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Grapevine fanleaf virus (GFLV) is the causal agent of a widespread disease that affects vineyards. Since it is difficult to culture viruses, the availability of an easy and efficient method of virus maintenance in the laboratory would be of interest to virologists. The objective of this research was to determine an adequate culture medium that promotes callus growth and permits the preservation of GFLV on Vitis vinifera tissue. Fragments of in vitro cultured leaves (25 mm 2 ), originated from Cabernet Sauvignon positive for GFLV, were cultivated on a Murashige and Skoog (1962) medium, and the callus was monitored for the presence of GFLV every two weeks using ELISA. Higher 2,4-D concentration induced a higher growth, particularly when combined with a low BA concentration. The medium enriched with 1.0 ppm of 2,4-D combined with 0.5 ppm of BA showed the best result, with the callus area reaching more than 250 mm 2 after 8 weeks in culture. ELISA absorbance observed on callus tissues during the whole period was, at least, three times higher than that observed on leaves positive for GFLV kept either in vivo or in vitro and more than 18 times higher than that of the negative control. Any remarkable difference in absorbance was recorded during the period of callus cultivation. It was concluded that the viral load on the callus was not affected during this time, suggesting that this kind of in vitro culture is an efficient method to preserve GFLV.

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Acta Chromatographica
M. Rosales-Castro
R. F. González-Laredo
N. E. Rocha-Guzmán
J. A. Gallegos-Infante
J. Peralta-Cruz
J. Morré
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J. J. Karchesy


Crude acetone extracts (CE) from Quercus durifolia and Quercus eduardii barks were partially purified by liquid extraction with ethyl acetate into organic extracts (OE), and these were separated by a Toyopearl HW-40F column chromatography with acetone-water (3:2) into oligomeric fractions (OLF). OEs were analyzed by HPLC and OLF by HPLC-MS. Screening of the antioxidant capacity of CE, OE, and OLF were performed by scavenging 1,1′-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical and ABTS·+ radical cations as well by β-carotene-linoleic acid model system assays. In the bark of both Quercus species the major compound identified in OE was catechin. In OLF the major compounds were monomeric and dimeric monogallate procyanidins, and monomeric, dimeric, trimeric, and tetrameric procyanidins. The best antioxidant capacity was shown by OLF from bark extracts of both species.

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