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Abiola M Adeosun, Osasenaga M Ighodaro, Abiola O Aminu, Aminat I Ogunlana
BACKGROUND: Regular consumption of vegetables has been associated with reduced risk of chronic diseases. The phenolic and free radical scavenging properties of five green vegetables grown in southern Nigeria were determined. METHODS: The phenolic and antioxidant profile of African spinach, bitter leaf, jute leaf, scent leaf and water leaf harvested in the month of August were assessed using standard protocols. RESULTS: The total phenolic content (GAE mg/100 g) of the fresh vegetables ranges from 738...
October 2016: Acta Scientiarum Polonorum. Technologia Alimentaria
Patrick Diel, Anne Kurrat, Christina Oden, Lars Hanke
Menopause is for many females associated with an occurrence of a variety of health complaints and a decrease in quality in life. Hot flashes, sleep disturbances and a variety of other symptoms result in a strong psychological strain. Hormone replacement therapy for treatment of climacteric complaints is discussed controversially regarding associated side effects. This is a major reason to propose treatment with plant derived extracts and compounds as an alternative. Such compounds are available either as drugs but mostly as nutritional supplements...
January 4, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
Anke Weißenborn, Anke Ehlers, Karen-I Hirsch-Ernst, Alfonso Lampen, Birgit Niemann
In the late 1930s, it was discovered that liver and yeast extracts can be used to correct certain cases of megaloblastic anemia in pregnancy. The factor responsible for this was isolated from spinach leaves in the 1940s, and referred to as folate, a term derived from the Latin word folium for leaf. Folate is considered an essential nutrient for human beings. Folic acid, the synthetic form of the vitamin, is used in dietary supplements, medicines and fortified foods. Since the 1980s, it has been recommended that women who plan to become pregnant and pregnant women during the first trimester of pregnancy take folic acid supplements...
January 3, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
Jatinder Pal Singh, Amritpal Kaur, Khetan Shevkani, Narpinder Singh
The present work was undertaken to evaluate the chemical composition (proximate, minerals and dietary fibre), colour parameters, antioxidant activity and polyphenol profiles of different fruits (pomegranate, kinnow, mango, banana, jambolan, grapes and sapodilla) and vegetables (beetroot, brinjal, orange carrot, bitter gourd, mentha and spinach). The amount of insoluble dietary fibre was higher than soluble dietary fibre for all fruits and vegetables. Vegetables showed superior mineral composition (higher amounts of K, Ca and Fe) as compared to fruits...
November 2016: Journal of Food Science and Technology
Sandopu Sravan Kumar, Prabhakaran Manoj, Girish Nimisha, Parvatam Giridhar
This study aimed to assess the nutrient composition, minerals, and stability of betalains pigment from fruit extracts of Basella rubra. The proximate composition included total carbohydrates (1.64 g), protein (51 mg), total lipid (1.38%), moisture (81.76%), niacin (0.5 mg), ascorbic acid (89.33 mg), and total tocopherols (1.27 mg) in 100 g fresh deseeded fruit. Total dietary fibre of 32.52 g and soluble dietary fibre of 12.34 g in 100 g dry deseeded fruits. Fatty acid composition of dry deseeded fruits comprised 57...
November 2016: Journal of Food Science and Technology
Mitsutoshi Aoyagi, Masahiro Chiba, Youichiro Kakimoto, Satoru Nemoto
A method for the determination of diphenylamine in agricultural products was developed. Diphenylamine was extracted with acetonitrile from a sample under an acidic condition, passed through a C18 cartridge column, re-extracted with n-hexane, cleaned up on a PSA cartridge column, determined by HPLC with fluorescence detector and confirmed by liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry. Average recoveries (n=5) from brown rice, corn, soybeans, potato, cabbage, eggplant, spinach, orange, apple and green tea were in the range from 76...
2016: Shokuhin Eiseigaku Zasshi. Journal of the Food Hygienic Society of Japan
Victoire W T de Wild, Cees de Graaf, Gerry Jager
BACKGROUND: Children's low vegetable consumption requires effective strategies to enhance preference for and intake of vegetables. OBJECTIVE: The study compared three preparation practices for a target vegetable (spinach) on their effectiveness in increasing preschool-aged children's preference for and intake of the target vegetable in comparison to a control vegetable (green beans). DESIGN: We conducted a randomized controlled trial with four parallel groups: plain spinach, creamed spinach, spinach ravioli, and green beans...
December 22, 2016: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Philipp Bieri, Marc Leibundgut, Martin Saurer, Daniel Boehringer, Nenad Ban
Chloroplasts are cellular organelles of plants and algae that are responsible for energy conversion and carbon fixation by the photosynthetic reaction. As a consequence of their endosymbiotic origin, they still contain their own genome and the machinery for protein biosynthesis. Here, we present the atomic structure of the chloroplast 70S ribosome prepared from spinach leaves and resolved by cryo-EM at 3.4 Å resolution. The complete structure reveals the features of the 4.5S rRNA, which probably evolved by the fragmentation of the 23S rRNA, and all five plastid-specific ribosomal proteins...
December 22, 2016: EMBO Journal
Jane Nygaard Eriksen, Pia Lisbeth Madsen, Lars Ove Dragsted, Eva Arrigoni
An improved UHPLC-DAD based method was developed and validated for quantification of major carotenoids present in spinach, serum, chylomicrons and faeces. Separation was achieved with gradient elution within 12.5 min for 6 dietary carotenoids and the internal standard, echinenone. The proposed method provides, for all standard components, resolution >1.1, linearity covering the target range (R>0.99), LOQ <0.035 mg/L, intra-day and inter-day RSD <2% and 10%, respectively. Suitability of the method was tested on biological matrices...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Chuang Shen, Ying-Ying Huang, Chun-Tao He, Qian Zhou, Jing-Xin Chen, Xiao Tan, Samavia Mubeen, Jian-Gang Yuan, Zhong-Yi Yang
In plants, microRNAs (miRNAs) play regulatory roles in response to various environmental stresses. In order to illustrate the regulation mechanisms of miRNAs involving the different Cd accumulation abilities between a low-shoot-Cd cultivar (QLQ) and a high-shoot-Cd cultivar (T308) of water spinach (Ipomoea aquatic Forsk.), six sRNA libraries at 3 different time points were constructed. Only 5 miRNAs were exclusively regulated in QLQ, among them, miRNA395 was up-regulated, which was supposed to enhance the Cd retention and detoxification in root...
December 12, 2016: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Michael Graf, Stefan Arenz, Paul Huter, Alexandra Dönhöfer, Jiří Nováček, Daniel N Wilson
Ribosomes are the protein synthesizing machines of the cell. Recent advances in cryo-EM have led to the determination of structures from a variety of species, including bacterial 70S and eukaryotic 80S ribosomes as well as mitoribosomes from eukaryotic mitochondria, however, to date high resolution structures of plastid 70S ribosomes have been lacking. Here we present a cryo-EM structure of the spinach chloroplast 70S ribosome, with an average resolution of 5.4 Å for the small 30S subunit and 3.6 Å for the large 50S ribosomal subunit...
December 15, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Wen-Chun Bong, Leo P Vanhanen, Geoffrey P Savage
Spinach (Spinacia oleracea L.) is often used as a base vegetable to make green juices that are promoted as healthy dietary alternatives. Spinach is known to contain significant amounts of oxalates, which are toxic and, if consumed regularly, can lead to the development of kidney stones. This research investigates adding 50-500mg increments of calcium carbonate, calcium chloride, calcium citrate and calcium sulphate to 100g of raw homogenates of spinach to determine whether calcium would combine with the soluble oxalate present in the spinach...
April 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
G J Lee, S H Kim, D S Kim
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December 2016: Planta Medica
Isao Masuda, Takao Igarashi, Reiko Sakaguchi, Ram G Nitharwal, Ryuichi Takase, Kyu Young Han, Benjamin J Leslie, Cuiping Liu, Howard Gamper, Taekjip Ha, Suparna Sanyal, Ya-Ming Hou
Transfer RNAs (tRNAs) perform essential tasks for all living cells. They are major components of the ribosomal machinery for protein synthesis and they also serve in non-ribosomal pathways for regulation and signaling metabolism. We describe the development of a genetically encoded fluorescent tRNA fusion with the potential for imaging in live Escherichia coli cells. This tRNA fusion carries a Spinach aptamer that becomes fluorescent upon binding of a cell-permeable and non-toxic fluorophore. We show that, despite having a structural framework significantly larger than any natural tRNA species, this fusion is a viable probe for monitoring tRNA stability in a cellular quality control mechanism that degrades structurally damaged tRNA...
December 11, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Nisha Shabnam, P Sharmila, Hyunook Kim, P Pardha-Saradhi
The unique potential of chloroplasts/thylakoids to harness light energy to transport electrons from H2O to various entities was exploited for reduction of Ag+ to generate nanoparticles (NPs). Spinach thylakoids/chloroplasts turned AgNO3 solutions brown in light, but not in dark. Besides showing Ag-NPs specific surface plasmon resonance band, these brown solutions showed presence of 5-30 nm crystalline NPs composed of Ag. Powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) analysis revealed that Ag-NPs were biphasic composed of face-centered cubic Ag0 and cubic Ag2O...
2016: PloS One
Susan R Leonard, Mark K Mammel, David W Lacher, Christopher A Elkins
Consumption of fresh bagged spinach contaminated with Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) has led to severe illness and death; however current culture-based methods to detect foodborne STEC are time consuming. Since not all STEC strains are considered pathogenic to humans, it is crucial to incorporate virulence characterization of STEC in the detection method. In this study, we assess the comprehensiveness of utilizing a shotgun metagenomics approach for detection and strain-level identification by spiking spinach with a variety of genomically disparate STEC strains at a low contamination level of 0...
2016: PloS One
Attila Hunyadi, Ibolya Herke, Katalin Lengyel, Mária Báthori, Zoltán Kele, András Simon, Gábor Tóth, Kálmán Szendrei
Phytoecdysteroids like 20-hydroxyecdysone ("ecdysterone") can exert a mild, non-hormonal anabolic/adaptogenic activity in mammals, and as such, are frequently used in food supplements. Spinach is well-known for its relatively low ecdysteroid content. Cyanotis arachnoidea, a plant native in China, is among the richest sources of phytoecdysteroids, and extracts of this plant are marketed in tons per year amounts via the internet at highly competitive prices. Here we report the investigation of a series of food supplements produced in Germany and claimed to contain spinach extracts...
December 8, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yi Yi Yong, Gary Dykes, Sui Mae Lee, Wee Sim Choo
Betacyanins are reddish to violet pigments that can be found in red pitahaya (Hylocereus polyrhizus) and red spinach (Amaranthus dubius). This study investigated the impact of sub-fractionation (solvent partitioning) on betacyanin content in both plants. Characterization of betacyanins and evaluation of their antimicrobial activities were also carried out. Betanin was found in both plants. In addition, isobetanin, phyllocactin and hylocerenin were found in red pitahaya whereas amaranthine and decarboxy-amaranthine were found in red spinach...
December 5, 2016: Plant Foods for Human Nutrition
A Mark Ibekwe, Selda Ors, Jorge F S Ferreira, Xuan Liu, Donald L Suarez
Salinity is a common problem under irrigated agriculture, especially in low rainfall and high evaporative demand areas of southwestern United States and other semi-arid regions around the world. However, studies on salinity effects on soil microbial communities are relatively few while the effects of irrigation-induced salinity on soil chemical and physical properties and plant growth are well documented. In this study, we examined the effects of salinity, temperature, and temporal variability on soil and rhizosphere microbial communities in sand tanks irrigated with prepared solutions designed to simulate saline wastewater...
February 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Brandon D Burch, Carolina Garrido, David M Margolis
Many techniques currently used to measure HIV RNA production in cells suffer from limitations that include high background signal or the potential to destroy cellular context. Fluorophore-binding RNA aptamers offer the potential for visualizing RNAs directly in living cells with minimal cellular perturbation. We inserted a sequence encoding a fluorophore-binding RNA aptamer, known as Spinach, into the HIV genome such that predicted RNA secondary structures in both Spinach and HIV were preserved. Chimeric HIV-Spinach RNAs were functionally validated in vitro by testing their ability to enhance the fluorescence of a conditional fluorophore (DFHBI), which specifically binds Spinach...
January 15, 2017: Virus Research
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