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In spite of several classification attempts among taxa of the genus Lepus, phylogenetic relationships still remain poorly understood. Here, we present molecular genetic evidence that may resolve some of the current incongruities in the phylogeny of the leporids. The complete mitochondrial cytb, 12S genes, and parts of ND4 and control region fragments were(More)
A database consisting of 168 dipeptides and 140 tripeptides was constructed from published literature to study the quantitative structure--activity relationships of angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitory peptides. Two models were computed using partial least squares regression based on the three z-scores of 20 coded amino acids and further(More)
Prevention and management of hypertension are the major public health challenges worldwide. Uncontrolled high blood pressure may lead to a shortened life expectancy and a higher morbidity due to a high risk of cardiovascular complications such as coronary heart disease (which leads to heart attack) and stroke, congestive heart failure, heart rhythm(More)
To simplify the method of ACE-inhibitory peptide production, defatted canola meal was subjected to enzymatic proteolysis. Alcalase 2.4 L and protease M "Amano" were found to be the most efficient enzymes in releasing ACE-inhibitory peptides from canola proteins among 13 tested enzymes. The IC(50) values of canola protein hydrolysates ranged from 18.1 to(More)
Egg is a well-known rich source of bioactive peptides. In this study, egg protein (egg white and egg yolk proteins) hydrolysates were produced with gastrointestinal enzymes (pepsin and pancreatin) or nongastrointestinal enzymes (thermolysin and alcalase), and fractionated by ultrafiltration and cation exchange chromatography. Angiotensin-I converting enzyme(More)
A rapid and sensitive assay was developed for determination of the activity of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) in the presence of inhibitory peptides present in soybean protein hydrolysates. The method utilizes reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) to separate and quantify hippuryl-histidyl-leucine (HHL) and hippuric acid (HA).(More)
Egg storage causes egg white to lose its viscous nature to form a thin liquid, commonly referred to as egg white thinning. To understand the mechanisms underlying egg white thinning, white-shell eggs were used in the present study to determine the proteome-level changes of egg white proteins occurred during storage. Egg white thinning was observed visually(More)
Egg white is considered as a rich source of high quality proteins with various bioactive peptide fractions. Enzymatic hydrolysis of proteins can be used to release bioactive fractions and different enzymes have different abilities in releasing such bioactive fractions depending on the enzyme's site of activity on a protein. In this study, several proteases(More)
The biomass and productivity of Schima superba-Castanopsis carlesii forests in Tiantong, Zhejiang Province, were determined using overlapping quadrants and stem analyses. The total community biomass was (225.3±30.1) t hm−2, of which the aboveground parts accounted for 72.0% and the underground parts accounted for 28.0%. About 87.2% of biomass existed in the(More)
To explore the expression of cytosolic thymidine kinase 1 (TK1) as a cell proliferative marker in human breast cancers, immunohistochemistry was used to detect the expression of TK1 in 52 malignant breast lesions, 20 benign breast lesions, and 16 normal breast tissues. The results were compared to the expression of proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA)(More)