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Vanessa F Carvalho, Debora P de Lemos, Camila S Vieira, Amanda Migotto, Luciana B Lopes
In this study, non-aqueous microemulsions were developed because of the challenges associated with finding pharmaceutically acceptable solvents for topical delivery of drugs sparingly soluble in water. The formulation irritation potential and ability to modulate the penetration of lipophilic compounds (progesterone, α-tocopherol, and lycopene) of interest for topical treatment/prevention of skin disorders were evaluated and compared to solutions and aqueous microemulsions of similar composition. The microemulsions (ME) were developed with BRIJ, vitamin E-TPGS, and ethanol as surfactant-co-surfactant blend and tributyrin, isopropyl myristate, and oleic acid as oil phase...
October 18, 2016: AAPS PharmSciTech
Hatice Baş, Dilek Pandır, Suna Kalender
Furan forms as a result of thermal treatment of food and induces harmful effects on organisms. In our work, lycopene, furan, and a combination of the two were given to diabetic male rats for 28 days. Hematological changes, total protein and cholesterol, triglyceride, and albumin levels, alanine aminotransferase, aspartate aminotransferase, lactate dehydrogenase, and alkaline phosphatase activities of the serum, malondialdehyde levels, glutathione peroxidase, catalase, glutathione-S-transferase, superoxide dismutase activities, DNA damage in liver tissues and hepatic histopathological alterations were compared to a control group...
September 1, 2016: Arhiv za Higijenu Rada i Toksikologiju
Wei Xiong, Gaozhong Shen, Donald A Bryant
The genome of the model cyanobacterium, Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002, encodes two paralogs of CruA-type lycopene cyclases, SynPCC7002_A2153 and SynPCC7002_A0043, which are denoted cruA and cruP, respectively. Unlike the wild-type strain, a cruA deletion mutant is light-sensitive, grows slowly, and accumulates lycopene, γ-carotene, and 1-OH-lycopene; however, this strain still produces β-carotene and other carotenoids derived from it. Expression of cruA from Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 (cruA 6803) in Escherichia coli strains that synthesize either lycopene or γ-carotene did not lead to the synthesis of either γ-carotene or β-carotene, respectively...
October 14, 2016: Photosynthesis Research
Juyoung Jung, Jae Hyung Lim, Se Yeon Kim, Dae-Kyun Im, Joo Yeon Seok, Seung-Jae V Lee, Min-Kyu Oh, Gyoo Yeol Jung
Biosynthesis of isoprenoids via the 1-deoxy-D-xylulose-5-phosphate (DXP) pathway requires equimolar glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate and pyruvate to divert carbon flux toward the products of interest. Here, we demonstrate that precursor balancing is one of the critical steps for the production of isoprenoids in Escherichia coli. First, the implementation of the synthetic lycopene production pathway as a model system and the amplification of the native DXP pathway were accomplished using synthetic constitutive promoters and redesigned 5'-untranslated regions (5'-UTRs)...
October 7, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
María Jesús Periago, Gala Martín-Pozuelo, Rocío González-Barrio, Marina Santaella, Victoria Gómez, Nuria Vázquez, Inmaculada Navarro-González, Javier García-Alonso
The aims of the present study were to ascertain, indirectly, the prebiotic role of tomato juice, by analyzing its effect on the content of short chain fatty acids (SCFA) in feces of rats, and to determine the plausible mechanisms related to the hypocholesterolemic effects of tomato juice and lycopene, evaluating the activity of hepatic HMGCR and the formation of propionic acid. Two commercially available tomato juices with differing contents of lycopene (low and high lycopene contents: Llyc and Hlyc tomato juices) were used...
October 12, 2016: Food & Function
Tommaso Cai, Daniele Tiscione, Luca Gallelli, Paolo Verze, Alessandro Palmieri, Vincenzo Mirone, Riccardo Bartoletti, Gianni Malossini
OBJECTIVE: To date, the management of patients with chronic bacterial prostatitis (CBP) is not satisfactory, especially in terms of symptoms relief. Here, we evaluated the efficacy and the safety of a combination of serenoa repens, selenium and lycopene extract + bromelain and methylsulfonylmethane extract associated with levofloxacin in patients with CBP. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All patients with clinical and instrumental diagnosis of CBP, admitted to a single Urological Institution from March to June 2015 were enrolled in this phase III study...
October 5, 2016: Archivio Italiano di Urologia, Andrologia
Xavier Deplanque, Delphine Muscente-Paque, Eric Chappuis
BACKGROUND: Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation is a risk factor for atherosclerosis. Lycopene and tomato-based products have been described as potent inhibitors of LDL oxidation. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of a 2-week supplementation with a carotenoid-rich tomato extract (CRTE) standardized for a 1:1 ratio of lycopene and phytosterols, on post-prandial LDL oxidation after a high-fat meal. DESIGN: In a randomized, double-blind, parallel-groups, placebo-controlled study, 146 healthy normal weight individuals were randomly assigned to a daily dose of CRTE standardized for tomato phytonutrients or placebo during 2 weeks...
2016: Food & Nutrition Research
Eugenio Alcalde, Paul David Fraser
The filamentous fungus Phycomyces blakesleeanus provides a renewable biosource of industrial high value compounds such as carotenes, other isoprenoids (ubiquinone and sterols), organic acids and fatty acids. Several Phycomyces mutants involved in the formation of β-carotene are available. For example the carA mutants have a leaky mutation in the phytoene synthase and produce significantly lower amount of carotenes, while the carB and carR mutants produce phytoene and lycopene respectively, due to a null mutation in the genes encoding the phytoene dehydrogenase and lycopene cyclase respectively...
October 4, 2016: Microbiology
Wolfgang Stuetz, Daniela Weber, Martijn E T Dollé, Eugène Jansen, Beatrix Grubeck-Loebenstein, Simone Fiegl, Olivier Toussaint, Juergen Bernhardt, Efstathios S Gonos, Claudio Franceschi, Ewa Sikora, María Moreno-Villanueva, Nicolle Breusing, Tilman Grune, Alexander Bürkle
Blood micronutrient status may change with age. We analyzed plasma carotenoids, α-/γ-tocopherol, and retinol and their associations with age, demographic characteristics, and dietary habits (assessed by a short food frequency questionnaire) in a cross-sectional study of 2118 women and men (age-stratified from 35 to 74 years) of the general population from six European countries. Higher age was associated with lower lycopene and α-/β-carotene and higher β-cryptoxanthin, lutein, zeaxanthin, α-/γ-tocopherol, and retinol levels...
September 30, 2016: Nutrients
Dominika Głąbska, Dominika Guzek, Paulina Zakrzewska, Dariusz Włodarek, Gustaw Lech
BACKGROUND: The main symptom of ulcerative colitis is diarrhoea, which is often accompanied by painful tenesmus and faecal blood and mucus. It sometimes co-occurs with abdominal pain, fever, feeling of fatigue, loss of appetite and weight loss. Some dietary factors have been indicated as important in the treatment of ulcerative colitis. The aim of the study was to analyse the association between retinoid intake (total vitamin A, retinol, β-carotene, α-carotene, β-cryptoxanthin, lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin) and ulcerative colitis symptoms (abdominal pain, faecal blood, faecal mucus, faecal pus) in individuals with ulcerative colitis in remission...
September 30, 2016: Nutrients
Guozheng Qin, Zhu Zhu, Weihao Wang, Jianghua Cai, Yong Chen, Li Li, Shiping Tian
Fruit ripening is a complex process that involves a series of physiological and biochemical changes that ultimately influence fruit quality traits, such as color and flavor. Sugar metabolism is an important factor in ripening and there is evidence that it influences various aspects of ripening, although the associated mechanism is not well understood. In this study, we identified and analyzed the expression of 36 genes involved in sucrose metabolism in ripening tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) fruit. Chromatin immunoprecipitation and gel mobility shift assays indicated that SlVIF, which encodes a vacuolar invertase inhibitor, and SlVI, encoding a vacuolar invertase, are directly regulated by the global fruit ripening regulator RIN (RIPENING INHIBITOR)...
September 30, 2016: Plant Physiology
Byeongsang Oh, Gemma Figtree, Daniel Costa, Thomas Eade, George Hruby, Stephanie Lim, Aymen Elfiky, Neil Martine, David Rosenthal, Stephen Clarke, Michael Back
BACKGROUND: Prostate cancer (PCa) is the most common cancer in men in Western countries. In-vitro and in-vivo studies suggest that oxidative stress (OS) and antioxidants play a key role in the pathogenesis of chronic diseases including PCa, which is promoted by the production of reactive oxygen species and impaired antioxidant defense mechanisms. This study evaluates the association between OS and men with PCa. METHODS: A literature search was carried out on Medline, PubMed, and ScienceDirect databases, as well as manual searches from inception up to August 2015 using the keywords "Oxidative stress" or "Reactive oxygen species" or "Lipid peroxidation" AND "Prostate cancer...
September 2016: Prostate International
S Gharbi, G Renda, L La Barbera, M Amri, C M Messina, A Santulli
Consumption of tomato and tomato products is positively related to the reduction in cardiovascular disease and several types of cancer, thanks to the presence of natural compounds, such as antioxidants. Peels and seeds fractions of tomato, collected after industrial processing in Tunisian industries, were analysed for nutritional and antioxidants composition in perspective of its utilisation. Proximate composition, fatty acids profile, carotenoids, such as lycopene and beta-carotene, polyphenols contents, demonstrated the good potential of these residual products as a source of natural compounds, useful for food and nutraceuticals applications...
August 10, 2016: Natural Product Research
Abu Saeid, Jong Bang Eun, Md Shafiul Azam Sagor, Atikur Rahman, Mst Sorifa Akter, Maruf Ahmed
Lycopene was extraction, isolation and purification using recrystallization, column chromatography, and preparative thin layer chromatography (TLC) methods as well as degradation kinetics of lycopene were studied at refrigerated temperature and room temperature for 3 wk from watermelon. Higher lycopene degradation was observed at refrigerated temperature as compared to ambient temperature throughout the storage periods. The highest amount of lycopene retained in recrystallization (101.69 μg/g) followed by column chromatography (18...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Food Science
Suwen Lu, Yin Zhang, Xiongjie Zheng, Kaijie Zhu, Qiang Xu, Xiuxin Deng
Lycopene β-cyclases are key enzymes located at the branch point of the carotenoid biosynthesis pathway. However, the transcriptional regulatory mechanisms of LCYb1 in citrus with abundant carotenoid accumulation are still unclear. To understand the molecular basis of CsLCYb1 expression, we isolated and functionally characterized the 5' upstream sequences of CsLCYb1 from citrus. The full-length CsLCYb1 promoter and a series of its 5' deletions were fused to the β-glucuronidase (GUS) reporter gene and transferred into different plants (tomato, Arabidopsis and citrus callus) to test the promoter activities...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Nazish Iqbal Khan, Shafaq Noori, Tabassum Mahboob
INTRODUCTION: We aimed to evaluate the efficacy of lycopene on renal tissue antioxidant enzymes and angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) gene expression and serum activity in diet-induced hyperlipidaemia. METHODS: Thirty-two female Wistar albino rats (200-250 g weight), 5-6 months of age, were randomly selected and divided into four groups. Group I received normal diet; group II received 24 g high fat diet/100 g of daily diet; group III received 24 g high fat diet/100 g daily diet and 200 ml of lycopene extract (twice a week) for 8 weeks; and group IV received 200 ml oral lycopene extract twice a week for 8 weeks...
July 2016: Journal of the Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone System: JRAAS
Xiangrong Dong, Yanping Wang, Fengyuan Yang, Shanshan Zhao, Bing Tian, Tao Li
OBJECTIVES: Lycopene biosynthetic genes from Deinococcus radiodurans were co-expressed in Lactococcus lactis to produce lycopene and improve its tolerance to stress. RESULTS: Lycopene-related genes from D. radiodurans, DR1395 (crtE), DR0862 (crtB), and DR0861 (crtI), were fused in line with S hine-Dalgarno (SD) sequences and co-expressed in L. lactis. The recombinant strain produced 0.36 mg lycopene g(-1) dry cell wt after 48 h fermentation. The survival rate to UV irradiation of the recombinant strain was higher than that of the non-transformed strain...
September 27, 2016: Biotechnology Letters
J A Lane, S E Oliver, P N Appleby, M A H Lentjes, P Emmett, D Kuh, A Stephen, E J Brunner, M J Shipley, F C Hamdy, D E Neal, J L Donovan, K-T Khaw, T J Key
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The influence of dietary factors remains controversial for screen-detected prostate cancer and inconclusive for clinically detected disease. We aimed to examine these associations using prospectively collected food diaries. SUBJECTS/METHODS: A total of 1,717 prostate cancer cases in middle-aged and older UK men were pooled from four prospective cohorts with clinically detected disease (n=663), with routine data follow-up (means 6.6-13.3 years) and a case-control study with screen-detected disease (n=1054), nested in a randomised trial of prostate cancer treatments (ISCTRN 20141297)...
September 28, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Pieter Coussement, David Bauwens, Jo Maertens, Marjan De Mey
Combinatorial engineering approaches are becoming increasingly popular, yet they are hindered by the lack of specialized techniques for both efficient introduction of sequence variability and assembly of numerous DNA parts, required for the construction of lengthy multigene pathways. In this contribution, we introduce a new combinatorial multigene pathway assembly scheme based on Single Strand Assembly (SSA) methods and Golden Gate Assembly, exploiting the strengths of both assembly techniques. With a minimum of intermediary steps and an accompanying set of well-characterized and ready-to-use genetic parts, the developed workflow allows effective introduction of various libraries and efficient assembly of multigene pathways...
October 11, 2016: ACS Synthetic Biology
Anubhav Pratap Singh, Anika Singh, Hosahalli S Ramaswamy
BACKGROUND: Reciprocating agitation thermal processing (RA-TP) is a recent innovation in the field of canning for obtaining high quality canned food. The objective of this study is to compare RA-TP processing with conventional non-agitated (still) processing with respect to the impact on quality (color, antioxidant capacity, total phenols, carotenoid and lycopene content) of canned tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) puree. RESULTS: Due to 63-81% reduction in process times as compared to still process, tomato puree with a brighter red color (closer to fresh) was obtained during RA-TP...
September 27, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
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