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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101351/pro-inflammatory-effect-of-a-traditional-chinese-medicine-formula-with-potent-anti-cancer-activity-in-vitro-impedes-tumor-inhibitory-potential-in-vivo
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Lei Xia, Maksym Plachynta, Tangjingjun Liu, Xiao Xiao, Jialei Song, Xiaogang Li, Mu Zhang, Yao Yao, Heng Luo, Xiaojiang Hao, Yaacov Ben-David
Medicinal formulas are a part of the complex discipline of traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for centuries in China and East Asia. These formulas predominantly consist of the extracts isolated from herbal plants, animal parts and medicinal minerals. The present study aimed to investigate the impact of 150 formulas, used as non-prescription drugs in China, on the treatment of cancer. A formula was identified, C54, commonly used to treat sore throats, which exhibited marked growth inhibition in vitro, associated with cell cycle arrest and apoptosis...
December 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096669/nanocoating-with-plant-derived-pectins-activates-osteoblast-response-in-vitro
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J Folkert, A Meresta, T Gaber, K Miksch, F Buttgereit, J Detert, N Pischon, K Gurzawska
A new strategy to improve osseointegration of implants is to stimulate adhesion of bone cells, bone matrix formation, and mineralization at the implant surface by modifying surface coating on the nanoscale level. Plant-derived pectins have been proposed as potential candidates for surface nanocoating of orthopedic and dental titanium implants due to 1) their osteogenic stimulation of osteoblasts to mineralize and 2) their ability to control pectin structural changes. The aim of this study was to evaluate in vitro the impact of the nanoscale plant-derived pectin Rhamnogalacturonan-I (RG-I) from potato on the osteogenic response of murine osteoblasts...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095462/physiological-characterization-and-comparative-transcriptome-analysis-of-white-and-green-leaves-of-ananas-comosus-var-bracteatus
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Xia Li, Surapathrudu Kanakala, Yehua He, Xiaolan Zhong, Sanmiao Yu, Ruixue Li, Lingxia Sun, Jun Ma
Leaf coloration is one of the most important and attractive characteristics of Ananas comosus var. bracteatus. The chimeric character is not stable during the in vitro tissue culturing. Many regenerated plants lost economic values for the loss of the chimeric character of leaves. In order to reveal the molecular mechanisms involved in the albino phenotype of the leaf cells, the physiological and transcriptional differences between complete white (CWh) and green (CGr) leaf cells of A. comosus var. bracteatus were analyzed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091941/occurrence-of-complex-type-free-n-glycans-with-a-single-glcnac-residue-at-the-reducing-termini-in-the-fresh-water-plant-egeria-densa
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Megumi Maeda, Natsuki Ebara, Misato Tani, Christopher J Vavricka, Yoshinobu Kimura
In our previous study, we found unique free N-glycans (FNGs), which carry a single GlcNAc residue (GN1) at the reducing-end side and the Lewis-a epitope at the non-reducing-end side, in the culture broth of rice cells. Based on the FNG structural features and the substrate specificity of plant ENGase, we hypothesized that there might be a novel biosynthetic mechanism responsible for the production of these unique GN1-FNGs, in which high-mannose type (HMT)-GN1-FNGs produced in the cytosol from misfolded glycoproteins by ENGase are transported back into the endoplasmic reticulum and processed to plant complex type (PCT)-GN1-FNGs in the Golgi apparatus...
January 14, 2017: Glycoconjugate Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087861/jolkinolide-a-and-jolkinolide-b-inhibit-proliferation-of-a549-cells-and-activity-of-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells
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Lei Shen, Shan-Qiang Zhang, Lei Liu, Yu Sun, Yu-Xuan Wu, Li-Ping Xie, Ji-Cheng Liu
BACKGROUND Jolkinolide A (JA) and Jolkinolide B (JB) are diterpenoids extracted from the roots of Euphorbia fischeriana Steud and have been shown to have anti-tumor activity. However, their effects on the ability of tumor cells to invade blood vessels and metastasize remain largely unknown. Investigations into the effects of JA and JB on the angiogenesis of tumor tissues may facilitate the identification of new natural drugs with anti-tumor growth and metastasis activities. MATERIAL AND METHODS We used different concentrations of JA and JB (20 μg/ml, 40 μg/ml, 60 μg/ml, 80 μg/ml, and 100 μg/ml) to stimulate A549 cells and then studied the effects on the growth and metastasis of lung cancers...
January 14, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081182/combination-of-plant-metabolic-modules-yields-synthetic-synergies
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Fatemeh Rajabi, Ernst Heene, Jan Maisch, Peter Nick
The great potential of pharmacologically active secondary plant metabolites is often limited by low yield and availability of the producing plant. Chemical synthesis of these complex compounds is often too expensive. Plant cell fermentation offers an alternative strategy to overcome these limitations. However, production in batch cell cultures remains often inefficient. One reason might be the fact that different cell types have to interact for metabolite maturation, which is poorly mimicked in suspension cell lines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067229/tubules-of-plant-reoviruses-exploit-tropomodulin-to-regulate-actin-based-tubule-motility-in-insect-vector
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Qian Chen, Linghua Zhang, Yanshuang Zhang, Qianzhuo Mao, Taiyun Wei
Plant reoviruses are known to exploit virion-packaging tubules formed by virus-encoding non-structural proteins for viral spread in insect vectors. Tubules are propelled by actin-based tubule motility (ABTM) to overcome membrane or tissue barriers in insect vectors. To further understand which insect factors mediate ABTM, we utilized yeast two-hybrid and bimolecular fluorescence complementation assays to test interactions between tubule protein Pns10 of rice dwarf virus (RDV), a plant reovirus, and proteins of its insect vector, the leafhopper Nephotettix cincticeps...
January 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056757/phytochemical-therapies-in-vascular-functioning-a-molecular-approach
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Hasan Gencoglu, Cemal Orhan, Kazim Sahin
There has been an increasing interest in the usage of natural products for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease (CVD). Regular consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grains has been shown to be negatively correlated with the risk of CVDs. These foods provide a diversity of nutrients and different bioactive compounds including phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals and fibers which play critical roles in the sustainability of optimal cardiovascular health. Plant-based foods or a nutritional cure are gradually being integrated into medical practice for CVD management partly due to the supporting experimental studies, clinical trials and epidemiological studies...
January 5, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050829/vnd6-induced-xylem-cell-differentiation-in-arabidopsis-cell-cultures
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Yoshihisa Oda
In vitro xylem differentiation is a powerful technique that can be used to elucidate the process of xylem development that occurs deep inside plant tissues in nature. The experimental procedure described here is designed to induce metaxylem vessel differentiation at exceptionally high frequency and synchronicity using genetically engineered Arabidopsis cell suspensions. By triggering a transcriptional switch, over 80 % of the cells synchronously differentiate into xylem cells within 32 h of treatment with estradiol...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050828/tissue-culture-for-xylem-differentiation-with-arabidopsis-leaves
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Masato Saito, Alif Meem Nurani, Yuki Kondo, Hiroo Fukuda
Culture systems combined with molecular biological approaches have identified various key factors regulating vascular differentiation, which makes a great contribution to development of vascular biology. Recently, we established a novel culture system for xylem cell differentiation in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis), in which ectopic xylem cells can be induced throughout leaf disks within 3-4 days. Here we describe detailed procedures of the culture system from sample preparation to vascular cell induction culture...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026146/profiling-the-extended-phenotype-of-plant-pathogens
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REVIEW
Gail M Preston
One of the most fundamental questions in plant pathology is what determines whether a pathogen grows within a plant? This question is frequently studied in terms of the role of elicitors and pathogenicity factors in triggering or overcoming host defences. However, this focus fails to address the basic question of how the environment in host tissues acts to support or restrict pathogen growth. Efforts to understand this aspect of host-pathogen interactions are commonly confounded by several issues, including the complexity of the plant environment, the artificial nature of many experimental infection systems, and the fact that the physiological properties of a pathogen growing in association with a plant can be very different from the properties of that pathogen in culture...
December 27, 2016: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013279/inducible-transposition-of-a-heat-activated-retrotransposon-in-tissue-culture
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Yukari Masuta, Kosuke Nozawa, Hiroki Takagi, Hiroki Yaegashi, Keisuke Tanaka, Tasuku Ito, Hideyuki Saito, Hisato Kobayashi, Wataru Matsunaga, Seiji Masuda, Atsushi Kato, Hidetaka Ito
A transposition of a heat-activated retrotransposon named ONSEN required compromise of a small RNA-mediated epigenetic regulation that includes RNA-directed DNA methylation (RdDM) machinery after heat treatment. In the current study, we analyzed the transcriptional and transpositional activation of ONSEN to better understand the underlying molecular mechanism involved in the maintenance and/or induction of transposon activation in plant tissue culture. We found the transposition of heat-primed ONSEN during tissue culture independently of RdDM mutation...
December 23, 2016: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011717/hormonal-regulation-of-reproductive-growth-under-normal-and-heat-stress-conditions-in-legume-and-other-model-crop-species
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REVIEW
Jocelyn A Ozga, Harleen Kaur, Raghavendra P Savada, Dennis M Reinecke
Legume crops are grown throughout the world and provide an excellent food source of digestible protein and starch, as well as dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals, and flavonoids. Fruit and seeds from legumes are also an important source of vegetables for a well-balanced diet. A trend in elevated temperature as a result of climate change increases the risk of a heat stress-induced reduction in legume crop yield. High temperatures during the crop reproductive development phase are particularly detrimental to fruit/seed production because the growth and development of the reproductive tissues are sensitive to small changes in temperature...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008473/cyp716a179-functions-as-a-triterpene-c-28-oxidase-in-tissue-cultured-stolons-of-glycyrrhiza-uralensis
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Keita Tamura, Hikaru Seki, Hideyuki Suzuki, Mareshige Kojoma, Kazuki Saito, Toshiya Muranaka
CYP716A179, a cytochrome P450 monooxygenase expressed predominantly in tissue-cultured stolons of licorice ( Glycyrrhiza uralensis ), functions as a triterpene C-28 oxidase in the biosynthesis of oleanolic acid and betulinic acid. Cytochrome P450 monooxygenases (P450s) play key roles in the structural diversification of plant triterpenoids. Among these, the CYP716A subfamily, which functions mainly as a triterpene C-28 oxidase, is common in plants. Licorice (Glycyrrhiza uralensis) produces bioactive triterpenoids, such as glycyrrhizin and soyasaponins, and relevant P450s (CYP88D6, CYP72A154, and CYP93E3) have been identified; however, no CYP716A subfamily P450 has been isolated...
December 22, 2016: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003808/microbiome-selection-could-spur-next-generation-plant-breeding-strategies
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Murali Gopal, Alka Gupta
"No plant is an island too…" Plants, though sessile, have developed a unique strategy to counter biotic and abiotic stresses by symbiotically co-evolving with microorganisms and tapping into their genome for this purpose. Soil is the bank of microbial diversity from which a plant selectively sources its microbiome to suit its needs. Besides soil, seeds, which carry the genetic blueprint of plants during trans-generational propagation, are home to diverse microbiota that acts as the principal source of microbial inoculum in crop cultivation...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999897/protecting-dna-from-errors-and-damage-an-overview-of-dna-repair-mechanisms-in-plants-compared-to-mammals
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REVIEW
Claudia P Spampinato
The genome integrity of all organisms is constantly threatened by replication errors and DNA damage arising from endogenous and exogenous sources. Such base pair anomalies must be accurately repaired to prevent mutagenesis and/or lethality. Thus, it is not surprising that cells have evolved multiple and partially overlapping DNA repair pathways to correct specific types of DNA errors and lesions. Great progress in unraveling these repair mechanisms at the molecular level has been made by several talented researchers, among them Tomas Lindahl, Aziz Sancar, and Paul Modrich, all three Nobel laureates in Chemistry for 2015...
December 20, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998613/aba-and-ga3-regulate-the-synthesis-of-primary-and-secondary-metabolites-related-to-alleviation-from-biotic-and-abiotic-stresses-in-grapevine
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Germán Murcia, Ariel Fontana, Mariela Pontin, Rita Baraldi, Gianpaolo Bertazza, Patricia N Piccoli
Plants are able to synthesize a large number of organic compounds. Among them, primary metabolites are known to participate in plant growth and development, whereas secondary metabolites are mostly involved in defense and other facultative processes. In grapevine, one of the major fruit crops in the world, secondary metabolites, mainly polyphenols, are of great interest for the wine industry. Even though there is an extensive literature on the content and profile of those compounds in berries, scarce or no information is available regarding polyphenols in other organs...
December 17, 2016: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994976/diversity-taxonomic-composition-and-functional-aspects-of-fungal-communities-in-living-senesced-and-fallen-leaves-at-five-sites-across-north-america
#18
Jana M U'Ren, A Elizabeth Arnold
BACKGROUND: Fungal endophytes inhabit symptomless, living tissues of all major plant lineages to form one of earth's most prevalent groups of symbionts. Many reproduce from senesced and/or decomposing leaves and can produce extracellular leaf-degrading enzymes, blurring the line between symbiotrophy and saprotrophy. To better understand the endophyte-saprotroph continuum we compared fungal communities and functional traits of focal strains isolated from living leaves to those isolated from leaves after senescence and decomposition, with a focus on foliage of woody plants in five biogeographic provinces ranging from tundra to subtropical scrub forest...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994500/resveratrol-alleviate-hypoxic-pulmonary-hypertension-via-anti-inflammation-and-anti-oxidant-pathways-in-rats
#19
Dunquan Xu, Yan Li, Bo Zhang, Yanxia Wang, Yi Liu, Ying Luo, Wen Niu, Mingqing Dong, Manling Liu, Haiying Dong, Pengtao Zhao, Zhichao Li
Resveratrol, a plant-derived polyphenolic compound and a phytoestrogen, was shown to possess multiple protective effects including anti-inflammatory response and anti-oxidative stress. Hypoxic pulmonary hypertension (HPH) is a progressive disease characterized by sustained vascular resistance and marked pulmonary vascular remodeling. The exact mechanisms of HPH are still unclear, but inflammatory response and oxidative stress was demonstrated to participate in the progression of HPH. The present study was designed to investigate the effects of resveratrol on HPH development...
2016: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989140/enolate-forming-compounds-as-a-novel-approach-to-cytoprotection
#20
Richard M LoPachin, Brian C Geohagen, Lars Ulrik Nordstrøm, Terrence Gavin
Evidence from laboratory studies and clinical trials suggests that plant-derived polyphenolic compounds such as curcumin, resveratrol, or phloretin might be useful in the treatment of certain diseases (e.g., Alzheimer's disease) and acute tissue injury states (e.g., spinal cord trauma). However, despite this potential, the corresponding chemical instability, toxic potential, and low bioavailability of these compounds could limit their ultimate clinical relevance. We have shown that pharmacophores of curcumin (e...
December 19, 2016: Chemical Research in Toxicology
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