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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231513/increasing-ascorbate-levels-in-crops-to-enhance-human-nutrition-and-plant-abiotic-stress-tolerance
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Richard C Macknight, William A Laing, Sean M Bulley, Ronan C Broad, Alexander At Johnson, Roger P Hellens
Ascorbate (or vitamin C) is an essential human micronutrient predominantly obtained from plants. In addition to preventing scurvy, it is now known to have broader roles in human health, for example as a cofactor for enzymes involved in epigenetic programming and as regulator of cellular iron uptake. Furthermore, ascorbate is the major antioxidant in plants and underpins many environmentally induced abiotic stress responses. Biotechnological approaches to enhance the ascorbate content of crops therefore have potential to improve both human health and abiotic stress tolerance of crops...
February 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231452/proteome-scale-identification-classification-and-structural-analysis-of-iron-binding-proteins-in-bread-wheat
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Shailender Kumar Verma, Ankita Sharma, Padmani Sandhu, Neha Choudhary, Shailaja Sharma, Vishal Acharya, Yusuf Akhter
Bread wheat is one of the major staple foods of worldwide population and iron plays a significant role in growth and development of the plant. In this report, we are presenting the genome wide identification of iron-binding proteins in bread wheat. The wheat genome derived putative proteome was screened for identification of iron-binding sequence motifs. Out of 602 putative iron-binding proteins, 130 were able to produce reliable structural models by homology techniques and further analyzed for the presence of iron-binding structural motifs...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216891/effects-of-potassium-sulfate-k2so4-on-the-element-contents-polyphenol-content-antioxidant-and-antimicrobial-activities-of-milk-thistle-silybum-marianum
#3
Gulsum Yaldiz
BACKGROUND: Silybum marianum L. (Milk thistle) is native to the Mediterranean basin and is now widespread throughout the world. It's sprout is used as a herbal medicine for the treatment of liver disease for centuries. The seeds of milk thistle contain silymarin, an isomeric mixture of flavonolignans [silybin, silychristin, and silydianin]. Silymarin acts as a strong anti-hepatotoxic. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to evaluate the influences of potassium sulfate [K2SO4] fertilizer doses on polyphenol content, some nutrient elements, antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of milk thistle at experimental fields of Ordu University in Turkey...
January 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216591/iron-supply-affects-anthocyanin-content-and-related-gene-expression-in-berries-of-vitis-vinifera-cv-cabernet-sauvignon
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Pengbao Shi, Bing Li, Haiju Chen, Changzheng Song, Jiangfei Meng, Zhumei Xi, Zhenwen Zhang
Anthocyanins are important compounds for red grape and red wine quality, and can be influenced by supply of nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, and iron. The present work aims to gain a better understanding of the effect of iron supply on anthocyanins concentration in grape berries. To this end, own-rooted four-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon grapevines (Vitis vinifera) were fertigated every three days with 0, 23, 46, 92, and 184 μM iron (Fe) from ferric ethylenediamine di (o-hydroxyphenylacetic) acid (Fe-EDDHA) in a complete nutrient solution...
February 14, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214121/a-molecular-zoom-into-soil-humeome-by-a-direct-sequential-chemical-fractionation-of-soil
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Marios Drosos, Antonio Nebbioso, Pierluigi Mazzei, Giovanni Vinci, Riccardo Spaccini, Alessandro Piccolo
A Humeomics sequential chemical fractionation coupled to advanced analytical identification was applied directly to soil for the first time. Humeomics extracted ~235% more soil organic carbon (SOC) than by the total alkaline extraction traditionally employed to solubilise soil humic molecules (soil Humeome). Seven fractions of either hydro- or organo-soluble components and a final unextractable humic residue were separated from soil. These materials enabled an unprecedented structural identification of solubilised heterogeneous humic molecules by combining NMR, GC-MS, and ESI-Orbitrap-MS...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213707/hydropower-reservoirs-cytotoxic-and-genotoxic-assessment-using-the-allium-cepa-root-model
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Cassiano Lazarotto Rambo, Patrícia Zanotelli, Daniela Dalegrave, Dinara De Nez, Jozimar Szczepanik, Fábio Carazek, Francini Franscescon, Denis Broock Rosemberg, Anna Maria Siebel, Jacir Dal Magro
Hydropower offers a reliable source of electricity in several countries, and Brazil supplies its energy needs almost entirely through hydropower plants. Nevertheless, hydropower plants comprise large buildings and water reservoirs and dams, resulting in huge ecological disruptions. Here, we analyzed the impact of four hydropower reservoirs construction in metals and pesticides incidence and the cytotoxic and genotoxic potential of sediment elutriate of rivers from southern Brazil. Our analyses have evidenced the elevated incidence of different metals (lead, iron, cadmium, and chrome) and pesticides (methyl parathion, atrazine, and 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid)...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211339/phytoextraction-of-contaminated-urban-soils-by-panicum-virgatum-l-enhanced-with-application-of-a-plant-growth-regulator-bap-and-citric-acid
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Matthew Aderholt, Dale L Vogelien, Marina Koether, Sigurdur Greipsson
Lead (Pb) contamination in soil represents a threat to human health. Phytoextraction has gained attention as a potential alternative to traditional remediation methods because of lower cost and minimal soil disruption. The North American native switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) was targeted due to its ability to produce high biomass and grow across a variety of ecozones. In this study switchgrass was chemically enhanced with applications of the soil-fungicide benomyl, chelates (EDTA and citric acid), and PGR to optimize phytoextraction of Pb and zinc (Zn) from contaminated urban soils in Atlanta, GA...
February 4, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207797/mutation-increasing-%C3%AE-carotene-concentrations-does-not-adversely-affect-concentrations-of-essential-mineral-elements-in-pepper-fruit
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Nasya B Tomlekova, Philip J White, Jacqueline A Thompson, Emil A Penchev, Stephan Nielen
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are prevalent in human populations throughout the world. Vitamin A deficiency affects hundreds of millions of pre-school age children in low income countries. Fruits of pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) can be a major dietary source of precursors to Vitamin A biosynthesis, such as β-carotene. Recently, pepper breeding programs have introduced the orange-fruited (of) trait of the mutant variety Oranzheva kapiya, which is associated with high fruit β-carotene concentrations, to the mutant variety Albena...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206742/influence-of-the-mixing-energy-consumption-affecting-coagulation-and-floc-aggregation
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Yamuna Srinivasan Vadasarukkai, Graham A Gagnon
The operational significance of energy-intensive rapid mixing processes remains unaddressed in coagulation and flocculation of insoluble precipitates (flocs), which play an important role in the removal of impurities from drinking water supplies. In this study, the influence of rapid mixing and associated mixing energy on floc aggregation was examined for a surface water source characterized by a high fraction of aquatic humic matter. Infrared spectral analyses showed that the colloidal complexes resulting from ligand exchange between iron and dissolved natural organic matter (DOM) were not substantially influenced by the mixing energy input...
February 16, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205535/phylogenetic-analysis-of-eukaryotic-neet-proteins-uncovers-a-link-between-a-key-gene-duplication-event-and-the-evolution-of-vertebrates
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Madhuri A Inupakutika, Soham Sengupta, Rachel Nechushtai, Patricia A Jennings, Jose' N Onuchic, Rajeev K Azad, Pamela Padilla, Ron Mittler
NEET proteins belong to a unique family of iron-sulfur proteins in which the 2Fe-2S cluster is coordinated by a CDGSH domain that is followed by the "NEET" motif. They are involved in the regulation of iron and reactive oxygen metabolism, and have been associated with the progression of diabetes, cancer, aging and neurodegenerative diseases. Despite their important biological functions, the evolution and diversification of eukaryotic NEET proteins are largely unknown. Here we used the three members of the human NEET protein family (CISD1, mitoNEET; CISD2, NAF-1 or Miner 1; and CISD3, Miner2) as our guides to conduct a phylogenetic analysis of eukaryotic NEET proteins and their evolution...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205242/one-way-or-another-iron-uptake-in-plants
#11
Huei-Hsuan Tsai, Wolfgang Schmidt
Iron (Fe) and phosphorus (P), the latter taken up by plants as phosphate (Pi), are two essential nutrients that determine species distribution and often limit crop yield as a result of their low availability in most soils. Pi-deficient plants improve the interception of Pi by increasing the density of root hairs, thereby expanding the volume of soil to be explored. The increase in root hair frequency results mainly from attenuated primary root growth, a process that was shown to be dependent on the availability of external Fe...
February 16, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202263/arsenic-mobility-and-bioavailability-in-paddy-soil-under-iron-compound-amendments-at-different-growth-stages-of-rice
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Huan-Yun Yu, Xiangqin Wang, Fangbai Li, Bin Li, Chuanping Liu, Qi Wang, Jing Lei
Iron (Fe)-based solids can reduce arsenic (As) mobility and bioavailability in soils, which has been well recognized. However, to our knowledge, there are few studies on As uptake at different growth stages of rice under Fe compound amendments. In addition, the formation of Fe plaques at different growth stages of rice has also been rarely reported. Therefore, the present study was undertaken to investigate As mobility and bioavailability in paddy soil under Fe compound amendments throughout the whole growth stage of rice plants...
February 12, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199867/plant-wide-modelling-of-phosphorus-transformations-in-wastewater-treatment-systems-impacts-of-control-and-operational-strategies
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K Solon, X Flores-Alsina, C Kazadi Mbamba, D Ikumi, E I P Volcke, C Vaneeckhaute, G Ekama, P A Vanrolleghem, D J Batstone, K V Gernaey, U Jeppsson
The objective of this paper is to report the effects that control/operational strategies may have on plant-wide phosphorus (P) transformations in wastewater treatment plants (WWTP). The development of a new set of biological (activated sludge, anaerobic digestion), physico-chemical (aqueous phase, precipitation, mass transfer) process models and model interfaces (between water and sludge line) were required to describe the required tri-phasic (gas, liquid, solid) compound transformations and the close interlinks between the P and the sulfur (S) and iron (Fe) cycles...
February 6, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198917/environmental-drivers-on-leaf-phenology-of-ironstone-outcrops-species-under-seasonal-climate
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Letícia C Garcia, Fernanda V Barros, José P Lemos-Filho
Banded iron formations (BIF) have a particular vegetation type and provide a good model system for testing theories related to leaf phenology, due to unique stressful environmental conditions. As a consequence of the stressful conditions of BIF environment, we hypothesize that most species would retain at least some significant canopy cover, even at the end of the dry season, independently of growth form - trees, shrubs, and sub-shrubs. Considering the strong seasonality, we also hypothesize that photoperiod and rainfall act as triggers for leaf fall and leaf flushing in these environments...
February 9, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193863/modular-electron-transport-chains-from-eukaryotic-organelles-function-to-support-nitrogenase-activity
#15
Jianguo Yang, Xiaqing Xie, Mingxuan Yang, Ray Dixon, Yi-Ping Wang
A large number of genes are necessary for the biosynthesis and activity of the enzyme nitrogenase to carry out the process of biological nitrogen fixation (BNF), which requires large amounts of ATP and reducing power. The multiplicity of the genes involved, the oxygen sensitivity of nitrogenase, plus the demand for energy and reducing power, are thought to be major obstacles to engineering BNF into cereal crops. Genes required for nitrogen fixation can be considered as three functional modules encoding electron-transport components (ETCs), proteins required for metal cluster biosynthesis, and the "core" nitrogenase apoenzyme, respectively...
February 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193158/transcriptional-and-physiological-analyses-of-fe-deficiency-response-in-maize-reveal-the-presence-of-strategy-i-components-and-fe-p-interactions
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Laura Zanin, Silvia Venuti, Anita Zamboni, Zeno Varanini, Nicola Tomasi, Roberto Pinton
BACKGROUND: Under limited iron (Fe) availability maize, a Strategy II plant, improves Fe acquisition through the release of phytosiderophores (PS) into the rhizosphere and the subsequent uptake of Fe-PS complexes into root cells. Occurrence of Strategy-I-like components and interactions with phosphorous (P) nutrition has been hypothesized based on molecular and physiological studies in grasses. RESULTS: In this report transcriptomic analysis (NimbleGen microarray) of Fe deficiency response revealed that maize roots modulated the expression levels of 724 genes (508 up- and 216 down-regulated, respectively)...
February 13, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191503/differences-in-gut-metabolites-and-microbial-composition-and-functions-between-egyptian-and-u-s-children-are-consistent-with-their-diets
#17
V Shankar, M Gouda, J Moncivaiz, A Gordon, N V Reo, L Hussein, O Paliy
Previous studies indicated that populations consuming a Mediterranean diet rich in fiber, vegetables, and fruits have a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases than populations of industrialized societies consuming diets enriched in processed carbohydrates, animal proteins, and fats. To explore the potential contributions of gut microbiota to the observed diet-related metabolic effects, we conducted an integrative analysis of distal gut microbiota composition and functions and intestinal metabolites in Egyptian and U...
January 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188204/siderophore-product-ornibactin-is-required-for-the-bactericidal-activity-of-burkholderia-contaminans-ms14
#18
Peng Deng, Adam Foxfire, Jianhong Xu, Sonya M Baird, Jiayuan Jia, Keren H Delgado, Ronald Shin, Leif Smith, Shi-En Lu
Burkholderia contaminans MS14 was isolated from soil in Mississippi. When cultivated on nutrient broth-yeast extract (NBY) agar medium, the colonies exhibit bactericidal activity against a wide range of plant pathogenic bacteria. Only a bacteriostatic compound with siderophore activity was successfully purified, which was determined by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to be ornibactin. The isolation of the bactericidal compound has not yet been achieved, thus, the exact nature of the bactericidal compound is still unknown...
February 10, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183034/effects-of-chemical-cleaning-on-ro-membrane-inorganic-organic-and-microbial-foulant-removal-in-a-full-scale-plant-for-municipal-wastewater-reclamation
#19
Tong Yu, Lu Meng, Qing-Bo Zhao, Ye Shi, Hong-Ying Hu, Yun Lu
Of all of the strategies for controlling reverse osmosis (RO) membrane fouling, chemical cleaning is indispensable. To study the effects of chemical cleaning on membrane foulant removal, a comparative analysis of RO membranes before and after common alkaline and acid cleaning was conducted by dissecting lead and terminal RO membranes in a full-scale municipal wastewater reclamation plant. Most foulants on the membranes were removed by chemical cleaning processes. Calcium was the major inorganic component of the foulants because of its highest concentration in the feed water...
February 2, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177216/bacterioferritin-structure-dynamics-and-protein-protein-interactions-at-play-in-iron-storage-and-mobilization
#20
Mario Rivera
Despite its essentiality to life, iron presents significant challenges to cells: the exceedingly low solubility of Fe(3+) limits its bioavailability, and the reactivity of Fe(2+) toward H2O2 is a source of the toxic hydroxyl radical (HO(•)). Consequently, cellular levels of free iron are highly regulated to ensure sufficiency while preventing iron-induced toxicity. Relatively little is known about the fate of iron in the bacterial cytosol or how cells balance the need for relatively high cytosolic iron concentrations with the potential toxicity of the nutrient...
February 8, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
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