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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222858/bioprofiling-of-salicaceae-bud-extracts-through-high-performance-thin-layer-chromatography-hyphenated-to-biochemical-microbiological-and-chemical-detections
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Salim Hage, Gertrud E Morlock
The buds of poplars (Populus L.) and willows (Salix L.), both from the same family (Salicaceae Mirbel), are increasingly used in gemmotherapy and importantly contribute to the production of the physiologically active propolis by European bee Apis mellifera L. In order to study their phenolic profiles, polar extracts of buds from P. nigra L. were compared to those of P. alba L. and S. alba L. through high-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC). Five chemotypical patterns were distinguished after derivatisation with the Natural Product reagent and confirmed by principal component analysis...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219727/economic-botany-collections-a-source-of-material-evidence-for-exploring-historical-changes-in-chinese-medicinal-materials
#2
Eric Brand, Christine Leon, Mark Nesbitt, Ping Guo, Ran Huang, Hubiao Chen, Li Liang, Zhongzhen Zhao
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Many Chinese medicinal materials (CMMs) have changed over centuries of use, particularly in terms of their botanical identity and processing methods. In some cases, these changes have important implications for safety and efficacy in modern clinical practice. As most previous research has focused on clarifying the evolution of CMMs by analyzing traditional Chinese materia medica ("bencao") literature, assessments of historical collections are needed to validate these conclusions with material evidence...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219035/conceptualizing-agency-folkpsychological-and-folkcommunicative-perspectives-on-plants
#3
Bethany L Ojalehto, Douglas L Medin, Salino G García
The present research addresses cultural variation in concepts of agency. Across two experiments, we investigate how Indigenous Ngöbe of Panama and US college students interpret and make inferences about nonhuman agency, focusing on plants as a critical test case. In Experiment 1, participants predicted goal-directed actions for plants and other nonhuman kinds and judged their capacities for intentional agency. Goal-directed action is pervasive among living kinds and as such we expected cultural agreement on these predictions...
February 17, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216091/enantiomeric-and-quantitative-analysis-of-volatile-terpenoids-in-different-teas-camellia-sinensis
#4
Yin Zhu, Chen-Yang Shao, Hai-Peng Lv, Yue Zhang, Wei-Dong Dai, Li Guo, Jun-Feng Tan, Qun-Hua Peng, Zhi Lin
Volatile terpenoids play important roles in the formation of tea aroma quality due to their pleasant scents and low odor thresholds. Most volatile terpenoids contain stereogenic centers, which results in various stereo distributions of their enantiomers and diastereoisomers in different types of tea. However, the distribution characteristics of terpenoid enantiomers in teas were still unclear, which poses an obstacle to the scientific understanding of tea aroma. In this work, a new and efficient analysis approach based on headspace solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME)-chiral gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) was established to analyze 12 pairs of familiar terpenoid enantiomers in different teas...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214539/lumbee-traditional-medicine-neuroprotective-activities-of-medicinal-plants-used-to-treat-parkinson-s-disease-related-symptoms
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Aurélie de Rus Jacquet, Michael Timmers, Sin Ying Ma, Andrew Thieme, George P McCabe, Jay Hansford C Vest, Mary Ann Lila, Jean-Christophe Rochet
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by a loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta and the presence in surviving neurons of Lewy body inclusions enriched with aggregated forms of the presynaptic protein α-synuclein (aSyn). Although current therapies provide temporary symptomatic relief, they do not slow the underlying neurodegeneration in the midbrain. In this study, we analyzed contemporary herbal medicinal practices used by members of the Lumbee tribe to treat PD-related symptoms, in an effort to identify safe and effective herbal medicines to treat PD...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209193/up601-a-standardized-botanical-composition-composed-of-morus-alba-yerba-mate-and-magnolia-officinalis-for-weight-loss
#6
Mesfin Yimam, Ping Jiao, Mei Hong, Lidia Brownell, Young-Chul Lee, Eu-Jin Hyun, Hyun-Jin Kim, Jeong-Bum Nam, Mi-Ran Kim, Qi Jia
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of obesity is surging in an alarming rate all over the world. Pharmaceutical drugs are considered potential adjunctive therapy to lifestyle modification. However, for most, besides being too expensive, their long term usages are hindered by their severe adverse effects. Here we describe the effect of UP601, a standardized blend of extracts from Morus alba, Yerba mate and Magnolia officinalis, in modulating a number of obesity-related phenotypic and biochemical markers in a high-fat high-fructose (HFF)-induced C57BL/6J mouse model of obesity...
February 16, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208645/polyphenol-oxidases-in-crops-biochemical-physiological-and-genetic-aspects
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Francesca Taranto, Antonella Pasqualone, Giacomo Mangini, Pasquale Tripodi, Monica Marilena Miazzi, Stefano Pavan, Cinzia Montemurro
Enzymatic browning is a colour reaction occurring in plants, including cereals, fruit and horticultural crops, due to oxidation during postharvest processing and storage. This has a negative impact on the colour, flavour, nutritional properties and shelf life of food products. Browning is usually caused by polyphenol oxidases (PPOs), following cell damage caused by senescence, wounding and the attack of pests and pathogens. Several studies indicated that PPOs play a role in plant immunity, and emerging evidence suggested that PPOs might also be involved in other physiological processes...
February 10, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207797/mutation-increasing-%C3%AE-carotene-concentrations-does-not-adversely-affect-concentrations-of-essential-mineral-elements-in-pepper-fruit
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Nasya B Tomlekova, Philip J White, Jacqueline A Thompson, Emil A Penchev, Stephan Nielen
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are prevalent in human populations throughout the world. Vitamin A deficiency affects hundreds of millions of pre-school age children in low income countries. Fruits of pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) can be a major dietary source of precursors to Vitamin A biosynthesis, such as β-carotene. Recently, pepper breeding programs have introduced the orange-fruited (of) trait of the mutant variety Oranzheva kapiya, which is associated with high fruit β-carotene concentrations, to the mutant variety Albena...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205632/using-dna-metabarcoding-to-investigate-honey-bee-foraging-reveals-limited-flower-use-despite-high-floral-availability
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Natasha de Vere, Laura E Jones, Tegan Gilmore, Jake Moscrop, Abigail Lowe, Dan Smith, Matthew J Hegarty, Simon Creer, Col R Ford
Understanding which flowers honey bees (Apis mellifera) use for forage can help us to provide suitable plants for healthy honey bee colonies. Accordingly, honey DNA metabarcoding provides a valuable tool for investigating pollen and nectar collection. We investigated early season (April and May) floral choice by honey bees provided with a very high diversity of flowering plants within the National Botanic Garden of Wales. There was a close correspondence between the phenology of flowering and the detection of plants within the honey...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197520/a-mini-review-on-the-most-important-effective-medicinal-plants-to-treat-hypertension-in-ethnobotanical-evidence-of-iran
#10
REVIEW
Babak Baharvand-Ahmadi, Majid Asadi-Samani
Nowadays, cardiovascular diseases are highly prevalent in human communities. Hypertension is a multifactorial disease which causes a mortality twice higher than general population. Given the fact that medicinal plants have long been used to treat hypertension and are currently being administered for this disease, we sought to report the mostly effective and important medicinal plants on hypertension therapy in ethno-botanical evidence of Iran. In this study, hypertension, Iran, ethno-botany, medicinal plants, and traditional medicine were used as key words to search in Web of Science, PubMed, Scopus, EBSCO and EMBASE to select relevant articles...
2017: J Nephropharmacol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195585/the-french-mus%C3%A3-um-national-d-histoire-naturelle-vascular-plant-herbarium-collection-dataset
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Gwenaël Le Bras, Marc Pignal, Marc L Jeanson, Serge Muller, Cécile Aupic, Benoît Carré, Grégoire Flament, Myriam Gaudeul, Claudia Gonçalves, Vanessa R Invernón, Florian Jabbour, Elodie Lerat, Porter P Lowry, Bérangère Offroy, Eva Pérez Pimparé, Odile Poncy, Germinal Rouhan, Thomas Haevermans
We provide a quantitative description of the French national herbarium vascular plants collection dataset. Held at the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, Paris, it currently comprises records for 5,400,000 specimens, representing 90% of the estimated total of specimens. Ninety nine percent of the specimen entries are linked to one or more images and 16% have field-collecting information available. This major botanical collection represents the results of over three centuries of exploration and study. The sources of the collection are global, with a strong representation for France, including overseas territories, and former French colonies...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193479/effects-of-substrate-ant-and-fungal-species-on-plant-fiber-degradation-in-a-fungus-gardening-ant-symbiosis
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Alexandria M DeMilto, Monte Rouquette, Ulrich G Mueller, Katrin Kellner, Jon N Seal
Fungus-gardening or attine ants have outsourced most of their digestive function to a symbiotic fungus. The ants feed their fungus - essentially an external digestive organ - a variety of substrates of botanical origin, including fresh and dried flowers, leaves and insect frass (processed leaves). Although plant tissues are rich in fibers (lignocelluloses, hemicelluloses, pectins and starches) and the symbiotic fungus possesses the genetic and enzymatic machinery to metabolize these compounds, the highly derived attines, the leaf-cutters (Atta and Acromyrmex), are known to produce fiber-rich waste...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193425/black-tea-volatiles-fingerprinting-by-comprehensive-two-dimensional-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-combined-with-high-concentration-capacity-sample-preparation-techniques-toward-a-fully-automated-sensomic-assessment
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Federico Magagna, Chiara Cordero, Cecilia Cagliero, Erica Liberto, Patrizia Rubiolo, Barbara Sgorbini, Carlo Bicchi
Tea prepared by infusion of dried leaves of Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze, is the second world's most popular beverage, after water. Its consumption is associated with its chemical composition: it influences its sensory and nutritional quality addressing consumer preferences, and potential health benefits. This study aims to obtain an informative chemical signature of the volatile fraction of black tea samples from Ceylon by applying the principles of sensomics. In particular, several high concentration capacity (HCC) sample preparation techniques were tested in combination with GC×GC-MS to investigate chemical signatures of black tea volatiles...
June 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192202/ethnomedicinal-uses-of-plants-for-the-treatment-of-malaria-in-soon-valley-khushab-pakistan
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Amin Shah, Sarvat Rahim
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: To best of our knowledge this is the first quantitative ethno-medicinal study with the aim of documenting the indigenous knowledge and practices of using plants for malarial therapy in Soon Valley, Khushab, Pakistan. In this Valley, malaria is among the major public health problems but, until now, the population still mostly relies on herbal medicine for treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ethno-medicinal data were documented from 63 informants by using semi-structured questionnaires and interviewing the informants about their knowledge of plants regarding malaria and related symptoms...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186134/virulence-inhibitors-from-brazilian-peppertree-block-quorum-sensing-and-abate-dermonecrosis-in-skin-infection-models
#15
Amelia Muhs, James T Lyles, Corey P Parlet, Kate Nelson, Jeffery S Kavanaugh, Alexander R Horswill, Cassandra L Quave
Widespread antibiotic resistance is on the rise and current therapies are becoming increasingly limited in both scope and efficacy. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) represents a major contributor to this trend. Quorum sensing controlled virulence factors include secreted toxins responsible for extensive damage to host tissues and evasion of the immune system response; they are major contributors to morbidity and mortality. Investigation of botanical folk medicines for wounds and infections led us to study Schinus terebinthifolia (Brazilian Peppertree) as a potential source of virulence inhibitors...
February 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177054/propolis-from-southwest-of-parana-produced-by-selected-bees-influence-of-seasonality-and-food-supplementation-on-antioxidant-activity-and-phenolic-profile
#16
Matheus A Calegari, Anaclara Prasniewski, Cleidiane DA Silva, Ricardo Y Sado, Fabiana M C Maia, Larissa M S Tonial, Tatiane L C Oldoni
Propolis produced by selected bees Apis mellifera were collected from March to June of 2013 and in March of 2015 and analyzed in order to evaluate the influence of climate, colony of origin, and food supplementation of colonies on the content of total phenolic and flavonoid by chromatographic analysis and antioxidant activity by radical scavenging of 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl hydrate (DPPH) and 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulphonic acid) (ABTS) and ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) methods...
February 6, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173792/microscopic-identification-and-in-vitro-activity-of-agastache-rugosa-fisch-et-mey-from-xinjiang-china
#17
Haiyan Gong, Shaoyu Li, Lijuan He, Rena Kasimu
BACKGROUND: Agastache rugosa is well-known as a common traditional Chinese medicine, which have relieving summer-heat, analgesic and antipyretic effects, have long been used as folkloristic remedy in the treatment of several infectious diseases, anti-inflammatory, and for its antibacterial properties. Considering the lack of available data on the morphology, anatomy and in vitro activity of A. rugosa, the goal of the present study was to carry out the microscopic identification of its aerial parts and in vitro activity research as a contribution to the quality control and reasonable utilization involving A...
February 7, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168560/larvicidal-activity-of-blumea-eriantha-essential-oil-and-its-components-against-six-mosquito-species-including-zika-virus-vectors-the-promising-potential-of-4e-6z-allo-ocimene-carvotanacetone-and-dodecyl-acetate
#18
Giovanni Benelli, Marimuthu Govindarajan, Mohan Rajeswary, Sengamalai Senthilmurugan, Periasamy Vijayan, Naiyf S Alharbi, Shine Kadaikunnan, Jamal M Khaled
The effective and environmentally sustainable control of mosquitoes is a challenge of essential importance. This is due to the fact that some invasive mosquitoes, with special reference to the Aedes genus, are particularly difficult to control, due to their high ecological plasticity. Moreover, the indiscriminate overuse of synthetic insecticides resulted in undesirable effects on human health and non-target organisms, as well as resistance development in targeted vectors. Here, the leaf essential oil (EO) extracted from a scarcely studied plant of ethno-medicinal interest, Blumea eriantha (Asteraceae), was tested on the larvae of six mosquitoes, including Zika virus vectors...
February 6, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166498/real-time-interactive-tree-animation
#19
Ed Quigley, Yue Yu, Jingwei Huang, Winnie Lin, Ronald Fedkiw
We present a novel method for posing and animating botanical tree models interactively in real time. Unlike other state of the art methods which tend to produce trees that are overly flexible, bending and deforming as if they were underwater plants, our approach allows for arbitrarily high stiffness while still maintaining real-time frame rates without spurious artifacts, even on quite large trees with over ten thousand branches. This is accomplished by using an articulated rigid body model with as-stiff-as-desired rotational springs in conjunction with our newly proposed simulation technique, which is motivated both by position based dynamics and the typical O(N) algorithms for articulated rigid bodies...
January 30, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165411/isolation-and-characterization-of-gramineae-and-fabaceae-soda-lignins
#20
Juan Domínguez-Robles, Rafael Sánchez, Eduardo Espinosa, Davide Savy, Pierluigi Mazzei, Alessandro Piccolo, Alejandro Rodríguez
Some agricultural residues such as wheat or barley straw, as well as certain fast-growing plants like Leucaena leucocephala and Chamaecytisus proliferus, could be used as raw materials for the paper industry as an alternative to traditional plants (eucalyptus, pine, etc.). In the present study, four types of lignin obtained from the spent liquors produced by the pulping processes using the abovementioned feedstocks were isolated and characterized. Lignin samples were acquired through an acid precipitation from these spent liquors...
February 4, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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