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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437448/expression-profiling-of-chrysanthemum-crassum-under-salinity-stress-and-the-initiation-of-morphological-changes
#1
Zhiyong Guan, Yitong Feng, Aiping Song, Xiaomeng Shi, Yachao Mao, Sumei Chen, Jiafu Jiang, Lian Ding, Fadi Chen
Chrysanthemum crassum is a decaploid species of Chrysanthemum with high stress tolerance that allows survival under salinity stress while maintaining a relatively ideal growth rate. We previously recorded morphological changes after salt treatment, such as the expansion of leaf cells. To explore the underlying salinity tolerance mechanisms, we used an Illumina platform and obtained three sequencing libraries from samples collected after 0 h, 12 h and 24 h of salt treatment. Following de novo assembly, 154,944 transcripts were generated, and 97,833 (63...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432632/tryptophan-fluorescence-yields-and-lifetimes-as-a-probe-of-conformational-changes-in-human-glucokinase
#2
Bogumil Zelent, Chris Bialas, Ignacy Gryczynski, Pan Chen, Rahul Chib, Karina Lewerissa, Maria G Corradini, Richard D Ludescher, Jane M Vanderkooi, Franz M Matschinsky
Five variants of glucokinase (ATP-D-hexose-6-phosphotransferase, EC 2.7.1.1) including wild type and single Trp mutants with the Trp residue at positions 65, 99, 167 and 257 were prepared. The fluorescence of Trp in all locations studied showed intensity changes when glucose bound, indicating that conformational change occurs globally over the entire protein. While the fluorescence quantum yield changes upon glucose binding, the enzyme's absorption spectra, emission spectra and fluorescence lifetimes change very little...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427940/characterization-of-the-rax1-gene-encoding-a-putative-regulator-of-g-protein-signaling-in-aspergillus-fumigatus
#3
Olumuyiwa Ayokunle Igbalajobi, Jae-Hyuk Yu, Kwang-Soo Shin
The filamentous fungus Aspergillus fumigatus is the major cause of life threatening invasive aspergillosis, and its small hydrophobic asexual spores (conidia) are the major infection agent. To better understand biology of A. fumigatus, we have characterized the rax1 gene encoding a putative regulator of G protein signaling (RGS). The deletion (Δ) of rax1 results in restricted colony growth and highly reduced number of conidia in A. fumigatus. Transcript levels of the three central activators of asexual development abaA, brlA, and wetA are significantly reduced in the Δrax1 mutant...
April 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424229/tension-activated-channels-in-the-mechanism-of-osmotic-fitness-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#4
Uğur Çetiner, Ian Rowe, Anthony Schams, Christina Mayhew, Deanna Rubin, Andriy Anishkin, Sergei Sukharev
Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) is an opportunistic pathogen with an exceptional ability to adapt to a range of environments. Part of its adaptive potential is the ability to survive drastic osmolarity changes. Upon a sudden dilution of external medium, such as during exposure to rain, bacteria evade mechanical rupture by engaging tension-activated channels that act as osmolyte release valves. In this study, we compare fast osmotic permeability responses in suspensions of wild-type PA and Escherichia coli (EC) strains in stopped-flow experiments and provide electrophysiological descriptions of osmotic-release channels in PA...
April 19, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414302/increased-salt-consumption-induces-body-water-conservation-and-decreases-fluid-intake
#5
Natalia Rakova, Kento Kitada, Kathrin Lerchl, Anke Dahlmann, Anna Birukov, Steffen Daub, Christoph Kopp, Tetyana Pedchenko, Yahua Zhang, Luis Beck, Bernd Johannes, Adriana Marton, Dominik N Müller, Manfred Rauh, Friedrich C Luft, Jens Titze
BACKGROUND: The idea that increasing salt intake increases drinking and urine volume is widely accepted. We tested the hypothesis that an increase in salt intake of 6 g/d would change fluid balance in men living under ultra-long-term controlled conditions. METHODS: Over the course of 2 separate space flight simulation studies of 105 and 205 days' duration, we exposed 10 healthy men to 3 salt intake levels (12, 9, or 6 g/d). All other nutrients were maintained constant...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414295/high-salt-intake-reprioritizes-osmolyte-and-energy-metabolism-for-body-fluid-conservation
#6
Kento Kitada, Steffen Daub, Yahua Zhang, Janet D Klein, Daisuke Nakano, Tetyana Pedchenko, Louise Lantier, Lauren M LaRocque, Adriana Marton, Patrick Neubert, Agnes Schröder, Natalia Rakova, Jonathan Jantsch, Anna E Dikalova, Sergey I Dikalov, David G Harrison, Dominik N Müller, Akira Nishiyama, Manfred Rauh, Raymond C Harris, Friedrich C Luft, David H Wassermann, Jeff M Sands, Jens Titze
Natriuretic regulation of extracellular fluid volume homeostasis includes suppression of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, pressure natriuresis, and reduced renal nerve activity, actions that concomitantly increase urinary Na+ excretion and lead to increased urine volume. The resulting natriuresis-driven diuretic water loss is assumed to control the extracellular volume. Here, we have demonstrated that urine concentration, and therefore regulation of water conservation, is an important control system for urine formation and extracellular volume homeostasis in mice and humans across various levels of salt intake...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401641/a-conserved-%C3%AE-proteobacterial-small-rna-contributes-to-osmoadaptation-and-symbiotic-efficiency-of-rhizobia-on-legume-roots
#7
Marta Robledo, Alexandra Peregrina, Vicenta Millán, Natalia I García-Tomsig, Omar Torres-Quesada, Pedro F Mateos, Anke Becker, José I Jiménez-Zurdo
Small non-coding RNAs (sRNAs) are expected to have pivotal roles in the adaptive responses underlying symbiosis of nitrogen-fixing rhizobia with legumes. Here, we provide primary insights into the function and activity mechanism of the Sinorhizobium meliloti trans-sRNA NfeR1 (Nodule Formation Efficiency RNA). Northern blot probing and transcription tracking with fluorescent promoter-reporter fusions unveiled high nfeR1 expression in response to salt stress and throughout the symbiotic interaction. The strength and differential regulation of nfeR1 transcription are conferred by a motif, which is conserved in nfeR1 promoter regions in α-proteobacteria...
April 12, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400780/overexpression-of-a-new-osmotin-like-protein-gene-sindolp-confers-tolerance-against-biotic-and-abiotic-stresses-in-sesame
#8
Supriyo Chowdhury, Arpita Basu, Surekha Kundu
Osmotin-like proteins (OLPs), of PR-5 family, mediate defense against abiotic, and biotic stresses in plants. Overexpression in sesame of an OLP gene (SindOLP), enhanced tolerance against drought, salinity, oxidative stress, and the charcoal rot pathogen. SindOLP was expressed in all parts and localized to the cytosol. The transgenic plants recovered after prolonged drought and salinity stress, showing less electrolyte leakage, more water content, longer roots, and smaller stomatal aperture compared to control plants...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398834/dry-preservation-of-spermatozoa-considerations-for-different-species
#9
REVIEW
Jennifer Patrick, Pierre Comizzoli, Gloria Elliott
The current gold standard for sperm preservation is storage at cryogenic temperatures. Dry preservation is an attractive alternative, eliminating the need for ultralow temperatures, reducing storage maintenance costs, and providing logistical flexibility for shipping. Many seeds and anhydrobiotic organisms are able to survive extended periods in a dry state through the accumulation of intracellular sugars and other osmolytes and are capable of returning to normal physiology postrehydration. Using techniques inspired by nature's adaptations, attempts have been made to dehydrate and dry preserve spermatozoa from a variety of species...
April 2017: Biopreservation and Biobanking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396490/trehalose-metabolism-genes-of-aphelenchoides-besseyi-nematoda-aphelenchoididae-in-hypertonic-osmotic-pressure-survival
#10
Qiaoli Chen, Danlei Li, Feng Wang, Ruizhi Zhang, Yaming Ling
Some organisms can survive extreme desiccation caused by hypertonic osmotic pressure by entering a state of suspended animation known as osmobiosis. The free-living mycophagous nematode Aphelenchoides besseyi can be induced to enter osmobiosis by soaking in osmolytes. It is assumed that sugars (in particular trehalose) are instrumental for survival under environmental stress. In A. besseyi two putative trehalose-6-phosphate synthase genes (TPS) encode enzymes catalyzing trehalose synthesis and a putative trehalase genes (TRE) encodes enzymes that catalyze hydrolysis of trehalose were identified and then characterized based on its transcriptome...
April 10, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379688/effects-of-doxorubicin-cisplatin-and-tamoxifen-on-the-metabolic-profile-of-human-breast-cancer-mcf-7-cells-as-determined-by-1-h-high-resolution-magic-angle-spinning-nuclear-magnetic-resonance
#11
Roberta M Maria, Wanessa F Altei, Heloisa S Selistre-de-Araujo, Luiz A Colnago
Doxorubicin (Doxo), cisplatin (Cis), and tamoxifen (Tamo) are part of many chemotherapeutic regimens. However, there have been limited studies of the way metabolism in breast cancer is affected by chemotherapy. We studied, through (1)H high-resolution magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (HR-MAS NMR) spectroscopy, the metabolic profile of human breast cancer MCF-7 control (Con) cells as well as MCF-7 cells treated with Tamo, Cis, and Doxo. (1)H HR-MAS NMR single-pulse spectra evidenced signals from the cell compounds, including fatty acids (membranes), water-soluble proteins, and metabolites...
April 12, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378399/osmolyte-effects-on-the-conformational-dynamics-of-a-dna-hairpin-at-ambient-and-extreme-environmental-conditions
#12
Satyajit Patra, Christian Anders, Nelli Erwin, Roland Winter
The structural dynamics of a DNA hairpin (Hp) are studied in the absence and presence of the two natural osmolytes trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) and urea at ambient and extreme environmental conditions, including high pressures and high temperatures, by using single-molecule Förster resonance energy transfer and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy. The effect of pressure on the conformational dynamics of the DNA Hp is investigated on a single-molecule level, providing novel mechanistic insights into its conformational conversions...
April 5, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374062/insights-into-metabolism-and-sodium-chloride-adaptability-of-carbaryl-degrading-halotolerant-pseudomonas-sp-strain-c7
#13
Vikas D Trivedi, Anahita Bharadwaj, Madhushri S Varunjikar, Arminder K Singha, Priya Upadhyay, Kamini Gautam, Prashant S Phale
Pseudomonas sp. strain C7 isolated from sediment of Thane creek near Mumbai, India, showed the ability to grow on glucose and carbaryl in the presence of 7.5 and 3.5% of NaCl, respectively. It also showed good growth in the absence of NaCl indicating the strain to be halotolerant. Increasing salt concentration impacted the growth on carbaryl; however, the specific activity of various enzymes involved in the metabolism remained unaffected. Among various enzymes, 1-naphthol 2-hydroxylase was found to be sensitive to chloride as compared to carbaryl hydrolase and gentisate 1,2-dioxygenase...
April 3, 2017: Archives of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374036/dependence-of-the-hydration-status-of-bacterial-light-harvesting-complex-2-on-polyol-cosolvents
#14
Ying Shi, Jie Yu, Long-Jiang Yu, Peng Wang, Li-Min Fu, Jian-Ping Zhang, Zheng-Yu Wang-Otomo
Low molecular weight (MW) polyols are organic osmolytes influencing protein structure and activity. We have intended to investigate the effects of low MW polyols on the optical and the excited-state properties of the light-harvesting complex 2 (LH2) isolated from the photosynthetic bacterium Thermochromatium (Tch.) tepidum, a thermophile growing at ∼50 °C. Steady state spectroscopy demonstrated that, on increasing glycerol or sorbitol fractions up to 60% (polyol/water, v/v), the visible absorption of carotenoids (Crts) remained unchanged, while the near infrared Qy absorption of bacteriochlorophyll a (BChl) at 800 nm (B800) and 850 nm (B850) varied slightly...
April 4, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371604/polyols-have-unique-ability-to-refold-protein-as-compared-to-other-osmolyte-types
#15
G S Sharma, L R Singh
Effects of solvent environments on protein refolding have gained significant attention due to their biotechnological and pharmaceutical applications. Recent advances have shown that a number of organic osmolytes have the unique ability to induce proper folding of several misfolded proteins and simultaneously inhibit aggregation during the process. In the present study, we investigated the effects of polyol osmolytes on the refolding of guanidinium chloride-denatured ribonuclease-A (RNase-A) and compared it with that of other osmolyte types...
April 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363467/investigation-of-the-electrostatic-and-hydration-properties-of-dna-minor-groove-binding-by-a-heterocyclic-diamidine-by-osmotic-pressure
#16
Noa Erlitzki, Kenneth Huang, Suela Xhani, Abdelbasset A Farahat, Arvind Kumar, David W Boykin, Gregory M K Poon
Previous investigations of sequence-specific DNA binding by model minor groove-binding compounds showed that the ligand/DNA complex was destabilized in the presence of compatible co-solutes. Inhibition was interpreted in terms of osmotic stress theory as the uptake of significant numbers of excess water molecules from bulk solvent upon complex formation. Here, we interrogated the AT-specific DNA complex formed with the symmetric heterocyclic diamidine DB1976 as a model for minor groove DNA recognition using both ionic (NaCl) and non-ionic cosolutes (ethylene glycol, glycine betaine, maltose, nicotinamide, urea)...
March 20, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361894/the-antimicrobial-effects-of-the-alginate-oligomer-oligog-cf-5-20-are-independent-of-direct-bacterial-cell-membrane-disruption
#17
Manon F Pritchard, Lydia C Powell, Saira Khan, Peter C Griffiths, Omar T Mansour, Ralf Schweins, Konrad Beck, Niklaas J Buurma, Christopher E Dempsey, Chris J Wright, Philip D Rye, Katja E Hill, David W Thomas, Elaine L Ferguson
Concerns about acquisition of antibiotic resistance have led to increasing demand for new antimicrobial therapies. OligoG CF-5/20 is an alginate oligosaccharide previously shown to have antimicrobial and antibiotic potentiating activity. We investigated the structural modification of the bacterial cell wall by OligoG CF-5/20 and its effect on membrane permeability. Binding of OligoG CF-5/20 to the bacterial cell surface was demonstrated in Gram-negative bacteria. Permeability assays revealed that OligoG CF-5/20 had virtually no membrane-perturbing effects...
March 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361738/simplifying-study-of-fever-s-dramatic-relief-of-autistic-behavior
#18
REVIEW
Peter Good
Dramatic relief of autistic behavior by infectious fever continues to tantalize parents and practitioners, yet researchers still hesitate to study its physiology/biochemistry, fearing stress and heat of brain imaging, contagion, and fever's complexity. Yet what could be more revealing than a common event that virtually 'normalizes' autistic behavior for a time? This paper proposes study of three simplified scenarios: (1) improvements appearing hours before fever, (2) return of autistic behavior soon after fever, (3) improvements persisting long after fever...
February 2017: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324156/molecular-characterization-of-two-rhesus-glycoproteins-from-the-euryhaline-freshwater-white-rimmed-stingray-himantura-signifer-and-changes-in-their-transcript-levels-and-protein-abundance-in-the-gills-kidney-and-liver-during-brackish-water-acclimation
#19
Cheng T Yeam, You R Chng, Jasmine L Y Ong, Wai P Wong, Shit F Chew, Yuen K Ip
Himantura signifer is a freshwater stingray which inhabits rivers in Southeast Asia. It is ammonotelic in fresh water, but retains the capacities of urea synthesis and ureosmotic osmoregulation to survive in brackish water. This study aimed to elucidate the roles of Rhesus glycoproteins (Rhgp), which are known to transport ammonia, in conserving nitrogen (N) in H. signifer during brackish water acclimation when N became limited resulting from increased hepatic urea synthesis. The complete coding sequence of rhbg from H...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315108/osmolytic-effect-of-sucrose-on-thermal-denaturation-of-pea-seedling-copper-amine-oxidase
#20
Mojtaba Amani, Aboozar Barzegar, Mohammad Mazani
Protein stability is a subject of interest by many researchers. One of the common methods to increase the protein stability is using the osmolytes. Many studies and theories analyzed and explained osmolytic effect by equilibrium thermodynamic while most proteins undergo an irreversible denaturation. In current study we investigated the effect of sucrose as an osmolyte on the thermal denaturation of pea seedlings amine oxidase by the enzyme activity, fluorescence spectroscopy, circular dichroism, and differential scanning calorimetry...
April 2017: Protein Journal
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