Recent consumer interest in controlling and preventing chronic diseases through improved diet has promoted research on the bioactive components of agricultural products. Wheat is an important agricultural and dietary commodity worldwide with known antioxidant properties concentrated mostly in the bran fraction. The objective of this study was to determine the relative contributions of genotype (G) and growing environment (E) to hard winter wheat bran antioxidant properties, as well as correlations of these properties to growing conditions. Bran samples of 20 hard winter wheat varieties grown in two locations were examined for their free radical scavenging capacities against DPPH, ABTS cation, peroxyl (ORAC), and superoxide anion radicals and chelating properties, as well as their total phenolics and phenolic acid compositions. Results showed significant differences for all antioxidant properties tested and multiple significant correlations between these properties. A factorial designed analysis of variance for these data and pooled previously published data showed similar results for four of the six antioxidant properties, indicating that G effects were considerably larger than E effects for chelating capacity and DPPH radical scavenging properties, whereas E was much stronger than G for ABTS cation radical scavenging capacity and total phenolics, although small interaction effects (G × E) were significant for all antioxidant properties analyzed. Results also showed significant correlations between temperature stress or solar radiation and some antioxidant properties. These results indicate that each antioxidant property of hard winter wheat bran is influenced differently by genotype and growing conditions.
JEFFREY MOOREUniversity of MarylandZHIHONG CHENGUniversity of MarylandJUNJIE HAOUniversity of MarylandGANG GUOThe Mennel Milling CompanyJian-Guo LiuUniversity of MarylandCHUNJIAN LINUniversity of MarylandLIANGLI (LUCY) YUUniversity of Maryland
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 55, (25), 10173-10182, 2007.12
The bran fraction of wheat grain is known to contain significant quantities of bioactive components. This study evaluated the potential of solid-state yeast fermentation to improve the health beneficial properties of wheat bran, including extractable antioxidant properties, protein contents, and soluble and insoluble fiber compositions. Three commercial food grade yeast preparations were evaluated in the study along with the effects of yeast dose, treatment time, and their interaction with the beneficial components. Solid-state yeast treatments were able to significantly increase releasable antioxidant properties ranging from 28 to 65, from 0 to 20, from 13 to 19, from 0 to 25, from 50 to 100, and from 3 to 333% for scavenging capacities against peroxyl (ORAC), ABTS cation, DPPH and hydroxyl radicals, total phenolic contents (TPC), and phenolic acids, respectively. Yeast treatment increased protein content 11-12% but did not significantly alter the fiber composition of wheat bran. Effects of solid-state yeast treatment on both ORAC and TPC of wheat bran were altered by yeast dose, treatment time, and their interaction. Results suggest that solid-state yeast treatment may be a commercially viable postharvest procedure for improving the health beneficial properties of wheat bran and other wheat-based food ingredients.
We present and analyze a model for the evolution of the wealth distribution within a heterogeneous economic environment. The model considers a system of rational agents interacting in a game theoretical framework, through fairly general assumptions on the cost function. This evolution drives the dynamic of the agents in both wealth and economic configuration variables. We consider a regime of scale separation where the large scale dynamics is given by a hydrodynamic closure with a Nash equilibrium serving as the local thermodynamic equilibrium. The result is a system of gas dynamics-type equations for the density and average wealth of the agents on large scales. We recover the inverse gamma distribution as an equilibrium in the particular case of quadratic cost functions which has been previously considered in the literature.
We develop a model for the evolution of wealth in a non-conservative economic environment, extending a theory developed earlier by the authors. The model considers a system of rational agents interacting in a game theoretical framework. This evolution drives the dynamic of the agents in both wealth and economic configuration variables. The cost function is chosen to represent a risk averse strategy of each agent. That is, the agent is more likely to interact with the market, the more predictable the market, and therefore the smaller its individual risk. This yields a kinetic equation for an effective single particle agent density with a Nash equilibrium serving as the local thermodynamic equilibrium. We consider a regime of scale separation where the large scale dynamics is given by a hydrodynamic closure with this local equilibrium. A class of generalized collision invariants (GCIs) is developed to overcome the difficulty of the non-conservative property in the hydrodynamic closure derivation of the large scale dynamics for the evolution of wealth distribution. The result is a system of gas dynamics-type equations for the density and average wealth of the agents on large scales. We recover the inverse Gamma distribution, which has been previously considered in the literature, as a local equilibrium for particular choices of the cost function.
Numerical encoding plays an important role in DNA sequence analysis via computational methods, in which numerical values are associated with corresponding symbolic characters. After numerical representation, digital signal processing methods can be exploited to analyze DNA sequences. To reflect the biological properties of the original sequence, it is vital that the representation is one-to-one. Chaos Game Representation (CGR) is an iterative mapping technique that assigns each nucleotide in a DNA sequence to a respective position on the plane that allows the depiction of the DNA sequence in the form of image. Using CGR, a biological sequence can be transformed one-to-one to a numerical sequence that preserves the main features of the original sequence. In this research, we propose to encode DNA sequences by considering 2D CGR coordinates as complex numbers, and apply digital signal processing methods to analyze their evolutionary relationship. Computational experiments indicate that this approach gives comparable results to the state-of-the-art multiple sequence alignment method, Clustal Omega, and is significantly faster. The MATLAB code for our method can be accessed from: www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/57152
The free-living SAR11 clade is a globally abundant group of oceanic Alphaproteobacteria, with small genome sizes and rich genomic A+T content. However, the taxonomy of SAR11 has become controversial recently. Some researchers argue that the position of SAR11 is a sister group to Rickettsiales. Other researchers advocate that SAR11 is located within free-living lineages of Alphaproteobacteria. Here, we use the natural vector representation method to identify the evolutionary origin of the SAR11 clade. This alignment-free method does not depend on any model assumptions. With this approach, the correspondence between proteome sequences and their natural vectors is one-to-one. After fixing a set of proteins, each bacterium is represented by a set of vectors. The Hausdorff distance is then used to compute the dissimilarity distance between two bacteria. The phylogenetic tree can be reconstructed based on these distances. Using our method, we systematically analyze four data sets of alphaproteobacterial proteomes in order to reconstruct the phylogeny of Alphaproteobacteria. From this we can see that the phylogenetic position of the SAR11 group is within a group of other free-living lineages of Alphaproteobacteria.
The entanglement quantification and classification of multipartite quantum states is an important research area in quantum information. In this paper, in terms of the reduced density matrices corresponding to all possible partitions of the entire system, a bounded entanglement measure is constructed for arbitrary-dimensional multipartite quantum states. In particular, for three-qubit quantum systems, we prove that our entanglement measure satisfies the relation of monogamy. Furthermore, we present a necessary condition for characterizing maximally entangled states using our entanglement measure.
Jianlian CuiDepartment of Mathematics, Tsinghua University,Chi-KwongLiDepartment of Mathematics, College of William and MaryNung-SingSzeDepartment of Applied Mathematics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
It is known that every complex square matrix with nonnega-tive determinant is the product of positive semi-definite matrices. There are characterizations of matrices that require two or five positive semi-definite matrices in the product. However, the characterizations of matrices that require three or four positive semi-definite matrices in the product are lacking. In this paper, we give a complete characterization of these two types of matrices. With these results, we give an algorithm to determine whether a square matrix can be expressed as the product of kpositive semi-definite matrices but not fewer, for k=1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Jianlian CuiDepartment of Mathematics, Tsinghua UniversityChi-Kwong LiDepartment of Mathematics, College of William & Mary, WilliamsburgYiu-Tung PooncDepartment of Mathematics, Iowa State University, Ames
Linear Algebra and its Applications, 498, 160-180, 2016.6
Denote by Mnthe set of n ×ncomplex matrices. Let f:Mn→[0, ∞)be a continuous map such that f(μUAU∗) =f(A)for any complex unit μ, A ∈Mnand unitary U∈Mn, f(X) =0if and only if X=0and the induced map t →f(tX)is monotonically increasing on [0, ∞)for any rank onenilpotent X∈Mn. Characterization is given for surjective maps φon Mnsatisfying f(AB−BA) =f(φ(A)φ(B) −φ(B)φ(A)). The general theorem isthen used to deduce results on special cases when the function is the pseudo spectrum and the pseudo spectral radius.
Protein universe is a complex system with critical problem of protein evolution to be analyzed. Early studies have used geometric distances and polygenetic-trees to solve this problem. However, the traditional methods are bivariate, whose taxonomy classification relies on bivariate branching. This is not sufficient to describe the complex nature of protein universe. Therefore, we propose a novel approach on multivariate protein classification. The new method bases on the theory of information and network, can be used to analyze multivariate relationships of proteins. The new method is alignment-free and have wide-applications to both sequences and 3D structures. We demonstrate the new method on six protein examples, results show that the new method is efficient and can potentially be used for future protein classifications.