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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623498/minimal-barcode-distance-between-two-water-mite-species-from-madeira-island-a-cautionary-tale
#1
Ricardo García-Jiménez, Jose Luis Horreo, Antonio G Valdecasas
In this work, we compare morphological and molecular data in their ability to distinguish between species of water mites (Acari, Prostigmata, Hydrachnidia). We have focused on the two species of the genus Lebertia inhabiting the island of Madeira. While traditional morphological traits were initially sufficient to distinguish between these two species, the molecular data were more dependable on the kind of analysis carried out. Single arbitrary genetic distance (e.g. a K2P distance below 2%) may lead to the conclusion that the specimens under study belong to the same species...
June 16, 2017: Experimental & Applied Acarology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610203/new-species-of-i-ameletus-i-eaton-1885-from-the-russian-far-east-with-notes-on-i-ameletus-i-i-camtschaticus-i-ulmer-1927-ephemeroptera-ameletidae
#2
Tatiana M Tiunova, Aleksandr A Semenchenko, Oleg A Velyaev
The male imagoes, larvae, and eggs of Ameletus allengaensis sp. nov. and Ameletus sirotskii sp. nov. from the Russian Far East are described. Based on the structure of the male genitalia, the imago and larvae of A. allengaensis sp. nov. and A. sirotskii sp. nov. are similar to those of A. camtschaticus, but the discovery of these new species and separation from A. camtschaticus were confirmed by studies of the morphology of the larvae and male imago, as well as molecular analysis. Identity of various developmental stages of the new species were confirmed by analysis of the mitochondrial gene cytochrome oxidase 1 (COI) DNA barcode, which was also used to reconstruct the phylogenetic relationships within the genus Ameletus...
June 11, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610073/new-or-little-known-species-of-i-chaetocladius-i-s-str-kieffer-1911-diptera-chironomidae-orthocladiinae-from-the-amur-river-basin-russian-far-east
#3
Eugenyi A Makarchenko, Marina A Makarchenko, Alexander A Semenchenko
Chironomids of the subgenus Chaetocladius s. str. from the Amur River basin are revised using both morphological characters and molecular data. Three new species, C. egorych sp. nov., C. lopatinskiy sp. nov. and C. yavorskayae sp. nov., are described and figured. The pupa of C. fedotkin is described for the first time. Adult males of C. ligni and C. piger, little-known in the Far East, are redescribed and annotated, and key to males of the Chaetocladius s. str. from the Amur River basin is provided. A reference 658 bp barcode sequence from a fragment of the mitochondrial gene cytochrome oxidase I (COI) was used as a tool for species delimitation...
March 27, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583325/neuroprotective-effect-of-low-intensity-pulsed-ultrasound-against-mpp-induced-neurotoxicity-in-pc12-cells-involvement-of-k2p-channels-and-stretch-activated-ion-channels
#4
Lu Zhao, Yi Feng, Aiwei Shi, Lei Zhang, Shifang Guo, Mingxi Wan
Parkinson's disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease. It is characterized by the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta. 1-Methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP(+)) is a dopaminergic neuronal toxin that is widely used in constructing Parkinson's disease models in vitro. Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) is a non-invasive therapeutic approach that has neuromodulation and neuroprotective effects in the central neural system; however, whether LIPUS can provide protection for dopaminergic neurons against MPP(+)-induced neurocytotoxicity remains unknown...
June 2, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578667/molecular-characterization-of-anopheline-diptera-culicidae-mosquitoes-from-eight-geographical-locations-of-sri-lanka
#5
Thilini C Weeraratne, Sinnathambi N Surendran, Lisa J Reimer, Charles S Wondji, M Devika B Perera, Catherine Walton, S H P Parakrama Karunaratne
BACKGROUND: Genus Anopheles is a major mosquito group of interest in Sri Lanka as it includes vectors of malaria and its members exist as species complexes. Taxonomy of the group is mainly based on morphological features, which are not conclusive and can be easily erased while handling the specimens. A combined effort, using morphology and DNA barcoding (using the markers cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) gene and internal transcribed spacer 2 (ITS2) region, was made during the present study to recognize anophelines collected from eight districts of Sri Lanka for the first time...
June 2, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578242/removal-of-antibiotics-sulfamethazine-tetracycline-and-chloramphenicol-from-aqueous-solution-by-raw-and-nitrogen-plasma-modified-steel-shavings
#6
Van Son Tran, Huu Hao Ngo, Wenshan Guo, Cuong Ton-That, Jianxin Li, Jixiang Li, Yi Liu
The removal of sulfamethazine (SMT), tetracycline (TC) and chloramphenicol (CP) from synthetic wastewater by raw (M3) and nitrogen plasma modified steel shavings (M3-plN2) was investigated using batch experiments. The adsorption kinetics could be expressed by both pseudo-first-order kinetic (PFO) and pseudo-second-order kinetic (PSO) models, where correlation coefficient r(2) values were high. The values of PFO rate constant k1p and PSO rate constant k2p decreased as SMT-M3>SMT-M3-plN2>TC-M3-plN2>TC-M3>CP-M3>CP-M3-plN2 and SMT-M3>SMT-M3-plN2>TC-M3>TC-M3-plN2>CP-M3>CP-M3-plN2, respectively...
June 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539337/altered-expression-and-modulation-of-the-two-pore-domain-k2p-mechano-gated-potassium-channel-trek-1-in-overactive-human-detrusor
#7
Ricardo H Pineda, Balachandar Nedumaran, Joseph A Hypolite, Xiao-Qing Pan, Shandra Wilson, Randall B Meacham, Anna P Malykhina
Background Detrusor overactivity (DO) is the abnormal response of the urinary bladder to physiological stretch during the filling phase of the micturition cycle. The mechanisms of bladder smooth muscle compliance upon the wall stretch are poorly understood. We previously reported that the function of normal detrusor is regulated by TREK-1, a member of the mechano-gated subfamily of two-pore domain potassium (K2P) channels. In the present study, we aimed to identify the changes in expression and function of TREK-1 channels under pathological conditions associated with DO, evaluate the potential relationship between TREK-1 channels and cytoskeletal proteins in the human bladder, and test the possibility of modulation of TREK-1 channel expression by small RNAs...
May 24, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526353/stretch-activated-two-pore-domain-k2p-potassium-channels-in-the-heart-focus-on-atrial-fibrillation-and-heart-failure
#8
Constanze Schmidt, Felix Wiedmann, Stefan M Kallenberger, Antonius Ratte, Jan S Schulte, Beatrix Scholz, Frank Ulrich Müller, Niels Voigt, Maria-Patapia Zafeiriou, Joachim R Ehrlich, Ursula Tochtermann, Gábor Veres, Arjang Ruhparwar, Matthias Karck, Hugo A Katus, Dierk Thomas
Two-pore-domain potassium (K2P) channels modulate cellular excitability. The significance of stretch-activated cardiac K2P channels (K2P2.1, TREK-1, KCNK2; K2P4.1, TRAAK, KCNK4; K2P10.1, TREK-2, KCNK10) in heart disease has not been elucidated in detail. The aim of this work was to assess expression and remodeling of mechanosensitive K2P channels in atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF) patients in comparison to murine models. Cardiac K2P channel levels were quantified in atrial (A) and ventricular (V) tissue obtained from patients undergoing open heart surgery...
May 16, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526352/stretch-activated-potassium-currents-in-the-heart-focus-on-trek-1-and-arrhythmias
#9
REVIEW
Niels Decher, Aytug K Kiper, Susanne Rinné
This review focuses on the role and the molecular candidates of the cardiac stretch-activated potassium current (SAK). The functional properties of the two-pore domain potassium (K2P) channel TREK-1, a major candidate for the cardiac SAK, are analyzed and the molecular mechanism of stretch-activation in K2P potassium channels is discussed. Furthermore, the functional modulation of TREK-1 by different cardiac interaction partners, as well as evidence for the functional role of the stretch-dependent TREK-1 and its putative subunits in the heart is reviewed...
May 16, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515435/genetic-diversity-of-armored-scales-hemiptera-diaspididae-and-soft-scales-hemiptera-coccidae-in-chile
#10
P Amouroux, D Crochard, J-F Germain, M Correa, J Ampuero, G Groussier, P Kreiter, T Malausa, T Zaviezo
Scale insects (Sternorrhyncha: Coccoidea) are one of the most invasive and agriculturally damaging insect groups. Their management and the development of new control methods are currently jeopardized by the scarcity of identification data, in particular in regions where no large survey coupling morphological and DNA analyses have been performed. In this study, we sampled 116 populations of armored scales (Hemiptera: Diaspididae) and 112 populations of soft scales (Hemiptera: Coccidae) in Chile, over a latitudinal gradient ranging from 18°S to 41°S, on fruit crops, ornamental plants and trees...
May 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502206/dna-barcoding-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-five-ascidians-phlebobranchia-distributed-in-gulf-of-mannar-india
#11
Soban Akram, Kaleem M L Arshan, Jaffarali H Abdul
DNA barcoding has played a significant role in biodiversity assessment as well as its conservation. This technique involves sequencing of mitochondrial marker gene including a short COI gene, known as barcode gene. It has proved its efficiency in identifying several species and resolving the limitations incurred during identification through conventional taxonomy. This study involves the use of DNA barcoding of ascidian species belonging to order Phlebobranchia. A total of 14 individuals, covering two families, three genera and five species, were barcoded...
May 13, 2017: Mitochondrial DNA. Part A. DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494157/side-fenestrations-provide-an-anchor-for-a-stable-binding-of-a1899-to-the-pore-of-task-1-potassium-channels
#12
David Ramírez, Bárbara Arévalo, Gonzalo Martínez, Susanne Rinné, Francisco V Sepúlveda, Niels Decher, Wendy González
A1899 is a potent and selective inhibitor of the two-pore domain potassium (K2P) channel TASK-1. It was previously reported that A1899 acts as an open-channel blocker and binds to residues of the P1 and P2 regions, the M2 and M4 segments, and the halothane response element. The recently described crystal structures of K2P channels together with the newly identified side fenestrations indicate that residues relevant for TASK-1 inhibition are not purely facing the central cavity as initially proposed. Accordingly, the TASK-1 binding site and the mechanism of inhibition might need a re-evaluation...
May 30, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486518/complete-mitochondrial-genomes-of-two-blattid-cockroaches-periplaneta-australasiae-and-neostylopyga-rhombifolia-and-phylogenetic-relationships-within-the-blattaria
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Jinnan Ma, Chao Du, Chuang Zhou, Yongmei Sheng, Zhenxin Fan, Bisong Yue, Xiuyue Zhang
Complete mitochondrial genomes (mitogenomes) of two cockroach species, Periplaneta australasiae and Neostylopyga rhombifolia, 15,605 bp and 15,711 bp in length, respectively, were determined. As reported for other cockroach mitogenomes, the two mitogenomes possessed typical ancestral insect mitogenome gene composition and arrangement. Only several small intergenic spacers were found: one, which was common in all sequenced cockroach mitogenomes except for the genus Cryptocercus, was between tRNA-Ser (UCN) and ND1 and contained a 7bp highly conserved motif (WACTTAA)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478763/molecular-phylogeny-of-anopheles-hyrcanus-group-diptera-culicidae-based-on-mtdna-coi
#14
Yuan Fang, Wen-Qi Shi, Yi Zhang
BACKGROUND: The Anopheles hyrcanus group, which includes at least 25 species, is widely distributed in the Oriental and Palearctic regions. Some group members have been incriminated as vectors of malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases. It is difficult to identify Hyrcanus Group members by morphological features. Thus, molecular phylogeny has been proposed as an important complementary method to traditional morphological taxonomy. METHODS: Based on the GenBank database and our original study data, we used 466 mitochondrial DNA COI sequences belonging to 18 species to reconstruct the molecular phylogeny of the Hyrcanus Group across its worldwide geographic range...
May 8, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443635/expression-and-localisation-of-two-pore-domain-k2p-background-leak-potassium-ion-channels-in-the-mouse-retina
#15
Steven Hughes, Russell G Foster, Stuart N Peirson, Mark W Hankins
Two-pore domain (K2P) potassium channels perform essential roles in neuronal function. These channels produce background leak type potassium currents that act to regulate resting membrane potential and levels of cellular excitability. 15 different K2P channels have been identified in mammals and these channels perform important roles in a wide number of physiological systems. However, to date there is only limited data available concerning the expression and role of K2P channels in the retina. In this study we conduct the first comprehensive study of K2P channel expression in the retina...
April 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419410/selective-and-state-dependent-activation-of-tresk-k2p-18-1-background-potassium-channel-by-cloxyquin
#16
Miklós Lengyel, Alice Dobolyi, Gábor Czirják, Péter Enyedi
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Cloxyquin (5-cloroquinolin-8-ol) has been described as an activator of TRESK (K2P 18.1, TWIK-related spinal cord K(+) channel) background potassium channel. We have examined the specificity of the drug by testing several K2P channels. We have investigated the mechanism of cloxyquin-mediated TRESK activation, focusing on the differences between the physiologically relevant regulatory states of the channel. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Potassium currents were measured by two-electrode voltage clamp in Xenopus oocytes and by whole-cell patch clamp in mouse dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons...
July 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403169/osteopontin-activates-the-diabetes-associated-potassium-channel-talk-1-in-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cells
#17
Matthew T Dickerson, Nicholas C Vierra, Sarah C Milian, Prasanna K Dadi, David A Jacobson
Glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS) relies on β-cell Ca2+ influx, which is modulated by the two-pore-domain K+ (K2P) channel, TALK-1. A gain-of-function polymorphism in KCNK16, the gene encoding TALK-1, increases risk for developing type-2 diabetes. While TALK-1 serves an important role in modulating GSIS, the regulatory mechanism(s) that control β-cell TALK-1 channels are unknown. Therefore, we employed a membrane-specific yeast two-hybrid (MYTH) assay to identify TALK-1-interacting proteins in human islets, which will assist in determining signaling modalities that modulate TALK-1 function...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392258/bilayer-mediated-structural-transitions-control-mechanosensitivity-of-the-trek-2-k2p-channel
#18
Prafulla Aryal, Viwan Jarerattanachat, Michael V Clausen, Marcus Schewe, Conor McClenaghan, Liam Argent, Linus J Conrad, Yin Y Dong, Ashley C W Pike, Elisabeth P Carpenter, Thomas Baukrowitz, Mark S P Sansom, Stephen J Tucker
The mechanosensitive two-pore domain (K2P) K(+) channels (TREK-1, TREK-2, and TRAAK) are important for mechanical and thermal nociception. However, the mechanisms underlying their gating by membrane stretch remain controversial. Here we use molecular dynamics simulations to examine their behavior in a lipid bilayer. We show that TREK-2 moves from the "down" to "up" conformation in direct response to membrane stretch, and examine the role of the transmembrane pressure profile in this process. Furthermore, we show how state-dependent interactions with lipids affect the movement of TREK-2, and how stretch influences both the inner pore and selectivity filter...
May 2, 2017: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377596/markov-modeling-reveals-novel-intracellular-modulation-of-the-human-trek-2-selectivity-filter
#19
Matthew P Harrigan, Keri A McKiernan, Veerabahu Shanmugasundaram, Rajiah Aldrin Denny, Vijay S Pande
Two-pore domain potassium (K2P) channel ion conductance is regulated by diverse stimuli that directly or indirectly gate the channel selectivity filter (SF). Recent crystal structures for the TREK-2 member of the K2P family reveal distinct "up" and "down" states assumed during activation via mechanical stretch. We performed 195 μs of all-atom, unbiased molecular dynamics simulations of the TREK-2 channel to probe how membrane stretch regulates the SF gate. Markov modeling reveals a novel "pinched" SF configuration that stretch activation rapidly destabilizes...
April 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358046/phosphatidylinositol-4-5-bisphosphate-dynamically-regulates-the-k2p-background-k-channel-task-2
#20
María Isabel Niemeyer, L Pablo Cid, Marc Paulais, Jacques Teulon, Francisco V Sepúlveda
Two-pore domain K2P K(+) channels responsible for the background K(+) conductance and the resting membrane potential, are also finely regulated by a variety of chemical, physical and physiological stimuli. Hormones and transmitters acting through Gq protein-coupled receptors (GqPCRs) modulate the activity of various K2P channels but the signalling involved has remained elusive, in particular whether dynamic regulation by membrane PI(4,5)P2, common among other classes of K(+) channels, affects K2P channels is controversial...
March 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
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