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Daniela Gabbia, Stefano Dall'Acqua, Iole Maria Di Gangi, Sara Bogialli, Valentina Caputi, Laura Albertoni, Ilaria Marsilio, Nicola Paccagnella, Maria Carrara, Maria Cecilia Giron, Sara De Martin
Edible seaweeds have been consumed by Asian coastal communities since ancient times. Fucus vesiculosus and Ascophyllum nodosum extracts have been traditionally used for the treatment of obesity and several gastrointestinal diseases. We evaluated the ability of extracts obtained from these algae to inhibit the digestive enzymes α-amylase and α-glucosidase in vitro, and control postprandial plasma glucose levels in a mouse model of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH); a liver disease often preceding the development of Type 2 diabetes (T2DM)...
February 15, 2017: Marine Drugs
Hossein Azizi, Sebastian Gurevich, Nikolas Provatas
We explore numerically the morphological patterns of thermodiffusive instabilities in combustion fronts with a continuum fuel source, within a range of Lewis numbers and ignition temperatures, focusing on the cellular regime. For this purpose, we generalize the recent model of Brailovsky et al. to include distinct process kinetics and reactant heterogeneity. The generalized model is derived analytically and validated with other established models in the limit of infinite Lewis number for zero-order and first-order kinetics...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
Carlos E Flores-Chaparro, Luis Felipe Chazaro Ruiz, Ma Catalina Alfaro de la Torre, Miguel Angel Huerta-Diaz, Jose Rene Rangel-Mendez
Release of low-molecular aromatic hydrocarbons (HC) into natural waters brings severe consequences to our environment. Unfortunately very limited information is available regarding the treatment of these pollutants. This work evaluated the use of brown, green and red macroalgae biomass as biosorbents of benzene and toluene, two of the most soluble HC. Raw seaweed biomasses were completely characterized, then evaluated under different temperatures and ionic strengths to assess their potential as biosorbents and to elucidate the biosorption mechanisms involved...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
Kalu Kapuge Asanka Sanjeewa, Ilekkuttige Priyan Shanura Fernando, Eun-A Kim, Ginnae Ahn, Youngheun Jee, You-Jin Jeon
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Sargassum horneri is an edible brown alga that grows in the subtidal zone as an annual species along the coasts of South Korea, China, and Japan. Recently, an extreme amount of S. horneri moved into the coasts of Jeju Island from the east coast of China, which made huge economic and environmental loss to the Jeju Island. Thus, utilization of this biomass becomes a big issue with the local authorities. Therefore, the present study was performed to evaluate the anti-inflammatory potential of crude polysaccharides (CPs) extracted from S...
February 2017: Nutrition Research and Practice
Megumu Takahashi, Koji Mikami
The marine red seaweed Pyropia yezoensis has a haploid-diploid life cycle wherein two heteromorphic generations, a haploid gametophyte and a diploid sporophyte, are reciprocally generated from conchospores and carpospores, respectively. When we treated gametophytic blades of P. yezoensis with H2O2, discharge of asexual monospores was accelerated, resulting in increased numbers of gametophytic clones. Production of sporophytes without fertilization of male and female gametes was also observed. These findings indicate that oxidative stress can induce vegetative cells to develop into monospores that produce gametophytes asexually and can sometimes prompt carpospores to develop into sporophytes...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
M A Bouwhuis, M J McDonnell, T Sweeney, A Mukhopadhya, C J O'Shea, J V O'Doherty
Pork and pork products are recognised as vehicles of Salmonella Typhimurium infection in humans. Seaweed-derived polysaccharides (SWE) and galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) have shown to exhibit antimicrobial, prebiotic and immunomodulatory activity. The objective of this study was to assess the effects of dietary GOS and SWE supplementation on reducing S. Typhimurium numbers and intestinal inflammation in vivo. In total, 30 pigs (n=10/treatment, BW 30.9 kg) were randomly assigned to three dietary treatments: (1) basal diet; (2) basal diet+2...
February 13, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
Chika Horikawa, Yukio Yoshimura, Chiemi Kamada, Shiro Tanaka, Sachiko Tanaka, Satoshi Matsunaga, Osamu Hanyu, Atsushi Araki, Hideki Ito, Akira Tanaka, Yasuo Ohashi, Yasuo Akanuma, Hirohito Sone
The appropriate proportions of macronutritional intake have been controversial in medical nutritional therapy for diabetes, and evidence of the effects of carbohydrate consumption on diabetes complications in prospective settings is sparse. We investigated the relationships between proportions of carbohydrate intake as the % of total energy and diabetes complications in a nationwide cohort of Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes aged 40-70 years with hemoglobin A1c ≥6.5%. The analysis was of 1516 responders to a baseline dietary survey assessed by the Food Frequency Questionnaire based on food groups...
February 6, 2017: Nutrients
Jie Zhang, Xiuliang Wang, Jianting Yao, Qiuying Li, Fuli Liu, Norishige Yotsukura, Tatiana N Krupnova, Delin Duan
Saccharina japonica is a commercially and ecologically important seaweed and is an excellent system for understanding the effects of domestication on marine crops. In this study, we used 19 selected simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers to investigate the influence of domestication on the genetic diversity and structure of S. japonica populations. Wild kelp populations exhibited higher genetic diversity than cultivated populations based on total NA, HE, HO, NP and AR. Discriminant analysis of principal components (DAPC), a neighbour-joining (NJ) tree and STRUCTURE analyses indicated that S...
February 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
Bárbara R C Vieira, Ariana M A Pintor, Rui A R Boaventura, Cidália M S Botelho, Sílvia C R Santos
Arsenic is a semi-metal element that can enter in water bodies and drinking water supplies from natural deposits and from mining, industrial and agricultural practices. The aim of the present work was to propose an alternative process for removing As from water, based on adsorption on a brown seaweed (Sargassum muticum), after a simple and inexpensive treatment: coating with iron-oxy (hydroxides). Adsorption equilibrium and kinetics were studied and modeled in terms of As oxidation state (III and V), pH and initial adsorbate concentration...
February 4, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
Shaofeng Bai, Huahai Chen, Liying Zhu, Wei Liu, Hongwei D Yu, Xin Wang, Yeshi Yin
Alginates pertain to organic polysaccharides that have been extensively used in food- and medicine-related industries. The present study obtained alginates from an alginate overproducing Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 mutant by screening transposon mutagenesis libraries. The interaction between bacterial and seaweed alginates and gut microbiota were further studied by using an in vitro batch fermentation system. Thin-layer chromatography (TLC) analysis indicated that both bacterial and seaweed alginates can be completely degraded by fecal bacteria isolated from study volunteers, indicating that a minor structural difference between bacterial and seaweed alginates (O-acetylation and lack of G-G blocks) didn't affect the digestion of alginates by human microbiota...
2017: PloS One
Zhenhua Liu, Xinping Li, Wei Xie
Carrageenans are commercially important sulfated gums found in various species of red seaweeds (Rhodophyta), wherein they serve a structural function similar to that of pectins in land plants. In this study, carrageenan was used independently or in combination with cationic polyacrylamide (CPAM) and/or Al2(SO4)3 to explore its application as a dry strength additive in papermaking. Strength index determination, ash content detection, FTIR characterization and SEM observation were performed on prepared handsheets...
2017: PloS One
Md Imran, Poonam Pant, Yogini P Shanbhag, Samir V Sawant, Sanjeev C Ghadi
Microbulbifer mangrovi strain DD-13(T) is a novel-type species isolated from the mangroves of Goa, India. The draft genome sequence of strain DD-13 comprised 4,528,106 bp with G+C content of 57.15%. Out of 3479 open reading frames, functions for 3488 protein coding sequences were predicted on the basis of similarity with the cluster of orthologous groups. In addition to protein coding sequences, 34 tRNA genes and 3 rRNA genes were detected. Analysis of nucleotide sequence of predicted gene using a Carbohydrate-Active Enzymes (CAZymes) Analysis Toolkit indicates that strain DD-13 encodes a large set of CAZymes including 255 glycoside hydrolases, 76 carbohydrate esterases, 17 polysaccharide lyases, and 113 carbohydrate-binding modules (CBMs)...
February 4, 2017: Marine Biotechnology
Jung Min Song, Seung Kon Hong, Young Jun An, Mee Hye Kang, Kwon Ho Hong, Youn-Ho Lee, Sun-Shin Cha
The CaCel gene from Antarctic springtail Cryptopygus antarcticus codes for a cellulase belonging to the glycosyl hydrolase family 45 (GHF45). Phylogenetic, biochemical, and structural analyses revealed that the CaCel gene product (CaCel) is closely related to fungal GHF45 endo-β-1,4-glucanases. The organization of five introns within the open reading frame of the CaCel gene indicates its endogenous origin in the genome of the species, which suggests the horizontal transfer of the gene from fungi to the springtail...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Geena Mariya Jose, G Muraleedhara Kurup
Immunomodulation is a collective term of immunostimulation and immunosuppression. Immunotherapy by means of immunomodulation is gaining additional significance as the frequency of mutant microbes as well as cancer cases are increasing in the present time. A wide population of marine vegetation has contributed to the traditional and modern therapeutic regimens owing to the abundance of bioactive molecules. Among the seaweed born macromolecules, the sulfated polysaccharides (SPS) from marine macro algae were reported to exhibit excellent biological activities in addition to their structural and nutritional roles...
January 30, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
C Rubio, G Napoleone, G Luis-González, A J Gutiérrez, D González-Weller, A Hardisson, C Revert
The concentration levels of 20 metals were analyzed by ICP-OES in edible seaweed (Chondrus, Eisenia, Gelidium, Himanthalia, Laminaria, Palmaria, Porphyra, Undaria), from two origins (Asia vs EU) according to their cultivation practices (conventional vs organic). Red seaweed showed higher concentrations of trace and toxic elements. Porphyra may be used as a potential bioindicator for metals. Significant differences were found between the Asian vs European mean contents. The mean Cd level from the conventional cultivation (0...
January 12, 2017: Chemosphere
Nerea Sanz-Pintos, Jara Pérez-Jiménez, Alejandro H Buschmann, José Rodrigo Vergara-Salinas, José Ricardo Pérez-Correa, Fulgencio Saura-Calixto
Seaweeds are rich in different bioactive compounds with potential uses in drugs, cosmetics and the food industry. The objective of this study was to analyze macromolecular antioxidants or nonextractable polyphenols, in several edible seaweed species collected in Chile (Gracilaria chilensis, Callophyllis concepcionensis, Macrocystis pyrifera, Scytosyphon lomentaria, Ulva sp. and Enteromorpha compressa), including their 1st HPLC characterization. Macromolecular antioxidants are commonly ignored in studies of bioactive compounds...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Food Science
Cristina Becerra-Castro, Ana Rita Lopes, Sara Teixeira, M Elisabete F Silva, Elisabete Pimenta, Célia M Manaia, Olga C Nunes
"Masseiras" is an ancient Portuguese agriculture system, where soil was developed from sand dunes enriched with seaweeds over more than a century. Due to the importance for the local economy, this system evolved for greenhouse structures. In this study we compared the bacterial community composition and structure of "Masseiras" soil, aiming at assessing the potential impact of different agricultural practices. The bulk soil of two greenhouses (following or not the recommended agriculture good practices, FGP and NFGP, respectively) was compared based on their physicochemical properties and bacterial community...
February 2, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Paramjeet Kaur Mithoo-Singh, Fiona S-L Keng, Siew-Moi Phang, Emma C Leedham Elvidge, William T Sturges, Gill Malin, Noorsaadah Abd Rahman
Five tropical seaweeds, Kappaphycus alvarezii (Doty) Doty ex P.C. Silva, Padina australis Hauck, Sargassum binderi Sonder ex J. Agardh (syn. S. aquifolium (Turner) C. Agardh), Sargassum siliquosum J. Agardh and Turbinaria conoides (J. Agardh) Kützing, were incubated in seawater of pH 8.0, 7.8 (ambient), 7.6, 7.4 and 7.2, to study the effects of changing seawater pH on halocarbon emissions. Eight halocarbon species known to be emitted by seaweeds were investigated: bromoform (CHBr3), dibro-momethane (CH2Br2), iodomethane (CH3I), diiodomethane (CH2I2), bromoiodomethane (CH2BrI), bromochlorometh-ane (CH2BrCl), bromodichloromethane (CHBrCl2), and dibro-mochloromethane (CHBr2Cl)...
2017: PeerJ
Susete Pinteus, Joana Silva, Celso Alves, André Horta, Olivier P Thomas, Rui Pedrosa
Antioxidants play an important role as Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) chelating agents and, therefore, the screening for potent antioxidants from natural sources as potential protective agents is of great relevance. The main aim of this study was to obtain antioxidant-enriched fractions from the common seaweed Fucus spiralis and evaluate their activity and efficiency in protecting human cells (MCF-7 cells) on an oxidative stress condition induced by H₂O₂. Five fractions, F1-F5, were obtained by reversed-phase vacuum liquid chromatography...
January 29, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Carlos Del Monaco, Mark E Hay, Patrick Gartrell, Peter J Mumby, Guillermo Diaz-Pulido
Many coral reefs have phase shifted from coral to macroalgal dominance. Ocean acidification (OA) due to elevated CO2 is hypothesised to advantage macroalgae over corals, contributing to these shifts, but the mechanisms affecting coral-macroalgal interactions under OA are unknown. Here, we show that (i) three common macroalgae are more damaging to a common coral when they compete under CO2 concentrations predicted to occur in 2050 and 2100 than under present-day conditions, (ii) that two macroalgae damage corals via allelopathy, and (iii) that one macroalga is allelopathic under conditions of elevated CO2, but not at ambient levels...
February 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
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