Let me introduce you to zein

Zein is a protein in corn (“maize” outside the U.S.) that, if held side-by-side against the gliadin protein of wheat, rye, or barley, overlaps substantially in structure (i.e., amino acid sequence). In other words, the zein protein of corn resembles the gliadin protein of other grains—not identical but with overlapping similarities in structure. This should come as no surprise, as corn and other grains share evolutionary history as grasses, not to mention ongoing exchange of genetic material over eons, given the impressive promiscuity of grasses and their ability to share and combine genetic material. (Recall how 14-chromosome ancient einkorn wheat mated with various wild grasses over the last several thousand years to yield modern 42-chromosome Triticum aestivum wheat.) Zein and gliadin are examples of prolamin proteins, a class of proteins in grasses. They are called prolamins because they are unusually rich in the amino acid, proline. Zein represents nearly half the protein in corn. (Beyond proteins, the remaining constituents of corn are largely carbohydrate-fibers, amylopectin and amylose. This explains why, when corn is reduced to a powder, as in corn meal or cornstarch, the glycemic index is the highest of any food, and why corn is used to make high-fructose corn syrup. Yes: corn is a flagrant contributor to high blood sugars, insulin resistance, inflammation, visceral fat accumulation, type 2 diabetes, and all the unhealthy phenomena associ...
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Abstract This paper reports work aimed at extending previous studies of the sonochemical method for forming microspheres. It shows that a previously reported method for encapsulating and delivering hydrophilic species using a 'double emulsion' method can be used with chitosan or thiolated poly(methacrylic acid), PMAASH, based systems. One particular application involves targeted catalysis where gold nanoparticles are incorporated into chitosan microspheres and can be released to catalyse the borohydride reduction of 4-nitrophenol. Also reported is the use of ultrasound to 'trigger' the reduction reaction of 4-nitr...
Source: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry - Category: Chemistry Authors: Tags: Ultrason Sonochem Source Type: research
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Source: Carbohydrate Polymers - Category: Biomedical Science Source Type: research
In this study, the effect of soluble polysaccharides (SPs) produced during rice straw saccharification on the formation of extracellular matrices (EMs) by the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae was investigated. SPs were characterized by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). SPs reduced the inhibition of alcohol dehydrogenase activity by phenolic acids (PAs) and regulated the intracellular redox state, resulting in higher ethanol production. The results of flow cytometry, confocal laser scanning microscopy, and atomic force microscopy indicated that PAs changed micro...
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Publication date: Available online 18 May 2019Source: Carbohydrate PolymersAuthor(s): Jun Liang, Jing Wang, Saijie Li, Lu Xu, Rui Wang, Ruipeng Chen, Yunfeng SunAbstractThe control of chitosan/silver nanoparticle composite microsphere (CAgMs) size is crucial for tuning its function. In the current work, monodisperse organically-modified CAgMs with controllable size were synthesized using a two-step method. The fine-tuning of the microsphere size was confirmed by many reaction parameters while the cross-linking agent was the key research object. Through physical and thermodynamic analysis, we found the cross-linking agent-i...
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Publication date: Available online 18 May 2019Source: Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular DiseasesAuthor(s): Q.Y. Song, J.Y. Song, C.X. Li, Z. Liu, Yang Wang, L. Qi, Yan Wang, H.J. WangAbstractBackgrounds and Aims: The insulin receptor substrate 1 (IRS1) rs2943650 was found to be associated with obesity in adults, but the association has not been evaluated in children. The present study aimed to examine whether IRS1 rs2943650 was associated with obesity in Chinese children, and explore the interaction between rs2943650 and physical activity.Methods and resultsIRS1 rs2943650 was genotyped in 3303 Chinese children aged ...
Source: Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases - Category: Nutrition Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
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