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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088691/stability-effect-of-cholesterol-poly-acrylic-acid-in-a-stimuli-responsive-polymer-liposome-complex-obtained-from-soybean-lecithin-for-controlled-drug-delivery
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M G Simões, P Alves, Manuela Carvalheiro, P N Simões
The development of polymer-liposome complexes (PLCs), in particular for biomedical applications, has grown significantly in the last decades. The importance of these studies comes from the emerging need in finding intelligent controlled release systems, more predictable, effective and selective, for applications in several areas, such as treatment and/or diagnosis of cancer, neurological, dermatological, ophthalmic and orthopedic diseases, gene therapy, cosmetic treatments, and food engineering. This work reports the development and characterization of a pH sensitive system for controlled release based on PLCs...
January 4, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088503/evidence-for-splice-transcript-variants-of-tmem165-a-gene-involved-in-cdg
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Marie-Ange Krzewinski-Recchi, Sven Potelle, Anne Marie-Mir, Dorothée Vicogne, Eudoxie Dulary, Sandrine Duvet, Willy Morelle, Geoffroy de Bettignies, François Foulquier
BACKGROUND: Defects in TMEM165 gene cause a type-II Congenital Disorder of Glycosylation affecting Golgi glycosylation processes. TMEM165 patients exhibit psychomotor retardation, important osteoporosis, scoliosis, irregular epiphyses and thin bone cortex. Human TMEM165 protein is highly conserved in evolution and belongs to the family of UPF0016 membrane proteins which could be an unique group of Ca(2+)/H(+) antiporters regulating Ca(2+) and pH homeostasis and mainly localized in the Golgi apparatus...
January 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088165/genomic-characterization-of-ensifer-aridi-a-proposed-new-species-of-nitrogen-fixing-rhizobium-recovered-from-asian-african-and-american-deserts
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Antoine Le Quéré, Nisha Tak, Hukam Singh Gehlot, Celine Lavire, Thibault Meyer, David Chapulliot, Sonam Rathi, Ilham Sakrouhi, Guadalupe Rocha, Marine Rohmer, Dany Severac, Abdelkarim Filali-Maltouf, Jose-Antonio Munive
BACKGROUND: Nitrogen fixing bacteria isolated from hot arid areas in Asia, Africa and America but from diverse leguminous plants have been recently identified as belonging to a possible new species of Ensifer (Sinorhizobium). In this study, 6 strains belonging to this new clade were compared with Ensifer species at the genome-wide level. Their capacities to utilize various carbon sources and to establish a symbiotic interaction with several leguminous plants were examined. RESULTS: Draft genomes of selected strains isolated from Morocco (Merzouga desert), Mexico (Baja California) as well as from India (Thar desert) were produced...
January 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087757/alternative-transcription-of-sodium-bicarbonate-transporter-slc4a7-gene-enhanced-by-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms
#4
Hae Jeong Park, Soojung Lee, Eunji Ju, Jayre A Jones, Inyeong Choi
Genome-wide association studies have identified the single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs3278 in the human SLC4A7 gene as one of the marker loci for addiction vulnerability. This marker is located in an intron of the gene, and its genomic role has been unknown. In this study, we examined rs3278 and three adjacent SNPs prevalent in alcoholics for their effects on an alternative promoter that would lead to the production of the N-terminally truncated protein NBCn1ΔN450, missing the first 450 amino acids. Analysis of the transcription start site database and a promoter prediction algorithm identified a cluster of three promoters in intron 7 and two short CpG-rich sites in intron 6...
January 13, 2017: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087530/pgas-a-low-ph-induced-promoter-as-a-dynamic-gene-expression-control-tool-for-the-metabolic-engineering-of-aspergillus-niger
#5
Xian Yin, Hyun-Dong Shin, Jianghua Li, Guocheng Du, Long Liu, Jian Chen
: The dynamic control of gene expression is important for adjusting fluxes in order to obtain desired products and achieve appropriate cell growth, particularly when the synthesis of a desired product drains metabolites required for cell growth. For dynamic gene expression, a promoter responsive to a particular environmental stressor is vital. Here, we report a low pH-inducible promoter, Pgas, which promotes minimal gene expression at pH values of greater than 5.0, but functioned efficiently at low pH values, such as pH 2...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087103/identifying-methanogen-community-structures-and-their-correlations-with-performance-parameters-in-four-full-scale-anaerobic-sludge-digesters
#6
Taewoan Koo, Seung Gu Shin, Joonyeob Lee, Gyuseong Han, Woong Kim, Kyungjin Cho, Seokhwan Hwang
Four full-scale mesophilic anaerobic digesters treating waste sludge were monitored to characterize methanogen communities and their relationship with process parameters. The performance of the four digesters were dissimilar with the average chemical oxygen demand removal efficiencies between 24 and 45% and differing pH. Real-time quantitative PCR showed that archaeal 16S rRNA gene concentration ([ARC]) and, more pronouncedly, its ratio to bacterial counterpart ([ARC]/[BAC]) correlated positively with the performance parameters, including the lipid removal efficiency...
January 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086800/relevance-of-fxr-p62-sqstm1-pathway-for-survival-and-protection-of-mouse-hepatocytes-and-liver-especially-with-steatosis
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Sanae Haga, Yimin, Michitaka Ozaki
BACKGROUND: Liver injury and regeneration involve complicated processes and are affected by various physio-pathological conditions. Surgically, severe liver injury after surgical resection often leads to fatal liver failure, especially with some underlying pathological conditions such as steatosis. Therefore, protection from the injury of hepatocytes and liver is a serious concern in various clinical settings. METHODS: We studied the effects of the farnesoid X receptor (FXR) on cell survival and steatosis in mouse hepatocytes (AML12 mouse liver cells) and investigated their molecular mechanisms...
January 13, 2017: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078431/degradation-of-di-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate-by-a-novel-gordonia-alkanivorans-strain-yc-rl2
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Ruth Nahurira, Lei Ren, Jinlong Song, Yang Jia, Junhuan Wang, Shuanghu Fan, Haisheng Wang, Yanchun Yan
One bacterial strain, YC-RL2, isolated from petroleum-contaminated soil, could utilize environmental hormone Di(2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) as a sole carbon source for growth. Strain YC-RL2 was identified as Gordonia alkanivorans by 16S rRNA gene analysis and Biolog tests. The effects of environmental factors which might affect the degrading process were optimized at 30 °C and pH 8.0. Strain YC-RL2 showed superior halotolerance and could tolerate up to 0-5% NaCl in trace element medium supplemented with DEHP, although the DEHP degradation rates slowed as NaCl concentration increased...
January 12, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078395/high-production-of-2-3-butanediol-from-glycerol-without-1-3-propanediol-formation-by-raoultella-ornithinolytica-b6
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Taeyeon Kim, Sukhyeong Cho, Han Min Woo, Sun-Mi Lee, Jinwon Lee, Youngsoon Um, Jin-Ho Seo
Conversion of crude glycerol derived from biodiesel processes to value-added chemicals has attracted much attention. Herein, Raoultella ornithinolytica B6 was investigated for the high production of 2,3-butanediol (2,3-BD) from glycerol without 1,3-propanediol (1,3-PD) formation, a by-product hindering 2,3-BD purification. By evaluating the effects of temperature, agitation speed, and pH control strategy, the fermentation conditions favoring 2,3-BD production were found to be 25 °C, 400 rpm, and pH control with a lower limit of 5...
January 11, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076454/a-broad-ph-range-and-processive-chitinase-from-a-metagenome-library
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S S Thimoteo, A Glogauer, H Faoro, E M de Souza, L F Huergo, B M Moerschbacher, F O Pedrosa
Chitinases are hydrolases that degrade chitin, a polymer of N-acetylglucosamine linked β(1-4) present in the exoskeleton of crustaceans, insects, nematodes and fungal cell walls. A metagenome fosmid library from a wastewater-contaminated soil was functionally screened for chitinase activity leading to the isolation and identification of a chitinase gene named metachi18A. The metachi18A gene was subcloned and overexpressed in Escherichia coli BL21 and the MetaChi18A chitinase was purified by affinity chromatography as a 6xHis-tagged fusion protein...
January 5, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075353/biochemical-and-structural-insights-into-a-novel-thermostable-%C3%AE-1-3-galactosidase-from-marinomonas-sp-bsi20414
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Haitao Ding, Qian Zeng, Lili Zhou, Yong Yu, Bo Chen
A novel β-1,3-galactosidase, designated as MaBGA (β-galactosidase from Marinomonas sp. BSi20414), was successfully purified to homogeneity from Marinomonas sp. BSi20414 isolated from Arctic sea ice by ammonium sulfate precipitation and anion exchange chromatography, resulting in an 8.12-fold increase in specific activity and 9.9% recovery in total activity. MaBGA displayed its maximum activity at pH 6.0 and 60 °C, and maintained at least 90% of its initial activity over the pH range of 5.0-8.0 after incubating for 1 h...
January 8, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075130/expression-and-characterization-of-levansucrase-from-clostridium-acetobutylicum
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Song Gao, Xianghui Qi, Darren J Hart, Herui Gao, Yingfeng An
The Clostridium acetobutylicum gene Ca-SacB encoding levansucrase was cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli. Ca-SacB is composed of 1287 bp and encodes 428 amino acid residues, which could convert 150 mmol/L sucrose to levan with the liberation of glucose. The optimum pH and temperature of this enzyme for levan formation were pH 6 and 60℃, respectively. Levansucrase activity of Ca-SacB was completely abolished by 5 mmol/L Ag+ and Hg2+. The Km and Vmax values for levansucrase were calculated to be 64 mmol/L and 190 µmol/min/mg, respectively...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074923/bacterial-community-composition-in-costal-dunes-of-the-mediterranean-along-a-gradient-from-the-sea-shore-to-the-inland
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Haggai Wasserstrom, Susanne Kublik, Rachel Wasserstrom, Stefanie Schulz, Michael Schloter, Yosef Steinberger
Sand dunes are unique ecosystems with distinct features which limited the accumulation of biomass. The distance from seashore affects both the physical properties of the sand dunes and the biota living above- and below ground. The goal of the present study was to determine the effects of the distance from shore to inland on soil bacterial community composition during wet and dry season. We studied a chronosequence of sites close to the eastern Mediterranean coast. Bacterial diversity was assessed using directly extracted DNA from soil samples and 16 S ribosomal RNA gene fingerprinting...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073937/activity-of-tachykinin1-expressing-pet1-raphe-neurons-modulates-the-drive-to-breathe
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Morgan L Hennessy, Andrea Corcoran, Rachael D Brust, Eugene E Nattie, Susan Dymecki
: Homeostatic control of breathing, heart rate, and body temperature relies on circuits within the brainstem modulated by the neurotransmitter serotonin (5-HT). Mounting evidence points to specialized neuronal subtypes within the 5-HT system, which have borne out in functional studies, including the modulation of distinct facets of homeostatic control. These functional differences, read out at the organismal level, are likely subserved by differences among 5-HT neuron subtypes at the cellular and molecular levels, including differences in the capacity to co-express other neurotransmitters such as glutamate, GABA, thyrotropin releasing hormone, and substance P encoded by the Tachykinin-1 (Tac1) gene...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073455/estimating-microcystin-levels-at-recreational-sites-in-western-lake-erie-and-ohio
#15
Donna S Francy, Amie M G Brady, Christopher D Ecker, Jennifer L Graham, Erin A Stelzer, Pamela Struffolino, Daryl F Dwyer, Keith A Loftin
Cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (cyanoHABs) and associated toxins, such as microcystin, are a major global water-quality issue. Water-resource managers need tools to quickly predict when and where toxin-producing cyanoHABs will occur. This could be done by using site-specific models that estimate the potential for elevated toxin concentrations that cause public health concerns. With this study, samples were collected at three Ohio lakes to identify environmental and water-quality factors to develop linear-regression models to estimate microcystin levels...
September 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073405/rhodanobacter-humi-sp-nov-a-novel-acidtolerant-and-alkalitolerant-gammaproteobacterium-isolated-from-kyonggi-university-forest-soil
#16
Ram Hari Dahal, Jaisoo Kim
A novel acidtolerant and alkalitolerant gammaproteobacterium designated strain RS22T was isolated from Kyonggi University forest soil. Cells were aerobic, Gram-staining-negative, catalase- and oxidase- positive, non-motile, non-spore-forming, rod-shaped, and yellow-pigmented. Flexirubin-type pigments were absent. Strain RS22T assimilates lactic acid, L-proline, and 3-hydroxybenzoic acid; tolerates 4 % of NaCl, ferments glucose, and can grow at pH 11.0. A phylogenetic analysis based on its 16S rRNA gene sequence revealed that strain RS22T formed a lineage within the class Gammaproteobacteria of the phylum Proteobacteria that was distinct from various species of the genus Rhodanobacter, including Rhodanobacter denitrificans 2APBS1T (97...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073395/actinophytocola-xanthii-sp-nov-a-novel-actinomycete-isolated-from-rhizosphere-soil-of-the-plant-xanthium-sibiricum
#17
Wei Wang, Bin Wang, Haoyi Meng, Zhaobin Xing, Qiliang Lai, Lijie Yuan
A novel actinomycete strain, 11-183T, was isolated from the rhizosphere soil of Xanthium sibiricum, which was collected in Tangshan, Hebei, China. A phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA gene sequences showed that strain 11-183T formed a clade within the genus Actinophytocola, with a maximum similarity of 98.44 % to Actinophytocola xinjiangensis QAIII60T, followed by 97.76 % similarity to Actinophytocola sediminis YIM M13705T(97.76%). The average nucleotide identity and digital DNA-DNA hybridization values differed by 79...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072419/an-acid-tolerant-ammonia-oxidizing-%C3%AE-proteobacterium-from-soil
#18
Masahito Hayatsu, Kanako Tago, Ikuo Uchiyama, Atsushi Toyoda, Yong Wang, Yumi Shimomura, Takashi Okubo, Futoshi Kurisu, Yuhei Hirono, Kunihiko Nonaka, Hiroko Akiyama, Takehiko Itoh, Hideto Takami
Nitrification, the microbial oxidation of ammonia to nitrate via nitrite, occurs in a wide range of acidic soils. However, the ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) that have been isolated from soil to date are acid-sensitive. Here we report the isolation and characterization of an acid-adapted AOB from an acidic agricultural soil. The isolated AOB, strain TAO100, is classified within the Gammaproteobacteria based on phylogenetic characteristics. TAO100 can grow in the pH range of 5-7.5 and survive in highly acidic conditions until pH 2 by forming cell aggregates...
January 10, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071137/seasonal-variation-in-an-acid-mine-drainage-microbial-community
#19
Ryan R Auld, Nadia C S Mykytczuk, Leo G Leduc, Thomas J S Merritt
Environmental oxidation and microbial metabolism drive production of acid mine drainage (AMD). Understanding changes in the microbial community, due to geochemical and seasonal characteristics, is fundamental to AMD monitoring and remediation. Using direct sequencing of the 16S and 18S rRNA genes to identify bacterial, archaeal, and eukaryotic members of the microbial community at an AMD site in Northern Ontario, Canada, we found a dynamic community varying significantly across winter and summer sampling times...
September 27, 2016: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069867/the-carboxyl-terminal-region-of-dok-7-plays-a-key-but-not-essential-role-in-activation-of-muscle-specific-receptor-kinase-musk-and-neuromuscular-synapse-formation
#20
Ryo Ueta, Tohru Tezuka, Yosuke Izawa, Sadanori Miyoshi, Satoru Nagatoishi, Kouhei Tsumoto, Yuji Yamanashi
As the synapse between a motor neuron and skeletal muscle, the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) is required for muscle contraction. The formation and maintenance of NMJs are controlled by the muscle-specific receptor kinase MuSK. Dok-7 is the essential cytoplasmic activator of MuSK, and indeed mice lacking Dok-7 form no NMJs. Moreover, DOK7 gene mutations underlie DOK7 myasthenia, an NMJ synaptopathy. Previously, we failed to detect MuSK activation in myotubes by Dok-7 mutated in the N-terminal pleckstrin homology (PH) or phosphotyrosine binding (PTB) domain or that lacked the C-terminal region (Dok-7-ΔC)...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
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