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Rui Yang, Jing Tian, Desheng Wang, Chris Blanchard, Zhongkai Zhou
The effect of chitosan decoration on the transport of epigallocatechin (EGC)-encapsulated ferritin cage across the Caco-2 cells was investigated. After the encapsulation of EGC in apo-red bean (adzuki) ferritin (apoRBF), the EGC-loaded apoRBF nanoparticle (ER) was fabricated with an encapsulation ratio of 11.6% (w/w). The results indicated that different chitosan molecules (with molecular weights of 980, 4600, 46 000, and 210 000 Da) could attach onto the apoRBF via electrostatic interactions to form ER-chitosan complexes (ERCs) (ERCs980 , ERCs4600 , ERCs46000 , and ERCs210000 )...
March 15, 2018: Food & Function
Liyu Shi, Shifeng Cao, Xin Chen, Wei Chen, Yonghua Zheng, Zhenfeng Yang
Proanthocyanidins (PAs) are distributed widely in Chinese bayberry fruit and have been associated with human health benefits, but molecular and biochemical characterization of PA biosynthesis remains unclear. Here, two genes encoding key PA biosynthetic enzymes, anthocyanidin reductase (ANR) and leucoanthocyanidin reductase (LAR) were isolated in bayberry fruit. MrANR was highly expressed at the early stage of fruit development when soluble PAs accumulated at high levels. Meanwhile, the transcript abundance of both MrANR and MrLAR observed at the late stage was paralleled with the high amounts of insoluble PAs...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Shuwei Zhang, Chun Yang, Emmanuel Idehen, Shi Lei, Lishuang Lv, Shengmin Sang
Black tea consumption has been associated with many health benefits including the prevention of cancer and heart disease. However, the chemical composition of black tea has not been fully explored. Most studies have examined different interactions between the four major tea catechins, and few studies have examined the interaction between catechins and other components in tea. In the present study, we tested our hypothesis that the ortho-dihydroxyl structure of chlorogenic acid (CGA) could react with the vic-trihydroxy structure of (-)-epigallocatechin 3-gallate (EGCG) and (-)-epigallocatechin (EGC) to generate theaflavin-type of compounds during black tea fermentation...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Ziqiang Huang, Yunwei Pang, Haisheng Hao, Weihua Du, Xueming Zhao, Huabin Zhu
Objective: Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is a major ingredient of catechin polyphenols and is considered one of the most promising bioactive compounds in green tea because of its strong antioxidant properties. However, the protective role of EGCG in bovine oocyte in vitro maturation (IVM) has not been investigated. Therefore, we aimed to study the effects of EGCG on IVM of bovine oocytes. Methods: Bovine oocytes were treated with different concentrations of EGCG (0, 25, 50 100, and 200 μM) , and the nuclear and cytoplasmic maturation, cumulus cell expansion, intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels, total antioxidant capacity, the early apoptosis and the developmental competence of in vitro fertilized embryos were measured...
March 13, 2018: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
H J C de Vries, M Soltanipoor, S Kezic, C E Vergunst
Camellia sinensis extract/Sinecatechins/10% ointment is a registered topical therapy for the treatment of external and perianal genital warts, to be applied thrice daily. Pharmacokinetic studies elucidating the most optimal frequency of application have not been undertaken, and a less frequent (more convenient) application schedule might also be effective. Here, we measured epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) concentrations, the main Camellia sinensis extract component, in the stratum corneum (SC) over time after one application...
March 10, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Mina Cheraghi Nirumand, Marziyeh Hajialyani, Roja Rahimi, Mohammad Hosein Farzaei, Stéphane Zingue, Seyed Mohammad Nabavi, Anupam Bishayee
Kidney stones are one of the oldest known and common diseases in the urinary tract system. Various human studies have suggested that diets with a higher intake of vegetables and fruits play a role in the prevention of kidney stones. In this review, we have provided an overview of these dietary plants, their main chemical constituents, and their possible mechanisms of action. Camellia sinensis (green tea), Rubus idaeus (raspberry), Rubia cordifolia (common madder), Petroselinum crispum (parsley), Punica granatum (pomegranate), Pistacia lentiscus (mastic), Solanum xanthocarpum (yellow-fruit nightshade), Urtica dioica (stinging nettle), Dolichos biflorus ( horse gram ), Ammi visnaga (khella), Nigella sativa (black-cumin), Hibiscus sabdariffa (roselle), and Origanum vulgare (oregano) have received considerable interest based on scientific evidence...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Taewoong Ha, Mi Kyoung Kim, Kwang-Su Park, Woong Jung, Hyunah Choo, Youhoon Chong
(-)-Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is known as a mitochondria-targeted molecule that can prevent mitochondrial deterioration and induce mitochondrial biogenesis by modulating key regulators of mitochondrial metabolism. In this study, we tackled whether derivatization of EGCG could result in enhancement of its effects on mitochondrial biogenesis. EGCG, EGCG peracetate (AcEGCG), and its 4″- O-alkyl substituted congeners prepared by previously reported procedures were biologically evaluated. Interestingly, EGCG and AcEGCG were only marginally effective in inducing mitochondrial biogenesis, while AcEGCG congeners with an alkyl group at the 4″- O position showed significantly increased biological activity compared to their parent compound...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Kai Peng, Qianqian Huang, Zhongjun Xu, Tim A McAllister, Surya Acharya, Irene Mueller-Harvey, Christopher Drake, Junming Cao, Yanhua Huang, Yuping Sun, Shunxi Wang, Yuxi Wang
Conservation methods have been shown to affect forage nutrient composition and value, but little information is available about the effect of forage conservation on plant condensed tannins (CT). The objective of this study was to assess the effects of conservation method on the concentration, chemical composition and biological activity of CT. Whole-plant purple prairie clover (PPC, Dalea purpurea Vent.) was harvested at full flower and conserved as freeze-dried forage (FD), hay (HAY) or silage (SIL). Concentration of CT in conserved PPC was determined by the butanol-HCl-acetone method...
March 6, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Le Ying, De-Dong Kong, Yuan-Yuan Gao, Feng Yan, Yue-Fei Wang, Ping Xu
Phenolics, as the main bioactive compounds in tea, have been suggested to have potential in the prevention of various human diseases. However, little is known about phenolics and their bioactivity in Zhangping Narcissue tea cake which is considered the most special kind of oolong tea. To unveil its bioactivity, three phenolic-enriched extracts were obtained from Zhangping Narcissue tea cake using ethyl acetate, n-butanol, and water. Their main chemical compositions and in vitro bioactivity were analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and ultra-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS)...
2018: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
Tao Nie, Chenlu Zhang, Antian Huang, Ping Li
The high antimicrobial activity of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), the most bioactive component of tea polyphenol with a number of health benefits, is well-known. However, little is known about the mechanism involved. Here, we discovered the relationship between reactive oxygen species (ROS), the Cpx system, and EGCG-mediated cell death. We first found an increase in ampicillin resistance as well as the transcription level of a LD-transpeptidase (LD-TPase) involved in cell wall synthesis; ycbB transcription was upregulated whereas that of another LD-TPase, ynhG , appeared to be constant after a short exposure of Escherichia coli to sub-inhibitory doses of EGCG...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Wojciech Koch, Wirginia Kukula-Koch, Łukasz Komsta
A comprehensive study on the composition and antioxidant properties of black tea samples with a chemometric approach was performed via LC-ESI-Q-TOF-MS, DPPH radical scavenging assay, and Folin-Ciocalteu assay (TPC). Marked differences between the teas from seven different countries (China, India, Iran, Japan, Kenya, Nepal, Sri Lanka) were shown. The Indian samples demonstrated the highest total catechin content (184.8 mg/100 mL), the largest TPC and DPPH scavenging potential (58.2 mg/100 mL and 84.5%, respectively)...
February 26, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Mónica Bueno, Almudena Marrufo-Curtido, Vanesa Carrascón, Purificación Fernández-Zurbano, Ana Escudero, Vicente Ferreira
The main aim of the present work is to study the accumulation of acetaldehyde and Strecker aldehydes (isobutyraldehyde, 2-methylbutanal, isovaleraldehyde, methional, phenylacetaldehyde) during the oxidation of red wines, and to relate the patterns of accumulation to the wine chemical composition. For that, eight different wines, extensively chemically characterized, were subjected at 25°C to three different controlled O2 exposure conditions: low (10 mg L-1 ) and medium or high (the stoichiometrically required amount to oxidize all wine total SO2 plus 18 or 32 mg L-1 , respectively)...
2018: Frontiers in Chemistry
Harald Peter Hoensch, Benno Weigmann
Flavonoids are phytochemicals which can regulate the activity of the intestinal immune system. In patients with chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) there is an overexpression and imbalance of the components of the inflammatory immune reactions which are chronically activated. Suppression of inflammation can be achieved by anti-inflammatory drugs which are used in clinical medicine but these can cause serious side effects. Flavonoids can have natural immunosuppressive properties and inhibit the activation of immune cells and its effectors (chemokines, TNF-, cytokines)...
February 28, 2018: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Asako Narai-Kanayama, Kosuke Saruwatari, Natsumi Mori, Tsutomu Nakayama
Black tea is a highly popular beverage, and its pigments, polymerized catechins such as theaflavins (TFs), are attracting attention due to their beneficial health effects. In this study, to test the inhibitory activities of TFs on the intestinal absorption of cholesterol, we investigated their effects on phosphatidylcholine (PC) vesicles in the absence or presence of a bile salt. (-)-Epicatechin gallate, (-)-epigallocatechin gallate, and TFs formed insoluble complexes with PC vesicles. Galloylated TFs such as TF2A, TF2B, and TF3 precipitated far more than other polyphenols...
March 2018: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Pan-Pan Liu, Jun-Feng Yin, Gen-Sheng Chen, Fang Wang, Yong-Quan Xu
Flavor characteristics and chemical compositions of Tieguanyin oolong tea processed using different semi-fermentation times were investigated. Six flavor attributes of the teas, namely, astringency, bitterness, umami, sweet aftertaste, floral flavor, and green fruity flavor, were analysed. With extended semi-fermentation time, the taste intensity of sweet aftertaste increased, and the aroma intensity of floral and green fruity flavors increased, while the intensities of astringency, bitterness, and umami showed no clear trend...
March 2018: Journal of Food Science and Technology
Ikumi Sguiyama, Kunihiro Kaihatsu, Yukako Soma, Nobuo Kato, Yasuyuki Sadzuka
This study sought to evaluate the antitumor effects of and elucidate the mechanisms underlying (-)-epigallocatechin-3-O-gallate (EGCG) and polyethyleneglycol (PEG)-modified liposomes. EGCG functions as a target ligand of the 67-kDa laminin receptor (67LR), which is expressed on high-grade tumor cells. An EGCG derivative was synthesized for binding to the end of PEG. Doxorubicin (DOX)-loaded EGCG-PEG-modified liposome (EPL) significantly decreased tumor size in mice bearing high 67LR-high-expressing tumors. Caspase-3 activity, which indicates induction of apoptosis, was also elevated only in the EPL group...
February 24, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Almas F Memon, Amber R Solangi, Saima Q Memon, Arfana Mallah, Najma Memon
Recently, an increasing interest has been observed in ionic liquids (ILs) due to their potentialities in various chemical processes. ILs have some unique properties making them excellent additives in capillary electrophoresis. In this work a simple, rapid, and reliable capillary zone electrophoretic (CZE) method has been developed and validated using 1-butyl-3-methyl imidazolium hexafluorophosphate (BMIM-PF6 ) ionic liquid as a buffer additive for the determination/separation of five flavonoids including hesperedin, epicatechin (EC), epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), and morin using photodiode array (PDA) detector...
February 27, 2018: Electrophoresis
Y Liu, A D Fly, Z Wang, J E Klaunig
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to examine the effects of green tea extract on working memory in healthy younger (21 - 29 y) and older (50 - 63 y) women. DESIGN: A single-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover design was used. SETTING: A university laboratory. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty non-smoking Caucasian women were recruited in the younger (10) and older (10) age group. INTERVENTION: Subjects received 5...
2018: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
Yi Lu, Junye Chen, Tao Xian, Yumeng Zhou, Wanwan Yuan, Mengxi Wang, Yuyang Gan, Kun Wang, Shaofeng Xiong, Cong Ma, Xueying Yu, Qiren Huang
Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is a pivotal effective component of green tea. It is known that EGCG has antioxidant activity, anti-angiogenesis, anti-tumor, cardiovascular protection and blood lipid regulation functions. Forkhead box-O1 (FOXO1) is one of the downstream signals of protein kinase B (AKT) and takes part in adipogenesis. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of EGCG on adipose differentiation and the likely mechanisms. 3T3-L1 cells were induced by DMI for 2, 4, 6 and 8 days, respectively...
January 26, 2018: Oncotarget
Julen Tomás-Cortázar, Laura Plaza-Vinuesa, Blanca de Las Rivas, José Luis Lavín, Diego Barriales, Leticia Abecia, José Miguel Mancheño, Ana M Aransay, Rosario Muñoz, Juan Anguita, Héctor Rodríguez
BACKGROUND: Tannases are tannin-degrading enzymes that have been described in fungi and bacteria as an adaptative mechanism to overcome the stress conditions associated with the presence of these phenolic compounds. RESULTS: We have identified and expressed in E. coli a tannase from the oral microbiota member Fusobacterium nucleatum subs. polymorphum (TanBFnp ). TanBFnp is the first tannase identified in an oral pathogen. Sequence analyses revealed that it is closely related to other bacterial tannases...
February 26, 2018: Microbial Cell Factories
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