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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333676/ether-%C3%A3-go-go-k-channels-effective-modulators-of-neuronal-excitability
#1
Christiane K Bauer, Jürgen R Schwarz
Mammalian EAG (ether-à-go-go) channels are voltage-gated K+ channels. They are encoded by the KCNH gene family and divided into three subfamilies, eag (Kv10), erg (eag-related gene; Kv11) and elk (eag-like; Kv12). All EAG channel subtypes are expressed in the brain where they effectively modulate neuronal excitability. This Topical Review describes the biophysical properties of each of the EAG channel subtypes, their function in neurons and the neurological diseases induced by EAG channel mutations. In contrast to the function of erg currents in the heart where they contribute to repolarization of the cardiac action potential, erg currents in neurons are involved in the maintenance of the resting potential, setting of action potential threshold and frequency accommodation...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331895/reduction-in-soil-n2o-emissions-by-ph-manipulation-and-enhanced-nosz-gene-transcription-under-different-water-regimes
#2
Muhammad Shaaban, Yupeng Wu, Muhammad Salman Khalid, Qi-An Peng, Xiangyu Xu, Lei Wu, Aneela Younas, Saqib Bashir, Yongliang Mo, Shan Lin, Muhammad Zafar-Ul-Hye, Muhammad Abid, Ronggui Hu
Several studies have been carried out to examine nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from agricultural soils in the past. However, the emissions of N2O particularly during amelioration of acidic soils have been rarely studied. We carried out the present study using a rice-rapeseed rotation soil (pH 5.44) that was amended with dolomite (0, 1 and 2 g kg-1 soil) under 60% water filled pore space (WFPS) and flooding. N2O emissions and several soil properties (pH, NH4+N, NO3--N, and nosZ gene transcripts) were measured throughout the study...
January 11, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331569/salinivibrio-kushneri-sp-nov-a-moderately-halophilic-bacterium-isolated-from-salterns
#3
Clara López-Hermoso, Rafael R de la Haba, Cristina Sánchez-Porro, Antonio Ventosa
Ten Gram-strain-negative, facultatively anaerobic, moderately halophilic bacterial strains, designated AL184T, IB560, IB563, IC202, IC317, MA421, ML277, ML318, ML328A and ML331, were isolated from water ponds of five salterns located in Spain. The cells were motile, curved rods and oxidase and catalase positive. All of them grew optimally at 37°C, at pH 7.2-7.4 and in the presence of 7.5% (w/v) NaCl. Based on phylogenetic analyses of the 16S rRNA, the isolates were most closely related to Salinivibrio sharmensis BAGT (99...
December 21, 2017: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331528/expression-of-a-thermotolerant-laccase-from-pycnoporus-sanguineus-in-trichoderma-reesei-and-its-application-in-the-degradation-of-bisphenol-a
#4
Jie Zhao, Shenquan Zeng, Ying Xia, Liming Xia
The laccase gene from Pycnoporus sanguineus was cloned and inserted between the strong Pcbh1 promoter and the Tcbh1 terminator from Trichoderma reesei to form the recombinant plasmid pCH-lac. Using Agrobacterium-mediated technique, the pCH-lac was integrated into the chromosomes of T. reesei. Twenty positive transformants were obtained by employing hygromycin B as a selective agent. PCR was used to confirm that the laccase gene was integrated into the chromosomal DNA of T. reesei. Laccase production by recombinant transformants was performed in shaking flasks, and the activity of laccase reached 8...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331510/effects-of-sub-minimum-inhibitory-concentrations-of-lemon-essential-oil-on-the-acid-tolerance-and-biofilm-formation-of-streptococcus-mutans
#5
Yanwei Sun, Sijia Chen, Chen Zhang, Yali Liu, Li Ma, Xiangyu Zhang
OBJECTIVES: Lemon essential oil (LEO) is a kind of secondary metabolite from lemon peels and has been found to inhibit cariogenic bacteria for decades. However, its effects on main cariogenic virulence factors are rarely reported. The present study aimed to investigate the effects of sub-minimum inhibitory concentrations (sub-MICs) of LEO on the acid tolerance and biofilm formation of Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) and preliminarily reveal the possible underlying mechanisms. DESIGNS: Effects of LEO on the acid tolerance and biofilm formation of S...
December 29, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331466/high-grain-diets-supplemented-with-phytogenic-compounds-or-autolyzed-yeast-modulate-ruminal-bacterial-community-and-fermentation-in-dry-cows
#6
V Neubauer, R Petri, E Humer, I Kröger, E Mann, N Reisinger, M Wagner, Q Zebeli
The feeding of concentrate-rich diets may lead to microbial imbalances and dysfermentation in the rumen. The main objective of this study was to determine the effects of supplementing phytogenic compounds (PHY) or autolyzed yeast (AY) on rumen fermentation and microbial abundance in cows intermittently fed concentrate-rich diets. The experiment was carried out as an incomplete 3 × 4 Latin square design, with 8 nonlactating rumen-fistulated Holstein-Friesian cows. The cows were randomly assigned to a concentrate diet that was either not supplemented (CON), or supplemented with PHY or AY...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331014/biochemical-characterization-of-recombinant-thermostable-cohnella-sp-a01-%C3%AE-glucanase
#7
Meysam Rezaie, Saeed Aminzadeh, Farid Heidari, Masoud Mashhadi Akbar Boojar, Ali Asghar Karkhane
Background: Typically, non-cellulytic glucanase, including fungi and yeast cell wall hydrolyzing enzymes, are release by some symbiotic fungi and plants during the mycoparasitic fungi attack on plants. These enzymes are known as the defense mechanisms of plants. This study intends to investigate the biochemical properties of β-1,6-glucanase (bg16M) from native thermophilic bacteria, Cohnella A01. Methods: bg16M gene was cloned and expressed in E. coli BL21 (DE3)...
January 13, 2018: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330650/a-cold-adapted-endoglucanase-from-camel-rumen-with-high-catalytic-activity-at-moderate-and-low-temperatures-an-anomaly-of-truly-cold-adapted-evolution-in-a-mesophilic-environment
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Kamran Khalili Ghadikolaei, Javad Gharechahi, Kamahldin Haghbeen, Kambiz Akbari Noghabi, Ghasem Hosseini Salekdeh, Hossein Shahbani Zahiri
Endoglucanases are important enzymes in plant biomass degradation. They have current and potential applications in various industrial sectors including human and animal food processing, textile, paper, and renewable biofuel production. It is assumed that the cold-active endoglucanases, with high catalytic rates in moderate and cold temperatures, can improve the cost-effectiveness of industrial processes by lowering the need for heating and, thus, energy consumption. In this study, the endoglucanase CelCM3 was procured from a camel rumen metagenome via gene cloning and expression in Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3)...
January 12, 2018: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330648/cloning-expression-and-characterization-of-the-esterase-estut1-from-ureibacillus-thermosphaericus-which-belongs-to-a-new-lipase-family-xviii
#9
Yuliya V Samoylova, Ksenia N Sorokina, Margarita V Romanenko, Valentin N Parmon
A new esterase gene from thermophilic bacteria Ureibacillus thermosphaericus was cloned into the pET32b vector and expressed in Escherichia coli BL21(DE3). Alignment of the estUT1 amino acid sequence revealed the presence of a novel canonical pentapeptide (GVSLG) and 41-47% identity to the closest family of the bacterial lipases XIII. Thus the esterase estUT1 from U. thermosphaericus was assigned as a member of the novel family XVIII. It also showed a strong activity toward short-chain esters (C2-C8), with the highest activity for C2...
January 12, 2018: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330182/fluorescence-recovery-allows-the-implementation-of-a-fluorescence-reporter-gene-platform-applicable-for-the-detection-and-quantification-of-horizontal-gene-transfer-in-anoxic-environments
#10
Rafael Pinilla, Leise Riber, Søren J Sørensen
The study of horizontal gene transfer (HGT) in microbial communities has been revolutionized by significant advances in cultivation-independent methods based on fluorescence reporter gene technologies. Recently, the combination of these novel approaches with flow cytometry has presented itself as one of the most powerful tools to study the spread of mobile genetic elements (MGEs) in the environment. However, the use of fluorescent markers like green fluorescent protein (GFP) and mCherry is limited by environmental constraints that affect the correct maturation of their fluorophores, such as oxygen availability and pH levels...
January 12, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329981/molecular-cloning-and-characterization-of-leucine-aminopeptidase-gene-from-taenia-pisiformis
#11
Shaohua Zhang, Xuepeng Cai, Xuenong Luo, Shuai Wang, Aijiang Guo, Junling Hou, Run Wu
Leucine aminopeptidase (LAP, EC: 3.4.11.1) is an important metalloexopeptidase that catalyze the hydrolysis of amino-terminal leucine residues from polypeptides and proteins. In this study, a full length of cDNA encoding leucine aminopeptidase of Taenia pisiformis (TpLAP) was cloned by rapid amplification of cDNA-ends using the polymerase chain reaction (RACE-PCR) method. The full-length cDNA of the TpLAP gene is 1823 bp and contains a 1569 bp ORF encoding 533 amino acids with a putative mass of 56.4 kDa...
January 9, 2018: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328647/development-of-yam-dioscorin-loaded-nanoparticles-for-paracellular-transport-across-human-intestinal-caco-2-cell-monolayers
#12
Hung-Ling Hsieh, Chia-Hung Lee, Kuo-Chih Lin
Dioscorins, the major storage proteins of yam tubers, exert immunomodulatory activities. To improve the oral bioavailability of dioscorins in the intestine, recombinant dioscorin (rDioscorin) was coated with trimethyl chitosan (TMC) and tripolyphosphate (TPP), resulting in the formation of TMC-rDio-TPP nanoparticles (NPs). The loading capacity and entrapment efficiency of rDioscorin in the NPs were 26<u>+</u>0.7% and 61<u>+</u>1.4%, respectively. The NPs demonstrated a substantial release profile in the pH environment of the jejunum...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327263/proton-pump-inhibitors-increase-the-susceptibility-of-mice-to-oral-infection-with-enteropathogenic-bacteria
#13
Eiichiro Yasutomi, Namiko Hoshi, Soichiro Adachi, Takafumi Otsuka, Lingling Kong, Yuna Ku, Haruka Yamairi, Jun Inoue, Tsukasa Ishida, Daisuke Watanabe, Makoto Ooi, Masaru Yoshida, Tomoya Tsukimi, Shinji Fukuda, Takeshi Azuma
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are among the most frequently prescribed medications. Side effects including an increased risk of intestinal infections have been reported. It is assumed that PPIs can increase susceptibility to enteropathogens; however, the underlying mechanisms are unknown. Here in this study, we explored whether Lansoprazole (Laz), one of the PPIs, increases the susceptibility to enteropathogens, and further investigated the mechanism of it. METHODS: Mice were administered Laz intraperitoneally once daily and orally infected with Citrobacter rodentium (C...
January 11, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325988/arboriscoccus-pini-gen-nov-sp-nov-an-endophyte-from-a-pine-tree-of-the-class-alphaproteobacteria-emended-description-of-geminicoccus-roseus-and-proposal-of-geminicoccaceae-fam-nov
#14
Diogo N Proença, William B Whitman, Neha Varghese, Nicole Shapiro, Tanja Woyke, Nikos C Kyrpides, Paula V Morais
Bacterial strain B29T1T was isolated from the endophytic microbial community of a Pinus pinaster tree trunk and characterized. Strain B29T1T stained Gram-negative and formed diplococci that grew optimally at 26-30°C and at pH 6.0-7.0. The G+C content of the DNA was 61.6mol%. The respiratory quinone was ubiquinone 10 (UK-10), and the major fatty acids were C16:0, cyclo-C19:0ω8c and C18:0 12-methyl, representing 64% of the total fatty acids. Phylogenetic analyses based on the 16S rRNA gene sequences placed strain B29T1T within the order Rhodospirillales in a distinct lineage that also included the genus Geminicoccus...
December 22, 2017: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324672/genome-wide-identification-expression-and-functional-analysis-of-the-alkaline-neutral-invertase-gene-family-in-pepper
#15
Long-Bin Shen, Yuan Yao, Huang He, Yu-Ling Qin, Zi-Ji Liu, Wei-Xia Liu, Zhi-Qiang Qi, Li-Jia Yang, Zhen-Mu Cao, Yan Yang
Alkaline/neutral invertase (NINV) proteins irreversibly cleave sucrose into fructose and glucose, and play important roles in carbohydrate metabolism and plant development. To investigate the role of NINVs in the development of pepper fruits, seven NINV genes (CaNINV1-7) were identified. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that the CaNINV family could be divided into α and β groups. CaNINV1-6 had typical conserved regions and similar protein structures to the NINVs of other plants, while CaNINV7 lacked amino acid sequences at the C-terminus and N-terminus ends...
January 11, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323180/low-amounts-of-dietary-fibre-increase-in-vitro-production-of-short-chain-fatty-acids-without-changing-human-colonic-microbiota-structure
#16
Daisuke Sasaki, Kengo Sasaki, Naoko Ikuta, Takahiro Yasuda, Itsuko Fukuda, Akihiko Kondo, Ro Osawa
This study investigated the effect of various prebiotics (indigestible dextrin, α-cyclodextrin, and dextran) on human colonic microbiota at a dosage corresponding to a daily intake of 6 g of prebiotics per person (0.2% of dietary intake). We used an in vitro human colonic microbiota model based on batch fermentation starting from a faecal inoculum. Bacterial 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis showed that addition of 0.2% prebiotics did not change the diversity and composition of colonic microbiota. This finding coincided with results from a clinical study showing that the microbiota composition of human faecal samples remained unchanged following administration of 6 g of prebiotics over seven days...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322241/halorubrum-depositum-sp-nov-a-novel-halophilic-archaeon-isolated-from-a-salt-deposit
#17
Shaoxing Chen, Siqi Sun, Yao Xu, Jinting Lv, Linan Chen, Liu Liu
A non-motile, pleomorphic rod-shaped or oval, red-pigmented (nearly scarlet), extremely halophilic archaeon, strain Y78T, was isolated from a salt deposit of Yunnan salt mine, China. Analysis of the 16S rRNA gene sequence showed that it was phylogenetically related to species of the genus Halorubrum, with a close relationship to Halorubrum rutilum YJ-18-S1T (98.6%), Halorubrum yunnanense Q85T (98.3%), and Halorubrum lipolyticum 9-3T (98.1%). The temperature, NaCl, and pH ranges for growth were 25-50 °C, 12-30% (w/v), and 6...
January 10, 2018: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321565/characterization-of-novel-endo-%C3%AE-n-acetylglucosaminidases-from-sphingobacterium-species-beauveria-bassiana-and-cordyceps-militaris-that-specifically-hydrolyze-fucose-containing-oligosaccharides-and-human-igg
#18
Yibo Huang, Yujiro Higuchi, Takashi Kinoshita, Ai Mitani, Yasunari Eshima, Kaoru Takegawa
Endo-β-N-acetylglucosaminidase (ENGase) catalyzes hydrolysis of N-linked oligosaccharides. Although many ENGases have been characterized from various organisms, so far no fucose-containing oligosaccharides-specific ENGase has been identified in any organism. Here, we screened soil samples, using dansyl chloride (Dns)-labeled sialylglycan (Dns-SG) as a substrate, and discovered a strain that exhibits ENGase activity in the culture supernatant; this strain, named here as strain HMA12, was identified as a Sphingobacterium species by 16S ribosomal RNA gene analysis...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319775/primary-hiperoxaluria-diagnosed-after-kidney-transplantation-report-of-2-cases-and-literature-review
#19
John Fredy Nieto Rios, Monica Zuluaga, Lina Maria Serna Higuita, Adriana Florez, Diana Carolina Bello-Marquez, Arbey Aristizábal, Catalina Ocampo Kohn, Gustavo Adolfo Zuluaga
Primary hyperoxaluria (PH) is a very rare genetic disorder; it is characterized by total or partial deficiency of the enzymes related to the metabolism of glyoxylate, with an overproduction of calcium oxalate that is deposited in different organs, mainly the kidney, leading to recurrent lithiasis, nephrocalcinosis and end stage renal disease (ESRD). In patients with ESRD that receive kidney transplantation alone, the disease has a relapse of 100%, with graft loss in a high percentage of patients in the first 5 years of transplantation...
October 2017: Jornal Brasileiro de Nefrologia: ʹorgão Oficial de Sociedades Brasileira e Latino-Americana de Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316223/probiotic-lactobacillus-sp-inhibit-growth-biofilm-formation-and-gene-expression-of-caries-inducing-streptococcus-mutans
#20
Reham Wasfi, Ola A Abd El-Rahman, Mai M Zafer, Hossam M Ashour
Streptococcus mutans contributes significantly to dental caries, which arises from homoeostasic imbalance between host and microbiota. We hypothesized that Lactobacillus sp. inhibits growth, biofilm formation and gene expression of Streptococcus mutans. Antibacterial (agar diffusion method) and antibiofilm (crystal violet assay) characteristics of probiotic Lacobacillus sp. against Streptococcus mutans (ATCC 25175) were evaluated. We investigated whether Lacobacillus casei (ATCC 393), Lactobacillus reuteri (ATCC 23272), Lactobacillus plantarum (ATCC 14917) or Lactobacillus salivarius (ATCC 11741) inhibit expression of Streptococcus mutans genes involved in biofilm formation, quorum sensing or stress survival using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR)...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
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