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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345676/bioconversion-of-stilbenes-in-genetically-engineered-root-and-cell-cultures-of-tobacco
#1
Diego Hidalgo, Ascensión Martínez-Márquez, Elisabeth Moyano, Roque Bru-Martínez, Purificación Corchete, Javier Palazon
It is currently possible to transfer a biosynthetic pathway from a plant to another organism. This system has been exploited to transfer the metabolic richness of certain plant species to other plants or even to more simple metabolic organisms such as yeast or bacteria for the production of high added value plant compounds. Another application is to bioconvert substrates into scarcer or biologically more interesting compounds, such as piceatannol and pterostilbene. These two resveratrol-derived stilbenes, which have very promising pharmacological activities, are found in plants only in small amounts...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345675/a-myb-transcription-factor-dcmyb6-is-involved-in-regulating-anthocyanin-biosynthesis-in-purple-carrot-taproots
#2
Zhi-Sheng Xu, Kai Feng, Feng Que, Feng Wang, Ai-Sheng Xiong
Carrots are widely grown and enjoyed around the world. Purple carrots accumulate rich anthocyanins in the taproots, while orange, yellow, and red carrots accumulate rich carotenoids in the taproots. Our previous studies indicated that variation in the activity of regulatory genes may be responsible for variations in anthocyanin production among various carrot cultivars. In this study, an R2R3-type MYB gene, designated as DcMYB6, was isolated from a purple carrot cultivar. In a phylogenetic analysis, DcMYB6 was grouped into an anthocyanin biosynthesis-related MYB clade...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345674/skeletal-muscle-pump-drives-control-of-cardiovascular-and-postural-systems
#3
Ajay K Verma, Amanmeet Garg, Da Xu, Michelle Bruner, Reza Fazel-Rezai, Andrew P Blaber, Kouhyar Tavakolian
The causal interaction between cardio-postural-musculoskeletal systems is critical in maintaining postural stability under orthostatic challenge. The absence or reduction of such interactions could lead to fainting and falls often experienced by elderly individuals. The causal relationship between systolic blood pressure (SBP), calf electromyography (EMG), and resultant center of pressure (COPr) can quantify the behavior of cardio-postural control loop. Convergent cross mapping (CCM) is a non-linear approach to establish causality, thus, expected to decipher nonlinear causal cardio-postural-musculoskeletal interactions...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345673/sex-dependent-effects-on-gut-microbiota-regulate-hepatic-carcinogenic-outcomes
#4
Guoxiang Xie, Xiaoning Wang, Aihua Zhao, Jingyu Yan, Wenlian Chen, Runqiu Jiang, Junfang Ji, Fengjie Huang, Yunjing Zhang, Sha Lei, Kun Ge, Xiaojiao Zheng, Cynthia Rajani, Rosanna A Alegado, Jiajian Liu, Ping Liu, Jeremy Nicholson, Wei Jia
Emerging evidence points to a strong association between sex and gut microbiota, bile acids (BAs), and gastrointestinal cancers. Here, we investigated the mechanistic link between microbiota and hepatocellular carcinogenesis using a streptozotocin-high fat diet (STZ-HFD) induced nonalcoholic steatohepatitis-hepatocellular carcinoma (NASH-HCC) murine model and compared results for both sexes. STZ-HFD feeding induced a much higher incidence of HCC in male mice with substantially increased intrahepatic retention of hydrophobic BAs and decreased hepatic expression of tumor-suppressive microRNAs...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345672/cyclophilins-and-nucleoporins-are-required-for-infection-mediated-by-capsids-from-circulating-hiv-2-primary-isolates
#5
João I Mamede, Florence Damond, Ariel de Bernardo, Sophie Matheron, Diane Descamps, Jean-Luc Battini, Marc Sitbon, Valérie Courgnaud
HIV-2 groups have emerged from sooty mangabey SIV and entered the human population in Africa on several separate occasions. Compared to world pandemic HIV-1 that arose from the chimpanzee SIVcpz virus, the SIVsm-derived HIV-2, largely confined to West Africa, is less replicative, less transmissible and less pathogenic. Here, we evaluated the interactions between host cellular factors, which control HIV-1 infection and target the capsid, and HIV-2 capsids obtained from primary isolates from patients with different disease progression status...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345671/spatiotemporal-expression-of-osteopontin-in-the-striatum-of-rats-subjected-to-the-mitochondrial-toxin-3-nitropropionic-acid-correlates-with-microcalcification
#6
Tae-Ryong Riew, Hong Lim Kim, Xuyan Jin, Jeong-Heon Choi, Yoo-Jin Shin, Ji Soo Kim, Mun-Yong Lee
Our aim was to elucidate whether osteopontin (OPN) is involved in the onset of mineralisation and progression of extracellular calcification in striatal lesions due to mitochondrial toxin 3-nitropropionic acid exposure. OPN expression had two different patterns when observed using light microscopy. It was either localised to the Golgi complex in brain macrophages or had a small granular pattern scattered in the affected striatum. OPN labelling tended to increase in number and size over a 2-week period following the lesion...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345668/c9orf135-encodes-a-membrane-protein-whose-expression-is-related-to-pluripotency-in-human-embryonic-stem-cells
#7
Shixin Zhou, Yinan Liu, Yumin Ma, Xiaoyan Zhang, Yang Li, Jinhua Wen
Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) are a unique population of cells defined by their capacity for self-renewal and pluripotency. Here, we identified a previously uncharacterized gene in hESCs, C9ORF135, which is sharply downregulated during gastrulation and gametogenesis, along with the pluripotency factors OCT4, SOX2, and NANOG. Human ESCs express two C9ORF135 isoforms, the longer of which encodes a membrane-associated protein, as determined by immunostaining and western blotting of fractionated cell lysates...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345667/the-toxicity-of-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-to-larvae-of-the-disease-vectors-aedes-aegypti-and-anopheles-gambiae
#8
Zatul-'Iffah Abu Hasan, Helen Williams, Nur M Ismail, Hidayatulfathi Othman, Gyles E Cozier, K Ravi Acharya, R Elwyn Isaac
The control of mosquitoes is threatened by the appearance of insecticide resistance and therefore new control chemicals are urgently required. Here we show that inhibitors of mosquito peptidyl dipeptidase, a peptidase related to mammalian angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), are insecticidal to larvae of the mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti and Anopheles gambiae. ACE inhibitors (captopril, fosinopril and fosinoprilat) and two peptides (trypsin-modulating oostatic factor/TMOF and a bradykinin-potentiating peptide, BPP-12b) were all inhibitors of the larval ACE activity of both mosquitoes...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345666/members-of-gammaproteobacteria-as-indicator-species-of-healthy-banana-plants-on-fusarium-wilt-infested-fields-in-central-america
#9
Martina Köberl, Miguel Dita, Alfonso Martinuz, Charles Staver, Gabriele Berg
Culminating in the 1950's, bananas, the world's most extensive perennial monoculture, suffered one of the most devastating disease epidemics in history. In Latin America and the Caribbean, Fusarium wilt (FW) caused by the soil-borne fungus Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense (FOC), forced the abandonment of the Gros Michel-based export banana industry. Comparative microbiome analyses performed between healthy and diseased Gros Michel plants on FW-infested farms in Nicaragua and Costa Rica revealed significant shifts in the gammaproteobacterial microbiome...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345665/oscillating-electric-field-measures-the-rotation-rate-in-a-native-rotary-enzyme
#10
Csilla-Maria Ferencz, Pál Petrovszki, András Dér, Krisztina Sebők-Nagy, Zoltán Kóta, Tibor Páli
Rotary enzymes are complex, highly challenging biomolecular machines whose biochemical working mechanism involves intersubunit rotation. The true intrinsic rate of rotation of any rotary enzyme is not known in a native, unmodified state. Here we use the effect of an oscillating electric (AC) field on the biochemical activity of a rotary enzyme, the vacuolar proton-ATPase (V-ATPase), to directly measure its mean rate of rotation in its native membrane environment, without any genetic, chemical or mechanical modification of the enzyme, for the first time...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345664/hierarchical-viscosity-of-aqueous-solution-of-tilapia-scale-collagen-investigated-via-dielectric-spectroscopy-between-500%C3%A2-mhz-and-2-5%C3%A2-thz
#11
H Kawamata, S Kuwaki, T Mishina, T Ikoma, J Tanaka, R Nozaki
Aqueous solutions of biomolecules such as proteins are very important model systems for understanding the functions of biomolecules in actual life processes because interactions between biomolecules and the surrounding water molecules are considered to be important determinants of biomolecules' functions. Globule proteins have been extensively studied via dielectric spectroscopy; the results indicate three relaxation processes originating from fluctuations in the protein molecule, the bound water and the bulk water...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345663/nuclear-localization-of-beclin-1-promotes-radiation-induced-dna-damage-repair-independent-of-autophagy
#12
Fei Xu, Yixuan Fang, Lili Yan, Lan Xu, Suping Zhang, Yan Cao, Li Xu, Xiaoying Zhang, Jialing Xie, Gaoyue Jiang, Chaorong Ge, Ni An, Daohong Zhou, Na Yuan, Jianrong Wang
Beclin 1 is a well-established core mammalian autophagy protein that is embryonically indispensable and has been presumed to suppress oncogenesis via an autophagy-mediated mechanism. Here, we show that Beclin 1 is a prenatal primary cytoplasmic protein but rapidly relocated into the nucleus during postnatal development in mice. Surprisingly, deletion of beclin1 in in vitro human cells did not block an autophagy response, but attenuated the expression of several DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair proteins and formation of repair complexes, and reduced an ability to repair DNA in the cells exposed to ionizing radiation (IR)...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345662/brain-arousal-regulation-as-response-predictor-for-antidepressant-therapy-in-major-depression
#13
Frank M Schmidt, Christian Sander, Marie-Elisa Dietz, Claudia Nowak, Thomas Schröder, Roland Mergl, Peter Schönknecht, Hubertus Himmerich, Ulrich Hegerl
A tonically high level of brain arousal and its hyperstable regulation is supposed to be a pathogenic factor in major depression. Preclinical studies indicate that most antidepressants may counteract this dysregulation. Therefore, it was hypothesized that responders to antidepressants show a) a high level of EEG-vigilance (an indicator of brain arousal) and b) a more stable EEG-vigilance regulation than non-responders. In 65 unmedicated depressed patients 15-min resting-state EEGs were recorded off medication (baseline)...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345661/stepwise-analysis-of-mir9-loci-identifies-mir-9-5p-to-be-involved-in-oestrogen-regulated-pathways-in-breast-cancer-patients
#14
Raffaela Barbano, Barbara Pasculli, Michelina Rendina, Andrea Fontana, Caterina Fusilli, Massimiliano Copetti, Stefano Castellana, Vanna Maria Valori, Maria Morritti, Paolo Graziano, Ciuffreda Luigi, Michelina Coco, Francesco Picardo, Tommaso Mazza, Ella Evron, Roberto Murgo, Evaristo Maiello, Manel Esteller, Vito Michele Fazio, Paola Parrella
miR-9 was initially identified as an epigenetically regulated miRNA in tumours, but inconsistent findings have been reported so far. We analysed the expression of miR-9-5p, miR-9-3p, pri-miRs and MIR9 promoters methylation status in 131 breast cancer cases and 12 normal breast tissues (NBTs). The expression of both mature miRs was increased in tumours as compared to NBTs (P < 0.001) and negatively correlated with ER protein expression (P = 0.005 and P = 0.003, for miR-9-3p and miR-9-5p respectively)...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345660/zinc-deficiency-and-low-enterocyte-zinc-transporter-expression-in-human-patients-with-autism-related-mutations-in-shank3
#15
Stefanie Pfaender, Ann Katrin Sauer, Simone Hagmeyer, Katharina Mangus, Leonhard Linta, Stefan Liebau, Juergen Bockmann, Guillaume Huguet, Thomas Bourgeron, Tobias M Boeckers, Andreas M Grabrucker
Phelan McDermid Syndrome (PMDS) is a genetic disorder characterized by features of Autism spectrum disorders. Similar to reports of Zn deficiency in autistic children, we have previously reported high incidence of Zn deficiency in PMDS. However, the underlying mechanisms are currently not well understood. Here, using inductively coupled plasma mass-spectrometry to measure the concentration of Zinc (Zn) and Copper (Cu) in hair samples from individuals with PMDS with 22q13.3 deletion including SHANK3 (SH3 and multiple ankyrin repeat domains 3), we report a high rate of abnormally low Zn/Cu ratios...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345659/oral-chromium-picolinate-impedes-hyperglycemia-induced-atherosclerosis-and-inhibits-proatherogenic-protein-tsp-1-expression-in-stz-induced-type-1-diabetic-apoe-mice
#16
Rituparna Ganguly, Soumyadip Sahu, Vahagn Ohanyan, Rebecca Haney, Ronaldo J Chavez, Shivani Shah, Siri Yalamanchili, Priya Raman
Increasing evidence suggests thrombospondin-1 (TSP-1), a potent proatherogenic matricellular protein, as a putative link between hyperglycemia and atherosclerotic complications in diabetes. We previously reported that the micronutrient chromium picolinate (CrP), with long-standing cardiovascular benefits, inhibits TSP-1 expression in glucose-stimulated human aortic smooth muscle cells in vitro. Here, we investigated the atheroprotective action of orally administered CrP in type 1 diabetic apolipoprotein E-deficient (ApoE(-/-)) mice and elucidated the role of TSP-1 in this process...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345658/nephronectin-plays-critical-roles-in-sox2-expression-and-proliferation-in-dental-epithelial-stem-cells-via-egf-like-repeat-domains
#17
Chieko Arai, Keigo Yoshizaki, Kanako Miyazaki, Kan Saito, Aya Yamada, Xue Han, Keita Funada, Emiko Fukumoto, Naoto Haruyama, Tsutomu Iwamoto, Ichiro Takahashi, Satoshi Fukumoto
Tooth development is initiated by epithelial-mesenchymal interactions via basement membrane (BM) and growth factors. In the present study, we found that nephronectin (Npnt), a component of the BM, is highly expressed in the developing tooth. Npnt localizes in the BM on the buccal side of the tooth germ and shows an expression pattern opposite that of the dental epithelial stem cell marker Sox2. To identify the roles of Npnt during tooth development, we performed knockdown and overexpression experiments using ex vivo organ and dental epithelial cell cultures...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345657/multicolor-bioimaging-with-biosynthetic-zinc-nanoparticles-and-their-application-in-tumor-detection
#18
Yanjun Kang, Yi-Zhou Wu, Xianyun Hu, Xueqin Xu, Jie Sun, Rong Geng, Tongxing Huang, Xiaohang Liu, Yichen Ma, Ying Chen, Quan Wan, Xiaobang Qi, Gen Zhang, Xiaohui Zhao, Xin Zeng
Because they generate excellent images, nanoparticles (NPs), especially biosynthesized NPs, provide a new solution for tumor imaging. In this research, we unveil a novel type of biosynthesized NPs featuring multicolor fluorescence. These NPs exhibit little cytotoxicity to cells. The explored NPs, designated Zn-ZFP-GST NPs (Zinc NPs in abbreviation), are generated from leukemia cells treated with a Zn(2+) solution, while zinc-finger protein and glutathione S-transferase (GST) were also identified in the Zinc NPs...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345655/large-electrocaloric-effect-in-relaxor-ferroelectric-and-antiferroelectric-lanthanum-doped-lead-zirconate-titanate-ceramics
#19
Biao Lu, Peilian Li, Zhenhua Tang, Yingbang Yao, Xingsen Gao, Wolfgang Kleemann, Sheng-Guo Lu
Both relaxor ferroelectric and antiferroelectric materials can individually demonstrate large electrocaloric effects (ECE). However, in order to further enhance the ECE it is crucial to find a material system, which can exhibit simultaneously both relaxor ferroelectric and antiferroelectric properties, or easily convert from one into another in terms of the compositional tailoring. Here we report on a system, in which the structure can readily change from antiferroelectric into relaxor ferroelectric and vice versa...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345653/temporally-dependent-pollinator-competition-and-facilitation-with-mass-flowering-crops-affects-yield-in-co-blooming-crops
#20
Heather Grab, Eleanor J Blitzer, Bryan Danforth, Greg Loeb, Katja Poveda
One of the greatest challenges in sustainable agricultural production is managing ecosystem services, such as pollination, in ways that maximize crop yields. Most efforts to increase services by wild pollinators focus on management of natural habitats surrounding farms or non-crop habitats within farms. However, mass flowering crops create resource pulses that may be important determinants of pollinator dynamics. Mass bloom attracts pollinators and it is unclear how this affects the pollination and yields of other co-blooming crops...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
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