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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324165/lipid-phenol-and-carotenoid-changes-in-bianca-grapevine-leaves-after-mechanical-wounding-a-case-study
#1
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
#2
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
#3
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/28299513/editorial
#4
EDITORIAL
Reimer Stick, Pavel Dráber
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 16, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293820/crosstalk-of-cell-polarity-signaling-pathways
#5
REVIEW
Tomáš Mazel
Cell polarity, the asymmetric organization of cellular components along one or multiple axes, is present in most cells. From budding yeast cell polarization induced by pheromone signaling, oocyte polarization at fertilization to polarized epithelia and neuronal cells in multicellular organisms, similar mechanisms are used to determine cell polarity. Crucial role in this process is played by signaling lipid molecules, small Rho family GTPases and Par proteins. All these signaling circuits finally govern the cytoskeleton, which is responsible for oriented cell migration, cell shape changes, and polarized membrane and organelle trafficking...
March 14, 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
#6
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
#7
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
#8
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
#9
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
#10
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
#11
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
#12
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251362/stimulation-by-abscisic-acid-of-the-activity-of-phosphoenolpyruvate-carboxylase-in-leaf-disks-of-amaranthus-hypochondriacus-l-c4-plant-role-of-ph-and-protein-levels
#13
Bindu Prasuna Aloor, Uday Kiran Avasthi, Agepati S Raghavendra
C4 plants can more efficiently fix carbon in drought, high temperatures, and limitations of nitrogen or CO2. Primary carboxylation is mediated by phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (PEPC, 4.1.1.31) in mesophyll cytosol of C4 plants. Studies on hormonal regulation of C4 PEPC have been quite limited. We have examined the activity/regulation of PEPC by abscisic acid (ABA), a plant hormone, in the leaves of Amaranthus hypochondriacus. PEPC activity was enhanced upon 1-h incubation with 20 μM ABA by about 30% in dark and more than 2-fold in light...
March 1, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238089/comparative-morphology-of-the-odoriferous-system-in-three-predatory-stink-bugs-heteroptera-asopinae
#14
Luis Carlos Martínez, Angelica Plata-Rueda, José Cola Zanuncio, Wagner de Souza Tavares, José Eduardo Serrão
The metathoracic scent system in Heteroptera produces and releases defensive volatile compounds. The odor produced by predatory stink bugs differs from phytophagous bugs, suggesting a variation between the structure and function of the metathoracic scent system. The anatomy and ultrastructure of the external thoracic efferent system, scent gland, and reservoir in the stink bug predators Brontocoris tabidus, Podisus nigrispinus, and Supputius cincticeps (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae: Asopinae) were studied. External thoracic efferent systems of B...
February 25, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236007/function-of-heterochromatin-protein-1-during-dna-repair
#15
REVIEW
Eva Bártová, Barbora Malyšková, Denisa Komůrková, Soňa Legartová, Jana Suchánková, Jana Krejčí, Stanislav Kozubek
This review focuses on the function of heterochromatin protein HP1 in response to DNA damage. We specifically outline the regulatory mechanisms in which HP1 and its interacting partners are involved. HP1 protein subtypes (HP1α, HP1β, and HP1γ) are the main components of constitutive heterochromatin, and HP1α and HP1β in particular are responsible for heterochromatin maintenance. The recruitment of these proteins to DNA lesions is also important from the perspective of proper DNA repair mechanisms. For example, HP1α is necessary for the binding of the main DNA damage-related protein 53BP1 at DNA repair foci, which are positive not only for the HP1α protein but also for the RAD51 protein, a component of DNA repair machinery...
February 24, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236006/histone-h3-and-h4-acetylation-patterns-are-more-dynamic-than-those-of-dna-methylation-in-brachypodium-distachyon-embryos-during-seed-maturation-and-germination
#16
Elzbieta Wolny, Agnieszka Braszewska-Zalewska, Daria Kroczek, Robert Hasterok
The transition of seeds from a dry to a metabolically active state requires significant changes in both the spatial and temporal patterns of gene expression, and this transcriptional reprogramming involves various modifications of the chromatin structure. There are several factors that can greatly influence the structure of chromatin, one of which is the chemical modifications of histone proteins and DNA itself. In this study, we analysed the distribution of three epigenetic markers, i.e. acetylation of histone H4 (H4K16ac) and histone H3 (H3K18ac) as well as DNA methylation (5mC) in Brachypodium distachyon embryos during the four stages of seed development-maturation, desiccation (quiescence), imbibition and germination...
February 24, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213650/alleviation-of-water-and-osmotic-stress-induced-changes-in-nitrogen-metabolizing-enzymes-in-triticum-aestivum-l-cultivars-by-potassium
#17
Mohammad Abass Ahanger, Megha Tittal, Rayees Ahmad Mir, R M Agarwal
Present communication reports laboratory and pot experiments conducted to study the influence of water and osmotic stress on nitrogen uptake and metabolism in two wheat (Triticum aestivum L) cultivars with and without potassium supplementation. Polyethylene glycol 6000-induced osmotic stress/restricted irrigation caused a considerable decline in the activity of nitrate reductase, glutamate synthase, alanine and aspartate aminotransferases, and glutamate dehydrogenase. Potassium considerably improved nitrogen metabolism under normal water supply conditions and also resulted in amelioration of the negative impact of water and osmotic stresses indicating that potassium supplementation can be used as a potential tool for enhancing the nitrogen use efficiency in wheat for exploiting its genetic potential...
February 17, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204899/three-dimensional-ultrastructure-of-feeding-tubes-and-interconnected-endoplasmic-reticulum-in-root-knot-nematode-induced-giant-cells-in-rose-balsam
#18
Nao Miyashita, Hironori Koga
We investigated the three-dimensional ultrastructure of feeding tubes and the surrounding region in giant cells induced in rose balsam (Impatiens balsamina L.) roots by the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne incognita, using osmium maceration coupled with field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). In the roots of 35-day-old galled rose balsam plants, adult nematodes induced the formation of giant cells containing feeding tubes and numerous organelles, including tubular endoplasmic reticulum (ER), cisternal ER, and mitochondria...
February 15, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188396/how-to-obtain-good-morphology-and-antigen-detection-in-the-same-tissue-section
#19
Daša Zupančič, Marjeta Terčelj, Bojan Štrus, Peter Veranič
Most human and animal biopsy samples are routinely embedded in paraffin since this enables the pathologist or researcher to obtain excellent morphology and simplifies storage. Nevertheless, in many cases, the antigen of interest cannot be detected in paraffin section. The alternative available for good immunohistochemistry is preparation of cryosections, which usually provide decent antigen preservation and are frequently used for immunofluorescence. However, cryosections often do not provide efficient morphological details of tissues and cells for pathologic evaluation...
February 10, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176001/multilayer-gyroid-cubic-membrane-organization-in-green-alga-zygnema
#20
Ting Zhan, Wenhua Lv, Yuru Deng
Biological cubic membranes (CM), which are fluid membranes draped onto the 3D periodic parallel surface geometries with cubic symmetry, have been observed within subcellular organelles, including mitochondria, endoplasmic reticulum, and thylakoids. CM transition tends to occur under various stress conditions; however, multilayer CM organizations often appear associated with light stress conditions. This report is about the characterization of a projected gyroid CM in a transmission electron microscopy study of the chloroplast membranes within green alga Zygnema (LB923) whose lamellar form of thylakoid membrane started to fold into multilayer gyroid CM in the culture at the end of log phase of cell growth...
February 7, 2017: Protoplasma
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