smooth loofah

Summary

Alias: dishcloth gourd, loofa, sponge gourd, vegetable sponge, Luffa cylindrica, Luffa aegyptiaca, Luffa aegyptiaca Mill., Luffa cylindrica M.Roem.

Top Publications

  1. ncbi In vitro Inhibition of Human Melanoma Cells by Immunotoxin Luffin B-Ng76
    Ru Ping Zhang
    Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200031, China
    Sheng Wu Hua Xue Yu Sheng Wu Wu Li Xue Bao (Shanghai) 30:561-564. 1998
  2. doi A multiscale study on the structural and mechanical properties of the luffa sponge from Luffa cylindrica plant
    Qiang Chen
    Biomechanics Laboratory, School of Biological Science and Medical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096, PR China
    J Biomech 47:1332-9. 2014
  3. doi "Gliomatosis encephali" as a novel category of brain tumors by the first autopsy case report of gliomatosis cerebelli
    Asa Nakahara
    Undergraduate Course, Shinshu University School of Medicine, Nagano, Japan
    Neuropathology 34:295-303. 2014
  4. pmc Local crop planting systems enhance insecticide-mediated displacement of two invasive leafminer fly
    Yulin Gao
    State Key Laboratory for Biology of Plant Diseases and Insect Pests, Institute of Plant Protection, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, P R China
    PLoS ONE 9:e92625. 2014
  5. doi The sub/supra-optimal temperature-induced inhibition of photosynthesis and oxidative damage in cucumber leaves are alleviated by grafting onto figleaf gourd/luffa rootstocks
    Hao Li
    Department of Horticulture, Zijin gang Campus, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, 310058, P R China
    Physiol Plant 152:571-84. 2014
  6. doi Amputation of congo red dye from waste water using microwave induced grafted Luffa cylindrica cellulosic fiber
    Vinod Kumar Gupta
    Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee 247667, India Electronic address
    Carbohydr Polym 111:556-66. 2014
  7. pmc Luffa cylindrica suppresses development of Dermatophagoides farinae-induced atopic dermatitis-like skin lesions in Nc/Nga mice
    Hyekyung Ha
    Herbal Medicine Formulation Research Group, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, Daejeon, Republic of Korea
    Pharm Biol 53:555-62. 2015
  8. doi Exploiting the efficacy of Lysinibacillus sp. RGS for decolorization and detoxification of industrial dyes, textile effluent and bioreactor studies
    Rijuta G Saratale
    a Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
    J Environ Sci Health A Tox Hazard Subst Environ Eng 50:176-92. 2015
  9. doi Cyclodextrin glycosyltransferase production by free cells of Bacillus circulans DF 9R in batch fermentation and by immobilized cells in a semi-continuous process
    Hernán Costa
    Departamento de Ciencias Basicas, Universidad Nacional de Lujan, Lujan, 6700, Buenos Aires, Republic Argentina
    Bioprocess Biosyst Eng 38:1055-63. 2015
  10. doi Effective Immobilization of Agrobacterium sp. IFO 13140 Cells in Loofa Sponge for Curdlan Biosynthesis
    Camila Ortiz Martinez
    Postgraduate Program in Food Science, State University of Maringá UEM, Av Colombo, 5790, Maringá PR 87020 900, Brazil
    Molecules 20:7957-73. 2015

Patents

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Scientific Experts

Detail Information

Publications88

  1. ncbi In vitro Inhibition of Human Melanoma Cells by Immunotoxin Luffin B-Ng76
    Ru Ping Zhang
    Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200031, China
    Sheng Wu Hua Xue Yu Sheng Wu Wu Li Xue Bao (Shanghai) 30:561-564. 1998
    Luffin B, a plan single-chain ribosome inactivating protein, was purified from seeds of Luffa cylindrica by Blue Sepharose CL-6B affinity chromatography...
  2. doi A multiscale study on the structural and mechanical properties of the luffa sponge from Luffa cylindrica plant
    Qiang Chen
    Biomechanics Laboratory, School of Biological Science and Medical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096, PR China
    J Biomech 47:1332-9. 2014
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  3. doi "Gliomatosis encephali" as a novel category of brain tumors by the first autopsy case report of gliomatosis cerebelli
    Asa Nakahara
    Undergraduate Course, Shinshu University School of Medicine, Nagano, Japan
    Neuropathology 34:295-303. 2014
    ..Furthermore, by the similarities of the histological features among the tumors, it appears appropriate to establish a novel category of "gliomatosis encephali" which includes both gliomatosis cerebri and gliomatosis cerebelli. ..
  4. pmc Local crop planting systems enhance insecticide-mediated displacement of two invasive leafminer fly
    Yulin Gao
    State Key Laboratory for Biology of Plant Diseases and Insect Pests, Institute of Plant Protection, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, P R China
    PLoS ONE 9:e92625. 2014
    ..In Guangdong, cowpea fields are interspersed with other less valuable crops, such as towel gourd (Luffa cylindrica), which receive significantly fewer insecticide applications than cowpea...
  5. doi The sub/supra-optimal temperature-induced inhibition of photosynthesis and oxidative damage in cucumber leaves are alleviated by grafting onto figleaf gourd/luffa rootstocks
    Hao Li
    Department of Horticulture, Zijin gang Campus, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, 310058, P R China
    Physiol Plant 152:571-84. 2014
    ..with roots of their own or with figleaf gourd (Cucurbita ficifolia, a chilling-tolerant species) or luffa (Luffa cylindrica (L.) M. Roem...
  6. doi Amputation of congo red dye from waste water using microwave induced grafted Luffa cylindrica cellulosic fiber
    Vinod Kumar Gupta
    Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee 247667, India Electronic address
    Carbohydr Polym 111:556-66. 2014
    The present study deals with the surface modification of Luffa cylindrica fiber through graft copolymerization of methyl acrylate/acrylamide (MA/AAm) via microwave radiation without the use of initiator...
  7. pmc Luffa cylindrica suppresses development of Dermatophagoides farinae-induced atopic dermatitis-like skin lesions in Nc/Nga mice
    Hyekyung Ha
    Herbal Medicine Formulation Research Group, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, Daejeon, Republic of Korea
    Pharm Biol 53:555-62. 2015
    The fruit pulp of Luffa cylindrica Roemer (Cucurbitaceae) (LC) has been used to induce hemostasis, resolve phlegm and clear fever in traditional Korean medicine. However, the efficacy of LC has not been examined in atopic dermatitis (AD).
  8. doi Exploiting the efficacy of Lysinibacillus sp. RGS for decolorization and detoxification of industrial dyes, textile effluent and bioreactor studies
    Rijuta G Saratale
    a Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
    J Environ Sci Health A Tox Hazard Subst Environ Eng 50:176-92. 2015
    ..Oxido-reductive enzymes were found to be involved in the degradation mechanism. Finally Loofa immobilized Lysinibacillus sp...
  9. doi Cyclodextrin glycosyltransferase production by free cells of Bacillus circulans DF 9R in batch fermentation and by immobilized cells in a semi-continuous process
    Hernán Costa
    Departamento de Ciencias Basicas, Universidad Nacional de Lujan, Lujan, 6700, Buenos Aires, Republic Argentina
    Bioprocess Biosyst Eng 38:1055-63. 2015
    ..5 vvm and pH regulated to 7.6. On the other hand, bacterial cells were immobilized on loofa and synthetic sponge, and used for CGTase production in a semi-continuous process...
  10. doi Effective Immobilization of Agrobacterium sp. IFO 13140 Cells in Loofa Sponge for Curdlan Biosynthesis
    Camila Ortiz Martinez
    Postgraduate Program in Food Science, State University of Maringá UEM, Av Colombo, 5790, Maringá PR 87020 900, Brazil
    Molecules 20:7957-73. 2015
    Curdlan production by Agrobacterium sp. IFO13140 immobilized on loofa sponge, alginate and loofa sponge with alginate was investigated...
  11. doi Genome-wide transcriptome profiling reveals novel insights into Luffa cylindrica browning
    Xia Chen
    Wuhan Vegetable Research Institute, Wuhan Academy of Agricultural Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430065, China Key Laboratory of Horticultural Plant Biology, Ministry of Education, National Centre for Vegetable Improvement Central China, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China
    Biochem Biophys Res Commun 463:1243-9. 2015
    b>Luffa cylindrica (sponge gourd) is one of the most popular vegetables in China. Production and consumption of L...
  12. doi Characterization of curdlan produced by Agrobacterium sp. IFO 13140 cells immobilized in a loofa sponge matrix, and application of this biopolymer in the development of functional yogurt
    Camila Ortiz Martinez
    Postgraduate Program in Food Science, State University of Maringá UEM, Av Colombo, 5790, CEP 87020 900, Maringa, PR, Brazil
    J Sci Food Agric 96:2410-7. 2016
    Agrobacterium sp. IFO 13140 cells were immobilized on a loofa sponge and used to produce curdlan over five successive cycles...
  13. ncbi Preparation and Use of a Monoclonal Antibodyagainst Luffin b
    Ming Yan
    Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200031, China
    Sheng Wu Hua Xue Yu Sheng Wu Wu Li Xue Bao (Shanghai) 33:93-98. 2001
    ..The luffin b was successfully purified by one step immunoaffinity chromatography from the crude extract of Luffa cylindrica seeds...
  14. doi Biosorption of alpacide blue from aqueous solution by lignocellulosic biomass: Luffa cylindrica fibers
    Aida Kesraoui
    Laboratory of Energy and Materials LABEM, High School of Sciences and Technology of Hammam Sousse, FP4BATIW project, Sousse University Tunisia, BP 4011, Hammam, Sousse, Tunisia
    Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 23:15832-40. 2016
    ..work is to develop an effective and inexpensive pollutant-removal technology using lignocellulosic fibers: Luffa cylindrica, for the biosorption of an anionic dye: alpacide blue...
  15. pmc Effect of standardized fruit extract of Luffa cylindrica on oxidative stress markers in hydrogen peroxide induced cataract
    Suchita Dubey
    Department of Pharmacology, Amity Institute of Pharmacy Amity University Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow Campus, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
    Indian J Pharmacol 47:644-8. 2015
    The ability of Luffa cylindrica Roem fruit extract (LCE) to modulate biochemical parameters was investigated by in vitro studies for its role in hydrogen peroxide induced cataract on isolated goat lenses which were incubated for 72 h at ..
  16. doi Luffa cylindrica sponges as a thermally and chemically stable support for Aspergillus niger lipase
    Jakub Zdarta
    Poznan University of Technology, Faculty of Chemical Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology and Engineering, Berdychowo 4, Poznan, 60965, Poland
    Biotechnol Prog 32:657-65. 2016
    ..In the present work we propose the use of Luffa cylindrica vegetable sponges as a support for the lipase extracted from Aspergillus niger...
  17. doi Biodiesel Production: Utilization of Loofah Sponge to Immobilize Rhizopus chinensis CGMCC #3.0232 Cells as a Whole-Cell Biocatalyst
    Qiyang He
    Jiangsu Co Innovation Center of Efficient Processing and Utilization of Forest Resources, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing 210037, P R China
    J Microbiol Biotechnol 26:1278-84. 2016
    Rhizopus chinensis cells immobilized on loofah (Luffa cylindrica) sponges were used to produce biodiesel via the transesterification of soybean oil...
  18. doi Analysis of Metabolites and Carbon Balance in the Biofilteration of Cumene Using Loofa Sponge as Biofilter Media
    Amrita Shahi
    Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Centre of Advanced Study, Indian Institute of Technology, BHU, Varanasi, 221005, India
    Appl Biochem Biotechnol 180:338-48. 2016
    ..study was performed to treat cumene-inoculated mixed culture of bacterial community and loofa sponge (Luffa cylindrica) as support media for a period of 120 days in five distinct phases...
  19. doi Multifunctional Nitrogen-Doped Loofah Sponge Carbon Blocking Layer for High-Performance Rechargeable Lithium Batteries
    Xingxing Gu
    Centre for Clean Environment and Energy, Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith School of Environment, Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus, Southport, Queensland 4222, Australia
    ACS Appl Mater Interfaces 8:15991-6001. 2016
    ..The successful application to Li-S, Li-Se, and Li-I2 batteries suggests that loofa sponge carbon could play a vital role in modern rechargeable battery industries as a universal, cost-effective, ..
  20. doi Luffa cylindrica and phytosterols bioconversion: from shake flask to jar bioreactor
    Hamid Bou Saab
    Laboratoire de Chimie Organique et Bioorganique, Institut de Recherche Jean Baptiste Donnet, Universite de Haute Alsace, EA4566, 3 rue Alfred Werner, 68093, Mulhouse, France
    J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol 40:1315-20. 2013
    ..On the other hand, it was shown that immobilization of Mycobacterium species on the dried fruit of Luffa cylindrica (DFLC) allows a close interaction between immobilized cells and cholesterol particles and increases by then ..
  21. ncbi Description of a new Pratylenchus species from China (Tylenchida, Pratylenchidae)
    Ning Liu
    Nematology Institute of Northern China, Shenyang Agricultural University, Shenyang 110866, China
    Dongwuxue Yanjiu 34:E140-2. 2013
    Pratylenchus ekrami from maize (Zea mays) roots in Shenyang and luffa (Luffa cylindrica) roots in Dalian, China, are described in this paper...
  22. ncbi Isolation of lilin, a novel arginine- and glutamate-rich protein with potent antifungal and mitogenic activities from lily bulbs
    Hexiang Wang
    Department of Microbiology, College of Biological Science, China Agricultural University, Beijing
    Life Sci 70:1075-84. 2002
    ..5 kDa arginine/glutamate-rich polypeptide from Luffa cylindrica seeds...
  23. ncbi Removal and recovery of nickel(II) from aqueous solution by loofa sponge-immobilized biomass of Chlorella sorokiniana: characterization studies
    N Akhtar
    Department of Biology, Government Islamia College for Women, Cooper Road, Lahore, Pakistan
    J Hazard Mater 108:85-94. 2004
    The biosorption process for the removal of nickel(II) by loofa sponge-immobilized biomass of Chlorella sorokiniana (LIBCS), a newly developed immobilized biosorbent, was characterized...
  24. ncbi Effect of larval density and host species on preimaginal development of Bactrocera tau (Diptera: Tephritidae)
    Baofeng Wu
    State Key Laboratory for Biocontrol Institute of Entomology, Sun Yat Sen University, Guangzhou 510275, P R China
    J Econ Entomol 104:1840-50. 2011
    ..b>sponge gourd (Luffa cylindrical L. (Roem)), bitter gourd [Momordica charantia (Cucurbitaceae) L...
  25. doi Balsamin, a novel ribosome-inactivating protein from the seeds of Balsam apple Momordica balsamina
    Inderdeep Kaur
    Fermentation and Protein Biotechnology Laboratory, Department of Botany, Punjabi University, Patiala 147 002, India
    Amino Acids 43:973-81. 2012
    ..and 50% similarity with β-MMC (from Momordica charantia), bryodin I (from Bryonia dioica) and luffin a (from Luffa cylindrica). Balsamin was further characterized by mass spectrometry...
  26. doi Evaluation of UV/TiO(2) and UV/ZnO photocatalytic systems coupled to a biological process for the treatment of bleaching pulp mill effluent
    Diana C Botía
    Research Center in Environmental Engineering CIIA, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Universidad de Los Andes, Cr 1ª Este 19A 40, Bogota, Colombia
    Chemosphere 89:732-6. 2012
    ..to a photocatalytic treatment in which two catalysts (TiO(2) and ZnO) and two supports (aluminum foil and Luffa cylindrica) were tested...
  27. doi Functional components in Luffa cylindrica and their effects on anti-inflammation of macrophage cells
    T H Kao
    Department of Food Science, Fu Jen University, Taipei 242, Taiwan
    Food Chem 135:386-95. 2012
    The objectives of this study were to determine the distribution of functional components in peel and pulp of Luffa cylindrica and evaluate their anti-inflammatory activity on RAW 264.7 murine macrophage cells...
  28. doi Preservation of Bacillus firmus strain 37 and optimization of cyclodextrin biosynthesis by cells immobilized on loofa sponge
    Rúbia Pazzetto
    Department of Pharmacy, State University of Maringá UEM, Av Colombo 5790, Maringá PR 87020 900, Brazil
    Molecules 17:9476-88. 2012
    ..surface methodology (RSM) was used to optimize the β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) production by cells immobilized on loofa sponge...
  29. ncbi Purification,characterization and chemical modification studies on a translation inhibitor protein from Luffa cylindrica
    Ranjit C Singh
    Institute of Self Organising Systems and Biophysics, North Eastern Hill University, Permanent Campus, Shillong 793 022, Meghalaya, India
    Indian J Biochem Biophys 40:31-9. 2003
    A ribosome-inactivating protein (RIP), luffin has been isolated from the seeds of Luffa cylindrica of Cucurbitaceae family by ammonium sulfate fractionation followed by cation exchange and gel-filtration chromatography...
  30. pmc Improved production of cyclodextrins by alkalophilic bacilli immobilized on synthetic or loofa sponges
    Tieles Carina de Oliveira Delani
    Department of Pharmacy, State University of Maringá UEM, Maringá PR 87020 900, Brazil
    Int J Mol Sci 13:13294-307. 2012
    ..This study aimed to improve the production of β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) by microbial cells immobilized on synthetic or loofa sponges both with and without the use of alginate or chitosan...
  31. doi Loofa (Luffa cylindrica) sponge: review of development of the biomatrix as a tool for biotechnological applications
    Asma Saeed
    Environmental Biotechnology Group, Biotechnology and Food Research Centre, Lahore, 54600, Pakistan
    Biotechnol Prog 29:573-600. 2013
    The review discusses the development of loofa sponge (Luffa cylindrica) as a biotechnological tool and the diversity of applications in which it has been successfully used since it was first reported as a matrix for the immobilization of ..
  32. doi Performance of Luffa cylindrica as immobilization matrix in bioconversion reactions by Nicotiana tabacum BY-2
    Hamid Bou-Saab
    Laboratoire de Chimie Organique et Bio organique, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Mulhouse, Universite de Haute Alsace, 3 bis rue Alfred Werner, 68093 Mulhouse Cedex, France
    J Biosci Bioeng 116:506-8. 2013
    The dry fruit of Luffa cylindrica was investigated as an immobilization matrix for Nicotiana tabacum cells in bioconversion reactions of exogenous substrates. Immobilized cells show high biocatalytic activity under high substrate levels...
  33. doi Improvement of Ni phytostabilization by inoculation of Ni resistant Bacillus megaterium SR28C
    Mani Rajkumar
    National Environmental Engineering Research Institute NEERI, CSIR Complex, Taramani, Chennai 600113, India
    J Environ Manage 128:973-80. 2013
    ..Ni-resistant bacterial strains on phytostabilization potential of various plants, including Brassica juncea, Luffa cylindrica and Sorghum halepense, were studied...
  34. doi Thermal and mechanical properties of bio-nanocomposites reinforced by Luffa cylindrica cellulose nanocrystals
    Gilberto Siqueira
    The International School of Paper, Print Media and Biomaterials PAGORA, Grenoble Institute of Technology, BP 65, 38402 Saint Martin d Heres Cedex, France
    Carbohydr Polym 91:711-7. 2013
    Cellulose nanocrystals have been prepared by acid hydrolysis of Luffa cylindrica fibers. The acid-resistant residue consisted of rod-like nanoparticles with an average length an diameter around 242 and 5...
  35. doi Distribution and molecular diversity of three cucurbit-infecting poleroviruses in China
    Qiao xia Shang
    Department of Plant Pathology, State Key Laboratory for Agrobiotechnology, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193, China
    Virus Res 145:341-6. 2009
    ..a third distinct polerovirus, tentatively named Suakwa aphid-borne yellows virus (SABYV), infecting Suakwa vegetable sponge. To better understand the distribution and molecular diversity of these three poleroviruses infecting ..
  36. doi Disinfection of waterborne coliform bacteria using Luffa cylindrica fruit and seed extracts
    Ameer Shaheed
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ, UK
    Environ Technol 30:1435-40. 2009
    This study examined the potential of extracts of the plant Luffa cylindrica to act as disinfectants of drinking water. Aqueous extracts of the seeds and fruit of L...
  37. ncbi Immobilization of Lactobacillus salivarius ATCC 11741 on loofa sponge coated with chitosan for lactic acid fermentation
    Ratchat Chantawongvuti
    Department of Chemical Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand
    J Microbiol Biotechnol 20:110-6. 2010
    Lactic acid (LA) fermentation by Lactobacillus salivarius ATCC 11741 immobilized on loofa sponge (LS) was evaluated...
  38. doi A natural sorbent, Luffa cylindrica for the removal of a model basic dye
    Aylin Altinişik
    Dokuz Eylul University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Chemistry, Tinaztepe Campus, Buca Izmir, Turkey
    J Hazard Mater 179:658-64. 2010
    In this work, application of Luffa cylindrica in malachite green (MG) removal from aqueous solution was studied in a batch system. The effect of contact time, pH and temperature on removal of malachite green was also investigated...
  39. doi Host range and complete genome sequence of Cucurbit chlorotic yellows virus, a new member of the genus Crinivirus
    Mitsuru Okuda
    National Agriculture Research Center for Kyushu Okinawa Region, Koshi, Kumamoto, Japan
    Phytopathology 100:560-6. 2010
    ..Citrullus lanatus, Cucurbita pepo, and Luffa cylindrica were susceptible to CCYV; however, the infection rates were low and symptoms were unclear...
  40. ncbi Biosorption of lead, Mercury, and cadmium ions by Aspergillus terreus immobilized in a natural matrix
    Yih Min Sun
    Department of Occupational Safety and Health, Chung Hwa University of Medical Technology, Tainan 717, Taiwan, ROC
    Pol J Microbiol 59:37-44. 2010
    ..the biosorption of Pb2+, Hg2+, Cd2 from aqueous solution by Aspergillus terreus (both free and immobilized on loofa sponge discs)...
  41. doi Cloning and soluble expression of mature alpha-luffin from Luffa cylindrica and its antitumor activities in vitro
    Liling Liu
    Department of Dermatology, Xinqiao Hospital, Third Military Medical University, Chongqing, China
    Acta Biochim Biophys Sin (Shanghai) 42:585-92. 2010
    ..to be the most toxic of the luffin family and apparently possesses antitumor activity, was isolated from Luffa cylindrica seeds. In the present study, mature alpha-luffin was cloned from L...
  42. doi Biodegradation of 2,4-dichlorophenol in a fluidized bed reactor with immobilized Phanerochaete chrysosporium
    Xiao Ming Li
    Key Laboratory of Environmental Biology and Pollution Control Hunan University, Ministry of Education, Changsha 410082, P R China
    Water Sci Technol 62:947-55. 2010
    ..In continuous bioreactor test, the kinetic behavior of the Phanerochaete chrysosporium immobilized on loofa sponge was found to follow the Monod equation. The maximum reaction rate was 7...
  43. doi Structural characterization and anti-HIV-1 activities of arginine/glutamate-rich polypeptide Luffin P1 from the seeds of sponge gourd (Luffa cylindrica)
    Yiu Ming Ng
    School of Life Sciences and Centre for Protein Science and Crystallography, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N T, Hong Kong, PR China
    J Struct Biol 174:164-72. 2011
    Luffin P1, the smallest ribosome-inactivating peptide from the seeds of Luffa cylindrica was found to have anti-HIV-1 activity in HIV-1 infected C8166 T-cell lines and be able to bind with HIV Rev Response Element...
  44. pmc Luffa aegyptiaca (Gourd) Fruit Juice as a Source of Peroxidase
    R S S Yadav
    Department of Chemistry, D D U Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur 273 009, India
    Enzyme Res 2011:319105. 2011
    ..The studies made have shown that Luffa aegyptiaca (gourd) fruit juice contains peroxidase activity of the order of 180 enzyme unit/mL...
  45. ncbi Aerobic pretreatment of olive oil mill wastewater using Ralstonia eutropha
    E Jalilnejad
    Department of Chemical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology Tehran Polytechnic, Tehran, Iran
    Environ Technol 32:1085-93. 2011
    ..083 per day and Ks = 1846 mg l(-1). Using a packed-bed reactor the performance of loofa-immobilized R. eutropha was assessed and the reduction in TP and COD shown to be 73% and 64%, respectively.
  46. doi Immobilization of Trichoderma viride for enhanced methylene blue biosorption: batch and column studies
    Asma Saeed
    Biotechnology Group, Centre for Environment Protection Studies, PCSIR Laboratories Complex, Lahore, Pakistan
    J Hazard Mater 168:406-15. 2009
    An efficient dye biosorbent was developed by entrapping a fungus mold, Trichoderma viride, within loofa sponge (LS) matirx. Immobilization enhanced the sorption of dye by 30% at equilibrium as compared with T. viride free biomass (TVFB)...
  47. ncbi A novel circulating loop bioreactor with cells immobilized in loofa ( Luffa cylindrica) sponge for the bioconversion of raw cassava starch to ethanol
    N D Roble
    Institute of Applied Biochemistry, University of Tsukuba, 1 1 1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305, Japan
    Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 60:671-8. 2003
    A circulating loop bioreactor (CLB) with cells immobilized in loofa sponge was constructed for simultaneous aerobic and anaerobic processes...
  48. ncbi Production of fungal biomass immobilized loofa sponge (FBILS)-discs for the removal of heavy metal ions and chlorinated compounds from aqueous solution
    M Iqbal
    Environment Biotechnology Group, Biotechnology and Food Research Centre, PCSIR Laboratories Complex, 54600, Lahore, Pakistan
    Biotechnol Lett 27:1319-23. 2005
    A white rot basidiomycete, Phanerochaete chrysosporium, was immobilized on loofa sponge (FBILS) discs. It removed ca...
  49. ncbi Loofa sponge immobilized fungal biosorbent: a robust system for cadmium and other dissolved metal removal from aqueous solution
    M Iqbal
    Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S1 3JD, UK
    Chemosphere 61:510-8. 2005
    The potential of loofa sponge discs to immobilize fungal biomass of Phanerochaete chrysosporium (a known biosorbent) was investigated as a low cost biosorbent for the removal of Cd(II) ions from aqueous solution...
  50. ncbi Experimental investigation of various vegetable fibers as sorbent materials for oil spills
    T R Annunciado
    Department of Mechanical Engineering, Federal University of Paraná UFPR, P O Box 19 011, 81 531 990 Curitiba PR, Brazil
    Mar Pollut Bull 50:1340-6. 2005
    ..mixed leaves residues, mixed sawdust, sisal (Agave sisalana), coir fiber (Cocos nucifera), sponge-gourd (Luffa cylindrica) and silk-floss as sorbent materials of crude oil...
  51. ncbi Loofa sponge as a scaffold for culture of rat hepatocytes
    Jyh Ping Chen
    Graduate Institute of Biochemical and Biomedical Engineering and Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Chang Gung University, Kwei San, Taoyuan 333, Taiwan, ROC
    Biotechnol Prog 21:315-9. 2005
    The dried fruit from Luffa cylindrica (loofa sponge, LS), which represents a new chitinous source material, was used as a 3-D scaffold for the culture of rat hepatocytes. With the macroporous structure and large pore size (ca...
  52. ncbi Morphosynthesis: high fidelity inorganic replica of the fibrous network of loofa sponge (Luffa cylindrica)
    Italo O Mazali
    Laboratório de Química do Estado Sólido, Instituto de Quimica, UNICAMP, Cx Postal 6154, 13083 970 Campinas, SP, Brazil
    An Acad Bras Cienc 77:25-31. 2005
    ..calcium carbonate and hydroxyapatite (bio) inorganic replicas of the fibrous network of the dried fruit of Luffa cylindrica are described, utilizing a facile synthetic route...
  53. ncbi [Purification and partial characterization of luffin P1, a peptide with translational inhibitory activity and trypsin inhibitory activity, from seeds of Luffa cylindrica]
    Feng Li
    Key Laboratory of Proteomics Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200031, China
    Sheng Wu Hua Xue Yu Sheng Wu Wu Li Xue Bao (Shanghai) 35:847-52. 2003
    A peptide, luffin P1, from seeds of Luffa cylindrica, was purified by ammonia sulfate precipitation, CM-52 ion exchange chromatography, Blue-gel affinity chromatography and FPLC Mono S ion exchange chromatography...
  54. ncbi Purification and characterization of Luffin P1, a ribosome-inactivating peptide from the seeds of Luffa cylindrica
    Feng Li
    Key Laboratory of Proteomics, Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 320 Yue Yang Road, Shanghai 200031, PR China
    Peptides 24:799-805. 2003
    A peptide designated Luffin P1 was purified from the seeds of Luffa cylindrica. Its molecular mass was determined to be 5226.1 Da by MALDI-TOF MS analysis...
  55. ncbi The complete nucleotide sequence of two distinct geminiviruses infecting cucurbits in Vietnam
    P A Revill
    Plant Biotechnology, Science Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
    Arch Virol 148:1523-41. 2003
    ..A second virus isolated from loofa in southern Vietnam was only 80% similar to SLCV-Vn over the complete DNA-A sequence, however the nucleotide ..
  56. ncbi L-Lactic acid production from raw cassava starch in a circulating loop bioreactor with cells immobilized in loofa (Luffa cylindrica)
    Noel D Roble
    Institute of Applied Biochemistry, University of Tsukuba, 1 1 1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305, Japan
    Biotechnol Lett 25:1093-8. 2003
    ..lactis immobilized in loofa sponge. A. awamori was immobilized directly in cylindrical loofa sponge while the L...
  57. ncbi Loofa sponge as a scaffold for the culture of human hepatocyte cell line
    Jyh Ping Chen
    Graduate Institute of Biochemical and Biomedical Engineering, Chang Gung University, Kwei San, Taoyuan 333, Taiwan, ROC
    Biotechnol Prog 19:522-7. 2003
    b>Loofa sponge was investigated as a three-dimensional scaffold for stationary and perfusion culture of human hepatoblastoma cell line C3A/HepG2...
  58. ncbi Evaluation of antioxidant activity and inhibitory effect on nitric oxide production of some common vegetables
    Jung Yi Bor
    Department of Food Science and Biotechnology, National Chung Hsing University, 250 Kuokuang Road, Taichung 40227, Taiwan
    J Agric Food Chem 54:1680-6. 2006
    ..In the macrophage model system, the water extracts from fresh daylily flower, sponge gourd, pea sprout, and eggplant exhibited over 80% inhibition on NO generation stimulated by lipopolysaccharide...
  59. ncbi Chlorella sorokiniana immobilized on the biomatrix of vegetable sponge of Luffa cylindrica: a new system to remove cadmium from contaminated aqueous medium
    Nasreen Akhtar
    Department of Biology, Government Islamia College for Women, Cooper Road, Lahore 54550, Pakistan
    Bioresour Technol 88:163-5. 2003
    A new sorption system of microalgal cells immobilized on the biostructural matrix of Luffa cylindrica for sequestering cadmium is reported...
  60. ncbi [Biological characters of the different varieties for Luffa cylindrica]
    Y Yang
    Shanxi Corporation of Medicinal Materials, Taiyuan 030012
    Zhong Yao Cai 22:165-7. 1999
    The yield of Luffa cylindrica cultivated in Taiyuan of Shanxi Province, which introduced from Zhejiang Province, was obviously high than that of local variety. The paper reported the biological characters of the two varieties.
  61. ncbi Isolation and characterization of luffacylin, a ribosome inactivating peptide with anti-fungal activity from sponge gourd (Luffa cylindrica) seeds
    A Parkash
    Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong, China
    Peptides 23:1019-24. 2002
    ..8kDa from sponge gourd seeds...
  62. ncbi Luffangulin, a novel ribosome inactivating peptide from ridge gourd (Luffa acutangula) seeds
    Hexiang Wang
    Department of Microbiology, College of Biological Science, China Agricultural University, Beijing
    Life Sci 70:899-906. 2002
    ..5 kDa-arginine/glutamate-rich polypeptide from Luffa cylindrica seeds, was isolated from seeds of a closely related species, the ridge gourd Luffa acutangula. The 5...
  63. ncbi Molecular cloning and characterization of isomultiflorenol synthase, a new triterpene synthase from Luffa cylindrica, involved in biosynthesis of bryonolic acid
    H Hayashi
    Gifu Pharmaceutical University, Japan
    Eur J Biochem 268:6311-7. 2001
    An oxidosqualene cyclase cDNA, LcIMS1, was isolated from cultured cells of Luffa cylindrica Roem. by heterologous hybridization with cDNA of Glycyrrhiza glabra beta-amyrin synthase...
  64. ncbi [Studies on the chemical structure of lucyoside R from leaves of Luffa cylindrica roem]
    L Liang
    Sichuan Institute of Chinese Materia Medica, Chongqing 630065
    Yao Xue Xue Bao 32:761-4. 1997
    A new pentacyclic triterpenoid saponin, lucyoside R, has been isolated from the leaves of Luffa cylindrica along with lucyoside G...
  65. ncbi Scale up of fuel ethanol production from sugar beet juice using loofa sponge immobilized bioreactor
    J C Ogbonna
    Institute of Applied Biochemistry, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
    Bioresour Technol 76:1-8. 2001
    Production of fuel ethanol from sugar beet juice, using cells immobilized on loofa sponge was investigated...
  66. ncbi Antiproliferative effect and apoptotic response in vitro of human melanoma cells to liposomes containing the ribosome-inactivating protein luffin
    A Poma
    Department of Basic and Applied Biology, University of L Aquila, Faculty of Sciences, Italy
    Biochim Biophys Acta 1472:197-205. 1999
    ..Luffin from Luffa cylindrica seeds has been successfully incorporated into lecithin/cholesterol and lecithin/cholesterol/dicetylphosphate ..
  67. ncbi Immobilization of polymethylgalacturonase producing Aspergillus niger on Luffa sponge material
    L S Slokoska
    Institute of Microbiology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
    Z Naturforsch C 53:968-72. 1998
    The vegetable sponge of Luffa cylindrica was studied as a matrix for the immobilization of Aspergillus niger 26, producer of polymethylgalacturonase (PMG). Entrapped spores could grow and multiply within the lattice of the sponge...
  68. ncbi Dye adsorption behavior of Luffa cylindrica fibers
    H Demir
    Izmir Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Gulbahce Campus, Urla Izmir, Turkey
    J Hazard Mater 153:389-94. 2008
    Using natural Luffa cylindrica fibers as adsorbent removal of methylene blue dye from aqueous solutions at different temperatures and dye concentrations was investigated in this study...
  69. doi Loofa egyptiaca as a novel adsorbent for removal of direct blue dye from aqueous solution
    El Sayed Z El Ashtoukhy
    Chemical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt
    J Environ Manage 90:2755-61. 2009
    In this paper, Loofa egyptiaca (LE), an agricultural plant cultivated in Egypt, was used to prepare low-cost activated carbon (LE(C1) and LE(C2)) adsorbents...
  70. ncbi Differential response of human melanoma and Ehrlich ascites cells in vitro to the ribosome-inactivating protein luffin
    A Poma
    Department of Basic and Applied Biology, Faculty of Science, L Aquila, Italy
    Melanoma Res 8:465-7. 1998
    ..effect on proliferation of the type 1 ribosome-inactivating protein luffin purified from the seeds of Luffa aegyptiaca were investigated both in human metastatic melanoma cells and in murine Ehrlich ascites tumour cells...
  71. doi Biosynthesis of gibberellic acid from milk permeate in repeated batch operation by a mutant Fusarium moniliforme cells immobilized on loofa sponge
    Samir A Meleigy
    Radiation Microbiology Department, National Center for Radiation Research and Technology, Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt
    Bioresour Technol 100:374-9. 2009
    ..Immobilization of mutant gamma-14 cells onto loofa sponge discs was studied with respect to the optimization of the incubation temperature, initial pH, inoculum size ..
  72. ncbi [Development and reproduction of B-biotype Bemisia tabaci on four cucurbitaceous host plants]
    Cai Xia Xu
    Department of Entomology, College of Natural Resources and Environment, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, China
    Ying Yong Sheng Tai Xue Bao 19:1099-103. 2008
    ..e., cucumber, hairy gourd, bitter cucumber, and sponge gourd, showed that the one generation development duration of B. tabaci was the shortest (19...
  73. ncbi Biosorption characteristics of unicellular green alga Chlorella sorokiniana immobilized in loofa sponge for removal of Cr(III)
    Nasreen Akhtar
    Department of Biology, Government Islamia College for Women, Cooper Road, Lahore 54550, Pakistan
    J Environ Sci (China) 20:231-9. 2008
    b>Loofa sponge (LS) immobilized biomass of Chlorella sorokiniana (LSIBCS), isolated from industrial wastewater, was investigated as a new biosorbent for the removal of Cr(III) from aqueous solution...
  74. doi Statistical optimization of alpha-amylase production with immobilized cells of Streptomyces erumpens MTCC 7317 in Luffa cylindrica L. sponge discs
    Shaktimay Kar
    Microbiology Laboratory, Regional Center of Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Bhubaneswar, India
    Appl Biochem Biotechnol 152:177-88. 2009
    ..e., agar-agar, polyacrylamide, and luffa (Luffa cylindrica L.) sponge for production of alpha-amylase...
  75. doi Bioethanol production from uncooked raw starch by immobilized surface-engineered yeast cells
    Jyh Ping Chen
    Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan, Republic of China
    Appl Biochem Biotechnol 145:59-67. 2008
    ..For cells immobilized in loofa sponge, the concentration of ethanol could reach 42 g/L in 3 days in a circulating packed-bed bioreactor...
  76. doi Kinetic studies for the biosorption of lead and copper ions by Penicillium simplicissimum immobilized within loofa sponge
    Xiao Ming Li
    College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410082, PR China
    J Hazard Mater 159:610-5. 2008
    Biosorption potential of Penicillium simplicissimum (Penicillium sp.) immobilized within loofa sponge (PSILS) for lead and copper from aqueous media was explored...
  77. ncbi Alginate-loofa as carrier matrix for ethanol production
    Muenduen Phisalaphong
    Department of Chemical Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
    J Biosci Bioeng 104:214-7. 2007
    An alginate-loofa matrix was developed as a cell carrier for ethanol fermentation owing to its porous structure and strong fibrous nature...
  78. pmc Cortical Aerenchyma formation in hypocotyl and adventitious roots of Luffa cylindrica subjected to soil flooding
    Satoshi Shimamura
    National Institute of Crop Science, 2 1 18 Kannondai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305 8518, Japan
    Ann Bot 100:1431-9. 2007
    Aerenchyma formation is thought to be one of the important morphological adaptations to hypoxic stress. Although sponge gourd is an annual vegetable upland crop, in response to flooding the hypocotyl and newly formed adventitious roots ..
  79. pmc A novel recombinant immunotoxin with the smallest ribosome-inactivating protein Luffin P1: T-cell cytotoxicity and prolongation of allograft survival
    Rupeng Wang
    Chongqing Key Lab for Diseases Proteomics, Institute of Burn Research, Southwest Hospital, Third Military Medical University, Chongqing, China
    J Cell Mol Med 14:578-86. 2010
    ..We have identified a novel class of small molecule RIPs (<10 kD) from the seeds of the plant Luffa cylindrica. The smallest member of this family, Luffin P1, has a molecular weight of 5226...
  80. ncbi A new flavone glycoside from the fruits of Luffa cylindrica
    Qizhen Du
    Institute of Food and Biological Engineering, Zhejiang Gongshang University, Hangzhou, China
    Fitoterapia 78:609-10. 2007
    The methyl ester of diosmetin 7-O-beta-D-glucuronide (1) was isolated from the fruits of Luffa cylindrica. Its structure was determined by spectroscopic methods.
  81. ncbi Immobilization of Streptomyces clavuligerus on loofah sponge for the production of clavulanic acid
    Parag S Saudagar
    Food Engineering and Technology Department, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai 400 019, India
    Bioresour Technol 99:2250-3. 2008
    ..The high void volume, permeability, and low cost of fibrous matrices prompted the use of Luffa cylindrica as a matrix for the immobilization of S. clavuligerus for the production of clavulanic acid...
  82. pmc Genetic analysis of fruit shape traits at different maturation stages in sponge gourd
    Sheng Zhang
    Department of Agronomy, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310029, China
    J Zhejiang Univ Sci B 8:338-44. 2007
    ..in the present study, analysis of genetic effects for fruit shape traits (fruit length and fruit perimeter) in sponge gourd was conducted by employing a developmental genetic model including fruit direct effects and maternal effects...
  83. ncbi Acetylation of loofa (Luffa cylindrica) sponge as immobilization carrier for bioprocesses involving cellulase
    Akihiro Hideno
    Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba, 1 1 1 Tennoudai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305 8572, Japan
    J Biosci Bioeng 103:311-7. 2007
    The feasibility of using loofa sponge for immobilization of cellulase-producing microorganisms was investigated by acetylating loofa sponge...
  84. ncbi Immunomodulatory effects of two sapogenins 1 and 2 isolated from Luffa cylindrica in Balb/C mice
    Anamika Khajuria
    Division of Pharmacology, Regional Research Laboratory CSIR, Jammu, Tawi 180001, India
    Bioorg Med Chem Lett 17:1608-12. 2007
    Two Triterpenoids (sapogenins 1 and 2) isolated from Luffa cylindrica were subjected to immunomodulatory activity in male Balb/c mice. Mice were treated with three doses of sapogenins 1 and 2 (10, 30 and 100 mg/kg) and levamisole (2...
  85. ncbi Dynamic seeding and perfusion culture of hepatocytes with galactosylated vegetable sponge in packed-bed bioreactor
    Jyh Ping Chen
    Graduate Institute of Biochemical and Biomedical Engineering, Chang Gung University, Kwei San, Taoyuan 333, Taiwan, ROC
    J Biosci Bioeng 102:41-5. 2006
    A galactose moiety was introduced into the fiber surface of a vegetable sponge by the covalent binding of lactobionic acid. The galactosylated sponge was used as scaffold for the culture of rat hepatocytes in a packed-bed bioreactor...
  86. ncbi PCR-based detection and partial genome sequencing indicate high genetic diversity in Bangladeshi begomoviruses and their whitefly vector, Bemisia tabaci
    M N Maruthi
    Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, Central Avenue, Chatham Maritime, Kent ME4 4TB, UK
    Virus Genes 34:373-85. 2007
    ..and species-specific primers were used to detect begomoviruses in seven crops (chilli, okra, papaya, pumpkin, sponge gourd, tomato and yardlong bean) and two common weeds (Ageratum conyzoides and Croton bonplandianum)...
  87. ncbi Production of lactic acid with loofa sponge immobilized Rhizopus oryzae RBU2-10
    Ruma Ganguly
    Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee 247667, India
    Bioresour Technol 98:1246-51. 2007
    ..Shape and texture of loofa sponge, which was obtained from the mature dried fruit of Luffa cylindrica, remained intact after its treatment with buffers of varying pH and following its repeated autoclaving for up ..
  88. ncbi Antioxidant constituents in the fruits of Luffa cylindrica (L.) Roem
    Qizhen Du
    Institute of Food and Biological Engineering, Zhejiang Gongshang University, 149 Jiaogong Road, Hangzhou 310035, China
    J Agric Food Chem 54:4186-90. 2006
    Hydrophilic antioxidant constituents in the fruits of the vegetable Luffa cylindrica (L...

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