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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346365/an-amylase-like-protein-amyd-is-the-major-negative-regulator-for-%C3%AE-glucan-synthesis-in-aspergillus-nidulans-during-the-asexual-life-cycle
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Xiaoxiao He, Shengnan Li, Susan Kaminskyj
α-Glucan affects fungal cell-cell interactions and is important for the virulence of pathogenic fungi. Interfering with production of α-glucan could help to prevent fungal infection. In our previous study, we reported that an amylase-like protein, AmyD, could repress α-glucan accumulation in Aspergillus nidulans. However, the underlying molecular mechanism was not clear. Here, we examined the localization of AmyD and found it was a membrane-associated protein. We studied AmyD function in α-glucan degradation, as well as with other predicted amylase-like proteins and three annotated α-glucanases...
March 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341647/estimating-seven-coefficients-of-pairwise-relatedness-using-population-genomic-data
#2
Matthew S Ackerman, Parul Johri, Ken Spitze, Sen Xu, Thomas G Doak, Kimberly Young, Michael Lynch
Population structure can be described by genotypic correlation coefficients between groups of individuals, the most basic of which are the pair-wise relatedness coefficients between any two individuals. There are nine pair-wise relatedness coefficients in the most general model, and we show that these can be reduced to seven coefficients for biallelic loci. Although all nine coefficients can be estimated from pedigrees, six coefficients have been beyond empirical reach. We provide a numerical optimization procedure that estimates all seven reduced coefficients from population-genomic data...
March 24, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340380/the-origin-and-evolution-of-the-term-clone
#3
David P Steensma
In biology, the term "clone" is most widely used to designate genetically identical cells or organisms that are asexually descended from a common progenitor. The concept of clonality in hematology-oncology has received much attention in recent years, as the advent of next-generation sequencing platforms has provided new tools for detection of clonal populations in patients, and experiments on primary cells have provided fascinating new insights into the clonal architecture of human malignancies. The term "clone" is used more loosely by the general public to mean any close or identical copy...
March 4, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340266/rna-seq-based-transcriptome-and-the-reproduction-related-genes-for-the-aphid-schlechtendalia-chinensis-hemiptera-aphididae
#4
P Liu, Z X Yang, X M Chen, P Yang
Chinese galls form on sumac plants (Rhus chinensis) and are used for medicinal and chemical purposes, due to their richness in tannins. The galls are formed by aphids, the most prominent of which is Schlechtendalia chinensis, which forms horn-shaped galls on the winged rachis of R. chinensis. S. chinensis has a complex life cycle, including both R. chinensis and certain mosses as hosts, as well as the existence of both sexual and asexual reproduction (cyclical parthenogenesis). Previous studies have shown that the alternate occurrence of sexual and asexual reproduction relies on many environmental factors, such as temperature, photoperiod, and host-plant...
March 22, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338057/the-identification-of-%C3%A1-tryptophan-as-a-bioactive-substance-for-postembryonic-ovarian-development-in-the-planarian-dugesia-ryukyuensis
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Kazuya Kobayashi, Takanobu Maezawa, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Hiroyuki Onuki, Yurie Horiguchi, Hiroshi Hirota, Tetsuo Ishida, Kihachiro Horiike, Yasutoshi Agata, Manabu Aoki, Motonori Hoshi, Midori Matsumoto
Many metazoans start germ cell development during embryogenesis, while some metazoans possessing pluripotent stem cells undergo postembryonic germ cell development. The latter reproduce asexually but develop germ cells from pluripotent stem cells or dormant primordial germ cells when they reproduce sexually. Sexual induction of the planarian Dugesia ryukyuensis is an important model for postembryonic germ cell development. In this experimental system, hermaphroditic reproductive organs are differentiated in presumptive gonadal regions by the administration of a crude extract from sexual planarians to asexual ones...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331632/group-housed-females-promote-production-of-asexual-ootheca-in-american-cockroaches
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Ko Katoh, Masazumi Iwasaki, Shouhei Hosono, Atsushi Yoritsune, Masanori Ochiai, Makoto Mizunami, Hiroshi Nishino
BACKGROUND: Facultative parthenogenesis, seen in many animal phyla, is a reproductive strategy in which females are able to generate offspring when mating partners are unavailable. In some subsocial and eusocial insects, parthenogenesis is often more prevalent than sexual reproduction. However, little is known about how social cooperation is linked to the promotion of parthenogenesis. The domiciliary cockroach Periplaneta americana is well-suited to addressing this issue as this species belongs to the superfamily Blattoidea, which diverged into eusocial termites and shows facultative parthenogenesis...
2017: Zoological Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323833/lactate-dehydrogenase-in-toxoplasma-gondii-controls-virulence-bradyzoite-differentiation-and-chronic-infection
#7
Abdelbaset E Abdelbaset, Barbara A Fox, Mohamed H Karram, Mahmoud R Abd Ellah, David J Bzik, Makoto Igarashi
In the asexual stages, Toxoplasma gondii stage converts between acute phase rapidly replicating tachyzoites and chronic phase slowly dividing bradyzoites. Correspondingly, T. gondii differentially expresses two distinct genes and isoforms of the lactate dehydrogenase enzyme, expressing LDH1 exclusively in the tachyzoite stage and LDH2 preferentially in the bradyzoite stage. LDH catalyzes the interconversion of pyruvate and lactate in anaerobic growth conditions and is utilized for energy supply, however, the precise role of LDH1 and LDH2 in parasite biology in the asexual stages is still unclear...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322269/a-ras-gtpase-associated-protein-is-involved-in-the-phototropic-and-circadian-photobiology-responses-in-fungi
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Silvia Polaino, José M Villalobos-Escobedo, Viplendra P S Shakya, Alejandro Miralles-Durán, Suman Chaudhary, Catalina Sanz, Mahdi Shahriari, Eva M Luque, Arturo P Eslava, Luis M Corrochano, Alfredo Herrera-Estrella, Alexander Idnurm
Light is an environmental signal perceived by most eukaryotic organisms and that can have major impacts on their growth and development. The MadC protein in the fungus Phycomyces blakesleeanus (Mucoromycotina) has been postulated to form part of the photosensory input for phototropism of the fruiting body sporangiophores, but the madC gene has remained unidentified since the 1960s when madC mutants were first isolated. In this study the madC gene was identified by positional cloning. All madC mutant strains contain loss-of-function point mutations within a gene predicted to encode a GTPase activating protein (GAP) for Ras...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319724/interactions-between-tafenoquine-and-artemisinin-combination-therapy-partner-drug-in-asexual-and-sexual-stage-plasmodium-falciparum
#9
Karen Kemirembe, Mynthia Cabrera, Liwang Cui
The 8-aminoquinoline tafenoquine (TFQ), a primaquine derivative, is currently in late-stage clinical development for the radical cure of P. vivax. Here drug interactions between TFQ and chloroquine and six artemisinin-combination therapy (ACT) partner drugs in P. falciparum asexual stages and gametocytes were investigated. TFQ was mostly synergistic with the ACT-partner drugs in asexual parasites regardless of genetic backgrounds. However, at fixed ratios of 1:3, 1:1 and 3:1, TFQ only interacted synergistically with naphthoquine, pyronaridine and piperaquine in gametocytes...
March 11, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317157/design-and-synthesis-of-novel-anti-plasmodial-histone-deacetylase-inhibitors-containing-an-alkoxyamide-connecting-unit
#10
Leandro A Alves Avelar, Jana Held, Jessica A Engel, Parichat Sureechatchaiyan, Finn K Hansen, Alexandra Hamacher, Matthias U Kassack, Benjamin Mordmüller, Katherine T Andrews, Thomas Kurz
Despite recent declines in mortality, malaria remains an important global health problem. New therapies are needed, including new drugs with novel modes of action compared to existing agents. Among new potential therapeutic targets for malaria, inhibition of parasitic histone deacetylases (HDACs) is a promising approach. Homology modeling of PfHDAC1, a known target of some anti-plasmodial HDAC inhibitors, revealed a unique threonine residue at the rim of the active site in close proximity to the location of the cap group of vorinostat-type HDAC inhibitors...
March 20, 2017: Archiv der Pharmazie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316790/plant-grafting-insights-into-tissue-regeneration
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REVIEW
Charles W Melnyk
For millennia, people have cut and joined different plants together through a process known as grafting. The severed tissues adhere, the cells divide and the vasculature differentiates through a remarkable process of regeneration between two genetically distinct organisms as they become one. Grafting is becoming increasingly important in horticulture where it provides an efficient means for asexual propagation. Grafting also combines desirable roots and shoots to generate chimeras that are more vigorous, more pathogen resistant and more abiotic stress resistant...
February 2017: Regeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314772/two-phylogenetically-and-compartmentally-distinct-cdp-diacylglycerol-synthases-cooperate-for-lipid-biogenesis-in-toxoplasma-gondii
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Pengfei Kong, Christoph-Martin Ufermann, Diana Lm Zimmermann, Qing Yin, Xun Suo, J Bernd Helms, Jos F Brouwers, Nishith Gupta
Toxoplasma gondii is among the most prevalent protozoan parasites, which infects a wide range of organisms including one-third of the human population. Its rapid intracellular replication within a vacuole requires efficient synthesis of glycerophospholipids. Cytidine diphosphate-diacylglycerol (CDP-DAG) serves as a major precursor for phospholipid synthesis. Given the peculiarities of lipid biogenesis, understanding the mechanism and physiological importance of CDP-DAG synthesis is particularly relevant in T...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296081/functional-characterization-of-cytochrome-p450-monooxygenases-in-the-cereal-head-blight-fungus-fusarium-graminearum
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Ji Young Shin, Duc-Cuong Bui, Yoonji Lee, Hyejin Nam, Soyun Jung, Miao Fang, Jin-Cheol Kim, Theresa Lee, Hun Kim, Gyung Ja Choi, Hokyoung Son, Yin-Won Lee
Fusarium graminearum is a prominent plant pathogenic fungus causing Fusarium head blight in major cereal crops worldwide. To understand the molecular mechanisms underlying fungal development and virulence, large collections of F. graminearum mutants have been constructed. Cytochrome P450 monooxygenases (P450s) are widely distributed in organisms and are involved in a diverse array of molecular/metabolic processes; however, no systematic functional analysis of P450s has been attempted in filamentous fungi. In this study, we constructed a genome-wide deletion mutant set covering 102 P450s and analyzed these mutants for changes in 38 phenotypic categories, including fungal development, stress responses, and responses to several xenobiotics, to build a comprehensive phenotypic dataset...
March 14, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292906/parasitophorous-vacuole-poration-precedes-its-rupture-and-rapid-host-erythrocyte-cytoskeleton-collapse-in-plasmodium-falciparum-egress
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Victoria L Hale, Jean M Watermeyer, Fiona Hackett, Gema Vizcay-Barrena, Christiaan van Ooij, James A Thomas, Matthew C Spink, Maria Harkiolaki, Elizabeth Duke, Roland A Fleck, Michael J Blackman, Helen R Saibil
In the asexual blood stages of malarial infection, merozoites invade erythrocytes and replicate within a parasitophorous vacuole to form daughter cells that eventually exit (egress) by sequential rupture of the vacuole and erythrocyte membranes. The current model is that PKG, a malarial cGMP-dependent protein kinase, triggers egress, activating malarial proteases and other effectors. Using selective inhibitors of either PKG or cysteine proteases to separately inhibit the sequential steps in membrane perforation, combined with video microscopy, electron tomography, electron energy loss spectroscopy, and soft X-ray tomography of mature intracellular Plasmodium falciparum parasites, we resolve intermediate steps in egress...
March 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290261/conditional-persistence-and-tolerance-characterize-endoparasite-colonial-host-interactions
#15
Inês Fontes, Hanna Hartikainen, Nick G H Taylor, Beth Okamura
Colonial hosts offer unique opportunities for exploitation by endoparasites resulting from extensive clonal propagation, but these interactions are poorly understood. The freshwater bryozoan, Fredericella sultana, and the myxozoan, Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae, present an appropriate model system for examining such interactions. F. sultana propagates mainly asexually, through colony fragmentation and dormant propagules (statoblasts). Our study examines how T. bryosalmonae exploits the multiple transmission routes offered by the propagation of F...
March 14, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286772/comparison-and-validation-of-putative-pathogenicity-related-genes-identified-by-t-dna-insertional-mutagenesis-and-microarray-expression-profiling-in-magnaporthe-oryzae
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Ying Wang, Ying Wáng, Qi Tan, Ying Nv Gao, Yan Li, Da Peng Bao
High-throughput technologies of functional genomics such as T-DNA insertional mutagenesis and microarray expression profiling have been employed to identify genes related to pathogenicity in Magnaporthe oryzae. However, validation of the functions of individual genes identified by these high-throughput approaches is laborious. In this study, we compared two published lists of genes putatively related to pathogenicity in M. oryzae identified by T-DNA insertional mutagenesis (comprising 1024 genes) and microarray expression profiling (comprising 236 genes), respectively, and then validated the functions of some overlapped genes between the two lists by knocking them out using the method of target gene replacement...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285258/4-nitro-styrylquinoline-is-an-antimalarial-inhibiting-multiple-stages-of-plasmodium-falciparum-asexual-life-cycle
#17
Bracken F Roberts, Yongsheng Zheng, Jacob Cleaveleand, Sukjun Lee, Eunyoung Lee, Lawrence Ayong, Yu Yuan, Debopam Chakrabarti
Drugs against malaria are losing their effectiveness because of emerging drug resistance. This underscores the need for novel therapeutic options for malaria with mechanism of actions distinct from current antimalarials. To identify novel pharmacophores against malaria we have screened compounds containing structural features of natural products that are pharmacologically relevant. This screening has identified a 4-nitro styrylquinoline (SQ) compound with submicromolar antiplasmodial activity and excellent selectivity...
April 2017: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281327/asexual-queen-succession-mediates-an-accelerated-colony-life-cycle-in-the-termite-silvestritermes-minutus
#18
R Fougeyrollas, J Křivánek, V Roy, K Dolejšová, S Frechault, Y Roisin, R Hanus, D Sillam-Dussès
Mixed modes of reproduction, combining sexual processes with thelytokous parthenogenesis, occur in all major clades of social insects. In several species of termites, queens maximize their genetic input into non-dispersing replacement queens through parthenogenesis, while maintaining genetically diverse sterile offspring and dispersing reproductives via sexual reproduction. This so-called Asexual Queen Succession (AQS) has multiple independent origins and its presumed advantages are diverse as well, ranging from multiplication of colony reproductive potential to extension of its lifespan beyond that of the foundress...
March 9, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276935/personality-and-sexual-orientation-extension-to-asexuality-and-the-hexaco-model
#19
Anthony F Bogaert, Michael C Ashton, Kibeom Lee
Previous research has examined self-identified sexual orientation in relation to self-reports on the Big Five personality factors. Here we extend this research by including asexuality as a fourth sexual orientation and by assessing the HEXACO personality factors, using self-report data from a large anonymous online sample (N ≈ 100,000). A large overlap was observed among all sexual orientation groups on all six HEXACO dimensions, but notable group differences also emerged. All nonheterosexual groups, particularly bisexual people, averaged higher in openness to experience than did heterosexuals...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Sex Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267957/germline-development-and-fertilization-mechanisms-in-maize
#20
REVIEW
Liang-Zi Zhou, Martina Juranić, Thomas Dresselhaus
Maize is the most important agricultural crop used for food, feed, and biofuel as well as a raw material for industrial products such as packaging material. To increase yield and to overcome hybridization barriers, studies of maize gamete development, the pollen tube journey, and fertilization mechanisms were initiated more than a century ago. In this review, we summarize and discuss our current understanding of the regulatory components for germline development including sporogenesis and gametogenesis, the progamic phase of pollen germination and pollen tube growth and guidance, as well as fertilization mechanisms consisting of pollen tube arrival and reception, sperm cell release, fusion with the female gametes, and egg cell activation...
March 6, 2017: Molecular Plant
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