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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725264/identification-of-developmental-stage-and-anatomical-fraction-contributions-to-cell-wall-recalcitrance-in-switchgrass
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Jacob D Crowe, Nicholas Feringa, Sivakumar Pattathil, Brian Merritt, Cliff Foster, Dayna Dines, Rebecca G Ong, David B Hodge
BACKGROUND: Heterogeneity within herbaceous biomass can present important challenges for processing feedstocks to cellulosic biofuels. Alterations to cell wall composition and organization during plant growth represent major contributions to heterogeneity within a single species or cultivar. To address this challenge, the focus of this study was to characterize the relationship between composition and properties of the plant cell wall and cell wall response to deconstruction by NaOH pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis for anatomical fractions (stem internodes, leaf sheaths, and leaf blades) within switchgrass at various tissue maturities as assessed by differing internode...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725058/identification-of-a-flavonoid-glucosyltransferase-involved-in-7-oh-site-glycosylation-in-tea-plants-camellia-sinensis
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Xinlong Dai, Juhua Zhuang, Yingling Wu, Peiqiang Wang, Guifu Zhao, Yajun Liu, Xiaolan Jiang, Liping Gao, Tao Xia
Flavonol glycosides, which are often converted from aglycones in a process catalyzed by UDP-glycosyltransferases (UGTs), play an important role for the health of plants and animals. In the present study, a gene encoding a flavonoid 7-O-glycosyltransferase (CsUGT75L12) was identified in tea plants. Recombinant CsUGT75L12 protein displayed glycosyltransferase activity on the 7-OH position of multiple phenolic compounds. In relative comparison to wild-type seeds, the levels of flavonol-glucosides increased in Arabidopsis seeds overexpressing CsUGT75L12...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718681/partial-substitution-of-glucose-with-xylitol-suppressed-the-glycolysis-and-selectively-inhibited-the-proliferation-of-oral-cancer-cells
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Dunyaporn Trachootham, Pimjai Chingsuwanrote, Penkhair Yoosadiang, Duangsamon Mekkriangkrai, Tanapat Ratchawong, Nicha Buraphacheep, Siripa Kijanukul, Sumrit Saekhow, Orawan Pongpitchayadej, Kittituch Vongvachvasin, Paknisa Sittikornpaiboon, Siriporn Tuntipopipat
Suitable diet for cancer survivors remains an unresolved challenge. Increased glucose utilization is a hallmark of various cancers. Therefore, alternative carbohydrate supplying normal tissue but retarding cancer growth is needed. This study investigated the effect of sugar alcohols on the proliferation of oral cancer cells compared to nontransformed cells and explored the mechanism. Six oral squamous cell carcinoma (CAL-27, FaDu, SCC4, SCC9, SCC15, and SCC25) and one nontransformed oral keratinocyte (OKF6/TERT2) lines were cultured in media containing 1 mg/ml glucose and 5...
July 18, 2017: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699693/isolation-of-three-triterpene-saponins-including-two-new-oleanane-derivatives-from-soldanella-alpina-and-hydrophilic-interaction-liquid-chromatography-evaporative-light-scattering-detection-of-these-three-saponins-in-four-soldenella-species
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Julia Haller, Stefan Schwaiger, Hermann Stuppner, Frank Gafner, Markus Ganzera
INTRODUCTION: The genus Soldanella is one of the few endemic to Europe. Some of its species have relevance in local traditional medicine. Earlier work has indicated the possible presence of saponins in S. alpina. OBJECTIVE: To investigate S. alpina and other related species for the occurrence of saponins. METHODS: Following sequential extraction with n-hexane, dichloromethane and ethyl acetate the subsequent methanolic extract of S. alpina roots was fractionated after solvent precipitation using fast centrifugal partition chromatography and column chromatography...
July 12, 2017: Phytochemical Analysis: PCA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695539/elucidation-of-bacillus-subtilis-katmira-1933-potential-for-spore-production-in-submerged-fermentation-of-plant-raw-materials
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Tamar Khardziani, Eva Kachlishvili, Kakha Sokhadze, Vladimir Elisashvili, Richard Weeks, Michael L Chikindas, Vladimir Chistyakov
In this study, the effects of several key factors to increase spore production by Bacillus subtilis subsp. KATMIRA 1933 were evaluated in shake flask experiments. In a synthetic medium, glucose concentration played a crucial role in the expression of bacilli sporulation capacity. In particular, maximum spore yield (2.3 × 10(9) spores/mL) was achieved at low glucose concentration (2 g/L), and further gradual increase of the carbon source content in the medium caused a decrease in sporulation capacity. Substitution of glucose with several inexpensive lignocellulosic materials was found to be a reasonable way to achieve high cell density and sporulation...
July 10, 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671034/acrylamide-in-commercial-foods-and-intake-by-infants-in-estonia
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Andres Elias, Mati Roasto, Mari Reinik, Keiu Nelis, Eha Nurk, Terje Elias
Acrylamide is formed when certain foods with low moisture are prepared at above 120 ºC, especially those foods containing asparagine and reducing sugars such as glucose and fructose. Acrylamide is a probable carcinogen, and from animal evidence the margins of exposure indicate a concern for neoplastic effects. On a body weight basis infants´ acrylamide intakes are often higher than those of adults. The aim of the study was to determine acrylamide levels in different commercially-available foods and to assess dietary acrylamide intakes by infants...
July 10, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669823/biochemical-and-structural-analyses-of-two-cryptic-esterases-in-bacteroides-intestinalis-and-their-synergistic-activities-with-cognate-xylanases
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Daniel Wefers, Janaina J V Cavalcante, Rachel R Schendel, Jaigeeth Deveryshetty, Kui Wang, Zdzislaw Wawrzak, Roderick I Mackie, Nicole M Koropatkin, Isaac Cann
Arabinoxylans are constituents of the human diet. Although not utilizable by the human host, they can be fermented by colonic bacteria. The arabinoxylan backbone is decorated with arabinose side-chains that may be substituted with ferulic acid, thus limiting depolymerization to fermentable sugars. We investigated the polypeptides encoded by two genes upregulated during growth of the colonic bacterium Bacteroides intestinalis on wheat arabinoxylan. The recombinant proteins, designated BiFae1A and BiFae1B, were functionally assigned esterase activities...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665260/weight-changes-and-metabolic-outcomes-in-calorie-restricted-obese-mice-fed-high-fat-diets-containing-corn-or-flaxseed-oil-physiological-role-of-sugar-replacement-with-polyphenol-rich-grape
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Hastimansooreh Ansar, Negar Zamaninour, Abolghassem Djazayery, Hamideh Pishva, Mohammadreza Vafa, Ramin Mazaheri Nezhad Fard, Aydin Dilmaghanian, Khadijeh Mirzaei, Farzad Shidfar
OBJECTIVE: Because diet components are important during dieting in obesity treatment, we examined possible beneficial effects of substituting corn oil and sugar with flaxseed oil and grape in calorie-restricted high-fat diets on weight changes as well as improvement in some metabolic markers and related gene expression. METHODS: Seventy-five C57BL/6J male mice were given free access to a high-fat (36% of energy from fat) diet containing corn oil plus sugar (CO + S)...
June 30, 2017: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661578/fluoro-carba-sugars-are-glycomimetic-activators-of-the-glms-ribozyme
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Günter Mayer, Daniel Matzner, Anna Schüller, Torben Seitz, Valentin Wittmann
The glmS ribozyme is a bacterial gene-regulating riboswitch that controls cell wall synthesis, depending on glucosamine-6-phosphate as a cofactor. Due to the presence of this ribozyme in several human pathogen bacteria (e.g. MRSA, VRSA), the glmS ribozyme represents an attractive target for the development of artificial cofactors. The substitution of the ring oxygen in carbohydrates by functionalized methylene groups leads to a new generation of glycomimetics that exploits distinct interaction possibilities with their target structure in biological systems...
June 29, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659294/artificially-sweetened-beverages-sugar-sweetened-beverages-plain-water-and-incident-diabetes-mellitus-in-postmenopausal-women-the-prospective-women-s-health-initiative-observational-study
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Mengna Huang, Abdullah Quddus, Lynda Stinson, James M Shikany, Barbara V Howard, Randa M Kutob, Bing Lu, JoAnn E Manson, Charles B Eaton
Background: Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) have been associated with an increased risk of diabetes mellitus (DM), whereas the association with artificially sweetened beverages (ASBs) is unclear.Objective: We aimed to evaluate the associations of ASB and SSB consumption with the risk of developing DM and the potential benefit of replacing SSBs with ASBs or water.Design: The national Women's Health Initiative recruited a large prospective cohort of postmenopausal women between 1993 and 1998. ASB, SSB, and water consumption was measured by lifestyle questionnaires, and DM was self-reported...
June 28, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655843/experimental-evolution-reveals-an-effective-avenue-to-release-catabolite-repression-via-mutations-in-xylr
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Christian Sievert, Lizbeth M Nieves, Larry A Panyon, Taylor Loeffler, Chandler Morris, Reed A Cartwright, Xuan Wang
Microbial production of fuels and chemicals from lignocellulosic biomass provides promising biorenewable alternatives to the conventional petroleum-based products. However, heterogeneous sugar composition of lignocellulosic biomass hinders efficient microbial conversion due to carbon catabolite repression. The most abundant sugar monomers in lignocellulosic biomass materials are glucose and xylose. Although industrial Escherichia coli strains efficiently use glucose, their ability to use xylose is often repressed in the presence of glucose...
July 11, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648999/in%C3%A2-vitro-protein-synthesis-of-sugar-beet-beta-vulgaris-and-maize-zea-mays-is-differentially-inhibited-when-potassium-is-substituted-by-sodium
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Franziska Faust, Sven Schubert
The substitution of potassium ions (K(+)) by sodium ions (Na(+)) in the nutrition of plants is restricted. It was shown earlier that net protein synthesis is the process which is most sensitive to the substitution of K(+) by Na(+) in young sugar beet. We hypothesized that the activity of ribosomes is inhibited by the substitution. This hypothesis was tested in an in vitro approach. Cytosolic polysomes were isolated from growing leaves of sugar beet and maize by means of differential centrifugation. In vitro systems of both plant species were tested for functionality and comparability...
June 15, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646548/targeted-calorie-message-promotes-healthy-beverage-consumption-better-than-charity-incentive
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Peggy Policastro, Taylor Palm, Janet Schwartz, Gretchen Chapman
OBJECTIVE: Sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption is cited as a major contributor to the U.S. obesity epidemic. The objective of this paper was to leverage insights from behavioral economics to examine whether nudges would entice college students to save meal calories by choosing water over SSBs. METHODS: Three message-based nudge interventions, with washout periods between, were used during the 7-week study. Calorie savings (self-interest), charity (prosocial), or charity-plus-calorie message posters were displayed in a college-based food franchise...
June 24, 2017: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642597/a-single-amino-acid-polymorphism-in-the-glycosyltransferase-cpsk-defines-four-streptococcus-suis-serotypes
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David Roy, Taryn B T Athey, Jean-Philippe Auger, Guillaume Goyette-Desjardins, Marie-Rose Van Calsteren, Daisuke Takamatsu, Masatoshi Okura, Sarah Teatero, Martín Alcorlo, Juan A Hermoso, Mariela Segura, Marcelo Gottschalk, Nahuel Fittipaldi
The capsular polysaccharide (CPS) is the major virulence factor of the emerging zoonotic pathogen Streptococcus suis. CPS differences are also the basis for serological differentiation of the species into 29 serotypes. Serotypes 2 and 1/2, which possess identical gene content in their cps loci, express CPSs that differ only by substitution of galactose (Gal) by N-acetylgalactosamine (GalNAc) in the CPS side chain. The same sugar substitution differentiates the CPS of serotypes 14 and 1, whose cps loci are also identical in gene content...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623373/metabolic-and-evolutionary-patterns-in-the-extremely-acidophilic-archaeon-ferroplasma-acidiphilum-y-t
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Olga V Golyshina, Hai Tran, Oleg N Reva, Sofia Lemak, Alexander F Yakunin, Alexander Goesmann, Taras Y Nechitaylo, Violetta LaCono, Francesco Smedile, Alexei Slesarev, David Rojo, Coral Barbas, Manuel Ferrer, Michail M Yakimov, Peter N Golyshin
Ferroplasmaceae represent ubiquitous iron-oxidising extreme acidophiles with a number of unique physiological traits. In a genome-based study of Ferroplasma acidiphilum Y(T), the only species of the genus Ferroplasma with a validly published name, we assessed its central metabolism and genome stability during a long-term cultivation experiment. Consistently with physiology, the genome analysis points to F. acidiphilum Y(T) having an obligate peptidolytic oligotrophic lifestyle alongside with anaplerotic carbon assimilation...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618302/growth-and-physiological-responses-of-a-marine-diatom-phaeodactylum-tricornutum-against-two-imidazolium-based-ionic-liquids-c4mim-bf4-and-c8mim-bf4
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Xiang-Yuan Deng, Biao Chen, Da Li, Xiao-Li Hu, Jie Cheng, Kun Gao, Chang-Hai Wang
Ionic liquids (ILs) have been considered as "green" substitutes for traditional organic solvents in many existing biological and chemical areas. However, they have high solubility and poor biodegradability in water, suggesting that they could become persistent chemical pollutants in aquatic environment. The ability of two widely used imidazolium-based ILs to affect the growth and physiological characteristics of a marine diatom (Phaeodactylum tricornutum) was investigated in this study. The diatom was exposed to different concentrations of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([C4mim]BF4) and 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([C8mim]BF4) for 96h within a batch-culture system...
May 31, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614659/surface-tuned-and-metal-ion-responsive-supramolecular-gels-based-on-nucleolipids
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Ashok Nuthanakanti, Seergazhi G Srivatsan
Supramolecular synthons based on nucleic acid components, nucleobases and nucleosides, and their derivatives have been highly useful in constructing wide varieties of nanoarchitectures. While most of the design strategies have focused on developing biocompatible delivery vehicles, the potential of nucleoside hybrids in assembling smart materials with tunable and sensing properties, though challenging, is gaining significant attention. Here, we describe the development of novel functional materials with surface tunability and metal-ion responsiveness by using simple nucleolipid supramolecular synthons derived by attaching various fatty acids to the 3'-O or 3',5'-O positions of the sugar residue of thymidine nucleoside...
July 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606573/a-modeling-study-of-beverage-substitution-and-obesity-outcomes-among-australian-adults
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Miaobing Zheng, Zhixian Sui, Zhangrong Li, Anna Rangan
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the cross-sectional associations among sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption, its substitution with beverage alternatives, and obesity outcomes in an Australian population. METHODS: We used data from 9341 adults ages ≥19 y from the 2011-2012 Australian National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey. Multivariate linear regression with adjustment for covariates was used to examine the associations between SSB consumption and body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC)...
July 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604696/a-front-face-sni-synthase-engineered-from-a-retaining-double-sn2-hydrolase
#19
Javier Iglesias-Fernández, Susan M Hancock, Seung Seo Lee, Maola Khan, Jo Kirkpatrick, Neil J Oldham, Katherine McAuley, Anthony Fordham-Skelton, Carme Rovira, Benjamin G Davis
SNi-like mechanisms, which involve front-face leaving group departure and nucleophile approach, have been observed experimentally and computationally in chemical and enzymatic substitution at α-glycosyl electrophiles. Since SNi-like, SN1 and SN2 substitution pathways can be energetically comparable, engineered switching could be feasible. Here, engineering of Sulfolobus solfataricus β-glycosidase, which originally catalyzed double SN2 substitution, changed its mode to SNi-like. Destruction of the first SN2 nucleophile through E387Y mutation created a β-stereoselective catalyst for glycoside synthesis from activated substrates, despite lacking a nucleophile...
June 12, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592603/chronic-fructose-substitution-for-glucose-or-sucrose-in-food-or-beverages-has-little-effect-on-fasting-blood-glucose-insulin-or-triglycerides-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Rebecca A Evans, Michael Frese, Julio Romero, Judy H Cunningham, Kerry E Mills
Background: Conflicting evidence exists on the role of long-term fructose consumption on health. No systematic review has addressed the effect of isoenergetic fructose replacement of other sugars and its effect on glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), fasting blood glucose, insulin, and triglycerides.Objective: The objective of this study was to review the evidence for a reduction in fasting glycemic and insulinemic markers after chronic, isoenergetic replacement of glucose or sucrose in foods or beverages by fructose...
June 7, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
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