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  1. CO-releasing molecule (CORM) conjugate systems.

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    Kautz, Anna Christin; Kunz, Peter C; Janiak, Christoph

    2016-11-15

    The development of CORMs (CO-releasing molecules) as a prodrug for CO administration in living organisms has attracted significant attention. CORMs offer the promising possibility of a safe and controllable release of CO in low amounts triggered by light, ligands, enzymes, etc. For the targeting of specific tissues or diseases and to prevent possible side effects from metals and other residues after CO release, these CORMs are attached to biocompatible systems, like peptides, polymers, nanoparticles, dendrimers, protein cages, non-wovens, tablets, and metal-organic frameworks. We discuss in this review the known CORM carrier conjugates, in short CORM conjugates, with covalently-bound or incorporated CORMs for medicinal and therapeutic applications. Most conjugates are nontoxic, show increasing half-lives of CO release, and make use of the EPR-effect, but still show problems because of a continuous background of CO release and the absence of an on/off-switch for the CO release.

  2. Effects of corm size and storage period on allocation

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    mehdi nasiry mahalati

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available In order to correlate corm size and storage period of corms to allocation of assimilates in different parts of the plant an experiment was conducted during growth period of 2004 and 2005 in Faculty of Agriculture, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad. Treatments were four groups of corm size (3-6, 6-9, 9-12 and 12-15 g either stored for a period of time before planting or sown directly without storage. Experiment was conducted in a Complete Randomized Block design with three replications. Results indicated that storing corms before planting had a negative effect on number, area, length and width of leaf and also on weight of leaf, weight of main shoot, weight of leaves of lateral shoots and total weight of plant. However, weight of corm, number and weight of lateral shoots and area of lateral leaf was not affected by storing the corms. Nevertheless, in the second year, number, length and weight of leaf on main shoot, number of cormlet, number, area and weight of leaf on lateral shoots, total weight of plant, corm weight, weight of main shoot and weight of lateral buds was reduced while leaf width were not affected. Effect of corm size on almost all measured parameters was positive and with increasing corm weight an increasing trend was observed in the above parameters. No flower was observed on corms which were stored, while corms which planted after lifting produced flowers and Larger corms of 9-12 and 12-15 g were superior in terms of number of flowers per unit area and also weight of flower and stigma per unit area. Corms with 9-15 grams planted immediately after lifting the corms produced higher yield.

  3. Management of Fusarium corm rot of gladiolus (Gladiolus ...

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    2010-07-26

    Jul 26, 2010 ... Developing disease suppressive soils by introducing allelopathic crop residue manage- ment takes time, but the benefits accumulate across ..... crop rotation on corm rots disease of Gladiolus. Sci. Hortic. 121: 218-222 ...

  4. Propagation of Gladiolus corms and cormels: A review

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    Tuoyo Aghomotsegin

    2016-08-10

    Aug 10, 2016 ... of Gladiolus plantlets using different media by using various explants sources of the plant. However, ... Poland, Bulgaria, Brazil, India, Australia and Israel. In the ... an estimated annual sale of more than 370 million corms.

  5. The Use of Extract Banana Corm and Phosphate Rock to Increase Available-P in Alfisols

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    Slamet Minardi; Sri Hartati1); Hery Widijanto; Defi Wulandari

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this research is to study the approprite formula and applied method of banana corm and phosphate rock on available-P in Alfisols. The research was arranged in factorial completely randomized design with 3 factors. The first factor is the dosage of banana corm extract, which is consisted of: E1 = 100 ml of banana corm extract, E2 = 200 ml of banana corm extract, and E3 = 300 ml of banana corm extract. The second factor is the dosage of the phosphate rock which is consisted of B1 =...

  6. Enhanced acute anti-inflammatory effects of CORM-2-loaded nanoparticles via sustained carbon monoxide delivery.

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    Qureshi, Omer Salman; Zeb, Alam; Akram, Muhammad; Kim, Myung-Sic; Kang, Jong-Ho; Kim, Hoo-Seong; Majid, Arshad; Han, Inbo; Chang, Sun-Young; Bae, Ok-Nam; Kim, Jin-Ki

    2016-11-01

    The aim of this study was to enhance the anti-inflammatory effects of carbon monoxide (CO) via sustained release of CO from carbon monoxide-releasing molecule-2-loaded lipid nanoparticles (CORM-2-NPs). CORM-2-NPs were prepared by hot high pressure homogenization method using trilaurin as a solid lipid core and Tween 20/Span 20/Myrj S40 as surfactant mixture. The physicochemical properties of CORM-2-NPs were characterized and CO release from CORM-2-NPs was assessed by myoglobin assay. In vitro anti-inflammatory effects were evaluated by nitric oxide assay in lipopolysaccharide-stimulated RAW 264.7 macrophages. In vivo anti-inflammatory activity was investigated by measuring paw volumes and histological examination in carrageenan-induced rat paw edema. Spherical CORM-2-NPs were around 100nm with narrow particle size distribution. The sustained CO release from CORM-2-NPs was observed and the half-life of CO release increased up to 10 times compared with CORM-2 solution. CORM-2-NPs showed enhanced in vitro anti-inflammatory effects by inhibition of nitric oxide production. Edema volume in rat paw was significantly reduced after treatment with CORM-2-NPs. Taken together, CORM-2-NPs have a great potential for CO therapeutics against inflammation via sustained release of CO. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. The plant characters and corm production of taro as catch crop under the young rubber stands

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    DJUKRI

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available The research was aimed at revealing the chlorophyll content, leaf area (the plant characters, and the corm production of taro as catch crop under the young rubber stand. This research was conducted by means of Nested Design with nine replication. The intercropping planting used independent variables i.e. N0 (open condition, N1 (under the two-year-old young rubber, and N2 (under the three-year-old young rubber. The dependent variables were the chlorophyll content, leaf area, and production of the taro corm. The parameters investigated were the leaves area, the chlorophyll a and b content, the weight of fresh corm, the weight of dry corm, and the corm production per plots. The research result showed that the leaves area, and the chlorophyll a and b content significantly increased, while the weight of fresh corm, and the weight of dry corm significantly decreased (P<0.05. The fresh corm production per plots under the young rubber two- and three-year-old were significantly decreased compared the control (P<0.05. The intercropping planting or catch crop showed that the taro corm production per plot decreased both of under two- and three-year-old young rubber shades, although the reduction of each clone was significant or not significant, so that tolerant clones could be conserved.

  8. Studies on antibacterial screening of corm of Amorphophallus campanulatus (Roxb.

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    Bhagwan Mariba Waghmare

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To study the antibacterial screening of corm of Amorphophallus campanulatus (Roxb. (A. campanulatus. Methods: Antibacterial activities of methanolic, petroleum ether and ethyl acetate extracts of corm of A. campanulatus were studied by agar diffusion technique to determine in vitro antibacterial activities. The antibacterial activity was measured with respect to the standard antibacterial drug. In addition, minimum inhibitory concentration was also determined by using serial dilution method to determine and evaluate antibacterial potency of test corm extracts of A. campanulatus. Results: The results showed significant antibacterial activities against four pathogenic bacteria. The minimum inhibitory concentration values against test bacteria were found to be remarkable range in bacteria like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus at concentration 0.25 mg/ well, in Pseudomonas aeruginosa at 0.5 mg/well concentration, in Vibrio cholerae was 2 mg/ well, Streptococcus pyogenes at concentration of 0.5 mg/well and Proteus mirabilis was at concentration of 2 mg/well. Conclusions: The methanolic and petroleum ether extracts are capable to maximum inhibition of the tested pathogenic bacteria.

  9. CORM-EDE1: A Highly Water-Soluble and Nontoxic Manganese-Based photoCORM with a Biogenic Ligand Sphere.

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    Mede, Ralf; Klein, Moritz; Claus, Ralf A; Krieck, Sven; Quickert, Stefanie; Görls, Helmar; Neugebauer, Ute; Schmitt, Michael; Gessner, Guido; Heinemann, Stefan H; Popp, Jürgen; Bauer, Michael; Westerhausen, Matthias

    2016-01-01

    [Mn(CO)5Br] reacts with cysteamine and 4-amino-thiophenyl with a ratio of 2:3 in refluxing tetrahydrofuran to the complexes of the type [{(OC)3Mn}2(μ-SCH2CH2NH3)3]Br2 (1, CORM-EDE1) and [{(OC)3Mn}2(μ-SC6H4-4-NH3)3]Br2 (2, CORM-EDE2). Compound 2 precipitates during refluxing of the tetrahydrofuran solution as a yellow solid whereas 1 forms a red oil that slowly solidifies. Recrystallization of 2 from water yields the HBr-free complex [{(OC)3Mn}2(μ-S-C6H4-4-NH2)2(μ-SC6H4-4-NH3)] (3). The n-propylthiolate ligand (which is isoelectronic to the bridging thiolate of 1) leads to the formation of the di- and tetranuclear complexes [(OC)4Mn(μ-S-nPr)2]2 and [(OC)3Mn(μ-S-nPr)]4. CORM-EDE1 possesses ideal properties to administer carbon monoxide to biological and medicinal tissues upon irradiation (photoCORM). Isolated crystalline CORM-EDE1 can be handled at ambient and aerobic conditions. This complex is nontoxic, highly soluble in water, and indefinitely stable therein in the absence of air and phosphate buffer. CORM-EDE1 is stable as frozen stock in aqueous solution without any limitations, and these stock solutions maintain their CO release properties. The reducing dithionite does not interact with CORM-EDE1, and therefore, the myoglobin assay represents a valuable tool to study the release kinetics of this photoCORM. After CO liberation, the formation of MnHPO4 in aqueous buffer solution can be verified.

  10. Cytochrome bd-I in Escherichia coli is less sensitive than cytochromes bd-II or bo'' to inhibition by the carbon monoxide-releasing molecule, CORM-3: N-acetylcysteine reduces CO-RM uptake and inhibition of respiration.

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    Jesse, Helen E; Nye, Tacita L; McLean, Samantha; Green, Jeffrey; Mann, Brian E; Poole, Robert K

    2013-09-01

    CO-releasing molecules (CO-RMs) are potential therapeutic agents, able to deliver CO - a critical gasotransmitter - in biological environments. CO-RMs are also effective antimicrobial agents; although the mechanisms of action are poorly defined, haem-containing terminal oxidases are primary targets. Nevertheless, it is clear from several studies that the effects of CO-RMs on biological systems are frequently not adequately explained by the release of CO: CO-RMs are generally more potent inhibitors than is CO gas and other effects of the molecules are evident. Because sensitivity to CO-RMs cannot be predicted by sensitivity to CO gas, we assess the differential susceptibilities of strains, each expressing only one of the three terminal oxidases of E. coli - cytochrome bd-I, cytochrome bd-II and cytochrome bo', to inhibition by CORM-3. We present the first sensitive measurement of the oxygen affinity of cytochrome bd-II (Km 0.24μM) employing globin deoxygenation. Finally, we investigate the way(s) in which thiol compounds abolish the inhibitory effects of CORM-2 and CORM-3 on respiration, growth and viability, a phenomenon that is well documented, but poorly understood. We show that a strain expressing cytochrome bd-I as the sole oxidase is least susceptible to inhibition by CORM-3 in its growth and respiration of both intact cells and membranes. Growth studies show that cytochrome bd-II has similar CORM-3 sensitivity to cytochrome bo'. Cytochromes bo' and bd-II also have considerably lower affinities for oxygen than bd-I. We show that the ability of N-acetylcysteine to abrogate the toxic effects of CO-RMs is not attributable to its antioxidant effects, or prevention of CO targeting to the oxidases, but may be largely due to the inhibition of CO-RM uptake by bacterial cells. A strain expressing cytochrome bd-I as the sole terminal oxidase is least susceptible to inhibition by CORM-3. N-acetylcysteine is a potent inhibitor of CO-RM uptake by E. coli. Rational design

  11. Effect of Carbon Monoxide Donor CORM-2 on Vitamin D3 Metabolism

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    Martina Feger

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aims: Carbon monoxide (CO interferes with cytochrome-dependent cellular functions and acts as gaseous transmitter. CO is released from CO-releasing molecules (CORM including tricarbonyl-dichlororuthenium (II dimer (CORM-2, molecules considered for the treatment of several disorders including vascular dysfunction, inflammation, tissue ischemia and organ rejection. Cytochrome P450-sensitive function include formation of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25(OH2D3 by renal 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 1-alpha-hydroxylase (Cyp27b1. The enzyme is regulated by PTH, FGF23 and klotho. 1,25(OH2D3 regulates Ca2+ and phosphate transport as well as klotho expression. The present study explored, whether CORM-2 influences 1,25(OH2D3 formation and klotho expression. Methods: Mice were treated with intravenous CORM-2 (20 mg/kg body weight. Plasma 1,25(OH2D3 and FGF23 concentrations were determined by ELISA, phosphate, calcium and creatinine concentrations by colorimetric methods, transcript levels by quantitative RT-PCR and protein expression by western blotting. Fgf23 mRNA transcript levels were further determined in rat osteosarcoma UMR106 cells without or with prior treatment for 24 hours with 20 µM CORM-2. Results: CORM-2 injection within 24 hours significantly increased FGF23 plasma levels and decreased 1,25(OH2D3 plasma levels, renal Cyp27b1 gene expression as well as renal klotho protein abundance and transcript levels. Moreover, treatment of UMR106 cells with CORM-2 significantly increased Fgf23 transcript levels. Conclusion: CO-releasing molecule CORM-2 enhances FGF23 expression and release and decreases klotho expression and 1,25(OH2D3 synthesis.

  12. The Use of Extract Banana Corm and Phosphate Rock to Increase Available-P in Alfisols

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    Slamet Minardi

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this research is to study the approprite formula and applied method of banana corm and phosphate rock on available-P in Alfisols. The research was arranged in factorial completely randomized design with 3 factors. The first factor is the dosage of banana corm extract, which is consisted of: E1 = 100 ml of banana corm extract, E2 = 200 ml of banana corm extract, and E3 = 300 ml of banana corm extract. The second factor is the dosage of the phosphate rock which is consisted of B1 = 100 gr of phosphate rock, B2 = 200 gr phosphate rock, and B3 = 300 gr of phosphate rock. The third factor is application method, which is consisted of M1 = directly applied into the soil. M2 = incubated before applied into the soil. The observation of soil includes: soil pH, soil organic matter content, cation exchange capacity, total-N, total-P, available-P and the population of phosphate solubilizing bacteria. Result shows that available-P in the Alfisols is very low. The interaction amongs the treatment significantly affect the population of phosphate solubilizing bacteria. Banana corm extract and phosphate rock applied directly into the soil increase soil pH.

  13. Determination of some phenolic compounds in Crocus sativus L. corms and its antioxidant activities study

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    N Esmaeili

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available It is well known that phenolic compounds are constituents of many plants. In this study, the total phenolics content in Crocus sativus L. corms in dormancy and waking stages were determined by the Folin-Ciocalteu method. Analysis was carried out by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS after silylation by N-methyl-N-trimethylsilyl trifluroacetamide (MSTFA + %1 trimethyl iodosilane (TMIS. Numerous compounds were detected and 11 compounds were identified. The highest phenolics content in waking corms was observed for gentisic acid (5.693 ± 0.057 μg/g and the lowest for gallic acid (0.416 ± 0.006 μg/g; also these two phenolic compounds are the highest (0.929 ± 0.015 μg/g and lowest (0.017 ± 0.001 μg/g phenolics in dormant corms, respectively. The results from quantization and GC-MS analysis showed a high concentration of phenolic compounds in waking corms than the dormant stage. Furthermore, the radical scavenging activities of saffron corms were studied by 1,1-diphenyl-2-pycrylhydrazyl (DPPH test and EC 50 values were determined about 2055 ppm and 8274 ppm for waking and dormant corms, respectively.

  14. Influence of GA3 and NAA on certain carbohydrate fractions in corms of saffron crocus (Crocus sativus L. during development

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    Nikhil K. Chrungoo

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Application of gibberellic acid (GA3 and napthaleneacetic acid (NAA to corms of saffron crocus (Crocus sativus L. markedly influenced degradation of reserve carbohydrates in the corm tissues. GA3 stimulated the breakdown of starch and promoted the accumulation of soluble sugars, especially sucrose. Although NAA treatment stimulated starch breakdown for the first 14 days after the treatment, the effect was less pronounced as compared to that of GA3. NAA treatment promoted the accumulation of reducing sugars but suppressed accumulation of non reducing sugars in the corm tissues. Corms treated with GA3 showed an increased accumulation of total pentoses and total ketoses. In NAA treated corms, accumulation of total pentoses was stimulated but that of total ketoses was suppressed. The effects of GA3 and NAA on carbohydrate changes in the corm tissues are discussed in the light of their effects on bud development.

  15. Temporal and spatial regulation of glucomannan deposition and mobilization in corms of Amorphophallus konjac (Araceae).

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    Chua, Melinda; Hocking, Trevor J; Chan, Kelvin; Baldwin, Timothy C

    2013-02-01

    Konjac glucomannan (KGM), the main biologically active constituent of konjac flour extracted from corms of Amorphophallus konjac (konjac), has potential to be used as a nutraceutical (satiety agent) to combat obesity. Here we present the results of an immunocytochemical investigation of the developmental regulation of the deposition and mobilization of glucomannan in corm tissues of konjac, using an antiheteromannan (mannan/glucomannan) antiserum. The intensity of antibody binding to glucomannan idioblasts at six developmental stages (i.e., dormancy, leaf bud emergence, leaf bud elongation, leaflet emergence, leaf expansion, and shoot senescence) was compared. A temporally regulated pattern of glucomannan deposition and mobilization within the glucomannan idioblasts was observed. A source-sink transition in the corm was shown to occur after leaflet emergence, prior to complete expansion of the leaves. Our data also suggest that the mobilization of KGM initiates at the periphery of the corm and proceeds inward toward the center of the corm. This study represents a significant milestone in our understanding of the mechanisms involved in the physiological and biochemical control of KGM biosynthesis, partitioning, storage, and remobilization. Moreover, this information and the methodology presented provide valuable data for future improvement of the yield and productivity of this important crop.

  16. CO liberated from CORM-2 modulates the inflammatory response in the liver of thermally injured mice

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    Bing-Wei Sun; Yan Sun; Zhi-Wei Sun; Xi Chen

    2008-01-01

    AIM: To explore the effects of CO-releasing molecules [tricarbonyldichlororuthenium (Ⅱ) dimer, CORM-2]-liberated CO on attenuation of inflammatory responses in liver of an experimental animal model of thermal injury and to investigate the associated potential mechanisms.METHODS: Thirty-six mice were assigned to three groups in three respective experiments. In each experiment, mice in sham group (n = 4) received sham thermal injury, whereas mice in burn group (n = 4) received a 15% of total body surface area (TBSA) full-thickness thermal injury, and mice in burn + CORM-2 group (n = 4) received the same thermal injury with immediate administration of CORM-2 (8 mg/kg, iv). Hepatic tissue sections were stained with hematoxylin and eosin and examined under a light microscope. Levels of aminotransferases (ALT and AST) and nitric oxide (NO) were measured by biochemical methods. Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and interleukin (IL-1β) activity, and the protein expression of iNOS and HO-1 in serum and tissue homogenates were assessed. In in vitro experiments, Kupffer cells were stimulated with LPS (10 μg/mL) for 4 h in the presence or absence of CORM-2 (10-100 μmol/L). Subsequently, the expression levels of TNF-α and NO production were assessed.RESULTS: Pro-inflammatory mediators (TNF-α, IL-1β, NO) in serum and liver homogenates of thermally injured mice were significantly reduced by CORM-2 administration. This was accompanied by a decrease in the expression of iNOS while an increase in the expression of HO-1 in the liver tissue. In parallel, the concentrations of TNF-α and NO in supernatants of LPS-stimulated Kupffer cells co-incubated with CORM-2 (10-100 μmol/L) were also markedly decreased.Histological examination demonstrated that CORM-2 could attenuate the leukocytes infiltration to the liver tissue.CONCLUSION: CORM-released CO modulates liver inflammation and significantly protects liver injury in burn mice by inhibiting the expression of iNOS and NO

  17. Effects of humic acid application and mother corm weight on yield and growth of saffron (Crocus sativus L.

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    A Koocheki

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Saffron as a food, spicy and medicinal plant has more than 62000 ha under cultivation with about 250 tons annual dry stigma production in Iran, which includes about 90% of its world production. Therefore, this plant has a specific value in agricultural export products of Iran (Fallahi et al., 2014. Due to the important role of saffron in Iran’s agroecosystems, the improvement of its agronomic practices is essential. Nutritional management and mother corms size are two of the main factors affecting growth and yield of saffron. Humic acid is an eco-friendly fertilizer that improves the physical, chemical and biological properties of soil. This nutritional source has hormonal compounds and exerts a positive effect on elements absorption, quality and yield of plants. In addition, in saffron cultivation, it is possible to produce considerable amounts of stigma by using of standard mother corms with a minimum weight of 8 g. Because, large corms have a positive effect on stigma yield especially in the first growth cycle and the weight of replacement corms and consequently saffron flowering in the other growth cycles (Nassiri Mahallati et al., 2008. Therefore, the aim of this research was to investigate the interaction effects of mother corm size and different rates of humic acid on growth and yield of saffron. Materials and methods This experiment was carried out as factorial based on randomized completely block design with three replications in research farm of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran, during two growing season (2009-2011. Experimental factors were consisted of mother corm weight (4-5, 6-8 and 9-10 g and application of humic acid (0, 20, 40, 60, 80 and 100 kg.ha-1. Mother corm planting was in early October, 2009 with 10×20 cm corms distances and planting depth of 10cm. Humic acid (dissolved in water was used along with the first autumnal irrigation in two season growth. Flower and stigma yield of saffron were measured

  18. In vitro starch digestibility, estimated glycemic index and antioxidant potential of taro (Colocasia esculenta L. Schott) corm.

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    Simsek, Sebnem; Nehir El, Sedef

    2015-02-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine some functional properties of taro (Colocasia esculenta L. Schott) corm, which can be a good alternative to the other dietary carbohydrate sources with its high starch content. The total phenolic and flavonoid content of taro corm was found as 205±53mgCAE/100g and 61±9mgCAE/100g, respectively. The antioxidant capacity of corm was determined as 452±72mMTEAC/100g and 244±73mMTEAC/100g, by the scavenging activity against ABTS and DPPH radicals, respectively. The free glucose content of corms was less than 1%, whereas the 60% of dry matter was composed of starch. According to the results, the taro corms' starch was highly digestible and higher than the 50% of the starch was composed of rapidly digestible starch (RDS) fractions. The estimated glycemic index (eGI) of taro corm was 63.1±2.5, indicating taro corm as a medium GI food and a good dietary carbohydrate alternative especially for diabetic people.

  19. Silicium dioxide nanoparticles as carriers for photoactivatable CO-releasing molecules (PhotoCORMs).

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    Dördelmann, Gregor; Pfeiffer, Hendrik; Birkner, Alexander; Schatzschneider, Ulrich

    2011-05-16

    Silicium dioxide nanoparticles of about 20 nm diameter containing azido groups at the surface were prepared by emulsion copolymerization of trimethoxymethylsilane and (3-azidopropyl)triethoxysilane and studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). A photoactivatable CO-releasing molecule (PhotoCORM) based on [Mn(CO)(3)(tpm)](+) (tpm = tris(pyrazolyl)methane) containing an alkyne-functionalized tpm ligand was covalently linked to the silicium dioxide nanoparticles via the copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition (CuAAC "click" reaction). The surface functionalization of the particles with azido groups and manganese CORMs was analyzed by UV-vis, IR, (1)H and (13)C CP-MAS NMR spectroscopies as well as energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The myoglobin assay was used to demonstrate that the CORM-functionalized nanoparticles have photoinducible CO-release properties very similar to the free complex. In the future, such functionalized silicium dioxide nanoparticles might be utilized as delivery agents for CORMs in solid tumors.

  20. A model of relationship between climate and soil factors related to oxalate content in porang (Amorphophallus muelleri Blume corm

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    SERAFINAH INDRIYANI

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Indriyani S, Arisoesilaningsih E, Wardiyati T, Purnobasuki H (2011 A model of relationship between climate and soil factors related to oxalate content in porang (Amorphophallus muelleri Blume corm. Biodiversitas 12: 45-51. The abiotic environment as well as the biotic environment, involved climate and soil affect directly or indirectly to plant growth as well as plant substance. The objective of the research was to obtain a model of relationship between climate and soil factors related to oxalate content in porang corm. Porang corms were collected from five locations of porang agroforestry in East Java. The locations were (i Klangon Village, Saradan Subdistrict, Madiun District; (ii Klino Villlage, Sekar Subdistrict, Bojonegoro District; (iii Bendoasri Village, Rejoso Subdistrict, Nganjuk District; (iv Sugihwaras Village, Nggluyu Subdistrict, Nganjuk District and (v Kalirejo Village, Kalipare Subdistrict, Malang District. Geography variable consist of altitude. Climate variables consist of percentage of radiation, temperature and rainfall. Soil variables consist of electrical conductivity, pH, soil specific gravity, soil organic matter, available of calcium, and cation exchange capacity (CEC. Vegetation variables consist of species of plant tree and percentage of coverage. Porang vegetative growth variables consist of plant height, number of bulbil, canopy diameter, and petiole diameter. Corm variables consist of corm diameter, corm weight, and corm specific gravity. Oxalate variables consist of total oxalate, soluble oxalate, insoluble oxalate, and density of calcium oxalate crystal. Oxalate contents were measured based on AOAC method. All of variables were collected from first to fourth growth period of porang. Data were analyzed by smartPLS (Partial Least Square software. The results showed that there were significantly direct effect between altitude and temperature, altitude and CEC of soil, temperature and CEC of soil, altitude and

  1. A Kunitz proteinase inhibitor from corms of Xanthosoma blandum with bactericidal activity.

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    Lima, Thaís B; Silva, Osmar N; Migliolo, Ludovico; Souza-Filho, Carlos R; Gonçalves, Eduardo G; Vasconcelos, Ilka M; Oliveira, José T A; Amaral, André C; Franco, Octávio L

    2011-05-27

    Bacterial infections directly affect the world's population, and this situation has been aggravated by indiscriminate use of antimicrobial agents, which can generate resistant microorganisms. In this report, an initial screening of proteins with antibacterial activity from corms of 15 species of the Xanthosoma genus was conducted. Since Xanthosoma blandum corms showed enhanced activity toward bacteria, a novel protein with bactericidal activity was isolated from this particular species. Edman degradation was used for protein N-termini determination; the primary structure showed similarities with Kunitz inhibitors, and this protein was named Xb-KTI. This protein was further challenged against serine proteinases from different sources, showing clear inhibitory activities. Otherwise, no hemolytic activity was observed for Xb-KTI. The results demonstrate the biotechnological potential of Xb-KTI, the first proteinase inhibitor with antimicrobial activity described in the Xanthosoma genus.

  2. Indications that some nutritional elements can improve gladiolus corm and cormel qualities in Mexico

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    Enrique González-Pérez

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available In regions of the State of Puebla (Mexico, gladiolus (Gladiolus grandiflorus Andrews production has had asexual propagation problems, which have caused losses for producers, who mostly produce their own vegetative seeds. The aim of this study was to evaluate some physical qualities and health characteristics of corms and cormels generated at four fertilization rates (FD, kg ha-1: 65N-14.9P-171K-16.6Mg-31.2Ca-0.0B-0.0S (FD1; 40.5N-24P-171K-23Mg-37.2Ca-0.2B-8.5S (FD2; 81N-24P-171K-23Mg-37.2Ca-0.2B-0.0S (FD3; and 81N-24P-171K-23Mg-37.2Ca-0.0B-0.0S (FDR; traditional regional rate. Two hundred and forty corms, along with their cormels, of two varieties ('Borrega Roja' and 'Espuma' produced at four FDs were harvested. The following physical qualities of corms were assessed; corm fresh weight (CFW, number of cormels generated (NcMC, and total fresh weight (TFW; evaluated physical qualities of cormels were size (mm and total weight. Cormel health was analyzed in 160 randomly disinfested pieces that were plated in agar medium with or without splitting. The percentage of identified fungus incidence was recorded. Data were analyzed by a non-parametric one-way ANOVA. No significant differences were shown for CFW. The best treatments were mainly FD2 followed by FD1. In relation to FD-R, FD2 in both varieties increased NcMC by 31% to 69%, TFW by 27% to 46%, 6-8 size by 24% to 27%, and the development of Fusarium oxysporum colonies was reduced by 100% in cormel internal tissue.

  3. In vitro study on regeneration of Gladiolus grandiflorus corm calli as affected by plant growth regulators.

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    Torabi-Giglou, Mousa; Hajieghrari, Behzad

    2008-04-15

    In this study, in vitro organogenesis of Gladiolus grandiflorus cultivar pink corm segments were evaluated by culturing corm calli in modified MS medium supplemented with 3% sucrose and 0.7% agar with different concentration of BAP (0, 1, 2 and 4 mg L(-1) medium) and NAA (0, 0.5, 1 and 2 mg L(-1) medium) in factorial experiment of Completely Randomized Design (CRD). In order to obtain Gladiolus calli, corm segments (Aprox. 5 x 5 x 1 mm in size) were kept in modified MS medium (Murashige and Skoog, 1962) that was supplemented with 1 mg L(-1) 2, 4-D, 3% sucrose and 0.7% agar. The results showed that increasing the concentration of BAP from 0 to 2 mg L(-1) medium simulated plantlet regeneration but no significantly effect was obtained on shoot and cormel organogenesis between 2 and 4 mg L(-1) BAP concentration in medium. Increasing of NAA content in media without BAP developed rootlet significantly. Interaction results showed that increasing BAP content against decreasing of NAA concentration stimulates the shoot and cormel proliferation.

  4. Crocins transport in Crocus sativus: the long road from a senescent stigma to a newborn corm.

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    Rubio-Moraga, Angela; Trapero, Almudena; Ahrazem, Oussama; Gómez-Gómez, Lourdes

    2010-09-01

    Saffron, the desiccated stigmas of Crocus sativus, is highly appreciated by its peculiar colour, flavour and aroma. The main compounds that accumulated throughout stigma development in C. sativus are crocetin, its glucoside derivatives, crocins, and picrocrocin, all of which increased as stigmas reached a fully developed stage. After anthesis, and in the absence of fertilization, the flower enters in a senescence programme, which represents the ultimate stage of floral development and results in wilting of whole flower. The programmed senescence of flowers allows the removal of a metabolically active tissue. We studied the composition of saffron apocarotenoids during the senescence of C. sativus flowers, and observed that changes in crocins were due to their transport from the senescent stigma to the ovaries and the developing corm. Afterwards, deglucosylation of crocins in these tissues results in crocetin accumulation. This mobilization mimics the export to storage cells (resorbed) of different compounds during leaf senescence avoiding loss of nutrients in leaves that would otherwise be cycled back into the soil system through leaf litter decomposition. In C. sativus, the resorbed apocarotenoids are stored within the developing corm, where they are not further detected in the advanced stages of development, suggesting that they are metabolized during the early and active phases of corm development, where the glucose molecules from crocins might contribute to cell initiation and elongation.

  5. Determination of Metal Content in Crocus sativus L. Corms in Dormancy and Waking Stages

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    Esmaeili, Nardana; Ebrahimzadeh, Hassan; Abdi, Khosrou; Mirmasoumi, Masoud; Lamei, Navid; Azizi Shamami, Mehrdad

    2013-01-01

    More than 30 mineral elements have been found with different key functions in helping plants and animals to survive and live healthy. As a direct result, they have always attracted the attention of scientists. The quest is to find some efficient analytical and quantitative procedures in this study to determine some mineral and trace elements of Iranian Crocus sativus L. corms. Several studies have been made using distinct methods and eventually, to achieve this purpose, three analytical methods were used as follows: Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA), Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES) and Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry (AAS). Seventeen mineral and trace elements (Mg, Na, Ca, K, Mn, Zn, Cu, Pb, Hg, Ni, Fe, Co, Cd, Sr, Rb, Sc, and Br) were determined in Crocus sativus L. corms in two different physiological stages. The mineral elements content in saffron corms showed a wide variability and their concentrations in dormancy stage were higher than waking. Despite of the fact that K concentration was the highest among all mineral elements studied in both samples, it was nil for Sc, Co, Hg, Pb and Cd. PMID:24250569

  6. Emerging concepts on the anti-inflammatory actions of carbon monoxide-releasing molecules (CO-RMs

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    Motterlini Roberto

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Carbon monoxide-releasing molecules (CO-RMs are a class of organometallo compounds capable of delivering controlled quantities of CO gas to cells and tissues thus exerting a broad spectrum of pharmacological effects. CO-RMs containing transition metal carbonyls were initially implemented to mimic the function of heme oxygenase-1 (HMOX1, a stress inducible defensive protein that degrades heme to CO and biliverdin leading to anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory actions. Ten years after their discovery, the research on the chemistry and biological activities of CO-RMs has greatly intensified indicating that their potential use as CO delivering agents for the treatment of several pathological conditions is feasible. Although CO-RMs are a class of compounds that structurally diverge from traditional organic-like pharmaceuticals, their behaviour in the biological environments is progressively being elucidated revealing interesting features of metal-carbonyl chemistry towards cellular targets. Specifically, the presence of carbonyl groups bound to transition metals such as ruthenium, iron or manganese appears to make CO-RMs unique in their ability to transfer CO intracellularly and amplify the mechanisms of signal transduction mediated by CO. In addition to their well-established vasodilatory activities and protective effects against organ ischemic damage, CO-RMs are emerging for their striking anti-inflammatory properties which may be the result of the multiple activities of metal carbonyls in the control of redox signaling, oxidative stress and cellular respiration. Here, we review evidence on the pharmacological effects of CO-RMs in models of acute and chronic inflammation elaborating on some emerging concepts that may help to explain the chemical reactivity and mechanism(s of action of this distinctive class of compounds in biological systems.

  7. Suppressive effect of CORM-2 on LPS-induced platelet activation by glycoprotein mediated HS1 phosphorylation interference.

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    Dadong Liu

    Full Text Available In recent years, it has been discovered that septic patients display coagulation abnormalities. Platelets play a major role in the coagulation system. Studies have confirmed that carbon monoxide (CO has important cytoprotective and anti-inflammatory function. However, whether CO could alter abnormal activation of platelets and coagulation and thereby reduce the incidence of mortality during sepsis has not been defined. In this report, we have used CO-releasing molecules (CORM-2 to determine whether CO inhibits LPS-induced abnormal activation of platelets and have explored the potential mechanisms. LPS was used to induce activation of platelets in vitro, which were purified from the peripheral venous blood of healthy adult donors. CORM-2 was applied as a potential therapeutic agent. CORM-2 preconditioning and delayed treatment were also studied. We found that in the LPS groups, the function of platelets such as spreading, aggregation, and release were enhanced abnormally. By contrast, the platelets in the CORM-2 group were gently activated. Further studies showed that the expression of platelet membrane glycoproteins increased in the LPS group. Coincidently, both hematopoietic lineage cell-specific protein 1 and its phosphorylated form also increased dramatically. These phenomena were less dramatically seen in the CORM-2 groups. Taken together, we conclude that during LPS stimulation, platelets were abnormally activated, and this functional state may be associated with the signal that is transmitted between membrane glycoproteins and HS1. CORM-released CO suppresses the abnormal activation of platelets by interfering with glycoprotein-mediated HS1 phosphorylation.

  8. A corm-specific gene encodes tarin, a major globulin of taro (Colocasia esculenta L. Schott).

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    Bezerra, I C; Castro, L A; Neshich, G; de Almeida, E R; de Sá, M F; Mello, L V; Monte-Neshich, D C

    1995-04-01

    A gene encoding a globulin from a major taro (Colocasia esculenta L. Schott) corm protein family, tarin (G1, ca. 28 kDa) was isolated from a lambda Charon 35 library, using a cDNA derived from a highly abundant corm-specific mRNA, as probe. The gene, named tar1, and the corresponding cDNA were characterized and compared. No introns were found. The major transcription start site was determined by primer extension analysis. The gene has an open reading frame (ORF) of 765 bp, and the deduced amino acid sequence indicated a precursor polypeptide of 255 residues that is post-translationally processed into two subunits of about 12.5 kDa each. The deduced protein is 45% homologous to curculin, a sweet-tasting protein found in the fruit pulp of Curculigo latifolia and 40% homologous to a mannose-binding lectin from Galanthus nivalis. Significant similarity was also found at the nucleic acid sequence level with genes encoding lectins from plant species of the Amaryllidaceae and Lilliaceae families.

  9. Manganese(I-Based CORMs with 5-Substituted 3-(2-PyridylPyrazole Ligands

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    Ralf Mede

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    Full Text Available The reaction of [(OC5MnBr] with substituted 3-(2-pyridylpyrazoles 2-PyPzRH (1a-l in methanol or diethyl ether yields the yellow to orange manganese(I complexes [(OC3Mn(Br(2-PyPzRH] (2a-l, the substituents R being phenyl (a, 1-naphthyl (b, 2-anthracenyl (c, 1-pyrenyl (d, 4-bromophenyl (e, 3-bromophenyl (f, duryl (g, 2-pyridyl (h, 2-furanyl (i, 2-thienyl (j, ferrocenyl (k, and 1-adamantyl (l. The carbonyl ligands are arranged facially, leading to three chemically different CO ligands due to different trans-positioned Lewis donors. The diversity of the substituent R demonstrates that this photoCORM backbone can easily be varied with a negligible influence on the central (OC3MnBr fragment, because the structural parameters and the spectroscopic data of this unit are very similar for all these derivatives. Even the ferrocenyl complex 2k shows a redox potential for the ferrocenyl subunit which is identical to the value of the free 5-ferrocenyl-3-(2-pyridylpyrazole (1k. The ease of variation of the starting 5-substituted 3-(2-pyridylpyrazoles offers a modular system to attach diverse substituents at the periphery of the photoCORM complex.

  10. HISTOPATHOLOGICAL STUDIES OF LIVER FUNCTION IN RATS FED ON GINGER LILLY CORM MEAL

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    UGWU OKECHUKWU P.C

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The effect of feeding Gladiolus unguiculata corm on a few liver function markers were evaluated in this study using albino Wistar rats. Twenty rats were randomly divided into four groups of five rats each. Various concentration of G. unguiculata formulations were fed to the test groups excluding the negative control which received normal feed for the 28 days of analysis. At the end of the feeding period the levels of the serum liver function markers of Aspartate aminotransferase (AST, Alanine aminotransferase (ALT, Alkaline phosphatase (ALP and Protein were determined. Mean serum liver function markers were all increased when compared with the control with only AST liver marker deviating. The ALT activity increased from 36.0 + 3.16 in the control to 38.0 + 3.16 in 20%. The AST significantly increased (p<0.05 from 66.0 + 3.16 in the 20% to 88.0 + 3.16 in the control group. ALP significantly increased from 47.0 +3.16 in the control group to 56.0 + 3.16 in 20%. Protein also increased from 7.0 +0.316 in the control group to 7.8 +0.316 in 20%. The results emanating from this study suggest that Gladiolus unguiculata corm formulations might have some deleterious effects on the liver function.

  11. Taro corms mucilage/HPMC based transdermal patch: an efficient device for delivery of diltiazem hydrochloride.

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    Sarkar, Gunjan; Saha, Nayan Ranjan; Roy, Indranil; Bhattacharyya, Amartya; Bose, Madhura; Mishra, Roshnara; Rana, Dipak; Bhattacharjee, Debashis; Chattopadhyay, Dipankar

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    The aim of this work is to examine the effectiveness of mucilage/hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC) based transdermal patch (matrix type) as a drug delivery device. We have successfully extracted mucilage from Colocasia esculenta (Taro) corms and prepared diltiazem hydrochloride incorporated mucilage/HPMC based transdermal patches using various wt% of mucilage by the solvent evaporation technique. Characterization of both mucilage and transdermal patches has been done by several techniques such as Molisch's test, organoleptic evaluation of mucilage, mechanical, morphological and thermal analysis of transdermal patches. Skin irritation test is studied on hairless Albino rat skin showing that transdermal patches are apparently free of potentially hazardous skin irritation. Fourier transform infrared analysis shows that there is no interaction between drug, mucilage and HPMC while scanning electron microscopy shows the surface morphology of transdermal patches. In vitro drug release time of mucilage-HPMC based transdermal patches is prolonged with increasing mucilage concentration in the formulation.

  12. Variation of mineral composition in different parts of taro (Colocasia esculenta) corms.

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    Mergedus, Andrej; Kristl, Janja; Ivancic, Anton; Sober, Andreja; Sustar, Vilma; Krizan, Tomaz; Lebot, Vincent

    2015-03-01

    Taro (Colocasia esculenta) is an important root crop in the humid tropics and a valuable source of essential mineral nutrients. In the presented study, we compared the mineral compositions of four main parts of taro corm: the upper, marginal, central and lower (basal) parts. The freeze-dried taro samples were analysed for eleven minerals (K, P, Mg, Ca, Zn, Fe, Mn, Cu, Cd, Pb and Cr). The upper part, which plays a critical role in vegetative propagation based on headsets, contained high levels of P, Mg, Zn, Fe, Mn, Cu and Cd. The central part, which is essential for human nutrition, was characterised by higher concentrations of K, P, Mg, Zn, Fe, Cu and Cd. Ca was concentrated in the lower and marginal parts. The effect of the genotype was significant for more than half of the analysed minerals (i.e., Mg, Ca, Zn, Fe, Mn).

  13. To Evaluate the Effect of Soil Physical and Chemical Characteristics on the Growth Characteristics of Saffron (Crocus sativus L. Corms in Tornbat-e Heydariyeh Area

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    Fariba Zarghani

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Saffron is one of the most economically important plants across Iran and all over the world. The most important cultivated areas of saffron are in Khorasan-e Razavi and Southern Khorasan provinces (Jihad Keshavarzi Khorasan Razavi, 2013. The corm is the reservoir of photosynthetic materials and plays an important role in the saffron life cycle. Corm size and physicochemical characteristics of soil determine the growth and yield of saffron (Aytekin et al., 2008. It has been advised to use corms with diameter more than 2.5 cm (Kafi et al., 2002. Despite the importance of this plant, few studies have been conducted on the effects of soil characteristics on the growth of the plant in natural field conditions. Therefore, the objective which we will try to achieve is: to evaluate the effect of soil physical and chemical characteristics of the growth of saffron corm and determine the most important effect characteristics. Materials and methods In September 2012, 30 samples of 3 to 5 years old saffron corms were taken from the fields with similar management in Torbat Heydariyeh. The surrounding soil corms (depth of 0 to 30 cm were sampled, too. Dry weight of corms was measured in the laboratory. Air dried soil samples were passed through a 2 mm sieve and used for physical-chemical analyses. Soil texture was determined by using pipet method. Total nitrogen, available phosphorous, available potassium, soil organic carbon and calcium carbonate equivalent were measured in bulk soil samples. Calcium, magnesium, sodium, EC and pH were measured in the saturated soil paste. Fe, Cu and Zn were extracted by DTPA and measured by atomic adsorption spectroscopy. Correlation, regression and neural network technique were used to analyze the data and to identify the most important soil characteristics on the corms characteristics. Results and discussion Diameter and dry weight of corms with mean values of 34.04 mm and 3.72 g, ranged from 22.8 to 51.7 mm

  14. Sapal: a traditional fermented taro [Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott] corm and coconut cream mixture from Papua New Guinea.

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    Gubag, R; Omoloso, D A; Owens, J D

    1996-01-01

    Sapal is a traditional fermented food made by mixing cooked, grated taro [Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott] corm with coconut cream and allowing it to ferment at ambient temperature. The fermentation was primarily due to heterofermentative lactic acid bacteria, which reached 10(10) cfu/ml. Seven out of 10 isolated bacterial strains were identified as Leuconostoc mesenteroides or Leuc. paramesenteroides. The initial microbial flora was derived from the coconut cream. Yeasts grew on the surface of the sapal in the later stages of the fermentation. Overnight storage of the grated taro corm resulted in the glucose concentration increasing from 1.1 to about 5 g/l. During the fermentation the glucose concentration decreased to undetectable levels. The pH value fell from an initial value of 6.1 to 4.1 after 24 h.

  15. Effects of Nano Fertilizer Application and Maternal Corm Weight on Flowering at Some Saffron (Crocus sativus L.) Ecotypes

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    AMIRNIA, Reza; Bayat, Mahdi; TAJBAKHSH, Mahdi

    2014-01-01

    To develop saffron planting in Urmia, West Azerbaijan, Iran, a split-split plot experiment based on CRBD was carried out in the Urmia University's research farm for two years . Nanofertilizers (Fe, P, K and nofertilizer (control)) as main plots, saffron ecotypes (Mashhad, Torbat-Heydarieh, Torbat-jam, Gonabad, Ghaen and Birjand) as subplots and maternal corm weight (6, 8, 10 and 12 g) as sub-sub plots were considered. Throughout the two years of the study, results showed significant differenc...

  16. Effects of Saffron Corm and Leaf Extracts on Early Growth of Some Plants to Investigate the Possibility of Using Them as Associated Crop

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    Hamid-Reza FALLAHI

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Saffron intercropping with other plants needs to preliminary investigations about the possible negative interactions between saffron and associated crop. In this study, allelopathic effects of saffron leaf and corm extracts on germination and seedling growth indices of alfalfa (Medicago sativa, arugula (Eruca sativa and rapeseed (Brassica napus was investigated in six separate experiments based on completely randomized design. Experimental treatments were consisted of different levels of saffron leaf and corm extracts including 0, 0.75, 1.5, 3 and 6%. The maximum germination percentage of all selected crops was obtained at control treatment (on average 92% and then decreased with increasing extracts concentration. So that, the germination percentage of arugula, canola and alfalfa in highest concentration of extracts were 18, 10 and 8% for leaf extract and 72, 68 and 93% for corm extract, respectively. The relatively similar trend was observed about germination rate, root and plumule lengths and dry weights. Therefore, the inhibitory effect of saffron leaf extract was more than corm extract on initial growth indices of studied plants. The lowest inhibitory effect of saffron leaf extract and even relatively high stimulatory effect of corm extract were obtained on alfalfa initial growth criteria. Considering the differences in allelochemicals mode of action and concentrations in laboratory bioassays with natural condition, it is necessary to investigate the effects of saffron residues on growth of selected associated crops in greenhouse and field scales for the final decision.

  17. Digestibility and nitrogen utilization in sheep fed enset (Ensete ventricosum) pseudostem or corm and graded levels of Desmodium intortum hay to wheat straw-based diets.

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    Nurfeta, A

    2010-12-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of different levels of Desmodium intortum (Desmodium) hay supplementation in sheep fed fixed amounts of enset pseudostem or corm and a basal diet of wheat straw on intake, digestibility and nitrogen utilization. Eighteen male sheep with a mean (± SD) live weight of 20.5 ± 1.45 kg were assigned to six treatments in a completely randomized design and fed either 108 g dry matter (DM) enset pseudostem or 165 g DM enset corm each with three levels (100, 200 and 300 g) of hay supplementation. For the pseudostem diets, there was no significant difference in total DM intake. Total crude protein (CP) intake and N retention increased with increasing levels of hay in both pseudostem and corm diets. The apparent digestibility of DM, OM, CP, acid detergent fibre and neutral detergent fibre (NDF) and microbial nitrogen supply (MN) at 100 g was lower that other levels of supplementation. For the corm diets, total DM and OM intake and MN supply increased with increasing levels of hay. The digestibility decreased (p Desmodium hay is required in pseudostem diets, whereas 200 g (337 g/kg dietary DM) may be sufficient in corm diets for efficient nutrient utilization.

  18. Carbon monoxide-releasing molecule-A1 (CORM-A1) improves clinical signs of experimental autoimmune uveoretinitis (EAU) in rats.

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    Fagone, Paolo; Mangano, Katia; Mammana, Santa; Cavalli, Eugenio; Di Marco, Roberto; Barcellona, Maria Luisa; Salvatorelli, Lucia; Magro, Gaetano; Nicoletti, Ferdinando

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    Uveitis is a sight-threatening inflammatory disease of the eye which represents the third leading cause of blindness in the developed countries. The conventional pharmacological treatment includes corticosteroids and immunosuppressive agents, which are limited by their side effects. New therapeutic strategies are thus strongly needed. Exogenously-administered carbon monoxide (CO) may represent an effective treatment for conditions characterized by a dysregulated inflammatory response. Carbon monoxide-releasing molecules (CORMs) are a novel group of compounds capable of carrying and liberating controlled quantities of CO. Among CORMs, CORM-A1 represents the first example of water soluble CO releaser. We show here that CORM-A1 under a late prophylactic regime is able to significantly ameliorate the natural course of experimental autoimmune uveoretinitis, a rodent model of immunoinflammatory posterior uveitis. The present study strongly supports the development of CORM-A1 as a potential new drug for treatment of patients with non-infectious posterior uveitis. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. X-ray microCT imaging technique reveals corm microstructures of an arctic-boreal cotton-sedge, Eriophorum vaginatum.

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    Bogart, Sarah J; Spiers, Graeme; Cholewa, Ewa

    2010-09-01

    X-ray computed tomography (CT), a non-destructive imaging technique, has recently been effectively applied to botanical research. In this study an X-ray microCT technique was developed to allow for anatomical study of the overwintering corms of Eriophorum vaginatum, an ecologically important sedge species in arctic tussock-tundra and boreal peatlands. Using a GE Medical MS8X-130 X-ray microCT scanner, optimal imaging parameters included scanning isolated corms at 80 k Vp and 100 microA with a 3500 ms exposure time and an isotropic voxel size of 10 microm. A Gaussian blur image filter with a blur radius (sigma) of two pixels was applied to the optimal dataset to improve visual detection and contrast of tissues while removing 99.2% of image noise. Using the developed X-ray microCT technique several undocumented anatomical characteristics of the corm were identified including the vascular connection between a parent corm and branching cormel and the 3D shape of sclereid clusters. The 3D structure of sclereid clusters was determined whereby the perimeter of their lance shape is greatly reinforced by sclereids with thicker secondary cell walls as compared to those of the interior of the cluster. The structure of sclereid clusters and their association with leaf traces suggests they may be stabilizing the corm-leaf connection to protect vascular tissues from physical damage. The proposed X-ray microCT technique is an excellent tool for determination of the 3D structure of E. vaginatum corms and may be used to detect alterations in tissue structure and chemistry in response to environmental change in this and other Cyperaceous species.

  20. Interaction of the carbon monoxide-releasing molecule Ru(CO)3Cl(glycinate) (CORM-3) with Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium: in situ measurements of carbon monoxide binding by integrating cavity dual-beam spectrophotometry.

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    Rana, Namrata; McLean, Samantha; Mann, Brian E; Poole, Robert K

    2014-12-01

    Carbon monoxide (CO) is a toxic gas that binds to haems, but also plays critical signalling and cytoprotective roles in mammalian systems; despite problems associated with systemic delivery by inhalation of the gas, it may be employed therapeutically. CO delivered to cells and tissues by CO-releasing molecules (CO-RMs) has beneficial and toxic effects not mimicked by CO gas; CO-RMs are also attractive candidates as novel antimicrobial agents. Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium is an enteropathogen causing gastroenteritis in humans. Recent studies have implicated haem oxygenase-1 (HO-1), the protein that catalyses the degradation of haem into biliverdin, free iron and CO, in the host immune response to Salmonella infection. In several studies, CO administration via CO-RMs elicited many of the protective roles of HO-1 induction and so we investigated the effects of a well-characterized water-soluble CO-RM, Ru(CO)3Cl(glycinate) (CORM-3), on Salmonella. CORM-3 exhibits toxic effects at concentrations significantly lower than those reported to cause toxicity to RAW 264.7 macrophages. We demonstrated here, through oxyhaemoglobin assays, that CORM-3 did not release CO spontaneously in phosphate buffer, buffered minimal medium or very rich medium. CORM-3 was, however, accumulated to high levels intracellularly (as shown by inductively coupled plasma MS) and released CO inside cells. Using growing Salmonella cultures without prior concentration, we showed for the first time that sensitive dual-beam integrating cavity absorption spectrophotometry can detect directly the CO released from CORM-3 binding in real-time to haems of the bacterial electron transport chain. The toxic effects of CO-RMs suggested potential applications as adjuvants to antibiotics in antimicrobial therapy.

  1. Production performance of finisher broiler fed with cocoyam-corm meal as partial energy replacement for maize

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    Christian Paul P. de la Cruz

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The objective of this study was to evaluate the potential of Gabing San Fernando (Xanthosoma spp. corms as partial carbohydrate replacement for maize in finisher broiler production. Materials and Methods: The completely randomized design was utilized to investigate the effects of three finisher poultry diets prepared in varying amounts of cocoyam-corm meal set at 0% (control, 25%, and 50% (experimental replacement levels. Results: There were no significant differences (p≥0.05 as to mortality and body weight measurements between control and experimental groups. Similarly, the mean weights of selected internal organs and condemnable carcasses among treatment groups did not show any significant differences (p≥0.05. In terms of the average feed intakes, birds from 50%-cocoyam group had the highest mean value and were found to be statistically different (p≥0.01 from both control and 25%-cocoyam groups. However, feed conversion ratio did not significantly differ (p≥0.05 among three groups. Higher feed costs were associated with the 50%-cocoyam treatment diet, which was only consistent with higher feed inputs. Thus, the group fed with 50%-cocoyam meal had significantly higher total mean production costs (p<0.005 per bird, when other expenses were taken into account. The production costs for the group given 25%-cocoyam meal did not significantly differ (p≥0.05 from the control group. Conclusion: Partial replacement of maize with cocoyam-corm meal at 25% level was acceptable since inclusion at this level did not adversely affect the production performance of finisher broilers in terms of growth rate, mortality rate, and feeding efficiency. The use of cocoyam meal as nonconventional and alternative carbohydrate source in poultry diet presents positive economic implications, especially to smallhold farmers from the developing countries, like the Philippines.

  2. Biochemical Characteristics of Flours from Ivorian Taro (Colocasia Esculenta, Cv Yatan Corm as Affected by Boiling Time

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    Anon Simplice Amon

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    Full Text Available This study aimed at determining the chemical composition and physico-functional properties of flour from Ivorian taro (Colocasia esculenta, cv yatan corm as affected by boiling time. The change in boiling time led to a significant (p<0.05 reduction in the iodine affinity of starch, total carbohydrate, total phenolic compound, reducing and total sugars contents, whereas the moisture content, water absorption capacity, water solubility index, paste clarity and foam capacity increased significantly (p<0.05. The crude fat, crude fibre, crude protein and total ash contents were not affected by the change in boiling time. The flour of Ivorian taro corm is a good source of carbohydrate, fiber and ash. It contained a fair amount of crude protein and showed a high water absorption capacity and iodine affinity of starch. Within this flour, calcium, iron, sodium, zinc and copper had the lowest values while phosphorus, potassium and magnesium had the highest values. Significant correlations were observed between such constituents and physico-functional properties as moisture and water solubility index; crude fat and iodine affinity starch; total carbohydrate and paste clarity; total phenolic compound and forming capacity. PCA showed that FRTC was located at the left of the score plot, while FBTC20, FBTC35 and FBTC50 had a positive score in the first principal component.

  3. Cloning and characterization of a novel Gladiolus hybridus AFP family gene (GhAFP-like) related to corm dormancy

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    Wu, Jian; Seng, Shanshan [Beijing Key Laboratory of Development and Quality Control of Ornamental Crops, Department of Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193 (China); Carianopol, Carina [Department of Biological Sciences, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario (Canada); Sui, Juanjuan [College of Biology, Fuyang Normal College, Fuyang, Anhui (China); Yang, Qiuyan; Zhang, Fengqin; Jiang, Huiru [Beijing Key Laboratory of Development and Quality Control of Ornamental Crops, Department of Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193 (China); He, Junna, E-mail: hejunna@cau.edu.cn [Beijing Key Laboratory of Development and Quality Control of Ornamental Crops, Department of Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193 (China); Yi, Mingfang, E-mail: ymfang@cau.edu.cn [Beijing Key Laboratory of Development and Quality Control of Ornamental Crops, Department of Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193 (China)

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    Abscisic acid (ABA) is an important phytohormone controlling seed dormancy. AFPs (ABA INSENSITIVE FIVE BINDING PROTEINS) are reported to be negative regulators of the ABA signaling pathway. The involvement of AFPs in dormant vegetative organs remains poorly understood. Here, we isolated and characterized a novel AFP family member from Gladiolus dormant cormels, GhAFP-like, containing three conserved domains of the AFP family. Quantitative PCR analysis revealed that GhAFP-like was expressed in dormant organs and its expression was down-regulated along with corm storage. GhAFP-like was verified to be a nuclear-localized protein. Overexpressing GhAFP-like in Arabidopsis thaliana not only showed weaker seed dormancy with insensitivity to ABA, but also changed the expression of some ABA related genes. In addition, a primary root elongation assay showed GhAFP-like may involve in auxin signaling response. The results in this study indicate that GhAFP-like acts as a negative regulator in ABA signaling and is related to dormancy. - Highlights: • GhAFP-like is expessed in dormant corm. • Overexpressing GhAFP-like showed early germination and insensitivity to ABA. • Overexpressing GhAFP-like changed ABI5 downstream genes expression.

  4. Production comparisons of Chinese water chestnut [Eleocharis dulcis (Burm. f.) Trin. ex Hensch] functional corms grown in hydroponics versus flooded sand

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    Chinese water chestnut [Eleocharis dulcis (Burm. f.) Trin. ex Hensch.] corms are used as a canned or raw vegetable worldwide and may have potential use as a functional vegetable for human health uses. The accessions in the USDA, ARS, Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit do not produce very many...

  5. The carbon monoxide releasing molecule (CORM-3) inhibits expression of vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 and E-selectin independently of haem oxygenase-1 expression

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    Song, H.; Bergstrasser, C.; Rafat, N.; Hoeger, S.; Schmidt, M.; Endres, N.; Goebeler, M.; Hillebrands, J. L.; Brigelius-Flohe, R.; Banning, A.; Beck, G.; Loesel, R.; Yard, B. A.

    2009-01-01

    Background and purpose: Although carbon monoxide (CO) can modulate inflammatory processes, the influence of CO on adhesion molecules is less clear. This might be due to the limited amount of CO generated by haem degradation. We therefore tested the ability of a CO releasing molecule (CORM-3), used i

  6. Different design of enzyme-triggered CO-releasing molecules (ET-CORMs reveals quantitative differences in biological activities in terms of toxicity and inflammation

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    E. Stamellou

    2014-01-01

    This study further provides a rational framework for designing acyloxydiene–Fe(CO3 complexes as ET-CORMs with differential CO release and biological activities. We also provide a better understanding of how these complexes affect cell-biology in mechanistic terms.

  7. Effect of exogenous polyamines on growth, flowering and corm production of ‘Golden Wave’ and ‘Blue Sea’ cultivars of freesia

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    Sh. Rezvanypour

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available This experiment was carried out to investigate the effect of polyamines on growth, flowering and corm production of ‘Golden Wave’ and ‘Blue Sea’ cultivars of freesia. For this purpose, freesia plants were sprayed at 35, 70 and 100 days after planting with concentrations of 0.5 and 1 mM of putrescine, spermidine and spermine and distilled water (control. The factorial experiment was performed in a completely randomized design with 3 replications and 2 pots for each replicate. Results showed that spermine treatment delayed flowering time. But spermidine treatment accelerated flowering and also increased leaf length, flowering stem height, inflorescence height, diameter and length of florets and number of lateral stems in both cultivars. Maximum number of corms was obtained in spermidine treatment. But, plants treated with putrescine had more corm weight and diameter than other treatments and control. Polyamines increased leaves nutrient concentration. The highest nitrogen concentration (2.39 and 2.37 percent was observed in putrescine and spermine treatments and the highest concentration of phosphorus (0.47 and 0.46 percent, potassium (3.1 and 3.03 percent and zinc (51.31 and 50.3 mg/L was obtained in spermidine and putrescine treatments. Almost all polyamines increased magnesium concentration of leaves. The results of this study revealed that polyamines, and especially spermidine and putrescine, could increase yield and improved quality of flower and corm of freesia.

  8. Ru(CO)3Cl(Glycinate) (CORM-3): A Carbon Monoxide–Releasing Molecule with Broad-Spectrum Antimicrobial and Photosensitive Activities Against Respiration and Cation Transport in Escherichia coli

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    Wilson, Jayne Louise; Jesse, Helen E.; Hughes, Bethan; Lund, Victoria; Naylor, Kathryn; Davidge, Kelly S.; Cook, Gregory M.; Mann, Brian E.

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    Abstract Aims: Carbon monoxide (CO) delivered to cells and tissues by CO-releasing molecules (CO-RMs) has beneficial and toxic effects not mimicked by CO gas. The metal carbonyl Ru(CO)3Cl(glycinate) (CORM-3) is a novel, potent antimicrobial agent. Here, we established its mode of action. Results: CORM-3 inhibits respiration in several bacterial and yeast pathogens. In anoxic Escherichia coli suspensions, CORM-3 first stimulates, then inhibits respiration, but much higher concentrations of CORM-3 than of a classic protonophore are required for stimulation. Proton translocation measurements (H+/O quotients, i.e., H+ extrusion on pulsing anaerobic cells with O2) show that respiratory stimulation cannot be attributed to true “uncoupling,” that is, dissipation of the protonmotive force, or to direct stimulation of oxidase activity. Our data are consistent with CORM-3 facilitating the electrogenic transmembrane movement of K+ (or Na+), causing a stimulation of respiration and H+ pumping to compensate for the transient drop in membrane potential (ΔΨ). The effects on respiration are not mimicked by CO gas or control Ru compounds that do not release CO. Inhibition of respiration and loss of bacterial viability elicited by CORM-3 are reversible by white light, unambiguously identifying heme-containing oxidase(s) as target(s). Innovation: This is the most complete study to date of the antimicrobial action of a CO-RM. Noteworthy are the demonstration of respiratory stimulation, electrogenic ion transport, and photosensitive activity, establishing terminal oxidases and ion transport as primary targets. Conclusion: CORM-3 has multifaceted effects: increased membrane permeability, inhibition of terminal oxidases, and perhaps other unidentified mechanisms underlie its effectiveness in tackling microbial pathogenesis. Antioxid. Redox Signal. 19, 497–509. PMID:23186316

  9. Physical, functional, and pasting properties of flours from corms of two Cocoyam (Colocasia esculenta and Xanthosoma sagittifolium) cultivars.

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    Falade, Kolawole O; Okafor, Chidinma A

    2015-06-01

    Physical, functional and physicochemical properties of flours of five cocoyam (Colocasia spp and Xanthosoma spp) cultivars were evaluated. Colour (L*a*b*) parameters of corms and flours, pasting and functional properties of the flours were determined. Xanthosoma spp showed significantly higher length (95.16-151.46), width (75.29-78.03) and weight (179.20-605.94) than the Colocasia spp., but the parameters did not vary significantly within either Xanthosoma and Colocasia spp. Generally, colour of peeled corms [L* (72.08-78.93); a* (+1.06 - +3.5); b* (+17.65 - +35.80)] was lighter than the flours [L* (69.35-84.97); a* (+0.30 - + 4.76); b* (+4.44 - +23.48)]. The NXs001 showed significantly higher peak (201.71RVU), trough (186.75 RVU), final (289.75 RVU) and setback (103 RVU) viscosities that the other cultivars. Pasting profiles of the cocoyam flours showed similar trend with the NXs001 showing a steeper curve. Pasting temperature and peak time ranged from 87.33 to 92.53 °C and 5.17-6.34 min, respectively. Water absorption capacity, gelling point, pH, foam capacity, bulk density and swelling power varied from 32-69 %, 6.56-7.59, 58.5-72.5 °C, 7.19-14.72 %, 0.94-1.01 g/mL and 3.18-7.36, respectively.

  10. Production of resistant starch from taro (Colocasia esculenta L. Schott) corm and determination of its effects on health by in vitro methods.

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    Simsek, Sebnem; El, Sedef Nehir

    2012-10-15

    The aim of the study was the production of resistant starch from taro (Colocasia esculenta L. Schott) corm and determination of its effects on health by in vitro methods. Starch was isolated from taro corms with 98% purity, and 10.4±0.5% amylose content. By application of heating, autoclaving, enzymatic debranching, retrogradation, and drying processes to taro starch for two times, resistant starch (RS) content was increased 16 fold (35.1±1.9%, dry basis). The expected glycemic index (eGI) of taro starch and taro resistant starch was determined as 60.6±0.5 and 51.9±0.9, respectively and the decrease in the glycemic index of taro resistant starch was found as statistically significant (Presistant starch relative to cholesterol decreasing drug cholestyramine were 5.2±0.2% and 7.6±1.7%, respectively.

  11. Effect of Nutrient Solution Concentration, Time and Frequency of Foliar Application on Growth of Leaf and Daughter Corms of Saffron (Crocus sativus L.

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    R Khorasani

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available In order to investigate the effect of different levels of nutrient solution concentration and times and frequencies of foliar applications on dry weight, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium concentrations of leaf and corm of saffron, a pot experiment was conducted as a completely randomized design with factorial arrangement and three replications under open door conditions in research garden of ferdowsi university, faculty of agriculture. The experimental treatments were included 4 levels of solution concentration (0, 4, 8 and 12 per 1000 and 7 levels of time and frequency of foliar applications (F1: foliar application on 3th February, F2: foliar application on 18th February, F3: foliar application on 5th March, F4: foliar applications on 3th and 18th February, F5: foliar applications on 3th February and 5th March, F6: foliar applications on 18th February and 5th March, F7: foliar applications on 3th and 18th February and 5th March. Results of variance analysis showed that fresh and dry weight of corm and leaf were not influenced by concentration, time and frequency of foliar applications. Also, comparison of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium concentrations of leaf and corm showed that there was no significant difference between levels of foliar treatments and control. Therefore, it seems that due attention to pattern of leaf and low nutrient demand of saffron, foliar applications in different levels of nutrient solution concentrations and times and frequencies of foliar applications could not increase vegetative growth and consequently, could not improve the growth and nutritional properties of saffron corms.

  12. The Efficiency of Trichoderma harzianum and Aneurinobacillus migulanus in the Control of Gladiolus Corm Rot in Soil-Less Culture System

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    Nosir Walid

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Gladiolus is cultivated commonly for cut flower production, frequently as a protected crop. The glasshouse or polytunnel environment, providing excellent conditions for flower production, also make conditions more favorable for disease to develop. Approach: The pathogen Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. gladioli causes wilt diseases in a wide range of economically important plants and can have devastating effects on crop production. Trichoderma harzianum and Aneurinobacillus migulanus were tested separately and in combination for controlling F. oxysporum f. sp. gladioli activity in soilless culture using Perlite as the substrate. Results: The efficiency of both of antagonists against corm rot was evaluated based on vegetative and root growth parameters and on flowering parameters. T. harzianum was more effective than A. migulanus in disease suppression and also enhanced plant growth, increased flower production and quality. A. migulanus enhanced plant growth when tested alone. The mixture of antagonists reduced the efficiency of T. harzianum. Numbers of T. harzianum CFU in the substrate and on corms increased following application compared with treating with both antagonists. No T. harzianum was detected in the substrate by 120 day after planting, however, A. migulanus CFU significantly decreased on corms when inoculated in combination with T. harzianum and F. oxysporum f. sp. gladioli. However, A. migulanus CFU was not detected in the substrate of the same combination. SEM and Glasshouse results suggested that suppressive mechanisms of T. harzianum and A. migulanus differed. T. harzianum appeared to operate through a combination of antibiosis and substrate competition, whereas A. migulanus produced an electron-dense substance which may have inhibited the penetration of host tissues by F. oxysporum f. sp. gladiolus. Greater growth of T. harzianum was observed when inoculated alone or with F. oxysporum f. sp

  13. CuAAC click functionalization of azide-modified nanodiamond with a photoactivatable CO-releasing molecule (PhotoCORM) based on [Mn(CO)3(tpm)]+.

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    Dördelmann, G; Meinhardt, Thomas; Sowik, Thomas; Krueger, Anke; Schatzschneider, Ulrich

    2012-12-01

    The copper-catalyzed 1,3-dipolar azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) was used for the first time to attach a biologically active carbon monoxide delivery agent to modified nanodiamond (ND) as a highly biocompatible carrier. The [Mn(CO)(3)(tpm)](+) photoactivatable CO-releasing molecule (PhotoCORM) on the surface retained the carbon monoxide release properties of the parent compound as shown with the myoglobin assay.

  14. Research advances on natural purple corm pigment%天然黑玉米色素研究与应用进展

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    王金亭

    2013-01-01

    Purple corn pigment is anthocyanins,a kind of natural pigment from the purple corm plant,purple corm cob and purple seed,which is a kind of safety,not poisonous edible. It clearly had antioxidant activity,anti–tumor,anti–aging,reducing blood pressure,regulating blood lipids and blood glucose level and so on. The purple corm pigment was extracted in acid solvent,containing 9 anthocyanins at least and the main active components of red pigment was anthocyanins–3–glucoside. Purple corn pigment is a type of existing natural food additives,and can be used to color for food, medicine,cosmetics,dyes and other industries.Based on the latest research results of home and abroad in recent 10 years,the extraction process,the chemical constitution,the physic–chemical property,the biological active functions,and application of purple corm pigment were summarized. This information may lead to a reference value in depth study,the comprehensive development and application of the purple corm pigment.%  黑玉米色素是从黑色玉米植株、玉米芯和玉米籽粒中提取花青苷,是一种安全、无毒天然食用色素;黑玉米色素呈有良好抗氧化活性,并具抗肿瘤、延缓衰老、降血压、调节血脂、降血糖等功能。黑玉米色素以酸性溶剂提取,其至少含有9种花色苷,主要活性物质为花青素–3–葡萄糖苷;黑玉米色素作为天然食品添加剂,可用于食品、药品、化妆品、染色剂等。该文综述黑玉米色素化学结构、理化性质、提取工艺及应用价值,对加强该色素深入研究和开发利用具有一定参考价值。

  15. Anatomical alterations in taro corms with "metsubure" symptoms Alterações anatômicas em rizomas de taro com sintomas de "metsubure"

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    Francisco HF Pereira

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Taro plants present high Ca absorption. There is evidence that the disorder "metsubure" is of nutritional origin being attributed to calcium deficiency. The metsubure is characterized by the corm apical bud suppression and a smooth lesion in the apex. This disorder reduces the taro corms value as food and hinders their utilization as a propagative material in commercial fields. In subterranean structures, Ca deficiency is believed to be more harmful to the vascular tissue cells since they have thicker walls than other tissue cells. Thus, this work aimed to characterize the anatomical changes in taro corms (Colocasia esculenta, cv. Chinese (BGH 5928 with "metsubure" symptoms. For this, corms with and without this symptom were obtained from plants grown in a greenhouse, in pots, containing soil. Corms presenting "metsubure" showed anatomical changes with damage in the vascular system which led to the suppression of apical bud formation, with detection of a wound periderm. In these corms, the periderm was thicker with compact and suberized cell layers; moreover parenchyma cells were larger with less starch accumulation as compared to corms without "metsubure" symptoms.Plantas de taro apresentam grande absorção de cálcio. Evidências levam a supor que o distúrbio "metsubure" seja de origem nutricional atribuído principalmente à deficiência de Ca. O metsubure é caracterizado pela supressão da gema apical dos rizomas-filho, os quais ficam com o topo achatado ou côncavo. Esta desordem desvaloriza o produto comercialmente e inviabiliza a utilização desses rizomas como material propagativo em cultivos comerciais. Em estruturas subterrâneas acredita-se que a deficiência de Ca seja mais prejudicial às células que compõem o tecido condutor em razão das mesmas apresentarem paredes celulares mais espessas do que as células que compõem os demais tecidos. O trabalho teve como objetivo caracterizar as alterações anatômicas em rizomas de

  16. Cloning and characterization of a novel Gladiolus hybridus AFP family gene (GhAFP-like) related to corm dormancy.

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    Wu, Jian; Seng, Shanshan; Carianopol, Carina; Sui, Juanjuan; Yang, Qiuyan; Zhang, Fengqin; Jiang, Huiru; He, Junna; Yi, Mingfang

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    Abscisic acid (ABA) is an important phytohormone controlling seed dormancy. AFPs (ABA INSENSITIVE FIVE BINDING PROTEINS) are reported to be negative regulators of the ABA signaling pathway. The involvement of AFPs in dormant vegetative organs remains poorly understood. Here, we isolated and characterized a novel AFP family member from Gladiolus dormant cormels, GhAFP-like, containing three conserved domains of the AFP family. Quantitative PCR analysis revealed that GhAFP-like was expressed in dormant organs and its expression was down-regulated along with corm storage. GhAFP-like was verified to be a nuclear-localized protein. Overexpressing GhAFP-like in Arabidopsis thaliana not only showed weaker seed dormancy with insensitivity to ABA, but also changed the expression of some ABA related genes. In addition, a primary root elongation assay showed GhAFP-like may involve in auxin signaling response. The results in this study indicate that GhAFP-like acts as a negative regulator in ABA signaling and is related to dormancy.

  17. Effect of boiling time on chemical composition and physico-functional properties of flours from taro (Colocasia esculenta cv fouê) corm grown in Côte d'Ivoire.

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    Amon, Anon Simplice; Soro, René Yadé; Assemand, Emma Fernande; Dué, Edmond Ahipo; Kouamé, Lucien Patrice

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    Taro (Colocasia esculenta cv fouê) corm was subjected to different boiling times and the changes in chemical composition and physico-functional properties were investigated using standard method. The change in boiling time led to a significant (P < 0.05) reduction in the moisture, reducing sugars, total sugars, crude fat, crude fibre, total phenolic compound contents and iodine affinity of starch, whereas the total carbohydrate content, water absorption capacity, water solubility index, paste clarity and foam capacity increased significantly (p < 0.05). The crude protein and total ash contents of the flours from taro corm were not affected significantly (p < 0.05) by the change in boiling time. Taro corm flours exhibited highest total carbohydrate, crude fibre, total ash contents, water absorption capacity, iodine affinity of starch and lowest crude protein and fat contents, foaming capacity and water solubility index. Principal component analysis showed that flours from taro corm boiled during 20 min and 15 min were located at the left of the score plot, while flours from raw and boiled taro corm during 10 min had a large positive score in the first principal component.

  18. Design strategies to improve the sensitivity of photoactive metal carbonyl complexes (photoCORMs) to visible light and their potential as CO-donors to biological targets.

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    Chakraborty, Indranil; Carrington, Samantha J; Mascharak, Pradip K

    2014-08-19

    The recent surprising discovery of the beneficial effects of carbon monoxide (CO) in mammalian physiology has drawn attention toward site-specific delivery of CO to biological targets. To avoid difficulties in handling of this noxious gas in hospital settings, researchers have focused their attention on metal carbonyl complexes as CO-releasing molecules (CORMs). Because further control of such CO delivery through light-triggering can be achieved with photoactive metal carbonyl complexes (photoCORMs), we and other groups have attempted to isolate such complexes in the past few years. Typical metal carbonyl complexes release CO when exposed to UV light, a fact that often deters their use in biological systems. From the very beginning, our effort therefore was directed toward identifying design principles that could lead to photoCORMs that release CO upon illumination with low-power (5-15 mW/cm(2)) visible and near-IR light. In our work, we have utilized Mn(I), Re(I), and Ru(II) centers (all d(6) ground state configuration) to ensure overall stability of the carbonyl complexes. We also hypothesized that transfer of electron density from the electron-rich metal centers to π* MOs of the ligand frame via strong metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) transitions in the visible/near-IR region would weaken metal-CO back-bonding and promote rapid CO photorelease. This expectation has been realized in a series of carbonyl complexes derived from a variety of designed ligands and smart choice of ligand/coligand combinations. Several principles have emerged from our systematic approach to the design of principal ligands and the choice of auxiliary ligands (in addition to the number of CO) in synthesizing these photoCORMs. In each case, density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT (TDDFT) study afforded insight into the dependence of the CO photorelease from a particular photoCORM on the wavelength of light. Results of these theoretical studies indicate that extended

  19. The CORM ALF-186 Mediates Anti-Apoptotic Signaling via an Activation of the p38 MAPK after Ischemia and Reperfusion Injury in Retinal Ganglion Cells

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    Ulbrich, Felix; Kaufmann, Kai B.; Meske, Alexander; Lagrèze, Wolf A.; Augustynik, Michael; Buerkle, Hartmut; Ramao, Carlos C.; Biermann, Julia

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    Purpose Ischemia and reperfusion injury may induce apoptosis and lead to sustained tissue damage and loss of function, especially in neuronal organs. While carbon monoxide is known to exert protective effects after various harmful events, the mechanism of carbon monoxide releasing molecules in neuronal tissue has not been investigated yet. We hypothesize that the carbon monoxide releasing molecule (CORM) ALF-186, administered after neuronal ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI), counteracts retinal apoptosis and its involved signaling pathways and consecutively reduces neuronal tissue damage. Methods IRI was performed in rat´s retinae for 1 hour. The water-soluble CORM ALF-186 (10 mg/kg) was administered intravenously via a tail vein after reperfusion. After 24 and 48 hours, retinal tissue was harvested to analyze mRNA and protein expression of Bcl-2, Bax, Caspase-3, ERK1/2, p38 and JNK. Densities of fluorogold pre-labeled retinal ganglion cells (RGC) were analyzed 7 days after IRI. Immunohistochemistry was performed on retinal cross sections. Results ALF-186 significantly reduced IRI mediated loss of RGC. ALF-186 treatment differentially affected mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPK) phosphorylation: ALF-186 activated p38 and suppressed ERK1/2 phosphorylation, while JNK remained unchanged. Furthermore, ALF-186 treatment affected mitochondrial apoptosis, decreasing pro-apoptotic Bax and Caspase-3-cleavage, but increasing anti-apoptotic Bcl-2. Inhibition of p38-MAPK using SB203580 reduced ALF-186 mediated anti-apoptotic effects. Conclusion In this study, ALF-186 mediated substantial neuroprotection, affecting intracellular apoptotic signaling, mainly via MAPK p38. CORMs may thus represent a promising therapeutic alternative treating neuronal IRI. PMID:27764224

  20. Test-retest reliability of {sup 11}C-ORM-13070 in PET imaging of α{sub 2C}-adrenoceptors in vivo in the human brain

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    Lehto, Jussi; Peltonen, Juha M.; Volanen, Iina; Scheinin, Mika [University of Turku, Clinical Research Services Turku CRST, Turku (Finland); TYKSLAB, Unit of Clinical Pharmacology, Turku (Finland); Virta, Jere R. [University of Turku and Turku University Hospital, Turku PET Centre, Turku (Finland); Turku University Hospital, Division of Clinical Neurosciences, Turku (Finland); Oikonen, Vesa; Roivainen, Anne; Luoto, Pauliina; Arponen, Eveliina; Helin, Semi; Virtanen, Kirsi [University of Turku and Turku University Hospital, Turku PET Centre, Turku (Finland); Hietamaeki, Johanna; Holopainen, Aila; Rouru, Juha; Sallinen, Jukka [Orion Pharma, Turku (Finland); Kailajaervi, Marita [Turku Imanet, GE Healthcare, Turku (Finland); Rinne, Juha O. [University of Turku and Turku University Hospital, Turku PET Centre, Turku (Finland); Turku University Hospital, Division of Clinical Neurosciences, Turku (Finland); University of Turku, Clinical Research Services Turku CRST, Turku (Finland)

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    α{sub 2C}-Adrenoceptors share inhibitory presynaptic functions with the more abundant α{sub 2A}-adrenoceptor subtype, but they also have widespread postsynaptic modulatory functions in the brain. Research on the noradrenergic system of the human brain has been hampered by the lack of suitable PET tracers targeted to the α{sub 2}-adrenoceptor subtypes. PET imaging with the specific α{sub 2C}-adrenoceptor antagonist tracer [{sup 11}C]ORM-13070 was performed twice in six healthy male subjects to investigate the test-retest reliability of tracer binding. The bound/free ratio of tracer uptake relative to nonspecific uptake into the cerebellum during the time interval of 5 - 30 min was most prominent in the dorsal striatum: 0.77 in the putamen and 0.58 in the caudate nucleus. Absolute test-retest variability in bound/free ratios of tracer ranged from 4.3 % in the putamen to 29 % in the hippocampus. Variability was also <10 % in the caudate nucleus and thalamus. Intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC) ranged from 0.50 in the hippocampus to 0.89 in the thalamus (ICC >0.70 was also reached in the caudate nucleus, putamen, lateral frontal cortex and parietal cortex). The pattern of [{sup 11}C]ORM-13070 binding, as determined by PET, was in good agreement with receptor density results previously derived from post-mortem autoradiography. PET data analysis results obtained with a compartmental model fit, the simplified reference tissue model and a graphical reference tissue analysis method were convergent with the tissue ratio method. The results of this study support the use of [{sup 11}C]ORM-13070 PET in the quantitative assessment of α{sub 2C}-adrenoceptors in the human brain in vivo. Reliable assessment of specific tracer binding in the dorsal striatum is possible with the help of reference tissue ratios. (orig.)

  1. Study on Tissue Culture Conditions of Saffron Corm%藏红花球茎组织培养条件的研究

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    李涛; 李春斌; 范圣第

    2016-01-01

    以藏红花球茎侧芽为外植体,通过植物组织培养的方式建立藏红花快速繁殖体系。研究表明:以MS为基本培养基,附加0.5 mg·L-16-BA+4.0 mg·L-12,4-D,在黑暗条件下最适于藏红花愈伤组织的诱导,并且20 d诱导率可以达到96.7%;附加2.0 mg·L-16-BA+0.5 mg·L-1NAA,在黑暗条件下最适合藏红花丛生芽的诱导与增值,丛生芽诱导率可达96%;附加5.0 mg·L-16-BA +1.5 mg·L-1 NAA+0.3 g·L-1 AC,在1500~2000 lx的光照条件下,30 d左右新生小球茎诱导率高达90%。%A rapid propagation system of saffron ( Crocus sativus L. ) was established here using corms of saffron as explants by means of plant tissue culture. When the corms of saffron were cultured in the dark on MS medium containing 0. 5 mg/L 6-benzyladenine (6-BA) and 4. 0 mg/L 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) for 20 days, the callus induction rate was as high as 96 . 7%. When the corms of saffron were cultured in the dark on MS medium containing 2. 0 mg/L 6-benzyladenine (6-BA) and 0. 5 mg/L naphthalene acetic acid ( NAA) for 20 days, the callus induction rate was as high as 96%. When the corms of saffron were cultured in 1500 ~ 2000 lx lighting condition on MS medium containing 5. 0 mg/L 6-benzyladenine (6-BA), 1. 5 mg/L naphthalene acetic acid (NAA) and 0. 3 g/L activated carbon (AC) for about 30 days, the cormels induction rate was as high as 90%.

  2. Carbon Monoxide Releasing Molecule-A1 (CORM-A1 Improves Neurogenesis: Increase of Neuronal Differentiation Yield by Preventing Cell Death.

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    Ana S Almeida

    Full Text Available Cerebral ischemia and neurodegenerative diseases lead to impairment or death of neurons in the central nervous system. Stem cell based therapies are promising strategies currently under investigation. Carbon monoxide (CO is an endogenous product of heme degradation by heme oxygenase (HO activity. Administration of CO at low concentrations produces several beneficial effects in distinct tissues, namely anti-apoptotic and anti-inflammatory. Herein the CO role on modulation of neuronal differentiation was assessed. Three different models with increasing complexity were used: human neuroblastoma SH-S5Y5 cell line, human teratocarcinoma NT2 cell line and organotypic hippocampal slice cultures (OHSC. Cell lines were differentiated into post-mitotic neurons by treatment with retinoic acid (RA supplemented with CO-releasing molecule A1 (CORM-A1. CORM-A1 positively modulated neuronal differentiation, since it increased final neuronal production and enhanced the expression of specific neuronal genes: Nestin, Tuj1 and MAP2. Furthermore, during neuronal differentiation process, there was an increase in proliferative cell number (ki67 mRNA expressing cells and a decrease in cell death (lower propidium iodide (PI uptake, limitation of caspase-3 activation and higher Bcl-2 expressing cells. CO supplementation did not increase the expression of RA receptors. In the case of SH-S5Y5 model, small amounts of reactive oxygen species (ROS generation emerges as important signaling molecules during CO-promoted neuronal differentiation. CO's improvement of neuronal differentiation yield was validated using OHSC as ex vivo model. CORM-A1 treatment of OHSC promoted higher levels of cells expressing the neuronal marker Tuj1. Still, CORM-A1 increased cell proliferation assessed by ki67 expression and also prevented cell death, which was followed by increased Bcl-2 expression, decreased levels of active caspase-3 and PI uptake. Likewise, ROS signaling emerged as key factors

  3. Carbon Monoxide Releasing Molecule-A1 (CORM-A1) Improves Neurogenesis: Increase of Neuronal Differentiation Yield by Preventing Cell Death.

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    Almeida, Ana S; Soares, Nuno L; Vieira, Melissa; Gramsbergen, Jan Bert; Vieira, Helena L A

    2016-01-01

    Cerebral ischemia and neurodegenerative diseases lead to impairment or death of neurons in the central nervous system. Stem cell based therapies are promising strategies currently under investigation. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an endogenous product of heme degradation by heme oxygenase (HO) activity. Administration of CO at low concentrations produces several beneficial effects in distinct tissues, namely anti-apoptotic and anti-inflammatory. Herein the CO role on modulation of neuronal differentiation was assessed. Three different models with increasing complexity were used: human neuroblastoma SH-S5Y5 cell line, human teratocarcinoma NT2 cell line and organotypic hippocampal slice cultures (OHSC). Cell lines were differentiated into post-mitotic neurons by treatment with retinoic acid (RA) supplemented with CO-releasing molecule A1 (CORM-A1). CORM-A1 positively modulated neuronal differentiation, since it increased final neuronal production and enhanced the expression of specific neuronal genes: Nestin, Tuj1 and MAP2. Furthermore, during neuronal differentiation process, there was an increase in proliferative cell number (ki67 mRNA expressing cells) and a decrease in cell death (lower propidium iodide (PI) uptake, limitation of caspase-3 activation and higher Bcl-2 expressing cells). CO supplementation did not increase the expression of RA receptors. In the case of SH-S5Y5 model, small amounts of reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation emerges as important signaling molecules during CO-promoted neuronal differentiation. CO's improvement of neuronal differentiation yield was validated using OHSC as ex vivo model. CORM-A1 treatment of OHSC promoted higher levels of cells expressing the neuronal marker Tuj1. Still, CORM-A1 increased cell proliferation assessed by ki67 expression and also prevented cell death, which was followed by increased Bcl-2 expression, decreased levels of active caspase-3 and PI uptake. Likewise, ROS signaling emerged as key factors in CO

  4. {sup 11}C-ORM-13070, a novel PET ligand for brain α{sub 2C}-adrenoceptors: radiometabolism, plasma pharmacokinetics, whole-body distribution and radiation dosimetry in healthy men

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    Luoto, Pauliina; Oikonen, Vesa; Arponen, Eveliina; Helin, Semi; Virta, Jere; Virtanen, Kirsi; Roivainen, Anne [University of Turku and Turku University Hospital, Turku PET Centre, Turku (Finland); Suilamo, Sami [University of Turku and Turku University Hospital, Turku PET Centre, Turku (Finland); Turku University Hospital, Department of Oncology and Radiotherapy, Turku (Finland); Herttuainen, Jukka; Hietamaeki, Johanna; Holopainen, Aila; Rouru, Juha; Sallinen, Jukka [Orion Pharma, Espoo and Turku (Finland); Kailajaervi, Marita [GE Healthcare, Turku Imanet, Turku (Finland); Peltonen, Juha M.; Scheinin, Mika; Volanen, Iina [University of Turku, CRST, Turku (Finland); Rinne, Juha O. [University of Turku and Turku University Hospital, Turku PET Centre, Turku (Finland); University of Turku, CRST, Turku (Finland); TYKSLAB, Unit of Clinical Pharmacology, Turku (Finland); University of Turku and Turku University Hospital, Division of Clinical Neurosciences, Turku (Finland)

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    {sup 11}C-labelled 1-[(S)-1-(2,3-dihydrobenzo[1,2]dioxin-2-yl)methyl] -4-(3-methoxy-methylpyridin-2- yl)-piperazine ({sup 11}C-ORM-13070) is a novel PET tracer for imaging of α{sub 2C}-adrenoceptors in the human brain. Brain α{sub 2C}-adrenoceptors may be therapeutic targets in several neuropsychiatric disorders, including depression, schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease. To validate the use of {sup 11}C-ORM-13070 in humans, we investigated its radiometabolism, pharmacokinetics, whole-body distribution and radiation dose. Radiometabolism was studied in a test-retest setting in six healthy men. After intravenous injection of {sup 11}C-ORM-13070, blood samples were drawn over 60 min. Plasma samples were analysed by radio-HPLC for intact tracer and its radioactive metabolites. Metabolite-corrected plasma time-activity curves were used for calculation of pharmacokinetics. In a separate group of 12 healthy men, the whole-body distribution of {sup 11}C-ORM-13070 and radiation exposure were investigated by dynamic PET/CT imaging without blood sampling. Two radioactive metabolites of {sup 11}C-ORM-13070 were detected in human arterial plasma. The proportion of unchanged {sup 11}C-ORM-13070 decreased from 81 ± 4 % of total radioactivity at 4 min after tracer injection to 23 ± 4 % at 60 min. At least one of the radioactive metabolites penetrated into red blood cells, while the parent tracer remained in plasma. The apparent elimination rate constant and corresponding half-life of unchanged {sup 11}C-ORM-13070 in arterial plasma were 0.0117 ± 0.0056 min{sup -1} and 73.6 ± 35.8 min, respectively. The organs with the highest absorbed doses were the liver (12 μSv/MBq), gallbladder wall (12 μSv/MBq) and pancreas (9.1 μSv/MBq). The mean effective dose was 3.9 μSv/MBq, with a range of 3.6 - 4.2 μSv/MBq. {sup 11}C-ORM-13070 was rapidly metabolized in human subjects after intravenous injection. The effective radiation dose of {sup 11}C-ORM-13070 was in the same range

  5. Growth indices and cost implications of hybro broiler chicks fed with graded levels of fermented wild cocoyam Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott corm meal as a replacement for maize.

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    Olajide, R

    2014-05-01

    Corms such as wild cocoyam [Colocasia esculenta] have potential to replace maize as a cheaper energy source in poultry rations. A feeding trial was conducted to evaluate the effects of graded levels of fermented wild cocoyam [Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott] corm (FWCC), as substitutes for maize in the diets of broilers at the starter phase. One hundred and twenty unsexed day-old Hybro broiler chicks were randomly distributed to four dietary treatments in a Completely Randomized Design (CRD). There were 3 replicates per dietary treatment with 10 birds per replicate. Diet 1 without FWCC served as the control. Diets 2, 3 and 4 contained 10, 20 and 30% FWCC. Each of the diets represented a treatment. The experimental diets and clean drinking water were supplied ad libitum for 4 weeks (28 days) representing the starter phase of the broiler production. Result of the performance revealed significant (p<0.05) differences in feed intake, weight gain and feed conversion ratio. The economic analysis also showed that cost (Naira58.52) of a kilogram feed was highest (p<0.05) for the control and least (Naira53.10) for 30% FWCC. The least cost (Naira101.24) of feed per kilogram weight gain (p<0.05) was obtained for birds fed 30% FWCC compared to (Naira105.53) for the control. It was concluded that maize can economically be substituted with 30% FWCC in broiler starter diets.

  6. The Protective Role of Carbon Monoxide (CO Produced by Heme Oxygenases and Derived from the CO-Releasing Molecule CORM-2 in the Pathogenesis of Stress-Induced Gastric Lesions: Evidence for Non-Involvement of Nitric Oxide (NO

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    Full Text Available Carbon monoxide (CO produced by heme oxygenase (HO-1 and HO-2 or released from the CO-donor, tricarbonyldichlororuthenium (II dimer (CORM-2 causes vasodilation, with unknown efficacy against stress-induced gastric lesions. We studied whether pretreatment with CORM-2 (0.1–10 mg/kg oral gavage (i.g., RuCl3 (1 mg/kg i.g., zinc protoporphyrin IX (ZnPP (10 mg/kg intraperitoneally (i.p., hemin (1–10 mg/kg i.g. and CORM-2 (1 mg/kg i.g. combined with NG-nitro-l-arginine (l-NNA, 20 mg/kg i.p., 1H-[1,2,4]oxadiazolo[4,3-a]quinoxalin-1-one (ODQ, 10 mg/kg i.p., indomethacin (5 mg/kg i.p., SC-560 (5 mg/kg i.g., and celecoxib (10 mg/kg i.g. affects gastric lesions following 3.5 h of water immersion and restraint stress (WRS. Gastric blood flow (GBF, the number of gastric lesions and gastric CO and nitric oxide (NO contents, blood carboxyhemoglobin (COHb level and the gastric expression of HO-1, HO-2, hypoxia inducible factor 1α (HIF-1α, tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α, cyclooxygenase (COX-2 and inducible NO synthase (iNOS were determined. CORM-2 (1 mg/kg i.g. and hemin (10 mg/kg i.g. significantly decreased WRS lesions while increasing GBF, however, RuCl3 was ineffective. The impact of CORM-2 was reversed by ZnPP, ODQ, indomethacin, SC-560 and celecoxib, but not by l-NNA. CORM-2 decreased NO and increased HO-1 expression and CO and COHb content, downregulated HIF-1α, as well as WRS-elevated COX-2 and iNOS mRNAs. Gastroprotection by CORM-2 and HO depends upon CO’s hyperemic and anti-inflammatory properties, but is independent of NO.

  7. 西红花有效成分含量与球茎大小相关性分析%Correlation Analysis Between Effective Component Contents and Corm Dimension of Saffron

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    赵淑娟; 张金家; 裴卫忠; 胡之璧

    2011-01-01

    Objective: To explore the relationship between the corm dimention and the effective component contents of saffron.Methods: Saffron corms from five cultivating collected and cultured indoors. The stylus were gathered and dried at 60℃ for 2 hours. The crocin contents were determined by high pressure 1iquid chromatography. Results: Within the scope of the 0.24)%; the lighter corms, the 1ower contents of erocin, and the lowest content was (11.12 ± 0.22)%.Conclusion: There was a significant difference on erocin contents between the corms which weigh more than 15 g and the corms which weigh from 8 to 15 g.%目的:对西红花药材有效成分含量与球茎大小进行相关性研究.方法:收集五个产区大小不同球茎进行室内培养,采收花柱,60℃烘干2 h,液相色谱法对样品西红花苷含量进行测定.结果:五个产地来源的西红花球茎均表现为质量大的球茎所产花柱西红花苷含量高,最高为(17.71±0.24)%;小球茎所产花柱西红花苷含量较低,最低为(11.12±0.22)%.结论:质量在15 g以上的西红花球茎与8~15 g球茎,所产花柱西红花苷含量存在显著性差异.

  8. The Structure and Antifungal Functions of Vegetative Propagation Corm of Gastrodia elata%天麻的营养繁殖茎及其抑菌功能

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    徐锦堂; 兰进

    2001-01-01

    天麻(Gastrodia elata Bl.)与蜜环菌(Armilla riamellea (Vahl.ex Fr.)Quel.)营共生生活,在正常情况下蜜环菌只侵染种麻及分化生长出的营养繁殖茎的表皮、皮层及大型细胞层。种麻的大型细胞层及营养繁殖茎隔离区的空腔细胞层和木栓细胞层,都是种麻与新生麻的防御结构,它们保护新生麻不遭蜜环菌病理侵染而正常生长。冬季,天麻进入冬眠期,隔离区的木栓细胞层形成断裂层,此层细胞是新生麻能够安全越冬的最后一道防御结构。%The growth of Gastrodia elata Bl. and Armillaria mellea (Vahl. exFr.) Quel. shares a special symbiotic relation. In general, A. mellea invades the G. elata, the epidermal cells, the cortical cells and the large cells of the growing vegetative propagation corm of G. elata. The empty cavity cells, the cork cells of the isolation in the vegetative propagation corms and the large cells of G. elata were the defensive structure, protecting the new G. elata from pathological invasion by A. mellea. In winter, G. elata enters the stage of hibernation. The faulting layer derived from the cork cells of the isolation was the last defensive structure by which new G. elata could safely live through the winter.

  9. Study on analgesic and anti -inflammation effects of the compounds isolated from Corm of Crocus Alatavicus with ethanol%白番红花球茎醇提取物的镇痛抗炎作用研究

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    高红艳; 杨元华; 刘静; 程媛媛; 韩汝春; 杨晓绒

    2016-01-01

    目的:探讨白番红花球茎醇提取物的镇痛抗炎作用。方法:采用小鼠醋酸扭体法观察白番红花球茎醇提取物的镇痛作用;采用二甲苯致小鼠耳廓肿胀法观察白番红花球茎醇提取物的抗炎作用。结果:白番红花球茎醇提取物高、中、低剂量组能显著减少醋酸所致小鼠的扭体次数,与空白对照组比较,差异均有统计学意义(P <0.05);白番红花球茎醇提取物高剂量组能显著抑制二甲苯所致的小鼠耳廓肿胀度,与空白对照组比较,差异有统计学意义(P <0.05)。结论:白番红花球茎醇提取物有明显的镇痛作用,高剂量有一定的抗炎作用。%Objective To investigate analgesic activities and anti -inflammatory of the compounds isolated from Corm of Crocus Alatavicus with ethanol.Methods Analgesic effects of Corm of Crocus Alatavicus were investigated by acetic acid writhing test in mice;Anti -inflammatory effects were investigated by xylene -induced auricle swelling in mice.Results The results showed that the high, middle and low dosages of Corm of Crocus Alatavicus could markedly reduce the twisting number compared with blank control group, they showed a strong difference (P <0.05);and the high dosages of Corm of Crocus Alatavicus could relieve swollen auricle of mice induced by xylene,the result showed a strong difference compared with blank control group (P <0.05).Conclusion The results showed that Corm of Crocus Alatavicus have remarkable analgesic and high dosages of Corm of Crocus Alatavicus have anti -inflammato-ry effects by different administrations.

  10. 番红花球茎组培中的消毒和褐化抑制方法%Methods for Disinfection and Browning Inhibition of Crocus sativus L.Corm in Tissue Culture

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    袁校文; 项会敏; 朱梦梦; 苏永君; 田长城

    2016-01-01

    [目的]优化番红花球茎消毒和褐化抑制的方法。[方法]以番红花球茎的染菌率、褐化率和愈伤组织诱导率为指标,分析了外植体大小、氯化汞浓度和消毒时间对番红花球茎染菌和诱导的影响,同时比较了抗坏血酸和活性炭对番红花球茎褐化的抑制效果。[结果]当外植体大小5 mm3,氯化汞溶液浓度0.2%、消毒时间10 min时,染菌率和诱导率较为适宜;向培养基中加入0.5 g/L活性炭可以降低球茎的褐化。[结论]该研究建立了番红花球茎消毒和褐化抑制方法,为野外番红花球茎的初代组培提供了理论依据。%Objective] To optimize the methods for disinfection and browning inhibition of Crocus sativus L.corm.[ Method] With contami-nation rate, browning rate and callus induction rate of C.sativus corm as the indexes, we analyzed the effects of explant size, HgCl2 concentra-tion and disinfection time on the contamination and induction of corm.Meanwhile, the inhibition effects of ascorbic acid and active carbon on the browning of the corm were compared, respectively.[ Result] The contamination rate and the callus induction rate were suitable under the conditions of 5 mm3 explant size, 0.2% HgCl2 concentration and 10 min disinfection time.The browning rate of the corm was lowered as the active carbon (0.5 g/L) was added into the culture medium.[Conclusion] The methods for disinfection and browning inhibition provide cer-tain practical evidence for the original tissue culture of wild C.sativus corm.

  11. Acute Toxicity of the Crocus Alatavicus Regel et Sem Sativus Corms Extract on Mice%白番红花球茎提取物对小鼠急性毒性的实验研究

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    杨元华; 刘静; 韩汝春; 陈媛媛; 孙艳; 周冬梅; 牛榕

    2015-01-01

    Objective To observe acute toxicity of the Crocus alatavicus Regel et Sem sativus corms extract in mice,evaluate its safety,provide a theoretical basis for new drug research and clinical safety of medication.Methods To record its activity and toxicity in mice by Acute toxicity test method,The mouse ig with different concentrations (88.80、93.86、99.20、104.86、1 1 1.00g/kg) of Crocus alatavicus Regel et Sem sativus corms extract;Using Karber method modified to calculate Crocus alatavicus Regel et Sem corms extract on mice ig median lethal dose (LD50 ) and 95% confidence intervals.Results Crocus alatavicus Regel et Sem sativus corms extract on mice 7d ig LD50 is 100.46g/kg,Its 95%confidence interval 91.42~109.50g/kg.ConclusionCrocus alatavicus Re-gel et Sem sativus corms extract had lower toxicity,It provide a scientific basis for pharmacodynamic experimental and clinical applica-tions.%目的:观察白番红花球茎提取物对小鼠的急性毒性反应,评价其安全性,为其新药开发和临床安全用药提供理论依据。方法:采用急性毒性实验方法,对小鼠ig不同浓度(88.80、93.86、99.20、104.86、111.00g/kg)的白番红花球茎提取物,观察并记录小鼠的活动和毒性反应;采用改良寇氏法计算白番红花球茎提取物对小鼠ig的半数致死量(LD50)和95%的可信区间。结果:白番红花球茎提取物对小鼠7d内ig的LD50为100.46g/kg,其95%的可信区间为91.42~109.50g/kg。结论:白番红花球茎提取物有较小的毒性,该结果为其药效学实验和临床应用提供了科学依据。

  12. Molecular phylogeny, diversity, community structure, and plant growth promoting properties of fungal endophytes associated with the corms of saffron plant: An insight into the microbiome of Crocus sativus Linn.

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    Wani, Zahoor Ahmed; Mirza, Dania Nazir; Arora, Palak; Riyaz-Ul-Hassan, Syed

    2016-12-01

    A total of 294 fungal endophytes were isolated from the corms of Crocus sativus at two stages of crocus life cycle collected from 14 different saffron growing sites in Jammu and Kashmir (J & K) State, India. Molecular phylogeny assigned them into 36 distinct internal transcribed spacer (ITS) genotypes which spread over 19 genera. The diversity of endophytes was higher at the dormant than at the vegetative stage. The Saffron microbiome was dominated by Phialophora mustea and Cadophora malorum, both are dark septate endophytes (DSEs). Some endophytes were found to possess antimicrobial properties that could be helpful for the host in evading the pathogens. These endophytes generally produced significant quantities of indole acetic acid (IAA) as well. However, thirteen of the endophytic taxa were found to cause corm rot in the host with different levels of severity under in vitro as well as in vivo conditions. This is the first report of community structure and biological properties of fungal endophytes associated with C. sativus, which may eventually help us to develop agro-technologies, based on plant-endophyte interactions for sustainable cultivation of saffron. The endophytes preserved ex situ, in this study, may also yield bioactive natural products for pharmacological and industrial applications.

  13. 影响贮藏期荸荠腐烂病流行的因子研究%Affecting Factors on Epidemic of Corm Rot of Chinese Water Chestnut in Storage

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    赖传雅; 廖旺姣; 袁高庆; 韦继光; 黄超福; 玉小迷; 韦宗便

    2013-01-01

    The corm rotting pathogen found in Chinese water chestnut during storage and the systematic factors related to the disease prevalence were studied in this research. Results showed that the Water chestnut storage temperature was the main deciding factor for advantageous pathogens; when the temperature was 10-20℃, Penicillium sp. and Fusarium oxysporum were rated as advantageous pathogens. However, when the storage temperatures were 25℃and room temperature (16.4 -30.0℃) , Trichoderma asperellum was rated as the advantageous pathogen. The corm rot incidence in Chinese water chestnut was lower under 20-25℃and room temperature, and higher under 10 - 15℃. When the corm pile reached the height of 50 - 70 cm, the rotting rates were not obviously differentiated. The rotting rates were also not obviously differentiated between conns with or without red-leaf disease during the growth period in the fields. The epidemic infection incidence was fast-growing during early storage period, but then decreased as the storage duration prolonged. Based on the systematic investigation data obtained from the conn rotting of Chinese water chestnut in storage farmhouse, the relevant forecasting models were established.%对贮藏期荸荠球茎腐烂病病原菌组成、影响病害流行的相关因素进行较为系统的研究探讨.结果表明,荸荠贮藏期的温度决定优势病原菌种类,10~20℃时,青霉(Penicillium sp.)、尖孢镰孢霉(Fusarium oxysporum)等为优势菌;25℃和室温(16.4~30.0℃)下贮藏,棘孢木霉(Trichoderma asperellum)为优势菌.荸荠发病率即腐烂率在20~25℃和室温下时较低,而在10~ 15℃时则较高;贮堆高度在50 ~70cm范围,发病率虽有差异但不显著;田间严重发生的生理性红叶病对球茎贮藏期腐烂病轻重无明显影响.荸荠贮藏病害发病速率在入贮前期较快,此后随贮藏时间延长而减缓.据模拟农舍贮藏荸荠病害的系统调查数据,建立了相应的预测模型.

  14. New modular manganese(I) tricarbonyl complexes as PhotoCORMs: in vitro detection of photoinduced carbon monoxide release using COP-1 as a fluorogenic switch-on probe.

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    Pai, Sandesh; Hafftlang, Maryam; Atongo, George; Nagel, Christoph; Niesel, Johanna; Botov, Svetlana; Schmalz, Hans-Günther; Yard, Benito; Schatzschneider, Ulrich

    2014-06-21

    Five manganese(i) tricarbonyl complexes of the general formulae [Mn(bpea(N=CHC6H4R))(CO)3]PF6 and [Mn(bpea(NHCH2C6H4R))(CO)3]PF6 based on the tridentate bis(pyrazolyl)ethylamine (bpea) ligand, each containing a pendant 4-substituted phenyl group with R = H, I, and C≡C-H, were synthesized and fully characterized, including X-ray structure analysis for three compounds. All complexes are stable in the dark in aqueous buffer for an extended period of time. However, CO-release could be triggered by illumination at 365 nm, establishing these compounds as novel photoactivatable CO-releasing molecules (PhotoCORMs). The influence of the imine vs. amine group in the ligands on the electronic structure and the photophysical behavior was investigated with the aid of DFT and TDDFT calculations. Solution IR studies on selected compounds allowed identification of intermediates resulting from the photoreaction. Finally, light-induced CO release from a model compound was demonstrated both in PBS buffer and in vitro in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) using COP-1 as a fluorescent switch-on probe.

  15. Crescimento, partição de fotoassimilados e produção de rizomas em taro cultivado sob sombreamento artificial Growth, assimilated partition and yield of taro corms 'Japonês' under different intensity and shading periods

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    Full Text Available O cultivo associado é uma alternativa para culturas de ciclo longo e propriedades com limitação de área. Todavia, para o estabelecimento de associações, há necessidade de conhecer a tolerância das espécies ao sombreamento. O trabalho objetivou avaliar o crescimento de parte aérea, partição de fotoassimilados e produção de rizomas em plantas de taro 'Japonês' cultivadas sob intensidades e períodos de sombreamento artificial. Utilizou-se o delineamento de blocos ao acaso, com 13 tratamentos e quatro repetições. Os tratamentos foram constituídos de quatro intensidades de sombreamento (controle = pleno sol; 18; 30 e 50% de sombra, mantidos durante o ciclo todo, além da implementação das intensidades de sombra de 18; 30 e 50%, em três períodos (inicial = 0 a 3; intermediário = 3 a 6 e final = 6 a 9 meses. Aos 60; 90; 120; 150; 180; 210; 240 e 270 dias após o plantio (dat, avaliou-se crescimento de planta e partição de massa entre órgãos e aos 270 dat a produção de rizomas. Plantas sob sombreamento, sobretudo nas maiores intensidades e durante o ciclo todo, apresentaram maior produção de biomassa de parte aérea e de rizomas-mãe e filhos pequenos, em detrimento de rizomas-filho grandes, médios e comerciáveis. A intensidade de 18% de sombra, durante todo o ciclo ou nos períodos inicial e intermediário, foi a que menos afetou o desenvolvimento das plantas e produção de biomassa de rizomas-filho comerciáveis.Intercropping systems between different crops is considered an alternative for farms with limited area. But, for the establishment of these systems, it is fundamental to know the tolerance of the species to light restriction. The growth of the aerial portion and corm yield of 'Japanese' taro cultivated under different levels and periods of shading were determined in this study. The experiment was arranged in four random replicates, with 13 treatments. The experiment was composed of 13 treatments constituted

  16. Analysis of monosaccharides in the saffron corm glycoconjugate by capillary electrophoresis%毛细管电泳法分析藏红花植物细胞多糖中单糖组成

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    马海宁; 华玉娟; 屠春燕; 袁丽红; 韦萍

    2012-01-01

    以对甲氧基苯胺为衍生试剂,采用毛细管电泳法分析了藏红花植物细胞多糖中的单糖组成.对衍生条件进行了优化,并对毛细管分离条件进行了系统的研究.衍生反应在醋酸含量9.5% (v/v)、80℃下反应2h的衍生产率最大,衍生产物紫外检测波长234 nm.在优化的毛细管电泳分离条件(未涂层熔融石英毛细管柱(60 cm(有效长度50 cm)×50μm),柱温25℃,电压20 kV,使用350 mmol/L硼酸电解液(pH 10.21),压力(3.447 5 kPa)进样5s)下,基线分离了11种结构相近的醛糖(来苏糖、木糖、核糖、葡萄糖、甘露糖、半乳糖、鼠李糖、纤维二糖、麦芽糖、乳糖)、酮糖(果糖)的衍生产物.应用该方法定量检测了藏红花植物细胞多糖水解物中糖的成分,各糖的回收率为94.3%~105.4%,相对标准偏差为3.3%~4.6%.%The monosaccharides in the saffron corm glycoconjugate were separated by capillary electrophoresis ( CE) coupled with pre-column derivatization. 4-Methoxyaniline was used as derivatization reagent. The derivatization and CE separation conditions were investigated. The ultraviolet detection wavelength was 234 nm. The maximum yield of this derivatization reaction was obtained under the presence of 9.5% (v/v) acetic acid at 80 t for 2 h. An uncoated fused-silica capillary of 50 μm I. D. And 50/60 cm length (effective length/total length) was employed, and a pressure injection (3. 447 5 kPa, 5 s) was applied. The baseline separation of 11 monosaccharides and disaccharides (lyxose, xylose, ribose, glucose, mannose, galactose, rhamnose, cellobiose, maltose, lactose, fructose) was reached at 25 t, 20 kV of separation voltage and with 350 mmol/L boric acid (pH 10. 21) as running buffer. The developed method has been successfully applied to quantitatively determine the components of saffron corm glycoconjugate , and the results showed that the recovery of each monosaccharide was in the range of 94. 3% - 105. 4%, the

  17. Crescimento e produção de taro 'Chinês' influenciados por tipos de mudas e camadas de bagaço de cana-de-açúcar Plant growth and yield of 'Chinês' corms taro influenced by propagation methods and sugar-cane mulch

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    Mário Puiatti

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    design, arranged in a factorial 4 x 7 (types of seedlings x layers of sugar-cane mulch, with three repetitions. In experiment I the effect of four types of seedlings were evaluated (corm and comels large, medium and small, with 80; 55; 35 and 20 g of medium fresh mass, respectively and seven thickness of mulch layers on covering (0; 4; 8; 12; 16; 20 and 24 cm. In experiment II the residual effect of the mulch layers used in experiment I was evaluated, the same types of seedlings staying with similar masses. The stand and height of plants, leaf area index (LAI and final corm yield and classes of cormels were evaluated. Smaller stands were obtained in experiment I and for the type of seedling graded as small cormel, mainly in the absence of mulch. Seedlings with larger masses and intermediate layers of mulch provided more vigorous plants and with higher values of LAI. There was no interaction between mulch layers x types of seedlings, for yield of corm and cormels, in both experiments. In experiment I significant effect was verified for both factors, separately, with larger yield of total and commercial cormels obtained for the type seedling corm (head, followed by large cormel, and mulch layer from 16.4 to 17.4 cm of thickness. In experiment II, an evident effect of types of seedlings with larger yield of total and commercial cormels for the seedlings types corm and large cormel was observed.

  18. EFECTO INDUCTOR DEL AGUA DE COCO SOBRE LA GERMINACIÓN DE SEMILLAS Y BROTAMIENTO DE LOS CORMOS DE LA HIERBA DE LA EQUIS Dracontium grayumianum Inductive Effect of Coconut Water on Germination of Seeds and Sprouting of Corms of Dracontium grayumianum

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    Full Text Available El objetivo de este estudio fue determinar el efecto promotor de agua de coco, ácido giberélico, de la estratificación fría y escarificación mecánica, sobre la germinación de semillas de Dracontium grayumianum, y el efecto de ácido giberélico y agua de coco sobre el brotamiento de cormos de la misma especie. Las semillas no sometidas a los tratamientos inductores fueron incapaces de germinar, pero la inmersión en agua de coco tuvo efectos notables, produciendo un porcentaje de germinación del 50%, superior al efecto logrado con los demás tratamientos. El endospermo líquido del coco también tuvo efecto favorable sobre el brotamiento de cormos bajo condiciones de vivero, al igual que el tratamiento con una solución de ácido giberélico. Este es el primer reporte del uso de agua de coco como agente promotor de la germinación de semillas con alto nivel de latencia, lo que coloca este recurso como una alternativa adicional, altamente eficaz y de bajo costo, para ser utilizado en estrategias de propagación vegetal de especies con semillas de latencia profunda.The objective of this study was to determine the promotional effect of coconut water, gibberellic acid, cold stratification and mechanical scarification on seed germination of Dracontium grayumianum, and the effect of gibberellic acid and coconut water on the sprouting of corms of the same species. The seeds without the inductive treatment were unable to germinate, but the immersion in coconut water had significant effects, producing a germination rate of 50%, higher than the effect achieved with other treatments. The liquid endosperm of coconut also had favorable effect on the sprouting of corms under nursery conditions, like the treatment with gibberellic acid solution. This is the first report of the use of coconut water as a promoter of seed germination with high latency, which places this resource as an additional alternative, highly efficient, and cost-effective, for use

  19. Produção de biomassa e rizomas e incidência de "Metsubure" em taro submetido a doses de potássio com e sem adição de cálcio Biomass accumulation, yield and "Metsubure" incidence in taro corms submitted to potassium rates, with and without calcium application

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    Francisco HF Pereira

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    ês' (BGH 5928. Five K levels (0; 150; 300; 600 and 1,200 mg K2O kg-1 of soil, and absence or presence of Ca (0 and 232 mg Ca dm-3 of soil, were evaluated in a 5 x 2 factorial scheme, disposed in completely randomized design, with four replicates. The biomass accumulation and taro yield presented the same behavior in response to K rates, with and without Ca application. Biomass accumulation and yield maximum values were obtained at K2O rates of 794 and 760 mg kg-1 with Ca addition, respectively. Under low K supply, corms dry weight, total plant dry weight, cormels fresh weight and cormels number were higher in the absence of Ca application; this trend was inverted when K2O rate reached 85; 46; 202, and 578 mg kg-1 of soil, respectively. Without Ca application, increased K rates led to increasing in cormels Ca contents; on the other hand, independently of Ca application, cormels K contents increased with the increasing in the K rates. Only without Ca application and K2O rates of 600 and 1,200 mg kg-1 of soil were observed 6.56 and 9.84% of "Metsubure" incidence in taro cormels, respectively.

  20. The geology of the area between Corme and Buño (Galicia)

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    Pilaar, W.F.H.

    1964-01-01

    The area to be discussed is bounded N and W by the Atlantic Ocean; in the S it reaches as far as the Rio Allones; its eastern boundary is formed by the Malpica-Buño and Buño-Agualada roads. For mapping sheets 43 and 44, Lage and Carballo respectively, of the Spanish 1 : 50.000 topographic maps were

  1. Carbon Monoxide Releasing Molecule-A1 (CORM-A1) Improves Neurogenesis

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    Almeida, Ana S; Soares, Nuno L; Vieira, Melissa;

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    Cerebral ischemia and neurodegenerative diseases lead to impairment or death of neurons in the central nervous system. Stem cell based therapies are promising strategies currently under investigation. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an endogenous product of heme degradation by heme oxygenase (HO) activit...... cell mechanisms involved in neuronal differentiation. In summary, CO appears as a promising therapeutic molecule to stimulate endogenous neurogenesis or to improve in vitro neuronal production for cell therapy strategies....

  2. Compositional, spectroscopic and rheological analyses of mucilage isolated from taro (Colocasia esculenta L. Schott) corms.

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    Njintang, Nicolas Yanou; Boudjeko, Thaddee; Tatsadjieu, Leopold Ngoune; Nguema-Ona, Eric; Scher, Joel; Mbofung, Carl M F

    2014-05-01

    Tropical roots and tubers generally contain mucilage. These mucilages exhibit unique rheological properties with considerable potential as a food thickener and stabilizer. A one-step extraction procedure was used to isolate starch free mucilage and associated proteins from a number of taro (Colocasia esculenta) varieties. The monosaccharide and amino acid composition, the structural and flow properties were investigated. The results showed that yield of mucilage fraction varied from 30 to 190 g.kg(-1). A negative correlation (r = -0.87; p < 0.05) was observed between the crude protein level and the yield. The monosaccharide profiles revealed that galactose, mannose and arabinose were the main monosaccharides in the hydrolysate of the mucilage. From the 17 amino acids analyzed, aspartic acid/asparagine (14.4-17.2%) and glutamic acid/glutamine (10.3-13.6%) were prominent in the mucilage as well as the flour. No significant differences were observed in the FT-IR spectra and in the viscosity behavior of the mucilage dispersions. The greatest difference in the mucilage is based on its monosaccharide profile while the protein composition, which reflects that of the flour, is relatively stable.

  3. Carbon Monoxide Releasing Molecule-A1 (CORM-A1) Improves Neurogenesis

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    Almeida, Ana S; Soares, Nuno L; Vieira, Melissa

    2016-01-01

    Cerebral ischemia and neurodegenerative diseases lead to impairment or death of neurons in the central nervous system. Stem cell based therapies are promising strategies currently under investigation. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an endogenous product of heme degradation by heme oxygenase (HO) activity...

  4. Production of amylolytic enzymes in culture by Botryodiplodia theobromae and Sclerotium rolfsii associated with the corm rots of Colocasia esculenta.

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    Nwufo, M I; Fajola, A O

    1988-01-01

    Extracellular amylase was detected in culture filtrates of Botryodiplodia theobromae and Sclerotium rolfsii. During 10 days incubation S. rolfsii produced more amylase than B. theobromae. B. theobromae produced the greatest amount of amylase at 25 degrees C, while S. rolfsii at 30 degrees C. Both organism exerted the highest amylase activity at pH 6-7. In starch-free medium extracellular amylase was in very low quantities. There was a positive correlation between increase in starch concentration and production of extracellular amylolytic enzymes.

  5. 试管芋诱导的研究%Induction of in Vitro Corms of Taro(Colocasia esculenta Schott.)

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    刘玉平; 柯卫东; 黄新芳; 彭静

    2003-01-01

    以芋组培苗为试材,研究了蔗糖浓度、激素浓度、光照时间、培养温度、不同大小试管苗,不同芋品种类型等因素对试管芋诱导的影响及不同基质对试管芋育苗成活率的影响.结果表明:诱导试管芋较理想的培养基为MS+蔗糖8%+BA 1.0 mg*L-1+NAA 0.5 mg*L-1,光照12 h/d,培养温度30℃;试管苗越大越有利于试管芋的形成;试管芋可保持其原有的特性;基质影响试管芋育苗的成活率,4种基质中蛭石最好.

  6. Environ: E00581 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available E00581 Typhonium giganteum corm Crude drug Typhonium giganteum [TAX:227256] Araceae (arum family) Typhonium giganteum corm Crude drugs [BR:br08305] Monocot plants Araceae (arum family) E00581 Typhonium giganteum corm ...

  7. The Effect of Irrigation Intervals and Intecropped Marjoram (Origanum vulgare with Saffron (Crocus sativus on Possible Cooling Effect of Corms for Climate Change Adaptation

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    A Koocheki

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    Full Text Available In order to study the effect of irrigation intervals and intecropped marjoram (Origanum vulgare (as a shading crop for reducing the possible effects of soil warming due to climate change on the growth and yield of saffron (Crocus sativus, a field experiment was conducted as split-plot based on randomized complete block design with three replications, during 2008 and 2009 at the Agricultural Research Station of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran. Three irrigation intervals (every 7, 14, and 21 days and three planting combinations (1:0 (pure stand of saffron, 1:1 (one row of saffron + one row of marjoram, 2:1 (two rows of saffron + one row of marjoram and 3:1 (three rows of saffron + one row of marjoram were allocated to main and sub plots, respectively. Results indicated that the simple effects of irrigation interval and planting combination on the flower number, flower weight and economical yield of saffron were significant (p≤0.01. Also, the interaction effects between irrigation interval and planting combination on the flower number, flower weight and economical yield of saffron were significant (p≤0.01. The highest and the lowest of saffron economical yield were observed in the irrigation intervals with every 14 (0.27 g.m-2 and 7 days (0.09 g.m-2, respectively. Also, the maximum and the minimum economical yield of saffron were observed in 1:1 (0.20 g.m-2 and pure stand of saffron (0.15 g.m-2, respectively. With increasing irrigation intervals, the growth characteristics and economical yield of saffron were enhanced. It seems that the intercropped saffron with marjoram increased the flower number and economical yield of saffron due to decreasing soil temperature which could be regarded as an alternative to the possible effect of soil warming for climate change adaptation.

  8. MANIPULASI AGRONOMI BUNGA ILES-ILES (AMORPHOPHALLUS MUELLERI BLUME UNTUK MENINGKATKAN PRODUKSI BIJI

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    Edi Santosa

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    Full Text Available Corm of iles-iles (Amorphophallus muelleri Blume is extracted for glucomannan production, a material that is widely used in medicinal, food, and beverage industries. Increasing demand on glucomannan promotes fast expansion of planting area in Indonesia, however, seed availability is limited. The objective of the experiment was to study corm age, planting distance, and planting depth in order to enhance seed production in A. muelleri. Two experiments were conducted under paranet of 65% in Leuwikopo Experimental Farm, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB from June-November 2015. First experiment used 0- (bulbils, 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-year-old corms. Second experiment used flowering 3-year-old corms, arranged by factorial of planting distance (0 × 0 cm and 50 × 50 cm and planting depth (0 and 5 cm in depth. Results showed that flowering of A. muelleri was dependent on corm age, 96% of 3-year-old corms produced flower but none of the 1- and 4-years-old corms produced flower, whereas 8% of 2-year-old corms produced flower. Planting distance did not affect flower growth, while planting at a depth of 5 cm enhanced seed production. Present experiments imply that application of large 3-year-old corms, planting in dense population and at depth of 5 cm could enhance seed production of A. muelleri. It needs further investigation on seed quality from flowering of present treatments.

  9. Examining the antimicrobial activity and toxicity to animal cells of different types of CO-releasing molecules.

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    Nobre, Lígia S; Jeremias, Hélia; Romão, Carlos C; Saraiva, Lígia M

    2016-01-28

    Transition metal carbonyl complexes used as CO-releasing molecules (CORMs) for biological and therapeutic applications may exhibit interesting antimicrobial activity. However, understanding the chemical traits and mechanisms of action that rule this activity is required to establish a rationale for the development of CORMs into useful antibiotics. In this work the bactericidal activity, the toxicity to eukaryotic cells, and the ability of CORMs to deliver CO to bacterial and eukaryotic cells were analysed for a set of seven CORMs that differ in the transition metal, ancillary ligands and the CO release profile. Most of these CORMs exhibited bactericidal properties that decrease in the following order: CORM-2 > CORM-3 > ALF062 > ALF850 > ALF186 > ALF153 > [Fe(SBPy3)(CO)](BF4)2. A similar yet not entirely coincident decreasing order was found for their induction of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) in E. coli. In contrast, studies in model animal cells showed that for any given CORM, the level of intracellular ROS generated was negligible when compared with that measured inside bacteria. Importantly, these CORMs were in general not toxic to eukaryotic cells, namely murine macrophages, kidney LLC-PK1 epithelial cells, and liver cell line HepG2. CORM-2 and CORM-3 delivered CO to the intracellular space of both E. coli and the two types of tested eukaryotic cells, yet toxicity was only elicited in the case of E. coli. CO delivered by ALF186 into the intercellular space did not enter E. coli cells and the compound was not toxic to either bacteria or to eukaryotic cells. The Fe(ii) carbonyl complex [Fe(SBPy3)(CO)](2+) had the reverse, undesirable toxicity profile, being unexpectedly toxic to eukaryotic cells and non-toxic to E. coli. ALF153, the most stable complex in the whole set, was essentially devoid of toxicity or ROS induction ability in all cells. These results suggest that CORMs have a relevant therapeutic potential as antimicrobial drugs since (i) they

  10. The toxicity of Gladiolus dalenii van Geel

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    Full Text Available The biological activity of Gladiolus dalenii van Geel (Iridaceae corms (used in ethnomedicine and leaves were evaluated in a few systems. A profile of acute toxicity in rats was compiled and it was found that both corms and leaves contained cytotoxic substances affecting mitotic active tissue. Acute deaths resulted from congestive heart failure. The toxicity of a fraction (coded as GDI isolated from corms was qualitatively similar to that of corms and leaves. Estimated minimum lethal doses, given in mg/kg body weight, lie in the range 10-31 (i.p. and 3 160 - 5 620 (p.o. for corms, 100-316 (i.p. and > 1 780 (p.o. for leaves and 1-3 (i.p. and > 1 000 (p.o. for fraction GDI. Intact plant material showed no activity against a series of microbes. Fraction GDI was active against Candida albicans. Phototoxicity was not detected.

  11. Exogenous Carbon Monoxide Decreases Sepsis-Induced Acute Kidney Injury and Inhibits NLRP3 Inflammasome Activation in Rats

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    Peng Wang

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Carbon monoxide (CO has shown various physiological effects including anti-inflammatory activity in several diseases, whereas the therapeutic efficacy of CO on sepsis-induced acute kidney injury (AKI has not been reported as of yet. The purpose of the present study was to explore the effects of exogenous CO on sepsis-induced AKI and nucleotide-binding domain-like receptor protein 3 (NLRP3 inflammasome activation in rats. Male rats were subjected to cecal ligation and puncture (CLP to induce sepsis and AKI. Exogenous CO delivered from CO-releasing molecule 2 (CORM-2 was used intraperitoneally as intervention after CLP surgery. Therapeutic effects of CORM-2 on sepsis-induced AKI were assessed by measuring serum creatinine (Scr and blood urea nitrogen (BUN, kidney histology scores, apoptotic cell scores, oxidative stress, levels of cytokines TNF-α and IL-1β, and NLRP3 inflammasome expression. CORM-2 treatment protected against the sepsis-induced AKI as evidenced by reducing serum Scr/BUN levels, apoptotic cells scores, increasing survival rates, and decreasing renal histology scores. Furthermore, treatment with CORM-2 significantly reduced TNF-α and IL-1β levels and oxidative stress. Moreover, CORM-2 treatment significantly decreased NLRP3 inflammasome protein expressions. Our study provided evidence that CORM-2 treatment protected against sepsis-induced AKI and inhibited NLRP3 inflammasome activation, and suggested that CORM-2 could be a potential therapeutic candidate for treating sepsis-induced AKI.

  12. Feeding value of enset (Ensete ventricosum), Desmodium intortum hay and untreated or urea and calcium oxide treated wheat straw for sheep.

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    Nurfeta, A; Tolera, A; Eik, L O; Sundstøl, F

    2009-02-01

    Feed intake, in vivo nutrient digestibility and nitrogen utilization were evaluated in male sheep fed different fractions (leaf, pseudostem, corm, whole plant) of enset, untreated or 2% urea- and 3% calcium oxide- (CaO or lime) treated wheat straw and Desmodium intortum hay as sole diets. All feeds, except D. intortum hay and enset leaf had low crude protein (CP) content. Non-fiber carbohydrate contents were higher in enset fractions, especially in pseudostem and corm relative to other feeds. Enset leaf and pseudostem had high calcium, phosphorus and manganese contents. Corm, whole enset and D. intortum hay were rich sources of zinc. Daily dry matter and CP intakes were higher (p < 0.05) in sheep fed D. intortum hay (830 and 133 g, respectively) than those fed pseudostem (92 and 7.8 g, respectively). Organic matter digestibilities were highest for corm (0.780) and whole enset (0.776) and lowest for D. intortum hay (0.534) and untreated wheat straw (0.522). The CP digestibility ranged from 0.636 in D. intortum hay to 0.408 in corm. Nitrogen (N) balance was highest (p < 0.05) in D. intortum hay (10.4 g/day) and lowest in corm (-1.3 g/day). Enset leaf could be a useful protein supplement whereas the pseudostem and corm could be good sources of energy.

  13. Exogenous Carbon Monoxide Decreases Sepsis-Induced Acute Kidney Injury and Inhibits NLRP3 Inflammasome Activation in Rats.

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    Wang, Peng; Huang, Jian; Li, Yi; Chang, Ruiming; Wu, Haidong; Lin, Jiali; Huang, Zitong

    2015-08-31

    Carbon monoxide (CO) has shown various physiological effects including anti-inflammatory activity in several diseases, whereas the therapeutic efficacy of CO on sepsis-induced acute kidney injury (AKI) has not been reported as of yet. The purpose of the present study was to explore the effects of exogenous CO on sepsis-induced AKI and nucleotide-binding domain-like receptor protein 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome activation in rats. Male rats were subjected to cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) to induce sepsis and AKI. Exogenous CO delivered from CO-releasing molecule 2 (CORM-2) was used intraperitoneally as intervention after CLP surgery. Therapeutic effects of CORM-2 on sepsis-induced AKI were assessed by measuring serum creatinine (Scr) and blood urea nitrogen (BUN), kidney histology scores, apoptotic cell scores, oxidative stress, levels of cytokines TNF-α and IL-1β, and NLRP3 inflammasome expression. CORM-2 treatment protected against the sepsis-induced AKI as evidenced by reducing serum Scr/BUN levels, apoptotic cells scores, increasing survival rates, and decreasing renal histology scores. Furthermore, treatment with CORM-2 significantly reduced TNF-α and IL-1β levels and oxidative stress. Moreover, CORM-2 treatment significantly decreased NLRP3 inflammasome protein expressions. Our study provided evidence that CORM-2 treatment protected against sepsis-induced AKI and inhibited NLRP3 inflammasome activation, and suggested that CORM-2 could be a potential therapeutic candidate for treating sepsis-induced AKI.

  14. Production of gladiolus submitted to gibberellic acid in a protected environment

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    Full Text Available Gladiolus is an important cut flower commercialized in Brazil, and the use of gibberellic acid (GA3 to cultivate it in a protected environment may promote the production of high quality flower spikes. This study aimed at evaluating the production of flower spikes and corms of gladiolus ('White Friendship' cultivar submitted to high concentrations and application methods of gibberellic acid, in a protected environment. The experimental design was randomized blocks, in a 2 x 4 factorial arrangement, being two application methods (foliar spraying and corm soaking and four concentrations (0 mg L-1, 250 mg L-1, 500 mg L-1 and 1,000 mg L-1 of gibberellic acid, with six replications and two plants per experimental unit. The following traits were evaluated: plant height, number of leaves per plant, marketable harvest point of flower spikes, number of florets per flower spike, flower panicle length, stem and floret diameter, corm perimeter, number of cormels per plant and production of corm fresh matter and leaf dry matter, flower spikes, corms and cormels. High concentrations of GA3 are not recommended for the production of flower spikes and corms of the gladiolus 'White Friendship' cultivar. The corm soaking application method anticipates the harvest of flower spikes and produces a higher number of cormels per plant. Regardless of the application method, the concentration of 550 mg L-1 of GA3 increases the cormel yield of the 'White Friendship' cultivar.

  15. Anatomical and Phytochemical Study of Lilium ledebourii (Baker Boiss., a Rare Endemic Species in Iran

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    Full Text Available Lilium ledebourii (Baker Boiss.(Liliaceae, locally named “Susan -e Chelcheragh” is a native and rare species grown on the heights of Damash region (ca. 2100 m in Gilan province, north part of Iran.The microscopic and anatomical features and the composition of oils of flower and corm of this unique plant were studied. The microscopic study has shown the main characteristic elements of leaf, stem, corm and flower of this plant. The composition of essential oils of flower and corm were determined by coupled GC-MS analysis. The yields of oils of flower and corm were 0.71 % and 1.65 % (v/w respectively. The major components of flower’s oil were isopulegol (55.15 %, pentacosane (18.1%, 3-methyltricosane (9.97%, tricosane (5.35%, 2-methylpentacosane (4.35%, docosane (4.28% and linalool oxide (2.20%. The components of corm’s oil were almost fatty acids. No aromatic volatile compound was found in the corm oil. Primary qualitative phytochemical tests of stem, leaf, corm and flower showed positive results for alkaloid and flavonoid (one plus in stem and for saponin (4 plus in corm and (2 plus in the flower. Tests for tannin in all parts were negative. Further phytochemical and botanical studies on this unique plant is of importance.

  16. Affect of Temperature, Moisture and Weight of Seed-Corm on the Sexual Reproduction of Amorphophallus Konjac K. Coch%温度湿度及种球茎大小对花魔芋有性繁殖的影响

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    牟方贵; 覃宇; 杨朝柱; 滕建勋; 陈永波; 盛德贤; 赵清华; 钟刚琼; 黄海清; 潘娅妮; 胡永忠

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    有性繁殖是促进魔芋种植业发展和品种改良的有效途径,引起了极大的兴趣.本文研究117个花魔芋(Amorphophallus konjac K.Coch)单株花粉成熟后连续5d的温度、湿度以及花芽种球茎对其有性繁殖的影响,结果表明:授粉期间的温度和湿度对其自花授粉结实影响大,结实株花粉成熟后连续5d的平均温度和湿度分别为24℃和64%,均显著高于不实株,高温高湿有利于散粉和花粉的萌发从而完成受精;花芽种球茎大小对有性繁殖也有影响,结实株平均种球茎重显著高于不实株,且与单株结实浆果数呈极显著的正相关(r=0.6096,N=29),因此,宜选用花芽球茎大的用于魔芋有性繁殖.

  17. Plant Regeneration from Corm Segments and Evaluations on Physiological and Photosynthetic Characteristics in Plantlets of Red Bud Taro%红芽芋球茎片两步法离体快繁及其再生苗生理和光合特性研究

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    尹明华; 洪森荣; 王艾平; 林国卫; 柯维忠; 易雪梅; 叶志康; 黄丽; 余琪

    2015-01-01

    以江西铅山红芽芋(Colocasia esculenta L.Schott var.cormosus‘ Hongyayu’)试管苗为材料,建立了芋球茎片两步法离体快繁体系,并对其再生苗的形态指标、染色体数目、生理和光合特性以及叶绿素荧光特性进行了检测.结果表明:(1)红芽芋球茎片单芽诱导的最佳培养基为MS+KT 2 mg/L+6-BA 1 mg/L+NAA0.1 mg/L,诱导培养30 d后将单芽从球茎片上分离,再接种到生根培养基(MS +KT2 mg/L +NAA0.1 mg/L)上培养30 d即可形成完整植株,移栽成活率高达98%;(2)由球茎片单芽、丛生芽、不定芽离体快繁获得的红芽芋再生苗在形态指标、叶下表皮气孔参数、染色体数目、生理生化指标以及叶片光合特性参数和叶绿素荧光特性方面均无显著差异.说明红芽芋球茎片两步法离体培养的再生苗繁殖系数高、染色体数目稳定,该离体快繁体系可应用于江西铅山红芽芋的工厂化生产.

  18. Analysis of Body Volatiles of the Banana Corm Weevil, Cosmopolites sordidus (Germar) by Solid-Phase Microextraction-Gas Chromatography -Mass Spectrometry%固相微萃取-气相色谱-质谱联用法分析香蕉球茎象甲虫体挥发物

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    尹炯; 赵冬香; 王爱萍; 王玉洁

    2010-01-01

    为了探明香蕉球茎象甲虫体挥发物的各种成分,采用固相微萃取技术(SPME)提取香蕉球茎象甲的虫体挥发物,进行气质联用仪(GC-MS)分析鉴定.结果表明:香蕉球茎象甲雌虫、雄虫、雌雄虫(雌虫和雄虫等数量混合)分别鉴定出9种、8种和9种成分,各占总峰面积的61.05%,39.46%和17.43%.香蕉球茎象甲雌虫、雄虫和雌雄虫三种虫体挥发物共有成分有3,7-二甲基-1,3,6-辛三烯、α-荜澄茄油烯、(1,1-二甲基乙基)-2-甲氧基苯酚、邻苯二甲酸二乙酯、3,3',5,5'-四甲基联苯和邻苯二甲酸二异丁酯6种,而3,7-二甲基-1,3,6-辛三烯是香蕉球茎象甲雌虫、雄虫和雌雄虫三种虫体挥发物中含量最高的成分,为19.15%.香蕉球茎象甲虫体挥发物各成分种类多样,相对含量差异较大.

  19. The Fatty Acid Profile Analysis of Cyperus laxus Used for Phytoremediation of Soils from Aged Oil Spill-Impacted Sites Revealed That This Is a C18:3 Plant Species: e0140103

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    Noemí Araceli Rivera Casado; del Carmen Montes Horcasitas; Refugio Rodríguez Vázquez; Fernando José Esparza García; Josefina Pérez Vargas; Armando Ariza Castolo; Ronald Ferrera-Cerrato; Octavio Gómez Guzmán; Graciano Calva Calva

    2015-01-01

      The effect of recalcitrant hydrocarbons on the fatty acid profile from leaf, basal corm, and roots of Cyperus laxus plants cultivated in greenhouse phytoremediation systems of soils from aged oil...

  20. Browse Title Index

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    ... (2013), Tissue culture as an alternative for commercial corm production in saffron: A ... on polymorphonuclear neutrophil leukocytes during perinatal period of dairy ... Vol 6, No 24 (2007), Toxic effects of neem products (Azadirachta indica A.

  1. A role for reactive oxygen species in the antibacterial properties of carbon monoxide-releasing molecules.

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    Tavares, Ana Filipa N; Nobre, Lígia S; Saraiva, Lígia M

    2012-11-01

    Carbon monoxide-releasing molecules (CO-RMs) are, in general, transition metal carbonyl complexes that liberate controlled amounts of CO. In animal models, CO-RMs have been shown to reduce myocardial ischaemia, inflammation and vascular dysfunction, and to provide a protective effect in organ transplantation. Moreover, CO-RMs are bactericides that kill both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Herein are reviewed the microbial genetic and biochemical responses associated with CO-RM-mediated cell death. Particular emphasis is given to the data revealing that CO-RMs induce the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which contribute to the antibacterial activity of these compounds.

  2. campestris pv musacearum

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    pscudostem sheath, fruit peelings and corms) picked from diseased plants were used to inoculate the ... Inoculation results showed that some parts (mainly the fresh banana parts) were able ... Cutting down and heaping diseased plants as a.

  3. The Diversity and Associated Yield Components of Enset (Ensete ...

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    The Diversity and Associated Yield Components of Enset (Ensete ... granted corm, maturity period (years from planting till flowering), bulla and fibre yield. ... accounted for more than 50% of the variation expressed in this germplasm collection.

  4. Screening of Gladiolus germplasm for agronomic performance and ...

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    Oct 4, 2010 ... performance and resistance against corm rot disease. Tariq Riaz, Salik ..... varieties with long floral stalk, greater number of flowers and longer floral life are ..... Brassica juncea germplasm from Australia, China and India. Field.

  5. Suppression of inflammatory cytokine production and oxidative stress by CO-releasing molecules-liberated CO in the small intestine of thermally-injured mice

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    Dong-ming LIU; Bing-wei SUN; Zhi-wei SUN; Qin JIN; Yan SUN; Xi CHEN

    2008-01-01

    Aim: To determine whether carbon monoxide (CO)-releasing molecules-liberated CO suppress inflammatory cytokine production and oxidative stress in the small intestine of burnt mice. Methods: Twenty-eight mice were assigned to 4 groups. The mice in the sham group (n=7) underwent sham thermal injury, whereas the mice in the burn group (n=7) received 15% total body surface area full-thickness thermal injury, the mice in the burn+CO-releasing molecules (CORM)-2 group (n=7) underwent the same injury with immedime administration of CORM-2 (8 mg/kg, iv), and the mice in the burn+inactivated CORM (iCORM)-2 group (n=7) under-went the same injury with immediate administration of iCORM-2. The levels of inflammatory cytokines in the tissue homogenates were measured by ELISA. The levels of malondialdehyde (MDA), nitric oxide (NO) and the expression of induc-ible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) in the small intestine were also assessed. In the in vitro experiment, Caco-2 cells were stimulated by experimental mouse sera (50%, v/v) for 4 h. Subsequently, the levels of interleukin (IL)-8 and NO in the superna-tams were assessed. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation in Caco-2 cells was also measured. Results: The treatment of burnt mice with CORM-2 signifi-cantly attenuated the levels of IL-1β, TNF-α, MDA, and NO in tissue homogenates. This was accompanied by a decrease of iNOS expression. In parallel, the levels of IL-8, NO, and intracellular ROS generation in the supernatants of Caco-2 stimu-lated by the CORM-2-treated burnt mouse sera was markedly decreased. Conclusion: CORM-released CO attenuates the production of inflammatory cytokines, prevents burn-induced ROS generation, and suppresses the oxidative stress in the small intestine of burnt mice by interfering with the protein expres-sion of iNOS.

  6. Bacillus subtilis FZB24 affects flower quantity and quality of saffron (Crocus sativus).

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    Sharaf-Eldin, Mahmoud; Elkholy, Shereen; Fernández, José-Antonio; Junge, Helmut; Cheetham, Ronald; Guardiola, José; Weathers, Pamela

    2008-08-01

    The effect of Bacillus subtilis FZB24 on saffron ( Crocus sativus L.) was studied using saffron corms from Spain and the powdered form of B. SUBTILIS FZB24(R). Corms were soaked in water or in B. subtilis FZB24 spore solution for 15 min before sowing. Some corms were further soil drenched with the spore solution 6, 10 or 14 weeks after sowing. Growth and saffron stigma chemical composition were measured. Compared to untreated controls, application of B. subtilis FZB24 significantly increased leaf length, flowers per corm, weight of the first flower stigma, total stigma biomass; microbe addition also significantly decreased the time required for corms to sprout and the number of shoot sprouts. Compared to the controls, picrocrocin, crocetin and safranal compounds were significantly increased when the plants were soil drenched with the spore solution 14 weeks after sowing; in contrast crocin was highest in untreated controls. Results of this study suggest that application of B. subtilis FZB24 may provide some benefit to saffron growers by speeding corm growth (earlier shoot emergence) and increasing stigma biomass yield by 12 %. While some treatment conditions also increased saffron chemical composition, these were generally not the same treatments that simultaneously improved growth yields and thus, more study is required.

  7. The effects of some organic fertilizers on nutrient contents in hybrid Gladiolus

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    Ferit Sönmez

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this research was to determine the effects of organic fertilizers on nutrient contents in leaves and corms of hybrid Gladiolus sp. used as a cut flower in landscape arrangement. This study was conducted in a randomized experimental design with three replications. Chicken manure, farmyard manure, peat and waste mushroom compost were used as organic fertilizers. As a result, while the highest mean contents of nitrogen (1.97%, iron (160 ppm and manganese (128 ppm in leaves were obtained in chicken manure application, the highest mean contents of potassium (2.01%, calcium (1.80% and magnesium (0.25 ppm were determined in waste mushroom compost application. The highest mean contents of phosphorus (0.30%, zinc (25.3 ppm and copper (9.29 ppm in leaves were found with peat, control and farmyard manure applications, respectively. The highest mean contents of phosphorus (0.83%, potassium (1.47%, calcium (0.57%, manganese (73 ppm and zinc (67.3 ppm in corms were obtained in farmyard manure applications. While the highest mean contents of nitrogen (4.86% and copper (20.9 ppm in corms were determined in chicken manure application, the highest mean contents of iron (17.6 ppm and magnesium (0.20 % in corms were obtained in peat and waste mushroom compost applications, respectively. Application of organic fertilizers increased macro and micro nutrient contents in leaves and corms of hybrid Gladiolus sp.

  8. Exogenous carbon monoxide inhibits neutrophil infiltration in LPS-induced sepsis by interfering with FPR1 via p38 MAPK but not GRK2

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    Wang, Xu; Qin, Weiting; Song, Mingming; Zhang, Yisen; Sun, Bingwei

    2016-01-01

    Excessive neutrophil infiltration in vital organs is life-threatening to patients who suffer from sepsis. We identified a critical role of exogenous carbon monoxide (CO) in the inhibition of neutrophil infiltration during lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced sepsis. CO delivered from carbon monoxide-releasing molecule 2 (CORM-2) dramatically increased the survival rate of C57BL/6 mice subjected to LPS in vivo. CORM-2 significantly suppressed neutrophil infiltration in liver and lung as well as markers of inflammatory responses. Affymetrix GeneChip array analysis revealed that the increased expression of chemoattractant receptor formyl peptide receptor 1 (FPR1) may contribute to the excessive neutrophil infiltration. The under agarose migration assay demonstrated that LPS stimulation promoted migration to the ligand of FPR1, N-Formyl-Met-Leu-Phe (fMLP) but that CORM-2 treatment inhibited this promotion. Further studies demonstrated that CORM-2 internalized FPR1 by inhibiting p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) but not G protein-coupled receptor kinase 2 (GRK2), which may explain the inhibitory effect of CORM-2 on LPS-stimulated neutrophils. In summary, our study demonstrates that exogenous CO inhibits sepsis-induced neutrophil infiltration by interfering with FPR1 via p38 MAPK but not GRK2. PMID:27144520

  9. 水溶性一氧化碳释放分子抑制供肾树突状细胞活化减轻移植后排斥反应%Water-soluble CO-releasing molecules inhibit activation of donor renal dendritic cells and suppress graft rejection

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    袁清; 洪善娟; 蔡明; 王毅; 张雷; 曾力; 朱有华

    2012-01-01

    目的 研究水溶性一氧化碳释放分子3 (CORM-3)减轻小鼠肾移植后排斥反应的作用及机制.方法 以C57BL/6J小鼠为供鼠,Balb/c小鼠为受鼠,采用随机数字表法将供、受鼠分为2组,制备小鼠肾移植模型.CORM-3组受鼠接受经CORM-3预处理的供肾,iCORM组受鼠接受经无CO活性的iCORM预处理的供肾.术后检测各组受鼠的血清肌酐(SCr)水平,观察各组移植肾组织的病理改变,记录各组移植肾存活时间.以C.FVB-Tg (Itgax-DTR/GFP) 57Lan/J小鼠为供鼠,Balb/c小鼠为受鼠,肾移植后24 h通过流式细胞仪检测移植肾内供鼠rDC的活化情况.结果 术后iCORM组和CORM-3组间移植肾中位存活时间分别为40.5和70 d(P<0.05);术后两组受鼠的SCr水平均进行性升高,但CORM-3组受鼠的SCr水平始终保持在较低的水平(P<0.05或P<0.01);与正常小鼠肾组织相比,术后第4周iCORM组受鼠的移植肾间质出现弥漫性单个核细胞浸润,中度肾小管炎症,以及部分肾小球硬化;CORM-3组移植肾组织单个核细胞浸润较iCORM组明显减轻,肾小球与肾小管形态基本正常.移植后24 h,iCORM组和CORM-3组移植肾内供鼠rDC表面均高表达CD80和CD86,表明rDC处于活化状态,而CORM-3组rDC表面CD80和CD86的表达较iCORM组明显减少(P<0.05).结论 CORM-3可显著减轻同种肾移植小鼠的排斥反应,改善移植肾功能,其机制可能是CORM-3抑制了移植后供鼠rDC的活化.%Objective To investigate the effect and underling mechanism of water-soluble CO-releasing molecules (CORM-3) on the alleviation of allograft rejection after mouse kidney transplantation.Methods A mice kidney transplantation model was established using C.FVB-Tg (Itgax-DTR/GFP)57Lan/J or C57BL/6J (H-2Kb) mice as donors,and Balb/c (H-2Kd) mice as recipients.After donor nephrectomy,kidney was preserved in UW solution which contained CORM-3 or iCORM (inactive CO-releasing molecules) for 24 h in 4℃.Recipient survival

  10. Effects of exogenous carbon monoxide on radiation-induced bystander effect in zebrafish embryos in vivo

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    Choi, V.W.Y.; Wong, M.Y.P. [Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong (Hong Kong); Cheng, S.H. [Department of Biology and Chemistry, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong (Hong Kong); State Key Laboratory in Marine Pollution, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong (Hong Kong); Yu, K.N., E-mail: appetery@cityu.edu.hk [Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong (Hong Kong); State Key Laboratory in Marine Pollution, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong (Hong Kong)

    2012-07-15

    In the present work, the influence of a low concentration of exogenous carbon monoxide (CO) liberated from tricarbonylchloro(glycinato)ruthenium (II) (CORM-3) on the radiation induced bystander effect (RIBE) in vivo between embryos of the zebrafish was studied. RIBE was assessed through the number of apoptotic signals revealed on embryos at 25 h post fertilization (hpf). A significant attenuation of apoptosis on the bystander embryos induced by RIBE in a CO concentration dependent manner was observed. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer RIBE between zebrafish embryos in vivo was assessed by the level of apoptosis. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer CO from 10 and 20 {mu}M CORM-3 entirely suppressed the RIBE. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer CO from 5 {mu}M CORM-3 significantly attenuated the level of apoptosis. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Inactive CORM-3 did not lead to suppression of RIBE. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Suppression of RIBE by CO depended on the concentration of CORM-3.

  11. 外源性一氧化碳释放分子3抑制肾脏固有树突状细胞活化的作用机制%Mechanism of exogenous carbon monoxide-releasing molecule 3 in inhibiting activation of renal dendritic cells

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    朱楠; 袁清; 王毅; 洪善娟; 张雷; 曾力; 蔡明; 朱有华

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the inhibitory effect of exogenous carhon monoxide-releasing molecule 3 (CORM-3) on activation of the renal dendritic cells (rDCs) and the underlining mechanism. Methods Kidneys harvested from C57BL/6J mice were made into single cell suspension. CD11c+ rDCs were then sorted by magnetic cell sorting (MACS) and the purity was assessed by flow cytometry. The rDCs were treated by CORM-3 or inactive CO-releasing molecule (iCORM) together with lipopolysaccharides (LPS). The expression of TLR4 gene was detected by quantitative real-time PCR. TNF-α protein levels in the rDCs culture were determined by ELISA. In addition, TLR4-/- (C3H/HeJ) or TLR4-/- (C3H/HeN) mice were subjected to 30 rain bilateral kidney ischemia and 24-h coid preservation. The rDCs were then isolated to detect the expression of TNF-a gene in cells by quantitative real-time PCR. Results CORM-3 significantly inhibited the expression of TI-R4 mNRA in immature rDCs in a dose-dependent manner (P < 0. 05). Compared with iCORM, CORM-3 significantly suppressed the expression of TNF-a in rDCs after LPS stimulation (P<0. 01); however, this inhibitory effect of CORM-3 was abrogated in TLR4 -/- mice. Conclusion CORM-3 can greatly inhibit TLR4 expression in immature rDCs, and it can also suppress proinflammatory cytokine expression induced by LPS stimulation or ischemia and cold preservation, but not in TLR4 knockout mice, suggesting that CORM-3 suppresses rDCs activation through TLR4 pathway.%目的 观察外源性一氧化碳释放分子3(carbon monoxide-releasing molecule 3,CORM-3)对肾固有树突状细胞(renal dendritic cells,rDCs)活化的影响,并探讨其可能的作用机制.方法 选取C57BL/6J(H-2kb)小鼠制备肾脏单细胞悬液,采用磁珠分选CD1lc+ rDCs,并用流式细胞术鉴定rDCs纯度.用CORM-3或无活性的CORM (inactive CO-releasing molecule,iCORM)处理新鲜肾脏分离的rDCs,实时定量RT-PCR检测TLR4基因表达,ELISA法检测rDCs培养液上

  12. Stabilizing Alginate Confinement and Polymer Coating of CO-Releasing Molecules Supported on Iron Oxide Nanoparticles To Trigger the CO Release by Magnetic Heating.

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    Meyer, Hajo; Winkler, Felix; Kunz, Peter; Schmidt, Annette M; Hamacher, Alexandra; Kassack, Matthias U; Janiak, Christoph

    2015-12-07

    Maghemite (Fe2O3) iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) were synthesized, modified with covalent surface-bound CO-releasing molecules of a tri(carbonyl)-chlorido-phenylalaninato-ruthenium(II) complex (CORM), and coated with a dextran polymer. The time- and temperature-dependent CO release from this CORM-3 analogue was followed by a myoglobin assay. A new measurement method for the myoglobin assay was developed, based on confining "water-soluble" polymer-coated Dextran500k@CORM@IONP particles in hollow spheres of nontoxic and easily prepared calcium alginate. Dropping a mixture of Dextran500k@CORM@IONP and sodium alginate into a CaCl2 solution leads to stable hollow spheres of Ca(2+) cross-linked alginate which contain the Dextran500k@CORM@IONP particles. This "alginate-method" (i) protects CORM-3 analogues from rapid CO-displacement reactions with a protein, (ii) enables a spatial separation of the CORM from its surrounding myoglobin assay with the alginate acting as a CO-permeable membrane, and (iii) allows the use of substances with high absorptivity (such as iron oxide nanoparticles) in the myoglobin assay without interference in the optical path of the UV cell. Embedding the CORM@IONP nanoparticles in the alginate vessel represents a compartmentation of the reactive component and allows for close contact with, yet facile separation from, the surrounding myoglobin assay. The half-life of the CO release from Dextran500k@CORM@IONP particles surrounded by alginate was determined to be 890 ± 70 min at 20 °C. An acceleration of the CO release occurs at higher temperature with a half-life of 172 ± 27 min at 37 °C and 45 ± 7 min at 50 °C. The CO release can be triggered in an alternating current magnetic field (31.7 kA m(-1), 247 kHz, 39.9 mT) through local magnetic heating of the susceptible iron oxide nanoparticles. With magnetic heating at 20 °C in the bulk solution, the half-life of CO release from Dextran500k@CORM@IONP particles decreased to 155 ± 18 min

  13. Sonogashira and "Click" reactions for the N-terminal and side-chain functionalization of peptides with [Mn(CO)3(tpm)]+-based CO releasing molecules (tpm = tris(pyrazolyl)methane).

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    Pfeiffer, Hendrik; Rojas, Alfonso; Niesel, Johanna; Schatzschneider, Ulrich

    2009-06-14

    A recently identified photoactivatable CO releasing molecule (CORM) based on [Mn(CO)(3)(tpm)](+) was conjugated to functionalized amino acids and model peptides using the Pd-catalyzed Sonogashira cross-coupling and the alkyne-azide 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition ("Click reaction"). Both were found to be fully compatible with all functional groups present. The CORM-peptide conjugates were isolated in reasonable yield and high purity, as indicated by IR spectroscopy, ESI mass spectrometry and RP-HPLC. The myoglobin assay was used to demonstrate that they have CO release properties identical those of the parent compound. This work thus opens the way for a targeted delivery of CORMs to cellular systems.

  14. Determining the most effective traits to improve saffron (Crocus sativus L.) yield.

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    Bayat, Mahdi; Rahimi, Mehdi; Ramezani, Mehdi

    2016-01-01

    To determine the effective traits to improve saffron yield, a split plot design based on RBCD was done in Mashhad region in Iran for three years (2012-2014). The results showed that all traits except number of daughter corm, fresh weight of daughter corm and dry leaf weight had low general heritability. Results of genotypic and phenotypic coefficients of variation and genetic advance demonstrated that the majority of traits had a low diversity and the selection did not have any effect in improving the traits. As a result, the best way to increase saffron yield is improvement of farm management. It was also found that saffron yield had the highest phenotypic and genotypic correlations with fresh and dry weight of daughter corm and dry and fresh flower weight. Therefore, the efforts to improve these traits will increase saffron yield. According to the present study 5-Jun to 5-Jul was found to be the best sowing date for planting saffron. Also, the Mashhad and Torbat ecotypes were the best ecotypes in this study. Phenotypic and genotypic path analysis showed that in the first step three traits number of daughter corm, fresh flower weight and flower number and in the second step traits fresh weight of daughter corm, dry flower weight and dry leaf weight interred to the regression model and had the highest positive direct and indirect effects on saffron yield. Mainly, it can be derived that the implementation of correct farm management including appropriate sowing date, saffron ecotypes, proper density, bigger and higher quality saffron corm can play an important role in improving yield components and subsequently increasing saffron yield.

  15. Carbon monoxide-releasing molecule-2 enhances coagulation in rabbit plasma and decreases bleeding time in clopidogrel/aspirin-treated rabbits.

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    Nielsen, Vance G; Chawla, Nikhil; Mangla, Dipty; Gomes, Sheldon B; Arkebauer, Matthew R; Wasko, Kimberly A; Sadacharam, Kesavan; Vosseller, Keith

    2011-12-01

    Administration of carbon monoxide derived from carbon monoxide-releasing molecules has been demonstrated to enhance coagulation in vitro at small concentrations (100-200 μmol/l) in human and rabbit plasma. We sought to determine if carbon monoxide-releasing molecule-2 [tricarbonyldichlororuthenium (II) dimer, CORM-2] would improve coagulation in rabbit plasma in vitro via thrombelastography and in an in vivo preclinical rabbit model of ear bleeding time following administration of clopidogrel (20 mg/kg) with aspirin (10 mg/kg) via gavage. Addition of 100 μmol/l CORM-2 to rabbit plasma significantly improved coagulation. This procoagulant effect was blocked by pre-exposure of plasma to an agent that converts hemefibrinogen to methemefibrinogen in human plasma, preventing carbon monoxide binding and enhancement of coagulation. Rabbit ear bleeding time was 5.8 ± 1.1 min 2-3 h after clopidogrel/aspirin administration. Bleeding time significantly decreased to 2.6 ± 0.6 min, 5 min after administration of CORM-2 (10 mg/kg; 279 μmol/l 'best-case' instantaneous concentration) intravenously. CORM-2 enhances plasmatic coagulation in a manner similar to that of human plasma in vitro, and plasmatic coagulation is enhanced in vivo by CORM-2 as well. Additional preclinical investigation of the effects of CORM-2 on coagulopathy (e.g. heparin or hemodilution mediated) utilizing this rabbit model is planned.

  16. ISSR Analysis of M_1 Generation of Gladiolus hybridus Hort Treated by EMS

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    2010-01-01

    Gladiolus hybridus Hort is one of famous cutting flowers,being famous of big size,bright color,various shapes and long bloom period.New species should be cultivated in order to meet consumers' needs.Mutagenic breeding is a shortcut to cultivate new species of flowers.In this study,corm bud of G.hybridus Hort was treated with different concentrations of EMS.Then M 1 generation was analyzed by ISSR.Results showed that EMS was a very effective mutagenic agent for the corm bud of G.hybridus Hort.With the increa...

  17. Carbon monoxide in biology and microbiology: surprising roles for the "Detroit perfume".

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    Davidge, Kelly S; Motterlini, Roberto; Mann, Brian E; Wilson, Jayne Louise; Poole, Robert K

    2009-01-01

    Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas with a reputation for being an anthropogenic poison; there is extensive documentation of the modes of human exposure, toxicokinetics, and health effects. However, CO is also generated endogenously by heme oxygenases (HOs) in mammals and microbes, and its extraordinary biological activities are now recognized and increasingly utilized in medicine and physiology. This review introduces recent advances in CO biology and chemistry and illustrates the exciting possibilities that exist for a deeper understanding of its biological consequences. However, the microbiological literature is scant and is currently restricted to: 1) CO-metabolizing bacteria, CO oxidation by CO dehydrogenase (CODH) and the CO-sensing mechanisms that enable CO oxidation; 2) the use of CO as a heme ligand in microbial biochemistry; and 3) very limited information on how microbes respond to CO toxicity. We demonstrate how our horizons in CO biology have been extended by intense research activity in recent years in mammalian and human physiology and biochemistry. CO is one of several "new" small gas molecules that are increasingly recognized for their profound and often beneficial biological activities, the others being nitric oxide (NO) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S). The chemistry of CO and other heme ligands (oxygen, NO, H2S and cyanide) and the implications for biological interactions are briefly presented. An important advance in recent years has been the development of CO-releasing molecules (CO-RMs) for aiding experimental administration of CO as an alternative to the use of CO gas. The chemical principles of CO-RM design and mechanisms of CO release from CO-RMs (dissociation, association, reduction and oxidation, photolysis, and acidification) are reviewed and we present a survey of the most commonly used CO-RMs. Amongst the most important new applications of CO in mammalian physiology and medicine are its vasoactive properties and the

  18. Somatic Embryogenesis in Crocus sativus L.

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    Sevindik, Basar; Mendi, Yesim Yalcin

    2016-01-01

    Saffron (Crocus sativus L.) is one of the most important species in Crocus genus because of its effective usage. It is not only a very expensive spice, but it has also a big ornamental plant potential. Crocus species are propagated by corm and seed, and male sterility is the most important problem of this species. Hence, somatic embryogenesis can be regarded as a strategic tool for the multiplication of saffron plants. In this chapter, the production of saffron corms via somatic embryogenesis is described.

  19. [Preparation of red mud loaded Co catalysts: optimization using response surface methodology (RSM) and activity evaluation].

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    Li, Hua-Nan; Xu, Bing-Bing; Qi, Fei; Sun, De-Zhi

    2013-11-01

    The removal efficiency of catalytic ozonation of bezafibrate (BZF) by red mud loaded Co catalysts (Co/RM) was used as the index value in statistical experimental designs. The most important factors influencing BZF degradation (P red mud, enhanced the catalytic activity. Moreover, the dissolved metal concentration in the solution for catalytic ozonation of BZF degradation by RM or Co/RM was determined by ICP-OES. The results showed that for both catalysts there was no leaching of catalytic active components into the solution, which could suggest that the two catalysts were safe and could have certain application prospect.

  20. Uncoupling charge movement from channel opening in voltage-gated potassium channels by ruthenium complexes.

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    Jara-Oseguera, Andrés; Ishida, Itzel G; Rangel-Yescas, Gisela E; Espinosa-Jalapa, Noel; Pérez-Guzmán, José A; Elías-Viñas, David; Le Lagadec, Ronan; Rosenbaum, Tamara; Islas, León D

    2011-05-06

    The Kv2.1 channel generates a delayed-rectifier current in neurons and is responsible for modulation of neuronal spike frequency and membrane repolarization in pancreatic β-cells and cardiomyocytes. As with other tetrameric voltage-activated K(+)-channels, it has been proposed that each of the four Kv2.1 voltage-sensing domains activates independently upon depolarization, leading to a final concerted transition that causes channel opening. The mechanism by which voltage-sensor activation is coupled to the gating of the pore is still not understood. Here we show that the carbon-monoxide releasing molecule 2 (CORM-2) is an allosteric inhibitor of the Kv2.1 channel and that its inhibitory properties derive from the CORM-2 ability to largely reduce the voltage dependence of the opening transition, uncoupling voltage-sensor activation from the concerted opening transition. We additionally demonstrate that CORM-2 modulates Shaker K(+)-channels in a similar manner. Our data suggest that the mechanism of inhibition by CORM-2 may be common to voltage-activated channels and that this compound should be a useful tool for understanding the mechanisms of electromechanical coupling.

  1. STUDIES CONCERNING THE EFFECT OF GAMMA RADIATION AND MAGNETIC FIELD EXPOSURE ON GLADIOLUS

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    M CANTOR

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available Gladiolus (Gladiolus sp. is one of the most floral species cultivated over in the world and in Romania. There are many studies concerning the effect of gamma radiation on ornamental plants but little is known about the synergetic effect of gamma radiation and exposure to magnetic fields on Gladiolus. In our investigation we have tested the effect of gamma irradiation and magnetic field exposure of gladiolus corms and cormels of the cultivars: Her Majesty, Applause and Speranţa. The corms and cormels were irradiated for 72 hrs with 137 Cs gamma source on cylindrical exposure geometry. At medium dose of 1 Gy has been accumulated for each corm and cormel. For each variety we used 10 corms and 30 cormels in five variants. The comportment of various varieties was evaluated by recording the following characteristics: length of roots and growth tip. Significant effect was obtained at the variants which was irradiated with 1 Gy gamma radiation and 3 Gauss magnetic fields.

  2. Gladiolus development in response to bulb treatment with different concentrations of humic acids

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    Marihus Altoé Baldotto

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Gladiolus is an ornamental species produced for cut flowers and propagated by corms. The early flowering and increase in the number of flower buds, besides the production of commercial corms are constant challenges to be addressed in the crop improvement. Commercial production of ornamentals is technologically accelerated by means of growth regulators. Among them, the auxins stand out for their key role in the adventitious rooting and cell elongation. Alternatively, the humic substances present in the organic matter also have biostimulating effect, which is very similar to the auxinic effect. Therefore, this work aimed to study the growth and development of gladiolus in response to application of different concentrations of humic acids (HA isolated from vermicompost. Corms were soaked for 24 hours in solutions containing 0, 10, 20, 30 and 40 mmol L-1 of C from HA. The corms were planted in 10-dm³ plastic bags filled with substrate and kept in a greenhouse. Growth of shoots and roots was evaluated. The results showed that the use of HA accelerates growth, and anticipates and increases flowering of Gladiolus.

  3. Isoetaceae

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    Alston, A.H.G.

    1959-01-01

    Herbaceous, perennial, submerged aquatics or marsh plants, usually with annual grass-like leaves arising in a tuft from a lobed, flattened, corm-like stock. Stock divided into stem and rhizophore, 2—4-lobed, with black dichotomous roots arising from the furrows between two lobes. Roots monarch, with

  4. Biologie en bestrijding van Urocystis gladiolicola Ainsw. op gladiolen

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    Schenk, P.K.

    1961-01-01

    Symptoms, method of infection, course of the disease, influence of environment and the control of smut in Gladiolus were described. In the first year (S1) spores adhering to scales of corms and cormels or present in the soil caused infection, generally without conspicuous symptoms. The optimum soil

  5. DoD Infrastructure: Why It Is & What Does It Cost

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    support decision makers. 46 LMI Comparison of CORM Example to PA&E Infrastructure Categories Roles and Missions Example PA&E Categories 1 echnology ...On-line BQ registration & check in/out »Replace cash counting, manual head counts at galleys » Replaces weapons cards »Automates mobilization

  6. Ngoupaye et al., Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med. (2014) 11(1 ...

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    The aim of this study was to assess the effect of the aqueous extract from the corm of Gladiolus dalenii ... Plant Material and Preparation of Extracts ... mg/kg, Sigma, St. Louis, USA ), caffeine (CAF, 7.5 mg/kg, Sigma, St.Louis, USA ), diazepam ...

  7. Saffron: Its Phytochemistry, Developmental Processes, and Biotechnological Prospects.

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    Ahrazem, Oussama; Rubio-Moraga, Angela; Nebauer, Sergio G; Molina, Rosa Victoria; Gómez-Gómez, Lourdes

    2015-10-14

    The present state of knowledge concerning developmental processes and the secondary metabolism of saffron, Crocus sativus L. (Iridaceae), along with the genes involved in these processes so far known, is reviewed. Flowers and corms constitute the most valuable parts of saffron. Corm and flower development are two key aspects to be studied in saffron to increase the yield and quality of the spice, to raise its reproductive rate, and to implement new production systems. Important knowledge about the physiology of flowering and vegetative growth has been acquired in recent years, but there is still only limited information on molecular mechanisms controlling these processes. Although some genes involved in flower formation and meristem transition in other species have been isolated in saffron, the role of these genes in this species awaits further progress. Also, genes related with the synthesis pathway of abscisic acid and strigolactones, growth regulators related with bud endodormancy and apical dominance (paradormancy), have been isolated. However, the in-depth understanding of these processes as well as of corm development is far from being achieved. By contrast, saffron phytochemicals have been widely studied. The different flower tissues and the corm have been proved to be an important source of phytochemicals with pharmacological properties. The biotechnological prospects for saffron are here reviewed on the basis of the discovery of the enzymes involved in key aspects of saffron secondary metabolism, and we also analyze the possibility of transferring current knowledge about flowering and vegetative propagation in model species to the Crocus genus.

  8. Preconditioning of Carbon Monoxide Releasing Molecule-derived CO Attenuates LPS-induced Activation of HUVEC

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    Bingwei Sun, Xiangqian Zou, Yueling Chen, Ping Zhang, Gengsheng Shi

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    Full Text Available Objective: To investigate the effects and potential mechanisms of preconditioning of tricarbonyldichlororuthenium (III dimer (CORM-2-liberated CO on LPS-induced activation of endothelial cells (HUVEC. Methods: HUVEC were pretreated with CORM-2 at the concentration of 50 or 100μM for 2 hrs, washed and stimulated with LPS (10μg/ml for additional 4 hrs. Activation (oxidative stress of HUVEC was assessed by measuring intracellular oxidation of DHR 123 or nitration of DAF-FM, specific H2O2 and NO fluorochromes, respectively. The expression of HO-1, iNOS (Western blot and ICAM-1 (cell ELISA proteins and activation of inflammation-relevant transcription factor, NF-κB (EMSA were assessed. In addition, PMN adhesion to HUVEC was also assessed. Results: The obtained data indicate that pretreatment of HUVEC with CORM-2 results in: 1 decrease of LPS-induced production of ROS and NO; 2 up-regulation of HO-1 but decrease in iNOS at the protein levels; 3 inhibition of LPS-induced activation of NF-κB; and 4 downregulation of expression of ICAM-1, and this was accompanied by a decrease of PMN adhesion to LPS-stimulated HUVEC. Conclusions: Preconditioning of CO liberated by CORM-2 elicited its anti-inflammatory effects by interfering with the induction of intracellular oxidative stress. In addition, it also supports the notion that CO is a potent inhibitor of iNOS and NF-κB.

  9. Application of bioregulators for banana cv. Williams macro-propagation under thermal chamber.

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    Galo Cedeño-García

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this research was to evaluate the prolific response of corms of banana cv. Williams to the application of 6-Benzylaminopurine (6-BAP and a biostimulant based on algae extract, under thermal chamber conditions. The trial was carried out from November 2013 to April 2014 at “La Teodomira” experimental farm of the Technical University of Manabí in Ecuador. The treatments were 6-benzylaminopurine (6-BAP at concentrations of 0, 20, 40, and 80 mg/l, and a biostimulant based on algae extract at doses of 0, 20, 40, and 80 ml/corm. Benzylaminopurine was applied in the corm and the biostimulant was applied in drench. The design used was a randomized complete block with A x B factorial treatment where 6-BAP and the biostimulant were the factors; the treatments were replicated four times, for a total of 64 experimental units. Significant differences (p≤0.0001 were detected for 6-BAP factor where the higher multiplication rate was obtained at the concentration of 40 mg/l with 47.28 plantlets/corm. There were no significant differences (p≥0.9167 neither for the biostimulant nor for the 6-BAP x biostimulant interaction (p≥0.3789. Callus tissue formation was evident from first generation (R1 sprouts. At the concentration of 80 mg/l of 6-BAP, the presence of abnormal plantlets, especially coming from callus tissue, was observed.

  10. Alliaceae

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    Buijsen, J.R.M.

    1993-01-01

    Perennial herbs with bulbs, bulb-like corms or rhizomes. Leaves simple, basally concentrated, spirally set or distichous. Inflorescence usually umbellate and with 1, 2 or more membranous spathes. Flowers generally bisexual, actinomorphic or sometimes zygomorphic. Tepals in 2 whorls, free or often co

  11. Developmental and stress regulation of gene expression for a 9-cis-epoxycarotenoid dioxygenase, CstNCED, isolated from Crocus sativus stigmas.

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    Ahrazem, Oussama; Rubio-Moraga, Angela; Trapero, Almudena; Gómez-Gómez, Lourdes

    2012-01-01

    Oxidative cleavage of cis-epoxycarotenoids by 9-cis-epoxycarotenoid dioxygenase (NCED) is the critical step in the regulation of abscisic acid (ABA) synthesis in higher plants. ABA has been associated with dormancy and flower senescence, while also regulating plant adaptive responses to various environmental stresses. An NCED gene, CstNCED, was cloned from Crocus sativus stigmas. The deduced amino acid sequence of the CstNCED protein shared high identity with other monocot NCEDs, and was closely related to the liliopsida enzymes. At the N-terminus of CstNCED a chloroplast transit peptide sequence is located. However, its expression in chloroplast-free tissues suggested localization in other plastid types. The relationship between expression of CstNCED and the endogenous ABA level was investigated in the stigma and corms, where it was developmentally regulated. The senescence of the unpollinated stigma is preceded by an increase in ABA levels and CstNCED expression. In corms, a correlation was observed between CstNCED expression and dormancy. Furthermore, CstNCED expression was correlated with the presence of zeaxanthin in the dormant corms. When detached C. sativus leaves and stigmas were water and salt stressed, increases in CstNCED mRNA were observed. The results provided evidence of the involvement of CstNCED in the regulation of ABA-associated processes such as flower senescence and corm dormancy in monocotyledonous saffron.

  12. Distribution, timing of attack, and oviposition of the banana weevil, Cosmopolites sordidus, on banana crop residues in Uganda

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    Masanza, M.; Gold, C.S.; Huis, van A.

    2005-01-01

    Crop sanitation (removal and chopping of residue corms and pseudostems following plant harvest) has been recommended as a 'best bet' means of reducing banana weevil, Cosmopolites sordidus (Germar) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), populations. However, it has been unclear when such practices should be ca

  13. Carbon monoxide gas is not inert, but global, in its consequences for bacterial gene expression, iron acquisition and antibiotic resistance

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    Wareham, L.K.; Begg, R.; Jesse, H.E.; van Beilen, J.W.A.; Ali, S.; Svistunenko, D.; McLean, S.; Hellingwerf, K.J.; Sanguinetti, G.; Poole, R.K.

    2016-01-01

    Carbon monoxide is a respiratory poison and gaseous signaling molecule. Although CO-releasing molecules (CORMs) deliver CO with temporal and spatial specificity in mammals, and are proven antimicrobial agents, we do not understand the modes of CO toxicity. Our aim was to explore the impact of CO gas

  14. East African highland bananas (Musa spp. AAA-EA) 'worry' more about potassium deficiency than drought stress

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    Taulya, G.

    2013-01-01

    Drought stress, potassium (K) and nitrogen (N) deficiencies are major constraints to rain-fed East African highland banana (EAHB) production in Uganda. It was hypothesised that the reduction in fresh bunch mass and increase in dry matter (DM) allocation to corms with drought stress, K and N deficien

  15. Comparison of Morphology and Physicochemical Properties of Starch Among 3 Arrowhead Varieties.

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    Li, Aimin; Zhang, Yunhong; Zhang, Yongji; Yu, Xurun; Xiong, Fei; Zhou, Rumei; Zhang, Yongtai

    2016-05-01

    Arrowhead (Sagittaria trifolia var. sinensis) is a source of starch worldwide, but arrowhead starch has been rarely studied. In this work, starch was separated from arrowhead corm. The morphology and physicochemical properties of starch were then investigated and compared among 3 different arrowhead varieties (Purple-corm, Hongta, and Japanese). Results showed that starches from the 3 varieties similarly featured an oval shape containing a visible polarization cross, a CA -type crystalline structure, and an ordered structure in the external granule region. However, starch content, granule size, crystal characteristics, and pasting properties differed among the 3 varieties. Japanese arrowhead exhibited the highest starch content and degree of ordered structure in the external granule region, as well as onset, peak, and final gelatinization temperature. Purple-corm arrowhead starch demonstrated the highest amylose content and relative degree of crystallinity, smallest granule size, and lowest swelling power and solubility. Purple-corm arrowhead starch also showed the highest gelatinization enthalpy, as well as peak, trough, final, and setback viscosities. This starch further presented the lowest breakdown viscosity and degree of hydrolysis by HCl and porcine pancreatic α-amylase. These findings can provide useful references for arrowhead variety selection in food and nonfood industries. © 2016 Institute of Food Technologists®

  16. A novel strategy for antimicrobial agent: role of exogenous carbon monoxide on suppressing Escherichia coli vitality and toxicity.

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    Qiu, Xuefeng; Shen, Weichang; Wang, Xu; Qin, Weiting; Sun, Bingwei

    2015-01-01

    Sepsis is a severe systemic inflammatory response mostly caused by gram-negative bacterial infections. The rates of mortality in sepsis patients remain high. To date little is known about whether exogenous carbon monoxide can directly or indirectly inhibit or even kill gram negative bacteria. In our study, wedemonstrate a critical role of CO-releasing molecules in the suppressive effects on bacterial vitality and toxicity. We found the bacterial growth and colony forming were markedly suppressed in the presence of CORM-2 with significant cell damage, decreased or disappeared pili and flagella. In contrast, qRT-PCR showed the expression of fliA was downregulated, while dnaKandwaaQ were upregulated in E. coli+CORM-2. Subsequent in vivo experiments showed the mouse survival in the CORM-2 intervened-E.coli injectiontended to improve with 60%-100% survival rates, and colony distribution in major organs were significantly decreased with attenuated histological damage. In parallel, cytokine levels and myeloperoxidase accumulation in livers and lungs decreased significantly compared with E. coli group.These data provide the first evidence and a potential strategy that exogenous carbon monoxide can significantly suppress bacterial vitality and toxicity. This may be associated with the regulatory functions of CORM-2 on the expression of essential genes (fliA, dnaKand waaQ) in E. coli.

  17. An efficient method in breaking of dormancy from B unium persicum (Boiss Fedtsch seeds: a valuable herb of Middle East and Central Asia

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    Yousef Emamipoor

    2014-08-01

    Conclusions: The effect of plant growth regulators coupled with chilling temperature on breaking of seed dormancy could provide a large number of seedlings while the long juvenile time which is the next restricting factor of plantation still remained. Thus, the subsequent growth of seedlings to provide a large number of corms is necessary for successful plantation.

  18. Carbon Monoxide (CO) Is a Novel Inhibitor of Connexin Hemichannels*

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    León-Paravic, Carmen G.; Figueroa, Vania A.; Guzmán, Diego J.; Valderrama, Carlos F.; Vallejos, Antonio A.; Fiori, Mariana C.; Altenberg, Guillermo A.; Reuss, Luis; Retamal, Mauricio A.

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    Hemichannels (HCs) are hexamers of connexins that can form gap-junction channels at points of cell contacts or “free HCs” at non-contacting regions. HCs are involved in paracrine and autocrine cell signaling, and under pathological conditions may induce and/or accelerate cell death. Therefore, studies of HC regulation are of great significance. Nitric oxide affects the activity of Cx43 and Cx46 HCs, whereas carbon monoxide (CO), another gaseous transmitter, modulates the activity of several ion channels, but its effect on HCs has not been explored. We studied the effect of CO donors (CORMs) on Cx46 HCs expressed in Xenopus laevis oocytes using two-electrode voltage clamp and on Cx43 and Cx46 expressed in HeLa cells using a dye-uptake technique. CORM-2 inhibited Cx46 HC currents in a concentration-dependent manner. The C-terminal domain and intracellular Cys were not necessary for the inhibition. The effect of CORM-2 was not prevented by guanylyl-cyclase, protein kinase G, or thioredoxin inhibitors, and was not due to endocytosis of HCs. However, the effect of CORM-2 was reversed by reducing agents that act extracellularly. Additionally, CO inhibited dye uptake of HeLa cells expressing Cx43 or Cx46, and MCF-7 cells, which endogenously express Cx43 and Cx46. Because CORM-2 carbonylates Cx46 in vitro and induces conformational changes, a direct effect of that CO on Cx46 is possible. The inhibition of HCs could help to understand some of the biological actions of CO in physiological and pathological conditions. PMID:25384983

  19. MACROPROPAGATION OF PLANTAIN (MUSA SPP. CULTIVARS PITA 3, FHIA 21, ORISHELE AND CORNE 1: EFFECT OF BENZYLAMINOPURINE (BAP CONCENTRATION

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    Deless Edmond Fulgence THIEMELE

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    Full Text Available In Africa, plantain is one of the most important starchy food and cash crops. Nonetheless, one of the major constraints for its production was the unavailability of healthy planting materials at planting time. This constraint could be lifted using the cloning of planting materials via the in vitro micropropagation or in vivo macropropagation techniques. Shelled corms from four cultivars, known as PITA 3, FHIA 21, ORISHELE and CORNE 1, were used. Three treatments differing in three hormonal concentrations, especially 20.0, 30.0 and 40.0 mg L-1 were tested. The control one was hormone free. Tested treatments were laid out in a split plot design. The decorticated banana corms were sprayed twofold at 2 weeks interval with BAP solution when placed in sterilized soil in high humidity plastic tunnel. It emerged from results, regarding BAP concentration effect, that BAP treatment with 40 mg L-1 significantly reduced the emergence time of shoots at 20 days as against 25.1, 28.3 and 28.5 for the 2 tested other treatments as well as control, respectively. Likewise, the concentrations 40.0 mg L-1 both recorded the largest number of sprouted buds per corm and number of shoots per corm. With respect to banana cultivar effect, PITA 3 showed the largest number of shoots per corm. Basing on such findings, it is concluded that MSD technique combined with BAP at 40.0 mg L-1 is a suitable technique for improving of the in vivo macropropagation of plantain. This concentration increased at least 50 % of sucker production compared to control.

  20. Carbon liberated from CO-releasing molecules attenuates leukocyte infiltration in the small intestine of thermally injured mice

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    AIM: To determine whether Carbon (CO) liberated from CO-releasing molecules attenuates leukocyte infiltration in the small intestine of thermally injured mice.METHODS: Thirty-six mice were assigned to four groups.Mice in the sham group (n = 9) were underwent to sham thermal injury; mice in the burn group (n = 9)received 15% total body surface area full-thickness thermal injury; mice in the burn + CORM-2 group (n = 9) were underwent to the same thermal injury with immediate administration of tricarbonyldichlororut henium (Ⅱ) dimer CORM-2 (8 mg/kg, i.v.); and mice in the burn+DMSO group (n = 9) were underwent to the same thermal injury with immediate administration of 160 μL bolus injection of 0.5% DMSO/saline. Histological alterations and granulocyte infiltration of the small intestine were assessed. Polymorphonuclear neutrophil (PMN) accumulation (myeloperoxidase assay) was assessed in mice mid-ileum. Activation of nuclear factor (NF)-κB, expression levels of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) and inducible heme oxygenase in mid-ileum were assessed.RESULTS: Treatment of thermally injured mice with CORM-2 attenuated PMN accumulation and prevented activation of NF-κB in the small intestine. This was accompanied by a decrease in the expression of ICAM-1.In parallel, burn-induced granulocyte infiltration in midileum was markedly decreased in the burn mice treated with CORM-2.CONCLUSION: CORM-released CO attenuates leukocyte infiltration in the small intestine of thermally injured mice by interfering with NF-κB activation and protein expression of ICAM-1, and therefore suppressing the pro-adhesive phenotype of endothelial cells.

  1. Caracterização agronômica da produção de rizomas de clones de taro Characterization of yield factors in taro clones

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    Francisco Hevilásio F. Pereira

    2003-03-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se caracterizar agronomicamente 36 acessos (clones de taro pertencentes ao Banco de Germoplasma de Hortaliças da UFV quanto às características relativas à produção de rizomas. O experimento foi conduzido na horta de pesquisas da UFV, de 19/09/2000 a 13/07/2001. Foi utilizado o delineamento de blocos casualizados, com 36 tratamentos (clones e cinco repetições. A parcela foi composta de quatro fileiras, com quatro metros de comprimento, com as plantas espaçadas de 1,0 x 0,5 m. As características avaliadas foram peso médio de rizomas comerciáveis; número de rizomas comerciáveis por planta; produtividade de rizomas comerciáveis e total; razão de formato (diâmetro longitudinal/diâmetro transversal de rizomas comerciáveis; produtividade de rizomas em classes (com base no diâmetro transversal filho grande (>47 mm, filho médio (40-47 mm, filho pequeno (33-40 mm e refugo (Clones of taro, from the Germoplasm Bank of the Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil, were agronomically characterized. The experiment was carried out from 19/09/2000 to 13/07/2001, in a randomized complete block design, with 36 treatments (clones and five replicates. The experimental unit was comprised of four rows spaced 1.0 m apart, with four meters in length. The distance between plants in the row was 0.5 m. We evaluated the average commercial rhizome weight; number of commercial rhizomes/plant; total and commercial rhizome yield; format ratio (longitudinal/transversal diameter of the commercial production, and rhizomes classification according to the transversal diameter (large offspring >47 mm; medium offspring = 40-47 mm; small offspring = 33-40 mm; and discard < 33 mm. Clones BGH 5916, BGH 6137, and BGH 6298 presented good rhizome shape (ratio between 1.1 and 1.7 and higher values of mean corm fresh commercial weight, commercial and total yields. These clones did not differ from BGH 5925 (Japanese, presenting significantly higher values than BGH

  2. Blockade of P2X4 Receptors Inhibits Neuropathic Pain-Related Behavior by Preventing MMP-9 Activation and, Consequently, Pronociceptive Interleukin Release in a Rat Model

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    Jurga, Agnieszka M.; Piotrowska, Anna; Makuch, Wioletta; Przewlocka, Barbara; Mika, Joanna

    2017-01-01

    Neuropathic pain is still an extremely important problem in today’s medicine because opioids, which are commonly used to reduce pain, have limited efficacy in this type of pathology. Therefore, complementary therapy is needed. Our experiments were performed in rats to evaluate the contribution of the purinergic system, especially P2X4 receptor (P2X4R), in the modulation of glia activation and, consequently, the levels of nociceptive interleukins after chronic constriction injury (CCI) of the right sciatic nerve, a rat model of neuropathic pain. Moreover, we studied how intrathecal (ith.) injection of a P2X4R antagonist Tricarbonyldichlororuthenium (II) dimer (CORM-2) modulates nociceptive transmission and opioid effectiveness in the CCI model. Our results demonstrate that repeated ith. administration of CORM-2 once daily (20 μg/5 μl, 16 and 1 h before CCI and then daily) for eight consecutive days significantly reduced pain-related behavior and activation of both spinal microglia and/or astroglia induced by CCI. Moreover, even a single administration of CORM-2 on day 7 after CCI attenuated mechanical and thermal hypersensitivity as efficiently as morphine and buprenorphine. In addition, using Western blot, we have shown that repeated ith. administration of CORM-2 lowers the CCI-elevated level of MMP-9 and pronociceptive interleukins (IL-1β, IL-18, IL-6) in the dorsal L4-L6 spinal cord and/or DRG. Furthermore, in parallel, CORM-2 upregulates spinal IL-1Ra; however, it does not influence other antinociceptive factors, IL-10 and IL-18BP. Additionally, based on our biochemical results, we hypothesize that p38MAPK, ERK1/2 and PI3K/Akt but not the NLRP3/Caspase-1 pathway are partly involved in the CORM-2 analgesic effects in rat neuropathic pain. Our data provide new evidence that P2X4R may indeed play a significant role in neuropathic pain development by modulating neuroimmune interactions in the spinal cord and DRG, suggesting that its blockade may have potential

  3. RAPD Analysis of M1 Generation of Gladiolus hybridus Hort Treated by EMS

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    WANG Jingang; GUO Ying; CHE Daidi; LIU Shenkui; YANG Chuanpin

    2009-01-01

    Gladiolus hybridus Hort is one of the world's famous cutting flowers. It is very popular because of the big size, bright color, various shape, and long period of bloom. New species should be cultivated in order to meet the consumers' need of asking for the new. Among the technologies of cultivating new species of flowers, mutagenic breeding is a shortcut. This study treated corm bud of G. hybridus Hort with EMS of different consistency. Then M1 after treated was analyzed by RAPD. The result showed that EMS was a very effective mutagenic agent for the corm bud of G. hybridus Hort. With the increase of consistency, the mutagenic range increased first, then decreased, among which 0.6% EMS treatment had the biggest influence. However, with the same EMS consistency, there was not close relevancy between the amount of mutagenic agent and the divergence of plant's genomes, which offered a molecular basis for selecting plants with good mutation.

  4. Antioxidant activites of Xanthosoma sagittifolium Schott using various in vitro assay models

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    Antony Nishanthini; Veerabahu Ramasamy Mohan

    2012-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the total phenolic, flavonoid contents and in vitro antioxidant activity of methanol extract of Xanthosoma sagittifolium corm. Methods: Total phenolic content was estimated using the Folin Ciocalteu method. The flavonoid content was determined using aluminium chloride. In vitro antioxidant activities were evaluated by studying DPPH radical scavenging activity, hydroxyl radical scavenging activity, superoxide radical scavenging activity, ABTS radical cation scavenging activity and reducing power capacity were determined using standard procedure. Results:Xanthosoma sagittifolium corm exhibited 0.32g100g-1 total phenolic; 0.26g100g-1 flavonoid and better scavenging activity of DPPH (78.22±0.56%), hydroxyl radical (69.11±0.21%), superoxide radical (83.27±0.08%) and ABTS radical cations(76.11±0.07%).Conclusions: The present studies confirm the methanol extracts have potential in vitro antioxidant activity.

  5. Pretreatment of Mouse Neural Stem Cells with Carbon Monoxide-Releasing Molecule-2 Interferes with NF-κB p65 Signaling and Suppresses Iron Overload-Induced Apoptosis.

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    Xie, Zhengxing; Han, Ping; Cui, Zhenwen; Wang, Baofeng; Zhong, Zhihong; Sun, Yuhao; Yang, Guoyuan; Sun, Qingfang; Bian, Liuguan

    2016-11-01

    Neural stem cell (NSC) transplantation is a promising approach to repair the damaged brain after hemorrhagic stroke; however, it is largely limited by the poor survival of donor cells. Breakdown products of the hematoma and subsequent iron overload contribute to the impairment of survival of neural cells. There is little information regarding the mechanism involved in the death of grafted cells. Furthermore, therapeutic research targeted to improving the survival of grafted neural stem cells (NSCs) is strikingly lacking. Here, we showed that iron overload induced apoptosis of C17.2 cells, a cell line originally cloned from mouse NSCs and immortalized by v-myc. Pretreatment with carbon monoxide-releasing molecule-2 (CORM-2) markedly protected C17.2 cells against iron overload in a dose-dependent manner. Moreover, CORM-2 interfered with NF-κB signaling, including inhibition of nuclear translocation and down-regulation of NF-κB p65. TUNEL staining showed that preconditioning C17.2 cells with CORM-2 enhanced their resistance to apoptosis induced by iron overload, which was concomitant with down-regulation of the pro-apoptotic proteins (Bax and cleaved caspase-3) and up-regulation of the anti-apoptotic protein Bcl2. The protective effect of CORM-2 could be simulated by BAY11-7082, a special inhibitor of NF-κB p65. These results provide a novel and effective strategy to enhance the survival of NSCs after transplantation and, therefore, their efficacy in repairing brain injury due to hemorrhagic stroke.

  6. Cloning and evaluation of reference genes for quantitative real-time PCR analysis in Amorphophallus

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    Kai Wang; Yi Niu; Qijun Wang; Haili Liu; Yi Jin; Shenglin Zhang

    2017-01-01

    Quantitative real-time reverse transcription PCR (RT-qPCR) has been widely used in the detection and quantification of gene expression levels because of its high accuracy, sensitivity, and reproducibility as well as its large dynamic range. However, the reliability and accuracy of RT-qPCR depends on accurate transcript normalization using stably expressed reference genes. Amorphophallus is a perennial plant with a high content of konjac glucomannan (KGM) in its corm. This crop has been used a...

  7. Development of microsatellite markers by transcriptome sequencing in two species of Amorphophallus (Araceae)

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    Zheng, Xingfei; Pan, Cheng; Diao, Ying; You, Yongning; Yang, Chaozhu; Hu, Zhongli

    2013-01-01

    Background Amorphophallus is a genus of perennial plants widely distributed in the tropics or subtropics of West Africa and South Asia. Its corms contain a high level of water-soluble glucomannan; therefore, it has long been used as a medicinal herb and food source. Genetic studies of Amorphophallus have been hindered by a lack of genetic markers. A large number of molecular markers are required for genetic diversity study and improving disease resistance in Amorphophallus. Here, we report la...

  8. Antidepressant properties of bioactive fractions from the extract of Crocus sativus L.

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    Wang, Yang; Han, Ting; Zhu, Yu; Zheng, Cheng-Jian; Ming, Qian-Liang; Rahman, Khalid; Qin, Lu-Ping

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the antidepressant properties of stigmas and corms of Crocus sativus L. The aqueous ethanol extract of C. sativus corms was fractionated on the basis of polarity. Among the different fractions, the petroleum ether fraction and dichloromethane fraction at doses of 150, 300, and 600 mg/kg showed significant antidepressant-like activities in dose-dependent manners, by means of behavioral models of depression. The immobility time in the forced swimming test and tail suspending test was significantly reduced by the two fractions, without accompanying changes in ambulation when assessed in the open-field test. By means of a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry technique, twelve compounds of the petroleum ether fraction were identified. These data show that administration of C. sativus corms extract produces antidepressant-like effects. Aqueous stigmas extract also exerted antidepressive effects in the behavioral models. Crocin 1 and crocin 2 of the aqueous stigmas extract were identified by a reversed-phase HPLC analysis. In addition, the bioactive compound crocin 1 in this herb was quantitatively determined. The data indicate that antidepressant-like properties of aqueous stigma extracts may be due to crocin 1, giving support to the validity of the use of this plant in traditional medicine. All these results suggest that the low polarity parts of C. sativus corms should be considered as a new plant material for curing depression, which merit further studies regarding antidepressive-like activities of chemical compounds isolated from the two fractions and mechanism of action.

  9. COMPARATIVE STUDY OF POLLEN AND PISTIL IN CROCUS SATIVUS L. (IRIDACEAE) AND ALLIED SPECIES

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    P. LAURETTI; D. DI SOMMA; M. GRILLI CAIOLA

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    Crocus sativus L. is mainly known for the production of the drug saffron. Because of its sterility, it is propagated vegetatively by means of corms. To gain information on the reproductive biology of saffron and allied species, a comparative study on pollen and pistil of Crocus sativus L., C. cartwrightianus Herb., C. thomasii Ten. and C. hadriaticus Herb. was carried out. Pollen and pistils gathered at anthesis were examined by light (LM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Pollen shape ...

  10. In vitro development of microcorms and stigma like structures in saffron (Crocus sativus L.)

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    Javid Iqbal MIR; Ahmed, Nazeer; Wani, Shabir H.; Rizwan RASHID; Mir, Hidayatullah; Sheikh, Muneer A.

    2010-01-01

    Saffron is an important spice derived from the stigmas of Crocus sativus, a species belonging to the family Iridaceae. Due to its triploid nature it is sterile and is not able to set seeds, so it is propagated only by corms. The natural propagation rate of most geophytes including saffron is relatively low. An in vitro multiplication technique like micropropagation has been used for the propagation of saffron. In the present study, various explants were cultured on different nutrient media su...

  11. PERFORMANCE OF GLADIOLUS (Gladiolus grandiflora L.) CULTIVARS UNDER THE CLIMATIC CONDITIONS OF BAGH AZAD JAMMU AND KASHMIR PAKISTAN

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    Shaukat, Syed; Shah, Syed; Syed SHOUKAT

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    The aim of the study was to evaluate the performance of most suitable cultivar under the climatic conditions of Bagh. Five cultivars of Gladiolus namely Amsterdam, Applause, Fidelio, Peter pears and Priscilla were evaluated for their adoptability and performance. Results on vegetative characteristics showed that cultivars Applause and Amsterdam took less number of days for sprouting, Fidelio and Priscilla produced more plants per corm and Applause obtained maximum plant height. Results on flo...

  12. Carbon monoxide alleviates ethanol-induced oxidative damage and inflammatory stress through activating p38 MAPK pathway

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    Li, Yanyan; Gao, Chao; Shi, Yanru; Tang, Yuhan; Liu, Liang; Xiong, Ting; Du, Min [Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, School of Public Health, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 13 Hangkong Road, Wuhan 430030 (China); Ministry of Education Lab of Environment and Health, School of Public Health, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 13 Hangkong Road, Wuhan 430030 (China); Hubei Key Laboratory of Food Nutrition and Safety, School of Public Health, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 13 Hangkong Road, Wuhan 430030 (China); Xing, Mingyou [Department of Infectious Diseases, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 13 Hangkong Road, Wuhan 430030 (China); Liu, Liegang [Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, School of Public Health, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 13 Hangkong Road, Wuhan 430030 (China); Ministry of Education Lab of Environment and Health, School of Public Health, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 13 Hangkong Road, Wuhan 430030 (China); Hubei Key Laboratory of Food Nutrition and Safety, School of Public Health, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 13 Hangkong Road, Wuhan 430030 (China); Yao, Ping, E-mail: yaoping@mails.tjmu.edu.cn [Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, School of Public Health, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 13 Hangkong Road, Wuhan 430030 (China); Ministry of Education Lab of Environment and Health, School of Public Health, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 13 Hangkong Road, Wuhan 430030 (China); Hubei Key Laboratory of Food Nutrition and Safety, School of Public Health, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 13 Hangkong Road, Wuhan 430030 (China)

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    Stress-inducible protein heme oxygenase-1(HO-1) is well-appreciative to counteract oxidative damage and inflammatory stress involving the pathogenesis of alcoholic liver diseases (ALD). The potential role and signaling pathways of HO-1 metabolite carbon monoxide (CO), however, still remained unclear. To explore the precise mechanisms, ethanol-dosed adult male Balb/c mice (5.0 g/kg.bw.) or ethanol-incubated primary rat hepatocytes (100 mmol/L) were pretreated by tricarbonyldichlororuthenium (II) dimmer (CORM-2, 8 mg/kg for mice or 20 μmol/L for hepatocytes), as well as other pharmacological reagents. Our data showed that CO released from HO-1 induction by quercetin prevented ethanol-derived oxidative injury, which was abolished by CO scavenger hemoglobin. The protection was mimicked by CORM-2 with the attenuation of GSH depletion, SOD inactivation, MDA overproduction, and the leakage of AST, ALT or LDH in serum and culture medium induced by ethanol. Moreover, CORM-2 injection or incubation stimulated p38 phosphorylation and suppressed abnormal Tnfa and IL-6, accompanying the alleviation of redox imbalance induced by ethanol and aggravated by inflammatory factors. The protective role of CORM-2 was abolished by SB203580 (p38 inhibitor) but not by PD98059 (ERK inhibitor) or SP600125 (JNK inhibitor). Thus, HO-1 released CO prevented ethanol-elicited hepatic oxidative damage and inflammatory stress through activating p38 MAPK pathway, suggesting a potential therapeutic role of gaseous signal molecule on ALD induced by naturally occurring phytochemicals. - Highlights: • CO alleviated ethanol-derived liver oxidative and inflammatory stress in mice. • CO eased ethanol and inflammatory factor-induced oxidative damage in hepatocytes. • The p38 MAPK is a key signaling mechanism for the protective function of CO in ALD.

  13. Heme oxygenase and angiogenic activity of endothelial cells: stimulation by carbon monoxide and inhibition by tin protoporphyrin-IX.

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    Józkowicz, Alicja; Huk, Ihor; Nigisch, Anneliese; Weigel, Guenter; Dietrich, Wolf; Motterlini, Roberto; Dulak, Józef

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    The activity of heme oxygenase enzymes (HOs) is responsible for the endogenous source of carbon monoxide (CO). Their activities can be inhibited by tin protoporphyrin-IX (SnPPIX). Recent data indicate the involvement of HOs in the regulation of angiogenesis. Here, we investigated the role of the HO pathway in the production and angiogenic activity of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in endothelial cells treated with SnPPIX, or cultured in the presence of a CO-releasing molecule (CO-RM). Addition of CO-RM or induction of HO-1 by hemin resulted in a threefold elevation in CO production in culture medium (up to 20.3 microg/L) and was associated with a 30% increase in VEGF synthesis. Much higher levels of CO (up to 60 microg/L) and a further increase in VEGF production (by 277%) were measured in cells treated with prostaglandin-J(2), a potent activator of HO-1. SnPPIX prevented the induction of CO generation and inhibited VEGF synthesis. Moreover, SnPPIX reduced the VEGF-elicited angiogenic activities of endothelial cells by decreasing their proliferation (by 26%), migration (by 46%), formation of tubes on Matrigel (by 48%), and outgrowth of capillaries from endothelial spheroids (by 30%). In contrast, overexpression of HO-1 or incubation of cells with CO-RM led to an increase in capillary sprouting. Thus, HO activity up-regulates VEGF production and augments the capability of endothelial cells to respond to exogenous stimulation.

  14. Capturing the photo-signaling state of a photoreceptor in a steady-state fashion by binding a transition metal complex.

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    Yu, Pengyun; Song, Lei; Qin, Jun; Wang, Jianping

    2017-08-30

    Binding a small molecule to proteins causes conformational changes, but often to a limited extent. Here we demonstrate that the interaction of a CO-releasing molecule (CORM3) with a photoreceptor photoactive yellow protein (PYP) drives large structural changes in the latter. The interaction of CORM3 and a mutant of PYP, Met100Ala, not only triggers the isomerization of its chromophore, p-coumaric acid, from its anionic trans configuration to a protonated cis configuration, but also increases the content of β-sheet at the cost of α-helix and random coil in the secondary structure of the protein. The CORM3 derived Met100Ala is found to highly resemble the signaling state, which is one of the key photo-intermediates of this photoactive protein, in both protein local conformation and chromophore configuration. The organometallic reagents hold promise as protein engineering tools. This work highlights a novel approach to structurally accessing short lived intermediates of proteins in a steady-state fashion. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. © 2017 The Protein Society.

  15. Preliminary phytochemical screening and alpha-glucosidase inhibitory activity of Philippine taro (Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott var. PSB-VG #9)

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    Lebosada, Richemae Grace R.; Librando, Ivy L.

    2017-01-01

    The study was conducted to determine the anti-hyperglycemic property in terms of α-glucosidase inhibitory activity of the various parts (corm, leaf and petiole) of Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott var. PSB-VG #9. Each of the plant parts were extracted with 95% ethanol and concentrated using a rotary evaporator at 40 °C. The crude extracts were screened for the presence of alkaloids, flavonoids, glycosides and saponins using Thin Layer Chromatography. The α-glucosidase inhibitory activity of the crude extracts (50 mg/L) were assayed spectrophotometrically using a microplate reader. The results of the phytochemical screening revealed the presence of alkaloids, flavonoids, and saponins in the leaf part while flavonoids and saponins were detected in the petiole and only saponins were present in the corm. The assay showed that the percentage α-glucosidase inhibition of the 50 mg/L ethanolic crude extract of the corm, leaves and petiole of C. esculenta are 68.03, 71.64 and 71.39%, respectively. Statistical analysis shows significant differences in the α-glucosidase inhibition among the various plant parts. It can be concluded that the ethanolic crude extracts of the different parts of C. esculenta (L.) Schott var. PSB-VG #9 exhibited inhibitory activity against α-glucosidase and the presence of phytochemicals like alkaloids, flavonoids and saponins may have contributed greatly to the inhibitory activity of the plant extract and can be further subjected for isolation of the therapeutically active compounds with antidiabetes potency.

  16. Identification of bacteria associated with underground parts of Crocus sativus by 16S rRNA gene targeted metagenomic approach.

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    Ambardar, Sheetal; Sangwan, Naseer; Manjula, A; Rajendhran, J; Gunasekaran, P; Lal, Rup; Vakhlu, Jyoti

    2014-10-01

    Saffron (Crocus sativus L), an autumn-flowering perennial sterile plant, reproduces vegetatively by underground corms. Saffron has biannual corm-root cycle that makes it an interesting candidate to study microbial dynamics in its rhizosphere and cormosphere (area under influence of corm). Culture independent 16S rRNA gene metagenomic study of rhizosphere and cormosphere of Saffron during flowering stage revealed presence of 22 genera but none of the genus was common in all the three samples. Bulk soil bacterial community was represented by 13 genera with Acidobacteria being dominant. In rhizosphere, out of eight different genera identified, Pseudomonas was the most dominant genus. Cormosphere bacteria comprised of six different genera, dominated by the genus Pantoea. This study revealed that the bacterial composition of all the three samples is significantly different (P < 0.05) from each other. This is the first report on the identification of bacteria associated with rhizosphere, cormosphere and bulk soil of Saffron, using cultivation independent 16S rRNA gene targeted metagenomic approach.

  17. Use of the entomopathogenic nematode Heterorhabditis atacamensis CIA- NE07 in the control of banana weevil Cosmopolites sordidus in vitro

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    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Among the species of banana borers, black weevil (Cosmopolites sordidus is the most economically important pest in Costa Rica and worldwide. The control of C. sordidus in intensive production systems is mainly based on application of insecticides; therefore the search for biological alternatives, such as the use of entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN, is needed. The susceptibility of Cosmopolites sordidus to Heterorhabditis atacamensis CIANE07 was evaluated. The effect of inoculating H. atacamensis on larvae and adults of C. sordidus, in vitro and in artificially infected corms, was evaluated. Larvae inoculated with EPN had a mortality of 88% on the second day and 100% on the third day; no mortality was observed in adults. The treatments of 100, 500 and 1000 IJ.larvae-1 showed statistically significant differences from the control and theLD50 was 52 IJ.larvae-1. When the larvae were placed within the corms the LD50 increased to 375 IJ.larvae-1. The results indicate that the strain H. atacamensis CIA-NE07 is capable of locating and infecting weevil larvae within the banana corm and reach infection levels over 80%, 10 days after inoculation at doses of 1000 and 2000 IJ.larvae-1. The entomopathogenic nematodes are a viable alternative to be considered in the Integrated Pest Management programs of black weevil, in crops such us banana and plantain.

  18. Low Concentration of Exogenous Carbon Monoxide Modulates Radiation-Induced Bystander Effect in Mammalian Cell Cluster Model.

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    Wu, Wenqing; Nie, Lili; Yu, K N; Wu, Lijun; Kong, Peizhong; Bao, Lingzhi; Chen, Guodong; Yang, Haoran; Han, Wei

    2016-12-08

    During radiotherapy procedures, radiation-induced bystander effect (RIBE) can potentially lead to genetic hazards to normal tissues surrounding the targeted regions. Previous studies showed that RIBE intensities in cell cluster models were much higher than those in monolayer cultured cell models. On the other hand, low-concentration carbon monoxide (CO) was previously shown to exert biological functions via binding to the heme domain of proteins and then modulating various signaling pathways. In relation, our previous studies showed that exogenous CO generated by the CO releasing molecule, tricarbonyldichlororuthenium (CORM-2), at a relatively low concentration (20 µM), effectively attenuated the formation of RIBE-induced DNA double-strand breaks (DSB) and micronucleus (MN). In the present work, we further investigated the capability of a low concentration of exogenous CO (CORM-2) of attenuating or inhibiting RIBE in a mixed-cell cluster model. Our results showed that CO (CORM-2) with a low concentration of 30 µM could effectively suppress RIBE-induced DSB (p53 binding protein 1, p53BP1), MN formation and cell proliferation in bystander cells but not irradiated cells via modulating the inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) andcyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2). The results can help mitigate RIBE-induced hazards during radiotherapy procedures.

  19. Low Concentration of Exogenous Carbon Monoxide Modulates Radiation-Induced Bystander Effect in Mammalian Cell Cluster Model

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    Full Text Available During radiotherapy procedures, radiation-induced bystander effect (RIBE can potentially lead to genetic hazards to normal tissues surrounding the targeted regions. Previous studies showed that RIBE intensities in cell cluster models were much higher than those in monolayer cultured cell models. On the other hand, low-concentration carbon monoxide (CO was previously shown to exert biological functions via binding to the heme domain of proteins and then modulating various signaling pathways. In relation, our previous studies showed that exogenous CO generated by the CO releasing molecule, tricarbonyldichlororuthenium (CORM-2, at a relatively low concentration (20 µM, effectively attenuated the formation of RIBE-induced DNA double-strand breaks (DSB and micronucleus (MN. In the present work, we further investigated the capability of a low concentration of exogenous CO (CORM-2 of attenuating or inhibiting RIBE in a mixed-cell cluster model. Our results showed that CO (CORM-2 with a low concentration of 30 µM could effectively suppress RIBE-induced DSB (p53 binding protein 1, p53BP1, MN formation and cell proliferation in bystander cells but not irradiated cells via modulating the inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS andcyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2. The results can help mitigate RIBE-induced hazards during radiotherapy procedures.

  20. Anthelmintic Activity of Musa paradisiaca (L. cv. Puttabale

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    Full Text Available Musa paradisiaca cv. Puttabale (AB group is an indigenous banana cultivar commonly cultivated in the Malnad region of Karnataka, India. Helminthes infections are acute and chronic illness in human beings and cattle. About 3 million people are infected with helminthes worldwide. Traditionally, the plant M. paradisiaca cv. Puttabale was used to expel parasitic worms. In order to justify the ethanomedicinal claim with scientific report, sincere attempts have been made to investigate the Anthelmintic activity from corm ethanol extracts of M. paradisiaca cv. Puttabale using Pheretima posthuma as an experimental model. Three concentrations of 25, 50 and 100 mg/ml of corm ethanol extract were used to study their effect in time of paralysis and death of worm. The results suggest that the ethanol extract at the concentration of 100 mg/ml showed significant effect in time of paralysis at 42.33±1.45 min and death time was 54.00±0.58 min than control group in time of paralysis (142.67±1.45 min and death (168.00±1.53 min. Standard drug piperazine citrate showed paralysis on 39.67±0.88 min and death at 59.00±0.58 min. The corm ethanol extract confirmed antihelmintic activity in dose depend manure and efficient, than standard drug piperazine citrate. This investigation revealed that the antihelmintic property of ethanol extracts of Musa paradisiaca cv. Puttabale against Pheretima posthuma to support its medicinal claims.

  1. PENGARUH RETROGRADASI DAN PERLAKUAN KELEMBABAN PANAS TERHADAP KADAR PATI RESISTEN TIPE III DALUGA

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    Full Text Available The giant swamp taro starch or daluga corm starch in this study was extracted from corms collected from Siau Island of North Sulawesi Province in Indonesia. Native starch daluga corm has low resistant starch content, so starch modifications method were needed to increase its resistant starch content. The effect of acid hydrolisis, debranching, autoclaving-cooling and heat moisture treatment on the changes of RS3 daluga were studied. The corrm starch was first modified with acid hydrolysis (HA and debranching with pullulanase (D. The starch was then modified with one cycle autoclaving-cooling (HADAC1x, HADAC1x with heat moisture treatment (HADAC1x+HMT, three cycle autoclaving-cooling (HADAC3x, HADAC3x with heat moisture treatment (HADAC3x+HMT which increased its RS3 content to 42.37, 40.47, 31.12, and 31.18% (db, respectively. The starch modification method can affect other chemical properties changes such as starch content, amylose content, and reducing sugar content.

  2. The Effect of Increased Temperature on Flowering Behaviour of Saffron (Crocus sativus L.

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    Full Text Available Abstract Flowering in saffron requires a period of incubation at high temperatures for flower differentiation followed by a period of low temperatures for flower emergence. Global warming could adversely affect the flowering of saffron because of its high sensitivity to temperature. Flowering behaviour of saffron in response to rising temperature was studied in an experiment conducted in controlled environment. Corms with identical sizes were collected form green or fully withered field grown plants and sown in plastic pots. Pots were incubated in 25, 27 and 30 °C for 70, 90 and 120 days. By the end of each incubation period, pots incubated in 25, 27 and 30 °C were transferred to 17, 19 and 21 °C, respectively. Days to flowering, development rate and growth characteristics of saffron were measured in alternative temperature regimes of 25/17, 27/19 and 30/21 °C in combination with 3 incubation periods and in 3 replications. The results indicated that increasing incubation temperature up to 27 °C had no significant effects on saffron flowering behaviour however, no flower was appeared from corms incubated in 30°C. Increased duration of incubation period had adverse effects on flower emergence and corms incubated for 120 days were only flowered in 27/19 °C temperature regime. The optimal flowering response and the highest number of vegetative buds was obtained when 90 days incubation period at 27 °C was followed by a period for flower emergence at 17°C. Corms lifted from green or withered plants showed similar response to temperature regimes and incubation periods. However, in average duration of sowing to flowering was 5 days longer in corms lifted from green plants. Comparing the results of this research with daily temperature in the main saffron production areas of Khorasan provinces showed that increasing mean daily temperature by 2 °C during summer and autumn results in a considerable delay in flowering of saffron.

  3. The Protection of Carbon Monoxide Releasing Molecules on Sepsis with Acute Kidney Injury in Rats%一氧化碳释放分子对大鼠脓毒症诱导急性肾损伤的保护作用

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    黄健; 李毅; 王鹏; 常瑞明; 王泽彬; 江丽屏; 梁剑波

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    目的:观察一氧化碳释放分子(CORM-2)对脓毒血症大鼠急性肾损伤的影响。方法:采用盲肠结扎穿孔术诱导大鼠脓毒症肾损伤模型,64只雄性SD 大鼠随机平均分为4组(n=16),假手术组(Sham 组)、Sham 组+CORM-2组,盲肠结扎穿孔(CLP)组及CLP+CORM-2组。 CORM-2治疗组为盲肠结扎穿孔术后给予腹腔注射10mg/kg 剂量CORM-2。观察各组大鼠3d 累积生存率,术后12 h 测定肾脏组织中肌酐和尿素氮水平,同时检测IL-1β及TNF-α水平,观察各组大鼠24 h 时间点肾脏组织病理学变化。结果:与对照组(Sham 组,Sham+CORM-2组)相比,CLP 组及 CLP+CORM-2组大鼠生存率下降,肾组织肌酐、尿素氮升高,IL-1β及 TNF-α水平升高(P <0.05)。但与CLP 组相比,CLP+CORM2可提高大鼠的3d 累积生存率,并改善脓毒症大鼠肾组织损伤,降低肾组织中IL-1β及TNF-α水平(P <0.05)。结论: CORM-2对脓毒症大鼠急性肾损伤有保护作用,其机制可能与CORM-2抑制脓毒症致肾损伤大鼠的炎性反应相关。%Objective:To investigate the effects of carbon monoxide releasing molecules (CORM-2) on sepsis with acute kidney injury in rats. Methods: Sepsis kidney injury model was induced by cecal ligation and puncture 64 male SD rats. The rats were randomly divided into four groups (n = 16), sham-operated group (Sham group), Sham group + CORM-2 group, cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) group and CLP + CORM-2 group. CORM-2 treatment group were given intraperitoneal injection of 10 mg/kg dose of CORM-2 after cecal ligation and puncture. The three days cumulative survival rate was observed in four groups. The levels of blood urea nitrogen, creatinine, IL-1β and TNF-α of kidney tissue were detected after 12 h of CLP , and the renal histopathological changes were observed after 24 h of CLP in each group. Results: Compared with the

  4. 芋种质资源颜色性状多样性观察%Observation on Diversity of Color Characters of Taro Germplasm Resource

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    黄新芳; 李峰; 朱红莲; 黄来春; 李明华; 王芸; 钟兰; 周凯; 刘正位; 匡晶; 孙亚林; 董红霞; 刘玉平; 柯卫东; 刘义满; 李双梅; 叶元英; 彭静

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    为了探究芋种质资源颜色性状的变化规律,以保存在国家种质武汉水生蔬菜资源圃的300多份芋种质资源为材料,按照《农作物种质资源鉴定评价技术规范芋》对芋种质资源的颜色性状进行观察和归类,并重点对芋的叶心色斑颜色、叶柄中下部颜色及母芋芽色的相关性进行总结和探讨。根据叶柄中下部颜色将滇南芋分为绿柄野芋(白芽类型)、乌绿柄野芋(红芽类型)和紫柄野芋(白芽类型)3个类型;将芋中的多子芋分为绿柄多子芋(一般为白芽类型)、乌绿柄多子芋(一般为红芽类型)和红紫柄多子芋(白芽类型)3个基本类型,将芋中的多头芋分为绿柄多头芋(白芽类型)和乌绿柄多头芋(红芽类型)2个类型。从滇南芋和芋的整体来看,只要叶柄中下部颜色含有乌绿色成分,则母芋芽色一般为红色类型。从叶心色斑颜色来看,滇南芋中的绿色者,母芋芽色为白色类型;紫红色或紫色者,母芋芽色可能为白色类型,也可能为红色类型。芋中,多子芋叶心色斑颜色为紫红色者,母芋芽色为红色类型;黄绿色或绿色者,母芋芽色为白色类型。多头芋中,叶心色斑颜色为绿色者,母芋芽色为红色类型;紫红色者,母芋芽色为白色类型。%In order to find out the changing rule of color characters of taro germplasm resource,we observed and classified the color character diversities of taro 〔Colocasia antiquorum Schott andColocasia esculenta (L.) Schott〕 germplasm resource according to the Technical Code for Evaluating Crop Germplasm Resources-Taro 〔Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott〕,taking over 300 taro germplasm resources conserved in Wuhan National Germplasm Repository for Aquatic Vegetables. We summarized and focused on the correlation between leaf junction color,color of middle to lower part of petiole,and bud color of corm. According

  5. The Fatty Acid Profile Analysis of Cyperus laxus Used for Phytoremediation of Soils from Aged Oil Spill-Impacted Sites Revealed That This Is a C18:3 Plant Species.

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    Noemí Araceli Rivera Casado

    Full Text Available The effect of recalcitrant hydrocarbons on the fatty acid profile from leaf, basal corm, and roots of Cyperus laxus plants cultivated in greenhouse phytoremediation systems of soils from aged oil spill-impacted sites containing from 16 to 340 g/Kg total hydrocarbons (THC was assessed to investigate if this is a C18:3 species and if the hydrocarbon removal during the phytoremediation process has a relationship with the fatty acid profile of this plant. The fatty acid profile was specific to each vegetative organ and was strongly affected by the hydrocarbons level in the impacted sites. Leaf extracts of plants from uncontaminated soil produced palmitic acid (C16, octadecanoic acid (C18:0, unsaturated oleic acids (C18:1-C18:3, and unsaturated eichosanoic (C20:2-C20:3 acids with a noticeable absence of the unsaturated hexadecatrienoic acid (C16:3; this finding demonstrates, for the first time, that C. laxus is a C18:3 plant. In plants from the phytoremediation systems, the total fatty acid contents in the leaf and the corm were negatively affected by the hydrocarbons presence; however, the effect was positive in root. Interestingly, under contaminated conditions, unusual fatty acids such as odd numbered carbons (C15, C17, C21, and C23 and uncommon unsaturated chains (C20:3n6 and C20:4 were produced together with a remarkable quantity of C22:2 and C24:0 chains in the corm and the leaf. These results demonstrate that weathered hydrocarbons may drastically affect the lipidic composition of C. laxus at the fatty acid level, suggesting that this species adjusts the cover lipid composition in its vegetative organs, mainly in roots, in response to the weathered hydrocarbon presence and uptake during the phytoremediation process.

  6. In vitro cormlet production of saffron (Crocus sativus L. Kashmirianus) and their flowering response under greenhouse.

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    Parray, Javid A; Kamili, Azra N; Hamid, Rehana; Husaini, Amjad M

    2012-01-01

    A complete protocol for the saffron cormlet production under in vitro conditions and subsequent flowering under greenhouse conditions is described. Highest number of cormlets (70.0 ± 0.30) per corm slice (explant) could be regenerated on Murashige and Skoog (MS) half strength medium supplemented with thidiazuron (TDZ) (20 µM), Indole acetic acid (IAA) (10 µM), and sucrose (40 g/l). Maximum germination (90%) of these cormlets could be achieved on MS medium containing 6-benzyl amino purine (BAP) (20 µM) and α-naphthalene acetic acid (NAA) (15 µM). In order to increase the size of the in vitro raised cormlets, these were cultured on MS medium containing TDZ (15 µM) and IAA in the range of 1.5-30 µM. Maximum increase in cormlet size could be attained on TDZ (15 µM) + IAA (12.5 µM) + sucrose (30 g/l), and the average size of cormlets was 2.5g. In another experiment, apical vegetative buds of actively growing corms were cultured for cormlet development, and corms of size 2.5g could be developed on MS medium with NAA (15 µM), BAP (20 µM), and sucrose (30 g/l). The in vitro developed cormlets were dried under shade at 25 ± 2°C for 7 d. These were then planted in small cups containing clay loam soil and kept in green house at 20 ± 2°C. In vitro developed cormlets with mean weight 2.5 g showed maximum flowering (25%) as well as vegetative growth (55%), while only 19% cormlets of 2.0 g flowered. To our knowledge this is the first report on successful flowering from in vitro raised cormlets under greenhouse.

  7. The Fatty Acid Profile Analysis of Cyperus laxus Used for Phytoremediation of Soils from Aged Oil Spill-Impacted Sites Revealed That This Is a C18:3 Plant Species

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    Montes Horcasitas, María del Carmen; Rodríguez Vázquez, Refugio; Esparza García, Fernando José; Pérez Vargas, Josefina; Ariza Castolo, Armando; Ferrera-Cerrato, Ronald; Gómez Guzmán, Octavio

    2015-01-01

    The effect of recalcitrant hydrocarbons on the fatty acid profile from leaf, basal corm, and roots of Cyperus laxus plants cultivated in greenhouse phytoremediation systems of soils from aged oil spill-impacted sites containing from 16 to 340 g/Kg total hydrocarbons (THC) was assessed to investigate if this is a C18:3 species and if the hydrocarbon removal during the phytoremediation process has a relationship with the fatty acid profile of this plant. The fatty acid profile was specific to each vegetative organ and was strongly affected by the hydrocarbons level in the impacted sites. Leaf extracts of plants from uncontaminated soil produced palmitic acid (C16), octadecanoic acid (C18:0), unsaturated oleic acids (C18:1-C18:3), and unsaturated eichosanoic (C20:2-C20:3) acids with a noticeable absence of the unsaturated hexadecatrienoic acid (C16:3); this finding demonstrates, for the first time, that C. laxus is a C18:3 plant. In plants from the phytoremediation systems, the total fatty acid contents in the leaf and the corm were negatively affected by the hydrocarbons presence; however, the effect was positive in root. Interestingly, under contaminated conditions, unusual fatty acids such as odd numbered carbons (C15, C17, C21, and C23) and uncommon unsaturated chains (C20:3n6 and C20:4) were produced together with a remarkable quantity of C22:2 and C24:0 chains in the corm and the leaf. These results demonstrate that weathered hydrocarbons may drastically affect the lipidic composition of C. laxus at the fatty acid level, suggesting that this species adjusts the cover lipid composition in its vegetative organs, mainly in roots, in response to the weathered hydrocarbon presence and uptake during the phytoremediation process. PMID:26473488

  8. The Fatty Acid Profile Analysis of Cyperus laxus Used for Phytoremediation of Soils from Aged Oil Spill-Impacted Sites Revealed That This Is a C18:3 Plant Species.

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    Rivera Casado, Noemí Araceli; Montes Horcasitas, María del Carmen; Rodríguez Vázquez, Refugio; Esparza García, Fernando José; Pérez Vargas, Josefina; Ariza Castolo, Armando; Ferrera-Cerrato, Ronald; Gómez Guzmán, Octavio; Calva Calva, Graciano

    2015-01-01

    The effect of recalcitrant hydrocarbons on the fatty acid profile from leaf, basal corm, and roots of Cyperus laxus plants cultivated in greenhouse phytoremediation systems of soils from aged oil spill-impacted sites containing from 16 to 340 g/Kg total hydrocarbons (THC) was assessed to investigate if this is a C18:3 species and if the hydrocarbon removal during the phytoremediation process has a relationship with the fatty acid profile of this plant. The fatty acid profile was specific to each vegetative organ and was strongly affected by the hydrocarbons level in the impacted sites. Leaf extracts of plants from uncontaminated soil produced palmitic acid (C16), octadecanoic acid (C18:0), unsaturated oleic acids (C18:1-C18:3), and unsaturated eichosanoic (C20:2-C20:3) acids with a noticeable absence of the unsaturated hexadecatrienoic acid (C16:3); this finding demonstrates, for the first time, that C. laxus is a C18:3 plant. In plants from the phytoremediation systems, the total fatty acid contents in the leaf and the corm were negatively affected by the hydrocarbons presence; however, the effect was positive in root. Interestingly, under contaminated conditions, unusual fatty acids such as odd numbered carbons (C15, C17, C21, and C23) and uncommon unsaturated chains (C20:3n6 and C20:4) were produced together with a remarkable quantity of C22:2 and C24:0 chains in the corm and the leaf. These results demonstrate that weathered hydrocarbons may drastically affect the lipidic composition of C. laxus at the fatty acid level, suggesting that this species adjusts the cover lipid composition in its vegetative organs, mainly in roots, in response to the weathered hydrocarbon presence and uptake during the phytoremediation process.

  9. Spectral Inverse Scattering Theory for Dielectric Media: Application to Optical Devices

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    refractive index Figures 3-6 were prepared using data passed di- profiles have solutions that have been studied ana- rectly to gnuplot , a powerful...well with pre- on a variety of platforms, including IBM-PC corm- viously published results. patibles. By using gnuplot as our graphical display The...tions are made in the shell, as shown in Figure 2 for supported by gnuplot . 3 140 1 202 AICKLEN AND TAMIL 24 Ii12 13 14 05 I.O 21 31 22 32 23 33 C

  10. MX: Milestone II. Final Environmental Impact Statement. Volume 6. Public Comments

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  11. Antioxidant, anticholinesterase and tyrosinase inhibition activities, and fatty acids of Crocus mathewii - A forgotten endemic angiosperm of Turkey.

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    Yildiztekin, Fatma; Nadeem, Said; Erol, Ebru; Yildiztekin, Mahmut; Tuna, Atilla L; Ozturk, Mehmet

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    Context We report the first ever chemical/biochemical study on Crocus mathewii Kerndorff (Iridaceae) - a Turkish endemic angiosperm. This plant has never been explored for its phytochemistry and bioactivities. Objective This study explores C. mathewii corm and aerial parts for the chemical and biological properties of hexane, ethyl acetate, methanol and water fractions of the extracts. Material and methods Plant material (20 g) was extracted by methanol (250 mL × 5, 3 days each) and fractioned into hexane, ethyl acetate, methanol and water. All fractions were subjected to β-carotene-linoleic acid, DPPH(·), ABTS(·)(+), CUPRAC, metal chelating and tyrosinase inhibition activities. Hexane fractions were submitted to GC-MS analysis. Results Ethyl acetate fractions showed excellent IC50 values in DPPH(·) (aerial 36.21 ± 0.76 and corm 33.87 ± 0.02 mg/L) and ABTS(·)(+) (aerial 33.01 ± 0.79 and bulb 27.87 ± 0.33 mg/L); higher than the IC50 of the standard α-tocopherol (DPPH 116.25 ± 1.97; ABTS 52.64 ± 0.37 mg/L), higher than BHA in DPPH (57.31 ± 0.25 mg/L), but slightly lower in ABTS (19.86 ± 2.73 mg/L). Methanol extract of aerial parts also showed higher activity than α-tocopherol in DPPH (85.56 ± 11.51 mg/L) but slightly less (72.90 ± 3.66 mg/L) than both the standards in ABTS. Linoleic (aerial 53.9%, corm 43.9%) and palmitic (aerial 22.2%, corm 18%) were found as the major fatty acids. Discussion and conclusion Some fractions of C. mathewii showed higher antioxidant activities than the standards. There is a need to explore more about this plant.

  12. Phenylphenalenones Accumulate in Plant Tissues of Two Banana Cultivars in Response to Herbivory by the Banana Weevil and Banana Stem Weevil

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    Hölscher, Dirk; Buerkert, Andreas; Schneider, Bernd

    2016-01-01

    Phenylphenalenone-type compounds accumulated in the tissues of two banana cultivars—Musa acuminata cv. “Grande Naine” (AAA) and Musa acuminata × balbisiana Colla cv. “Bluggoe” (ABB)—when these were fed on by the banana weevil (Cosmopolites sordidus (Germ.) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)) and the banana stem weevil (Odoiporus longicollis (Oliver) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)). The chemical constituents of the banana material were separated by means of chromatographic techniques and identified by NMR spectroscopy. One new compound, 2-methoxy-4-phenylphenalen-1-one, was found exclusively in the corm material of “Bluggoe” that had been fed on by the weevils. PMID:27571112

  13. ROLE OF Na+, K+, 2Cl– -COTRANSPORTER AND POTASSIUM CONDUCTIVITY IN THE REALIZATION OF THE EFFECT OF CARBON MONOXIDE, IN THE SMOOTH MUSCLE OF VISCERAL ORGANS

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    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to investigate the role of the Na+, K+, 2Cl– -transport and potassium conductance, in the implementation of the effects of carbon monoxide in the SMC taenia coli and ureter of guinea pig.Materials and methods. The study was conducted by the method of double saccharose bridge. Was studied the effects of carbon monoxide donor CORM2 in ureter and smooth muscle of guinea pig of taenia coli, in normal Krebs solution, against inhibitor-bumetanide and potassium channel blocker tetraethylammonium chloride (TEA. Studied the effects of bumetanide in normal Krebs solution and the background of TEA.Main results. CORM2 causes inhibition of contractile activity of SMC taenia coli and guinea pig ureter. Its effect is weakened by bumetanide and TEA. Bumetanide causes inhibition of contractile activity of SMC taenia coli, and its effect is weakened by TEA.Conclusions. In this way, it shows that there are tissue-specific mechanisms of interrelation effects CO and ion conductivity.

  14. Investigation of callogenesis and indirect regeneration of Freesia × hybrida Bailey ‘Argenta’

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available An investigation was conducted to study the effects of explant sources, plant growth regulators, carbohydrates and light conditions on indirect cormlet regeneration and the induction of embryogenic callus of freesia (Freesia × hybrida Bailey ‘Argenta’. Sections of two different types of explants, corms and pupae (cold storage-produced corms, were placed on Murashige and Skoog (MS media containing different concentrations of plant growth regulators. The results showed that the highest percentage of callus induction (100%, the highest callus growth (15 mm diameter and the best type of calli were achieved for pupa explants grown on the medium that contained 4 mg L−1 1-naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA and 2 mg L−1 6-benzylaminopurine (BAP in the dark. Increasing BAP up to 3 to 4.5 mg L−1 resulted in the maximum number of regenerated cormlets from 1 cm2 calli (2 cormlets under light conditions. Overall, the best rooting of regenerated cormlets was achieved on MS media supplemented with 1 mg L−1 indole-3-butyric acid (IBA. In the next stage, high quality calli were subcultured on MS media containing sorbitol, sucrose, maltose and mannitol (0, 5, 10 and 15 g L−1. The results indicated that 15 g L−1 maltose was able to induce the highest percentage of embryogenic callus, with an average of 88.9% on media containing 2 mg L−1 BAP and 1 mg L−1 NAA.

  15. Deep sequencing of voodoo lily (Amorphophallus konjac): an approach to identify relevant genes involved in the synthesis of the hemicellulose glucomannan.

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    Gille, Sascha; Cheng, Kun; Skinner, Mary E; Liepman, Aaron H; Wilkerson, Curtis G; Pauly, Markus

    2011-09-01

    A Roche 454 cDNA deep sequencing experiment was performed on a developing corm of Amorphophallus konjac--also known as voodoo lily. The dominant storage polymer in the corm of this plant is the polysaccharide glucomannan, a hemicellulose known to exist in the cell walls of higher plants and a major component of plant biomass derived from softwoods. A total of 246 mega base pairs of sequence data was obtained from which 4,513 distinct contigs were assembled. Within this voodoo lily expressed sequence tag collection genes representing the carbohydrate related pathway of glucomannan biosynthesis were identified, including sucrose metabolism, nucleotide sugar conversion pathways for the formation of activated precursors as well as a putative glucomannan synthase. In vivo expression of the putative glucomannan synthase and subsequent in vitro activity assays unambiguously demonstrate that the enzyme has indeed glucomannan mannosyl- and glucosyl transferase activities. Based on the expressed sequence tag analysis hitherto unknown pathways for the synthesis of GDP-glucose, a necessary precursor for glucomannan biosynthesis, could be proposed. Moreover, the results highlight transcriptional bottlenecks for the synthesis of this hemicellulose.

  16. PARTICIPATION OF REDOX SIGNALIZATION IN NITRIC OXIDE-, CARBON MONOXIDE- AND HUDROGEN SULFIDE-MEDIATED REGULATION OF APOPTOSIS AND CELL CYCLE

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    Full Text Available The study has demonstrated that proapoptic concentrations of donors of NO (100 mmol SNP and 100 µmol NOC-5, H2S  (10 mmol NaHS, and CO (50 µmol CORM-2 gases caused an increase in the intracellular level of active forms of oxygen in Jurkat cells. As this took place, the activation of redox-dependent transcription factor р53 was observed as Jurkat cells were exposed to 100 mmol SNP and 10 mmol NaHS. In the case of 100 µmol NOC-5 and 50 µmol CORM-2, an increase of р53 was not observed, but the expression of target gens of this transcription factor р21 (under the effect of NO and СО and bax (under the effect of NO increased. The antiproliferative concentration of hydrogen sulfide donor (50 µmol did not cause an increase in the intracellular production of active forms of oxygen and the activation of redox-dependent signal mechanisms.

  17. Heme oxygenase-1 accelerates erastin-induced ferroptotic cell death.

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    Kwon, Min-Young; Park, Eunhee; Lee, Seon-Jin; Chung, Su Wol

    2015-09-15

    The oncogenic RAS-selective lethal small molecule Erastin triggers a unique iron-dependent form of nonapoptotic cell death termed ferroptosis. Ferroptosis is dependent upon the production of intracellular iron-dependent reactive oxygen species (ROS), but not other metals. However, key regulators remain unknown. The heme oxygenase (HO) is a major intracellular source of iron. In this study, the role of heme oxygenase in Erastin-triggered ferroptotic cancer cell death has been investigated. Zinc protoporphyrin IX (ZnPP), a HO-1 inhibitor, prevented Erastin-triggered ferroptotic cancer cell death. Furthermore, Erastin induced the protein and mRNA levels of HO-1 in HT-1080 fibrosarcoma cells. HO-1+/+ and HO-1-/- fibroblast, HO-1 overexpression, and chycloheximide-treated experiments revealed that the expression of HO-1 has a decisive effects in Erastin-triggered cell death. Hemin and CO-releasing molecules (CORM) promote Erastin-induced ferroptotic cell death, not by biliverdin and bilirubin. In addition, hemin and CORM accelerate the HO-1 expression in the presence of Erastin and increase membranous lipid peroxidation. Thus, HO-1 is an essential enzyme for iron-dependent lipid peroxidation during ferroptotic cell death.

  18. Anti-angiogenesis properties of Crocus pallasii subsp. haussknechtii, a popular ethnic food

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Background and objectives: Angiogenesis is essential for tumor survival. Inhibiting angiogenesis could be a mechanism for hindering tumor development. Numerous studies have now been focused on agiogenesis inhibitors and many of such studies have targeted plant materials. In the present study, Crocus pallasii subsp. haussknechtii has been evaluated for anti-angiogenesis properties. Methods: Anti-angiogenesis activity of the plant extracts and fractions has been investigated through wound healing assay in HUV-EC-C cells. The cytotoxic activity has also been evaluated by MTT assay. Results: The methanol extract and the methanol fraction of the corm along with the chloroform fraction of the aerial parts demonstrated to be cytotoxic to HUV-EC-C cells with IC50 values of 27.2, 74.1 and 60.0 μg/mL, respectively while the chloroform fraction of the corm showed the most considerable anti-angiogenesis property among the samples in wound healing assay. Conclusion: Regarding the results of the present study, Crocus pallasii subsp. haussknechtii is suggested for further studies in cancer research evaluations.

  19. An Efficient In Vitro Propagation Protocol of Cocoyam [Xanthosoma sagittifolium (L Schott

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Sprouted corm sections of “South Dade” white cocoyam were potted and maintained in a greenhouse for 8 weeks. Shoot tips of 3–5 mm comprising the apical meristem with 4–6 leaf primordial, and approximately 0.5 mm of corm tissue at the base. These explants were treated to be used into the culture medium. A modified Gamborg’s B5 mineral salts supplemented with 0.05 μM 1-naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA were used throughout the study. Thidiazuron (TDZ solution containing 0.01% dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO was used. Erlenmeyer flasks and test tubes were used for growing cultures. The effect of different media substrate, thidiazuron, and the interaction between TDZ and Benzylaminopurine (BAP on cocoyam culture were tested. Results indicated that cocoyam can be successfully micropropagated in vitro through various procedures. All concentrations tested (5–20 μM BAP and 1–4 μM TDZ produced more axillary shoots per shoot tip than the control without cytokinins. Greater proliferation rates were obtained through the use of 20 μM BAP and 2 μM TDZ, respectively, 12 weeks from initiation. Shoots produced with BAP were larger and more normal in appearance than those produced with TDZ, which were small, compressed, and stunted. The use of stationary liquid media is recommended for economic reasons.

  20. Bactericidal Effect of a Photoresponsive Carbon Monoxide-Releasing Nonwoven against Staphylococcus aureus Biofilms.

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    Klinger-Strobel, Mareike; Gläser, Steve; Makarewicz, Oliwia; Wyrwa, Ralf; Weisser, Jürgen; Pletz, Mathias W; Schiller, Alexander

    2016-07-01

    Staphylococcus aureus is a leading pathogen in skin and skin structure infections, including surgical and traumatic infections that are associated with biofilm formation. Because biofilm formation is accompanied by high phenotypic resistance of the embedded bacteria, they are almost impossible to eradicate by conventional antibiotics. Therefore, alternative therapeutic strategies are of high interest. We generated nanostructured hybrid nonwovens via the electrospinning of a photoresponsive carbon monoxide (CO)-releasing molecule [CORM-1, Mn2(CO)10] and the polymer polylactide. This nonwoven showed a CO-induced antimicrobial activity that was sufficient to reduce the biofilm-embedded bacteria by 70% after photostimulation at 405 nm. The released CO increased the concentration of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the biofilms, suggesting that in addition to inhibiting the electron transport chain, ROS might play a role in the antimicrobial activity of CORMs on S. aureus The nonwoven showed increased cytotoxicity on eukaryotic cells after longer exposure, most probably due to the released lactic acid, that might be acceptable for local and short-time treatments. Therefore, CO-releasing nonwovens might be a promising local antimicrobial therapy against biofilm-associated skin wound infections.

  1. Effects of different concentrations of 2,4-D and BAP on somatic embryogenesis induction in saffron (Crocus sativus L.).

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    Rajabpoor, Sh; Azghandi, A V; Saboora, A

    2007-11-01

    To optimize an in vitro protocol for propagation of saffron through somatic embryogenesis, effects of various concentrations of 2,4-D ( 0, 0.25, 0.5, 1, 2, 4 and 8 mg L(-1)) in combination with BAP (0, 0.25, 0.5, 1, 2, 4 and 8 mg L(-1)) were studied. Surface-sterilized corms were cut transversally into equal portions and the upper or lower parts were used separately as explants. All treatments were maintained in the darkness at 24 +/- 2 degrees C. After 70 days, the first globular embryos were observed and the number of embryos on each explant reached to its maximum 3 months after culture. Statistical analysis showed that there were significant differences between treatments regarding the number of embryos induced on each explant. The most effective treatment was 2.0 mg L(-1) 2,4-D + 1.0 mg L(-1) BAP for both types of explant (inducing 6.5 +/- 1.3 and 35.95 +/- 4.9 embryos on each explant for the upper and lower parts, respectively). The average percentages of explants showing embryogenic response were 33.3 and 93.3% for the upper and the lower part of corm tissue respectively in this treatment. Complementary studies are in progress to optimize maturation and germination stages of these somatic embryos.

  2. A novel carbon monoxide-releasing molecule fully protects mice from severe malaria.

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    Pena, Ana C; Penacho, Nuno; Mancio-Silva, Liliana; Neres, Rita; Seixas, João D; Fernandes, Afonso C; Romão, Carlos C; Mota, Maria M; Bernardes, Gonçalo J L; Pamplona, Ana

    2012-03-01

    Severe forms of malaria infection, such as cerebral malaria (CM) and acute lung injury (ALI), are mainly caused by the apicomplexan parasite Plasmodium falciparum. Primary therapy with quinine or artemisinin derivatives is generally effective in controlling P. falciparum parasitemia, but mortality from CM and other forms of severe malaria remains unacceptably high. Herein, we report the design and synthesis of a novel carbon monoxide-releasing molecule (CO-RM; ALF492) that fully protects mice against experimental CM (ECM) and ALI. ALF492 enables controlled CO delivery in vivo without affecting oxygen transport by hemoglobin, the major limitation in CO inhalation therapy. The protective effect is CO dependent and induces the expression of heme oxygenase-1, which contributes to the observed protection. Importantly, when used in combination with the antimalarial drug artesunate, ALF492 is an effective adjunctive and adjuvant treatment for ECM, conferring protection after the onset of severe disease. This study paves the way for the potential use of CO-RMs, such as ALF492, as adjunctive/adjuvant treatment in severe forms of malaria infection.

  3. Mechanism of protection of bystander cells by exogenous carbon monoxide: Impaired response to damage signal of radiation-induced bystander effect

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    Han, W. [Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong, 83 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon (Hong Kong); Center of Medical Physics and Technology, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Yu, K.N., E-mail: peter.yu@cityu.edu.hk [Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong, 83 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon (Hong Kong); Wu, L.J. [Center of Medical Physics and Technology, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Wu, Y.C. [Center of Medical Physics and Technology, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); School of Nuclear Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230029 (China); Wang, H.Z. [Center of Medical Physics and Technology, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China)

    2011-05-10

    A protective effect of exogenous carbon monoxide (CO), generated by CO releasing molecule ticarbonyldichlororuthenium (II) dimer (CORM-2), on the bystander cells from the toxicity of radiation-induced bystander effect (RIBE) was revealed in our previous study. In the present work, a possible mechanism of this CO effect was investigated. The results from medium transfer experiments showed that {alpha}-particle irradiated Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells would release nitric oxide (NO), which was detected with specific NO fluorescence probe, to induce p53 binding protein 1 (BP1) formation in the cell population receiving the medium, and the release peak was found to be at 1 h post irradiation. Treating the irradiated or bystander cells separately with CO (CORM-2) demonstrated that CO was effective in the bystander cells but not the irradiated cells. Measurements of NO production and release with a specific NO fluorescence probe also showed that CO treatment did not affect the production and release of NO by irradiated cells. Protection of CO on cells to peroxynitrite, an oxidizing free radical from NO, suggested that CO might protect bystander cells via impaired response of bystander cells to NO, a RIBE signal in our research system.

  4. Mechanism of protection of bystander cells by exogenous carbon monoxide: impaired response to damage signal of radiation-induced bystander effect.

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    Han, W; Yu, K N; Wu, L J; Wu, Y C; Wang, H Z

    2011-05-10

    A protective effect of exogenous carbon monoxide (CO), generated by CO releasing molecule ticarbonyldichlororuthenium (II) dimer (CORM-2), on the bystander cells from the toxicity of radiation-induced bystander effect (RIBE) was revealed in our previous study. In the present work, a possible mechanism of this CO effect was investigated. The results from medium transfer experiments showed that α-particle irradiated Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells would release nitric oxide (NO), which was detected with specific NO fluorescence probe, to induce p53 binding protein 1 (BP1) formation in the cell population receiving the medium, and the release peak was found to be at 1h post irradiation. Treating the irradiated or bystander cells separately with CO (CORM-2) demonstrated that CO was effective in the bystander cells but not the irradiated cells. Measurements of NO production and release with a specific NO fluorescence probe also showed that CO treatment did not affect the production and release of NO by irradiated cells. Protection of CO on cells to peroxynitrite, an oxidizing free radical from NO, suggested that CO might protect bystander cells via impaired response of bystander cells to NO, a RIBE signal in our research system. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Phenological growth stages of saffron plant (Crocus sativus L.) according to the BBCH Scale

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    Lopez-Corcoles, H.; Brasa-Ramos, A.; Montero-Garcia, F.; Romero-Valverde, M.; Montero-Riquelme, F.

    2015-07-01

    Phenological studies are important for understanding the influence of climate dynamics on vegetative growth, flowering and fruiting on plants and can be used in many scientific subjects, such as Agronomy, Botany and Plant Biology, but also Climatology as a result of the current global interest in climate change monitoring. The purpose of the detailed specific culture descriptions of the principal growth stages in plants is to provide an instrument for standardization of data recording. To date, there was no coding method to describe developmental stages on saffron plant (Crocus sativus L.). Because of the increasing world-wide interest on this crop, a novel growth development code based on the BBCH extended scale is proposed in this paper. Six principal growth stages were set up, starting from sprouting, cataphylls and flowers appearance, plant appearance and development, replacement corms development, plant senescence and corm dormancy. Each principal growth stage is subdivided into secondary growth stages. Descriptive keys with illustrations are included to make effective use of the system. (Author)

  6. Mechanism of Relay Multi-seeding Release Amorphophallus bulbifer and Its Application in Southeast Asia%东南亚珠芽魔芋多苗接力生长特性及应用前景

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    张东华; 汪庆平; 段志柏; 米开先

    2009-01-01

    It had from single-digit times to about 330 times by inducting flower breeding and seed without pollination.The procedure developed for relayed multi-seedling release of A.bulbifer was a desirable solution for lifting of the above barriers and shortening the growth cycle from 3 years to 1 year in the greenhouse.The weight increase of corms originating from a seed during a single growth cycle could be as high as 5000 times or more and it could result in a final weight of up to 1180 grammes.The highest corm partition rate of bulbs was 100 times and the total weight of corms derived from a single bulb after one cropping season.They could possibly still be used for processing.Moreover,they could produce commercial size crop within one year of field production.The entrenched idea of long lead time for production of cultivated konjac could be completely overturned,resulting in a significant increase in overall production of this crop.The plandng methods could be overhauled and the geographical limits of konjac culdvation expanded beyong traditional boundaries.%以珠芽魔芋人工诱导开花进行规模化无性育种,可将魔芋繁殖系数从1位数提高约330倍;采用催苗技术让种子及叶面球茎提早出苗,可显著延长魔芋生长周期,使魔芋种植周期由3年缩短为1年;魔芋种子1年生长最高膨大率超过5000倍,当年即形成1180g球茎;魔芋叶面球茎最大膨大率超过100倍,两者种植一季魔芋即可用于加工.突破了魔芋繁殖系数低、膨大率低导致种植周期长的双重困局,显著降低了病害风险,大幅度缩短了魔芋种植周期,从而突破魔芋传统种植区域的地理限制,使魔芋总产量超常规增长.

  7. Comparative Metagenomics Reveal Phylum Level Temporal and Spatial Changes in Mycobiome of Belowground Parts of Crocus sativus

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    Ambardar, Sheetal; Singh, Heikham Russiachand; Gowda, Malali; Vakhlu, Jyoti

    2016-01-01

    Plant-fungal associations have been explored by routine cultivation based approaches and cultivation based approaches cannot catalogue more than 5% of fungal diversity associated with any niche. In the present study, an attempt has been made to catalogue fungal diversity associated with belowground parts i.e. rhizosphere and cormosphere, of Crocus sativus (an economically important herb) during two growth stages, using cultivation independent ITS gene targeted approach, taking bulk soil as reference. The 454 pyrosequencing sequence data analysis suggests that the fungal diversity was niche and growth stage specific. Fungi diversity, in the present case, was not only different between the two organs (roots and corm) but the dominance pattern varies between the cormosphere during two growth stages. Zygomycota was dominant fungal phylum in the rhizosphere whereas Basidiomycota was dominant in cormosphere during flowering stage. However in cormosphere though Basidiomycota was dominant phylum during flowering stage but Zygomycota was dominant during dormant stage. Interestingly, in cormosphere, the phyla which was dominant at dormant stage was rare at flowering stage and vice-versa (Basidiomycota: Flowering = 93.2% Dormant = 0.05% and Zygomycota: Flowering = 0.8% Dormant = 99.7%). At genus level, Rhizopus was dominant in dormant stage but was rare in flowering stage (Rhizopus: Dormant = 99.7% Flowering = 0.55%). This dynamics is not followed by the bulk soil fungi which was dominated by Ascomycota during both stages under study. The genus Fusarium, whose species F. oxysporum causes corm rot in C. sativus, was present during both stages with slightly higher abundance in roots. Interestingly, the abundance of Rhizopus varied a great deal in two stages in cormosphere but the abundance of Fusarium was comparable in two growth stages (Bulk soil Flowering = 0.05%, Rhizosphere Flowering = 1.4%, Cormosphere Flowering = 0.06%, Bulk soil Dormant = 2.47% and cormosphere dormant

  8. 天麻营繁茎被蜜环菌侵染过程中细胞结构的变化%The Changes of Cell Structure in the Courses of Armillaria mellea Penetrating the Nutritional Stems of Gastrodia elata

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    徐锦堂

    2001-01-01

    目的研究天麻营繁茎被蜜环菌侵染后细胞结构的变化,及天麻整个生长期的营养来源。方法作天麻营繁茎连续纵切片结合横切片观察;在天麻生长期切断其与菌材连接的蜜环菌索,测量新生麻生长情况。结果蜜环菌索侵入天麻营繁茎后,分成多个分枝的菌丝通道,菌丝突破通道形成菌丝流,向外侵入皮层细胞形成菌丝结,向内直接侵入大型细胞被天麻消化作为营养;切断天麻与菌材连接的蜜环菌索,新生麻就停止生长。结论蜜环菌索侵入天麻营繁茎后,菌丝结、突破菌丝通道的菌丝流,及大型细胞等三层细胞层呈片状环周包围了整个营繁茎,菌丝通道是天麻整个生长期营养的补给线。%Objective To study the cell structure changes of Gastrodia elata after Armillaria mellea infection as well as the nutritional resource of this important medicinal plant. Method Observation of the serial sections on the nutritional stems of G.elata, and measure new corms of G.elata when cut off the old corms connection with rhizomorph of A. mellea. Result After G. elata nutritional stems infected by A.mellea, the rhizomorph of A. mellea separate into several hyphal layers and penetrate hyphal stream which infect into the cells of cortex layer in the direction of outside and infect directly into layer cells in the direction of inside, these hypha can be used the nutrition of G. elata the new corms will be stop growth if cut off the rhizomorph of A. mellea connected with G. elata. Conclusion After the rhizomorph of A. mellea infected G. elata nutritional stems, hyphal coils and the hyphal stream will breakthrough passage cells as well as large cells surround the whole nutritional stems, so the passage cells is the key nutritional resource in the whole growth period of G. elata.

  9. THE ROLE OF CARBON MONOXIDE IN THE REGULATION OF ELECTRICAL AND CONTRACTILE PROPERTIES OF SMOOTH MUSCLE CELLS OF THE GUINEA PIG URETER

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    Full Text Available Carbon monoxide CO, as well as nitric oxide and hydrogen sulfide, make up the family of labile biological mediators termed gasotransmitters. We hypothesized that CO may be involved in the mechanisms of regulation electrical and contractile properties of smooth muscles.The effects of carbon monoxide donor CORM II (tricarbonyldichlororuthenium(II-dimer on the electrical and contractile activities of smooth muscles of the guinea pig ureter were studied by the method of the double sucrose bridge. This method allows to register simultaneously the parameters of the action potential (AP and the contraction of smooth muscle cells (SMCs, caused by an electrical stimulus.CORM II in a concentration of 10 mmol has reduced the amplitude of contractions SMCs to (86.5 ± 9.7% (n = 6, p < 0.05, the amplitude of the AP to (88.9 ± 4.2% (n = 6, p < 0.05 and the duration of the plateau of the AP to (91.7 ± 6.0% (n = 6, p < 0.05. On the background of the action of biologically active substances (phenylephrine, 10 µmol or histamine, 10 µmol, these effects of CORM II amplified. The inhibitory action of СORM II on the parameters of the contractile and electrical activities of the smooth muscles of guinea pig ureter has been decreased by blocking potassium channels in membrane of SMCs by tetraethylammonium chloride (TEA оr inhibition of soluble guanylate cyclase (ODQ [1H-[1,2,4]-oxadiazolo[4,3-a]quinoxalin-l-one]. On the background of TEA (5 mmol, a donor of CO (10 mmol caused a reduction the amplitude of contraction SMCs to (87.0 ± 10.8% (n = 6, p < 0.05, the amplitude of the AP to (91.7 ± 6.4% (n = 6, p < 0.05 and the duration of the plateau of the AP to (93.4 ± 7.5% (n = 6, p < 0.05. After the pretreatment of ODQ (1 µmol adding CORM II (10 mmol in solution has resulted to augment of the amplitude of contraction ureteral smooth muscle strips to (90.9 ± 4.2% (n = 6, p < 0.05, the amplitude of the AP to (97.2 ± 10.3% (n = 6, p < 0.05 and the duration of the

  10. Hormone and microorganism treatments in the cultivation of saffron (Crocus sativus L.) plants.

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    Aytekin, Alper; Acikgoz, Aynur Ozkul

    2008-05-13

    The difficult cultivation of the saffron plant (Crocus Sativus L.) make the spice of the same name made from its dried stigmas very valuable. It is estimated that some 75,000 blossoms or 225,000 hand-picked stigmas are required to make a single pound of saffron, which explains why it is the world's most expensive spice. The aim of this study was to identify ways of increasing the fertility and production of saffron. For this purpose, the treatment of saffron bulbs with a synthetic growth hormone--a mixture of Polystimulins A6 and K--and two different microorganism based materials--biohumus or vermicompost and Effective Microorganisms (EM)--in four different ways (hormone alone, biohumus alone, EM alone and EM+biohumus) was investigated to determine whether these treatments have any statistically meaningful effects on corms and stigmas. It has been shown that EM + biohumus was the most effective choice for improved saffron cultivation.

  11. Biochemical investigations of yield-limitations in potatoes (Solanum tuberosum L. ) under warm tropical conditions

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    Mohabir, G.

    1988-01-01

    An important factor that limits potato yields in the lowland tropics is the continuously high soil temperatures. The biochemical basis of this limitation has been investigated. A sharp temperature optimum is observed in Arrhenius plots at 21.5/degrees/C when the incorporation of (/sup 14/C) sucrose into starch is measured with discs cut from developing tubers of potato. Over the same temperature range evolution of (/sup 14/C) CO/sub 2/ and apoplastic uptake show positive linearity while ethanol-soluble uptake displays a broad optimum above 25/degrees/C. By comparison starch synthesis in discs from corms of cocoyam (Colocasia esculenta (L) Schott.) is increased linearly by raising the temperature from 15/degrees/C to 35/degrees/C. The significance of a relatively low temperature optimum for starch synthesis in potato is discussed in relation to the yield limitation imposed by continuously high soil temperatures.

  12. In situ observation of crystallinity disruption patterns during starch gelatinization.

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    Cai, Canhui; Wei, Cunxu

    2013-01-30

    Twelve starches were isolated from the tuberous root of sweet potato, the rhizomes of lotus and yam, the tuber of potato, the corm of water chestnut, and the seeds of pea, bean, barley, wheat, lotus, water caltrop, and ginkgo. Their gelatinization processes were in situ viewed using a polarizing microscope in combination with a hot stage. Four patterns of crystallinity disruption during heating were proposed. The crystallinity disruption initially occurred on the proximal surface of the eccentric hilum, on the distal surface of the eccentric hilum, from the central hilum, or on the surface of the central hilum starch granule. The patterns of initial disruption on the distal surface of the eccentric hilum and on the surface of the central hilum starch were reported for the first time. The heterogeneous distribution of amylose in starch granule might partly explain the different patterns of crystallinity disruption and swelling during gelatinization. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Low concentration of exogenous carbon monoxide protects mammalian cells against proliferation induced by radiation-induced bystander effect.

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    Tong, Liping; Yu, K N; Bao, Lingzhi; Wu, Wenqing; Wang, Hongzhi; Han, Wei

    2014-01-01

    Radiation-induced bystander effect (RIBE) has been proposed to have tight relationship with the irradiation-caused secondary cancers beyond the irradiation-treated area after radiotherapy. Our previous studies demonstrated a protective effect of low concentration carbon monoxide (CO) on the genotoxicity of RIBE after α-particle irradiation. In the present work, a significant inhibitory effect of low-dose exogenous CO, generated by tricarbonyldichlororuthenium (II) dimer [CO-releasing molecule (CORM-2)], on both RIBE-induced proliferation and chromosome aberration was observed. Further studies on the mechanism revealed that the transforming growth factor β1/nitric oxide (NO) signaling pathway, which mediated RIBE signaling transduction, could be modulated by CO involved in the protective effects. Considering the potential of exogenous CO in clinical applications and its protective effect on RIBE, the present work aims to provide a foundation for potential application of CO in radiotherapy. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Aseptic multiplication of banana from excised floral apices.

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    Cronauer, S S; Krikorian, A D

    1985-08-01

    Most economically important bananas and plantains are large triploid seedless herbs that must be propagated vegetatively by removing small side shoots or "suckers" from the parent plant or by planting seed pieces of larger corms. Consequently, multiplication of stock material is time consuming, Recently, the rapid production of young banana plantlets suitable for use as "seed" material has been described. Vegetative shoot apices were isolated and multiplied using aseptic tissue culture techniques. Although these multiplication systems, once established, can produce thousands of plants in a relatively short period of time, their establishment necessitates the initial sacrifice of an individual specimen, which may not always be desirable or prudent should a limited parent stock be available. We describe here the production and multiplication of rooted banana plantlets from the isolation and culture of terminal floral apices.

  15. Hexamethylenetetramine carboxyborane: synthesis, structural characterization and CO releasing properties.

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    Ayudhya, T I; Raymond, C C; Dingra, N N

    2017-01-17

    Carbon monoxide, although widely known as a toxic gas, has received great attention in the past few decades due to its promising role as a medical gas. Several classes of carbon monoxide releasing molecules (CORMs) have been synthesised with many of them having pharmacological activities under physiological conditions. Herein, we report the synthesis and structural characterization of the first example of amine carboxyborane that releases CO under physiological conditions without the aid of inducers. A representative compound hexamethylenetetramine carboxyborane (HMTA-CB) described here has a half-life of 2.7 days and gradually releases CO with the rate constant of 3.0 × 10(-6) s(-1). Its ability to promote cell growth shows the beneficial effect of slow CO release to supplement CO in small amounts over time.

  16. Reduced caveolin-1 promotes hyper-inflammation due to abnormal heme oxygenase-1 localizationin LPS challenged macrophages with dysfunctional CFTR

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    Zhang, Ping-Xia; Murray, Thomas S.; Villella, Valeria Rachela; Ferrari, Eleonora; Esposito, Speranza; D'Souza, Anthony; Raia, Valeria; Maiuri, Luigi; Krause, Diane S.; Egan, Marie E.; Bruscia, Emanuela M.

    2013-01-01

    We have previously reported that TLR4 signaling is increased in lipopolysaccharide (LPS) -stimulated Cystic Fibrosis (CF) macrophages (MΦs), contributing to the robust production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. The heme oxygenase (HO-1)/carbon monoxide (CO) pathway modulates cellular redox status, inflammatory responses, and cell survival. The HO-1 enzyme, together with the scaffold protein caveolin 1 (CAV-1), also acts as a negative regulator of TLR4 signaling in MΦs. Here, we demonstrate that in LPS-challenged CF MΦs, HO-1 does not compartmentalize normally to the cell surface and instead accumulates intracellularly. The abnormal HO-1 localization in CF MΦs in response to LPS is due to decreased CAV-1 expression, which is controlled by the cellular oxidative state, and is required for HO-1 delivery to the cell surface. Overexpression of HO-1 or stimulating the pathway with CO-releasing molecules (CORM2)enhancesCAV-1 expression in CF MΦs, suggesting a positive-feed forward loop between HO-1/CO induction and CAV-1 expression. These manipulations reestablished HO-1 and CAV-1 cell surface localization in CF MΦ's. Consistent with restoration of HO-1/CAV-1 negative regulation of TLR4 signaling, genetic or pharmacological (CORM2)-induced enhancement of this pathway decreased the inflammatory response of CF MΦs and CF mice treated with LPS. In conclusion, our results demonstrate that the counter-regulatory HO-1/CO pathway, which is critical in balancing and limiting the inflammatory response, is defective in CF MΦs through a CAV-1-dependent mechanism, exacerbating the CF MΦ's response to LPS. This pathway could be a potential target for therapeutic intervention for CF lung disease. PMID:23606537

  17. Catalyst Deactivation Simulation Through Carbon Deposition in Carbon Dioxide Reforming over Ni/CaO-Al2O3 Catalyst

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    Istadi Istadi

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Major problem in CO2 reforming of methane (CORM process is coke formation which is a carbonaceous residue that can physically cover active sites of a catalyst surface and leads to catalyst deactivation. A key to develop a more coke-resistant catalyst lies in a better understanding of the methane reforming mechanism at a molecular level. Therefore, this paper is aimed to simulate a micro-kinetic approach in order to calculate coking rate in CORM reaction. Rates of encapsulating and filamentous carbon formation are also included. The simulation results show that the studied catalyst has a high activity, and the rate of carbon formation is relatively low. This micro-kinetic modeling approach can be used as a tool to better understand the catalyst deactivation phenomena in reaction via carbon deposition. Copyright © 2011 BCREC UNDIP. All rights reserved.(Received: 10th May 2011; Revised: 16th August 2011; Accepted: 27th August 2011[How to Cite: I. Istadi, D.D. Anggoro, N.A.S. Amin, and D.H.W. Ling. (2011. Catalyst Deactivation Simulation Through Carbon Deposition in Carbon Dioxide Reforming over Ni/CaO-Al2O3 Catalyst. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis, 6 (2: 129-136. doi:10.9767/bcrec.6.2.1213.129-136][How to Link / DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9767/bcrec.6.2.1213.129-136 || or local:  http://ejournal.undip.ac.id/index.php/bcrec/article/view/1213 ] | View in  |  

  18. Agro-economic performance of Comum tannia cultivated with plant spacing and different seed-rhizome masse

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    Rosimeire Pereira Gassi

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available The study aimed to evaluate the increase in plant height and agro-economic productivity of Comum tannia cultivated using two different row spacing (0.10 and 0.15 m and four seed-rhizome masses (5.52 g; 3.76 g, 2.17 g, and 1.44 g, mean of 480 rhizomes. The plants were cultivated in a 2 × 4-factorial scheme, completely randomized block design, with three replications. The maximum height of the plants reached 43.2 cm at 179 days after planting with a seed-rhizome mass of 5.52 g and 0.15-m space between plants. The highest fresh mass yields of the aerial parts (1.74 t·ha-1 of medium (3.25 t·ha-1 and small (4.24 t·ha-1 cormels were obtained in plants propagated using a seed-rhizome mass of 3.76 g. The highest yields of corm (2.64 t·ha-1 and large cormels (2.37 t·ha-1 were achieved using a seed-rhizome mass of 5.52 g. The diameters and lengths of corms and cormels showed a direct relationship with the seedling mass, except for the diameters of small cormels, which were higher in plants propagated using a seed-rhizome mass of 1.44 g. Thus, it was concluded that to achieve increased plant height, production of commercial rhizomes, and gross and net incomes, Comum tannia should be propagated using seed-rhizome mass of 5.52 g and plant spacing of 0.15 m.

  19. 藏红花愈伤组织的诱导及植株再生%Callus Induction and Plant Regeneration of Saffron

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    王寿芹; 赵永钦; 刘莉莎; 郭仰东

    2011-01-01

    以藏红花(Crocus sativus L.)当年新生小球茎为材料,在MS+0.5 mg/L BA+1.0 mg/L NAA+7%CM(椰乳)培养基上进行初代培养,再转入MS+5 mg/L BA+5 mg/L NAA中进行愈伤组织的诱导,黑暗条件下继代1-2次,51 d就可以获得高诱导串的愈伤组织,愈伤诱导率可达65%.将愈伤组织转入分化培养基MS+5 mg/L BA+5 mg/L NAA中分化丛生芽,丛生芽诱导率高达95%,将丛生芽分成单个植株,最终形成完整再生植株.%The corms of saffron were used as explanta to establiah a regeneration protocol for Cro cus sativus L. The corms incubated in MS + 0. 5 mg/L BA +1.0 mg/L NAA +7 % CM at first, then tranaferred to MS +5 mg/ L BA +5 mg/ L NAA for callus induction. Callus formation was obaened after 51 days , culture and the callus induction rate was 65 % . After four weeks callus induction, the shoot regeneration rate (95 % ) was obtained when 2 mg/L BA was combined with 1 mg/L NAA. The shoot buds were fragmented and transfered to root induction medium containing 0.5 mg/L IBA. Plantlets were then successfully transplanted to greenhouse.

  20. Enhanced expression of heme oxygenase-1 in the locus coeruleus can be associated with anxiolytic-like effects.

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    Cazuza, Rafael Alves; Pol, Olga; Leite-Panissi, Christie Ramos Andrade

    2017-09-05

    Some researchers have shown that carbon monoxide (CO) plays a role in emotional behavior modulation through intracellular 3'-5'-guanosine monophosphate mechanisms in the locus coeruleus (LC). In fact, the LC region has a high expression of the heme-oxygenase (HO) enzymes, which are responsible for the production of CO. However, the physiological mechanism by which the HO-CO pathway participates in the modulation of emotional responses in the LC still needs clarification. This study evaluates whether a systemic intraperitoneal treatment is able to alter behavioral responses (in the elevated plus-maze and the light-dark box test) and the expression of the HO-1 and HO-2 enzymes in the LC. The tested treatments are acute (3h before) or chronic (twice daily for 10 days) and with a carbon monoxide releaser (tricarbonyldichlororuthenium [II] dimer, or CORM-2) or with a HO-1 inducer compound (cobalt protoporphyrin IX, CoPP). The results for the elevated plus-maze show that CO-for both acute or chronic administration of either drug-increased the number of entries into the open arms and the percentage of time spent in the open arms. Regarding the light-dark box test, chronic treatment with either drug increased the time spent in the light compartment. Additionally, treatment with CORM-2 or CoPP, either acutely or chronically, increased HO-1 enzyme expression in the LC cells. This study shows that systemic CO treatment can promote an anxiolytic-like effect and the expression of HO-1 enzymes in LC cells. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  1. Hybrid performance in taro (Colocasia esculenta) in relation to genetic dissimilarity of parents.

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    Quero-García, José; Letourmy, P; Ivancic, A; Feldmann, P; Courtois, B; Noyer, J L; Lebot, V

    2009-07-01

    Taro (Colocasia esculenta) breeding, as other root crop breeding, is based on the production and evaluation of large numbers of hybrids. The selection of parents is based on their phenotypic value in the absence of information concerning general combining ability (GCA), specific combining ability (SCA), or genetic distances between varieties. By combining data from heritability trials and from genetic diversity studies conducted with AFLP and SSR markers, we aimed at studying the relationship between hybrid vigour and genetic dissimilarity between parents. The traits studied included number of suckers, corm weight, corm dimensions, and dry matter content. Correlation coefficients between hybrid gain and dissimilarity values were calculated. The prediction of hybrid performance based on the mid-parent value was compared to the prediction based on a modified expression that takes into account the genetic relationships between parents. Correlations were all but one positive but not statistically significant for all traits, with the exception of the number of suckers, when using SSR markers for dissimilarity calculations. Accordingly, the genetic dissimilarities in the prediction of hybrid performances did not increase the correlation between predicted and observed hybrid vigour values. However, large differences were observed among the residual means from the regression between predicted and observed values when using AFLP or SSR markers, mainly due to the much higher polymorphism revealed by the latter. Models need to be further adapted to the type of molecular marker used, since their ability to reveal different rates of polymorphism will have a direct incidence on the calculation of genetic dissimilarities between genotypes. Nevertheless, since SSR markers are more polymorphic and more informative than AFLP markers, they should be preferentially used for these studies. Low genetic dissimilarity of parents yielded weak heterosis effects and future studies need to be

  2. Trace elements in the Prestige fuel-oil spill: Levels and influence on Laxe Ria sediments (NW Iberian Peninsula); Elementos traza en el combustible vertido por el Prestige: Niveles e impacto sobre el sedimento de la Ria de Laxe (noroeste de Espana)

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    Prego, R; Cobelo-Garcia, A; Santos-Echeandia, J [Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas CSIC, Vigo, (Spain); Marmolejo-Rodriguez, J [Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas-Instituto Politecnico Nacional, La Paz, (Mexico)

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    Trace elements have been determined in sediments from the Laxe Ria (NW Iberian Peninsula) one year before and one year after the Prestige fuel-oil spill (November 2002; 42 degrees 11 minutes North, 12 degrees 02 minutes West). The elements analyzed (Cd, Cu, Mo, Ni, Se and V) were chosen because they appeared to represent a potential contaminant from the deposited oil in the sediments. Enrichment factors, based on Al-normalized background concentrations, did not indicate metal contamination in the sediments from most of the ria; however, a severe contamination by Cu, Mo, Ni and V was found in the area of Corme Inlet, where the fuel oil could have accumulated as a result of the ria's hydrodynamic pattern. [Spanish] Se cuantifico la concentracion de 19 elementos quimicos en el combustible pesado derramado al mar desde los tanques del petrolero Prestige (noviembre de 2002; 42 grados 11 minutos Norte, 12 grados 02 minutos Este). Entre ellos, se investigo la presencia de Cd, Cu, Mo, Ni, Se y V en el sedimento superficial de la Ria de Laxe (NO de Espana) en los anos anterior y posterior al vertido debido a que sus niveles son similares tanto en el fuel como en el sedimento. Los factores de enriquecimiento, obtenidos tras normalizacion de las concentraciones con el aluminio, no indican contaminacion del sedimento en la ria. No obstante, se detecto una severa contaminacion por Cu, Mo, Ni y V en la ensenada de Corme donde el vertido podria haberse acumulado como resultado de la hidrodinamica de la propia ria.

  3. Curcumin-induced heme oxygenase-1 expression prevents H2O2-induced cell death in wild type and heme oxygenase-2 knockout adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells.

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    Cremers, Niels A J; Lundvig, Ditte M S; van Dalen, Stephanie C M; Schelbergen, Rik F; van Lent, Peter L E M; Szarek, Walter A; Regan, Raymond F; Carels, Carine E; Wagener, Frank A D T G

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    Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) administration is a promising adjuvant therapy to treat tissue injury. However, MSC survival after administration is often hampered by oxidative stress at the site of injury. Heme oxygenase (HO) generates the cytoprotective effector molecules biliverdin/bilirubin, carbon monoxide (CO) and iron/ferritin by breaking down heme. Since HO-activity mediates anti-apoptotic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidative effects, we hypothesized that modulation of the HO-system affects MSC survival. Adipose-derived MSCs (ASCs) from wild type (WT) and HO-2 knockout (KO) mice were isolated and characterized with respect to ASC marker expression. In order to analyze potential modulatory effects of the HO-system on ASC survival, WT and HO-2 KO ASCs were pre-treated with HO-activity modulators, or downstream effector molecules biliverdin, bilirubin, and CO before co-exposure of ASCs to a toxic dose of H2O2. Surprisingly, sensitivity to H2O2-mediated cell death was similar in WT and HO-2 KO ASCs. However, pre-induction of HO-1 expression using curcumin increased ASC survival after H2O2 exposure in both WT and HO-2 KO ASCs. Simultaneous inhibition of HO-activity resulted in loss of curcumin-mediated protection. Co-treatment with glutathione precursor N-Acetylcysteine promoted ASC survival. However, co-incubation with HO-effector molecules bilirubin and biliverdin did not rescue from H2O2-mediated cell death, whereas co-exposure to CO-releasing molecules-2 (CORM-2) significantly increased cell survival, independently from HO-2 expression. Summarizing, our results show that curcumin protects via an HO-1 dependent mechanism against H2O2-mediated apoptosis, and likely through the generation of CO. HO-1 pre-induction or administration of CORMs may thus form an attractive strategy to improve MSC therapy.

  4. Curcumin-Induced Heme Oxygenase-1 Expression Prevents H2O2-Induced Cell Death in Wild Type and Heme Oxygenase-2 Knockout Adipose-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells

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    Niels A. J. Cremers

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    Full Text Available Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC administration is a promising adjuvant therapy to treat tissue injury. However, MSC survival after administration is often hampered by oxidative stress at the site of injury. Heme oxygenase (HO generates the cytoprotective effector molecules biliverdin/bilirubin, carbon monoxide (CO and iron/ferritin by breaking down heme. Since HO-activity mediates anti-apoptotic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidative effects, we hypothesized that modulation of the HO-system affects MSC survival. Adipose-derived MSCs (ASCs from wild type (WT and HO-2 knockout (KO mice were isolated and characterized with respect to ASC marker expression. In order to analyze potential modulatory effects of the HO-system on ASC survival, WT and HO-2 KO ASCs were pre-treated with HO-activity modulators, or downstream effector molecules biliverdin, bilirubin, and CO before co-exposure of ASCs to a toxic dose of H2O2. Surprisingly, sensitivity to H2O2-mediated cell death was similar in WT and HO-2 KO ASCs. However, pre-induction of HO-1 expression using curcumin increased ASC survival after H2O2 exposure in both WT and HO-2 KO ASCs. Simultaneous inhibition of HO-activity resulted in loss of curcumin-mediated protection. Co-treatment with glutathione precursor N-Acetylcysteine promoted ASC survival. However, co-incubation with HO-effector molecules bilirubin and biliverdin did not rescue from H2O2-mediated cell death, whereas co-exposure to CO-releasing molecules-2 (CORM-2 significantly increased cell survival, independently from HO-2 expression. Summarizing, our results show that curcumin protects via an HO-1 dependent mechanism against H2O2-mediated apoptosis, and likely through the generation of CO. HO-1 pre-induction or administration of CORMs may thus form an attractive strategy to improve MSC therapy.

  5. 芋种质资源染色体倍性鉴定%Chromosomal Ploidy Identification of Taro (Colocasia) Germplasm Resources

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    黄新芳; 柯卫东; 刘义满; 叶元英; 李双梅; 彭静; 刘玉平; 李峰

    2012-01-01

    利用流式细胞术(Flow cytometry,FCM),对芋属(Colocasia)中种质资源类型最为丰富的滇南芋(C.antiquorum Schott)和芋[c.esculenta(L.)Schott]的染色体倍性进行了鉴定.结果表明:滇南芋的染色体倍性为2n=2x=28.芋中魁芋的染色体倍性表现为2n=2x=28;多头芋、魁子兼用芋为2n=3x=42;多子芋一般为2n=3x=42,但白芽乌绿柄多子芋为2n=2x=28,另外来自印度的绿柄多子芋也为2n=2x=28.%Chromosome ploidy of taro ( Colocasia ) germplasm resources, such as C. antiquorum Schott and C. esculenta ( L.) Schott, whose genotypes were the richest, were studied by flow cytometry analysis. The results showed that chromosome ploidy level of C. antiquorum Schott was diploid ( 2n= 2x=28 ). In C. esculenta ( L.) Schott, taro with large corm was diploid ( 2n=2x=28 ). The taro with multi-head and taro used for corm and cormels were triploid ( 2n=3x=42 ). Generally, taro with numerous cormels was triploid ( 2n=3x=42 ), while taro with numerous cormels, whose potile was purple-green and bud was white, was diploid ( 2n=2x=28 ). Meanwhile, there exists diploid ( 2n=2x=28 ) in taro with numerous cormels, whose petiole was green and it was introduced from India.

  6. In vitro development of microcorms and stigma like structures in saffron (Crocus sativus L.).

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    Mir, Javid Iqbal; Ahmed, Nazeer; Wani, Shabir H; Rashid, Rizwan; Mir, Hidayatullah; Sheikh, Muneer A

    2010-12-01

    Saffron is an important spice derived from the stigmas of Crocus sativus, a species belonging to the family Iridaceae. Due to its triploid nature it is sterile and is not able to set seeds, so it is propagated only by corms. The natural propagation rate of most geophytes including saffron is relatively low. An in vitro multiplication technique like micropropagation has been used for the propagation of saffron. In the present study, various explants were cultured on different nutrient media supplemented with various concentrations of plant growth regulators to standardize the best media combination for obtaining optimum response with respect to corm production and development of Stigma Like Structures (SLS). Highest response (60 %) was observed with half ovaries on G-5 media supplemented with 27 μM NAA and 44.4 μM BA followed by 55 % on LS media with 27 μM NAA and 44.4 μM BA. Maximum size (1.3 g) of microcorms were obtained from apical buds on the LS media supplemented with 21.6 μM NAA and 22.2 μM. Stigma Like Structures were developed from half ovary explants both directly and indirectly. Maximum number (120 indirectly and 20 directly) and size (5.2 cm) of SLS were obtained in G-5 medium supplemented with 27 μM NAA and 44.4 μM BA followed by 100 indirectly and 20 directly and 4.5 cm long on LS medium supplemented with 27 μM NAA and 44.4 μM BA.

  7. Heme oxygenase attenuates angiotensin II-mediated superoxide production in cultured mouse thick ascending loop of Henle cells.

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    Kelsen, Silvia; Patel, Bijal J; Parker, Lawson B; Vera, Trinity; Rimoldi, John M; Gadepalli, Rama S V; Drummond, Heather A; Stec, David E

    2008-10-01

    Heme oxygenase (HO)-1 induction can attenuate the development of angiotensin II (ANG II)-dependent hypertension. However, the mechanism by which HO-1 lowers blood pressure is not clear. The goal of this study was to test the hypothesis that induction of HO-1 can reduce the ANG II-mediated increase in superoxide production in cultured thick ascending loop of Henle (TALH) cells. Studies were performed on an immortalized cell line of mouse TALH (mTALH) cells. HO-1 was induced in cultured mTALH cells by treatment with cobalt protoporphyrin (CoPP, 10 microM) or hemin (50 microM) or by transfection with a plasmid containing the human HO-1 isoform. Treatment of mTALH cells with 10(-9) M ANG II increased dihydroethidium (DHE) fluorescence (an index of superoxide levels) from 35.5+/-5 to 136+/-18 relative fluorescence units (RFU)/microm2. Induction of HO-1 via CoPP, hemin, or overexpression of the human HO-1 isoform significantly reduced ANG II-induced DHE fluorescence to 64+/-5, 64+/-8, and 41+/-4 RFU/microm2, respectively. To determine which metabolite of HO-1 is responsible for reducing ANG II-mediated increases in superoxide production in mTALH cells, cells were preincubated with bilirubin or carbon monoxide (CO)-releasing molecule (CORM)-A1 (each at 100 microM) before exposure to ANG II. DHE fluorescence averaged 80+/-7 RFU/microm2 after incubation with ANG II and was significantly decreased to 55+/-7 and 53+/-4 RFU/microm2 after pretreatment with bilirubin and CORM-A1. These results demonstrate that induction of HO-1 in mTALH cells reduces the levels of ANG II-mediated superoxide production through the production of both bilirubin and CO.

  8. Identificação de cultivares e certificação da pureza genética de gladíolo por meio de marcadores morfológicos Identification of cultivars and certification of genetic purity of gladiolus through morphologic markers

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    Clarissa Alves Ferreira

    2011-08-01

    Gladiolus sp by means of morphologic markers were made. Eleven cultivars of Gladiolus sp. were used and for the characterization of the cultivars, the plots were made up of 25 plants, evaluating the characteristics of corms, leaves and flowers. The used experimental design was the one of randomized blocks with four replicates. For the genetic purity certification, plots with 24 plants and corms containing varietal contaminations in different proportions were established. Three cultivars were used to make up the treatments, and the evaluations were conducted by three evaluators who were unaware of the existent percentage of varietal contamination. The percentage of mistakes was calculated based upon the obtained results of the evaluations. The standard deviation of the means of the results in the four replicates obtained by the three evaluators was calculated. In order to verify the significance of the deviations among the obtained results by the evaluators, Chi-square test was used. By means of corm characteristics, it is possible to distinguish four cultivars out of the eleven evaluated. The characteristic of flower color is the safest morphological descriptor for distinguishing gladiolus cultivars. Depending on the characteristics of the contaminant cultivars and on the ones under analyses, it is possible to use morphological descriptors for the genetic purity certification in gladiolus cultivars.

  9. The Effect of Different in-situ Water Conservation Tillage Methods on Growth and Development of Taro (Colocasia esculenta L.

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Taro (Colocasia esculenta L. is an important food crop in the diet of Swazi people. However, there is dearth of information in the country on appropriate agronomic practices which can adequately conserve soil moisture to meet taro crop water requirements. The effects of in-situ water conservation practices on growth, development and yield of taro were investigated. Five in-situ water conservation methods/treatments [tied ridges, ridges, half moon, flat (not irrigated and flat (irrigated] were evaluated. The flat (irrigated treatment served as a control. The experiment was conducted in a sandy clay loam soil at Luyengo. The treatments were laid in a randomized complete block design (RCBD replicated three times. Each plot measured 5.0 m x 5.0 m with inter-row spacing of 0.9 m and intra- row plant spacing of 0.3 m for flat seedbeds. The ridges were 0.3 m high and 1 m apart, and ties were 0.2 m high spaced at 0.5 m intervals. The half moons had a diameter of 0.5 m. Planting was done in October 2009 using corms. The plants were rainfed, except for the irrigated treatment where irrigation w as done to field capacity when soil moisture matric potential reached 10 bars. Parameters measured included soil moisture, plant emergence, plant height, number of leaves, leaf length and leaf width. Leaf area and Leaf Area Index (LAI were calculated. The fresh yield of corms was measured at 24 weeks after planting. The results showed plant emergence rate after three weeks being highest under the half moon, at 94% followed in decreasing order by irrigated flat at 90% , tied ridges at 85%, ridges at 82% and lastly flat (not irrigated at 80%. The various treatments did not show significant (p>0.05 differences in plant height throughout the growing period. However plants grown in irrigated flat plots consistently exhibited significantly (p<0.01 the highest number of leaves compared to other treatments. A similar trend w as also observed with LAI. Taro corm yield were

  10. Morphoanatomy of the stem in Cyperaceae Morfoanatomia do caule de algumas Cyperaceae

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    Ana Claudia Rodrigues

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Cyperaceae are usually perennial, with underground stems mainly rhizomatous, however, other stem types may also occur, such as corms and tubers. The underground stems of five Cyperaceae species were examined. Cyperus rotundus and Fuirena umbellata have plagiotropic rhizomes, while C. esculentus, C. odoratus, Hypolytrum schraderianum and Bulbostylis paradoxa have orthotropic rhizomes. Corms occur in C. rotundus and C. esculentus, and stolons in C. esculentus. The primary body originates from the activity of the apical meristem and later, from the primary thickening meristem (PTM. Secondary growth results from secondary thickening meristem (STM activity, and occurs in rhizomes of H. schraderianum, B. paradoxa, C. odotarus and F. umbellata. The procambium and the PTM give rise to collateral bundles in H. schraderianum, and amphivasal bundles in the remaining species. The STM gives rise to the vascular system with the associated phloem and xylem. According to our results, the concept of stem type in Cyperaceae depends on external morphology, function, life phase, activity of the thickening meristems and the relative amount of parenchyma.As espécies da família Cyperaceae são normalmente perenes com caule subterrâneo principalmente do tipo rizomas, entretanto outros tipos também podem ocorrer, como cormos e tubérculos. Foram examinados os caules subterrâneos de cinco espécies de Cyperaceae. Cyperus rotundus e Fuirena umbellata tem rizoma plagiotrópico, enquanto que C. esculentus, C. odoratus, Hypolytrum schraderianum e Bulbostylis paradoxa tem rizoma ortotrópico. Em C. rotundus e C. esculentus ocorrem cormos e em C. esculentus ocorrem estolões. O corpo primário é originado a partir da atividade do meristema apical e em níveis subseqüentes, a partir do meristema de espessamento primário (MEP. O crescimento secundário é resultado da atividade do meristema de espessamento secundário (MES, e ocorre nos rizomas de H. schraderianum, B

  11. Energy analyses and greenhouse gas emissions assessment for saffron production cycle.

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    Bakhtiari, Amir Abbas; Hematian, Amir; Sharifi, Azin

    2015-10-01

    Population growth and world climate changes are putting high pressure on agri-food production systems. Exacerbating use of energy sources and expanding the environmental damaging symptoms are the results of these difficult situations. This study was conducted to determine the energy balance for saffron production cycle and investigate the corresponding greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Iran. Saffron (Crocus sativus L.) is one of the main spice that historically cultivated in Iran. Data were obtained from 127 randomly selected saffron growers using a face to face questionnaire technique. The results revealed that in 5 years of saffron production cycle, the overall input and output energy use were to be 163,912.09 and 184,868.28 MJ ha(-1), respectively. The highest-level of energy consumption belongs to seeds (23.7 %) followed by chemical fertilizers (23.4 %). Energy use efficiency, specific energy, net energy, and energy productivity of saffron production were 1.1, 13.4 MJ kg(-1), 20,956.2 MJ ha(-1), and 0.1 kg MJ(-1), respectively. The result shows that the cultivation of saffron emits 2325.5 kg CO2 eq. ha(-1) greenhouse gas, in which around 46.5 % belonged to electricity followed by chemical fertilizers. In addition the Cobb-Douglas production function was applied into EViews 7 software to define the functional relationship. The results of econometric model estimation showed that the impact of human labor, electricity, and water for irrigation on stigma, human labor, electricity, and seed on corm and also human labor and farmyard manure (FYM) on flower and leaf yield were found to be statistically significant. Sensitivity analysis results of the energy inputs demonstrated that the marginal physical productivity (MPP) worth of electricity energy was the highest for saffron stigma and corm, although saffron flower and leaf had more sensitivity on chemicals energy inputs. Moreover, MPP values of renewable and indirect energies were higher than non-renewable and

  12. Crescimento e produção de raízes comercializáveis de mandioquinha-salsa em resposta à aplicação de nutrientes Production of arracacha (Arracacia xanthorrhiza Bancroft in increasing levels of nutrients

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    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available A produção de mandioquinha-salsa (Arracacia xanthorrhiza Bancroft vem aumentando marcadamente em algumas regiões do Brasil, com uma crescente demanda nos grandes centros consumidores. O desenvolvimento e produção desta espécie no estado do Rio de Janeiro foi avaliado, em condições de campo, em um experimento com três níveis de nitrogênio, fósforo e potássio em esquema fatorial, num delineamento de blocos ao acaso com quatro repetições. Foram realizadas amostragens, da planta inteira, da parte aérea, do propágulo e da raiz, em quatro épocas ao longo do ciclo da cultura. O maior acúmulo da massa seca na parte aérea ocorreu aos 180 dias e, em relação ao propágulo e às raízes, aos 300 dias depois do transplante. Não foram observadas respostas significativas na produtividade de raízes comercializáveis às doses aplicadas de fósforo e potássio e a maior produtividade foi alcançada com a dose de 60 kg.ha-1 de N.Arracacha production has been markedly increasing in some regions of Brazil, with a indreasing demand in the most important consuming centers. A field experiment was conducted with the objective of evaluating the development of this species in the State of Rio de Janeiro. Three levels of N, P and K were tested in completely randomized blocks design with four repetitions in a factorial scheme. Shoot, corm and root samples were collected four times along the plant cycle. The highest shoot dry weight accumulation was recorded at 180 days, for corm and roots at 300 days after planting. No Significant effects of phosphorus and potassium levels were observed and the highest production was reached with the level of 60 kg.ha-1 of N.

  13. Traditional uses and potential health benefits of Amorphophallus konjac K. Koch ex N.E.Br.

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    Chua, Melinda; Baldwin, Timothy C; Hocking, Trevor J; Chan, Kelvin

    2010-03-24

    Amorphophallus konjac (konjac) has long been used in China, Japan and South East Asia as a food source and as a traditional medicine. Flour extracted from the corm of this species is used in Far Eastern cuisine to make noodles, tofu and snacks. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), a gel prepared from the flour has been used for detoxification, tumour-suppression, blood stasis alleviation and phlegm liquefaction; and for more than 2000 years has been consumed by the indigenous people of China for the treatment of asthma, cough, hernia, breast pain, burns as well as haematological and skin disorders. Over the past two decades, purified konjac flour, commonly known as konjac glucomannan (KGM) has been introduced on a relatively small scale into the United States and Europe, both as a food additive and a dietary supplement. The latter is available in capsule form or as a drink mix and in food products. Clinical studies have demonstrated that supplementing the diet with KGM significantly lowers plasma cholesterol, improves carbohydrate metabolism, bowel movement and colonic ecology. Standards for the classification of both konjac flour and KGM have been established by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, the European Commission and the U.S. Food Chemicals Codex. However, to date, there is no worldwide agreed regulatory standard for konjac flour or KGM. This highlights the need for harmonization of konjac commercial standards to assess and ensure the quality of existing and future KGM products. Despite the widespread consumption of konjac derived products in East and South East Asia, there has been limited research on the biology, processing and cultivation of this species in the West. Most studies performed outside Asia have focussed on the structural characterisation and physicochemical properties of KGM. Therefore, the objective of this monograph is to review the literature covering the ethnic uses, botany and cultivation of konjac corms, together with the health

  14. Effect of carbon monoxide on gene expression in cerebrocortical astrocytes: Validation of reference genes for quantitative real-time PCR.

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    Oliveira, Sara R; Vieira, Helena L A; Duarte, Carlos B

    2015-09-15

    Quantitative real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) is a widely used technique to characterize changes in gene expression in complex cellular and tissue processes, such as cytoprotection or inflammation. The accurate assessment of changes in gene expression depends on the selection of adequate internal reference gene(s). Carbon monoxide (CO) affects several metabolic pathways and de novo protein synthesis is crucial in the cellular responses to this gasotransmitter. Herein a selection of commonly used reference genes was analyzed to identify the most suitable internal control genes to evaluate the effect of CO on gene expression in cultured cerebrocortical astrocytes. The cells were exposed to CO by treatment with CORM-A1 (CO releasing molecule A1) and four different algorithms (geNorm, NormFinder, Delta Ct and BestKeeper) were applied to evaluate the stability of eight putative reference genes. Our results indicate that Gapdh (glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase) together with Ppia (peptidylpropyl isomerase A) is the most suitable gene pair for normalization of qRT-PCR results under the experimental conditions used. Pgk1 (phosphoglycerate kinase 1), Hprt1 (hypoxanthine guanine phosphoribosyl transferase I), Sdha (Succinate Dehydrogenase Complex, Subunit A), Tbp (TATA box binding protein), Actg1 (actin gamma 1) and Rn18s (18S rRNA) genes presented less stable expression profiles in cultured cortical astrocytes exposed to CORM-A1 for up to 60 min. For validation, we analyzed the effect of CO on the expression of Bdnf and bcl-2. Different results were obtained, depending on the reference genes used. A significant increase in the expression of both genes was found when the results were normalized with Gapdh and Ppia, in contrast with the results obtained when the other genes were used as reference. These findings highlight the need for a proper and accurate selection of the reference genes used in the quantification of qRT-PCR results

  15. On the use of certified reference materials for assuring the quality of results for the determination of mercury in environmental samples.

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    Bulska, Ewa; Krata, Agnieszka; Kałabun, Mateusz; Wojciechowski, Marcin

    2017-03-01

    This work focused on the development and validation of methodologies for the accurate determination of mercury in environmental samples and its further application for the preparation and certification of new reference materials (RMs). Two certified RMs ERM-CC580 (inorganic matrix) and ERM-CE464 (organic matrix) were used for the evaluation of digestion conditions assuring the quantitative recovery of mercury. These conditions were then used for the digestion of new candidates for the environmental RMs: bottom sediment (M_2 BotSed), herring tissue (M_3 HerTis), cormorant tissue (M_4 CormTis), and codfish muscle (M_5 CodTis). Cold vapor atomic absorption spectrometry (CV AAS) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP MS) were used for the measurement of mercury concentration in all RMs. In order to validate and assure the accuracy of results, isotope dilution mass spectrometry (IDMS) was applied as a primary method of measurement, assuring the traceability of obtained values to the SI units: the mole, the kilogram, and the second. Results obtained by IDMS using n((200)Hg)/n((202)Hg) ratio, with estimated combined uncertainty, were as follows: (916 ± 41)/[4.5 %] ng g(-1) (M_2 BotSed), (236 ± 14)/[5.9 %] ng g(-1) (M_3 HerTis), (2252 ± 54)/[2.4 %] ng g(-1) (M_4 CormTis), and (303 ± 15)/[4.9 %] ng g(-1) (M_CodTis), respectively. Different types of detection techniques and quantification (external calibration, standard addition, isotope dilution) were applied in order to improve the quality of the analytical results. The good agreement (within less than 2.5 %) between obtained results and those derived from the Inter-laboratory Comparison, executed by the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology (Warsaw, Poland) on the same sample matrices, further validated the analytical procedures developed in this study, as well as the concentration of mercury in all four new RMs. Although the developed protocol enabling the metrological

  16. Induction of heme oxygenase-1 attenuates lipopolysaccharide-induced cyclooxygenase-2 expression in mouse brain endothelial cells

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    Yang Chuen-Mao

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2, an arachidonic acid metabolite converted by cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2, plays important roles in the regulation of endothelial functions in response to bacterial infection. The enzymatic activity of COX-2 can be down-regulated by heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1 induction. However, the mechanisms underlying HO-1 modulating COX-2 protein expression are not known. Objective The aim of the present study was to investigate whether the up-regulation of HO-1 regulates COX-2 expression induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS, an endotoxin produced by Gram negative bacteria, in mouse brain endothelial cells (bEnd.3 Methods Cultured bEnd.3 cells were used to investigate LPS-induced COX-2 expression and PGE2 production. Cobalt protoporphyrin IX (CoPP, an HO-1 inducer, infection with a recombinant adenovirus carried with HO-1 gene (Adv-HO-1, or zinc protoporphyrin (ZnPP, an HO-1 inhibitor was used to stimulate HO-1 induction or inhibit HO-1 activity. The expressions of COX-2 and HO-1 were evaluated by western blotting. PGE2 levels were detected by an enzyme-linked immunoassay. Hemoglobin (a chelator of carbon monoxide, CO, one of metabolites of HO-1 and CO-RM2 (a CO releasing molecule were used to investigate the mechanisms of HO-1 regulating COX-2 expression. Results We found that LPS-induced COX-2 expression and PGE2 production were mediated through NF-κB (p65 via activation of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4. LPS-induced COX-2 expression was inhibited by HO-1 induction by pretreatment with CoPP or infection with Adv-HO-1. This inhibitory effect of HO-1 was reversed by pretreatment with either ZnPP or hemoglobin. Pretreatment with CO-RM2 also inhibited TLR4/MyD88 complex formation, NF-κB (p65 activation, COX-2 expression, and PGE2 production induced by LPS. Conclusions We show here a novel inhibition of HO-1 on LPS-induced COX-2/PGE2 production in bEnd.3. Our results reinforce the emerging role of cerebral endothelium-derived HO-1

  17. New species of Iridaceae from the Hantam-Roggeveld Centre of Endemism, and the Bokkeveld, Northern Cape, South Africa

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    J. C. Manning

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Three new species of Iridaceae are described from the Bokkeveld and Roggeveld Escarpments.  Ixia amethystina. a member of section Dichone, is endemic to the edge of the Roggeveld Escarpment. It shares an unusual, inclined spike that is nodding in bud with  I. trifolia but is distinguished by its blackish purple (not yellow anthers, narrower leaves 1.5-2.0 mm wide, medium-textured corm tunics that form a distinct neck at the base of the stem, and short style branches 2.0-2.5 mm long.Moraea marginata. another Roggeveld endemic, is a member of section Polvanthes and florally similar to M. fistulosa and M. monticola but differs in its linear, channelled leaves 5-7 mm wide, with unusual, thickened margins. Romulea singularis. from the edge of the Kobee River Valley in the Bokkeveld Mountains, is a member of section  Ciliatae. It is unique in the genus in its narrowly funnel-shaped, mauve to purple flowers with slender perianth tube 10-11 mm long, and unusually long filaments, 8-9 mm long, inserted in the lower half of the tube.

  18. Diversity of culturable bacterial endophytes of saffron in Kashmir, India.

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    Sharma, Tanwi; Kaul, Sanjana; Dhar, Manoj K

    2015-01-01

    Saffron (Crocus sativus) is a medicinally important plant. The Kashmir valley (J&K, India) emblematizes one of the major and quality saffron producing areas in the world. Nonetheless, the area has been experiencing a declining trend in the production of saffron during the last decade. Poor disease management is one of the major reasons for declining saffron production in the area. Endophytes are known to offer control against many diseases of host plant. During the present study, culturable bacterial endophytes were isolated from saffron plant, identified and assessed for plant growth promoting activities. Molecular and phylogenetic analysis grouped the fifty-four bacterial isolates into eleven different taxa, viz. Bacillus licheniformis, B. subtilis, B. cereus, B. humi, B. pumilus, Paenibacillus elgii, B. safensis, Brevibacillus sp., Pseudomonas putida, Staphylococcus hominis and Enterobacter cloacae. The results were also supported with the identification based on BIOLOG system. B. licheniformis was the dominant endophyte in both leaves and corms of saffron. 81 % isolates showed lipase activity, 57 % cellulase, 48 % protease, 38 % amylase, 33 % chitinase and 29 % showed pectinase activity. 24 % of the isolates were phosphate solublizers, 86 % showed siderophore production and 80 % phytohormone production potential. The present repository of well characterized bacterial endophytes of saffron, have plant growth promoting potential which can be explored further for their respective roles in the biology of the saffron plant.

  19. Impact of heme oxygenase-1 on cholesterol synthesis, cholesterol efflux and oxysterol formation in cultured astroglia.

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    Hascalovici, Jacob R; Song, Wei; Vaya, Jacob; Khatib, Soliman; Fuhrman, Bianca; Aviram, Michael; Schipper, Hyman M

    2009-01-01

    Up-regulation of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) and altered cholesterol (CH) metabolism are characteristic of Alzheimer-diseased neural tissues. The liver X receptor (LXR) is a molecular sensor of CH homeostasis. In the current study, we determined the effects of HO-1 over-expression and its byproducts iron (Fe(2+)), carbon monoxide (CO) and bilirubin on CH biosynthesis, CH efflux and oxysterol formation in cultured astroglia. HO-1/LXR interactions were also investigated in the context of CH efflux. hHO-1 over-expression for 3 days ( approximately 2-3-fold increase) resulted in a 30% increase in CH biosynthesis and a two-fold rise in CH efflux. Both effects were abrogated by the competitive HO inhibitor, tin mesoporphyrin. CO, released from administered CORM-3, significantly enhanced CH biosynthesis; a combination of CO and iron stimulated CH efflux. Free iron increased oxysterol formation three-fold. Co-treatment with LXR antagonists implicated LXR activation in the modulation of CH homeostasis by heme degradation products. In Alzheimer's disease and other neuropathological states, glial HO-1 induction may transduce ambient noxious stimuli (e.g. beta-amyloid) into altered patterns of glial CH homeostasis. As the latter may impact synaptic plasticity and neuronal repair, modulation of glial HO-1 expression (by pharmacological or other means) may confer neuroprotection in patients with degenerative brain disorders.

  20. Mathematical Modelling of Catalytic Fixed-Bed Reactor for Carbon Dioxide Reforming of Methane over Rh/Al2O3 Catalyst

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    New Pei Yee

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available A one-dimensional mathematical model was developed to simulate the performance of catalytic fixed bedreactor for carbon dioxide reforming of methane over Rh/Al2O3 catalyst at atmospheric pressure. The reactionsinvolved in the system are carbon dioxide reforming of methane (CORM and reverse water gas shiftreaction (RWGS. The profiles of CH4 and CO2 conversions, CO and H2 yields, molar flow rate and molefraction of all species as well as reactor temperature along the axial bed of catalyst were simulated. In addition,the effects of different reactor temperature on the reactor performance were also studied. The modelscan also be applied to analyze the performances of lab-scale micro reactor as well as pilot-plant scale reactorwith certain modifications and model verification with experimental data. © 2008 BCREC UNDIP. All rights reserved.[Received: 20 August 2008; Accepted: 25 September 2008][How to Cite: N.A.S. Amin, I. Istadi, N.P. Yee. (2008. Mathematical Modelling of Catalytic Fixed-Bed Reactor for Carbon Dioxide Reforming of Methane over Rh/Al2O3 Catalyst. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering and Catalysis, 3 (1-3: 21-29. doi:10.9767/bcrec.3.1-3.19.21-29

  1. Population structure of elephant foot yams (Amorphophallus paeoniifolius (Dennst.) Nicolson) in Asia

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    Misra, Raj Shekhar; Boonkorkaew, Patchareeya; Thanomchit, Kanokwan

    2017-01-01

    The corms and leaves of elephant foot yams (Amorphophallus paeoniifolius (Dennst.) Nicolson) are important foods in the local diet in many Asian regions. The crop has high productivity and wide agroecological adaptation and exhibits suitability for the agroforestry system. Although the plant is assumed to reproduce via panmixia, a comprehensive study on the genetic background across regions to enhance wider consumer palatability is still lacking. Here, ten informative microsatellites were analyzed in 29 populations across regions in India, Indonesia and Thailand to understand the genetic diversity, population structure and distribution to improve breeding and conservation programs. The genetic diversity was high among and within regions. Some populations exhibited excess heterozygosity and bottlenecking. Pairwise FST indicated very high genetic differentiation across regions (FST = 0.274), and the Asian population was unlikely to be panmictic. Phylogenetic tree construction grouped the populations according to country of origin with the exception of the Medan population from Indonesia. The current gene flow was apparent within the regions but was restricted among the regions. The present study revealed that Indonesia and Thailand populations could be alternative centers of the gene pool, together with India. Consequently, regional action should be incorporated in genetic conservation and breeding efforts to develop new varieties with global acceptance. PMID:28658282

  2. Improvement of banana cv. Rasthali (Silk, AAB) against Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense (VCG 0124/5) through induced mutagenesis: Determination of LD50 specific to mutagen, explants, toxins and in vitro and in vivo screening for Fusarium wilt resistance.

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    Saraswathi, M S; Kannan, G; Uma, S; Thangavelu, R; Backiyarani, S

    2016-05-01

    Shoot tips and in vitro grown proliferating buds of banana cv. Rasthali (Silk, AAB) were treated with various concentrations and durations of chemical mutagens viz., EMS, NaN3 and DES. LD50 for shoot tips based on 50% reduction in fresh weight was determined as 2% for 3 h, 0.02% for 5 h and 0.15% for 5 h, while for proliferating buds, they were 0.6% for 30 min, 0.01% for 2 h and 0.06% for 2 h for the mutagens EMS, NaN3 and DES, respectively. Subsequently, the mutated explants were screened in vitro against fusarium wilt using selection agents like fusaric acid and culture filtrate. LD50 for in vitro selection agents calculated based on 50% survival of explants was 0.050 mM and 7% for fusaric acid and culture filtrate, respectively and beyond which a rapid decline in growth was observed. This was followed by pot screening which led to the identification of three putative resistant mutants with an internal disease score of 1 (corm completely clean, no vascular discolouration). The putative mutants identified in the present study have also been mass multiplied in vitro.

  3. Effects of Different Transplanting Dates on Growth and Yield of Water Chestnut%不同移栽期对荸荠生长和产量的影响

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    赖昌健; 廖首发; 周达平; 邓廷禧

    2013-01-01

      以桂蹄1号荸荠组培苗为试材,研究不同移栽期对荸荠生长和产量的影响。试验结果表明,从7月中旬到8月中旬,荸荠移栽越早,生长越快,8月移栽对荸荠生长和产量形成较为不利,荸荠球茎产量形成的最佳移栽期为7月下旬。%In the paper, we studied the effects of different transplanting dates on the growth and yield of water chestnut by taking plantlets of Guiti No.1 as experimental material. The results showed that from middle July to middle August, the earlier the transplanting date was, the faster the water chestnut grew, and August was the worse transplanting period for the growth and yield formation of water chestnut, while late July was the best transplanting period for corm yield formation of water chestnut.

  4. Role of Hydroxytyrosol-dependent Regulation of HO-1 Expression in Promoting Wound Healing of Vascular Endothelial Cells via Nrf2 De Novo Synthesis and Stabilization.

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    Zrelli, Houda; Kusunoki, Miki; Miyazaki, Hitoshi

    2015-07-01

    Hydroxytyrosol (HT), an olive plant (Olea europaea L.) polyphenol, has proven atheroprotective effects. We previously demonstrated that heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is involved in the HT dependent prevention of dysfunction induced by oxidative stress in vascular endothelial cells (VECs). Here, we further investigated the signaling pathway of HT-dependent HO-1 expression in VECs. HT dose- and time-dependently increased HO-1 mRNA and protein levels through the PI3K/Akt and ERK1/2 pathways. Cycloheximide and actinomycin D inhibited both increases, suggesting that HT-triggered HO-1 induction is transcriptionally regulated and that de novo protein synthesis is necessary for this HT effect. HT stimulated nuclear accumulation of nuclear factor E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2). This Nrf2 accumulation was blocked by actinomycin D and cycloheximide whereas HT in combination with the 26S proteasome inhibitor MG132 enhanced the accumulation. HT also extended the half-life of Nrf2 proteins by decelerating its turnover. Moreover, HO-1 inhibitor, ZnppIX and CO scavenger, hemoglobin impaired HT-dependent wound healing while CORM-2, a CO generator, accelerated wound closure. Together, these data demonstrate that HT upregulates HO-1 expression by stimulating the nuclear accumulation and stabilization of Nrf2, leading to the wound repair of VECs crucial in the prevention of atherosclerosis.

  5. Hormone and Microorganism Treatments in the Cultivation of Saffron (Crocus Sativus L. Plants

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    Aynur Ozkul Acikgoz

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available The difficult cultivation of the saffron plant (Crocus Sativus L. make the spice of the same name made from its dried stigmas very valuable. It is estimated that some 75,000 blossoms or 225,000 hand-picked stigmas are required to make a single pound of saffron, which explains why it is the world’s most expensive spice. The aim of this study was to identify ways of increasing the fertility and production of saffron. For this purpose, the treatment of saffron bulbs with a synthetic growth hormone – a mixture of Polystimulins A6 and K – and two different microorganism based materials – biohumus or vermicompost and Effective Microorganisms™ (EM – in four different ways (hormone alone, biohumus alone, EM alone and EM+biohumus was investigated to determine whether these treatments have any statistically meaningful effects on corms and stigmas. It has been shown that EM + biohumus was the most effective choice for improved saffron cultivation.

  6. New species of Iridaceae from the Hantam-Roggeveld Centre of Endemism, and the Bokkeveld, Northern Cape, South Africa

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    J. C. Manning

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Three new species of Iridaceae are described from the Bokkeveld and Roggeveld Escarpments.  Ixia amethystina. a member of section Dichone, is endemic to the edge of the Roggeveld Escarpment. It shares an unusual, inclined spike that is nodding in bud with  I. trifolia but is distinguished by its blackish purple (not yellow anthers, narrower leaves 1.5-2.0 mm wide, medium-textured corm tunics that form a distinct neck at the base of the stem, and short style branches 2.0-2.5 mm long.Moraea marginata. another Roggeveld endemic, is a member of section Polvanthes and florally similar to M. fistulosa and M. monticola but differs in its linear, channelled leaves 5-7 mm wide, with unusual, thickened margins. Romulea singularis. from the edge of the Kobee River Valley in the Bokkeveld Mountains, is a member of section  Ciliatae. It is unique in the genus in its narrowly funnel-shaped, mauve to purple flowers with slender perianth tube 10-11 mm long, and unusually long filaments, 8-9 mm long, inserted in the lower half of the tube.

  7. Carbon Monoxide: An Essential Signalling Molecule

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    Mann, Brian E.

    Carbon monoxide (CO), like nitric oxide (NO), is an essential signalling molecule in humans. It is active in the cardiovascular system as a vasodilator. In addition, CO possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic and anti-proliferative properties and protects tissues from hypoxia and reperfusion injury. Some of its applications in animal models include suppression of organ graft rejection and safeguarding the heart during reperfusion after cardiopulmonary bypass surgery. CO also suppresses arteriosclerotic lesions following angioplasty, reverses established pulmonary hypertension and mitigates the development of post-operative ileus in the murine small intestine and the development of cerebral malaria in mice as well as graft-induced intimal hyperplasia in pigs. There have been several clinical trials using air-CO mixtures for the treatment of lung-, heart-, kidney- and abdominal-related diseases. This review examines the research involving the development of classes of compounds (with particular emphasis on metal carbonyls) that release CO, which could be used in clinically relevant conditions. The review is drawn not only from published papers in the chemical literature but also from the extensive biological literature and patents on CO-releasing molecules (CO-RMs).

  8. Effects of Tidal Action on Pollination and Reproductive Allocation in an Estuarine Emergent Wetland Plant–Sagittaria graminea (Alismataceae)

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    Zhang, Yanwen; Zhang, Lihui; Zhao, Xingnan; Huang, Shengjun; Zhao, Jimin

    2013-01-01

    In estuarine wetlands, the daily periodic tidal activity has a profound effect on plant growth and reproduction. We studied the effects of tidal action on pollination and reproductive allocation of Sagittaria graminea. Results showed that the species had very different reproductive allocation in tidal and non-tidal habitats. In the tidal area, seed production was only 9.7% of that in non-tidal habitat, however, plants produced more male flowers and nearly twice the corms compared to those in non-tidal habitat. An experiment showed that the time available for effective pollination determined the pollination rate and pollen deposition in the tidal area. A control experiment suggested that low pollen deposition from low visitation frequency is not the main cause of very low seed sets or seed production in this plant in tidal habitat. The negative effects of tides (water) on pollen germination may surpass the influence of low pollen deposition from low visitation frequency. The length of time from pollen deposition to flower being submerged by water affected pollen germination rate on stigmas; more than three hours is necessary to allow pollen germination and complete fertilization to eliminate the risk of pollen grains being washed away by tidal water. PMID:24244393

  9. PATTERNS OF FLOWER AND INFLORESCENCE ARCHITECTURE IN CROCUS L. (IRIDACEAE

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    V.V. CHOOB

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available In Crocus, inflorescence characters are widely used for intrageneric systematics. Despite of this, spatial relations of flowers and involucral leaves are poorly documented. The focus of our study was the paracladial region and spatha leaves of C. flavus and C. vernus. The first indication of the lateral position of the flower in both species was zygomorphy of the androecium and gynoecium. In other Iridaceae (Freesia, Gladiolus stamens also have unequal length. The homeotic substitution of stamens by petaloid organs makes zygomorphy in Freesia more distinct, thus we propose that flowers have a latent genetic program for zygomorphization. The second indication is the bidentate shape of bracts and bracteoles in C. flavus and tridentate structure of the basal involucre in C. vernus, which we interpret as a fusion of the foliage leaf and the prophyll of the inflorescence. The shape and the position of the lateral inflorescences (paracladia were also investigated. In C. flavus, corms often born several paracladia in the axils of the green leaves, whereas in C. vernus we found a single paracladium in the axil of a scale inside the basal involucre. The correlation between the number of paracladia, their position and the spathe leaves were discovered. We propose to use these characters for the definition of two subgenera in Crocus.

  10. Mathematical Modelling of Catalytic Fixed-Bed Reactor for Carbon Dioxide Reforming of Methane over Rh/Al2O3 Catalyst

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    Nor Aishah Saidina Amin

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available A one-dimensional mathematical model was developed to simulate the performance of catalytic fixed bed reactor for carbon dioxide reforming of methane over Rh/Al2O3 catalyst at atmospheric pressure. The reactions involved in the system are carbon dioxide reforming of methane (CORM and reverse water gas shift reaction (RWGS. The profiles of CH4 and CO2 conversions, CO and H2 yields, molar flow rate and mole raction of all species as well as reactor temperature along the axial bed of catalyst were simulated. In addition, the effects of different reactor temperature on the reactor performance were also studied. The models can also be applied to analyze the performances of lab-scale micro reactor as well as pilot-plant scale reactor with certain modifications and model verification with experimental data. © 2008 BCREC UNDIP. All rights reserved.[Received: 20 August 2008; Accepted: 25 September 2008][How to Cite: N.A.S. Amin, I. Istadi, N.P. Yee. (2008. Mathematical Modelling of Catalytic Fixed-Bed Reactor for Carbon Dioxide Reforming of Methane over Rh/Al2O3 Catalyst. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering and Catalysis, 3 (1-3: 21-29.  doi:10.9767/bcrec.3.1-3.7120.21-29][How to Link/DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9767/bcrec.3.1-3.7120.21-29 || or local: http://ejournal.undip.ac.id/index.php/bcrec/article/view/7120

  11. Characteristics of glucomannan isolated from fresh tuber of Porang (Amorphophallus muelleri Blume).

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    Yanuriati, Anny; Marseno, Djagal Wiseso; Rochmadi; Harmayani, Eni

    2017-01-20

    Porang is a potential source of glucomannan. This research objective was to find a direct glucomannan isolation method from fresh porang corm to produce high purity glucomannan. Two isolation methods were performed. In first method, sample was water dissolved using Al2(SO4)3 as flocculant for 15 (AA15) or 30 (AA30) minutes with purification. In second method, sample was repeatedly milled using ethanol as solvent and filtered for 5 (EtOH5) or 7 (EtOH7) times without purification. The characteristics of obtained glucomannan were compared to those of commercial porang flour (CPF) and purified konjac glucomannan (PKG). High purity (90.98%), viscosity (27,940 cps) and transparency (57.74%) of amorphous glucomannan were isolated by EtOH7. Ash and protein level significantly reduced to 0.57% and 0.31%, respectively, with no starch content. Water holding capacity (WHC) of EtOH7 glucomannan significantly enhanced, whereas its solubility was lower than those of PKG due to its ungrounded native granular form. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Effects of auxin and copper on growth of saffron

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    Mozafar Sharifi

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Saffron is known as one of the most common spices and medicinal plant in the world. Little information is available on the effects of copper and growth regulators on morphological characteristics of saffron. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of different concentrations of copper and auxin on morphological properties of root and leaf of saffron. This study was arranged as a factorial experiment in greenhouse condition and in hydroponic system. Copper was used in copper sulfate (CuSO4 form (0, 0.02, 0.1 and 0.2 mg/L and auxin in naphthalene acetic acid (NAA form (0, 1 and 2 g/L. Results showed that interaction of Naphthalene acetic acid 1 g/L and copper sulfate 0.1 mg/L increased root number, as well as root and leaf dry weight. Furthermore, naphthalene acetic acid 1 and 2 g/L in most treatments reduced the number of buds. Copper concentration of corm was increased in 0.2 mg/L copper sulfate.

  13. Identification of differentially accumulated proteins associated with embryogenic and non-embryogenic calli in saffron (Crocus sativus L.

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    Sharifi Golandam

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Somatic embryogenesis (SE is a complex biological process that occurs under inductive conditions and causes fully differentiated cells to be reprogrammed to an embryo like state. In order to get a better insight about molecular basis of the SE in Crocus sativus L. and to characterize differentially accumulated proteins during the process, a proteomic study based on two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight mass spectrometry has been carried out. Results We have compared proteome profiles of non-embryogenic and embryogenic calli with native corm explants. Total soluble proteins were phenol-extracted and loaded on 18 cm IPG strips for the first dimension and 11.5% sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gels for the second dimension. Fifty spots with more than 1.5-fold change in abundance were subjected to mass spectrometry analysis for further characterization. Among them 36 proteins could be identified, which are classified into defense and stress response, protein synthesis and processing, carbohydrate and energy metabolism, secondary metabolism, and nitrogen metabolism. Conclusion Our results showed that diverse cellular and molecular processes were affected during somatic to embryogenic transition. Differential proteomic analysis suggests a key role for ascorbate metabolism during early stage of SE, and points to the possible role of ascorbate-glutathione cycle in establishing somatic embryos.

  14. Low concentration of exogenous carbon monoxide protects mammalian cells against proliferation induced by radiation-induced bystander effect

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    Tong, Liping [Center of Medical Physics and Technology, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Yu, K.N. [Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong (Hong Kong); Center of Medical Physics and Technology, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Bao, Lingzhi; Wu, Wenqing; Wang, Hongzhi [Center of Medical Physics and Technology, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Han, Wei, E-mail: hanw@hfcas.cn [Center of Medical Physics and Technology, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China)

    2014-01-15

    Highlights: • We show the possibility of modulate proliferation induced by radiation-induced bystander effect with low concentration carbon monoxide. • Carbon monoxide inhibited proliferation via modulating the transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1)/nitric oxide (NO) signaling pathway. • Exogenous carbon monoxide has potential application in clinical radiotherapy. - Abstract: Radiation-induced bystander effect (RIBE) has been proposed to have tight relationship with the irradiation-caused secondary cancers beyond the irradiation-treated area after radiotherapy. Our previous studies demonstrated a protective effect of low concentration carbon monoxide (CO) on the genotoxicity of RIBE after α-particle irradiation. In the present work, a significant inhibitory effect of low-dose exogenous CO, generated by tricarbonyldichlororuthenium (II) dimer [CO-releasing molecule (CORM-2)], on both RIBE-induced proliferation and chromosome aberration was observed. Further studies on the mechanism revealed that the transforming growth factor β1/nitric oxide (NO) signaling pathway, which mediated RIBE signaling transduction, could be modulated by CO involved in the protective effects. Considering the potential of exogenous CO in clinical applications and its protective effect on RIBE, the present work aims to provide a foundation for potential application of CO in radiotherapy.

  15. Therapeutic Potential of Heme Oxygenase-1/Carbon Monoxide in Lung Disease

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    Myrna Constantin

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Heme oxygenase (HO, a catabolic enzyme, provides the rate-limiting step in the oxidative breakdown of heme, to generate carbon monoxide (CO, iron, and biliverdin-IXα. Induction of the inducible form, HO-1, in tissues is generally regarded as a protective mechanism. Over the last decade, considerable progress has been made in defining the therapeutic potential of HO-1 in a number of preclinical models of lung tissue injury and disease. Likewise, tissue-protective effects of CO, when applied at low concentration, have been observed in many of these models. Recent studies have expanded this concept to include chemical CO-releasing molecules (CORMs. Collectively, salutary effects of the HO-1/CO system have been demonstrated in lung inflammation/acute lung injury, lung and vascular transplantation, sepsis, and pulmonary hypertension models. The beneficial effects of HO-1/CO are conveyed in part through the inhibition or modulation of inflammatory, apoptotic, and proliferative processes. Recent advances, however, suggest that the regulation of autophagy and the preservation of mitochondrial homeostasis may serve as additional candidate mechanisms. Further preclinical and clinical trials are needed to ascertain the therapeutic potential of HO-1/CO in human clinical disease.

  16. On the nature of short and long GRBs and their occurrence rate

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    Ruffini, R; Muccino, M; Pisani, G B; Wang, Y; Becerra, L M; Kovacevic, M; Oliveira, F G; Aimuratov, Y; Bianco, C L; Moradi, R

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    There is mounting evidence for the binary nature of the progenitors of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). For a long GRB (L-GRB), the induced gravitational collapse (IGC) paradigm proposes as its progenitor an "in-state", namely a tight binary system composed of a carbon-oxygen core (CO$_{\\rm core}$) undergoing a supernova (SN) explosion which triggers hypercritical accretion onto a neutron star (NS) companion. For a short GRB (S-GRB), a NS-NS merger is traditionally adopted as the progenitor. We divide L-GRBs and S-GRBs into two sub-classes, depending whether or not a black hole (BH) is formed in the merger or in the hypercritical accretion process exceeding the NS critical mass. For long bursts, when no BH is formed we have the sub-class of X-ray flashes (XRFs), with isotropic energy $E_{iso}\\lesssim10^{52}$ erg and rest-frame spectral peak energy $E_{p,i}\\lesssim200$~keV. When a BH is formed we have the sub-class of authentic L-GRBs, also referred to as binary-driven hypernovae (BdHNe), with $E_{iso}\\gtrsim10^{52}$ ...

  17. Symphyotrichum ciliatum an Invasive Species in the Romanian Flora – Contributions to the Knowledge of the Vegetative Organs Structure

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    Sârbu Anca

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Symphyotrichum ciliatum (Ledeb. G.L. Nesom is an adventive plant first reported in Romania in 1967, which has spread rapidly over the last few decades in Moldova, Muntenia and, more recently, in Transylvania. Although the species has been known for a while in Europe and Romania, there is no information about the anatomy of the vegetative organs of this invasive taxon. This paper presents a series of structural aspects of the vegetative body, of Symphyotrichum ciliatum collected from a sandy and salty substrate (Sacalin Island - Danube Delta. These demonstrate the ability of this plant to adapt to the environment and its capacity to achieve a wide spread. As such, although this plant is an annual species, the root and stem achieve secondary growth in their width, which offers robustness to the corm; the palisade tissue has an ecvifacial disposition which enhances efficiency in capturing light, especially on sandy soil that reflects light; there are aeriferous and aquiferous formations that ensure efficiency in adapting to a wet and relatively salty environment. These results are documented by original photographs of optical microscopy and a distribution map of the taxon in Romania as at 2011.

  18. COMPARATIVE STUDY OF POLLEN AND PISTIL IN CROCUS SATIVUS L. (IRIDACEAE AND ALLIED SPECIES

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    M. GRILLI CAIOLA

    2000-04-01

    Full Text Available Crocus sativus L. is mainly known for the production of the drug saffron. Because of its sterility, it is propagated vegetatively by means of corms. To gain information on the reproductive biology of saffron and allied species, a comparative study on pollen and pistil of Crocus sativus L., C. cartwrightianus Herb., C. thomasii Ten. and C. hadriaticus Herb. was carried out. Pollen and pistils gathered at anthesis were examined by light (LM and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Pollen shape and size, anomalous pollen grain percentage, pollen viability, pollen germination in vitro and on self-, and cross-pollinated stigmas were examined. Pistils at different developmental stages were examined by light microscopy. C. hadriaticus had the smallest pollen; C. sativus showed a higher percentage of anomalous and aborted grains and a lower percentage of viable grains. Pollen germination in vitro as well as on differently pollinated stigmas was lowest in C. sativus. Pistil organization was similar in all the species, but ovule number and integuments varied. Embryo sacs mature early, and female gametophyte development is regular for some days after flower anthesis. Capsules with seeds were obtained from all diploid species as well as in saffron after free- and cross-pollination. Results confirm that sterility in C. sativus is mainly confined to pollen.

  19. COMPARATIVE STUDY OF POLLEN AND PISTIL IN CROCUS SATIVUS L. (IRIDACEAE AND ALLIED SPECIES

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    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Crocus sativus L. is mainly known for the production of the drug saffron. Because of its sterility, it is propagated vegetatively by means of corms. To gain information on the reproductive biology of saffron and allied species, a comparative study on pollen and pistil of Crocus sativus L., C. cartwrightianus Herb., C. thomasii Ten. and C. hadriaticus Herb. was carried out. Pollen and pistils gathered at anthesis were examined by light (LM and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Pollen shape and size, anomalous pollen grain percentage, pollen viability, pollen germination in vitro and on self-, and cross-pollinated stigmas were examined. Pistils at different developmental stages were examined by light microscopy. C. hadriaticus had the smallest pollen; C. sativus showed a higher percentage of anomalous and aborted grains and a lower percentage of viable grains. Pollen germination in vitro as well as on differently pollinated stigmas was lowest in C. sativus. Pistil organization was similar in all the species, but ovule number and integuments varied. Embryo sacs mature early, and female gametophyte development is regular for some days after flower anthesis. Capsules with seeds were obtained from all diploid species as well as in saffron after free- and cross-pollination. Results confirm that sterility in C. sativus is mainly confined to pollen.

  20. Rapid estimation of taro (Colocasia esculenta) quality by near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy.

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    Lebot, Vincent; Malapa, Roger; Bourrieau, Marion

    2011-09-14

    The aim of the present study is to develop a methodology for the rapid estimation of taro (Colocasia esculenta) quality. Chemical analyses were conducted on 315 accessions for major constituents (starch, total sugars, cellulose, proteins, and minerals). NIRS calibration equations, developed on a calibration set composed of 243 accessions, showed high explained variances in cross-validation (r(2)(cv)) for starch (0.89), sugars (0.90), proteins (0.89), and minerals (0.90) but poor response for amylose (0.44) and cellulose (0.61). The predictions were tested on an independent set of 58 randomly selected accessions. The r(2)(pred) values for starch, sugars, proteins, and minerals were, respectively, of 0.76, 0.74, 0.85, and 0.85 with ratios of performance to deviation (RPD) of 3.41, 4.01, 3.78, and 3.64. New calibration equations developed on 303 accessions confirmed good RPD values for starch (3.30), sugars (4.13), proteins (3.61), and minerals (3.74). NIRS could be used to predict starch, sugars, proteins, and minerals contents in taro corms with reasonably high confidence.

  1. Yield, income and bromatology of ‘Chinês’ and ‘Macaquinho’ taro in response to forms of adding chicken manure to the soil

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    Néstor Antonio Heredia Zárate

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Yield of Taro is very variable by the unknowing of its genotype characteristics and by differences of planting practices, mainly about the use of organic residues as covering or incorporated to the soil. The aim of this work was to analyze the productivity, gross income and bromatological composition of ‘Chinês’ and ‘Macaquinho’ taro, cultivated with different forms of adding semi-decomposed chicken manure to the soil (soil without chicken manure; with chicken manure as covering; with chicken manure incorporated to the soil and with chicken manure as covering + incorporated to the soil. Treatments were arranged in a 2 x 4 factorial scheme in a randomized complete block design with five replications. Two harvests were performed at 183 and 211 days after transplanting. There was no difference for most of the characteristics evaluated under addiction of chicken manure. Yields of commercial cormels from Macaquinho were higher than Chinês, which can be seen as positive feature for higher gross income. Plants of ‘Macaquinho’ taro were precocious and more productive than ‘Chinês’ taro. To obtain higher gross income, ‘Macaquinho’ taro must be cultivated with adding chicken manure to the soil as covering (5 t ha-1 + incorporated to the soil (5 t ha-1 and harvested 183 days after planting. Bromatological analysis showed that corms and cormels of ‘Chinês’ taro were more nutritious than ‘Macaquinho’ taro when grown without chicken manure.

  2. Purification of Colocasia esculenta lectin and determination of its anti-insect potential towards Bactrocera cucurbitae.

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    Thakur, Kshema; Kaur, Manpreet; Kaur, Satwinder; Kaur, Amritpal; Kamboj, Sukhdev Singh; Singh, Jatinder

    2013-01-01

    The present study reports the purification of a lectin from Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott corms and evaluation of its anti-insect potential towards Bactrocera cucurbitae (Coquilett). The lectin was found to be specific towards N-acetyl-D-lactosamine (LacNac), a disaccharide and asialofetuin, a desialylated serum glycoprotein in hemagglutination inhibition assay. Asialofetuin was used as a ligand to purify Colocasia esculenta agglutinin (CEA) by affinity chromatography. The purity of CEA was ascertained by the presence of a single band in reducing SDS-PAGE at pH 8.3. The affinity purified CEA was employed in artificial diet bioassay of second instar larvae (64-72 hr old) of the B. cucurbitae at concentrations ranging between 10-160 microg ml(-1). The lectin significantly (p < 0.01) decreased the percent pupation and emergence with respect to control. Effect on various enzymes was studied by employing LC50 (51.6 microg ml(-1)) CEA in the artificial diet bioassay of second instar larvae. All the enzymes tested namely esterases, phosphatases (acid and alkaline), superoxide dismutases, catalase and glutathione-S-transferase showed a significant (p < 0.01, p < 0.05) increase in their enzyme and specific activities. These results showed that CEA affected normal growth and development and presented stress to the larvae, activating their detoxification and anti-oxidant systems. Thus, the lectin seems to be a useful candidate for the control measures of B. cucurbitae under the integrated pest management (IPM) system.

  3. Molecular cloning, recombinant gene expression, and antifungal activity of cystatin from taro (Colocasia esculenta cv. Kaosiung no. 1).

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    Yang, A H; Yeh, K W

    2005-06-01

    A cDNA clone, designated CeCPI, encoding a novel phytocystatin was isolated from taro corms (Colocasia esculenta) using both degenerated primers/RT-PCR amplification and 5'-/3'-RACE extension. The full-length cDNA gene is 1,008 bp in size, encodes 206 amino acid residues, with a deduced molecular weight of 29 kDa. It contains a conserved reactive site motif Gln-Val-Val-Ser-Gly of cysteine protease inhibitors, and another consensus ARFAV sequence for phytocystatin. Sequence analysis revealed that CeCPI is phylogenetically closely related to Eudicots rather than to Monocots, despite taro belonging to Monocot. Recombinant GST-CeCPI fusion protein was overexpressed in Escherichia coli and its inhibitory activity against papain was identified on gelatin/SDS-PAGE. These results confirmed that recombinant CeCPI protein exhibited strong cysteine protease inhibitory activity. Investigation of its antifungal activity clearly revealed a toxic effect on the mycelium growth of phytopathogenic fungi, such as Sclerotium rolfsii Sacc. etc., at a concentration of 80 microg recombinant CeCPI/ ml. Moreover, mycelium growth was completely inhibited and the sclerotia lysed at a concentration of 150-200 microg/ml. Further studies have demonstrated that recombinant CeCPI is capable of acting against the endogenous cysteine proteinase in the fungal mycelium.

  4. Rapid and sensitive detection of Phytophthora colocasiae responsible for the taro leaf blight using conventional and real-time PCR assay.

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    Nath, Vishnu S; Hegde, Vinayaka M; Jeeva, Muthulekshmi L; Misra, Raj S; Veena, Syamala S; Raj, Mithun; Unnikrishnan, Suresh K; Darveekaran, Sree S

    2014-03-01

    Conventional and real-time PCR assays were developed for sensitive and specific detection of Phytophthora colocasiae, an oomycete pathogen that causes leaf blight and corm rot of taro. A set of three primer pairs was designed from regions of the RAS-related protein (Ypt1), G protein alpha-subunit (GPA1) and phospho-ribosylanthranilate isomerase (TRP1) genes. In conventional PCR, the lower limit of detection was 50 pg DNA, whereas in real-time PCR, the detection limit was 12.5 fg for the primer based on Ypt1 gene. The cycle threshold values were linearly correlated with the concentration of the target DNA (range of R(2) = 0.911-0.999). All the primer sets were successful in detecting P. colocasie from naturally infected leaves and tubers of taro. Phytophthora colocasiae was detected from artificially infested samples after 18 and 15 h of postinoculation in conventional and real-time PCR assay, respectively. The developed PCR assay proved to be a robust and reliable technique to detect P. colocasiae in taro planting material and for assessing the distribution of pathogen within fields, thus aid in mitigating taro leaf blight.

  5. PENGIMBASAN KETAHANAN BIBIT PISANG AMBON KUNING TERHADAP PENYAKIT LAYU FUSARIUM DENGAN BEBERAPA JAMUR ANTAGONIS

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    Loekas Soesanto dan Ruth Feti Rahayunia .

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Induced resistance of Ambon Kuning cultivar banana seedling to fusarium wilt with antagonistic fungi.  A research aiming at knowing the effect of antagonistic fungi supernatant on banana induced resistance, Fusarium wilt development, and banana growth was carried out from July up to December 2008. Randomized Block Design was used with four replicates. Treatments tested were control, with supernatant of Gliocladium virens, Trichoderma harzianum isolated from banana, ginger, and ginseng, Trichoderma koningii, and Fusarium equiseti, applied by injection to banana seedling corm and soaked for five minutes. Variables observed were incubation period, disease severity, Foc population density, germination inhibition, growth component, phenolic compound content, and supporting component. Result of the research indicated that the supernatant of G. virens, T. harzianum, and T. koningii could significantly induce resistance of the seedling showed by increasing the phenolic content such as glycoside, saponin, and tannin. The supernatant of all antagonistic fungi could effectively control the disease showed by lengthening incubation period as 48.71%, decreasing the disease severity as 53.57%, decreasing infection rate as 61.48%, increasing the antagonistic effectivity as 51.26%, decreasing the late population density as 45.35%, and decreasing the inoculum inside the plant as 60-100%. The extract could improve the seedling growth.

  6. Colonization of Trichoderma H6 in Banana and its Effect on the Growth of Banana%体内定殖木霉H6对香蕉苗生长的影响

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    王亚; 谭昕; 汪军; 黄俊生

    2012-01-01

    对木霉H6进行抗药性标记,通过盆栽试验,研究其在香蕉体内定殖情况及其对香蕉苗生长的影响。结果表明,木霉H6可在香蕉苗的根、球茎、假茎、叶中传导并稳定定殖;体内定殖了木霉H6的香蕉苗的生长明显优于未定殖的香蕉苗,说明木霉H6在香蕉体内的定殖促进了香蕉苗的生长。%Trichoderma H6 was tagged with antibiotic resistance, and inoculated into the potted banana plants to observe its colonization in the plants and its effect on the plant growth. The results showed that Trichoderma H6 was conducted and colonized in the roots, corms, pseudostems and leaves of the banana plants, and that the banana plants colonized in vivo with Trichoderma H6 grew obviously better than the control plants without in vivo colonization of Trichoderma H6, indicating Trichoderma H6 would improve the growth of banana plants when colonized in the banana plants.

  7. Fermentation conditions optimization of secondary metabolites of crocus sativus L in endophytic fungi

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    DU Yan

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available In this paper,Endophytic fungi,isolated from corm of saffron,were selected.Strains Q31 fermentation conditions on production of carotenoids were studied.Three kinds of carbon sources were selected.Study found that sucrose could promote cell growth and carotenoid accumulation,and amount of mycelium had an increase of 50.83% in the experimental group than the control group.Carotenoid yield was 23.15 times of the control group.Select three kinds of nitrogen and crosscombinations between them,found that add ammonium sulfate,Mycelium of experimental group had an increased of 86.43% than the control group and carotenoid yield was 5.91 times of the control group.the optimal conditions was found by orthogonal test:sucrose 40 g/L,ammonium sulfate 1.0 g/L,bottling amout 100 mL/250 mL,Inoculum size 5%.By using LC-MS to analyze secondary metabolites of endophytic fungi Q31 from saffron,we found it could steady metabolize one kind of carotinoid,its peak time was 22.447min,maximum absorption peaks were 414.4 and 438.3nm,MW was 738.

  8. Petunia floral defensins with unique prodomains as novel candidates for development of fusarium wilt resistance in transgenic banana plants.

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    Siddhesh B Ghag

    Full Text Available Antimicrobial peptides are a potent group of defense active molecules that have been utilized in developing resistance against a multitude of plant pathogens. Floral defensins constitute a group of cysteine-rich peptides showing potent growth inhibition of pathogenic filamentous fungi especially Fusarium oxysporum in vitro. Full length genes coding for two Petunia floral defensins, PhDef1 and PhDef2 having unique C-terminal 31 and 27 amino acid long predicted prodomains, were overexpressed in transgenic banana plants using embryogenic cells as explants for Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation. High level constitutive expression of these defensins in elite banana cv. Rasthali led to significant resistance against infection of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense as shown by in vitro and ex vivo bioassay studies. Transgenic banana lines expressing either of the two defensins were clearly less chlorotic and had significantly less infestation and discoloration in the vital corm region of the plant as compared to untransformed controls. Transgenic banana plants expressing high level of full-length PhDef1 and PhDef2 were phenotypically normal and no stunting was observed. In conclusion, our results suggest that high-level constitutive expression of floral defensins having distinctive prodomains is an efficient strategy for development of fungal resistance in economically important fruit crops like banana.

  9. Mutation of Arabidopsis HY1 causes UV-C hypersensitivity by impairing carotenoid and flavonoid biosynthesis and the down-regulation of antioxidant defence.

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    Xie, Yanjie; Xu, Daokun; Cui, Weiti; Shen, Wenbiao

    2012-06-01

    Previous pharmacological results confirmed that haem oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is involved in protection of cells against ultraviolet (UV)-induced oxidative damage in soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] seedlings, but there remains a lack of genetic evidence. In this study, the link between Arabidopsis thaliana HO-1 (HY1) and UV-C tolerance was investigated at the genetic and molecular levels. The maximum inducible expression of HY1 in wild-type Arabidopsis was observed following UV-C irradiation. UV-C sensitivity was not observed in ho2, ho3, and ho4 single and double mutants. However, the HY1 mutant exhibited UV-C hypersensitivity, consistent with the observed decreases in chlorophyll content, and carotenoid and flavonoid metabolism, as well as the down-regulation of antioxidant defences, thereby resulting in severe oxidative damage. The addition of the carbon monoxide donor carbon monoxide-releasing molecule-2 (CORM-2), in particular, and bilirubin (BR), two catalytic by-products of HY1, partially rescued the UV-C hypersensitivity, and other responses appeared in the hy1 mutant. Transcription factors involved in the synthesis of flavonoid or UV responses were induced by UV-C, but reduced in the hy1 mutant. Overall, the findings showed that mutation of HY1 triggered UV-C hypersensitivity, by impairing carotenoid and flavonoid synthesis and antioxidant defences.

  10. Remote-controlled delivery of CO via photoactive CO-releasing materials on a fiber optical device.

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    Gläser, Steve; Mede, Ralf; Görls, Helmar; Seupel, Susanne; Bohlender, Carmen; Wyrwa, Ralf; Schirmer, Sina; Dochow, Sebastian; Reddy, Gandra Upendar; Popp, Jürgen; Westerhausen, Matthias; Schiller, Alexander

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    Although carbon monoxide (CO) delivery materials (CORMAs) have been generated, remote-controlled delivery with light-activated CORMAs at a local site has not been achieved. In this work, a fiber optic-based CO delivery system is described in which the photoactive and water insoluble CO releasing molecule (CORM) manganese(i) tricarbonyl [(OC)3Mn(μ3-SR)]4 (R = nPr, 1) has been non-covalently embedded into poly(l-lactide-co-d/l-lactide) and poly(methyl methacrylate) non-woven fabrics via the electrospinning technique. SEM images of the hybrid materials show a porous fiber morphology for both polymer supports. The polylactide non-woven fabric was attached to a fiber optical device. In combination with a laser irradiation source, remote-controlled and light-triggered CO release at 405 nm excitation wavelength was achieved. The device enabled a high flexibility of the spatially and timely defined application of CO with the biocompatible hybrid fabric in aqueous media. The rates of liberated CO were adjusted with the light intensity of the laser. CO release was confirmed via ATR-IR spectroscopy, a portable electrochemical CO sensor and a heterogeneous myoglobin assay.

  11. Influence of nutrient media on callus induction, somatic embryogenesis and plant regeneration in selected Turkish crocus species.

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    Verma, Sandeep Kumar; Das, Ashok Kumar; Cingoz, Gunce Sahin; Uslu, Emel; Gurel, Ekrem

    2016-06-01

    Callus induction, somatic embryogenesis and plant regeneration were initiated in selected five species of Turkish crocus using three diffrent explants (leaf, stem and corm) cultured on four different media (MS, GB5, LS and CHE). The highest frequencies of callus induction (100%) and shoot regeneration (70%, with 7.2 shoots/callus) were found in the crocus species Crocus oliveri ssp. Oliveri, using the MS medium containing 5% (w/v) sucrose supplemented with (4 mg/L NAA + 4 mg/L TDZ) and (2 mg/L IAA + 2 mg/L TDZ + 2 mg/L BAP). When the embryogenic calli were transferred into the four nutrient media containing (2 mg/L IAA + 2 mg/L TDZ) and 100 mg/L ABA, these further developed into cotyledonary embryos. Maximum number of somatic embryos (2.9 embryos per leaf explant, with a frequency 46.6%) was obtained in C. oliveri ssp. Oliveri. During subculture using the half strength media, cotyledonary embryos gradually developed into plantlets.

  12. Teores e acúmulo de nutrientes durante o ciclo da mandioquinha-salsa em função da aplicação de nitrogênio, fósforo e potássio Levels and accumulation of nutrients in the cycle of peruvian carrot with application of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium

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    Adriano Portz

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    evaluated through a field experiment accomplished with three levels of N, P, and K, in Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro State, using a random blocks experimental design with four repetitions. Four sample periods were observed along the crop cycle, where three sections of the plant (leaves, corm, and roots were collected; also, changes in nutrient levels of the plant sections were monitored along the time periods. Correlation of the nutrient levels was not observed in the plant parts, in the sampling times, with the commercial roots production. Larger accumulations of the nutrients were observed between the 150 and 210 DAT in the leaves, 210 DAT in the corm and 300 DAT in the roots. The levels were influenced by the applied treatments, but an answer was not observed in the increase of commercial roots production.

  13. Yield and nutritive components of taro as a function of propagule type in a hydromorfic soil of South Mato Grosso Pantanal/ Produção e composição nutritiva de taro em função do propágulo, em solo hidromórfico do Pantanal Sul-Mato-Grossense

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    Priscila Aiko Hiane

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to determine yield and nutritive components of taro rhizomes in hydromorfic soil conditions of South Mato Grosso Pantanal. Chinês and Macaquinho taros were evaluated. They were propagated by rhizomes of big and small classes, as whole and half types, arranged as 2 x 2 x 2 factorial scheme in randomized block experimental design, with four replications. Final population, plant height and fresh mass of leaves and of corms of Chinês taro were significantly superior than ‘Macaquinho’. Regarding to propagule classes used for propagation, big rhizome was the best. The use of whole rhizomes was significantly better than cut rhizomes regarding to final population and yield of fresh mass of corms (RM and it was similar for plant height and yield of fresh mass of leaves and of cormels (RF. In relation to nutritive compound of rhizomes, RM and RF had contents which were characteristics of the clone. RM and RF of both two clones showed higher contents of fix mineral residue, proteins and carbohydrates and they have smaller contents of lipids and of fibers, as well of total caloric value, than of corn. RM and RF of both two clones had smaller contents of lipids, carbohydrates and TCV in relation to wheat flour.O objetivo do trabalho foi determinar a produtividade e a composição nutritiva dos rizomas de taro, em condições de solo hidromórfico do pantanal sul-mato-grossense. Foram avaliados os taros Chinês e Macaquinho, propagados por rizomas das classes grande e pequena, como tipos inteiros e cortados no meio, arranjados em esquema fatorial 2x2x2, no delineamento experimental de blocos casualizados, com quatro repetições. A população final, altura das plantas e massa fresca das folhas e dos rizomas-mãe do taro Chinês foi significativamente superior à do Macaquinho. Quanto às classes de propágulos utilizados para a propagação, foi melhor o uso de rizomas grandes. O uso de rizomas inteiros foi

  14. Efecto depresivo de los agentes causales de las pudriciones secas en plantas producidas in vitro de malanga (Xanthosoma sagittifolium

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    Ernesto Espinosa Cuellar

    2012-06-01

    oxysporum Schlecht, Rhizoctonia solani Kühn and Sclerotium rolfsii Sacc isolated from infected plants with symptoms of poor development, chlorosis, leaf necrosis and rot the roots. Treatments consisted of the isolation of the three fungi separately, the mixture of the three fungi and uninoculated control. Previously acclimatized plants were planted in chambers had dimensions 0.90 x 0.90 x 0.90 m, in randomized complete block with four replications. 100 plants were inoculated for each treatment and control is left as an equal number of uninoculated plants was evaluated in each case the plant height, number of roots per plant and number of diseased roots and subsequently determined the fresh weight and dry the roots and foliage. Was harvested at 10 months after planting and assessed some components of performance, as the number of corms and cormels and their fresh weight, as the intensity of damage at the time of harvest. The results showed that the fungal pathogens Fusarium oxysporum Schlecht, Rhizoctonia solani Kühn and Sclerotium rolfsii Sacc associated with dry rot caused a depressive effect on taro plants grown in vitro produced cameras. The mixture of these three fungi was very aggressive, resulting in reduced plant height, fresh weight of leaves and number of roots, corms and cormels. Key words: Taro, dry rot, fungus.

  15. 长江口盐沼海三棱草在高程梯度上的生物量分配%Biomass Allocation of Scirpus mariqueter Along an Elevational Gradient in a Salt Marsh of the Yangtse River Estuary

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    孙书存; 蔡永立; 刘红

    2001-01-01

    Scirpus mariqueter Tang et Zhang is a typical pioneer plantcolonizing the bare beaches of the Yangtse River estuary. To explore the life history strategy of the species with reference to environmental physical stress, the biomass allocations to different plant components and some related morphological parameters were examined along an elevational gradient within a salt marsh. Authors found that S. mariqueter performed best at medium elevation within the marsh, with relatively high density of shoot and individual ramet dry mass. Biomass allocation to corm was the highest at low elevations, and the least at high elevations, suggesting that a conservative strategy was adopted by the species to cope with the harsh physical conditions at the low elevation. The investment in rhizome decreased from low to high elevations, while the proportion of inflorescence mass increased, indicating that during the life history, the species shifts from predominant asexual reproduction to predominant sexual reproduction. This may be favourable for the species to colonize larger area, and to spread and persist at a meta-population level. Correlation analyses showed that sexual reproduction was inversely related to growth and asexual reproduction. However, it is difficult to determine the relationship between asexual reproduction and growth possibly because of the varied function of the corms of the species in different life history stages.%海三棱草(Scirpus mariqueter TangetZhang)是一种典型的先锋植物。它能占据于长江口盐沼的光滩上,生境非常恶劣。为探索该物种在高度环境胁迫下的生活史策略,测定了它在高程梯度上的生物量分配,以及有关形态学参数。结果发现海三棱草在中位高程时密度和单株生物量最高,生长最好。在由低及高的高程梯度上,球茎、根状茎的生物量分配比例逐渐下降,表明植物体在光滩前沿采取保守策略;而花序的比例则逐渐上升,

  16. Sterilization of diseased plants infected with Fusarium wilt disease in banana fields%香蕉枯萎病田间发病株的高效灭菌方法筛选

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    刘磊; 梁昌聪; 覃和业; 杨腊英; 郭立佳; 黄俊生

    2015-01-01

    To control the spread of Fusarium oxyporum f.sp.cubense (FOC),sterilization of bananaplant infected with the disease should be done.The inhibitory activity test of the mixtures of prochloraz and carbendazim at different mixing ratios against FOC was determined by the plates containing fungicides and the synergistic ratios were calculated according to Wadley formula.Then,the effects of quicklime,glyphosate,prochloraz,and the best mixture of fungicides were investigated on the PDA plates and diseased bananas,and the effects of different treatments with the best mixture of fungicides were tested.The synergistic interactions against FOC of the mixtures of prochloraz and carbendazim were observed at the ratio of 10 ∶ 1,and the synergism ratio was 1.53,and the ECs0 of the best mixture of fungicides was 0.025 mg/L,significantly smaller than that of other reagents tested.The FOC on the rhizosphere and banana corms sprayed with 1 000 mg/L the best mixture of fungicides decreased 95.93% after five days,and 71.88% after ten days,respectively,significantly higher than that of other reagents tested.Moreover,perfusion with the best mixture of fungicides after perforation on the banana cauloid was significantly better than spraying with the best mixture of fungicides.The FOC from banana corms treated with the best mixture of fungicides after perforation decreased 95.95% after five days.The sterilization method was efficient and convenient for controlling Fusarium wilt disease in banana fields.%为筛选有效防控香蕉枯萎病菌扩散蔓延的灭菌方法,采用含毒介质培养法测定咪鲜胺和多菌灵不同配比对枯萎病菌的毒力作用以筛选最佳混配液,比较最佳混配液与生石灰、草甘膦、咪鲜胺的平板抑菌和大田灭菌效果,并研究了大田不同施用方式对最佳混配液灭菌效果的影响.结果表明,咪鲜胺与多菌灵体积比为10∶1时得最佳混配液,可显著提高对香蕉枯萎病菌的

  17. EVALUATION OF NATURAL ENEMIES IN CONTROLLING OF THE BANANA WEEVIL BORER Cosmopolites sordidus Germar IN WEST SUMATRA

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    Ahsol Hasyim

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available The banana weevil, Cosmopolites sordidus Germar, is an important pest of highland banana and plantain in Africa, but it exists in low densities in presumed area of origin in Southeast Asia such as in Indonesia. This suggests a possible existence of effective co-evolved natural enemies in the origin area of Indonesia, especially West Sumatra. The objectives of this study were: (1 to evaluate banana weevil pest status at selected sites in West Sumatra, (2 to survey parasitoids and predators, and (3 to determine the control potential of the most important natural enemies. Surveys were undertaken in March 2002-August 2003 in five locations in West Sumatra, i.e., Bukittinggi, Sitiung, Pariaman, Pasaman, and Batusangkar. Five farms per site were selected randomly among all farms that contained banana stands of > 0.5 ha. Sampling for banana weevil adults and damage, and for predators was done throughout small banana stands and within a 20 m x 40 m (0.08 ha subplot on larger farms. Field-collected larvae were taken to the laboratory and reared on corm pieces (3 cm x 3 cm x 3 cm until pupation. Larvae were collected from pseudostem as well as corm residues. To estimate the abundance of non-social predators, i.e., those other than ants, 10 residues each on each farm were examined from plants that had been harvested 1-4 weeks, 5-8 weeks or 9 or more weeks before our visit to the site. Samples of the different morphospecies were saved in alcohol for later identification. The result showed that the banana weevil incidence was found to be low,  0.6-1.7 adults per trap. Plant damage indices were below 2.2%. We collected and reared 24,360 eggs and 3118 larvae, but no parasitism was detected. Phorids (Megaselia sp. and drosophilids were recovered from larval rearings, but most likely were scavengers. A complex of predators was detected, the most important of which was the histerid beetles,  Plaesius javanus Erichson. In laboratory tests, adults and larvae

  18. Integrated micro-biochemical approach for phytoremediation of cadmium and lead contaminated soils using Gladiolus grandiflorus L cut flower.

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    Mani, Dinesh; Kumar, Chitranjan; Patel, Niraj Kumar

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    The potential of vermicompost, elemental sulphur, Thiobacillus thiooxidans and Pseudomonas putida for phytoremediation is well known individually but their integrated approach has not been discovered so far. The present work highlights the consideration of so far overlooked aspects of their integrated treatment by growing the ornamental plant, Gladiolus grandiflorus L in uncontaminated and sewage-contaminated soils (sulphur-deficient alluvial Entisols, pH 7.6-7.8) for phytoremediation of cadmium and lead under pot experiment. Between vermicompost and elemental sulphur, the response of vermicompost was higher towards improvement in the biometric parameters of plants, whereas the response of elemental sulphur was higher towards enhanced bioaccumulation of heavy metals under soils. The integrated treatment (T7: vermicompost 6g and elemental sulphur 0.5gkg(-1) soil and co-inoculation of the plant with T. thiooxidans and P. putida) was found superior in promoting root length, plant height and dry biomass of the plant. The treatment T7 caused enhanced accumulation of Cd up to 6.96 and 6.45mgkg(-1) and Pb up to 22.6 and 19.9mgkg(-1) in corm and shoot, respectively at the contaminated soil. T7 showed maximum remediation efficiency of 0.46% and 0.19% and bioaccumulation factor of 2.92 and 1.21 and uptake of 6.75 and 21.4mgkg(-1) dry biomass for Cd and Pb respectively in the contaminated soil. The integrated treatment T7 was found significant over the individual treatments to promote plant growth and enhance phytoremediation. Hence, authors conclude to integrate vermicompost, elemental sulphur and microbial co-inoculation for the enhanced clean-up of Cd and Pb-contaminated soils. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Systematics of the hypervariable Moraea tripetala complex (Iridaceae: Iridoideae of the southern African winter rainfall zone

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    Full Text Available Field and laboratory research has shown that the Moraea tripetala complex of western South Africa, traditionally treated as a single species, sometimes with two additional varieties, has a pattern of morphological and cytological variation too complex to be accommodated in a single species. Variation in floral structure, especially the shape of the inner tepals, degree of union of the filaments, anther length and pollen colour form coherent patterns closely correlated with morphology of the corm tunics, mode of vegetative reproduction, and in some instances capsule and seed shape and size. The morphological patterns also correlate with geography, flowering time and sometimes habitat. It is especially significant that different variants of the complex may co-occur, each with overlapping or separate flowering times, a situation that conflicts with a single species taxonomy. We propose recognizing nine species and three additional subspecies for plants currently assigned to M. tripetala. M. grandis, from the western Karoo, has virtually free filaments and leaves often ± plane distally; closely allied M. amabilis, also with ± free filaments and often hairy leaves, is centred in the western Karoo and Olifants River Valley. Its range overlaps that of M. cuspidata, which has narrowly channelled, smooth leaves, linear inner tepals spreading distally and filaments united for up to 1.5 mm. M. decipiens from the Piketberg, M. hainebachiana, a local endemic of coastal limestone fynbos in the Saldanha District, M. ogamana from seasonally wet lowlands, and early flowering M. mutila constitute the remaining species of the complex in the southwestern Western Cape. M. helmei, a local endemic of middle elevations in the Kamiesberg, Namaqualand, has small flowers with short, tricuspidate inner tepals. All but M. amabilis and M. mutila are new species. We divide M. tripetala sensu stricto into three subspecies: widespread subsp. tripetala, subsp. violacea from

  20. An efficient method in breaking of dormancy from Bunium persicum(Boiss)Fedtsch seeds:a valuable herb of middle East and Central Asia

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    Yousef; Emamipoor; Mahmood; Maziah

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    Objective:To develop a protocol lor breaking of seed dormancy and increasing the seed germination rate of Bunium persicum.Methods:The seeds were treated with 3.1.6.3.12.5.25.50 and 100 μmol/L of benzyl aminopurine.gibberellic acid(GA,),thidiazuron(TDZ) and forchlorlenuron.Then,seeds were transferred to two different temperature conditions including room temperature(25 ℃) and chilling temperature(2-5℃).Results:The treatment of moist seeds with chilling temperature(2—5℃) broke seed dormancy and showed maximum germination,which was 54.7%after 60 d treatment.Also,the treatment of dn seeds with chilling temperature broke seed dormancy with 9.3%germination rate after 120 d.Treatment of seeds with different level of plant growth regulators showed that under moistroom condition,there was evidence ol higher and lower seed germination rate:GA,(100 μmol/L)with 46.7%and TDZ(50 μmol/L) with 6.67%respectively.In addition,the results showed that under moist-chilling condition.TDZ(6.3 μmol/L) with 53.3%seed germination rate had higher influence on breaking seed dormancy.Treatment of seeds with combination of TDZ and GA3 under moistchilling condition revealed higher rale of breaking of seed dormancy when 6.3 μmol/L TDZ was combined with 100 μmol/L GA,.showing 93.7%genninatiou rate.Conclusions:The effect of plant growth regulators coupled with chilling temperature on breaking of seed dormancy could provide a large number of seedlings while the long juvenile time which is the next restricting factor of plantation still remained.Thus,the subsequent growth of seedlings to provide a large number of corms is necessary for successful plantation.

  1. An efficient method in breaking of dormancy from Bunium persicum (Boiss) Fedtsch seeds:a valuable herb of Middle East and Central Asia

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    Yousef Emamipoor; Mahmood Maziah

    2014-01-01

    Objective: To develop a protocol for breaking of seed dormancy and increasing the seed germination rate of Bunium persicum. Methods:The seeds were treated with 3.1, 6.3, 12.5, 25, 50 and 100 µmol/L of benzyl aminopurine, gibberellic acid (GA3), thidiazuron (TDZ) and forchlorfenuron. Then, seeds were transferred to two different temperature conditions including room temperature (25 °C) and chilling temperature (2-5 °C). Results: The treatment of moist seeds with chilling temperature (2-5 °C) broke seed dormancy and showed maximum germination, which was 54.7%after 60 d treatment. Also, the treatment of dry seeds with chilling temperature broke seed dormancy with 9.3%germination rate after 120 d. Treatment of seeds with different level of plant growth regulators showed that under moist-room condition, there was evidence of higher and lower seed germination rate:GA3 (100 µmol/L) with 46.7%and TDZ (50 µmol/L) with 6.67%respectively. In addition, the results showed that under moist-chilling condition, TDZ (6.3 µmol/L) with 53.3%seed germination rate had higher influence on breaking seed dormancy. Treatment of seeds with combination of TDZ and GA3 under moist-chilling condition revealed higher rate of breaking of seed dormancy when 6.3 µmol/L TDZ was combined with 100 µmol/L GA3, showing 93.7%germination rate. Conclusions:The effect of plant growth regulators coupled with chilling temperature on breaking of seed dormancy could provide a large number of seedlings while the long juvenile time which is the next restricting factor of plantation still remained. Thus, the subsequent growth of seedlings to provide a large number of corms is necessary for successful plantation.

  2. Isolation of a CENTRORADIALIS/TERMINAL FLOWER1 homolog in saffron (Crocus sativus L.): characterization and expression analysis.

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    Tsaftaris, Athanasios; Pasentsis, Konstantinos; Kalivas, Apostolos; Michailidou, Sofia; Madesis, Panagiotis; Argiriou, Anagnostis

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    Genes in the phosphatidyl-ethanolamine-binding protein (PEBP) family are instrumental in regulating the fate of meristems and flowering time. To investigate the role of these genes in the monocotyledonous plant Crocus (Crocus sativus L), an industrially important crop cultivated for its nutritional and medicinal properties, we have cloned and characterized a CENTRORADIALIS/TERMINAL FLOWER1 (CEN/TFL1) like gene, named CsatCEN/TFL1-like, the first reported CEN/TFL1 gene characterized from such a perennial geophyte. Sequence analysis revealed that CsatCEN/TFL1 shows high similarity to its homologous PEBP family genes CEN/TFL1, FT and MFT from a variety of plant species and maintains the same exon/intron organization. Phylogenetic analysis of the CsatCEN/TFL1 amino acid sequence confirmed that the isolated sequences belong to the CEN/TFL1 clade of the PEBP family. CsatCEN/TFL1 transcripts could be detected in corms, flower and flower organs but not in leaves. An alternative spliced transcript was also detected in the flower. Comparison of expression levels of CsatCEN/TFL1 and its alternative spliced transcript in wild type flower and a double flower mutant showed no significant differences. Overexpression of CsatCEN/TFL1 transcript in Arabidopsis tfl1 plants reversed the phenotype of early flowering and terminal flowering of the tfl1 plants to a normal one. Computational analysis of the obtained promoter sequences revealed, next to common binding motifs in CEN/TFL1-like genes as well as other flowering gene promoters, the presence of two CArG binding sites indicative of control of CEN/TFL1 by MADS-box transcription factors involved in crocus flowering and flower organ formation.

  3. Pollinator shifts as triggers of speciation in painted petal irises (Lapeirousia: Iridaceae)

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    Forest, Félix; Goldblatt, Peter; Manning, John C.; Baker, David; Colville, Jonathan F.; Devey, Dion S.; Jose, Sarah; Kaye, Maria; Buerki, Sven

    2014-01-01

    Background and Aims Adaptation to different pollinators has been hypothesized as one of the main factors promoting the formation of new species in the Cape region of South Africa. Other researchers favour alternative causes such as shifts in edaphic preferences. Using a phylogenetic framework and taking into consideration the biogeographical scenario explaining the distribution of the group as well as the distribution of pollinators, this study compares pollination strategies with substrate adaptations to develop hypotheses of the primary factors leading to speciation in Lapeirousia (Iridaceae), a genus of corm-bearing geophytes well represented in the Cape and presenting an important diversity of pollination syndromes and edaphic preferences. Methods Phylogenetic relationships are reconstructed within Lapeirousia using nuclear and plastid DNA sequence data. State-of-the-art methods in biogeography, divergence time estimation, character optimization and diversification rate assessments are used to examine the evolution of pollination syndromes and substrate shifts in the history of the group. Based on the phylogenetic results, ecological factors are compared for nine sister species pairs in Lapeirousia. Key Results Seventeen pollinator shifts and ten changes in substrate types were inferred during the evolution of the genus Lapeirousia. Of the nine species pairs examined, all show divergence in pollination syndromes, while only four pairs present different substrate types. Conclusions The available evidence points to a predominant influence of pollinator shifts over substrate types on the speciation process within Lapeirousia, contrary to previous studies that favoured a more important role for edaphic factors in these processes. This work also highlights the importance of biogeographical patterns in the study of pollination syndromes. PMID:24323246

  4. Identification of Nutrient Contents in Six Potential Green Biomasses for Developing Liquid Organic Fertilizer in Closed Agricultural Production System

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    Full Text Available The use of solid organic fertilizer in closed agricultural production system must be combined with foliar application to improve fertilizing effectiveness.  Nutrient contents in tissues of green biomass determine the quality of liquid organic fertilizer. Six potential green biomasses, Tithonia diversifolia (Hemsl. A. Gray, Gliricidia sepium  (Jacq. Kunth ex Walp., Leucaena leucocephala (Lamk. de Wit, Ageratum conyzoides L., Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.  Solms,  and banana corms were identified its nutrient contents.  Samples were dried at 60oC for 48 hours, grinded, analyzed for N, P, K, Ca-ex, Mg-ex, C, cellulose and lignin contents. Results indicated that T. diversifolia and A. conyzoides had the highest N content compared to other biomasses.  A. conyzoides had the highest P content, followed by T. diversifolia.   A. conyzoides had the highest K content, followed by G. sepium.  The highest Ca-ex content was in L. leucocephala, followed by A. conyzoides. The highest Mg-ex content was found in A. conyzoides, followed by L. leucocephala. The highest C content was found in E.crassipes, followed by G. Sepium.  T. diversifolia had the highest cellulose content, followed by E.crassipes.  Lignin content of all biomasses was similar.  Lastly, E.crassipes had the highest C/N compared to other biomass, and both  T. diversifolia and A. conyzoides had the lowest C/N. It is concluded that  A. conyzoides  is the most promising green biomass for production of liquid organic fertilizer, followed by T. diversifolia and G. sepium.

  5. 靖江香沙芋生长发育的动态特征%Dynamic Characteristics of Growth and Development of Xiangsha Taro in Jingjiang

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    殷剑美; 韩晓勇; 王立; 张培通; 郭文琦; 李春宏

    2014-01-01

    The growth and development of Jingjiang Taro [Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott] were observed, laying foundation for highly-yielding cultivation technology system of Xiangsha taro. The results indicate that germination of the second taro happened from 46 d after sprouting (7-8 leaves); the first taro began to expand, from 125 d after sprouting (12 leaves) when the the second taro was been formed;the third taro began to form from 141 to 150 d after sprouting (15-16 leaves). The fresh weight of the second and third taros quickly increased from the time of 15 leaves to harvest. Early September is a transformation term of Xiangsha taro from vegetative body dominant to corm growth dominant.%在江苏靖江地区观察靖江香沙芋的生长发育动态,为制定靖江香沙芋的高产栽培技术体系奠定基础。结果表明,靖江香沙芋分株萌芽期约为出苗后46 d(7~8叶);母芋膨大始期约在出苗后125 d(12叶),此时普遍形成子芋;出苗后约141 d(15叶)孙芋开始大量发生;出苗后约150 d(15~16叶)停止发生,之后直到成熟收获期,子孙芋鲜重快速增长9月初是靖江香沙芋由以营养体生长为主向以下块茎生长为主的转换期。

  6. Anti-metastatic effect of polysaccharide isolated from Colocasia esculenta is exerted through immunostimulation.

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    Park, Hye-Ryung; Lee, Hyun-Sun; Cho, Sun Young; Kim, Yoon-Sook; Shin, Kwang-Soon

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    In the present study, an edible corm of the plant Colocasia esculenta, commonly known as Taro was extracted with cold water (4˚C). Finally, 10.44 g (1.04%) of the crude polysaccharide (Taro-0) was obtained from Taro. The purified active compound (Taro-4-I) was isolated using DEAE-Sepharose FF and Sephadex G-100. The anti-complementary activity of Taro-4-I (57.3±4.5%) was similar to that of polysaccharide K (used as the positive control). The molecular weight of Taro-4-I was 200 kDa and it was a polysaccharide composed of 64.4% neutral sugars and 35.6% uronic acid. Taro-4-I activated the complement system through the classical and alternative pathways. The treatment of peritoneal macrophages with Taro-4-I significantly increased the production of interleukin (IL)-6 and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) in a dose-dependent manner. However, IL-12 production showed maximal activity at 56 µg/ml and subsequently decreased. Splenocytes obtained from mice which were administered Taro-4-I intravenously showed a higher toxicity to Yac-1 cells compared to those obtained from untreated mice in a effector‑to‑target (E/T) ratio-dependent manner. The group treated with 50 µg/ml Taro-4-I showed a significantly increased toxicity to Yac-1 cells compared to the group treated with 500 µg/ml Taro-4-I. The administration of Taro-4-I significantly inhibited the lung metastasis of B16BL6 melanoma cells. However, the group treated with 50 µg/mouse Taro-4-I had a significantly lower number of tumors compared to the group injected with 500 µg/mouse Taro-4-I.

  7. The anti-cancer effects of poi (Colocasia esculenta) on colonic adenocarcinoma cells In vitro.

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    Brown, Amy C; Reitzenstein, Jonathan E; Liu, Jessie; Jadus, Martin R

    2005-09-01

    Hawaiians tend to have lower incidence rates of colorectal cancer and it was hypothesized that this may be due to ethnic differences in diet, specifically, their consumption of poi, a starchy paste made from the taro (Colocasia esulenta L.) plant corm. Soluble extracts of poi were incubated at 100 mg/mL in vitro for antiproliferative activity against the rat YYT colon cancer cell line. (3)H-thymidine incorporation studies were conducted to demonstrate that the poi inhibited the proliferation of these cancer cells in a dose-dependent manner. The greatest suppression of YYT colon cancer growth occurred when 25% concentration was used. When poi was incubated with the YYT cells after 2 days, the YYT cells underwent apoptotic changes as evidenced by a positive terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick-end labeling (TUNEL) stain. Poi enhanced the proliferation of normal mouse splenocyte control cells, suggesting that poi is not simply toxic to all cells but even has a positive immunostimulatory role. By flow cytometry, T cells (CD4+ and CD8+) were predominantly activated by the poi. Although numerous factors can contribute to the risk of colon cancer, perhaps poi consumption may contribute to the lower colon cancer rates among Hawaiians by two distinct mechanisms. First, by inducing apoptosis within colon cancer cells; second, by non-specifically activating lymphocytes, which in turn can lyse cancerous cells. Our results suggest for the first time that poi may have novel tumor specific anti-cancer activities and future research is suggested with animal studies and human clinical trials.

  8. Wetland vegetation and nutrient retention in Nakivubo and Kirinya wetlands in the Lake Victoria basin of Uganda

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    Mugisha, P.; Kansiime, F.; Mucunguzi, P.; Kateyo, E.

    Wetlands form an important part of the catchment area of the African Great Lakes and protect water resources therein. One of the most important functions is the retention of nutrients from the inflowing water from the catchment, by wetland plants which store them in their phytomass. An assessment of the capacity in storing nutrients by dominant plants ( Cyeprus papyrus, Miscanthus violaceus, Phragmites mauritianus and Colocasia C. esculenta), of Nakivubo and Kirinya wetlands at the shores of Lake Victoria in Uganda, was studied through the determination of phytomass production and nutrient concentration in the plant parts at different stages of growth. The above ground phytomass production increased rapidly during the exponential growth for C. papyrus and P. mauritianus. In all the dominant plants, nitrogen concentration was highest in juvenile plants and decreased with increasing age. The most pronounced nitrogen level occurred in the young umbels of C. papyrus during the first month of growth with total nitrogen content of 1.95% DW which dropped to 0.62% DW after the fifth month in Nakivubo wetland. Corms (tubers) of yams had the highest nitrogen content in Kirinya and Nakivubo wetlands exhibiting respective values of 4.8% DW and 3.7% DW. There is a close relationship between nutrient content and increase in phytomass. In Nakivubo and Kirinya wetlands, the rapid increase in phytomass during the third and fourth month corresponded with high nutrient levels. Since plants store significant amounts of nitrogen during their growth, periodic harvesting of above ground plant parts can remove significant amounts of nutrients (during the first five months of growth) from the wastewater flowing into the two wetlands. Wetland plant species with high phytomass productivity and well developed root systems and ability to withstand flooding are the best in nutrient removal.

  9. Adsorption of a hydrophobic mutagen to dietary fiber from taro (Colocasia esculenta), an important food plant of the South Pacific.

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    Ferguson, L R; Roberton, A M; McKenzie, R J; Watson, M E; Harris, P J

    1992-01-01

    The incidence of colorectal cancer is lower in Polynesian populations of the South Pacific than in European populations. This difference in incidence of the disease may be, at least partly, related to diet. Dietary fiber is believed to protect against colorectal cancer, and one of the ways it may act is by adsorbing mutagens that are carcinogenic. Very little is known about the chemical composition or the ability to adsorb mutagens of these dietary fibers from South Pacific food plants. In contrast to European food plants, which are mostly dicotyledons, South Pacific food plants are mainly monocotyledons. We isolated cell walls (dietary fiber) from the three edible parts of taro (Colocasia esculenta), which is a monocotyledon and a major South Pacific food plant. The ability of these three unlignified cell-wall preparations to adsorb the hydrophobic environmental mutagen 1,8-dinitropyrene was studied. The greatest adsorption occurred with walls from leaf blade, followed by petiole and corm walls, although the differences were not major. The amount of adsorption was intermediate between the low adsorption previously found with unlignified dicotyledon walls (from the flesh of potato tubers and immature cabbage leaves) and the much higher adsorption found with unlignified walls from monocotyledons of the grass and cereal family (Poaceae) (from leaves of seedling Italian ryegrass). These data are consistent with the monosaccharide compositions of the taro wall preparations, which were more similar to those of unlignified walls of dicotyledons than to unlignified walls of the Poaceae. These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that the composition of the dietary fiber determines its adsorptive properties and that there may be important differences between the major dietary fibers of South Pacific and European food plants.

  10. Estudios sobre la vegetación del estado de Paraná (Brasil meridional

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    Full Text Available Contribution to knowledge about the vegetation of the state of Paraná in southern Brazil (Serra do Mar, Planaltos, Iguaçu Valley. Numerous plant associations are described and grouped together in the following classes: Pistio-Eichhornietea (communities of floating cormophytes Xyrido-Typhetea (helophytic herbaceous vegetation Polypodio-Tillandsietea (epiphytic and comophytic vegetation Ruderali-Manihotetea (ruderal and segetal vegetation Andropogono-Baccharidetea (savanoid vegetation Rhizophoretea (mangroves Lantano-Chusqueetea (woody marginal communities of the forest Cedrelo-Ocoteetea (rain and mesophilous forest. Special attention is paid to the study of the physiognomy, structure and dynamism of the vegetation and its biogeographical significance.

    Aportación al conocimiento de la vegetación del estado de Paraná en el Brasil meridional (Serra do Mar, Planaltos, valle del Iguaçu. Se describen numerosas asociaciones vegetales agrupadas en las clases siguientes: Pistio-Eichhornietea (comunidades de cormófitos flotantes. Xyrido-Typhetea (vegetación herbácea helofítica. Polypodio-Tillandsietea (vegetación epifítica y comofítica. Ruderali-Manihotetea (vegetación ruderal, viaria y arvense. Andropogono-Baccharidetea (vegetación sabanoide. Rhizophoretea (manglar. Lantano-Chusqueetea (manto marginal leñoso de la selva. Cedrelo-Ocoteetea (selva pluvial y mesófila. Se dedica atención especial al estudio de la fisionomía, estructura y dinamismo de la vegetación y a su significación biogeográfica.

  11. Pollinator shifts as triggers of speciation in painted petal irises (Lapeirousia: Iridaceae).

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    Forest, Félix; Goldblatt, Peter; Manning, John C; Baker, David; Colville, Jonathan F; Devey, Dion S; Jose, Sarah; Kaye, Maria; Buerki, Sven

    2014-01-01

    Adaptation to different pollinators has been hypothesized as one of the main factors promoting the formation of new species in the Cape region of South Africa. Other researchers favour alternative causes such as shifts in edaphic preferences. Using a phylogenetic framework and taking into consideration the biogeographical scenario explaining the distribution of the group as well as the distribution of pollinators, this study compares pollination strategies with substrate adaptations to develop hypotheses of the primary factors leading to speciation in Lapeirousia (Iridaceae), a genus of corm-bearing geophytes well represented in the Cape and presenting an important diversity of pollination syndromes and edaphic preferences. Phylogenetic relationships are reconstructed within Lapeirousia using nuclear and plastid DNA sequence data. State-of-the-art methods in biogeography, divergence time estimation, character optimization and diversification rate assessments are used to examine the evolution of pollination syndromes and substrate shifts in the history of the group. Based on the phylogenetic results, ecological factors are compared for nine sister species pairs in Lapeirousia. Seventeen pollinator shifts and ten changes in substrate types were inferred during the evolution of the genus Lapeirousia. Of the nine species pairs examined, all show divergence in pollination syndromes, while only four pairs present different substrate types. The available evidence points to a predominant influence of pollinator shifts over substrate types on the speciation process within Lapeirousia, contrary to previous studies that favoured a more important role for edaphic factors in these processes. This work also highlights the importance of biogeographical patterns in the study of pollination syndromes.

  12. Bystander effect between zebrafish embryos in vivo induced by high-dose X-rays.

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    Choi, V W Y; Ng, C Y P; Kobayashi, A; Konishi, T; Suya, N; Ishikawa, T; Cheng, S H; Yu, K N

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    We employed embryos of the zebrafish, Danio rerio, for our studies on the in vivo bystander effect between embryos irradiated with high-dose X-rays and naive unirradiated embryos. The effects on the naive whole embryos were studied through quantification of apoptotic signals at 25 h post fertilization (hpf) through the terminal dUTP transferase-mediated nick end-labeling (TUNEL) assay followed by counting the stained cells under a microscope. We report data showing that embryos at 5 hpf subjected to a 4-Gy X-ray irradiation could release a stress signal into the medium, which could induce a bystander effect in partnered naive embryos sharing the same medium. We further demonstrated that this bystander effect (induced through partnering) could be successfully suppressed through the addition of the nitric oxide (NO) scavenger 2-(4-carboxyphenyl)-4,4,5,5-tetramethylimidazoline-1-oxyl-3-oxide (cPTIO) into the medium but not through the addition of the CO liberator tricarbonylchloro(glycinato)ruthenium(II) (CORM-3). This shows that NO was involved in the bystander response between zebrafish embryos induced through X-ray irradiation. We also report data showing that the bystander effect could be successfully induced in naive embryos by introducing them into the irradiated embryo conditioned medium (IECM) alone, i.e., without partnering with the irradiated embryos. The IECM was harvested from the medium that had conditioned the zebrafish embryos irradiated at 5 hpf with 4-Gy X-ray until the irradiated embryos developed into 29 hpf. NO released from the irradiated embryos was unlikely to be involved in the bystander effect induced through the IECM because of the short life of NO. We further revealed that this bystander effect (induced through IECM) was rapidly abolished through diluting the IECM by a factor of 2× or greater, which agreed with the proposal that the bystander effect was an on/off response with a threshold.

  13. Heme oxygenase-1 protects against Alzheimer's amyloid-β(1-42)-induced toxicity via carbon monoxide production.

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    Hettiarachchi, N; Dallas, M; Al-Owais, M; Griffiths, H; Hooper, N; Scragg, J; Boyle, J; Peers, C

    2014-12-11

    Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), an inducible enzyme up-regulated in Alzheimer's disease, catabolises heme to biliverdin, Fe2+ and carbon monoxide (CO). CO can protect neurones from oxidative stress-induced apoptosis by inhibiting Kv2.1 channels, which mediates cellular K+ efflux as an early step in the apoptotic cascade. Since apoptosis contributes to the neuronal loss associated with amyloid β peptide (Aβ) toxicity in AD, we investigated the protective effects of HO-1 and CO against Aβ(1-42) toxicity in SH-SY5Y cells, employing cells stably transfected with empty vector or expressing the cellular prion protein, PrP(c), and rat primary hippocampal neurons. Aβ(1-42) (containing protofibrils) caused a concentration-dependent decrease in cell viability, attributable at least in part to induction of apoptosis, with the PrP(c)-expressing cells showing greater susceptibility to Aβ(1-42) toxicity. Pharmacological induction or genetic over-expression of HO-1 significantly ameliorated the effects of Aβ(1-42). The CO-donor CORM-2 protected cells against Aβ(1-42) toxicity in a concentration-dependent manner. Electrophysiological studies revealed no differences in the outward current pre- and post-Aβ(1-42) treatment suggesting that K+ channel activity is unaffected in these cells. Instead, Aβ toxicity was reduced by the L-type Ca2+ channel blocker nifedipine, and by the CaMKKII inhibitor, STO-609. Aβ also activated the downstream kinase, AMP-dependent protein kinase (AMPK). CO prevented this activation of AMPK. Our findings indicate that HO-1 protects against Aβ toxicity via production of CO. Protection does not arise from inhibition of apoptosis-associated K+ efflux, but rather by inhibition of AMPK activation, which has been recently implicated in the toxic effects of Aβ. These data provide a novel, beneficial effect of CO which adds to its growing potential as a therapeutic agent.

  14. Prevention by lansoprazole, a proton pump inhibitor, of indomethacin -induced small intestinal ulceration in rats through induction of heme oxygenase-1.

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    Yoda, Y; Amagase, K; Kato, S; Tokioka, S; Murano, M; Kakimoto, K; Nishio, H; Umegaki, E; Takeuchi, K; Higuchi, K

    2010-06-01

    The effect of lansoprazole, a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), on indomethacin-induced small intestinal ulceration was examined in rats, particularly in relation to heme oxygenase (HO)-1. The animals were administered indomethacin (10 mg/kg, p.o.) and killed 24 h later. Lansoprazole (30-100 mg/kg, p.o.) and omeprazole (30-100 mg/kg, p.o.) were given 30 min before the administration of indomethacin, while tin-protoporphyrin IX (SnPP: 30 mg/kg, i.v.), an inhibitor of HO-1, was injected 10 min before indomethacin or lansoprazole. Indomethacin produced hemorrhagic lesions in the small intestine, accompanied with an increase of mucosal invasion of enterobacteria, inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) expression, and myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity in the mucosa. Pretreatment with lansoprazole dose- dependently reduced the severity of the indomethacin-induced intestinal lesions, with suppression of the increased MPO activity, while omeprazole had no effect. Pretreatment with SnPP significantly exacerbated these intestinal lesions and almost totally abolished the protective effect of lansoprazole. The up-regulation of iNOS mRNA expression following indomethacin was suppressed by lansoprazole in a SnPP-inhibitable manner, although the enhanced enterobacterial invasion remained unaffected. The amount of HO-1 protein in the intestinal mucosa was significantly increased by lansoprazole but not by omeprazole. Prior administration of carbon monoxide (CO)-releasing molecule-2 (CORM-2; 10 mg/kg, i.p.) significantly reduced the severity of these lesions and the enhancement of mucosal iNOS mRNA expression induced in the small intestine by indomethacin. These results suggest that lansoprazole prevents indomethacin-induced small intestinal ulceration, and this effect is associated with inhibition of iNOS expression, through up-regulation of HO-1/CO production in the mucosa.

  15. The influence of crop management on banana weevil, Cosmopolites sordidus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) populations and yield of highland cooking banana (cv. Atwalira) in Uganda.

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    Rukazambuga, N D T M; Gold, C S; Gowen, S R; Ragama, P

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    A field study was undertaken in Uganda using highland cooking banana (cv. Atwalira) to test the hypothesis that bananas grown under stressed conditions are more susceptible to attack by Cosmopolites sordidus (Germar). Four banana treatments were employed to create different levels of host-plant vitality: (1) high stress: intercrop with finger millet; (2) moderate stress: monoculture without soil amendments; (3) low stress: monoculture with manure; (4) high vigour: monoculture with continuous mulch and manure. Adult C. sordidus were released at the base of banana mats 11 months after planting and populations were monitored for three years using mark and recapture methods. Cosmopolites sordidus density was greatest in the mulched plots which may have reflected increased longevity and/or longer tenure time in moist soils. Lowest C. sordidus numbers were found in intercropped banana. Damage, estimated as percentage corm tissue consumed by larvae, was similar among treatments. However, the total amount of tissue consumed was greater in mulched banana than in other systems. Plants supporting the heaviest levels of C. sordidus damage displayed bunch size reductions of 40-55%. Banana yield losses ranged from 14-20% per plot with similar levels in the intercropped and mulched systems. Yield reductions, reported as t ha-1, were twice as high in the mulched system as in the intercrop. The results from this study indicate that C. sordidus problems are not confined to stressed banana systems or those with low levels of management, but that the weevil can also attain pest status in well-managed and productive banana stands.

  16. Study on phylogenetic relationships, variability, and correlated mutations in M2 proteins of influenza virus A.

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    Full Text Available M2 channel, an influenza virus transmembrane protein, serves as an important target for antiviral drug design. There are still discordances concerning the role of some residues involved in proton transfer as well as the mechanism of inhibition by commercial drugs. The viral M2 proteins show high conservativity; about 3/4 of the positions are occupied by one residue in over 95%. Nine M2 proteins from the H3N2 strain and possibly two proteins from H2N2 strains make a phylogenic cluster closely related to 2RLF. The variability range is limited to 4 residues/position with one exception. The 2RLF protein stands out by the presence of 2 serines at the positions 19 and 50, which are in most other M2 proteins occupied by cysteines. The study of correlated mutations shows that there are several positions with significant mutational correlation that have not been described so far as functionally important. That there are 5 more residues potentially involved in the M2 mechanism of action. The original software used in this work (Consensus Constructor, SSSSg, Corm, Talana is freely accessible as stand-alone offline applications upon request to the authors. The other software used in this work is freely available online for noncommercial purposes at public services on bioinformatics such as ExPASy or NCBI. The study on mutational variability, evolutionary relationship, and correlated mutation presented in this paper is a potential way to explain more completely the role of significant factors in proton channel action and to clarify the inhibition mechanism by specific drugs.

  17. Systematics of the southern African genus Ixia (Iridaceae. 2. The filiform-leaved I. capillaris complex

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    Full Text Available Field study and associated examination of herbarium specimens of the filiform-leaved species of section Morphixia o f the South African genus Ixia L. have resulted in an increase in the number of species with this derived leaf type.  Ixia capillaris and  I. pauciflora have until now been the only species with such leaves and they have not been regarded as immediately related in past accounts of the genus. The two foliage leaves, typically less than 2 mm w ide, with a leathery to succulent texture, and lacking a raised central vein or margins, are specialized in the genus. Associated finely fibrous corm tunics, spikes of 1-3 flowers, and when present, short, thread-like lateral branches, usually bearing 1 or 2 flowers, provide supporting evidence that the group is monophyletic.  I. capillaris as interpreted until now. comprises four species, three of them new and described here, and the large-flowered I. pauciflora includes two species, one of these described here. While I. capillaris has a branched stem, radially symmetric flowers with a penanth tube (4—5—7(—8 mm long, tepals 11-15 mm long and thus substantially exceeding the tube, filaments typically exserted 1-2 mm. and anthers (3—4—5 mm long. I. exiliflora has a tube 8-10 mm long and ± as long as the tepals, included filaments, and anthers 3.5—4.0 mm long. The new  I. dieramoides also has included filaments but a perianth tube 13—18(—22 mm long and tepals 11-18 mm long. A third new species. I. reclinata has large flowers with a tube 13-15 mm long, tepals 16-21 mm long, and unilateral, decimate stamens with the filaments exserted 8-10 mm. and anthers 4-5 mm long. Typical  I. pauciflora has flowers with unilateral stamens and filaments exserted 2-6 mm from the flower and anthers prominently displayed, but specimens until now included in that species w ith short, included filaments 3-5 mm long and anthers half included in the tube, are here regarded as I. dieramoides. The I

  18. Curriculum Reform in Mathematics: How Well Do Teachers Connect Arithmetic Learning and Algebraic Thinking%新课程背景下中澳两国数学教师教学能办的比较研究——以加强数与代数学习之间的衔接为例

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    中国与澳大利亚最新的国家数学课程标准都特别强调数与代数学习衔接的重要性。运用问卷,从以下四个方面分析、比较中澳两国数学教师在这一。问题上的辛学能力:相关数学知识,对数学课程标准理念的解读,对学生数学思考的理解,寅期与长期的教学计划。结果表明,中澳数学教师在总体能力上水平相近,中国教少对于数学知识的理解更为清晰,而澳大利亚教师则在对学生数学思考的理解上表劫得更好。与此同时,在推行国家数学课程标准时,教师教学能力是一个不容忽视的关键因素%Closer connection between the learning of number and algebra has been Valued in new nationalmathematics curriculum in both China and Australia. This exploratory study seeks to characterise teachers' capacity to help students corm ect arithmetic learning and emerging algebraic thinking. The study is based on questionnaire given to Australian and Chinese teachers, comprising seven students' Solutions of subtraction sentences. Teachers' responses to the questionnaire were analysed in terms of four categories, knowledge of mathematics, interpretation of the intentions of the official curriculum documents, understanding of students' thinking, and capacity to design appropriate instruction in the short and long term. These four categories form the basis of our construct of teacher capacity. We argue finally that teacher capacity should be regarded as a key element in the developnvent and implementation of National Curriculum in Mathematics in both countries.

  19. Glucose lowering effect of montbretin A in Zucker Diabetic Fatty rats.

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    Yuen, Violet G; Coleman, John; Withers, Steven G; Andersen, Raymond J; Brayer, Gary D; Mustafa, Sally; McNeill, John H

    2016-01-01

    Diabetes is an increasingly prevalent disease state with a global impact. It is important that effective and cost-efficient methods be developed to treat this disease state. Zucker diabetic fatty rats, an animal model of type 2 diabetes, were treated with montbretin A (MbA), a selective human pancreatic α-amylase inhibitor, isolated from the corms of the Crocosmia crocosmiiflora plant that may have potential as a glucose-lowering agent. The study purpose was to determine if MbA was an orally effective treatment for diabetes. The effect of MbA was compared to a current clinical treatment modality, acarbose that is associated with gastrointestinal side effects known to affect patient compliance. MbA and acarbose were administered daily in the drinking water. Body weight and fluid intake were measured daily to calculate dose consumption. Plasma glucose levels were determined twice weekly in both the fed and fasted state. At termination samples were collected to assess increased risk of secondary complications related to diabetes and oxidative stress. There was no effect of either MbA or acarbose treatment on insulin levels. Plasma glucose levels were significantly lower following MbA treatment in the ZT group which persisted throughout the study period (day 49: 12.1 ± 1.2 mM). However, while there was an initial decrease in plasma glucose levels in the acarbose-treated fatty group, this effect was not sustained (day 49: 20.6 ± 1.3 mM) through to termination. MbA improved the oxidative status of the fatty diabetic animals as well as attenuated markers for increased risk of cardiovascular complications associated with diabetes. This study demonstrated that, at a lower dose as compared to acarbose (10 mg/kg/day), chronic oral administration of MbA (7.5 mg/kg/day) was an effective glucose-lowering agent in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

  20. Romulea pilosa and R. quartzicola (Iridaceae: Crocoideae, two new species from the southern African winter rainfall region, with nomenclatural corrections

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    J. C. Manning

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Romulea pilosa J.C.Manning & Goldblatt and R. quartzicola J.C.Manning & Goldblatt are two narrow endemics from the southern African winter rainfall region. An early, fragmentary collection of R. pilosa from Riviersonderend lacked the diagnostic corm and was thus mistakenly associated with R. tetragona (sect. Ciliatae as var. flavandra M.P.de Vos because of the highly distinctive pilose, H-shaped leaf. The rediscovery of the taxon in the wild shows it to be a previously unrecognized member of sect. Aggregatae, distinguished by its unusual foliage and bright orange flowers. R. quartzicola was grown to flowering from seeds collected from quartz patches in southern Namaqualand and proved to be a new species of sect. Ciliatae, distinguished by its early flowering, short, subclavate leaves with reduced sclerenchyma strands, and bright yellow flowers with short bracts. R. neglecta M.P.de Vos, a rare endemic from the Kamiesberg in Northern Cape, is a later homonym for the Mediterranean R. neglecta Jord. & Fourr., and the earliest name for this plant is shown to be R. speciosa (Ker Gawl. Baker, typified by an illustration in Andrews’ The botanist’s repository. An epitype is designated to fix the application of the name. We have also examined the type illustration of R. pudica (Sol. ex Ker Gawl. Baker, hitherto treated as an uncertain species, and are confident that it represents the species currently known as R. amoena Schltr. ex Bég., and takes priority over it as being the earlier name. The type of R. reflexa Eckl., a new name for the later homonym I. reflexa Thunb. and the basionym of R. rosea var. reflexa (Eckl. Bég., has been mistakenly identified as an Ecklon collection but is in fact the collection that formed the basis of Thunberg’s I. reflexa. This collection is actually a form of R. flava Lam., and the name R. rosea var. reflexa is thus moved to the synonomy of that species. The variety currently known under this name should now be

  1. THE ROLE OF GASOTRANSMITTERS IN REGULATING OF THE FUNCTIONS OF SMOOTH MUSCLES: THE POSSIBLE EFFECTOR SYSTEMS

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    Full Text Available Influence of gasotransmitters carbon monoxide (CO and hydrogen sulfide (H2S on the electrical and contractile activities of smooth muscle cells (SMCs of the guinea pig ureter and rat aorta were studied by methods of double sucrose bridge and mechanography. It has been shown that CO causes a dose-dependent decrease of the contractile response of SMCs of the ureter and rat aorta and also reduces the amplitude and duration of the action potential plateau. Against the background of the action of biologically active substances, agonists α1-adrenergetic and H1-histaminergetic receptors (phenylephrine and histamine, respectively, these effects of CO donor (CORM II were amplified. The inhibitory effect of CO on the parameters of the contractile and electrical activities of smooth muscles is attenuated by blocking potassium channels of plasma membrane with tetraethylammonium (TEA or inhibition of soluble guanylate cyclase (ODQ [1H-[1,2,4]-oxadiazolo[4,3-a]quinoxalin-l-one]. Thus, the effects of carbon monoxide on the electrical and contractile activities of SMCs are associated with an increase potassium conductivity of the membrane or the activation of soluble guanylate cyclase.In experiments with a donor of hydrogen sulfide (NaHS, it was shown, that it has an activating effect on the electrical and contractile activities of smooth muscles of the guinea pig ureter, which is caused by the action of potassium conductivity of the membrane. Activating effect of H2S on the contractile properties of SMCs of the guinea pig ureter decreased by blocking ATP-dependent channels with glibenclamide. Analysis of the effect of H2S on sodium and calcium conductance of the membrane smooth muscles of the ureter using modified sodium-free and TEA- containing Krebs solution showed that the contribution of potassium conductance is mainly sold at high concentrations (100 and 1000 μmol donor NaHS. Probably, that the impact of low concentrations of NaHS (10 μmol on the

  2. Dynamics of Growth and Development of Banana (Musa AAA Simmonds cvs. Gran Enano and Valery Dinámica del Crecimiento y Desarrollo del Banano (Musa AAA Simmonds cvs. Gran Enano y Valery

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    Full Text Available This research was conducted in the banana zone on Urabá (Colombia, whith cvs. Gran Enano and Valery. Since planting, each three to four leaves sprouted, three plants per variety were sampled, each corresponding to a repetition. These were separated into its different organs and the total dry matter was estimated. Each cv. was analyzed on a growth curve. The dry matter accumulation on both cvs. is adjusted to the typical sigmoid curve of the plant growth. In the exponential phase, the corm was the main source of assimilates for the development; while in the lineal and senescence phase, the pseudo-stem and leaves were the reservoir organs; when the bunch is formed, such reserves were sent to this drain. In general, while the development progressed, the vegetative organs did not show any dry matter lost, only reduction in the assimilates accumulation rate; unlike the bunch that from its emission kept a high rate, leading the fruit to represent, in the harvest season, almost 50% of the total dry matter of the plant.El estudio se realizó en la zona bananera de Urabá (Colombia; con los cvs. Gran Enano y Valery. A partir de la siembra, cada tres a cuatro hojas emitidas, se muestrearon tres plantas por cv., cada una correspondiente a una repetición. Estas se separaron en sus diferentes órganos y se estimó la materia seca total. Se analizó cada cv. a partir de curvas de crecimiento. La acumulación de materia seca en ambos cvs. se ajustó al modelo típico de la curva sigmoidea del crecimiento vegetal. En la fase exponencial, el cormo fue la principal fuente de asimilados para el desarrollo;mientras que en la fase lineal y de senescencia,el pseudotallo y hojas fueron órganos reservorio; al formarse el racimo, tales reservas fueron enviadas a ese sumidero. En general, a medida que avanzaba el desarrollo, los órganos vegetativos no presentaron pérdidas de materia seca, solo disminución en la tasa de acumulación de asimilados;a diferencia del

  3. Systematics of the southern African genus Ixia (Iridaceae. 2. The filiform-leaved I. capillaris complex

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    P. Goldblatt

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    Full Text Available Field study and associated examination of herbarium specimens of the filiform-leaved species of section Morphixia o f the South African genus Ixia L. have resulted in an increase in the number of species with this derived leaf type.  Ixia capillaris and  I. pauciflora have until now been the only species with such leaves and they have not been regarded as immediately related in past accounts of the genus. The two foliage leaves, typically less than 2 mm w ide, with a leathery to succulent texture, and lacking a raised central vein or margins, are specialized in the genus. Associated finely fibrous corm tunics, spikes of 1-3 flowers, and when present, short, thread-like lateral branches, usually bearing 1 or 2 flowers, provide supporting evidence that the group is monophyletic.  I. capillaris as interpreted until now. comprises four species, three of them new and described here, and the large-flowered I. pauciflora includes two species, one of these described here. While I. capillaris has a branched stem, radially symmetric flowers with a penanth tube (4—5—7(—8 mm long, tepals 11-15 mm long and thus substantially exceeding the tube, filaments typically exserted 1-2 mm. and anthers (3—4—5 mm long. I. exiliflora has a tube 8-10 mm long and ± as long as the tepals, included filaments, and anthers 3.5—4.0 mm long. The new  I. dieramoides also has included filaments but a perianth tube 13—18(—22 mm long and tepals 11-18 mm long. A third new species. I. reclinata has large flowers with a tube 13-15 mm long, tepals 16-21 mm long, and unilateral, decimate stamens with the filaments exserted 8-10 mm. and anthers 4-5 mm long. Typical  I. pauciflora has flowers with unilateral stamens and filaments exserted 2-6 mm from the flower and anthers prominently displayed, but specimens until now included in that species w ith short, included filaments 3-5 mm long and anthers half included in the tube, are here regarded as I. dieramoides. The I

  4. Efecto de la micorrización sobre el crecimiento de plántulas de plátano en sustrato con y sin la presencia de nematodos fitoparásitos Effect of mycorrhization on the growth of plantain seedlings in substrate with and without the presence of plant parasitic nematodes

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    Full Text Available Se comparó el efecto de la pre-inoculación de los hongos micorrícicos arbusculares (HMA Glomus fistulosum, Glomus fasciculatum, micorriza comercial (G. aggregatum, G. manihotis, G. fistulosum, G. fasciculatum, Kuklosplora colombiana y Scutellospora spp. y un control sin HMA, sobre el crecimiento de propágulos vegetativos de plátano Dominico Hartón (Musa AAB en sustrato con la presencia de Radopholus similis y Helicotylenchus spp y sin ella. Adicionalmente se evaluó el efecto de los HMA sobre la cantidad final de los nematodos fitoparásitos en raíces y suelo rizosférico. Los resultados indicaron un incremento significativo en el porcentaje de colonización micorrícica en raíces inoculadas con HMA comercial (40% - 41%, en comparación con el control y los demás HMA (We compared the effect of pre-inoculation with the following arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF, on the growth of vegetative propagules (suckers of plantain (Musa AAB: 1 Glomus fistulosum, 2 Glomus fasciculatum, and 3 commercial inoculum (mixture of G. aggregatum, G. fistulosum, G.manihotis, G. fasciculatum, Kuklosplora colombiana and Scutellospora spp., compared with a control without AMF, in substrate with and without the presence of Radopholus similis and Helicotylenchus spp.. Furthermore, we evaluated the effect of AMF on the final amount of plant parasitic nematodes in roots and rhizosphere soil. The results indicated a significant intensification in the mycorrhizal colonization in roots inoculated with commercial inoculum of AMF (40 - 41% compared with control and other AMFs (<3%. There were over 30% of increase in fresh weight of roots and dry matter (corm and air tissue variables, in plants inoculated with commercial AMF, even in the presence of plant parasitic nematodes. The final amount of plant parasitic nematodes was not affected by the inoculation of AMF. We conclude that mycorrhizal fungi species’ mixture, present within the AMF commercial inoculum

  5. Romulea pilosa and R. quartzicola (Iridaceae: Crocoideae, two new species from the southern African winter rainfall region, with nomenclatural corrections

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    J. C. Manning

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Romulea pilosa J.C.Manning & Goldblatt and R. quartzicola J.C.Manning & Goldblatt are two narrow endemics from the southern African winter rainfall region. An early, fragmentary collection of R. pilosa from Riviersonderend lacked the diagnostic corm and was thus mistakenly associated with R. tetragona (sect. Ciliatae as var. flavandra M.P.de Vos because of the highly distinctive pilose, H-shaped leaf. The rediscovery of the taxon in the wild shows it to be a previously unrecognized member of sect. Aggregatae, distinguished by its unusual foliage and bright orange flowers. R. quartzicola was grown to flowering from seeds collected from quartz patches in southern Namaqualand and proved to be a new species of sect. Ciliatae, distinguished by its early flowering, short, subclavate leaves with reduced sclerenchyma strands, and bright yellow flowers with short bracts. R. neglecta M.P.de Vos, a rare endemic from the Kamiesberg in Northern Cape, is a later homonym for the Mediterranean R. neglecta Jord. & Fourr., and the earliest name for this plant is shown to be R. speciosa (Ker Gawl. Baker, typified by an illustration in Andrews’ The botanist’s repository. An epitype is designated to fix the application of the name. We have also examined the type illustration of R. pudica (Sol. ex Ker Gawl. Baker, hitherto treated as an uncertain species, and are confident that it represents the species currently known as R. amoena Schltr. ex Bég., and takes priority over it as being the earlier name. The type of R. reflexa Eckl., a new name for the later homonym I. reflexa Thunb. and the basionym of R. rosea var. reflexa (Eckl. Bég., has been mistakenly identified as an Ecklon collection but is in fact the collection that formed the basis of Thunberg’s I. reflexa. This collection is actually a form of R. flava Lam., and the name R. rosea var. reflexa is thus moved to the synonomy of that species. The variety currently known under this name should now be

  6. Cloning and evaluation of reference genes for quantitative real-time PCR analysis in Amorphophallus

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    Full Text Available Quantitative real-time reverse transcription PCR (RT-qPCR has been widely used in the detection and quantification of gene expression levels because of its high accuracy, sensitivity, and reproducibility as well as its large dynamic range. However, the reliability and accuracy of RT-qPCR depends on accurate transcript normalization using stably expressed reference genes. Amorphophallus is a perennial plant with a high content of konjac glucomannan (KGM in its corm. This crop has been used as a food source and as a traditional medicine for thousands of years. Without adequate knowledge of gene expression profiles, there has been no report of validated reference genes in Amorphophallus. In this study, nine genes that are usually used as reference genes in other crops were selected as candidate reference genes. These putative sequences of these genes Amorphophallus were cloned by the use of degenerate primers. The expression stability of each gene was assessed in different tissues and under two abiotic stresses (heat and waterlogging in A. albus and A. konjac. Three distinct algorithms were used to evaluate the expression stability of the candidate reference genes. The results demonstrated that EF1-a, EIF4A, H3 and UBQ were the best reference genes under heat stress in Amorphophallus. Furthermore, EF1-a, EIF4A, TUB, and RP were the best reference genes in waterlogged conditions. By comparing different tissues from all samples, we determined that EF1-α, EIF4A, and CYP were stable in these sets. In addition, the suitability of these reference genes was confirmed by validating the expression of a gene encoding the small heat shock protein SHSP, which is related to heat stress in Amorphophallus. In sum, EF1-α and EIF4A were the two best reference genes for normalizing mRNA levels in different tissues and under various stress treatments, and we suggest using one of these genes in combination with 1 or 2 reference genes associated with different

  7. Development of microsatellite markers by transcriptome sequencing in two species of Amorphophallus (Araceae).

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    Zheng, Xingfei; Pan, Cheng; Diao, Ying; You, Yongning; Yang, Chaozhu; Hu, Zhongli

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    Amorphophallus is a genus of perennial plants widely distributed in the tropics or subtropics of West Africa and South Asia. Its corms contain a high level of water-soluble glucomannan; therefore, it has long been used as a medicinal herb and food source. Genetic studies of Amorphophallus have been hindered by a lack of genetic markers. A large number of molecular markers are required for genetic diversity study and improving disease resistance in Amorphophallus. Here, we report large scale of transcriptome sequencing of two species: Amorphophallus konjac and Amorphophallus bulbifer using deep sequencing technology, and microsatellite (SSR) markers were identified based on these transcriptome sequences. cDNAs of A. konjac and A. bulbifer were sequenced using Illumina HiSeq™ 2000 sequencing technology. A total of 135,822 non-redundant unigenes were assembled from about 9.66 gigabases, and 19,596 SSRs were identified in 16,027 non-redundant unigenes. Di-nucleotide SSRs were the most abundant motif (61.6%), followed by tri- (30.3%), tetra- (5.6%), penta- (1.5%), and hexa-nucleotides (1%) repeats. The top di- and tri-nucleotide repeat motifs included AG/CT (45.2%) and AGG/CCT (7.1%), respectively. A total of 10,754 primer pairs were designed for marker development. Of these, 320 primers were synthesized and used for validation of amplification and assessment of polymorphisms in 25 individual plants. The total of 275 primer pairs yielded PCR amplification products, of which 205 were polymorphic. The number of alleles ranged from 2 to 14 and the polymorphism information content valued ranged from 0.10 to 0.90. Genetic diversity analysis was done using 177 highly polymorphic SSR markers. A phenogram based on Jaccard's similarity coefficients was constructed, which showed a distinct cluster of 25 Amorphophallus individuals. A total of 10,754 SSR markers have been identified in Amorphophallus using transcriptome sequencing. One hundred and seventy-seven polymorphic

  8. Cloning and evaluation of reference genes for quantitative real-time PCR analysis in Amorphophallus.

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    Wang, Kai; Niu, Yi; Wang, Qijun; Liu, Haili; Jin, Yi; Zhang, Shenglin

    2017-01-01

    Quantitative real-time reverse transcription PCR (RT-qPCR) has been widely used in the detection and quantification of gene expression levels because of its high accuracy, sensitivity, and reproducibility as well as its large dynamic range. However, the reliability and accuracy of RT-qPCR depends on accurate transcript normalization using stably expressed reference genes. Amorphophallus is a perennial plant with a high content of konjac glucomannan (KGM) in its corm. This crop has been used as a food source and as a traditional medicine for thousands of years. Without adequate knowledge of gene expression profiles, there has been no report of validated reference genes in Amorphophallus. In this study, nine genes that are usually used as reference genes in other crops were selected as candidate reference genes. These putative sequences of these genes Amorphophallus were cloned by the use of degenerate primers. The expression stability of each gene was assessed in different tissues and under two abiotic stresses (heat and waterlogging) in A. albus and A. konjac. Three distinct algorithms were used to evaluate the expression stability of the candidate reference genes. The results demonstrated that EF1-a, EIF4A, H3 and UBQ were the best reference genes under heat stress in Amorphophallus. Furthermore, EF1-a, EIF4A, TUB, and RP were the best reference genes in waterlogged conditions. By comparing different tissues from all samples, we determined that EF1-α, EIF4A, and CYP were stable in these sets. In addition, the suitability of these reference genes was confirmed by validating the expression of a gene encoding the small heat shock protein SHSP, which is related to heat stress in Amorphophallus. In sum, EF1-α and EIF4A were the two best reference genes for normalizing mRNA levels in different tissues and under various stress treatments, and we suggest using one of these genes in combination with 1 or 2 reference genes associated with different biological processes to

  9. Structure and Chemistry of Atomic Clusters from Supersonic Beams.

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    Yang, Shi-He.

    A tandem time-of-flight (TOF) apparatus was designed to study the structure and chemistry of cold transition metal cluster ions from supersonic beams. By means of a photodissociation laser fluence dependence technique, binding energies of Nb_{rm x }^{+} (x = 2 - 20), Co_{rm x}^{+ } (x = 4 - 20) and etc. were found to generally increase with cluster size. The desorption energies of Nb_{rm x}N _2^{+} (x = 2 - 17) and Nb_{rm x} CO^{+} (x = 2 - 10) also increase with cluster size with some oscillations similar to the size dependent reactivities of these clusters. Photodetachment studies revealed that electron affinities of copper clusters increase with cluster size with a sharp even/odd alternation. Unlike other noble metals, Ag_{rm x}^ {-} clusters display two competing processes: photodissociation and photodetachment. Relative reactivities of cluster ions of Nb, Co, Ag, and etc. have been measured using a fast flow cluster reactor, displaying a similar function of cluster size to that of the neutrals. In addition, preliminary photoelectron experiments have been performed on Cu_{ rm x}^{-} and Nb _{rm x}^{-}. A magnetic Time-of-flight ultraviolet photoelectron spectrometer (MTOFUPS) has been developed to study electronic structures of cold metal and semiconductor cluster anions prepared in supersonic beams. Application of this spectrometer to carbon clusters with a F_2 laser (7.9 eV) allowed their electron affinities and UPS patterns to be measured,demonstrating a remarkable structural evolution of these clusters: Chains (C_2^{ -}-C_9^{-} ) - Rings (C_{10}^ {-}-C_{29}^ {-}) - Cages (C_{38 }^{-}-C_{84 }^{-}). In particular, the UPS of C_{60}^{-} is in excellent agreement with the CNDO/S calculation, providing a striking spectral evidence for the highly symmetric icosahedral soccer ball structure--Buckminsterfullerene. For comparison, the UPS of Si_ {rm x}^{-} and Ge_{rm x}^{ -} are presented. Unlike carbon clusters which prefer structures of low dimensionality, these

  10. Niveles de nitrógeno y su fraccionamiento en el cultivo del gladiolo para suelos Ferralíticos Rojos Nitrogen levels and their fractioning in gladiolus cultivation for Ferralitic Red soils

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    María Isabel Hernández Díaz

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo del presente estudio fue evaluar niveles crecientes de nitrógeno y momentos de aplicación del fertilizante nitrogenado en el cultivo del gladiolo. La experiencia se desarrolló en el Instituto de Investigaciones Hortícolas Liliana Dimitrova (Municipio de Quivicán, La Habana, Cuba, en un suelo Ferralítico Rojo, entre los meses de octubre y febrero de las campañas 2004/2005 y 2005/2006. Se evaluaron los componentes de la calidad de las espigas y del material de plantación, así como el efecto de los tratamientos en el estado nutricional de la planta y en la vida en anaquel de las espigas. No se observaron diferencias entre las dosis de nitrógeno y los momentos de aplicación del fertilizante en las variables de calidad de la espiga y del cormo. No obstante, con la variante 70 kg ha-1 de N, aplicada ½ en plantación y ½ a los 60 días posteriores, se logra un mayor porcentaje de espigas ubicadas en las categorías comerciales y un menor número de tallos florales de calidad inferior. En cuanto al estado nutricional de la plantación, existe una relación positiva entre los niveles y los contenidos foliares de nitrógeno aplicados.The objective of this study was to evaluate growing nitrogen levels and application time of the nitrogen fertilizer in gladiolus cultivation. The experiment was carried out at Instituto de Investigaciones Hortículas Liliana Dimitrova (in the Municipality of Quivicán, La Habana, Cuba in an Oxisol soil, from October to February of the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 crop seasons. The quality components of the spikes and plant material were evaluated, as well as the effect of the treatments on the plant nutritional state and the shelf life of the spikes. No differences between nitrogen doses and fertilizer application time in quality variables of spikes and corms were observed. Nevertheless, with the variant 70 kg ha-1 of N, one half applied in plantation and the other half applied 60 days later, a higher

  11. Produção do taro 'Chinês', em cultivo solteiro e consorciado com chicória Yield of 'Chinês' taro in monocrop system and intercropped with chicory

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    Néstor Antonio Heredia Zárate

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetiva-se com este trabalho avaliar a produtividade e a renda bruta do taro 'Chinês', conduzido em cultivo solteiro ou consorciado com chicória 'Escarola Lisa', nas condições ambientes de Dourados-MS. Os tratamentos foram arranjados no delineamento experimental de blocos casualizados, com cinco repetições. A colheita da chicória foi aos 97 dias após a semeadura e a do taro aos 203 dias. O consórcio foi avaliado pela razão de área equivalente (RAE e sua validação pela renda bruta. As plantas de taro e de chicória foram influenciadas significativamente pela consorciação, exceto para altura das plantas de chicória que foram semelhantes. O cultivo solteiro proporcionou maiores produções de taro (9,90; 3,96; 10,42 e 9,03 t ha-1 de folhas, rizomas-mãe, rizomas-filho comerciais e rizomas-filho não comerciais, respectivamente e diâmetro (19,22 cm e número (50,69 mil ha-1 de cabeças comerciais de chicória. A RAE para o consórcio taro-chicória foi de 0,92 e, por isso, o consórcio foi considerado como não efetivo.The present work had the aim of evaluating the yield and gross income of 'Chinês' taro that was carried out in monocrop and intercropped system with 'Escarola Lisa' chicory in environment conditions in Dourados-MS. Treatments were arranged in a randomized experimental block design with five replications. Chicory harvest was done at 97 days after sowing and taro harvest at 203 days. Intercropping was evaluated by Land Equivalent Ratio (LER and its validation was done determining gross income. Plants of taro and chicory were significantly influenced by means of cultivation, except to height of chicory plants that were similar. Monocrop system induced the highest yields of taro (9.90; 3.96; 10.42 and 9.03 t ha-1 of leaves, corms, commercial and non-commercial cormels, respectively and greatest diameter (19.22 cm and number (50.69 thousand ha-1 of commercial heads of chicory. LER for taro/chicory intercrop was 0.92 and

  12. The use of tropical bromeliads (Tillandsia spp. for monitoring atmospheric pollution in the town of Florence, Italy

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    Luigi Brighigna

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available The results of an experiment with two species of epiphytic angiosperms (Tillandsia caput-medusae and T. bulbosa for monitoring polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs in the air of Florence, Italy, are presented. PAHs are compounds known to be dangerous because of their carcinogenic potential, and among cormophytes, tillands (monocotyledons equipped with peculiar, specialised, epidermal trichomes are considered promising for air pollution biomonitoring. PAHs data were obtained using GC/MS analysis of plant extracts. Analytical data indicated an increasing trend in time of PAHs bioaccumulation. This result was compared with instrumentally recorded parameters such as meteorological (rain and environmental ones (PM10, indicating that trichome-operated physical capture of aerial particles was prominent in PAHs bioaccumulation on tillands. SEM (scanning electron microscope observations confirmed the role of the trichomes. This work indicates that tillands are particularly useful, low-cost, biomonitoring organisms inside their area of distribution (all Latin American countries and southern USA where these plants are easily available, but also wherever the climate allows them to surviveSe presentan los resultados de un experimento con dos especies de angiospermas epífitas (Tillandsia caput-medusae y T. bulbosa para monitorear hidrocarbonos aromáticos policíclicos (PAHs en el aire de Florencia, Italia. Los PAHs son compuestos que se sabe son peligrosos por su potencial carcinogénico, y, entre las cormófitas, las tilandsias (monocotiledóneas equipadas con tricomas epidérmicos, especializados y peculiares son consideradas promisorias para el biomonitoreo de la contaminación del aire. Se obtuvieron datos de PAHs usando el análisis de GC/MS de extractos de plantas. Los datos analíticos indicaron una tendencia creciente de la bioacumulación de PAH’s en el tiempo. Este resultado se comparó con los parámetros registrados instrumentalmente como

  13. Prediction of internal corrosion of oil and gas pipelines : the Crolet model

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    Doiron, A.; Papavinasam, S. [Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, ON (Canada). CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory

    2009-07-01

    The oil and gas industry relies heavily on the use of carbon and low-alloy steels for production equipment. Predicting the corrosivity of carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2})-containing brines is therefore necessary when designing wells. This paper presented Crolet's CORMED model which predicts the probability of corrosion in wells. The model, which is based on a detailed analysis of field experience on CO{sub 2} downhole corrosion, can predict low, medium or high risk for tubing perforation within 10 years. The 3 complementary conditions required for local attack are that water must be present in contact with the metal; the water must have a sufficient potential corrosivity (PC); and the conditions must be favourable for corrosion to develop locally. The model consists of approximately 20 equations that take into account parameters such as pH, H{sub 2}CO{sub 3}, CO{sub 2}, acetic acid, temperature and flow rate. Of all parameters relating to CO{sub 2} corrosion, PC is the simplest to measure experimentally. The model requires the following input data: reservoir data; production water, with concentrations of all major cation and anion species; gas content; production data; type of gas lift and nature of well equipment; corrosion data; observed damage; and time elapsed since attainment of a significant water-cut. Based on the input data, the model calculates the following parameters of a well: CO{sub 2} partial pressure in the conditions where the corrosion is severe; the minimum in-situ pH of the production water; the in-situ acetic concentration, under the conditions of maximum acidity; and the maximum PC corresponding to the production conditions. The model describes the character of the wells qualitatively, as either corrosive, with a lifetime of less than 2 to 3 years; possibly corrosive where the absence of problems is not definitive; and non-corrosive where no corrosion problems have been encountered over a period of at least eight years, despite significant water

  14. Use of weeds as traditional vegetables in Shurugwi District, Zimbabwe.

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    Maroyi, Alfred

    2013-08-20

    Most agricultural weeds are usually regarded as undesirable and targeted for eradication. However, weeds are useful to human beings as food and traditional medicines. Few studies have been done to document the uses of weeds as traditional vegetables. This study was therefore, done to document indigenous knowledge related to the diversity and use of agricultural weeds as traditional vegetables in Shurugwi District, Zimbabwe, emphasizing their role in food security and livelihoods of the local people. Semi-structured interviews, observation and guided field walks with 147 participants were employed between December 2011 and January 2012 to obtain ethnobotanical data on the use of edible weeds as traditional vegetables. Based on ethnobotanical information provided by the participants, botanical specimens were collected, numbered, pressed and dried for identification. A total of 21 edible weeds belonging to 11 families and 15 genera, mostly from Amaranthaceae (19%), Asteraceae and Tiliaceae (14.3%), Capparaceae, Cucurbitaceae and Solanaceae (9.5% each) were identified. Of the documented edible weeds, 52.4% are indigenous while 47.6% are exotic to Zimbabwe; either semi-cultivated or growing naturally as agricultural weeds in farmlands, fallow land and home gardens. Among the main uses of edible weeds were leafy vegetables (81%), followed by edible fruits (19%), edible corms (9.5%), edible flowers and seeds (4.8% each). The most important edible weeds were Cleome gynandra, cited by 93.9% of the participants, Cucumis metuliferus (90.5%), Cucumis anguria (87.8%), Corchorus tridens (50.3%) and Amaranthus hybridus (39.5%). All edible weeds were available during rainy and harvest period with Cleome gynandra, Corchorus tridens, Cucumis anguria, Cucumis metuliferus and Moringa oleifera also available during the dry season, enabling households to obtain food outputs in different times of the year. The importance of edible weeds for local livelihoods was ubiquitously perceived

  15. The natural food habits of grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park, 1973-74

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    Mealey, Stephen Patrick

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     The natural food habits of grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis Ord) in Yellowstone National Park were investigated in 1973-74 to identify the grizzly's energy sources and trophic level(s), nutrient use, and distribution. Food consumption was determined by scat analysis and field observations. Food quality and digestibility were estimated by chemical analysis. Grizzlies were distributed in 3 distinctive feeding economies: valley/plateau, a grass/rodent economy where grizzlies were intensive diggers; mountain, primarily a grass/springbeauty/root economy where grizzlies were casual diggers; and lake, primarily a fish/grass economy where grizzlies were fishers. The economies occured in areas with fertile soils; distribution of bears within each was related to the occurrence of succulent plants. The feeding cycle in the valley/plateau and mountain economies followed plant phenology. Grizzlies fed primarily on meat before green-up and on succulent herbs afterwards; meat, corms, berries, and nuts became important during the postgrowing season. Succulent grasses and sedges with an importance value percentage of 78.5 were the most important food items consumed. Protein from animal tissue was more digestible than protein from plant tissue. Storage fats were more digestible than structural fats. Food energy and digestibility were directly related. Five principle nutrient materials (listed with their percentage digestibilities) contributed to total energy intake: protein from succulent herbs, 42.8; protein and fat from animal material, 78.1; fat and protein from pine nuts, 73.6; starch, 78.8; and sugar from berries and fruits, digestibility undetermined. Protein from succulent herbs, with a nutritive value percentage of 77.3, was the grizzlies' primary energy source. Because succulent, preflowering herbs had higher protein levels than dry, mature herbs, grizzly use of succulent herbs guaranteed them the highest source of herbaceous protein. Low protein digestibility of

  16. Populações de plantas e doses de nitrogênio na produção de rizomas de taro 'Macaquinho' Plants populations and nitrogen doses on Macaquinho taro rhizomes yield

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    Néstor A. Heredia Zárate

    2004-10-01

    , 2001, and April 26th, 2002, in a Dystrorthox Soil, clay texture. The objective was to evaluate the effects of plants populations and nitrogen doses upon yield of aerial part and rhizome fresh masses of Macaquinho taro clone. The treatments were arranged as 3 (80,000; 100,000 and 120,000 plants ha-1 x 3 (0; 45 and 90 k ha-1 of nitrogen - N, utilized in urea form factorial scheme, in a experimental randomized blocks design, with four replications. Harvest was done at 208 days after planting when total yield of leave, corm and cormel fresh masses, including classification in big (bigger than 40 g, medium (25 a 40 g and small (smaller than 25 g classes, besides of income calculation. Yields of leave, corm (RM and cormel (RF were not influenced by populations and N doses interaction. Yields of RM and total of RF were influenced by populations, and the highest yields occurred under populations of 120,000 plants ha-1 (10.39 t ha-1 of RM and 53.56 t ha-1 of RF and the smallest yields under 80,000 plants ha-1 (7.58 t ha-1 of RM and 38.00 t ha-1 of RF. In yields of RF from different classes were detected significative influences of populations for big and medium RF and N doses for small RF. To consider yield of commercial rhizomes (RF of big and medium classes and cutting costs, populations of 120,000 plants ha-1 could have increased net income in 12.77% and 42.00% in relation to populations of 100,000 and 80,000 plants ha-1, respectively. It was concluded that the highest yield of commercial rhizomes and the greatest income of Macaquinho taro was with 120,000 plants ha-1, independent nitrogen dose studied.

  17. Tamanho de rizomas-semente e fileiras de plantas no canteiro na produção do mangarito cv. Comum Size of seed-rhizomes and rows of plants on Comum tannia yield

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    Néstor Antônio Heredia Zárate

    2006-10-01

    -rhizomes of different sizes and cultivated under three or four rows of plants per plot. Treatments were established by the combination of the number of rows of plants per plot and by the planting of four sizes of secondary seed-rhizomes (fresh mass, in gram, and diameter, in millimeter, respectively, of T1 = 2.96 and 8.77; T2 = 1.33 and 6.05; T3 = 1.13 and 5.68 and T4 = 0.78 and 4.83, average of 300 rhizomes of each size, as 2 x 4 factorial scheme in a randomized block experimental design with four replications. Harvest was done on 300 days after planting. Yields of fresh mass of rhizomes, total, corms and cormels were influenced significantly by number of rows per plot/size of seed-rhizomes interaction. Average of diameters, lengths and fresh masses of corms (43.13 mm; 21.36 mm and 13.21g and cormels, from big (37.15mm; 18.57 mm and 9.60 g, medium (30.71 mm; 14.18 mm and 4.14 g and small (19.72 mm; 9.46 mm and 1.07 g classes, showed variations significantly which were dependent on number of rows per plot/size of seed-rhizome interaction, inside each evaluated characteristic of rhizomes. The highest total yields (11.48 t ha-1 and commercial rhizomes (4.51 t ha-1 were from the treatment with three rows of plants and T1 seed-rhizome and the highest yields of non-commercial rhizomes were from the treatment with four rows of plants and T2 seed-rhizome (7.41 t ha-1. The most low total yields (0.96 t ha-1, net (0.86 t ha-1, commercial (0.60 t ha-1 and of non-commercial (0.26 t ha-1 were from the treatment with three rows of plants and the planting of T4 rhizomes.

  18. 抗FOC4内生放线菌NJQG-3A1的定殖与防效研究%Colonization of NJQG-3A1 Strain of Endophytic actinomycetes and Its Control Effect on Banana Fusarium Wilt

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    胡一凤; 井涛; 周登博; 张锡炎; 王梦颖; 柯春亮; 陈宇丰

    2014-01-01

    The colonization capacity of NJQG- 3A1 strain in banana plants and the rhizosphere was investigated, and the control efficacy of NJQG-3A1 against banana fusarium wilt was also studied, which will provide a theoretical basis for ecological control of the disease. The colonization trends of NJQG-3A1 in banana plants and the rhizosphere was examined with the method of antibiotic-resistance. Furthermore, the effect of NJQG-3A1 against banana fusarium wilt was investigated by using pot experiment method. Results showed that NJQG- 3A1, tagged by the resistance of‘Ampicllin (100 μg/mL)-Potassium dichromate (100μg/mL)’, could colonized in roots, corms and pesudostems tissue of banana and rhizosphere soil stably. The population of NJQG-3A1 in different part was:rhizosphere soil>roots>corms>pesudostems>leaves. It was also found that the population colonied in the rhizosphere and the banana plant was 1×105 cfμ/g, 1×102 to 1 × 103 cfμ/g respectively. In addition, the pot experiment result showed that the banana plant height, steam circumference, fresh weight were increased by 99.22%, 44.60%, 218.67%respectively, significantly different from the control (P<0.05), when treated with the strain NJQG-3A1 fermentation liquid strain NJQG-3A1 also showed obvious biocontrol effect on banana banana fusarium wilt, the disease indexes of leaves and root-steam were 15, 10 respectively, and the control efficacy were 81.82%, 88.98%, respectively. NJQG-3A1 could colonize in the banana plant and the rhizosphere. The strain NJQG-3A1 fermentation liquid showed strong disease biocontrol effect on banana fusarium wilt, as well as promotion effect on banana plant growth.%为明确生防菌NJQG-3A1菌株在香蕉植株根、球茎、假茎、叶和根际土壤中的定殖情况和对香蕉枯萎病的生防作用,为香蕉枯萎病的生防治理提供理论依据,采用抗生素标记法测定菌株NJQG-3A1的定殖能力,以盆栽试验测定其对香蕉枯萎病的防控效果

  19. Condiciones de formación de Paligorskita-Sepiolita en litofacies dolomíticas de la cubeta de Piedrabuena. Campo de Calatrava (Ciudad Real

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    Martín de Vidales, J. L.

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    Full Text Available Mineralogical, textural and chemical features of two drilling cores that cross over dolomite marls and green clays from Piedrabuena basin (Campo de Calatrava, Central Spain, are studied. The experimental results let us to stablish three stages showing a shallow lacustrine environment with climatic and tectonic changes: a Lower stage (drying. Massive dolomicrites with increasing- desiccation features at topo Mineralogical association: dolomite-phyllosilicates (sepiolite-palygorskite-illite. b Middle stage (expansive-retractive. Dolomicrites and intradolomicrites, sometimes bearing clasts, with early dedolomitization textures. Mineralogical association: dolomite-phyllosilicates (palygorskite-sepiolite-illite-dioctahedral smectite-calcite-quartz. c Upper stage (freshening. Dolomicrites witb calcite related to dedolomitization processes and thin clay layers witb clasts (quartz, quartzite, mica and carbonates. Mineralogical association: dolomite-ealcite-phyllosilicates (palygorskite-illite-dioctahedral smectite-kaolinite-quartz. Illite, dioctahedral smectite and kaolinite show a clearly detrital origin from surrounding materials (Palaeozoic quartzites and slates, whilst palygorskite and sepiolite origin is related with early diagenetic processes. So, sepiolite in dolomicrites is associated to desiccation conditions and palygorskite seems have been Cormed after alteration of precursor phases, dioctahedral smectite mainly, under floods conditions. Moreover, both sepiolite and palygorskite show a relation among their genesis, amorpbous silica contents (up to 5.5%, and dedolomitization processes, in a Mgrich environmenl.Se estudian en este trabajo las características mineralógicas, texturales y químicas de las margas dolomicríticas y lutitas verdes, en la cubeta de Piedrabuena (Ciudad Real. Los resultados experimentales obtenidos permiten establecer tres episodios que reflejan un ambiente lacustre somero con cambios climáticos y tectónicos: a

  20. 免耕对粮食作物产量的影响%No-tillage effects on crop yield

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    彭文英; 彭美丽; 吴晓展

    2011-01-01

    Based on field investigation and fixed experimental observation from 2006 ~ 2007 in Beijing suburbs,comparison between the no-tillage and conventional tillage under crop growing and yield was made to analyse the problems during the implementation of no-tillage extension. The results reveal that compared with those in conventional tillage, the emergence and maturity of crops in no-tillage with mulching are later; and the number of plants can be 32% lower than conventional tillage during emergence and early seedling pulling of no-tillage winter wheat; Compared with conventional tillage, biomass of no-tillage winter wheat can be about 3% lower, but the underground root is measured 15% higher over the same period. No-tillage winter wheat can increase production by 2.2% in dry-spring years, but in rainy-spring years, production drops by 18.37%, and at most by 46.4%; No-tillage increases corm production by 2% ~ 18%. Prorooting the implementation of no-tillage also needs to strengthen scientific field management and increase govemment suppert and advocacy efforts to ensure the stability of no-tillage grain production and sustained implementation.%通过北京郊区大田调查和定点试验观测,对比研究了免耕覆盖与传统耕作两种措施下作物长势和产量差异,探讨了免耕覆盖技术推广实施中存在的问题.结果表明:与传统翻耕相比,免耕覆盖作物出苗和成熟更晚;免耕冬小麦出苗和生长初期,麦苗密度可低于传统翻耕32%;免耕覆盖玉米出苗和长势往往好于传统翻耕,出苗密度可高于传统翻耕约20%.与传统翻耕相比较,免耕覆盖冬小麦地上生物量可低3%左右,但同期测量地下根量却高15%;免耕冬小麦在春季干旱年份可增产2.2%,而在春季雨水较多的年份却减产18.37%,大田调查最高可造成减产46.4%;免耕覆盖玉米产量一般较高,可高出2%~18%.免耕技术推广实施还需要加强科学的田间管理,加大政府支持力度.

  1. 西红花内生真菌代谢产类胡萝卜素类发酵条件的优化%Fermentation conditions optimization of secondary metabolites of crocus sativus L in endophytic fungi

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    杜艳; 赵军

    2012-01-01

    以西红花(Crocus sativusL.)球茎中分离得到的内生真菌Q31作为实验材料,对其产类胡萝卜素发酵条件进行了研究.对3种碳源进行优化,发现蔗糖能促进菌体的生长和类胡萝卜素产量的积累,实验组比对照组菌丝体量增加了50.83%,类胡萝卜素产量是对照组的23.15倍.对3种氮源进行了考察,发现加硫酸铵时,菌丝体比对照组增加了86.43%,类胡萝卜素产量是对照组的5.91倍.通过正交试验,得到发酵最佳条件为:蔗糖40 g/L,硫酸铵1.0 g/L,装瓶量为100 mL/250 mL,接种量为5%.Q31菌株优化发酵,得到分子量为738,最大吸收峰为414.4和438.3 nm的稳定的类胡萝卜素代谢产物.%In this paper, Endophytic fungi, isolated from corm of saffron, were selected. Strains Q31 fermentation conditions on production of carotenoids were studied. Three kinds of carbon sources were selected. Study found that sucrose could promote cell growth and carotenoid accumulation,and amount of mycelium had an increase of 50. 83% in the experimental group than the control group. Carotenoid yield was 23. 15 times of the control group. Select three kinds of nitrogen and cross-combinations between them,found that add ammonium sulfate,Mycelium of experimental group had an increased of 86.43% than the control group and carotenoid yield was 5.91 times of the control group, the optimal conditions was found by orthogonal test: sucrose 40 g/L, ammonium sulfate 1.0 g/ L, bottling amout 100 mL/250 mL, Inoculum size 5 % . By using LC - MS to analyze secondary metabolites of endophytic fungi Q31 from saffron,we found it could steady metabolize one kind of carotinoid,its peak time was 22. 447min,maximum absorption peaks were 414.4 and 438. 3nm,MW was 738.

  2. Produção de clones de taro em função dos tipos de mudas Yield of taro clones as a function of cutting types

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    Néstor A. Heredia Zárate

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Procurou-se conhecer as produções de massas frescas das plantas, visando maior retorno econômico, de dois clones de taro (Chinês e Macaquinho propagados por quatro tipos de mudas [rizoma-filho pequeno (RFP, metade de RFP, rizoma-filho grande (RFG e metade de RFG], arranjados como fatorial 2x4, no delineamento experimental de blocos casualizados, com quatro repetições. O experimento foi realizado em Dourados, entre 13/9/00 e 11/5/01, em parcelas de 1,50 x 1,98 m, com 24 plantas em fileira dupla. A colheita foi realizada aos 240 dias após o plantio, quando foram avaliadas as produções totais de massas frescas de rizomas-mães (RM e de rizomas-filhos (RF, incluindo as produções das classes grande, média e pequena. Avaliou-se os custos das mudas e a renda bruta esperada. A produção total de RF variou significativamente entre clones. As produções de RM, RF, total de rizomas (RM + RF e de rizomas comerciais (RF das classes grande + média do clone Macaquinho foram as maiores, com diferenças de 1,84; 7,11; 8,95 e 4,50 t ha-1, em relação às do 'Chinês', com aumento da renda bruta (rizomas comerciais x preço pago ao agricultor calculada em R$ 841 ha-1. As maiores produções de rizomas (46,44 t ha-1 e de rizomas comerciais (27,93 t ha-1 e a maior renda bruta calculada (R$ 5.586 foram obtidas no clone Macaquinho, propagado com metade de RFP.Fresh mass yield of plants of two taro clones (Chinês and Macaquinho was evaluated to obtain a better gross income for producers in Dourados, Brazil. The taro clones were propagated through four cutting types [small cormel (RFP, half RFP, big cormel (RFG and half RFG], arranged as a 2x4 factorial scheme in a randomized block design with four replications, between 13/09/2000 and 11/05/2001. Plot measured 1.50 x 1.98 m, with 24 plants arranged in double rows. Plants were harvested 240 days after planting date, when total yield of fresh mass of corms (RM and of cormels (RF was evaluated, classified

  3. Morfología y anatomía del género Androcymbium (Colchicaceae en Suráfrica Occidental.

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    Pedrola-Montfort, J.

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Morphological and anatomical leaf studies were made in 32 populations belonging to 17 taxa of the genus Androcymbium in Southwest Africa. The morphological characters studied were corm and tunic characteristics, and number, distribution, shape, size, section, and color of leaves and bracts. The micromorphological characters were the leaf indument on both surface and margin, shape and size of epidermic cells, type and amount of stomata. Finally, the anatomical characters were mesophyll cell types, epidermic cell sizes, cellular wall types, size of central epidermic cells related to the other epidermic cells, and amount of idioblasts. The results showed a great heterogeneity in almost all characters analyzed. However, macromorphological characteristics related to color and shape of leaves and bracts in the genus Androcymbium could be used as indicators of taxonomic affinities among species. Conversely, the micromorphological and anatomical characteristics studied showed a great variation of types that does not agree with the interspecific relationships established from morphological, allozymatic or cpDNA RFLP data in other research carried out within the genus.

    Se realizaron estudios morfológicos y anatómicos de las partes vegetativas en 32 poblaciones pertenecientes a 17 taxones del género Androcymbium en Suráfrica Occidental. Los caracteres morfológicos estudiados fueron las características del cormo y de las túnicas. y número. distribución. forma, tamaño. sección. y color de las hojas y brácteas. Los caracteres micromorfológicos estudiados fueron el indumento en la superficie y margen de la hoja. forma y tamaño de las células epidérmicas, y tipo y cantidad de estomas. Finalmente. los caracteres anatómicos fueron el tipo de células del mesofilo, tamaño de las células epidérmicas, tipo de pared celular, tamaño de las células epidérmicas centrales comparado con el resto de células de la l

  4. 利用SRAP标记分析四川省芋种质资源遗传多样性%Genetic Diversity of Accessions of Taro (Colocasia esculenta Schott) from Sichuan Province Using SRAP Markers

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    梁根云; 刘独臣; 刘小俊; 房超; 杨宏; 李跃建

    2012-01-01

    在分子水平研究四川省芋资源的遗传多样性和亲缘关系,为芋种质资源的分类、保护和有效利用遗传资源以及新品种选育提供依据.本研究利用SRAP分子标记技术,使用28对SRAP引物组合对65份四川省不同地区芋种质资源材料进行遗传多样性分析,采用NT-SYS 2.1统计软件对数据进行分析,建立树状聚类图.扩增出并检测到341条条带,平均每个引物组合扩增检测出12.18条带,多态性带251条,多态率73.6%.UPGMA树形图表明,所用的SRAP引物组合可以将65份材料分成5类,分别与这些材料在园艺分类学上按母芋和子芋的生长习性分类基本相符,与以芋叶心色斑颜色、叶柄中下部颜色、母芋芽色及母芋肉色4种形态性状组合描述具有相关性.研究表明,从四川省不同地区、不同生态环境下收集的不同类型芋种质资源间存在着较丰富的遗传多样性,SRAP分析聚类结果与主要形态学性状分类基本一致,可以解释芋栽培种的进化关系.%The genetic diversity and relationship of taro (Colocasia esculenta Schott) resources were analyzed at the molecular level provide the base for the classification, protection and effective utilization of these resources and breeding new varieties. The genetic diversity and relationship of 65 taro accessions were analyzed by Sequence-related Amplified Polymorphism (SRAP) markers. The data was analyzed by NT-SYS 2. 1 software. Dendrogram was generated by UPGMA cluster. 341 DNA bands were amplified by 28 different primer combinations, 251 of which were polymorphic. The accessions were separated into 5 main groups based on the UPGMA cluster, the classification was basically consistent with the classification based on the growth styles of corm and cormel, basically concordant to the morphological description of 4 traits, including spot color of leaf center, petiole color (mid and base) , sprout color of conn and flesh color of conn. There is

  5. Several Physiological Factors Influencing Virus-free and Rapid Propagation in Shoot-tip Culture of Colocasia esculenta L.Schott%影响芋茎尖培养中脱毒和快速繁殖的几个生理因素

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    赵建萍; 蒋小满; 柏新富; 张萍; 勇金萍

    2009-01-01

    Shoot-tips of corm in three cultivars of taro (Colocasia esculenta L.) as explants, the virus-free culture and rapid propagation were studied. The results showed that optimal sterilization method of explants was scaling, dipping in ethanol and bromogeramine, scaling young leaves and dipping in mercuric chloride. The appropriate media for buds differentiation was MS+1.0-2.0 mg·L~(-1) 6-BA+0.2 mg·L~(-1) NAA. With the biological and electron microscopy technique, virus-free rate of dasheen mosaic virus from taro plantlets were 100% by using 0.5-0.7 mm length exfoliated shoot-tip to culture three times. MS+0.2 mg·L~(-1) NAA with 6-BA and TDZ was good for shoot multiplication of three cultivars of taro. The seedling grew up healthy and rooting were promoted by adding KT. The bud proliferation of plantlet were promoted by adding 20-100 mg·L~(-1) Spm. Using Spm in media with KT, subculture and seedling formation were synchronously accomplished. In the substrata of turfy soil and vermiculite fifty-fifty, the survival rate reached 97%, and plantlets grew up healthy.%以3个芋品种(‘石川早生'、‘虾籽芋'、‘叶用芋)球茎茎尖为外植体,进行脱病毒和快繁的结果表明,外植体表面灭菌的最佳方法是剥鳞片→乙醇→新洁尔灭→剥幼叶→氯化汞;适宜茎尖分化的培养基为MS+1.0~2.0mg·L~(-1)6-BA+0.2mg·L~(-1)NAA.生物学方法和电镜观察显示:连续3代0.5~0.7 mm茎尖剥离培养对芋花叶病毒(DMV)的脱毒率达100%.在培养基MS+0.2 mg·L~(-1)NAA中,适量添加6-BA和TDZ,三品种芋的试管苗增殖效果好;附加KT,试管苗生长健壮且于生根;添加20~100 mg·L~(-1)的精胺(Spm),可促进不定芽的发生,与KT配合使用可促使继代增殖和成苗一步完成.完整植株在草炭土:蛭石=1∶1的基质中,移栽成活率超过97%,且苗生长健壮.

  6. COMPOSIÇÃO NUTRITIVA DE RIZOMAS EM CLONES DE INHAME CULTIVADOS EM DOURADOS-MS NUTRITIVE COMPOSITON OF RHIZOMES IN TARO CLONES CULTIVATED IN DOURADOS-MS

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    Maria do Carmo Vieira Vieira

    2007-09-01

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    Dois trabalhos de pesquisa foram desenvolvidos na Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul-UFMS, em Dourados-MS, entre outubro de 1997 e abril de 1999, para conhecer a composição nutritiva dos componentes amídicos de rizomas-mãe (RM e rizomas-filho (RF, de plantas de cinco clones de inhame (Japonês, Macaquinho, Branco, Cem/Um e Chinês. As menores porcentagens de umidade na massa fresca nos dois tipos de rizoma foram do clone Chinês. Os teores de resíduo mineral nos rizomas-mãe variaram de 2,71% (Chinês a 3,61% (Branco e nos rizomas-filho, 4,68% (Chinês a 6,71% (Japonês. Os maiores teores de lipídios foram encontrados no inhame Macaquinho (0,44% em RM e 0,62% em RF e os menores, no clone Chinês (0,32% em RM e 0,25% em RF. Os teores de proteínas foram maiores em RF que em RM. Os teores de amido em RM foram ligeiramente superiores aos de RF. O valor calórico total (VCT do produto mostrou variações dependentes dos clones e do tipo de rizoma analisado. Pelas porcentagens dos diferentes componentes nutritivos, principalmente de amido, e pelo VCT dos rizomas RM, concluiu-se que rizomas-mãe podem substituir os rizomas-filho.

    PALAVRAS-CHAVE: Colocasia esculenta; componentes amídicos; valor nutricional.

    Two research studies were carried out at the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, in Dourados-MS, between October, 1997, and April, 1999, to determine the nutritive composition of starch contents of rhizome corms (RM and cormels (RF of Japonês, Macaquinho, Branco, Cem/Um and Chinês taro clones. The smallest percentages of water content in fresh mass in RM and RF were found in the Chinês clone. Mineral residue content in RM varied from 2.71% (Chinês to 3.61% (Branco, and in RF from 4.68% (Chinês to 6.71% (Japonês. The highest lipid contents were found in Macaquinho taro (0.44% in RM and 0.62% in RF and the

  7. Yield and gross income of two cultivars of taro in monocrop and intercrop systems with lettuce/ Produção e renda bruta de dois cultivares de taro, em cultivo solteiro e consorciado com alface

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    Andréa Alves de Lima

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to determine yield capacity and gross income of ‘Chinês’ and ‘Macaquinho’ taro cultivars under monocrop and intrercrop systems with ‘Grand Rapids Nacional’ lettuce in order to offer to producers a new alternative of production. Harvest of lettuce was done on 57 days after sowing and of taro on 285 days after planting. Fresh and dried masses of aerial parts of lettuce plants were not influenced significantly by the cultivation system. Fresh mass of aerial parts of ‘Chinês’ taro plants was significantly higher in 1.46 t ha-1 than ‘Macaquinho’ , but it was not affected by cultivation system. Fresh mass of ‘Macaquinho’ corms was superior in 5.83 t ha-1 compared with ‘Chinês’. Fresh mass of big commercial cormel of ‘Macaquinho’ (23.30 t ha-1 was significantly higher than “Chinês”, but with fresh mass of small commercial cormel occurred the inverse. Both two consortia were economic viable, but lettuce/’Macaquinho’ taro consortium was the best (R$ 83,664.00 ha-1, because it can induce a gain of R$ 50,664 ha-1 in relation to monocrop of lettuce, and a gain of R$ 21,768 ha-1 in relation to lettuce/’Chinês’ taro consortium.O objetivo do trabalho foi determinar a capacidade produtiva e a renda bruta dos cultivares de taro ‘Chinês’ e ‘Macaquinho’, sob cultivo solteiro e consorciado com a alface ‘Grand Rapids Nacional’, visando oferecer aos agricultores nova alternativa de produção. A colheita da alface realizou-se aos 57 dias após a semeadura e a dos taros, aos 285 dias após o plantio. As massas fresca e seca da parte aérea das plantas de alface não foram influenciadas significativamente pelo sistema de cultivo. A massa fresca da parte aérea das plantas do taro ‘Chinês’ (7,43 t ha-1 foi significativamente maior em 1,46 t ha-1 à do ‘Macaquinho’, mas não foi afetada pela forma de cultivo. A massa fresca de rizomas-mãe do ‘Macaquinho’ superou em

  8. ‘Macaquinho’ taro in monocrop system and intercropped with ‘Salad Bowl’ lettuce in soil with chicken manure mulching/ Produção e renda de taro Macaquinho, solteiro e consorciado com alface ‘Salad Bowl’, em solo com cobertura de cama-de-frango semidecomposta

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    Bruno Cezar Álvaro Pontim

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available This work had as aim to study yield and income of ‘Macaquinho’ taro in monocrop system and intercropped with ‘Salad Bowl’ mimosa lettuce in soil without (SCF or with (CCF mulching with chicken manure (10 t ha-1. Lettuce harvest was done on 64 days after sowing and taro harvest on 199 days after planting. For lettuce it was obtained low values for plants with commercial heads (average of 15,830 heads ha-1 and high values for non-commercial heads (average of 89,160 heads ha-1. For taro, the highest yields of leaves (4.89 t ha-1, corms (6.46 t ha-1, commercial (15.33 t ha-1 and non-commercial (9.73 t ha-1 cormels were obtained in plants under monocrop system and that were cultivated in CCF soil. Land Equivalent Ratio (LER for taro/lettuce intercropping, in CCF soil, was 1.47 and of intercropping in SCF soil was 1.82. Gross and net income showed that for taro it was better to use of monocrop system in CCF soil (R$ 18,936.00 and R$ 17,596.00, respectively. For lettuce, it was better to use intercrop system with taro in CCF soil (R$ 18,024.00 and 17,224.00, respectively. The highest LER did not induce the highest gross and net income.Este trabalho teve como objetivos estudar a produtividade e a renda do taro ‘Macaquinho, em cultivo solteiro e consorciado com a alface mimosa ‘Salad Bowl’, em solo sem (SCF ou com (CCF cobertura com cama defrango (10 t ha-1. A colheita da alface foi feita aos 64 dias após a semeadura e a do taro aos 199 dias após o plantio. Na alface obtiveram-se baixos valores para plantas com “cabeças” comerciais (média de 15.830 “cabeças” ha-1 e altos para as não comerciais (média de 89.160 “cabeças” ha-1. No taro, as maiores produções de folhas (4,89 t ha-1, rizomas-mãe (6,46 t ha-1, rizomas-filho comerciais (15,33 t ha-1 e não-comerciais (9,73 tha-1 foram obtidas nas plantas sob cultivo solteiro e cultivadas em solo CCF. A razão de área equivalente (RAE para o consórcio taro-alface, em solo

  9. Produção e renda bruta de quatro clones de taro cultivados em Dourados, Estado do Mato Grosso do Sul = Yield and gross revenue of four taro clones cultivated in Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul State

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    Nestor Antonio Heredia Zárate

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do trabalho foi conhecer algumas características biométricas, a produtividade e a renda bruta de quatro clones de taro cultivados em Latossolo Vermelho distroférrico de textura argilosa. Foram estudados os clones Macaquinho, Japonês, Chinês eCascudo, no delineamento experimental em blocos casualizados, com seis repetições. As plantas dos taros Chinês e Cascudo apresentaram as maiores altura e massa fresca de folhas Os valores de diâmetro e comprimento dos RM, do diâmetro dos RF comerciais e do comprimento dos RF não-comerciais e as porcentagens de massas seca de folhas, RM e RF variaram entre clones. Os quatro clones estudados não apresentaram diferenças estatísticas nos valores de produção (t ha-1 de massa fresca de rizomas-mãe (variação de 4,22 no‘Japonês’ a 4,49 no ‘Macaquinho’ e de rizomas-filho comerciais (variação de 14,84 no ‘Macaquinho’ a 16,83 no ‘Cascudo’ e não-comerciais (variação de 4,44 no ‘Macaquinho’ a 5,19 no ‘Chinês’. O taro Cascudo superou em R$ 192,00, R$ 2.136,00 e R$ 2.388,00 asrendas do ‘Japonês’, ‘Chinês’ e ‘Macaquinho’, respectivamente. The aim of this work was to assess a few biometric characteristics, yield and gross revenue of four taro clones cultivated in a Dystrorthox soil, clay texture. Macaquinho, Japonês, Chinês and Cascudo clones were studied, in a randomized block experimental design with six replications. Plants of Chinês and Cascudotaro showed the highest heights and fresh leaf mass. For the values of diameter and length of RM, diameter of commercial RF and of length of non-commercial RF, percentages of dried leaf mass, RM and RF significant influences of clones were detected. These fourstudied clones showed similar statistics for yield values (t ha-1 of fresh mass of corm (from 4.22 for ‘Japonês’ up to 4.49 for ‘Macaquinho’ and of cormels (from 14.84 for ‘Macaquinho’ up to 16.83 for ‘Cascudo’ and non

  10. Influences of Different Culture Medium on Growth of Zantedeschia hybrida ‘Black Magic'%不同栽培基质对彩色马蹄莲‘黑魔术’生长的影响

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    李珊珊; 鞠玉栋; 杨敏; 吴维坚; 戴艺民

    2011-01-01

    为筛选出最适合彩色马蹄莲‘黑魔术’的栽培基质,以园土为对照,将泥炭土、珍珠岩、蛭石和河沙4种原料按不同比例混合组成新的基质进行栽培试验,同时测定不同基质的理化性质和‘黑魔术’的生长特性数据.结果表明,孔隙度65%~80%,pH 5.0~6.7,营养均衡的基质最适合‘黑魔术’的生长.其中,栽培在泥炭土∶珍珠岩∶蛭石∶河沙=3∶1∶1∶1的处理D中的‘黑魔术’苗期最短,均值52.7天;蕾期最短,均值10.3天;单球开花数最大,达到2朵;是5个处理中开花率唯一超过50%的处理;花期最长,达到了均值31天;只是在花梗长度上略低于处理C,但也达到了60 cm以上.所采用的4个处理因其理化性质差异较大,除了处理D表现突出外,其他处理则表现较差,有待进一步改进.%To select the best culture medium of Zantedeschia hybrids ' Black Magic', orchard soil as control, four mediums that made of peat, perlite, vermiculite and sand in different volumetric proportions were tested. The physical and chemical properties and growth characteristics data of 'Black magic' were measured. The results showed that the nutritionally balanced medium which porosity of between 65%-80% and pH between 5.0-6.7, was the best medium for 'Black Magic'. Seedling stage and bud stage of 'black magic' cultivated in treatment D peat : perlite : vermiculite : sand=3 : 1 : 1 : 1 were the most shortest, means were 52.7 days and 10.3 days. Blooming date was the longest, reaching a mean of 31 days. Flower number of single corm reached a maximum of two. The author used four treatments, in addition to outstanding performance in treatment D, the other treatment with the poor performance, to be further improved.

  11. 不同品种香蕉内生菌分离及广谱拮抗菌的筛选%Endophytes Isolation and Broad-spectrum Antagonistic Bacterias Screening from Banana

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    王梦颖; 周登博; 井涛; 胡一凤; 高祝芬; 谢晴宜; 张锡炎; 戚春林

    2014-01-01

    In order to determine the main distribution of endophytes and their broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity, endophytes were obtained from healthy and diseased tissues of two disease-resistant and one disease susceptible banana cultivars. Endophytes were separated from roots, corms, pseudostems, leaves and store in the ultra-low on Luria-Bertani(LB), Yeast Extract with supplements(YE), and Potato Dextrose Agar(PDA)strain store medium. Then screened broad-spectrum antagonistic bacteria which against Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. Cubense, Curvularia lunata, Curvularia fallax, Corynespora cassiicola(Berk&Curt)Wei, Alternaria musae, Deightoniella troulosa, Colletotrichum musae, Pestalogiopsis sp., Btoryosphaeria dothidea. Taxonomy identification of 041, 04-1, 19-1, 03A-1 was conducted by evaluating morphologic characteristics and 16S rDNA gene sequences for phylogenetic analysis. After purification, total of 438 endophytes were obtained. The total of isolates showed that we obtained 240 strains bacteria, followed by 142 strains actinomycetes, and 56 strains fungi. The richest number of endophytes that isolated from diseased NanTian banana cultivars(128). Ten actinomyces and two bacterias were determined to possess antibiotic activity against Ten banana pathogens. Isolates 041 was the most effective and had 28.13±1.89 mm width of inhibition zone. Isolated 041, 04-1, 19-1, 034-1 were identified as Streptomyces misionensis.%旨在探究抗病品种与易感品种香蕉的健康株和病株内生菌与其中广谱拮抗菌的主要分布规律,并对广谱拮抗菌进行拮抗活性的测定。以样品根、球茎、假茎、叶为材料分离培养内生菌,在实验室条件下,筛选对供试的10种香蕉致病菌均有良好拮抗活性的菌株并测定它们的拮抗活性,对活性最强的菌株进行形态学、16S rDNA序列同源性分析。结果显示,分离得到内生菌438株,其中细菌240株,放线菌142株,真菌56株。抗病品种南天

  12. Agroeconomic yield of Taro clones in function of number of hilling operationProdução agroeconômica de taro em função do número de amontoas

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    André Makio Kusano

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available More than 800 species of Araceae have economic (ornamental, edible or medicinal or ethnobotanic importance, and about 10% of the world population use taro rhizome (Colocasia esculenta (L. Schott in feeding. The agroeconomic yield of Chinês and Macaquinho taro clones was evaluated, when cultivated without hilling operation and under one hilling at 58 days after planting – DAP, and under two hillings, at 58 and 86 DAP, in the environment conditions of Dourados-MS. Harvest was carried at 202 DAP, when agronomic and economic analysis were performed. ‘Chinês’ taro plants presented 123.5% and 86.9% higher results for fresh and dry weight of leaves, respectively, when compared to Macaquinho clone. Fresh weight of corms-RM, commercial cormel-RFC and noncommercial cormel-RFNC of ‘Macaquinho’ taro plants were respectively 24.9%, 193.8% and 19.4% statistically superiors than ‘Chinês’ taro plants. There was no significant difference of treatments among hilling operations on fresh and dry weight productions of RM, RFC and RFNC. Comparing net incomes, Macaquinho clone plants had better results when grown under two hilling operations, inducing increases of R$ 6,784.6 and R$ 11,181.2 for cultivation with one hilling and without it, respectively.Mais de 800 espécies de Araceae têm importância econômica (ornamental, alimentícia ou medicinal ou etnobotânica, e cerca de 10% da população mundial utiliza os rizomas de taro (Colocasia esculenta (L. Schott na alimentação. Avaliou-se a produção agroeconômica dos clones de taro Chinês e Macaquinho, cultivados sem amontoa; com uma amontoa, aos 58 dias após o plantio - DAP ou com duas amontoas, aos 58 e 86 DAP, nas condições ambientais de Dourados-MS. A colheita foi aos 202 DAP. Foram realizadas análises agronômica e econômica. As plantas do taro ‘Chinês’ apresentaram 123,5% a mais de massas fresca e 86,9% a mais de massa seca de folhas que as do ‘Macaquinho’. As massas frescas

  13. 超声处理对霍山石斛类原球茎悬浮培养细胞生理代谢的影响%Effect of Ultrasonic on the Physiological Metabolism of Cells in Suspension Cultures of Protocorm-Like Bodies of Dendrobium huoshanense

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    魏明; 杨超英; 姜绍通

    2011-01-01

    In order to find out the physiological effects of ultrasonic on the cells in suspension cultures of proto-corm-like bodies (PLBs) of Dendrobium huoshanense. The effects of ultrasonic power and time on PLB proliferation and synthesis of polysaccharides and proteins were investigated. The nutrient utilization in the medium, reactive oxygen species (ROS), the activities of invertase, nitrate reductase, superoxide dismutase (SOD), cata-lase (CAT) and peroxidase (POD) in the cells of PLB were analyzed. The results indicated that the optimum ultrasonic power and time (300 W, 3 min) could significantly enhance the cell growth and were beneficial to the utilization of carbon and nitrogen. The cell dry weight reached 34.6 g (DW)-L'1. The contents of soluble polysaccharides, proteins and H2O2 in cells were increased greatly. Invertase, nitrate reductase, SOD, CAT and POD activities were found to increase significantly in the cultured cells treated with ultrasonic. The suitable ultrasonic treatment was beneficial to the cell growth and the physiological activity of PLBs in suspension cultures of PLBs of D. Huoshanense.%为了了解超声处理对霍山石斛类原球茎产生的生理效应,研究了超声波功率和超声时间对霍山石斛类原球茎悬浮培养细胞生长以及多糖和蛋白质合成的影响;分析了培养基中碳、氮利用、细胞内活性氧水平以及蔗糖转化酶、硝酸还原酶、超氧化物歧化酶(SOD)、过氧化氢酶(CAT)和过氧化物酶(POD)活性的变化.结果表明,适当功率和时间的超声处理(300W,3 min)能显著促进霍山石斛类原球茎的增殖,最大细胞干重为34.6 g·L-1;明显促进培养基中碳和氮的利用;显著提高胞内可溶性多糖、可溶性蛋白质和H2O2的含量;细胞内蔗糖转化酶、硝酸还原酶以及SOD、CAT和POD的活性明显升高.适当的超声波处理能促进霍山石斛类原球茎的生长发育和提高细胞的生理活性.

  14. Effect of Activated Charcoal on Rooting in Tissue Culture Seedling of Begonia fimbristipula on Dinghushan Mountain%活性炭对鼎湖山紫背天葵组培苗生根的影响

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    陈雄伟; 邵玲; 梁廉; 潘镇涛

    2012-01-01

    目的:以带有球茎的不定芽为外植体,探讨不同植物生长物质与活性炭(AC)对鼎湖山紫背天葵组培苗生根和移栽的影响.方法:组织培养单因子试验法.结果:NAA 0.3 mg/L+ IBA 0.2mg/L的组合较好地诱导球茎芽丛生根,但根数仍较少,根细、短小,幼小的不定芽萌发数量较多.添加300 mg/L活性炭明显提高生根质量并且抑制细芽点的分化,根数多达15.5条,根长范围在2.0~5.1 cm,根系发达,并且组培苗植株较高、球茎和叶片质量佳,生长健壮.将生根的组培苗带球茎分散为丛芽的形式移栽到泥炭土-珍珠岩(3∶1)的混合基质中,移栽后成活率达到100%,植株出苗快,长势旺盛.结论:以MS+蔗糖30 g/L+ NAA 0.3 mg/L+ IBA 0.2 mg/L+活性炭300mg/L+卡拉胶7.0 g/L作为紫背天葵组培苗的生根体系,是离体快繁和保存本地特色植物的有效途径.%Objective:To study the effect of different plant growth substance and activated charcoal on rooting in culture seedling of Begonia fimbristpula on Dinghushan mountain. Methods-. Tissue culture single factor experiment method was used. Results :NAA 0. 3 mg/L + IB A 0. 2 mg/L preferably induction adventitious bud clump with conn to take rooting, but the number of adventitious root were less,short and small,callow shoot more germination. 300 mg/L activated carbon obviously increased radicate quality and inhibited fine buds point differentiation,root number up to 15.5 institia,root length range was 2.0 - 5. 1 cm, root system developed. Tissue culture seedlings were higher,corm and leaf were good quality,strong growth. Took root of seedling cultivation with bulb for bush in the form of scattered bud planted to peat soil; perlite (3:1) mixed in matrix,after the transplant survival rate reached 100% ,plant form seedlings fast,grew exuberant. Conclusion; MS with sucrose 30 g/L + NAA 0. 3 mg/L + IBA 0. 2 mg/L + activated carbon 300 mg/L + carrag-eenan 7. 0 g/L as the tissue culture seedling

  15. Crescimento e produtividade de inhame e de milho doce em cultivo associado Growth and productivity of taro and sweet corn under intercropping conditions

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    Mário Puiatti

    2000-03-01

    corms were planted in 12-cm-deep furrows in a 100 x 30 cm spacing. Sweet corn seeds were sowed in the row between the taro plants 40 days after the main crop planting. Corn plants were distributed in three arrays, as follows: one corn plant 30 cm apart; two corn plants 60 cm apart, and three corn plants 90 cm apart; and two growing systems (with and without removing the corn shoot when the ears were harvested at 110 days after sowing - soft kernel stage, comprising six treatments of intergrown and two control treatments (i.e., single crops. The experiments were organized in four random blocks, in a factorial array design (3 x 2 + 2 (three distribution of plants: one corn plant 30 cm apart; two corn plants 60 cm apart, and three corn plants 90 cm apart by two systems of corn growth: with and without removal of shoot when the ears were harvested + two control: single crop of either taro or sweet corn. Data for plant growth, production and the efficiency for the different planting systems arrays were collected. Both crops were suitable for intergrowing systems. Higher values for crop production and intergrowing efficiency index were obtained in treatment with one corn plant 30 cm apart. Lower intergrowing efficiency index and economical return were observed in the treatment where each three corn plants were 90 cm apart and shoots were removed just after the harvest at the soft kernel stage. The others intercrop systems were both agronomically and economically viable.

  16. Produção dos taros 'Chinês' e 'Macaquinho' em função de diferentes doses de uréia Yield of 'Chinês' and 'Macaquinho' taros as a function of different doses of urea

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    Néstor A. Heredia Zárate

    2004-06-01

    calculados foram para o uso de 240 kg ha-1 de uréia, nos dois clones. O uso das menores doses de uréia foi economicamente negativo para as plantas do 'Macaquinho', inclusive em relação à não-adição de uréia.The objective of this work was to evaluate yield and income of two taro clones cultivated under different doses of urea to the soil. The work was carried out at medicinal plant garden of the Agrarian Science Experimental Center of the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, in Dourados - MS, in the period of September 5th, 2002, to April 25th, 2003. 'Macaquinho' and 'Chinês' taro clones were evaluated under incorporation to the soil of 0; 60; 120; 180 and 240 kg ha-1 of urea (45% of N. Treatments were arranged as 2 x 5 factorial scheme in a randomized block design with three replications. Planting was done with whole cormels under populations of 73,260 plants ha-1. Harvest of 'Macaquinho' plants was done at 189 days after planting and harvest of 'Chines" at 232 days, when more than 70% of aerial parts of plants showed senescence symptoms. Plants of 'Macaquinho' taro produced 41.89 t ha-1 of total rhizomes and 10.49 t ha-1 of corms - RM, which corresponded to 3.06 (7.88% and 3.15 (42.92%, respectively, more than 'Chines" did, and with vegetative cycle of 43 days less than this one. Highest yields of commercial cormel fresh mass were with addition to the soil of 240 (31.77 t ha-1 and 180 (19.90 t ha-1 kg ha-1 of urea. Dried mass yield of total rhizomes was dependent on clones/fertilization with urea interaction, in which doses influenced significantly on yield of 'Macaquinho' plants (maximum of 13.10 t ha-1 and minimum of 6.30 t ha-1, for incorporation of 240 and 120 kg ha-1 of urea, respectively. RM dried mass yield was higher for 'Macaquinho' (2.26 t ha-1 and smaller for 'Chinês' (1.95 t ha-1. Commercial RF dried mass depended significantly on urea doses, which was higher with the incorporation of 240 kg ha-1 of urea (7.05 t ha-1 and smaller with 60 kg ha-1

  17. Taro 'Chinês' em cultivo solteiro e consorciado com cenoura 'Brasília' e alface 'Quatro Estações' 'Chinês' taro in monocrop system and intercropped with 'Brasília' carrot and 'Quatro estações" lettuce

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    Néstor A Heredia Zárate

    2006-09-01

    were arranged in field, in a randomized block design with five replications. For each specie different compounds of plants were evaluated. Intercropping was evaluated by land equivalent ratio (LER and the validation was by gross income determination. The highest yields of lettuce were 1.57; 2.09 and 6.59 t ha-1 for masses of commercial, non-commercial and tasseled "heads", respectively, which were obtained through monocrop system. Carrots cultivated in monocrop system were 6.5 cm higher and produced 6.83 t ha-1 more fresh mass of commercial roots in comparison to intercropping with 'Chinês' taro. The highest yields of leaves, commercial corms and cormels of 'Chinês' taro were obtained with taro-lettuce intercropping, and of non-commercial cormels were obtained with taro in the monocrop system. The smallest yields were obtained from taro-carrot intercropping. LER for taro-carrot and taro-lettuce intercroppings were 1.06 and 1.83, respectively. For the gross income, it was established that for carrot and lettuce producers, the intercropping system with 'Chinês' taro induced monetary increments per hectare of R$ 6,122.50 or of R$ 20,045.00, respectively. For taro producer, only the intercropping with lettuce was positive, with increase of R$ 7,313.50 ha-1.

  18. 香蕉内生拮抗细菌KKWB-10的分离鉴定及其内生性证明%Isolation and Identification of an Endophytic Bacterium KKWB-10 Against Banana Fusarium Wilt and Its Verification of Endophytic Activity

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    王宇光; 顾文亮; 张欣; 卢雪花; 夏启玉

    2012-01-01

    从香蕉体内分离拮抗香蕉枯萎病菌的内生细菌,旨在应用于香蕉枯萎病的生物防治.从健康香蕉植株的球茎分离到多株细菌,对其进行了拮抗香蕉枯萎病菌4号小种的实验,选择其中1株拮抗性较强的菌株KKWB-10进行了形态特征、生理生化测定、16S rDNA序列分析,并通过浸根法将标记了绿色荧光蛋白GFP的该菌(K-pUCK7-1'GT菌)回接无菌的香蕉组培苗,培养10天后,制备香蕉苗的根和茎的手工切片于激光共聚焦显微镜下观察.抑菌实验结果表明,该菌株对香蕉枯萎病菌4号生理小种有较强的抑制作用.通过形态学观察、生理生化指标测定、16S rDNA序列同源性分析,将该菌株初步鉴定为阴沟肠杆菌(Enterobacter cloacae).激光共聚焦显微镜观察发现经K-pUCK7-1'GT菌液处理的香蕉组培苗的根和茎的切片中均发现绿色荧光,而未处理的对照组的香蕉苗却没有发现绿色的荧光,表明该菌株能定殖于香蕉的根和茎内.该菌株可直接作为生防菌剂,也可用作外源抗病基因在香蕉植株体内表达的载体,在香蕉枯萎病菌的生物防治中具有一定的潜在价值.%The endophytic bacteria against banana fusarium wilt from banana were isolated in order to study the biocontrol of banana fusarium wilt. Bacteria were isolated from the corm of healthy banana,and their antagonistic abilities to Fusarium oxysporum f.sp cubense race 4 (Foc 4) were respectively determined. KKWB-10 strain exhibiting excellent resistance against Fov 4 was identified by morphological,physiological and 16S rDNA gene sequence. A GFP-labeling KKWB-10 strain K-pUCK7-l'GT was inoculated into banana tissue culture plantlets using the root dipping method. After 10 days of growth,freehand sections of the stems and roots of these banana plantlets were observed by laser confocal scanning microscope. The results of antagonistic experiments showed that KKWB-10 strain was an antagonistic bacterium

  19. FORMA DE ADIÇÃO AO SOLO DA CAMA-DE-FRANGOS DE CORTE SEMIDECOMPOSTA PARA PRODUÇÃO DE TARO APPLICATION OF SEMIDECOMPOSED CHICKEN MANURE TO THE SOIL FOR TARO YIELD

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    Cristiane Gomes da Silva

    2007-09-01

    texture Dystrorthox oil, in order to evaluate yield response of five taro clones (Chinês, Japonês, Branco, Macaquinho and Cem-Um under the use of 14 t.ha-1 of semidecomposed chicken manure (CFC placed in the inside furrows, added to the soil or as mulch. Factors were arranged in a randomized complete block design in a 5x3 factorial scheme with three replications. Cormels were used as explants. Leaf blades, petioles, corms (RM and cormels (RF of Japonês, Cem-Um, Branco and Macaquinho taro clones were harvested at 210  days. Chinês taro clone was harvested at 245 days. Leaf blade green matter of five taro clones had the lowest yield and varied from 3.0 t.ha-1 (Macaquinho to 1.2 t.ha-1 (Branco while petioles and RM had the highest yield, with variations from 19.4 and 17.4 t.ha-1 (Macaquinho to 4.8 and 7.8 t.ha-1 (Branco, respectively. RM yield showed the best interaction effect for acaquinho taro, which was better with CFC incorporated (20.6 .ha-1. Branco clone had the lowest RM yield (7.8 t.ha-1 and the ighest RF yield (56.9 t.ha-1. From results obtained for RM and F green and dry matter, it was concluded that the taro plants ad the productive capacity characteristic of the taro clone and hat CFC can be incorporated into the soil.

    KEY-WORDS: Colocasia esculenta; yam; taro; organic residue; yield.

  20. Micro-CT observation of compound Chinese medicine in treatment of chronic skeletal fluorosis in fluorosis rats%复方中药对慢性氟中毒大鼠氟骨症治疗效果的显微CT观察

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    郭生琼; 喻茂娟; 申惠鹏; 袁筑华; 王丹; 成锦芳

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    .50)mg/L,t =3.13,P < 0.05] when rats were remedied with the compound Chinese medicine for 60 days.The level of bone fluoride of high fluoride treatment group[(275.38 ± 171.65)mg/kg] was lower than that of its control group[(701.67 ± 178.16)mg/kg,t =5.42,P < 0.05] when rats were remedied withy the compound Chinese medicine for 90 days; bone fluoride of high fluoride and low calcium low protein treatment group[(313.26 ± 124.51)mg/kg] was lower than that of its control group[(794.66 ± 261.35)mg/kg,t =3.25,P < 0.05].The differences of Tb.Th,Tb.Sp,a1/a3,Conn.D,BV/TV,BS/BV and Tb.N among groups were statistically significant(F =2.785,2.681,3.039,27.231,2.595,2.854,5.050,all P < 0.05).Tb.Th[(0.04 ±0.01)mm] and Tb.Sp[(0.03 ± 0.01)mm] of middle fluorine treatment group were higher than those of their control groups[(0.02 ± 0.00),(0.02 ± 0.00)mm,all P< 0.05]; al/a3,Corm.D,BV/TV and Tb.N[(0.77 ±0.61),(510.91 ± 304.99)mm-3,(0.42 ± 0.06) and (13.58 ± 2.48)mm-1] were lower than those of their control groups[(1.11 ± 0.01),(2 403.69 ± 124.02)mm-3,(0.46 ± 0.03) and (18.12 ± 0.69)mm-1,all P < 0.05].BV/TV(0.44 ± 0.04) of high fluoride treatment group were lower than those of their control groups(0.49 ± 0.00,P < 0.05) ; Tb.Th[(0.04 ± 0.01) mm] was higher than that of its control group [(0.03 ± 0.00)mm,P < 0.05].Conclusion The compound Chinese medicine may has therapeutic effect on rat skeletal fluorosis.%目的 采用显微CT技术评价复方中药方剂对慢性氟中毒大鼠氟骨症的治疗效果.方法 断乳2周的纯系Wistar大鼠88只,体质量(91.1±10.0)g,按体质量采用随机数字表法分为对照组、中氟组、高氟组、高氟低钙低蛋白组,分别为16、24、24、24只大鼠.中氟组、高氟组、高氟低钙低蛋白组染氟剂量分别为50、100、100 mg/kg,高氟低钙低蛋白组饲料中蛋白质与钙的含量为中氟组和高氟组的1/2.染氟6个月后,每组采用股动脉放血法处死8只大鼠;3