Juan Alberto Ascacio-Valdés

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Wine lees are the residue formed at the bottom of recipients containing wine after fermentation and are mainly composed of yeast. They can be applied for the recovery of value-added phytochemicals owing to the ability of yeast to form molecular interactions with (poly)phenolic compounds. This study aimed to evaluate the potential use of lees obtained as(More)
OBJECTIVE To study antifungal activity of a new ellagitannin isolated from the plant residues of Euphorbia antisyphilitica (E. antisyphilitica) Zucc in the wax extraction process. METHODS An extract was prepared from dehydrated and pulverized residues and fractionated by liquid chromatography on Amberilte XAD-16, until obtained an ellagitannin-rich(More)
Our research group has found preliminary evidences of the fungal biodegradation pathway of ellagitannins, revealing first the existence of an enzyme responsible for ellagitannins degradation, which hydrolyzes pomegranate ellagitannins and it was called ellagitannase or elagitannin acyl hydrolase. However, it is necessary to generate new and clear(More)
Fungal hydrolysis of ellagitannins produces hexahydroxydiphenic acid, which is considered an intermediate molecule in ellagic acid release. Ellagic acid has important and desirable beneficial health properties. The aim of this work was to identify the effect of different sources of ellagitannins on the efficiency of ellagic acid release by Aspergillus(More)
The capacity of anaerobic granular sludge to reduce Pd(II), using ethanol as electron donor, in an upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor was demonstrated. Results confirmed complete reduction of Pd(II) and immobilization as Pd(0) in the granular sludge. The Pd-enriched sludge was further evaluated regarding biotransformation of two recalcitrant(More)
Metal-humic acid complexes were synthesized and immobilized by a granulation process in anaerobic sludge for their application as solid-phase redox mediators (RM) in the biotransformation of iopromide. Characterization of Ca- and Fe-humic acid complexes revealed electron accepting capacities of 0.472 and 0.556milli-equivalentsg(-1), respectively. Once(More)
Ellagitannins (ETs) are phytochemicals derived from secondary metabolism associated to defense system, with complex chemical structures, which have high participation during all stages of protection against microbial infection. In this study, we report the fungal biodegradation of a bioactive ET, named punicaline which was recovered and purified from(More)
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