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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339688/an-activity-staining-method-on-filtration-paper-enables-high-throughput-screening-of-temperature-sensitive-and-inactive-mutations-of-rice-%C3%AE-amylase-for-improvement-of-rice-grain-quality
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Hiromoto Yamakawa, Rieko Hirai-Kimura, Yuriko Nakata, Masaru Nakata, Masaharu Kuroda, Takeshi Yamaguchi
α-Amylase is a starch-hydrolyzing enzyme (EC 3.2.1.1) indispensable for germination of cereal seeds, but it is also expressed during the ripening stage. Previous studies demonstrated that the enzyme is activated in developing rice seeds under extremely hot weather and triggers a loss of grain quality by hindering the accumulation of storage starch in the endosperm. Since inactive or, preferably, heat-labile α-amylases are preferable for breeding premium rice, we developed a method for rapid screening of inactive and temperature-sensitive mutants of the enzyme by combining the random mutagenesis by error-prone PCR and an on-filter activity test of the recombinant enzyme expressed by Escherichia coli...
February 21, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331551/environmental-costs-and-benefits-of-growing-miscanthus-for-bioenergy-in-the-uk
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Jon P McCalmont, Astley Hastings, Niall P McNamara, Goetz M Richter, Paul Robson, Iain S Donnison, John Clifton-Brown
Planting the perennial biomass crop Miscanthus in the UK could offset 2-13 Mt oil eq. yr(-1), contributing up to 10% of current energy use. Policymakers need assurance that upscaling Miscanthus production can be performed sustainably without negatively impacting essential food production or the wider environment. This study reviews a large body of Miscanthus relevant literature into concise summary statements. Perennial Miscanthus has energy output/input ratios 10 times higher (47.3 ± 2.2) than annual crops used for energy (4...
March 2017: Global Change Biology. Bioenergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330557/loss-of-anthocyanins-and-modification-of-the-anthocyanin-profiles-in-grape-berries-of-malbec-and-bonarda-grown-under-high-temperature-conditions
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Inés de Rosas, María Teresa Ponce, Emiliano Malovini, Leonor Deis, Bruno Cavagnaro, Pablo Cavagnaro
Malbec and Bonarda are the two most widely cultivated grape varieties in Argentina, and their derived red wines are recognized worldwide, being their intense color a major quality trait. The temperature during fruit ripening conditions berries color intensity. In the main viticulture region of Malbec and Bonarda a 2-3°C increase in temperature has been predicted for the upcoming years as consequence of the global climate change. In the present study, this predicted temperature raise was simulated under field-crop conditions, and its effect on anthocyanin pigmentation in berries of Malbec and Bonarda was monitored by HPLC analysis throughout the ripening process, in two growing seasons...
May 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329733/comparison-of-transcriptional-expression-patterns-of-carotenoid-metabolism-in-cabernet-sauvignon-grapes-from-two-regions-with-distinct-climate
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Wei-Kai Chen, Ke-Ji Yu, Bin Liu, Yi-Bin Lan, Run-Ze Sun, Qiang Li, Fei He, Qiu-Hong Pan, Chang-Qing Duan, Jun Wang
The downstream flux of carotenoid metabolism in grape berries includes the biosynthesis of norisoprenoids, a group of important aroma compounds, and the production of ABA, a well-known plant hormone. This study focused on the transcriptional profiling comparison of genes participating in the biosynthesis of carotenoids, norisoprenoids, and ABA in Vitis vinifera 'Cabernet Sauvignon' grapes at pea size, veraison, and ripening stages. The grapes were obtained from Changli (CL, eastern China) and Gaotai (GT, western China) regions and analyzed using RNA-sequencing technology...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328073/surfactant-assisted-stabilization-of-au-colloids-on-solids-for-heterogeneous-catalysis
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Wangcheng Zhan, Yuan Shu, Yujie Sheng, Huiyuan Zhu, Yanglong Guo, Li Wang, Yun Guo, Jinshui Zhang, Guanzhong Lu, Sheng Dai
The stabilization of surfactant-assisted synthesized colloidal noble metal nanoparticles (NPs, such as Au NPs) on solids is a promising strategy for preparing supported nanocatalysts for heterogeneous catalysis because of their uniform particle sizes, controllable shapes, and tunable compositions. However, surfactant removal to obtain clean surfaces for catalysis through traditional approaches (such as solvent extraction and thermal decomposition) can easily induce the sintering of NPs, greatly hampering their use in synthesis of novel catalysts...
March 22, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327625/early-metabolic-and-transcriptional-variations-in-fruit-of-natural-white-fruited-fragaria-vesca-genotypes
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Katja Härtl, Alisandra Denton, Katrin Franz-Oberdorf, Thomas Hoffmann, Melanie Spornraft, Björn Usadel, Wilfried Schwab
Strawberry fruits (Fragaria vesca) are valued for their sweet fruity flavor, juicy texture, and characteristic red color caused by anthocyanin pigments. To gain a deeper insight into the regulation of anthocyanin biosynthesis, we performed comparative metabolite profiling and transcriptome analyses of one red-fruited and two natural white-fruited strawberry varieties in two tissues and three ripening stages. Developing fruit of the three genotypes showed a distinctive pattern of polyphenol accumulation already in green receptacle and achenes...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326087/arabidopsis-nac-transcription-factor-jungbrunnen1-exerts-conserved-control-over-gibberellin-and-brassinosteroid-metabolism-and-signaling-genes-in-tomato
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Sara Shahnejat-Bushehri, Annapurna D Allu, Nikolay Mehterov, Venkatesh P Thirumalaikumar, Saleh Alseekh, Alisdair R Fernie, Bernd Mueller-Roeber, Salma Balazadeh
The Arabidopsis thaliana NAC transcription factor JUNGBRUNNEN1 (AtJUB1) regulates growth by directly repressing GA3ox1 and DWF4, two key genes involved in gibberellin (GA) and brassinosteroid (BR) biosynthesis, respectively, leading to GA and BR deficiency phenotypes. AtJUB1 also reduces the expression of PIF4, a bHLH transcription factor that positively controls cell elongation, while it stimulates the expression of DELLA genes, which are important repressors of growth. Here, we extend our previous findings by demonstrating that AtJUB1 induces similar GA and BR deficiency phenotypes and changes in gene expression when overexpressed in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum)...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325126/trial-of-labour-after-caesarean-section-two-year-analysis-at-a-portuguese-centre
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Joao Abreu-Silva, Jorge Castro, Catarina Maia, Manuela Pinho, Claudina Carvalho
We conducted a retrospective study aimed at determining variables associated with a higher success rate for vaginal delivery after caesarean section, and assessing the impact of induction of labour. Secondarily, we aimed to describe our vaginal delivery and uterine rupture rates with the use of a controlled-release dinoprostone vaginal insert for cervical ripening. Of 292 women who met the inclusion criteria, induction of labour occurred in 48% (94% with dinoprostone). There was a non-significant difference between the vaginal delivery rate of spontaneous labour (57%) and induction of labour (33%), after adjusting for confounding variables...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323483/taphonomy-of-microbial-biosignatures-in-spring-deposits-a-comparison-of-modern-quaternary-and-jurassic-examples
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Sally L Potter-McIntyre, Jason Williams, Charity Phillips-Lander, Laura O'Connell
On Earth, microorganisms commonly enhance mineral precipitation and mediate mineralogical and chemical compositions of resulting deposits, particularly at spring systems. However, preservation of any type of microbial fossil or chemical or textural biosignature depends on the degree of alteration during diagenesis and factors such as exposure to diagenetic fluids. Little is known about the transformation of biosignatures during diagenesis over geologic time. Ten Mile Graben, Utah, USA, hosts a cold spring system that is an exceptional site for evaluation of diagenetic alteration of biosignatures because of the presence of modern springs with actively precipitating microbial mats and a series of progressively older tufa terraces (<400 ka) preserved in the area from the same spring system...
March 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320208/fresh-cheese-as-a-vehicle-for-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-integration-effect-on-physico-chemical-microbiological-and-sensory-characteristics
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Barbara Dal Bello, Luisa Torri, Maria Piochi, Marta Bertolino, Giuseppe Zeppa
Five different vegetable oils were used in the production of fresh cheese to increase the concentration of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), particularly α-linolenic acid (ALA), the most important omega-3 fatty acid of vegetable origin. Physico-chemical and microbiological characteristics of functionalized cheeses were evaluated after 1 and 3 days of ripening at 4 °C while the consumer appreciation was evaluated in the final product at 3 days of ripening. After 3 days, the cheeses with Camelina sativa and Echium plantagineum oils added exhibited the highest retention of PUFAs (mostly ALA) compared to those with flaxseed, raspberry and blackcurrant oils...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317748/bioaccessibility-of-bioactive-compounds-and-antioxidant-potential-of-ju%C3%A3-ara-fruits-euterpe-edulis-martius-subjected-to-in-vitro-gastrointestinal-digestion
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Mayara Schulz, Fabíola Carina Biluca, Luciano Valdemiro Gonzaga, Graciele da Silva Campelo Borges, Luciano Vitali, Gustavo Amadeu Micke, Jefferson Santos de Gois, Tarcisio Silva de Almeida, Daniel Lazaro Gallindo Borges, Paul Richard Momsen Miller, Ana Carolina Oliveira Costa, Roseane Fett
An in vitro method involving simulated gastrointestinal digestion was used to assess the bioaccessibility of fifteen minerals, twenty-two phenolic compounds and the antioxidant capacity in juçara fruit during seven ripening stages. For minerals and phenolics, respectively, initial contents were up to 1325.9 and 22.9mg100g(-1), whereas after in vitro digestion, the maximum values were 556.7 and 14.43mg100g(-1) (dry matter). Antioxidant capacity, determined by 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl radical scavenging activity (DPPH) and ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP), after in vitro digestion decreased 51-78% when compared to the crude extract...
August 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315935/double-balloon-catheter-for-induction-of-labour-in-women-with-a-previous-cesarean-section-could-it-be-the-best-choice
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Carlos De Bonrostro Torralba, Eva Lucía Tejero Cabrejas, Sabina Marti Gamboa, María Lapresta Moros, Jose Manuel Campillos Maza, Sergio Castán Mateo
INTRODUCTION: We analysed the efficacy and safety of double-balloon catheter for cervical ripening in women with a previous cesarean section and which were the most important variables associated with an increased risk of repeated cesarean delivery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We designed an observational retrospective study of 418 women with unfavourable cervices (Bishop Score <5), a prior cesarean delivery, and induction of labour with a double-balloon catheter...
March 18, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315000/polyphenol-metabolism-in-differently-colored-cultivars-of-red-currant-ribes-rubrum-l-through-fruit-ripening
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Zala Zorenc, Robert Veberic, Darinka Koron, Silvija Miosic, Olly Sanny Hutabarat, Heidi Halbwirth, Maja Mikulic-Petkovsek
Rare red currants colors caused by low anthocyanin content in the pink and a lack of anthocyanins in the white cultivar correlated with low ANS gene expression, enzyme activity, and increased sugar/acid ratios. Changes in the contents of polyphenols, sugars, and organic acids in berries of the three differently colored Ribes rubrum L. cultivars ('Jonkheer van Tets', 'Pink Champagne', and 'Zitavia') were determined by LC-MS and HPLC at 4 sampling times during the last month of fruit ripening. The activities of the main flavonoid enzymes, chalcone synthase/chalcone isomerase (CHS/CHI), flavanone 3-hydroxylase (FHT), and dihydroflavonol 4-reductase (DFR), and the expression of anthocyanidin synthase (ANS) were additionally measured...
March 17, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304376/an-integrated-analysis-based-on-transcriptome-and-proteome-reveals-deastringency-related-genes-in-cpcna-persimmon
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Wenxing Chen, Yalou Xiong, Liqing Xu, Qinglin Zhang, Zhengrong Luo
Persimmon fruits accumulate a large amount of proanthocyanidins (PAs) during development. PAs cause a dry or puckering sensation due to its astringency. Pollination constant and non-astringent (PCNA) persimmon fruits can lose astringency during fruit ripening. However, little is known about the mechanism of natural de-astringency of Chinese PCNA (CPCNA). To gain insight into the molecular events of CPCNA natural de-astringency, we used mRNA-seq and iTRAQ-based quantitative proteomic analysis to measure changes in genes and proteins expression at two key stages of natural astringency removal (i...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301727/carotenoid-profile-antioxidant-capacity-and-chromoplasts-of-pink-guava-psidium-guajava-l-cv-%C3%A2-criolla%C3%A2-during-fruit-ripening
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Carolina Rojas-Garbanzo, Maike Gleichenhagen, Annerose Heller, Patricia Esquivel, Nadine Schulze-Kaysers, Andreas Schieber
Pigments of pericarp and pulp of pink guava (Psidium guajava L. cv. ´Criolla´) were investigated to elucidate the profile and the accumulation of main carotenoids during four stages of fruit ripening by using HPLC-DAD and APCI-MS/MS analysis. Seventeen carotenoids were identified and changes in their profile during fruit ripening were observed. The carotenoids all-trans-β-carotene, 15-cis-lycopene, and all-trans-lycopene were present in all ripening stages, but all-trans-lycopene was found to be predominant (from 63 % to 92 % of total carotenoids) and responsible for the high lipophilic antioxidant capacity determined by spectrophotometric assays...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301152/characterization-and-discrimination-of-oueslati-voos-from-adult-and-young-trees-in-different-ripening-stages-using-sterols-pigments-and-alcohols-in-tandem-with-chemometrics
#16
Fatma Chtourou, Hazem Jabeur, Ayda Lazzez, Mohamed Bouaziz
Dynamics of squalene, sterols, aliphatic alcohols, pigments and triterpenic diols accumulations in olive oils from adult and young trees of the Oueslati cultivar were studied for two consecutive years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. Data were compared statistically for differences by age of trees, maturation of olive and years of harvesting. Results showed that the mean campesterol content in olive oil from adult trees at the green stage of maturation was significantly (p<0.02) upper the limit established by the IOC legislation...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299506/identification-of-the-ligand-of-pru-p-3-a-peach-ltp
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Nuria Cubells-Baeza, Cristina Gómez-Casado, Leticia Tordesillas, Carmen Ramírez-Castillejo, María Garrido-Arandia, Pablo González-Melendi, María Herrero, Luis F Pacios, Araceli Díaz-Perales
Pru p 3, a peach LTP, is located in pollinated flower styles and secreting downy hairs, transporting a derivative of camptothecin bound to phytosphingosine. Pru p 3 may inhibit a second pollination and may keep away herbivores until seed maturation. The allergen Pru p 3, a peach lipid transfer protein, has been well studied. However, its physiological function remains to be elucidated. Our results showed that Pru p 3 usually carries a lipid ligand that play an essential role in its function in plants. Using ESI-qToF, we observed that the ligand was a derivative of camptothecin binding to phytosphingosine, wich that is inserted into the hydrophobic tunnel of the protein...
March 15, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299290/anti-listeria-activity-of-lactic-acid-bacteria-in-two-traditional-sicilian-cheeses
#18
Maria Luisa Scatassa, Raimondo Gaglio, Cinzia Cardamone, Giusi Macaluso, Luigi Arcuri, Massimo Todaro, Isabella Mancuso
Listeria monocytogenes is a pathogen frequently found in dairy products, and its growth is difficult to control. Bacteriocin-like inhibitory substances (BLIS), produced by lactic acid bacteria (LAB), having proven in vitro anti-Listeria activity, could provide an innovative approach to control L. monocytogenes; however, this application needs to be evaluated in vivo. In this study, twenty LAB strains isolated from different Sicilian dairy environments were tested for control of growth of L. monocytogenes in three different experimental trials...
January 24, 2017: Italian Journal of Food Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295334/artisanal-sonoran-cheese-cocido-cheese-an-exploration-of-its-production-process-chemical-composition-and-microbiological-quality
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Paúl F Cuevas-González, Priscilia Y Heredia-Castro, José I Méndez-Romero, Adrián Hernández-Mendoza, Ricardo Reyes-Díaz, Belinda Vallejo-Cordoba, Aarón F González-Córdova
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to explore and document the production process of artisanal Cocido cheese and to determine its chemical composition and microbiological quality, considering samples from six dairies and four retailers. RESULTS: Cocido cheese is a semi-hard (506-555 g Kg(-1) of moisture), medium fat (178.3-219.1 g Kg(-1) ), pasta filata type cheese made from raw whole cow's milk. The production process is not standardized, and, therefore, the chemical and microbiological components of the sampled cheeses varied...
March 10, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294971/exploring-the-functions-of-9-lipoxygenase-dklox3-in-ultrastructural-changes-and-hormonal-stress-response-during-persimmon-fruit-storage
#20
Kun Meng, Yali Hou, Ye Han, Qiuyan Ban, Yiheng He, Jiangtao Suo, Jingping Rao
Lipoxygenase (LOX) initiates the hydroperoxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids and is involved in multiple physiological processes. In this study, investigation of various microscopic techniques showed that the fruit peel cellular microstructure of the two persimmon cultivars differed after 12 days of storage, resulting in fruit weight loss and an increased number and depth of microcracks. Analysis of subcellular localization revealed that greater amounts of DkLOX3-immunolabelled gold particles accumulated in "Fupingjianshi" than in "Ganmaokui" during storage...
March 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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