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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086783/de-novo-transcriptome-analysis-of-rose-scented-geranium-provides-insights-into-the-metabolic-specificity-of-terpene-and-tartaric-acid-biosynthesis
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Lokesh K Narnoliya, Girija Kaushal, Sudhir P Singh, Rajender S Sangwan
BACKGROUND: Rose-scented geranium (Pelargonium sp.) is a perennial herb that produces a high value essential oil of fragrant significance due to the characteristic compositional blend of rose-oxide and acyclic monoterpenoids in foliage. Recently, the plant has also been shown to produce tartaric acid in leaf tissues. Rose-scented geranium represents top-tier cash crop in terms of economic returns and significance of the plant and plant products. However, there has hardly been any study on its metabolism and functional genomics, nor any genomic expression dataset resource is available in public domain...
January 13, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079964/bab-random-c-monomer-sequence-via-radical-terpolymerization-of-limonene%C3%A2-a-maleimide%C3%A2-b-and-methacrylate%C3%A2-c-terpene-polymers-with-randomly-distributed-periodic-sequences
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Masataka Ojika, Kotaro Satoh, Masami Kamigaito
A naturally abundant terpene, limonene (A), was radically polymerized with a maleimide derivative (B) and methacrylate (C) in a fluorinated alcohol to give terpolymers with unprecedented BAB-random-C sequences in which the BAB monomer sequence was randomly copolymerized with a C unit. In each binary system, limonene was hardly copolymerized with methacrylate while it was efficiently copolymerized with maleimide to result in a 1:2-alternating BAB periodic sequence, in part due to the penultimate effects and hydrogen-bonding interactions with fluoroalcohol...
January 12, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079013/natural-product-inhibitors-of-topoisomerases-review-and-docking-study
#3
L Scotti, F J B Mendonça Júnior, F F Ribeiro, J F Tavares, M S Da Silva, J M Barbosa Filho, M T Scotti
Since ancient times, natural products have been used in treating various diseases effectively and safely. Nowadays, these natural compounds are submitted to sophisticated methodologies from isolation, computing, analytical, and even serving as pharmacophore suggestions for synthesis. The substances extracted from marine species, plants, and microorganisms present activities beneficial to our health, including protection against malignant tumors. The topoisomerase enzymes play an important role in DNA metabolism, and searching for enzyme inhibitors is an important target in the search for new anticancer drugs...
January 11, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078400/characterization-of-four-endophytic-fungi-as-potential-consolidated-bioprocessing-hosts-for-conversion-of-lignocellulose-into-advanced-biofuels
#4
Weihua Wu, Ryan W Davis, Mary Bao Tran-Gyamfi, Alan Kuo, Kurt LaButti, Sirma Mihaltcheva, Hope Hundley, Mansi Chovatia, Erika Lindquist, Kerrie Barry, Igor V Grigoriev, Bernard Henrissat, John M Gladden
Recently, several endophytic fungi have been demonstrated to produce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) with properties similar to fossil fuels, called "mycodiesel," while growing on lignocellulosic plant and agricultural residues. The fact that endophytes are plant symbionts suggests that some may be able to produce lignocellulolytic enzymes, making them capable of both deconstructing lignocellulose and converting it into mycodiesel, two properties that indicate that these strains may be useful consolidated bioprocessing (CBP) hosts for the biofuel production...
January 12, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073772/a-water-availability-gradient-reveals-the-deficit-level-required-to-affect-traits-in-potted-juvenile-eucalyptus-globulus
#5
Adam B McKiernan, Brad M Potts, Mark J Hovenden, Timothy J Brodribb, Noel W Davies, Thomas Rodemann, Scott A M McAdam, Julianne M O'Reilly-Wapstra
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Drought leading to soil water deficit can have severe impacts on plants. Water deficit may lead to plant water stress and affect growth and chemical traits. Plant secondary metabolite (PSM) responses to water deficit vary between compounds and studies, with inconsistent reports of changes to PSM concentrations even within a single species. This disparity may result from experimental water deficit variation among studies, and so multiple water deficit treatments are used to fully assess PSM responses in a single species...
January 10, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072820/p-cymene-promotes-its-catabolism-through-the-p-cymene-and-the-p-cumate-pathways-activates-a-stress-response-and-reduces-the-biofilm-formation-in-burkholderia-xenovorans-lb400
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Loreine Agulló, María José Romero-Silva, Mirian Domenech, Michael Seeger
p-Cymene is an aromatic terpene that is present in diverse plant species. The aims of this study were to study the p-cymene metabolism in the model aromatic-degrading bacterium Burkholderia xenovorans LB400, and its response to p-cymene. The catabolic p-cymene (cym) and p-cumate (cmt) genes are clustered on the LB400 major chromosome. B. xenovorans LB400 was able to grow on p-cymene as well as on p-cumate as a sole carbon and energy sources. LB400 growth attained higher cell concentration at stationary phase on p-cumate than on p-cymene...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069691/rapid-and-sensitive-determination-of-major-active-ingredients-and-toxic-components-in-ginkgobiloba-leaves-extract-egb-761-by-a-validated-uplc-ms-ms-method
#7
Yao Wang, Yuan Liu, Qi Wu, Xin Yao, Zongqi Cheng
An accurate, precise and sensitive ultra-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometric (UPLC-MS-MS) method was developed for the determination of flavonoids, terpene lactones, together with ginkgolic acids in Ginkgo biloba leaves extract (EGb 761). This is the first report of the simultaneous analysis of major active ingredients and toxic components in EGb 761 using UPLC-MS-MS. This analysis afforded good linearity, precision, repeatability and accuracy. In addition, the content of those major bioactive components in EGb 761 prepared by different manufacturers of China was determined to establish the effectiveness of the method...
January 8, 2017: Journal of Chromatographic Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063268/evaluation-of-the-quality-of-herbal-teas-by-dart-tof-ms
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Jana Prchalová, František Kovařík, Aleš Rajchl
The paper focuses on the optimization, settings and validation of direct analysis in real time (DART) coupled with time of flight detector (TOF) when used for the evaluation of the quality of selected herbal teas (fennel, chamomile, nettle, linden, peppermint, thyme, lemon balm, marigold, sage, rose hip, St. John's Wort). The ionization mode, the optimal ionization temperature and the type of solvent for sample extraction were optimized. The characteristic compounds of the analysed herbal teas (glycosides, flavonoids, phenolic and terpenic substances, such as chamazulene, anethole, menthol, thymol, salviol, hypericin etc...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062974/heterologous-synthesis-of-geranyllinalool-a-diterpenol-plant-product-in-the-cyanobacterium-synechocystis
#9
Cinzia Formighieri, Anastasios Melis
Cyanobacteria are industrially robust photosynthetic microorganisms that can be genetically programmed to synthesize commodity products for domestic and industrial consumption. In the present work, Synechocystis was endowed with the synthesis of the plant secondary metabolite geranyllinalool, a diterpene alcohol of commercial interest. Total average yields of 360 μg of geranyllinalool per gram of dry cell weight were obtained in the course of a 48-h cultivation period. Geranyllinalool was primarily sequestered inside the transformant cells, corresponding to 60-70% of the total heterologous product, instead of being entirely exuded, as the case is with shorter heterologous terpene hydrocarbons...
January 6, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056749/development-and-evaluation-of-naproxen-sodium-gel-using-piper-cubeba-for-enhanced-transdermal-drug-delivery-and-therapeutic-facilitation
#10
Sunetra Kaustubh Patwardhan, Manohar J Patil, Anbazhagan Sockalingam
BACKGROUND: The absorption of drug through skin avoids many side effects of oral route like gastric irritation, nausea, systemic toxicity etc and thus improves patient compliance. Naproxen sodium (NPRS) is one of the potent NSAID agents. OBJECTIVE: The present study was aimed to develop and evaluate the gel formulation containing NPRS for transdermal drug delivery reducing the side effects and improving patient compliance. The patents on topical delivery of NSAIDS (US 9012402 B1, US 9072659 B2, US 20150258196 A1) and patents indicating use of herbal penetration enhancers (US 20100273746A1, WO 2005009510 A2, US 6004969 A) helped in selecting the drug, excipients...
January 5, 2017: Recent Patents on Drug Delivery & Formulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055331/review-of-ginkgo-biloba-induced-toxicity-from-experimental-studies-to-human-case-reports
#11
Nan Mei, Xiaoqing Guo, Zhen Ren, Daisuke Kobayashi, Keiji Wada, Lei Guo
Ginkgo biloba has been used as a traditional herbal remedy for many thousand years and its leaf extract has been consumed as a botanical dietary supplement for decades. Ginkgo biloba extract is a complex mixture with numerous components, including flavonol glycosides and terpene lactones, and is one of the most widely sold botanical dietary supplements worldwide. Concerns about potential health risks for the general population have been raised because of the widespread human exposure to Ginkgo biloba and its potential toxic and carcinogenic activities in rodents...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part C, Environmental Carcinogenesis & Ecotoxicology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049605/liquid-chromatography-coupled-with-tandem-mass-spectrometry-lc-ms-ms-based-bioavailability-determination-of-the-major-classes-of-phytochemicals
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Evgenios Stylos, Maria V Chatziathanasiadou, Aggeliki Syriopoulou, Andreas G Tzakos
Natural products derived from plants have served as an inexhausted source for drug discovery and drug development. They have been evolutionary amplified with drug-like properties and have already illustrated immense therapeutic potential over an array of different diseases. However, their incorporation in the drug discovery pipeline has been diminished the last two decades. This was probably due to barriers related to their inherent difficulties to be integrated in high-throughput screening assays as also their largely unexplored bioavailability...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045448/molecular-cloning-characterization-and-functional-analysis-of-acetyl-coa-c-acetyltransferase-and-mevalonate-kinase-genes-involved-in-terpene-trilactone-biosynthesis-from-ginkgo-biloba
#13
Qiangwen Chen, Jiaping Yan, Xiangxiang Meng, Feng Xu, Weiwei Zhang, Yongling Liao, Jinwang Qu
Ginkgolides and bilobalide, collectively termed terpene trilactones (TTLs), are terpenoids that form the main active substance of Ginkgo biloba. Terpenoids in the mevalonate (MVA) biosynthetic pathway include acetyl-CoA C-acetyltransferase (AACT) and mevalonate kinase (MVK) as core enzymes. In this study, two full-length (cDNAs) encoding AACT (GbAACT, GenBank Accession No. KX904942) and MVK (GbMVK, GenBank Accession No. KX904944) were cloned from G. biloba. The deduced GbAACT and GbMVK proteins contain 404 and 396 amino acids with the corresponding open-reading frame (ORF) sizes of 1215 bp and 1194 bp, respectively...
January 2, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045196/mechanistic-studies-of-sesquiterpene-cyclases-based-on-their-carbon-isotope-ratios-at-natural-abundance
#14
Wenhua Tan, Stefan Bartram, Wilhelm Boland
During the process of terpene biosynthesis, C-C bond breaking and forming steps are subjected to kinetic carbon isotope effects, leading to distinct carbon isotopic signatures of the products. Accordingly, carbon isotopic signatures could be used to reveal the "biosynthetic history" of the produced terpenoids. Five known sesquiterpene cyclases, regulating three different pathways, representing simple to complex biosynthetic sequences, were heterologously expressed and used for in vitro assays with farnesyl diphosphate as substrate...
January 3, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035791/indirect-plant-defense-against-insect-herbivores-a-review
#15
REVIEW
Zainab Aljbory, Ming-Shun Chen
Plants respond to herbivore attack by launching two types of defenses: direct defense and indirect defense. Direct defense includes all plant traits that increase the resistance of host plants to insect herbivores by affecting the physiology and/or behavior of the attackers. Indirect defense includes all traits that by themselves do not have significant direct impact on the attacking herbivores, but can attract natural enemies of the herbivores and thus reduce plant loss. When plants recognize herbivore-associated elicitors, they produce and release a blend of volatiles that can attract predators, parasites, and other natural enemies...
December 30, 2016: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035165/characterization-of-volatile-compounds-physico-chemical-and-sensory-characteristics-of-smoked-dry-cured-ham
#16
Nives Marušić Radovčić, Sanja Vidaček, Tibor Janči, Helga Medić
Volatile compounds from smoked dry-cured ham were isolated by using headspace-solid phase microextraction and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Samples of biceps femoris were also evaluated for sensory physical and chemical characteristics. Eighty seven volatile aroma compounds of smoked dry-cured ham were identified. Chemical groups identified were aldehydes (35.6%), phenols (34.3%), alcohols (13.8%), terpenes (6.4%), aromatic hydrocarbons (2.6%), alkanes (2.2%), ketones (2.2%), esters (1.7%) and acids (0...
November 2016: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032760/spongian-16-one-diterpenes-and-their-anatomical-distribution-in-the-australian-nudibranch-goniobranchus-collingwoodi
#17
Louise C Forster, Anne E Winters, Karen L Cheney, Pradeep Dewapriya, Robert J Capon, Mary J Garson
Six new (1-6) spongian-16-one analogues have been characterized from the Australian nudibranch species Goniobranchus collingwoodi, along with four known spongian-16-one derivatives. The structures and relative configuration were suggested by spectroscopic analyses informed by molecular modeling. Dissection of animal tissue revealed that the mantle and viscera differ in their terpene composition. Whole body extracts were not toxic to brine shrimp (Artemia sp.), but were unpalatable to palaemon shrimp (Palaemon serenus) at a concentration found within the nudibranch...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032195/versatility-of-hydrocarbon-production-in-cyanobacteria
#18
REVIEW
Min Xie, Weihua Wang, Weiwen Zhang, Lei Chen, Xuefeng Lu
Cyanobacteria are photosynthetic microorganisms using solar energy, H2O, and CO2 as the primary inputs. Compared to plants and eukaryotic microalgae, cyanobacteria are easier to be genetically engineered and possess higher growth rate. Extensive genomic information and well-established genetic platform make cyanobacteria good candidates to build efficient biosynthetic pathways for biofuels and chemicals by genetic engineering. Hydrocarbons are a family of compounds consisting entirely of hydrogen and carbon...
December 28, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027618/differential-accumulation-of-volatile-organic-compounds-vocs-by-leaves-and-roots-of-two-guianese-philodendron-species-p-fragrantissimum-kunth-and-p-melinonii-brongn
#19
Nina Joffard, Laurent Legendre, Marc Gibernau, Laurence Pascal
Leaf and root essential oils of two closely related but ecologically distant Philodendron species were extracted in natural conditions in French Guyana and analysed by GC-MS to (i) describe the blends of Volatile Organic Compounds produced by those species and (ii) analyse species and environment-based variations in extracts composition. A total of 135 VOCs were detected with a majority of aliphatic sesquiterpenes. Philodendron fragrantissimum produced mainly β-bisabolene (on average 29.12% of the extract) as well as α- and β-selinene (14...
December 27, 2016: Chemistry & Biodiversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012710/potential-anticancer-activity-of-lichen-secondary-metabolite-physodic-acid
#20
V Cardile, A C E Graziano, R Avola, M Piovano, A Russo
Secondary metabolites present in lichens, which comprise aliphatic, cycloaliphatic, aromatic and terpenic compounds, are unique with respect to those of higher plants and show interesting biological and pharmacological activities. However, only a few of these compounds, have been assessed for their effectiveness against various in vitro cancer models. In the present study, we investigated the cytotoxicity of three lichen secondary metabolites (atranorin, gyrophoric acid and physodic acid) on A375 melanoma cancer cell line...
December 21, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
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