agave

Summary

Summary: A genus known for fibers obtained from their leaves: sisal from A. sisalana, henequen from A. fourcroyoides and A. cantala, or Manila-Maguey fiber from A. cantala. Some species provide a sap that is fermented to an intoxicating drink, called pulque in Mexico. Some contain agavesides.

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  1. da Silva B, Parente J. A new bioactive steroidal saponin from Agave shrevei. Z Naturforsch C. 2005;60:57-62 pubmed
    A new steroidal saponin was isolated from the leaves of Agave shrevei Gentry...
  2. Lachenmeier D, Sohnius E, Attig R, Lopez M. Quantification of selected volatile constituents and anions in Mexican Agave spirits (Tequila, Mezcal, Sotol, Bacanora). J Agric Food Chem. 2006;54:3911-5 pubmed
    A large collection (n = 95) of Mexican Agave spirits with protected appellations of origin (Tequila, Mezcal, Sotol, and Bacanora) was analyzed using ion and gas chromatography...
  3. Mancilla Margalli N, Lopez M. Water-soluble carbohydrates and fructan structure patterns from Agave and Dasylirion species. J Agric Food Chem. 2006;54:7832-9 pubmed
    ..In this work, water-soluble carbohydrates, including fructan structure patterns, were compared among Agave and Dasylirion species grown in different environmental regions in Mexico...
  4. Hernández Salas J, Villa Ramírez M, Veloz Rendón J, Rivera Hernández K, González César R, Plascencia Espinosa M, et al. Comparative hydrolysis and fermentation of sugarcane and agave bagasse. Bioresour Technol. 2009;100:1238-45 pubmed publisher
    Sugarcane and agave bagasse samples were hydrolyzed with either mineral acids (HCl), commercial glucanases or a combined treatment consisting of alkaline delignification followed by enzymatic hydrolysis...
  5. Lopez M, Mancilla Margalli N, Mendoza Diaz G. Molecular structures of fructans from Agave tequilana Weber var. azul. J Agric Food Chem. 2003;51:7835-40 pubmed
    b>Agave plants utilize crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) for CO(2) fixation. Fructans are the principal photosynthetic products generated by agave plants...
  6. Cira L, González G, Torres J, Pelayo C, Gutiérrez M, Ramirez J. Heterologous expression of Fusarium oxysporum tomatinase in Saccharomyces cerevisiae increases its resistance to saponins and improves ethanol production during the fermentation of Agave tequilana Weber var. azul and Agave salmiana must. Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek. 2008;93:259-66 pubmed
    ..Moreover, the transformants were able to grow and produce ethanol in a mix of Agave tequilana Weber var...
  7. Delgado Sandoval S, Abraham Juárez M, Simpson J. Agave tequilana MADS genes show novel expression patterns in meristems, developing bulbils and floral organs. Sex Plant Reprod. 2012;25:11-26 pubmed publisher
    b>Agave tequilana is a monocarpic perennial species that flowers after 5-8 years of vegetative growth signaling the end of the plant's life cycle...
  8. Urías Silvas J, Cani P, Delmée E, Neyrinck A, Lopez M, Delzenne N. Physiological effects of dietary fructans extracted from Agave tequilana Gto. and Dasylirion spp. Br J Nutr. 2008;99:254-61 pubmed
    ..The Agave genus growing in different regions of Mexico also contains important amounts of original fructans, with ..
  9. López Alvarez A, Díaz Pérez A, Sosa Aguirre C, Macías Rodríguez L, Campos García J. Ethanol yield and volatile compound content in fermentation of agave must by Kluyveromyces marxianus UMPe-1 comparing with Saccharomyces cerevisiae baker's yeast used in tequila production. J Biosci Bioeng. 2012;113:614-8 pubmed publisher
    ..In this study, a yeast isolated from native residual agave must was identified as Kluyveromyces marxianus UMPe-1 by 26S rRNA sequencing...

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  1. Gomez E, Tuohy K, Gibson G, Klinder A, Costabile A. In vitro evaluation of the fermentation properties and potential prebiotic activity of Agave fructans. J Appl Microbiol. 2010;108:2114-21 pubmed publisher
    This study was carried out to evaluate in vitro the fermentation properties and the potential prebiotic activity of Agave-fructans extracted from Agave tequilana (Predilife).
  2. García Aguirre M, Sáenz Alvaro V, Rodríguez Soto M, Vicente Magueyal F, Botello Alvarez E, Jimenez Islas H, et al. Strategy for biotechnological process design applied to the enzymatic hydrolysis of agave fructo-oligosaccharides to obtain fructose-rich syrups. J Agric Food Chem. 2009;57:10205-10 pubmed publisher
    ..process design is illustrated for the production of fructose-rich syrups via enzymatic hydrolysis of agave fructo-oligosaccharides...
  3. Parker K, Trapnell D, Hamrick J, Hodgson W, Parker A. Inferring ancient Agave cultivation practices from contemporary genetic patterns. Mol Ecol. 2010;19:1622-37 pubmed publisher
    Several Agave species have played an important ethnobotanical role since prehistory in Mesoamerica and semiarid areas to the north, including central Arizona...
  4. Yokosuka A, Jitsuno M, Yui S, Yamazaki M, Mimaki Y. Steroidal glycosides from Agave utahensis and their cytotoxic activity. J Nat Prod. 2009;72:1399-404 pubmed publisher
    ..Eight new spirostanol saponins (1-8) and three new furostanol saponins (9-11) were isolated from the whole plants of Agave utahensis. The structures of 1-11 were determined by analysis of extensive spectroscopic data...
  5. Garcia Soto M, Jimenez Islas H, Navarrete Bolaños J, Rico Martinez R, Miranda López R, Botello Alvarez J. Kinetic study of the thermal hydrolysis of Agave salmiana for mezcal production. J Agric Food Chem. 2011;59:7333-40 pubmed publisher
    The kinetics of the thermal hydrolysis of the fructans of Agave salmiana were determined during the cooking step of mezcal production in a pilot autoclave...
  6. Cáceres Farfán M, Lappe P, Larque Saavedra A, Magdub Méndez A, Barahona Pérez L. Ethanol production from henequen (Agave fourcroydes Lem.) juice and molasses by a mixture of two yeasts. Bioresour Technol. 2008;99:9036-9 pubmed publisher
    In the fermentation process of henequen (Agave fourcroydes Lem...
  7. Lappe Oliveras P, Moreno Terrazas R, Arrizón Gaviño J, Herrera Suárez T, García Mendoza A, Gschaedler Mathis A. Yeasts associated with the production of Mexican alcoholic nondistilled and distilled Agave beverages. FEMS Yeast Res. 2008;8:1037-52 pubmed publisher
    ..This minireview focuses on several nondistilled and distilled Agave beverages, their production area, the Agave species used in their elaboration, the functional microbiota involved ..
  8. Ohtsuki T, Koyano T, Kowithayakorn T, Sakai S, Kawahara N, Goda Y, et al. New chlorogenin hexasaccharide isolated from Agave fourcroydes with cytotoxic and cell cycle inhibitory activities. Bioorg Med Chem. 2004;12:3841-5 pubmed
    A new chlorogenin hexasaccharide (1) was isolated from leaves of Agave fourcroydes (Agavaceae)...
  9. Luján R, Lledias F, Martínez L, Barreto R, Cassab G, Nieto Sotelo J. Small heat-shock proteins and leaf cooling capacity account for the unusual heat tolerance of the central spike leaves in Agave tequilana var. Weber. Plant Cell Environ. 2009;32:1791-803 pubmed publisher
    ..Here, we report that the spike of Agave tequilana is the most thermotolerant part of the rosette withstanding shocks of up to 55 degrees C...
  10. Yokosuka A, Mimaki Y. Steroidal saponins from the whole plants of Agave utahensis and their cytotoxic activity. Phytochemistry. 2009;70:807-15 pubmed publisher
    Phytochemical investigation of the whole plants of Agave utahensis Engelm. (Agavaceae) has resulted in the isolation of 15 steroidal saponins (1-15), including five spirostanol saponins (1-5) and three furostanol saponins (11-13)...
  11. Mancilla Margalli N, Lopez M. Generation of Maillard compounds from inulin during the thermal processing of Agave tequilana Weber Var. azul. J Agric Food Chem. 2002;50:806-12 pubmed
    During the cooking process of Agave tequilana Weber var...
  12. Díaz Martínez M, Nava Cedillo A, Guzmán López J, Escobar Guzmán R, Simpson J. Polymorphism and methylation patterns in Agave tequilana Weber var. 'Azul' plants propagated asexually by three different methods. Plant Sci. 2012;185-186:321-30 pubmed publisher
    Genetic variation in three forms of asexually propagated Agave tequilana Weber var. 'Azul' plants namely offsets, bulbils and in vitro cultured individuals was studied by AFLP analysis...
  13. Lachenmeier D, Richling E, Lopez M, Frank W, Schreier P. Multivariate analysis of FTIR and ion chromatographic data for the quality control of tequila. J Agric Food Chem. 2005;53:2151-7 pubmed
    ..3-29.3%). Using PCA of the volatile compounds, a differentiation between tequila derived from "100% agave" (Agave tequilana Weber var...
  14. Mshandete A, Björnsson L, Kivaisi A, Rubindamayugi S, Mattiasson B. Enhancement of anaerobic batch digestion of sisal pulp waste by mesophilic aerobic pre-treatment. Water Res. 2005;39:1569-75 pubmed
  15. Vega Ramos K, Uvalle Bueno J, Gómez Leyva J. Molecular variability among isolates of Fusarium oxysporum associated with root rot disease of Agave tequilana. Biochem Genet. 2013;51:243-55 pubmed publisher
    In this study, 115 isolates of Fusarium oxysporum from roots of Agave tequilana Weber cv azul plants and soil in commercial plantations in western Mexico were characterized using morphological and molecular methods...
  16. North G, Brinton E, Garrett T. Contractile roots in succulent monocots: convergence, divergence and adaptation to limited rainfall. Plant Cell Environ. 2008;31:1179-89 pubmed publisher
    ..Thus, CRs in the species examined may provide a mechanism for greater water uptake near the soil surface in regions with limited rainfall. ..
  17. Sanchez E, Heredia N, García S. Inhibition of growth and mycotoxin production of Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus by extracts of Agave species. Int J Food Microbiol. 2005;98:271-9 pubmed
    In this work, the effect of ethanolic, methanolic and aqueous extracts of Agave asperrima and Agave striata on growth and production of aflatoxin (in A&M medium) and cyclopiazonic acid (CPA; in Czpaek-Dox medium) and on growth in ..
  18. Perez Brito D, Tapia Tussell R, Quijano Ramayo A, Larque Saavedra A, Lappe P. Molecular characterization of Kluyveromyces marxianus strains isolated from Agave fourcroydes (Lem.) in Yucatan, Mexico. Mol Biotechnol. 2007;37:181-6 pubmed
    The molecular characterization of 14 strains of Kluyveromyces marxianus isolated from Agave fourcroydes (Lem.) in Yucatan, Mexico, was performed by AP-PCR analysis, PCR-RFLP of 5.8S-ITS, and complete NTS regions...
  19. Eskander J, Lavaud C, Harakat D. Steroidal saponins from the leaves of Agave macroacantha. Fitoterapia. 2010;81:371-4 pubmed publisher
    A new monodesmosidic spirostanol saponin, along with three known saponins was isolated from Agave macroacantha Zucc leaves...
  20. Romero Gonzalez J, Peralta Videa J, Rodriguez E, Delgado M, Gardea Torresdey J. Potential of Agave lechuguilla biomass for Cr(III) removal from aqueous solutions: thermodynamic studies. Bioresour Technol. 2006;97:178-82 pubmed
    Thermodynamic studies on the bioadsorption of Cr(III) onto Agave lechuguilla biomass were conduced...
  21. Martínez Aguilar J, Peña Alvarez A. Characterization of five typical agave plants used to produce mezcal through their simple lipid composition analysis by gas chromatography. J Agric Food Chem. 2009;57:1933-9 pubmed publisher
    Five agave plants typically used in Mexico for making mezcal in places included in the Denomination of Origin (Mexican federal law that establishes the territory within which mezcal can be produced) of this spirit were analyzed: Agave ..
  22. Leite F, Herrmann P, Da Róz A, Ferreira F, Curvelo A, Mattoso L. Investigation of sisal fibers by atomic force microscopy: morphological and adhesive characteristics. J Nanosci Nanotechnol. 2006;6:2354-61 pubmed
    ..These results indicated that AFM can detect heterogeneity in the wettability of sisal fibers with nanometer resolution and can be applied in the study of fiber-matrix adhesion in polymer composites. ..
  23. Abraham Juárez M, Martínez Hernández A, Leyva González M, Herrera Estrella L, Simpson J. Class I KNOX genes are associated with organogenesis during bulbil formation in Agave tequilana. J Exp Bot. 2010;61:4055-67 pubmed publisher
    Bulbil formation in Agave tequilana was analysed with the objective of understanding this phenomenon at the molecular and cellular levels...
  24. Bihter Gürler E, Ozbeyli D, Buzcu H, Bayraktar S, Carus İ, Dağ B, et al. Natural sweetener agave inhibits gastric emptying in rats by a cholecystokinin-2- and glucagon like peptide-1 receptor-dependent mechanism. Food Funct. 2017;8:741-745 pubmed publisher
    ..The purpose of this study was to compare the gastric emptying rate of agave nectar with those of glucose and fructose, and to evaluate the interaction of cholecystokinin (CCK)-1, CCK-2 and ..
  25. Pérez A, Calle J, Simonet A, Guerra J, Stochmal A, Macias F. Bioactive steroidal saponins from Agave offoyana flowers. Phytochemistry. 2013;95:298-307 pubmed publisher
    Bioguided studies of flowers of Agave offoyana allowed the isolation of five steroidal saponins never described previously, Magueyosides A-E (1-5), along with six known steroidal saponins (6-11)...
  26. De León Rodríguez A, González Hernández L, Barba de la Rosa A, Escalante Minakata P, Lopez M. Characterization of volatile compounds of Mezcal, an ethnic alcoholic beverage obtained from Agave salmiana. J Agric Food Chem. 2006;54:1337-41 pubmed
    Commercial mezcals (white, white with worm, rested, rested with worm, and aged) produced from Agave salmiana were analyzed by solid-phase microextraction-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (SPME-GC-MS)...
  27. Ceballos Magańa S, Jurado J, Martin M, Pablos F. Quantitation of twelve metals in tequila and mezcal spirits as authenticity parameters. J Agric Food Chem. 2009;57:1372-6 pubmed publisher
    ..In the case of aged tequila 90% of samples were successfully classified. Sodium, potassium, calcium, sulfur, magnesium, iron, strontium, copper and zinc were the most discriminant elements. ..
  28. Lindsay D, Edwards C, Jung M, Bailey P, Lance R. Novel microsatellite loci for Agave parryi and cross-amplification in Agave palmeri (Agavaceae). Am J Bot. 2012;99:e295-7 pubmed publisher
    ..the foraging behavior of nectarivorous bats in southeastern Arizona, we developed microsatellite primers in Agave parryi...
  29. Zhang X, Liu L, Lin C. Structural features, antioxidant and immunological activity of a new polysaccharide (SP1) from sisal residue. Int J Biol Macromol. 2013;59:184-91 pubmed publisher
    ..SP1 could stimulate ConA-induced T lymphocyte proliferation and had noticeable DPPH radical-scavenging ability. ..
  30. Martínez Salvador M, Mata Gonzalez R, Morales Nieto C, Valdez Cepeda R. Agave salmiana plant communities in central Mexico as affected by commercial use. Environ Manage. 2012;49:55-63 pubmed publisher
    b>Agave salmiana is a native plant species harvested for the commercial production of mezcal (Agave spirits) in the highlands of central Mexico. The objective of this study was to identify vegetation changes in natural communities where A...
  31. Márquez Aguirre A, Camacho Ruiz R, Arriaga Alba M, Padilla Camberos E, Kirchmayr M, Blasco J, et al. Effects of Agave tequilana fructans with different degree of polymerization profiles on the body weight, blood lipids and count of fecal Lactobacilli/Bifidobacteria in obese mice. Food Funct. 2013;4:1237-44 pubmed publisher
    ..In vitro and in vivo studies were developed to test the safety of fructans obtained from Agave tequilana Weber var. azul...
  32. Yokosuka A, Mimaki Y. Steroidal glycosides from Agave utahensis. Chem Pharm Bull (Tokyo). 2007;55:145-9 pubmed
    ..glycoside (4), together with two known spirostanol glycosides (5 and 6) were isolated from the whole plants of Agave utahensis (Agavaceae)...
  33. Montiel Corona V, Razo Flores E. Continuous hydrogen and methane production from Agave tequilana bagasse hydrolysate by sequential process to maximize energy recovery efficiency. Bioresour Technol. 2018;249:334-341 pubmed publisher
    Continuous H2 and CH4 production in a two-stage process to increase energy recovery from agave bagasse enzymatic-hydrolysate was studied...
  34. Nic Can G, De la Peña C. Determination of histone methylation in mono- and dicotyledonous plants. Methods Mol Biol. 2012;877:313-24 pubmed publisher
    ..In this work, we detail a method for isolation of nuclear proteins from small amount of sample to identify global changes in different lysines of the histone H3 tail by using immunodetection. ..
  35. Liang S, Were L. Chlorogenic acid oxidation-induced greening of sunflower butter cookies as a function of different sweeteners and storage conditions. Food Chem. 2018;241:135-142 pubmed publisher
    ..52-7.66) which increased to 8.44-9.13 after baking as ranked: xylitol>maple syrup>corn syrup>honey>agave syrup...
  36. Ramírez Tobías H, Peña Valdivia C, Trejo C, Aguirre R J, Vaquera H H. Seed germination of Agave species as influenced by substrate water potential. Biol Res. 2014;47:11 pubmed publisher
    Plants of Agave spp. perform Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) and are highly drought-tolerant, but little is known concerning seed germination under low water availability...
  37. Holscher H, Bauer L, Gourineni V, Pelkman C, Fahey G, Swanson K. Agave Inulin Supplementation Affects the Fecal Microbiota of Healthy Adults Participating in a Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Crossover Trial. J Nutr. 2015;145:2025-32 pubmed publisher
    ..b>Agave inulin differs from other inulin type fibers in chemical structure and botanical origin...
  38. Khapre A, Kumar S, Rajasekaran C. Phytocapping: An Alternate Cover Option for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills. Environ Technol. 2017;:1-26 pubmed publisher
    ..concentrations were also monitored for the plant species, with the highest reduction occurring in root zones of Agave sisalana and Bambusa Sulfurea and highest trace elements remediation potential was observed in Brassica juncea and ..
  39. Mellado Mojica E, González de la Vara L, Lopez M. Fructan active enzymes (FAZY) activities and biosynthesis of fructooligosaccharides in the vacuoles of Agave tequilana Weber Blue variety plants of different age. Planta. 2017;245:265-281 pubmed publisher
    Biosynthesis of agave fructans occurs in mesontle vacuoles which showed fluctuations in FAZY activities and synthesized a diverse spectrum of fructooligosaccharide isomers...
  40. Syamani F, Subiyanto B, Massijaya M. Termite Resistant Properties of Sisal Fiberboards. Insects. 2011;2:462-8 pubmed publisher
    A study was carried out to test sisal (Agave sisalana Perrine) fiberboards properties as building materials against Asian subterranean termite, Coptotermes gestroi (Wasmann)...
  41. Pereira G, Ribeiro M, da Silva B, Parente J. Structural characterization of a new steroidal saponin from Agave angustifolia var. Marginata and a preliminary investigation of its in vivo antiulcerogenic activity and in vitro membrane permeability property. Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2017;27:4345-4349 pubmed publisher
    A new furostane steroidal saponin was isolated from the leaves of Agave angustifolia var. marginata...
  42. Müller L, Schiedeck G. Physical properties of botanical surfactants. Sci Total Environ. 2018;610-611:1133-1137 pubmed publisher
    ..This work aims to evaluate some surfactants physical properties of Quillaja brasiliensis and Agave angustifolia, based on different methods of preparation and concentration...
  43. Perez Pimienta J, Vargas Tah A, López Ortega K, Medina López Y, Mendoza Pérez J, Avila S, et al. Sequential enzymatic saccharification and fermentation of ionic liquid and organosolv pretreated agave bagasse for ethanol production. Bioresour Technol. 2017;225:191-198 pubmed publisher
    b>Agave bagasse (AGB) has gained recognition as a drought-tolerant biofuel feedstock with high productivity in semiarid regions...
  44. Borup L, Meehan J, Severson J, Kaufman K. Terminal spine of agave plant extracted from patient's spinal cord. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2003;181:1155-6 pubmed
  45. Michel Cuello C, Ortiz Cerda I, Moreno Vilet L, Grajales Lagunes A, Moscosa Santillán M, Bonnin J, et al. Study of enzymatic hydrolysis of fructans from Agave salmiana characterization and kinetic assessment. ScientificWorldJournal. 2012;2012:863432 pubmed publisher
    Fructans were extracted from Agave salmiana juice, characterized and subjected to hydrolysis process using a commercial inulinase preparation acting freely...
  46. Camacho M, Guzmán G, Guzmán Dávalos L. Pleurotus opuntiae (Durieu et Lév.) Sacc. (higher Basidiomycetes) and other species related to Agave and Opuntia plants in Mexico-taxonomy, distribution, and applications. Int J Med Mushrooms. 2012;14:65-78 pubmed
    Pleurotus opuntiae is an important mushroom from xerophytic temperate regions of Mexico, as parasite or saprobe on Agave and Opuntia. Discussions on the taxonomic relationships of P opuntiae with P djamor, P. agaves, P. levis, and P...
  47. Tapia Tussell R, Lappe P, Ulloa M, Quijano Ramayo A, Cáceres Farfán M, Larque Saavedra A, et al. A rapid and simple method for DNA extraction from yeasts and fungi isolated from Agave fourcroydes. Mol Biotechnol. 2006;33:67-70 pubmed
    ..The yield and quality of the DNAs obtained were suitable for micro/minisatellite primer-polymerase chain reaction (MSP-PCR) fingerprinting as well as for the sequence of the D1/D2 domain of the 26S rDNA. ..
  48. González Robles I, Estarrón Espinosa M, Díaz Montaño D. Fermentative capabilities and volatile compounds produced by Kloeckera/Hanseniaspora and Saccharomyces yeast strains in pure and mixed cultures during Agave tequilana juice fermentation. Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek. 2015;108:525-36 pubmed publisher
    ..uvarum K2, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae S1 and S2 were studied in pure and mixed culture fermentations using Agave tequila juice as the culture medium...
  49. Ramires E, Megiatto J, Gardrat C, Castellan A, Frollini E. Valorization of an industrial organosolv-sugarcane bagasse lignin: Characterization and use as a matrix in biobased composites reinforced with sisal fibers. Biotechnol Bioeng. 2010;107:612-21 pubmed publisher
  50. Perez Pimienta J, Flores Gómez C, Ruiz H, Sathitsuksanoh N, Balan V, da Costa Sousa L, et al. Evaluation of agave bagasse recalcitrance using AFEX™, autohydrolysis, and ionic liquid pretreatments. Bioresour Technol. 2016;211:216-23 pubmed publisher
    A comparative analysis of the response of agave bagasse (AGB) to pretreatment by ammonia fiber expansion (AFEX™), autohydrolysis (AH) and ionic liquid (IL) was performed using 2D nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, wet ..
  51. Quirce S, Fernandez Nieto M, Pastor C, Sastre B, Sastre J. Occupational asthma due to tampico fiber from agave leaves. Allergy. 2008;63:943-5 pubmed publisher
  52. Hammerl E, Baier M, Reinhard K. Agave Chewing and Dental Wear: Evidence from Quids. PLoS ONE. 2015;10:e0133710 pubmed publisher
    b>Agave quid chewing is examined as a potential contributing behavior to hunter-gatherer dental wear...
  53. Muthangya M, Mshandete A, Kivaisi A. Two-stage fungal pre-treatment for improved biogas production from sisal leaf decortication residues. Int J Mol Sci. 2009;10:4805-15 pubmed publisher
    ..The results confirmed the potential of CCHT-1 followed by Trichoderma reesei fungi pre-treatment prior to AD to achieve significant improvement in biogas production from SLDR. ..