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Jonathan W Leff, Ryan C Lynch, Nolan C Kane, Noah Fierer
Root and rhizosphere microbial communities can affect plant health, but it remains undetermined how plant domestication may influence these bacterial and fungal communities. We grew 33 sunflower (Helianthus annuus) strains (n = 5) that varied in their extent of domestication and assessed rhizosphere and root endosphere bacterial and fungal communities. We also assessed fungal communities in the sunflower seeds to investigate the degree to which root and rhizosphere communities were influenced by vertical transmission of the microbiome through seeds...
November 23, 2016: New Phytologist
Edward V McAssey, Jonathan Corbi, John M Burke
BACKGROUND: Divergent phenotypes and genotypes are key signals for identifying the targets of natural selection in locally adapted populations. Here, we used a combination of common garden phenotyping for a variety of growth, plant architecture, and seed traits, along with single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping to characterize range-wide patterns of diversity in 15 populations of wild sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) sampled along a latitudinal gradient in central North America...
November 10, 2016: BMC Plant Biology
Araceli M Ramos, Marcela Gally, Gala Szapiro, Tatiana Itzcovich, Maira Carabajal, Laura Levin
Macrophomina phaseolina is a polyphagous phytopathogen, causing stalk rot on many commercially important species. Damages caused by this pathogen in soybean and maize crops in Argentina during drought and hot weather have increased due its ability to survive as sclerotia in soil and crop debris under non-till practices. In this work, we explored the in vitro production of plant cell wall-degrading enzymes [pectinases (polygalacturonase and polymethylgalacturonase); cellulases (endoglucanase); hemicellulases (endoxylanase) and the ligninolytic enzyme laccase] by several Argentinean isolates of M...
November 5, 2016: Revista Argentina de Microbiología
Francesco Garbo, Maria Cristina Lavagnolo, Mario Malagoli, Michela Schiavon, Raffaello Cossu
The use of energy crops in the treatment of wastewaters is of increasing interest, particularly in view of the widespread scarcity of water in many countries and the possibility of obtaining renewable fuels of vegetable origin. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of landfill leachate phytotreatment using sunflowers, particularly as seeds from this crop are suitable for use in biodiesel production. Two different irrigation systems were tested: vertical flow and horizontal subsurface flow, with or without effluent recirculation...
November 1, 2016: Waste Management
M A Malik, H K Sharma, C S Saini
The present study evaluated the effect of removal of polyphenols on the structural properties of protein isolates extracted from sunflower seed and kernel. The structural and thermal changes in protein upon phenolic interaction were studied using circular dichroism, differential scanning calorimetry, thermal gravimetric analysis, X-ray diffraction, sodium dodecyl sulphate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE), and Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. Presence of phenolic compounds in proteins decreased the ordered structure content with parallel increase in unordered structure content...
September 2016: Journal of Food Science and Technology
Josseanne Maria Teixeira, Maria do Carmo De Carvalho Martins, Luanne Fortes Monte Soares, Ana Lina De Carvalho Cunha Sales, Daiane Cristina Ferreira Damasceno, Francisco Valmor Macedo Cunha, Regina Célia De Assis, José Carlos Santos Júnior, Nivea Maria Da Costa Sousa
INTRODUCTION: Food and dietetic components have received considerable attention as auxiliary feeding resources on controlling of chronic non-transmissible diseases, among them diabetes. This study evaluated the effect of supplementary diet with multimixture based on linseed, sesame, oats and sunflower seeds on the hepatic function and antioxidant activity of diabetic rats. METHODS: Male rats were distributed on groups of seven animals: diabetic control (DC), diabetics subject to multimixture diet (DM), diabetic with insulin (DI), and normal control (NC)...
September 20, 2016: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Kaiwu He, Fei Qi, Chunni Guo, Shuqin Zhan, Hua Xu, Jianjun Liu, Xifei Yang
Transient receptor potential cation (TRPC) channel proteins are abundantly expressed in brain. However, the functions of these TRPC proteins such as TRPC1 are largely unclear. In this study, we reported that TRPC1 deficiency caused movement disorder as measured by swimming test, modified open field test and sunflower seeds eating test. Immunofluorescent staining showed significant loss of both NeuN-positive cells and tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) -positive cells in the caudate putamen (CPu), the external globus pallidus (GPe), and the substantia nigra pars reticulata (SNr) in 5-month-old TRPC1 knockout mice (TRPC1-/-) compared to the wild type (WT) mice...
October 11, 2016: Oncotarget
Miriam Payá-Milans, Jose Antonio Aznar-Moreno, Tiago S Balbuena, Richard P Haslam, Satinder K Gidda, Javier Pérez-Hormaeche, Robert T Mullen, Jay J Thelen, Johnathan A Napier, Joaquín J Salas, Rafael Garcés, Enrique Martínez-Force, Mónica Venegas-Calerón
In oil crops, triacylglycerol biosynthesis is an important metabolic pathway in which glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase (GPAT) performs the first acylation step. Mass spectrometry analysis of developing sunflower (Helianthus annuus) seed membrane fractions identified an abundant GPAT, HaGPAT9 isoform 1, with a N-terminal peptide that possessed two phosphorylated residues with possible regulatory function. HaGPAT9-1 belongs to a broad eukaryotic GPAT family, similar to mammalian GPAT3, and it represents one of the two sunflower GPAT9 isoforms, sharing 90% identity with HaGPAT9-2...
November 2016: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
Alysha G Elliott, Bastian Franke, David A Armstrong, David J Craik, Joshua S Mylne, K Johan Rosengren
We recently isolated and described the evolutionary origin of a diverse class of small single-disulfide bonded peptides derived from Preproalbumin with SFTI-1 (PawS1) proteins in the seeds of flowering plants (Asteraceae). The founding member of the PawS derived peptide (PDP) family is the potent trypsin inhibitor SFTI-1 (sunflower trypsin inhibitor-1) from Helianthus annuus, the common sunflower. Here we provide additional structures and describe the structural diversity of this new class of small peptides, derived from solution NMR studies, in detail...
October 1, 2016: Amino Acids
Eva Ortner, Michael Granvogl, Peter Schieberle
Heat-processing of Brassica seeds led to the formation of a characteristic pleasant popcorn-like and coffee-like aroma impression compared to the mainly pea-like aroma of the corresponding raw seeds. To analyze this phenomenon on a molecular basis, raw and roasted white mustard seeds and rapeseeds were analyzed using the Sensomics approach. Application of comparative aroma extract dilution analysis (cAEDA) and identification experiments to raw and roasted (140 °C, 30 min) mustard seeds revealed 36 odorants (all identified for the first time) and 47 odorants (41 newly identified), respectively...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Assia I A M Nasr, Isam A Mohamed Ahmed, Omer I A Hamid
This study was aimed to extract milk-clotting enzyme from sunflower seeds and to determine its potentiality for manufacturing white soft cheese from cows and goats milk. The seeds were blended and extracted using two types of buffers and milk-clotting and proteolytic activities were evaluated. The enzyme was partially purified using ammonium sulfate fractionation techniques. Results indicated that sunflower seeds extracted with 5% NaCl in 50 mmol/L acetate buffer, pH 5.0, had the highest milk-clotting activity (MCA) and lowest coagulation time compared to that extracted with only acetate buffer (pH 5...
September 2016: Food Science & Nutrition
Hector I Areizaga-Martinez, Ivan Kravchenko, Nickolay V Lavrik, Michael J Sepaniak, Samuel P Hernández-Rivera, Marco A De Jesús
The fabrication of high-performance plasmonic nanomaterials for bio-sensing and trace chemical detection is a field of intense theoretical and experimental research. The use of metal-silicon nanopillar arrays as analytical sensors has been reported with reasonable results in recent years. The use of bio-inspired nanocomposite structures that follow the Fibonacci numerical architecture offers the opportunity to develop nanostructures with theoretically higher and more reproducible plasmonic fields over extended areas...
September 2016: Applied Spectroscopy
S S Kuznetsova, E F Kolesanova, A V Talanova, A V Veselovsky
Plant seed knottins, mainly from the Cucurbitacea family, and sunflower seed trypsin inhibitor (SFTI 1) are the most low-molecular canonical peptide inhibitors of serine proteases. High efficiency of inhibition of various serine proteases, structure rigidity together with the possibility of limited variations of amino acid sequences, high chemical stability, lack of toxic properties, opportunity of production by either chemical synthesis or use of heterologous expression systems make these inhibitors attractive templates for design of new compounds for regulation of therapeutically significant serine protease activities...
May 2016: Biomedit︠s︡inskai︠a︡ Khimii︠a︡
Vivek Vashishtha, Kalpana Barhwal, Ashish Kumar, Sunil Kumar Hota, Om Prakash Chaurasia, Bhuvnesh Kumar
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The present study aimed at investigating whether dietary supplementation of seabuckthorn seed oil which is rich in omega fatty acids at an oral dose of 0.75 ml could affect cardiovascular risk factors and reduce hypertension and systolic blood pressure. METHODS: Toxicological evaluation and efficacy of seabuckthorn seed oil in reducing high fat diet induced dyslipidemia was initially conducted on adult male Sprague Dawley rats. 32 normal and 74 hypertensive and hypercholestrolemic human subjects participated in the randomized, controlled, double blind longitudinal study...
August 3, 2016: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Pernille Thorbek, Peter J Campbell, Helen M Thompson
Research on neonicotinoids and honeybees have changed focus from direct mortality to sublethal effects. In the present study, a published honeybee model, BEEHAVE, is used to compare induced colony level impact of pesticides including direct mortality, poor brood care, disorientation, and increased handling time in oilseed rape and sunflower crops. Actual effects on individual bees will depend on exposure concentrations, but in the present study large effects were enforced. In oilseed rape, poor brood care had the largest colony impact, because it created a bottleneck for spring build-up of the workforce, and colony impact for all effect types peaked 1 mo after exposure ceased...
August 12, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Xiaoling Wang, Chuoyue Cheng, Chunling Ge, Bing Wang, Ye-Hua Gan
PURPOSE: To assess the acidogenic potential of eight different types of baked nuts or seeds eaten alone and after a sucrose challenge using in-dwelling electrode telemetry. METHODS: Six participants wearing a mandibular partial prosthesis incorporated with a miniature glass pH electrode were enrolled. The plaque pH was measured after 5 or 6 days of plaque accumulation. To establish a control, the subjects were instructed to rinse with sucrose, without any subsequent treatment, at the first visit...
June 2016: American Journal of Dentistry
Paulo S A de Souza, Alexandre A Cerqueira, Michelle M Rigo, Julieta L de Paiva, Rafael S P Couto, Fábio Merçon, Daniel V Perez, Monica R C Marques
This study aims to evaluate the effects of oilfield water from, treated by a hybrid process of electrocoagulation and reverse osmosis (EC-RO), on seed germination and early growth characteristics sunflower (Heliantus annus L.). In electrocoagulation (EC) step, tests were conducted with 28.6 A m(-2) current density and 4 min. reaction time. In reverse osmosis (RO) step, system was operated with 1 L min(-1) constant flow and 2 MPa, 2.5 MPa and 3 MPa feed pressures. In all feed pressures, RO polymeric membranes achieved very high removals of chemical oxygen demand (COD) (up to 89%) and oils and greases (O&G) (100%) from EC treated effluent...
August 2, 2016: Environmental Technology
Bastian Franke, Achala S Jayasena, Mark F Fisher, Joakim E Swedberg, Nicolas L Taylor, Joshua S Mylne, K Johan Rosengren
A new family of small plant peptides was recently described and found to be widespread throughout the Millereae and Heliantheae tribes of the sunflower family Asteraceae. These peptides originate from the post-translational processing of unusual seed-storage albumin genes, and have been termed PawS-derived peptides (PDPs). The prototypic family member is a 14-residue cyclic peptide with potent trypsin inhibitory activity named sunflower trypsin inhibitor (SFTI-1). In this study we present the features of three new PDPs discovered in the seeds of the sunflower species Zinnia haageana by a combination of de novo transcriptomics and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry...
June 29, 2016: Biopolymers
Maria Cristina Lavagnolo, Mario Malagoli, Francesco Garbo, Alberto Pivato, Raffaello Cossu
Old landfill leachate was treated in lab-scale phytotreatment units using three oleaginous species: sunflower (H), soybean (S) and rapeseed (R). The specific objectives of this study were to identify the effects of plant species combinations with two different soil textures on the reduction of COD, total N (nitrogen) and total P (phosphorous); to identify the correlation between biomass growth and removal efficiency; to assess the potential of oily seeds for the production of biodiesel. The experimental test was carried out using 20L volume pots installed in a greenhouse under different leachate percentages in the feeding and subsequent COD, N and P loads...
September 2016: Waste Management
A Patel, S L Bahna
Several seeds have been increasingly incorporated in various food items, with consequent risk of hypersensitivity reactions that are often severe. Identification of the specific seed as the culprit is often not explored or is difficult to verify. In this article, we reviewed the English literature from January 1930 to March 2016 using PubMed and Google Scholar searching for publications relevant to hypersensitivity to common edible seeds, namely sesame, sunflower seed, poppy seed, pumpkin seed, flaxseed, and mustard seed...
October 2016: Allergy
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