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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937642/essential-oils-as-an-alternative-to-pyrethroids-resistance-against-anopheles-species-complex-giles-diptera-culicidae
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Olivier Gnankiné, Imaël Henri Nestor Bassolé
Widespread resistance of Anopheles sp. populations to pyrethroid insecticides has led to the search for sustainable alternatives in the plant kingdom. Among many botanicals, there is great interest in essential oils and their constituents. Many researchers have explored essential oils (EOs) to determine their toxicity and identify repellent molecules that are effective against Anopheles populations. Essential oils are volatile and fragrant substances with an oily consistency typically produced by plants. They contain a variety of volatile molecules such as terpenes and terpenoids, phenol-derived aromatic components and aliphatic components at quite different concentrations with a significant insecticide potential, essentially as ovicidal, larvicidal, adulticidal, repellency, antifeedant, growth and reproduction inhibitors...
September 22, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936425/gut-dysbiosis-in-animals-due-to-environmental-chemical-exposures
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Cheryl S Rosenfeld
The gut microbiome consists of over 10(3)-10(4) microorganism inhabitants that together possess 150 times more genes that the human genome and thus should be considered an "organ" in of itself. Such communities of bacteria are in dynamic flux and susceptible to changes in host environment and body condition. In turn, gut microbiome disturbances can affect health status of the host. Gut dysbiosis might result in obesity, diabetes, gastrointestinal, immunological, and neurobehavioral disorders. Such host diseases can originate due to shifts in microbiota favoring more pathogenic species that produce various virulence factors, such as lipopolysaccharide...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933081/-recent-advances-of-synthetic-biology-for-production-of-functional-ingredients-in-chinese-materia-medica
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Xin-Yao Su, Jian-Ping Xue, Cai-Xia Wang
The functional ingredients in Chinese materia medica are the main active substance for traditional Chinese medicine and most of them are secondary metabolites derivatives. Until now,the main method to obtain those functional ingredients is through direct extraction from the Chinese materia medica. However, the income is very low because of the high extraction costs and the decreased medicinal plants. Synthetic biology technology, as a new and microbial approach, can be able to carry out large-scale production of functional ingredients and greatly ease the shortage of traditional Chinese medicine ingredients...
November 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933080/-recent-advances-in-biosynthetic-pathway-and-synthetic-biology-of-taxol
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Xue-Jun Kuang, Cai-Xia Wang, Li-Qiu Zou, Ying Li, Chao Sun
Taxol, a kind of terpenoid secondary metabolite produced by Taxus brevifolia, is an effective anticancer drug that manufacture relies mainly on the extraction form plants. In order to solve the resource shortage, a lot of work has been done to develop the alternative method. Recently, using synthetic biology to realize heterologous biosynthesis of the precursors of taxol has become a hotspot. Now, the basic framework of taxol biosynthetic pathways has been confirmed, and most enzyme genes involved in taxol biosynthesis have been cloned and identified...
November 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933079/-advance-in-transcriptomic-studies-of-ginseng-species
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Li-Qiu Zou, Xue-Jun Kuang, Ying Li, Chao Sun
There are many valuable medicinal plants in Ginseng genus belonging to Araliaceae. Among them, Panax ginseng, P. quinquefolium and P. notoginseng are the most famous species. With the development of next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies, sequencing and analysis of transcriptomes have become powerful tools for discovery of novel genes, screening molecular markers and elucidation of specific biosynthetic pathway of secondary metabolites. Their transcriptomes provided abundant genes for further study on functional genomics...
November 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932821/in-vitro-antileishmanial-activity-of-mexican-medicinal-plants
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Ronna Delgado-Altamirano, Lianet Monzote, Abel Piñón-Tápanes, Heike Vibrans, J Fausto Rivero-Cruz, César Ibarra-Alvarado, Alejandra Rojas-Molina
AIM OF THE STUDY: To evaluate the anti-leishmanial activity and cytotoxicity of aqueous and organic extracts of ten plants used in Mexican traditional medicine as anti-parasitics. MATERIALS AND METHODS: For the organic extracts, plant material was macerated in dichloromethane (CH2Cl2) and dichloromethane/methanol (CH2Cl2/MeOH) (1:1) during two weeks; the aqueous extracts were prepared by infusion. The extracts were tested against promastigotes and intracellular amastigotes of Leishmania amazonensis...
September 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932210/antibacterial-activity-of-endophytic-actinomycetes-isolated-from-the-medicinal-plant-vochysia-divergens-pantanal-brazil
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Francielly M W R Gos, Daiani C Savi, Khaled A Shaaban, Jon S Thorson, Rodrigo Aluizio, Yvelise M Possiede, Jürgen Rohr, Chirlei Glienke
Endophytic actinomycetes from medicinal plants produce a wide diversity of secondary metabolites (SM). However, to date, the knowledge about endophytes from Brazil remains scarce. Thus, we analyzed the antimicrobial potential of 10 actinomycetes isolated from the medicinal plant Vochysia divergens located in the Pantanal sul-mato-grossense, an unexplored wetland in Brazil. Strains were classified as belonging to the Aeromicrobium, Actinomadura, Microbacterium, Microbispora, Micrococcus, Sphaerisporangium, Streptomyces, and Williamsia genera, through morphological and 16S rRNA phylogenetic analyzes...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932179/non-invasive-real-time-monitoring-of-yeast-volatilome-by-ptr-tof-ms
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Iuliia Khomenko, Irene Stefanini, Luca Cappellin, Valentina Cappelletti, Pietro Franceschi, Duccio Cavalieri, Tilmann D Märk, Franco Biasioli
INTRODUCTION: Producing a wide range of volatile secondary metabolites Saccharomyces cerevisiae influences wine, beer, and bread sensory quality and hence selection of strains based on their volatilome becomes pivotal. A rapid on-line method for volatilome assessing of strains growing on standard solid media is still missing. OBJECTIVES: Methodologically, the aim of this study was to demonstrate the automatic, real-time, direct, and non-invasive monitoring of yeast volatilome in order to rapidly produce a robust large data set encompassing measurements relative to many strains, replicates and time points...
2017: Metabolomics: Official Journal of the Metabolomic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931093/synthesis-of-udp-apiose-in-bacteria-the-marine-phototroph-geminicoccus-roseus-and-the-plant-pathogen-xanthomonas-pisi
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James Amor Smith, Maor Bar-Peled
The branched-chain sugar apiose was widely assumed to be synthesized only by plant species. In plants, apiose-containing polysaccharides are found in vascularized plant cell walls as the pectic polymers rhamnogalacturonan II and apiogalacturonan. Apiosylated secondary metabolites are also common in many plant species including ancestral avascular bryophytes and green algae. Apiosyl-residues have not been documented in bacteria. In a screen for new bacterial glycan structures, we detected small amounts of apiose in methanolic extracts of the aerobic phototroph Geminicoccus roseus and the pathogenic soil-dwelling bacteria Xanthomonas pisi...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931063/plant-flavones-enhance-antimicrobial-activity-of-respiratory-epithelial-cell-secretions-against-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Benjamin M Hariri, Derek B McMahon, Bei Chen, Nithin D Adappa, James N Palmer, David W Kennedy, Robert J Lee
Flavones are a class of natural plant secondary metabolites that have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effects. Some flavones also activate the T2R14 bitter taste receptor, which is expressed in motile cilia of the sinonasal epithelium and activates innate immune nitric oxide (NO) production. Flavones may thus be potential therapeutics for respiratory infections. Our objective was to examine the anti-microbial effects of flavones on the common sinonasal pathogens Candida albicans, Staphylococcus aureus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, evaluating both planktonic and biofilm growth...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930694/identification-of-biphenyl-2-3-dioxygenase-and-its-catabolic-role-for-phenazine-degradation-in-sphingobium-yanoikuyae-b1
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Qiang Zhao, Muhammad Bilal, Shengjie Yue, Hongbo Hu, Wei Wang, Xuehong Zhang
Phenazines are important nitrogen-containing secondary metabolites that display a range of biological functionalities. However, these compounds have shown lethal effects on humans and, the fate of phenazine in the ecosystem remains uncertain. In this study, we investigated that Sphingobium yanoikuyae B1 could utilize phenazine as a sole carbon source for growth. Intermediate produced during phenazine degradation was purified and identified as 1, 2-dihydrogen 1, 2-dihydroxy phenazine. Biphenyl 2, 3-dioxygenase was determined to be the initial dioxygenase for phenazine degradation through gene cloning and whole cell transformation techniques...
September 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930528/biotechnological-improvement-of-nutritional-and-therapeutic-value-of-cultivated-potato
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Deepak Singh Bagri, Devanshi Chandel Upadhyay, Subodh Kumar Jain, Chandrama Prakash Upadhyay
Genetic engineering is recognized as a powerful tool for altering the genetic characteristic of crop plants. Genetic engineering has tremendous potential in developing improved potato varieties with desired agronomic traits and has been utilized for improvement of several crop plants including potato to enhance essential amino acid, protein and lipids/carbohydrates contents as well to improve stress tolerance. The pathway engineering of amino acid revealed dramatic changes in essential amino acid content and protein quality...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Scholar Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930527/microalgae-as-a-source-of-high-value-bioactive-compounds
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Mohammed Hussen Bule, Ishtiaq Ahmed, Faheem Maqbool, Muhammad Bilal, Hafiz M N Iqbal
Microalgae are one of the oldest microorganisms, that grow in various hostile environments, ranging from deserts to Antarctica. The microalgae sustain life in such harsh environments through generation of secondary metabolites. Microalgae biosynthesize a large number of diverse bioactive metabolites with activities on cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and infectious diseases. Here, we highlight the bioactive compounds that are isolated from microalgae for the purpose of using them as food, and as chemicals in pharmaceutical industry as new agents with therapeutic benefits...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Scholar Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930456/metformin-an-anthropogenic-contaminant-of-seidlitzia-rosmarinus-collected-in-a-desert-region-near-the-gulf-of-aqaba-sinai-peninsula
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Ahmed R Hassan, Salah M El-Kousy, Sayed A El-Toumy, Karla Frydenvang, Truong Thanh Tung, Jesper Olsen, John Nielsen, Søren Brøgger Christensen
A phytochemical investigation of Seidlitzia rosmarinus collected along the shoreline of the Gulf of Aqaba in the remote southern desert region of the Sinai peninsula has revealed the presence of the registered drug metformin (4). However, analysis of the (14)C content revealed the drug to be an anthropogenic contaminant. Consequently, natural product researchers should be aware that compounds isolated from plants might originate from environmental contamination rather than biosynthesis. The new natural product N-(4-hydroxyphenylethyl)-α-chloroferuloylamide was isolated as a mixture of the E and Z isomers along with a number of other well-established secondary metabolites...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930265/a-review-on-ethno-medicinal-and-pharmacological-activities-of-sphenocentrum-jollyanum-pierre
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REVIEW
Olubukola Sinbad Olorunnisola, Olumide Samuel Fadahunsi, Peter Adegbola
Sphenocentrum jollyanum Pierre is a member of a diverse family of plants known as Menispermaceae. They are famous for a plethora of important biological functions. S. jollyanum is a shrub native to the tropical forest zones of West Africa and thrives in deep shade. It is widely cultivated in Cameroun, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ghana, and Côte d'Ivoire. S. jollyanum is employed in folk medicine as a cure for wounds, fever, coughs, high blood pressure, breast tumor, constipation, and as an aphrodisiac. Phytochemical investigations revealed that the plant is a rich source of secondary metabolites such as annin, alkaloids, saponins, and flavonoids...
July 3, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930173/polyphenols-from-root-tubercles-and-grains-cropped-in-brazil-chemical-and-nutritional-characterization-and-their-effects-on-human-health-and-diseases
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REVIEW
Diego Dos Santos Baião, Cyntia Silva de Freitas, Laidson Paes Gomes, Davi da Silva, Anna Carolina N T F Correa, Patricia Ribeiro Pereira, Eduardo Mere Del Aguila, Vania Margaret Flosi Paschoalin
Throughout evolution, plants have developed the ability to produce secondary phenolic metabolites, which are important for their interactions with the environment, reproductive strategies and defense mechanisms. These (poly)phenolic compounds are a heterogeneous group of natural antioxidants found in vegetables, cereals and leguminous that exert beneficial and protective actions on human health, playing roles such as enzymatic reaction inhibitors and cofactors, toxic chemicals scavengers and biochemical reaction substrates, increasing the absorption of essential nutrients and selectively inhibiting deleterious intestinal bacteria...
September 20, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930141/isolation-and-cytotoxic-investigation-of-flacourtin-from-oncoba-spinosa
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Olaoye S Balogun, Olukayode S Ajayi, Olayinka S Lawal
Background:Oncoba spinosa, an endangered medicinal plant whose secondary metabolites have not been extensively profiled, and which is hitherto yet to be examined for cytotoxicity, is being investigated in this study. Methods: Leaves of Oncoba spinosa (800 g) were extracted with 95% aqueous methanol. The crude extract was partitioned with n-hexane and the resultant defatted extract was extensively chromatographed on silica gel to yield compound 1 which was subjected to spectroscopic analysis. A brine shrimps lethality test was used to establish the cytotoxicity potentials of the isolated compound and the plant extracts...
December 6, 2016: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929672/-progress-of-effects-of-light-on-plant-flavonoids
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REVIEW
Jun-Qian Pan, Xi-Ran Tong, Bao-Lin Guo
As an important secondary metabolites of medicinal plant, flavonoids plays a very important role on itself including light protection and antioxidant. Light is one of the important environmental factors which impacts the secondary metabolites of plant and has a significant impact on biological synthesis of flavonoids. This paper reviews the recent progress of the effects of light on flavonoids on the plants focusing from light intensity and light quality, and summarizes briefly functions of the phenylalanine ammonia lyase (PAL) in plant secondary metabolism and the upstream key enzyme chalcone synthase (CHS) in flavonoid biosynthetic pathway...
November 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929670/-herbgenomics
#19
Shi-Lin Chen, Jing-Yuan Song
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has contributad greatly to improving human health. However, the biological characteristics and molecular mechanisms of TCM in the treatment of human diseases remain largely unknown. Genomics plays an important role in modern medicine and biology. Here, we introduce genomics and other related omics to the study of herbs to propose a new discipline, Herbgenomics, that aims to uncover the genetic information and regulatory networks of herbs and to clarify their molecular mechanisms in the prevention and treatment of human diseases...
November 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929184/metabolic-changes-in-primary-secondary-and-lipid-metabolism-in-tobacco-leaf-in-response-to-topping
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Jieyu Zhao, Lili Li, Yanni Zhao, Chunxia Zhao, Xia Chen, Pingping Liu, Huina Zhou, Junjie Zhang, Chunxiu Hu, Aiguo Chen, Guanshan Liu, Xiaojun Peng, Xin Lu, Guowang Xu
As an important cultivation practice used for flue-cured tobacco, topping affects diverse biological processes in the later stages of development and growth. Some studies have focused on using tobacco genes to reflect the physiological changes caused by topping. However, the complex metabolic shifts in the leaf resulting from topping have not yet been investigated in detail. In this study, a comprehensive metabolic profile of primary, secondary, and lipid metabolism in flue-cured tobacco leaf was generated with use of a multiple platform consisting of gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry, and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry/ultraviolet spectroscopy...
September 19, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
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