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Masakazu Ishii, Tatsuo Nakahara, Daisuke Araho, Juri Murakami, Masahiro Nishimura
Glycolipids are the major constituent of the thylakoid membrane of higher plants and have a variety of biological and pharmacological activities. However, anti-inflammatory effects of glycolipids on vascular endothelial cells have not been elucidated. Here, we investigated the effect of glycolipids extracted from spinach on lipopolysaccharides (LPS)-induced endothelial inflammation and evaluated the underlying molecular mechanisms. Treatment with glycolipids from spinach had no cytotoxic effects on cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and significantly blocked the expression of LPS-induced interleukin (IL)-6, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1), vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1), and intracellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) in them...
April 24, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Samik Bose, Suman Chakrabarty, Debashree Ghosh
Interactions with environment tune the spectral properties of biological chromophores, e.g. fluorescent proteins. Understanding of the relative contribution of the various types of non-covalent interactions in the spectral shifts can provide rational design principles towards developing new fluorescent probes. In this work, we investigate the origin of the red-shift in the absorption spectra of difluoro hydroxybenzylidene dimethyl imidazolinone (DFHBDI) chromophore in RNA Spinach as compared to the aqueous solution...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Wei Huang, Ying-Jie Yang, Jiao-Lin Zhang, Hong Hu, Shi-Bao Zhang
Our previous studies indicated that high light induced significant photoinhibition of photosystem I (PSI) in the shade-establishing tree species Psychotria henryi. However, the underlying mechanism has not been fully clarified. In the present study, in order to investigate the mechanism of PSI photoinhibition in P. henryi, we treated detached leaves with constant high light in the presence of methyl viologen (MV) or a soluble α-tocopherol analog, 2,2,5,7,8-pentamethyl-6-chromanol (PMC). We found that MV significantly depressed photochemical quantum yields in PSI and PSII when compared to PMC...
April 21, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
Qamar Saeed, Shafqat Saeed, Faheem Ahmad
The role of insecticidal application and host plant resistance in managing Spodoptera exigua has been well documented, but the effect of different host plants, on which the pest cycles its population in the field, has seldom been investigated. Therefore, we have studied the vulnerability of S. exigua against commonly used insecticides (cypermethrin, chlorpyrifos, lufenuron, and emamectin benzoate) with different mode of actions when it switches its generations from natal to auxiliary hosts and vice versa. Different field populations being established on different host plants including castor, cauliflower, cotton, okra, and spinach were collected and reared in the laboratory before insecticidal bioassays...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
Nanami Kikuchi, Dmitry M Kolpashchikov
We demonstrate how a single universal spinach aptamer (USSA) probe can be used to detect multiple (potentially any) nucleic acid sequences. USSA can be used for cost-efficient and highly selective analysis of even folded DNA and RNA analytes, as well as for the readout of outputs of DNA logic circuits.
April 20, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
María Benito de Valle-Prieto, Jonathan Delgado-Adámez, Ma Victoria Gil, Sara Martillanes, Ma Nieves Franco, Daniel Martín-Vertedor
The aim of this work consists of developing a technological process for elaborating a virgin olive oil enriched in lutein-zeaxanthin extracted from spinach, studying different parameters like temperature, time of extraction and different ratios (spinach-oil). It was observed that the amount of carotenoids extracted increased up to a maximum after 24 hours and decreased as the maceration time progressed up to 60 hours, resulting of biological degradation. It was also observed that as more spinach we added, as more lutein-zeaxanthin in the enriched virgin olive oil was obtained...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Oleo Science
Mary Figgatt, Kimberly Mergen, Deborah Kimelstein, Danielle M Mahoney, Alexandra Newman, David Nicholas, Kristen Ricupero, Theresa Cafiero, Daniel Corry, Julius Ade, Philip Kurpiel, Susan Madison-Antenucci, Madhu Anand
Giardia duodenalis is a protozoan that causes a gastrointestinal illness called giardiasis. Giardiasis outbreaks in the United States are most commonly associated with waterborne transmission and are less commonly associated with food, person-to-person, and zoonotic transmission. During June to September 2015, an outbreak of 20 giardiasis cases occurred and were epidemiologically linked to a local grocery store chain on Long Island, New York. Further investigation revealed three asymptomatic food handlers were infected with G...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
Ana González, Isidro Favián Bayas Morejón, María Antonia Ferrús
Some species of the Arcobacter genus are considered emerging foodborne and waterborne enteropathogens. However, the presence of Arcobacter spp. in vegetables very little is known, because most studies have focused on foods of animal origin. On the other hand, quinolones are considered as first-line drugs for the treatment of infection by campylobacteria in human patients, but few data are currently available about the resistance levels to these antibiotics among Arcobacter species. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the presence and diversity of arcobacters isolated from fresh vegetables such as lettuces, spinaches, chards and cabbages...
August 2017: Food Microbiology
Nubia Luz Estrada, J K Böhlke, Neil C Sturchio, Baohua Gu, Greg Harvey, Kent O Burkey, David A Grantz, Margaret T McGrath, Todd A Anderson, Balaji Rao, Ritesh Sevanthi, Paul B Hatzinger, W Andrew Jackson
Natural perchlorate (ClO4(-)) in soil and groundwater exhibits a wide range in stable isotopic compositions (δ(37)Cl, δ(18)O, and Δ(17)O), indicating that ClO4(-) may be formed through more than one pathway and/or undergoes post-depositional isotopic alteration. Plants are known to accumulate ClO4(-), but little is known about their ability to alter its isotopic composition. We examined the potential for plants to alter the isotopic composition of ClO4(-) in hydroponic and field experiments conducted with snap beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L...
April 8, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Sujeet Kumar Mritunjay, Vipin Kumar
The present work evaluates the microbiological quality of raw salad vegetables (RSV) consumed in Dhanbad city, India. A total of 480 samples of 8 different raw salad vegetables from local market were examined for overall microbial quality in terms of aerobic mesophilic, psychrotrophic counts, yeast, mould and total coliform levels. E. coli O157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella sp. were detected by real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) subsequent to isolation. Results showed that all the samples were found positive for total coliform; however, E...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
Şurhan Göl, Mehmet Göktay, Jens Allmer, Sami Doğanlar, Anne Frary
Spinach is a popular leafy green vegetable due to its nutritional composition. It contains high concentrations of vitamins A, E, C, and K, and folic acid. Development of genetic markers for spinach is important for diversity and breeding studies. In this work, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology was used to develop genomic simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers. After cleaning and contig assembly, the sequence encompassed 2.5% of the 980 Mb spinach genome. The contigs were mined for SSRs. A total of 3852 SSRs were detected...
April 6, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Qamar Saeed, Faheem Ahmad, Shafqat Saeed
Spodoptera exigua (Hübner) is a polyphagous pest that shifts its population to different hosts during its life cycle to receive nutritive advantages. Therefore, demographic evaluation of alternate hosts is important for effective pest management. Here, we have evaluated castor (Ricinus communis L.), cauliflower (Brassica oleracea L.), cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.), okra (Abelmoschus esculentus L.), and spinach (Spinacia oleracea L.) for growth, survival, and population development of S. exigua. Development of early populations of S...
April 5, 2017: Environmental Entomology
Alam Zeb, Parveen Nisar
Spinach is one of the highly consumed vegetable, with significant nutritional, and beneficial properties. This study revealed for the first time, the effects of high temperature frying on the carotenoids, chlorophylls, and tocopherol contents of spinach leaves. Spinach leaves were thermally processed in the sunflower oil for 15, 30, 45, and 60 min at 250°C. Reversed phase HPLC-DAD results revealed a total of eight carotenoids, four chlorophylls and α-tocopherol in the spinach leaves. Lutein, neoxanthin, violaxanthin, and β-carotene-5,6-epoxide were the major carotenoids, while chlorophyll a and b' were present in higher amounts...
2017: Frontiers in Chemistry
Wei Qian, Guiyan Fan, Dandan Liu, Helong Zhang, Xiaowu Wang, Jian Wu, Zhaosheng Xu
BACKGROUND: Cultivated spinach (Spinacia oleracea L.) is one of the most widely cultivated types of leafy vegetable in the world, and it has a high nutritional value. Spinach is also an ideal plant for investigating the mechanism of sex determination because it is a dioecious species with separate male and female plants. Some reports on the sex labeling and localization of spinach in the study of molecular markers have surfaced. However, there have only been two reports completed on the genetic map of spinach...
April 4, 2017: BMC Genomics
María A Luján, Patricia Lorente, Valter Zazubovich, Rafael Picorel
Using a single size-exclusion chromatography we were able to isolate highly pure dimers and monomers of the Cyt b 6 f complex from spinach from a bulk preparation of that protein complex obtained with a standard procedure. At higher protein/detergent ratio during the chromatography most of the Cyt b 6 f complex remained as dimers. In contrast, at lower protein/detergent ratio (around 15 times lower), most dimers became monomerized. As a bonus, this chromatography also allowed the elimination of potential Chl a contaminant to the Cyt b 6 f preparations...
April 3, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
Anna Czajkowska-Mysłek, Joanna Leszczyńska
Potential adverse reactions among infants and young children could appear after consumption of food containing small amounts of bioactive amines. This study presents the first assessment of biogenic amines occurrence in ready-to-eat vegetable without/with fish, meat and fruit baby products intended for the youngest consumers. The biogenic amine profiles and quantities of 6 amines were evaluated in 68 commercial baby foods produced by 10 leading manufacturers available in Poland, using HPLC-APCI-MS method. The total amine contents in analyzed products were obtained in the range of 1283-101421 ng/g...
March 30, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
J Szenczi-Cseh, Zs Horváth, Á Ambrus
We tested the applicability of EPIC-SOFT food picture series used in the context of a Hungarian food consumption survey gathering data for exposure assessment, and investigated errors in food portion estimation resulted from the visual perception and conceptualisation-memory. Sixty-two participants in three age groups (10 to <74 years) were presented with three different portion sizes of five foods. The results were considered acceptable if the relative difference between average estimated and actual weight obtained through the perception method was ≤25%, and the relative standard deviation of the individual weight estimates was <30% after compensating the effect of potential outliers with winsorisation...
April 3, 2017: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
Erick F de Oliveira, Andrea Cossu, Rohan V Tikekar, Nitin Nitin
Reduction of microbial load in food and water systems is critical for their safety and shelf-life. Conventionally, physical processes such as heat or light are used for rapid inactivation of microbes, while natural compounds such as lactic acid may be used as preservatives after the initial physical process. This study demonstrates enhanced and rapid inactivation of bacteria based on a synergistic combination of sub-lethal levels of stresses induced by UV-A light and two food grade organic acids. A 4.7 ± 0...
March 31, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Tomas Gonec, Katarina Kralova, Matus Pesko, Josef Jampilek
N-(Alkoxyphenyl)-2-hydroxynaphthalene-1-carboxamides (series A) and N-(alkoxyphenyl)-1-hydroxynaphthalene-2-carboxamides (series B) affecting photosystem (PS) II inhibited photosynthetic electron transport (PET) in spinach chloroplasts. Their inhibitory activity depended on the compound lipophilicity as well as on the position of the alkoxy substituent. The most potent PET inhibitors were 2-hydroxy-N-phenylnaphthalene-1-carboxamide and N-[3-(but-2-yloxy)phenyl]-2-hydroxynaphthalene-1-carboxamide within series A (IC50=28...
May 1, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Daniel Guzmán-Zapata, Yael Domínguez-Anaya, Karla S Macedo-Osorio, Andrea Tovar-Aguilar, José L Castrejón-Flores, Noé V Durán-Figueroa, Jesús A Badillo-Corona
Light-up aptamers are practical tools to image RNA localization in vivo. A now classical light-up aptamer system is the combination of the 3,5-difluoro-4-hydroxybenzylidene (DFHBI) fluorogen and the RNA aptamer Spinach, which has been successfully used in bacterial and mammalian cells. However, light-up aptamers have not been used in algae. Here, we show that a simple vector, carrying Spinach, transcriptionally fused to the aphA-6 gene, can be effectively used to generate a functional light-up aptamer in the chloroplast of C...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
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