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Bing-Jun Qian, Jian-Hua Liu, Shu-Juan Zhao, Jian-Xiong Cai, Pu Jing
The data presented in this article are related to the research article entitled "The effects of gallic/ferulic/caffeic acids on colour intensification and anthocyanin stability" (Qian et al., 2017) [1]. This paper described preparation and isolation of anthocyanins from purple sweet potatoes (PSP) and the time-course of anthocyanin profiles treated with gallic, ferulic, or caffeic acids at 95 °C. The color appearance of PSPanthocyanins alone, or with gallic, ferulic, or caffeic acids was described after the 15 h of thermal treatment...
June 2017: Data in Brief
Toru Shigematsu, Naho Furukawa, Ryo Takaoka, Mayumi Hayashi, Shoji Sasao, Shigeaki Ueno, Kanako Nakajima, Miyuki Kido, Kazuki Nomura, Akinori Iguchi
We analyzed the effect of high hydrostatic pressure (HHP) treatment on reducing sugar production in the tuberous root of sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas), based on pressure-gelatinization of starch and subsequent saccharification by internal amylases. HHP treatment at up to 600MPa at ambient temperature for 10min did not apparently affect the reducing sugar concentration in tuberous root. However, HHP treatment at 100 to 500MPa and 60°C or 70°C for 10min increased reducing sugar concentration as both the pressure and temperature increased...
May 1, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
Erzsébet Kenesi, Alberto Carbonell, Rita Lózsa, Beáta Vértessy, Lóránt Lakatos
In most eukaryotes, RNA silencing is an adaptive immune system regulating key biological processes including antiviral defense. To evade this response, viruses of plants, worms and insects have evolved viral suppressors of RNA silencing proteins (VSRs). Various VSRs, such as P1 from Sweet potato mild mottle virus (SPMMV), inhibit the activity of RNA-induced silencing complexes (RISCs) including an ARGONAUTE (AGO) protein loaded with a small RNA. However, the specific mechanisms explaining this class of inhibition are unknown...
May 12, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
Mengji Cao, Pingxiu Lan, Fan Li, Jorge Abad, Changyong Zhou, Ruhui Li
Complete genomic sequences of nine isolates of sweet potato symptomless virus 1 (SPSMV-1), a virus of the genus Mastrevirus in the family Geminiviridae, were determined from sweet potato accessions from different countries and found to be 2,559-2,602 nucleotides in length. These isolates shared 97-100% genome sequence identity and had an unusual nonanucleotide sequence (TAAGATTCC) in a large intergenic region as well as an additional open reading frame, C3, which is conserved in dicot-infecting mastreviruses...
May 11, 2017: Archives of Virology
Mariagrazia Iacomino, Fabian Weber, Maike Gleichenhagen, Valeria Pistorio, Lucia Panzella, Elio Pizzo, Andreas Schieber, Marco d'Ischia, Alessandra Napolitano
The occasional greening of sweet potatoes and other plant tissues observed during cooking or other food processing has been shown to arise from the autoxidative coupling of chlorogenic acid (CGA, 5-caffeoylquinic acid) with amino acid components, leading to trihydroxybenzacridine pigments. To explore the potential of this reaction for food coloring, we report herein the optimized biomimetic preparation of trihydroxybenzacridine pigments from CGA and amino acids such as glycine and lysine, their straightforward purification by gel filtration chromatography, the UHPLC-MS/MS analysis of the purified pigment fraction, and a detailed characterization of the pH-dependent trihydroxybenzacridine chromophore...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
James Legg, Mathias Ndalahwa, Juma Yabeja, Innocent Ndyetabula, Hein Bouwmeester, Rudolph Shirima, Kiddo Mtunda
Cassava viruses are the major biotic constraint to cassava production in Africa. Community-wide action to manage them has not been attempted since a successful cassava mosaic disease control programme in the 1930s/40s in Uganda. A pilot initiative to investigate the effectiveness of community phytosanitation for managing cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) was implemented from 2013-2016 in two communities in coastal (Mkuranga) and north-western (Chato) Tanzania. CBSD incidence in local varieties at the outset was >90%, which was typical of severely affected regions of Tanzania...
May 6, 2017: Virus Research
Wei Tang, Hui Yan, Zai-Xing Su, Sung-Chul Park, Ya-Ju Liu, Yun-Gang Zhang, Xin Wang, Meng Kou, Dai-Fu Ma, Sang-Soo Kwak, Qiang Li
The transition from vegetative to reproductive growth, a key event in the lifecycle of a plant, is affected by environmental stresses. The flowering-time regulator GIGANTEA (GI) may be contributing to susceptibility of the regulation of photoperiodic flowering, circadian rhythm control, and abiotic stress resistance in Arabidopsis. However, the role of GI in sweet potato remains unknown. Here, we isolated and characterized a GI gene (IbGI) from sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas [L.] Lam). The IbGI cDNA sequence was isolated based on information from a sweet potato transcriptome database...
April 27, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Jie Shen, Shaoming Shang, Xiuying Chen, Dan Wang, Yan Cai
In this study, a facile synthesis of fluorescence carbon dots (CDs) from sweet potato was performed through hydrothermal treatment. The obtained CDs with quantum yield of 8.64% have good dispersibility due to the soluble functional groups on their surfaces. The characterization of CDs was carried out and their possible formation mechanism was also discussed. In addition, the cytotoxicity results showed that the CDs exhibit non toxicity within 100μg/mL. At this concentration, the CDs were applied in cell imaging, indicating that they are promising fluorescent probes for biological imaging...
July 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Yi-Chen Lin, Shih-Chung Chang, Rong-Huay Juang
It has been proposed that malto-oligosaccharides (MOSs) are possibly recycled back into amylopectin biosynthesis via the sequential reactions catalyzed by plastidial α-glucan phosphorylase 1 (Pho1) and disproportionating enzyme 1 (Dpe1). In the present study, the reciprocal co-immunoprecipitation experiments using specific antibodies against Pho1 and Dpe1 demonstrated that these two enzymes can form a complex (the PD complex) in Ipomoea batatas storage roots. The immunohistochemistry analyses also revealed the co-localization of Pho1 and Dpe1 in the amyloplasts, and the protein levels of Pho1 and Dpe1 increased gradually throughout sweet potato storage root development...
2017: PloS One
Sunan Wang, Shaoping Nie, Fan Zhu
Sweet potatoes are becoming a research focus in recent years due to their unique nutritional and functional properties. Bioactive carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, carotenoids, anthocyanins, conjugated phenolic acids, and minerals represent versatile nutrients in different parts (tubers, leaves, stems, and stalks) of sweet potato. The unique composition of sweet potato contributes to their various health benefits, such as antioxidative, hepatoprotective, antiinflammatory, antitumor, antidiabetic, antimicrobial, antiobesity, antiaging effects...
November 2016: Food Research International
Ye Li, Mei-Rong Lv, Yan-Jin Wei, Ling Sun, Ji-Xiang Zhang, Huai-Guo Zhang, Bin Li
Although some studies have reported potential associations of dietary patterns with depression risk, a consistent perspective hasn't been estimated to date. Therefore, we conducted this meta-analysis to evaluate the relation between dietary patterns and the risk of depression. A literature research was conducted searching MEDLINE and EMBASE databases up to September 2016. In total, 21 studies from ten countries met the inclusion criteria and were included in the present meta-analysis. A dietary pattern characterized by a high intakes of fruit, vegetables, whole grain, fish, olive oil, low-fat dairy and antioxidants and low intakes of animal foods was apparently associated with a decreased risk of depression...
April 11, 2017: Psychiatry Research
Jingqiu Ge, Yijie Hu, Hongxia Wang, Yuanshe Huang, Peng Zhang, Zhihua Liao, Min Chen
BACKGROUND: Anthocyanins in Purple-fleshed Sweet Potato (PSP) are beneficial to human health. The leaf color (Lc) gene is a transcription factor involved in regulating anthocyanin biosynthesis. The anthocyanin profiles of wild-type PSP of Ayamurasaki and its three Lc-transgenic lines were investigated by HPLC-MS/MS. And in vitro antioxidant activities of wild-type and Lc-transgenic lines, including reducing power activity, DPPH radical scavenging activity, hydroxyl radical scavenging activity, linoleic acid autoxidation inhibition activity, ABTS free radical scavenging activity and oxygen radical absorbance capacity activity, were measured...
April 17, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
F Parker E Laimbeer, Sarah H Holt, Melissa Makris, Michael Alan Hardigan, C Robin Buell, Richard E Veilleux
BACKGROUND: Endoreduplication, the process of DNA replication in the absence of cell division, is associated with specialized cellular function and increased cell size. Genes controlling endoreduplication in tomato fruit have been shown to affect mature fruit size. An efficient method of estimating endoreduplication is required to study its role in plant organ development. Flow cytometry is often utilized to evaluate endoreduplication, yet some tissues and species, among them the tubers of Solanum tuberosum, remain intractable to routine tissue preparation for flow cytometry...
2017: Plant Methods
Da-Nian Zhou, Bao Zhang, Bo Chen, Han-Qing Chen
Effects of sucrose, raffinose and stachyose on pasting, thermal, and rheological properties of sweet potato starch (SPS) were investigated. The results indicated that pasting temperature of SPS increased with increasing sugar concentration in the order of stachyose>raffinose>sucrose. Addition of sugars significantly decreased the peak, trough, and final viscosities as well as setback value. The gelatinization temperatures of SPS-sugar mixtures markedly increased with increasing sugar concentration in the order of stachyose>raffinose=sucrose, gelatinization enthalpy also increased when sugar was added at high concentration compared with native starch...
September 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
Amy Webb Girard, Frederick Grant, Michelle Watkinson, Haile Selassie Okuku, Rose Wanjala, Donald Cole, Carol Levin, Jan Low
Background: Orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) improves vitamin A (VA) status of young children; research with pregnant and lactating women is limited.Objective: We examined the effectiveness of the Mama SASHA (Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa) program to improve nutrition knowledge, diets, and nutritional status of pregnant and lactating women (PLW) in Western Kenya.Methods: Eight health facilities were allocated to the Mama SASHA intervention or comparison arms. PLW in intervention facilities received enhanced nutrition counseling at health clinics, were linked with community-based maternal support groups, and received vouchers for OFSP vine cuttings...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
S Boylan, L L Hardy, B A Drayton, A Grunseit, S Mihrshahi
BACKGROUND: The ubiquitous supply of junk foods in our food environment has been partly blamed for the increased rates in overweight and obesity. However, consumption of these foods has generally been examined individually perhaps obscuring the true extent of their combined consumption and impact on health. An overall measure of children's junk food consumption may prove useful in the development of child obesity prevention strategies. We describe the development of a children's Junk Food Intake Measure (JFIM) to summarise temporal change in junk food consumption and examine the association between the JFIM and health-related behaviours...
April 5, 2017: BMC Public Health
Laura Sapranaviciute-Zabazlajeva, Dalia Luksiene, Dalia Virviciute, Martin Bobak, Abdonas Tamosiunas
OBJECTIVE: This study uses a cross-sectional study design to analyse the connection between psychological well-being (PWB) and components of a healthy lifestyle in the Lithuanian population aged 45-72. The purpose of our study is to establish the links between PWB and lifestyle factors such as physical activity, smoking, alcohol consumption and dietary patterns in people above the age of 44. PARTICIPANTS: A stratified sample of 10 940 urban citizens aged 45-72 years were randomly selected from the National Population Register...
April 3, 2017: BMJ Open
Yusuke Ikegawa, Chihiro Himuro
The sterile insect technique (SIT) is a genetic pest control method wherein mass-reared sterile insects are periodically released into the wild, thereby impeding the successful reproduction of fertile pests. In Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, the SIT has been implemented to eradicate the West Indian sweet potato weevil Euscepes postfasciatus (Fairmaire), which is a flightless agricultural pest of sweet potatoes. It is known that E. postfasciatus is much less mobile than other insects to which the SIT has been applied...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
Ruth W Mukhongo, John B Tumuhairwe, Peter Ebanyat, AbdelAziz H AbdelGadir, Moses Thuita, Cargele Masso
Sweet potato [Ipomoea batatas (L) Lam] yields currently stand at 4.5 t ha(-1) on smallholder farms in Uganda, despite the attainable yield (45-48 t ha(-1)) of NASPOT 11 cultivar comparable to the potential yield (45 t ha(-1)) in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). On-farm field experiments were conducted for two seasons in the Mt Elgon High Farmlands and Lake Victoria Crescent agro-ecological zones in Uganda to determine the potential of biofertilizers, specifically arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), to increase sweet potato yields (NASPOT 11 cultivar)...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
Albert Salas-Huetos, Mònica Bulló, Jordi Salas-Salvadó
BACKGROUND: Infertility is a global public health issue, affecting 15% of all couples of reproductive age. Male factors, including decreased semen quality, are responsible for ~25% of these cases. The dietary pattern, the components of the diet and nutrients have been studied as possible determinants of sperm function and/or fertility. OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE: Previous systematic reviews have been made of the few heterogeneous low-quality randomized clinical trials (RCTs) conducted in small samples of participants and investigating the effect of specific nutrients and nutritional supplements on male infertility...
March 10, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
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