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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914965/a-review-on-synthesis-properties-and-applications-of-natural-polymer-based-carrageenan-blends-and-composites
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REVIEW
Khalid Mahmood Zia, Shazia Tabasum, Muhammad Nasif, Neelam Sultan, Nosheen Aslam, Aqdas Noreen, Mohammad Zuber
Carrageenan is a natural polysaccharide extracted from edible red seaweeds of Rhodophycea class. It has been used as a viscosity increasing or gelling agent for prolonged and controlled drug release, food, pharmaceuticals and other industries. However, in spite of wide range of applications, carrageenan has some drawbacks and adverse effects on the biological systems, so its modifications with natural and synthetic polymers are carried out. This review article presents different sources and properties of carrageenans with special emphasis on natural polymer based carrageenan blends and composites and their applications in controlled drug delivery system, wound dressing and tissue engineering because of their biodegradability and biocompatibility, food industry as thickening/gelling materials, cosmeceuticals and making polyelectrolyte complexes...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913293/differential-role-of-calpain-dependent-protein-cleavage-in-intermediate-and-long-term-operant-memory-in-aplysia
#2
Lisa C Lyons, Jacob S Gardner, Cassidy T Lentsch, Catherine E Gandour, Harini C Krishnan, Eric J Noakes
In addition to protein synthesis, protein degradation or protein cleavage may be necessary for intermediate (ITM) and long-term memory (LTM) to remove molecular constraints, facilitate persistent kinase activity and modulate synaptic plasticity. Calpains, a family of conserved calcium dependent cysteine proteases, modulate synaptic function through protein cleavage. We used the marine mollusk Aplysia californica to investigate the in vivo role of calpains during intermediate and long-term operant memory formation using the learning that food is inedible (LFI) paradigm...
November 29, 2016: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908494/simultaneous-microextraction-of-inorganic-iodine-and-iodinated-amino-acids-by-miniaturized-matrix-solid-phase-dispersion-with-molecular-sieves-and-ionic-liquids
#3
Jun Cao, Li-Qing Peng, Jing-Jing Xu, Li-Jing Du, Qi-Dong Zhang
This study presents an effective method of using miniaturized matrix solid phase dispersion (MSPD) for the microextraction of inorganic iodine and iodinated amino acids from seaweed samples. Quantification of the target analytes was performed by ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography with UV detection. Molecular sieve (SBA-15) was chosen as the dispersing adsorbent with an ionic liquid (1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide) as the elution solvent. The experimental conditions for the MSPD, such as the type of sorbent, ratio of sorbent to sample, type and concentration of the elution solvent, and grinding time were evaluated and optimized...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905044/modulatory-effect-of-the-exudates-released-by-the-brown-kelp-lessonia-spicata-on-the-toxicity-of-copper-in-early-developmental-stages-of-ecologically-related-organisms
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Alexandre Fellous, Santiago Andrade, Francisco Vidal-Ramirez, Ricardo Calderón, Jessica Beltran, Juan A Correa
Lessonia spicata is a key dominant species along the Pacific coast of South America, providing a habitat for many organisms. However, this role can be affected by abiotic stress, such as metals. To counteract the toxic effect, L. spicata, among other seaweeds, releases exudates that bind metals. In this study, tolerances to copper of organisms related to the kelp forest (spores of Ulva lactuca (Chlorophyceae) and L. spicata (Phaeophyceae) and Zoea I of Taliepus dentatus (Milne-Edwards, Crustacea)) were studied; then, exudates are assessed by their protective effect...
November 30, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898308/emerging-biopharmaceuticals-from-marine-actinobacteria
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REVIEW
Syed Shams Ul Hassan, Komal Anjum, Syed Qamar Abbas, Najeeb Akhter, Bibi Ibtesam Shagufta, Sayed Asmat Ali Shah, Umber Tasneem
Actinobacteria are quotidian microorganisms in the marine world, playing a crucial ecological role in the recycling of refractory biomaterials and producing novel secondary metabolites with pharmaceutical applications. Actinobacteria have been isolated from the huge area of marine organisms including sponges, tunicates, corals, mollusks, crabs, mangroves and seaweeds. Natural products investigation of the marine actinobacteria revealed that they can synthesize numerous natural products including alkaloids, polyketides, peptides, isoprenoids, phenazines, sterols, and others...
November 22, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888371/protective-effect-of-the-sulfated-agaran-isolated-from-the-red-seaweed-laurencia-aldingensis-against-toxic-effects-of-the-venom-of-the-snake-lachesis-muta
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Ana Cláudia Rodrigues da Silva, Luciana Garcia Ferreira, Maria Eugênia Rabello Duarte, Mutue Toyota Fujii, Eladio Flores Sanchez, Miguel Daniel Noseda, André Lopes Fuly
Snakebite is a serious occupational hazard affecting mainly rural populations of tropical and subtropical developing countries. Lachesis muta (Bushmaster) bites are extremely serious but are rarely reported in the literature. Bushmaster envenomings are characterized by intense local pain, edema, neurotoxicity, hypotension, local hemorrhage, and dramatic systemic alterations. Antivenom treatment has regularly been used for more than a century; however, it fails to neutralize local tissue damage and hemorrhage, leading to morbidity or disabilities in victims...
November 25, 2016: Marine Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885670/telomeric-localization-of-the-arabidopsis-type-heptamer-repeat-tttaggg-n-at-the-chromosome-ends-in-saccharina-japonica-phaeophyta
#7
Q F Yang, L Liu, Y Liu, Z G Zhou
Telomeres generally consist of short repeats of minisatellite DNA sequences and are useful in chromosome identification and karyotype analysis. To date, telomeres have not been characterized in the economic brown seaweed Saccharina japonica, thus its full cytogenetic research and genetic breeding potential has not been realized. Herein, the tentative sequence of telomeres in S. japonica was identified by PCR amplification with primers designed based on the Arabidopsis-type telomere sequence (TTTAGGG)n , which was chosen out of 3 possible telomeric repeat DNA sequences typically present in plants and algae...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879659/innovative-alternative-technologies-to-extract-carotenoids-from-microalgae-and-seaweeds
#8
REVIEW
Mahesha M Poojary, Francisco J Barba, Bahar Aliakbarian, Francesco Donsì, Gianpiero Pataro, Daniel A Dias, Pablo Juliano
Marine microalgae and seaweeds (microalgae) represent a sustainable source of various bioactive natural carotenoids, including β-carotene, lutein, astaxanthin, zeaxanthin, violaxanthin and fucoxanthin. Recently, the large-scale production of carotenoids from algal sources has gained significant interest with respect to commercial and industrial applications for health, nutrition, and cosmetic applications. Although conventional processing technologies, based on solvent extraction, offer a simple approach to isolating carotenoids, they suffer several, inherent limitations, including low efficiency (extraction yield), selectivity (purity), high solvent consumption, and long treatment times, which have led to advancements in the search for innovative extraction technologies...
November 22, 2016: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878375/hyper-thermal-acid-hydrolysis-and-adsorption-treatment-of-red-seaweed-gelidium-amansii-for-butyric-acid-production-with-ph-control
#9
Chae Hun Ra, Gwi-Taek Jeong, Sung-Koo Kim
Optimal hyper-thermal (HT) acid hydrolysis conditions for Gelidium amansii were determined to be 12% (w/v) seaweed slurry content and 144 mM H2SO4 at 150 °C for 10 min. HT acid hydrolysis-treated G. amansii hydrolysates produced low concentrations of inhibitory compounds and adsorption treatment using 3% activated carbon. An adsorption time of 5 min was subsequently used to remove the inhibitory 5-hydroxymethylfurfural from the medium. A final maximum monosaccharide concentration of 44.6 g/L and 79.1% conversion from 56...
November 22, 2016: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878096/a-sixth-level-habitat-cascade-increases-biodiversity-in-an-intertidal-estuary
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Mads S Thomsen, Thomas Hildebrand, Paul M South, Travis Foster, Alfonso Siciliano, Eliza Oldach, David R Schiel
Many studies have documented habitat cascades where two co-occurring habitat-forming species control biodiversity. However, more than two habitat-formers could theoretically co-occur. We here documented a sixth-level habitat cascade from the Avon-Heathcote Estuary, New Zealand, by correlating counts of attached inhabitants to the size and accumulated biomass of their biogenic hosts. These data revealed predictable sequences of habitat-formation (=attachment space). First, the bivalve Austrovenus provided habitat for green seaweeds (Ulva) that provided habitat for trochid snails in a typical estuarine habitat cascade...
November 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869778/agarose-and-its-derivatives-as-supports-for-enzyme-immobilization
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REVIEW
Paolo Zucca, Roberto Fernandez-Lafuente, Enrico Sanjust
Agarose is a polysaccharide obtained from some seaweeds, with a quite particular structure that allows spontaneous gelation. Agarose-based beads are highly porous, mechanically resistant, chemically and physically inert, and sharply hydrophilic. These features-that could be further improved by means of covalent cross-linking-render them particularly suitable for enzyme immobilization with a wide range of derivatization methods taking advantage of chemical modification of a fraction of the polymer hydroxyls...
November 19, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866626/seaweeds-a-resource-for-marine-bionanotechnology
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Sri Ramkumar Vijayan, Prakash Santhiyagu, Ramasubburayan Ramasamy, Pugazhendhi Arivalagan, Gopalakrishnan Kumar, Kannapiran Ethiraj, Babu Rajendran Ramaswamy
Marine bionanotechnology is one of the most promising areas of research in modern science and technology. Although there are multitude methods for the synthesis of nanoparticles (NPs), there is an increasing attention in developing high-yield, low-cost, non-toxic and eco-friendly procedures. The vital advantages of greener synthesis are cost-effective, reduced usage of toxic chemicals and abundant availability of resources. During the last ten years, there have been many biological entities used to elevate novel, greener and affordable methods for the metal NPs synthesis...
December 2016: Enzyme and Microbial Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865951/renoprotective-effect-of-low-molecular-weight-sulfated-polysaccharide-from-the-seaweed-laminaria-japonica-on-glycerol-induced-acute-kidney-injury-in-rats
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Xinpeng Li, Jing Wang, Hong Zhang, Quanbin Zhang
We investigated the renal protective effect of low-molecular-weight sulfated polysaccharide (LMWSP) fractions extracted from Laminaria japonica on glycerol-induced acute kidney injury (AKI) in rats. Glycerol treatment significantly increased serum creatinine (SCr) and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) levels. Intraperitoneal injection of LMWSP fractions markedly decreased SCr and BUN levels and reduced renal swelling. The fraction of 1.0M NaCl displayed the best renal protective effect of all fractions in attenuating AKI and maintaining blood glucose...
November 16, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858981/a-multi-isotope-investigation-of-diet-and-subsistence-amongst-island-and-mainland-populations-from-early-medieval-western-britain
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Katie A Hemer, Angela L Lamb, Carolyn A Chenery, Jane A Evans
OBJECTIVES: This is the first investigation of dietary practices amongst multiple early medieval populations (AD 500-1000) from Wales and the Isle of Man using carbon, nitrogen, and sulphur isotope analysis. The analysis will illuminate similarities or differences between the diets and subsistence strategies of populations occupying different geographical regions, specifically those living in marginal coastal regions in comparison to inland populations well-connected to ecclesiastical centres and high-status settlements...
November 17, 2016: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854274/the-potential-exploitation-of-the-mediterranean-invasive-alga-caulerpa-cylindracea-can-the-invasion-be-transformed-into-a-gain
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Loredana Stabili, Simonetta Fraschetti, Maria Immacolata Acquaviva, Rosa Anna Cavallo, Sandra Angelica De Pascali, Francesco Paolo Fanizzi, Carmela Gerardi, Marcella Narracci, Lucia Rizzo
Recently, there is a growing interest towards the development of strategies for invasive seaweed control and exploitation as source of secondary metabolites. Here, we investigated the potential of exploitation in biotechnology and recycling options in eradication programs of the lipidic extract of the Mediterranean invasive seaweed Caulerpa cylindracea (Chlorophyta). The chemical characterization was carried out by means of multinuclear and multidimensional NMR spectroscopy. The fatty acid profile of C. cylindracea assessed the presence of several types of molecules known for antioxidant activity such as carotenoids, chlorophylls, pheophytins, and sterols...
November 15, 2016: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852126/traditional-chinese-medicine-food-therapy-and-hypertension-control-a-narrative-review-of-chinese-literature
#16
Ping Zou
Despite the lack of English literature about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) food therapy, there is abundant Chinese literature about the application of food therapy for hypertension control. This paper summarizes basic concepts of TCM, the principles of food therapy and its application for hypertension control according to Chinese literature. In TCM, food is conceptualized according to both nutritional and functional aspects, and can be used to treat illnesses. Four principles of TCM food therapy including light eating, balancing the "hot" and "cold" nature of food, the harmony of the five flavors of food, and consistency between dietary intake and different health conditions, can be used to facilitate hypertension control...
November 16, 2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27848102/can-greening-of-aquaculture-sequester-blue-carbon
#17
Nesar Ahmed, Stuart W Bunting, Marion Glaser, Mark S Flaherty, James S Diana
Globally, blue carbon (i.e., carbon in coastal and marine ecosystems) emissions have been seriously augmented due to the devastating effects of anthropogenic pressures on coastal ecosystems including mangrove swamps, salt marshes, and seagrass meadows. The greening of aquaculture, however, including an ecosystem approach to Integrated Aquaculture-Agriculture (IAA) and Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) could play a significant role in reversing this trend, enhancing coastal ecosystems, and sequestering blue carbon...
November 15, 2016: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847170/metabolomics-of-ulva-lactuca-linnaeus-chlorophyta-exposed-to-oil-fuels-fourier-transform-infrared-spectroscopy-and-multivariate-analysis-as-tools-for-metabolic-fingerprint
#18
Fernanda Kokowicz Pilatti, Fernanda Ramlov, Eder Carlos Schmidt, Christopher Costa, Eva Regina de Oliveira, Claudia M Bauer, Miguel Rocha, Zenilda Laurita Bouzon, Marcelo Maraschin
Fossil fuels, e.g. gasoline and diesel oil, account for substantial share of the pollution that affects marine ecosystems. Environmental metabolomics is an emerging field that may help unravel the effect of these xenobiotics on seaweeds and provide methodologies for biomonitoring coastal ecosystems. In the present study, FTIR and multivariate analysis were used to discriminate metabolic profiles of Ulva lactuca after in vitro exposure to diesel oil and gasoline, in combinations of concentrations (0.001%, 0...
November 12, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843115/de-novo-transcriptome-analysis-of-the-red-seaweed-gracilaria-chilensis-and-identification-of-linkers-associated-with-phycobilisomes
#19
María Alejandra Vorphal, Cristian Gallardo-Escárate, Valentina Valenzuela-Muñoz, Jorge Dagnino-Leone, José Aleikar Vásquez, José Martínez-Oyanedel, Marta Bunster
This work reports the results of the Illumina RNA-Seq of a wild population of female haploid plants of Gracilaria chilensis (Bird et al., 1986) (Rhodophyta, Gigartinalis). Most transcripts were de novo assembled in 12,331 contigs with an average length of 1756bp, showing that 96.64% of the sequences were annotated with known proteins. In particular, the identification of linker proteins of phycobilisomes (PBS) is reported. Linker proteins have primary been identified in cyanobacteria but the information available about them in eukaryotic red alga is not complete, and this is the first report in G...
November 11, 2016: Marine Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832119/cloning-and-functional-characterization-of-cycloartenol-synthase-from-the-red-seaweed-laurencia-dendroidea
#20
Gabriela Calegario, Jacob Pollier, Philipp Arendt, Louisi Souza de Oliveira, Cristiane Thompson, Angélica Ribeiro Soares, Renato Crespo Pereira, Alain Goossens, Fabiano L Thompson
The red seaweed Laurencia dendroidea belongs to the Rhodophyta, a phylum of eukaryotic algae that is widely distributed across the oceans and that constitute an important source of bioactive specialized metabolites. Laurencia species have been studied since 1950 and were found to contain a plethora of specialized metabolites, mainly halogenated sesquiterpenes, diterpenes and triterpenes that possess a broad spectrum of pharmacological and ecological activities. The first committed step in the biosynthesis of triterpenes is the cyclization of 2,3-oxidosqualene, an enzymatic reaction carried out by oxidosqualene cyclases (OSCs), giving rise to a broad range of different compounds, such as the sterol precursors cycloartenol and lanosterol, or triterpene precursors such as cucurbitadienol and β-amyrin...
2016: PloS One
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