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Yu-Lan Liang, Xin Yang, Ling-Ling Pan, Ya-Fen Wu, Fei Li, Na Wan, Xiang Zhou, Bo Liu, Bin Li
Molecular imprinting technology is widely used in the separation and analysis of compounds such as flavonoids, alkaloids and polyphenols, due to its high selectivity and specific recognition and so on. However, no much of attention has been paid to the terpenoids. This paper is aimed to not only review the effects of common synthetic elements such as functional monomers, cross-linking agents and porogens on the polymer properties, but also highlight the application of terpene molecular imprinting in solid phase extraction, sensor, membrane separation and chromatographic separation by means of statistical analysis of literature...
January 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Jean-Louis Magnard, Aurélie Rius Bony, Fabienne Bettini, Ausilia Campanaro, Bernard Blerot, Sylvie Baudino, Frédéric Jullien
Roses are widely appreciated for the appearance of their flowers and for their fragrance. This latter character results from the combination of different odorant molecules among which monoterpenes are often prevalent constituents. In this study, we report the cloning and characterization of three rose monoterpene synthases. In vitro functional characterization of these enzymes showed that one is a (-)-(3R)-linalool synthase whereas the others have a dual (+)-(3S)-linalool nerolidol synthase activity. However, given that the characterized rose cultivars were only able to produce the (-)-(3R)-linalool stereoisomer, the linalool nerolidol synthases are probably not active in planta...
March 11, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Rosalie C F Burdon, Robert R Junker, Douglas G Scofield, Amy L Parachnowitsch
Bacteria on floral tissue can have negative effects by consuming resources and affecting nectar quality, which subsequently could reduce pollinator visitation and plant fitness. Plants however can employ chemical defences to reduce bacteria density. In North American, bee-pollinated Penstemon digitalis , the nectar volatile S -(+)-linalool can influence plant fitness, and terpenes such as linalool are known for their antimicrobial properties suggesting that it may also play a role in plant-microbe interactions...
2018: Chemoecology
Giuliana M Vila Verde, Diogo A Barros, Marilene Silva Oliveira, Gilberto L B Aquino, Danilo M Santos, José Realino de Paula, Lucas D Dias, Marta Piñeiro, Mariette M Pereira
Microwave-assisted extraction of volatile oils (MAE) potentially offers a more efficient and bio-sustainable method than conventional extraction by Clevenger apparatus (CE). This study aimed to optimise the MAE of the volatile oil from Pterodon emarginatus fruits and characterise the volatile compounds. A 2³ full-factorial central composite design and response surface methodology were used to evaluate the effects of time (min), moisture (%) and microwave power (W) on the extraction yield. The process optimisation was based on the desirability function approach...
March 13, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Kieran N Kilcawley, Hope Faulkner, Holly J Clarke, Maurice G O'Sullivan, Joseph P Kerry
There has been a surge in interest in relation to differentiating dairy products derived from pasture versus confined systems. The impact of different forage types on the sensory properties of milk and cheese is complex due to the wide range of on farm and production factors that are potentially involved. The main effect of pasture diet on the sensory properties of bovine milk and cheese is increased yellow intensity correlated to β-carotene content, which is a possible biomarker for pasture derived dairy products...
March 13, 2018: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
Kevin W George, Mitchell Thompson, Joonhoon Kim, Edward E K Baidoo, George Wang, Veronica Teixeira Benites, Christopher J Petzold, Leanne Jade G Chan, Suzan Yilmaz, Petri Turhanen, Paul D Adams, Jay D Keasling, Taek Soon Lee
Isopentenyl pyrophosphate (IPP) toxicity presents a challenge in engineered microbial systems since its formation is unavoidable in terpene biosynthesis. In this work, we develop an experimental platform to study IPP toxicity in isoprenol-producing Escherichia coli. We first characterize the physiological response to IPP accumulation, demonstrating that elevated IPP levels are linked to growth inhibition, reduced cell viability, and plasmid instability. We show that IPP toxicity selects for pathway "breakage", using proteomics to identify a reduction in phosphomevalonate kinase (PMK) as a probable recovery mechanism...
March 9, 2018: Metabolic Engineering
Jakob B Butler, Jules S Freeman, Brad M Potts, René E Vaillancourt, Dario Grattapaglia, Orzenil B Silva-Junior, Blake A Simmons, Adam L Healey, Jeremy Schmutz, Kerrie W Barry, David J Lee, Robert J Henry, Graham J King, Abdul Baten, Mervyn Shepherd
Terpenes are economically and ecologically important phytochemicals. Their synthesis is controlled by the terpene synthase (TPS) gene family, which is highly diversified throughout the plant kingdom. The plant family Myrtaceae are characterised by especially high terpene concentrations, and considerable variation in terpene profiles. Many Myrtaceae are grown commercially for terpene products including the eucalypts Corymbia and Eucalyptus. Eucalyptus grandis has the largest TPS gene family of plants currently sequenced, which is largely conserved in the closely related E...
March 10, 2018: Heredity
Genevieve Laperriere, Isabel Desgagné-Penix, Hugo Germain
Lobster mushroom is a wild edible mushroom with potential commercial value. It is the product resulting of the infection, most commonly of Russula brevipes by Hypomyces lactifluorum. This study undertook quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis of tissues sampled at different infection stages, to investigate R. brevipes/H. lactifluorum interaction. We followed the colonization of R. brevipes sporocarps by H. lactifluorum which leads to the edible lobster mushrooms. In parallel, metabolomics analysis was performed to detect differences in metabolite profile among non-infected R...
March 7, 2018: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
Pedro Alonso, Raquel Fontaneda, Pilar Pardo, Francisco J Fañanás, Félix Rodríguez
A novel procedure for the synthesis of cyclohexanones from alkynol or enyne derivatives through a cationic cyclization has been developed. The key points to obtain the six-membered ring derivatives are the use of starting materials containing a terminal alkyne, the use of tetrafluoroboric acid as a promoter of the cationic cyclization, and the appropriate selection of 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoropropan-2-ol (HFIP) as solvent. This strategy can be extended to the biomimetic cationic cyclization of several terpene-derived polyenynes...
March 7, 2018: Organic Letters
Xujun Chen, Hao Chen, Joshua S Yuan, Tobias G Köllner, Yuying Chen, Yufen Guo, Xiaofeng Zhuang, Xinlu Chen, Yong-Jun Zhang, Jianyu Fu, Andreas Nebenführ, Zejian Guo, Feng Chen
Rice blast disease, caused by the fungus Magnaporthe oryzae, is the most devastating disease of rice. In our ongoing characterization of the defense mechanisms of rice plants against M. oryzae, a terpene synthase gene OsTPS19 was identified as a candidate defense gene. Here, we report the functional characterization of OsTPS19, which is upregulated by M. oryzae infection. Overexpression of OsTPS19 in rice plants enhanced resistance against M. oryzae, while OsTPS19 RNAi lines were more susceptible to the pathogen...
March 6, 2018: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Katy Díaz, Luis Espinoza, Alejandro Madrid, Leonardo Pizarro, Rolando Chamy
Currently, the most effective treatment for recurrent urinary tract infections in women is antibiotics. However, the limitation for this treatment is the duration and dosage of antibiotics and the resistance that bacteria develop after a long period of administration. With the aim of identifying mainly novel natural agents with antibacterial activity, the present study was undertaken to investigate the biological and phytochemical properties of extracts from the leaves Taraxacum officinale. The structural identification of compounds present in hexane (Hex) and ethyl acetate (AcOEt) extracts was performed by mass spectrometry (GC-MS) spectroscopic techniques and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) with the major compounds corresponding to different sesquiterpene lactones ( α -santonin, glabellin, arborescin, and estafiatin), monoterpene (9,10-dimethyltricycle [4...
2018: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Szilvia Czigle, Jaroslav Tóth, Nikoletta Jedlinszki, Erzsébet Háznagy-Radnai, Dezső Csupor, Daniela Tekeľová
The aim of this study was to prove whether Ginkgo biloba food supplements on the European market comply with pharmaceutical quality, and whether their composition satisfies the European Pharmacopoeia criteria. Medicinal products containing a standardised Ginkgo leaf extract are used for the improvement of cognitive impairment and quality of life in mild dementia. Further, Ginkgonis folium is used for the treatment of peripheral circulation disorders. Pharmacopoeial Ginkgo dry extract contains 22.0 - 27...
March 5, 2018: Planta Medica
Daniele Merli, Barbara Mannucci, Federico Bassetti, Federica Corana, Marco Falchetto, Anna R Malacrida, Giuliano Gasperi, Francesca Scolari
The Mediterranean fruit fly (medfly) Ceratitis capitata is a polyphagous pest of fruits and crops with a worldwide distribution. Its ability to use different larval hosts may have multiple effects, including impacts on adult reproductive biology. The male sex pheromone, which plays a key role in attracting both other males to lekking arenas and females for mating, is a mixture of chemical compounds including esters, acids, alkanes and terpenes known to differ between laboratory strains and wild-type populations...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Chemical Ecology
Wangdan Xiong, Jianyu Fu, Tobias G Köllner, Xinlu Chen, Qidong Jia, Haobo Guo, Ping Qian, Hong Guo, Guojiang Wu, Feng Chen
Microbial terpene synthase-like (MTPSL) genes are a type of terpene synthase genes only recently identified in plants. In contrast to typical plant terpene synthase genes, which are ubiquitous in land plants, MTPSL genes appear to occur only in nonseed plants. Our knowledge of catalytic functions of MTPSLs is very limited. Here we report biochemical characterization of the enzymes encoded by MTPSL genes from two closely related species of hornworts, Anthoceros punctatus and Anthoceros agrestis. Seven full-length MTPSL genes were identified in A...
February 26, 2018: Phytochemistry
Young J Hong, Dean J Tantillo
Results of quantum chemical investigations shed new light on the mechanisms of formation of the stemarene, stemodene, betaerdene, aphidicolene and scopadulanol diterpenes from syn-copalyl diphosphate (syn-CPP). These terpenes are shown to be connected by a complex network of reaction pathways involving concerted but asynchronous dyotropic rearrangements and triple shift rearrangements. The interconnectedness of these pathways leads to multiple routes for formation of each diterpene, which could lead to different origins for some carbon atoms in a given diterpenes under different conditions...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Li-Yun Zhu, Yong-Sheng Gao, Lin-Zhen Song, Su-Fang Li, Jun-Qing Qian
In order to study the potential application value of lavender volatile oil (LVO), the chemical composition of the volatile oil of lavender was analyzed by GC-MS, and the mouse model of Alzheimer's disease (AD) was established. Additionally, the antioxidant enzymes activity of T-SOD, GSH-PX, CAT and MDA content were studied. Experimental results showed that 55 kinds of chemical constituents including terpene, terpene alcohol and ester compounds from LVO were identified, and the content of linalool and linalyl acetate was the highest, accounting for 49...
December 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Yan-Ping Luo, Hong Zhang, Han-Fei Hu, Ze-Yu Cao, Xin-Zhuang Zhang, Liang Cao, Zhen-Zhong Wang, Wei Xiao
To investigate the protective effects of ginkgo diterpene lactone meglumine injection (GDLMI) on cerebral focal ischemia reperfusion injury induced by middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) in rats, and explore its possible mechanism. One hundred and forty male SD rats were randomly divided into sham operation group, model group, ginkgo biloba extract injection (Ginaton, 1.0 mL•kg⁻¹) group, nimodipine (0.4 mg•kg⁻¹) group, and GDLMI (5.2, 2.6, 1.3 mg•kg⁻¹) groups; All of rats received corresponding drugs by tail vein injection 4 days before operation (normal saline in model group and sham operation group)...
December 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Rafael Torres-Martínez, Yolanda Magdalena García-Rodríguez, Patricia Ríos-Chávez, Alfredo Saavedra-Molina, Joel Edmundo López-Meza, Alejandra Ochoa-Zarzosa, Rafael Salgado Garciglia
Background: The aim of this study was to investigate the in vitro antioxidant activity of Satureja macrostema (Moc. and Sessé ex Benth.) Briq. (Lamiaceae) essential oil, a Mexican medicinal plant known as nurite. Materials and Methods: Fresh aerial parts of S. macrostema plants cultivated in greenhouse for 3 months were subjected to hydrodistillation in a Clevenger apparatus to obtain essential oil. Volatile compounds were identified by gas chromatography (GC) and GC/mass spectrometry...
January 2018: Pharmacognosy Magazine
Koji Noge, Shigeru Tamogami
Herbivore-induced plant volatiles play important roles in plant-insect and plant-plant interactions. The common evening primrose, Oenothera biennis, is often infested by the flea beetle, Altica oleracea, on which the predatory blue shield bug, Zicrona caerulea, is usually found. This observation suggests that the predatory bug can discriminate infested plants from intact ones to locate its prey. In this study, l-leucine-derived nitrogen-containing compounds [isovaleronitrile (3-methylbutanenitrile), (E/Z)-isovaleraldoxime and 3-methyl-1-nitrobutane] and some terpenes were identified as a characteristic volatile blend from herbivore-infested O...
March 2018: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
A M Twidle, D Barker, A G Seal, B Fedrizzi, D M Suckling
Volatiles emitted from unpollinated in situ flowers were collected from two male cultivars, 'M33', 'M91', and one female cultivar 'Zesy002' (Gold3) of kiwifruit (Actinidia chinensis var. chinensis). The samples were found to contain 48 compounds across the three cultivars with terpenes and straight chain alkenes dominating the headspace. Electrophysiological responses of honey bees (Apis mellifera) and bumble bees (Bombus terrestris) to the headspace of the kiwifruit flowers were recorded. Honey bees consistently responded to 11 floral volatiles from Gold3 pistillate flowers while bumble bees consistently responded to only five compounds from the pistillate flowers...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Chemical Ecology
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