vitis vinifera cv. Pinot noir leaves collected from twelve locations across a 36.69(o) N - 49.98(o) N latitudinal gradient. Leaf morphological and biochemical parameters were analysed in the context of meteorological parameters and the latitudinal gradient. We found that leaf fresh weight and area were negatively correlated with both global and UV radiation; cumulated global radiation being a stronger correlator. Cumulative UV radiation (sumUVR) was the strongest correlator with most leaf metabolites and pigments...
August 9, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791031/accurate-digitization-of-the-chlorophyll-distribution-of-individual-rice-leaves-using-hyperspectral-imaging-and-an-integrated-image-analysis-pipeline
#18
Hui Feng, Guoxing Chen, Lizhong Xiong, Qian Liu, Wanneng Yang
Pigments absorb light, transform it into energy, and provide reaction sites for photosynthesis; thus, the quantification of pigment distribution is vital to plant research. Traditional methods for the quantification of pigments are time-consuming and not suitable for the high-throughput digitization of rice pigment distribution. In this study, using a hyperspectral imaging system, we developed an integrated image analysis pipeline for automatically processing enormous amounts of hyperspectral data. We also built models for accurately quantifying 4 pigments (chlorophyll a, chlorophyll b, total chlorophyll and carotenoid) from rice leaves and determined the important bands (700-760 nm) associated with these pigments...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790428/an-unusual-role-for-the-phytyl-chains-in-the-photoprotection-of-the-chlorophylls-bound-to-water-soluble-chlorophyll-binding-proteins
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Alessandro Agostini, Daniel M Palm, Franz-Josef Schmitt, Marco Albertini, Marilena Di Valentin, Harald Paulsen, Donatella Carbonera
Water-Soluble Chlorophyll Proteins (WSCPs) from Brassicaceae are non-photosynthetic proteins which tetramerize upon binding four chlorophyll (Chl) molecules. The bound Chls are highly photostable, despite the lack of bound carotenoids known, in Chl-containing photosynthetic proteins, to act as singlet oxygen and Chl triplet ((3)Chl) quenchers. Although the physiological function of WSCPs is still unclear, it is likely to be related to their biochemical stability and their resistance to photodegradation. To get insight into the origin of this photostability, the properties of the (3)Chl generated in WSCPs upon illumination were investigated...
August 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780445/castasterone-and-citric-acid-treatment-restores-photosynthetic-attributes-in-brassica-juncea-l-under-cd-ii-toxicity
#20
Ravdeep Kaur, Poonam Yadav, Anket Sharma, Ashwani Kumar Thukral, Vinod Kumar, Sukhmeen Kaur Kohli, Renu Bhardwaj
Cadmium(II) toxicity is a serious environmental issue warranting effective measures for its mitigation. In the present study, ameliorative effects of a bioactive brassinosteroid, castasterone (CS) and low molecular weight organic acid, citric acid (CA) against the Cd(II) toxicity to Brassica juncea L. were evaluated. Seeds of B. juncea treated with CS (0, 0.01, 1 and 100nM) were sown in cadmium spiked soils (0 and 0.6mmolkg(-1) soil). CA (0.6mmolkg(-1)soil) was added to soil one week after sowing seeds. Plants were harvested 30 days after sowing...
August 3, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
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