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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549320/light-emission-miracle-in-the-sea-and-preeminent-applications-of-bioluminescence-in-recent-new-biotechnology
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Sana Sharifian, Ahmad Homaei, Roohullah Hemmati, Khosro Khajeh
Bioluminescence is referred to the light emission by a living organism due to a specific biochemical reaction. This interesting feature of the organisms could highly influences behavioral and ecosystem dynamics. Luminescence, mostly observed in marine species, is generally higher in deep-living genera than in benthic or shallow organisms. However, among creatures living in land, fireflies, beetles, springtails and fungi have shown some bioluminescent activities. Classically, the emission of light is catalyzed by luciferase from a substrate...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544014/survey-on-the-presence-of-non-dioxine-like-pcbs-ndl-pcbs-in-loggerhead-turtles-caretta-caretta-stranded-in-south-mediterranean-coasts-sicily-southern-italy
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Gaetano Cammilleri, Enza Calvaruso, Licia Pantano, Giovanni Lo Cascio, Barbara Randisi, Andrea Macaluso, Mirella Vazzana, Giulia Caracappa, Giuseppe Giangrosso, Antonio Vella, Vincenzo Ferrantelli
A total of 71 loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) stranded along the coasts of Sicily (Southern Italy) were examined for Non Dioxine Like-PCB (NDL-PCB) levels in muscle and adipose tissue by a GC-MS/MS method. The results revealed high six indicator congeners (∑6 PCBIND ) levels in the 45% of the loggerhead turtles examined with mean values of 980.39 ± 2508.39 ng g(-1 ) w.w. in adipose tissue and 102.53 ± 238.58 ng g(-1 ) w.w. in muscle. The hexachloro and heptachloro PCB congeners were the most abundant in both the sample types...
May 23, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536259/differential-functional-regulation-of-pkc-orthologs-in-fission-yeast
#3
Marisa Madrid, Beatriz Vázquez-Marín, Teresa Soto, Alejandro Franco, Elisa Gómez-Gil, Jero Vicente-Soler, Mariano Gacto, Pilar Pérez, José Cansado
The two PKC orthologs Pck1 and Pck2 in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe operate in a redundant fashion to control essential functions, including morphogenesis and cell wall biosynthesis, as well as the activity of the cell integrity pathway (CIP) and its core element the MAPK Pmk1. We show here that despite the strong structural similarity and functional redundancy of these two enzymes, the mechanisms regulating their maturation, activation, and stabilization have a remarkably distinct biological impact on both kinases...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535807/identification-of-putative-olfactory-g-protein-coupled-receptors-in-crown-of-thorns-starfish-acanthaster-planci
#4
Rebecca E Roberts, Cherie A Motti, Kenneth W Baughman, Noriyuki Satoh, Michael R Hall, Scott F Cummins
BACKGROUND: In marine organisms, and in particular for benthic invertebrates including echinoderms, olfaction is a dominant sense with chemosensation being a critical signalling process. Until recently natural product chemistry was the primary investigative approach to elucidate the nature of chemical signals but advances in genomics and transcriptomics over the last decade have facilitated breakthroughs in understanding not only the chemistry but also the molecular mechanisms underpinning chemosensation in aquatic environments...
May 23, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533985/metabarcoding-monitoring-analysis-the-pros-and-cons-of-using-co-extracted-environmental-dna-and-rna-data-to-assess-offshore-oil-production-impacts-on-benthic-communities
#5
Olivier Laroche, Susanna A Wood, Louis A Tremblay, Gavin Lear, Joanne I Ellis, Xavier Pochon
Sequencing environmental DNA (eDNA) is increasingly being used as an alternative to traditional morphological-based identification to characterize biological assemblages and monitor anthropogenic impacts in marine environments. Most studies only assess eDNA which, compared to eRNA, can persist longer in the environment after cell death. Therefore, eRNA may provide a more immediate census of the environment due to its relatively weaker stability, leading some researchers to advocate for the use of eRNA as an additional, or perhaps superior proxy for portraying ecological changes...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533519/ocean-acidification-compromises-a-planktic-calcifier-with-implications-for-global-carbon-cycling
#6
Catherine V Davis, Emily B Rivest, Tessa M Hill, Brian Gaylord, Ann D Russell, Eric Sanford
Anthropogenically-forced changes in ocean chemistry at both the global and regional scale have the potential to negatively impact calcifying plankton, which play a key role in ecosystem functioning and marine carbon cycling. We cultured a globally important calcifying marine plankter (the foraminifer, Globigerina bulloides) under an ecologically relevant range of seawater pH (7.5 to 8.3 total scale). Multiple metrics of calcification and physiological performance varied with pH. At pH > 8.0, increased calcification occurred without a concomitant rise in respiration rates...
May 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533378/pyrite-sulfur-isotopes-reveal-glacial-interglacial-environmental-changes
#7
Virgil Pasquier, Pierre Sansjofre, Marina Rabineau, Sidonie Revillon, Jennifer Houghton, David A Fike
The sulfur biogeochemical cycle plays a key role in regulating Earth's surface redox through diverse abiotic and biological reactions that have distinctive stable isotopic fractionations. As such, variations in the sulfur isotopic composition (δ(34)S) of sedimentary sulfate and sulfide phases over Earth history can be used to infer substantive changes to the Earth's surface environment, including the rise of atmospheric oxygen. Such inferences assume that individual δ(34)S records reflect temporal changes in the global sulfur cycle; this assumption may be well grounded for sulfate-bearing minerals but is less well established for pyrite-based records...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532904/cr-in-dredged-marine-sediments-anthropogenic-enrichment-bioavailability-and-potential-adverse-effects
#8
Fabienne Baraud, Lydia Leleyter, Mélanie Lemoine, Hakim Hamdoun
This study focuses on chromium detected in 13 harbor sediments dredged across the English Channel. The total concentrations of Cr range from 5 to 61mgkg(-1), which reveal no or low enrichment for 12 of the 13 samples, according the enrichment factor (EF) calculations. Sequential extraction procedure was applied to determine the mineralogical speciation of Cr, in order to assess its potential (re)mobilization to the aquatic environment. Cr is mainly associated to the residual fraction, then distributed in the oxydizable and reducible fractions...
May 19, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528949/synthesis-and-characterization-of-cellulose-silver-nanocomposites-from-bioflocculant-reducing-agent
#9
L Muthulakshmi, N Rajini, A Varada Rajalu, Suchart Siengchin, T Kathiresan
Microbial secreted polymers have high molecular weight due to the presence of repeated units of macromolecules. Some of the polymers are derived from natural resources, including marine and soil microorganisms. In nano-biotechnology people are using different biological agents in the preparation of metal nanoparticles. In this study, the microbial bioflocculant polymer was used as an agent in preparation of silver nanoparticles. The prepared nanoparticles were immobilized into the cellulose matrix. The presence of silver nanoparticles inside the cellulose matrix was confirmed by Scanning Electron Microscopic (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopic (TEM) analyses...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528426/building-a-bio-based-industry-in-the-middle-east-through-harnessing-the-potential-of-the-red-sea-biodiversity
#10
REVIEW
Jens Nielsen, John Archer, Magbubah Essack, Vladimir B Bajic, Takashi Gojobori, Ivan Mijakovic
The incentive for developing microbial cell factories for production of fuels and chemicals comes from the ability of microbes to deliver these valuable compounds at a reduced cost and with a smaller environmental impact compared to the analogous chemical synthesis. Another crucial advantage of microbes is their great biological diversity, which offers a much larger "catalog" of molecules than the one obtainable by chemical synthesis. Adaptation to different environments is one of the important drives behind microbial diversity...
May 20, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528419/a-risk-based-characterization-of-sediment-contamination-by-legacy-and-emergent-contaminants-of-concern-in-coastal-british-columbia-canada
#11
Carmen Morales-Caselles, Jean-Pierre W Desforges, Neil Dangerfield, Peter S Ross
Sediments have long been used to help describe pollution sources, contaminated sites, trends over time, and habitat quality for marine life. We collected surficial sediments from 12 sites at an average seawater depth of 25 m in three near-urban areas of the Salish Sea (British Columbia, Canada) to investigate habitat quality for marine life, including heavily contaminated killer whales. Samples were analyzed using high-resolution instrumentation for a wide variety of congeners of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs), hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD), polybrominated biphenyls, polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs), polychlorinated dibenzofurans, organochlorine pesticides, and polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs)...
May 20, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528412/bioindicators-of-organochlorine-pesticides-in-the-sea-of-okhotsk-and-the-western-bering-sea
#12
Vasiliy Yu Tsygankov, Margarita D Boyarova, Olga N Lukyanova, Nadezhda K Khristoforova
Organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), such as HCHs and DDTs, are still used as pesticides in the Southern Hemisphere and can reach the North Pacific due to long range atmospheric transfer. Marine mammals (Pacific walrus Odobenus rosmarus divergens, gray whale Eschrichtius robustus), the seabirds (Pacific gull Larus schistisagus, crested auklet Aethia cristatella, auklet crumb Aethia pusilla, northern fulmar Fulmarus glacialis, and grey petrel Oceanodroma furcata) and Pacific salmon (pink Oncorhynchus gorbuscha, chum O...
May 20, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528410/comparison-of-toxicities-of-metal-pyrithiones-including-their-degradation-compounds-and-organotin-antifouling-biocides-to-the-japanese-killifish-oryzias-latipes
#13
Madoka Ohji, Hiroya Harino
Japanese killifish Oryzias latipes were exposed to three levels (0, 1, and 10 µg l(-1)) of copper pyrithione (CuPT2), zinc pyrithione (ZnPT2), six of their degradation products, and the organotin compounds tributyltin (TBT) and triphenyltin (TPT) for 48 h at 20 °C. All individual fish exposed to 1 and 10 µg l(-1) of CuPT2 or 10 µg l(-1) of ZnPT2 were dead within 12 h, respectively, and at 24 h the survival rate of the fish exposed to 1 µg l(-1) of ZnPT2 was 50%. All fish exposed to 10 µg l(-1) of ZnPT2 showed morphological abnormalities in the form of vertebral deformity...
May 20, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527000/fluorescent-coelenteramide-containing-protein-as-a-color-bioindicator-for-low-dose-radiation-effects
#14
Alena S Petrova, Anna A Lukonina, Gennadii A Badun, Nadezhda S Kudryasheva
The study addresses the application of fluorescent coelenteramide-containing proteins as color bioindicators for radiotoxicity evaluation. Biological effects of chronic low-dose radiation are under investigation. Tritiated water (200 MBq/L) was used as a model source of low-intensive ionizing radiation of beta type. 'Discharged obelin,' product of bioluminescent reaction of marine coelenterate Obelia longissimi, was used as a representative of the coelenteramide-containing proteins. Coelenteramide, fluorophore of discharged obelin, is a photochemically active molecule; it produces fluorescence forms of different color...
May 19, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525966/gene-expression-of-vibrio-parahaemolyticus-growing-in-laboratory-isolation-conditions-compared-to-those-common-in-its-natural-ocean-environment
#15
Katherine García, Cristian Yáñez, Nicolás Plaza, Francisca Peña, Pedro Sepúlveda, Diliana Pérez-Reytor, Romilio T Espejo
BACKGROUND: Vibrio parahaemolyticus is an autochthonous marine bacterial species comprising strains able to grow in broth containing bile salts at 37 °C, a condition seldom found in the ocean. However, this condition is used for isolation in the laboratory because it is considered a necessary property for pathogenesis. In this context, revealing how gene expression enables V. parahaemolyticus to adapt to this particular condition -common to almost all V. parahaemolyticus isolates- will improve our understanding of the biology of this important pathogen...
May 19, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525963/the-use-of-transgenic-parasites-in-malaria-vaccine-research
#16
Ahmad Syibli Othman, Catherin Marin-Mogollon, Ahmed M Salman, Blandine M Franke-Fayard, Chris J Janse, Shahid M Khan
Transgenic malaria parasites expressing foreign genes, for example fluorescent and luminescent proteins, are used extensively to interrogate parasite biology and host-parasite interactions associated with malaria pathology. Increasingly transgenic parasites are also exploited to advance malaria vaccine development. Areas Covered: We review how transgenic malaria parasites are used, in vitro and in vivo, to determine protective efficacy of different antigens and vaccination strategies and to determine immunological correlates of protection...
May 19, 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516456/description-of-embryonic-development-and-ultrastructure-in-miracidia-of-cardiocephaloides-longicollis-digenea-strigeidae-in-relation-to-active-host-finding-strategy-in-a-marine-environment
#17
Ana Born-Torrijos, Astrid S Holzer, Juan A Raga, Gabrielle S van Beest, Aneta Yoneva
The functional ultrastructure and embryonic development of miracidia in naturally released eggs of the trematode Cardiocephaloides longicollis were studied using light and transmission electron microscopy. This species has operculated eggs and embryogenesis occurs in the marine environment before an actively infecting ciliated miracidium hatches. Six different developmental stages were identified. The lack of pores in the eggshell indicates its impermeability and the miracidium's dependency on glycogen nutritive reserves, contained in numerous vitellocytes in early embryos...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515872/increasing-copper-alters-cellular-elemental-composition-mo%C3%A2-and-p-of-marine-diatom
#18
Deli Wang, Weiwei Xia, K Suresh Kumar, Kunshan Gao
The elemental composition (surface adsorbed and internalized fraction of Cu, Mo and P) in marine phytoplankton was first examined in cultures of the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum which were exposed to various levels of Cu concentrations ranging from 0.25 to 16 μmol/L with equivalent free [Cu(2+)] concentrations of 0.4-26 nmol/L. We observed an acceleration of algal growth rates (20-40%) with increasing ambient Cu levels, as well as slightly increased levels of internalized Cu in cells (2-13 × 10(-18) mol/cell) although cellular Cu mostly accumulated onto the cell surface (>50% of the total: intracellular + surface adsorbed)...
May 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515778/evolution-of-movement-rate-increases-the-effectiveness-of-marine-reserves-for-the-conservation-of-pelagic-fishes
#19
Jonathan A Mee, Sarah P Otto, Daniel Pauly
Current debates about the efficacy of no-take marine reserves (MR) in protecting large pelagic fish such as tuna and sharks have usually not considered the evolutionary dimension of this issue, which emerges because the propensity to swim away from a given place, like any other biological trait, will probably vary in a heritable fashion among individuals. Here, based on spatially explicit simulations, we investigated whether selection to remain in MRs to avoid higher fishing mortality can lead to the evolution of more philopatric fish...
June 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515169/osmoregulation-bioenergetics-and-oxidative-stress-in-coastal-marine-invertebrates-raising-the-questions-for-future-research
#20
REVIEW
Georgina A Rivera-Ingraham, Jehan-Hervé Lignot
Osmoregulation is by no means an energetically cheap process, and its costs have been extensively quantified in terms of respiration and aerobic metabolism. Common products of mitochondrial activity are reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, which may cause oxidative stress by degrading key cell components, while playing essential roles in cell homeostasis. Given the delicate equilibrium between pro- and antioxidants in fueling acclimation responses, the need for a thorough understanding of the relationship between salinity-induced oxidative stress and osmoregulation arises as an important issue, especially in the context of global changes and anthropogenic impacts on coastal habitats...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
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