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Kazusato Ohshima, Kouta Okamura, Ryosuke Yasaka, Shinji Fukuda, Kanji Ishimaru, Yasuhiro Tomitaka, Kazuo Yamashita
A wild Japanese garlic plant (Allium macrostemon Bunge, wild onion) with leaves showing chlorotic stripes was collected in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. Genome sequencing showed that it was infected with shallot latent carlavirus. The genomic sequence of this virus is reported for the first time from wild onion.
August 17, 2017: Genome Announcements
Clément Ganino, Guy Libourel
Early Solar System planetesimal thermal models predict the heating of the chondritic protolith and the preservation of a chondritic crust on differentiated parent bodies. Petrological and geochemical analyses of chondrites have suggested that secondary alteration phases formed at low temperatures (<300 °C) by fluid-rock interaction where reduced and oxidized Vigarano type Carbonaceous (CV) chondrites witness different physicochemical conditions. From a thermodynamical survey of Ca-Fe-rich secondary phases in CV3 chondrites including silica activity (aSiO2), here we show that the classical distinction between reduced and oxidized chondrites is no longer valid and that their Ca-Fe-rich secondary phases formed in similar reduced conditions near the iron-magnetite redox buffer at low aSiO2 (log(aSiO2) <-1) and moderate temperature (210-610 °C)...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
Muhammad Shahid Javaid, Noreen Latief, Bushra Ijaz, Usman Ali Ashfaq
Epigallocatechin gallate is a polyphenol of tea plants. Other than tea its trace amounts are found in apple skin, onions and plums. It has anti-adipogenic and anti-oxidant potential. It was investigated that epigallocatechin gallate stopped the adipogenic differentiation of mice mesenchymal stem cells but its underlying mechanism is not well understood. Different proteins and transcription factors responsible for differentiation of adipocytes could be its targets. This study was designed to determine the potential target of epigallocatechin gallate in human...
August 14, 2017: Natural Product Research
Gia Petriashvili, Maria Penelope De Santo, Raul Josue Hernandez, Riccardo Barberi, Gabriella Cipparrone
Microdroplet systems have attracted great interest because of their wide range of applications, easiness in processing and handling, feasibility in developing miniaturized devices with high performances and large flexibility. In this study, a stable emulsion based on different dye-doped chiral liquid crystal droplets has been engineered in order to achieve simultaneous omnidirectional lasing at different wavelengths. To obtain the mixed emulsion of dye doped Bragg onion-type microresonators the twofold action, as a surfactant and a droplet stabilizer, of the polyvinyl alcohol dissolved in water has been exploited...
August 14, 2017: Soft Matter
M R Chae, S J Kang, K P Lee, B R Choi, H K Kim, J K Park, C Y Kim, S W Lee
Onion (Allium cepa L.) and quercetin protect against oxidative damage and have positive effects on multiple functional parameters of spermatozoa, including viability and motility. However, the associated underlying mechanisms of action have not yet been identified. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of onion peel extract (OPE) on voltage-gated proton (Hv1) channels, which play a critical role in rapid proton extrusion. This process underlies a wide range of physiological processes, particularly male fertility...
August 13, 2017: Andrology
R K Yadav, T J Purakayastha, M A Khan, S C Kaushik
Soil organic matter (SOM) stability is a prerequisite for long-term C sequestration. The long-term effect of manuring and fertilization on stability of SOM in rice-potato-wheat (R-P-W) and maize-potato-onion (M-P-O) cropping systems was studied in an Inceptisol of semi-arid subtropical India. Soil samples were collected (0-15 and 15-30cm soil depths) from the following treatments: control, 100% NPK-Fertilizer, 100% N-Vermicompost (VC), 50% NPK-Fertilizer+50%N-Vermicompost (VC), 100%NPK-Fertilizer+crop residue (CR), 100% N-VC+CR...
August 7, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Mostafa Abdelrahman, Magdi El-Sayed, Shusei Sato, Hideki Hirakawa, Shin-Ichi Ito, Keisuke Tanaka, Yoko Mine, Nobuo Sugiyama, Minoru Suzuki, Naoki Yamauchi, Masayoshi Shigyo
The genus Allium is a rich source of steroidal saponins, and its medicinal properties have been attributed to these bioactive compounds. The saponin compounds with diverse structures play a pivotal role in Allium's defense mechanism. Despite numerous studies on the occurrence and chemical structure of steroidal saponins, their biosynthetic pathway in Allium species is poorly understood. The monosomic addition lines (MALs) of the Japanese bunching onion (A. fistulosum, FF) with an extra chromosome from the shallot (A...
2017: PloS One
Yan Zhang, Yun He, Nan Yan, Yutian Zhu, Yuexin Hu
Recently, it has been reported that the incorporation of functional inorganic nanoparticles (NPs) into the three-dimension (3D) confined self-assembly of block copolymers (BCPs) creates the unique nanostructured hybrid composites, which can not only introduce new functions to BCPs but also induce some interesting morphological transitions of BCPs. In the current study, we systematically investigate the cooperative self-assembly of a series of size-controlled and surface chemistry-tunable gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and polystyrene-b-poly(2-vinyl pyridine) (PS-b-P2VP) diblock copolymer within the emulsion droplets...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Guo-Yi Tang, Xiao Meng, Ya Li, Cai-Ning Zhao, Qing Liu, Hua-Bin Li
Epidemiological studies have shown that vegetable consumption is inversely related to the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Moreover, research has indicated that many vegetables like potatoes, soybeans, sesame, tomatoes, dioscorea, onions, celery, broccoli, lettuce and asparagus showed great potential in preventing and treating cardiovascular diseases, and vitamins, essential elements, dietary fibers, botanic proteins and phytochemicals were bioactive components. The cardioprotective effects of vegetables might involve antioxidation; anti-inflammation; anti-platelet; regulating blood pressure, blood glucose, and lipid profile; attenuating myocardial damage; and modulating relevant enzyme activities, gene expression, and signaling pathways as well as some other biomarkers associated to cardiovascular diseases...
August 10, 2017: Nutrients
Wei-Chieh Hu, Shanti Kartika Sari, Shuhn-Shyurng Hou, Ta-Hui Lin
In this study, methane-ethylene jet diffusion flames modulated by acoustic excitation in an atmospheric environment were used to investigate the effects of acoustic excitation frequency and mixed fuel on nanomaterial formation. Acoustic output power was maintained at a constant value of 10 W, while the acoustic excitation frequency was varied (f = 0-90 Hz). The results show that the flame could not be stabilized on the port when the ethylene volume concentration (ΩE) was less than 40% at f = 10 Hz, or when ΩE = 0% (i...
November 18, 2016: Materials
Kyoung-Jin Min, Ju-Ock Nam, Taeg Kyu Kwon
Fisetin is a natural compound found in fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, apples, cucumbers, and onions. Since fisetin can elicit anti-cancer effects, including anti-proliferation and anti-migration, we investigated whether fisetin induced apoptosis in human renal carcinoma (Caki) cells. Fisetin markedly induced sub-G1 population and cleavage of poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP), which is a marker of apoptosis, and increased caspase activation. We found that pan-caspase inhibitor (z-VAD-fmk) inhibited fisetin-induced apoptosis...
August 2, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Zhikun Wang, Shuangqing Sun, Chunling Li, Songqing Hu, Roland Faller
Multicompartment nanostructures, such as microcapsules with clearly separated shell and core, are not easily accessible by conventional block copolymer self-assembly. We assess a versatile computational strategy through cooperative assembly of diblock copolymer blends to generate spherical and cylindrical compartmentalized micelles with intricate structures and morphologies. The co-assembly strategy combines the advantages of polymer blending and incompatibility-induced phase separation. Following this strategy, various nanoassemblies of pure AB, binary AB/AC and ternary AB/AC/AD systems such as compartmentalized micelles with sponge-like, Janus, capsule-like and onion-like morphologies can be obtained...
August 2, 2017: Soft Matter
M Sansano, A Heredia, I Peinado, A Andrés
Acrylamide is a well-known potentially carcinogen compound formed during thermal processing as an intermediate of Maillard reactions. Three objectives were addressed: the impact of gastric digestion on acrylamide content of French Fries, chips, chicken nuggets, onions rings, breakfast cereals, biscuits, crackers, instant coffee and coffee substitute; the acrylamide content evolution during gastrointestinal digestion of French fries and chips; and the effectiveness of blanching and air-frying on acrylamide mitigation after gastrointestinal digestion...
December 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Manda Yu, Chi Ping Yau, Wing Kin Yip
Ethylene is gaseous plant hormone that controls a variety of physiological activities. OsERS1 and OsETR2 are major ethylene receptors in rice that have been reported to have different regulatory functions. The GFP fused N-terminus of OsERS1 and OsETR2 showed differentially localization patterns when transiently expressed in onion epidermal cells. Base on the results, we suggested that OsERS1 could be localized to plasma membranes, whereas OsETR2 could be localized to the endoplasmic reticulum. Furthermore, instead of the constitutive expression profile of OsERS1, OsETR2 is differentially expressed in seedlings of light/dark-grown conditions, submergence or exogenous ethylene treatments...
July 31, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
Dan-Ye Zhu, Yi-Long Ma, Cai-Hong Wang, Hao Wang, Ya-Fei Ren, Jian-Guo Zhang, Kiran Thakur, Zhao-Jun Wei
Onion polysaccharides (ACLP) were sequentially extracted with four different solvents (hot buffer, chelating agent, dilute alkaline and concentrated alkaline) and obtained four fractions, named as HBSS, CHSS, DASS and CASS, respectively. The present studies characterized the ACLP concerning its physicochemical and functional properties. Monosaccharides analysis revealed that mannose (81.68%) was the dominant sugar in HBSS and galactose (67.59%) was the most in CASS. Similarly, CHSS and DASS possessed mannose and galactose as major sugar, which were 25...
July 27, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Martin Laforest, Brahim Soufiane, Marie-Josée Simard, Kristen Obeid, Eric Page, Robert E Nurse
BACKGROUND: The occurrence of herbicide resistant weed biotypes is increasing and this report of an Acetyl-CoA Carboxylase (ACCase) inhibitor resistant Digitaria sanguinalis L. Scop. from Southwestern Ontario is another example. The identified weed escaped control in an onion and carrot rotation where graminicides where used for several consecutive years. Our goal was to characterise the level and mechanism of resistance of the biotype. RESULTS: The biotype was resistant to all five ACCase inhibitor herbicides tested...
July 29, 2017: Pest Management Science
Feiyue Ren, Camila A Perussello, Zhihang Zhang, Michael T Gaffney, Joseph P Kerry, Brijesh K Tiwari
BACKGROUND: This study investigated the effect of blanching (60, 70 and 80 °C for 1, 3, 5 and 10 min) combined with oven drying at 60 °C on the phenolic compounds, antioxidant activity, colour and drying characteristics (drying time, drying rate constant, effective moisture diffusivity and activation energy) of onion slices. RESULTS: Blanching of onion slices at 60 °C for 3 min and at 70 (o) C for 1 min prior to drying increased their bioactive compounds and antioxidant activity compared to the control samples and other treatments...
July 29, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
R Glynne-Jones
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July 28, 2017: Techniques in Coloproctology
Calum R Wilson, Noel W Davies, Ross Corkrey, Annabel J Wilson, Alison M Mathews, Guy C Westmore
Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) causes sporadic but serious disease in Australian potato crops. TSWV is naturally spread to potato by thrips of which Thrips tabaci is the most important. Prior studies indicated possible non-preference of potato cultivars to T. tabaci. Select potato cultivars were assessed for non-preference to T. tabaci in paired and group choice trials. Cultivars 'Bismark', 'Tasman' and 'King Edward' were less preferred than 'Atlantic', 'Russet Burbank' and 'Shepody'. Green leaf volatiles were sampled using solid-phase microextraction from the headspace of potato cultivars of two ages that differed in T...
2017: PloS One
Joseph H Y Galani, Jalpesh S Patel, Nilesh J Patel, Jayant G Talati
It is of paramount importance for consumers, scientists and industrialists to understand how low-temperature storage of food items affects their bioactive compounds and properties. This study evaluated the effects of cold storage on total phenolics (TP), phenolic acids profile (PA), total anthocyanins (TA), total ascorbic acid (Vit. C) and antioxidant activity (AA) of 19 fruits and vegetables, collected from local Indian markets and stored in refrigerator (4 °C) during 15 days. Content of TP was highest in dill and amaranth and decreased (up to 29...
July 24, 2017: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
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