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Miloslava Maninova, Josef Caslavsky, Tomas Vomastek
Stress fibers are actin bundles encompassing actin filaments, actin-crosslinking, and actin-associated proteins that represent the major contractile system in the cell. Different types of stress fibers assemble in adherent cells, and they are central to diverse cellular processes including establishment of the cell shape, morphogenesis, cell polarization, and migration. Stress fibers display specific cellular organization and localization, with ventral fibers present at the basal side, and dorsal fibers and transverse actin arcs rising at the cell front from the ventral to the dorsal side and toward the nucleus...
January 18, 2017: Protoplasma
Rayhaneh Amooaghaie, Fatemeh Tabatabaie
The present study showed that osmopriming or pretreatment with low H2O2 doses (2 mM) for 6 h alleviated salt-reduced seed germination. The NADPH oxidase activity was the main source, and superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity might be a secondary source of H2O2 generation during osmopriming or H2O2 pretreatment. Hematin pretreatment similar to osmopriming improved salt-reduced seed germination that was coincident with the enhancement of heme oxygenase (HO) activity. The semi-quantitative RT-PCR confirmed that osmopriming or H2O2 pretreatment was able to upregulate heme oxygenase HO-1 transcription, while the application of N,N-dimethyl thiourea (DMTU as trap of endogenous H2O2) and diphenyleneiodonium (DPI as inhibitor of NADPHox) not only blocked the upregulation of HO but also reversed the osmopriming-induced salt attenuation...
January 16, 2017: Protoplasma
Lucía Melisa Zini, Beatriz Gloria Galati, Gabriela Zarlavsky, María Silvia Ferrucci
Variations in pollen characters and tapetum behavior were recently acknowledged in the early-divergent family Nymphaeaceae and even within the genus Nymphaea, which probably is not monophyletic; some traits such as infratectum and tapetum type are also a matter of different interpretations. In this study, developmental characters of the pollen grains and tapetum in Nymphaea subgenus Hydrocallis are provided for the first time. Observations were made in N. amazonum, N. gardneriana, and N. prolifera using light, scanning, and transmission electron microscopy...
January 12, 2017: Protoplasma
Tomas Vacik, Ivan Raska
Approximately 20,000 mammalian genes are estimated to encode between 250 thousand and 1 million different proteins. This enormous diversity of the mammalian proteome is caused by the ability of a single-gene locus to encode multiple protein isoforms. Protein isoforms encoded by one gene locus can be functionally distinct, and they can even have antagonistic functions. One of the mechanisms involved in creating this proteome complexity is alternative promoter usage. Alternative intronic promoters are located downstream from their canonical counterparts and drive the expression of alternative RNA isoforms that lack upstream exons...
January 11, 2017: Protoplasma
Ekaterina Minaeva, Elena Ermilova
The unicellular green alga Chlorella variabilis NC64A is an endosymbiont of the ciliate Paramecium bursaria. The host's control, including the transfer of biochemical substrates from P. bursaria to C. variabilis, is involved in symbiotic relationships. C. variabilis NC64A that had been re-infected to P. bursaria for more than 1 year and isolated from the host showed higher chlorophyll levels compared to those in free-living cells. Unlike the host, the expression of C. variabilis NC64A heat shock 70 kDa protein was independent of establishment of endosymbiosis...
January 11, 2017: Protoplasma
Vadym Sulimenko, Zuzana Hájková, Anastasiya Klebanovych, Pavel Dráber
The microtubule cytoskeleton is critically important for spatio-temporal organization of eukaryotic cells. The nucleation of new microtubules is typically restricted to microtubule organizing centers (MTOCs) and requires γ-tubulin that assembles into multisubunit complexes of various sizes. γ-Tubulin ring complexes (TuRCs) are efficient microtubule nucleators and are associated with large number of targeting, activating and modulating proteins. γ-Tubulin-dependent nucleation of microtubules occurs both from canonical MTOCs, such as spindle pole bodies and centrosomes, and additional sites such as Golgi apparatus, nuclear envelope, plasma membrane-associated sites, chromatin and surface of pre-existing microtubules...
January 10, 2017: Protoplasma
Andreas Holzinger, Klaus Herburger, Kathrin Blaas, Louise A Lewis, Ulf Karsten
The phylogenetic placement of Prasiola calophylla, from an anthropogenic habitat previously shown to contain a novel UV sunscreen compound, was confirmed by analysis of its rbcL gene. This alga has the capacity to tolerate strong water-limiting conditions. The photosynthetic performance and ultrastructural changes under desiccation and osmotic stress were investigated. Freshly harvested thalli showed an effective quantum yield of PSII [Y(II)] of 0.52 ± 0.06 that decreased to ∼60% of the initial value at 3000 mM sorbitol, and 4000 mM sorbitol led to a complete loss of Y(II)...
January 9, 2017: Protoplasma
Helen Pinto Santos, Magdalena Rost-Roszkowska, Jitka Vilimova, José Eduardo Serrão
Heteroptera have diverse feeding habits with phytophagous, zoophagous, and haematophagous species. This dietary diversity associated with the monophyly of Heteroptera makes these insects a good object for comparative studies of the digestive tract. This work compares the ultrastructure of the middle midgut region in the phytophagous Coptosoma scutellatum (Plataspidae), Graphosoma lineatum (Pentatomidae), Kleidocerys resedae (Lygaeidae), and zoophagous Rhynocoris iracundus (Reduviidae), Nabis rugosus (Nabidae), and Himacerus apterus (Nabidae), to verify if diet affects midgut cells in phylogenetically related insects...
January 7, 2017: Protoplasma
Jana Klikno, Ulrich Kutschera
In numerous experimental studies, seedlings of the model dicot Arabidopsis thaliana have been raised on sterile mineral salt agar. However, under natural conditions, no plant has ever grown in an environment without bacteria. Here, we document that germ-free (gnotobiotic) seedlings, raised on mineral salt agar without sucrose, develop very short root hairs. In the presence of a soil extract that contains naturally occurring microbes, root hair elongation is promoted; this effect can be mimicked by the addition of methylobacteria to germ-free seedlings...
January 4, 2017: Protoplasma
Huie Li, Yanfu Zhang, Qiqiang Guo, Weijie Yao
Various plant species in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau exposed to harsh conditions, such as low oxygen, drought, extremely low temperatures and salinity, have evolved both molecular and physiological adaptation strategies to deal with these multiple stresses. Sophora moorcroftiana (Benth.) Baker (Fabaceae) is a highly drought-resistant endemic Sophora shrub species in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. In our previous study, a drought-induced DREB transcription factor gene was identified and was designated as SmDREB1. SmDREB1-GFP fusion construct was introduced into Arabidopsis protoplast to characterise the function of SmDREB1 in drought resistance...
January 3, 2017: Protoplasma
Ivana Grbesa, Ofir Hakim
Glucocorticoids and their receptor (GR) have been an important area of research because of their pleiotropic physiological functions and extensive use in the clinic. In addition, the association between GR and glucocorticoids, which is highly specific, leads to rapid nuclear translocation where GR associates with chromatin to regulate gene transcription. This simplified model system has been instrumental for studying the complexity of transcription regulation processes occurring at chromatin. In this review we discuss our current understanding of GR action that has been enhanced by recent developments in genome wide measurements of chromatin accessibility, histone marks, chromatin remodeling and 3D chromatin structure in various cell types responding to glucocorticoids...
December 24, 2016: Protoplasma
Kaouthar Feki, Sana Tounsi, Khaled Masmoudi, Faiçal Brini
We have shown previously that the durum wheat TdSOS1 excludes Na(+) and Li(+) ions outside cells. Moreover, this protein is activated by Arabidopsis kinase SOS2 through phosphorylation. The elimination of both SOS2 phosphorylation sites and the auto-inhibitory domain produces a hyperactive TdSOS1∆972 form, which have a maximal activity independent from the regulatory SOS2/SOS3 complex. We demonstrated that the expression of TdSOS1 enhances salt tolerance of the transgenic Arabidopsis plants. In this study, we analyzed the response to H2O2-induced oxidative stress of the transgenic Arabidopsis expressing one of the two TdSOS1 forms...
December 24, 2016: Protoplasma
Neha Chaurasia, Yogesh Mishra, Antra Chatterjee, Ruchi Rai, Shivam Yadav, L C Rai
The present study provides data on the insertion of an extra copy of phytochelatin synthase (alr0975) in Anabaena sp. PCC 7120. The recombinant strain (AnFPN-pcs) compared to wild type showed approximately 22.3% increase in growth rate under UV-B, NaCl, heat, CuCl2, carbofuran, and CdCl2. It also registered 2.25-fold enhanced nitrogenase activity and 5-fold higher phytochelatin production. A comparison of the protein profile of wild type with the recombinant strain revealed that recombinant strain accumulated proteins belonging to the following categories: (i) detoxification (nutrient stress induced DNA binding protein, Mn-SOD, Alr0946 (CalA)), (ii) protein folding and modification (molecular chaperone DnaK, FKBP-type peptidyl-prolyl cis-trans isomerase), (iii) nucleotide and amino acid biosynthesis (dihydroorotase and Ketol-acid reductoisomerase), (iv) photosynthesis and respiration (coproporphyrinogen III oxidase, phycocyanin alpha chain, ferredoxin-NADP(+) reductase), and (v) transport (sugar transport ATP-binding protein)...
December 20, 2016: Protoplasma
Chin-Ying Yang, Yi-Chun Huang, Shang-Ling Ou
Hypoxia deprives cells of energy and induces severe physical damage in embryophytes. Under hypoxia, the equilibrium between ethylene and H2O2 affects the response of the transcription factor AtERF73/HRE1. To evaluate the role of AtERF73/HRE1 during hypoxia signaling, we used three independent AtERF73/HRE1 knockout lines to detect H2O2 accumulation. The results revealed that under hypoxia, H2O2 accumulation in the AtERF73/HRE1 knockout lines decreased, indicating that AtERF73/HRE1 uses a negative feedback regulation mechanism to influence the production of H2O2 induced through hypoxia signal transduction...
December 19, 2016: Protoplasma
Chunmei He, Songjun Zeng, Jaime A Teixeira da Silva, Zhenming Yu, Jianwen Tan, Jun Duan
Phosphomannomutase (PMM, EC catalyzes the interconversion of mannose-6-phosphate to mannose-1-phosphate, the precursor for the synthesis of GDP-mannose. In this study, the complementary DNA (cDNA) of the Phosphomannomutase (PMM) gene was initially cloned from Dendrobium officinale by RACE method. Transient transform result showed that the DoPMM protein was localized in the cytoplasm. The DoPMM gene was highly expressed in the stems of D. officinale both in vegetative and reproductive developmental stages...
December 16, 2016: Protoplasma
Anamika Singh, Narender Kumar, Prabhat P S Tomar, Sumit Bhose, Dilip Kumar Ghosh, Partha Roy, Ashwani K Sharma
To defend against the lethality of the reactive oxygen species (ROS), nature has armed microorganisms with a range of antioxidant proteins. These include peroxiredoxin (Prx) super family proteins which are ubiquitous cysteine-based non-heme peroxidases. The phytopathogenic bacterium Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (CLA), an etiological agent of citrus plants diseases, posses many genes for defense against oxidative stress. The bacterioferritin comigratory protein (BCP), a member of Prxs, is part of an oxidative stress defense system of CLA...
December 16, 2016: Protoplasma
Silvia Rodrigues Machado, Yve Canaveze, Tatiane Maria Rodrigues
This study investigates the histology and subcellular features of secretory cavities during the development of the shoot apex of Metrodorea nigra A. St.-Hil. in order to better understand the functioning of these glands. This Rutaceae species is a very suitable model for studying secretory cavity life span, since the shoot apex exhibits both dormant and growth stages during its annual cycle. Shoot apices were collected during the dormant and growth stages from populations of M. nigra growing under natural conditions...
December 12, 2016: Protoplasma
Jitendra Kumar Pandey, Sidhartha Kumar Dash, Basanti Biswal
The precise nature of the developmental modulation of the activity of cell wall hydrolases that breakdown the wall polysaccharides to maintain cellular sugar homeostasis under sugar starvation environment still remains unclear. In this work, the activity of β-galactosidase (EC, a cell-wall-bound enzyme known to degrade the wall polysaccharides, has been demonstrated to remarkably enhance during senescence-induced loss in photosynthesis in Arabidopsis thaliana. The enhancement in the enzyme activity reaches a peak at the terminal phase of senescence when the rate of photosynthesis is at its minimum...
December 10, 2016: Protoplasma
Marius Reinhart, M Cristina Cardoso
Scientific discoveries and technological advancements are inseparable but not always take place in a coherent chronological manner. In the next, we will provide a seemingly unconnected and serendipitous series of scientific facts that, in the whole, converged to unveil DNA and its duplication. We will not cover here the many and fundamental contributions from microbial genetics and in vitro biochemistry. Rather, in this journey, we will emphasize the interplay between microscopy development culminating on super resolution fluorescence microscopy (i...
December 9, 2016: Protoplasma
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