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Alexander Castro Grijalba, Estefanía M Martinis, Rodolfo G Wuilloud
A highly sensitive vortex assisted liquid-liquid microextraction (VA-LLME) method was developed for inorganic Se [Se(IV) and Se(VI)] speciation analysis in Allium and Brassica vegetables. Trihexyl(tetradecyl)phosphonium decanoate phosphonium ionic liquid (IL) was applied for the extraction of Se(IV)-ammonium pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate (APDC) complex followed by Se determination with electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry. A complete optimization of the graphite furnace temperature program was developed for accurate determination of Se in the IL-enriched extracts and multivariate statistical optimization was performed to define the conditions for the highest extraction efficiency...
March 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Vicente de Paulo R da Silva, Sonaly D de Oliveira, Célia C Braga, José Ivaldo B Brito, Francisco de Assis S de Sousa, Romildo M de Holanda, João Hugo B C Campos, Enio P de Souza, Armando César R Braga, Rafaela S Rodrigues Almeida, Lincoln E de Araújo
Virtual water trade is often considered a solution for restricted water availability in many regions of the world. Brazil is the world leader in the production and export of various agricultural and livestock products. The country is either a strong net importer or a strong net exporter of these products. The objective of this study is to determine the volume of virtual water contained in agricultural and livestock products imported/exported by Brazil from 1997 to 2012, and to define the water self-sufficiency index of agricultural and livestock products in Brazil...
October 16, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
Cory M Smith, Terry J Housh, Nathaniel D M Jenkins, Ethan C Hill, Kristen C Cochrane, Amelia A Miramonti, Richard J Schmidt, Glen O Johnson
The purposes of the present study were to apply a unique method for the identification of the time course of changes in neuromuscular responses and to infer the motor unit activation strategies used to maintain force during a fatiguing, intermittent isometric workbout. Eleven men performed 50, 6 s intermittent isometric muscle actions of the leg extensors, each separated by 2 s of rest at 60% maximal voluntary isometric contraction (MVIC). Electromyographic (EMG) and mechanomyographic (MMG) amplitude (root mean square; RMS) and frequency (mean power frequency; MPF) were obtained from the vastus lateralis (VL) every 5 of the 50 repetitions and normalized as a percent of the initial repetition...
October 18, 2016: Physiological Measurement
Loretta Pobłocka-Olech, Daniel Głód, Maria E Żebrowska, Małgorzata Sznitowska, Miroslawa Krauze-Baranowska
This study comprises the optimization and validation of a new TLC method for determination of flavonols in the bulbs of seven cultivars of onions and shallots. Separation was performed on RP-18 plates with the solvent mixture tetrahydrofuran/water/formic acid (40+60+6, V/V/V) as a mobile phase. The method was evaluated for precision, linearity, LOD, LOQ, accuracy and robustness. Chromatographic analysis of the extracts revealed the presence of three main flavonols, quercetin, quercetin-4'-O-glucoside and quercetin-3,4'-O-diglucoside in the majority of analyzed cultivars...
December 1, 2016: Acta Pharmaceutica
John H Saunders, David Onion, Pamela Collier, Matthew S Dorrington, Richard H Argent, Philip A Clarke, Alex M Reece-Smith, Simon L Parsons, Anna M Grabowska
BACKGROUND: A model to predict chemotherapy response would provide a marked clinical benefit, enabling tailored treatment of oesophageal cancer, where less than half of patients respond to the routinely administered chemotherapy. METHODS: Cancer cells were established from tumour biopsies taken from individual patients about to undergo neoadjuvant chemotherapy. A 3D-tumour growth assay (3D-TGA) was developed, in which cancer cells were grown with or without supporting mesenchymal cells, then subjected to chemo-sensitivity testing using the standard chemotherapy administered in clinic, and a novel emerging HDAC inhibitor, Panobinostat...
October 6, 2016: Oncotarget
Adel Zarei, Christopher P Trobacher, Barry J Shelp
Polyamines represent a potential source of 4-aminobutyrate (GABA) in plants exposed to abiotic stress. Terminal catabolism of putrescine in Arabidopsis thaliana involves amine oxidase and the production of 4-aminobutanal, which is a substrate for NAD(+)-dependent aminoaldehyde dehydrogenase (AMADH). Here, two AMADH homologs were chosen (AtALDH10A8 and AtALDH10A9) as candidates for encoding 4-aminobutanal dehydrogenase activity for GABA synthesis. The two genes were cloned and soluble recombinant proteins were produced in Escherichia coli...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
A Trébucq, V Schwoebel
BACKGROUND: Use of estimated numbers of tuberculosis (TB) cases for planning purposes in some sub-Saharan countries. OBJECTIVE: To document the uncertainties of official World Health Organization estimates and problems encountered in using them for planning. DESIGN: Brief review of the methods used in estimation, using different sub-Saharan countries to illustrate problems. RESULTS: The annual risk of tuberculous infection, used for many years to calculate estimates, is no longer considered a valid method...
October 2016: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Ali Pourzand, Aynaz Tajaddini, Saeed Pirouzpanah, Mohammad Asghari-Jafarabadi, Nasser Samadi, Ali-Reza Ostadrahimi, Zohre Sanaat
PURPOSE: The protective effect of Allium vegetables against carcinogenesis has been reported in experimental studies particularly focusing on the gut. Therefore, we conducted a hospital-based matched case-control study to explore the association between dietary Allium consumption and risk of breast cancer among Iranian women in northwest Iran. METHODS: A validated, quantitative, food frequency questionnaire was completed in 285 women (aged 25-65 years old) newly diagnosed with histopathologically confirmed breast cancer (grade II, III or clinical stage II, III) in Tabriz, northwest Iran, and the completed questionnaires were included in an age- and regional-matched hospital based-control study...
September 2016: Journal of Breast Cancer
G P Danezis, C J Anagnostopoulos, K Liapis, M A Koupparis
One of the recent trends in Analytical Chemistry is the development of economic, quick and easy hyphenated methods to be used in a field that includes analytes of different classes and physicochemical properties. In this work a multi-residue method was developed for the simultaneous determination of 28 xenobiotics (polar and hydrophilic) using hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography technique (HILIC) coupled with triple quadrupole mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) technology. The scope of the method includes plant growth regulators (chlormequat, daminozide, diquat, maleic hydrazide, mepiquat, paraquat), pesticides (cyromazine, the metabolite of the fungicide propineb PTU (propylenethiourea), amitrole), various multiclass antibiotics (tetracyclines, sulfonamides quinolones, kasugamycin and mycotoxins (aflatoxin B1, B2, fumonisin B1 and ochratoxin A)...
October 26, 2016: Analytica Chimica Acta
Harvey Milquez-Sanabria, Luis Blanco-Cocom, Liliana Alzate-Gaviria
BACKGROUND: Agro-industrial wastes are an energy source for different industries. However, its application has not reached small industries. Previous and current research activities performed on the acidogenic phase of two-phase anaerobic digestion processes deal particularly with process optimization of the acid-phase reactors operating with a wide variety of substrates, both soluble and complex in nature. Mathematical models for anaerobic digestion have been developed to understand and improve the efficient operation of the process...
October 3, 2016: Microbial Cell Factories
Chunsha Zhang, Hongwei Zhang, Zongxiang Zhan, Bingjiang Liu, Zhentai Chen, Yi Liang
Allium cepa L. is a widely cultivated and economically significant vegetable crop worldwide, with beneficial dietary and health-related properties, but its sucrose metabolism is still poorly understood. To analyze sucrose metabolism during bulb swelling, and the development of sweet taste in onion, a global transcriptome profile of onion bulbs was undertaken at three different developmental stages, using RNA-seq. A total of 79,376 unigenes, with a mean length of 678 bp, was obtained. In total, 7% of annotated Clusters of Orthologous Groups (COG) were involved in carbohydrate transport and metabolism...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Andrei Kuzminov
As the ratio of the copy number of the most replicated to the unreplicated regions in the same chromosome, the definition of chromosomal replication complexity (CRC) appears to leave little room for variation, being either two during S-phase or one otherwise. However, bacteria dividing faster than they replicate their chromosome spike CRC to four and even eight. A recent experimental inquiry about the limits of CRC in Escherichia coli revealed two major reasons to avoid elevating it further: (i) increased chromosomal fragmentation and (ii) complications with subsequent double-strand break repair...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
Zheng Tong, Yong Sun, Dan Wang, Limin Wang, Ling Li, Xueru Meng, Weiqiang Feng, Eve Syrkin Wurtele, Xuchu Wang
Latex in the laticiferous cell network of Hevea brasiliensis tree is composed of cytoplasm that synthesizes natural rubber. Ethylene stimulation of the tree bark enhances latex production partly by prolonging the duration of latex flow during the tapping process. Here, we identified an osmotin-like cDNA sequence (HbOsmotin) from H. brasiliensis that belongs to the pathogenesis-related 5 (PR-5) gene family. The HbOsmotin protein is present in the lutoids of latex in H. brasiliensis, whereas in onion epidermal cells, this protein is predominantly distributed around the cell wall, suggesting that it may be secreted from the cytoplasm...
September 26, 2016: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Shaista Javaid, Imran Amin, Georg Jander, Zahid Mukhtar, Nasir A Saeed, Shahid Mansoor
The first generation transgenic crops used strong constitutive promoters for transgene expression. However, tissue-specific expression is desirable for more precise targeting of transgenes. Moreover, piercing/sucking insects, which are generally resistant to insecticidal Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) proteins, have emerged as a major pests since the introduction of transgenic crops expressing these toxins. Phloem-specific promoters isolated from Banana bunchy top virus (BBTV) were used for the expression of two insecticidal proteins, Hadronyche versuta (Blue Mountains funnel-web spider) neurotoxin (Hvt) and onion leaf lectin, in tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum)...
October 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
M He, H Wang, Y Z Liu, W J Gao, Y H Gao, F Wang, Y W Zhou
v-myb avianmyeloblastosis viral oncogene homolog (MYB) transcription factors are key regulators of stress responsive gene expression in plants. In this study, the MYB gene, ChiMYB (GenBank accession No. KT948997), was isolated from Chrysanthemum indicum, and was functionally characterized with an emphasis on salinity stress tolerance. The full ChiMYB cDNA sequence (948 bp) encoded a typical R2R3 MYB transcription factor that contained 315 amino acid residues and two MYB domains. The temporal expression pattern of ChiMYB was noted in C...
September 23, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Fei Deng, Shuling Wang, Hua Xin
Roots of Allium cepa were exposed to six CuO NPs suspensions (0, 5, 10, 20, 40, 80 mg L(-1)) in this study. Results revealed that with the increase of CuO NPs concentration, the Cu content in roots increased significantly. Compared to control, onion roots treated with CuO NPs (except 5 mg L(-1) suspension) grew slowly after 24 h. The surface of the root cap and meristematic zone were obviously damaged. The apical meristem of roots treated by 10 mg L(-1) and above concentrations stopped division. The nucleus of meristematic cells deformed, and nucleoli number increased...
October 4, 2016: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Barbara Bonamassa, Donatella Canistro, Andrea Sapone, Fabio Vivarelli, Andrea Vornoli, Vincenzo Longo, Moreno Paolini
Fruit and vegetables (FV) have long been considered a panacea against major chronic diseases, including cancer. However, there is no convincing epidemiological, clinical or experimental evidence supporting FV chemopreventive ability. A daily mono-supplementation of lyophilized onion, tomato, peach, black grape or lettuce was compared with the daily combined administration of the same FV (5 a day-like diet). Ten days post-treatment, the phase-I/II xenobiotic metabolizing and antioxidant enzyme activities, protein and mRNA levels were investigated...
October 1, 2016: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Harish C Pal, Ross L Pearlman, Farrukh Afaq
Chronic inflammation is a prolonged and dysregulated immune response leading to a wide variety of physiological and pathological conditions such as neurological abnormalities, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity, pulmonary diseases, immunological diseases, cancers, and other life-threatening conditions. Therefore, inhibition of persistent inflammation will reduce the risk of inflammation-associated chronic diseases. Inflammation-related chronic diseases require chronic treatment without side effects...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Marta D' Amora, Marina Rodio, Juergen Bartelmess, Giuseppe Sancataldo, Rosaria Brescia, Francesca Cella Zanacchi, Alberto Diaspro, Silvia Giordani
Functionalized carbon nano-onions (f-CNOs) are of great interest as platforms for imaging, diagnostic and therapeutic applications due to their high cellular uptake and low cytotoxicity. To date, the toxicological effects of f-CNOs on vertebrates have not been reported. In this study, the possible biological impact of f-CNOs on zebrafish during development is investigated, evaluating different toxicity end-points such as the survival rate, hatching rate, and heart beat rate. Furthermore, a bio-distribution study of boron dipyrromethene (BODIPY) functionalized CNOs in zebrafish larvae is performed by utilizing inverted selective plane illumination microscopy (iSPIM), due to its intrinsic capability of allowing for fast 3D imaging...
September 27, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yueliang Zhao, Daming Fan, Zong-Ping Zheng, Edmund T S Li, Feng Chen, Ka-Wing Cheng, Mingfu Wang
SCOPE: Quercetin, a flavonoid, widely distributed in edible fruits and vegetables, was reported to effectively inhibit 2-amino-1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo[4, 5-b]pyridine (PhIP) formation in a food model (roast beef patties) with itself being converted into a novel compound 8-C-(E-phenylethenyl)quercetin (8-CEPQ). Here we investigated whether 8-CEPQ could be formed in a real food system, and tested its anticancer activity in human colon cancer cell lines. METHODS AND RESULTS: LC-MS was applied for the determination of 8-CEPQ formation in onion/beef soup...
September 27, 2016: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
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