Zorita Diaconeasa

Zorita Diaconeasa
University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine | USAMV Cluj · Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

PhD

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October 2015 - present
University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Biochemistry
Education
February 2012 - September 2012
The Ohio State University
Field of study
  • Visiting scholar

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Publications (101)
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Anthocyanins are water soluble pigments which have been proved to exhibit health benefits. Several studies have investigated their effects on several types of cancer, but little attention has been given to melanoma. The phytochemical content of nine different berry samples was assessed by liquid chromatography followed by electrospray ionization ma...
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Until today, numerous studies evaluated the topic of anthocyanins and various types of cancer, regarding the anthocyanins’ preventative and inhibitory effects, underlying molecular mechanisms, and such. However, there is no targeted review available regarding the anticarcinogenic effects of dietary anthocyanins on skin cancers. If diagnosed at the...
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Being delicious and containing strong disease-fighting agents, berries represent an increasing proportion of fruits consumed nowadays in our diet. However, berries are highly perishable as fresh and, therefore, they are usually processed into various products to extend their shelf-life and availability throughout the year. Among the fruit-containin...
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Polyphenols are natural occurring micronutrients that can protect plants from natural weathering and are also helpful to humans. These compounds are abundantly found in fruits or berries. Because of berry seasonal availability and also due to their rapid degradation, people have found multiple ways to preserve them. The most common options are free...
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Green route is an economic, facile and eco-friendly method, employed for the synthesis of various types of nanoparticles, having it as a starting point biological entity, especially as a plant extract. The present study aims to obtain silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) starting from an ethanolic extract of Populi gemmae (Pg), by adjusting the reaction pa...
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There has been a major shift in the collective mindset around the world in recent decades, both in terms of food and in terms of the treatment of chronic diseases. Increasing numbers of people are choosing to prevent rather than treat, which is why many consumers are choosing plant-based diets, mainly due to their bioactive compounds. A significant...
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Purpose The aim of this study was to evaluate the antioxidant potential, antimicrobial activity, the in vitro anticancer effect (tested on MCF-7 breast cancer cell line), as well as the antiangiogenic and immunomodulatory potential of Populus nigra L. bud (Pg) extract collected from the western part of Romania. Results Populus nigra L. bud extract...
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Skin injuries, and especially wounds of chronic nature, can cause a major negative impact on the quality of life. New efficient alternatives are needed for wound healing therapy and herbal products are being investigated due to a high content of natural compounds with promising healing activity. For this purpose, we investigated three Artemisia spe...
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To meet consumers’ demand for natural foods, edible oil producers and food processing industries are searching for alternatives to synthetic antioxidants to protect oils against oxidation. Antioxidant compounds extracted from different plant parts (e.g., flowers, leaves, roots, and seeds) or sourced from agri-food industries, including residues lef...
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In the last 20 years, due to the shifting dietary patterns, associated in general with a more sedentary lifestyle, the incidence of chronic diseases (e.g., obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancers, and osteoporosis) has increased. These diseases, although preventable in most cases, are currently the most common cause of death in both dev...
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Anthocyanins are secondary metabolites and water-soluble pigments belonging to the phenolic group, with important functions in nature such as seed dispersal, pollination and development of plant organs. In addition to these important roles in plant life, anthocyanins are also used as natural pigments in various industries, due to the color palette...
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In today’s society, we can see a progressive paradigm shift that tends towards a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. The proof is represented by the growing interest in food loss and waste of different sectors, from the political to the academic, or even to the private sector. In order to reduce food waste and to increase sustainability, the Europea...
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Liposome-based delivery systems have been studied and used more frequently in recent years due to their advantages, such as low toxicity, specificity, and the ability to protect the encapsulated substance from environmental factors, which could otherwise degrade the active compound and reduce its effectiveness. Given these benefits, many researcher...
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The comparison of the antioxidant activity of the studied seeds of fiber crop (hemp and flax) emphasized a hierarchy of antioxidant capacity. The purpose of the study was to investigate the antioxidant capacity and nutritional value of flax seeds (Linum usitatissimum L.) and hemp seeds (Cannabis sativa L.) in powder form. In this study, the FT-IR t...
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Skin cancer represents any tumor development from the cutaneous structures within the epidermis, dermis or subcutaneous tissue, and is considered to be the most prevalent type of cancer. Compared to other types of cancer, skin cancer is proven to have a positive growth rate of prevalence and mortality. There are available various treatments, includ...
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From all types of cancer, cervical cancer manages to be in top four most frequent types, with a 6.5% rate of occurrence. The infectious vector that induces the disease, the high-risk Human papillomavirus (HPV), which is a sexually transmitted virus, is capable of transforming the host cell by modulating some of the principal signaling pathways resp...
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Honey bees (Apis mellifera) perform pollination service for many agricultural crops and contribute to the global economy in agriculture and bee products. However, honey bee health is an ongoing concern, as illustrated by persistent local population decline, caused by some severe bee diseases (e.g., nosemosis, AFB, EFB, chalkbrood). Three natural re...
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Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the antioxidant potential, antimicrobial activity, the in vitro anticancer effect (MCF7 breast cancer cell line), as well as the antiangiogenic and immunomodulatory potential of Populus nigra L. bud (Pg) extract collected from the western part of Romania. Results:Populus nigra L. bud extract presents a...
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Populus nigra L. is a plant from Salicaceae family, native in Europe. Many parts of this tree can be used as active ingredients, but the most valuable are the buds. In recent years, a growing number of studies reported their activity in the development of a wide range of pharmacological activities including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and ca...
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Polyphenols are the most important phytochemicals in our diets and have received great attention due to their broad benefits for human health by suppressing oxidative stress and playing a protective role in preventing different pathologies such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. The stability of polyphenols depends on their e...
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Origanum vulgare L. is a widely used aromatic plant, especially due to its content in essential oil, mainly rich in carvacrol and thymol. The ethnopharmacological uses of Origanum vulgare L. essential oil (OEO) comprise digestive, respiratory, or dermatological disorders. The review focuses on the increasing number of recent studies investigating s...
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Five selected wild edible mushrooms from Romania (Agaricus bisporus, Pleurotus ostreatus, Cantharellus cibarius, Boletus edulis, and Lactarius piperatus) were investigated for their antioxidant potential using an ABTS spectrophotometric assay. Among the selected mushrooms, B. edulis displayed the highest radical scavenging activity and the greatest...
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It is known and accepted that the gut microbiota composition of an organism has an impact on its health. Many studies deal with this topic, the majority discussing gastrointestinal health. Adenomatous colon polyps have a high prevalence as colon cancer precursors, but in many cases, they are hard to diagnose in their early stages. Gut microbiota co...
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The ideal photothermal therapy agent should exhibit a high energy conversion capacity, but it should not induce any cytotoxic effects unless it is exposed to electromagnetic radiation. We present data on biocompatibility and photothermal conversion capacity of colloidal gold nanoparticle assemblies (NPAs), obtained by hydroxylamine hydrochloride re...
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Streptocarpus x hybridus is a very popular houseplant with colourful flowers arousing thus the interest of plant breeders. Its potential value is even higher since different chemical compounds could be identified and used for food and pharmaceutical industries. Therefore, the objectives of this study were: to determine genetic relationships between...
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Anthocyanins occur naturally in many blue-, purple- and red-colored fruits and vegetables, and are commonly found in the human diet as natural colorants with proven health benefits. This work aimed to find the most efficient solvents for the anthocyanins extraction from natural matrices (chokeberries and black carrots), able to preserve their antio...
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Black chokeberry fruits possess a wide range of biological activities, among which the most important that are frequently mentioned in the literature are their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative, and antimicrobial properties. The present paper reports, for the first time, the encapsulation of the ethanolic extract of Aronia melanoca...
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In this study, the antibacterial activity of cerium oxide nanoparticles on two Gram-negative and three Gram-positive foodborne pathogens was investigated. CeO2 nanoparticles (CeO2 nps) were synthesized by a Wet Chemical Synthesis route, using the precipitation method and the Simultaneous Addition of reactants (WCS–SimAdd). The as-obtained precursor...
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Background This study was designed as a continuation of a complex investigation about the phytochemical composition and biological activity of chamomile, parsley and celery extracts against A375 human melanoma and dendritic cells. Objective The main aim was the evaluation of the antimicrobial potential of selected extracts as well as the in vitro...
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Potato production is severely affected worldwide due to its susceptibility to pathogens and pests. Solanum bulbocastanum, a potential source of resistance genes, is sexually incompatible with potato. Therefore, somatic hybridization is an alternative tool for nrichment of the potato resistance gene pool. Some important mechanisms involved in resi...
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Saponins are an important group of plant secondary metabolites that are widely distributed throughout the plant kingdom. These biomolecules can be divided into two main classes represented by triterpenoid and steroid glycosides whose structure varies according to the number of sugar units attached in different positions. Despite saponins have been...
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Solanum chacoense (wild potato) is intensively used in breeding, its biochemical profile and putative human health-related traits being transferred into potato cultivars aimed for consumption. The goal of this study was to evaluate the biochemical profile and the anti-tumor potential of methanolic extracts obtained from S. chacoense leaves and tube...
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The aim of this work is mainly to determine the effect of some pedoclimatic conditions on the phenolics composition of wine originated from Cabernet Sauvignon red grape variety, cultivated in the region of Drǎgǎşani area (Romania) during 2013-2016. The obtained results revealed that the higher temperatures decrease the quantities of phenolic compou...
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Calendula officinalis extracts have been known to possess anti-tumor properties, but questions regarding their mechanisms of action still need to be answered. Therefore, the present study aims to investigate the selective cytotoxicity, the biochemical profile and the corresponding molecular effects of two extracts of C. officinalis: flowers and lea...
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pigenin (API) is a phytocompound belonging to the subclass of flavones that can be found in both functional foods as well as medicinal plants. Recent studies have assigned API antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, anti-thrombotic, anti-angiogenic and chemopreventive potential in vitro on various cell lines and/or in experiment...
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This study quantified differences in methanolic extracts composition among four grain amaranth cultivars (e.g. ‘Hopy Red Dye’, ‘Amont’, ‘Plenitude’, and ‘Golden Giant’) farmed under three planting conditions: no irrigation/no fertilization (NN), no irrigation/fertilization (NF), irrigation/no fertilization (IN). The study main outcomes were total f...
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Cannabis sativa L. is a plant long used for its textile fibers, seed oil, and oleoresin with medicinal and psychoactive properties. It is the main source of phytocannabinoids, with over 100 compounds detected so far. In recent years, a lot of attention has been given to the main phytochemicals present in Cannabis sativa L., namely, cannabidiol (CBD...
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Currently, research studies on nanoparticle cytotoxicity, uptake or internalization into the body’s cells are of great interest for the improvement of diagnostic and therapeutic applications. We report here the synthesis and characterization of very stable novel warfarin-capped gold nanoparticles with an average diameter of 54 ± 10 nm which were pr...
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Medicinal plants are highly investigated due to their multiple effects in human health. In the last two decades, plants belonging to Lamiaceae family have emerged as an important source of compounds with beneficial effects in various pathologies. Many species of the Lamiaceae family have a high volatile oil content which can be found in different p...
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Delayed wound healing is a major complication of diabetes and the medical treatment of such wounds still remains a challenge. Among the modern wound dressings, film dressings are considered to be one of the major advances in wound management. In the current study, the feasibility of using a previously developed and optimized bioactive compounds-loa...
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Global tomato production is currently around 180 million tons, of which more than a quarter undergoes processing. The removed peels, seeds, and vascular tissues usually end up in landfills, creating environmental pollution. In order to highlight the alternative use of these vegetal wastes, our study investigated 10 tomato varieties in terms of caro...
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Tomato processing industry generates high quantities of by-products rich in bioactive compounds such as polyphenols. The present study evaluated the carotenoids, phenolics and amino acids content of ten tomato varieties processing wastes, and the correlation with their antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. Antimicrobial activity was tested agai...
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Vegetables comprise a significant portion of our daily diet with their high content in nutrients including fiber, vitamins, minerals, as well as phenolic compounds. Vegetable consumption has been shown to be positively associated with the prevention of several degenerative diseases thanks to their bioactive compounds. Accordingly, five selected veg...
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Red berries are important sources of bioactive compounds and they are known to provide unique health benefits. Lately, it has been proved that anthocyanins have health benefits against degenerative diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer or diabetes. Accordingly, the aim of this study was to characterize the anthocyanin content of anthocyan...
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This study aimed to determine the chemical composition, fatty acids, volatile profile and phenolic compounds profiles from five wild edible mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus, Pleurotus ostreatus, Cantharellus cibarius, Boletus edulis, Lactarius piperatus) from Romania. The results indicated that the dried fruiting bodies of selected mushrooms were rich...
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The aim of this work was to test some solvents in order to improve the free amino acids extraction from lyophilised brewer’s yeast. The brewer’ yeast was treated with four types of extraction solvents: Solvent I – acetonitrile 25%/HCl 0.01M (ACN); Solvent II – ethanol 80%; solvent III – HCl 0.05M/deionized water (1/1 volume); Solvent IV – HCl 0.05M...
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Eye exposure to high light intensities can produce a photochemical damage to retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), leading to severe pathologies. RPE D407 cells treated with Resveratrol (RSV, 100 μM, 24h) +/- photosensitizer Rose Bengal (RB, 500 nM, 1h) were exposed to green LED light. Cell viability and level of intracellular reactive oxygen species (...
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Recent advances in biotechnology ensure that brewer's spent grain, the major by-product of the brewing industry, is no longer regarded as a waste but rather a rich source of bioactive compounds. With a hypothesis that the antioxidant constituents of this vegetable waste could be efficiently extracted and valorized, this comparative study assessed t...
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Due to the fact that the therapeutic activity of the Salvia officinalis L. is well-known, we aim to evaluate the therapeutic properties of the Verbascum phlomoides L. In the present study, we conducted extractive solutions of the both plant species after having undergone lyophilization for a better preservation of the active extracted ingredients....
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A mounting body of evidence strongly supports the theory that natural bioactive compounds (e.g., polyphenols, carotenoids, and stilbenes) present in vegetables and fruits are able to prevent several chronic diseases. However, a large number of bioactive compounds that are linked to health benefits have low stability, are poorly absorbed, and own ve...
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The present study focused on the changes in polyphenols, antioxidant activities and lipid compositions from chokeberry pomace during solid-state fermentation (SSF) with Aspergillus niger and Rhizopus oligosporus. The extractable phenolics increased more than 1.7- fold during both fermentation processes. A similar trend was observed for total flavon...
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The increase awareness of nowadays consumers regarding the food they purchase and consume and the health has led to an increase demand of foods containing biologically active compounds, namely antioxidants, which can help the body to fight against oxida-tive stress. As a consequence finding, new or nonconventional sources of antioxidants are a prio...