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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535046/inhibitory-effect-of-piceatannol-on-tnf-%C3%AE-mediated-inflammation-and-insulin-resistance-in-3t3-l1-adipocytes
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Yanfang Li, Puyu Yang, Qimeng Chang, Jing Wang, Jie Liu, Yuan Lv, Thomas T Y Wang, Boyan Gao, Yaqiong Zhang, Liangli Lucy Yu
Piceatannol, a bioactive component in grapes and blueberry, was examined for its potential in decreasing the inflammatory activities in adipocytes using a co-cultured adipocytes and macrophages system, and suppressing TNF-α mediated inflammation and the related insulin resistance using a 3T3-L1 adipocytes model. Piceatannol treatment significantly reduced the release of inflammatory cytokines of TNF-α and MCP-1 in the co-cultured system and inhibited TNF-α induced expression of IL-6 and MCP-1 at both mRNA and protein levels in the 3T3-L1 adipocytes...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530597/dna-agarose-gel-electrophoresis-for-antioxidant-analysis-development-of-a-quantitative-approach-for-phenolic-extracts
#2
Sara Silva, Eduardo M Costa, Sandra Vicente, Mariana Veiga, Conceição Calhau, Rui M Morais, Manuela E Pintado
Most of the fast in vitro assays proposed to determine the antioxidant capacity of a compound/extract lack either biological context or employ complex protocols. Therefore, the present work proposes the improvement of an agarose gel DNA electrophoresis in order to allow for a quantitative estimation of the antioxidant capacity of pure phenolic compounds as well as of a phenolic rich extract, while also considering their possible pro-oxidant effects. The result obtained demonstrated that the proposed method allowed for the evaluation of the protection of DNA oxidation [in the presence of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and an H2O2/iron (III) chloride (FeCl3) systems] as well as for the observation of pro-oxidant activities, with the measurements registering interclass correlation coefficients above 0...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523896/hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-in-a-newborn-presenting-as-blueberry-muffin-baby
#3
Krista N Larson, Sergio R Gaitan, Benjamin J Stahr, Dean S Morrell
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a rare, life-threatening hyperinflammatory syndrome characterized by uncontrolled activation and proliferation of proinflammatory cytokines. Initial presentation commonly includes fever, hepatosplenomegaly, and pancytopenia; 6 to 65% of cases also have a concurrent cutaneous eruption. We present the case of a 6-day-old premature infant boy with congenital severe thrombocytopenia, anemia, and hepatosplenomegaly who presented with several cutaneous violaceous papules and nodules and was found to have HLH...
May 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523823/cost-benefit-analysis-of-controlling-the-spotted-wing-drosophila-drosophila-suzukii-matsumura-spread-and-infestation-of-soft-fruits-in-trentino-northern-italy
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Emanuele Del Fava, Claudio Ioriatti, Alessia Melegaro
BACKGROUND: We assessed the economic impact of the invasive pest Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura) on the soft fruit industry (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries) in Trentino, Northern Italy, using cost-benefit analysis. A conventional integrated pest management (IPM) based on insecticide, mass trapping and cultural measures is compared to an upgraded IPM strategy based on exclusion netting. Costs and benefits associated with the change between the two are estimated in order to evaluate the most profitable strategy from the societal point of view...
May 19, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507011/influence-of-diet-in-multiple-sclerosis-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
M José Bagur, M Antonia Murcia, Antonia M Jiménez-Monreal, Josep A Tur, M Mar Bibiloni, Gonzalo L Alonso, Magdalena Martínez-Tomé
Nutrition is considered to be a possible factor in the pathogenesis of the neurological disease multiple sclerosis (MS). Nutrition intervention studies suggest that diet may be considered as a complementary treatment to control the progression of the disease; a systematic review of the literature on the influence of diet on MS was therefore conducted. The literature search was conducted by using Medlars Online International Literature (MEDLINE) via PubMed and Scopus. Forty-seven articles met the inclusion criteria...
May 2017: Advances in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506035/simultaneous-molecular-detection-of-cryptosporidium-and-cyclospora-from-raw-vegetables-in-korea
#6
Seobo Sim, Jua Won, Jae-Whan Kim, Kyungjin Kim, Woo-Yoon Park, Jae-Ran Yu
Cryptosporidium and Cyclospora are well-known coccidian protozoa that can cause waterborne and foodborne diarrheal illnesses. There have been a few reports regarding contamination in different vegetables with Cryptosporidium, but no data are available regarding the sources of Cyclospora infections in Korea. In the present study, we collected 6 kinds of vegetables (perilla leaves, winter-grown cabbages, chives, sprouts, blueberries, and cherry tomatoes) from July 2014 to June 2015, and investigated contamination by these 2 protozoa using multiplex quantitative real-time PCR...
April 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491071/exploring-blueberry-aroma-complexity-by-chromatographic-and-direct-injection-spectrometric-techniques
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Brian Farneti, Iuliia Khomenko, Marcella Grisenti, Matteo Ajelli, Emanuela Betta, Alberto Alarcon Algarra, Luca Cappellin, Eugenio Aprea, Flavia Gasperi, Franco Biasioli, Lara Giongo
Blueberry (Vaccinium spp.) fruit consumption has increased over the last 5 years, becoming the second most important soft fruit species after strawberry. Despite the possible economic and sensory impact, the blueberry volatile organic compound (VOC) composition has been poorly investigated. Thus, the great impact of the aroma on fruit marketability stimulates the need to step forward in the understanding of this quality trait. Beside the strong effect of ripening, blueberry aroma profile also varies due to the broad genetic differences among Vaccinium species that have been differently introgressed in modern commercial cultivars through breeding activity...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490145/thermal-and-high-pressure-inactivation-kinetics-of-blueberry-peroxidase
#8
Netsanet Shiferaw Terefe, Antoine Delon, Cornelis Versteeg
This study for the first time investigated the stability and inactivation kinetics of blueberry peroxidase in model systems (McIlvaine buffer, pH=3.6, the typical pH of blueberry juice) during thermal (40-80°C) and combined high pressure-thermal processing (0.1-690MPa, 30-90°C). At 70-80°C, the thermal inactivation kinetics was best described by a biphasic model with ∼61% labile and ∼39% stable fractions at temperature between 70 and 75°C. High pressure inhibited the inactivation of the enzyme with no inactivation at pressures as high as 690MPa and temperatures less than 50°C...
October 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490064/thymol-nanoemulsions-formed-via-spontaneous-emulsification-physical-and-antimicrobial-properties
#9
Jianming Li, Jun Won Chang, Megan Saenger, Amanda Deering
In this work, we prepared various sub-micron thymol emulsions with high hydrophilic-lipophilic balance (HLB) surfactants via spontaneous emulsification. Emulsion properties, such as size, polydispersity and charge, were assessed for each surfactant type and mass fraction. Emulsion stability was characterized by monitoring droplet size following exposure to physical (centrifugation) and thermal stressors (freeze, thaw cycling). Emulsions were subsequently screened against several challenge pathogens to evaluate antimicrobial efficacy...
October 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490054/evaluation-of-processing-effects-on-anthocyanin-content-and-colour-modifications-of-blueberry-vaccinium-spp-extracts-comparison-between-hplc-dad-and-cielab-analyses
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Stefania Cesa, Simone Carradori, Giuseppe Bellagamba, Marcello Locatelli, Maria Antonietta Casadei, Alessandra Masci, Patrizia Paolicelli
Colour is the first organoleptic property that consumers appreciate of a foodstuff. In blueberry (Vaccinium spp.) fruits, the anthocyanins are the principal pigments determining the colour as well as many of the beneficial effects attributed to this functional food. Commercial blueberry-derived products represent important sources of these healthy molecules all year round. In this study, blueberries were produced into purees comparing two homogenization methods and further heated following different thermal treatments...
October 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484903/mineral-composition-of-wild-and-cultivated-blueberries
#11
Paulina Dróżdż, Vaida Šėžienė, Krystyna Pyrzynska
The concentrations of 13 elements (Al, Ca, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Na, Ni, Pb, and Zn) were determined in several samples of native (wild) naturally growing and cultivated blueberry fruits. The total metal contents after mineralization were analyzed by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry. Reliability of the procedure was checked by the analysis of the certified reference materials Mixed Polish Herbs (INGT-MPH-2) and Leaves of Poplar (NCS DC 73350). In the fruits collected in the forest (wild blueberries), higher contents of Ca, Na, and Mg as well as Mn and Zn were observed...
May 9, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478970/langerhans-cell-histiocytosis-presenting-as-a-blueberry-muffin-rash
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Adam R Schmitt, David A Wetter, Michael J Camilleri, Shakila P Khan, Megha M Tollefson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 4, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475151/antimicrobial-optical-and-mechanical-properties-of-chitosan-starch-films-with-natural-extracts
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Jessica I Lozano-Navarro, Nancy P Díaz-Zavala, Carlos Velasco-Santos, Ana L Martínez-Hernández, Beatriz I Tijerina-Ramos, Margarita García-Hernández, José L Rivera-Armenta, Ulises Páramo-García, Adriana I Reyes-de la Torre
Natural extracts possess several kinds of antioxidants (anthocyanins, betalains, thymol, carvacrol, and resveratrol) that have also demonstrated antimicrobial properties. In order to study these properties, extracts from cranberry, blueberry, beetroot, pomegranate, oregano, pitaya, and resveratrol (from grapes) were obtained. Growth inhibition tests of mesophilic aerobes, coliforms, and fungi were conducted in films prepared from the extracts in accordance with Mexican Official Norms (NOM). Optical properties such as transparency and opacity, mechanical properties, and pH were also analyzed in these materials...
May 5, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452007/lps-oleuropein-and-blueberry-extracts-affect-the-survival-morphology-and-phosphoinositide-signalling-in-stimulated-human-endothelial-cells
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Vincenza Rita Lo Vasco, Martina Leopizzi, Valeria Di Maio, Tania Di Raimo, Stefania Cesa, Alessandra Masci, Carlo Della Rocca
Endothelial cells (EC) act as leading actors in angiogenesis. Understanding the complex network of signal transduction pathways which regulate angiogenesis might offer insights in the regulation of normal and pathological events, including tumours, vascular, inflammatory and immune diseases. The effects of olive oil and of Blueberry extracts upon the phosphoinositide (PI)-specific phospholipase C (PLC) enzymes were evaluated both in quiescent and inflammatory stimulated human umbilical vein EC (HUVEC) using molecular biology (multiliquid bioanalysis) and immunofluorescence techniques...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449984/recovery-of-anthocyanins-from-residues-of-rubus-fruticosus-vaccinium-myrtillus-and-eugenia-brasiliensis-by-ultrasound-assisted-extraction-pressurized-liquid-extraction-and-their-combination
#15
Ana Paula Da Fonseca Machado, Ana Luiza Duarte Pereira, Gerardo Fernández Barbero, Julian Martínez
This work investigated the extraction efficiency of polyphenols (anthocyanins) from blackberry, blueberry and grumixama residues using combined ultrasonic assisted extraction (UAE) and pressurized liquid extraction (PLE) (UAE+PLE). The performance of UAE+PLE was compared to those achieved by the isolated PLE and UAE methods and conventional Soxhlet extraction. The effects of the extraction methods and solvents (acidified water pH 2.0, ethanol+water 50% v/v and ethanol+water 70% ethanol v/v) on total phenolics content, anthocyanin composition and antioxidant capacity of extracts were investigated by a full factorial design...
September 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445588/the-relative-importance-of-pollinator-abundance-and-species-richness-for-the-temporal-variance-of-pollination-services
#16
Mark A Genung, Jeremy Fox, Neal M Williams, Claire Kremen, John Ascher, Jason Gibbs, Rachael Winfree
The relationship between biodiversity and the stability of ecosystem function is a fundamental question in community ecology, and hundreds of experiments have shown a positive relationship between species richness and the stability of ecosystem function. However, these experiments have rarely accounted for common ecological patterns, most notably skewed species abundance distributions and non-random extinction risks, making it difficult to know whether experimental results can be scaled up to larger, less manipulated systems...
April 26, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444365/evaluation-of-attractants-for-monitoring-drosophila-suzukii-diptera-drosophilidae
#17
Andrew J Frewin, Justin Renkema, Hannah Fraser, Rebecca H Hallett
Drosophila suzukii Matsumura is an economically important pest of soft and small fruit crops. Unlike other drosophilid flies, D. suzukii is capable of infesting ripe and partially ripe fruit, which poses a significant pest management challenge, as there is no tolerance for infested or damaged fruit in the marketplace. As a result, producers in many regions rely on calendar-scheduled insecticide applications for D. suzukii management. In order to develop an integrated pest management approach, better tools for monitoring adult fly populations are needed...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443123/firmness-at-harvest-impacts-postharvest-fruit-softening-and-internal-browning-development-in-mechanically-damaged-and-non-damaged-highbush-blueberries-vaccinium-corymbosum-l
#18
Claudia Moggia, Jordi Graell, Isabel Lara, Guillermina González, Gustavo A Lobos
Fresh blueberries are very susceptible to mechanical damage, which limits postharvest life and firmness. Softening and susceptibility of cultivars "Duke" and "Brigitta" to developing internal browning (IB) after mechanical impact and subsequent storage was evaluated during a 2-year study (2011/2012, 2012/2013). On each season fruit were carefully hand-picked, segregated into soft (<1.60 N), medium (1.61-1.80 N), and firm (1.81-2.00 N) categories, and then either were dropped (32 cm) onto a hard plastic surface or remained non-dropped...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441516/epoxynemanione-a-nemanifuranones-a-f-and-nemanilactones-a-c-from-nemania-serpens-an-endophytic-fungus-isolated-from-riesling-grapevines
#19
Ashraf Ibrahim, Dan Sørensen, Hilary A Jenkins, Linda Ejim, Alfredo Capretta, Mark W Sumarah
Ten polyketide specialized metabolites, epoxynemanione A, nemanifuranones A-F, and nemanilactones A-C, were isolated from the culture filtrate of Nemania serpens (Pers.) Grey (1821), an endophytic fungus from a Riesling grapevine (Vitis vinifera) found in Canada's Niagara region. Additionally, four known metabolites 2-(hydroxymethyl)-3-methoxy-benzoic acid, phyllostine, 5-methylmellein and a nordammarane triterpenoid were isolated. A related known metabolite 2,3-dihydro-2-hydroxy-2,4-dimethyl-5-trans-propenylfuran-3-one has also been included for structural and biological comparison to the nemanifuranones...
April 22, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433168/evaluation-of-the-physical-properties-and-conservation-of-the-antioxidants-content-employing-inulin-and-maltodextrin-in-the-spray-drying-of-blueberry-juice
#20
S B Araujo-Díaz, C Leyva-Porras, P Aguirre-Bañuelos, C Álvarez-Salas, Z Saavedra-Leos
In this work, two carbohydrate polymers, inulin (I) and maltodextrin (MX), were compared as carrying agents in the spray drying of blueberry juice (BJ). The physicochemical properties and the conservation of the antioxidants content were characterized. Both systems, showed non-agglomerated particles and light-purple color appearance. Powders were subjected to the adsorption of water, and the glass transition temperature (Tg) decreased with the water activity. The evolution of the microstructure in the MX-BJ remained unchanged, while the I-BJ presented an abrupt change from amorphous to crystalline...
July 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
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