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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340398/proteomics-analysis-of-maize-zea-mays-l-grain-based-on-itraq-reveals-molecular-mechanisms-of-poor-grain-filling-in-inferior-grains
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Tao Yu, Geng Li, Peng Liu, Shuting Dong, Jiwang Zhang, Bin Zhao
In maize, inferior grains (IG) located on the upper part of the ear have poor grain filling process compared to superior grains (SG) located on the middle and lower parts of the ear. This difference limits satisfactory yield and quality; however, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain unknown. Here, using the isobaric tag for relative and absolute quantification (iTRAQ) technology, the proteomes of IG and SG during early and middle grain filling stages were investigated. In total, 4720 proteins were identified in maize grain and 305 differentially accumulated proteins (DiAPs) were detected between IG and SG...
March 11, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339688/an-activity-staining-method-on-filtration-paper-enables-high-throughput-screening-of-temperature-sensitive-and-inactive-mutations-of-rice-%C3%AE-amylase-for-improvement-of-rice-grain-quality
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Hiromoto Yamakawa, Rieko Hirai-Kimura, Yuriko Nakata, Masaru Nakata, Masaharu Kuroda, Takeshi Yamaguchi
α-Amylase is a starch-hydrolyzing enzyme (EC 3.2.1.1) indispensable for germination of cereal seeds, but it is also expressed during the ripening stage. Previous studies demonstrated that the enzyme is activated in developing rice seeds under extremely hot weather and triggers a loss of grain quality by hindering the accumulation of storage starch in the endosperm. Since inactive or, preferably, heat-labile α-amylases are preferable for breeding premium rice, we developed a method for rapid screening of inactive and temperature-sensitive mutants of the enzyme by combining the random mutagenesis by error-prone PCR and an on-filter activity test of the recombinant enzyme expressed by Escherichia coli...
February 21, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339105/influence-of-extrusion-cooking-on-in-vitro-digestibility-physical-and-sensory-properties-of-brazilian-pine-seeds-flour-araucaria-angustifolia
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Manoela Estefânea Boff Zortéa-Guidolin, Carlos Wanderlei Piler de Carvalho, Rossana Catie Bueno de Godoy, Ivo Mottin Demiate, Agnes Paula Scheer
Brazilian pine seeds (pinhão) are gluten-free products derived from Araucaria angustifolia. The commercialization of these seeds is essentially associated with a low level of industrialization. In this context, extrusion cooking is a potential alternative for preparing extrudates of pinhão as a food product, which can be easily digested and is ready for human consumption. Brazilian pine seeds flour was processed in a single-screw extruder following a central composite rotatable design. Three factors (independent parameters) were considered: moisture content (14 to 22 g/100 g), screw speed (100 to 250 rpm), and temperature in the 3rd heating zone (120 to 200 °C)...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338989/a-simple-stable-carbon-isotope-method-for-investigating-changes-in-the-use-of-recent-versus-old-carbon-in-oak
#4
Danny McCarroll, Matthew Whitney, Giles H F Young, Neil J Loader, Mary H Gagen
Stable carbon isotope ratios from early-wood (EW) and late-wood (LW) are used to test competing models of carbon storage and allocation, providing a cost-effective alternative to measuring and dating non-structural carbohydrates in mature temperate broad-leaf forest trees growing under natural conditions. Annual samples of EW and LW from seven mature oaks (Quercus robur L.) from Scotland, covering AD 1924-2012, were pooled, treated to isolate alpha-cellulose and pyrolysed to measure the carbon isotope ratios...
March 18, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337763/automatic-washing-of-thawed-haematopoietic-progenitor-cell-grafts-a-preclinical-evaluation
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M Abonnenc, B Pesse, J-D Tissot, S Barelli, N Lion
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Autologous haematopoietic progenitor cell (HPC) is a prerequisite for high-dose chemotherapy in treatment of several haematologic and non-haematologic malignancies. HPCs are collected by apheresis and cryopreserved until infusion. Postinfusion adverse events have been in part related to the dimethyl sulphoxide (DMSO) used as cryoprotectant. The aim was to evaluate (i) an automated sequential washing procedure for DMSO removal in thawed HPC grafts and (ii) washing solutions in replacement of hydroxyethyl starch (HES)-based solutions...
March 23, 2017: Vox Sanguinis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337272/cold-preservation-with-hyperbranched-polyglycerol-based-solution-improves-kidney-functional-recovery-with-less-injury-at-reperfusion-in-rats
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Shadan Li, Bin Liu, Qiunong Guan, Irina Chafeeva, Donald E Brooks, Christopher Yc Nguan, Jayachandran N Kizhakkedathu, Caigan Du
Minimizing donor organ injury during cold preservation (including cold perfusion and storage) is the first step to prevent transplant failure. We recently reported the advantages of hyperbranched polyglycerol (HPG) as a novel substitute for hydroxyethyl starch in UW solution for both cold heart preservation and cold kidney perfusion. This study evaluated the functional recovery of the kidney at reperfusion after cold preservation with HPG solution. The impact of HPG solution compared to conventional UW and HTK solutions on tissue weight and cell survival at 4°C was examined using rat kidney tissues and cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs), respectively...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336902/magnetic-hybrid-nanosorbents-for-the-uptake-of-paraquat-from-water
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Tiago Fernandes, Sofia F Soares, Tito Trindade, Ana L Daniel-da-Silva
Although paraquat has been banned in European countries, this herbicide is still used all over the world, thanks to its low-cost, high-efficiency, and fast action. Because paraquat is highly toxic to humans and animals, there is interest in mitigating the consequences of its use, namely by implementing removal procedures capable of curbing its environmental and health risks. This research describes new magnetic nanosorbents composed of magnetite cores functionalized with bio-hybrid siliceous shells, that can be used to uptake paraquat from water using magnetically-assisted procedures...
March 18, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336747/cross-sectional-associations-between-dietary-intake-and-carotid-intima-media-thickness-in-type-2-diabetes-baseline-data-from-a-randomised-trial
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Laura Chiavaroli, Arash Mirrahimi, Christopher Ireland, Sandra Mitchell, Sandhya Sahye-Pudaruth, Judy Coveney, Omodele Olowoyeye, Darshna Patel, Russell J de Souza, Livia S A Augustin, Balachandran Bashyam, Sathish Chandra Pichika, Sonia Blanco Mejia, Stephanie K Nishi, Lawrence A Leiter, Robert G Josse, Gail E McKeown-Eyssen, Alan R Moody, Cyril W C Kendall, John L Sievenpiper, David J A Jenkins
OBJECTIVE: To assess associations between dietary intake and carotid intima media thickness (CIMT) by carotid ultrasound (CUS), a surrogate marker of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, in those with type 2 diabetes. DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis of baseline data from 325 participants from three randomised controlled trials collected in the same way. SETTING: Risk Factor Modification Centre, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Canada. PARTICIPANTS: 325 participants with type 2 diabetes, taking oral antidiabetic agents, with an HbA1c between 6...
March 22, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336278/thermoplastic-starch-composites-with-tio2-particles-preparation-morphology-rheology-and-mechanical-properties
#9
A Ostafińska, J Mikešová, S Krejčíková, M Nevoralová, A Šturcová, A Zhigunov, D Michálková, M Šlouf
Composites of thermoplastic starch (TPS) with titanium dioxide particles (mTiO2; average size 0.1μm) with very homogeneous matrix and well-dispersed filler were prepared by a two-step method, including solution casting (SC) followed by melt mixing (MM). Light and scanning electron microscopy confirmed that only the two-step procedure (SC+MM) resulted in ideally homogeneous TPS/mTiO2 systems. The composites prepared by single-step MM contained non-plasticized starch granules and the composites prepared by single-step SC suffered from mTiO2 agglomeration...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335393/solvent-retention-capacities-of-oat-flour
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Qianwen Niu, Yu Pu, Xiaoping Li, Zhen Ma, Xinzhong Hu
This study measured the solvent retention capacities (SRCs) of flours from eight oat varieties and one wheat variety against different solvents to explore the swelling volume of oat flour with different solvents, and thus provide a theoretical basis for quick β-glucan analysis. The SRC profile consists of water SRC (WSRC), 50% sucrose SRC (SSRC), 5% lactic acid SRC (LASRC), 5% Na₂CO₃ SRC (SCASRC), NaCl SRC (SCSRC), CaCl₂ SRC (CCSRC), FeCl₃ SRC (FCSRC), sodium cholate SRC (SCHSRC), NaOH (pH 10) SRC (SHSRC), Na₂CO₃ (pH 10) SRC (SCABSRC) and SDS (pH 10) SRC (SDSSRC) values, and a Chopin SRC kit was used to measure the SRC value...
March 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335258/nanostructures-derived-from-starch-and-chitosan-for-fluorescence-bio-imaging
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Yinxue Zu, Jingran Bi, Huiping Yan, Haitao Wang, Yukun Song, Bei-Wei Zhu, Mingqian Tan
Fluorescent nanostructures (NSs) derived from polysaccharides have drawn great attention as novel fluorescent probes for potential bio-imaging applications. Herein, we reported a facile alkali-assisted hydrothermal method to fabricate polysaccharide NSs using starch and chitosan as raw materials. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) demonstrated that the average particle sizes are 14 nm and 75 nm for starch and chitosan NSs, respectively. Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy analysis showed that there are a large number of hydroxyl or amino groups on the surface of these polysaccharide-based NSs...
July 5, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334275/identification-of-a-novel-bzip-transcription-factor-in-camellia-sinensis-as-a-negative-regulator-of-freezing-tolerance-in-transgenic-arabidopsis
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Lu Wang, Hongli Cao, Wenjun Qian, Lina Yao, Xinyuan Hao, Nana Li, Yajun Yang, Xinchao Wang
Background and Aims: Basic region/leucine zipper (bZIP) transcription factors play vital roles in the abiotic stress response of plants. However, little is known about the function of bZIP genes in Camellia sinensis . Methods: CsbZIP6 was overexpressed in Arabidopsis thaliana . Effects of CsbZIP6 overexpression on abscisic acid (ABA) sensitivity, freezing tolerance and the expression of cold-responsive genes in arabidopsis were studied. Key Results: CsbZIP6 was induced during cold acclimation in tea plant...
March 14, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333086/the-effect-of-a-breakfast-rich-in-slowly-digestible-starch-on-glucose-metabolism-a-statistical-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Sophie Vinoy, Alexandra Meynier, Aurélie Goux, Nathalie Jourdan-Salloum, Sylvie Normand, Rémi Rabasa-Lhoret, Olivier Brack, Julie-Anne Nazare, François Péronnet, Martine Laville
Starch digestibility may have an effect on the postprandial blood glucose profile. The aim of this meta-analysis was to analyze the relationship between Slowly Digestible Starch (SDS) levels and plasma glucose appearance and disappearance rates, as well as other parameters of glucose metabolism, after healthy subjects consumed cereal products that differed in SDS content. Three randomized controlled clinical trials that included a total of 79 subjects were identified. Using binary classification for the variables (high versus low levels, more than 12 g of SDS per portion, and less than 1 g of SDS per portion, respectively), we found that there was a 15-fold higher chance of having a low rate of appearance of exogenous glucose (RaE) after consumption of a high-SDS product...
March 23, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331624/comparison-of-hydroxyethyl-starch-regulatory-summaries-from-the-food-and-drug-administration-and-the-european-medicines-agency
#14
Christian J Wiedermann, Klaus Eisendle
This article aims to highlight the positions of the Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency regarding use and marketing of hydroxyethyl starch (HES) products, and how these have changed over recent years. In 2013, warnings from both agencies advised against use of HES in critically ill patients, including patients with sepsis, when several large randomized controlled trials on volume resuscitation in critical illness failed to observe clinically beneficial effects of HES. In areas such as patient monitoring and requirements for further clinical trials, the FDA and EMA are very much in agreement in their recommendations...
2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330563/characterization-of-the-endosperm-starch-and-the-pleiotropic-effects-of-biosynthetic-enzymes-on-their-properties-in-novel-mutant-rice-lines-with-high-resistant-starch-and-amylose-content
#15
Yuuki Itoh, Naoko Crofts, Misato Abe, Yuko Hosaka, Naoko Fujita
Resistant starch (RS) is beneficial to human health. In order to reduce the current prevalence of diabetes and obesity, several transgenic and mutant crops containing high RS content are being developed. RS content of steamed rice with starch-branching enzyme (BE)IIb-deficient mutant endosperms is considerably high. To understand the mechanisms of RS synthesis and to increase RS content, we developed novel mutant rice lines by introducing the gene encoding starch synthase (SS)IIa and/or granule-bound starch synthase (GBSS)I from an indica rice cultivar into a japonica rice-based BEIIb-deficient mutant line, be2b...
May 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330456/genome-wide-expression-profiling-in-leaves-and-roots-of-date-palm-phoenix-dactylifera-l-exposed-to-salinity
#16
Mahmoud W Yaish, Himanshu V Patankar, Dekoum V M Assaha, Yun Zheng, Rashid Al-Yahyai, Ramanjulu Sunkar
BACKGROUND: Date palm, as one of the most important fruit crops in North African and West Asian countries including Oman, is facing serious growth problems due to salinity, arising from persistent use of saline water for irrigation. Although date palm is a relatively salt-tolerant plant species, its adaptive mechanisms to salt stress are largely unknown. RESULTS: In order to get an insight into molecular mechanisms of salt tolerance, RNA was profiled in leaves and roots of date palm seedlings subjected to NaCl for 10 days...
March 22, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330240/a-novel-cyclodextrin-glucanotransferase-from-an-alkaliphile-microbacterium-terrae-knr-9-purification-and-properties
#17
Kiransinh N Rajput, Kamlesh C Patel, Ujjval B Trivedi
Cyclodextrin glucanotransferase (CGTase, EC. 2.1.1.19) produced using new alkaliphile Microbacterium terrae KNR 9 has been purified to homogeneity in a single step by the starch adsorption method. The specific activity of the purified CGTase was 45 U/mg compared to crude 0.9 U/mg. This resulted in a 50-fold purification of the enzyme with 33 % yield. The molecular weight of the purified enzyme was found to be 27.72 kDa as determined by SDS-PAGE. Non-denaturing gel electrophoresis and activity staining confirmed the presence of CGTase in crude and the ammonium sulfate precipitate fraction...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330141/evaluation-of-biochemical-markers-during-somatic-embryogenesis-in-silybum-marianum-l
#18
Bilal Haider Abbasi, Huma Ali, Buhara Yücesan, Sabahat Saeed, Khalid Rehman, Mubarak Ali Khan
In present report effects of explants type, basal media and plant growth regulators (PGRs) were tested for induction of indirect somatic embryogenesis in medicinally important plant Silybum marianum L. Leaf, petiole and root explants were exploited in vitro on B5 (Gamborg), SH (Schenk and Hildebrandt) and MS (Murashige and Skoog) media for induction of embryogenic callus followed by somatic embryogenesis. Highest callus induction frequency (76 ± 4.8 %) was recorded when petiole explants of in vitro derived plantlets were cultured on B5 medium supplemented with 1...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330107/population-dynamics-of-soil-bacteria-in-some-areas-of-midnapore-coastal-belt-west-bengal-india
#19
Syed Afrin Azmi, Soumendranath Chatterjee
In this present study the population dynamics of the soil bacteria of some coastal villages, namely Padima, Jatimati, Chanpabani, Palsandapur, Bhagibaharampur, Duttapur, Gangadharpur, Gobindabasan, Somaibasan of Digha, West Bengal, India, was determined. In these villages the aerobic heterotrophic, Gram-negative, spore-forming, starch-hydrolyzing, Pseudomonas, nitrate-reducing, denitrifying, asymbiotic N2 fixing, nitrifying, phosphate-solubilizing bacterial populations ranged from 1.22 to 2.67 × 10(6), 0...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330077/diversity-and-antagonistic-potential-of-marine-microbes-collected-from-south-west-coast-of-india
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S Sinimol, A R Sarika, A Jayakumaran Nair
The diversity of some of the culturable microorganisms associated with marine flora and fauna collected off Vizhinjam and Mulloor coast of South India was evaluated and their bioactive production potential determined. From a total of 24 bacteria, 4 actinomycetes and 8 fungi isolated from diverse marine sources, five bacterial species-BLM3, BSP2, BCS1, BCS4 and BMA6 showed inhibitory activity against at least one of the tested pathogens viz., Klebsiella pneumonia KU1, Pseudomonas aeruginosa VL3, Salmonella enterica typhimurium MTCC 98, Escherichia coli MTCC 40, Micrococcus luteus MTCC 105, Staphylococcus simulans MTCC 3610, Proteus vulgaris MTCC 426, Vibrio fluvialis, Vibrio sp...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
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