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Genome size was assessed by flow cytometry in 33 species belonging to seven genera of the tribe Cardueae (Asteraceae), which can be grouped in three taxonomic complexes. 2C nuclear DNA content ranged from 1.49 to 16.98 pg, which is more than elevenfold variation. Genome size correlated well with some karyological traits. Nuclear DNA amount variations also(More)
The aim of this review is to give a general contemporary overview of the physiologic effects of phytosterols and their role in cholesterol uptake in the intestinal tract. The mechanism of phytosterols action is based on its ability to reduce cholesterol absorption. Doses of 0.8 to 4.0 g/d of phytosterols were used to reduce low-density lipoprotein(More)
This paper presents the results of a study whose aim was to test the effects of several doses of pectin and phytosterols on the body weight gain and the FA content in emale guinea pigs. The treatments resulted from supplementing with pectin and plant sterol a guinea pig diet (rich in saturated FA), following a 3×3 factorial design, with three levels of(More)
The main objective of this article was to study how the excretion of saturated fatty acids (SFA) is modified after the consumption of a high-saturated-fat diet that was supplemented with phytosterol and pectin. We present the results of a longitudinal 4-week study on guinea pigs. Diets were supplemented with 0.33% of cholesterol and differed in the content(More)
Patients suffering from fibromyalgia (FM) had widespread musculoskeletal pain and stiffness, fatigue, sleep disorders, cognitive impairment and other symptoms, which seriously affects their quality of life (QoL), making it difficult to perform normal activities. Moreover, FM has been associated with a higher prevalence of overweight and obesity than in the(More)
Two plant genome size databases have been recently updated and/or extended: the Plant DNA C-values database (http://data.kew.org/cvalues), and GSAD, the Genome Size in Asteraceae database (http://www.asteraceaegenomesize.com). While the first provides information on nuclear DNA contents across land plants and some algal groups, the second is focused on one(More)
The usefulness of discrete designs in enzyme kinetics as an alternative to continuous designs is discussed in this paper, focusing on designs satisfying the D-optimality criterion. This study has been carried out using a program called DODID, specifically devised for this purpose, which is available by request to the authors. The results presented in this(More)
BACKGROUND In patients with treated celiac disease (CD), the ingestion of gluten traces contained in gluten-free (GF) wheat substitutes (eg, GF bread, flour, and pasta) could cause persisting intestinal mucosal damage. OBJECTIVE The objective was to evaluate the proportion of CD patients at risk of mucosal damage due to the consumption of GF products in 4(More)
The accuracy and precision of the estimates of hydrodynamic parameters of globular proteins obtained by inverse regression from gel filtration chromatographic data are discussed. The usefulness of gel filtration chromatography as the basis for a rapid and reliable method for the determination of the Stokes radius and the molecular mass is considered. The(More)