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  1. Cloning of a cystatin gene from sugar beet M14 that can enhance plant salt tolerance.

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    Wang, Yuguang; Zhan, Yanan; Wu, Chuan; Gong, Shilong; Zhu, Ning; Chen, Sixue; Li, Haiying

    2012-08-01

    An open reading frame encoding a cysteine protease inhibitor, cystatin was isolated from the buds of sugar beet monosomic addition line M14 (BvM14) using 5'-/3'-RACE method. It encoded a polypeptide of 104 amino acids with conserved G and PW motifs, the consensus phytocystatin sequence LARFAV and the active site QVVAG. The protein showed significant homology to other plant cystatins. BvM14-cystatin was expressed ubiquitously in roots, stems, leaves and flower tissues with relatively high abundance in developing stems and roots. It was found to be localized in the nucleus, cytoplasm and plasma membrane. Recombinant BvM14-cystatin expressed in Escherichia coli was purified and it exhibited cysteine protease inhibitor activity. Salt-stress treatment induced BvM14-cystatin transcript levels in the M14 seedlings. Homozygous Arabidopsis plants over-expressing BvM14-cystatin showed enhanced salt tolerance. Taken together, these data improved understanding of the functions of BvM14-cystatin and highlighted the possibility of employing the cystatin in engineering plants for enhanced salt tolerance.

  2. Estrogen enhances cystatin C expression in the macaque vagina.

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    Slayden, Ov D; Hettrich, Kevin; Carroll, Rebecca S; Otto, Lesley N; Clark, Amanda L; Brenner, Robert M

    2004-02-01

    Cystatin C is a secreted inhibitor of cysteine proteinases that participates in extracellular matrix remodeling. Whether hormones affect its expression in the vagina was unknown. Consequently, we examined the effects of estradiol (E(2)), progesterone (P), and raloxifene on vaginal cystatin C in rhesus macaques. In experiment 1, ovariectomized animals were treated sequentially with E(2) (14 d) and E(2) + P (14 d) to induce 28-d menstrual cycles. Vaginal samples were collected on d 6, 8, 14, and 28 of the induced cycle. Some cycled animals were deprived of both E(2) + P for 28 d. In experiment 2, ovariectomized animals were treated for 5 months with E(2) alone, E(2) + P, raloxifene, or left untreated. Total RNA from the vaginal wall was analyzed for the cystatin C transcript with a commercially prepared cDNA array and semiquantitative RT-PCR. Vaginal cryosections were analyzed by in situ hybridization for cystatin C transcript and by immunocytochemistry for the protein. E(2) treatment significantly (5-fold; P pelvic floor prolapse.

  3. Cystatins in immune system.

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    Magister, Spela; Kos, Janko

    2013-01-01

    Cystatins comprise a large superfamily of related proteins with diverse biological activities. They were initially characterised as inhibitors of lysosomal cysteine proteases, however, in recent years some alternative functions for cystatins have been proposed. Cystatins possessing inhibitory function are members of three families, family I (stefins), family II (cystatins) and family III (kininogens). Stefin A is often linked to neoplastic changes in epithelium while another family I cystatin, stefin B is supposed to have a specific role in neuredegenerative diseases. Cystatin C, a typical type II cystatin, is expressed in a variety of human tissues and cells. On the other hand, expression of other type II cystatins is more specific. Cystatin F is an endo/lysosome targeted protease inhibitor, selectively expressed in immune cells, suggesting its role in processes related to immune response. Our recent work points on its role in regulation of dendritic cell maturation and in natural killer cells functional inactivation that may enhance tumor survival. Cystatin E/M expression is mainly restricted to the epithelia of the skin which emphasizes its prominent role in cutaneous biology. Here, we review the current knowledge on type I (stefins A and B) and type II cystatins (cystatins C, F and E/M) in pathologies, with particular emphasis on their suppressive vs. promotional function in the tumorigenesis and metastasis. We proposed that an imbalance between cathepsins and cystatins may attenuate immune cell functions and facilitate tumor cell invasion.

  4. Cystatin C enhances GFR estimating Equations in Kidney Transplant Recipients

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    Kukla, Aleksandra; Issa, Naim; Jackson, Scott; Spong, Richard; Foster, Meredith C.; Matas, Arthur J.; Mauer, Michael S.; Eckfeldt, John H.; Ibrahim, Hassan N.

    2014-01-01

    Background The glomerular filtration rate (GFR) estimating equation incorporating both cystatin C and creatinine perform better than those using creatinine or cystatin C alone in patients with reduced GFR. Whether this equation performs well in kidney transplant recipients cross-sectionally, and more importantly, over time has not been addressed. Methods We analyzed four GFR estimating equations in participants of the Angiotensin II Blockade for Chronic Allograft Nephropathy Trial (NCT 00067990): Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration equations based on serum cystatin C and creatinine (eGFR (CKD-EPI-Creat+CysC)), cystatin C alone (eGFR (CKD-EPI-CysC)), creatinine alone (eGFR (CKD-EPI-Creat)) and the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease study equation (eGFR(MDRD)). Iothalamate GFR served as a standard (mGFR). Results mGFR, serum creatinine, and cystatin C shortly after transplant were 56.1 ± 17.0 mL/min/1.73 m2, 1.2 ± 0.4 mg/dL, and 1.2 ± 0.3 mg/L respectively. eGFR (CKD-EPI-Creat+CysC) was most precise (R2=0.50) but slightly more biased than eGFR (MDRD); 9.0 ± 12.7 ml/min/1.73m2 vs. 6.4 ± 15.8 ml/min/1.73m2, respectively. This improved precision was most evident in recipients with mGFR >60 ml/min/1.73m2. For relative accuracy, eGFR (MDRD) and eGFR (CKD-EPI-Creat+CysC) had the highest percentage of estimates falling within 30% of mGFR; 75.8% and 68.9%, respectively. Longitudinally, equations incorporating cystatin C most closely paralleled the change in mGFR. Conclusion eGFR (CKD-EPI-Creat+CysC) is more precise and reflects GFR change over time reasonably well. eGFR (MDRD) had superior performance in recipients with mGFR between 30–60 ml/min/1.73m2. PMID:24457184

  5. Cystatin superfamily.

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    Ochieng, Josiah; Chaudhuri, Gautam

    2010-02-01

    Cystatins, the classical inhibitors of C1 cysteine proteinases, have been extensively studied and reviewed in the literature. Over the last 20 years, however, proteins containing cystatin domains but lacking protease inhibitory activities have been identified, and most likely more will be described in the near future. These proteins together with family 1, 2, and 3 cystatins constitute the cystatin superfamily. Mounting evidence points to the new roles that some members of the superfamily have acquired over the course of their evolution. This review is focused on the roles of cystatins in: 1) tumorigenesis, 2) stabilization of matrix metalloproteinases, 3) glomerular filtration rate, 4) immunomodulation, and 5) neurodegenerative diseases. It is the goal of this review to get as many investigators as possible to take a second look at the cystatin superfamily regarding their potential involvement in serious human ailments.

  6. Pineapple Vinegar to Enhance Shelf Life of Carrot and Mango in Tanzania

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    Matunda, Aldegunda Sylvester

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Fruits and vegetables are highly perishable, produced seasonally, and large quantities (about 50-60% of production) are wasted during high season due to poor handling and lack of cold storage in Tanzania. Processing excess pineapple into vinegar which can be used for preservation of other fruits and vegetables may be a helpful strategy for reducing losses. Vinegar was produced from pineapple juice supplemented with sugar to produce different degrees of Brix (13, 20 and 30) and was...

  7. Characterisation and potential application of pineapple pomace in an extruded product for fibre enhancement.

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    Selani, Miriam Mabel; Brazaca, Solange Guidolin Canniatti; Dos Santos Dias, Carlos Tadeu; Ratnayake, Wajira S; Flores, Rolando A; Bianchini, Andreia

    2014-11-15

    This study characterised pineapple pomace (PP) and evaluated its application in extrusion to enhance fibre content of the final product. The pomace had low fat (0.61%) and high dietary fibre (45.22%), showing its potential for fibre enrichment of nutritionally poor products, as some extruded snacks. Results also showed low microbiological counts, water activity, and pH indicating good microbiological quality and low risk of physicochemical deterioration. During extrusion, pomace (0%, 10.5% and 21%), moisture (14%, 15% and 16%) and temperature (140 and 160°C) were evaluated. The PP addition decreased expansion and luminosity; while increasing redness of the extrudates compared to the control (0% pomace/14% moisture/140°C). When hardness, yellowness, water absorption, and bulk density were compared to the control, there was no effect (p>0.05) of 10.5% PP addition on the extrudates, indicating that, at this level, PP could be added without affecting the properties of the final extruded product.

  8. Effect of gas sparging on flux enhancement and phytochemical properties of clarified pineapple juice by microfiltration

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    Laorko, Aporn

    2011-08-01

    Membrane fouling is a major obstacle in the application of microfiltration. Several techniques have been proposed to enhance the permeate flux during microfiltration. Gas sparging is a hydrodynamic method for improving the performance of the membrane process. In this study, a 0.2 μm hollow fiber microfiltration membrane was used to study the effect of cross flow velocity (CFV) and gas injection factor () on the critical and limiting flux during microfiltration of pineapple juice. In addition, the phytochemical properties of clarified juice were investigated. In the absence of gas sparging, the critical and limiting flux increased as the CFV or shear stress number increased. The use of gas sparging led to a remarkable improvement in both the critical and limiting flux but it was more effective at the lower CFV (1.5 m s-1), compared to those at higher CFV (2.0 and 2.5 m s-1). When the gas injection factor was applied at 0.15, 0.25 and 0.35 with a CFV of 1.5 m s -1, the enhancement of 55.6%, 75.5% and 128.2% was achieved for critical flux, while 65.8%, 69.7% and 95.2% was achieved for limiting flux, respectively. The results also indicated that the use of gas sparging was an effective method to reduce reversible fouling and external irreversible fouling rather than internal irreversible fouling. In addition, the CFV and gas sparging did not affect pH, total soluble solids, colour, total phenolic content and the antioxidant property of the clarified juice. The l-ascorbic acid and total vitamin C were significantly decreased when the higher CFV and high gas injection factor were applied. The results also indicated that the use of gas sparging with low CFV was beneficial for flux enhancement while most of the phytochemical properties of the clarified juice was preserved. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Pineapple holograms

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    Toxqui-López, S.; Calixte, L.; Olivares-Pérez, A.; Padilla V, A.; Ponce-Lee, E. L.; Ruiz-Limón, B.; Fuentes-Tapia, I.

    2006-02-01

    We show that juice pineapple can be considering as new unconventional holographic recorded medium, because it has good chemical and optical properties. Some structures of computers phase holograms are copied into this material by thermo-polymerization therefore in this research we present a preliminary analysis and experimental results. The major improvements from our material are: good diffraction efficiency, reduced cost, easily to apply on any substrate and the hologram is making with out develop process. the nature sweetener from pineapple can be applied for the food industry mainly in the candy industry.

  10. Use of cystatin C and serum creatinine for the diagnosis of contrast-induced nephropathy in patients undergoing contrast-enhanced computed tomography at an oncology centre.

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    Joao Italo Fortalesa Melo

    Full Text Available Our aim was to assess renal function using as laboratory measurements serum creatinine and cystatin C concentrations before and after administration of low-osmolarity (nonionic iodinated contrast medium in patients with cancer undergoing computed tomography (CT.This prospective study included 400 oncologic outpatients. Serum creatinine and cystatin C concentrations were measured before and 72 h after contrast administration. Glomerular filtration rates (GFRs were estimated using serum creatinine-based [Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD and Cockroft-Gault and cystatin C based (Larsson equations. Exploratory data analysis was performed. The nonparametric Wilcoxon test was used to compare pre and post contrast of test results and estimated clearance. The confidence interval used in the analysis was 95%.Compared with the pre-contrast values, the mean serum creatinine concentration was significantly higher and average GFRs estimated using MDRD and Cockcroft-Gault equations were significantly lower after the administration of contrast (p <0.001. It was also observed a significant increase after contrast in the concentration of Cystatin C (p = 0.015. In addition, a decrease in GFR estimated using the average Larsson (p = 0.021 was observed between time points. However, none of the patients presented clinically significant nephropathy.Assessment using serum creatinine and cystatin C concentrations showed changes in renal function among patients with cancer undergoing contrast-enhanced CT examination in this study. No significant renal damage related to the use of low-osmolarity iodinated contrast medium of the type and dosage employed in this study was observed. This contrast medium is thus safe for use in patients with cancer.

  11. Use of Cystatin C and Serum Creatinine for the Diagnosis of Contrast-Induced Nephropathy in Patients Undergoing Contrast-Enhanced Computed Tomography at an Oncology Centre

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    Fortalesa Melo, Joao Italo; Chojniak, Rubens; Costa Silva, Debora Helena; Oliveira Junior, Jose Carlos; Vieira Bitencourt, Almir Galvão; Holanda Silva, Diego; Guimarães, Marcos Duarte; Silva, Hernandes Cerqueira Souza; Dias, Denis Guilherme Teixeira; Rodrigues, Winglison Carli; Brancucci, Ellen Luzia; Cruz, Barbara Martins Soares; Schiavon, Beatriz Nunes; Argenton, Juliana Luz Passos; Camporini, Margareth Arrivabene; Zocchio, Adriana

    2015-01-01

    Objective Our aim was to assess renal function using as laboratory measurements serum creatinine and cystatin C concentrations before and after administration of low-osmolarity (nonionic) iodinated contrast medium in patients with cancer undergoing computed tomography (CT). Methods This prospective study included 400 oncologic outpatients. Serum creatinine and cystatin C concentrations were measured before and 72 h after contrast administration. Glomerular filtration rates (GFRs) were estimated using serum creatinine–based [Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD) and Cockroft-Gault and cystatin C based (Larsson) equations. Exploratory data analysis was performed. The nonparametric Wilcoxon test was used to compare pre and post contrast of test results and estimated clearance. The confidence interval used in the analysis was 95%. Results Compared with the pre-contrast values, the mean serum creatinine concentration was significantly higher and average GFRs estimated using MDRD and Cockcroft-Gault equations were significantly lower after the administration of contrast (p <0.001). It was also observed a significant increase after contrast in the concentration of Cystatin C (p = 0.015). In addition, a decrease in GFR estimated using the average Larsson (p = 0.021) was observed between time points. However, none of the patients presented clinically significant nephropathy. Conclusions Assessment using serum creatinine and cystatin C concentrations showed changes in renal function among patients with cancer undergoing contrast-enhanced CT examination in this study. No significant renal damage related to the use of low-osmolarity iodinated contrast medium of the type and dosage employed in this study was observed. This contrast medium is thus safe for use in patients with cancer. PMID:25961558

  12. Expression of a barley cystatin gene in maize enhances resistance against phytophagous mites by altering their cysteine-proteases.

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    Carrillo, Laura; Martinez, Manuel; Ramessar, Koreen; Cambra, Inés; Castañera, Pedro; Ortego, Felix; Díaz, Isabel

    2011-01-01

    Phytocystatins are inhibitors of cysteine-proteases from plants putatively involved in plant defence based on their capability of inhibit heterologous enzymes. We have previously characterised the whole cystatin gene family members from barley (HvCPI-1 to HvCPI-13). The aim of this study was to assess the effects of barley cystatins on two phytophagous spider mites, Tetranychus urticae and Brevipalpus chilensis. The determination of proteolytic activity profile in both mite species showed the presence of the cysteine-proteases, putative targets of cystatins, among other enzymatic activities. All barley cystatins, except HvCPI-1 and HvCPI-7, inhibited in vitro mite cathepsin L- and/or cathepsin B-like activities, HvCPI-6 being the strongest inhibitor for both mite species. Transgenic maize plants expressing HvCPI-6 protein were generated and the functional integrity of the cystatin transgene was confirmed by in vitro inhibitory effect observed against T. urticae and B. chilensis protein extracts. Feeding experiments impaired on transgenic lines performed with T. urticae impaired mite development and reproductive performance. Besides, a significant reduction of cathepsin L-like and/or cathepsin B-like activities was observed when the spider mite fed on maize plants expressing HvCPI-6 cystatin. These findings reveal the potential of barley cystatins as acaricide proteins to protect plants against two important mite pests.

  13. Cystatins of parasitic organisms.

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    Klotz, Christian; Ziegler, Thomas; Daniłowicz-Luebert, Emilia; Hartmann, Susanne

    2011-01-01

    The cystatin superfamily comprises several groups of protease inhibitors. In this chapter we will focus on I25 family members, which consist predominantly of the type 2 cystatins. Recently, a wealth of information on these molecules and their activities has been described. Parasite cystatins are shown to have dual functions via interaction with both parasite and host proteases. Thereby, parasite cystatins are not only essentially involved in the regulation of physiological processes during parasite development, but also represent important pathogenicity factors. Interestingly, some studies indicate that parasite cystatins evolved exceptional immuno-modulatory properties. these capacities could be exploited to interfere with unwanted immune responses in unrelated human inflammatory diseases. We highlight the different biological roles of parasite cystatins and the anticipated future developments.

  14. Glutinous Rice in Pineapple

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    1998-01-01

    Ingredients: 50 grams glutinous rice, one pineapple, 20 grams dried fruits (raisins, walnuts. Chinese wolfberry, Chinese dates, lotus seeds, lily petals, kidney beans and peanuts) Seasonings: 5 grams rock sugar, 5 grams salad oil. Method:

  15. Comparative analysis of cystatin superfamily in platyhelminths.

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    Aijiang Guo

    Full Text Available The cystatin superfamily is comprised of cysteine proteinase inhibitors and encompasses at least 3 subfamilies: stefins, cystatins and kininogens. In this study, the platyhelminth cystatin superfamily was identified and grouped into stefin and cystatin subfamilies. The conserved domain of stefins (G, QxVxG was observed in all members of platyhelminth stefins. The three characteristics of cystatins, the cystatin-like domain (G, QxVxG, PW, a signal peptide, and one or two conserved disulfide bonds, were observed in platyhelminths, with the exception of cestodes, which lacked the conserved disulfide bond. However, it is noteworthy that cestode cystatins had two tandem repeated domains, although the second tandem repeated domain did not contain a cystatin-like domain, which has not been previously reported. Tertiary structure analysis of Taenia solium cystatin, one of the cestode cystatins, demonstrated that the N-terminus of T. solium cystatin formed a five turn α-helix, a five stranded β-pleated sheet and a hydrophobic edge, similar to the structure of chicken cystatin. Although no conserved disulfide bond was found in T. solium cystatin, the models of T. solium cystatin and chicken cystatin corresponded at the site of the first disulfide bridge of the chicken cystatin. However, the two models were not similar regarding the location of the second disulfide bridge of chicken cystatin. These results showed that T. solium cystatin and chicken cystatin had similarities and differences, suggesting that the biochemistry of T. solium cystatin could be similar to chicken cystatin in its inhibitory function and that it may have further functional roles. The same results were obtained for other cestode cystatins. Phylogenetic analysis showed that cestode cystatins constituted an independent clade and implied that cestode cystatins should be considered to have formed a new clade during evolution.

  16. Comparative analysis of cystatin superfamily in platyhelminths.

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    Guo, Aijiang

    2015-01-01

    The cystatin superfamily is comprised of cysteine proteinase inhibitors and encompasses at least 3 subfamilies: stefins, cystatins and kininogens. In this study, the platyhelminth cystatin superfamily was identified and grouped into stefin and cystatin subfamilies. The conserved domain of stefins (G, QxVxG) was observed in all members of platyhelminth stefins. The three characteristics of cystatins, the cystatin-like domain (G, QxVxG, PW), a signal peptide, and one or two conserved disulfide bonds, were observed in platyhelminths, with the exception of cestodes, which lacked the conserved disulfide bond. However, it is noteworthy that cestode cystatins had two tandem repeated domains, although the second tandem repeated domain did not contain a cystatin-like domain, which has not been previously reported. Tertiary structure analysis of Taenia solium cystatin, one of the cestode cystatins, demonstrated that the N-terminus of T. solium cystatin formed a five turn α-helix, a five stranded β-pleated sheet and a hydrophobic edge, similar to the structure of chicken cystatin. Although no conserved disulfide bond was found in T. solium cystatin, the models of T. solium cystatin and chicken cystatin corresponded at the site of the first disulfide bridge of the chicken cystatin. However, the two models were not similar regarding the location of the second disulfide bridge of chicken cystatin. These results showed that T. solium cystatin and chicken cystatin had similarities and differences, suggesting that the biochemistry of T. solium cystatin could be similar to chicken cystatin in its inhibitory function and that it may have further functional roles. The same results were obtained for other cestode cystatins. Phylogenetic analysis showed that cestode cystatins constituted an independent clade and implied that cestode cystatins should be considered to have formed a new clade during evolution.

  17. Growth stimulation of 3T3 fibroblasts by Cystatin

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    Quan Sun (Michigan State Univ., East Lansing (United States) Beijing Medical Univ. (China))

    1989-01-01

    Treatment of cultures of mouse 3T3 fibroblasts with Cystatin C, a thiol-proteinase inhibitor isolated from chicken egg white, resulted in an enhanced rate of cell proliferation. This stimulation was demonstrated using two independent assay systems: (a) assessment of total cell number and (b) measurement of ({sup 3}H)thymidine incorporated into acid-precipitable DNA. In both assays, the dose-response curves of Cystatin stimulation showed a rising function that plateaued at a concentration of {approximately}120 {mu}g/ml. The addition of Cystatin to cultures of Kirsten murine sarcoma virus-transformed 3T3 cells also enhanced DNA synthesis in these target cells. Control experiments showed that the presence of Cystatin did not alter the level of binding of radioactively labeled epidermal growth factor and platelet derived growth factor to 3T3 cells. These results argue against the possibility that the observed growth stimulation by Cystatin was due to growth factor contamination of the Cystatin preparation.

  18. Biological variation of cystatin C

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    Reinhard, Mark; Erlandsen, Erland; Randers, Else

    2009-01-01

    Introduction: Cystatin C has been investigated as a marker of the glomerular filtration rate. However, previous studies have reported conflicting results concerning the biological variation of cystatin C. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the biological variation of cystatin C...... available for analysis. Serum cystatin C was measured using Dade Behring N Latex Cystatin C assay and serum creatinine by an enzymatic method (Roche). Results: The mean serum concentration of cystatin C was 0.70 mg/l (range 0.44-1.09) and the mean serum creatinine was 77 µmol/l (range 54......-100). The analytical variance (CVA) was 2.0% for cystatin C and 1.6% for creatinine. The intra-individual variance (CVI) was greater for cystatin C than for creatinine (8.6% vs. 4.7%). The inter-individual variance (CVG) was similar for both analytes (cystatin C 15.1% vs. creatinine 14.4%). Accordingly, the index...

  19. Pineapple [Ananas comosus (L.) Merr].

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    Gangopadhyay, Gaurab; Mukherjee, Kalyan K

    2015-01-01

    The efficacy of Agrobacterium-mediated pineapple transformation technique has been improved (mean percentage of transgenic micro-shoots regenerated from initial callus explants up to 20.6%) using a novel encapsulation-based, antibiotic selection procedure. The detailed protocol using a standard plant transformation vector (pCAMBIA1304) as reported in an 'elite' Indian variety (Queen) of pineapple [Ananas comosus (L.) Merr] can be applied to other varieties of pineapple for introgression of target genes.

  20. Cystatin C for enhancement of risk stratification in non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome patients with an increased troponin T.

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    Windhausen, F.; Hirsch, A.; Fischer, J.; Zee, P.M. van der; Sanders, G.T.; Straalen, J.P. van; Cornel, J.H.; Tijssen, J.G.P.; Verheugt, F.W.A.; Winter, R.J. de

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: We assessed the value of cystatin C for improvement of risk stratification in patients with non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome (nSTE-ACS) and increased cardiac troponin T (cTnT), and we compared the long-term effects of an early invasive treatment strategy (EIS) with a selective

  1. Cystatin C for enhancement of risk stratification in non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome patients with an increased troponin T.

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    Windhausen, F.; Hirsch, A.; Fischer, J.; Zee, P.M. van der; Sanders, G.T.; Straalen, J.P. van; Cornel, J.H.; Tijssen, J.G.P.; Verheugt, F.W.A.; Winter, R.J. de

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: We assessed the value of cystatin C for improvement of risk stratification in patients with non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome (nSTE-ACS) and increased cardiac troponin T (cTnT), and we compared the long-term effects of an early invasive treatment strategy (EIS) with a selective in

  2. Cystatin C for Enhancement of Risk Stratification in Non-ST Elevation Acute Coronary Syndrome Patients with an Increased Troponin T

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    F. Windhausen; A. Hirsch; J. Fischer; P.M. van der Zee; G.T. Sanders; J.P. van Straalen; J.H. Cornel; J.G.P. Tijssen; F.W.A. Verheugt; R.J. de Winter

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: We assessed the value of cystatin C for improvement of risk stratification in patients with non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome (nSTE-ACS) and increased cardiac troponin T (cTnT), and we compared the long-term effects of an early invasive treatment strategy (EIS) with a selective in

  3. PineappleDB: An online pineapple bioinformatics resource

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    Fairbairn David J

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background A world first pineapple EST sequencing program has been undertaken to investigate genes expressed during non-climacteric fruit ripening and the nematode-plant interaction during root infection. Very little is known of how non-climacteric fruit ripening is controlled or of the molecular basis of the nematode-plant interaction. PineappleDB was developed to provide the research community with access to a curated bioinformatics resource housing the fruit, root and nematode infected gall expressed sequences. Description PineappleDB is an online, curated database providing integrated access to annotated expressed sequence tag (EST data for cDNA clones isolated from pineapple fruit, root, and nematode infected root gall vascular cylinder tissues. The database currently houses over 5600 EST sequences, 3383 contig consensus sequences, and associated bioinformatic data including splice variants, Arabidopsis homologues, both MIPS based and Gene Ontology functional classifications, and clone distributions. The online resource can be searched by text or by BLAST sequence homology. The data outputs provide comprehensive sequence, bioinformatic and functional classification information. Conclusion The online pineapple bioinformatic resource provides the research community with access to pineapple fruit and root/gall sequence and bioinformatic data in a user-friendly format. The search tools enable efficient data mining and present a wide spectrum of bioinformatic and functional classification information. PineappleDB will be of broad appeal to researchers investigating pineapple genetics, non-climacteric fruit ripening, root-knot nematode infection, crassulacean acid metabolism and alternative RNA splicing in plants.

  4. Epigenetic regulation of cystatins in cancer.

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    Rivenbark, Ashley G; Coleman, William B

    2009-01-01

    Cystatins function as cysteine protease inhibitors, are expressed in numerous cell types, and regulate a number of physiological processes. Four cystatins have been extensively studied: cystatin A, cystatin B, cystatin C, and cystatin M. Aberrant regulation of cystatins occurs in a number of diseases, including cancer and certain neurodegenerative disorders. Recent advances in the understanding of cystatin function suggest that these proteins may regulate promotion or suppression of tumor growth, invasion, and metastasis. Cancer is a disease of abnormal gene expression and cancer cells exhibit aberrant epigenetic events (such as DNA methylation), leading to gene silencing. Cystatins are epigenetically silenced through DNA methylation-dependent mechanisms in several forms of cancer, including breast, pancreatic, brain, and lung. These findings suggest that DNA methylation-dependent epigenetic mechanisms may play an important role in the loss of cystatin gene expression and protein function during neoplastic transformation and/or tumor progression. This review summarizes the biological processes in which cystatins function, focuses on the neoplastic events that involve aberrant regulation of cystatins, and discusses the possible epigenetic regulation of cystatins in cancer.

  5. Cystatin C is downregulated in prostate cancer and modulates invasion of prostate cancer cells via MAPK/Erk and androgen receptor pathways.

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    Barbara Wegiel

    Full Text Available Cystatin C is believed to prevent tumor progression by inhibiting the activities of a family of lysosomal cysteine proteases. However, little is known about the precise mechanism of cystatin C function in prostate cancer. In the present study, we examined the expression of cystatin C and its association with matrix metalloproteinases 2 (MMP2 and androgen receptor (AR in a tissue microarray comparing benign and malignant specimens from 448 patients who underwent radical prostatectomy for localized prostate cancer. Cystatin C expression was significantly lower in cancer specimens than in benign tissues (p<0.001 and there was a statistically significant inverse correlation between expression of cystatin C and MMP2 (r(s (2 = -0.056, p = 0.05. There was a clear trend that patients with decreased level of cystatin C had lower overall survival. Targeted inhibition of cystatin C using specific siRNA resulted in an increased invasiveness of PC3 cells, whereas induction of cystatin C overexpression greatly reduced invasion rate of PC3 in vitro. The effect of cystatin C on modulating the PC3 cell invasion was provoked by Erk2 inhibitor that specifically inhibited MAPK/Erk2 activity. This suggests that cystatin C may mediate tumor cell invasion by modulating the activity of MAPK/Erk cascades. Consistent with our immunohistochemical findings that patients with low expression of cystatin C and high expression of androgen receptor (AR tend to have worse overall survival than patients with high expression of cystatin C and high AR expression, induced overexpression of AR in PC3 cells expressing cystatin C siRNA greatly enhanced the invasiveness of PC3 cells. This suggests that there may be a crosstalk between cystatin C and AR-mediated pathways. Our study uncovers a novel role for cystatin C and its associated cellular pathways in prostate cancer invasion and metastasis.

  6. THE PRACTICAL USE OF CYSTATIN C MEASUREMENT IN PATIENTS WITH VARIOUS RENAL DISEASES

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    2002-01-01

    Objective:To investigate the clinical usefulness in terms of estimation for glomerular fil tration rate(GFR), we determined the serum cystatin C levels in 72 healthy adult s , 63 children, and 109 patients with various renal diseases, and compared the s erum cystatin C concentrations with serum creatinine levels. In addition, the re nal function was evaluated in 5 adults receiving renal transplantations using cy statin C.Methods:Serum cystatin C levels were measured by a par ticle-enhanced nephelometric immunoassay on Dade Behring nephelometer system. Se rum and urine creatinine concentrations were determined by use of Jaff's kinetic assay.Results: The cystatin C concentration at birth was typica lly double that found in adults, then fell to a constant level after 1 year, a v a lue that was maintained to about 60 years. The studies of cystatin C in the elde rly showed that the circulation cystatin C levels rose gradually above 60 years. There was a significant positive correlation between serum cystatin C and creat inine level (r=0.921,P<0.01) in the patients with various renal diseases. S erum cystatin C was inversely and logarithmically correlated with creatinine cle arance as shown in the equation lg cystatin C =-0.6061gCCr+1.209(r=-0.887,P <0.01). Serum cystatin C levels rose prior to creatinine concentrations and sta rted to increase over normal range when creatinine clearance remained within no rmal range. After renal transplantation,cystatin C concentration significantly d e creased during the first week(-43% vs -21% for creatinine) in patients without d elayed graft function. In some cases of acute renal impairment, the increase in serum cystatin C values was more prominent than that of creatinine.Conclusion:Serum cystatin C is probably more attractive for esti mation of renal function than serum creatinine and creatinine clearance especial ly for detection of the mild reduction of glomerular filtrate rate in patients w ith various kidney diseases

  7. 慢性肾脏病患者肾小球滤过率与血清Cystatin C相关性分析%Correlation Analysis Between Glomerular Filtration Rate and Serum Cystatin C in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease

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    杨斌

    2011-01-01

    To explore the correlation between glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and serum cystatin C in patients with chronic kidney disease ( CKD). The serum cystatin C levels in 340 patients with CKD and 60 health controls were determined by particles enhance turbidimetric immune analysis. The GFR was calculated by the simplified equation derived from the modification of diet in renal disease study (MDRD). The results showed thatthe CFR was significant negatively correlated with cystatin C and SCr (P <0.01) and cystatin C had a stronger correlations with GFR. There was significant statistical difference between cystatin C and SCr ( P < 0.05 ). The reflect glomerular filtration function of cystatin C was more accurately than that SCr, it may be useful for the early diagnosis of CFR function in the patients with chronic kidney disease.%探讨慢性肾脏病(chronic kidney disease,CKD)患者肾小球滤过率(glomentlar filtration rate,GFR)与血清半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂C(cystatin C)的相关性.采用颗粒增强免疫浊度分析法测定340例CKD组患者和60名对照组血清cystatin C,全自动生化分析仪检测血清SCr,采用校正eMDRD方程计算GFR,比较各指标与GFR间的相关性.结果表明:GFR与cystatin C、SCr间呈明显负相关(P<0.01),且与cystatin C相关最为密切.cystatin C与SCr有显著性差异(P<0.05).血清cystatin C能准确反映CKD患者GFR,对早期诊断CKD患者肾小球滤过功能有价值.

  8. 21 CFR 146.185 - Pineapple juice.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 2 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Pineapple juice. 146.185 Section 146.185 Food and... CONSUMPTION CANNED FRUIT JUICES Requirements for Specific Standardized Canned Fruit Juices and Beverages § 146.185 Pineapple juice. (a) Identity. (1) Pineapple juice is the juice, intended for direct consumption...

  9. Review: The future of cystatin engineering.

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    van Wyk, Stefan G; Kunert, Karl J; Cullis, Christopher A; Pillay, Priyen; Makgopa, Matome E; Schlüter, Urte; Vorster, Barend J

    2016-05-01

    Plant cystatins are naturally occurring protease inhibitors that prevent proteolysis by papain-like cysteine proteases. Their protective action against environmental stresses has been relatively well characterised. Still, there is a need to greatly improve both potency and specificity based on the current rather poor performance of cystatins in biotechnological applications. Research in creating more potent and specific cystatins, including amino acid substitutions in either conserved cystatin motifs and/or at variable amino acid sites, is reviewed. Existing gaps for better understanding of cystatin-protease interactions are further explored. Current knowledge on multi-cystatins or hybrid protease inhibitors involving cystatins as an additional option for cystatin engineering is further outlined along with the nuances of how cystatins with rather unusual amino acid sequences might actually help in cystatin engineering. Finally, future opportunities for application of cystatins are highlighted which include applications in genetically modified transgenic plants for environmental stress protection and also as nutraceuticals, as part of more nutritious food. Further opportunities might also include the possible management of diseases and disorders, often associated with lifestyle changes, and the most immediate and promising application which is inclusion into plant-based recombinant protein production platforms.

  10. Cysteine proteinases and cystatins

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    Adeliana S. Oliveira

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available This review describeds the definition, localization, functions and examples of cysteine proteinases and their protein inhibitors in vertebrate, non-vertebrate animals and plants. These inhibitors are related with defense mechanisms of plant against pests. It also describes the factors involved in the specific cysteine proteinase-cystatin interaction and high degree of affinity and large specificity in this interaction which are not only represented by the compatibility between amino acid residues of the active site involved in catalysis, but also of all amino acid residues that participante in the enzyme-inhibitor interaction.Nesta revisão foram descritas definições, localizações, funções e exemplos de proteinases cisteínicas e suas proteinas inibidoras em animais vertebrados e invertebrados e plantas. Tratamos principalmente com aqueles inibidores que são relatados com o mecanismo de defesa da planta contra pestes. Em adição, comentamos sobre recentes trabalhos que contribuíram para uma melhor compreenção dos fatores envolvidos na interação específica proteinase cisteínica-cistatina. Por outro lado, chamamos atenção para o alto grau de afinidade e grande especificidade na interação que não são apenas representadas pela compatibilidade entre os residuos de aminoácidos do sítio ativo envolvidos na catalise, mas também de todos os resíduos de aminoácidos que participam da interação enzima-inibidor.

  11. UTILIZATION OF PINEAPPLE WASTE AS CARBON SOURCE

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    Abdullah Moch Busairi

    2012-01-01

    The liquid pineapple waste contains mainly sucrose, glucose, fructose and other nutrients. It therefore can potentially be used as carbon source for organic acid fermentation.  The objective of this work is to evaluate the use of pineapple waste as substrate for lactic acid fermentation under variables of aerobic, anaerobic condition and pH controlling. Initial results showed that the liquid pineapple waste can be used as carbon source for lactic acid fermentation using Lactobacillus del...

  12. Benzo(a)pyrene induced structural and functional modifications in lung cystatin.

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    Khan, Mohd Shahnawaz; Priyadarshini, Medha; Shah, Aaliya; Tabrez, Shams; Jagirdar, Haseeb; Alsenaidy, Abdulrahman M; Bano, Bilqees

    2013-10-01

    Cystatins are thiol proteinase inhibitors ubiquitously present in the mammalian body. They serve a protective function to regulate the activities of endogenous proteinases, which may cause uncontrolled proteolysis and damage. In the present study, the effect of benzo(a)pyrene [BaP] on lung cystatin was studied to explore the hazardous effects of environmental pollutant on structural and functional integrity of the protein. The basic binding interaction was studied by UV-absorption, FT-IR, and fluorescence spectroscopy. The enhancement of total protein fluorescence with a red shift of 5 nm suggests structural scratch of lung cystatin by benzo(a)pyrene. Further, ANS binding studies reaffirm the unfolding of the thiol protease inhibitor (GLC-I) after treating with benzo(a)pyrene. The results of FT-IR spectroscopy reflect perturbation of the secondary conformation (alpha-helix to β-sheet) in goat lung cystatin on interaction with BaP. Finally, functional inactivation of cystatin on association with BaP was checked by its papain inhibitory activity. Benzo(a)pyrene (10 μM) caused complete inactivation of goat lung cystatin. Benzo(a)pyrene-induced loss of structure and function in the thiol protease inhibitor could provide a caution for lung injury caused by the pollutants and smokers.

  13. Cystatin protease inhibitors and immune functions.

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    Zavasnik-Bergant, Tina

    2008-05-01

    Cystatins are natural tight-binding reversible inhibitors of cysteine proteases. They are wide spread in all living organisms (mammals, nematodes, arthropods etc.) and are involved in various biological processes where they regulate normal proteolysis and also take part in disease pathology. Many cystatins show changes in expression and/or localization, as well as changes in secretion, following certain stimuli acting on immune cells. In immune cells, cystatins interfere with antigen processing and presentation, phagocytosis, expression of cytokines and nitric oxide and these ways modify the immune response. Further, it has been suggested that cystatin-type molecules secreted from parasites down-modulate the host immune response. Precise understanding of the regulatory roles on proteolytic enzymes of endogenous and exogenous cystatins, such as those from parasites, will provide us with valuable insight into how immune response could be modulated to treat a specific disease. This review covers some specific functions of individual cystatins, with a particular focus on the relevance of cystatins to the immune response.

  14. Identification of full-sized forms of salivary (S-type) cystatins (cystatin SN, cystatin SA, cystatin S, and two phosphorylated forms of cystatin S) in human whole saliva and determination of phosphorylation sites of cystatin S

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    Isemura, S; Saitoh, E; Sanada, K; Minakata, K

    1991-01-01

    .... In the present study, attempts were made to isolate full-sized S-type cystatins by introducing methanol fractionation into the purification steps to suppress the enzymatic activity present in saliva...

  15. SENSORY CHARACTERISTICS OF NATIVE CHICKEN QUEEN PINEAPPLE-CURED HAM

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    Dr. Lilibeth A. Roxas

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The potential of Native Chicken to be processed into palatable ham was conducted making use of Queen Pineapple (QP crude extract as one of the curing ingredients. Primarily, the main goal is to develop a protocol in the manufacture of processed native chicken ham and determine the organoleptic quality of native chicken ham product. The age of the bird and maturity of the fruit were considered for the best organoleptic quality of chicken ham. In this study, the combine injection and dry cure (CIDC method of the conventional formula was adopted. The desired amount of QP crude extract was first determined for the pump pickle. Curing salt was used for the control while different volume of pineapple crude extract was used in two treatments. The protocols for processing native chicken were developed using slaughter native chicken, and QP crude extract as curing ingredient for ham making. Color, flavor, juiciness and tenderness were among the desirable characteristics considered in this study. The sensory evaluation by trained panelists on QP-cured ham samples demonstrated comparable results. All the cooked meat samples were apparently acceptable to the sensory panel. The mean scores for flavor, juiciness and tenderness of meat samples have slight differences; however, they are not statistically significant. Indeed, native chicken can be processed into palatable ham with queen pineapple (Formosa variety extract that served as curing ingredient, flavor enhancer and tenderizer. Native Chicken QP-Cured ham is a commendable value-added product for both native chicken and queen pineapple by-products (butterball size.

  16. Skin deposits in hereditary cystatin C amyloidosis

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    Benedikz, Eirikur; Blöndal, H; Gudmundsson, G

    1990-01-01

    Clinically normal skin from 47 individuals aged 9-70 years was investigated. Cystatin C amyloid deposits were found in various locations of the skin by light and/or electron microscopy, in all 12 patients with a clinical history of hereditary cystatin C amyloidosis (HCCA). Six asymptomatic...... individuals, who had the Alu 1 restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) marker reported to cosegregate with the disease, also had cystatin C amyloid deposits in the skin. Three asymptomatic individuals (age 17-46) belonging to the HCCA families were without amyloid in the skin but had Alu 1 RFLP marker...

  17. Cystatins: biochemical and structural properties, and medical relevance.

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    Turk, Vito; Stoka, Veronika; Turk, Dusan

    2008-05-01

    The cystatin superfamily comprises a large group of the cystatin domain containing proteins, present in a wide variety of organisms, including humans. Cystatin inhibitory activity is vital for the delicate regulation of normal physiological processes by limiting the potentially highly destructive activity of their target proteases such as the papain (C1) family, including cysteine cathepsins. Some of the cystatins also inhibit the legumain (C13) family of enzymes. Failures in biological mechanisms controlling protease activities result in many diseases such as neurodegeneration, cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, arthritis, and cancer. Cystatins have been classified into three types: the stefins, the cystatins and the kininogens, although other cystatin-related proteins, such as CRES proteins, are emerging. The stefins are mainly intracellular proteins, whereas the cystatins and the kininogens are extracellular. The cystatins are tight binding and reversible inhibitors. The basic mechanism of interaction between cystatins and their target proteases has been established, based mainly on the crystal structures of various cathepsins, stefins and cystatins and their enzyme-inhibitor complexes. Cystatins, as rather non-selective inhibitors, discriminate only slightly between endo- and exopeptidases. They are also prone to form amyloids. The levels of some stefins and cystatins in tissue and body fluids can serve as relatively reliable markers for a variety of diseases. In this review we summarize present knowledge about cystatins and their role in some diseases.

  18. Cystatin C in the diagnostics of acute kidney injury after heart transplantation

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    A. G. Strokov

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim. To examine the assumption that significant concentrations of cystatin C in urine are the manifestation of the tubular necrosis and, respectively, the severity of kidney damage after heart transplantation (HTx.Materials and methods. In this study we evaluated 33 heart recipients (6 women and 27 men, aged from 24 to 68 years old who had risk factors of acute kidney injury: serum creatinine level >113 μmol/l and/or mechanical circulatory support requirement (20 patients, in 14 cases before HTx. Cystatin C concentration in serum and in urine was measured by DyaSis particle-enhanced immunoturbidimetric assay test «Cystatin C FS».Results. Recipients were divided into two groups according to the levels of cystatinuria. In the group with the significant (more than 0.18 mg/l urinary cystatin C concentrations the requirement of renal replacement therapy (RRT was 2.5-fold higher, and the mean duration of RRT was more than 10-fold longer. In 2 patients with the significant cystatinuria acute kidney injury (AKI has transformed into end-stage renal disease (ESRD.Conclusion. Due to data obtained we may suppose that significant concentrations of cystatin C in urine are the marker of the tubular necrosis with the prolonged RRT requirement. Further studies are needed to justify this relationship.

  19. Management of Rotylenchulus reniformis in pineapple, Ananas comosus, by intercycle cover crops.

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    Wang, K-H; Sipes, B S; Schmitt, D P

    2002-06-01

    The effects of intercycle cover crops on Rotylenchulus reniformis population densities in pineapple were evaluated in one greenhouse and two field experiments. In the greenhouse, Crotalaria juncea, Brassica napus, and Tagetes erecta were planted for 3 months and then incorporated. These treatments were compared to weedy fallow with or without 1,3-dichloropropene (1,3-D) in three soils (Makawao fallow, Wahiawa fallow, and Wahiawa pineapple) naturally infested with R. reniformis. All cover crop incorporation suppressed R. reniformis numbers in cowpea more than did the weedy treatment in the Makawao (P < 0.05) but not in the Wahiawa soils. Crotalaria juncea treatment increased bacterivorous nematodes and nematode-trapping fungal population densities more than the other treatments in Makawao fallow and Wahiawa pineapple-planted soils. The field trials included the same plants as well as Sinapis alba. Treatments with Crotalaria juncea and 1,3-D maintained lower R. reniformis population densities on pineapple longer than other cover crops or weedy fallow treatments. Crotalaria juncea could have suppressed R. reniformis because it is a poor host and because it enhances nematode-trapping fungi when incorporated into soil. Treatment with 1,3-D reduced microbial activities but produced the greatest pineapple yield.

  20. Genomic analyses of the CAM plant pineapple.

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    Zhang, Jisen; Liu, Juan; Ming, Ray

    2014-07-01

    The innovation of crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) photosynthesis in arid and/or low CO2 conditions is a remarkable case of adaptation in flowering plants. As the most important crop that utilizes CAM photosynthesis, the genetic and genomic resources of pineapple have been developed over many years. Genetic diversity studies using various types of DNA markers led to the reclassification of the two genera Ananas and Pseudananas and nine species into one genus Ananas and two species, A. comosus and A. macrodontes with five botanical varieties in A. comosus. Five genetic maps have been constructed using F1 or F2 populations, and high-density genetic maps generated by genotype sequencing are essential resources for sequencing and assembling the pineapple genome and for marker-assisted selection. There are abundant expression sequence tag resources but limited genomic sequences in pineapple. Genes involved in the CAM pathway has been analysed in several CAM plants but only a few of them are from pineapple. A reference genome of pineapple is being generated and will accelerate genetic and genomic research in this major CAM crop. This reference genome of pineapple provides the foundation for studying the origin and regulatory mechanism of CAM photosynthesis, and the opportunity to evaluate the classification of Ananas species and botanical cultivars.

  1. Applications of Microencapsulated Bifidobacterium Longum with Eleutherine Americana in Fresh Milk Tofu and Pineapple Juice

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    Atchara N. Phoem

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Bifidobacterium longum was microencapsulated by extrusion technique and added in fresh milk tofu and pineapple juice. Microencapsulation of B. longum with Eleutherine americana extract, oligosaccharides extract, and commercial fructo-oligosaccharides was assessed for the bacterial survival after sequential exposure to simulated gastric and intestinal juices, and refrigeration storage. Microencapsulated B. longum with the extract and oligosaccharides extract in the food products showed better survival than free cells under adverse conditions. Sensory analysis demonstrated that the products containing co-encapsulated bacterial cells were more acceptable by consumers than free cells. Pineapple juice prepared with co-encapsulated cells had lower values for over acidification, compared with the juice with free cells added. This work suggested that microencapsulated B. longum with E. americana could enhance functional properties of fresh milk tofu and pineapple juice.

  2. Applications of microencapsulated Bifidobacterium longum with Eleutherine americana in fresh milk tofu and pineapple juice.

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    Phoem, Atchara N; Chanthachum, Suphitchaya; Voravuthikunchai, Supayang P

    2015-04-01

    Bifidobacterium longum was microencapsulated by extrusion technique and added in fresh milk tofu and pineapple juice. Microencapsulation of B. longum with Eleutherine americana extract, oligosaccharides extract, and commercial fructo-oligosaccharides was assessed for the bacterial survival after sequential exposure to simulated gastric and intestinal juices, and refrigeration storage. Microencapsulated B. longum with the extract and oligosaccharides extract in the food products showed better survival than free cells under adverse conditions. Sensory analysis demonstrated that the products containing co-encapsulated bacterial cells were more acceptable by consumers than free cells. Pineapple juice prepared with co-encapsulated cells had lower values for over acidification, compared with the juice with free cells added. This work suggested that microencapsulated B. longum with E. americana could enhance functional properties of fresh milk tofu and pineapple juice.

  3. Cystatin B与肿瘤关系%Relation between Cystatin B and Cancer

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    刘伯新

    2011-01-01

    Cystatin B作为半胱氨酸蛋白酶超家族中的一员,主要抑制组织蛋白酶L.许多研究表明cystatin B可能参与多种肿瘤如头颈部鳞癌、乳腺癌、食管癌、肝细胞癌、肺癌等的生长、侵袭和转移过程.其作用机制仍有待进一步阐明.Cystatin B要作为临床诊断和预后的指标而得到应用仍需更深入的研究.%Cystatin B, a member of the cysteine protease inhibitor superfamily, primarily inhibits cathepsin L. Many studies have shown that cystatin B may take part in growth, invasion, and metastasis of tumors, including squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck, breast cancer, e-sophageal cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, lung tumor, and so on. The mechanism of cystatin B still needs further clarification. The application of Cystatin B for clinical diagnosis and prognostic needs further researches.

  4. Dementia in hereditary cystatin C amyloidosis

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    Blöndal, H; Guomundsson, G; Benedikz, Eirikur

    1989-01-01

    Nineteen cases with verified Hereditary Cystatin C Amyloid Angiopathy are presented. All of the cases had one or more cerebrovascular insults starting at the age of 20-41 years and survived from 10 days to 23 years after the first insult. Progressive dementia was a prominent clinical feature...... in seventeen cases of whom two presented with dementia. At the last examination the majority had severe dementia and severely abnormal EEG. Anti-cystatin C positive amyloid vascular and perivascular infiltrates were found. The resulting damage to the microvasculature of the brain and secondary hemorrhages...... and infarctions were considered to be an adequate explanation for the dementia in these cases. Skin biopsies can now probably be used to demonstrate cystatin C positive amyloid deposits conclusively in the tissues of these patients....

  5. Skin deposits in hereditary cystatin C amyloidosis

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    Benedikz, Eirikur; Blöndal, H; Gudmundsson, G

    1990-01-01

    Clinically normal skin from 47 individuals aged 9-70 years was investigated. Cystatin C amyloid deposits were found in various locations of the skin by light and/or electron microscopy, in all 12 patients with a clinical history of hereditary cystatin C amyloidosis (HCCA). Six asymptomatic...... individuals, who had the Alu 1 restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) marker reported to cosegregate with the disease, also had cystatin C amyloid deposits in the skin. Three asymptomatic individuals (age 17-46) belonging to the HCCA families were without amyloid in the skin but had Alu 1 RFLP marker....... Skin from 12 individuals who served as controls and skin from 14 close relatives of the patients was negative for amyloid. Punch biopsy of the skin is a simple procedure which is of value for the diagnosis of HCCA, even before the appearance of clinical symptoms. This method might also be of use...

  6. Dementia in hereditary cystatin C amyloidosis

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    Blöndal, H; Guomundsson, G; Benedikz, Eirikur

    1989-01-01

    Nineteen cases with verified Hereditary Cystatin C Amyloid Angiopathy are presented. All of the cases had one or more cerebrovascular insults starting at the age of 20-41 years and survived from 10 days to 23 years after the first insult. Progressive dementia was a prominent clinical feature...... in seventeen cases of whom two presented with dementia. At the last examination the majority had severe dementia and severely abnormal EEG. Anti-cystatin C positive amyloid vascular and perivascular infiltrates were found. The resulting damage to the microvasculature of the brain and secondary hemorrhages...... and infarctions were considered to be an adequate explanation for the dementia in these cases. Skin biopsies can now probably be used to demonstrate cystatin C positive amyloid deposits conclusively in the tissues of these patients....

  7. Efficient expression and purification of biologically active human cystatin proteins.

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    Chauhan, Sakshi; Tomar, Raghuvir S

    2016-02-01

    Cystatins are reversible cysteine protease inhibitor proteins. They are known to play important roles in controlling cathepsins, neurodegenerative disease, and in immune system regulation. Production of recombinant cystatin proteins is important for biochemical and function characterization. In this study, we cloned and expressed human stefin A, stefin B and cystatin C in Escherichia coli. Human stefin A, stefin B and cystatin C were purified from soluble fraction. For cystatin C, we used various chaperone plasmids to make cystatin C soluble, as it is reported to localize in inclusion bodies. Trigger factor, GroES-GroEL, DnaK-DnaJ-GrpE chaperones lead to the presence of cystatin C in the soluble fraction. Immobilized metal affinity chromatography, glutathione sepharose and anion exchange chromatography techniques were employed for efficient purification of these proteins. Their biological activities were tested by inhibition assays against cathepsin L and H3 protease.

  8. Cystatin C is Associated With Plaque Phenotype and Plaque Burden

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    Yufeng Wen

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aims: The relationship between carotid artery plaque burden, phenotype and serum cystatin C at normal and impaired renal function is still unclear. Methods: Demographic characteristics, carotid ultrasonography and other relevant information of 1,477 patients were collected. The association of carotid artery plaque burden, plaque phenotype with serum cystatin C was evaluated by strategy analysis based on renal function. Results: Serum cystatin C (OR=2.05, 95% CI: 1.83-2.29, POR=1.60, 95%CI: 1.43-1.78, POR=1.21, 95%CI: 1.10-1.32, P Conclusion: In normal renal function, serum cystatin C may confer stability of plaques. In mildly impaired renal function, serum cystatin C is a risk predictor of plaques. In normal renal function circumstances, serum cystatin C may benefit to the stability of plaques. In mild impaired renal function circumstances, serum cystatin C are a risk predictors of plaques.

  9. Pineapple Fruit Collapse: Newly Emerging Disease of Pineapple Fruit in Lampung, Indonesia

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    Joko Prasetyo

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Pineapple fruit collapse: newly emerging disease of pineapple fruit in Lampung, Indonesia Recently, a new disease on pineapple fruit has occurred in Lampung. Symptoms of the disease are complex. Fruits rotted and exuded copious liquid from the inter- fruitlet tissues accompanied by gas bubbles. Open spaces were formed inside the rotten fruit. Dissection of diseased fruit showed many cavities within its sceletal fibres and bad odour was exerted from the rotten tissues. A bacterial entity was isolated  from the diseased materials. In a pathogenicity test, the isolated bacteria caused the same symptom as mentioned. In the growing-on test the crown of the heavily infected fruit  showed  heart rot symptom.  Those  indicated that the disease was pineapple fruit collapse. Both symptoms were known related to the same causal agent, Erwinia chrysanthemi (pineapple strain Dickeya sp.. In our opinion, this is the first report of pineapple fruit collapse in Indonesia.

  10. Characterization and extraction of volatile compounds from pineapple (Ananas comosus L. Merril processing residues

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    Lília Calheiros de Oliveira Barretto

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to extract and identify volatile compounds from pineapple residues generated during concentrated juice processing. Distillates of pineapple residues were obtained using the following techniques: simple hydrodistillation and hydrodistillation by passing nitrogen gas. The volatile compounds present in the distillates were captured by the solid-phase microextraction technique. The volatile compounds were identified in a system of high resolution gas chromatography system coupled with mass spectrometry using a polyethylene glycol polar capillary column as stationary phase. The pineapple residues constituted mostly of esters (35%, followed by ketones (26%, alcohols (18%, aldehydes (9%, acids (3% and other compounds (9%. Odor-active volatile compounds were mainly identified in the distillate obtained using hydrodistillation by passing nitrogen gas, namely decanal, ethyl octanoate, acetic acid, 1-hexanol, and ketones such as γ-hexalactone, γ-octalactone, δ-octalactone, γ-decalactone, and γ-dodecalactone. This suggests that the use of an inert gas and lower temperatures helped maintain higher amounts of flavor compounds. These data indicate that pineapple processing residue contained important volatile compounds which can be extracted and used as aroma enhancing products and have high potential for the production of value-added natural essences.

  11. The role of cystatins in tick physiology and blood feeding.

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    Schwarz, Alexandra; Valdés, James J; Kotsyfakis, Michalis

    2012-06-01

    Ticks, as obligate hematophagous ectoparasites, impact greatly on animal and human health because they transmit various pathogens worldwide. Over the last decade, several cystatins from different hard and soft ticks were identified and biochemically analyzed for their role in the physiology and blood feeding lifestyle of ticks. All these cystatins are potent inhibitors of papain-like cysteine proteases, but not of legumain. Tick cystatins were either detected in the salivary glands and/or the midgut, key tick organs responsible for blood digestion and the expression of pharmacologically potent salivary proteins for blood feeding. For example, the transcription of two cystatins named HlSC-1 and Sialostatin L2 was highly upregulated in these tick tissues during feeding. Vaccinating hosts against Sialostatin L2 and Om-cystatin 2 as well as silencing of a cystatin gene from Amblyomma americanum significantly inhibited the feeding ability of ticks. Additionally, Om-cystatin 2 and Sialostatin L possessed strong host immunosuppressive properties by inhibiting dendritic cell maturation due to their interaction with cathepsin S. These two cystatins, together with Sialostatin L2 are the first tick cystatins with resolved three-dimensional structure. Sialostatin L, furthermore, showed preventive properties against autoimmune diseases. In the case of the cystatin Hlcyst-2, experimental evidence showed its role in tick innate immunity, since increased Hlcyst-2 transcript levels were detected in Babesia gibsoni-infected larval ticks and the protein inhibited Babesia growth. Other cystatins, such as Hlcyst-1 or Om-cystatin 2 are assumed to be involved in regulating blood digestion. Only for Bmcystatin was a role in tick embryogenesis suggested. Finally, all the biochemically analyzed tick cystatins are powerful protease inhibitors, and some may be novel antigens for developing anti-tick vaccines and drugs of medical importance due to their stringent target specificity.

  12. EFFECT OF DETARCHMENT TIME OF PINEAPPLE

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    use of pineapple crown as a propagation material is common, but with no regard to length of ... collected on number of leaves on a weekly basis for 8 weeks while root length and ... especially during the vegetative growth period (Morton 1987).

  13. Analysis of pineapple production systems in Benin

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    Fassinou Hotegni, V.N.; Lommen, W.J.M.; Vorst, van der J.G.A.J.; Agbossou, E.K.; Struik, P.C.

    2012-01-01

    In Benin, pineapple is an important fruit crop, mainly grown in the Atlantic department. The overall quality of the two cultivars grown, ‘Sugarloaf’ and ‘Smooth Cayenne’, does not meet the requirements for some outlets and the heterogeneity in fruit quality within and between lots is high. This

  14. Ensilage of pineapple processing waste for methane generation.

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    Rani, D Swaroopa; Nand, Krishna

    2004-01-01

    Pineapple peel wastes, which are seasonal, comprise of peels and rags. Their disposal poses a serious environmental pollution problem. Since pineapple peel is rich in cellulose, hemicellulose and other carbohydrates it was found to be a potential substrate for methane generation by anaerobic digestion. Ensilaging of pineapple peel resulted in the conversion of 55% carbohydrates into volatile fatty acids. The ensilage of pineapple processing wastes reduced the biological oxygen demand by 91%. Biogas digester fed with ensilaged pineapple peel resulted in the biogas yield of 0.67 m3/kg volatile solids (VS) added with methane content of 65% whereas fresh and dried pineapple peels gave biogas yields of 0.55% and 0.41 m3/kg VS added and methane content of 51% and 41% respectively.

  15. Reference intervals for serum cystatin C and serum creatinine in adults.

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    Erlandsen, E J; Randers, E; Kristensen, J H

    1998-06-01

    The aim of this study was to establish reference intervals for cerum cystatin C and serum creatinine in adults. Blood samples were collected from 270 healthy blood donors (135 men and 135 women between 20 and 65 years old with 15 men and 15 women in each five-year-interval). Serum cystatin C was analyzed using an automated particle-enhanced immunoassay (DAKO Cystatin C PET kit) on the Cobas Mira S analyzer. Serum creatinine was analyzed using the Vitros Creatinine Slide, an enzymatic method on the Vitros 950 chemistry analyzer. The calculated reference intervals for serum cystatin C were 0.62-1.15 mg/l in women (median 0.84 mg/l, range 0.56-1.29 mg/l) and 0.51-1.25 mg/l in men (median 0.87 mg/l, range 0.42-1.39 mg/l). The Mann-Whithey U-test revealed no gender-related difference for cystatin C (p = 0.48). A common reference interval in women and men was calculated to be 0.54-1.21 mg/l (median 0.85 mg/l, range 0.42-1.39 mg/l). The non-parametric reference interval for serum creatinine was 57-95 mumol/l in women (median 72 mumol/l, range 44-105 mumol/l) and 69-111 mumol/l in men (median 89 mumol/l, range 58-123 mumol/l).

  16. Cystatin C: a candidate biomarker for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

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    Meghan E Wilson

    Full Text Available Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS is a fatal neurologic disease characterized by progressive motor neuron degeneration. Clinical disease management is hindered by both a lengthy diagnostic process and the absence of effective treatments. Reliable panels of diagnostic, surrogate, and prognostic biomarkers are needed to accelerate disease diagnosis and expedite drug development. The cysteine protease inhibitor cystatin C has recently gained interest as a candidate diagnostic biomarker for ALS, but further studies are required to fully characterize its biomarker utility. We used quantitative enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA to assess initial and longitudinal cerebrospinal fluid (CSF and plasma cystatin C levels in 104 ALS patients and controls. Cystatin C levels in ALS patients were significantly elevated in plasma and reduced in CSF compared to healthy controls, but did not differ significantly from neurologic disease controls. In addition, the direction of longitudinal change in CSF cystatin C levels correlated to the rate of ALS disease progression, and initial CSF cystatin C levels were predictive of patient survival, suggesting that cystatin C may function as a surrogate marker of disease progression and survival. These data verify prior results for reduced cystatin C levels in the CSF of ALS patients, identify increased cystatin C levels in the plasma of ALS patients, and reveal correlations between CSF cystatin C levels to both ALS disease progression and patient survival.

  17. Modelling family 2 cystatins and their interaction with papain.

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    Nandy, Suman Kumar; Bhuyan, Rajabrata; Seal, Alpana

    2013-01-01

    Cystatins are extensively studied cysteine protease inhibitors, found in wide range of organisms with highly conserved structural folds. S-type of cystatins is well known for their abundance in saliva, high selectivity and poorer activity towards host cysteine proteases in comparison to their immediate ancestor cystatin C. Despite more than 90% sequence similarity, the members of this group show highly dissimilar binding affinity towards papain. Cystatin M/E is a potent inhibitor of legumain and papain like cysteine proteases and recognized for its involvement in skin barrier formation and potential role as a tumor suppressor gene. However, the structures of these proteins and their complexes with papain or legumain are still unknown. In the present study, we have employed computational methods to get insight into the interactions between papain and cystatins. Three-dimensional structures of the cystatins are generated by homology modelling, refined with molecular dynamics simulation, validated through numerous web servers and finally complexed with papain using ZDOCK algorithm in Discovery Studio. A high degree of shape complementarity is observed within the complexes, stabilized by numerous hydrogen bonds (HB) and hydrophobic interactions. Using interaction energy, HB and solvent accessible surface area analyses, we have identified a series of key residues that may be involved in papain-cystatin interaction. Differential approaches of cystatins towards papain are also noticed which are possibly responsible for diverse inhibitory activity within the group. These findings will improve our understanding of fundamental inhibitory mechanisms of cystatin and provide clues for further research.

  18. Evolutionary Analysis of the Cystatin Family in Three Schistosoma Species

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    Yesid eCuesta-Astroz

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available The cystatin family comprises cysteine protease inhibitors distributed in 3 subfamilies (I25A-C. Family members lacking cystatin activity are currently unclassified. Little is known about the evolution of Schistosoma cystatins, their physiological roles, and expression patterns in the parasite life cycle. The present study aimed at identifying cystatin homologs in the predicted proteome of three Schistosoma species and other Platyhelminthes. We analyzed the amino acid sequence diversity focused in the identification of protein signatures and to establish evolutionary relationships among Schistosoma and experimentally validated human cystatins. Gene expression patterns were obtained from different development stages in S. mansoni using microarray data. In Schistosoma, only I25A and I25B proteins were identified, reflecting little functional diversification. I25C and unclassified subfamily members were not identified in Platyhelminthes species here analyzed. The resulting phylogeny placed cystatins in different clades, reflecting their molecular diversity. Our findings suggest that Schistosoma cystatins are very divergent from their human homologs, especially regarding the I25B subfamily. Schistosoma cystatins also differ significantly from other Platyhelminthes homologs. Finally, transcriptome data publicly available indicated that I25A and I25B genes are constitutively expressed thus could be essential for schistosome life cycle progression. In summary, this study provides insights into the evolution, classification, and functional diversification of cystatins in Schistosoma and other Platyhelminthes, improving our understanding of parasite biology and opening new frontiers in the identification of novel therapeutic targets against helminthiases.

  19. Optimizing the extraction of antibacterial compounds from pineapple leaf fiber

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    Zhikai Zhuang; Jin Zhang; Mingfu Li; Ganran Deng; Zhongqing Ou; Wenwei Lian; Junyan He; Tao Huang

    2016-01-01

    ...) were used to extract antibacterial compounds from pineapple leaf fiber. Compounds extracted using acetone showed the greatest antibacterial effect against , measured by inhibition zone diameter...

  20. Cystatins--Extra- and intracellular cysteine protease inhibitors: High-level secretion and uptake of cystatin C in human neuroblastoma cells.

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    Wallin, Hanna; Bjarnadottir, Maria; Vogel, Lotte K; Wassélius, Johan; Ekström, Ulf; Abrahamson, Magnus

    2010-11-01

    Cystatins are present in mammals, birds, fish, insects, plants, fungi and protozoa and constitute a large protein family, with most members sharing a cysteine protease inhibitory function. In humans 12 functional cystatins exist, forming three groups based on molecular organisation and distribution in the organism. The type 1 cystatins (A and B) are known as intracellular, type 2 cystatins (C, D, E/M, F, G, S, SN and SA) extracellular and type 3 cystatins (L- and H-kininogen) intravascular proteins. The present paper is focused on the human cystatins and especially those of type 2, which are directed (with signal peptides) for cellular export following translation. Results indicating existence of systems for significant internalisation of type 2 cystatins from the extracellular to intracellular compartments are reviewed. Data showing that human neuroblastoma cell lines generally secrete high levels, but also contain high amounts of cystatin C are presented. Culturing of these cells in medium containing cystatin C at concentrations found in body fluids resulted in increased intracellular cystatin C, as a result of an uptake process. At immunofluorescence cytochemistry a pronounced vesicular cystatin C staining was observed. The simplistic denotation of the type 2 cystatins as extracellular inhibitors is thus challenged, and possible biological functions of the internalised cystatins are discussed. To illustrate the special case of high cellular cystatin content seen in cells of patients with hereditary cystatin C amyloid angiopathy, expression vectors for wild-type and L68Q mutated cystatin C were used to transfect SK-N-BE(2) cells. Clones overexpressing the two variants showed increased secreted levels of cystatin C. Within the cells the L68Q variant appeared to mainly localise to the endoplasmic reticulum rather than to acidic vesicular organelles, indicating limitations in the transport out from the cell rather than increased uptake as explanation for the

  1. Cystatin C Is Not Causally Related to Coronary Artery Disease.

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    Patrik Svensson-Färbom

    Full Text Available Strong and independent associations between plasma concentration of cystatin C and risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD suggests causal involvement of cystatin C.The aim of our study was to assess whether there is a causal relationship between plasma concentration of cystatin C and risk of coronary artery disease (CAD using a Mendelian Randomization approach.We estimated the strength of association of plasma cystatin C on CAD risk and the strength of association of the strongest GWAS derived cystatin C SNP (rs13038305 on plasma cystatin C in the population-based Malmö Diet and Cancer Study (MDC and thereafter the association between rs13038305 and CAD in the MDC (3200 cases of CAD and 24418 controls and CARDIOGRAM (22233 cases of CAD and 64762 controls.Each standard deviation (SD increment of plasma cystatin C was associated with increased risk of CAD (OR = 1.20, 95% CI 1.07-1.34 after full adjustment. Each copy of the major allele of rs13038305 was associated with 0.34 SD higher plasma concentration of cystatin C (P98% to detect a significant relationship between rs13038305 and CAD in MDC and CARDIOGRAM pooled. The odds ratio for CAD (per copy of the major rs13038305 allele was 1.00 (0.94-1.07; P = 0.92 in MDC, 0.99 (0.96-1.03; P = 0.84 in CARDIOGRAM and 1.00 (0.97-1.03; P = 0.83 in MDC and CARDIOGRAM pooled.Genetic elevation of plasma cystatin C is not related to altered risk of CAD, suggesting that there is no causal relationship between plasma cystatin C and CAD. Rather, the association between cystatin C and CAD appears to be due to the association of eGFR and CAD.

  2. Bilirubin binding with liver cystatin induced structural and functional changes.

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    Mustafa, Mir Faisal; Bano, Bilqees

    2014-05-01

    Cysteine proteinases and their inhibitors play a significant role in the proteolytic environment of the cells. Inhibitors of cysteine proteinases regulate the activity of these enzymes helping in checking the degdration activity of cathepsins. The bilirubin secreated by liver cells can bind to cystatin present in the liver resulting in its functional inactivation, which may further lead to the increase in cathepsins level causing liver cirrhosis. In case of some pathophysiological conditions excess bilirubin gets accumulated e.g. in presence of Fasciola hepatica (liver fluke) in mammals and humans, leading to liver cirrhosis and possibly jaundice or normal blockade of bile duct causing increased level of bilirubin in blood. Protease-cystatin imbalance causes disease progression. In the present study, Bilirubin (BR) and liver cystatin interaction was studied to explore the cystatin inactivation and structural alteration. The binding interaction was studied by UV-absorption, FT-IR and fluorescence spectroscopy. The quenching of protein fluorescence confirmed the binding of BR with buffalo liver cystatin (BLC). Stern-Volmer analysis of BR-BLC system indicates the presence of static component in the quenching mechanism and the number of binding sites to be close to 1. The fluorescence data proved that the fluorescence quenching of liver cystatin by BR was the result of BR-cystatin complex formation. FTIR analysis of BR-Cystatin complex revealed change in the secondary structure due to perturbation in the microenvironment further confirmed by the decreased caseinolytic activity of BLC against papain. Fluorescence measurements also revealed quenching of fluorescence and shift in peak at different time intervals and at varying pH values. Photo-illumination of BR-cystatin complex causes change in the surrounding environment of liver cystatin as indicated by red-shift. The binding constant for BR-BLC complex was found to be 9.279 × 10(4) M(-1). The cystatin binding with

  3. Adenosine A2A receptor deficiency up-regulates cystatin F expression in white matter lesions induced by chronic cerebral hypoperfusion.

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    Wei Duan

    Full Text Available In previous studies, we have shown that the inactivation of the adenosine A2A receptor exacerbates chronic cerebral hypoperfusion-induced white matter lesions (WMLs by enhancing neuroinflammatory responses. However, the molecular mechanism underlying the effect of the adenosine A2A receptor remains unknown. Recent studies have demonstrated that cystatin F, a potent endogenous cysteine protease inhibitor, is selectively expressed in immune cells in association with inflammatory demyelination in central nervous system diseases. To understand the expression of cystatin F and its potential role in the effect of A2A receptor on WMLs induced through chronic cerebral hypoperfusion, we investigated cystatin F expression in the WMLs of A2A receptor gene knockout mice, the littermate wild-type mice and wild-type mice treated daily with the A2A receptor agonist CGS21680 or both CGS21680 and A2A receptor antagonist SCH58261 after chronic cerebral hypoperfusion. The results of quantitative-PCR and western blot analysis revealed that cystatin F mRNA and protein expression were significantly up-regulated in the WMLs after chronic cerebral hypoperfusion. In addition, cystatin F expression in the corpus callosum was significantly increased in A2A receptor gene knockout mice and markedly decreased in mice treated with CGS21680 on both the mRNA and protein levels. Additionally, SCH58261 counteracted the attenuation of cystatin F expression produced by CGS21680 after chronic cerebral hypoperfusion. Moreover, double immunofluorescence staining revealed that cystatin F was co-localized with the activated microglia marker CD11b. In conclusion, the cystatin F expression in the activated microglia is closely associated with the effect of the A2A receptors, which may be related to the neuroinflammatory responses occurring during the pathological process.

  4. Adenosine A2A receptor deficiency up-regulates cystatin F expression in white matter lesions induced by chronic cerebral hypoperfusion.

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    Duan, Wei; Ran, Hong; Zhou, Zhujuan; He, Qifen; Zheng, Jian

    2012-01-01

    In previous studies, we have shown that the inactivation of the adenosine A2A receptor exacerbates chronic cerebral hypoperfusion-induced white matter lesions (WMLs) by enhancing neuroinflammatory responses. However, the molecular mechanism underlying the effect of the adenosine A2A receptor remains unknown. Recent studies have demonstrated that cystatin F, a potent endogenous cysteine protease inhibitor, is selectively expressed in immune cells in association with inflammatory demyelination in central nervous system diseases. To understand the expression of cystatin F and its potential role in the effect of A2A receptor on WMLs induced through chronic cerebral hypoperfusion, we investigated cystatin F expression in the WMLs of A2A receptor gene knockout mice, the littermate wild-type mice and wild-type mice treated daily with the A2A receptor agonist CGS21680 or both CGS21680 and A2A receptor antagonist SCH58261 after chronic cerebral hypoperfusion. The results of quantitative-PCR and western blot analysis revealed that cystatin F mRNA and protein expression were significantly up-regulated in the WMLs after chronic cerebral hypoperfusion. In addition, cystatin F expression in the corpus callosum was significantly increased in A2A receptor gene knockout mice and markedly decreased in mice treated with CGS21680 on both the mRNA and protein levels. Additionally, SCH58261 counteracted the attenuation of cystatin F expression produced by CGS21680 after chronic cerebral hypoperfusion. Moreover, double immunofluorescence staining revealed that cystatin F was co-localized with the activated microglia marker CD11b. In conclusion, the cystatin F expression in the activated microglia is closely associated with the effect of the A2A receptors, which may be related to the neuroinflammatory responses occurring during the pathological process.

  5. Production of ethanol from pineapple wastes

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    Ban, K.L.; Kouadio, K.G.; Kouadio, N' d.; Kamenan, A.

    1988-12-01

    Ethanol of pharmaceutical quality, is obtained by fermentation of juice extract produced from pineapple wastes and fruits left after sorting since they contain an important amount of glucides. The optimization of fermentation parameters proved the feasibility of such a process. The pH of fresh pineapple juice varies from 3.4 to 3.6. The fermentation can be achieved without sterilization by using saccharomyces cerevisiae from 8 g/l of juice over a period of 8 hours. The fermented juice has a density of 1.053 and an acidity level of 6 g of H/sub 2/SO/sub 4//l. The analysis of the produced alcohol using a gas chromatograph reveals a high content of this product.

  6. [Development of cereal bar with pineapple skin].

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    Fonseca, Renata Siqueira; Del Santo, Victor Rogério; Souza, Gilberto Batista de; Pereira, Cíntia Alessandra Matiucci

    2011-06-01

    The cereal bars are multi-component products consisting of cereals, dried fruit and syrup binder and may be added to the consumable parts of fruits and vegetables which usually are not exploited and have high nutritional value, thereby reducing food waste. It was developed a jam with pineapple skin, which it was utilized in 13.5% in the cereal bar formulation. The cereal bar was sensorial evaluated and had its centesimal and mineral composition determined. The new product achieved average of 8.3 for global impression using 9 points hedonic scale, 91% of acceptance rate and 67% of purchase intent. In this first use of pineapple skin jam as food ingredient it can be concluded that its aggregation in the cereal bar formula is feasible, making an accepted product with fibers, proteins and minerals, as an alternative to traditional cereal bars.

  7. Biogas production from solid pineapple waste

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    Tanticharoen, M.; Bhumiratana, S.; Tientanacom, S.; Pengsobha, L.

    1984-01-01

    Solid pineapple waste composed of shell and core was used as substrate in anaerobic fermentation producing CH4. The experiments were carried out using four 30-L vessels and no mixing, a 200-L plug-flow reactor, and a 5-cubic m stirred tank. Because of high acidity of the substrate, the loading rate is as low as 2.5 g dry solid added/L-day. The average gas yield is 0.3-0.5 L/g dry substrate. A pretreatment of wet solid with sludge effluent prior loading to the digester resulted in better stability of the biodigester than without pretreatment. These studies showed that loading rate can be much higher than those previously used. The 2-stage process was tested to determine a conversion efficiency of high loading and at much shorter reactor retention times. The results of the entire program indicated that biogas production from cannery pineapple waste is technically feasible.

  8.  A Comparison of Serum Cystatin C and Creatinine with Glomerular FiltrationRate in Indian Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease

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    Ramanathan Kumaresan

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available  Objectives: There is no literature available on the performance of cystatin C in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD patients of Indian population based on age group. Hence, this study is aimed to compare the diagnostic performance of serum cystatin C and creatinine with measured glomerular filtration rate (GFR and estimated GFR (eGFR in subjects of Indian origin. Methods: The study was carried out at Tiruchirappalli, South India during the period of September 2010 to march 2011. One hundred and six CKD patients (82 males, 24 females were enrolled and categorized into three groups based on age. The eGFR was calculated using Cockcroft-Gault (CG and Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD formulae. Serum cystatin C was measured with a particle-enhanced nephelometric immunoassay (PENIA method. GFR was measured using 99mTC - diethylene triamine penta aceticacid (DTPA renal scan method. Results: Serum cystatin C showed significant correlation with measured GFR in all the three groups (r=-0.9735, r=-0.8975 and r=-0.7994 respectively than serum creatinine (r=-0.7380, r=- 0.6852 and r=-0.5127 respectively. Conclusion: Serum cystatin C showed a high correlation with measured GFR in young and older patients with CKD than creatinine. Thus, cystatin C is a good alternative marker to creatinine in CKD patients.

  9. Lead poisoning and cystatin-C in children

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    Yuri

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Background Lead pollution is a global problem both in developed and developing countries. Lead poisoning is associated with decreased glomerular filtration rate (GFR and is a risk factor for acute kidney injury (AKI. Serum cystatin-C is a more precise test of GFR than serum creatinine level, as serum cystatin-C levels rise earlier than serum creatinine, when GFR decreases. Objective To assess for a possible correlation between lead poisoning and cystatin-C levels in children. Methods We conducted a cross-sectional study in children aged 6-11 years with a history of lead poisoning from elementary schools in Talawaan District, North Minahasa Regency from July to October 2013. Cystatin-C and blood lead levels (BLL were measured in all subjects. Spearman’s rho test was used to analyze a potential correlation between BLL and cystatin-C level. Results This study included 41 children, comprising 21 boys and 20 girls. Their median age was 8.50 (range 6.8-10.7 years. Elevated levels of cystatin-C did not exceed normal values, however, we found a positive correlation between BLL and cystatin C (r=0.419, P=0.006. Conclusion There is a positive correlation between BLL and cystatin C level in children with lead poisoning. Regular monitoring of BLL, medical intervention, and an epidemiological study to help find the sources of contamination are needed for children with lead poisoning.

  10. Spectroscopic studies on the interaction of bilirubin with liver cystatin.

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    Shah, Aaliya; Bano, Bilqees

    2011-02-01

    Studies on the role of endogenous metabolites such as bilirubin and their interactions with biomolecules have attracted considerable attention over the past several years. In this work, the interaction of bilirubin (BR) with purified goat liver cystatin (LC) was studied using fluorescence and ultraviolet (UV) spectroscopy. The fluorescence data proved that the fluorescence quenching of liver cystatin by BR was the result of BR-cystatin complex formation. Stern-Volmer analysis of fluorescence quenching data showed the binding constant to be 9.27 x 10⁴ M⁻¹ and the number of binding sites to be close to unity. The conformation of the BR-cystatin complex was found to change upon varying the pH of the complex. The BR-cystatin complex was found to have reduced papain inhibitory activity. Photo-illumination of BR-cystatin complex causes perturbation in the micro-environment of goat liver cystatin as indicated by red-shift. This report summarizes our research efforts to reveal the mechanism of interaction of bilirubin with liver cystatin.

  11. Stability of creatinine and cystatin C in whole blood

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    Spithoven, E. M.; Bakker, S. J. L.; Kootstra-Ros, J.E.; de Jong, P. E.; Gansevoort, R. T.

    2013-01-01

    Background: As yet little is known about the effect of delayed separation of whole blood stored at room temperature on the stability of the kidney function markers creatinine and cystatin C. Methods: We used plasma samples of 45 patients with a wide range of creatinine and cystatin C concentration.

  12. Stability of creatinine and cystatin C in whole blood

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    Spithoven, E.M.; Bakker, S.J.; Kootstra-Ros, J.E.; Jong, P.E. de; Gansevoort, R.T.; Drenth, J.P.; Wetzels, J.F.M.

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: As yet little is known about the effect of delayed separation of whole blood stored at room temperature on the stability of the kidney function markers creatinine and cystatin C. METHODS: We used plasma samples of 45 patients with a wide range of creatinine and cystatin C concentration.

  13. The pineapple genome and the evolution of CAM photosynthesis

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    Pineapple (Ananas comosus (L.) Merr.) is the most economically valuable crop possessing crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM), a photosynthetic carbon assimilation pathway with high water-use efficiency, and the second most important tropical fruit. We sequenced the genomes of pineapple varieties F153 ...

  14. Effect of Processing on the Quality of Pineapple Juice

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    Hounhouigan, M.H.; Linnemann, A.R.; Soumanou, M.M.; Boekel, van M.A.J.S.

    2014-01-01

    Pineapple processing plays an important role in juice preservation. Because the quality of the pineapple juice is affected by the processing technology applied, the effects of pasteurization and other preservation methods on the overall juice quality were discussed. During juice processing,

  15. Properties and Processing of the Pineapple Leaf Fiber

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    张元明; 郁崇文

    2001-01-01

    The properties and constituent of pineapple fiber were tested, and on the base of that, chemical treatment was used to improve the spinnability of the fiber, and the pure and blended yarn of pineapple fiber were produced in worsted and cotton spinning system.

  16. Effect of Processing on the Quality of Pineapple Juice

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    Hounhouigan, M.H.; Linnemann, A.R.; Soumanou, M.M.; Boekel, van M.A.J.S.

    2014-01-01

    Pineapple processing plays an important role in juice preservation. Because the quality of the pineapple juice is affected by the processing technology applied, the effects of pasteurization and other preservation methods on the overall juice quality were discussed. During juice processing, microorg

  17. Phosphorylated cystatin alpha is a natural substrate of epidermal transglutaminase for formation of skin cornified envelope.

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    Takahashi, M; Tezuka, T; Katunuma, N

    1992-08-10

    Both keratohyalin granules (KHG) and cornified envelopes were stained histochemically in an indirect immunofluorescent study by antiphosphorylated cystatin alpha antibody, indicating that phosphorylated cystatin alpha is a component of the cornified envelope proteins. When phosphorylated cystatin alpha (P-cystatin alpha) was incubated with epidermal transglutaminase (TGase) and Ca2+ ions, polymerized protein was produced by formation of epsilon-(gamma-glutamyl)lysine cross-linking peptide bonds between lysine residues of cystatin alpha and glutamine residues of suitable protein(s) in the enzyme preparation. However, phosphorylated and non-phosphorylated cystatins were polymerized to similar extents by the TGase. Immunofluorescent and immunoelectron microscopic observations revealed that P-cystatin alpha could be detected in vivo in the KHG and cornified envelopes. Treatment of sphingosine, a specific inhibitor of protein kinase C, markedly suppressed the incorporation of cystatin alpha into KHG. Thus phosphorylation of cystatin alpha by protein kinase C may play an important role in targeting cystatin alpha into KHG.

  18. Molecular cloning and characterization of cystatin, a cysteine protease inhibitor, from bufo melanostictus.

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    Liu, Wa; Ji, Senlin; Zhang, A-Mei; Han, Qinqin; Feng, Yue; Song, Yuzhu

    2013-01-01

    Cystatins are efficient inhibitors of papain-like cysteine proteinases, and they serve various important physiological functions. In this study, a novel cystatin, Cystatin-X, was cloned from a cDNA library of the skin of Bufo melanostictus. The single nonglycosylated polypeptide chain of Cystatin-X consisted of 102 amino acid residues, including seven cysteines. Evolutionary analysis indicated that Cystatin-X can be grouped with family 1 cystatins. It contains cystatin-conserved motifs known to interact with the active site of cysteine proteinases. Recombinant Cystatin-X expressed and purified from Escherichia coli exhibited obvious inhibitory activity against cathepsin B. rCystatin-X at a concentration of 8 µM inhibited nearly 80% of cathepsin B activity within 15 s, and about 90% of cathepsin B activity within 15 min. The Cystatin-X identified in this study can play an important role in host immunity and in the medical effect of B. melanostictus.

  19. Polyphenol oxidase and peroxidase expression in four pineapple varieties (Ananas comosus L.) after a chilling injury.

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    Raimbault, Astrid-Kim; Marie-Alphonsine, Paul-Alex; Horry, Jean-Pierre; Francois-Haugrin, Madlyn; Romuald, Karell; Soler, Alain

    2011-01-12

    Pineapple internal browning (IB) is a chilling injury that produces enzymatic browning associated with flesh translucency. Pineapple biodiversity allowed the investigation of how polyphenol oxidase (PPO) and peroxidase (POD) activities with their different isoforms are involved in the IB mechanism. Fruits of four varieties that expressed IB symptoms differently, Smooth Cayenne (SCay) and the hybrids MD2, Flhoran 41 (Flh 41), and Flhoran 53 (Flh 53), were stressed by cold. The susceptible varieties showed classical brown spots but different patterns of IB, whereas MD2 and controls showed no IB. Enzymatic activities were measured on fruit protein extracts and PPO and POD isoforms separated on mini-gels (PhastSystem). Only PPO activity was significantly enhanced in the presence of IB. Up to six PPO isoforms were identified in the susceptible varieties. PPO was barely detectable in the nonsusceptible variety MD2 and in controls. The number of PPO isoforms and the total PPO activity after chilling are varietal characteristics.

  20. Cystatins - Extra- and intracellular cysteine protease inhibitors: High-level secretion and uptake of cystatin C in human neuroblastoma cells

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    Wallin, Hanna; Bjarnadottir, Maria; Vogel, Lotte

    2010-01-01

    Cystatins are present in mammals, birds, fish, insects, plants, fungi and protozoa and constitute a large protein family, with most members sharing a cysteine protease inhibitory function. In humans 12 functional cystatins exist, forming three groups based on molecular organisation and distribution...

  1. Cres2 and Cres3: new members of the cystatin-related epididymal spermatogenic subgroup of family 2 cystatins.

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    Hsia, Nelson; Cornwall, Gail A

    2003-03-01

    The cystatin-related epididymal spermatogenic (CRES) and recently identified testatin and cystatin T proteins define a new subgroup within the family 2 cystatins of cysteine protease inhibitors. Members of the CRES subgroup are predominantly expressed in reproductive tissues and lack critical cystatin active-site sequences implying divergent functions. To determine whether there are additional members of the subgroup, we searched nucleotide databases and identified two novel genes that we designated Cres2 and Cres3. These genes, like other subgroup members, encode proteins with four conserved cysteine residues and predicted molecular weights characteristic of family 2 cystatins but have divergent cystatin inhibitory sequences. Furthermore, the genes exhibited reproductive-specific expression with Cres2 exclusively expressed in the epithelial cells of the proximal and midcaput epididymal regions and Cres3 expressed in the proximal caput epididymal epithelium, Sertoli cells of the testis, and early follicles and corpora lutea in the ovary. Additional studies showed that, like Cres, both Cres2 and Cres3 genes are dependent on testicular factors for epididymal expression. Taken together, CRES2 and CRES3 represent new members of a subgroup of cystatin family 2 proteins that likely carry out tissue-specific functions distinct from that of typical cystatins.

  2. Internalization of cystatin C in human cell lines.

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    Ekström, Ulf; Wallin, Hanna; Lorenzo, Julia; Holmqvist, Bo; Abrahamson, Magnus; Avilés, Francesc X

    2008-09-01

    Altered protease activity is considered important for tumour invasion and metastasis, processes in which the cysteine proteases cathepsin B and L are involved. Their natural inhibitor cystatin C is a secreted protein, suggesting that it functions to control extracellular protease activity. Because cystatins added to cell cultures can inhibit polio, herpes simplex and coronavirus replication, which are intracellular processes, the internalization and intracellular regulation of cysteine proteases by cystatin C should be considered. The extension, mechanism and biological importance of this hypothetical process are unknown. We investigated whether internalization of cystatin C occurs in a set of human cell lines. Demonstrated by flow cytometry and confocal microscopy, A-431, MCF-7, MDA-MB-453, MDA-MB-468 and Capan-1 cells internalized fluorophore-conjugated cystatin C when exposed to physiological concentrations (1 microm). During cystatin C incubation, intracellular cystatin C increased after 5 min and accumulated for at least 6 h, reaching four to six times the baseline level. Western blotting showed that the internalized inhibitor was not degraded. It was functionally intact and extracts of cells exposed to cystatin C showed a higher capacity to inhibit papain and cathepsin B than control cells (decrease in enzyme activity of 34% and 37%, respectively). The uptake of labelled cystatin C was inhibited by unlabelled inhibitor, suggesting a specific pathway for the internalization. We conclude that the cysteine protease inhibitor cystatin C is internalized in significant quantities in various cancer cell lines. This is a potentially important physiological phenomenon not previously described for this group of inhibitors.

  3. Phylogeography of pink pineapple mealybugs, Dysmicoccus brevipes (Cockerell) reveals the history of pineapple introduction and cultivation in China.

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    He, Y B; Zhan, R L; Sun, G M; Wu, J B; Zhao, Y L

    2015-08-19

    The pink pineapple mealybug (PPM), Dysmicoccus brevipes (Cockerell) (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae), is a widespread plant-sucking insect of considerable concern because it transmits the pineapple mealybug wilt-associated virus. Its distribution is closely linked with its host, the pineapple [Ananas comosus (L.) Merrill] because of its wingless and parthenogenetic characteristics. To investigate the history of D. brevipes introduction and the cultivation of pineapple in China, samples of D. brevipes were collected from the main pineapple production region in China, and from Thailand, and the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) gene was analyzed. Homologous sequences of D. brevipes COI from Brazil, Thailand, and Philippines that are deposited in GenBank were compared. Phylogenetic analyses suggest there are close genetic relationships between PPM populations from Hawaii, Brazil, the Philippines, and from Thailand and China, which probably originate from South America. It is suggested that most PPMs in China were introduced from South America by way of Southeast Asia, being accompanied by the pineapple seedling. Conversely, some PPMs represented by Haplotype-WN from Wanning of China, and Lampang of Thailand were found to differ greatly from populations in Hawaii, Brazil, the Philippines, Thailand, and China. It is possible that another route was used for the introduction and distribution of pineapple, or that pineapple might have originated in Southeast Asia.

  4. Quality of pasteurised pineapple juice in the context of the Beninese marketing system

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    Hounhouigan, M.H.

    2014-01-01

    This study is a result of the interdisciplinary project Co-Innovation for Quality in African Food Chains (CoQA). The objective of the research was to improve the quality of pasteurised pineapple juice taking the characteristics of the Beninese pineapple marketing system into account. The specific objectives were to: (i) evaluate the adaptation of Beninese pineapple marketing system to the introduction of the pasteurised pineapple juice business; (ii) assess the extent to which pineapples with...

  5. Impact of Growth Hormone on Cystatin C

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    Lisa Sze; René L. Bernays; Cornelia Zwimpfer; Peter Wiesli; Michael Brändle; Christoph Schmid

    2013-01-01

    Background: Cystatin C (CysC) is an alternative marker to creatinine for estimation of the glomerular filtration rate (GFR). Hormones such as thyroid hormones and glucocorticoids are known to have an impact on CysC. In this study, we examined the effect of growth hormone (GH) on CysC in patients with acromegaly undergoing transsphenoidal surgery. Methods: Creatinine, CysC, GH and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) were determined in 24 patients with acromegaly before and following transsphe...

  6. Impact of Growth Hormone on Cystatin C

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    Sze, Lisa; René L. Bernays; Zwimpfer, Cornelia; Wiesli, Peter; Brändle, Michael; Schmid, Christoph

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Cystatin C (CysC) is an alternative marker to creatinine for estimation of the glomerular filtration rate (GFR). Hormones such as thyroid hormones and glucocorticoids are known to have an impact on CysC. In this study, we examined the effect of growth hormone (GH) on CysC in patients with acromegaly undergoing transsphenoidal surgery. METHODS: Creatinine, CysC, GH and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) were determined in 24 patients with acromegaly before and following transs...

  7. Phylogenomic analysis of the cystatin superfamily in eukaryotes and prokaryotes

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    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The cystatin superfamily comprises cysteine protease inhibitors that play key regulatory roles in protein degradation processes. Although they have been the subject of many studies, little is known about their genesis, evolution and functional diversification. Our aim has been to obtain a comprehensive insight into their origin, distribution, diversity, evolution and classification in Eukaryota, Bacteria and Archaea. Results We have identified in silico the full complement of the cystatin superfamily in more than 2100 prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomes. The analysis of numerous eukaryotic genomes has provided strong evidence for the emergence of this superfamily in the ancestor of eukaryotes. The progenitor of this superfamily was most probably intracellular and lacked a signal peptide and disulfide bridges, much like the extant Giardia cystatin. A primordial gene duplication produced two ancestral eukaryotic lineages, cystatins and stefins. While stefins remain encoded by a single or a small number of genes throughout the eukaryotes, the cystatins have undergone a more complex and dynamic evolution through numerous gene and domain duplications. In the cystatin superfamily we discovered twenty vertebrate-specific and three angiosperm-specific orthologous families, indicating that functional diversification has occurred only in multicellular eukaryotes. In vertebrate orthologous families, the prevailing trends were loss of the ancestral inhibitory activity and acquisition of novel functions in innate immunity. Bacterial cystatins and stefins may be emergency inhibitors that enable survival of bacteria in the host, defending them from the host's proteolytic activity. Conclusion This study challenges the current view on the classification, origin and evolution of the cystatin superfamily and provides valuable insights into their functional diversification. The findings of this comprehensive study provide guides for future

  8. Bioactive compounds and antioxidant activity analysis of Malaysian pineapple cultivars

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    Chiet, Chong Hang; Zulkifli, Razauden Mohamed; Hidayat, Topik; Yaakob, Harisun

    2014-03-01

    Pineapple industry is one of the important agricultural sectors in Malaysia with 76 cultivars planted throughout the country. This study aims to generate useful nutritional information as well as evaluating antioxidant properties of different pineapple commercial cultivars in Malaysia. The bioactive compound content and antioxidant capacity of `Josapine', `Morris' and `Sarawak' pineapple (Ananas comosus) were studied. The pineapple varieties were collected at commercial maturity stage (20-40% yellowish of fruit peel) and the edible portion of the fruit was used as sample for evaluation. The bioactive compound of the fruit extracts were evaluated by total phenolic and tannin content assay while the antioxidant capacity was determined by ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP). From the results obtained, total phenolic and tannin content was highest for `Josapine' followed by `Morris' and `Sarawak'. With respect to FRAP, `Josapine' showed highest reducing capacity, followed by `Morris' and then `Sarawak' having the least value. The bioactive compounds content are positively correlated with the antioxidant capacities of the pineapple extracts. This result indicates that the total phenolics and tannin content present in the pineapples may contribute to the antioxidant capacity of the pineapples.

  9. Pineapple nematode research in hawaii: past, present, and future.

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    Caswell, E P; Apt, W J

    1989-04-01

    The first written record of pineapple in Hawaii is from 1813. In 1901 commercial pineapple production started, and in 1924 the Experiment Station for pineapple research was established. Nematode-related problems were recognized in the early 1900s by N. A. Cobb. From 1920 to approximately 1945 nematode management in Hawaiian pineapple was based on fallowing and crop rotation. During the 1920s and 1930s G. H. Godfrey conducted research on pineapple nematode management. In the 1930s and 1940s M. B. Linford researched biological control and described several new species of nematodes including Rotylenchulus reniformis. In 1941 nematology and nematode management were advanced by Walter Carter's discovery of the first economical soil fumigant for nematodes, D-D mixture. Subsequently, DBCP was discovered and developed at the Pineapple Research Institute (PRI). Since 1945 soil fumigation has been the main nematode management strategy in Hawaiian pineapple production. Recent research has focused on the development of the nonvolatile nematicides, their potential as systemic nematicides, and their application via drip irrigation. Current and future research addresses biological and cultural alternatives to nematicide-based nematode management.

  10. EAT PINEAPPLE A DAY TO KEEP DEPRESSION AT BAY

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    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Pineapple, a juicy and tasty fruit, belonging to family Bromeliaceae is scientifically known as Ananas cosmosus. The Pineapples are traditionally used as a blood purifier, to aid digestion, for gastro-intestinal disorders, diseases of the larynx and pharynx, as a mild antiseptic and to treat diabetes. There are no reports in literature pertaining to CNS actions of Ananas cosmosus fruit. In the light of above, the present study was undertaken to test the antidepressant potential of Ananas cosmosus fruit juice. Ananas cosmosus juice (ACJ was administered at various concentrations ranging from 5% to 20% v/v to Swiss albino mice for 15 days and wistar rats for 8 successive days. The antidepressant activity was measured using forced swim test (FST, tail suspension test (TST and reserpine induced hypothermia. The efficacy of Pineapple juice was compared with standard anti-depressant agents viz: fluoxetine (20 mg/kg and imipramine (15 mg/kg. The results showed that Pineapple juice significantly decreased immobility time in both FST and TST models. It also reversed the hypothermia induced by reserpine. The efficacy of Pineapple juice was found to be comparable to fluoxetine and imipramine. Prazosin, sulpiride, baclofen and p-CPA antagonized the antidepressant effect of Pineapple juice in tail suspension test. Furthermore, Ananas cosmosus juice inhibited the monoamine oxidase MAO-A and MAO-B activity and reduced significantly malondialdehyde (MDA levels. These findings reveal the anti-depressant potential of Pineapple.

  11. Comparison of in vivo toxicity, antioxidant and immunomodulatory activities of coconut, nipah and pineapple juice vinegars.

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    Mohamad, Nurul Elyani; Keong Yeap, Swee; Beh, Boon Keen; Romli, Muhammad Firdaus; Yusof, Hamidah Mohd; Kristeen-Teo, Ye Wen; Sharifuddin, Shaiful Adzni; Long, Kamariah; Alitheen, Noorjahan Banu

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    Vinegar is widely used as a food additive, in food preparation and as a food supplement. This study compared the phenolic acid profiles and in vivo toxicities, and antioxidant and immunomodulatory effects of coconut, nipah and pineapple juice vinegars, which were respectively prepared via a two-step fermentation using Saccharomyces cerevisiae 7013 INRA and Acetobacter aceti vat Europeans. Pineapple juice vinegar, which had the highest total phenolic acid content, also exhibited the greatest in vitro antioxidant capacity compared to coconut juice and nipah juice vinegars. Following acute and sub-chronic in vivo toxicity evaluation, no toxicity and mortality were evident and there were no significant differences in the serum biochemical profiles between mice administered the vinegars versus the control group. In the sub-chronic toxicity evaluation, the highest liver antioxidant levels were found in mice fed with pineapple juice vinegar, followed by coconut juice and nipah juice vinegars. However, compared to the pineapple juice and nipah juice vinegars, the mice fed with coconut juice vinegar, exhibited a higher population of CD4(+) and CD8(+) T-lymphocytes in the spleen, which was associated with greater levels of serum interleukin-2 and interferon-γ cytokines. Overall, the data suggested that not all vinegar samples cause acute and sub-chronic toxicity in vivo. Moreover, the in vivo immunity and organ antioxidant levels were enhanced, to varying extents, by the phenolic acids present in the vinegars. The results obtained in this study provide appropriate guidelines for further in vivo bioactivity studies and pre-clinical assessments of vinegar consumption. © 2017 Society of Chemical Industry. © 2017 Society of Chemical Industry.

  12. Elevated triglycerides may affect cystatin C recovery.

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    Witzel, Samantha H; Butts, Katherine; Filler, Guido

    2014-05-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of triglyceride concentration on cystatin C (CysC) measurements. Serum samples collected from 10 nephrology patients, 43 to 78years of age, were air centrifuged to separate aqueous and lipid layers. The lipid layer from each patient was pooled together to create a mixture with a high triglyceride concentration. This pooled lipid layer was mixed with each of the ten patient aqueous layers in six different ratios. Single factor ANOVA was used to assess whether CysC recovery was affected by triglyceride levels. Regression analysis was used to develop a formula to correct for the effect of triglycerides on CysC measurement, based on samples from 6 randomly chosen patients from our study population. The formula was validated with the 4 remaining samples. The analysis revealed a significant reduction in measured CysC with increasing concentrations of triglycerides (Pearson r=-0.56, ptriglycerides: Subsequent Bland-Altman plots revealed a bias (mean±1 standard deviation [SD]) of -3.7±15.6% for the data used to generate the correction formula and a bias of 3.52±9.38% for the validation set. Our results suggest that triglyceride concentrations significantly impact cystatin C measurements and that this effect may be corrected in samples that cannot be sufficiently clarified by air centrifugation using the equation that we developed. Copyright © 2014 The Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Antigen-presenting cells in parotid glands contain cystatin D originating from acinar cells.

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    Nashida, Tomoko; Sato, Ritsuko; Haga-Tsujimura, Maiko; Yoshie, Sumio; Yoshimura, Ken; Imai, Akane; Shimomura, Hiromi

    2013-02-01

    Cystatin D encoded by Cst5 is a salivary classified type II cystatin. We investigated the dynamism of cystatin D by examining the distribution of cystatin D protein and mRNA in rats, to identify novel functions. The simultaneous expression of Cst5 and cystatin D was observed in parotid glands, however in situ hybridization showed that only acinar cells produced cystatin D. Synthesized cystatin D was localized in small vesicles and secreted from the apical side to the saliva, and from the basolateral side to the extracellular region, a second secretory pathway for cystatin D. We also identified antigen-presenting cells in the parotid glands that contained cystatin D without the expression of Cst5, indicating the uptake of cystatin D from the extracellular region. Cystatin D was detected in blood serum and renal tubular cells with megalin, indicating the circulation of cystatin D through the body and uptake by renal tubular cells. Thus, the novel dynamism of cystatin D was shown and a function for cystatin D in the regulation of antigen-presenting cell activity was proposed.

  14. Evaluation of serum Cystatin C in elderly patients as a marker for renal filtration function%半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂C在评价老年人肾小球滤过功能中的应用价值

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    刘静霞; 李淑葵; 徐国宾

    2004-01-01

    目的探讨血清半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂C(Cystatin C)对评价老年人肾小球滤过功能的临床应用价值.方法采用胶乳颗粒增强的免疫散射浊度法测定189例患各种肾脏病及相关疾病60岁以上老年患者的血清Cystatin C水平,同时测定了他们的血清肌酐及肌酐清清除率(Ccr),分别对血清Cystatin C和血清肌酐与肌酐清除率进行相关性分析.结果老年患者的血清Cystatin C与肌酐有显著正相关(P<0.001),与Ccr的对数呈显著负相关(P<0.001),回归方程分别为:Cystatin C=0.0112 Cr+0.2604(r=0.92)和Cystatin C=-3.406logCcr+7.593(r=-0.814).当Ccr(50~80)ml/min时,Cystatin C异常率(77.9%)高于肌酐异常率(9.1%).结论血清Cystatin C可作为老年人肾小球滤过功能指标,并可能比肌酐更能真实地反映老年人的肾小球滤过功能.%Objective: To study the clinical significance of serum Cystatin C in evaluation of renal filtration function in elderly patients. Methods: A particle-enhanced nephelometric immunoassay (PENIA) was used to measure concentration of serum cystatin C. We determined the correlation between cystatin C and levels of serum creatinine (Scr) and creatinine clearance (Ccr) in189 cases of elderly patients. Results: There was a significant positive correlation between serum cystatin C and serum creatinine level (r=0.92, P<0.001). Significant negative correlation was observed between serum cystatin C and logCcr (r=-0.814, P<0.001). When Ccr was 50~80 ml/min, the abnormal rate of cystatin C (77.9%) was far higher than that of creatinine (9.1%).Conclusions: Serum cystatin C seems to be an attractive alternative and more accurate than serum creatinine for the estimation of GFR in elderly patients.

  15. CHARACTERISATION OF SOLID AND LIQUID PINEAPPLE WASTE

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    Abdullah Abdullah

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The pineapple waste is contain high concentration of biodegradable organic material and suspended solid. As a result it has a high BOD and extremes of pH conditions. The pineapple wastes juice contains mainly sucrose, glucose, fructose and other nutrients. The characterisation this waste is needed to reduce it by  recycling to get raw material or  for  conversion into useful product of higher value added products such as organic acid, methane , ethanol, SCP and enzyme. Analysis of sugar indicates that liquid waste contains mainly sucrose, glucose and fructose.  The dominant sugar was fructose, glucose and sucrose.  The fructose and glucose levels were similar to each other, with fructose usually slightly higher than glucose. The total sugar and citric acid content were 73.76 and 2.18 g/l. The sugar content in solid waste is glucose and fructose was 8.24 and 12.17 %, no sucrose on this waste

  16. DETERMINANTS OF TECHNICAL EFFICIENCY ON PINEAPPLE FARMING

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    Full Text Available This study analyzes the pineapple production efficiency of the Integrated Agricultural Development Project (IADP in Samarahan, Sarawak, Malaysia and also studies its determinants. In the study area, IADP plays an important role in rural development as a poverty alleviation program through agricultural development. Despite the many privileges received by the farmers, especially from the government, they are still less efficient. This study adopts the Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA in measuring technical efficiency. Further, this study aims to examine the determinants of efficiency by estimating the level of farmer characteristics as a function of farmer’s age, education level, family labor, years of experience in agriculture, society members and farm size. The estimation used the Tobit Model. The results from this study show that the majority of farmers in IADP are still less efficient. In addition, the results show that relying on family labor, the years of experience in agriculture and also participation as the association’s member are all important determinants of the level of efficiency for the IADP farmers in the agricultural sector. Increasing agriculture productivity can also guarantee the achievement of a more optimal sustainable living in an effort to increase the farmers’ income. Such information is valuable for extension services and policy makers since it can help to guide policies toward increased efficiency among pineapple farmers in Malaysia.

  17. Behavior of a portable solar dryer for pineapple fiber

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    Moya, Róger; Solano, Marco

    2012-01-01

    In Costa Rica, there has been a growing interest to use pineapple fiber from plant, for which current processes need to be improved or new processes need to be developed, with emphasis on drying methods...

  18. A taste of pineapple evolution through genome sequencing.

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    Xu, Qing; Liu, Zhong-Jian

    2015-12-01

    The genome sequence assembly of the highly heterozygous Ananas comosus and its varieties is an impressive technical achievement. The sequence opens the door to a greater understanding of pineapple morphology and evolution.

  19. Problems and Prospects of Pineapple Production in Enugu State ...

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    21 (1) February, 2017. Google Scholar, Directory of Open ... Iwuchukwu, J.C.. Department of Agricultural Extension, University of Nigeria, Nsukka ... Purposive sampling technique was used to select eighty (80) pineapple farmers from two ...

  20. 6823 Volume 12 No. 6 October 2012 PROCESSING PINEAPPLE ...

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    Oct 6, 2012 ... investigate the processing of pineapple pulp waste from a processing plant, into a ... The pasting characteristics or properties of wheat flour fortified with the ... loaded with vitamins and minerals and especially rich in vitamin C ...

  1. Microbial and heavy metal contamination of pineapple products ...

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    Key words: Pineapple, juices, jams, microbial contamination, heavy metal, Rwanda. ..... material used. This was obvious ... sterilise the product employing boiling pots and package .... that post-harvest, processing and preservation techniques.

  2. Meta analysis of pineapple plant (Ananas comosus) as rumniant feed.

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    López-Herrera, Michael; WingChing-Jones, Rodolfo; Rojas-Baurillón, Augusto

    2014-01-01

    The objective of this study was to determine the potential use of pineapple by-products in the diet of ruminants. A compilation of data and subsequent statistical analysis was performed on globally published research up until 2013. The results were used to create a nutritional characterization of the pineapple organ by organ, including whole plant, stover (leaves, stem and ratoons), fruit crown, heart, skin and fruit pulp, stem and roots. This characterization aims to optimize its use in rumi...

  3. Aroma Volatile Compounds from Two Fresh Pineapple Varieties in China

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Volatile compounds from two pineapples varieties (Tainong No.4 and No.6 were isolated by headspace solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME and identified and quantified by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC/MS. In the Tainong No. 4 and No. 6 pineapples, a total of 11 and 28 volatile compounds were identified according to their retention time on capillary columns and their mass spectra, and quantified with total concentrations of 1080.44 µg·kg−1 and 380.66 µg·kg−1 in the Tainong No.4 and No. 6 pineapples, respectively. The odor active values (OAVs of volatile compounds from pineapples were also calculated. According to the OAVs, four compounds were defined as the characteristic aroma compounds for the Tainong No. 4 pineapple, including furaneol, 3-(methylthiopropanoic acid methyl ester, 3-(methylthiopropanoic acid ethyl ester and δ-octalactone. The OAVs of five compounds including ethyl-2-methylbutyrate, methyl-2-methylbutyrate, 3-(methylthiopropanoic acid ethyl ester, ethyl hexanoate and decanal were considered to be the characteristic aroma compounds for the Tainong No. 6 pineapple.

  4. The pineapple genome and the evolution of CAM photosynthesis.

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    Ming, Ray; VanBuren, Robert; Wai, Ching Man; Tang, Haibao; Schatz, Michael C; Bowers, John E; Lyons, Eric; Wang, Ming-Li; Chen, Jung; Biggers, Eric; Zhang, Jisen; Huang, Lixian; Zhang, Lingmao; Miao, Wenjing; Zhang, Jian; Ye, Zhangyao; Miao, Chenyong; Lin, Zhicong; Wang, Hao; Zhou, Hongye; Yim, Won C; Priest, Henry D; Zheng, Chunfang; Woodhouse, Margaret; Edger, Patrick P; Guyot, Romain; Guo, Hao-Bo; Guo, Hong; Zheng, Guangyong; Singh, Ratnesh; Sharma, Anupma; Min, Xiangjia; Zheng, Yun; Lee, Hayan; Gurtowski, James; Sedlazeck, Fritz J; Harkess, Alex; McKain, Michael R; Liao, Zhenyang; Fang, Jingping; Liu, Juan; Zhang, Xiaodan; Zhang, Qing; Hu, Weichang; Qin, Yuan; Wang, Kai; Chen, Li-Yu; Shirley, Neil; Lin, Yann-Rong; Liu, Li-Yu; Hernandez, Alvaro G; Wright, Chris L; Bulone, Vincent; Tuskan, Gerald A; Heath, Katy; Zee, Francis; Moore, Paul H; Sunkar, Ramanjulu; Leebens-Mack, James H; Mockler, Todd; Bennetzen, Jeffrey L; Freeling, Michael; Sankoff, David; Paterson, Andrew H; Zhu, Xinguang; Yang, Xiaohan; Smith, J Andrew C; Cushman, John C; Paull, Robert E; Yu, Qingyi

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    Pineapple (Ananas comosus (L.) Merr.) is the most economically valuable crop possessing crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM), a photosynthetic carbon assimilation pathway with high water-use efficiency, and the second most important tropical fruit. We sequenced the genomes of pineapple varieties F153 and MD2 and a wild pineapple relative, Ananas bracteatus accession CB5. The pineapple genome has one fewer ancient whole-genome duplication event than sequenced grass genomes and a conserved karyotype with seven chromosomes from before the ρ duplication event. The pineapple lineage has transitioned from C3 photosynthesis to CAM, with CAM-related genes exhibiting a diel expression pattern in photosynthetic tissues. CAM pathway genes were enriched with cis-regulatory elements associated with the regulation of circadian clock genes, providing the first cis-regulatory link between CAM and circadian clock regulation. Pineapple CAM photosynthesis evolved by the reconfiguration of pathways in C3 plants, through the regulatory neofunctionalization of preexisting genes and not through the acquisition of neofunctionalized genes via whole-genome or tandem gene duplication.

  5. The cysteine proteinases of the pineapple plant.

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    Rowan, A D; Buttle, D J; Barrett, A J

    1990-03-15

    The pineapple plant (Ananas comosus) was shown to contain at least four distinct cysteine proteinases, which were purified by a procedure involving active-site-directed affinity chromatography. The major proteinase present in extracts of plant stem was stem bromelain, whilst fruit bromelain was the major proteinase in the fruit. Two additional cysteine proteinases were detected only in the stem: these were ananain and a previously undescribed enzyme that we have called comosain. Stem bromelain, fruit bromelain and ananain were shown to be immunologically distinct. Enzymic characterization revealed differences in both substrate-specificities and inhibition profiles. A study of the cysteine proteinase derived from the related bromeliad Bromelia pinguin (pinguinain) indicated that in many respects it was similar to fruit bromelain, although it was found to be immunologically distinct.

  6. Utilization of pineapple waste for wine making

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    Alian, A.

    1976-01-01

    Wines were produced from pineapple canning waste, viz. pulp, boiled waste and unboiled waste. The constituents for preparing the liquor and results of physical, chemical and organoleptic analyses of clarified wines are shown in tables. The balance of alcohol, sugar and acid for the 3 batches was within the normal range for wines (alcohol 11.4 to 13.5% Brix readings 8 to 11, total acids 0.505 to 0.519 g/100 ml); volatile acids and aldehydes were higher in wines made from waste, esters higher in wines made from pulp. The amounts of volatile acids, esters and aldehydes indicated the absence of bacterial interferene in the fermentation. Organoleptic evaluation on a 10 point scale after 2 months' ageing gave weighted averages of 6.41 (good), 8.55 (very good) and 6.77 (good) for wines from pulp, boiled waste and unboiled waste respectively.

  7. A comparison of tensile properties of polyester composites reinforced with pineapple leaf fiber and pineapple peduncle fiber

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    Juraidi, J. M.; Shuhairul, N.; Syed Azuan, S. A.; Intan Saffinaz Anuar, Noor

    2013-12-01

    Pineapple fiber which is rich in cellulose, relatively inexpensive, and abundantly available has the potential for polymer reinforcement. This research presents a study of the tensile properties of pineapple leaf fiber and pineapple peduncle fiber reinforced polyester composites. Composites were fabricated using leaf fiber and peduncle fiber with varying fiber length and fiber loading. Both fibers were mixed with polyester composites the various fiber volume fractions of 4, 8 and 12% and with three different fiber lengths of 10, 20 and 30 mm. The composites panels were fabricated using hand lay-out technique. The tensile test was carried out in accordance to ASTM D638. The result showed that pineapple peduncle fiber with 4% fiber volume fraction and fiber length of 30 mm give highest tensile properties. From the overall results, pineapple peduncle fiber shown the higher tensile properties compared to pineapple leaf fiber. It is found that by increasing the fiber volume fraction the tensile properties has significantly decreased but by increasing the fiber length, the tensile properties will be increased proportionally. Minitab software is used to perform the two-way ANOVA analysis to measure the significant. From the analysis done, there is a significant effect of fiber volume fraction and fiber length on the tensile properties.

  8. Enlatamento de abacaxi Canning experiments with pineapples

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    Ary de Arruda Veiga

    1958-01-01

    Full Text Available Êste trabalho reune resultados de vários processos de enlatamento de abacaxis (Ananas sativus (Lindley Schultes f. sob a forma de compota. Visa, principalmente, contribuir com dados e informações que possam, de certo modo, orientar os interessados no aproveitamento industrial de abacaxis de polpa branca, como é o caso das frutas da variedade "Pérola" (branco de Pernambuco. Observou-se que êstes abacaxis podem fornecer compotas enlatadas de bom sabor e que a polpa, dividida em quartos em vez de fatias ou rodelas, conserva tôdas as suas propriedades orga-nolépticas durante mais de 21 meses após o enlatamento, pela adoção de um dos processos ensaiados.In pineapple growing areas of São Paulo and other parts of Brazil there is an increasing interest in the cultivation of white pulped varieties. This paper presents the data from tests in which five canning methods were compared for the preservation of white pineapples. The results from the tests indicated that it is possible to obtain a product of flood flavor and quality when the peeled fruit is sliced in quarters and preserved by the most suitable process of canning and sterilization. The state of preservation of the product and its organoleptic qualities were quite satisfactory 21 months after canning. The most satisfactory process consisted in the immersion of the sliced quarters in a syrup of 35° Bé at 77-84°C during 10 minutes. The initial cooking syrup had 45° Brix (25° Bé and the final concentration in the can was 35° Brix. Before closing the cans they were exhausted for 5 minutes. The final sterilization consisted in boiling the cans in water for 12 minutes, followed by immersion in cold water for 30 minutes.

  9. Sequence characterization and immunogenicity of cystatins from the cattle tick Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus.

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    Parizi, Luís F; Githaka, Naftaly W; Acevedo, Carolina; Benavides, Uruguaysito; Seixas, Adriana; Logullo, Carlos; Konnai, Satoru; Ohashi, Kazuhiko; Masuda, Aoi; da Silva Vaz, Itabajara

    2013-12-01

    Various classes of endopeptidases and their inhibitors facilitate blood feeding and digestion in ticks. Cystatins, a family of tight-binding and reversible inhibitors of cysteine endopeptidases, have recently been found in several tick tissues. Moreover, vaccine trials using tick cystatins have been found to induce protective immune responses against tick infestation. However, the mode of action of tick cystatins is still poorly understood, limiting the elucidation of their physiological role. Against this background, we have investigated sequence characteristics and immunogenic properties of 5 putative cystatins from Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus from Brazil and Uruguay. The similarity of the deduced amino acid sequences among cystatins from the Brazilian tick strain was 27-42%, all of which had a secretory signal peptide. The cystatin motif (QxVxG), a glycine in the N-terminal region, and the PW motif in the second hairpin loop in the C-terminal region are highly conserved in all 5 cystatins identified in this study. Four cysteine residues in the C terminus characteristic of type 2 cystatins are also present. qRT-PCR revealed differential expression patterns among the 5 cystatins identified, as well as variation in mRNA transcripts present in egg, larva, gut, salivary glands, ovary, and fat body tissues. One R. microplus cystatin showed 97-100% amino acid similarity between Brazilian and Uruguayan isolates. Furthermore, by in silico analysis, antigenic amino acid regions from R. microplus cystatins showed high degrees of homology (54-92%) among Rhipicephalus spp. cystatins. Three Brazilian R. microplus cystatins were expressed in Escherichia coli, and immunogenicity of the recombinant proteins were determined by vaccinating mice. Western blotting using mice sera indicated cross-reactivity between the cystatins, suggesting shared epitopes. The present characterization of Rhipicephalus spp. cystatins represents an empirical approach in an effort to evaluate

  10. Identification and characterization of a Cystatin gene from Chinese mitten crab Eriocheir sinensis.

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    Li, Fengmei; Gai, Xuemei; Wang, Lingling; Song, Linsheng; Zhang, Huan; Qiu, Limei; Wang, Mengqiang; Siva, Vinu S

    2010-09-01

    Cystatins are a superfamily of proteins as reversible inhibitor of cysteine proteinases which play essential roles in a spectrum of physiological and immunological processes. In this study, a novel member of Cystatin superfamily was identified from Chinese mitten crab Eriocheir sinensis (designated EsCystatin) by expressed sequence tag (EST) analysis and rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE) approaches. The full-length cDNA of EsCystatin was of 1486 bp, consisting of a 5'-terminal untranslated region (UTR) of 92 bp, a 3' UTR of 1034 bp with a polyadenylation signal sequence AATAAA and a polyA tail, and an open reading frame (ORF) of 360 bp encoded a polypeptide of 120 amino acids with the theoretical isoelectric point of 5.48 and the predicted molecular weight of 13.39 kDa. A signal Cystatin-like domain (Gly(25) to Lys(112)) was found in the putative amino acid sequences of EsCystatin. Similar to other Cystatins, the conserved central Q(70)VVSG(74) motif was located in the Cystatin-like domain of EsCystatin. But EsCystatin lacked of signal peptide and disulphide bond. The EsCystatin exhibited homology with the other known Cystatins from invertebrates and higher vertebrates, and it was clustered into Cystatin family 1 in the phylogenetic tree. The mRNA transcripts of EsCystatin were mainly expressed in hemolymph, gill, hepatopancreas, gonad and muscle, and also marginally detectable in heart. After Listonella anguillarum challenge, the relative expression level of EsCystatin in hemolymph was down-regulated to 0.6-fold (P Cystatin family, was a potent inhibitor of papain and involved in immune response versus invading microorganisms.

  11. Plasma cathepsin S and cystatin C levels and risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm

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    Lv, Bing-Jie; Lindholt, Jes Sanddal; Cheng, Xiang

    2012-01-01

    Human abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) lesions contain high levels of cathepsin S (CatS), but are deficient in its inhibitor, cystatin C. Whether plasma CatS and cystatin C levels are also altered in AAA patients remains unknown.......Human abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) lesions contain high levels of cathepsin S (CatS), but are deficient in its inhibitor, cystatin C. Whether plasma CatS and cystatin C levels are also altered in AAA patients remains unknown....

  12. The biology of cystatin M/E and its cognate target proteases.

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    Zeeuwen, P.L.J.M.; Cheng, T.; Schalkwijk, J.

    2009-01-01

    Cystatin M/E is a member of a superfamily of evolutionarily-related cysteine protease inhibitors that provide regulatory and protective functions against uncontrolled proteolysis by cysteine proteases. Although most cystatins are ubiquitously expressed, high levels of cystatin M/E expression are mai

  13. 75 FR 51978 - United States Standards for Grades of Pineapple Juice

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    ... Agricultural Marketing Service United States Standards for Grades of Pineapple Juice AGENCY: Agricultural... Pineapple Juice are corrected to include text inadvertently omitted from Tables I and II. The corrections... of Pineapple Juice are located on the Internet at: http://www.regulations.go v or http://www.ams.usda...

  14. Cystatin C Associates with Arterial Stiffness in Older Adults

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    Madero, Magdalena; Wassel, Christina L.; Peralta, Carmen A.; Najjar, Samer S.; Sutton-Tyrrell, Kim; Fried, Linda; Canada, Robert; Newman, Anne; Shlipak, Michael G.; Sarnak, Mark J.

    2009-01-01

    Large arteries commonly become stiff in kidney failure, but few studies have investigated arterial stiffness in earlier stages of kidney disease. We evaluated the association between kidney function and aortic pulse wave velocity (aPWV) and its potential modification by race, diabetes, or coronary heart disease in older adults. We measured aPWV in 2468 participants in the Health Aging and Body Composition (Health ABC) study; mean age was 73.7 yr, 40% were black, and 24% had diabetes. After categorizing kidney function into three groups on the basis of cystatin C level, multivariable analysis revealed that the medium and high cystatin C groups associated with a 5.3% (95% confidence interval 0.8 to 10.0%) and 8.0% (95% confidence interval 2.2 to 14.1%) higher aPWV than the low cystatin C group; however, chronic kidney disease, as defined by estimated GFR <60 ml/min per 1.73 m2, did not significantly associate with aPWV. We did not identify interactions between cystatin C and race, diabetes, or coronary heart disease. In conclusion, stiffness of large arteries, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, may partially mediate the association between cystatin C and cardiovascular risk in older adults. PMID:19357259

  15. The usefulness of cystatin C and related formulae in pediatrics.

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    Filler, Guido; Huang, Shih-Han S; Yasin, Abeer

    2012-12-01

    Serum creatinine does not share the properties of an ideal marker of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) like inulin, but continues to be the most widely used endogenous marker of GFR. In the search of a better biomarker of GFR, the small molecular weight protein cystatin C has been introduced with features more similar to that of inulin, such as constant production and no non-renal elimination. However,it has not enjoyed widespread use despite its significantly improved diagnostic performance in the detection of impaired GFR and its independence of body composition. A variety of formulae based on either cystatin C or creatinine or both have been developed to estimate GFR. We summarize the currently used methods of GFR measurement, their limitations and analytical errors. The review also summarizes the history, features and the feasibility of cystatin C measurements as well as the most widely used formulae for the estimation of GFR in children. The diagnostic performance of the cystatin C derived eGFR formulae at various levels of GFR is also discussed. An eGFR formula derived from pooled studies analyzing both creatinine and cystatin C, and using a biology-based mathematical approach maybe advantageous.

  16. Diversity of Fusarium species and mycotoxins contaminating pineapple.

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    Stępień, Łukasz; Koczyk, Grzegorz; Waśkiewicz, Agnieszka

    2013-08-01

    Pineapple (Ananas comosus var. comosus) is an important perennial crop in tropical and subtropical areas. It may be infected by various Fusarium species, contaminating the plant material with mycotoxins. The aim of this study was to evaluate Fusarium species variability among the genotypes isolated from pineapple fruits displaying fungal infection symptoms and to evaluate their mycotoxigenic abilities. Forty-four isolates of ten Fusarium species were obtained from pineapple fruit samples: F. ananatum, F. concentricum, F. fujikuroi, F. guttiforme, F. incarnatum, F. oxysporum, F. polyphialidicum, F. proliferatum, F. temperatum and F. verticillioides. Fumonisins B1-B3, beauvericin (BEA) and moniliformin (MON) contents were quantified by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) in pineapple fruit tissue. Fumonisins are likely the most dangerous metabolites present in fruit samples (the maximum FB1 content was 250 μg g(-1) in pineapple skin and 20 μg ml(-1) in juice fraction). In both fractions, BEA and MON were of minor significance. FUM1 and FUM8 genes were identified in F. fujikuroi, F. proliferatum, F. temperatum and F. verticillioides. Cyclic peptide synthase gene (esyn1 homologue) from the BEA biosynthetic pathway was identified in 40 isolates of eight species. Based on the gene-specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays, none of the isolates tested were found to be able to produce trichothecenes or zearalenone.

  17. C-terminal KDEL-modified cystatin C is retained in transfected CHO cells

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    Johansen, Teit Eliot; Vogel, Charlotte Katrine; Schwartz, Thue W.

    1990-01-01

    The significance of a C-terminal tetrapeptide, Lys-Asp-Glu-Leu (KDEL), as a retention signal for the endoplasmatic reticulum was studied using cystatin C, a general thiol protease inhibitor, as the reporter protein. Clones of CHO cells were analyzed after stable transfection with eukaryotic...... expression vectors encoding either cystatin C, KDEL extended cystatin C, or cystatin C extended with a control sequence. It is concluded that cystatin C with the KDEL tetrapeptide as a C-terminal extension is retained intracellularly without apparent accumulation of the molecule....

  18. Determination of cystatin C in serum and its clinical significance%血清cystatin C对肾小球滤过功能价值的探讨

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    沈清; 甘华; 谯林; 刘俞梅

    2002-01-01

    目的探讨血清半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂-C(cystatin C)与肾小球滤过功能的临床意义.方法用ELISA法测定血清cystatin C的水平,同步测定Ccr和Scr,将血清cystatin C与Ccr和Scr相比较,分析它们的相关性和诊断的敏感性.结果血清cystatin C与Ccr有高度的相关性,并且血清cystatin C的诊断敏感性优与Scr.结论血清cystatin C是反映肾小球滤过功能的可靠、敏感的指标.

  19. Antioxidant effects of pineapple vinegar in reversing of paracetamol-induced liver damage in mice

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    Mohamad, Nurul Elyani; Yeap, Swee Keong; Lim, Kian Lam; Yusof, Hamidah Mohd; Beh, Boon Kee; Tan, Sheau Wei; Ho, Wan Yong; Sharifuddin, Shaiful Adzni; Jamaluddin, Anisah; Long, Kamariah; Nik Abd Rahman, Nik Mohd Afizan; Alitheen, Noorjahan Banu

    2015-01-01

    Background Pineapple (Ananas comosus) was demonstrated to be hepatoprotective. This study aims to investigate the reversing effects of pineapple vinegar on paracetamol-induced liver damage in murine model. Methods Pineapple juice was fermented via anaerobic and aerobic fermentation to produce pineapple vinegar. Male BALB/c mice (n = 70) were separated into 7 treatment groups (n = 10). Pineapple vinegar (0.08 and 2 mL/kg BW) and synthetic vinegar were used to treat paracetamol-induced liver da...

  20. Impact of Growth Hormone on Cystatin C

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    Lisa Sze

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Background: Cystatin C (CysC is an alternative marker to creatinine for estimation of the glomerular filtration rate (GFR. Hormones such as thyroid hormones and glucocorticoids are known to have an impact on CysC. In this study, we examined the effect of growth hormone (GH on CysC in patients with acromegaly undergoing transsphenoidal surgery. Methods: Creatinine, CysC, GH and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1 were determined in 24 patients with acromegaly before and following transsphenoidal surgery. Estimated GFR was calculated using the Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration formula. Results: In all patients, surgical debulking resulted in decreased clinical disease activity and declining GH/IGF-1 levels. Postoperatively, biochemical cure was documented in 20 out of 24 patients. Creatinine levels (mean ± SEM increased from 72 ± 3 to 80 ± 3 µmol/l (p = 0.0004 and concurrently, estimated GFR decreased from 99 ± 3 to 91 ± 3 ml/min (p = 0.0008. In contrast to creatinine, CysC levels decreased from 0.72 ± 0.02 to 0.68 ± 0.02 mg/l (p = 0.0008. Conclusions: Our study provides strong evidence for discordant effects of GH on creatinine and CysC in patients with acromegaly undergoing transsphenoidal surgery, thus identifying another hormone that influences CysC independent of renal function.

  1. Dementia with non-hereditary cystatin C angiopathy

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    Benedikz, Eirikur; Blöndal, H; Jóhannesson, G

    1989-01-01

    Brain biopsies from two patients with non-hereditary cerebral hemorrhages and eighty autopsied cases with the clinical diagnosis of dementia are presented. The biopsied cases, both males aged 64 and 59, had a sudden onset of cerebral hemorrhage, mild progressive dementia and cystatin C cerebral...... amyloid angiopathy. Of the autopsied cases 59 had senile plaques and cerebral amyloid angiopathy was also found in 36 of them. Both senile plaques and the blood vessel amyloid stained positively with beta-protein antibodies, and five of them also showed a positive reaction to cystatin C antibodies....... These cystatin C positive cases were three males aged 76, 80 and 83, and one female 93 years old and the fifth case was a female aged 47 with Down's syndrome....

  2. (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate inhibits fibrillogenesis of chicken cystatin.

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    Wang, Na; He, Jianwei; Chang, Alan K; Wang, Yu; Xu, Linan; Chong, Xiaoying; Lu, Xian; Sun, Yonghui; Xia, Xichun; Li, Hui; Zhang, Bing; Song, Youtao; Kato, Akio; Jones, Gary W

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    Previous studies have reported that (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), the most abundant flavonoid in green tea, can bind to unfolded native polypeptides and prevent conversion to amyloid fibrils. To elucidate whether this antifibril activity is specific to disease-related target proteins or is more generic, we investigated the ability of EGCG to inhibit amyloid fibril formation of amyloidogenic mutant chicken cystatin I66Q, a generic amyloid-forming model protein that undergoes fibril formation through a domain swapping mechanism. We demonstrated that EGCG was a potent inhibitor of amyloidogenic cystatin I66Q amyloid fibril formation in vitro. Computational analysis suggested that EGCG prevented amyloidogenic cystatin fibril formation by stabilizing the molecule in its native-like state as opposed to redirecting aggregation toward disordered and amorphous aggregates. Therefore, although EGCG appears to be a generic inhibitor of amyloid-fibril formation, the mechanism by which it achieves such inhibition may be specific to the target fibril-forming polypeptide.

  3. Dementia with non-hereditary cystatin C angiopathy

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    Benedikz, Eirikur; Blöndal, H; Jóhannesson, G

    1989-01-01

    Brain biopsies from two patients with non-hereditary cerebral hemorrhages and eighty autopsied cases with the clinical diagnosis of dementia are presented. The biopsied cases, both males aged 64 and 59, had a sudden onset of cerebral hemorrhage, mild progressive dementia and cystatin C cerebral...... amyloid angiopathy. Of the autopsied cases 59 had senile plaques and cerebral amyloid angiopathy was also found in 36 of them. Both senile plaques and the blood vessel amyloid stained positively with beta-protein antibodies, and five of them also showed a positive reaction to cystatin C antibodies....... These cystatin C positive cases were three males aged 76, 80 and 83, and one female 93 years old and the fifth case was a female aged 47 with Down's syndrome....

  4. Physicochemical, Proximate and Sensory Properties of Pineapple (Ananas sp.) Syrup Developed from Its Organic Side-Stream

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    Tortoe, C.; Johnson, P.N.T.; Slaghek, T.; Miedema, M.; Timmermans, T.

    2013-01-01

    A major economical industrial challenge from pineapple (Ananas sp.) processing contributing to environmental pollu- tion is the organic side-streams of pineapple. The physicochemical, proximate and sensory properties of organic side- stream pineapple syrup (OSPS) developed from Smooth cayenne, Sugar loaf and MD2 pineapple varieties were evalu- ated. Organic side-stream pineapple syrup developed from MD2 recorded the highest moisture content with a corre- sponding water activity. The colour ch...

  5. Two secreted cystatins of the soft tick Ornithodoros moubata: differential expression pattern and inhibitory specificity.

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    Grunclová, Lenka; Horn, Martin; Vancová, Marie; Sojka, Daniel; Franta, Zdenek; Mares, Michael; Kopácek, Petr

    2006-12-01

    Two genes coding for cysteine peptidase inhibitors of the cystatin family (Om-cystatin 1 and 2) were isolated from a gut-specific cDNA library of the soft tick Ornithodoros moubata. Both cystatins were clearly down-regulated after a blood meal. Om-cystatin 1 is mainly expressed in the tick gut, while Om-cystatin 2 mRNA was also found in other tick tissues. Authentic Om-cystatin 2 was significantly more abundant than Om-cystatin 1 in the gut contents of fasting ticks and was associated with hemosome-derived residual bodies accumulated in the gut lumen. Om-cystatin 2 was also expressed by type 2 secretory cells in the salivary glands of unfed ticks. The inhibitory specificity of recombinant Om-cystatins 1 and 2 was tested with mammalian cysteine peptidases, as well as endogenous cysteine peptidases present in the tick gut. Both cystatins efficiently inhibited papain-like peptidases, including cathepsin B and H, but differed significantly in their affinity towards cathepsin C and failed to block asparaginyl endopeptidase. Our results suggest that the secreted cystatin isoinhibitors are involved in the regulation of multiple proteolytic targets in the tick digestive system and tick-host interaction.

  6. Genetic diversity of Cuban pineapple germplasm assessed by AFLP Markers

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    Ermis Yanes Paz

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The Cuban pineapple germplasm collection represents the genetic diversity of pineapple cultivated in that country and includes other important genotypes obtained from the germplasm collections in Brazil and Martinique. The collection has previously been characterized with morphological descriptors but a molecular characterization has been lacking. With this aim, 56 six genotypes of A. comosus and one of Bromelia pinguin were analyzed with a total of 191 AFLP markers. A dendrogram that represents the genetic relationships between these samples based on the AFLP results showed a low level of diversity in the Cuban pineapple collection. All Ananas comosus accessions, being the majority obtained from farmers in different regions in Cuba, are grouped at distances lower than 0.20. Molecular characterization was in line with morphological characterization. These results are useful for breeding and conservation purposes.

  7. In vitro activity of pineapple extracts (Ananas comosus, Bromeliaceae) on Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus (Acari: Ixodidae).

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    Domingues, Luciana Ferreira; Giglioti, Rodrigo; Feitosa, Karina Alves; Fantatto, Rafaela Regina; Rabelo, Márcio Dias; Oliveira, Márcia Cristina de Sena; Oliveira, Gilson Pereira de; Bechara, Gervasio Henrique; Chagas, Ana Carolina de Souza

    2013-07-01

    Measures to control the cattle tick, Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus, based only on chemical products are becoming unsustainable, mainly because of the development of resistance. The objective of this study was to test the effect of the aqueous extract of pineapple skin (AEPS) and bromelain extracted from the stem (Sigma-Aldrich®, B4882) on engorged females and larvae of R. (B.) microplus in vitro. These substances were diluted in water and evaluated at eight concentrations. Engorged females were collected and distributed in groups of 10, with three repetitions for each treatment. After immersion in the solutions, the females were placed in an incubator for observation of survival, oviposition and larval hatching. The larval packet method was used, also with three repetitions with about 100 larvae each. The packets were incubated and the readings were performed after 24 h. The estimated reproduction and efficacy of the solutions were calculated. The LC(50) and LC(90) were estimated using the Probit procedure of the SAS program. The eight concentrations were compared within each treatment by the Tukey test. For the experiment with engorged females, the most effective concentrations were 125, 250 and 500 mg/mL: 33%, 48% and 59% for the AEPS and 27%, 51% and 55% for the bromelain. The LC(50) and LC(90) values were, respectively, 276 and 8691 mg/mL for AEPS and 373 and 5172 mg/mL for bromelain. None of the dilutions tested was effective against the larvae of R. (B.) microplus. This is the first report of the action of pineapple extracts or their constituents on cattle ticks. The results demonstrate that further studies regarding composition of tick cuticle, with evaluation of other solvents and formulations, should be conducted seeking to enhance the effect of pineapple extracts and compounds against this ectoparasite.

  8. The energetic characterization of pineapple crown leaves.

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    Braga, R M; Queiroga, T S; Calixto, G Q; Almeida, H N; Melo, D M A; Melo, M A F; Freitas, J C O; Curbelo, F D S

    2015-12-01

    Energetic characterization of biomass allows for assessing its energy potential for application in different conversion processes into energy. The objective of this study is to physicochemically characterize pineapple crown leaves (PC) for their application in energy conversion processes. PC was characterized according to ASTM E871-82, E1755-01, and E873-82 for determination of moisture, ash, and volatile matter, respectively; the fixed carbon was calculated by difference. Higher heating value was determined by ASTM E711-87 and ash chemical composition was determined by XRF. The thermogravimetric and FTIR analyses were performed to evaluate the thermal decomposition and identify the main functional groups of biomass. PC has potential for application in thermochemical processes, showing high volatile matter (89.5%), bulk density (420.8 kg/m(3)), and higher heating value (18.9 MJ/kg). The results show its energy potential justifying application of this agricultural waste into energy conversion processes, implementing sustainability in the production, and reducing the environmental liabilities caused by its disposal.

  9. Cystatins as calpain inhibitors: engineered chicken cystatin- and stefin B-kininogen domain 2 hybrids support a cystatin-like mode of interaction with the catalytic subunit of mu-calpain.

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    Díaz, B G; Gross, S; Assfalg-Machleidt, I; Pfeiler, D; Gollmitzer, N; Gabrijelcic-Geiger, D; Stubbs, M T; Fritz, H; Auerswald, E A; Machleidt, W

    2001-01-01

    Within the cystatin superfamily, only kininogen domain 2 (KD2) is able to inhibit mu- and m-calpain. In an attempt to elucidate the structural requirements of cystatins for calpain inhibition, we constructed recombinant hybrids of human stefin B (an intracellular family 1 cystatin) with KD2 and deltaL110 deletion mutants of chicken cystatin-KD2 hybrids. Substitution of the N-terminal contact region of stefin B by the corresponding KD2 sequence resulted in a calpain inhibitor of Ki = 188 nM. Deletion of L110, which forms a beta-bulge in family 1 and 2 cystatins but is lacking in KD2, improved inhibition of mu-calpain 4- to 8-fold. All engineered cystatins were temporary inhibitors of calpain due to slow substrate-like cleavage of a single peptide bond corresponding to Gly9-Ala10 in chicken cystatin. Biomolecular interaction analysis revealed that, unlike calpastatin, the cystatin-type inhibitors do not bind to the calmodulin-like domain of the small subunit of calpain, and their interaction with the mu-calpain heterodimer is completely prevented by a synthetic peptide comprising subdomain B of calpastatin domain 1. Based on these results we propose that (i) cystatin-type calpain inhibitors interact with the active site of the catalytic domain of calpain in a similar cystatin-like mode as with papain and (ii) the potential for calpain inhibition is due to specific subsites within the papain-binding regions of the general cystatin fold.

  10. Towards sustainable use of potassium in pineapple waste.

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    Ahmed, Osumanu H; Husni, M H A; Anuar, A R; Hanafi, M M

    2004-11-20

    Due to the 1997/98 haze problem in South-East Asia and the increasing need for sustainable food production and development, the usual management of crop residues (including pineapple wastes) through burning is prohibited. As a result, the need for alternative uses of pineapple wastes in pineapple production has been emphasized. This study investigated an environmentally friendly means of recycling pineapple leaves for agricultural use. Pineapple leaves were shredded and composted in a composting drum for 30 days. Part of the shredded leaves was ashed in a muffle furnace for 4 h. Humic acid (HA), K-fulvate, and K in HA and compost were analyzed using standard procedures. An ash to water ratio of 1:7 was used to extract 0.1 molar (M) KOH from the shredded leaves. The 0.1 M KOH contained 50% K and was able to extract 20% HA from the composted pineapple leaves. Percent K in the fulvate using 0.1 M KOH was 43. Besides serving as a foliar spray (supplement soil application K fertilizers), source of K for freshwater fish (e.g., tilapia), the HA produced can be used as a soil conditioner. Studies show that between 0.05-0.01 g of HA per kg soil retards runoff by 36% in sandy and sandy loam soils. The K-fulvate can be used as a fluid fertilizer. In addition, the pH of 2 of the K-fulvate suggests it could be used to dissolve phosphate rocks, particularly those in the arid regions where high soil pH does not facilitate the dissolution of these important rocks that serve as one of the sources of phosphorus fertilizer in agriculture.

  11. Towards Sustainable Use of Potassium in Pineapple Waste

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    Osumanu H. Ahmed

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Due to the 1997/98 haze problem in South-East Asia and the increasing need for sustainable food production and development, the usual management of crop residues (including pineapple wastes through burning is prohibited. As a result, the need for alternative uses of pineapple wastes in pineapple production has been emphasized. This study investigated an environmentally friendly means of recycling pineapple leaves for agricultural use. Pineapple leaves were shredded and composted in a composting drum for 30 days. Part of the shredded leaves was ashed in a muffle furnace for 4 h. Humic acid (HA, K-fulvate, and K in HA and compost were analyzed using standard procedures. An ash to water ratio of 1:7 was used to extract 0.1 molar (M KOH from the shredded leaves. The 0.1 M KOH contained 50% K and was able to extract 20% HA from the composted pineapple leaves. Percent K in the fulvate using 0.1 M KOH was 43. Besides serving as a foliar spray (supplement soil application K fertilizers, source of K for freshwater fish (e.g., tilapia, the HA produced can be used as a soil conditioner. Studies show that between 0.05–0–01 g of HA per kg soil retards runoff by 36% in sandy and sandy loam soils. The K-fulvate can be used as a fluid fertilizer. In addition, the pH of 2 of the K-fulvate suggests it could be used to dissolve phosphate rocks, particularly those in the arid regions where high soil pH does not facilitate the dissolution of these important rocks that serve as one of the sources of phosphorus fertilizer in agriculture.

  12. Production of Citric Acid by Aspergillus niger Using Pineapple Waste

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    S. O. Kareem; Akpan, I.; Alebiowu, O. O.

    2010-01-01

    A solid state fermentation was developed for citric acid production from pineapple waste by Aspergillus niger KS-7. The medium was supplemented with different concentration of glucose, sucrose, ammonium nitrate and ammonium phosphate. It was found that pineapple waste with 15% (w/v) sucrose and ammonium nitrate (0.25% w/v) gave the optimum citric acid secretion (60.61 g/kg) in the presence of methanol (2% v/v) when fermented for 5 days at 30 °C with the initial moisture content of 65%. The ...

  13. Organic polyculture of passion fruit, pineapple, corn and cassava: the influence of green manure and distance between espaliers

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    Sebastião Elviro de Araújo Neto

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The organic fruit crop should incorporate the principles of sustainable agriculture, with a guarantee of productivity coupled with ecological diversity, using techniques of policultive with regional species. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of the green manure crops [Canavalia ensiformis (jack beans, Crotalaria spectabilis (sunn hemp, Pueraria phaseoloides (tropical kudzu, Arachis pintoi (peanut forage and spontaneous plants] and distance between espaliers on the yields of Passiflora edulis f. flavicarpa (passion fruit, Ananas comosus (pineapple, Zea mays (maize, Manihot esculenta (cassava and biomass in organic polyculture in the state of Acre, Brazil. The randomized block design experiment comprised plots encompassing the space between the rows of passion fruits (espaliers located 3 m or 4 m apart, and subplots that contained the green manure crops. Green biomass yield by jack beans, sunn hemp and tropical kudzu was greater than that provided by peanut forage and spontaneous plants. The polyculture of passion fruit, pineapple, maize and cassava presented a high overall yield (44462 kg ha-1. The land-use efficiency of the polyculture system was between 2.45 (with sunn hemp and 2.77 (with tropical kudzu times greater than that achieved by individual monocultures. The yields of passion fruit (with tropical kudzu as cover crop and pineapple (with spontaneous plants as green manure were enhanced by some 72 and 34%, respectively, when cultivated in plots comprising 3 m-spaced espaliers in comparison with plots containing 4 m-spaced espaliers.

  14. Mechanism of internal browning of pineapple: The role of gibberellins catabolism gene (AcGA2ox) and GAs

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    Zhang, Qin; Rao, Xiuwen; Zhang, Lubin; He, Congcong; Yang, Fang; Zhu, Shijiang

    2016-01-01

    Internal browning (IB), a physiological disorder (PD) that causes severe losses in harvested pineapple, can be induced by exogenous gibberellins (GAs). Over the years, studies have focused on roles of Gibberellin 2-oxidase (GA2oxs), the major GAs catabolic enzyme in plants, in the regulation of changes in morphology or biomass. However, whether GA2oxs could regulate PD has not been reported. Here, a full-length AcGA2ox cDNA was isolated from pineapple, with the putative protein sharing 23.59% to 72.92% identity with GA2oxs from five other plants. Pineapples stored at 5 °C stayed intact, while those stored at 20 °C showed severe IB. Storage at 5 °C enhanced AcGA2ox expression and decreased levels of a GAs (GA4) ‘compared with storage at 20 °C. However, at 20 °C, exogenous application of abscisic acid (ABA) significantly suppressed IB. ABA simultaneously upregulated AcGA2ox and reduced GA4. Ectopic expression of AcGA2ox in Arabidopsis resulted in reduced GA4, lower seed germination, and shorter hypocotyls and roots, all of which were restored by exogenous GA4/7. Moreover, in pineapple, GA4/7 upregulated polyphenol oxidase, while storage at 5 °C and ABA downregulated it. These results strongly suggest the involvement of AcGA2ox in regulation of GAs levels and a role of AcGA2ox in regulating IB. PMID:27982026

  15. Posttranslational Processing and Modification of Cathepsins and Cystatins

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    Nobuhiko Katunuma

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Cathepsins are an essential protease family in all living cells. The cathepsins play an essential roles such as protein catabolism and protein synthesis. To targeting to various organella and to regulate their activity, the post translational-processing and modification play an important role Cathepsins are translated in polysome as the pre-pro-mature forms. The pre-peptide is removed cotranslationally and then translocated to Golgi-apparatus and the pro-part is removed and the mature-part is glycosylated, and the mature-part is targeted into the lysosome mediated by mannose-6-phosphate signal and the mature-part is bound with their coenzymes. The degradation of the mature-part is started by the limited proteolysis of the ordered nicked bonds to make hydrophobic peptides. The peptides are incorporated into phagosome or proteasome after ubiquitinated and are degrade into amino-acids. Cystatins are endogenous inhibitors of cathepsins. Cystatin α which is only located in skin is phosphorylated at the near C-terminus by protein kinase-C, and the phosphorylate-cystatin α is incorporated into cornified envelope and conjugated with filaggrin-fiber by transglutaminase to form the linker-fiber of skin. The cystatin α is modified by glutathione or make their dimmer, and they are inactive. Those modifications are regulated by the redox-potential by the glutathione.

  16. Association between cystatin C and the interaction of pulmonary ...

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    Results: The highest level of Cys C was obtained in PTB + CD group. Before and after adjusting ... inhibitor of cathepsins, cystatin is down-regulated in macrophages ... urease method, and its normal reference value is. 2.14 - 8.21 mmol/L.

  17. Design of automatic control system for the precipitation of bromelain from the extract of pineapple wastes

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    Flavio Vasconcelos da Silva

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available In this work, bromelain was recovered from ground pineapple stem and rind by means of precipitation with alcohol at low temperature. Bromelain is the name of a group of powerful protein-digesting, or proteolytic, enzymes that are particularly useful for reducing muscle and tissue inflammation and as a digestive aid. Temperature control is crucial to avoid irreversible protein denaturation and consequently to improve the quality of the enzyme recovered. The process was carried out alternatively in two fed-batch pilot tanks: a glass tank and a stainless steel tank. Aliquots containing 100 mL of pineapple aqueous extract were fed into the tank. Inside the jacketed tank, the protein was exposed to unsteady operating conditions during the addition of the precipitating agent (ethanol 99.5% because the dilution ratio "aqueous extract to ethanol" and heat transfer area changed. The coolant flow rate was manipulated through a variable speed pump. Fine tuned conventional and adaptive PID controllers were on-line implemented using a fieldbus digital control system. The processing performance efficiency was enhanced and so was the quality (enzyme activity of the product.

  18. World pineapple production: an overview | M F | African Journal of ...

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    Thailand, Philippines, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Hawaii, ... Coast and South Africa are the major exporters of pineapple in the world market. ... Climate, Propagation, Intercultural operations, Post-harvest operations, Uses ... By Country · List All Titles · Free To Read Titles This Journal is Open Access.

  19. The Analgesic Effect of Pineapple Fruit Juice on Mice

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    Ainul Atiqah binti Hilmi

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    Full Text Available Background: Pain is a feeling stimulated by the nervous system which can be suppressed by giving an analgesic agent. Some studies revealed that pineapples have an analgesic effect. This study aim was to determine analgesic effect of pineapple on mice. Methods: In this experimental study, the effect was examined by using a writhing method on the 28 male mice. Subjects were divided into 4 groups with 7 mice each. The control group received aquades and other groups received pineapple fruit juice with 20%, 40% and 80% concentration with the dosage of 10 mL/kg/body weight. After 30 minutes, 3% acetic acid was injected intraperitoneally to induce pain. Writhing responseswere observed every 5 minutes for 30 minutes. Results: The result for mean of total writhing reaction was 2.39±0.40, 1.92±0.40, 1.50±2.13, 1.66±0.11 respectively for group 1 to 4. These data indicated a significant decrease of total writhing response in mice with 20%, 40% and 80% concentration compared to control group (p=0.023;p=0.000 and p=0.000 respectively. Most optimal concentration was40% with the protective percentage equal to 71.8%. Conclusion: Pineapple fruit juice concentrations (20%, 40%, and 80%has an analgesic effect with the most optimal concentration of 40%.

  20. Understanding the effects of slip pruning on pineapple fruit quality

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    Fassinou Hotegni, V.N.; Lommen, W.J.M.; Agbossou, E.K.; Struik, P.C.

    2016-01-01

    Pineapple fruit quality is important especially when fruits are exported to international markets. Fruits should meet minimum requirements such as a weight of at least 0.7 kg, a ratio between the crown length and infructescence (fruit without the crown) length ranging from 0.5 to 1.5, and a Brix

  1. Assessment of feeding value of vegetable-carried pineapple fruit ...

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    Aug 3, 2015 ... brewers' dried grains:pineapple waste blends (a) BDG mixed with ... estimated using the Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (model ... with vegetable carrier as the main treatment effect and mixing ratios ...... University of Kentucky, Cooperative Extension Service, .... Hemalatha R, Ambuselvi S (2013).

  2. Identification and partial characterization of a gut Rhipicephalus appendiculatus cystatin.

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    Imamura, Saiki; Konnai, Satoru; Yamada, Shinji; Parizi, Luís F; Githaka, Naftaly; Vaz, Itabajara da S; Murata, Shiro; Ohashi, Kazuhiko

    2013-02-01

    Vaccines are among the alternative tick control methods expected to replace at least in part the volumes of chemical acaricides currently used worldwide. However, a vaccination approach depends on a host immune response against proteins that are essential to tick physiology. The cystatin family is a protein class recently investigated to compose an effective antigen in a tick vaccine. In this study, a cDNA from Rhipicephalus appendiculatus with high sequence similarity to cystatins type 2 was identified by random sequencing analysis and called R. appendiculatus cystatin 1 (Ra-cyst-1). DNA sequence analysis showed that the cloned Ra-cyst-1 has a 423-bp open reading frame and codified to a 140-amino acid polypeptide. The putative mature protein consists of 115 amino acid residues with a deduced molecular weight of 12.8kDa. The highly conserved G (P-I), QxVxG (P-II), and PW (P-III) type 2 cystatins motifs are present in Ra-cyst-1 cDNA. RT-PCR analysis showed that the Ra-cyst-1 gene is expressed in nymph, male, and female midgut following blood feeding, but not in the salivary glands of fed females. In addition, Western blot revealed that recombinant Ra-cyst-1 was not recognized by sera derived from rabbits infested with ticks, suggesting that this cystatin is not secreted into the host during infestation. We hypothesize that Ra-cyst-1 may play a role in the tick feeding process and could be a concealed antigen candidate in further anti-tick vaccination trials.

  3. The expression and clinical significance of cystatin M in breast cancer%Cystatin M在乳腺癌中的表达及其临床意义

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    魏江; 朱江; 罗光华; 汤艳红; 牟琴峰; 陈陆俊; 董选

    2007-01-01

    目的 了解cystatin M在乳腺肿瘤中的表达及其临床意义.方法 采用实时定量PCR检测52例乳腺肿瘤标本及邻近正常乳腺组织中cystatin M mRNA及内参GAPDH表达水平,分析cystatin M基因表达与临床病理参数的关系.结果 乳腺癌标本的cystatin M含量与其周围邻近的正常乳腺组织及良性肿瘤中表达cystatin M含量无统计学意义;但发生淋巴结转移的乳腺肿瘤标本的cystatin M则明显低于其周围邻近的正常乳腺组织(P<0.05),也明显低于未发生淋巴结的乳腺肿瘤标本(P<0.05);乳腺癌标本cystatin M表达水平与乳腺癌病人的雌激素受体状态(ER)及孕激素状态(PR)无关.结论 Cystatin M是一种监测乳腺癌是否发生转移的一种可靠的指标.

  4. 肿瘤患者与健康对照人群半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂C水平的比较研究%The Levels of Serum Cystatin C in Patients with Tumors and Healthy Controls

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    宋昊岚; 贺勇; 张宇; 王莉; 贾成瑶

    2012-01-01

    Objective To determine the association between serum cystatin C and tumors. Methods Serum samples were obtained from 273 patients with tumors and 185 healthy volunteers. Serum cystatin C was determined by particle-enhanced turbidimetric immuhoassay (PETIA). Student i-test, covariance analysis and multiple linear regressions were performed to examine the differences in the levels of cystatin C between the two groups. Results The student t-test did not show significant statistical differences in the serum cystatin C levels between the two groups (P = 0. 075). However, such differences became statistically significant (P<0. 01) after adjustment of age. The multiple liner regression demonstrated that healthy volunteers and men had higher levels of cystatin C than those with tumors and women. Cystatin C also increased with age and decreases with estimating glomerular filtration rate. Conclusion Cystatin C may be associated with the genesis and development of tumors.%目的 探讨血清半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂C(cystatin C)浓度水平与肿瘤的关系.方法 颗粒增强免疫比浊法测定273例实体恶性肿瘤患者(肿瘤组)和185例健康体检者(对照组)的血清cystatin C浓度,比较两组血清cystatin C浓度水平的差异并分析其影响因素.结果 肿瘤组、对照组cystatin C水平差异无统计学意义(P=0.075);但去除混杂因素年龄的影响后两者差异有统计学意义(P<0.01);且多元回归分析显示cystatin C水平对照组比肿瘤组高、男性比女性高,且随年龄增长、肾小球滤过率( eGFR)水平下降而升高.结论 Cystatin C可能在肿瘤的发生发展中起到一定作用.

  5. Development of Pineapple Microsatellite Markers and Germplasm Genetic Diversity Analysis

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    Suping Feng

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Two methods were used to develop pineapple microsatellite markers. Genomic library-based SSR development: using selectively amplified microsatellite assay, 86 sequences were generated from pineapple genomic library. 91 (96.8% of the 94 Simple Sequence Repeat (SSR loci were dinucleotide repeats (39 AC/GT repeats and 52 GA/TC repeats, accounting for 42.9% and 57.1%, resp., and the other three were mononucleotide repeats. Thirty-six pairs of SSR primers were designed; 24 of them generated clear bands of expected sizes, and 13 of them showed polymorphism. EST-based SSR development: 5659 pineapple EST sequences obtained from NCBI were analyzed; among 1397 nonredundant EST sequences, 843 were found containing 1110 SSR loci (217 of them contained more than one SSR locus. Frequency of SSRs in pineapple EST sequences is 1SSR/3.73 kb, and 44 types were found. Mononucleotide, dinucleotide, and trinucleotide repeats dominate, accounting for 95.6% in total. AG/CT and AGC/GCT were the dominant type of dinucleotide and trinucleotide repeats, accounting for 83.5% and 24.1%, respectively. Thirty pairs of primers were designed for each of randomly selected 30 sequences; 26 of them generated clear and reproducible bands, and 22 of them showed polymorphism. Eighteen pairs of primers obtained by the one or the other of the two methods above that showed polymorphism were selected to carry out germplasm genetic diversity analysis for 48 breeds of pineapple; similarity coefficients of these breeds were between 0.59 and 1.00, and they can be divided into four groups accordingly. Amplification products of five SSR markers were extracted and sequenced, corresponding repeat loci were found and locus mutations are mainly in copy number of repeats and base mutations in the flanking region.

  6. Human cystatin C forms an inactive dimer during intracellular trafficking in transfected CHO cells

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    Merz, G S; Benedikz, Eirikur; Schwenk, V

    1997-01-01

    To define the cellular processing of human cystatin C as well as to lay the groundwork for investigating its contribution to lcelandic Hereditary Cerebral Hemorrhage with Amyloidosis (HCHWA-I), we have characterized the trafficking, secretion, and extracellular fate of human cystatin C...... that the cystatin C dimer, formed during intracellular trafficking, is converted to monomer at or before secretion. Cells in which exit from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) was blocked with brefeldin A contained the 33 kDa species, indicating that cystatin C dimerization occurs in the ER. After removal of brefeldin......, presumably as a consequence of the low pH of late endosome/lysosomes. As a dimer, cystatin C would be prevented from inhibiting the lysosomal cysteine proteases. These results reveal a novel mechanism, transient dimerization, by which cystatin C is inactivated during the early part of its trafficking through...

  7. I.v. N-acetylcysteine and emergency CT: use of serum creatinine and cystatin C as markers of radiocontrast nephrotoxicity.

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    Poletti, Pierre-Alexandre; Saudan, Patrick; Platon, Alexandra; Mermillod, Bernadette; Sautter, Anna-Maria; Vermeulen, Bernard; Sarasin, François P; Becker, Christoph D; Martin, Pierre-Yves

    2007-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of i.v. administration of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) on serum levels of creatinine and cystatin C, two markers of renal function, in patients with renal insufficiency who undergo emergency contrast-enhanced CT. Eighty-seven adult patients with renal insufficiency who underwent emergency CT were randomized to two groups. In the first group, in addition to hydration, patients received a 900-mg injection of NAC 1 hour before and another immediately after injection of iodine contrast medium. Patients in the second group received hydration only. Serum levels of creatinine and cystatin C were measured at admission and on days 2 and 4 after CT. Nephrotoxicity was defined as a 25% or greater increase in serum creatinine or cystatin C concentration from baseline value. A 25% or greater increase in serum creatinine concentration was found in nine (21%) of 43 patients in the control group and in two (5%) of 44 patients in the NAC group (p = 0.026). A 25% or greater increase in serum cystatin C concentration was found in nine (22%) of 40 patients in the control group and in seven (17%) of 41 patients in the NAC group (p = 0.59). On the basis of serum creatinine concentration only, i.v. administration of NAC appears protective against the nephrotoxicity of contrast medium. No effect is found when serum cystatin C concentration is used to assess renal function. The effect of NAC on serum creatinine level remains unclear and may not be related to a renoprotective action.

  8. Sustainable biobutanol production from pineapple waste by using Clostridium acetobutylicum B 527: Drying kinetics study

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    Khedkar, Manisha; Nimbalkar, Pranhita; Gaikwad, Shashank; Chavan, Prakash; Bankar, Sandip

    2017-01-01

    Present investigation explores the use of pineapple peel, a food industry waste, for acetone-butanol- ethanol (ABE) production using Clostridium acetobutylicum B 527. Proximate analysis of pineapple peel shows that it contains 35% cellulose, 19% hemicellulose, and 16% lignin on dry basis. Drying experiments on pineapple peel waste were carried out in the temperature range of 60–120 C and experimental drying data was modeled using moisture diffusion control model to study its effect on ABE pro...

  9. Using agronomic tools to improve pineapple quality and its uniformity in Benin

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    Fassinou Hotegni, V.N.

    2014-01-01

    Keywords: Ananas comosus; Benin; cultural practices; fruit quality; hapas; heterogeneity; planting material; slips; suckers; supply chain; variation in quality; variation within crop; vigour. Poor average quality and uniformity in quality have become major issues in agri-food chains. This is also the case in the pineapple sector in Benin where less than 2% of the fresh pineapple is exported to international markets. The average quality of pineapple delivered to other markets, local and region...

  10. Cellular processing of the amyloidogenic cystatin C variant of hereditary cerebral hemorrhage with amyloidosis, Icelandic type

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    Benedikz, Eirikur; Merz, G S; Schwenk, V

    1999-01-01

    (L68Q) that lacks the first 10 amino acids. We have previously shown that processing of wild-type cystatin C entails formation of a transient intracellular dimer that dissociates prior to secretion, such that extracellular cystatin C is monomeric. We report here that the cystatin C mutation engenders...... several alterations in its intracellular trafficking. It forms a stable intracellular dimer that is partially retained in the endoplasmic reticulum and degraded. The bulk of mutant cystatin C that is secreted does not dissociate and is secreted as an inactive dimer. Thus, formation of the stable mutant...

  11. Evaluation of cystatin C as an endogenous marker of glomerular filtration rate in dogs.

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    Almy, Frederic S; Christopher, Mary M; King, Don P; Brown, Scott A

    2002-01-01

    Cystatin C is a cysteine protease inhibitor produced by all nucleated cells. It is freely filtered by the glomerulus and is unaffected by nonrenal factors such as inflammation and gender. Because of greater sensitivity and specificity, cystatin C has been proposed to replace creatinine as a marker of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in humans. The aims of this study were to validate an automated assay in canine plasma and to evaluate the usefulness of cystatin C as a marker of GFR in dogs. Western blotting was used to demonstrate cross-reactivity of an anti-human cystatin C antibody. An immunoturbidimetric assay was used to detect cystatin C in 25 clinically healthy dogs and 25 dogs with renal failure. Mean cystatin C concentration in the healthy dogs and the dogs with renal failure was 1.08 +/- 0.16 mg/L and 4.37 +/- 1.79 mg/L respectively. Intra- and interassay variability was exogenous creatinine clearance had been determined previously. In the remnant kidney model, cystatin C was better correlated with GFR than creatinine (r = .79 versus .54) but was less well correlated with GFR in volume-depleted dogs (r = .54 versus .95). GFR measurements were repeated in the remnant kidney model dogs 60 days after initial GFR measurements. At this time, cystatin C and creatinine concentrations correlated equally well with GFR (r = .891 versus .894, respectively). Cystatin C concentration is a reasonable alternative to creatinine for screening dogs with decreased GFR due to chronic renal failure.

  12. Serum cystatin C concentration as an independent marker for hypertensive left ventricular hypertrophy

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    Xin Li; Hang Zhu; Peng Li; Qian Xin; Jie Liu; Wei Zhang; You-Hong Xing; Hao Xue

    2013-01-01

    Background Serum cystatin C levels can be used to predict morbidity and mortality in patients with cardiovascular disease. However, the clinical relevance of serum cystatin C levels in patients with hypertensive left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) has rarely been investigated. We designed the present study to investigate whether serum cystatin C levels are associated with cardiac structural and functional alterations in hypertensive patients. Methods We enrolled 823 hypertensive patients and classified them into two groups:those with LVH (n=287) and those without LVH (n=536). All patients underwent echocardiography and serum cystatin C testing. We analyzed the relationship be-tween serum cystatin C levels and LVH. Results Serum cystatin C levels were higher in hypertensive patients with LVH than in those without LVH (P<0.05). Using linear correlation analysis, we found a positive correlation between serum cystatin C levels and interven-tricular septal thickness (r=0.247, P<0.01), posterior wall thickness (r=0.216, P<0.01), and left ventricular weight index (r=0.347, P<0.01). When analyzed by multiple linear regression, the positive correlations remained between serum cystatin C and interventricular septal thickness (β=0.167, P<0.05), posterior wall thickness (β=0.187, P<0.05), and left ventricular weight index (β=0.245, P<0.01). Con-clusion Serum cystatin C concentration is an independent marker for hypertensive LVH.

  13. Cloning and characterisation of novel cystatins from elapid snake venom glands.

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    Richards, Renée; St Pierre, Liam; Trabi, Manuela; Johnson, Lambro A; de Jersey, John; Masci, Paul P; Lavin, Martin F

    2011-04-01

    Snake venoms contain a complex mixture of polypeptides that modulate prey homeostatic mechanisms through highly specific and targeted interactions. In this study we have identified and characterised cystatin-like cysteine-protease inhibitors from elapid snake venoms for the first time. Novel cystatin sequences were cloned from 12 of 13 elapid snake venom glands and the protein was detected, albeit at very low levels, in a total of 22 venoms. One highly conserved isoform, which displayed close sequence identity with family 2 cystatins, was detected in each elapid snake. Crude Austrelaps superbus (Australian lowland copperhead) snake venom inhibited papain, and a recombinant form of A. superbus cystatin inhibited cathepsin L ≅ papain > cathepsin B, with no inhibition observed for calpain or legumain. While snake venom cystatins have truncated N-termini, sequence alignment and structural modelling suggested that the evolutionarily conserved Gly-11 of family 2 cystatins, essential for cysteine protease inhibition, is conserved in snake venom cystatins as Gly-3. This was confirmed by mutagenesis at the Gly-3 site, which increased the dissociation constant for papain by 10(4)-fold. These data demonstrate that elapid snake venom cystatins are novel members of the type 2 family. The widespread, low level expression of type 2 cystatins in snake venom, as well as the presence of only one highly conserved isoform in each species, imply essential housekeeping or regulatory roles for these proteins.

  14. Characterization and expression of a novel cystatin gene from Schistosoma japonicum.

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    He, Baohua; Cai, Guobin; Ni, Yonghui; Li, Ying; Zong, Hongying; He, Li

    2011-08-01

    Cystatins are a family of cysteine protease inhibitors that play a crucial role in the immune evasion from their host and in the adaptation to host defence. Here, we isolated a full-length cDNA sequence inferred to encode a novel cystatin gene from a blood fluke, Schistosoma japonicum. The cDNA, designated SjCystatin, comprised an open reading frame (ORF) of 306 bp, and encoded 101 amino acids with a predicted molecular weight of 11.3 kDa. This predicted protein shared a significant degree of sequence identity with the type I cystatin (stefin) of Schistosoma mansoni and Homo sapiens. These proteins exhibited a typical cystatin topology, including the absence of disulfide bonds and three conserved catalytic motifs, Gly at the N-terminus (Gly(6)), Gln-X-Val-X-Gly motif (Q(49)VVAG(53)) and an LP pair at the C-terminus (L(76)P(77)). The SjCystatin gene spanned 376 bp and contained three exons. The positions of two introns were conserved between the cystatin genes of trematodes and their vertebrate hosts. Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction confirmed the transcription of SjCystatin in the egg, schistosomula and adult stages of S. japonicum. The encoding ORF region was cloned into pET-28a (+) prokaryotic expression vector. After purification, the recombinant protein SjCystatin (recSjCystatin), expressed in Escherichia coli, was used to immunize animals and produce its specific polyclonal antibody. Western blot analysis revealed that the native SjCystatin was expressed in the egg and adult stages. The enzyme activity assay of the recSjCystatin showed that it inhibited the proteolytic activity of papain. SjCystatin protein was mainly localized on the miracidium within eggs. Immunohistochemistry revealed that SjCystatin mainly localized in the epithelial cells lining the gut as well as the tegument on the surface of adult worms. The conserved genomic DNA structure among cystatin homologues of trematode and their vertebrate host emphasized the characteristics

  15. Significance of serum cystatin C in evaluating the liver function in the patients with hepatic cirrhosis%血清胱抑素C在肝硬化患者肝功能评价中的意义

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    杨雪; 邱春华

    2011-01-01

    目的:分析血清胱抑素C(cystatin C,Cys C)及其与血清白蛋白(albumin,Alb)比值(Cys C/Alb)与肝硬化患者肝功能的相关性,探讨血清Cys C在肝硬化患者肝功能评价中的意义.方法:采用颗粒增强散射免疫比浊法测定111例肝硬化患者血清Cys C水平,根据血清Cys C水平分为高Cys C组与正常Cys C组,按Child-Pugh标准进行肝功能评分及分级,分析2组Cys C水平、Cys C/Alb与Child-Pugh分值和分级的相关性,对Cys C/Alb与Child-Pugh分值行直线回归分析.结果:49例血清Cys C水平升高,62例血清Cys C水平正常;高Cys C组Child A级16例、B级13例和C级20例,Cys C值、Cys C/Alb比值与Child-Pugh分值和分级均呈正相关;正常Cys C组Child A级37例、B级23例和C级2例,Child-Pugh分值和分级与Cys C值无相关性,与Cys C/Alb呈正相关.2组Cys C/Alb比值与Child-Pugh分值均存在直线回归关系.结论:高血清Cys C的肝硬化患者Cys C值或Cys C/AIb比值可较好评价其肝功能情况,反应肝硬化程度,Cys C/Alb比值与肝功能相关性的密切程度优于Cys C值,可作为血清Cys C水平正常的肝硬化患者肝功能的有效评价指标.%Objective To study the significance of serum cystatin C in evaluating the liver function in hepatic cirrhosis by analyzing the correlation of serum cystatin C and cystatin C/albumin with liver function. Methods The serum cystatin C was determined with particle-enhanced immunonephelometric assay in 111 patients with hepatic cirrhosis. The patients were divided into high-level and normal-level groups according to the level of serum cystatin C. The liver function was scored and graded according to Child-Pugh scoring system. The correlation of cystatin C level and cystatin C/albumin with ChildPugh score and grading was analyzed. Linear regression was used to analyze cystatin C/albumin and the Child-Pugh scores. Results The level of serum cystatin C was higher in 49 patients and normal in 62 patients. There were 16

  16. Effect of Pine-apple Pulp on Sensory and Chemical Properties of Burfi

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    Full Text Available Burfi is a popular khoa based confection and it’s contain considerable amount of milk solids. The manufacture of value added products by using seasonal fruit like pineapple. The present investigation shows that, the overall acceptability of the pineapple pulp Burfi prepared with 15 per cent pineapple pulp in treatment T4 (93.53 was highest and superior. Treatment T4 was more acceptable than all treatments in flavor, body texture and colour and appearance. The chemical composition of Burfi was affected due to addition of pineapple pulp to the fat, protein, total solids, moisture and ash. [Veterinary World 2010; 3(7.000: 329-331

  17. The maize cystatin CC9 interacts with apoplastic cysteine proteases.

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    van der Linde, Karina; Mueller, André N; Hemetsberger, Christoph; Kashani, Farnusch; van der Hoorn, Renier A L; Doehlemann, Gunther

    2012-11-01

    In a recent study we identified corn cystain9 (CC9) as a novel compatibility factor for the interaction of the biotrophic smut fungus Ustilago maydis with its host plant maize. CC9 is transcriptionally induced during the compatible interaction with U. maydis and localizes in the maize apoplast where it inhibits apoplastic papain-like cysteine proteases. The proteases are activated during incompatible interaction and salicylic acid (SA) treatment and, in turn, are sufficient to induce SA signaling including PR-gene expression. Therefore the inhibition of apoplastic papain-like cysteine proteases by CC9 is essential to suppress host immunity during U. maydis infection. Here were present new experimental data on the cysteine protease-cystatin interaction and provide an in silco analysis of plant cystatins and the identified apoplastic cysteine proteases.

  18. Mechanical properties of pineapple leaf fibre reinforced polypropylene composites

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    Arib, R.M.N. [Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Sapuan, S.M. [Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia)]. E-mail: sapuan@eng.upm.edu.my; Ahmad, M.M.H.M. [Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Paridah, M.T. [Faculty of Forestry, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Zaman, H.M.D. Khairul [Radiation Processing Technology Division, Malaysian Institute for Nuclear Technology Research (MINT), Bangi 43000 Kajang, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2006-07-01

    Pineapple leaf fibre, which is rich in cellulose, relative inexpensive and abundantly available has the potential for polymer-reinforced composite. The present study investigates the tensile and flexural behaviours of pineapple leaf fibre-polypropylene composites as a function of volume fraction. The tensile modulus and tensile strength of the composites were found to be increasing with fibre content in accordance with the rule of mixtures. The tensile modulus and tensile strength with a volume fraction 10.8% are 687.02 and 37.28 MPa, respectively. The flexural modulus gives higher value at 2.7% volume fraction. The flexural strength of the composites containing 5.4% volume fraction was found to be higher than that of pure polypropylene resin by 5.1%. Scanning electron microscopic studies were carried out to understand the fibre-matrix adhesion and fibre breakage.

  19. Ferulic acid is esterified to glucuronoarabinoxylans in pineapple cell walls.

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    Smith, B G; Harris, P J

    2001-03-01

    The ester-linkage of ferulic acid (mainly E) to polysaccharides in primary cell walls of pineapple fruit (Ananas comosus) (Bromeliaceae) was investigated by treating a cell-wall preparation with 'Driselase' which contains a mixture of endo- and exo-glycanases, but no hydroxycinnamoyl esterase activity. The most abundant feruloyl oligosaccharide released was O-[5-O-(E-feruloyl)-alpha-L-arabinofuranosyl](1-->3)-O-beta-D-xylopyranosyl-(1-->4)-D-xylopyranose (FAXX). This indicated that the ferulic acid is ester-linked to glucuronoarabinoxylans in the same way as in the primary walls of grasses and cereals (Poaceae). Glucuronoarabinoxylans are the major non-cellulosic polysaccharides in the pineapple cell walls.

  20. Jelly pineapple syneresis assessment via univariate and multivariate analysis

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    Carlos Alberto da Silva Ledo

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available The evaluation of the pineapple jelly is intended to analyze the occurrence of syneresis by univariate and multivariate analysis. The jelly of the pineapple presents low concentration pectin, therefore, it was added high methoxyl pectin in the following concentrations: 0.50%, 0.75% and 1.00% corresponding to slow, medium and fast speed of gel formation process. In this study it was checked the pH, acidity, brix and the syneresis of jelly. The highest concentration of pectin in the jelly showed a decrease in the release of the water, syneresis. This result showed that the percentage of 1.00% of pectin in jelly is necessary to form the gel and to obtain a suitable texture.

  1. Deleterious effects of plant cystatins against the banana weevil Cosmopolites sordidus.

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    Kiggundu, Andrew; Muchwezi, Josephine; Van der Vyver, Christell; Viljoen, Altus; Vorster, Juan; Schlüter, Urte; Kunert, Karl; Michaud, Dominique

    2010-02-01

    The general potential of plant cystatins for the development of insect-resistant transgenic plants still remains to be established given the natural ability of several insects to compensate for the loss of digestive cysteine protease activities. Here we assessed the potential of cystatins for the development of banana lines resistant to the banana weevil Cosmopolites sordidus, a major pest of banana and plantain in Africa. Protease inhibitory assays were conducted with protein and methylcoumarin (MCA) peptide substrates to measure the inhibitory efficiency of different cystatins in vitro, followed by a diet assay with cystatin-infiltrated banana stem disks to monitor the impact of two plant cystatins, oryzacystatin I (OC-I, or OsCYS1) and papaya cystatin (CpCYS1), on the overall growth rate of weevil larvae. As observed earlier for other Coleoptera, banana weevils produce a variety of proteases for dietary protein digestion, including in particular Z-Phe-Arg-MCA-hydrolyzing (cathepsin L-like) and Z-Arg-Arg-MCA-hydrolyzing (cathepsin B-like) proteases active in mildly acidic conditions. Both enzyme populations were sensitive to the cysteine protease inhibitor E-64 and to different plant cystatins including OsCYS1. In line with the broad inhibitory effects of cystatins, OsCYS1 and CpCYS1 caused an important growth delay in young larvae developing for 10 days in cystatin-infiltrated banana stem disks. These promising results, which illustrate the susceptibility of C. sordidus to plant cystatins, are discussed in the light of recent hypotheses suggesting a key role for cathepsin B-like enzymes as a determinant for resistance or susceptibility to plant cystatins in Coleoptera.

  2. Molecular cloning, characterization, and expression of wheat cystatins.

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    Kuroda, M; Kiyosaki, T; Matsumoto, I; Misaka, T; Arai, S; Abe, K

    2001-01-01

    We cloned four kinds of cDNAs of wheat cystatins (WCs), WC1, WC2, WC3, and WC4, from the seed. They had 47-68% amino acid sequence similarities to other plant cystatins. WC1, WC2, and WC4 had 63-67% similalities to one another while 93% of amino acids were identical between WC1 and WC3. This suggested that WCI, WC2, and WC4 should be regarded as the isoforms of wheat cystatins. The mRNAs for WC1, WC2, and WC4 were all expressed in seed at an early stage of maturation and, after that, their quantities decreased gradually. However, each of the mRNAs was again expressed one day after the start of germination and the expression continued for the following five days. WC1 seemed to be expressed at a higher level than WC2 and WC4. Immunostaining for looking at site-specific expression of each WC demonstrated that both WC1 and WC4 existed in the aleuron layer and embryo, but in the endosperm the only existing species was WC1. Differences in mRNA level and tissue localization found for the WCs may suggest their differential physiological roles.

  3. Cystatin C: A new biochemical marker in livestock sector

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    Pravas Ranjan Sahoo

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    Full Text Available The livestock sector contributes largely to the economy of India. Different systemic diseases like renal diseases, neurological and cardiovascular diseases cause huge loss in production and productive potential of livestock in India, which is considered as a major concern for both small and large ruminants. Early detection of diseseses is essential to combat the economic loss. An efficient biochemical marker can be developed which would provide more specific, sensitive and reliable measurement of functions of different organs. Determination of endogenous marker Cystatin C may fulfill the above need which can provide a detection platform not only for Kidney function but also for assaying other organs' function. Cystatin C is a low molecular weight protein which is removed from the bloodstream by glomerular filtration in the kidneys. Thus, it may act as a potential biological tool in diagnosis of renal and other systemic diseases in livestock. This mini-review focuses on the Cystatin C and its clinical importance which can be extensively employed in the livestock sector. [J Adv Vet Anim Res 2016; 3(3.000: 200-205

  4. Cystatin F is a biomarker of prion pathogenesis in mice

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    Sorce, Silvia; Moos, Rita; Schori, Christian; Beerli, Roger R.; Bauer, Monika; Saudan, Philippe; Dietmeier, Klaus; Lachmann, Ingolf; Linnebank, Michael; Martin, Roland; Kallweit, Ulf; Kana, Veronika; Rushing, Elisabeth J.; Budka, Herbert

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    Misfolding of the cellular prion protein (PrPC) into the scrapie prion protein (PrPSc) results in progressive, fatal, transmissible neurodegenerative conditions termed prion diseases. Experimental and epidemiological evidence point toward a protracted, clinically silent phase in prion diseases, yet there is no diagnostic test capable of identifying asymptomatic individuals incubating prions. In an effort to identify early biomarkers of prion diseases, we have compared global transcriptional profiles in brains from pre-symptomatic prion-infected mice and controls. We identified Cst7, which encodes cystatin F, as the most strongly upregulated transcript in this model. Early and robust upregulation of Cst7 mRNA levels and of its cognate protein was validated in additional mouse models of prion disease. Surprisingly, we found no significant increase in cystatin F levels in both cerebrospinal fluid or brain parenchyma of patients with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease compared to Alzheimer’s disease or non-demented controls. Our results validate cystatin F as a useful biomarker of early pathogenesis in experimental models of prion disease, and point to unexpected species-specific differences in the transcriptional responses to prion infections. PMID:28178353

  5. Tapanuli Organoclay Addition Into Linear Low Density Polyethylene-Pineapple Fiber Composites

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    Adawiyah, Robiatul; Juwono, Ariadne L.; Roseno, Seto

    2010-12-01

    Linear low density polyethylene-Tapanuli organoclay-pineapple fiber composites were succesfully synthesized by a melt intercalation method. The clay was modified as an organoclay by a cation exchange reaction using hexadecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (HDTMABr) surfactant. The X-ray diffraction results of the organoclay exhibited a higher basal spacing of 1.87 nm compared to the unmodified clay of 1.46 nm. The composite tensile strength was enhanced up to 46.4% with the 1 wt% organoclay addition. Both tensile and flexural moduli increased up to 150.6% and 43% with the 3 wt% organoclay addition to the composites. However, the flexural strength of the composites was not improved with the organoclay addition. The addition of organoclay has also decreased the heat deflection temperature of the composites.

  6. Bromelain, the enzyme complex of pineapple (Ananas comosus) and its clinical application. An update.

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    Taussig, S J; Batkin, S

    1988-01-01

    After a short description of the uses of pineapple as folk medicine by the natives of the tropics, the more important new pharmaceutical applications of bromelain, reported between 1975 and 1978, are presented. Although the exact chemical structure of all active components of bromelain is not fully determined, this substance has shown distinct pharmacological promise. Its properties include: (1) interference with growth of malignant cells; (2) inhibition of platelet aggregation; (3) fibrinolytic activity; (4) anti-inflammatory action; (5) skin debridement properties. These biological functions of bromelain, a non-toxic compound, have therapeutic values in modulating: (a) tumor growth; (b) blood coagulation; (c) inflammatory changes; (d) debridement of third degree burns; (e) enhancement of absorption of drugs. The mechanism of action of bromelain affecting these varied biological effects relates in part to its modulation of the arachidonate cascade.

  7. Effects of different deficit irrigation on sugar accumulation of pineapple during development

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    Feng, Haiyan; Du, Liqing; Liu, Shenghui; Zhang, Xiumei

    2017-08-01

    The potted pineapple cultivar ‘Comte de paris’ was used to study the influence of deficit irrigation on fruit sugar accumulation in greenhouse during the fruit enlargement period. The study included a control (normal irrigation) and two treatment groups, moderate deficit (50% of the control irrigation) and severe deficit (25% of the control irrigation). The results indicated that the deficit irrigation significantly decreased the sucrose accumulation. The sucrose content in the fruits of moderate deficit irrigation was the lowest. During the mature period, the deficit irrigation decreased the sucrose phosophate synthase activity(SPS) an increased the sucrose synthase (SS) and neutral invertase (NI). The moderate deficit irrigation significantly improved the acid invertase activity(AI). However, it was inhibited by the severe deficit irrigation. In general, the moderate treatment reduced the SPS activity and enhanced the NI and AI activities, while the severe treatment decreased the SPS and AI activities.

  8. Purification and some properties of peroxidase isozymes from pineapple stem.

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    Sung, H Y; Yu, R H; Chang, C T

    1993-01-01

    The enzyme peroxidase is widely distributed among the higher plants. Isozymes of peroxidase are known to occur in a variety of tissues in a large number of plant species. In this study, peroxidase isozymes were purified from the extract of pineapple stem through successive steps of ammonium sulfate fractionation, CM-Sepharose CL-6B chromatographies and DEAE-Sepharose CL-6B chromatographies. By these steps, twelve isozymes of peroxidase were obtained. Some properties of the isozymes were studied and compared.

  9. Study of pineapple peelings processing into vinegar by biotechnology.

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    Sossou, Seyram K; Ameyapoh, Yaovi; Karou, Simplice D; de Souza, Comlan

    2009-06-01

    This study aimed to reduce post-harvest losses of pineapple local variety egbenana by the transformation of juice into vinegar through biotechnological process. Vinegar was produced through two successive fermentations: alcoholic and acetic fermentations. The alcohol fermentation was carried out at 30 degrees C using yeast. Biomass, pH and Brix were evaluated daily during the fermentation. Acetic fermentation was carried out at 30 degrees C using an acetic bacteria strain isolated from pineapple wine previously exposed to ambient temperature (28 degrees C) for 5 days. Biomass, pH and acid levels were monitored each 2 days. The performance of acetic bacteria isolated was also assessed by studying their glucose and ethanol tolerance. The study allowed the isolation of yeast coded Saccharomyces cerevisiae (LAS01) and an acetic bacteria coded Acetobacter sp. (ASV03) both occurring in the pineapple juice. The monitoring of successive fermentations indicated that the pineapple juice with sugar concentration of 20 Brix, seeded with 10(6) cells of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (LAS01) for alcoholic fermentation for 4 days and afterwards seeded with 10(6) cells of Acetobacter sp. resulted in 4.5 acetic degree vinegar at Brix 5.3% and pH 2.8 for 23 to 25 days. The study of glucose tolerance of the strain of Acetobacter sp. showed that the growth of acetic bacteria was important in a juice with high concentration of sugar. However, the concentration of ethanol did not effect on the acetic bacteria growth. These results enabled on one hand to improve the manufacturing technology of vinegar from fruits and on the other hand to produce a starter of yeast and acetic bacteria strains for this production.

  10. Physicochemical, Proximate and Sensory Properties of Pineapple (Ananas sp.) Syrup Developed from Its Organic Side-Stream

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    Tortoe, C.; Johnson, P.N.T.; Slaghek, T.; Miedema, M.; Timmermans, T.

    2013-01-01

    A major economical industrial challenge from pineapple (Ananas sp.) processing contributing to environmental pollu- tion is the organic side-streams of pineapple. The physicochemical, proximate and sensory properties of organic side- stream pineapple syrup (OSPS) developed from Smooth cayenne, Sugar

  11. Food taboo of taking pineapple and milk at a time

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    Md. Mahbubur Rahman

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to assess whether potential toxic interactions occur between the pineapple and milk following oral administration in rats by comparing clinical signs, hematological and biochemical parameters with the normal control and toxic standard groups. Pineapple and milk solutions were made by 1:1 (PMS1 and 2:1 (PMS2 ratio, administered 12 mL/kg body weight. Forty rats were equally divided into 4 groups treated for 3 days: a normal control (only vehicle treated; b toxic standard (CCl4 was suspended in corn oil, 20% v/v; treated 1.25 mL/kg, c PMS1 and d PMS2 groups. CCl4 administration altered the normal behavior, changes gross and microscopic morphology. Toxicity related hematological and serum biochemistry changed significantly (p<0.05 than the normal group. However, all these clinical and pathological changes were completely absent in PMS treated groups. These results suggest that taking pineapple with milk is not toxic and this food taboo is wrong.

  12. Probing behavior of Dysmicoccus brevipes mealybug in pineapple plants

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    Lenira Viana Costa Santa-Cecília

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    Full Text Available Differences in susceptibility to viruses in plants may be partially explained by the insect vector probing behavior and by the presence of phenolic compounds, which are often associated with defense strategies. This study aimed at detecting barriers that may difficult the probing activity of the Dysmicoccus brevipes (Pseudococcidae pineapple mealybug, a vector of the pineapple mealybug wilt-associated virus, as well as evaluating the phenolic content of plants, in order to verify any possible relationship with the probing behavior, by using the electrical penetration graphs (EPG technique. Seedlings of 'Smooth Cayenne' and 'Pérola' pineapple cultivars were used in the experiments. Only 28 % and 21 % of the mealybugs reached the phloem of the 'Smooth Cayenne' and 'Pérola' cultivars, respectively, over 16 h of recording, with an average of 9 h to reach the phloem vessels. The xylem phase was extended in both cultivars and represented approximately 31 % ('Smooth Cayenne' and 44 % ('Pérola' of the recording time. The phenolic contents of both cultivars were similar.

  13. Cellular processing of the amyloidogenic cystatin C variant of hereditary cerebral hemorrhage with amyloidosis, Icelandic type

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    Benedikz, Eirikur; Merz, G S; Schwenk, V

    1999-01-01

    of an amyloidogenic mutation on the intracellular processing of its protein product. The protein, a mutant of the cysteine protease inhibitor cystatin C, is the amyloid precursor protein in Hereditary Cerebral Hemorrhage with Amyloidosis--Icelandic type (HCHWA-I). The amyloid fibers are composed of mutant cystatin C...

  14. An improved method to extract and purify cystatin from hen egg white.

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    Wang, Jiapei; Wu, Jianping

    2014-07-15

    Hen egg white cystatin, an inhibitor of cysteine proteinase, may have wide applications for improving human health. However, its pricy cost associated with extraction and preparation has hurdled its further utilization. The objective was to develop an improved method to extract and purify cystatin from egg white. After removal of ovomucin, a fraction containing cystatin was obtained by cation exchange chromatography, and further purified by affinity chromatography using a cm-papain-Sepharose column. The prepared cystatin was then characterized by SDS-PAGE, Western-Blot, and LC-MS/MS, and its purity was determined by HPLC method instead of the conventional immunodiffusion method. The protein content of cystatin extract was 66.4 ± 2.3%. In comparison with the conventional method, the purity of cystatin was improved from 56.6 ± 1.7% to 93.3 ± 4.0%, and its yield was improved from 21.3 ± 1.2% to 33.6 ± 1.5%. Relative activities of cystatin to inhibit papain prepared by our method and the conventional method were determined to be 88 ± 7% and 91 ± 4% respectively, against a cystatin standard from Sigma. This suggested no significant loss of activity during the separation process.

  15. Regulation of cathepsins S and L by cystatin F during maturation of dendritic cells.

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    Magister, Spela; Obermajer, Nataša; Mirković, Bojana; Svajger, Urban; Renko, Miha; Softić, Adaleta; Romih, Rok; Colbert, Jeff D; Watts, Colin; Kos, Janko

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    In dendritic cells (DCs) cysteine cathepsins play a key role in antigen processing, invariant chain (Ii) cleavage and regulation of cell adhesion after maturation stimuli. Cystatin F, a cysteine protease inhibitor, is present in DCs in endosomal/lysosomal vesicles and thus has a potential to modulate cathepsin activity. In immature DCs cystatin F colocalizes with cathepsin S. After induction of DC maturation however, it is translocated into lysosomes and colocalizes with cathepsin L. The inhibitory potential of cystatin F depends on the properties of the monomer. We showed that the full-length monomeric cystatin F was a 12-fold stronger inhibitor of cathepsin S than the N-terminally processed cystatin F, whereas no significant difference in inhibition was observed for cathepsins L, H and X. Therefore, the role of cystatin F in regulating the main cathepsin S function in DCs, i.e. the processing of Ii, may depend on the form of the monomer present in endosomal/lysosomal vesicles. On the other hand, intact and truncated monomeric cystatin F are both potent inhibitors of cathepsin L and it is likely that cystatin F could regulate its activity in maturing, adherent DCs, controlling the processing of procathepsin X, which promotes cell adhesion via activation of Mac-1 (CD11b/CD18) integrin receptor.

  16. Cystatin F regulates proteinase activity in IL-2-activated natural killer cells.

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    Maher, Katarina; Konjar, Spela; Watts, Colin; Turk, Boris; Kopitar-Jerala, Natasa

    2014-01-01

    Cystatin F is a unique member of the cystatin family of cysteine protease inhibitors, which is synthesized as an inactive dimer and it is activated by N-terminal cleavage in the endolysosomes. It is expressed in the cells of the immune system: myeloid cells and the cells involved in target cell killing: natural killer (NK) cells and cytotoxic T cells (CTLs). Upon activation of the NK cells with interleukin 2 (IL-2), cystatin F was found upregulated and co-localized in cytotoxic granules with cathepsin C (CatC) and CatV. However, cystatin F inhibits the CatC in cells only when its N-terminal part is processed. Although cystatin F could inhibit both CatV and CatC, the IL-2 stimulation of the YT cells resulted in an increased CatV activity, while the CatC activity was unchanged. The incubation of IL-2 activated NK cells with a cysteine proteinase inhibitor E-64d increased the cystatin F dimer formation. Our results suggest that cystatin F not only inhibits CatV, but it is processed by the CatV in order to inhibit the CatC activity in cytotoxic granules. The regulation of the CatC activity in the cytotoxic granules of the NK cells by the cystatin F could be important for the processing and activation of granule-associated serine proteases - granzymes.

  17. Cystatin C: A prognostic marker after myocardial infarction in patients without chronic kidney disease

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    Leila Abid

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    Conclusion: High cystatin C levels are associated with the severity of coronary artery disease in patients presenting an acute coronary syndrome and a normal renal function. Cystatin C is also associated to unfavourable cardiovascular outcomes during follow-up and appears as a strong predictor for risk of cardiovascular events and death.

  18. β2-microglobulin, cystatin C, and creatinine and risk of symptomatic peripheral artery disease

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    Joosten, Michel M.; Pai, Jennifer K.; Bertoia, Monica L.; Gansevoort, Ron T.; Bakker, Stephan J. L.; Cooke, John P.; Rimm, Eric B.; Mukamal, Kenneth J.

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: β2-Microglobulin and cystatin C may have advantages over creatinine in assessing risk associated with kidney function. We therefore investigated whether emerging filtration markers, β2-microglobulin and cystatin C, are prospectively associated with risk of the development of peripheral a

  19. Microglial cystatin F expression is a sensitive indicator for ongoing demyelination with concurrent remyelination.

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    Ma, Jianmei; Tanaka, Kenji F; Shimizu, Takahiro; Bernard, Claude C A; Kakita, Akiyoshi; Takahashi, Hitoshi; Pfeiffer, Steven E; Ikenaka, Kazuhiro

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    Demyelination coincides with numerous changes of gene expression in the central nervous system (CNS). Cystatin F, which is a papain-like lysosomal cysteine proteinase inhibitor that is normally expressed by immune cells and not in the brain, is massively induced in the CNS during acute demyelination. We found that microglia, which are monocyte/macrophage-lineage cells in the CNS, express cystatin F only during demyelination. By using several demyelinating animal models and the spinal cord tissues from multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, we examined spatiotemporal expression pattern of cystatin F by in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry. We found that the timing of cystatin F induction matches with ongoing demyelination, and the places with cystatin F expression overlapped with the remyelinating area. Most interestingly, cystatin F induction ceased in chronic demyelination, in which remyelinating ability was lost. These findings demonstrate that the expression of cystatin F indicates the occurrence of ongoing demyelination/remyelination and the absence of cystatin F expression indicates the cessation of remyelination in the demyelinating area.

  20. Quality of pasteurised pineapple juice in the context of the Beninese marketing system

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    Hounhouigan, M.H.

    2014-01-01

    This study is a result of the interdisciplinary project Co-Innovation for Quality in African Food Chains (CoQA). The objective of the research was to improve the quality of pasteurised pineapple juice taking the characteristics of the Beninese pineapple marketing system into account. The specific ob

  1. Quality of pasteurised pineapple juice in the context of the Beninese marketing system

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    Hounhouigan, M.H.

    2014-01-01

    This study is a result of the interdisciplinary project Co-Innovation for Quality in African Food Chains (CoQA). The objective of the research was to improve the quality of pasteurised pineapple juice taking the characteristics of the Beninese pineapple marketing system into account. The specific

  2. Microwave assisted air drying of osmotically treated pineapple with variable power programmes

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Variable power programmes for microwave assisted air drying of pineapple were studied. The pineapple pieces were pre-treated by osmotic dehydration in a 55º Brix sucrose solution at 40ºC for 90 minutes. Variable power output programmes were designed...

  3. First report of Pineapple mealybug wilt associated virus-1 in Ecuador

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    In Ecuador, where pineapple represents one of the most important export commodities, virus testing has been neglected. In July 2014, a total of twenty MD2 hybrid pineapple plants showing virus-like symptoms (Fig. 1) were collected from a commercial planting located at the border of Santo Domingo and...

  4. Evolution of C, D and S-type cystatins in mammals: an extensive gene duplication in primates.

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    de Sousa-Pereira, Patrícia; Abrantes, Joana; Pinheiro, Ana; Colaço, Bruno; Vitorino, Rui; Esteves, Pedro J

    2014-01-01

    Cystatins are a family of inhibitors of cysteine peptidases that comprises the salivary cystatins (D and S-type cystatins) and cystatin C. These cystatins are encoded by a multigene family (CST3, CST5, CST4, CST1 and CST2) organized in tandem in the human genome. Their presence and functional importance in human saliva has been reported, however the distribution of these proteins in other mammals is still unclear. Here, we performed a proteomic analysis of the saliva of several mammals and studied the evolution of this multigene family. The proteomic analysis detected S-type cystatins (S, SA, and SN) in human saliva and cystatin D in rat saliva. The evolutionary analysis showed that the cystatin C encoding gene is present in species of the most representative mammalian groups, i.e. Artiodactyla, Rodentia, Lagomorpha, Carnivora and Primates. On the other hand, D and S-type cystatins are mainly retrieved from Primates, and especially the evolution of S-type cystatins seems to be a dynamic process as seen in Pongo abelii genome where several copies of CST1-like gene (cystatin SN) were found. In Rodents, a group of cystatins previously identified as D and S has also evolved. Despite the high divergence of the amino acid sequence, their position in the phylogenetic tree and their genome organization suggests a common origin with those of the Primates. These results suggest that the D and S type cystatins have emerged before the mammalian radiation and were retained only in Primates and Rodents. Although the mechanisms driving the evolution of cystatins are unknown, it seems to be a dynamic process with several gene duplications evolving according to the birth-and-death model of evolution. The factors that led to the appearance of a group of saliva-specific cystatins in Primates and its rapid evolution remain undetermined, but may be associated with an adaptive advantage.

  5. Evolution of C, D and S-type cystatins in mammals: an extensive gene duplication in primates.

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    Patrícia de Sousa-Pereira

    Full Text Available Cystatins are a family of inhibitors of cysteine peptidases that comprises the salivary cystatins (D and S-type cystatins and cystatin C. These cystatins are encoded by a multigene family (CST3, CST5, CST4, CST1 and CST2 organized in tandem in the human genome. Their presence and functional importance in human saliva has been reported, however the distribution of these proteins in other mammals is still unclear. Here, we performed a proteomic analysis of the saliva of several mammals and studied the evolution of this multigene family. The proteomic analysis detected S-type cystatins (S, SA, and SN in human saliva and cystatin D in rat saliva. The evolutionary analysis showed that the cystatin C encoding gene is present in species of the most representative mammalian groups, i.e. Artiodactyla, Rodentia, Lagomorpha, Carnivora and Primates. On the other hand, D and S-type cystatins are mainly retrieved from Primates, and especially the evolution of S-type cystatins seems to be a dynamic process as seen in Pongo abelii genome where several copies of CST1-like gene (cystatin SN were found. In Rodents, a group of cystatins previously identified as D and S has also evolved. Despite the high divergence of the amino acid sequence, their position in the phylogenetic tree and their genome organization suggests a common origin with those of the Primates. These results suggest that the D and S type cystatins have emerged before the mammalian radiation and were retained only in Primates and Rodents. Although the mechanisms driving the evolution of cystatins are unknown, it seems to be a dynamic process with several gene duplications evolving according to the birth-and-death model of evolution. The factors that led to the appearance of a group of saliva-specific cystatins in Primates and its rapid evolution remain undetermined, but may be associated with an adaptive advantage.

  6. Non-enzymatic Glycation of Almond Cystatin Leads to Conformational Changes and Altered Activity.

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    Siddiqui, Azad A; Sohail, Aamir; Bhat, Sheraz A; Rehman, Md T; Bano, Bilqees

    2015-01-01

    The non-enzymatic reaction between proteins and reducing sugars, known as glycation, leads to the formation of inter and intramolecular cross-links of proteins. Stable end products called as advanced Maillard products or advanced glycation end products (AGEs) have received tremendous attention since last decades. It was suggested that the formation of AGEs not only modify the conformation of proteins but also induces altered biological activity. In this study, cystatin purified from almond was incubated with three different sugars namely D-ribose, fructose and lactose to monitor the glycation process. Structural changes induced in cystatin on glycation were studied using UV-visible spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, CD and FTIR techniques. Glycated cystatin was found to migrate slower on electrophoresis as compared to control cystatin. Biological activity data of glycated cystatin showed that D-ribose was most effective in inducing conformational changes with maximum altered activity.

  7. Cystatin C在临床疾病诊疗中的作用%The role of Cystatin C in clinical disease's diagnosis and treatment

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    梁悦; 马会平; 韩维田

    2014-01-01

    Cystatin C,是一种半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂,它表达于所有的有核细胞,在多种疾病中发挥着积极作用.在肾脏相关疾病中,Cystatin C是评价早期肾损害的敏感指标之一,此外Cystatin C还参与了神经系统疾病、心力衰竭等心血管疾病,甚至某些癌症的病理生理过程.同时Cystatin C的检测对肝脏疾病的治疗和预后有着积极的指导意义.

  8. Effectiveness of radiation processing for elimination of Salmonella Typhimurium from minimally processed pineapple (Ananas comosus Merr.).

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    Shashidhar, Ravindranath; Dhokane, Varsha S; Hajare, Sachin N; Sharma, Arun; Bandekar, Jayant R

    2007-04-01

    The microbiological quality of market samples of minimally processed (MP) pineapple was examined. The effectiveness of radiation treatment in eliminating Salmonella Typhimurium from laboratory inoculated ready-to-eat pineapple slices was also studied. Microbiological quality of minimally processed pineapple samples from Mumbai market was poor; 8.8% of the samples were positive for Salmonella. D(10) (the radiation dose required to reduce bacterial population by 90%) value for S. Typhimurium inoculated in pineapple was 0.242 kGy. Inoculated pack studies in minimally processed pineapple showed that the treatment with a 2-kGy dose of gamma radiation could eliminate 5 log CFU/g of S. Typhimurium. The pathogen was not detected from radiation-processed samples up to 12 d during storage at 4 and 10 degrees C. The processing of market samples with 1 and 2 kGy was effective in improving the microbiological quality of these products.

  9. Cystatin B与Cystatin C在舌鳞状细胞癌中的表达及意义%Expression and clinical significance of Cyasatin B and Cystatin C in tongue squamous cell carcinoma

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    程莉; 黄绍辉; 刘法昱; 秦兴军; 孙长伏

    2014-01-01

    目的 研究半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂B(Cystatin B)与半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂C(Cystatin C)在舌鳞状细胞癌中的表达及意义并探讨其在舌鳞状细胞癌中的作用.方法 收集于2010年1月-2011年1月在中国医科大学附属口腔医院口腔颌面外科就诊的50例舌鳞状细胞癌病例标本及临床病理资料,行免疫组化方法检测Cystatin B与Cystatin C在舌鳞状细胞癌及癌旁正常组织中的表达,进行统计分析.结果 在舌鳞状细胞癌组织和癌旁正常舌黏膜组织中,Cystatin B的阳性表达率分别为72.0% (36/50)和36.0% (18/50),两者比较有统计学意义(P<0.05);Cystatin C的阳性表达率分别为68.0%(34/50)和38.0% (19/50),两者比较有统计学意义(P<0.05).Cystatin B与Cystatin C在不同病理分级中的表达强度分别有统计学意义(P<0.05),与患者的年龄、性别及有无淋巴结转移均无关(P>0.05).结论 Cystatin B与Cystatin C在舌鳞状细胞癌的诊断及病理分级中具有一定的作用.

  10. Developing single nucleotide polymorphism markers for the identification of pineapple (Ananas comosus) germplasm.

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    Zhou, Lin; Matsumoto, Tracie; Tan, Hua-Wei; Meinhardt, Lyndel W; Mischke, Sue; Wang, Boyi; Zhang, Dapeng

    2015-01-01

    Pineapple (Ananas comosus [L.] Merr.) is the third most important tropical fruit in the world after banana and mango. As a crop with vegetative propagation, genetic redundancy is a major challenge for efficient genebank management and in breeding. Using expressed sequence tag and nucleotide sequences from public databases, we developed 213 single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers and validated 96 SNPs by genotyping the United States Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service pineapple germplasm collection, maintained in Hilo, Hawaii. The validation resulted in designation of a set of 57 polymorphic SNP markers that revealed a high rate of duplicates in this pineapple collection. Twenty-four groups of duplicates were detected, encompassing 130 of the total 170 A cosmos accessions. The results show that somatic mutation has been the main source of intra-cultivar variations in pineapple. Multivariate clustering and a model-based population stratification suggest that the modern pineapple cultivars are comprised of progenies that are derived from different wild Ananas botanical varieties. Parentage analysis further revealed that both A. comosus var. bracteatus and A. comosus var. ananassoides are likely progenitors of pineapple cultivars. However, the traditional classification of cultivated pineapple into horticultural groups (e.g. 'Cayenne', 'Spanish', 'Queen') was not well supported by the present study. These SNP markers provide robust and universally comparable DNA fingerprints; thus, they can serve as an efficient genotyping tool to assist pineapple germplasm management, propagation of planting material, and pineapple cultivar protection. The high rate of genetic redundancy detected in this pineapple collection suggests the potential impact of applying this technology on other clonally propagated perennial crops.

  11. Research progress on correlation between Cystatin C and cardiovascular diseases%Cystatin C与心血管疾病相关性的研究进展

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    宗秋燕; 苏雨江

    2015-01-01

    Cystatin C (Cys C), one of inhibitors of cysteine proteinases, is involved in many physiological and pathological processes, and is associated with the occurrence, development and prognosis of certain diseases. The lastest researches show that Cystatin C is also closely related to cardiovascular diseases, such as coronary atheroscle-rotic heart disease, heart failure, hypertension. This review mainly discusses the association between Cystatin C and cardiovascular diseases.%半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂——胱抑素C(Cystatin C)参与了机体许多生理和病理过程,与某些疾病的发生、发展及预后相关联.最新研究表明,Cystatin C与心血管疾病如冠状动脉粥样硬化性心脏病、心力衰竭、原发性高血压等有密切关系.本文就Cystatin C与心血管疾病之间的关系进行综述.

  12. Developmental regulation of synthesis and dimerization of the amyloidogenic protease inhibitor cystatin C in the hematopoietic system.

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    Xu, Yuekang; Lindemann, Petra; Vega-Ramos, Javier; Zhang, Jian-Guo; Villadangos, Jose A

    2014-04-04

    The cysteine protease inhibitor cystatin C is thought to be secreted by most cells and eliminated in the kidneys, so its concentration in plasma is diagnostic of kidney function. Low extracellular cystatin C is linked to pathologic protease activity in cancer, arthritis, atherosclerosis, aortic aneurism, and emphysema. Cystatin C forms non-inhibitory dimers and aggregates by a mechanism known as domain swapping, a property that reportedly protects against Alzheimer disease but can also cause amyloid angiopathy. Despite these clinical associations, little is known about the regulation of cystatin C production, dimerization, and secretion. We show that hematopoietic cells are major contributors to extracellular cystatin C levels in healthy mice. Among these cells, macrophages and dendritic cells (DC) are the predominant producers of cystatin C. Both cell types synthesize monomeric and dimeric cystatin C in vivo, but only secrete monomer. Dimerization occurs co-translationally in the endoplasmic reticulum and is regulated by the levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) derived from mitochondria. Drugs or stimuli that reduce the intracellular concentration of ROS inhibit cystatin C dimerization. The extracellular concentration of inhibitory cystatin C is thus partly dependent on the abundance of macrophages and DC, and the ROS levels. These results have implications for the diagnostic use of serum cystatin C as a marker of kidney function during inflammatory processes that induce changes in DC or macrophage abundance. They also suggest an important role for macrophages, DC, and ROS in diseases associated with the protease inhibitory activity or amyloidogenic properties of cystatin C.

  13. [Evaluation of the renal function in type 2 diabetes: clearance calculation or cystatin C?].

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    Dhia, Rym Ben; Hellara, Ilhem; Harzallah, Olfa; Neffati, Fadoua; Khochtali, Ines; Mahjoub, Sylvia; Najjar, Mohamed Fadhel

    2012-01-01

    Screening for diabetic nephropathy is usually done by albuminuria/24h and the use of creatinine clearance. The objective of this study was to evaluate the renal function in Type 2 diabetes by using different formulas of creatinine clearance and to assess the contribution of cystatin C; 83 adults with type 2 diabetes (23 men and 60 women) and 83 adult controls (40 men and 43 women) were studied. Biochemical parameters were determinated on Coba 6000™ (Roche diagnostics). Diabetics showed a significant increase in blood glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, LDLc, the ApoB, Lp(a), urea, uric acid, creatinine and cystatin C and lower HDLc. Cystatin was increased in patients with degenerative complications and in hypertensive patients. We found strong correlations of cystatin C with creatinine (r = 0.9454), urea (r = 0.8999) and uric acid (r = 0.8325). We found a significant exponentially increase of creatinine and cystatin C from one stage to another. Cystatin C has a strong association with MDRD (r = 0.8086) and CG (r = 0.7915) and a low one with creatinine clearance (r = 0.1044). In conclusion, the use of cystatin C for screening and early treatment of incipient diabetic nephropathy appears to be adequate. CG and MDRD formulas still hold their place, in regards to the classical determination of creatinine clearance, to monitor patients.

  14. Serum cystatin C in youth with diabetes: The SEARCH for diabetes in youth study.

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    Kanakatti Shankar, Roopa; Dolan, Lawrence M; Isom, Scott; Saydah, Sharon; Maahs, David M; Dabelea, Dana; Reynolds, Kristi; Hirsch, Irl B; Rodriguez, Beatriz L; Mayer-Davis, Elizabeth J; Marcovina, Santica; D'Agostino, Ralph; Mauer, Michael; Mottl, Amy K

    2017-08-01

    We compared cystatin C in youth with versus without diabetes and determined factors associated with cystatin C in youth with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and type 2 diabetes (T2D). Youth (ages 12-19years) without diabetes (N=544) were ascertained from the NHANES Study 2000-2002 and those with T1D (N=977) and T2D (N=168) from the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study. Adjusted means of cystatin C concentrations were compared amongst the 3 groups. Next, we performed multivariable analyses within the T1D and T2D SEARCH samples to determine the association between cystatin C and race, sex, age, diabetes duration, HbA1c, fasting glucose, and BMI. Adjusted cystatin C concentrations were statistically higher in NHANES (0.85mg/L) than in either the T1D (0.75mg/L) or T2D (0.70mg/L) SEARCH groups (PC only in T1D (Pc was inversely associated in both groups. Cystatin C concentrations are statistically higher in youth without diabetes compared to T1D or T2D, however the clinical relevance of this difference is quite small, especially in T1D. In youth with diabetes, cystatin C varies with BMI and acute and chronic glycemic control, however their effects may be different according to diabetes type. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Applied aspects of pineapple flowering Fisiologia do florescimento do abacaxizeiro

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    Getúlio Augusto Pinto da Cunha

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Flowering is an amazing, integrated and complex process of multifatorial control, which due to its great importance for agriculture has been extensively studied worldwide. Pineapple is one of the main crops on which many research works about this subject have been carried out, and it was the first one to have artificially induced flowering. However, even with all those studies, pineapple flowering is not yet characterized in many aspects. The main point for the comprehension of the physiologic aspects of flowering initiation is the identification of the factors involved in the differentiation of the apical meristem into floral primordium, as well as how these factors exert their action. This work aimed to describe the flowering process of pineapple plants, including notions about general flowering physiology, pineapple inflorescence, natural and artificial flowering. Flowering relation to several chemical substances which are involved with the vegetative growth of the plant are also discussed, in order to bring out more light on its underlying mechanisms, and also to help in crop management.A floração é um processo integrado, de natureza complexa. Em decorrência de sua grande importância para as plantas, muitos trabalhos têm sido desenvolvidos em todo o mundo sobre o assunto. O abacaxi é uma das principais culturas sobre cuja floração têm sido feitas diversas pesquisas, tendo sido a primeira planta a ter o florescimento induzido artificialmente. Porém, mesmo com todos esses estudos, a floração do abacaxizeiro ainda não está bem caracterizada em muitos aspectos. O principal ponto da fisiologia do florescimento consiste em se entender os fatores que atuam na transformação do meristema vegetativo em primórdio floral, e de que forma exercem suas ações. Esta revisão procura descrever o processo do florescimento do abacaxizeiro, incluindo possíveis tecnologias alternativas de indução e inibição. São abordadas, também, no

  16. Behavior of a portable solar dryer for pineapple fiber

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    Moya, Róger; Solano, Marco

    2012-01-01

    In Costa Rica, there has been a growing interest to use pineapple fiber from plant, for which current processes need to be improved or new processes need to be developed, with emphasis on drying methods. This work presents the design and evaluation of the behavior of a prototype portable solar dryer in four sites of Costa Rica. The design describes the main parts of the dryer, as well as how they were constructed. The behavior was evaluated according to temperature and relative humidity insid...

  17. Optimizing the extraction of antibacterial compounds from pineapple leaf fiber

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    Zhuang Zhikai

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Five different solvents (petroleum ether, chloroform, ethyl acetate, acetone, and distilled water were used to extract antibacterial compounds from pineapple leaf fiber. Compounds extracted using acetone showed the greatest antibacterial effect against Escherichia coli, measured by inhibition zone diameter. Three extraction parameters including temperature, time and solid-liquid ratio were optimized through orthogonal experiment based on single factor investigations for achieving maximum active substance extraction rate and bacteriostatic effect. Results showed that using acetone, the optimum extraction conditions for temperature, time and solid-liquid ratio were 45°C, 8 h, and 1:40 (g/ml, respectively.

  18. Cystatin C (CST3), the candidate gene for hereditary cystatin C amyloid angiopathy (HCCAA), and other members of the cystatin gene family are clustered on chromosome 20p11. 2

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    Schnittger, S.; Gopal Rao, V.V.N.; Hansmann, I. (Universitaet Goettingen (Germany)); Abrahamson, M. (Univ. of Lund (Sweden))

    1993-04-01

    The cystatin C gene (CST3) encodes a low-molecular-weight cysteine proteinase inhibitor belonging to family II of the cystatin superfamily and is mutated in cases of hereditary cystatin C amyloid angiopathy (HCCAA). CST3, which along with other family II cystatin genes is a member of the cystatin gene family, has been assigned to chromosome 20. To investigate the genomic organization on chromosome 20, the CST3 gene and related sequences were regionally mapped by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), Southern blot, and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) analysis using the CDNA cystatin C probe C6a and three genomic probes, C3E1, C3E2, and C3E2-2. Probe C3E2-2, which like probe C3E2 is specific for CST3, hybridized to only one HindIII and one XbaI fragment on Southern blots and to a 300-kb BssHII PFGE fragment. FISH with probe C3E2 mapped this locus to chromosome 20p11.2, with an FL-pter value of 0.37 [+-] 0.07 on the physical map. Probe C3E1 containing the most conserved cystatin gene exon (exon 1) and its flanking sequences hybridized with more fragments, e.g., to eight XbaI and nine HindIII fragments on conventional Southern blots and to eight SmaI, two BssHII (900 and 300 kb), and two Notl fragments after PFGE. FISH with C3E1 revealed only one single site at 20p11.2 with an FL-pter value of 0.37 [+-] 0.04, identical to that obtained with C3E2. From these results it is concluded that (1) exon 1 and its flanking sequences are preferentially conserved within the cystatin gene family and that (2) CST3 and probably seven other members of the cystatin gene family are clustered within an at maximum 1.2-Mb segment on chromosome 20p11.2. 45 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab.

  19. The draft genome of MD-2 pineapple using hybrid error correction of long reads

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    Redwan, Raimi M.; Saidin, Akzam; Kumar, S. Vijay

    2016-01-01

    The introduction of the elite pineapple variety, MD-2, has caused a significant market shift in the pineapple industry. Better productivity, overall increased in fruit quality and taste, resilience to chilled storage and resistance to internal browning are among the key advantages of the MD-2 as compared with its previous predecessor, the Smooth Cayenne. Here, we present the genome sequence of the MD-2 pineapple (Ananas comosus (L.) Merr.) by using the hybrid sequencing technology from two highly reputable platforms, i.e. the PacBio long sequencing reads and the accurate Illumina short reads. Our draft genome achieved 99.6% genome coverage with 27,017 predicted protein-coding genes while 45.21% of the genome was identified as repetitive elements. Furthermore, differential expression of ripening RNASeq library of pineapple fruits revealed ethylene-related transcripts, believed to be involved in regulating the process of non-climacteric pineapple fruit ripening. The MD-2 pineapple draft genome serves as an example of how a complex heterozygous genome is amenable to whole genome sequencing by using a hybrid technology that is both economical and accurate. The genome will make genomic applications more feasible as a medium to understand complex biological processes specific to pineapple. PMID:27374615

  20. Cystatin C, creatinine, estimated glomerular filtration, and long-term mortality in stroke patients.

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    Hojs Fabjan, Tanja; Penko, Meta; Hojs, Radovan

    2014-02-01

    Renal dysfunction is associated with mortality in patients after ischemic stroke. Cystatin C is a potentially superior marker of renal function compared to creatinine and estimated glomerular filtration rate (GFR). In our observational cohort study, 390 Caucasian patients suffered from acute ischemic stroke (mean age 70.9 years; 183 women and 207 men) were included and prospectively followed up to maximal 56 months. Serum creatinine and cystatin C were measured at admission to the hospital; GFR was estimated according to CKD-EPI creatinine and CKD-EPI creatinine/cystatin equations. According to values of serum creatinine, estimated GFR and serum cystatin C patients were divided into quintiles. In the follow-up period, 191 (49%) patients died. For serum cystatin C and estimated GFR based on creatinine and cystatin C, the mortality and the hazard ratios for long-term mortality increased from the first to the fifth quintile nearly linearly. The associations of serum creatinine and estimated GFR categories based on creatinine with long-term mortality were J-shaped. As compared with lowest quintile of serum cystatin C, the fifth quintile was associated with long-term mortality significantly also after multivariate adjustment (age, gender, initial stroke severity, known risk factors for stroke mortality). In contrast, in adjusted analysis serum creatinine and estimated GFR (CKD-EPI creatinine and CKD-EPI creatinine/cystatin) were not associated with long-term mortality. In summary, serum cystatin C was independently and better associated with the risk of long-term mortality in patients suffering from ischemic stroke than were creatinine and estimated GFR using both CKD-EPI equations.

  1. Clinical Usefulness of Serum Cystatin C as a Marker of Renal Function

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    Kwang-Sook Woo

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available BackgroundAccurate renal function measurements are important in the diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases. In contrast to creatinine, the production of serum cystatin C has been extensively reported to be unaffected by body muscle mass, age, gender, and nutritional status.MethodsOur study included 37 samples from diabetic chronic kidney disease (CKD patients for whom serum creatinine tests had been requested and 40 samples from a healthy populations in Dong-A University Hospital between May 2010 and June 2010. The assay precision (i.e., the coefficient of variation and the reference range of the serum cystatin C test were evaluated. We compared the estimated glomerular filtration rates (GFRs based on cystatin C with those based on creatinine. Moreover, we investigated the influences of age, gender, weight, and muscle mass on serum creatinine and serum cystatin C.ResultsThere was a positive correlation between GFR based on creatinine and that based on cystatin C (r=0.79, P<0.0001 among the diabetic CKD patients. Serum creatinine and cystatin C were significantly correlated with body weight and muscle mass, but the strengths of these correlations were greater for serum creatinine. The precision study revealed excellent results for both the high and low controls. The 95% reference interval of cystatin C in the healthy population was 0.371 to 1.236 mg/L.ConclusionBased on these results, we conclude that, despite the strong correlation between serum creatinine and cystatin C, cystatin C is less affected by weight and muscle mass and might represent a better alternative for the assessment of renal function.

  2. Effect of refrigerated storage on probiotic viability and the production and stability of antimutagenic and antioxidant peptides in yogurt supplemented with pineapple peel.

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    Sah, B N P; Vasiljevic, T; McKechnie, S; Donkor, O N

    2015-09-01

    Fruit by-products are good resources of carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, and minerals, which may function as growth nutrients for probiotic bacteria. This research aimed at evaluating effects of pineapple peel powder addition on the viability and activity of Lactobacillus acidophilus (ATCC 4356), Lactobacillus casei (ATCC393), and Lactobacillus paracasei ssp. paracasei (ATCC BAA52) in yogurts throughout storage at 4°C for 28d. Plain and probiotic yogurts supplemented with or without pineapple peel powder or inulin were prepared. The probiotic counts in supplemented yogurts at 28d of storage ranged from 7.68 and 8.03 log cfu/g, one log cycle higher compared with nonsupplemented control yogurt. Degree of proteolysis in synbiotic yogurts was significantly higher than plain yogurts and increased substantially during storage. Crude water-soluble peptide extract of the probiotic yogurt with peel possessed stronger antimutagenic and antioxidant activities [evaluated measuring reducing power and scavenging capacity of 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl; 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethyl benzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid), and hydroxyl radicals] than control and maintained during storage. Pineapple peel, a by-product of juice production, could be proposed as a prebiotic ingredient in the manufacture of yogurts with enhanced nutrition, and functionality.

  3. Hereditär hjärnblödning. Demens vid cystatin C amyloidos

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    Blöndal, H; Guomundsson, G; Benedikz, Eirikur

    1990-01-01

    Nineteen cases of hereditary cystatin C amyloidosis with cerebral haemorrhage are described. The first haemorrhage occurred between the ages of 20 and 41 years and the period of survival varied from 10 days to 23 years after the first insult. Progressive dementia was a striking clinical symptom...... in 17 of the patients and in two cases dementia was the first sign. At the last examination severe dementia and pronounced pathological EEG were established in the majority of the patients. Infiltration of amyloid substance positive for anti-cystatin C was found in the proximity of the blood vessels...... the name Hereditary Cystatin C Amyloidosis (HCCA)....

  4. Hereditär hjärnblödning. Demens vid cystatin C amyloidos

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    Blöndal, H; Guomundsson, G; Benedikz, Eirikur

    1990-01-01

    Nineteen cases of hereditary cystatin C amyloidosis with cerebral haemorrhage are described. The first haemorrhage occurred between the ages of 20 and 41 years and the period of survival varied from 10 days to 23 years after the first insult. Progressive dementia was a striking clinical symptom...... in 17 of the patients and in two cases dementia was the first sign. At the last examination severe dementia and pronounced pathological EEG were established in the majority of the patients. Infiltration of amyloid substance positive for anti-cystatin C was found in the proximity of the blood vessels...... the name Hereditary Cystatin C Amyloidosis (HCCA)....

  5. PINK DISEASE, A REVIEW OF AN ASYMPTOMATIC BACTERIAL DISEASE IN PINEAPPLE

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    VIANEY MARÍN-CEVADA

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Pink disease is an asymptomatic pineapple disease in the field and is evidenced with a reddark coloration when the infected fruit is processed to obtain products such as juice, jam, and preservatives. Tatumella morbirosei and T. ptyseos (formerly Pantoea citrea have been demonstrated as causal agents. Although T. morbirosei and T. ptyseos have been well studied, there are currently no cost effective control methods in pineapple cultivation. The purpose of this review is to summarize the significant and updated research on the role of pink disease in pineapple.

  6. Acceptability of minimally processed and irradiated pineapple and watermelon among Brazilian consumers

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    Martins, Cecilia Geraldes; Aragon-Alegro, Lina Casale; Behrens, Jorge Herman; Oliveira Souza, Katia Leani [Department of Food and Experimental Nutrition, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Sao Paulo, Av. Prof. Lineu Prestes, 580 B.14, 05508-900 Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Martins Vizeu, Dirceu; Hutzler, Beatriz Weltman [Embrarad Ltda. Av. Cruzada Bandeirante, 269, 06700-000 Cotia, SP (Brazil); Teresa Destro, Maria [Department of Food and Experimental Nutrition, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Sao Paulo, Av. Prof. Lineu Prestes, 580 B.14, 05508-900 Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Landgraf, Mariza [Department of Food and Experimental Nutrition, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Sao Paulo, Av. Prof. Lineu Prestes, 580 B.14, 05508-900 Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)], E-mail: landgraf@usp.br

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    This study aimed at evaluating the acceptance of MP watermelon and pineapple exposed to 1.0 and 2.5 kGy compared to non-irradiated samples. No significant differences were observed in liking between irradiated and non-irradiated samples, and also between doses of 1.0 and 2.5 kGy. Significant differences in sourness (pineapple) or sweetness (watermelon) and between intention of purchase of irradiated and non-irradiated fruits were not observed as well. Results showed that MP watermelon and pineapple could be irradiated with doses up to 2.5 kGy without significant changes in acceptability.

  7. Biotic and abiotic stress can induce cystatin expression in chestnut.

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    Pernas, M; Sánchez-Monge, R; Salcedo, G

    2000-02-11

    A cysteine proteinase inhibitor (cystatin) from chestnut (Castanea sativa) seeds, designated CsC, has been previously characterized. Its antifungal, acaricide and inhibitory activities have allowed to involve CsC in defence mechanisms. The CsC transcription levels decreased during seed maturation and increased throughout germination, an opposite behavior to that shown by most phytocystatins. No inhibition of endogenous proteinase activity by purified CsC was found during the seed maturation or germination processes. CsC message accumulation was induced in chestnut leaves after fungal infection, as well as by wounding and jasmonic acid treatment. Induction in roots was also observed by the last two treatments. Furthermore, CsC transcript levels strongly raised, both in roots and leaves, when chestnut plantlets were subjected to cold- and saline-shocks, and also in roots by heat stress. All together, these data suggest that chestnut cystatin is not only involved in defence responses to pests and pathogen invasion, but also in those related to abiotic stress.

  8. Characterization of a secreted cystatin from the tick Rhipicephalus haemaphysaloides.

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    Wang, Yujian; Yu, Xinmao; Cao, Jie; Zhou, Yongzhi; Gong, Haiyan; Zhang, Houshuang; Li, Xiangrui; Zhou, Jinlin

    2015-10-01

    A novel cystatin, designated RHcyst-2, was isolated from the tick Rhipicephalus haemaphysaloides. The full-length cDNA of RHcyst-2 is 773 bp, including an intact open reading frame encoding an expected protein of 139 amino acids and consisting of a 23 amino acids signal peptide. Predicted RHcyst-2 mature protein molecular weight is about 13 kDa, isoelectric point is 4.96. A sequence analysis showed that it has significant homology with the known type 2 cystatins. The recombinant protein of RHcyst-2 was expressed in a glutathione S-transferase-fused soluble form in Escherichia coli, and its inhibitory activity against cathepsin L, B, C, H, and S, as well as papain, was identified by fluorogenic substrate analysis. The results showed that rRHcyst-2 can effectively inhibit the six cysteine proteases' enzyme activities. An investigation of the RHcyst-2 genes' expression profile by quantitative reverse transcription-PCR demonstrated that it was more richly transcribed in the embryo (egg) stage and mainly distributed in the mid-gut of adult ticks. Western blot analysis confirmed that RHcyst-2 was secreted into tick saliva.

  9. Cloning, expression and characterisation of a type II cystatin from Schistosoma japonicum, which could regulate macrophage activation.

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    Yang, Xiao; Liu, Ju; Yue, Yuan; Chen, Wei; Song, Man; Zhan, Ximei; Wu, Zhongkai

    2014-11-01

    Cystatin play an important role in parasite immune evasion. It is involved in many immune responses processes regulations such as inhibiting antigen presentation, modifying cytokines production and macrophage polarization. In recent years, more and more cystatins were used in treating some inflammatory diseases such as asthma and inflammation bowel diseases; however, cystatins from Schistosoma japonicum were rarely studied. In the present study, we have cloned a cystatin from the adult stage of Schistosoma japonicum, named as SjCystatin, and its sequence shares conserved domains with other type II family cystatins. It was further verified by enzyme inhibition assays. SjCystatin retained its inhibitory activity under a wide range of pH values and temperatures, can maintain its inhibitory activity at pH 6.5-7.5 and 37 °C, respectively. Then, we investigated the effects of SjCystatin on the lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced activated RAW264.7. Results showed that SjCystatin inhibit LPS-induced nitric oxide production in a dose-dependent manner. LPS-induced TNF-α and IL-6 production began to be inhibited at least 6 h after SjCystatin stimulation. SjCystatin significantly increased IL-10 production at 6 h after stimulation and its effect on IL-10 production diminished quickly. These results imply that SjCystatin can induce M2 macrophage polarization and can be expected to serve as a potential drug source for the medication of inflammatory disorders like other cystatins.

  10. Effects of Nitrogen Supplementation on Yeast (Candida utilis Biomass Production by Using Pineapple (Ananas comosus Waste Extracted Medium

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    Rosma, A.

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Pineapple waste medium was used to cultivate yeast, Candida utilis. It served as the sole carbon and energy source for the yeast growth. However, pineapple waste media contain very little nitrogen (0.003-0.015% w/v. Various nitrogen sources were incorporate and their effects on biomass, yield and productivity were studied. Significant (p<0.05 increment on biomass production was observed when nitrogen supplement (commercial yeast extract, peptone, ammonium dihydrogen phosphate, ammonium sulphate and potassium nitrate was added into fermentation medium. Commercial yeast extract, Maxarome® which increased 55.2% of biomass production at 0.09% (w/v nitrogen content, is the most suitable among the selected organic source. On the other hand, ammonium dihydrogen phosphate at 0.09% (w/v nitrogen content is comparable inorganic source which enhanced 53.7% of production. Total nitrogen content of each treatment at 0.05% (w/v showed that nitrogen supplied was not fully utilized as substrate limitation in the fermentation medium.

  11. 菠萝叶纤维的无盐染色%Salt-free dyeing of pineapple leaf fiber

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    史爱娟; 张滇溪

    2015-01-01

    用环氧氯丙烷对菠萝叶纤维进行处理后,再用硫脲进行改性,改性的优化工艺:硫脲30 g/L,氢氧化钠8 g/L,改性温度40℃,改性时间60 min,浴比1∶30。硫脲改性后,菠萝叶纤维的可染性明显提高,可以实现活性染料无盐染色,且匀染性和色牢度有所改善。%Pineapple leaves were treated with epoxy chloropropane and modified with sulfourea. The optimal process is as follows:sulfourea 30 g/L, sodium hydroxide 8 g/L, bath ratio 1∶30 and modification temperature of 40℃for 60 min. The dyeability of modified pineapple leaf fiber is significant improved and levelling property and fastness are both enhanced. Salt-free dyeing can be achieved with reactive dye.

  12. An Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy System for Monitoring Pineapple Waste Saccharification

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    Conesa, Claudia; Ibáñez Civera, Javier; Seguí, Lucía; Fito, Pedro; Laguarda-Miró, Nicolás

    2016-01-01

    Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) has been used for monitoring the enzymatic pineapple waste hydrolysis process. The system employed consists of a device called Advanced Voltammetry, Impedance Spectroscopy & Potentiometry Analyzer (AVISPA) equipped with a specific software application and a stainless steel double needle electrode. EIS measurements were conducted at different saccharification time intervals: 0, 0.75, 1.5, 6, 12 and 24 h. Partial least squares (PLS) were used to model the relationship between the EIS measurements and the sugar determination by HPAEC-PAD. On the other hand, artificial neural networks: (multilayer feed forward architecture with quick propagation training algorithm and logistic-type transfer functions) gave the best results as predictive models for glucose, fructose, sucrose and total sugars. Coefficients of determination (R2) and root mean square errors of prediction (RMSEP) were determined as R2 > 0.944 and RMSEP 0.973 and RMSEP < 0.486 for artificial neural networks (ANNs), respectively. Therefore, a combination of both an EIS-based technique and ANN models is suggested as a promising alternative to the traditional laboratory techniques for monitoring the pineapple waste saccharification step. PMID:26861317

  13. An Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy System for Monitoring Pineapple Waste Saccharification

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    Claudia Conesa

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS has been used for monitoring the enzymatic pineapple waste hydrolysis process. The system employed consists of a device called Advanced Voltammetry, Impedance Spectroscopy & Potentiometry Analyzer (AVISPA equipped with a specific software application and a stainless steel double needle electrode. EIS measurements were conducted at different saccharification time intervals: 0, 0.75, 1.5, 6, 12 and 24 h. Partial least squares (PLS were used to model the relationship between the EIS measurements and the sugar determination by HPAEC-PAD. On the other hand, artificial neural networks: (multilayer feed forward architecture with quick propagation training algorithm and logistic-type transfer functions gave the best results as predictive models for glucose, fructose, sucrose and total sugars. Coefficients of determination (R2 and root mean square errors of prediction (RMSEP were determined as R2 > 0.944 and RMSEP < 1.782 for PLS and R2 > 0.973 and RMSEP < 0.486 for artificial neural networks (ANNs, respectively. Therefore, a combination of both an EIS-based technique and ANN models is suggested as a promising alternative to the traditional laboratory techniques for monitoring the pineapple waste saccharification step.

  14. Natural incidence of fusariose in pineapple fruits ‘Gold’

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    Luciana Cordeiro do Nascimento

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Pineapple (Ananas comosus L. Merr is a species of the family Bromeliaceae, consumed throughout the world and considered of great importance in areas of fruit production in Brazil. Some problems postharvest has contributed to disable the marketing these fruits so that there is a significant loss of quality of final product and, consequently, contributing to the reduction of postharvest life of fruit. The objective of this study was to evaluate the natural occurrence and to determine the incidence of Fusariose (Fusarium subglutinans f.sp. ananas in fruit of pineapple ‘Gold’ level of maturity harvested commercial. The fruits were harvested in the commercial area in the municipality of Mamanguape, state of Paraiba, Brazil, transported to the Laboratory of phytopathology of the Centro de Ciências Agrárias da Universidade Federal da Paraíba - CCA/UFPB, stored a temperature (25 ± 4 °C, UR 72% ±8 for 10 days without treatment postharvest. At the end of the storage period, there was the incidence of F. subglutinans in 29% of the fruits.

  15. An Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy System for Monitoring Pineapple Waste Saccharification.

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    Conesa, Claudia; Ibáñez Civera, Javier; Seguí, Lucía; Fito, Pedro; Laguarda-Miró, Nicolás

    2016-02-04

    Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) has been used for monitoring the enzymatic pineapple waste hydrolysis process. The system employed consists of a device called Advanced Voltammetry, Impedance Spectroscopy & Potentiometry Analyzer (AVISPA) equipped with a specific software application and a stainless steel double needle electrode. EIS measurements were conducted at different saccharification time intervals: 0, 0.75, 1.5, 6, 12 and 24 h. Partial least squares (PLS) were used to model the relationship between the EIS measurements and the sugar determination by HPAEC-PAD. On the other hand, artificial neural networks: (multilayer feed forward architecture with quick propagation training algorithm and logistic-type transfer functions) gave the best results as predictive models for glucose, fructose, sucrose and total sugars. Coefficients of determination (R²) and root mean square errors of prediction (RMSEP) were determined as R² > 0.944 and RMSEP 0.973 and RMSEP < 0.486 for artificial neural networks (ANNs), respectively. Therefore, a combination of both an EIS-based technique and ANN models is suggested as a promising alternative to the traditional laboratory techniques for monitoring the pineapple waste saccharification step.

  16. [Obtainment of pineapple juice powder by foam-mat drying].

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    Beristain, C I; Cortés, R; Casillas, M A; Díaz, R

    1991-06-01

    The foam-mat production and stability using pineapple juice concentrate (25, 30 and 40 degrees Brix), adding a surfactants mixture and maltodextrin (DE 10) as co-adjuvant, stirred in a commercial mixer, was studied. Adequate foam formation conditions were as follows: concentrate of 25 degrees Brix using surface active agents (Sorbac 60-Polisorbac 80) 0.285% surface active agent/total solids, HLB = 6, and stirring time, 7 min. The foam was dehydrated in an oven dried with a horizontal air flow circulation set at 60, 70 and 80 degrees C using 3, 5 and 10 mm bed depths. The best conditions were obtained at 60 degrees C and 5 mm bed depth. The product had a particle size of sieve 40-80, and a moisture content of 3%. It was then packaged in multilayer plastic film and stored at environmental conditions. No brown color formation or mold growth was detected during storage. Pineapple juice and a refreshing drink were prepared. The general acceptability in a community indicated that 95% of the population involved accepted the product.

  17. 急性心肌梗死患者血清Cystatin C的变化%Changes of serum cystatin C in patients with acute myocardial infarction

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    董巧玲; 刘俊

    2007-01-01

    目的 探讨血清Cystatin C浓度在急性心肌梗死患者发病不同时期的变化.方法 采用速率散射比浊法测定急性心肌梗死患者发病48 h内及1周后、不稳定型心绞痛患者、对照组血清Cystatin C水平.结果 急性心肌梗死患者早期血清Cystatin C水平(0.78±0.15)与不稳定型心绞痛(0.89±0.22)、对照组(0.84±0.21)相比明显降低(P=0.028),但急性心肌梗死发病1周后(1.28±0.20)接近正常,甚至有所增高(P=0.04).血清Cystatin C水平与年龄、肌酐呈正相关.结论 血清Cystatin C水平在急性心肌梗死早期明显下降.

  18. Clinical significance of serum level of Cystatin C in patients with acute leukemia%急性白血病患者血清Cystatin C水平测定的临床意义

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    宋斌; 章正华; 姜铧; 陈雁

    2013-01-01

    目的:探讨Cystatin C在急性白血病中的临床意义.方法:采用颗粒增强透射免疫比浊法测定62例急性白血病患者血清中Cystatin C水平.结果:急性白血病初诊患者血清Cystatin C水平明显低于正常对照组(P<0.05),完全缓解期Cystatin C水平恢复正常,未缓解和复发患者Cystatin C水平与初诊患者无明显差异(P>0.05).结论:检测血清Cystatin C水平变化有助于急性白血病病情判断,可作为疗效观察的新指标.

  19. A Meta-analysis on diagnostic value of serum cystatin C and ...

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    *, Hu Binjie2*, Li Min1, ... Key words: Cystatin C; creatinine; renal transplantation; glomerular filtration rate; meta-analysis. ..... nephropathy of cyclosporine A, focal glomerulosclero- sis, acute ... The application of the immune suppressive agents.

  20. Cystatin C, a novel indicator of renal function, reflects severity of cerebral microbleeds.

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    Oh, Mi-Young; Lee, Hyon; Kim, Joon Soon; Ryu, Wi-Sun; Lee, Seung-Hoon; Ko, Sang-Bae; Kim, Chulho; Kim, Chang Hun; Yoon, Byung-Woo

    2014-06-12

    Chronic renal insufficiency, diagnosed using creatinine based estimated glomerular filtration rate (GFR) or microalbumiuria, has been associated with the presence of cerebral microbleeds (CMBs). Cystatin C has been shown to be a more sensitive renal indicator than conventional renal markers. Under the assumption that similar pathologic mechanisms of the small vessel exist in the brain and kidney, we hypothesized that the levels of cystatin C may delineate the relationship between CMBs and renal insufficiency by detecting subclinical kidney dysfunction, which may be underestimated by other indicators, and thus reflect the severity of CMBs more accurately. Data was prospectively collected for 683 patients with ischemic stroke. The severity of CMBs was categorized by the number of lesions. Patients were divided into quartiles of cystatin C, estimated GFR and microalbumin/creatinine ratios. Ordinal logistic regression analysis was used to examine the association of each renal indicator with CMBs. In models including both quartiles of cystatin C and estimated GFR, only cystatin C quartiles were significant (the highest vs. the lowest, adjusted OR, 1.88; 95% CI 1.05-3.38; p = 0.03) in contrast to estimated GFR (the highest vs. the lowest, adjusted OR, 1.28; 95% CI 0.38-4.36; p = 0.70). A model including both quartiles of cystatin C and microalbumin/creatinine ratio also showed that only cystatin C quartiles was associated with CMBs (the highest vs. the lowest, adjusted OR, 2.06; 95% CI 1.07-3.94; p = 0.03). These associations were also observed in the logistic models using log transformed-cystatin C, albumin/creatinine ratio and estimated GFR as continuous variables. Cystatin C was a significant indicator of deep or infratenorial CMBs, but not strictly lobar CMBs. In addition, cystatin C showed the greatest significance in c-statistics for the presence of CMBs (AUC = 0.73 ± 0.03; 95% CI 0.66-0.76; p = 0.02). Cystatin C may be the most sensitive indicator of CMB severity

  1. Effect of pineapple peel extract on total phospholipids and lipid peroxidation in brain tissues of rats

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    Erukainure OL; Ajiboye JA; Adejobi RO; Okafor OY; Kosoko SB; Owolabi FO

    2011-01-01

    Objective:To investigate the ability of the methanolic extract of pineapple peel to attenuate alcohol-induced changes in total phospholipids and lipid peroxidation in brain tissues. Methods:Oxidative stress was induced by oral administration of ethanol (20%w/v) at a dosage of 5 mL/kg bw in rats. After 28 days of treatment, the rats were fasted overnight and sacrificed by cervical dislocation. Brain tissues were assayed for total phospholipid (TP) content and malondialdehyde (MDA). Results:Administration of alcohol significantly caused a reduction in TP content. Treatment with pineapple peel extract significantly increased the TP content. Significant high levels of MDA was observed in alcohol-fed rats, treatment with pineapple peel extract significantly reduced the MDA levels. Conclusions:Results obtained from this study indicates that pineapple peel extract protects against alcohol-induced changes in total phospholipids and lipid peroxidation in brain tissues.

  2. Physicochemical Properties of Pineapple Plant Waste Fibers from the Leaves and Stems of Different Varieties

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    Muhammad Fakhri Zainuddin

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Pineapple agro-waste, the residue produced during harvesting or processing activities, is widely available around the world. After harvesting, most pineapple residue is disposed of and serves as fertilizer, or is burnt in an open field. However, these methods are not only ineffective, but also contribute to air pollution. The main objective of this study is to determine the physicochemical properties (i.e., cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, proximate composition, dry matter, and nitrogen content, of leaves and stems in different varieties (MD2, Moris, and Josapine of the pineapple plant waste. The data obtained were analyzed using thermogravimetry analysis and proximate analysis. The results showed that the stems and leaves of different varieties exhibit different percentages in lignocellulosic content (hemicellulose, cellulose, and lignin. Proximate analysis showed that nutrient contents were available in the leaves and stems of pineapple plant of different varieties.

  3. Distribution of chicken cathepsins B and L, cystatin and ovalbumin in extra-embryonic fluids during embryogenesis.

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    Cirkvenčič, N; Narat, M; Dovč, P; Benčina, D

    2012-01-01

    1. Concentrations of chicken cathepsin B, cathepsin L, cystatin and ovalbumin were determined in the allantoic fluid, amniotic fluid and extracts of chorioallantoic membranes during days 6 to 12 of embryogenesis. 2. Similar trends for cystatin and ovalbumin were observed in the allantoic fluid with maximum concentrations of cystatin on day 7 (12 ± 4 µg/ml) and ovalbumin on day 8 (∼19 ± 2.5 µg/ml) of embryonic development. The highest concentrations of cathepsin B was found on day 7 and of cathepsin L on day 10, but were significantly lower than those of cystatin and ovalbumin. 3. In the allantoic fluid, especially on day 7, considerable proportions of cystatin and ovalbumin were phosphorylated and contained phosphorylated serine. 4. Concentrations of cathepsin B and L, cystatin and ovalbumin in the amniotic fluid were variable but were comparable to those in allantoic fluid.

  4. Relation of Cystatin C and Cathepsin B Expression to the Pathological Grade and Invasion of Human Gliomas

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    2007-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To explore the relation of cystatin C and cathepsin B expression to the pathological grade and invasion of human gliomas.METHODS A immunohistochemical method was used to detect the expression of cystatin C and cathepsin B in 57 glioma samples.RESULTS The expression of cystatin C in high-grade (Grade Ⅲ~Ⅳ )gliomas was significantly weaker than that in low-grade(Grade Ⅰ~Ⅱ, P=0.0001).On the other hand, the expression of cathepsin B in high-grade gliomas was significantly stronger than that in low-grade (P=0.0001). Cystatin C expression correlated inversely with cathepsin B expression in gliomas (P=0.01).CONCLUSION Cystatin C and cathepsin B expression is related to the pathological grade and invasion of gliomas. Combining detection of cystatin C and cathepsin B expressions might provide significant information for clinical assessment of maglignant phenotypes and invasion of gliomas.

  5. Cystatin C is not a good candidate biomarker for HNF1A-MODY.

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    Nowak, Natalia; Szopa, Magdalena; Thanabalasingham, Gaya; McDonald, Tim J; Colclough, Kevin; Skupien, Jan; James, Timothy J; Kiec-Wilk, Beata; Kozek, Elzbieta; Mlynarski, Wojciech; Hattersley, Andrew T; Owen, Katharine R; Malecki, Maciej T

    2013-10-01

    Cystatin C is a marker of glomerular filtration rate (GFR). Its level is influenced, among the others, by CRP whose concentration is decreased in HNF1A-MODY. We hypothesized that cystatin C level might be altered in HNF1A-MODY. We aimed to evaluate cystatin C in HNF1A-MODY both as a diagnostic marker and as a method of assessing GFR. We initially examined 51 HNF1A-MODY patients, 56 subjects with type 1 diabetes (T1DM), 39 with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and 43 non-diabetic individuals (ND) from Poland. Subjects from two UK centres were used as replication panels: including 215 HNF1A-MODY, 203 T2DM, 39 HNF4A-MODY, 170 GCK-MODY, 17 HNF1B-MODY and 58 T1DM patients. The data were analysed with additive models, adjusting for gender, age, BMI and estimated GFR (creatinine). In the Polish subjects, adjusted cystatin C level in HNF1A-MODY was lower compared with T1DM, T2DM and ND (p MODY, while the two GFR estimates were similar or cystatin C-based lower in the other groups. In the UK subjects, there were no differences in cystatin C between HNF1A-MODY and the other diabetic subgroups, except HNF1B-MODY. In UK HNF1A-MODY, cystatin C-based GFR estimate was higher than the creatinine-based one (p MODY. In HNF1A-MODY, the cystatin C-based GFR estimate is higher than the creatinine-based one.

  6. Evaluation of the Relationship between Cystatin C Level in Whole Saliva and Chronic Periodontitis

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    Mohammad Hassan Najafi Neshli

    Full Text Available Introduction: Chronic periodontitis is an infectious disease resulting in inflammation in tooth supporting tissues, advanced attachment loss and bone loss. Destructive process is a result of imbalance between analyzing enzymes such as MMPs and their inhibitors. This imbalance can also occur with other enzymes such as lysosomal cysteine proteinase, Katpsyn and their inhibitor such as cystatin. Cystatin C is a protein which controls activity of extracellular cysteine proteinase in inflammatory conditions. The aim of this study was to evaluate the protective role of salivary cystatin C in periodental disease. Materials & Methods: Twenty six patients with chronic periodontitis examined by a periodontist and also with a minimum pocket depth of six mm and more in at least eight locations in the mouth were selected. To collect Total non-irritating saliva samples, the spit method was used. Salivary levels of cystatin C was evaluated by ELISA method. Data were analysed by SPSS version 11.5 software.Results: The level of cystatin C in periodontally diseased subjects was higher than that of the control group, but the difference was not statistically significant (P=0.24. In the female group with control of age variant, the level of cystatin C was significantly higher in patients with periodontitis (P=0.036, whereas in male group, the difference was not significant (P=0.086. It seems that the lower periodontal destruction in female group is as a result of higher level of cystatin C.Conclusion: The level of cystatin C in whole saliva could be used as a marker in chronic periodontitis.

  7. Molecular cloning and characterization of novel cystatin gene in leaves Cakile maritima halophyte.

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    Megdiche, Wided; Passaquet, Chantal; Zourrig, Walid; Zuily Fodil, Yasmine; Abdelly, Chedly

    2009-05-01

    Cakile maritima (Brassicaceae) is a halophyte that thrives on dunes along Mediterranean seashores, with high tolerance to salty and dry environments. We have previously shown that there is great morphological and physiological diversity between ecotypes. We investigated the expression of cysteine protease inhibitor (cystatin) genes in the response to hydric and saline constraints, as cystatins are known to participate in the response to environmental constraints in plants. We isolated, from C. maritime, a new cystatin cDNA (CmC) that encodes a 221 amino acid protein with a calculated molecular mass of 25 kDa. It displays a moderate-to-high amino acid sequence similarity with previously reported phytocystatin genes. The predicted protein is hydrophilic, with only one hydrophobic region, just at its N-terminus, and a calculated isoelectric point of 6.7. Sequence analysis revealed a monocystatin structure with one cystatin-like domain. The predicted protein CmC contains the main conserved motifs characteristic of the plant cystatins, and a putative site of phosphorylation by casein kinase II (TPSD). As some cystatins, it contains a C-terminal extension of 106 amino acid residues, with several conserved cystatin motifs. The expression was constitutive in non-stressed plants, with different levels between the ecotypes, and without apparent relation to the climatic area of origin. Augmented expression was observed under severe salinity except in the ecotype from the arid region. Water deficit also increased CmC expression in two ecotypes, with the highest value observed in the ecotype from the humid region. These results indicate that C. maritima responds to high salinity and water deficit by expressing a cystatin gene that is a known component of defense against abiotic constraints or biotic aggression and survival machinery.

  8. Correlative research between homocysteine,cystatin C and patients with essential hypertension and hypertensive intracerebral hemorrhage

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    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the correlation between homocysteine(Hcy),cystatin C(Cys C)and patients with essential hypertension and hypertensive intracerebral hemorrhage.Methods Subjects were divided into hypertensive intracerebral hemorrhage group(108 cases),essential hypertension group(100 cases)and control group(100 cases),and their cystatin C,homocysteine and total cholesterol(TC)and triglycerides(TG)were surveyed.Results The patients with hypertensive intracerebral hemorrhage and essential hypertension had higher

  9. SOLID AND LIQUID PINEAPPLE WASTE UTILIZATION FOR LACTIC ACID FERMENTATION USING Lactobacillus delbrueckii

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    Abdullah Abdullah

    2012-01-01

    The liquid and solid  pineapple wastes contain mainly sucrose, glucose, fructose and other nutrients. It therefore can potentially be used as carbon source for fermentation to produce organic acid. Recently, lactic acid has been considered to be an important raw material for production of biodegradable lactate polymer. The experiments were  carried out in batch fermentation using  the  liquid and solid pineapple wastes to produce lactic acid. The anaerobic fermentation of ...

  10. Physico-Chemical Properties, Antioxidant Activity and Mineral Contents of Pineapple Genotypes Grown in China

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    Xin-Hua Lu; De-Quan Sun; Qing-Song Wu; Sheng-Hui Liu; Guang-Ming Sun

    2014-01-01

    The fruit physico-chemical properties, antioxidant activity and mineral contents of 26 pineapple [Ananas comosus (L.) Merr.] genotypes grown in China were measured. The results showed great quantitative differences in the composition of these pineapple genotypes. Sucrose was the dominant sugar in all 26 genotypes, while citric acid was the principal organic acid. Potassium, calcium and magnesium were the major mineral constituents. The ascorbic acid (AsA) content ranged from 5.08 to 33.57 mg/...

  11. Factors affecting the thermal activation of Neosartorya fischeri in pineapple and papaya nectars

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    Slongo, Adriana Paula; Aragão,Gláucia Maria Falcão de

    2006-01-01

    In this research factors that influence the activation of Neosartorya fischeri ascospores (heating medium, temperature of production and age of the ascospores) were studied. The heating medium used was pineapple and papaya nectars at different ratios (ºBrix/acidity). Lower activation times were observed for the N. fischeri ascospores in pineapple and papaya nectars under the conditions of temperature and production age of 25ºC for 1 month and using ratios of the heating medium of 10 for pinea...

  12. Cystatin C at Admission in the Intensive Care Unit Predicts Mortality among Elderly Patients.

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    Dalboni, Maria Aparecida; Beraldo, Daniel de Oliveira; Quinto, Beata Marie Redublo; Blaya, Rosângela; Narciso, Roberto; Oliveira, Moacir; Monte, Júlio César Martins; Durão, Marcelino de Souza; Cendoroglo, Miguel; Pavão, Oscar Fernando; Batista, Marcelo Costa

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    Introduction. Cystatin C has been used in the critical care setting to evaluate renal function. Nevertheless, it has also been found to correlate with mortality, but it is not clear whether this association is due to acute kidney injury (AKI) or to other mechanism. Objective. To evaluate whether serum cystatin C at intensive care unit (ICU) entry predicts AKI and mortality in elderly patients. Materials and Methods. It was a prospective study of ICU elderly patients without AKI at admission. We evaluated 400 patients based on normality for serum cystatin C at ICU entry, of whom 234 (58%) were selected and 45 (19%) developed AKI. Results. We observed that higher serum levels of cystatin C did not predict AKI (1.05 ± 0.48 versus 0.94 ± 0.36 mg/L; P = 0.1). However, it was an independent predictor of mortality, H.R. = 6.16 (95% CI 1.46-26.00; P = 0.01), in contrast with AKI, which was not associated with death. In the ROC curves, cystatin C also provided a moderate and significant area (0.67; P = 0.03) compared to AKI (0.47; P = 0.6) to detect death. Conclusion. We demonstrated that higher cystatin C levels are an independent predictor of mortality in ICU elderly patients and may be used as a marker of poor prognosis.

  13. Cystatin-C as a Marker for Renal Impairment in Preeclampsia

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    Apeksha Niraula

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Preeclampsia is a devastating pregnancy-associated disorder characterized by the onset of hypertension, proteinuria, and edema with limited plausible pathophysiology known. Cystatin-C, a novel marker for the detection of renal impairment, is increased in preeclampsia at an early stage. This study was aimed to evaluate the diagnostic efficiency of Cystatin-C as an early marker of renal function in preeclampsia comparing it to the traditional renal markers. A hospital based comparative cross-sectional study was performed on 104 women (52 diagnosed cases of preeclampsia and 52 healthy pregnant women. Concentrations of Cystatin-C, creatinine, urea, and uric acid were measured in both the study groups. Mean serum Cystatin-C and uric acid levels were elevated in preeclampsia cases compared to controls (1.15 ± 0.37 versus 0.55 ± 0.12; 5.40 ± 1.44 versus 3.97 ± 0.68, resp.. ROC curve depicted that Cystatin-C had the highest diagnostic efficiency (sensitivity, 88.24%; specificity, 98.04% compared to creatinine and uric acid. Serum Cystatin-C consequently seemed to closely reflect the renal functional changes, which are believed to lead to increased blood pressure levels and urinary excretion of albumin and may thus function as a marker for the stage of the transition between normal adaptive renal changes at term and preeclampsia.

  14. Oral administration with attenuated Salmonella encoding a Trichinella cystatin-like protein elicited host immunity.

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    Liu, X D; Wang, X L; Bai, X; Liu, X L; Wu, X P; Zhao, Y; Sun, S M; Yu, L; Su, X Z; Wang, Z Q; Wang, F; Liu, M Y

    2014-06-01

    Trichinellosis is a public health problem and is regarded as an emergent/re-emergent disease in various countries. The cDNA encoding a cystatin-like protein (Ts-cystatin) was identified by immunoscreening intestinal muscle larvae cDNA libraries with serum from pigs experimentally infected with 20,000 Trichinella spiralis muscle larvae. To study its impact on host immunity, we chose a eukaryotic expression system based on several comparisons of immunogenicity between the two Salmonella typhimurium administration schemes, which indicated that the eukaryotic expression system was superior. Humoral IgG and mucosal IgA were measured to determine the antibody response. To explore whether Th1 and Th2 responses were responsible for the induced protection, Th1- and Th2-specific cellular transcription factors and the cytokine profile were examined. Changes in the T lymphocyte and macrophage populations were detected by flow cytometry. Lastly, parasitological examination was examined. The results showed that Ts-cystatin induced a Th1/Th2-mixed type of immune response and decreased STAT6 transcription. The intestinal adult recovery increased by 10.9% in the Ts-cystatin group, the Ts-cystatin group fecundity rate was decreased by 91%. Furthermore, the number of muscle larvae did not change compared with the control group. In conclusion, our results suggest that Ts-cystatin plays an important role in Trichinella resistance to rapid expulsion by the host and is worth further study.

  15. Low-level internalization of cystatin E/M affects legumain activity and migration of melanoma cells.

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    Wallin, Hanna; Apelqvist, Jenny; Andersson, Freddi; Ekström, Ulf; Abrahamson, Magnus

    2017-09-01

    The ratio between proteases and their inhibitors is unbalanced in cancer. The cysteine protease inhibitor cystatin C is internalized by some cancer cells, which affects cellular properties. Here we aimed to investigate if uptake of cystatin C and the related inhibitor cystatin E/M occur in melanoma cell lines and to evaluate to what extent the uptake affects the legumain activity that is typically increased in melanoma. First we studied the basic expression, secretion, and intracellular content of all type 2 cystatins as well as expression and activity of their possible target enzymes legumain and cathepsin B in MDA-MB-435S, A375, and C8161 melanoma cells. Legumain activity was measureable in all cell lines, and of the potential legumain inhibitors, cystatin C, E/M, and F, cystatin C was the one mainly produced. All cells internalized cystatin C added to culture media, leading to increased intracellular cystatin C levels by 120-200%. Cystatin E/M was internalized as well but at a modest rate. The effects on intracellular legumain activity were nevertheless pronounced, probably because the cells lacked this inhibitor, and its affinity for legumain is 100-fold higher than that of cystatin C. Likewise, the low-degree uptake resulted in reduced migration and invasion of A375 cells in Matrigel to an extent comparable with the W106F variant of cystatin C with optimal uptake properties and resulting in much higher intracellular levels. Thus, cystatin E/M appears to be a good candidate to efficiently down-regulate the increased legumain activity, possibly important for the malignant phenotype of melanoma cells. © 2017 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

  16. Particle passage kinetics and neutral detergent fiber degradability of silage of pineapple waste (aerial parts) under different packing densities

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    Graciele Araújo de Oliveira Caetano; Severino Delmar Junqueira Villela; Margarida Maria Nascimento Figueiredo de Oliveira; Fernando de Paula Leonel; Wagner Pessanha Tamy

    2014-01-01

    The objective of this study was to determine the kinetics of in situ degradability parameters of the dry matter (DM) and neutral detergent fiber (NDF) and the passage of materials originating from the ensilage of the waste from pineapple cultivation (aerial parts). The four treatments utilized were silage of pineapple waste compacted at 600, 700, 900 and 1000 kg/m³. After ensiling the material from the pineapple cultivation, the particle-transit and rumen-degradation kinetics were analyzed. F...

  17. Effect of pineapple cropping on soil chemical and physical changes in Tha-yang soil series, Petchaburi province

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    Isuwan, A.

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    The experiment was conducted to investigate the effect of pineapple cropping on chemical and physical property changes of Tha-yang soil series, located on Tumbon Nong-ya-plong, Amphor Nong-yaplong,Petchaburi province. The experimental treatments were the different pineapple cropping soil ages arranged in a completely randomized design, consisting of undisturbed soil (year 0) and pineapple croppingsoil ages of 1, 4 and 8 years with 4 replications each. Soil samples were separated according to ...

  18. Fresh-cut pineapple as a new carrier of probiotic lactic acid bacteria.

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    Russo, Pasquale; de Chiara, Maria Lucia Valeria; Vernile, Anna; Amodio, Maria Luisa; Arena, Mattia Pia; Capozzi, Vittorio; Massa, Salvatore; Spano, Giuseppe

    2014-01-01

    Due to the increasing interest for healthy foods, the feasibility of using fresh-cut fruits to vehicle probiotic microorganisms is arising scientific interest. With this aim, the survival of probiotic lactic acid bacteria, belonging to Lactobacillus plantarum and Lactobacillus fermentum species, was monitored on artificially inoculated pineapple pieces throughout storage. The main nutritional, physicochemical, and sensorial parameters of minimally processed pineapples were monitored. Finally, probiotic Lactobacillus were further investigated for their antagonistic effect against Listeria monocytogenes and Escherichia coli O157:H7 on pineapple plugs. Our results show that at eight days of storage, the concentration of L. plantarum and L. fermentum on pineapples pieces ranged between 7.3 and 6.3 log cfu g(-1), respectively, without affecting the final quality of the fresh-cut pineapple. The antagonistic assays indicated that L. plantarum was able to inhibit the growth of both pathogens, while L. fermentum was effective only against L. monocytogenes. This study suggests that both L. plantarum and L. fermentum could be successfully applied during processing of fresh-cut pineapples, contributing at the same time to inducing a protective effect against relevant foodborne pathogens.

  19. Odor-active constituents in fresh pineapple (Ananas comosus [L.] Merr.) by quantitative and sensory evaluation.

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    Tokitomo, Yukiko; Steinhaus, Martin; Büttner, Andrea; Schieberle, Peter

    2005-07-01

    By application of aroma extract dilution analysis (AEDA) to an aroma distillate prepared from fresh pineapple using solvent-assisted flavor evaporation (SAFE), 29 odor-active compounds were detected in the flavor dilution (FD) factor range of 2 to 4,096. Quantitative measurements performed by stable isotope dilution assays (SIDA) and a calculation of odor activity values (OAVs) of 12 selected odorants revealed the following compounds as key odorants in fresh pineapple flavor: 4-hydroxy-2,5-dimethyl-3(2H)-furanone (HDF; sweet, pineapple-like, caramel-like), ethyl 2-methylpropanoate (fruity), ethyl 2-methylbutanoate (fruity) followed by methyl 2-methylbutanoate (fruity, apple-like) and 1-(E,Z)-3,5-undecatriene (fresh, pineapple-like). A mixture of these 12 odorants in concentrations equal to those in the fresh pineapple resulted in an odor profile similar to that of the fresh juice. Furthermore, the results of omission tests using the model mixture showed that HDF and ethyl 2-methylbutanoate are character impact odorants in fresh pineapple.

  20. Cystatin F Ensures Eosinophil Survival by Regulating Granule Biogenesis.

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    Matthews, Stephen P; McMillan, Sarah J; Colbert, Jeff D; Lawrence, Rachel A; Watts, Colin

    2016-04-19

    Eosinophils are now recognized as multifunctional leukocytes that provide critical homeostatic signals to maintain other immune cells and aid tissue repair. Paradoxically, eosinophils also express an armory of granule-localized toxins and hydrolases believed to contribute to pathology in inflammatory disease. How eosinophils deliver their supporting functions while avoiding self-inflicted injury is poorly understood. We have demonstrated that cystatin F (CF) is a critical survival factor for eosinophils. Eosinophils from CF null mice had reduced lifespan, reduced granularity, and disturbed granule morphology. In vitro, cysteine protease inhibitors restored granularity, demonstrating that control of cysteine protease activity by CF is critical for normal eosinophil development. CF null mice showed reduced pulmonary pathology in a model of allergic lung inflammation but also reduced ability to combat infection by the nematode Brugia malayi. These data identify CF as a "cytoprotectant" that promotes eosinophil survival and function by ensuring granule integrity. VIDEO ABSTRACT.

  1. Cathepsins and cystatin C in atherosclerosis and obesity.

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    Lafarge, Jean-Charles; Naour, Nadia; Clément, Karine; Guerre-Millo, Michèle

    2010-11-01

    Given the increasing prevalence of human obesity worldwide, there is an urgent need for a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms linking obesity to metabolic and cardiovascular diseases. Our knowledge is nevertheless limited regarding molecules linking adipose tissue to downstream complications. The importance of cathepsins was brought to light in this context. Through a large scale transcriptomic analysis, our group recently identified the gene encoding cathepsin S as one of the most deregulated gene in the adipose tissue of obese subjects and positively correlated with body mass index. Other members of the cathepsin family are expressed in the adipose tissue, including cathepsin K and cathepsin L. Given their implication in atherogenesis, these proteases could participate into the well established deleterious relationship between enlarged adipose tissue and increased cardiovascular risk. Here, we review the clinical and experimental evidence relevant to the role of cathepsins K, L and S and their most abundant endogenous inhibitor, cystatin C, in atherosclerosis and in obesity.

  2. Studies on the chemical modification of goat liver cystatin and the effect on its anti-papain inhibitory activity.

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    Shah, Aaliya; Aatif, Mohammad; Priyadarshini, Medha; Khan, Mohd Shahnawaz; Amin, Fakhra; Bano, Bilqees

    2012-11-01

    Goat liver cystatin was subjected to various chemical modifications in order to ascertain the amino acid residues responsible for its structural and functional integrity. Modification of tryptophan by HNBB led to the complete inactivation of the protein. The inactivation was also accompanied by the complete loss of tryptophan fluorescence at 340 nm. The reaction of liver cystatin with HNBB yielded a characteristic decrease in absorbance at 280 nm. Acetylation of the amino groups of liver cystatin was carried out in the presence of acetic anhydride. The acetylated cystatin showed a decrease in fluorescence intensity at 335 nm which could be attributed to the modification of tyrosine residue due to side reaction.

  3. In vivo antitumoral activity of stem pineapple (Ananas comosus) bromelain.

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    Báez, Roxana; Lopes, Miriam T; Salas, Carlos E; Hernández, Martha

    2007-10-01

    Stem bromelain (EC 3.4.22.32) is a major cysteine proteinase, isolated from pineapple ( Ananas comosus) stem. Its main medicinal use is recognized as digestive, in vaccine formulation, antitumoral and skin debrider for the treatment of burns. To verify the identity of the principle in stem fractions responsible for the antitumoral effect, we isolated bromelain to probe its pharmacological effects. The isolated bromelain was obtained from stems of adult pineapple plants by buffered aqueous extraction and cationic chromatography. The homogeneity of bromelain was confirmed by reverse phase HPLC, SDS-PAGE and N-terminal sequencing. The in vivo antitumoral/antileukemic activity was evaluated using the following panel of tumor lines: P-388 leukemia, sarcoma (S-37), Ehrlich ascitic tumor (EAT), Lewis lung carcinoma (LLC), MB-F10 melanoma and ADC-755 mammary adenocarcinoma. Intraperitoneal administration of bromelain (1, 12.5, 25 mg/kg), began 24 h after tumor cell inoculation in experiments in which 5-fluorouracil (5-FU, 20 mg/kg) was used as positive control. The antitumoral activity was assessed by the survival increase (% survival index) following various treatments. With the exception of MB-F10 melanoma, all other tumor-bearing animals had a significantly increased survival index after bromelain treatment. The largest increase ( approximately 318 %) was attained in mice bearing EAT ascites and receiving 12.5 mg/kg of bromelain. This antitumoral effect was superior to that of 5-FU, whose survival index was approximately 263 %, relative to the untreated control. Bromelain significantly reduced the number of lung metastasis induced by LLC transplantation, as observed with 5-FU. The antitumoral activity of bromelain against S-37 and EAT, which are tumor models sensitive to immune system mediators, and the unchanged tumor progression in the metastatic model suggests that the antimetastatic action results from a mechanism independent of the primary antitumoral effect.

  4. 胰腺癌调强放疗对Cystatin C分泌的影响

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    李丹明; 孙新臣; 杨焱; 葛晓林; 穆庆霞; 王沛沛

    2014-01-01

    Objective To observe the change of the serum level change of Cystatin C in the patients of pancreatic carcinoma before and after the intensity-modulated radiotherapy, and to explore the relationship between the change of concentration of Cystatin C and the radiation doze of the two kidneys. Methods 21 pancreatic carcinoma patients were enrolled, each patient was given simultaneouse chemotherapy with Gemcitabline, the change of Cystatin before and after the radiotherapy measured. Regression analysis was applied to Cystain concentration and the DVH index of the radiation dose on kidney. [mediam 0.52mg/L;range (0.17~1.00) mg/L](P0.05). The correlated analysis showed:the serum level of Cystatin C was only correlated to Dmax(Gy)(P=0.032). Conclusions The Cystatin C concentraton was significally higher than those without radiology, which is only related to the Dmax of the radiation dose of kidney, but is not related to the other kidney indice.%目的:评价胰腺癌调强放疗前后胰腺癌患者血清半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂C(Cystatin C)的变化,并对血清中Cystatin C浓度的改变与双侧肾脏的受照射剂量之间的关系进行研究。方法共纳入21例胰腺癌患者,每位患者给予包括吉西他滨的同步放化疗治疗,放疗前和放疗后测定血清Cystatin C变化。对于Cystatin C升高患者的Cystatin C浓度和肾脏照射剂量的DVH参数进行回归分析。结果21例行放疗的胰腺癌患者中,有8例Cystatin C升高;整组患者与照射前比较,放疗后患者血清中的Cystatin C[中位0.74mg/L;范围(0.22-3.12)mg/L]明显高于放疗前[中位0.52mg/L;范围(0.17~1.00)mg/L](P0.05);相关性分析表明:其血清中的Cystatin C浓度与仅与Dmax(Gy)(P=0.032)有相关性。结论胰腺癌放疗的Cystatin C浓度明显高于未受照射者,仅与肾脏受照射剂量的Dmax相关,而与其他肾脏剂量参数指标无相关关系。

  5. Complexes of Amyloid-β and Cystatin C in the Human Central Nervous System

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    Mi, Weiqian; Jung, Sonia S.; Yu, Haung; Schmidt, Stephen D.; Nixon, Ralph A.; Mathews, Paul M.; Tagliavini, Fabrizio; Levy, Efrat

    2009-01-01

    A role for cystatin C (CysC) in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has been suggested by the genetic linkage of a CysC gene (CST3) polymorphism with late-onset AD, the co-localization of CysC with amyloid-β (Aβ) in AD brains, and binding of CysC to soluble Aβ in vitro and in mouse models of AD. This study investigates the binding between Aβ and CysC in the human central nervous system. While CysC binding to soluble Aβ was observed in AD patients and controls, a SDS-resistant CysC/Aβ complex was detected exclusively in brains of neuropathologically normal controls, but not in AD cases. The association of CysC with Aβ in brain from control individuals and in cerebrospinal fluid reveals an interaction of these two polypeptides in their soluble form. The association between Aβ and CysC prevented Aβ accumulation and fibrillogenesis in experimental systems, arguing that CysC plays a protective role in the pathogenesis of AD in humans and explains why decreases in CysC concentration caused by the CST3 polymorphism or by specific presenilin 2 mutations can lead to the development of the disease. Thus, enhancing CysC expression or modulating CysC binding to Aβ have important disease-modifying effects, suggesting a novel therapeutic intervention for AD. PMID:19584436

  6. Tick salivary cystatin sialostatin L2 suppresses IFN responses in mouse dendritic cells.

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    Lieskovská, J; Páleníková, J; Širmarová, J; Elsterová, J; Kotsyfakis, M; Campos Chagas, A; Calvo, E; Růžek, D; Kopecký, J

    2015-02-01

    Type I interferon (IFN), mainly produced by dendritic cells (DCs), is critical in the host defence against tick-transmitted pathogens. Here, we report that salivary cysteine protease inhibitor from the hard tick Ixodes scapularis, sialostatin L2, affects IFN-β mediated immune reactions in mouse dendritic cells. Following IFN receptor ligation, the Janus activated kinases/signal transducer and activator of transcription (JAK/STAT) pathway is activated. We show that sialostatin L2 attenuates phosphorylation of STATs in spleen dendritic cells upon addition of recombinant IFN-β. LPS-stimulated dendritic cells release IFN-β which in turn leads to the induction of IFN-stimulated genes (ISG) through JAK/STAT pathway activation. The induction of two ISG, interferon regulatory factor 7 (IRF-7) and IP-10, was suppressed by sialostatin L2 in LPS-stimulated dendritic cells. Finally, the interference of sialostatin L2 with IFN action led to the enhanced replication of tick-borne encephalitis virus in DC. In summary, we present here that tick salivary cystatin negatively affects IFN-β responses which may consequently increase the pathogen load after transmission via tick saliva.

  7. Serum cystatin C level is an excellent predictor of mortality in patients with cirrhotic ascites.

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    Seo, Yeon Seok; Park, Soo Young; Kim, Moon Young; Kim, Sang Gyune; Park, Jun Yong; Yim, Hyung Joon; Jang, Byoung Kuk; Park, Seung Ha; Kim, Ji Hoon; Suk, Ki Tae; Kim, Jin Dong; Kim, Tae Yeob; Cho, Eun Young; Lee, Jun Sung; Jung, Soung Won; Jang, Jae Young; An, Hyonggin; Tak, Won Young; Baik, Soon Koo; Hwang, Jae Seok; Kim, Young Seok; Sohn, Joo Hyun; Um, Soon Ho

    2017-09-14

    Although serum cystatin C level is considered a more accurate marker of renal function in patients with liver cirrhosis, its prognostic efficacy remains uncertain. This study aimed to evaluate the prognostic efficacy of serum cystatin C level in patients with cirrhotic ascites. Patients with cirrhotic ascites from 15 hospitals were prospectively enrolled between September 2009 and March 2013. Cox regression analyses were performed to identify independent predictive factors of mortality and development of type 1 hepatorenal syndrome (HRS-1). In total, 350 patients were enrolled in this study. The mean age was 55.4 ± 10.8 years, and 267 patients (76.3%) were men. The leading cause of liver cirrhosis was alcoholic liver disease (64.3%), followed by chronic viral hepatitis (29.7%). Serum creatinine and cystatin C levels were 0.9 ± 0.4 mg/dL and 1.1 ± 0.5 mg/L, respectively. Multivariate analyses revealed that international normalized ratio (INR) and serum bilirubin, sodium, and cystatin C levels were independent predictors of mortality and INR and serum sodium and cystatin C levels were independent predictors of the development of HRS-1. Serum creatinine level was not significantly associated with mortality and development of HRS-1 on multivariate analysis. Serum cystatin C level was an independent predictor of mortality and development of HRS-1 in patients with cirrhotic ascites, while serum creatinine level was not. Predictive models based on serum cystatin C level instead of serum creatinine level would be more helpful in the assessment of the condition and prognosis of patients with cirrhotic ascites. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  8. Early Trends in Cystatin C and Outcomes in Patients with Cirrhosis and Acute Kidney Injury

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    Justin M. Belcher

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Acute kidney injury (AKI is a common and severe complication in patients with cirrhosis. Progression of AKI to a higher stage associates with increased mortality. Intervening early in AKI when renal dysfunction is worsening may improve outcomes. However, serum creatinine correlates poorly with glomerular filtration in patients with cirrhosis and fluctuations may mask progression early in the course of AKI. Cystatin C, a low-molecular-weight cysteine proteinase inhibitor, is a potentially more accurate marker of glomerular filtration. Methods. We conducted a prospective multicenter study in patients with cirrhosis comparing changes in cystatin and creatinine immediately following onset of AKI as predictors of a composite endpoint of dialysis or mortality. Results. Of 106 patients, 37 (35% met the endpoint. Cystatin demonstrated less variability between samples than creatinine. Patients were stratified into four groups reflecting changes in creatinine and cystatin: both unchanged or decreased 38 (36% (Scr−/CysC−; only cystatin increased 25 (24% (Scr−/CysC+; only creatinine increased 15 (14% (Scr+/CysC−; and both increased 28 (26% (Scr+/CysC+. With Scr−/CysC− as the reference, in both instances where cystatin rose, Scr−/CysC+ and Scr+/CysC+, the primary outcome was significantly more frequent in multivariate analysis, P=0.02 and 0.03, respectively. However, when only creatinine rose, outcomes were similar to the reference group. Conclusions. Changes in cystatin levels early in AKI are more closely associated with eventual dialysis or mortality than creatinine and may allow more rapid identification of patients at risk for adverse outcomes.

  9. Cystatin C and lactoferrin concentrations in biological fluids as possible prognostic factors in eye tumor development

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    Mariya A. Dikovskaya

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    Full Text Available Objectives. To investigate the possible role of cystatin C in eye biological fluids locally and in serum and lactoferrin revealing anti-tumor activity in eye tumor development. Background. The increased number of eye tumors was registered recently not only in the countries with high insolation, but also in the northern countries including Russia (11 cases per million of population. Search for new biological markers is important for diagnosis and prognosis in eye tumors. Cystatin C, an endogenous inhibitor of cysteine proteases, plays an important protective role in several tumors. Lactoferrin was shown to express anti-tumor and antiviral activities. It was hypothesized that cystatin C and lactoferrin could serve as possible biomarkers in the diagnosis of malignant and benign eye tumors. Study design. A total of 54 patients with choroidal melanoma and benign eye tumors were examined (part of them undergoing surgical treatment. Serum, tear fluid and intraocular fluid samples obtained from the anterior chamber of eyes in patients with choroidal melanoma were studied. Methods. Cystatin C concentration in serum and eye biological fluids was measured by commercial ELISA kits for human (BioVendor, Czechia; lactoferrin concentration – by Lactoferrin-strip D 4106 ELISA test systems (Vector-BEST, Novosibirsk Region, Russia. Results. Cystatin C concentration in serum of healthy persons was significantly higher as compared to tear and intraocular fluids. In patients with choroidal melanoma, increased cystatin C concentration was similar in tear fluid of both the eyes. Lactoferrin level in tear fluid of healthy persons was significantly higher than its serum level. Significantly increased lactoferrin concentration in tear fluid was noted in patients with benign and malignant eye tumors. Conclusion. Increased level of cystatin C in tear fluid seems to be a possible diagnostic factor in the eye tumors studied. However, it does not allow us to differentiate

  10. Requirement for cystatin C testing in chronic kidney disease: a retrospective population-based study.

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    Lasserson, Daniel S; Shine, Brian; O'Callaghan, Christopher A; James, Tim

    2017-10-01

    Creatinine-based estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) determines chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage, but underestimates renal function. The 2014 updated guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that GPs reduce overdiagnosis of CKD stage 3a (eGFR 45-60 ml/min/1.73 m(2)) by using the renal biomarker cystatin C. To determine the population requirement for cystatin C testing, compared with current national availability of the assay. Retrospective study of primary care laboratory requests in Oxfordshire, England. The first creatinine results from tests ordered in primary care over a 6-year period (2008-2014) in a population of 600 000 in Oxfordshire were analysed and the number of patients with CKD stage 3a without proteinuria (who, in accordance with NICE guidance, required cystatin C) was determined. A conservative estimate of the national need was provided by scaling the population of Oxfordshire to the national population (CKD prevalence in the county is below the national average). Cystatin C assay availability was determined using national databases of laboratory assay provision. From a population of 600 000, there were 22 240 individuals with stable stage 3a CKD and no proteinuria. As the population of Oxfordshire equates to 1% of the UK population, there is an initial requirement for at least 2 million people to have their CKD status determined with cystatin C testing. Eight laboratories (2.1% of UK laboratories) reported cystatin C assay provision. There is a substantial gap between cystatin C assay requirements in primary care and national assay provision. This is a major barrier to implementing NICE guidance. © British Journal of General Practice 2017.

  11. Immobilization of a Cutinase from Fusarium oxysporum and Application in Pineapple Flavor Synthesis.

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    Nikolaivits, Efstratios; Makris, Georgios; Topakas, Evangelos

    2017-05-03

    In the present study, the immobilization of a cutinase from Fusarium oxysporum was carried out as cross-linked enzyme aggregates. Under optimal immobilization conditions, acetonitrile was selected as precipitant, utilizing 9.4 mg protein/mL and 10 mM glutaraldehyde as cross-linker. The immobilized cutinase (imFocut5a) was tested in isooctane for the synthesis of short-chain butyrate esters, displaying enhanced thermostability compared to the free enzyme. Pineapple flavor (butyl butyrate) synthesis was optimized, leading to a conversion yield of >99% after 6 h, with an initial reaction rate of 18.2 mmol/L/h. Optimal reaction conditions were found to be 50 °C, a vinyl butyrate/butanol molar ratio of 3:1, vinyl butyrate concentration of 100 mM, and enzyme loading of 11 U. Reusability studies of imFocut5a showed that after four consecutive runs, the reaction yield reaches 54% of the maximum. The efficient bioconversion offers a sustainable and environmentally friendly process for the production of "natural" aroma compounds essential for the food industry.

  12. Specificity of monoclonal antibodies to strains of Dickeya sp. that cause bacterial heart rot of pineapple.

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    Peckham, Gabriel D; Kaneshiro, Wendy S; Luu, Van; Berestecky, John M; Alvarez, Anne M

    2010-10-01

    During a severe outbreak of bacterial heart rot that occurred in pineapple plantations on Oahu, Hawaii, in 2003 and years following, 43 bacterial strains were isolated from diseased plants or irrigation water and identified as Erwinia chrysanthemi (now Dickeya sp.) by phenotypic, molecular, and pathogenicity assays. Rep-PCR fingerprint patterns grouped strains from pineapple plants and irrigation water into five genotypes (A-E) that differed from representatives of other Dickeya species, Pectobacterium carotovorum and other enteric saprophytes isolated from pineapple. Monoclonal antibodies produced following immunization of mice with virulent type C Dickeya sp. showed only two specificities. MAb Pine-1 (2D11G1, IgG1 with kappa light chain) reacted to all 43 pineapple/water strains and some reference strains (D. dianthicola, D. chrysanthemi, D. paradisiaca, some D. dadantii, and uncharacterized Dickeya sp.) but did not react to reference strains of D. dieffenbachiae, D. zeae, or one of the two Malaysian pineapple strains. MAb Pine-2 (2A7F2, IgG3 with kappa light chain) reacted to all type B, C, and D strains but not to any A or E strains or any reference strains except Dickeya sp. isolated from Malaysian pineapple. Pathogenicity tests showed that type C strains were more aggressive than type A strains when inoculated during cool months. Therefore, MAb Pine-2 distinguishes the more virulent type C strains from less virulent type A pineapple strains and type E water strains. MAbs with these two specificities enable development of rapid diagnostic tests that will distinguish the systemic heart rot pathogen from opportunistic bacteria associated with rotted tissues. Use of the two MAbs in field assays also permits the monitoring of a known subpopulation and provides additional decision tools for disease containment and management practices.

  13. Different Dialysis Modalities on Serum Cystatin C and Creatinine Clearance Comparative Study%不同透析方式对血清Cystatin C及肌酐的清除效果比较

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    刘丽君; 郭中凯; 陈燕芳

    2011-01-01

    Objective:To investigate the clearance of Cystatin C and creatinine by different hemodialysis.Methods:Using common hemodialysis(HD),hemodiafitration (HDF) and high-flux hemodialysis (HFHD) for therapy;PENIA and SOX assays detect the concentrations of Cystatin C and creatinine,respectively.Results:After 3 months therapy,the concentration of Cystatin C was higher than before and the clearance of creatinine was 71.4% in HD group;the clearances of Cystatin C and creatinine were 29.7% and 77.1% in HDF group,respectively;the clearances of Cystatin C and creatinine were 57.5% and 90.3% in HFHD group,respectively.Conclusion:All three types of hemodialysis could exclude creatinine;however HD couldn’t clear Cystatin C,HFHD excluded Cystatin C more effectively than HDF.%目的:比较不同血液透析方式对Cystatin C和肌酐的清除效果.方法:采用HD、HDF和HFHD三种方式对患者进行透析治疗,利用颗粒增强散射免疫比浊法和肌氨酸氧化酶法分别测定治疗前后血清Cystatin C和肌酐浓度.结果:治疗3个月后,HD组Cystatin C浓度较治疗前增高,肌酐清除率为71.4%;HDF组对Cystatin C和肌酐清除率分别为29.7%和77.1%;HFHD组对Cystatin C和肌酐清除率分别为57.5%和90.3%.结论:常规血液透析能清除患者体内肌酐,不能清除Cystatin C;血液透析滤过和高通量血液透析可以有效清除患者体内Cystatin C和肌酐,且高通量血液透析效果较好.

  14. Silencing of cystatin M in metastatic oral cancer cell line MDA-686Ln by siRNA increases cysteine proteinases and legumain activities, cell proliferation and in vitro invasion.

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    Vigneswaran, N.; Wu, J.; Nagaraj, N.; James, R.; Zeeuwen, P.L.J.M.; Zacharias, W.

    2006-01-01

    Cystatins are inhibitors of lysosomal cysteine proteinases. Cystatin M demonstrates more diverse tissue distribution, target specificity and biological function than other cystatins from the same family. We utilized small interference RNAs (siRNA) to silence cystatin M gene expression in a metastati

  15. A 170kDa multi-domain cystatin of Fasciola gigantica is active in the male reproductive system.

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    Geadkaew, Amornrat; Kosa, Nanthawat; Siricoon, Sinee; Grams, Suksiri Vichasri; Grams, Rudi

    2014-09-01

    Cystatins are functional as intra- and extracellular inhibitors of cysteine proteases and are expressed as single or multi-domain proteins. We have previously described two single domain type 1 cystatins in the trematode Fasciola gigantica that are released into the parasite's intestinal tract and exhibit inhibitory activity against endogenous and host cathepsin L and B proteases. In contrast, the here presented 170kDa multi-domain cystatin (FgMDC) comprises signal peptide and 12 tandem repeated cystatin-like domains with similarity to type 2 single domain cystatins. The domains show high sequence divergence with identity values often cystatins. Domain-specific antisera detected multiple forms of FgMDC ranging from 120kDa molecular mass in immunoblots of parasite crude extracts and ES product with different banding patterns for each antiserum demonstrating complex processing of the proprotein. The four domains with the highest conserved QVVAG motifs were expressed in Escherichia coli and the refolded recombinant proteins blocked cysteine protease activity in the parasite's ES product. Strikingly, immunohistochemical analysis using seven domain-specific antisera localized FgMDC in testis lobes and sperm. It is speculated that the processed cystatin-like domains have function analogous to the mammalian group of male reproductive tissue-specific type 2 cystatins and are functional in spermiogenesis and fertilization.

  16. 心肌梗死患者cystatin C与心肌缺血的相关性

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    孙昭; 朱福音; 杨晓蕾; 仲素艳

    2010-01-01

    目的 设法明确是否高浓度的半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂C(cystatin C)与心肌梗死患者可诱发的心肌缺血相关,高浓度cystatin C是否与更严重的心血管发病卒和死亡率相关.方法 选择监护室138例心肌梗死后患者,出院1个月后随访,测定cystatin C,然后进行负荷超声心动图.结果 (1)根据cystatin C的测量结果,cystatin C的浓度可分为4级,Ⅳ级浓度最高,Ⅰ级浓度最低.(2)未使用β-阻断剂者,cystatin C Ⅳ级的47%,Ⅰ级的10%可诱发缺血发作(OR:6.0,P<0.01).(3)未使用他汀类药物者,cystatin C Ⅳ级的38%,Ⅰ级的3%可诱发缺血发作(OR:9.6,P<0.01,).结论 在心肌梗死患者中,cystatin C升高与可诱发的心肌缺血相关.

  17. Cystatin M/E knockdown by lentiviral delivery of shRNA impairs epidermal morphogenesis of human skin equivalents

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    Jansen, P.A.M.; Bogaard, E.H. van den; Kersten, F.F.J.; Oostendorp, C.; Vlijmen-Willems, I.M. van; Oji, V.; Traupe, H.; Hennies, H.C.; Schalkwijk, J.; Zeeuwen, P.L.J.M.

    2012-01-01

    The protease inhibitor cystatin M/E (CST6) regulates a biochemical pathway involved in stratum corneum homeostasis, and its deficiency in mice causes ichthyosis and neonatal lethality. Cystatin M/E deficiency has not been described in humans so far, and we did not detect disease-causing mutations in

  18. Cystatin C Falsely Underestimated GFR in a Critically Ill Patient with a New Diagnosis of AIDS

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    Caitlin S. Brown

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Cystatin C has been suggested to be a more accurate glomerular filtration rate (GFR surrogate than creatinine in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS because it is unaffected by skeletal muscle mass and dietary influences. However, little is known about the utility of this marker for monitoring medications in the critically ill. We describe the case of a 64-year-old female with opportunistic infections associated with a new diagnosis of AIDS. During her course, she experienced neurologic, cardiac, and respiratory failure; yet her renal function remained preserved as indicated by an eGFR ≥ 120 mL/min and a urine output > 1 mL/kg/hr without diuresis. The patient was treated with nephrotoxic agents; therefore cystatin C was assessed to determine if cachexia was resulting in a falsely low serum creatinine. Cystatin C measured 1.50 mg/L which corresponded to an eGFR of 36 mL/min. Given the >60 mL/min discrepancy, serial 8-hour urine samples were collected and a GFR > 120 mL/min was confirmed. It is unclear why cystatin C was falsely elevated, but we hypothesize that it relates to the proinflammatory state with AIDS, opportunistic infections, and corticosteroids. More research is needed before routine use of cystatin C in this setting can be recommended.

  19. Jasmonate signal induced expression of cystatin genes for providing resistance against Karnal bunt in wheat.

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    Dutt, Shriparna; Pandey, Dinesh; Kumar, Anil

    2011-06-01

    Two wheat varieties HD-29 (resistant, R) and WH-542 (susceptible, S) were pretreated with jasmonic acid (JA) or jasmonate and then artificially inoculated with sporidial suspension of Tilletia indica to study its influence in reducing Karnal bunt (KB) infection by regulating cystatin gene expression. JA was found to improve the plant defense against KB as its exogenous application resulted in decrease in coefficient of infection (CI) in both susceptible and resistant varieties following pathogen inoculation. Transcript profiling of wheat cystatin genes at different days after inoculation (DAI) showed that JA pretreatment positively induced cystatin gene expression in both varieties with greater induction of expression in resistant variety than the susceptible one (Pcystatin genes, WC2, WC3 and WCMD was observed with their increased expression at 1DAI in the boot emergence stage which is most susceptible to KB and then slowly declined gradually at 3, 7 and 15 DAI in both the varieties. Except WC2, higher expression of other two cystatins viz. WC3 and WCMD at 1DAI showed higher response (Pcystatin by inhibitor assay were found to be consistent with those of transcript profiling. These findings suggest that jasmonic acid (JA) may act as a potential activator of induced resistance against Karnal bunt of wheat by upregulating cystatin gene expression.

  20. The influence of information about organic production and fair trade on preferences for and perception of pineapple

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    Poelman, A.A.M.; Mojet, J.; Lyon, D.; Sefa-Dedeh, S.

    2008-01-01

    The influence of information about organic production and fair trade on hedonic and analytic judgments of pineapple was studied in British (n = 44) and Dutch (n = 51) subjects. The subjects received pineapple pieces of three regularly grown varieties, in which information about organic production an

  1. Effects of Nitrogen Supplementation on Yeast (Candida utilis) Biomass Production by Using Pineapple (Ananas comosus) Waste Extracted Medium

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    Rosma, A.; Cheong, M. W.

    2007-01-01

    Pineapple waste medium was used to cultivate yeast, Candida utilis. It served as the sole carbon and energy source for the yeast growth. However, pineapple waste media contain very little nitrogen (0.003-0.015% w/v). Various nitrogen sources were incorporate and their effects on biomass, yield and productivity were studied. Significant (p

  2. 血清、尿Cystatin C检测在高血压肾病中的诊断价值%Evaluation of serum and urine cystatin C in the early stage of hypertensive nephrosclerosis

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    陈红; 钟爱民; 刘燕鸣

    2010-01-01

    目的 探讨血清、尿半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂C(Cystatin C)在高血压肾病早期诊断中的价值.方法 检测高血压患者尿常规、尿Cystatin C、尿α1 微球蛋白(α1-MG)和尿白蛋白,以及血Cystatin C、血肌酐、尿素氮水平.通过分组,对各项指标进行比较分析.结果 血Cystatin C和血肌酐水平、尿的Cystatin C和尿α1微球蛋白的水平、尿的Cystatin C和尿白蛋白的水平均呈正相关.蛋白尿阳性组的血、尿Cystatin C的水平均明显高于蛋白尿阴性组和健康对照组(P<0.05),蛋白尿阴性组的尿Cystatin C的水平高于健康对照组(P<0.05).血、尿Cystatin C对高血压肾损害的敏感性高于血肌酐、尿白蛋白和α1微球蛋白.结论 血清、尿Cystatin C分别是判断高血压肾病患者肾小球功能和肾小管受损的早期敏感指标.

  3. The Mechanical Properties and Microstructure Characters of Hybrid Composite Geopolymers-Pineapple Fiber Leaves (PFL)

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    Amalia, N.; Hidayatullah, S.; Nurfadilla; Subaer

    2017-03-01

    The objective of this research is to study the influence of organic fibers on the mechanical properties and microstructure characters of hybrid composite geopolymers-pineapple fibers (PFL). Geopolymers were synthesized by using alkali activated of class C-fly ash added manually with short pineapple fiber leaves (PFL) and then cured at 60°C for 1 hour. The resulting composites were stored in open air for 28 days prior to mechanical and microstructure characterizations. The samples were subjected to compressive and flexural strength measurements, heat resistance as well as acid attack (1M H2SO4 solution). The microstructure of the composites were examined by using Scanning Electron Microscopy-Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (SEM-EDS). The measurement showed that the addition of pineapple fibers was able to improve the compressive and flexural strength of geopolymers. The resulting hybrid composites were able to resist fire to a maximum temperature of 1500°C. SEM examination showed the presence of good bond between geopolymer matrix and pineapple fibers. It was also found that there were no chemical constituents of geopolymers leached out during acid liquid treatment. It is concluded that hybrid composite geopolymers-pineapple fibers are potential composites for wide range applications.

  4. Cultivar identification and genetic relationship of pineapple (Ananas comosus) cultivars using SSR markers.

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    Lin, Y S; Kuan, C S; Weng, I S; Tsai, C C

    2015-11-25

    The genetic relationships among 27 pineapple [Ananas comosus (L.) Merr.] cultivars and lines were examined using 16 simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers. The number of alleles per locus of the SSR markers ranged from 2 to 6 (average 3.19), for a total of 51 alleles. Similarity coefficients were calculated on the basis of 51 amplified bands. A dendrogram was created according to the 16 SSR markers by the unweighted pair-group method. The banding patterns obtained from the SSR primers allowed most of the cultivars and lines to be distinguished, with the exception of vegetative clones. According to the dendrogram, the 27 pineapple cultivars and lines were clustered into three main clusters and four individual clusters. As expected, the dendrogram showed that derived cultivars and lines are closely related to their parental cultivars; the genetic relationships between pineapple cultivars agree with the genealogy of their breeding history. In addition, the analysis showed that there is no obvious correlation between SSR markers and morphological characters. In conclusion, SSR analysis is an efficient method for pineapple cultivar identification and can offer valuable informative characters to identify pineapple cultivars in Taiwan.

  5. Study of Tensile Properties and Deflection Temperature of Polypropylene/Subang Pineapple Leaf Fiber Composites

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    Hafizhah, R.; Juwono, A. L.; Roseno, S.

    2017-05-01

    The development of eco-friendly composites has been increasing in the past four decades because the requirement of eco-friendly materials has been increasing. Indonesia has a lot of natural fiber resources and, pineapple leaf fiber is one of those fibers. This study aimed to determine the influence of weight fraction of pineapple leaf fibers, that were grown at Subang, to the tensile properties and the deflection temperature of polypropylene/Subang pineapple leaf fiber composites. Pineapple leaf fibers were pretreated by alkalization, while polypropylene pellets, as the matrix, were extruded into sheets. Hot press method was used to fabricate the composites. The results of the tensile test and Heat Deflection Temperature (HDT) test showed that the composites that contained of 30 wt.% pineapple leaf fiber was the best composite. The values of tensile strength, modulus of elasticity and deflection temperature were (64.04 ± 3.91) MPa; (3.98 ± 0.55) GPa and (156.05 ± 1.77) °C respectively, in which increased 187.36%, 198.60%, 264.72% respectively from the pristine polypropylene. The results of the observation on the fracture surfaces showed that the failure modes were fiber breakage and matrix failure.

  6. 恶性肿瘤患者尿液中可溶性尿激酶受体和胱抑素C水平检测的临床价值%Clinical Value of Detection of Soluble Urokinase Receptor and Cystatin C in Urine of Patients with Malignant Tumor

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    孙继兴; 王一; 李会平

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨恶性肿瘤患者尿液中可溶性尿激酶受体(suPAR)和胱抑素C(Cystatin C)水平及与治疗的关系.方法 suPAR采用ELISA法检测.Cystatin C应用颗粒增强散射免疫比浊法(PENIA)检测,使用德灵BNⅡ特定蛋白分析仪;对照组为82例健康成人,病例组为93例恶性肿瘤患者,比较2组尿液中suPAR和Cystatin C的检测水平.结果 恶性肿瘤患者尿液中suPAR和Cystatin C水平较对照组增高,差异有统学意义(P<0.01).结论 与健康对照成人比较恶性肿瘤患者尿液中suPAR和Cystatin C水平增高,且与恶性肿瘤患者手术有关.检测恶性肿瘤患者尿液中suPAR和Cystatin C水平有可能成为新的诊断和预后判断指标,对恶性肿瘤患者病情监测和疗效判断具有较高的临床价值.%[ Objective ] To explore the relationship between treatment and the levels of soluble urokinase receptor ( suPAR) and Cystatin C in urine of patients with malignant tumor. [ Methods ] The level of suPAR was measured by ELISA, level of Cystatin C was measured by particles enhance nephelometry immune assay (PENIA) , and Dade Behring BNII special protein analysor was applied. 82 healthy adults were involved in the control group, and 93 patients with malignant tumor were involved in the case group. The levels of suPAR and Cystatin C in urine of two groups were compared. [ Results] The levels of suPAR and Cystatin C in urine of patients with malignant tumor were significantly higher than those of the control group ( P < 0.01). [ Conclusion ] The levels of suPAR and Cystatin C in urine of patients with malignant tumor were increased significantly compared with those of healthy adults, and it was related to operation of malignant tumor. The detection of suPAR and Cystatin C in urine of patients with malignant tumor may become a new index of diagnosis and prognosis, which has the important clinical value in monitoring and effect judgment in patients with malignant tumor.

  7. Molecular characterization and expression analysis of a novel cystatin-like gene in a hypoxia-tolerant Indian catfish, Clarias batrachus [Linnaeus, 1758].

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    Mohindra, Vindhya; Tripathi, Ratnesh K; Singh, Akanksha; Singh, Balvinder

    2013-02-01

    A novel member of Cystatin superfamily was identified from Indian catfish, Clarias batrachus, in response to oxidation stress induced by environmental hypoxia. Integrated genomic approaches, expression profiling and computational techniques showed that CbCystatin had putative cystatin/monelin like domain and might be a transmembrane and/or intermediate protein in signaling pathways. CbCystatin was found to be clustered into family 2 Cystatins. At transcriptional level, its expression was significantly up-regulated in response to short as well as long periods (more than 20 fold) of hypoxia, suggesting its positive association with oxygen concentrations lower than physiological concentrations.

  8. Correlation study on cystatin C and ischemic stroke

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    CHEN Rong-bo

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective To investigate the relationship between serum cystatin C (Cys C and patients with acute ischemic stroke. Methods The clinical and laboratory data of 115 patients with acute ischemic stroke and 110 controls were recorded and analyzed. Results The serum Cys C levels of patients in ischemic stroke group [(1.15 ± 0.34 mg/L] were higher than that of the control group [(0.99 ± 0.25 mg/L]. The difference between two groups was significant after correction of age and cardiovascular risk factors (t = ? 3.889, P = 0.000. It was found that age, Cys C, homocysteine (Hcy, type 2 diabetes mellitus [hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c, fructosamine (FRU], smoking, alcohol consumption, hypertension and intima-media thickness (IMT were risk factors for ischemic stroke on univariate Logistic regression analysis. The difference of serum Cys C level between the patients and controls was significant (P = 0.000, but through covariance analysis, after adjusted other risk factors, it was not significant (P = 0.875. Conclusion The serum Cys C levels of patients in ischemic stroke group is higher than the control group. It can be used as an indicator in the acute phase of ischemic stroke. The elevation of serum Cys C is a risk factor for ischemic stroke, but not an independent risk factor.

  9. Codon Preference Optimization Increases Prokaryotic Cystatin C Expression

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    Qing Wang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Gene expression is closely related to optimal vector-host system pairing in many prokaryotes. Redesign of the human cystatin C (cysC gene using the preferred codons of the prokaryotic system may significantly increase cysC expression in Escherichia coli (E. coli. Specifically, cysC expression may be increased by removing unstable sequences and optimizing GC content. According to E. coli expression system codon preferences, the gene sequence was optimized while the amino acid sequence was maintained. The codon-optimized cysC (co-cysC and wild-type cysC (wt-cysC were expressed by cloning the genes into a pET-30a plasmid, thus transforming the recombinant plasmid into E. coli BL21. Before and after the optimization process, the prokaryotic expression vector and host bacteria were examined for protein expression and biological activation of CysC. The recombinant proteins in the lysate of the transformed bacteria were purified using Ni2+-NTA resin. Recombinant protein expression increased from 10% to 46% based on total protein expression after codon optimization. Recombinant CysC purity was above 95%. The significant increase in cysC expression in E. coli expression produced by codon optimization techniques may be applicable to commercial production systems.

  10. GFR Prediction From Cystatin C and Creatinine in Children

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    Andersen, Trine Borup; Jødal, Lars; Boegsted, Martin;

    2012-01-01

    predicted 98% within ±30% of reference GFR and 66% within ±10%, which was higher than for any other model. The weight model predicted 97.5% within ±30% of reference GFR and 62% within ±10%. The BCM model had the highest R2 and the smallest root mean square error. Limitations Included only 9 children......Background Aiming to develop a more accurate cystatin C–based model for estimation of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in children, we hypothesized that inclusion of body cell mass (BCM) would increase the accuracy of the GFR estimate in comparison to a well-established GFR reference method. Study...... Design Diagnostic test accuracy study. Settings & Participants 119 children (mean age, 8.8; range, 2.3-14.9 years) referred for GFR measurement by chromium 51 ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (51Cr-EDTA) clearance (mean GFR, 98; range, 13.7-147.4 mL/min/1.73 m2). Index Test GFR estimations by the 2...

  11. Cystatin C and Risk of Diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome - Biomarker and Genotype Association Analyses.

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    Full Text Available We recently reported a relationship between plasma levels of cystatin C and incidence of the metabolic syndrome (MetS among the first 2,369 subjects who participated in the re-examination study of the population-based Malmö and Diet Cancer Cardiovascular cohort (MDC-CC-re-exam. In this study we aimed to replicate these results and also investigate if cystatin C was causally associated with MetS and diabetes.We estimated the effect size of the strongest GWAS derived cystatin C SNP (major allele of rs13038305 on plasma cystatin C in the now completed MDC-CC-re-exam (n = 3,734 and thereafter examined the association between plasma cystatin C (403 cases of diabetes and 2665 controls as well as rs13038305 (235 cases and 2425 controls with incident diabetes. The association of rs13038305 and incident MetS (511 cases of MetS and 1980 controls was similarly investigated in the whole MDC-CC-re-exam. We also attempted to replicate our previously shown association of cystatin C with incident MetS in subjects from the MDC-CC-re-exam (147 cases and 711 controls that were not included in our previous report.In the entire MDC-CC-re-exam, each copy of the major allele of rs13038305 was associated with approximately 0.30 standard deviation (SD higher plasma concentration of cystatin C (β = 0.33, p = 4.2E-28 in age and sex adjusted analysis. Cystatin C in plasma was not associated with incident diabetes after adjustment for known diabetes risk factors (OR per 1 SD increment 0.99 (0.86-1.13, p = 0.842. In the replication cohort of MDC-CC-re-exam, the OR (95% CI for incident MetS in subjects belonging to quartiles 1, 2, 3 and 4 of plasma cystatin C levels was 1.00 (reference, 1.21 (0.70-2.07, 1.62 (0.95-2.78 and 1.72 (1.01-2.93 (ptrend = 0.026 in age and sex adjusted analysis. In the entire MDC-CC-re-exam the odds ratio for incident MetS and diabetes per copy of the major rs13038305 allele was 1.13, (0.95-1.34, p = 0.160 and 1.07, 95% CI 0.89-1.30, p = 0

  12. Differential fusion expression and purification of a cystatin in two different bacterial strains.

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    Gholizadeh, A

    2013-01-01

    To date, the identification of the novel multifunctional properties of cysteine proteinase inhibitors "known as cystatins" is the great of interests for molecular biologists. The efficient production, purification and correctly folded form of these proteins are the most important requirements for their any basic research. To the best of our knowledge, maltose-binding protein (MBP) fusion tags are being used to overcome the impediment to their heterologous recombinant expression in Escherichia coli as insoluble and bio-inactive inclusion bodies. In the present work, to evaluate the expression efficiency of a cystatin molecule in E. coli cells by using MBP tags, the expression of Celosia cystatin was studied in two different strains of this bacterium. The quantitative analysis results based on the one-step purification yield of the fused product showed the excellency of the E. coli TB1 strain in comparison to E. coli DH5alpha for the high-level production of active product.

  13. Inhibition of invasion and metastasis of MHCC97H cells by expression of snake venom cystatin through reduction of proteinases activity and epithelial-mesenchymal transition.

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    Tang, Nanhong; Xie, Qun; Wang, Xiaoqian; Li, Xiujin; Chen, Yanlin; Lin, Xu; Lin, Jianyin

    2011-05-01

    Snake venom cystatin (sv-cystatin) is a member of the cystatin family of cysteine protease inhibitors. To further evaluate the possibility of sv-cystatin in cancer therapy, this study examined the effects of sv-cystatin on the invasion and metastasis of liver cancer cells (MHCC97H) in vitro and in vivo as well as the underlying mechanism. sv-cystatin cDNA was transfected into MHCC97H cells and the anti-invasion and antimetastasis effects of sv-cystatin were determined using migration and matrigel invasion assays and a lung-metastasis mice model. The results suggest that sv-cyst clone (sv-cystatin expression in MHCC97H cells) delayed the invasion and metastasis in vitro and in vivo compared to the parental, mock and si-sv-cyst clone cells (inhibited sv-cystatin expression by siRNA). The decreased activities of cathepsin B, MMP-2 and MMP-9 and EMT change index including higher E-cadherin, lower N-cadherin and decreased Twist activity were observed in the sv-cyst clone, which contributes to the change in invasion and metastasis ability of MHCC97H cells. This study provides evidence that expression of the sv-cystatin gene in MHCC97H cells inhibits tumor cell invasion and metastasis through the reduction of the proteinases activity and Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT), which might contribute to the anticancer research of the sv-cystatin protein.

  14. Pineapple juice and its fractions in enzymatic browning inhibition of banana [Musa (AAA group) Gros Michel].

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    Chaisakdanugull, Chitsuda; Theerakulkait, Chockchai; Wrolstad, Ronald E

    2007-05-16

    The effectiveness of pineapple juice in enzymatic browning inhibition was evaluated on the cut surface of banana slices. After storage of banana slices at 15 degrees C for 3 days, pineapple juice showed browning inhibition to a similar extent as 8 mM ascorbic acid but less than 4 mM sodium metabisulfite. Fractionation of pineapple juice by a solid-phase C18 cartridge revealed that the directly eluted fraction (DE fraction) inhibited banana polyphenol oxidase (PPO) about 100% when compared to the control. The DE fraction also showed more inhibitory effect than 8 mM ascorbic acid in enzymatic browning inhibition of banana puree during storage at 5 degrees C for 24 h. Further identification of the DE fraction by fractionation with ion exchange chromatography and confirmation using model systems indicated that malic acid and citric acid play an important role in the enzymatic browning inhibition of banana PPO.

  15. Polymer-based alternative method to extract bromelain from pineapple peel waste.

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    Novaes, Letícia Celia de Lencastre; Ebinuma, Valéria de Carvalho Santos; Mazzola, Priscila Gava; Pessoa, Adalberto

    2013-01-01

    Bromelain is a mixture of proteolytic enzymes present in all tissues of the pineapple (Ananas comosus Merr.), and it is known for its clinical therapeutic applications, food processing, and as a dietary supplement. The use of pineapple waste for bromelain extraction is interesting from both an environmental and a commercial point of view, because the protease has relevant clinical potential. We aimed to study the optimization of bromelain extraction from pineapple waste, using the aqueous two-phase system formed by polyethylene glycol (PEG) and poly(acrylic acid). In this work, bromelain partitioned preferentially to the top/PEG-rich phase and, in the best condition, achieved a yield of 335.27% with a purification factor of 25.78. The statistical analysis showed that all variables analyzed were significant to the process.

  16. Non-newtonian flow and pressure drop of pineapple juice in a plate heat exchanger

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    R. A. F. Cabral

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available The study of non-Newtonian flow in plate heat exchangers (PHEs is of great importance for the food industry. The objective of this work was to study the pressure drop of pineapple juice in a PHE with 50º chevron plates. Density and flow properties of pineapple juice were determined and correlated with temperature (17.4 < T < 85.8ºC and soluble solids content (11.0 < Xs < 52.4 ºBrix. The Ostwald-de Waele (power law model described well the rheological behavior. The friction factor for non-isothermal flow of pineapple juice in the PHE was obtained for diagonal and parallel/side flow. Experimental results were well correlated with the generalized Reynolds number (20 < Re g < 1230 and were compared with predictions from equations from the literature. The mean absolute error for pressure drop prediction was 4% for the diagonal plate and 10% for the parallel plate.

  17. Pineapple Liquid Waste as Nata De Pina Raw Material

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    Agus Sutanto

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available This research aims to study the quantity, quality, ecological and economic feasibility of nata de pina production (NP from pineapple liquid waste (PLW. The design of the study employs complete random design (CRD with three treatments: PLW without nutrients addition (A, PLW nutrients addition (B, and PLW stored for six months with nutrients addition (C. The nata de pina’s production factors measured were weight, thickness, fiber content, color, brightness, and residual waste. The highest weight was reached in treatment B (899 grams, followed by treatment A (616.4 grams, and C (477.8 grams. The thickness of NP of the height and low as in treatment B (1.58 cm followed by treatment A (1.24 cm and C (0.88 cm, respectively. The highest fiber content was found in treatment C (9.3% followed by treatment B (7.6% and A (6.9%, respectively. The fiber content, along with color quality and brightness fit with food standards. The production of NP may reduce the volume of the PLW from 46.2% to 89.1% (p= 0.001. Based on the standard value of biological oxygen demand (BOD, chemical oxygen demand (COD, total suspended solid (TSS below to the required threshold except pH. The production of NP is economically feasible to 4.7 BC ratio. The overal manufacture of nata de pina from PLW produces better and feasible product ecologically and

  18. A Review on Pineapple Leaves Fibre and Its Composites

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    M. Asim

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Natural fibre based composites are under intensive study due to their ecofriendly nature and peculiar properties. The advantage of natural fibres is their continuous supply, easy and safe handling, and biodegradable nature. Although natural fibres exhibit admirable physical and mechanical properties, it varies with the plant source, species, geography, and so forth. Pineapple leave fibre (PALF is one of the abundantly available wastes materials of Malaysia and has not been studied yet as it is required. A detailed study of chemical, physical, and mechanical properties will bring out logical and reasonable utilization of PALF for various applications. From the socioeconomic prospective, PALF can be a new source of raw material to the industries and can be potential replacement of the expensive and nonrenewable synthetic fibre. However, few studies on PALF have been done describing the interfacial adhesion between fibres and reinforcement compatibility of fibre but a detailed study on PALF properties is not available. In this review, author covered the basic information of PALF and compared the chemical, physical, and mechanical properties with other natural fibres. Furthermore, it summarizes the recent work reported on physical, mechanical, and thermal properties of PALF reinforced polymer composites with its potential applications.

  19. Purification and characterization of a pineapple crown leaf thiol protease.

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    Singh, L Rupachandra; Devi, Th Premila; Devi, S Kunjeshwori

    2004-02-01

    A thiol protease was isolated and purified from the crown leaf of pineapple, Ananas comosus (L.) Merr. cv. Queen, by an immunoaffinity procedure. After the purification to electrophoretic homogeneity, the enzyme was characterized with respect to some of its physico-chemical and kinetic properties. The molecular weight of the protease (22.4-22.9 kDa), Km (97 microM) and kcat (8.8 s(-1)) for its esterolytic cleavage of the synthetic protease substrate N(alpha)-CBZ-L-lysine p-nitrophenyl ester, the concentration of its thiol activator L-cysteine required for half maximal activation A0.5 (9.9 microM), optimum pH (6.5) for its proteolytic action on azocasein, T(1/2) (60 degrees C) for inactivation by heating the enzyme (35.5 microg protein/mL) in citrate buffer pH 6.0 for 15 min, and SH-group content (0.98 mol/mol enzyme) were determined. Most of these physicochemical and kinetic properties were found to be similar to those of the already well-characterized stem bromelain (EC 3.4.22.32). Thus, the immunoaffinity purified crown leaf protease appeared to be closely related to stem bromelain.

  20. Macronutrient uptake, accumulation and export by the irrigated 'vitória' pineapple plant

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    Rodinei Facco Pegoraro

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The nutritional state of the pineapple plant has a large effect on plant growth, on fruit production, and fruit quality. The aim of this study was to assess the uptake, accumulation, and export of nutrients by the irrigated 'Vitória' pineapple plant during and at the end of its development. A randomized block statistical design with four replications was used. The treatments were defined by different times of plant collection: at 270, 330, 390, 450, 510, 570, 690, 750, and 810 days after planting (DAP. The collected plants were separated into the following components: leaves, stem, roots, fruit, and slips for determination of fresh and dry matter weight at 65 ºC. After drying, the plant components were ground for characterization of the composition and content of nutrients taken up and exported by the pineapple plant. The results were subjected to analysis of variance, and non-linear regression models were fitted for the significant differences identified by the F test (p N > S > Ca > Mg > P, which corresponded to 898, 452, 134, 129, 126, and 107 kg ha-1, respectively, of total accumulation. The export of macronutrients by the pineapple fruit was in the following decreasing order: K > N > S > Ca > P > Mg, which was equivalent to 18, 17, 11, 8, 8, and 5 %, respectively, of the total accumulated by the pineapple. The 'Vitória' pineapple plant exported 78 kg ha-1 of N, 8 kg ha-1 of P, 164 kg ha-1 of K, 14 kg ha-1 of S, 10 kg ha-1 of Ca, and 6 kg ha-1 of Mg by the fruit. The nutrient content exported by the fruits represent important components of nutrient extraction from the soil, which need to be restored, while the nutrients contained in the leaves, stems and roots can be incorporated in the soil within a program of recycling of crop residues.

  1. Bioinformatics and expression analyses of the Ixodes scapularis tick cystatin family.

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    Ibelli, Adriana Mércia Guaratini; Hermance, Meghan M; Kim, Tae Kwon; Gonzalez, Cassandra Lee; Mulenga, Albert

    2013-05-01

    The cystatins are inhibitors of papain- and legumain-like cysteine proteinases, classified in MEROPS subfamilies I25A-I25C. This study shows that 84 % (42/50) of tick cystatins are putatively extracellular in subfamily I25B and the rest are putatively intracellular in subfamily I25A. On the neighbor joining phylogeny guide tree, subfamily I25A members cluster together, while subfamily I25B cystatins segregate among prostriata or metastriata ticks. Two Ixodes scapularis cystatins, AAY66864 and ISCW011771 that show 50-71 % amino acid identity to metastriata tick cystatins may be linked to pathways that are common to all ticks, while ISCW000447 100 % conserved in I. ricinus is important among prostriata ticks. Likewise metastriata tick cystatins, Dermacentor variabilis-ACF35512, Rhipicephalus microplus-ACX53850, A. americanum-AEO36092, R. sanguineus-ACX53922, D. variabilis-ACF35514, R. sanguineus-ACX54033 and A. maculatum-AEO35155 that show 73-86 % amino acid identity may be essential to metastriata tick physiology. RT-PCR expression analyses revealed that I. scapularis cystatins were constitutively expressed in the salivary glands, midguts and other tissues of unfed ticks and ticks that were fed for 24-120 h, except for ISCW017861 that are restricted to the 24 h feeding time point. On the basis of mRNA expression patterns, I. scapularis cystatins, ISCW017861, ISCW011771, ISCW002215 and ISCW0024528 that are highly expressed at 24 h are likely involved in regulating early stage tick feeding events such as tick attachment onto host skin and creation of the feeding lesion. Similarly, ISCW018602, ISCW018603 and ISCW000447 that show 2-3 fold transcript increase by 120 h of feeding are likely associated with blood meal up take, while those that maintain steady state expression levels (ISCW018600, ISCW018601 and ISCW018604) during feeding may not be associated with tick feeding regulation. We discuss our findings in the context of advancing our knowledge of tick

  2. Expression and purification of soluble porcine cystatin 11 in Pichia pastoris.

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    Fan, Kuohai; Jiang, Junbing; Wang, Zhirui; Fan, Ruicheng; Yin, Wei; Sun, Yaogui; Li, Hongquan

    2014-11-01

    Cystatin 11 (CST11) belongs to the cystatin type 2 family of cysteine protease inhibitors and exhibits antimicrobial activity in vitro. In this study, we describe the expression and purification of recombinant porcine CST11 in the Pichia pastoris system. We then assess its antimicrobial activity against Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and Bacillus subtilis by liquid growth inhibition assay. Kinetic studies indicate that the recombinant porcine CST11 has high potency against E. coli and S. aureus. Scanning electronic microscope analysis showed that CST11 might be targeting the bacterial membrane and, thus, could potentially be developed as a therapeutic agent for inhibiting microbe infection without the risk of antibiotic resistance.

  3. Search for Nodulation and Nodule Development-Related Cystatin Genes in the Genome of Soybean (Glycine max).

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    Yuan, Songli; Li, Rong; Wang, Lei; Chen, Haifeng; Zhang, Chanjuan; Chen, Limiao; Hao, Qingnan; Shan, Zhihui; Zhang, Xiaojuan; Chen, Shuilian; Yang, Zhonglu; Qiu, Dezhen; Zhou, Xinan

    2016-01-01

    Nodulation, nodule development and senescence directly affects nitrogen fixation efficiency, and previous studies have shown that inhibition of some cysteine proteases delay nodule senescence, so their nature inhibitors, cystatin genes, are very important in nodulation, nodule development, and senescence. Although several cystatins are actively transcribed in soybean nodules, their exact roles and functional diversities in legume have not been well explored in genome-wide survey studies. In this report, we performed a genome-wide survey of cystatin family genes to explore their relationship to nodulation and nodule development in soybean and identified 20 cystatin genes that encode peptides with 97-245 amino acid residues, different isoelectric points (pI) and structure characteristics, and various putative plant regulatory elements in 3000 bp putative promoter fragments upstream of the 20 soybean cystatins in response to different abiotic/biotic stresses, hormone signals, and symbiosis signals. The expression profiles of these cystatin genes in soybean symbiosis with rhizobium strain Bradyrhizobium japonicum strain 113-2 revealed that 7 cystatin family genes play different roles in nodulation as well as nodule development and senescence. However, these genes were not root nodule symbiosis (RNS)-specific and did not encode special clade cystatin protein with structures related to nodulation and nodule development. Besides, only two of these soybean cystatins were not upregulated in symbiosis after ABA treatment. The functional analysis showed that a candidate gene Glyma.15G227500 (GmCYS16) was likely to play a positive role in soybean nodulation. Besides, evolutionary relationships analysis divided the cystatin genes from Arabidopsis thaliana, Nicotiana tabacum, rice, barley and four legume plants into three groups. Interestingly, Group A cystatins are special in legume plants, but only include one of the above-mentioned 7 cystatin genes related to nodulation and

  4. Recombinant snake venom cystatin inhibits the growth, invasion and metastasis of B16F10 cells and MHCC97H cells in vitro and in vivo.

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    Xie, Qun; Tang, Nanhong; Wan, Rong; Qi, Yuanlin; Lin, Xu; Lin, Jianyin

    2011-04-01

    Studies have shown that expression of snake venom cystatin (sv-cystatin) in mouse melanoma cells and human gastric carcinoma cells can inhibit their invasion and metastasis. To advance the research into the biological features and pharmaceutical applications of sv-cystatin, we investigated the expression of recombinant sv-cystatin in an optimized Pichia pastoris system. Approximately 5 mg/L of bioactive sv-cystatin was obtained with a purity of 95.08%. Kinetic analyses of recombinant sv-cystatin revealed highly effective inhibitory efficiency against papain (Ki = 2.67 nM). We further investigated the effects of recombinant sv-cystatin on the invasion and metastasis of B16F10 cells and MHCC97H cells in vitro and in vivo. Matrigel invasion assays showed significant inhibition of recombinant sv-cystatin on the tumor cells in vitro. For experimental lung colonization assays, C57BL/6 mice inoculated in the lateral tail vein with B16F10 cells were treated with three i.v. injections of recombinant sv-cystatin (25 and 50 mg/kg) 24 h before cell inoculation, and 2 h and 24 h after cell inoculation. Administration of recombinant sv-cystatin significantly suppressed the formation of lung tumor colonies. For spontaneous metastasis assays, MHCC97H cells were inoculated s.c. into nude mice. After 24 h, recombinant sv-cystatin was administered by i.p. injections at 25, 50 or 100 mg/kg once daily for 5 days. Administration of recombinant sv-cystatin significantly decreased the formation of lung tumor colonies. Taken together, recombinant sv-cystatin inhibits the invasion and metastasis of tumor cells in vitro and in vivo. These results may facilitate the future evaluation of the pharmaceutical applications of sv-cystatin.

  5. Macronutrient uptake, accumulation and export by the irrigated 'vitória' pineapple plant

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    Rodinei Facco Pegoraro; Bruna Aparecida Madureira de Souza; Victor Martins Maia; Deivisson Ferreira da Silva; Ananias Costa Medeiros; Regynaldo Arruda Sampaio

    2014-01-01

    The nutritional state of the pineapple plant has a large effect on plant growth, on fruit production, and fruit quality. The aim of this study was to assess the uptake, accumulation, and export of nutrients by the irrigated 'Vitória' pineapple plant during and at the end of its development. A randomized block statistical design with four replications was used. The treatments were defined by different times of plant collection: at 270, 330, 390, 450, 510, 570, 690, 750, and 810 days after plan...

  6. Terrestrial mammal diversity in forests close to pineapple crops, Cutris San Carlos, Costa Rica.

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    Pineapple crops reduce the size of forest fragments and generate pressure on biodiversity in the remnants. To determine potential negative effects of forest fragmentation we assessed diversity and composition of terrestrial mammals in forest patches on three farms under pineapple crops. We placedSherman and Tomahawk traps, footprints traps near water bodies, and made daily tracks to obtain traces and direct observation of mammals. We identified seven species of wild mammals, mostly omnivorous...

  7. Non-newtonian flow and pressure drop of pineapple juice in a plate heat exchanger

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    CABRAL, R. A. F.; GUT, J. A. W.; V. R. N. Telis; Telis-Romero, J. [UNESP

    2010-01-01

    The study of non-Newtonian flow in plate heat exchangers (PHEs) is of great importance for the food industry. The objective of this work was to study the pressure drop of pineapple juice in a PHE with 50º chevron plates. Density and flow properties of pineapple juice were determined and correlated with temperature (17.4 < T < 85.8ºC) and soluble solids content (11.0 < Xs < 52.4 ºBrix). The Ostwald-de Waele (power law) model described well the rheological behavior. The friction factor for non-...

  8. 血清、尿Cystatin C检测在糖尿病肾病中的临床应用价值%Evaluation of serum and urine cystatin cin the early stage of type 2 diabetic nephropathy

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    陈红; 钟爱民

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨血清、尿半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂C(Cystatin C)在糖尿病肾病(DN)早期诊断中的价值.方法 测定糖尿病正常蛋白尿组(A组),糖尿病微量蛋白尿组(B组),糖尿病大量蛋白尿组(C组)的血清、尿Cystatin C,尿α1 微球蛋白(α1-MG),血清肌酐(SCR)和血尿素氮(BUN),比较各项指标.结果 血Cystatin C值C组明显高于A、B组,B组高于A组,Cystatin C在3组之间差异均有统计学意义(P <0.05);BUN、SCR在A、B组中无显著性差异.各组间尿Cystatin C 值的差异均有显著性(P<0.05).患者尿的Cystatin C和α1 微球蛋白的水平呈正相关(γ=0.81,P<0.01).结论 血清、尿Cystatin C分别是判断早期DN患者肾小球功能和肾小管受损的敏感指标.

  9. Structural Dynamics Investigation of Human Family 1 & 2 Cystatin-Cathepsin L1 Interaction: A Comparison of Binding Modes.

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    Nandy, Suman Kumar; Seal, Alpana

    2016-01-01

    Cystatin superfamily is a large group of evolutionarily related proteins involved in numerous physiological activities through their inhibitory activity towards cysteine proteases. Despite sharing the same cystatin fold, and inhibiting cysteine proteases through the same tripartite edge involving highly conserved N-terminal region, L1 and L2 loop; cystatins differ widely in their inhibitory affinity towards C1 family of cysteine proteases and molecular details of these interactions are still elusive. In this study, inhibitory interactions of human family 1 & 2 cystatins with cathepsin L1 are predicted and their stability and viability are verified through protein docking & comparative molecular dynamics. An overall stabilization effect is observed in all cystatins on complex formation. Complexes are mostly dominated by van der Waals interaction but the relative participation of the conserved regions varied extensively. While van der Waals contacts prevail in L1 and L2 loop, N-terminal segment chiefly acts as electrostatic interaction site. In fact the comparative dynamics study points towards the instrumental role of L1 loop in directing the total interaction profile of the complex either towards electrostatic or van der Waals contacts. The key amino acid residues surfaced via interaction energy, hydrogen bonding and solvent accessible surface area analysis for each cystatin-cathepsin L1 complex influence the mode of binding and thus control the diverse inhibitory affinity of cystatins towards cysteine proteases.

  10. Structural Dynamics Investigation of Human Family 1 & 2 Cystatin-Cathepsin L1 Interaction: A Comparison of Binding Modes

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    Nandy, Suman Kumar; Seal, Alpana

    2016-01-01

    Cystatin superfamily is a large group of evolutionarily related proteins involved in numerous physiological activities through their inhibitory activity towards cysteine proteases. Despite sharing the same cystatin fold, and inhibiting cysteine proteases through the same tripartite edge involving highly conserved N-terminal region, L1 and L2 loop; cystatins differ widely in their inhibitory affinity towards C1 family of cysteine proteases and molecular details of these interactions are still elusive. In this study, inhibitory interactions of human family 1 & 2 cystatins with cathepsin L1 are predicted and their stability and viability are verified through protein docking & comparative molecular dynamics. An overall stabilization effect is observed in all cystatins on complex formation. Complexes are mostly dominated by van der Waals interaction but the relative participation of the conserved regions varied extensively. While van der Waals contacts prevail in L1 and L2 loop, N-terminal segment chiefly acts as electrostatic interaction site. In fact the comparative dynamics study points towards the instrumental role of L1 loop in directing the total interaction profile of the complex either towards electrostatic or van der Waals contacts. The key amino acid residues surfaced via interaction energy, hydrogen bonding and solvent accessible surface area analysis for each cystatin-cathepsin L1 complex influence the mode of binding and thus control the diverse inhibitory affinity of cystatins towards cysteine proteases. PMID:27764212

  11. Cystatin D locates in the nucleus at sites of active transcription and modulates gene and protein expression.

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    Ferrer-Mayorga, Gemma; Alvarez-Díaz, Silvia; Valle, Noelia; De Las Rivas, Javier; Mendes, Marta; Barderas, Rodrigo; Canals, Francesc; Tapia, Olga; Casal, J Ignacio; Lafarga, Miguel; Muñoz, Alberto

    2015-10-30

    Cystatin D is an inhibitor of lysosomal and secreted cysteine proteases. Strikingly, cystatin D has been found to inhibit proliferation, migration, and invasion of colon carcinoma cells indicating tumor suppressor activity that is unrelated to protease inhibition. Here, we demonstrate that a proportion of cystatin D locates within the cell nucleus at specific transcriptionally active chromatin sites. Consistently, transcriptomic analysis show that cystatin D alters gene expression, including that of genes encoding transcription factors such as RUNX1, RUNX2, and MEF2C in HCT116 cells. In concordance with transcriptomic data, quantitative proteomic analysis identified 292 proteins differentially expressed in cystatin D-expressing cells involved in cell adhesion, cytoskeleton, and RNA synthesis and processing. Furthermore, using cytokine arrays we found that cystatin D reduces the secretion of several protumor cytokines such as fibroblast growth factor-4, CX3CL1/fractalkine, neurotrophin 4 oncostatin-M, pulmonary and activation-regulated chemokine/CCL18, and transforming growth factor B3. These results support an unanticipated role of cystatin D in the cell nucleus, controlling the transcription of specific genes involved in crucial cellular functions, which may mediate its protective action in colon cancer.

  12. Expression and significance of Cathepsin B and Cystatin C in human gliomas%cathepsin B和cystatin C在人脑胶质瘤中的表达及意义

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    方凤奇; 马坚妹; 张洁; 于佩瑶

    2012-01-01

    To explore the expression and significance of cystatin C and cathepsin B in human gliomas. Methods A immunohistochemical method was used to detect the expression of cystatin C and cathepsin B in 57 glioma samples. Results The expression of cystatin C in high-grade (Grade Ⅲ-Ⅳ) gliomas was significantly weaker than that in low-grade(Grade Ⅰ-Ⅱ). On the other hand, the expression of cathepsin B in high-grade gliomas was significantly stronger than that in low-grade (P < 0.05 ). Cystatin C expression correlated inversely with cathepsin B expression in gliomas (P = 0.01). Conclusion Cystatin C and cathepsin B expression is related to the pathological grade and invasion of gliomas. Combining detection of cystatin C and cathepsin B expressions might provide significant information for clinical assessment of maglignant phenotypes and invasion of gliomas.%目的 探讨半胱蛋白酶抑制剂C(cystatin C)和组织蛋白酶B(cathepsin B)在人脑胶质瘤组织中的表达及意义.方法 通过免疫组织化学法检测cystatin C及cathepsin B在57例不同分化程度的脑胶质瘤组织中的表达.结果 cystatin C在低分化胶质瘤( Ⅲ-Ⅳ级)中的表达低于高分化者(Ⅰ~Ⅱ级),而cathepsin B在低分化胶质瘤中的表达高于高分化者(P<0.05).cystatin C和cathepsin B在脑胶质瘤中的表达呈负相关(P=0.01).结论 cystatin C和cathepsin B的表达与人脑胶质瘤病理分级及侵袭性相关.联合检测cystatin C和cathepsin B的表达,可为脑胶质瘤的侵袭性及临床恶性程度评估提供重要信息.

  13. Modification of pineapple peel fiber as metal ion adsorbent through reaction with succinic anhydride in pyridine and dimethyl sulfoxide solvents.

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    Hu, Xiuyi; Zhao, Mouming; Huang, Huihua

    2010-08-01

    Reactions between saponified pineapple peel fiber (SPPF) and succinic anhydride were performed in refluxed pyridine and dimethyl sulfoxide to obtain modified pineapple peel fiber in pyridine (MPPF-PY) and modified pineapple peel fiber in dimethyl sulfoxide at room temperature (MPPF-DMRT) and at 70 degrees C (MPPF-DM70) as novel metal ionic adsorbents. The modified pineapple peel fibers were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The MPPF-PY, MPPF-DMRT, and MPPF-DM70 showed higher Cu2+, Cd2+, and Pb2+ adsorption capacity than raw pineapple peel fiber (RPPF) and SPPF. Dimethyl sulfoxide favored introduction of a carboxylic function group into pineapple peel fiber compared with pyridine. The elevated reaction temperature of dimethyl sulfoxide could increase the adsorption capacity of the modified pineapple fiber. Optimum pH values for Cu2+, Cd2+, and Pb2+ removal by MPPF-DM70 were pH 5.5, 7.5, and 5.5, respectively. The Cu2+, Cd2+, and Pb2+ adsorptions by MPPF-DM70 followed the pseudo second-order kinetics model and Langmuir model.

  14. Cystatin C: a potential biomarker for pulmonary arterial hypertension.

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    Fenster, Brett E; Lasalvia, Luis; Schroeder, Joyce D; Smyser, Jamey; Silveira, Lori J; Buckner, J Kern; Brown, Kevin K

    2014-05-01

    Cystatin C (CysC), a novel marker of renal function, predicts left heart failure and cardiovascular mortality. The hypothesis that serum CysC levels correlate with right ventricular (RV) morphology, function and pressure in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) was tested. As part of a prospective study, 14 PAH subjects and 10 matched controls underwent same-day echocardiography, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR), and phlebotomy for CysC, brain natriuretic peptide (BNP), and N-terminal BNP (NT-ProBNP). RV ejection fraction (RVEF), end-diastolic volume, end-systolic volume and mass were calculated using CMR. RV systolic pressure (RVSP), strain and diastolic function (including tricuspid valve (TV) E velocity, A velocity, e' velocity, E/A ratio and E/e' ratio) were assessed using echocardiography. RVSP was significantly elevated in PAH subjects versus controls (57 ± 17 vs. 28 ± 8 mm Hg, P < 0.0001). CysC was abnormally elevated in the PAH cohort when compared with controls (1.00 ± 0.23 vs 0.78 ± 0.05 mg/L, P = 0.001). CysC positively correlated with RVSP (rho 0.61, P = 0.002), RV end-diastolic volume (rho 0.50, P = 0.01), RV end-systolic volume (rho 0.58, P = 0.003), mass index (rho 0.66, P = 0.0004), strain (rho 0.51, P = 0.01) and strain rate (rho 0.51, P = 0.01) and negatively correlated with RVEF (rho -0.58, P = 0.003) and TV e' (rho -0.75, P < 0.0001). The same correlations with BNP and NT-ProBNP were comparable with CysC. In a small cohort, CysC accurately correlates with RV pressure, function and morphology. CysC may represent a novel PAH biomarker. © 2014 Asian Pacific Society of Respirology.

  15. Molecular cloning and gene expression analysis of cystatin C-like proteins in spinyhead croaker Collichthys lucidus.

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    Song, W; Jiang, K J; Zhang, F Y; Zhao, M; Ma, L B

    2016-03-24

    Cystatins are natural tight-binding reversible inhibitors of cysteine proteases. In this study, a cDNA library was constructed from Collichthys lucidus using the SMART technique. A complete cDNA sequence with high identity to the conserved sequence of the cystatin C gene was cloned from the library using EST analysis and rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE), then subjected to further investigation. The full-length cDNA of cystatin C from C. lucidus (Clcys) was 699 bp long, including a 5'-terminal untranslated region (5'-UTR) of 52 bp, a 3'-UTR of 290 bp, and an open-reading frame of 357 bp. The gene encoded a polypeptide of 118 amino acids, constituting a predicted molecular weight of 12.875 kDa and a theoretical isoelectric point of 8.81. The amino acid sequence of Clcys possessed typical features of type II cystatins and had the highest identity with cystatin C of Pseudosciaena crocea (89%); therefore, it clustered with the cystatin C group in the UPGMA phylogenetic tree. Quantitative real-time reverse transcription analysis revealed that the highest expression was found in the kidney, followed by the liver, heart, and testis, with the lowest expression in muscle. Interestingly, Clcys had relatively low identity with cystatin C genes from other fish and mammals, and its expression pattern did not possess features of a housekeeping gene. Based on these findings, we suspect that the classification of cystatins in fish is somewhat confusing, and the identification of more cystatin gene sequences is needed before a definite conclusion can be drawn.

  16. Secretion and processing of a novel multi-domain cystatin-like protein by intracellular stages of Trichinella spiralis.

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    Robinson, Mark W; Massie, Diane H; Connolly, Bernadette

    2007-01-01

    The excretory-secretory (ES) proteins of nematode parasites are of major interest as they function at the host-parasite interface and are likely to have roles crucial for successful parasitism. Furthermore, the ES proteins of intracellular nematodes such as Trichinella spiralis may also function to regulate gene expression in the host cell. In a recent proteomic analysis we identified a novel secreted cystatin-like protein from T. spiralis L1 muscle larva. Here we show that the protein, MCD-1 (multi-cystatin-like domain protein 1), contains three repeating cystatin-like domains and analysis of the mcd-1 gene structure suggests that the repeated domains arose from duplication of an ancestral cystatin gene. Cystatins are a diverse group of cysteine protease inhibitors and those secreted by parasitic nematodes are important immuno-modulatory factors. The cystatin superfamily also includes cystatin-like proteins that have no cysteine protease inhibitory activity. A recombinant MCD-1 protein expressed as a GST-fusion protein in Escherichia coli failed to inhibit papain in vitro suggesting that the T. spiralis protein is a new member of the non-inhibitory cystatin-related proteins. MCD-1 secreted from T. spiralis exists as high- and low-molecular weight isoforms and we show that a recombinant MCD-1 protein secreted by HeLa cells undergoes pH-dependent processing that may result in the release of individual cystatin-like domains. Furthermore, we found that mcd-1 gene expression is largely restricted to intracellular stages with the highest levels of expression in the adult worms. It is likely that the major role of the protein is during the intestinal stage of T. spiralis infections.

  17. 血清Cystatin C在早期糖尿病肾病中的临床研究

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    蔡艳; 白云霞; 张永新

    2010-01-01

    目的:探讨Cystatin C在早期糖尿病肾病中的临床应用价值.方法:对82例健康人及96例糖尿病患者的Ccr、β2-MG、尿mAlb测定结果进行平均值、相关性、敏感度比较分析.2型糖尿病组按Ccr分为DM1组(即Ccr≥80 ml/min),DM2组(即50 ml/min≤Ccr≤80 ml/min).测定血清Cystatin C、尿素氮、血肌酐、尿微量白蛋白、尿微量白蛋白/肌酐.结果:DM1组各项结果具有良好的相关性,血清Cystatin C与Ccr的相关系数分别为-0.873、-0.560、-0.893.Cystatin C与β2-MG的相关系数分别为0.865、0.732、0.884.血清Cystatin C与尿mAlb的相关系数分别为0.805、0.676、0.854.各指标中血清Cystatin C测定最为敏感,血清Cystatin C水平差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).随病情加重,Cystatin C水平逐渐升高.结论:Cystatin C是2型糖尿病患者早期肾损伤的敏感指标,有助于糖尿病肾病的早期诊断.

  18. Primary structural analysis of sulfhydryl protease inhibitors from pineapple stem.

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    Reddy, M N; Keim, P S; Heinrikson, R L; Kezdy, F J

    1975-03-10

    Pineapple stem acetone powder provides a rich source of the sulfhydryl protease bromelain and of a family of compositionally similar but chromatographically distinct polypeptide inihibtors of this enzyme. The isoinhibitors have molecular weights of 5600, and they contain five disulfide bonds and about 50 amino acids each (Perlstein, S. H., AND Kezdy, F.J. (1973) J. Supramol. Struct. 1, 249-254). Primary structural analysis of one of the seven inhibitor fractions (VII) revealed extensive microheterogeneity. Each of the inhibitor molecules in Fraction VII was shown to be composed of two peptide chains joined by disulfide bonds. These chains, designated A and B on the basis of size, comprise 41 and 10-11 residues, respectively, and the amino acid sequence of one of each are given below: (see article for formular). On the basis of ionization properties and yields of the A and B chains, it would appear that one of the major inhibitor species in Fraction VII is the covalently linked complex of the two chains shown, namely [A-1, B-2]. The second major inhibitor component of Fraction VII is identical in structure with [A-1, B-2i1 except that residues 1 and 8 in the A chain are pyroglutamate and threonine, respectively, and in the B chain glutamine 11 is replaced by arginine. The third inhibitor in Fraction VII is a minor constituent identical with the second, except that residue 1 in the A chain is glutamate rather than pyroglutamate. This microheterogeneity in the inhibitors of Fraction VII is further increased by the fact that B chains may lack threonine 1, in which case they are decapeptides beginning with alanine. On the basis of the striking homology of the cysteine residues with those of other protease inhibitors, it is proposed that the bromelain inhibitors are generated enzymatically from single chain precursors by excision of a "bridge" paptide which links the NH-2 termal A chain to the COOH-terminal B chain.

  19. Serum and urine cystatin C are poor biomarkers for acute kidney injury and renal replacement therapy

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    Royakkers, A.A.N.M.; Korevaar, J.C.; van Suijlen, J.D.E.; Hofstra, L.S.; Kuiper, M.A.; Spronk, P.E.; Schultz, M.J.; Bouman, C.S.C.

    2011-01-01

    To evaluate whether cystatin C in serum (sCyC) and urine (uCyC) can predict early acute kidney injury (AKI) in a mixed heterogeneous intensive care unit (ICU), and also whether these biomarkers can predict the need for renal replacement therapy (RRT). Multicenter prospective observational cohort stu

  20. Serum and urine cystatin C are poor biomarkers for acute kidney injury and renal replacement therapy.

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    Royakkers, A.A.N.M.; Korevaar, J.C.; Suijlen, J.D.E. van; Hofstra, L.S.; Kuiper, M.A.; Spronk, P.E.; Schultz, M.J.; Bouman, C.S.C.

    2011-01-01

    Purpose : To evaluate whether cystatin C in serum (sCyC) and urine (uCyC) can predict early acute kidney injury (AKI) in a mixed heterogeneous intensive care unit (ICU), and also whether these biomarkers can predict the need for renal replacement therapy (RRT). Methods: Multicenter prospective obser

  1. In-sights into the effect of heavy metal stress on the endogenous mustard cystatin.

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    Khan, Shumaila; Khan, Nafees A; Bano, Bilqees

    2017-07-25

    Phytocystatins have been ascribed several protective roles against abiotic and biotic stress conditions. It was, therefore, thought worthwhile to document the effect of heavy metal stress on the endogenous plant cystatin. The mustard cystatin, purified from Brassica juncea (B. juncea) seeds retained its functional property of cysteine proteinase inhibition, despite exposure to high concentrations of metal ions, Cd(2+) and Ni(2+). An increase in inhibitory activity, ∼26% for Ni(2+) and ∼16% for Cd(2+) was observed, suggesting changes in protein conformation upon metal ion interaction. Isothermal calorimetric (ITC) studies show formation of a 1:1 binary complex on interaction with both metal ions but suggest a higher affinity for Ni(2+). Fluorescence quenching data suggest a static quenching mechanism of interaction. Various spectroscopic analyses, namely, synchronous fluorescence, ANS fluorescence, far UV CD and ATR-FTIR spectroscopy show that the native mustard cystatin acquires a more ordered conformation upon interaction with metal ions. Differential Scanning Calorimetry indicates that the thermo-stability of the Ni(2+) bound protein (Tm=109.4°C) is greater than both, the Cd(2+) bound (Tm=104.5°C) and the native (Tm=99.5°C) forms. The B. juncea seed cystatin, is thus, identified as a potent and resilient member of the phytocystatin family with considerable inhibitory capacity despite exposure to heavy metal stress. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Cystatin C versus Creatinine in Determining Risk Based on Kidney Function

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    Shlipak, Michael G.; Matsushita, Kunihiro; Arnlov, Johan; Inker, Lesley A.; Katz, Ronit; Polkinghorne, Kevan R.; Rothenbacher, Dietrich; Sarnak, Mark J.; Astor, Brad C.; Coresh, Josef; Levey, Andrew S.; Gansevoort, Ron T.

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND Adding the measurement of cystatin C to that of serum creatinine to determine the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) improves accuracy, but the effect on detection, staging, and risk classification of chronic kidney disease across diverse populations has not been determined. METH

  3. A New Equation to Estimate Muscle Mass from Creatinine and Cystatin C.

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    Sun-wook Kim

    Full Text Available With evaluation for physical performance, measuring muscle mass is an important step in detecting sarcopenia. However, there are no methods to estimate muscle mass from blood sampling.To develop a new equation to estimate total-body muscle mass with serum creatinine and cystatin C level, we designed a cross-sectional study with separate derivation and validation cohorts. Total body muscle mass and fat mass were measured using dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA in 214 adults aged 25 to 84 years who underwent physical checkups from 2010 to 2013 in a single tertiary hospital. Serum creatinine and cystatin C levels were also examined.Serum creatinine was correlated with muscle mass (P < .001, and serum cystatin C was correlated with body fat mass (P < .001 after adjusting glomerular filtration rate (GFR. After eliminating GFR, an equation to estimate total-body muscle mass was generated and coefficients were calculated in the derivation cohort. There was an agreement between muscle mass calculated by the novel equation and measured by DXA in both the derivation and validation cohort (P < .001, adjusted R2 = 0.829, β = 0.95, P < .001, adjusted R2 = 0.856, β = 1.03, respectively.The new equation based on serum creatinine and cystatin C levels can be used to estimate total-body muscle mass.

  4. Megalin dependent urinary cystatin C excretion in ischemic kidney injury in rats

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    Jensen, Danny; Kierulf-Lassen, Casper; Kristensen, Marie Louise Vindvad

    2017-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Cystatin C, a marker of kidney injury, is freely filtered in the glomeruli and reabsorbed by the proximal tubules. Megalin and cubilin are endocytic receptors essential for reabsorption of most filtered proteins. This study examines the role of these receptors for the uptake...

  5. Cystatin-C and TGF-β levels in patients with diabetic nephropathy

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    Mumtaz Takir

    2016-11-01

    Conclusions: Although urinary albumin excretion is recommended for the detection of type two diabetic nephropathy, there is a group of patients with decreased eGFR but without increased urinary albumin excretion, in which serum cystatin C level was indicated to be used as an early biomarker of diabetic nephropathy.

  6. A chestnut seed cystatin differentially effective against cysteine proteinases from closely related pests.

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    Pernas, M; Sánchez-Monge, R; Gómez, L; Salcedo, G

    1998-12-01

    Cystatin CsC, a cysteine proteinase inhibitor from chestnut (Castanea sativa) seeds, has been purified and characterized. Its full-length cDNA clone was isolated from an immature chestnut cotyledon library. The inhibitor was expressed in Escherichia coli and purified from bacterial extracts. Identity of both seed and recombinant cystatin was confirmed by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry analysis, two-dimensional electrophoresis and N-terminal sequencing. CsC has a molecular mass of 11,275 Da and pI of 6.9. Its amino acid sequence includes all three motifs that are thought to be essential for inhibitory activity, and shows significant identity to other phytocystatins, especially that of cowpea (70%). Recombinant CsC inhibited papain (Ki 29 nM), ficin (Ki 65 nM), chymopapain (Ki 366 nM), and cathepsin B (Ki 473 nM). By contrast with most cystatins, it was also effective towards trypsin (Ki 3489 nM). CsC is active against digestive proteinases from the insect Tribolium castaneum and the mite Dermatophagoides farinae, two important agricultural pests. Its effects on the cysteine proteinase activity of two closely related mite species revealed the high specificity of the chestnut cystatin.

  7. Biochemical, immunological and kinetic characterisation of thiol protease inhibitor (cystatin) from liver.

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    Shah, Aaliya; Priyadarshini, Medha; Khan, Mohd Shahnawaz; Aatif, Mohammad; Amin, Fakhra; Bano, Bilqees

    2013-10-01

    Regulation of the cysteine protease activity is imperative for proper functioning of the various organ systems. Elevated activities of cysteine proteinases due to impaired regulation by the endogenous cysteine proteinase inhibitors (cystatins) have been linked to liver malignancies. To gain an insight into these regulatory processes, it is essential to purify and characterise the inhibitors, cystatins. Present study was undertaken to purify the inhibitor from the liver. The purification was accomplished in four steps: alkaline treatment, ammonium sulphate fractionation, acetone precipitation and gel filtration column (Sephacryl S-100 HR). The eluted protein exhibited inhibitory activity towards papain, and its purity was further reaffirmed using western blotting and immunodiffusion. The purified inhibitor (liver cystatin (LC)) was stable in the pH range of 6-8 and temperature up to 45 °C. In view of the significance of kinetics parameters for drug delivery, the kinetic parameters of liver cystatin were also determined. LC showed the greatest affinity for papain followed by ficin and bromelain. UV and fluorescence spectroscopy results showed that binding of LC with thiol proteases induced changes in the environment of aromatic residues. Recent advances in the field of proteinase inhibitors have drawn attention to the possible use of this collected knowledge to control pathologies.

  8. Serum and urine cystatin C are poor biomarkers for acute kidney injury and renal replacement therapy.

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    Royakkers, A.A.N.M.; Korevaar, J.C.; Suijlen, J.D.E. van; Hofstra, L.S.; Kuiper, M.A.; Spronk, P.E.; Schultz, M.J.; Bouman, C.S.C.

    2011-01-01

    Purpose : To evaluate whether cystatin C in serum (sCyC) and urine (uCyC) can predict early acute kidney injury (AKI) in a mixed heterogeneous intensive care unit (ICU), and also whether these biomarkers can predict the need for renal replacement therapy (RRT). Methods: Multicenter prospective obser

  9. Serum and urine cystatin C are poor biomarkers for acute kidney injury and renal replacement therapy

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    Royakkers, A.A.N.M.; Korevaar, J.C.; van Suijlen, J.D.E.; Hofstra, L.S.; Kuiper, M.A.; Spronk, P.E.; Schultz, M.J.; Bouman, C.S.C.

    2011-01-01

    To evaluate whether cystatin C in serum (sCyC) and urine (uCyC) can predict early acute kidney injury (AKI) in a mixed heterogeneous intensive care unit (ICU), and also whether these biomarkers can predict the need for renal replacement therapy (RRT). Multicenter prospective observational cohort stu

  10. Cystatin C在肾功能损害诊断中的临床应用

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    张秀丽

    2009-01-01

    目的 探讨血清半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂C(Cystatin C)在早期肾功能损害诊断中的应用价值.方法 对63例肾脏损害患者的血清Cystatin C、血清肌酐(serum creatinine,Scr)和内生肌酐清除率(endogenous creatinine clearance rate,Ccr)的测定结果进行比较.结果 检测血清Cystatin C是临床早期诊断肾功能损害的有效方法.结论 半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂C(Cystatin C)现已替代血清肌酐作为评估肾小球滤过率的较好指标,其在临床早期诊断肾功能损害中有着重要的意义.

  11. Cloning, Functional Expression in Pichia pastoris, and Purification of Potato Cystatin and Multicystatin

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    Annadana, S.; Schipper, B.; Beekwilder, J.; Outchkourov, N.; Udayakumar, M.; Jongsma, M.A.

    2003-01-01

    In the tubers and leaves of potato, Solanum tuberosum, cysteine protease inhibitors are thought to play roles in the defence against herbivores and in regulating physiological processes like senescence and cell death. The cDNAs for two such inhibitors, potato multicystatin (PMC) with 8 cystatin

  12. Limited value of cystatin-C over estimated glomerular filtration rate for heart failure risk stratification.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: To compare the prognostic value of estimated glomerular filtration rate, cystatin-C, an alternative renal biomarker, and their combination, in an outpatient population with heart failure. Estimated glomerular filtration rate is routinely used to assess renal function in heart failure patients. We recently demonstrated that the Cockroft-Gault formula is the best among the most commonly used estimated glomerular filtration rate formulas for predicting heart failure prognosis. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: A total of 879 consecutive patients (72% men, age 70.4 years [P(25-75 60.5-77.2] were studied. The etiology of heart failure was mainly ischemic heart disease (52.7%. The left ventricular ejection fraction was 34% (P(25-75 26-43%. Most patients were New York Heart Association class II (65.8% or III (25.9%. During a median follow-up of 3.46 years (P(25-75 1.85-5.05, 312 deaths were recorded. In an adjusted model, estimated glomerular filtration rate and cystatin-C showed similar prognostic value according to the area under the curve (0.763 and 0.765, respectively. In Cox regression, the multivariable analysis hazard ratios were 0.99 (95% CI: 0.98-1, P = 0.006 and 1.14 (95% CI: 1.02-1.28, P = 0.02 for estimated glomerular filtration rate and cystatin-C, respectively. Reclassification, assessed by the integration discrimination improvement and the net reclassification improvement indices, was poorer with cystatin-C (-0.5 [-1.0;-0.1], P = 0.024 and -4.9 [-8.8;-1.0], P = 0.013, respectively. The value of cystatin-C over estimated glomerular filtration rate for risk-stratification only emerged in patients with moderate renal dysfunction (eGFR 30-60 ml/min/1.73 m(2, chi-square 12.9, P<0.001. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Taken together, the results indicate that estimated glomerular filtration rate and cystatin-C have similar long-term predictive values in a real-life ambulatory heart failure population. Cystatin-C seems to

  13. Effect of pesticides used in banana and pineapple plantations on aquatic ecosystems in Costa Rica

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    Diepens, N.J.; Pfennig, S.; Brink, van den P.J.; Gunnarsson, J.S.; Ruepert, C.; Castillo, L.

    2014-01-01

    Current knowledge on fate and effect of agricultural pesticides comes is mainly from temperate ecosystems. More studies are needed in tropical systems in order to assess contamination risks to nontarget endemic tropical species from the extensive use of pesticides e.g. in banana and pineapple planta

  14. Willingness to pay for market information received by mobile Phone among smallholder pineapple farmers in Benin

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    Arinloye, D.D.A.A.; Linnemann, A.R.; Hagelaar, J.L.F.; Omta, S.W.F.; Coulibaly, O.; Boekel, van M.A.J.S.

    2016-01-01

    Access to up-to-date information on market prices and quality requirements remains a key issue for smallholder farmers’ access to high income markets. The aim of this chapter is to explore the problem of information asymmetry between farmers and buyers in the pineapple supply chain in Benin, and to

  15. Heavy metals removal from contaminated sewage sludge by naturally fermented raw liquid from pineapple wastes.

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    Dacera, Dominica Del Mundo; Babel, Sandhya

    2007-01-01

    The large amount of unutilised pineapple wastes produced every year in tropical countries, particularly in Thailand, adds to the existing environmental pollution problems of the country. This study investigated the utilisation of pineapple wastes to treat another form of waste (sludge) from wastewater treatment facilities in Thailand. Laboratory scale studies were carried out to determine the potential of using naturally fermented raw liquid from pineapple wastes as a source of citric acid in the extraction of Cr, Cu, Pb, Ni and Zn from anaerobically digested sewage sludge. Results of the leaching study revealed its effectiveness in extracting Zn (at 92%) at pH 3.67 and a short leaching time of only 2 h, and Ni at almost 60% removal at the same leaching time. Chromium removal was also high at almost 75% at a longer leaching time of 11 days. Variation in metal removal efficiencies may also be attributed to the forms of metals in sludge, with metals predominantly in the exchangeable and oxidisable phases showing ease of leachability (such as Zn). Compared to citric acid, at pH approaching 4.0, naturally fermented raw liquid seemed to be more effective in the removal of Zn and Cu at the same leaching time of 2 h, and Cr at a longer leaching time of 11 days. The pineapple pulp, which is a by-product of the process, can still be used as animal feed because of its high protein content.

  16. Analysis of Pineapple Chips Agroindustry in Kualu Nenas Village Kampar District

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    Rosnita Rosnita

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study is to analyze the production cost, efficiency level and marketing process of pineapple chips business, and to analyze the institutionl support of pienapple chips agroindustry. The study was conducted by survey method from 12 pineapple chips entrepreneurs, chosen by census sampling method in Kuala nenas village in 2012. Data were analyzed by descriptive method. The growing number of pineapple chips enterprenur was followed by the increasing number of machine owned by the enterpreneur, ranging from 1-4 unit facum frying machine for each enterpreneur. The average production cost of pineapple chips produced by 4 times production process scheme/ day are Rp.15.514.749 for 1 machine, Rp. 34.199.267 for 2 machine, and Rp. 62.515.120 for 3 machine. The average production cost of pineaplle chips, produced by 3 times production scheme/ day with 4 unit machine is Rp. 57.478.340. The efficiency levels ranging between 1,27 (the average efficiency of 1 unit machine up to 1,78 (the average efficiency of 4 unit machine. While the value added obtained per unit machine is abour 9 million rupiah or 38.000/kg. Some of the products (60% were marketed through broker or wholesaler, the others (40% were directly sold to the consument using their own brands. In the accessibility of the enterprenurs to financial institution, the enterprenuers were able to obtained the capital assistance from BMUN, micro economic and banking institutions.

  17. Physical and chemical pretreatment of lignocellulosics in pineapple (Ananus comosus) peels dried for investment

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    Sukkaew, Adulsman; Boonsong, Panthip; Thongpradistha, Sriubol; Intan, Maimoon

    2017-08-01

    Pineapple (Ananus comosus) Peels, once known as waste from agricultural, can be a problem when we eliminate in agriculture and industry. The current technology can help preliminarily to solve this problem. The sustainable solution to this problem is lignocellulosics pretreatments for converted saccharide as a carbon source for ethanol production. The objective of this study is the investigation of pineapple peels pretreatment to produce fermentable sugar by drying and digesting 5% sulfuric acid (H2SO4). And study of cost economic passed selection for investment. The result found that the best investment of drying was 100 °C at 11 hours for the sulphuric acid which could be easily crushed into a fine powder. Moreover, digestion of pineapple peels gave the best total sugar 252.2 g/l by 5% H2SO4 incubated for 60 minutes at room temperature. The pineapple peels were digested by 5%H2SO4 concentration by incubating for 60 minutes at room temperature, finding to be the best condition and the lowest investment. Finally, the optimisation of investment and management for lignocellulosic pretreatment will improve efficiency of strategy for economic and energy development.

  18. Utilization of Cellulose from Pineapple Leaf Fibers as Nanofiller in Polyvinyl Alcohol-Based Film

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    Kendri Wahyuningsih

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Cellulose from pineapple leaf fibers as one of the natural polymer which has biodegradable property in a nanometer’s scale, can be formed as a filler in composite of Poly(vinyl Alcohol/PVA is expected to increase the physical, thermal, and barrier properties of composite films similar to conventional plastic. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of fibrillation of cellulose fibers from pineapple leaf fibers using a combined technique of chemical-mechanical treatments, to investigate the reinforcing effect of concentration of nanocellulose fibrils in the polyvinyl alcohol (PVA matrix on physical properties, thermal properties, water vapor transmission rate, light transmittance and morphological with and without addition of glycerol. Nanocellulose was made from cellulose of pineapple leaf fiber using wet milling (Ultra Fine Grinder. The composite film production was carried out by using casting solution method by mixing PVA solution with nanocellulose (10-50% and glycerol (0-1%. The characterization of film covered physical properties (thickness, moisture content and density, thermal properties, permeability (WVTR, light transmittance, morphology, and crystallinity. Nanocellulose from pineapple leaf fibers was produced by Ultra Fine Grinder shows that the size reduction process was accurate. Nanocellulose addition on PVA composite film was affected to increasing the physical, thermal, and barrier properties. Meanwhile, decreasing the percentage of composite film transmittance, thus the transparency decrease (opaque. Water vapor transmission rate (WVTR the film was increased with increasing glycerol concentration, but the physical and thermal properties was decreased.

  19. 78 FR 26540 - Importation of Jackfruit, Pineapple, and Starfruit From Malaysia Into the Continental United States

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    ... amend the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of fresh jackfruit, pineapple, and... management document (RMD), titled ``Importation of Fresh Fruits of Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus... Malaysia, and found free from P. averrhoae. The fruit in the sample would then have to be cut open...

  20. Species Richness, Community Organization, and Spatiotemporal Distribution of Earthworms in the Pineapple Agroecosystems of Tripura, India

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    Animesh Dey

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The impact that plant communities may have on underground faunal diversity is unclear. Therefore, understanding the links between plants and organisms is of major interest. Earthworm population dynamics were studied in the pineapple agroecosystems of Tripura to evaluate the impact of monoculture plantation on earthworm communities. A total of thirteen earthworm species belonging to four families and five genera were collected from different sampling sites. Application of sample-based rarefaction curve and nonparametric richness estimators reveal 90–95% completeness of sampling. Earthworm community of pineapple agroecosystems was dominated by endogeic earthworms and Drawida assamensis was the dominant species with respect to its density, biomass, and relative abundance. Vertical distribution of earthworms was greatly influenced by seasonal variations. Population density and biomass of earthworms peaked during monsoon and postmonsoon period, respectively. Overall density and biomass of earthworms were in increasing trend with an increase in plantation age and were highest in the 30–35-year-old plantation. Significant decrease in the Shannon diversity and evenness index and increase in Simpson’s dominance and spatial aggregation index with an increase in the age of pineapple plantation were recorded. Soil temperature and soil moisture were identified as the most potent regulators of earthworm distribution in the pineapple plantation.

  1. Applications of Microencapsulated Bifidobacterium Longum with Eleutherine Americana in Fresh Milk Tofu and Pineapple Juice

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    Atchara N Phoem; Suphitchaya Chanthachum; Supayang P Voravuthikunchai

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    Bifidobacterium longum was microencapsulated by extrusion technique and added in fresh milk tofu and pineapple juice. Microencapsulation of B. longum with Eleutherine americana extract, oligosaccharides extract, and commercial fructo-oligosaccharides was assessed for the bacterial survival after sequential exposure to simulated gastric and intestinal juices, and refrigeration storage. Microencapsulated B. longum with the extract and oligosaccharides extract in the food products showed better ...

  2. Physico-Chemical Properties, Antioxidant Activity and Mineral Contents of Pineapple Genotypes Grown in China

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    Xin-Hua Lu

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The fruit physico-chemical properties, antioxidant activity and mineral contents of 26 pineapple [Ananas comosus (L. Merr.] genotypes grown in China were measured. The results showed great quantitative differences in the composition of these pineapple genotypes. Sucrose was the dominant sugar in all 26 genotypes, while citric acid was the principal organic acid. Potassium, calcium and magnesium were the major mineral constituents. The ascorbic acid (AsA content ranged from 5.08 to 33.57 mg/100 g fresh weight (FW, while the total phenolic (TP content varied from 31.48 to 77.55 mg gallic acid equivalents (GAE/100 g FW. The two parameters in the predominant cultivars Comte de Paris and Smooth Cayenne were relative low. However, MD-2 indicated the highest AsA and TP contents (33.57 mg/100 g and 77.55 mg GAE/100 g FM, respectively, and it also showed the strongest antioxidant capacity 22.85 and 17.30 μmol TE/g FW using DPPH and TEAC methods, respectively. The antioxidant capacity of pineapple was correlated with the contents of phenolics, flavonoids and AsA. The present study provided important information for the further application of those pineapple genotypes.

  3. Droplet vitrification technique for cryopreservation of different pineapple (Ananas comosus L. Merrill) accessions

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    Germplasm conservation of pineapple is crucial to secure the genetic variability of the genus for breeding programs and supporting new research. Long-term conservation is done through cryopreservation, by storing cells or tissues at ultra-low temperature in liquid nitrogen (LN; -196°C) or in the LN ...

  4. Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation of pineapple (Ananas comosus L., Merr.).

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    Mhatre, Minal

    2013-01-01

    Pineapple (Ananas comosus L., Merr.) is a commercially important crop, grown in the tropical and subtropical regions. However, the crop is faced with postharvest damage and poor varietal and nutritional improvement. Being a vegetatively propagated crop, conventional breeding programs take longer time for genetic improvement, which may not necessarily successfully develop an improved cultivar. Hence, the genetic modification of pineapple is an alternative handy approach to improve pineapple. We have established an Agrobacterium-mediated transformation system using leaf bases from in vitro-grown pineapple plants. Being a monocot, acetosyringone is added to the culture medium for overnight growth of Agrobacterium and transformation to transfer a gene of interest MSI99 soybean ferritin. Leaf bases isolated from in vitro shoot cultures are treated with Agrobacterium suspension at two dilutions, 10× and 20×, for 30 min. Explants are subsequently blot dried and cultured on gelrite solidified hormone-free Pin1 medium for 2 days (cocultivation). Periodic transfer is first done to the regeneration medium (Pin1) containing cefotaxime for the suppression of Agrobacterium growth. The transformants are selected by culturing on Pin1 medium containing cefotaxime and kanamycin. Multiple shoots, regenerated in leaf bases, are further multiplied and individually rooted in the liquid RM medium amended with antibiotics to recover plants. Putative transformants are analyzed for transgene integration and expression using standard molecular biological methods of PCR, RT-PCR, and genomic Southern.

  5. Transcriptome Profiling of the Pineapple under Low Temperature to Facilitate Its Breeding for Cold Tolerance

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    Chen, Chengjie; Zhang, Yafeng; Xu, Zhiqiang; Luan, Aiping; Mao, Qi; Feng, Junting; Xie, Tao; Gong, Xue; Wang, Xiaoshuang; Chen, Hao; He, Yehua

    2016-01-01

    The pineapple (Ananas comosus) is cold sensitive. Most cultivars are injured during winter periods, especially in sub-tropical regions. There is a lack of molecular information on the pineapple’s response to cold stress. In this study, high-throughput transcriptome sequencing and gene expression analysis were performed on plantlets of a cold-tolerant genotype of the pineapple cultivar ‘Shenwan’ before and after cold treatment. A total of 1,186 candidate cold responsive genes were identified, and their credibility was confirmed by RT-qPCR. Gene set functional enrichment analysis indicated that genes related to cell wall properties, stomatal closure and ABA and ROS signal transduction play important roles in pineapple cold tolerance. In addition, a protein association network of CORs (cold responsive genes) was predicted, which could serve as an entry point to dissect the complex cold response network. Our study found a series of candidate genes and their association network, which will be helpful to cold stress response studies and pineapple breeding for cold tolerance. PMID:27656892

  6. Physico-chemical properties, antioxidant activity and mineral contents of pineapple genotypes grown in china.

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    Lu, Xin-Hua; Sun, De-Quan; Wu, Qing-Song; Liu, Sheng-Hui; Sun, Guang-Ming

    2014-06-23

    The fruit physico-chemical properties, antioxidant activity and mineral contents of 26 pineapple [Ananas comosus (L.) Merr.] genotypes grown in China were measured. The results showed great quantitative differences in the composition of these pineapple genotypes. Sucrose was the dominant sugar in all 26 genotypes, while citric acid was the principal organic acid. Potassium, calcium and magnesium were the major mineral constituents. The ascorbic acid (AsA) content ranged from 5.08 to 33.57 mg/100 g fresh weight (FW), while the total phenolic (TP) content varied from 31.48 to 77.55 mg gallic acid equivalents (GAE)/100 g FW. The two parameters in the predominant cultivars Comte de Paris and Smooth Cayenne were relative low. However, MD-2 indicated the highest AsA and TP contents (33.57 mg/100 g and 77.55 mg GAE/100 g FM, respectively), and it also showed the strongest antioxidant capacity 22.85 and 17.30 μmol TE/g FW using DPPH and TEAC methods, respectively. The antioxidant capacity of pineapple was correlated with the contents of phenolics, flavonoids and AsA. The present study provided important information for the further application of those pineapple genotypes.

  7. Developing Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) markers for the identification of pineapple (Ananas comosus) germplasm

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    Pineapple (Ananas comosus [L.] Merr.) is the third most important tropical fruit in the world after banana and mango and a major agricultural commodity in Hawaii. As a crop with vegetative propagation, genetic redundancy is a major challenge for efficient genebank management and in breeding. Using E...

  8. Droplet-vitrification and morphohistological studies of cryopreserved shoot tips of cultivated and wild pineapple genotypes

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    Germplasm conservation of pineapple [Ananas comosus (L.) Mer.] is crucial to preserve the genus’ genetic diversity to secure material for genetic improvement and to support innovative and new research. Long-term conservation is accomplished through cryopreservation that is done by storing cells or t...

  9. Effect of graded levels of dry pineapple peel on digestibility and ...

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    2013-07-30

    Jul 30, 2013 ... pineapple peel (PP) in the diets, on the digestibility and growth performance of rabbits. Methodology and Results: Diets R0 (control), R20, R30 and R40 were formulated ..... (2008) observed the same trend when using PP in.

  10. Cattle management practices and milk production on mixed smallholder organic pineapple farms in Central Uganda

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    Nalubwama, S; Kabi, F; Vaarst, M;

    2016-01-01

    A longitudinal study to assess animal management practices and milk production was conducted for a period of 12 months on 30 smallholder farms keeping dairy cattle and certified organic pineapple production in Luwero and Kayunga districts, based on questionnaire and on-farm collected data. Farm...

  11. Early histological, hormonal, and molecular changes during pineapple (Ananas comosus (L.) Merrill) artificial flowering induction.

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    Espinosa, Maita Eulalia Ávila; Moreira, Rafael Oliveira; Lima, André Almeida; Ságio, Solange Aparecida; Barreto, Horllys Gomes; Luiz, Sara Lazara Pérez; Abreu, Carlos Eduardo Aragón; Yanes-Paz, Ermis; Ruíz, Yanelis Capdesuñer; González-Olmedo, Justo Lorenzo; Chalfun-Júnior, Antonio

    2017-02-01

    Natural flowering can cause serious scheduling problems in the pineapple (Ananas comosus) industry and increase harvest costs. Pineapple flowering is thought to be triggered by increased ethylene levels and artificial forcing of pineapple flowering is a common practice to promote flowering synchronisation. However, little is known about the early hormonal and molecular changes of pineapple flowering induction and development. Here, we aimed to analyse the molecular, hormonal, and histological changes during artificial pineapple flowering by Ethrel(®)48 treatment. Histological analyses of the shoot apical meristem, leaf gibberellic acid (GA3), and ethylene quantification were carried out during the first 72h after Ethrel(®)48 treatment. Expression profiles from ethylene biosynthesis (AcACS2 and AcACO1), gibberellin metabolism (AcGA2-ox1 and AcDELLA1), and flower development (FT-like gene (AcFT), LFY-like gene (AcLFY), and a PISTILLATA-like gene (AcPI)) genes were analysed during the first 24h after Ethrel(®)48 treatment. Differentiation processes of the shoot apical meristem into flower buds were already present in the first 72h after Ethrel(®)48 treatment. Ethrel(®)48 lead to a reduction in GA3 levels, probably triggered by elevated ethylene levels and the positive regulation AcGA2-ox1. AcLFY activation upon Ethrel(®)48 may also have contributed to the reduction of GA3 levels and, along with the up-regulation of AcPI, are probably associated with the flower induction activation. AcFT and AcDELLA1 do not seem to be regulated by GA3 and ethylene. Decreased GA3 and increased ethylene levels suggest an accumulation of AcDELLA1, which may display an important role in pineapple flowering induction. Thus, this study shows that molecular, hormonal, and histological changes are present right after Ethrel(®)48 treatment, providing new insights into how pineapple flowering occurs under natural conditions.

  12. A New Sugarcane Cystatin Strongly Binds to Dental Enamel and Reduces Erosion.

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    Santiago, A C; Khan, Z N; Miguel, M C; Gironda, C C; Soares-Costa, A; Pelá, V T; Leite, A L; Edwardson, J M; Buzalaf, M A R; Henrique-Silva, F

    2017-08-01

    Cystatin B was recently identified as an acid-resistant protein in acquired enamel pellicle; it could therefore be included in oral products to protect against caries and erosion. However, human recombinant cystatin is very expensive, and alternatives to its use are necessary. Phytocystatins are reversible inhibitors of cysteine peptidases that are found naturally in plants. In plants, they have several biological and physiological functions, such as the regulation of endogenous processes, defense against pathogens, and response to abiotic stress. Previous studies performed by our research group have reported high inhibitory activity and potential agricultural and medical applications of several sugarcane cystatins, including CaneCPI-1, CaneCPI-2, CaneCPI-3, and CaneCPI-4. In the present study, we report the characterization of a novel sugarcane cystatin, named CaneCPI-5. This cystatin was efficiently expressed in Escherichia coli, and inhibitory assays demonstrated that it was a potent inhibitor of human cathepsins B, K, and L ( Ki = 6.87, 0.49, and 0.34 nM, respectively). The ability of CaneCPI-5 to bind to dental enamel was evaluated using atomic force microscopy. Its capacity to protect against initial enamel erosion was also tested in vitro via changes in surface hardness. CaneCPI-5 showed a very large force of interaction with enamel (e.g., compared with mucin and casein) and significantly reduced initial enamel erosion. These results suggest that the inclusion of CaneCPIs in dental products might confer protection against enamel erosion.

  13. Differences in urine cadmium associations with kidney outcomes based on serum creatinine and cystatin C

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    Weaver, Virginia M., E-mail: vweaver@jhsph.edu [Division of Occupational and Environmental Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, 615N. Wolfe St., Rm. 7041, Baltimore, MD 21205 (United States); Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD (United States); Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD (United States); Kim, Nam-Soo; Lee, Byung-Kook [Institute of Industrial Medicine, SoonChunHyang University, Asan (Korea, Republic of); Parsons, Patrick J. [Laboratory of Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry, Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, Albany, NY (United States); Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University at Albany, Albany, NY (United States); Spector, June [Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States); Fadrowski, Jeffrey [Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD (United States); Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD (United States); Jaar, Bernard G. [Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD (United States); Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD (United States); Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD (United States); Steuerwald, Amy J. [Laboratory of Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry, Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, Albany, NY (United States); Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University at Albany, Albany, NY (United States); Todd, Andrew C. [Department of Preventive Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY (United States); and others

    2011-11-15

    Cadmium is a well-known nephrotoxicant; chronic exposure increases risk for chronic kidney disease. Recently, however, associations between urine cadmium and higher creatinine-based estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) have been reported. Analyses utilizing alternate biomarkers of kidney function allow evaluation of potential mechanisms for these observations. We compared associations of urine cadmium with kidney function measures based on serum cystatin C to those with serum creatinine in 712 lead workers. Mean (standard deviation) molybdenum-corrected urine cadmium, Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD) eGFR and multi-variable cystatin C eGFR were 1.02 (0.65) {mu}g/g creatinine, and 97.4 (19.2) and 112.0 (17.7) mL/min/1.73 m{sup 2}, respectively. The eGFR measures were moderately correlated (r{sub s}=0.5; p<0.001). After adjustment, ln (urine cadmium) was not associated with serum cystatin-C-based measures. However, higher ln (urine cadmium) was associated with higher creatinine-based eGFRs including the MDRD and an equation incorporating serum cystatin C and creatinine (beta-coefficient=4.1 mL/min/1.73 m{sup 2}; 95% confidence interval=1.6, 6.6). Urine creatinine was associated with serum creatinine-based but not cystatin-C-based eGFRs. These results support a biomarker-specific, rather than a kidney function, effect underlying the associations observed between higher urine cadmium and creatinine-based kidney function measures. Given the routine use of serum and urine creatinine in kidney and biomarker research, additional research to elucidate the mechanism(s) for these associations is essential.

  14. Comparison between Cystatin C- and Creatinine-Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate in Cardiology Patients

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    Åkerblom, Axel; Helmersson-Karlqvist, Johanna; Flodin, Mats; Larsson, Anders

    2015-01-01

    Objective Estimation of the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is essential for identification, evaluation and risk prediction in patients with kidney disease. Estimated GFR (eGFR) is also needed for the correct dosing of drugs eliminated by the kidneys and to identify high-risk individuals in whom coronary angiography or other procedures may lead to kidney failure. Both cystatin C and creatinine are used for the determination of GFR, and we aimed to investigate if eGFR by the two methods differ in cardiology patients. Methods We compared cystatin C and creatinine (CKD-EPI) eGFR calculated from the same request from a cardiology outpatient unit (n = 2,716), a cardiology ward (n = 980), a coronary care unit (n = 1,464), and an advanced coronary care unit (n = 518) in an observational, cross-sectional study. Results The median creatinine eGFR results are approximately 10 ml/min/1.73 m2 higher than the median cystatin C eGFR that is up to 90 ml/min/1.73 m2, irrespective of the level of care. Creatinine eGFR resulted in a less advanced eGFR category in the majority of patients with a cystatin C eGFR <60 ml/min/1.73 m2. Conclusions Our study demonstrates a difference between creatinine and cystatin C eGFR in cardiology patients. It is important to be aware of which marker is used for the reported eGFR to minimize erroneous interpretations of the test results, as this could lead to under- or overmedication. Further studies are needed to determine the best method of estimating the GFR in cardiology units. PMID:26648945

  15. 血清Cystatin C浓度判定肾小球滤过率的临床意义%Clinical Significance of Serum Cystatin C Concentration for Glomerular Filtration Rate

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    邱冬; 张慧; 孙园园; 李亚辉; 李敏霞

    2015-01-01

    目的 探讨血清Cystatin C浓度在临床上判断肾功能早期损害的价值. 方法 对80例肾脏损伤的患者进行99m锝-二乙三胺五醋酸(99mTc-DTPA)清除率和血清Cystatin C浓度的测定,同时测定血清肌酐(Scr)、24小时肌酐清除率(24hCcr)和采用 Cockcroft -Gault 公式计算肌酐清除率(Ccockcroft),以99m锝 -二乙三胺五醋酸( 99m Tc-DTPA)清除率为标准方法,对结果进行相关分析. 结果 以上指标与血清Cystatin C均有相关关系,血清Cystatin C与99m Tc-DTPA清除率有高度相关性,并且血清Cystatin C在Scr正常时已经升高. 结论 Cystatin C浓度检测能够快速、准确和简捷的测定肾小球滤过率,能发现早期肾脏损害和肾功能改变.%Objective To discuss the clinical significance of serum Cystatin C concentration for glo-merular filtration rate(GFR). Method The concentration of Cystatin C, clearance of 99mTc-DTPA,se-rum creatinine(Scr) and 24h creatinine clearance(24hCcr) were evaluated in 80 patients with nephropa-thy. Creatinine clearance was also estimated by Cockcroft-Gault formula(Ccokcroft). The clearance of 99mTc-DTPA was standard. The correlation analysis was performed. Results Tc-GFR, Scr,24hCcr and Ccokcroft were all correlated with Cystatin C concentration significantly. The level of Cystatin C was higher than normal while Scr was normal. Conclusion Serum Cystatin C concentration determination is a rap-id,accurate and simple measurement of GFR and shows early damage clinically.

  16. Expression and significance of Cystatin SN mRNA in human gastric cancer tissues%胃癌组织Cystatin SN mRNA表达及其临床意义的探讨

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    徐大方; 陈平; 石磊; 赵群; 顾学文

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVE! To investigate the expression and clinical significance of Cystatin SN in human gastric cancer. METHODS; The Cystatin SNmRNA expression was examined quantitatively by using real-time quantitative polymer-ase chain reaction on a cohort of human gastric cancer tissues (n=40) and corresponding adjacent tissues (w=40). RESULTS: The expression levels of Cystatin SN mRNA in gastric cancer were 5. 370 0±3. 034 5 and adjacent tissues were 1. 705 0±0. 738 8 respectively; Cystatin SN expression was dramatically increased in gastric cancer tissues compared with the corresponding adjacent tissues (?=8. 297, P = 0. 000). The expression of Cystatin SN was significantly associated with tumor size (t = - 0. 646, P = 0. 001), lymphnode metastasis (t = 3. 393 ,-P = 0. 002), gastric cancer stage (I = - 3. 798,P = 0. 001) and infiltration (£=4. 904,P=0. 000). However.it was not related to gastric differentiation,age and grader of patients (P>0. 05). CONCLUSION: Cystatin SN is overexpressed in gastric cancer tissues and significantly correlates with clinical prognosis.%目的:研究半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂1 (Cystatin SN)在胃癌组织中的表达及临床意义.方法:荧光定量PCR方法检测40例胃癌组织和40例癌旁组织中Cystatin SN的表达.结果:胃癌组织中Cystatin SN mRNA的表达水平为5.370 0±3.034 5,相应的癌旁组织为1.705 0±0.738 8,癌组织显著高于癌旁组织,t=8.297,P=0.000.Cystatin SN的表达与肿瘤大小(t=-0.646,P=0.001)、淋巴转移(t=3.393,P=0.002)、TNM分期(t=-3.798,P=0.001)和浸润程度(t=4.904,P=0.000)相关,与肿瘤的分化程度、患者年龄和性别无关,P>0.05.结论:Cystatin SN在胃癌组织中的高表达与胃癌的发生发展密切相关.

  17. Effects of Canned Pineapple Consumption on Nutritional Status, Immunomodulation, and Physical Health of Selected School Children

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    Mavil May C. Cervo

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This randomized, controlled trial examined the effects of canned pineapple consumption on immunomodulation, nutritional status, and physical health of ninety-eight (98 school children with mean age of 8.44±0.20. The study participants were divided into three groups: Group A (33 includes subjects who were not given canned pineapple, Group B (33 includes those who were given 140 g, and Group C (32 includes those given 280 g of canned pineapple for nine weeks. Each major group was further divided into two groups: normal (N and underweight (U based on 2007 WHO Growth Reference Standards. Sociodemographic, anthropometric, physical examination, dietary intake, hemoglobin level, and immunological data were analyzed. Results showed a decrease in incidence of viral and bacterial infections for both Group B and Group C (normal and underweight after canned pineapple consumption. Granulocyte production increased by 0.77–26.61% for normal weight subjects and 14.95–34.55% for underweight. CD16+56 count augmented by 20.44–22.13% for normal weight and 3.57–15.89% for underweight subjects. Thus, intake of both one can (140 g and two cans (280 g of canned pineapple may shorten the duration and incidence of infection and may increase the production of granulocytes and CD16+56, but intake of two cans (280 g demonstrated higher granulocyte and CD16+56 production. This trial is registered with Philippine Health Research Registry: PHRR140826-000225.

  18. Creatinine, cystatin, and combined-based equations in assessment of renal functions in type 2 diabetic Egyptian patients

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    Mahmoud M Elnokeety

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    In patients with early overt diabetic nephropathy, serum cystatin C showed a significantly stronger correlation than creatinine with isotopically measured GFR, and among the studied equations for GFR estimation the CKD-EPI Cr-Cyst 2012 equation performed best.

  19. 血清Cystatin C浓度监测颅内高压患者早期肾损害

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    李新玲; 周永; 黄怀宇

    2007-01-01

    目的:探讨颅内高压患者治疗过程中血半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂C(Cystatin C)浓度对监测早期肾损害的意义.方法:用速率散射比浊法对有颅内高压症状的患者337例,进行Cystatin C、BUN及Scr的分组检测,比较各指标的相关性及应用价值.结果:Cystatin C与BUN、Scr呈正相关,且Cystatin C对发现早期肾损害较BUN、Scr更敏感.

  20. 高通量血液透析降低血清Cystatin C的浓度

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    张飞虎; 蔡惠芳

    2010-01-01

    目的:检测高通量透析(HFD)炎症因子及Cystatin C的变化.方法:分别于HFD治疗前及治疗后6个月留取28个病例透析前的血标本,采用乳胶颗粒增强的免疫透射浊度法(PETIA)检测Cystatin C.结果:Cystatin C从HFD治疗前的4.02±1.01 mg/L降为治疗后6个月的2.21±0.96 mg/L,治疗前、后的变化有显著的统计学差异(P<0.01).结论:HFD可能降低了血清Cystatin C的浓度.

  1. 血清Cystatin C对早期肾小球滤过功能受损的诊断价值%Diagnostic significance of Cystatin C on early decrease of GFR

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    孙相国; 刘成军

    2003-01-01

    目的评价Cystatin C在反映早期肾小球滤过功能受损时的价值.方法对65例确诊有肾小球疾病患者同时测定血清Cystatin C、β2-微球蛋白、BUN、Scr共115例次,对其升高程度构成、浓度相关性、相对敏感性进行分析.结果 Cystatin C浓度与BUN、Scr升高程度构成比较差异非常显著(P<0.01);Cystatin C与β2-微球蛋白、BUN、Scr浓度是正相关(r分别为0.907、0.612、0.419),并有显著意义(P<0.01),与Cystatin C比较,β2-微球蛋白、BUN、Scr的相对敏感性分别为95%、43%、31%.结论血清CystatinC浓度可反映肾小球滤过功能受损的程度,可作为诊断早期肾小球滤过功能受损的敏感指标.

  2. Cystatin C与原发性高血压靶器官损伤的关系%Role of serum Cystatin C on organ damage in patients with essential hypertension

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    卢转娣; 吴继雄

    2009-01-01

    目的 探讨血清半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂C(Cystatin C)与原发性高血压靶器官损伤的关系.方法 以原发性高血压患者60例为研究对象,采用颗粒增强透射免疫比浊法测量Cystatin C水平,超声波图像评估左心室质量指数(LVMI),无创性袖带式动态血压监测仪测量24 h血压(24 h-BP).结果 血清Cystatin C水平与肌酐清除率、尿微量白蛋白、24 h平均收缩压(24 h-SBP)、LVMI均相关.尿白蛋白排泄率(AER)及血清Cystatin C水平与平均24 h-SBP独立相关.AER与高密度脂蛋白胆固醇相关,而Cystatin C与之不相关.结论 血清Cystatin C水平是原发性高血压患者靶器官损伤严重性的一个早期标志.

  3. Behavior of a portable solar dryer for pineapple fiber Comportamento de um secador solar para fibras de abacaxi

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    Róger Moya; Marco Solano

    2012-01-01

    In Costa Rica, there has been a growing interest to use pineapple fiber from plant, for which current processes need to be improved or new processes need to be developed, with emphasis on drying methods...

  4. 尿Cystatin C对评估肾小管损伤程度的应用价值

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    张鹏; 汪萍

    2009-01-01

    目的:确定血清和尿液中Cystatin C(Cys—C)在成人中的参考范围,并就尿液Cystatin C检测与SDS—AGE非浓缩尿蛋白电泳在诊断肾小管损伤的临床应用上进行比较。方法:采用速率散射比浊法测定了110例正常人的血清Cystatin C,以性别和年龄分组,确定Cystatin C在正常人中的参考值范围。测定了62例肾病患者的血清和尿液Cystatin C、肌酐和内生肌酐清除率(Ccr),并进行SDS—AGE非浓缩尿蛋白电泳。比较Cystatin C和肌酐与肌酐清除率、SDS—AGE电泳的相关性。结果:健康成人血清Cystatin C不同性别间有显著性差异(P〈0.01),同一性别组内1~60岁间差异无显著性。将不同年龄组合并后统计参考值范围,男性1~60岁年龄组为0.875~0.952mg/L,女性1~60岁年龄组为0.748~0.856mg/L。健康成人尿液Cystatin C不同性别及年龄组差异均无统计学意义(P〉0.05),合并后得出95%可信区间为0.115~0.141mg/L。以血清Cystatin C估算的GFR与以血肌酐估算的GFR呈显著正相关R=0.928,尿液Cystatin C含量与非浓缩尿SDs—AGE电泳结果具有良好的相关性,相关系数r=0.310。结论:尿液Cystatin C与SDS—AGE电泳检测具有较好的相关性,是急性肾小管坏死严重程度的良好指标。

  5.  Is serum cystatin C a better marker of kidney function than serum creatinine in septic newborns?

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    Iwona Maruniak-Chudek

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available [sub][/sub] Introduction:Several studies have claimed that the estimation of serum cystatin C could be a better marker of kidney excretory function than serum creatinine. However, its role in the diagnosis of reduced kidney function was not unquestionably confirmed. The aim of this study was to analyze the concentrations of serum cystatin C in neonates with sepsis.Material/Methods:Thirty-two neonates (gestational age from 34 to 40 weeks admitted to the NICU during the first 14 days of life were enrolled. Serum cystatin C concentrations were estimated by ELISA during three successive days in neonates treated for infection. The study group consisted of 9 newborns with sepsis, 14 with severe sepsis and 9 with septic shock.Results/Discussion:At the beginning of the observational period the mean serum concentration of cystatin C in the study group was 1.35 mg/L (95�0CI 1.20–1.49. Surprisingly, the lowest concentration of cystatin was observed in patients with septic shock (1.23 mg/L; 95 0.92–1.54 within the observation period. Higher concentrations were found in neonates with sepsis (1.47 mg/L; 95 1.04–1.90 and severe sepsis (1.50; 1.12–1.87. There was no correlation between serum cystatin C concentration and serum creatinine or gestational age.A significant correlation was discovered between chronological age and cystatin C (R=–0.439, p=0.01. There was a tendency for cystatin C to decline during the second observational day in patients with sepsis (to 1.53 mg/L; 95: 1.19–1.86 and severe sepsis (to 1.32 mg/L; 95: 1.07–1.57, while a slight insignificant increase in patient with septic shock (to 1.28 mg/L; 95: 0.88–1.68 was revealed. The interrelation between age and cystatin C concentration disappeared in the following days of stay in the NICU. Even in patients who died in the course of septic shock the observed changes in cystatin C levels were small and did not exceed those of serum creatinine.Conclusions:Cystatin C is not a

  6. Cystatin C可预测收缩性心力衰竭与舒张性心力衰竭

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    张润峰(摘译)

    2008-01-01

    美国加州大学的Andrew Moran等在J Card Fail上报道,血浆半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂C(Cystatin C)水平与收缩性心力衰竭(SHF)发生率呈线性相关,仅高水平Cystatin C可预测舒张性心力衰竭(DHF)。

  7. β-Glucosidase production by Aspergillus niger van Tieghem using submerged fermentation of pineapple waste

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    Carol S. Maguinsay; Franco G. Teves

    2013-01-01

    This study aimed to assess the potential of pineapple waste as substrate for β-Glucosidaseproduction by Aspergillus niger under submerged fermentation. β-Glucosidase activities of crude enzymeextract from cultures maintained with pineapple substrate and with the commercial substratecarboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) were assayed and compared. The assay conducted at different periods offermentation shows that enzymatic activities were generally higher on cultures maintained with CMC.However, β-Gluc...

  8. Optimization of lignin peroxidase, manganese peroxidase, and Lac production from Ganoderma lucidum under solid state fermentation of pineapple leaf

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    Sudha Hariharan; Padma Nambisan

    2013-01-01

    This study was undertaken to isolate ligninase-producing white-rot fungi for use in the extraction of fibre from pineapple leaf agriwaste. Fifteen fungal strains were isolated from dead tree trunks and leaf litter. Ligninolytic enzymes (lignin peroxidase (LiP), manganese peroxidase (MnP), and laccase (Lac)), were produced by solid-state fermentation (SSF) using pineapple leaves as the substrate. Of the isolated strains, the one showing maximum production of ligninolytic enzymes was identified...

  9. Comparison of cystatin C and creatinine in the detection of renal filtration function%Cystatin C与肌酐在评价肾小球滤过功能中的比较研究

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    李玉林; 徐国宾; 朱立华

    2001-01-01

    目的确定Cystatin C(CC)在成人和儿童中的参考范围,并就Cystatin C与肌酐(Cr)在肾小球滤过功能检测中的临床应用进行比较.方法采用速率散射比浊法测定了116例正常成人的血清Cystatin C,并进行性别和不同年龄组比较,以确定CystatinC在成人中的参考值范围.同时测定了130例婴幼儿及儿童的血清Cystatin C水平.还测定了109例各种疾病患者的血清Cystatin C、血清肌酐和内生肌酐清除率(Ccr).分别比较Cystatin C和肌酐与肌酐清除率的相关性.结果正常成人血清Cystatin C不同性别有显著性差异(P<0.001),但在同一性别内三个年龄组差异无显著性.将不同年龄组合并后统计参考值范围,男性17~60岁年龄组为0.62~0.91 mg/L,女性17~60岁年龄组为0.52~0.83 mg/L.O~13岁儿童Cystatin C变化较大,出生后四个月内水平明显高于成人,但在出生5个月以后下降至接近成人参考值范围.血清Cystatin C与血清肌酐有显著正线性相关(P<0.001),与Ccr的对数值呈显著负线性相关:LogCC=-0.606 LogCcr+1.209(r=-0.887).对于肌酐清除率的异常Cystatin C比肌酐有更显著的符合率,实验中发现,肾病门诊Ccr>80 ml/min的患者中有48%显示Cystatin C异常;60岁以上健康体检者中有30%可见Cystatin C增高.结论Cystatin C比肌酐更能够反映临床肾脏滤过功能的损害.用Cystatin C代替4 h留尿法的Ccr作为门诊患者肾小球的滤过功能指标值得推荐.

  10. The correlation between renal function and cystatin C in chronic kidney patients%慢性肾脏病患者血清Cystatin C与肾功能的相关研究

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    田政湘; 欧春莲; 李泉清; 李丽珍; 殷明媛

    2012-01-01

    Objevtive To analyze the sensibility of cystatin C and serum creatinine (Scr)in reflecting glomerular filtration rate (GFR)of CKD, estimate the scope of cystatin C in different CKD stages and assess the clinical value of cystatin C in the early diagnosis of renal function changes. Methods The degree of 90 CKD patients were staged with MDRD formula. 90 healthy persons were as control. Cystatian C was measure with PETIA method. The levels of Scr and Bun in those patients were measured. Results There was statistical difference in the levels of serum cystatin C between those patients in CKD2-5 stages and control groups (P<0. 05). Cystatin C had high sensitivity in diagnosis. Conclusion Cystatin C is more sensitive than serum creatinine in reflecting renal function. Serum cystatin C is a more accurate and reliable reflection of glomerular filtration rate index,so it is a important clinical significance in early diagnosis of chronic kidney disease.%目的 研究慢性肾脏病(CKD)患者各期血清胱抑素C(cystatin C)与血清肌酐(Scr)反应肾小球滤过率的敏感性,以及在CKD分期条件下cystatin C与GFR、Scr的关系.探讨胱抑素C在肾功能改变早期诊断中的临床价值.方法 收集90例慢性肾脏病患者,对疾病严重程度采用校正后简化MDRD方程GFR=175×[PCr]-1.234×[年龄(岁)]-0.179×[女性×0.793]计算每个患者GFR值进行分期,并选取90例健康者作为对照组,采用乳胶颗粒增强免疫透射比浊分析法(PETIA)测定每例患者的血清胱抑素C浓度,同时抽取静脉血测定血清肌酐和尿素氮.将患者按不同GFR标准分组,比较组间及组内差异,分析各指标间可能存在的关系.结果 CKD2-5期患者血清cystatin C水平与对照组比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.05),且各组间比较差异有统计学意义.CKD各期中,cystatinC与GFR及各种生化指标行直线相关分析,cystatin C与GFR相关系数最大,相关性最密切.cystatin C与Scr诊断肾小球滤过功能下降敏感性比较,cystatin

  11. Exercise electrocardiographic responses and serum cystatin C levels among metabolic syndrome patients without overt diabetes mellitus

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    Full Text Available Asli Tanindi1 Hilal Olgun1 Ayse Tuncel2 Bulent Celik3 Hatice Pasaoglu2 Bulent Boyaci11Department of Cardiology, 2Department of Medical Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, 3Department of Statistics, Faculty of Health Sciences, Gazi University, Ankara, TurkeyObjectives: An impaired heart rate response during exercise (chronotropic incompetence and an impaired heart rate recovery (HRR after exercise are predictors of cardiovascular risk and mortality. Cystatin C is a novel marker for cardiovascular disease. We aimed to investigate exercise electrocardiographic responses in patients with metabolic syndrome who were without overt diabetes mellitus, in addition to the association of serum cystatin C levels with the exercise electrocardiographic test results.Method: Forty-three consecutive patients admitted to a cardiology outpatient clinic without angina pectoris were recruited if they met criteria for metabolic syndrome but did not have overt diabetes mellitus. Serum cystatin C levels were measured, and all participants underwent exercise electrocardiographic testing. Patients who were found to have ischemia had a coronary angiography procedure.Results: The mean cystatin C level of patients was higher in metabolic syndrome group than healthy controls (610.1 ± 334.02 vs 337.3 ± 111.01 µg/L; P < 0.001. The percentage of patients with ischemia confirmed by coronary angiography was 13.9% in the metabolic syndrome group. Cystatin C levels in the ischemic patients of the metabolic syndrome group were higher than that in nonischemic patients (957.00 ± 375.6 vs 553.8 ± 295.3 µg /L; P = 0.005. Chronotropic incompetence was observed in 30.2% of the patients with metabolic syndrome compared with 16.7% in the control group (P = 0.186. Chronotropic response indices were 0.8 ± 0.18 versus 0.9 ± 0.10 for the two groups, respectively (P = 0.259. HRR was significantly lower in the metabolic syndrome patients compared with the controls (20.1 ± 8.01 vs 25.2

  12. Salivary Tick Cystatin OmC2 Targets Lysosomal Cathepsins S and C in Human Dendritic Cells

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    Full Text Available To ensure successful feeding tick saliva contains a number of inhibitory proteins that interfere with the host immune response and help to create a permissive environment for pathogen transmission. Among the potential targets of the salivary cystatins are two host cysteine proteases, cathepsin S, which is essential for antigen- and invariant chain-processing, and cathepsin C (dipeptidyl peptidase 1, DPP1, which plays a critical role in processing and activation of the granule serine proteases. Here, the effect of salivary cystatin OmC2 from Ornithodoros moubata was studied using differentiated MUTZ-3 cells as a model of immature dendritic cells of the host skin. Following internalization, cystatin OmC2 was initially found to inhibit the activity of several cysteine cathepsins, as indicated by the decreased rates of degradation of fluorogenic peptide substrates. To identify targets, affinity chromatography was used to isolate His-tagged cystatin OmC2 together with the bound proteins from MUTZ-3 cells. Cathepsins S and C were identified in these complexes by mass spectrometry and confirmed by immunoblotting. Furthermore, reduced increase in the surface expression of MHC II and CD86, which are associated with the maturation of dendritic cells, was observed. In contrast, human inhibitor cystatin C, which is normally expressed and secreted by dendritic cells, did not affect the expression of CD86. It is proposed that internalization of salivary cystatin OmC2 by the host dendritic cells targets cathepsins S and C, thereby affecting their maturation.

  13. 机械通气新生儿早期肾损害血清Cystatin C的变化

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    刘湲湲

    2010-01-01

    目的:探讨血清Cystatin C是否可作为诊断机械通气新生儿早期肾功能损害的有效指标。方法:随机选取38例机械通气患儿作为试验组,36例正常新生儿对照。测定Cystatin C、β2-MG、BUN和Scr。结果:①试验组上机前血清Cystatin C、β2-MG明显高于对照组;撤机后降低;②试验组上机前BUN、Scr异常的发生率为16%(6/38);BUN、Scr未发生改变时,Cystatin C判断肾损发生率为81%(26/32),β2-MG为69%(22/32)。结论:①Cystatin C可作为诊断机械通气新生儿早期肾损指标;②Cystatin C较β2-MG更敏感。

  14. 血清Cystatin C浓度判定肾小球滤过率的临床意义

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    邱冬; 张慧; 孙园园; 李亚辉; 李敏霞

    2015-01-01

    目的 探讨血清Cystatin C浓度在临床上判断肾功能早期损害的价值。方法 对80例肾脏损伤的患者进行99m锝-二乙三胺五醋酸(99mTc-DTPA)清除率和血清Cystatin C浓度的测定,同时测定血清肌酐(Scr)、24小时肌酐清除率(24h Ccr)和采用Cockcroft-Gault公式计算肌酐清除率(Ccockcroft),以99m锝-二乙三胺五醋酸(99mTc-DTPA)清除率为标准方法,对结果进行相关分析。结果 以上指标与血清Cystatin C均有相关关系,血清Cystatin C与99mTc-DTPA清除率有高度相关性,并且血清Cystatin C在Scr正常时已经升高。结论 Cystatin C浓度检测能够快速、准确和简捷的测定肾小球滤过率,能发现早期肾脏损害和肾功能改变。

  15. 血清Cystatin C及尿GAL、NAG检测在肾脏病中应用

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    李炜煊; 周丽清

    2004-01-01

    目的探讨血清半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂(Cystatin C)和尿β-半乳糖苷酶(GAL)及N-乙酰β-D-氨基葡萄糖苷酶(NAG)活性联合检测在肾病的应用价值.方法采用散射比浊法测定血清Cystatin C、比色法测定GAL及NAG活性,同时进行肌酐(Cr)测定,计算酶活力与Cr比值,以U/gcr表示.结果各组肾脏疾患者的Cystatin C、GAL及NAG活性明显高于正常对照组,不同的肾脏疾患Cystatin C、GAL及NAG活性有不同程度的升高,在肾损害早期、Cystatin C、GAL及NAG的敏感性为96.9%、93.8%、96.9%,特异性为98.4%、96.7%、90.2%,准确性为98.1%、96.1%、91.6%.结论Cystatin C及GAL、NAG测定对肾脏疾病诊疗有重要意义.

  16. 新生儿与母亲血清Cystatin C的相关性研究

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    钟巧; 王晨虹; 周永红; 陈丽华; 吴本清

    2006-01-01

    目的 探讨新生儿与母亲血清Cystatin C的差异和相关性.方法 用微粒子增强免疫比浊法测定30例生后第一天新生儿和母亲血清Cystatin C水平,比较两者的差异并进行相关分析.结果 ⑴新生儿和母亲血清Cystatin C分别为(1.98 ± 0.98)、(0.99 ± 0.13)mg/L,两者比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).⑵母亲和新生儿血清Cystatin C无相关(P>0.05).结论 新生儿生后第一天血清Cystatin C水平高于母亲血清Cystatin C水平;两者无明显相关性.

  17. Cystatin C用于评估2型糖尿病患者早期肾脏损伤

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    张晓宇; 朱雪明

    2005-01-01

    目的探讨血清Cystatin C对2型糖原病患者早期肾脏损伤的诊断价值,并与传统的肌酐指标进行比较.方法对34例2型糖尿病患者按白蛋白排泄率(AER)分成三组.A组:AER200μg/min,为大量白蛋白尿组.同时测定三组的Cystatin C和血清肌酐.结果 A、B、C三组的Cystatin C和肌酐水平分别为0.73 mg/L、79.6μmol/L;1.17 mg/L、86.2μmol/L;1.43 mg/L、105.6μmol/L.B组Cystatin C水平显著高于A组 (P0.05):C组Cystatin C、肌酐水平均显著高于B组(P<0.001).结论血清Cystatin C是诊断2型糖尿病患者早期肾脏损伤的敏感指标,比肌酐更加灵敏.

  18. In silico analysis of sequential, structural and functional diversity of wheat cystatins and its implication in plant defense.

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    Dutt, Shriparna; Singh, V K; Marla, Soma S; Kumar, Anil

    2010-03-01

    Phytocystatins constitute a multigene family that regulates the activity of endogenous and/or exogenous cysteine proteinases. Cereal crops like wheat are continuously threatened by a multitude of pathogens, therefore cystatins offer to play a pivotal role in deciding the plant response. In order to study the need of having diverse specificities and activities of various cystatins, we conducted comparative analysis of six wheat cystatins (WCs) with twelve rice, seven barley, one sorghum and ten corn cystatin sequences employing different bioinformatics tools. The obtained results identified highly conserved signature sequences in all the cystatins considered. Several other motifs were also identified, based on which the sequences could be categorized into groups in congruence with the phylogenetic clustering. Homology modeling of WCs revealed 3D structural topology so well shared by other cystatins. Protein-protein interaction of WCs with papain supported the notion that functional diversity is a con-sequence of existing differences in amino acid residues in highly conserved as well as relatively less conserved motifs. Thus there is a significant conservation at the sequential and structural levels; however, concomitant variations maintain the functional diversity in this protein family, which constantly modulates itself to reciprocate the diversity while counteracting the cysteine proteinases.

  19. Discrimination of differentially inhibited cysteine proteases by activity-based profiling using cystatin variants with tailored specificities.

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    Sainsbury, Frank; Rhéaume, Ann-Julie; Goulet, Marie-Claire; Vorster, Juan; Michaud, Dominique

    2012-12-01

    Recent research has shown the possibility of tailoring the inhibitory specificity of plant cystatins toward cysteine (Cys) proteases by single mutations at positively selected amino acid sites. Here we devised a cystatin activity-based profiling approach to assess the impact of such mutations at the proteome scale using single variants of tomato cystatin SlCYS8 and digestive Cys proteases of the herbivorous insect, Colorado potato beetle, as a model. Biotinylated forms of SlCYS8 and SlCYS8 variants were used to capture susceptible Cys proteases in insect midgut protein extracts by biotin immobilization on avidin-embedded beads. A quantitative LC-MS/MS analysis of the captured proteins was performed to compare the inhibitory profile of different SlCYS8 variants. The approach confirmed the relevance of phylogenetic inferences categorizing the insect digestive Cys proteases into six functionally distinct families. It also revealed significant variation in protease family profiles captured with N-terminal variants of SlCYS8, in line with in silico structural models for Cys protease-SlCYS8 interactions suggesting a functional role for the N-terminal region. Our data confirm overall the usefulness of cystatin activity-based protease profiling for the monitoring of Cys protease-inhibitor interactions in complex biological systems. They also illustrate the potential of biotinylated cystatins to identify recombinant cystatin candidates for the inactivation of specific Cys protease targets.

  20. Recombinant snake venom cystatin inhibits tumor angiogenesis in vitro and in vivo associated with downregulation of VEGF-A165, Flt-1 and bFGF.

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    Xie, Qun; Tang, Nanhong; Wan, Rong; Qi, Yuanlin; Lin, Xu; Lin, Jianyin

    2013-05-01

    Previous studies have shown that recombinant snake venom cystatin (sv-cystatin) inhibits the invasion and metastasis of tumor cells in vitro and in vivo. The purpose of this study was to investigate the ability of recombinant sv-cystatin to inhibit tumor angiogenesis in vitro and in vivo, and the mechanisms underlying this effect. Recombinant sv-cystatin inhibited proliferation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) at 100 and 200 μg/mL after 72, 96 and 120 h. Recombinant sv-cystatin also inhibited tumor-endothelial cell adhesion at 25, 50, 100 and 200 μg/mL. Recombinant sv-cystatin inhibited capillary-like tube formation by HUVECs at 10, 25, 50, 100 and 200 μg/mL following 12, 24 and 36 h incubation. Furthermore, recombinant sv-cystatin significantly suppressed microvessel density (MVD) of lung tumor colonies in C57BL/6 mice inoculated in the lateral tail vein with B16F10 melanoma cells. Administration of recombinant sv-cystatin significantly decreased MVD of primary tumor tissues in nude mice implanted subcutaneously with human hepatocellular carcinoma cells (MHCC97H). Exposure of B16F10 and MHCC97H cells to increasing doses of recombinant sv-cystatin suppressed secretion of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-A165 and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) into the surrounding medium (P cystatin (P cystatin inhibits tumor angiogenesis associated with downregulation of VEGF-A165, Flt-1 and bFGF. This suggests that recombinant sv-cystatin may have potential pharmaceutical applications as an antiangiogenic and antimetastatic therapeutic agent.

  1. Reduced cystatin C-estimated GFR and increased creatinine-estimated GFR in comparison with iohexol-estimated GFR in a hyperthyroid patient: A case report

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    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Estimation of the glomerular filtration rate (GFR is essential for the evaluation of patients with kidney disease, and for treating patients with drugs that are eliminated from the circulation by the kidneys. Cystatin C has been shown to be superior to creatinine for estimating GFR in several studies. However, studies showing that thyroid function has an impact on cystatin C have not addressed the question of whether the changes in cystatin C levels are due to changes in GFR or in cystatin C synthesis. Case presentation We report an account of a hyperthyroid patient with a discrepancy between the GFR estimates from cystatin C and creatinine. The cystatin C concentration (1.36 mg/L was higher and gave an estimated GFR which was lower (51 mL/min/1.73 m2, while the creatinine concentration was lower (36 μmol/L and gave a corresponding creatinine-estimated GFR that was higher (145 mL/min/1.73 m2 than the iohexol-estimated GFR (121 mL/min/1.73 m2 during the hyperthyroid period. After thyroidectomy, the creatinine concentration was 36 μmol/L and creatinine-estimated GFR was calculated as 73 mL/min/1.73 m2, while the cystatin C concentration and cystatin C-calculated GFR was 0.78 mg/L and 114 mL/min/1.73 m2, respectively. Conclusion In contrast to creatinine, cystatin C levels rose in the hyperthyroid state as compared to the euthyroid state. The cystatin C-estimated GFR was reduced compared to the iohexol-estimated GFR. This patient case shows that the hyperthyroid-associated changes in cystatin C levels are not due to changes in GFR. Thyroid function should thus be considered when both cystatin C and creatinine are used as markers of kidney function.

  2. Identification of viral and non-viral reverse transcribing elements in pineapple (Ananas comosus), including members of two new badnavirus species.

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    Gambley, C F; Geering, A D W; Steele, V; Thomas, J E

    2008-01-01

    A previously published partial sequence of pineapple bacilliform virus was shown to be from a retrotransposon (family Metaviridae) and not from a badnavirus as previously thought. Two newly discovered sequence groups isolated from pineapple were associated with bacilliform virions and were transmitted by mealybugs. Phylogenetic analyses indicated that they were members of new badnavirus species. A third caulimovirid sequence was also amplified from pineapple, but available evidence suggests that this DNA is not encapsidated, but more likely derived from an endogenous virus.

  3. Perception of quality in certified organic pineapples by farmers in Kayunga district, Central Uganda: Implications for food security

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    Francis Richard Jumba

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    Full Text Available In East Africa, Uganda is one of the major producers of organic pineapples for export. These pineapples are mainly produced in central Uganda and have to meet stringent quality standards before they can be allowed on international markets. These quality standards may put considerable strain on farmers and may not be wholly representative of their quality interpretation. The aim of this paper is therefore, to determine the Ugandan organic pineapple farmers’ quality perception, the activities they carry out in order to attain that quality and challenges (production, postharvest & marketing faced on the same. Qualitative semi-structured interviews were carried out among 28 organic pineapple farmers in Kayunga district, central Uganda. Findings suggest that quality of organic pineapples is mainly perceived in terms of product attributes particularly appearance followed by food security provision. Certification plays a minor role in what farmers describe as organic quality. High production input costs (labour and coffee husks coupled with a stagnant premium are some of the major challenges faced by farmers in attaining organic quality. The paper argues that currently there are concealed negative food security effects embroiled in these pineapple schemes. It is recommended that the National Organic Agricultural Movement of Uganda (NOGAMU works with all relevant stakeholders to have the farmer premium price raised and an official organic policy enacted.

  4. KEBERADAAN DYSMICOCCUS BREVIPES (COCKERELL (HEMIPTERA: PSEUDOCOCCIDAE SEBAGAI VEKTOR PINEAPPLE MEALYBUG WILT-ASSOCIATED VIRUS (PMWAV PADA TANAMAN NANAS

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    Full Text Available Mealybug can almost be found in all pineapple fields (Ananas comosus (Linnaeus. The insect is known to be a vector of Pineapple Mealybug wilt-associated Virus (PMWaV. The insect samples taken from pineapple in Bunihayu, Jalancagak, Subang, West Java, were identified in laboratory. Mealybug-ant symbionts were also taken. The ability of this ant to carry the mealybugs from colony reared on kabocha (Cucurbita maxima to pineapple was also tested at green house level. Only one spesies of mealybug was found on pineapple, i.e. Dysmicoccus brevipes (Cockerell (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae. The mealybugs were found to colonize root, basal of stem and the leaf. Eight ant species were found to be associated with mealybug. There are four species belongs to Pseudolasius genera, two species Cardiocondyla genera, Paratrechina sp. and Dorylus sp. Paratrechina sp. showed the ability to carry D. brevipes from kabocha population to pineapple. Therefore the ants should also be controlled in the total management of PMWav.

  5. Multifunctional amaranth cystatin inhibits endogenous and digestive insect cysteine endopeptidases: A potential tool to prevent proteolysis and for the control of insect pests.

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    Valdés-Rodríguez, Silvia; Galván-Ramírez, Juan Pablo; Guerrero-Rangel, Armando; Cedro-Tanda, Alberto

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    In a previous study, the amaranth cystatin was characterized. This cystatin is believed to provide protection from abiotic stress because its transcription is induced in response to heat, drought, and salinity. It has also been shown that recombinant amaranth cystatin inhibits bromelain, ficin, and cysteine endopeptidases from fungal sources and also inhibits the growth of phytopathogenic fungi. In the present study, evidence is presented regarding the potential function of amaranth cystatin as a regulator of endogenous proteinases and insect digestive proteinases. During amaranth germination and seedling growth, different proteolytic profiles were observed at different pH levels in gelatin-containing SDS-PAGE. Most of the proteolytic enzymes detected at pH 4.5 were mainly inhibited by trans-epoxysuccinyl-leucyl amido(4-guanidino)butane (E-64) and the purified recombinant amaranth cystatin. Furthermore, the recombinant amaranth cystatin was active against insect proteinases. In particular, the E-64-sensitive proteolytic digestive enzymes from Callosobruchus maculatus, Zabrotes subfasciatus, and Acanthoscelides obtectus were inhibited by the amaranth cystatin. Taken together, these results suggest multiple roles for cystatin in amaranth, specifically during germination and seedling growth and in the protection of A. hypochondriacus against insect predation. Amaranth cystatin represents a promising tool for diverse applications in the control of insect pest and for preventing undesirable proteolytic activity.

  6. Cystatin B and HIV regulate the STAT-1 signaling circuit in HIV-infected and INF-β-treated human macrophages.

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    Rivera, L E; Kraiselburd, E; Meléndez, L M

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    Cystatin B is a cysteine protease inhibitor that induces HIV replication in monocyte-derived macrophages (MDM). This protein interacts with signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT-1) factor and inhibits the interferon (IFN-β) response in Vero cells by preventing STAT-1 translocation to the nucleus. Cystatin B also decreases the levels of tyrosine-phosphorylated STAT-1 (STAT-1PY). However, the mechanisms of cystatin B regulation on STAT-1 phosphorylation in MDM are unknown. We hypothesized that cystatin B inhibits IFN-β antiviral responses and induces HIV replication in macrophage reservoirs through the inhibition of STAT-1 phosphorylation. Macrophages were transfected with cystatin B siRNA prior to interferon-β treatment or infected with HIV-ADA to determine the effect of cystatin B modulation in STAT-1 localization and activation using immunofluorescence and proximity ligation assays. Cystatin B decreased STAT-1PY and its transportation to the nucleus, while HIV infection retained unphosphorylated STAT (USTAT-1) in the nucleus avoiding its exit to the cytoplasm for eventual phosphorylation. In IFN-β-treated MDM, cystatin B inhibited the nuclear translocation of both, USTAT-1 and STAT-1PY. These results demonstrate that cystatin B interferes with the STAT-1 signaling and IFN-β-antiviral responses perpetuating HIV in macrophage reservoirs.

  7. Recombinant adenovirus snake venom cystatin inhibits the growth, invasion, and metastasis of B16F10 cells in vitro and in vivo.

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    Xie, Qun; Tang, Nanhong; Lin, Yangyuan; Wang, Xiaoqian; Lin, Xu; Lin, Jianyin

    2013-12-01

    Previous studies have shown that transfection of the snake venom cystatin (sv-cystatin) gene can inhibit the invasion and metastasis of tumor cells. The aim of this study was to investigate the pharmaceutical applications of sv-cystatin in melanoma gene therapy. We constructed a recombinant adenovirus carrying sv-cystatin (Ad/sv-cystatin) and a control virus (Ad/null). Matrigel assays were used to assess melanoma cell migration and invasiveness in vitro. The antimelanoma effects of Ad/sv-cystatin were assessed in a syngeneic mouse model with an experimental lung colonization assay. Ad/sv-cystatin significantly inhibited the invasion and growth of B16F10 cells in vitro compared with control and Ad/null. Ad/sv-cystatin significantly inhibited experimental lung colonization in C57BL/6 mice as compared with that in control (Pcystatin slowed the increase in lung weight in C57BL/6 mice as compared with that in control mice (Pcystatin suppresses mouse melanoma invasion, metastasis, and growth in vitro and in vivo. Our findings provide support for the further examination of the pharmaceutical applications of Ad/sv-cystatin.

  8. Simple Cystatin C Formula for Estimation of Glomerular Filtration Rate in Overweight Patients with Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 and Chronic Kidney Disease

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    Sebastjan Bevc

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In clinical practice the glomerular filtration rate (GFR is estimated from serum creatinine-based equations like the Cockcroft-Gault formula (C&G and Modification of Diet in Renal Disease formula (MDRD. Recently, serum cystatin C-based equations, the newer creatinine formula (The Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration formula (CKD-EPI, and equation that use both serum creatinine and cystatin C (CKD-EPI creatinine & cystatin formula were proposed as new GFR markers. Present study compares serum creatinine-based equations, combined (including both serum creatinine and cystatin C equation, and serum simple cystatin C formula (100/serum cystatin C against 51CrEDTA clearance in 113 adult overweight Caucasians with diabetes mellitus type 2 (DM2 and chronic kidney disease (CKD. The results of present study demonstrated that the simple cystatin C formula could be a useful tool for the evaluation of renal function in overweight patients with DM2 and impaired kidney function in daily clinical practice in hospital and especially in outpatients. Despite the advantages of the simple cystatin C formula, cystatin C-based equations cannot completely replace the “gold standard” for estimation of the GFR in a population of DM2 patients with CKD, but may contribute to a more accurate selection of patients requiring such invasive and costly procedures.

  9. Comparative Study of Serum NGAL and Cystatin C Detection in the Early Diagnosis of Diabetic Nephropathy%血清NGAL和Cystatin C检测对糖尿病肾病早期诊断的对比研究

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    罗莹

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To compare the effect of serum NGAL and Cystatin C detection in the early diagnosis of diabetic nephropathy.Method:88 patients with type 2 diabetes were selected as the observation group,88 healthy people were selected as the control group,serum NGAL and Cystatin C content were measured rseparately,the two groups were compared and made the relevant analysis.Result:(1)The serum NGAL and Cystatin C of the observation group were significantly better than the control group,the eGFR index was significantly lower than the control group,the differences were statistically significant(P<0.01);(2) lnNGAL negative correlation with eGFR,correlation coefficient was -0.8412,superior Cystatin C(correlation coefficient of -0.7189).Conclusion:Serum NGAL in the early diagnosis of diabetic nephropathy is better than Cystatin C,and it can be used for early diagnosis of clinical.%目的:比较血清NGAL和Cystatin C检测对糖尿病肾病早期诊断效果。方法:选取88例2型糖尿病患者为观察组,88例健康人为对照组,分别测量其血清NGAL和Cystatin C含量,对两组进行比较和相关性分析。结果:(1)观察组患者血清NGAL和Cystatin C均显著高于对照组, eGFR指标显著低于对照组,两组比较差异均有统计学意义(P<0.01);(2)lnNGAL与eGFR成负相关,相关系数为-0.8412,优于Cystatin C(相关系数为-0.7189)。结论:血清NGAL对糖尿病肾病早期诊断效果优于Cystatin C,可用于临床上的早期诊断。

  10. Pineapple waste-silages as basal feed for growing Boer X Kacang cross goats

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    Simon P Ginting

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available The study was aimed: 1 to evaluate the effects of using different additives on the quality of pineapple waste-silage (SLN, and 2 to investigate the responses of goats fed with PAS as a basal feed. Pineapple processing wastes include skins and the pulp left after cannery wastes are pressed to extract the juice. Six additive treatments were used in the processing of pressed pineapple wastes, namely 1 urea (5% DM, 2 Urea (2% DM and cassava meal (3% DM, 3 molasses (5% DM, 4 urea (2.5% DM and molasses (2.5% DM, 5 fermented-juice lactic acid bacteria (5% DM, and 6 without additives. Fermentation periode were set at 9, 12, 15, 18 and 21 days. The best SLN obtained from those treatments was then used in feeding trials. Twenty male Boer x Kacang crosses with an initial body weight averaging 13.2 ± 1.9 kg were used in this experiment. The animals were allocated to one of the following feed treatments, in DM: A Grasses (75% + SLN (25%, B SLN (75% + Concentrates (25%, C SLN (50% +Concentrate (50%, and D SLN (25% + Concentrates (75%. Using molasses as additive material at 5% and 15 days of fermentation period gave the best chemical and physical characteristics of the SLN. Its crude fiber content decreased and it showed the lowest pH (4.7 The silage showed temperature at 280C, and its taste was sour, and no fungi contamination. The DM and OM intakes and DM, OM and N digestibility were not different (P>0.05 between the animals fed 75% Grass/25% CON and 75% SLN/25% CON. When the proportion of concentrates in the rations was increased, the feed intake and digestibility were increase significantly (P<0.05. ADG (71.3 vs 68.8 g and feed efficiency (11.2 vs 13.4 was similar between the 75% Grass/25% CON and 75% SLN 25% CON groups. ADG increased significantly (P<0.05 when the proportion of concentrates in ration was increased to 50% (82.6 g or to 75% (89.1 g. N retention was positive in all treatments, and it was increased significantly (P<0.05 as the proportion of

  11. Clinical Signiifcance of Detection of Cathepsin X and Cystatin C in the Sera of Patients with Lung Cancer%检测肺癌患者血清Cathepsin X及Cystatin C的临床意义

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    张学德; 侯彦丽; 牛泽群; 李维; 孟夏; 张娜; 杨拴盈

    2013-01-01

    背景与目的组织蛋白酶X(Cathepsin X, Cat X)是最近发现的一种组织蛋白酶(Cathepsins, Cats)家族成员。近年来研究表明Cat X与多种恶性肿瘤发生、发展有关。本研究旨在探讨肺癌患者血清Cat X及cystatin C的表达与临床特征及预后的关系。方法采用ELISA法定量检测84例肺癌患者及36例健康对照者血清Cat X及cystatin C表达。结果肺癌患者血清Cat X和cystatin C水平明显高于健康人(P<0.01);Cat X水平与肺癌病理类型之间有相关的趋势(P=0.076)。血清cystatin C水平与肺癌TNM分期正相关(P=0.01),cystatin C/Cat X与淋巴结转移之间有相关趋势(P=0.058)。Cat X表达水平与肺癌患者总生存期(overall survival, OS)相关,高水平Cat X肺癌患者OS更短。Cox单因素回归示Cat X高表达以及TNM分期是影响肺癌预后独立因素,Cox多因素回归显示,仅TNM分期是患者预后的独立危险因素。结论肺癌患者中血清Cat X和cystatin C水平升高,检测肺癌患者Cat X和cystatin C血清水平对于指导临床肺癌诊断、评估预后有重要意义。%Background and objective Cathepsin X (Cat X) has been identiifed as a member of cathepsin family. Studies have shown that Cat X is involved in tumorigenesis and tumor development of various cancers. hTe aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between the clinicopathological prognosis and the levels of Cat X and cystatin C in the serum of patients with lung cancer. Methods Blood samples were collected from 84 patients with lung cancer and 36 healthy control subjects. Cat X and cystatin C were determined by quantitative ELISA. Results Cat X and cystatin C levels were signiifcantly higher in the patients with lung cancer than that in the healthy control subjects (P<0.01). Cat X level was correlated with the pathological types of lung cancer (P=0.076). Cystatin C was positively correlated with TNM stage (P=0.01). Furthermore

  12. Performance of Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration Creatinine-Cystatin C Equation for Estimating Kidney Function in Cirrhosis

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    Mindikoglu, Ayse L.; Dowling, Thomas C.; Weir, Matthew R.; Seliger, Stephen L.; Christenson, Robert H.; Magder, Laurence S.

    2013-01-01

    Conventional creatinine-based glomerular filtration rate (GFR) equations are insufficiently accurate for estimating GFR in cirrhosis. The Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration (CKD-EPI) recently proposed an equation to estimate GFR in subjects without cirrhosis using both serum creatinine and cystatin C levels. Performance of the new CKD-EPI creatinine-cystatin C equation (2012) was superior to previous creatinine- or cystatin C-based GFR equations. To evaluate the performance of the CKD-EPI creatinine-cystatin C equation in subjects with cirrhosis, we compared it to GFR measured by non-radiolabeled iothalamate plasma clearance (mGFR) in 72 subjects with cirrhosis. We compared the “bias”, “precision” and “accuracy” of the new CKD-EPI creatinine-cystatin C equation to that of 24-hour urinary creatinine clearance (CrCl), Cockcroft-Gault (CG) and previously reported creatinine- and/or cystatin C-based GFR-estimating equations. Accuracy of CKD-EPI creatinine-cystatin C equation as quantified by root mean squared error of difference scores [differences between mGFR and estimated GFR (eGFR) or between mGFR and CrCl, or between mGFR and CG equation for each subject] (RMSE=23.56) was significantly better than that of CrCl (37.69, P=0.001), CG (RMSE=36.12, P=0.002) and GFR-estimating equations based on cystatin C only. Its accuracy as quantified by percentage of eGFRs that differed by greater than 30% with respect to mGFR was significantly better compared to CrCl (P=0.024), CG (P=0.0001), 4-variable MDRD (P=0.027) and CKD-EPI creatinine 2009 (P=0.012) equations. However, for 23.61% of the subjects, GFR estimated by CKD-EPI creatinine-cystatin C equation differed from the mGFR by more than 30%. CONCLUSIONS The diagnostic performance of CKD-EPI creatinine-cystatin C equation (2012) in patients with cirrhosis was superior to conventional equations in clinical practice for estimating GFR. However, its diagnostic performance was substantially worse than

  13. C1A cysteine protease-cystatin interactions in leaf senescence.

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    Díaz-Mendoza, Mercedes; Velasco-Arroyo, Blanca; González-Melendi, Pablo; Martínez, Manuel; Díaz, Isabel

    2014-07-01

    Senescence-associated proteolysis in plants is a crucial process to relocalize nutrients from leaves to growing or storage tissues. The massive net degradation of proteins involves broad metabolic networks, different subcellular compartments, and several types of proteases and regulators. C1A cysteine proteases, grouped as cathepsin L-, B-, H-, and F-like according to their gene structures and phylogenetic relationships, are the most abundant enzymes responsible for the proteolytic activity during leaf senescence. Besides, cystatins as specific modulators of C1A peptidase activities exert a complex regulatory role in this physiological process. This overview article covers the most recent information on C1A proteases in leaf senescence in different plant species. Particularly, it is focussed on barley, as the unique species where the whole gene family members of C1A cysteine proteases and cystatins have been analysed.

  14. Levels of Beta-2 Microglobulin and Cystatin C in Beta Thalassemia Major Patients

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    Ayse Kacar

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Aim: Thalassemia is accepted to be the most common genetic disease in the world. This study was performed to establish whether there was a glomerular renal damage, which was usually a less mentioned subject in patients with Beta Thalassemia Major, and to compare urea, creatinine and creatinine clearance with early indicators of kidney damage as Cystatin-C and %u03B2-2 microglobulin as on determining the glomerular damage. Material and Method: This study was prospectively performed in patients, who were regularly followed in the children hematology outpatient clinic with a diagnosis of Beta Thalassemia Major. Results: There was no statistically significant difference between urea and levels of creatinine clearance and Cystatin-C. There was a statistically negative relationship between creatinine and creatinine clearance at an advanced level as 53.7% (p: 0.002, p

  15. Cloning, Characterization and Primary Function Study of a Novel Gene, Cymgl, Related to Family 2 Cystatins

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    Yang XIANG; Dong-Song NIE; Jian WANG; Xiao-Jun TAN; Yun DENG; Shu-Wei LUO; Guang-Xiu LU

    2005-01-01

    Cystatins are cysteine proteinase inhibitors. We found two expression sequence tags (ESTs),CA463109 and AV042522, from a mouse testis library using Digital differential display (DDD). By electrical hybridization, a novel gene, Cymgl (GenBank accession No. AY600990), which has a full length of 0.78 kb,and contains four exons and three introns, was cloned from a mouse testis cDNA library. The gene is located in the 2G3 area of chromosome 2. The full cDNA encompasses the entire open reading frame, encoding 141amino acid residues. The protein has a cysteine protease inhibitor domain that is related to the family 2cystatins but lacks critical consensus sites important for cysteine protease inhibition. These characteristics are seen in the CRES subfamily, which are related to the family 2 cystatins and are expressed specifically in the male reproductive tract. CYMG1 has a 44% (48/108) identity with mouse CRES and 30% (42/140)identity with mouse cystatin C. Northern blot analysis showed that the Cymgl is specifically expressed in adult mouse testes. Cell location studies showed that the GFP-tagged CYMG1 protein was localized in the cytoplasm of HeLa cells. Immunohistochemistry revealed that the CYMG1 protein was expressed in mouse testes spermatogonium, spermatocytes, round spermatids, elongating spermatids and spermatozoa. RT-PCR results also showed that Cymgl was expressed in mouse testes and spermatogonium. The Cymgl expression level varied in different developmental stages: it was low 1 week postpartum, steadily increased 2 to 5 weeks postpartum, and was highest 7 weeks postpartum. The expression level at 5 weeks postpartum was maintained during 13 to 57 weeks postpartum. The Cymgl expression level in the testes over different developmental stages correlates with the mouse spermatogenesis and sexual maturation process. All these indicate that Cymgl might play an important role in mouse spermatogenesis and sexual maturation.

  16. Effects of pH on the association between the inhibitor cystatin and the proteinase chymopapain.

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    Reyes-Espinosa, Francisco; Arroyo-Reyna, Alfonso; Garcia-Gutierrez, Ponciano; Serratos, Iris N; Zubillaga, Rafael A

    2014-01-01

    Cysteine proteinases are involved in many aspects of physiological regulation. In humans, some cathepsins have shown another function in addition to their role as lysosomal proteases in intracellular protein degradation; they have been implicated in the pathogenesis of several heart and blood vessel diseases and in cancer development. In this work, we present a fluorometric and computational study of the binding of one representative plant cysteine proteinase, chymopapain, to one of the most studied inhibitors of these proteinases: chicken cystatin. The binding equilibrium constant, Kb, was determined in the pH range between 3.5 and 10.0, revealing a maximum in the affinity at pH 9.0. We constructed an atomic model for the chymopapain-cystatin dimer by docking the individual 3D protein structures; subsequently, the model was refined using a 100 ns NPT molecular dynamics simulation in explicit water. Upon scrutiny of this model, we identified 14 ionizing residues at the interface of the complex using a cutoff distance of 5.0 Å. Using the pKa values predicted with PROPKA and a modified proton-linkage model, we performed a regression analysis on our data to obtain the composite pKavalues for three isoacidic residues. We also calculated the electrostatic component of the binding energy (ΔGb,elec) at different pH values using an implicit solvent model and APBS software. The pH profile of this calculated energy compares well with the experimentally obtained binding energy, ΔGb. We propose that the residues that form an interchain ionic pair, Lys139A from chymopapain and Glu19B from cystatin, as well as Tyr61A and Tyr67A from chymopapain are the main residues responsible for the observed pH dependence in the chymopapain- cystatin affinity.

  17. The change of cystatine C in Parkinson’s disease patients with obstructive sleep ayndrome

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    徐金敏

    2014-01-01

    Objective To detect the change of serum cystatine C(cys C)level in Parkinson’s disease(PD)patients with obstrudctive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome(OSAHS)and explore its influencing factors.Methods Fifty-six PD patients with polysomnography examination from July2011 to December 2013 in the Department of Neurology,the Second Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University were

  18. [New topics regarding equations for GFR estimation based on serum creatinine and cystatin C].

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    Horio, Masaru

    2014-02-01

    Japanese GFR equations and CKD-EPI equations based on standardized serum creatinine and standardized cystatin C are recommended in recent Japanese CKD guides and KDIGO guidelines for CKD management, respectively. CKD-EPIcreat overestimates GFR in Japanese subjects, probably due to the difference in muscle mass between Japanese and Caucasians. Unlike CKD-EPIcreat, CKD-EPIcys performs well in Japanese subjects, indicating the advantages of using cystatin C as a GFR marker. KDIGO guidelines suggest measuring eGFRcys in adults with eGFRcreat of 45-59 ml/min/1.73 m2 who do not have markers of kidney damage if confirmation of CKD is required. Creatinine is excreted by glomerular filtration, but also secreted by the tubules. Alteration of the tubular secretion of creatinine may influence the performance of GFR equations based on serum creatinine. Multivariate analysis showed that GFR and serum albumin levels were independent parameters affecting the fractional excretion of creatinine (FE-Cr). Alteration of FE-Cr according to the serum albumin levels may be one of the reasons for the bias of GFR equations based on serum creatinine. Low GFR is a risk factor for all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in a general population. However, the relationship between eGFR and the hazard risk of events is different depending on whether cystatin C or creatinine is used to calculate eGFR. The association between eGFRcys and the hazard risk is much stronger compared with eGFRcreat. Cystatin C may be a useful alternative to creatinine for detecting a high risk of complications in a general population and subjects with CKD.

  19. 肾移植患者血清HA和Cystatin C的测定

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    王启哲

    2004-01-01

    本文分别采用放射免疫分析法和散射比浊法测定了31例肾移植患者血清透明质酸(HA)和胱抑素C(Cystatin C)在肾移植前后的浓度变化,探讨二者与肾功能的关系。

  20. Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin and cystatin C in cirrhosis and portal hypertension

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    Hurry, Preete Kapisha; Poulsen, Jørgen Hjelm; Bendtsen, Flemming

    2017-01-01

    and kinetics are sparsely studied in cirrhosis. In patients with cirrhosis and portal hypertension, we studied plasma levels and renal, hepatic, and peripheral extraction of NGAL and cystatin C and relations to patients characteristics, liver dysfunction, and hemodynamics. METHODS: Forty-five cirrhotic...... have the potential of being both valuable in diagnosing renal failure and reflecting the degree of portal hypertension and systemic haemodynamic changes....

  1. Chemical pulping of waste pineapple leaves fiber for kraft paper production

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    Waham Ashaier Laftah

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The main objective of this study is to evaluate the implementation of acetone as a pulping agent for pineapple leaves. Mixtures of water and acetone with concentration of 1%, 3%, 5%, 7%, and 10% were used. The effects of soaking and delignification time on the paper properties were investigated. Thermal and physical properties of paper sheet were studied using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA and tearing resistance test respectively. The morphological properties were observed using microscope at 200× magnification. The paper sheet produced from pulping with 3% acetone concentration shows the highest mechanical properties. Papers strength was improved by increasing the delignification time. The delignification time was reduced by cooking the pineapple leaves at a temperature of 118 °C under applied pressure of 80 kPa which has remarkable effect on paper strength.

  2. Bromelain enzyme from pineapple: in vitro activity study under different micropropagation conditions.

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    Vilanova Neta, Jaci Lima; da Silva Lédo, Ana; Lima, Aloisio André Bonfim; Santana, José Carlos Curvelo; Leite, Nadjma Souza; Ruzene, Denise Santos; Silva, Daniel Pereira; de Souza, Roberto Rodrigues

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    The aim of this work was to evaluate the activity of bromelain in pineapple plants (Ananas comosus var. Comosus), Pérola cultivar, produced in vitro in different culture conditions. This enzyme, besides its pharmacological effects, is also employed in food industries, such as breweries and meat processing. In this work, the enzymatic activity was evaluated in the tissues of leaves and stems of plants grown in culture medium without plant growth regulator. The most significant levels of bromelain were observed in leaf tissue after 4 months of culture in vitro in medium with a filter paper bridge, followed by medium gelled by the agar. The results of this study, regarding the different structures of the pineapple (leaves and stems) in vitro showed that the activity of bromelain varied depending on the culture conditions, the time and structure of which was quantified, ensuring a viable strategy in the production of seedlings with high levels of bromelain in subsequent phases of micropropagation.

  3. Tissue distribution, synthesis stage, and ethylene induction of pineapple (Ananas comosus) chitinases.

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    Taira, Toki; Toma, Noriko; Ichi, Marika; Takeuchi, Makoto; Ishihara, Masanobu

    2005-04-01

    We examined the tissue distribution, synthesis stage, and ethylene induction of three types of pineapple chitinase using chitinase activity gel and immunoblot analysis. Type A (acidic class III) exists in all tissues, while type B (weakly basic class I, which has strong antifungal activity) and type C (acidic class I) are localized mainly in the leaf and stem. In a pericarp, type A exists at all stages during fruit development, while type B and type C exist only at the early stage. Synthesis of type A is induced by ethylene, while that of types B and C is not affected by it. These results suggest that the physiological roles of these three types of chitinase in pineapple are different.

  4. Empirical Modeling on Hot Air Drying of Fresh and Pre-treated Pineapples

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    Tanongkankit Yardfon

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This research was aimed to study drying kinetics and determine empirical model of fresh pineapple and pre-treated pineapple with sucrose solution at different concentrations during drying. 3 mm thick samples were immersed into 30, 40 and 50 Brix of sucrose solution before hot air drying at temperatures of 60, 70 and 80°C. The empirical models to predict the drying kinetics were investigated. The results showed that the moisture content decreased when increasing the drying temperatures and times. Increase in sucrose concentration led to longer drying time. According to the statistical values of the highest coefficients (R2, the lowest least of chi-square (χ2 and root mean square error (RMSE, Logarithmic model was the best models for describing the drying behavior of soaked samples into 30, 40 and 50 Brix of sucrose solution.

  5. Temsirolimus induced structural transition of cancerous renal cystatin to normal form in rats: In vitro mechanistic approach underlying renal cancer prevention.

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    Shamsi, Anas; Ahmed, Azaj; Bano, Bilqees

    2017-03-01

    Globally, renal cell carcinomas (RCCs) represent a major portion of patients suffering from cancer. Temsirolimus is an anti-renal cancer drug that has already been approved in poor-risk metastatic RCC (mRCC) patients. In our present study, we have evaluated the in vitro effect of varying concentrations of temsirolimus on cancerous rat kidney cystatin; renal cancer was induced in rats making use of dimethylnitrosamine (DMN). It has already been reported that cancerous rat kidney cystatin performs its activity in an efficacious manner as compared to normal rat kidney cystatin, so here an attempt was made to see the effect of temsirolimus on this increased activity of cystatin in renal cancers. Anti-papain activity assay was utilized to see this effect and it was found that temsirolimus reduces the increased activity of cancerous rat kidney cystatin similar to that of normal rat kidney cystatin. Further, to have an insight into temsirolimus induced structural alterations in cancerous rat kidney cystatin; various spectroscopic assays viz. UV, Fluorescence, Circular dichroism (CD) and FTIR spectroscopy were employed. UV and Fluorescence spectroscopy shows cancerous rat kidney cystatin transformation to normal form in the presence of temsirolimus. FTIR and CD spectroscopy confirmed the complete structural reversion of cancerous rat kidney cystatin to normal form in the presence of 40μM temsirolimus. Thus, it can said that temsirolimus causes renal cystatin to revert to normal form; the increased activity of renal cystatin observed in incidences of renal cancer is restored back to normal thereby halting the progression of renal cancer.

  6. Characterization of Solanum tuberosum multicystatin and its structural comparison with other cystatins.

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    Nissen, Mark S; Kumar, G N Mohan; Youn, Buhyun; Knowles, D Benjamin; Lam, Ka Sum; Ballinger, W Jordan; Knowles, N Richard; Kang, Chulhee

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    Potato (Solanum tuberosum) multicystatin (PMC) is a crystalline Cys protease inhibitor present in the subphellogen layer of potato tubers. It consists of eight tandem domains of similar size and sequence. Our in vitro results showed that the pH/PO(4)(-)-dependent oligomeric behavior of PMC was due to its multidomain nature and was not a characteristic of the individual domains. Using a single domain of PMC, which still maintains inhibitor activity, we identified a target protein of PMC, a putative Cys protease. In addition, our crystal structure of a representative repeating unit of PMC, PMC-2, showed structural similarity to both type I and type II cystatins. The N-terminal trunk, alpha-helix, and L2 region of PMC-2 were most similar to those of type I cystatins, while the conformation of L1 more closely resembled that of type II cystatins. The structure of PMC-2 was most similar to the intensely sweet protein monellin from Dioscorephyllum cumminisii (serendipity berry), despite a low level of sequence similarity. We present a model for the possible molecular organization of the eight inhibitory domains in crystalline PMC. The unique molecular properties of the oligomeric PMC crystal are discussed in relation to its potential function in regulating the activity of proteases in potato tubers.

  7. Theobroma cacao cystatins impair Moniliophthora perniciosa mycelial growth and are involved in postponing cell death symptoms.

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    Pirovani, Carlos Priminho; da Silva Santiago, André; dos Santos, Lívia Santana; Micheli, Fabienne; Margis, Rogério; da Silva Gesteira, Abelmon; Alvim, Fátima Cerqueira; Pereira, Gonçalo Amarante Guimarães; de Mattos Cascardo, Júlio Cézar

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    Three cystatin open reading frames named TcCys1, TcCys2 and TcCys3 were identified in cDNA libraries from compatible interactions between Theobroma cacao (cacao) and Moniliophthora perniciosa. In addition, an ORF named TcCys4 was identified in the cDNA library of the incompatible interaction. The cDNAs encoded conceptual proteins with 209, 127, 124, and 205 amino acid residues, with a deduced molecular weight of 24.3, 14.1, 14.3 and 22.8 kDa, respectively. His-tagged recombinant proteins were purified from Escherichia coli expression, and showed inhibitory activities against M. perniciosa. The four recombinant cystatins exhibited K(i) values against papain in the range of 152-221 nM. Recombinant TcCYS3 and TcCYS4 immobilized in CNBr-Sepharose were efficient to capture M. perniciosa proteases from culture media. Polyclonal antibodies raised against the recombinant TcCYS4 detected that the endogenous protein was more abundant in young cacao tissues, when compared with mature tissues. A ~85 kDa cacao multicystatin induced by M. perniciosa inoculation, MpNEP (necrosis and ethylene-inducing protein) and M. perniciosa culture supernatant infiltration were detected by anti-TcCYS4 antibodies in cacao young tissues. A direct role of the cacao cystatins in the defense against this phytopathogen was proposed, as well as its involvement in the development of symptoms of programmed cell death.

  8. Effect of prolonged standardized bed rest on cystatin C and other markers of cardiovascular risk

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    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Sedentary lifestyle is associated with coronary artery disease but even shorter periods of physical inactivity may increase cardiovascular risk. Cystatin C is independently associated with cardiovascular disease and our objective was to investigate the relation between this novel biomarker and standardized bed rest. Research of immobilization physiology in humans is challenging because good biological models are in short supply. From the Women International Space simulation for Exploration study (WISE we studied markers of atherosclerosis and kidney function, including cystatin C, in a standardized bed rest study on healthy volunteers. Fifteen healthy female volunteers participated in a 20-day ambulatory control period followed by 60 days of bed rest in head-down tilt position (-6° 24 h a day, finalized by 20 days of recovery. The subjects were randomized into two groups during bed rest: a control group (n = 8 that remained physically inactive and an exercise group (n = 7 that participated in both supine resistance and aerobic exercise training. Results Compared to baseline values there was a statistically significant increase in cystatin C in both groups after bed rest (P Conclusion During and following prolonged standardized bed rest the concentrations of several clinically relevant cardiovascular risk markers change.

  9. Cystatin C单独或联合血清肌酐评估GFR的意义

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    张益民(摘); 李幼姬(校)

    2008-01-01

    肾小球滤过率(GFR)是评价肾功能的重要指标,而GFR不能常规测得,只能利用血清肌酐水平来评估GFR。但是影响肌酐水平的因素很多,特别是肌肉代谢等因素的影响。由于肌酐存在诸多的干扰因素,近年来血清半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂C(Cystatin C)被认为是可能取代肌酐成为评价GFR的指标,许多研究表明Cystatin C水平与GFR的关联程度比肌酐更好。但也有研究认为血清Cystatin C与基于肌酐、年龄、性别和种族的GFR计算公式的结果相当。

  10. Efficient inhibition of cathepsin B by a secreted type 1 cystatin of Fasciola gigantica.

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    Siricoon, Sinee; Grams, Suksiri Vichasri; Grams, Rudi

    2012-12-01

    Cysteine proteases are important antigens in the liver fluke genus Fasciola, essential for infection, protection and nutrition. While their biochemistry, biological roles and application as vaccines have been thoroughly studied there is a lack of data concerning their regulation. In the present study we have continued our investigation of cysteine protease inhibitors in Fasciola gigantica and demonstrate, in comparison with FgStefin-1 and human cystatin C, that a second type 1 cystatin of the parasite, FgStefin-2, has been evolutionary adapted to block cathepsin B. The protein, which unusually for a type 1 cystatin carries a signal peptide, is expressed from the metacercarial to adult stage and located in the epithelial cells of the intestinal tract in all stages and in the prostate gland cells in adults. Both cell types may contribute to the released FgStefin-2 observed in the ES product of the parasite. Distinct isoforms of cathepsin B are essential for host tissue penetration during the early infection process and FgStefin-2 may act as key regulator, required to protect the minute juvenile from autoproteolysis. Expression in the prostate gland in the adult stage suggests an additional regulative role of cysteine protease activity in the reproductive system.

  11. Serum Cystatin C, Markers of Chronic Kidney Disease, and Retinopathy in Persons with Diabetes

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    Chee Wai Wong

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. We examined the association of CKD defined by serum creatinine, serum cystatin C, and albuminuria with moderate diabetic retinopathy (DR. Methods. We examined 1,119 Indian adults with diabetes, aged 40–80 years, who participated in the Singapore Indian Eye Study (2007–2009, a population-based cross-sectional study. The associations of CKD defined by each of the three markers alone and in combination with moderate DR were examined using logistic regression models adjusted for potential confounding factors including duration of diabetes, smoking, body mass index, systolic blood pressure, and HbA1c. Results. The prevalence of moderate DR was significantly higher among those with CKD defined by triple markers (41.1% compared to CKD defined separately by creatinine (26.6%, cystatin C (20.9%, and albuminuria (23.4%. People with CKD defined by triple markers had a fourteenfold higher odds of moderate DR (OR (95% CI = 13.63 (6.08–30.54 compared to those without CKD by any marker. Nearly half (48.7% of participants with cystatin C ≥ 1.12 mg/L have moderate DR. Conclusions. CKD defined by a triple marker panel was strongly associated with moderate DR in this Asian population with diabetes.

  12. Impact of cystatin C and microalbuminuria on cognitive impairment in the population of community-dwelling Japanese.

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    Kono, Shoko; Adachi, Hisashi; Enomoto, Mika; Fukami, Ako; Kumagai, Eita; Nakamura, Sachiko; Nohara, Yume; Morikawa, Nagisa; Nakao, Erika; Sakaue, Akiko; Tsuru, Tomoko; Fukumoto, Yoshihiro

    2017-10-01

    Cognitive impairment is an important element affecting our well-being, and as such, early diagnosis is critical today. We investigated whether serum cystatin C and microalbuminuria are associated with cognitive impairment. A total of 1943 subjects (774 males, 1169 females, mean age 65.8 years) took part in the investigation, and underwent a health examination in Tanushimaru, Japan, in 2009. The participants' cognitive function was evaluated using of mini-mental state examination (MMSE). We measured the levels of serum cystatin C using latex nephelometric immunoassay. Spot urine samples were used to measure microalbuminuria levels. Multivariate linear regression analyses were used to assess the relationship between MMSE scores and the level of cystatin C or microalbuminuria. All statistical analyses were performed using the SAS system. The mean values of log-transformed serum cystatin C levels and log-transformed microalbuminuria were 0.95 (range 0.41-7.11) mg/L and 10.7 (range 1.1-2600) mg/g·Cr, respectively. The means of MMSE score were 27.7 ± 2.5. In the multivariate linear regression analyses adjusted for age and sex, MMSE was significantly associated with systolic blood pressure (p = 0.024, inversely), cystatin C (p = 0.046, inversely) and microalbuminuria (p = 0.019, inversely), whereas estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) had an insignificant association (p = 0.197). In the multiple stepwise linear regression analysis, age, history of stroke, systolic blood pressure, serum cystatin C were independently associated with MMSE levels. We demonstrated for the first time that cognitive function was significantly and inversely associated with cystatin C and microalbuminuria, in the relatively younger general population. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Comparing Cystatin C Changes as a Measure of Renal Function Before and After Radiotherapy in Patients with Stomach Cancer

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    Ahmad Ameri

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to determine and compare Cystatin C changes before and after radiotherapy in patients with stomach cancer who were candidate for radiotherapy. This study was conducted as a prospective cohort one. Eighteen patients with definite diagnosis of stomach cancer under treatment by radiotherapy who presented to Radiotherapy-Oncology Center of Imam Hossein Hospital, Tehran-Iran, and the treatment in all cases was simultaneous chemoradiation with Xeloda were included. In all patients before radiotherapy and after radiotherapy serum creatinine (Cr and Cystatin C were measured simultaneously. Mean cystatin level before treatment (1.2±0.4 was significantly lower than that of post-treatment (1.6±0.36, (P=0.001. Serum Cr level before treatment was 1.15±0.33 and after radiotherapy was 1.08±0.24 and did not show significant difference. Glomerular filtration rate (GFR of the patients before radiotherapy was -46.8 ± 21.0 and after radiotherapy was 43.8±15.8 that did not have significant difference (P=0.146 and also blood urea nitrogen (BUN before radiotherapy was 20.72±3.7 and 20 ± 6.38 after radiotherapy that did not have significant difference (P=0.6. Comparison of the Cystatin C difference with total radiation dose of the kidneys that are put in three dose groups in radiotherapy field had association that in dose of less that 18 gray (Gy the Cystatin C change showed significant and positive association (P=0.027; r=0.52 and about 18-24 Gy the Cystatin C difference showed significant and negative association (P=0.023, r=-0.53. It seems that for evaluating the renal function, serum Cystatin C measurement is preferable than serum Cr. level.

  14. Comprehensive analysis of cystatin family genes suggests their putative functions in sexual reproduction, embryogenesis, and seed formation.

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    Zhao, Peng; Zhou, Xue-mei; Zou, Jie; Wang, Wei; Wang, Lu; Peng, Xiong-bo; Sun, Meng-xiang

    2014-09-01

    Cystatins are tightly bound and reversible inhibitors of cysteine proteases in C1A and C13 peptidase families, which have been identified in several species and shown to function in vegetative development and response to biotic/abiotic stresses in plants. Recent work revealed their critical role in regulating programmed cell death during embryogenesis in tobacco and suggested their more comprehensive roles in the process of sexual plant reproduction, although little is known about cystatin family genes in the processes. Here, 10 cystatin family genes in Nicotiana tabacum were identified using an expressed sequence tag (EST)-based gene clone strategy. Analysis of their biochemical properties showed that nine of them have the potency to inhibit the activities of both commercial cathepsin L-like proteases and extracted cysteine proteases from seeds, but with different K i values depending on the types of proteases and the developmental stages of the seed tested. This suggests that cystatin-dependent cathepsin L-like proteolytic pathways are probably important for early seed development. Comprehensive expression profile analysis revealed that cystatin family genes showed manifold variations in their transcription levels in different plant cell types, including the sperm, egg, and zygote, especially in the embryo and seed at different developmental stages. More interestingly, intracellular localization analysis of each cystatin revealed that most members of cystatin families are recognized as secretory proteins with signal peptides that direct them to the endoplasmic reticulum. These results suggest their widespread roles in cell fate determination and cell-cell communication in the process of sexual reproduction, especially in gamete and embryo development, as well as in seed formation.

  15. Hinge-loop mutation can be used to control 3D domain swapping and amyloidogenesis of human cystatin C.

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    Orlikowska, Marta; Jankowska, Elżbieta; Kołodziejczyk, Robert; Jaskólski, Mariusz; Szymańska, Aneta

    2011-02-01

    Cystatins are natural inhibitors of cysteine proteases, enzymes that are widely distributed in animals, plants, and microorganisms. Human cystatin C (hCC) has been also recognized as an aggregating protein directly involved in the formation of pathological amyloid fibrils, and these amyloidogenic properties greatly increase in a naturally occurring L68Q hCC variant. For a long time only dimeric structure of wild-type hCC has been known. The dimer is created through 3D domain swapping process, in which two parts of the cystatin structure become separated from each other and next exchanged between two molecules. Important role in the domain swapping plays the L1 loop, which connects the exchanging segments and, upon dimerization, transforms from a β-turn into a part of a long β-strand. In the very recently published first monomeric structure of human cystatin C (hCC-stab1), dimerization was abrogated due to clasping of the β-strands from the swapping domains by an engineered disulfide bridge. We have designed and constructed another mutated cystatin C with the smallest possible structural intervention, that is a single-point mutation replacing hydrophobic V57 from the L1 loop by polar asparagine, known as a stabilizer of a β-turn motif. V57N hCC mutant occurred to be stable in its monomeric form and crystallized as a monomer, revealing typical cystatin fold with a five-stranded antiparallel β-sheet wrapped around an α-helix. Here we report a 2.04 Å resolution crystal structure of V57N hCC and discuss the architecture of the protein in comparison to chicken cystatin, hCC-stab1 and dimeric hCC.

  16. Influence of waxing coupled to 1-methylcyclopropene on compositional changes in early harvested ‘gold’ pineapple for export

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    Francisca Ligia de Castro Machado

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available This work evaluated the changes in quality in early-harvested ‘Gold’ pineapple after coating with wax and exposure to 1-Methylcycloprepene before or after coating. The storage conditions and the experimental period simulated those of shipping and marketing, assuming that Ceará,Brazil, is the production site andEuropeis the marketplace. Evaluation was performed after harvest, upon removal of the fruit from cold storage, and every three days during room storage. Evaluations included visual quality of the fruit, shell yellowing, mass loss, flesh color, soluble solids, titratable acidity, pH, soluble solids to acid ratio, ascorbic acid, total soluble sugars, reducing sugar, phenolic content, and yellow flavonoids. Low temperature was the key variable for maintaining fruit quality during storage and simulated shipping. Waxing had a remarkable effect on visual quality, delaying yellowing and reducing shell dehydration. Those effects were not enhanced by the application of 1-MCP. 1-MCP treatment resulted in the maintenance of total phenolic content and retention of yellow flavonoids. Fruit flesh became lighter, while yellow color became more vivid during storage. Sugars and pH varied little during storage, while the decline in TA was more intense in waxed fruit. 1-MCP and waxing may be combined to preserve external and internal quality.

  17. Decay resistance of medium density fibreboard (MDF) made from pineapple leaf fiber

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    Yuliati Indrayani; Dina Setyawati; Tsuyoshi Yoshimura; Kenji Umemura

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    Medium density fiberboard (MDF) production is increasing due to the development of manufacturing technologies. MDF products are utilized for traditional wood applications that require fungal resistance. This study investigated some of the important biodegradation properties of MDF composite board made from renewable biomass from pineapple leaf fiber (Ananas comosus). The variable factors were type of board and type of resin. Two different types of board with a target density of 0.8 g/cm3 were...

  18. Antifungal activity of plant extracts with potential to control plant pathogens in pineapple

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    Maria Diana Cerqueira Sales; Helber Barcellos Costa; Jose Aires Ventura; Debora Dummer Meira

    2016-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the in vitro antifungal activity of extracts, resins, oils and mother tinctures from plants against the filamentous fungi Fusarium guttiforme (F. guttiforme) and Chalara paradoxa, and to evaluate the control of the pineapple fusariosis in situ using mother tinctures. Methods: The screening of the antifungal potential of 131 extract forms from 63 plant species was performed in vitro by using plate-hole method. To control pineapple fusar-iosis in situ, preventive and post-infection treatments were performed on detached pineapple leaves of cv. P´erola (susceptible). Results: The quantitative study indicated that among the 49 mother tincture samples analyzed, 46% were effective against F. guttiforme and 29% for the Chalara paradoxa. The natural plant extracts, mother tincture of Glycyrrhiza glabra (MTGG1), mother tincture of Myroxylon balsamum (MTBT2), mother tincture of Aloe vera (MTAV3), mother tincture of Allium sativum (MTAS4), resin of Protium heptaphyllum (RESAM5) and crude extracts of Rhizophora mangle (CEMV6), exhibited an antifungal activity against F. guttiforme. In the preventive treatment against pineapple fusariosis, MTAV3, MTAS4 and MTGG1 were statistically similar to the treatment with tebuconazol fungicide. The curative treatments with MTAV3, MTAS4, MTGG1 and MTBT2 presented similar activity to fungicide (P Conclusions: The findings of the present study concluded that mother tinctures can effectively control phytopathogens. The mother tincture extract of Myroxylon balsamum showed antifungal activity and was used here for the first time for inhibition of phyto-pathogenic fungi. This study paves the way for the development of bioactive natural products with phytosanitary applications, with the added benefits of an environmentally safe and economically viable product.

  19. Performance of pineapple slips inoculated with diazotrophic phosphate-solubilizing bacteria and rock phosphate

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    Lílian Estrela Borges Baldotto; Marihus Altoé Baldotto; Fábio Lopes Olivares; Adriane Nunes de Souza

    2014-01-01

    Besides fixing N2, some diazotrophic bacteria or diazotrophs, also synthesize organic acids and are able to solubilize rock phosphates, increasing the availability of P for plants. The application of these bacteria to pineapple leaf axils in combination with rock phosphate could increase N and P availability for the crop, due to the bacterial activity of biological nitrogen fixation and phosphate solubilization. The objectives of this study were: (i) to select and characterize diazotrophs abl...

  20. BIOACTIVE COMPOUNDS AND ANTIOXIDANT ACTIVITY OF PINEAPPLE FRUIT OF DIFFERENT CULTIVARS

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    ESTER ALICE FERREIRA

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Pineapple is widely consumed and appreciated not only due to its taste and aroma, and also to its nutritional, functional and antioxidant properties, including its vitamin C and carotenoid contents. Brazil is one of the largest world’ pineapple producer, and Pérola and Smooth Cayenne cultivars are the most commonly grown and marketed, but their susceptibility to fusariosis can compromise cultivation. New cultivars resistant to this pathogen are available to meet the demands of pineapple producers and consumers. The aim of this study was to evaluate the content of bioactive compounds and antioxidant activity of pineapple fruits of Imperial, Victoria, IAC Fantástico and Gomo de Mel cultivars, as well as traditional Pérola and Smooth Cayenne cultivars. Fruits grown in the Triângulo Mineiro region were evaluated by colorimetry, determination of ascorbic acid and phenolic compounds by spectrometry, antioxidant activity by ABTS and carotenoid profile by HPLC. Regarding color, Gomo de Mel cultivar showed lower brightness and higher value of parameter b*, indicating a more intense yellow color in this fruit. This result is consistent with the highest carotenoid concentration in this cultivar. Another cultivar that stood out was Imperial, which, while maintaining high carotenoid levels, also showed high concentrations of vitamin C and phenolic compounds, and higher antioxidant activity. Victoria cultivar showed low levels of bioactive compounds and antioxidant activity, even lower than IAC Fantástico cultivar, which showed levels of bioactive compounds similar to traditional Pérola and Smooth Cayenne cultivars.

  1. Effect of pineapple waste powder on probiotic growth, antioxidant and antimutagenic activities of yogurt.

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    Sah, B N P; Vasiljevic, T; McKechnie, S; Donkor, O N

    2016-03-01

    Although many fruit by-products are good sources of nutrients, little is known about their prebiotic potential. This research was aimed at establishing the prebiotic effect of pineapple wastes on probiotics including Lactobacillus (L.) acidophilus (ATCC® 4356™), L. casei (ATCC® 393™) and L. paracasei spp. paracasei (ATCC® BAA52™) and the subsequent release of antioxidant and antimutagenic peptides in yogurt during their growth. Oven- and freeze- dried peel and pomace were milled separately into powders and tested for prebiotic activities. The net probiotic growth (1.28-2.14 log cfu/g) in customized MRS broth containing the pineapple powders as a direct carbohydrate source was comparable to MRS broth containing glucose. The powders were also separately added to milk during the manufacturing of yogurt with or without probiotics. An increase (by 0.3-1.4 log cycle) in probiotic populations was observed in the yogurts as a consequence of pineapple powder supplementation. Crude water-soluble peptide extracts, prepared by high-speed centrifugation of the yogurts, displayed remarkable antioxidant activities assessed through in vitro assays, namely scavenging activity of 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl radicals (IC50 = 0.37-0.19 mg/ml) and hydroxyl radicals (58.52-73.55 %). The peptide extracts also exhibited antimutagenic activities (18.60-32.72 %) as sodium azide inhibitor in the Salmonella mutagenicity test. Together, these results suggest that pineapple by-products exhibited prebiotic properties and could possibly be commercially applied in new functional food formulations.

  2. Antifungal activity of plant extracts with potential to control plant pathogens in pineapple

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    Maria Diana Cerqueira Sales; Helber Barcellos Costa; Patrícia Machado Bueno Fernandes; José Aires Ventura; Debora Dummer Meira

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To evaluate the in vitro antifungal activity of extracts,resins,oils and mother tinctures from plants against the filamentous fungi Fusarium guttiforme(F.guttiforme)and Chalara paradoxa,and to evaluate the control of the pineapple fusariosis in situ using mother tinctures.Methods:The screening of the antifungal potential of 131 extract forms from 63 plant species was performed in vitro by using plate-hole method.To control pineapple fusariosis in situ,preventive and post-infection treatments were performed on detached pineapple leaves of cv.Perola(susceptible).Results:The quantitative study indicated that among the 49 mother tincture samples analyzed,46% were effective against F.guttiforme and 29% for the Chalara paradoxa.The natural plant extracts,mother tincture of Glycyrrhiza glabra(MTGG1),mother tincture of Myroxylon balsamum(MTBT2),mother tincture of Aloe vera(MTAV3),mother tincture of Allium sativum(MTAS4),resin of Protium heptaphyllum(RESAM5) and crude extracts of Rhizophora mangle(CEMV6),exhibited an antifungal activity against F.guttiforme.In the preventive treatment against pineapple fusariosis,MTAV3,MTAS4 and MTGG1 were statistically similar to the treatment with tebuconazol fungicide.The curative treatments with MTAV3,MTAS4,MTGG1 and MTBT2 presented similar activity to fungicide(P < 0.05).Conclusions:The findings of the present study concluded that mother tinctures can effectively control phytopathogens.The mother tincture extract of Myroxylon balsamum showed antifungal activity and was used here for the first time for inhibition of phytopathogenic fungi.This study paves the way for the development of bioactive natural products with phytosanitary applications,with the added benefits of an environmentally safe and economically viable product.

  3. Surmounting self-incompatibility in pineapple (Ananas comosus L. ) with pollen irradiation

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    Subramanian, N.; Iyer, C.P.A.; Singh, R. (Indian Inst. of Horticultural Research, Bangalore)

    Irradiation was investigated as a tool to overcome self-incompatibility in pineapple. Pollen grains were irradiated with 15, 20, 25 kr gamma radiation from cobalt-60 and were used for pollination on the stigma of the same inflorescence. Observations on seed-set were made when the fruits were ripe. It was observed that 20 kr gamma radiation was effective in overcoming self-incompatibility.

  4. Genome Sequence of Lactobacillus paracasei Strain LC-Ikematsu, Isolated from a Pineapple in Okinawa, Japan

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    Saitoh, Seikoh; Aoyama, Hiroaki; Shinzato, Naoya; Yamamoto, Norikuni; Arita, Masanori; Ikematsu, Shinya

    2017-01-01

    ABSTRACT The draft genome sequence of Lactobacillus paracasei strain LC-Ikematsu, isolated from a pineapple in Okinawa, was determined. The total length of the 87 contigs was 3.08 Mb with a G+C content of 46.2% and 2,946 coding sequences. The genome analysis revealed its biosynthetic ability of 11 amino acids. PMID:28153910

  5. Diazotrophic bacteria and nitrogen fertilization on the growth of micropropagated pineapple plantlets during acclimatization

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    ABSTRACT: This study examines the effect of inoculation with diazotrophic bacteria and nitrogen fertilization on the growth of micropropagated pineapple cv. 'Vitória' plantlets during the acclimatization period. The experiment was carried out in a greenhouse in Campos dos Goytacazes, in randomized blocks, using a 2x5x5 factorial scheme, with the factors being two types of inocula (absence or presence of a mixture of diazotrophic bacteria that contained Burkholderia sp. UENF 114111, Burkholder...

  6. Respiratory properties and malate metabolism in Percoll-purified mitochondria isolated from pineapple, Ananas comosus (L.) Merr. cv. smooth cayenne.

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    Hong, Hoang Thi Kim; Nose, Akihiro; Agarie, Sakae

    2004-10-01

    An investigation was made of the respiratory properties and the role of the mitochondria isolated from one phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PCK)-CAM plant Ananas comosus (pineapple) in malate metabolism during CAM phase III. Pineapple mitochondria showed very high malate dehydrogenase (MDH), and low malic enzyme (ME) and glutamate-oxaloacetate transaminase (GOT) activities. The mitochondria readily oxidized succinate and NADH with high rates and coupling, while they only oxidized NADPH in the presence of Ca(2+). Pineapple mitochondria oxidized malate with low rates under most assay conditions, despite increasing malate concentrations, optimizing pH, providing cofactors such as coenzyme A, thiamine pyrophosphate, and NAD(+), and supplying individually external glutamate or GOT. However, providing glutamate and GOT simultaneously strongly increased the rates of malate oxidation. The OAA easily permeated the mitochondrial membranes to import into or export out of pineapple mitochondria during malate oxidation, but the mitochondria did not consume external Asp or alpha-KG. These results suggest that OAA played a significant role in the mitochondrial malate metabolism of pineapple, in which malate was mainly oxidized by active mMDH to produce OAA which could be exported outside the mitochondria via a malate-OAA shuttle. Cytosolic GOT then consumed OAA by transamination in the presence of glutamate, leading to a large increase in respiration rates. The malate-OAA shuttle might operate as a supporting system for decarboxylation in phase III of PCK-CAM pineapple. This shuttle system may be important in pineapple to provide a source of energy and substrate OAA for cytosolic PCK activity during the day when cytosolic OAA and ATP was limited for the overall decarboxylation process.

  7. THE ANALYSIS OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT IN PINEAPPLE COMMODITIES IN NGANCAR DISTRICT, KEDIRI REGENCY, EAST JAVA PROVINCE

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    Risdiana Himmati

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available The present research has the purpose to analyze factors affecting the production of pineapple in Ngancar District, Kediri Regency, East Java Province. The research took place in Ngancar District, Kediri Regency, East Java Province, employing secondary data derived from Central Bureau of Statistics (Kediri Regency and Agricultural Extension Agency (Ngancar District and primary data consisted of farming production data, land area, amount of seeds, and amount of fertilizer usage, pesticide and workforce. The analysis technique used in this research was Cobb-Douglas production function. The completion upon Cobb-Douglas production functions used Ordinary Least Square (OLS method with Eviews 9 program tool. The sampling technique employed in this research was simple random sampling method. The results demonstrate that the pineapple total production in Ngancar District is affected by land area, amount of seeds, molasses, and urea. The research concludes that pineapple production in Ngancar District is affected by all the factors of production, except the usage of pesticide and workforce.

  8. Concentration of pineapple juice by reverse osmosis: physicochemical characteristics and consumer acceptance

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    Daniel Simões Couto

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Reverse osmosis has been used for the concentration of fruit juices with promising considering the quality of the obtained products. The objective of this study was to concentrate single strength pineapple juice by reverse osmosis. The concentration was carried out with polyamide composite membranes in a 0.65 m² plate and frame module at 60 bar transmembrane pressure at 20 °C. The permeate flux was 17 L.hm-2. The total soluble solid content of the juice increased from 11 to 31 °Brix corresponding to a Volumetric Concentration Factor (VCF of 2.9. The concentration of soluble solids, total solids, and total acidity increased proportionally to FCV. The concentrated juice and three commercial concentrated pineapple juices were evaluated regarding preference and purchase intention by 79 pineapple juice consumers. The concentrated juice by reverse osmosis was the preferred among consumers. It can be concluded that this process may be considered an alternative to the pre-concentration of fruit juices.

  9. Pineapple leaf fiber as reinforce in composite materials, an alternative for automotive industry

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    Campos, Rejane Daniela de; Seo, Emilia Satoshi Miyamaru, E-mail: rejanedaniela@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

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    The composites appear as an extremely favorable alternative for different industries, due to the fact that it combines the best mechanical properties with the best physic-chemical properties of two or more materials. Nowadays, in the evaluation of materials, besides criteria such as economic viability and performance, the environmental criterion was included in this evaluation. Part of the environmental criteria is the use of biodegradable materials and/or recycled materials. In this sense, researches focused on vegetal fibers, as reinforcement in composites are growing considerably and positive results for its performance were achieved. Moreover, the environmental-friendly approach not only is the unique advantage on usage of vegetal fibers, but also it has an economical advantage, because of the low cost and good performance due to low density. The fiber extracted from the pineapple leaf (PALF) is a new alternative for automotive industry as cellulose-based fiber composite. In this sense, the present paper aims to present the characterization of the pineapple leaf fiber for manufacturing the automotive composite materials. Milled pineapple fibers extracted, in two different ways and submitted to mercerisation treatments, were characterized by mechanical and thermal properties; density; morphology; FTIR spectroscopy, EDX and X-ray diffraction. It is important to characterize the fibers, in order to obtain appropriate mechanical properties of composite. (author)

  10. Sustainable biobutanol production from pineapple waste by using Clostridium acetobutylicum B 527: Drying kinetics study.

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    Khedkar, Manisha A; Nimbalkar, Pranhita R; Gaikwad, Shashank G; Chavan, Prakash V; Bankar, Sandip B

    2017-02-01

    Present investigation explores the use of pineapple peel, a food industry waste, for acetone-butanol-ethanol (ABE) production using Clostridium acetobutylicum B 527. Proximate analysis of pineapple peel shows that it contains 35% cellulose, 19% hemicellulose, and 16% lignin on dry basis. Drying experiments on pineapple peel waste were carried out in the temperature range of 60-120°C and experimental drying data was modeled using moisture diffusion control model to study its effect on ABE production. The production of ABE was further accomplished via acid hydrolysis, detoxification, and fermentation process. Maximum total sugar release obtained by using acid hydrolysis was 97g/L with 95-97% and 10-50% removal of phenolics and acetic acid, respectively during detoxification process. The maximum ABE titer obtained was 5.23g/L with 55.6% substrate consumption when samples dried at 120°C were used as a substrate (after detoxification). Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Potassium fertilization for pineapple: effects on soil chemical properties and plant nutrition

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    Luiz Antonio Junqueira Teixeira

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available A field experiment was carried out on an Ultisol located at the city of Agudos (22º30'S; 49º03'W, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, in order to determine the effects of rates and sources of potassium fertilizer on nutritional status of 'Smooth Cayenne' pineapple and on some soil chemical properties. The experiment was a complete factorial design with four rates (0, 175, 350, and 700 kg ha-1 of K2O and three combinations of K sources (100% KCl, 100% K2SO4 and 40% K2SO4 + 60% KCl. Soil samples were taken from the depths 0-20 cm, 20-40 cm and 40-60 cm at planting and 14 months after. Nutritional status of pineapple plants was assessed by means of tissue analysis. Soil K availability increased with application of K fertilizer, regardless of K sources. Soil chlorine and Cl concentration in pineapple leaves increased with application of KCl or K2SO4+KCl. Plant uptake of potassium was shaped by soil K availability and by the application rates of K fertilizer, independently of K sources.

  12. Water dephts and macronutrients accumulation in 'pérola' pineapple irrigated by drip

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    Uirá do Amaral

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Brazil is one of the largest pineapple producers worldwide, and those fruits are for the juice industry and the in natura market. Its cultivation requires high technology investment by using irrigation and balanced fertilization. However, little is known about the influence of drip irrigation on nutrient uptake by pineapple plants. This study aimed to evaluate the influence of different irrigation depths on nutrients accumulation by 'Pérola' pineapples grown in northern region of Minas Gerais State, Brazil. The experimental design was in randomized blocks with five treatments referring to: 30% of Class A Evaporation Pan (ECA; 50% of ECA; 70% of ECA; 100% of ECA; and 150% of ECA. To determine the levels of macronutrients and dry matter, the plants were separated in root, stem, leaves, 'D' leaf, crown, fruit and whole plant. The sequence of macronutrients accumulated in the whole plant was K>N>Ca>P>Mg. The fruits exported from the cultivated area the following amounts of macronutrients: 17.52 kg ha-1 of K (12.8%; 16.91 kg ha-1 of N (20.7%; 10.77 kg ha-1 of Ca (15.9%, 1.29 kg ha-1 of P (12.4% and 1.04 kg ha-1 of Mg (20.5%. The irrigation depths that provided the maximum N, P, K and Ca accumulation in the whole plant are 53.6, 61.6, 54.5 and 60.2% of ECA, respectively.

  13. Characteristics of the carcass of goats of different genotypes fed pineapple (Ananas comosus L. stubble hay

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    Rosângela Maria Brito Lima

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    Full Text Available The effect of the substitution of Tifton hay (0, 33, 66, 100 g/100 g for pineapple (Ananas comosus L. stubble hay was evaluated in the characteristics of the carcasses of goats of an unknown breed (UB in feedlot. Thirty-two bucks with an average initial live weight of 17.5±1.3 kg, at approximately 150 days of age, were housed in individual stalls provided with feeding and drinking troughs. The animals were distributed in a completely randomized design with four treatments and eight replications. There was a quadratic effect on the weights of hot carcass and cold carcass, empty body, and loin eye area. A linear increase was observed for losses by carcass cooling. The weights of commercial cuts and the weights of total muscle, total bone, intramuscular fat, and total fat decreased linearly. All morphometric measurements were influenced by the inclusion of pineapple stubble hay in the .diets. Substitution of Tifton hay for pineapple stubble hay at the level of 33 g/100 g improves the carcasses of UB goats qualitatively and quantitatively

  14. Performance of pineapple slips inoculated with diazotrophic phosphate-solubilizing bacteria and rock phosphate

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    Lílian Estrela Borges Baldotto

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Besides fixing N2, some diazotrophic bacteria or diazotrophs, also synthesize organic acids and are able to solubilize rock phosphates, increasing the availability of P for plants. The application of these bacteria to pineapple leaf axils in combination with rock phosphate could increase N and P availability for the crop, due to the bacterial activity of biological nitrogen fixation and phosphate solubilization. The objectives of this study were: (i to select and characterize diazotrophs able to solubilize phosphates in vitro and (ii evaluate the initial performance of the pineapple cultivars Imperial and Pérola in response to inoculation with selected bacteria in combination with rock phosphate. The experiments were conducted at Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense Darcy Ribeiro, in 2009. In the treatments with bacteria the leaf contents of N, P and K were higher than those of the controls, followed by an increase in plant growth. These results indicate that the combined application of diazotrophic phosphate-solubilizing bacteria Burkholderia together with Araxá rock phosphate can be used to improve the initial performance of pineapple slips.

  15. Production, characterization and acceptability of pineapple liqueurs prepared with different alcoholic bases

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    Érica Resende Oliveira

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Evaluation of physico-chemical parameters and the acceptability of liquors pineapple (Ananas comosus L. Merri, produced with different alcoholic bases: rum, flavored with pineapple peel and rum doubly distilled grain alcohol, were performed in this study. We conducted analyzes of alcoholic strength, density, pH, soluble solids, total fixed and volatile acidity, dry, and sensory analysis through the affective test of acceptability with 100 judges using 9-point hedonic scale to evaluate the attributes color, flavor , odor and overall impression, and purchase intent test. The average alcohol content found for all treatments was 25% v / v, a value that lies within the limits of the Brazilian law. The values of dry matter, fixed acidity, density and L * is not distinguished between treatments. The color parameters L *, a *, b *, chroma and H °, and the results of the analysis of the total acidity, soluble solid showed up only statistically different for liquor-based grain alcohol. The average pH differed for rum-based liqueur. All liquors showed good acceptability, averaging above 6 and 49% of the panelists claimed that the product would probably buy pineapple liqueur made with different alcoholic bases. The liquor made of only rum was the most accepted as the global average of items analyzed.

  16. Evaluation of the antioxidant activity of non-transformed and transformed pineapple: a comparative study.

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    Mhatre, Minal; Tilak-Jain, Jai; De, Strayo; Devasagayam, T P A

    2009-11-01

    Pineapple has several beneficial properties including antioxidant activity. We investigated the antioxidant effect of different extracts of non-transformed (S) and transformed pineapple (with the magainin gene construct, [TS], for disease resistance). They were examined using 1,1-diphenyl-2-picryl hydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging, oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) and lipid peroxidation assays besides phenolic and flavonoid contents. HPLC analysis was carried out to identify the possible components responsible for the differences observed. The present study indicates that the ORAC values of extracts range from 9.5 to 26.4, similar to or higher than those for some fruits and vegetables. The HPLC analysis shows that the main compounds present are ascorbic acid, quercetin, flavone-3-ols, flavones, cinnamic acids. The TS core Et. extract exhibited slightly higher concentration of ascorbic acid and considerably higher concentration of flavon-3-ols. Our study, in general, indicates that the transformation event has caused only marginal difference in antioxidant activity. Moreover the TS samples showed more antioxidant activity in some aspects and also exhibit more flavonoid content. It appears that plant cell transformation has only caused minor and favourable changes in the overall chemical composition. Thus the TS pineapple variety may have potential applications in human health like its non-transformed counterpart.

  17. 脑脊液Cystatin C在脑膜脑炎诊断中的价值探讨%Value of CSF Cystatin C in the Diagnosis of Meningocephalitis

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    舒仁明; 王家驷

    2010-01-01

    目的:探讨脑脊液胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂C(Cystatin C)在脑膜脑炎诊断中的临床价值.方法:检测51例脑膜炎、30例脑膜脑炎、42例脑炎患者及21例正常对照组脑脊液Cystatin C、总蛋白(TP)、葡萄糖(Glu)及氯化物(C1)水平,以评价脑脊液中Cystatin C在脑膜脑炎诊断中的价值.结果:脑膜脑炎组Cystatin c(3.68±1.19 mg/L)较正常对照组(5.40±1.15mg/L)及脑膜炎组(5.08±1.42 mg/L)显著降低(p0.05).结论:脑脊液中Cystatin C联合Glu、C1及TP对脑膜脑炎的诊断有一定价值.

  18. 尿液Cystatin C及β2-MG检测评价肾小管功能%Level of renal ture function by determining Cystatin C and β2-MG in urine

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    裘红梅; 宋光; 于增国

    2006-01-01

    目的:对健康者及肾功能异常患者的尿液进行半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂(Cystatin C)及β2-微球蛋白(β2-MG)分析,从而评价患者的肾小管功能.方法:采用Cystatin C检测仪及尿肾谱分析仪检测50例正常人及73例肾脏疾病患者尿液中的Cystatin C及β2-MG的含量,同时对检测结果进行分析.结果:肾小管损伤的患者尿液中的Cystatin C及β2-MG的含量明显高于正常对照组(P<0.01).结论:检测尿液中的Cystatin C及β2-MG的含量对评价肾小管功能具有重要的临床意义,是临床上诊断肾小管损伤的科学依据.

  19. 机械通气新生儿早期肾损害血清Cystatin C的变化%Changes of serum Cystatin C in newborns with mechanical ventilation for early impairment of renal function

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    刘湲湲

    2010-01-01

    目的:探讨血清Cystatin C是否可作为诊断机械通气新生儿早期肾功能损害的有效指标.方法:随机选取38例机械通气患儿作为试验组,36例正常新生儿对照.测定Cystatin C、β2-MG、BUN和Scr.结果:①试验组上机前血清Cystatin C、β2-MG明显高于对照组;撤机后降低;②试验组上机前BUN、Scr异常的发生率为16%(6/38);BUN、Scr未发生改变时,Cystatin C判断肾损发生率为81%(26/32),β2-MG为69%(22/32).结论:①Cystatin C可作为诊断机械通气新生儿早期肾损指标;②Cystain C较β2-MG更敏感.

  20. Use of cystatin C-based estimations of glomerular filtration rate in patients with type 2 diabetes.

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    Chudleigh, R A; Ollerton, R L; Dunseath, G; Peter, R; Harvey, J N; Luzio, S; Owens, D R

    2009-07-01

    The Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD) equation has recognised limitations when using estimated GFR in persons at risk of chronic kidney disease. Equations based on cystatin C provide an alternative method. We compared performance of the MDRD equation with a selection of cystatin C-based formulae for estimation of GFR in normoalbuminuric patients with type 2 diabetes. Estimated GFR was calculated using the MDRD equation and the cystatin C formulae proposed by several investigator teams. Isotopic GFR was measured using plasma clearance of (51)Cr-EDTA. We studied 106 participants, of whom 83 (78%) were men with the following characteristics, mean (SD): age 61 (9) years, HbA(1c) 7.10 (1.27)%, creatinine 89.0 (12.7) micromol/l, cystatin C 0.859 (0.234) mg/l and isotopic GFR 104.5 (20.1) ml min(-1) 1.73 m(-2). MDRD estimated GFR was 77.4 (13.6) ml min(-1) 1.73 m(-2) (p < 0.05 for difference from isotopic GFR). Cystatin C-based calculations of estimated GFR were: Perkins 124.5 (31.8), Rule 90.0 (30.0), Stevens (age) 96.0 (30.4) and Stevens (creatinine) 85.6 (19.0) ml min(-1) 1.73 m(-2) (p < 0.05 for difference with isotopic GFR). For Arnal's, MacIsaac's and Tan's formulae cystatin-C estimated GFR were 101.7 (34.8), 102.1 (27.0) and 101.6 (27.8) ml min(-1) 1.73 m(-2), respectively (p = NS for difference with isotopic GFR). Cystatin C-based formulae were less biased and, with the exception of Perkins' formula, more accurate to within 10% of isotopic GFR than MDRD. Performance of cystatin C equations was superior to MDRD in normoalbuminuric patients with type 2 diabetes. These results support further evaluation of cystatin C for estimation of GFR in persons at risk of chronic kidney disease.

  1. Cystatin C检测在基层医院肾病诊疗中的意义

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    许南山

    2009-01-01

    血清半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂C(Cystatin C)是一种低分子量非糖化蛋白质,有122个氨基酸,分子量为13 KD,呈碱性.所有的有核细胞都能产生Cystatin C,且不随炎症况而改变.它是半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂这一蛋白质超大家族的成员之一,是一种半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂,生成量比肌酐稳定.2000年Herget-Rosenthal等研究发现,患有不同肾病的成年患者,Cystatin C敏感性优于SCr[1].我们通过市购的Cystatin C试剂盒,检测在基层医院门诊或住院的53例肾病患者血清的Cystatin C含量,探讨其在肾病诊疗中的临床应用价值.

  2. Developing a rapid throughput screen for detection of nematicidal activity of plant cysteine proteinases: the role of Caenorhabditis elegans cystatins.

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    Phiri, A M; De Pomerai, D; Buttle, D J; Behnke, J M B

    2014-02-01

    Plant cysteine proteinases (CPs) from papaya (Carica papaya) are capable of killing parasitic nematode worms in vitro and have been shown to possess anthelmintic effects in vivo. The acute damage reported in gastrointestinal parasites has not been found in free-living nematodes such as Caenorhabditis elegans nor among the free-living stages of parasitic nematodes. This apparent difference in susceptibility might be the result of active production of cysteine proteinase inhibitors (such as cystatins) by the free-living stages or species. To test this possibility, a supernatant extract of refined papaya latex (PLS) with known active enzyme content was used. The effect on wild-type (Bristol N2) and cystatin null mutant (cpi-1(-/-) and cpi-2(-/-)) C. elegans was concentration-, temperature- and time-dependent. Cysteine proteinases digested the worm cuticle leading to release of internal structures and consequent death. Both cystatin null mutant strains were highly susceptible to PLS attack irrespective of the temperature and concentration of exposure, whereas wild-type N2 worms were generally resistant but far more susceptible to attack at low temperatures. PLS was able to induce elevated cpi-1 and cpi-2 cystatin expression. We conclude that wild-type C. elegans deploy cystatins CPI-1 and CPI-2 to resist CP attack. The results suggest that the cpi-1 or cpi-2 null mutants (or a double mutant combination of the two) could provide a cheap and effective rapid throughput C. elegans-based assay for screening plant CP extracts for anthelmintic activity.

  3. Influence of modified atmosphere packaging on volatile compounds and physicochemical and antioxidant attributes of fresh-cut pineapple (Ananas comosus).

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    Montero-Calderón, Marta; Rojas-Graü, María Alejandra; Aguiló-Aguayo, Ingrid; Soliva-Fortuny, Robert; Martín-Belloso, Olga

    2010-04-28

    The effects of modified atmosphere packaging on volatile compound content and physicochemical and antioxidant attributes of Gold cultivar fresh-cut pineapples were assessed throughout storage at 5 degrees C. Fresh-cut pineapple pieces were packed under LO (low oxygen, 12% O(2), 1% CO(2)), AIR (20.9% O(2)) and HO (high oxygen, 38% O(2)) headspace atmospheres. Methyl butanoate, methyl 2-methylbutanoate, and methyl hexanoate were the most abundant volatiles regardless of the packaging atmosphere and days of storage; whereas most odor active volatiles were methyl and ethyl 2-methylbutanoate, 2,5-dimethyl-4-methoxy-3(2H)-furanone and ethyl hexanoate. Physicochemical attributes of pineapple did not significantly vary, whereas vitamin C content and total antioxidant capacity were lower for fresh-cut pineapple in HO (488 +/- 38 mg/100 mg(fw) and 54.4 +/- 5.7%, respectively) than for LO and AIR packages. Storage life of fresh-cut pineapple was limited to 14 days by volatile compounds losses and fermentation processes.

  4. Value of Serum Cystatin C Measurement in the Diagnosis of Sepsis-Induced Kidney Injury and Prediction of Renal Function Recovery.

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    Leem, Ah Young; Park, Moo Suk; Park, Byung Hoon; Jung, Won Jai; Chung, Kyung Soo; Kim, Song Yee; Kim, Eun Young; Jung, Ji Ye; Kang, Young Ae; Kim, Young Sam; Kim, Se Kyu; Chang, Joon; Song, Joo Han

    2017-05-01

    Acute kidney injury (AKI) is common in critically ill patients. Serum cystatin C has emerged as a reliable marker of AKI. We sought to assess the value of serum cystatin C for early detection and prediction of renal function recovery in patients with sepsis. Sepsis patients (113 AKI patients and 49 non-AKI patients) admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) were included. Serum creatinine and cystatin C levels and glomerular filtration rate were measured on days 0, 1, 3, and 7. Serum cystatin C levels were significantly higher in AKI patients than in non-AKI patients at all time points. Multivariate analysis showed that only serum cystatin C levels on day 0 were associated with AKI development [odds ratio (OR)=19.30; 95% confidence interval (CI)= 2.58-144.50, psepsis.

  5. Effect of Cystatin C on evaluation of glomerular filtration function in chronic kidney disease patients%Cystatin C在评价慢性肾病患者肾小球滤过功能中的作用

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    周剑波; 张廷; 胡宏

    2008-01-01

    目的:比较血清半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂C(Cystatin C)、肌酐(Scr)、肌酐清除率(Ccr)在慢性肾病(CKD)患者各期与估算的肾小球滤过率(eGFR)的符合率.方法:血清Cystatin C采用免疫透射比浊法测定,Scr和尿肌酐采用酶法测定,基于Scr估算的eGFR采用MDRD方程进行计算,CKD患者根据1999年美国肾病基金会(NKF)公布的K/DOQI指南按eGFR分为5期.结果:168例CKD患者各期Cystatin C,Scr随eGFR的降低而逐渐升高,Ccr随eGFR的降低而逐渐降低,三者在各期间水平的差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05).当eGFR≤29 ml/min时,Cystatin C,Scr,Ccr的异常率均为100%,Cystatin C,Scr平均水平是正常参考上限的3~5倍和4~6倍,Ccr下降4~7倍,三者呈平行性改变;在eGFR 30~59 ml/min组,Cystatin C,Scr,Ccr的平均水平分别为2.06 mg/L,131.2 μmol/L和45.6 ml/min,异常率分别为97%,80%和89%,三者之间异常率的差异无统计学意义(P>0.05);在eGFR 60~89 ml/min组,CystatinC,Ccr 异常率为87%和69%,Scr异常率为6.5%,三者之间异常率的差异具有统计学意义(P<0.05);在eGFR≥90 ml/min组,Cystatin C,Ccr 异常率为60%和42%,Scr异常率为0.结论:eGFR<60 ml/min时,其与Cystatin C,Scr,Ccr的总符合率高,基本可以诊断肾小球滤过功能中度下降;60 ml/min≤eGFR≤89 ml/min时,Cystatin C,Ccr可以检出2/3患者肾小球滤过率的异常,Cystatin C比Ccr更敏感,而Scr不能反应肾小球滤过功能的下降;当eGFR≥90 ml/min时,MDRD方程高估了实际GFR,对于老年CKD患者,MDRD方程不适用,需检测Cystatin C和Ccr以及时发现GFR的下降.

  6. Limited Proteolysis Reveals That Amyloids from the 3D Domain-Swapping Cystatin B Have a Non-Native β-Sheet Topology.

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    Davis, Peter J; Holmes, David; Waltho, Jonathan P; Staniforth, Rosemary A

    2015-07-31

    3D domain-swapping proteins form multimers by unfolding and then sharing of secondary structure elements, often with native-like interactions. Runaway domain swapping is proposed as a mechanism for folded proteins to form amyloid fibres, with examples including serpins and cystatins. Cystatin C amyloids cause a hereditary form of cerebral amyloid angiopathy whilst cystatin B aggregates are found in cases of Unverricht-Lundborg Syndrome, a progressive form of myoclonic epilepsy. Under conditions that favour fibrillisation, cystatins populate stable 3D domain-swapped dimers both in vitro and in vivo that represent intermediates on route to the formation of fibrils. Previous work on cystatin B amyloid fibrils revealed that the α-helical region of the protein becomes disordered and identified the conservation of a continuous 20-residue elongated β-strand (residues 39-58), the latter being a salient feature of the dimeric 3D domain-swapped structure. Here we apply limited proteolysis to cystatin B amyloid fibrils and show that not only the α-helical N-terminal of the protein (residues 1-35) but also the C-terminal of the protein (residues 80-98) can be removed without disturbing the underlying fibril structure. This observation is incompatible with previous models of cystatin amyloid fibrils where the β-sheet is assumed to retain its native antiparallel arrangement. We conclude that our data favour a more generic, at least partially parallel, arrangement for cystatin β-sheet structure in mature amyloids and propose a model that remains consistent with available data for amyloids from either cystatin B or cystatin C.

  7. Internalization of exogenous cystatin F supresses cysteine proteases and induces the accumulation of single-chain cathepsin L by multiple mechanisms.

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    Colbert, Jeff D; Matthews, Stephen P; Kos, Janko; Watts, Colin

    2011-12-01

    Cystatin F is an unusual member of the cystatin family of protease inhibitors, which is made as an inactive dimer and becomes activated by proteolysis in the endo/lysosome pathway of the immune cells that produce it. However a proportion is secreted and can be taken up and activated by other cells. We show here that cystatin F acquired in this way induces a dramatic accumulation of the single-chain form of cathepsin L (CatL). Cystatin F was observed in the same cellular compartments as CatL and was tightly complexed with CatL as determined by co-precipitation studies. The observed accumulation of single-chain CatL was partly due to cystatin F-mediated inhibition of the putative single-chain to two-chain CatL convertase AEP/legumain and partly to general suppression of cathepsin activity. Thus, cystatin F stabilizes CatL leading to the dramatic accumulation of an inactive complex composed either of the single-chain or two-chain form depending on the capacity of cystatin F to inhibit AEP. Cross-transfer of cystatin F from one cell to another may therefore attenuate potentially harmful effects of excessive CatL activity while paradoxically, inducing accumulation of CatL protein. Finally, we confirmed earlier data (Beers, C., Honey, K., Fink, S., Forbush, K., and Rudensky, A. (2003) J. Exp. Med. 197, 169-179) showing a loss of CatL activity, but not of CatL protein, in macrophages activated with IFNγ. However, we found equivalent loss of CatL activity in wild type and cystatin F-null macrophages suggesting that an inhibitory activity other than cystatin F quenches CatL activity in activated macrophages.

  8. Estimation of Glomerular Filtration Rate in Elderly Chronic Kidney Disease Patients: Comparison of Three Novel Sophisticated Equations and Simple Cystatin C Equation.

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    Bevc, Sebastjan; Hojs, Nina; Hojs, Radovan; Ekart, Robert; Gorenjak, Maksimiljan; Puklavec, Ludvik

    2017-04-01

    Estimating glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in elderly patients is a problem, since they are poorly represented in studies developing GFR equations. Serum cystatin C is a better indicator of GFR than serum creatinine in elderly patients. Therefore the aim of our study was to compare frequently used serum cystatin C based GFR equations with a gold standard ((51) CrEDTA clearance) in elderly chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. 106 adult Caucasian patients, older than 65 years (58 women, 48 men; mean age 72.5 years), were included. In each patient (51) CrEDTA clearance, serum creatinine (IDMS traceable method) and serum cystatin C (immunonephelometric method) were determined. GFR was estimated using the Simple cystatin C, CKD-EPI cystatin C, CKD-EPI creatinine-cystatin C and BIS2 equation. Mean serum creatinine of our patients was 141.4 ± 41.5 μmol/L, mean serum cystatin C 1.79 ± 0.6 mg/L, mean (51) CrEDTA clearance was 52.2 ± 15.9 mL/min per 1.73 m(2) . Statistically significant correlations between (51) CrEDTA clearance and all formulas were found (P C and BIS2 equation underestimated and CKD-EPI cystatin C and Simple cystatin C equation overestimated measured GFR. All equations lacked precision. Analysis of ability to correctly predict patient's GFR below or above 45 mL/min per 1.73 m(2) showed similar ability for all equations (P = 0.24-0.89). All equations are equally accurate for estimating GFR in elderly Caucasian CKD patients. For daily practice Simple cystatin C equation is most practical.

  9. Combining serum cystatin C with total bilirubin improves short-term mortality prediction in patients with HBV-related acute-on-chronic liver failure.

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    Zhihong Wan

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND & AIMS: HBV-related acute-on-chronic liver failure (HBV-ACLF is a severe liver disease which results in a high mortality in China. To early predict the prognosis of the patients may prevent the complications and improve the survival. This study was aimed to develop a new prognostic index to estimate the survival related to HBV-ACLF. METHODS: Consecutive patients with HBV-ACLF were included in a prospective observational study. Serum Cystatin C concentrations were measured by using the particle-enhanced immunonephelometry assay. All of the patients were followed for at least 3 months. Cox regression analysis was carried out to identify which factors were predictive of mortality. The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC was used to evaluate the efficacy of the variates for early predicting mortality. RESULTS: Seventy-two patients with HBV-ACLF were recruited between January 2012 and January 2013. Thirty patients died (41.7% during 3-months followed up. Cox multivariate regression analysis identified serum cystatin C (CysC and total bilirubin (TBil were independent factors significantly (P < 0.01 associated with survival. Our results further showed that new prognostic index (PI combining serum CysC with TBil was a good indicator for predicting the mortality of patients with HBV-ACLF. Specifically, the PI had a higher accuracy than the CTP, MELD, or MELD-Na scoring for early prediction short-term survival of HBV-ACLF patients with normal levels of serum creatinine (Cr. The survival rate in low risk group (PI < 3.91 was 94.3%, which was markedly higher than those in the high-risk group (PI ≥ 3.91 (17.4%, P < 0.001. CONCLUSION: We developed a new prognostic index combining serum CysC with TBil which early predicted the short-term mortality of HBV-ACLF patients.

  10. Surface Plasmon Resonance Imaging biosensor for cystatin determination based on the application of bromelain, ficin and chymopapain

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    Anna Sankiewicz

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available A Surface Plasmon Resonance Imaging (SPRI sensor based on bromelain or chymopapain or ficin has been developed for specific cystatin determination. Cystatin was captured from a solution by immobilized bromelain or chymopapain or ficin due to the formation of an enzyme-inhibitor complex on the biosensor surface. The influence of bromelain, chymopapain or ficin concentration, as well as the pH of the interaction on the SPRI signal, was investigated and optimized. Sensor dynamic response range is between 0–0.6 μg/ml and the detection limit is equal to 0.1 μg/ml. In order to demonstrate the sensor potential, cystatin was determined in blood plasma, urine and saliva, showing good agreement with the data reported in the literature.

  11. Protease Inhibitors in Tick Saliva: The Role of Serpins and Cystatins in Tick-host-Pathogen Interaction

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    Jindřich Chmelař

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available The publication of the first tick sialome (salivary gland transcriptome heralded a new era of research of tick protease inhibitors, which represent important constituents of the proteins secreted via tick saliva into the host. Three major groups of protease inhibitors are secreted into saliva: Kunitz inhibitors, serpins, and cystatins. Kunitz inhibitors are anti-hemostatic agents and tens of proteins with one or more Kunitz domains are known to block host coagulation and/or platelet aggregation. Serpins and cystatins are also anti-hemostatic effectors, but intriguingly, from the translational perspective, also act as pluripotent modulators of the host immune system. Here we focus especially on this latter aspect of protease inhibition by ticks and describe the current knowledge and data on secreted salivary serpins and cystatins and their role in tick-host-pathogen interaction triad. We also discuss the potential therapeutic use of tick protease inhibitors.

  12. 慢性肾脏病患者血清Cystatin C与肾功能的相关研究%The correlation between renal function and Cystatin C in chronic kidney patients

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    田政湘; 欧春莲; 李丽珍; 殷明媛; 李泉清

    2012-01-01

    Objevtive To analyze the sensibility of cystatin C and serum creatinine (Scr) in reflecting glomerular filtration rate (GFR)of CKD,estimated the scope of cystatin C in different CKD stages,assess the clinical value of cystatin C in the early diagnosis of renal function changes. Methods Selected 90 CKD patients, divided the severe degree of the 90 CKD patients into five stages based on MDRD formula estimated GFR,and Selected 90 healthy persons as control group,Use PETIA method determine the cystatian C in every patients.The levels of Scr and Bun in those patients were also measurde.then divided Patients based on GFR,Compared between groups,Analysis of the possible relationships among the indicators. Results There is statistical difference in the levels of serum cystatin C between those patients in CKD2-5 stages and control groups (P<0.05),as well as in different stages of the CKD-patients;cystatin C and GFR and other variety of biochemical analysis of linear correlation line,cystatin C and GFR maximum correlation coefficient, the most closely related;cystatin C and Scr were compared in diagnosising the glomerular filtration rate decreased sensitivity, cystatin C was higher sensitivity. Conclusion Cystatin C is more sensitive than serum creatinine in reflecting renal function.Serum cystatin C is a more accurate and reliable reflection of glomerular filtration rate index,so it is a important clinical significance in early diagnosis of chronic kidney disease.%目的:研究慢性肾脏病(CKD)患者各期血清胱抑素C(cystatin C)与血清肌酐(Scr)反应肾小球滤过率的敏感性,以及在CKD分期条件下cystatin C与GFR、Scr的关系.探讨胱抑素C在肾功能改变早期诊断中的临床价值.方法:收集90例慢性肾脏病患者,患者疾病严重程度采用校正后简化MDRD方程GFR=175×[PCr]-1.234×[年龄(岁)]-0.179×[女性×0.793]计算的每个患者GFR值进行分期,并选取90例健康者作为对照组,采用乳胶颗粒增强免疫

  13. A novel aspartic acid protease gene from pineapple fruit (Ananas comosus): cloning, characterization and relation to postharvest chilling stress resistance.

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    Raimbault, Astrid-Kim; Zuily-Fodil, Yasmine; Soler, Alain; Cruz de Carvalho, Maria H

    2013-11-15

    A full-length cDNA encoding a putative aspartic acid protease (AcAP1) was isolated for the first time from the flesh of pineapple (Ananas comosus) fruit. The deduced sequence of AcAP1 showed all the common features of a typical plant aspartic protease phytepsin precursor. Analysis of AcAP1 gene expression under postharvest chilling treatment in two pineapple varieties differing in their resistance to blackheart development revealed opposite trends. The resistant variety showed an up-regulation of AcAP1 precursor gene expression whereas the susceptible showed a down-regulation in response to postharvest chilling treatment. The same trend was observed regarding specific AP enzyme activity in both varieties. Taken together our results support the involvement of AcAP1 in postharvest chilling stress resistance in pineapple fruits.

  14. Desenvolvimento de Dysmicoccus brevipes (Cockerell (Hemiptera:Pseudococcidae em duas cultivares de abacaxi Development of the pineapple mealybug Dysmicoccus brevipes (Cockerell (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae on two pineapple cultivars

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    Lenira Viana Costa Santa-Cecília

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    Full Text Available A cochonilha Dysmicoccus brevipes (Cockerell (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae é uma das principais pragas em cultivos de abacaxi e os estudos biológicos desse inseto em diferentes cultivares são uma necessidade. Objetivou-se com este trabalho avaliar o desenvolvimento dessa cochonilha em duas cultivares de abacaxi, Pérola e Cayenne. O experimento foi conduzido em câmara climatizada a 25 ± 1ºC, 70 ± 10% UR e fotofase de 12 horas. As plantas de abacaxi foram reproduzidas in vitro, transplantadas para vasos (250 mL e aclimatadas em casa-de-vegetação. Ninfas com até um dia de vida foram confinadas em gaiolas de PVC (1 cm de diâmetro, e fixadas em folhas de ambas as cultivares. Não foram detectadas diferenças no desenvolvimento de D. brevipes nos dois substratos alimentares utilizados. O desenvolvimento ninfal de fêmeas e machos de D. brevipes foi 39,9 e 32,0 dias na cv. Pérola e 38,5 e 32,4 dias na cv. Cayenne, respectivamente. A sobrevivência da fase ninfal foi 32,3 e 40,5%; a razão sexual, 0,39 e 0,33; e a longevidade de fêmeas, 20,3 e 26,1 dias nas cvs. Pérola e Cayenne, respectivamente.The pineapple mealybug Dysmicoccus brevipes (Cockerell (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae is the main pest on pineapple crops and biological studies of this insect are necessary on different cultivars. The objective of this work was to evaluate the development time of this mealybug on the pineapple cultivars Pérola and Cayenne. The experiment was performed in climated chambers at 25 ± 1ºC, 70 ± 10% RH and 12 h photophase. Pinneapple plants were reproduced in vitro, transplanted to pots (250 mL and kept in greenhouse. One-day-old nymphs were kept inside a clipcage (1 cm diameter fixed on the plants. No differences in development of D. brevipes among the cultivars were found. Development times of females and males, respectively, were 39.9 and 32 days on cv. Pérola and 38.5 and 32.4 days on cv. Cayenne. Nymphs survivals were 32.3 and 40.5%, sexual rates

  15. Optimization of Fermentation Conditions of Pineapple Wine%菠萝果酒的发酵工艺研究

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    李涛; 仲惟

    2011-01-01

    This study is adopting pineapple and the Angel active dry yeast to ferment pineapple wine production. During the fermentation process, several key factors were optimized by orthogonal test, and an excellent type of pineapple wine was prepared finally. The optimal conditions for the fermentation of pineapple wine were: fermentation temperature 24 ℃; yeast inoculation amount 0.2 g/L and pineapple juice brix 24 °Bé.Taking alcohol content as the evaluation target and sensory as the evaluation target, the best fermentation conditions were: temperature 22℃; yeast inoculation amount 0.4 g/L and pineapple juice brix 20 °B é.%通过以菠萝为主发酵原料,采用安琪活性干酵母生产菠萝果酒,发酵过程中采用正交试验,优化工艺过程中的关键性因素,最终获得了一种色、香、味、外观俱佳的菠萝酒.并通过研究得出生产菠萝酒的最佳工艺条件:即以酒精度为评价指标的最佳发酵条件组合为:发酵温度24℃,干酵母接种量0.2 g/L,菠萝汁糖度24°Bé;以感官评价为指标的最佳发酵条件组合为:发酵温度22℃,干酵母接种量0.4 g/L,菠萝汁糖度20 °Bé.

  16. Biology and trapping of stable flies (Diptera: Muscidae) developing in pineapple residues (Ananas comosus) in Costa Rica.

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    Solórzano, José-Arturo; Gilles, Jeremie; Bravo, Oscar; Vargas, Cristina; Gomez-Bonilla, Yannery; Bingham, Georgina V; Taylor, David B

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    Pineapple production in Costa Rica increased nearly 300-fold during the last 30 yr, and >40,000 hectares of land are currently dedicated to this crop. At the end of the pineapple cropping cycle, plants are chopped and residues incorporated into the soil in preparation for replanting. Associated with increased pineapple production has been a large increase in stable fly, Stomoxys calcitrans (L.), populations. Stable flies are attracted to, and oviposit in, the decomposing, chopped pineapple residues. In conjunction with chemical control of developing larvae, adult trapping is an important control strategy. In this study, four blue-black fabric traps, Nzi, Vavoua, Model H, and Ngu, were compared with a white sticky trap currently used for stable fly control in Costa Rica. Overall, the white sticky trap caught the highest number of stable flies, followed by the Nzi, Vavoua, Model H, and Ngu. Collections on the white sticky trap increased 16 d after residues were chopped; coinciding with the expected emergence of flies developing in the pineapple residues. During this same time period, collections in the blue-black fabric traps decreased. Sex ratio decreased from >7:1 (females:males) 3-7 d after chopping to 1:1 at 24-28 d. White sticky, Nzi and Vavoua traps collected similar numbers of colonizing flies 3-7 d after residues were chopped. However, white sticky traps collected more flies once emergence from the pineapple residues began. Although white sticky traps collected more flies than fabric traps, they remain labor intensive and environmentally unsound because of their disposable and nonbiodegradable nature.

  17. Prediction of renal function (GFR) from cystatin C and creatinine in children: Body cell mass increases accuracy of the estimate

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    Andersen, Trine Borup; Jødal, Lars; Bøgsted, Martin

    AIM: To derive an accurate prediction model for estimating glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in children based primarily on the endogenous renal function marker cystatin C (CysC) and body cell mass (BCM). THEORY: Cystatin C is produced at a constant rate in all cells of the body and is excreted...... by glomerular filtration followed by catabolization in the tubular cells. We hypothesized that production rate is proportional to body cell mass (BCM) and inferred GFR (mL/min) to be proportional to BCM/CysC. MATERIAL AND METHODS: GFR was determined with 51Cr-EDTA-clearance in 131 children (52 girls, 79 boys...

  18. GFR prediction from cystatin C and creatinine in children: body cell mass increases accuracy of the estimate

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    Andersen, Trine Borup; Jødal, Lars; Bøgsted, Martin

    AIM: To derive an accurate prediction model for estimating glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in children based primarily on the endogenous renal function marker cystatin C (CysC) and body cell mass (BCM). THEORY: Cystatin C is produced at a constant rate in all cells of the body and is excreted...... by glomerular filtration followed by catabolization in the tubular cells. We hypothesized that production rate is proportional to body cell mass (BCM) and inferred GFR (mL/min) to be proportional to BCM/CysC. MATERIAL AND METHODS: GFR was determined with 51Cr-EDTA-clearance in 131 children (52 girls, 79 boys...

  19. Prediction of renal function (GFR) from cystatin C and creatinine in children: Body cell mass increases accuracy of the estimate

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    Andersen, Trine Borup; Jødal, Lars; Bøgsted, Martin

    AIM: To derive an accurate prediction model for estimating glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in children based primarily on the endogenous renal function marker cystatin C (CysC) and body cell mass (BCM). THEORY: Cystatin C is produced at a constant rate in all cells of the body and is excreted...... by glomerular filtration followed by catabolization in the tubular cells. We hypothesized that production rate is proportional to body cell mass (BCM) and inferred GFR (mL/min) to be proportional to BCM/CysC. MATERIAL AND METHODS: GFR was determined with 51Cr-EDTA-clearance in 131 children (52 girls, 79 boys...

  20. A Simulation Model Estimates of the Intercropping Advantage of an Immature-Rubber, Banana and Pineapple System

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    Mohamadu B. Jalloh

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Intercropping has been shown to have many advantages but it is fallacious to conclude it is always a better cropping system. Little is known about a new double-hedgerow intercropping of rubber, banana and pineapple in relation to its effects on growth and yield of the component crops when compared to their monocrops. Simulation modeling offers a cheaper and faster alternative to explore cropping scenarios and estimate their productivity under a wide range of management and environmental conditions. This simulation study was therefore undertaken to evaluate the growth and yield of immature rubber, banana and pineapple intercrop and monocrop scenarios with the aid of an intercrop simulation model named SURHIS, as well as estimating the intercropping advantage. Approach: A FORTRAN computer model (SURHIS that simulated the daily light interception and utilization by immature-rubber, banana and pineapple intercropping system was used to simulate intercrop and monocrop scenarios to estimate potential Dry Matter Yield (DMY for all crops as well as fruit yields for banana and pineapple. The results of the model were tested for accuracy by comparing actual field experimental results with the aid of Mean Deviation (MD and Mean Absolute Error (MAE statistical analyses. Intercropping advantage was assessed using the Land Equivalent Ratio (LER analysis. Results: The model was representative or predicted DMY of the crops with sufficient accuracy. The LER analysis showed that the intercropping system had a dry matter yield productivity advantage of 81% more than monocrops of the component crops. The results also showed that the higher the Plant Population Density (PPD, the greater is the dry matter yield. It was also shown that banana and pineapple had no deleterious effect on the growth of rubber. Fruit weight per plant of banana and pineapple was reduced with increase in PPD for the monocrops. Measured average fresh fruit bunch weight for

  1. Glandular Proteome Identifies Antiprotease Cystatin C as a Critical Modulator of Airway Hydration and Clearance

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    Evans, T. Idil Apak; Joo, Nam Soo; Keiser, Nicholas W.; Yan, Ziying; Tyler, Scott R.; Xie, Weiliang; Zhang, Yulong; Hsiao, Jordy J.; Cho, Hyung-Ju; Wright, Michael E.; Wine, Jeffrey J.

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    Defects in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) chloride channel lead to viscous secretions from submucosal glands that cannot be properly hydrated and cleared by beating cilia in cystic fibrosis (CF) airways. The mechanisms by which CFTR, and the predominant epithelial sodium channel (ENaC), control the hydration and clearance of glandular secretions remain unclear. We used a proteomics approach to characterize the proteins contained in CF and non-CF submucosal gland fluid droplets and found that differentially regulated proteases (cathepsin S and H) and their antiprotease (cystatin C) influenced the equilibration of fluid on the airway surface and tracheal mucociliary clearance (MCC). Contrary to prevailing models of airway hydration and clearance, cystatin C, or raising the airway surface liquid (ASL) pH, inhibited cathepsin-dependent ENaC-mediated fluid absorption and raised the height of ASL, and yet decreased MCC velocity. Importantly, coupling of both CFTR and ENaC activities were required for effective MCC and for effective ASL height equilibration after volume challenge. Cystatin C–inhibitable cathepsins controlled initial phases of ENaC-mediated fluid absorption, whereas CFTR activity was required to prevent ASL dehydration. Interestingly, CF airway epithelia absorbed fluid more slowly owing to reduced cysteine protease activity in the ASL but became abnormally dehydrated with time. Our findings demonstrate that, after volume challenge, pH-dependent protease-mediated coupling of CFTR and ENaC activities are required for rapid fluid equilibration at the airway surface and for effective MCC. These findings provide new insights into how glandular fluid secretions may be equilibrated at the airway surface and how this process may be impaired in CF. PMID:26334941

  2. Increased levels of lipid metabolism and cystatin-C,but not glucose, affect virtual P vector

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    CHEN Jia; LIN Yu-bi; ZENG Chu-qian; YANG Zhen-zhen; LAI Xiao-shu; LU Qi-ji; ZHOU Jing-wen

    2016-01-01

    Background In this study,we aimed to evaluate the impact of abnormal glucose,lipid and Cystatin-C on the virtual P vector characteristics,which haven' t been reported in previous studies.Methods 204 of non-diabetes mellitus (NDM),130 of DM (type 2) and 39 of impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) patients were consecutively and retrospectively recruited.We selected a one-minute length of electrocardiogram at 4AM for analysis.After a series of calculating algorisms,we obtained the virtual planar P vector parameters.Results There were no significant differences in FPV,FPA,RSPV,RSPA,HPV and HPA groups.After adjusting confounding factors,the regression coefficients (RC) were estimated as follow:for FPV,female gender (RC-0.21,P =0.02),triglyceride (RC-0.09,P < 0.01),RVOT (RC 0.03,P =0.02);for RSPV,female gender (RC-0.21,P < 0.01),triglyceride (RC-0.10,P < 0.01),average heart rate (RC 0.01,P =0.02);for HPV,triglyceride (RC-0.08,P < 0.001),LDL (RC-0.19,P < 0.01),Apo B (RC 0.67,P < 0.01);for RSPA,B type of blood (RC-22.06,P =0.02),Cystatin-C (RC-72.79,P =0.02),thickness of interventricular septum (RC 3.70,P =0.01).Cystatin-C was suggested as a cure related to RSPA,and the cut-off point was 1.6 mg/L.There were no significant risk factors associated with FPA and HPA.There was no difference in virtual P vector among DM,IGT and NDM groups.Conclusion Increased levels of lipid and Cystatin-C significantly impact the characteristics of virtual P vector,whereas glucose does not.These changes may come from a higher low voltage atrial area and abnormal orientation of atrial depolarization.

  3. Trade-Offs of Flowering and Maturity Synchronisation for Pineapple Quality.

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    V Nicodème Fassinou Hotegni

    Full Text Available In the pineapple sector of Benin, poor fruit quality prevents pineapple producers to enter the European market. We investigated effects of common cultural practices, flowering and maturity synchronisation, (1 to quantify the trade-offs of flowering and maturity synchronisation for pineapple quality and the proportion of fruits exportable to European markets, and (2 to determine the effect of harvesting practice on quality attributes. Four on-farm experiments were conducted during three years using cultivars Sugarloaf and Smooth Cayenne. A split-split plot design was used in each experiment, with flowering induction practice as main factor (artificial or natural flowering induction, maturity induction practice as split factor (artificial or natural maturity induction and harvesting practice as the split-split factor (farmers' harvest practice or individual fruit harvesting at optimum maturity. Artificial flowering induction gave fruits with lower infructescence weight, higher ratio crown: infructescence length, and a lower proportion of fruits exportable to European markets than natural flowering induction. The costs of the improvements by natural flowering induction were huge: the longer durations from planting to flowering induction and harvesting, the higher number of harvestings of the fruits increasing the labour cost and the lower proportion of plants producing fruits compared with crops from artificially flowering-induced plants. Artificial maturity induction decreased the total soluble solids concentration in the fruits compared with natural maturity induction thus decreasing the proportion of fruits exportable to European markets, at a benefit of only a slightly shorter time from flowering induction to harvesting. Harvesting individual fruits at optimum maturity gave fruits with higher total soluble solids in naturally maturity induced fruits compared with the farmers' harvest practice. Given the huge costs of natural flowering induction

  4. Shelf life of minimally processed pineapples treated with ascorbic and citric acids

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    Lucimara Rogéria Antoniolli

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this research was to determine the shelf life of minimally processed (MP 'Pérola' pineapples treated with ascorbic acid (AA and citric acid (CA based on physical, chemical, sensorial and microbiological attributes. Slices were dipped into drinking water (control or combined solutions of AA:CA (% (1.0:0.5 and 1.0:1.0 with sodium hypochlorite (NaClO 20 mg L-1 for 30 seconds. The samples were conditioned in polyethylene terephtalate packages and stored at 4±1 °C per 13 days. The low peroxidase activity in the slices treated with antioxidant combinations was related to low pH values observed in these samples. The treatments 1.0:0.5 and 1.0:1.0 (AA:CA, % favored maintenance of the initial a* values and avoided the pulp browning. The ascorbic acid increased more than double on the 2nd day in the treated slices. By the 4th day the CO2 values suggested a higher respiratory activity in the slices treated with anti-browning compounds. The antioxidant treatments did not produce detectable residual flavors in the MP pineapple. Regardless of microbiological safety during the 13 days of cold storage, the control slices can be kept by 6 days, afterwards the color and dehydration become strong enough to affect the appearance. On the other hand, MP 'Pérola' pineapples treated with 1.0:0.5 (AA:CA, % and NaClO (20 mg L-1 can be stored for 8 days at 4±1 ºC, which represents the extension of the shelf life in 2 days. After this period the overripe odor starts to develop.

  5. Low temperature alters plasma membrane lipid composition and ATPase activity of pineapple fruit during blackheart development.

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    Zhou, Yuchan; Pan, Xiaoping; Qu, Hongxia; Underhill, Steven J R

    2014-02-01

    Plasma membrane (PM) plays central role in triggering primary responses to chilling injury and sustaining cellular homeostasis. Characterising response of membrane lipids to low temperature can provide important information for identifying early causal factors contributing to chilling injury. To this end, PM lipid composition and ATPase activity were assessed in pineapple fruit (Ananas comosus) in relation to the effect of low temperature on the development of blackheart, a form of chilling injury. Chilling temperature at 10 °C induced blackheart development in concurrence with increase in electrolyte leakage. PM ATPase activity was decreased after 1 week at low temperature, followed by a further decrease after 2 weeks. The enzyme activity was not changed during 25 °C storage. Loss of total PM phospholipids was found during postharvest senescence, but more reduction was shown from storage at 10 °C. Phosphatidylcholine and phosphatidylethanolamine were the predominant PM phospholipid species. Low temperature increased the level of phosphatidic acid but decreased the level of phosphatidylinositol. Both phospholipid species were not changed during storage at 25 °C. Postharvest storage at both temperatures decreased the levels of C18:3 and C16:1, and increased level of C18:1. Low temperature decreased the level of C18:2 and increased the level of C14:0. Exogenous application of phosphatidic acid was found to inhibit the PM ATPase activity of pineapple fruit in vitro. Modification of membrane lipid composition and its effect on the functional property of plasma membrane at low temperature were discussed in correlation with their roles in blackheart development of pineapple fruit.

  6. Comparative study of two methods of fractionation bromelain from pineapple core extract (Ananas comosus)

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    Febriani, K.; Wahyuni, I.; Setiasih, S.; Hudiyono, S.

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    The enzyme can be purified by fractional precipitation. This can be done by salt or organic solvent. In this research, purification of bromelain from pineapple core by fractional precipitation was done by 2 compounds, ammonium sulfate, and ethanol. Fractional precipitation by ammonium sulfate proved to be more effective as it yielded a higher specific activity. Specific activity by ethanol and ammonium sulfate is 4.6480 U/mg at 0-60 % saturation and 8.2243 U/mg at 50-80 % saturation.

  7. Bromatological composition of pineapple crown silage with citrus pulp, hay, and urea.

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    Michael López-Herrera; Rodolfo WingChing-Jones; Augusto Rojas-Bourrillon

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    The objective of this study was to determine the nutritional characteristics of silage mixtures of pineapple crown including dehydrated citrus pulp and hay, with increasing levels of urea. The experiment was conducted between May to September 2013 and the crowns were from Guapiles, Costa Rica. These were chopped to obtain an average particle size of 3 cm, and packaged in vacuum- sealed bags to which were added: urea (0, 0.5, 1.0, 1.5% w/w fresh basis), 2 high sources of dry matter: hay (H) of...

  8. Potassium fertilization for pineapple: effects on soil chemical properties and plant nutrition

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    Luiz Antonio Junqueira Teixeira; José Antonio Quaggio; Heitor Cantarella; Estêvão Vicari Mellis

    2011-01-01

    A field experiment was carried out on an Ultisol located at the city of Agudos (22º30'S; 49º03'W), in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, in order to determine the effects of rates and sources of potassium fertilizer on nutritional status of 'Smooth Cayenne' pineapple and on some soil chemical properties. The experiment was a complete factorial design with four rates (0, 175, 350, and 700 kg ha-1 of K2O) and three combinations of K sources (100% KCl, 100% K2SO4 and 40% K2SO4 + 60% KCl). Soil samp...

  9. Comparative Energy Generation of Irish-potato, Tomato and Pineapple ZN/CU Vegetative Batteries

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    Full Text Available Environmental pollution associated with petroleum sources of energy has reinvigorated interest in the need to find “greener” electrical energy alternatives without a net carbon emission into the ecosystem to solve these problems. This research study analyzed electricity generation through bioelectrolytic reaction from an irish-potato, pineapple and tomato as electrolyte for the vegetative batteries with Zn/Cu as electrode. Treatments were performed on samples. In the first treatment, vegetative samples were heated at varied temperatures (19.5-80°C and at varied holding times (20-60 min. In the second type, sample tissues were sandwiched between two aluminium plates through which pulses of AC current were passed at varied frequencies (2.63-100,000 Hz maintained at 312 mV. With 108 cm3 of sample, the battery capacities in untreated state were: irish-potato 53.7 mAh, pineapple 84.2 mAh and tomato 80.4 mAh; heat treated state: irish-potato 66.86 mAh, pineapple 116.4 mAh and tomato 108.8 mAh; while in electro orated state: irish-potato 68.9 mAh,pineapple 96.0 mAh and tomato 105.67 mAh. All these capacities were found experimentally to power a LED of forward current 1.44 mA, resistance of 270 &Omega and supply voltage of 3V. Primary cost analyses showed that electro orated Zn/Cu vegetative battery samples generates portable energy of 5.74-50.54 cts/Wh, which is 14-124 times more than the currently available dry cell (D-type cells retailed at 7.14 Ksh/Wh. Given that irish-potato is ranked fourth (after maize, wheat and rice in the world and the second most important food crop after maize in Kenya in terms of abundance, it was recommended as an alternative vegetative battery.

  10. Concentration of pineapple juice by reverse osmosis: physicochemical characteristics and consumer acceptance

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    Daniel Simões Couto; Lourdes Maria Corrêa Cabral; Virgínia Martins da Matta; Rosires Deliza; Daniela De Grandi Castro Freitas

    2011-01-01

    Reverse osmosis has been used for the concentration of fruit juices with promising considering the quality of the obtained products. The objective of this study was to concentrate single strength pineapple juice by reverse osmosis. The concentration was carried out with polyamide composite membranes in a 0.65 m² plate and frame module at 60 bar transmembrane pressure at 20 °C. The permeate flux was 17 L.hm-2. The total soluble solid content of the juice increased from 11 to 31 °Brix correspon...

  11. 脑脊液CystatinC对中枢神经系统白血病的早期诊断价值

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    宋斌; 陈雁

    2014-01-01

    目的:研究Cystatin C在急性白血病患者脑脊液中的表达情况,探讨脑脊液Cystatin C对中枢神经系统白血病的早期诊断价值。方法采用颗粒增强透射免疫比浊法检测62例急性白血病患者脑脊液中Cystatin C水平。结果急性白血病合并中枢神经系统白血病组患者脑脊液Cystatin C水平明显低于未合并中枢神经系统白血病组及正常对照组(P均<0.01),中枢神经系统白血病缓解后脑脊液中Cystatin C水平升高,但与正常对照组相比无显著性差异(P>0.05)。结论脑脊液Cystatin C可能参与了中枢神经系统白血病的发病。 Cystatin C在脑脊液中低水平表达是预测中枢神经系统白血病的早期指标。

  12. Association of serum cystatin C levels with myocardial perfusion and cardiac functional recovery in patients with anterior wall ST elevation myocardial infarction treated with primary coronary intervention.

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    Tang, Liang; Fang, Zhen-Fei; Zhou, Sheng-Hua; Tai, Shi; Ahmed, Salah; Huang, Feng; Shen, Xiang-Qian; Zhao, Yan-Shu; Hu, Xin-Qun

    2016-09-01

    This study sought to investigate the association of baseline serum cystatin C levels with myocardial perfusion and cardiac functional recovery in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI). 108 patients with a first anterior STEMI who underwent PPCI were enrolled. Serum cystatin C was measured by immunoturbidimetric method. Patients were divided into two groups according to the median cystatin C levels on admission: group 1 (≥median, n = 54) and group 2 (C levels on admission. Patients with an IMR ≥33.7 U also had significantly higher cystatin C levels. The WMSI showed a greater improvement in group 2 than in group 1 and there was a significant negative correlation between improvement of WMSI and the cystatin C levels. There was no significant difference in MACEs between the 2 groups. However, congestive heart failure (CHF) was observed significantly more frequent in group 1 than in group 2 (18.5 vs. 5.6 %, p = 0.022). Multivariate logistic regression analysis demonstrated that cystatin C levels at admission were a significant independent predictor of angiographic no-reflow and the development of CHF at 6-month follow-up. Elevated cystatin C levels at admission were independently associated with impaired myocardial perfusion, poor cardiac functional recovery and development of CHF in patients with anterior STEMI undergoing PPCI.

  13. Cystatin M/E is a high affinity inhibitor of cathepsin V and cathepsin L by a reactive site that is distinct from the legumain-binding site. A novel clue for the role of cystatin M/E in epidermal cornification.

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    Cheng, T.; Hitomi, K.; Vlijmen-Willems, I.M.J.J. van; Jongh, G.J. de; Yamamoto, K.; Nishi, K.; Watts, C.; Reinheckel, T.; Schalkwijk, J.; Zeeuwen, P.L.J.M.

    2006-01-01

    Cystatin M/E is a high affinity inhibitor of the asparaginyl endopeptidase legumain, and we have previously reported that both proteins are likely to be involved in the regulation of stratum corneum formation in skin. Although cystatin M/E contains a predicted binding site for papain-like cysteine p

  14. Differential induction of two different cystatin genes during pathogenesis of Karnal bunt (Tilletia indica) in wheat under the influence of jasmonic acid.

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    Dutt, Shriparna; Gaur, Vikram Singh; Taj, Gohar; Kumar, Anil

    2012-09-10

    In the present study, expression patterns of two different wheat cystatins (WCs) were studied under the influence of jasmonate signaling in triggering resistance against Karnal bunt (KB). Cystatins are cysteine proteinase inhibitors (CPI) constituting a multigene family which regulate the activity of endo- and/or exogenous cysteine proteinases (CP). Two wheat varieties HD-29 (resistant, R) and WH-542 (susceptible, S) were pre-conditioned with jasmonate and then artificially inoculated with sporidial suspension of Tilletia indica to study its influence in inducing defense by regulating cystatin genes. On the transcriptional level, WC4 and WC5 gave different temporal expression patterns. Expression of WC4 was higher in boot emergence stage which is most susceptible to KB and then slowly declined in both varieties. Expression of WC5 showed an entirely reverse pattern of expression, which kept on rising as the grains matured. Cystatin activity determination by inhibitor assay gave higher activity in resistant variety and under JA treatment. Estimation of specific activity of total cystatin at different days after inoculation (DAI) showed that JA positively induced cystatin expression in both varieties but R variety always registered a greater cystatin expression than the susceptible one (Pcystatin activity which gradually decreased 7 DAI when compared with the un-inoculated plants. Based on these findings it is clearly demonstrated that jasmonate acts as a potential activator of induced resistance by up-regulating cystatin expression and provides the conditioning effect prior to infection through the maintenance of critical balance of CP/CPI interaction. However, different cystatin genes show different temporal expression patterns and may play different roles at various developmental stages of the grain.

  15. 肾脏疾病患者血清Cystatin C测定的临床价值%Evaluation of serum cystation C in patients with renal diseases

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    马雪平; 郝钦芳; 杨晓莉; 王贝晗; 张小丽; 王莉

    2007-01-01

    目的:评价血清半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂-C(Cystatin C)对肾脏损害患者肾小球滤过功能的临床应用价值.方法:采用BNP特种蛋白分析仪分别测定20例正常人和81例肾病患者血清Cystatin C浓度,同时采用7170全自动生化分析仪测定血清肌酐(Scr)及内生肌酐清除率(Ccr),将血清Cystatin C与Scr和Ccr相比较.结果:肾病患者Cystatin C水平随内生肌酐清除率下降逐渐升高.Ccr>80 ml/min的肾病患者有55%显示Cystatin C异常.Ccr与Cystatin C、SCr进行了相关分析,发现Ccr与Cystatin C、SCr均有强的相关性,以Ccr与Cystatin C的相关性为密切(r=-0.76),呈显著负相关,与SCr方向一致(r=0.68).结论:Cystatin C比Scr更能够反应肾脏滤过功能的损害.可替代内生肌酐清除率作为判断肾小球滤过功能的指标.

  16. Biological validation of feline serum cystatin C: The effect of breed, age and sex and establishment of a reference interval.

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    Ghys, L F E; Paepe, D; Duchateau, L; Taffin, E R L; Marynissen, S; Delanghe, J; Daminet, S

    2015-05-01

    Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is common in cats, but the routine renal markers, serum creatinine (sCr) and urea, are not sensitive or specific enough to detect early CKD. Serum cystatin C (sCysC) has advantages over sCr, both in humans and dogs, and sCysC concentration is significantly higher in cats with CKD than in healthy cats. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of age, sex and breed on feline sCysC and to establish a reference interval for feline sCysC. In total, 130 healthy cats aged 1-16 years were included. sCysC was determined using a validated particle-enhanced nephelometric immunoassay. sCr, urea, urine specific gravity, urinary protein:creatinine ratio (UPC) and systolic blood pressure (SBP) were also measured. No significant differences in sCysC concentration were observed among young, middle-aged and geriatric cats, female intact, female neutered cats, male intact and male neutered cats, or among purebred and domestic short-or longhaired cats. The 95% reference interval for feline sCysC was determined to be 0.58-1.95 mg/L. sCr was significantly higher in geriatric cats than young cats. Serum urea in geriatric cats was significantly higher than in middle-aged and young cats (P = 0.004 and P reference interval calculated in this study. Further studies are warranted to evaluate the diagnostic value of sCysC as a renal marker in cats.

  17. The embryo's cystatin C and F expression functions as a protective mechanism against the maternal proteinase cathepsin S in mice.

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    Baston-Buest, D M; Schanz, A; Buest, S; Fischer, J C; Kruessel, J S; Hess, A P

    2010-04-01

    A successful implantation of a mammalian embryo into the maternal endometrium depends on a highly synchronized fetal-maternal dialogue involving chemokines, growth factors, and matrix-modifying enzymes. A growing body of evidence suggests an important role for proteinases playing a role in matrix degeneration and enhancing the embryo's invasive capacity and influencing the mother's immunological status in favor of the conceptus. This study focused on the expression of cathepsin S (CTSS) and its inhibitors in the murine fetal-maternal interface as well as the detection of the cellular sources of either proteinase and inhibitors. Nested RT-PCR for detection of embryonic mRNAs, immunohistochemistry of maternal and fetal tissues in B6C3F1 mice, and FACS analysis for determination of immunocompetent cell population were applied. This study shows that the cysteine proteinase CTSS is upregulated in the stroma of the implantation site, and that pregnancy induces an influx of CTSS-positive uterine natural killer cells. Compared to maternal tissues, the CTSS inhibitors cystatin F and C, but not the proteinase itself, are expressed in blastocysts. In conclusion, CTSS underlies a hormonal regulation in the maternal tissue and therewith most likely supports the embryonic implantation. The invading embryo regulates the depth of its own invasion through the expression of the cathepsin inhibitors and furthermore, interleukin-6 to activate CTSS in maternal tissues. Additionally, the observed decrease in CD3(+) cells leads to the hypothesis that cells of the cytotoxic T-cell group are down-regulated in the decidua to support the implantation and ensure the survival of the embryo.

  18. Ripening-dependent metabolic changes in the volatiles of pineapple (Ananas comosus (L.) Merr.) fruit: II. Multivariate statistical profiling of pineapple aroma compounds based on comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

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    Steingass, Christof Björn; Jutzi, Manfred; Müller, Jenny; Carle, Reinhold; Schmarr, Hans-Georg

    2015-03-01

    Ripening-dependent changes of pineapple volatiles were studied in a nontargeted profiling analysis. Volatiles were isolated via headspace solid phase microextraction and analyzed by comprehensive 2D gas chromatography and mass spectrometry (HS-SPME-GC×GC-qMS). Profile patterns presented in the contour plots were evaluated applying image processing techniques and subsequent multivariate statistical data analysis. Statistical methods comprised unsupervised hierarchical cluster analysis (HCA) and principal component analysis (PCA) to classify the samples. Supervised partial least squares discriminant analysis (PLS-DA) and partial least squares (PLS) regression were applied to discriminate different ripening stages and describe the development of volatiles during postharvest storage, respectively. Hereby, substantial chemical markers allowing for class separation were revealed. The workflow permitted the rapid distinction between premature green-ripe pineapples and postharvest-ripened sea-freighted fruits. Volatile profiles of fully ripe air-freighted pineapples were similar to those of green-ripe fruits postharvest ripened for 6 days after simulated sea freight export, after PCA with only two principal components. However, PCA considering also the third principal component allowed differentiation between air-freighted fruits and the four progressing postharvest maturity stages of sea-freighted pineapples.

  19. The clinical application value of glucose, lactic acid and Cystatin C of CSF in cerebrovascular disease(CVD)%脑脊液Glu、Lac及Cystatin C联合检测在脑血管疾病中的临床价值探讨

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    李清明; 王家驷; 舒仁明; 邹立新

    2011-01-01

    Objective To explore the clinical application value of CSF glucose(Glu) ,lactic acid(Lac)and Cystatin C in cerebrovascular disease(CVD). Methods The cerebrospinal fluid(CSF)samples were collected from patients with CVD(n 49),and normai controls(n 21) ,and levels of Cystatin C,Glu and Lac in CSF was observed and detected simultaneously with HITACHI 7600010 automatic analyzer. Results The significant decrease of Cystatin C, glucose, and significant increase of Lac were observed in CVD,P<0.01(compared to the normal control) ;the significant decrease of CSF Glu,Cystatin C and increase of Lac were observed in intracranial hemorrhage(ICH)and cerebral infarction(CD ,and there were difference between ICH and CI compared with Lac and Cystatin C;the significant decrease of CSF Glu,Cystatin C and increase of Lac were observed in subarachnoid hemorrhage(SAH)and cerebral hemorrhage, there were no difference with the level of Cystatin C, glucose and chloride between subarachnoid hemorrhage(SAH)and cerebral hemorrhage,P>0.05. Conclusion The low levels of Glu and Cystatin C, high level of Lac were be observed in CVD,and the different levels of Glu, Lac and Cystatin C in CVD were to follow the different pathogenesis.%目的 探讨脑脊液葡萄糖(Glu)、乳酸(Lac)及胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂C(Cystatin C)在脑血管疾病中的临床价值.方法 收集脑血管疾病患者(n=49)及健康对照组(n=22)脑脊液并分析其Glu、Lac及Cystatin C水平,以探讨在脑血管疾病患者脑脊液中各种临床生化标志物的临床表达.结果 脑血管病脑脊液Glu、Cystatin C较健康对照组降低,Lac升高,其中Cystatin C及Lac与健康对照组比较差异有统计学意义(P0.05).结论 脑脊液中Glu、Cystatin C在脑血管疾病中的表达低于健康对照组,Lac高于健康对照组,上述指标在脑血管疾病中随不同的发病机制而有不同表达.

  20. A Comparison between Cystatin C and Serum Creatinine Assay in Assessment of Residual Glomerular Filtration Rate in Dialysis Patients%Cystatin C与血肌酐在估算透析患者残余肾功能中的比较研究

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    李辉; 陈红; 钟爱民

    2009-01-01

    目的 探讨Cystatin C在评估慢性肾功能衰竭透析患者残余肾功能(RRF)中的应用价值,寻找一种对透析患者较简便、精确的RRF估算指标.方法 收集95例透析患者(其中血液透析患者61例,腹膜透析患者34例)的血、尿标本分别测定血肌酐(Scr)和尿肌酐(Ucr)以及Cystatin C浓度,分析血清Cystatin C能否很好地估算透析患者的RRF,并且将它估算的RRF(eGFR1)同标准的RRF以及肾脏病膳食改良试验(MDRD)公式得出的RRF(eGFR2)进行比较.结果 所有透析患者Cystatin C和Scr浓度均伴随着RRF的降低而上升,但Cystatin C的上升幅度比Scr平稳.血液透析及腹膜透析患者Cystatin C、Scr与RRF均呈负相关(r=-0.53、r=-0.46,P<0.05;r=-0.71、r=-0.63,P<0.05).血液透析及腹膜透析患者分别基于Cystatin C和Scr测得eGFR与 RRF均呈正相关(r=0.69、r=0.63,P<0.05;r=0.74、r=0.58,P<0.05),且Cystatin C测得eGFR与 RRF的相关性更好.结论 Cystatin C估算透析患者RRF准确、简便,在24 h尿标本难于准确收集的情况下,Cystatin C比Scr更适合透析患者RRF的估算.%Objective To exlpore whether Cystatin C assay could be applied to assessing the residual glomerular filtration rate (RRF) in chronic renal failure dialysis patients.Methods Plasma and urine samples from 61 Hemodialysis and 34 peritoneal dialysis patients were subjected to assay of serum creatinine (Scr),urine creatinine (Ucr) and Cystatin C level respectively.A comparison was made between the RRF (eGFR1) derived from the assay of Cystatin C levels and the RRF (eGFR2) derived from the standard RRF or the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease(MDRD) calculation formula.Results Cystatin C and Scr levels rised in all the dialysis patients with RRF descending,but the rise of Cystatin C levels was milder than that of Scr.The levels of Cystatin C and Scr in both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis patients were negatively correlated with RRF(r=-0.53,r=-0.46,P<0.05;r=-0.71,r=-0.63,P<0

  1. Serum and urine cystatin C are poor biomarkers for acute kidney injury and renal replacement therapy

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    A.A.N.M. Royakkers; J.C. Korevaar; J.D.E. van Suijlen; L.S. Hofstra; M.A. Kuiper; P.E. Spronk; M.J. Schultz; C.S.C. Bouman

    2011-01-01

    To evaluate whether cystatin C in serum (sCyC) and urine (uCyC) can predict early acute kidney injury (AKI) in a mixed heterogeneous intensive care unit (ICU), and also whether these biomarkers can predict the need for renal replacement therapy (RRT). Multicenter prospective observational cohort stu

  2. Co-expression of cystatin inhibitors OCI and OCII in transgenic potato plants alters Colorado potato beetle development

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    Oryzacystatins I and II (OCI and OCII) show potential for controlling pests that utilize cysteine proteinases for protein digestion. To strengthen individual inhibitory range and achieve an additive effect in the overall efficiency of these proteins against pests, both cystatin genes were co-express...

  3. Crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of Val57 mutants of the amyloidogenic protein human cystatin C

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    Orlikowska, Marta; Jankowska, Elzbieta; Borek, Dominika; Otwinowski, Zbyszek; Skowron, Piotr; Szymanska, Aneta (Gdansk); (UTSMC)

    2012-03-15

    Human cystatin C (hCC) is a low-molecular-mass protein (120 amino-acid residues, 13 343 Da) found in all nucleated cells. Its main physiological role is regulation of the activity of cysteine proteases. Biologically active hCC is a monomeric protein, but all crystallization efforts have resulted in a dimeric domain-swapped structure. Recently, two monomeric structures were reported for cystatin C variants. In one of them stabilization was achieved by abolishing the possibility of domain swapping by the introduction of an additional disulfide bridge connecting the two protein domains (Cys47-Cys69). In the second structure, reported by this group, the monomeric hCC fold was preserved by stabilization of the conformationally constrained loop (L1) by a single-amino-acid substitution (V57N). To further assess the influence of changes in the sequence and properties of loop L1 on the dimerization propensity of cystatin C, two additional hCC mutants were obtained: one with a residue favoured in {beta}-turns (V57D) and another with proline (V57P), a residue that is known to be a structural element that can rigidify but also broaden turns. Here, the expression, purification and crystallization of V57D and V57P variants of recombinant human cystatin C are described. Crystals were grown by the vapour-diffusion method. Several diffraction data sets were collected using a synchrotron source at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, USA.

  4. The change and its clinical significance of serum cystatin C in elderly patients with obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome

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    张孝斌

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate the change of serum cystatin C (CC) level and its clinical significance in elderly patients with obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) ,and to evaluate the diagnostic value of serum CC for renal impairment in elderly OSAHS patients.Methods Elderly snoring subjects (age≥60 years) un-

  5. Characterization of a novel cystatin type 2 from Rhipicephalus microplus midgut.

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    Cardoso, Thyago H S; Lu, Stephen; Gonzalez, Boris R G; Torquato, Ricardo J S; Tanaka, Aparecida S

    2017-09-01

    The Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus is an exclusive bovine ectoparasite responsible for the transmission of pathogens that decrease meat, leather and milk productions. Cattle vaccination is an alternative to control tick infestations, but the discovery of potential antigens is still a challenge for researchers. Recently, our group performed a midgut transcriptome of engorged R. microplus tick, and out of 800 ESTs sequences one cystatin-coding sequence was identified and named Rmcystatin-4. In order to understand the physiological role of Rmcystatin-4, the aim of this work was the expression, purification and functional characterization of a novel type 2 cystatin from the tick R. microplus. Rmcystatin-4 gene expression was identified mostly in tick midgut suggesting its possible role in blood digestion control. Our data showed that rRmcystatin-4 was successfully expressed in active form using Pichia pastoris system and the purified inhibitor presented high selectivity to BmCl-1 (Ki = 0.046 nM). Moreover, rRmcystatin-4 was able to impaired BmCl-1 activity towards bovine hemoglobin. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. and Société Française de Biochimie et Biologie Moléculaire (SFBBM). All rights reserved.

  6. A recombinant cystatin from Ascaris lumbricoides attenuates inflammation of DSS-induced colitis.

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    Coronado, S; Barrios, L; Zakzuk, J; Regino, R; Ahumada, V; Franco, L; Ocampo, Y; Caraballo, L

    2017-04-01

    Helminthiasis may ameliorate inflammatory diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease and asthma. Information about immunomodulators from Ascaris lumbricoides is scarce, but could be important considering the co-evolutionary relationships between helminths and humans. We evaluated the immunomodulatory effects of a recombinant cystatin from A. lumbricoides on an acute model of dextran sodium sulphate (DSS)-induced colitis in mice. From an A. lumbricoides cDNA library, we obtained a recombinant cystatin (rAl-CPI). Protease activity inhibition was demonstrated on cathepsin B and papain. Immunomodulatory effects were evaluated at two intraperitoneal doses (0.5 and 0.25 μg/G) on mice with DSS-induced colitis. Body weight, colon length, Disease Activity Index (DAI), histological inflammation score, myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity, gene expression of cytokines and cytokines levels in colon tissue were analysed. Treatment with rAl-CPI significantly reduced DAI, MPO activity and inflammation score without toxic effects. Also, IL-10 and TGF-B gene overexpression was observed in rAl-CPI-treated group compared to DSS-exposed control and healthy mice. Furthermore, a reduction in IL-6 and TNF-A expression was found, and this was confirmed by the levels of these cytokines in colonic tissue. In conclusion, rAl-CPI reduces inflammation in a mouse model of DSS-induced colitis, probably by increasing the expression of anti-inflammatory cytokines and reducing pro-inflammatory ones. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  7. Effect of membrane property and operating conditions on phytochemical properties and permeate flux during clarification of pineapple juice

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    Laorko, Aporn

    2010-10-01

    The effects of membrane property on the permeate flux, membrane fouling and quality of clarified pineapple juice were studied. Both microfiltration (membrane pore size of 0.1 and 0.2 μm) and ultrafiltration (membrane molecular weight cut-off (MWCO) of 30 and 100 kDa) membranes were employed. Membrane filtration did not have significant effects on the pH, reducing sugar and acidity of clarified juice whereas the suspended solids and microorganism were completely removed. The 0.2 μm membrane gave the highest permeate flux, total vitamin C content, total phenolic content and antioxidant capacity as well as the highest value of irreversible fouling. Based on these results, the membrane with pore size of 0.2 μm was considered to be the most suitable membrane for the clarification of pineapple juice. The optimum operating conditions for the clarification pineapple juice by membrane filtration was a cross-flow velocity of 3.4 ms-1 and transmembrane pressure (TMP) of 0.7 bar. An average flux of about 37 lm-2 h-1 was obtained during the microfiltration of pineapple juice under the optimum conditions using batch concentration mode. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Pollination of pima pineapple cactus (Coryphantha sheeri var. robustispina): does pollen flow limit abundance of this endangered species?

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    Christopher J. McDonald; Guy R. McPherson

    2005-01-01

    Pima pineapple cactus (PPC) (Coryphantha sheeri var. robustispina), a federally listed endangered species, occurs throughout southeastern Arizona and has relatively low population densities. To determine whether pollination limits reproduction of PPC we used florescent dye to quantify pollen flow between individuals in a PPC...

  9. 77 FR 24459 - Voluntary Termination of Foreign-Trade Subzone 9D, Maui Pineapple Company, Ltd., Kahului, Maui, HI

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    2012-04-24

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board Voluntary Termination of Foreign-Trade Subzone 9D, Maui Pineapple Company, Ltd., Kahului, Maui, HI Pursuant to its authority under the Foreign-Trade Zones Act of June 18, 1934, as...

  10. Electrodialytic removal of nitrate from pineapple juice: effect on selected physicochemical properties, amino acids, and aroma components of the juice.

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    Ackarabanpojoue, Yuwadee; Chindapan, Nathamol; Yoovidhya, Tipaporn; Devahastin, Sakamon

    2015-05-01

    This study aimed at investigating the effect of nitrate removal from pineapple juice by electrodialysis (ED) on selected properties of the ED-treated juice. Single-strength pineapple juice with reduced pulp content was treated by ED to reduce the nitrate concentration to 15, 10, or 5 ppm. After ED, the removed pulp was added to the ED-treated juice and its properties, including electrical conductivity, acidity, pH, total soluble solids (TSS), color, amino acids, and selected aroma compounds, were determined and compared with those of the untreated juice. ED could reduce the nitrate content of 1 L of pineapple juice from an initial value of 50 ppm to less than 5 ppm within 30 min. A significant decrease in the electrical conductivity, acidity, pH, TSS, and yellowness, but a significant increase in the lightness, of the juice was observed upon ED. Concentrations of almost all amino acids of the ED-treated juice significantly decreased. The concentrations of 8 major compound contributors to the pineapple aroma also significantly decreased. Adding the pulp back to the ED-treated juice increased the amino acids concentrations; however, it led to a significant decrease in the concentrations of the aroma compounds.

  11. Callus cell, shoot and stem proliferation data from pineapple crown and banana inflorescence in vitro: Biochemical and antioxidant properties

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    ABM Sharif Hossain

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available The data article contains the experimental data and images on the callus cell, shoot and stem proliferation from pineapple crown slice and banana inflorescence in vitro. Investigated data are related to the research article “Effects of benzylaminopurine and naphthalene acetic acid on proliferation and shoot growth of pineapple (Ananas comosus L. Merr in vitro” Alsaif et al. (2011 [1] and “Plantlet Production through Development of Competent Multiple Meristem Cultures from Male Inflorescence of Banana, Musa acuminta cv. ׳Pisang Mas׳(AA” Wirakarnain et al. (2008 [2]. In the experimental data 1, physiological, (shoot weight, number length and stem proliferation biochemical (total sugar and chlorophyll and nutritional ((K+ and NO3− data using BAP, MS medium and NAA growth regulators in pineapple have been explored. In the experimental data 2, physiological, (callus weight, shoot number and length biochemical (total sugar, chlorophyll, total phenol, DPPH and nutritional (K+ and NO3− data employing BAP +IAA, MS medium and NAA growth regulators in banana have been exhibited. Overall quantitative measurement was observed by Spectrophotometer. In the experimental data, BAP was shown the best effective hormone for the both pineapple and banana explants regeneration.

  12. Effect of pineapple cropping on soil chemical and physical changes in Tha-yang soil series, Petchaburi province

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    Isuwan, A.

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available The experiment was conducted to investigate the effect of pineapple cropping on chemical and physical property changes of Tha-yang soil series, located on Tumbon Nong-ya-plong, Amphor Nong-yaplong,Petchaburi province. The experimental treatments were the different pineapple cropping soil ages arranged in a completely randomized design, consisting of undisturbed soil (year 0 and pineapple croppingsoil ages of 1, 4 and 8 years with 4 replications each. Soil samples were separated according to the soil level, namely Top-soil (0-15 cm. and Sub-soil (15-30 cm. for chemical and physical evaluation. The results showedthat soil chemical properties such as pH, OM, CEC, exchangeable Ca and Mg were decreased significantly (in both Top- and Sub-soil level, whereas available P and S were increased significantly in the 4-year soilsamples when compared with undisturbed soil. However, soil physical properties were not significantly different among cropping age treatments, except for clay particle in Top-soil which increased in the 4-year soil samples when compared with the 1-year soil samples and undisturbed soil. The results revealed thatpineapple cropping notably reduced soil fertility. As a result, soil resource management and plant nutrient management strategies must be carefully planned and implemented for sustainable pineapple production.

  13. Current status of tropical fruit breeding and genetics for three tropical fruit species cultivated in Japan: pineapple, mango, and papaya

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    Ogata, Tatsushi; Yamanaka, Shinsuke; Shoda, Moriyuki; Urasaki, Naoya; Yamamoto, Toshiya

    2016-01-01

    Tropical fruit crops are predominantly produced in tropical and subtropical developing countries, but some are now grown in southern Japan. Pineapple (Ananas comosus), mango (Mangifera indica) and papaya (Carica papaya) are major tropical fruits cultivated in Japan. Modern, well-organized breeding systems have not yet been developed for most tropical fruit species. Most parts of Japan are in the temperate climate zone, but some southern areas such as the Ryukyu Islands, which stretch from Kyushu to Taiwan, are at the northern limits for tropical fruit production without artificial heating. In this review, we describe the current status of tropical fruit breeding, genetics, genomics, and biotechnology of three main tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, and papaya) that are cultivated and consumed in Japan. More than ten new elite cultivars of pineapple have been released with improved fruit quality and suitability for consumption as fresh fruit. New challenges and perspectives for obtaining high fruit quality are discussed in the context of breeding programs for pineapple. PMID:27069392

  14. Governance, marketing and innovations in Beninese pineapple supply chains : a survey of smallholder farmers in South Benin

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    Arinloye, D.D.A.A.

    2013-01-01

    The main goal of the study was to identify an innovative approach that could overcome market quality and price information asymmetry issues in pineapple supply chain in Benin. Two case studies were conducted in Benin and Ghana, with an in-depth survey of 219 farmers in Benin. The study mapped the su

  15. Influence of weight and type of planting material on fruit quality and its heterogeneity in pineapple [Ananas comosus (L.) Merrill

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    Fassinou Hotegni, V.N.; Lommen, W.J.M.; Agbossou, E.K.; Struik, P.C.

    2015-01-01

    Cultural practices can affect the quality of pineapple fruits and its variation. The objectives of this study were to investigate (a) effects of weight class and type of planting material on fruit quality, heterogeneity in quality and proportion and yield of fruits meeting European export standards,

  16. Pineapple (Ananas comosus L. Merr.) wine production in Angola: Characterisation of volatile aroma compounds and yeast native flora.

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    Dellacassa, Eduardo; Trenchs, Oriol; Fariña, Laura; Debernardis, Florencia; Perez, Gabriel; Boido, Eduardo; Carrau, Francisco

    2017-01-16

    A pineapple vinification process was conducted through inoculated and spontaneous fermentation to develop a process suitable for a quality beverage during two successive vintages in Huambo, Angola. Wines obtained with the conventional Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain, were analysed by gas chromatography, and a total of 61 volatile constituents were detected in the volatile fraction and 18 as glycosidically bound aroma compounds. Concentration levels of carbonyl and sulphur compounds were in agreement with the limited information reported about pineapple fruits of other regions. We report, for the first time in pineapple wines, the presence of significant concentrations of lactones, ketones, terpenes, norisoprenoids and a variety of volatile phenols. Eight native yeast strains were isolated from spontaneous batches. Further single-strain fermentations allowed us to characterise their suitability for commercial fermentation. Three native strains (Hanseniaspora opuntiae, H. uvarum and Meyerozyma guilliermondii) were selected with sensory potential to ferment pineapple fruits with increased flavour diversity. Results obtained here contribute to a better understanding of quality fermentation alternatives of this tropical fruit in subtropical regions.

  17. Silencing of the ACC synthase gene ACACS2 causes delayed flowering in pineapple [Ananas comosus (L.) Merr.].

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    Trusov, Yuri; Botella, José Ramón

    2006-01-01

    Flowering is a crucial developmental stage in the plant life cycle. A number of different factors, from environmental to chemical, can trigger flowering. In pineapple, and other bromeliads, it has been proposed that flowering is triggered by a small burst of ethylene production in the meristem in response to environmental cues. A 1-amino-cyclopropane-1-carboxylate synthase (ACC synthase) gene has been cloned from pineapple (ACACS2), which is induced in the meristem under the same environmental conditions that induce flowering. Two transgenic pineapple lines have been produced containing co-suppression constructs designed to down-regulate the expression of the ACACS2 gene. Northern analysis revealed that the ACACS2 gene was silenced in a number of transgenic plants in both lines. Southern hybridization revealed clear differences in the methylation status of silenced versus non-silenced plants by the inability of a methylation-sensitive enzyme to digest within the ACACS2 DNA extracted from silenced plants, indicating that methylation is the cause of the observed co-suppression of the ACACS2 gene. Flowering characteristics of the transgenic plants were studied under field conditions in South East Queensland, Australia. Flowering dynamics studies revealed significant differences in flowering behaviour, with transgenic plants exhibiting silencing showing a marked delay in flowering when compared with non-silenced transgenic plants and control non-transformed plants. It is argued that the ACACS2 gene is one of the key contributors towards triggering 'natural flowering' in mature pineapples under commercial field conditions.

  18. Alteration of Porcine Serum Albumin Levels in Pork Meat by Marination in Kiwi or Pineapple Juice and Subsequent Pan Broiling.

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    Moon, Sung-Sil; Kim, Dongwook; Kim, Il-Suk; Ham, Jun-Sang; Park, Beom-Young; Jang, Aera

    2014-01-01

    This study was conducted to evaluate the changes in porcine serum albumin (PSA), a major allergen, which occur when raw pork ham is marinated with kiwi or pineapple juice, and/or when the ham is pan broiled at 300℃ for 4 min after marination. In this study, raw pork ham was soaked for 4 h or 8 h in marinades containing commercial marinating sauce only, commercial marinating sauce and 7% kiwi juice, or commercial marinating sauce and 7% pineapple juice. When the meat was marinated and then pan-broiled, pork ham meat protein was significantly denatured and hydrolyzed, and the level of PSA in the meat was significantly reduced. The PSA contents of pork broiled without marination, pork that had been marinated in commercial marinating sauce alone, pork that had been marinated in commercial marinating sauce with kiwi juice, and pork that had been marinated in commercial marinating sauce with pineapple juice, were 95.4, 43.3, 14.3, and 5.4 ng/mL, respectively (pkiwi juice; and marination for 8 h was more effective than marinating for 4 h. These results indicate that the level of PSA in pork ham is effectively reduced, when the meat is first marinated in sauces that contain kiwi or pineapple extracts for 8 h, rather than 4 h, and then cooked. Further study is needed to determine whether marinated pork meat reduces allergenicity in vivo, as well.

  19. Glycosylation is important for legumain localization and processing to active forms but not for cystatin E/M inhibitory functions.

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    Lunde, Ngoc Nguyen; Haugen, Mads Haugland; Bodin Larsen, Kristina Broe; Damgaard, Ingrid; Pettersen, Solveig J; Kasem, Roya; Rut, Wioletta; Drag, Marcin; Poreba, Marcin; Johansen, Harald Thidemann; Solberg, Rigmor

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    The asparaginyl endopeptidase legumain and its inhibitor cystatin E/M are endogenously glycosylated. However, little is known about the nature of the carbohydrate groups and whether they affect the functions of these proteins. In this study both glycosylated and unglycosylated forms of legumain and cystatin E/M were studied. HEK293 cell lines stably over-expressing legumain or cystatin E/M, and HCT116 cells were used as cell models, and mature legumain was purified from bovine kidneys. To obtain unglycosylated proteins, cells were treated with tunicamycin, an inhibitor of N-linked glycosylation, whereas PNGase F and Endo H were used to characterize the glycosylation types. Cells were incubated with glycosylated, unglycosylated proteins and/or legumain selective activity-based probe, and legumain and/or cystatin E/M was studied by activity measurement, ELISA or immunoblotting in cell lysates or conditioned media. Legumain and probe in whole cells were studied by immunofluorescence. The carbohydrates on legumain were shown to be of the hybrid or high mannose type, whereas cystatin E/M was characterized as complex mannose-linked. While glycosylated prolegumain was able to autoactivate, the unglycosylated form was not, and addition of glycosaminoglycans did not facilitate autoactivation of unglycosylated prolegumain. Glycosylated prolegumain was internalized and processed to the mature active form, but no internalization of unglycosylated prolegumain was observed. A Cy5-labelled legumain specific activity-based probe (MP-L09) was synthesized and shown to be a novel tool to study intracellular legumain. Also, internalization of mature legumain (36 kDa) was visualized both alone and complexed with probe. Contrary to the importance of legumain glycosylation, both glycosylated and unglycosylated cystatin E/M showed similar capacity to inhibit legumain. In conclusion, glycosylation of prolegumain is necessary for correct processing to active forms and internalization

  20. Growth model of the pineapple guava fruit as a function of thermal time and altitude

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    Alfonso Parra-Coronado

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The growth of the pineapple guava fruit is primarily stimulated by temperature but is also influenced by other climactic factors, such as altitude. The goal of this study was to develop a growth model for the pineapple guava fruit as a function of thermal time (GDD, growing-degree day and altitude (H of the production area. Twenty trees per farm were marked in two sites in the Cundinamarca department (Colombia during the 2012 and 2014 seasons. The measurements were performed every seven days after day 96 and 99 post-anthesis until harvest in the sites of Tenjo (2,580 m.a.s.l. and San Francisco de Sales (1,800 m.a.s.l., respectively. A growth model was produced for weight as a function of fruit length and diameter as well as for the weight of the fruit as a function of GDD and H, with this last measure adjusted to a sigmoidal logistic growth model. The parameters for the regression analysis showed that the models satisfactorily predicted fruit growth for both of the sites, with a high determination coefficient. The cross-validation showed good statistical fit between the predicted and observed models; the intercept was not significantly different than zero, and the slope was statistically equal to one.

  1. Development and quality of pineapple guava fruit in two locations with different altitudes in Cundinamarca, Colombia

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    Alfonso Parra-Coronado

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Fruit growth is stimulated by different weather conditions. The aim of this study was to determine the influence of weather conditions on the physicochemical properties of pineapple guava fruit growth. Twenty trees were marked in two production areas located at different altitudes (1,800 and 2,580 m.a.s.l., and measurements were performed every 7 days from 99 and 141 days post-anthesis to harvest at altitudes of 1,800 and 2,580 m.a.s.l., respectively. The results indicate that altitude and weather conditions greatly influence the growth and development of pineapple guava fruit, and these effects are primarily manifested in the physical characteristics of the fruit. The weight and size of the fruit at harvest are directly related to the altitude of the production area. The weather condition that has the greatest impact on total titratable acidity at harvest is cumulative radiation during fruit growth; the highest value of total soluble solids at harvest corresponds to the location with the higher altitude, lower rainfall and relative humidity and higher cumulative radiation during the fruit growth period. The hue angle and pulp firmness at harvest are not influenced by the location or weather conditions at any location and do not determine the fruit quality at harvest time.

  2. Antimicrobial and aromatic edible coating on fresh-cut pineapple preservation

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    Raphaela Gabri Bitencourt

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The present research aimed to develop an edible coating incorporated with mint essential oil, evaluate its effectiveness in inhibiting in vitro microbial development, and improve both quality and shelf-life of fresh-cut pineapple. Mint essential oil-containing edible coatings showed in vitro antimicrobial efficiency against Escherichia coli and Salmonella Enteritidis. Titratable acidity, pH, and texture were not affected (P>0.05 by coating or storage time. Mass loss was not higher than 1.0% after the 6th day of storage. No effect of storage time and coating on total soluble solids was observed. Mint essential oil-containing coatings inhibited the growth of yeasts and molds in fresh-cut pineapple. Compared to uncoated and control-coated samples, mint essential oil-containing coatings lessened psychrotrophic bacteria counts throughout storage. Counts of thermotolerant coliforms were not higher than 3.0MPN·g-1 in all treatments, whereas no Salmonella sp. was detected during the 6-day storage. Mint essential oil provided a strong flavor to the fruit, as shown by sensory evaluations.

  3. Correlates of Queen Pineapple (AnanascomosusLinn Farming Practices in Camarines Norte, Philippines

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    Sonia S. Carbonell

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to provide valuable information about the realities of the Queen pineapple (QP farmers in Camarines Norte, highlighting their farming practices and worldview about sustainable development. Most of the respondents are owner-operator having a mean farm size of 1.33 hectares devoted to queen pineapple farming and crop diversification with two to seven crops combined to augment income. Cropping pattern employed by most of the respondents is multiple cropping, specifically intercropping, rotational cropping, and fallowing. Soil nutrient and weed management of most respondents is conventional: inorganic fertilizers and chemical based, respectively. However, pest control management by most of the respondents is of the alternative method. Overall, QP farmer respondents were found to be practicing alternative farming methods. The problems cited by the respondents were mainly production, marketing and communication-related. The respondents showed that they have moved towards alternative farming. However, more attention should be given to soil nutrient and weed management practices. Strengthening communication-related activities, improved technology, and ensured availability of resources is necessary to have good avenue for change. These findings should make agencies concerned to promote alternative farming and sustainable agriculture. The significant attributes of the QP farmer respondents can be used as entry point for any development program to fully advocate alternative farming among the local people as a social movement.

  4. Cell wall alterations in the leaves of fusariosis-resistant and susceptible pineapple cultivars.

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    de Farias Viégas Aquije, Glória Maria; Zorzal, Poliana Belisário; Buss, David Shaun; Ventura, José Aires; Fernandes, Patricia Machado Bueno; Fernandes, Antonio Alberto Ribeiro

    2010-10-01

    Fusariosis, caused by the fungus Fusarium subglutinans f. sp. ananas (Syn. F. guttiforme), is one of the main phytosanitary threats to pineapple (Ananas comosus var. comosus). Identification of plant cell responses to pathogens is important in understanding the plant-pathogen relationship and establishing strategies to improve and select resistant cultivars. Studies of the structural properties and phenolic content of cell walls in resistant (Vitoria) and susceptible (Perola) pineapple cultivars, related to resistance to the fungus, were performed. The non-chlorophyll base of physiologically mature leaves was inoculated with a conidia suspension. Analyses were performed post-inoculation by light, atomic force, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and measurement of cell wall-bound phenolic compounds. Non-inoculated leaves were used as controls to define the constitutive tissue characteristics. Analyses indicated that morphological differences, such as cell wall thickness, cicatrization process and lignification, were related to resistance to the pathogen. Atomic force microscopy indicated a considerable difference in the mechanical properties of the resistant and susceptible cultivars, with more structural integrity, associated with higher levels of cell wall-bound phenolics, found in the resistant cultivar. p-Coumaric and ferulic acids were shown to be the major phenolics bound to the cell walls and were found in higher amounts in the resistant cultivar. Leaves of the resistant cultivar had reduced fungal penetration and a faster and more effective cicatrization response compared to the susceptible cultivar.

  5. Biosorption of Basic Green 4 from aqueous solution by Ananas comosus (pineapple) leaf powder.

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    Chowdhury, Shamik; Chakraborty, Sagnik; Saha, Papita

    2011-06-01

    Biosorption characteristics of Ananas comosus (pineapple) leaf powder was investigated for decolorization of Basic Green 4 (BG 4), a cationic dye from its aqueous solutions employing a batch experimental set-up. Parameters that influence the sorption process such as pH, biosorbent dosage, contact time, initial dye concentration and temperature were systematically studied. The optimum conditions for removal of BG 4 were found to be pH 9.0, contact time=150 min, biosorbent dosage=5.0 g L(-1), initial dye concentration=50 mg L(-1). The temperature had a strong influence on the biosorption process. Further, the biosorbent was characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Brunauer, Emmett, Teller (BET) surface area and pore size analysis. Experimental biosorption data were modeled by Langmuir, Freundlich and Dubinin-Radushkevich (D-R) isotherms. The biosorption process followed the Langmuir isotherm model with high coefficients of correlation (R(2)>0.99) at different temperatures. The pseudo second order kinetic model fitted well in correlation to the experimental results. Activation energy of the biosorption process (E(a)) was found to be 45.79 kJ mol(-1) by using the Arrhenius equation, indicating chemisorption nature of BG 4 sorption onto pineapple leaf powder. Thermodynamic parameters suggest that the biosorption process is spontaneous and exothermic in nature. Overall, the present findings suggest that this environmentally friendly, efficient and low-cost biosorbent may be useful for the removal of BG 4 from aqueous media.

  6. Novel biocomposite of carboxymethyl chitosan and pineapple peel carboxymethylcellulose as sunscreen carrier.

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    Wongkom, Lucksanee; Jimtaisong, Ampa

    2017-02-01

    This study aims to prepare of biocomposite of carboxymethyl chitosan (CM-chitosan) and carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) from Ananas comosus (pineapple) peel for use as broad spectrum sunscreen carrier. Biocomposite was produced by using ferulic acid (FA), a plant extract, as crosslinker with the optimal ratio of CMC: CM-chitosan: FA at 1:2:4%w. FT-IR technique demonstrated that crosslinking may occur at amine group of CM-chitosan and carboxyl group of FA and hydrogen bonding between hydroxyl group of CMC and carboxyl group of FA. Biocomposite is pale yellow powder and present fibre bundle-like surface in the SEM image. DSC, TGA and XRD results indicated that new compound was formed. The particle size of biocomposite is 626nm determined by using Zetasizer. Hydrophilic TiO2 and phenylbenzimidazole sulphonic acid (PBSA) were used as sunscreen agent at ratio of TiO2: PBSA at 2:1%w. The biocomposite sunscreen possesses the SPF value of 2.47 with boost star rating of 3 at 2% compound. The results obtained indicate that the biocomposite was successfully prepared from CM-chitosan and pineapple peel CMC and the system can be used as matrix delivery system for hydrophilic sunscreens.

  7. EFFICIENT USE OF TEMPORARY IMMERSION BIOREACTOR (TIB ON PINEAPPLE (Ananas comosus L. MULTIPLICATION AND ROOTING ABILITY

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    Biruk Ayenew

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Pineapple (Ananas comosus L. is one of the most potential fruit crop growing in Ethiopia due to suitable agro-ecology and economic importance. However, it is difficult to meet the demand for planting materials using the conventional propagation techniques due to production inefficiency and disease transmission. The experiment is laid in Completely Randomized Design with three treatments of vessels used along its media type, Temporary Immersion Bioreactor, TIB (RITA®, Vitropic, France , Glass jam jar and plastic jars , replicated six times on MS medium. A highly significant difference (p<0.001 was observed between culturing vessels with the same media supplement. From this study, it was found that pineapple explants cultured on TIB having full strength MS media supplemented with 2 mgl-1BA and 30gl–1 sucrose was found to be better which gave an average multiplication of 13.17 shoots per explant within six weeks of culture. Similarly plantlets cultured on TIB with half strength MS media supplemented with 3mgl-1 IBA and 40 g l-1 sucrose developed on average 16.33 roots having 6.27 cm length with well developed hairy root in four weeks of culture period that performed better in acclimatization facility and open field too.

  8. Productivity and nutrient cycling in an agroforestry ecosystem for interplant of pineapple and coconut

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    1999-01-01

    In this paper, the biomass productivity and nutrient cycling in an agroforestry system of coconut (Cocus nucifera ) interplanted with pineapple (Ananas comosus) had been studied. The result showed that the biomass productivity of this ecosystem was 47 460 kg·hm-2·a-1, which was 4.3 times as much as that of pure coconut plantation. In the biological cycling of N, P, K elements, the total annual retention was 559.470 kg·hm-2, the annual return was 410.745 kg·hm-2, the annual uptake was 970.475 kg·hm-2, respectively. The average circulation rate in three nutrient elements (N, P, K) was 42.32%, which was 27.53% more than that in pure coconut stands. Coconut interplanted with pineapple was proved to be one of optimum cultural patterns, which had the higher biomass productivity, and better usage efficiency of environment resources in tropical areas.

  9. Purification, characterization, and antifungal activity of chitinases from pineapple (Ananas comosus) leaf.

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    Taira, Toki; Toma, Noriko; Ishihara, Masanobu

    2005-01-01

    Three chitinases, designated pineapple leaf chitinase (PL Chi)-A, -B, and -C were purified from the leaves of pineapple (Ananas comosus) using chitin affinity column chromatography followed by several column chromatographies. PL Chi-A is a class III chitinase having a molecular mass of 25 kDa and an isoelectric point of 4.4. PL Chi-B and -C are class I chitinases having molecular masses of 33 kDa and 39 kDa and isoelectric points of 7.9 and 4.6 respectively. PL Chi-C is a glycoprotein and the others are simple proteins. The optimum pHs of PL Chi-A, -B, and -C toward glycolchitin are pH 3, 4, and 9 respectively. The chitin-binding ability of PL Chi-C is higher than that of PL Chi-B, and PL Chi-A has lower chitin-binding ability than the others. At low ionic strength, PL Chi-B exhibits strong antifungal activity toward Trichoderma viride but the others do not. At high ionic strength, PL Chi-B and -C exhibit strong and weak antifungal activity respectively. PL Chi-A does not have antifungal activity.

  10. Growth of Byssochlamys nivea in pineapple juice under the effect of water activity and ascospore age

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    M Zimmermann

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available The study of thermal resistant mould, including Byssochlamys nivea, is of extreme importance since it has been associated with fruit and fruit products. The aim of this work is to analyze the influence of water activity (a w and ascospore age (I on the growth of Byssochlamys nivea in pineapple juice. Mold growth was carried out under different conditions of water activity (a w (0.99, 0.96, 0.95, 0.93, 0.90 and ascospore age (I (30, 51, 60, 69, 90 days. Growth parameters as length of adaptation phase (λ, maximum specific growth rate (µmax and maximum diameter reached by the colony (λ were obtained through the fit of the Modified Gompertz model to experimental data (measuring radial colony diameter. Statistica 6.0 was used for statistical analyses (significance level α = 0.05. The results obtained clearly showed that water activity is statistically significant and that it influences all growth parameters, while ascospore age does not have any statistically significant influence on growth parameters. Also, these data showed that by increasing a w from 0.90 to 0.99, the λ value substantially decreased, while µmax and λ values rose. The data contributed for the understanding of the behavior of B. nivea in pineapple juice. Therefore, it provided mathematical models that can well predict growth parameters, also helping on microbiological control and products' shelf life determination.

  11. Diazotrophic bacteria and nitrogen fertilization on the growth of micropropagated pineapple plantlets during acclimatization

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    Aurilena de Aviz Silva

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: This study examines the effect of inoculation with diazotrophic bacteria and nitrogen fertilization on the growth of micropropagated pineapple cv. 'Vitória' plantlets during the acclimatization period. The experiment was carried out in a greenhouse in Campos dos Goytacazes, in randomized blocks, using a 2x5x5 factorial scheme, with the factors being two types of inocula (absence or presence of a mixture of diazotrophic bacteria that contained Burkholderia sp. UENF 114111, Burkholderia silvatlantica UENF 11711, and Herbaspirillum seropedicae HRC 54, five levels of urea (0, 2, 5, 7, and 10g L-1, and five evaluation periods (30, 60, 90, 120, and 150 days following the planting of plantlets in trays, and with four replications of each treatment. An increase in the dried weight of shoots and roots of micropropagated pineapple cv. 'Vitória' plants depended on inoculation with diazotrophic bacteria, and plantlets acclimatization could be reduced by up to 57 days, depending on the concentration of urea fertilizer.

  12. 胡萝卜菠萝酸奶的研制%Development of Yoghurt with Carrot and Pineapple

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    张继成

    2012-01-01

    以鲜牛乳和胡萝卜、菠萝为主要原料,以保加利亚乳杆菌、嗜热链球菌和双歧杆菌作为发酵剂,采用感官品质评价和正交试验方法,研究胡萝卜菠萝酸奶的加工工艺.结果表明,胡萝卜菠萝酸奶加工制作的最佳配方及工艺条件为:在鲜牛乳中添加10%的胡萝卜和菠萝汁(胡萝卜汁∶菠萝汁=1∶2),8%的白砂糖,菌种添加量为4%(保加利亚乳杆菌∶嗜热链球菌∶双歧杆菌=1∶2∶1),在42 ℃下发酵4h,经冷却后熟后,制得的胡萝卜菠萝酸奶具有均匀的橙红色和独特的胡萝卜菠萝风味,其凝块均匀一致,表面细腻光滑,硬度、黏度适中,酸甜可口,清爽润喉,无异味,无或有少量的乳清析出,符合酸奶标准.%Using fresh milk, carrots and pineapples as the main raw materials, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Streptococcus thermophilus and Bacillus bifidus as the starter, the processing technology of carrot pineapple yoghurt was studied, through sensory evaluation and orthogonal test method. The results showed that, the optimum formula and processing technology of carrot pineapple yoghurt were as follows: added 10% carrot and pineapple juice (carrot juice :pineapple juice = 1 -2) to fresh milk, 8% white sugar and 4% bacteria (Lactobacillus bulgaricus 'Streptococcus thermophilus: Bacillus bifidus = 1:2:1), fermented for 4 hours at 42 ℃ and then cooled down. The obtained carrot pineapple yoghurt had a uniform orange red color and clot, unique flavor of carrot and pineapple, smooth appearance, moderate hardness and viscosity, suitable acid and sweet flavor, no off-flavor, and no or a little of whey separtion, and was in line with the yogurt standard.

  13. Physical and mechanical properties of poly(hydroxybutyrate-co-hydroxyvalerate) and its pineapple fiber-reinforced composites

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    Luo, Shuiyuan

    2000-10-01

    Recently, there has been considerable research on biodegradable polymers because of the complex plastic waste management created by the mostly non-degradable polymers and polymer-based composites. In this dissertation, physical and mechanical properties of poly(hydroxybutyrate-co-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV), a degradable polymer, and its pineapple fiber-reinforced composites are discussed. CHAPTER ONE introduces the PHBV polymer, natural cellulose fibers, and polymeric composites including the fiber/matrix interface. The degradability of PHBV is also briefly discussed. CHAPTER TWO describes the effects of thermal processing time on the properties of PHBV. At processing conditions of 180°C and 140 MPa, PHBV underwent significant, random chain scission. As a result, tensile properties deteriorated. DSC and SAXS results show that thermally degraded PHBVs had different thermal properties and lamellar morphology. CHAPTER THREE reports the effects of 60Co gamma-radiation on the properties of PHBV. Under 60Co gamma-radiation random chain scission but no cross-linking occurred in PHBV. Chain scission occurs probably in the amorphous region. As a result, thermal and tensile properties are significantly affected. CHAPTER FOUR describes properties of pineapple fibers, the interface between pineapple fiber and PHBV, and properties of pineapple fiber-reinforced PHBV "green" composites. Pineapple fiber has enough strength to be used as reinforcement in composites with intermediate strength. Interfacial shear strength was moderate. The mechanical properties of PHBV were significantly improved, and were comparable to some woods. CHAPTER FIVE presents the mechanical and thermal properties of unidirectional, degradable, environment-friendly "green" composites made from pineapple fibers and PHBV resin. Tensile and flexural properties of the "green" composites with different fiber contents were investigated. The presence of pineapple fibers did not affect the non

  14. Influence of point mutations on the stability, dimerization and oligomerization of human cystatin C and its L68Q variant

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    Aneta eSzymanska

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Human cystatin C (hCC is a small but very intriguing protein. Produced by all nucleated cells is found in almost all tissues and body fluids where, at physiological conditions, plays a role of a very potent inhibitor of cysteine proteases. Biologically active hCC is a monomeric protein but during cellular trafficking it forms dimers, transiently loosing its inhibitory activity. In vitro, dimerization of cystatin C was observed for the mature protein during crystallization trials, revealing that the mechanism of this process is based on the three dimensional swapping of the protein domains. In our work we have focused on the impact of two proposed hot spots in cystatin C structure on its conformational stability. Encouraged by promising results of the theoretical calculations, we designed and produced several hCC hinge region point mutation variants that display a variety of conformational stability and propensity for dimerization and aggregation. A similar approach, i.e. rational mutagenesis, has been also applied to study the amyloidogenic L68Q variant to determine the contribution of hydrophobic interactions and steric effect on the stability of monomeric cystatin C. In this overview we would like to summarize the results of our studies. The impact of a particular mutation on the properties of the studied proteins will be presented in the context of their thermal and mechanical stability, in vitro dimerization tendency as well as the outcome of crystallization. Better understanding of the mechanism and, especially, factors affecting conformational stability of cystatin C and access to stable monomeric and dimeric versions of the protein opens new perspectives in explaining the role of dimers and the domain swapping process in hCC oligomerization, as well as designing potential inhibitors of this process.

  15. A physiologically regulated multidomain cystatin of wheat shows stage-dependent immunity against Karnal Bunt (Tilletia indica).

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    Purwar, Shalini; Sundaram, Shanthy; Verma, Praveen; Srivastava, Shaili; Kumar, Anil

    2012-12-01

    To identify novel components of basal resistance against the Tellitia indica of wheat, breeding for disease resistance was carried out on resistant and susceptible genotype of Karnal Bunt. The different members of wheat cystatin gene families were cloned, and their role in triggering differential resistance through co-expression was analyzed in our lab. The multidomain wheat cystatin (WCM) is a proteinase inhibitor characterized by cloning the gene from susceptible (WH542) and resistant genotype (HD 29). A WCM cDNA was isolated from both genotypes and sequenced. The WCM had a highly conserved N-terminal cystatin domain and a long C-terminal extension containing a second region, which exhibited similarity to the cystatin domain. The expression level was significantly (P > 0.001) higher in resistant compared to susceptible genotype at all the physiological stages of wheat spikes. In order to characterize the biochemical properties of WCM, the coding sequence was expressed in Escherichia coli using pET expression vector. The recombinant WCM was purified from soluble fraction of the cell extract by using affinity chromatography. WCM, with 23 KDa molecular mass, showed cysteine proteinase inhibitory activity against papain (Ki 3.039 × 10(-7) M) as determined by using BAPNA as substrate. Furthermore, it was able to arrest the fungal mycelial growth of T. indica. Hyphae growth was inhibited, and morphological changes such as swelling and fragmentation of the fungus were observed. Overall, these observations suggest an endogenous high expression of cystatin, possibly associated with the resistance of wheat against Karnal bunt.

  16. TcCYS4, a cystatin from cocoa, reduces necrosis triggered by MpNEP2 in tobacco plants.

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    Santana, L S; Costa, M G C; Pirovani, N M; Almeida, A F; Alvim, F C; Pirovani, C P

    2014-09-26

    In Brazil, most cocoa bean production occurs in Southern Bahia. Witches' broom disease arrived in this area in 1989 and has since caused heavy losses in production. The disease is caused by the basidiomycete fungus Moniliophthora perniciosa, a hemibiotrophic fungus that produces the necrosis and ethylene-inducting protein (MpNEP2) during infection; this protein can activate cysteine proteases and induce programmed cell death. Cysteine proteases can be modulated by cystatin. In this study, we overexpressed TcCYS4, a cocoa cystatin, in tobacco plants and evaluated the effect on MpNEP2 in model plants. Tccys4 cDNA was cloned into the pCAMBIA 1390 vector and inserted into the tobacco plants via Agrobacterium tumefaciens. Transgene expression was analyzed by reverse transcription-quantitative PCR and Western blot analysis. Transcript and protein levels in Tcccys4:tobacco lines were 8.9- and 1.5-fold higher than in wild-type plants (wt). Tcccys4:tobacco lines showed no change in growth compared to wt plants. CO2 net assimilation (A) increased in Tcccys4:tobacco lines compared to wt plants. Only one line showed statistically significant stomatal conductance (gs) and transpiration rate (E) changes. MpNEP2 was infiltered into the foliar mesophyll of Tcccys4:tobacco lines and wt plants, and necrotic lesions were attenuated in lines highly expressing Tccys4. Our results suggest that cocoa cystatin TcCYS4 affects MpNEP2 activity related to the progression of programmed cell death in tobacco plants. This may occur through the action of cystatin to inhibit cysteine proteases activated by MpNEP2 in plant tissues. Further studies are necessary to examine cystatin in the Theobroma cacao-M. perniciosa pathosystem.

  17. 血清cystatin C对小儿肾功能受损诊断的评价

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    刘金石

    2015-01-01

    目的研究和观察在小儿肾功能受损诊断中使用血清cystatin C的诊断价值。方法收集在我院进行体检的健康儿共60例作为对照组,另收集肾小球肾炎患儿共100例,将肾功能处于正常期的患儿56例作为观察组1,肾功能处于不全代偿期的患儿44例作为观察组2,所有研究对象均接受血清cystatin C、血肌酐、血尿素氮的检测。结果观察组1的血清cystatin C明显高于对照组,<0.05,但两组的血肌酐、血尿素氮没有显著差异;观察组2的血清cystatin C和血肌酐显著高于对照组,均<0.05。结论在小儿肾功能受损的诊断当中,血清cystatin C能够敏感地反应患儿肾功能的受损程度,可将其作为肾小球肾炎的早期诊断指标。

  18. Establishment and evaluation of estimated glomerular filtration rate by serum cystatin C alone and in combination with serum creatinine in patients with chronic kidney disease

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    杨渝伟

    2013-01-01

    Objective To establish equations for estimating glomerular filtration rate(GFR)based on serum Cystatin C (CysC) and creatinine(Cr) concentration in Chinese adult patients with chronic kidney disease(CKD)

  19. Expression and Clinical Significance of Cystatin M in Breast Cancer and Metastatic Cancer%胱蛋白M在乳腺癌及其转移癌中的表达和临床意义

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    闫哲

    2012-01-01

    Objective: This study aims to explore the expression and clinical significance of cystatin M in breast cancer. Methods: Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction was used to measure the level of cystatin M mRNA in 108 samples of breast cancer, 30 metastatic cancer, and 24 normal breast tissues. The relationship between the expression of cystatin M gene in human breast cancer and the clinilcopathological features was analyzed. Results: The cystatin M expression levels in breast cancer are correlated with TNM staging and clinical size of the tumor. The expression levels of cystatin M in breast cancer tissue are not significantly different from normal breast tissues and metastatic cancer tissues. Cystatin M expression levels in breast cancer are not correlated with lymph node metastasis, axillary lymph node status, histological grade, or pathological type. Cystatin M expression levels in breast cancer and metastatic cancer are not correlated with Her-2, ER, or PR status. Cystatin M expression levels in breast cancer are correlated with the overall survival. Conclusions: Whether cystatin M can be used as a prognostic marker for breast cancer metastasis still needs further studies.%目的:探讨胱蛋白M(Cystatin M)在乳腺癌及转移癌中的表达和临床意义.方法:采用RT-PCR检测108例乳腺癌标本,30例转移癌标本及24例癌旁正常乳腺组织中Cystatin M mRNA,分析Cystatin M基因表达与临床病理参数和预后的关系.结果:乳腺癌标本中Cystatin M表达水平在Ⅰ/Ⅱ期乳腺癌患者中较高,而在Ⅲ/Ⅳ期乳腺癌患者中较低,差异有统计学意义;Cystatin M在5 cm以下肿瘤中表达较高,而在5 cm以上肿瘤中表达较低,差异有统计学意义;乳腺癌标本中CystatinM表达与正常乳腺组织中CystatinM表达差异无统计学意义;乳腺癌标本中CystatinM与转移癌标本中CystatinM表达差异无统计学意义;乳腺癌标本中CystatinM表达水平与乳腺癌患者是否发生

  20. Inhibition of plant-pathogenic fungi by the barley cystatin Hv-CPI (gene Icy) is not associated with its cysteine-proteinase inhibitory properties.

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    Martínez, M; López-Solanilla, E; Rodríguez-Palenzuela, P; Carbonero, P; Díaz, I

    2003-10-01

    The recombinant barley cystatin Hv-CPI inhibited the growth of three phytopathogenic fungi (Botrytis cinerea, Colletotrichum graminicola, and Plectosphaerella cucumerina) and the saprotrophic fungus Trichoderma viride. Several mutants of barley cystatin were generated by polymerase chain reaction approaches and both their antifungal and their cysteine-proteinase inhibitory properties investigated. Point mutants R38-->G, Q63-->L, and Q63-->P diminished their capacity for inhibiting papain and cathepsin B, retaining their antifungal properties. However, mutant C68-->G was more active for papain and cathepsin B than the wild type. These results indicate that in addition to the consensus cystatin-reactive site, Q63-V64-V65-A66-G67, the A37-R38-F39-A40-V41 region, common to all cereal cystatins, and the C68 residue are important for barley cystatin activity. On the other hand, the K92-->P mutant is inactive as a fungicide, but still retains measurable inhibitory activity for papain and cathepsin B. Against B. cinerea, the antifungal effect of Hv-CPI and of its derived mutants does not always correlate with their activities as proteinase inhibitors, because the Q63-->P mutant is inactive as a cystatin, while still inhibiting fungal growth, and the K92-->P mutant shows the reciprocal effects. These data indicate that inhibition of plant-pathogenic fungi by barley cystatin is not associated with its cysteine-proteinase inhibitory activity. Moreover, these results are corroborated by the absence of inhibition of intra- and extramycelia-proteinase activities by barley cystatin and by other well-known inhibitors of cysteine-proteinase activity in the fungal zymograms of B. cinerea.