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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778018/phytochemistry-and-pharmacology-of-anti-depressant-medicinal-plants-a-review
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REVIEW
Jeanette Martins, Brijesh S
Stress renders an individual to experience mental pressure and exhaustion which brings about feelings of anxiety, depression, anger and/or other negative emotions. Depression affects a person's state of mind, behaviour, health and is often associated with suicide. The use of anti-depressant drugs as therapeutic agents is associated with symptoms such as, delayed onset of action, side-effects, drug-drug and dietary interactions, sexual dysfunction, cardiac toxicity, etc. Thus, there is need to target these issues and improve current treatment options...
May 16, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778014/expression-of-grape-acs1-in-tomato-decreases-ethylene-and-alters-the-balance-between-auxin-and-ethylene-during-shoot-and-root-formation
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Xia Ye, Mengmeng Fu, Yu Liu, Dongliang An, Xianbo Zheng, Bin Tan, Jidong Li, Jun Cheng, Wei Wang, Jiancan Feng
Ethylene plays an important role in the grape rachis, where its production can be 10 times higher than in the berry. VvACS1 is the only rachis-specific ACC synthase (ACS) gene, and its expression is coincident with ethylene production in the rachis of Vitis vinifera 'Thompson seedless'. VvACS1 was cloned and ectopically expressed in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Moneymaker'). Lateral buds were increased in two- or four-week-old 35s∷VvACS1 transgenic tomato plants after transplanting. Compared with wild-type (WT) plants, the transgenic tomato plants showed higher expression of the VvACS1 gene in the flowers, leaves, rachis, and fruits...
May 4, 2018: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777813/polyphenolic-polysaccharide-conjugates-from-flowers-and-fruits-of-single-seeded-hawthorn-crataegus-monogyna-jacq-chemical-profiles-and-mechanisms-of-anticoagulant-activity
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Izabela Pawlaczyk-Graja
The polyphenolic-polysaccharide conjugates were isolated from flowers and fruits of medicinal plant Crataegus monogyna Jacq. (Lindm.) by the alkaline extraction, followed by neutralization, partitioning with organic solvents and dialysis against water. The isolates from flowers as well as from fruits were homogenous macromolecular compounds, with a molecular weight over 760 × 103  g/mol and 970 × 103  g/mol, respectively, what was assessed in HPGPC analysis. Both products were characterized spectrophotometrically, and by GLC-MS, FT-IR and NMR techniques...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777485/co-suppression-of-atmips-demonstrates-cooperation-of-mips1-mips2-and-mips3-in-maintaining-myo-inositol-synthesis
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C M Fleet, J Y Yen, E A Hill, G E Gillaspy
Co-suppressed MIPS2 transgenic lines allow bypass of the embryo lethal phenotype of the previously published triple knock-out and demonstrate the effects of MIPS on later stages of development. Regulation of inositol production is of interest broadly for its effects on plant growth and development. The enzyme L-myo-inositol 1-phosphate synthase (MIPS, also known as IPS) isomerizes D-glucose-6-P to D-inositol 3-P, and this is the rate-limiting step in inositol production. In Arabidopsis thaliana, the MIPS enzyme is encoded by three different genes, (AtMIPS1, AtMIPS2 and AtMIPS3), each of which has been shown to produce proteins with biochemically similar properties but differential expression patterns...
May 18, 2018: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777444/comparison-of-lawsone-contents-among-lawsonia-inermis-plant-parts-and-neurite-outgrowth-accelerators-from-branches
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Yoshimi Oda, Souichi Nakashima, Erina Kondo, Seikou Nakamura, Mamiko Yano, Chisa Kubota, Yusuke Masumoto, Minami Hirao, Yuki Ogawa, Hisashi Matsuda
Lawsonia inermis L. (Lythraceae) is cultivated in many countries, including Japan, China, India and Egypt. Its leaves are well known as hair dye and exhibit antibacterial, anticancer, antifungal and anticonvulsant activities. However, there are few reports on its branches. 2-Hydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinone (lawsone) is a characteristic compound in its leaves. However, it remains to be clarified whether lawsone is present in other plant parts or not. In this study, we measured lawsone contents in the extracts of L...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777196/single-measurement-detection-of-individual-cell-ionic-oscillations-using-an-n-type-semiconductor-electrolyte-interface
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Mariusz Pietruszka, Monika Olszewska, Lukasz Machura, Edward Rówiński
Pollen tubes are used as models in studies on the type of tip-growth in plants. They are an example of polarised and rapid growth because pollen tubes are able to quickly invade the flower pistil in order to accomplish fertilisation. How different ionic fluxes are perceived, processed or generated in the pollen tube is still not satisfactorily understood. In order to measure the H+ , K+ , Ca2+ and Cl- fluxes of a single pollen tube, we developed an Electrical Lab on a Photovoltaic-Chip (ELoPvC) on which the evolving cell was immersed in an electrolyte of a germination medium...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776336/phylogenomic-analysis-of-apoidea-sheds-new-light-on-the-sister-group-of-bees
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Manuela Sann, Oliver Niehuis, Ralph S Peters, Christoph Mayer, Alexey Kozlov, Lars Podsiadlowski, Sarah Bank, Karen Meusemann, Bernhard Misof, Christoph Bleidorn, Michael Ohl
BACKGROUND: Apoid wasps and bees (Apoidea) are an ecologically and morphologically diverse group of Hymenoptera, with some species of bees having evolved eusocial societies. Major problems for our understanding of the evolutionary history of Apoidea have been the difficulty to trace the phylogenetic origin and to reliably estimate the geological age of bees. To address these issues, we compiled a comprehensive phylogenomic dataset by simultaneously analyzing target DNA enrichment and transcriptomic sequence data, comprising 195 single-copy protein-coding genes and covering all major lineages of apoid wasps and bee families...
May 18, 2018: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775867/phytochemical-profiles-phototoxic-and-antioxidant-properties-of-eleven-hypericum-species-a-comparative-study
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Edoardo Napoli, Laura Siracusa, Giuseppe Ruberto, Alessandra Carrubba, Silvia Lazzara, Antonio Speciale, Francesco Cimino, Antonella Saija, Mariateresa Cristani
Hypericum is one out of the nine genera belonging to the botanical family Clusiaceae Lindl (syn. Hypericaceae Juss.; APG III, 2009). The genus contains 484 species spread worldwide, one of which, Hypericum perforatum, is largely used in folk medicine. The aim of this study was to evaluate the chemical composition, along with the antioxidant and phototoxic activity, of 11 Hypericum species grown in Sicily (H. perforatum L., H. aegypticum L., H. androsaemum L., H. calycinum L., H. hircinum L., H. hirsutum L...
May 15, 2018: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775725/anti-hepatitis-c-virus-activity-and-synergistic-effect-of-nymphaea-alba-extracts-and-bioactive-constituents-in-liver-infected-cells
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Sidra Rehman, Usman Ali Ashfaq, Bushra Ijaz, Sheikh Riazuddin
BACKGROUND: Without an effective vaccine, hepatitis C virus (HCV) remains a global threat, inflicting 170-300 million carriers worldwide at risk of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Though various direct acting antivirals have been redeemed the hepatitis C treatment, a few restraints persist including possible side effects, viral resistance emergence, excessive cost which restricts its availability to a common person. HYPOTHESIS: There is no preventive HCV vaccine available today so the discovery of potent antiviral natural flora and their bioactive constituents may help to develop preventive cures against HCV infection...
May 15, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775508/lfr-is-functionally-associated-with-as2-to-mediate-leaf-development-in-arabidopsis
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Xiaowei Lin, Dandan Gu, Hongtao Zhao, Yue Peng, Guofang Zhang, Mengge Li, Zhijuan Wang, Xiutang Wang, Sujuan Cui
Leaves are essential organs for plants. We previously identified a functional gene possibly encoding a component of the SWI/SNF complex named LFR (Leaf and Flower Related) in Arabidopsis thaliana. Loss-of-function mutants of LFR displayed obvious defects in leaf morphogenesis, indicating its vital role in leaf development. Here an allelic null mutant of ASYMMETRIC LEAVES2 (AS2), as2-6, was isolated as an enhancer of lfr-1 in petiole length, vasculature pattern and leaf margin development. The lfr as2 double mutants showed enhanced ectopic expression of BP than each of the single mutant, which is consistent with their synergistic genetic enhancement in multiple BP-dependent development processes...
May 18, 2018: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775272/remarkable-enhancement-in-the-photoelectric-performance-of-uniform-flower-like-mesoporous-fe3o4-wrapped-in-nitrogen-doped-graphene-networks
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Jixin Yao, Kang Zhang, Wen Wang, Xueqin Zuo, Qun Yang, Huaibao Tang, Mingzai Wu, Guang Li
The porous structure and excellent specific surface area are superior for use as a counter electrode (CE) material. In addition, N-doped graphene possesses a remarkable electron-transfer pathway and many active sites. Therefore, a novel idea is to wrap uniform flower-like mesoporous Fe3O4 (Fe3O4UFM) in a N-doped graphene (N-RGO) network structure to enhance the power conversion efficiency (PCE). The hybrid materials of Fe3O4UFM@N-RGO are first used as a CE in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), showing a preeminent conductive interconnected 3D porous structure with more catalytic activity sites and a better ability for and a faster reaction rate of charge transfer, resulting in quicker reduction of I_3^- than Pt...
May 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774352/a-novel-efficient-g-c-3-n-4-bioi-p-n-heterojunction-photocatalyst-constructed-through-the-assembly-of-g-c-3-n-4-nanoparticles
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Zengyu You, Chenyan Wu, Qianhong Shen, Yang Yu, Hao Chen, Yuxuan Su, Hui Wang, Chunchun Wu, Fang Zhang, Hui Yang
An efficient and facile method to fabricate a surficial dispersive heterojunction based on the assembly of g-C3N4 nanoparticles was proposed. A p-n nano heterojunction composed of BiOI and g-C3N4 was constructed by simply loading g-C3N4 nanoparticles on flower-like BiOI nanosheets. The structure-dependent optical, electronic and photoelectric properties were investigated, and the structure-property relationship was discussed. The results show that the g-C3N4 nanoparticles are uniformly loaded on the surface of BiOI nanosheets and thus form a p-n heterojunction with an intimate interface...
May 18, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774046/identification-of-rice-genes-associated-with-enhanced-cold-tolerance-by-comparative-transcriptome-analysis-with-two-transgenic-rice-plants-overexpressing-dacbf4-or-dacbf7-isolated-from-antarctic-flowering-plant-deschampsia-antarctica
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Mi Young Byun, Li Hua Cui, Jungeun Lee, Hyun Park, Andosung Lee, Woo Taek Kim, Hyoungseok Lee
Few plant species can survive in Antarctica, the harshest environment for living organisms. Deschampsia antarctica is the only natural grass species to have adapted to and colonized the maritime Antarctic. To investigate the molecular mechanism of the Antarctic adaptation of this plant, we identified and characterized D. antarctica C-repeat binding factor 4 ( DaCBF4 ), which belongs to monocot CBF group IV. The transcript level of DaCBF4 in D. antarctica was markedly increased by cold and dehydration stress...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774044/identification-and-functional-characterization-of-sugarcane-invertase-inhibitor-shinh1-a-potential-candidate-for-reducing-pre-and-post-harvest-loss-of-sucrose-in-sugarcane
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Suresha G Shivalingamurthy, Raveendra Anangi, Sundaravelpandian Kalaipandian, Donna Glassop, Glenn F King, Anne L Rae
In sugarcane, invertase enzymes play a key role in sucrose accumulation and are also involved in futile reactions where sucrose is continuously degraded during the pre- and post-harvest period, thereby reducing sugar yield and recovery. Invertase inhibitor (INVINH) proteins play a key role in post-translation regulation of plant invertases through which sucrose hydrolysis is controlled. INVINH proteins are small (18 kDa) members of the pectin methylesterase inhibitor superfamily and they are moderately conserved across plants...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774039/a-membrane-bound-nac-like-transcription-factor-osntl5-represses-the-flowering-in-oryza-sativa
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Siyi Guo, Shaojun Dai, Prashant K Singh, Hongyan Wang, Yanan Wang, Jeanie L H Tan, Wanyi Wee, Toshiro Ito
In spite of short-day (SD) nature, rice ( Oryza sativa ) shares a conserved photoperiodic network for flowering control with long-day plants like Arabidopsis thaliana. Flowering or heading is an important agronomic trait in rice. NAC transcription factors (TFs) are well-conserved and one of the largest families of plant TFs. However, their function in flowering or heading time is not well-known yet. A preferential expression of a membrane-bound NAC-like TF OsNTL5 in developing leaves and panicles of rice indicated to us its putative role in flowering...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774038/altered-expression-of-the-malate-permeable-anion-channel-osalmt4-reduces-the-growth-of-rice-under-low-radiance
#16
Jie Liu, Muyun Xu, Gonzalo M Estavillo, Emmanuel Delhaize, Rosemary G White, Meixue Zhou, Peter R Ryan
We examined the function of OsALMT4 in rice ( Oryza sativa L.) which is a member of the aluminum-activated malate transporter family. Previous studies showed that OsALMT4 localizes to the plasma membrane and that expression in transgenic rice lines results in a constitutive release of malate from the roots. Here, we show that OsALMT4 is expressed widely in roots, shoots, flowers, and grain but not guard cells. Expression was also affected by ionic and osmotic stress, light and to the hormones ABA, IAA, and salicylic acid...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773848/identification-and-tissue-distribution-of-chemosensory-protein-and-odorant-binding-protein-genes-in-tropidothorax-elegans-distant-hemiptera-lygaeidae
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Yue-Qin Song, Hui-Zhong Sun, Jun Du
Tropidothorax elegans Distant (Hemiptera: Lygaeidae) is an insect pest that inflicts damage to vegetables and flowering plants across China. The olfactory system regulates insect behavior, such as feeding, mating, oviposition and predator avoidance. Odorant-binding proteins (OBPs) and the chemosensory proteins (CSPs) are two groups of small soluble proteins that initiate olfactory signal transduction in insects. In this study, we generated antennal transcriptomes of male and female T. elegans, and identified 19 putative OBP (14 classic OBPs and five plus-C OBPs) and seven CSP genes...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772906/visualization-and-semi-quantity-study-of-the-distribution-of-ma-jor-components-in-wheat-straw-in-mesoscopic-scale-using-ftir-microspectroscopic-imaging
#18
Zengling Yang, Jiaqi Mei, Zhiqiang Liu, Guangqun Huang, Guan Huang, Lujia Han
Understanding the biochemical heterogeneity of plant tissue linked to crop straw anatomy is attractive to plant researchers and researchers in the field of biomass-refinery. This study provides an in-situ analysis and semi-quantitative, visualization distributions of major composition distribution in internodal transverse sections of wheat straw based on FTIR microspec-troscopic imaging, with a fast Non-Negativity-Constrained Least Squares (fast NNLS) fitting. The paper investigates changes in biochemical components of tissue during stages of elongation, booting, heading, flowering, grain-filling, milk-ripening, dough, and full-ripening...
May 18, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772800/identification-and-expression-of-mirnas-related-to-female-flower-induction-in-walnut-juglans-regia-l
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Li Zhou, Shaowen Quan, Hang Xu, Li Ma, Jianxin Niu
Flower induction is an essential stage in walnut ( Juglans regia L.) trees, directly affecting yield, yield stability, fruit quality and commodity value. The objective of this study was to identify miRNAs related to female flower induction via high-throughput sequencing and bioinformatics analysis. A total of 123 miRNAs were identified including 51 known miRNAs and 72 novel miRNAs. Differential expression was observed in 19 of the known miRNAs and 34 of the novel miRNAs. Twelve miRNAs were confirmed by RT-qPCR...
May 17, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772665/investigating-the-role-of-gold-nanoparticle-shape-and-size-in-their-toxicities-to-fungi
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Kangze Liu, Zhonglei He, Hugh J Byrne, James F Curtin, Furong Tian
Gold nanoparticles (GNPs) are increasingly being used in a wide range of applications, and such they are being released in greater quantities into the environment. Consequently, the environmental effects of GNPs, especially toxicities to living organisms, have drawn great attention. However, their toxicological characteristics still remain unclear. Fungi, as the decomposers of the ecosystem, interact directly with the environment and critically control the overall health of the biosphere. Thus, their sensitivity to GNP toxicity is particularly important...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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