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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429149/a-spiking-strategy-facilitates-housekeeping-selection-for-rt-qpcr-analysis-under-different-biotic-stresses-in-eggplant
#1
Valeria Barbierato, Tea Sala, Paola Rinaldi, Laura Bassolino, Lorenzo Barchi, Giuseppe Leonardo Rotino, Laura Toppino
Endogenous housekeeping genes are traditionally employed to normalize the expression of target genes in RT-qPCR studies. Assuming that a perfect housekeeping suitable for every condition does not exist, expression stability of the chosen reference gene should be evaluated at every new experiment. The housekeeping selection process reveals furthermore complicated and time-consuming when different conditions have to be compared in the same experimental dataset. As an alternative strategy, we spiked an external reference transcript (ERT) into all RNA samples of our dataset (eggplant roots subjected to different biotic stresses), and used it to normalize the expression levels of native candidate housekeeping...
April 21, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405774/bacillus-methylotrophicus-m4-96-isolated-from-maize-zea-mays-rhizoplane-increases-growth-and-auxin-content-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-via-emission-of-volatiles
#2
Paola Pérez-Flores, Eduardo Valencia-Cantero, Josué Altamirano-Hernández, Ramón Pelagio-Flores, José López-Bucio, Perla García-Juárez, Lourdes Macías-Rodríguez
Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria stimulate plant growth and development via different mechanisms. In this study, we characterized the effect of volatiles from Bacillus methylotrophicus M4-96 isolated from the maize rhizosphere on root and shoot development, and auxin homeostasis in Arabidopsis thaliana. Phytostimulation occurred after 4 days of interaction between M4-96 and Arabidopsis grown on opposite sides of divided Petri plates, as revealed by enhanced primary root growth, root branching, leaf formation, and shoot biomass accumulation...
April 12, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401359/ultrastructure-of-fat-body-cells-and-malpighian-tubule-cells-in-overwintering-scoliopteryx-libatrix-noctuoidea
#3
Saška Lipovšek, Franc Janžekovič, Tone Novak
The herald moths, Scoliopteryx libatrix, overwinter in hypogean habitats. The ultrastructure of their fat body (FB) cells and Malpighian tubule (MT) epithelial cells was studied by light microscopy and transmission electron microscopy, and essential biometric and biochemical measurements were performed. The FB was composed of adipocytes and sparse urocytes. The ultrastructure of both cells did not change considerably during this natural starvation period, except for rough endoplasmic reticulum (rER) which became more abundant in March females...
April 11, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396966/floral-nectaries-in-sapindaceae-s-s-morphological-and-structural-diversity-and-their-systematic-implications
#4
Stella M Solís, Lucía M Zini, Valeria V González, María S Ferrucci
We investigated the morphology and structure of the floral nectary in 11 Neotropical genera belonging to the subfamilies Dodonaeoideae and Paullinioideae (Sapindaceae) from southern South America representing three tribes (Dodonaeaeae, Paullinieae, and Melicocceae), in relation to other floral traits in species with contrasting morphological flower characteristics. Nectary organization was analyzed under light, stereoscopic, and scanning electron microscopes; Diplokeleba floribunda N.E. Br. was also observed using transmission electron microscopy...
April 10, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382390/protective-effect-of-glutamine-on-the-main-and-adjacent-organs-damaged-by-ischemia-reperfusion-in-rats
#5
Renata Minuzzo Hartmann, Francielli Licks, Elizângela Gonçalves Schemitt, Josieli Raskopf Colares, Mariana do Couto Soares, Gilmara Pandolfo Zabot, Henrique Sarubbi Fillmann, Norma Possa Marroni
Intestinal ischemia and reperfusion (I/R) causes cellular and tissue damage to the intestine and remote organs such as the liver. Increased production of ROS and nitric oxide and dysregulation of cytoprotective enzymes may be involved in intestinal I/R. The aim was to evaluate the protective effects of glutamine on the intestine and liver of rats with intestinal I/R injury. Twenty male Wistar rats (300 g) were divided into four groups: sham-operated (SO), glutamine + SO (G + SO), I/R, and glutamine + I/R (G + I/R)...
April 5, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361178/nitrogen-regulated-changes-in-total-amino-acid-profile-of-maize-genotypes-having-contrasting-response-to-nitrogen-deficit
#6
Arshid Hussain Ganie, Altaf Ahmad, Peerzada Yasir Yousuf, Renu Pandey, Sayeed Ahmad, Ibrahim M Aref, Muhammad Iqbal
Sustainable development of cellular organisms depends on a precise coordination between the carbon and nitrogen metabolisms within the living system. Inorganic N is assimilated into amino acids which serve as an important N source for various regulatory metabolic pathways in plants. This study investigates the role of amino acids in C/N balance by examining changes in amino acid profile in the leaves and roots of low-N-tolerant (PHEM-2) and low-N-sensitive (HM-4) maize genotypes grown hydroponically under N-sufficient (4...
March 31, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357509/downregulation-of-lizard-immuno-genes-in-the-regenerating-tail-and-myogenes-in-the-scarring-limb-suggests-that-tail-regeneration-occurs-in-an-immuno-privileged-organ
#7
Nicola Vitulo, Luisa Dalla Valle, Tatjana Skobo, Giorgio Valle, Lorenzo Alibardi
Amputated tails of lizards regenerate while limbs form scars which histological structure is very different from the original organs. Lizards provide useful information for regenerative medicine and some hypotheses on the loss of regeneration in terrestrial vertebrates. Analysis of tail and limb transcriptomes shows strong downregulation in the tail blastema for immunoglobulins and surface B and T receptors, cell function, and metabolism. In contrast, in the limb blastema genes for myogenesis, muscle and cell function, and extracellular matrix deposition but not immunity are variably downregulated...
March 29, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343257/leaf-ontogeny-of-schinus-molle-l-plants-under-cadmium-contamination-the-meristematic-origin-of-leaf-structural-changes
#8
Marcio Paulo Pereira, Felipe Fogaroli Corrêa, Evaristo Mauro de Castro, Jean Paulo Vitor de Oliveira, Fabricio José Pereira
Previous works show the development of thicker leaves on tolerant plants growing under cadmium (Cd(2+)) contamination. The aim of this study was to evaluate the Cd(2+) effects on the leaf meristems of the tolerant species Schinus molle. Plants were grown in nutrient solution containing 0, 10, and 50 μM of Cd(2+). Anatomical analysis was performed on leaf primordia sampled at regular time intervals. Under the lowest Cd(2+) level (10 μM), increased ground meristem thickness, diameter of the cells, cell elongation rate, and leaf dry mass were found...
March 25, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343256/spatiotemporal-deep-imaging-of-syncytium-induced-by-the-soybean-cyst-nematode-heterodera-glycines
#9
Mina Ohtsu, Yoshikatsu Sato, Daisuke Kurihara, Takuya Suzaki, Masayoshi Kawaguchi, Daisuke Maruyama, Tetsuya Higashiyama
Parasite infections cause dramatic anatomical and ultrastructural changes in host plants. Cyst nematodes are parasites that invade host roots and induce a specific feeding structure called a syncytium. A syncytium is a large multinucleate cell formed by cell wall dissolution-mediated cell fusion. The soybean cyst nematode (SCN), Heterodera glycines, is a major soybean pathogen. To investigate SCN infection and the syncytium structure, we established an in planta deep imaging system using a clearing solution ClearSee and two-photon excitation microscopy (2PEM)...
March 25, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337540/the-discovery-of-plastid-to-nucleus-retrograde-signaling-a-personal-perspective
#10
Thomas Börner
DNA and machinery for gene expression have been discovered in chloroplasts during the 1960s. It was soon evident that the chloroplast genome is relatively small, that most genes for chloroplast-localized proteins reside in the nucleus and that chloroplast membranes, ribosomes, and protein complexes are composed of proteins encoded in both the chloroplast and the nuclear genome. This situation has made the existence of mechanisms highly probable that coordinate the gene expression in plastids and nucleus. In the 1970s, the first evidence for plastid signals controlling nuclear gene expression was provided by studies on plastid ribosome deficient mutants with reduced amounts and/or activities of nuclear-encoded chloroplast proteins including the small subunit of Rubisco, ferredoxin NADP+ reductase, and enzymes of the Calvin cycle...
March 23, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324165/lipid-phenol-and-carotenoid-changes-in-bianca-grapevine-leaves-after-mechanical-wounding-a-case-study
#11
Giulia Chitarrini, Luca Zulini, Domenico Masuero, Urska Vrhovsek
Metabolic changes can occur in plants in response to abiotic stress. Extensive use of leaf discs (mechanical wounding) in studies regarding the effect on the biochemical response of the grapevine to different types of biotic stress makes it necessary to understand metabolic perturbation after injury. In this study, we investigate how mechanical wounding can affect the metabolism of grapevine leaf tissue using Bianca variety as case study. Two sizes of leaf discs (1.1 and 2.8 cm in diameter) were excised from leaves, and phenol, lipid and carotenoid perturbation were investigated 0, 6, 12, 24, 48, 96 and 120 h post cutting...
March 21, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321653/5-aminolevulinic-acid-modulates-antioxidant-defense-systems-and-mitigates-drought-induced-damage-in-kentucky-bluegrass-seedlings
#12
Kuiju Niu, Xiang Ma, Guoling Liang, Huiling Ma, Zhifeng Jia, Wenhui Liu, Qianqian Yu
Drought stress occurs frequently and severely as a result of global climate change, and it exerts serious effects on plants. 5-Aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) plays a crucial role in conferring abiotic stress tolerance in plants. To enhance the drought tolerance of turfgrass and investigate the effects of 5-ALA on antioxidant metabolism and gene expression under drought stress conditions, exogenous 5-ALA was applied by foliar spraying before Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis L.) seedlings were exposed to drought [induced by 10% polyethylene glycol (PEG)] stress for 20 days...
March 20, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303353/silicon-alleviates-simulated-acid-rain-stress-of-oryza-sativa-l-seedlings-by-adjusting-physiology-activity-and-mineral-nutrients
#13
Shuming Ju, Liping Wang, Ningning Yin, Dan Li, Yukun Wang, Cuiying Zhang
Silicon (Si) has been a modulator in plants under abiotic stresses, such as acid rain. To understand how silicon made an effect on rice (Oryza sativa L.) exposed to simulated acid rain (SAR) stress, the growth, physiologic activity, and mineral nutrient content in leaves of rice were investigated. The results showed that combined treatments with Si (1.0, 2.0, or 4.0 mM) and SAR (pH 4.0, 3.0, or 2.0) obviously improved the rice growth compared with the single treatment with SAR. Incorporation of Si into SAR treatment decreased malondialdehyde (MDA) content; increased soluble protein and proline contents; promoted CAT, POD, SOD, and APX activity; and maintained the K, Ca, Mg, Fe, Zn, Cu content balance in leaves of rice seedlings under SAR stress...
March 16, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290060/morpho-histological-histochemical-and-molecular-evidences-related-to-cellular-reprogramming-during-somatic-embryogenesis-of-the-model-grass-brachypodium-distachyon
#14
Evelyn Jardim Oliveira, Andréa Dias Koehler, Diego Ismael Rocha, Lorena Melo Vieira, Marcos Vinícius Marques Pinheiro, Elyabe Monteiro de Matos, Ana Claudia Ferreira da Cruz, Thais Cristina Ribeiro da Silva, Francisco André Ossamu Tanaka, Fabio Tebaldi Silveira Nogueira, Wagner Campos Otoni
The wild grass species Brachypodium distachyon (L.) has been proposed as a new model for temperate grasses. Among the biotechnological tools already developed for the species, an efficient induction protocol of somatic embryogenesis (SE) using immature zygotic embryos has provided the basis for genetic transformation studies. However, a systematic work to better understanding the basic cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie the SE process of this grass species is still missing. Here, we present new insights at the morpho-histological, histochemical, and molecular aspects of B...
March 13, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290059/review-origin-of-complex-algae-by-secondary-endosymbiosis-a-journey-through-time
#15
REVIEW
J Gentil, F Hempel, D Moog, S Zauner, U G Maier
Secondary endosymbiosis-the merging of two eukaryotic cells into one photosynthetic cellular unit-led to the evolution of ecologically and medically very important organisms. We review the biology of these organisms, starting from the first proposal of secondary endosymbiosis up to recent phylogenetic models on the origin of secondarily evolved protists. In addition, we discuss the organelle character of the symbionts based on morphological features, gene transfers from the symbiont into the host and re-import of nucleus-encoded plastid proteins...
March 13, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290058/flower-palate-structure-of-the-aquatic-bladderworts-utricularia-bremii-heer-and-u-minor-l-from-section-utricularia-lentibulariaceae
#16
Bartosz J Płachno, Małgorzata Stpiczyńska, Łukasz Krajewski, Piotr Świątek, Lubomír Adamec, Vitor Fernandes Oliveira Miranda
There is an enormous diversity in the structure of the flower palate of the carnivorous rootless genus Utricularia. This study aims to examine the structure of the palates in Utricularia bremii Heer and U. minor L of the Utricularia sect. Utricularia, which have a glandular palate type. In both species, the palate has only one type of glandular trichomes. Because of the occurrence of cell wall ingrowths in its glandular cells, any exudation may be transported via eccrinous secretion. It was proposed that the palate trichomes of the examined species act as scent glands and that the palate may play a role as an unguentarium...
March 13, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281000/methylglyoxal-as-a-novel-signal-molecule-induces-the-salt-tolerance-of-wheat-by-regulating-the-glyoxalase-system-the-antioxidant-system-and-osmolytes
#17
Zhong-Guang Li, Xiang-Qiu Duan, Xiong Min, Zhi-Hao Zhou
Reactive carbonyl species methylglyoxal (MG) has always been regarded as a cytotoxic metabolite, but now is emerging to function as signal molecule in plants. However, whether MG can induce salt tolerance is elusive. In this study, treatment of wheat seeds with NaCl reduced seed germination, plant height, root length, fresh weight, and dry weight, indicating the inhibitive effects of NaCl on seed germination and seedling growth. The inhibitive effects of NaCl were alleviated by applying exogenous MG, but aggravated by the MG scavenger N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC), suggesting that MG could induce the salt tolerance of wheat...
March 9, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265765/physiology-phylogeny-early-evolution-and-gapdh
#18
REVIEW
William F Martin, Rüdiger Cerff
The chloroplast and cytosol of plant cells harbor a number of parallel biochemical reactions germane to the Calvin cycle and glycolysis, respectively. These reactions are catalyzed by nuclear encoded, compartment-specific isoenzymes that differ in their physiochemical properties. The chloroplast cytosol isoenzymes of D-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) harbor evidence of major events in the history of life: the origin of the first genes, the bacterial-archaeal split, the origin of eukaryotes, the evolution of protein compartmentation during eukaryote evolution, the origin of plastids, and the secondary endosymbiosis among the algae with complex plastids...
March 6, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265764/germline-specific-labeling-of-the-somatic-chromosomes-by-protein-phosphatase-2a-and-histone-h3s28-phosphorylation-in-acricotopus-lucidus
#19
Wolfgang Staiber
Additional chromosomes limited to the germline (=Ks) were established as a special form of germline-soma differentiation in the Orthocladiinae, a subfamily of the Chironomidae (Bauer and Beermann in Z Naturforsch 7b: 557-563, 1952). The Ks together with the somatic chromosomes (=Ss) pass through a complex chromosome cycle with elimination at mitosis and a monopolar migration of all Ks. The dissimilar behavior of Ks and Ss in these exceptional mitoses initiated the search for differential chromosome marks in the orthocladiid Acricotopus lucidus...
March 6, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258494/three-rings-for-the-evolution-of-plastid-shape-a-tale-of-land-plant-ftsz
#20
Christopher Grosche, Stefan A Rensing
Nuclear-encoded plant FtsZ genes are derived from endosymbiotic gene transfer of cyanobacteria-like genes. The green lineage (Chloroplastida) and red lineage (Rhodophyta) feature FtsZ1 and FtsZ2 or FtsZB and FtsZA, respectively, which are involved in plastid division. These two proteins show slight differences and seem to heteropolymerize to build the essential inner plastid division ring. A third gene, encoding FtsZ3, is present in glaucophyte and charophyte algae, as well as in land plants except ferns and angiosperms...
March 3, 2017: Protoplasma
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