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Li-Xia Rao, Yushuang Guo, Li-Li Zhang, Xue-Ping Zhou, Jian Hong, Jian-Xiang Wu
Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) is a single-stranded, positive sense RNA virus infecting cucurbitaceous plants. In recent years, CGMMV has become an important pathogen of cucurbitaceous crops including watermelon, pumpkin, cucumber and bottle gourd in China, causing serious losses to their production. In this study, we surveyed CGMMV infection in various cucurbitaceous crops grown in Zhejiang Province and in several seed lots purchased from local stores with the dot enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (dot-ELISA), using a CGMMV specific monoclonal antibody...
January 4, 2017: Archives of Virology
Qianglong Zhu, Peng Gao, Shi Liu, Zicheng Zhu, Sikandar Amanullah, Angela R Davis, Feishi Luan
BACKGROUND: Watermelon [Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum. & Nakai] is an economically important crop with an attractive ripe fruit that has colorful flesh. Fruit ripening is a complex, genetically programmed process. RESULTS: In this study, a comparative transcriptome analysis was performed to identify the regulators and pathways that are involved in the fruit ripening of pale-yellow-flesh cultivated watermelon (COS) and red-flesh cultivated watermelon (LSW177)...
January 3, 2017: BMC Genomics
Guang Liu, Xingping Yang, Jinhua Xu, Man Zhang, Qian Hou, Lingli Zhu, Ying Huang, Aisheng Xiong
Watermelon is an important and economical horticultural crop in China, where ~20% of the plants are grafted. The development of grafted watermelon fruit involves a diverse range of gene interactions that results in dynamic changes in fruit. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying grafting-induced fruit quality change are unclear. In the present study, we measured the lycopene content by high-performance liquid chromatography and used RNA-Seq (quantification) to perform a genome-wide transcript analysis of fruits from watermelon grafted onto pumpkin rootstock (pumpkin-grafted watermelon, PGW), self-grafted watermelon (SGW), and non-grafted watermelon (NGW)...
December 30, 2016: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
Naoya Urasaki, Hiroki Takagi, Satoshi Natsume, Aiko Uemura, Naoki Taniai, Norimichi Miyagi, Mai Fukushima, Shouta Suzuki, Kazuhiko Tarora, Moritoshi Tamaki, Moriaki Sakamoto, Ryohei Terauchi, Hideo Matsumura
Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia) is an important vegetable and medicinal plant in tropical and subtropical regions globally. In this study, the draft genome sequence of a monoecious bitter gourd inbred line, OHB3-1, was analyzed. Through Illumina sequencing and de novo assembly, scaffolds of 285.5 Mb in length were generated, corresponding to ∼84% of the estimated genome size of bitter gourd (339 Mb). In this draft genome sequence, 45,859 protein-coding gene loci were identified, and transposable elements accounted for 15...
December 27, 2016: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
Shouwei Tian, Linjian Jiang, Qiang Gao, Jie Zhang, Mei Zong, Haiying Zhang, Yi Ren, Shaogui Guo, Guoyi Gong, Fan Liu, Yong Xu
CRISPR/Cas9 system can precisely edit genomic sequence and effectively create knockout mutations in T0 generation watermelon plants. Genome editing offers great advantage to reveal gene function and generate agronomically important mutations to crops. Recently, RNA-guided genome editing system using the type II clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-associated protein 9 (Cas9) has been applied to several plant species, achieving successful targeted mutagenesis. Here, we report the genome of watermelon, an important fruit crop, can also be precisely edited by CRISPR/Cas9 system...
December 19, 2016: Plant Cell Reports
Wenqiang Tan, Qing Li, Zhenpeng Gao, Shuai Qiu, Fang Dong, Zhanyong Guo
Based on cuprous-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC), starch derivative bearing 1,2,3-triazole and pyridine (II) was prepared and subsequently followed by alkylation with iodomethane to synthesize starch derivative bearing 1,2,3-triazolium and pyridinium (III). The antifungal activities of starch derivatives against Colletotrichum lagenarium, Watermelon fusarium, and Phomopsis asparagi, were then assayed by hypha measurement in vitro. Apparently, starch derivatives showed enhanced antifungal activity against three fungi at the tested concentrations compared with starch...
February 10, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
Mohamed Farag, Ullah Najeeb, Jinghua Yang, Zhongyuan Hu, Zhang Ming Fang
Nitric oxide (NO) mediates plant response to a variety of abiotic stresses; however, limited information is available on its effect on boron (B)-stressed watermelon plants. The present study investigates the mechanism through which NO protects watermelon seedlings from B deficiency and toxicity stresses. Five days old watermelon seedlings were exposed to B (0, 0.5 and 10 mg L(-1)) alone or with 75 μmole of NO donor sodium nitroprusside (SNP) for 30 days. Both low and high B concentrations in the media altered nutrient accumulation and impaired various physiological processes of watermelon seedlings, leading to a significant reduction in biomass production...
November 30, 2016: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Xinghua Zhao, Xin He, Xiuhui Zhong
BACKGROUND: Qingdaisan (Formulated Indigo powder, QDS) are widely used for treatment of aphtha, sore throat and bleeding gums in China. The aim of the study is to evaluate the anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and dental ulcer therapeutic effects of QDS. METHODS: Dimethylbenzene-induced ear edema test and cotton pellet-induced granuloma test were used to evaluate anti-inflammatory activities of QDS on acute and chronic inflammatory. The healing time and local pathologic changes were used to assess the therapeutic effects of QDS on dental ulcer...
December 5, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Chan-Hwan Park, Hye-Kyoung Ju, Jae-Yeong Han, Jong-Seo Park, Ik-Hyun Kim, Eun-Young Seo, Jung-Kyu Kim, John Hammond, Hyoun-Sub Lim
Seed-transmitted viruses have caused significant damage to watermelon crops in Korea in recent years, with cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) infection widespread as a result of infected seed lots. To determine the likely origin of CGMMV infection, we collected CGMMV isolates from watermelon and melon fields and generated full-length infectious cDNA clones. The full-length cDNAs were cloned into newly constructed binary vector pJY, which includes both the 35S and T7 promoters for versatile usage (agroinfiltration and in vitro RNA transcription) and a modified hepatitis delta virus ribozyme sequence to precisely cleave RNA transcripts at the 3' end of the tobamovirus genome...
December 2, 2016: Virus Genes
Amy Cameron Ellis, Tanja Dudenbostel, Julie L Locher, Kristi Crowe-White
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death among women in the United States. Endothelial dysfunction and arterial stiffness increase with advancing age and are early predictors of future CVD outcomes. We designed the Modulating Oxidative Stress and Inflammation in Elders (MOXIE) study to examine the effects of 100% watermelon juice as a "food-first" intervention to reduce CVD risk among African American (AA) and European American (EA) women aged 55-69 years. Vascular dysfunction is more pronounced in AA compared to EA women due in part to lower nitric oxide bioavailability caused by higher oxidative stress...
October 2016: Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics
Yuan Zhou, Yongshuo Ma, Jianguo Zeng, Lixin Duan, Xiaofeng Xue, Huaisong Wang, Tao Lin, Zhiqiang Liu, Kewu Zeng, Yang Zhong, Shu Zhang, Qun Hu, Min Liu, Huimin Zhang, James Reed, Tessa Moses, Xinyan Liu, Peng Huang, Zhixing Qing, Xiubin Liu, Pengfei Tu, Hanhui Kuang, Zhonghua Zhang, Anne Osbourn, Dae-Kyun Ro, Yi Shang, Sanwen Huang
Differentiation of secondary metabolite profiles in closely related plant species provides clues for unravelling biosynthetic pathways and regulatory circuits, an area that is still underinvestigated. Cucurbitacins, a group of bitter and highly oxygenated tetracyclic triterpenes, are mainly produced by the plant family Cucurbitaceae. These compounds have similar structures, but differ in their antitumour activities and ecophysiological roles. By comparative analyses of the genomes of cucumber, melon and watermelon, we uncovered conserved syntenic loci encoding metabolic genes for distinct cucurbitacins...
November 28, 2016: Nature Plants
Sonia Niculina Suvar, R Bleiziffer, P Podea, A Iordache, C Voica, R Zgavarogea, M Culea
A major cause of cardiovascular diseases and cancer is diet content, so the optimization of micronutrients in food is very important. Omega-3 fatty acids supplementation for patients had beneficial effects on subjective global assessment score and metabolic profiles. Fatty acids content and the metal ions in different seeds (e.g. linseed, poppy, grape, hemp, nuts, pumpkin, sesame, watermelon, chia) recommended as food supplements, purchased on the Romanian market, were compared. Gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (GC-MS) was used as an excellent technique for fatty acids identification and quantitation, and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS) for analytical measurements of metals...
2016: European Journal of Mass Spectrometry
Yongchao Yang, Yanling Mo, Xiaozheng Yang, Haifei Zhang, Yongqi Wang, Hao Li, Chunhua Wei, Xian Zhang
Osmotic stress adversely affects the growth, fruit quality and yield of watermelon (Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum. & Nakai). Increasing the tolerance of watermelon to osmotic stress caused by factors such as high salt and water deficit is an effective way to improve crop survival in osmotic stress environments. Roots are important organs in water absorption and are involved in the initial response to osmosis stress; however, few studies have examined the underlying mechanism of tolerance to osmotic stress in watermelon roots...
2016: PloS One
Poliana S Pereira, Renato A Sarmento, Tarcísio Vs Galdino, Carlos Ho Lima, Fábio A Dos Santos, Joedna Silva, Gil R Dos Santos, Marcelo C Picanço
BACKGROUND: The thrips Frankliniella schultzei is an important watermelon pest. Nevertheless, economic injury levels and sampling plans for this pest have not yet been determined for this crop. Thus, the objective of the present study was to determine the economic injury levels and develop sequential sampling plans for F. schultzei in conditions of low, medium and high fruit prices. RESULTS: The attack of F. schultzei on watermelon plants at the vegetative stage reduced the crop's productivity, which did not happen at the flowering and fruiting stage...
November 9, 2016: Pest Management Science
Ping Zou
Despite the lack of English literature about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) food therapy, there is abundant Chinese literature about the application of food therapy for hypertension control. This paper summarizes basic concepts of TCM, the principles of food therapy and its application for hypertension control according to Chinese literature. In TCM, food is conceptualized according to both nutritional and functional aspects, and can be used to treat illnesses. Four principles of TCM food therapy including light eating, balancing the "hot" and "cold" nature of food, the harmony of the five flavors of food, and consistency between dietary intake and different health conditions, can be used to facilitate hypertension control...
2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
Araceli M Ramos, Marcela Gally, Gala Szapiro, Tatiana Itzcovich, Maira Carabajal, Laura Levin
Macrophomina phaseolina is a polyphagous phytopathogen, causing stalk rot on many commercially important species. Damages caused by this pathogen in soybean and maize crops in Argentina during drought and hot weather have increased due its ability to survive as sclerotia in soil and crop debris under non-till practices. In this work, we explored the in vitro production of plant cell wall-degrading enzymes [pectinases (polygalacturonase and polymethylgalacturonase); cellulases (endoglucanase); hemicellulases (endoxylanase) and the ligninolytic enzyme laccase] by several Argentinean isolates of M...
October 2016: Revista Argentina de Microbiología
Hua Jiang, Kai Li, Daolong Dou, Junyi Gai
We discovered a soybean mosaic virus (SMV) variant (4278-1) that caused systemic infections in Nicotiana benthamiana plants, resulting in stem stunting and leaf shriveling. The virus had a particle morphology and incubation period similar to those of other SMV isolates but differed from them in the leaf symptoms it caused when infecting soybean and N. benthamiana. The genome of this variant consisted of a 9994-nt single-stranded RNA, which was different from most of the other known SMV isolates (approximately 9600 nt)...
November 1, 2016: Archives of Virology
Sandra E Branham, Amnon Levi, Mark W Farnham, W Patrick Wechter
A major QTL for resistance to Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum race 2 was mapped to a narrow 1.2 Mb interval using a high-density GBS-SNP linkage map, the first map of Citrullus lanatus var. citroides. Fusarium wilt, a fungal disease caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum (Fon), devastates watermelon crop production worldwide. Several races, which are differentiated by host range, of the pathogen exist. Resistance to Fon race 2, a particularly virulent strain prevalent in the United States, does not exist in edible cultivars of the sweet cultivated watermelon Citrullus lanatus var...
November 1, 2016: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
Jie Zhang, Shaogui Guo, Yi Ren, Haiying Zhang, Guoyi Gong, Ming Zhou, Guizhang Wang, Mei Zong, Hongju He, Fan Liu, Yong Xu
Chromoplast development plays a crucial role in controlling carotenoid content in watermelon flesh. Modern cultivated watermelons with colorful flesh are believed to originate from pale-colored and no-sweet progenitors. But the molecular basis of flesh color formation and regulation is poorly understood. More chromoplasts and released carotenoid globules were observed in the red-fleshed fruit of the 97103 cultivar than in the pale-colored fruits of the PI296341-FR line. Transcriptome profiles of these two materials identified Cla017962, predicted as ClPHT4;2, was dramatically up-regulated during flesh color formation...
October 27, 2016: New Phytologist
Fei Cheng, Junyang Lu, Min Gao, Kai Shi, Qiusheng Kong, Yuan Huang, Zhilong Bie
Salicylic acid (SA) plays an important role in plant response to abiotic stresses. This study investigated the potential role of SA in alleviating the adverse effects of chilling stress on photosynthesis and growth in watermelon (Citrullus lanatus). Chilling stress induced the simultaneous accumulation of free and conjugated SA in watermelon plants, and the chilling-induced SA production was attributed to the phenylalanine ammonia-lyase pathway. Applying SA at moderate concentrations induced chilling tolerance, whereas inhibition of SA biosynthesis by L-α-aminooxy-β-phenylpropionic acid (AOPP) increased the photooxidation of PS II under chilling stress in watermelon, resulting in reduced photosynthesis and growth...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
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