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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905873/comparative-genomics-of-beauveria-bassiana-uncovering-signatures-of-virulence-against-mosquitoes
#1
Claudio A Valero-Jiménez, Luigi Faino, Daphne Spring In't Veld, Sandra Smit, Bas J Zwaan, Jan A L van Kan
BACKGROUND: Entomopathogenic fungi such as Beauveria bassiana are promising biological agents for control of malaria mosquitoes. Indeed, infection with B. bassiana reduces the lifespan of mosquitoes in the laboratory and in the field. Natural isolates of B. bassiana show up to 10-fold differences in virulence between the most and the least virulent isolate. In this study, we sequenced the genomes of five isolates representing the extremes of low/high virulence and three RNA libraries, and applied a genome comparison approach to uncover genetic mechanisms underpinning virulence...
December 1, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903465/label-free-quantitative-phosphoproteomic-profiling-of-cellular-response-induced-by-an-insect-cytokine-paralytic-peptide
#2
Liang Song, Fei Wang, Zhaoming Dong, Xiaoting Hua, Qingyou Xia
: Paralytic peptide (PP) participates in diverse physiological processes as an insect cytokine, such as immunity control, paralysis induction, regulation of cell morphology and proliferation. To investigate the molecular mechanism underlying those physiological activities, we systematically investigated the global phosphorylation events in fat body of silkworm larvae induced by PP through label-free quantitative phosphoproteomics. 2534 phosphosites were finally identified, of which the phosphorylation level of 620 phosphosites on 244 proteins was significantly up-regulated and 67 phosphosites on 43 proteins was down-regulated...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897367/bifunctionality-of-activ-as-a-cyclase-thioesterase-revealed-by-in-vitro-reconstitution-of-actinorhodin-biosynthesis-in-streptomyces-coelicolor-a3-2
#3
Takaaki Taguchi, Takayoshi Awakawa, Yukitaka Nishihara, Michiho Kawamura, Yasuo Ohnishi, Koji Ichinose
Type II polyketide synthase (PKS) iteratively generates a nascent polyketide thioester of acyl carrier protein (ACP), which is structurally modified to produce an ACP-free intermediate towards its final metabolite. However, the timing of ACP off-loading is not well defined due to the lack of an apparent thioesterase (TE) among relevant biosynthetic enzymes. Here, ActIV, which had been assigned as a second ring cyclase (CYC) in actinorhodin (ACT) biosynthesis, was shown to possess a TE activity in vitro with a model substrate, anthraquinone-2-carboxylic acid-N-acetylcysteamine...
November 29, 2016: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893676/combination-use-of-paclitaxel-and-avastin-enhances-treatment-effect-for-the-nsclc-patients-with-malignant-pleural-effusion
#4
Nan Qi, Fang Li, Xiaosong Li, Huanrong Kang, Hui Zhao, Nan Du
The current study is conducted to investigate efficacy of the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel in combination with Avastin (Roche Diagnostics GmbH., Mannheim, Germany) (antiangiogenic agent) in treatment of malignant pleural effusions (MPEs).Twenty-four patients with non-small cell lung cancer were randomly assigned for 2 treatment approaches. Ten patients received paclitaxel (175 mg/m) alone, and 14 patients took a combination therapy of paclitaxel and Avastin (5 mg/kg). Efficacy of the treatment approaches in the patients was validated with the change in the MPE volume...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886049/alkynyl-containing-peptides-of-marine-origin-a-review
#5
REVIEW
Qiu-Ye Chai, Zhen Yang, Hou-Wen Lin, Bing-Nan Han
Since the 1990s, a number of terminal alkynyl residue-containing cyclic/acyclic peptides have been identified from marine organisms, especially cyanobacteria and marine mollusks. This review has presented 66 peptides, which covers over 90% marine peptides with terminal alkynyl fatty acyl units. In fact, more than 90% of these peptides described in the literature are of cyanobacterial origin. Interestingly, all the linear peptides featured with terminal alkyne were solely discovered from marine cyanobacteria...
November 23, 2016: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884449/functional-characterization-and-expression-of-gascl1-and-gascl2-two-anther-specific-chalcone-synthase-like-enzymes-from-gerbera-hybrida
#6
Juha Kontturi, Raisa Osama, Xianbao Deng, Hany Bashandy, Victor A Albert, Teemu H Teeri
The chalcone synthase superfamily consists of type III polyketidesynthases (PKSs), enzymes responsible for producing plant secondary metabolites with various biological and pharmacological activities. Anther-specific chalcone synthase-like enzymes (ASCLs) represent an ancient group of type III PKSs involved in the biosynthesis of sporopollenin, the main component of the exine layer of moss spores and mature pollen grains of seed plants. In the latter, ASCL proteins are localized in the tapetal cells of the anther where they participate in sporopollenin biosynthesis and exine formation within the locule...
November 21, 2016: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880961/characterization-of-aspergillus-sojae-isolated-from-meju-korean-traditional-fermented-soybean-bricks
#7
Kyung Min Kim, Jaeho Lim, Jae Jung Lee, Byung-Serk Hurh, Inhyung Lee
Initially, we screened 18 A. sojae-like strains from Aspergillus spp. isolated from meju (Korean traditional fermented soybean bricks) according to their morphological characteristics. Because members of Aspergillus section Flavi are often incorrectly identified because of their phylogenetic similarity, we re-identified these strains at morphological and molecular genetic levels. Fourteen strains were finally identified as A. sojae. The isolates produced protease and α-amylase with ranges of 2.66-10.64 and 21...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879337/interactions-between-melanin-enzymes-and-their-atypical-recruitment-to-the-secretory-pathway-by-palmitoylation
#8
Srijana Upadhyay, Xinping Xu, Xiaorong Lin
: Melanins are biopolymers that confer coloration and protection to the host organism against biotic or abiotic insults. The level of protection offered by melanin depends on its biosynthesis and its subcellular localization. Previously, we discovered that Aspergillus fumigatus compartmentalizes melanization in endosomes by recruiting all melanin enzymes to the secretory pathway. Surprisingly, although two laccases involved in the late steps of melanization are conventional secretory proteins, the four enzymes involved in the early steps of melanization lack a signal peptide or a transmembrane domain and are thus considered "atypical" secretory proteins...
November 22, 2016: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878652/genome-wide-identification-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-the-chalcone-synthase-gene-family-in-rice
#9
Lifang Hu, Haohua He, Changlan Zhu, Xiaosong Peng, Junru Fu, Xiaopeng He, Xiaorong Chen, Linjuan Ouyang, Jianmin Bian, Shiqiang Liu
The enzymes of the chalcone synthase family are also known as type III polyketide synthases (PKS), and produce a series of secondary metabolites in bacteria, fungi and plants. In a number of plants, genes encoding PKS comprise a large multigene family. Currently, detailed reports on rice (Oryza sativa) PKS (OsPKS) family genes and tissue expression profiling are limited. Here, 27 candidate OsPKS genes were identified in the rice genome,and 23 gene structures were confirmed by EST and cDNA sequencing; phylogenetic analysis has indicated that these 23 OsPKS members could be clustered into three groups (I-III)...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876630/disruptions-of-the-genes-involved-in-lysine-biosynthesis-iron-acquisition-and-secondary-metabolisms-affect-virulence-and-fitness-in-metarhizium-robertsii
#10
Bruno Giuliano Garisto Donzelli, B Gillian Turgeon, Donna M Gibson, Stuart B Krasnoff
Based on genomic analysis, polyketide synthase (PKS) and nonribosomal peptide synthetase (NRPS) pathways account for biosynthesis of the majority of the secondary metabolites produced by the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium robertsii. To evaluate the contribution of these pathways to M. robertsii fitness and/or virulence, mutants deleted for mrpptA, the Sfp-type 4' phosphopantetheinyl transferase gene required for their activation were generated. ΔmrpptA strains were deficient in PKS and NRPS activity resulting in colonies lacking the typical green pigment that failed to produce the nonribosomal peptides destruxins, serinocylins, and the siderophores ferricrocin and metachelins, as well as the hybrid polyketide-peptides NG-39x that are all produced by the wild type (WT) M...
November 19, 2016: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869143/genome-mining-unveils-widespread-natural-product-biosynthetic-capacity-in-human-oral-microbe-streptococcus-mutans
#11
Liwei Liu, Tingting Hao, Zhoujie Xie, Geoff P Horsman, Yihua Chen
Streptococcus mutans is a major pathogen causing human dental caries. As a Gram-positive bacterium with a small genome (about 2 Mb) it is considered a poor source of natural products. Due to a recent explosion in genomic data available for S. mutans strains, we were motivated to explore the natural product production potential of this organism. Bioinformatic characterization of 169 publically available genomes of S. mutans from human dental caries revealed a surprisingly rich source of natural product biosynthetic gene clusters...
November 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863179/population-pharmacokinetics-of-bedaquiline-and-metabolite-m2-in-patients-with-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-the-effect-of-time-varying-weight-and-albumin
#12
E M Svensson, A-G Dosne, M O Karlsson
Albumin concentration and body weight are altered in patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and change during the long treatment period, potentially affecting drug disposition. We here describe the pharmacokinetics (PKs) of the novel anti-TB drug bedaquiline and its metabolite M2 in 335 patients with MDR-TB receiving 24 weeks of bedaquiline on top of a longer individualized background regimen. Semiphysiological models were developed to characterize the changes in weight and albumin over time...
November 8, 2016: CPT: Pharmacometrics & Systems Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863143/using-model-based-learn-and-confirm-to-reveal-the-pharmacokinetics-pharmacodynamics-relationship-of-pembrolizumab-in-the-keynote-001-trial
#13
J Elassaiss-Schaap, S Rossenu, A Lindauer, S P Kang, R de Greef, J R Sachs, D P de Alwis
Evaluation of pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) properties played an important role in the early clinical development of pembrolizumab. Because analysis of data from a traditional 3 + 3 dose-escalation design revealed several critical uncertainties, a model-based approach was implemented to better understand these properties. Based on anticipated scenarios for potency and PK nonlinearity, a follow-up study was designed and thoroughly evaluated. Execution of 14,000 virtual trials led to the selection and implementation of a robust design that extended the low-dose range by 200-fold...
November 8, 2016: CPT: Pharmacometrics & Systems Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862822/type%C3%A2-iii-polyketide-synthases-functional-classification-and-phylogenomics
#14
REVIEW
Yugo Shimizu, Hiroyuki Ogata, Susumu Goto
Polyketide synthases (PKSs) catalyze the sequential condensation of simple acetate units to produce a large class of natural products, including pharmacologically valuable compounds. PKSs are classified into three types on the basis of their domain structures; type III PKSs have the simplest domain structure, although their products have various structures and functions. The sequence-function relationship is fundamental for predicting enzyme functions, but it has not been well investigated in type III PKSs to date...
November 14, 2016: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847387/bio-based-production-of-fuels-and-industrial-chemicals-by-repurposing-antibiotic-producing-type-i-modular-polyketide-synthases-opportunities-and-challenges
#15
REVIEW
Satoshi Yuzawa, Jay D Keasling, Leonard Katz
Complex polyketides comprise a large number of natural products that have broad application in medicine and agriculture. They are produced in bacteria and fungi from large enzyme complexes named type I modular polyketide synthases (PKSs) that are composed of multifunctional polypeptides containing discrete enzymatic domains organized into modules. The modular nature of PKSs has enabled a multitude of efforts to engineer the PKS genes to produce novel polyketides of predicted structure. We have repurposed PKSs to produce a number of short-chain mono- and di-carboxylic acids and ketones that could have applications as fuels or industrial chemicals...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846243/bacterially-associated-transcriptional-remodelling-in-a-distinct-genomic-subtype-of-colorectal-cancer-provides-a-plausible-molecular-basis-for-disease-development
#16
Katie S Lennard, Ryan W Goosen, Jonathan M Blackburn
The relevance of specific microbial colonisation to colorectal cancer (CRC) disease pathogenesis is increasingly recognised, but our understanding of possible underlying molecular mechanisms that may link colonisation to disease in vivo remains limited. Here, we investigate the relationships between the most commonly studied CRC-associated bacteria (Enterotoxigenic Bacteroides fragilis, pks+ Escherichia coli, Fusobacterium spp., afaC+ E. coli, Enterococcus faecalis & Enteropathogenic E. coli) and altered transcriptomic and methylation profiles of CRC patients, in order to gain insight into the potential contribution of these bacteria in the aetiopathogenesis of CRC...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845206/both-a-pks-and-a-pptase-are-involved-in-melanin-biosynthesis-and-regulation-of-aureobasidium-melanogenum-xj5-1-isolated-from-the-taklimakan-desert
#17
Hong Jiang, Guang-Lei Liu, Zhe Chi, Jian-Ming Wang, Ly-Ly Zhang, Zhen-Ming Chi
A PKS1 gene responsible for the melanin biosynthesis and a NPG1 gene in Aureobasidium melanogenum XJ5-1 were cloned and characterized. An ORF of the PKS1 gene encoding a protein with 2165 amino acids contained 6495bp while an ORF of the NPG1 gene encoding a protein with 340 amino acids had 1076bp. After analysis of their promoters, it was found that expression of both the PKS1 gene and the NPG1 gene was repressed by nitrogen sources and glucose, respectively. The PKS deduced from the cloned gene consisted of one ketosynthase, one acyl transferase, two acyl carrier proteins, one thioesterase and one cyclase while the PPTase belonged to the family Sfp-type...
November 11, 2016: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834069/using-array-based-comparative-genomic-hybridization-to-diagnose-pallister-killian-syndrome
#18
Mi Na Lee, Jiwon Lee, Hee Joon Yu, Jeehun Lee, Sun Hee Kim
Pallister-Killian syndrome (PKS) is a rare multisystem disorder characterized by isochromosome 12p and tissue-limited mosaic tetrasomy 12p. In this study, we diagnosed three pediatric patients who were suspicious of having PKS using array-based comparative genomic hybridization (array CGH) and FISH analyses performed on peripheral lymphocytes. Patients 1 and 2 presented with craniofacial dysmorphic features, hypotonia, and a developmental delay. Array CGH revealed two to three copies of 12p in patient 1 and three copies in patient 2...
January 2017: Annals of Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821051/identification-and-classification-of-known-and-putative-antimicrobial-compounds-produced-by-a-wide-variety-of-bacillales-species
#19
Xin Zhao, Oscar P Kuipers
BACKGROUND: Gram-positive bacteria of the Bacillales are important producers of antimicrobial compounds that might be utilized for medical, food or agricultural applications. Thanks to the wide availability of whole genome sequence data and the development of specific genome mining tools, novel antimicrobial compounds, either ribosomally- or non-ribosomally produced, of various Bacillales species can be predicted and classified. Here, we provide a classification scheme of known and putative antimicrobial compounds in the specific context of Bacillales species...
November 7, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809759/analysis-of-the-genomic-sequences-and-metabolites-of-serratia-surfactantfaciens-sp-nov-yd25-t-that-simultaneously-produces-prodigiosin-and-serrawettin-w2
#20
Chun Su, Zhaoju Xiang, Yibo Liu, Xinqing Zhao, Yan Sun, Zhi Li, Lijun Li, Fan Chang, Tianjun Chen, Xinrong Wen, Yidan Zhou, Furong Zhao
BACKGROUND: Gram-negative bacteria of the genus Serratia are potential producers of many useful secondary metabolites, such as prodigiosin and serrawettins, which have potential applications in environmental bioremediation or in the pharmaceutical industry. Several Serratia strains produce prodigiosin and serrawettin W1 as the main bioactive compounds, and the biosynthetic pathways are co-regulated by quorum sensing (QS). In contrast, the Serratia strain, which can simultaneously produce prodigiosin and serrawettin W2, has not been reported...
November 3, 2016: BMC Genomics
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