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A Abellán-Llobregat, C González-Gaitán, L Vidal, A Canals, E Morallón
A new portable electrochemical sensor based on 4-aminobenzoic acid-modified herringbone carbon nanotubes (hCNTs-4ABA/Au-IDA) has been developed for the simultaneous determination of ascorbic acid (AA) and uric acid (UA) in physiological fluids. AA and UA were quantified by chronoamperometry at 0.1 and 0.32 V, respectively, in phosphate buffer solution (PBS 0.25 M, pH 7.0). Significant results were obtained for the separate quantification of AA and UA, with a limit of detection (LOD) of 0.65 μM for both analytes, and sensitivities of (9...
February 23, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Lokesh K Narnoliya, Rajender S Sangwan, Sudhir P Singh
Rose-scented geranium (Pelargonium sp.) is widely known as aromatic and medicinal herb, accumulating specialized metabolites of high economic importance, such as essential oils, ascorbic acid, and tartaric acid. Ascorbic acid and tartaric acid are multifunctional metabolites of human value to be used as vital antioxidants and flavor enhancing agents in food products. No information is available related to the structural and functional properties of the enzymes involved in ascorbic acid and tartaric acid biosynthesis in rose-scented geranium...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Biology Reports
Khairunnisa Amreen, Sivakumar Nisha, Annamalai Senthil Kumar
Direct sensing of uric acid (UA) in an undiluted whole blood sample is reported here taking human whole blood as an analyte and a self-supporting electrolyte. Among various solid electrodes (Pt, Au, GCE, and GCE/Nafion) and carbon nanomaterials (carbon nanofibers, graphene oxide, graphite nanopowder, graphitized mesoporous carbon (GMC), single-walled carbon nanotubes, and multiwalled carbon nanotubes) tested, a GMC-modified glassy carbon electrode, designated as GCE/GMC, showed a remarkable response towards direct electrochemical oxidation of blood uric acid at ∼0...
March 16, 2018: Analyst
Daniela Cecconi, Luca Dalle Carbonare, Antonio Mori, Samuele Cheri, Michela Deiana, Jessica Brandi, Vincenzo Degaetano, Valentina Masiero, Giulio Innamorati, Monica Mottes, Giovanni Malerba, Maria Teresa Valenti
Melanoma is an aggressive skin cancer; an early detection of the primary tumor may improve its prognosis. Despite many genes have been shown to be involved in melanoma, the full framework of melanoma transformation has not been completely explored. The characterization of pathways involved in tumor restraint in in vitro models may help to identify oncotarget genes. We therefore aimed to probe novel oncotargets through an integrated approach involving proteomic, gene expression and bioinformatic analysis We investigated molecular modulations in melanoma cells treated with ascorbic acid, which is known to inhibit cancer growth at high concentrations...
February 20, 2018: Oncotarget
Raúl Cassia, Macarena Nocioni, Natalia Correa-Aragunde, Lorenzo Lamattina
Here, we review information on how plants face redox imbalance caused by climate change, and focus on the role of nitric oxide (NO) in this response. Life on Earth is possible thanks to greenhouse effect. Without it, temperature on Earth's surface would be around -19°C, instead of the current average of 14°C. Greenhouse effect is produced by greenhouse gasses (GHG) like water vapor, carbon dioxide (CO2 ), methane (CH4 ), nitrous oxides (Nx O) and ozone (O3 ). GHG have natural and anthropogenic origin. However, increasing GHG provokes extreme climate changes such as floods, droughts and heat, which induce reactive oxygen species (ROS) and oxidative stress in plants...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
A Covarrubias-Pinto, A I Acuña, G Boncompain, E Pápic, P V Burgos, F Perez, M A Castro
Ascorbic acid (Asc) is an antioxidant molecule essential for physiological functions. The concentration of extracellular Asc increases during synaptic transmission and renal reabsorption. These phenomena induce an increase of the Sodium-dependent-Vitamin-C-transporter 2 (SVCT2) at plasma membrane (PM) localization, as we previously demonstrated in neuronal and non-neuronal cells. Hence, the aim of this study was to evaluate intracellular SVCT2 trafficking kinetics in response to Asc. We observed two peaks of SVCT2 localization and function at the PM (at 5-10min, "acute response", and 30-60min, "post-acute response") when cells were incubated with Asc...
March 12, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Jozef Kováčik, Sławomir Dresler, Petr Babula
Short-term (24 h) responses of Cladonia arbuscula subsp. mitis (formerly known as Cladina and this name is used to distinguish the tested species) and Cladonia furcata to nickel (Ni2+ ) excess (10 or 100 μM) were compared. Cladonia accumulated more Ni at higher Ni dose (1.717 mg total Ni/g DW), K amount was unaffected and Ca amount decreased in Cladina only. Fluorescence microscopy detection of total/general ROS and hydrogen peroxide showed Ni-stimulated increase in both species being more pronounced in Cladonia and in mycobiont partner mainly...
March 6, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Ruichuan Yin, Jiezhen Mo, Jiayin Dai, Hailin Wang
Nickel is found widely in the environment. It is an essential microelement but also toxic. However, nickel displays only weak genotoxicity and mutagenicity. Exploration of the epigenetic toxicity of nickel is extremely interesting. Iron(ii)- and 2-oxoglutarate-dependent Tet dioxygenases are a class of epigenetic enzymes that catalyze the oxidation of DNA 5-methylcytosine (5mC). Thus, they are critical for DNA demethylation and, importantly, are involved with nuclear reprogramming, embryonic development, and regulation of gene expression...
March 14, 2018: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
Oksana V Bocharova, Sentyabrina P Reshta, Maiia Y Bocharova, Vasiliy I Eshtokin
BACKGROUND: Organoleptic properties, and positive health effect on consumers, both justify the importance of the determination of apple juice authenticity, in respect of retail and wholesale trade networks worldwide. RESULTS: Adulteration of apple juice through dilution with water, and with ascorbic acid has been determined. It has been demonstrated that polarization curves of platinum electrode (Pt) in apple juice are useful for undeclared antioxidant determination, due to the movement of the polarization curve to the left, by 200 mV, when ascorbic acid was added...
March 13, 2018: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Mohammad Ibrahim, Musadiq Ibrahim, Niaz Muhammad, Muhammad Ishaq Ali Shah, Gerlânia de Oliveira Leite, Joao B T Rocha
Selenium (Se) is a dietary essential trace element with important biological roles. It is a nutrient related to the complex metabolic and enzymatic functions. Organoselenium compounds have been reported to have anti-ulcer activity and used as drug for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. The antiulcer activity of binapthyl diselenide (NapSe)2 was investigated in ethanol-induced gastric lesions in rats. A number of markers of oxidative stress were examined in rats stomach including thiobarbituric acid reactive species (TBARS), catalase (CAT), superoxide dismutase (SOD), non-protein thiol groups (NPSH) and ascorbic acid...
March 13, 2018: Inflammopharmacology
Gwendolyn N Y van Gorkom, Roel G J Klein Wolterink, Catharina H M J Van Elssen, Lotte Wieten, Wilfred T V Germeraad, Gerard M J Bos
Vitamin C or ascorbic acid (AA) is implicated in many biological processes and has been proposed as a supplement for various conditions, including cancer. In this review, we discuss the effects of AA on the development and function of lymphocytes. This is important in the light of cancer treatment, as the immune system needs to regenerate following chemotherapy or stem cell transplantation, while cancer patients are often AA-deficient. We focus on lymphocytes, as these white blood cells are the slowest to restore, rendering patients susceptible to often lethal infections...
March 10, 2018: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
N Wang, Q Xu, Y Liu, Y Jin, P W Harlina, M Ma
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) from hen egg yolk has high nutritional value and plays an important role in the fields of biology, medicine, and materials. To develop fundamental research about LDL, a highly efficient extraction method is necessary. We found that 30% saturated ammonium sulfate can extract more crude LDL than 40% saturation. We selected polyethylene glycol (PEG; nonionic type) to obtain crude LDL. Three factors were employed, namely, degree of polymerization, concentration of PEG, and pH of egg yolk plasma...
March 8, 2018: Poultry Science
Neema Pallikkarathodi Mani, Manjunatha Ganiga, Jobin Cyriac
Fluorescence sensors for biologically active molecules are catching attention due to their good performance and simplicity. Herein, we report a fluorescence sensor for the selective and sensitive detection of dopamine (DA) in aqueous samples. MoS2 nanohybrid material composed of MoS2 quantum dots dispersed over MoS2 nanosheets (MoS2 QDNS) in alkaline medium was employed as the fluorescent probe. In the presence of DA, the photoluminescence intensity of MoS2 QDNS was quenched linearly with increasing concentration of the former...
March 13, 2018: Analyst
Dedong Min, Fujun Li, Xinhua Zhang, Xixi Cui, Pan Shu, Lulu Dong, Chuntao Ren
MYC2, a basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor, is a master regulator in Jasmonic acid (JA) signaling pathway. However, the functions of SlMYC2 in MeJA-mediated fruit chilling tolerance are far from being clearly understood. Thus, in present work, we constructed SlMYC2-silenced tomato fruit by virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) and investigated the function of SlMYC2 in MeJA-induced tomato fruit chilling tolerance. The results showed that MeJA treatment markedly induced the SlMYC2 expression, increased proline content, lycopene content and antioxidant enzyme activities, including superoxide dismutase, peroxidase, catalase and ascorbate peroxidase, inhibited the increase of electrical conductivity and malondialdehyde content, and effectively reduced the chilling injury (CI) incidence and CI index...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Tifang Miao, Qinghua Deng, Hui Gao, Xianliang Fu, Shuang Li
Theoretical studies on DNA-cleavage properties of [Cu(bba)(diimine)] 1-4 have been carried out using density functional theory (DFT) and docking methods. The optimized structures of Cu(II) complexes were docked into DNA, glutathiones (GSH) and ascorbic acids (VC) so that the corresponding docking models were obtained. To explore DNA-cleavage properties of Cu(II) complexes, the docking models of complexes with GSH and VC were further optimized using DFT method, while the docking models of complexes with DNA were optimized using QM/MM method because DNA is a supramolecular system...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
F Vizzarri, M Palazzo, S Bartollino, D Casamassima, B Parolini, P Troiano, C Caruso, C Costagliola
Ultraviolet-radiation exerts a well-known role in the development of various ocular diseases and may contribute to the progress of age-related macular degeneration. Therefore, the use of compounds able to protect the eyes from UV-induced cellular damage is challenging. The aim of this study has been to test the protective effects of an antioxidant topical formulation against UV-induced damage in rabbit eyes. Twelve male rabbits were used. Animals were divided into 4 groups of 3 animals each. Control group (CG) did not receive any irradiation and/or eye drop...
March 12, 2018: Physiological Research
Mohammad Akbari, Nasser Mahna, Katam Ramesh, Ali Bandehagh, Silvia Mazzuca
Pistachio, one of the important tree nuts, is cultivated in arid and semi-arid regions where salinity is the most common abiotic stress encountered by this tree. However, the mechanisms underlying salinity tolerance in this plant are not well understood. In the present study, five 1-year-old pistachio rootstocks (namely Akbari, Badami, Ghazvini, Kale-Ghouchi, and UCB-1) were treated with four saline water regimes (control, 8, 12, and 16 dS m-1 ) for 100 days. At high salinity level, all rootstocks showed decreased relative water content (RWC), total chlorophyll content (TCHC), and carotenoids in the leaf, while ascorbic acid (AsA) and total soluble proteins (TSP) were reduced in both leaf and root organs...
March 12, 2018: Protoplasma
Minhui He, Qiong Hu, Yaqi Mei, Baojing Zhou, Jinming Kong, Xueji Zhang
The ability to directly detect alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity in undiluted serum samples is of great importance for clinical diagnosis. In this work, we report the use of the distinctive metal-to-ligand charge-transfer (MLCT) absorption properties of the Cu(BCA)2 + (BCA = bicinchoninic acid) reporter for the visual detection of ALP activity. In the presence of ALP, the substrate ascorbic acid 2-phosphate (AAP) can be enzymatically hydrolyzed to release ascorbic acid (AA), which in turn reduces Cu2+ to Cu+ ...
2018: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
Antonio Alfonzo, Raimondo Gaglio, Alessandro Miceli, Nicola Francesca, Rosalia Di Gerlando, Giancarlo Moschetti, Luca Settanni
Microbiological, chemical and physical parameters of minimally processed red chicory (Cichorium intybus L.) subjected to two different transformation processes were investigated. A classic ready-to-eat (RTE) process (P1) and a production without cutting (P2) were monitored during refrigerated (4 °C) storage (15 d). Total mesophilic microorganisms, total psychrotrophic microorganisms and pseudomonads were detected at the highest cell densities in all samples. Presumptive Pseudomonas population dominated the cultivable microbial community of RTE red chicory and were characterized genetically...
August 2018: Food Microbiology
Tareq M Osaili, Akram R Alaboudi, Heba N Al-Quran, Anas A Al-Nabulsi
Enterobacteriaceae family can contaminate fresh produce at any stage of production either at pre-harvest or post-harvest stages. The objectives of the current study were to i) identify Enterobacteriaceae species on iceberg lettuce, ii) compare the decontamination efficiency of water, sodium hypochlorite (free chlorine 200 ppm), peroxyacetic acid (PA 80 ppm; Kenocid 2100® ) or their combinations and ionizing radiation against Enterobacteriaceae on shredded iceberg lettuce and iii) determine the survival of Enterobacteriaceae post-treatment storage of shredded iceberg lettuce at 4, 10 and 25 °C, for up to 7 days...
August 2018: Food Microbiology
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