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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098803/optimization-of-the-production-of-1-phenylethanol-using-enzymes-from-flowers-of-tea-camellia-sinensis-plants
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Fang Dong, Ying Zhou, Lanting Zeng, Naoharu Watanabe, Xinguo Su, Ziyin Yang
1-Phenylethanol (1PE) can be used as a fragrance in food flavoring and cosmetic industries and as an intermediate in the pharmaceutical industry. 1PE can be synthesized from acetophenone, and the cost of 1PE is higher than the cost of acetophenone. Therefore, it is important to establish an effective and low-cost approach for producing 1PE. Our previous studies found that tea (Camellia sinensis) flowers, which are an abundant and waste resource, contained enzymes that could transform acetophenone to 1PE. In the present study, we extracted crude enzymes from tea flowers and optimized the production conditions of 1PE using response surface methodology...
January 13, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096190/gain-of-function-mutants-of-the-cytokinin-receptors-ahk2-and-ahk3-regulate-plant-organ-size-flowering-time-and-plant-longevity
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Isabel Bartrina, Helen Jensen, Ondrej Novak, Miroslav Strnad, Tomas Werner, Thomas Schmülling
The phytohormone cytokinin is a regulator of numerous processes in plants. In Arabidopsis thaliana, the cytokinin signal is perceived by three membrane-located receptors named ARABIDOPSIS HISTIDINE KINASE2 (AHK2), AHK3 and AHK4/CRE1. How the signal is transmitted across the membrane is an entirely unknown process. The three receptors have been shown to operate mostly in a redundant fashion and only very few specific roles have been attributed to single receptors. Using a forward genetic approach, we isolated constitutively active gain-of-function variants of the AHK2 and AHK3 genes, named repressor of cytokinin deficiency2 (rock2) and rock3, respectively...
January 17, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095910/profile-of-bioactive-compounds-in-nymphaea-alba-l-leaves-growing-in-egypt-hepatoprotective-antioxidant-and-anti-inflammatory-activity
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Riham Omar Bakr, Mona Mohamed El-Naa, Soumaya Saad Zaghloul, Mahmoud Mohamed Omar
BACKGROUND: Nymphaea alba L. represents an interesting field of study. Flowers have antioxidant and hepatoprotective effects, rhizomes constituents showed cytotoxic activity against liver cell carcinoma, while several Nymphaea species have been reported for their hepatoprotective effects. Leaves of N. alba have not been studied before. Therefore, in this study, in-depth characterization of the leaf phytoconstituents as well as its antioxidant and hepatoprotective activities have been performed where N...
January 17, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095853/crispri-mediated-metabolic-engineering-of-e-coli-for-o-methylated-anthocyanin-production
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Brady F Cress, Quentin D Leitz, Daniel C Kim, Teresita D Amore, Jon Y Suzuki, Robert J Linhardt, Mattheos A G Koffas
BACKGROUND: Anthocyanins are a class of brightly colored, glycosylated flavonoid pigments that imbue their flower and fruit host tissues with hues of predominantly red, orange, purple, and blue. Although all anthocyanins exhibit pH-responsive photochemical changes, distinct structural decorations on the core anthocyanin skeleton also cause dramatic color shifts, in addition to improved stabilities and unique pharmacological properties. In this work, we report for the first time the extension of the reconstituted plant anthocyanin pathway from (+)-catechin to O-methylated anthocyanins in a microbial production system, an effort which requires simultaneous co-option of the endogenous metabolites UDP-glucose and S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAM or AdoMet)...
January 17, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095114/flowering-time-regulation-by-the-constans-like-gene-oscol10
#5
Junjie Tan, Fuqing Wu, Jianmin Wan
Plant flowering at the appropriate time is critical for reproductive success and influenced by a series of environmental factors such as photoperiod and temperature. A number of genes involved in photoperiodic flowering of have been cloned and their roles in modulating expression of the flowering genes have been characterized to a certain extent. However, much less is known about the pathway in transmitting the day length response signal(s) to induce transition to reproductive growth. Recently, we characterized a constitutive flowering repressor OsCOL10 encoding for a member of the CONSTANS-like (COL) family...
January 17, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087425/variations-of-metabolites-and-proteome-in-lonicera-japonica-thunb-buds-and-flowers-under-uv-radiation
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Wei Zhu, Wen Zheng, Xingjiang Hu, Xiaobao Xu, Lin Zhang, Jingkui Tian
Lonicera japonica Thunb., also known as Jin Yin Hua and Japanese honeysuckle, is used as a herbal medicine in Asian countries. Its flowers have been used in folk medicine in the clinic and in making food or healthy beverages for over 1500years in China. To investigate the molecular processes involved in L. japonica development from buds to flowers exposed to UV radiation, a comparative proteomics analysis was performed. Fifty-four proteins were identified as differentially expressed, including 42 that had increased expression and 12 that had decreased expression...
January 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087232/comparison-of-medial-malleolar-fracture-healing-at-8%C3%A2-weeks-after-open-reduction-internal-fixation-versus-percutaneous-fixation-a%C3%A2-retrospective-cohort-study
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Glenn M Weinraub, Patrick Levine, Eric Shi, Aarron Flowers
Unstable medial malleolar fractures are treated with either standard open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) or a percutaneous approach. The percutaneous approach avoids the potentially excessive soft tissue dissection associated with an open approach but can also result in inadequate anatomic reduction. No studies have compared the incidence of radiographic healing of medial malleolar fractures between an open approach and percutaneous fixation. A retrospective comparative study was performed at a single institution across multiple sites...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087090/quantifying-exposure-of-wild-bumblebees-to-mixtures-of-agrochemicals-in-agricultural-and-urban-landscapes
#8
Cristina Botías, Arthur David, Elizabeth M Hill, Dave Goulson
The increased use of pesticides has caused concern over the possible direct association of exposure to combinations of these compounds with bee health problems. There is growing proof that bees are regularly exposed to mixtures of agrochemicals, but most research has been focused on managed bees living in farmland, whereas little is known about exposure of wild bees, both in farmland and urban habitats. To determine exposure of wild bumblebees to pesticides in agricultural and urban environments through the season, specimens of five different species were collected from farms and ornamental urban gardens in three sampling periods...
January 11, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081487/comparative-genome-wide-phylogenetic-and-expression-analysis-of-sbp-genes-from-potato-solanum-tuberosum
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Musa Kavas, Aslıhan Kurt Kızıldoğan, Büşra Abanoz
Flowering time is a very important phase in transition to reproductive stage of life in higher plants. SQUAMOSA promoter-binding protein (SBP) gene family encodes plant-specific transcription factors that are involved in regulation of several developmental processes, especially flowering. Although SBP-box genes have been identified in different plants, there have been no study indicating the regulatory effect of SBP box in potato flowering. Here, we report for the first time the identification and characterization of SBP-box transcription factors as well as determination of expression level of SBP-box genes in Solanum tuberosum L...
January 4, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081289/transgenic-cotton-expressing-cry10aa-toxin-confers-high-resistance-to-the-cotton-boll-weevil
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Thuanne Pires Ribeiro, Fabricio Barbosa Monteiro Arraes, Isabela Tristan Lourenço-Tessutti, Marilia Santos Silva, Maria Eugênia Lisei-de-Sá, Wagner Alexandre Lucena, Leonardo Lima Pepino Macedo, Janaina Nascimento Lima, Regina Maria Santos Amorim, Sinara Artico, Márcio Alves-Ferreira, Maria Cristina Mattar Silva, Maria Fatima Grossi-de-Sa
Genetically modified (GM) cotton events that effectively control cotton boll weevil (CBW), which is the most destructive cotton insect pest in South America, are reported here for the first time. This work presents the successful development of new GM cotton with high resistance to CBW conferred by Cry10Aa toxin, a protein encoded by entomopathogenic Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) gene. The plant transformation vector harbouring cry10Aa gene driven by the cotton ubiquitination-related promoter uceA1.7 was introduced into a Brazilian cotton cultivar by biolistic transformation...
January 12, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079308/greater-temperature-sensitivity-of-plant-phenology-at-colder-sites-implications-for-convergence-across-northern-latitudes
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Janet Prevéy, Mark Vellend, Nadja Rüger, Robert D Hollister, Anne D Bjorkman, Isla H Myers-Smith, Sarah C Elmendorf, Karin Clark, Elisabeth J Cooper, Bo Elberling, Anna Maria Fosaa, Gregory H R Henry, Toke T Høye, Ingibjörg Svala Jónsdóttir, Kari Klanderud, Esther Lévesque, Marguerite Mauritz, Ulf Molau, Susan M Natali, Steven F Oberbauer, Zoe A Panchen, Eric Post, Sabine B Rumpf, Niels M Schmidt, Ted Schuur, Phillip R Semenchuk, Tiffany Troxler, Jeffrey M Welker, Christian Rixen
Warmer temperatures are accelerating the phenology of organisms around the world. Temperature sensitivity of phenology might be greater in colder, higher-latitude sites than in warmer regions, in part because small changes in temperature constitute greater relative changes in thermal balance at colder sites. To test this hypothesis, we examined up to 20 years of phenology data for 47 tundra plant species at 18 high-latitude sites along a climatic gradient. Across all species, the timing of leaf emergence and flowering were more sensitive to a given increase in summer temperature at colder than warmer high-latitude locations...
January 11, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075480/costs-of-selfing-prevent-the-spread-of-a-self-compatibility-mutation-that-causes-reproductive-assurance
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Nathan C Layman, M Thilina R Fernando, Christopher R Herlihy, Jeremiah W Busch
In flowering plants, shifts from outcrossing to partial or complete self-fertilization have occurred independently thousands of times, yet the underlying adaptive processes are difficult to discern. Selfing's ability to provide reproductive assurance when pollination is uncertain is an oft-cited ecological explanation for its evolution, but this benefit may be outweighed by genetic costs diminishing its selective advantage over outcrossing. We directly studied the fitness effects of a self-compatibility (SC) mutation that was backcrossed into a self-incompatible (SI) population of Leavenworthia alabamica, illuminating the direction and magnitude of selection on the mating-system modifier...
January 11, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074474/optimal-defense-theory-explains-deviations-from-latitudinal-herbivory-defense-hypothesis
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Nicholas J Kooyers, Benjamin K Blackman, Liza M Holeski
The latitudinal herbivory defense hypothesis (LHDH) postulates that the prevalence of species interactions, including herbivory, is greater at lower latitudes, leading to selection for increased levels of plant defense. While latitudinal defense clines may be caused by spatial variation in herbivore pressure, optimal defense theory predicts that clines could also be caused by ecogeographic variation in the cost of defense. For instance, allocation of resources to defense may not increase plant fitness when growing seasons are short and plants must reproduce quickly...
January 10, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073698/ectopic-expression-of-an-apple-cytochrome-p450-gene-mdcypm1-negatively-regulates-plant-photomorphogenesis-and-stress-response-in-arabidopsis
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Jian-Ping An, Rui Li, Feng-Jia Qu, Chun-Xiang You, Xiao-Fei Wang, Yu-Jin Hao
Cytochrome P450s play an important role in plant growth and are involved in multiple stresses response. However, little is known about the functions of cytochrome P450s in apple. Here, a Malus × domestica cytochrome P450 monooxygenase 1 gene, MdCYPM1, was identified and subsequently cloned from apple 'Gala' (Malus × domestica). To verify the functions of MdCYPM1, we generated transgenic Arabidopsis plants expressing the apple MdCYPM1 gene under the control of the Cauliflower mosaic virus 35S promoter...
January 7, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071695/development-of-a-multiple-hybrid-population-for-genome-wide-association-studies-theoretical-consideration-and-genetic-mapping-of-flowering-traits-in-maize
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Hui Wang, Cheng Xu, Xiaogang Liu, Zifeng Guo, Xiaojie Xu, Shanhong Wang, Chuanxiao Xie, Wen-Xue Li, Cheng Zou, Yunbi Xu
Various types of populations have been used in genetics, genomics and crop improvement, including bi- and multi-parental populations and natural ones. The latter has been widely used in genome-wide association study (GWAS). However, inbred-based GWAS cannot be used to reveal the mechanisms involved in hybrid performance. We developed a novel maize population, multiple-hybrid population (MHP), consisting of 724 hybrids produced using 28 temperate and 23 tropical inbreds. The hybrids can be divided into three subpopulations, two diallels and NC (North Carolina Design) II...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069631/pollination-reservoirs-in-lowbush-blueberry-ericales-ericaceae
#16
E M Venturini, F A Drummond, A K Hoshide, A C Dibble, L B Stack
Pollinator-dependent agriculture heavily relies upon a single pollinator-the honey bee. To diversify pollination strategies, growers are turning to alternatives. Densely planted reservoirs of pollen- and nectar-rich flowers (pollination reservoirs, hereafter "PRs") may improve pollination services provided by wild bees. Our focal agroecosystem, lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium Aiton), exists in a simple landscape uniquely positioned to benefit from PRs. First, we contrast bee visitation rates and use of three types of PR...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069217/facile-high-yield-ultrasound-mediated-protocol-for-zno-hierarchical-structures-synthesis-formation-mechanism-optical-and-photocatalytic-properties
#17
Oana Carp, Alina Tirsoaga, Ramona Ene, Adelina Ianculescu, Raluca F Negrea, Paul Chesler, Gabriela Ionita, Ruxandra Birjega
Hierarchical flowers-like zinc oxide structures have been successfully obtained by a simple and fast ultrasound-assisted method performed in a ordinary ultrasonic bath using an ammonia solution and zinc acetate, in the absence of any surfactant or template. The composition, structure, crystallinity, morphology and optical properties of the materials obtained at different ultrasound irradiation times were characterized by infrared, UV-Vis and photoluminescence spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy investigations...
May 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068345/transcriptional-and-post-transcriptional-mechanisms-limit-heading-date-1-hd1-function-to-adapt-rice-to-high-latitudes
#18
Daniela Goretti, Damiano Martignago, Martina Landini, Vittoria Brambilla, Jorge Gómez-Ariza, Nerina Gnesutta, Francesca Galbiati, Silvio Collani, Hiroki Takagi, Ryohei Terauchi, Roberto Mantovani, Fabio Fornara
Rice flowering is controlled by changes in the photoperiod that promote the transition to the reproductive phase as days become shorter. Natural genetic variation for flowering time has been largely documented and has been instrumental to define the genetics of the photoperiodic pathway, as well as providing valuable material for artificial selection of varieties better adapted to local environments. We mined genetic variation in a collection of rice varieties highly adapted to European regions and isolated distinct variants of the long day repressor HEADING DATE 1 (Hd1) that perturb its expression or protein function...
January 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067953/complex-genetic-architecture-underlies-maize-tassel-domestication
#19
Guanghui Xu, Xufeng Wang, Cheng Huang, Dingyi Xu, Dan Li, Jinge Tian, Qiuyue Chen, Chenglong Wang, Yameng Liang, Yaoyao Wu, Xiaohong Yang, Feng Tian
Maize (Zea mays) tassels underwent profound morphological changes during maize domestication and improvement. Although a number of genes affecting maize inflorescence development have been identified, the genetic basis of the morphological changes in maize tassels since domestication is not well understood. Here, using a large population of 866 maize-teosinte BC2 S3 recombinant inbred lines genotyped using 19 838 single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers, we performed high-resolution quantitative trait locus (QTL) mapping for five tassel morphological traits...
January 9, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062510/plasticity-of-floral-longevity-and-floral-display-in-the-self-compatible-biennial-sabatia-angularis-gentianaceae-untangling-the-role-of-multiple-components-of-pollination
#20
Rachel B Spigler
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Plasticity of floral traits in response to pollination can enable plants to maximize opportunities for pollen import and export under poor pollination conditions, while minimizing costs under favourable ones. Both floral longevity and display are key traits influencing pollination. While pollination-induced flower wilting is widely documented, we lack an understanding of the multifactorial complexity of this response, including the influence of other pollination components, costs of extended longevity and subsequent impacts on floral display...
January 2017: Annals of Botany
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