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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779268/variation-in-polyphenolic-profiles-antioxidant-and-antimicrobial-activity-of-different-achillea-species-as-natural-sources-of-antiglycative-compounds
#1
Mahvash Afshari, Mehdi Rahimmalek, Mehran Miroliaei
A comparative study was carried out on the methanolic extracts from six Achillea species and the examined polyphenols from these plants on the formation of advanced glycation end-products (AGE) in vitro. A. pachycephala which was richer in flavonoids (15 mg quercetin/g W) and phenolics (111.10 mg tannic acid/g DW) with substantial antioxidant activity (IC50 = 365.5 μg/ml) presented strong anti-AGE properties. Chlorogenic acid, luteolin, quercetin and caffeic acid were identified as the major polyphenols in the extracts by HPLC...
May 19, 2018: Chemistry & Biodiversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779257/linking-seed-germination-and-plant-height-a-case-study-of-a-wetland-community-on-the-eastern-tibet-plateau
#2
Kun Liu, Suzhen Cao, Guozhen Du, Jerry M Baskin, Carol C Baskin, Haiyan Bu, Wei Qi, Ting Liang
Seed germination is the earliest trait expressed in a plant's life history, and it can directly affect the expression of post germination traits. Plant height is central to plant ecological strategies, because it is a major determinant of the ability of a species to compete for light. Thus, linking seed germination and plant height at the community level is very important to understanding plant fitness and community structure. Here, we tested storage condition and temperature requirements for germination of 31 species from a wetland plant community on the eastern Tibet Plateau, and analyzed correlation of germination traits with plant height in relation to storage condition...
May 20, 2018: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779236/arabidopsis-inositol-phosphate-kinases-ipk1-and-itpk1-constitute-a-metabolic-pathway-in-maintaining-phosphate-homeostasis
#3
Hui-Fen Kuo, Yu-Ying Hsu, Wei-Chi Lin, Kai-Yu Chen, Teun Munnik, Charles A Brearley, Tzyy-Jen Chiou
Emerging studies have implicated a close link between inositol phosphate (InsP) metabolism and cellular phosphate (Pi ) homeostasis in eukaryotes; however, whether a common InsP species is deployed as an evolutionarily conserved metabolic messenger to mediate Pi signaling remains unknown. Here, using genetics and InsP profiling combined with Pi starvation response (PSR) analysis in Arabidopsis thaliana, we showed that the kinase activity of inositol pentakisphosphate 2-kinase (IPK1), an enzyme required for phytate (inositol hexakisphosphates; InsP6 ) synthesis, is indispensable for maintaining Pi homeostasis under Pi -replete conditions, and inositol 1,3,4-trisphosphate 5/6-kinase 1 (ITPK1) plays an equivalent role...
May 19, 2018: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779229/codeinone-reductase-isoforms-with-differential-stability-efficiency-and-product-selectivity-in-opium-poppy
#4
Mehran Dastmalchi, Limei Chang, Miguel A Torres, Kenneth K S Ng, Peter J Facchini
Codeinone reductase (COR) catalyzes the reversible NADPH-dependent reduction of codeinone to codeine as the penultimate step of morphine biosynthesis in opium poppy (Papaver somniferum). COR also irreversibly reduces neopinone, which forms by spontaneous isomerization in aqueous solution from codeinone, to neopine. In a parallel pathway involving 3-O-desmethylated analogs, COR converts morphinone to morphine, and neomorphinone to neomorphine. Similar to neopine, neomorphine formation by COR is irreversible...
May 19, 2018: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779172/naturally-occurring-cell-adhesion-inhibitors
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REVIEW
Satoshi Takamatsu
This paper reviews naturally occurring cell adhesion inhibitors derived from a plant, microbial and marine origin. Plant-derived inhibitors are classified according to a type of structure. Microbially and marine-derived inhibitors were described according to age. In addition, effects of inhibitors on cell proliferation and that of standards on cell adhesion are listed as much as possible.
May 19, 2018: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779125/genetic-diversity-and-structure-of-a-rare-endemic-cactus-and-an-assessment-of-its-genetic-relationship-with-a-more-common-congener
#6
Niraj Rayamajhi, Jyotsna Sharma
Endemic, obligate outcrossing plant species with narrow geographic distributions and disjunct populations are prone to loss of genetic diversity. Simultaneously, delineating clear species boundaries is important for targeted conservation efforts. The rare and endemic cactus, Sclerocactus brevihamatus subsp. tobuschii (SBT), has a parapatric relationship with Sclerocactus brevihamatus subsp. brevihamatus (SBB) but genetic distance between the two taxa is unknown. We: (1) developed taxon-specific polymorphic microsatellites, (2) assessed genetic diversity within and among nine populations of SBT, and within one population of SBB, and (3) estimated the genetic relationship between the two subspecies...
May 19, 2018: Genetica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779095/crispr-cas13a-targeting-of-rna-virus-in-plants
#7
Kulbhushan Chaudhary
This approach is quite promising to control plant viral diseases and create synthetic networks to better understand the structure/function relationship in RNA and proteins. Plant viruses are obligate intracellular parasites which causes enormous losses in crop yield worldwide. These viruses replicate into infected cells by highjacking host cellular machinery. Over the last two decades, diverse approaches such as conventional breeding, transgenic approach and gene silencing strategies have been used to control RNA viruses, but escaped due to high rate of mutation...
May 19, 2018: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779094/-cell-grafting-a-new-approach-for-transferring-cytoplasmic-or-nuclear-genome-between-plants
#8
Vladimir Sidorov, Charles Armstrong, Thomas Ream, Xudong Ye, Annie Saltarikos
A new method based on mixing and wounding of callus tissue was used to transfer plastid or nuclear DNA between cells. Methods alternative to sexual hybridization can be powerful tools for crop improvement. We have developed a new hybridization technology based on wounding a mixed population of cells of two parents growing in vitro as callus ("cell grafting"), and have demonstrated the utility of this system for plastid or nuclear genome transfer. In our proof-of concept experiments, non-organized growing tissue (callus) from tobacco var...
May 19, 2018: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779088/proteomic-analysis-dissects-the-impact-of-nodulation-and-biological-nitrogen-fixation-on-vicia-faba-root-nodule-physiology
#9
Beate Thal, Hans-Peter Braun, Holger Eubel
Symbiotic nitrogen fixation in root nodules of legumes is a highly important biological process which is only poorly understood. Root nodule metabolism differs from that of roots. Differences in root and nodule metabolism are expressed by altered protein abundances and amenable to quantitative proteome analyses. Differences in the proteomes may either be tissue specific and related to the presence of temporary endosymbionts (the bacteroids) or related to nitrogen fixation activity. An experimental setup including WT bacterial strains and strains not able to conduct symbiotic nitrogen fixation as well as root controls enables identification of tissue and nitrogen fixation specific proteins...
May 19, 2018: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778978/tough-love-accommodating-intracellular-bacteria-through-directed-secretion-of-antimicrobial-peptides-during-the-nitrogen-fixing-symbiosis
#10
REVIEW
Christina Stonoha-Arther, Dong Wang
The symbiosis formed by nitrogen-fixing bacteria with plant hosts mainly in the legume family involves a very intimate interaction. Within the symbiotic organ (the nodule) the bacteria are fully internalized by the host cell to become an intracellular organelle surrounded by a host-derived membrane. This arrangement is probably necessary for the efficient provision of energy and the sequestration of free oxygen molecules, two conditions required for sustained nitrogen fixation. Recent advances made in model legume species, such as Medicago truncatula, are beginning to uncover the genetic components allowing rhizobia to access the host cytoplasm and establish chronic intracellular infections without overt detrimental effects...
May 17, 2018: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778941/ecotoxicological-effects-of-the-insecticide-fipronil-in-brazilian-native-stingless-bees-melipona-scutellaris-apidae-meliponini
#11
Cássio Resende de Morais, Bruno Augusto Nassif Travençolo, Stephan Malfitano Carvalho, Marcelo Emílio Beletti, Vanessa Santana Vieira Santos, Carlos Fernando Campos, Edimar Olegário de Campos Júnior, Boscolli Barbosa Pereira, Maria Paula Carvalho Naves, Alexandre Azenha Alves de Rezende, Mário Antônio Spanó, Carlos Ueira Vieira, Ana Maria Bonetti
Melipona scutellaris Latreille, 1811 (Hymenoptera, Apidae) is a pollinator of various native and cultivated plants. Because of the expansion of agriculture and the need to ensure pest control, the use of insecticides such as fipronil (FP) has increased. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of sublethal doses of FP insecticide on M. scutellaris at different time intervals (6, 12, and 24 h) after exposure, via individually analyzed behavioral biomarkers (locomotor activity, behavioral change) as well as the effect of FP on different brain structures of bees (mushroom bodies, antennal cells, and optic cells), using sub-individual cell biomarkers (heterochromatin dispersion, total nuclear and heterochromatic volume)...
May 10, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778938/effects-of-short-and-long-term-exposure-of-silver-nanoparticles-and-silver-ions-to-nitrosomonas-europaea-biofilms-and-planktonic-cells
#12
L K Barker, J R Giska, T S Radniecki, L Semprini
The increasing use of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in consumer products, and their resulting influx into wastewater, may pose a threat to biological nutrient removal in wastewater treatment plants. Planktonic ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB), which convert ammonia to nitrite in the first step of nitrification, are highly sensitive to AgNPs and their released silver ions (Ag+ ), but the sensitivity of AOB biofilms to AgNPs and Ag+ is less clear. This study demonstrated that biofilms of Nitrosomonas europaea, a model AOB, were more resistant to both short-term and long-term exposure to AgNP and Ag+ than planktonic cells...
May 4, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778924/cerbera-odollam-toxicity-a-review
#13
REVIEW
Ritesh G Menezes, Muhammad Shariq Usman, Syed Ather Hussain, Mohammed Madadin, Tariq Jamal Siddiqi, Huda Fatima, Pradhum Ram, Syed Bilal Pasha, S Senthilkumaran, Tooba Qadir Fatima, Sushil Allen Luis
Cerbera odollam is a plant species of the Apocynaceae family. It is often dubbed the 'suicide tree' due to its strong cardiotoxic effects, which make it a suitable means to attempt suicide. The plant grows in wet areas in South India, Madagascar, and Southeast Asia; and its common names include Pong-Pong and Othalanga. The poison rich part of the plant is the kernel which is present at the core of its fruit. The bioactive toxin in the plant is cerberin, which is a cardiac glycoside of the cardenolide class...
May 9, 2018: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778897/measurement-of-ambient-dose-equivalent-rates-by-walk-survey-around-fukushima-dai-ichi-nuclear-power-plant-using-kurama-ii-until-2016
#14
Masaki Andoh, Hideaki Yamamoto, Takashi Kanno, Kimiaki Saito
Ambient dose equivalent rates in various environments related to human lives were measured by walk surveys using the KURAMA-II systems from 2013 to 2016 within an 80-km radius of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant. The dose rate of the locations where the walk survey was performed decreased to about 38% of its initial value in the 42 months from June 2013 to the December 2016, which was beyond that attributable to the physical decay of radiocaesium. The ecological half-life of the slow decreasing component was evaluated to be 4...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778840/identification-of-a-novel-promoter-from-banana-aquaporin-family-gene-matip1-2-which-responses-to-drought-and-salt-stress-in-transgenic-arabidopsis-thaliana
#15
Shun Song, Yi Xu, Dongmei Huang, Hongxia Miao, Juhua Liu, Caihong Jia, Wei Hu, Ana Valeria Valarezo, Biyu Xu, Zhiqiang Jin
Drought and salt stresses often affect plant growth and crop yields. Identification of promoters involved in drought and salt stress responses is of great significance for genetic improvement of crop resistance. Our previous studies showed that aquaporin can respond to drought and salt stresses, but its promoter has not yet been reported in plants. In the present study, cis-acting elements of MaAQP family member promoters were systematically analyzed in banana. Expression of MaTIP1; 2 was induced by drought and salt stresses but not sensitive to cold stress, waterlogging stress, or mechanical damage, and its promoter contained five stress-related cis-acting elements...
May 17, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778839/spermidine-mediated-hydrogen-peroxide-signaling-enhances-the-antioxidant-capacity-of-salt-stressed-cucumber-roots
#16
Jianqiang Wu, Sheng Shu, Chengcheng Li, Jin Sun, Shirong Guo
Hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 ) is a key signaling molecule that mediates a variety of physiological processes and defense responses against abiotic stress in higher plants. In this study, our aims are to clarify the role of H2 O2 accumulation induced by the exogenous application of spermidine (Spd) to cucumber (Cucumis sativus) seedlings in regulating the antioxidant capacity of roots under salt stress. The results showed that Spd caused a significant increase in endogenous polyamines and H2 O2 levels, and peaked at 2 h after salt stress...
May 5, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778813/ozone-disrupts-adsorption-of-rhododendron-tomentosum-volatiles-to-neighbouring-plant-surfaces-but-does-not-disturb-herbivore-repellency
#17
Adedayo O Mofikoya, Minna Kivimäenpää, James D Blande, Jarmo K Holopainen
The perennial evergreen woody shrub, Rhododendron tomentosum, confers associational resistance against herbivory and oviposition on neighbouring plants through passive adsorption of some of its constitutively emitted volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The adsorption process is dependent on transport of VOCs in the air. In polluted atmospheres, the VOCs may be degraded and adsorption impeded. We studied the effect of elevated ozone regimes on the adsorption of R. tomentosum volatiles to white cabbage, Brassica oleracea, and the oviposition of the specialist herbivore Plutella xylostella on the exposed plants...
May 17, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778812/ameliorative-effects-of-boron-on-aluminum-induced-variations-of-cell-wall-cellulose-and-pectin-components-in-trifoliate-orange-poncirus-trifoliate-l-raf-rootstock
#18
Lei Yan, Muhammad Riaz, Xiuwen Wu, Chenqing Du, Yalin Liu, Cuncang Jiang
Aluminum (Al) phytotoxicity is a major limitation in the production of crops in the soils with pH ≤ 5. Boron (B) is indispensable nutrient for the development of higher plants and B role has been reported in the alleviation Al toxicity. Trifoliate orange rootstock was grown in two B and two Al concentrations. The results of the present study showed that Al toxicity adversely inhibited root elongation and exhibited higher oxidative stress in terms of H2 O2 and O2 - under B-deficiency. Additionally, the X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis confirmed the increase of the cellulose crystallinity in the cell wall (CW)...
May 17, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778800/phenotypic-and-genotypic-diversity-of-lactobacillus-buchneri-strains-isolated-from-spoiled-fermented-cucumber
#19
Katheryne V Daughtry, Suzanne D Johanningsmeier, Rosemary Sanozky-Dawes, Todd R Klaenhammer, Rodolphe Barrangou
Lactobacillus buchneri is a Gram-positive, obligate heterofermentative, facultative anaerobe commonly affiliated with spoilage of food products. Notably, L. buchneri is able to metabolize lactic acid into acetic acid and 1,2-propanediol. Although beneficial to the silage industry, this metabolic capability is detrimental to preservation of cucumbers by fermentation. The objective of this study was to characterize isolates of L. buchneri purified from both industrial and experimental fermented cucumber after the onset of secondary fermentation...
May 9, 2018: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778687/droplets-deposition-pattern-from-a-prototype-of-a-fixed-spraying-system-in-a-sloping-vineyard
#20
Stefan Otto, Donato Loddo, Arno Schmid, Christian Roschatt, Maria Venturelli, Gerd Innerebner
In Italy high-quality vines are sometimes grown in small fields with slope steeper than 5-10%, where an air-blast sprayer is impractical so spray-gun application of pesticides is used, a technique that is very costly and labour intensive, and that causes high pesticide exposure of the operators. A possible alternative is the use of a fixed spraying system, and the first researches are in progress in Italy. A fixed spraying system prototype was built in a vineyard at Laimburg Research Centre with an upper line with micro-sprinkler and a lower line with cooler-type nozzles, and a trial was performed with the aim of measuring the deposition pattern of droplets on the row and between rows with water sensitive papers, also in comparison with a precise low-drift air-blast sprayer...
May 17, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
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