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Jonathan Negrel, Francine Javelle, Dominique Morandi, Géraldine Lucchi
A Gram-negative bacterium able to grow using chlorogenic acid (5-caffeoylquinic acid) as sole carbon source has been isolated from the roots of tomato plants inoculated with the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus Rhizophagus irregularis. An intracellular esterase exhibiting very high affinity (Km = 2 μM) for chlorogenic acid has been extracted and purified by FPLC from the chlorogenate-grown cultures of this bacterium. The molecular mass of the purified esterase determined by SDS-PAGE was 61 kDa and its isoelectric point determined by chromatofocusing was 7...
October 17, 2016: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Eduardo Dellacassa, Oriol Trenchs, Laura Fariña, Florencia Debernardis, Gabriel Perez, Eduardo Boido, Francisco Carrau
A pineapple vinification process was conducted through inoculated and spontaneous fermentation to develop a process suitable for a quality beverage during two successive vintages in Huambo, Angola. Wines obtained with the conventional Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain, were analysed by gas chromatography, and a total of 61 volatile constituents were detected in the volatile fraction and 18 as glycosidically bound aroma compounds. Concentration levels of carbonyl and sulphur compounds were in agreement with the limited information reported about pineapple fruits of other regions...
October 13, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
Claudiu T Supuran
The enzyme carbonic anhydrase (CA, EC is found in numerous organisms across the tree of life, with seven distinct classes known to date. CA inhibition can be exploited for the treatment of edema, glaucoma, seizures, obesity, cancer and infectious diseases. A myriad of CA inhibitor (CAI) classes and inhibition mechanisms have been identified over the past decade, mainly through structure-based drug design approaches. Five different CA inhibition mechanisms are presently known. Areas covered: Recent advances in structure-based CAI design are reviewed, with periodic table-based organization of inhibitor classes...
October 26, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
Soo Hyeon Lim, Eun-Young Ahn, Youmie Park
Gold nanoparticles were synthesized using a water extract of Artemisia capillaris (AC-AuNPs) under different extract concentrations, and their catalytic activity was evaluated in a 4-nitrophenol reduction reaction in the presence of sodium borohydride. The AC-AuNPs showed violet or wine colors with characteristic surface plasmon resonance bands at 534~543 nm that were dependent on the extract concentration. Spherical nanoparticles with an average size of 16.88 ± 5.47~29.93 ± 9.80 nm were observed by transmission electron microscopy...
December 2016: Nanoscale Research Letters
Mohammad Abass Ahanger, R M Agarwal
Pot experiments were conducted to find out the effectivity of K on Triticum aestivum L cultivars. Polyethylene glycol 6000 (PEG 6000) was used as an osmoticum to induce osmotic stress under sand culture setting up the water potential of external solution at -3 and -5 bars. In pots, plants were raised under restricted and normal irrigation and K was applied in varying doses (0, 20, 40, 60 kg ha(-1)) and estimation of different physiological and biochemical parameters was done at two developmental stages, i...
October 25, 2016: Protoplasma
Julia López-Hernández, Ana Rodríguez-Bernaldo de Quirós
Trans-stilbenes belong to the group of polyphenolic phytoalexins, and occur in many plant foods. These compounds have received great attention by researchers due to their well-known beneficial health effects. In the present study a chromatographic method that comprises the use of variable wavelength (VWD) and fluorescence (FLD) detectors in series for the analysis of trans-stilbenes is presented. The relation of peak-area obtained with both detectors is proposed as an alternative and complementary approach for the rapid identification of these phenolic compounds...
October 24, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Florence Auberon, Opeyemi Joshua Olatunji, Gaëtan Herbette, Diamondra Raminoson, Cyril Antheaume, Beatriz Soengas, Frédéric Bonté, Annelise Lobstein
We report the first phytochemical study of the neotropical orchid Cyrtopodium paniculatum. Eight new compounds, including one phenanthrene 1, one 9,10-dihydro-phenanthrene 2, one hydroxybenzylphenanthrene 3, two biphenanthrenes 4-5, and three 9,10 dihydrophenanthrofurans 6-8, together with 28 known phenolic compounds, mostly stilbenoids, were isolated from the CH₂Cl₂ extract of its leaves and pseudobulbs. The structures of the new compounds were established on the basis of extensive spectroscopic methods...
October 24, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Nimmy Kumar, Subhankar Biswas, Asha Elizabeth Mathew, Subin Varghese, Jessy Elizabeth Mathew, K Nandakumar, Jesil Mathew Aranjani, Richard Lobo
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of liver cancer accounts for more than one million deaths worldwide. Current treatment modality for HCC is marginally effective. Plants belonging to Mistletoe family (Loranthaceae) have been used in chemotherapy for many years. The present study was aimed at exploring the anti-proliferative, pro-oxidant and pro-apoptotic potential of stem of Elytranthe parasitica (L.) Danser (EP), a parasitic shrub belonging to Loranthaceae...
October 26, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Zhunzhun Yu, Yongfeng Li, Jiameng Shi, Ben Ma, Lu Liu, Junliang Zhang
The development of an efficient method for the site-selective substitution of unprotected phenols has long been considered as an attractive but challenging task. Herein, we describe a highly chemo- and ortho-selective substitution reaction of phenols with α-aryl α-diazoacetates with commercially available (C6 F5 )3 B as the catalyst. This reaction proceeds under simple and mild conditions with high efficiency, it features a wide substrate scope and can be easily scaled up.
October 26, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Thi Mai Huong Tran, Adriano Ambrosi, Martin Pumera
Graphene oxide (GO) can be conveniently used as a starting material for the preparation of selective and sensitive electrochemical sensing systems. The amount of oxygen groups present on the material can be precisely tuned by reduction methodologies which allow the selection of the optimal C/O ratio for specific analytes. An electrochemical reduction procedure is used in this work to alter the oxygen content of the GO starting material and investigate the effects on the electrochemical detection of phenolic compounds selected with different hydroxyl groups: phenol, catechol, hydroquinone and phloroglucinol...
October 26, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Kanchan A Phatak, Pawan K Khanna, Bimalendu B Nath
With the discovery of nanoscience, silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) now appear on the ingredient lists of commercial products along with bulk silver or silver microparticles (AgMPs). In the present study, we have compared the effects of silver in both nano and micro forms to assess whether particle size plays a role in the pigmentation pathway, using Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism. AgNPs were synthesized, characterized and validated. Internalization of the AgNPs and AgMPs was confirmed by atomic absorption spectroscopy...
October 26, 2016: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
Mingming Kong, Yang Zhang, Qida Li, Runan Dong, Haijun Gao
The use of peroxidase in the nitration of phenols is gaining interest as compared to traditional chemical reactions. We investigated the kinetic characteristics of phenol nitration catalyzed by horseradish peroxidase (HRP) in an aqueous-organic biphasic system using n-butanol as the organic solvent and NO₂⁻ and H₂O₂ as substrates. The reaction rate was mainly controlled by the reaction kinetics in the aqueous phase when appropriate agitation was used to enhance mass transfer in the biphasic system. The initial velocity of the reaction increased with increasing HRP concentration...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
David Ramiro-Cortijo, Teresa Herrera, Pilar Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Ángel L López De Pablo, María De La Calle, María R López-Giménez, Ana I Mora-Urda, Perla Y Gutiérrez-Arzapalo, Rubén Gómez-Rioja, Yolanda Aguilera, María A Martín-Cabrejas, Luis Condezo-Hoyos, M Carmen González, Pilar Montero, Bernardo Moreno-Jiménez, Silvia M Arribas
INTRODUCTION: Oxidative stress is present in pregnancy complications. However, it is unknown if early maternal antioxidant status could influence later development of complications. The use of assisted reproduction techniques (ART) is rising due to the delay of first pregnancy and there is scarce information on its influence on oxidative balance. OBJECTIVE: To assess the possible relationship between maternal plasma antioxidant status in first trimester of gestation with later development of pregnancy complications, evaluating the influence of ART and nutrition...
November 2016: Placenta
Max Kolton, Ellen R Graber, Ludmila Tsehansky, Yigal Elad, Eddie Cytryn
The 'biochar effect' depicts a phenomenon in which biochar soil amendment enhances plant performance by promoting growth and suppressing disease. Although this phenomenon has been observed in numerous studies, the mode of action that explains it is currently unknown. In order to elucidate mechanisms responsible for the 'biochar effect', we comprehensively monitored tomato plant development and resistance to the foliar fungal pathogen Botrytis cinerea, in biochar-amended and nonamended soils using native biochar and washed biochar, striped of labile chemical constituents...
October 25, 2016: New Phytologist
Anouar Ben Saad, Ilhem Rjeibi, Dalel Brahmi, Amani Smida, Sana Ncib, Nacim Zouari, Lazher Zourgui
Malva sylvestris has recently attracted special attention due to its potential activities in many chronic disorders. We aimed to assess the beneficial effects of Malva sylvestris extract against lithium carbonate induced renal damage in male Wistar rats. For this purpose, Malva sylvestris extract at a dose of 0.2g/kg was orally administrated, followed by 25mg/kg of lithium carbonate (intraperitoneal injection) for 30 days. Malva sylvestris extract was proved to contain large amounts of K(+), Na(+), Ca(++) and the existence of phenolic acids and flavonoids shown by the obtained HPLC-based analysis...
October 22, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Laura Hermosilla, Marcos Caroli Rezende, Vanderlei Gageiro Machado, Rafaela I Stock
The cationic halochromism and thermohalochromism of four phenolate dyes conjugated with aryl moieties substituted with one or two nitro groups were investigated in the presence of organic (tetra-n-butylammonium bromide and benzyltriethylammonium chloride) and inorganic (sodium perchlorate) salts, in hydrogen-bond donating (water, 1-propanol, 1-butanol and 2-propanol) and hydrogen-bond accepting (acetonitrile and dimethylsulfoxide) solvents. Although a positive halochromic response was observed in water for tetraalkylammonium salts, their thermohalochromic behavior was negligible...
October 17, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Mohammad Shakir, Summaiya Hanif, Md Fazle Alam, Hina Younus
Novel bio-relevant monometallic Schiff base complexes of the type, [Cu(L(1))2] (1), [Zn(L(1))2]·2H2O (2), [Cu(L(2))2]·2H2O (3) and [Zn(L(2))2]·H2O (4) [L(1)(E)-3-(((3-chloro-4-hydroxyphenyl)imino)methyl)naphthalen-2-ol and L(2)(E)-2-chloro-4-((1-(5-chloro-2-hydroxyphenyl)ethylidene)amino)phenol] were synthesized and characterized. A comparative account of analytical, spectroscopic (FT-IR, (1)H and (13)C NMR, Mass, UV-vis and EPR), thermal (TGA/DTA), XRD and SEM studies revealed a correlation between the structure and function of these biologically active molecular entities...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Sai Zheng, Jia-Chen Shi, Jian-Ying Hu, Wen-Xin Hu, Jing Zhang, Bing Shao
The reaction kinetics and transformation pathways between bisphenol F (BPF) and sodium hypochlorite were investigated at pH values ranging from 6.5 to 8.5 and with different initial concentration ratios. The reaction rate was pH- and free available chlorine (FAC)-dependent: the reaction rate at pH 8.5 was almost 10 times than that at pH 6.5. A total of 40 compounds were tentatively identified as chloro-substituted BPF and polyphenolic compounds by liquid chromatography quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry operating in electrospray ionization mode (LC-ESI-Q-ToF), and 4 main byproducts were confirmed by (1)H and (13)C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)...
October 19, 2016: Water Research
Servet Kilic, Kadri Kulualp
This study compared the endodontic absorbent paper point test (EAPTT) and the phenol red thread test (PRTT) for the assessment of tear production rate in a mouse model of dry eye. Fourteen BALB/c breed female mice were allocated into experimental and control groups of equal number. For 6 wk, the experimental group was kept in dry-eye cabinets, whereas the control group was kept in normal cages under ambient conditions. In both groups, the tear production rate was measured by using EAPTT and PRTT before the study, at study baseline, and at weeks 2, 4, and 6...
2016: Comparative Medicine
Virginie Gaget, Angela Keulen, Melody Lau, Paul Monis, Justin D Brookes
AIMS: Benthic cyanobacteria produce toxic and odorous compounds similar to their planktonic counterparts, challenging the quality of drinking water supplies. The biofilm that benthic algae and other micro-organisms produce is a complex and protective matrix. Monitoring to determine the abundance and identification of cyanobacteria therefore relies on molecular techniques, with the choice of DNA isolation technique critical. This study investigated which DNA extraction method is optimal for DNA recovery in order to guarantee the best DNA yield for PCR-based analysis of benthic cyanobacteria...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Applied Microbiology
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